Growing up Evangelical, before I got into that stream that was dispensationalist, my parents cautioned me about “cults” – Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventism, Christian Science and a few others were prominent. They also were skeptical about Dispensationalism, because it began so recently. I read books on the topic later, in adolescence.
I now note that many of these cults arose around the same time, and that dispensationalism arose then, too.
Apart from the question of why that era was such fertile ground for error, I’m now inclined, having lived in it and seen all the failed predictions (not that far from Harold Camping), I’m inclined to think dispensationalism is a cult in the same sense as the others, even though I’m not sure there’s anything grossly wrong with their Christology.
What do you think of that characterization? Maybe Father Barnabas should answer, since Dr. Hebert is still at Dallas Seminary.
Reader John, Lafayette, Indiana (Roger Bennett if you require “real” names)