My response to Michael Brown’s Article: ‘Why I Never Drink Alcohol’ — *Unbiblical prohibitions* cause people to stumble too

My response to Michael Brown’s Charisma Article: Why I Never Drink Alcohol, 9/19/2017

Teachers who say Christians should never drink alcohol are going beyond what the Bible says, prohibiting something the Bible does not prohibit. The Bible handles the subject differently, giving guidelines on how to be wise about how much to drink. Also, many studies show that drinking alcohol in moderation can be healthy, which Paul said to Timothy, and as Michael said in the article: Jesus turned the water into wine.

Michael says:

“The lesson here is that we should put greater emphasis on helping weaker brothers and sisters than on enjoying our liberty.”

Michael derives this from a lesson that was about eating *food sacrificed to idols,* which the apostles concluded in Acts 15:20 was a sin — taboo. Michael then applies this to drinking alcohol, which is not in the Acts-15 list, implying we should be as he is, to not drink any alcohol at all.

The truth is we can also stumble others by calling something a sin that is not a sin, placing burdens on others that the Bible doesn’t place on them.

Why isn’t this mentioned anymore?:

Paul says in Galatians 5 that drunkenness will keep a person from inheriting the kingdom, and “Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.”

The church needs to know that drunkenness is a sin by which many are going to hell, including those who have been born-again.

The fear of the Lord is to help us keep from sinning.

The fear of the Lord should be taught to help people decide how to treat alcohol.

True Christians are led by the Holy Spirit: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Rom. 8:14). The Holy Spirit will help us know what the balance is on many things, including alcohol, instead of teaching a prohibition that the Bible does not teach.

What the Bible really says about who goes to heaven needs to be again taught in the church, which I do here:

Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way | Who are the Children of God? — “There is therefore now *NO CONDEMNATION* to those who are IN CHRIST Jesus, who don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT”

 

Real Christianity: Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. … whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it”

Mt. 16:24: Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life? 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will render to everyone according to his deeds.

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(3 min video) No Such Thing As Lukewarm Christians | Francis Chan

I wrote these comments:

Jesus spoke to me in a dream that I was in danger of going to hell *merely* for lusting while watching TV. I then did a careful study, and write what the NT really says here, which includes my dream:

“Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way | Who are the Children of God? — “There is therefore now *no condemnation* to those who are IN CHRIST Jesus, who don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT”

“Not everyone who SAYS to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who DOES the will of my Father who is in heaven.” – Jesus in Mt. 7:21

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[Lust Freedom!] LET’S OVERCOME TOGETHER To Be FREE!!! – “Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love him.”

Let’s all overcome together!!!

Forgive and be FREE!

Life in the Son

Determine today to be free!

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“Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love him. – James 1:12 (KJV)

 

(4 min audio) Francis Chan: Paul’s Life Makes Sense in Light of Hell – “People are beating him up, spitting on him, stoning him, whipping him… but he wasn’t going to stop”

Francis Chan, transcribed by me:

“When I look at Paul’s life, and he goes around telling everyone he can — people are beating him up, spitting on him, stoning him, whipping him, whatever, but he wasn’t going to stop. I look at that, I go: ‘see, but that makes sense.’ Don’t you look at his life and go: ‘in light of hell, his life makes sense.’ Right? And that’s what bugs me. His life makes sense, because if I really believed in a literal hell….”

One person commented:

Chan was talking about Penn of Penn and Teller, I believe. Ive seen where someone from Way of the Master talked to Penn and that was his response, about how much do you hate someone not to tell them about hell.

Paul “always having a conscience void of offense toward God and men(Acts 24:16) also makes sense in light of hell. His conscience needed to be clear for his own salvation, as well as to be qualified to lead others.

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Francis Chan – Jesus warned the world about hell Sermon jam

Published on Feb 4, 2017

Salvation: CALVINISM VS ARMINIANISM COMPARISON CHART – 5 Points of Calvinism (T.U.L.I.P.) & 5 Points of Arminianism

I compiled this chart from: CALVINISM VS ARMINIANISM COMPARISONCalvinism vs Arminianism – Comparison Chart and The Comparison of Calvinism and Wesleyan ArminianismEmphasis mine.

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FAST FACT: John Calvin did not create the acronym “TULIP”. The 5 points were in answer to the 5 points that were submitted by Arminians in 1610. “TULIP” was affirmed and expanded in 1618-1619 by the Canons of Dordt / Synod of Dordrecht.


 

CALVINISM VS ARMINIANISM COMPARISON CHART

 The Five Points of Calvinism, also known as the acronym T.U.L.I.P. and the Five Points of Arminianism

CALVINISM ARMINIANISM
T – Total Inability or Total Depravity Free-Will or Human Ability
Because of the fall, man is unable of himself to savingly believe the gospel. The sinner is dead, blind, and deaf to the things of God; his heart is deceitful and desperately corrupt. His will is not free, it is in bondage to his evil nature, therefore, he will not – indeed he cannot – choose good over evil in the spiritual realm. Consequently, it takes much more than the Spirit’s assistance to bring a sinner to Christ – it takes [complete – ed.] regeneration by which the Spirit makes the sinner alive and gives him a new nature. Faith is not something man contributes to salvation but is itself a part of God’s gift of salvation – it is God’s gift to the sinner, not the sinner’s gift to God. Although human nature was seriously affected by the fall, man has not been left in a state of total spiritual helplessness. God graciously enables every sinner to repent and believe, but He does not interfere with man’s freedom. Each sinner possesses a free will, and his eternal destiny depends on how he uses it. Man’s freedom consists of his ability to choose good over evil in spiritual matters; his will is not enslaved to his sinful nature. The sinner has the power to either cooperate with God’s Spirit and be regenerated or resist God’s grace and perish. The lost sinner needs the Spirit’s assistance, but he does not have to be regenerated by the Spirit before he can believe….
CALVINISM  ARMINIANISM
U – Unconditional Election Conditional Election
God’s choice of certain individuals unto salvation before the foundation of the world rested solely in His own sovereign will. His choice of particular sinners was not based on any foreseen response of obedience on their part, such as faith, repentance, etc. On the contrary, God gives faith and repentance to each individual whom He selected. These acts are the result, not the cause of God’s choice. Election therefore was not determined by or conditioned upon any virtuous quality or act foreseen in man. Those whom God sovereignly elected He brings through the power of the Spirit to a willing acceptance of Christ. Thus God’s choice of the sinner, not the sinner’s choice of Christ, is the ultimate cause of salvation. God wants to save all men. Those who respond to the call of His Spirit are the elect or the predestinated. (Marston, n.d., n.p.) “God, by an eternal purpose, has determined to save in Christ, and for His sake, all who through the grace of the Holy Spirit believe on Jesus and persevere in faith and obedience to the end.” (Failing, 1978, pp.2-3)
CALVINISM ARMINIANISM
L- Limited Atonement/ Particular Redemption Universal Redemption or General Atonement
The atonement of Christ, which was to be the basis for salvation, needed only to include those whom God had already chosen to save. All others, therefore, would be excluded. Christ’s redeeming work made it possible for everyone to be saved but did not actually secure the salvation of anyone. Although Christ died for all men and for every man, only those who believe on Him are saved. His death enabled God to pardon sinners on the condition that they believe, but it did not actually put away anyone’s sins. Christ’s redemption becomes effective only if man chooses to accept it.
CALVINISM ARMINIANISM
I – Irresistible Grace or the Efficacious Call of the Spirit The Holy Spirit Can Be Effectually Resisted
In addition to the outward general call to salvation which is made to everyone who hears the gospel [but is only available to those whom God chooses – editor], the Holy Spirit extends to the elect a special inward call that inevitably brings them to salvation. The internal call (which is made only to the elect) cannot be rejected; it always results in conversion. By means of this special call the Spirit irresistibly draws sinners to Christ. He is not limited in His work of applying salvation by man’s will, nor is He dependent upon man’s cooperation for success. The Spirit graciously causes the elect sinner to cooperate, to believe, to repent, to come freely and willingly to Christ [how is it ‘gracious’ and ‘freely’ if it can’t be resisted – editor?]. God’s grace, therefore, is invincible; it never fails to result in the salvation of those to whom it is extended. | The entire process (election, redemption, regeneration) is the work of God and is by grace alone. Thus God, not man, determines who will be the recipients of the gift of salvation. The Spirit calls inwardly all those who are called outwardly by the gospel invitation; He does all that He can to bring every sinner to salvation. But inasmuch as man is free, he can successfully resist the Spirit’s call. The Spirit cannot regenerate the sinner until he believes; faith (which is man’s contribution) proceeds and makes possible the new birth. Thus, man’s free will limits the Spirit in the application of Christ’s saving work. The Holy Spirit can only draw to Christ those who allow Him to have His way with them. Until the sinner responds, the Spirit cannot give life. God’s grace, therefore, is not invincible; it can be, and often is, resisted and thwarted by man.
CALVINISM ARMINIANISM
P – Perseverance of the Saints Falling from Grace
All who are chosen by God, redeemed by Christ, and given faith by the Spirit are eternally saved. They are kept in faith by the power of Almighty God and thus persevere to the end. Those who believe and are truly saved can lose their salvation by failing to keep up their faith, etc. | Arminius was of the firm conviction that all men are free moral agents both before and after they are converted.

Related:

“Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way | Who are the Children of God? — “There is therefore now *no condemnation* to those who are IN CHRIST Jesus, who don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT”

John Calvin Didn’t Follow Christ: “If you can burn people at the stake, and drown people in the river, and drive them out of town into a Swiss winter, and say you got that from the Bible, you’re not an exegete. And that’s the kind of man John Calvin was.” – Mike Floyd

 

 

Dick Benjamin: “Beware of Winds of Doctrines”

“Beware of every wind of doctrine!”

– Dick Benjamin,

founder of Abbott Loop Christian Center

Ephesians 4:11-16

He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error; but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, Christ; from whom all the body, being fitted and knit together through that which every joint supplies, according to the working in measure of each individual part, makes the body increase to the building up of itself in love.

Related:

Kevin Conner on the Believer’s CONDITIONAL Security: “OBEDIENCE IS the very law of SECURITY for all created beings. There can be NO SUCH THING as UNCONDITIONAL security.” — WARNINGS against backsliding SHOW that the security of the believer is conditional upon obedience and faith • What God has provided in Christ man must receive and apply • Divine SOVEREIGNTY *and* human RESPONSIBILITY meet together in the great redemptive plan • Christ is “the author of eternal salvation unto all them that OBEY him”(Hebrews 5:9) • Upon HEARING and FOLLOWING the Shepherd they receive eternal life and will never perish • AS HE OBEYS the Word of the Lord his SECURITY against backsliding and apostacy is FULLY GUARANTEED

Women’s Ministry: A Critique of Jack Hayford’s “A Woman’s Place in Christ” by Jeff Fenske — How deception passes as truth

Kevin Conner: Doctrine Determines the Health of the Church

(photo) Abbott Loop CC Cross: We MUST Die In Order To Live!!!

Update: I’ve been told that this cross did not survive the March-2012 roof collapse.

It had been moved from front and center to the west wall, which took the biggest hit.

Someone should resurrect this theme.

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Jesus:

Most certainly I tell you,
unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,
it remains by itself alone.
But if it dies, it bears much fruit.

12/2/09

On Abbott Loop Community Church’s west wall

It used to be front and center
“What happened?”

ALCC’s cross and wheat logo

The idea comes from what Jesus said in John 12:

24 Most certainly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, let him follow me. Where I am, there will my servant also be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

Paul taught (and Frank taught in Bible school) Jesus is The Pattern in Php 2:

1 If there is therefore any exhortation in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassion, 2 make my joy full, by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; 3 doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself; 4 each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others. 5 Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, didn’t consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also highly exalted him….