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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," January, 2010

Celebrating Twenty Years In Holiness Bible Prophecy Publishing Ministry

It was in December 1989 that we mailed our first handful of photocopied papers called "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate."

Our stated purpose from the beginning has been constant: (1) to refute popular dispensational premillennial end-time Bible prophecy false teachings in the contemporary Wesleyan Holiness movement; and, (2) to "awaken the Church to the truth of Christ return." In a nutshell we have taught for twenty years that dispensationalism is "antinomianism"; that it represents the fundamentalism, not of the Holy Bible, but of nineteenth century hyper-Calvinism.

If we could go back in time two or three generations our ministry would perhaps have been considered much more relevant, and certainly much bettered received and understood than it is today. In fact, it would probably have not even been necessary back then, because much of the Wesleyan Holiness movement then stood where we stand now in pure Wesleyan doctrine.

The problem here is the subtle influence of theological liberalism on the church-world of our modern day, which most of us do not even realize has now taken American Evangelicalism completely over.

But you say, "I am not a liberal, I am a conservative. I believe and practice what the Bible teaches."

Oh, really? Well, here is the catch-twenty trap in that self-justifying mode of reasoning that we believe makes our own ministry now extremely relevant and necessary. This "trap" is the false approach to fundamentalism that most of the Holiness movement now over-looks.

The problem is that so much of the modern Holiness movement has long bought into the Calvinist's system of dispensational premillennial theology, and has done so under the pretext that this school of teaching represented biblical fundamentalism. We are talking here about things latent and subliminal, that is, beneath the surface of most people's consciousness, yet at the same time very real and powerfully influential.

Truth is that most of us old guards were taught Calvinistic dispensationalism in Bible college somewhere back in the day as pure gospel, with the built-in prejudice being attached that all of those who didn't hue to this line of teaching were somehow liberals and didn't believe the Bible, or at least they didn't take the Bible literally as we did.

For example, in one of the holiness Bible colleges I attended, if I had not put down the answers to questions on a test that Darbyism dictated, then I would likely have failed that test. And, if I had dared to openly question what some of my teachers were saying concerning their obviously cherished gospel of dispensational distinctives, then I no doubt would have been frowned upon as being spiritually insubordinate--I certainly would not have become a "favorite son" of that institution, as I was regarded at the time.

Through the good providence of the Lord, the day came in my spiritual journey of life when I discovered that Sir Robert Anderson's dispensational theory of the Seventy Weeks was a HOAX, that in spite of all its thick prejudices, dispensationalism is what Methodist theologian Daniel Steele once said it was: "a substitute for holiness or antinomianism revived."

Now our work has just begun! A ton of disruptive Darbyite mentality issues in the contemporary Holiness movement still needs to be alleviated. So we pray and labor for the day when all will come to see the light!

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