The proof of right division is so clear in scripture it’s hard to understand why Christians hold to their tradition so tightly. You as I, were indoctrinated to never challenge our doctrine. (is that an oxy-moron?) I think you should challenge every doctrine you believe. Scripture demands this. Satan is not the roaring lion now in this dispensation. Satan is corrupting doctrine. I was reading some scripture in Romans yesterday and came across Rom 11:11.
I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
Please notice the three words in bold “through their fall.” This is NOT God’s revealed plan in scripture up to this point to save the gentile world. The revealed plan from Genesis 12 through and including Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John is that Gentiles would be saved through ISRAEL’S RISE. Israel would be the channel of blessing for the world. Jesus came to initiate THIS PLAN. God’s revealed plan was that the world would be saved through Israel’s rise into their Kingdom status. Rom 11:11 states the exact opposite. So, did God’s plan fail? Did God’s revealed will come to naught? Most Christians don’t even think to ask this question. So, for centuries God reveals a plan clearly in scripture and Paul says the opposite is happening and Christianity is oblivious to it. Yes, this is exactly where we are in history. The fact is God has a concealed plan that was kept secret. This concealed plan was kept secret to make Satan look like a fool and to reveal an age where salvation is by grace apart from the works of the Law. The three words “through their fall” should come as a shock to anyone that is familiar with the Old Testament. Unfortunately, this does not come as a shock, in fact Christians today don’t miss a beat. The fact that Paul says something is happening now that is the exact OPPOSITE of what God said would happen and no one knows it is scary. We were “indoctrinated” to ignore this dilemma in scripture. If however, you would ask these questions and don’t stop asking these questions until you have answers, you would end up with a proper understanding of the entire Bible. If God said something for HUNDREDS of years and told people HUNDREDS of SPECIFIC things in numerous Old Testament books and then it DIDN”T HAPPEN, wouldn’t you want an answer? Let me answer this question for you. NO. The fact is Christians today are satisfied with what they know and don’t want to rock the boat. Christians today don’t have the desire, zeal, or interest to dig this deep. Christians today are completely unwilling to even consider they could be wrong. Christians today don’t want to challenge the foundations they stand on. Friend, you could be building on the sand as the song goes. Building on the wrong foundation in this dispensation will be detrimental at the judgment seat of Christ. Works play NO PART in a Christians salvation. But works in the life of a Christian are extremely important. God is giving us an opportunity to work for him as the love of Christ constrains us. Don’t spend your life building on the wrong doctrine. Paul’s doctrine will be the criteria for how your work as a Christian is judged. Don’t waste your opportunity because you were scared or to too complacent to find out for yourself. It’s sad I must say this but, don’t ask your preacher about this. He doesn’t know. He was not taught to rightly divide at Bible college or Seminary. Trust your Bible. It is the final authority, not someone’s degree.
Steve Schoenberger is a student of the Bible and the teacher at Abundant Grace Bible Fellowship, A Mid-Acts Dispensational Bible church teaching the Bible rightly divided according the revelation of the mystery delivered to the Apostle Paul