False Teachers

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Have you ever wondered what life would have been like had the Jews not rejected Jesus? For example, would there be a need for a Second Coming? Would Christ, today, be reigning out of Jerusalem, and would the world be at peace? This seems to be the position taken by the dispensationalists, because they expect Christ to return sometime in the future and do exactly that. In fact, according to the father of modern Dispensationalism, John Darby, the Cross was the work of Satan.

It is Satan, and not Christ, who is now the prince and god of this worldThe cross was the one grand demonstration – and there never was such a demonstration before that – that Satan is the prince and god of this world. Until Christ had been rejected, Satan was never called the prince of this world. Before that, Jesus was on earth, and in the temple was the Shekinah glory. But when at last he came into this world in the person of Christ, and the world rejected him, the from that time Satan is the prince of this world.” (emphasis mine[1]

There, we have the paradigm of Dispensationalism in black and white, as told by its father, John Darby, and preached today in the churches of Christ that preach Darby’s false doctrine. However, has anyone who believes Darby’s teaching ever really investigated if it is really Biblical? I have to wonder, because I doubt so many disciples of Christ would advocate Darby’s teachings, if they really understood their consequences. For example, would any real Christian believe that Satan could defeat God? Yet, this is exactly what Darby claims above. He says outright, “The cross was the one grand demonstration …that Satan is the prince and god of this world.” In other words, the Cross was Satan’s work, and is a demonstration of God’s defeat, because, if the Cross were Satan’s work, it couldn’t be God’s. So, if God never intended that Jesus be crucified, Satan defeated God.

According to Revelation 13:8, the Cross was in the plan of God from the foundation of the world. How would the Cross be a demonstration of Satan’s authority, when it was God’s plan from the foundation of the world? The Cross was what God wanted, not Satan. Only through the Cross could mankind be redeemed. Why would Satan want that? Certainly, Jesus was crucified by men who were guilty of an evil work, but their evil is powerless to undo God’s intended grace and purpose. Men are not more powerful than God. The weakness of God is more powerful than men (1Corinthians 1:25).

Far from it being God’s defeat, God sent his Son into the world to save mankind, and the Cross was the vehicle through which he would not only accomplish his purpose, but was the means he would gain victory over all authority that exalted itself above the authority of God (Colossians 2:13-15). How could the Cross be a demonstration of Satan’s power, when it was a demonstration of Satan’s defeat? Darby’s logic, while certainly exemplifying worldly wisdom, has no support in the Bible. In fact, it is a demonstration that it is just another doctrine of men that hides the grace and purposes of God.

If this is true, and I believe the Bible demonstrates it is true, then shouldn’t we reevaluate the rest of Darby’s doctrines, such as the future coming of Christ, which denies that Jesus kept his promise to us in the first century AD. After all, if Darby was so obviously wrong in his “Lectures on the Second Coming”, perhaps the rest of his understanding of the “Second Coming” is wrong as well. It seems obvious to me that, since both Jesus and all the New Testament writers point to an early return of Christ (Matthew 16:28; 26:64; 2Timothy 4:1, 8; 1Peter 4:5, 7, 17; Revelation 22:7, 12, 20), believer should at least consider the possibility they knew what they were talking about. Just a thought.


[1] J. N. Darby, Lectures on the Second Coming, (London; Paternoster Row, 1868), 31.


Posted by on November 17, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy


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2 responses to “False Teachers

  1. Eddie

    November 17, 2017 at 09:08

    Hi Dave, that was well put concerning Jesus setting up what he tore down. He simply wouldn’t do that. It would mean he made a mistake in tearing it down in the first place.

    Concerning Satan and evil, the scriptures tell us that we have three enemies, the world, the flesh and the Devil. With the Devil out of the way, we still have two logs burning in the fire that feed off one another. Remove one and the fire will go out in the other. Therefore, as long as we are in the world we will have trouble in that we are enticed by its ‘goodies’ and way of life, and of course it is fueled by our interest in its ‘goodies’ or way of life. We don’t need the Devil to be evil. Apart from God, men will tend to do evil even without a leader.

    Lord bless you Dave and thanks for reading.

  2. Dave White

    November 17, 2017 at 07:43

    Understanding the early return of Christ changes so much of what we believe. Folks who support dispensationalism do so ignoring their circular logic. Why would Jesus return and setup the very system that he destroyed on the cross? This has always bothered me, but like most I struggled with it within the context of future end times.
    But, a question; if Satan has been defeated and has had his power taken away how do we explain evil that is in the world now. Experience teaches me that demonic possession is still a real phenomenon, separate from mental illness. We cannot deny that sin and evil still abound in man’s heart.
    Best and blessings

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