What are the problems with ultra-dispensationalism?


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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
As I understand it, ultra-dispensationalism has the following flaws:

1) Ultra-dispensationalists do not believe that the Church started with the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost after Christ's ascension, as described in Acts 2. Instead, they claim that the founding of the Church did not occur until Acts 28:28 when Paul told the Jews in Rome who had rejected the gospel, "I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!” They regard the church that existed prior to that time as having been a "Jewish" or "Hebrew" church that was different and separate from the "body of Christ", and that the books of 1 and 2 Peter, James, Jude, Hebrews and the three epistles of John were addressed to that church. They believe that this church will be re-established during the Millennium, and will worship at the rebuilt temple, along with the offering of atoning sacrifices.

2) Ultra-dispensationalists believe that the four canonical gospels were written only for the Jews, and have no bearing on the Church. Only the prison epistles of Paul were written for the Church. Even the messages to the seven churches referenced in the book of Revelation were directed to the Jewish church of the tribulation.

3) Most ultra-dispensationalists reject the ordinances of the Church (water baptism and the Lord's Supper), which were for the "Hebrew" church.

4) Ultra-dispensationalism makes other errors with respect to its approach to Scripture, such as a belief that Paul proclaimed a different gospel than the one taught by the apostles. Some forms of ultra-dispensationalism also espouse false doctrines such as "soul sleep" (that is, that there is not an immediate post-death conscious existence of the soul); annihilationism (that the unsaved will be destroyed rather than eternally punished), and universalism (that all -- including even Satan himself -- will ulitmately be saved).

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