“EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH CONSIDERS DROPPING PREMILLENIAL BELIEF – The Free Church in America (EFCA) is considering dropping its Premillennial statement of faith. The EFCA Board of Directors accepted the second draft of the revised statement on October 19, 2006, and if approved at the next Board meeting it will go to the Convention for a final vote in February 2007. The current statement says: “We believe in the personal and premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this ‘Blessed Hope’ has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.” The revision would remove the words “premillennial and imminent” as well as the statement that this blessed hope has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. Even if the revised statement is not approved by the denomination, the very fact that it has been proposed and twice approved by its board of directors is evidence of a growing rejection of Premillennial theology. The EFCA has 1,278 churches. It is enlightening that the proposed new EFCA statement of faith removes both the imminency of Christ’s return and the thought that Christ’s coming has a vital bearing on the believer’s life and service. We are convinced that the doctrine of the imminent return of Christ is not only Scriptural but it is also the only position on Bible prophecy that produces a vital bearing on Christian living. Thus, giving up Premillenialism has huge ramifications. It will be interesting to see if the current spread of Reformed theology among Baptists will result in the growth of amillennialism.”
Darrell Bock, Research Professor of New Testament Studies and Professor of Spiritual Development and Culture (CCL) at Dallas Seminary recently met with the EFCA ministers along with Elliott Johnson (Trad Dispensationalism), Douglas Moo (Historical Premillennialism), Greg Beale (Inaugurated Millennialism, also often associated with amillennialism) to discuss eschatology and the EFCA’s consideration of changing their doctrinal statement to include amillennialism (Bock represented Progressive Dispensationalism).
An interesting “future” awaits us as many are turning to a more reformed/amillenial view…
For those interested in all things “amillenial,” check out Kim Riddlebarger’s excellent blog “The Riddleblog“, a blog devoted to amillenial eschatology, as well as his book “A Case For Amillenialism.”