BioMember of FIEC churches since 1957 - the year of my conversion & baptism.
Married to Ann.
FIEC is the UK equivalent of IFB, with a doctrinal basis that insists onfundamentals, but allows divergence on other matters.
Mountain Christian, those covenants, leagues and treaties are specific and between identified people. I suggest you do a blueletterbible search for - the covenant - you will see over 100 references, all to God's covenant.
May our Lord bring him to saving faith, and give him peace. How his diabetes controlled? T1 or T2? What is his HbA1c? I've been Type 2 for 15 years, and 7 years ago was becoming crippled with neuropathy in my legs. I changed to a low carbohydrate diet, and my health improved rapidly. My only medication is metformin. 7years on I am fit and healthy, with no diabetes symptoms. I can give diet advice from experience - not just mine - if that would be helpful. Ian
Alan, what do you think is the purpose of Bro Scott's question? How does my "yes" answer incriminate me? (Or would a "no" answer incriminate me?) And was he treating me with proper respect in his last post? Did the Scribes treat the Lord Jesus with proper respect when they asked questions intended to incriminate him?
I admire your candour in admitting your question was in the spirit of Luke 20:20 Mark 12:13 Matthew 22:15 It's a foolish question. When God declared his intention to each Patriarch of blessing all families and nations on earth in his seed, (singular, Christ) will he just deliver one blessing? It's in the passive mode - "all the families of the earth be blessed." Are the promised blessings (yes, plural) in Christ to be limited by your understanding of grammar? I suggest you read Ephesians 1 for what "be blessed" meant and means. I don't think devious questions belong in a Scriptural discussion.
Surely in any other context you would understand "the covenant" as referring to God's covenant relationship with his people Israel. Confirming the covenant would be the work of God, not an enemy of Israel. See e.g. the prophecy of Zechariah in Luke 1:68-79
I was brought up in the church of England, very Prayer Book, impossible for me to understand. Very dead in fact. At 14 I was invited to a Bible class run by a neighbouring CofE where singing was from Golden Bells and CSSM choruses. I could relate to the songs, and really enjoyed it, was converted at about 18. 60 years on, I am aware of the problem - I choose the hymns and songs for the service. We use a traditional hymn book that includes a children's section - none written after 1900 - and a supplement of modern songs with a few children's songs. The church that gave us the supplement helps with our holiday Bible Club, where new songs are introduced. I add these to the supplement (if I consider them OK) so songs they have enjoyed can be sung in church through the year. That approach seems to work.
I agree with the various responses. If the contributors to this forum are typical dispensationalists, then this covenant theologian has no quarrel with the Gospel preached. The problem with the Billy Graham type"decision" gospel is counting decisions as conversions, without repentance or a change of life. They change the grace of our God into lasciviousness.
and then open the Gospel of the New Covenant in Jesus' blood to all nations on earth - not excluding Israel. Does that make God a liar, or purveyor of false promises, or a covenant breaker? NO! NO! NO! God cannot lie. He keeps his promises in ways more glorious than could be expressed in terms of the nation & the land. God in Christ lived under the old covenant, was obedient to the terms to perfection, suffered as the covenant surety for his people, & established a new & everlasting covenant in his own blood. Many thousands of the people of Israel were converted during the Acts period and formed churches. Believers in Jesus were rejected by the nation's rulers, who were declared "uncircumcised" by the Holy Spirit speaking through Stephen. Acts 7:51 They married & had families, descended form Abraham, as did the unbelieving Jews, but they ceased to identify themselves as Jews, nor as Israelites. "Christians" was the name adopted for them, with local gatherings being churches.