The Blessing of Abraham, by Monocleguy


Jean-Luc Harbin, also known as Monocleguy, is an apologetic genius.  At 17 years old, he is the product of a mighty ministry heritage.  His grandfather is Elder Johnny James, one of the most prominent Pentecostal evangelists of our day (around the world, he is affectionately called, “The Walking Bible,” and can quote any passage of scripture verbatim).  His parents, Mike and Ana Harbin are Assistant Pastors and Marriage Counselors at Lighthouse Church of All Nations.  And Pastor Ana is one of the instructors at the All Nations Leadership Institute (http://allnationsleadershipinstitute.org/) where Jean-Luc was her co-instructor for last term’s Apologetics class.

Jean-Luc is a fascinating character.  He is a gentleman, man’s man who likes to shoot and farm almost as much as he likes to build websites and debate.  His wit is sharp and biting.  Never debate this young man on his fields of expertise: you will never get out alive.

It is my honor to know he is one of my younger son’s dearest friends. That makes him (and all of the Harbin family) kinfolk.  And he has graciously agreed to share one of his own blogposts with us today.

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The Blessing of Abraham…Or, as it should more appropriately be called, the Prosperity Doctrine of Abraham. The Blessing of Abraham as it’s taught today is a doctrine based primarily on Paul’s letter to the Galatians, in which he relays Abraham’s righteousness through faith, and how the heathen (Gentiles) may now be justified by faith (Galatians 3:6-9), and receive the realization of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 3:14). This is then tied into the stipulations given in Deuteronomy, chapter 28, in which God makes a covenant with the Children of Israel: promising them temporal prosperity and power in recompense for their obedience.
One thing that’s typically left out of the modern teaching is God’s warning to Israel that their disobedience would be punished with curses upon their prosperity, and invalidation of their power.

Looking at the blessings that are promised to Israel in Deuteronomy 28:1-13, it’s no wonder so many New Testament believers ascribe to the modern doctrine, or some variant of it. Such a pity that it’s false.

To begin: there are three general dispensations* (or ages) recorded in the Bible. The first is the Patriarchal Dispensation, which started with Adam and ended when God gave the law to the Israelites.
The second is the Mosaic Dispensation (also called the Jewish Dispensation), which began when God gave His law to the Israelites (Deut. 12-30), and ended with the sacrifice of the Christ.
The third is the Church Dispensation (also called the Christian Dispensation). This dispensation began on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2), and will continue until the return of Jesus.

With the beginning of or preparation for each dispensation, the law was given anew. New commandments were laid out, standards were ordered, and instructions for salvation revealed.
For example: the law as given unto the Children of Israel. We are no longer required to follow the rigorous ordinances of the Pentateuch, nor suffer the immediate consequences of disobedience. The law given in the Pentateuch is not given to us. It has been replaced by the two Great Commandments (Matthew 22:36-40), and the moral guidelines established throughout the New Testament.
Because of the distinction between dispensations, any blessings given within the old dispensations are as null to New Testament believers as the old laws; unless, of course, the Old Testament blessing is verified as being given to New Testament believers in the New Testament texts.

Instead of being applied to us, many of the ordinances of the Pentateuch instead serve as schoolmasters for living. Exempli gratia: tithing is not commanded of us, but serves as an excellent schoolmaster for giving; The law of Moses does not apply to us, but serves as an excellent schoolmaster for living morally. The judgements, however, have been replaced by the grace of the cross; they don’t apply to us….

Continue reading this article on theLogicality! (http://www.thelogicality.net/the-blessing-of-abraham/)

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