Amillennialism as a Political Reality to Be Reckoned With
in Christian Churches
by Mark E. Mountjoy
Amillennialism is a political reality in the Christian world. It influences the way Christians understand a set of subjects (the last days, the Second Coming and the end of the world) and concerns (the Law of Moses, Israel, the Gospel of Christ, the Church, orthodoxy, heresy, judgment day and the eternal state). In relation to orthodoxy and heresy, Amillennialism also influences doctrinal policies and what is considered acceptable or taboo and since Amillennialism is the norm it is considered orthodox. These influences and concerns are central to Christian self-understanding and carry important weight in defining what is correct teaching within Christianity. But, before one can accept Amillennialism as being orthodox, or before one can label Atavism as heretical, one should and must ascertain, through first-hand research, observation, comparison and analysis, what is at issue and what is at stake—in light of the Bible, in general, and the New Testament, in particular. In Amillennialism received wisdom of twenty centuries of Christianity lives and agrees with all the accepted creeds rehearsed by Christians daily and weekly.
Now, it is easy to assume that 'received wisdom' needs no justification. Is not the traditional view pure, hallowed and sacred by virtue of its age, esteem and ubiquity? Surely it reiterates what the New Testament advocates and upholds! Surely Jesus, Peter, Paul and the other holy Apostles believed and taught the same view! However, a closer inspection of the inner logic behind Amillennialism will reveal troubling differences and serious omissions. Rampant efforts to conflate texts, topics and themes plague the view. On a number of levels, obfuscations—the action of making something obscure, unclear, or unintelligible—plague its claims on every hand. These disparities and oversights, along with the fact that the majority of the world's nearly three billion Christians subscribe to Amillennialism means that we need to think about what suppositions and concepts comprise this idea and how should we bring what the New Testament says to the contrary to the attention of Christians?