The Chosen Ones

Selected quotes from articles at 'The Differentiator Revisited' website intended to pique your interest and arouse your ire. Respond at 'The Differentiator Forum' but only if you're in the mood for a good conversation.

1. “Even after the Lord entered heaven, Stephen observed Him there, and standing, and even as the Son of Humanity (Acts 7:56). Therefore He must have been still completely human. This completely shatters the argument that had the 'Lord in His resurrection taken back and retained His humanity He would be everlastingly degraded in nature.' This is the very reverse of the truth. Nothing in all history has so magnified and ennobled our God, setting the seal to His Deity, as His incarnation into Mankind in His Son.” Alexander Thomson in Did the Lord Give Up His Flesh?

2. "We submit that the 'Disruption' (katabolE, DOWNCASTing) was no violent event which entailed ruination, and that it did not occur in any of the obscure times which existed before Adam; that it has to do with the WORLD, not with the EARTH; and that it concerns, not geology, but the race of mankind."Alexander Thomson in The Disruption Fallacy

3. "But the fact remains that we have many things to learn from covenant teaching; and in due time God's Covenant People will have many things to learn from what He has revealed to us. No good is ever lost. Until we have taught ourselves to view Scripture as a whole, we have not learnt to view it at all: it is seen as a mere collection of texts. But that is what Scripture should not be. It is a revelation, not a scrapbook." R.B. Withers in The Truth About "Dispensational Truth"

4. "One other point, a very important one, is that if God is in a state outside time and beyond time (whatever that may mean, if anything), then He is altogether other than ourselves; so other, so different, that no bridge between Him and ourselves is conceivable. Some do believe this and thus flatly contradict the Apostle Paul's assertion in Acts 17:27-29. The price that has to be paid for such guessing is very high. If we dare to add to God's Word in any way, we surely will be forced to adjust the balance by subtracting from it elsewhere." R.B. Withers in Time and Eternity

5. "The process of reasoning from the Scriptures that has been adopted has indicated that at some future date "when the fulness of time is come,” God will step in and close this age of abounding grace and man’s day will come to an abrupt close. The church, which during this age has been formed will be removed from the scene by His divine action, and from that moment He will return to His dealings with His People Israel." Commander Steedman in The Seventy Sevens of Daniel

6. " In Psalm 139:23 David could hardly be asking God to know something He already knew. Let us rather put it thus: 'Go on searching me O God, and be getting to know my heart; go on testing me and be getting to know my thoughts.' This should be a continuous process in our own lives." A. Thomson in Does God Know Everything?

7. "The earliest direct evidence we have is a fragment of Papias, who wrote in the first half of the Second Century. Our knowledge of it comes from a quotation by Eusebius, much later, which shows that he knew the Gospels of Matthew and Mark; but unfortunately his statement is mixed with so much that is patently erroneous that, beyond this, it is of little value. Nevertheless, that four gospels, and only four, were acknowledged as authoritative from the very first is certain." RB Withers in When and Why Were the Gospels Written?

8. “The evidence suggesting that the Thessalonian letters were written early is weak at best. The internal scriptural support of this claim doesn’t ring true. In order to say Paul penned 1Thessalonians while he was at Corinth soon after he left Berea and Athens is like trying to fit a round peg in a square hole. This should never be the case with Scripture. On the other hand, there are numerous suggestions from a variety of scriptures which support that both letters were written very late in Paul’s career.” Ted McDivitt in THE THESSALONIAN LETTERS - Were they written early or late in the Apostle Paul's Career?

9. "Ever must we bear in mind that what we know concerning spirit is very little. But we know one tremendous fact: that all history knew of no bridge which could link up Spirit and Flesh until the Logos of God became flesh." A. Thomson in Did the Lord Give Up His Flesh?

10. “If there is but one thing in the world that is not of God, then it does not require much proof that all things are not of God. If but one thing is not God's will, then there may be other things which are likewise.” And “It is easy to overlook certain scriptures, especially when we have set our heart on proving a theory which we find attractive.” A. Thomson in Does God Will Everything?

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