The book that started a revolution. Bahnsen and Gentry stir the hornet's nest with this comprehensive refutation of Dispensationalism. The two pillars of law and eschatology are dealt with evenly, fairly—and most importantly—biblically.
Bahnsen takes on the law sections, while Gentry handles the eschatology. Dispensationalism teaches that God has two distinct plans: one for Israel and one for the Church. Bahnsen and Gentry show clearly that God never intended or taught about separate plans. Quite the opposite, God's plan for Israel was but the first phase of His plan for the world. Jesus was both God's plan and His solution before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:17-21).
House Divided is a postmillennial book. It does not seek to fight something (dispensationalism) with nothing (amillennialism). You are not being asked to abandon hope in dispensationalism's escape hatch in the future (the pre-tribulation Rapture) only to take up residence in amillennialism's Fort Contraction, with a tribe of howling Darwinian Indians circling it, all armed with repeating rifles. You are being asked instead to join a victorious army led by Jesus Christ, who sits at God's right hand, and who will remain seated there until He subdues all His enemies under His feet. ''Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet" (1 Cor. 15:24-25).
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"The first to plead his case seems just, until another comes and examines him." (Proverbs 18:17)
In this book, Greg Bahnsen and Ken Gentry address two major distinctives: theonomic ethics and postmillennial eschatology. Both authors have influenced each other's contributions and stand behind each other's work.
In the two sections of the book on ethics and eschatology the authors aim to juxtapose the Dispensational and Reconstructionist views on particular issues. They offer biblical substantiation for the Reconstructionist perspective in ethics (theonomy) and for the Reconstructionist perspective on eschatology (postmillennialism). They also will give extended attention to arguments published against both of these elements of the Reconstructionist system.
The careful reader will see what is at stake in the dispute and be encouraged to test all things by the infallible standard of God's holy word. If Reconstructionism comes up wanting, then it is unworthy of your support. If it communicates to you its biblical credentials and strength, then it poses an important challenge concerning your life and involvement as a Christian in this world.
"Examine everything; hold fast to what is good." (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
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