Month: April 2014

God Is Worthy of Trust

God Is Worthy of Trust

img-thingThe great mass of Christians do not know God so as to trust Him, not only because they have not the truth in regard to Him, but also because they believe many lies about Him. They are led astray by their “blind leaders.” It is a wonder that Christians trust Him as  much as they do, when by their horrid ideas of Him they make Him out to be anything but a God of love, worthy of trust.
— Arthur P. Adams (1847-1925)
The Purposes of God and the True Nature of Redemption

ALL EVENTUALLY WILL COME

ALL EVENTUALLY WILL COME

God is now conciliated to all mankind (II Corinthians 5:19). This blessing has come to us through the blood of Christ’s cross (Colossians 1:20). God no longer holds men’s offenses against them (II Corinthians 5:19). This same blood will reconcile all to Himself, both that in the heavens and that on earth (Colossians 1:20).

The cross saves everyone, but not all at once (I Corinthians 15:22-23). Jesus Christ is a ransom for all, but the testimony of it will not be seen until the eras designated to show it (I Timothy 2:6). God will one day be All and in all (I Corinthians 15:58). How can He be that if billions of the all remain dead or tortured?

Paul speaks of a time called the consummation, when death is to be abolished (I Corinthians 15:26; II Timothy 1:10). If there will one day be no more death, then the time is coming when even the second death will cease to be. At this time, those formerly captured by it will be delivered into the life won for them by Christ on the cross. With no more death, nothing remains but life. Some come to Christ sooner, some come later. But eventually, all come.

Martin Zender
The Really Bad Thing About Free Will (2006)
pages 66-67

PERFECT LOVE

PERFECT LOVE

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love” (I John 4:18).

love-never-failsWhat a beautiful phrase we find in this verse, “perfect love.” 

Think of it! What inestimable value such a love would be.

Where could such a love as this be found? There is only one source: our Father. God perfectly loves His creation. He cannot unlove us; for His is divine love, a love that will never fail (I Corinthians 13:8). He is a God that cannot not love us; because love is Who He is!

“God is love” (I John 4:8, 16).

The love of God can be wonderfully seen manifest through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He loved ordinary people just where they were. He loved fishermen, harlots, and tax collectors. He even loved those who constantly put their feet in their mouths, fell asleep on the job, and denied Him.

How amazing is such “perfect love!” Come to know this great divine love and the result will be that “perfect love casts out fear.”

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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I CAN REST – I AM FREE!

I CAN REST – I AM FREE!

Years after leaving institutional forms of church I still found that the system was inside of me. The very thing I hated lurked within. Getting out of the “organized church” was only half the battle. Getting the “organization” out of me has been nearly impossible to do.

This was much the case with the Hebrew slaves that were delivered under the ministry of Moses in Egypt. By the hand of God, Moses was able to lead the people out of Egypt, but was helpless to extract Egypt out of the people. Egypt was more than a place with roads and buildings; it was a system that permeated the hearts of those who had grown up within its walls.

I found that even though I was out, the ideas that were engraved upon my mind by religion were very difficult to undo. Fortunately, being free is more than just a possibility. Paul, the apostle, is a perfect example of a man who was once bound by religiosity, but found release by knowing God’s grace.

Paul Vieira
Jesus Has Left the Building
Page 38

SPECIAL SALVATION

SPECIAL SALVATION

2132260103_lying_truth_2_472_315_80_xlargeIt is often remarked by those who oppose the doctrine of universal salvation, that if God is the Savior of all men, then there is no difference between the saint and the sinner, the believer and unbeliever. Those who make this remark seem to forget, that while God is declared to be the Savior of all men, He is also said to be ESPECIALLY the Savior of the believer.

Though it is true, that God is the Savior of all, yet a little more attention would teach you that all along, in Scripture, there is a salvation held forth as the SPECIAL PROPERTY of the believer, in which the unbeliever can have no part or lot. Though all shall be saved with an everlasting salvation, yet the believer ALONE can enjoy this special salvation.

Isaac Dowd Williamson
(1807-1876)
The Nature of Salvation (1840)

An available Williamson book reprint available:
An Examination of the Doctrine of Endless Punishment: It’s Claims to Divine Origin Refuted

Fear: An Elementary Education

Fear: An Elementary Education

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom …” (Psalm 111:10).

“The fearof the LORD is the beginning of knowledge …” (Proverbs 1:7).

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom …” (Proverbs 9:10).

fearOne thing that should stand out to us in the three verses above is that fear is only the “beginning” of wisdom and knowledge. It is only man’s starting place with God, his Creator.

Many miss this important truth, and in so doing, they overlook the pure elementary nature of fear. The “fear of the Lord” is mankind’s FIRST approach to God. It is the awesome discovery of who we really are, and who He really is. It is humanity’s approach to God in infancy and immaturity – seeing Him as the righteous almighty One!

Note carefully the first verse quoted above, along with the next phase that is to follow:

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments …” (Psalms 111:10).

We see the connection between “the fear of the Lord” and doing “His commandments.” The “commandments,” or the “law,” is associated with fear. When God gave “the law of commandments” at Sinai the children of Israel “trembled” in fear; but the “law” and its natural fear in relationship to God was only divine elementary education. It was simply a “schoolmaster” to bring us to the Lord Jesus Christ (and who among us has not feared the schoolmaster!).

“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster” (Galatians 3:24-25).

Because the “schoolmaster” has brought us to Christ, we are no longer enrolled in its elementary process of “fear.” As mature, adult “SONS of God,” our childish, immature “CHILDREN of God” “fear” of the Father is replaced by the fullness of “love.”

Little wonder Paul wrote:

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7).

Hear these words! “God has not given us the spirit of fear!” God has not given us a place as fearful children. Fear has no place in our relationship with the Father. We have been given a place of mature, adult sonship. What He has given us in replacement of elementary “fear” is power, love and a sound mind.

John wrote of this as well:

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He who fears is not made perfect in love” (I John 4:18).

Hear these words as well. “There is no fear in love.” None! There is no place for “fear” in the life of the mature believer, for he has been completely submerged in the glorious love of the Father,

“Because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us” (Romans 5:5).

The very definition of our Father is Love – “God is Love” (I John 4:8, 16). He is Love – in fact He is perfect Love – and “perfect love casts out fear.” Fear and love are exclusive of each other. The issue is one of really knowing Who God is; of actually getting to know Him.

Our first approach to God is in ignorance and fear. Then, as we come to known Him in truth – as we become acquainted with His genuine nature of love – fear is driven from our lives, for “perfect love casts out fear.”

Only those who do not yet know Him, or do not yet know Him very well, fear Him, for “he who fears is not made perfect in love.”

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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What is Hell?

What is Hell?

What is hell?  Where is it?  Where did the word hell come from?  These questions and more answered in this short talk by Steve Hill.

 

THE SLANDER AGAINST GOD

THE SLANDER AGAINST GOD

“…Whom therefore you ignorantly worship, Him declare I unto you” (Acts 17:23).

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).


SlanderThe nature and character of God has been shamefully maligned by the religious system. He has been perverted into a “god” who either cannot or will not carry out His stated purpose.

It is high time that the saints of God shake off the bondage of traditional teaching that has too long hid the image of the true God from view.

Traditional religious teaching presents a “god” who:

Loves man… but gives Him up to endless torture.

Sent His Son to make the payment of sin for every man… but makes most men pay for their own sins.

Who allowed man to fall… with full knowledge of that the result that He would not be able to redeem them all.

Who wants all men to be saved… but will in fact damn most of them for eternity.

Who tells us to love and to do good to our enemies… while He torments his enemies endlessly.

All of these are slanderous perversions of the God Who is ignorantly worshiped.

Learn the truth of the true and living God and be made free from world religions.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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No Endless Punishment in the Bible!

No Endless Punishment in the Bible!

No Endless Punishment Revealed in the Scriptures
book1imagesFUTURE PUNISHMENT?
Here is what God says about it:

IN THE MATTER Of “future punishment,” there would be no confusion of opinions if all would base their teaching on plain statements of God, instead of on parables, which are given to conceal, rather than reveal (Matt.13:10-17), or on incorrect translations.


Of saints Paul says,

“For all of us must be manifested in front of the dais of Christ, that each should be requited for that which he puts into practice through the body, whether it is good or bad” (2 Cor.5:10).

There is no judgment seat. There is no judgment. There is no punishment. There is requiting.

Matthew 25:31-46 speaks of the judgment of the nations. No grace is in it. Nothing is said of faith. The blood of Christ is not mentioned. Nothing except reasoning could bring these into this lesson, and the Scriptures always denounce reasoning. The judgment proceeds on the basis of how each nation has treated the brethren of Christ.

Reasonings make it “the general judgment;” individuals are being judged; the righteous go to heaven; the unjust go to endless hell! Thus a non-scriptural term, “the general judgment,” is introduced, and passages that teach “everlasting life” on a basis of faith (see John 3:16), are contradicted, for this reasoning makes individuals enter into eternal life without faith. Nor is it any better if a correct rendering is used, and the same, reasoning followed. Correctly rendered, the believer is to have eonian life, while the reasoner has people entering into eonian life without faith.


If we believe God, the lesson is simple.

Time of the judgment:

“whenever the Son of Mankind may be coming in His glory, and all the holy messengers with Him, then He shall be seated on the throne of His glory” (verse 31).

Who will be judged: “all the nations” (verse 32).

Basis of the judgment: “inasmuch as you do it to one of these, the least of my brethren, you do it to Me ” (verse 40), and “inasmuch as you do it not to one of the least of these, neither do you it to Me” (verse 45).

Result of the judgment; “And these shall be coming away into eonian chastening, yet the just into eonian life” (verse 46).

Everyone who knows God’s Word and believes it, knows this judgment will take place at the beginning of the “thousand years” (Rev.20:4), and that the judgment is in relation to the kingdom. There is nothing final about it, and it is not faith that puts finality into the lesson. It is human reasoning that does it.

A search of the Word will convince those who believe God, that there is no statement in Scripture, saying God will punish in connection with any future judgment. Hebrews 10:29 speaks of some who are worthy of punishment, but does not plainly say they will receive it. Moreover, the ones under consideration are God’s people. Read the entire passage.

Eonian extermination from the face of the Lord and from the glory of His strength,” when Christ comes to establish His kingdom, needs a great deal of human reasoning to convert it into endless punishment. See 2 Thessalonians 1:9. It will take place more than a thousand years prior to the judgment before the white throne. Like the judgment of the nations, it is extermination in relation to the kingdom. It means death, since unbelievers, as individuals, cannot have eonian life apart from faith; but it is death, not for eternity, but during the period when others shall be seeing the face of the Lord and the glory of His strength. I repeat, it is in relation to the kingdom.
The passage that tells of the judgment before the white throne, says nothing of either chastening or punishment. Instead, the word is “condemned.” Let us not change it to any other.

Neither does the passage mention torment. The word is “death.” Not believing God, some have invented the phrase: “the second death from which there is no resurrection.” Those Who believe God, need not invent a phrase. They adopt Paul’s: “Christ Jesus, Who, indeed, abolishes death” (2 Tim.1:10).

The torment of the slanderer, the wild beast and the false prophet, for the eons of the eons (Rev.20:10), means just that. Unbelieving reason includes all unbelievers.

The torment of the worshipers of the wild beast (Rev.14:9-12), includes no others. Yet the same unbelieving reason makes it include all who “are non-elect,” or who “do not accept Christ,” depending on whether the reasoner is a Calvinist or an Arminian.

Neither does God say their torment is eternal. The reasoner says it is.

Tense is ignored here by the reasoner. God says they will be tormented, and that they are having no rest day and night. Their restlessness is a present experience while they are worshiping the wild beast. Their torment will follow. If it had been essential that we know whether the torment will be before or after the judgment at the white throne, God would have told us. As He did not, let us honor His silence on this phase of it.

W. B. Screws
From: UNSEARCHABLE RICHES JULY, 1938 THE FOURTH NUMBER OF VOLUME TWENTY-NINE
THE SOURCE & IMPORTANCE OF TRUTH

THE SOURCE & IMPORTANCE OF TRUTH

“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy Word is truth” (John 17:17).

Webster defines truth as “conformity to fact.” By way of example, the government has a record of my birth. My birth is a matter of fact. Now, if I should state my age inconsistently with the record, i.e., without conformity to the facts, it would not be truth, even if I sincerely believed it to be so. It has been said that facts are stubborn things. It must also be realized that truth is simply conformity to those facts.

THE SOURCE OF TRUTH

Truth is obtained from God, as He is the “God of truth” (Psalms 31:5). God’s truth is established by the facts of His Word (Isaiah 8:20). God’s Word is often called “The Word of Truth” (Psalm 119:43; II Corinthians 6:7; Ephesians 1:13; James 1:18) and in II Timothy 2:15 Paul tells us that we must search diligently to discover the facts of the Bible.

God does not always present the same facts for every age, or every dispensation (i.e., divine administration). By way of example, things that are true about the summer are not necessarily true about the winter. This is why Peter spoke of a “present truth” (II Peter 1:12). The simple fact is that God’s Word is “the Word of Truth” and it must be “rightly divided.”

“Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing [or correctly cutting] the Word of Truth” (II Timothy 2:15).

THE IMPORTANCE OF TRUTH

“Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts” (Psalm 51:6).

The issue with God has always been the truth. It is what God is looking for in man. He desires “truth in the inward parts.”

In Jeremiah 5:1, Judah faces invasion and one man, which sought truth, would have been sufficient for God to have pardoned and preserved the entire nation. We thus see the importance of one man seeking truth (c.f., Ezekiel 22:30).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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