月別アーカイブ: 2021年10月

Hyper dispensationalism

Hyperdispensationalism is a damnable heresy that has universally infected our churches to one degree or another.

This post is the text of a morning Bible study at my church.

Knowing these facts about Paul helps us to avoid many strange and errant doctrines such as Hyper dispensationalism and other “Paul worship” doctrines going around these days.

Most all of this information is easy to find, and much of it is found in his own epistles.

Concerning our church doctrines and covenant, this study refutes hyper dispensationalist views that teach “that’s not for us today” or “Jesus wasn’t talking to you”.

They teach that we should hold ONLY to Paul’s epistles, ignoring the rest of the Bible. If that is not bad enough, in the softer version of hyper dispensationalism, also called “right division” or “rightly dividing”, they also teach that somehow Paul taught and preached a doctrine that was fundamentally different or unique compared to the preaching of Jesus and the 12.

There are many different extremes of the teaching, but most completely do away with the Lord’s supper and water baptism. They say of it: “it’s not for us today”, which is heresy. I call these folks “dry cleaners”. “look at how dry I am”.

It is important to tell new folks that come to our church that this church does not hold to the hyper dispensationalist view of the Bible, and it says so in the church doctrines and covenant.

Such preconceptions of the Bible don’t amount to anything, are not worth being right about, add nothing to your stature as a Christian, create confusion, and only lead to arguments and divisions.

Our church doctrines and covenant holds that ALL the prophets and apostles shared and preached the SAME fundamental doctrines that come from ONE MAN, the man Jesus Christ, our dear Lord and Saviour.

This is called “the whole counsel of scripture”.
Enough of the introduction.

Paul’s profile: Born in the Cilician province of Tarsus about 5-10AD, just a few years younger than Jesus. (Acts 22:3).

Cilicia was considered a free province, and anyone born there was considered a full Roman citizen, with full rights, regardless of ancestry.

Paul was killed at the hand of Nero Caesar in Rome about 66-67 AD. Death by scourging and then decapitation.

As a Roman citizen, Paul was exempt from death by crucifixion.

The Catholic church observes his martyrdom as June 29, 67AD.

Childhood: grew up in Jerusalem Israel, the son of a pharisee. Had several close relatives in Jerusalem.

Education: Pharisee in Jerusalem. From the age of 13, he studied at the feet of Gamaliel in the temple at Jerusalem. He Excelled above his peers in all aspects of his occupation. He was considered a rising star in Judaism. He gave it all up for Jesus. (Acts 22:3).

Paul likely never married, and probably died a virgin.

Paul Met Jesus before, and on at least two occasions after his resurrection.

As a student in the Temple, It stands to reason that Paul also knew the Temple teacher from Nazareth named Jesus.

Paul was at Pentecost after the resurrection. Such attendance was MANDATORY of all Jewish males. Paul was “in a chief seat”, and saw the 11 preach the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus 7 weeks after Jerusalem killed Jesus. As a protégé of Gamaliel, he was not doubt well aware of the events surrounding the death of Jesus at Calvary as they unfolded. He would later stand by and give consent for Stephen to be killed, holding the coats of the men who killed Stephen.

Paul was the greatest persecutor of the church after the cross. His conversion stands as a stark testimony to the love of God, and the power of the cross and Jesus resurrection.

Doctrines: Preached the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus to Jew and Gentile alike. “what Moses and the prophets said would come: that Christ would suffer and be the first to rise from the dead” (Acts 26:22). He was considered the chief apostle to the Gentiles because of his expertise in Judaism. Paul’s wisdom is self evident in the book of Hebrews. His fundamental doctrines mirrored, almost verbatim, what Jesus taught and preached to Israel.

Citizenship: Paul was a full Jew, but also a full, free born Roman citizen. This gave him many rights and privileges the other apostles did not have.

The greatest asset to Paul was his ability and freedom to travel without hindrance throughout the Roman Empire. Only a full Roman citizen was permitted this privelege at that time.

The 12, as Jews, and Jesus himself, were confined to their own country unless escorted or given special permission to travel outside Israel. Jews from all over the world were permitted to travel to Israel three times a year for the three high holy days of Judaism. It was during these times the Jews were counted and taxed.

As a Pharisee, Paul had authority over the synagogues and was considered a special guest in any synagogue in the world at the time, and as such, he had access to the pulpit.
Another credential that Paul had that the 12 did not possess. Paul calls himself the father of the bride in 2 Cor 11:2. “I have betrothed you to one husband”. The 12, with the 12th apostle being Matthias, being the groomsmen at the marriage supper of the Lamb, and John the Baptist being the best man.

In the Kingdom reign, Paul will no doubt be ambassador from the Gentile kings to the nation Israel, as David and the 12 rule over the tribes of Israel.

In your Bible study, look for harmony of theme and agreement in the scriptures and among the prophets, and you won’t go wrong. 

Pray for me, as I pray for you, God bless !

Copyright 2022 James Dixon

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