PMW 2023-014 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.Gnosticism

Sadly, gnosticism is arising within the evangelical church, despite Paul’s refutation of it in 1 Corinthians.

In his incarnation Jesus entered history as the Last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45), becoming a true and full human, body and soul (John 1:14). Thus, he came into this world as a whole person, body and soul (Heb. 10:5). And he died for our sins as a whole person, body and soul (Heb. 2:14). Then he ascended into heaven, body and soul (Acts 1:9–11), where he now lives, body and soul (Col. 2:9).

And just as sinners are judged for their sins in their whole person, body and soul (Matt. 10:28), so shall the righteous receive full redemption at the resurrection, in body and soul (Rom. 8:23). We are not angels, spirit beings designed for living in a spirit environment (Heb. 1:14; cp. Luke 24:39). Rather, we are humans composed of body and soul designed for living in a physical environment in history (Gen. 2:7) just as we will ultimately experience in eternity in a new earth (Rom. 8:19–22).

If you have a friend playing with the fire of hyperpreterism, help them before they get burned and their Christian witness goes up in smoke. Help them to extricate themselves before they begin denying foundational elements of the Christian faith (such as the resurrection, Heb. 5:12–6:2) and even begin denying Christ’s continuing incarnational physical form (Col. 2:9).

Have We Missed the Second Coming:have-we-missed-the-second-coming
A Critique of the Hyper-preterist Error
by Ken Gentry

This book offers a brief introduction, summary, and critique of Hyper-preterism. Don’t let your church and Christian friends be blindfolded to this new error. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

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  1. Fred V. Squillante February 17, 2023 at 9:23 am

    Dr. Gentry, I know you referred me to the Romans 8:18-23 passage recently when I asked you about where we reside after receiving our resurrected body, but after re-reading it I have to ask you about the “sons of God” (v. 19). Are they the same as those on Genesis 6:2? I know you wrote about that too in the past year or so. Can you direct me to those articles? Much appreciated.

  2. CAIQUE MATHEUS RIBEIRO CALIXTO February 17, 2023 at 9:51 am

    Doctor Ken
    Many scholars say that Gnosticism emerged towards the end of the first century. Is this information true?
    If so, what was John fighting in his epistles since he wrote them before A.D. 70?

  3. Kenneth Gentry February 17, 2023 at 11:39 am

    That is true. But it didn’t burst on the scene out of nowhere. What John and others in the NT are confronting is proto-gnosticism, the forerunner to full-blown gnosticism.

  4. Kenneth Gentry February 17, 2023 at 11:41 am

    In a way, yes. The “sons of God” in Genesis 6 refers to the righteous seedline of believers (not to angelic beings). Thus, “sons of God” are the redeemed, the righteous in the eyes of God, that is, believers who are born again.

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