Society, it seems, is rejecting this dispensation. It is also instructive to note that the Bible is here teaching us the principle of limited government. This age of government actually ends with the biggest government boondoggle in all of the Bible—the Tower of Babel. Mankind takes the little piece that God gives and twists it, turns it and perverts it. It was government run amok, and the prophets warned that it would lead to taxes, wars and slavery—which, of course, it did.
The Biblical role of the government is extremely limited.
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It is fleshed out to some degree by the Apostle Paul in Romans , but we see even there that it is still very restricted. Biblically speaking, the government should not be involved in the economy, social engineering or even legislating issues of morality that should be determined by families and individuals. Strong families in good churches that know the Word of God would actually live in such way that a big government would not be necessary.
The government should not be involved in humanitarian efforts. We as believers should have a desire to care for humanity like the Good Samaritan did cf. Luke , but in the terms of Scripture there is a very limited role of government. We as a society have rejected nearly all that God revealed in the age of government. Nevertheless, the teachings of this dispensation are fundamental to how our society works today. The dispensation of promise is also fundamental to an understanding of our world today. That world is coming apart at the seams because man rejects the revelation that his Creator has given in Scripture.
We, however, can stand out as being those who actually believe all that He has revealed.
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Society today rejects this premise, even fearing a population explosion, but God has not rescinded this command. This is especially the case in Europe, where Islam is overpowering the Christian influence that was so important historically simply through the growth of the Muslim population. We must teach our children that they have a fatal heart condition that causes them to need a new heart, which is received by grace through faith alone.
That is a gift of God that was paid for by Jesus Christ and turns the one who receives it into a new creature. We can rely on the earth to cycle through its seasons Gen.
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There is much fearmongering today that tells us that all that we have previously counted on in the natural world is going to come to a catastrophic end as the result of man-made global warming. We as Christians do not need to be bound by this fear. On man's part, the continuing requirement is obedience to the revelation of God.
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This obedience is referred to as stewardship of faith. Although the divine revelation unfolds progressively, the deposit of truth in earlier time-periods is not discarded, rather it is cumulative.
Thus conscience moral responsibility is an abiding truth in human life Ro. Similarly, the saved of this present dispensation are "not under law" as a specific test of obedience to divine revelation Gal. Gal ; , yet the law remains an integral part of Dispensational teaching. The Law clarifies that, although Christ fulfilled the law for us, by it we have had the knowledge of sin Rom , and it is an integral part of the Holy Scriptures , which, to the redeemed, are profitable for "training in righteousness " 2 Ti.
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The purpose of each dispensation, then, is to place man under a specific rule of conduct , but such stewardship is not a condition of salvation. In every past dispensation unregenerate man has failed, much like he is failing in the present dispensation, and will fail in the future until Eternity arrives. Salvation has been and will continue to be available to everyone by God's grace through faith.
The New Scofield Study Bible , , pg. In the Latter Day Saint movement , a dispensation is a period of time in which God gave priesthood authority to men on the Earth through prophetic callings. Between each dispensation is an apostasy where the priesthood is at least partially absent. A dispensation of the gospel is a period of time in which the Lord has at least one authorized servant on the earth who bears the holy priesthood and the keys, and who has a divine commission to dispense the gospel to the inhabitants of the earth.
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that there have been many dispensations, and use the Bible and modern revelation to identify and clarify some of them. They also make note of dispensations occurring among the Lost Tribes of Israel as well as Book of Mormon peoples, namely the Nephites and the Jaredites. According to Latter-day Saint scriptures an angel appeared to Adam and Eve soon after they were driven out of the Garden of Eden , who taught them the gospel and gave him priesthood authority which he passed down to his children see Moses —9, Moses — Eventually they "began from that time forth to be carnal, sensual, and devilish" see Moses —13 and the priesthood was lost thus ending the dispensation in apostasy.
After Enoch and the people of Zion were taken from the earth, the wicked people became very numerous.
Which Abraham received the priesthood from Melchizedek , who received it through the lineage of his fathers, even till Noah. Moses and his sons, according to the Holy Priesthood which he received under the hand of his father-in-law, Jethro. This dispensation's authority was in Jesus Christ himself and then with the apostles after his death and resurrection. Following their death, shortly after the record of the Bible, and before the first seven Ecumenical Councils , the Earth fell into the Great Apostasy.
The dispensation of the fulness of times is the last dispensation before the Second Coming of Christ. It was begun with the restoration of the church in and continued with the restoration of all the priesthood keys of each prior dispensation.