Sunday, September 2, 2007

#Preterist #Gnosticism

Since it's indisputable the promises about Christ returning in the manner He departed (Acts 1:9ff), the resurrection of the saints dead, vile bodies (1 Cor. 15; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Php 3:21), the rapture of the church (1 Thess. 4:13-18), and the destruction of the heavens and earth by fire (2 Peter 3), have not occurred yet, preterists are forced to come up with a spiritualized obfuscation of the plain teaching of Scripture. 

One of their favorite lies, is that if you believe any promise God made includes or in any way pertains to that which is physical (such as the resurrection of your dead, physical body or Christ literally and physically returning to and reigning from this earth), why that makes you "physical" minded, and means you are not "spiritual", like they are. 

Fact is, believers had every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1), and were already spiritually resurrected from the dead, before A.D. 70. They were already spiritually alive, immortal, and incorruptible, before Paul expounded to them God's prospect of resurrection from the dead (1 Cor. 15; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Php. 3:21; 2 Cor. 5:21)! 

Believer's souls are not dead, mortal, corruptible, and vile, that they can "put on" incorruption and immortality, as 1 Corinthians 15:53-54 says will occur when we are raised from the dead. No, Paul said "this mortal" is what would "put on" immortality, and "this corruptible" is that which must "put on" incorruption! It is our "vile" bodies which shall be transformed to the likeness of Christ's glorious body (Php. 3:21), and the dead bodies which were sown into the ground, which shall be raised "from the dead", "thou fool" (1 Cor. 15:36)!

Oh, I know it seems obvious, but when you are dealing with what the Bible says is a "fool", you have to clarify that it must be something which is DEAD, before you can raise it "from the dead". Believer's souls ARE NOT DEAD, not "corruptible", not "vile", and are NOT "mortal"! It is only their dead, vile, corruptible, mortal bodies which can be raised "from the dead", and "put on" immortality and incorruption, "thou fool" (1 Cor. 15:36)!

Now preterists will squeal that they aren't Gnostics, and it may be they don't believe every last thing that the Gnostics Paul wrote about believe. But they DO, and are FORCED to adhere to a form of Gnosticism, in that they MUST pretend that if you believe God's promises in any way pertain to or include that which is physical (like Christ actually coming back and reigning literally and physically, or your dead body actually being raised from the dead, and coming out of the grave), why suddenly you have become "physical" minded, are all about the "physical", and have therefore become carnal. They then feign they are "spiritual", as if it's somehow spiritual to deny and obfuscate the idea that any of God's spiritual blessings could somehow include or affect that which is physical.

Yes, preterists are forced to adhere to a form of Gnosticism, because it's obvious the promises of Christ's return, of the resurrection and rapture of the saints, and the destruction of the heavens and earth have not been fulfilled yet, and they want to appease skeptics who scoff at God's patience (2 Peter 3). 

Futurists are not forced to in any way deny, obfuscate, or diminish the spiritual aspects of God's promises. Preterists, on the other hand, are FORCED to deny and obfuscate the literal/physical aspects of God's promises, because it is OBVIOUS they haven't been fulfilled yet!

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