This will be my only program this week—don’t worry, we have a special guest filling in on Thursday (I have to head out of town quickly). So we went long, a full two hours. Covered a ton of topics from Pope Francis’ call for “believers of all religions” to join in asking God to “help us” with coronavirus, Dan Barker’s bad argument against the Christian faith due to a bad theology of prayer, and another bad, bad tweet from the Bad, Bad Twitter Man (me) wherein I once again failed to buy into the social justice narrative (oh, and one caller who went rounds with Rich showing that, like so many, he is controlled by his emotions rather than his mind). Then the last hour we went back to “Wilson vs. Augustine Actual,” reading comments from Wilson and then going to the cited Augustinian sources.
Two hour long program today (penance for messing up yesterday) covering an Islamic poem for Christians, Pope Francis talking like a universalist (again), John Calvin on predestination and election, and then a deep dive into Manichaeism and Ken Wilson’s “DUPIED” concept. Enjoy!
Two major parts to the program today. First about 45 minutes I dealt with the explosion of another Twitter Mob today, stoked by people like Lex_Luther and Paul Flynn, who misrepresented an exchange I had about the role of politics and the reality of mortality in the panic surrounding Covid-19. They were (and are) calling for my burning, or at least my expulsion from ministry, for heartlessly attacking someone who lost an estranged spouse to Covid-19. Only problem is, it never happened. I did respond to someone else in a large number of comments, but I did not respond as it was reported and alleged. Sad that so many are so filled with anger and venom that they would not read carefully enough to see the truth. Panic is an ugly thing. But, once we had made that clear, I moved to a completely different topic, the textual variant at Romans 5:1. This had a personal twist to it, since it is a topic I have addressed over the years. Hopefully helpful and encouraging information for many.
Pray for us, please. It is a sad reality that slander and lies hurt, not just personally, but hurt the ministry. Doors are closed, opportunities diminished, support lost, when groups cooperate to promote lies and falsehoods.
So it is sort of hard to describe this one, but, you just sort of have to follow along to see how stuff developed today, starting with checking out an alleged quotation from Clement of Rome in my debate with Leighton Flowers from 2015 which led to other discoveries and conclusions. We also looked at some words from Clement regarding the salvation of the “number of the elect,” a phrase you probably don’t hear at too many “provisionist” churches (but you hear regularly in Reformed churches). I also refuted the list of objections Flowers posted to our being careful, and thorough, in dealing with church history and its abuse by those promoting “provisionism.” Tomorrow we will look at the date of the crucifixion, and the relationship of the resurrection to justification.
Answered a few questions from listeners on the last show at the start (just realized I forgot to answer one that I will make a note of!) and then went straight to the phones with an amazingly wide variety of calls and topics…a little something for everyone! One call was on Hebrews 3:16 and why it differs between the KJV and the NASB, another was on Genesis 15 and the covenant (went long on that one), another on covenant children, and the last one was on conditionalism/annihilationism. Hope you are blessed and encouraged. At least I can guarantee you if you spend 100 minutes listening to this you will learn a whole lot more than if you spend the same time watching a Hallmark Christmas special!