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A Scriptural Case for the Deity of Christ/Interaction with a Proposal for the Government to “Study” Islam

Only an hour today, but the first half was focused on the deity of Christ (interrupted by failing light strips in the studio!) and the second was focused upon a GOP proposal to identify “peaceful teaching Muslims” from those preaching violence.  Basically, I really don’t want the government determining good and bad theology for anyone, because while the GOP may be in charge today, it will not be in charge forever, and eventually the secular totalitarians will use such laws to come after all believing, consistent Christians.

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The Apostle Paul’s Simple Response to Brannon Howse

There is a lot of fearmongering going on over at Brannon Howse’s “Worldview Weekend” ministry in recent times.

Mr. Howse has been consumed by an unchristian fear, including his guilty-by-association conspiracy mind-set. The Gospel has been neglected and tarnished by Howse’s misguided, personal attack against James White and Alpha & Omega ministries. His thin-skinned, protracted assaults are only hurting Howse and his ministry—and of course the Gospel. Sadly, he does not see this. It is unbecoming of a Christian ministry.

As Christians we should not be so consumed by the intentions of the unregenerate (e.g. “Does this Muslim really intend to hurt me?”). Instead, our duty is to faithfully proclaim the Gospel of Christ. We proclaim and pray that God’s glory will be revealed.

Fear will paralyze us, but faith will express the sorts of things that Paul did not fear:

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 8:35–39)

Christian, there is a day coming in this country when we will have no legal recourse.

As a Christian do you really want to go out of this world fearfully exclaiming, “My rights have been violated!”?

Or do you want to confidently in faith take that one, and last, opportunity to stand firm and give God glory in your persecution or even martyrdom?

“If anyone is meant for captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed by the sword, then by the sword he must be killed. This requires steadfast endurance and faith from the saints.” (Rev 13:10)

 

Cultures That Abandon God’s Light Lose that Light, Then Hebrews 1:3 Textual Critical Discussion

Mainly discussed the move toward embracing transgenderism as a proper Christian viewpoint by the Church of England in the first half hour, and then moved to a discussion of a textual variant in Hebrews 1:3 as an illustration of a number of things in the second half hour.  Both live from Evergreen, Colorado via Skype.  Hope it is helpful!

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Preacher: Preach the Word (Part 2)

Pastor John Samson (www.kingschurchaz.com & effectualgrace.com) returns to guest host today’s Dividing Line broadcast and continues his teaching on expository preaching. How the Bible is handled in a service often reveals far more about a church’s true beliefs regarding Scripture, rather than a statement of faith found on a website. Today’s teaching is a summons to make God’s word central in the life and ministry of the church.

In the video John refers to “homework.” You can find that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9LCwI5iErE

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Did Paul ever meet Jesus and hear him teach? Yes, it is likely

51RG4+Q8HDL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_-1David Yoon introducing a new book by noted New Testament scholar Stanley E. Porter, writes:

“Our most prolific author, Stanley Porter, has another book published called When Paul Met Jesus: How an Idea Got Lost in History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016). Porter revives a theory set forth earlier by William Ramsay, Johannes Weiss, and James Hope Moulton, that Paul had seen Jesus in the flesh. This idea has since curiously dissolved in modern NT scholarship, probably because of Baur, Wrede, and Bultmann, who had pitted Jesus against Paul. But building on their idea that Paul had met Jesus during his earthly ministry, Porter argues that certain passages in the NT point to the fact that Paul did in fact meet Jesus before his crucifixion and resurrection, and consequently the Damascus road Christophany was not the first time Paul met Jesus. They key passages he looks at, besides Acts 9, are 1 Corinthians 9;1 and 2 Corinthians 5:16.

I, like many others, had not even thought about asking this question before—a point Porter identifies in this book. But having gone through it and thinking through many of the implications of this idea, I am convinced that it is more likely that Paul did meet Jesus during his earthly ministry than that he did not, and certain statements of Paul make much more sense if we consider that he knew Jesus and talked with him during his earthly ministry. Along these lines, Porter mentions the possibility, argued by A.M. Pope and T.A. Moxon, that perhaps Paul was the rich, young ruler in the Synoptic Gospels, although he admittedly does not think it is essential to the overall theory. I’m not sure if I am convinced that Paul was the rich, young ruler, but that’s a small point. The overall argument is compelling, and I think, even for those who are skeptical, the book should generate some very interesting conversations.”