Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The God of the Blank Check (Part 3)





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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Romans 9: Rejecting Calvinistic Predestination (Part 5)


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Monday, July 20, 2020

Robert Young - Hints and Helps - Exodus 15:26

Continuing to edit the revised version of my book, "Does God Send Sickness" but it is hard to hold back from sharing some of my discoveries. Most faith people are aware of Robert Young's "Hints and Helps to Bible Interpretation." While we were told that Young lists Exodus 15:26 among the passages that should be understood in a permissive sense, we must admit that he doesn't. However, in 1830, the contributors of the "Treasury of Scripture Knowledge" (R. A. Torrey, editor) did. AWESOME!!!!

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Friday, July 17, 2020

WHAT is Written


“And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written….” (Matthew 4:8a)

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

"Does God Send Sickness" - Revised Edition *Coming Soon*


“God is all for man’s healing and deliverance. He is heartbroken over being constantly blamed for things that His Word reveals are the results of evil spirits. God is not evil nor does He partner with Satan and evil spirits. He does not utilize evil spirits and wants no credit for their work upon man. On the contrary, He wants men and women free from them.”
Does God Send Sickness? Vindicating God’s Character Concerning Sickness and Disease, p. 61

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Is God a Killer?

Is God really a KILLER? What about all of those killings in the Bible that are attributed to Him?

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Principles for Victory over the World (Part 1)




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Evil is no longer a "Mystery"



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Monday, July 6, 2020

Does God Predestine Everything? (Part 2)

Calvinist Proof-Texts Answered

“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Romans 8:30)

Does God Predestine Everything? (Part 2)

“Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof.” (Proverbs 1:24-25)

“And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the Lord, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not.” (Jeremiah 7:13)

See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven.” (Hebrews 12:25)


Commentary: Calvinists put forth a false teaching called an “effectual call” whereby the elected one receives an irresistible grace that regenerates him apart from his willing cooperation. However, as Scripture has plainly shown us, the “call” of God is not an irresistible call but can certainly be resisted. As one theologian wrote, “The Word of God seems to know nothing about it. It speaks, indeed, of Regeneration, but that is clearly nothing like the Effectual Call” (“The Two Regenrations” in The Church Review, Volume 14, p. 538).



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Friday, July 3, 2020

Romans 9: Rejecting Calvinistic Predestination (Part 2)


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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

God Commanded the Killing of Women and Children



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God, Satan, and this World's System


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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Romans 9: Rejecting Calvinistic Predestination (Part 1)


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Monday, June 22, 2020

Does God Predestine Everything 1 (Meme)

Calvinist Proof-Texts Answered

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29)

Does God Predestine Everything? (Part 1)

“For those on whom He set His heart beforehand He marked off as His own to be made like His Son, that He might be the eldest of many brothers” (Rom. 8:29; Williams New Testament)

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom. 12:2)

“But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” (Romans 13:14)


Commentary: Being predestinated to be “conformed to” or “made like Christ” is not something that happens apart from our will. God “marked us out” for this purpose but we must cooperate with Him in the procedure of making it happen. It is the choice of every “marked out” child of God to be “conformed” to the world or to be “transformed” by renewing our minds through God’s Word. Being “marked out” or “predestinated” does not negate free-will. Therefore, Calvinists have twisted the word from its true meaning in order for it to fit a false narrative.


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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Does God Predestine Everything (Part 3)


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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Does God Predestine Everything (Part 2)

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Does God Predestine Everything? (Part 1)


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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Eight "Ds" for Destroying the Devil (Part 3)


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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Eight "Ds" for Destroying the Devil (Part 2)


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Friday, June 5, 2020

Praying with the Word by Francis Bourdillon


"Whatever we ask for, not in ambition or covetousness, but in a right and humble spirit, framing our wishes and prayers by God's holy Word, pleading His promises, and drawing near to Him by our great Mediator and Advocate, whatever we ask for thus, God will surely hear us in our prayer, and if what we ask be for our good, He will surely give it."
Francis Bourdillon Lesser Lights: or, Some of the Minor Characters of Scripture, Volume 1, p. 77

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Eight "Ds" for Destroying the Devil (Part 1)


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Monday, May 25, 2020

"I Kill" - Paraphrase of Deut. 32:39 (with Notes)


Deuteronomy 32:39
 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me; the devil is not equal to me1: I permit the enemy to2 kill when you remove yourself from my protection3, and I make alive because I am life4; I permit you to suffer a5 wound when I no longer protect you6, and I heal because I am the Lord your healer7: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand; change the course of events without my intervention8.
(A paraphrase by Pastor Troy J. Edwards)

Notes
1. Satan is a fallen angel. He is not equal to God in power or authority – Isa. 14:12; Luke 10:17-20; Job 1:11-12; 2:5-6
2. “…. in the Jewish idiom, God is said to do what he permits to be done.” – Richard Wright, The Free Grace of God Defended, p. 217
3. The loss of God’s protection is the meaning of “I kill” - Deut. 32:20, 30, 36-39, see also 31:16-18; Hos. 9:12
4. Deut. 30:15, 19, 20; John 10:10
5. God is said to smite & wound when He no longer protects & gives people over to their enemies - 1 Kings 14:15-16; Ps. 81:10-14; Judges 2:14; Jer. 20:5; 34:20, 21; 44:30
6. Psa. 91; Deut. 31:16-18
7. Ex. 15:26; Psalm 147:3; Jer. 30:17

8. Compare Deut. 2:14-15 with Num. 14:9; See also Num. 14:40-45; Joshua 22:31; Psalm 127:1; 2 Kings 20:6; 2 Chron. 36:15-17

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Deliverance from Destruction thru God's Word (Part 2)


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Disease Consciousness by William Portsmouth

This insight from an old book is definitely an appropriate thought for the day. We must learn to stop becoming "disease-conscious:"

"To combat disease-consciousness, and indeed disease itself, requires first a healthy attitude of mind. 'Whatsoever things are true ... of good report ... think on these things" Phil. 4:8). Before we can begin the business of becoming whole, Jesus said, we must repent, which simply means change your mind, change your way of thinking. If we are to pray for health, this attitude is indispensable."
William Portsmouth, Healing Prayer, pp. 39, 40

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Satan Hinders through Natural Disasters

“One of Satan’s ways of hindering God’s servants from disseminating the gospel is the use of destructive weather disasters.”
Does God Send Natural Disasters: Vindicating God’s character concerning Accidents and Disasters, p. 52

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The Destroyer - Demons of Disease


".... the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you." (Exodus 12:23b)

Sadly, there are some theologians who believe that the destroyer was one of God's loyal angels (or even God Himself). This is not supported by Scripture as a whole nor by historical data. As one person noted:

"According to primitive notions, 'the destroyer' would mean the demons of disease and death. It is against such evils as these that the sprinkled blood gives protection."
Piercy, William Coleman (Editor) The Illustrated Bible Dictionary (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1908), p. 761

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Does God Kill? (Video Teaching)


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Monday, May 18, 2020

"Break with God" by S. D. Gordon

“….any break with God takes one away from the protection of His presence, and so automatically exposes him to whatever conditions surround him ….This is the continual background of all the Old Testament teaching about bodily conditions.” - S. D. Gordon, The Healing Christ, p. 40

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

S. D. Gordon on “Withdrawal” as God’s Method of Judgment



S. D. Gordon on “Withdrawal” as God’s Method of Judgment

By Troy J. Edwards


Since they did not consider worth their while to acknowledge God in the way they lived, God’s judgment was to abandon them to the further consequences of their own degenerated minds and outrageous conduct. (Romans 1:28; Living Water Translation)

I love many of the classic writers and Bible teachers: A. B. Simpson, R. A. Torrey, E. W. Kenyon, Andrew Murray, Watchman Nee—just to name a few. They have left us a wonderful legacy in their writings and teachings.
However, one of my definite favorites is Samuel Dickey Gordon. His books are wonderful and worth reading, re-reading and quoting from. Since, as of late, I have been doing some study and teaching on how God’s judgment is actually executed, it was a wonderful delight to come across Gordon’s teachings on this.
As I believe from my study of Scripture, Gordon affirms that God’s judgment (from a negative standpoint) is activated, not by directly, using His divine omnipotent power, to bring upon us the “punishments we deserve. It is done by withdrawing His presence and giving us over to the consequences of our rebellion. Gordon writes:

It is of intense interest to note the principle underlying God’s action in all this. It is simply a withdrawal, a partial withdrawal. It is as though man’s unspoken prayer, the prayer of action and attitude, is being answered, partly. God has been so much blasphemed or ignored, practically left out of reckoning so far as possible. He never ignores any one or leaves him out of His unfailing, creative, sustaining care.
Now there’s a partial withdrawal. God simply does less; that is all. The persecution comes through the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit, a partial withdrawal, from the Church. The visitation of judgments comes through a partial withdrawal of the Creator's preserving, sustaining touch in the common life of men, and of the earth, and of the heavens.[1]

Gordon emphasizes a “partial withdrawal” as a means of God’s judgment. God loves men so deeply that even when He is forced by the action of men to step away, He does so in reluctantly. He also does so only in part with the hope that men will see what it is like to be without God’s presence. Gordon states this truth again some chapters later in his book in explain Jesus’ method of “killing” by the sword in His mouth in the book of Revelation:

God’s method of warfare is noteworthy. The leaders are killed by the sword that comes forth out of the mouth of Him who appears. The same One who created things by a word now acts in judgment in the same way. The immense numbers who are gathered against Jerusalem become terror-stricken; a confused tumult breaks out among both men and horses. There is an utter loss of self-confidence or morale. Discord breaks out in the ranks. They take to fighting each other. Pestilence breaks out, and a strange loss of vitality affects them.
It is worth remembering here what has been said a little bit back, that the principle of judgment is simply the partial withdrawal of the divine creator power that holds things together and keeps life and vigour in man and beast, and in all nature.[2]

Men do not realize that, apart from God’s merciful presence remaining among men in some measure, we would have no vitality at all. God told the Israelites, “…. that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days” (Deut. 30:20b).
God is life and the separation or withdrawal of God from men is what produces a lack of vigor. God told Jeremiah concerning His chosen people. “.... they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters” (Jeremiah 17:3b). It is this withdrawing of God, who is our life, as the judgment upon men who reject Him, that S. D. Gordon says, affects their vitality:

God’s method of making war or visiting judgment on the nations is outstandingly striking. There is a great tumult of discomfiture from God among the masses gathered against Jerusalem. They become terror-stricken. Their breakdown of self-confidence is complete. A strangely terrible fear seizes and holds them in a death-like grip. They take to fighting each other. There is a strange withdrawal of vitality from their bodies.[3]

Gordon further explains in other portions of his book that it is God’s withdrawal, and not His display of divine power, that brings about the evil that will occur in the end times:

There would be a falling away from the true faith in the Church. There is now a restraint upon evil in the world. At some future day that restraint would be withdrawn. Then there would forge to the front in the world a great evil leader.[4]

This restraint will be withdrawn. That is, the Holy Spirit will reverse the action of Pentecost. Then He came upon the Church. Now He withdraws from the Church. He was in individual believers before Pentecost. He will remain in individual believers after this withdrawal. That He withdraws is tremendously significant of the condition of the Church. It is a forced withdrawal. The “falling away” has become the dominant factor there. It is a heartbreaking bit of truth. His withdrawal gives evil free rein.[5]

This is consistent with Paul’s own divinely inspired revelation in 2 Thessalonians 2:

And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. (2 Thess. 2:6-17)

The Bible in Basic English renders verse 6, “….  but there is one who is keeping back the evil till he is taken out of the way.” This is when the judgment outlined in the book of Revelation will take place. Again, it does not take place by God personally afflicting mankind, but by His withdrawal from man.
God is a loving God who wants to be in fellowship with His creatures. It is we who push Him away, this bringing judgment upon ourselves. Seeing that S. D. Gordon saw this truth in Scripture over 100 years ago, we know that this teaching is neither novel nor new. Amen.



  

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[1] Gordon, Samuel Dickey Quiet Talks on the Deeper Meaning of the War and Its Relation to Our Lord’s Return (New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1919), p. 93
[2] Ibid, pp. 106, 107
[3] Ibid, p. 228
[4] Ibid, p. 249
[5] Ibid, pp. 249, 250