Dr. Couch, was Graham W. Scroggie a dispensationalist?
ANSWER: Scroggie (1877-1958) had been an English pastor; and was trained at Spurgeon’s Pastors’ College. He taught throughout the English-speaking world. He was well known at the well-attended Keswick Conferences. His best known work in America was The Unfolding Plan of Redemption.
Scroggie had a good grasp of Bible history past but did little in unfolding the plan for the future. Whether he was a dispensationalist—I am sure he was not—after I reviewed his published material. He did make some positive premillennial statements such as:
“Ezekiel’s vision of the dry bones is the graveyard of the Jewish nation. They will be returned to the land and restored to favor with God and have a restored national unity as if resurrected from the dead.” He added that Ezekiel and the book of Revelation were working towards the same center. He said, “There are many references to the Messiah King who is yet to come, and who will establish a kingdom which shall be universal and abiding.”
Yet on the book of Revelation he seemed confused. He saw what he wrongly thought was truth “in the preterist, historicist, and future positions.” This is of course impossible and an intellectual compromise as to how Revelation goes together. He came down on a historicist position when he wrote: “It may be that prophecy being slowly unfolded in the long course of history will be, in all its essential features, rapidly fulfilled within a strictly limited period at the end of the age.”—whatever that means!
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Thanks for asking.
Mal Couch, Ph.D., Th.D.