Finding and Following God’s Will, or, How Cessationists May Know and Do the Will of God, Part 2

In my last post I began putting forth my understanding of and belief in the idea that the sign gifts of the first century have ceased in this dispensation, a belief known as cessationism.  This belief includes the understanding that the canon of Scripture is complete and closed.  I ended my last post with my […]

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A Simple Warning From God’s Word and Not Necessarily Out of Context

God once delivered a message through His prophet Isaiah to His people, Israel.  It reads like this in the New American Standard Bible: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!  Woe to those who […]

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Israel and the Church: Does One Equal the Other, Part 2

  In a previous post (June 25, 2012) I began sharing many of the distinctions between Israel and the Church.  In particular, I simply shared twelve of the twenty-four contrasts that were identified by Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer in the fourth volume of his Systematic Theology, and, in some cases, clarified or refined by Dr. Arnold […]

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Divine Election and the Character of God: Security for the Church, Hope for Israel

I never cease to be amazed by those who are firmly committed to the Reformed faith who at the same time believe that God has abandoned ethnic Israel (1) in favor of the Church.  It seems incongruent with the whole idea of Divine Election as well as the character and nature of God Himself.  Allow […]

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