Marriage, Finances, and Various Sins

Our final lesson on the Minor Prophets is this Sunday. We will be studying Malachi 2:10-4:6.

Please read the passage in preparation of the lesson which will be taught by James Anderson.

How False Prophets Backpedal

Be sure to check out how the Family Radio website purged the rapture “prophecy”:

‘End of the world’ gets raptured off doomsday website – Mentions of Judgment Day being May 21, 2011, mysteriously vanish

The error of Universalism – “Beware of the false prophets”

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18)

Comment: Perhaps you have heard about the recently released book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. This is not to recommend the book but to warn about Rod Bell and his theological error.

Kevin DeYoung: God Is Still Holy and What You Learned in Sunday School Is Still True: A Review of “Love Wins”

Justin Taylor: Rob Bell: Universalist

John MacArthur: Rob Bell: a Brother to Embrace, or a Wolf to Avoid

John MacArthur: Rob Bell: “Evangelical and orthodox to the bone?” Hardly.

John MacArthur: Rob Bell’s Unbelief in His own Words

John MacArthur: Bell’s Inferno

John MacArthur: For Those Who Rail Against Hell

John MacArthur: Is Hell Really Endless?

John MacArthur: The Severity of Hell

Tim Challies: Love Wins – A Review of Rob Bell’s New Book

Theopedia: Universalism

ABF Class 5/22/2011 Malachi 1:1-2:9

This Sunday we will be studying Malachi 1:1-2:9. Malachi means “my messenger”. He was a special messenger of God sent to the people of Israel in the last half of the 5th century B. C. Please read the book of Malachi in preparation for Sunday’s lesson.

Please do not forget our Fellowship at the Morrell’s on Sunday May 29th at 5:00 PM.  See Memorial Day entry below.

On: The Day of Judgment – Saturday, May 21, 2011

Comment: Worthwhiile article by Albert Mohler.

The End is Near? The False Teaching of Harold Camping

Excerpts:

Harold Camping is now warning the world that the Day of Judgment will begin at about 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2011. The 89-year-old founder of Family Radio has made such pronouncements before, most recently in 1994. He now says that he simply miscalculated then, but he is absolutely certain that he has the right calculation now. You have been warned.

Actually, millions of people in America have been warned through Camping’s radio program and by means of the more than 1,200 billboards his ministry has put up across the nation. According to press reports, Family Radio has put up 2,000 billboards in other nations, as well.

The Christian church has seen this kind of false teaching before. William Miller and his Adventist followers (known, surely enough, as Millerites) believed that Christ would return on March 21, 1844. In the 1970s, popular Christian preachers and writers predicted that Christ would return on various dates now long in the past. All this is embarrassing enough, but now we have the teachings of Harold Camping to deal with. Given the public controversy, many people are wondering how Christians should think about his claims.

First, Christ specifically admonished his disciples not to claim such knowledge. In Acts 1:7, Jesus said, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.” In Matthew 24:36, Christ taught similarly: “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”

To state the case plainly, these two verses explicitly forbid Christians to claim the knowledge of such dates and times. Jesus clearly taught that the Father has not revealed such dates and timing, but has reserved that knowledge for himself. It is an act of incredible presumptuousness to claim that a human knows such a date, or has determined God’s timing by any means.

Second, the Bible does not contain hidden codes that we are to find and decipher. The Bible has been given to us in order that we might know the truth, and the truth is clearly revealed in its pages. We are not to look for hidden patterns of words, numbers, dates, or anything else. The Bible’s message is plain and requires no mathematical computation for its understanding. The claim that one has found a hidden code or system in the Bible is an insult to the Bible as the Word of God.

Third, Christians are indeed to be looking for Christ to return and seeking to be found faithful when Christ comes. We are not to draw a line in history and set a date, but we are to be about the Father’s business, sharing the Gospel and living faithful Christian lives. We are not to sit on rooftops like the Millerites, waiting for Christ’s return. We are to be busy doing what Christ has commanded us to do.

Sunday May 15th

Reminders for this Sunday:

  • Lesson: The Return of the Shepherd King
  • Scripture: Zechariah 9:1-14:21
  • Teaching: John Wivell

Please read the text before our fellowship and be prepared to interact

Sunday 5/8

John Wivell will be teaching from Zechariah 7-8. This passage is very Messianic. Please read both chapters in preparation for the class.

There will be a sign-up sheet for the 5/29 get together at the Morrells.