Wayne, you obviously haven't red much at our site, given that you're telling us things we've clearly indicated we already know or agree upon doctrinally or factually. You also suggest, if not accuse, that we teach things we don't believe or teach. So why would you do these things?
Read:The Great Promise of the Lake of Fire and the Second DeathThe State and Fate of Hell The True, Scriptural Meanings of “Forever,” “Everlasting,” and “Hell”The Good News
Concerning dietary issues, read Christian Physical Diet
, which answers your objections with Scripture; not gray at all; quite clear if one understands. As well, read The Sabbath
section and see how you've misunderstood what the Scriptures truly say concerning foods (Romans 14) and the keeping of the Sabbath.
You say (and you lie, contradicting Scriptural testimony), “(By the way I never mentioned anything about bats, rats or mice.)
You most certainly did mention those (“It is a matter of personal conviction. The Christian there may eat it freely, knowing that God has given him all things to eat.
”). Think about it; see if you can figure that one out for yourself; it isn't that difficult for you, is it? I'll give you a hint: What is the definition of “all”? Or are you admitting that you shouldn't eat all things? And who is the final judge of what is good to eat - you or God? Who knows better? Are you a law unto yourself, or does He define right and wrong?
“There are others however who have different scruples. If they cannot eat in good conscience, they should not eat. If I can eat in good conscience, but I cause a weaker brother to go ahead and eat and defile his conscience, then it is sin. The Old Testament did not leave room for convictions. The New Testament does!
Completely false and misleading. It was never a case of what was allowed by men, but what was commanded by God, to eat or not to eat. Now if one chose to not eat meat, fine - there was no law saying one must eat meat, but God did specify what was clean and unclean if one did choose to eat meat. You eat one in either category, you eat all.
Man's choices are to work within His Laws; otherwise, he would be known as a lawbreaker, a son of iniquity.
Just what is a “good conscience” anyway, and where are believers to draw the line? Are you suggesting, for instance, that if man has no problem with adultery or fornication, he's free under the New Covenant to indulge according to his convictions? How wicked and foolish is that, Wayne? You should know what Paul commanded the Corinthians to do with such a one in their midst. Was Paul being legalistic? Where was “grace” there?
I say to you that if your conscience is in line with His Law and Word, you do well; if not, you destroy yourself.
“To the Law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because no light is in them” (Isaiah 8:20 MKJV).
“All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 MKJV).
I expect you make a difference between dietary and moral Law; however, my point is that you don't make a difference between God's Law and man's philosophies and laws. You like your greasy grace too much to be a “discipled one.”
But God is merciful and hasn't left us to do that which is right in our own eyes (Judges 22). That's exactly what you're saying, isn't it (“The Old Testament did not leave room for convictions. The New Testament does!
”)? He has given us His Word, the Lamp to light our path. He gave us rules, precepts, testimonies, judgments, commandments, laws and ordinances. For you to suggest God has allowed us in Christ to hold convictions contrary to His Law is simply diabolical.
Your hypocritical religious state is by no means unusual in nominal orthodox Christendom; you're simply another lifeless parrot, mindlessly repeating what you've heard from your cradle, a widget of Mystery's factory, a counterfeit copy of godliness with her indelible mark stamped on your forehead, dropping to your lips and falling out. You really are impressed with yourself, aren't you?
“(Thus He declared all foods clean.)
” This is a false assumption and interpretation of what was meant by the Lord's words. He wasn't speaking of the nature of the food but of the act and attitude - the nature of clean and unclean was a given, clear in Moses' Law (read Christian Physical Diet
Jesus was breaking no Law of God or teaching anyone to break them. You are plainly unlearned and foolish to assume so and thereby falsely accuse Him and mislead and deceive others. Woe to you.
“The important thing to keep in mind the the Bible is all about context. God exists outside of our concept of time (as we know it in human terms.)
The Bible is all
about context? Really? There is a right and a wrong context. For example, can you tell me what the context of Isaiah's prophecy was that a virgin would give birth to a son, a prophecy that was spoken to King Ahaz of Judah while they discussed warfare with Israel and Syria? Ahaz was to ask for a sign in his situation, but the sign given had nothing to do with his situation and wouldn't come to pass for 8 centuries?
Isaiah 7:10-17 MKJV
(10) And the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying,
(11) Ask a sign of the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.
(12) But Ahaz said, I will not ask, nor will I tempt the LORD.
(13) And He said, Hear now, O house of David; is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also?
(14) So, the Lord Himself shall give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel.
(15) Butter and honey he shall eat until he knows to refuse the evil and choose the good.
(16) For before the child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you loathe shall be forsaken before both its kings.
(17) The LORD shall bring on you, and on your people, and on your father's house, days that have not come, since the days that Ephraim departed from Judah, the king of Assyria.
If it weren't for hindsight with established historical facts, you, Wayne, are of those who would cry, “Out of context! Out of context! Isaiah was speaking of a sign to Ahaz! You have no right to apply those words the way you do. It's plain wrong.”
There are many such prophecies “taken out of context” and applied by the Lord through His saints and prophets. But not having His Spirit of understanding and discernment, how can you judge spiritual matters? You can't even judge earthly matters, judging by your darkened comments on subjects we discuss here.
“Remember that faith without works is dead.
Indeed, faith is dead without works, even as James said. And works without faith are dead, as well. If you say you believe, yet deny the Word of God while presuming to preach and to know it, how should I believe your claim? Your works prove your unbelief. Essentially, Wayne, you're a liar and hypocrite.