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Just saying hi. I’m still in Maple Ridge.
Bom dia! Morning Joe Haynes
I am most grateful for the study you sent me about the intermediate state of the dead. This study is of great value.
Would you like to bother you but this once.
Since we do not believe in the intermediate state between death and resurrection, I wonder how we should interpret the parable of the rich man and Lazarus?
What about the souls crying under the altar described in Revelation chapter 6?
Already thank you, and thank you,
in Christ Jesus
I am curious with Caesar Are those the saints that died before Christ came under the altar etc. Angela
Thanks for your question, Angela. I think you must be referring to Revelation 6:9? No, I do not believe this is picturing the “saints that died before Christ came”, as you say. I believe this is a picture in John’s vision expressing the fact the a multitude of Christians had died for the sake of Christ and the Gospel (c.f. Mark 10:29) whose deaths demanded justice from God in the form of judgement upon the Roman Empire. The point in history symbolized by the 6th seal (3 verses later in Rev 6:12) depicts the massive political revolution in the late Roman Empire brought about by the edict of Constantine vindicating Christianity and overturning centuries of State-sponsored, anti-Christian prejudice and persecution. So the symbolic “souls” under the altar are those Christians who were martyred by Roman authorities up until the 4th Century AD. For a more thorough explanation, see “The Final Prophecy of Jesus” by Dr. Oral Collins available on Amazon.com.
Today, by accident, I came across your post labeled “The Problem with Ed Piorek’s Message”.
It shocked me to see this on the internet.
Honestly, My entire family and extended family have known Ed Piorek and his entire family for many decades.
We know many pastors in numerous denominations intimately.
Without a shadow of doubt Ed is a man of integrity outside of ministry and inside of ministry.
When a person is speaking at a conference or guest speaking at a church – that person is releasing a certain “Spiritual Vitamin” into those listening. That particular vitamin is what God has placed on that person’s heart to not only reveal to you… but to release to you.
If you don’t like the vitamin given to you…. or you don’t like how the person gave you the vitamin… doesn’t mean it’s not a vitamin… and surely doesn’t mean it’s not a vitamin others needed that day.
I’m sure when you speak it is the same… some people like what you say and some do not.
However, speaking badly against someone.. whether it be gossip in person with other people or the internet… is wrong.
If you had a problem with Ed, I’m sure you could of contacted him in many different ways and talked to him yourself. That would of been the proper way to find the Lord’s will in this situation and also to see His Love triumph over any gossip that would ensue…
There are plenty of scriptures that would direct you to see the way the Lord handles these types of situations… I’m sure you know them well.
Praying you find the Lord’s heart in this matter…
Thanks Moniqua for your comment (regarding the blog post here). I’m really glad to hear that Ed is a wonderful guy. I don’t doubt it for a minute. It’s not his personal integrity that I took issue with: it’s his ministry. Where you speak of vitamins and suggest that if some people like what Ed delivers that’s enough, the Holy Spirit, through Paul’s pen in 2 Timothy 4, said,
Christians are not instructed to evaluate a public ministry based on whether people “like the vitamins” or not. Christians are called to evaluate public ministries based on whether or not God’s Word was faithfully and accurately taught.
If I had seen Ed in some private sin, I would have been obligated to confront him in private as Matthew 18 commends. However, Ed’s neglect of the Gospel and the way in which he neglected to point people to the only all-sufficient Saviour, was a public matter. I really hope that Ed has since changed his ways and now consistently preaches the Gospel and consistently points people to faith in Jesus, instead of to seeking experiences that can be too easily counterfeits for the real thing. If you send me some links to Ed really delivering the Gospel, I’ll check them out and share them as an update to this post.
Thanks for your prayers Moniqua. I can surely use lots of prayers! It’s a scary thing to have one’s ministry scrutinized! And it is all too tempting to give people teaching that will make them like me instead of to simply preach God’s Word.
Thanks for the reply.
I hear what you are saying, but disagree on how Jesus handles things. If in fact Jesus lives in us and works through us – the heart of Jesus shows in action….
Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister[a] or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces
Mathew 18 has nothing to do with “private sin” and has everything to do with “When your brother sins agains You”… This is any sin… in any form or fashion.
“If your brother or sister[a] sins,[b] go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[c] 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
Jesus did not speak to you in His word or in any other manor and ask you to share judgements on the internet about someone. If you can’t see that it is wrong, then I pray the Holy Spirit shows you.
I think you will find that your judgements are not coming from Jesus’s heart and how He handles things, but from your own heart and mind.
1 Corinthians 2:13-16:
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.[a] 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,
“Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”[b]
But we have the mind of Christ.
I’m not going to reply to your points above. I can see that we are talking past one another. Let me repeat though, I really hope that Ed has since changed his ways and now consistently preaches the Gospel and consistently points people to faith in Jesus, instead of to seeking experiences that can be too easily counterfeits for the real thing. If you send me some links to Ed really delivering the Gospel, I’ll check them out and share them as an update to this post.
I understand your concerns I don’t know what his preaching style was like that weekend. But I recently went to a conference with him and everything was based on script. But it is centrally theme in the bible to know God’s love for us and to grow in that love. Are as Romans describes the working out of love which is faith. We are saved from faith to faith Romans 1:17. Jesus grew in his knowledge even as a child it says he grew in favor with God and men. How can there be an increase of his favor with God as God unless it is as an experiencing of or growing in deeper relationship with God, who is love. This isn’t what he taught on I am just reason in the scriptures with you. Anyways bless you God’s really does love.
In the mercies of God I was led to brother Guinness books in the early 60 while attending Columbia Bible College, since renamed Columbia International University, and my first wife and I (d. 1988) were utterly transformed and sobered by History Unveiling Prophecy, a book in their library that also, in the Lord’s mercies they let me have because I was the only one in a student body of several hundred who was reading it. That led to The Approaching End of the Age and others.
I have since written my own studies wholly following the historicist method, which I consider to be the only true one.
The blog below was begun several years ago but I have not added to it at all since and don’t even know now how to access it to edit it.
A year ago I was invited to lecture on the subject, but one of the most discouraging (and eye opening) things happened in that only three people attended, all of whom I already knew.
Enough about me except to say that I have 8 children and now 22 grandchildren, all saved or close to it (there has been sin but there has been a multitude of grace shown us all) I know ‘close to it’ is not theologically correct, but you probably get my drift.
Blessings in Christ, brother,
P.S. I am in excellent health, use no meds whatever, and roller skate nearly every week right alongside the teenagers.
It’s really good to “meet” you David. I’ll reply by email for a more private conversation.
Do you know of Albert Barnes, Joe? Barnes Notes are probably in most schools, and while his Notes on Revelation is very tedious it is also full of gold. Fantastic. He was a most unusual scholar, a bit older than Guinness, a pastor in Philadelphia, and if I remember correctly Guinness quotes him in the History Unveiling Prophecy intro.
I love Barnes’ work, yes. Tedious is right, but well worth it. Have you had a chance to read Collins’ The Final Prophecy of Jesus?
I have read 2 of Eds books and watched a DVD series of his and found them most helpful. He has lots of biblical teaching and in the DVD series he does one hour on Jesus relationship with the Father, then 1 hour of stories in each session. There is no lack of emphasis on Jesus. Don’t just take one bite and spit it out. Read the whole book before you comment please.
I just discovered your blog here. I have an addition to offer on the your resources on the Guinness Family. Geraldine Guinness Taylor is featured in my recently published book, Women Leaders in the Student Christian Movement, 1880-1920. ASM Series 55 (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017). I also made a presentation about her life story at a conference last Summer (2017) at Wheaton College. I was helped out with information on Taylor by Michelle Guinness, her descendant and a relative of Os Guinness.
My book can be seen at Amazon.
Thank you Dr. Russell. I appreciate this additional resource very much. I’ll be sure to look for your book on Amazon. I also was helped by Michelle Guinness when I did my early research on the Guinness family. Incidentally, Michelle’s connection with the Guinness family is through her husband Peter (I believe that’s his name).
Interesting that in your blog, “The Saddest Person” (September 19, 2017) you seem to deal only with the fact that the Cross of Christ removes our guilt for sin but neglect to deal with the issue of sin itself, that is, with the power over sin we have been given in Christ.
I think the saddest Christians are not only those who are filled with guilt for sin, but who have not yet overcome it through the ministry of the Spirit. The atonement does not merely remove our guilt but, moreover, it removes the power that sin had over us. Christ died to free from sin, not merely the guilt of sin (which the latter can never be obtained without the former).
I’m sure you believe that we overcome sin through the Cross of Christ (I’m not speaking of the notion of “Christian perfection,” as if we can never sin, but of sanctification, both instantaneous and progressive, “until we come to the full measure of Christ”); but such neglect is disheartening and distorts the message of the Gospel, which is “that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him with our fear, in holiness and righteousness all of our days.”
Perhaps you have already dealt with the issue of God’s empowerment to overcome sin and, if you have, you should provide a link with “The Saddest Person” blog. If not, allow me to suggest you write a blog to accompany “The Saddest Person” so as to rightly present the Gospel and prevent any misunderstanding as to the extent by which Christ is “our sufficient sin-bearer.”
Freed from the guilt of sin, the “happiest person” becomes the most happiest person, even happier than happiest, when he finds and experiences that he is wholly free from sins dominion as well as from the guilt of sins committed.
Btw, I happened along your blog when I did a search on Ed Piorek, with whom I meet and respect when I first became a Christian in 1973, while he served as an elder in a new church, Believers Chapel. I haven’t had contact with him since 1978 and it is a bit sad to read your blog on him, especially, if your perception of the event is true.
Btw, why is this listed on top of your most “recent posts,” when it is over a year since you wrote it. Did you stop blogging here? I pray all is well with you.
In any case, if you do get this and read it, thanks for taking the time to do so.
Dear Pr. Joe Haynes,
My wife and I are from Colombia (South America) and live in Toronto for over 15 years. I came across with you web-site because I am looking for sound teachings on biblical prophecy. We adhered to Zionism, Dispensationalism for over 20 years until we discovered who Scofield was, etc… We are in the journey of refining our eschatology; that is why we kindly ask you to refer us resources such as books, videos, etc so we can start building up our sound doctrine. Sorry for any English mistake, Spanish is my mother language.