HOW I DUG OUT OF DISPENSATIONALISM
I am strong committed to Reformed, evangelical postmillennialism. But it was not always so. Sometimes when we talk with dispensationalists we feel like we are sowing seed on stony ground. Our seed appears to be stuck between a rock and a hard head. Yet we must be encouraged with the prospect of getting dispensationalists to buck their system. I was once in it, but I have long since raptured out of it. Perhaps a brief testimony might be helpful in showing that dispensationalists can hear, and change.
I was once a dispensationalist. I was converted under a dispensational ministry (a youth camp at Florida Bible College: 1966). I immediately joined a dispensational church and eventually taught Sunday school (Calvary Bible Church, Chattanooga, Tenn.: 1966–1973). I worked my way through college while employed at a dispensational bookstore (Lanham’s Bible Bookshop, Chattanooga, Tenn.: 1969–73).
I graduated from a dispensational college with a degree in Biblical Studies (Tennessee Temple College: 1973). While enrolled there I took a course titled “Premillennialism” (taught by my favorite teacher, Dr. Dennis Wisdom: 1972).While there all my courses were informed by dispensational theology (dispensationalism is not simply an eschatology; it is a fully operational, wholesale theology.) My first books forming the foundation of my personal library were dispensational works (the very first one being J. Dwight Pentecost’s Things to Come). I was enrolled for two years at a dispensational seminary (Grace Theological Seminary 1973–75) — until I raptured to Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, Mississippi: 1975)