From the tail end of a discussion at Vox Day:
jay c, He denies the Fact that Salvation was nailed to the cross and says so here on a regular basisI’m not sure what that means. If you are saying that our salvation was enabled by the cross, then I agree with that, and I think Mark does too. Without the cross, there would be no salvation for anyone. I’m sure that Mark believes that “the handwriting of ordinances that were against us” were nailed to the cross, although I suspect he does not understand that the same way you do.I’m not sure what that means. If you are saying that our salvation was enabled by the cross, then I agree with that, and I think Mark does too. Without the cross, there would be no salvation for anyone. I’m sure that Mark believes that “the handwriting of ordinances that were against us” were nailed to the cross, although I suspect he does not understand that the same way you do.I love his cursing rants around Christmas and Easter
I’m not sure what that means. If you are saying that our salvation was enabled by the cross, then I agree with that, and I think Mark does too. Without the cross, there would be no salvation for anyone. I’m sure that Mark believes that “the handwriting of ordinances that were against us” were nailed to the cross, although I suspect he does not understand that the same way you do.God was pretty clear when he said, “Don’t do the things the pagans do, while saying you’re doing it to me.” I can see how you might think that doesn’t apply to you. A lot of very smart people agree with you, but I don’t, and Mark doesn’t. Since God also says that we are guilty if our neighbor sins because we didn’t warn him, can you really blame Mark for coming back to these same points again and again? Well, maybe you don’t think that applies to you either, I don’t know.
I asked him a direct question a couple of months ago , if you were Saved by Grace or Law he said neither, and started with his bloviating about he doesn’t like be asked Yes or No implying that it’s argumentally- worded ( big surprise )and an either/or question and he’s not gonna go there .
I don’t remember the specific instance, but based on what I’ve seen here, I can understand his response. You don’t seem to be very interested in what Mark has to say, but only in what you want Mark to be saying. You spend so much time trying to manipulate the rules and then you blame him for not wanting to play your game. These kinds of arguments always seem to follow the same pattern:
M: “God wants us to obey his laws.”
A: “You want us all to stone our children?”
M: “No. I think God wants us to obey his laws.”
A: “I knew it! You want us to kill our kids plus anyone who heals on the sabbath.”
I’m not interested in playing that game either. The wind doesn’t have ears.
I’ll tell you it’s God’s Sovereign Grace and it alone . I really don’t like when people who call themselves Christians ( or Messianics as you call yourselves ) deny the Cross of Christ Jesus and him crucified . And God doesn’t like it either , says so all over the New Testament.
I’ve met a few–and only a very few–Messianics who believe you have to obey the law completely in order to be saved. (We’ll leave exactly what “saved” means for another day.) Mark is certainly not one of those. I can’t tell you exactly what Mark believes, because I’m not Mark. Instead, I’ll tell you what I believe. I believe that there is no set of rules you can follow to be saved. There is no magic prayer, sounds, or belief either. Here it is, and it’s pretty simple: You have to acknowledge that you cannot save yourself no matter what you do, you have to appeal to God’s mercy, and you have to commit to obedience. (Note that commitment to a course of action does not imply a flawless or even moderately accurate execution.) Even then, none of that stuff actually saves you. Our salvation is solely at God’s discretion. Our only option is to throw ourselves on his mercy in faith that he keeps his promises.
And him emphatically promotes Known charlatans and cultists Like ex TWI cultists like Michael Rood , an absolute fraud and a damned to hell False Prophet .
I’ve never known Mark to emphatically promote anyone but Jesus. He has cited Rood among others, and he has defended Rood against attacks. That’s not the same as promotion. I’m not a big fan of Rood myself, but it does seem a little unfair to call someone a false prophet for getting a prediction wrong. Prophecy isn’t just telling the future. It’s conveying a direct message from God. If Rood claimed that God told him such and such would happen and then it didn’t, well, then I agree that he’s a false prophet. I’m not aware of that happening, and I’m not interested in hearing about it, either.
His meltdown is going on as we speak . You don’t give support or money to this guy, do you?
Mark or Rood? I’ve never known Mark to ask anyone for money, and I’ve never given any to Rood.
I appreciate you having a dialogue with me jayc, unlike your friend that will duck, weave, avoid answering questions when asked, ( which violate house rules here, just ask VD or Spacebunny ) or give long drawed out non-answer.
Well, you already know my thoughts on that. Sometimes Mark’s answers are deliberately indirect to get you thinking. That might be a hangover from his years as a radio talk show host. I know that gets kind of irritating sometimes, but at least he’s following the pattern of someone we all respect. If you asked an honestly direct question, then I don’t doubt Mark would give you a more direct answer. I’m not saying that you are being deliberately dishonest, but I think you have already made up your mind what Mark’s answers are supposed to be, and you won’t believe anything else he says. Given that premise, Mark can’t win no matter what he says, so he wisely chooses to play a different game.
I really want you to know I don’t anything against you , or Mark, rory or Crystal , but I do have a problem with bad or abberant teaching . Like I said , this is serious business , and your eternal life depends on it . Shalom, and may God richly bless you and yours.
Fred X | 11.21.07 – 8:34 pm | #
I appreciate that, but, no, my eternal life does not depend on it. This appears to be an argument about how to walk out our salvation, not about how to obtain it. Maybe that’s the root of the misunderstanding.