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The Wrong Way to Preach the Gospel

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Jesus told the church at Pergamos to repent (Revelation 2:16). That is, repent of believing and perhaps acting on the belief that they needed to join pagans in worship in order to gain them for Christ. Such a practice would end their persecution, but it would take away their witness. How could they testify of what it means to have Jesus as Lord, if they acted as though the pagan gods were lords as well? Mere doctrine saves no one. Jesus, not a better argument, saves people from their sins. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Doctrine of Balaam

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Although the church at Pergamos had been preaching the Gospel, while holding fast to the name of Jesus and had not denied the faith, even under the pressure of risking their lives, Jesus said they had among themselves those who held to the doctrine of Balaam (Revelation 2:14)! What does this mean? Who was Balaam, and what was his doctrine? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Way of Balaam

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Jude spoke of the error of Balaam (Jude 1:11), which was that one could manipulate God into cursing those he has blessed. Revelation tells us about the doctrine of Balaam (Revelation 2:14), which concerned getting Israel to worship Baal of Peor instead of or as though he were the God of Israel. However, Peter’s epistle concerns itself with the way of Balaam or the **method** he used to deceive Israel into doing what he wanted done. In 2Kings 18:18-21 Elijah, the prophet, confronted King Ahab of Israel who had sent out the prophets (teachers) of Baal into all the tribes of Israel. In doing so, he was able to corrupt Israel and draw them away from the God of Israel. This is what Balaam did by telling Balak to send women (prophetesses) into the camps of Israel to deceive them into following after the ways of Baal, rather than the ways of God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Why Kill Midianite Women and Children?

ChoicesIt is not just the Biblical critic who gets upset over passages like Numbers 31:12-18, but even those of us who believe the Bible contains God’s word for us have trouble understanding what God is doing. I remember sitting in Sunday school when a woman told us she was involved in reading the Old Testament. She said that she was horrified at some of the things that occurred, and admitted she didn’t understand many of God’s judgments, as they pertain to things of the nature we find in this scripture. She finally concluded that she was glad to have been born this side of the Cross. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2016 in apologetics

 

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What Did the Midianite Women Do?

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In previous blog-posts I put forth that Balaam advised Midian how to corrupt Israel, bringing her out from under the protection of Yahweh, their God. The Midian leadership took measures to put Balaam’s advice into practice, so that Israel could be weakened (and managed), if not destroyed. Therefore, Israel went out to meet Midian in battle (Numbers 31:3-7) and slew all the males. The problem comes in Numbers 31:9 when Israel took all the Midianite women captive, which angered Moses (Numbers 31:14), who then told the soldiers to slay all the women who weren’t virgins (Numbers 31:17). Why kill these women. They weren’t warriors. They should be reckoned as noncombatants—shouldn’t they?[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2016 in apologetics

 

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How Was Midian the Main Adversary?

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The scriptures record that it was Balak, the king of Moab, who actually initiated a plan to curse Israel by paying Balaam, the prophet of Mesopotamia, to come to where Israel was and curse the nation. Yet, the Bible records that Israel fought against the Midianites, defeated them and burned their cities. At least according to the Bible, Israel never attacked Moab.[1] What exactly occurred, and is God being fair, or does he choose his enemies indiscriminately? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2016 in apologetics

 

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What Did Balaam Do?

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Balak, the king of Moab, had nothing to fear from the Israelites, because God had already told Moses not to attack Moab, for he would not give Israel any of their land (Deuteronomy 2:9).[1] Moreover, when Israel requested permission of the Amorites to pass through the land by way of the Kings’ Highway, they not only refused, but Sihon, king of the Amorites came out to meet Israel in battle (Numbers 21:21-23). Israel’s request showed they had no intention of taking aggressive action against any of the people on that side of the Jordan. When Israel defeated Sihon and the Amorites (Numbers 21:24-25), it created a path to the Promised Land by the Way of the Wilderness, which was 30 miles north of the Arnon River, the northern border of Moab at that time. Nevertheless, Balak was still afraid of Israel, because the defeat of Sihon, king of the Amorites,[2] by Israel left a power vacuum, and Balak feared Israel would take advantage of that and swallow up his kingdom (Numbers 22:1-4). It was at this point that Balak sent for Balaam, the prophet of Mesopotamia (Numbers 22:5). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Was God Cruel to the Midianites?

Baal-peorSome Biblical critics seem to want to demonize the God of the Bible over his treatment of the Midianites in Numbers 31. What really occurred there and why did Moses command Israel to slay all the non-virgin women and all the male children with the sword? Some have accused God of genocide in this passage, and that over the trifle matter of calling him by a different name. Is that true, and if not why was God so upset over the worship of Baal-Peor? How was the virginity of the young females found out? Is it true that Israel violated these innocent girls by performing an inspection of some kind on their genitals? Serious accusations such as these arise out of emotional outrage and usually a misunderstanding of the text, but let’s try to understand what really went on. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Paul, Balaam and Heliodorus

I recently ran across a website comparing Paul’s conversion experience to Balaam’s effort in the book of Numbers to aid Balak’s wish to curse and destroy Israel. The website also compared both with Helidorus’ journey to Jerusalem to rob the Temple treasury in 2Maccabees. I have to admit it is an interesting comparison. I would even go as far as to say that I agree that the comparison is a valid one, but I don’t agree with the author’s conclusion? The reason for my disagreement is that there are key points that the author of the website leaves out. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Kingdom of God, Paul's Conversion, Textual Criticism

 

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Balaam & the Witch of Endor

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The story of Balaam has always intrigued me. He was an evil man who actually spoke with God. I almost envied him. It seemed that God would listen to Balaam and audibly reply to his prayers. I was impressed, but I was not impressed with his end. I learned to fear God in prayer through the example of Balaam. It seems as though God dealt mercifully with men who prayed to him even though they didn’t belong to the assembly of Israel! For example, Moses’ father-in-law was a priest of Midian (Exodus 3:1), and Melchizedek, if he was not an Old Testament manifestation of the One who became Jesus, is another priest who had close contact with God. Balaam, however, was different from these. Peter spoke of his madness (2Peter 2:16). The Scribes and Pharisees were gripped with madness when they opposed Jesus (Luke 6:7, 11). God says that, if we do not delight in his word and desire to obey him, he will deliver us over to something that produces madness in our behavior (Deuteronomy 28:15, 28). What this madness is has been referred to as demonic possession (John 10:20). People who seem too spiritual are often thought to be mad (Acts 26:24-25). King Solomon said that a bribe causes a wise man to become mad (Ecclesiastes 7:7). This is what drove Balaam to oppose God (Jude 1:11). Paul says that he was driven by madness when he persecuted Christians (Acts 26:11). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2011 in Christianity, Demonology, Religion

 

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Peter’s Final Words!

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Peter wrote a second epistle to the five Roman provinces (2Peter 3:1; cf. 1Peter 1:1), and it was to be his final words to them, for Peter claimed his death was near (2Peter 1:14). In this epistle Peter lashed out at the false teachers that had arisen within the churches of God (2Peter 2:1). He wrote as though this particular event was yet future “there shall be,” but he was merely reiterating an earlier prophecy (2Peter 3:2). This prophecy, of course, was true, because Peter claimed these imposters were already feasting with the children of God and were unafraid to do so (2Peter 2:12-13). [1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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The Great Conspiracy of the Last Days

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Jude was the brother of James, probably of the apostle, James the Less. It is possible he refers to James, the brother of the Lord, and, if so, this James was no doubt dead (cir. 62 AD) at the time of Jude’s epistle.  Jude mentions a trial that came upon the Messianic believers, trying their faith  (Jude 1:3). Ungodly men had secretly crept into the ranks of the flock and were in some fashion tempting the brethren (Jude 1:4). How were they going about this? First of all, they slandered the present leaders (Jude 1:8). They despised the leadership of God’s Spirit. Secondly, they  mumbled to themselves or whispered to others about matter not to their liking. Then, they openly complained and finally spoke against the Gospel of Christ in a manner that appealed to the desires some within the body, and in so doing they exalted their own authority (Jude 1:16; cf. verse-4). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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