Q & A Friday: Are you a Dispensationalist?
Very much on the same page, theologically speaking. Read Matt Weymeyer’s article, too.
Labels are often difficult. It is usually better to define terms before endorsing or rejecting them.
By saying I am a dispensationalist I mean the following:
- I see a distinction between the church and the nation of Israel
- I see a future for the nation of Israel
- I employ a consistent literal historical-grammatical approach to Bible interpretation
- The major theme in the Scriptures is the glory of God
Also, by saying I am a dispensationalist I also believe the following:
- I do not see multiple ways of salvation in the Bible, sinners are saved by grace through faith (whether Paul or Abraham, cf. Rom. 4.1-5)
- I do not believe that some parts of the New Testament are not for us today (i.e. the Sermon on the Mount)
- I do not believe that Jesus may be our Savior without being our Lord
Some people think it is odd that we could be both Reformed and Dispensational. I like to remind folks that it is the same approach to the Bible that produces both for me. I am not Reformed because Calvin was Reformed and I am not Dispensational because Ryrie is. I think the Bible teaches Reformed soteriology (doctrine of salvation) and Dispensational eschatology (doctrine of things to come).