Pancakes

                                 Pancakes—by Paul Esposito, Th.D.

I love pancakes.

I always have, since I was a young lad.

But one day I read in a trustworthy book, “don’t eat anything with butter on them.”

So, I quit eating pancakes.

But I still wanted to eat them!

I dreamed about eating them.

Then one day, someone knocked on my door, and showed me a book.

And this book was better than the old book, because it contained better promises than the old book.

And I found written in this new book, scores and scores of pages, where I found it written:

Paul, you may now eat whatever you like.

Paul, you may now eat whatever you like.

Paul, you may now eat whatever you like.

Page after page after page I found it written, “Paul, you may now eat whatever you like.”

So, I heard with my ears what was being said to me, and now,

I EAT PANCAKES AGAIN!

With lots of butter!

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

A Hyperbole of Antithesis

People all the time love to quote Malachi 1:2-3 and Romans 9:13 which says, “Jacob I’ve loved, but Esau I’ve hated,” to prove that God literally hated Esau, and that was His sovereign choice.

I remember learning in  college (Moody Bible Institute) that this example is what’s known as a “hyperbole of antithesis.” Here are two of them:

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. (Luke 14:26)

Let’s break this down:

If anyone comes to me and does not hate

His Father

Mother

Wife

Children

Brothers and Sisters

He cannot be a Christian.

By the way, how are you doing with that?

This brings along with it a hearty laugh, followed by the words, “That’s not what’s intended by that verse!”

“That’s a hyperbole!”

Correct! I agree.

And here’s another example of a hyperbole of antithesis:

As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.” (Romans 9:13)

Notice the comparative structure of both of these.

What the Lord is saying is, your love for Him ought to dwarf your love for everything else, by comparison.

When the smoke clears, at the conclusion of Revelation chapter 19, and the Great White Throne is before one and all, it’s hard to fathom that God hated some 90 % of His creation.

I can still envision this sign hanging over the gates of heaven:

“Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17)

It’s your choice!

This I know, and will boldly declare: GOD LOVES YOU!!

Keep your city clean!

Keep your city clean! By Paul Esposito, Th.D.

Sorry to admit it, but I just love King David’s methods for keeping his house and his city clean, and pure.

It’s found in Psalm 101.

 4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil.

5 Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure.

6 My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me.

7 He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me.

8 Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land, So as to cut off from the city of the Lord all those who do iniquity. (Psalm 101:4-8, NASB)

So what’s David’s methods? I’m afraid they wouldn’t go over too well today!

Here’s a short list of 8 things (the list is not exhaustive)

  1. The faithful will dwell with me. (vs 6)

David insisted on living with and being surrounded by faithful people.

  1. The blameless will minister to me (vs 6)

He starts with those who he wants around him, those who bring him joy, and whose company he appreciates. Now, he reveals the types of people he will not endure:

  1. Perverted people shall depart from me. (vs 4)
  2. Those who slander others will be killed. (vs 5)

(Ah, King David, a man after God’s own heart!)

Keep in mind, God’s not too fond of folks like this, either! In Proverbs 6:19, David’s son Solomon, under divine inspiration, says this:

These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren. (Prov 6:16-19)

  1. Deceitful people are banned from my house (vs 7)
  2. All liars will be fired. (vs 7)
  3. The proud and the arrogant I will not endure (vs 5)

And lastly, number 8, and the corresponding reason why:

  1. Every morning I will destroy all the wicked people!

8A—The reason why: To keep the city of the Lord free from iniquity. (vs 8)

So I encourage you all, “Help keep your city clean!”

I wish David would run for office around here!

WGOD Radio

Some of you know that I am the host of a daily radio program called “WGOD Radio, All truth, all the time.”

Look for the podcasts of these programs to be posted here. Also, please check out my website, www.wgodradio.com

I have many years worth of podcasting my Bible programs, available here: www.elected77.libsyn.com 

Please follow along with us, and download these Bible teachings, and check back here for more writings, from time to time.

God Bless

Dr. Paul W. Esposito

Stauros Ministries

What Bible translation do I recommend?

People ask me all the time what’s my favorite Bible translation, or what’s the best, or most faithful, Bible translation?
To that I say, first and foremost, the Bible is meant to be understood! When it’s not understood, the devil marks you for prey! (Matt 13:19)
Here’s my list of Bibles that I can recommend:
1. New King James Version 
The NKJV is the absolute best Bible translation available today. The NKJV is the only modern Bible translation that uses the trustworthy Byzantine Manuscripts, and the TR (textus receptus).
2. King James Version 
If you can understand the Elizabethan English, there’s nothing more faithful to the original manuscripts than the 404 year old KJV.
3. The NIV of 1984
Not the updated version, which has gone over to the dark side, but the original NIV.
4. American Standard Version (ASV) of 1901
Other than changing the name LORD to Jehovah throughout the whole Bible, the ASV is a great, literal translation.
5. The New American Standard Version 
From time to time this translation has infuriated me by the choices the translators made, but for the most part, the NASB is very literal to the original manuscripts, even if it’s not smooth.

Bibles I do not recommend:
1. The Message Bible 
Stay away from this paraphrase! It is NOT a translation of the Bible.
2.The English Standard Version (sorry)
I cannot recommend the ESV!
Main reasons: The do not italicize the words which they have added, like all other translations. I believe this is a mistake. You have no idea whose words you are reading–God’s, or the translators!
Also, they have a theological slant that has permeated their translation. Daniel 9:24-27 is a horrendous translation, and is quite revealing as to the theological bent of the committee overseeing the ESV. And there are many, many others examples throughout the ESV, mostly regarding prophecy. Bear in mind that the ESV translators and committee do not believe in Bible prophecy, and their translation reflects that slant.
The reader of any translation should not be able to detect what “camp” its translators and overseers are in.

Stop Child Abuse

I saw a great Florida license plate today, which said:

                             Stop child abuse!

I think that’s a great idea!!!
The top 2 offenders on the list, in my humble opinion, are:
1. Catholic Priests.

The Pope said recently that 2% of all priests are homosexual child molesters. Do the math…
414,000 priests x 2% = 8280 gay child molesters in the Catholic Church.

Some people say that that number is not accurate, but that it is actually much higher!

2. School teachers.
A day doesn’t go by that you don‘t read of a child (under 17) that is molested by a school teacher!
Not to mention spiritually molesting a child, like asking them what sex they want to be when they grow up, and teaching them devilution instead of the truth.

I agree!

STOP CHILD ABUSE!
“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. (Mark 9:42)

Gospelstudy is now “WGOD Radio.”

To all my extended family out there, I wanted to let everyone know that I am changing the name of Gospelstudy to “WGOD Radio, all truth, all the time.”

Most of you know from following along that I love that phrase, and think its a great idea, not only for a radio broadcast and podcast, but for a theme! Being tuned into WGOD, where God is always broadcasting!

Please follow us right here for the same podcasts, and please like our new page on Facebook at WGOD Radio.

We are also on Twitter, @wgodradio.

I am excited to see what the Lord will do with this “new” venture, and this fine tuning of my ministry. God bless you all!

Paul Esposito

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