Welcome to my blog! I hope to be a resource to help you in your walk with God. Now more than ever we need to get back to the basic fundamentals of moral living and take a stand for what is right and truthful with God as our ultimate authority. His Word is reliable and preserved and can be trusted, so that is the basis for my advice and teaching. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or topics you would like me to cover. I look forward to sharing what God has placed on my heart. See my website at https://www.lovinggodministry.com/ for books and music I have written that will enrich your life!
Ezekiel 22:30: "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." Let's stand in the gap together!
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Tim Garrison and his group of musicians will also be performing that night, as well as an open mic time afterwards. It will be a great evening!
Thank you, and God bless!
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
The true believer is safe and secure in Christ forever. The only other alternative is to say that God is guilty of breaking His Word repeatedly. God forbid!
Keep in mind, however, that the doctrine of eternal security does not give a person a license to sin. All of these statement and promises apply only to those who are in the family of God (regenerated) and true members of the body of Christ. Christ’s sheep are safe forever (John 10:28), but those who do not hear His voice and who do not follow Him are giving evidence that they do not really know the Shepherd (John 10:27).
“The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Tim. 2:19).
Contrast Between The Person Dominated By The Flesh
And The Person Dominated By God The Holy Spirit
DOMINATED BY THE FLESH
"they that are after the flesh" (v.5)
DOMINATED BY THE SPIRIT
"they that are after the Spirit" (v.5)
|"IN THE FLESH" (v.8)||"IN THE SPIRIT" (v.9)|
Two Spiritual Conditions
|"He is none of His." (v.9)||He is His. (He is a Christian.)|
|Born of flesh (Jn.3:6)|
(We are in the flesh by natural birth.)
|Born of Spirit (John 3:5-6)|
(We are in the Spirit by the new birth, by regeneration.)
Two Mind Sets
|He sets his mind on the things of the flesh (verses 5-7).||He sets his mind on the things of the Spirit (verse 5 and see Col. 3:1-2; Matt. 16:23).|
|Death (verse 6)|
(Having no relationship with God)
Cannot please God (verse 8)
|Life and Peace (verse 6)|
Life in a dead world
Peace in a troubled world
|Death (verse 13)|
(See Galatians 5:19-21)
|Resurrection life (verses11,13)|
|He does not have the Spirit (verse 9).||He has the Spirit (verse 9).|
Relationship to God’s Law
|Lawless (verse 7)|
He is a rebel against God’s law and one who CANNOT submit to it.
|The law is fulfilled in this Spirit-controlled person (verse 4).|
Relationship to God
|An enemy (verse 7 and compare Rom. 5:10)||A son (verse 14)|
|No supernatural guidance (verse 14)||Led by the Spirit (verse 14)|
The Person's Obligation
|He is obliged to live after the flesh (verse 12). There is no other way that he can live. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh" (John 3:6). The person who is "in the flesh" must live in that realm. He is dominated by his sinful nature inherited from Adam.||He is obliged to mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body (verse13). POSITIONALLY this has already been done (Gal. 5:24) but EXPERIENTIALLY this needs to be done by faith (Col. 3:5; Rom. 6:11 in view of Rom. 6:6; etc.). By faith I must reckon on what has already been done by Christ.|
Verse 9 says that the Spirit is in you.
Verse 10 says that Christ is in you (see also John 14:17,20).
The Biblical doctrine of MORTIFICATION:
1) POSITIONALLY it has already been done! Galatians 5:24 says, "they that are Christ’s (those who belong to Him, compare Romans 8:9) have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." Notice that this verse does not say to do this but it says that it has already been done. It does not say "crucify the flesh" but it says, "you have crucified the flesh (already)." When did this happen? Two thousand years ago (compare Galatians 2:20)! When Christ died, I died! That's when my crucifixion took place.2) EXPERIENTIALLY the believer needs to do it: "Mortify (put to death) your members which are upon the earth" (Colossians 3:5). But the key question is this: HOW IS THIS TO BE DONE? Faith is the key! Faith claims the fact that in Christ I have already died (see Colossians 3:3--"for ye died") and by faith I reckon this fact to be true. The "therefore" of Colossians 3:5 points back to the glorious truth of verse 3 that we already died with Christ and in Christ. Thus we are told to do in faith (Col. 3:5) what God has already done in fact (Galatians 5:24; Col. 3:3; Gal. 2:20). Galatians 5:24 sets forth the fact and Colossians 3:5 appeals to faith (based on the fact--Col. 3:3). The more we by faith reckon on our POSITION the more it becomes true (by the power of the Spirit) in our actual CONDITION. See Romans 6:11 and the discussion on "RECKONING."
|Someone might say, "But how can I know whether I have been foreknown or whether I have been predestinated or whether I have been called? How can I know for sure that these things are true of me? How do I know that I am a part of this salvation chain?" The key is the fourth link of the chain: justification. Can a person know whether he has been justified? Absolutely. The Bible makes it very clear that every person who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ has been justified (declared righteous in Christ). See Romans 3:22-26; 3:30; 4:1-5; 4:24-25; 5:1. Every believer is saved (Acts 16:31) and every saved person is justified (1 Cor. 6:9-11). There is no such thing as a true believer in Christ who is not justified. And if one link of the chain is true of me (justification), then the other four links must also be true (foreknown, predestinated, called, glorified) because the chain is a unit and cannot be broken. The believer resting in the finished work of Christ never needs to lose sleep over whether he is included in God's eternal plan and purpose! It is settled forever! Let all those who love God's salvation say continually, "The Lord be magnified!"|
I hope this helps! Thank you to George Zeller for his detailed and thorough reply. He writes a lot of Biblical lessons. You can get more info on his church's website at: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/doctrine.htm
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
If a man could lose his salvation, the following would have to happen....
(Note: These are in no particular order.)
He would have to perish, which Christ said could never happen (John 10:28).
Christ would have to cast him out, which He promised never to do (John 6:37).
Christ would have to leave him, which He said He would never do (Heb. 13:5).
God would have to break the salvation “chain” of Romans 8:29-30 which clearly declares that every justified person will be glorified (that is, will enjoy final salvation).
The Holy Spirit would have to leave him, which is impossible since he is sealed unto the day of redemption (Eph. 4:30).
He would have to be unsanctified (1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11).
He would have to be unwashed (1 Cor. 6:11).
He would have to be unjustified (1 Cor. 6:11).
He would have to be unredeemed (Tit. 2:14; 1 Pet. 1:18-19).
He would have to be unsealed (Eph. 1:13-14).
He would have to be unbaptized and somehow removed from the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13).
He would have to be excommunicated from the body of Christ so that he is no longer a member of His body, of His flesh and of His bones (Eph. 5:30).
He would have to become un-chosen (Eph. 1:4).
He would have to forfeit the gift of eternal life (John 10:28).
He would have to cease being a sheep in Christ’s flock (John 10:27-28).
God would have to break His promise of Philippians 1:6 and not complete the great work which He began in him when he believed.
He who had passed from death unto life would then have to pass from life unto death (John 5:24).
He would have to come into judgment, even though God promised him this would never happen (John 5:24; Romans 8:1).
He would have to die spiritually, even though Christ promised him this would never happen (John 11:26).
He would have to be plucked out of God’s hand which Christ promised would never happen (John 10:28-29).
He would have to prevent God from accomplishing His will (John 6:40) and Christ would have to break His promise to raise him up at the last day (John 6:40).
God would have to disown him as His child (John 1:12; 1 John 3:1).
God would have to break His promise of 1 Corinthians 11:32 (that the believer will be chastened as a child but not judged with the world).
He, who was once a child of the devil but who became a child of God, would have to then go back to being a child of the devil, a transition which is never contemplated in Scripture (compare 1 John 3:10).
He who was born into God’s family would somehow have to become unborn, a Biblical absurdity (John 1:13).
The Holy Spirit would have to leave him, even though Christ promised the Spirit would abide with him forever (John 14:16).
God’s power would have to fail and God would have to be unsuccessful at keeping the believer safe all the way to his final salvation (1 Peter 1:5).
Something would have to separate him from the love of God, which God promised would never happen (Rom. 8:35-39).
God would have to be against him, even though God said that He is for him (Rom. 8:31-34).
Christ would have to stop interceding for him (Hebrews 7:25; Romans 8:34 and compare Luke 22:32).
Christ would have to stop being his Advocate (1 John 2:1).
Christ’s prayer and promise that God would keep His believers would have to fail (John 17:11).
Christ would have to break His promise that He will be with him in heaven (John 14:1-3; 17:24).
Christ’s promise that all things will work together for good would have to fail (Rom. 8:28).
God’s great purpose to conform him to the image of His Son would have to fail (Rom. 8:28-29).
God would have to remember His sins and iniquities once more, something He promised never to do (Hebrews 8:12; 10:17).
God would have to allow him to experience the second death (the lake of fire), something which Christ promised would never happen (Rev. 2:11).
God would have to allow his name to be blotted out of the book of life, something which Christ promised would never happen (Rev. 3:5).
God would have to break His promise to never impute sin to the one who is justified (Rom. 4:8).
He who was blessed by God by faith (Eph. 1:3) would have to be removed from the place of blessing and be under God’s curse (1 Cor. 16:22).
The child of God would have to become a child of wrath (Eph. 2:3).
He who was quickened would have to be deadened (Eph. 2:1,5).
He who was healed would have to become unhealed (1 Pet. 2:24).
He who was reconciled to God would have to become at enmity with God once again (2 Cor. 5:18-19; Col. 1:20).
He who was made nigh by the blood of Christ would have to become alienated from Him (Eph. 2:13).
He who was delivered from so great a death would have to be given back over to so great a death (2 Cor. 1:10).
He who became an heir of God would have to be disinherited (Rom. 8:17; Tit. 3:7).
He who became rich would have to become spiritually poor once again (2 Cor. 8:9).
He who became a new creature would have to become uncreated (2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:10).
He who was seated in heavenly places would have to lose his seat (Eph. 2:6).
He who was positioned in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17) would have to lose his position.
He who was called unto eternal glory would have to be uncalled (2 Pet. 5:10).
He who was a stone in God’s building would have to be removed from that structure (Eph. 2:20-22; 1 Pet. 2:5).
Christ would have to lose part of His bride (Ephesians 5:27).
He would have to be un-identified with Christ in His death and resurrection (Romans 6).
He would have to lose his citizenship in heaven (Phil. 3:20).
He would have to be un-preserved (Jude 1).
God, who promised to keep him from falling would have to allow him to fall and fail to present him faultless (Jude 24).
His reservation in heaven (an inheritance “reserved in heaven”) would have to fail or become invalid (1 Peter 1:4).
God would have to reverse or strip him of his status as being part of chosen race, a kingly priesthood, a holy nation, a people for a possession of His, and throw him back into darkness and out of His wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9).
He would have to be snuffed out as a child of light in the Lord (Eph. 5:8).
The Father would have to undo His work of making him fit for sharing the portion of the saints in light, and untranslate him out of the kingdom of the Son of his love, and deliver him back into the authority of darkness (Col. 1:12-13).
Christ would have to shut his eyes closed again, turn him back into darkness and the power of Satan, unforgive his sins, take back the inheritance He gave him, and un-sanctifying him (Acts 26:18).
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Open House at MidState Christian Academy THIS FRIDAY, April 17, from 4-7 pm. I have to work at my other job until 5 pm, but am planning to be there from around 5:30-7 pm, to answer any questions about the music program at our school, and to have my books and CD's and t-shirts available for purchase at discounted prices. I would LOVE to see you! www.dawnfoss.tateauthor.com
This is a totally awesome school - has excellence in academics, great sports program, loving and very competent teaching staff, warm and friendly environment, and I'm just getting started! This wonderful school builds character and trains these kids for success and Christian ministry. Please check us out! MidState Christian Academy
Monday, April 6, 2015
This Sunday School class goes on exciting adventures in a super sonic time travel machine, but something always goes wrong. There is a Sunday School lesson in each story, and lots of intrigue, danger, excitement, and enough mystery to keep you hungry for more!
Keep an eye out for more announcements, as I will keep you posted when it is ready for sale and distribution. I plan to write at least 10-15 books in this series.