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A Sovereign Grace Full Preterist Confession of Faith

Introduction Creeds and Full Preterism As depicted in this painting (see above), imagine one of the debates that the formers of the Westminster Confession of Faith had in the Westminster Abbey went something like was this: Man #1 (standing – Classic Amillennialist) – “The coming of Christ in Matthew 24, 2 Peter 3 and the… Read More »

My Full Preterist Response to John MacArthur’s (“Strange Fire” – Cessationist) v. Michael Brown’s (“Authentic Fire” – Charismatic) Part 7 – Argument #5 The “Greater Works” of John 14:12 & Interaction with Matt Waymeyer – Professor at The Master’s Seminary

In his book Authentic Fire (pp. 188-190) Charismatic Dr. Michael Brown believes since “whoever believes in me” is a universal term in other contexts (cf. Jn. 6:35; 7:38; 11:25; 12:44, 46), this must be the case here in John 14:12.  Therefore, he concludes that believers (prior to a Christ’s return which he assumes is future)… Read More »

My Full Preterist Response to John MacArthur’s (“Strange Fire” – Cessationist) v. Michael Brown’s (“Authentic Fire” – Charismatic) Part 6 – Argument #4 “The Already and Not Yet” of the Kingdom (ex. Mt. 10:7)

The “already and not yet” or “in-breaking” of the Kingdom of God Introduction I am continuing my series in critiquing Charismatic Dr. Michael Brown’s arguments that he has levied against Cessationist Pastor John MacArthur (my former Pastor and College President).  This series deals with answering the question as to which event does the NT teach… Read More »

Open Letter to Pastor John MacArthur and Faculty at The Master’s University / Seminary Re: Sullivan v. Brown Debate & Symposium Challenge

Dear Pastor John MacArthur and faculty at The Master’s University / Seminary, My purpose in this letter is to request a forum to debate Charismatic Apologist Dr. Michael L. Brown (author of Authentic Fire A Response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire), and if possible to have Pastor MacArthur or one of the professors at The… Read More »

My Full Preterist Response to John MacArthur’s (“Strange Fire” – Cessationist) v. Michael Brown’s (“Authentic Fire” – Charismatic) Part 5 – Argument #3 The Great Commission Mrk. 16/Matt. 28

Introduction I am continuing to critique Michael Brown’s book, Authentic Fire and responding to Charismatic arguments that I once used against Pastor MacArthur and other professors and students at The Master’s College (as a young Charismatic having graduated Calvary Chapel Bible College).  Having become a Full Preterist (while attending The Master’s College in the early… Read More »

My Full Preterist Response to John MacArthur’s “Strange Fire” (Cessationist) v. Michael Brown’s “Authentic Fire” (Charismatic) Part 4 – Argument #2 The Last Days & Acts 2

I am continuing my series in critiquing Dr. Michael Brown (Charismatic – Authentic Fire) and Pastor John MacArthur (Cessationist – Strange Fire).  While I agree with Pastor MacArthur that the sign and revelatory gifts have ceased, I also agree with Dr. Brown that MacArthur (and Cessationist Futurists in general) does/do not have an exegetical case against… Read More »

My Full Preterist Response to John MacArthur’s “Strange Fire” (Cessationist) v. Michael Brown’s “Authentic Fire” (Charismatic) Part 3 – Argument #1 An Exegesis of 1 Corinthians 13:8-12

Introduction: Just a reminder — I will be debating Charismatic Dr. Michael Brown over 1 Corinthians 13:8-12 Nov. 15th., 2017 at Calvary Chapel Charlotte, NC at 6:30. Resolved (Michael J. Sullivan):  The Bible teaches that the miraculous gift of speaking in tongues, (and the other miraculous gifts of the Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:8-12) would… Read More »

My Full Preterist Response to the Various Views of “That Which is Perfect” (1 Corinthians 13:10) Part 2 – John MacArthur’s “Strange Fire” (Cessationist) v. Michael Brown “Authentic Fire” (Charismatic)

Introduction Before examining the various views of “that which is perfect” in (1 Cor. 13:10), let’s briefly review part 1 which was a an examination of MacArthur’s historical arguments and his appeals to exhort his readers and listeners into “Reformed Theology.”  As we saw, if we are “consistent” (something MacArthur values) in following Reformed theology… Read More »

My Full Preterist Response to MacArthur’s “Strange Fire” (Cessationists) v. Michael Brown’s “Authentic Fire” (Charismatics) 1 Corinthians 13:8-12 Part 1 – Appeals to Church History & the Theology of the Reformers

Introduction: I wanted to respond to my former Pastor, John MacArthur’s book Strange Fire and Tom Pennigton’s lecture, A Case for Cessationism which addressed 1 Corinthians 13:8-12 only in passing, and what some of their Charismatic opponents – Michael Brown in his book, Authentic Fire and Andrew Wilson (in blog posts) have written in response. … Read More »