I find it interesting that these very same preachers who are teaching â€śeternal election is eternal justificationâ€ť so that â€śelection is salvationâ€ť are the very same people who also like to say that â€śnon-election is not condemnationâ€ť. But when they say this, they have to change their soundbites so that â€śelection is not salvation but only unto salvationâ€ť. They they quote CD Cole â€”â€śElection is not the cause of anybody going to hell, for election is unto salvation (2 Thessalonians 2: 13). Neither is non- election responsible for the damnation of sinners. Sin is the thing that sends men to hell, and all men are sinners by nature and practice. Sinners are sinners altogether apart from election or non-election. It does not follow that because election is unto salvation that non-election is unto damnation. Sin is the damning element in human life. Election harms nobody.â€ť
Those who refuse to give explanations like to have their cake and also eat it. On the hand, they like to reduce salvation to Godâ€™s sovereignty and equate election with justification ( and donâ€™t talk about justification or Christ obtaining righteousness by being imputed with guilt). But on the other hand, when it comes to explaining the non-salvation of the non- elect, these same preachers donâ€™t want to talk about Godâ€™s so
http://tinyurl.com/jmuf46j "A recent discovery by the Israel Antiquities Authority in Jerusalemâ€™s City of David may finally reveal the answer to one of archeologyâ€™s most enduring mysteries: the location of the Greek Acra citadel. Â¶ The exact spot of the famous stronghold that Antiochus IV used in the second century BC to control Jerusalem and monitor activity on the Temple Mount has long been unknown due to a paucity of architectural remains that can be traced to the Greek presence in the capital." etc.
As an aside, you can see a few of the little things that God blessed our church with in these videos. First, we have video for each of these messages: we didn't have it for the entire length of the previous sermon series. We also now have a pulpit provided from another church for free. We were still using the old Cornerstone "C" to cover the mounting holes until we got the cross.
I am really appreciating the sermons on the live stream and those being saved. I visit your church with my Dad when we are down there to visit at The Hearth. My sister who usually goes with me love the service with old hymns and good Bible teaching. The good old hymns in a church service and a Sunday night service are hard to come by in this Chicago area. My Dad and I will often discuss the sermon on a Sunday phone call. Thank you for being such a blessing to all our lives!92
Please pray for my Closr friend Joshua who is 16 and hope that he receives the Lord some time in his life soon as he can be distracted by life. Also please pray for my Auntie Carmen also that she might be saved and truly receive the Lord. She is Catholic and I ask that you pray that she is able to discern what's true from the Bible and what isn't from her catholic faith. God bless you all
Mike, Generally speaking, God abhors mixing that which is good with that which is not. Jesus' story of the tares points this out also. I think your point and mine can both be made from the idea of the mixed multitude. And there is no question that they did cause some problems along the way.
I think also of the mixed multitude that first came to America's shores. Some to worship God, some to find gold. Like the mixed bag that has been called Christianity through the years.
Think of all of Rome's unholy additions to the purity of the Church.
You correctly point out that God saves a mixture of people. I was making the point that evil has been sewn in the midst of God's people.
As for your comment about Jews, since "Jew" is nothing more than a short form of Judah, and Judah has already come and gone in the story, I think it is fair to anticipate the name Jew. But I understand your point.
I do take seriously, if not painfully, your suggestion of bias in my writing and speaking. I have strived to be biased only by Truth as found in Scripture and the Son of God. May God have mercy on me if what you say is true.
Thanks for your observations, and attempting to keep the old guy sharp.
Hello Bob, I listen to your pod casts and thought to comment on the most recent one. You misspoke calling the people of the Exodus "Jews". They were Hebrew-Israelites also called the children of Israel, but not Jews. The word Jew, Jewish, Judaism etc etc are not found in the five books of Moses because there were no Jews back then. As to the "mixed mulititude" comments, you erred saying they were abhorred in God's eyes. They are a OT picture of the Church. God's people mixed with Gentiles but all living as God commanded.
God allowed for this mixed multitude under certain conditions. See Exodus 12:48,49 and "the stranger law" God added to include these people not exclude them for just one example. Remember it was Aaron, Moses brother who made the golden calf and lied about it to Moses. We must discipline ourselves to not bleed in our own thinking and bias when teaching God's word.! Galatians 1:3 to you .
Praying for you Mike. Appreciate and am blessed by your ministry. Please check out my ministry @ http://fatherandsonministries.com We would love to feature your materials in our online library, a project that will be coming soon. God bless you and your family. In Christ, Dave. P.S. If you get any skinnier there might be nothing left of you! Lol.
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