Here is an example of partial preterist teaching. This virus is running rampant in many popular churches. The following is from the book Raptureless by Jonathan Welton. Words in bold are Dr. Welton’s. ”
“Many Bible verses speak of the early Church’s experience of persecution, but we must be careful to read these verses in their historical context. We must not apply the historical reality that they faced to all generations, for all time. Following are some passages that speak of persecution:
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matt 5:10-12)
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matt 5:43)
And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do (Luke 12:4)
1 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’[b] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.” (John 15:18-25)
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
“And they agreed with him, and when they had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.”(Acts 5:40-41)
“We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22)
“But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:10-13)
This passage could easily be misinterpreted as applying to all Christians for all time. However, the context is clearly the last days of Jerusalem (AD30-70), as Second Timothy 3:1, nine verses earlier, makes obvious.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” (James 1:2)
“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.” (1 Peter 1:6)
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12)
When considered in their historical context and with the understanding that most of the “endtimes” events prophesied in the Bible happened in AD 70, we can see that these verses were written regarding only the earliest period of Church history (AD 30-70)….
The New Testament was written regarding first-century realities. It does not teach an expectation that all Christians are to suffer persecution for all time. Even Jesus wasn’t persecuted as much as some with the persecution mindset say Christians should be…
Jesus was beloved of sinners, and even the government leaders found no fault in Him (see Matt. 27:23-24)…..”
The New Testament verses about persecution applied to specific people and circumstances historically, and they are not to be read as statements that apply to all people for all time.
In their historical context, these verses tell us about the intense persecution Christians faced leading up to the AD 70 destruction of Jerusalem.
Though persecution has always existed, we should not expect it, call it evidence of the radical Christian life, or believe it is the “seed bed” of Christianity.
Much of the persecution that Jesus and the early Church experience happened at the hands of the religious leaders.
When Jesus said to deny yourself, He was talking to potential converts (not believers), telling them about the cost of being His followers and the scorn it would bring upon them in that day.
Taken from pages 177-182 Raptureless Third Edition by Jonathan Welton
Do you see it ?
Does this bother anyone else ?
The more I investigate preterism….the more I see how destructive it is to the very foundations of the faith. It is a virus that eats away at the Word of God and the Voice of the Holy Spirit. It minimizes the nature of the Word and exalts the mind of man. We need to start holding these teachers and supporters of preterism accountable for their man-centered philosophies and intellectual exercises. Do you agree ?