These beliefs include the inerrancy of scripture, evangelism, premillenialism
, separatism, and biblical literalism.
It maintains the inerrancy of Scripture and affirms premillenialism
, but it does not take a stand on doctrines that have been especially divisive within the Christian church such as the nature of the Lord's supper, paedo- or credobaptism, or Calvinism vs.
For a more complete rendering of the impact of premillenial dispensationalism, see Timothy R Weber, Living in the Shadow of the Second Coming: American Premillenialism
, 1875-1982 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1983).
Bender even turned the tables by pointing out that Stauffer himself taught premillenialism
, a doctrine that the Mennonite Church General Conference had not endorsed.
The Assemblies of God, for instance, requires its pastors to sign annually a statement that affirms premillenialism
, and that they have taught this doctrine during the past year ("Kingdom 'Now' or 'Then'?
Christian fundamentalism is marked with futurist premillenialism
, described by the author as "a form of Western Protestant evangelical theology that emphasizes the future fulfillment of certain biblical prophecies, and divides history into dispensations (eras) according to God's dealings with the human race" (note 2, p.
Then it assesses "the five fundamentals": biblical inerrancy, the Virgin Birth of Christ, the substitutionary atonement, the bodily resurrection of Christ, and the historicity of miracles, noting that lists of fundamentalist beliefs in the 1920s replaced the historicity of miracles with an affirmation of premillenialism