Understanding The Bible
Clarence E. Mason's "ESCHATOLOGY 1"


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Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible

Edited by Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.

  1. OPPOSITION TO DISPENSATIONALISM from within Protestantism (after Henry C. Thiesen) Opposition to dispensationalism comes largely from three classes of students:
    1. From Liberalism:
      1. They hold there is no absolute and final and infallible revelation from God and so the careful specifying of a progressive program in the Bible is
        senseless to them.
      2. They hold that "there is a spark of divinity in all men" and deny The truth that man is a fallen creature: and so the lesson of the ages which
        proves the utter failure of man under all tests is of no interest to them .
    2. From Amillennialism:
      1. They glory in the creedal declaration of their church and there is a marked unwillingness to subject their views to the direct test of
      2. Very frequently their main outlook is philosophical or logical and this colors their consideration of the Word of God as the only court of
      3. They reject the truth of the definite place in God's future plan of the hope of Israel as an elect nation.
      4. They are given to law observances, ceremonies, and commandments: they do not: comprehend the plan of grace for the provision of all that the
        believer needs, and consider that the observance of the Jaw of Moses must be brought into the Christian's manner of life in order to obtain
        merit and acceptance with God.
      5. They are prejudiced because some fanatical and poorly instructed sects include premillennial, prophetic, and second coming pronouncements in their systems of teaching.
      6. There is a failure to realize the unique place of the Church in the program of God.
    3. From Non-dispensational Premillennialism:
      These have recognized the truths of Scripture concerning the Second Coming, but have never followed those teachings to their logical and systematic conclusions.
      1. They are attempting to reconcile the error of covenant theology with pre-
        millennial truth.
      2. As a result they fail to see that according to Scripture the system of "law" and that of "grace" are irreconcilable.
      3. They fail to distinguish between "the Church" and Israel.
      4. They erroneously affirm that the dispensationalist teaches two or more methods of salvation.
      5. They say that God cannot be unlimited in His grace toward sinners, unless He had but one covenant.
      6. They say that dispensationalism is a new and curious invention in the field of Biblical interpretation.
      7. Because there is not universal agreement on all points among dispensationalists, they will not accept its fundamental tenets.


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