Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

unconditional or contingent?

3/1/12

The Christian dispensationalist fascination with the nation of Israel highlights a glaringly discriminatory aspect to their theology. According to their understanding of scripture, God's commitment to Israel is unconditional, meaning that He continues to honor His promise to the Jews and to bless them despite their evident unbelief and disobedience. However, they teach that non-Jews operate under a conditional blessing and acceptance. If they voluntarily obey and conform to God's demands, they will be blessed. Otherwise, not.

The Bible says that the Gentiles are to be blessed along with the blessing of the Jews (Genesis 12, Romans 11, Galatians 3, for example). How can the blessing to one group be without repentance (Romans 11:29), i.e. unconditional; but that promised to the other be contingent on their compliance? Does God play favorites or not?

I believe that God's blessings on everyone is dependent solely on God's promise and capability. How could it be otherwise? God's Will and God's ability are the only possible factors in that outcome. If we know His will, we assuredly know the end result.