Covenant Theology is a view that interprets the Bible through the eyes of speculative rationalism. In eternity, before creation, the Godhead committed to a purpose and plan they call the “Covenant of Redemption.” Evidence from scripture can be found in that the Lamb of God was “foreknown” before the foundation of the world, 1 Peter 1:19-20. I must digress here to explain that “foreknowledge” refers to knowledge obtained or formulated in the past, and is be utilized or implemented in the present. Thus God knew the Lamb of God before creation as part of the “Covenant of Redemption” which is being implemented in the present, i.e. has appeared in these last times. Thus this view appears to have at least a basis in scripture. And this is bolstered by Ephesians 1:3-4 where God chose us in Him before the foundation of the world. This again points to a plan of redemption before creation, the Covenant of Redemption. Thus the plan of redemption was formulated before creation, and the person of the Godhead –the Word – was chosen as the Redeemer – the Lamb of God, and those to be redeemed were known (either individually or corporately) before creation. Therefore when you see the plan of redemption being described, it includes the blessings of the redemption plan being applied in the present to those people God planed for in the past and therefore foreknew. With this overarching view of history in mind, then the Bible describes the unfolding of this Covenant of Redemption. So far so good! But what does the Bible say is the reason for this “Covenant of Redemption.” To bring glory to God! When we repent we bring glory to God. Therefore our repentance must be autonomous, because if it were compelled, then it would not bring glory to God. In summary the Covenant of Redemption seems valid, but the Calvinistic characterization of the plan seems mistaken. As fundamentalists, we characterize the redemption plan according to a more literal understanding of the text. Therefore we reject most of Covenant Theology and embrace the more literal dispensational view, whether traditional or progressive. But we should not throw the baby out with the bathwater.