But it is just as problematic to overreact to that mistake by pretending that Scripture has nothing to say about Christians' vocations, social life, or political engagement, or by requiring pastors to refrain from teaching what Scripture clearly teaches.
When viewed without bias or preconceived ideas, the Bible reveals quite a lot about the structure of the Godhead. Unfortunately, most people's view of God is shaped primarily by tradition, with Scripture taking a secondary position. Trinitarians believe that God is three distinct but inseparable persons in one being. Binitarians, such as the Worldwide Church of God under Herbert W. Armstrong and most of the current WCG splinter groups, believe that God is a family which has been composed eternally of two separate beings, God the Father and Jesus Christ (the ). In the following seven sections, I'm going to trace what the Bible has to say about this misunderstood topic.
Editors' Note: This essay is the third of three
The definitive disparity between Israel and the Church is foundational to the theological discorrespondence and historical discontinuity of Dispensational theology. Their affinity for espousing divine privileges for Israel has earned for them the tag of "Christian Zionism." Is God a race-specific "respecter of persons" (Acts 10:34-KJV) who engages in partiality? Does the so-called Jewish Kingdom promise refer to a "realm" of rule in Palestine, or does it refer to the "reign" of Christ as King in the lives of Christian peoples? How can it be said that the purpose of Christ's coming was to establish the earthly Davidic kingdom for the Jews, which they then rejected, when Jesus clearly indicates that He "came to give His life a ransom for many" (Jew and Gentile) in Matthew 20:28, and that we "might have life" (John 10:10)? Can the death of Jesus Christ and the spiritual indwelling of His life in Christians legitimately be understood within an unforeseen "parenthesis theory," a secondary "Plan B," until God can get on with His foremost objective for the Jews? Paul wrote the Colossians indicating that Christians have been "transferred to the kingdom" (Col. 1:13) of Jesus Christ, so why is the kingdom forestalled until the alleged future millennium in Dispensational theology? The writer of Hebrews certainly does not seem to postpone the "new covenant" to a future millennium (Heb. 8:8,13; 10:16; 12:24). The "imminent" return of Christ has been the speculation of many Christians through the centuries, but the words of Scripture seem to imply only an "impending" return, the time of which "no man knows."