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My Testimony of God Saving My Soul

 

Daniel C. Eberly

 

I will never forget the night I got saved. God brought me out of a miry pit of despair, guilt, and shame, resulting from my sinful lifestyle.  I was saved in June of 1990 on a Saturday night at 10:30 pm. My life was a mess and my marriage was at the critical stage.  I wasn’t alone in my drug abuse but this testimony is about me. I could be in my house with my wife and two boys and feel absolutely alone. My life was more committed to getting, doing drugs. I really hated myself and probably treated myself worse than anyone. We lived in Shamong, NJ from 1985 to 1990. During that time there lived directly across my street a Baptist minister named John Mitchell. He and his family were wonderful to my family and me. I envied them and their happiness and joy, which I could not find. My drug use escalated to heavy use right before I got saved and it seemed to be all I cared about.

The Mitchell family had always reached out to us with Christian love and concern. Jackie (John’s wife) would bake for us or prepare meals and my boys played with their son Brian. John started visiting my house on his church’s soul-winning night and planting seeds. He would say “Dan, do you believe the Bible is God’s Word?” Or, “Why don’t you come out to church?”  At the same time, my mother was urging me to go to church. It is funny how God works in people’s lives as He draws them. I began a bible study on Saturday’s with John and his son and my two boys. I also went to the Shawnee Baptist Church a few Sundays in a row. I would sit in the back with my mom and Pastor Dyer would preach and then give an invitation. I would raise my hand with tears streaming down my cheeks but not walk the aisle. John must have been watching, knowing God was moving in my heart. It was after one of our bible studies that later that night all alone that I watched Charles Stanley preach to his church on the T.V. He preached on heaven and gave an invitation at the end to his congregation. I was crying and under strong conviction. I muted the television got on my knees and asked the Lord to save me. He did. I got off that floor with a load of guilt and shame gone. My sins were forgiven and I was free. My life began to change. It was 6 months earlier that I had been divorced. (Jan.1989) My wife was in a continuous adulterous affair for many years. I tried to reconcile with my wife but restoration was not the case. She had been unfaithful in our marriage and my salvation and change mattered little to her.  Here I was a new creature in Christ but my marriage had ended and I was now out of the house soon after I was saved. It was in 1992 after some time of getting to know my wife Kathy that we got married on May 16th. Things were not perfect but my life was new and joy filled and I was growing rapidly in the Lord. I loved the Word of God and studied it furiously. I began teaching S/S at my new church Ocean County Baptist in Toms River. I was now living in Bayville with my wife Kathy and we were serving the Lord with joy. God has put a desire in my heart to serve Him through weekly soul-winning, discipling others, teaching S/S, choir, and since April of 2001 I have been a bus captain. It was in March of 2003 at Promised Land Baptist Church in Gastonia NC while visiting friends that God called me to the mission field. I have since been accepted by Word for the World Baptist Ministries and hope very soon to be on the field of Ireland. I am thankful for my sending church The First Baptist Church of Southard in Howell NJ. The Lord has given me a strong, compassionate, God fearing pastor. God changes lives and He certainly changed mine. I love the verse 2Cor. 5:17 for we are “ne creatures when we become saved.  I have a few life verses of which one is Acts 20:24 and the other is John 12:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit

Thank you Lord

Kathy Eberly

I was saved in March of 1991. I was born the second of eleven children.  My early years were one of constant change. I spent many years in and out of foster homes. At a young age I began to drink and spent several years in the hold of sin. My future husband led me to Jesus Christ in April of 1991 and we were married in May of 1992. I served with my husband in the bus ministry and when he taught an adult s/s school class. I have had the privilege to disciple a girl from our bus for three years and she has now gone off to college to prepare for ministry.   I believe God has called my husband to full time service on the mission field of Ireland, and I will follow. I thank the Lord for changing my life completely and giving me the opportunity to serve Him.

My Call to the Ministry

From the time that I was saved I had a hunger for God’s word. I studied furiously and loved every moment in the Book. My passion was teaching others also as in a group discipleship or in 1 – 1 situations. I have always been burdened for souls and subsequently was involved in all outreaches and missions endeavors in the local church. I sensed God’s personal call to the mission field in September of 2003. I was visiting a friend’s church, Promised Land Baptist Church in Gastonia NC, and during the service in which the pastor was preaching from Acts 13:1-4 I heard the call of God to go for Him. I answered that call by going to the altar and telling Him “yes, I will go.” It was an overwhelming sense that the Lord was speaking personally to me and about me. The words were as clear as if He was talking with me face to face.

I finally made it to the field in Oct. of 2008 and it was in the spring of 2011 that I sensed God’s call to pastor. I prayed and talked with my wife and some other men and I have asked God to confirm His call and He has by the word of God and practice in my life. Every scripture about feeding the flock, and protecting the people from false teaching and the like was suddenly very personal. It was not for others to do but for me to do. He was showing me through His word that He was calling me to another level of service. I love preaching, teaching, and shepherding God’s people. My heart is to serve. Lord willing I will begin the work of planting a church in Macroom, Cork Ireland in 2013.

Doctrinal Statement

Regarding Scripture

I / we believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Old and New Testaments based on the Hebrew of the Masoretic Text and the Greek of the Textus Receptus, also known as the Received Text. I believe these Scriptures are inerrant, infallible, and complete. I believe the Bible provides the absolute and true basis and standard for Christian doctrine and unity. It is the supreme authority for evaluating all human conduct, creeds, beliefs, and opinions. I believe that God has preserved His inspired word, and, I believe only in the Authorized King James Version, do we have a true, faithful, inerrant and complete translation of Holy Scripture. This translation shall be the exclusive English version used in all preaching and teaching of the ministry.

[Psalm 12: 6, 7; 119:89; Isaiah 40:8; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:19, 20].

 What is this King James only controversy? I am King James only. That to me means I only trust and believe the King James Bible to be the Word of God. It is the ‘only’ Bible translated from the right Greek and Hebrew texts so that means it is the only right translation. Why this is such a controversy would be beyond me if I didn’t know the other side of the KJV only controversy. Let me just say that some believe that the KJV is advanced revelation, and that it is a re-inspiration from God. I believe it is not advanced revelation but the inspired word of God in no less power and authority than the original autographs. If I didn’t believe that God preserved His inspired revelation to man for me now in my KJV well than I might just as well throw it in the trash. God’s inspiration carries on through His preservation. I believe with strong conviction that the KJV is the only preserved word for the English people. Many though have moved on or should I say backslid to the NKJV or some other plate full of serpent’s meat.

Regarding God

I / we believe there is but ONE living and true God. He is infinite and sovereign Spirit and is the Creator and Ruler of Heaven and earth. He eternally exists in three Persons--- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit ...each identical in nature, equal in power and glory, and possessing the same attributes and perfections. [Matthew 3: 16, 17; 28:19; John 4:24; 1 Corinthians 12: 4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7]

Regarding Origins

I / we believe the Genesis account of creation is a literal and historical account of the direct and immediate creative act of God without any organic or theistic evolutionary process. I believe the heaven and earth were created as the Scripture tells us in six literal twenty four hour days. I believe Adam is a historical person and was created (spirit, soul, and body) by a direct work of God and all humanity is descended from him and the biblical Eve. [Gen.1, 2; Romans 5: 12-14; 1 Corinthians 15:

21, 22]

Regarding Satan

I / we believe Satan is a real creature who is the unholy god of this age and the ruler of all unsaved humanity. He is the relentless enemy of God, the saved, righteousness, and truth. Satan blinds the minds of the unsaved to the glorious gospel. He also is a deceiver and the father of lies. He controls all the powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire. Satan is also our adversary and his greatest desire is to kill and destroy God’s people and their testimony.  [Matthew 4: 1-11; John 8:44; 2Cor.4:4; Eph.2:1-3; 1Peter 5:8; Revelation 20: 1-10]

Regarding Sin

I / we believe the first man, Adam, was created sinless, but with an equal disposition to choose to obey or not to obey God his Maker. By willful transgression Adam and Eve fell from their sinless state. Consequently, all humanity has inherited a fallen nature and is separated from God and lost in rebellion and sin. Every descendant of Adam then is a sinner by nature, conduct, and choice and under deserved divine condemnation without defense or excuse. I believe that Hell (and ultimately the Lake of Fire) is the eternal destiny of every unsaved person. [Romans 3:23; 5:12-14; 1 Corinthians 15: 21, 22; Revelation 20:15]

Regarding Salvation

I / we believe that salvation is by grace alone through personal trust in the finished work of Christ. I believe this faith results in the new birth which is instantaneous and not a process.

Salvation means a sinner receives eternal life, a divine nature, and is made a new person by the act of God. This event is accomplished by the Holy Spirit and is beyond human comprehension. Salvation results in a sinner’s voluntary obedience and submission to God and His word and is accompanied by a newness of life, faith, and good works. I hold that those who truly are saved are eternally safe in Christ and will never perish. [John 10:28; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 2 Corinthians 5:21]

 

Regarding Jesus Christ

I / we believe that God, the Word, was made Flesh and dwelt among us, in that, Jesus was conceived of

the Holy Spirit by the Virgin Mary in a miraculous manner as no other man is, or ever will, be conceived. I believe that Jesus Christ is both the Son of God and God the Son. I believe that in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and that He is both God and the Man Christ Jesus. [John

1: 1-3,14; Colossians 1: 14-19; 2:9]

I believe  He lived  a sinless  life and  that  He  fulfilled the Divine  law  by His  perfect  obedience. Moreover, through His shed blood and death on the cross, He has made a full and vicarious atonement for our sin by the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place. This is the Just dying for the unjust and has with this offering of Himself, Jesus Christ has placated God’s righteous anger and has made available to humanity, reconciliation to God. [Rom. 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 1:14]

I believe His literal bodily resurrection assures our justification and is the promise of our own glorious resurrection. Jesus Christ is now ascended to God’s throne where He sits at the right hand of the Father and makes intercession for us. [John 5: 28, 29; Romans 5:8]

Regarding Justification

I / we believe that justification is the judicial act of God in which He declares a sinner is righteous.  Justification means sin is pardoned and Christ’s righteousness is imputed to the sinner. Justification is bestowed solely on the condition of the sinnes trust in the blood of Christ to atone for his sin. [Romans 4: 21-25; 2 Cor. 5:21; Colossians 1:14, 20]

Repentance and Faith

I / we believe that repentance is godly sorrow. It is a change of mind, heart, and purpose toward God that is prompted by the Holy Spirit. It is the heart cry of the sinner who perceives his absolute inability and helplessness to please God. Repentance causes sin to be recognized as offensive to God and damning to the soul. I believe that biblical repentance is always accompanied by true faith in Christ. [Matthew 4:17; Luke 13:1-5; Acts 17:30]

 

The Holy Spirit

I / we  believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead. He is coeternal with the Father and the Son and is of identical nature. He convicts the sinner of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is the acting Agent in the new birth experience and then, seals, endues with power, bestows gifts, guides, teaches, comforts and keeps the believer. [John 14: 15-31; 16:7-15]

The Holy Spirit sanctifies (sets apart) the believer in Christ at the moment of the new birth. He also progressively sanctifies him throughout his earthly life by means of the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, prayer, soul-winning and the preaching, teaching, and fellowship found in a scriptural church. [Acts 2:41-47]

I believe that some gifts of the Holy Spirit were meant for those early churches existing before the completion of the Scriptures. These churches which were without the complete Word of God were provided with temporary special gifts to help validate and confirm their message and ministries. With the completion of the perfect Word of God those formerly necessary helps became obsolete and irrelevant and were ended. [1 Corinthians 13: 8-12 

The New Testament Church

A church is an assembly of immersed believers who are united in doctrine and observe the ordinances of Christ. Its members obey the great commission and exercise the gifts and privileges given them by the Word of God and Holy Spirit. Its officers are pastors and deacons whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly given in the Word of God. 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9 Each local assembly is the body of Christ whose one and only Head is the Lord. [Ephesians 1:22; 5:23] I believe a church has the right of complete autonomy and that on all questions of membership, polity, and discipline, the will of the church is final.

 Baptism  and  the  Lord’s  Table

Baptism is the single immersion of a believer upon the authority of the church. This ordinance pictures the believer’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior and portrays that the believer, likewise through Christ, has died to sin and is risen to a new life. Baptism after conversion is prerequisite to membership and the Lord ’s Table. The Lord’s Supper is the church’s special commemoration of the Lord’s death which will continue until He comes again. Moreover, it portrays the abiding communion of Christ with His people, they with Him and each other. [Matt.28:19, 20; Acts 8:36-38; 1 Corinthians 11: 17-32]

Associations

Christians  are  commanded  to  depart  from  every  form  of  wickedness,  apostasy,  compromise  and worldliness. Moreover, the Word of God exhorts us to identify and oppose all heresies and other departures from the truth and sound doctrine. [Romans 16: 17; 2 Corinthians 6: 14-18] This church must perpetually continue as an independent, sovereign, and biblical Baptist church. It is subject only to Jesus Christ, its Head. This church may fellowship with any other church that is in agreement in both doctrine and conduct.

Regarding the Institution of Biblical Marriage

What we know about marriage must be based upon the Scriptures first and foremost. Our own beliefs and desires must be put aside in submission to the study of the Bible the final Authority for faith and the practice thereof. In the first marriage God brought the woman to the man Adam. God made a woman / female to bring to the man, not another man / male.

Genesis 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brough her unto the man.

The proper, dictionary definition of marriages is as follows:

"The act of uniting a man and woman for life; wedlock; the legal union of a man and woman for life. Marriage is a contract both civil and religious, by which the parties engage to live together in mutual affection and fidelity, till death shall separate them. Marriage was instituted by God himself for the purpose of preventing the promiscuous intercourse of the sexes, for promoting domestic felicity, and for securing the maintenance and education of children."

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;
 
male and female created he them
. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Gen 2:23, 24  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24  Therefore shall  a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto  his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Matthew 19:4 - 6  And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning  made them male and female, 5  And said, For this cause shall a  man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Romans 1:24-27  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who  changed the truth of God into a lie,  and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26

For this cause God gave them up unto  vile affections: for even their women did  change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the  men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly,  and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. So, I / we believe that marriage being ordained and instituted by God in the beginning is only between one man and one woman. I / we do not believe or condone homosexual unions as traditional marriages nor any lesbian unions. Anything apart from Biblical marriage is against the Bible and so against God and so I /we are against it in any and all forms. We do not hate the person(s) involved in such relationships only the sin they are committing against a Holy God. Homosexual / lesbian marriage is against nature itself in that no children can come from these unnatural sexual unions. These so called marriages are not marriages at all but only sexual unions derived from their own lusts.

Eschatology

I / we believe in the imminent, pre-millennial coming of Christ in the air to rapture the saints before the Tribulation. The glorious return of Christ to the earth will occur at the end of the seven-year great Tribulation. He will then establish His millennium kingdom upon the earth.
[1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18]

I believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead. I believe the saved will be resurrected to everlasting blessedness at the Rapture and the lost to everlasting punishment in a literal Lake of Fire at the time of the Great White Throne Judgment. [Revelation 20: 10-15]

I believe that at death, the souls of the redeemed are with the Lord and souls of the lost go to a literal Hell to await the judgment of the Great White Throne. [2Corinthians 5: 6-8; Philippians 1:21-24]

Divorce and Remarriage   MDR document on web site www.eberlysforireland.com

Biblical divorce

I / we believe the Scriptures are clear in their teaching of Biblical divorce. The putting away of one’s spouse is dissolution (to dissolve) or means to end a legal agreement and covenant such as a marriage. It is in the Bible spoken by Moses, the Lord Jesus Christ and Paul. It is defined in the Scriptures as permitted by God but not His perfect will. I have spoken of the narrow view the Bible takes and will expound more in this paper. Civil law does not supersede God’s laws. Just as abortion may be allowed by the law of the land it is still the murder of innocent life as the Bible says “thou shalt not kill If a divorce is Biblical a remarriage is Biblical.

Deut.24:1-4; Matt.19:9; Jer.3:8; Is.50:1; 1Cor.7

There are civil divorces.   Divorce laws vary considerably around the world but in most countries it requires the sanction of a court or other authority in a legal process. The legal process for divorce may also  involve  issues  of spousal  support,  child  custody,  child  support,  distribution  of  property and division of debt. The marriage covenant can only be broken by three Biblical instances or events.

1.         One spouse dies. Rom.7:1-4

2.         One spouse commits fornication (adultery, any sexual sin) and the offended spouse divorces, or the guilty spouse leaves. Matt. 19:9

3.         The unsaved spouse divorces (departs) the saved spouse. I Cor. 7:12-15 Summary could be as follows: Death, Divorce, or Desertion

God intended Adam and Eve to marry for life. When sin entered into the world everything changed. Death, murder, stealing, fornication, and lying were soon to be seen in the world. People began to commit all these sins and many more. Polygamy (important to remember) also began in Gen.4:19 when Lamech took unto himself two wives. Jesus set the matter straight for us as He told the Pharisees in Matt.19 that God’s will was that two would become one flesh. Ultimately, God had to provide us with what to do when society was plagued by these sins and disobedience. One of these sins was fornication- (a general term for all sexual sins) and in particular adultery which is the act fornication between a married individual and someone who is not their spouse. Certainly divorce is not God’s perfect will. Matt. 19:8  He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. With this Scripture we can see God’s original intent was not for men to put away their wives but it was happening. Moses causes the man to give a writing or bill of divorcement to reveal the cause of the divorce and clear the woman from any accusations that were not true such as committing adultery. Adultery would not have warranted a bill of divorcement as the guilty party is stoned to death. The Lord Jesus then tells us that any divorce except for the cause of fornication was not a valid divorce. Mat.t 19:9  And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. Hence any action taken to remarry without a Biblical divorce (the exception) was an act of adultery because in God’s eyes the man and woman were still married. So, why does Jesus include the exception clause…? Reason - The stoning of the guilty has ceased under grace. Lev. 20:10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. The Law of Moses said the guilty were to be put to death but even Jesus set a higher and greater judgment - forgiveness and restoration if possible. In fact we find the woman caught in adultery (the very act) in John chapter 8 is pardoned and given the chance to live a forgiven, new life! Also, knowing the extreme emotional pain, when one spouse is unfaithful, and the deep mistrust which can accompany such an act in the heart of the innocent spouse, God allowed (not required) divorce. One spouse had broken the original marriage intention or vow (promise) that was made between the husband and wife. The covenant had been broken. A third party had entered into what was a two person but one flesh relationship. Now one spouse had entered into another one flesh relationship with another person, (1Cor. 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.) hence breaking their promise and their original intent to remain faithful to one person.  They had broken the covenant; their promise to leave and cleave to this one person.  Moses also regulated the practice when he required a bill of divorcement. Men were putting away their wives for any cause and Moses regulated divorce by requiring a bill of divorcement. In many ways it protected the woman from total abandonment, false accusation and blame. Deut. 24:1-When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

2  And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's wife.  

3  And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife; 

4  Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance

Does this mean the innocent party should get a divorce? Not necessarily. Can this broken covenant be restored? Can the marriage ever be reconciled? A marriage certainly can be restored and forgiveness offered. Two people can be reconciled to each other again and trust be restored. God however  in  His  Word  speaks  to  both  ways.  God  Himself  shows  us  in  Hosea  that  there  can  be forgiveness and restoration of a broken marriage. He also shows us by the scriptures that He Himself divorced Israel because of her adulteries. I will address this later.  Jer.3:8  And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

 Pre-Destination

Predestinate –  to determine or ordain in advance

Eph. 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

Eph. 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being  predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Rom. 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did  predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Rom. 8:30  Moreover whom he did  predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

When I look at these scriptures where we find the word predestinated or predestinate, I see nothing of God predetermining some people to heaven and others to hell. The scriptures do not even imply that at all. I see three things God has predetermined for the Christian.

1.   Ephesians 1:5 says that God has determined in advance that all who become saved are adopted into the family of God through Jesus Christ. This is God’s good pleasure and will that as we receive Christ as our Saviour we are one who has been sought and bought to enter into the family of God.

2.   In Ephesians 1:11 I see God has fore ordained that all who become children of God are now heirs to the inheritance. This is according to God’s will that we can share in the riches and glory of heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ.

3.   The passages in Romans chapter 8 above are telling me that God has ordained that all believers are to be conformed to the image of His Son Jesus Christ. It is God’s will that we measure ourselves against the Son of God and strive to be like Him.

Election / Elect = In particular referring to Israel as per context.

Calvinism

Calvinism (Reformed Theology) what it is and why it is scripturally wrong.

Definition = The religious teaching that man is saved without any willful decision of his own. In essence the doctrine teaches God has foreordained some to be saved and others to be damned. Those who are saved are called the elect and were predetermined to salvation with absolutely no effectual move of their own will. I believe in election, but I believe in Biblical election; that is according to the foreknowledge of God He chose Himself out a people in Jesus Christ His Son. 1Pet.1:2, We have been predestined, but the predestination was unto the adoption of children by Christ Jesus; and to an inheritance to the praise of His glory. Eph.1:5, 11, 12

I believe this teaching flies in the face of clear and understandable verses of the Holy Bible.Also, I believe that you must do one or both of the following things to arrive at this heresy.

1. You would have to go outside of the scriptures and be corrupted by man’s wisdom and teachings, and/or;

2. A person would have to interpret scripture either out of its context and/or against the very clear teachings of the Word of God concerning the free will and responsibility of man to believe on the Jesus Christ to be saved. If we will just depend on Bible Truth then we want to look at the scriptures and see what they say about man’s free will.

Gen.2:26   Man is made in the image and likeness of God; that is with a mind and will of his own. The Lord makes choices and He made man in His image to make choices. Man was given freewill to choose to obey His will and want fellowship with his Creator. God did not make robots but freethinking and freewill human beings in His likeness.

Gen.3:1-24 We have the fall of man as shown by the freewill choice to disobey God’s command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If man had not a freewill and responsibility to obey God, the Lord would never have given him a command to obey. Nor would He have put the tree there in the first place as man’s responsibility not to eat of. Man chose to go his own way, and man was responsible for his actions and hence the consequences. Joshua 24:15 How can we explain Joshua giving the children of Israel an option to serve the gods of Egypt or the LORD. Joshua said he and his house would serve God. He made a decision of his own will knowing full well the consequences of his choice and his responsibility before the LORD.

Note: I would point out the Bible is full of man’s freewill choices and all were made after the fall and in a state of a fallen nature. Totally depraved the Calvinist would say and though I would agree with that statement, I would not agree that man was without responsibility and the ability to make a choice.

Verses the Calvinist uses but twists and perverts against the whole body of Scripture

I will use the well known T.U.L.I.P. acrostic to explain away each argument of this doctrine with the clear body of scriptural teachings

The Calvinist says:

Total Depravity - As a result of Adam’s fall, the entire human race is affected; all humanity is dead in trespasses and sins. Man is unable to save himself (Genesis 6:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-18).

The Bible Believer says God clearly enlightens sinners. John 1:9, 12:32, and 16:8 God also sets forth the will of man to choose for himself. John 1:12, 3:16, 5:24,  Acts 2:21, 16:30-31.

The Calvinist says

Unconditional Election - Because man is dead in sin, he is unable to initiate response to God; therefore, in eternity past God elected certain people to salvation. Election and predestination are unconditional; they are not based on man’s response (Romans 8:29-30; 9:11; Ephesians 1:4-6,11-12) because man is unable to respond, nor does he want to.

The Bible Believer says God has always given man the right to choose. 1 Timothy 2:3-4, II Peter 3:9, Acts 17:30, John 3:16-17, Ezekiel 33:11 God said “whosoever will” Mark 8:34; John3:16; Rev.22:17

 

The Calvinist says

Limited Atonement - Because God determined that certain ones should be saved as a result of God’s unconditional election, He determined that Christ should die for the elect alone. All whom God has elected and Christ died for will be saved (Matthew 1:21; John 10:11; 17:9; Acts 20:28;
R
omans 8:32; Ephesians 5:25).

 The Bible Believer says The Bible is as clear on this point as on any point of doctrine. Hebrews 2:9 declares that Christ tasted death for every man. I John 2:2 says"And he (Christ) is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."

 

The Calvinist says

Irresistible Grace - Those whom God elected and Christ died for, God draws to Himself through irresistible grace. God makes man willing to come to Him. When God calls, man responds
(John 6:37,44; 10:16).

 The Bible Believer says If Calvin would use this verse John 6:44 then the very verse itself contradicts the teaching of irresistible grace. The word draw does not mean to force. The same word is used in John 12:32. "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. “  If the word in John 6:44 means an irresistible drawing then the Bible would be teaching in John 12:32 that all men would be irresistibly drawn. This certainly isn’t happening so the word draw means to attract which would be in agreement with the whole of scripture.

 

The Calvinist says

Perseverance of the Saints - The precise ones God has elected and drawn to Himself through the Holy Spirit will persevere in faith. None whom God has elected will be lost; they are eternally secure (John 10:27-29; Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:3-14).

 

The Bible Believer says Calvin’s teaching on this point was totally different from the Bible doctrine of Security. Calvin taught that a person who is of the elect will persevere. His teaching had nothing whatsoever to do with the keeping power of God. He taught that if a person did not persevere to the end, he was not of the elect and he had been only a false professor. Verses which teach that we are kept by the power of God include, but are not limited to, John 10:28, 29; Romans 8:35-39; Ephesians 4:30; and I Peter 1:4, 5.

 

Dispensationalism

Meaning = That which is dispensed or bestowed

 

Creation to fall                   Innocence

Fall to flood                       Conscience

Flood to Abraham              Human Government

Abraham to Moses             Promise

Moses to Christ                   Law                                   

Church Age                          Grace

Millennium                            Kingdom

 

CONCLUSION

One must not neglect the important study of dispensations. The Bible clearly teaches their existence. Church history reveals that the early fathers believed in different administrations and economies within the Scriptures and that belief in them does not have a late date. The teaching of dispensations does not lead one to the conclusion that other parts of the Bible are unimportant or uninspired. Dispensationalism must not be ignored by God's people, neither will it harm any church if it is taught properly and extremes are avoided. The local church is to baptize converts and observe the Lord's Supper. We believe that the winning of souls and sending missionaries into all the world with the gospel is the main business of the Church. We are to feed the flock of God, edify the Saints and preach the Word. However, the only way these can be biblically obeyed is to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Obedience to that one command forces one to teach dispensations.

 

Respectfully Submitted

Daniel C. Eberly

John 12:24

Mark 16:15 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."

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