Book Review: Forgotten Truths by Robert Anderson

“Forgotten Truths” are not only forgotten, but many Christians act like they do not exist.  Anderson brings them back to light and clarifies important truths related to dispensationalism, especially since it achieved an awakening in the 1800s.

Anderson proclaims the Word of God is eternal and enthrones grace.  The Old Testament was not set aside, but the New Testament is not a “cunningly devised fable” and can be poorly interpreted related to the Covenants and God’s special Jewish people. Yes, they as a nation have rejected the Truth, so the mystery Truths of the New Testament were employed to make known Divine Intervention. Mystery Truths are a blessing to the Gentile.

In that God shifted His focus to the Gentiles and that Jews in Christ are brought into a new Mystery relationship in Christ, grace is still grace as God proffered to Abraham. God having revealed Mystery Truths, now is silent from heaven for new revelation until He will break the silence with wrath at His return. Anderson reports that grace is still truth although “the Roman system openly denies it.” (p. 32)

Anderson then progressively presents the case for the Truth of dispensationalism with the “Mystery of Christ.” Never before was God manifest in the flesh as has been revealed in the New Testament and grace equips the believer to no longer depend on his works, but see his works as accomplished by grace for the glory of Christ. This again judges “the Harlot  of Romanism” (p. 36).

Anderson affirms that the Lord Jesus will return for His Gentile Church to which all who believe are part of that heavenly body. (p. 56) Does his emphasis on the Pauline epistles lay a seed bed for “hyper-dispensationalism”? The Lord Jesus will return for the church and that will reinsert the prominence of God’s special people.

Many wonder when the Lord’s return will happen. His absence over the last 19 centuries has raised many questions. He will, however, return and the New Testament repeated “until He comes.” (p. 81) Will Christians believe and spread the good news, or will they become lethargic and join the masses who reject the empowerment to reach others for Christ. While Anderson’s writing is 19th century English, as in England in culture and background, his insights are important in the Christian testimony of truth and dispensational clarity.

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