Dr. H. Wayne House
It is an honor to endorse Forged from Reformation: How Dispensational Thought Advances the Reformed Legacy. A common myth exists among us today in Christian circles, namely, that dispensationalism is a recent development on the theological scene, while Reformed Theology reflects the thinking of the church back to the apostles. This has been proved wrong in a number of books and articles in the last few years, with the evidence supporting the existence of the building blocks of dispensationalism dating through the centuries to the early stages of the early church, but more fully developed in the 19th century, while Reformed Theology finds it primary genesis with the Westminster Confession.
What interests me more about this book is explosion of the second myth, that while Reformed Theology is a developed theology that speaks to all of the Christian life, such as salvation, the church, politics, ethics and the like, dispensationalism is only interested in eschatology, and more so, only the question of a pre-tribulation rapture of the church. I have argued for some time that dispensationalism is interested in all aspects of the work of God in the world, through the individual salvation of believers and the expansion of the kingdom of God in the world. In fact, unlike Reformed Theology, which seems to focus more on other worldly soteriological concerns, dispensationalism recognizes that God redeems His people to dwell in a physical earth and universe, with the final establishment of His kingdom in a new creation. Dispensationalism more adequately than Reformed Theology speaks to a holistic theology in the same way as does Reformed Theology, but builds that view in a “this world” perspective, from creation, the biblical covenants, the rapture and millennium, and finally the establishment of a new heavens and new earth in which righteousness dwells.
I applaud the authors of this volume in demonstrating the importance of normative dispensational thought that furthers the Reformation on its 500th anniversary. It argues well that Reformed Theology does not own the Reformation, but that in fact dispensationalism continues the many great themes of the Reformation in establishing the Bible-centered theology it purports, its commitment to literal interpretation, its emphasis on salvation by grace through faith for the redeemed of all ages, its goal in the glory of God, and its focus on Jesus the Messiah, and His kingdom. I trust that the book will have a wide and fair hearing.
Wayne House, M.A., Th.D., J.D.
Distinguished Research Professor of Theology, Law, and Culture
Faith International University, and Faith Seminary