I published an interactive Facebook LIVE video last night while cooking my “late night snack” detailing some of the things I will mention in this note.
Namely what I want to speak about is the necessity of the reformation that Preterism is having on and within the Christian Church. Praise God! As more and more Believers walk worthy of 2 Timothy 2:15, and ministers walk worthy of Titus 1:9, the truth of how Jesus Christ fulfilled everything He said He would right on time is spreading. That is what we are referring to as the “preterist reformation”. Thus bringing about the glorious reality of living under fully consummated fulfilled in the new age (Biblically referred to as the “age to come”).
Why is this so necessary? Prayerfully we are in agreement that God desires us to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24), and that the goal of our Christian lives is to “grow in the grace and knowledge of God” (cf. ) knowing that He has given us everything that pertains to life and Godliness. The view of “Futurism” (the belief that Jesus has yet to come to fulfill all that He promised He would) has stunted the growth and effect of the Church on the world. I firmly believe God brings us through these “reformations” (thus noting the semper reformanda (Latin for “ever reforming”) nature of the Christian Church, and thus Believers) to challenge us to grow and to see how He is working in and through us.
Allow me to highlight a conversation I had yesterday on Facebook to further express what I am saying. A Christian leader commented on a praise that another Christian leader was giving in regards to the reforms “fulfilled covenant eschatology” is having in the Church. This is some of what he said:
“…as of right now I am not 100% on what my view on eschatology is nor do I believe it to be at the forefront of Believer’s minds on any every day basis in their relationship with God”.
My response what that it sure seemed as though “eschatology” (end times views) were are the forefront of Believer’s minds everyday in Scripture and I lamented what many have done to the Gospel message. I could go on and on about how important the “last days” were to Believer’s in Scripture, however for brevity sake I will have us consider 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6:
“Now as to the times and epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober”.
The foundation of the Christian faith is built upon that first century generation to whom Christ was revealed being “alert and sober”. They heeded the message of Jesus Christ and knew the times. Specifically they knew that the Jews who felt they had “peace and safety” in their hypocritical “self-righteous” religion were coming under God’s judgement (ie., a coming of the Lord meaning war and invasion). That day would not overtake the Believer’s because they would know and listen to the wisdom given to them by Jesus Christ (cf. Matthew 24; Luke 21, etc.).
After my reply, the Christian leader whom had originally said that “eschatology” didn’t seem all that important responded:
“…and as far as it being in the forefront ok…if your concentration in your everyday life is pushing preterism I think it is a problem…It might of been spoken about often and at the forefront but not most important for sure..”.
I wouldn’t be so sure, sir. If the “end times” were at the forefront of Believer’s minds in Scripture we have 1 or 2 options; either we are still living in those last days they were experiencing and we need to be as diligent, dare I say “alert and sober” as they were, or we are living past those days in what they pointed to. Either way our concentration in everyday life, especially in regards to our in spirit and in truth worship of God, needs to be on what God has and is doing. I firmly believe God is working in and through the “preterist movement” to highlight these things, thus I believe the most important thing we should be doing is “pushing preterism”. Ultimately because this is being consistent and taking our stand upon His Word and walking in line with His Spirit in our day and age.
“The role of a minister is this; to encourage the saints in sound doctrine and rebuke those who oppose it (Titus 1:9)”.
PS – I have personally and publically debated Futurism/ Preterism for the past 5 years and while I have seen so much sincerity in searching the Scriptures, I have also seen an abundance of ignorance and dishonesty from Christian leaders. Not to mention the confusion that is being given to the masses. I will share a couple debates I have had below, noting that the first link is to a debate done a bit more than a week ago. Take note of Futurist confusion!