Just prior to Dr. In that work, Ryrie seeks to lay out a thorough explanation of the theological framework known as dispensationalism. Ryrie notes in the opening chapter that dispensationalism as a system has been often misunderstood and misrepresented by those who oppose it pg. Ryrie then delineates several ways in which dispensationalism is helpful in providing biblical distinctions, offering a coherent philosophy of history, and employing a consistent interpretive hermeneutic.

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What makes a dispensationalist? This outstanding work is available through The Friends of Israel. The following excerpt is used by permission. What marks off a person as a dispensationalist? What is the sine qua non the absolutely indispensable part of the system? The answer is threefold. A dispensationalist keeps Israel and the church distinct. This is probably the most basic theological test of whether or not a person is a dispensationalist, and it is undoubtedly the most practical and conclusive.

The one who fails to distinguish Israel and the church consistently will inevitably not hold to dispensational distinctions; and one who does will. He has a purpose and plan for the angels, which in no way mixes with His purposes for Israel or the church 2 Pet.

He has a purpose for those who reject Him, which also is distinct from other purposes Prov. He has a plan for the nations, which continues into the New Jerusalem Rev. God has more than two purposes even though He reveals more about His purposes for Israel and His purpose for the church than He does about the other groups. Progressive dispensationalists seem to be blurring this distinction by saying that the concept is not in the same class as what is conveyed by the concepts of Gentiles, Israel, and Jews.

What this means is not completely clear. This distinction between Israel and the church is born out of a system of hermeneutics that is usually called literal interpretation.

Therefore, the second aspect of the sine qua non of Dispensationalism is the matter of historical-grammatical hermeneutics. The word literal is perhaps not as good as either the word normal or plain, but in any case it is interpretation that does not spiritualize or allegorize as nondispensational interpretation often does. The spiritualizing may be practiced to a lesser or greater degree, but its presence in a system of interpretation is indicative of a nondispensational approach.

And it is this very consistency—the strength of dispensational interpretation—that seems to irk the nondispensationalist and becomes the object of his ridicule. This does not preclude or exclude correct understanding of types, illustrations, apocalypses, and other genres within the basic framework of literal interpretation. A third aspect of the sine qua non of Dispensationalism concerns the underlying purpose of God in the world.

The covenant theologian, in practice, believes this purpose to be salvation although covenant theologians strongly emphasize the glory of God in their theology , and the dispensationalist says the purpose is broader than that; namely, the glory of God. Progressives have a Christological center, apparently to undergird their emphasis on the Davidic covenant and on Christ as the already reigning Davidic ruler in heaven. To the normative dispensationalist, the soteriological, or saving, program of God is not the only program but one of the means God is using in the total pro-gram of glorifying Himself.

Scripture is not man-centered as though salvation were the main theme, but it is God-centered because His glory is the center. The Bible itself clearly teaches that salvation, important and wonderful as it is, is not an end in itself but is rather a means to the end of glorifying God Eph.

John F. All the events of the created world are designed to manifest the glory of God. The error of covenant theologians is that they combine all the many facets of divine purpose in the one objective of the fulfillment of the covenant of grace. From a logical standpoint, this is the reductive error—the use of one aspect of the whole as the determining element.

The essence of Dispensationalism, then, is the distinction between Israel and the church. Charles C. Ryrie served as professor of systematic theology and dean of doctoral studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and as president of Philadelphia Biblical University Cairn University. He is a well-known theologian and writer and is the editor of the popular Ryrie Study Bible. Your email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Forty years ago in June, Israel recaptured its city of cities in a six-day war that stunned the world. The answer does not flatter the early church. Satan is at war with God. Unfortunately, the church has not been immune to his handiwork. You only need to grasp some of the important points explained here.

Skip to content. Get The App. My Account. The Essentials of Dispensationalism What makes a dispensationalist? George E. Even though Ladd believes in a future for the nation Israel cf. In this same article p. Arnold B. Rhodes, ed. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Post navigation Last Article. Next Article. Happy 40th Birthday, Jerusalem Forty years ago in June, Israel recaptured its city of cities in a six-day war that stunned the world.


Dispensationalism, Revised and Expanded

In it Ryrie attempted to provide both a defense and positive presentation of the main tenets of Dispensational theology, as well as a clear-cut definition of why those tenets are so. The book under review is a revision of the earlier work. In a remarkable way Ryrie has succeeded in his task. This is due in part to his ability to put difficult themes in clear and succinct sentences. In reviewing this work we intend to first provide an overview of the basic plan and contents. From there we shall focus attention upon the major thematic issues covered in the book. The book opens up with an introductory chapter which sets the stage for the ensuing discussion.


Review of “Dispensationalism,” by Charles Ryrie

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