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Nicodemus Sits Down: Why Futurist Pastors shouldn’t become Preterist Pastors
And when Nicodemus believed, he came among the brethren and set himself up as an authority, being that he was a member of the Jewish ruling council.
There is no such verse in the Bible nor do we see Nicodemus playing much of a role in the fledgling Church. But why not? He should have been an excellent candidate for leader since he was already a member of the Jewish ruling council (Sanhedrin). – John 3:1
How does this relate to futurist pastors becoming preterist pastors you may ask?
You may even object stating that Saul/Paul became very influential in the Church & he was part of the Jewish ruling council but Paul was specifically “called” – Is anyone specifically “called” today?
This has been the dispute from time immemorial – Who speaks on God’s behalf?
· The members of the Jewish ruling council?
A case can be made for each of these.
Mt 23:1-3 -- Jewish ruling council.
Mt 16:17-19 – Popes via Peter.
Eph 4:11-12 – Pastors (elders) along with other offices.
But under preterist conclusions the fullness is here – see Ephesians 4:13
Some preterist will claim we have not actually reached the point of “unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ”. But I ask, doesn’t that make them sort of a type of partial preterists?
Wasn’t the fledgling Church, under the administration of the so-called 5-fold ministry of Eph 4:11 working toward the goal of Eph 4:13? Did they ever obtain that goal in Christ? Did we? Will we ever & what would it look like?
A guess we ought to look closer at what the “measure of the fullness of Christ” really is.
We see that term again in Col 2:10
“and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”
The verses preceding verse 10 make it clear to whom this was addressed and what was meant by the fullness of Christ.
1. First century Christians – Col 2:1
2. “that they may know the mystery of God” -- Col 2:2-3
Why was Paul encouraging them that they would soon “know the mystery of God”? How would that mystery be revealed?
Preterists normally say that at the Parousia it became obvious that Jesus truly is the Christ & that His kingdom was realized and that it became consummative that “the kingdom was given to another people”. – That was the mystery revealed, that was the fullness that the pre-Parousia Christians were waiting on.
So, when a formerly futurist pastor simply carries over his title and rank into preterism as if nothing has changed, we should wonder if that former futurist has really grasped what a preterist concept of Christianity is really saying.
It would be like Nicodemus becoming a Christian and yet still espousing his authority as a member of the Jewish council. Sorry Nic, your title and rank held no weight among the brethren who all became kings and priests, whose righteousness exceeded the Pharisees and Scribes. And in the same manner, it is time for futurist pastors turned preterist to sit down.
Am I saying they should never teach? No, but simply that they need to stop pretending they sit in Moses’ seat. They need to stop pretending they have precedent (like some kind of “elder” succession) from the N.T. when that part of the N.T was for the pre-Parousia Church. They need to stop pretending they are “called” (somehow set above others) like they are some modern-day “Paul”.
I don’t say these things out of bitterness toward pastors (as I have sometimes been accused) but merely to bring to light the contradictive nature of their claims to understand the preterist concept yet maintaining a futurist mentality of unfulfilled victory. Nor should people respond by claiming this is only an Anabaptist concept. This would be like dismissing the Sovereignty of God by saying it is a Calvinist concept. We need to stop the grandstanding and simply interact honestly, consistently with the text.