Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Apocalypse Code and Dispensationalism

“Throughout the history of the church, wrongheaded teachings have appeared that
temporarily attracted a large following, only to become fading fads once the light of proper biblical interpretation illuminated their error. A current example is dispensational pretribulational rapture theology promoted by such prophecy pundits as Hal Lindsay, Tim LaHaye, John Hagee and others. For years now, I’ve been
wondering what might convince such prophecy specialists to recognize that the
eschatology they are foisting on the world is simply embarrassing to the church,
and so prompt them to back out of their dispensational cul-de-sac. Hank Hanegraaff’s The Apocalypse Code may well be the answer. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!”
-Dr. Paul L. Maier, Professor of Ancient History, Western
Michigan University, and coauthor of
The Da Vinci Code:Fact or Fiction?

“This book is a withering and unrelenting critique of the positions of apocalyptic enthusiasts such as Tim LaHaye and Hal Lindsey. Hanegraaff not only demonstrates the tenuousness of their views on the rapture, tribulation, Israel, even Armageddon, but he shows us the hidden anti-Semitism at the heart of early dispensationalism. Every fan of LaHaye’s Left Behind series or Lindsey’s Apocalypse Code owes it to himself to read this book. The fog will clear and common sense will return to our reading of the Bible.”
-Dr. Gary M. Burge, Professor of New Testament,
Wheaton College & Graduate School

“The Apocalypse Code is at once a manual on responsible hermeneutics and also a cogent refutation of the bizarre system of end-times speculation that has become the benchmark of orthodoxy in the minds of many evangelicals. Thus Hank Hanegraaff has given the body of Christ two valuable books in one—both greatly needed in this age of biblical illiteracy and eschatological naiveté.”

-Steve Gregg, Host of The Narrow Path radio broadcast and
Author of Revelation: Four Views: A Parallel Commentary


Dispensationalism Defined

Dispensationalism A Return to Biblical Theology or Pseudo Christian Cult?

"The Grand Old Party is more religious cult than political organization."

Dispensationalism and world politics

Dispensationalism teaches that Christians should not expect spiritual good from earthly governments, and should expect social conditions to decline as the end times draw nearer. Dispensationalist readings of prophecies often teach that the Antichrist will appear to the world as a peacemaker. This makes some dispensationalists suspicious of all forms of power, religious and secular, and especially of human attempts to form international organizations for peace, such as the United Nations. Almost all dispensationalists reject the idea that a lasting peace can be attained by human effort in the Middle East, and believe instead that "wars and rumors of wars" (cf. Matt 24:6) will increase as the end times approach. Dispensationalist beliefs often underlie the religious and political movement of Christian Zionism.

Some dispensationalists teach that churches that do not insist on Biblical literalism as they deem appropriate are in fact part of the Great Apostasy. This casts suspicion on attempts to create church organizations that cross denominational boundaries such as the World Council of Churches. (See also ecumenism.)

Dispensationalism and United States politics

Some political analysts have argued that dispensationalism has had a major influence on the foreign policy of the United States. This influence has included strong support for the state of Israel.


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Scott Starr said...

Okaaaay, thanks.

Scott Starr said...

To paraphrase this source:

Right now we have most overtly religious government in a lifetime and simultaneously the most corrupt and violent - Is this a coincidence- or is there something terribly, terribly wrong with the way "religion" is used to validate human power structures and proliferate astronomical military budgets?

"“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” - Helder Camara, Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Brazil (1909-1999)

In spite of the track record of the "Godly"- the conventional belief is that religion is the source of ethics and conscience for humanity.

However, It sometimes seems that the main preoccupation of the flagrantly devout is the conduct of other people's sexual activities.... the logic seems to be that you can lie, murder, steal,torture,pollute and loot the taxpayer as long as you attend church- don't have extramarital sex and aren't gay and like to wave the flag and support Israel no matter what they do- then you're a-ok.