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Jack September 1, 2013 at 7:07 am

Hello, Pastor Jack! Have you had a very nice holiday? I’m going back to school tomorrow, it’ll be a joy to see all my classmates again! 😀 Oh btw, I have a question for you. I couldn’t figure this out, so I have brought it to you, since you are more than mature in your faith and knowledge, the knowledge given to you by the Holy Spirit. According to Scripture, sin has a cumulative effect on the entire human race. I’m not sure if that’s true, but I think it is. So, if you were to take that into account, then that means we will also get stupider as time goes on. But, if the humans in the past were extremely clever and able to build cities with more than 500kg of clay, why didn’t they ever think of inventing computers? Or cars? Or telephones? Or video games? Or did they just deem them unnessecary to invent? Thanks, Jack H 😀

Jack Wellman September 1, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Greetings to you Jack from across the “big pond.” I hope you enjoyed your holiday my good friend.

I don’t know about being more mature in the faith or knowledgeable because my wife think’s I’m still a kid at heart…but anyway, why didn’t humans invent video games or telephones or computers in the early days? Let me tell you if you study the ancient Egyptians you discover that this civilization was so far ahead of us in many ways than we are today. They still can’t figure how they were able to construct such intricate pyramids and so on. Their science and astronomy and calendars were far, far advanced. They knew the world was not flat for hundreds and hundreds of years before the rest of the “educated” world knew this.

I believe God scattered the entire human race just for this reason…they would have become TO advanced and did harm to themselves because note why God scattered them and the reason he gave for it:

“And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them” (Gen 11:5-6).

Read that again…God knows the future and He had to scatter them because “nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.” Maybe they would have come up with nuclear weapons…and destroyed all of mankind by now. God knows best. He knew we have a tendency to want to destroy ourselves as a result of the fall. Make sense?

Patricia Schneider September 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Hello, Pastor Jack!!
WOW! Another incisive article with Scripture!
You’re truly a terrific vessel/instrument of God, Pastor, in His gift to you as a writer. And YES, all for His Glory!!!

(Curious how you’re going to reply to ‘Jack H’ above. LOL!)
Always, your Sis in Christ Jesus….Patty

Jack Wellman September 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Patty…you are such a treasure my good friend. I truly thank God for you…as for answering Jack…he’s a good guy. I have grown fond of Jack….he’s my friend from Great Britain. I must think before I can answer him. I know you too are a very special friend and sister in Christ and I thank God for you and such godly women as you and Cat.

Donald Ferren September 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Did not Jesus’ disciples call him Teacher? I do not believe that one part of the Bible is more important than the other, and believe that Paul’s teachings were inspired by him as a way for the common man to understand as to what Jesus was saying. Paul said that there are people that will twist God’s word and be vigilant to false teachings. Is it not the intent of Red lettering to highlight exactly what Jesus preached so that man can take from it as the spirit speaks to each individual? Are not Paul’s letters a clarification to the “average” person of the words of Jesus and to spread his word through the church? Isn’t the rest of the new testament a clarification? Since we are not to lean not unto our own understanding but by the word of God, we can’t just dismiss the rest of the Bible as add-on because God gave the writers the words. But I lean more to what Jesus said and his teachings as the Spirit guides Me. Red letters more important? No. But to hear it from his mouth, and Pray over it that I may understand his words, just as the authors did. Do you think I am off track on this?

Jack Wellman September 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Thank you Mr. Ferren. Great points. No, you are not wrong. When we take the whole Word we have the whole counsel to take to the whole world. I agree about Jesus’ words but as you wisely stated, many take Paul’s writings (and the others) and twist them and then they take text out of context to make a pretext which is usually a false one. The primary purpose of this article was to rebuke such teachers from doing this very same thing as you mentioned. I have heard many say “Well Jesus didn’t say anything about that so it must be okay or not sin” while ignoring Paul’s teachings, i.e. they say Jesus never called homosexuality sin and so we can ignore Paul’s writings on this subject but who taught Paul 3 years in the desert? Jesus. Thanks Mr. Ferren. You have made excellent points sir.

Linda September 1, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Wow Jack, Great article, as always. I never new that but always wondered why some bibles had red lettering, I just assumed that it would be easier to find a scripture faster, where Jesus spoke. I don’t understand how anyone could skip pages. Every time I start the bible from the beginning again, its like the first time, I cant wait to get to the end to see what happens (of course I know) but each time I do, Im in awe and read through it like it was the first time!!
Thank you Jack, looking forward to your next article.

Jack Wellman September 1, 2013 at 9:17 pm

How very kind of you Linda. Since Jesus is the Word of God (John chapter 1) and Scripture is “God-breathed”, I love the fact that all Scripture is inspired by God. I am like you. There is such excitement in the Bible. I am on a daily reading program. I have a chronological Bible (ESV) and I am going thru the Old Testament in one place, and the New Testament in another. Interestingly, they sometimes tie into each other. During my sermons, I tell the church “Today, part of my sermon is going to be perfect! (stony silence and then I say) “It is the part where I read out of the Bible!” LOL My part, not so much.

Jack H September 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Hello, mein mensch in Christ, Pastor Jack! 😀 And yes, I did just randomly speak German. XD Your answer is more than satisfying for me, and I guess I understand why none of this new-fangled stuff was around back then……. God set them back 5000 years just by confusing their languages. How great is HE?! Let me tell you something, when He wants to do something, nothing can stop him, not the NSS or the BHA or multi-culturalism or dictators or maniacs or false-teachers or imaginary characters, I’M TALKING TO YOU, PETER GRIFFIN!! Sorry, got a little carried away there. ……………………………………………………… OR teachers OR politicians OR robots OR Satan!! Yes, when our Lord returns, everyone will realize that he really is Lord and for the first time in our lives, we will finally get to associate with him in person. My talk is over, hope you enjoyed it, and I wish you luck with the moral situation in America.
Thanks, Jack H 😀

Jack Wellman September 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Amen Jack…our God is an awesome God. I believe the word awesome should be reserved only for the Great God. I agree that nothing will thwart the will of God from being done and even the Devil is God’s Devil and He can use evil for good. Thank you Jack for your good wishes my friend.

Patricia Schneider September 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Curious, Pastor Jack…what if satan were to swallow that horrid pride of his and earnestly seek Jesus’ forgiveness? Yeah, I know. According to God’s Word, that is NOT EVER GOING TO HAPPEN.
It’s just that your reply to your friend, Jack H, about “the devil is God’s devil” and “He can use evil for good” got me wondering~. (BTW, Jack H is funny!)
Always, your Sis and friend in Christ Jesus….Patty

Jack Wellman September 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Great comment Patty my friend. The cross of Calvary is a great example of evil, wicked men who were religious hypocrites who held an illegal trial at night, produced false witnesses, He was betrayed by a Devil-inspired Judas, and was murdered even though He was without sin. All this evil was Satan inspired but God’s purpose was accomplished by this greatest act of love ever for our redemption. God allowed Satan’s evil inspired plan to bring about the greatest act of saving the universe will ever know in all of history.

God 1, Satan 0.

Patricia Schneider September 3, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Thank you, Pastor Jack!! Love it when you get this “Dense City” brain of mine back on track again! Hee-Hee!

Jack Wellman September 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm

My friend, you are not dense. The only unintelligent question is the one never asked. This shows me that you have a hunger and thirst to know more about God and for which I wish I had more believers like you in the church that I am under-shepherd to the Great Shepherd.

Patricia Schneider September 3, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Your words, Pastor Jack, always touch my heart deeply. Made up my mind this moment to STOP calling myself, “Dense City!” OK? And thanks bunches for what you said about having “more believers, etc.!” (You do realize, Pastor, it was you & this site, “What Christians Want To Know” that not only brought me to reading God’s Word daily, but “born-again?”)
Can’t believe the PEACE & JOY I have within me, Pastor!!!
Oodles of God’s wonderful blessings upon you and your family!

Jack Wellman September 3, 2013 at 6:16 pm

We are the ones more blessed Patty in a sense that you have such humility that displays the fruits of the Holy Spirit unmatched by the vast majority of believers that I know of (Gal 5).

Patricia Schneider September 4, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Oh, Pastor Jack…what a blessed, kind thing to say! Thank you! I want everything I say and do to be for our Father God’s glory, always!!
Have re-read the Book of Galatians. Appreciated being reminded of 2:15-16, that we are “justified by faith.”

Stefan Stackhouse October 9, 2013 at 10:07 am

Yes, of course ALL scripture is inspired, and we should not ignore the most of it excepting Christ’s own words. However, Jesus DID say “You call me Teacher and Lord, and that is correct, for that is what I am.” Because He is my Teacher and Lord, I believe I must always BEGIN with his own words and personal example, as recorded in the gospels. Then we can consider the rest of the new testament in light of what is taught in the gospels, and finally we can consider the old testament in light of the new. In all of scripture, we must look for what it says about Christ, because it is ultimately all about Him from start to finish.

That is why when Paul says that “all scripture is inspired and profitable for instruction”, we must understand that he really does mean ALL, and that is why pick-and-choose proof-texting is so very wrong. We must understand the totality of what scripture teaches in order to be faithful to the scriptures. Most of all, what all the scriptures teach is that Christ is Lord and Savior of the world – and that He is our Teacher.

Randy Drake October 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm

I’ve commented several times on your article about Mormonism (which apparently is thought provoking since it has gone on for months) but just recently started perusing some of your other articles. I appreciate your insight and abillity to help others understand. I really appreciate that you take the time to answer questions and concerns from everyone. It must be time consuming. Thank you!

Patricia Gantt September 19, 2016 at 2:44 am

Jack thank you so much for this article!

I had never heard the term “red letter christians” before until I read what the Berean Bible Society said here just yesterday:

Rebellion Against Pauline Authority
Reposted By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam [On Sunday, 9/18] In Two Minutes With the Bible

As well as the author of so many incisive articles in eBible and Got Questions.
What are Red-Letter Christians?

[ I confess I never heard of this apostate movement before – it seems to be related to liberation and post-modern theology. Cultic liberals — The Third Way New World Order “religion.”]

Thank you again my dearest brother Jack.
Warrior on!

Love, Sis

Jack Wellman September 19, 2016 at 9:17 am

You are so kind my friend. However we both know that all glory is to God and Him alone. Thank you nonetheless.

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