Since the only implication of Point 2 can be that no one was converted prior to the Lord Jesus Christ beginning His earthly ministry, he calls into question the doctrine he holds concerning salvation prior to Christ’s earthly ministry.
In any case, it should now be plain that the very first point is no proof at all of the existence of a New Testament church, whether we take it in conjunction with Christ’s earthly ministry, or not. In fact, plainly, to declare that this is a proof of the existence of the New Testament church is to contradict the very doctrine S. E. Anderson says he wants to prove, as it makes every believer in the Old Testament a member of a New Testament church.
Three things must be true concerning the beginning of the church in order for it to be a scriptural church.
It must have the right Founder — Jesus Christ (Mt. 16:18);
The right place — Palestine (where Christ lived);
And the right time — during Christ’s personal ministry.
Any church that does not meet these three requirements cannot be the church that the Lord built.
Now, S. E. Anderson began the Preface to his book on the New Testament church with 27 points that he determined were proof of the church’s existence while the Lord Jesus Christ was teaching, preaching and healing prior to the Lord’s Supper.
Three points as to why this is no proof at all of the existence of a New Testament church:
The Holy Ghost has indwelt every believer since Adam.
The Holy Ghost will indwell all believers till the end of this earth.
Those in Israel who were called to perform an express ministry were gifted by the Holy Ghost to perform that ministry. (e.g. Bezaleel)