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    Benji's Testimony

    Brian, Thanks. It was encouraging Bro!
  2. Like 100% of the rest of mankind, I sin every day in my eyes and in the eyes of the world, but I will not judge myself on Judgment Day nor will the world judge me, God will judge me by what His eyes have seen. He is after all the final Judge. Ephesians 1:4 "Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 1 Cor 1:7b & 8, "...our Lord Jesus Christ will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Hebrews 13:20-21, "Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 5:25b-26-27 "Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless." Let's see; holy, without fault, blameless, no condemnation, perfect in every good work, without stain, wrinkle or any other blemish! But how and why? Because of Christ's blood! Matt 26:28 "This is my blood of the (New) covenant." Romans 5:9 "Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through Him." Ephesians 1:7 "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace." 1 Peter 1:2 "You have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance." I LOVE grace!!!
  3. I never said the OT does not contain grace. God has been gracious to mankind for generations and I praise Him for that, but we live in the age of grace and not under law. The law cannot, will not and does not justify us; it cannot does not and will not make us right with God. The law cannot and does and will not sanctify us; it cannot, does not and will not take us deeper with God and it cannot does not and will not make us more holy before Him. The law is good don't get me wrong but I prefer grace over law. In Romans 7 we learn that the law has dominion only over you while you are alive. Once you die you are released from the law, (Romans 7:4.) We died the day we received Christ and were buried with Him in baptism so the law no longer has any dominion over us and we are free from it. Praise God.
  4. Ben, 1. Me too! 2. Christians have struggled with the OT for 2000 years. I frequently hear Christians ask why don't we follow the whole bible? (Especially my Jewish nephew!) Even worse I've heard Christians proclaim "God said it, I believe it, that settles it." Really? We don't honor the Sabbath because some Christians work between Friday at sunset and Saturday at sunset, and to work on the Sabbath is an abomination to God. The Ten Commandments say we must not work on the Sabbath, yet every child in Christian Sunday School learns the Ten Commandments. The Sabbath commandment is not quoted in the NT so why even memorize it? It is not binding on the Christian, granted the other nine are great commandments, so great they are quoted in the New Testament under which we live today, so they are binding, but not because they are found in the Ot but in the New. We eat pork which is forbidden in the OT, we wear clothing of a mixed thread which is also forbidden. I have yet to celebrate a Passover which means I must be removed from the fellowship forever. I have been reading Romans 6 & 7 where the apostle Paul says we are not under law but grace (Romans 6:13) and the law has no dominion over dead people (Romans 7) and since we were crucified with Christ we are dead to sin and the law. If we are not under the law and are dead to it and it is obsolete, then I would think we need to ignore it, yes it makes interesting reading but what will one get by reading it? Condemnation. Guilt. Following it will not get us any closer to being right with God, in fact it may even hinder our growth. We are not saved by works or by following the OT laws, we are saved by grace through faith. 3. IMHO "first one" means any of the covenants He made prior to the last one. They have all been replaced with the everlasting one under which we live today. Grace and peace to you.
  5. In Deuteronomy 4:13 the covenant and the Ten Commandments are said to be one and the same! “So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone." In Psalm 78:10 again they are said to be one and the same. "They did not keep the covenant of God; They refused to walk in His law." Jeremiah 31:33 says the same thing. "But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people." Romans 10:14 "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes" Luke 24:44. The OT covenant and the OT law could not make anyone righteous. Luke 24:44, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” Jesus Christ instituted a new covenant because the old covenant was now obsolete as are the OT laws. Hebrews 10:9 states that "He takes away the first [covenant] that He may establish the second [covenant]." Jesus said in Matt 5:18 that "not one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled." What part of the OT law did Jesus NOT fulfill?
  6. "Heb 8:13 "When God speaks of a “new” covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear." The Old Covenant demanded a covenant of works, the New Covenant fulfills the covenant of works through the completed work of Jesus. The Old Covenant was designed to prepare the way for the New Covenant and then pass away as a principle of God’s dealing with men. The New Covenant was designed to last forever. The Old Covenant made nothing perfect, whereas the New Covenant can and will bring in the perfection of God’s people. The Old Covenant was confined to the descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob according to the flesh, the New Covenant is extended to all nations and races under heaven. Christians are living under the New Covenant. If one takes 2 Timothy 3:17-18 to mean that we all must follow the OT then I guess we had better get some lambs, bulls, turtledoves and goats for sacrifices for our sins and line up some Jewish priests because we now have 613 OT laws that we must follow perfectly! As for me I will leave the OT to the Jews and I will follow the New Covenant of grace.
  7. The new Democratic Party undermines the Christian faith, kills innocent babies (60 million and counting), normalizes sexual deviancy and perversion, restricts the liberty of real Christians and asserts the absolute supremacy of the human will. Twenty two percent of Democrats claim to be "Christian" and according to The Pew Research Center only 9.9% of American "Christians" are Christians by what the New Testament would define as a Christian. That means 2.2% of all Democrats are actually Christian and quite frankly I would wonder if even that were accurate. How could a born again Christian claim that a surgeon sticking a scalpel into the esophagus of a child in the birth canal is only "removing a mindless blob of tissue." How could a born again Christian man who has the ability to impregnate a female say that he is a woman because he "feels" like a women and demands the use of the woman's restroom and dressing rooms and if refused will file discrimination charges against the company. What "Christian" thinks homosexuals are perfectly normal when the New Testament (1 Cor 1:29-31) says their minds are reprobate (worthless, unfit, rejected) by God. It goes on to say these homosexuals are "Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable and unmerciful." If you are a Democrat and you think that sounds like a normal Christian you need more help that even God can give you.
  8. One must be VERY careful mixing OT theology with NT theology. The NT says that God has made the OT obsolete. Heb 8:13 "When God speaks of a “new” covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear." And what is this "new covenant?" Grace! Grace replaces the law! In Romans 6:14 Paul tells us "For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace." When did this happen? When you received Christ as Lord and Savior. The lost are still under the law (this is the "will soon disappear" in the above quote) but the born again Christian has died to sin and the law and is now under grace. Did the law ever love you? Did the law ever give you any grace? Did the law ever die for you? The law is a taskmaster. It stands over you with a Cat 'O Nine Tails waiting for you to sin and when you do it flails you a good one with guilt and condemnation. Grace on the other hand offers you forgiveness, love, mercy and pity. I'll take grace, thank you very much! Leave the law and its guilt and condemnation to those who think they can wing it on their own on Judgment Day.
  9. Taba, If I didn't care for you I would have remained silent, but I do care for you. I was in your shoes a number of years ago. Unsure of my salvation, a former Presbyterian like you, baptized in the Church of Christ, like you and confused. I had quit going to our old church and I was miserable because I was not perfect! I was stuck on "Be ye perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect." Then my wife attended a new church and when she told the pastor about me he asked her to bring me to his office. She did. He was a dyed in the wool Calvinist, which was something new to me. In about 10 minutes he had me straightened out and back in church! Been a Calvinist ever since! I am praying for you.
  10. 1. Reformed theology is correct. 2. Yes, you have either been chosen by God or you have not. 3. Yes, if you are not chosen by God you are doomed to Hell and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. If this scares you, GOOD. There is hope for you. 4. How many people who proclaim to be an atheist has by their lifestyle been able to significantly change the life of even one person for the betterment? None that I know of. OTOH how many Christians by the power of the Holy Spirit have significantly changed the lives of their fellow man? Hundreds of millions, so if you really want the best life for yourself and for those around you I suggest that you repent and honor the body of Christ, . 5. You cannot control anything (of significance) according to Jesus. Can you add a single moment to your life? Can you make one hair white or black? These are "simple" things and we cannot do them so forget doing the biggies. 6. Yes if you are one of the elect it will wok out "in the end" but the "end" may be sooner than you think if you continue in rebelliousness. In 1 Cor 11:30 Paul warns Christians that if they refuse to honor the body of Christ that may become "weak and sick and some have even died."
  11. Can one lose his salvation? First of all, whose notion of salvation was it to receive Christ? If it was your notion then yes you can "lose" it (actually you never had it.) Now if the notion of salvation came from the Lord, then no you can't. You see it is God who decides who He will adopt into his family, not the other way around. When my son and daughter-in-law decided to adopt our little granddaughter Audrey, Audrey had absolutely no say so about it. The sovereign will of my son and his wife was done. In our cases it was "not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:13. "Not of blood" Jew or Gentile God doesn't care, He will save those whom He decides to save. "Not of the will of the flesh." Sexual intercourse can produce physical life but flesh cannot produce eternal life, only God can. "Nor of the will of man." Our wicked and deceitful hearts may claim that we want to seek God and therefore be righteous in God's sight, but only God can bestow upon us His righteousness. "....There is none that seeketh after God." Romans 3:11. If absolutely no one is seeking for God, how can one be saved? God seeks after us. So we have established the fact that "....salvation is of the Lord" Jonah 2:9 b. But we can overpower God's will and lose our salvation by sinning!!! We can sin so much that eventually God will give up on us and He will abandon us. First of all how many sins had you committed before Christ died on the cross? None! Christ died 2000 years ago for the sins of the world (including yours and mine.) So EVERY sin you ever committed, EVERY sin you are committing and every sin you will ever commit has already been atoned for by Christ's blood at Calvary. But surely you are familiar with the passage of scripture that says "nothing unholy will be allowed in heaven." Actually I am not because it isn't in there, however "I will never leave you, nor forsake you." can be found in Heb 13:5b. So how many sins does it take to make us imperfect? One! So if we can lose our salvation because we are not perfect, there will be absolutely no one in heaven because we are all sinners and no one is perfect. I find it amazing that some people believe that man's sin is more powerful than Christ's shed blood. 1 Peter 1:19-20"...you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold.....but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ." We didn't redeem ourselves because we can't, only Christ can redeem us. Regarding the passages in Hebrews that "prove" that we can lose our salvation. 1. This book was written to HEBREWS! The Hebrews were God's chosen people and had for thousands of years followed God's specific commands found in Leviticus as exactly how to worship him and what was expected of them. Do these things and God promised that He would bless their socks off. So now along comes Jesus Christ and they believe in Him. All is well until severe persecution sets in from their fellow Hebrews! No one likes persecution so some of them decided to go back to the sacrificial system found in the Law. It worked for thousands of years, it is found in scripture so it HAS to be right, and surely God won't be upset about them following commands found in scripture right? Wrong. The OT Laws are obsolete. Romans 6:14 says "you are not under law, but under grace." Since we died to the law we are dead to it. It is no longer our "boss," righteousness is. You cannot go back to the old system as it no longer works. "Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us." This is the reality of what they were thinking of doing by returning to an old dead system of atonement and the writer of Hebrews was setting them straight.
  12. The book of Hebrews was written to (drum roll please) HEBREWS! Those who for generations had followed the laws and precepts of the Old Testament. For over a thousand years the Hebrews worshiped God according to these laws and precepts found in the OT, and God was pleased to give them His laws and precepts and expected them to follow them precisely, but now they are being told something completely new! The OT laws and precepts about the blood of bulls and goats covering sins is no longer in effect. It has been replaced with the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ. These Hebrews were having their goods plundered and were suffering simply because they were now Christians. Even the writer of Hebrews himself was in chains, so they figured hey we will simply return to our roots of Judaism, after all it worked for thousands of years and surely God will understand that since we are being persecuted He will allow us to revert to the way things used to be. NOT! Benji
  13. If Trump walked on water the liberal media's headlines would read Trump Can't Swim!
  14. Some churches teach that we are not totally depraved, that we retained some of God's goodness that He imputed to Adam and Eve prior to the fall and even though mankind fell, we didn't fall so low that all of His goodness in us was erased. We are basically good people with a few minor faults and all we need to do is "fan the flames in our souls" and God will be revived within us. They will also say "we are the captain's of our souls. If we want to get saved we can, or if we decide we don't want to get saved we will not." As for me, I will quote Al on the TV sitcom Home Improvement, "I don't think so Tim." Benji 🙂
  15. If Jesus isn't God then who is He? Is He another God who is not quite almighty, but perhaps just mighty? Isaiah 43:10 "You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am He. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me." Did God change His mind and decide that after Isaiah died He was going to create another God and call Him Jesus? If so where can I find this in scripture? If Jesus isn't God why is He called God in 32 New Testament verses? Why do we worship Jesus if He isn't God. We are strictly forbidden by God to worship any other god, yet Jesus was worshiped in the NT at least six times. Why did Thomas call Jesus God in John 20:28? Perhaps Thomas was mistaken? There is only one God and One Lord. Eph 4:5-6 "One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." Not two, just one. Benji
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