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H. A. Ironside’s legacy

November 24, 2012

Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951) was the son of John and Sophia (Stafford) Ironside of Toronto, who were involved in the  Plymouth Brethren. He had a strong interest in the Bible throughout his life. He was involved with the Salvation Army as a youth, and moved from that denomination to one of the sects of the Plymouth Brethren, known as open Brethren, and later he joined the closed Brethren, also known as the “Grant” section, or “Exclusive Brethren.” He was the author of A Historical Sketch of the Brethren Movement. His prophetic writings and commentaries promoted the interpretations and doctrines of John N. Darby and Dispensationalism. Through his preaching and books, Ironside had a considerable influence beyond the Brethren movement, and became the minister at the Moody Church, in Chicago, associated with the Moody Bible Institute.

In 1930 Ironside was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Letters degree from Wheaton College.

Harry Ironside in front of Blanchard Hall, Wheaton College

Ironside was appointed to the board at Wheaton College, and was also on the board of Bob Jones University.

Ironside was the author of a scathing condemnation of Ultra-dispensationalism: Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth, Ultra-dispensationalism examined in the light of holy Scripture.

The present faculty of Wheaton includes names of prominent critics of Christian Zionism and Dispensationalism. Many of the interpretations of prophecy that Ironside believed have been set aside, and abandoned at Wheaton and even at Dallas Theological Seminary. Ironically, some of Ironside’s teachings are now actively opposed by professors at the College where he was once honored — are the tares sown among the wheat being gathered up and burned?

  1. jerryshugart
    November 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Yes, many of the original teaching found within the dispensational camp are now being challenged by those who call themselves “Progressive Dispensationalists.”

    In reality they are regressive dispensationalists and they are throughly confused.

  2. Dennis McCreery
    November 25, 2012 at 11:57 pm


    You are so correct. The only format with which to understand the plan and program of God is inside Dispensationalism. Without it confusion reigns and promises are misappropriated. The scriptures are wrested to their own destruction, the Apostle Peter warned.

  3. November 26, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Dispensationalism teaches that ethnic Jews are preferred above people of other races, but history and recent events show they are not. Hurricane Sandy smashed Jewish-owned boats and homes in the NY area, as much as it affected the property owned by people of other beliefs and ethnic origins. The Jews living in the NY area were no different to the people living in New Orleans when it was devastated by Katrina.

    Dispensationalism is flawed because it is racist, and the New Testament says God is no respecter of persons. [Acts 10:34]

  4. jerryshugart
    November 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

    According to your warped view God is racist because Israel was a special people to Himself, above all people on the earth:

    “For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be A SPECIAL PEOPLE UNTO HIMSELF, ABOVE ALL PEOPLE that are upon the face of the earth” (Deut.7:6).

    In your ignorance you would say that God is flawed because He is racist but dispensationalists know that Israel was chosen to serve Him and that does not make Him a racist

    “The oath which He swore to our Father, Abraham, that He would grant unto us that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of our lives” (Lk.1:73-75).

    The nation was to be a channel of blessing to the world, and one of the duties assigned to that nation was the stewardship to be a witness to the fact of the existence of God and that there is only one God:

    “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God” (Isa.43:10-12).

    But this is all above your understanding since you are obviously clueless when it comes to “dispensationalism.”

  5. jerryshugart
    November 26, 2012 at 11:13 am


    You are right that outside of a dispensational understanding of the Bible confusion reigns supreme. In fact, we can even see that there are those who reject dispensationalism who would even say that since the children of Israel were in some way preferred over other races then that is racism. They fail to understand that the Jews were given a “stewardship” (dispensation) to serve God and that is what made them special in earlier times and it has nothing to do with racism.

    These people seem to place their political correctness above what the Bible actually teaches. The sad thing is that they would rather remain in their ignorance about dispensationalism and continue to make unfounded accusations against dispensationalists.

  6. November 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Reblogged this on Apostolic Book.

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