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Does anyone else find the explanation for Heb 10 given on this broadcast (and other places) somehow unsatisfying?
Heb 10 says that if a person goes on sinning, there remains no sacrifice – and then compares that person’s state to that of a man who sinned and was mercilessly destroyed under the Law: the sin is done “high-handedly”, and the offense is so great, there is no place for mercy.
I’m not saying a single sin means you’re definitely going to hell (from what I remember, the Greek is present-tense continual – “go on sinning”) but that the explanation that it had to do with Temple sacrifices seems like it doesn’t fit.
As far as “sin unto death”, it should be noted that the context is that of the “life” that people have “in His Son” [1 Jn 5:11].
*…the context is that it falls between two explanations of “eternal life”.
1 Jn 5
6This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7For there are three that testify: 8thea Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
16If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.
20We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
re: “Renew your mind”
Powerful concept. Thanks for the reminder of that structure.
re: Marital Conundrum
That was my question; thanks for answering it.
It really is a real-life situation – and was the reason that I, years ago, left a “ministry” that will remain nameless (unless asked to give the name privately). The incident actually got to the point where it was televised nationally – mainly, I think, because Man 3 fled the “ministry” with his children due to the insanity of the “adherents” at the “ministry” calling the union between his wife (Lady 2) and Man 1 “pretty [i.e., beautiful]” and “of the Lord”. I can imagine that he feared for his children.
The real reason I asked was because I no longer speak with them or with anyone who dares to fellowship with them – based on the fact that I had confronted all of the “leaders” about this issue (they justified the whole thing by saying that “if the unbeliever leaves let him leave” – even though Lady 2 had long before informed Man 3 that “the Lord” had told Lady 2 that Man 3 was no longer her husband, and Man 3 was tearfully pleading that Lady 2 spend some time away from the “ministry” [Lady 2 declined, convinced she would “die” if she left – I forget whether she claimed that that was “the Lord” as well] to fix their marriage) and everything I had to say was basically rejected, and I was derided – and I wasn’t sure if it was a legitimate ground for utterly rejecting them (there are times I start thinking that our fellowship should be restored, but then I snap back to my senses and remember all of the unrepentant sin they have rubber-stamped and I renew my decision to reject them).
How can I be friends with anyone who allows sin in their lives like that? I am not about that and I cannot afford to be in fellowship with anyone who is. I won’t be damned together with the damned. That being said, I’m afraid I’m “missing the mark” in terms of “mercy” – but I’m afraid that I am going to be infected with their sin if I fellowship with them. Most times, I try to push it aside and not think about it, and consider that God will take care of it; I just wonder if my hatred for what they have done (and maybe even they themselves) is justified. I DETEST what they have done – and, what is more, the fact that they had the GALL to DARE to attribute it to God!
*I can imagine that he feared that the place was completely “unstable” – and that he had to get out of there before someone else made the first move and snatched his children so that he would have to leave without them. It is just insanity.
Since it eventually became public (just as another individual staying there had prophetically warned it would in the event the leader refused to repent and correct the issue), I will share the information that became public: http://www.drphil.com/shows/show/2041
For the record, I think the leader of the “ministry” in question started out with good intentions but had imperfect methods which eventually led to this catastrophe. He also lied on the show when he claimed or made it seem like he didn’t approve of what Lady 2’s adulterous relationship: aside from the facts that he performed a wedding for a couple who were in the very same situation, and had sent Lady 2 a text message telling her that as long as she knew the Lord told her to do the things she was doing it was OK, in a “referendum on what [the leader] believed about marriage” (where I’d confronted them all) he defended the actions of Lady 2 by, among other things, claiming Man 3 qualified as an “unbeliever” (again, erroneously thinking that this could justify Lady 2 in her adulterous relationship with Man 1).
For the record, I was hated by much of the small “the inner circle” there (I was certain they were slandering me behind my back, and this was later confirmed by another member – who, after coming to know me, told me, with surprise, that none of the things which they had been saying about me were true), because I never bought in to their beliefs or took part in their “programs” but basically spent my time alone studying or debating (not that this is such a good thing) the Bible online.
*I believe he performed a wedding for the couple in question – it was just so many years ago, and I have to find the photos (I am certain I saw them when I used to have a Facebook)
*According to a reliable source (another former member of the group) before fleeing with his children, Man 3 had uploaded videos to YouTube (which were not viewable when I went to try to view them – had been taken down from YouTube – which is why I have to rely on his word) showing that the leader had sent Lady 2 the text message (the explanation for how he was able to get the message was that they had been on a family plan or something).
Anyways I will try to stop posting about this now.
*I added the fact that they hated me to make it clear that I ought not to be lumped together with them – that there was no cohesion and I never adopted their views.
*”the couple in question”
Not Man 1 and Lady 2 but Lady 1 and Man 2.
Please disregard post #8.
I was sure I’d typed “question”, but when I could not find it while reviewing post #6 (I could only find the word “situation”, so I thought I’d been mistaken in my recollection – that I’d only thought that I’d typed “question”), I wrote post #9 (asking to disregard post #8) so as not to try to avoid confusing anyone. I have now spotted “question” in #7.
My apologies. Please disregard post #9 (asking to disregard post #8): I’m pretty sure the leader performed a wedding for Lady 1 and Man 2 (Lady 1 was the first to do the “the Lord told me you’re not my husband anymore” thing – her first husband, Man 1, later becoming the man Lady 2 ends up marrying [Lady 2 was close friends with Lady 1 – there is no doubt Lady 2 was influenced by Lady 1 into this way of thinking]) in the capacity of a Christian minister (he’d gone to school and had been a pastor according to what he’d told me).
I hope this is the last message I am writing. I do not want to make this the center of attention.
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