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Has the Church Replaced Israel

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Has the church replaced Israel? This is a controversial question and a fitting title for a book that addresses this question with “no.” I enjoyed this treatment on Supersessionism, also known as Replacement Theology. Some believe the name “replacement theology” for Supersessionism is inappropriate but the author Michael Vlach does a good job at the outset of the book demonstrating how proponents of Supersessionism themselves have used that term interchangeably. Prior to reading the book I have heard that the author’s doctoral work was on Supersessionism and I suspect some of his dissertation must have been carried over into the book. From what I understand, the advisors for his doctoral work weren’t all dispensationalists which probably helped sharpened his argument. I found this book devastating to the position of Supersessionism. I appreciated Vlach being conscious of theological methods in his evaluation of Supersessionism especially with my favorite portion of the book, part three, where he evaluates the hermeneutics of Supersessionism. Vlach notes that it is not enough to show added referents (Gentiles) to Old Testament promises to the Jews since this does not logically demonstrate the church has replaced Israel. Even before Vlach evaluate the passages that Supersessionists offer (part four), his hermeneutics portion of the book has already laid down the principle in refuting Supersessionism’s appeal to certain passages. For those who are into historical theology, they will also enjoy Vlach’s discussion of Supersessionism throughout church history, which he devotes over fifty pages to. I highly recommend this book to all because of Vlach’s ability to nuance the other side and also for the book’s clarity, organization and positive and negative argument for non-Supersessionism.

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There has been some discussion some time back over at the blog call Choosing Hats on whether or not The Master Seminary actually teaches Van Tillian Presuppositional apologetics.  (For those of you who might not be aware, Choosing Hats is probably one of the most active blogs dealing with Van Tillian apologetics today.)  Does The Master’s Seminary teaches Presuppositionalism?  I would say the answer is–yes!

Here are the lectures by Dr. Michael Vlach, an associate professor of theology at TMS.  This seems to be given a few years ago (2008, since the professor in Lectures 12 mentioned that his book was just published a month ago, which was printed in 2008 by Crossway).

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The purpose of this book written by John MacArthur and the members of faculty of The Master’s Seminary is to give a primer on Dispensational Premillennialism. In essence, it is a defense of Dispensational Premillennialism that would be accessible to the general Christian reader. Perhaps those reading this review will remember MacArthur’s infamous sermon during Shepherd’s Conference 2007 about how every self-respecting Calvinist should be a Premillennialist. I recall first hearing all the outrage about this online from many people, when I was leaning more towards Postmillennialism during that period in my life, and thinking that that might be a little over the top rhetorically. There was a sense of caution as I read this book as I wonder if MacArthur’s claim would have been re-iterated here, and it turns out that the very same message in 2007 actually became one of the chapters in the book, arguing why Calvinist should be Premillennial in light of the historical grammatical hermeneutics and a high view of God’s sovereignty. It seems to me that this will be probably the most offensive part of the book, but I do not think MacArthur is intentionally doing so, and after reading the whole book, one might be more sympathetic towards MacArthur as surely I did, or at least understand where he is coming from. The introduction to the book focuses on why Christians should study prophecies, and Dr. Mayhue gives some good statistics of the Bible and Scriptural passages on why studying eschatology is important. The first two chapters focused on what the essence of Dispensationalism is, and also what it is not along with popular misconceptions. The author of both chapters, Dr. Vlach, does a good job here, including answering the popular objection that Dispensationalists are anti-calvinists and believe in works righteousness (!). I felt that these two chapters alone was worth getting the book, given the all too common misconceptions about Dispensationalism. What I appreciated the most of the book is that the contributors from the faculty of The Master Seminary all had something of their specialty to offer when it comes to this volume, making it a convenient “one stop” volume summarizing their work for a popular audience. For instance, those who are familiar with The Master’s Seminary’s faculty’s work on Dispensationalism will notice that Dr. Vlach’s booklet “What is Dispensationalism?” has been updated and was the essence of the first two chapters of the book. In addition, his chapter on Israel echoes his dissertation and recent book on whether or not the church has replaced Israel. I was also happy to see Waymeyer contribute his chapter on Revelation 20, since it was more reader friendly in terms of the format than his original book on the same subject. Dr. Mayhue’s dissertation has been on the tribulation, so it was good to see a chapter contribution from him on that subject. Nate Busenitz, who is currently teaching historical theology, wrote a great chapter on the history of the early church and their view of Premillennialism. Overall, I would recommend the book.

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Dr. Michael Vlach of The Master’s Seminary, has a 20 part series on the New Testament use of the Old. What follows are the links to them. Read it and enjoy!

NT Use of OT Part 1: Introduction to the Issue

NT Use of OT Part 2: Seven Approaches to How the NT Uses the OT

NT Use of OT Part 3: Resources for Studying NT Use of the OT

NT use of OT Part 4: Contextual Use of the OT by the NT Writers

NT Use of OT Part 5: Categories of NT Usage of the OT

NT Use of OT Part 6: Literal Prophetic Fulfillment

NT Use of OT Part 7: Literal Prophetic Fulfillment (2)

NT Use of OT Part 8: Literal Application of Timeless Moral or Theological Point

NT Use of OT Part 9: Literal Restatement of an OT Passage with Intensification or Alteration

NT Use of OT Part 10: Affirmation of an Old Testament Prophetic Text Whose Fulfillment Is Still Future

NT Use of OT Part 11: Some Observations Concerning Matthew’s Purposes in Matt 1–2

NT Use of OT Part 12: Matt 1:22-23 and Divine Correspondence between Israel and Jesus

NT Use of OT Part 13: Matt 2:15/Hos 11:1 and Divine Correspondence between Israel and Jesus

NT Use of OT Part 14: Matt 2:17-18/Jer 31:15 and Divine Correspondence between Israel and Jesus

NT Use of OT Part 15: Matt 2:23 and Summation of an OT Truth or Principle

NT Use of OT Part 16: Acts 2:25-28/Psalm 16:8-11 and the Resurrection of the Christ

NT Use of OT Part 17: Acts 2:33-35/Psalm 110:1 and Literal Prophetic Fulfillment

NT Use of OT Part 18: Psalm 110:1 and Contextual Fulfillment

NT Use of OT Part 19: Psalm 110:4 and Contextual Fulfillment

NT Use of OT Part 20: Acts 13:47 and Isa 49:6

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Dr. Michael Vlach, Assistant Professor of Theology at The Master’s Seminary who among other things, teaches the apologetics course has a message delivered titled, “Making Sense of Evil and Suffering” available through SermonAudio.com

You can listen to the 55 minutes message directly by clicking HERE or Download it for latter by clicking HERE

Here’s a little information about Dr. Vlach from The Master’s Seminary website:

Associate Professor of Theology

  • B.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.Div., The Master’s Seminary
  • Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

    Before joining The Master’s Seminary faculty in 2006, Dr. Vlach functioned as a Professor of Humanities at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska. He also taught Bible, Theology, and Hermeneutics for Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska. While working on his doctorate, Dr. Vlach was the Senior Researcher/Writer at Church Initiative, a church-equipping ministry in Wake Forest, North Carolina. An ordained minister, Dr. Vlach served as an assistant pastor in Lincoln, Nebraska for five years where he headed up a church-based Bible training institute. Michael speaks regularly at churches and conferences and has appeared on several national radio broadcasts. He has also published numerous articles in Christian magazines and scholarly journals. Dr. Vlach began his tenure at TMS in 2006.

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    Interesting articles over at Dr. Michael Vlach’s website.  He is a professor of Theology at The Master’s Seminary.

    Feature Articles

    Hebrews and Eschatological Systems by Brian Colmery (pdf) Does Hebrews really support a non-premillennial eschatology?

    The Kingdom Program in Matthew’s Gospel by Michael J. Vlach (pdf)

    The Church: A Search for Definition by Erik Swanson (pdf). A comparison of Covenant and Dispensational Views of the Church

    Nations in the Eternal State by Andrew Kim (pdf) See how God’s plan for Eternity includes literal nations

    “All Israel Will Be Saved”: The Nature and Circumstances of the Salvation Mentioned in Rom 11:25-27 by Ken Stiles (pdf)

    Worship in Messiah’s Kingdom by Kent Maitland (pdf) A look at Messiah Temple of Ezekiel 40-48

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    Dr. Michael Vlach is an assistant professor of Theology at The Master’s Seminary.

    In this series for lay people, he goes over how to study the Bible.

    How to Study the Bible (Intro): The Need for Help

    How to Study the Bible (Part 1): Intro to Studying the Bible

    How to Study the Bible (Part 2): Bible as Human and Divine Book

    How to Study the Bible (Part 3): Determining Context

    How to Study the Bible (Part 4): Overcoming the Culture Gap

    How to Study the Bible (Part 5): Interpreting Narratives

    How to Study the Bible (Part 6): Interpreting the Epistles

    How to Study the Bible (Part 7): Interpreting Parables

    How to Study the Bible (Part 8): Interpreting the Legal Sections

    How to Study the Bible (Part 9): Interpreting the Psalms

    How to Study the Bible (Part 10): Interpreting Wisdom Literature

    How to Study the Bible (Part 11): Interpreting Biblical Prophecy

    How to Study the Bible (Part 12): Interpreting Figures of Speech

    How to Study the Bible (Part 13): Interpreting Types

    A Proposed Method for Studying a Book of the Bible

    Twelve Helpful Resources for Studying the Bible

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