Some people consider America to be like Rome in its final days. We are seeing the collapse of our economy and the erosion of all civil liberties and what are supposed to be unalienable rights. Yet today every right that has been given to us by God Himself has been denied to the American people and repackaged only to be given back to us as rights coming from the government. With this they give us fees, to exercise rights that our forefathers exercised without any restriction or permission from the government. If we do not pay the fees and exercise our rights as still coming from God and not the state, we are fined. If we still will not give up the antiquated ideas found in the constitution we will be imprisoned and our land taken away. Continue reading
In Christianity there are diffently two faces of the gospel presented to the lost. And both of these personifications are at opposite extremes of the gospel, as if the gospel has more than one truth found in it. On one had we have those who present grace and only grace as the guarantee of eternal life. They profess that our behavior after being born again has nothing to do with our salvation. Consequently, the logic is one can live as they want and still go to heaven. Of course the champion of this is personified by Christ. On the other hand we have those who present works as a prerequisite on top of grace in order to be saved. The Law, give by Moses, is the one everyone thinks of when it comes to having to do works in order to be saved. Both of these views can find no agreement with each other, as if there is two completely different gospels found in scripture. The result is two versions of Christianity embodied in one gospel. Let’s call this embodiment what it is, let’s call it “Two Face”. Continue reading
American Christianity claims to embrace the truth of the gospel found in the written word of God. It claims to walk in the light and teachings of the scriptures and boast of a love of the scripture and the author of the scriptures. However, it is been my experience that Christians only love certain verses of scripture that support their doctrine of liking. They do not embrace the whole counsel of God as they claim.
The word of God clearly teaches that though Jesus Christ we have forgiveness of sin. This I can agree with my Christian brothers on. But scripture also teaches that being justified by the blood of Christ we must live in the newness of the life in the Spirit or we have not been transformed by the Spirit. This is where my Christian brothers and I part company.
They do not want to understand the following truths found in our scriptures. Continue reading
Being a blogger, I like to go to other Christian blogs and check out what they are saying. As in the church so is the World Wide Web. The church loves to talk about the grace of God, which is good. We all have to start with the grace of God in order to be born of the Spirit. What I find troubling is the kind of grace that the church is advocating.
The bloggers following the church say grace is grace sufficient to save everyone who calls on the name of the Lord. They actually teach that Christians can not be like Christ. That we really never do become new creations in Christ Jesus. Instead they teach, that we still living in the flesh according to the sin nature, are covered by the grace of God, and for this reason we need to have passion to please God because we can never walk perfectly before the Lord.
I have tried to get others to discus scripture that says differently but I can not get anyone to talk of those verses. They will tell me to get saved, that I am spiritually blind therefore can not understand the truths of scriptures. I get references on good books to study, get told to go study this chapter or that chapter in the Bible, yet no one of them will address the verses I put forth. Continue reading
Many people (Calvinist AKA Reform Theology) use Romans 8:29-30 as an anchor to the doctrine of Limited Atonement (Christ only died for those who will be saved) and the doctrine of Election (Only those who are selected by God will be saved). They contend that God foreknew who would be His because He in His sovereignty chose who was to be His elect and who were not. Put another way, those who are going to heaven and those who are going to hell and this based completely on God’s sovereign will and not on man’s free will.
So the doctrine goes like this. Those whom God foreknew in His sovereign election, He predestines to be conformed in the image of His Son. Not only this, those He predestined, God calls them to be saved. Naturally those He calls He will justify with the blood of Christ. Those He has chosen and justified He will glorify when He comes.
Rom 8:29-31 KJV For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (31) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Many try to grapple with this verse when they find the doctrine of limited atonement and the doctrine of Election not only offensive, but in contradiction to the rest of what they read in scripture. But yet these verses seem to say what the Calvinist say it says. Is there any other way to look at these verses under the light of other scripture so it does not contradict what so many people believe scripture teaches about free will and Christ dying for all mankind? I would like to propose a fresh look at these verses and reset the table Calvinist have laid before us. Continue reading
I do not know how much you read my blog, but I have been very desirous to converse specifically with you about things I see in scripture. I wish to address your comments in a more formal manner than just another comment upon comment that sometimes gets overlooked. Especially concerning such important fundamental truths about the hope held out to us in the gospel. I hope my addresses to your comments will stir a lot of contemplation and a study of scripture by those who observe this conversation between brothers.
I wish to say, I like your summary of where the crux of the matter is for those who put their hope in Jesus Christ. For this truly is the heart of the matter.
“So of course where we are at is that those who desire to be sheep need to take heed that they are not complacent lest they become a instead goat – or they are living as a goat whilst assuming that they are a sheep. I think this is the crux of the matter.”
Ironically this is just one way scripture points to the truth of what you are saying. In other cases it speaks of fruit and trees, again in other places it comes out and plainly speaks of believing in vain or falling from grace, etc. Sadly though one half of Christianity believes these truths are not for them, the other half is completely unaware of these truths. Leaving only a small minority who understand the truth you elaborated on and who strive to live by it. Continue reading