Paul's Passing Thoughts

End Time Prophecy that Doesn’t Match Salvation

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 22, 2013

ppt-jpeg4Popular Sophists of our day like John MacArthur Jr. hold to eschatology (the study of end times) that doesn’t match their soteriology (study of salvation/gospel). Dispensationalists (those who believe God uses different plans in different ages) believe in multiple judgments and resurrections. MacArthur identifies with that camp.

Calvinism fuses salvation (justification) and the Christian life (sanctification) together. Justification is finished for us IF we live our Christian life the same way we were saved (“already, but not yet,” just another Reformed mantra that comforts). So, the goal of the Christian life is to live out sanctification in a justification way (“We must preach the gospel to ourselves every day”). The means of justification are finished, but we must continue to have the perfect righteousness of Christ applied to our Christian life in order to be found righteous at the final judgment. Therefore, Calvin et al believed in one final judgment and one resurrection. That is consistent with their sanctification by faith alone to maintain justification soteriology. Everyone who ever lived shows up at a one final judgment and the sheep are separated from the goats. The sheep are those who successfully lived out their Christian life by faith alone.

This is why most Calvinists are amillennial (no 1000-year reign of Christ on earth from David’s throne in Jerusalem). A millennial construct contradicts one judgment and one resurrection because you have to do something with the mortals who live during that time and the rebellion that occurs at the end.

Multiple judgments and resurrections are consistent with the separation of justification and sanctification including a future for national Israel. The fusion of justification and sanctification is consistent with one judgment and one resurrection.

MacArthur has an eschatology that contradicts his soteriology because he was converted to Calvinism later in his ministry and kept the contradicting eschatology. Many Calvinists that don’t understand Calvin’s soteriology hold to Calvin’s eschatology.  They think eschatology is a “secondary issue.”

It is assumed that God’s plan for the end times doesn’t fit with His salvific plan.

There is more than one resurrection because Christians are not under law. They cannot stand in a judgment where law is the measure because it has no jurisdiction over them. Calvin believed the law still has jurisdiction over the Christian and Christ’s perfect obedience has to continually fulfill it through the agency of faith alone. Hence, there is justification, “subjective justification” (sanctification, wink, wink), and “final justification.” This is why Calvinists like MacArthur state that “justification and sanctification are distinct, but never separate.” In other words, a different kind of justification finishes definitive justification.

The other camp says “no.” Justification is completely finished, and sanctification is something entirely different. Therefore, we will not stand at any judgment that has anything at all to do with justification, we will rather stand in a judgment for rewards. Multiple resurrections and judgments facilitate a separation of justification and sanctification as well as a future for national Israel.

Eschatology is NOT a “secondary” issue. It is the gospel.



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  1. paulspassingthoughts said, on October 22, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Reblogged this on Clearcreek Chapel Watch.


  2. Jess said, on October 22, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Again, great article. I hear from ecumenical minded people that “eschatology does not matter” but what they do not realize, is that it does affect salvation doctrine. In reality as ecumenical minded people, they almost always have wrong salvation doctrine anyway.


    • paulspassingthoughts said, on October 22, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      And obviously, it makes sense that it would all fit together. Why would their be a disconnect between prophesy and the rest of the Bible?


  3. Holly Kuziomko said, on October 25, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Wow. Wow. Wow. Wonderfully understandable explanation thank you .


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