The exaggerated importance of adopting an eschatological position, via Aaron’s link to a lengthy treatise on J. Gresham Machen by John Frame. Oof. I was just speaking with Amy about this a few nights ago. Having “left behind” mainstream rapture-crazy dispensational premillenialism years ago, I’ve been wondering which eschatological outlook to adopt. Postmillenialism’s promise of the church bringing about the new heaven is far too humanistic to be considered properly Scriptural, preterism is too dismissive of prophecies which could not possibly have been fulfilled in the first century AD, and amillenialism just confuses me.
But the “Oof” that I oof above comes from the fact that perhaps I don’t need to categorically fall into a class of eschatological outlook to be a proper believer. Certainly I should not be so obsessed with researching possible “endtimes” outcomes at the expense of feeding the hungry and spreading the good news. “But if I have not love…”
Update, four hours later: Speaking of eschatology, I failed to mention that ever-indispensable resource, the BLB: Four Views on the Millenium gives a nice, concise summary of the main branches of Millenial understanding, with bible links and bibliographic references.