I am glad to see Dr. James White investigating eschatology. While I think he is wrong on postmillennialism and preterism, at least, contrary to popular opinion, it is a step closer to prewrath premillennialism. However, Dr. White has always practiced—and something I greatly respect—engaging the best arguments on the other side. But here is where he is inconsistent because he cites the low-hanging fruit of the 1970s and 80s escapist-sensational prophecy teachers such as Hal Lindsey and the Left Behind books. He has taken a cue from Gary DeMar and Jeff Durbin who are notorious for dismissing premillennialism by citing these pop teachers and other pretrib-escapist, dispy writers—as if this is an argument against premillennialism. To be sure, White cites some positive argumentation for his new understanding, arguments I will respond to in due course. Yet, all of this reveals to me that White is not familiar with premillennial scholarly literature, at all. But I don’t blame him because of his apologetic work load. On the other hand, I would encourage him to tentatively hold to postmillennialism while reading up on premillennial monographs before he dogmatically hitches his wagon to over-realized eschatology.
Dr. James White is a Reformed Baptist theologian and apologist and founder and director of Alpha Omega Ministries who, formerly premillennial and amillennial, recently shifted his eschatology to postmillennialism. I decided to explore that shift a little more deeply with him. Read more ….