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J. Luis Dizon
5 Stars Out Of 5
A Reformed response to Dispensationalism
September 21, 2015
J. Luis Dizon
The question of continuity and discontinuity, Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism can appear to be a complex and confusing topic to discuss. Fortunately, Keith Mathison of Ligonier Ministries has penned a concise and easy to understand summary of the pertinent issues dividing Reformed theology from Dispensationalism.
Mathison provides a brief overview of the theological systems history in his introduction, and then divides his work into three sections, dealing with ecclesiology (doctrine of the church), soteriology (doctrine of salvation), and eschatology (doctrine of last things), respectively, showing how Reformed theology differs from the Dispensational view in each of these areas, and proves from scripture that the Reformed view is the correct view in each of these areas, dispelling misconceptions and misuses of scripture that have become popular in American Evangelicalism due to popular Dispensational preachers and bible colleges.
The book is good as a primer on the topic of Dispensationalism. Its brevity and simplicity makes it highly accessible to laypeople, and could serve as a springboard for further discussion on the topic. I would recommend that every church have a copy of this in its library for when this topic comes up, and why those who are Reformed differ from them.
Keith does a great job defining Dispensationalism, and how it is non-biblical by using quotations from both sides for and against. Lots of scripture is presented to support all points made. Also some nice summary chapters on each point regarding the doctrine of "Election" (a.k.a. the five points of Calvinism). Also this "End Times Madness" is debunked (e.g., Mat 24:1-36 has already been fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 - there is no rapture), a mainstay of Dispensationalism false teachings.This book is a must for those just starting to realize the deception of the Dispensationalists (a.k.a. Arminians); and just as the Holy Spirit called me away from them, so hopefully His Elect too to a more reformed view which saved my sanity (Mat 24:24: "...to deceive, if possible, even the elect."). In the end, it's not possible.
Mathison has an excellent handle on what dispensationalism teaches from such proponets as Walvoord, Pentecost, Ryrie, etc. As a graduate of Dallas myself, I can validate what he says is exactly true; i.e., represents fairly the dispensational viewpoint. The book is thoroughly reformed and is refreshing. It is a bit lean on extended discussion of each point, but is intended as an introduction. Mathison lists a great bibliography. I highly recommend this book for the "recovering" dispensationalist who wants to be Biblical.