Sunday, July 15, 2018

Why? - Insights from Our Books


“For years theologians have told us that Job was all about God’s agenda (that he was using Satan to test Job). However, when this book is read carefully we can see that it is really about Satan’s agenda to malign God’s character.” (p. 51)

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Our Difficulty Obeying Christ's Commision to Share the Gospel


Yesterday I was walking and contemplating on why we find it so difficult to obey God in evangelizing the lost. Then the Lord brought to my mind two passages of Scripture:

"....the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Matt. 26:41b)

"But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." (1 Cor. 9:27)

Matthew 26:41 tells us why we have such a difficult time sharing the gospel. We know that we should and we want to obey Christ's commission to do it, but our flesh is weak. It wants relaxation and entertainment. That is why "church programs" with good singing and motivational preaching are more enjoyable to the flesh than knocking on doors and telling people about Jesus.

The second passage tells us what we must do with the flesh. We cannot allow it to tell us what to do. We must command our bodies to overcome fear and laziness. We must remind our bodies that we are responsible for those people around us who may die and spend an eternity without Jesus. We must tell our bodies to shake off its desire for fleshly indulgences and share Jesus.

This coming Saturday at 10am our church will be spending some time in the surrounding area to share the love of Jesus with the lost. But even if you can't come to be a part of what we are doing please tell a neighbor, a friend, a relative, a co-worker, someone you see in the subway or bus stop, that Jesus loves them and wants to spend eternity with them.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Divine Healing Part 2




Does God Personally Fit Vessels for Destruction?



Calvinist Proof-Texts Answered

“What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction?” (Romans 9:22)

Does God Personally Fit Vessels for Destruction?

“….if the divine Being has patiently bore with those objects of his displeasure, that had been working out their own destruction, why may he not reveal himself to make them feel his vindictive power?” (Rom. 9:22; Daniel Mace New Testament)

“And what will you do if God, although ready to vent his righteous anger and execute his power upon those who have made themselves liable for judgment, puts up with them only for a while longer?” (Living Water Translation)

Commentary: The passage contradicts Calvinist ideology. Why would God “suffer long” people He allegedly predestined to destruction? Greek scholar W. E. Vines writes, “…. ‘fitted’ is in the Middle Voice, indicating that the vessels of wrath fitted themselves for ‘destruction.’” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, pp. 303-304).  Stephen Davies also writes, “In the ninth chapter of the Romans, St. Paul draws a broad line of demarcation, which is much more obvious in the original than can be made in a translation.... In these words the apostle assures us that the vessels of wrath ‘fit themselves;’ for the term is in the middle voice, and besides cannot agree with the word ‘God,’ either in number or gender; (He does not, therefore, fit them)” (On the Nature of Divine Agency in Reference to the Inspiration of the Scriptures, p. 172).


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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Divine Manipulator?


“If God is the divine manipulator of all events then we must believe that men such as Hitler, Mussolini, Khadafy, and every other murderous dictators both past and present had the best reflection of God’s character.” (Untying God's "Nots," p. 172)



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