Answer to Adrian’s question on my position on dispensational theology

Adrian is interested in my view of dispensational theology.

Over the ages, God set forth different responsibilities for those who believe in Him. These times have been designated as dispensations. We must note that the key thought in the previous statement is “for those who believe in Him”. God has not commanded various ways of salvation. The responsibilities given by God to Adam were different than those given to Abraham, and those to Abraham different than those given to Moses. Knowledge of these responsibilities aids the believer in understanding his place in God’s plan. Rejection leads the believer to doctrinal inaccuracy. For example – the teachings known as covenant theology.
Theology is an art and a science aiding in the study of the Word of God. Theology never takes precedence over the Word of God and one must be careful not to read one’s theology into the Word of God. The imperfection of theology is seen in the difference seen among those that agree with dispensational teaching, but disagree on the number of dispensations. While they may only vary by one number, the variance reveals the imperfection of man’s study of God’s perfect Word. Again though, this imperfection does not apply to the Word of God and the fact of the dispensations is clear and should not be rejected. I trust that I have answered your question. Thank you for your interest in posing it.

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I am an evangelist that enjoys Bible study and I look forward to posting outlines and receiving helpful comments. My wife and I celebrated our 52nd wedding anniversary in 2022 and we enjoy serving the Lord together.
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3 Responses to Answer to Adrian’s question on my position on dispensational theology

  1. Adrian says:

    Dear Dr Burke,

    Thank you for your reply, and for sharing your view.

    The issue of Dispensational and Covenantal theology has already been extensively reviewed, and this would be an inappropriate forum to discuss about it.

    Suffice to say, Adam, Moses and Abraham were all saved by grace through faith, redeemed by Christ’s redemptive work–in the same way as we are.


    • sjbjburke says:

      I beg to differ about this being an inappropriate forum. This is as good a place as any to discuss Biblical truth. Also, there was never any doubt that these were saved by grace through faith, redeemed by Christ’s redemptive work. Why would belief in dispensations effect the way of salvation?

      • Adrian says:

        Blessed Christmas Dr Burke.

        We can follow up this discussion privately. You can reach me at

        I do not have anything new to add or comment from what has already been extensively discussed between Covenantal theologians and Disprnsationalists.

        Those who want to know more about the differences can begin with the translated English version of Calvin’s Institutes and maybe writings by C.I Scofield and Reynald Showers. They are widely available. I do not think our discussion will bring anything new to what has already been published.

        I understand not too few people follow your blog, and I am mindful that such personal discussions of convictions may not always turn out edifying to others. But I am happy to follow up this discussion privately.

        Thank you for your time.


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