Transcript: Episode 0017

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Welcome to the Stone Choir Podcast. I am Corey J. Moller, and I'm

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well. As promised in this episode, we are going to be talking about how Scripture interfaces

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with biological race, how Scripture describes how God created the races, and the arguments

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that are sometimes used by Christians who are cherry-picking aspects of Scripture outside

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of their context to make secular arguments against some of the things that we've said in

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the past couple episodes. This is episode three on race. We didn't want to do too much

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about it, but as we said last week in particular, this is such an important subject to the world.

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The reason that there's so much fighting around it is that there's something theological

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going on here, and we are speaking about it because we believe that there's almost

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no one else who understands all of these moving parts the way we do, and a lot of people

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have gotten some value out of us, so we're going to continue. It's going to have a beginning

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and an end. The beginning was the episode where we talked about the biological reality

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of race. We laid out the genetics and people received that well. It's obvious. Science

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is not in opposition to Scripture. Reality is not in opposition to the creator of that

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reality. That should surprise no one who's listening, but that was a case we had to make

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first. And then last week, we specifically talked about the effects of race as they relate

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to sin and the fact that there are propensities for sin that are greater in some races than

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others, which is a really tough pill to swallow, and I'm sure that there are some people who

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have heard that and may never listen again if you're still listening. Thank you. As we

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said in each of those episodes, we were deliberately not going too much into Scripture for the very

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reason that if we had front-loaded Scripture in these multiple episodes, if we had just focused

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on what the Bible says and then gone on to science, I know of absolute certainty that as people

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listened, they would forget that we ever pointed to Scripture and to say, well, what you're

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saying does make any sense? Bible says this and the other thing. We deliberately did this

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kind of upside down by saving Scripture for the third episode so that we can contextualize all

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the things that we just said for the cat past couple weeks in a manner that is consistent with

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Scripture to say, look, the things that we just said do not fly in the face of what God has said.

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So this is episode three of five episode four next week is going to specifically be entirely about

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IQ and that's based in part on race. It is based in part on human history and the different

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people groups and it's not just a scientific thing. It's not just about a measuring contest to see

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who's smarter or who's stupider. There's no judgment involved in talking about IQ. The reason

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that that question matters is that if someone lacks the mental capacity to understand certain types

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of things, that precludes large amounts of theology from their understanding. They're not going

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to be able to understand things. So the reason that that's part of this is that talking about IQ

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is talking about the gospel. How do you share the gospel? Someone who can't understand hypotheticals.

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And then the last episode, episode five of this many series is going to specifically discuss

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the invention of racism in the late 1800s and what is followed because most people think the racism

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is a sin that God ordained as being against his will from before eternity and the we are doing

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what God wants us to do when we attack something that the world calls racism. So the capstone for

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all this is going to be to put all of this in context because the things that we've said so far

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and the things we're going to continue to say, the Missouri Senate in particular on their web page

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where they describe racism and responses to it, they basically refute every single thing that we're

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saying. They refute all the things that are factual that you've already agreed with. If you

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agreed with the previous episodes and so we're going to in the last episode in this series,

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we're going to completely dismantle the lies that the Senate has been telling really only since

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about the 70s prior to the 70s those lies weren't being told. But in the 60s something happened

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to the whole world and it seems more and more like there was a portal hell was opened and a

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whole lot of demons came pouring out and kind of went in all different directions. We saw the

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destruction of the Roman Catholic Church even worse than it was before. We saw the destruction

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of Protestantism Lutherans were not immune to it and all that began in the US really in the 60s.

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So we're going to finish this up by specifically addressing the chargers against us and now against

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you if you believe anything we've said that you are a racist and that you are going to hell if you

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don't repent for believing the truth about scripture and about creation. So to begin with in this

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episode on scripture and race we're going to recap and go back over some of the territory we covered

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and I think episode four where we talked about Christian nationalism. That was kind of the kickoff

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roughs really discussing the subject of race head on. So there'll be a little bit of repetition

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in this from that episode if you happen to listen to it. If you haven't go back and listen to it

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after this because there's a lot more to say about all these things in different directions.

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There will be some some recapitulation of some of those things but they're well worth hearing

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again because if you have a scriptural basis for believing what we have said and with a clean

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conscience then you're going to be immunized against charges of let's racist well you can't think

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that that's that's a sin. If that's true it's a very bad thing but if it's false you need to be

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equips from scripture to be able to respond it faithfully as a Christian. So that's what we're going

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to be talking about today. So let's begin back in Genesis once again I think at the table of

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nations. So to start off with a basic point about genealogies in scripture there are a lot

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of genealogies. It is not just in Genesis it's not just in the Old Testament the New Testament

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starts with the genealogy of Christ but genealogies play an important role in scripture they have

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to do with God's promises they have to do with of course who descends from whom that is the nature

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of a genealogy but part of the core thread of scripture is literally a bloodline from Adam

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through Noah through Shem through David down the line to Christ and so we begin that really with

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the table of nations which is of course Genesis 10 let me just pull that up here and Genesis 10

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gives the nations that are descended from the sons of Noah and of course Noah and his sons

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and their wives are the only ones currently living because the flood is just wipe the slate clean

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and so this gives the descent of literally everyone alive. Now these nations of course have

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further split as time has gone on we have more than just the number of individuals listed here

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relative to the number of nations that now exist or tribes depending on the resolution

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but this is the basic outline of what happened and you have the three great groups of humanity the

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three great races of men descended respectively japhith shem and ham in order of birth.

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Unsurprising shem would be second if you look at the one of the themes in the Old Testament

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God very often subverts the expectation that the best of things will go to the first born

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although japhith is definitely blessed we see that in the the blessing in the curses spoken by Noah

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later on but often the line of Christ goes through the second born so in this case it is the

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second born it is shem but you have japhith becomes basically Europe and a little bit of northern

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Africa because the sons of japhith became sailors and sailed the Mediterranean. You have shem who

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largely stayed in the Middle East for a period of time but then spread eastward into Asia and other

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places the Amerindians are descended at least in part from shem and then you have ham who moved

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southward through Egypt past the Sahara however big it happened to be at the time and down in

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Africa and so speaking of that it leads into the Exodus but of course before the Exodus you have

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the line of Christ moving to Egypt and then eventually the Israelites being enslaved in Egypt

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and Scripture is very clear that Egypt won the name is actually in the table of nations and

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two Scripture explicitly calls Egypt the land of ham that would be from one example Psalm 106

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they forgot God their savior who had done great things in Egypt wondrous works in the land of ham

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and awesome deeds by the red sea and so the Israelites were in Egypt for 430 years we get that from

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Exodus 12 of course which says literally 430 years that is Exodus 12 verse 40 the time that the

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people of Israel lived in Egypt was 430 years at the end of 430 years on that very day all the hosts

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of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt and so the reason it's worth noting in this context

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the Exodus and the Sojourn in Egypt is that the Israelites were in Egypt 430 years over four

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centuries they are not called Egyptian they did not become Egyptian they lived there for a time

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that did not make them Egyptian simply moving somewhere does not make you a member of the race

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that inhabits that particular geographic location it makes you a Sojourner which is what the

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Israelites were which is how Scripture describes them and so when they left Egypt they were still

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Israelites they were not Egyptians even though they had been there 430 years which bear in mind

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most of the audience for this podcast and the two of us we live in the United States founded in

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1776 of course the colonies are earlier the nation came before the country but 430 years is a long time

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and I think it's important to note there that when the Israelites lived in Egypt there was

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no confusion the Egyptians didn't think they were Egyptian the Israelites didn't think they were

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Egyptian there was no inner breeding of the groups by and large there may have been a little bit

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but it was they were they were segregated not only socially but biologically and I think that's

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important to to observe because when we discuss the Israelites in Scripture there's a strong

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tendency today that I think is largely driven by Zionism by by beliefs they were originated in the

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United States primarily in the late 19th century to believe this somehow Israel was something special

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apart from all of their nations and apart from its purpose in God's plan of providing

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the Messiah's bloodline and also being a vessel to preserve the prophecies of the Messiah

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so a lot of times what you'll hear today is when someone denies their race exists at all

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and you say well what about the Israelites the knee jerk responses oh well they were special

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God shows them for a purpose well yes God used the used Abraham's bloodline through Isaac and Jacob

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specifically to provide the bloodline to Jesus but God also worked through other bloodlines and other

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places less important work certainly than giving us the Messiah there there's no one who would ever

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deny that God coming incarnate among us is chief of all events in human history so I'm not trying

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to diminish that in the slightest but the point is the fact that a people group that a race the race

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of the Hebrews was used for that purpose doesn't mean that they were the only race and that everyone

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else was just human there were all these different races that were serving different purposes you can

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see that even in Egypt what did God do with Egypt he created a great empire in that place

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that was on the Nile where they were going to be able to grow a great amount of grain he knew

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that he was going to be sending a famine he knew that he was going to be sending the Israelites into

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Egypt to become slaves to them for a period of centuries and then he was going to send them out

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from that place none of that story would have worked if God had not also used the race of the

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Egyptians to serve their purpose in history and so I don't think that it's a stretch at all

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to say that each of the races have had their purpose in God's plan some certainly greater some

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lesser some completely unknown we don't have to know what God's doing to believe that God is

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actually doing something and I think chief among our concerns in describing their race as a real

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thing is that we want to give God the glory for what he does in the world it's not just about well

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here's this one specific thing that I know he said he did so he gets credit for that and all the

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rest is random we talked about randomness last week and the tendency that we have to think oh it's

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who knows what happened you know you you have a baby and there's millions of sperm and

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it's it's all just random no God is in control of everything now that's not making an

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utterly deterministic claim about the universe it's saying that things happen when God desires that

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they happen things don't happen when God does not desire them and if there's something evil or

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something that seems to be bad they God permits he will also use that use that evil for his good

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and so it's not only the good that the Hebrew people were a vessel for despite their own

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incredible wickedness throughout scripture it's astonishing how evil those people were

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in in ways that in in some ways are far worse than some of the things we see even today when

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I think I mentioned before when you look at when Moses went up to get the 10 commandments from God

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and they saw the pillar of fire and smoke and God was up there with Moses with with a man who

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led them out of captivity it took less than 40 days for them to abandon God while he was right in

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front of him they got mad that Moses was gone for a few weeks and told Aaron make us a new God

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make make us a golden calf who will be the one who led us out of Egypt like that's in it's

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completely insane it's incomprehensible to us even as a pagan to think well if you saw this

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miracle and your God came down as a pillar of fire on a mountain and the guy that God sent to do

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that is up there talking to him wouldn't you have more patience than 40 days and yet that that

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was all they could master by when Moses came down they had descended into an orgy and they were

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worshipping pagan gods and who knows what else they were doing it was it was unspeakable evil

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in in in in the same amount of time that lent will take which is this is a period that will be

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beginning on the day that this episode is released so they were chosen for the purpose of being

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a vessel of God's promise but they were not the only race they were one of many in the table

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of nations list all of them there's one interesting thing that I want to note I encore you can

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correct me if I'm wrong but I believe that in most places in scripture especially in the Old

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Testament when you're talking about the patriarchs it will say that in Adam had other sons and daughters

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so there will be some who were enumerated and then there will be others as simply I mentioned

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now I believe that the table of nations is complete and Noah is in the table of nations

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the reason that I think that's interesting is that although Noah lived to be 950

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it never says that he has had more than those three sons and I think the fact that God limited

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Noah's offspring to three men who became the fathers of the greatest nations of what became

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today what we call Africans principally Asians and principally Europeans like those are distinct

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groups that still exist in the world today and we can trace it directly back to a specific chapter

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in Genesis so when we talked in episode one of this about how this isn't evolution this is

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God acting in history I think there's some significance to the fact that God did not bless Noah

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with additional children unless I'm wrong can you correct me Corey no I think it's very obvious here

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that this is a complete list this is an exhaustive list of the nations and verse 32 the last verse

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in Genesis 10 emphasizes that point these are the clans of the sons of Noah according to their

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genealogies in their nations and from these the nations spread abroad on the earth after the flood

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so there's no mention of anyone else these are all of the human beings ever to exist contained

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within these men enumerated in this listing in Genesis 10 so I think what that tells us is that

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God wanted there to be Africans he wanted there to be Europeans and Asians now it's important to

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know when you look at the genetics that there was definitely more admixture of the sons of J 5th and

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the sons of Shem as they sort of went kind of north of the east and west there was more mixture than

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there is with the sons of ham we have really the only genes we have in common with Africans as

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Asians and Europeans goes pretty much back to the tower of Bable you know more or less just after

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the flood there's very little commonality beyond that which is rooted in Noah himself knowing his

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wife and his son in ham and his wife those four people have all the genes that we would have in

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common with that group and again that's a no way denial of their humanity or their worth

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or God Jesus sacrificed for them which is something we'll get to in a little bit we're not making

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a qualitative judgment we're simply saying God did this God made Africans he didn't make infinite

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human beings of all just were fungible we're all completely interchangeable and you can have an

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African and you move them over here and suddenly he becomes someone from Ohio God didn't do that

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it's not how he created the world and so when these discussions occur today there's such a tendency

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among especially Christians who want to be nice they want to be kind and they want to point to

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the cross go too far and delve into what's functionally narcissism to deny that the flesh the God

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has created in time and throughout time through a series of fathers going back and back to whom we

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are commanded by God to have respect and to love and to obey when we as Christians try to be more

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moral than God and say well none of that even happened you're human I'm human there's no difference

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at all that's a lie and it's a denial of what God did and that is the reason to get these things

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right because we as we say frequently if you let any lie into your own epistemology how you view

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all of these subjects whatever lie you say yeah that's mine I don't want to this this race stuff

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it bothers me too much I want to think about it I want to hear about it I'm just gonna lie and say

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the world exactly the same that's Satan's hook in your mind to be able to do damage down the road

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and it's pretty clear what that damage is as we see in the world and on one side you have Antifa

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saying that and on the other side you have Christians saying exactly the same thing

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that's them on the same side how did that happen how did Antifa and Christians both deny the

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race is real when scripture says that God created it and created all of us according to the image

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of our fathers going back and back and back and back and so the emphasis on fatherhood and the

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emphasis on patrilineal lines it's not something man invented as Corey said there's so many

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genealogies in scripture not only for Jesus line but just in general God like there's there

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books in the Bible the people skip because they're so boring because it's just genealogy and then

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we're supposed to believe today that genealogy doesn't matter that the way that God created us

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through our fathers doesn't matter how do you obey the fourth commandment when you do that how do

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you believe the Bible when you do that so discussion of race is not it's not an assault on on the Christian

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faith it's just making sure that we're shoring up the foundations that God has given to the very

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faith that is presented to us in scripture and it really does come down to the fact that if you

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deny race you are cutting yourself off at the knees when it comes to defending the faith

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because it is everywhere in scripture and it plays out in the natural sciences as well

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if you affirm what scripture says you can also affirm what science has found you can show people

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who believe in the science who will believe in the numbers if you can show them those

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look scripture says that's exactly what you're going to find if you look

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because these are entirely in agreement because of course if you look at the natural world

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in an honest way and believe the conclusions you actually find you don't filter them through

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some sort of ideology to skew the data if you look at what is actually there it fully aligns with

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because scripture is actual history Genesis is the actual history of the world with a focus yes

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on humanity of course but it is the history of the world and so what is contained in scripture

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is what you will find in nature it is what you will find in creation because as some used to say

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God has two books one is scripture one is creation they both attest to his glory and if you look

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in Job when God speaks directly to Job he does not in fact appeal to scripture now of course

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you can argue that's partly because Job is one of the oldest books possibly the oldest book in

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scripture but God appeals to creation when he is speaking of his glory and we should pay attention

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to that but this is probably a good place to refute a particular argument that comes up sometimes

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with regard to the existence of the nations of the races and that would be the Tower of Babel

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now you have a small problem with the ordering here if you're trying to say the Tower of Babel

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has something to do with the creation of the races because well the table of nation come before

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the Tower of Babel because the Tower of Babel is chapter 11 in Genesis and so far as we're

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pretending the chapters are really a thing but anyway it comes after it in the text and

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to be very clear the Tower of Babel is not where the races were created God did not come down

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and make races at Babel and the races are not a punishment they're not a consequence of sin

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they are part of God's good creation I will come back to that in a minute to explain why we

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know that for certain but when it comes to the Tower of Babel it is such an important story

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in scripture that if you ask even Christians very few would be able to tell you oh yeah of course

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it's one paragraph but it is it's literally one paragraph it is a very short section in scripture

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but of course it's very important I attempted to read it into a small study now but that's not

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really the place for it but the story of Babel is that instead of obeying God men and we can

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debate who exactly is present in this but at least some of the sons of the sons of Noah

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are present here and they build a tower they say they're going to make a name for themselves

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they are defying God who told them to spread out and cover the face of the earth which was his

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intention for the nations and so God comes down which that's a bit of biblical irony for you

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think about that one for a minute God comes down to confuse their language so they can no longer

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work together and continue sinning in this open high handed fashion and that disperses them

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as they were supposed to do beforehand one the scriptures has nothing here about dispersing

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them in a way that creates new nations or new genetic information and that's one of the problems

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if you contend that new genetic information was created by God at the Tower of Babel you are

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implicitly denying earlier on in Genesis when Adam names Eve and he names her Eve because she

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is the mother of all living if God comes down and creates a new genetic information and by doing

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that creates the nations at Babel creates the races there you're saying there's a break between

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those who are still descended from Eve and those who are descended effectively from God's work

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at Babel so that conflicts with what scripture says but to go back to the issue of how we know that

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the races are not a consequence of sin they're not a consequence of the fall they are not a punishment

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they are preserved in revelation because John speaks of seeing a huge crowd from every tribe

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in nation well he knows this because they still look likely belong to different tribes and nations

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so that's preserved in paradise this is part of God's good creation that's preserved in paradise

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and of course you can't say therefore that it is a consequence of sin or a punishment because sin

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is not preserved and the consequences of sin are not preserved in paradise so if the tribes and the

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nations are preserved they are part of God's good plan they are in and of themselves good and

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that's exactly what we see in scripture from Genesis through Revelation I think that what they're

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trying to say when they claim that God created races at Babel is it's from the specific verse where

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it says and the Lord said behold they are one people and they all have one language and this

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is the only beginning of what they will do and nothing that they propose to do will now be

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impossible for them I think the one people thing is what they're they're hooking on to and saying well

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they were all exactly the same and then God did something and it changed things now that's probably

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part of the sense part of the problem though they're conflating two separate things because it

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doesn't say they're one people it says the whole earth has one language it says that as people

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migrated from the east and so I think they're conflating that a little bit to try to say that the

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the one language is one people when it doesn't tell us that they're one people

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okay I was reading from the SV I didn't actually go back and look at maybe that's butchering it

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in any event the the the problem I want to the the problem to highlight there is that it ignores

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the command the god gave to Adam and repeated to Noah this was the at the at the end of

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Genesis 9 he again says to Noah and you be fruitful and multiply increase greatly on the earth

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and multiply in it it's a repetition of filling the earth and subduing it filling the earth was part

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of God's eternal plan they weren't to stay in one place and that was precisely what the tower

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was to do they wanted to remain one people they wanted one race the human race that was literally

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the cry of bable we are one people we are one race we will be mighty we will do things that no one

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else can understand and God said no I told you to disperse now is corny as you just highlighted

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all of the genetic information came from Adam and then from Eve by having been taken from him

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and as we described in the first episode it's entirely consistent that all the genes in Adam

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have been winnowed down in different directions they basically been sived among the different nations

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and sub nations as you go throughout time to the point that corny and I have very similar genetic

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backgrounds I'm like 75% English give or tape and about 20% German and I think you're kind of the

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flip side of that more or less aren't you pretty close guy more scholars than English but close

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enough yeah you know they're like ultimately we're all the same people because if you go back

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far enough when they were moving around they're all coming from from the Germanic lands before so

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we are closely related if if you know we had a co-host who was was Russian or some other Slavic

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nation they would be more distantly related because of physical distance and the time of separation

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so the people at bable they were one people in the sense that they had Noah as their father and

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they were you know second third fourth fifth cousins however far they had disperse genetically

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they were still very closely linked because they lived in the same place God said no you people

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are supposed to fill the earth that I've created I made this magnificent planet for you and you're not

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going anywhere you're just sitting here being idolatrous again I just killed everybody because

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your idolatry and you're doing it again no I'm gonna come down and I can fuse your language and

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I'm gonna send you the corners of the earth so that you will obey because if you won't obey because

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you believe me and fear me you will obey because I'm gonna make it impossible for you to talk to

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your cousin and that's exactly what happened suddenly the the man who standing next to him who was

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related closely certainly by modern standards was a stranger you could understand a word he said and

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so they naturally self-segregated and drifted apart and spread as God commanded and so all of the

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discussion from the episode on the biological nature of race talked about that dispersal about how

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people went largely their separate directions you had shem in the Middle East and in some

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in Asia you had jay fifth you know to India and to to Europe and you had ham basically to Africa

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and that's pretty much where humanity stayed more or less in their places until you get to the 1500s

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when the sons of jay fifth began exploring the rest of the world by sea there's you can do some

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stuff over land but when you start moving by sea it completely changes everything and that's

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something we talk about in the alley election episode where we also discuss race we talk about how

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the sons of jay fifth were the first to actually obey the great commission and take Christianity

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apart from their lands to other lands and when they went to the Americas and they went into

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deepest darkest Africa that's what they did they took the gospel with them Ethiopia and a tiny corner

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of an impossibly large con of Africa had Christianity but whatever attempts that they made to spread it

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to their neighbors completely failed it was just that one tiny corner that was all it was ever

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there they never evangelized the rest of Africa and for all intents and purposes it seems like the

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Indians on the tiny coast probably where Mark went never told anybody they didn't even tell their

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next door neighbors so you have a tiny sliver but no evangelism no no spreading of the gospel

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there was preservation of it and is coin I we're talking about this before we started I point out

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that you know maybe they shook the dust off their feet maybe they said our neighbors are

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are never going to accept this so I'm not condemning Ethiopians and Sudanese and in the Indians

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who had the gospel for not spreading it because I don't know what the situation was but we know with

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an absolute certainty there was only Europeans who took Christianity to India and to Africa even

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though there were Christians who were natives to those lands so again the races as they play out

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in time have a real impact on on the spread of the gospel just as they did in the old testament

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where it was principally the Hebrews not exclusively but principally the Hebrew people you know once

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you get passed at Abraham there were many believers before Abraham but he was one among them and I

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think that's important to know Abraham wasn't a Hebrew he wasn't in Israelite that was that was his

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grandson who became the father of that people Abraham was just a believer he believed in the promise

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of Christ which made him a Christian and he learned it from his father and we have no

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reason to believe that that was not a commonly held belief by others some of who may not have been

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related I mean they were in the area so they're probably somewhat related but it wouldn't necessarily

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have been exactly the same clan and we see in European history that much of the the mythology

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points to echoes of the Christian faith having once been held in places where it died out

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where it turned into myth and it turned into then paganism but at one time people far distant from

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the Middle East had at least some kernel of the gospel promises that God gave well in advance

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of Christ's birth and so God uses different races and different times for different purposes

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and that's to his glory we don't get to rob him of his glory because again we have a duty to our

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fathers my fathers are English and German predominantly and more broadly all of North

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Western Europe those are my people other people are not my people that's not a hateful thing to say

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if you are Chinese you're not my people and I'm not your people and that's not a hateful thing to

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say it's an acknowledgement that our roots are commonality goes back very far where is the roots

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that I have with someone like Corey are in the much more recent past you know we both have ancestors

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who were here in colonial days from earliest colonial days were probably related many times over

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even on this continent and certainly in Europe that's how it works when you are of the same people

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as someone else it means that you're your family and I think that's I think next we're going to

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think the next thing we're going to talk about is the fourth commandment and how the obedience to

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the fourth commandment particularly as it's explained by Luther as a fundamental part of all of this

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your duty to obey and to honor your father and your mother doesn't end with those two human beings

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there's no excuse well yet God says I have to obey my dad but my grandpa whatever he's not

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he's not enumerated I can do whatever I want to him even after the sake of argument such thought

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would were possible the only way that I as a man could honor my father would be to respect his

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duty to honor his father which would require obeying his grandfather my grandfather so even if you

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take the most literal strict reading of the fourth commandment which we believe as Lutherans is

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not permissible but even if you did that it doesn't change your fundamental duty to honor and to

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obey your ancestors again unless it contravenes the first commandment where we fear love and trust

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in God above all things if your choices between God and your father you choose God short of that

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you obey your father in obedience to God and you obey all of your fathers before you and that

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requires a respect and an honor of what is ultimately your race that is not a dollar to rear of race

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that is an acknowledgement that how God made you whatever you are like when I'm saying these things

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I'm not talking to white people I don't know who's listening I've said this before if you're

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Chinese if you're African if you can be anything that God has created you have a duty to honor your

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fathers going back to Noah and going back to Adam and everyone in between that is obedience to

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the fourth commandment I'm not saying my fathers are better than your fathers and therefore you

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should honor mine and said no that that would be disobedience to God this is not a white message

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this is this is the Christian faith that we honor our fathers in time immemorial and doing that

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is anathema in this day to say that will cause you to be accused of racism and whatever supremacy your

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your race happens to be turns out it's always white no one else can be a supremacist which is

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is a subject for another day but the fact that that pattern keeps playing out should give Christians

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pause it should make you very concerned that you're being told by the world hey maybe don't obey

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God that sounds like it's going a little too far that message if you're hearing it in your ear

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that is not coming from God and so we turn to the commandments and we turn to scripture

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to see what God says so that we can continue to obey God and if the world hates us for it frankly

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that just tells us that we're obeying God God promised many times you'll be hated for his sake

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so if the world loves you that should make you much more nervous than if the world hates you

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just address two points quickly because I know they will come up in comments if I do not

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address them now so it makes more sense to do it now instead of six times in comments

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when I said that they were not one people at the Tower of Babel I'm looking at the Greek here

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and the word uses Gennos instead of ethnos ethnos being the word that is typically used for race

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or people group that appears many times in scripture which is what we're talking about here

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161 times in the New Testament just shy of 700 in the Septuagint and in case anyone thinks I'm playing

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games with the Greek it appears 550 some times as goi in the Hebrew but the point that I'm making

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is Gennos is used there and that means they're all one generation or one family as opposed to one

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ethnos that is a different thing of course at the time they would have all been very much more

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closely related because there had been less time for genetic drift and changes in allele frequency

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etc. see our previous episode for more on that but the point that is being made is that these

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people are all closely related and know each other because if you think about it these are probably

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grandparents and grandchildren great-grandparents not too many generations of a span there so even if

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you are as far away as possible on this you're still going to be say a great-grandchild of ham

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a great-grandchild of shem so these are still fairly closely related people group that was the

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distinction I was making there between those two terms and then when it comes to Abram there are

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some who have made the argument that Abram was probably a pagan before he was called scripture

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does not actually tell us scripture tells us that Torah was at least an idolater he may also have

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served to some degree the one true God because that would have been carried down possibly from his

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ancestors but yes in Joshua 24 it does say that he served other gods it does not say that notably

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of Abram although one way to take that of course would be that it was God's initiative coming to

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Abram giving him faith calling him out of a pagan setting because at the least he was in a pagan

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setting so just clearing those up now instead of fielding comments later thank you for that

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do you want to talk about the fourth commandment before we move on to the New Testament I mean

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really I would just be echoing what you said for Lutherans this is going to be very straightforward

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you've read this in the small catechism I hope that you have also read this in the large

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catechism particularly if you are a father or someone involved in teaching in your church because

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it is incumbent on you then to have done that but the fourth commandment is very clear actually if

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you read the fourth commandment in scriptural context and understand how God works with humanity

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in time and over time just look at the line of Christ God works with Abraham he works with his sons

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grandsons great grandsons great great grandsons down through the line of Judah and David and all

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the others so yes you are supposed to honor your immediate mother and father but you are also

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supposed to honor your grandparents and your great grandparents and it extends back in time

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because you are not some sort of or individual you do not stand alone you are not an isolated

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island you are part of a great chain that extends from you back through your parents and your

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grandparents all the way back to Noah and all the way back to Adam you are ultimately a son of God

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if you're a Christian that is restored to you but you are a son of God because Adam is described

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in scripture as a son of God and then so everything you are everything you have from God he has given

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you through this family line through your race and to ignore how God works is to ignore the real

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meaning of the fourth commandment and of course there's also the issue of the fourth commandment

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applying to those who are in authority in the kingdom of the left hand but that's not really

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directly related to what we're discussing today so the focus more is on the family because that's

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one of the three estates the three estates being the state the church and the family we're really

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talking about the family today and as the fourth commandment applies to the family it applies to your

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entire family not just your immediate family so we mentioned I think at the very beginning of

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the first episode the one of those particular verses we would address was from Galatians 328

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you've probably all heard you may have said yourself in arguing about race with another Christian

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there is neither Jew nor Greek now that's an isolation game over right I mean if God says there's

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no more of that then obviously even if race existed previously it doesn't exist after Jesus

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that's more or less the argument that's made now it's a completely incoherent argument because

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it's based on proof texting it's based on completely eliminating the entire context of that verse

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and then making a point that as we've said in past episodes nobody ever made before this past

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century no one ever said this stuff they were refuting today no one ever said that there were no

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races until the last 150 years and less than that really so I'm going to give you the full context

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for Galatians 328 beginning with verse 25 and following but now that faith has come we are no

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longer under a guardian for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith for as many of you

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as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek there is neither slave

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nor free there is no male and female for you are all one in Christ Jesus and if you are

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Christs then your Abraham's offspring heirs according to the promise now there's a lot going on

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in this verse in that passage as we mentioned previously I want to highlight particularly if you

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when you read Galatians 3 in general there's a sorry all of Galatians Paul is making an extensive

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argument about the rights of inheritance as a Christian as an adopted son of God you receive

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the inheritance rights along with Christ to eternal life and through Christ you receive that

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inheritance now it says there you are all sons of God that's talking about women too women

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in baptism become sons of God for the specific reason that inheritance is limited to sons

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so when the verse says there is no male and female it is not a denial of biological sex it is

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saying that it doesn't matter how God created you in your in your baptism by receiving the gift of

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faith you become a son of God you receive the inheritance of eternal life that the rights and

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privileges of being a son of God as it is Cory just said are extended to those who are adopted

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adopted by faith through baptism so when someone tries to use this verse that says there is neither

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Jew nor Greek and say that means that race doesn't exist or that means a race was a sin in Jesus

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fixed it you must completely deny the entire context of this passage and frankly you must deny

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the entire book because the book is talking about in this particular passage are talking about

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salvation this is an explicitly soteriological passage it is saying how are we received

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in Christ by faith we are received as sons of God so no there is no male and female because

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you are all received as sons of God now people are following that that's not a denial of biological

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anymore than it's a denial of biological race so for anyone who has ever said there is neither

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Jew nor Greek as a refutation of what we're saying about biological race they're committing a

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heresy they're denying the soteriological basis of this precious passage that is saying no matter

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who you are it doesn't matter who you are and that's what we say that's what we believe is what

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we will take before the judgment thrown of God it does not matter who you are if you're a human

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being Jesus Christ died on the cross for you for your sins when you receive the gift of faith

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you receive that forgiveness which was already poured out on the cross your sins have already

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been paid for and you receive that forgiveness when you received as a son of God in baptism through

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your faith this is all part and parcel this is all talking about salvation and so it is

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utterly grotesque it is demonic for any Christian to take this passage and say well there's no race

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because look it says there and just saying Jew and Greek or Jew and Gentile there's none of that

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well if you pay attention to the words we talked before to be very careful attention when the

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possessive is used this says we are no longer under a guardian for in Christ Jesus you are all

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sons of God and then it says there is neither Jew nor Greek now if you actually understand the

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English language and you believe scripture and you pay attention in Jesus Christ means something

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because not every man is in Jesus Christ there are billions of men who are not in Jesus Christ

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they are damned because they do not have faith and they reject God so to say the race doesn't exist

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it obliterates this passage it turns this passage that's something about the precious gift

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that is received only within the faith and turns it into a nostic passage that nullifies creation

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itself this is not a small matter when men will destroy such a profoundly comforting passage

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for the sake of scoring political points to say the race is not real how are you going to then say

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the sex is real it says there's no male and female so trannies are on the menu right you can be

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pansexual you can have no sex you can be just a human being with absolutely no particular qualities

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whatsoever because it says right there in Galatians 328 this is not how Christians read the Bible

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it is not how Christians use the Bible so I saved this for this point because all the things we've

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said in the past episodes that are very upsetting because they fly in the face of what has been

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said about race for the last hundred years if your reputation is there is neither june or greek

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you need to take a long hard pause and look at how you're receiving scripture and look at who's

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talking to you where did you get that idea because you didn't get it from God there is no possible

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for any Christian to read Galatians 3 and come away thinking that sex and race and biological

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reality cease to exist they cease to matter for the purpose of salvation in fact they never

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mattered for the purpose of salvation God makes it explicit for our comfort do not rob scripture

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of its comfort to score political points really if you're going to misinterpret Galatians 328 you

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have two choices you can either make it completely incoherent by saying that june greek aren't real

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categories and therefore scripture is just saying something that has no semantic context whatsoever

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or you can make it into a nostic scripture and become something other than Christian and I

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definitely seen people do both of those but on a tangentially related issue lately I've been

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reading more and I have two sets of scripture that don't have any of the little modern bits and

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pieces here and there which is to say chapter and headings and verses and all that and I think

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this may be one of the best examples of arguments against the use of chapter numbers and verses

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because they literally split this section of the letter to the Galatians in half for well not

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quite half but close for no reason no good reason anyway because if you continue on into chapter 4

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the next section is should be directly attached to this bit in Galatians 3 because it gives the

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explanation I mean that an heir as long as he is a child is no different from a slave though he

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is the owner of everything but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father in

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the same way we also when we were children were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world

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but when the fullness of time had come God sent forth his son born of woman born under the law

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to redeem those who were under the law so that we might receive adoption as sons and because you

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are sons God has sent the spirit of his son into our hearts crying oba father so you are no longer

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a slave but a son and if a son then an heir through God so we see exactly what is being said

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earlier in the passage when you continue on to the part that for some reason has been segmented

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off as the beginning of the next chapter and of course we could go over Galatians 328 for a six

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hour episode just by itself but the core takeaway is that these are real categories and that's why

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the verse has meaning if these categories Jew and Greek which is to say race slave and free which

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is to say hierarchy essentially male and female which is to say biological sex if these categories

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are not real the verse doesn't have any meaning it has meaning because they're real and so the

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meaning is these very real things these very real distinctions between and among people have no

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superior logical impact now of course there's an ancillary impact because obviously if you are

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descended from Christians and a Christian nation you are more likely to be Christian because you're

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more likely to have had the means of grace in your life you're more likely to have been baptized

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you're more likely to have heard the word etc but in an absolute sense whether you are Jewish or

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Greek or Roman or German or French or Chinese does not matter to whether or not the gospel is for

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you so tireologically your race is irrelevant in a practical sense again it may be relevant because

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again living in a Christian nation you are more likely to be Christian and that is one of the

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reason these things matter and why we are discussing them the same as with race so with hierarchy

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regardless of where you fall on the social hierarchy which is a very real thing there are

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slave and free even today slavery is incidentally still legal in the United States go ahead and

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read the amendment if you don't believe me but the hierarchy is real but it does not have so

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theological impact you can be saved regardless of whether you are the wealthiest man in a nation

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or the poorest man in a nation and the same holds for biological sex whether or not

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you are saved does not depend on whether you are male or female and these are also

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polemical because these are directly refuting various heresies that were around at the time

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because you have the Judaizers who say you have to become a Jew before you can become a Christian

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well neither Jew nor Greek is written in part against them you have those who would contend that

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well it's only the free born who are of the quality necessary to have access to salvation to be worthy

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of this gift from God and know that's neither slave nor free it's condemning that heresy

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and then you have those who would say that women could not be saved because woman is the weaker

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vessel that part is true but that because she's the weaker vessel she cannot receive this gift of

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God and says no there is no male and female it is a condemnation of that heresy so you have to

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know what you're reading in scripture and what is being said and if you take the modernist approach

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if you deny these categories you rob the scripture of any coherent meaning you destroy the

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polemical nature against heresies and you are going to destroy if not your own faith then the

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faith of your children or your grandchildren because they will recognize at some point well I

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was told there's no male and female so how can I possibly say that homosexuality is wrong

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because that depends on a difference biologically between men and women well so it can't be wrong

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because of what I was told well being transgender can't be wrong because if there's no male and female

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then it doesn't matter which one you claim to be these are in coherent they mean nothing they

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mean whatever I want them to mean that is the reality you will see if you start by denying these

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it doesn't matter what the reason is it never matters what the reason is if you are supporting a lie

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is it worse to support a lie willfully for a malicious reason of course but Satan will use your

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support of the lie even if you believe it was undertaken in good faith even if in so far as it

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is possible to defend a lie in good faith you were doing so Satan just needs that little toe hold

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and that's what you give him when you deny any of the categories in Galatians 328

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and this is why we're constantly emphasizing the importance of not embracing any lies we're talking

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about six words there there is neither Jew nor Greek that's six words if you abuse those you can

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destroy the Christian faith by adopting one lie after another that must necessarily follow from

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the lie you already hold and it's quite just pointed out the same as with there's neither there's

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no male and female you will destroy the Christian faith in short order if you use that verse if you

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cherry pick that if you invert it to mean literally the opposite what it's saying by saying that it's

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not really a true category that it's something that God has erased which would imply that it's

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the result of sin and this is another thing that I referred to I think in the I think it was the

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episode on frame pointed out that BLM on their website they actually went through Galatians 328

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and inverted it piece by piece as their bullet points for what they were doing you know BLM is

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obviously going to be anti-slavery so they've gotten either slave nor free down everyone's free

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they're freer than ever freedom is just flowing down the gutters today when BLM is on the march

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there's neither junior Greek will it's all about anti-racism being anti-racist is sacramental

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and if you have to burn and destroy cities as a performance of that sacrament your blessings flow

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from it and there's no male and female we pointed out that they were advocating homosexuality the

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destruction of the nuclear family and treating human beings as sexually fungible in a way that

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if you look at the purpose of BLM as stated doesn't make any sense why are they talking about

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the family why are they talking about kids why are they talking about sexuality well Satan knows

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what he's doing Satan knows that Galatians 328 is the distillation of many elements of the Christian

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faith there's an intersection here of everything that's happening today and so we save this verse to

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deal with in this episode because Satan cares about it so again if you ever hear someone there's

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neither junior Greek that means that there's no race that once you've processed this and you go

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back and you read Galatians and do some thinking on your own we're talking about this before the

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before we began recording we don't want you to listen to what we're saying and instantly agree

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with all of it because if you'll instantly agree with us when we say something you've never heard

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before that's the opposite of what you've been told then when the next guy comes along and says

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something else it seems novel and exciting you're just gonna believe that too I would much prefer

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that you hear us say these things and you struggle with them the more you struggle the more you're

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gonna turn to God's word to say is that right are these guys insane are they lying to me what's the

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trick here I want you to turn to God in these questions because if somebody can come along

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and horn swagger you with a bunch of fancy words we we try to use fancy words but we try to use

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rhetorical tricks and we particularly point out when others do that but the world is full of that

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people will try to just weave a web around you and bury you to the point you don't you don't know

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how to navigate your way out of it and say just say oh either I don't care I guess I'll agree with

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that that seems fine if it just clicks if you hear it and for the first time what we're saying

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absolutely makes sense we're not saying doubt it like if if if we're unlocking something that has

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been bothering you for years that's just us giving you the key to to finally piece that together

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but if you struggle with these things continue to struggle don't let that be a bad sign I don't

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want you to believe right away just because we said something that's not good for your soul you

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should hear something and if it's you're hearing it for the first time and it's contrary to what you

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been taught as we said repeatedly that should make you nervous that should get your hackles up you

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should be on the defensive when a man tells you something contrary to what you've been taught

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however if the argument is coming from scripture or at least is presented from scripture

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go back to scripture go read Galatians 3 go read Galatians forget the chapters and verses I've

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said before if you don't have a Bible it says missing all that garbage you can go to

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click on the gear you can turn it all off you have no footnotes no headers no verse numbers none of

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that crap you'll just have Galatians and you'll know when you're done because it'll say Ephesians

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because they show the book distinction so you know which book you're in that is how you should

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read scripture at least some of the time go read Galatians as a whole and see if you can possibly

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come away with that it's thinking that Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit was saying race isn't real

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it's not going to happen if you have the Holy Spirit that will not be your conclusion and if

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there are men who are saying those things to you they're in profound error in their jeopardizing

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the souls of everyone who listens to them we're saying these things because they're not being

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seldom said elsewhere and they're pivotal it's absolutely pivotal the Galatians 328 contains

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so much truth and so few verses and every word of it is being destroyed in the world not

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theologically now it's being destroyed in our churches by men twisting these words to mean the

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opposite but it's being destroyed in the world at large on a secular basis on the basis that

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well race can't be real because look at the division it's causing socially well reread Genesis where

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God talks about the tower of Babel and what he thought about the unity of man when you hear unity

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of man as as a watchword for the ultimate morality does that come from God what unifies us

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man is to be united in one thing and one thing only that is the worship of the one true God

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worship of the one true God is only possible by faith so when Galatians is talking about us being

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one by virtue of being adopted as sons of God that is not an inversion of Babel that is the

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perfection of our salvation it does not erase the physical it does not erase your race it does not

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erase your hierarchical status in society and it doesn't erase your sex all of those things are

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how God created you and all of those things we have no reason to believe they won't be preserved in

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heaven now the slave nor three free thing is the one that's up in the air we don't know what

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freedom will be like we can't imagine freedom all we can imagine is a perverse freedom we can't

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imagine the true freedom where the only things that we can possibly do are godly that's heaven

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that's the new earth it's when anything you can conceive of wanting is going to be in a

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cord with God's will that is a profound comfort and it's unspeakably wonderful we don't know how to

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comprehend that the flip side of that as we speak today is slave all slave means is property of

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another man it means that a human is the property of another human I don't know how that's going

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to play out in a new earth will there still be property I think yes absolutely I don't think you

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can look at the ten commandments as you get to the six seven eight nine and ten in particular

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and think the property rights are contrary to God's will did he really emphasize them so

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profoundly to his people into the world you know written on our hearts every man knows not to

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steal he has to throw that away he has to know he has to cease to care that he's doing something evil

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before he'll steal so property is written on our hearts whether we will continue to be property

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whether we will continue to have hierarchy it's not revealed it's not something you have to worry

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about and so I wouldn't go so far as to make a theological claim on the basis of this because those

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other categories are real but I will tell you this if your view of a man owning another man as

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property is so hell bent against it you're going to have a real hard time reconciling that with the

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rest of scripture because there are many places where slavery where the ownership of a man

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as property is given and it is not condemned per se what we're going to do an entire episode just

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on slavery but part of the reason we're going to do that is because these are all part of the

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whole why are we talking about race Galatians 328 why do we talk about the difference between men

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and women Galatians 328 while we talk about slavery same reason all of these things that are under

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attack today and isn't it interesting sex slavery and you know hierarchy of any sort and the

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races why are those the hot button issues of this day think about that is as you as you go away from

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this episode why is it that Galatians 328 defines the news cycle seriously why does Galatians 328

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define the news cycle why does it define higher education how did that happen because they weren't

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reading book the bible and saying oh we're going to do the opposite they're getting their marching

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orders from hell and God and Satan is really concerned about people correctly understanding this

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because again this is so theological this is God using the created order and then sanctifying

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it through the blood of his son we can't undo any of that we can't undo we can't ignore the salvation

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and we can't ignore the creation you can't just pick one either and that's what we talk about

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narcissism you can't say oh this physical stuff whatever that's not important it's all about

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Jesus it's all about the spirit it's all about salvation that's not true I we're going to talk

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in a minute about duty as it relates to the fourth commandment but if you think that you have no

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duties other than to worship God what does that do to the Christian life say for example you on a

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dog what we'll leave aside you know your your wife your children say you own a dog if you own a

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dog that's your property the dog is a living creature created by God you own it it is your duty

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to care for it to feed it to shelter it to preserve its health and its safety what if you decide

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it's all about Jesus I'm not going to feed my dog anymore that's not a gospel issue

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there are people who actually will try to approach these subjects by with that reasoning by saying

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well this isn't the gospel this isn't a gospel issue this race stuff this creation stuff this

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isn't about Jesus or the cross well neither is feeding your dog does that mean you have the moral

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right to starve your dog to death no if I come to you and say you're starving your got your dog

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to death this is your property you care for you love it you cannot starve it to death if your

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response is that's not a gospel issue why are you talking about Jesus you have you've abandoned

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the faith even while you think you're pointing to the cross and so when we talk about not letting

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these subjects be being reduced to only one thing that's why if you just want to say well it's

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all about Jesus and you won't talk about created order you're not even talking about Jesus anymore

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because Jesus is the fountainhead of created order Jesus is God all of this flows from him

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and all of it is sanctified through him we don't get to throw away the things that God sanctified

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with his blood and created and redeemed for his own good purposes we don't get to ignore that

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to say that we're pointing to the cross because that's the only thing that matters all of it matters

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all of it matters because of the cross all of it matters because of God he is our creator first

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and then our redeemer the redemption was only necessary because we were created and we fell

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had we not fallen redemption would not have been necessary and God would still have been our

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creator and that's when when Cory was referring to Job especially Job 38 and following God points

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to himself as creator when he speaks to Job he doesn't talk about well I'm going to save you

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later I'm going to pay for your sins so don't worry about that why why are you challenging me

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when Job challenges God God points to creation to test I who to his glory we as Christians are

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obligated to look to creation and not denounce it and not say it doesn't matter it doesn't save

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but it's from the same creator from whom our redemption comes and if you deny your creator you

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have denied your redeemer there's no way to get around that and that's why we these seemingly

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peripheral issues are so important Satan knows they matter and that's why he's going after him

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today and so when you read this section and really you should read the entire book when you read it

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read it in context and then compare the parallel passages so also read Colossians specifically in this

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case Colossians three if you decide not to read the entire book here there is not Greek and Jew

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circumcised and uncircumcised barbarian skitian slave free but Christ is all and in all and of

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course you can see the listing here is giving a different emphasis but making a similar point

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these are a listing of attributes that are real that are important that means something that

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correspond to reality but in Christ they aren't as important because they don't have the

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satirial logical meaning or impact they are still of absolute importance when it comes to how

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you conduct yourself in this life because they are part of how you were made by your creator

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but another thing that is worth pondering is if you look to the beginning of some of the

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current let's call them political problems that we have in the world if you trace them back

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many of them you will have to trace not necessarily as the foundation but back through the French

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revolution and what was the slogan of the French revolution liberty egalité fraternité liberty equality

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fraternity it is a literal rejection of these three categories from Galatians

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there is neither Jew nor Greek while we reject that with fraternité there is neither slave nor

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free well we reject that with liberté there is no male and female while we reject that with

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egalité you should think long and hard and be very careful which side you are going to choose

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if you are going to choose the side of violent revolutionaries who quite nearly succeeded in

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burning Europe to the ground thankfully this one happened to be stamped out more or less but

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they kept trying if you want to join them reject what Galatians 328 tells you

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if instead you want to believe what God tells you and stay a Christian and have your children be

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Christians and your grandchildren be Christian then believe what God has written here believe the

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reality of the categories he has chosen he chose them because they are real things that correspond

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to the way he made the world and so the option should be very clear you can choose the spirit of

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the age which I just gave you in French and English or you can choose to follow the actual spirit

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to follow God to follow Christ and that is the starkness of it that is the reality of the situation

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that is the gravity of the choice it's God or Satan those are the two sides and you must

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choose wisely I think that there are probably a lot of people who've listened to this and

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may still think most so what what's the application well we're going to end with 1 Timothy 5

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it's one that we've referred to before and in the interest of not cherry picking since we just

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condemned I'm going to read the whole paragraph just to give you the context and then we're going to

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focus on the end of it honor widows who are truly widows but if a widow has children or grandchildren

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let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their

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parents for this pleasing in the sight of God she who is truly a widow left all alone has set her

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hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day but she who is self-indulgent

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is dead even while she lives command these things as well so that they may be without reproach

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but if anyone does not provide for his relatives and especially for the members of his household

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he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever those are passages I point to frequently

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because it flies so vehemently at odds with the notions that oh well we're all brothers we're all

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neighbors we're all just this collapsed humanity and we all have equal rights and obligations to

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each other I provided the whole context to show that most of it was referring to widows I didn't

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want to make it seem like this was only talking just talking in general I think it's worth noting

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that the the second sense there but if a widow has children or grandchildren let them first learn

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to show godliness so that again points back to what we are saying about the fourth commandment

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honor your father and mother includes your grandmother because of grandchildren have this obligation

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it's under the fourth commandment there's no difference it's basically living relatives now in the

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case of wood of hood they're specifically focusing on lineal descent in when that is not available

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didn't do to death or would other other reason then the members of the church are to care for those

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widows but the general application of that last two cents or that last sentence is is universal

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if anyone does not provide for his relatives and especially for members of his household he has

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denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever now that's what we're talking about frequently

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when you do these things the deny gods command you are denying the faith you can't say in response

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to Galatians 328 if even if you hear us talking about it neither June or Greek being so

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theological if you say I don't care it's all about Jesus you're denying the faith because wait

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what are you doing you're denying the rest of that sense you're denying that your relatives exist

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you're denying that your relatives are related to you you're saying I'm related to everyone I'm

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everyone's brother if you're everyone's brother you're no one's brother that is incoherent

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and isn't it often interesting how often we're using that word incoherent the the readings

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of these passages as interpreted through the lens of of this age in the service of non-Christian goals

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ultimately render the text itself incoherent if God says provide for your relatives and you say

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relatives what's that my my brothers are 10,000 miles away my brothers are all over the planet

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I don't have relatives they're all my relatives there are people who actually they won't say it

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quite in those terms but I saw someone recently used the the text where Jesus said well who are my

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brothers and who is my mother and who are my brothers these are who are before you are my mother

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and brothers they try to use that as a denial of the flesh they try to set those passages in

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opposition to passages like this where God says you're damned if you don't cover if you don't care

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for your relatives if you don't care for your flesh in the case that we made in the first episode

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in particular of this mini series is that your relatives writ large is your race the further you go

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out the more the less immediately related they are but that's just the same as an extended family

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you wouldn't go to a family reunion where 150 people show up and say well you know my first

01:17:15.160 --> 01:17:19.560
cousins yeah you guys you guys are fine the second cousins those guys I don't even know who they

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are they're nothing to me they're more distantly related but the fact that you all showed up in

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the same place means that you're all family you have a common lineage you have a common ancestry

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you have something in common that God gave you it's not a social structure it's not some

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convention the man came up with these are all gods commands and gods orders the genealogies God

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cares about those that's not man having a fetish for trying to borrow someone else's story

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that's saying yes when God says where you came from matters who your father is matters

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I as a Christian must believe that and that continues beyond even the fathers whose names I might

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remember when you look at a passage it says if you don't provide for your relatives you're damned

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and that's literally what it says he has denied the faith that is apostasy

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Cory and I will increasingly are using the word apostasy to describe the denial of these things

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particularly in our own church for this very reason we're not name calling we're not throwing

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fire bombs we're illustrating what this passage in 1 Timothy 5 makes abundantly clear you say that

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you're pointing to Christ and then you have faith and then you let your grandmother go to a home where

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she's mistreated you don't have faith you've denied the faith and are worse than an unbeliever

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if an unbeliever is going to go to hell what is worse than an unbeliever going to receive

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because that's what you're going to receive if you don't care for your relatives and if you despise

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those who are related to you even if the distant relation is at the point that we would call it a

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race versus a family or an ethnicity or some intermediate step if you think that you have

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licensed to despise the manner in which God created you and to despise your extended relatives

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do you think that you will be saved on the last day do you think that you have an excuse in the

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light of 1 Timothy 5 to say yeah I hate those relatives I'm shame to them they're disgusting

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I want nothing to do with them I'm not going to help them yeah they're my neighbor yeah they're

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my brother but I despise them I would rather have a brother 10,000 miles away I like him better

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than these people what is God going to say to that this passage makes clear what he's going to say

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the only question that we as Christians have is are we going to believe it and are we going to obey

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God not to save ourselves like that's the problem the Protestants have all the time you say obey

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God and I well that's work salvation you're trying to save yourself you think you can do something

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to earn your salvation no our salvation was earned by Christ's blood on the cross there's nothing

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I can do they could possibly save me in God's eyes there are however things I can do to continue to

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nail Christ to the cross every day with new sins that I come up with either through deliberate

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malice or through apathy or through ignorance I continue to nail Christ to the cross with the

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sins that I commit in my own life and so do you that is not a cause for a despair is a cause to

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continue to turn to the cross as a source of our salvation and then when we step back from the

01:20:29.240 --> 01:20:36.440
cross and go on with our lives by leaving by keeping the cross in view in our lives it doesn't

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mean talking all about Jesus 24 seven it means obeying God 24 seven as we've said before God gives

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you 168 hours in the week and he calls you to church once a week he calls you to study faithfully

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but not continuously he hasn't say every waking moment and even while you sleep I want you only

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ever thinking about me and not doing anything else that is what the aesthetics and the monks do

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and it's a despising of what God desires God desires that are good works and are care for our

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neighbor and for our brother especially those are the categories that are most important to God

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your brother first and then your neighbor and then everyone else that is the three part hierarchy

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in which God has divided humanity and your brother includes those who are distantly related to you

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Corey is my brother because we come from the same extended family he's not my neighbor because we

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don't live in the same place but my obligations are to him not only as a brother in Christ but as a

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brother according to the flesh it is a less immediate concern than I have or obligation than I have

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for my own immediate family and that is fine there is triage that God has baked into the system

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when you obey him but to say nope yeah those those people in Ohio that are you know they're

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living in a hazmat you know super fun site now they don't have any clean water yeah

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you know I'd rather worry about what's going on in Turkey I'd rather pray for the Turks

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than I would pray for the people in Ohio I would rather send my money overseas to people who

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do not worship the same God because that sounds that's more worldly that's a better way for me to

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be a Christian to to love my brother and my neighbor according to the flesh and according to

01:22:25.160 --> 01:22:30.360
proximity who's right next door if someone next door is suffering or if your brother who is more

01:22:30.360 --> 01:22:37.480
distant as suffering he is your first duty according to God and some of that is racial because

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that's how God made you that's not an evil thing it's a good thing to deny it is when the evil

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enters the picture I not before and so we're speaking of good works it's a useful comment

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from Luther God does not need my good works but my neighbor does and that's really the heart

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of the matter when it comes to good works and so the monks and others who hide themselves away

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and believe that they are worshiping God that they are doing God's will they simply aren't

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because God does not need your good works your neighbor does so you serve God by serving your neighbor

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and yes that includes your neighbor in Ohio who now needs clean water and many other things

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and your neighbor elsewhere in your own nation you are not serving God when you are virtue signaling

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by sending your money and your goods overseas to people you don't even know to people with whom

01:23:44.200 --> 01:23:50.680
you have no connection and that is especially true when you are doing it to the neglect and harm

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of your actual neighbors and that's the point of the good Samaritan who is my neighbor your neighbor

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is the person God has put next to you your neighbor is that person whose house you can see from where

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you're sitting if you happen to be near a window because neighbor literally means the person near

01:24:10.120 --> 01:24:15.960
actually means the farmer nearby but it means the person nearby that is your neighbor

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and to rely not just on Luther will give you from Mark 7 you leave the commandment of God and hold

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to the tradition of men and he said to them you have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God

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in order to establish your tradition for Moses said honor your father and your mother

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and whoever reviles father or mother must surely die but you say if a man tells his father or his

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mother whatever you would have gained from me is Corban that is given to God then you no longer

01:24:49.720 --> 01:24:55.320
permit him to do anything for his father or mother thus making void the word of God by your

01:24:55.320 --> 01:25:03.080
tradition that you have handed down and many such things you do and so if you believe that you

01:25:03.080 --> 01:25:10.680
are serving God by virtue signaling by withdrawing from the world by doing these things for which the

01:25:10.680 --> 01:25:17.480
world will praise you and not in fact serving your neighbor not in fact serving your relatives not

01:25:17.480 --> 01:25:22.920
in fact serving your family those whom God has put into your life by proximity and blood

01:25:23.880 --> 01:25:30.040
then you are not in fact serving God you are violating these words of Christ from Mark 7

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and that is the state in which we currently find much of the world people think that they are

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doing something good because they sent some hundreds of numbers of cases of water to Africa

01:25:44.120 --> 01:25:49.000
because of course your dollar goes your dollar goes further if you're dealing with Africa or

01:25:49.000 --> 01:25:56.600
somewhere that is poor particularly somewhere that is very poor but you aren't you aren't serving

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God you're signaling to the world look at me aren't I a good person because it would actually be

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hard work if you had to go and help your neighbor next door and you don't want to do that much easier

01:26:08.520 --> 01:26:13.000
to do something for which the world will praise you and scripture is very clear about that as well

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is it really charity if you're on the street corner shouting your prayer to God shouting how good

01:26:19.160 --> 01:26:27.640
you are it isn't scripture is very clear and so if you want to do good works and you should

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because good works follow naturally from true faith from living faith then you do those by serving

01:26:35.240 --> 01:26:41.960
those whom God has given to you by serving your actual neighbors by serving your family by serving

01:26:41.960 --> 01:26:47.720
the members of your own household that is what scripture says that is what Christians must do

01:26:48.360 --> 01:26:55.640
so I'd like to leave everyone today with a renewed request for you to evaluate your own morality

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in terms of scripture you don't have to listen to what we say just look to scripture for where you get

01:27:03.000 --> 01:27:10.120
your moral virtues if as you're going through your daily life if as you're deciding where to

01:27:10.120 --> 01:27:16.520
spend your charitable dollars or your energy or your time protesting we're talking or whatever you do

01:27:18.200 --> 01:27:25.720
if in those moments the things that you're doing are in the adulation of the world rather than its

01:27:25.720 --> 01:27:34.120
condemnation in these dark days any honest Christian has to be asking himself if the world isn't

01:27:34.120 --> 01:27:39.240
hating me for what I'm saying and doing right in this minute am I actually serving God

01:27:39.960 --> 01:27:46.760
because many of these questions are portrayed by the world as moral craft questions the BLM

01:27:46.760 --> 01:27:53.720
in version of Galatians 328 is portrayed as a moral question the same was true in the French

01:27:53.720 --> 01:27:58.920
revolution they were casting down Mararchy and replacing it with something better they were

01:27:58.920 --> 01:28:07.800
pursuing a moral good in their religion if your religion is informed with a morality that comes

01:28:08.760 --> 01:28:14.520
from a source that is consistent with this world if you can do things where the girl world is

01:28:14.520 --> 01:28:20.600
going to say that's beautiful I love that you're one of us does that fill you with pride to know

01:28:20.600 --> 01:28:26.440
that you're welcomed arm and arm even with those who hate Christ or does it fill you with dread

01:28:26.440 --> 01:28:31.800
that you have a morality that has somehow emerged in the hearts of those who are damned how did

01:28:31.800 --> 01:28:39.400
they get on the same page as you morally and when Cory and I talk about these things we face

01:28:39.400 --> 01:28:45.240
grace personal consequences for saying these things and if you say these things in public you will

01:28:45.240 --> 01:28:52.600
too if we're lying then maybe that's what God wants maybe he wants to destroy those who would

01:28:52.600 --> 01:28:58.360
say things that our contrary to his word that is the case God was does want to see those men

01:28:58.360 --> 01:29:04.360
destroyed and on the last day they will all be cast into fire if we're making an argument from

01:29:04.360 --> 01:29:11.960
scripture and the world hates us what do you do with that do you side with the world reflexively

01:29:11.960 --> 01:29:17.080
because they said the right mean words to us or do you take another look at the arguments that are

01:29:18.040 --> 01:29:24.280
and you look at scripture and say well I believe this with a clean heart I believe the racism

01:29:24.280 --> 01:29:29.560
was a sin that there was one race the human race after this was explained to me I'm not sure what

01:29:29.560 --> 01:29:37.160
to do we'll say again look to your left and look to your right who are your allies morally who are

01:29:37.160 --> 01:29:45.080
those who hold the same morality as you because on one side are the Satanists the Jews the atheists

01:29:45.080 --> 01:29:51.800
the abortionists they're all together in lockstep on all of these questions they know what they

01:29:51.800 --> 01:29:57.560
think about Galatians 328 and they all believe exactly the same thing if you believe the same thing

01:29:57.560 --> 01:30:03.400
as those groups or really that single group because they're speaking with a unified voice if you

01:30:03.400 --> 01:30:12.600
speak with the same voices them do you worship the one true God you need to think long and hard

01:30:12.600 --> 01:30:17.800
about that how did your morality come to be in accord with the world I want to leave you with a

01:30:17.800 --> 01:30:25.000
passage from John 16 that came up recently that's from one of the many places where Jesus prophesies

01:30:25.000 --> 01:30:30.040
about the end of the world he talks about the last days and what's going to come to his church

01:30:31.640 --> 01:30:36.840
it's worth spending time thinking about those things for the very reason that he's getting

01:30:36.840 --> 01:30:40.920
given this passage and I'll just after I've read it we'll I think we'll just end the episode on

01:30:40.920 --> 01:30:48.280
Jesus words think long and hard about what he says you know dwell on our arguments for a little while

01:30:48.280 --> 01:30:53.400
dwell in scripture daily and forever the if our arguments are sound because they're from scripture

01:30:54.520 --> 01:31:00.360
do something with them it isn't going to destroy your life make scripture the anchor in everything

01:31:00.360 --> 01:31:06.920
that you do because what we're saying is that the world is trying to destroy scripture and it's

01:31:06.920 --> 01:31:13.080
destroying a verse by verse without addressing it directly and so Christians have been disarmed and

01:31:13.080 --> 01:31:17.560
so when these arguments are made that there's neither June or Greek we think hey hey that's good

01:31:17.560 --> 01:31:21.800
that's there's no race that Darwin invented that that's that's postmodern that's Marxism you know

01:31:21.800 --> 01:31:27.400
whatever whatever label you want to stick on it when you've allied yourself with people who are

01:31:27.400 --> 01:31:33.960
universally damned where is your salvation then have you turned your back on the true faith if

01:31:33.960 --> 01:31:40.520
you're doing things that belong to a morality that didn't come from God so leave you with John 16

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I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away they will put you out of the

01:31:46.680 --> 01:31:52.680
synagogues and indeed the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to

01:31:52.680 --> 01:31:58.600
God and they will do these things because they have not known the father nor me but I have said

01:31:58.680 --> 01:32:03.960
these things to you that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you

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