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Defending Water Baptism

This post is a response to the entry for Acts 2:38 in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Revised and Expanded, edited by Jerome H. Smith (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1992, pp. 1234-1235). 

Smith writes,

The English text does not adequately convey the grammar of this verse.  When the grammar is understood, the verse no longer can be used to support any view of baptismal regeneration or baptismal remission of sin.  The phrase "every one of you" is mistakenly…
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Added by Michael V. Frazier on January 17, 2011 at 12:24am — No Comments

Tablet Theory of Genesis

Around July 2010, a discussion was raised on another network about Biblical Authority. Someone had been attempting to witness to a homeless man, but was rejected on the basis that the Bible couldn't be trusted. When asked "Who wrote Genesis?" the answer of "Moses" did not provide a sufficient response: "How could he know. He wasn't even born yet." The following was my contribution to the discussion.

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Okay, I'm probably going to receive a few "raised eyebrows" at this one,… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on August 16, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

TIME did not exist at the Beginning?

One person wrote the following comment in a discussion of the Creation Week:



In my opinion we will never be able to determine the length of time for the first 3 days......Time did not

exist as we know it until the 4th day ( 24hr. periods).




GENESIS 1:14-19............The sun, moon, and stars were created on the 4th day in v.14 God tells us

why .......let them be for signs,seasons,days and…
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Added by Michael V. Frazier on April 9, 2010 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

The Revelation of Antichrist

A church member recently asked me to review a book he picked up at a local bookstore. Entitled In the Twinkling of an Eye (no publisher or date listed), author Gene Williams, Th.D. writes a very simple book to illustrate the events of the Tribulation in light of a pre-tribulational rapture.



In chapter 4 of his book, Dr. Williams begins with an explanation of the Antichrist's revelation in 2 Thessalonians 2.



Now we beseech you,… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on February 19, 2010 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

The Myth of the Flat Earth

Throughout our school years, most of us were taught Christopher Columbus wanted to sail around the earth in order to prove that it was round, and that for countless years before him, the establishment had maintained the earth was flat. However, this account is a gross misconception. The idea that most people in the 15th century thought the earth was flat was actually made up in the 1830s, yet this myth has since been used against Creationists ever since. Critics of Creationism continue to… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on January 26, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

The Apostasia of 2 Thess. 2:3 is the Rapture?

Although not widely accepted, there is a teaching that the "falling away" of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 refers to the rapture of the Church. I have encountered this particular viewpoint before, but in January 2010, I came across it again in a much broader format. It is an interesting effort to support the pretribulational rapture perspective.



Generally recognized as a teaching spread by E. Schuyler English during the 1950's (although it can be shown to date as far back as 1895), the central… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on January 25, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

The Restrainer of 2 Thessalonians

In early 2010 I came across a post concerning the timing of our Lord's return in which the author presented the argument that since the text of Matthew 24 does not contain any specific reference to God's wrath, it could not, therefore, be a reference to the Great Tribulation. Although this was the first time I've ever encountered this particular line of reasoning, I understand that many people consider the Great Tribulation as being the Wrath of God. I have already commented on this particular… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on January 16, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Joy to the World - Far as the Curse is Found

Recently, I noticed something very interesting while listening to a local religious radio station. With the unending Christmas carols, I heard four different renditions of Joy to the World, as performed by different artists, in the space of one hour alone. What was interesting is that none of the artists ever sung the third verse. They all played the first and fourth, and only one included the second verse, but every one of them skipped the third verse entirely.



For the sake… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on December 21, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Azazel the Scapegoat

Question Received - Aug. 26, 2009

I would like to ask you a question. . . . In the following verses, do you have any idea why Azazel was changed to scapegoat?



Leviticus 16:8-10: "8and Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other lot for Azazel. 9And Aaron shall present the goat on which the lot fell for the Lord, and offer it as a sin offering; 10but the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the Lord to make… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on September 23, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Job 13:15 - Great faith or stubborn willfullness?

I was recently asked what my thoughts were concerning the following comments on Job 13:15 by James E. Smith in his book The Wisdom Literature & Psalms.



Smith wrote:

Job 13:15 as translated in the KJV is one of the greatest statements of faith in the entire Bible: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust Him; even so I will defend my own ways before Him.” As much as one might wish to cling to this rendering for sentimental reasons, the Hebrew rendering points in a… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on September 23, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Three Wills of God?

The following is my response to a question posed to me asking if Romans 12:2 implies three separate wills of God, which, in turn, would imply three separate persons in the Godhead (the Trinity).

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I believe your question focuses primarily on the section of text that reads, "that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."



That portion in the Greek reads, "εἰς τὸ δοκιμάζειν ὑμᾶς τί τὸ θέλημα τοῦ θεοῦ τὸ ἀγαθὸν καὶ εὐάρεστον καὶ… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on September 23, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

The "Waw" Conjunctions of Genesis 1 - Textual support against Gap and Day-Age theories

I received the following request around September 2009.



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Brother Frazier, This grammar stuff is a little over my head, can you explain this in more simpler, understandable language. Part of it I understand, it's the grammar that has me confused.

Thanks.



2.‘Waw’ is the name of the Hebrew letter which is used as a conjunction. It can mean ‘and’, ‘but’, ‘now’, ‘then’, and several other things depending upon the context and type of waw involved.’… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on September 22, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Baptism in Acts 2:38 - Responding to critics

The following text was taken from Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation? A Critical Analysis of the Doctrine of Baptismal Regeneration (1995), by E. Calvin Beisner. Edited and transcribed to html by Joanne Ruhland/1997 (www.rickross.com/reference/icc/ICC122.html).

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This is one of the favorite verses of those who believe baptism is necessary for salvation. They point out…
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Added by Michael V. Frazier on September 21, 2009 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

What about Prehistoric Creatures?

Regarding "prehistoric" animals, i.e. creatures that are presumed to predate recorded history, as a Biblical Creationist, I cannot truly ascribe to the concept. I believe the Bible clearly defines the boundaries of all history, and thus all of history is recorded. :-)



Seriously though, I believe those creatures such as dinosaurs and other extinct animals were part of God's original created kinds, spanning Days 5 and 6. This, of course, runs contrary to the generally accepted theories… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on July 30, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

A Critique of the Dake Reference Bible's Gap Theory

Finis J. Dake clearly subscribed to the Ruin-Reconstruction theory as testified from his Annotated Reference Bible, OT pp. 51-57.



What I find interesting in his opinion of Behemoth at Jeremiah 40:15. On page 546 of his OT references, he writes, "It is not definite what animal is referred to here. A study of this passage by critics and naturalists has brought the conclusion that either the elephant or hippopotamus is meant; but there are some… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on July 20, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Compromises of Creation

History of Gap and Day-Age Theories

In 1795, Scottish farmer and naturalist James Hutton, considered to be the founder of modern geology, published his book Theory of the Earth which suggested that the earth is continuously being formed by the rising and eroding of continents. His idea suggested that the earth was far older than the 6,000 years as suggested by Holy Scripture. The Catastrophe Theories (such as the Flood) began to look less and less as a valid understanding of… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on July 20, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

The Seven Churches in Revelation and Pre-Trib Proof Texts

As with many of the things I write, I put a lot of effort into them, and pray that anyone interested would sincerely search the Scriptural references that I include in the comparative [cf.] notes. In other words, don't believe me because I say it; study the Word of God for yourself. Also, I always try to write with an attitude of patience and love, so that our enemy cannot seek to drive a wedge between any of us who may disagree. Disagreements are normal and are often healthy for good… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on July 3, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Endogenous Retrovirus - Responding to an Evolutionist

In April 2009, some discussions arose within an apostolic, ministerial discussion group dealing with the issue of Creationism and Evolutionism. I am re-posting some of my contributions of that discussion in this blog.



This reply is in response to a statement made by an individual from Australia who believed "endogenous retroviral fragments" are absolute proof that God used evolution to bring about humanity. I believe that this person has since (as of November 2010) renounced… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on April 2, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

The Origins Debate

(Originally published 4 Feb 2009. Updated 25 March 2009.)



The whole genre of discussion regarding Origins has become a subject of utmost importance lately. As many already know, I feel a strong urgency from God to help the Church defend His Word against modern Evolutionary paradigms that have risen and are invading even the Church itself. Without compromise, regardless of what modern liberal theologians (including laymen) or the religious (or not) scientific community professes,… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on March 29, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Foundation of Genesis

(Originally published 5 Feb 2009 on EA. Updated 25 March 2009.)



The Bible firmly declares, "be ready always to give an answer (Grk. apologia, a defense) to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meakness and fear" (1 Pet. 3:15). I do not expect every laymen or minister to articulate a defense against evolutionary ideologies, but I do want to warn the Church against the lies that Satan is currently using to invade the Church—the same lies he told Eve in the… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on March 25, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

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