Bible Dilemmas, Free Will and Pharisees
It may be helpful to deal with Bible dilemmas.
- Election and a plane crash.
- Infants in Hell.
- Christ died for the sheep.
- The new Pharisees are free willers.
- The Gospel is not for sale.
- The elect are elect even before they are saved.
- Grace and Great Trinity scriptures.
- Sleep isn't sleep.
- Tongues and Prophesy were temporary.
- Natural Conscience does not save anyone.
1. Is God unfair choosing a few people to be saved? Well, say there is a plane crash. Most people die but a handful live. Aren't we happy that a handful lived? God chose who lives and no one faults Him.
So the human race crashed in Adam. God has chosen a few to live and yet everyone is angry about that choosing. God is now somehow wrong for choosing when He did not have to save anyone!
2. An infant is raped and dies. A sovereign God plans all things. So how is that evil a fair representative of a just God? First, the rape and death show the power of evil in the world and that evil is really evil. It is disgustingly wicked. Second, it is most likely that infants dying without the gospel to save them will not be saved. The infant in Hell will not be an infant, but a soul who will hate God. No one will love God unless God loves them first and calls them. No one in Hell will love God.
As for the infant, we are told by the Apostle Paul that babies speak lies from the womb, meaning that everyone is born with the sin nature. It is unlikely that infants are saved as their deaths are untimely.
This is a difficult doctrine for many including myself. But I repeat, while the scriptures do not explicitly say infants go to hell, and we could hope that they don't, there is no proof that salvation comes without the word of God. So, the idea that infants are definitely in heaven is just not revealed in scripture.
3. Christ died for the sheep. John chapters 8 and 10 speak to this issue. Christ first said the Pharisees could not believe in Him because they were not sheep. The very cause of their not believing was they were not sheep.
Christ said to them that He laid down His life for the sheep. They were not sheep and were not included in God's plans for eternal life.
Who has a problem with wicked Pharisees who would kill Christ reaping eternal damnation?
Of course clever evil people say what about Saul/Paul? He was a Pharisee. How come Christ laid His life down for the Pharisee? Truth is, Paul's public status was a Pharisee. Paul participated in the arrest of Christians and in the death of Stephen. What people don't understand is that Paul was a sheep who had not yet been saved.
4. While people can believe in predestination they can be lost. But who are the New Pharisees? Well, they are the ones who relentlessly force the doctrine of free will. We can always hope that a few are sheep not yet called. But most will not be called.
Christ taught limited atonement and predestination to the Pharisees and they rejected those beautiful doctrines. Now those who believe in free will are making the error of the Pharisees and are Pharisees themselves!
John 10 shows the truth of limited atonement (NIV):
14 “I am the good shepherd;(R I know my sheep(S) and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father(T)—and I lay down my life for the sheep.(U) 16 I have other sheep(V) that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock(W) and one shepherd.(X) 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life(Y)—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.(Z)
5. Paul said not to sell the gospel, not to peddle the gospel, in 2 Cor 2:17. Most translations said the Greek word is peddle. The kjv erroneously says the word means corrupt. But think about it. Christ chased the merchandisers and money changers out of the Old Covenant Temple with a switch.
So can you imagine God's anger at those who are making money off of the gospel when there are lively stones (believers) in the world, making up the Superior New Temple?
There are a few Mammon Chasers in the predestination camp. They are to be condemned. Piper, Macarthur, going back to Pink, Spurgeon, Bunyan, Calvin, Luther.
But the fake Christian world is overrun with Mammon Chasers in the free will camp. And some secretly teach predestination but hide it publicly. Still, bigger churches and more bodies can be had through preaching free will.
Throw a few alter calls and phony miracles in and you have merchandising empires with preachers worth over 10 million dollars being frequent. Understand this, Christ will return soon to take His people home, at which time the fake Christians and unbelievers will be destroyed and sent to Hell. And this means billions of people lost!
6. The elect are saved in time. They are still elect prior to their salvation according to Paul the Apostle:
Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. - 2 Timothy 2:10
7. The law of grace is superior to the law of Moses. Here is a brief explanation through time with excellent scriptural proofs regarding some issues of importance to true believers called by grace:
First there is holy trinity. And then creation.
And then the fall
And then the Torah.
And now we are in an age of grace.
We no longer keep the works of the law. ( Torah. )
Because Jesus fulfilled the Torah. With his flesh.
Jesus is God. God. Was inside Mary’s womb. This is where the word became flesh. And fulfilled the law.
Who raised Jesus from the dead? Well, it was God the Father (Gal 1:1; 1 Thess 1:10); it was also Jesus Himself (Jn 2:19; 10:17-18); and it was the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:11).
Who gave the new covenant? The Father (Jer 31:33-34); Jesus (Heb 8:1-13; 10:29; 12:24; 13:20); the Holy Spirit (Heb 10:15-17).
Who sanctifies believers? The Father (1 Thess 5:23); Jesus (Heb 13:12); the Holy Spirit (1 Pet 1:2).
Who is the creator? The Father (Gen 1:1; Is 44:24; Acts 17:24; Eph 3:9); Jesus (Jn 1:3; Col 1:16; Heb 1:8, 10); the Holy Spirit (Job 33:4).Job 33:4.
Who indwells believers? The Father (1 Cor 3:16a; 2 Cor 6:16; 1 Jn 3:24); Jesus (Jn 6:56; Rom 8:10; Eph 3:17); the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:16-17; Rom 8:9, 11; 1 Cor 3:16b). The Bible even describes this in terms of different combinations: Father and Son (Jn 14:23); Father and Holy Spirit (Eph 2:21-22; 1 Jn 3:24); Son and Holy Spirit (Gal 4:6).
8. The Bible often speaks of sleep being death. But the body sleeps until the appointed time. The soul is alive immediately after death as we see in the stor of Lazarus and the rich man. (Luke 16:21-23). We also see the transfiguration, where Jesus is with lively Moses and lively Elijah. (Luke 9:30-31). Sleep refers to the body, not the Soul of the elect and nonelect!
Paul is clear in Philipians 1:20-26. When he puts his body off through martyrdom, he will be with Christ. This verifies Hebrews 12 :22-24 where the spirits of just men are witnesses. They await the resurrection of their bodies on the Last Day.
9. The temporary purpose of tongues and Prophesy.
Cessationism can be proved from the Scriptures (sign-gifts have ceased). It is the biblical statement that tongues-speaking was given by God specifically as a sign for Jews, signalling to them that the new era of Messiah had arrived.
In 1 Corinthians 14.21-22 Paul says,
'In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not.'
In other words, the gift of tongues was a miraculous proof to Jews who were resistant to believing in Christ, that the new age and a new church order had arrived. It was not for the benefit of Jews who had come to believe, but a sign of promise and warning to those who did not believe. It was not intended for Gentiles, but Jews.
Paul quoted from Isaiah 28.11, a chapter in which Isaiah prophesies Christ’s coming. As a sign to Jews, Isaiah says Jewish people will be addressed by those with 'stammering lips and another tongue'. Gentile languages will challenge them, a most belittling experience for Jewish people. At the same time it was a sign that the Messianic age would bring Gentiles into the church, and the Gospel would be preached in other languages.
This would be a mark of the new age when God would pull down the flag of the Jewish church, and run up the flag of the Jewish-Gentile church of Jesus Christ. Unbelieving Jews, who resisted Christ and clung to the skirts of Moses, would find the Word of God being preached to them in barbarian, Gentile languages.
All this came to pass, beginning on the day of Pentecost. The Jews were duly called and warned, but tongues are not mentioned outside the Acts of the Apostles and 1 Corinthians 12-14, showing that they had accomplished their purpose of warning the Jews that the new era had arrived.
This announcing of the church age was accomplished while the apostles lived, and the sign has been withdrawn. What passes for tongues-speaking today is not done in the presence of doubting Jews, and has nothing to do with the sign of the New Testament. The sign that the church age has come has served its purpose, and been surpassed by the reality.
The Gospel is now preached in virtually every language in the world, and the sign that this would happen is long extinct. The purpose of tongues (according to Paul’s teaching) has been fulfilled, proving their discontinuation.
Tongues were real languages
Another proof of cessationism adds to the first, and it is this – that a gift of real languages was given on the day of Pentecost (and for a while afterwards), which has never been seen since that time. It should be obvious to us that the miraculous languages of the books of Acts and 1 Corinthians have never occurred since those days.
Tongues-speaking of modern times is never any known human language, but only meaningless, disjointed speech. Nothing miraculous happens. In New Testament times the tongues-speaker was given by the Spirit the ability to speak in a real language which he had never learned, and people who had grown up with him were astonished.
Jewish people would be present (as it was specifically a sign for them). On the day of Pentacost many Jews who lived in foreign regions heard their own languages spoken, and attested the genuineness of the speakers. After Pentacost the Spirit would give the miraculous gift of understanding to interpreters so that the authenticity of the language would be proved. Nothing like this has been seen since Bible times.
Today those who advocate tongues-speaking point to 1 Corinthians 13.1 where Paul, speaking hypothetically, says that even if he spoke an angelic tongue, without love, it would amount to nothing. Desperately looking for a text, charismatic teachers take Paul's words as a justification for ecstatic, non-linguistic tongues, but it is plain to any thinking person that this is a serious misuse of the verse.
By describing literal languages, the Bible effectively warns us that these gifts have been withdrawn. They simply have not happened at any time in history, anywhere in the world, since the very early days of the church. What happens today is that people (who may be sincere Christians), in their desire to do what their leaders insist is right, seek to give utterance outside the rules of speech. However, they do not speak real languages, or even understand what they are saying.
Cessationism is clearly taught in Scripture, by virtue of the fact that the very precise description of real languages given in Scripture cannot be applied to anything that has taken place since.
As for prophesy, there must be scripture to accompany prophesy. There is no scripture after the Apostles died. The scripture is complete, so prophesy must be complete.
We must understand that the 12 Apostles were God's last authority over prophesy. Once they died off, prophesy was complete and is no longer taking place.
Beware of Pentacostal movements like Azusa revival where people were barking and twitching in weird ways often seen at modern revivals. Flee these and rely on the true power of God.
Among the biggest mammon chasers are Pentecostals. Flee these for your spiritual lives.
Always bad doctrine surrounding charismatics and Pentecostals. The main error is infused/imparted justification. The truth is, Christ's righteousness is imputed/reckoned. The people who share the divine nature do not own God's righteousness! Aquinas taught infusion. Wesley taught impartation. They were false teachers who believed that faith came before regeneration, when that is false. Regeneration precedes faith, so that faith is a gift, repentance is granted. 2 Tim 2:25.
Can God heal? There is no reason why He can't, but not in a pentacostal setting for the reasons found above!
10. Everyone has a conscience, even those not under Moses. All people have conscience governed by their sense of law. But everyone is not saved. The law and conscience guilt cannot save a person! Only the gospel can save because the law is powerless to do so. Rom 8:2-3. All are born in sin. God only chooses to save a few:
Rom 5: 15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man,(AD) how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ,(AE) overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death(AF) reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life(AG) through the one man, Jesus Christ!
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