Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Difference Between Moses, Prophets, Apostles

Eph 2:20
“The household of God having been built on the foundation of the apostles [NT] and prophets [O.T.], Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone”

A few weeks ago I awoke at 2 A.M. with this question:
1.) What is the difference between Moses and the prophets?
2.) What is the Difference Between Moses And The Apostles, and
3.) What is the Difference Between The Prophets And The Apostles.

While I lay there meditating, the Lord showed me where to find the differences between them in the Bible.
Pastor Ron Smith
The Bible says God’s church is also…
The Pillar And Ground Of The Truth
1Tim 3:15
The Old Testament prophets and New Testament apostles are the foundation of the church and the church is the pillar that supports the superstructure. Christ is the chief cornerstone… not the Pope.

What Is The Function Of A Cornerstone?
The cornerstone lines up the foundation so the house is not crooked. This means that the Old and New Testaments must be interpreted in the light of Christ in order to be foursquare. Square means “honest.”

The Foundation Is Crucial
A house built on sand will not stand. It must go down deep or the foundation will move. We dare not be shallow.
The foundation of God’s house begins with the lawgiver, Moses.
And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, [Jesus] expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself (Luke 24:27).
People like Jesus, but they don’t like Moses. But Jesus said, “If you liked Moses, you would like Me” ((John 5:46). People who don’t like Moses, do not really like Jesus. They like their own made-up Jesus. Therefore, they have no depth, no foundation.
To get into God’s kingdom, we must enter by …
The Gates Of The New Jerusalem
Those gates have the names of the 12 tribes of Israel written on them. The very entrance to God’s church is through Old Testament Israel. The Jew first, and also the Greek (Rom 2:10).
If we want to understand God’s revelation…

We Need To Understand The Differences In The Foundation Stones
1.)         The Difference Between Moses And The Prophets,
2.)         The Difference Between Moses And The Apostles,  
3.)         The Difference Between The Prophets And The Apostles.
We can’t just build with Moses alone like the Sadducees did. Nor can we build with just the prophets and end with John the Baptist. Nor can we start all over again and reject the Old Testament.

The Difference Between Moses And The Prophets: God spoke clearly to Moses and in the riddles of dreams and visions to the prophets
 “If there is a prophet among you, I the LORD make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them, and he departed. (Num 12 ESV)

The Difference Between Moses And The Apostles was that the apostles unveiled the mystery hidden for ages while Moses veiled it.
Since we [apostles] have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. (2 Corinthians 3:12–18 ESV)
The way to find the real Jesus is to unveil Moses. The only difference between the apostles & Jesus is the veil.

The Difference Between The Prophets And The Apostles
Acts 21:3–13
On his way back to Jerusalem, Paul landed at Tire and stayed there for seven days with the disciples.
And through the Spirit they were telling Paul not to go on to Jerusalem…. “Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.” 15 And after those days we packed and went up to Jerusalem.”
God shows the prophets things to come, but they do not always know how to interpret what they see. They saw that Paul would be jailed, but did not understand that what they saw did not mean he should not go there. The apostle understood that. That is the difference between apostles and prophets.
Prophets Do Not Always Understand How To Interpret
What God’s Spirit Reveals
1 Peter 1:10-11 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 11 searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating …

Conclusion
The difference between Moses and the prophets: Riddles & clearly. The difference between Moses and the apostles: The veil. The difference between the prophets and apostles: The interpretation.

Monday, July 23, 2018

How Old Is The Earth?

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The father of biblical theology, Geerhardus Vos, says that Day #1 in Genesis did not begin until "God said" in verse 3. Before that the heavens and the earth were created, but the earth was "without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." Therefore, the stars and sun were created before the first day. Each day started with "God said." Therefore, we must make a distinction between the age of the universe and the age of God's new earth.

The darkness was caused by a thick vapor. But when God spoke, the vapor diminished enough for light to show. On day 2, enough vapor diminished to make "a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”

On day 3, God's breath diminished enough moisture to “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.”

On day 4, God said, "Let there be two great lights... and God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also." In the beginning God created (Hebrew baw-raw' ). But on the 4th day He "made" (aw-saw). The lights were already there, but now He made them be seen from earth's point of view. Therefore, God did not created the sun, moon, and stars on the 4th day. He created them in the beginning and made them to be seen on the 4th day.

When was the beginning? The beginning of what? None of your business. The secret things belong to God and only what is revealed belongs to us. The age of the universe cannot be known unless God reveals it. First and foremost, in the beginning, there must be a broken spirit and a contrite heart. And only God can create that.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A Short Summary Of Church History

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A Short Summary Of Church History
By Dr. R.D. Smith

Knowing church history can keep lone rangers from being lone rangers and from re-inventing orthodoxy on the anvil of anti-historical provincialism.  There is a theory that the paradigms of history can show where we are now, what we should do now, and that they serve as a gauge for the possibilities of the future.
The Patterns That Show Where America Is Now
After Rome was converted it began to fall because of the invasion by Barbarians.  This brought about the conversion of those same barbarian nations.  Christian America has been/is being invaded by various humanist/pagan interests today.  This will probably result in more furtherance of God’s Kingdom.  Britain was Christian in the 6th Century, but after Rome retreated it fell to pagan Anglo Saxons and became pagan again.  Then came the Irish missionaries and converted the Anglo Saxons.  Perhaps America will be re-converted by Chinese missionaries like Britain was by the Irish. Moslems have invaded Europe and there are now more mosques than churches there.  Perhaps Europe shall be re-converted by the Chinese just as England was.  Jesus promised, “I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  The little stone that destroys the nations is becoming a great growing mountain that is destined to fill the whole earth.  The Kingdom of God is the leaven that will leaven the whole lump of planet earth.
China
         An article in Asia Times by Spengler illustrates where church history is headed.[1]
Ten thousand Chinese become Christians each day, according to a stunning report by the National Catholic Reporter's veteran correspondent John Allen, and 200 million Chinese may comprise the world's largest concentration of Christians by mid-century, and the largest missionary force in history.  If you read a single news article about China this year, make sure it is this one.
I suspect that even the most enthusiastic accounts err on the downside, and that Christianity will have become a Sino-centric religion two generations from now. China may be for the 21st century what Europe was during the 8th-11th centuries, and America has been during the past 200 years: the natural ground for mass evangelization. If this occurs, the world will change beyond our capacity to recognize it. Islam might defeat the western Europeans, simply by replacing their diminishing numbers with immigrants, but it will crumble beneath the challenge from the East.
The World Christian Database offers by far the largest estimate of the number of Chinese Christians at 111 million, of whom 90% are Protestant, mostly Pentecostals. Other estimates are considerably lower, but no matter; what counts is the growth rate. This uniquely American denomination, which claims the inspiration to speak in tongues like Jesus' own disciples and to prophesy, is the world's fastest-growing religious movement. In contrast to Catholicism, which has a very long historic presence in China but whose growth has been slow, charismatic Protestantism has found its natural element in an atmosphere of official suppression. Barred from churches, Chinese began worshipping in homes, and five major "house church" movements and countless smaller ones now minister to as many as 100 million Christians. This quasi-underground movement may now exceed in adherents the 75 million members of the Chinese Communist Party; in a generation it will be the most powerful force in the country.
While the Catholic Church has worked patiently for independence from the Chinese government, which sponsors a "Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association" with government-appointed bishops, the evangelicals have no infrastructure to suppress and no hierarchy to protect. In contrast to Catholic caution, John Allen observes, "Most Pentecostals would obviously welcome being arrested less frequently, but in general they are not waiting for legal or political reform before carrying out aggressive evangelization programs."
Allen adds:
The most audacious even dream of carrying the gospel beyond the borders of China, along the old Silk Road into the Muslim world, in a campaign known as "Back to Jerusalem."  As [Time correspondent David] Aikman explains in Jesus in Beijing, some Chinese evangelicals and Pentecostals believe that the basic movement of the gospel for the last 2,000 years has been westward: from Jerusalem to Antioch, from Antioch to Europe, from Europe to America, and from America to China. Now, they believe, it's their turn to complete the loop by carrying the gospel to Muslim lands, eventually arriving in Jerusalem. Once that happens, they believe, the gospel will have been preached to the entire world.
Aikman reports that two Protestant seminaries secretly are training missionaries for deployment in Muslim countries.

World Net Daily Article:
The Earth is becoming Christian at a very fast clip. My best estimate is that there are 64 million more Christians now than a year ago. That breaks down to 175,000 a day. History has never seen such a rapid and vast shift in loyalty and identity. Muslim authorities have admitted they are rapidly losing Africa. Indonesia, Earth's largest Muslim nation, is now 25 percent Christian. In Bangladesh, a stunning 522,000 Muslims have turned to Isa (Jesus) since 1997.
Iran is also experiencing a huge underground revival among their youth. The Mullahs shout and holler while their children are becoming the underground Christians.
VOM reports there are over 500,000 born again believers in underground house-churches in Bangladesh, another of the largest Muslim nations on earth. This growth rate started with less than 50,000 believers five years ago. This is occurring in a nation where apostasy from Islam to Christianity, is punishable by death.

Scripture Promises Of Success (NKJV)
Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; and all the families of the nations shall bow before thee.
Hab 2:14  The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
Psalm 72:11  All kings shall fall down before Him: All nations shall serve Him.
Psalm 67:7 All the ends of the earth shall fear Him.
Psalm 62:2  O you who hear prayer, To You all flesh will come.
Psalm 138:4 All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O LORD, When they hear the words of Your mouth.
Dan 7:27 All dominions shall serve and obey Him.
Isaiah 65:20 A child shall die at the ripe old age of a hundred.
The Place Of War In God’s Providence
Although the disciples of Christ are forbidden to take up swords for the kingdom of God, the Lord, nevertheless, has used others in war to bring about His purposes.  “The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name” (Exodus 15:3).  God put it in the hearts of the ten kings in Revelation 17:17 to accomplish His purpose by destroying the Great Harlot.  God used the sword of Constantine to bring peace to the Church and said, “By this sign conquer.”  Charlemagne and Alfred the Great, as civil magistrates, did not “bear the sword in vain” by defending their kingdoms from pagan invaders.  They then baptized the vanquished and God used that to bring about their conversions.  This brings up the place in history for Christians governments.
The Pattern Of Christian Governments
When the king of the first Christian nation state, Armenia, was converted as the result of an apostle (i.e. missionary) healing his son, the whole nation was baptized as in a day.  Some will say, “Yes.  But what kind of Christians were they?”  Well, they were most likely just outward Christians, but is that bad?  The good thing about Christian governments setting up Christian laws is that people will be more likely to be born again first because of the freedom to preach the Gospel and secondly because the law is our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ.  It does not take a rocket scientist to see that if porn, sodomy, and evolution, for example, have free reign, it corrupts the youth and tends to harden their hearts from believing in Christ.  Alfred the Great and Charlemagne would not have allowed an education system such as America permits today.  That cannot be bad.  Look at what Holland permits and observe the results.  The only legitimate government is the rule of King Jesus in the public arena.  David served as the model.

Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him (Ps 2:10-12).

It was a government that protected Luther and made the Reformation possible.
So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.  But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth (Rev 12:15-16).

It was a government (the earth) that protected Calvin.  Scotland set up the kingdom of God that even listed the death penalty for adultery.  Is that bad?  If it was, then Moses was not inspired by God and was draconian.  The whole purpose for these models was to show how it shall be and should be now.  Only the fallen nature of man can keep that from happening.
Even though the governments of the Byzantine Empire and the Papacy were not perfect, they were still to some extent the best the world had yet seen.  Revelation is progressive.  We underestimate the Fall of man.  It takes time for truth to be revealed.  The Reformation brought great light and republican government.  But even the early Puritans in New England did not permit freedom of religion.  Today, however, that “freedom” has become libertinism.
It appears that the prophecy of Joachim Fiore (1135 –1202 A.D.) has largely come to pass since the Reformation of 1517.  He said a day was soon coming when there would be no need for hierarchy and papacy.

Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power (1 Cor 15:24 KJV).

Mysticism And Miracles
Abraham Kuyper says three things are necessary in order to change society: the hand, the head, and the mystical. Luther was the hand for action and Calvin was the head for doctrine. We see the mystical in many places such as in the Stewarton Sickness of Stewarton, Scotland around 1630.[2]
Gregory the Great (AD 600) tells his story of Benedict of Nursea (AD 520).  As a young man he went to a cave to seek God. Suddenly one day he remembered an old girl friend and was seized with a strong temptation to leave.  To overcome the temptation, he threw himself into a bramble bush and rolled around.  The temptation left and never returned. A man found out he was there and with a rope lowered bread to him daily from a cliff above the cave.  When that man died, a priest had a vision in which God told him about Benedict needing food.  The priest searched and searched until he found him and then proceeded to supply him.  As time went on, Benedict was asked to head up an established monastery, he told them he did not think they were compatible, but they insisted.  But then they got tired of his discipline and decided to poison him.  After he said the blessing the poisoned cup burst.
He left there and started the monastery at Monte Cassino and initiated the rule of St. Benedict that was followed for the duration of the medieval age.  He had the gift of prophecy and there were many miracles by his hand.
Mystics like St. Patrick, Columba, Benedict, Francis of Assisi, Joan of Arc, and Savonarola played a very important role in church history.  Savonarola prophesied many things he said would happen soon and they did.  This paradigm is largely missing today.  The pattern more prominent today is the heresy of Montanism.  The manner of submission to authority understood by these mystics is what is also missing today.  Those men and women of God would never have dreamed of making merchandise with their gifts or predicting (like the Montanists did) the soon end of the world.  The enlightenment not only did away with the idea of the miraculous among Protestants, but also the discipline of authority is missing.  Even the early Covenanters in Scotland still believed in miracles.  The son-in law of John Knox, John Welch, struck a man dead with the word of prophecy and raised another from the dead by prayer.  Seventeen of the 71 Scots Worthies mentioned in Howie’s SCOTS WORTHIES exercised the gift of prophecy (including John Knox himself).  But that was before the enlightenment.  We are too enlightened to believe those things now.
It is interesting to note the progressive invention of new doctrines during the Medieval age.  The desire of the Papacy to rule over the other churches developed after the sixth century; purgatory after Gregory the Great (AD 600); transubstantiation after AD 800.  Not only is revelation progressive, but backsliding is also.
Backsliding characterizes God’s church all the way back to Moses and before that to Jacob’s sons.  This tells us that we have this treasure in earthen vessels and only Christ qualifies as the True Israel of God.  He shall, nevertheless, build His church until the knowledge of the glory of the Lord covers the earth as the waters cover the sea.  So we must be reformed and always reforming or corruption sets in.



[2] (https://lexloiz.wordpress.com/tag/stewarton/).

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Calvinism And The Future by Kuyper

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CALVINISM
AND THE FUTURE
By Abraham Kuyper
This is from the last chapter in Abrahm Kuyper’s Stone Lectures on Calvinism. He says earlier in this chapter that in order to change a culture three things are needed by the church: hand, head, and heart. Luther was the hand (action), Calvin was the head (theology), and he calls the heart the need for the mystical aspect. The Covenanters of Scotland certainly provided that. (Read my article on “The Prophesies Of John Knox at http://ronsmithmission.blogspot.com/search?q=Knox). He said this in 1898.
On these 2 pages he shows the possibility of Rome’s help in the culture war. Rome has changed since then, and in many respects has joined with the humanism of the French Revolution. But at least many Catholics oppose abortion.
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“May more perhaps be expected from the marvelous energy displayed in the latter half of this [19th] century by Rome? Let us not too hastily dismiss this question. Though the history of the Reformation has established a fundamental antithesis between Rome and our selves, it would nevertheless be narrow-minded and short-sighted to underestimate the real power which even now is manifest in Rome's warfare against Atheism and Pantheism. Only ignorance of the exhaustive studies of Romish philosophy and of Rome's successful efforts in social life, could account for such a superficial judgment. Calvin in his day already acknowledged that, as against a spirit from the Great Deep, he considered Romish believers his allies. A so-called orthodox Protestant need only mark in his confession and catechism such doctrines of religion and morals as are not subject to controversy between Rome and ourselves, to perceive immediately that what we have in common with Rome concerns precisely those fundamentals of our Christian creed now most fiercely assaulted by the modern spirit.
Undoubtedly on the points of the ecclesiastical hierarchy, of man's nature before and after the Fall, of justification, of the mass, of the invocation of saints and angels, of the worship of images, of purgatory, and many others, we are as unflinchingly opposed to Rome as our fathers were. But does not current literature show that these are not now the points on which the struggle of the age is concentrated ? Are not the lines of battle drawn as follows : Theism over against Pantheism; sin over against imperfection ; the divine Christ of God over against Jesus the mere man ; the cross a sacrifice of reconciliation over against the cross as a symbol of martyrdom ; the Bible as given by inspiration of God over against a purely human product ; the ten commandments as ordained by God over against a mere archeological document ; the ordinances of God absolutely established over against an ever-changing law and morality spun out of man's subjective consciousness? Now, in this conflict Rome is not an antagonist, but stands on our side, inasmuch as she also recognizes and maintains the Trinity, the Deity of Christ, the Cross as an atoning sacrifice, the Scriptures as the Word of God, and the
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Ten Commandments as a divinely-imposed rule of life. Therefore, let me ask if Romish theologians take up the sword to do valiant and skilful battle against the same tendency that we ourselves mean to fight to the death, is it not the part of wisdom to accept the valuable help of their elucidation? Calvin at least was accustomed to appeal to Thomas of Aquino. And I for my part am not ashamed to confess that on many points my views have been clarified through my study of the Romish theologians.
This, however, does not in the least involve that our hope for the future may be placed in Rome's endeavor, and that we, idle ourselves, may await Rome's victory. A rapid survey of the situation will suffice to convince us of the contrary. To begin with your own continent, can South America for a moment stand a comparison with the North? Now in South and Central America the Roman Catholic Church is supreme. It has exclusive control in this territory, Protestantism not even counting as a factor. Here, then, is an immense field in which the social and political power, which Rome can bring to bear upon the regeneration of our race, can freely exert itself, a field, moreover, in which Rome is not a recent arrival, but which she has occupied for almost three centuries. The youthful development of the social organism of these countries has stood under her influence; she has remained in control also of their intellectual and spiritual life since their liberation from Spain and Portugal. Moreover, the population of these States [Latin America] is derived from such European countries as have always been under the undisputed sway of Rome. The test, therefore, is as complete and fair as possible. But in vain do we look in those American Romish States for a life which elevates, develops energy, and exerts a wholesome influence outside. Financially they are weak, comparatively unprogressive in their economic conditions ; in their political life they present the sad spectacle of endless internal strife; and. if one were inclined to form an ideal picture of the future of the world, he might almost do so by imagining the very opposite of what is the actual situation in South America. Nor can it be pleaded in excuse of Rome that this is due to exceptional circumstances, for in the first place this political backwardness is met with not only in Chili, but likewise in Peru, Brazil as well as in the Venezuelan Republic; while, crossing from the New to the Old World, we reach, in spite of ourselves, the same conclusion. In Europe, also, the credit of all Protestant states is high, that of the Southern countries which are Roman Catholic, is at a painful discount.”  - Lectures On Calvinism, by Abraham Kuyper
I hope and pray that a conservative faction in the Roman Church will arise and join us in the war against Humanism and Cultural Marxism. The current pope is no help in this battle. However, we thank God for Catholics like President Trump’s Catholic Vice President. We also welcome common evangelicals and Charismatics. But there is a price to pay. Truth must triumph over popularity. – Ron Smith churchofthekingmcallen.com

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Who Is In God's Covenant?

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Hebrew Believers Were Called Holy Brothers
Heb 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,
Heb 3:12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;
To Be Called Holy Is The Same As Being Called A Saint.
The word holy or saint means different or separate.
We see the same idea in 1 Corinthians 7 where Paul says, “the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the [believing] wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the [believing] husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy” (1 Cor 7:14).
Because of the parent’s faith, the children are saints even though they do not yet believe. They are saints because God has separated them into the covenant.
Not Everyone In God’s Covenant Is Saved
We see this in 1 Corinthians 10. 1 Corinthians 10:1–6
For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
Now these things took place as examples for us…
Paul is implying that some (or most) professing Chrisitians might not be born again yet. “Now these things took place as examples for us.” Everyone that came with Moses out of Egypt was in God’s covenant as God’s special treasure. But most of them were not true believers. Therefore, everyone that says they believe should be permitted to be baptized and take Communion just like Israel did (provided they are living a moral life).
The Hebrew Brothers Were In Danger Of Turning Back
Hebrews 10:35–36
Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. (ESV)
         They were in danger of deliberately turning back because they had not yet entered rest in Christ. That means they were not yet born again even though they were called holy.
True believers never turn back. God preserves His chosen ones to the end. Only he who endures to the end shall be saved. Those who turn back were never really of us even though…
They Had Been Enlightened
Hebrews 10:32–34
But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. (ESV)
They Were In Danger Of Fiery Judgment
Hebrews 10:39
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. (ESV)
Hebrews 10:26–27
For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. (ESV)
The Holy Brothers Were Not Yet Resting In Christ
         The rest in Christ is the new birth. The apostle uses the example of Israel deliberately refusing to conquer the land that God had promised. So God swore in His wrath, “They shall not enter My rest” (Heb 3:11).
Therefore, Let Us Fear
Heb 4:1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.
Heb 4:9  There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.
         Here again we see that the people of God, Christians, baptized church members who take communion and have been enlightened, are still not resting in Christ… still not born again.
Let’s not presume we are saved. Let us fear lest we seem to have come short of it.
“Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble” (2Peter 1:10)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Errors Of The Charismatic Movement

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    The main problem with the Charismatic Movement is its denial of God’s sovereignty. This denial is manifested in its decisionism. The idea that “I can decide to speak in tongues. I can decide to prophesy. I can decide to name and claim it. I can just say the sinners’ prayer and be saved.” Salvation requires Divine Revelation and not a magic prayer.
Another error is the doctrine that it is God’s will to heal everyone. Jesus did not choose to heal everyone. This, also, is a denial of God’s sovereignty. God is the One who decides; not man. God decides when to send revival, also.
    Another error is the presumption that “God told me so and so.” Some seem to hear from God more than Elijah did. When people say God told them something that He did not say, it is blasphemy. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. The Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes His name in vain.”
    Another error is the “copy-cat” falling prostrate. In the great Calvinist Presbyterian revivals of history people some times passed out under conviction of sin. But in the Charismatic meetings they do not fall because they are under conviction of sin. They fall because the preacher wants them to fall. They think it is a blessing. In the Presbyterian revival of Stewarton, Scotland the Presence of God was so real that they cried out, “O my sins. God have mercy. God have mercy.” And they had to be carried out. When they awoke they were converted and at peace with great calm.
    The danger for modern Calvinists is to reject the real thing because they can’t discern the difference between the real and the fake Charismatic stuff. I suggest they google “The Stewarton Sickness” and The Irish Revival of 1859.
    Another error of the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement is the idea that they can work up a revival. God has His own timetable. He usually precedes it by sending a Spirit of prayer. True prayer cannot be “ginned” up.
    Another error is the doctrine that the gift of tongues is the only sign that one is filled with the Holy Spirit.  The main problem with the said movement is that they believe in man’s ability to obey God. True Calvinism would correct its many errors that I do not mention.
    Does this mean that the gifts of the Spirit did not manifest in John Knox, John Welch, Columba, Anthony of the Desert, and many others? By no means.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Position On Carnal Israel”


 I support the so-called “Nation of Israel” not because they are carnal descendants of Abraham, but because that nation stands for Western Culture as an ally of the U.S.
The Bible says, “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor 15:50).  God never made His covenant with flesh and blood. His covenant with Abraham was based on the promise of a miracle (the birth of Isaac), nor are Jews in the flesh “all children [of the promise] because they are the [carnal] seed of Abraham; but, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called’” (Romans 9:7). Any doctrine based on the holiness of “blood and soil” is just as wrong as Hitler’s doctrine of “blood and soil.”
That is why John the Baptist said, “ Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones” (Luke 3:8). And when the Jews told Jesus, ““Abraham is our father.’ Jesus said to them, ‘If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham… You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.’” (John 8:39 & 44). Every unbeliever is a child of the devil.
The one and only true Israelite is Jesus Christ. The only ones who can call themselves Jews or Israelites are those who are baptized into Christ. In carnal words only carnal Jews can be called Jews. But in spiritual words (i.e. God’s language), only those in Christ are the real Israelites. “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God” (Romans 2:28-29).
“What advantage then has the [carnal] Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God” (Romans 3:1-2). They be respected for that reason only. “For there is no difference [between carnal Jew and gentile]; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:21-22).
The only reason there is a nation today called Israel is because the English Puritans believed that so they shall come to Christ after all the other nations are converted. Puritan Oliver Cromwell wanted to open England to the Jews after hundreds of years of banishment. “All the ends of the world Shall remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations Shall worship before You” (Psalm 22:27).

Isaiah speaks of a day when Egypt, Assyria, and Israel will all turn to the Lord. “In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria--a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance’” (Isaiah 19:23-25).