I have ne'er met a man who admitted that he was an ultra-dispensationalist. I have ne'er detected nor publication a tolerable account of one. I cognise that ultra-dispensationalism has a synonym, "hyper-dispensationalism." Thus the propagandistic who enjoys resorting to moniker line may have his verdict of the Greek prefix (hyper) or the Latin one (ultra) to cast at this object. I am aware that these terms are sometimes down roughly speaking promiscuously by Bible teachers who have prestige in standpat circles. The position are as well perennial parrot-like by thousands who are but desire reputation among fundamentalists.
Usually causal agency is referred to as an ultra-dispensationalist if his association of dispensational impression of the Bible goes on the far side one's own. That, of course, is the characterization of the affix "ultra"-over or elapsed.
There is another, and perhaps even more deadly, ultra-dispensationalism, for which minute speak angrily to seems to be forthcoming from any of the publications loyal to the perfectly divisional of the Scriptures. I regard this kind of ultra-dispensationalism as practical ultra-dispensationalism, to some extent than belief. I refer to you that once we get chargeable of any of the next practices, we are "ultra" or "hyper" in our dispensationalism: that is, we go elapsed the Scriptures and get serviceable ultra-dispensationalists.
Make a Sect of our Dispensationalism. We cry off fellowship next to any who do not concord near us in every feature of our tuition on spot on polarization of the Word. By way of example: not long-term ago a female named our warren to inquire roughly our religion services. She was connecting in her beliefs and dispensational reported to the Scofield-Darby system, but she belonged to an nonparasitic family of deep-seated churches. When she revealed that our church was not attached with her ngo next to its complex of dispensationalism, she became reserved and would not be our meetings, even yet we confident her of the authority of our rule and that she would be ready-made wanted in our lower house. This adult female was so ultra in regard to her ngo and its system, that she could not see the many, copious things we had in widespread and uncomprehensible the bonbon fellowship we could have enjoyed unneurotic as lad believers.
To be honest, we essential acknowledge that few of the most clique groups we have ever encountered were dispensationalists who took narcissism in the reality of their non-sectarianism. Many who brag in their state "non-sectarian Christians" are so conservative in their dispensationalism that they litter to adjudge to their fellowship any who oscillate even a bit from their extraordinary "norms."
Mutilate the Scriptures by our Dispensationalism. Foes of suitable area of the Scriptures have habitually defendant us of attractive sole a part of the Word of God and casting the component part foray. A eminent fundamentalist, who has been loud-voiced in his measure of inadequacy of dispensational Bible study, nearly new to say that we took a cut in slices of staff of life of God's Word, patch he took the whole staff of life. He was, of course, self-contradictory. He claimed to lecture the "Great Commission" of Mark 16, but at the aforesaid event attacked next to all his may possibly the "healing preachers" who were attempting to fetch out the prophecy system of the very committee. But the opposite broadside of the envision is that we of the "Grace Movement" have commonly been culpable of sermon the Mystery and Pauline truths, patch neglecting or ignoring the balance of the Bible. The unsuitability is not in sermon the super truths of Paul's Epistles; it is in failing to snap a symmetrical message, and so attendance to inattention or stereotype excursion the pause of the Book. The speech act of fact on the subject of the Body of Christ wants the surroundings of the Gospels. The Gospels would not be logical lacking the Law, the Psalms and the Prophets. Therefore, we stipulation the total Book. Let us not become so ultra in our prominence on dispensationalism (wherever we brainwave the boundaries) that we casualness environment of the Word.
Miss the Sweetness of Spiritual Applications. Closely connected beside neglecting the Word of God remaining than Paul's letters, is the fiasco to see friendly applications from portions happiness to remaining dispensations. Dr. E. W. Bullinger said in his fantabulous book, How to Enjoy the Bible:
"All the sweetness, all the blessing, all the evidence can be obtained by a wise application, lacking in the slightest point impairing the true interpretation. This may be larboard and canned in its integrity, and yet something truly sacred may be seized by application-all, in fact, that can be desired-without doing any antagonism to the Divine Word...."
I have a sneaking suspicion that it was Dr. Henry Grube who named awareness to the information that I Corinthians 10:11 authorizes iv types of Bible study: (1) "Now all these belongings happened"-I can be trained the Bible as plainly true, because these property certainly happened; (2) "unto them for examples" (Greek, tupos, TYPES)-I can den the Bible for types and shadows; (3) "and they are scripted for our admonition"-I can inspection the Bible for nonphysical applications; (4) "upon whom the ends of the global [ages] are come"-I can scrutiny the Bible to tell apart the ages or dispensations.
Surely some of God's elect from among the Plymouth Brethren have through with the Body of Christ a very good provision finished their detail studies regarding nonphysical applications of Old Testament truths! Who among us has not rejoiced near C. H. Mackintosh in plentiful of his studies in gloom and type? If we turn so dispensational that we young woman the sweetness of these sacred truths in sort and shadow, we are Ultra.
Manifest the Spirit of Continuous Criticism. I accept that, by the grace of God, record of us who high regard Pauline training have full-grown out of this to a degree; but who among us cannot recall the juncture once a believer new in dispensational lawfulness was all but terrified to unseal his maw say older believers for the creeps of individual criticized for his assessment of words, verdict of hymns, etc.? We did not daring refer to the Old Testament or the New without a article on vindicatory once the Old was replaced by the New. We dared not use the words "Christmas" or "Easter," lest human regard as we were perceptive days. It was heterodoxy to recite "Stepping in the Light" because we without doubt were not "Trying to stroll in the staircase of the Savior."
In our elan to importance the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ was a Jew reported to the flesh, ready-made of a woman, made nether the Law, live on Old Testament ground, and approaching to die for our sins, not showing us the way but future to be The Way, we forgot different loin of the illustration. While we do not move our Lord in His Jewish divinity with its Sabbaths and ceremonies, we do (or should) endeavour to "let this cognition be in you which was as well in Christ Jesus." As far as His humility, His kindness, His good manners and His be keen on are concerned, we must recall that He left-hand us an occurrence that we should track in His steps, not to be saved, but because He lives in us. In our elan to "know Him no more after the flesh," we may have put a stumblingblock in the alley of anemic Christians who did not even cognise what we were conversation roughly. If our beingness is a cut-out of criticizing those who founder to concur beside us in that which has about become dispensational jargon, we are Ultra.
This e-mail is not an prayer to decrease or de-emphasise the treasured truths of precise division, nor is it designed to sadden a person from fashioning legendary the Dispensation of the Mystery. Surely, too few are doing satisfactory to receive these well-situated truths familiar. But I am convinced that Satan sometimes uses the friends of dispensationalism to be its maximum balk. This fairness fixed to us by the up Christ, through the Apostle Paul, was designed to accent the harmony of the Spirit, the identicalness of all believers in Christ. It is a sad interpretation on our dissipation that our message, through with these forms of ultra-dispensationalism, has turn a point of divergence.
A man of God of whom I have heard, and whose afters life principle has been an encouragement to me, even though I was never pleased to meet him frontage to face, was Brother Elmer Leake, a Texas pastor, who, past any of us was born, was vertical for numerous of the truths we prehension beloved. He was quoted as having said, "Brethren, if a partition of segregation or sectarianism is of all time reinforced concerning us and any new believers, let's let them do the creation." In new words, this loved brother idolized all believers and coveted association with them finished the Lord Jesus Christ. Brother C. R. Stam onetime wrote, "We face send to the day when, in God's grace, ngo walls will topple and we can all wallow in our identicalness in Christ. Meantime we hope what fellowship we can insight next to those who be keen on and belongings our Lord in truth, anything their nongovernmental organization tie-up." This subject matter climaxed an nonfictional prose that Brother Stam wrote on, "The Practical Effects of the Mystery," in which he gave an impressive, clear statement on the valuableness of the preaching of Jesus Christ reported to the confession of the Mystery, display the practical private property this communication should have in our lives.
When we turn so occupied with the tiny listing of dispensationalism that we lose the discernment of our indistinguishability in Christ, we have turn Ultra.