The Gospel Is At Stake!
During the winter months (last January thru March) Ed finished his Masters Thesis (New Testament Complete by AD 70). It was submitted on April 9th and given a perfect score (100%), which more than solidified an overall 98-average for the whole degree program (Master of Biblical Studies, M.B.S.). Ed graduated Magna Cum Laude on May 18th. A free PDF copy of his 111-page thesis is available to anyone who requests it.
The new preterist study group in Philadelphia, led by Joe McGinty, organized and sponsored a one-day seminar for newcomers on Sept. 21st. All three presentations and two Q&A sessions were recorded, and are being made available in conjunction with this annual report.
And a few weeks ago (Nov. 20-22), we set up our annual exhibit booth at the Evangelical Theological Society conference in San Diego, California. The full story about that is related below.
Throughout all of these activities we wrote articles for Fulfilled magazine, posted numerous articles on FaceBook, and produced two major responses to Preston in our ongoing written debate. Here are the details:
Preston – Stevens Debate
That simply cannot be right, since Hebrews 9:22 unequivocally affirms that “without the shedding of Christ’s physical blood there is no forgiveness.” And all of the Old Testament physical animal sacrifices also pointed straight to the substitutionary physical death of Jesus.
Thus, Preston’s “spiritual-only Death of Adam” view is an attack on the physical substitutionary atoning death of Jesus. The gospel is at stake! Ed has a 7-page article, and an 85-page book which exposes Preston’s error on this Death of Adam issue. Plus, his first two Negatives in the debate also refute it. Those resources will be sent to all who respond to this annual report. Please stand with Ed as he defends the truth of the gospel!
If you wish to follow the debate as it unfolds, simply join the PRETERIST DEBATE group on FaceBook. Or, if you are not on FaceBook, simply let us know and we will send the various sections of the debate via email.
Exhibit Booth at ETS
All of the major conservative Christian publishers exhibit at ETS, so having a booth near some of them is very helpful. And this year our booth was located right in the middle of three of them: Kregel (left side), Hendrickson (right side), and Zondervan (in front of us across the isle).
Those publishers always get lots of traffic, so it is no exaggeration to say that most of the 2500 attendees walked right by our booth on their way to and from those three big publishers. That was a wonderful opportunity to get the preterist message into the eyes and ears of many conservative evangelical scholars and ministry leaders.
Our co-workers this year included: Edmund Lee, Mathew Dryden, Dave & Barb Johnston, David & Jacki Miller, and Jason Finley. We gave away at least 150 copies of the booklet, What Happened In AD 70?, several copies of Russell’s Parousia, and a few other individual books, plus lots of free charts and handouts. We introduced the preterist view to over a hundred young college and seminary students.
When I attended some lectures on substitutionary atonement, I was delighted to hear two of the speakers refer to Genesis 3:21 as being the start of the substitutionary sacrificial system right there in the Garden on the very day Adam and Eve sinned. Another professor of Hebrew dropped by the booth and likewise asserted (without any prompting from me) that Gen. 3:21 refers to a substitutionary animal sacrifice on behalf of Adam and Eve.
Then when I attended the Creation Fellowship meeting, one of the scholars there (again without any prompting) mentioned Gen. 3:21 as the first animal death and the beginning of the sacrificial system.
Both inside the exhibit hall and outside in the lobby and meeting rooms, I discussed Genesis 3:21 with a half dozen other Hebrew and Old Testament scholars. All of them favored the idea that Gen. 3:21 was the beginning of the substitutionary sacrificial system. Not a single one of them objected to it. We exchanged email addresses, and I sent PDF copies of my Death of Adam article and research book to them.
All of that excellent interaction with those conservative scholars heavily supports my position in the debate. Preston flatly denies that the animal death in Genesis 3:21 had anything whatsoever to do with a substitutionary physical death on Adam’s behalf, or that it began the animal sacrificial system which typologically pointed to the physical death of Jesus on the Cross. Thus, again, we see how Preston’s CBV view eliminates the physical death of Jesus from His substitutionary death. And that is trampling underfoot the physical blood of Jesus! I repeat: The gospel is at stake here, folks!
The DVD album contains two DVD’s and one CD. The DVD’s contain the videos for all five sessions. The CD has the MP3 audio tracks for all five sessions, plus the lesson outlines, and numerous related charts and articles (PDF format), including a free PDF electronic copy of the book, What Happened in A.D. 70? Below we explain how you can receive these excellent new resources.
Stand With Us!
Almost every day we produce articles which expose error and teach truth. Those writings are posted all over FaceBook and in Fulfilled! magazine. Our FaceBook group (IBV Rapture Preterist) now has 122 members. Many of my best articles are posted there.
However, in order to do all of these things, we totally depend on God’s providence through faithful brethren like you. If you have been blessed by this teaching and publishing ministry, and want to see it continue and grow, then please partner with us. We need your prayers, encouragements, and financial help, both year-end gifts and monthly support especially. This is how you can share in all the good fruit that we produce for the Kingdom of God and store up spiritual treasures in heaven. Please pray for us, and give whatever God puts on your heart. In appreciation for your gift, here is what you will receive . . .
What You Will Receive
- Donations of $25 (or new mo. support of at least $10) will receive Melanson’s book, Second Coming Postponed or Fulfilled, plus a CD with the Masters Thesis (PDF), the Death of Adam article and 85-page research book (PDF), and other relevant articles. Applies only to USA and Canada donors and supporters (because of shipping costs involved).
- Donations of $50 (or new mo. support of at least $25) will receive all of the above, plus the Philadelphia Seminar MP3 CD. USA only. Applies to all donors and supporters worldwide.
- Donations of $100 or more (or new mo. support of at least $50) will receive all of the above, plus the Philadelphia Seminar DVD album. Applies to all donors and supporters worldwide.
Thanks for standing with us to expose error and defend the truth!