Does it matter?

Several people have asked why I bother: “Why do you write about exclusion?” The principal reason is that there is a dearth of critical research on the subject. When I first encountered the writings of Watchman Nee, J.D. Faust and Arlen L. Chitwood, I found few analytical sources. Apart from their own writings, there was no analysis, no critical thought, no explanation of the origins Kingdom Exclusion (KE). In short, there was little perspective.

My aim is to rectify this situation.

I do not conceal the fact that I am opposed to KE, but my research is consistent and well-documented. I’ve read extensively on the subject, interviewed and corresponded with key figures, and have engaged in a dialog with numerous others. My objections are theological.

1. The temporary exclusion of so-called carnal Christians is entirely absent in scripture. The likes of Chitwood, Nee and Faust contend that unfaithful believers will be subjected to 1,000 years of exclusion (variously defined) in the millennial kingdom. The thousand-year rule of Christ is described in Revelation 20, but no mention is made of exclusion. Nor is it found elsewhere. The fact that it is simply absent should settle the question.

2. KE fosters a salvation-by-works gospel. Some are more explicit than others (e.g. Chitwood: “The salvation of the soul … is conditional“), but all tend toward works as a condition of grace, inasmuch as grace is inadequate for redemption, that some other means is necessary.

These two factors — it’s absence in scripture and that it alters the gospel — constitute my primary objections to the teaching.

© 2009, Mark Adams. All rights reserved.

8 thoughts on “Does it matter?

  1. Your discussion page, millennialexclusion.com which seems to be a ghost town. The link is at the top of this page, and also Agabus.com.

    You didn’t answer my question Mark. It should be an easy answer for someone like you, who has all the answers to Biblical interpretations. “Mark, who are these people asking you why you bother with Kingdom Exclusion?”
    Roseted doesn’t count.

  2. It’s an easy question for me to answer, but it’s none of your business. I’m not going to reveal details from private e-mails or face-to-face encounters (though some find this practice acceptable). You will have to satisfy yourself with what is publicly known here at KingdomExlcusion.com and Agabus.com. I’m not sure why Ted Rose (login name: roseted) doesn’t count, but if your tact is to exclude those who are opposed to the teaching, you quite answer the question yourself.

  3. Thank you Mark, and I didn’t ask you for private emails, and I was not excluding Ted because of his doctrinal view; I was curious to who else would be asking, why you bother. But thats fine, I figured it was your imagination!
    Once again, my observation of you was correct, when you dodge a question, you always give a cowerdly jab to your fellow Christians. This seems to be a pattern of yours. Maybe you should study the Golden Rule more.

  4. Arlen, I’ll simply observe that you steadfastly avoid central issues: that KE is absent in scripture and that KE fosters salvation by works. In the past you’ve called me a “snake” and sundry other brotherly expressions, and now you accuse me of taking “cowerdly” jabs at fellow Christians. I’m certainly taking a few for the team, but I don’t mind. That no one has been able to demonstrate that so-called carnal Christians are excluded (i.e. punished, purged or purified) in the millennial kingdom is justification enough for my work.

    I bold-face the last statement so that we are entirely certain as to what you are ignoring.

  5. Mark, once again you are changing the subject. Your (oppinion) of scripture is of your own interpretation, and you are forcing it on anyone who does not agree with you.

    Also, I am not denying calling you a “snake” , I just call it like I see it, and I’m not avoiding anything; you of all people should know that. You are showing your hatred for Christians each time you write.

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