I don't put a lot of stock in Google, Bing, or any search engine for that matter.
Neither do I, and strictly speaking I didn't need either to provide me with 470k-odd results from which I could then randomly sellect something for you to read. I've known about the Metzger article since I read A A Hoekema's 'The Four Major Cults', and both works are standards in the field of cultdom. It was therefore a trivial matter for me to search on Metzger and locate the relevant article.
And yes, you and your fellow cultists have the dubious honour of being one of those aforementioned cults that Prof. Hoekema debunks with his usual scholarly thoroughness and erudition. That's another point you need to address sometime. Namely, the grounds on which you claim superior knowledge, revelation, insight, rectitude or truth over and above all the other cults that make precisely the same claims for their founders.
It is that arrogation to yourselves of being the sole repositories of exclusive truth that marks you out as a cultist in the first place. It is a defining characteristic of all cults, as Hoekema points out, and to claim otherwise is to find yourself caught between the proverbial horns of a dilemma. If you accept the charge, you prove the point. If you deny it, you concede that you are simply one of many cults from which the seeker of truth may legitimately choose in true à la carte fashion. QED.
And concerning Mr. Metzger, I only give and owe my gratitude to God and His son Jesus Christ.
Even with a score of only 5/10 for pomposity, you should still assume that I choose my words very carefully. I said 'Christians' owe him a debt of gratitude. The link was posted as much for their benefit as for yours, and of course it does not preclude gratitude to God the Father for what He has done for us through the finished work of His Son.
Mr. Metzger can't give me everlasting life on a paradise earth. God can.
Indeed He can, but He won't. Your earthly kingdom delusion, which is but another variation on the millennial kingdom theme, is utterly lacking in any Scriptural foundation, for 'our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.' (Phil. 3:20); and '...they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.' (Heb. 11:16), and '...the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.' (Rom. 14:17).
Arthur Carver has some pointed remarks to make on this very subject, and you would do well to heed his warnings:
A Warning and a Challenge - The False Sects
We feel that overwhelming evidence has been advanced in the foregoing pages, sufficient to convince any open-minded reader that premillennialism is not the doctrine of the N.T. It is impossible to deny that the apostles never preached it, and their writings had not a word to say to Christians about it.
Premillennialists are passionately fond of quoting the early Fathers to bolster up their theories; we are not interested in such arguments. The foundation upon which the whole contention of this work rests is, not the Church of the Fathers, but the Church of apostolic days. Whatever men taught in the second and third centuries, it is clear that the men of the first century had no word to say about a temporary Kingdom to follow the Advent, where sin, death and the curse would still be known. There is no more hint of it than of Peter's Roman pontificate.
But there is another fact of present-day Christendom which challenges the thinking of every evangelical Christian. The apostolic prophecy that "in the Last Days some shall depart from the faith" ( 1 Timothy 4:1 ), is finding a powerful fulfilment. The thought in the prophecy seems to be, not a complete abandonment of the profession of Christ, but a departure from the true body of evangelical doctrine for a false creed which still professes the name of Christian. This is exactly what we are witnessing. This is the day of the "isms" What a deluge of them, all teaching varying theories. Yet, with all their variations, there are certain common characteristics, as follows:— first, they all arose in America round the middle of the last century; next, they all claim to be the exclusive possessors of truth, teaching peculiar dogmas never held by the main bodies of believers throughout the centuries; again, all agree in more or less branding the Christian Church in general as in grievous error, or even the great apostasy. Chief among these sects are the Christadelphians, Jehovah Witnesses (Millennial Dawnists), Mormons (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), the Worldwide Church of God, the Moonies, and, to a lesser extent, Seventh Day Adventists.
But there is one other common denominator in all these groups, which should serve as a clear warning—they are all propagators of the doctrine of premillennialism. Nay, rather, it would be more correct to say that premillennialism is the foundation on which they stand, and is the great head-up of their prophetic schemes. It fills their pamphlets, magazines, lectures and every other facet of their propaganda machines. It is either the great age of the Witnesses when they reign in triumph with Russell, Rutherford and company, or the Christadelphians exclusively sharing in the Israelitish world state with the patriarchs, etc. Millennium, millennium and still more millennium, is the great party-cry of the spurious sects of this age, and it should be a jolting blow to every Christian who has believed this theory to seriously reconsider the subject. And dare we add to this list that particular brand of premillennialism which had such great popularity in some evangelical circles between the two wars - British-Israelism? This fervent, nationalistic, Briton-American-Jew theory, which has produced some of the most senseless and ludicrous 'interpretations' of prophecy that the brain of man can conceive, is another product of this literal-carnal interpretation of Scripture that gave rise to premillennialism. They have their own brand of 'the kingdom'. It will be the great day of John Bull, Uncle Sam and Solly Lyonstein, with 'Rule Britannia' as the national anthem.*
Earnest Christian men have sought to stem this subversive flood by contention on the great doctrines of the Faith, e.g. the Deity of Christ. But, whilst seeking to repulse the enemy on the broad front of the fundamentals, the very same men have built a bridge for the enemy in a more obscure part of the field, along which the battalions of anti-Christian sects have poured their forces. I am convinced that the doctrine of an earthly millennium, with its anti-Gospel implications, has made a serious breach in the ramparts of Truth, and has contributed in a powerful measure to the success of these alien armies in capturing so many professing Christians into their ranks. In a word, premillennialism is seen today, as never before, to be charged with danger to the great evangelical message of eternal salvation. It has practically sold the pass to the sects of these Last Days. Surely, it is not without significance that, as these sects arose in the early middle part of last century, so within evangelical Christianity there appeared something never before heard or taught in its ranks, viz. Dispensationalism, the most extreme form of premillennialismSo, assault upon Truth has been twofold: the spurious sects without, and Jewish literalism within.
It is virtually useless for believers to enter into controversy with followers of these sects, whilst they hold to premillennialism. This theory is not incidental to their creeds — it is the great idea upon which their schemes are built, particularly for Christadelphianism and Jehovah Witnesses. To meet them and acknowledge that their central contention is true is to destroy your own position at once. It is like meeting a Roman Catholic by saying, 'Oh yes, I believe in purgatory!' It is not the extravagances of these sects that constitute the menace, but the main, central doctrine of an earthly kingdom following the advent; and on this vital question evangelicals who propagate this same idea are responsible for creating an atmosphere conducive to the development of these heresies.
The great antidote to all this is the doctrine of the Second Advent contended for in this work. Let the Christian realise the truth of the doctrine here presented, and he has the answer to all these modern delusions. Amillennialism spells the doom of Christadelphianism, Millennial Dawnism, Joe Smithism, Seventh Day Adventism — and British Israelism — and any other false philosophy that thrives on the delusion of premillennialism. Is not this a challenging and sobering fact? Does it not speak convincingly that it is the Truth of God? If this Truth shatters with one blow all these latter-day heresies, does not this witness that it is indeed The Rod of Jehovah?
What have Premillennialists to say in answer to this damning indictment of the literal earthly kingdom theory? Generally, they attempt one or two evasions. First, they vigorously attempt to exonerate themselves from 'the extravagances' of doctrine taught by the sects. This is merely side-stepping. It would not require much research to show that evangelical premillennialism has, in a large number of cases, been guilty of disastrous extravagances that have dishonoured the names of some leading men of God. But, apart from that, the matter of extravagances is not the point at issue. It is the central doctrine of an earthly kingdom to follow the Advent. This, irrespective of details, is the delusion upon which the sects are built; and it is this that de-Protestantises a large section of evangelicalism.
But they also attempt another evasion. A case in point illustrates it clearly. Recently, the author attended on some good ministry by an excellent preacher. Then, one Sunday, in both morning and evening sermon, he contended for the premillennial doctrine. He did not seem to welcome discussion after the service ('We must agree to differ' was the position adopted) so I wrote to him on some relevant points, including a reference to the 'strange bed-fellows' (the above-named sects) he companied with. In a brief reply, he stated he had neither time nor inclination to enter into controversy on the question of prophecy. (Strange! after two sermons in one day contending for premillennialism!) But he could not miss the opportunity of 'strange bed-fellows', so he counter-charged by asking: 'What about the company amillennialists have, such as Lord Soper and the modernists?' As this is representative of premillennialist defence, it was necessary to show its foolishness. I wrote, putting two questions to him. First, did he understand what an amillennialist is? One has heard such ludicrous definitions, as: 'He doesn't believe in a millennium'; or, 'He believes we are in the millennium now.' What puerility! An amillennialist is one who believes that the historical covenants with Abraham, David and Israel have found their fulfilment in the Death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Messiah and the matchless blessings of the Gospel flowing therefrom. He believes that the predestinating purpose of God in the salvation of men has been realised always (Old and New) in one People and one only—'The Remnant according to the Election of Grace'. He believes the Advent will bring salvation to no one (contrary to premil. error), but will bring all to the judgment of God and the Eternal Divide.
The second question was: 'As a Christian preacher, you should not make a charge without evidence to substantiate it; will you, therefore, give one reference from Lord Soper's writings or utterances where he states he believes the amillennial view of Scripture?' I received a brief reply from this good brother stating that he did not intend to reply to my points, but would go on preaching what he believed. I refrained from further correspondence; of what use is it, when an opponent will not allow his views to be brought to the light of Scriptural discussion?
No! to speak of Soper and modernists as amillennialists is an utter absurdity, based on ignorance. Some modernists may have some vague form of postmillennial belief; but even that is not the doctrine taught by evangelicals who hold postmillennialism. It is simply a quasi-religious-socialistic philosophy they hold, entirely divorced from any question of inspired Bible prophecy. They could scrap these views at any time without affecting their modernism one iota. But our charge against premillennialism and the false sects is an entirely different matter. It is the fact of this central doctrine of a post advent earthly kingdom, which is absolutely fundamental to all of them — and without which they would collapse. It is not a question of an individual here and there holding certain views similar to premillennialism, but millions, bound to the castiron systems of these powerfully organised sects by the anti-Christian doctrine of a personal reign of Christ over a kingdom on this earth. Then let all who read these lines cast off this carnal delusion and take up the great sword of Truth—the message of the Everlasting HEAVENLY Kingdom of our Glorious Lord, whereby they may smite these Satanic heresies of the Last Days, and call men, not to carnal millennial blessings, but to the eternal heritage in Heaven of the Israel of God.
*For some of these fanatical ideas, consult the writings of Dr. W. Pascoe Goard, officially published by the British-Israel Federation. Here is a specimen from his book, 'Six lectures on the Revelation'. How about this for an 'exposition' of Revelation 11 (The Two Witnesses)?
Of verse 8 (their bodies lying in the street for 3½ days) he remarks: 'This was probably the time of our humiliation during the Great War…the time the Kaiser was, nominally, at all events, commander-in-chief of the armies that were hurled against us, for he held the command for three days and a half—i.e., 3½ years, then Ludenhorf succeeded.'
On verse 11 (resurrection of witnesses) we are treated to this gorgeous specimen, 'They came out of the trenches; they took to open warfare, they drove the enemy before them, and finally came to victory.'
So the mud and blood of Flanders in the first World War is the setting of Revelation 11. The Kaiser was the Beast and the British Tommies the witnesses. And 'educated' and 'cultured' people (British-Israelism caters for a certain type) sit and swallow such undiluted rubbish as that in the name of 'premillennial prophetic teaching'. And let not opponents of B.I. attempt to defend themselves by saying those things are not found in more orthodox evangelical bodies. A powerful evangelist, eminent in certain quarters, used to preach sensational messages during the last war on the identifying marks of antichrist, and then draw a most implicating parallel with Hitler. In a personal conversation with the author he threw aside all reserve and stated categorically that he was convinced the Fuhrer was the Dread Ogre of dispensationalism. I wonder what he thinks now?