Why I left behind dispensationalism part. 1

When I became a Christian I had already gone through my protestant church’s confirmation classes for roughly three years and had stood in front of the church and told the members that I “renounced the devil and all his works and all his ways.” The problem being that while I had done that mainly because my father would have ended me if I didn’t, (No son of mine isn’t going to renounce the devil and all his ways!) I really had no idea what I meant by all of that.
Through God’s providence, although I didn’t recognize it at the time, I went to a Christian high school where I was forced to hear a chapel message each and every Friday. It was there that I came under the teachings of the pretribulation rapture something that had never been taught once in the church that I grew up in. Oh, to be sure we all said this part of the creed: ” and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.” But saying it and knowing what it meant is two different propositions.
So I was rather taken aback when I was told by this well dressed Baptist minister (suit and tie not clerical collar and clothes as I was used to seeing pastors dressed.) That at any moment I could find my friends and family gone snatched up by Jesus while I would be left on earth for seven years of the Devil’s reign. This was terrifying. And when I questioned my pastor concerning this he had no idea what I was talking about, in fact his bewildered look was a match for mine.
These teachings produced two things one was accepting Christ into my heart, yes, yes, I know that is horrible christianeze for trusting in Christ’s work on the cross for my sins but it was a different time and that is what they said I needed. Two was an errant desire to study eschatology. Although I never actually heard that word used. It was the END TIMES and Hal Lindsey was the teacher du jour. So I bought or read all the books Lindsey wrote. My bible reading was mainly concentrated on those verses that dealt with Christ’s return. I was a mess.
The last thing that this produced in me was a desire to leave the church that I grew up in because they didn’t teach what Lindsey was teaching and so when I left home I left that church too. More to come…

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4 thoughts on “Why I left behind dispensationalism part. 1

  1. Greetings,
     
    I departed from pre-millemmial dispensation because of its many contradictions.  I feel that history focuses on Calvary where regenerated believers receive full expiation and where Jesus said, “It is finished.”  If what He said is true, then there is no Plan B or future work that could or would add to what He did.  Dispensationalism offers a “second chance” type of grace.  The Temple and its cult failed.  Sinners could receive atonement, but not expiation and the Covenant was essentially ended at Calvary.  Today, the unsaved Jew faces the same condemnaton as the unsaved Gentile and the restored Temple could never approach the completed work of Christ.  Who would be as righteous high priest is Christ is?
     
    When the last sinner is regenerated in God’s grace, then His grace will end having no further purpose.  Election will then be complete followed by judgment. For those who are regenerated, they must ask themselves, “Have I been saved for God’s purpose or to live as I please?”   This is evidence of genuine regeneration.
     
    My wife and I are planning on moving to the Shawnee/Lenexa area early next year and we will visit your church as we seek a new place to serve.
     
    In Christ,
    Craig Hatcher, ThD— comment-reply@wordpress.com wrote:From: CredoCovenant <comment-reply@wordpress.com>To: hatcher@thevision.netSubject: [New post] Why I left behind dispensationalism part. 1Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:31:44 +0000

    keachfan posted: “When I became a Christian I had already gone through my protestant church’s confirmation classes for roughly three years and had stood in front of the church and told the members that I “renounced the devil and all his works and all his ways.” The problem”

  2. very good article… I remember going through a similar journey when I was a young Christian. I don’t remember dispensationalism being taught explicitly, but I do remember numerous eschatology studies that centered around the dispensational pre-millennial position. Ultimately, it was these types of conversations that led me to the amillennial position. I look forward to the rest of the story.

  3. OMG! This brought back so many memories for me! I think it was my mom who taught me about the rapture. I was so scared that I would be left behind that I freaked out every time I found myself alone for an extended time (i.e. waking up from a nap and no one is in the house, driving down a normally busy road to see absolutely no one, etc.) Those were some scary times…..definitely looking forward to reading more!

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