Friday, January 1, 2010

James White Calls Hyperpreterism Heresy

Surfing through the great collection of CONTRA-hyperpreterist materials that Dee Dee has collected over the years, I found an audio by James White where he CLEARLY identifies hyperpreterism as HERESY.  This is significant because many of the so-called “Reformed” & “conservative” hyperpreterists like to quote White on other things.  But even beyond that White says some significant things, that we on PreteristBlog have been saying — even though I’ve never listened to White on this topic until now.
White is interacting with a caller who asks about Luke 21:22 (a favorite proof-texts of hyperpreterists)
For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. (NKJV)
The presumption by hyperpreterists is that ALL THINGS includes every prophecy in the Bible.  White encourages the caller to look at the entire sentence & context starting in verse 21 & on through verse 24.

Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. 22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. 24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. (NKJV)
White points out then that the ALL THINGS relate to the context of the topic and NOT as hyperpreterists presume to ALL THINGS in eschatological history.  White calls the hyperpreterist conclusion an UNWARRANTED LEAP & UNNATURAL.
The caller then reveals that a “preterist” is attending the same congregation as he.  It quickly becomes apparent that the “preterist” is actually a hyperpreterist & White says “IT IS NOT JUST ERROR, IT IS HERESY”.  White then refers the caller to Keith Mathison’s book “When Shall These Things Be: A Reformed Response to Hyper-preterism”.
White even says he’d “prefer to call it HYPERPRETERISM” (obviously in contrast to how some hyperpreterist call themselves simply “preterists” or “full preterists” or the newest faction in an attempt to make itself look legitimate calling itself, “biblical preterists”).
The most amazing thing White says here is this:
“Once you accept the over arching interpretative hermeneutic of hyperpreterism, they can come up with an answer for anything. The problem is the result is something that has almost no resemblance to historic biblical Christianity at all.” (James White speaking about hyperpreterism)
White concludes by saying how often times a person who seems intellectual & well read in the Scriptures can actually become “puffed up” & start to claim to see things in Scripture that no one has ever seen before (perfect representation of what happens to people who adopt hyperpreterism).  This is exactly what I mean when I say hyperpreterists suffer from Proverbs 26:12.
So there you have it.  Next time you see a hyperpreterist quoting James White fondly, remember what White has said about them.  In fact, this is the case with almost ALL theologians a hyperpreterist might quote.  Almost ALL theologians would consider hyperpreterists to be heretics.  This is the reason hyperpreterists are constantly in search of anyone who might validate them (Gary DeMar, James Jordan & others).  This is the reason why hyperpreterist leaders like Sam Frost are constantly trying to weasel into legitimate groups & organizations.

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