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The Reformers reformed a lot of what was needed in Christianity, particularly on the gospel itself. But the fact remains they did retain Roman Catholic baggage on the doctrine of eschatology. Oh sure they did tweak Roman Catholic amillennialism, but they still maintained amillennialism, not the premillennialism of the early church, and more importantly that which is reflected in Scripture.
Incidentally, futurist premillennialism reflects the premillennialism of the early church more faithfully than what today is called historical premillennialism.
Barry E. Horner, Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must Be Challenged (Nashville, Tenn.: B & H Academic, 2007). Pp. 394. Reviewed by John A. Battle.
Barry Horner, pastor and author, believes that the conservative Christian church of our day—in particular, the Reformed branch of that church, to which he belongs and with which he is most familiar—has mistakenly absorbed the false notion that the Christian church has replaced the nation of Israel as God’s chosen people. Consequently, there is no longer a special place of blessing or privilege for the Jewish people or nation. This belief, “replacement theology,” as it is called, became predominant in the early church by the fifth century, and was accepted and passed on by the early Protestant Reformers Martin Luther and John Calvin, as well as most of their successors. Horner contends that this teaching is non-biblical, and that it has led to historical anti-Semitism and its horrific consequences. Read more…
I love the Reformers, Calvin, Luther, Zwingli, Carlstadt, et al. But they did not go far enough in their reforms, especially in their eschatology. However, we cannot blame them for they were preoccupied with reforming the doctrines of Scripture, Salvation, and the Church from the Roman Catholic church.
But, unfortunately, they did bring in the baggage of amillennialism from the Roman Catholic church and tweaked it only a bit.
A more important factor was the development of amillennialism before the beginning of the Roman Catholic church as we know it. Gary Vaterlaus has written a succint account here.
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