India (part 1)

These four days have been great considering previous experiences with jetlag. I spent two weeks in India at the invitation of Indian pastors with the task of teaching covenant theology. My role was to lecture on an alternative theological system, namely dispensationalism, and its problems. The lecture centered on how classical (Scofield) and revised (Ryrie) dispensationalists build their theological system on an “Israel-church” hermeneutic, which inevitably leads to a duality in the purpose that God has for His people. My rebuttal was from the book of Hebrews, which, among other things, shows the superiority of the Lord Jesus Christ when compared to Moses, the Levitical priesthood, angels, et cetera. Further, the book of Hebrews, by way of analogy, speaks of the house of Moses and the house of Christ as though they were one (chapter 3), which is an obvious problem for the Israel-church hermeneutic. Bogdan who had the great task of unpacking covenant theology in three full days taught most of the seminar. His work was excellent.

That’s technically what we did in India aside from filling pulpits on Sunday at a few churches. A few local pastors from the larger cities have been networking with other Indian pastors who are committed to evangelism and church planting. By God’s grace, this naturally led to the formation of seminars to help under-resourced pastors further understand Scripture. These city pastors have labored for years to make these seminars possible. Many of the rural pastors attending were coming from the more unreached parts of India. A few of these men told us how they had spent the last few decades ministering to unreached tribes in India who weren’t even recognized by the Hindu caste system! They were rural, tribal people whose ways of religion were animistic.

All things considered, the question might linger in your mind: Why covenant theology? The simple answer to this question is: Because the local Indian pastors asked us to.

To be continued…

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