March 20, 2016 broadcast
by George Sinkie
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and welcome to the Berean Break. My name is George A. Sinkie
and I hope you are eager to learn from Gods word today. Lets
resolve to study Gods word more and to follow nothing but the word
of God. I hope you have your Bible ready because I want you to check
out what I say and to follow it if it is truth. If it is not truth
please contact me and correct me. Lets begin by going to God
Dear God We thank You for this day that
You have blessed us with. May we strive today to follow You closer
with our lives. We are sorry Lord for the sin that we have committed.
We pray that Your Holy Spirit will convict each of us of our sin
and may we look to Your word for how to be forgiven of that sin. We
thank You for the sacrifice that Jesus made so the sins of the world could
be forgiven. And its in His Name we pray, AMEN!!
Some may ask,
George, why are you always bringing up what denominations teach?
There are multiple reasons for this. First I do so because I
teach the truth and there is a natural collision of truth with false doctrine.
Occasionally though, I receive a question and I seek to give the Scriptural
answer to those questions. If you have a question, you are welcome
to contact me and I will research the word of God for the answer and share
with you the answer that the word of God gives. Todays program
is a response to a couple of questions I received.
The first thing I want to do is to reaffirm
the fact that the Bible and the Bible alone is the standard for what God
wants in religion. Turn with me over to 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and read
with me, All
Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for
correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate,
equipped for every good work.
Now you can read that and you can understand
that verse. The Scriptures provide the person who wants to follow
God everything that they need to do that. We read it. We understand
it. But are we listening?
Paul is not the only one to present this concept
though, lets turn over to 2 Peter 1:2-3, Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge
of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to
us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge
of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
knowledge is the knowledge
that comes from God and it has
granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness. Does that mean that God has given some
things that pertain to life and godliness? No! Has God given
most things pertaining to life and godliness? No! It says He
has granted everything pertaining to life and godliness. I
believe we can understand that, dont you? But are we listening,
will we live our lives based on that truth? I have it as my goal to
live by that truth. Do you? I know as we go through todays
study there will be some of you who say, thats not what I
was taught or our creed teaches different or
our catechism doesnt say that. And I agree
that if you are going to use a man-made creed or catechism or the teachings
of some man as your standard, then you will hear things contrary to this.
But this program has the standard of the word of God, so I ask you,
to Whom or what will you listen?
Now I want you to know that you can understand
Gods word for yourself, that is why I give you the references to look
up and why I encourage you to check out what I say. Now, lets
turn over to 2 Timothy 2:15, Be
diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need
to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.
Paul is writing to Timothy here, and let me
ask a few questions. Was Timothy a Christian? The answer to
that I believe is obvious
yes, he was. As I give these answers
if you disagree or want to know why I give these answers, please contact
me. OK, Timothy was a Christian. Next question, Could Timothy
be unapproved to God? Again the obvious answer is yes or else it makes
no sense for Paul to encourage him to be diligent. Could Timothy be
ashamed as a workman? Yes. Could he handle the word of truth
inaccurately? Yes, Paul gave a warning about it so it must be possible.
Lets go on to the next passage, in 2
Corinthians 5:10 Paul writes, For
we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may
be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done,
whether good or bad.
Again that reference is 2 Corinthians 5:10.
What are all going to appear before? The judgement seat of Christ
is what this verse teaches. What is the purpose of us appearing before
the judgement seat? That we can be recompensed. For what? Our
deeds both good and bad. Are we going to be recompensed for someone
elses deeds. Read this verse again if you need to. The
Bible teaches that we are going to recompensed for our own deeds
one elses. Remember that the next time a false teacher tries
to tell you that you bear the guilt of Adams sin. That just
isnt true according to the Bible.
One more verse I would like to look at now,
is Hebrews 5:9 where the writer speaks of Jesus and says, And having been made perfect, He
became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,
According to this verse, Jesus is to source
of eternal salvation to whom? To those who obey Him. If a person
does not obey Jesus, is there any other way to receive eternal life? No
Now one more question about each of these
verses. When Paul spoke to Timothy about being an approved workman
that didnt need to be ashamed, who handled the word of God accurately,
did Timothys response in any way effect his salvation? In other
words could Timothy mishandle the word of God and be ashamed and unapproved,
and still be saved? Honestly
do any of you think he could be?
The Bible teaches that it did matter how Timothy responded.
As Paul wrote to the Corinthians about being
recompensed for good deeds and bad deeds, is there a difference in the recompense?
Will good deeds and bad deeds receive the same reward? The Scriptural
answer is that good and bad deeds receive vastly different recompense.
As the Hebrews writer was pointing out that
obedience was necessary for salvation this may seem like a strange
question is it necessary to obey to be saved? Unless you have
some alternate standard to up hold, the Bibles clear answer is that
obedience is necessary for salvation.
As I mentioned in the beginning, two different
people asked me questions dealing with the same subject that subject
is predestination. Now there is a biblical concept of pre-destination
and as sometimes ties in with it election. In the biblical
teaching on this subject, a person is predestined or elected based on what
he has done. For example in Mark 16:15-16 it says, Mark 16:15-16,
And He said
to them, Go into
all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed
and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be
So if a person believed the gospel and was
baptized then they will be saved. We could in a biblical sense say
they were a part of the elect who are predestined for salvation. This
however is not the meaning that some people give to predestination.
In the teachings of Calvinism
refers to the false doctrine that God decided, before the foundation of
the earth, who was going to be saved and who was going to be lost. In
this man-made doctrine there is nothing you or I can do to change what God
decided our destiny is going to be. Our destiny is not based on faith,
it is not based on our obedience, it is not based on our holiness, it is
not based on our refraining from sin.
To some this doctrine is very comforting,
because they believe they are a part of those destined for salvation. But
consider the flip side of this doctrine. If God decided you are lost
there is nothing you can do to change that. You can believe everything
that God says and leave every sin. You can pray and obey. You
could live a life that was second only to Christ Himself and yet you are
going to hell because God did not choose you for salvation.
Lets consider the three passages we
looked at earlier in the light or perhaps I should say the darkness
of this doctrine of Calvinistic predestination. First of all
2 Timothy 2:15, Be
diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman
who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word
Remember how we could see from this verse
that being diligent, being approved to God, being an unashamed workman,
and accurately handling the truth all mattered. Well, if the Calvinistic
doctrine of predestination is true, then these things mean nothing. You
see according to the logical conclusion of Calvinistic predestination
I can be a false teacher and still be saved, if God chose to save me, note
the past tense chose, because God decided this before
the world was even created. The moment a teacher of this man-made
doctrine says, Oh, no
a false teacher wont be saved,
he has denied his very own doctrine.
Lets look at our second verse, in 2
Corinthians 5:10 Paul wrote, For we must all appear before the judgment seat
of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according
to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Predestination, as Calvin defines it, makes
a mockery out of the judgment. If Calvinistic predestination is true,
then there is no recompensing. We get what God decided to give us
deeds that we do, good or bad, make no difference. A person either
has to deny what this verse plainly says or they have to deny the Calvinistic
doctrine of predestination.
The third verse we looked at was Hebrews 5:9
where the writer speaks of Christ and says, And having been made perfect, He became to all
those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,
This verse plainly teaches that obedience
is essential to having eternal salvation. Calvinistic predestination
would have this verse to read, And
having been made perfect, He became to all those that God choose
the source of eternal salvation.
One of the very basics of understanding the
Bible, is to never make one verse teach something that would contradict
another verse. Calvinistic predestination doesnt just contradict
one verse or even just the three we had time to look at today. It
contradicts verse after verse, and therefore is not the correct understanding
of the Bible.
This Berean Break is brought to you, in love,
by the pre-denominational and non-denominational church of Christ that meets
at 1600 East First Avenue in Mitchell SD. You are welcome to
meet with us at 10:00 Sunday mornings for our assembly followed by a time
of Bible Study, also on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 for an additional time
to study Gods Word. If you have a comment or a sincere
Bible question, please call or text me at 605-770-5555. We want
to remind you of the non-denominational TV program, KNOW YOUR BIBLE
on KDLT-TV at 9:00 on Sunday mornings. This is George A. Sinkie
for the Lords church, here in Mitchell, good-bye for now. Remember
that we care about you and may God bless you as you do His will.
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