Friday, April 21, 2017

DISPENSATIONALISM REFUTED [Part 11] - Rebuilding The Temple?


According to Dispensationalism, the Temple in Jerusalem must be rebuilt to fulfill prophecy.

But is that true?

Not according to Jesus, Paul, Peter and the New Testament scriptures.

 The Temple has already been built, and it's YOU! 

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.”
(Ephesians 2:19–22)



More about the Temple of God in the New Testament:
“Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.” (1 Cor 3:16–17)

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” (1 Cor 6:19)


“What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, ‘I will Dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people’” (2 Cor 6:16).

Thursday, April 20, 2017

DISPENSATIONALISM REFUTED [Part 10] - The Problem of the New Covenant



Dispensationalists have a problem. It's called the New Covenant.

Here's why: Because according to Jeremiah 31:31, this New Covenant will be made with the "House of Israel", and Jesus fulfilled this at the Last Supper when he took the cup and said, "This cup is the New Covenant in my blood".

Those Disciples to whom Jesus made this Covenant went on to establish the Ekklesia [the Church] and then they taught those Christians to remember this New Covenant promise as often as they gathered together.
 
Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, taught Gentile Christians in Corinth [and elsewhere] to share this Lord's Supper together and to remember these promises which are applied to them - the Ekklesia - and effectively, as the "New Israel" of God.

Watch the video to learn more.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

DISPENSATIONALISM REFUTED [Part 9] Are the Church and Israel Distinct?



Charles Ryrie, noted Dispensationalist, said that “A dispensationalist keeps Israel and the church distinct" and stressed that "This is probably the most basic theological test of whether or not a person is a dispensationalist.”

So, does the New Testament affirm this notion? Can we find the overwhelming support we might hope for if this is, indeed, what the Scriptures teach?

Hardly. 

Instead, we find the exact opposite. Here in Ephesians chapter 2, starting in verse 11 and going through verse 21 we read that Jews and Gentiles have now been made into one new entity known as the Church.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

DISPENSATIONALISM REFUTED [Part 8] - Christ's Kingdom: Now or Later?

 


In this episode, we look at Ephesians Ch. 1: 20-23

Problem: Dispensationalism teaches that Christ came to offer an earthly-political kingdom to Israel, and they rejected it. So, Christ withdrew his offer, postponed the kingdom, and established the Church as a Plan B until the Jewish people are finally ready to accept him as their king so that the Millennial Kingdom may be established.

In short: Dispensationalists argue that Christ is not now reigning as king.

But is that true? Not according to Eph. 1:20-23:

“He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”

Click the image above to watch the video, or visit Keith's YouTube channel to view here>

Also, read Keith's blog: "The Kingdom Reality"



Monday, April 17, 2017

DISPENSATIONALISM REFUTED [Part 7] - Slave and Free Women


This "Bonus" episode of the series looks a bit closer at Paul's metaphor in Galatians of the Free Woman [Sarah] and the Slave Woman [Hagar] and how they reflect either those who are the true children of Abraham or merely those who are children by birth or circumcision.

PODCAST: Libertarian Christian Podcast Interview Keith Giles





In this week’s episode of the Libertarian Christian Podcast, we are joined by author Keith Giles, whose new book Jesus Untangled is making waves with its thesis that the Church must separate itself from the state.
Doug and Nick discuss with Giles how he reached his conclusions and his insights on contemporary Christian political thought, as well as explore what he thinks of libertarianism and how his thesis lines up with LCI’s.
This was a fantastic interview, and if you’re looking for a clear, readable resource which plainly explains to the everyday Christian why the Church allying with the state is both unwise and unholy, then Giles’ Jesus Untangled is a great choice. Hopefully it will help many more Christians untangle from the web before the statist spider injects its venom and then charges them for the government-monopolized cure.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

DISPENSATIONALISM REFUTED [Part 6] Galatians 3-6


In this video, Keith looks at chapters 3-6, especially:

In chapter 4 where Paul shows concern that the Galatians were "observing days and months and seasons and years!" which correspond to Jewish Sabbath days, festivals and feast days.

And also where Paul uses the metaphor of the Slave Woman and the Free Woman to correspond to the Old Covenant [the Law] and the New Covenant [Life in Christ], we look at those distinctions and what they mean for us today.

Keep in mind that Paul ends this epistle by saying: "And as for all who walk by this rule [the New Covenant reality found in Christ], peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God." ch. 6 v. 16

So, the "Israel of God" are those who are in Christ, not those who keep the Law and look to the keeping of feasts, festivals and sabbaths.

Friday, April 14, 2017

DISPENSATIONALISM REFUTED [Part 5] - Galatians 1-3


In this video, Keith looks at the first 3 chapters of Paul's letter to the ekklesia in Galatia.

The entire letter deals mainly with the infiltration of Judaizers in those communities who sought to impose the keeping of the Law - circumcision, observing the Sabbath, celebrating Feasts and Festivals, etc. - upon the early Christian church.

Paul opposes this completely referring in chapter 1 to his own "former life in Judaism" and how he "was advancing in Judaism beyond many of [his] own age..." but all of this was BEFORE he came to know Christ. 

In chapter 2, Paul references his rebuke of Peter who, like himself and the other Jewish Christians in Antioch, was behaving like a Gentile - which was acceptable and right. But when the Jewish Christians from James [in Jerusalem] came to visit, Peter suddenly began to distance himself from the Gentiles [as if they were unclean] and his behavior began to affect the other Jewish Christians in Antioch to do the same. Paul calls out this hypocrisy and reminds Peter, and all the other Jewish Christians, that "by works of the law no one is justified" [v.16]

Finally, in chapter 3 Paul explains that the promises made to Abraham were not to every Jewish person but only to Christ and that anyone who is in Christ is an offspring of Abraham and an heir according to the promise.

KEITH GILES: THE DOCUMENTARY AT NEWPORT FILM FESTIVAL SATURDAY, APRIL 22



Excited to announce that the Documentary short film about me and our house church will play at the prestigious Newport Film Festival on Saturday, April 22 at 12pm.

Details here>

If you're in SoCal, make plans to be there!