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Previous article in this series: September 15, 2018, p. 494. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (I Peter 2:9). Introduction There is yet one fundamental error of premillennialism concerning the end of all things—eschatology—that the Reformed faith strongly condemns and that plainly exposes premillennialism as gross error concerning the end. This error pervades dispensational premillennialism. Criticism of the error likewise, therefore, has pervaded this critical examination of premillennialism. But it is...

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Introduction The second of the doctrines in the Canons of Dordt that teach and defend the gospel of salvation by grace alone is the truth of the death of Jesus Christ as effectual atonement of God’s elect people, and of the elect only. Atonement is the reconciliation of sinful humans to God by the satisfying of the justice of God. This satisfaction is the payment to God of the suffering of the punishment of sin that God’s justice demands and the rendering to God of the obedience to His law that His justice requires. The lifelong obedience climaxing in the...

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Previous article in this series: September 1 2018, p. 467. “For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel…. In Isaac shall thy seed be called…. The children of the promise are counted for the seed…that the purpose of God according to election might stand…Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” Romans 9:6-13 Introduction Dispensational premillennialism, which is false doctrine concerning the truth of the last things, or eschatology, is also heresy. One element of its heresy is its denial of Jesus Christ, as the preceding article in this series demonstrated. The other element, which is no...

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Previous article in this series: May 1, 2018, p. 351. “…He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” Galatians 3:16 “For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel… In Isaac shall thy seed be called… The children of the promise are counted for the seed… that the purpose of God according to election might stand…Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” Romans 9:6-13 Introduction Dispensational premillennialism is false doctrine concerning the biblical doctrine of the last things, or eschatology. It is also heresy. One...

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Previous article in this series: March 1, 2018, p. 255. “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” Galatians 3:16 “For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel…. In Isaac shall thy seed be called…. The children of the promise are counted for the seed…. That the purpose of God according to election might stand…. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” Romans 9:6-13 Introduction Dispensational premillennialism is false doctrine...

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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2018, p. 228. “…blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.” Romans 11:25, 26 The error concerning “until” The error of dispensational premillennialism regarding the text of Scripture itself, in Romans 11, is twofold. First, the premillennialists assume, falsely, that “until” in verse 25 implies that subsequently, in history, there will follow an age in which the Jews will...

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Previous article in this series: December 1, 2017, p. 109. “…blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.” Romans 11:25, 26 Introduction With Revelation 20 and Daniel 9, Romans 11 is one of the most important passages of Scripture for the dispensational premillennial doctrine of the last days. According to the premillennial understanding of the chapter, at some time in the future God will complete His...

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Speech at the annual Reformed Free Publishing Association meeting, held in Southwest PRC on September 28, 2017. Introduction This year, AD 2017, is the 500th anniversary of the onset of the Reformation of the church in 1517. It is, therefore, a historic year, a year of commemoration. Jesus Christ reformed His church by restoring to her the gospel of salvation by grace. Since the very heart of the gospel is the doctrine of justification by faith alone, Christ enlightened and emboldened first the Reformer, Martin Luther, and then all the Reformers, including John Calvin, to see and proclaim justification by...

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Previous article in this series: September 1, 2017, p. 471. “Blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” Romans 11:25-27 Introduction In the preceding article I briefly described the premillennial explanation of Romans 11. The passage is of fundamental importance to the doctrine of the last things of dispensational premillennialism. The premillennial...

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In the Reformation’s recovery of the gospel of grace, the truth of the bondage of the will was fundamental. “Fundamental” means that without the confession of this bondage, the gospel of grace could not be proclaimed. “Fundamental” means also that the Reformation proclaimed the gospel only by a confession of the bondage of the will. Without the doctrine of the bondage of the will, there had been no Reformation of the church. Accordingly, loss or denial of the bondage of the will by the churches today is the loss or denial of the gospel. Denial of the bondage of the...

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