Forgive Me, But. . .

I know few people will care about this, but it will make me feel better to say this.

I made the mistake of picking up a pamphlet this morning entitled “A Primer on Dispensationalism.” It’s written by John Gerstner, a Reformed brother. His book would be more accurately entitled “A Primer on John Gerstner’s Opinion of Dispensationalism.”

It is one of the books I got from my dad’s office. It has some of his comments written in it and he makes some good points, my dad that is.

One of Gerstner’s main points is that Dispensationalists deny Limited atonement (that Christ only died for the saved) and make the error of teaching that people are saved by their choice to believe the Gospel not predestination.

Predestination teaches that all saved men are saved because God made them that way, no choice was involved on the part of the one being saved. Gerstner says dispensationalists teach that men are saved by their works–their choice to believe.

He says this is flat out heresy and that dispensationalism is thus a sect, maybe even a cult, because it is teaching another Gospel.

However, Gerstner earlier in his book mentions Perseverance of the saints. He tries to say that dispensationalists deny this point as well. Dispensationalists say that believers will be saved even if they persist in their sin and do not persevere to the end. Therefore, in order to be saved, a believer must persevere in his actions to the end.

Now, allow me to tie this together. If a person is really saved by persevering in his righteous actions to the end, is Gerstner not just saying that people are saved by works?

It bothers me when people write books about theological systems they really don’t know about. I don’t claim to understand Reformed Theology. I do claim to be able to read a book and realize inconsistency on the part of the author.

One thought on “Forgive Me, But. . .”

  1. Predestination teaches that all saved men are saved because God made them that way, no choice was involved on the part of the one being saved.

    That’s not really accurate, it simply means that God will regenerate His elect so that they will choose Him.

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