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  1. Isaiah 28:10 makes a great KJV proof text for an evangelistic series, but that use is totally out of its context. It is addressed to priests and prophets who are so drunk with beer that they have thrown up on the serving tables (verses 7 and 8). The prophet Isaiah warns these religious rulers that if they will not listen to God’s straightforward words, then God will treat them like naughty children (verse 9). These rulers will have to listen to the “gibberish” of those who are coming to conquer them, with the result that they would fall backward, be injured, ensnared and captured (verses 11 and 13).

    This context is not at all a method for bible study.

    • Thanks Richard, I have heard this before but it still appears in the midst of the context that is how God teaches them.

      “Who does the Lord think we are?” they ask. “Why does he speak to us like this? Are we little children, just recently weaned? He tells us everything over and over— one line at a time, one line at a time, a little here, and a little there!” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭28:9-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

      Maybe I need to look into it more closely.

    • Hi guys! It appears to me that one must look at verses 7-13 at least, in order to get the context. This does seem to be a difficult passage. I wonder if it might have found its fulfillment in the way Jesus taught in parables. "Babes" caught the drift of His meaning, and were blessed, but those who were "out of the way" (i.e. too "wise and prudent" to hear the truth) were snared and caught. The parables were like a foreign language to them.

      If this is correct, then God's wisdom is in the method, and perhaps comparing other verses would be consistent with that.

  2. God is not demanding a legalistic obedience of works.

    The notion that obedience is a precondition for salvation is repeated almost weekly on SSNET, indicating that this key part of the Gospel is still misunderstood by some. Thank you for clarifying William.

    We contribute as much to our salvation as we contribute to the rainbow. Both are gifts of God, mercifully and lovingly bestowed on His believing children.

    • Sieg, absolutely no one can earn salvation by obedience it is a gift.
      However once a human is saved the LORD expects them to obey His Words/teachings.
      Ex 19:5; Heb 11:8; Heb 5:9; Acts 5:32; Dan 7:27

      The real question is what is salvation?
      A person is saved from a sin filled life to have a character like Jesus, to be transformed into His image and to carry out His will/plan for ones life. This is true obedience.
      Gal 1:4; Eph 4:23-24; Col 3:10; Titus 3:5; Rom 13:14; Ps 51:10; Ps 19:7

      Rom 12:1-2 Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

  3. Thank you Pastor Earnhardt for writing on this subject that has been so misunderstood by so many Christians. It’s something how so many, even Adventist get caught up in this out cry on the internet, that our nation is going to pot because prayer has been taken out of government schools or the very law that other Protestant churches say was nailed to the cross and done away with, and yet want them hung in court rooms or government buildings. And really this is a violation of separation of church and state. Because which version should be hung the Catholic or Protestant and what about other religions? And really God wants to write them upon our hearts, not hang them in buildings.
    And so the problem has been the teaching for years from the pulpit that the law was done away with, which really opens the door to sin and the break down of the home, where the first church began, where the father is the Priest and the mother the teacher, and so if you break up the home, you will have a nation, and by forgetting His law it has weakened the church and the nation and so the church turns to the state to make things right.
    This is why in the last time message of the three angels message in Rev 14:6-12, there are stated three claims that the everlasting gospel makes upon those who except it, the first is to FEAR, now this does not mean to be afraid but to reverence and there are many text I can share on this but here is one that says it well in Deut 13:4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.“
    All of which is brought about by God working in us, as we choose to cleave to Him through His Word.

    Next is to give Glory to Him of which is living His Law of love to others in good deeds.

    And last is to Worship Him who made heaven and earth and there is no better way or higher worship than to obey His command to remember the day He has blessed and sanctified which is the Sabbath.

    So what a different world this would be if we remember Gods Law but there again that’s why Jesus said my Kingdom is not of this world.


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