Words of Wisdom from One of My Favorite Postmillennialists

Lorraine Boettner was an author and theologian, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (back when Princeton was still Princeton in 1929) and a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Although he worked for the Bureau of Internal Revenue (please don’t hold that against him), his books, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination and The Millennium are often taken down from my bookshelves and used in serious theological study. Although I am Amillennial in my eschatology, he is one of my favorite Postmillennial authors.

I would probably differ with Mr. Boettner on some of the details of how God will work his final purpose in this present age, but the following paragraph is a wonderful description of the growth of God’s kingdom leading to God’s eternal rule:

What a striking contrast there is between the dispensational idea of the Kingdom, on the one hand, with Christ as an earthly King, once rejected but yet to set up His throne in the city of Jerusalem, and on the other the Scriptural idea that Christ did establish His Kingdom as planned, that His Kingdom is a spiritual Kingdom in the hearts of men, the Church being the outward and visible manifestation of that Kingdom during this age as the nation of Israel was in Old Testament times, that Christ is now ruling from His throne in Heaven directing the program of His advancing Kingdom, and that He is to go on conquering and to conquer until the whole world has been brought into subjection to Him!” (The Millennium, page 228)

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3 Comments

  1. June 19, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Boettner is awesome. I too lean Amil these days but The Reformed Doctrine is such a good book.

  2. Ryan said,

    June 19, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    I had a non-Reformed friend notice The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination and joke, “It takes a book that big to get Calvinism to make sense?” My response: “It takes a book that big to include all the Scriptural support.”

  3. cliftonr said,

    June 19, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Joshua and Ryan,

    Boettner does such a great job in The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination by being straightforward, Biblical, and logical. “The Millennium” is helpful because not only does he do a good job of explaining Post-mil, but his descriptions of the other eschatalogical views are also excellent.


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