“You’re mean spirited and critical”…Yes…but truth is truth.

27 04 2008

This is a video wherein Paul Washer explains why he preaches as he does.

Because truth is truth.





New: The Arminian Understanding of Acts 13:48 Refuted.

26 04 2008

When it comes to the idea that God has a finite number of people that He’s chosen for eternal life, all kinds of roadblocks get thrown up.

One kind of roadblock is the “well that’s ONE WAY to read this passage, but it could have just as easily been read like this…”

Is that true? I think that’s nonsense. Yes, some passages are harder to unpack than others, and I’m not perfect by any means, but it’s just plain lazy to say that because we see a passage a different way that it can’t be known.

Well, this happened to me just this week; a dear brother in Christ and I were discussing Acts 13:48 and he made that exact statement!

Is he unintelligent? No! In fact he’s much much more “bible-literate” than I am…but the question is: how much did he study the passage or did he just “assume it’s meaning”?

So I took my Saturday morning and did a pretty thorough study on this passage.

Here is what I came up with.





Audio: The False Peace of Truth-Compromised (from Old Truth)

26 04 2008

This post popped up on Old Truth today and I thought it was timely considering the posts and comments from the last few weeks.

I’ve also been emailing a dear brother in Christ on the Doctrines of Grace…and everything was just peachy until I exegeted 2nd Peter 3:9 and challenged him to let me know if I was somehow in error specifically…

His answer was to restate his belief that God is too loving to send people to hell and wants all men to be saved.

I pointed out the context and all that pertained specifically to 2nd Peter and mentioned that “all” frequently doesn’t mean “everyone on the planet who ever lived or who will ever live without distinction” and gave several examples such as:

… “the whole world has gone after him”

And

“then went all Judea, and were baptized of him in Jordan.

and

“Ye are of God,little children”, and the whole world lieth in the wicked one”.

Of course these statements are to be taken in context…not one of them means that everybody on the planet “went after him” or that everybody on the planet was baptized in the Jordan, or that saved people “lie in the wicked one”….

The word “all” is used all of the time, like that…wait…I just did it! Did you see that? I used the word “all” in a “non-universal” application…here it meant “frequently.”

So I challenged him again with Mark 4:12, John 6, and Romans 9; specifically showing the passages that are pertinent to the discussion at hand that clearly teach God’s electing of individuals to salvation…

And what do you think happened?

Yep….he restated his belief that God is too good to do that and that we can’t “come to an agreement” on this.

I realize that we all have errors in our theology, I know that, I’ve been corrected more times than Carters got pills!

But to not even look honestly at the text itself, and to disregard the context, is just plain, bowing to traditions.

The False Peace of Truth-Compromised

There is an attitude pervasively present in evangelical Christianity today that says “We’re sick and tired of doctrinal debates and disputes that divide people and create disharmony, dissidence, hard feelings, split churches and all that. Why should we have denominations? Why do we have these differences? Those things aren’t important. All that matters is ‘Do you love Jesus?’” When that attitude prevails, you can kiss the church of Christ goodbye, because the desire for peace, which is a good desire, a godly desire, and the New Testament and the Old Testament frequently enjoin us to seek peace, to pursue peace, to live at peace, and wherever it’s possible – to not be argumentative, contentious, divisive. But when we win peace by negotiating truth, where truth is slain in the streets, what we have is what the Bible calls false peace, a carnal peace, a peace that has no substance.

Those are the words of RC Sproul, he goes on in this short audio clip to say:

Let me ask you this question: If Frank and Bob differ on a point of theology, is that okay? Yes, we have to be long-suffering, patient, have the love that covers a multitude of sins, and so on.

Is it okay ultimately?

What’s behind that difference on doctrine?

Let me say something that may sound outrageous to you.

Errors in doctrine are sinful. It is a sin to be wrong about theology. Its a sin to hold a wrong view. It’s an even greater sin to teach a wrong view!

Does that sound surprising to you?

Why do Christians differ as to what proper doctrine is?

Because the Word of God is so obscure, so muddled, so mysterious, that no virtuous person can ever really sort it out? Or is it because when we come to the Biblical text, we come slothfully rather than diligently, we come with our prejudices, we come with our biases?

Is there anybody [reading this] who since you got out of your bed this morning has loved the Lord your God with your whole mind?

Is there anybody in this room who has for one day given a perfect living sacrifice of your mind to the pursuit of God?

If you raised your hand and say you have, you’ve just betrayed the fact that you don’t understand the first principles of the perfect pursuit of the knowledge of God.

None of us have done this. Our errors, our distortions of the Word of God are sinful because they violate God’s truth and His character! We distort the reality of who God is by our errors and inaccuracies.

Here is the audio:

sproultellingthetruth





A New “Calvinism Killer” laid to rest…

24 04 2008

I’d just like to highlight a new page in the Resources area of my blog.

I’ve been posting some of the supposed “Calvinism Killers” in the last few days such as: 2nd Timothy 2:4, 2nd Peter 3:9, 1st John 2:2, and now I’ve added Titus 2:11 which says:

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people.”

If your heart skipped a beat and you punched your fist in the air and said “Yes! those nasty Calvinist’s are wrong and here’s proof!” when you saw that, then go to the link below and read Phil Gon’s very careful exegesis of this passage.

Frequently when I challenge Arminians in the comments area of this site to “exegete” a passage for me, this is what I’m referring to; this is what I’m asking them to do, so this will serve two purposes;

1) It shows that the “obvious”reading by those in the Arminian camp is not warranted by the context.

2.) It will give anyone out there who disagrees with the Doctrines of Grace, a model of how to go about exegeting a passage thoroughly rather than the usual “I’m restating my opinion again! Why isn’t that good enough for you?” type of argumentation that I’ve run across here (and other places in the blog-o-sphere for that matter).

https://goshareyourfaith.wordpress.com/resources/reformed-doctrine/the-arminian-understanding-of-titus-211-refuted/





New Page Alert: Resources>Reformed Doctrine

24 04 2008

Just to update you; I’ve posted a “Reformed Doctrine” page for reference. It’s found at the top of this site on the page markers. It’s under the “Resources” tab.

It’s got refutations of some of the big “Calvinism Killer” verses, and other reference material. I’ll keep adding to it so that we don’t have to keep reinventing the wheel everytime there is an Arminian commenter that has the same FAQ’s.

Here is the direct link:

https://goshareyourfaith.wordpress.com/resources/reformed-doctrine/

 

 





“Most all men will proclaim their own goodness”

22 04 2008

The bible said it, 2000 years ago.

Here is a video from Ray Comfort’s site showing a woman who admits to some amazing things..and then says that she’s a good person!





Time for a repost: Context is the Key to Bible interpretation.

21 04 2008

With all of the talk about election, predestination here on my blog, and the negative comments that I get from those who don’t even bother to take the time to read the verses they site in context, I thought that this would be a good refresher post…

From Lane Chaplin’s page on Youtube: