Before Anyone Is Justified In Dogmatically Deciding

History of Dispensationalism

In light of a recent discussion I had with a dear fellow blogger on matters of historic Christian faith and practice, wherein the historic faith was labelled “bondage,” spiritual blockage, and cherry-picking “idolatry,” I thought it would be a good idea for me to revisit dispensationalism.

While reading from J.C. Ryle on the topic, I came across this great quote on hermeneutics:

“Thus it is quite clear from the above passage that Christ’s precepts in John 21:15-17, apply or pertain unto all pastors. On the other hand, our Lord’s words to Peter and Andrew, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men’ (Matt. 4:19) do not apply to the rank and file of His disciples, but only unto those whom He calls into and qualifies for the ministry. That is evident from the fact that in none of the Epistles, where both the privileges and the duties of the saints are specifically defined, is there any such precept or promise. Thus, on the one hand, we must ever beware of unwarrantable restricting the scope of a verse; and, on the other hand, be constantly on our guard against making general what is manifestly particular. It is only by carefully taking heed to the general Analogy of Faith that we shall be preserved from either mistake. Scripture ever interprets Scripture, but much familiarity with the contents, and a diligent and prayerful comparing of one part with another, is necessary before anyone is justified in dogmatically deciding the precise meaning or application of any passage.”

Source: “A Biblical Refutation of Dispensationalism (The Application of the Scriptures),” pdf file linked to the accompanying sermon.

 

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