What Is Your Theological Beef with Dr. Brown?

Posted Sep 14, 2017 by Michael L. Brown

Dr. Brown will do his best to respond once to each person commenting here until October 15, 2017.

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czarpaul posted a comment · Oct 04, 2017
I would like to know what you believe on the rapture and timing and the tribulation. Also do you think the twelve foundations of the NJ (New Jerusalem) could indicate twelve levels to it??? Given it is 1380 miles high( 12,000 stadia - a stadia being about 607.2 feet) it would seem to be logical that it would have multiple levels. 12 levels would give each level about 115 miles of sky minus the ground portion. There are a lot of other 12 in the NJ so have the never of levels be 12 would fit in nicely. My biggest question has to do with heaven and the New Jerusalem. I have been told we will eat and drink but don't have too but no scripture is ever give as to why we wouldn't have to. I am curious then on will we have to eat and drink to fuel are new resurrected bodies and will we sleep to recharge them and will we breathe. (I am of the opinion we wouldI have seen nothing to suggest Jesus didn't while in his body other the resurrection. and for the record I am not suggesting he sleeps now since he is God and we are not I am sure his body has some abilities ours will not. Appearing and disappearing form a room may be ones of those.) I have not heard any answers other the we don't have too and when pressed about it I simply get the fallacy "if we had to (sleep, eat, drink, or breathe) and we didn't we would die and since there is no death in heaven/the NJ we don't need to. I consider this a fallacy because if we had to do any or all of these things WHY would we CHOOSE NOT to??? Beside if we choose not to we would be in open rebellion against God by refusing to do why he has said we must and that wouldn't exist in heaven/the NJ.
Joelle posted a comment · Sep 27, 2017
I don't have a beef but I have a question. I can't find what your end times theological leaning is. I know you are not pre trib and I no longer am either. I am on a big fence between amillinialism and historic premillennialism and I respect your intelligence and heart so I'd love to know what you lean toward. Thanks for having Craig Keener on by the way! That was so great. Blessings, Joelle
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jackstolpman posted a comment · Sep 27, 2017
Hello I am a student at Saint Thomas Academy High School and I am doing a project on the topic "Can you be racist against someone of your own race?" I was wondering if you could share your thoughts on this topic. My email is jackstolpman19@cadets.com if that is the best way to contact me. Thanks!
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Zebulon posted a comment · Sep 25, 2017
Shalom Michael! Our smiling voice of truth, moral and spiritual revolution on radio (I'm a podcast listener in Norway). A couple of q's: 1: I agree you on prayers which should go to God the father, predominantly. Is praying to the Ruach HaKodesh - Holy Spirit - merely missing the mark slightly, is it disobedience, is it sin. How about praying to Jesus in the NAME of Jesus? You hear all sorts of things around, even by church leaders. And in worship (or in a (healing) meeting, how about invoking the Holy Spirit? Singing songs to the Holy Spirit? what could the reasons be for this? Is it due to church traditions of Trinity, that people think they are missing aspects of God, thus not being "spiritual enough" if they do not mention/pray to/worship the Holy Spirit? On the other hand the Master himself did say that "God is spirit", so... In short: Is this a question of maturity? And when does this get unsound. 2: In the messianic community (MJAA for example) leaders are referred to, or call themselves "rabbis". I noticed you called Jonathan Kahn by his name rather than using title. Why do they have that title? Do they expect people to use it? Or is it ONLY a link, something for the traditional Jewish community (non-believers in Yeshua) to relate to? Btw, I've been to a couple of MJAA conferences, and thought they were great!! Thanks for taking the time to answer! Cheers, Jarl
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SoccerMom1971 posted a comment · Sep 19, 2017
The only answer to this one is repentance or not and just keep doing what you do Doc. Sometimes giving answers to things that we only primarily have questions stops the learning process cold dead in its tracks. Seek to learn; not to answer everyone and we’ll be well on our way to progress. Take an honest inventory of your knowledge on any given subject. If mostly questions exist, become the student. Seeking to answer others when we actually need answers ourselves creates semi-theological, mostly philosophical confusion. I believe men of God can humble themselves and repent, seek the Holy Spirit on what changes to make to see better results, how to find mentors in the area of learning; but the most advanced of us will not because they believe the questions of humanity have become universal answers.
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Gettsmartt posted a comment · Sep 16, 2017
Hi Dr. Brown, I have bought many of your DVDs and books over the years. I am also a Jewish believer in Jesus - for over 30 years. I have been a member of a number of different denominations over the years. Currently, I am in the conservative Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. You must admit that the Protestant Reformation was a failure with over 30,000 denominations! Obviously, Sola Scriptura does not work! The Church established by Jesus (and the Apostles) must interpret the Scriptures they breathed out by the Holy Spirit. I believe that Church is the Orthodox Church! The Apostle Paul writes that TRADITION and Scriptures are necessary for us, "Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the TRADITIONS which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle." 2 Thess 2:15. All the early church fathers and the Orthodox teach of the REAL presence of the Lord in the Eucharist. ALL the early church fathers and the Orthodox teach that Baptism is NOT symbolic - but it actually saves us and regenerates us, (1 Peter 3:20-21). The fruits of the Protestant Reformation are NOT unity. Yes, we are initially saved by faith only (Sola Fide). But James 2:24 says, "... a man is justified by works and NOT by faith alone." Also, James 2:26 "...faith without works is dead." I want to belong the "one, holy, catholic and apostolic church." Why don't you?? Where am I going wrong? ;-) Thank you for your time! Jodi
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footey777 posted a comment · Sep 16, 2017
When you wrote your book on Breaking the Strongholds of Food, it failed to mention that caffeine is a drug and is addictive. By making black bean brownies, I could sense the caffeine in them ( from the 1/2 cup of cocoa) and I suffered consequences because the Lord had delivered me from caffeine addiction through a Daniel fast previously. Carob powder that is caffeine free could be used to make these brownies, but regular cocoa and anything else that has caffeine are also addictive substances that can cause people to want more and more.
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Crakdpot posted a comment · Sep 15, 2017
Hi Dr Brown, Thanks for your ministry. While I don't necessarily agree with everything you say, I have learned & been edified. So, single topic for discussion...Nature of a truly born-again believer & the possibility of that person turning from God & returning to their "vomit", as it were: I struggled much with this issue, in the past, to the point of attempting suicide. I could not brush away the scriptures which demand our obedience & discuss the fate of those who treat the grace of God with contempt. I heard all the answers saying that a believer is eternally secure, but they all seemed to lack substance. I wrestled, in my own layman's way, with Hebrews 6 & Hebrews 10, taking heart that the author was unknown..., so maybe we should just leave this part out....that didn't prove to be a viable option, but anyway...I struggled through, finally landing upon some solid ground, found the rock, dug my footings & anchored my soul. -I found that 1John 2:3-6 was very helpful..., after all, it told me how I could know if I knew Him. -1John 3:9 was also helpful & spoke to, what I believe is the heart of the matter, i.e., the nature of the regenerate. -2 Corinthians 5:17, I believe, also speaks to this regenerate nature. -In Romans 7, Paul describes his battle with the flesh. He found that he, in the inner man, desired to do right, but his flesh constantly desired wrong. Romans 8:1, seems to conclude that whole thought, with the truth that there is no longer any condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. I am wretched and hear the verse from "Come thou Fount" ringing in my heart, "prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love". -I found something written by Charles Spurgeon, on this topic, a while back... He spoke of a verse in Jeremiah, regarding the New Covenant, where God said He'd place His fear in their (our) hearts, that they (we) might not turn from Him. See Below: (Jeremiah 32:39-40. And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. There is here a promise of double bliss. The Lord will not turn from his people, and they shall not turn from him. What more could God do than he here promises? It looks like a trial of strength between sin and grace. Sin was like a mountain; but the Lord’s love was like the flood, which prevailed till even the mountains were covered.) If I am in error, and one can choose to walk away from Christ & their salvation, I would imagine that they are again dead, in their trespasses and sins, unless they didn't actually leave. If they are once again found to be dead, can they be born-again, again? Then die again, be born-again, again & again? or is there a limit to how many times a person can accept, then reject, then accept the Messiah again? -also, 1John 2:19 would seem to indicate that those who "went out from" the church, were never, in fact of the church. -Yeshua, describing the judgement, taught that not everyone who says they know Him, actually does. If my English translation is proper for correct understanding, He says there, that He "never knew" them. If He never knew them, how could they have ever been His? Blessings in Him, Cris
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Kenneth Greifer posted a comment · Sep 14, 2017
You believe that G-d appeared as a man or an angel in the Hebrew Bible, but I disagree. I also disagree with Judaism, that an angel can speak like it is G-d without saying "thus says the L-rd..." I have an unusual explanation for the angel of the L-rd that sometimes speaks as G-d. Some people say that G-d appears as an angel that speaks as if it was G-d, even though the Hebrew Bible says that people can't see G-d and live. Other people say that the angel is just a messenger that sounds like G-d is talking, but that messengers could speak for people as if the angel was the person. I think that angel was an angel that sometimes brought messages from G-d saying "thus says the L-rd", and sometimes G-d spoke through it's mouth like it was a puppet or a telephone, so it sounded like G-d was speaking, although people heard the angel's voice, and not G-d's voice. I think this angel had G-d's name in it, which is G-d's presence, and that G-d spoke through it's mouth to people sometimes. You might ask, why did Jacob say he saw G-d "face to face" after wrestling an angel? I think "face to face" means in reality and not in a vision or a dream. I think the angel was the angel of G-d's face or presence mentioned in Isaiah 63:9, so G-d did appear to Jacob, sort of, but not really. His presence was in the angel, so He was there, and He spoke to him, but he didn't actually see Him or even hear His voice. I think that is what Exodus 23:20-22 actually means when it says that G-d's name is in the angel that He will send and that the people should listen to the angel's voice and do what G-d speaks because they are actually hearing G-d speak through the angel's mouth and using the angel's voice. I think that angel appeared to Joshua in Joshua 5:15 and said Joshua should take off his shoes because the ground was holy because G-d's name or presence was in that angel.