Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Administrator on 28-09-2009
Regarding your new policy and specifically the link http://preteristdebate.ning.com/profiles/blogs/here-a-name-there-a-name
When Christians use the term, Hyperpreterism to describe the heresy that believes Jesus came back once and for all in the 1st-century, we do so because it is an etymologically accurate term since hyper simply means to go beyond the original intent and scope (see definition). It is not a derogatory term. YET, when when hyperpreterists use the terms, “hyper-creedalist” and “hyper-futurist” to describe Christians it makes no sense — since no Christian is going “beyond” the creeds and quite frankly since there really is no such thing as “futurism”. (All Christians believe at least some N.T. prophecy is fulfilled in the past — even guys like Tim LaHaye & Hal Lindsey). So, hyperpreterists use those labels more like a school-yard tactic of senseless name calling. (”na-na, gottcha back!”) It is immature.
As you noticed, your attempt to fix what you thought was mutual offense, is just getting worse. Now the hyperpreterists are taking offense at being linked to Hymenaeus and they certainly will take offense at being called Heterodox Preterists (the term you suggest). The REAL issue is that hyperpreterists want to be seen to be within the scope of historic Christianity when they clearly are not. Anything that shines light on that fact will be offensive to hyperpreterists. This is the reason they work so hard at giving themselves respectable, yet misleading names like, “Biblical Preterists”. They don’t want people to realize they are nothing like historic Christianity.
I appreciate your effort but until you realize the REAL goal of hyperpreterism, which is to supplant historic Christianity and replace it with a redefined “new kind of Christianity”, then it doesn’t matter what you do to try to make peace with hyperpreterism, it is still as Dr. Kenneth Talbot pointed out, a DIFFERENT GOSPEL which can’t have concord with the Gospel of Christ. Hyperpreterism ISN’T Christian….and I’m not talking about their salvation, since that is between them and God, however they aren’t part of the community of saints while they are part of a different gospel. You can’t make peace with something that is at conflict with God and the people of God.