Saturday, May 26, 2018

What God Did NOT Say in Genesis 2:17



 “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen. 2:17)

God Did NOT Say:

  1. “In the day that you eat thereof I will KILL YOU!!” God is not the killer (John 10:10; Heb. 2:14-15)

  1. “In the day that you eat thereof I will bring death upon you.” Sin itself brought death (Eze. 33:11; Rom. 5:12; 6:23; James 1:13-15)

  1. “I already know you will disobey me and eat from this tree. As a matter of fact, I predestined it.” Adam’s disobedience was NOT God’s doing (Gen. 6:5-7; Eccl. 7:29; Jer. 7:31; 19:5; 32:35)

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


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Romans 9 Does Not teach that God’s Will is Irresistible



Calvinist Proof-Texts Answered

“Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?” (Romans 9:19)

Romans 9 Does Not teach that God’s Will is Irresistible

“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.” (Acts 7:51)

“But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.” (Luke 7:30; New King James Version)

Commentary: Romans 9:19 was not Paul’s statement. He was repeating a question by his objectors felt that they were entitled to God’s favor. Paul went on to explain that reception of God's favor comes by faith (Rom. 9:30-31; 11:23). Proof that Rom. 9:19 is not teaching an irresistible will of God is found in 10:21: “In the meantime, he keeps on reaching out his hands to the Jews, but they keep arguing and refusing to come” (The Living Bible).

There are so many places in Scripture revealing how man has resisted God's will that it would require a book to quote and expound upon them (see Psalm 81:10-12; Prov. 1:24, 25,30; Isa. 28:12; 30:15; 65:2, 12; 66:4; Jer. 5:3; 7:13, 25, 26; 11:7-10; 13:10; 25:4; 26:4-5; 29:19; 32:33; 35:14-15; 44:4-5; Hos. 11:3-5; Zech. 7:11; Matt. 23:37; Luke 13:34; John 5:40). Scripture does not contradict itself. Therefore, God's will can be resisted.


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

"If it be thy will" by Louise McGraw


"Perhaps we have been saying, “If it be thy will” long enough. If we are honest, it may be necessary for us to admit that our continual use of the phrase was not submission at all but merely a matter of spiritual laziness."
McGraw, Louise Harrison Does God Answer Prayer? (Grand rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing, 1941), p. 99

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Jesus is the PROPITIATION for Our Sins


Yesterday while preparing for next Thursday's Bible study at our church on "Why Christ Died" I was looking through a Bible dictionary to get a better understanding of the word "propitiation" since 1 John 2:2 was one of the passages in our study.

I was so impressed by Easton's explanation of it and how well it fits with our "Character of God" message that I decided to share it this morning. Some ideas about the redemptive work of Christ present an angry Father who has a great itch to bring His wrath upon sinners. Further in this unbiblical idea the Son has to step between us and the angry Father to stop Him from destroying us by taking it all on Himself. Even worse, in some theologies such as Calvinism, the whole shebang (fall of man, sin, the Father's anger, the death of Christ, etc.) was all predestined.

In the BIBLICAL understanding of this, God the Father is just as much in love with humanity as Jesus. But humanity was steeped in sin, separate from God, and under Satan's control. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit longed for reconciliation so a pact was made for Jesus to sacrifice His life so that, through His death, men had a means by which he can be free from Satan's bondage and be reconciled to this God who loves them dearly. The propitiation provides a way for God to do this without Satan being able to accuse God of abusing His power to bring it about.

This is the meaning of Christ's propitiation - a loving God who is willing sacrifice all that is precious in order to have relationship with His Creatures.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

James 3 and the Character of God



“14 But to cherish self-centered, arrogant, mean-spirited, jealous motives in the heart misrepresents God and defames the truth. 15 Such principles do not originate in God, nor do they come from heaven, but are profane and destructive, and originate in Satan. 16 For selfishness, envy, and all violations of God's law of love break his design for life and cause chaos, disease, suffering, and everything evil.” (James 3:14-16)
The Remedy: A New Testament Expanded Paraphrase by Dr. Timothy R. Jennings, p. 335


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Friday, May 4, 2018

God Does Not Supernaturally Harden People


Calvinist Proof-Texts Answered

“Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.” (Romans 9:18)

God Does Not Supernaturally Harden People

“....thus some he pursues with his favours, and abandons others to their obduracy, according as he thinks fit.” (Rom. 9:18; Daniel Mace New Testament)

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” (Rom. 1:28)


Commentary: “In the history of Pharaoh, we are told that he hardened his own heart, and that God hardened it. There is no contradiction in these statements. Pharaoh hardened his heart wilfully; and God permitted him, or, after having duly admonished him, and given him every motive to repent and obey, left him to himself to harden his heart. And we all know that, in the language of Scripture, Jehovah is often said to do what he commands, allows, or permits to be done. If we duly examine the inspired record, we shall find, that all which the Almighty actually did was calculated to soften the heart of the proud monarch, and bring him to repentance. When it is said of the Eternal, “He hath mercy on whom he will, and whom he will he hardeneth,” we should remember that his will is holy, just, and good; that it cannot act capriciously, nor will anything which is unwise, unjust, or unholy.” - John Harris, The Christian's Daily Treasury (The London Printing and Publishing Company, 1873), p. 588

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