Editorials -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 093:370 (Apr 1936)
Article: Editorials
Author: Anonymous


“Modern” Dispensationalism

We are in the midst of a wave of criticism of what the writers are pleased to call “modern” dispensationalism. These waves come and go, but the eternal truth of the divine revelation goes on forever. The latter fact, of course, is the reason why the subject does not remain settled, why there is this ebb and flow. While on a recent visit to our editorial office, a seminary dean pointed out the weaknesses from a Scriptural standpoint of these recent critical contributions to the discussion. “Very well,” was the reply, “Why not prepare us an article designed to point out these weaknesses?” As a result of this conversation we hope to present in due time a careful Scriptural study of the subject, either by this writer or a member of our editorial board.

In the meantime, a few observations may not be amiss. In these current articles there seems to be a tendency to attach infallibility to certain interpretations of Scripture, and undeniably appeals are made to this accepted viewpoint. Along with this, is the more or less veiled hint of heterodoxy for those who do not feel under compulsion to accept the infallibility of a statement based upon a “spiritualized” interpretation of Scripture. There are thousands of loyal adherents of the Reformed Faith who, fully recognizing the infallibility of Scripture, have no thought of deserting the ranks because they do not accept the infallibility of an interpretation which alters, on the ground of reason or human judgment, the divine intent of the infallible Word.

If a doctrine is embedded in the Scriptures of Truth, it is “modern” to each generation that discovers it in God’s revelation. In the checkered career of the Church long periods have elapsed when vital truths were covered up, only to reappear in a reformation movement. Seldom have the resulting creedal restatements recovered all of the lost truth, however. But through all of the incoming and outgoing tides, the

Word of God has stood as an impregnable rock upon which every Spirit-led soul might rest in security. In the sense that these things have been trumped up in recent times, they have never been “modern.” In their applicability to time periods, they have been up-to-the-minute to all discoverers of the truth in each succeeding generation since the Apostles recorded “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”

Indeed, a new reformation is sadly needed in the Church. Not one, however, that harks back only to any previous reformation, but one that will revive the Apostolic faith in all its power and glory. The Apostles were not mistaken, for they wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

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