Considering God's Word

Controversial Subjects

    Rather than avoid controversial subjects, or argue about them, I plan to use this page to "consider" them.   Below are some subjects that I plan to write about.  

Israel vs. the church  (Ga 6:16)

Keeping the Sabbath (Heb 4:9-11)

The doctrine of "Election"

The cessation of some of the Spiritual gifts

Women leaders in the church

and more.

                           Israel vs. the church  (Ga 6:16)

   It has been said that "The majority of churches in Christendom now teach that God is through with Israel, and that He has replaced Israel with the Church."  They say "We don't need most of the Old Testament anymore, because it was not concerned with the church, but with Israel."  I wonder if this false teaching is a part of the apostacy that 2Th 2:3 and ITi 4:1 speak of, a "falling away," a "departing from the faith."  Ga 6:16 has been used to try to support this false teaching:  "And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God."   These false teachers say that this "Israel of God" is speaking of the Church, and is the "true", "spiritual" Israel, because the church has replaced national Israel in God's dealings with man.   The truth is that every verse in the Bible that uses the word "Israel" is speaking of descendants of Abraham.  Ga 6:16 is also speaking of descendants of Abraham, that are not the church, but some of the members of the church, because they are Jews that have become Christians.  Regarding God's covenant with Abraham's seed (descendants, Jews, national Israel) concerning the promised land (Ge 15:18); that the land would belong to them eternally was an unconditional promise; but that they would occupy the land was a conditional promise based on their obedience to God.  Because of the former, God has not allowed the destruction of the Jewish race, by Satan, by Haman, by Hitler, or by the present surrounding countries.  Mal 3:6 says "For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob (Jews) are not consumed."

"My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.  His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.  If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my mudgments; If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.  Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.  My covenant will I not break nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.  Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.  His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me."  Ps 89:28-36.

Keeping the Sabbath (Heb 4:9-11)

       Ex 31:17 speaks of the Sabbath when it says "It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever:"  The keeping of the Sabbath was part of the Old Testament Law for Israel, not for the Church.   Though Jesus was accused a number of times of not keeping the Sabbath, He actually understood it, and did keep it as God intended, as Jesus was still living under the Old Testament Law, in the time period known as The Law.   At the end of Jesus' earthly ministry, at the "Last Supper," He initiated a New Covenant, based on forgiveness given to those that would trust in the shedding of His blood for their sins.  Since the birth of the Church, 50 days after the time of Jesus' death, on the Day of Pentecost, with the giving of the Holy Spirit to those believers that made up the church, Judaism became obsolete in God's economy, and both Jew and Gentile were to come to God through faith in Christ.  "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Ro 10:4.   The Jew that practices Judaism today, and observes the Sabbath, is not one that has placed their faith in Christ.  The Christian is now not under the condemnation of the Law, but under grace through Jesus Christ, living in "The Age of Grace" also known as "The Church Age."  Instead of keeping the Sabbath days rest, and all the laws associated with it, the Christian now spiritually rests 24/7/365 in Christ.  The sixth commandment, of keeping the Sabbath, is not supported in the New Testament for the Christian to have to keep, unlike all of the other nine commandments.  The newness of NOT keeping it (after 1,500 years of the Jews being ordered to keep it, though they didn't always obey God), but instead celebrating the new creation (2Co 5:17) found in the new birth (Jn 3:3), was marked by the early "Jewish" church gathering together on the first day of the week, the day that Jesus overcame death, and rose from the dead.  What a witness this was to the Jews, who on the Sabbath might be looking for the Messiah, could be told by the Christian that the Messiah had already come, died, rose from the dead, ascended to Heaven, and had sent the Holy Spirit to now indwell the believer, and make that believer's body the new temple of God.   Many do not understand what I have now shared with you, and there is even a whole denomination of Christians that still think they need to observe the Sabbath.   They are called "Seventh Day Adventists."  Sunday (after Christ's resurrection) is called "The Lord's Day" in Scripture, but also just "the first day of the week."   Christians are free to work on Saturdays, and if need be, even on Sundays.  We are no longer under the Law, and it's observance of days.  "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:"  Col 2:16.