What is the difference between “Dispensationalism” and “ultra-Dispensationalism”?

As the name implies, “ultra-Dispensationalism” is an extreme form of Dispensationalism. As we have said, the basic idea of both is that God has established different parameters and conditions within which He has “arranged” or “administered” His relationship with man on the earth.

“Ultra-Dispensationalism,” as represented by the later writings of E.W. Bullinger and by Charles Welch, and now propounded by some groups of Christians, is the position that the book of Acts represents an entirely separate and distinct dispensation from the “Church of the Body of Christ.” Ultra-Dispensationalism proposes an administration that starts at the Day of Pentecost and ends in Acts 28. During this “Acts administration,” a Jewish-Christian Church grew and expanded until Acts 28 when Paul declared that God had finally set aside Israel because of their hardness of heart. At that time, God supposedly began an entirely new administration, the Church of the Body of Christ.

We believe that ultra-Dispensationalism is not biblically sound, and Dispensationalism as we understand and teach it ought not to be judged by this extreme form of it. Ultra-Dispensationalism eliminates speaking in tongues, as well as any healing or miraculous demonstrations of God’s power, saying that these all ceased when the “Acts Administration” ended. It also results in there being two baptisms (water and spirit), two callings (one heavenly, one earthly), etc., for the divided Christian Church, instead of the “unity of the spirit” described in Ephesians 4:3-6.

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