A friend sent me an article by Hank Hanegraaff … you know, the “Bible Answer Man.” The article is a response to the Left Behind books and movie. Hank is a preterist, so he and Tim LaHaye are at polar opposite eschatological extremes. Anyway, in the article Hank offers a rather biased “definition” of dispensationalism, which he says results from a “strict literalism” when reading the Bible. This is an accusation I hear regularly. And I can’t help but be amused by it. Inherent in the charge of “literalism” is the tacit admission that our view is the result of actually reading what the words on the page genuinely say. So, I guess in order to support the other positions, you must ignore what the text says in favor of an interpretive scheme.
No thanks …. I’ll stick with the words on the page. But, thanks for admitting it’s in there.