THE KEY TO THE CONUNDRUM

Was Calvin predestined to be wrong? Did Wesley choose to be wrong? Was it the other way around?

There have been reports of a Ministerial Association meeting in an unnamed American city. It seems that, very early in the meeting, the conversation moved to predestination versus free will. It got so heated that they divided into two groups… on opposite sides of the room.

A Pastor, held up by a hospital visit, came in late. He approached the first group and asked if he could join them. “Why did you pick our group? asked a member of the group. “You were the closest to the door and there is an empty chair here.” replied the hapless Pastor. “You cannot join our group unless you were sent,” replied the leader of the group. “Go over there, they will take you.”

Approaching the other group, an Armenian spoke up, “Why are you coming over here? “They sent me” said the now frustrated Pastor. “Well go away,” the man said, “you cannot join our group except it be of your own free will!”

There are a hundred verses that seem to support predestination and election and a hundred more that support free will. If you insist on being in one corner or the other, you must emphasize one group of verses, while down playing or trying to explain away the others. Truth is, the Bible teaches a limited free will within the framework of predestination… both are true and neither cancels out the other.

There is a key verse that both Calvinists and Armenians hate with equal fervor:

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29)

For as much as that verse is hated in both camps, it remains the key to the conundrum.

David…

 

ON NIMROD AND RESURRECTION

Those who live on the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast that was, and is not, and will be present again.

Revelation 9:11 They have a king over them, the angel of the abyss. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek, he has the name Apollyon.

This is Nimrod/Osiris/Apollo/Apollyon/Abaddon…

Revelation 17:8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up from the abyss and go to destruction. Those who live on the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast that was, and is not, and will be present again.

Could a certain President be assassinated, lie in state under the Womb of Isis, and be indwelt, in a phony resurrection, by the spirit of Nimrod?

David…

 

KJV AND THE AGGRANDIZEMENT AND OBFUSCATION OF MEANING THROUGH THE USE OF POMPOUS PERORATION

If you cannot understand the words on the paper, it is not the Word of God to you…

The aggrandizement and obfuscation of meaning through the use of pompous peroration is efficacious in the somnolent and superfluous inducement of temerity in supercilious persons. It is the sententious polemic of the multivariate and sedulous author of this disputatious comment that the celerity of learning is impeded when the elucidation is delineated or disseminated through an amalgamation of disputatious animadversions, tangential but tendentious to the plenary use of recondite inchoate language.

My first paragraph above is good English and it makes perfect sense to those who read on the Doctoral level, although most Doctors of Philosophy would have to look up a couple of words.

The KJV is a good translation and it is readable by more educated people who were raised in a KJV church. If you give them an obscure chapter from the Old Testament, ask them to read it and then explain to you what they just read, most KJV only people will falter. Only a small percentage will understand well enough to tell you what it means.

If you give the KJV to an average High School Graduate… they will respond exactly like you responded to my first paragraph. Even though it may be a good translation, it is absolutely worthless as a means by which to communicate the Gospel to the unsaved…

Which is to say, if you cannot understand the words on the paper, it is not the Word of God to you…

David…