Closet Wilson (Part 2)

I came across something the other day that made me think of Closet Wilson.
Acts 17:11: “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
Imagine that! The Bereans examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Closet Wilson told me that he was going to read my book like a Berean. For that I commend Closet Wilson. In fact, have you ever met anyone that told you not to be like the Bereans? Of course, Closet Wilson would actually have to read my arguments for full preterism in the second half of my book to be able to do that. But according to Closet Wilson, I haven’t given him a good reason that the creeds could possibly be wrong.
Apparently, it’s a good idea to examine the Scriptures to see if what Paul said was true, but it’s not a good idea to examine the Scriptures to see if what the creeds and tradition say is true. After all, the teaching of Paul, an apostle, should be tested by the Scriptures to see if what he was teaching was true, but the creeds, well, they must be true because they were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Then again, Closet Wilson tells me that the creeds were not inspired by the Holy Spirit, but Closet Wilson has to be given a good reason to examine the Scriptures to see if what the creeds say is true. So examining the Scriptures every day, to see if what an inspired apostle said was true, is noble in character, but do not dare examine the Scriptures to see if what the uninspired creeds or tradition say is true because that amounts to heresy.
According to Closet Wilson, if we have to examine the Scriptures about the creeds all the time, then we will never have any foundation to build on. Test Paul, that’s fine, but not the creeds.
Read what happened when the Bereans examined the Scriptures concerning Paul’s teaching in Acts 17:12:
“Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men.”
When will Closet Wilson embrace full preterism? When he acts like a Berean and examines the Scriptures to see if what the creeds and history say is true.

Preterism and Reformed Theology

My Response to Dr. Kenneth Talbot’s Interview on Covenant Radio

At the beginning of the interview William Hill asked Dr. Talbot:
“How would you respond to the objection that says, okay, we are appealing to the historical analysis of this particular doctrine that has been explained for us for the last 2,000 years, and by doing so we are denying sola Scriptura. What would be your response to that particular argument?”
The question was invalid. I don’t know of any preterist who would say that “appealing to” an “historical analysis” is tantamount to “denying sola Scriptura.” So far as I know, no preterist of Reformed background has any problem with “appealing to” historical interpretations of the church.
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An Exposition of "This Generation" (Matthew 24:34) Part 2

By Michael J. Sullivan
We ended part 1 of our exposition of Matthew 24:34 by examining the strong lexical evidence that genea should be understood as the first century contemporary generation that Jesus was speaking to and therefore the language of Christ coming on the clouds, gathering His elect, and the de-creation cosmic imagery (“all these things”) should not be interpreted with a strict literalism.  Brown understanding the analogy of Scripture, was even forced to say that  such passages as 2 Peter 3 and 1 Thessalonians 4 could be interpreted through the lense of a first century “historical judgment.”  In other words, the more clear passages such as “this generation” should guide the exegete into understanding some of the seemingly more difficult passages that use apocalyptic language as being fulfillled as “historical judgments” – ie. AD 70, and not an end of time event.
We now turn our attention to examining some of the false interpretations of genea.
False Interpretations of “This Generation” Considered
1) “This race” will not pass a way
Of the 27 translations I looked at for genea, only one (WUESTNT) sought to translate it with having no regard to the context and with a futurist bias, “This nation shall by no means pass away until all these things take place.” And although the reader may find some documentation somewhere giving genea a meaning of “nation, stock, or race,” even those sources will or should admit that the predominant meaning is, “The whole multitude of men living at the same time” or “a period of “30 – 40 years.” It is difficult to understand how so many can be led astray in translating or interpreting genea as “race” when even the KJV and Strong’s Concordance admits that the word is used 42 times with the predominant translation being “generation,” – 37 times as “generation,” 2 times as “time,” 2 times as “age,” and only 1 time as “nation.”
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