I recently wrote this on SGP in response
to Duncan MacKenzie. I would greatly appreciate any thoughts. It just
rolled right off the keyboard…..
“All in all, what I have read, and I
certainly mean absolutely no disrespect to your obviously studious and
hard work, I recommend. I think it greatly contributes the Biblical
Preterist conversation (and that should certainly include those views,
that are, like yours, and those of the Full Preterist – which,
apparently, I may not endorse!). Biblical Preterism allows all of these
discussions (including the views of James B. Jordan, and Gary DeMar, and
those like his, as well as Dr. Kenneth Talbot – “realized preterism”).
These all fall into what I have called “Biblical Preterism.”
For this reason, Milton Terry, Jeff
Vaughn, Tim Martion, Kurt Simmons, you, Lloyd Dale, and Dr. Kelly Birks
are all Biblical Preterists.
This is an inclusive term. It allows,
where we are in these studies, for a lot of room in the working out of
what we all agree on: the soteriological implications of the destruction
Temple in A.D. 70 as it
regards the history of The Redemption of the Body of Christ.
Heck, this even includes Ed Stevens and
the “rapture” gang (of which Russell and Terry endorsed).
I think in allowing this, rather than
saying, “I am a full preterist” (which is one categorical view in this
camp), allows for the fact that we can all come to the table with
All of these views see the redemptive
significance of A.D. 70 and the Parousia. All of them. For that, we must
be thankful to God. I believe, in a sociologico-critical aspect,
Biblical Preterism has moved past the “excitement” stage. We are now in
the “scholastic” stage. The systematic stage. The arrangement – in plain
English, the “so what now” stage. “Okay, A.D. 70…..now what?” We may be
here for a hundred years.
Your conversation must be included here,
as well as your view, and Dr. Talbot’s and Max King, and Kelly Birks,
and Ed Stevens. If we draw the lines too narrow, we may miss out on
something…..and, I can say this, brother, we will definitely miss out on
the most important thing: unity in the Body of Christ demonstrated
through the love of King Jesus to us, and through us, to “one another.”