James White recently shifted his eschatology to postmillennialism. He explains ...

https://docsandlin.com/2021/02/26/james-white-postmillennialist/

 

Key quote:

But the biggest factor was 2020, the year when it became clear that a global, purposeful movement headed straight into secular technocratic totalitarianism was on the fast march. The pandemic panic, combined with a CCP-style totalitarian mindset, was causing a rapid slide directly into a dark abyss, and I began thinking very seriously about what this meant to the faith, and, especially now as I have grandchildren, the oldest of which is heading into her teen years, how we can communicate the faith to the generations yet to come.

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Jim's picture

In my “coming out” sermon, I focused upon what had truly pressed me to take a stand on the topic.  Postmillennialism is a top-down theology.  It begins with over-arching themes that flow naturally and beautifully from Reformed theology. Instead of starting down at the bottom and trying to build up a system based upon interpreting symbols and apocryphal texts, postmillennialism starts with the over-arching purpose of God in Christ.  As I studied Psalm 110, Psalm 2, Isaiah 42, and saw how these texts are central to the Apostolic understanding of the church, time, and the future, I was forced to deal with the divine promise that Christ will triumph, not just in a spiritual sense, which all positions take as a given. The phrase in Psalm 110:2, “rule in the midst of Your enemies” struck me.  This is a command, an imperative, and it is not about ruling in heaven while Christ’s enemies hold full sway upon earth. Jesus did not say all authority in heaven alone had been given to Him.  And surely the promise of Psalm 2:8 must be fulfilled. Could Jesus fail to ask for the nations, and would the Father fail to sovereignly comply?  These, together with the key text in 1 Corinthians 15:20ff, came together to provide the over-arching intertextual themes and fulfillment that I had not found in any other understanding.

josh p's picture

I knew it was coming! So strange because just last week I referred to a time when he "used to be a theologian" and not a political talking head.  

TylerR's picture

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I want your opinion. I believe James White's new studio setup is terrible. Wretched. I don't know what he thinks he gained by moving to his new format, but things were much better at his desk in the old studio. I haven't watch a Dividing Line for a few months in full. I just popped in for a few minutes during his latest one, and see the setup really looks terrible. I heard White explain they used what used to be his travel fund to purchase this new equipment. The end result is a step backward, in my opinion.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and works in State government. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

josh p's picture

I haven't seen it actually. I listened to the podcast pretty regularly but gave up a few months back when he became Rush Limbaugh 2.0. Does he still have the lava lamp? As a premillennialist, it wasn't really a loss to my "side" when he switched to post mil. 

TylerR's picture

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The new studio is pretty spartan. He's degenerated into a hard right-wing fanatic. I was speaking to some pastors recently at an ordination, and one man said precisely the same thing about James White. Something terrible is going on amongst Christians. All James White seems to do now is speak about "wokism" and see conspiracies everywhere. And, this same pastor also suggested this is primarily due to influence from Jeff Durbin, which is what I already privately believed.

Haven't listened to him in several months. I see his summaries of the DL in social media, so I know he's still on that bandwagon.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and works in State government. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

josh p's picture

Yeah I had the same thought about Durbin. A friend from church suggested the same to me just last week. Hopefully he will cool down on it all eventually and go back to being an apologist. I learned a ton from him. 

pvawter's picture

So his amillennialism runs up against reality and crumbles. And instead of doing the hard work of inductive study, which would lead him to premillennialism, he moves even further into pressing his systematic theology on to the text and affirms postmillennialism. Interesting. 

josh p's picture

pvawter wrote:

So his amillennialism runs up against reality and crumbles. And instead of doing the hard work of inductive study, which would lead him to premillennialism, he moves even further into pressing his systematic theology on to the text and affirms postmillennialism. Interesting. 

Postmillenialism seems even more detached from reality to me. Things are getting better? 

Don Johnson's picture

josh p wrote:

 

pvawter wrote:

 

So his amillennialism runs up against reality and crumbles. And instead of doing the hard work of inductive study, which would lead him to premillennialism, he moves even further into pressing his systematic theology on to the text and affirms postmillennialism. Interesting. 

 

 

Postmillenialism seems even more detached from reality to me. Things are getting better? 

it's the storm before the calm!!

 

heh heh

Maranatha!
Don Johnson
Jer 33.3

pvawter's picture

Yeah, that's the ironic part to me. He says he was driven to this by current events!