Re: Premillennialism and Confession
- --- In covenantedreformationclub@y..., "Mark Ennis" <kurios22@c...>
> Does anyone else think the Westminster Confession statements on theYes.
> last Things rules out premillennialism altogether?
> How would a premillennialist pass an ordination exam or claim fullI'm not sure how most presbyterian churches allow a Chiliast to
subscribe to the WCF except with making exceptions. The Free
Presbyterian church of Ulster affirms liberty in the area of
eschatology. (eg. Dr. Ian Paisley is a Premill, while other elders
are Amill and some are postmill).
The Bible Presbyterian Church under McIntire revised their american
confession and catechisms in 1938 to make it conform to
The tiny American Presbyterian Church which follows the same revised
WCF and is premillennial and denies eschatological liberty. They
"Reformed theology and Reformed churches have never had a unified
position on eschatology (Greek for the doctrine of future things).
The Reformed churches of the continent have traditionally favored
amillennialism. Presbyterian churches have for the most part
historically favored postmillennialism. All three positions were
represented at the Westminster assembly and such noted personages as
Dr. Twisse, the moderator, and Goodwin, the Independent, were
premillennialists. The Westminster standards therefore allow for all
three and basically take a position of eschatological liberty."
[I disagree with the last sentence if it sanctions premillennialism]
They further write:
"Unlike the bulk of their Presbyterian brethren, the American
Presbyterian Church confesses historic premillennialism as its
creed. The Church therefore made a conscious decision not to adopt a
position of eschatological liberty."
IMO the premillennial BPC and APC are more consistent in revising
their WCF to conform to premillennialism than those presbyterian
bodies which do not and merely permit the chiliast view as one
legitimate view among many.