As Christians, we have more often than not, applied verses to our own lives that are not applicable to the current Church age. A common example of this is the verse in which a person has to endure to the end to be saved. However, this verse is applicable to those living during the Tribulation period, not Christians. For this reason, rightly dividing the word or dispensationalism is critical in understanding what verses apply to a specific time period and a specific group of people.
When studying dispensational doctrine, it is important to use the King James Bible because it is the perfect word of God and does not omit “study” or “rightly divide” in the way that modern versions do. Dispensationalism and the KJV are essential in studying God’s word of truth (John 17) with the basis of these two things found in 2 Timothy 2:15.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Those that attack the notion of the existence of a perfect word of God and KJV specifically use higher and lower criticism to teach that the word of God is fallible or that it has mistakes. For instance, critics try to find words in the KJV that do not match words found in the original text in Greek and Hebrew and find meanings for those words that are in accordance with their teachings in order to discredit it as being perfect. However, this becomes dangerous because the Bible is no longer the final authority and can be interpreted however the reader wants to interpret it and not how God intended.
As Bible Believers, we take every word written in the Bible seriously and hold it to be accurate and without mistake. Similarly, Protestants during the Dark Ages also believed that the word of God was true since they broke off from the Catholic Church and their teachings.
Covenant theology is the teaching of replacement theology or that the Christian church has replaced the nation of Israel (this is taught by Roman Catholics). In other words, they believe that God will no longer deal with or use the nation of Israel in future times and that the Church will continue the work of Israel. This teaching can be debunked with verses found in the O.T stating that Israel’s covenant with the Lord is everlasting and verses in the N.T that state that God establishes a new covenant with the nation of Israel. Another teaching of covenant theology is that the Church will go through the Tribulation.
Covenant of grace, which is taught by Calvinists, teaches that salvation has been the same throughout history which is salvation through faith. An example of this is Noah’s salvation since they claim that Noah was saved through faith only. However, him having to build the ark in order to escape the flood proves that it was more than just faith, it was a lot of work too (belief in God + building ark).
Dispensationalism teaches that there is a division among people and their respective time periods, meaning that their plans for salvation (depending on the people and time period) are different.
When the first Christians began to preach the word of God it was done in Antioch, present-day Syria. The manuscripts used to write the King James Bible were also from Syria. Bible Believing dispensationalists take the word of God literally, which coincides with the mindset of Antioch where the Disciples preached the literal word of God. Calvinists on the other hand interpret the word of God metaphorically and figurative, not literally, which coincides with the mindset of Alexandria, Egypt and is where modern (Catholic) Bibles stem from.
During the Great Awakening, the King James Bible was used to save many lost souls that were following the teachings of the Catholic Church. Dispensationalism came to be as a product of people studying and taking the word of God more literally. Basing this on 2 Timothy 2:15, Bible Believers came to be by combining the King James Bible and dispensationalism.