Archive for July, 2018

Katakalupto Covering Is Glory To Man While Long Hair Covering Is Glory To Woman

July 27, 2018

According to I Corinthians 11:2-16, the wearing of the “katakalupto” (the Greek word) covering by the woman is tied to the glory of man, and is worn to honor and show subjection to him:

verse 7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as … the woman is the glory of the man

verse 5 … every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head (man) …

While the “peribolaion” (long hair) covering is worn for the woman’s glory:

verse 15 … if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her …

Just another indication two different coverings are being referred to and required by the passage.

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What Are The “Not By Works” Passages Saying?

July 18, 2018

The “not by works” passages (like Eph 2:8-9, II Tim 1:9, and Tit 3:5) teach that works are not the earning basis (Rom 4:4) for our salvation (Jesus’ death is what earns it). But they do not teach we don’t have to meet God’s (non-earning) conditions in order to be saved. That would contradict James 2:24 (“Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only”), and would rule out faith being necessary since John 6:28-29 says faith is a work (“This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent”).

Illustrations of non-earning conditions …

“I’ll give you a new Cadillac. All you have to do is pick up the keys.” The giver earned the Cadillac. All the receiver had to do was meet a condition in order to receive it.

A will that metes out the inheritance upon certain conditions required of the heir (like if she finishes college, or remains single until age 21). Who actually earned the money though?: obviously the one who died, not the heir.

In II Kings 5:9-14 Elisha said to Naaman – “Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.” God is the one who cleansed Naaman, but Naaman had to meet God’s conditions for doing such.

Joshua 6:2 reads “I have given unto thine hand Jericho.” Did they earn the taking of the city by walking around the city for seven days? Did the sound waves crumble the walls naturally? No, they would have had to use battering rams and sledge hammers to knock those walls down themselves. Instead the falling of the walls was a miraculous gift from God. But the Israelites had to meet God’s conditions. The walls “by faith .. fell down, after they were compassed about seven days” (Heb 11:30).

In Num 21:5-9 the Israelites had to look upon a brass serpent on a pole to be healed of their snake bites. Is looking what actually healed them, or was looking just a stipulated condition of God healing them?

Conclusion: Eph 2:8-9, II Tim 1:9, and Tit 3:5 are not saying we don’t have to do anything to be saved. That would contradict passages like Heb 5:9, Matt 7:21, and etc. that say we do. Instead they are saying we don’t earn our salvation by what we do, not even by meeting God’s conditions. The earning basis for our salvation is the blood of Christ. God is the one who saves us. But we do have to trust and obey God in order to receive the salvation provided for by the blood of Christ (Rev 22:14). We might say meeting God’s conditions provide “access into … grace” (Rom 5:2).

Isaiah 53:6,5 Teach Jesus’ Substitutionary Death – Reject These Verses At Your Own Peril

July 11, 2018

Maurice Barnett said “It is said that Jesus took every sin of mankind into Himself on the cross … I deny that any … scripture says such a thing but to the contrary the scriptures deny it.” (Gospel Truths, July 2010). Gene Frost said “To the Calvinist that means … they were put on Him … Where is the passage that says that God put the sins of the world on Jesus?” (March 2000 sermon, Louisville, KY). How about Isaiah 53:6c?: the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Jesse Jenkins said “Jesus took our sins upon Himself … It is plain Calvinism.” (Feb 21, 2014 email).  Our brethren calling Isaiah 53:6c Calvinism should bother us. In effect it is saying Calvinists hold the scriptural ground, and we must try to get around it.

Look at one of the phrases in Isaiah 53:5 – “the chastisement of our peace was upon him.” Think about what that is saying. Chastisement means “punishment.” God the Father placed our chastisement (punishment) upon Christ so we could have (spiritual) peace with God. In other words, Jesus took the punishment for our sins so we wouldn’t have to.

Our sins on Jesus instead of on us – that’s substitution.  Elaborating, our punishment on Jesus instead of on us – that’s substitution.  Doesn’t that settle this issue?

Is The Best Preacher The One Who Doesn’t Make Anybody Mad?

July 5, 2018

The other day I heard a mature Christian indicate the best gospel preachers were the ones who preached without making anybody mad. Nothing could be further from the truth. Notice who sometimes made their audience mad enough to stone them by preaching and standing for the truth …

· Old Testament Prophets Luke 13:34

· Jesus John 8:59, 10:31, 11:8

· Stephen Acts 7:58

· Barnabas Acts 14:5

· Paul Acts 14:19

· John the Baptist lost his head Mark 6:16-18

I guess the above were not very good preachers because they sometimes made their audience mad?  I guess Jesus was not a very good preacher because his teaching in Matt 15:3-12 “offended” the Pharisees?  Just the opposite – Jesus’ preaching is so good because it is always directed to what the audience in front of him needs, instead of what somebody who is not there needs.

It is easy to preach to not make anybody mad. Just be careful to avoid saying anything your audience disagrees with, i.e., avoid stepping on your audience’s toes. I’ve heard a few gospel preachers teach many times without once saying anything their audience would disagree with – they simply preached every time to the choir (https://bibledebates.wordpress.com/2016/03/18/preaching-to-the-choir/ ), and at people who were not there; they pandered to their audience (https://bibledebates.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/pandering-to-our-audience/ ).

The outstanding gospel preacher is defined by passages like Acts 20:26-27 and Ezek 3:17-21 – they declare the whole counsel of God (practicing kind and tough love) so both their listeners and themselves will be saved. When somebody does not believe or practice the truth on a particular subject, are we doing them a favor by always preaching on what they already agree with, avoiding the very thing they need? This method of preaching is perfectly described by II Tim 4:3 – “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.”

We should always be kind and gentle in our teaching (Col 4:6), but when we preach the “truth in love” (Eph 4:15), sometimes someone is going to get perturbed with us (Matt 13:57, John 6:60-66). If not, something is wrong with our preaching (Luke 6:26, Isaiah 30:10, I Kings 22:8).  If we preach the truth that our audiences need, we will make enemies (Gal 4:16).