Theology Thursday

Theology Thursday

Welcome to Theology Thursday: We present select Bible studies and sermons from Pastor Bob Enyart of Denver Bible Church teaching from Scripture that:
- God is eternally free, inexhaustibly creative, and has existed from everlasting
- His main biblical attributes? He is living, personal, relational, good, and loving
- Proper hermeneutics flow not from Greek and Latin philosophy but from the primary biblical attributes of God
- The Bible explicitly affirms marriage and condemns moral relativism and all immorality including homosexuality
- As God is a person and created us in His likeness He expects us to stand for the personhood of the unborn
- God presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ, based on the death penalty, in Bible's context of criminal justice
- The Bible is not a science text (for they have to be corrected all the time) but instead is scientifically accurate. Enjoy!

Are All Sins Equal?

Read Bob Enyart's life's work -- The Plot: The overview of the Bible is the KEY to its details!* Which of the Following Verses Teach that All Sins are NOT Equal? While answering that question, also answer this question: Who spoke most of the Bible verses which most clearly teach that not all sins are equal?

See this as a quiz
in Bob's Writings at kgov.com/all-sins

- Jesus answered Pilate: "the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin." John 19:11

 - You who judged your sisters, bear your own shame also, because the sins which you committed were more abominable than theirs..." Ezekiel 16:51-52

- "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea." –Jesus, Mat. 18:6  [That is, it would be worse for that one than for the little one whom he tempted to sin.]

- "[Some] shall be beaten with many stripes.  But [some] shall be beaten with few…  For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required... I came to send fire [judgment] on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!" -Jesus, Luke 12:47, 49

- "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation." -Jesus, Mat. 23:14

- "Woe to you, scribes… you will receive greater condemnation." -Jesus, Mat. 23:14

- "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe [but] have neglected the weightier matters of the law…" -Jesus, Mat. 23:23

- "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves." -Jesus, Mat. 23:15

- "And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye." -Jesus, Mat. 7:3-5

- "Bethsaida… it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.  And you, Capernaum… it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you." -Jesus, Mat. 11:21-24

- "In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow…" Revelation 18:7

- "teachers… shall receive a stricter judgment." James 3:1

The Romans Road

Read Bob Enyart's life's work -- The Plot: The overview of the Bible is the KEY to its details!* The Bible Gets Easier to Understand: This book is Bob Enyart's life's work. Apparent contradictions plague many Bible students. In The Plot, Enyart set out to demonstrate how hundreds of such contradictions disappear when the reader applies the big picture of the Bible to its details. Tunnel vision focuses so narrowly on a problem that the solution often lies just out of view. As the pastor of Denver Bible Church, Bob Enyart teaches Christians how to use the whole counsel of God to understand the plot of the Bible and solve biblical mysteries. As with all of our BEL resources, The Plot comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. And as we become proficient in the big picture, that is, the overview of the story of the Bible, then countless details, including as one small example, about the cities of refuge, become increasingly clear!

* The Plot on Audio: Far better than an audio book, for those who prefer to listen (while they walk, job, drive, or work) rather than reading, you can listen to Bob Enyart teach through the fascinating topics in his book in this Plot Audio Set.

* The Plot Boys: For kids ages eleven and up (and their parents :), check out The Plot Boys! Bob Enyart recorded these wonderful programs with two young Bible students, Josh and Stephen, ages 11 and 12, both of whom are being used of God to promote a Christian, biblical worldview! (There's enough material in The Plot Boys for a home-school family to listen to these studies for an entire year's Bible course.

Authority in the New Testament

Read Bob Enyart's life's work -- The Plot: The overview of the Bible is the KEY to its details!* God's Authority: On today's Theology Thursday program, Bob continues his look at the Scriptures to see how God designed authority to work and to see how He delegates authority.

* The Bible Gets Easier to Understand: This book is Bob Enyart's life's work. Apparent contradictions plague many Bible students. In The Plot, Enyart set out to demonstrate how hundreds of such contradictions disappear when the reader applies the big picture of the Bible to its details. Tunnel vision focuses so narrowly on a problem that the solution often lies just out of view. As the pastor of Denver Bible Church, Bob Enyart teaches Christians how to use the whole counsel of God to understand the plot of the Bible and solve biblical mysteries. As with all of our BEL resources, The Plot comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. And as we become proficient in the big picture, that is, the overview of the story of the Bible, then countless details, including as one small example, about the cities of refuge, become increasingly clear!

* The Plot on Audio: Far better than an audio book, for those who prefer to listen (while they walk, job, drive, or work) rather than reading, you can listen to Bob Enyart teach through the fascinating topics in his book in this Plot Audio Set.

* The Plot Boys: For kids ages eleven and up (and their parents :), check out The Plot Boys! Bob Enyart recorded these wonderful programs with two young Bible students, Josh and Stephen, ages 11 and 12, both of whom are being used of God to promote a Christian, biblical worldview! (There's enough material in The Plot Boys for a home-school family to listen to these studies for an entire year's Bible course.

Authority in the Old Testament

Read Bob Enyart's life's work -- The Plot: The overview of the Bible is the KEY to its details!* God's Authority: On today's Theology Thursday program, Bob looks at the Scriptures to see how God designed authority to work and to see how He delegates authority.

* The Bible Gets Easier to Understand: This book is Bob Enyart's life's work. Apparent contradictions plague many Bible students. In The Plot, Enyart set out to demonstrate how hundreds of such contradictions disappear when the reader applies the big picture of the Bible to its details. Tunnel vision focuses so narrowly on a problem that the solution often lies just out of view. As the pastor of Denver Bible Church, Bob Enyart teaches Christians how to use the whole counsel of God to understand the plot of the Bible and solve biblical mysteries. As with all of our BEL resources, The Plot comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. And as we become proficient in the big picture, that is, the overview of the story of the Bible, then countless details, including as one small example, about the cities of refuge, become increasingly clear!

* The Plot on Audio: Far better than an audio book, for those who prefer to listen (while they walk, job, drive, or work) rather than reading, you can listen to Bob Enyart teach through the fascinating topics in his book in this Plot Audio Set.

* The Plot Boys: For kids ages eleven and up (and their parents :), check out The Plot Boys! Bob Enyart recorded these wonderful programs with two young Bible students, Josh and Stephen, ages 11 and 12, both of whom are being used of God to promote a Christian, biblical worldview! (There's enough material in The Plot Boys for a home-school family to listen to these studies for an entire year's Bible course.

Those Who've Never Heard Pt 2

We think you'll love this verse-by-verse study of the book of Romans...* The Unsolicited -- What of those Who've Never Heard: After 30 years of knowing he was not ready to teach a Bible study on the book of Romans, the day finally came when Bob Enyart, believing that with God's help and blessing, he would be able to present a valuable verse by verse study of the world's greatest theological treatise: The Book of Romans. In chapter two, Paul addresses one of the most fascinating topics in evangelism: How does God treat those who have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

* Part I: Last week's Theology Thursday program presented the beginning of this Romans chapter two study.

* God Holds Us Accountable for What We Know: But does God hold people accountable for what they do not know? Jesus said, "that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not... do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required..." (Luke 12:47-48). For of course, "there is no partiality with God" (Rom. 2:11).

Those Who've Never Heard Pt 1

We think you'll love this verse-by-verse study of the book of Romans...* The Unsolicited -- What of those Who've Never Heard: After 30 years of knowing he was not ready to teach a Bible study on the book of Romans, the day finally came when Bob Enyart, believing that with God's help and blessing, he would be able to present a valuable verse by verse study of the world's greatest theological treatise: The Book of Romans. In chapter two, Paul addresses one of the most fascinating topics in evangelism: How does God treat those who have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

* Tune in Next Week: on Theology Thursday here at KGOV.com for the conclusion of this Romans chapter two study.

* Join Bob to Hear Pastor Gino Geraci on Friday Night: You'll love the fellowship and education you'll get at this month's Rocky Mountain Creation Fellowship hearing from the Calvary South Denver pastor Gino. Info...

* God Holds Us Accountable for What We Know: But does God hold people accountable for what they do not know? Jesus said, "that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not... do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required..." (Luke 12:47-48). For of course, "there is no partiality with God" (Rom. 2:11).

The Rightly Divided Dietary Law

Bob Enyart's life's work: The Plot* What was Wrong with Garments of Mixed Fabrics? The teaching in today's program also appears in Bob's life's work, The Plot, which notes that God forbade the Israelites from wearing clothes with mixed fabrics:

"You shall not wear a garment of different sorts, such as wool and linen mixed together." Deut. 22:11

Like many of the purely symbolic ordinances in Scripture, this symbol illustrated Man's need for God to cover his spiritual nakedness. Thus every Israelite had to wear pure garments, made from only one material. Not realizing that Bible writers used the concept of clothing symbolically (e.g., Ps. 104:2; 109:17?19; 132:9, 16, 18), someone might conclude that mixing two fabrics together is inherently immoral. A misguided believer today might go to great lengths to keep all fabrics separated just as Kosher Jews have taken unnecessary and extreme measures separating meat and dairy products. Man does not help God by expanding upon His commands (Gen. 2:17; 3:3; Col. 2:23). God said, "You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk" (Ex. 34:26) so men invent a food system wherein they cannot store cheese in the same refrigerator as beef nor use the same utensils to handle both. The greater harm with such mistakes lies not in the wasted effort, but in that such contrived laws become a distraction from God and from His priorities.

For as the Apostle Paul wrote, obeying such "self-imposed" religious rules provides, "no value against the indulgence of the flesh." For:

These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh. Col. 2:23

Ultimately, Jesus Christ is our "covering", so to point to His innocence, sinlessness, and purity, the entire nation of Israel was to cloth itself only in pure garments.

* What was Wrong with Muzzling the Ox?

The Sabbath is a What?

Bob Enyart's life's work: The Plot* Enjoy this Survey of the Bible's Teaching on the Sabbath: Bob Enyart directly addresses whether or not God requires people today to keep the Sabbath.

Some Christians, including Seventh Day Adventists and some Messianic Jews, teach that Christians should remember the Sabbath, rest, and not work on that day. In this program Bob presents the reasons why millions of Christians believe that the Bible teaches that God does not want today's Body of Christ (the Church) to keep the Sabbath.

BEL Flashback: Listen to Bob debate keeping the Sabbath with a Seventh Day Adventist caller.

Today’s Resources -- Sermons & The Plot: Bob Enyart's life's work is based on this observation: Grasping the overview of the Bible is the KEY to its DETAILS. It's available in a soft-cover book titled The Plot, and in a downloadable pdf version or both, and it's also available in an audio recording of Bob's Plot seminars! And have your kids or grand kids heard the The Plot Boys yet? In this homeschool friendly audio series for young people, Bob and two young boys, Stephen and Josh, teach through an overview of the Bible. This teaching is presented in a way that kids (and adults) can really understand, so it's a valuable foundation for a serious understanding of the story of the Bible. Also, consider ordering the entire Enyart Library! This invaluable resource will benefit your entire family or church and help support the ministry of Bob Enyart Live.

No Divorce, said Jesus, Except for Immorality

The Bible, Divorce, & Remarriage DVD by Bob Enyart* A Divorced Man Tells Bob: On our DVD or video download, The Bible, Divorce & Remarriage, a divorced man tells Bob that he wants to remarry but that his pastor refuses to perform the ceremony, claiming God forbids it. Is the pastor correct? In this video, Bob reads super secret Bible passages on divorce and remarriage which very few Christians realize exist. Is that really in my Bible? Check it out!

* A Pastor's Kid from Ohio: An adult son of an associate pastor from Ohio thanked us here at KGOV for making available our DVD, The Bible, Divorce & Remarriage, saying that he loves the scriptural teaching in this video and was amazed at the rarely considered Bible verses it presents!

* Bible Verses on Divorce & Remarriage: There are just grounds for divorce. God Himself acknowledges this in the Old and New Testaments, including for His own divorce from Israel (whom He intends to remarry).

"Then I saw that for all the causes [grounds] for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce…" Jer. 3:8

But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality [porneia] and whoever marries a women who is divorced commits adultery. Mat. 5:32

And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality [porneia], and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery. Mat. 19:9

Porneia: The Greek word porneia is more expansive than the word for adultery and English versions often translate it as fornication. This word refers to sexual sin generally and therefore includes adultery, fornication, homosexuality, prostitution, transgenderism, addiction to pornography, etc. The Bible uses this term to refer to sexual aberrations such as homosexuality and incest (Rom. 1:29; 1 Cor. 5:1). Sexual intimacy is an inherent part of marriage covenant. Therefore long-term abandonment itself (imposed by behavior along a spectrum running from justified incarceration, to spousal abuse, to long-term denial of intimacy) breaks the marriage covenant (see below 1 Cor. 7:15 and then Ex. 21:10-11).

Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be loosed [i.e., divorced]. Are you loosed from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But even if you do marry [i.e., remarry], you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned…1 Cor. 7:27-28

Devising extra-biblical rules: Absolute prohibitions on divorce and remarriage, along with other extra-biblical rules, come with grave consequences as the Apostle Paul warns (Col. 2:20-23). Some even say that God does not recognize divorce. However, He Himself was not ashamed in the Old Testament to freely state the opposite.  For example, only the priest and his family were allowed to eat the holy offerings ("showbread," Lev. 22:10). So, "If the priest’s daughter is married to an outsider, she may not eat of the holy offerings," (Lev. 22:12). But what if she gets a divorce? If you ask Christians who teach that divorce is never permitted, without exception (in Bob's experience) they will answer this wrongly, claiming that even after divorce, she would not be able to eat again the showbread. Why? Because they claim, wrongly, that God doesn't recognize divorce. However, God answers:

"But if the priest's daughter is a widow or divorced…she may eat her father's food; but no outsider shall eat it." Lev. 22:13

Jesus Himself recognized divorce, as with the woman at the well who was at that time living with (i.e., cohabitating) a man she had not married. Jesus did not recognize her sixth man as one of her husbands. Nor did He recognize any of the previous five, whom likely each divorced her, even the fifth, as still her husband. 

"You have well said, 'I have no husband,' for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly." John 4:17-18

Through the faithful priest Ezra God even commanded the Jews to divorce! Many of them had married pagan wives (Ezra 9-10). So in that case the priests of Israel performed those divorcees "according to the law." That of course shows that God recognizes divorce.

"Now therefore, let us make a covenant with our God to put away all these wives... and let it be done according to the law." Ezra 10:3

I, not the Lord: The first phrase of the following passage, which confuses some, can only be properly understood by applying by Paul's instruction to "rightly divide the Word of Truth." In Bob Enyart's life's work, The Plot (at kgov.com/plot) this "rightly dividing" is presented and within that teaching this passage is addressed. 

Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.  But to the rest I, not the Lord, say:  If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him… But if the unbeliever departs [i.e., divorces], let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage [i.e., can remarry] in such cases.  But God has called us to peace.  1 Cor. 7:10-13, 15

In the Old Testamewnt, even a female slave taken as a wife ("betrothed") can initiate divorce for denial of conjugal rights and for general abandonment. God would not grant greater "rights" to a concubine as to a wife, nor to a slave as compared to a free woman. So her husband...

"...shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marriage rights. And if he does not do these three for her, then she shall go out free..." Exodus 21:10-11

Legalists commonly quote other passages, misunderstanding them and wrenching them out of context, to teach the opposite of the above passages. For more you can see on DVD or video download, Bob's program, The Bible, Divorce & Remarriage. Also, see below for Bob's material rebutting a poorly-argued but popular book against divorce and remarriage by Carl Laney.

* Related: The Biblical Role of Government in Marriage Who has the authority to grant permission for people to marry? Some claim that only the church has authority to preside over weddings. Yet in modern times most people willingly submit to the government as the official certifier of marriage. Others believe that the authority to marry lies solely with the two individuals involved. (Our article The Bible and Polygamy presents the prohibition of polygamy in New Testament times.) Consider arguments for and against each of these three ideas on authority regarding marriage. more...

* J. Carl Laney's The Divorce Myth: There's a mention of Laney, correcting him, in Bob's book, The Plot. We've bolded the material below needed to understand the rebuttal to Laney's teaching on marriage, in which he falsely claims that divorce is virtually always wrong. (Absurdly, even though incest was a capital crime, Laney bizarrely teaches that only incest provides grounds for divorce. Wow. Weird. And embarrasingly, Charles Ryrie endorsed his book. My guess is that they were friends, and Ryrie didn't even read the manuscript.) This excerpt is from The Plot's chapter five, titled The Third Tier.

The priests had to obey a set of regulations which were not moral requirements, but symbolic. Some believers think these laws depict "a higher standard of holiness for the priests than for the rest of the people of Israel." [Laney, The Divorce Myth, 1981, p. 92] These rules for the priesthood were only symbolic, however, because all moral laws apply to all men. For God wants "all" men to "be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy"(Lev. 19:2).

God does not have two standards of righteousness, one for the clergy and another for the laity. A portion of the third tier of the law, however, the symbolic tier, applied only to the priests. Because the priesthood symbolized Christ's ministry (Heb. 4:14-15; 3:1; 5:5; 6:20; 7:26; 9:11; 10:21), God forbade many otherwise innocent behaviors to the priest...

Leviticus 21 reveals symbolic truth and not moral conduct. A priest could not:
Touch the dead
Shave his head
Trim his beard
Cut his skin
Marry a harlot
Marry a defiled woman
Marry a divorcée

A priest will profane the sanctuary if he is:
Blind
Lame
Hunchbacked
A dwarf
A eunuch

Also, a priest will profane the sanctuary if he has:
A marred face
Uneven limbs
A broken foot
A broken hand
A defective eye
Eczema
A scab

Additionally, the high priest was not allowed to:
Uncover his head
Tear his clothes
Leave the sanctuary
Profane the sanctuary
Marry a widow

Some teachers stretch a selected few of these rules out of symbolic proportion turning them into moral propositions. A man who trims his beard does not commit immorality, as the clean conscience of a clean cut Christian minister can attest. And who today would restrict a man with a broken foot from the ministry?

Letting a beard grow is not more righteous than trimming it. Jesus Himself made it clear that priestly regulations were not based on morality. He spoke of the priests innocently profaning the Sabbath as they went about their duties:

"Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?" Mat. 12:5

The regulations against profaning the priesthood are not moral but symbolic. For God would not hold a priest blameless if he committed immorality. However, where performance of one symbol clashes with the exercise of another, as when Temple duties forced a priest to work on the Sabbath, then he rightly transgressed the lesser symbol. A Jew would even break the Sabbath in order to circumcise his son on the eighth day (John 7:23). In the world of competing symbols, circumcision was trump.

The careful student easily identifies the symbolism in many of these priestly regulations:

No blind priests................In Jesus the blind see (John 9:7)
No lame priests................In Jesus the lame walk (John 5:9)
Do not tear clothes..........Jesus' robe is not torn (John 19:24)
No broken hands/feet....Jesus' bones were not broken (Ps. 34:20; 22:17; John 19:33) though his hands and feet were pierced (Ps. 22:16)
Do not marry a harlot......Don't join Christ to a harlot (1 Cor. 6:15)
No divorcees/widows......Christ's Bride is a virgin (Mat. 25:1; [2 Cor. 11:2])
No eunuchs...................Christians should multiply (Mat. 28:19; 13:23) Defective eye .................Jesus gives eye salve (Rev. 3:18)
Covered head ................Jesus is the head (1 Cor. 11:3)
Always in the sanctuary..Jesus ever lives to make intercession (Heb. 7:24-25)
Do not touch the dead....Jesus frees from death, and the sting of sin is death (1 Cor. 15:56)

Hence the priestly regulations fit well among all the symbolic commands in the third tier of the law.

In the 1980s, Bob wrote a book exposing the errors in Carl Laney's argument against divorce and remarriage. Bob's book has never been self-published, let alone published. If you really, really, really want that made available and you're in the position to make a large donation toward that goal, please call the studio at 1-800-8Enyart and we'll see if we can work it out to make that available. Thanks!

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Verse by Verse in Galatians Chapter 2

* Why Was Galatians Probably the First NT Book Written? On today's program enjoy Bob Enyart's study of an important excerpt (Gal. 2:1-10) from the Apostle Paul's epistle to the Christians in Galatia. You might also enjoy hearing the lessons learned from when Bob led a group of Christians in three weeks of Bible Studies on location in Turkey, including central Turkey where the Galatians lived.

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