Dissecting How to Love Like Christ 1 John 4:

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-Today we begin by discussing how to witness to loved ones that have fallen in to a false gospel. How do we witness to our loved ones that are neck deep in the word of faith, new age, or prosperity gospel?

-I bring up how I have family members that are not Christian and family members that are caught up in the false gospel. I feel as if we need to approach these two camps the same exact way.

-How do we run and try to save them before they jump off the cliff and are unable to be brought out of the deception? Has God hardened their hearts already?

-Remember how Christ was patient with us. He is still patient! I went 25 years sinning against Jesus Christ without repenting for my wicked ways. We should show this patience with our loved ones, neighbors, and strangers!

-The mega church I used to attend sent an email about their baptism weekend…… it is titled, “WATER WEEKEND” because they are having a water party for the kids as well. BLASPHEMY!

-These discussions tie directly in to the study we do in 1 John. The verses we go over are posted below:

God bless!

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. – 1 John 4:7-14

 

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Sunday Special Podcast 7/8/2018

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Hello and what a blessed day we have to rejoice with one another!

My church today released a group going on a mission trip to one of the most poorest nations on earth. Our pastor discussed how we believe one day that the doors to this nation will be permanently shut from Christian aid. Until then, we are to pray and make disciples in that poor nation.

What a blessing is it to live in the United States? A country with plenty of problems, but we still have the chance to worship our Lord and Savior with one another each Sunday, without worry of persecution.

This week we are discussing recent events from the week and some commentary on the blogs I enjoyed writing the most.

Topics today:

Post Office owes $3.5M for using wrong Statue of Liberty on a stamp

China Orders Pastors to Reveal Personal Details About Churchgoers, Report Youth Who Go to Church

┬áTrump: Will Twitter ax NYT, WaPo in purge of ‘fake’ accounts?

Fury as feminist activist says she’s ‘confused’ seeing black man with pro-NRA and Tea Party bumper stickers

 

God bless!

 

 

Called According to His Purpose (Election Podcast Episode 1)

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Today we are starting our first podcast diving into the doctrine of Calvinism. This is the first episode of a lengthy series dedicated to teaching Calvinism through the scriptures and notes from our John MacArthur Study Bible.

Today we cover Romans 8: 28-30 and Eph 1: 4-11.

Romans 8: 28 – 30:

‘And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. ‘

Ephesians 1: 4-11:

‘just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, ‘

We are dedicated to honoring Jesus Christ through this podcast series and hope that you find great joy and peace knowing that we have been called for His Glory.

God Bless

The Importance of Cautious Interpretation

Next week we will begin changing our podcast series. On Tuesdays I will begin discussing the doctrine of election, or Calvinism. This is a very hot-button issue, so I plan on working through it very diligently and making sure I come across respectful and direct, so I do not confuse the listener or reader.

On Thursdays we will be continuing our study of 1 John and then later going in to a different study. We might start discussing the various arguments concerning the age of the Earth since that is also becoming a hot-button issue.

Throughout all of our studies and studies you might be doing on your own, it is extremely important that we study and pray over the text that we are interpreting and using in our everyday lives to guide us through the Holy Spirit.

There are far too many pastors out there trying to use “verse hopping” as their witnessing and evangelizing tool each Sunday for their sermons. Instead of expository, verse-by-verse teaching we have been given a watered down gospel that fits the narrative of the pastor. This has led to an entire generation (or two) learning the gospel based on the pastor’s worldview and not the truly inspired word of God.

The Doctrine of Election; Calvinism

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This is probably the greatest debated theological position since the reformation with Luther and Calvin. For years both sides of the debate have been sure that their side is correct. In the age of social media this debate has only become more heated and concerning. As a Calvinist, I am fully aware of how some of the people on my side can come across. The worst argument I think on either side is the argument of how the other side views God and His power on this Earth. That argument is one that I will not use to argue for my viewpoint and I hope you can stay away from using it as well. I think it is an argument people online use to throw mud on their opponent from the beginning, which takes away from the reason for Christian arguments.

In a previous blog posting I discussed how my friend viewed pastors that have this viewpoint as false teachers. I kept my mouth shut not wanting to start a theological debate, but false teachers are very obvious and can come from both sides of this argument. Throwing the false teacher label on a teacher or pastor can be very damaging and might become watered down if we do not become more careful when using that label. The Christian that uses this argument during each debate has become the secular on Twitter calling someone a racist or bigot. Those words have become so overused that they have no meaning anymore.

Age of the Earth

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I fall into the camp of the young – Earth theory. I thought that this was a fairly common viewpoint until my grandfather told me that he is a Gap Theorist. The gap theory is the belief that Satan ruled between Gen 1:1 and 1:2 for millions and millions of years. I think you have to do some serious verse shopping to conclude this theory on the age of the Earth. As we go through this topic I want to take a very cautious approach, like I would be talking to my Grandpa in a friendly debate. I am a fairly strong follower of Ken Ham. If some of my arguments sound repetitive that might be where you are hearing them from.

The Importance of Biblical Debates

Notice I said BIBLICAL. These debates are very important among believers because we can use it to strengthen our Biblical worldview and it might change our own opinions. These debates can also strengthen relations among believers and bring a more togetherness and understanding that although we might disagree on some subjects, we can still see each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. Do not get me wrong, there are some Biblical viewpoints that are deeply heretical and blasphemous, but these two viewpoints I do not see as that whatsoever. Sure, there are some heretics that fall into both camps, but it is important to note that 90% of the people that fall into these camps are not heretics at all.

God bless and happy debating!

Episode 27 – Assurance of Our Faith, Concluding our 1John 3 Study

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1John Chapter 3 has been full of deeply meaning Biblical text that we can really study and pray over. I am only 27 episodes in of the Founders Podcast, so I certainly have left out very meaningful commentary in regards to such an important chapter in the Bible. 1John is full of text that we should use to look at our own hearts and our own relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our podcast and blog Tuesday ended with 1John 3:18:

‘Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.’

One critique I have of televangelist and maybe your local pastor is “verse shopping”. This is a technique where pastors will do topical preaching instead of expository verse-by-verse preaching. For example, a pastor may preach on God’s love and take verses and passages out of context by verse shopping to prove his point. It can lead to sloppy teaching and can greatly distort the Bible to fit their worldview. This is the main critique I have of those who argue the gap theory verses young Earth theology.

If we just take 1John 3:18 for what it says without context, we come to the understanding that we need to love with deed and truth and not just by tongue or our words. Yes, this is true, but verse 19 really hits it home and nails this point.

‘We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him’

Verse 19 gives us the comfort in knowing that if we love by deed and truth, that we will have true eternal salvation. As I discussed in Episode 26, I lived my life in a false salvation. I was great at expressing love with word and tongue, but love was nowhere to be found in me through deed and truth. Verse 19 shakes me to my core as it brings back the thought that I once was not assured and would have spent my life in a conscious, eternal damnation.

I can now fully admit that I am of the truth and my heart will be assured before Him. What a great feeling it is! That Christ saved a wretched soul that has no business being allowed in Heaven. By Christ and Christ alone I am saved. By thinking and knowing this, I find it easy to live in love in deed and truth! Christ died a brutal death for me, so I may have eternal life!

‘in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. ‘

As the title of this blog is “Assurance of Our Faith”, I find this verse to be very exciting and comforting. Although it can be scary to know that Christ knows all things and knows our heart, it is comforting to know that although he knows all of it, he still wants to save us and give us eternal salvation. I have a wretched soul that has committed thousands of sins! What is even more wretched is my soul and my mind, the sins that you cannot see, but God can. And he even still saves me and loves me enough to wash me white as snow!

What a great God we have!

‘This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. ‘

I find it interesting how often love comes up in the text, especially since we have been studying 1John. How great of a commandment love is! In verse 23 the commandment to believe in Jesus Christ is directly followed by loving one another. How many of us fail to love others? Think about it this way: You have done great evil in your life and your heart and mind is even more wicked than the sins you have committed. If Jesus Christ can wash away your sins, it should be infinitely easier for us to forgive and love our brethren. If we keep these commandments, we abide in him and he abides in us. He abides in us through the Holy Spirit. Living in a false salvation I never lived with the Holy Spirit. Since living in a true salvation, I have found the Holy Spirit showing me and guiding me through everyday life. What a great feeling it is to be guided by God!

Jesus Christ abides in me and guides me in the right direction everyday through the Holy Spirit. What a great comfort it is that His will is being done through me! Oh Lord, use me at whatever the cost is to me on this Earth. I will one day be in heaven! What a promise it is.

God bless!