Tropologia: A Key to Open Scripture Metaphors, together with Types of the Old Testament | Expositions of the Parables in the Bible (1671)
Call to Self-Examination | Hymnal
(On Matthew 22:7 ;
The Parable of the Marriage Supper)
"This parable seems to show the cause or reason of the ruin, rejection, and utter destruction of the Jewish nation, and the city Jerusalem ; or what was the cause why wrath came upon them to the uttermost ?" (Expositions, p. 543)
"This no doubt containeth a prophesy of the Roman armies, who made such a fearful slaughter of the Jews, which fell out about fifty years after the death of our blessed Lord ; and by this city is meant Jerusalem, which was burnt and consumed to ashes, as also was the holy temple." (Expositions, p. 545)
(On Matthew 24:20)
"But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, nor on the sabbath day." The disciples are commanded, with respect to the dreadfulness and peril of the siege of Jerusalem, to do those things which belonged to the Jews, who thought that it was not lawful for them on the sabbath to go above 1000 greater (or 2000 lesser) paces; and therefore they ought to pray, that they may not be necessitated to fly on the sabbath, because the accustomed sabbath-day's journey would not be enough to convey them beyond the danger of the Roman soldiers. And by this the grievousness of the calamity is indicated." (p. 28-29)
(On Revelation 14:4)
"These are they that have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins," Rev. xiv. 4. Virgins are chaste and not defiled. So the members of the true visible church are not defiled with idolatry, not popish, nor any other superstitions, they hate spiritual fornication. Idolatry is often in the scripture called whoredom, adultery, and fornication. Hence in Israel such who kept themselves pure from idolatry, were called the virgin daughter of Sion." (Expositions, p. 647)
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Date: 18 Jan 2006
The following is from "The Glory of a True Church, And its Discipline
display’d" By Benjamin Keach: under the heading "Of dealing with
Hereticks and Blasphemers" the article is posted at: www.founders.org/library/polity/keach.htm.
I believe it cast much gospel light on Preterism.
"AS TOUCHING HERETICKS OR HERESY, the same Censure, when they are
convicted, ought to pass against them; HERESY IS COMMONLY RESTRAINED TO
SIGNIFY ANY PERVERSE OPINION OR ERROR IN A FUNDAMENTAL POINT OF
RELIGION, as to deny the Being of God, or the Deity of Christ, or his
Satisfaction, and Justification alone by his Righteousness, OR TO DENY
THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY, or eternal Judgment, or the like…..SUCH
THAT ARE GUILTY OF SCHISM OR DIVISIONS IN THE CHURCH, OUGHT TO BE
EXCOMMUNICATED ALSO. Heresies are called Damnable by the Apostle Peter;
without Repentance such cannot be saved, as bring in Damnable Heresies,
denying the Lord that bought them.
Two things render a Man an Heretick according to the common
signification of the Word. 1. An Error in matters of Faith, Fundamental
or Essential to Salvation. 2. Stubbornness and Contumacy in holding and
maintaining it. A Man that is an Heretick, after the first and second
Admonition reject. Now that this Rejection is all one with
Excommunication, appears by what Paul speaks, I Tim. 1: 20. Of whom is
Hymeneus and Alexander, whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may
learn not to Blaspheme. THEIR HERESY, OR BLASPHEMY WAS IN SAYING THE
RESURRECTION WAS PAST." [emphasis added]
These statements speak for themselves. Brother Keach addressess the FULL
PRETERIST view and classifies those who hold to the view as "Hereticks".
He believed that these heretics should be excluded from the Lord's
church and that if they remained unrepentant that is proved that they
were not saved.
Now, what do you think?
Wm. Troy Sheppard, Pastor
Citrus Missionary Baptist Church
Date: 04 Nov 2010
Thanks for clearing up Matt. 20:24 for us.
The Belknap Family