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Quick Thought on The Gap Theory

I was reading a synopsis of a recent book critiquing the Gap Theory. It, in part, reads:

"Taking on all arguments for both Gap Theory and the Day-Age Theory, Fields outlines the clear facts and proofs for Young Earth Creationism."
I think the foundation of the error seems to be the necessity of holding to a "Young Earth." We can certainly hold to a literal 6-day creation and also hold that the earth is impossibly old. The ideas are independent. I hold to both. I hold that the earth was created in perfection, sin entered, it was cast into chaos for an indeterminate amount of time, then God started his 6-day re-creation.
For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it a chaos, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the Lord, and there is no other. -Isaiah 45:18 (RSV
God created an earth which was not in chaos. In Gen 1:2, that earth "became without form [chaotic] and void."…

A Fresh Look at the Enemies of the Cross of Christ

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: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. -Phil 3:18-19
I recently heard the phrase "enemies of the cross of Christ" used in reference to unbelievers. But if we note the context, Paul is juxtaposing Christians who follow his pattern of suffering with those who take the road of accommodation and comfort. And that comfort does not just come from the world, it comes from within Christendom.

Surely there is a temptation to avoid conflict, criticism, ostracism, and persecution by joining the world and hiding one's beliefs so as to be accepted. But there is also a temptation to subdue biblical truths in order to foster a false unity and an acceptance within Christendom.

Be diligent to come to me quickly; for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has d…

So Where Am I on Modern-Day Israel?

“Thus says the Lord of hosts:

‘Behold, I will save My people from the land of the east
And from the land of the west;
I will bring them back,
And they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.
They shall be My people
And I will be their God,
In truth and righteousness.’-Zech 8:7-8 
There are so many scriptures concerning the future of Israel as a nation, it is almost dangerous to quote any of them lest we leave out a crucial detail. That being said, nothing is more clear in the Word of Truth than the return of a believing remnant of Israel to the promised land and the fulfillment of all of Yahweh's promises to her (Yahweh is the God of the Covenants). This includes the New Covenant which we have covered in many other studies and which is not in place yet.

So, do I believe modern-day Israel is the Israel of prophecy? Technically speaking, no. The common teaching among classic (Acts 2) dispensationalists that the founding of the nation in 1948 is a fulfillment of Israel being "born in a …

A Fresh Look at the Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” -Luke 18:9-14
The interpretation of this parable is too often filtered through thetwo terrible dichotomies of Christendom. That is, it is seen as a heaven/hell and saved/lost comparison. But is that accurate?

The context of the passage finds it sandwiched betwe…

Examining My Own Song

Test All Things
In my last post I took a critical eye to the hymn "Saved by the Blood." We saw that nothing is above scrutiny. All things must be tested against scripture and sound doctrine. "Test all things; hold fast what is good" (1 Thess 5:21). In that spirit, I will now subject a song of mine to the same scrutiny.

The song below is just one example. I am sure there are errors, subtle and not-so-subtle, in other songs from the early years. Nothing is above scrutiny. Every teaching, every hymn, every song, every work must be measured by scripture, rightly divided. There are posts on this blog which, if I went back over every detail, I would correct or make more clear based on my continued study. In the end, your theology is your own. I will answer for how I handled scripture as will we all. God is a loving, patient God who understands we are but dust. But that is not an excuse to fail to study and rightly divide the Word of truth.

Come On Home
When I discovered…

Examining a Popular and Beloved Hymn - Saved By the Blood

The intent of this post is not to condemn the hymn "Saved By The Blood," but rather to simply examine it in light of scripture. It's not a horrible song, but it does perpetuate a biblical error. It feeds the lie that we have life by the sacrifice of Christ. It feeds the "saved/lost" interpretation of scripture which we have covered before.

To be sure, the work of Christ on the cross is fully sufficient to pay for all of our sins (past, present, and future), and it has. We dare not offer the works of our own hands as payment. However, we must find resurrection life by grace through faith in that sacrifice. That is, we must believe that without the Lord's resurrection, the forgiveness of sins (on its own) would not give us life.

Ironically, I took the words below from the site "Timeless Truths."

Saved by the blood of the Crucified One! Now ransomed from sin and a new work begun, Sing praise to the Father and praise to the Son, Saved by the blood of …

Christ Above All

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One of the dangers in Bible study is that in our desire to understand the scriptures (a noble and good thing), as we dig, we lose sight of him who makes it all possible. On this blog, we have studied how God has dealt with different people at different times according to different administrations. But there are truths central to all.

We have noted that while some things are limited to certain peoples or dispensations (such as Sabbaths and sacrifices) other truths know no bounds (God is love). In all administrations, the unifying truth and path to life is by faith. No matter the age, no matter the dispensation,  no matter the revelation, faith is the path into entering any blessing.

Central to faith is the Lord Jesus Christ. He declares himself in the Revelation as the "alpha and the omega" (the first and last letters of the classical Greek alphabet), "the first and the last," and "the beginning and the end." He is almighty God. He is one with the Father. H…

The Name of God and the Hebrew Roots and Messianic Movements

Let me be sure to say, as I usually do, that questioning a particular teaching does not mean I necessarily condemn everything someone may teach. In this case, Alan Horvath may have some profitable material. I used to follow his YouTube page (although I didn't really watch many of his videos) because he was recommended to me. I've linked his videos in his name above so you are free to judge for yourself.

That said, he falls for the "Yeheshua" error which we have looked at in previous studies. Those posts are linked below. The second is also about Alan Horvath, but I wanted to revisit the topic as this trend, along with the dangerous Hebrew Roots and Messianic movements, is gaining traction within Christendom. I'll take a slightly different tack this time.
Quick Post on the Use of "Yeshua HaMashiach"Yet Another Post on Yeshua, Yahweh, Etc.
The use of "God" and the Dangers of Earthly Practices
Gentiles were strangers to the promises and covenants …

Looking at How the Lord Healed Via Right Division

There came a man, whose name [is] Jairus, and he was a chief of the synagogue, and having fallen at the feet of Jesus, was calling on him to come to his house; because he had an only daughter about twelve years [old], and she was dying... And having come to the house, [Jesus] suffered no one to go in, except Peter, and James, and John, and the father of the child, and the mother; and they were all weeping, and beating themselves for her, and he said, `Weep not, she did not die, but doth sleep; and they were deriding him, knowing that she did die; and he having put all forth without, and having taken hold of her hand, called, saying, `Child, arise;' and her spirit came back, and she arose presently, and he directed that there be given to her to eat. -Luke 8 (YLT)A Canaanite [Gentile] woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged hi…

A Fresh Look at the Two Roads

As we look at different scriptures in regard to the Christian walk and related topics such as rewards, crowns, the prize, maturity, and waste, I want to be sure that we understand in all of these things, resurrection life is a free gift.

The one thing we can all grasp and agree upon, from the atheist to the polytheist, is that we all die. One of the central themes of scripture is death. It is part of the curse. It is the last enemy. It is that which will one day be destroyed. It is what Christ came ti suffer on our account.
"All in Adam will die, but all in Christ will be made alive."  It is in light of the free gift of Life and its certainty that we look at scriptures regarding our walk.

So, as we approach the metaphor of the two gates, we do not lose sight of this truth. Those on the two roads are believers. They all have the free gift of life. They all have a new, divine nature given freely by God by grace through faith.

Before we get to out passage in Matthew 7, we must p…