Dispensationalists often denounce historic Christianity’s teaching that the Church is the continuation of Israel. They write it off as anti-Semitic “replacement theology.”
Dispensationalism contends that the Church and Israel are distinct bodies that God will keep separate even into eternity. They hold that the Church is the Church and Israel is Israel and never the twain shall meet. To confuse the two, they argue, is to replace a local, ethnically-distinct people (Israel) with a universal, ethnically-diverse people (the Church). They reject any merging of Israel and the Church as replacement theology calling it anti-biblical and immoral.
In doing this they themselves impose a separation. They effectively separate their own peculiar and innovate theology from the orthodox theology of the historic Christian Church. From the teaching of the Apostles, through that of the Ante-Nicene, Nicene, Post-Nicene, and up through the Reformers and beyond, the historic Church has strongly held to the view that the Church is the continuation of Israel. It was only in the early part of the nineteenth century with the arising of dispensationalism that this view was rejected.
In this presentation we will focus our attention on dispensationalism’s loud complaint. We will engage the question of Israel’s role in Scripture and her relationship to the Church of Jesus Christ in God’s plan. And we will particularly focus on the dispensationalism’s charge that historic Christian Church has engaged in heresy in this regard.
Ironically, we will show that the label “replacement theology” better describes dispensationalism! We will show that they have replaced the biblical and historical doctrine of the Church and Israel with a peculiar man-made one.
Join Jerry Johnson, Ken Gentry and David Lutzweiler in this nearly two hour round table discussion: “Is Dispensationalism Guilty of Replacement Theology?”
Encoding: Region Free
Time: 120 minutes
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- Listed On: December 28, 2012