Archive for August, 2010

Does John 6:44 Teach “Total Depravity” ?

August 28, 2010

John 6:44 reads No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

But notice that verses 45 and 47 tell HOW God draws a sinner:

It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me … Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

So this passage does not teach that a sinner cannot act. To the contrary, it actually teaches just the opposite, that a sinner must be taught (hear) the gospel, learn it, and believe it!

Yes, God does draw sinners, through His word! → Romans 10:17:

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

We are called by the gospel. – II Thessalonians 2:14

When Is Jesus’ Reign Over His Kingdom ?

August 20, 2010

The premillinial position understands Jesus’ 1000 year reign (Revelation 20:4) to begin in the future relative to now. But the Bible teaches contrary to that in many places. Instead, Jesus is reigning right now.

The book of Revelation itself makes this clear in chapter 19 verse 6 where it reads “Alleluia: for the Lord God ominipotent reigneth.” Acts 2:30-31 tells us that Jesus’ reign began at his resurrection from the dead as it reads “he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ.” In his time, John the Baptist had said the kingdom was “at hand” (Matthew 3:2). According to Vines’ Bible dictionary, “at hand” means “near with reference to time.” That doesn’t fit if Jesus still hasn’t yet started his reign some 2000 years later, does it? I Corinthians 15:24-28 teaches Jesus will reign until the end of the world (his second coming – II Peter 3:4,10); then he will hand back all authority over to the Father. So Jesus must still be reigning now; and he will not be reigning in this sense after his second coming. Passages like Revelation 17:14 (Jesus is presently "King of kings") prove Jesus is a King (over his kingdom) now, not way off in the future sometime. In Mark 9:1 Jesus had said “there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come.” So unless there are some 2000 year old people walking around on the earth today, Jesus’ kingdom has already come. We should have known the reign of Christ referenced in Revelation 20 was to start back in Bible times, because the very first verse of the book Revelation let’s us know that the things predicted “must shortly come to pass.” Indeed we learn from Colossians 1:13 that Christians were being “translated” into the “kingdom of his dear Son” way back when that book was written. So Jesus’ kingdom existed even then.

To be sure, we are in the midst of the reign of Christ over his kingdom now, and faithful Christians are his subjects. It is only left to ask, are you one of his kingdom’s faithful citizens?

Luke 19:10 Proves FALSE The Calvinist Position That Jesus Only Died For The Elect/Saved

August 13, 2010

Luke 19:10 reads "…the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost"

This verse teaches Jesus came to seek and to save (die for) whoever was lost. The Calvinist would agree that the “lost” would include everybody. So Jesus died for everybody, unlimited!

Notice this same argument in syllogistic form:

1. All people (elect and non-elect) are lost.

2. Christ came to save (die for) those that were lost.

3. Therefore, Christ died for the elect and non-elect.

Conclusion: Since Christ died for the lost, and since non-elect are lost, therefore Christ died for the non-elect.

Therefore Luke 19:10 proves false the Calvinistic theory that Jesus only died for the elect/saved.

Frequency Of Lord’s Supper

August 8, 2010

Acts 20:7 reads "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them …"

The church I worship with does this very same thing; we come together on the first day of the week to break bread, that is, eat the Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 10:16), and have preaching. Does the church you worship with do this?

We must follow the Acts 20:7 example:

Philippians 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and … God … shall be with you.

I Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

Philippians 3:17 be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample

II Thessalonians 3:9 to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us

I Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Hebrews 6:12 That ye be … followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Not only should the Lord’s Supper be eaten on the first day of the week, it should be eaten on every first day of the week – it should be a regular observance.

To show we must eat the Lord’s Supper EVERY First Day of the week, consider Exodus 20:8: "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." It does not say, "remember every sabbath day," it just says, "remember the sabbath day.” How did the Israelites know they were supposed to keep every 7th day holy? Because every week has a 7th day in it. Likewise, we know that we must eat the Lord’s Supper every first day of the week, because every week has a first day in it.