Thursday Theology: Is the Dispensationalist my brother?


 

 
So John MacArthur was on the Ben Shapiro show,  click here if you want to watch it Ben Shapiro Sunday Special.

So around 52 minutes into the interview John MacArthur makes the statement that “supersessionism is a latent form of antisemitism” now let me be plain I agree with John MacArthur  partly, I don’t believe that the Church has replaced Israel.  But see it doesn’t end there John MacArthur believes that the Church and Israel are two distinct things or as Irwin Lutzer puts it:

Israel’s destiny is to be a separate people of God’s choosing, and the New Testament church stands as another avenue of His grace.*

Now there is a difference of opinion when it comes to those of us who hold to covenant theology (Presbyterian or Baptist) with regards to the Israel/Church distinction and needless to say they disagree with John MacArthur regarding this.  But this isn’t anything new.  John MacArthur has always believed this.  But every time he articulates this it is taken as a big surprise.

So the question is does this mean that I shouldn’t treat dispensationalists as  brother’s in Christ?  Does differing hermenuetics mean that one isn’t saved?

Well I don’t believe it does the dispensationalism that MacArthur holds to isn’t some radical form, and there are radical or hyper-dispensationalists, whose hermenuetics would cause me to question if they are preaching the gospel.  But I can’t say that about John MacArthur he has consistently preached the gospel, the true gospel so even if I disagree with him regarding his hermenuetic I can’t say that he isn’t my brother in Christ.  And I should treat other dispensationalists of MacArthur’s type the same.  They are our brothers in Christ and despite our disagreements we need to treat them as such.

 

 

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Catechism


Q. Do we come into the world as upright as
did our first parent?

A. No: he came into the world sinless, being made so of God Almighty, but we came into the world sinners, being made
so by his pollution.

Q. How does it appear that we came into the
world polluted?

A. We are the fruit of an unclean thing, are defiled in our very
conception, and are by nature the children of
wrath (Job 14:4; Psa 51:5; Eph 2:3).

Q. Can you make further proof of this?

A. Yes, it is said, That by one man came sin,
death, judgment, and condemnation upon all
men (Rom 5:12-19).

Q. Do we then come sinners into the world?

A. Yes, we are transgressors from the womb,
and go astray as soon as we are born, speaking
lies (Isa 48:8; Psa 58:3).

Q. But as Adam fell with us in him, so did he
not by faith rise with us in him? for he had no
seed until he had the promise.

A. He fell as a public person (ie: Federal Head), but believed the promise as a single person. Adam’s faith saved not the world, though Adam’s sin overthrew it.

Q. But do not some hold that we are sinners
only by imitation?

A. Yes, being themselves deceived. But God’s word saith, we are children of wrath by nature, that is, by birth and
generation.

Q. Can you bring further proof of this?

A. Yes: in that day that we were born, we were
polluted in our own blood, and cast out to the
loathing of our persons. Again, the children of
old that were dedicated unto the Lord, a
sacrifice was offered for them at a month old,
which was before they were sinners by
imitation (Eze 16:4-9; Num 18:14-16).

Q. Can you make this appear by experience?

A. Yes: the first things that bloom andput forth themselves in children, show their ignorance of God, their disobedience to parents, and their innate enmity to holiness of life; their
inclinations naturally run to vanity. Besides little children die, but that they could not, were they not of God counted sinners; for death is the wages of sin (Rom 6:23).

Q. What is sin?

A. It is a transgression of
the law (1 John 3:4).

Q. A transgression of what law?

A. Of the law of our nature, and of the law of the ten
commandments as written in the holy scriptures (Rom 2:12-15; Exo 20).

Q. When doth one sin against the law of
nature?

A. When you do anything that your conscience tells you is a transgression against God or man (Rom 2:14,15).

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Q. Is not the soul then of the nature of the Godhead?

A. No, for God cannot sin, but the soul does: God cannot be destroyed in hell, but the souls of the impenitent shall (Eze 18:4; Matt
10:28).

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Q. Is there no other spirit but the true God?
A. Yes, there are many spirits.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1John 4:1

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Q. Who is a Christian?

A. One that is born again, a new creature; one that sits at Jesus’ feet to hear his word; one that hath his heart purified and sanctified by faith, which is in Christ.
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

John 3:3,5,7
For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.

Acts 11:24
And he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith

Acts 15:9
To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me

Acts 26:18

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

2 Cor 5:17

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Q. (4) What gods are they that countenance the lusts of wicked men?

A. The devil, who is the god of this world; the belly, that god of
gluttons, drunkards, and riotous persons; and idle pleasures and vanities, which are, for the most part, the gods of the youth
If your children have sinned against him, he has delivered them into the hand of their transgression. Job 8:4
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God 2 Cor 4:4
Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things Phil 3:19;
And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play. Exo 32:6
Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play. 1 Cor 10:7
So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 2 Tim 2:22
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John 5:21

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Q. (3) Are there then other gods besides the God of the Christians?
A. There is none other true God but HE; but because they want the grace of Christians, therefore they choose not him, but such gods as will suit with and countenance their lusts.
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

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A FAMILIAR CATECHISM OR,INSTRUCTION FOR THE IGNORANT

Being a salve to cure that great want of knowledge which so much reigns in young and old. prepared and presented to them in a plain and easy dialogue pitted to the capacity of the weakest. “My People perish for lack of Knowledge.” — Hosea 4:6.

Dedicated to the church of Christ and about Bedford Walking in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; Your affectionate brotherand companion in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, wisheth all Grace and Mercy by Jesus Christ. Amen.

Holy and beloved, although I have designed this little treatise for public and common benefit, yet considering that I am to you a debtor, not only in common charity, but by reason of special bonds which the Lord hath laid upon me to you-ward, I could do no less, (being driven from you in presence, not affection,) but first present you with this little book. Not that you are wanting in the things contained herein, but to put you again in remembrance of first things, and to give you occasion to present something to your carnal relations, that may be (if God will) for their awakening and conversion. Accept it, therefore, as a token of my Christian remembrance of you.

Next, I present it to all those unconverted, old and young, who have been at any time under my preaching, and yet remain in their sins. And I entreat them also, that they receive it as a token of my love to their immortalsouls. Yea, I charge them as they will answer it in the day of terrible judgment, that they read, ponder, and receive this wholesome medicine prepared for them. Now the God of blessing bless it to the awakening of many sinners, and the salvation of their souls, by faith in Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Yours, to serve you by my ministry (when I can) to your edification and consolation, John Bunyan

BUNYAN’S CATECHISM:
OR, INSTRUCTION FOR THE IGNORANT.

Q. (1) How many gods are there?

A. To the Christians there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we of him.

1 Corinthians 8:6
yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we live, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we live.

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What hope does everlasting life hold for us?

    It reminds us that this present fallen world is not all there is; soon we will live with and enjoy God forever in the new city, in the new heaven and the new earth, where we will be fully and forever freed from all sin and will inhabit renewed, resurrection bodies in a renewed, restored creation.

    Revelation 21:1–4

    Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

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    Of what advantage to us is Christ’s ascension?

      Christ physically ascended on our behalf, just as he came down to earth physically on our account, and he is now advocating for us in the presence of his Father, preparing a place for us, and also sends us his Spirit.

      Romans 8:34

      Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.