I used to be a dispensationalist. Not on purpose. When I first started reading scripture on my own and realized that I needed to understand who the Messiah was and what he taught, I did what all eager minded twenty-somethings do. I went to the internet. And of course, I found some (what seemed to be) amazing teachers and spent several years absorbing everything they had to say. The only problem was, they were dead wrong in their theology. And what was that theology? Dispensationalism. I will say that these teachers all seemed amazing, but it only takes 1 time through scripture front to back before you start to question this theological position. This post is by no means finished, but I’ll start here with 2 Peter:
“15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.”
Either Peter is saying that we should ignore 55 books of crystal clear language about following the commands of the Most High, or he is saying you should continue in what has been taught since the beginning. You only have 2 choices.
The irony of dispensational theology is that it is completely backward. It ignores the entirety of the message of scripture in favor of a “Paul only” gospel (and when I say “Paul only,” I’m referring to a gross misrepresentation of Paul). The fact is, Paul’s letters are the ones that you need to interpret based on when they were written and who they were written for, not the other way around!
Don’t forget, dispensationalists use Paul’s letters to prove that Paul’s letters are the only scripture you need to use… (2 Timothy) That is not “2 or 3 witnesses” and blatantly ignores Deuteronomy 19. In any case, Yahuah says to do the Law, Yeshua says to do the Law, Paul says to do the Law and does the Law:
- Acts 24:14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the Elohim of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.
- Acts 25:8 while he answered for himself, “Neither against the Law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in anything at all.
- Acts 18:21 but took leave of them, saying, “I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, Yahweh willing.” And he sailed from Ephesus.
- Romans 7:25 I thank Yahuah–through Yeshua the Messiah our Master! So then, with the mind I myself serve the Law of Yahweh, but with the flesh the Law of sin.
- Colossians 2:16-17 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the body of the Messiah – Dispensationalists wrongly interpret this to mean turning AWAY from the ways of the Most High, however in context he is speaking about turning TO the Most High. He is the apostle to the gentiles after all, and he’s writing to combat gnosticism in this region. These people didn’t do these things to begin with, and he is affirming that they are correct in doing them.
- Romans 2:12 For as many as have sinned without Law will also perish without Law, and as many as have sinned in the Law will be judged by the Law 13 (for not the hearers of the Law [are] just in the sight of Yahuah, but the doers of the Law will be justified; – Do you see? Paul is point blank telling you that the doers of the Law, AKA the Torah will be justified.
- Romans 2:17 Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the Law, and make your boast in Yahuah, 18 and know [His] will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the Law, 19 and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the Law. – I’m not sure Paul could be any clearer here. He is saying the will of Yahuah is instructed out of the Law.
- Romans 2:21 You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? 22 You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who make your boast in the Law, do you dishonor Yahuah through breaking the Law? 24 For “the name of Yahuah is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” as it is written. – It dishonors Yahuah to break the Law.
- Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the Law [is] the knowledge of sin. – This is how you repent: you do the Law. Thanks Paul! Also 1 John 3:4 for a second witness – 1 John 3:4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
- Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? [Is] the Law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the Law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the Law had said, “You shall not covet.” – Again Paul tells us that sin is transgression of the Law.
- Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the Law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the Law. – Paul says we establish the Law. Establish = Strongs G2476: to uphold or sustain the authority or force of anything.
- Romans 6:15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under Law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin [leading] to death, or of obedience [leading] to righteousness? – I’m not sure Paul could be any more clear here. Sin leads to death, obedience leads to righteousness.
- Romans 7:12 Therefore the Law [is] holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.
- Romans 7:22 For I delight in the Law of Yahuah according to the inward man. – Paul delights in the Law. “Imitate me as I imitate Messiah?”. And no where do you see Messiah OR the Most High teaching about a change to the Law, in fact the opposite.
So if violating the Law is sin, and Messiah calls us to repentance, then there is only one option. Turn to Yahuah, and keep his commandments.
Once Saved Always Saved?
Yes, but not the way dispensationalists think.
Romans 5:9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
We are saved from the wrath of the Most High, and that wrath is an event. It happens once, at least in the timeline that has been written. There is no such thing as “saved status”. In fact, Hebrews says point blank that
“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left”.
So one can start sinning tomorrow and not be saved. You could blaspheme the holy spirit tomorrow and not be saved (Messiah’s own words).
“Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.”
Dispensationalists will tell you that this sin was only available to the people standing around Yeshua when we said it. But read the text and you find nowhere did anyone mention this. The context tells us that he’s talking about calling acts of the spirit acts of Satan. That’s it.
A Warning For My Brothers And Sisters In Messiah
I would recommend seeking the father and His ways. Don’t listen to these insane teachings about breaking up the Word into buckets. That’s just not truth. These people are teaching that eating unclean is ok (sin), breaking the sabbath is ok (sin), and choose to teach that NOT sinning by doing the Law is a sin?!?! I don’t get it. This is not a set apart life at all. Don’t rely on these teachings.
And certainly don’t assume that Peter meant that people were going to twist Paul’s words by turning AWAY from the ways of the Most High. That is just illogical to its core. Rely on Messiah ONLY. And yet Paul keeps the Law as evidenced in all the scriptures I provided and even circumcises Timothy. Quite the hypocrite eh? The fact is, dispensational theology promotes sin. That is the spirit of Antichrist at its finest. Dispensational theology is dead wrong in its understanding and in my opinion is leading people away from the Messiah. They have replaced Messiah with Paul.
What Does Messiah Say?
Messiah says Matt 3:2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Messiah says Matt 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”Messiah says Matt 11:20 Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent.Messiah says Mark 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”Messiah says Mark 6:12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent.Messiah says Luke 13:3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.Messiah says Luke 13:5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”Peter says Act 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Mat 7:22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’
Mat 7:23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
“illegality, that is, violation of law or (generally) wickedness: – iniquity, X transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness.”
1 John 3:4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. See how sin is lawlessness, and Messiah casts out the people who are lawless?