Characteristics of Kingdom Exclusion

Kingdom Exclusion, sometimes Millennial Exclusion, is a form of dispensational theology predominant among a set of Baptist-leaning Christians. It assumes a premillennial view of history, but departs from traditional, evangelical Christianity on several points.

Major precepts:

• Millennial exclusion of carnal Christians (these will suffer in the lake of fire for one thousand years or else suffer exclusion from God’s presence during that time); eternal exclusion of non-believers
• Emphasis on assurance
• Emphasis on reward and ruling with Christ
• Emphasis on type and antitype, which effectively allegorizes vast portions of scripture (millennial exclusionists would not use the word “allegorize” though); others read the scripture quite literally.

Precepts of a more radicalized form:

• Tripartite man for the purpose of distinguishing three types/aspects of salvation (accomplished successively, not comprehensively)
• Soul salvation, a works-based mode of redemption—one might say it is merits-based (this conceptualization of salvation contradicts scripture)
• Separatistic—they do not generally accept fellowship with other Christians

This teaching is propagated by Arlen L. Chitwood and J.D. Faust. Other millennial exclusionists include the late Watchman Nee and the late A. Edwin Wilson. One should not conclude, however, that these figures represent a single school of thought, for each differs on key points, agreeing only on the major precepts.

Postscript: The term, Kingdom Exclusion, is employed by Faust in his work, The Rod, Will God Spare It?, and thus it is used here.

© 2008, Mark Adams. All rights reserved.

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