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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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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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dispensationalism

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. 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).

I think I would be with most Christians in thinking that all the books of the Bible have been recognised as being written by people with -at the very least- some great wisdom and understanding of the nature of God. However, logically speaking, some books are more directly relevant to our present lives than others.

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