The Cult of Dispensationalism
"What is indisputably, absolutely, and uncompromisingly essential to the Christian religion is its doctrine of salvation… If Dispensationalism has actually departed from the only way of salvation which the Christian religion teaches, then we must say it has departed from Christianity. No matter how many other important truths it proclaims, it cannot be called Christian if it empties Christianity of its essential message. We define a cult as a religion which claims to be Christian while emptying Christianity of that which is essential to it. If Dispensationalism does this, then Dispensationalism is a cult and not a branch of the Christian church. It is as serious as that. It is impossible to exaggerate the gravity of the situation."
- John H. Gerstner, Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth: A Critique of Dispensationalism (Brentwood TN: Wolgemuth & Hyatt, 1991), 150.
And dispensationalism does, in fact, depart from the Biblical doctrine of salvation in regards to the necessity of faith and repentance before Christ returns. The most visible leader in dispensationalism today is John MacArthur whose assault on sola fide, his denial of Scriptural testimony of fulfilled prophecy continues largely unchallenged by the Church at large. – JT