The Rooster and the Jewel (Aesop’s Fables w/ Christian Applications #4)

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A Rooster, while looking for food for himself and his hens, found a precious stone. He shouted, “Oh precious stone. If your owner had found you before I did, he would have joyously taken you, and set you in your rightful place. But indeed, I have found you for no reason. Because I would rather have one grain of corn than all the jewels in the world.”

Application 1: Truly this is the creed of the foolish at heart when he has found wisdom. His only concern is for his belly and to please those who are of his nature. If it were a righteous man to find wisdom, he would exalt it in its right place and use it to the glory of God. But since the foolish have no stomach for wisdom, they would forsake the grandest jewels that wisdom has to offer for one grain of sin (Prov 17:16).

Application 2: The sinful do not discern the value of the eternal gospel. Because their god is their belly, and their glory their shame (Phil 3:19), they are unable to perceive the immeasurable riches in Christ (Eph 2:7), who is our wisdom and righteousness (1 Cor. 1:30). Since their heart is not regenerated to spiritually discern the goodness of God, they treasure the pleasures of sin, over and beyond the treasures of heaven. And like this rooster, they may stumble upon The Precious Stone, but unless a miracle replaces the heart of flesh, they will reject His worth.

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Annihilating Conditionalism

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I had the privilege to appear on the Bible Thumping Wingnut show to discuss conditionalism/annihilationism. We went over the common mistake people make when dialoguing with conditionalists, the heretical associations Rethinking Hell has with theologies like Open Theism, Unitarianism, and Universalism, and finally Jude 7 regarding the Greek language and how it affirms the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah currently suffering eternal conscious torment now, even as we speak, in final punishment. We also talked about Chris Date and Rethinking Hell still refusing to have a real conversation with me about this topic. Tune in and share with friends.

http://biblethumpingwingnut.com/2017/10/31/btwn-episode-277-rethinking-hell/