Replacement Theology

Greg Strand – August 5, 2015 2 Comments

How does the EFCA relate to replacement theology?

Because the EFCA premillennial position embraces the breadth of premillennialism, including the various understandings of it, there are some in the Free Church that would say those covenantal promises will be fulfilled with the nation of Israel (Dispensational Premillennialism), while others would claim that those promises have been fulfilled by Christ, are being fulfilled in the Church and will be fulfilled when Christ returns (Historic Premillennialism).  Both of these positions are acceptable within the EFCA, as is the more mediating position known as Progressive Dispensationalism.

Those in the EFCA who embrace an Historic Premillennial position would say that the promises have been fulfilled in Jesus, the church and the new heavens and new earth, thus affirming a fulfillment theology, not a replacement theology. The “replacement theology” expression is a term generally used by Dispensational Premillennialists against Historic Premillennialists and/or Amillennialists regarding their view of the nation of Israel. (It is important to acknowledge that historically there are some who affirm replacement theology who have no place or role for the nation of Israel.)

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

2 responses to Replacement Theology

  1. While this doesn’t affect the main point of the positions accepted within the EFCA, doesn’t Historic Premillennialism itself include a similar range of options? Some Historic Premillennialists are virtually indistinguishable from Amillennialists in their views of Israel and the church; but others, such as Doug Moo, contend for a great deal of covenantal promises to ethnic Israel that are yet to be fulfilled. The broad spectrum of positions within Historic Premillennialism seems to even overlap a bit with Progressive Dispensationalism, with posttrib PDs falling within both camps. Or am I missing an important distinction? (Or is this even the right place to ask the question since it doesn’t really pertain to your main point? 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Thank you for acknowledging that “replacement theology” is generally pejorative and not a term we Historic Premillennials would use. Good summary, by the way. I’m loving this series of blog posts!

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