Archive for October, 2020

What Is The One Thing That Will Cause The Most Christians To Lose Their Salvation?

October 29, 2020

Almost all denominational preachers and even many Christians try to bind one or more laws from the Old Testament that are not taught in the New Testament. Interestingly, most everybody seems to justify different rules from the Old Testament, as there is usually no real rhyme or reason for which few rules are picked out from the Old Testament by any particular individual. Deep down, it is usually which parts of the Old Testament they like, or agree with, or think wise to be brought into New Testament law (just like the Seventh-Day Adventists and their binding today of the OT unclean meat restrictions).

But the very point of Heb 7:12 (“For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law”) is made from the perspective that if part of the old law (the priesthood) has changed, then the whole thing has. And Gal 5:3 (“For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law”) also teaches this “all or nothing” principle when it says if we are binding even one law from the Old Testament, then to be consistent we would have to bind the whole thing.

Gal 5:4 shows that if we do that (bind even one Old Testament law), then we lose our salvation. And this is the one thing I think will get the most Christians. Unfortunately binding a few Old Testament “principles” (what an Old Testament law is usually called if one wants to bind it today) is so prevalent among gospel preachers, it is widely accepted in the brotherhood.

Does Heb 7:12 and etc. mean we shouldn’t ever study the OT? No, since the NT constantly refers to / quotes the OT, we study the OT (Rom 15:4), not because it is our law for today, but because it will help us understand the NT which is our law for today. And make no mistake about it, the NT (the law of Christ – Gal 6:2) is our law for today – exclusively.

Those That Believe Receive The Holy Ghost

October 22, 2020

John 7:38-39 reads “He that believeth on me, as the scriptures hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”

We see then the Personal Indwelling of the Holy Ghost is a conditional gift:

John 7:39 if believe, get Holy Ghost

Acts 2:38 if repent and be baptized, get Holy Ghost

Acts 5:32 if obey, get Holy Ghost

Notice in John 7:38-39 the Holy Ghost himself is what is given; He is the gift. It is not a gift or power from the Holy Ghost. This confirms that in Acts 2:38, the “gift of the Holy Ghost” is the Holy Ghost himself (in person).

Who gets the Holy Ghost according to John 7:39?: Twice it says those that believe on Jesus get the HG, that is, ALL those who become Christians – then and now, not just a select few back then. So the gift couldn’t be referring to the miraculous – since that was only given to a select few back then (I Cor 12:29-30, 13:8-13).

Since Jesus Was God, Does That Mean He Couldn’t Have Sinned?

October 15, 2020

This argument overlooks the dual nature of Jesus. Yes, Jesus was God, but He was also man (fully), and being a man opened up Jesus to doing many things that God (in spirit form only) cannot or does not do.

To quickly show the fallacy of the opposing argumentation, notice James 1:13 says “God cannot be tempted with evil,” while Hebrews 4:15 clearly says Jesus “was … tempted like as we are.” How can both verses be true if Jesus is God? The answer lies in the dual nature of Jesus. The divine, preexisting part of Jesus could not have been tempted / sinned, but the human part of Jesus was tempted and susceptible to sin.

Jesus is such a good example for us (I Pet 2:21-22). He could have sinned, but he didn’t (Matt 4:1-11).

Is I Cor 6:9 Only Condemning The Abuse Of Homosexuality?

October 8, 2020

Since I Corinthians 6:9 in the KJV reads “abusers of themselves with mankind,” gay church preachers reason that only the abuse of homosexuality is wrong; but that so called legitimate homosexual relations are proper and right.

By this logic, someone could reason that Lev 18:23 (“Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith “) only condemns a “defiling” bestiality, but that “legitimate” bestiality relations (sex with an animal) are proper and right.

No, just like Lev 18:23 is saying whenever a man lies with a beast he defiles himself:

• I Tim 1:10 (“defile themselves with mankind”) is saying that whenever a man lies with another man (sexually) he defiles himself with mankind

• I Cor 6:9 is saying that whenever a man lies with another man he abuses himself with mankind

Actually both phrases, “abusers of themselves with mankind” in I Cor 6:9 and “defile themselves with mankind” in I Tim 1:10, come from one Greek word (arsenokoites) defined as:

· one who lies with a male as with a female, a sodomite (Thayer)

· a male homosexual, pederast, sodomite (Arndt and Gingrich)

Conclusion: The Bible condemns homosexuality – of every shape and form.

How Did God Open Lydia’s Heart In Acts 16:14?

October 1, 2020

How Did God Open Lydia’s Heart in Acts 16:14?  The question can really be restated – Does God Miraculously Force people to convert, or does He use Means/Agency to influence them to convert? Notice:

· God gives us our daily bread (Matt 6:11), but is that done via a manna miracle or thru means (our jobs)?

· I Kings 11:4 says Solomon’s wives “turned away his heart.” Did Solomon’s wives turn his heart that by miraculous force, or was it through influence – still leaving Solomon with a choice?

· II Kings 13:2 says Jeroboam “made Israel to sin.” Did Jeroboam force them to sin, or did he lead them to sin by placing idols in Bethel and Dan – I Kings 12:28ff? Baasha did the same thing – I Kings 16:2.

· II Kings 23:29 says Josiah was slain by the king of Egypt, but II Chron 35:23 says archers killed Josiah. Which was it? The answer is the king killed Josiah through “agents” (his soldiers).

· John 4:1-2 Jesus baptized, but he did it through agents – his disciples.

· John 6:44-45 the Father draws sinners to Jesus, not thru miraculous force, but thru the teaching and learning of His word

· Nehemiah 8:1 God commanded Israel … through an agent (by Moses – verse 14)

· Matt 8:5 the centurion made a request of Jesus, but it was made thru agents, i.e. the elders of the Jews – Luke 7:3

· Acts 26:18 God sent Paul to preach to people to “open their eyes.” But Paul obviously didn’t do that thru miraculous force. Likewise God opens / enlightens hearts/minds/eyes thru the divine persuasion (Acts 28:23, II Cor 5:11) of his word (Psalms 19:8b), not thru miraculous force. The preaching of God’s word pricks/opens hearts Acts 2:37.

· I Cor 4:15 Paul had “begotten” the Corinthians thru the gospel – thru means, right?

The same is true for the opposite: God hardened Pharaoh’s heart (Exod 7:13, 9:12, 10:1), but Pharaoh hardened his own heart also (Exod 8:32, 8:15, 9:34). So obviously God didn’t harden Pharaoh’s heart thru force, but through circumstances. The choice was still Pharaoh’s. The same is true for us. God hardens hearts and blinds eyes (John 12:40), but also people harden their own hearts (Prov 28:14) and close their own eyes (Matt 13:15). There is no contradiction. It is done thru means, not force.

A young man “opens” a young lady’s heart, but he does it thru actions of love, persuasion, conduct, careful attention, etc., not through force. He doesn’t take away her free will, but nonetheless he does open her heart. Similarly, the gospel opened Lydia’s heart to obey God – not by force, but by inspired persuasion.

And that is how God opens all hearts – not by force but through the means of divine persuasion (I Pet 1:23, Rom 1:16, Rom 10:17, II Cor 5:10-11, John 6:44-45, Eph 6:17b, II Thess 2:14.).  God’s goodness leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4); He does not force us.