James McLeod Willson: postmillenialism is not utopianism

For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.  (1 Corinthians 15:25)

Postmillennialists are often caricatured as believing that there will be a perfect world this side of Christ’s return.  This, however, is not true.  James M. Willson helpfully reminds us that although all organised opposition to Christ will be put down, there will always be sin in the world prior to the second coming:

The language of Scripture respecting the millennial period, is to be understood as descriptive of a state, not of absolute purity, but of an entire subordination of society to the will of God, revealed in the Bible attended with a very remarkable degree of holiness.  There will be sin in the world, but no open, or organized opposition to Christ.

J. M. Willson, Bible magistracy: or Christ’s dominion over the nations: with an examination of the civil institutions of the United States (Philadelphia, 1842), p. 38n.


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