I had left home and was going to college but I wasn’t going to church. Now I was a baby Christian because as far as I was concerned just because my father’s church didn’t teach what Lindsey was teaching then it wasn’t a good church. But I didn’t know where to go to find that teaching. I was suspicious of all the other churches because I had heard about those “holy rollers” and I wasn’t going to chance that.
So it was just me and my bible and the my bible wasn’t opened as much as I should have done. That is when God sent me the perfect person for me. Let’s call him “Mike”. Now Mike and I were in the same class at the local community college both of us getting a technology degree. I had made a flippant remark to the effect of seeing “here, there, or in the air” and his head snapped up and he pierced me with a steely gaze, he was a former marine I think it is part of basic or something, and said that we were going to talk.
Well Mike sorted me out in short order, he found out that yes I was a christian, I wasn’t going to church, and that I had never been discipled. And that was going to change quick fast and in a hurry. The first thing Mike did was start me on the Navigators discipleship course. Mike was relentless which is just what you need when you’re a newbie Christian.
By the way can I say that is a lost art, disciplining I mean, I’ve seen too many people preach the gospel and then leave the new Christian to flounder because there isn’t any follow-up. They think that taking them to Church is the answer, and it is an answer but actual one on one discipleship makes baby Christians so much stronger in the long run.
The other thing that Mike did was bring me to his church. And at that church they had adult Sunday school and there they taught me about God’s plan for the Ages. And here is where I learned about the various dispensations and how man was saved in each age.
So for the first class I was given a pamphlet that had a small map on it. The map was divided into seven distinct time periods starting from eternity past to eternity future. The ages were listed like this:
- Human Government
- Kingdom Restoration of Israel.
Under each age was a responsibility, a failure, and a judgement. I was taught that by keeping the responsibility, whatever that was in the specific age, was how man was saved. But in every case man couldn’t keep the requirement and was judged. After that judgement another age was initiated that had a different requirement for salvation. I was taught that I was in the dispensation of Grace but that dispensation would fail too because all wouldn’t come to faith in Christ and be led by the Holy Spirit instead they would trust their own works and that this would lead to the Great Tribulation but I wouldn’t see that I would be with Christ for seven years while that would be happening.
Now let me say that most modern dispensationalists no longer holds to this particular teaching in fact I doubt that you will see this being taught in Dallas Theological Seminary or Master’s Seminary. But at that time this is what I was taught and that was how I believed God saved people during the various time periods.
Part three: Becoming Reformed next.