Partial Rapture And Dispensational Punishment

A refutation of the doctrines of Witness Lee and Watchman Nee.
By monoergon · Feb 10, 2018 · ·
  1. monoergon
    Before I became a Presbyterian, I learned a lot of theological doctrines which I considered wrong or heretical. Such doctrines were mostly based on the doctrines of Witness Lee and Watchman Nee.

    Before officially leaving my local church and moving in to the Presbyterian church, I wrote this article and refuted all the nonsense to the best of my theological knowledge.

    Short intro:

    The partial rapture theory, more recently, was taught by the successor of Watchman Nee, namely, Witness Lee. The official website of Watchman Nee
    ( presents some fundamental points that their theology teaches.

    Some of these points are indispensable to the theological foundation of partial rapture and, also, of a sub-doctrine of partial rapture known by different designations that vary through space and time: Millennial Exclusion, Millennium Exclusion, Kingdom Exclusion and, the preferred choice of Witness Lee, Dispensational Punishment. The doctrine of ‘dispensational punishment’ is not taught by all partial rapture adherents, but by some such as Witness Lee and his ministry called Living Stream Ministry whose official website ( offers a search field that may be utilized to identify his works that teach the doctrine of ‘dispensational punishment’.

    Such doctrines teaches that the elect (therefore saved and without the possibility of losing salvation) who do not watch against sin, who live in a carnal manner without repenting and, therefore, who are not ‘conquerors/overcoming’ 1 against sin in their own lives, will be cast into the ‘outer darkness,’ 2 for a period of one-thousand (1,000) literal years, during the Millennial Kingdom of Christ that, according to them, will begin after the end of the Great Tribulation, with the objective of being disciplined (or punished) by God. The term ‘outer darkness’ is interpreted as being hades, that is, hell.

    Therefore, such carnal elect will be thrown into hell, not to be saved, for they arrive there already saved and without the possibility of losing salvation, but to be disciplined 3 by God in order to, at the end of the one-thousand literal years of discipline in hell, go to heaven. Thus, such discipline is understood to be the final process of sanctification of God upon the lives of His elected Christians who were carnal.

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  1. aadebayo
    I remember going to one of their meetings in London. All that we were taught was about both men. I never went back.
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  2. rnmomof7
    This sure sounds a bit like "purgatory" to me. BTW when I was first saved I think I read all of Watchman Lee books.. they are very mystical if I remember correctly ??
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  3. Tom Hart
    I once attended a meeting of these "local church" people. I never went back. (It was weird and seemingly cultish.) But I never learned much of what they actually believed. I appreciate you having shared this.
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    1. monoergon
      I hope that some day a Reformed theologian may write a thorough refutation to the Local Church's theology.
  4. Ask Mr. Religion
    I assume, now that you are a Presbyterian affirming the WCF, you repudiate the notion of the 1000 years of "discipline" in Hell for the "carnal elect".

    Am I correct in my assumption?
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    1. monoergon
      Yes, absolutely!
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