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Recently the US Congress had hearings on UAPs where three high-ranking officials gave testimony to the existence of UFOs and extraterrestrials, as well as the Pentagon’s attempts to cover this up. What does this all mean? Frankly, none of this should surprise the student of Scripture. We are simply beginning to see more and more evidence of exactly what Christ and the prophets said should come.
The Day is at Hand
Just as Enoch warned of the coming wrath, then was translated, so the church should warn the world until the day the Lord translates us, taking us out of the way so that all hell can break loose on the earth. We have no fear that the day is at hand; we love the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ! The promise that we are delivered from wrath is clear, and soon we will enter into the chambers of heaven till the indignation is past.
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I love, love, love the podcast and am so happy I found it. I've been a Christian my whole life and was raised in an amillennial church. I no longer believe the way I was raised to believe. The Bible is so much more alive than what I grew up knowing, and from your teachings I've gotten even more excited about the Word.
There is one issue that came up in the podcast titled, "The Mystery of the Tares and Wheat" that absolutely shocked me when you said it. Y'all were talking about blasphemy and how even if you were saved earlier in life, then became a Satan worshipper ,that you would still be saved. I have to respectfully, but strongly disagree. This has been bothering me for a few days, so I wanted to ask you about it.
From my understanding, blasphemy is a complete rejection of the Holy Spirit with a non-repentant heart (apostasy). Jesus said blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin. In Hebrews 10:26-31 it talks about apostasy, and how "if we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and a raging fire that will consume the enemies of God..." Someone who worships Satan is definitely an enemy of God.
I feel like your statement contradicts this passage in Hebrews. I definitely do not believe in a works-based faith. I do believe we are saved by grace, EXCEPT for a total rejection of the Holy Spirit.
I have utmost respect for you and your ministry, so I hope this doesn't come across as argumentative. It's just really bothered me since I heard you say that. I'm trying to be a "Berean" and search the scripture myself! I would love to hear your response to this if you are able.
Thank you for all you do!
- Lisa G.
Thanks for your question and comment!
I’ve dealt with this subject many times over the years, so let me give you what I believe is true according to the Scriptures.
You stated, "From my understanding blasphemy is a complete rejection of the Holy Spirit with a non-repentant heart (apostasy). Jesus said blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin.”
This is not the definition of blasphemy, according to the Scriptures. Christ gave the definition in the same passage: "And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.” Luke 12:10
Also: "Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.” Matthew 12:31-32
To blaspheme the Holy Ghost is to speak against it. That is clear in two passages. It might stand to reason that the person speaking against the Holy Ghost is rejecting it, but it is the vocal opposition to the Spirit and its truth Jesus defined for us. Now, as to this not being forgiven, you have to consider Paul.
In Acts 7:51, Stephen accused Israel of blasphemy: "Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.” They stoned him to death, proving they rejected the Holy Spirit. Among them was a young man named Saul:
"And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.” Acts 7:58. Saul was a participant in the blasphemy: “And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem;" - Acts 8:1.
Scripture shows Paul was a blasphemer: “Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.” - 1 Timothy 1:13. Paul himself, who was Saul, said he was a blasphemer. We know he was present when Israel resisted the Holy Ghost and stoned Stephen. Nowhere did Jesus say blasphemy would be forgiven “if you do it ignorantly in unbelief.” So how do we explain Paul’s salvation?
The answer is simply this: Christ preached the kingdom of heaven is at hand to Israel. His earthly ministry was to Israel, not the Gentiles. He was rejected by the nation Israel and crucified, then later they also rejected the preaching of the 12 and Stephen, after the Holy Ghost had been given at Pentecost. Israel, nationally, blasphemed the Holy Spirit, and the stoning of Stephen was the last straw. From that point they became, Lo Ammi according to Hosea: Not my people.
The message then went from the national salvation offer to Israel to salvation by grace through faith through the preaching of Paul. Paul was the first to be saved in this manner, a chosen vessel to prove that even a blasphemer could be saved (The chief of sinners!)
We have lived in a dispensation of grace for nearly 2,000 years, and Israel has been blinded during this time. God will not deal with them again as a nation until they make their confession to God per Hosea 5:15. When they do, they will go through tribulation before the Lord returns.
The Epistle of Hebrews is written to Hebrews: Israel. It is the Word of God for all of us, but it specifically addresses Israel when they turn back to God. The passage that states it is impossible to renew them again to repentance is in reference to those individuals falling away after they get the empowering of the Holy Spirit. This is not blasphemy, but worse! Those who fall away certainly are resisting the leadership of the Holy Ghost, but what they do is fall away to take the mark of the beast. It is a very specific sin that happens in the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, and not before. They end up being the tares among the wheat: false brethren whom John pointed out in 1 John 2:18-19.
I felt my message was clear on this point, but I respect your disagreement. I certainly could be wrong! In 40 years of study I have not seen a convincing argument that states a person can lose their salvation. You cannot break God’s seal once you believe, and you are sealed by the Holy Spirit. We can grieve it, but it can’t leave us!
Yours in Christ,
Hope all is well! We have our 14 yr old grandson here with us for the summer. He is such a devout little Christian! He watched last week's message with us and today asked me some questions about something he heard you say. Now, keep in mind that he has been influenced by his father, who in my opinion, is extremely opinionated when it comes to listening to sermons.
Anyway, (he) asked me what you meant when you said that we shouldn't keep asking God for forgiveness when we have already been forgiven for past and future sins. We rewatched the message again tonight and discussed it a little more. He understands about God's forgiveness, but was confused that he shouldn't ask forgiveness when he sins. I pointed out where you said that we should acknowledge our sins. What can I say to him to settle his questions?
I agree with him about being repentant, as I'm sure are you! And I'm pretty sure you always say that we don't have a license to sin. So proud of this young man. Hoping you get the chance to meet him before he has to go home. Praying that the family is well.
Asking for forgiveness is not the same as acknowledging our sin. We can confess and admit our error, but then we should THANK God for the forgiveness we already have. Asking Him to forgive our sins is contrary to the Word:
“…having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” Colossians 2:13-14
We have already been forgiven all trespasses. It is past tense. If the law was taken out of the way, and sin is transgression of the law, then there is nothing left with which God can condemn us. There is no condemnation in Christ!
Where too many believers get confused is 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The confusion lies in applying this verse today to the church. John writes to the future nation Israel; this is part of Israel’s confession and turning back to God as a people. They wait for a future atonement, (Jeremiah 31:31-34) while we have already received our atonement (Romans 5:11.)
Looks like I know what I’m preaching on next week!
(*Editor’s Note: Bro. Scott dealt with this subject more deeply in his message July 9, 2023 Confession and Forgiveness, available on the Unlock the Bible Now app or here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkpa3bj_PUI&t=980s
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I love your show. Maybe I overlooked it but have not seen a podcast on “what must I do to be saved”. Have you considered one episode that explains salvation and how to get saved? I have shared your podcast with saved and lost. If you have, I apologize for missing it.
Thank you for the good work in these last days.
- Paul S.
While I do not have a podcast episode by that title, it is something I constantly say on every Sunday message I post. You can hear them on the free Unlock the Bible Now app, or on YouTube.
I do mention salvation on the podcast, but it is not the focus of that outreach. The aim is to reveal mysteries in the Bible and whet the appetite to learn more. Then, hopefully, the listener might dig deeper into the Word, hear my Sunday messages, and hear the gospel preached.
However, an episode on simple salvation is a great idea!
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Pastor Scott has a wealth of biblical knowledge. What makes this different than a simple Bible study is that the focus is on things not commonly talked about such as the Giants of Genesis 6 and discussing the old Earth theory. I have yet to hear anything he preaches that I disagree with and I study the Bible in depth.
Hello Scott! I just wanted to reach out and say thank you and your wife and John for continuing to do what you do. I love your podcast and I’ve learned so much. The recent interview with Karin Wilkinson really got to me. I could hear in her voice the strength it took just to talk about what happened to her. And I was in awe of her humbleness and praising God through it all. I actually had to try pretty hard not to cry during work! I want to thank her as well for willing to talk about her experience. I know there’s no way that could’ve been easy. I greatly admire her strength and her faith as a fellow sister in Christ. I can’t begin to imagine what she went through as a child. I felt so enraged on her behalf. Anyway I just wanted to express my gratitude to you all. Please continue in your work and I look forward to listening and reading more.
Firstly, I just want to say what a blessing this podcast has been to me. You have opened my eyes to so many mysteries in the Bible and my mind has literally been blown away. Your show is awesome and I have read Ryan Pitterson's books and I am currently reading Timothy Alberino's and it has all helped understand God and His word so much more than I ever thought I could. I look forward listening to you and John every day. I'm not sure what I'm going to do when I'm all caught up and have to wait for the show every week!
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