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Typically, this false Jesus doesn't kill people (Revelation 2:23), doesn't hate people (Romans 9:13), doesn't destine people to hell (Romans 9:11-22), doesn't create people to destroy them (Proverbs 16:4), doesn't prevent people from being saved (Mark 4:10-12), doesn't cause people to sin (2 Samuel 12:11-12), doesn't cause bad things to happen (Isaiah 45:7 KJV), doesn't deceive people (Ezekiel 14:9 KJV), didn't die for everyone (Hebrews 2:9), etc., or some combination thereof. Yet, the real Jesus has done and does all these things (and more, Romans 11:36).
From my own perspective, I found the use of this extra biblical (historical) source material incongruous with your own stated hermeneutical approach to the Bible. Perhaps, you should omit these quotes from the Jewish historian Josephus to agree with your stated interpretive method. Grace and peace unto you all from God our Father and the Lord Jesus.
An unprofitable servant,
The Works of Josephus (the Jewish historian) likewise testifies to this fact.
As this happened at the time when the feast of unleavened bread was celebrated, which we call the Passover, (The Works of Josephus, The Antiquities of the Jews, book 14, chapter 2, section 1)
Now, upon the approach of that feast of unleavened bread which the law of their fathers had appointed for the Jews at this time, which feast is called the Passover, (The Works of Josephus, The Antiquities of the Jews, book 17, chapter 9, section 3).
It is not wrong to mention history or a quote from a historian (like Josephus) in a proper context. But, if you are relying on history to interpret Scripture and then declare it as truth, that is the problem. The historical quote (Josephus) simply illustrates what Scripture already teaches. I edited the kjv article a little to bring that across better. Thanks.
This testimony is true. (Titus 1:13)
Two questions I have. 1. On your archived blog (http://www.atruechurch.info/archivedblog6.html), someone had written an email to you asking
"Is Micah Armstrong was accurate in his assessment that individuals who do any of the following are damned to hell?"
One of the things listed was "Associating with Hollywood". Your response was "Yes, if it's tight (Psalm 15:4); no if it's not (1 Corinthians 5:9-10)."
What exactly do you mean by that? Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but you seem to imply that under certain circumstances, it is ok for a Christian to associate with Hollywood. Why exactly would a true Christian associate with Hollywood whatsoever? Isn't it a very wicked environment? I mean, when you lived in California, you were in pretty close proximity to it (Grace Community Church is only 20 minutes from Walt Disney Studios and Warner Brothers if I recall correctly, and I believe there is someone who is a Vice-President at Disney who is a Masters College graduate), so shouldn't you have firsthand knowledge of the wickedness? (While I'm at it, did you ever work with any celebrities when you worked for the Los Angeles County Probation Department?)
I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
a wise man's heart discerns both time and judgment, because for every matter there is a time and judgment (Ecc 8:5-6; see also chapter 3).
Miesel didn’t agree with my assessment of the Bobgans (atruechurch.info/bobgan.html).
Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. (Ecclesiastes 9:3). . . the whole world lies in the wicked one (1 John 5:19 my translation). . . filled with all unrighteousness . . . (Romans 1:29)
If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them. (Ecclesiastes 5:8)
I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. (Romans 16:19)
He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," Him the people will curse; Nations will abhor him. But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them. (Pro 24:24-25)
He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, and he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself. Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. (Pro 9:7-8)
Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces. (Mat 7:6)
Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time, for it is an evil time. (Amos 5:13)
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Eph 5:15-16)
Let no one deceive you with empty words, . . . (Ephesians 5:6).
a wise man's heart discerns both time and judgment, because for every matter there is a time and judgment (Ecc 8:5-6).
courtship is undertaken only when both parties are prepared to make a commitment to marriage (http://iblp.org/questions/how-courtship-different-dating, 9th paragraph)
Although the termination of a courtship most likely will be painful, damage and hurt—which can lead to bitterness—can be avoided. Both parties, as well as their families and all the people who love them, should continue to trust in the Lord and accept the grace He gives to deal with any disappointment or unfulfilled hopes. (See Romans 5:1–5.) [ibid., underlining added]
Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:10)
Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. (1 Corinthians 7:1)
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. (1 Corinthians 6:12)
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. (1 Corinthians 10:23)To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. (Titus 1:15)
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)
brought her into his mother Sarah's tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife (Genesis 24:67).
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