House Church Talk - School of prophecy known as Preterism

R.L. Johnson rjohnson at
Thu Feb 19 10:34:32 EST 2004


The heretic label is not so bad a label to be worn.

I was tossed from a Southern Baptist Church because I did not hold the
Scofield view of the rapture.
The final straw for the SB and me was when they stated that divorced
individuals could not be missionaries.  I have never been divorced but I
could not get past this dogma.  What if the person who wished to be a
missionary was not a Christian at the time of the divorce?  What if they are
a Christian but the divorce happened when their spouse abandoned them or was
caught in the act of adultery?  No matter, if you are a SB, you must have a
perfect marriage picture.  Don't bother to mention the people who fill the
SB pulpits and are divorced.  That's ok.  Never mind the SB Sunday School
teachers who are committing adultery.    Oh well, I could go on and on and
on.  I am sure this is not just a SB issues as well.

As for the Trib issue, I have settled comfortably on the Pre-Wrath theory.


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[mailto:House Church Talk -bounces at]On Behalf Of Dan Beaty
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2004 12:28 PM
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Subject: Re: House Church Talk -  School of prophecy known as Preterism


Thanks for that list of scholars who had/have a differing view from the most
popular one in America today. That of course does not completely settle the
question for me.

But back in the seventies, when I first began to question the dispensational
pre-trib rapture teachings, I almost felt like a heretic. It has become so
well established in Evangelical circles since the 1800's that it was almost
a test of one's orthodoxy.

Full Preterism seems to be a tremendous stretch, for which reason I doubt
that it can ever become mainstream. Personally, I believe there is a
prophetic sense in the believer that instinctively knows much more is to

Anyway, what an encouragement it was to learn that we are in the Kingdom of
God NOW, looking for an increasing manifestation of His Glory in the earth!
The future of course belongs to The King -- Jesus!

Dan Beaty

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