This article addresses two concepts or movements in Christianity that have information and belief structures that are misleading to Christians. The concepts of Calvinism, dispensationalism, and Mid-Acts are discussed in depth to provide the historical origin of the different types of modern-day Christians.
Dr. Kim starts by establishing the origin of right Christians with Acts 11:17-26. Antioch was the first place where right doctrine was first taught and established. It was the first place where people were called Christians. The Christians at Antioch held a literal belief in the word of God, including that every word of God is perfect. The concept is also important in establishing why the King James Bible translation is the most appropriate to be used by Christians since it provides a perfect manuscript translation of the word of God.
Another concept or approach that finds its origin here is dispensationalism. Dispensationalism is the approach of the historical-grammatical belief that every word of God is perfect. Dispensationalism rightly divides bible verses into their historical setting. For instance, the Old Testament involved salvation by works, whereas the New Testament salvation is based on salvation by faith. Dispensation divides the old day Jews from the modern-day Christians.
Therefore, combining the Israelites and the church together gives rise to false doctrines and leads to an approach referred to as the metaphorical approach. The metaphorical approach spiritualizes verses and does not employ literal meaning to verses. Thus some Christians refer to themselves as the real Jews, although not in the literal but spiritual sense. They also deny the presence of literal Jews, but spiritual Jews do not replace the literal Jews.
First, the spiritual, metaphorical approach is not located in Antioch but rather in Alexandria, Egypt.
Second, Antioch Christians consist of preachers while Alexandria Christians consist of scholars. The spiritual, metaphorical predecessors mainly stayed at home and studied the Bible, which led to them developing a prideful approach. On the other hand, the Antioch Christians were evangelicals, and their preaching efforts bore fruits in various places like China and Korea.
Third, the metaphorical gave rise to the majority of modern Bible translations like the NIV and ESV, while the King James Bible translation is an original from manuscripts in ancient Antioch, Syria.
The metaphorical approach gave rise to the liberal modernism teaching that influenced Calvinism. Augustine, a historical figure who invented the replacement theology or anti-dispensationalism, also invented Calvinism, and John Calvin revived the teachings over time. Calvinism is one of the two worst movements in Christianity that negatively affects the Christian movement.
Calvinism gave rise to the Catholic Church. Calvinism originators like Augustine and other church fathers like Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, and David Brainerd gained an influence on the right movement over time, including the Waldensians. Although some individuals from the right movement like Luther had an effect on the Catholic Church, they were not immune to the whiles of Calvinism and were infected by some of Calvin’s doctrines. Calvinism also affected some true Christian teachings at the time of the great awakening, for instance, George Whitfield, John, and Charles Wesley hated Calvinism. Nonetheless, Luther is commended on his teaching of salvation by faith alone and not by works. Also, Erasmus produced the King James Version in its pure form. The Catholics eventually lost their power after and cults like Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, and Seventh-day Adventists gave rise.
After the fall of Catholicism, the elites and conspiracies gave rise to modernism. Modernism greatly influenced churches, but the concepts of dispensationalism were revived by the independent fundamental Baptist movement (IFB). The IFB, through their influential leaders, attacked modernism and revived dispensationalism and KJV only.
Scofield popularized the dispensational approach while Ruckman popularized the King James only approach and J Frank Norris made the IFB an independent movement from the Bible-believing Christians. Ruckman was better because he combined all three – dispensationalism, KJV only, and IFB movement.
The modern-day church also has different teachings and beliefs from Calvinism. For instance, Calvinism teaches that the church will undergo tribulation, whereas the dispensational approach teaches that the church will not undergo tribulation. Calvinism holds that the new and the Old Testament salvation is the same, whereas modern Christians believe in salvation by faith alone in Jesus Christ, not by works. Nonetheless, the teachings of Calvinism, including salvation by faith and works, have also infiltrated the true bible believers and the IFB.
The second movement that is destroying the church today is the Mid-Acts. Mid-Acts believers hold that only the twelve epistles of Paul apply to Christians. They believe that an individual cannot gain a blessing from the other Bible books. However, 1st Timothy 3:16 point out that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, correction, and instruction in righteousness.” The Mid-Acts rob Christians of the experience, blessings and promises supplied by other Bible verses.
Dr. Kim provides some ideas to identify Calvinist and the Mid-Acts teachings. To identify Calvinist, one may look up some keywords in the websites, including Presbyterian, elect, and predestination. The Mid-Acts can be identified through their teachings and terms like mid acts, grace, Berean, and focusing only on Apostle Paul. Additionally, a person’s believes and faith is evidenced by their actions.
Dr. Kim concludes by defending his stand on dispensationalism.