As I note on my “Definition” page on this blogsite, postmillennialism confidently anticipates a time in earth history (continuous with the present) in which the very gospel already operating will win the victory throughout the earth, fulfilling the Great Commission. “The thing that distinguishes the biblical postmillennialist, then, from amillennialists and premillennialists is his belief that the Scripture teaches the success of the great commission in this age of the church” (Greg L. Bahnsen, Victory in Jesus, 74).
Thus, we hold that the overwhelming majority of men and nations will be Christianized, righteousness will abound, wars will cease, and prosperity and safety will flourish. “It will be marked by the universal reception of the true religion, and unlimited subjection to the sceptre of Christ.” “It shall be a time of universal peace.” “It will be characterised by great temporal prosperity” (David Brown, Christ’s Second Coming, 399, 401). This causes us to “look forward to a great ‘golden age’ of spiritual prosperity continuing for centuries, or even for millenniums, during which time Christianity shall be triumphant over all the earth” (Lorraine Boettner, The Millennium, 29).
Because of such optimism, we often hear the charge that postmillennialism is basically a liberal, social gospel approach to biblical prophecy. The postmillennialist must respond to the this specious charge. A practical way of doing this is asking the opponent to define what postmillennialism teaches. Oftentimes he cannot do it. So, you must define it for him.
In the process you should note that by definition postmillennialism cannot be liberal. Note what the word “postmillennial” itself means. Basically it means that Christ with Return post (after) the millennium. Now ask the objector: What liberal believes Christ will return at all? This charge has not been thought through at the most basic level of definition.
Thankfully, amillennialist Robert Strimple has accepted my argument that postmillennialism by definition cannot be equated with liberalism: “I express appreciation for Pastor Gentry’s attempt to establish his postmillennial eschatology on a biblical basis. Surely he has laid to rest the charge (too often heard in the past) that the kind of evangelical postmillennialism he advocates rests on liberal, humanist, evolutionist presuppositions.” See: Strimple in Bock, Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond (Zondervan), p. 58.
One of our biggest challenges as postmillennialists is to educate Christians. The Christian needs to be challenged with the true definition of postmillennialism so that he can be given the biblical argument for this glorious hope. In a later blog article I will respond to the confused argument of dispensationalist Thomas D. Ice against postmillennialism He makes the astounding, simplistic, unthinking assertion:
“The greatest problem with postmillennialism is the fact that the Bible just does not teach it. Where is a specific passage that teaches the postmillennial concept? Not a passage that they think it their best, from which they attempt to develop a postmillennial theology. I am asking for a passage that teaches the idea of postmillennialism. It is nowhere to be found in the Bible. Lack of specific biblical support is fatal to postmillennialism for any Bible believing Christian.” (From the “Rapture Ready” website. Since the rapture has been expected for 2000 years, you would think this would be a very old site, but it is not.)
Unfortunately, the lawyer’s maxim holds true in the dispensationalist debate with postmillennialists: “If you can’t pound the facts, pound the table.” The dispensational naivete is such that by going around and saying the there is not single passage of Scripture that teaches postmillennialism one can persuade the simple. And sadly, the church today is full of simple people. As atheist Bertrand Russell once charged: “Christians would rather die than think. In fact, they do.”
A good place to start the education process is with a book designed for that very purpose: Postmillennialism Made Easy.
Postmillennialism Made Easy (by Ken Gentry)
Basic introduction to postmillennialism with response to leading objections.
See more study materials at: www.KennethGentry.com