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Dispensationalism: Endnotes by Mark Sarver

By April 9, 2011April 12th, 2016Dispensationalism


1. C. I. Scofield, The New Scofield Reference Bible (New York: Oxford University Press, 1967), p. 3.

2. Ibid.

3. This brief outline represents classic dispensationalism. Dispensationalists differ one from another in details. As we shall see, neo-dispensationalists have made significant modifications to the system. In the main, however, what we have just presented fairly depicts dispensationalism in its most widespread form.

4. Philip Mauro, The Gospel of the Kingdom (Boston: Hamilton Brothers, 1928), p. 6.

5. Geerhardus Vos, The Pauline Eschatology (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1961), pp. 228-235.

6. Arnold H.Ehlert, ‘A Bibliography of Dispensationalism,’ Bibliotheca Sacra, 101:95-101; 199-209; 319-28; 447-60; 102:84-92; 207-19; 322-34; 455-67; 103:57-67 (January, 1944 through January, 1946).

7. Charles C. Ryrie, Dispensationalism Today (Chicago: Moody Press, 1965), pp. 67-70.

8. Ibid.

9. Ibid., pp. 44-45.

10. LeRoy Edwin Froom, The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers (Washington: Review and Herald), Vol. III, p. 304.

11. George E. Ladd, The Blessed Hope (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1956), pp. 37-38.

12. Ernest R. Sandeen, The Roots of Fundamentalism (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1970), p. 7.

13. Ibid., pp. 9-10.

14. Ian Rennie, ‘Nineteenth Century Roots,’ in Handbook of Biblical Prophecy, Carl Amerding, ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1977), pp. 46-48.

15. Ibid., p. 48.

16. Arnold Dallimore, Forerunner of the Charismatic Movement (Chicago: Moody Press, 1983), pp. 37-38.

17. Ibid., p. 73.

18. Rennie, op. cit., p. 50.

19. Sandeen, op. cit., pp. 21-22.

20. Dave MacPherson, The Unbelievable Pre-Trib Origin (Kansas City: Heart of America Bible Society, 1973), pp. 59-62, 105-108.

21.See Rennie, op. cit., p. 54 and Sandeen, op. cit., p. 38.

22. Froom, op. cit., Vol. IV, p. 1223.

23. Robert Baxter, Narrative of Facts, Characterizing the Supernatural Manifestations, in Members of Mr. Irving’s Congregation and other Individuals, in England, and Scotland, and Formerly in the Writer Himself (London: James Nisbet, 1833), p. 17.

24. Clarence B. Bass, Backgrounds to Dispensationalism (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1978), pp. 51-52.

25. John Nelson Darby, Letters of J. N. D. (Sunbury, PA: Believer’s Bookshelf, 1971), 3:298.

26. Ibid.

27. Ibid., 3:299.

28. For a more thorough analysis of Darby’s theology, see Bass, op. cit., pp. 100-140.

29. John Nelson Darby, The Collected Writings, Ed. William Kelly (Oak Park, IL: Bible Truth Publishers, 1962), 2:35.

30. Ibid., 2:376.

31. Notes on John 1:17, The Scofield Reference Bible (New York: Oxford University Press, 1909), p. 1114; The New Scofield Reference Bible (New York: Oxford University Press, 1967), p. 1124.

32. Harry A. Ironside, Mysteries of God, p. 50, quoted by William E. Cox in An Examination of Dispensationalism (Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1974), p. 2.

33. Rennie, op. cit., pp. 54-55.

34. Sandeen, op. cit., p. 43.

35. Ibid., p. 42.

36. Ibid., pp. 100-102.

37. George M. Marsden, Fundamentalism and American Culture (New York: Oxford University Press, 1980), p. 54.

38. George C. Needham, Preach the Word (New York: 1892), p. 15, quoted by Sandeen, op. cit., p. 137.

39. Presbyterian and Reformed Review 1 (1890): 36-37, quoted by Sandeen, op. cit., p. 137.

40. Stephen H. Tyng, ‘Christ’s Coming: Personal and Visible,’ Premillennial Essays, Nathaniel West, ed. (Chicago: 1879), pp. 25-26, cited by Marsden, op. cit., p. 61.

41. Jerry Lummis, ‘Christ’s Predictions and Their Interpretations,’ Prophetic Studies of the International Prophetic Conference (Chicago: 1886), p. 46, cited by Marsden, op. cit., p. 61.

42. Marsden, op. cit., p. 61. This statement hardly squares with I Cor. 2:14: ‘The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged.’

43. Quoted from a book advertizement in Watchword and Truth 22 (1900): 255, quoted by Sandeen, op. cit., p. 173.

44. See, for example, Scofield’s notes on I Cor. 2:14 and Romans 7:9, 14, 15 The Scofield Reference Bible, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1909), pp. 1213, 1214, 1199, 1200.

45. Marsden, op. cit., p. 228.

46. C. I. Scofield, ed., The Scofield Reference Bible (New York: Oxford University Press, 1917), p. 20.

47. Lewis Sperry Chafer, Systematic Theology (Dallas: Dallas Seminary Press, 1948), 4:162-164.

48. Ibid., 7:219.

49. Ryrie, op. cit., pp. 123-124; cp. New Scofield Reference Bible on Gen. 1:28 (p. 3).

50. For a more thorough discussion of the historical transition from the classic dispensational doctrine of salvation by law-keeping for Israel and by faith for the church to the neo-dispensational doctrine of one way of salvation in all ages, see Daniel P. Fuller, Gospel and Law: Contrast or Continuum? (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1980), pp. 34-46.

51. John F. Walvoord, The Millennial Kingdom (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1959), pp. 324-325.

52. Vern S. Poythress, Understanding Dispensationalists (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1987), p. 34.

53. Paul Lee Tan, The Interpretation of Prophecy (Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books, 1974), p. 180.

54. Erich Sauer, From Eternity to Eternity (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1954), p. 166; cp. pp. 162-178.

55. New Scofield Reference Bible, p. 3 (note on Genesis 1:28, heading).

56. Ryrie, Dispensationalism Today, pp. 35-36.

57. Ibid., pp. 39-40.

58. Poythress, Understanding Dispensationalists, p. 37.

59. Because ultradispensationalism is not within the mainstream of dispensationalism we did not include treatment of Bullinger and his followers in our survey of the development of dispensationalism in the nineteenth century.

60. John H. Gerstner, Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth & Hyatt, Publishers, Inc., 1991), pp. 55-56; H. A. Ironside, Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth (Neptune, NJ: Luizeaux Brothers, Inc., 1938), pp. 9-11.

61. Ironside, op. cit., p. 11.

62. Scofield, The Scofield Reference Bible (on Matt. 5:2), pp. 999-1000.

63. Among those who have denied the necessity of submission to Christ’s lordship as an evidence of true repentance and faith are Charles Ryrie (Balancing the Christian Life; So Great Salvation), Zane Hodges (The Gospel Under Siege; Absolutely Free), G. M. Cocoris (Lordship Salvation Is It Biblical; Evangelism: A Biblical Approach) and Livingston Blauvelt, Jr. (‘Does the Bible Teach Lordship Salvation,’ Bibliotheca Sacra 143:37-45).

64. Poythress, op. cit., p. 32.