My Critique of Dispensationalism (11)

I intended to conclude this series with my last post, but a gnawing realization has come upon me. I have seen the same alleged objections of Christians by both dispensationalists and Jews. It is called replacement theology or supersessionism, and it boils down to the fallacious idea that the church has replaced or superseded Judaism. That is not only incorrect, but it has also led to charges of antisemitism against certain denominations and anyone who disagrees with dispensationalists. I am not critiquing Jews for the unrepentant will answer to God, but dispensationalists, who claim to be Christians, are beyond the pale.

In today’s hyper charged society, those who disagree with the groupthink woke crowd means boo hiss and being canceled. However, Christians are not to lead their fellow brothers and sisters-in-Christ astray. But that is what dispensationalists do when they accuse their brethren of supersessionism. Satan is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10), so inadvertently or otherwise, dispensationalists are doing the work of the devil by taking that stance.

To be clear, national Israel is distinct from the church; it is also separate from spiritual Israel. So, the apostle Paul disproves what the dispensationalists say about Abraham’s seed. It is not national Israel; it is Christ (Galatians 3:13-29, cp. 16). But the church consists of Jew and Gentile alike – all who claim Christ as their Lord and Savior. Jesus made that distinction when He acknowledged the Jews were descendants of Abraham but that they were of their father, the devil (John 8:31-59, cp. 37, 44).

Dispensationalists are off the mark with seeing the church as a parenthesis, an interruption, of God’s dealings with national Israel. That results from their literal hermeneutic and futurism, which prevents them from seeing that the New Testament explains the Hebrew Scriptures and, therefore, national Israel is just that – national Israel. But the promise is to spiritual Israel. Dispensationalists who call other Christians antisemites because they disagree with dispensationalism engage in nothing less than browbeating and intimidation tactics and are worse than calling someone a racist because they disagree with Black Lives Matter or fascists for opposing Antifa.

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