I recently purchased a video by Sye Ten Bruggencate, How to Answer the Fool. I was initially impressed by his rationale, and still believe that he is on the right track. We are to uphold the bible, and Jesus Christ, and we can’t do that if we make men the judge of God.
I am more concerned with the company Mr. Bruggencate keeps. How wise is it for a Christian to hang with heretics?
As I was browsing through the bookstore at American Vision I quickly became aware of an attack on my understanding of biblical eschatology. American Vision is unashamedly Post-Millennial, and Dominionist.
My first response was to close the window and go somewhere else, but then I thought “I need to know what they are saying”, so I purchased a book by the site’s owner, Gary DeMar “10 Popular Prophecy Myths Exposed and Answered”.
Is my faith strong enough to withstand an attack like this? Is my knowledge of bible prophecy complete enough to see his errors and answer them?
I am well aware that the popular books and videos, like the Late Great Planet Earth, and the Left Behind series are flawed, and poorly done, but am I able to sort the wheat from the chaff?
This will be my task for the next few days/weeks; I have set my goal to read this book and report on it chapter by chapter. I am committed to be fair, and to commend truth, but also to reprove error.
With the Lord’s help I will be able to do this, so I covet your prayers.
Ha, Hey, Dan! Actually, I love to read the “other side of the argument” like that because I always come back to pre-trib and pre-millennium even more convinced. I always say, if your beliefs can’t stand up to scrutiny, they aren’t solid to begin with.
You are absolutely right. We naturally have a fear that we could be wrong, but really that is a lack of faith on our part.
So far I have gotten through the preface and part way through the Introduction, and I have to say that some of Gary DeMar’s errors are immediately apparent, although he is correct about some things.
For one, he says that you don’t have to be Dispensational to be premillennial. I had been pre-trib, pre-mil, for many years before I even heard of Dispensationalism, and even though my church was Dispensational, I knew there was something wrong when they told us that people had been saved by keeping the law before Christ came.
Mr. Demar spends a lot of time attacking Dispensationalism, as if this is the only pre-mil, pre-trib eschatology out there.
He is right that the date-setters have done a great disservice to the study of eschatology, but then he lumps us all together, to the effect that if you believe in pre-trib/pre-mil, you share in the guilt!
Another thing that immediately strikes me is his focus on the here-and-now, and the idea that Christians need to take dominion over the earth! In this his eschatology is indistinguishable from the New Apostolic Reformation, and Roman Catholic! This is a philosophy that will lead them into the camp of the Antichrist!
As Jesus said;
John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
Of course Jesus said “NOW is my kingdom not from hence (here)” meaning that He will establish it on earth when HE returns, but these guys think they have the authority to establish it here and now, and this will fall into the hands of the Antichrist!
Awfully good to hear from you!