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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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Does God Put on Us More than We Can Bear?



Some people say, “God will never put on us any more than we can bear.” The Bible does not teach this. On the contrary, the Bible says:

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13)

  1. The difficulties in our lives are COMMON TO MAN. This is not God’s doing (James 1:13-15).
  2. God is the one who MAKES A WAY OF ESCAPE from the trial. He is not the one who brings the trial.
  3. Trials and tests are brought by the ENEMY, not God (1 Pet. 5:8-10; Rev. 2:10; 1 Thess. 3:5).

Read your Bible and stop reading things INTO your Bible that are not there.


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Saturday, June 23, 2018

The “Potter and Clay” METAPHOR



Calvinist Proof-Texts Answered

“Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?” (Romans 9:21)

The “Potter and Clay” METAPHOR

6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. 7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; 8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.” (Jeremiah 18:6-8)

Commentary: The “potter and clay” metaphor merely teaches that God has the ability to shape our lives as a potter does with clay. It does not mean that we are literal lumps of clay with no part to play. Jeremiah tells us that how God shapes the “clay” is determined by the choices made by the clay.

The “Potter” gives the “clay” choices that determines how our lives are shaped (Deut. 30:15, 19; Isa. 1:18-20). God reacts toward us the way that we act towards Him (Deut. 31:16-18; 1 Sam. 2:30; 2 Chron. 15:2; 24:20; Psalm 81:10-16; James 4:6-8; Rev. 3:20). To use the potter and clay analogy to teach that men have no genuine freedom and all that occurs in his life is the result of God’s sovereign decree is a dishonest handling of Scripture in support of an already flawed view that maligns God’s character.


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Friday, June 22, 2018

Satan Distorts DNA Sequences by Dr. Ralph D. Winters


“....the Evil One’s plan is to bring reproach on the Name of God. The Evil One stirs up hate, distorts even DNA sequences, perhaps authors suffering and all destruction of God’s good creation. Satan’s devices may very well include devising virulent germs in order to tear down confidence in God’s loving character.”
Ralph D. Winters, Foundations of the World Christian Movement, p. 8

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Does God Harden to Destroy People?



Alternative Bible Translations

Does God Harden to Destroy People?

“For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as the Lord commanded Moses.” (Joshua 11:20; King James Version)

How it should have been translated:
“For the Lord permitted them to assume courage to come to battle with Israel, that they might be utterly destroyed, that no mercy might be shewn them; but that they might be utterly destroyed, as the Lord commanded Moses.” (Charles Thomson Translation)

Commentary on Joshua 11:20: 
“….they were permitted to harden their hearts against all the wonders of divine Providence. ….All who are conversant in the language of the Old Testament know, that it speaks of every event which God permits, as proceeding directly from him; and describes him as hardening the hearts of those who abuse the divine dispensations, to harden their own hearts in guilt; though these dispensations display a plain natural tendency to soften and reform them. - Graves, Richard Lectures on the Four Last Books of the Pentateuch (Dublin: William Curry, Jun. & Company, 1844), p. 194


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