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My review of a few Dispensationalist books

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by evangelist6589, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. evangelist6589

    evangelist6589 Well-Known Member

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    A month or so ago I announced that I was reading a few books and here is my review of them.

    The Second Coming- John MacArthur hits a homerun with this one. He proves right from the Bible very craftily and carefully while anything other than the premillennialist, pretribulationist, dispensationalist interpretation does not flow naturally from the scriptures. This was somewhat of a technical read for the undergraduate/laymen level reader, but Dwight Pentecost, Feinberg, Walvoord, and others are far more technical in their books. The only weakness of this book is its lack of application. The application that MacArthur does give is not very memorable and David Jeremiah does a much better job in his book in this area.

    Until Christ Returns-This book is filled with application and insight from the Olivet Discourse. Its not as detailed oriented or academic as John MacArthur's version "The Second Coming" however its far more application based which was probably the goal David Jeremiah had when he wrote this book. Whats the point of knowing every nitty detail of everything when we miss the entire theme of the Discourse? Jeremiah makes a strong case for working to earn rewards in Heaven until Christ returns. Evangelism is so vitally important and a strong case is made in this book to do evangelism. Also edifying and encouraging the saints is emphasized as well as living a righteous and holy life until Christ returns. For a more detailed read on the theme of "Holiness" get the book "set apart" by Kent Hughes. Overall a good work of which I gladly applaud David Jeremiah. Once again for more academic details on the discourse read John MacArthur's book "The Second Coming."

    The King is coming- I have been reading this book along with Until Christ Returns by David Jeremiah, & The Second Coming by John MacArthur. Those books are based on the Olivet Discourse while this book is more on the theme of Christ returning. This book was a decent read but some issues I have are that the book lacks a topical & scripture index as most or all of Lutzers book do, and I kinda felt the writing style jumped around too much and did not fully explain the text as perhaps this book needed better editors. For more detail on the second coming & the book of Revelation I would recommend MacArthur's "The Second Coming Book", and for more application taken from the Olivet Discourse and how to live today as we await the return of Christ I would recommend David Jeremiah's "Until Christ Returns" book.

    So my recommendation is to purchase The second Coming and Until Christ returns. Both books are very good and should be read over and over again.



    John
     
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    evangelist6589 Well-Known Member

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    Others may think differently so you are welcome to offer your POV as well.
     
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    MacArthur is fine until he gets on eschatology!
     
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    evangelist6589 Well-Known Member

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    MacArthur teaches right from the Bible. His eschatology is Biblical.
     
  6. AresMan

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    Then, the eschatology of everyone until John Nelson Darby was frighteningly wrong.

    That is a tough pill you expect the world to swallow.
     
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    That is your POV and you are welcome to it!
     
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    The eschatology is bad but; well I started to say inconsequential but it is not. I believe the dispensational eschatology is having an affect on foreign policy of this nation.

    Then there is the problem of the failure of the Jesus Christ to achieve the Messianic Kingdom and Darby's parenthesis Church!
     
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    Your kidding, right?
     
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    I believe it has been having a great effect. This eschatology is used by the military complex to further their own goals in our recent spate of dubious wars. Many Christians are being duped into being accomplices.

    Most of our political and military leaders don't really care about Christian values. But they know how to whip up support come election time.

    It is ironic that Preterists supposedly having this deadly and dulling effect on the church by our Kingdom-now belief. Dispenstionalism, rather, is the one with the deadening - not to say, killing - result.
     
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    :laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
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    You misunderstand, Grasshopper. He meant to say that MacArthur teaches right from the MacArthur Study Bible. :laugh:
     
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    This is an understatement. More like getting 'played like a banjo string'.

    What planet do you live on?

    Christian Zionists and U.S. foreign policy
     
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    Do you have his study Bible? His notes are very very elementary compared to his commentaries and books. Read his study Bible notes on Mt 24, Lk 21, and Rev, and then compare them to his commentaries and books and see what I mean.
     
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    Ok, I will put you down in the "just kidding" column since the alternative is plain old scary!
     
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    I have his study Bible. In my Bible collection there are around 40 study Bibles, the MacArthur is the one that gets used the most by a large margin.

    I also have about 20 commentaries on the book of Romans, his commentary is the one I go to first and then last.
     
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    At least his theology comes from the Bible!
     
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    i had his Study bible, good notes, just the way it was laid out though, kept going back to my ole Ryrie!
     
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