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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. Saved in 3 tenses?

    Sister Rose, I have one more installment to do concerning the article. After I am able to present that installment, then I will handle your question on Luke 15:24. Will that be acceptable?
  2. Thompson Chain Reference Bible

    Well, you already know that my choice is in favor of the Thompson Chain Reference Bible, as opposed to other study Bibles. Your assessment above is indeed my reason.
  3. In John 6:44 our Lord Jesus Christ declared, "No man can come to me except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." 1. According to our Lord Jesus Christ Himself in John 6:44, what is absolutely required in order for an individual sinner to come unto Him through faith unto salvation? 2. In light of this, did/does our Lord Jesus Christ Himself hold to a lost sinner's free will choice (as per your definition thereof)?
  4. Would you please provide your understanding concerning the correct definition of Free Will (as per your viewpoint that "convince/persuade and free will are mutually exclusive," and thus cannot exist together)?
  5. Saved in 3 tenses?

    Sister Rose, I am sorry if I am giving you information overload. It is simply my nature to be thorough and detailed in such matters. Furthermore, I believe that a consideration of ALL the details reveals the faultiness of the authors presentation and point. As far as the lack of a sooner response, no offense was taken.
  6. Saved in 3 tenses?

    In his second main point, the author of the article presented the following: (https://edgarsreflections.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/what-did-jesus-mean-by-“i-will-lose-nothing”-in-john-639/amp/) This particular point would appear to be the author's strongest point, since it seems so easy to connect the idea of Jesus' losing nothing in John 6:39 with the idea of Jesus' losing none of them in John 17:12. However, the true strength of this point rises or falls upon the validity of the author's other supporting points. For this very reason, the author begin this point as follows, "Again, let me repeat that John 6:39 refers to the Jewish disciples only of the Lord Jesus when he was here on earth. Therefore, the “losing” here has something to do with them alone. It does not refer to salvation." I myself have three points of conflict with this presentation of the author's second point: In the first place -- As I have previously demonstrated in my previous postings of review concerning the author's article (here and here), I believe that the author is in error on a number of his supporting points. Furthermore, as I proceed to the third and final point of the author's article I intend to demonstrate additional error in his supporting points. Even so, since the strength of the author's present point rises or falls upon the foundation of his supporting points, I believe that as the points of the author's supporting foundation falls, so this point falls with it. In the second place -- The Greek verb from which the English verb "should lose" in John 6:39 and the English verb "is lost" in John 17:12 are translated is worthy of our notice. This Greek verb is "ἀπόλλυμι" ("apollumi"). This Greek verb is found twelve times in the gospel of John; and on a number of those occasions, it is translated with the English verb "perish." (See John 3:15-16; 10:28) In particular its usage in John 10:28 is of significance for the present consideration. As we have noted in a previously in this series of reviews, the context of John 10:27-30 also speaks concerning those whom God the Father had given unto God the Son, and applies that truth unto all of the Lord Jesus Christ's sheep. Even so, in John 10:28 our Lord Jesus Christ spoke concerning all of His sheep, whom the God the Father had given unto Him, saying, "And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." Now, herein the phrase, "shall never perish," is translated from the same Greek verb as is found in John 6:39 and John 17:12 concerning those who are not lost. Thus we might consider our Lord's teaching in John 10:28 as follows: "And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never BE LOST, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." Indeed, we might even consider the reason that our Lord reveals by which none of His sheep will ever be lost -- because they cannot be plucked out of His own hand. Yea, none of His sheep will ever be lost specifically because He Himself will never lose any of them. Then in John 10:29 our Lord Jesus Christ added the truth, "My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." So then, none of God the Son's sheep, whom God the Father has given unto Him, can ever be lost, specifically because God the Son AND God the Father will never lost them. It seems to me that the truth concerning never being lost (or, never perishing) is certainly applied within the gospel of John unto more than just the eleven apostles (yea, unto ALL of God the Son's sheep) and is certainly applied unto more than just physical protection (yea, even unto the eternal security of a believer's eternal life). In the third place -- The author of the article seems to assert that our Lord Jesus Christ's statement in John 17:12, "and none of them is lost," had application only unto physical protection. However, this assertion does not follow the whole flow of thought within our Lord's prayer in John 17:11-17. Certainly, the declaration of John 18:8-9 indicates that physical protection was included within that responsibility. Yet the flow of thought in John 17:11-17 does not appear to indicate that physical protection was the exclusive meaning of that responsibility. In John 17:11 our Lord Jesus Christ prayed for God the Father to keep through His own name those whom He had given unto God the Son. Then at the end of John 17:11 our Lord Jesus Christ revealed the purpose for this keeping work of the Father, "that they may be one, as we are." When we consider our Lord Jesus Christ's further prayer for oneness among believers in John 17:20-23, it seems quite clear that this oneness is a spiritual matter, not a physical matter. Now, having prayed in John 17:11 for God the Father to keep the eleven apostles, our Lord Jesus Christ indicated in John 17:12 that already kept them in the Father's name while He was with them in the world. Thus we may understand that the keeping work within the context of these verses is the same work. The keeping work for which our Lord Jesus Christ prayed that the Father would administer unto the eleven was the same keeping work that our Lord Jesus Christ Himself had already administered unto them. Yet the Lord Jesus Christ would be departing from the eleven in order to ascend unto God the Father. As such, He would no longer be present with them in order to administer this keeping work directly. Thus He prayed that God the Father would carry forward that keeping work once after His departure. So then, how did our Lord Jesus Christ describe this keeping work that He had already administered unto the elven, and that He was praying for God the Father to continue administering unto them? First, in John 17:12 our Lord Jesus Christ indicated the nature of this keeping work, stating, "While I was in the world, I kept them IN THY NAME." Second, in John 17:15 our Lord Jesus Christ indicated the protection of this keeping work, praying, "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them FROM THE EVIL." Finally, in John 17:17 our Lord Jesus Christ revealed the means for this keeping work, praying, "Sanctify them THROUGH THY TRUTH: thy word is truth." Even so, from the whole contextual flow of thought in our Lord's prayer, we may understand that the keeping work which He Himself had administered and for which He prayed of the Father was not strictly a physical matter, but was far more so a spiritual matter. In fact, the very statement of exception that our Lord Jesus Christ made concerning Judas Iscariot, "the son of perdition," would also emphasize that this keeping work was a spiritual matter. In John 17:12 our Lord Jesus Christ declared, "Those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, except the son of perdition." Herein the clause of exception indicates that "the son of perdition" had indeed already been lost. Yet Judas Iscariot had not come to any physical harm by this point in time. Judas was not physically lost. On the other hand, by this time it was quite certain that Judas was spiritually lost, and that for eternity. So then, even the context of John 17:11-17 does not seem to allow for us to view this keeping work as encompassing only physical protection. Certainly, as I have acknowledged, the declaration of John 18:8-9 indicates that physical protection was included within our Lord Jesus Christ's responsibility of the keeping work. However, that physical protection was not the primary aspect of that keeping work. Rather, spiritual protection was the primary aspect of that keeping work. However, the author of the article presented one more main point in his argument. Therefore, there is yet more for us to consider. Sister Rose, are you following this information thus far; or do you have any questions about this information?
  7. Have you heard this statement?

    Praise the Lord that some can still learn.
  8. Activity on Online Baptist

    Brother Swathdiver, I understand the frustration with false teaching and false teachers. I know that you and I do not always agree on every point. However, I did try (when time permitted) to contend for the faith against such falseness. I am sorry if I was not able to do so often enough or forcefully enough. Indeed, I also miss some of the past members who were more prolific and ever edifying in their posting.
  9. Activity on Online Baptist

    Lack of time.
  10. Baptism.....

    Maybe I am wrong on this one, but I can only think of one passage wherein the instruction (not the example) to baptize is given -- Matthew 28:18-20. In that passage, ALL of the authority seems clearly to be our Lord's authority. Who then is instructed under our Lord's authority to baptize? The same individuals who are instructed to go and teach the gospel unto all nations. The same individuals who are instructed to teach converts all of the things whatsoever our Lord has commanded us. The same individuals unto whom our Lord promised to be with them unto the end of the world. So then, who ARE those individuals; for they are the very same individuals who are instructed to baptize new converts.
  11. Saved in 3 tenses?

    Well, I shall ever seek to provide whatever help that I can, as time permits.
  12. Saved in 3 tenses?

    As my 22 year old son, who is in Bible college training for the pastorate, said recently in a conversation with me -- Sometimes we miss the beauty (truth and wisdom) of the forest (broader context) for the individual trees (details), yet at other times we miss the beauty (truth and wisdom) of the individual trees (details) for the whole forest (broader context). Furthermore, most individuals tend to lean more in one or the other direction. As you have taken note, you yourself tend to lean more in one of those directions than the other; therefore, you must ever be diligent to consider the other direction whenever you engage in Bible study. As far as advice for Bible study -- I believe strongly in precision of understanding, both precision in the details (grammar) and precision in the flow of thought (context). Be careful not to neglect any part that is precisely communicated, but also be careful not to add any idea that is not precisely revealed. To rightly divide God's Word of truth means to cut a line of understanding that is precisely according to the pattern of revealed truth. Such precise understanding indicates that we should seek not to err unto the right hand OR unto the left. In addition, I would challenge you to find a very trusted Bible student, who is very precise and careful in Bible study, with whom you may discuss your thoughts concerning particular passages of study; for such an individual can help you to see things that you may not have noticed on your own. By the way, I yet intend to continue my response toward the article on John 6:37-40. Having begun, I very much desire to finish.
  13. Saved in 3 tenses?

    Indeed. We must ever remember that the devil's absolutely greatest weapon against humanity, to keep the lost from salvation and to keep the saved from faithfulness, is DECEPTION. Certainly, the devil would not want the casting out of an evil spirit in order that the delivered individual might trust in Christ, as in the cases wherein our Lord Jesus Christ cast out evil spirits. However, the devil would have no problem whatsoever empowering such events if he could use them as a tool of deception, especially if he could use them as a tool to deceive multiple individuals or even multitudes of individuals.
  14. Saved in 3 tenses?

    Sister Rose, Actually, I myself am not aware of any passage wherein our Lord Jesus Christ taught that it is impossible for the power of the devil to cast out an evil spirit. On the other hand, I am aware of a passage wherein our Lord Jesus Christ implied that it would be unwise for the devil to permanently cast out an evil spirit in the manner that our Lord Jesus Christ was doing so. This passage would be Luke 11:17-18 (and the parallel passage of Matthew 12:25-26) -- "But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? Because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub." However, through this passage our Lord Jesus Christ also seemed to imply that it is possible for the power of the devil to cast out evil spirits. Furthermore, within the immediate context of Luke 11:17-18, the Lord also revealed that if an evil spirit is cast out of an individual who is not then received as one of the Lord's own, then that evil spirit might return unto that individual with a number of more evil spirits, so that the latter state of that individual would be worse than the former state. This our Lord Jesus Christ indicated in Luke 11:24-26 -- "When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first." Even so, such a case wherein an evil spirit is cast out would not be unprofitable for the devil, but would become more profitable for the devil since he would acquire even greater control over the individual. Indeed, I can also imagine a case wherein the devil would cause an evil spirit to be cast out by one of his own, in order to deceive the "exorcist" or the audience that such was from God, and thereby in order to obtain a greater control of deception over those individuals. However, two points should be clearly understood in the case of Matthew 7:21-23. (1) Those who claimed to have performed the casting out of devils were NEVER the Lord's own people. (2) Their casting out of devils, along with their prophesying and their wonderful works, was classified by our Lord as the working of iniquity. Therefore, we may conclude that by whatever power they performed the casting of out devils, the Lord did NOT approve of it. For me, that leads me to the conclusion that the Lord also did NOT empower it.
  15. Saved in 3 tenses?

    Sister Rose, Concerning Matthew 7:21-23 – “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” In order to correctly understand our Lord’s teaching in Matthew 7:21-23, I believe that we must understand two important elements of this teaching. 1. First, we must understand the judgement that our Lord pronounces against the given group of this context. It is not significantly important whether our Lord professed His judgment, or confessed His judgment. Rather, it is much more important to understand the actual judgment that He expressed. Even so, this judgment includes three parts: (1) The Confrontation – “I never knew you” (2) The Condemnation – “Depart from me” (3) The Classification – “Ye that work iniquity” The key to understanding our Lord’s judgment is bound up in the word “never.” Herein the Greek word that is translated “never” means just that – “never, not ever at all whatsoever.” As such, our Lord indicated that He never at all whatsoever knew these individuals as His own people. It is not that these individuals possessed eternal salvation at one time, and then somehow lost their salvation. Rather, it is that they NEVER possessed eternal salvation at any time whatsoever at all. It is not that these individuals were the children of God at one time, and then somehow ceased to be the children of God. Rather, it is that they NEVER were the children at any time whatsoever at all. For this very reason the Lord condemned them to depart from Him, such that they could not enter into the kingdom of heaven, but were cast out into the eternal judgment of hell. Indeed, for this very reason the Lord classified them as those who worked sinful iniquity. They may have classified their works as good works, but the Lord classified their works as iniquity and classified them themselves as the workers of iniquity. In no manner whatsoever did the Lord classify them or their works as acceptable in His sight. Indeed, according to Proverbs 21:4, our Lord views even the plowing of the unsaved wicked as sinful iniquity in His sight. 2. Second, we must understand the argument that the given group of this context presented unto the Lord. Now, let us take note that this context is specifically about who will or will not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Furthermore, let us take note that this context is about those who follow a Biblically based religion; for only such would say, “Lord, Lord,” unto the Lord Jesus Christ. Finally, let us take note that this context is about judgment day and about the determination by which individuals shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. Contextually then, the religious individuals of this context present the power of their good works as the foundational evidence by which they should be permitted entrance into the kingdom of heaven. Yet does God’s Holy Word teach us that good works are the true foundation by which individuals may enter into the kingdom of heaven? No, it does NOT. Rather, God’s Holy Word teaches us that the true foundation by which we sinners shall enter into the kingdom of heaven is in being born again and eternally saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. These individuals were not trusting in Christ, but in their own good, religious, powerful works. Thus they were NEVER known by the Lord as His own people. Yet the Lord did not at all deny their performance of these good, religious works; nor did the Lord deny that they employed His very name in the performance of their works. Indeed, they had performed these works and had claimed the name of the Lord while performing them. Yet their works in the Lord’s name did not matter. They were NEVER known by the Lord as His own people because they had NEVER placed their trust wholly and only in Him as Savior. So then, from where did they acquire the power to perform their supernatural works? Since they did not receive that power from the Lord, they could only have received it from the Lord’s great adversary, the devil. Sister Rose, I pray that this answer was of help in answering your questions. If not, please ask any further question that you might concerning the matter.