Pastor Scott Markle

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  • Birthday 08/13/1971
  • Bio My name is Scott Markle, and I have served the Lord my God and Savior in pastoral ministry since 1992. I have served as the pastor of Melvin Baptist Church, a small country church in the Thumb area of Michigan, since 1998. I have been joyfully married to my beloved wife Kerry since 1993; and we have been blessed of the Lord with two sons, Padraic and Westley.

    My life-verses are Philippians 3:8 and John 15:4-5. "Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ." "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine: no more can ye except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in, and I in him, the same bringeth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." The burden of my life is to pursue "the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord" and to walk daily abiding in Christ, and Christ in me.

    Concerning all my ministry, it is the burden of my heart to exalt, not myself, but the name of Jesus Christ and the truth of God's Word. It is my burden that Christ must increase, while I must decrease. Therefore, I maintain the policy that my name, as the author of a book, must remain smaller, while the phrase, "For the Glory of the Lord," must stand larger above it. Thus far the Lord our God has graciously allowed me to self-publish two books which can be purchased at my website: "God's Wisdom for Marriage & The Home" and "The Spirit of Revival: A Contrite and Humble Spirit." In addition, I maintain a daily (Monday-Friday) Bible study blog at that website.

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  1. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Debate - Prophecy in Daniel 9   

    My opening remarks are simply a re-posting of the original posting with which I started my thread entitled, "Concerning Daniel 9:24-27."  The only change that I have made to this original posting is an addition in the introduction of a questions that must be answered in relation to the passage and the debate concerning a right understanding of the passage.
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    The following list of questions must be considered in order to formulate a right understanding of Daniel 9:24-29 in relation to the debate between the preteristic (or, partial-preteristic) understanding  and the futuristic understanding of the passage.

    1.  Toward whom is this prophetic utterance focused in its fulfillment?
    2.  What specific measurement of time do the “seventy weeks” represent?
    3.  Are the six-fold purpose statements for these “seventy weeks,” as presented in verse 24, to be fulfilled immediately upon the completion of these “seventy weeks,” or not?
    4.  What are the meanings for each of these six-fold purpose statements?
    5.  What specific event in Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry is intended to be referenced by the phrase, “unto the Messiah the Prince,” as presented in verse 25?
    6.  What is the specific timing for the events of verse 26 – (1) immediately at the close of the sixty-ninth “week,” (2) after the sixty-ninth “week,” but before the start of the seventieth week (that is – between the sixty-ninth “week” and seventieth “week,” creating a separation of time between the sixty-ninth “week” and seventieth “week”), (3) during the seventieth “week,” or (4) during and/or after the seventieth “week”?
    7.  Who specifically are the people of the prince that shall come?
    8.  Who specifically is the prince that shall come?
    9.  Who specifically is the “he” of verse 29?
    10.  What specifically is “the covenant” that the “he” of verse 29 confirms with the “many”?
    11.  Who specifically are the “many” of verse 29, with whom the “he” of the verse will confirm this covenant?
    12.  What does the phrase “for one week” mean in relation to confirming of this covenant that the “he” of the verse makes with the “many” of the verse?
    13.  What does it mean for the “he” of the verse to “cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease”?
    14.  What is the meaning of the phrase, “for the overspreading of abominations”?
    15.  To what does the phrase, “the consummation,” refer?


     
    Concerning Daniel 9:24-27 –

    “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

    As the context of Daniel 9 reveals, this prophetic utterance was delivered unto Daniel, who had been confessing the sins of his people Israel and praying for the Lord’s mercy upon his people Israel.  Indeed, when the angel Gabriel delivered this prophetic utterance unto Daniel, he specifically indicated that the focus of its revelation concerned Daniel’s people Israel and Daniel’s holy city, Jerusalem, as per the opening line of verse 24 – “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy [that is – Daniel’s] people and upon thy [that is – Daniel’s] holy city [Jerusalem].”  Furthermore, the angel revealed that these “seventy weeks” were determined by the Lord God upon Daniel’s people, the Israelites, and upon Daniel’s holy city, Jerusalem, for a six-fold purpose as signaled by the six infinitive phrases that complete verse 24. 

    This six-fold purpose of the Lord our God concerning Daniel’s people, the Israelites, and Daniel’s holy city, Jerusalem, are as follows:

    1.  “To finish the transgression” – Herein the word “transgression” is singular, indicating that it refers unto the entire rebellion of the Israelites against the Lord their God as a single unit of sinful fault.  Indeed, the Hebrew word that is translated by the English word “transgression” indicates a breaking away (or, departure) from a relationship or covenant with another.  Thus these “seventy weeks” are determined by the Lord God in order to bring about a completion to the sinful departure of the Israelites away from Him.  As such, we could expect that after these “seventy weeks” are concluded, the Israelites will never again depart from the Lord.

    2.  “To make an end of sins” – Herein the word “sins” is plural, indicating that it refers unto the individual activities of sin that the Israelites might commit against the Lord their God.  Thus these “seventy weeks” are determined by the Lord God in order to bring about a completion to the sinful activities of the Israelites against Him.  As such, we could expect that after these “seventy weeks “ are concluded, the Israelites will never again commit sins against the Lord.

    3.  “To make reconciliation for iniquity” – Herein the word “reconciliation” indicates the ideas of atonement and forgiveness and of reconciliation thereby.  Thus these “seventy weeks” are determined by the Lord God in order to bring about His forgiveness upon the Israelites for their sinful departure from Him and for their sinful activities against Him, and to bring about thereby the reconciliation of the Israelites unto Himself and unto His blessed fellowship.

    4.  “To bring in everlasting righteousness” – Herein the phrase “everlasting righteousness” reveals the spiritual condition into which the Lord God intends to bring the Israelites through His work of reconciliation.  He intends to bring them into a spiritual condition of “everlasting righteousness,” not into a condition of righteousness from which they might again fall, but into a condition of righteousness from which they will never fall again.  Indeed, this is the spiritual condition into which the Lord God will bring the Israelites at the completion of these “seventy weeks.”

    5.  “To seal up the vision and prophecy” – This phrase appears to indicate that all of the Lord’s prophetic utterances concerning the Israelites (especially concerning His judgments upon the Israelites) will be brought to their conclusion through the completion of these “seventy weeks.”

    6.  “To anoint the most Holy” – Herein the phrase “the most Holy” refers to the Most Holy One, the promised Messiah of Israel.  According to the New Testament Scriptures, we learn that this Most Holy One, that the Messiah, is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.  Thus these “seventy weeks” are determined by the Lord God in order to bring about the literal anointing of the Lord Jesus Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords over all the earth.  As such, we could expect that the literal return of our Lord Jesus Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords (See Revelation 19) will occur at the completion of these “seventy weeks.”

    Now, in this context the phrase “seventy weeks” may be literally understood as “seventy sevens,” wherein the English word “weeks” is employed for the idea of “sevens.”  The reason that the English word “weeks” is so employed is because a week is the most natural grouping of seven when we encounter the element of time sequences.  However, the Hebrew idea of “sevens” is not limited only to a group of seven days, but can refer to any grouping of sevens within the sequence of time.  With this understanding in mind, we move to verse 25, wherein greater detail is revealed concerning the first sixty-nine of these “seventy weeks” (or, seventy sevens).

    The opening portion of verse 25 reveals that the first sixty-nine of these “seventy weeks” will encompass the time period “from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince.”  Thus these first sixty-nine sevens will begin with “the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem” after their seventy years of captivity by the hand of the Babylonians (See Ezra & Nehemiah).  Thus also these first sixty-nine sevens will conclude with the coming of “the Messiah the Prince.”  Now, the distance of time between these events are known by historical record to be greater than a period of sixty-nine literal weeks.  Rather, we understand by the historical record that the distance of time between these events encompassed a multitude of years (indeed, 483 years).  Therefore, we are brought to understand that the “seventy sevens” of this context are a reference unto seventy groupings of seven years each.

    Now, the report of verse 25 is not presented with a simple designation of threescore (sixty) and nine “weeks” (sevens), but with the dividing of two parts, the first being “seven weeks” (seven sevens) and the second being “threescore and two weeks” (sixty-two sevens).  This seems to indicate that something of significance will also occur at the completion of the first “seven weeks” (or, forty-nine years) of these sixty-nine weeks (sevens).  Even so, the closing line of verse 25 appears to reveal what this “thing” of significance is – “The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.”

    Since verse 25 has recorded the beginning and the ending for the first sixty-nine “weeks” of the “seventy weeks,” we would now logically expect verse 26 to report the events of the seventieth and final “week” of these “seventy weeks.”  Indeed, human logic would move us to expect that the seventieth and final “week” of these “seventy weeks” would follow immediately after the first sixty-nine “weeks” are completed (since the number seventy does follow immediately after the number sixty-nine).  However, this seventieth and final “week” of these “seventy weeks” is not actually and specifically mentioned until verse 27.  Rather, verse 26 gives a report concerning events that occur “after” the “threescore and two weeks” (after the first sixty-nine “weeks”) without making any specific reference to the seventieth and final week.

    What then are these events that occur after the first sixty-nine “weeks” (483 years), without any specific indication that they fall in the seventieth and final “week” (7 years)?  Verse 26 appears to give report concerning three things, saying, “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”  Herein the preposition “after” does not indicate that these things occur at the end of the first sixty-nine “weeks” (483 years), but indicates that these things occur after the first sixty-nine “weeks” (483 years) are already concluded.  Furthermore, it is worthy of notice that verse 25 did not specifically state that the first sixty-nine “weeks” would conclude with the cutting off of the Messiah the Prince.  Rather, verse 25 simply indicated that the first sixty-nine “weeks” would extend “unto the Messiah the Prince” (and thereby conclude), without specifying the activity of the Messiah the Prince to which it was referring.  (Personally, I believe that verse 25 is referring to the beginning of our Lord Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry as initiated by His baptism.)

    So then, what are the three things which verse 26 indicates occur after the conclusion of the first sixty-nine “weeks” (483 years)? 

    1.  The Messiah will be cut off in death, not for His own sake, but for the sake of others.  According to the New Testament Scriptures, this would be a prophetically refer unto the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross. 

    2.  “The people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city [that is – Daniel’s holy city, Jersusalem, as per the contextual statement with which verse 24 began] and the sanctuary [that is – the temple in Jerusalem].”  Now, in this statement there are two elements of information that are worthy of notice in relation to the context.  The first of these elements of information is that there is “a prince that shall come” unto the Israelites and unto the city of Jerusalem who is not referenced as their Messiah.  The second of these elements of information is that this “prince that shall come” is not the one himself who comes against Jerusalem in the event of verse 26 to destroy the city and the sanctuary (temple) therein.  Rather, it is the people of which he will be a part that come against Jerusalem in the event of verse 26 to destroy the city and the sanctuary (temple) therein.

    3.  “The end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”  This statement appears to indicate that the destroying of the city Jerusalem and of the temple in Jerusalem will end with utter desolation of the Israelites, and that the Israelites and the city of Jerusalem will continue to suffer ongoing desolations thereafter.

    Finally, with verse 27 we come to the concluding verse of this prophetic utterance and to the specific reference to the seventieth and final “week” (7 years) of these “seventy weeks.”  The opening line of this verse indicates that some “he” will “confirm” some “covenant with many” (apparently among the Israelites, since that is the focus of this prophetic utterance as per the opening statement of verse 24).  In fact, this “he” will “confirm” this “covenant” with these Israelites for a period of “one week” (that is – a period of one seven, or of seven years).  Then this verse indicates that in the middle of this seven year period (after 3.5 years), this “he” will “cause the sacrifice and oblation” of the Israelites “to cease” (apparently ending his seven year “covenant” with the Israelites).  Finally, this verse indicates that this “he” will bring a form of desolation upon the Israelites and the city of Jerusalem, and that this “he” will do so for the purpose of “the overspreading of abominations” upon the Israelites and the city of Jerusalem.  Indeed, this verse indicates that this desolation will continue upon the Israelites and the city of Jerusalem “until the consummation” (until the completion) of the seventieth “week,” and thereby of the “seventy weeks.”

    So then, who is this “he” of verse 27?  Grammatically, the closest antecedent to this pronoun in the context is “the prince that shall come” who was mentioned in verse 26.  Furthermore, in the context there is no other reference to “the prince that shall come” of verse 26 in order to explain who he is and why he matters and was mentioned at all in verse 26.  As such, I would contend according to these principles of grammar and context that the “he” of verse 27 is “the prince that shall come” of verse 26.  Now, it is again worthy of note that this “prince” is not referenced in verse 26 as being the Messiah, but that he is in some way related to the people who would destroy the city of Jerusalem and the sanctuary (temple) therein in the destroying event that is prophesied in verse 26.

    In conclusion, let us consider the grammatical and contextual gap that is presented in this passage between the conclusion of the sixty-nine “weeks” and the beginning of the seventieth “week.”  Verse 25 clearly speaks concerning the beginning and conclusion of the first sixty-nine “weeks,” and verse 27 clearly speaks concerning the beginning of the seventieth “week.”  However, the events of verse 26 are presented between these other two records.  Indeed, as we have already noted, verse 26 does specifically indicate that the events which it records occur after the sixty-nine “weeks.”  Yet verse 26 makes no specific reference whatsoever to the seventieth “week.”  Furthermore, verse 27 specifically makes reference to the beginning of the seventieth week, and then reports concerning events that will proceed from that point.  Yet verse 27 does not specifically indicate that the events which are recorded in verse 26 are included in that seventieth “week.”  As such, we may understand from the flow of the grammar and the context that there is some form of gap in time between the first sixty-nine “weeks” (483 years) as recorded in verse 25 and the seventieth and final “week” (7 years) as recorded in verse 27, and that the events of verse 26 will fall within that gap in time.
     

    (Note: Often when I post and then later read what I have posted, I find spelling and grammatical errors therein.  In such cases, I use the edit function to correct these errors.  However, under the boundaries of this debate forum, I will not be able to perform such edits.  Therefore, I request grace from the readers concerning any such errors that might be encountered.  Thank you.)
  2. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Prophecy Debate on Daniel 9   

    I am accepting of the above boundaries.  I also agree that one thread is acceptable to begin.  For me, my opening post would simply be a re-posting of the posting with which I started my Daniel 9 thread.
  3. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Some "Formatting & Use" Questions   

    Thank you, Brother Jim, for your help and for the information.
  4. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Some "Formatting & Use" Questions   

    To whomever may be able to provide answers, I have a few "formatting & use" questions --
    1.  In the past setup of Online Baptist, we could create an automatic "ending element" (I am not sure of the technical term) for all of our postings.  Mine used to read as follows:
    For the Excellency of the Knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord,
    Abiding in Christ, and Christ in us,
    Pastor Scott Markle
    www.shepherdingtheflock.com
    Does this new setup for Online Baptist still have such a formatting element?  If it does, I cannot find it; therefore, could someone direct me to it?
    2. I notice that the present formatting for Online Baptist causes a double space at the end of every "paragraph."  I like this feature for regular paragraph writing.  However, it is not so preferred for something like a complementary closing, where each line of the closing should be together without spacing.  Is there a way to turn off the "double space at the end of a paragraph" feature for certain sections of a posting (or even for an entire posting)?
    3.  In the past set up of Online Baptist, when I entered a thread I would be taken automatically to the first posting of that thread since my last visit.  However, now I am taken to the very first posting of the thread every time.  As a thread becomes much longer, this occurrence becomes more "annoying."  Is there some formatting method that I have missed, that would allow me to go automatically to the first posting of a thread since may last visit, as in the past?  If there is, could someone reveal it to me?
    Thank you, whomever, for whatever help you may be able to provide in these matters.
    Pastor Scott Markle
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  7. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Prophecy Debate?   

    ​Amen, and AMEN! 
    Members of the audience graciously remaining out of the debate until its conclusion (however that is determined) is also very important to me.  This is not because I am not interested in the thoughts and comments of others, but because too many contributors tends to "explode" the thread, and then I am unable to "keep up" with the discussion.  On the other hand, if members of the audience wish to start a side discussion thread, I will seek as much as I am able to follow that discussion.  This is not a promise that I will be able to "keep up" with engaging in that side discussion, but I will endeavor to "keep up" with reading the comments and contributions of others.  In addition, if members of the audience desired to "private message" some comment to me, whether positive or negative, I would be willing to receive them and to consider them also.
  8. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Prophecy Debate?   

    I agree to the following:
    1. No accusations of heresy.  However, expressions of disagreement are expected, since we are engaging in debate-discussion.
    2. No major quotes from the internet (since I have no intention of quoting from the internet whatsoever at all).
    3. An agreed, specific topic.  I simply suggest that we return to our discussion on Daniel 9, since we already began this discussion-debate.  I further suggest that such discussion begin with a quoting (copy & paste) of the original postings that we delivered in the original thread (Concerning Daniel 9:24-27).
    Not certain of agreement:
    1. To the five posts each, then maybe five posts more restriction.  Since this discussion-debate is (from my perspective) a form of discussion, some postings may simply present a short question or set of questions for the purpose of clarity.  Placing a numerical restriction would cause a more "debate format" feel to the discussion, and would prevent such a more "discussion" feel for the debate-discussion.  I myself would not prefer this. 
    Added suggestion:
    1. I myself would not be able to commit unto more than one significant posting in the discussion per week.  Certainly, I would be able to present quick "question-postings" at a faster rate; however, I would not be able to present more thorough, thoughtful postings at that faster rate.  In some fashion, I would request that this restriction on my time might be accommodated.
  9. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody And Nobody   

    ​Indeed.  Yet I speak not only concerning the lack of workers who have "a mind to work," and the overburdening of those who do work because they are trying to "fill in" for those members of the body who are not fulfilling their God-given responsibility within the body.  I speak also concerning the sinful attitudes that are so commonly stirred up within such cases (even as the parable above mentioned "Somebody's" anger and "Everybody's" blame-shifting).  So very many "are yet carnal" and "walk as men." (1 Corinthians 3:3)
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    And consider what it might be like to be the pastor for such a group.
  11. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Shepherding The Flock - With Respect Of Persons – James 2:1 (Part 2)   

    Weekly Sermon

    This sermon is a companion to a previous sermon:   With Respect of Persons - James 2:1 (Part 1)      

    James 2:1 reads, “ My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons .” 

    James 2:1 opens the sixth paragraph of this epistle with a direct and distinct prohibition against showing “ respect of persons .”  As such, this prohibition establishes the contextual setting for the rest of the paragraph.  Grammatically, this verse presents a Biblical imperative for our daily Christian walk.  Furthermore, this Biblical imperative can be divided grammatically into four parts.  First, there is the direct address of loving concern for our daily Christian walk – “ My brethren .”  Second, there is the main clause of spiritual caution for our daily Christian walk – “ Have not the faith .”  Third, there is the prepositional phrase concerning the established center for our daily Christian walk – “ Of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory .”  Finally, there is the prepositional phrase concerning the forbidden characteristic in our daily Christian walk – “ With respect of persons .”  In the part of the message, we considered the first two of these truths.  Now, in this second part of the message, we shall consider the latter two of these truths.

    The Spiritual Caution for Our Daily Christian Walk

    In returning unto James 2:1, the spiritual caution for our daily Christian walk is delivered in the imperative of the main clause, “ Have not the faith .”  This main clause is then modified grammatically by the prepositional phrase, “ With respect of persons .”  Herein the verb “ have ” indicates a matter of daily activity.  Thus we understand that this main clause is referring to our daily Christian walk of faith.  Herein also the preposition “ with ” indicates a joining and unifying of two things.  Thus we are cautioned and commanded never to join the ungodly characteristic of showing respect to persons with our daily Christian walk of faith in our Lord.  As we have already learned, the ungodly practice of showing respect to persons by definition requires that we be focusing our attention upon the external considerations and appearances of this world.  Yet our daily Christian walk is to be a walk “ by faith ,” and “ not by sight .” (2 Corinthians 5:7)  Thus our daily Christian walk of faith by definition requires that we be focusing our attention upon the spiritual considerations and interests of our Lord.  Even so, the ungodly practice of showing respect to persons and the godly walk of faith in our Lord, by definition in each case, are found to be completely in-consistent with one another.  The ungodly characteristic of showing respect to persons is all about “sight;” whereas the godly walk of faith in our Lord is all about “faith.”  Indeed, these two paths of life are so completely contradictory to one another that it is spiritually impossible to join the one with the other.  Whenever the spirit of partiality takes hold of our hearts, the spirit of faith is cast aside.  Yea, whenever we yield ourselves to the ungodly characteristic of showing respect to persons, we must turn aside from the godly walk of faith in and fellowship with our Lord.  These two elements cannot actually reside together in our hearts and lives.  Thus we are spiritually cautioned and commanded against ever at-tempting to join the ungodly practice of showing partiality with our daily Christian walk of faith.

    The Established Center for Our Daily Christian Walk

    Yet as James 2:1 delivers this spiritual caution for our daily Christian walk of faith, it places great emphasis upon the focus of our faith when it modifies the word “faith” with the prepositional phrase, “ Of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory .”  Indeed, our Christian walk of faith is a walk that is wholly related to and rooted in our Lord Jesus Christ.  Our Lord Jesus Christ is the established center for our daily Christian walk of faith.  We walk by a faith that is centered in and upon Him.  “ Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing [that is – believing with faith in and upon Him], ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory .” (1 Peter 1:8)  Now, recognizing that in the original Greek the phrase, “ with respect of persons ,” is located at the beginning of this statement, we also recognize that the description of our Lord Jesus Christ as “ the Lord of glory ” is located at the end of this statement.  As such, this descriptive of our Lord is also in a place of emphasis, such that this emphasis upon our Lord Jesus Christ as “ the Lord of glory ” is set in direct contrast to the emphasis upon the ungodly characteristic of showing respect to persons.  The spirit of partiality is focused upon the glitter and glamour of this world; whereas the spirit of faith is focused upon the gloriousness and greatness of our Lord.  Even so, when our hearts are gripped with the all-surpassing glory of our majestically glorious Lord, the external, superficial considerations of this world that move us to the practice of respecting persons will have no influence upon our hearts.  On the other hand, when our hearts are being attracted and impressed by the external, superficial considerations of this world that move us to the practice of respecting persons, it reveals that we have developed a disregard and a dishonor for the all-surpassing glory of our Lord.  Oh, how great an offense against our glorious Lord it is when we are more attracted and im-pressed by the glitter and glamour of this world then by His gloriousness and greatness!

    So then, our faith in “ our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory ,” should move us to view other individuals, not from the perspective of their advantages in this world, but from the perspective of their relationship to our Lord.  If an individual is an unbeliever, then we should view that individual as one who is spiritual lost in sin’s darkness, just as we were before our faith in Christ for salvation.  Furthermore, we should view that individual as one who greatly needs to hear the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.  We should view that individual as one who greatly needs to come unto repentance and the knowledge of the truth.  We should view that individual as one who greatly needs to place his or her trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior.  Indeed, we should view that individual and all such individuals as one for whom Christ died, no matter what that individual’s social status, financial wealth, physical appeal, public popularity, or racial distinction might be.

    On the other hand, if an individual is a believer, then we should view that individual as a fellow brother or sister in Christ, as a member in the same spiritual family of God as we are.  We should view that individual as one who possesses the same “ common salvation ” as we do. (Jude 1:3)  We should view that individual as one who possesses the same eternal redemption, the same eternal salvation, the same eternal life, and the same promise eternal inheritance, as we do.  We should view that individual as one who has OB tained “ like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ .” (2 Peter 1:1)  We should view that individual as one of us who have been “ sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours .” (1 Corinthians 1:2)  We should view that individual as one of God’s own dear children just as we are, and who thereby is an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ just as we are. (Romans 8:16-17)  Indeed, we should view that individual as one in whom Christ lives, no matter what that individual’s social status, financial wealth, physical appeal, public popularity, or racial distinction might be.   
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    Brother Pittman ("Genevanpreacher"), and to all others who may be concerned,
     
    The fact that Brother Pittman used my site for his negative example has caused no direct offense to me.  My site is in the public venue; therefore, he has the right to handle it as such.  Certainly, I disagree with his dispute, and thus have no intention to change the presentation of the site.  Indeed, I believe that everything which has been presented on the site is Biblically supported, and is thus the Biblical truth for lost sinners.  How God the Holy Spirit chooses to use that presentation in the heart of each lost sinner is certainly under His divine authority, and I shall praise the name of the Lord our Savior for every lost soul whom the Holy Spirit might draw unto Christ thereby.
     
    On the other hand, I do find it interesting how I came to realize that the site of the church that I pastor had become a focal point for a discussion.  It is possible that I would not have known, except that I learned through the record of my "statcounter" that I had a number of hits on the site yesterday.  My "statcounter" also informed me that these various hits found their sending source from this thread.  Actually, one such hit did not move me to curiosity.  However, after a number of such hits, my curiosity moved me to check things out.  I suppose that it might have been nice for someone to inform me that I and our church site had become a focal point for a (negative) discussion.  I also suppose that this might yet have been done if things had continued longer.  Therefore, I am not at all presenting this with a spirit of offense against anyone, but simply as a point for consideration concerning the future.
  15. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Shepherding The Flock - I Have Set Thee A Watchman - Ezekiel 33:1-16   

    By the way, this message was preached at Melvin Baptist Church in five parts.  The MP3 for each of these five parts may be found at the following link:
     
    http://www.melvinbaptistchurch.com/sermon-audio.html

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