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Zionists Helped To Spread Dispensationalism
In 1936, Lewis S. Chafer, a classical dispensationalist, defined Scofield’s literalism as “The outstanding characteristic of the dispensationalist is … that he believes every statement of the Bible and gives to it the plain, natural meaning its words imply.”
From: L. S. Chafer, ‘Dispensationalism,’ Bibliotheca Sacra, 93, October (1936), pp410, 417.
Charles C. Ryrie (born 1925) says of classical dispensationalism that the: “basic primise of Dispensationalism
s two purposes of God expressed in the formation of two peoples who maintain their distinction throughout eternity.” Charles C. Ryrie, Dispensationalism Today, 1966,pp.44-45.
J. Dwight Pentecost is another dispensationalist theologian who in his book Things To Come ( 1965) says “The church and Israel are two distinct groups with whom God has a divine plan. The church is a mystery, unrevealed in the Old Testament.” (page 193, J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, Zondervan, 1965)….
The classical dispensationalists – John Darby, C.I. Scofield, and Lewis S. Chafer – insist that “Israel” in the Old
Testament always means physical or ethnic Israel, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And – the Catholic Church did not replace ethnic Israel. Ethnic Israel was reborn in Jesus Christ. It was transformed rather than replaced.
The teaching of this theology is that God has two different peoples, the Jews and the Church, with whom he deals in very different ways.
Scripture does not support this teaching. Christ in John 10: 16 says “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”
He says clearly that there shall be one fold of his people, not two.
John 1: 11 says “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” As a consequence, Matthew 8: 11-12 says “And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Paul in Ephesians 2: 13-15 says “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;”
Christ broke down the wall separating believing Jews from believing Gentiles, and made them one. They are not two different groups under Christ.
“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another” (Romans 12: 5).
” For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread” (I Corinthians 10: 17).
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3: 28)
“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;” (Ephesians 4: 4)
Paul was careful to tell his congregations that Jewish and Gentile Christians were of one body and not two separate groups. This concern of Paul came partly out of the problem he faced of Judaizers telling his Gentile Christians that they must follow the ceremonial law of Moses to be saved, that is. they were trying to mix the Old and New Covenants together into a false religion.
C.I. Scofield was the American who spread dispensationalism in the United States during the late 19th century and early 20th century. But there is some evidence that later on members of the Zionist movement helped to spread dispensationalism, especially in the United States. Certainly dispensationalism as the most popular theology in American evangelical churches has encouraged Christians to donate money to the cause of the nation of Israel, and to support efforts by the government to protect Israel in military, economic and political ways.
For example, Samuel Untermeyer, who later became chairman of the American Jewish Committee, and president of the American League of Jewish Patriots. is said to have helped C.I Scofield, the first major American dispensationalists. This is from the site:
“Untermeyer introduced Scofield to numerous Zionist and socialist leaders, including Samuel Gompers, Fiorello LaGuardia, Abraham Straus, Bernard Baruch and Jacob Schiff. These were the people who financed Scofield’s research trips to Oxford and arranged the publication and distribution of his concordance.”
Scofield passed the promotion of dispensationalism on to Lewis Sperry Chafer who founded the Dallas Theological Seminary in 1924. The theology was spread from there and soon from other theological seminaries after 1924. So dispensationalism is a set of false doctrines that have been spread to the churches from the theological seminaries.
Acts 15 And the New Testament View of the Prophecies On the Restoration of Physical Israel
Romans 11: 26: “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written,
There shall come out of Zion a Deliverer, and shall turn away
ungodliness from Jacob.”
This is the New Testament scripture dispensationalists use to say that
Israel will be saved sometime, that is, the Israel Paul in Romans 9: 8
says “They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the
children of God.”
Look at Acts 15: 13-22 where James cites Amos 9: 11-12 and says in
verses 14- 15, ” Simon hath declared how God at the first did visit
the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And to this
agree the words of the prophets; as it is written. Here he quotes
Amos 9: 11-12
Amos 9: 11-12 is one among several Old Testament prophecies predicting
a restoration of Israel. Others are Isaiah 54: 1-5, Hosea 3: 5, and
For example Hosea 3: 5 says “Afterward shall the children of Israel
return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall
fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.”
What James says in Acts 15: 14-15 is the these prophecies agree with
Peter’s experience with God calling him to give the Gospel to the
Gentiles, for example to Cornelius, a Gentile, in Acts 10.
In other words, even James, who was part of the Jewish group of
Christians in Jerusalem, actually one of their leaders, interprets
these prophecies of the restoration of Israel as including the
Gentiles. These prophecies, in light of the revelation of the New
Testament are not about a restoration of national Israel, those Paul
says are the children of the flesh who are not the children of God in
Romans 9: 8, but about a transformation of Israel from physical Israel
to Israel born again in Jesus Christ.
The dispensationalists do not say that God now has one people, the
Christians, but sometime in the future he will have two peoples, the
“church” and the Jews. They say now God has two different peoples,
the church and the Jews and he deals with them differently.
Their doctrine hinges on what Paul means by “Israel” in Romans 11:
26.. Scripture does not contradict itself. To be consistent with
other scriptures including what Paul says even in Romans 11 about the
unbelieving Jews being broken off, “Israel” in Rom,ans 11: 26 is all
who are saved, including the saved under the Old Covenant.
The dispensationalists do not seem to pay attention to what Christ
said to and about the Pharisees. They represent the unsaved larger
portion of physical Israel when Christ appeared on earth.
Plagiarism and Other Dishonest Behavior By Dispensationalist Celebrities
The Three R’s Rapture, Revisions, Robbery, 1988, by Dave MacPhearson is, in part, about
plagiarism of the writings of others by several dispensationalist celebrities. The first question
is why are so many major dispensationalist writers and preachers Christian celebrities? And
why did American evangelical dispensationalism follow the Hollywood model of the celebrity who presents
an image of success?
it says “The plain truth is, a significant number of dispensational writers, seminarians, and media communicators have been exposed for repeated instances of plagiarism, intentional misquoting of historical authorities, and blatantly lying concerning the way this doctrine came into the modern church. While this factor alone certainly does not prove the efficacy of the church’s historic post-tribulationist position, it is a powerful indicator that something is seriously wrong…”
On this site Fearless Dave MacPhearson exposes dispensationalist leaders for stealing the writings of others, and for additional kinds of dishonest behavior:
Brethren scholar Harold Rowdon’s “The Origins of the Brethren” quoted Darby associate Lord Congleton who was “disgusted with…the falseness” of Darby’s accounts of things. Rowdon also quoted historian William Neatby who said that others felt that “the time-honoured method of single combat” was as good as anything “to elicit the truth” from Darby. (In other words, knock it out of him!)
My comment: Darby above is John Darby the father of dispensationalism.
Tim LaHaye’s “The Beginning of the End” (1972) plagiarized Hal Lindsey’s “The Late Great Planet Earth” (1970).
Charles Ryrie”s “The Living End” (1976) plagiarized Lindsey’s “The Late Great Planet Earth” (1970) and “There’s A New World Coming” (1973).
After John Walvoord’s “The Blessed Hope and the Tribulation” (1976) brutally twisted Robert Gundry’s “The Church and the Tribulation” (1973), Gundry composed and circulated a 35-page open letter to Walvoord which repeatedly charged the Dallas Seminary president with “misrepresentation,” “misrepresentations” (and variations)!
“The Fundamentalist Phenomenon” (1981) by Jerry Falwell, Ed Dobson, and Ed Hindson heavily plagiarized George Dollar’s 1973 book “A History of Fundamentalism in America.”
Greg Bahnsen and Kenneth Gentry produced evidence in 1989 that Lindsey’s book “The Road to Holocaust” (1989) plagiarized “Dominion Theology” (1988) by H. Wayne House and Thomas Ice.
Paul Lee Tan’s “A Pictorial Guide to Bible Prophecy” (1991) plagiarized large amounts of Lindsey’s “The Late Great Planet Earth” (1970).
Tim LaHaye’s “No Fear of the Storm” (1992) plagiarized Walvoord’s “The Blessed Hope and the Tribulation” (1976).
This was when the Los Angeles Times revealed that “The Magog Factor” (1992) by Hal Lindsey and Chuck Missler was a monstrous plagiarism of Prof. Edwin Yamauchi’s scholarly 1982 work “Foes from the Northern Frontier.” Four months after this exposure, Lindsey and Missler stated they had stopped publishing and promoting their book. But in 1996 Dr. Yamauchi learned that the dishonest duo had issued a 1995 book called “The Magog Invasion” which still had a substantial amount of the same plagiarism! (If Lindsey and Missler ever need hernia operations, I predict that the doctors will tell them not to lift anything for a long time!)
In 1996 it was revealed that Lindsey’s “Planet Earth – 2000 A.D.” (1994) had an embarrassing amount of plagiarism of a Texe Marrs book titled “Mystery Mark of the New Age” (1988).
Tim LaHaye’s “Understanding the Last Days” (1998) plagiarized Lindsey’s “There’s A New World Coming” (1973)
A Jack Van Impe article “The Moment After” (2000) plagiarized Grant Jeffrey’s book “Final Warning” (1995).
Since my “Deceiving and Being Deceived” web item which exposed the claims for Pseudo-Ephraem” and “Morgan Edwards” as teachers of pretrib, there has been a piranha-like frenzy on the part of pretrib bodyguards and their duped groupies to “discover” almost anything before 1830 walking upright on two legs that seemed to have at least a remote hint of pretrib! (An exemplary poster boy for such pretrib practice is Grant Jeffrey. To get your money’s worth, Google “Wily Jeffrey.”)