Friday, January 1, 2010

From Bad to Worse: Hyperpreterism's coC Origins

Worse than anything else the coC radical, SOLO scriptura/private interpretation, Restorationist mentality has given birth to (see ref), the coC denomination gave rise to modern hyperpreterism via one of its “ministers” – Max King.
Don’t believe me???? Want to say I’m making it up??? Want to claim I’m just “smearing & slandering”??? Let’s see what Max King himself says about it:

“Max R. King (born 1930) is the founder of the school of thought known as Transmillennialism [e.g hyperpreterism].” (ref)
“King created a field of theology that he termed ‘covenant eschatology’[e.g. hyperpreterism] King contended that Biblical eschatology was not related to the end of the space-time universe, but to the transition of the Old Covenant to the New.” (ref)
“Now for the first time the founding story of fulfilled Bible prophecy [e.g. hyperpreterism] is told. From its roots seventy years ago in West Virginia to its breakthroughs in biblical renewal today—all across the world.” (backcover Give Me This Mountain — biography of Max King)
“The view [hyperpreterism] first spread among the Churches of Christ in the ’70s and ’80s, and then throughout Reformed Presbyterians. “ (ref)
Further, even these first hyperpreterists admit that what they were espousing was something different than the original form of historic preterism:
“It [his hyperpreterism] differentiated itself from Reformed preterism and Christian Reconstructionism in view of postmodern issues facing the Emerging Church and the need to forward its scholarship in the context of historical Jesus studies. In King’s view, the covenantal transformation of the first century serves as a model for personal, organizational and societal transformation today. Max King’s first major book “The Spirit of Prophecy” was published in 1971.” (ref)
[In a FAQ response to the question whether King's Transmil is different than "preterism"] “Yes. Preterism is essentially a subset of Reformed Postmillennialism. Full Preterism as a term was not in common use until the early-90s when a handful of Reformed Presbyterians started using the term.” (ref)
It is clear that King admits that his hyperpreterism (though he relabels it “covenant eschatology” — a term common among the coC faction of hyperpreterists), is different than historic preterism which he even admits is “essentially a subset of Reformed Postmillennialism”. He then tries to distinguish his personal form of hyperpreterism from the hyperpreterist movement in general & in the process tells us the present term, “Full Preterism” wasn’t in common use until the early 1990s.
So, there is the modern history of Hyperpreterism as presented not by an opponent of hyperpreterism but by the man & organization often credited as founding the movement.
Hyperpreterism’s first & still main “teachers” of hyperpreterism have all come from the coC — this is no coincidence:

  • Max King
  • Tim King
  • Don Preston
  • Ed Stevens
  • Jack Scott
  • William Bell
  • Virgil Vaduva
  • Kurt Simmons
  • JL Vaughn
Their anti historic Christianity mentality has lead them to reject Christianity & replace it with something new.

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