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Annihilationism – Part 1

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A false doctrine called, Annihilationism, is growing in popularity within Christian circles.

It is the belief that those who are spiritually lost will not face eternal punishment.

This doctrine claims that a lost person might face God at the last judgment but will not suffer for all eternity. Instead, that person will be destroyed once and forever with no further consciousness.

No everlasting fire, pain, regret, torment, hell, nor Lake of Fire. Just lights out and good night.

Although sometimes known by other names, this has long been a popular belief held by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Seventh-Day Adventists and others.

The doctrine of eternal punishment has always been a big problem for Christian apologists. It is one of the most common excuses that people use for rejecting the gospel.

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Choose Your Reality

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“They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.” (Job 2:8)

That seems pretty straight forward. We choose the mercy of God or we choose His wrath.

In the current cultural and political firestorm, it is becoming very apparent to me that each person chooses how he views the world.

Each person chooses what he listens to. Each chooses what he views. Each chooses what he reads.

But even more specifically, it is the narrative that he chooses. The overall idea or slant.

The bias.

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The Lord of Division

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Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled , neither let it be afraid. (John 14: 27)

The peace that Christ speaks of is not of this world.

It is a peace that this world does not understand.

Quite literally, the Lord Himself is our Peace. He is even called, the Prince of Peace, in Isaiah. And He has made peace for us through the blood of His cross.

And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:20)

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Are We Sheep or Shepherds?

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In listening to many sermons by Christian men and women, I am struck by how contradictory their thoughts are. How deeply men differ in their positions.

And how even basically solid men can say things that are not biblical. And can go off on tangents that undercut otherwise good teaching and preaching. Or engage in ministry practices that destroy the clarity of the gospel they proclaim.

This is why I believe a Christian must do his own homework. He must study diligently to know he is on the right path.

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Good Thursday

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Oh, how complicated Christian “scholars” can make the scriptures. As Charles Spurgeon once said, “It is amazing how much light the Bible can shed upon the commentaries.”

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Listening for Truth

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“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”                            (I Corinthians 2:5)

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Preaching Error in Love?

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“But speaking the truth in love…” (Ephesians 4:15)

Jonah, the prophet, provides us with an example of truth preached without “love”. Or, without true, heartfelt compassion for the people he preached to.

However, people were still saved. And Christ later honored Jonah. Despite his unloving attitude. Despite his original disobedience. Jonah actually did the best thing anyone could do for the Ninevites. The greatest thing anyone could ever do for them.

So, what would have happened if Jonah had “loved” them, had shown deep compassion for them, and then preached a “softer” message than God had commanded him to preach?

What if that softer message or a delayed message (waiting for a better opportunity at a later time) did not lead them to repentance?

Nineveh would have been destroyed. They would have died in their sins.

How “loving” would that have been?

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The Beginning of Knowledge

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The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: (Proverbs 1:7)

A wise man once said, “There is not enough time in one’s life to make all the same mistakes that other men have made.” How true. We have a limited amount of time. Why waste it?

Nor is there time enough to read all the books that knowledgeable men have written in the past. If a man were to give his life entirely to the indepth study of a book a week, he would scarcely make a dent in all the vast libraries of the world. Perhaps he would only be able to finish a few shelves in a single library.

And that is a problem.

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The Holy Spirit is a Person

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The Holy Spirit is a Person. That may seem like an obvious, trivial point. But, practically speaking, we do not treat the Spirit as a Person. We act as if He is something else. Something impersonal or secondary.

We know that all persons are thinking, feeling beings. They laugh, grieve, love, hope, dream. The Spirit of God does all these things. He is all that Jesus Christ would be if the Lord were still here, in bodily form, upon this earth.

Who is the Spirit of God?

To illustrate our confusion about the Spirit of God, there are believers who place an inordinate amount of focus on Him. They are focused on manifestations and experiences. They desire those things for many reasons. Miracles are supposedly meant to bolster the Christian’s faith, draw the unbeliever to Christ, and to provide a kind of personal affirmation from God for a believer.

For example, some Christians look for a miracle as an outward affirmation from God of one’s own conversion. The gift of “speaking in tongues” is a common experience taught within the Charismatic movement that gives assurance of salvation to a believer.

This is a serious error. And it is compounded by other attitudes toward the Holy Spirit that lead us down many rabbit trails of confusion.

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