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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," August Edition 2008

Toward Understanding The Dispensational Sin Of Unbelief

“And when he [the Holy Ghost] is come, he will reprove the world of sin . . . . Of sin because they believe not on me” (Jn. 16:8-9). “. . . this is the work of God that ye believe on him whom he hath sent” (Jn. 6:29).

Why is it, friends, that we seldom, if ever, hear a dispensationally indoctrinated preacher in the Holiness Movement give a full-fledged sermon on the kingdom of God, which Jesus and His apostles preached? (See Matt. 4:23; 9:35; 10:7; Acts 8:12; 20:25; and 28:30-31 for a few of many references that indicate this kingdom preaching.)

The reason that most will preach nearly anything but the New Testament gospel of the kingdom, my friends, is because these preachers do not believe that the messianic kingdom of God has been established on earth as a present reality. They do not believe in the kingdom of God, as it has been revealed to us in the New Testament.

Thus, to talk much about the “kingdom” becomes an embarrassment to these preachers’ latent dispensational theology. In order to do so they would have to bring in distinctions involving the so-called “millennium” that are exegetically painful, making both themselves and their congregations feel nervous and uncomfortable.
In order to avoid the embarrassment of their own inadequate comprehension of Jesus’ doctrine of His kingdom, and in order to avoid controversy with those who may raise their eyebrows over to much going off the deep end in premillennial eschatology, these preachers and evangelists studiously avoid dealing much at all with the central idea of the New Testament, which is the kingdom of God.

Amazing, isn’t it?

Far more than amazing, friends, is the tragic sadness of these misled teachers’ sin of unbelief in the revelation of God.

Think about it.

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