Chuck Baldwin: Who Ran For President For the Constitutional Party:
From my national column this week (published Thursday, January 4):
I grew up in dispensationalism; I went to dispensationalist Bible colleges; and I taught dispensationalism for over thirty years. My very first Bible as an adult was a Scofield Reference Bible (which I still have). Some of the most well-known fundamentalist preachers of the twentieth century have their signatures in that Bible—men such as W.A. Criswell, B.R. Lakin, Tom Malone, John R. Rice, Monroe Parker, J. Vernon McGee, J. Harold Smith, Jack Hyles, Jerry Falwell, and others. My theological schooling was entirely rooted in dispensationalism.
However, after MUCH prayer and personal study, I am now convinced that dispensationalism is a huge Biblical heresy; that the modern Zionist State of Israel is NOT the fulfillment of ANY Biblical prophecy and has absolutely NOTHING to do with the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant; and that, instead, Zionism is perhaps Satan’s greatest tool to destroy America’s Christian culture and whatever vestiges remain of our constitutional system of government and the liberties enshrined in our Bill of Rights.
Dispensationalists repeatedly say that Genesis 12:3 refers to the modern Zionist State of Israel. They say that America will ONLY be “blessed” if we “bless” the Zionist State of Israel. But tell me: What has happened to America since 1948, when we began “blessing” this Zionist State of Israel by giving it trillions of dollars of foreign aid and sending America’s military troops to fight innumerable wars, suffer countless casualties, and inflict untold death and destruction on its behalf—not to mention revolving much of the U.S. political, religious, entertainment, and media institutions around it?
Has our education system been “blessed” since 1948? The public education system is awash in Zionism. What about our economic system? It’s mostly controlled by Zionists. Do we have a “blessed” economic system today? What about our political system? It’s heavily influenced by Zionists. Has it been “blessed” since 1948? What about our national news media? All of the major television news networks are owned by Zionists. Have they been a “blessing” to us since 1948? What about Hollywood and our entertainment systems? These institutions are largely controlled by Zionists. Have they been a “blessing” to America since 1948? What about America’s families? Are our families (of all races) more “blessed” today than they were in 1948? What about peace in our country—domestically and internationally? We are fighting wars all over the world, and our major cities have become war zones and battlefields in their own right. Is America “blessed” with more peace and tranquility after 70 years of “blessing” the Zionist State of Israel?
I am absolutely convinced that the acceptance of dispensationalism with the resultant worship and adulation for the Zionist State of Israel by such a large portion of America’s Christian community (Christian Zionists dominate America’s mega-churches, Christian colleges and Bible schools, Christian television and radio broadcasts, and gospel literature) has brought God’s judgment—NOT God’s blessing—on America.