Raymond Daniel Lombard
Raymond Lombard is currently the presiding pastor at Full Gospel Church Lewende Woord, Parow (Cape Town). He is in the ministry in the Full Gospel Church of God for 39 years.
In August 1978 he met Jesus Christ, the Son of God as his personal Saviour.
Since then, the words in Scripture that have made a deep, indelible impression on him was Paul’s advice to Timothy, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15).
He resolved to devote the rest of his life to the careful study and teaching of the Holy Scriptures, to correctly divide the word of truth. Raymond is the author of ten books, translated and printed in nine different languages.
In a literal historical grammatical interpretation of Scripture. The prophecies of the Old Testament concerning the first coming of Christ – his birth, his education, his ministry, his suffering, his death and his resurrection – everything was fulfilled literally. All of this pleads for a literal method or principle of scriptural interpretation; this is the Biblical method.
The essence of dispensationalism is the distinction or difference between Israel, the Church (assembly) and the Gentiles (1 Cor. 10:32). This difference emanates from the dispensationalist’s constant use of normal, consistent, literal historical and grammatical interpretation of the Scriptures.
Progressive revelation sees the Bible as the continuous unfolding of the revelation of God throughout the ages. In the unfolding of this revelation, God reveals new things for which he keeps man responsible. Dispensationalism recognizes both the unity of God’s purpose and the diversity in the unfolding of God’s revelation. Only dispensationalism can maintain a unity and diversity at the same time in a system of interpretation that is constant. In the light of this, I am an outspoken dispensationalist.