Australian Rejects Smith/Blume
Amillennial Preterist Heresy

November 2001

Brother Brigmond,

I submit this to you with gratitude and thanks for your information on Preterism, this is my testimony since that email that I first sent you. I hope that you receive it in the Spirit it is written. My family is still lost to this doctrine. Upon going through much trial, grief, heartbreak over this, my pastor came to me with a word, he said, “Brother Michael, the Lord told me to tell you something” I am always keen to hear the Word of God, “Brother, He told me to tell you to LEAVE IT ALONE”. I praise God for my brother, he didn’t know what was really happening in me, well, neither did I, the Lord laid on my heart the Scripture in Timothy, and well the testimony speaks for itself.

Pray for us dear Brother, the work in Australia needs it.

(My testimony:)

Godbless Saints,
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I would like to bring a few thoughts together for a moment. This, I suppose, serves as a warning to my brothers and sisters, and I bring it in love for them. In recent times, I have had exposure to the doctrine of Preterism. This doctrine has permeated the church throughout the ages and had its roots way back with two characters known as Hymenaeus and Philetus.

In the past two months, I have had to come up against this doctrine, not by choice, but because I thought I had no choice. Deep in my heart, I could feel the Spirit sounding very deep, solid, alarm bells, but for the sake of those involved in this doctrine, and my love for these people, I felt that I had to pull this teaching apart, understand it from start to finish so that I would be able to combat it when the time came, to try and snatch back the souls who could be lost through this doctrine.

I ventured on a study, throwing all of my mindspace into understanding it, searching books, and websites, articles, anything that I thought may have been a help.

Sometimes, the zeal we can have, can be an undoing in our lives if directed the wrong way.

In 2 Timothy 2:16-19 it reads

“But shun profane and vain babblings, for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.”

Although the doctrine of ‘preterism’ says that Christs return was heralded at the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, this scripture speaks long and loud to anyone who would ‘spiritualise’the Word of God in places that are not to be ‘spiritualised’.

I can testify saints of God, that this warning, that my brother Paul wrote to Timothy, was not heeded by myself, until almost too late.

The more that I delved into the teachings of preterism, I felt my heart hardening. I found myself doubting the very essence of my belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. I could not drag myself away from learning more and more, still with the stubborn belief that if only I ‘knew it all’, I might be able to sway others.

The scripture uses the word “canker” , which in the Greek means literally

“ A gangrene, a disease by which any part of the body suffering from inflammation becomes so corrupted that unless a remedy be seasonably applied, the evil continually spreads, attacks other parts, and at last eats away the bones”

Where did this gangrene start in me? In my heart. It hardened it, then started to permeate every part of my being, until at the end, I felt as if I would die. The more I told myself it wasn’t affecting me, the more I realised I was fooling myself. I felt the very Spiritual life being sucked from me. Saints of God, I say these things, not to exaggerate, but to sound a warning to anyone who would have a desire to look into this blasphemy of the Scriptures. Paul said that this doctrine eats away at a man of God like a gangrene, which will eventually eat the very bones of that man, it will overthrow (DESTROY) the faith of some. I PRAISE the LIVING GOD, that I was counted worthy, that God awoke me from my stupor, and although, and I want to make this point clear, at NO time did I ever believe that this doctrine was truth, it began to eat me like a canker. I praise God, that a remedy was seasonably applied to me. The remedy was:

2 parts Fellowship with Saints of like precious faith
7 parts prayer, and having the laying on of hands by a spiritually strong brother/s
10 parts Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and that He is yet to come
A liberal dose of the Word of God rightly divided in Truth
Put through the fire of the Holy Ghost
Left to cool on the Rock of My Salvation
Set by in the Love of the Church

The Lord God is a mighty God. I thank Him for using my Pastor Barry Henderson, and my dear friend and brother Robert Powell in helping me through this time.

I tell you Saints, no matter if it means leaving family behind, your best friend, your closest loved ones, nothing is worth compromising the Word of God.

Love to the Church in Newcastle, and Taree, to the faithful in Port Macquarie, and across Australia, honour to the ministry who stand strong against such adversity, wherever you are, till Jesus return, In the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Brother Michael Bell
Townsville, Australia

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