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As I have mentioned to you in a few posts over this past year, Lord willing, as soon as I get the time to finish the different series that I am doing concerning Catholicism and the Alleged Apparitions of the Virgin Mary, I am hoping to begin a series on Calvinism and Reformed Theology in light of Scripture. In light of that, I thought this debate that a dear sister-in-Christ let us know on Facebook was being live streamed would be a good video to share with all of you today for a Teaching Thursday post to make some of you who are not fully aware of some of the teachings of Calvinism and Reformed Theology come to understand some of the beliefs that they hold to. The speakers for this debate that will be presenting their position on man’s Free Will from the reformed view is not typical of most Calvinists; most Calvinists are known to be polite and respectful, though some can be harsh and unfair in their attitudes and statements at times, like James White. However, what you will hear from Dr. Sonny Hernandez, and especially from Dr.  Theodore Zachariades, is a lack of self-control and a lot of yelling, and a change in what they claimed to believe concerning man’s free will during the discussions and online interactions they  all had  before this debate took place. Leighton Flowers and Jonathan Pritchett who represented the Traditionalist point of view did an excellent job of staying in control under such shock and pressure and exhibited God’s grace towards Sonny and Theodore, and Leighton and Johnathan also kept them on point. This is one debate that you will not be  bored listening to! Above all, I pray that you will learn the importance of truly having a Biblical perspective on every theological issue, and not just accept a  teaching because it is being taught by someone who has been known to be a well respected teacher for many years. We must constantly compare Scripture with Scripture and look at it in its context and grammatical structure to determine the Biblical meaning of a verse, and not simply accept man’s interpretation of a verse!

Here is the video description:

Published on Nov 4, 2017

“Dr. Leighton Flowers and Dr. Johnathan Pritchett (Traditionalists) debate Dr. Sonny Hernandez and Dr. Theodore Zachariades (Calvinists) over the doctrine of Free Will. Things become a bit contentious in the CX when Theodore and Sonny disavow the London Baptist Confession’s statement on free will (Chapter 9) since prior to the debate Leighton and Johnathan were told they affirmed it. This cause much unnecessary confusion and contention. On July 18th, an email with all parties copied, Sonny said, “Hey Leighton, The best way to summarize our position would be to review the 1689 London Baptist Confession or the Westminster Confession of Faith (See Free will).” And even after Leighton literally copied and pasted chapter 9 (the one on Free Will) into the email and asking specifically what they affirmed, Sonny wrote back to all parties (including Theodore), “Leighton, what you see in the confession is what we affirm…” Leighton put up a live video on the Soteriology 101 facebook page showing all these emails for his followers to read for themselves. Things also became unnecessarily heated when Theodore called his opponents “brothers” and then retracted that statement saying they were merely “opponents” and that he wasn’t sure they were actual “brothers” due to their view of grace.”

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

RELATED SCRIPTURES

Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LordAnd if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:14,15)

“And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:16,17)

“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6,7)

“And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” (John 5:37-40)

“When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me,” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death.” (James 1:13-15)

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God –children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12,13)

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:8,9)

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“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)

Welcome to another post in the category of posts entitled, TEACHING THURSDAY.’ Lord willing, about once a month or so, on Thursdays, I will be posting either a video, an article, or some form of teaching  in which a *Biblically sound teacher *(Biblically sound because what they say and teach lines up with the truth of God’s Word,  Acts 17:11) will either expose an unbiblical movement, teaching, or a practice that is leading many Christians astray, or present some type of Biblical teaching to help you grow in a deeper understanding of God’s Word on different topics. Some of these teachings may be essentials of the Christian faith, and others may be things that we can debate but not divide over.

It is my hope and prayer that by presenting these teachings to you, many more Christians will not only come to realize the importance of testing the words of men (and women) against the truth of God Word so they will not be deceived, but also it is my hope and prayer that many Christians will come to know the joy of learning God’s Word.

Now on with today’s TEACHING THURSDAY:

Today I’d like to share a very good teaching with you by Pastor Bob DeWaay of CRITICAL ISSUES COMMENTARY. I’m sure that many of you will agree that we live in a time when God’s Word is under attack more than ever before! Therefore, we need to depend even more on the guidance of the Holy Spirit in order to help us know the meaning of a passage of Scripture so that we will not become deceived or led astray by those who are attempting to change God’s Word. Especially in light of the fact that many pastors are promoting Christian leaders who are part of the Emergent Church Movement. For example, Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Church in the Chicago area, promotes men such as Brian McLaren, Erwin McManus, Rob Bell, and many other Christian leaders who are deeply involved in the Emergent Church Movement, and are attempting to change how Christians should view Scripture.

Have you ever been in a “Bible study” where instead of the person who is  leading the class teaching God’s Word in context, they instruct the class to take turns sharing with everyone else what a certain verse is saying to them?  I have. And let me tell you that can lead to many different answers and a lot of confusion!

In the video below, Bob DeWaay discusses Postmodern Theology and gives us some excellent Biblical principles on how to examine these teachings in light of Scripture. He also helps us to realize how this type of Postmodern thinking can lead Christians away from the trustworthiness of Scripture as being God’s infallible Word, which is also unchanging truth –regardless of how drastically our culture is changing! (When the rest of the teachings in this series become available, I will add the videos to this post).

Here is the video description:

“Postmodern Theology casts serious doubts about the ability of human languages to validly transmit meaning from authors to readers in a different culture. This means that the meaning of the Biblical writers is obscured to modern readers. To solve this supposed problem, postmodern theologians claim that the reader determines the meaning of Scripture. In this session, Bob DeWaay refutes their claims and upholds the Reformation doctrine of Sola Scriptura.”

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26)

“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me.” (John 15:26)

“Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on Me, believeth not on Me, but on Him that sent Me. And he that seeth Me seeth Him that sent Me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear My words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father which sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak.” (John 12:44-50)

Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29)

“For I am the LORD I change not.” (Malachi 3:6)

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ELLIOTT NESCH OF HOLY BIBLE PROPHECY – EMERGENT/EMERGING CHURCH DOCUMENTARY FILLED WITH A LOT OF GOOD INFORMATION

PASTOR  JAY PETERS – EMERGENT CHURCH 101 – THESE VIDEOS GIVES INFORMATION CONCERNING WHAT THE EMERGENT CHURCH IS, AND WHO ALL THE MAIN PEOPLE INVOLVED IN IT ARE. THESE VIDEOS INCLUDE ACTUAL VIDEO AND AUDIO CLIPS OF THE MOST WELL KNOWN LEADERS IN THE EMERGENT CHURCH MOVEMENT.  – “SOMETHING IS EMERGING, BUT IT ISN’T THE TRUTH.” ~PASTOR JAY PETERS

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

 

UPDATE:

LORD WILLING, I WILL BE WORKING ON ONE OF MY FORMER POSTS, MOODY RADIO’S ‘MIDDAY CONNECTION’ PROGRAM – CANCELLED OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS, AND I HOPE TO HAVE IT COMPLETED BY MONDAY EVENING –LORD WILLING.

Well, it’s being called ‘The Debate of the Decade’ and even ‘of the Century,’ and it takes place tonight at 7PM eastern, 6PM central at the Creation Museum.  Ken Ham, a creationist and Bill Nye, an evolutionist, will be debating on the topic ‘Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era.’ The moderator for the debate will be Tom Foreman of CNN.

You can either watch it live here on YouTube…

 

…or you can also watch the live streamed event HERE

Below is a ‘quick capture’ from their site:

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In the video below, Ken Ham gives a clear explanation of why it is that we are seeing such drastic moral changes taking place in our nation and in our world.  Basically it’s because we have allowed the culture to change the church, and we have not properly taught our children how to defend Biblical truth.  Instead of the church having an impact on the culture, we have stood by and allowed the culture to attack the foundation of the authority of the Word of God, and many of us are not doing anything about it!  Please take time to listen to this very insightful and important message!

Those of you who are true followers of Christ — born of the Spirit of God — I ask that you would please join me in praying for Ken as he takes a stand for Biblical truth tonight.  There will definitely be a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12) taking place as Ken faces Bill Nye.  Please pray that God will be glorified through all that Ken will say and do tonight.  Pray for God to prepare many hearts and minds to receive the truth, and that many will come to search the Scriptures for themselves and realize just how many ‘scientific’ truths were recorded in the Bible, God’s Word, long before these truths came to be known, such as:

The earth is round, and not flat:

“He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth.”  (Isaiah 40:22a)

Our universe is expanding/stretching out:

“It is He that stretches out the heavens as a curtain, and spreads them out as a tent to dwell in.”  (Isaiah 40:22b)

Believing that there is a God who loves us and who created us and the world around us with such thought and in such amazing ways, gives hope and meaning to a person, instead of teaching them a theory with no solid evidence; there may be telling them they evolved from apes or from “primordial soup.”  Ugh!

Please take a hard look at the facts and think for yourself:

 

Lord willing, within the next few days I hope to have my previous post finished, but I wanted to take the time to make all of you aware of this debate, and to ask you to please be praying for Ken Ham.

Thank you very much for stopping by, and thank you very much for taking time to read my posts and poems. God bless you.

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.  In Him was life, and that life was the light of all men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.    (John 1:1-5)

“The true light that gives light to all men was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.  He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.  Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become the children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or of a husband’s will, but born of God.  The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  (John 1:9-14)

“For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of  the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created; things in heave and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities, all things were created by Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”  (Colossians 1:13-17)

“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things and through whom He made the universe.  The Son is the radiance of God’s Glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word.  After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”  (Hebrews 1:1-3)

“O LORD, You have searched me and You know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways.  Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O LORD.  You hem me in — behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.  Where can I go from Your Spirit?  Where can I flee from Your presence?  If I go up to the heavens,You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.  If I say,  “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You.  For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.  How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!  Were I to count them they would outnumber the grains of sand.”  (Psalm 139:1-18a)

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.  For in the gospel, a righteousness  from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”  The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — His eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”  (Romans 1:16-20)

“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”  (Psalm 11:3)

“Always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect…”  (1 Peter 3:15b)

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”                                     (Ephesians 6:11-13)

FURTHER READING:

SCIENTIFIC FACTS IN THE BIBLE – ‘IN PLAIN SITE’