Sunday, September 27, 2015

Mark Dever Equates Millennial Views As The Same As What One Eats Or Drinks

Proving that liberals in "Christianity", even Calvinists, are putting doctrines into the Romans 14 category of personal preference, so that no one dare judge them wrong or worse, heretical:

"Therefore for us to conclude that we must agree upon a certain view of alcohol, or a certain view of schooling, or a certain view of meat sacrificed to idols, or a certain view of the millennium in order to have fellowship together is, I think, not only unnecessary for the body of Christ, but it is therefore both unwarranted and therefore condemned by scripture."

~Mark Dever as quoted by Justin Taylor

He puts the issue of Christ's millennial kingdom as a matter of preference like food or drink, when Scripture clearly teaches Christ will reign for 1,000 years. What Dever is saying then, is that the End is unknowable and doesn't matter. So why would Jesus command fourteen times that John repeatedly to write down these words that "are faithful and true" if they don't matter? The King's reign and how things happen at the End don't matter?

Folks this is Post-Modernism as it's "finest". It is doctrinal triage. This is sin actually. Scripture clearly states:

Rev 1:1  The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
Rev 1:2  who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.
Rev 1:3  Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

Rev 1:10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet
Rev 1:11  saying, "Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea."

Rev 19:9  And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he said to me, "These are the true words of God."

Rev 19:11  Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.

Rev 21:5  And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."

Rev 22:7  "And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."

Rev 20:1  Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain.
Rev 20:2  And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,
Rev 20:3  and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.
Rev 20:4  Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 
Rev 20:5  The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection.
Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years. 
Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison

Rev 22:7  "And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."

Rev 22:18  I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 
Rev 22:19  and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. 

Basically they deny the End as most of them are now denying the Beginning. I'm not sure what Dever's view is on the Beginning, but given his low view of the Word of God that is knowable, faithful, and true, I suspect even IF he holds to the Genesis account of Creation in six literal days, he likely sees evolution as an optional view as well.

Dever also states:

"So if you’re a pastor and you’re listening to me, you understand me correctly if you think I’m saying you are in sin if you lead your congregation to have a statement of faith that requires a particular millennial view. I do not understand why that has to be a matter of uniformity in order to have Christian unity in a local congregation."

And this would therefore be a condemnation to his friend John MacArthur and for all dogmatic pastors and churches who side on Scripture's own dogmatism on Truth on the End. Is anyone getting this?

1 comment:

Eliza said...

Well, you nailed it! What Dever had to say was foolish and unbiblical; so many leaders of the visible church are equally in error. Another Scripture that puts this all in perspective is found in 2 Thessalonians 2:

1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,.. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

So teaching that states that Christ has already come is deception and leads to spiritual harm. The preterists, amillenialists, and those who teach the rapture occurs after the tribulation so that believers experience God's wrath which is reserved for unbelievers is heresy. That is what the Word of God says, we must speak and write the truth.