The Obituary of Dispensationalism by Vic Reasoner

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In 1830 Margaret MacDonald had a vision about the end of the world and when she came out from under her trance, she wrote it down. This account attracted the attention of Edward Irving and his church later claimed Margaret has one of their own prophetesses. Irving is regarded as the forerunner of the charismatic movement because of his emphasis on healing and tongues. Irving also had an interest in prophecy and held prophetic conferences. The historian of Irving’s church claimed that Margaret was the first person to teach a two stage second coming of Christ.

The Birth of Dispensationalism

John Darby traveled to Scotland to visit the MacDonald home. Darby was a lawyer until a year after his conversion when he was ordained a deacon in the Church of England. Soon after entering the ministry he became disillusioned with the institutional church and started the Brethren movement in Plymouth, England. Darby became known as the father of dispensationalism, the first eschatology to incorporate the “prophecy” of Margaret MacDonald. Darby continued to develop this new view by becoming the first to make a radical distinction between Israel and the Church. Darby taught that God has two special groups of people (or two brides) and a separate plan for each of them. This meant Christ would have to return twice. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING



“It is my conviction that many who are presently disposed toward Dispensationalism would not be victims of the system if they were better acquainted and informed about the system and its history – its theological roots and the doctrinal errors it has spawned.”  — The Late Ernest Reisinger, Pastor Emeritus, Grace Baptist Church, Coral Springs, FL

Many Christians today read their Bibles through the lens of pop-prophecy books like The Late Great Planet Earth and the Left Behind series.  They naively believe the prophetic schemes and theological presuppositions expressed in these and other fictional writings represent the doctrinal positions that Christians down through the centuries have embraced. However, that is far from the truth.

Volume One of The Late Great Planet Church: The Rise of Dispensationalism is the first documentary of its kind. It exposes this erroneous system of thought as breaking continuity with history — and even the very Word of God.  In this first volume we will examine the beginnings, beliefs, and motivations of this innovative movement by focusing on its relatively recent development, stormy history and its most influential proponents.

Hosted by Jerry Johnson, President of and The Apologetics Group, this documentary features pastors, theologians, and historians, who at one time were strongly committed dispensationalists.  Several of these men even trained at dispensational academic institutions before abandoning the system. They have since rejected this system as thoroughly unbiblical, viewing it as a stumbling block to the Church and a distraction from the Great Commission.


Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., Th.D.                           Gary DeMar, Ph.D.
George Joseph Gatis, Ph.D., Th.D., J.D.             Tom Ascol, Ph.D.
Kenneth G. Talbot, Ph.D., Th.D.                       Tom Nettles, Ph.D.
R. Fowler White, Ph.D.                                    E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D.
Rev. Michael Leach, M.Div.                              David Lutzweiler, B.A. Theo.

“Dispensationalism has thrown down the gauntlet; and it is high time that covenant theologians take up the challenge and respond to them Biblically.” — Dr. Robert L. Reymond, author, A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith

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