Thursday, August 27, 2009


If you have visited this blog before, you know I do not usually post personal details for many reasons, mostly not to bore you to tears but due to something taking place this week I want to apologize for not posting new material. This past Sunday, my dear wife who is awaiting a kidney transplant suffered complete renal failure at home. No kidney function at all. Her blood pressure shot off the chart and was accompanied by nausea and a migraine headache. We headed to the local ER where she was admitted into the hospital to get the wheels turning for her to get on dialysis. Monday, she had a port placed into her chest for hemo-dialysis and received treatment immediately after. Tuesday, she received her second round of treatment and she responded very well regaining her skin tone and color. Wednesday was not as good as she had again another surgery to place a port into her mid section for Peritoneal dialysis in order for us to do the treatments at home. She did not do as well with this surgery due to fluid build up and the starvation required in order to perform the procedure. That brings us to today which was also a rough day as the fluid continues to build up and she has no appetite. The doctors are dealing with the fluid and tells us all of this is normal. My experience with hospitals and the staff tells me that nothing is normal and therefore I have been at the hospital almost 27/7 since Sunday.
Now that I have told you this, I would appreciate it if you would pray for us according to knowledge. Our former pastor came to the hospital to pray for us by request from my wife's parents who are founding members of this Baptist church and it was silly at best. He prayed something like....Oh Lord, help Teresa and Dean get through this situation and pour out blessings on her parents for being faithful to the church. I am not kidding, it was just about exactly what was prayed. Of course the Lord is chastising us for leaving their assembly a few years back, we have heard that mentioned more than once about us being out of the Lord's will. If I'm not mistaken, the Lord's will is found in ....
  • 1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

I haven't found any passages or verses that state the Lord's will is that we attend a certain church. I do know the Lord's will can be found in......

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Before the first surgery we spoke to a nurse for a few minutes, when she had determined we were Christians she wanted to pray for us saying....we are going to pray......

  • Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

Honestly, I had to stop her saying I had the prayer covered. Little does the nurse know, that type of prayer is a covenant prayer for Israel in their kingdom situation and NOT a prayer for anyone living in the last 2000 years in the dispensation of the grace of God where we know not what we should pray for as we ought.....

  • Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

I wonder if the nurse wanting to invoke the Mathew 18:19 prayer would be willing to invoke Mathew 18:9 in dealing with a sin problem....

  • Matthew 18:9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

I wonder if her church has eye plucking services or foot lopping revivals. Silly huh? You really make a mess out of your Bible when you fail to rightly divide the word of truth according to Pauline principals. That is why we should pray according to knowledge. In every thing give thanks. We are believers, not beggars. We are thankful, not complainers. We know....

  • Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
  • 2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Glory and take pleasure in infirmities? in reproaches? in necessities? in persecutions? in distresses for Christ's sake? Take a look at any church bulletin and you will find all these listed in numerous forms for God to take them away. Doesn't sound much like taking pleasure or glorying in now does it? Instead of giving God a grocery list of wants, give him an endless list of thanks for what He has done for you. He saved your never dying soul. HE died for your sins, HE was buried, HE rose the 3RD day according to the scriptures...HE quickened you together with Him having forgiven you ALL trespasses, HE seated you in heavenly places in Christ, HE made you accepted in the beloved by HIS grace, HE blessed you with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places, HE made you complete in Christ, HE baptised you into HIS body, HE baptised you into HIS death. HE blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us .........get the idea? When you begin thanking HIM for what HE has done, whatever situation you are in does not compare to the glory which shall be revealed in us...Thanks be unto God for HIS unspeakable gift!!!!

Thank you all for praying....Grace and Peace!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Last Word

If you have followed this blog for a while or have just recently begin following, you know I am not shy when it comes to pointing out the error in the modern church machinery when it comes to doctrine. Recently I posted a series entitled "Discovery Church or Ignorant Brethren" exposing the false teaching on the subject of forgiveness and the misuse of Romans 10:9, 10 and 13 as the plan of salvation. It caught their attention, especially one individual who decided to undertake the defense of their Pastor's teachings by responding to my posts.

This individual and myself played Bible ping pong for a few days posting scriptures back and forth in the attempt to defend our beliefs. The individual responder from Discovery Church made mention more than once they did not know what my doctrine was even after claiming to have read the material contained within this site. That is disingenuous to say the least due to the fact this entire blog is about one thing which is Mid Acts Pauline dispensational right division of the King James Bible. There is no way you could read this blog and have no understanding of what my belief system entails. You can go here and read the entire dialogue between this individual and myself and see for yourself how it evolved into the LAST WORD.

Often times the last word of an individual is very telling to what a person has placed their belief in , this case is no exception and is very revealing. So what I want to do here is give you the verses given me in what I believe was an attempt to disapprove Mid Acts Pauline dispensational right division of the King James Bible.

  • 2 Timothy 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
  • 2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
  • 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Do you think the responder which gave this passage believes salvation as it is offered today can be found just anywhere in the scriptures? Would that have been the point for the individual to give this passage? Does not verse 14 declare the commendation of the Apostle Paul? Does not verse 15 declare that salvation is in Christ Jesus? The verse does not say you can go anywhere in the scriptures to find the gospel of your salvation ,but they do provide wisdom. Certainly the scriptures provide wisdom in that it makes the Gospel of the Grace of God more distinct comparing what was written aforetime with the doctrines given to Paul for us ward as we operate in this unique dispensation of the grace of God which was kept secret since the world began until it was revealed unto Paul. Verse 16 commends Paul's writings to be just as inspired as what was written aforetime and does not speak to all scripture being our doctrine. That should be so obvious if you have any Bible acumen. Do we bring turtledoves to a priest so that he can offer them upon an alter as an offering for sins? Do we keep the sabbath days? if so, why aren't we killing those that do not keep the sabbath days? Are we to be tithing? If we are to be tithing, what about when we do not tithe? are we under a curse? I thought Christ became a curse for us and nailed it to the cross. You make a mess out of your Bible when you fail to rightly divide the word of truth as Paul instructs in 2ND Timothy 2:15. Moving on to the last passage from the responder in Luke.

  • Luke 7:49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
  • Luke 7:50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

Then the responder said "Jesus tells this woman that her "faith" has saved her...and to go in peace. I do the same...I go in peace.

Was this person saying no hard feelings, I go in peace? or was this person saying "my faith has saved me"? You tell me, what is missing in this passage. I'll give you a hint, two pieces of wood and three rusty nails. The woman in the passage was working her brains out doing everything she could to demonstrate her faith in Christ as Israel's king, their messiah. No way in this world was the woman placing her faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ as total payment for her sins and his resurrection for her justification. Just 2 chapters later was the first time Jesus told His disciples anything about the crucifixion and they not only had no idea what He was talking about, but they were afraid to ask him.

  • Luke 9:44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.
  • Luke 9:45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying.

The woman in Luke 7 could not have placed her faith in the finished work of Christ before He had accomplished the work. Nobody was privy to the Gospel of Christ until it was given to Paul in the 9TH chapter of the book of Acts. The dispensation in which we reside did not begin until the 9TH chapter of the book of Acts. What we see going on is what happens when folks move away from the cross in their belief systems. You end up with a gospel without the cross, the blood, the atonement, the resurrection, without grace. It becomes an according to their faith gospel . In this present dispensation of the grace of God, salvation is merited when a soul places his or her faith in the death, the burial and the resurrection of Jesus Christ ALONE. The woman in Luke 7 was demonstrating her faith by works. We demonstrate our faith without works.

  • Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

The gospel which saves our never dying soul today as we operate in this present dispensation of the grace of God can only be found in Paul's "my gospel" which was kept secret since the world began until revealed to Paul.

  • 1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
  • 1 Corinthians 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
  • 1 Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Paul declares the gospel by which we are saved and our response should be.....

  • Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

It is so simple yet folks want to make it into a process of turning from their sins, forgiving everybody that offended you, asking Jesus into your hearts, praying a sinner's (beggars) prayer, getting water baptized, joining a church, making Jesus Lord of your life......and the list goes on and on. Works, works, works.

  • Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
  • Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Now that I have confronted the error of the responder to the original post, it is time to press on!!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Another Picker and Chooser

If you haven't figured it out yet, what the Pickers and Choosers are doing is called proof texting. Proof texting is the method of taking any old verse from anywhere in the Bible and using it to advance an agenda. The agenda may be a good thing or the right thing, but the method to implement the agenda is dishonest and requires one to wrest or spiritualize a passage in order to force performance from their audience. I have already given two examples in the previous posts, here is one more. I have actually heard this one used more than once and see if you have as well.

Bless God Hallelujah, I thank God He has called me here to lead this church as your Pastor. God expects me to watch over this flock and guide you in the right path for straight is the gate and narrow is the way and few there find it. God has spoken to my heart and given me this message to speak today about something that God has brought to my attention lately which needs dealt with. I am speaking about the way certain people in this auditorium are dressing especially you ladies. God is clear in His word which tells you ladies you should not be wearing them pants and slacks and should be wearing dresses. God tells us in Deuteronomy 22 it is an abomination to God when you ladies walk around looking like men wearing those devilish pantsuits....and so on....
  • Deuteronomy 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

What just happened? First, the preacher covered himself by saying "God spoke to his heart" and also gave him this message specifically for this assembly. How many times did you hear that one ? Second, the preacher said "God brought it to his attention". If I had a nickel for every time I heard that delivery I would be rich. Third, because the preacher doesn't like ladies wearing certain articles of clothing, namely pants, he is willing to put the people back under the weak and beggarly elements of the law in order to whip them into shape by trotting out Deuteronomy 22:5. Of course the preacher doesn't want his people walking around looking like bums or the ladies letting it all hang out but to put the smackdown on them by putting the yoke of bondage back around their necks is dishonest and demonstrates ignorance to the passage. I wonder if the same preacher or pastor which pulls Deuteronomy 22:5 out of his arsenal to force performance from his people also yields himself to the instruction just six verses away?

  • Deuteronomy 22:11 Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woolen and linen together.

That would include the elastic in his jockey shorts wouldn't it? How about that polyester tie? As far as I know, every piece of clothing today is a blend of some sort isn't it? Would not there have been a better way to encourage the folks to dress appropriately? Sure there is!

  • 1 Timothy 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
  • Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

There are a few verses to encourage folks to think about their image or clothing in a way that doesn't force performance based on the law. We are ambassadors for Christ with the word of reconciliation therefore we should look the part and not be conformed to the world. Today there is a movement in evangelical circles which encourages believers to conform to the world calling themselves relevant or cultural Christianity. The music is rock and roll to the core, the musicians dress like they would at any rock concert, the lyrics are all about "love" and if there is any scripture referenced at all, it mostly from Israel's messianic psalms.....but that is another subject.

In the dispensation of the grace of God we have the liberty to do the right thing. People will say things like "you think you can do anything since you are under grace and not the law" and they are right. We could do all the wrong things if we wanted to, we are just not the candidate for doing those wrong things now because the old man has been crucified. We have the liberty to do the right things. When you truly get that doctrine downloaded into your inner man, everything changes and the things of this present evil world have no glimmer, no attraction and no desirable attributes. When the word of God rightly divided resides in your inner man, the effectual working of the word works through you, that is what 2 Timothy 3:17 deals with in saying "throughly furnished" unto all good works.

  • 2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Proof texting is dishonest on many levels and displays the heart of the person attempting to manipulate the folks in their use. Using any old verse because it addresses a certain topic disregarding the audience to whom it was spoken is a disease in mainstream Christianity that needs marked and avoided. Mid Acts Pauline dispensational right division of the KJB is the cure to the problem. Let's press on as we continue to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery!!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

More Pickers and Choosers

Have you ever been associated with a church assembly where the crowd seemed to be declining for what ever reason or maybe the Sunday night crowd was much less than the morning attendance? Well, if you were not aware of the decline in attendance there is one person who is fully aware of the problem, that being the Pastor. So what is he to do to get the folks coming back to every service? He trots out the well used passage in the book of Hebrews chapter 10 to get his agenda accomplished to put his audience in subjection.

  • Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Bless God Hallelujah!! Don't you folks be as the manner of some is by not being faithful to your church by staying home and watching American Idol or the football game. God knows who you are (actually, the Pastor knows full well who they are) and He is withholding blessings from those who forsake the assembling. You need to be here whenever these doors are open so God can pour out those blessings beyond that which you can imagine. If God would come this very evening, would He find you being faithful to this assembly or would He find you plopped down on the couch scratching your belly watching the boob tube....and so on......

Certainly the Pastor above has the right motives, he wants you to attend the services provided by your assembly in a faithful manner. Did he go about it in a right manner? Absolutely NOT! He should have just said he would prefer you come to the services provided because he is teaching some important material that you would benefit from hearing, instead, he wrested a scripture to advance the agenda to force performance from the audience. What does that tell you about someone that plucks a verse from anywhere in the Bible to promote an agenda? Does it speak to their ignorance the context of the material? Does it speak to their dishonesty in using verses out of the context in which they are intended for edification? If the person is ignorant of the context, well,,why are they in a teaching position? If they are fully aware of the context and use the passage to force performance from their people, they are dishonest and believes they can control you. None of the choices are very favorable nor demonstrate the unashamed workmanship which is lacking in most if not practically every assembly today. If a Pastor uses a verse to control you....that is wrong. If a Pastor thinks he can control you, well, that is just as wrong. Do you see the problem? If you maintain the use of Hebrews 10:25 was used properly, I would like to hear your exegesis on verse 26, 27, 28 and 29

  • Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

  • Hebrews 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

  • Hebrews 10:28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

  • Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Wow, sounds like I better get to every church service a little earlier next week huh? Really now, what is going on in this passage? Sounds like you could lose your salvation in this passage if you sin wilfully . When was the last time you sinned when it was not wilfully? Judgement and fiery indignation? That sounds like Mathew 3:10-11 which is based upon a works, performance, covenant system.

  • Matthew 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

  • Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Well, I must have that right because verse 29 mentions the covenant relationship according to the I see the mention of the law in verse 28. I think I am on to something here, this sounds like Israel's material I am reading. Now I am having a DUH moment, the book is named HEBREWS. Hmmm, I wonder who it is written to?, could it be the Hebrew people? Whenever the Bible separates the Hebrew people from the gentiles, you know this is not material regarding the body of Christ which consists of both Jew and Gentile, for there is no difference. I could go farther with the evidence to whom this passage is written but this is a blog so I want to keep this condensed.

Is there another way to get folks coming back to your church services besides slapping them in Israel's program, under the law in a covenant relationship? Sure there is. Teach them right doctrine for the church, the pillar and ground of the truth. We are the new creation, the church, the body of Christ, not under the law but under grace. We are not to force performance from someone, it is the word of God rightly divided that works effectually in them that believe. The law is not the teacher anymore as it was before faith came, Grace is the teacher for us in this dispensation of the grace of God.

  • Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

  • Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

We have been set at liberty. We have the liberty to do the right thing which glorifies Jesus Christ who died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day. We should be looking for the appearing of Christ when we meet Him in the air, not fiery indignation and judgement. We are complete in the complete one, forgiven ALL trespasses, judicially seated in heavenly places, blessed with all spiritual blessings, made accepted in the beloved!

  • Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

  • Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

  • Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

  • Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

  • Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Thank God for His amazing Grace!

If you teach people who Christ has made them and all He has done for them, why wouldn't they want to come back and learn more? I look for the opportunities to adorn the doctrine given to us from the Apostle Paul delegated to him from my savior, Jesus Christ, do you?

All of that is true when it comes to studying the word of truth, rightly divided. Wouldn't that be a better way to engage folks in learning the material , coming back to additional services throughout the week instead of forcing performance on them by utilizing verses that have nothing to do with the church, the body of Christ or anything being implemented in the dispensation of the grace of God. I think so, but I am just a fella that actually believes his Bible. A Bible believer! what a concept!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pickers and Choosers

As I have come unto the full understanding of Mid Acts Dispensational Pauline right division of the authorized King James Bible over the last 5 years or so, I have been accused of or called many things. Folks have poked fun at the fact I actually have a final authority, the authorized King James Bible and reject the perverted versions which utilize the corrupted Westcott and Hort manuscripts. People have said things to me such as "You worship Paul" or "You make too much out of Paul because we are to follow Jesus". People will actually pluck one verse from anywhere in the Bible to attempt to throw a stick in the spokes of your Bible understanding and say things like "See, what do you think about that" never considering the context of the passage or the audience to whom it is directed and at the same time accuse you of picking and choosing which scriptures you accept as doctrine. Let's take a quick look at some verses used by the "pickers and choosers" and see if we can discern the thoughts and intents of their heart.

Have you ever been to a "missionary conference" or have a missionary speak in your assembly in which the verse In Isaiah 6:8 was not referenced to get folks to give funding for a missionary or recruit new missionaries to the field?

  • Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Bless God Hallelujah, Is there anyone here who has heard the voice of the Lord speaking to your heart? Which one of you can say "Here I am, send me"? You need to obey the voice of the Lord , He has spoken to your heart and is calling you right now to go the uttermost parts of outer Smackdabbastan, answer that call right now while God is speaking to you, come down front, we have alter workers ready to pray with you. For the rest of you here, God is speaking to your hearts about giving to this missionary so he can go and spread the good news to those afar off, get out those checkbooks and obey the voice of the Lord as the choir sings 3 choruses of I surrender all. .......Did that sound the slight bit familiar? I bet it did. I cannot count the number of times I heard the same sort of thing to get folks to go to the mission field and more importantly, to get you to reach for your wallet and give. Let me get one thing straight right now, I am all for missionaries and all for giving to support them, it is the method used to get the job done that is dishonest. what do I mean by that? Well, just look at the passage in Isaiah 6 and then you tell me if that mission is the same mission your church is sending missionaries on today. Let's see what the sending was to accomplish is Isaiah 6 and then you tell me if that is what missionaries are sent to do today.

  • Isaiah 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

  • Isaiah 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

How many missionaries today claiming to have received the call from Isaiah 6:8 are doing as instructed in verses 9 and 10? You cannot name one doing that and rightfully so. The verse was used to force a response, either to go or to give. The preacher or evangelist or missionary picked a verse to promote an agenda without regard to the context of the passage or the audience to whom it was directed primarily to get the money honey. Should people go to the mission field? Yes!, Should people give to the work of the ministry? Yes! Should pastors, preachers and missionaries wrest the scriptures to force a response from people to give or go? NO! What can you discern from a minister that does such a thing? Is the preacher dishonest? how about ignorant? Can you think of any other choices? What does the preacher do when this passage shows up again in....

  • Matthew 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

  • Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Is your church sending missionaries in order that folks WILL NOT understand the gospel? I think not. What happens when the passage turns up again in....

  • Mark 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

  • Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

And you thought parables were to make it understandable, when Luke 8:10 proclaims that parables were to NOT make it understandable but were spoken so that folks would NOT understand. What does that do to your exegesis of Luke 15 and the parable of the prodigal son? Again, Isaiah 6:9 and 10 is repeated in....

  • John 12:39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,

  • John 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

Clearly, the passage of Isaiah 6 is not a command to preach the Gospel of the Grace of God whereby God will have all men to be saved and come unto the knowledge of the truth as stated in 1st Timothy 2:4, but just the opposite.

  • 1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Clearly, It is not the role of an ambassador for Christ with the word of reconciliation to make people NOT see and NOT understand as the passage in Isaiah states.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

We are instructed by our Apostle Paul to make people see, not to make people NOT see or understand.

  • Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

But many, and by that I mean practically every missionary, preacher and pastor uses Isaiah 6 to garner a response in order to promote an agenda in going and giving. Their motive might be right, their agenda might be right, but to go about it by "picking and choosing" a passage out of it's context is either being ignorant of the message in the passage or being dishonest with the passage. Either choice is not a favorable one and demonstrates a willingness to wrest the scriptures to promote a particular agenda. Did you get it? If not, I have a few more when I continue this discussion on "Pickers and Choosers" Grace and Peace!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

We don't need to "get the Bible right"

I wonder if Jim Jones, founder of Jonestown questioned whether the Word of God is the truth, and as long as he examined his own heart and motives and believed he was in line with the word of God, they were in God's will. That situation did not turn out so well now did it ? even though they were following the instruction in God's word. How about David Koresh of the Branch Davidians, This group is a Sabbath observing group who branched off of the Seventh Day disadvantaged who follow the instructions closely of the word of God, the problem being they are following the instruction for the nation Israel under the law, The Branch Davidians thought they had the Bible right believing the Messiah was about to show up and declare the Last Days were upon them. They were preparing for the great tribulation according to scripture and yet, they had it all wrong not knowing we are in the dispensation of the grace of God and not that of the prophetic period concerning the nation Israel which God Himself has set aside. The Branch Davidians had a major church split to say the least.
If you have been keeping up with the News reports lately, you are probably aware of a family in Wisconsin who believed God would heal their sick daughter of her illness according to their faith and believing prayers. The father and mother believed they were in God's will as they trusted what the scriptures said about God's desire to heal all manner of sickness and yet, the little girl died. What they believed was indeed Biblical. What they were doing was exactly right according to the instruction given in the scriptures. What they were doing was NOT correct according to the instruction given to us in the present dispensation of the grace of God, It is not enough to be Biblical. It is not enough to be scriptural. We must of necessity be dispensational in order to get our Bibles right.
Was Jim Jones heart and motives right? He thought they were as it was Biblically based. Was David Koresh's heart and motives right and in line with the word of God? The boy could quote scripture all day long. How about the father and mother in Wisconsin who lost their little girl due to illness believing God would heal her according to their faith and prayers? Do you think they loved his daughter and only desired for God to heal her? Was his motives and heart right? All of the above mentioned situations ended tragically and in some cases, the loss of multitudes who were involved directly resulted. All three cases were the people involved trusting what was in their Bibles, the problem is they were trusting what was spoken concerning the nation Israel as they operate according to their covenant promises which has absolutely nothing to do with anybody who has been alive for the past two thousand years as we operate according to the mystery information given to the apostle Paul from the risen Christ for us in this present dispensation of the grace of God.
So when someone spouts off a remark saying "we don't need to get the Bible right" you know you are dealing with someone that believes it is all spoken to us and we are to follow whatever it says, whenever it says it no matter to whom it says it because it is all the truth. That is exactly the mindset that led Jim Jones to start Jonestown, David Koresh to head up the Branch Davidians, and that is the mindset of the folks who buried their little girl in March 2008 who died from an illness which could have been easily dealt with under a doctors care.
Jim Jones and David Koresh were following the doctrines given to Israel pertaining to their tribulation period, Daniel's 70Th week, The family is Wisconsin were trusting the Gospel of the Kingdom doctrine pertaining to the "nation of priests" which promises physical healing to Israel because a priest cannot be maimed or lame or have any blemish. We have different marching orders and doctrine today which are found only in Paul's writings. Why is this important? If you are going to tribulation doctrine to find YOUR plan of salvation, you are in the wrong place, If you are following Jesus teachings to the nation of priests, Israel for YOUR salvation, you are in the wrong place. Only through Paul's "my gospel" can you find the gospel of YOUR salvation. You may not come to a tragic ending here on this earth for all to see as Jones, Koresh or the family in Wisconsin. Your end may be just as tragic landing in the pit of Hell, believing your Bibles, trusting the scriptures and yet failing to be dispensational understanding that salvation is by grace through faith alone in the finished work of Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection for your salvation. If you add one measure of works, whether it be turning from your sins, calling on the Lord, confessing Jesus is Lord, making Jesus Lord of your life, a sinner's prayer, whatever it is, it is a work and not faith. We need to get our Bible right by rightly dividing the word of truth!!
  • 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Discovery Church or Ignorant Brethren and The F-Word (part 5)

Before I move on to the verse that the Pastor of Discovery Church suggested is the way a person obtains salvation, being Romans 10:13. You cannot miss the fact the audience of chapter 9 is none other than unbelieving Israel who had missed their Messiah. Paul addresses them as his kinsmen in the flesh, Israelites to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises. Don't let any of that be wasted on you especially the "covenants" and the "giving of the law". Israel is NEVER separated from the covenant relationship with God, neither are they separated from the law program. New or Old, both covenants contain the law and are for Israel.
Moving into chapter 10 of Romans, Paul continues dealing directly to Israel's situation in having missed their Messiah saying that his hearts desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved. Paul speaks to their situation several times quoting Old Testament prophets such as Isaiah, Hosea and Moses with the language that they would be familiar. We come to Romans 10:9-10. the subject is confession, and once again this is Israel's issue and language as we see in the following verses:
  • John 9:22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.
  • John 12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
  • Luke 12:8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
  • Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

Clearly, the issue is confessing Jesus as Israel's Messiah and nothing at all with the Gospel of the grace of God which is trusting in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ as full and complete payment for all of your sins. To make it even clearer, 6 chapters after Mathew 10 in chapter 16 is the first time mentioned anything about his crucifixion and their response was:

  • Matthew 16:22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.

Apparently, Peter did not know the gospel that was going to be given to Paul because the gospel of the grace of of God IS the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ! So in the OT books of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, confession would have nothing to do with trusting Christ's payment for sins, rather, the issue is Christ being Israel's Messiah.

So, now we have summed up 33 verses of Romans 9, 12 verses of Romans 10, a total of 45 verses in which the Apostle Paul is pouring his heart out over his kinsmen in the flesh pertaining to their situation in missing their Messiah, not one single mention of the gospel of the grace of God, not even a hint of information that was "kept secret since the world began", but only that which was "spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began", not one mention of the church, the body of Christ. And now we come to verse 13 of Romans 10.

  • Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

For what possible reason would you believe that the Apostle Paul ended his conversation with the audience in view, Israel, and has turned to presenting the gospel of the grace of God? Has Paul presented anywhere in Romans 9 or 10 that Christ died for their sins, was buried and that He rose again the 3rd day according to the scriptures and they need to place their faith in what Christ has done which constitutes the gospel of Christ which is the power of God unto salvation? Or could it be Paul is still speaking to Israel concerning their situation and their language with the material they would be familiar? These are questions which demand a DUH response. The gospel which saves our never dying soul in this dispensation of the grace of God has not been presented and what Paul is doing is consistent with the previous 45 verses in that he is speaking to unbelieving Israel concerning their Messiah and their situation by quoting the OT prophet Joel in:

  • Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Once again, we see the Apostle to the circumcision, Peter, quoting the same verse in:

  • Acts 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
  • Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Joel wasn't presenting the Gospel of Christ, Peter was presenting the Gospel of the grace of God, so what were they talking about? let's see it in the verses between Acts 2:16 and 32.

  • Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
  • Acts 2:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
  • Acts 2:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
  • Acts 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
  • Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Does the word "tribulation" ring a bell at this point? The time of Jacob's trouble? Certainly you do not have in your belief system that the church, the body of Christ is a partaker of Israel's tribulation period or do you? Let's move on and wrap this up at looking at the verses concluding chapter 10 of Romans.

  • Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
  • Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
  • Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
  • Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
  • Romans 10:18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
  • Romans 10:19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
  • Romans 10:20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
  • Romans 10:21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

Verses 14 and 15: Paul quotes Isaiah 52 with the information concerning and familiar to Israel.

Verse 16: Paul quotes Isaiah 53 once again with the information concerning Israel and familiar to them concerning the suffering of their Messiah and His seed which is none other than Israel.

Verse 17: The emphasis is the truth pertaining to the scriptures, the Bible is the absolute truth and the source of everything we know about God.

Verse 18: Paul quotes Psalms 19:4 which pertains to the remnant of Israel.

Verse 19: Paul quotes Deuteronomy 32:21 about a foolish nation which is Peter's little flock of Luke 12:32.

Verses 20 and 21: Once again the Apostle Paul speaks to Israel alone concerning their fallen situation and not a single word of any revelation of a mystery but only that which was spoken by a previous prophet.

Do you see the problem with determining Romans 10:13 is the plan of salvation for anyone today as we operate according to the "my gospel" of the apostle Paul which was kept secret since the world began?

  • Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
  • Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
  • Colossians 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
  • Colossians 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

The problem is the failure to rightly divide the word of truth. All of the Bible is truth, but it also requires to be rightly divided, truth from truth. What is true for one group is not necessarily true for another. The right division is clearly Israel under the law from the church, the body of Christ which is not under the law but under grace. The right division is clearly that which was spoken by all the holy prophets SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN from that which was kept secret SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN. That would constitute rightly dividing prophecy from mystery.

To conclude this post I want to emphasize the importance of getting your Bible right, rightly divided of course, your never dying soul is relying on it. Believing in Jesus will not get you to heaven. Calling on the Lord will not get you to heaven. Following Jesus footsteps or following the information and doctrines of the Old Testament which on the authority of Hebrews 9:15-17 includes Mathew, Mark, Luke and John will not get you to heaven. Being someone that thinks love is the answer for everything will not get you to heaven. Confessing your sins, asking God to forgive you, asking Jesus in your heart, being a God chaser or God stalker (whatever that goofy junk means) will not get you to heaven. Confessing with your mouth will not get you to heaven. Commandment keeping, tithing, getting dunked in a tub of water will not get you to heaven.

Trusting the Gospel WILL get you to heaven!

  • 1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
  • 1 Corinthians 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

Notice the nomenclature....ARE SAVED...not,,,thou shalt be is present, the other is yet and still future. So what is this gospel by which we ARE saved?

  • 1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
  • 1 Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

There it is! Christ did everything necessary to save our miserable worthy of Hell souls. HE died for your sins. HE was buried. HE rose again the 3rd day. That is the Gospel of YOUR salvation. NOT confession,,,NOT calling on the Lord,,,,,NOT keeping the commandments,,,,NOT asking Jesus in your heart...NOT making Jesus Lord of your life....and so on....

Your response to the Gospel if either believe and trust or reject it. Rejecting it is not only unbelief in the Gospel, it includes the belief there are other things necessary to seal the deal such as ....Calling on the name of the Lord and thou shalt be saved....Confessing your sins and asking God to forgive you.....getting baptized,,,commandment keeping,,,,repenting of your sins (whatever that means since repent actually means to have a change of mind and is not turning from your sins) Confessing with your mouth and so on and so on. Anything you think you have to do to seal the deal is exactly what will send you to Hell because if you think what Christ did was not sufficient then you are not trusting what Christ did...period. You are saved by Grace through Faith,,,,what does Ephesians 2:8-9 say?

  • Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

And that NOT of yourselves, it is a what of God? A Gift!

  • Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Have you ever noticed how folks who claim to be saved always boast of how they were saved by the list of works THEY did without as a mention of what Christ did or what Christ did is way down the list after the likes of "I repented of my sins" or "I asked Jesus in my heart" or "I called on the name of the Lord" or "I love Jesus with all my heart" responses.

You have heard the Gospel of YOUR salvation in 1ST Corinthians 15:1-4, your response should line up with Ephesians 1:13.

  • Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

If the sentence structure is too difficult, read it backwards. You were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise...after that you believed....the gospel of YOUR salvation,,,which you got from the word of truth,,,

Sounds too easy doesn't it? If it is so easy, why are you finding it so difficult? Ponder that until next time and I will try to conclude this look into the perverted teaching which is mainstream in practically ever church you will find in your phonebook. Discovery Church is not the only assembly which fails to "rightly divide" the word of truth, it just happens to be one in my particular area. It is not about persons or personalities and was never intended to be taken personally. It has been from the outset about......the doctrine.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Discovery Church or Ignorant Brethren and The F-Word (part 4)

The last post on this response to the post on Pastor Jason''s blog dealing with the topic of forgiveness, the pastor showed his hand in saying and referring to Romans 10:13 as to how a soul is saved. I left off in part 3 of my commentary demonstrating the intended audience, beginning in Romans 9 is not anyone that has been alive for about 2000 years, instead was directed to stumbling, falling, blinded Israel. Today, the stumbling and falling is completed and is not taking place, rather, Israel has fallen and has no standing. Last time, I demonstrated every verse in Romans 9 has Israel's address on it as well as Romans 10 up to and including verse 5. Why would anyone think the Apostle Paul would shift gears in the next few verses and begin dealing with the church, the body of Christ at this point?
  • Romans 10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
  • Romans 10:7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
  • Romans 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

Did you see the issue being presented to Israel? Is the gospel of the grace of God being presented anywhere in the scriptures from Romans 9:1 to this point? No, the issue for Israel is faith and accepting their Messiah, Jesus Christ as it was pointed out in the previous chapter in verses 29- 32.

  • Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Is the issue being discussed the death, burial and resurrection of Christ as a substitutionary atonement or propitiatory sacrifice? or is the issue the personage of Jesus Christ? The matter of confession is always Israel's issue and language. In the OT book of Mathew we see Jesus sending his men only to Israel and not to Gentiles, and with the message concerning confession of Christ as their Messiah.

  • Matthew 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
  • Matthew 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
  • Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

Have you noticed the many times Paul says "as it is written" or simply quotes passages from the prophetic books in order to upbraid his kinsmen in the flesh, Israel as to what they missed? The next verse is another example demonstrating to his brethren that they missed their Messiah.

  • Romans 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Paul is quoting Old Testament passages showing them Jesus is their Messiah being presented in their books, in this case, the book of Isaiah.

  • Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Paul is without a doubt addressing Israel concerning their prophetic program with Christ seated on David's throne in Zion. No where in this passage beginning from Romans 9:1 has Paul presented the gospel of 1ST Corinthians 15:1-4, instead, Paul is speaking their language and addressing their problem being they missed their Messiah and their need to make a decision. That decision would be to accept Jesus as their Messiah. The next verse throws a lot of folks off since it says "Greek" but we must remember there were also Gentile proselytes into the nation Israel such as Cornelius in Acts chapter 10.

  • Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

I want to stop here before going to the verse in view from the original post, that being Romans 10:13 because that is the verse the Pastor uses to demonstrate how a soul is saved today. What a mess we can make out of our Bibles if we do not pay attention to who is speaking, to whom are they speaking, and do we fit in the audience spoken to. If we fail to heed to those instructions, we can easily demonstrate that salvation would be by works, keeping the commandments or any number of things. It is so important to get it right, your never dying soul relies on your getting it correct. I'll pick up in verse 13 of Romans 10 as I proceed with this commentary next time. Grace and Peace!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Responses So Far...

To to be honest, I was not looking for any positive responses regarding the series I began a week or so ago examining a teaching point being delivered to Discovery Church from their Pastor Jason Ebeling. What I was expecting was more of a defence to the issue on the table, the doctrine. Of course, many people emailed me saying I was mean, low, attacking their preacher. On one comment, I was referred to as a blog stalker and implied I did not have a heart for God and others, and the sort, never once mentioning what the whole post is about, the doctrine. In any of my posts, I never once called anyone, the Pastor, or any attendee of this church a derogatory name such as stupid, dump, idiots, the whole post is directed at, the doctrine. So, the problem must be twofold as I can see it.

First, the responders do not understand the use of the word Ignorant, instead believing I said they were all boneheads over there, which is not the case. Ignorant from the root word "Ignore" means to simply be missing some information or are choosing to dismiss some information Even the corrupted text of the NIV contains the word "Ignorant" so these folks should be familiar with the language. Secondly, the responders are more interested in a person instead of what matters most, which would be, the doctrine.

I was referred to as a "jerk" on the Discovery Church blog by someone that is active in ministry in my area claiming to be on a mission to see the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel (the tabernacle of David) as set forth in Acts 15. What are the chances this person is preaching Christ according to the revelation of the mystery, or making all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery?, but rather they are engaged in an activity God himself has set aside for this present dispensation of the grace of God? But without controversy, the most amazing response is on the blog of the Pastor. Pay attention to what this responder is defending, it is not , the doctrine!

Dean, I'm sorry, but please stop. You might not approve of our pastor or disagree with his theology or even think he is a heretic. That's fine. However, even if he's completely wrong, an ignorant brethren (as you called him in your blog), or not even a Christian, for you to use this as an opportunity to to try and tear him down is just low and mean. I'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish by acting this way, but it's not appreciated by any of us. Maybe that will make you happy or maybe you'll use this as fodder for your blog to point out how we are all blinded by the tainted doctrine he's spewing from the pulpit or something, but none of us put any respect into the hurtful ways you choose to make your points.

This, like every responder so far has defended the Pastor and not, the doctrine. I know, it's not popular to actually be a Bible believer, or use the scriptures as they are intended to be used as 2ND Timothy tells us in....

  • 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

  • 2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Doctrine, reproof, correction, for instruction in righteousness. Doctrine schmoctrine. Reproof, can't have that. Correction, no way, we can't offend the tithers. Instruction in righteousness, that one's okay as long as we follow Jesus. Burger King was not the first to offer a "have it your way" menu, churches have been operating that way for way too long. Perfect, furnished unto all good works cannot be accomplished until you get the doctrine right, and that requires reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. But who cares about the doctrine? Do you?