Category: UNDERSTANDING SCRIPTURE
The Best Explanation of the Gospel I Have EVER Found
THE BEST EXPLANATION OF THE GOSPEL I HAVE EVER HEARD
What follows is a series of five videos. They build, one upon each other, with each succeeding video building of all those that have come before it. The people who put these videos out use Scripture to support every single point they make. In the process, they prove (at least to me, anyway) that we are ‘saved’ under the ‘New Covenant’ in the exact same way as those who were saved under the Old. They also demonstrate that the ‘New Testament’ is not so much new as it is a fuller, more complete explanation of the TANAKH (O.T.) because it benefits from Yeshua’s explanations and the hind-sight which came after the crucifixion and resurrection.Continue reading “The Best Explanation of the Gospel I Have EVER Found”
My First Sermon
I turned one of my blog posts into my first sermon. For those of you who are of the mind, I thought I’d share it:
YHWH, Among Other Gods
I need a quick teaser to catch your attention here. So, let me ask you: when was the last time you learned so much that you started to question whether or not you actually know anything for certain? Well, let me tell you about one of the first times this happened to me.Continue reading “YHWH, Among Other Gods”
UNDERSTANDING SCRIPTURE: Should Believers Be Supporting Donald Trump?
UNDERSTANDING SCRIPTURE: Should Believers Be Supporting Donald Trump?
As I clearly state in the ABOUT page, this blog is written for believers: to help them understand the Scriptures and apply them to their daily lives. That is what this post is attempting to do: to put the Scriptures in their proper context so that we can accurately apply them to the choice we make in our daily walk with the Lord.
My heart is heavy. It is saddened by all those believers who are saying that God is going to use Donald Trump. That the Lord is humbling Trump in preparedness for a great work. These believers have convinced themselves that God is going to use Trump to restore this nation. Sadly, I cannot stand with those who believe this. I find no reason in Scripture to believe this is what God is doing. However, I can find firm ground upon which to state that I believe the opposite is true. There is every reason to believe that the Lord is using Trump as an instrument of His judgment against this nation.
Now, let me get this out of the way right now. I know that the Lord can use broken people to work His will. I know that the Lord is the only one who knows what is in the heart of any given person. I know that the Lord can humble people. I know all of this. But I also know the rest of what Scripture tells us, and I am unwilling to ignore the whole council of the Lord simply to make myself feel better about an uncertain future.
For example: the Lord’s Word tells us we may not know a person’s heart, but we can know them by their fruit (i.e. the things they do). In that case, I know Donald Trump by his fruit, and it is of a wicked and unrepentant man. Now, people can hate me for saying this all they want. I do not mind. I’ll accept persecution for being faithful to God’s Word. I will count it blessing. All I know is that, if an honest believer looks at Trump’s life and compares it to this passage, that believer has only one judgment to make regarding Donald Trump:
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor [a]effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
I see no evidence that Donald Trump has been saved. In fact, given his recent vindictive comments toward the Republican leadership, I see nothing but a continuation of the same person Trump has always been. Therefore, I have no reason to believe Trump is of God, and Scripture tells us a person is either with the Lord, or they are against Him. Therefore, I must consider Trump to be against the Lord.
Now, if we have reason to believe a person is opposed to the Lord, then Scripture is very clear as to how we are to treat them:
2 Timothy 3:1-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“Difficult Times Will Come”
3 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, [a]haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of [b]godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.6 For among them are those who [c]enter into households and captivate [d]weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7 always learning and never able to come to the [e]knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. 9 But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as [f]Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also.
I look to Donald Trump and I see the very embodiment of the type of person this passage speaks, and I hear the warning loud and clear:
Stay away from such men as these!
And more than this, I know what Scripture says about the person who knowingly joins themselves to such people:
2 John 9-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 [a]Anyone who [b]goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.
Once again: I look at Donald trump and I see no evidence that he follows the teachings of Christ. Therefore, if I know this and I greet him (i.e. welcome him and give him my support), I share in his evil because I did knowingly and willingly join myself to him. This is why I cannot support Donald Trump. It is also why I reject those believers telling me God is going to humble Trump and then use him to restore the nation. In fact, when I hear people talking about how God will use Trump to restore peace and prosperity to America, all I hear is:
Ezekiel 13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
False Prophets Condemned
13 Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy from their own [a]inspiration, ‘Listen to the word of the Lord! 3 Thus says the Lord [b]God, “Woe to the foolish prophets who are following their own spirit and have seen nothing. 4 O Israel, your prophets have been like foxes among ruins. 5 You have not gone up into the breaches, nor did you build the wall around the house of Israel to stand in the battle on the day of the Lord. 6 They see [c]falsehood and lying divination who are saying, ‘The Lord declares,’ when the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope for the fulfillment of their word. 7 Did you not see a false vision and speak a lying divination when you said, ‘The Lord declares,’ but it is not I who have spoken?”’”
8 Therefore, thus says the Lord God, “Because you have spoken [d]falsehood and seen a lie, therefore behold, I am against you,” declares the Lord God. 9 “So My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will [e]have no place in the council of My people, nor will they be written down in the register of the house of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel, [f]that you may know that I am the Lord God. 10 It is definitely because they have misled My people by saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace. And when anyone builds a wall, behold, they plaster it over with whitewash; 11 so tell those who plaster it over with whitewash, that it will fall. A flooding rain will come, and you, O hailstones, will fall; and a violent wind will break out. 12 Behold, when the wall has fallen, will you not be asked, ‘Where is the plaster with which you plastered it?’” 13 Therefore, thus says the Lord God, “I will make a violent wind break out in My wrath. There will also be in My anger a flooding rain and hailstones to consume it in wrath. 14 So I will tear down the wall which you plastered over with whitewash and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation is laid bare; and when it falls, you will be consumed in its midst. And you will know that I am the Lord. 15 Thus I will spend My wrath on the wall and on those who have plastered it over with whitewash; and I will say to you, ‘The wall [g]is gone and its plasterers are gone, 16 along with the prophets of Israel who prophesy to Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her when there is no peace,’ declares the Lord God.
17 “Now you, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people who are prophesying from their own [h]inspiration. Prophesy against them 18 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Woe to the women who sew magic bands on [i]all wrists and make veils for the heads of persons of every stature to hunt down [j]lives! Will you hunt down the [k]lives of My people, but preserve the [l]lives of others for yourselves? 19 For handfuls of barley and fragments of bread, you have profaned Me to My people to put to death [m]some who should not die and to keep [n]others alive who should not live, by your lying to My people who listen to lies.”’”
20 Therefore, thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am against your magic bands by which you hunt [o]lives there as [p]birds and I will tear them from your arms; and I will let [q]them go, even those [r]lives whom you hunt as [s]birds. 21 I will also tear off your veils and deliver My people from your hands, and they will no longer be in your hands to be hunted; and you will know that I am the Lord. 22 Because you disheartened the righteous with falsehood when I did not cause him grief, but have [t]encouraged the wicked not to turn from his wicked way and preserve his life, 23 therefore, you women will no longer see [u]false visions or practice divination, and I will deliver My people out of your hand. Thus you will know that I am the Lord.”
Those who have ears to hear, let them hear…
AND TO THOSE WHO WOULD SAY I AM ENDORSING HILLARY CLINTON: you should read this post before you affirm my opinion by bearing false witness against me.
[NOTE: the truth is, the last passage I quoted, Ezekiel 13, is actually connected to the message in my post about Obama and Hillary. Look at what all the prophets were saying, and to whom they were addressing their warnings. It is all connected to the Northern Kingdom, and to Ephraim. This is why all of this is relevant today: because America is Ephraim/Manasseh!]