the way of improvement leads home


When I heard about Great Britain leaving the European Union I could not help but think about the years I spent as part of the dispensationalist wing of American evangelicalism.

Some of you may be unfamiliar with this wing of evangelicalism.  What is dispensationalism? Think Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind novels or Hal Lindsey’s The Late Great Planet Earth.  Dispensationalists take the prophetic passages of the Old Testament and New Testament and interpret them using charts and timelines in order to predict the exact order of end-of-the-world events.

For those with a deeper knowledge of 20th-century evangelical history, think C.I. Scofield, Charles Ryrie, John Walvoord, John Hagee, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Moody Bible Institute.

Want to learn more? Check out historian Brenden Pietsch’s book Dispensational Modernism.  (And while you’re at it check out his acknowledgments section.  Trust me, it’s good).

Most dispensationalists believe that the so-called “Antichrist”…

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