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Gehenna in the ‘Love Wins’ controversy

March 30, 2011 9 comments

Steve Holmes, a Baptist minister, and theology professor at St Mary’s College, St Andrews, Scotland, has been reviewing Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins, on his blog Shored Fragments. In the seventh part of an on-going series he examined Bell’s chapter 3, a discussion of hell.

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Darkening the sun

March 28, 2011 1 comment

Dr. Michael Youssef, an Anglican clergyman, defends the traditional view of hell in a recent article on Rob Bell and his controversial book Love Wins, at Love has already won (OneNewsNow.com). Dr. Youssef wrote: Read more…

Isaac Watts on Daniel’s 70 weeks

March 27, 2011 Comments off

Isaac Watts (1674-1748) wrote an account of biblical history, viewed as a succession of ages, or dispensations. However, Watts was not a dispensationalist, and the dispensational views of John N. Darby (1800-1882) did not depend upon or reflect the views of Watts. Darby rejected covenant theology, but Watts did not.

The succession of ages outlined by Watts included six dispensations, plus one millennium, which is yet future. It was this outline which C. I. Scofield (1843-1921) used in his Scofield Reference Bible. Scofield’s scheme did not reflect the views of Watts entirely, but imported or borrowed features from Darby, one of which was the idea of a “gap” in the 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel.

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Is Revelation 12 a chiasmus?

March 25, 2011 Comments off

Is there a chiastic structure in Revelation chapter 12? Some scholars support the idea, but others dismiss the theory. David A. deSilva criticized authors who proposed chiastic structures on flimsy ground, and for “(1) developing chiastic outlines by means of selective shaping of summary statements for major blocks of text; (2) discovering a chiasmus by means of selective reading of key terms; and (3) creation of a chiasmus by means of manipulation of formal markers.” [1]

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Why dispensationalism isn’t cool

March 24, 2011 6 comments

One of the greatest promises God has given to the church is the promise that the Spirit will guide the saints to the truth. Jesus said, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” [John 16:13]

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A thief in the night

March 21, 2011 2 comments

Preterism and dispensationalism are probably the two most prominent views of eschatological interpretation amongst Christians in North America. Both are discredited, if prophecy is being fulfilled now, in current events, and by developments in the church.

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On the bottomless pit, and the binding of Satan

March 21, 2011 8 comments

The bottomless pit of Revelation 20:1-3 is where Satan is restrained.

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