from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. And so Abraham is thinking about adopting Eliezer and making him the promised heir. First of all, the expression “in the beginning. This is the first point. Now before we begin reading at verse 3, allow me to say that this epistle of Peter was written very close to the end of his life. Was Adam crowned? In our last lecture we studied about the story of Jacob and Esau. We’re going to follow a very logical order in our study today, so don’t get distracted. Was there a great controversy from the womb? And so basically, what Genesis 6:1-4 is telling us that the sexual connection or the intermarriages between the sons of God and the daughters of men is what led the human race to be in this condition where every intent of the thoughts of the heart was only evil continually. But he did not love Leah. This verse is central to everything that we’re studying in this seminar. Yahuwah is the judge, He puts down one, and exhausts another, all earthly authorities are in power by permission of Yahwah; however this does not mean they are servants of the Most High and should be obeyed as such. In other words, He dispelled the darkness and light appeared. Overall, Rob Bell knows if he comes clean he could potentially lose a large segment of his evangelical audience, which has long grown tired of his balancing act on the precipice of orthodoxy and heterodoxy. It is a solemn duty to stand for truth, a sacred obligation to resist evil in all its forms. They lay it bare before others as evidence of superior wisdom…. ” In John Chapter 1 it says that “the Word created all things, and without Him nothing was made that was made. And as we read Genesis 11, we discover that human beings did exactly the opposite of what God had told them to do. They are told that those who are on earth need to respond to the revelation given to them on earth or they are without hope (Luke 16:27-31). For they are truly the "ministers of God to thee for good." Ways of living we can enter into here and now. What is the spirit? Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.”, “Enter through the narrow gate. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Regarding God’s will, here are a couple of questions people of faith need to ask themselves: Is it God’s will for human beings to change His rules (as stated in the Bible) because some rules seem outdated, intolerant, hateful, unfeasible, hard to follow, silly, etc.? It says there: Now there are three elements in this passage that I want to underline: 1. the expression, in the beginning. There was no death. In fact, God warns in the last chapter of the book of Revelation that the time will come when the wicked will go into eternity and continue to be wicked and the righteous will continue to be righteous: “Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.” –Revelation 22:11. On the fifth day God spoke the birds and spoke the fish into existence. Now I want to tell you as we begin that I don’t believe that any of these views is correct. Two points: 1. Now let’s turn in our Bibles to 2 Peter 3, and I would like to begin at verse 3, 2 Peter 3:3. It says here: So you have Abraham… “the ancient of days. The Lord warned us in His Word that we are to earnestly contend for the faith, for false prophets would come and turn the grace of God into a license to sin (Jude 1:4). The second point that I want us to notice in our study is found in Genesis 1:31-2:1, Genesis 1: 31-2:1. We probably all know the story of Jacob, and how Jacob lied to his father, deceived his father, stole the birthright from his brother, and as a result of this he had to flee from his home. I believe that all of these things are important, but I believe that there’s something which is far more important than any one of these that I’ve mentioned, or all of them put together. A Lutheran theologian, Bonhoeffer understood the danger of placing human authority above divine authority. Instead, it is adopting a non-historical, unbiblical, and liberal position. Alpha and Omega- Revelation 1:8 Explained, Studies in Romans – Power of God Unto Salvation, Romans 13 Explained-What Does it mean for the Obedient Believer, Daniel and The Revelation: Three Angels Messages, End Time Prophecy Series – Worlds Last Chance. This is the fourth commandment of the law of God. It says there in Genesis 3:15, God is speaking to the serpent, to the devil. The Bible states that“today is the day of salvation” and “now is the acceptable time” (2 Corinthians 6:2). John 1:1-3 speak about the Creator at the very beginning. Notice what we find in the gospel of Luke chapter 4. Before Rob Bell’s revealing interview with Martin Bashir, Bell was interviewed by Christian media which lobbed him one soft ball after another so he could always hit them right out of the PR park. God’s Word is clear that one can so harden their heart that they will no longer hear the voice of God (Hebrews 3:6-14). Rob Bell is right to point out that God is not partial (Romans 2:4-11) and that He loves the world and sent His son to die for the sins of the world (John 3:16, 1 John 2:2). And then finally in verse 17 you have the dragon angry with the woman. Jones also admits that he understood the biblical prohibitions to sodomy: “I’ve always thought that all persons should be afforded the same rights and no one should be discriminated against. This has become known as the story of Jacob’s ladder, which is certainly a misnomer, because this is not Jacob’s ladder, this is the Lord’s ladder. The second day God made the firmament. But there are four points that I want to underline as we begin our study. Jesus finished His work of creation on the sixth day. On the first part of the sixth day God spoke the land animals into existence. It’s much more natural to unite people who speak the same language and the same dialect. Go with me to Genesis 2:16, 17, Genesis 2:16, 17. The springs of water if you please on the second day. And then it continues saying: Very interesting dream that God gave to Jacob. So this commandment is actually a creation ordinance. Since he founded the Cedar Ridge Community Church, we can examine its doctrinal position and conclude that it still represents Brian McLaren’s statement of faith — especially since his picture is still prominently displayed at the top of several of its pages. I don’t see any story in the Bible that speaks about God’s providence in such a marvelous way as the story of Joseph. On the fourth day we find that God made the sun, the moon, and the stars. I believe its utterances in an entire Bible. Romans 13 1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. Basically, chapter 1 and 2 tells us that Job lost everything that he had. He doesn’t want Jesus’ true teachings on Hell to diminish the numbers. I’d like to begin our study today by turning to that very central and important verse, Genesis 3:15, Genesis 3:15. Instead of scattering abroad over all of the earth, they conglomerated together, they consolidated together in one place. Scripture is clear, regardless the earthly power the believers first responsibility is to Yahuwah, the only earthly laws to be obeyed are those that do not contradict the divine law. Who then is really hijacking the Christian faith? Now if you go to that region today, you’re going to find just the opposite. Why do calamities afflict our lives? There was no disease in the world. Paul understood the eternal consequences of Jesus’ message and knew that he would have to preach the whole counsel of God if he was to be free from the blood of those he shared with: “Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. And yet Joseph cooperated with God and the end of the story is absolutely glorious. One of the most disturbing I have found is his endorsement of a book by Alan Jones called Reimagining Christianity. Bell denies the biblical Hell by stripping Hell of all of the fire, wrath, darkness, and torment that Jesus described. And basically what we’re going to do is study this subject in ten specific points. And, of course, the struggle between Jacob and Esau represents the final struggle in controversy between those people with those two character manifestations: the righteous, and the wicked. Now the question is, what does this dream symbolize? No, this does not mean that every politician must be born again. We’ll keep our ears attuned to scholars in biblical studies, theology, ethics, psychology, genetics, sociology, and related fields. So two things, as we begin our study: Adam was created to be king over planet Earth. Or should we fight it tooth and nail? “Let us make man in Our image according to Our likeness. Now notice Genesis chapter 6 and verses 11 and 12 on the aftermath or the result of this condition of the corruption of the minds of those who lived before the flood. “…the Emerging Church movement is characterized by a fair bit of protest against traditional evangelicalism and, more broadly, against all that it understands by modernism.”, “They [the emerging generations] are disillusioned with institutionalism and see the church itself as an obstacle to faith.”, “the Emerging Church is a place where people have felt the freedom to explore questions and experiment with new forms of lifestyle and corporate practice.”. , “And yet, all the time I could feel myself drifting toward acceptance that gay persons are fully human persons and should be afforded all of the cultural and ecclesial benefits that I am. Genesis chapter 1 and verses 1 and 2. It is apparent that the movement as a whole is off-center and is sacrificing time-honored biblical truths for a let’s-get-along kind of attitude. And our theme verse in this series has been Genesis 3:15, that famous text that speaks about the warfare between the serpent and the woman, and between the serpent’s seed and the woman’s seed. ” They had to accept it by faith. In our study today we’re going to discuss the mysteries of life and death. And as we’ve seen, all of the commandments were contained in that one commandment. While Fudge softened what the scriptures actually state about Hell’s duration, Bell has taken it a step further and advocated a form of universalism, claiming that most, if not all, who go to Hell, will someday spend eternity in Heaven. I feel even greater sorrow for the poor souls that are following him into perdition. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Ungodly so to speak. Now when Satan heard those words he trembled, he shook, and he made up his mind from that point on that he was not going to allow that Seed to come to the world. It says there, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 6:9-10.) And then it says, Worship God, for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Very clearly Job chapter 1 describes this meeting. So Revelation 12 begins in the Old Testament and it continues till the final war of Satan against God’s people. Please pray with me that Rob Bell would spend more time reading the Bible instead of reading and quoting New Agers and hanging out with the Dalai Lama. Genesis 1 verse 27 simply says that God made man and woman, male and female, but it doesn’t explain how. Now this dragon had ten horns. Or will that blessed gift of religious liberty soon be lost? Let’s begin then at Hebrews chapter 11 and I would like to read verse 1 where we find the definition of faith. Then, of course, we’ll move on to speak about God’s method of discipline with His children as a pattern for the methods of discipline that we should follow in disciplining our children as husbands and wives. Now, you’ve probably noticed that the book of Genesis has a series of twosomes. So out of love for homosexuals, followers of Jesus Christ must gently tell them of the transforming power of Jesus. Others say, I choose to go to this church because it has upbeat worship services, or it has wonderful programs, or it has plenty of felt needs seminars. I hope and pray that those who have fallen prey to Satan’s wiles through the Emerging Church Movement will wake up and choose the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ over those of Rob Bell! Prophecy begins fulfilling in the days when the prophet wrote, and it continues fulfilling without interruption until the close of time. But I can tell you one thing, and we’re going to study this tonight. Bashir said, “When I read the book… I saw what I believe… is an egregious disregard for history, and a treatment of biblical text in the most selective and perfunctory manner.”, Rob Bell’s denial on MSNBC of the heresy of universal salvation is not only betrayed by the content of his book, but by his own church’s (Mars Hill) FAQs page. Bell seems to be thinking that most of his audience is biblically uniformed, as he claims that the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16) was not really so much about the rich man going to Hades after he died, but about the “hell” he was supposedly making of his life in the here and now (pp. In addition, I saw nothing that mentioned the final judgment and eternal damnation of those who die outside of Christ. It’s speaking here about the conclusion of God’s work of creation. Now I just want to review a little bit about what we studied in our last lecture to set the stage for what we’re going to discuss in our lecture today. And that test, of course, was a tree: the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He stated, “My experience has been a lot of Christians built whole dogmas about what happens when you die, and we have to be very careful we don’t build whole doctrines and dogmas on what is speculation.” To this, Bashir wisely responded, “You’re the one making speculation about the after life.”. It’s a technical term in the Old Testament that means to have sexual relations. Some Emerging Churches are environmentally focused, while others concentrate on local issues. Concentration on relationship-building over proclamation of the gospel. 8And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. Basically the book of Genesis is an amplification of Genesis 3:15. It sounds so convincing to obey those who appear to be in power. A quick look at crcc’s website and you can find some interesting information. It says there: Clearly we find in this text that God was the Creator. He’s speaking to Satan… to the devil… and notice what He says: Genesis chapter 3 and verse 15 speaks about two seeds. I also find it troubling that a leader in the ECM, who has a ton of influence with young people, would lend his support to same-sex “marriage” knowing full well that many undiscerning Christians will adopt his “progressive” view on the subject, simply because they hold him in high regard. And I’m not going to read the verses in Genesis chapter 1 that describe the order of creation. This is one of the most devastating declarations in Christ’s Revelation to the Universalist’s heresy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcopRbQkzivS5Kx6Y1hve-g The first point that we want to study is what is life? From chapter 3 to chapter 37, God’s only answer is absolute silence. What is the body of man? First of all I would remind you about the character of Esau. The subtitle of Bell’s book reads that it is “a book about heaven, hell, and the fate of every person who ever lived.”. he given to the Son to have life in himself; For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I. came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. Then as you continue with this process in Revelation chapter 12 you have the woman fleeing into the wilderness for 1,260 days or time, times, and the dividing of time. Bell writes: “There are a growing number of us who have become acutely aware that Jesus’ story has been hijacked by a number of other stories, stories Jesus isn’t interested in telling…. In the near future these passages will be used to uphold the counterfeit Sabbath. Alright, so what does Brian McLaren teach doctrinally? 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in … Daniel knew this, so although he was very highly placed in the Government, he remained faithful to the divine law, rather than comply with the human law. . The authorities that exist have been established by God. In other words, Revelation 12 connects with Genesis 3:15. It just seems too sentimental to me. Let’s turn in our Bibles to Psalm 8, where we find this clearly revealed. A multiplicity of descendants. My question is, are these really the true criteria which should lead us in choosing which church we should belong to? But not only were Adam and Eve impacted by sin, we actually find, as the story moves along in the book of Genesis, that all of creation, all of nature, was impacted by Adam and Eve’s sin. Where did hundreds of millions of Christians, over the last 2,000 years, ever get the notion that the way to eternal life was narrow, and that few would enter by the narrow gate to be saved? Romans 13:1, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. If nailing down the views of the Emerging Church is like nailing Jell-O to the wall, Bell’s interview with Bashir was like watching Jell-O (Rob Bell) getting splattered against the wall (Martin Bashir)! And so in our study today we’re going to examine the Biblical characteristics of the true church, and we’re going to allow the Bible to tell us if, in this world, there is a true church, and whether we can actually find it. And there’s a particular preposition in Greek that I want to emphasize. It is a reminder to be obedient to the authorities God has placed over His people. He’s going to eliminate you. The second thing that I want us to notice about this verse is that it clearly tells us that God did three things with the Sabbath. Point number nine, when will death be totally eradicated from the universe? And in the story that we’re going to study today once again Abraham is a symbol of God the Father and Isaac is a symbol of God’s Son Jesus Christ. The devil took dominion over the earth. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. Brethren, cling to your Bible, as it reads, and stop your criticisms in regard to its validity, and obey the word, and not one of you will be lost…. Jesus made it clear that those who reject Him go to Hades upon death (Luke 16:19-31). You notice you have a ladder. Notice verse 4. We begin to catch the picture that God’s prophets are raised up by God to rebuke wickedness, I’d like to invite you to open your Bibles with me to the book of Genesis, chapter 28, and we will begin reading at verse 10. We all deserve to be condemned (Romans 3:1-10, 23; 6:23) and we should all be going there. No, this does not mean that every politician must be born again. Now the only way in which creation could be restored to the condition that it was in originally, is if man offered a perfect life of obedience to the law, because the law says obey and live. In the book of Hebrews it explains that walking with God means that he pleased God. (Prov 21:1), With my great power and outstretched arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please. We’re told by Peter that in the last days… That places it within our time frame. We are speculating when we believe God’s faithful testimony. But I wonder if you have ever thought of Leonid Brezhnev as a servant of God? What was his territory? So I’m going to review the days of creation culminating with what God did on the sixth day of creation week. (Jer 27:5–7), He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. 02:16 Notice every day God sees, that’s it’s good, but on the sixth day we’re told that God saw that every thing. Let’s continue reading. ” We have three categories that are mentioned here by Jesus. The Bible tells us that there were no thorns. But with the background of Revelation chapter 12 you see that Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 are to be understood within the context of Revelation 12 because they follow the same order of events, the same sequence. Three points that I want us to notice: 1. Where do women go when they die? For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. Moreover, we should read Romans 13 with assistance of those who have obeyed God and opposed tyrants (I’ll be sharing more on this in the days to come). What he professes is not the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, Rob Bell is offering this same type of counterfeit hope of post mortem salvation, which is absolutely foreign to the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ. And Isaac at this point was approximately 40 years old. And so, obviously, the Creator of the book of Genesis was none other than Jesus Christ. He said you can’t eat of it. He wanted to proclaim his freedom from rules and regulations. Now, we’re going to deal with three points in each one of these five sections. Or even Adolph Hitler? 13:1, 4), he does not mean that governing authorities have absolute autonomy or unchecked authority. If Hell is merely temporal, then so is Heaven! And that is we should choose the church that God specifies in scripture, as being the church which is in harmony with His truth as it is presented in Holy Scripture. And when God finished His work of creation we find that He looked upon what He had made and it was very good. Most of the religious world has accepted, and teaches these two devastating errors that Satan has prepared to deceive the whole world in the end time. And so the fourfold plan of God was spoiled. Let’s turn in our Bibles to Luke chapter 3 and verse 38. And as we begin, I would like to say that this parable is found in all three of the synoptic gospels. Now I’m going to review the sequence of nations which are mentioned in Daniel chapter 2. This is the third element that I want you to notice. It says there in verse 6: So we notice here two things as we begin our study today: 1. And in these verses God who is the moral authority who has this moral code tells man that if he eats from the tree the penalty is going to be what? Not only that, it’s a slap in the face to Christ to condone what He condemns! Remember, the Emerging Church is, in part, reacting against the modernistic, absolute structure of stale traditional churches that want people to convert to their style of worship and time-frozen culture. I think not! However, the scriptures state that in the last days lawlessness will increase (Matthew 24:10-12) and that the wicked will proceed from bad to worse (2 Timothy 3:1-7, 12-13). 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