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Unregenerate Christians are self-idenfied and not God-identified, therefore, they hate the doctrine that God has sovereignly elected some people for salvation. They misrepresent what Scripture clearly teaches, which is that God calls many, and of the many called a “few are chosen.”

To their way of thinking, a God who sovereignly chooses to save only the few and punish the many is not only an unjust judge but is also an evil monster. They say a God who saves only the elect and damns everyone else is unfair and unloving and bears a closer resemblance to the pagan deities of antiquity than to the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.

If Scripture is God’s written Word and the Christian’s authority for all matters of faith and practice, then what it teaches about God is what is true, regardless of what people understand or believe is fair, just, and loving.

According to Scripture, God destroyed everyone in the world except for Noah and his family; He also destroyed everyone in Sodom and Gomorrah and surrounding cities except for Lot and his daughters. The question unregenerate Christians must answer is how can God destroy the entire world and its inhabitants, annihilate the cities on the plain and everyone in them, save only a few chosen people, and remain a loving God?

Scripture also says that God chose Israel above all people to be His treasured possession and servants on the earth, and He knows only Israel among all the families of the world. The question facing unregenerate Christians is how is it fair for God to choose Israel over all the nations and the Israelites over all people on the earth and make them His people, His servants, and His witnesses?

The Scripture is clear that God does not love every person equally. Paul writes in Romans that God loved Jacob and hated his brother Esau before the twin boys were born and had done any good or evil. In addition Paul writes that God decreed the elder would serve the younger, and that He elected Jacob instead of Esau to receive his father’s blessing when the birthright really belonged to Esau as the elder brother.

Paul clearly says that God cursed and hated Esau before the boy had been born or had done anything evil, so that “the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth.” The question for the unregenerate Christian is how is it right and just for God to hate and punish an unborn child before he’s born, and has done anything to warrant it?

In the same chapter of Romans Paul writes that God raised up Pharaoh to destroy him; and He hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that God’s power and name would be known and declared throughout the world.

It’s clear from Romans that God does what He pleases and no man can call Him to account or make Him responsible for anything He does. God is accountable to no one. He is bound by nothing. He has “mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.”

Paul writes the potter has power over the clay to make from the same lump a vessel for honor and another for dishonor. Man was created to glorify God, and God is glorified through the vessels He has made. Everything God created is for His pleasure.

God is sovereign creator; what He does is just for nothing can constrain Him, and no law is above Him. God’s defining characteristic is holiness, not love; He is righteousness and justice. Who can hold Him responsible and say He is wrong in what He does? “Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.”

The law is man’s taskmaster, not God’s. God is bound by nothing, no law constrains Him. He created the law. He cannot be judged by it. God is judge, and His judgments are righteous.

Man has no rights to which God must acknowledge and acquiesce. “Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou?”

The truth is the unregenerate Christian’s interpretation of Scripture is a direct assault against God’s sovereignty, and he can’t believe what the Scripture clearly teaches because the unregenerate “receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

I.M.Kane

 

 

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The gospel messages documented throughout the book of Acts and the Epistles are not identical. Most Christians fail to discern the differences in the New Testament gospel messages preached by the Apostle Peter and by the Apostle Paul.

“[T]here are two Gospels, each dependent upon the Blood of the Cross. The one Gospel is earthly (Kingdom), the other is heavenly (Grace). Both Gospels are “according to Jesus, ” and present only one way: by faith.

One Gospel was ministered by Christ on earth, during His pre-Cross humiliation, and was exclusively addressed to Israel regarding her Millennial Kingdom. The other–altogether “new creation” other–was ministered to Paul by the glorified Lord Jesus Christ; after Calvary, from heaven, exclusively to and for His Chosen heavenly Body.

John the Baptist’s, Jesus’, and the Apostles’ Gospel concerned the Messiah and His Kingdom–specifically and repeatedly referred to as “the Gospel of the Kingdom” (Matt. 4:23; 9:35; 24:14; Mark 1:14; Lu. 9:2,6). The other, “the Gospel of Grace of God,” was neither preached nor mentioned until Paul went forth to declare it (Acts 20:24; Rom. 3:21; Eph. 3:1-3).” Miles J. Stanford, Pauline Dispensationalism, pg 5.

 

 

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Does the Bible Forbid Ordination of Women? By Gordon H. Clark

http://gordonhclark.reformed.info/does-the-bible-forbid-ordination-of-women-by-gordon-h-clark/

Professor Gordon Clark’s article refutes the current arguments for women pastors and church officials. Clark writes, “If we accept Scripture as our norm, it is forbidden to seize one verse and misinterpret it to the detriment of other explicit passages. The more obscure must always be understood in the light of what is clear and indisputable. … In the New Testament there is no authority for or example of a woman elder or minister. And we are bound by the Scriptures, the infallible and only rule of church government. We dare not add, subtract, or alter.”

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Belief is based upon knowledge; therefore, to believe in Jesus is to believe in His person, His work, and His word. The Gospel is “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” 1 Corinthians 15: 3,4 KJV

 

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Why the Pope’s Upcoming Historic Visit to the United States Is Significant

By Jerry A. Kane

On Wednesday, September 23, Pope Francis, the 266th pontiff to head the Roman Catholic Church, will meet with Barack Hussein Obama at the White House in Washington DC.

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For practitioners of Judaism, September 23 is Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement, the most important day in the Jewish calendar. It is the holiest, most solemn religious fast day of the year. In biblical times, only on Yom Kippur could the high priest enter the Holy of Holies in the Temple to make atonement for the sins of the whole nation of Israel in one day (Leviticus 16).

But for Christendom and the Western World, which adopted Pope Gregory XIII’s 1582 Gregorian calendar, September 23 is the 266th day of the year, which incidentally is the same number of days it takes a woman to give birth to a child from the moment of conception.

On Thursday, September 24, the Roman pontiff will give a historic address before a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

“On that day, he will become the first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress. It will be a historic visit, and we are truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation,” said John Boehner (R-OH) Speaker of the House, in a statement

Then on the second leg of his US trip, September 25, the Pope will travel to New York City to speak before the United Nations General Assembly. After his speech, the General Assembly will convene a high-level plenary meeting to adopt a new sustainable development agenda, which was mandated by the General Assembly September 2013 (Resolution 68/6).

The UN’s new sustainable development agenda, also known as the 2030 Agenda, will replace Agenda 21, the UN’s sustainable development action plan adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992.

Unlike Agenda 21, which primarily focused on the environment, “this new universal Agenda” for humanity and the planet is a blueprint to “realize the human rights of all … achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women … and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.” In other words, the 2030 Agenda is the UN template for a world government.

[The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development] “can help realize the… dream of a world of peace and dignity for all. Today is the start of a new era. We have traveled a long way together to reach this turning point,” said Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

To recap, the 266th pope will meet Hussein I (peace be upon him) on the Day of Atonement, the 266th day of the year, which is the day before the pope’s historic address to Congress, and two days before he addresses the UN General Assembly and the announced birth of the one-world government.

At first blush it appears that Hussein I (peace be upon him) will be a bit player overshadowed by numerical coincidences, a historic, precedent-setting visit to Congress, and an unveiled blueprint for a new world order. But once the inexplicable lottery drawing that happened in Obama’s home state the day after he won the presidency in 2008 is taken into account, his role becomes evident.

On November 5, 2008, the Illinois daily lottery numbers were 666 for the pick three and 7779 for the pick four evening numbers. In biblical numerology, i.e., the study of numbers in the Bible, 666 is the number commonly associated with the man of sin or the Antichrist alluded to in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 and the beast and the mark of the beast mentioned in Revelation chapter 13.

The number 7 signifies completion or perfection, and the number 9 signifies divine finality or judgment. The odds of these two sets of numbers being randomly drawn in Obama’s home state on the same day the day after his election is more than a 1/3,650,000,000 probability, which means it’s a statistical impossibility. One could rightly conclude that either the Illinois lottery was rigged, or God has sent a sign to His people concerning the identity of Antichrist, the end of the age, and coming judgment.

Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

There you have it; now do with it what you will.

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Is the Harry Potter book and movie series just harmless fantasy, or are the Potter books and movies a blatant attempt to present witchcraft and the Wicca religion as innocent and benign to unsuspecting, vulnerable children? Is the alluring power behind witchcraft being made acceptable to masses of children through the Harry Potter phenomenon, and if so should parents be concerned?

Witchcraft or Wicca as it is known to practitioners “believes in revering the mother goddess, the global environment, feminist practices, and nature. The holy writ or rule of witchcraft “do what you want as long as it harms no one” is Wicca’s most appealing draw. Wicca encourages its adherents to indulge in self gratification and self-centeredness while allowing morals to shift at will. It teaches there is no absolute truth or sin and replaces the patriarchal male creator God of the Bible with a belief in male and female gods.”

A massive global marketing campaign has packaged Potter as “children’s fantasy literature” and “over half of all children between the ages of 6-17 have read at least one Harry Potter book.” Through Potter books and movies, kindergarten age children have been introduced to human sacrifice, the sucking of blood from dead animals, and possession by spirit beings.

Is the Potter series being used as a gateway tool to draw Potter fans into witchcraft, Wicca, or the darker aspects of black magic? For some answers on the Harry Potter phenomenon, check out Harry Potter, a 60 minute youtube video, which is the 2001 Harry Potter … Witchcraft Repackaged: Making Evil Look Innocent from Jeremiah Films.


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