My eschatological roots began when I first explored the writings of Tim Lahaye. When I first become a Christian I didn't even know that there were even competing views, as I'm sure many do not. Who knew? So, because the majority consensus in Evangelical Christianity is, was, and may always be premillenialism, I believed the same by default. But after some general studies into the view I had some serious questions regarding their interpretation of Revelation 20, Ezekiel 40-48, and other passages that spoke of the [future] Kingdom of God. After I pretty much abandoned allegiance to the position due to my reservations I found it next to impossible to find a church that held to the same views I did. What are they? Well, I'm a Calvinist-Credobaptist-Covenant theologist, with a bent toward Ammillenialism to boot. I'm not so sure there are many churches in the Piedmont region that hold all of these.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that it is a must to be in a church where you believe in every little jot and tittle of their doctrinal statement. I mean, my current home church is decidedly premil, and we get along just fine. This really isn't a problem for me at this point being merely among the laity; I can basically choose any church I want to go to, but I wonder how many other ammillenials out there are in this position? Are you ammillenial and homeless?
Incidentally I'm going to be continuing my eschatological inquiry by obtaining G. K. Beale's The Temple and the Church's Mission from InterVarsity Press. Now, I'm fully aware that Beale is decidedly ammillenial, but I'm not trying to look for defenses of this position. Rather due to my fairly decent understanding of the premillenial position I am seeking to understand more about this concept due to the impact it has on the whole scope of the debate. Consequently, I will be interacting with the book through a series of upcoming posts, so stay tuned if your a fan of eschatology. I'd love some feedback and interaction.
As we begin this discussion, I'd appreciate having some of you state both what your general stance is with regard to eschatology and what you think some of the pivotal questions are surrounding this issue.