This blog began on August 5, 2006 and has continued for about 1500 posts.
Today I turned 50 years old which was the age of retirement from leadership according to the Bible. I led into my retirement with ten topics that gave the background and explanation for what Jesus called a "laborer/workman" because that is what I will be spending the rest of my life doing.
This blog was my way of sharing revelation God gave me (Topic #1) as well as document my journey towards becoming a "laborer/workman" (Topic #9 & Topic #10). If you are interested in making the same journey, you don't have to read all of the posts on this blog. Just begin with the first of the ten topics and follow all of the links.
Thank you to everyone who added to this blog! You have a share in all the people that have been helped.
Other resources the I highly recommend:
-Jonathan Fries' Doctrinal Blog
-Joel Swokowski's Bible Commentary
-The Deeper Why website
-The Deeper Why facebook page
-Wayne Swokowski's podcasts (This year, Wayne is planning on covering the first four chapters of Genesis and the last four chapters of Revelation.)
As for writing, I will continue writing in the following places helping people become Leaders:
-Bible Jedi (Helping people learn how to interpret the Bible)
-The Gospel Series (I will be adding to last year's Series throughout the year)
-Ten Topics (I will be adding to this year's posts at least once a month)
-Ebooks (I plan on writing ebooks)
Finally, I will be working on the Modeling God website because I'm taking it another direction...
"Modeling God" was published on 7/7/7 by Deep River Press. Even though I was well received during radio interviews around the country, local pastors (either individually or in groups) slandered me personally. These pastors would not meet with me and they would not address the content of what was presented in "Modeling God". One pastor claimed to address the content, but he actually attacked me personally and misrepresented the content of "Modeling God" with over 200 factual inaccuracies as well as many more logical inaccuracies.
Recently, the publishing rights to "Modeling God" were purchased from Deep River Press and the book was taken out of print in order to be e-published as a series of books.
Last year, I had a third party look into the events from the past five years. This third party is a minister with a religious degree who has a radio show outside of the area local to me. During our first meeting, he asked me what I thought was the root cause. I stated it has been a disagreement about two Doctrines: Biblical Grace and the Nature of God.
He didn't believe me. He asked for ALL the e-mails and correspondence which was over 700 items and told me he would let me know his conclusions.
In order to understand his conclusions, there are two concepts you need to understand...
1. AD HOMINEM
Here is a link to an EXCELLENT SHORT (1:48) VIDEO explaining Ad Hominem
"Ad Hominem" is latin for "to the man" and refers to a personal attack that is used in place of a logical/factual response during a discussion/argument. These personal attacks come in four forms:
1. Abuse - "You are an idiot", "You are too intelligent", "You are a heretic", "I have concerns about your information"
2. Circumstantial - "You have to say that because you are a Christian", "You would say that because you just want to be right", "You are getting paid to say that"
3. Tu Quoque (You also) - "You do the same thing that you are saying is wrong", "You are a hypocrite"
4. Guilt by Association - "The Pharisees/Nazis/Devil believed the same thing"
Even if the person using the Ad Hominem attack is right, that doesn't address the logic/fact that was originally presented.
2. JESUS' PERSPECTIVE ON AD HOMINEM ATTACKS
Let's look at the following passage from Matthew 11:
"15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."
(Jesus specifically stated that people ought to attempt to hear what He was saying.)
"16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the marketplaces, who call unto their fellows
17 and say, We piped unto you, and ye did not dance; we wailed, and ye did not mourn."
(Jesus explained what the generation of people He was dealing with were like. He had two analogies/models:
1. It was like people who didn't dance when children played music
2. It was like people who did not mourn when children wailed.)
(Notice, Jesus stated that children supplied causes (music and wailing) and this generation did not supply the corresponding effect: dancing and mourning. This was pretty general however, Jesus had a SPECIFIC example of how that generation did NOT respond with the corresponding effect...)
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a demon.
19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold, a gluttonous man and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! And wisdom is justified by her works.
(Jesus had two examples. The first was John the Baptist. John humbly supplied causes from God and the people did NOT respond with the corresponding effect. Instead, they responded with "He hath a demon" which was the Abusive form of Ad Hominem!!!!)
(The second example was Jesus who humbly supplied causes from God in the opposite manner from John (just as music is the opposite of wailing) and the people did NOT respond with the corresponding effect. Instead, they responded with SEVERAL Abusive forms of Ad Hominem!!!!)
(Jesus concluded His examples with the logical statement: "And wisdom is justified by her works." This meant that what kind of wisdom a person has (Godly or human) is proven by the effects/actions/responses. This was a BLATANT reference to Ad Hominem!!!!)
(Godly Wisdom would respond to logical/factual statements with the corresponding effects: either addressing the logic/facts or doing the correct action. Human wisdom would ignore the logical/factual statements and respond with personal attacks. These words came from Jesus Himself!)
(At this point, one could ask, "What is so bad about Ad Hominem responses?" The very next verse showed what Jesus said was going to happen to those who use Ad Hominem responses...)
"20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not."
(Notice, this verse was linked to the previous verses with the word "Then..." AND the cause and corresponding effect were SPECIFICALLY stated by Jesus!
Cause: Jesus' mighty works (miracles)
(Jesus UPBRAIDED the people who gave Ad Hominem responses. What did the "upbraiding" consist of?)
"21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22 But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
23 And thou, Capernaum, shalt thou be exalted unto heaven? thou shalt go down unto Hades: for if the mighty works had been done in Sodom which were done in thee, it would have remained until this day.
24 But I say unto you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee."
(Jesus showed us that people who respond to logic/facts with Ad Hominem attacks deserve judgment. Why do these people deserve judgment?)
"25 At that season Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou didst hide these things from the wise and understanding, and didst reveal them unto babes:
26 yea, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in thy sight."
(Again, this sentence was connected with the previous verses with the phrase "At that season Jesus answered...")
(Jesus stated "these things" have been hidden from the "wise and understanding", while it was revealed "unto babes". "These things" were hidden from those who used human wisdom (Ad Hominem), while they were revealed unto the humble who used Godly Wisdom...hence the use of "children" in His analogies/models from verses 16 and 17. What were "these things" that were hidden from those using Ad Hominem?)
"27 All things have been delivered unto me of my Father: and no one knoweth the Son, save the Father; neither doth any know the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son willeth to reveal him."
(THESE THINGS: knowing the Father....being a BELIEVER!)
(People who use Ad Hominem attacks are NOT Believers! This passage began with Jesus encouraging those who had ears to hear this teaching. If a person is unable to understand this, even though Jesus wants EVERYONE with ears to understand it, THAT would be PROOF this information is "hidden" from you!)
Now we are ready to look at the conclusions from the third party...
THIRD PARTY CONCLUSIONS
1. The local Pastors ONLY responded with Ad Hominem attacks.
These local Pastors who opposed me are NOT Believers. In many cases, the third party was shocked and saddened by the level of Abuse these Pastors exhibited in private e-mails. He could see these "men of God" were not Christian.
2. "Modeling God" dealt with two Doctrines that are crucial in combatting Universalism.
Here are the man-made doctrines that are making the Word of God of NONE EFFECT:
Grace - Unmerited Favor
God's Nature - Love
If Salvation is by Unmerited Favor, then God chooses who goes to Heaven regardless of the will of the individual.
If God's Nature is Love, then NO ONE goes to Hell.
The reason for Rob Bell's popularity and the growing Universalist movement in the church is that people have man-made doctrine in place of Biblical Grace and God's Nature. If Grace is "unmerited favor" and God's Nature is "love", then Rob Bell IS right! If these two Doctrine aren't addressed, eventually the church will be Universalist.
3. The opposition I face is spiritual.
"Modeling God" was inspired by the Holy Spirit to combat Universalism. The people opposing "Modeling God" are being led to do so by a spirit that is promoting Universalism.
Around the same time as the events presented above from Matthew 11, Mark's Gospel Account stated:
"4 And Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house." (Mark 6:4)
I realize that PROOF that the revelations presented by the prophets in the Bible and Jesus were LARGE were that the people presenting them were personally attacked (Ad Hominem) by the "locals" while being revered outside of the local area. The revelations from "Modeling God" are being revered outside our local area, not only in the state of Wisconsin but outside the state!
However, the local attacks continue even today! I have e-mails where people have admitted to breaking the law in order to attack me!
To that end, I will be putting all of this information on the "Modeling God" website in an effort to present my story. Also, I am ready to sue the next public slanderer. Not only is this Biblically correct to do because the person is proving they are an Unbeliever, but it will also prove this story is current and lead to its being presented on the radio and in the press.