Postmillennialism seems to be one of the most misunderstood doctrines that I’ve come across (perhaps the only thing more maligned is theonomy.) So when I saw this article posted over at American Vision, I wanted to highlight it here, if only to give it more traffic. Dr McDurmon does a fantastic job rebutting 5 common misconceptions about #DatPostmil, and they are summarized below:
1) Postmillennialism is not about personal prosperity
Postmillennialism sees [prosperity] as a corporate reality—social and society-wide—not individual. When we make it an individual reality, we elevate self over Kingdom, and put the King in our service instead of us in His.
2) Postmillennialism is not about unbridled progress
We have always held that progress in history is intermittent in the short view, but nevertheless progress on average in the long term until we reach the climax God has planned. Daniel predicted that Christ’s kingdom would start as a small stone and become a mountain. Isaiah foresaw that the increase of Christ’s government would have no end. But this is a long-term view. Isaiah also foresaw the suffering of Christ and of His body along the way, as did other prophets and the Apostles.
3) Postmillennialism is not about unbridled optimism
Like many things we must accept in God’s providence, optimism can be a counterintuitive thing. If we think otherwise—that is, if we pretend we must be always optimistic for “our side” everywhere and in all cases—we have made optimism an idol.
4) Postmillennialism is not about man’s works
Just because men are involved does not mean they are the cause and origin of the work, or the power behind it.
5) Postmillennialism is not hasty
As such, our view becomes a terrific contrast to the continual cycle of failed predictions which has beset the premillennial world for centuries, as well as the even more potent cycle of defeatism that attends so much of it not resting on predictions, and thus not so easily refuted in the short-term view of history. Instead of finding reasons for fear or undue excitements in current events, people, and headlines, Postmillennialists keep our constant focus upon the law of God, and judge everything along the way by that standard. We are prepared to look beyond every failure, setback, or small victory alike in the long road toward that goal.
Please go read the full article here.