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Pastor Scott Markle

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About Pastor Scott Markle

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  • Birthday 08/13/1971

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    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 three books and a three booklets, as well as to produce a line of Scripture memory cards, which all can be purchased at my website: www.shepherdingtheflock.com. In addition, I maintain a monthly Bible study blog at that website.

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  1. Question for Pastor Markle

    In the posting above, I mentioned the commentary by Albert Barnes on Acts 13:48. Further, I mentioned that his word study of the Greek verb "tasso" was compelling me to continue considering the possibilities concerning its intended meaning in Acts 13:48. The following is Albert Barnes commentary on the matter: Having taken the time to examine Mr. Barnes' commentary and to also do the same word study of the Greek verb "tasso," I now am compelled to express a fault with Mr. Barnes' conclusions as per the portion that I have emboldened in the quote above. Mr. Barnes claimed that "the word is never used to denote an internal disposition or inclination arising from one's own self." Yet he had just made reference unto 1 Corinthians 16:15, wherein God the Holy used the word to indicate that "the house of Stephanas" had "ADDICTED THEMSELVES to the ministry of the saints." Mr. Barnes indicated that this usage of the Greek verb means "to addict to; to devote to." Well, being devoted to something certainly appears to be an internal disposition or inclination to me. Furthermore, in the Greek of 1 Corinthians 16:15 the word for "themselves" is very specifically included. As such, this certainly appears to be an internal disposition or inclination arising from one's own self to me. On this ground, I no longer find Mr. Barnes' word-study conclusion to bring my present understanding under question. _____________________________________________________________________________ On the other hand, I continue to contend that the contextual flow of thought provides a contrast between the self-decision of the Jews and the self-decision of the Gentiles in the passage. The following is a layout of that contrast: I. The Decision of the Jews A. Acts 13:45 -- "But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy . . . ." B. Acts 13:45 -- ". . . And spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming." C. Acts 13:46 -- ". . . But seeing ye put it [the word of God] from you . . . ." D. Acts 13:46 -- ". . . And judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life . . . ." II. The Decision of the Gentiles A. Acts 13:48 -- "And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad . . . ." B. Acts 13:48 -- ". . . And glorified the word of the Lord . . . ." C. Acts 13:48 -- ". . . And . . . believed." D. Acts 13:48 -- ". . . As many as were ordained [set in order by themselves] unto eternal life . . . ." III. The Specific Contrast between the Two A. The Jews were filled with envy; whereas the Gentiles were filled with gladness. B. The Jews spake against the gospel with contradiction and blasphemy; whereas the Gentiles glorified the word of the Lord. C. The Jews put the gospel away from them; whereas the Gentiles received the gospel through believing. D. The Jews judged themselves unworthy of everlasting-eternal life; whereas the Gentiles set themselves in order unto everlasting-eternal life.
  2. Question for Pastor Markle

    Brother Wayne, I cannot actually provide you with documentation that this verb is definitely in the middle voice. I cannot do so because the verb structure for the perfect, passive, participle and for the perfect, middle, participle are exactly the same. As such, I could only provide you with documentation for the POSSIBILITY that this verb is in the middle voice. (Furthermore, I am not a Greek "scholar" by any level of imagination; therefore, I am aware that others can understand elements in the Greek that I might miss.) In relation to that documented evidence, a little bit of Greek language understanding would make it a bit easier. However, if you do a google search for the following, "Greek perfect passive participle declension," you should find various sites with information on the matter. For your purposes and "skill" (?) level, it would be best simply to find a site with a middle and passive participle declension listing. When I did my google search (just now) to find a suggested site for you, the second site listed was the following: http://www.chlt.org/FirstGreekBook/JWW_FGB53.html This declension list is only about the middle and passive participle, just as is needed for the case in Acts 13:48. Now, this list uses a different Greek verb as its example verb for the list; but the Greek rules of declension would remain the same for the Greek participle in Acts 13:48. As such, you would want to scroll down to the "Masculine Perfect Middle and Passive Participle" listing. You will notice that the heading joins the perfect middle and passive together for the listing because the declensions are exactly the same for both the perfect middle participle and the perfect passive participle. If you look at the "Nominative and Vocative Plural" under this heading, you will find that the example verb begins with the doubling prefix "lelu--" (which represents the perfect tense), just as the participle "tetagmenoi" does in Acts 13:48. Furthermore, you will find that the example verb ends with the Greek ending "--menoi." (which represents the nominative, masculine, plural participle), just as "tetagmenoi" does in Acts 13:48. Can I provide you with a commentary that agrees? I could not find a single commentary among all of those that I possess that agrees specifically with the "prefect, middle, participle" claim. However, the following two commentators did speak to a similar position concerning the contextually meaning as I presently hold: (1) "The Acts of the Apostles" by Thomas Ethelbert Page, (2) "The Acts of the Apostles" by J. Rawson Lumby. In addition, you may want to consider "Notes on the New Testament: Acts" by Albert Barnes. He very strongly holds for a passive meaning of the verb, and provides strong "word-study" evidence for it (enough that I am compelled to continue considering the possibilities). However, Barnes does not take the common Calvinistic application of "pre-ordination." Rather, Barnes views the participle as a reference unto the pre-convicting work of the Holy Spirit upon the hearts of the Gentiles, so as to prepare them for the decision of belief. I pray that this is helpful.
  3. "Repent of Your Sins" False gospel

    Earlier I quoted Acts 22-24 . . . I really do not care that much about the dispute over "who really killed the Lord Jesus Christ." However, I do care about claims that contradict the Scriptures of God. In Acts 2:22-24 the apostle Peter himself, on the Day of Pentecost, under the filling influence of the Holy Spirit, accused the "men of Israel" and having "crucified and slain" the Lord Jesus Christ "by wicked hands." He certainly DID blame the Jews of that sin. Furthermore, he applied that accusation to Jews who had gathered from a multitude of nations around Israel, Jews who very possibly had not even been present at the time of the crucifixion, and who very likely were not directly involved in the decision. Finally, the apostle Peter made this declaration while out "soul winning" in relation to those very Jews. On the other hand, I fully agree that the whole world stands in hateful opposition to our Lord Jesus Christ (as the apostle Peter implied in Acts 4:26-28, which I also quoted above).
  4. Question for Pastor Markle

    Indeed, the verb "were" IS a being verb in both the Greek construction and in the English, as well as in your examples. Concerning Acts 13:48, note my statement above -- "The first ("were") is translated from the Greek verb "esan," which is the imperfect, active, indicative, third person, plural form of the Greek verb "eimi" (the Greek verb meaning "to be")." However, in both the Greek and English construction of Acts 13:48, as well as in all of your examples, the being verb "were" is employed as a HELPING verb for another verb of action. As such, the grammatical construction cannot simply be viewed as having a "state of being" meaning. Furthermore, in all of your examples you have presented constructions of past, active verbs, without any element of passive voice (or middle voice, which does not actually exist in English grammar). Yet in the Greek construction of Acts 13:48, there certainly IS the element of either passive or middle voice.
  5. Question for Pastor Markle

    First, a correction in my third paragraph -- I wrote, "However, for the Greek verb "tasso" the perfect, passive, participle form and the middle, passive, participle form are the same." I should have written, "However, for the Greek verb "tasso" the perfect, passive, participle form and the perfect, middle, participle form are the same." The underlined portions are wherein the correction should be. I will be editing my posting above to correct this. Now, to answer your question -- Because in the Greek the perfect, passive, participle form and the perfect, middle, participle form are the same. This means that the verb could be a perfect, MIDDLE, participle rather than a perfect, PASSIVE, participle. As such, the flow of thought COULD indicate that the Gentiles had performed this action upon themselves. For me this fits the contextual flow of thought in revealing the direct contrast between the believing Gentiles and the rejecting Jews, who certainly DID judge THEMSELVES unworthy of everlasting life. In both cases then, personal decision is being emphasized and contrasted. Would a Calvinist have a strong case against my position? Yes, if he argued heavily for the passive meaning of the verb, as opposed to the middle meaning of the verb.
  6. Question for Pastor Markle

    In Acts 13:48 the phrase "were ordained" is translated from a combination of two Greek verbs. The first ("were") is translated from the Greek verb "esan," which is the imperfect, active, indicative, third person, plural form of the Greek verb "eimi" (the Greek verb meaning "to be"). The second ("ordained") is translated from the Greek verb "tetagmenoi," which is the perfect, passive, participle form of the Greek verb "tasso" (the Greek verb meaning "to set in order, to appoint"). However, for the Greek verb "tasso" the perfect, passive, participle form and the perfect, middle, participle form are the same. As such, the perfect, passive indicates that the action of the verb was enacted by another upon the subject of the verb; whereas the perfect, middle indicates that the action of the verb was enacted by oneself upon the subject of the verb. In Greek the joining together of an imperfect form of the Greek verb "eimi" with a perfect participle creates a periphrastic pluperfect verb form, which is generally intensive in force, but may rather be consummative in force. In the King James translation, the translators translated this construction in Acts 13:48 as a past, passive voice verb. The primary question for understanding this phrase in Acts 13:48 is to discern who performed the "ordaining' upon these Gentiles. Were they "ordained" by another? Or, were they "ordained" (set in order) by themselves? At present, I hold that they "were ordained" by themselves (by their own decision). Contextually, I hold that this shows the clear contrast between the Gentiles who believed (because they "were ordained" by themselves) and the Jews who rejected (because they judged themselves unworthy).
  7. "Repent of Your Sins" False gospel

    John 10:17-18 -- "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father." Acts 2:22-24 -- "Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it." Acts 4:26-28 -- "The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done."
  8. Way of Life:King James Only

    Indeed, I received the messages; but over the last few months, I have had NOOOOOO time to respond. (Only very little involvement in the forum over that time as well.)
  9. Was Simon the Sorcerer saved?

  10. Was Simon the Sorcerer saved?

    The Greek verb "apollumi" is the Greek verb form in unity with the Greek noun "apoleia." Roman 14:15 -- "But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy [present, active, imperative of the Greek verb "apollumi"] not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died." This certainly appears to apply unto genuine believers. 1 Corinthians 8:11 -- "And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish [future, middle, indicative of the Greek verb "apollumi"], for whom Christ died?" This certainly appears to apply unto genuine believers. (By the way, this also indicates that the English word "perish" is indeed used "in a post-resurrection verse" for genuine believers) Indeed. If he did not repent, he certainly would end in some form of destruction, but not necessarily in hell's destruction.
  11. Was Simon the Sorcerer saved?

    1 Timothy 6:9-10 -- "But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition [Greek noun - "apoleia"]. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." So then, the warning of 1 Timothy 6:9-10 must not be applicable unto genuine believers, since the result is not possible for believers??????? 2 Peter 3:16 -- "As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction [Greek noun - "apoleia"]." So then, the warning of 2 Peter 3:16 must not be applicable unto genuine believers, since the result is not possible for believers???????
  12. Was Simon the Sorcerer saved?

    Certainly, he was a saved believer. Biblical context is fairly clear on the matter. it is preconceived doctrine that leads to a different conclusion.
  13. Way of Life:King James Only

    And herein I do stand also. Based upon my study on the doctrine of Biblical inspiration and preservation as delivered in God's Word, I can do no other.
  14. When the church started. Pentecost or Israel

    According to Romans 8:3 there was something that the law "could not do." I wonder, according to the immediate context of Romans 8:1-4, if we might discern what that something was.
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