Out Of Context Scriptures

To remove a verse of God’s word (the Bible) from its context, is to potentially distort it into something far different from its intended meaning. This is somewhat of a common practice, which seems to have people understanding that verse out of its context rather than how it should be understood in context! Furthermore, that faulty interpretation remains the truth to them, and when they read Scripture that false preconceived concept is how they understand that verse afterwards! That is one of the ways spiritual deception spreads — by misusing Scripture. The following are three examples of verses commonly cited and understood out of context.

Filthy Rags

The filthy rags Scripture misused is Isa. 64:6. It is an important one which has caused some people to think their own righteous acts are unimportant. In its context we read:

Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry. How then can we be saved? All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and made us waste away because of our sins. (Isa 64:4-7)

The context of Isa. 64:6 is about a backslidden and unrepentant people — those who continued in sin and angered God because of their actions! Such sinful people are contrasted with those who wait for God (v. 4), gladly do right and remember God’s ways (v. 5). The ones with so-called righteous acts which were like filthy rags were people doing religious things, while filled with sin. Such are detestable to God, even though they were doing the offerings, incense and appointed feasts (Isa. 1:13-16). Hence, their righteous acts were like filthy rags to God. On the other hand, God will REWARD righteous acts done with the right motive (Mt. 6:1-18), so all righteous acts are NOT like filthy rags in God’s eyes. To disregard the context of Isa. 64:6 is to distort the importance of obedience.

Your Redemption Draws Near

The pre-trib rapture proponents often cite Luke 21:28 and seem totally unaware that such is glaringly misapplied because it’s out of context! out of context If we read from verse 25, the meaning is far from an any-moment pre-trib rapture, which has been cited for decades as being relevant for various events.  I heard John Hagee recently misapply the phrase, your redemption draws near to the four blood moons in 2014 and 2015. Here is the context of Luke 21:28:

There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.  (Luke 21:25-28)

Question: What are the these things referred to in v. 28? The in context bible answer is the significant change in the way we view the sun, moon and stars, which will cause multiple nations to be in fear and confusion at the roaring and tossing of the sea occurring. People will actually faint from terror over how the world has been adversely affected. It is only at that time, that the saints can lift up their heads, because their redemption is drawing near. That has NOT happened yet, even though our planet has been through two world wars and seen various devastating events. When that verse was quoted tens of thousands of times in the past, it was always misused and cited out of context!

Man Without The Spirit Of God Cannot Understand The KJB

The KJV Only crowd can be a shockingly divisive, condemning and irrational group! They place a spiritual noose around their necks when they misuse 1 Cor. 2:14 to teach that the saved (people with the Spirit) can understand the KJV (KJB), while lost people (non KJB people who mention the KJV is not understandable) can’t. How is this possible? First, let’s look at the context:

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: (1 Cor 2:14,15)

To suggest for a moment that 1 Cor. 2:14 refers to the KJB is also to believe 1 Cor. 2:14 had NO meaning until 1611, when the first edition of the KJB was produced! That alone should shock KJV Onlyites to their senses, but it usually doesn’t! Secondly, IF their misapplication of 1 Cor. 2:14 is valid, then they must be unsaved (being without the Spirit) because they themselves cannot understand the KJB with it bizarre archaic Elizabethan English. NOTE: I have challenged numerous staunch KJV Only promoters to take the KJB comprehension test, but NONE would! WHY? Because they apparently know they do not understand the archaic wording of the KJB. That makes this whole KJV Only message insanity because the same are pushing a translation which they can NOT understand on others, who will not be able to understand it either! That is insanity and immediately invalidates their whole usage of 1 Cor. 2:14!

Since the KJB is only an English translation of the Bible and not the Holy Spirit inspired only word of God like they claim, then we can better understand how the KJV Onlyites have taken out of context 1 Cor. 2:14 to camouflage the comprehension blockage the KJV produces.

Again, it is very sad that the way a verse is misapplied and taught, as the aforementioned three examples have been and still are, is the way it tends to be remembered. Dear reader, please readjust your doctrine to interpret the above scriptures in their proper context for your own good. Any verse taken out of context can be very serious, since we must understand God’s truth.

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Antichrist Technology And An Ingestible Microchip

Imagine a tiny ingestible microchip (which is swallowed) to monitor you! It now exists and has for a while, which seems one step beyond biometric scanning of the palms! As technology continues to advance, one can only wonder how the antichrist of Revelation 13 will use all of this? It is a fact that one day the beast will conquer the saints (Rev. 13:7)! With the present tense drones, robots, heat sensors, satellites, etc., not to mention what we don’t know about or is yet to come, it will be virtually impossible to escape his worldwide influence. To overcome at that time, we saints must be willing to die (Rev. 12:11). Anything less will NOT be sufficient. The test then will be that severe. That is the only way to overcome, again showing it takes courage to follow Jesus and remain faithful! BTW, the real mark of the beast is a mark on the forehead or hand needed to buy things (Rev. 13:16,17). It is not ingested.

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Moon Turning Blood Red

Starting very soon, on April 15, 2014, there will be a series of four blood moons (tetrad) which will stretch to September 28, 2015. NASA has given the dates of the blood moons as: blood moon

  • April 15, 2014
  • October 8, 2014
  • April 4, 2015
  • September 28, 2015 [http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2014.html]

Not surprisingly, the moon appearing to be red during the aforementioned total lunar eclipses is being magnified by some pre-trib proponents as significant. Could the Lord Jesus be returning at that time, according to scripture?

The Sixth Seal

While the bible does mention the day of the Lord in conjunction with a moon that appears blood red (Joel 2:31; Acts 2:20), it also says what will transpire before that same major eschatological event. NOTE, the moon appearing blood red doesn’t occur until the sixth seal:

I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red. (Rev 6:12)

What transpires before the sixth seal, has NOT been fulfilled yet. Especially clear are the events that happen when the fourth seal is opened:

When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth. (Rev 6:7,8)

As of April 4, 2014, a fourth of the earth has not been adversely affected like that, as will be the case when the fourth seal is opened! Hence, the opening of the sixth seal is not an any moment imminent event!

The Rapture – From Earth To Heaven

Furthermore, Jesus taught the following about his return, the moon not giving its light and the timing:

But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, FROM the ends of the earth TO the ends of heaven. (Mark 13:24-27)

That describes the rapture (from earth to heaven), but the timing is not supportive for the pre-trib doctrine – just the opposite. Jesus said the gathering will be AFTER that tribulation (or post trib). For a pre-trib teacher to elevate the four blood moons in 2014 to 2015 to some connection to an any-moment rapture is to remove scripture from its context. Remember pre-trib rapture teacher, Harold Camping, and his multiple false prophecies about the rapture! The harm and shame he brought to Bible believers is only known by the omniscient God. Remember also that there were other four blood moon events in the past, which were not connected to the Lord’s return.

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Man Marries Dog on Advice of Astrologer

India is a country rampant with false religion. While some there bathe in the Gange River wrongly thinking such will result in forgiveness of sins, at least another man has gone in a different direction and taken the darkened advice of an astrologer to marry a dog to get free of a curse and regain his physical health!

God’s Truth or Spiritual Deception

If one doesn’t have the light and truth of the Bible, he will be religiously deceived. The depth of one’s spiritual blindness  may vary, but some are obvious and extreme. The man marrying a dog because he listened to an astrologer is an example of how important it is to receive from the right source (the Bible). TRUTH as found in the Bible alone is what people desperately need. It is a matter of life or death.

BTW, it’s too bad the Indian man, who married a dog, didn’t know astrology is condemned by God. In Isaiah’s day, as God was about to pour out his judgment on the sinful, he mentioned what was coming and referred to the sinful who wrongly looked to the astrologers to learn the future:

All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. Here are no coals to warm anyone; here is no fire to sit by. (Isa 47:13,14)

Only God is omniscient and knows the future perfectly. Hence, the blessed man does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, including the occultists and/or astrologers:

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psa 1:1,2)

It is very sad to see non-Christian religious people groping in spiritual death and darkness, trying to find help and deliverance through the supernatural, but looking to the wrong source. Often it results in more bondage and slavery to sin, than before. People vitally need the word of God, both the written and living word of God. The Lord Jesus (the living and breathing word of God) is there, commanding all to enter through the narrow gate (Mt. 7:13,14) and openly inviting all who are weary and burdened to come to him to find rest for their soul (Mt. 11:28-30). Dear reader, there is no solid reason why you shouldn’t commit yourself wholeheartedly to do the will of God and humbly submit to follow JesusThere absolutely is NO Calvinist predestination, as John MacArthur and others teach! No one is predestined by God to listen to an astrologer, marry a dog and die in their sins.

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KJV Onlyism and The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

Some KJV Onlyites have an unusual, but trusted secular aid to help them understand the archaic KJV terms.1828 websters dictionary It is a 186 year old edition of an English dictionary, namely the 1828 Noah Webster’s American Dictionary! On ebay one sells for around $60.00. It is 2,000 pages, 14.5 in high, 9.5 in wide, 2.8 in thick and over 7 pounds in weight! If a KJV Onlyite can afford the cost of such a dictionary, imagine carrying one of those weighty loads around with the King James Version of the Bible to better understand the KJV. That alone speak volumes, in itself, as to this whole KJV comprehension issue being much more difficult than the devotees readily want to admit!

Can’t a 12 Year Old Understand The KJV?

But why use the 1828 Noah Webster’s American Dictionary at all? Don’t the same KJV Onlyites tell us that even a 10 to 12 year old can understand the KJV? Yes they do, but if that was really true, there would never be need for any type of dictionary, including this special edition of Webster’s dictionary to explain the KJV strange archaic terms!

Why Do You Need a Dictionary If You Have God’s Spirit

Furthermore, the KJV onlyites often tell us if a person has the Holy Spirit, he can understand the KJV.kjv only So again, why the need for the 1828 Noah Webster’s American Dictionary, if the KJV Onlyite is saved. Since all Christians have the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:9b) and are the house of God, then the KJV Onlyite shouldn’t need any such aid to understand their so-called perfect, preserved, inerrant and only word of God! All you need is salvation, with the accompanying Holy Spirit, but their reliance on the 1828 Noah Webster’s American Dictionary repudiates that wild claim too. Apparently, they don’t really believe a 10 to 12 year old can understand the KJV, nor do they believe the Holy Spirit will enable them to understand the incomprehensible KJV, for they themselves use the 1828 Noah Webster’s American Dictionary and point other KJV readers to it as well! KJV Onlyism has a double message, and depending on the audience, one may hear something one day from them which contradicts what he heard the day before!

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Vatican’s Leading Exorcist, Gabriele Amorth, and His Mary

Gabriele Amorth is helping to perpetuate the idolatrous and pagan beliefs associated with Mary in Catholicism! So who is Gabriele Amorth? Gabriele Amorth is the Vatican’s leading Catholic exorcist, who claims to have over 70,000 exorcisms.

More Afraid Of Mary Than Jesus Christ

According to Gabriele Amoreth in an interview, Satan is more afraid of Mary than the Lord Jesus:gabriele amorth exorcist

Ah, when you invoke Mary!” “And, once I also asked Satan, ‘but why are you more scared when I invoke Our Lady than when I invoke Jesus Christ?’ He answered me, ‘Because I am more humiliated to be defeated by a human creature than being defeated by him.” ( http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/Vatican.php?id=3219   )

To hear someone (who is supposed to be an expert in dealing with demons and Satan) quote Satan as though the Father of lies (John 8:44) was speaking the truth when Jesus is demoted and Mary is exalted above him is stunning! How could, even a Catholic priest be so duped, as Gabriele Amorth is? But wait, Catholicism typically has exalted Mary as the rival of Jesus Christ and sometimes has replaced him with Mary! Consequently, when Gabriele Amorth believes what was supposed to be the devil, because the devil’s message parallels Catholic doctrine on Mary, we shouldn’t be too surprised! Remember: Bible truth is not primary in Catholicism, especially when it conflicts with Catholic dogma.

Jesus Is Interceding From The Throne

Gabriele Amorth also taught this about the Madonna’s (Mary’s) Intercession:

And the most powerful intercessor of all? “Of course, the Madonna is even more effective [than Pope John Paul II]. (ibid.)

As far as intercessors are concerned, the truth is, Jesus is actually interceding from the right hand of God in heaven for us now (Rom. 8:34)! That makes the Lord Jesus, in reality, the most powerful intercessor of all. Mary is not even in the ballpark for that title, as Gabriele Amorth says, much less sovereignly ruling from heaven’s throne as Queen of Heaven with Jesus by her side (as is typically believed in Catholic circles). That makes the Catholic heaven just as mythical as their non-existent Purgatory. [From this alone, we get another clear picture of how horrendous it was for Word Faith prosperity teacher Kenneth Copeland to agree with and pray for the Pope and the unity he wants.]

BTW, Gabriele Amorth also uses a crucifix, holy water and verbalizes he has the Madonna on his side during his exorcisms ( http://www.boston-catholic-journal.com/an-interview-with-father-gabriele-amorth-the-church%27s-leading-exorcist.htm  )! Folks, all that is religious fiction, especially about Mary. Also, if we needed a crucifix when we cast out demons in Jesus’ name, then how did the disciples successfully do that before the Lord’s crucifixion (Lk. 10:17), since they had no clue that was ever going to happen much less what a crucifix was, since it never existed then? Obviously, well-known and respected Catholic priest, Gabriele Amorth, is glaringly wrong again and should be ignored as a credible source for spiritual truth. May Catholics learn from this and consult the tried and true Holy Bible for God’s truth on any issue, including exorcisms and especially salvation.

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Unless You Change and Become Like Little Children

The context of a passage is vital in deriving the proper meaning. A prime example of this is Mt. 18:1-3, which absolutely annihilates the license for immorality commonly called eternal security (or once saved always saved). Here is the passage under scrutiny:

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked,”Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” unless you changeHe called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said:“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Mat 18:1-3)

The Context of Mt. 18:3 Is Ignored or Distorted To Protect Eternal Security

Never in my life have I ever heard verse 3 used in its proper context, that is, as being spoken to the Lord’s disciples (saved people)! Many will object and say, “Aren’t the Lord’s disciples mere learners”? Not according to Jesus! Earlier in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus describes his own disciples as his spiritual family:

He [Jesus] replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mat 12:48-50)

According to Jesus, Jesus’ disciples are his spiritual family. Such already have salvation. They also were already doing the will of the heavenly Father, which is necessary to enter the kingdom of heaven (Mt. 7:21). So, that was the spiritual condition of the ones who asked Jesus in Mt. 18:1, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” It was also to them, that Jesus spoke the shocking words, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Humble Yourself or Go To Hell

Jesus told the saved they would have to do something for themselves to enter God’s kingdom, even though they had salvation at the moment! That is impossible language, if eternal security was true. Furthermore, that same unheard of truth in our day was spoken by the Lord Jesus himself, the most credible teacher! Hence, it was a critical time for the disciples. Something was going to interfere with their final salvation (their entrance into God’s kingdom), unless they would change. The next verse (Mt. 18:4) shows the remedy was humbling oneself like a little child.

Lethal Ministry Competition

The disciples had asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” (Mt. 18:1). At other times they were arguing over who was the greatest among themselves! In Mark we read:

They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” (Mark 9:33-37)

May all Christians in ministry learn an important lesson from this. You are not in God’s kingdom yet. You are traveling the hard road to life (Mt. 7:14) and many alongside you will fall away. Some may never get saved again. To know about staying humble like a little child, could be the pivotal issue for you. Don’t risk eternal life for anything. There absolutely is NO eternal security, according to Jesus. The language of his teachings doesn’t allow for it. Remember the context of the passage, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

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The Fallacy Of Open Theism

Open theism (sometimes called freewill theism or openness theology) is the unscriptural belief that God does NOT know the future perfectly, but only imperfectly. People who embrace open theism have severely limited God’s attributes.  Man’s freewill, the power of prayer and how God has chosen to deal with people (who wisely repent after having doom pronounced upon them) are stumbling blocks, in some cases, to open theists. In a nutshell, that theology denies God’s omniscience. Consequently, all open theists have shamefully demoted God’s ability to know the future! For some reason, perhaps to belong and be accepted, a number of campus and open air preachers have fallen prey to the open theism deception.

Open Theism Is Illogical For The Bible Believer

Open theism is definitely illogical for Bible believers. open theism For one to believe in and trust the message of the Bible, especially regarding future prophecy, that person must believe God has full and 100% accurate knowledge of the future. Examples of such key future events include:

  • Jesus’ return
  • Judgment Day
  • Millennial reign
  • Future destruction of Satan, etc.

How could anyone really trust the Biblical account, if God doesn’t have full accurate 100% knowledge of all future events? He can’t. It is only lip service that open theists give who claim this. Logically, such is an impossibility, as it disables God from knowing.

The Sovereign God Allows For Man’s Freewill To Affect The Future

The following passage shows a future event which would have occurred, but didn’t because of man’s freewill (and David’s wise choice). NOTE: God does NOT predetermine the future. He allows for man’s freewill, and knows it perfectly. Thus, Calvinism is falsified, but there is more.  Man’s freewill will never lessen God’s ability to know the future accurately and perfectly! Hence, open theism is also falsified. God is infinite and perfect:

Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah, and he said, “God has handed him over to me, for David has imprisoned himself by entering a town with gates and bars.” And Saul called up all his forces for battle, to go down to Keilah to besiege David and his men. When David learned that Saul was plotting against him, he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring the ephod.” David said, “O LORD, God of Israel, your servant has heard definitely that Saul plans to come to Keilah and destroy the town on account of me. Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me to him? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard? O LORD, God of Israel, tell your servant.” And the LORD said, “He will.”  Again David asked, “Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me and my men to Saul?” And the LORD said, “They will.” So David and his men, about six hundred in number, left Keilah and kept moving from place to place. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he did not go there.  (1 Sam 23:7-13)

The future was affected by man’s freewill, which God allowed. God knew the future possibilities in detail, even though man influenced the outcome while God remained sovereign. Open theism is not supported by this type of man’s freewill to alter his own future with God’s perfect knowledge of it, but such is reality.

Open Theism and The Repentant Ninevites

God has mercifully promised through repentance, that even a wicked nation would be spared from destruction after it has had doom pronounced on it, if that nation would turn from their evil ways!

If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. (Jer 18:7,8)

That is exactly what happened in the book of Jonah, with the Ninevites:

When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened. (Jonah 3:10)

God did not destroy the Ninevites as previous stated by Jonah (Jonah 3:4 cf. 3:9), because they repented. Such was NOT an indicator that God is less than infinite in his knowledge of the future. God wasn’t wrong about what would occur to the Ninevites. God clearly made that exception through repentance, as stated earlier in Jeremiah 18:7,8. There is absolutely no support for open theism with the Ninevites either.

Open Theism Misunderstands Prayer

The power of prayer is shown repeatedly in the Scriptures, including 2 Kings 20:1-7. In that passage, God added 15 years to Hezekiah’s life because he prayed, even though the prophet stated beforehand that he was going to die. God honored Hezekiah’s prayer and extended his life. Such had nothing to do with an imagined inability on God’s part to know the future perfectly and completely. It instead shows how sincere prayer to God can change things.

God Uniquely Knows the FUTURE PERFECTLY Unlike False gods

The main distinction between the true and living God and false gods (and false prophets), is his unique ability to know the future perfectly and completely. This attribute is one which sets God apart from all false gods:

Bring in your idols to tell us what is going to happen. Tell us what the former things were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come, tell us what the future holds, so we may know that you are gods. Do something, whether good or bad, so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear. (Isa 41:22,23)

Open Theism unwittingly denies that unique attribute which God alone possesses — his omniscience!

God Is NOT Like Us

The God of the Bible is not like us. He is the eternal and infinite almighty God who has revealed himself through creation as being an intelligent designer and upholder of all things without limitations or inabilities. Just to sustain creation implies his immenseness, including his knowledge of what his creation will need in the future. We get a glimpse of God’s infinite difference from man here:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isa 55:8,9)

I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. (Isa 46:10)

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  (Isa 40:28)

Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. (Psa 147:5)

God’s uniqueness and infinite abilities stretch into knowing the distant future perfectly before it happens, even though he has made allowances for man’s freewill, especially regarding personal salvation. That basic truth contradicts Calvinism, but apparently stumbled some who oppose Calvinism into open theism. The Biblical evidence shows God’s allowance for man’s freewill, while our freewill doesn’t interfere with God’s ability to know the future perfectly (or even what our freewill choice will be)! To claim to believe in God’s omniscience and deny his infinite ability to know the future perfectly is a contradiction in terms. Remember, God does NOT predetermine the future apart from man’s freewill. He does allow for man’s freewill, while he knows the future perfectly —  not imperfectly:

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! (Rom 11:33)

God is God alone. There are none like him. He is infinite and perfect, including his unique ability to know the future with 100% accuracy. The open theists are definitely wrong and have terribly distorted the unparalleled image of the God of the Bible to support their fable. [Directly related to open theism is “moral government theology,” which is also built on the fictitious notion that God doesn’t know the future perfectly. Neither are the Biblical message and should be flatly rejected by all Bible believers.]

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A Druid Attempts To Defend Nostradamus

[Comments From A Druid] I am a  neo druid soon to be a member of the seers path in one druid organization and the seers guild in another. Druid seers new about Jesus long before 7bc and 30 ad. You and your religion are debunked and everything else you talk about. You’re wrong about that too.druids You and your religion are persecuting people and that’s wrong. You and your religion are attacking stuff you know nothing about…. And another thing Nostradamus was a neoplatonist, which is a good thing not a bad thing…. Christian thinkers like Origen and Augustine were neoplatonists. I’m a neoplatonist myself. I’m a druid. So I call myself a neoplatonic druid. Nostradamus was a good man as a doctor. He cured people of the plague. As a seer when he was walking down a street there was a monk walking towards him. As soon as Nostradamaus saw him he bowed to him because he knew that monk was a future pope. Nostradamus worked for and helped the Queen of France at that time Nostradamus predicted accurately the successions of her sons to the throne of France. When a young person came to his house and, said I can’t find my dog Nostradamus told him exactly very accurate were to find the dog. Nostradamus was good not evil he followed a code do no harm same code followed by Merlin, who was a real person. He was a druid. Today’s worldwide magical [magick] community follows the same code. The magical community also includes those esoteric christian and jewish groups which has the kabbalah. So its not bad or evil…. OH and by the way Nostradamus was not deceived by anything. No devil or anything.  You know he wrote his prophecies just like Isaiah did very poetic. Many of those so called biblical prophets were seers also many of them used astrology for example John the revelator, Joseph add so on. That’s a fact and probably were alchemists to. They used all forms of predictive methods which even modern seers use. I’m an Alchemist — a druid alchemist. Alchemy is sacred science and a spiritual science.

[Bible Answer] Your foundational problem is spiritual. Your mind has been poisoned to the truth of Christianity and the supreme importance of the Biblical message. Only the Bible is God’s word. It is final authority (2 Tim. 3:16,17). Without it as your guide, you will surely grope around in the spiritual darkness as you progress towards the flames of hell. Your involvement in the occult also puts you in touch with demons.

The evidence about Nostradamus is not good. He was demon possessed and involved in sorcery. There is no such thing as good witchcraft. Furthermore, wicked people can accurately predict future events (Duet. 13:1-5). God’s word says those who practice the magic arts, like Nostradamus did, will go to the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8). There is no evidence that Nostradamus ever repented and got forgiven. It is now too late for him, but not for you. You can repent of your sins, including your occult involvement, and find forgiveness and rest for your soul (Mt. 11:29), but that is only possible through the Lord Jesus Christ. He is your only hope – the only savior (Acts 4:12). He will also set you free from your sin addictions, if you come to true salvation. When true salvation occurs, one becomes a new creation in Christ.  So, humbly and sincerely go to God for mercy and forgiveness. Turn from all your sins and burn all your occult materials. In early Christianity, $5 million dollars worth of occult books were destroyed that way (Acts 19:19)! Follow Jesus faithfully here and now as you obey and trust him alone for your salvation. Read the New Testament carefully. Do it at least 10 times and God’s truth will become more apparent each time you read it. Remember your SOUL is your most valuable possession. The grave is not the end. It is the beginning of your eternal existence beyond this earthly life.

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I’m Worried About Backsliding

[Bible Question] Hi my name is ________ and what I’m asking and worried about is backsliding .. In 1999 I got saved born again…. Well after about 6 months, Satan put the perfect image of a guy, that was always the image of a guy, I always wanted growing up. Well I fought Satan but I gradually fell away and ended up living with that guy. Well in between 2000 and just before 2005 I rededicated and would stay in and get out several times and I done things that I never done in my life — bad things . But I still felt awful and miserable all along in between those years. I lost my child ( miscarried and I got very sick). Well in 05, I repented, rededicated and stayed in still today am. What I’ve cried about more than ever over the 9 years of living in bed due to a severe pain, chronic disease that is life threatening and getting sicker is falling God and not feeling the love of Jesus like I did (or having the gift of witnessing to others). God gave me a vision and several dreams in 05 and I was getting back where I once was with him. But in around 2008 -09 even though I was sick and not able to go to church and having to live around certain family members constantly arguing and a Dad that is saved but treated us wrong…. But to my point. Am I going to hell because I messed up and backslide? I don’t feel the peace or love or nothing from Jesus for so long and I watch preaching all the time in my bed I stay in the word of God, but I feel like he’s left me. Has he? Am I going to hell? I cry all the time and beg him to let me feel his love and presence. I don’t know what to do and it scares me because I want to be in heaven forever. I so want to be in the church house again but I’m too sick. If you can give me an answer I really need it. God bless you.

[Bible Answer The key is to focus your attention on the Bible, what it says about backsliders and the possibility of them returning to salvation. When the prodigal repented of wild living and being with the prostitutes to serve the Father, was he accepted back with salvation again? YES, God took him back and very joyfully! The Bible is crystal clear that he was. It says:

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.” (Luke 15:22-24)

Though the prodigal was previously spiritually dead and lost when backslidden, his spiritual condition was reversed to become “alive again,” when he repented to serve God. THE SAME IS TRUE FOR YOU or any sincerely repentant backslider!

NOTE: Peter disowned Jesus three times. He definitely fell away at one point (Mt. 26:31-34). After he repented, was he accepted back by God? Was he used mightily after he returned to salvation? YES to both questions. Again, THE SAME IS TRUE FOR YOU (or anyone who repents to serve God). The Bible is final authority and FACT. Emotions can come and go and are not always trustworthy. The joy of salvation for backsliders, who sincerely and humbly repent, will return after awhile, but don’t focus on that. Focus on loving and being faithful to JESUS. Make the rest of your life an HONOR TO JESUS. Finally, guard your heart. Be sure the devil will try to trip you up again. The devil is trying to devour all Christians (1 Peter 5:8). You must hold on and endure to the end for salvation’s sake (Mt. 10:22; Heb. 3:14; Rev. 2:10,11). BE AFRAID, for you can be cut off, as Israel was (Rom. 11:19-23). There absolutely is NO eternal security. Examine the spiritual safeguards. [Perhaps our book, “The Believer’s Conditional Security” might help you too.] GOD BLESS YOU.

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