Not many years ago, Tim Lahaye dazzled people with his Left Behind Series, and I was one of those people. I was all into the books, movies, and anything that had a dispensational philosophy. However, as I have studied the Bible, I found an overriding theme that in the end is contrary to Lahaye's views. The books are entertaining, and if the movies had a better budget, I figure they would have been pretty good too. Nevertheless, what does the Bible say about it? I am still learning, but as I have studied so far, the only view that I can be confident of is Amillennialism. There are many saints in history who have held this view, and if the sacred text is my only source, it is the only view that seems to make sense. There are a plethora of teachers who come on the Christian radio stations and have many books written who seem to be modern-day fortunetellers. They are either everything just short of predicting the end of the world or are trying to predict it. They will try to line up current events with texts that point to a specific prophecy from the Old or New Testaments that isn't very clear. Sometimes they will even delete texts trying to say that it isn't applicable to modern readers when it is a timeless truth. They will say: "That is for Israel, not the church!" when all the while, they ignore the texts that say Israel is spiritual and not physical. I suppose that my Eschatology (End Times view) is consistent with Covenant Theology where the Lahaye view is consistent with Dispensationalism. For more on this, check out the links and the video below. I like the fellas accent in the video!
We are going through the book of Ephesians in my church, and our pastor has been doing an excellent job in expositing the Scriptures faithfully. Today I think we are nearing Ephesians 5, and I am interested for sure in what he has to say about it. Nevertheless, there is a verse in this chapter, verse 4 to be exact that has always interested my thoughts, and I have never gotten a straight answer from anyone on. Here it is.
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for
us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;
4neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in t…
I recently read Jeff Riddle's blog, and he has a new Bible tract that he is publishing. He chose to share the section on Total Depravity. I was increasingly helped by it, and wanted to share it with you. I also planted a couple of videos by Jerry Johnson of nicenecouncil.com that is not directly related, but helps us understand some things concerning our sin and this subject. I hope they are as helpful to you as they were to me.
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17
Faith is gift that comes by the vehicle of God's grace. It is also difficult for fallen men to obtain while laboring arduously to be the masters of our own destiny. Usually we are too proud to receive any such gift, even one that is life giving. I suppose the worriment is related to the fact that we also tend not to be good listeners. Many times my wife could say about me and my sons:
"hearing they hear not, neither do they understand." Matthew 13:13b
Nevertheless, the truth remains that one must "hear" the word of God in order for faith to take root and grow.
I am no ancient Greek scholar, but according to the concordance, ἀκοή: akoē is the Greek word translated as "hearing" in Romans 10:17. Specifically it refers to the organ by which one perceives sound. The context even more specifically suggests that this involves listening, and this we know because faith is…