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Dispensational Malaise in America (Opinion)

11 Sep

Today is September 11, 2011 which is the tenth anniversary of what was apparently a quasi-military attack on US soil. This opinion piece is not about whether this day should be memorialized. Read on…

Dispensational churches across America will fly 100 foot flags today and marching bands will play patriotic tunes while people gather to hear inspirational words. Is this wrong? No. Many need comfort. Even though it has been ten years, the people who lost loved ones will always grieve. There is no statute of limitations on pain & loss.

The issue I seek to raise really has nothing to do with 9/11/01 per se. The issue I have a beef with is that many dispensational churches will go through yet another scheme to draw a crowd today and once drawn, a speaker will deliver a message to them about 3 or 4 steps they can employ to make their lives better here on earth.

Self help, investment portfolio enhancement, marriage improvement, Lexus performance maintenance, and other such important matters will get more attention than the message the church is intended to proclaim unless I miss my guess.

While I do not agree with everything my Reformed friends believe, they will come much closer to getting it right today. Dispensationalism has gone the way of the pragmatic broad road in too many cases. Did Jesus set aside His rightful position in Heaven, come to earth, die, and rise again so that we could put a little spark in our marriages & get optimum performance from our beemers?

The Bible is very clear about what we are to do during this life. Of the activities discussed there, I see very little if anything about structuring this life for optimal enjoyment. Draw crowds if you please but for Christ’s sake, tell them the truth once you get them there.

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5 responses to “Dispensational Malaise in America (Opinion)

  1. Simon

    September 12, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I remember September 11 as we saw it from Johannesburg, it was almost an unreal thing to see n TV, things like that happen in Africa, and Asia, not in the States ? Some where has to be a safe haven, yet it appears nowhere is safe, we have thought of Emigrating from South Africa, but it seems like everywhere we look ot go, things are the same.
    It seems like we call ourselves christians have to transfer our allegiance to the coming Kingdom of our God, and not be caught and suprised by the violence we see in our societies. Yet there is is, we switch on the news and from beginning to end, nothing but men doing violence to other men, robbing them and taking their lives. And what for ? I also grieve with those Americans who lost friends and family in that September 11 tragedy. But the message to preach is like you say, the message that Christ is coming soon, and that His gospel is to be believed and obeyed, As for the rest I see much of life is wound up in futlity and violence that makes no sense at all.

     
    • Truthinator

      September 12, 2011 at 9:34 am

      Well said.

       
  2. carolynb

    September 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Hey Tru – maybe this will encourage you… our church teaches a dispensational view… and while our church did do a small tribute to 9/11 on Sunday morning, we spent this past weekend (yes, the entire weekend) discussing worldwide evangelism – preaching of repentance and the cross both in our own backyard and in other nations in this world. I didn’t realize that pragmatism was overtaking the dispensational churches. If that is true, that is very sad to hear. I thought most of the pragmatism went hand and hand with dominionism (like Rick Warren’s “PEACE Plan”), because that is where it would make most sense: ie, making “heaven on earth here and now” or making the world “a better place so Jesus can return”.

    I’m with you tho, the reformers generally have their eyes well set on the Gospel… but they are arrogant toward the branches…

     
    • Truthinator

      September 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks. I’m glad to hear you guys are busy in the duties befitting the Church. What I was talking about the is rush to follow pragmatism by way too many of the churches that would probably have once been dispensational before they converted to seeker and/or emergent. I get loads of info from research and from testimonies of people. Way too many formerly sound churches watch to see what RW and the like are doing and then try to emulate it in their communities. I would bet the Jonas Brothers are staying busy…

      I don’t think it was wrong to mention 9/11 but I do think my Reformed friends who were very vocal about not allowing God’s business to be converted into a nationalistic shrine were correct.

      Thanks as always. I’m sure there are many fine churches still around. I just pray they don’t go the way of so many others on the yellow brick road to see the wizard…

       
  3. carolynb

    September 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I hear you loud and clear Truthy! I do hear what you’re saying… a few of the dispensational churches in my area are unfortunately into the PDL nonsense, and you’re right, they’re sadly risking falling into pragmatism/seeker/emergent foolishness.

    I agree too, not wrong to mention 9/11, and yes the reformers who stand against putting flag waiving over cross preaching are definitely a welcome voice. However, their replacement theology grieves my soul to no end, on so many levels…

    Thanks again for your blog; iron sharpens iron, brother!

     

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