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How clear it is, then, that the Old and New Testaments possess a central unity; that God has had only one way of saving from the beginning; and that the Covenant of Grace has been administered by Him in every stage of human history. And how clear it is that modern "Dispensationalists" have an entirely erroneous conception of the Mosaic economy! The teaching of the "Scofield Bible," and all who echo its misleading and mischievous novelties, is to be steadfastly resisted, no matter how unpopular such resistance may render one among "Fundamentalists." When a man makes the studied statement that "As a dispensation, grace begins with the death and resurrection of Christ, the point of testing is no longer legal obedience as the condition of salvation, but accepting or rejecting of Christ" (as Mr. Scofield does in his notes on John 1:16), he at once exposes fundamental ignorance both of "the Law" and "the Gospel," and therefore is no safe teacher for lovers of the Truth to follow...
Those possessing a "Scofield Bible" may turn to Exodus 21:24, and they will see that in the margin opposite to it the editor refers to "Leviticus 24:20, Deuteronomy 19:21; cf. Matthew 5:38-44, 1 Peter 2:19-21," upon which this brief comment is made, "The provision in Exodus is law, and righteous; the New Testament passages, grace and merciful." How far Mr. Scofield was consistent with himself may be seen by a reference to what he states on page 989, at the beginning of the New Testament under "The Four Gospels" where he expressly affirms, "The sermon on the mount is law, not grace" (italics ours); verily, "the legs of the lame are not equal." In his marginal note to Exodus 21:24 Mr. Scofield cites Matthew 5:38-44 as "grace"; in his Introduction to the Four Gospels, he declares Matthew 5-7 is "law, and not grace": which of these assertions did he wish his readers to believe?
- A.W. Pink, DISPENSATIONALISM, http ://ww w.ete rnall ifemi nistr ies.o rg/aw p_dis pen.r tf, Originally edited by Emmett O'Donnell for Mt. Zion Publications, a ministry of Mt. Zion Bible Church, 2603 West Wright St., Pensacola, FL 32505. http://www.mountzion.org. Provided by Eternal Life Ministries (http://www.eternallifeministries.org).