Paul's Passing Thoughts

They Have NO Authority

Posted in Uncategorized by pptmoderator on December 12, 2015

Acts Lesson 52

Posted in Uncategorized by Andy Young, PPT contributing editor on May 12, 2015

Acts Series

Tuesday Night Bible Study – Now LIVE on Blogtalk Radio!
Lesson 52 – May 12, 2015 (click here to listen)





Tonight’s Text – Acts 19:21 – 20:1
Brief review

  1. Summary of remaining journey
    1. Intentions to visit Macedonia and Achaia
    2. Send ahead two “ministers”
      1. Timothy and Erastus
      2. διακονεω (dee-ahk-oh-NEH-oh) – “deacon”; one who serves
  2. No small stir in Ephesus
    1. Diana – the Roman goddess
    2. Demetrius – a silversmith.
      – made “silver shrines”
    3. Paul’s teaching threatened their livelihood.
      1. Primary motivation – wealth
      2. Compare with 1 Timothy 6:2-10, 2 Peter 2:1-3, Jude 10-13
    4. The big business of religion
  3. The assembly in the theater
    1. Theater of Ephesus – multi-purpose venue
    2. Silversmiths lead riotous crowd
      • Paul discouraged from entering
        1. By other disciples
        2. By other “friends”
    3. Examining the “assembly”
      1. εκκλησια (ek-lay-SEE-ah) – a body gathered for a common purpose such as a government function.
      2. Must be lawful
      3. Must be orderly
  4. A voice of reason
    1. Townclerk points out the assembly’s irrational behavior
      1. Keep calm
      2. Think clearly
    2. Examining the validity of the claim
      1. No “robbers of churches”
        1. ιεροσυλυος (hee-er-os-oo-lous). “temple despoilers”
        2. taking the glory for themselves
      2. Never spoke evil of Diana
    3. Respect for the rightful use of law

Acts Lesson 51

Posted in Uncategorized by Andy Young, PPT contributing editor on April 28, 2015

Acts Series

Tuesday Night Bible Study – Now LIVE on Blogtalk Radio!
Lesson 51 – April 28, 2015 (Click here to listen)





Tonight’s Text – Acts 19:11-20

Brief Review

  1. Miracles by Paul’s hand
    1. From his body
    2. The purpose
      1. A new aspect to the ministry
      2. To contrast reprobate works from authentic ones
        1. Compare with 2 Timothy 3:5-9
        2. Pharaoh’s magicians
  2. The works of false teachers
    1. “Vagabond” Jews
      1. Wanderers
      2. Sons of a chief priest
      3. Exorcists
    2. Known for their works
      • successful at it
    3. Why invoke Jesus’ name?
      • Compare with Matthew 7:15-23
  3. Result of Paul’s works
    1. People believe
      • Confession and repentance
    2. A change in behavior
      1. Out of obedience
      2. Out of love

They Have NO Authority

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 25, 2014

John Piper: How to Hide Your Talents in 6 Minutes

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on December 6, 2011

I would like to point out some disturbing parallels between New Calvinism and the “wicked and slothful” servant in Matthew 25. It’s a difficult portion of Scripture, but a few things are certain: the servant’s improper view of God caused him to be “fearful,” resulting in him playing it safe, so to speak.  The servant was fearful that he would do something wrong with the master’s money that would incur a loss, and thereby landing him in deep trouble.  How did he play it safe? He hid the master’s money in the ground so there would be no chance of loss.

That’s what the doctrine of New Calvinism does. It instills fear of risk in believers, so they play it safe. Let me explain. There is a popular video on the net entitled “The Gospel in Six Minutes,” by John Piper. It is an excerpt from a sermon he preached.  The title was “God Strengthens Us By The Gospel.”  And here is how he explains that in the same message:

You never, never, never outgrow your need for it. Don’t ever think of the gospel as, “That’s the way you get saved, and then you get strong by leaving it and doing something else.” No! We are strengthened by God through the gospel every day, till the day we drop. You never outgrow the need to preach to yourself the gospel.

In fact, in his conclusion, he strongly insinuates that anybody that is trusting in anything else but the same gospel that saved us to grow spiritually is lost:

I know that there are people reading this who are not trusting Jesus Christ, and therefore can only expect condemnation. So I’m just going to plead with you here at the end, lay down that rebellion. Lay it down. And simply embrace the gospel that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Righteous One, died for your sins. He was raised on the third day, triumphant over all his enemies. He reigns until he puts all of his enemies under his feet. Forgiveness of sins and a right standing with God comes freely through him alone, by faith alone.

Piper then follows with this statement without any transition of subject:

I plead with you, don’t try to be strong in your own strength; it will not be there when you need it. Only one strength will be there—the strength that God gives according to the gospel. Don’t put it off.

Don’t put what off? Well, the title of the sermon is “God Strengthens Us By The Gospel.” Who’s “us”? Answer: professing Christians. Lost people don’t need “strengthening,” they need salvation, right? So, what is it that professing Christians shouldn’t put off doing? Answer: those who are not really “trusting Jesus Christ, and therefore can only expect condemnation,”  shouldn’t put off trusting in Jesus Christ by ceasing to be strong in our own strength. Those trying to be strong in their own strength in sanctification can only expect condemnation, so the call is to stop doing that and start trusting in the gospel to be strengthened as a believer, and if you don’t, you will be condemned! Got it?

But how would we know if we are applying effort in our own strength or the strength of the gospel? Well, you had better get that right, or you could end up condemned. Scared yet?

Answer: play it safe, don’t make any effort! Apparently, it’s either all our effort or all God’s effort. I call this the New Calvinist either/or hermeneutic.

So, hide your efforts in the ground for fear that those efforts could unwittingly circumvent “gospel strength,” resulting in your eternal condemnation.

Do you buy that? I hope not.


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