I believe that the doctrine of Dispensationalism is a manmade doctrine and does not comport with Scripture. I am sure that dispensationalists would say that Covenant Theology is a manmade doctrine and obviously say it is unbiblical. However, it is a Biblical fact that God deals with people through Covenants, not dispensations. The word dispensation is not mentioned in the Old Testament and only four times in the New Testament. Some years ago I started a thread regarding the claim by certain theologians of Classic Dispensational persuasion that the Church, for which Jesus Christ died, was a parenthesis, an intercalation, in God’s program for Israel. At that time a great number of Board members took great umbrage at that claim. The vitriol expressed in some responses was intense to say the least but I cannot say I was surprised. Many who claim to be of dispensational persuasion are apparently of the “Rapture Ready” type and not conversant with the teachings of Classic Dispensationalism, a doctrine first formalized by John Nelson Darby of the Plymouth [England] Brethern. I raised this issue on another thread and provided links showing three prominent Classic Dispensationalists who subscribed to this doctrine, a doctrine I consider totally wrong and unBiblical! Following are remarks by Chafer and Ryrie. Lewis Sperry Chafer founded and served as the first president of Dallas Theological Seminary, and was an influential proponent of Christian Dispensationalism in the early 20th century. Charles C. Ryrie is a Christian writer and theologian who served as professor of systematic theology and dean of doctoral studies at Dallas Theological Seminary He is also the author of the Ryrie Study Bible. Then there are the remarks of Harry A. Ironside former pastor of the Moody Memorial Church in Chicago. The quote is from the preface to his book, The Great Parenthesis. Charles C Ryrie writing in his book Dispensationalism regarding the Progressive Dispensational movement states on page 134. I must state as forcefully as I can that I find the doctrine of the Church, for which Jesus Christ died, as a parenthesis or an intercalation, in God’s program for Israel to be repugnant and I reject it completely. However, I totally reject the comment made by one individual who refused to retract the following statement even after being confronted with the above statements by learned Classic Dispensationalists. I have noted before that I am surrounded by Baptists who are “Rapture Ready” dispensationalists. I would no more question their Salvation than I would my own. I have and will eagerly debate the Rapture Ready dispensationalists regarding their eschatology which I believe to be incorrect. However, as far as I am concerned any error in dispensational eschatology pales in comparison to the claim that the Church is a parenthesis, an intercalation, in God’s program for Israel. I would note at this time what the Baptist Faith and Message adopted in 2000 says about the Church: In the letter of the Apostle Paul to the Church at Ephesus God reveals to us His program for the Church of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:11-22 11. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12. That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13. But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15. Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16. And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17. And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20. And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21. In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22. In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. Sadly dispensationalism rebuilds that wall between Jew and Gentile that Jesus Christ broke down through His own Blood.