The Heresy of Matt Slick of CARM by Jesse Morrell | “A person does not need to forsake his sin in order to be saved” Matt Slick

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Jesse Morrell Against Matt Slick in a Public Debate in Montana

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“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

~ Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3)

Founder of Christianity 

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“I say that a person does not need to forsake his sin in order to be saved”

~ Matt Slick

Founder of Christian Apologetics Research Ministries. 

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In one of the debates I had with Matt Slick of CARM (Christian Apologetics Research Ministry), we had this exchange:

Jesse Morrell, “I do believe you have to forsake your sins to be saved.”
Matt Slick, “Nope!”
Jesse Morrell, “But unbelief is a sin.”
Matt Slick, “Nope! Nope!”
Jesse Morrell, “Is unbelief a sin?”
Matt Slick, “Unbelief is a sin.”
Jesse Morrell, “Yeah, unbelief is a sin. Do you need to repent of unbelief to be saved?”
Matt Slick, “No.”

Matt Slick has since tried to “explain” his position on this matter, claiming that I am “misrepresenting him” when I quote that exchange. But all he has done is made matters worse by further confirming his heretical denial of repentance for salvation.

He said:

“Repentance is necessary to be a Christian, but not to become a Christian because repentance is the result of being a Christian, not the cause of being a Christian.” Matt Slick (Source)

Again Matt Slick said:

“I say that a person does not need to forsake his sin in order to be saved… I teach we must forsake our sin as Christians. But forsaking our sins is not what makes us Christians.  It is the result of being a Christian” Matt Slick (Source)

“We forsake our sins because we are Christian… We do not forsake our sins to become a Christian… Therefore, as Christians we ought to forsake our sin.” Matt Slick (Source)

Matt Slick is saying that you get saved in your sins and in your impenitence, and then AFTER you get saved in your sins and in your impenitence, you start to repent.

To restrain and confine repentance to “the saved” is serious error, as the Bible says:

Act 17:30-31 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Here we see Paul saying that God is calling the whole world of unbelievers to repentance. Paul was not preaching to believers in this sermon. He was preaching a message of repentance to a Gentile audience at Mars Hill.

Again we see that repentance is to be preached to ALL nations:

Luk 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Jesus Christ rebuked unbelievers for not repenting of their sins, even proclaiming damnation over them for their impenitence:

Mat 11:20-21, 23 “Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes… And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.”

Matt Slick says that repentance isn’t for the unsaved but for the saved.

Jesus Christ said the exact opposite of what Matt is saying:

Luk 5:32 – I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Repentance isn’t for the righteous (the saved), but for the unrighteous (the unsaved).

The saved have repented of their sins but the unsaved haven’t.

The Bible says that the saved are righteous, whereas the sinners are unsaved:
1Pe 4:18 – And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
Again, the unrighteous are unsaved:

1Co 6:9-10 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

Since the saved are righteous, the Bible says they need no repentance. Whereas the unsaved are sinners and therefore need repentance:

Luk 15:7 – I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

The saved person needs no repentance because they are already righteous (justified). But the sinner, who isn’t saved, is the one who needs to repent. And all heaven rejoices when the unsaved sinner repents. Why? Because they are getting saved!

Matt Slick says the unsaved don’t need to repent – the saved need to repent. The Bible says the exact opposite: The righteous don’t need to repent, the sinners do.

The Bible says repentance from sin comes BEFORE salvation:

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:38

“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” 2Corinthians 7:10

“Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.” Acts 8:22

“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24:47

“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”Luke 13:3

“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are you ways my ways, saith the Lord” Isaiah 55:7-8

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” Proverbs 28:13

“Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions, so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die” Ezekiel 18:30-31

The biblical principle is this: Sin is only forgiven AFTER it is forsaken.

Act 3:19 – “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord”

Here we see that before your sins are blotted out, you must repent and be converted. The Greek word for “be converted” is “ἐπιστρέφω” and it is translated as “turn (16x), be converted (6x), return (6x), turn about (4x), turn again (3x).”

Conversion, which happens prior to the forgiveness of sins, includes turning from sin (Acts 3:19) and turning to God (Acts 26:20).

The Bible promises mercy to those who forsake their sins, not to those who are impenitent over their sins. To the contrary, the Bible promises wrath for the impenitent, not mercy.

Mat 12:41 – The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here

Rom 2:5 – But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God”

Nowhere in the Word of God does God ever promise salvation to the impenitent.

The Bible says that repentance from dead works (sin) is a foundation that goes along side faith towards God.
Heb 6:1 – “the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God”
The Apostle Paul preached both repentance and faith to the Gentiles:

 Act 20:21 – Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus taught that harlots and publicans were saved because they repented at the preaching of John the Baptist:

Mat 21:28-32 – “But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

Evangelism is calling sinners to repentance, urging them to meet the conditions of salvation. This is why we read in the Bible:

Mar 6:12 – And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

The message of the gospel starts with “repent.” Jesus started his ministry with “repent!”

Mat 4:17 – From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Jesus said one of his primary purposes in coming to the world was to call sinners to repent:

Luke 5:32- I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

To call sinners to repent of what? Given the context, that is he calling sinners and not the righteous, he is calling sinners to repent of being sinners! Calling sinners to repent unto righteousness!

Matt Slick only confirmed his heresy with his “clarification” post.

The root of Matt’s heresy is a false definition of repentance.

Matt said:

“repentance is defined as following the Law” Matt Slick (Source)

He said:

“Romans 3:28, says that we are justified apart from the works of the Law.” Matt Slick (Source)

And since he defines repentance as a work of the law, he concludes we are justified apart from repenting of our sins.

He said:

“Repentance (forsaking sin) is not what makes us a Christian.” Matt Slick (Source)

Since Matt Slick defines repentance as a work of the law, and works are not the cause of salvation but follow as fruit of salvation, he says you don’t have to repent to get saved but you repent if you are already saved.

The Bible, however, does not classify repentance as a work of the law. The Greek word (μετανοέω) literally means to “change your mind.” A sinner is “carnally minded” which is “enmity with God” (Romans 8:7), and therefore to be reconciled to God the sinner must “change his mind” (repent of his carnal mind). To be carnally minded, in the Greek, means to be fleshly purposed – living for selfish gratification. To repent of the carnal mind is therefore a change of purpose or intention – from living for self to living for God.

Repentance is not a work, or a deed, or a work of the law. Repentance is a change of mind. When applied to sin, repentance is a change of mind about sinning. Repentance is not “keeping the law.” Repenting of your sins is simply a change of mind about breaking the law. You realize how stupid and wrong it is to sin and so you change your mind about doing it. A lifestyle of keeping God’s commandments comes after salvation as the fruit of repentance.

The Bible makes a distinction between repentance and works:

Act 26:20 – But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should REPENT and turn to God, and do WORKS meet for repentance.

Notice that the message God told Paul to preach to the Gentiles was “repent.” This is where the message starts. Unlike what Matt Slick is saying, repentance is for the unsaved to get saved.

Also notice the difference between “repent” and “do works meet for repentance.” Works follow repentance, known as the “works meet for repentance” (Acts 26:20) or the “fruit meet for repentance” (Matt. 3:8), but repentance itself isn’t isn’t a work.

Works follow repentance. But repentance itself isn’t a work. 

Matt Slick himself defined “heresy” as:

“a false teaching. It is a belief or idea that is in contradiction to orthodoxy. In the context of Christianity, heresy is that which deviates from standard biblical teaching.” Source

Given his own definition, we see that Matt Slick is teaching heresy. The Bible does not classify repentance as a work of the law, like Matt Slick does. To classify repentance as a “work of the law” is gross error and serious heresy. The logical  yet false conclusion of such a false and unbiblical classification is that “a person does not need to forsake his sin in order to be saved,” which the Bible says you must do in order to be saved!

Matt Slick’s heresy is two fold:

1. He says repentance is a work of the law.
2. He says you don’t have to repent to get saved.

Matt Slick calls himself a Calvinist but he seems to be alone in the Calvinist camp with his strange and unorthodox view that repentance is works of the law and that repentance is unnecessary for salvation.

A Lutheran Reformer named Melanchthon (1497-1560) said this:

“There are many who speak only of the forgiveness of sin, but who say little or nothing about repentance. If there is nevertheless no forgiveness of sins without repentance, so also forgiveness of sins cannot be understood without repentance. Therefore, if forgiveness of sins is preached without repentance, it follows that the people imagine they have already received the forgiveness of sins, and thereby they become cocksure and fearless, which is then greater error and sin than all the error that preceded our time.”

As we already saw, Paul who was the Apostle to the Gentiles (Rom. 11:13), was told to preach to the Gentiles repent, turn to God, and do works meet for repentance (Acts 26:20), and that He actually did testify to the Gentiles that they must repent towards God and have faith in Jesus Christ (Act 20:21).

Paul’s Gospel to the Gentiles included repentance from sin, so those who deny repentance from sin are preaching another gospel.

Galatians 1:8 – But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach another gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Beware of Matt Slick and his CARM Ministry, as he is preaching “another gospel” that was not the Gospel delivered unto the Apostle Paul.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” 1 Timothy 4:1

 

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How to live the Happy Blessed Christian Life! Be Holy! Jesse Morrell

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Preaching to a Home Fellowship in Kentucky

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HOW TO BE HAPPY AND BLESSED IN THIS LIFE

During our ministry travelings this year I was able to speak to a small home fellowship in Kentucky. The question of, “Your Blessed Life Now! How to Live the Happy Holy Christian Life” was on my heart and mind. There are many passages in the Bible that speak on being blessed so in my teaching I went through many of these passages.

My key texts was, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” Psa 1:1-2.

The key principle is that sin tends to misery and holiness tends to happiness. God’s commandments are good for our life whereas sin brings destruction and death. The way to live a happy life is to live a holy life.

“To bless” means “to make happy,” so when the Bible says, “Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities” (Act 3:26), this is saying that God blesses us or makes us happy by making us holy – turning us from our sins. Holiness is the key to blessedness. 

I also explained how regeneration is a re-genesis: bringing man back to the original state and condition that God had intended for us – a state of happiness through holiness. Sin and misery were not part of God’s intention and design for mankind. Sin and misery are foreign invaders which came into the world through the deception of the devil and Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.

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Beer Festival, Nashville TN

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I admit that a beer fest is probably my least favorite place to preach the Gospel. I would personally much rather be on a university or college campus, when people are sober, to engage them in more intellectual discussion. But the Lord first preached to me in a jail cell and I’ve seen numerous people repent and get right with God while preaching on the street outside of bars and clubs. This beer fest needed some street preachers and so we stood up to fill that need!

We  had a nice megaphone and picked a location that was far enough away from all the different venders to try, to the best of our ability, not to bother them. After preaching for a little while on the bullhorn I was able to draw in a nice engaging crowd that circled around. One man blasted his musical horn for a while to try and drown us out but to no avail. I warned the sinners of God’s wrath and judgment and urged them to consider their ways and repent. Many stayed and listened for a long time as we preached.

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Towards the end of the day we started marching around with our signs and bullhorn throughout the event. We wanted to cover more territory before we left. A police officer approached us and gave us a hard time at one point, saying that we were offending people by what we were saying. I told him that I was offended at what many of them were saying. Many of the people there were cussing and using profanity openly in the streets. Of course, the Officer had no problem with their public profanity, only our public preaching. In the end, he was unable to stop us from preaching and we continued to call sinners to repentance.

Bowling Green State University Campus 

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Bowling Green State University is a campus I had only preached on a couple times before. It always reminds me of the campus preacher who greatly inspired me named John. He used to preach this campus back in the 90’s.

This particular day I felt very fatigued with low energy and a sore throat. I don’t know if it was all the traveling and preaching wearing on me or if it was a cold. Either way I still gave it my all and after maybe 45 minutes of preaching, I had gathered a nice crowd that stayed for many more hours.

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As the day progressed the crowd got closer and closer and circled around me. Only one man at least pretended to be so mad that he wanted to get violent, but others held him back. I found the general attitude of this campus to be very light hearted and mocking. They held signs that said, “Vader is Lord” and “The Death Star Cometh.” It was good that this campus got a good healthy dose of rebuke from the Scriptures.

Downtown Louisville Kentucky

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Downtown Louisville

After campus one day there was an art festival downtown the team wanted to preach at. I was told that this event attracted a lot of homosexuals. When I started preaching there was one man in particular who became very angry and started heckling me. When sinners get convicted, they respond either in anger or humility. He was choosing anger. But praise God there were five Police Officers standing right there watching. This helped him to control himself a little better. With all these Police Officers and this angry heckler, a decent size crowd gathered which is rare on the streets.

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One homosexual came up to engage me in dialog. It seemed to me that he was trying to distract me but I continued to engage him directly about his sin. He said that he believed in God but was sure that he couldn’t change his sexuality. I explained to him how sexuality is in the brain and through his free will he can rewire his brain. God created us with the power of neuroplasticity – we shape and form the connections of our brain through our choices. I explained to him that if he would repent and start obeying God, his brain would heal.

I also explained to him the difference between temptation and sin. Temptation is a suggestion to the mind to gratify a natural desire in an unnatural way. Sin is a free choice of the will to obey the temptation. Temptation is not sin. I explained to him that he isn’t a homosexual because he has homosexual temptations, but because he chooses to embrace those temptations. If he would just say no to sin and yes to God, he would no longer be a homosexual. You shouldn’t identify yourself based on your temptations but by your chosen character.

Stranded in Tennessee Broken Down 

As we were traveling through the United States with our travel trailer, we hit the hills of Tennessee and that was too much stress on some of the old parts of our vehicle. Our vehicle overheated and was leaking coolant. We were stranded in a small town and had difficulty finding a repair shop for our SUV. When we finally did find a repair shop, they charged us an enormous amount of money just for replacing the radiator, which is hard on a missionary budget.

When we hit the road again with our travel trailer, we didn’t make it far before we overheated and started leaking coolant again. We took it back to the repair shop and found out that they didn’t replace any of the old hoses when they replaced the radiator, even though they charged us a fortune! Once they replaced all the old hoses and we hit the road again, we managed to get out of the hills of Tennessee without overheating anymore. We had to drive with our heat on just to keep the meter down. We finally made it home to Texas but knew something was still wrong. When we took it to our repair shop back home we found out that though they replaced the radiator and the radiator hoses, they didn’t replace the radiator cap! And we were still leaking that way! Praise God we finally made it home!

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I get emails all the time from all over the world from either sinners who repented and got right with God under our ministry or from believers who have been inspired to share their faith or whom we have influenced theologically.

ENCOURAGED IN HOLINESS

“My names Martin, I’m 26, born in Armenia and raised in Los Angeles. I came across your videos on YouTube and you’ve taught me a lot of important biblical and historical truths, the early church (Amazing documentary) and that we actually can be holy and saints and are commanded to be. in the 15 years that I’ve gone to different Christian churches I’ve never heard any of the important topics that you talk about around where I attend, by Los Angeles area. I want to thank you for you service and your sermon videos have greatly impacted my walk as a Christian towards building a stronger faith with God. My dad is a Calvinist and it’s been helpful to be able to defend the truth when him his pastor and friends debate me all at once. I really commend you for what your doing because it’s serious, the early church belief is so crucial. Even outside of Calvinism a lot of denominations are geared towards Augustine’s teachings with sinful nature which is leading Christians with no end goal of achieving holiness and being what God intended us to be. I thank you again and I know you must be busy but a reply would be awesome, you’ve been a great role model to me.”

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“I somehow wound up with a post of yours on Facebook. I honestly had my skeptical doubts about your tactics. But then, I watched several of your videos and I am in awe of your courage and your anointing. As you were preaching, I watched the crowd of some young college students. They are so hungry for the WORD. So hungry, they stood within hearing distance, nonchalantly pecking around on their phones. They were acting like nothing was going on. And one said in shock, “You mean I’m going to hell for being homosexual?” I was floored. They honestly don’t know. They haven’t been taught. And they are hungry for what you are giving them. And then there was the lesbian who challenged you at every statement. Even made lewd remarks and it went right past you like a feather in the wind. We have to get bolder in our faith in Jesus and the good news of the gospel. I heard one guy tell you that these people need love and mercy. Telling them the truth IS love and mercy. You make me proud. We are surrounded by Christians who dilute the realities of what Jesus taught and you are not one of those. Fight the good fight young man. My group of intercessors is praying for you. Protection and wisdom for you brother. We love you.” ~ Tina

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ENCOURAGED IN HOLINESS

“How have things been going with the ministry lately? I hope all is well with the family as well. Was just thinking about you today. Wanted to let you know how thankful I am to have met a brother like you. You have done such awesome work for the kingdom of God. One of the things I will always respect you most for is the way you deal with those with whom you are in disagreement. I have never seen you lose your cool even in the face of mockery, scoffing, or physical violence. Coming to know you through FB and youtube was a breath of fresh air for me back in 2009. I was a young man trying to convince old people in a baptist church that we were called to live holy. They made me feel like a lone nut lol. It was great to find brothers like you, who were not only in agreement with what I was seeing concerning the Christian life, but were also around the same age. That is something I struggled with mightily, my age. I was a 21 year old who was asked to teach a brotherhood of a baptist church. The average age of the men in the brotherhood was probably around 53 years old. Seeing brothers of my generation boldy preaching the truth of the gospel gave me confidence that God’s hands were not tied when it came to whom he could use to spread his word. I know we have not talked much over the years, but I wanted to take this time to let you know that your ministry for the Lord is appreciated. You are one of a few brothers I know who would make his works available for free, even if just for a short time. Stay encouraged and continue to walk in the way brother. Hope to see you one day face to face. Love you man, God bless. “

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The Calvinist Argument of “Double Jeopardy” in “Penal Substitution” & “Unlimited Atonement” Answered

A Calvinist said to me:

“If Jesus took the full punishment for all the sins of all men then God would be unjust to send anyone to hell. True, you have to repent and believe to be saved, but is unbelief a sin? If it is and if Jesus took the punishment for all sin, then he must have taken the punishment for the sin of unbelief too.So God would still be unjust to demand the punishment twice, once at the hand of his son and another in hell.”

I answered: The punishment our sins deserve is eternal hell. Jesus didn’t take that punishment. His atonement is a substitute for our punishment that renders our punishment remittable. But you must repent in order to have your punishment remitted through the atonement. No man’s punishment is remitted until they are converted.

But if Jesus took our punishment, we don’t have to repent and believe because He was already punished for the sins of impenitence and unbelief and therefore we cannot be punished for them. So your argument destroys the necessity for repentance and faith, and thus destroys the need for evangelism.

Evangelism would make no sense if those Jesus died for cannot be punished, since they are in no danger they don’t need to get saved through evangelism. They have already been saved by the atonement.

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Can God Change? His Mind? His Emotions? His Relations? His Nature? His Character? Biblical Theology Answers

Can God Change?

His emotions can change:

Hos 11:8 – How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together

“Turned”
Strong’s Definitions
הָפַךְ hâphak, haw-fak’; a primitive root; to turn about or over; by implication, to change

His relations can change:

Isa 63:10 – But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them

“Turned”
Strong’s Definitions
הָפַךְ hâphak, haw-fak’; a primitive root; to turn about or over; by implication, to change

His mind can change:

Gen 6:6 – And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

His form can change:

Jhn 1:14 – And the Word was made flesh,

But God never changes His character:

Mal 3:6 – For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed

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Does God really have emotions? Or is He impassible? The question is simple enough but it has been much debated by Christians over the centuries.

The Bible portrays God as having emotions but are these real descriptions of Him?

Can God change in any way or is He absolutely immutable in all things?

Is God timeless or does He experience duration?

How should we live in regard to our obligations towards God?

Can man hurt God or inflict pain upon Him?

Can we contribute to His happiness?

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Is God Outside of Time or Inside of Time? Biblical Answer

Time is understood as duration or sequence of events.

All action takes place in time, as all action has a cause and effect which is a before and an after.

So if God were outside of time, He would not be able to do anything at all.

They say, “God created time.” Oh really? Where did He find the time to do that?

God created the measure of time when He created the solar system and the seasons, but the experience of duration is an attribute of His own existence and consciousness.

God is eternal and He didn’t create His attribute of eternalness. And eternity is not timelessness but endless time.

The Bible also says God has emotions and can be provoked to angry, provoked to wrath, provoked to jealousy, can turn from His wrath, can rejoice, etc.

All change must take place in time, so if God were outside of time He couldn’t experience change in emotions – like being provoked to anger and jealousy as the Bible says He does.

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY? 

* God is said to have repented (changed His mind) multiple times in the Bible: Gen. 6:6-7; Ex. 32:12-14; Num. 23:19; Deut. 32:36; Judges 2:18; 1 Sam. 15:11, 15:29, 15:35; 2Sam. 24:16; Ps. 90:13, 106:45, 110:4, 135:14; Jer. 4:28, 15:6, 18:8, 18:10, 20:16, 26:3, 26:13, 26:19, 42:10, Eze. 24:14, Hos. 11:8, 13:14; Joel 1:13-14; Amos 7:3, 7:6; Jonah 3:9-10, 4:2; Zach. 8:14

* Scriptures that say God has a past, present, and a future: Jn. 1:14; Rev. 1:4, 1:8, 4:8; 5:12;

* Scriptures that say God’s eternity is endless time, that is, time without beginning or end: Isa. 9:6-7; Isa. 43:10; Isa. 57:15; Job 36:26; Dan. 4:34; Hab. 1:12 Ps. 23:2; Ps. 90:2; Ps. 102:24; Ps. 102:27; Lk. 1:33; Heb 1:12; Rev 1:4; Rev. 1:8; Rev. 4:8; Rev. 5:14;

* Scriptures that say man’s eternity is endless time: Isa. 45:17; Eph. 3:21; Rev. 14:11;

* Scriptures that say eternity is endless time for Heavenly creatures: Rev. 4:8

* Eternity is time without end (endless time instead of timelessness): Isa. 9:6-7; Isa. 43:10; Isa. 57:15; Job 36:26; Dan. 4:34; Hab. 1:12 Ps. 23:2; Ps. 90:2; Ps. 102:24; Ps. 102:27; Lk. 1:33; Heb 1:12; Rev 1:4; Rev. 1:8; Rev. 4:8; Rev. 5:14; Isa. 45:17; Eph. 3:21; Rev. 14:11

 

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How to Get Sober – Genetic Behavioralism & the “Alcoholic Gene” | Epigenetics & Free Will Testimony

I was in rehab addicted to drugs and alcohol 18 years ago and I rejected the idea that my fate was determined by my genes, that I had some alcoholic gene inherited from my father and grandfather, etc. With the help of the Holy Spirit who was convicting me of my sin, I rejected that false worldview of blaming others outside yourself and took responsibility, believing that my future sobriety was a matter of free will and not genetic fatalism.

Biological behaviorism or Genetic Behavioralism is a lie and an excuse. Your DNA doesn’t force you to sin. God created you with a free Will. Take responsibility for your actions and stop blaming God. God wrote the genetic code. You need Jesus because you have chosen to be a rebel against God, not because you were born with faulty genetics.

My father, who is still an alcoholic after maybe 45 years, still blames it on his alcoholic gene he supposedly inherited. But I am celebrating 18 years of sobriety because, with the help of God, I took responsibility for my life.

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Does Regeneration Precede Conversion / Faith? Jesse Morrell Refutes Calvinism with Scripture

What comes first? Regeneration or Conversion? Do you have to repent and believe in order to be born again? Or do you have to be born again in order to repent and believe?

Regeneration is a moral change, a transformation of man’s moral character. But Calvinism says that man is totally unable to choose God and turn away from sin and therefore man’s nature must be regenerated by sovereign grace before man can choose to repent and believe (be converted). In Calvinism, regeneration gives man the ability to turn to God. The regeneration of man’s nature, they say, must come before conversion and precede any faith.

But what does the Bible say?

The Bible actually says the opposite. The Bible says that a sinner must choose to repent and believe in order to be born again.

Jhn 1:12 – But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God

Notice that before God gives them the power to become the sons of God, they must first receive Him. The Greek word is λαμβάνω and it means to choose, to receive. In other words, it is those who first choose Jesus who are then born again child of God.

We see this in the example of the prodigal son.

In Luke 15:24 the prodigal son went from being “dead” to “alive again” (born again) because he said “I will arise and go to my father” (Luke 15:18). A decision of his will came before being born again (alive again).

No man is born again who hasn’t first repented of his sins. No man is considered regenerated by the Spirit of God who hasn’t been lead to repentance, forsaking all his wickedness. A person must make a decision to repent of their sinning before they are a new creature in Christ.

It is that decision which makes the difference between being a child of God and being a child of the devil. 

There can be no regeneration by the Spirit of God without man’s cooperation because there can be no regeneration by the Spirit if man is resisting the Spirit and grieving the Spirit that is striving with him.

Regeneration by the Spirit – the circumcision of the heart – can be resisted by men:

Act 7:51 – Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always RESIST the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

This is the biblical doctrine of Resistible Regeneration!

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What is Sinless Perfection? A Heretical Theology by Jesse Morrell

WHAT IS SINLESS PERFECTION?

Sinless Perfection is a heresy that says it is impossible for true believers to sin and that if you sin it means you were never truly saved to begin with. This is heresy.

The Bible says it is possible for believers to sin and it is possible for a believer not to sin – 1 John 2:1. At the moment of temptation we have a choice to sin or not – 1 Corinthians 10:13.

It is possible for a believer to sin and even depart from the faith, the Bible warns.

To my shame, I’ve sinned as a believer, meaning I deliberately disobeyed God. I didn’t have to do it but I did it and I shouldn’t of. I was chastened of the Lord and quickly repented, lest I perish with the world.

A false convert is someone who lives in sin, they practice sin, they sin every day and never stop. A true convert is someone who habitually obeys God, who practices righteousness. If sin occurs, it is the exception and not the rule.

I am often falsely accused of teaching “sinless perfection.” This is a slander. I do not believe it is impossible for a believer to sin. I simply believe that it is possible not to sin – that at the moment of temptation you have a choice to say yes or no and that you can overcome it by faith in Christ.

I’ve never believed in “sinless perfection” as I’ve defined it here and I have never ever used the term “sinless perfection” to describe my doctrine of Christian Holiness.

Sinless Perfection denies free will and denies Conditional Security (that believers can lose their salvation by sinning and not repenting), and I have always believed in free will and Conditional Security.

 

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Does God Force People to Love Him? No. Calvinism Refuted.

Psa 81:13 – Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

A few theological points we can conclude from this:

1. God doesn’t always get what He wants.

2. God doesn’t force people to obey Him.

3. It’s not impossible to obey God.

4. God doesn’t want people to sin but they do anyways.

5. The past could have been different than it was.

6. God sometimes regrets how things turn out.

7. Man has a free will to hearken to God or not.

Any other good points you draw from this text? Leave a comment! 

 

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Romans 9 – Unconditional Election or Conditional Election? Calvinism Refuted

Romans 9 teaches Conditional Election based upon Faith and Conditional Reprobation based on Unbelief:

Rom 9:30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. 9:31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 9:32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone

Wherefore: διατί – through, by, with, because of, for the sake of

Why were the Israelites cut off? Because of their unbelief.
Why were the Gentiles grafted in? Because of their faith.

Conditional Election.

Conditional Reprobation.

That is what Paul taught in Romans 9.

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