Offended? By what is where to begin–not by whom. Attacking the messenger doesn’t resolve anything; the truth will stand on its own. If it’s the truth ( 1 ) by which we’re offended, then we’re in trouble. Read more… “Offended By Truth”
From time to time Paul Washer’s name is brought up in personal conversations. Some say he’s a great man of God and others say he isn’t. Some don’t think too much of him because he’s a Calvinist and others don’t like him because he’s in the Lordship Salvation camp. Some refers to the Biblical truths he preaches and how he’s helped them to see the deeper truths of obtaining and maintaining a closer walk with God.
Up front: I am not a Calvinist–I believe everyone chooses and I also believe in the sovereignty of God. (I don’t think Calvinists would understand that one.) Anyway, this isn’t about Calvinism.
I realize lots of people don’t have time to watch videos and there are some who will not watch YouTube at all. There are some who will if the videos are short. But lengthy YouTube videos is all I have to offer. Sorry if I’ve wasted your time.
If you care to invest some time to understand a little more about the upper ranks of “Christian” leaders and how some oppose one another and who some align themselves with, then what follows might be for you.
This one starts at 48:00:00 (the 48 minute mark):
Willful blindness. We need to be on guard as to who we align ourselves with. If we love Jesus, we will not bow to men. If we align ourselves with man, it is evidenced by our refusal to learn the truth, live the truth and identify the lies. Our refusal to worship Him in spirit and truth is evidence that we do not love Him.
If I’m loved by someone, they’ll tell me the truth–right? If they can’t tell me the truth it is either because they’re innocently in the dark or they are willfully in the dark or they are rebellious.
Paul. in the Bible said, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” How does one do that? By knowing the Bible. Why?
Because “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” Is not the words Jesus spoke spirit? Is not the words Jesus spoke the Word of God? If we follow the Spirit we follow the truth. If we worship Him in spirit and in truth, we have life.
Read the Word. Follow Him and live!
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I would guess that Paul Washer, Jacob Prasch and the guy in the last two videos are not perfect in everything they say and do. I know I’m not. Are you? This is a daily walk and we have things to overcome in this walk and sometimes we take longer to be an over-comer than we should. One of the more difficult faults to overcome is not to forgive. Does not the Bible tell teach us to forgive? Jacob Prasch, of all people, seems to be having a hard time with this one, as well as David Nathan. I wonder if they’ve overcome this obstacle yet. If either, or somehow both, of them are right then why is that they got so easily offended?
There again, we have to know the Bible (His Word–His spirit–His truth being followed in our lives) to be able not to get sucked into the black hole of disobedience.
It is God who is to be glorified. To disobey Him is to glorify our own selves.
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” -The Bible
“Calvinist” is a video documentary:
“When a generation finds the theology and practice of the modern church wanting, they turn to the internet for answers. an investigation into the roots of the reformation reveals a theology that challenges everything they thought they knew about Christianity. With a fresh view of God, where do they go from here? CALVINIST is the theology documentary of a lifetime. Featuring influential teachers R.C. Sproul, Paul Washer, Shai Linne, Kevin Deyoung, James White and many more.”1
Find it on YouTube, find it on Amazon, buy it, purchase it. Watch it and learn the doctrine. If you agree with it and live by it then know that there is more that could possibly change your mind. Have you ever read the book. “The Other Side of Calvinism”?
Added thought–Jan. 3rd, 2020:
“The man represented by the “good ground” is the only one of the four who is truly saved, because salvation’s proof is fruit.” (Source: A Calvinist website.) Every time I read or hear that statement it always brings a question to mind–and one I have publicly asked before in a church service–and it’s this:
If it is genuine seed which is sowed and it brings forth life for only one day, is not that life genuine?
“Church” is simply that which Jesus is building upon the foundation of Himself. It consists of those to whom God has chosen to reveal His Son. This revelation of who we are in Christ and who Christ is in us is the key. Without this firm foundation we cannot know, understand or experience being part of the Church. Our religious head knowledge is of virtually no significance, or the repeating of the so-called “Sinner’s Prayer” means nothing apart from the revelation of Jesus Christ. The Church is not built upon the individual Peter, but upon those to whom God has revealed Himself through the Holy Spirit. … Those structures not built upon the Foundation of Jesus Christ will fall of their own accord (I Corinthians 3:12-17; Matthew 7:24-27).”
Before I go any further, there are some of us who realizes that we are out-of-step with current thinking. I said “us” because I know (because of reactions pertaining to the content found on this site and the Paradigm Control site–ignoring and the silent treatment are reactions) I’m seen as one who is a “solipsistic” (selfish) individual–because of my “being so self-absorbed that I will not go along with the flow” of today’s beliefs. Regardless, silence on issues, subjects, topics and or matters as found on the Kjos Ministries website, by those who identify themselves as Christians, is a result of easy believism or the result of being deceived with an “easy gospel”.
The purpose of this post is to encourage the few who are true born-again believers on Jesus Christ, to not be confounded when so many of the other (so called) believers do not, and cannot, recognize and respond to the One who lives in you. Those who’ve built their house “upon the foundation of Jesus Christ”, you will know and those who haven’t “will fall of their own accord”–if they haven’t already–and this you should know as well.
“We cannot know one another according to the flesh and find contentment. We cannot properly discern the Body until we establish communion with its Head. Life is given and received as we stand with one another in relationship to Christ.” (This is a link to the same “comment” page as linked to above.)
“Stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved” is a statement right out of the Bible–Philippians 4:1b. The complete verse says, “Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.” The word “therefore” was said because what was just previously said was said for a reason and the reason is the content of chapter four. But first, what was previously said, in chapter three is this:
Verse 1: Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
2: Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
3: For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
4: Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
5: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
6: Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
7: But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8: Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9: And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11: If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12: Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15: Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
16: Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
17: Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
18: (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
20: For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
Now, chapter four:
1: Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
(See that what follows is exhortation, encouragement, and prayer.)
2: I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.
3: And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.
4: Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5: Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9: Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
10: But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11: Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12: I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
14: Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.
15: Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.
16: For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
17: Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
18: But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
20: Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
21: Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.
22: All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.
23: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Stand fast IN THE LORD, by continuing in the Word, is an exhortation for those who believe on Jesus Christ:
John 8:31, 32 says, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
True peace, which is of Christ Jesus, comes from our loving obedience–continuing in knowing God through His word.
Otherwise, false peace, vainly represented with a “put-on” peace, and a false understanding (presented as truth and excuses) is what is witnessed and never yields any fruit. Such so-called “Christians” are known by their unforgiving selfishness and are branches in danger of being cut off.
If we love Him, we will obey Him. Christ Jesus is the true light. In Him there is no darkness.
Stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved!