ecasavant posted a comment · Mar 11, 2017
This article by the good Dr. Brown is religious doubletalk at its finest: God won't divorce you but you can divorce God. Does it even make shred of spiritual sense? Are we, as blood-bought believers, the fulfillers of the New Covenant that was cut between God the Father and Jesus the Son on Calvary or just partipators (believers)? This view that Michael Brown continues to promulgate about believers in Jesus walking away from the Lord who bought them is just pure touchy-feely nonsense. But if you live by your feelings, you'll die by them as well. Surely, he believes that he is not the one of the believers that he is calling out: "an unrepentant rebel living in willful, persistent sin". All of his sins, apparently, were never intentional (yeah, right). Furthermore, he's made sure that his spiritiual checkbook has been balanced -- that the confession of his sins perfectly matches the sins that he's committed throughout his 62 year old life. When you believe as Michael does, you live out your Christian walk not from the position of your identity in Christ but rather whether or not your sin checkbook gets "overdrawn". How sad, tragic and short-sighted. It's a repudiation of the New Covenant that Jesus bled and died for and of the truth that we are co-crucified and resurrected with Him. If Michael really believes this believes this pathetic "pull yourself up by your own bootstraps" theology, then lets see him take the next logical step: Open up the checkbook. Michael, why don't you go over your life with us and explain how you've perfectly identified and cancelled out your sins throughout your whole life with your perfect sin confessions? Also, explain to us why you have not sinned like a rebel both in the past and now in the present. Persuade us that your sin is more acceptable to God than those other willfully unrepentant believers that you reference. Then regale us with how you've perfectly cleaned yourself up and continue to keep yourself clean. Your gospel is mostly about you.
Deancooper posted a comment · Mar 11, 2017
You said, "if you want to live for the Lord, you have nothing to worry about". But what if one part of you wants to live for the Lord while another part of you continually indulges in sin? Isn't that being "lukewarm" for which God says He'll spit you out? Your plane analogy makes it seem like it takes an extreme choice on our part to leave God, but that verse in Hebrews you quoted talks about being careful not to "drift away". Isn't that how these things really happen? People rarely make a deliberate choice to reject God, but many drift away from Him over time. Are you saying that those who drift away have nothing to worry about? Does the overall tone of the New Testament convey that we who "want to live for the Lord" have nothing to worry about? Or does it convey a tone that we need to run the race to the end, to be on guard, to overcome, and to persevere? I'm thinking that what you personally mean by "want to live for the Lord" and how many Christians actually live that out are two very different things, and that's why you don't seem to be seeing the peril that I'm thinking a large percentage of Christians could well be in.
Yehoshua posted a comment · Mar 10, 2017
Arminianism and Lordship Salvation are actually heretical. Salvation is via Free Grace. One is saved by Grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone ... plus nothing. No Mitzvahs before during or after salvation can ensure of maintain one's salvation. Actually the 'Lord Lord' of Matthew 7 is for Lordship Salvationists. Check this out ... if you are not convinced, you are either deceived or unsaved. http://www.dtl.org/salvation/article/guest/lordship-1.htm
Wafaring Stranger posted a comment · Mar 09, 2017
I wish Dr. Brown had listed more scriptures where Jesus and Paul warned us about the coming deception which will result with many of the faithful being deceived. For example in Matthew 24: 23-28 and Mark 13:19-23, Jesus warns that a false one is coming and will deceive many. Paul in 2 Corinthians 11: 1-4 and 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-12 also warns us of this same event. Those who are alive at this time and believe that they will not go through this tribulation, due to a rapture, are most likely to be in the same camp as the 5 virgins who did not make it as Jesus taught in Matthew 25: 1-12.