Sons of Jacob


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I’m going to ask specific questions, because some people read their Bibles and they’ve got tinted glasses that color what they’re reading. My intent by asking these pointed questions is to shock you awake, and make you begin to read the Bible with what is called the normal literal dispensational thinking.

Who is Abraham?
This is first year Sunday School kind of questions. You shouldn’t have any problems. Abraham, known as Avraham Avinu (”Our Father Abraham”) among Jews, left Ur in response to God’s command, and lived a nomadic life in the land of Israel, briefly living in Egypt from time to time, but returning to a land promised him.

Who is Isaac?
Isaac, son of Abraham.

Who is Jacob?
You should know who Jacob is.The Son of Isaac, correct? Isaac, son of Abraham.

Who are the sons of Jacob?
It’s not a trivia question, but a serious question. The sons of Jacob are Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Gad, Asher, Judah, Joseph, Benjamin, Issachar, Dan, Zebulun, Naphtali, and extended to Ephraim and Manassah. When the Bible speaks of the “Sons of Jacob”, it is always referring to physical descendants of Jacob.

Who is Israel?
Biblically, it’s Jacob.


Nope. I just maneuvered you into a trap, an admission. Israel is Jacob. Israel is the Jewish people, the sons of Jacob. How can I say that?

“And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:” (1 Kings 18:31, KJV)

“Thou art the God that doest wonders: Thou hast declared thy strength among the people. Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.” (Psalm 77:14–15, KJV)

“And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people As a dew from the Lord, As the showers upon the grass, That tarrieth not for man, Nor waiteth for the sons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people As a lion among the beasts of the forest, As a young lion among the flocks of sheep: Who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, And none can deliver.” (Micah 5:7–8, KJV)

“For I am the Lord, I change not; Therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6, KJV)

The phrases sons of Jacob are used in the Bible to denote the physical descendants of Jacob. No Gentile Believer in Jesus Christ can say they are a son of Jacob.

So if you cannot say you are a physical son of Jacob, you are not a son of Jacob.

Children of Israel and sons of Jacob are interchangeable.

“Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.” (Genesis 32:32, KJV)

So if you are not physically Jewish you are not Israel…

Do you grasp that?


Yes. But. A believer in Jesus Christ is considered a son of Abraham by faith – and thus ingrafted into Israel.


Not replacing.

You are PART OF, a wild olive branch, grafted in. You are not the root. Do you grasp that the branch is Jesus Christ? Do you grasp that you are ingrafted into Jesus Christ? Do you grasp that Christians are fellow heirs with the Jewish people?

I’m speaking as a physical son of Abraham.

To my brothers in faith, the Gentile believers in Jesus Christ.

You are grafted in – but that does not mean you replace.

It’s common for many Calvinists to read the Bible through Calvinist tinted glasses, reading and misunderstanding. You read “Covenant”, and think it applies to Calvinists. You backread “Israel” in the prophetic books, and somehow think it applies to Calvinists.

The covenants are with Israel. The Jewish people. You partake in the New Covenant – but that’s it.

You do not inherit the land away from us. You do not replace us.

John MacArthur advocates that Calvinists should be Dispensationalists, and should read the Bible with what is called the Normal-Literal-Dispensational method of understanding. He’s right. You should.
Better yet, you should drop the Calvinism, read your Bible, accept it literally and understand it literally, ensure you’re saved, and grow as a Christian.

And get busy, because the Lord has work for us!


Logos 7 Upgrade

Okay, Logos gave me a credit because I bought version 6 just two days before 7 came out. We knew 6 was afraid of 7, because 7 8 9.

Anyway, the credit was almost completely enough money to get into the Bronze package, meaning I only needed $77 to get all of the features of Logos. Before this, you had to spend thousands to get all of the features in Logos. Now, they’re all available in the Bronze package.

How do you buy this Bible software when it’s so ridiculously expensive? THe pricing is so steep that the average Independent Baptist pastor cannot even dream of affording it. But here’s the trick – the dynamic pricing.

Once you buy something in Logos, they remove the discounted price of that object from the packages. I started out with the free engine, and the $9.99 KIng James. I have only rarely bought anything from Bible companies, because I really believe that the pricing for these things should be much lower. And if Logos ever were to hire me for product innovation or some such job, I would argue vociferously that the King James should be a free download with the engine, because that’s INDUSTRY STANDARD. Logos remains the only company who charges for the KIng James, a royalty free Bible translation.

When I came into a work bonus, and I bought the first package (Baptist Starter), the price of every single Logos package dropped. Their website knew what items I had, and discounted every package to compare to those datasets that I had.

Then of course 7 came out. I upgraded last month. I couldn’t afford much, so I bought the standard package Starter. It was heavily discounted, since I already owned Baptist Starter.

Then just a week ago, I got the postcard in my mailbox, telling me I had a credit if I upgraded before the end of the year. So I called, and upgraded to Standard Bronze. You should have heard the sales rep’s voice when he recommended the Baptist Bronze package, and I told him that it was too over-loaded with Calvinist material and had almost no traditional Baptist material! I think it was the first time that anyone working for Faithlife ever heard the words “Too much Calvinism”, or even the suggestion that Calvinism is not Baptist, or that Baptist is not Calvinism.

The good news is that Logos has fixed everyone’s criticism. Now when you buy Logos, yes… you do own your books. Logos 7 is guaranteed to keep working with new operating systems, and you will always own your library. This is a big deal for them. It means they’re cutting off the robbery they used to do to existing customers who just want to upgrade the package they own without being forced to add many books, a tactic that fills the comment section of their blog routinely with nasty comments.

Now I just have to learn how to take advantage of all the new tools.

“Open Fire” by Paige Patterson

A Southern Baptist seminary president said Nov. 29 that Baptists who adopt Calvinistic theology and practice ought to consider joining another denomination.“I know there are a fair number of you who think you are a Calvinist, but understand there is a denomination which represents that view,” Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, said at the close of Tuesday’s chapel service. “It’s called Presbyterian.”

As a former Southern Baptist, I can say this is “open fire” almost at the very last second before losing the convention forever. There are too many Presbyterians in the SBC holding teaching positions. As I said before, if you’re Calvinist… go get your own convention. There is no such thing as a “Calvinist Baptist”. There is only a Baptist with confused soteriology, or there is Presbyterians.

Other posts on the same topic…

What’s Wrong With Baptists?

Southern Baptists Need Their Sovereign Grace Heritage

Your sermon to listen to courtesy of Marc Monte!

Inspiration Inerrancy

What does the word mean when it says the Bible is inspired?

I recently downloaded another free book where the author danced around the subject. It’s ridiculous.

What does inspired mean?

In spired.

Breathed in. The Spriti of God breathed power into the words of the Bible.

The author gives this definition:

DEFINITION: Biblical inspiration refers to the work of the Holy Spirit by which He produced the words of the entire Bible, using the personality and literary skill of its human authors, so that the resultant written text is God’s authoritative Word to mankind.

Kendell Easley, 52 Words Every Christian Should Know, (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2006), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “8. Inspiration”.

That’s only part of the story. Inspiration means that God literally chose the very letters they would write down. That’s what Jesus Christ says. It’s a doctrine known as “Mechanical dictation”. Differences in the text are done by the design of God, NOT the personalities of the writers.

People say Shakespeare was inspired. Not in that sense.

What does Inerrant mean?

The author of that book – a Calvinist (which the book did not make clear before you bought it, typical of the New Calvinist lack of integrity) danced around that issu e.

One of the best approaches for understanding inerrancy and infallibility is to study the way Jesus treated the Scriptures of His day. He considered Scripture to be historically accurate, prophetically reliable, and a true record of the will of God.

Kendell Easley, 52 Words Every Christian Should Know, (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2006), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “9. Infallibility”.

That’s only part of the story, again. Notice the author doesn’t come out and say, “There are no errors in the Bible.”

That’s a red flag. You should be able to say, “There are no errors in the Bible.” The author contents himself with saying, “Jesus believed…”

the author (not meaning to put words in his mouth…) could also be saying, “And He was wrong.”

Let’s try saying this…

“God chose the very words and letters that the writers used. These words are perfect, pure, inspired, infallible, inerrant. There are no mistakes in the Bible.”

See? Wasn’t that easy?

Pastor’s Emails

A week ago, I unsubscribed from the Tom Ranier emails.

Today was really the first Monday i didn’t have one of the emails.

I came to the decision because there was a constant push to “Change” your congregations.


There was the one with “Seven ways to sneak change into your church.”

uh… why?

“Six kinds of churches that resist change (and how to deal with them)”.

If the Bible hasn’t changed, why should I get my church to change?

What KIND of change?

What exactly are we talking about, here?

an email, asking those kind of questions got no response.

The final straw was when I got an offer to participate in a seminar – which I’d have to pay for – to learn how to subtly sneak change into my church.


Is this anything we should be doing with any kind of Christian integrity? I mean, if I’m going to pastor a church, if God so called me to, then I would explain my position of Fundamentalism, give them a whole series of sermon teachings on why, and then let them know this was conditional on my accepting the Pulpit. No Fundamentalism, get someone else.

That’s the way you do it. Go in there, explain your position so that your hearers can describe it back to you, then put it to them that they either agree to go along, or find someone else.

Don’t take the job of Pastor at a Baptist church, then find some way to sneak in Oneness Pentecostalism, or Calvinism, or try to change the worship style by slowly sneaking in specials that feature a drum, and then start moving in contemporary pieces that are toned down, with the intent of getting people within five years into accepting a praise band with pyrotechnics, lasers, dry ice and colored lights.

Don’t write books about being driven by purpose, and then fail to mention the purpose that’s driving you is trying to get Baptists to become Roman Catholics.

These are bottom line arguments. I think that anything you should do in the Pulpit needs to be done in a manner that can be done in front of Jesus Christ. If you have to be underhanded and use trickery to accomplish your goal, is that something the Lord would do???


I doubt I’ll miss the emails.

Roman Catholicism Answered – Grace


When you’re talking with Roman Catholics, the first thing you have to do is make sure you’re speaking the same languages. Roman Catholics tend to give the word Grace a different meaning – kind of like Calvinists. When you mention the “doctrines of Grace” to a Baptist, he thinks you’re talking of Eph. 2:8-9

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)

The Calvinist often thinks you’re talking about TULIP, the doctrine of John Calvin, Total Inability, Unconditional Salvation, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints.

The Roman Catholic thinks you’re talking about points. You have to have this many Points to get into Heaven. Let’s see, Baptism gets the points to wipe out the inherited sin of Adam, Confirmation gets you a spot in Heaven, and the sacraments gives you points towards less time in Purgatory.

If we substitute the word “grace” instead of “points”, it all makes sense when you hear Roman Catholics talk.

To hear a Roman Catholic mention “graces” it is startling. Do you really understand what Grace IS????


Kindness; favor.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by GRACE ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his GRACE in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by GRACE are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:4-9) , “Grace,” in King James Version Dictionary, WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Grace”.

Grace is unmerited favor and mercy from God. Mercy is an act where you were about to be killed, and someone relents and spares you. In the case of God, it is the Hell we so richly deserve, but God in His infinite love, shed His own blood to redeem and save us. Once for all, the Bible specifies in Hebrews.

The Bible NEVER mentions Grace as a plural. But Roman Catholics often speak of “graces”, as if there’s more than one.

Christians understand Grace is unmerited favor, and dispensed once for all at the Cross. THe Bible says so.

Roman Catholics see it as multiple points, to be redeemed for less time in purgatory. Rome says so.

Who do you believe? Rome, or the Bible? In essence, if you follow Roman Catholicism, you are choosing Rome, not the Bible, because Rome is not teaching the Bible, they teach their own doctrines and allegorically attribute their doctrines to out of context, isolated verses of the Bible. That’s like shooting at a target, and drawing the bullseye around the arrows. Baptists call this Isogesis, and decry it as fallacious reasoning. Protestants decry it too. Rome embraces it as standard operating procedure.

Rome teaches salvation by works, and ruthlessly condemns people to Hell for believing in Salvation by Grace alone, without works.

Yet that’s exactly what the Bible teaches.

Tell me, Mr. Roman Catholic apologist… do you own a King James Bible? Do you read it? I’m going to repeat the same dare I’ve dared members of other cults – try reading the King James Bible for ONE YEAR without resorting to Roman Catholic Magisterium. One year, just the Bible.

Like other cults, you’ll find that you no longer follow that cult.

Steps toward Biblical Fundamentalism 1

We’ve talked about the lukewarm Evangelical church, and its nearly complete apostasy from the word of God.

We’ve talked about what Fundamentalism is and is not.

Now let’s talk about step one.

The first step I had to take out of Evangelicalism into Fundamentalism was my understanding of the Bible.

If you’re a long time reader, please pardon as I cover territory I’ve already covered, but sometimes a refresher is good.

Common Evangelical wisdom say that the Bible contains the word of God, or “Is inerrant and inspired in the original manuscripts.”

You’ve probably been conditioned to look at a statement of faith – if you’ve been encouraged to look at them at all – and see those statements, and think “Excellent! They believe the Bible.”

I used to see statements like that and get impatient. “Yes, yes, you believe the Bible, what else?”

It took me a little while after being in Fundamentalism to realize what is drastically wrong with those statements. Indeed, I’ve lately had Evangelicals come to this blog and try to argue with me, and I realized the conditioning of the Evangelical to gloss over words, to read without perceiving… because they would make arguments I’d already demolished in that very same article! for a blow by blow of that, see the comment section on the articles about Textual Criticism. They bring UP textual Criticism as their defense, after I’d already challenged it and exposed it for the false argument that it is.

Anyway, what’s wrong with the statements?

“The Bible contains the word of God.” That was acceptable in the Southern Baptist Convention for years, until someone stopped and asked the question (tell me if this occurred to you when you read the statement…)

“Wait… if it contains the word of God, what else does it contain? Which of the 53,280 verses are the word of God, and which ones are the writings of men? What percentage of this is the word of God?”

See, that’s sneaky. That brings me back to the Uncomfortable Questions realm of:

Why would you need to put that statement in your statement if faith? What’s wrong with saying the Bible IS the word of God?

some of you will recall as I went through the seminary that I had an entire class just on reading and writing a statement of faith. The questions I have to ask when reading this is… which Bible? All Bibles? Does this include the Book of Mormon, the New World Translation of the JW’s? Are you making mental reservations, like some Evangelicals do? There’s several famous Christian writers who are heretics in the extreme, and are on record as saying that they think 2&3 John, Jude and Revelation are not inspired books.

There are some Evangelicals who do not accept the book of James… but they accept the Apocrypha. That’s a mind blowing “HUh????” moment if ever I saw one!

So how about this?

“The Bible is inspired, inerrant and preserved in all 66 books.”

Lately, as I’ve been searching through blogs and reading what other Christians have written, I’ve uncovered some issues. I’ve mentioned one leader in the Evangelical movement who specifically has amended his statement of faith to hide the fact he does not believe the Bible is inspired and inerrant any longer.

The man has a TV show, by the way. If you’re in ministry, and you no longer believe the Bible is inspired and inerrant, you need to step down, repent, let someone else take over your ministry for a while, if not forever.

I’ve quoted from a famous apologist who also no longer believes in the inspiration of the Bible – but lies about it in his statement of faith and says he believes in the inspiration of the Bible!

The Bible does not merely contain the word of God, the Bible IS the word of God! It is the sole rule of faith and practice for Christians. I know that’s a Baptist catchphrase, but that just points to the woeful apostasy running rampant throughout the Evangelical church, that any denomination elevates “Tradition and reason” up to the level of Bible.

Am I talking about the United Methodists? Not just them… most denominations are WALLOWING in apostasy. We read Revelation3 in Sunday School, and your class leader intones such pious phrases as “just before the Tribulation, a majority of the denominations may see a percentage of their members begin to slip in apostasy…”

Begin to slip? Brother, we passed those days back in the early 20th century! If your denomination claims that tradition and reason are on equal par with the Bible, then your denomination has slid off into apostasy. Bottom line.

If your denomination elevates the writings of any man above that of any writing of man, that’s apostasy. I don’t care if its the writings of Jacob Arminius, John Calvin, the Wesley brothers, Martin Luther, Fred Luter, David Cloud or Philip Dean!

Especially the last guy!

I like reading David Cloud. He’s wright on most of the things he writes about. Most. I do not place his writings any higher than I do those of Josh McDowell – who incidentally, has forgotten to put a statement about the inerrancy of the Bible on his website. I know that’s an error, as I’ve read most of the books McDowell has written and I know his stance on that. Unless his stance has wavered, and he’s just removed it from his statement of faith. I sent him and email reminding him that he needs to put that statement in his statement of faith. I’ll give it a couple of weeks, and send him another.

Tomorrow, I’m going to talk about statement 2, and how to begin changing this in your life. You haven’t been urged to change anything right now, except for how you see the Bible!

Pretty easy, huh?