Preterists think they have a winning argument when they claim Martin Luther and the other Reformers were advocating something never advocated before in the Church. You see, preterists often quote Luther at his trial before the Papists:
"Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Holy Scriptures or by evident reason-for I can believe neither pope nor councils alone, as it is clear that they have erred repeatedly and contradicted themselves-I consider myself convicted by the testimony of Holy Scripture, which is my basis; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. Thus I cannot and will not recant, because acting against one's conscience is neither safe nor sound. God help me. Amen."From this, preterists (and radical religious individualists of all types) often see themselves as going against the big bad Church and paving their own way. Preterists take comfort in this idea that Luther and the Reformers were advocating something new and never heard of before in the Church. Preterists claim they are merely continuing this.