Monday, December 8, 2008

Church ^ Israel

('^' is from computer programming; it is pronounced "xor" - "ecks or" - it means one or the other, but not both)

In my last post, I started an overview of Christian eschatologies and gave a teaser. What is "pre-millennial dispensationalism"?

Dispensationalism can mean different things to different people. In most definitions, it also includes more than just eschatology. It also covers hermeneutics and the "central interpretive motif".

But on Sunday, my Pastor gave a very concise definition - "the Church != Israel" (does not equal, is not the same as).

If you agree, you are a dispensationalist - and if you disagree, you aren't.

From this simple proposition proceeds a lot of theology and doctrine.

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