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In mid-Acts dispensationalism (a form of hyperdispensationalism), it is taught that only Paul's writings (from Romans to Philemon) are applicable to the church today and that the other parts of the Bible are informational only.

What, specifically, is the logical basis for this position?

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I have my doubts about whether mid-Acts dispensationalists actually believe that; it seems like they would accept Revelation and John's epistles as well. Do you have evidence for this? – Mr. Bultitude Apr 26 at 19:25

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Mid-Acts Dispensationalism or Pauline/General Epistles only also comes from a content-based argument. The thought is that what we see in the Gospels and Acts is transitional in nature. Since Christians do not receive the Holy Ghost as flames of fire above their heads, since there is no time-gap between believing and receiving the Holy Spirit after Acts (1 Cor 12:13 with Eph. 4:4-5) we must read the events of Acts with a different dispensational understanding.

There is also the idea that the Gospels, especially the Synoptics, are Jewish in nature, while the Epistles encompass both Jew and Gentile, who make up the Church. So the Church should be primarily concerned not with the transitional books (Gospels and Acts) but with the books that pertain to them, Pauline Epistles and General Epistles, though usually James is thought to be very early historically and written to the 12 tribes of Israel (Jam. 1:1). James 2 also seems to contradict the Pauline view of justification by faith alone.

In general, these understandings represent a hyper-dispensational view, and have been rejected by both dispensationalists and covenant theologians.

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Marcionism is the main heresy (read: deviation from mainline) that promotes the supremacy of Paul's writings. It's similar to Gnosticism in that it presents the Old Testament God and Jesus as separate, rival, entities. The logical basis for the belief is that there are contradictions between God and Jesus. Those contradictions prove that Jesus was sent by a different God. Anything that relied on the Old Testament was also wrong: the 4 gospels that are cannon today, the pastoral epistles and the letter to the Hebrews.

There's an answer on your other question that explains this pretty well.

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Hyperdispensationalists are not Marcionites, at least not in the strict sense. They don't believe Jesus and the Old Testament God to be different; they merely take traditional dispensationalism to an extreme and state that God only intends a certain subset of Scripture to apply to today's church. – Mr. Bultitude Apr 26 at 19:19

I think the logical basis comes from saying we are in the 'church age' so only the writings of Paul about the rules for this age are 'directly relevant'. Other parts of the bible obviously help us to read the writings of Paul correctly.

See the table in this link for a summary of the different ages:

The logic is:

  1. 'the fall'= we thought we could do it all ourselves
  2. 'the law' = a way to live that would bring blessings upon God's people (but with only a few like Moses, Joshua and David being filled with God's spirit)
  3. 'pentecost' = through the actions of Jesus we are all able to be filled with Gods spirit and walk humbly in the spirit to do God's work.

As we are in the 'Church Age' and able to be filled with the God's spirit some people say Paul's writings argue there are no rules except that we walk humbly in the spirit seeking to do God's will. (eg. St Augustine saying 'love God and do what you please'). However, Paul's writings would also suggest we need to work at this and be subject to church discipline when we start failing to show the fruits of the spirit (depending on the church this might be through greed, sexual immorality, envy, gossip etc as shown in Paul's writings to various churches he had helped establish). Today, liberal churches tend to focus more on whether churches are showing the fruits of the spirit without strict rules whereas more fundamentalist churches tend to focus on specific issues of church discipline Paul noted with churches of his time and apply the same rules to their own church.

The above logic based on dispensationalism can be supplemented with the amillennial or postmillennial views. That is, through Jesus actions each of us can accept growth in the holy spirit - and can therefore participate in the growth of God's Kingdom here and now on earth (John 12:31-32). According to Amillennialists, the church age is simply the Kingdom of God on earth, lived out by His followers (

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Welcome to the site. This answer is okay. Some corroborating sources would make it better. Can you edit some in? – fredsbend May 26 at 19:56

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