I would like to include a short study on what is termed ultradispensationalism.
It is the dispensational system taken a few steps further.
Among these people there are a number of variations. The variety comes
from the fact that they place the beginning of the Church at different
places in time. This will automatically determine how they view the Lord's
table, Baptism and their use of Biblical books.
Some view the church as beginning at Acts nine, the conversion and commission
of Paul. (Mr. C.R. Stam, "THINGS THAT DIFFER"; Chicago: Berean Bible Society,
1959/ He also wrote, "THE FUNDAMENTALS OF DISPENSATIONALISM")
Some view the church as beginning at Acts thirteen, when Paul and Barnabus
were sent out on their first missionary journey. (Mr. O'Hair)
Others see the church beginning as late as Acts 28, as the ministry
of Paul closes out. (Mr. Knoch)
Though I have not run across anyone holding to this position, I suspect
there may be some that view the Church beginning with Acts ten when the
gentiles were allowed into the picture. (The conversion of Cornelius and
Among their beliefs are the following: Some reject the Lord's table,
some reject baptism, some reject both, some reject the ordinances and hold
only to Paul's epistles, and some go even further and reject all of the
New Testament except Paul's prison epistles.
Mr. Knoch believes there are four dispensations between Christ and Paul's
Most of these men view the Great Commission as to the Jews only and
not incumbent upon the Church.
Another variation is the thought of Mr. C.F. Baker. He believes that
one church began at Pentecost, but that Paul was sent and was writing to
another, separate, church body. (Baker, C.F., "DISPENSATIONAL THEOLOGY";
Grand Rapids: Grace Bible College Publ., 1971)
I THINK that all of these men would be pretrib/premill men and that
they would hold to a literal Millennium. Some of them are very straight
doctrinally. Indeed, IFCA, at one time, accepted a hyperdispensational
man into their fellowship. This would require proper belief in many areas