Friday, August 26, 2005

The Preterist Heresy?

"In doctrine, unity;

In opinion, liberty;

In all things, love.

I am getting very frustrated with so-called orthodox Christians calling Preterism a heresy. I don't understand how anyone can consider the following five verses and
still say that they are not saying that the second coming of Jesus Christ happened in the first century.

Now keep in mind that I am fully aware that there are ways to get around the first century fulfillment of the individual verses. I have ways of getting around the verses that are post first century. My point is that the plain meaning of these five verses taken together argues for Preterism.

I can also understand how someone with much greater intelligence than I have can understand how these verses teach that all are not saved by Christ's work on the cross, but I would much rather be called stupid than excluded from fellowship as a heretic.

James 5:8,9

You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.

9Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.

Matthew 10:23

"But whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes.

Matthew 16:28

"Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."

Matthew 24:29-34

"But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

"And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.

"And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

"Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near;

so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.

"Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.

Matthew 26:63,64

But Jesus kept silent And the high priest said to Him, "I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God."

Jesus said to him, "You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN."


At 8:30 AM, Anonymous mg said...

You have collected five powerful verses together in defense of Preterism and Universal Reconciliation.

You are left with three options: ignore them, counter them (I am interested in responses in that regard), or believe them.

Crying heretic for sighting scripture seems to be a popular hobby for "Christians" these days : )

In Christ...

At 9:45 AM, Blogger NewCreation said...

Thanks for your view but respectfully disagree. Saying spiritual things like the resurection are past events is condemned by Paul. we should be careful when making temporal things like ad70 and calling them spiritual fulfillment.

At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Bill said...

New Creation, thanks for your kind words. I'm not sure, though, where you got that the resurrection is past. This article just mentions some verses that indicate when Christ would be coming again.

If you'd like to discuss this further I'd be more than happy to learn from you. Feel free to comment on anything I've written and I'll make sure to consider your words and reply?

Thanks again.


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