A Small Moment

      Today in the Church there is a theory, a thesis, a belief, that Israel fell from God’s favour in 70 AD and has been replaced by the Church. The ones who subscribe to this system believe that God has cast Israel out and now the Church has taken the mantel, consequentially giving the Church the responsibility to build the kingdom of God on earth. Interestingly enough, those who believe that the Church is now Israel, Replacement Theology as it’s called, usually believe in a Post-Tribulational Rapture or subscribe to the Amillennialist view of the end times.

     While I could spend an entire week on this topic talking about “everlasting” and “eternal” promises made to Israel by God, or all day on Romans 11, I want to bring forward a verse that I came across the other day while reading.

      The verse in question is Isaiah 54:7: “For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.”   God has been speaking to Israel this entire chapter, and suddenly tells them this.

     Now while this may seem a bit of a straw man argument, considering this verse is in the middle of telling Israel how God will punish them for leaving Him, it seems to carry some significance. “a small moment”, God says. Let’s not forget that time is slightly irrelevant to God, which means that “a small moment” could be a few years or a couple thousand.

      The best thing is, if we couple this verse with Paul’s statement “blindness in part has happened to Israel”, things begin to make sense. Much like a seasonal item, God has put Israel “in backstock” until the Church’s “season” is finished. That season is ending soon, my friend, so let’s prepare ourselves before the season finale.

     Here’s an odd thought: Everyone who believes in Replacement Theology always takes the blessings and never the curses. Odd.

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One of our favorite preachers has been Adrian Rogers. While the man was Southern Baptist (hey, no one’s perfect), his messages were always encouraging. This one was aired recently, and really touched us here at Baptist News. So without further adieu, let us share this message with you. 

https://www.lwf.org/sermons/audio/our-great-savior-2506

What the Hell

Of all the topics spoken of in Christianity, Hell has got to be one of the more popular. Some believe that Hell doesn’t exist; others believe that when a person dies and goes to Hell, they burn up into ashes and cease to exist. But what the Hell is the truth? (Yeah, bad pun, I know).

     Let’s first establish what Hell is. No, I don’t mean the psychological state of mind or the figurative hell we have to deal with at work or home at times, but the place spoken of as opposite of Heaven. Yeah, THAT Hell.

      The Bible never actually tells us where Hell is; just that it IS. While some speculate that Hell is in the center of the earth, that is somewhat impossible, as 1) Hell is a spiritual dimension like Heaven, and 2) Hell will last forever, while earth won’t. We’ll discuss this in a moment.

     So let’s just assume for the hell of it (sorry, I’ll stop) that Hell is  in some “alternate dimension”. What is it?

     The Bible describes Hell as a place of torment. The rich man in Luke 16 said he was “tormented in this flame”. Jesus said Hell is a place of fire in Mark 9.

     Hell is also described as eternal. Yes, eternal. Not temporary, not “you can buy your way out”, but forever. Jesus said the flame “dieth not” in Mark 9. In Revelation 20, Death and Hell are “cast into the lake of fire”, which will last forever.

     As far as the notion that you’ll go to Hell and burn up, that can easily be dispelled by Revelation 20:10. According to the Bible, Satan will be cast in the lake of fire “where the beast and the false prophet are”. Yep, after one thousand years, those two are still there. We won’t mention it says Hell “gave up the dead that were in [it]” three verses later. Oh shucks, I just did.

     “But a loving God won’t send someone to Hell.” Really? REALLY? The problem isn’t that God sent you there; YOU sent you there, when you rejected God. God originally designed a perfect world with no sin, no death, and no pain. But because God gave man a free choice, He had to make evil in order to have good and the ability to choose either. You can’t have light without dark; good without bad. It just doesn’t work. Furthermore, God originally designed Hell after Satan fell from Heaven (Matthew 25). But when man chooses to follow his own path instead of following God, much like a parent, God says “Okay, have it your way.” As one speaker put it, “I believe Hell will be so bad for the same reason Heaven will be so good. God is present in Heaven, and not in Hell.” I’m paraphrasing a little, but it’s a reasonable statement.

     So yes, Hell exists and is a nasty place to go, and while Jesus provided the only way to avoid Hell, He’s more than just your ticket out of Hell. So let’s be sure to take Jesus seriously when He says “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

                                                                                –Agent Winters

We’re Back

Yes dear readers, we are back. I’m sorry it took this long for us to come back, but we are back. A lot has happened since we last spoke. We’ve moved to a new location, but that’s only part of the problem. Largely I’m bad with time management, and didn’t get ANYTHING done.

But we will be coming back. We’ll be running a weekly program, one post on Wednesday and another on Sunday. We’re not entirely sure about the FBR just yet, still making calculations on that. We’ll let you know as we go forward.

The first post will be this Sunday, with the rest to follow.

And yes, we will be returning to WordPress. While they may have shown support for the LGBT community, it is still a platform from which we can reach people for Christ. And let’s face it—what company doesn’t show “support” for the LGBT community (with a few exceptions)?

As far as content goes, we plan on a combination of things. We’ll be including fictional works as well as doctrinal and topical studies. Look for the undeveloped parts of the website to be updated.

We will speak with you soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

Agent Starborn

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WE are returning. After a long hiatus, we are returning to the blog. We’ve also got a Facebook page, as well as the other site. Be sure and check out our links, and look for updates in the future. Thanks,

Cody