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Saturday, December 3, 2011

"Not All of Israel Is Israel" by Greg L. Bahnsen

[Note: Although, as was pointed out to me recently, Dr. Bahnsen misquotes Romans 9:6-7 in the title of his article (The phrase actually reads: "For they are not all Israel who are of Israel..."), I believe the two phrases (the Biblical one and Bahnsen's phrase) are grammatically equivalent. That is, the word "is" is like an equal sign (=) in the construction of a sentence, and it doesn't matter which side of the word "is" the phrases "Israel" and "of Israel" are on. (Much like "five does not equal four" is equivalent to the phrase "four does not equal five.") So, the intra-Christian debate between dispensationalists and covenantalists rages on...]

I am posting Bahnsen's article from because it is such a valuable critique of the church in general, and dispensationalism in particular as a "view that [Bahnsen] believe[s] has made the church impotent in this latter half of the twentieth century." God will not lift His hand of temporal judgment from our nation until the church, the elect called out ones be they Jew or Gentile, in that nation submit to God's commands and obey. No nation will receive the blessings (prosperings and fruitfulness) of God, unless His people in that nation obey His word. The eye of the LORD is upon those who fear Him--His redeemed people, and in Christ shall all nations be blessed (see, for example, Deut. 7:9-10; Deut. 11Deut. 28; Deut. 33:27-29Josh. 22:4-5; Ps. 1Ps. 33:10-20; Ps. 67; Ps. 94:11-13Ps. 119:1-3; Matt. 5; Matt. 28:18-20John 14:15-24; Lk. 11:20-22; Lk. 11:27-28; Romans 4; Rom. 12:20-212 Cor. 10:5-6; Gal. 3; Eph. 1:1-10; James 1:25; 1 Pet. 3:8-10; 1 Jn. 2:141 Jn 5; Rev. 2)

Not All of Israel Is Israel
by Greg L. Bahnsen


Where does the blame lie for the mess that our culture is in? Are the "bleeding-heart liberals" or the government schools to blame? Not according to the Apostle's Peter and Paul. Why? Because judgment begins with the church, "For the time has come for the judgment to begin from the house of God. And if it first begins from us, what will be the end of those disobeying the Gospel of God?" (1 Peter 4:17). God will not demand the obedience of the nations until we, the church, are brought into obedience - "...bring[ing] into captivity every thought into the obedience of Christ; and having readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled." (2 Cor. 10:5-6).

So what does all this have to do with the subject matter? It is the endeavor of this writer to demonstrate from Scripture that we, the church, have departed from the orthodox view of Biblical Christianity for a view of theology that has broken continuity with history as well as the Word of God. In this article we will examine that view which I believe has made the church impotent in this latter half of the twentieth century - the view known as dispensationalism - and its teaching concerning the church and Israel. It is this author's intention to show from Scripture that the church (ekklesia) is, has and always will be the true Israel of God. And by our misunderstanding of that truth, we have brought the curses of the covenant upon our nation and our children’s' children...

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