What Does John Piper Believe About Dispensationalism, Covenant Theology, and New Covenant Theology? | Desiring God

There are three main theological camps on the issues of law, gospel, and the structuring of God’s redemptive relationship with humankind: dispensationalism, covenant theology, and new covenant theology. Many have written to us asking about the differences between these three views, and so before discussing John Piper’s perspective we will give an overview of each.

Dispensationalism

It can be hard to summarize dispensational theology as a whole because in recent years multiple forms of it have developed. In general, there are three main distinctives.

First, dispensationalism sees God as structuring His relationship with mankind through several stages of revelation which mark off different dispensations, or stewardship arrangements. Each dispensation is a “test” of mankind to be faithful to the particular revelation given at the time. Generally, seven dispensations are distinguished: innocence (before the fall), conscience (Adam to Noah), government (Noah to Babel), promise (Abraham to Moses), Law (Moses to Christ), grace (Pentecost to the rapture), and the millennium.

Second, dispensationalism holds to a literal interpretation of Scripture. This does not deny the existence of figures of speech and non-literal language in the Bible, but rather means that there is a literal meaning behind the figurative passages.

Third, as a result of this literal interpretation of Scripture, dispensationalism holds to a distinction between Israel (even believing Israel) and the church. On this view, the promises made to Israel in the OT were not intended as prophecies about what God would do spiritually for the church, but will literally be fulfilled by Israel itself (largely in the millennium). For example, the promise of the land is interpreted to mean that God will one day fully restore Israel to Palestine. In contrast, non-dispensationalists typically see the land promise as intended by God to prophesy, in shadowy Old-covenant-form, the greater reality that He would one day make the entire church, Jews and Gentiles, heirs of the whole renewed world (cf. Romans 4:13).

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The Gospel Truth

THE GOSPEL TRUTH

It’s not WHAT’S SAID in today’s churches… but many times WHAT’S NOT SAID is more IMPORTANT to pick-up on.

Don’t be Hoodwinked by slick talk and imagery; think with your head and heart, let not your heart be deceived. Speaking from experience; SAVED by GRACE ALONEFAITH ALONE… hook, line, and sinker… during a 2003 Forty Days of Purpose campaign.

Since then, understanding differing BIBLICAL THEOLOGIES & DOCTRINES MATTER A GREAT DEAL when attending any church, just remember it is a “public arena” and therefore may not be a safe place. Guard your mind and heart from false teaching and thinking (including GOSSIP) no matter how religious the inner/outer circle appearance portrays.

BEWARE OF CHURCH POLITICS; CHURCH SKIRTS, DRAMA QUEENS {ALL GENDERS}, including the DEN-OF VIPERS.

The Christian journey is not for the faint-of-heart, one must take the effort to study Biblical Theology & Doctrine for understanding and clarity.

Being a “I am a “Christian” means many things to many people, be careful – DON’T BE NAÏVE, wolves lurks in sheep’s clothing, it’s biblical, what’s in your Wallet?

A New Years Thank You Note from The Evangelical Industrial Complex — Pirate Christian Media

January 01, 2019

A New Years Thank You Note from The Evangelical Industrial Complex

We would like to take a moment and thank the untold millions of Christians out there for their unwavering and mindless commitment to our Christian celebrities, perky conference speakers and megalomaniac pastors. Thank you so much for refusing to take your head out of the Evangelical sand over the past year!

Because of you and your unquestioning support, we can continue to invent new catchphrases and slogans every few years in order to sell more conference tickets, books and assorted merchandise. Our marketing people are working tirelessly behind the scenes to invent yet another profitable product disguised as “Christian literature.” But let’s not stop here, there’s still plenty more we can do.

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