November 21, 2009

Grace Abounding: Premillennial/Amillennial Calvinism - I'm still learning

I'm learning that the debate over the return of Christ and the meaning of the 1,000 year reign (Revelation 20:4,5,6) is not one that is easily resolved.

I've considered both amillennial views and premillennial views of calvinism, and can say that both make a strong case.

I would say that Kim Riddlebarger (one of the lead amillennial Calvinists) and John MacArthur (Calvinist in favor of dispensational premillennialism) both have a lot of good points they are making. However, I see that both have the tendency to argue from their presuppositions without carefully considering the other side. I guess I could be wrong, I am only now learning from their messages. They are smart guys, but even smart guys can be mistaken. So I'm listening with care.

Whichever view most accurately represents the return of Christ, I want to say this, that we must always reform our understanding according to the entire Bible and look forward with eager longing for the eternal reign of our King and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

May His name be praised as Christian brothers sharpen one another through such debate.

Grace to all in Jesus Christ our Lord!


Stephanie said...

Let us know if you find any other good resources dealing with this debate - I listened to the MacArthur message you linked to when it was first released and was fully convinced, but now I'm starting to study it from the other perspective and my mind is pretty boggled!

It's kind of funny - when I was a kid I had nightmares about demons marching up our dirt road to attack me during the tribulation (don't ask where I got that!) and I'm thinking now that I would much prefer a pre-trib rapture!

Anyway, God bless you in your studies!

Penn Tomassetti said...

haha... I know how you feel Stephanie.

I definitely agree more with John MacArthur on this debate simply from my own personal reading of Scripture and also with the help of some other resources.

I will add another link to this post of another good resource. I used too used to have end times dreams.