Dispensationalism is the dominant view among Protestant American Christians today. It is promoted by well-known authors, television preachers and seminary professors. Many sincere Christians don't know another view exists.
The claim that dispenationalism has always been the dominant view is misleading. It was developed by J.N. Darby in Scotland during the 1840s, and popularized in the late 19th/early 20th centuries by C.I. Scofield who incorporated the system into his famous study Bible. While the term "dispensation" has been used for centuries to refer to God's specific dealings with His people, the technical use of the term is recent. Today it is used for each of several supposed main periods in redemptive history. The numbers vary, some counting eight, others as many as forty dispensations.
Major aspects of dispensationalism include:
A distinction between Israel and the Church
A series of separate covenants or dispensations between God and man
A pretribulation rapture of the Church before the Second Coming of Christ
We believe the dispensational position is flawed, its major tenets leading to a division of God's people in history, an unnecessary emphasis on Israel's role in current events and an eschatological pessimism that downplays the glory of Christ's total dominion. The books in our small collection attempt to biblically explain and graciously interact with this prevalent view.
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