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Discussion in '2004 Archive' started by Plain Old Bill, Nov 21, 2004.
I've heard a few new terms here anybody care to enlighten me? Thanks in advance.
According to Ryrie in his book Dispensationalism there are at least three:
1. Mainline Dispensationalism.
2. Progressive Dispensationalism.
If you would like six dispensational
theories, ask five Baptists
I hereby nominate Ed Edwards for the post of the millennium award!
There are also the dispensationalists that the non-dispies claim there are as well
Mainline Dispensationalist believe in 7 distinct "economies" or "stewardships" in which:
God reveals a portion of His will to man</font>
Man is responsible for certain relationship to that revelation</font>
Man is blessed</font>
Man ultimately fails at this responsibility as a steward</font>
God reveals a portion etc to another segment of mankind</font>
Some of the characteristics of a stewardship will carry over into the next. Some are peculiar to that era.
God doesn't change His overal PLAN, His Grace, etc. He changes how He DEALS WITH MAN (and how man deals with him) as man FAILS in this progression.
Example of above
Dispensation of Innocence
God creates all and gives Adam a set of guidelines</font>
Adam keeps the guidelines and is blessed and walks in relationship to God</font>
Adam listens to wife and sins; fellowship broken</font>
God's DEALING with man must now change. Man failed God's one-on-one program so God will give new command</font>
Dispensation of Conscience
God will deal with ALL men, not just Adam, through conscience</font>
Man walks in fellowship with God, but not the same as Adam in the garden did</font>
Man sins and moves from God; conscience seared by sin</font>
God judges with Noahic Flood</font>
God dealing with man must now change. MAN has failed so God begins to deal CORPORATELY with man in society, not in his seared conscience</font>
Dispensation of Human Government
Dispensation of Promise (to Abraham)
Dispensation of Mosaic Law
Dispensation of the Church
Dispensation of the Kingdom
My previous post went to never never land.
If I may...
I have encountered some who would add an 8th Dispensation in between the Church and Kingdom.
This they call the Dispensation of Tribulation.
I am not so dogmatic on this one however.
In His service;
Most in "my" group would, after the rapture of the church, have the tribulation by a "tag end" of Law. Temple rebuilt, sacrifices resume and the Law reinstated.
So it is not a full separate dispensation, but a parenthetical return to law for 7 years, ending with the triumph of Messiah and the Kingdom.