Sunday, July 31, 2011
All evangelical Protestants hold to the view that there is an age of accountability, that is, a child does not have the chance to accept Christ, or to turn to God, before a certain age, of which only God knows what that may be! In His sovereignty the Lord can apply His mercy and grace, and He would do so on all infants, or children, who have not come to personhood. It takes some time for a child to reach an age of consciousness, and only the Lord knows, with each individual child, where that age maturity line would be.
The story of David. Because of David's sin of the murder of Uriah (Bathsheba's husband), and the adultery with Bathsheba, the prophet Nathan told David that the son born to them would die (2 Sam. 12:5-12). On the seventh day of its birth the infant died (v. 19). David had been in mourning because he was told that the child would perish for his sins. But after the child had died then David washed himself and ate food (vv. 20-22). David told his servants
"While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, 'Who knows, the Lord may be gracious to me, that the child may live.' But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me" (vv. 22-23).
If the child was going to be judged and go to hell, the Bible could have told us that, but instead, it told us that David would go into the presence of the child, apparently in heaven to be with the Lord!
If there were two possibilities, heaven or hell, why would the Bible not mention the same? It only comes down on the positive side, heaven! David can go to the child there!
It is only among some Reformed teachers who hold to the fact that the child possibly went to hell and not to heaven. Most evangelicals do not hold to that position.
While Joseph was older when he was kidnapped Jacob, who thought he was dead, said: "I will go down into the grave UNTO my son mourning" (Gen. 37:35). On the passage where David said "I shall go to him (the infant son who died)" (2 Sam. 12:23), the commentator of the Zondervan King James Commentary wrote: "This verse is seen as an expression of David's confidence that he would join his [infant] son in God's presence in the afterlife."
My great OT Hebrew professor, Merrill F. Unger, on this passage wrote: "David's words scarcely can be interpreted any other way than that he was conscious of a life beyond the grave and that he, justified by faith, would go where the innocent child went, who had not yet reached the age of accountability. David was not only comforted himself, but he was able to comfort his wife."
Wordsworth sees in these words belief in the personal identity of risen saints, and in everlasting recognition of a future state. It seems quite evident that at least the continued existence of the child's soul in the grave and/or in heaven is here assumed, and the hope of re-union with it expressed.
Did the child go to heaven because David was special or because all children, before that age of accountability, were to receive the grace of God to their account, as would all before that special moment, and that only God knows as to where that line actually is? Remember, the infant had no opportunity to exercise a belief. God is doing all the work of making him acceptable for salvation by the application of His grace!
It is applying acceptable interpretation and hermeneutics to say that all children, before faith, and before that mysterious age of accountability, would be so blessed by God.
It is best to understand that the Lord knows what He is doing, and that He will apply His grace, the sacrifice of Christ, to all children who are too young to reason toward salvation! Why come down on the negative when the Bible only gives us the positive?
All scholars in my camp hold to this position. We know no other acceptable view. —Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Saturday, July 30, 2011
I am hearing more and more of this idea of Chrislam. People like Rick Warren and the guy with the glass cathedral, Schuler are bending over backwards to include Islam in their services or going to their Mosques to talk to them. They seem to think as Bush said, that we worship the same God. What planet are these people on? The attributes of each are opposite. How can you fellowship with a group that flat out says Jesus is not the Son of God if you believe He is? I am more and more convinced that people who do this may not be saved as they say they are. Their works tell on them. I question the Osteen's, Schulers, Warrens now more than ever with these decisions. I don't agree with some of the stuff that Hagee says in San Antonio but I know he knows we do not serve the same God. He knows that Israel is important to God. His beliefs on gifts may be different but the basics, I see him having down. He was also the only preacher whom I ever heard say that God used Hitler to drive the Jews back to Israel. This meant that Hagee must understand that God is truly sovereign. He got torn apart for that in the press and McCain distanced himself from Hagee when he found that out.
Just throwing this out there to you. These men at the very least have been hiding in cave concerning Islam or at the worst they are not saved and being used by Satan to further their own interests. Possibly money interest, a lot of money out there from Muslims available.
Again, I am seeing more and more proof that Islam is a major part of the apostate church of the end times. Some type of unholy alliance between Islam, the catholic church and universalism seems to be growing faster and faster.
Friday, July 29, 2011
It is a known fact that cancer of the penis has a much higher incidence in uncircumcised males. This is thought to be due primarily to the accumulation of smegma, a paste of bacteria and dead cells trapped under the foreskin. In some countries penis cancer is 70% higher in males who have not been circumcised. The American Academy of Pediatrics in 1975 stated that circumcision is an effective method of preventing cancer. Some pediatricians today feel that good hygiene under the foreskin can result in the same low cancer rate as the circumcised but the practice is still advised because of poor hygiene with most men.
God instructed circumcision to take place on the eighth day. Why the eighth day? The ancients did not know it but that is the day when vitamin K is at the peak in the infant male after birth. Vitamin K is a blood-clotting factor which is called prothrombin. This assures the infant will not bleed excessively after the procedure. To show that the Bible is in line with medical science many doctors administer vitamin K (Aqua Mephyton) which helps clotting. Since 1953 all medical textbooks have recommended circumcision or administering vitamin K for the new infant.
In the OT what was used for performing circumcision that made it safe? A flint knife was used because, when it was broken off, the inside of the flint was "pure" because it had not been exposed to the outside elements. This was perfect for cutting and not passing on germs.
While many peoples of the Middle East performed circumcision, it was the Jews who got the practice down to a fine science, sparing their males from disease that caused others to be infected.
Thus, God is the Ultimate Healer and the Ultimate Preventer. He knows what He is doing! (Bib Sac, July 1990) -- Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Thursday, July 28, 2011
The most recent article in the Jerusalem Post was entitled "Guided by the Messiah." It quoted the great Jewish sage Maimonides who formulated the thirteen doctrinal beliefs, including the one that said: "I believe with complete faith in the coming of the Messiah; and even though He may tarry, nevertheless I anxiously await Him every day."
The belief in the Messiah remains one of the deepest sources of national resilience for the Jewish people. Explicit Torah (Law) sources about the Messiah are to be found in only three places: (1) God's election of Abraham, (2) Jacob's final blessings to his sons, and (3) most specifically, in the words of the Gentile prophet Balaam in Numbers 24:17. The name Messiah refers to a king anointed with sacred oil. It is first mentioned in Psalm 2. The Messiah will wield His scepter of rulership during the time of Shiloh when all the nations surround Him as mentioned in Genesis 49:8-11. - Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This is about idol worship and is not like buying Chinese food which is just ethnic in nature. We are in deep trouble and it's not going to change—it will only get worse! Some have suggested "Stop buying at Costco!" - Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
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Saturday, July 23, 2011
ANSWER: We all get a little confused about this issue because of 13:14-15. It is the people who construct an image of the beast but the verses say: "There was given to the (religious) beast to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast might even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed." And "he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand, or on their forehead."
So while the religious beast does not build the image of the beast he still causes apparent "miracles" to happen through it that fools the people of the earth! We sometimes have a slip of the tongue in how we speak of the image. The bottom line, the people build the image—the religious beast manipulates it and deceives the people.
Thanks for asking.
—Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Friday, July 22, 2011
ANSWER: This is a sign of the times. I firmly believe we are deep into the apostasy of the church whereby they are turning away from the truth, and the faith, just as the Bible predicted. While I'm not a date setter, I think we're closer to the rapture then we could believe. I think churches have three distinct messages today. (1) the gospel of salvation in Christ, (2) the issue of total depravity and the sinfulness of man, and (3) the doctrine of biblical prophecy. I would also include the fact that the churches should be teaching what is happening in our culture as a warning to our people. This is why elders are also to be called Episcopas, that is we are to be "overseeing" what is coming and giving a warning to the congregation.
Thanks for asking.
—Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Thursday, July 21, 2011
ANSWER: The Greek lexicon says that it is a smearing of unquent and an oinment. In 1 John 2:20, 27 the lexicon says "This is regarded as endued with the Holy Spirit rendering the individual holy." But there is more. 2 Cor. 1:21-22 reads: "God who establishes us with you in Chris and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave to us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge." "To establish" means "to make firm, to make steadfast and constant in the soul." Look at the results, with the anointing: "And to seal us and give us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge" (v. 22). This establishing, anointing, and sealing brings about this work of the Spirit in our hearts.
I wrote in my Holy Spirit book, "This refers to an imparting of knowledge of spiritual truth and knowledge that gives a framework for living the Christian life. The apostle John speaks of this anointing also in 1 John 2:20." Barrett adds: "God made us share the anointing of Christ Himself being the Anointed One (Xristos [Christ] --- Xrisas [Anointing]). We share His vocation and mission and as themselves anointed are assured of this not by the steadfastness of their own faith, or by the warmth of its emotional accompaniments, but by God Himself."
—Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
—Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The city is doing all it can to attract this segment of people and so is the Tourism Agency. The majority of those coming from over seas comes from Western Europe and America. It is predicted that in time the flood of gays will make Jerusalem the center of their activities, and, the book of Revelations seems to predict the same. During the tribulation it is predicted that Jerusalem will be known "in a mystical sense" to be called Sodom and Egypt (Rev. 11:8). Egypt was known to be one of the most pagan countries in biblical times, and Sodom was the homosexual city during the times of the book of Genesis. In other words, many of the Jewish people during the seven year tribulation will be some of the most sinful of all living during that period of the rebellion against God! Jerusalem will be the center of those people! - Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Monday, July 18, 2011
ANSWER: The context is about the believer being a branch in Christ who is, or who is not, bearing fruit. As a branch, if there is no fruit bearing the branch is removed from that position of being a branch. But notice, the branch is judged by "them," by "men" or by others and are burned, that is, they are judged by other people, even the lost, if no fruit is produced.
This is not about our position "in Christ" in regard to our salvation but it is about fruit bearing, not about redemption. In fellowship, all one has to do to bear fruit is "to abide in Him" (v. 5). (Present Active Indicative) "The branch who is continually sticking, staying with Christ."
This "abiding" means in Greek "to remain with" Him, stay with Him, "don't go away!" Notice that verse 6 says "they" meaning men, or people, gather them (the wayward) believer, and then men (these people) cast them into the fire (referring to a judgment) and they are burned or judged for lack of fruit bearing (v. 6). God is not casting the believer into the fire for judgment but "they" (others) are judging the believers for their lack of producing fruit.
Christians cannot bear fruit by themselves. Christ said "The branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides (sticks or stays with) the vine, so neither can you, unless you continually stick with, stay with" Him in a fruit bearing position (v. 4). This is not about positional salvation but about staying with Christ in order to bear fruit. Salvation is not the issue but good works is what the passage is all about!
Notice that the Father is glorified when we bear fruit. Salvation is not the issue. Bearing much fruit is what the Lord is looking for (v. 8).
I hope this helps.
—Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Congregational, Methodist, Lutheran, and Episcopal churches are spending time supporting Islam and asking their people to read the Koran. We cannot figure out what their agenda is all about. Why would they move in this direction and bring their flocks into such false religions? They are denying the exclusivity of Christ, and as well, they are denying the inspiration of Scripture.
Many denominations are urging their pastors to read portions of the Koran each Sunday. This amounts to "spiritual treason" some have argued. They are not doing this simply for information but they are doing it for spiritual enlightenment! No wonder the main line denominations are shrinking! It must be remembered that most of these pastors have received poor seminary training, with almost no doctrinal guidance. It may be also that they are just plain lost—they are not born again. Some have called this "the Religious Trojan Horse" leading people away from the truth.
If this is happening to your church, let us know! Some have called this movement CHRISLAM! We are told that some 300 pastors have signed letters saying that this could bring about world peace recognizing Allah and Yahweh as the same God! Of course this is not true. 136 Muslim leaders, along with some so-called Evangelical leaders (such as McLaren, Warren, Schuller, and Hybels), have joined in signing a positive letter for this movement. -- Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Saturday, July 16, 2011
ANSWER: The Bible gives no signs for the rapture of the church, though there are some markers that may indicate we're getting closer. In other words, we're getting closer to the coming tribulation because the Jews are back in the land as prophesied. And the rapture takes place just before the tribulation.
The apostle Paul said that he was in a period of apostasy but he also spoke of a future and final apostasy that would come in the last days. "The Spirit says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits ..." (1 Tim. 4:1). "Realize that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of money ..." (2 Tim. 3:1). These days obviously come upon the people before the rapture. I believe we are in these times now, so the rapture is soon.
The order then is: 1. apostasy, 2. rapture, 3. tribulation, 4. return of Christ and the establishment of the kingdom. The key to all of this is that Israel will be back in the land, which it is now!
I believe there are two stages in the end-time apostasy. There is (1) the falling away (the apostasy) of the church, and, (2) the cultural apostasy, when the culture gets worse because the light of the church has gone out.
The cultural apostasy is described in 2 Timothy 3:1-9. "For MEN (the lost, not the church) will be lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, revilers, etc." (v. 2). The church apostasy is described in 2 Timothy 4:3-5. "For the time will come when they will endure sound doctrine, … they will turn away from the truth ..." (v. 4). Church apostasy: "They will fall away from the faith ..." (4:1).
We are now going into the church apostasy AND the cultural apostasy. The culture is getting worse because the churches are no longer influencing the culture. When I was growing up cultural apostasy was held back by the churches. There was prayer before sports events. TV stations opened and closed with pastoral devotionals and prayer. But no more! There was prayer over the PA system at school, along with Bible reading brought by the Student Council. There were musicals for Christmas and for Easter at the public schools. The Gideons could pass out their Bibles at school.
Yesterday, New York state endorsed same-sex marriages, so cultural apostasy is growing rapidly. A sign that we are getting closer to the rapture, though I'm not a date-setter. These are indicators that we're getting closer to the total collapse of the culture, and thus the rapture is nearer than before!
We have some witnessing tracts that can help people with these issues. God bless and thanks for asking.
—Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Friday, July 15, 2011
Here is his mailing address: Office of the Governor, P.O. Box 12428, Austin, Texas 78711-2428
Rick Perry Faces Federal Lawsuit Over Day of Prayer
July 13, 2011 7:06 PM
ABC News’ Arlette Saenz and Gina Sunseri report:
Texas Governor Rick Perry is facing a federal lawsuit as a state/church watchdog group consisting of atheists and agnostics attempts to block his involvement in the Day of Prayer and Fasting organized for Aug 6.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a watchdog group consisting of 16,600 members, filed a federal lawsuit in the Southern District Court of Texas to keep the religious event from occurring, arguing it violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
The legal complaint says the plaintiffs are “nonbelievers who support the free exercise of religion, but strongly oppose the governmental establishment and endorsement of religion, including prayer and fasting, which are not only an ineffectual use of time and government resources, but which can be harmful or counterproductive as a substitute for reasoned action.”
Perry released a video for the event, officially called “The Response,” earlier this week, calling on Americans to “make plans to be part of something even bigger than Texas.”
"Gov. Perry is looking forward to the Aug. 6th prayer event. He believes it will serve as an important opportunity for Americans to gather together and pray to God, seeking his wisdom and guidance as our nation navigates the challenges before it,” Catherine Frazier, deputy press secretary for Perry, told ABC News.
"We expected this kind of legal harassment, but the right of Americans to assemble and pray has been established for over 200 years. We are confident we will be victorious,” Eric Bearse, spokesman for The Response, told ABC News.
Perry has invited President Obama, the nation’s governors and religious leaders to join in the event at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on Aug. 6. More than 6,000 participants have registered thus far.
Where are the Bible teachers, the exegetes, who should have spoken from the Word of God long ago? Christianity has lost its voice. It is impotent and quiet and has nothing to say (until it's too late) about the evil creeping into their tent!
By the way, I have had several graduates from the "big" seminary in Dallas telling me that they cannot "exegete" that is teach the full will of God from the Scriptures. They are unable to explain the Bible and help people see what it's saying. The men coming out from there are receiving less and less of the Word of God, especially from the biblical languages. Yesterday I was thrilled translating from the OT Hebrew some great passages of the Bible. Those more recent grads admit that they could not do that. They no longer receive the graduate hours that would make it possible for them to do quality translation work.
By the way, the fault is not totally with the denominations nor the schools, the students have become lazy. They do not want to do all that heavy translation work. The students are perfectly willing to receive a degree in theology but not pay the price of the language efforts.
"Please Lord, help our foolishness!" We are moving away from your Word. It is doubtful if we will ever turn it back!
—Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Thursday, July 14, 2011
ANSWER: In court cases, circumstantial evidence is considered valid evidence as well as "direct evidence." The proof that death came into the world is circumstantial and this is valid. The proof is in what happened to all flesh. Circumstantial evidence can be evidence! The violence of all in the animal world circumstantially points to the sin that entered the world through Adam's fall.
In Romans 8 we read that God causes the creation to be subjected to futility—creation is enslaved to corruption because of the sin of Adam. The entire creation now groans to be delivered. Humanity is at the top of all flesh that has been created. Man is the epitome of the creation of flesh. What happens to man, and what man did, brings about a subjection to the rest of the animal world.
Below are some quotes that give to us circumstantial proof that, because of Adam's sin, the entire realm of the creation of the animal world, suffers and moves towards death. The Lord told Adam "Curses is the ground because of you; in toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow because of you" (Gen. 3:17b-19).
God "grieves in His heart because He made man on the earth. He said, I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the earth, from man to animal to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them" (6:7). "The earth (the animal life) was corrupt in the sigh to God,and the earth was filled with violence. God looked on the earth, and behold, it (the animal kingdom) was corrupt for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. … The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth" (vv. 11-13).
"I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish" (v. 17). How did the earth, and all flesh, become so corrupt? The only answer is the fact of the sin of mankind.
All flesh will die. "Every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, all sorts of birds" (7:14).
With the flood waters, "All flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died" (vv. 21-22). God "blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animal to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were blotted out from the earth" (v. 23).
Until mankind is finally and ultimately redeemed, "creation is subjected to futility because God has so subjected it" (Rom. 8:20). "The whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now" (v. 22).
What does the Greek word "futility" mean? It means to be "void of force, lack of truth, useless, without purpose, to be devoid of appropriateness, frailty, lack of vigor, to be made empty, deprivation, vain." Because of sin, brought into the realm of creation by mankind, the creation no longer has purpose or meaning.
Thanks for asking.
—Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Some note that John MacArthur says we are under a judgment from God. He's rather late. I have been saying this for over one year. But I am not expecting the nation to turn around because it has no biblical base for turning to Him. No one knows the Bible. It has been removed from the public meeting place. If you have been reading me, you know I've been saying these things almost weekly.
—Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
ANSWER: I have dealt with this question before. It prophesies about the nations saying "Come, and let us wipe Israel off as a nation that the name of Israel be remembered no more." Then the tribal peoples of the Arabs are mentioned.
Along with one of my old professors, Dr. Merrill F. Unger, I hold to the possibility that it could take place before the Rapture of the church. Thus, it could happen before Gog and Magog (the Russian invasion of Israel) and as mentioned, before the Rapture. Too, of course, before the Tribulation.
This and other important subjects will be dealt with at a SCOFIELD CONFERENCE held the last of September. Pastors are invited to attend as some outstanding scholars deal with issues of the church and of Bible prophecy. You must sign up soon!
Thanks for asking.
—Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Monday, July 11, 2011
Psalm 131 reminds us of humility. Psalm 133 speaks about brotherly kindness and fellowship. And Psalm 134 reminds us of the blessings of the coming kingdom of the Messiah. All three Psalms are just three verses long!
These Psalms are called "Songs of Ascent" or "The Psalms of Going Up," that is, going up to Jerusalem. The Rabbis write about them: "They are literary gems of exquisite beauty and surpassing spirituality." We are not told why these verses are written. They are the compositions of King David! When David began to write he said: "I will be more lightly esteemed than this and will be humble in my own eyes. … I will celebrate before the Lord" (2 Sam. 6:21-22).
David did not want his heart and his eyes to be haughty and lofty (131:1). He did not want to "exercise himself in things too great, or in things too wonderful for himself" (v. 1b). He wanted to write about basic and simple things, things that were spiritual in nature but not too complicated!
David wanted his soul to be quieted and still (v. 2). He wanted his soul to be like a weaned child. When he said he did not want to exercise himself in things too great, he meant that he did not want to "walk about" in high and mighty ideas (v. 1b).
"Forever," David wants to continually "hope in the Lord" (v. 3). The Rabbis add that he wanted to be "waiting continually and submissively for God to guide his destiny" (v. 3b). The Rabbis go on: David the poet "avows that ambitious thoughts had entered his mind, but he had damped down their fire so that he enjoys an inner serenity and content. … David must have written this Psalm in his early life when he was a shepherd."
David says that it is good "and pleasant for brothers to dwell together in unity" (133:1). It is like pouring precious olive oil over the head. It drips down from the top of the head, down upon the beard, "Even Aaron's head" (the High Priest), down upon the collar of his garments (v. 2). The hot sun blistered the top of the head, the face, and the shoulders. Thus, olive oil was used like a sun-tan oil that soothed the skin. Olive oil was a blessing. It was used for cooking and for healing the skin when it is burned! It was also used, as the Rabbis note, for anointing and consecrating the High Pries (Exod. 29:7). The word "consecrating" means to treat as holy. The High Priest represented God to the people, and represented the people to God.
The effects of relating to each other, being like-minded, was like living together where the fellowship "spread throughout the nation" (v. 2). The pouring of the oil was like the dew of Mount Hermon, that watered the mountains of Zion down the river Jordan. The dew and the rain blessed the valley below. The snows and rains on Hermon gushed down the Jordan and watered the fields down-river (v. 3). The Rabbis say: "The dew of Hermon is a phrase denoting exceedingly heavy dew; and as such moisture proves beneficial to the vegetation on the slopes of these hills, so will the dwelling together of the Jews be of great benefit to them in the land."
The Rabbis add: "Hermon is noted for the abundance of the dew that falls on it slopes. This dew gives fertility to the soil; and similarly the ideal which the Psalm extols will invigorate the whole people" of the Jews.
The Jews, who are God's servants, are to "bless the Lord that stand in the house of the Lord in the night seasons" (134:1). The Rabbis note that the Levites were to minister to the Lord in their work "day and night" (v. 1b). "They are exhorted to fill the night with prayer as well as watchfulness, and to let their hearts go up in blessing to God." "Their voice of praise should echo through the silent night and float over the sleeping city."
The Jews were expressive in their praise. They were "to lift up their hands to the sanctuary (the temple), and bless the Lord" (v. 2). The "lifting of the hands" is an expression of holding up the hands waiting for the Lord to bestow His goodness to His servants. The "Sanctuary" is more than the temple, it refers to lifting up the hands towards the Holy of Holies.
The Lord in turn "blesses them out of Zion; even He that made heaven and earth" (v. 3). This will not fully come until the Kingdom arrives. The messianic Kingdom rule goes beyond the land of Israel. It is also about the fact that the God who will reign someday is the One who created the entire universe! The Lord God is no small God! He is the One who owns it all. He made the world and all that is in it. We cannot speak of the God of the Scriptures without thinking of His greatness and of all that He has done!
"Praise God from whom all blessings flow!"
—Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Church boards are urged to pass out letters of permission for those with weapons licenses that they may carry their protection weapons in the assembly.
This is the second CD of two that document what is happening to our nation. You cannot mix two very distinct cultures, especially one that flies in the face of biblical Christianity. You will want to pass this on to friends. For the two CDs, just $12, or for this latest one, $10. Send donation check to Scofield Ministries, 120 CR 3222, Clifton, TX 76634.
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Saturday, July 9, 2011
The Church in troubled times.
The needed support for the nation of Israel.
The danger to America from Islam.
A return to Pulpit Exegesis.
A needed Church Doctrinal Statement.
Preparing the People for Troubled Times ahead.
The New Face of Evangelism in our day.
Reaching the New Generation.
Pastors are invited to attend and join the speakers, possibly including: Dr. Andy Woods, Dr. Tom McCall, Dr. Mal Couch, and others. Meals will be provided. While this is not definite, the session will possibly run from Thursday evening to Saturday morning (Sept. 22-24). The final dates will be decided in the next week or two. By reservation only. Limited space. [Those attending will be given a gift of important books.] Let us know of your interest: (email@example.com)
Monday, July 4, 2011
There are many verses that point out depravity, such as 1 Corinthians 2:14. Paul writes "a natural man (the lost) does not receive the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because (those things) are spiritually understood." "Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God" (v. 11b).
Christ spoke almost the same thing in John 14:17. "The Spirit of truth the world cannot receive because it does not behold Him or know Him ..."
-- Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Sunday, July 3, 2011
More and more conservative talk-show hosts speak about the "Brave men and women" who fight for their country. The women are not supposed to be on the front lines. Someone is fooling us! I thought the women were kept from combat! I don't want a little girl, a mother or a wife, who has only 50% of the strength of a man fighting for me! Men are to fight for the women!
If you are a younger Christian you have fallen into the trap—you have been brainwashed. You need to get the objective book "Co-Ed Combat" by Kingsley Browne. You'll get an eye full. I will not let the culture rule me! You can—but not me!
—Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Saturday, July 2, 2011
ANSWER: It is because they do not read their Bible. Man is not born "good" but sinful. Many do not believe this but our founding fathers did. That is why they divided our government into three parts in order to have checks and balances in the running of the nation. You cannot depend on any one man, or group of men. That is why there is a counter-weight with the three branches.
Here are some other verses besides the ones that are so clear about depravity: "The intent of man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will again never destroy every living thing, as I have done" (Gen. 8:21). "The sons of Judah have been doing only evil in My sight from their youth ..." (Jer. 32:30). And, "God is a righteous Judge, and a God who has indignation every day [against sin]" (Psa. 7:11).
In Genesis 8:21 the word for "youth" is "Na' Air" referring to the age that would be a teenager. It is at that age that a youth begins to be more "mature" in his sinful actions with those around him. Everyone goes deeper into sin at that point in their life.
Psalm 7 has the word "indignation." "Za'am" carries with it the idea of God passing sentence on sin. Or that the Lord curses the evil of mankind. Thus, He scolds the sinful ways of humanity. Men are sinners from the beginning and anyone who does not believe this is really very foolish!
Thanks for asking.
—Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)
Friday, July 1, 2011
ANSWER: The word heir or inheritance are two Greek words put together meaning: "to legally call," "to legally designate." Almost all the verses using the word is referring to salvation not to all the covenant promises to Israel. I know of no NT verses that say the church is inheriting the land promises. It is true that the church will be in the millennium but the church today is not the kingdom, the millennium!
Dispensationaliss are correct: Christ is not today reigning over the world through Israel in the Holy Land, there is not a restored earthly temple today, as Ezekiel indicates in chapters 40-48.
We premillennialists are in the right camp. We hold what the early church held to and what the pious orthodox Jews believed (and still believe); they still hold to Israel as being restored (as prophesied). The Jews are coming to Christ (as prophesied), a world war is near (as prophesied).
There is nothing that we "spiritualize" but the Covenant theologians must spiritualize (the kingdom) which we do not. We then do not have two phases of interpretation. We are consistent with literal interpretation. In fact, I believe it was Ladd who said, "If we held to literal interpretation as the premillennialists do, we would hold to their same position." Right on!
The issue is not about Progressive Revelation or about the word "heir." The issue is about being consistent with interpretation. And it is about seeing the clear distinction between Israel and the Church! The church is not Israel. Some of the covenant guys say "the church is in Israel in the OT." This is clearly not so!
Those of you who have my Hermeneutics book need to read the long quotes on pages 12-13, and pages 182 through the middle of 189.
My Hermeneutic book answers all of these issues. The book is used in many Bible colleges and seminaries. Several Covenant men reviewed my book and could not answer my charges against their views. I believe it answers all their errors about interpretation.
Thanks for asking.
—Dr. Mal Couch (7/11)