Why Premillennialism?

TMS Staff | May 30, 2015

In case you missed them, this past week the seminary posted five additional videos affirming its commitment to premillennial eschatology. These videos can be watched below: (For parts 1–5, click here.) Part 6 of the seminary’s Distinctives series featured an interview with Dr. John MacArthur on premillennialism.   In part 7, John MacArthur specifically addressed […]

When Others Mistreat You

Nathan Busenitz | May 28, 2015

When other people treat us badly, or backstab us, or wrongly speak ill of us, how are we to respond? Jeremiah Burroughs, in The Rare Jewel of Contentment, answers that question by reminding us that, even when others mistreat us, it is no excuse for growing anxious, angry, or discontent. He says this: * * * […]

Holy Humor? The Danger of Being Funny in the Pulpit

Tom Patton | May 27, 2015

If there could be one word that summarizes the culture in which we live, that word would be “superficial.” We live in a juvenile, adolescent, immature, superficial society. People live for escapism and entertainment. They spend countless billions each year to experience larger-than-life sensations at amusement parks and movie theaters to avoid having to think […]

Ministering in Baltimore: One Month after the Riots

George Lawson | May 26, 2015

In April, many of us in Baltimore watched in disbelief as riots broke out in our city. The tragic death of a young man, while in police custody, was the spark that set a community on fire – literally. And everyone was looking for answers. Protesters demanded answers. Many wanted to know what happened on […]

TMS Distinctives: Premillennialism

TMS Staff | May 22, 2015

This past week, the seminary posted five videos addressing the biblical distinction between Israel and the Church, and its relationship to the future Millennial Kingdom. Part 1 featured an interview with seminary president Dr. John MacArthur on a proper understanding of Israel and the Church.   Part 2 featured an interview with Dr. Michael Vlach […]

Church History and Israel’s Future

Michael J. Vlach | May 21, 2015

Romans 11:26 promises that all Israel will be saved. Dispensationalists understand this verse to refer to a national salvation of ethnic Israel after the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. Non-premillennialists sometimes imply that such an interpretation is a dispensationalist invention, because it means that God still has a future plan for national Israel. But […]

Jesus and the Millennium

John MacArthur | May 20, 2015

The prophecies of the Old Testament, taken at face value, inevitably lead to premillennialism. As we saw in Monday’s post, this is a point on which amillennial and postmillennial scholars agree. Even a brief survey of Old Testament prophecy leaves no question as to what was being described. John Walvoord explains: If interpreted literally, the […]

The Early Witness to Premillennialism

Michael J. Vlach | May 19, 2015

It has been said that one can use church history to prove just about anything. There is some wisdom to that old adage and that is why we must be careful when we use church history to support what we believe. Also, evangelicals have often rightly declared that as important as church history is, our […]

Calvinism, Prophecy, and Premillennialism

John MacArthur | May 18, 2015

The Reformed position has always approached Scripture using a literal hermeneutic—one that takes the Bible at face value and applies the normal rules of language in order to understand the text. None other than John Calvin was a staunch defender of the literal method of Bible interpretation. As he explained, “Let us know that the […]

No Turning Back

Jesse Johnson | May 14, 2015

“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” is a polarizing hymn. Made popular by the Billy Graham crusades, it is inseparable from the concept of altar calls and emotional pleading. For some, it stands as a sort of Arminian anthem—a testimony to the power of human volition and an example of all that is wrong with modern Christian lyrics. For others, it is a song celebrating the simplicity of conversion–simple and sincere.

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