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Ultra-dispensationalism is a form of Dispensationalism. It is called "Ultradispensationalism" because many Denominations consider it to be unorthodox. Ultradispenationalism teaches that the Church began when the events of Acts 28 occurred.

Ultradispensationalists believe that after Pentecost, the Body of Christ used to be exclusive to Jews. According to Ultradispensationalism, that ended when a new Dispensation known as "The dispensation of Grace" began when the events of Acts 28 occurred.


The following are verses used as proof for Ultra-dispensationalism: 28 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will also listen.” Acts 28:28 KJV

The Ultra-dispensationalists use this verse to say that the church began at Acts 28.

Critcism []

The critics of Ultra-dispensationalism say that the verses that the ultra-dispenationalists use actually mean that God taught Paul the gospel, and that this gospel of salvation was the same gospel that the Twelve Apostles taught. They say that if the Apostles taught a different Gospel, they would be accursed. For proof, they use this verse:

8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8 KJV

They also point out the has in Acts 28:28, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Gentiles, and the conversion of Cornelius Acts 10 KJV as proof that the gentiles had salvation before Acts 28.

Mid-Acts Dispensationalism[]

Main article: Mid-Acts Dispensationalism

One weaker form of Ultradispensationalism is Mid-Acts Dispensationalism. Unlike Classic Ultradispensationalism, they teach that the Church began at Saul's conversion and not when Acts 28 occurred.