Mark Cahill’s Response to Calvinism
On October 10th, 2010 Mark Cahill, an American author, speaker, and evangelist, wrote a response to his beliefs about Calvinism. You can read it for yourself here.
His response caused some ruffled feathers among some Christian circles, mostly from Calvinists, who object to Mark Cahill’s stance on the issue. The reason they object is because Calvinists told me we believe the “essentials” of the faith such as Christ alone for salvation, the Trinity, Christ is God, the Bible is God’s Word, the resurrection of Jesus, Christ died for our sins, therefore we are in “unity.” Any attempt at discrediting Calvinism amounts to “causing division” among “Christians” who all believe in the “essentials.” We should stop arguing about this “non-essential” issue because unbelievers are watching Christians argue with each other, and thats not a “good” witness for the body of Christ, they say.
Unfortunately these ideas are a smokescreen to hide the fact that most of the Calvinists I have debated within the last 8 years believe Calvinism really IS essential when they first told me it wasn’t. I witnessed this first hand when the evangelism team I started years ago was taken over by the doctrines of Calvinism and I experienced the contradictory nature, the change in attitude, and the subsequent descent into error of the lives of those who believe in it.
The issue is not about Calvinism? Or is it?
Calvinists tell me “Calvinism is not the issue, its about causing division on non-essentials.” Ok, this sounds reasonable on the surface. However, as I debate Calvinists on the issues what comes to surface is the exact opposite.
Eventually I will hear from them that “Calvinism is the gospel” or if I don’t believe in the “doctrines of grace” or “Gods sovereignty” (as Calvinists define these terms) than I believe in a “false gospel” and a “different god”, or I’m a “free willer” or some other name that shows “I am trusting in my works for salvation” which throws the idea of “we all believe in the essentials” right out the window!
Sometimes Calvinists tell me things like “When I was an Arminian I wasn’t saved, but when I became a Calvinist I was soundly saved.” This statement implies any non-Calvinist, Arminian or not, isn’t saved (I’m not an Arminian by the way).
So…I guess the issues ARE about Calvinism! But you know what, this is what Calvinists should say if they really believe in the doctrine. Lets not beat around the bush.
Isn’t the gospel about WHO God is? What if you have ideas about what God does or how God acts that is different than the bible? Are these ideas simply misunderstandings or heresy?
At my old church years ago I attended a systematic theology class and in the very first lesson we listened from a CD of a sermon about God’s sovereignty. In the sermon the speaker said if you don’t believe in God’s sovereignty (as he was defining it by TULIP) I’m an idolator. Yes, he actually said that.
The strange thing was the person running the class was a 5 point Calvinist and he thought we shouldn’t divide over Calvinism because “we all believe in the essentials.” So then why is the classroom teacher showing a sermon to the class where anyone who doesn’t believe in the Calvinist version of sovereignty is an idolator? Because thats what the teacher really believes and isn’t honest enough to tell others the truth!
So out of one side of his mouth the teacher says “we all believe the essentials” and out of the other side he believes those who aren’t Calvinists are idolators. Calvinists may use the same words as non-Calvinists such as “predestination”, “regeneration”, “ordained”, “grace” or “sovereignty” but they are defined differently by each non-Calvinsts. Different definitions for the same words can mean only one thing…somebody is lying and teaching falsely about the Creator of the universe.
Its this sort of deception, confusion and hypocrisy that permeates the Calvinism circles I’ve been involved with over the years. The Calvinists I have spoken with who believe this is not an essential issue inevitably proclaim the opposite when debating them on the subject. It happens in almost every debate I have had in 8 years.
Charles Spurgeon, a preacher whom Calvinists usually quote said “Calvinism is the gospel.” Spurgeon also says Calvinism is not an essential issue. So which is it? Lets be honest shall we and not confuse others! The issues are about Calvinism because the doctrine defines who God is, not about Mark Cahill causing “division.”
IF you have a different god you have a different gospel and thats all Mark Cahill is saying. Mark Cahill is not saying every Calvinist isn’t saved or has a different god, or is saying all reformers have a different god. Primarily because he has no idea who believes what and why. Mark Cahill IS saying the doctrines of Calvinism point at the very heart of WHO God is and that is what the gospel is all about, therefore, its of the utmost importance we have a belief system that ACCURATELY represents the God of Heaven.
Am I saved?
During debates with Calvinists they will inevitably tell me I’m not a Christian by saying I believe in a “false gospel of free will.” Hyper-Calvinists and moderate Calvinists say this to me. You see, if I “believed” in Christ of my “own free will”…if God “persuaded” me to believe instead of “irresistibly” drawing me I am adding “works” to salvation. I’m no different than a Roman Catholic Calvinists say, which means I’m a heretic, idolator, or blasphemer according to many Calvinists I speak with….yes, they actually use those words!
The obvious conclusion to these ideas is that if I have a “false gospel of free will” then of course I am not saved and their claims of “division among Christians between Calvinists and non-Calvinists” makes no sense. After all, if I believe in “works plus faith” as some Calvinists suggest Mark Cahill and I believe in then we aren’t Christians, and therefore there are no “divisions” among “Christians.” When I tell them this they respond with “Mark Cahill is saved.” This causes more confusion. “I thought you just told me Mark Cahill and I believe in a ‘mancentered gospel’ that saves no one?”
Calvinists respond with “I did say that but since you believe in the essentials you are saved.”
Huh? (No, I am not making this up).
Then at some point in the conversation they will tell me “No one knows who the elect are but God.” If only God knows who the “elect” are then you can’t tell me Mark Cahill’s disagreements with you are causing “division” among “Christians.”
You don’t know if Mark Cahill is a Christian or me, or even yourself, only God does. So the idea that Mark Cahill is causing “division” among “Christians” is something you cannot know as a Calvinist. For all you know one of us isn’t saved or none of us are. Only God knows… remember?
I spoke with a Calvinist pastor at a church I was visiting a few years back and he said “No one knows who the elect are, even if they have faith. Only God knows.”
Is Mark Cahill really causing “division?”
A verse many Calvinists use when speaking of Mark Cahill is Romans 16:17 which says:
17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.
Calvinists tell me Mark Cahill is causing division by arguing against Calvinism therefore he should be avoided. This sounds very holy and biblical but it isn’t. Does the verse say to avoid people BECAUSE they are causing division? No, it doesn’t. It says to avoid people who have contrary doctrines than what you learned because the DOCTRINE IS CAUSING DIVISION.
Calvinists tell me their doctrine on salvation and who God is completely changed when they learned Calvinism. Perhaps they should have listened to Romans 16:17 and avoided those Calvinist teachers who preach a contrary doctrine to what they originally believed. How ironic Calvinists blast Mark Cahill for not succumbing to the teachings that changed their view of who God is. Teachings which are contrary to what many Calvinists originally believed when they were saved.
Mark Cahill has free will to believe the truth or no?
What I find even more puzzling is how Calvinists emotions range from being annoyed at Mark, to downright angry at his “decision” to “believe” Calvinism is false. If Mark doesn’t believe in Calvinism perhaps its because “he isn’t one of the elect” some say. Perhaps Mark Cahill is
saved so a Calvinist could say “God hasn’t opened Mark’s eyes to the truth.” So why get mad at Mark Cahill? Don’t Calvinists believe in their own doctrines like total depravity, which says sinners are “unable” to believe the truth or the doctrine that God ordains all things, including what someone believes?
A Calvinist on facebook months ago sent me an email. Here is what the email said:
Calvinist: “any time you say Calvinism is not true I will rebuke you extremely severely in the name of Jesus Christ! Calvinism is the gospel, you heretic! I read your stupid post even though you are not on my friends list.”
Me: “I am unable to believe in Calvinism because God has decided I don’t believe it. Why are you getting mad at me? I cannot help it.”
Calvinist: “you are blinded by the devil. Do not blame God for your inability to believe the gospel.”
Me: “Are the unelect ‘unable’ to believe the truth?”
Calvinist: “No one is able to believe the truth unless God opens their eyes…”
First she tells me I am responsible for believing and then tells me God is responsible for me believing. If I am “blinded by the devil” as she says thats because the sovereign god of calvin decided it. I would like to point out her ideas are Calvinistic, they contradict each other and yet she thinks they are both true. This is the product of a deluded mind. It takes many years of training and indoctrination to believe contradictory ideas are…true.
Does the bible teach sinners are unable to believe the gospel? Nope. The bible teaches sinners are unwilling to believe the gospel.
If the unregenerate are unable to believe the truth and if God is responsible for giving faith, as Calvinists believe, then its not Mark’s fault he is trashing Calvinism. He is only doing what God has ordained. After all, Calvinists interpret the bible as saying God is the potter, we are the clay and therefore God makes some for heaven and some for hell. If God wants to make Mark Cahill into a “vessel of destruction” from the foundation of the world thats His business. Why get annoyed at his decision to say Calvinism is wrong?
Calvinists act as if Mark Cahill…can believe on his own.
What difference does it make anyway if Mark tells the whole world Calvinism is false? Do you suppose his statement will drive totally “unable” sinners “further” away from the truth of God? Sinners cannot believe the truth, remember? If the gospel were broadcasted to all 6.5 billion people it is up to God to decide whether they will believe it, isn’t that right Calvinist?
Oh sure the gospel “quickens the elect” as Calvinists say, but ONLY IF GOD DECIDES IT WILL.
I have also noticed Calvinists spend a great deal of time calling out certain preachers and denominations as false teachers with false gospels. While this is not necessarily a bad thing the irony of it is Calvinists, hypocritically, do not adhere to their own standards of what is an “essential” doctrine. Especially with those like Mark Cahill who openly oppose their doctrines.
Many of the false teachers Calvinists talk about believe in the same “essentials” they do. Many believe “Jesus is God”, “Grace alone”, “Faith alone”, the “Trinity” and so forth. So then why are you going after other pastors who believe in the same essentials you do? Doesn’t Mark believe in those same essentials? Perhaps the Calvinist list of “essentials” is longer than what they lead us to believe.
It should be obvious when a Calvinist goes after a false teacher its because…(drum roll) the false teacher is preaching about a different god. When Mark Cahill goes after Calvinism… its for the same reason. Which proves something out…there is something HIGHER than the gospel…its the God behind the gospel being preached! If someone has a different god than the one in the bible, it doesn’t matter if someone says “faith alone” or “Christ alone” or “grace alone” because the meanings behind those terms may be different.
This is really the crux of the matter. Do you personally know the god someone is describing to you? Is the same spirit telling Mark and Calvinists the same things?
Ephesians 4 says
“4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all”
The same spirit cannot be telling Mark “God died for all men because He loves all eternally” and Calvinists that “God died for some men because He only loves some eternally.” Something is very wrong here.
These are different spirits!
Another argument I hear against Mark Cahill is “emotionalism.” The idea is “Mark Cahill is reacting emotionally from pride because he wants to be in charge of his salvation and not put God in charge.” This is an an unrighteous judgement of Mark Cahill based on appearance.
If a Calvinist were to simply ask Mark “Are you trying to save yourself?” or “Are you trying to be in charge of your salvation” he would gladly tell you faith in Christ is an admission that “I cannot save myself.”
I have had on countless occasions been accused of “adding works to salvation” because I dared suggest that “I” believed the gospel. When I tell a Calvinist faith in Christ is an admission of “I cannot save myself” and the bible teaches personal faith is required to be
saved they continue to insist “I have pride and I want myself to be on the throne instead of God.”
It takes an indoctrinated mind to ignore the conversation at hand and repeat what they have told, regardless of what the other person says. But thats what happens when Calvinists listen to Calvinist preachers, read reformed books and spend their time studying church history instead of the bible.
Hyper vs Non-Hyper?
Some Calvinsts say Mark is mixing hyper-Calvinism and Calvinism together in some of his arguments. I have noticed the only people who mix the two together are Calvinists!
Many times a I have heard Calvinists say “God doesn’t predestine people for hell from birth, thats ‘hyper-Calvinism’, He simply passes them over so they go to hell” and then later these same people will quote a verse to me which “proves” God does indeed create people for hell…things such as “before they did anything good or bad God hated Esau” or “God creates vessels for destruction” or God “made” unbelievers to be destroyed.
There is no distinction between God predestining someone for hell and God passing a sinner over so they go to hell.
Who decided to create someone for hell before they were born? God. Who decided to pass a sinner over so they will be destroyed? God….and the difference is…what?
I suspect Calvinists try to make this distinction because it makes God “look better” to suggest God passes over a sinner because of their sin, instead of predestining someone for hell from birth. But the distinction is meaninglesss since these same Calvinists also believe God hated Esau before he was born or the potter can do whatever he wants with the clay.
Another aspect of this idea is if God does whatever He wants and isn’t moved by what men do, then logically God isn’t moved by a sinners sin either. If God is as “sovereign” as Calvinists say than He isn’t moved by a person having faith nor is God moved by a sinners sin. “God isn’t controlled by what men do” they say, but I guess that standard only applies to people responding to the gospel.
Its no wonder people turn away from Calvinism. Its a confusing mess of contradictory ideas masquerading as truth. Some people become atheists after believing in it for a time.
Contradictions are “mysteries?”
The only “division” Mark is causing is discerning a false doctrine from a true one, rightly “dividing” the word of truth! You see, true biblical doctrines do not contradict each other. True doctrines glorify God in all His attributes, not just one of them. True doctrines are sound and make logical sense because God is logical and true, Calvin and TULIP are not.
The tragic part is Calvinists KNOW their doctrines are contradictory!
This is how they get around them. They either IGNORE them or use the word “mystery” to “solve” the dilemma. “These ideas are ‘mysteries’ we cannot solve with our finite minds” I hear Calvinists say. No, the “mystery” is why you believe in it! The “mystery” is why Calvinists embrace contradictions as truth. The “mystery” is why Calvinists are not “willing” to give up their Calvinism. The “mystery” is why seemingly intelligent people make stupid comments that are illogical and irrational. Calvinists are smart people, but the doctrine of Calvinism is dumb.
The arguments Calvinists use against Mark Cahill are so contradictory to their own beliefs and sound logic I am convinced they are blinded by the doctrine. They cannot see past it. All interpretations must bow to its precepts, and they do.
I applaud Mark for telling the truth.
Are Calvinists Saved?
Speaking for myself only my opinion is if someone grew up in the faith of Calvin, being fed its doctrines from the very beginning, I find it difficult to imagine that person is saved, such as Thomas Dickerson. If however a person believed the doctrine AFTER their conversion then I believe that person is saved but deceived.
There are many sincere seemingly God-fearing people who believe in Calvinism, but of course that doesn’t make Calvinism true, nor does it make them saved. I cannot judge a doctrine by the people who believe in it, no matter how Godly they may seem in public. I have no idea how they are in private or in their thought life!
While it is true Jesus said “I will know them by their fruits” it is not “fruitful” to say things about God’s character and nature that are lies. It is not “fruitful” to depict God as Allah who predestines sinners to hell by passing them over because he enjoys torturing them to prove he is the boss! It is not “fruitful” to depict God as unholy, sadistic, insane, contradictory and unloving to most of the people made in His image. It is not “fruitful” to believe God hates people because they hated Him first, which is not perfect divine love but imperfect human love. It is not “fruitful” when Calvinists say God punishes sinners for not believing the gospel… a gospel never meant for them in the first place. Its difficult to reject an invitation to a party when the invitation was never mean’t for you! The god of calvin says “I am angry at sinners for not believing my Son died for them so I will punish them with more condemnation the more they reject my offer”…but…according to Calvinists…Christ DID NOT die for them…so God’s offer of salvation is not an offer, and their “rejection” of the gospel is not a rejection at all! God is actually LYING to them by preaching the gospel to them suggesting a forgiveness He has no intention of giving them!
Its no wonder some people become atheists after hearing these things about God. Its a confusing mess.
I think the solution to all these problems is simple. Calvinism is false.
I pray all Calvinists will reexamine what they believe, and I hope they do this by ignoring the writings of men so they can focus on the writings of God. Most of the Calvinists I have met over the years spend far more time reading reformed titles then they do the bible. The truth of who God is cannot be revealed by following what someone else says God says. If you spend more time reading what men say its no wonder you have been led astray. Their ideas permeate your brain before you read the verse!
If you seek the Lord in spirit and in truth you will find Him.
My husband and I live in Maryland. Covens of witches, Wicca members and Pagans are no strangers to our State.
But there is a town in Maryland which has made national news twice in the last two years – with the same story. Ellicott City, MD was pounded and destroyed by torrential downpours which resulted in disastrous fast moving floods in July of 2016; and just two days ago, this town was once again raveged by raging floods which carried away cars and debris from stores on Main Street.
People were stranded in stores, hurrying to the second floor to avoid being carried away by flood waters. They watched in horror from second story windows.
The rebuilding from the 2016 flood event was still going on when shop owners watched in disbelief as the waters once again decimated their town.
After a three hour downpour, the Patapsco River swelled over…
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(Jerusalem, Israel) — After a careful policy review by senior administration officials, and consultation with a wide range of U.S. allies, President Donald Trump today kept his promise by announcing the U.S. will terminate the nuclear deal that President Obama and Secretary John Kerry negotiated with Iran.
The President also announced the U.S. will imposing severe economic sanctions on the terrorist regime in Tehran.
This was absolutely the right decision, and the President deserves tremendous credit.
As I’ve noted previously: “The President should scrap this insane and dangerous deal. 1) It’s not a real treaty signed by both sides. 2) It wasn’t confirmed by the U.S. Senate according to the Constitutional process. 3) The deal does not stop Iran from building or buying an entire nuclear arsenal in the near future. 4) Iranian leaders lied repeatedly through the entire process. They cannot and should not be trusted to keep their…
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THE HERESY OF REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY BY DR. DAVID HOCKING
|(1) The Nation of Israel was destroyed by Rome in 70 A.D.||(1) The Nation of ISRAEL will NEVER cease to exist (Jeremiah 31:35-37, “Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the Lord of hosts is his name: “If this fixed order departs from before me, declares the Lord, then shall the offspring of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever.” Thus says the Lord: “If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done, declares the Lord.”|
|(2) God has forsaken Israel because of their sin & diso-bedience (Deut.29:19-20,23-28; 31:16-17).||(2) God has NEVER permanently forsaken ISRAEL (Psalm 89:30-37). “I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips. Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David. His offspring shall endure forever, his throne as long as the sun before me. Like the moon it shall be established forever, a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah (34-37).|
|(3) Israel forfeited their right to the Land by their sin and diso-bedience (Lev. 26:40-43).||(3) The promise of a LAND is based on an EVERLASTING COVENANT Leviticus 26:44, “Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not spurn them, neither will I abhor them so as to destroy them utterly and break my covenant with them, for I am the Lord their God”. And Psalm 105:8-11, “He remembers his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant that he made with Abraham, his sworn promise to Isaac, which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan as your portion for an inheritance.”|
|(4) Because of Israel’s sin & diso-bedience they are no longer recipients of God’s pro-mises.||(4) God’s promises to ISRAEL are not based on their performance or merit. Isaiah 46:9-11, “remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.”|
|(5) Israel was rejected because the Jewish people crucified Jesus (Acts 2:22-23, 36; 5:30; 7:52-53).||(5) The Jewish people did NOT crucify Yeshua. Matthew 20:18-19, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.” The Jews killed by stoning to death – not by crucifixion – that was invented and performed by the Romans (Gentiles).|
|(6) The Church is the new “Israel of God” (Gal. 6:16).||(6) The “ISRAEL of God” refers to Jewish Messianic believers. Galatians 6:15-16, ”For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.” There are two groups of believers referred to here – notice the conjunction “and”|
|(7) When a Jew accepts as his Savior, he is no longer “Jewish” (Gal. 3:28).||(7) When a Jewish person becomes a believer in Yeshua, that person does NOT cease to be Jewish. Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”|
|(8) God has “blinded” the Jewish people (Is. 6:10; Rom. 11:25).||(8) The partial “blindness” of ISRAEL does NOT eliminate their future salvation. Romans 11:25-29, “Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”; “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”|
|(9) The Church is true Israel in the OT (Acts 7:38).||(9) There is no “CHURCH” in the Old Testament. (ecclesia = qahal – “a gathering” – not the church).|
|(10) Jewish worship is no longer needed (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16; 1 Cor. 11:20-26)||(10) Jewish worship is NOT condemned in the New Testament. Romans 14. Romans 14 is all about being gracious with believers with different preferences of how they honor the Lord in worship and life. It does not nullify Jewish worship whatsoever.|
|(11) The Judgments of the Book of Revelation happened in 70 A.D.||(11) The judgments and events in the Book of Revelation were NOT fulfilled in 70 A.D. Revelation 6:12-17, “When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” The Book of Revelation was most likely written in 95 AD – 25 years AFTER the destruction of Jerusalem.|
|(12) The return of the Jewish people came before 70 AD (Ezekiel 36:8-11).||(12) The return of the Jewish people did NOT happen in 70 AD. Ezekiel 36:24, “I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land.” And Amos 9:14-15, “I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them,” says the Lord your God. Immigration records show that there 193 nations (newest being South Sudan) and that Israel has people from 185 nations right now!|
|(13) The Conversion of the Jewish people happened in the first century AD (Acts 2:41; 4:32-33).||(13) The conversion of Israel at the end of the Tribulation did NOT happen in 70 AD. John 1:11, “He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.” AND Acts 13:45-46, “But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him. And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.” The Conversion of the Nation of Israel will take place at the end of the future Tribulation Period. Ezekiel 39:29, “And I will not hide my face anymore from them, when I pour out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, declares the Lord God.” And Zechariah 12:10, “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.”|
|(14) The Second Coming of Christ in terms of judgment happened in 70 AD (Matthew 16:27-28).||(14) The phrase “some standing here” in Matthew 16:28 (“Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”) is referring to Peter, James, and John. John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.“ And 2 Peter 1:16-18, “For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.”|
|(15) The words “this generation” refer to those who saw the Roman invasion and destruction of Jerusalem (Matthew 24:34-35).||(15) The words “this generation shall not pass” in Matthew 24:34 are referring to the Nation of Israel – Jeremiah 31:35-37. The word “generation” is referring to a race of people – Israel. Matthew 23:34-37, “Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town, so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!”|
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
“…Be He God or the Devil” By Dr. David Reagan
By Dr. David Reagan
European leaders, gathered in Lisbon,
Portugal, signed “The Treaty of Lisbon,”
which represents an attempt to further
strengthen the European Union,
increasing its powers as a super-state
while diminishing the national sovereignty
of its 27 member states.
Unlike the previously proposed constitution
which required public approval,
this treaty will bypass the public since
it must be approved only by the parliament
of each member state. The pact
aims to create a more effective, centralized
foreign policy, stronger central
leadership, and more democratic
A new post of foreign minister—in all
but name only—is being created to
give the EU a unified voice in foreign
policy. He will speak for the EU at
international conferences and at world
organizations like the United Nations.
The European Parliament, which until
now has been primarily a debating
society, is being given greater power to
modify or reject legislation proposed
by the EU Commission. The most
important change from a biblical
viewpoint is the creation of a supreme
leadership post. In the past the EU has
been ruled by a committee called the
“European Council” which is made up
of the heads of government of the
member nations. The chairmanship
of this committee rotates every six
months. The new treaty creates a full time
president of this Council who will
be elected by the heads of government
for a two-and-one-half year term,
renewable once. What the EU has lacked
is a strong, centralized executive. The
new treaty takes the first step in creating
this official by providing for an
elected president of the Council.
I have anticipated this development
for a long time. I believe this is paving
the way for the rise of the antichrist,
whom I believe will take over the EU and
serve as its president. I am reminded
of a statement made 60 years ago by
Paul Henri-Spaak (1899-1972), the
former Prime Minister of Belgium, the
first Chairman of the General Assembly
of the United Nations (1945), and one
of the key founders of the movement
toward European unity. He said: “We
do not want another committee. We
have too many already. What we want
is a man of sufficient stature to hold
the allegiance of all people, and to lift
us out of the economic morass in which
we are sinking. Send us such a man and,
be he God or the devil, we will receive
him.” Such a man is on the horizon.
We are witnessing the resurrection of
the Roman Empire, an End Time event
prophesied over 2,500 years ago by the
prophet Daniel (2:31-45).