Wednesday, February 24, 2021

How Calvinism Distorts the True Love of God

 "How Calvinism Distorts the True Love of God "

by Dr. Ralph Yankee Arnold

Remember the little chorus that goes, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so?” As children, we can easily believe this without question. The answer is simple, the Bible tells me so. But then we grow up and begin questioning everything about God.

God is love and he not only needed an object to love but God desires to be loved. Since love must be by choice, the Lord created man with the ability to make decisions that may be in opposition to his own will. We are created with an intense desire to love and to be loved.

Although Eve was deceived when she ate the fruit in rebellion to God, we know that Adam did make a deliberate decision to die rather than live without Eve. Yes, man was driven from the garden. Yes, he died physically, but he also was to be eternally separated from God in a literal fire burning Hell. The punishment reveals how bad this one sin was. God took sin seriously.

God had already planned, before the foundations of the world, to send his Son Jesus Christ, to provide a way for man to have Eternal Life with him forever. Yes, God loves man, but he does not nor cannot force a man to love him. Only after the fall was God free to demonstrate to all of mankind just how much he really loves them.

Man is totally incapable of changing his sinful nature, solving this world’s problems, or escaping the enemy of death. Without sin in this world, mankind would never have known about God’s justice, compassion, forgiveness, mercy, righteousness, grace, and yes, his LOVE. The Plan of Salvation is God’s way of showing his great love by doing something for them that they could not do for themselves. What can’t they do? They cannot save themselves.

God’s way of proving that he really loved us was to send his son, Jesus Christ into the world to pay for all sins for all people. God chose to save strictly by grace alone. No one has ever lived good enough to earn eternal life. For all have sinned, all come short, all the world is guilty, and since God is not a respecter of persons, God must either love all the same or hate all the same for there is no difference.

If God loves some, but not all, how do we know we are the ones that he loves? If Christ only died for the sins of some but not all, how would you know you were included? If God chooses to save certain individuals and not others, how do you prove you were the one chosen?

I lack the wisdom to put into words my feeble attempt at expressing God’s great love for me. The first glimmer of God’s love toward me was when I heard the gospel. As I began to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, I had never considered myself to be someone of great value. Was I simply part of a group that God loved or was there a real true personal love for me as an individual? Why did God pay so much for so little?

The marvel of it all was that God loved me at all. The second marvel was that God loved no one more than me. The third marvel was that God loved no one less than me. I am loved. Only the true love of God can reach to a man so low and lift him to the height of heaven. Only the love of God can reach so wide to include everybody.

You might not believe this, but I have actually heard preachers say that God really doesn’t love the whole world and that Christ really didn't pay the sin debt for all people. Would it not be the epitome of dishonesty to tell a person that God loves them and made a payment for their sins, but if God didn't choose to save them, this offer of eternal life is null and void?

Woe to the man that shrinks the sacrifice of Christ’s death for all people to be limited to only a few. That is the height of blasphemy. God forbid that a man would turn the love of God into a religion of hate. Christ was and is the manifestation of God's love. To limit the number of people God loves to only a few is hateful and no man has the right to limit the love of God. To state that God chose to save only those whom he loved would also mean there are many that he does not love.

If there was no greater love than the death of God’s son, then there is no greater evidence of God’s love. If he did not love everyone how would I know that he loves me? If Christ did not pay for all sin for everyone how do I know he has included mine?

One of my greatest joys in serving the Lord is being able to look straight into the eyes of a man, woman, boy or girl and say without hesitation, that the true and living God, the Lord Jesus Christ, loves you and wants you to spend eternity with him. When you say it, do you say it like you really believe it without any doubts or reservations? One cannot honestly demonstrate this type of love, unless they believe that all can be saved.

Friend, rest assured, you were included. Why did he pay for your sins? It’s because he didn’t want you to pay for them. When he came back from the dead, the only thing Christ wanted you to do was believe he did it for you. You can handle that, can’t you? Yes, Christ loved you so much that he would rather die than live without you. If you trust Jesus Christ right now as your savior, you can know that you have eternal life. You are greatly loved. (I John 5:13)

How do I know that the Lord really loves me?

It's because I know that he really loves you.

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Prophecy of the Last Days by Yankee

 Prophecy of the Last Days by Yankee

What happens after the Rapture? What about the four horses of the Apocalypse? When does  the Wedding take place and where does it take place? Does Christ come before the Wedding or after? If the Rapture happens at the end of the Tribulation (they would all be saved and have glorified bodies) and all the lost are cast into Hell-fire; who enters into the Millennium in their flesh bodies to populate the kingdom? 

These questions are answered in this video. If you like my presentation, subscribe and share.

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Why Christian Cannot Enter The Tribulation

There is much concern today because of the China virus, the presidential election, and the mandate to conform to the will of governments around the world, that Christians are fearful heading into the Great Tribulation. There are many preachers that are producing much fear upon the church by warning that the church will enter the tribulation.


This message will give credible evidence that the Rapture will take place before the the tribulation begins. Notice how the "Falling away" cannot refer to the church going into apostasy and compare the outline of II Thessalonians chapter 2 with Paul's outline of I Thessalonians chapter 4 and 5. If you enjoy the video, please leave a favorable comments for others and share the link.
 
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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Florida Bible College of Tampa has two new board members.

Florida Bible College of Tampa has two new board members.

It is with great joy that we welcome two great men of God to our Board of Trustees. One of our founders, Brother Lee Patton, passed away last year after a long battle with cancer. My brother, Merle Arnold-better known as “Little Man”, had a stroke and is no longer able to serve on the board.

Mr. John Hembree and Dr. Wally Morillo were added to the Board of Directors of the College in January of this year.

Dr. Wally Morillo graduated from Florida Bible College in Miami back in 1966. He married the president’s daughter, Jane, and headed for Texas.

Wally’s story began when he was invited by a friend to attend a church camp in 1962. Wally accepted Christ as his personal savior and dedicated his life to serve the Lord. Wally graduated from Florida Bible College, left his job as an airline mechanic and January 23, 1967, he arrived in the Rio Grande valley, Texas to start the Christian Youth Ranch with two neighborhood kids, which quickly grew to over 100. The kids asked Wally to start a church where they could attend. In 1970, Grace Community Church was born.

I had the privilege of meeting Jane and Wally in 1964.  Last year they celebrated their 53rd year of marriage and ministry. Congratulations to a great and faithful servant of the Lord.

Wally’s comments about the college.

Dear Yankee, "Thank you for the opportunity of being a part of the Florida Bible College of Tampa graduation, it was a huge blessing. I was impressed with the caliber of the graduates; they were well trained, and it showed when they came to our camp and ministered. You are doing a great job and I am also very impressed with the workers that work with you. It was a great graduation."

Welcome aboard to John Hembree.


 
Never have I met a ‘fireball’ for the gospel like John. Over 20 years ago, John walked into the Northside Baptist Church of Athens, Georgia where I was the pastor. He heard the clarity of the gospel and was never the same. His drive was motivated by his love for the gospel and those who needed to hear it. He helped take our youth group to over 120. John is one of the greatest soul-winners I have ever met. Many of God’s people would rather teach than reach but look out world for those who desire to reach and teach. John influenced three young men to attend Florida Bible College here in Tampa, but then the next year, John came himself. He graduated and returned to help pastor the church he left. Even though John is young, (about 50), it is great to have a young vibrant firebrand on the board of the college.

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