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SolaScripturaToday is devoted to the exposition and defense of the Word of God, as well as to call out the biblical errors of what is commonly called conservative evangelical Christianity, but which really showcases humanism and humanistic "interpretations" of the Word of God.

I have learned over the last 51 years that the Bible is not truly honored by those who claim to fear and revere the Lord's name and Word. Instead, where there should be sound, solid Bible exposition by men who have stood in the pulpit for 20+ years there is instead religious "fluff", sight and sound entertainment by popular bands with expensive audio and visual electronic equipment—all of which produce humanistic side-stepping around what the Scripture really teaches. Essentially anything is acceptable as long as it brings in contributors and/or makes people 'feel good about themselves'. A  pseudo 'fellowship' has been created by people that is based on 'getting along' on a Sunday morning rather than on solid, biblical doctrine.

There is nearly nothing left that is truly biblical; as a result, true churches have very nearly disappeared from America. The preachers and pastors who occupy the pulpits in these "churches" and have become the vanguard for America's steady moral decline.

Here, you'll find detailed Bible exposition as well as biblical analysis, critique and rebuttals of those who claim to be 'Christian' and 'devoted to the Bible' but are, in reality, opposed to it and distort it at every opportunity. My tone is serious—and sometimes sarcastic—because the problems in the American church are staggering. I'm more interested in getting the attention of my readers even if it means that I sometimes have to be jarring rather than merely erudite or polite.

By design, the articles on my site are not 'light reading'; they demand careful reflection.

 

New Article Underway:
The Problems with Covenant Theology

Most of my articles were researched and written in a few/several weeks each; some, like The Humanism of Evangelistic Apologetics or The Day of the Lord took many weeks/months to complete. The purpose of this announcement is to forewarn my readers that you probably won't see anything new on my site for at least a few months.

[I developed this research/writing pattern some time ago: I work most efficiently if I devote myself to a single article at a time rather than trying to get out shorter articles while working on a longer article.]

From my new birth in Christ in the spring of 1970 until this point, I've never studied in-depth either the Covenant or Dispensational theological frameworks. (In fact, I express the problems with such frameworks in my article The Problem with Interpretive (Hermeneutic) Frameworks.) I regard theological frameworks of any flavor both unnecessary and biblically wrong. More to the point, I hold them in contempt.

[If you want to consider this an 'inverse framework' bias, so be it...]

From my research into Covenant Theology thus far, I'm doubling-down on that predisposition the more I get into Covenant Theology. (That's all I'll say at this point - other than this teaser: it appears to be a virtual train-wreck of theological frameworks, the "Achilles Heal" of reformed theology.)

And, to anticipate the automatic response by some to the above: no, I'm not Dispensational and my critique will not be from that point-of-view! If all goes according to plan, after this article I will research and release The Problems with Dispensational Theology.

[In fact, I challenge any of my readers to thoroughly examine my site in the attempt to find any 'theological framework' bias - you won't find it because it doesn't exist. When I make an assertion, it is 'backed-up' with Scripture (and usually many references—in context!). Examples of where you you normally expect to find a framework bias would be articles such as The Day of the Lord and A Biblical Rebuttal of Dr. John MacArthur's "Imminent" Return of Christ. Both are 'pure Scripture', as you'll see, without any theological framework bias.]

[Nov 21 2021: I'm well into the study of the Covenant Theology framework; I have to report that it has been a thoroughly distasteful study so far. I never expected to find the quality and quantity of such biblical errors as I have encountered in the last three or four months. I literally have to force myself to read the material: it's as pleasant as studying Jehovah's Witness "theology" or the experience I had when writing The Humanism of Evangelistic Apologetics (July 2017). It truly is a blight on reformed theology.

All these observations will be developed and supported from the Scripture when the article is finally posted. 

Should anyone wish to reach me, the email address is published on the bottom of this page.

 

A Necessary Interruption:
Another Call for National Repentance

[It is difficult for a Christian to remain quiet when we are immersed in a situation in which law and order has been turned on its head, right is wrong and wrong is right. So, I am briefly interrupting the study of the problems of Covenant Theology to write this note for a call for a very difficult prayer to be offered by the LORD's true people, a real prayer for national repentance.]

Psa 47.2,7-8
For the Lord Most High is to be feared,
A great King over all the earth.

For God is the King of all the earth;
Sing praises with a skillful psalm.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits on His holy throne.

It has been a long time in coming, but it appears that the LORD has finally begun let loose His wrath and judgment upon the United States. It is beyond doubt that we, as a nation, deserve it.

These are dark times for the United States and I believe that they will only get worse. Moreover, as the text above teaches, the trials in which our country finds itself are not only not an “accident” or “unfortunate”, they are by divine appointment, as the Bible says:

Isa 46.9b-10
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure
’;

In spite of what a majority of our population may or may not believe, the LORD rules absolutely over the United States (as well as the rest of the world!), and that includes especially our national trials and difficulties.

And that brings me to the point of this note: the urgent need for sincere, Holy-Spirit-borne national repentance.

How will this be achieved? There is exactly one way:

The LORD’s true people must pray for an increase in our national trials in order to lead the population to repentance, even to the point that everything around us will collapse, even until the way of life as we currently know it appears to be lost forever.

Some of you may be asking: “Why would you ever pray such a prayer?!?! Don’t we have enough trouble?? Why do we need more?!?!”

If that is your response, then you (professing Christian or not!) are dreadfully ignorant of OT history. True repentance comes only when a person (or nation!) is broken and becomes utterly devoid of pride, self-sufficiency or rebellion. OT Israel was reduced to slavery numerous times before they were brought low enough for genuine repentance.

While any attitude of human self-sufficiency remains, true repentance is impossible. (cf., the Book of Judges and Mal 1.4)

Here is a well-known example of the humbling and subsequent rescuing of a nation, namely, ancient Israel:

Deu 26.6-8a
And the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, and imposed hard labor on us. Then we cried to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction and our toil and our oppression; and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.

[Of course, ancient Israel returned to its obstinance every single time there was divine deliverance. That, however, is a topic for another time. cf., Num 14.20-23]

The LORD heard their prayers and showed them mercy many times. The same can happen for the United States – but only if we cry out to Him in true repentance.

[cf., Jdg 3.9,15; 4.3; 6.6; Neh 9.26-27; Psa 107.28]

[It is significant that if the LORD can bring about repentance in a people as stubborn as the OT Jews, then He can also save America by bringing our nation to repentance.]

What should the content of such a prayer request to the LORD be? I offer this as a suggestion:
“LORD, please do whatever it takes to bring our nation to repentance!”

If you are obedient to this suggestion, you’ll find it is probably one of the most difficult prayers you’ll ever pray. Such a prayer means that the LORD will make the conditions in our country much more terrible than they now are. There will be shortages of all sorts with wide-spread famines, the rise of a brutal black market, rising costs and runaway inflation, personal and public trials and difficulties, curtailing of freedoms, increases in violence and crime, dramatic rises in political corruption and rationed health care due to shortages, etc. It will mean the removal of those freedoms we have taken for granted for essentially all our lives, the breakdown of all law and order of unprecedented scope and the complete collapse of our culture. The United States will cease being a “super power” and will drop to third-world (or lower!) world ranking. Realistically, it will mean a country far worse than anything you could imagine because we would be subject to the growing wrath of the LORD! There will be no escape anywhere.

If you doubt such a great a collapse is possible, then you are naïve and need to re-read your OT history. Here are a few texts to consider, the record of what happened in OT Israel when they rebelled against the LORD – which led to the fall of Jerusalem to the Chaldeans in A.D. 586:

Lev 26.27-29 [here is the warning] [cf., Deu 28.53; Jer 19.9; Eze 5.10;]
‘Yet if in spite of this you do not obey Me, but act with hostility against Me, then I will act with wrathful hostility against you, and I, even I, will punish you seven times for your sins. Further, you will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters you will eat.

Lam 4.10 [here is the historical record of the warning fulfilled]
The hands of compassionate women
Boiled their own children;
They became food for them
Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.

Because of their stubbornness and rebellion against the LORD, conditions in ancient Israel became so bad that they became cannibals and consumed their own children!

Do you think that this is impossible here?

NO, not at all!

As it happened in ancient Israel when the population was starving, so it can happen here as well!

One vital last point: Christian! You have no business praying that a “red wave” will somehow sweep through our country in 2022/24 and rescue us from the current decline!

If that is your real hope, then shame on you!

Even if that happens, the fundamental issue of our considerable national sin and obstinance before the LORD remains (and, one could biblically argue, our national sin will intensify just as it did in OT Israel). Nothing will have changed! We will still be a nation of rebels deserving of judgment!

The solution to our problems is not political, it is spiritual!

Without true, heartfelt, national repentance from sin and a turning to the Lord Christ in saving faith, our nation is doomed. 

 

It is my hope and prayer that as you read and consider the Bible exposition on this site you'll come to the same conclusion that I have: the 'Christian' church in America is in real trouble and bears essentially no resemblance to the pattern for the Body of Christ set forth in the Scripture. This has been its miserable state for generations. Like the ancient church in Ephesus, the modern church has "left [its] first love", the Lord Christ. (Eph 2.4)

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Ecclesiology, Eschatology, Theology, History, Quick Notes and Of Interest