By Michael J. Vlach – check out his book “Dispensationalism: Essential Beliefs and Common Myth’s” for further reading. Vlach believes that most pastors and Christians in general are more dispensational than they realize.
1. You might be a dispensationalist if…..you believe the primary meaning of OT passages is found in the OT passages themselves. The NT may apply the OT passages in ways different than the OT authors intended, but these new applications do not change or alter the meaning or significance of the OT passages.
2. You might be a dispensationalist if…..you believe that national Israel is not a type that finds its significance ended with the church.
3. You might be a dispensationalist if…..you reject replacement theology.
4. You might be a dispensationalist if…..you believe that Jews and Gentiles can be unified in salvation, and there is a future for the nation of Israel.
5. You might be a dispensationalist if…..you believe that the nation of Israel will be saved and restored with a role to the nations after the second coming.
6. You might be a dispensationalist if….you believe that believing Gentiles can be the seed of Abraham without becoming spiritual Jews of part of Israel.
Just in case you are wondering how Vlach defines “dispensationalism,” here is his definition. “Dispensationalism is a system of theology primarily concerned with the doctrines of ecclesiology and eschatology that emphasizes the historical-grammatical meaning of Old Testament prophetic passages and covenants, a distinction between Israel and the church, and a future salvation and restoration of the nation Israel in a future earthly kingdom.”