A friend recently sent me, and others, a link to a web site that promotes the heresy of Dispensational Salvation. I responded by telling him and the others that he should not promote the heresy endorsed on that web site. In turn the web site owner sent me the article by Dr. Peter S. Ruckman entitled, "The Big Flap" for my refutation. What follows is my reply to that message:
I have never read this article by Dr. Ruckman until now, but I heard him say on a TV program that I watched regularly in the late 80's that people are saved in different ways in the different dispensations of time (i.e. by works, by a combination of works and grace, and in our dispensation by grace). He clearly indicated that people are saved by works in other dispensations.
I do not believe in double inspiration or advanced revelation as Dr. Ruckman does, but I do believe that the King James Bible is the preserved, inerrant and infallible Word of God in English. However, I absolutely do not believe that God saves people in different ways in different dispensations. That is heresy plain and simple.
Salvation is by grace through faith which produces the new birth. This is true in every dispensation since the Fall. Immediately after the Fall, God gave the first prophecy of Christ (Gen 3:15), and symbolically showed us the method of salvation (Gen 3:21). We understand the symbolism of the "fig leaves" and "the fruit of the ground" (Gen 3:7, 4:3) to indicate works for salvation. Whereas the "coats of skins" that God made for Adam and Eve, and "the firstlings of [Abel's] flock" (Gen 3:21, 4:4) symbolize salvation by grace through faith (Heb 4:4). From Adam and Able on people have been saved by grace through faith. According to Hebrews 11 it was this way for Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sara, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Joshua, Gedeon, Barak, Samson, Jephthae, David, Samuel, the prophets, etc, etc. There is no other plan of salvation for man.
Hebrews 11:6: "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
I have a few of Dr. Ruckman's books and believe that he is a literal genius. For this reason I was surprise at his poor defence of this heresy in his article, The Big Flap. His genius not withstanding, God made the Bible easy enough for even me to understand. In a previous article of mine entitled "Dispensational Salvation" I provided plain and simple Scriptural evidences that refute the false notion that one may be saved by works or any combination of works and grace in any dispensation. Like I have said, It does not take a rocket scientist to discern that that teaching is heresy.
RUCKMAN'S BIG FLAP:
In Dr. Ruckman's article, "The Big Flap", he brings a lot of Scriptures into play that are irrelevant to the issue. However, he comes up with nothing, nil, zero, zilch in providing any evidence in support of this heresy. All the Scriptural evidence is against it.
Some of his major mistakes seem to be: 1) he believes salvation by grace alone is synonymous with being a member of the Bride of Christ, 2) he believes the saints of some dispensations were / will not be born again, 3) he does not believe the saints of some dispensations were / will be eternally secure.
In "The Big Flap" he repeats the heretical views that I heard him spout on TV that I spoke of earlier. He says:
"FAITH AND WORKS are required in at least two dispensations: Hebrews under the Law in the Old Testament (John 1) and Tribulation saints on earth after the Gody of Christ [are] caught out (Rev. 12). WORKS are the requirements for salvation in the Millennium as they were in Genesis 1-2."
Salvation by faith and works?
Dr. Ruckman would have us believe that the Tribulations saints are saved by a combination of faith and works as opposed to salvation by God's grace alone. He sites Revelation 12, 14, 22; Hebrews 4, 6, 10; Matthew 24, 25; and Daniel 11 to back up the false theory which he calls, "... the Biblical doctrine of a faith and works setup in the Great Tribulation (Daniel's Seventieth Week)..." He says, "someone in the Tribulation is saved by the 'testimony of Jesus Christ' and the 'commandments of God' (Rev. 12)." However, the Bible says no such thing. Paul also mentions the "keeping of the commandments of God" (1 Cor 7:19) to those of this Church Age, but we know that he did not mean that they would be saved by doing so (Eph 2:8; Titus 3:5). Likewise, just because the Book of Revelation makes mention of keeping "the commandments of God" (Rev. 12:17, 14:12) during the Tribulation does not mean that the people of that time will be saved by doing so! The Tribulation saints are save the same way we are. The Bible says of them:
Revelation 7:14: "... These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
Revelation 12:11: "And they overcame [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."
Ruckman says, "If a man in the Tribulation believes on Christ and then takes the mark of the Beast, he will 'lose' his salvation since he is not in Christ or part of Christ's Body." Where in the Bible does it say being in the Body of Christ has anything to do with salvation? Anyone that believes on Christ during the Tribulation will either be enabled to escape the clutches of the Beast or he will be given grace to reject the mark (Psalms 37:28, 97:10, 121:7-8, 145:18-20; Isa 49:8; Jer 32:40). Folks, "... Salvation is of the LORD." (Jonah 2:9) Period!
Salvation by enduring?
Dr. Ruckman also tries to support a works salvation for the Tribulation with Matthew 24:13 which says, "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." However, enduring to the end here is not for spiritual salvation, but rather physical salvation. How do we know this? Because Matthew 24:21-22 goes on to say, "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." Only the Tribulation saints who will be saved by grace and who endure unto the end of the Tribulation will enter the Millennium in flesh and blood bodies. They will have to endure great tribulation including the intense heat of the sun that shall be seven times brighter than normal (perhaps a supernova). It will be for this reason that God will shorten the daylight hours. If not there will "... no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." Scriptural support for this is found in Isaiah 24 and 30:
Isaiah 24:4-6: "The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left."
Isaiah 30:26: "Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound."
Salvation by walking by faith?
Dr. Ruckman also wants us to believe that Millennial salvation cannot be by faith because at that time they will be able to see the Lord Jesus.
He says, "With Christ on earth no one is walking by faith: they are all walking by sight (John 1:51; Zech. 14:16, 12:10; Isa. 11:9; Matt. 25:31; Isa. 2:3)."
The problem here is that one is not saved by walking by faith. Walking by faith comes after salvation by faith, after the new birth:
Ephesians 2:8-10: "For BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus [the new birth] UNTO GOOD WORKS, which God hath before ordained that we should WALK in them."
But at any rate, one could literally see Jesus Christ and still not repent and trust Him as Saviour. Sight will confirm my faith one day, but seeing the Lord without trusting Him is useless. A head knowledge will not save. Before I was saved I firmly believed that Jesus was God, that He died on the cross, that He rose from the dead, etc., but I had never repented and received Him as my personal Saviour. Salvation requires trusting Him with the heart for personal salvation. This inward faith cannot be seen in any dispensation.
Still Dr. Ruckman asks, "How would 'the just shall live by faith' and [how would] 'by grace are ye saved through faith' (Eph. 2:8-9) apply to such a situation?"
Answer: One is saved by trusting in what the Lord Jesus did for him personally on the cross. It is the amazing realization that the punishment for one's sins have been placed on Him. It is the receiving of the free gift of salvation that He provides.
This "walking by faith" argument is just ridiculous. Why? Because man is not capable of keeping the Law for salvation. Adam in his perfect state was not able to keep just one commandment.
James 2:10: "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."
Job 14:4: "Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one."
Psalm 51:5: "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."
Jeremiah 13:23: "Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil."
John 3:6-7: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."
Salvation by works alone?
Concerning the Millennium, Dr. Ruckman further states, "The Sermon of the Mount is the constitution for the Millennial Kingdom: it is works from start to finish. (Matt. 5-7)." The Sermon of the Mount is no such thing! Here are a few refutations to that falsehood:
1. The Beatitudes:
Matthew 5:3-9: "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
These are the steps to salvation and service:
1) "THE POOR IN SPIRIT" are those who realize their depravity and need for salvation (Isa 66:2; Prov 16:18-19).
2) "THEY THAT MOURN" are those who realize the price that Christ paid for their salvation and repent (2 Cor 7:10; Acts 2:37).
3) "THE MEEK" are those that are teachable and humble themselves before the Word of God (Ps 25:9; Isa 61:1).
4) "THEY WHICH DO HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS" are those who have been given new desires through the new birth (Isa 58:2; Prov 11:23).
5) "THE MERCIFUL" are those who are concerned for souls (Jude 22-23; Rom 12:8).
6) "THE PURE IN HEART" are those who are born again (1 Pet 1:22-23).
7) "THE PEACEMAKERS" are soul winners (Rom 10:15, Eph 6:15).
This is the same for people in all dispensations.
Matthew 5:10-12: "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
There will be little to no persecution during the Millennium until the end when Satan is released at the very end of it.
3. Even Tougher Laws:
Matthew 5:21-22: "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire."
Matthew 5:27-28: "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."
Matthew 5:33-37: "Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all ... But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil."
Matthew 5:38-41: "Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain."
Matthew 5:43-44: "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."
These things were said to show the utter impossibility of obeying the Law for salvation. The Bible says, "Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that EVERY MOUTH may be stopped, and ALL THE WORLD may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall NO FLESH be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin." (Romans 3:19-20) That is the prime purpose of the Law. It is to show that we are all condemned sinners in need of God's grace. This is true in every dispensation.
Isaiah 53:6: "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."
Isaiah 64:6: "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."
Ecclasties 7:20: "For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not."
> 4. Christ Jesus Is The Way, The Door, The Rock:
Matthew 7:13-14, 24-25: "Enter ye in at THE STRAIT GATE: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is THE GATE, and narrow is THE WAY, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. ... Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a ROCK: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was FOUNDED UPON A ROCK. "
Enduring and working in Hebrews:
Hebrews 6 and 10 have nothing to do with salvation by works as Dr. Ruckman would have us believe. They have to do with "the sin unto death" (1 Jn 5:16-17; 1 Cor 11:28-32; James 5:19-20; Rom 16:16). This is physical death. A sin that only eternally secure believers can commit.
Dr. Ruckman also misinterprets Hebrews 3:14 of which he says, some "... cannot be a 'partaker of Christ' unless [they] hold out to the end (Heb. 3:14)." The verse does not say that at all. What it does say is, "For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end." What this means is that truly saved people will hold their confidence stedfast unto the end, they will never reject Christ. This, as opposed to those who have made empty professions.
SCRIPTURE INTERPRETS SCRIPTURE:
John 14:6: "Jesus saith ..., I am THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE: NO MAN cometh unto the Father, but by me."
John 10:9: "I am THE DOOR: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."
1 Corinthians 3:11: "For other FOUNDATION can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (cf. 1 Cor 10:4: "... that Rock was Christ.")
The whole tenor of Scripture teaches salvation by grace for all. We ought not take Scriptures out of context to try to force them into our theories. Crystal clear passages teach that NO ONE can be saved by good works or keeping the Law. Vague passages do not explain clear one. The opposite is true. Therefore, when a passage seems to speak otherwise we must seek another explanation, because the Scriptures do not contradict themselves.
Galatians 3:11: "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that NO MAN is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith."
Galatians 2:16: "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall NO FLESH be justified."
Ephesians 2:8-9: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest ANY MAN should boast."
Psalm 143:1-2: "Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall NO MAN living be justified."
Romans 3:19-20: "Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that EVERY MOUTH may be stopped, and ALL THE WORLD may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall NO FLESH be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin."
Humanly speaking this fact was settled early in the history of the church. The churches of Antioch and Jerusalem agreed that neither they nor their Old Testament forefathers were able to bear the yoke of the Law for salvation.
Acts 15:1-2, 4-5, 7, 9-11, 22-24: "And certain men which came down from Judaea [to Antioch] taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question. ... And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them. But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. ... And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. ... And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which NEITHER OUR FATHERS NOR WE were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. ... Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church ... And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia: Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment."
However, we and they are saved by only one work. The Lord Jesus was asked, "... What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6:28-29) This is a work that is not a work. Believing is about the only good work that one can do without doing anything.
THE QUESTION OF THE CHURCH:
Dr. Ruckman asks this series of questions:
1. "Before [the Body of Christ] was in existence, were saved sinners who 'believed' eternally secure?" Answer: Yes.
2. "Well, were they born again?" Answer: Yes!
3. "Where they spiritually circumcised?" Answer: That's what being born again is.
4. "Were they adopted?" Answer: Yes.
5. "Were they 'bone of Christ's bone and flesh of His flesh'?" Answer: No.
6. "Were they in the Bride?" Answer: No! Some are of "the bride" (Saved members of Scriptural churches. - Jn. 3:29; "church of the Firstborn. - Heb. 12:23), and others are of the "virgins" with "oil" (Saved but unchurched or doctrinally unsound churches. - Matt. 25:1-10; The "general assembly" - Heb. 12:23).
7. "Were they regenerated?" Answer: Yes, that's what being born again is.
8. "Were they completely redeemed?" Answer: Absolutely!
9. "Did they go into the third heaven at death?" Answer: Their born again Spirit does, but not their physical bodies. Our glorified bodies are received at the Rapture.
We don't have time to go into all these in detail, so suffice it to say that it seems that Dr. Ruckman has salvation confused with being a member of the church or the body. Salvation and church membership have nothing to do with each other, except that a Scriptural church requires that one be saved before receiving him into their membership. Those who believe in a universal invisible church have bought into another false doctrine. The "body of Christ" is defined as a local assembly. The Apostle Paul told the Church of Corinth: "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular." (1 Cor. 12:27) The Universal assembly or "body of Christ" does not exist yet. It will not assemble until the rapture of all Church Age saints. So it might be said the born again believers in Christ who are now alive in this Age are members of that Church only in prospect (Heb. 12:23).
SALVATION IS THE SAME IN EVERY DISPENSATION:
Finally, let me say that God communicated the exact same message of salvation to Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, James, Jude and Paul as He did to the Old Testament prophets. The Bible says:
1 Peter 1:10-11: "Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow."
The same salvation of the New Testament may be searched out in the Old. The messages of both are the same. Namely:
1. No One Can Keep The Law For Salvation:
Galatians 2:16: "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified."
Romans 3:19-20: "Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin."
2. All Are Lost Apart From God's Grace:
Jeremiah 2:22: "For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD."
Isaiah 64:6: "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."
Psalm 51:5: "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."
Job 14:4: "Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one."
Isaiah 53:6: "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all."
3. Repentance Toward God:
Isaiah 55:6-7: "Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon."
Proverbs 28:13: "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy."
Ezekiel 14:6: "Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations."
Ezekiel 18:32: "For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye."
Psalm 119:176: "I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments."
4. Faith In God And His Word:
Job 13:15: "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him ..."
Nahum 1:7: "The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him."
Proverbs 30:5: "Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him."
2 Samuel 22:31: "As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him."
Psalm 34:22: "The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate."
Psalm 37:40: "And the LORD shall...save them, because they trust in Him."
5. Faith In The Redeemer / Messiah / Saviour:
Genesis 3:15: "And I will put enmity between thee [Satan] and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed [Messiah]; It [Jesus] shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel."
Job 19:25: "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth."
Psalm 2:12: "Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him."
Isaiah 53:4-5: "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
6. Faith In The Bloody Death Of The Redeemer / Messiah / Saviour:
Leviticus 17:11: "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul."
Isaiah 53:7-8: "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He...was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken." (cf. Exodus 12)
Psalm 22:1, 14-16: "...My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?...I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet."
Zechariah 12:10: "... they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn."
7. Faith In The Resurrection Of The Redeemer / Messiah / Saviour:
Psalm 16:10: "For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption."
Isaiah 53:10, 12: "Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. ... and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."
8. Faith In God's Ability To Raise The Dead:
Isaiah 26:19: "Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead."
Psalm 86:12-13: "I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell."
Psalm 49:15: "But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah."
Job 19:25-26: "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God."
Hebrews 11:17-19: "By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure." (cf. Gen 22:1-13)
Daniel 12:2, 12-13: "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. ... Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou [Daniel] shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days."
Hosea 6:2: "After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight."
9. The New Birth:
Zechariah 12:1: "... the LORD ... formeth the spirit of man within him."
John 3:6-10: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, ART THOU A MASTER OF ISRAEL, AND KNOWEST NOT THESE THINGS?"
Proverbs 14:30: "A sound heart is the life of the flesh ..."
Deuteronomy 10:16: "Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked." (i.e. repent)
Deuteronomy 30:6: "And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live."
Jeremiah 4:4: "Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings."
Jeremiah 32:39: "And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them."
Ezekiel 11:19: "And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh."
Ezekiel 18:31: "Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?"
Ezekiel 36:26: "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh."
Romans 2:28-29: "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God."
To teach that salvation is or was or ever will be of works is a lie. Those that push such heresy need to repent of this damnable lie! God is no respecter of persons. He is a good and just God who holds out the free gift of salvation to all, regardless of their position in time, gender, education, wealth, power, etc.
Dispensational Salvation heresy is clearly refuted by plain and simple Scriptures. Like Calvinism, it depends on an elaborate prideful man made system of theology.
We pray that the Lord would open the eyes of our saved brethren who have bought into this damnable heresy.
Edited: July 29, 2014 -- JH
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Updated: January 26, 2013
At the bottom of this chart just above the words "The Dispensations" are listed from left to right the various ways that people are saved according to Dispensational Salvationists in the different dispensations. We believe in 7 dispensations, but highly dissagree that there is more than one way of salvation. All people are saved the same way regardless of dispensation. We are saved by God's mercy and grace through faith in the "seed" of the woman (Jesus Christ)! "Jesus saith ..., I am THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE: NO MAN cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)
"Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin." (Romans 3:19-20)
"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." (Galatians 2:16)
"But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them [Gentiles], and to command them to keep the law of Moses [in order to be saved]. And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they." (Acts 15:5-11, cf. 15:1)