In Proposition 94, George Peters states:
“The overlooking of the postponement of this Kingdom is a fundamental mistake, and a fruitful source of error in many systems of Theology.”
I give this proposition a hearty amen and amen. Why? I give it an amen because we have clearly seen how overlooking and misunderstanding this doctrine, specifically the reality this Kingdom is still future, greatly impacts a great many aspects of theology for example, eschatology, ecclesiology, and many more systematized elements of theological thought and application of those aspects of theology to include the nature by which they interconnect.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 94 is the following:
“This doctrine, noticed by, and influencing the faith and hope of the Primitive Church, is now, under spiritualizing and mystical ascendancy, passed by in numerous Commentaries, Lives of Christ, Systems of Divinity, Introductions to Theology, Histories of Doctrine, Practical Theology, and Exegetical Works, just as if it had no existence. The fact is, that many writers, with their minds prejudiced and blinded by a previous training, never even suspected its existence; for, following the lead of others, swayed by previously given systems of belief and exegetical endorsements by favorite authors, they receive their guidance without mistrust as in accordance with the truth.”
It is a plan of mine to investigate the numerous systematic theology texts and other works of theology I have in my library to ascertain their focus on this doctrine. My hunch is there is either an ignoring of this doctrine or more often than not, a misapplication of this doctrine. As Peters rightly notes, this is largely due to the perpetuation through the years of incorrect instruction in places of higher theological learning which then leads to that same incorrect understanding being taught from the pulpit and theological texts. Many simply trust what they read without thought of investigating or questioning their favorite pastor or theologian. Scripture calls us to be like the Bereans which means we must constantly test all we read and hear in order to compare what we are being taught with the truth of Scripture. What is solid can remain. What is in contradiction to Scripture must be jettisoned and replaced with truth.