The Gospel, the Charismatic, and Reformed TheologyWednesday, March 09, 2005
A bastion of theological thought in Reformed theology is one people, one plan of salvation, and one gospel and all of this from the beginning. Classic dispensationalism years ago tended toward a theological vein that logically and even in some cases explicitly led towards the conclusion of two peoples of God, two plans of salvation, and hence two gospels. I reject this teaching, and embrace the Reformed understanding. But that's not the issue in this particular blog.
While it is true that God has always had one plan, one people, one way of salvation from the beginning, it is also true that God has almost always accompanied the message of salvation with miraculous signs and wonders - prophecy, healing, resurrections from the dead, etc...
My question for Reformed theology is this: Why do those who hold to Reformed theology say God's plan has not changed while His authentication and accompaniments of that plan have changed? In other words, God has always been at work miraculously with His plan of salvation and one people. Why did He stop all of the sudden?
To claim that God has always been about one people and one plan of salvation while at the same time saying that God is not about accompanying that plan of salvation with the clear, historical charismatic accompaniment seems contradictory...to me at least.
I say both are true. His plan has always been the same, His people are one group and not two, and His means ofspreading the message and gathering His people still takes place today as it did in the Scriptures, the example of the NT church being the pattern today. I'm having a hard time holding to the bastion of Reformed theology but not the logical implications inherent in that bastion.