Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Dispensationalism and Revival

To my mind, the doctrine of Dispensationalism has neither been a trigger nor a feature of revival-outpourings throughout church-history, at their height - let alone an 'essential', 'fundamental' feature.

The outpourings of the Spirit of the early 1900s were initiated more as a result of certain believers having come to understand the Bible-doctrines of the Holy Spirit and His gifts, and deliberately giving time for the manifestation of the Spirit and for dynamic interaction and co-operation with the Holy Spirit - irrespective of later developments in their eschatology.

Insisting on Dispensationalism was only a later development in some organised Pentecostal denominations.

The Latter Rain renewal was not Dispensational, and in fact some components of their alternative eschatology actually helped trigger a renewed expectation and experience of the Holy Ghost.

The Charismatic Renewal didn't initially make much of an issue of one's eschatology at all - it also was more a celebration of the Holy Ghost Himself and His gifts.

Both the Latter Rain and Charismatic renewals of the Spirit therefore proved that receiving, participating in and promoting neo-Pentecostal moves of the Spirit of God was not at all dependant upon embracing Dispensationalism.

Dispensationalism later became a feature within some organised neo-Pentecostal (Charismatic) denominations too, just like it had become a later development within many organised Pentecostal denominations - but Dispensationalism was not an essential feature of Holy Ghost outpourings themselves, at their height.

The River renewal also did not make a feature of Dispensationalism.

Even the Contemporary Church thrust did not make a feature of Dispensationalism (worth mentioning, even though it's not considered a revival-type outpouring of the Spirit per se - because many organisations who identify as Pentecostal or neo-Pentecostal [Latter Rain, Charismatic] or mainline denominational, came to include components of the Contemporary Church model into their programs despite the absence of Dispensationalism as an essential feature in that model.

Dispensationalism has not been a fundamental, essential doctrine during outpourings of the Holy Spirit, revivals, renewals and their promotion.

The Apostles' doctrine was that the end-times and fulfilment of Old Testament Prophecy was virtually upon them, and that the good news of that fact was to be announced, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, to Jews first, then in all the world, accompanied by the power and signs of the Holy Spirit, until He comes.

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