SCIENCE FALSELY SO CALLED AND OPPISITION TO THE BIBLE

1Ti 6:20  O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 1Ti 6:21  Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.   The onslaught of atheistic philosophy and its cohorts, (like “science falsely so called”), is not something that is going to go away. Nor is it going to lessen. For it is a natural component to the evolution and growth of man’s ungodliness. As such it is not only ‘here to stay,’ so to speak, but it is just going to get worse and worse for as long as this present dispensation of God’s grace remains in effect. In fact boldfaced and even militant atheism is one of the hallmark components belonging to the continuing evolution of...

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FAILURE TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL’S JUSTIFICATION

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.   There are many who do not view O.T. justification in God’s sight to be ‘by grace through faith without works.’ As far as I am concerned, such a view is a great weak spot in the ‘grace movement,’ (one which has detrimental effects even to the point of being a hindrance to godly edifying), and it has existed as such for as long as I have been around and even well before that. As Paul makes clear in his dealings with Romans, Corinthians, and Galatians, there are issues that...

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ELECTION AND PREDESTINATION FOR THE SAINTS?

Isa 1:18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isa 1:19  If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: Isa 1:20  But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.   It is evident to me from the testimony of Genesis 1-3 that God created man with free will. And even though man fell through the exercise of that free will and became a sinner by nature, the capacity of man to continue to exercise that free will and so respond either positively or negatively to God was not eradicated, destroyed, or imprisoned. This is evidenced to me immediately after the...

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“REDEMTION,” “PROPITIATION,” AND “JUSTIFICATION”

Rom 3:21  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Rom 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Rom 3:24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:   There is a legitimate distinction between the issue of the provision the Lord Jesus Christ made on the cross for the complete forgiveness of a person’s sins, and the actual response of God’s Justice to that person which results in His Justice completely forgiving him all of his sins past, present, and future. And this legitimate distinction is...

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DOES GOD BLESS THE BELIEVER WITH MATERIAL THINGS TODAY PT.1

I understand the issue of us being ‘blessed’ by God in this present dispensation of His grace to be sort of like the counterpart to the issue of chastening in this dispensation; or the ‘flip side’ of the same sonship coin, so to speak. And so just as I understand that chastening in this present dispensation is of the ‘sonship variety,’ and as such differs from the physical, circumstantial type chastening of childhood common in God’s program with Israel, so also do I understand the same to be the case with God’s blessing. It too differs from the physical, material, and circumstantial type blessings of childhood common in God’s program with Israel. Therefore, we have ‘sonship blessing’ today, if I can put it that way, in contrast to ‘childhood blessing.’ And since...

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DOES GOD CHASTIZE THE SAINTS TODAY?

First of all in my understanding the issue of chastisement is easy to understand, appreciate, and recognize, when we are in God’s program and dealings with Israel; especially in the “time past” portion of Israel’s program. As passages like Leviticus 26 set forth, God’s chastisement of them was a natural part of the contracted curses and punishments of the Law contract. Since Israel opted to be dealt with by God on the basis of their works, and hence receive from His Justice what their works merited, their failure to produce the righteousness of the Law merited the specific physical and circumstantial punishments of chastisement that are set forth and delineated in the Law. Therefore physical and circumstantial chastisement in God’s program with Israel was a...

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GODLY PROSPERITY?/DOES GOD BLESS THE BELIEVER WITH MATERIAL THINGS TODAY 2

1Co 16:1 now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 1Co 16:2  Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.     As this world’s economic problems grow worse, there also comes the desire for most to find a divine intervention into their financial woes. Whether the person is Christian or not, there is a belief system that would lead the believers to assume that God will ‘find a way’ to make things financially right in their lives, this type of doctrine is preached with the understanding that God blesses His people financially when they call upon Him in their time of need. This type of blessing is what the...

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WHY WE ARE CALLED CHRISTIANS

Act 11:25  Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: Act 11:26  And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.   The purpose of this study is so that a firm understanding can be achieved concerning why we as members of the body of Christ are called Christians today. Acts chapter 11 verse 26 is where we first come across the word ‘Christians,’ also in chapters 10 and 11 is where God reveals to Israel the issue that He was making a dispensational change in His dealings with all mankind.   Act 11:15  And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning....

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WHAT IS THE MEANING OF “THE LAW OF CHRIST”?

Gal 6:1  Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Gal 6:2  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Gal 6:3  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.   Briefly stated, my understanding is that in view of the corrective doctrine that Paul has set forth in the first 4 chapters of Galatians, (which is designed to effectually remedy the corruptive effects of the ‘bewitching’ doctrine that removed them from the truth of “the gospel of Christ” and from the truth of who God has made them to be “in Christ”), beginning in 5:1 and to the end of the epistle Paul now charges these...

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HOW IS THE BELIEVER “FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT”?

Eph 5:17  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Eph 5:18  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;   First off, my understanding is that being “filled with the Spirit” as per Ephesians 5:18 is not some mystical, or emotional, or ecstatic and/or supernatural experience involving the Holy Spirit. Nor is the ‘filling’ that Paul is talking about the same kind of ‘filling’ found in Israel’s program, which occurred with the prophets in general when they prophesied, or with the remnant of Israel when they were “baptized with the Holy Ghost” in connection with receiving “power from on high” in order for them to fulfill the prophesied signs, wonders, and miracles spoken about in connection with the...

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