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God Either Opens Eyes to the Truth or Not

We are commanded to tell people about the salvation that is only found in Jesus Christ. It is not an option. It is a command “Go therefore…” Our job is to tell people the truth. God’s job is to either open their eyes or not. We have absolutely no control over that because it is God’s responsibility.

Continue Reading June 18, 2013 at 11:16 AM 1 comment

President Obama Lied and Hillary Clinton Foams…

Buddies President Obama and Abbas

Clinton: Please Calm Down

Should it come as any type of surprise that the Healthcare Bill touted by President Obama includes what he said he would avoid for the American people?  In a recent report, President Obama is quoted from the days of his campaign for president in which he stated, “‘I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increases,’ the Illinois senator told a crowd in Dover, N.H. on Sept. 12, 2008. ‘Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes‘.”[1]

His comments certainly seemed straightforward enough.  I believe it is safe to assume that Barack Obama – at the time – meant no new taxes.

He repeated these sentiments later, saying, “‘As president,’ Obama repeated the pledge during his Feb. 24, 2009 address to a joint session of Congress.”  It is difficult to confuse the message.  Obama said he would not raise taxes.  “‘If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not a single dime,’ the president said.

Did you read that?  He said “not a single dime.”  As it turns out though, the new Healthcare bill includes numerous taxes.  The article we refer to goes on to say, “The bulk of the $500 billion in tax increases in the new health care law targets households earning $250,000 and individuals earning $200,000 — for example, the increase in the Medicare payroll tax. But many of the taxes hit the general public at large.”[2]

In fact, by 2014, barring any legal delays and snafus, once this Healthcare plan goes into effect, it “will require all legal U.S. residents to purchase a government-approved health insurance plan beginning in 2014. Once the reconciliation bill is voted on in the Senate to amend the law signed by Obama this week, the individual mandate will require a single person to pay 2.5 percent of their income or $695 if they do not purchase health insurance.”[3] (emphasis added)

So, if you are a legal resident of the United States, you MUST purchase a government-approved insurance plan.  But wait a minute, I thought the Healthcare bill was simply going to be given or extended to everyone.  Now, not only are we being told that each person must purchase one, but we are being told that we will also be taxed to support the plan.  Hmm, that’s interesting.  Should that come as a shock?  Of course not, considering the high taxes people in Canada and Great Britain pay for THEIR “free” healthcare.  No mention is directly made regarding the requirements of all illegal residents of the United States.  It can be assumed then, that there will be no additional financial impact on these individuals.

When Obama ran for president, it was on the “hope and change” platform.  Maybe it should have been on the “take and take” platform, since this is what it is amounting to for the United States.  All those folks who were tricked into voting for President Obama have now put this country on the fastrack toward Socialism.  I hope they are proud of that fact.  They were “dared” from numerous quarters and they took the bait.  Oh come on, you’ve all heard the dares:

  • “This country will never elect a black man to office”
  • “Prove you’re not prejudice and vote black”

There were numerous other slogans that were touted as well.  Like the O.J. Simpson trial, which was ultimately about race, not whether Simpson committed the murders or not.  Of course we are not prejudice, so O.J. Simpson was absolutely not guilty.  Really?  It all comes out in the wash and God has the final say, because He is the only one who judges correctly.  So, the liberal whites fell for the “dare” so they would not be seen as prejudiced.  The blacks of course, had to vote for Obama or they would have been seen as an Uncle Tom.  The media got behind Obama because they like to create problems, rather than simply report on news.  In the end, we have another politician who is rather well skilled at the art of lying with a straight face.  Who knows what President Obama will try next.  Maybe he’ll attempt to turn the presidency into a monarchy.  He seems to have taken on that persona already, considering his demagoguery with respect to Israel, so he is getting close to considering himself to be the king of the United States.  So, that “hope and change,” it’s good for you?  Excellent.

Oh and by the way, while it causes great concern that the American people are going to face more taxes to get this Healthcare bill up and running (some estimates running as high as 1 TRILLION dollars!), apparently President Obama is now demanding another 2.8 BILLION dollars for Haiti.  It just keeps getting better and better.  It makes one wonder whether or not President Obama even realizes that the American economy is not only in the toilet, but on the verge of being flushed down that same toilet.

It also seems that Hillary Clinton, appointed by the Obama Administration to Secretary (so that she would not hold a grudge against President Obama for winning the election and shoving her to the side), has ramped up her criticism of Israel and Netanyahu (taking her cue from President Obama, who remains blissfully in the background for the most part, while she does his dirty work).

The problem with this administration’s posturing with regards to Israel is that it is what the minority of people in this country want and approve.  The rest of us believe that this type of demagoguery and chicanery is not only uncalled for, but deeply disturbing for our elected officials to treat leaders of Israel as they are doing.

In fact, with all the rhetoric that Clinton alone has used in the past, in which she promised unwavering and unswerving support of Israel, her new position against Israel has not gone unnoticed.  Many within her former constituency of New York have demanded an apology for the fact that she – like President Obama – has outright lied.

The Zionist Organization of America wrote a letter to Clinton, which stated in part:

Your shocking words about Israel building in east Jerusalem is especially perplexing in light of the fact that you have ignored Congress passing the ‘Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995′ by a margin of 93 to 5 in the U.S. Senate and 347 to 37 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The Act which is U.S. Law stated:

(1)    Jerusalem should remain an undivided city.

(2)    Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the state of Israel.’

It also stated

(1) Each sovereign nation, under international law and custom, may designate its own capital.

(2) Since 1950, the city of Jerusalem has been the capital of the State of Israel.

(3) The city of Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s President, Parliament, and Supreme Court, and the site of numerous government ministries and social and cultural institutions.

(4) The city of Jerusalem is the spiritual center of Judaism, and is also considered a holy city by the members of other religious faiths.

(5) From 1948-1967, Jerusalem was a divided city and Israeli citizens of all faiths as well as Jewish citizens of all states  were denied access to holy sites in the area controlled by Jordan.

(6) In 1967, the city of Jerusalem was reunited during the conflict known as the Six Day War.

(7) Since 1967, Jerusalem has been a united city administered by Israel, and persons of all religious faiths have been guaranteed full access to holy sites within the city.

(8) This year marks the 28th consecutive year that Jerusalem has been administered as a unified city in which the rights of all faiths have been respected and protected.

(9) In 1990, the Congress unanimously adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 106, which declares that the Congress “strongly believes that Jerusalem must remain an undivided city.”

(10) In 1992, the United States Senate and House of  Representatives unanimously adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 113 of the One Hundred Second Congress to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, and reaffirming congressional sentiment that Jerusalem must remain an undivided city.”[4]

The article continued by quoting ZOA National President Morton A. Klein, who stated, “It took only a few months to confirm that Secretary of State Clinton bears little resemblance to Senator Clinton on Israel issues and was apparently misrepresenting her true views and beliefs on Israel to her New York constituents. From having once loudly proclaimed support for an undivided Jerusalem, upon becoming Secretary of State, suddenly, parts of an “undivided Jerusalem” became places where Jews may not move or build, even though Jews were a majority in eastern Jerusalem from the mid-1800s until 1948, when Jordan forced Jewish residents to flee, and are now a majority once again.”[5]

Even the United States House of Representatives got involved, drafting and submitting a letter to Clinton regarding her negative views on Israel.  “Signed by 327 Representatives, out of 435, the letter calls on Clinton and the Obama Administration to settle its disputes with Israel in a non-public and friendly fashion. The current tensions “will not advance the interests the U.S. and Israel share,” the letter states, as “above all, we must remain focused on the threat posed by the Iranian nuclear weapons program to Middle East peace and stability.“[6]

It appears that without the checks and balances, anti-Semitism easily comes to the fore.  The naively liberal will continue to believe that both President Obama and Clinton really have everyone’s best interests at heart.  The problem though is that both believe they can belittle, shun, and generally treat Netanyahu like garbage because they obviously favor Arabs over Jews.  This is no surprise, since this is exactly what Satan has been doing for centuries.  Why should godless politicians be any different?  The fact that politicians have been telling people what they want to hear for as long as their have been politicians should not be shocking to anyone.

What makes it odd though is when no real “spin” can be placed on their own verbal twists and turns.  In both cases – President Obama and Hillary Clinton – their lies are obvious, weighty, and severely damaging.  Left unchecked, they will continue to do what seems right in their own eyes.  Hopefully, the will of the House of Representatives and the letter from ZOA will have some effect in slowing down the growth of hostility within each of these two leaders, toward Israel and their right to build in their own capitol city.  If not, we will see what happens…

[1] http://www.eutimes.net/2010/03/obama-breaks-no-tax-pledge-to-american-people-with-12-new-ones-in-healthcare-bill/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheEuropeanUnionTimes+%28The+European+Union+Times%29

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid

[4] http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/136748#replies

[5] Ibid

[6] http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/136758

March 28, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Brian McLaren: Assaulting Truth With a Vengeance

A New Kind of Christianity will serve as a lure for Bible-illiterate Christians. For believers who know the Word of God, McLaren’s heresy will sadden and astound. His book is aimed at the young, and at people who have perhaps grown up in households with little or no faith. It is aimed at the unsaved and the uncertain. It is for the disappointed and disenchanted, and for people who simply know no better. If you have a gripe against God or His people, this book will lick your wounds. But what this book will not do is provide any measure of godly hope and biblical virtue.

Continue Reading March 9, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Taking Back Lost Time for Memorizing Scripture

There may come a day when it will be against the law to own or carry a Bible. Think that’s far-fetched? It’s not because the Bible is currently outlawed in 52 countries around the world. Like me, you may have one or two collecting dust. Time to get the dustrag out and start reading and studying!

Continue Reading January 23, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Truth Be Told! Podcasts

Truth Be Told! video podcasts, from StudyGrowKnow.com

Continue Reading December 11, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Let’s Talk About the Emergent Church…the REAL Culprits of End Times Apostasy!

What is taught within the Emergent Church? What do they think about Jesus? What do they espouse regarding salvation?

Continue Reading August 8, 2009 at 10:39 PM

Still MORE Problems with Dispensationalism, Part 3 – Yee Haw!

Most people who are anti-Semitic do not even think they are and believe they are simply “defending God.” These people need to ask themselve why they hate the Jewish people so much.

Continue Reading June 25, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Problems with Dispensationalism, Part 2 (God’s Sovereignty)

One of the constant hammerings that Dispensationalism takes is the charge that it impugns God’s sovereignty.  It apparently does this in a number of ways, but chiefly, it is alleged that Dispensationalism teaches that man has continually thwarted God’s plans.  Here is a quote from Bernie Gillespie’s site, in which he wrote an article about what he believes to be the problems with Dispensationalism:

[Dispensationalism] impugns the sovereignty of God. It teaches that most all of God’s plan(s) to save Mankind failed because it was thwarted by human inability. That’s why dispensationalism teaches that the Church age was a surprise to the prophets. They did not anticipate that when Israel failed to receive Christ that God would turn to the Gentiles. The truth is, the Old Testament does teach that salvation would come to the Gentiles. And the failure of Israel was not a surprise to God, but on the contrary, totally expected. He anticipated all Humanity to fall short of His glory. That is why He determined to the save the world, both Jew and Gentile, slave and free, male and female, in and through Jesus Christ.”(1)

Of course, the tragedy here is that nowhere does Dispensationalism advocate that God has failed…ever.  Mr. Gillespie makes the same mistake others have made by assuming that God’s plan always equals His salvation.  Gillespie also assumes that he is correct in understanding God’s current dealings with Israel; that God has completely and forever rejected them and in its place, created the Church.  This is incorrect and what it says by implication is that God did fail.  Even though He created the nation of Israel, and made many promises to them that He said He would never break, it would appear as though He did break those promises, because according to the Covenant Theologian, Israel failed, so God with finality did what He said He would never do; gave them up.  Mr. Gillespie’s sentiment with respect to God and Israel is incorrect.  Paul makes this perfectly clear in Romans 9 – 11; something that Covenant Theologians have a very difficult time explaining. 

Gillespie further confuses the issue with his apparent limited understanding of the Church, believing as he does that the Church was actually revealed in the Old Testament.  He believes this because as he points out, the prophets knew that the gospel would eventually be extended to the Gentiles.  The truth of the matter though is actually different than what Mr. Gillespie believes.  The “mystery” of the Church in its entirety was revealed in the New Testament by Paul.  Gillespie is taking two completely different topics (1. the gospel to the Gentiles, and 2. the Church) and treating them as if they are one and the same, however, he has not shown that they are one in the same.  That is because he cannot, since Scripture is clear that any aspect of the Church was revealed only by Paul and no one before him.  

On the plus side, Gillespie is correct when he states that “the Old Testament does teach that salvation would come to the Gentiles.”  Certainly there is no question about that, nor should there be.  That is plain from numerous places in Scripture (cf. Genesis 8:20-21; 14:18; 17:4; 22:18; Leviticus 19:33ff; Jonah 3:1; Genesis 17:4; 22:18; Psalms 2:8; Isaiah 42:1, 6; 49:6; cf. Romans 11:1ff; Ephesians 2:11ff).  This in no way coincides with the revelation of the Church. 

Not one of the Old Testament prophets knew of this entity called the Church, nor did they know how the Church was designed to work spiritually.  Paul is the one who claims to be the revealer of that mystery (cf. Ephesians 3:1-6).  He makes special mention of the fact that “This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,” (Ephesians 3:6). 

In the verse immediately prior to the one quoted, referring to this same mystery, Paul unequivocally states, “the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit,” (emphasis added).  Here then, we see that Gillespie is in disagreement with Paul.  While Paul would agree that the prophets foretold of the extension of the gospel to Gentiles, he would unequivocally disagree that these same prophets knew of the Church.  In fact, there is no reason to believe that the prophets understood that the gospel would be offered to Gentiles outside of Israel.  That was being done then, in essence, though in a very limited fashion.  Since Israel was supposed to be the light of the world, it is natural to conclude that these prophets likely thought in terms of a greater number of Gentiles coming to salvation through the nation of Israel.  They had no idea that God’s plans and purposes included a new entity called the Church.  None whatsoever.

Because of the obvious nature of Paul’s claims, it is difficult to understand how Mr. Gillespie (or anyone else for that matter), would arrive at the conclusion that one of the main issue at hand between Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism has to do with the gospel being extended to the Gentiles.  This is simply not the case in God’s sovereign plan.  The gospel was always intended to be extended to Gentiles, as stated.  The mystery that Paul reveals goes much further than simply the gospel being extended to the Gentiles, in which this new entity called the Church, would be composed of Jewish and Gentile individuals as fellow heirs, outside of the nation of Israel.  This is all part and parcel of God’s sovereignty.  He will accomplish His purposes in all of His Creation.

This leads us to this extremely important point.  Based on the fact that God is sovereign and according to the passages like Deuteronomy 32:39; Job 42:2; Psalm 2; 22:27-28; Proverbs 16:9; 19:21, and a host of others, God will bring about His purposes, it stands to reason then that man has two choices.  They are 1) to voluntarily, with fear and humility bow to God, delivering to Him all that you posses, and all that you are in order for His will to be accomplished in and through you, or 2)  resist God, attempting to keep for yourself all that you possess, and all that you are, but His will is still going to be accomplished through you, whether you like it or not.

I believe this is of supreme importance.  God’s will is going to be completed and we can be carried along by the scruff of our necks, kicking and screaming, all the while thinking that we are our own person.  We can do that, or we can humbly submit to Him, so that we are lining ourselves up with His will.  In doing the latter, we place ourselves in the place of blessing God has allotted for us.

All the people who choose hell as their final destination by ignoring God’s saving grace, still do God’s will, though they may think that they are doing their own.  This was the case with Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar and countless other individuals who believed that they lived their life, doing what they wanted to do, accomplishing what they wanted to accomplish.  This is actually the furthest thing from the truth.  God used them for His purposes and plans.

Everyone who has ever lived, is living or will ever live, does what God wants them to do.  This is not mere “puppetry,” absolving man from any responsibility for his crimes and sin.  This is God’s sovereignty in action, fully in control of all aspects of His entire Creation.  How could it possibly be otherwise, if we are going to say that God is sovereign?

Each person has a choice, but the choice is not whether they will or will not do God’s will.  The choice is how will they do His will?  Will it be done while all the time believing that they control their own destiny, or will be done with the heart that is glad to give up their own life in order that His will be done in and through them knowingly?

No one is in reality their own god, even though they may come to believe it.  God’s purposes will not falter or fail.  His sovereignty has always been on display, but the problem is that some simply do not recognize this truth.

This will all be made clear for each and every individual – whether spirit being, or human being.  All will acknowledge that God is fully and absolutely sovereign, by Himself, with no one who has ever been, or will ever be a threat to His sovereignty.

Dispensationalism has no problem whatsoever understanding that God is fully sovereign over everything which He created.  This is overriding truth and highest purpose of all that He accomplishes.  His sovereignty is what Creation was made to recognize and understand.  It is in voluntarily recognizing and understanding His sovereignty that glory is given to Him.

May we endeavor to glorify Him more and more each and every day while we live.  May we seek His face, in order to understand the comprehensive quality of His sovereignty.  May we glorify Him through our adoration of Him, because He is sovereign.

God reigns.  He reigns supreme.  He will always reign supreme.  There is no other that deserves our love, our adoration and our worship.  He is God, the Sovereign Most High.  Holy is His Name and may He receive blessing and honor from all that we do, think and say.

(1) http://www.inchristalone.org/PDFiles/Everlasting.PDF

June 25, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Ex-Christians and Bible Study

Two of my newest books are hot off the press and they are both topics that are near and dear to my heart.  “The Anti-Supernatural Bias of Ex-Christians” is a look into the world of those who state unequivocally that they are were in fact committed Christian.  Now however, they have not only turned their back on Christianity, but have become atheists in many cases as well!  How does this happen?  This book explores the process and takes some time to review John W. Loftus’ book on how he left the faith.

My other book titled “Interpreting the Bible Literally (Is Not as Confusing as It Sounds)” and deals with interpreting Scripture.  Is there more than one way to do that?  There are certainly conflicting opinions, but surely there cannot be more than one meaning to God’s Word.  This book details the use of a hermeneutic that provides consistent results all the way through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, including prophetic areas of Scripture.

In this day and age, it is more important than ever for Christians to know what is going on in the world.  Are we living in the time of the “great apostasy” when droves of people who considered themselves to be Christians, simply walk away from Christianity?

Can we know for sure that God has one intended meaning throughout Scripture?  If so, there must be a way for us to determine HIS meaning, for HIS Word.  It should not be left up to chance and it certainly should not be left up to the whims of allegory.

For more information on ordering the two books shown here (or any of the upcoming books), please check out our site at:  http://www.studygrowknow.com

June 18, 2009 at 7:26 PM


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