Editors Note: Dorothy Anderson returned to the heresy of Full/Hyper Preterism in 2010
Today I ran across an interesting statement by Mike Sullivan at Pret Cosmos.
“The implications of the futurist Jesus is that he is a failure and false prophet. Thankfully most futurists do not embrace the consistent implications of their futurist doctrine.”
I bring this to your attention because looking at this statement I realized that there is more here than meets the eye. This is how Mike’s statement equated to me:
The Church has declared futurism for 2000+ years.
Implications of futurism – Jesus is a failure and a false prophet.
Now looking at this I can only come to one conclusion. According to this analogy, the Church, by holding to futurist expectations has by implication declared Jesus to be a false prophet by declaring and holding to a futurist view.
Now I’m sure the claim could be made that the Church just didn’t “get it” and thus this was just an error on her part, but you see, it isn’t just that the Church has taught futurism, it’s that the Church has held futurist events as essentials of the faith. In other words, in order to be considered Christian, futurism was considered so important as to be indispensable. To me, that changes the complexion of a false understanding and it’s no longer just missing an ingredient. It colors the Church in a very poor light and denies the power of the Holy Spirit to lead her into all truth.
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
In a nutshell, if hyper-preterism is true, then the testimony of the Church has been false and by implication has declared Jesus as a failure and a false prophet because the one issue the Church has been united upon, no matter the denomination, is futurism.
When I really look at statements like the one made by Mike, I see a direct attack upon the character of the Church.
Last but not least, looking at this from the perspective of marriage, how in the world could some one as intimate as the Church is with Christ make such a huge blunder in their representation of Him. I can’t even wrap my mind around that one.