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Baptist Dysfunction #2

phariseesI was raised believing in the old BAPTIST
acrostic (below). These are the things that supposedly made us ‘distinctive’ in our faith. But as I’m reading and learning, I’m discovering that most -if not all- of these do not mean what they used to… what they’re supposed to. If you haven’t yet, you should catch up by reading Part 1 here.  This post will focus on the Priesthood of the Believer & Individual Soul Liberty. (I’ve decided not to go in the order below, but to group them by their logical sequence.)

B- Biblical Authority
A- Autonomy of the Local Church
P- Priesthood of the Believer
T- Two Church Offices
I- Individual Soul Liberty
S- Saved & Baptized Church Membership
T- Two Church Ordinances

NOTE: Some readers of my last article noted that I write with an evident hurt buried deep inside.  I can’t really identify one singular pain… but I do recognize certain ‘sore spots’ that are sensitive to me. This article, in particular, will really reveal a couple of issues that can affect my blood pressure in a negative way.

P – Priesthood of the Believer

The Bible teaches (1 Peter 2:5) that believers are priests, each having his/her own access to God.  Since Jesus is our High Priest, we need no other mediator (1 Timothy 2:5).  So why do so many IFB pastors stand in this role?  Why do so many say things like: “Before you buy a home or change jobs, you should consult your Pastor.”?  Why do they set themselves up as some kind of ‘priest’ that can divine and/or discern God’s will for the membership? I’ve heard preachers use a church member who didn’t get his advice as an illustration for foolishness or rebellion! I’m a firm believer in getting counsel, but I also believe that Christians don’t need to ask their pastor for permission to buy a car!  Then they take it a step further and take the initiative to assign standards for every family (what to wear, what to listen to, where not to go…), leaving little room for the Holy Spirit to convict.  I believe our standards are far too low & too many!

In addition, the IFB movement has become so governed by a ‘performance’ theology. We’ve lost touch with grace. Why do we continually allow our leaders to set the measurements for us?  Doesn’t the Bible say that when we compare ourselves by and with ourselves we are not wise? Yet we continue to do it – we feed off of it, and it becomes a way of life. Read more about this here.

We define our spirituality by checklists of do’s and don’ts and we let other the fear of man dictate the lists. It’s more human to call a suit & tie your church clothes than to really obey Colossians 3:12-14. After all, it’s easier to measure the visible than the unseen. I still do it (far more than I even realize) and it is sin. The fear of man is a snare! For me, it took a long time to “find myself” after leaving the pretense that I was under, in large part because I had always defined myself by another man’s opinion / approval. It was a terrible mixture of my own insecurities fostered by the emphasis on performance by those surrounding me.

I – Individual Soul Liberty

Much of what defines IFB churches are ‘standards.’  Unknowingly, churches are bound in the culture war more than they are in a war for doctrinal #oldpaths. In the 1950’s, when the Convention was going south (waffling on major fundamentals), a remnant of Biblicists separated from the whole and became Independent, Fundamental Baptists.  In so doing, they became defined by their culture. Women wore skirts, churches used only hymns (with piano music) and black-bound King James Bibles, and preaching against ‘movie houses’ was common.

Examples abound… A pastor-friend was asked to leave his church in the 70’s because his son wore a white belt.  I know a man who wouldn’t let his wife wear pantyhose because they were ‘split-legged.’ I heard about an addiction program which required all participants to wear proper attire. If they didn’t have any, they were provided with disposable plastic skirts (for the ladies) to wear during the class.  No wonder it never got off the ground!

We have become so wrapped up in the externals. How refreshing would it be if we could go to a conference (IFB) and not to hear messages entrenched in legalistic manipulation. (Is Legalism a Bad Word?)  We’ve used some Biblical words to justify our shallow preaching when — according to Jesus himself — there are far weightier matters to attend to!!  The IFB movement is becoming known for its Pharisee-ism, and it doesn’t seem that much is being done to turn that around.  That’s not the fringe, that’s the mainstream. And, thankfully, the younger generation of new fundamentalists are not willing to stand for some of these non-essentials or die in a culture war that their parents / grandparents started!

Romans 14 provides limits for Christians who are ‘strong’ in their faith as they help the ‘weaker.’  It clearly states (v5) that we need to let every man to be fully convinced in his own mind.  What that means is… Give people the space to come to their own conclusions and form their own convictions.  I can hear it now… “But I’ve given them 3 months and he still hasn’t cut his hair. “Well that’s just crazy! Do you expect people to make up their own mind? What if they don’t decide to give up _________, what then?  “I don’t think that she’ll stop wearing britches unless I talk to her about it.”  I know, right!!  Christian liberty is a dangerous thing.  Sticky stuff here, folks.  Which is precisely why we can’t get too far from Matthew 7… the splinter & the plank.

Brothers, we’ve lost sight of grace and become lost in our religion that emphasizes fancy footwork and performance.  Let’s get back to grace and leave the condemnation behind (Gal. 5:1). Just because you change doesn’t mean you’re compromising. Jesus was hated because he was too far ‘left’ for the Fundamentalists of his day… so that puts you in good company!

 

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Are You Stuck in the Old Testament?

imagesMany of us do it. We live an Old Testament existence in a world of New Testament promises. I guess Law will always appeal to our flesh more than Grace. So we go along mistaking the physical lesson of the Old Testament for the spiritual truth of the New Testament.

Recently, there it was in my Bible reading. In Joshua 5 there was a lesson I found thrilling. Here were the Children of Israel freshly arrived in the Promised Land, and after the drama of the Jordan crossing, the Lord’s first order of business was the practice of circumcision. They had carried it out years before in Egypt, but over the years of wandering they had neglected it.

Well, we are supposed to look at OT stories with NT light, right? The circumcision that the Lord is really after is circumcision of heart. So many times we neglect it and it is urgent that we put it in practice again. Just think of the pain of carrying out that call to circumcision! I understand that “sharp knives” of Joshua’s day were flint stones. I don’t want to be too graphic, but I would dread it! Any surgery with stones instead of modern day knives would terrify me.  So, I suppose even at the cost of discomfort we must do the work the Lord seeks in our hearts. In verse 9 we were even told that “This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you.” He never said it until the events of this chapter. This we need and in verses 13-15 the Lord came. Pretty exciting stuff, huh?

These lessons get by us too easily. We’d rather pull out the stones of flint than do real heart surgery. We’ll inflict the pain of body and leave our souls at ease.

We become consumed with the object lessons. We prefer the tangible, outward things over the spiritual, inward things. Since this lacks spiritual power, we turn on each other and watch for the pool of blood and listen for the screams.  We are always ready to point out everyone’s failure as if circumcision could tell us all of our hearts. Our conclusions miss the point and hurt others, as well as ourselves. Need I remind you that Jesus has come through in the interim between Joshua and us?

Perhaps we find the pain exhilarating. Perhaps we enjoy it more if we see others suffering with us. I don’t know. We inspect the circumcision, so to speak, while the Lord says you are seeing the object itself as the lesson and missing the point. But we can see the circumcision and we can prove we did it. We can never prove what is in our hearts. We settle for what we can impress others with while being indifferent to what might please the Lord. We live the Old Testament as if the Lord had no greater revelation in the New Testament to share. Pretty ridiculous, wouldn’t you agree?

If I saw the point I’d pray for my heart and yours. I’d listen carefully as the Lord spoke to me and encourage you to do the same. But I’d leave the stones of flint to your own consideration and ask you to keep them away from me. Live the Old Testament if you please and I’ll keep my mouth shut. As for me, though, I’m rather fond of the New Testament.

3 Things I Learned from Joel Osteen

osteenA wise man once said that he could learn from anyone… did you catch that?  He was wise… because he didn’t let anyone stand in his way of growth.  Not their successes or their failures. Not their preferences, their convictions, their methods, their mannerisms, their eccentricities.  We would be wise to learn from this as well… everyone can teach you something!  Some might teach you WHAT to do, HOW to live, WHY, WHEN – but others might teach you why, how, and what NOT to do!

Here are three lessons that I learned from the pastor of the world’s largest church:

I learned that a smile goes a lot further than a shout

Osteen is known for his trademark smile (it’s almost creepy how much he grins, isn’t it!?).  But the fact is – warm joy takes truth further into the soul than the cold call of duty.  Happy creatures are magnetic while negative ones polarize.  The good news is truly that — good news!  How tragic when the good news is delivered with a frown or a tone of judgment.  I realize that the gospel incorporates ‘negative’ elements of sin and God’s wrath, of blood and death… but it’s overarching message is one of hope and grace.  Share His love with a smile.

Warm joy takes truth further into the soul than the cold call of duty.

I learned that hope is a powerful thing

In his book, Osteen challenges the reader to believe in himself because of the ‘Champion’ within.  He convinces his audience that he believes in them, that they need to believe that things will not always be the same as they are right now, that they don’t have to live under the circumstances, and that they should take action to change their lives right now.  This is powerful because it offers people hope and a promise.  Personally, I believe that the source of hope needs to be more than just believing in yourself; it should be sourced in the great truth that God believes in you (although Osteen might see this as semantics / splitting hairs).  How might God use you to give hope to someone who is struggling today?  Believe in them because God does!

I learned that God can use anyone

Although Osteen was a PK (preacher’s kid), he has readily admitted that he didn’t see himself in the pulpit.  He avoided the spotlight and felt much more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it.  But, in spite of my many critiques of his methods and quirkiness, I believe that God is bigger than my level of tolerance or acceptance of his ministry.  I should admit that God IS using him to share the gospel and bring glory to His name.  God’s grace is bigger than anyone can imagine.  Don’t get me wrong… I’ll not soon throw the baby out with the bathwater. I would never deny hell or the sinfulness of sin on national TV (like he did on Larry King Live) – but then I’ll not answer to God for what Joel Osteen has done, will I?  I’ll try to keep my eyes on my own life and keep myself in check.  Aren’t you glad God uses us all in different people in different ways?  To think… Wow, God can even use me (and you)!

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Reflections: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I normally don’t spend a lot of time in front of the mirror.  Even when I do to shave or brush my teeth, I take little time out of my day to really look.  But today was different.  I paused and took a long, hard look because today, I am forty-two years old.

Forty-two years ago today, God chose to bring me into this world.  He did so with a plan, a purpose for this boy born six weeks pre-maturely on October third in Covington, Ky.  As I looked at the face staring back at me, sifting through the memories that accumulate, I realized God’s plan would have involved few of the things I had said or done in that time.  Of course, you can argue the experience factor: all the things I have done have molded me, for better or worse, into the man I am today.  And without the Holy Spirit to guide my conscience, I wouldn’t care about the manipulative or hurtful words spoken in anger or haste in the first half of my life.  I could chalk my life up to…well…life, and go on with my day.  But there is something more going on here.  God knows all things, He is God.  Yet He still brought me into this world knowing I would fail Him time and time again.

In fact, as I reflected, I realized that was the one thing I have done with spectacular success.

But God is also patient.  From this day in 1970, He looked ahead 9 years to when I would accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  He knew I would understand the basics of salvation, but it would not be enough to keep me from being overwhelmed by the “eye candy” of this world.  He saw the day 24 years later when I would quietly and prayerfully give my life completely to Him.  He knew the day would come when I said, “Whatever you want, wherever you want me, whenever you’re ready; I’m in.”  I guess I needed the experiences, but only because I didn’t pay attention.  You see, I was brought up in a good, loving Christian home.  I was taken to church every week.  I heard the Word of God; I heard the Gospel, but I didn’t listen too closely.  He gave me every opportunity to be shielded from this world, but I sat oblivious to what was really being said and what was really at stake.

There is still too much of me in the mirror.

As I look at the man in the mirror, I see grace and love.  Not mine, of course, but God’s.  The world should look at me as I am now and see Jesus Christ…but they don’t.  I know there is still too much of me in the mirror.  But He isn’t done yet…not by a long-shot.  The first half of my life I spent a lot of time and energy getting in the way.  I wonder what I’ll see in another forty years as I spend all of my time and energy trying to stay out of His way?

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God’s Greatest Promise?

God’s Word is filled with promises. It often seems that you cannot read a single chapter without finding at least one promise. A few weeks ago I was reading Romans 8. I hit verse 28, a promise most Christians have claimed on more than one occasion- “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” It is a great verse and a great promise.  But as I continued reading in this chapter I came to a verse I had probably read two dozen times before (verse 32).

“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”

I stopped and read it again, and again. I probably read it six or seven times before I grasped what it was saying.

The Fathomless Promise

Many of God’s promises are amazing. In Matthew 6, verses 25-34, he who seeks the kingdom of God first is promised that “these things” (food, clothing, and shelter) will be provided. God gives us the promise of rest and relief if we bring our burdens to Him in Matthew 11:28-30. But in Romans 8:32 He promises us more than this- He promises us “all things”! I love things that include the word “all.” All-time greatest, all-inclusive resort, all-you-can-eat buffet.

For the child of God, the breadth of this verse is limitless. As the saying goes, “All means all and that all that all means.” Think about it. The very God of heaven is promising you and me all things- salvation, forgiveness, mercy, love, protection, provision, wisdom, righteousness, friendship . . . ALL THINGS! What could be greater than a promise of all things from an all-knowing, all-powerful God?!?

Glad you asked. I told you I liked things that contained the word “all.” I also really like things that are free! Here, God doesn’t just promise all things; He promises to give these things to us freely! I did not catch this the first time I read it. But it makes the promise even more amazing. It’s so amazing it is a difficult to understand what is being said, and to do so fully we must consider the doctrinal underpinnings of the promise.

The Foundational Principles

At least two things undergird this promise – the omnipotence of God and the fact that He purchased and now freely offers salvation. If someone other than God Himself was making this promise it would be much less amazing. As a matter of fact, it would not be believable. Also, if God the Father had given something less than his most precious possession (His only Son) to begin with or if He had not offered salvation as a free gift, the promise would similarly lose its significance. To put it differently, the first half of this verse is what provides substance to the second half. But the fact is that God IS the one making the promise and He did FREELY sacrifice Jesus Christ for each of us. Because God did not withhold what was most dear to Him, I can be confident that there is absolutely nothing He will withhold. It is on this basis that I can fully, unwaveringly rely on this promise.

The Final Point

You may think that salvation is God’s greatest promise. Salvation, as great as it is, doesn’t compare to the promise made in verse 32. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ is the basis for this verse, just as it is for salvation. But salvation is simply one side of this multi-faceted promise. You may disagree, but I truly believe this might be the greatest promise of the Bible precisely because it is rooted in the greatest gift ever given.

Read Romans 8:32; meditate on it. As I did a few days ago, I was left with one thought. It has come to mind numerous times since.

The fact that the God of heaven gave up His Son Jesus for me is proof that there is NOTHING that He will withhold from me. 

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The Marinovich Syndrome

Recently I watched a documentary special from ESPN entitled “The Marinovich Project”. Without a doubt, it was one of the most depressing sports stories I had ever heard. It detailed the life of Todd Marinovich, a kid who was “created” by his father to become the PERFECT Quarterback. Before little Todd was able to crawl, his father began training him to be what others would later refer to, “The Robo-Qb.” He was on a strict diet, a rigorous workout routine, and absolutely no social life — Oh, and by the way this is going on before he even was 7 years old! Groomed from even before his birth to be the greatest quarterback of all time, Todd had set the national high school passing record — throwing for nearly 10,000 yards in his career — and was already being compared to legends like Jim Kelly and John Elway. To make a long story short, Todd’s father, Marv, did indeed build the perfect quarterback.

Unfortunately, he failed to build a real son. Todd received many accolades and accomplishments: Set record after record throughout his high school years, became a star at USC in California by leading them to a coveted Rose Bowl victory, and became a professional quarterback in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders. Hidden within the glitz and glamour of all his accomplishments, Todd struggled with terrible drug addictions and it would be those addictions that ultimately cost him his NFL career. Yeah, sure … That’s depressing; but what is TRAGIC is the reasoning behind all his poor life decisions. To paraphrase a quote from Todd himself, he said that he wanted SO BAD to have his father’s APPROVAL. It would not be until he was in his twenties, spiraling out of control with the Raiders, that he finally got it from him verbally — But it was too late …

As Christian people, I feel that a majority of believers truly suffer from “Marinovich Syndrome”. Simply put, way too many people are desperate for their Heavenly Father’s approval. There are  people across this nation and this world that are angry and frustrated with themselves for “letting God down” and seemingly never recover. Across this planet, MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of people try to DO things to make God love them and accept them … This is so opposite of what Scripture teaches. No one ever should look at what THEY have done; instead they should look at what Christ DID! The Apostle Paul was right when he wrote, “comfort one another with these words”. There is comfort in the Bible if we actually looked at it:

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; – Ephesians 1:6-7

We do not have to seek God’s approval. As the REDEEMED, we already have it! Isn’t great to know that we have an impartial Father? Why are we not jumping for joy over the fact that you do not need merit to be accepted?! Let there never be a sliver of doubt creep into your mind about whether or not God loves and accepts you. Certainly you will fall and fail, you may NEVER reach your full potential, and your life my go up and down … but there is one CONSTANT: You are ACCEPTED of God! I leave you with one final verse of encouragement:

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39

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What Does ‘Being Saved’ Mean to You?

While reading through a devotional book, my wife asked me this simple question, “What does being saved mean to you?” In a poor attempt to flex my spiritual muscles and show her how well versed I was in theology, I fired off a line of seminary answers that were sure to dazzle her mind. I made sure to mention key words like propitiation, sacrifice, imputation … you get the idea. After a nice display of verbal acrobatics, I sat back and waited for my pat on the back — it never came… She responded with an answer I wasn’t suspecting, “No, that’s what being saved IS… I’m asking what does it MEAN to YOU!” Howbeit, (a little embarrassed to say the least) I wanted to know her opinion and response to that question. The answer was so good I had to share it:

Being saved to me means having a peace about life and death and a purpose to living. It means acceptance and forgiveness, grace and mercy, but also responsibility and urgency… – My Much Better Half

I’m not entirely sure that I could say it any better, but then again, that was what being saved meant to HER … But what does it mean to ME? What does it mean to YOU?

What is unique about salvation is that it will always mean something different to each and every person. For those who have accepted and trusted in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, the reasons of what THAT truly means to them are no doubt as colorful as the people themselves! With that being said, I can’t leave you hanging — Salvation in its purest form is a reference to being delivered from something; so here are a few declarations I can make:

I can LIVE EACH DAY WITHOUT FEAR of tomorrow because I have been DELIVERED from DEATH

(Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us – 2 Corinthians 1:10)

I can OVERCOME MY FLESH through Holy Spirit because I have been DELIVERED from MYSELF

(Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. – 2 Corinthians 7:1)

I can ENJOY THE FUTURE because I have been DELIVERED from THE PAST

(For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. – Hebrews 8:10)

I can SHARE MY STORY because I have been DELIVERED from THE WORLD

(For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? – 1 John 5:4-5)

The more I put my mind to it, the more I COULD add to that list — because salvation is so vast and so expansive. So I ask you the question again, WHAT DOES BEING SAVED MEAN TO YOU? Leave YOUR answer in the comments below; I’d love to hear them. As long as there is an emotion in your soul, your salvation will always mean something … Because it is just that GOOD!

 

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7 Reasons You Can’t Lose Your Salvation

1. ADOPTION

When we receive Christ and are saved, we are God’s sons & daughters.  He has imputed His righteousness onto our account (irreversible) and made us part of His family forever.  *See Romans 4:5-9, 16.  Ephesians 1:4-5 says that is His desire [will] and choice that has brought us to Him – that’s impossible to fight against.  John 1:12 says that we believe and become His children.

2. COVENANT

Marriage covenants are strong, but they are secondary to that of Christ’s covenant with His people (Ephesians 5:25-26).  God hates divorce because if gives a false picture of His faithfulness (book of Hosea).  When we are saved, God covenants with us – never to leave or forsake us (Heb. 13:5, 20).  All believers should expect to share in the marriage supper mentioned in Revelation 19 as His Bride.

3. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

God’s love is greater and stronger than whatever man can do.  I didn’t do anything to earn or deserve God’s love, so it is also true that I cannot do anything to make Him stop loving me.  He loved me when I was still a sinner (Romans 5:1-11).  God can’t love me any more or any less – just look at the cross for the most compelling example of this kind of love.  While this doesn’t mean that God saves everyone or that He overlooks sin, it does mean that, because He hath set his love upon me, I can be assured of eternity through grace and faith.  *See John 5:24, 6:37-40; Titus 3:4-5.

4. GRACE

God’s grace is connected with His power … and He is far too strong to ever let me go (1 Peter 1:5)!  His gracious commitment to me when I commit my soul to Him precludes my past sins and all my future sins (Phil. 1:6).  God agreed to save me when I was 12 yrs old – even though I hadn’t even committed the bulk of my sins yet.  He knew what I was going to do, and still He graciously saved me from my sins.  Just as my acts of goodness cannot count toward my salvation, neither can my acts of sin and selfishness count against it.  I was saved by grace, and grace is always victorious over sin (Ephesians 2:8-10)!

5. CHASTENING

As a child of God, I understand God’s discipline (Hebrews 12:5-11).  He does not treat me like a convict feeling the need to constant punish (Romans 8:1).  He understands that I am flesh and will require training… and I’m thankful.  Some would say that sins destroy my relationship with God, but John writes in his First Epistle that my relationship with Christ is secure (sin only jeopardizes my fellowship with Him).

6. PETER

The chosen Apostle’s example is one of great encouragement to the worst of sinners.  Peter committed the worst of sins  — the ‘unpardonable sin’ of denying Christ (blasphemy).  Not only once, He denied three times (Mark 14:66-72).  Three wasted opportunities.  The third time he even swore with an oath.  Did not Christ tell Peter that any man denying Him would be denied before the Father (Matt. 10:33)?  Yet Jesus didn’t just throw away this soul to Satan!  He didn’t give up on Him, quite the opposite… He gave Peter three ‘second chances’ to voice His love for His Savior (John 21).

7. SO MANY SCRIPTURES

Is God indecisive?  Is the Bible divided?  No!  Yet some would question hundreds of clear Bible teachings (teaching eternal security) because they do not understand a dozen vague passages (seemingly implying insecurity of salvation).  The whole of Scripture has a singular teaching about salvation… either the Bible teaches you CAN or you CAN’T lose your salvation – not both.  Over 10:1, the Scriptures teach that eternal life is a present possession (1 John 5:12) given to those who receive Christ by faith (John 6:37, 10:28-29), guaranteed for our assurance and faith (1 John 5:13-14) to the intent we believe even more.

>> There are far more reasons, this is just a quick list that is personal to me… please add your own reasons in the COMMENTS, below!  Thanks.

What about QUESTIONABLE PASSAGES?

*I must admit that I don’t have all the answers!  I firmly believe that many false teachings have been born out of a person’s inability to say “I don’t know” and leave it at that.  We long to be dogmatic and know that we know certain things.  We must agree to study and search the Scriptures, comparing verses with each other, drawing conclusions that gel with the whole of the Bible.

*Let context rule!  Many cults and false teachings are based in the very same book I’ve built my life on.  Consider the audience, date, dispensation, literary type, etc.  of difficult passages.  For example, John 15:6 is part of a parabolic teaching (Jesus doesn’t really give me sap or expect me to grow grapes on my fingers and toes.  So why would I isolate the fire as literal ‘hell-fire’?).  Also, Hebrews 6 is a difficulty to many, but it was written to Messianic Jews.  Don’t try to apply verse 6 to your experience… it is simplify understood when you consider the author is speaking of the Jews who lived along side Jesus and saw His life, miracles, death, and resurrection first-hand, yet did not believe.  He says that if they didn’t believe that, what else would they believe – there’s not another Jesus coming to save them (10:26).

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