The phrase “dull of hearing” is found three times in scripture. All three occurrences are in reference to Israel. Israel didn’t have “ears to hear” according to Jesus either. We are no better today than Israel was back then. For much of Christianity which darkens the door of a church building on Sunday mornings at best, the weightier topics of doctrinal things are way beyond reach. The milk of most Sunday morning services is quite enough for their appetite. They have no interest in listening to doctrinal teaching or the meat of the word. For the small percentage of Christians that study and attend all services their church offers, they have no interest in listening to thoughts, ideas, or doctrinal teaching outside their normal menu. Some people have a natural ability to hear notes and pitches well enough to play by ear. Some even more rare have perfect pitch and might be called a prodigy. I recently saw a 10-year-old play piano with such skill it would rival seasoned pianists. My guitar skills plateaued long ago. I can hear if someone makes a mistake while playing, but probably can’t do much better myself. In churches all across the world we have buildings full of Christians that have plateaued in their Bible study long ago. They are mostly content with what they know. When a question arises, they ask a preacher or SS teacher and are content with the answer. A true musical prodigy is very rare in real life. Most accomplished musicians got there by hard work and practice. The Bible is much the same way. You gain understanding by proper study. I have a friend whom I introduced to right division, recently tell me that people in his church think he studies 24 hours a day. They think this because he has learned to study his Bible according to the method the Bible expects. This study method is to righty divide your Bible and to follow the Apostle Jesus sent to you, the Apostle Paul. Foolish and unlearned men might call this worshipping Paul. Such is not the case. Jesus is my Savior and Paul is my Apostle. People in my friend’s church thinks he studies 24 hours a day because he can explain things in a way they have never heard from their preacher or denomination. And beyond that, they can actually understand what he us saying if they choose to. God’s ways are not our ways. God expects us to approach the bible with a ready mind, an open heart, and a willingness to let God be true regardless of what some preacher or professor says. To ignore Paul today is to be “dull of hearing” as Israel was. Sure, you can hear a good song. You might be able to strum the chords. You might even notice an occasional off-note, but you will never hear the beautiful, harmonious, symphony of perfectly blended musical perfection that is the Bible. When most Christians make it to heaven, they will be taking remedial Bible classes. Christians that have sat in Sunday School and church services their entire lives will be in need of tutors and teachers because they are not going to understand what is going on. They have been dull of hearing anything but the denomination they put their faith in. They will need led by the hand of those that have given the Bible free course in their life. The preacher of 60 years will be tutored by the 16-year-old that knows how to rightly divide. You can choose to strum a few chords, or you can choose to write a classical arrangement, and the choice if yours. I am thankful every time I open my Bible that I found the path to proper Bible understanding. I’m not special, or a Bible prodigy. There is no such thing. I learned that walking in Paul’s shoes puts me EXACTLY where Jesus wants me to be. Because Jesus sent Paul to me. Simple!
The proof of right division is so clear in scripture it’s hard to understand why Christians hold to their tradition so tightly. You as I, were indoctrinated to never challenge our doctrine. (is that an oxy-moron?) I think you should challenge every doctrine you believe. Scripture demands this. Satan is not the roaring lion now in this dispensation. Satan is corrupting doctrine. I was reading some scripture in Romans yesterday and came across Rom 11:11.
I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
Please notice the three words in bold “through their fall.” This is NOT God’s revealed plan in scripture up to this point to save the gentile world. The revealed plan from Genesis 12 through and including Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John is that Gentiles would be saved through ISRAEL’S RISE. Israel would be the channel of blessing for the world. Jesus came to initiate THIS PLAN. God’s revealed plan was that the world would be saved through Israel’s rise into their Kingdom status. Rom 11:11 states the exact opposite. So, did God’s plan fail? Did God’s revealed will come to naught? Most Christians don’t even think to ask this question. So, for centuries God reveals a plan clearly in scripture and Paul says the opposite is happening and Christianity is oblivious to it. Yes, this is exactly where we are in history. The fact is God has a concealed plan that was kept secret. This concealed plan was kept secret to make Satan look like a fool and to reveal an age where salvation is by grace apart from the works of the Law. The three words “through their fall” should come as a shock to anyone that is familiar with the Old Testament. Unfortunately, this does not come as a shock, in fact Christians today don’t miss a beat. The fact that Paul says something is happening now that is the exact OPPOSITE of what God said would happen and no one knows it is scary. We were “indoctrinated” to ignore this dilemma in scripture. If however, you would ask these questions and don’t stop asking these questions until you have answers, you would end up with a proper understanding of the entire Bible. If God said something for HUNDREDS of years and told people HUNDREDS of SPECIFIC things in numerous Old Testament books and then it DIDN”T HAPPEN, wouldn’t you want an answer? Let me answer this question for you. NO. The fact is Christians today are satisfied with what they know and don’t want to rock the boat. Christians today don’t have the desire, zeal, or interest to dig this deep. Christians today are completely unwilling to even consider they could be wrong. Christians today don’t want to challenge the foundations they stand on. Friend, you could be building on the sand as the song goes. Building on the wrong foundation in this dispensation will be detrimental at the judgment seat of Christ. Works play NO PART in a Christians salvation. But works in the life of a Christian are extremely important. God is giving us an opportunity to work for him as the love of Christ constrains us. Don’t spend your life building on the wrong doctrine. Paul’s doctrine will be the criteria for how your work as a Christian is judged. Don’t waste your opportunity because you were scared or to too complacent to find out for yourself. It’s sad I must say this but, don’t ask your preacher about this. He doesn’t know. He was not taught to rightly divide at Bible college or Seminary. Trust your Bible. It is the final authority, not someone’s degree.
Some time ago I had a long conversation with a pair of highly educated people. Their background in both education, experience, and work life would be impressive to pretty much anyone. I readily admit that I felt a bit outclassed. They quickly moved the conversation to the importance and even requirement to read the Bible in the original languages to get a proper understanding. To this I gave multiple rebuttals. Standing toe to toe with this couple was super interesting but a bit frustrating at the same time. Please understand me in that I am in no way saying I am smarter or more intelligent that this couple. I however do not agree with the notion that a Christian must read Greek to understand the scriptures properly. I simply point over my shoulder to 2000 years of theologians that wrote their own Lexicons and Greek testaments along with Greek primers and dictionaries. These Greek experts from their various denominations have NOT brought Christianity as a whole any closer together on scores of foundational doctrines. The arguments continue to this day. After about an hour or so of this conversation I asked a simple question of this impressive couple. The question was this; What Bible doctrine can I not understand properly without the ability to read the Greek or Hebrew language? Crickets…… No response........ Then the response that followed was something to the effect of; We would need to just sit down and read the Bible together. They had no answer to what should have been a simple question. My point is this; Preachers every Sunday and Wednesday all throughout the world rob their congregations of the perfection found in the King James Bible. Preachers every week sow the seeds of unbelief in Christians when they look for the translation that they think says it better. Preachers every week teach UNBELIEF in the Bible as they tell people they need to interpret it because they went to seminary. Preachers bring upon themselves the disapproval from God himself for having the audacity to suggest that God gave us a book that needs fixed or corrected by every perversion that comes out claiming to be more accurate while lining the pockets of the publishing companies. I will definitively give you the key to Bible understanding right now. Even my simple mind can grasp the depth of it. It is BELIEF. The Bible requires and expects you to believe it. This is quite the task these days when your preacher reads from three different versions during one sermon because he “likes” the way one version says it. Who cares what you like? Who are you? What right do you have to decide how the Holy Spirit of God should have said it? Dispensational Bible study is the key to understanding the Bible because dispensational Bible study is the result of Believing the Bible LITERALLY. If you take a literal approach to Bible study, you can only end up being a dispensationalist. The new versions of the Bible change, pervert or remove the verses that teach you how to understand the Bible properly. Where does this leave the Christian in the pew? Wide eyed in the pew at the impressive knowledge of their pastor but clueless when they read the Bible for themselves. Crickets can be annoying. A shot of brake cleaner shuts them up quick. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t understand your Bible without listening to them. The Bible rightly divided and read with a believing heart shuts them up quick.
Oh boy, here we go. I just completed a lesson series on tithing and how we should be giving today in the age of grace. I don’t recall much teaching on tithing growing up in church since I was about 6 years old. Seams to me that some preachers don’t talk about it at all and some harp on it too much. Then there is the Bible position which is to stop tithing! If you are worried about giving 10 percent of your income each pay period, you have been led astray or worse. Anyone telling you that the body of Christ today is required to give 10 percent of their income is just not telling you the truth. By the way Israel did not give just 10 percent. Tithing properly studied will reveal that Israel gave MUCH more than 10%. There were MANY requirements regarding money and income that Israel had to do. Everything from the Year of Jubilee to not harvesting the corners of their fields to paying an extra fifth of their tithe if they had to convert it to cash. I could easily argue using scripture that Israel gave closer to 30% of their income and this was required. Of-course preachers today know there not going to get this much from anyone, so they tell you stories about the “storehouse tithe” and not “robbing God”. Tithing is Israel’s program to care for the Levites because they did not get a land inheritance. Tithing in Israel’s program was for the poor. So basically, some of the tithing requirements were for Israel’s welfare program. There are NO priests today in the body of Christ and although most of us have given money to help others at different points in our life, this is NOT a tithe and NOT required today as something the “church” does. If you are being taught that you are to tithe a tenth of your income, you should study the subject yourself rightly dividing your Bible. People today think building a church is about beautiful auditoriums with state of the art sound systems, lighting, and movie screens so you don’t have to hold a hymnal. We need reminded today that we are not building buildings, we are to be building the body of Christ. Success is not measured in the size of the building or even the number of your church membership. Success is measured in the doctrine being taught from the pulpit. I understand a building is a great thing to have, but if you are told everyone must tithe to get one, then you have doctrinal problems and need to find a church that teaches right doctrine. Today we are to give. Paul teaches we are all to give. Paul teaches that we give from the heart as we have purposed in our heart. So, as with almost everything in scripture, it boils down to a heart issue. Tithing is a LAW requirement that we are not under today. No, we don’t give because Abram gave 10% of the spoils of a battle. Abram was in a covenant relationship with God, and we are not. We give because we have a heart to give. The amount we give is based on that relationship we have with Christ. The love of Christ constrains us. If the car breaks down during the week, God understands. If your child needs medicine God understands. If you’re struggling to make the car payment on that 2022 Corvette, well….. If you are being told to give a tithe and even being told its on the gross and not the net of your income as I have heard, you need to learn about the liberty we have in Christ. Yes, we should give, but NO we DO NOT tithe. Giving is from the heart as you purposed in your heart, tithing is a LAW that then requires you keep the WHOLE LAW. Paul called the Galatians foolish to put themselves back under the law. Why then would you do this?
July 2, 2022, marked the 5-year anniversary of Abundant Grace Bible Fellowship. I did not start our church to count numbers, but we have seen slow but steady growth. Taking a literal belief in the Bible’s teachings will almost always result in a small number of attendees each Sunday. Our church is built on doctrine being the focus, not tithing, building programs, and scores of “ministries” to take up every night of the week. Scripture tells us that many will not endure sound doctrine. In the past 5 years our people have learned that the Bible is to be believed as is. God has clearly revealed a two-fold purpose in scripture. An earthly purpose for his earthly people Israel. Israel’s purpose is to have dominion on the earth. This will come to fruition in the future after God has purified Israel during the tribulation when Jesus himself sits on a physical throne in Jerusalem and rules the world just as the Bible teaches. This plan has been robbed from Jesus and scripture by virtually everyone today so churches can teach that Jesus is ruling in your heart. This is the allegorical interpretation of the OT prophets and what Jesus said in the gospels. Most Christians don’t even understand that they follow an allegorical interpretation of scripture. The heavenly purpose God has revealed in scripture is his plan for dominion in heavenly places. The church of this dispensation, the body of Christ will fulfill this plan of God. God will someday cast Satan and his devils out of heaven down to earth to judge them during the tribulation. The body of Christ fills these vacated places to rule the heavens for Christ. This is the literal interpretation of scripture. I understand it’s not what you have heard, but I can’t help that. The Biblical fact is that the streets of gold you sing about and are expecting to walk on in heaven are actually coming down to earth and you will be in Heaven. The Bible itself teaches the body of Christ will be in heaven when the streets of gold in new Jerusalem are on the earth. Far too many Christians get their doctrine from hymnals instead of scripture. What I show Christians is that the mixing of God’s 2 distinct and separate programs by Christianity over hundreds of years has made Bible believers a rare exception in Christianity. I show people every Sunday that you don’t need commentaries and theology professors to understand the Bible. They have had hundreds of years and Christianity is no closer to doctrinal agreement. Truth be told, the only thing bringing Christianity closer together today is the watering down of doctrine. Ever wonder why Paul’s books are verse after verse of DOCTRINE? Why do you think Paul’s books are barely utilized in today’s churches like they should be? The past 5 years have been both challenging and rewarding. The responsibility of preaching Jesus according to the revelation of the mystery (Rom 16:25) is everyone’s ministry. I can only wish more people would want to know how. I was taught a few dispensational principles years ago and instantly noticed how perfectly the Bible can be understood by letting THE BIBLE, not my tradition, tell me who is being spoken to. The Bible determines the context, not you or I. 12 Apostles were given to minister and rule the 12 tribes of Israel. The 1 Apostle of this dispensation was given to the 1 body of Christ to follow according to scripture. The program of the 12 and of the 1 do not mix. Learn Paul’s mystery about the ONE BODY the new creature and free yourself from tradition. You will never regret your willingness to trust scripture over tradition.
Many people enjoy reading. Today there is much to satisfy the taste of most any appetite for words on paper. Gone is the day when a traveling preacher might carry only his Bible and a hymnal. If you are reading this blog, I might assume you enjoy reading also? The fact is that everything we know about God and his plans were left for us in words. Pure and perfect words handed down by bloody, battered and burned hands. In the late 1800’s these pure words were mixed with the corrupt words created by men and sold as a “better” translation in “modern English”. Corrupt manuscripts were used by Wescott and Hort to create a new Greek text used in the new versions of the Bible. Bibles that removed 64000 words from your King James Bible. What you chose to read defines your beliefs in many ways. I tell people all the time that a mans doctrine plays out in the books he writes. Some years back I was given the book “In His Steps”. If you’re not familiar, this book started the “What would Jesus do” craze. It’s a quaint book but its bad doctrine. You don’t, nor should you do many of the things Jesus did during his earthly ministry today in this dispensation. I have heard many people tell new Christians to read the book of John first in their new Christian walk. This is bad advice. This Old Testament book does not lay down a good foundation for living today in the age of Grace we are in. Of course, I read and teach the book of John. The difference is I teach it in its correct context as my Bible tell me to. The context of the book is Jesus confirming the promises made to the fathers. Promises that will only be completed when ALL Israel is saved. This will happen and the end of the tribulation. Virtually all churches today are enamored with the four gospels and teach them Sunday after Sunday yet can’t properly handle the doctrine in them. Churches today spend far too much time teaching “spiritual” topics out of the Gospels when they should be feeding their members meat from Paul’s doctrine. Paul’s books lay out the foundational truth’s we are to be living by today. I take no credit for this advice. The Bible commands this all by itself. Jesus is addressing Israel in the gospels just as he says. Jesus called Paul to address the Gentiles. These simple Bible reading tips can save you from a life of religious bondage to a life of liberty in Christ. Do you really want to understand the Bible? I give you this advice: Read the first three chapters of Galatians, Ephesians, and Colossians. Ask yourself what is all this “mystery” stuff Paul is talking about? Then start studying this question by verse comparison till you have it figured out. These 9 chapters are a great starting place if you actually want to understand the Bible and not just believe things because some preacher tells you to. These chapters are a MUST READ. These chapters written by YOUR Apostle for THIS AGE can free you to a true understanding of the entire Bible free from religious prejudice. Only Paul can give you a clear understand of where we are in God’s prophetic calendar. You will never understand your place in prophecy outside of a Pauline understanding of the prophetic scriptures. You my friend are NOT IN prophecy; you are in the mystery time frame in scripture. This is the key to understanding all prophecy.
In Luke 24 we have the account of Jesus appearing to a couple disciples after his resurrection. The disciples are downtrodden and sad. Not knowing it is Jesus they are walking with, they go on to tell him of the happenings of the past few weeks. Verse 21 is completely clear exactly what they were expecting.
Luke 24:21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
Why were they sad? Because they were expecting the redemption of ISRAEL just like the prophets say. Every prophecy in the OT concerning Jesus’ birth and death came true LITERALLY. These men believed the promise of Israel’s restoration literally. Does Jesus then proceed to tell these disciples they were wrong, and the kingdom is actually a “spiritual” kingdom? No, he openly rebukes them for not believing ALL that the prophets said.
Luke 24:24 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
The word ALL in this verse explains much that unfortunately most of Christianity doesn’t understand. The prophets did speak of Israel’s future restoration and Messiah’s reign ON EARTH. The prophets did in a few places also tell of a suffering servant. Yes, they were correct for believing in Israel’s promised earthly kingdom. Jesus wants them to understand all the prophecies. Much like todays Christianity, people want to pick and choose. Believing ALL the verses takes a willingness to stand alone in the endless sea of Bible spiritualizers. Today’s Bible spiritualizers only choose to take literally what they want to. Much like the scene as Jesus rebukes these disciples, most of Christianity will receive a rebuke from Christ at the judgment seat for not believing ALL the prophets have spoken. These men believed in a literal earthly kingdom, so the thought of the death of their King was a horrible thing. The key to understanding was believing EVERYTHING that was written. The suffering comes before the glory.
I had a preacher one time throw John 18:36 at me when I pointed out that the Bible itself teaches a literal, earthly kingdom for Israel just like the prophets said. Let’s take a look at one of the verses the spiritualizers like to use.
John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
Of course, this preacher stopped at the colon and said that Jesus said his kingdom was “not of this world” trying to bolster his spiritual kingdom theology. Please read the WHOLE VERSE. Jesus says “but now is my kingdom not from hence” Jesus understands the timing of the matter. Jesus understands that it was prophesied that Messiah suffers before the glory.
In Acts 1:6 after the resurrection the disciples now understanding the suffering ask Jesus the exact question they should have:
Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
After getting their eyes opened by Jesus himself, they once again turn their attention to the HUNDREDS of promises in the OT of Israel’s restoration and reborn earthly kingdom. Jesus tells them in verse 7: “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons” Jesus knows he is going to interrupt the prophecy program with a mystery. A secret that was hidden in the mind of God since BEFORE the foundation of the world. Jesus reveals this mystery to Paul. An age where we are ALL saved by grace alone through faith alone.
All I ask of people is to believe EVERY verse. This concept leaves to Israel the things God promised to Israel. If your theology does not allow you to believe EVERY verse, then friend YOU need to change your theology. Jesus openly rebuked these disciples for not believing ALL the verses. This same mistake is still rampant in churches today. Christian’s sit and listen to preachers change the verses to make them say what they want. Jesus will not give you a pass on this. You will suffer loss at the judgement seat of Christ for not building on what Paul started.
I Cor 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
Paul tells you to take heed how you build upon his foundation. Jesus is all in all, and Jesus is the one that sent you an Apostle to follow in this dispensation. The decision is ours to make. We all will give account of ourselves. Are you sure?
I had a conversation once with a young man that was quite offended when I said I was not worried about being called orthodox. The young man was quite offended at the notion. Maybe the young man someday will understand that orthodoxy in religious circles today is a moving target. Bring orthodox today is relative. This fact is quite easy to prove. Ask 10 men from 10 different denominations to write down their theological positions on 10 different topics. Do you know what you will get? I don’t even need to ask you because you already know that you will get MANY differing opinions on each topic. The kicker is all these men would consider themselves orthodox. Websters 1828 gives this definition for “Orthodoxy” Soundness of faith; a belief in the genuine doctrines taught in the scriptures. So, if you have 10 different men stating their opinion on a doctrine, and the opinions are different, where does that leave orthodoxy? You can easily prove the same thing with the word Fundamental. Do this same exercise with 10 men that consider themselves fundamental. You will get the same outcome. The only way you can get 10 men to give you a similar answer is to ask 10 men from the exact same group within their given denomination. This PROVES my point. The word Fundamental that I grew up hearing quite often means very little today. Nor does the word Orthodox. I do not care if people think I am fundamental or orthodox, because I am scriptural! Most times orthodoxy and fundamentalism are based on popular opinions and scripture seen through the lens of denomination. Here is just one topic to prove my point. If I told your preacher that the church today IS NOT the bride of Christ I would be called names. The Bible DOES NOT teach that the church is the bride of Christ. This is EASILY PROVEN in scripture if you had a heart for truth. Israel is the bride. We are part of the groom! We can’t be the bride. So, your “orthodox” and “fundamental” position is wrong. I believe what the Bible actually teaches that God marries Israel and his Beulah land just like Revelation says. People consider you orthodox or fundamental when you believe LIKE THEY DO. This renders the words practically speaking, useless. These two words are not found in my King James Bible. Funny thing is when I use the word dispensation, which is found in my Bible four times people want to call me names. When I teach the mystery which is mentioned over a dozen times people tell me they don’t know what I’m talking about. Read Paul. Read the information Jesus revealed ONLY TO PAUL and you will clearly see exactly what I’m talking about. I don’t have any use for the words fundamental or orthodox. I prefer the words literal, Biblical, scriptural, dispensational, and mystery. These can be studied and proven in my Bible. The Bible speaks of the simplicity that is in Christ. Wouldn’t you like to see it?
The failure to rightly divide the Bible robs Christians of many things. The comfort and peace that comes from a clear understanding of Bible doctrine can never be realized without following this simple instruction. I grew up in churches that taught me I must confess my sins to get forgiveness for them. I have heard I John 1:9 quoted probably hundreds of times. You are most likely being taught right now that this verse applies to you and that you must confess your sins. This verse is taught that to get forgiveness a confession is required. Let me ask you a simple question then. What if you don’t confess one? What if you forget one? What if you have forgotten one? Then the verse would clearly teach that you would not be forgiven. If you are not forgiven for one sin, then you are on your way to hell. You cannot say the verse teaches forgiveness based on confession then also say that the lack of confession would not send you to hell. This leaves many Christians asking God to forgive them for any sins they might have forgotten. This also leaves Christians confused because some are taught salvation can’t be lost, but this verse says you must confess EVERY sin. Confused yet? I hope so. Why would I say this? Because rightly dividing the Bible clears it ALL up. Friend, I John 1:9 DOES NOT apply to you today in the age of grace. Jesus told John during his earthly ministry NOT to go to Gentiles. I John says works are required for salvation and requires you to DO many things to be saved. This is NOT our information today. I believe EVERY WORD of I John. I also know it is NOT written to me today. Friend let me explain to you where your sins were taken care of. They were imputed TO JESUS on the cross. Every one of them! You cannot get forgiveness by confession today because if you’re saved your sins are already paid for. ALL OF THEM. Please take the time to read II Cor 5:17-21. Verse 19 tells you your sins ARE NOT being imputed to you. How can this be? Because they were imputed to Christ on the cross. II Cor 5:21 CLEARLY answers the false teaching you hear requiring constant confession of sin. Jesus was “MADE SIN” for US and we are “MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD.” This is how your sins were taken care of. This happened 2000 years ago. Paul is your example and Paul would NOT tell you to confess, he tells you that you are “COMPLETE IN HIM” Colossians 2:10. Your confession today does NOTHING to take away sins. If it did then you are claiming that something YOU DO can forgive sin. If you have trusted in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection as sufficient payment for your sin, then you are complete! This is exactly the reason Paul tells you not to use your LIBERTY as a cloak of maliciousness. Confession WAS REQUIRED under the gospel of the kingdom and was required under Israel’s program. You are not in this program, and you are NOT Israel. Right division of the Bible gives peace, understanding, and freedom from religious bondage. Don’t let religion rob you of the liberty Jesus died for. Bask in the blessedness of the imputed righteousness of Jesus!!
When you study like a right divider you come to realize that every word matters. You come to realize that there are dozens of doctrines you were never taught in church. You come to realize some things you were taught as rock solid facts are just a pet denominational doctrine held by your church. Even this week I found something that I was taught as fact growing up is not clearly described in scripture. The reason many people don’t understand certain doctrines properly is the failure to see progressive revelation. More specifically, progressive revelation in Paul’s ministry. When Paul tells us to rightly divide, this includes his ministry also. An obvious one in Rom 2:17 is Paul speaking to those that called themselves “Jews” and “restest in the law” Why do you call me a heretic for teaching that in this context Paul is not speaking to the body of Christ? Is this that hard to figure out? Paul speaks to and about the Jews several times in Romans. Why do you call me names for believing my Bible as written? I will stand at the judgment seat with only the Bible as my standard. Some will stand there touting the size of their denomination, their education, and their man-made theological positions. Which would you rather have? Why do I teach there is no water baptism in the age of grace? Because Paul says so. Some might say “but Paul baptized” to which I agree. Paul baptized during the Acts period as he was receiving the mystery from Jesus. Acts 18:8 Paul baptizes some in Corinth. Does this make me wrong? I ask you: Why does Paul later write BACK TO THE CORINTHIANS that he was not sent to baptize? (I Cor 1:17) The answer is clear to those interested in truth. Jesus told him to stop. Why would I think this? Paul was continually receiving revelations from Jesus himself. Gal 1:11-12, Gal 2:2, Eph 3:3, II Cor 12:1, II Cor 12:7, Acts 26:16, Acts 18:9. Paul was a Jew and thus was familiar with the ceremonial washings that John the Baptist had been teaching and Jesus used during his earthly ministry. So, Paul of course would have started water baptizing. It is completely clear that Paul is later told by Jesus to stop baptizing. This of course is when Jesus explains to Paul that Circumcision and baptism are now spiritual; and not physical. Col 2:10-13. Paul tells us the ordinances were nailed to Christ’s cross. Why then do you teach 2 ordinances? Paul says we are complete in him, so why do you add things? Yes, Paul baptized during the Acts period. Where then do you find a command from Paul to water baptize in his 13 epistles? You don’t! Paul’s doctrine for us today is NOT found in the book of Acts where he was trying to do “all things” so he might win some of his countrymen. The purpose of the books of Acts is NOT to establish body of Christ doctrine. Do you shave your head and take a vow today like Paul does in the book of Acts? Of course not. But remember this, I can articulate EXACTLY WHY we would not do it today in this age. Paul says he spoke with tongues more that ANYONE. Does your church speak in tongues? Why not, Paul did!! Paul then wrote BACK TO CORINTH later that tongues were going to cease. When? At the end of the Acts period. Paul stopped speaking in tongues when JESUS TOLD HIM TO STOP, I Cor 13:8. Just like you find Paul stopped healing. Healing was promised to Israel not us. Once Israel is set aside in blindness Paul and others LOSE the ability to do miracles and healing. All these things are clear and easy to understand and make complete sense when you understand Paul had these temporary sign gifts while God was still dealing with Israel. ALL These things went away because today we live by faith not by sight. Today we get grace IN OUR TRIALS NOT deliverance from our trials. You can understand your Bible. It will take ONE THING. You must learn how to rightly divide the Bible. Does your church teach this? I do. Call me what you will. I am complete in Christ! Amen and amen!
Steve Schoenberger is a student of the Bible and the teacher at Abundant Grace Bible Fellowship, A Mid-Acts Dispensational Bible church teaching the Bible rightly divided according the revelation of the mystery delivered to the Apostle Paul