Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Premillennialist – John MacArthur


John MacArthur’s 2007 Shepherd’s Conference message absolutely lit up the blogosphere.  And it’s no wonder.  Just look at the title.  Would anyone dare say such a thing? 

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg.  What really fired people up, and this is evident in the message itself, was the fact that he equated Calvinism with dispensationalism!  Yes, that’s right.  The title should have read, “Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Dispensationalist.”  Sweet mother of Pearl!  Can you think of a more provocative message?  Oh, maybe I can.  How about this:

“Ten reasons why the papacy just may be biblical, and five reasons why I should be the next Pope.”

That maybe, just maybe, may have caused a bigger stir, had he chosen that as his message. 

Three years later now, the dust has pretty much settled.  Most of the arrows have been shot.  The keyboards have cooled down.  And much of the wailing has henceforth ceased.  I trust it’s therefore safe to post on this.  Hopefully it won’t cause too many Reformed folks to have flashbacks, to wake from their sleep in a cold sweat, panting and trembling.

For those of you who haven’t listened to the message, you may want to give it a try.  It will illuminate in the clearest way possible the dispensational perspective.  But if you are a non-dispensationalist, a caution is in order.  This ride may cause veins to bulge out on your head.

Now if you’re a dispensationalist, or if you’re undecided, then go to “Polemics.”  You will find this under “Pages” on the right sidebar.  I wrote up a fairly detailed response to MacArthur’s message.  I think you will find it helpful.      

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One thought on “Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Premillennialist – John MacArthur

  1. Austin,
    I’d like to thank you for the time you spent on the polemical assessment of Mr. McArthur’s sermon on Eschatology and the importance of being a dispensationalist. I live near Knoxville, Tennessee and am struggling to find sound theology for myself and my family. Truth without some kind of “pet” doctrine is nonexistent in the area. I say all of that to share my current dilema of considering a visit to a group that seem to be essentially solid except for a firm position on dispensationalism. I read your piece in an attempt to discern the possibility of worshiping with them in spite of this. We are a home Church currently with 2 other families. This we know is biblical, but the desire to congregate with others is still there nonetheless.
    Anywho, thank you for offering clarity regarding this issue from a familiar perspective. God bless you and your efforts with this site.

    In Christ, Brad

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