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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Why Premillennialism?

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 … read more »

When Others Mistreat You

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: * * * … read more »

Holy Humor?

The danger of being funny in the pulpit. 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 … read more »

Ministering in Baltimore: One Month after the Riots

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 … read more »

TMS Distinctives: Premillennialism

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 … read more »

Church History and Israel’s Future

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 … read more »

Jesus and the Millennium

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 … read more »

The Early Witness to Premillennialism

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 … read more »

Calvinism, Prophecy, and Premillennialism

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 … read more »

No Turning Back

“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.