One of the problems most people, namely mainline, institutionalised denominationalists have when reading the Bible (and there is only one Bible – the Authorised King James Bible) is the fact that they do not believe what God ACTUALLY SAYS. A certain number of Calvinists a few centuries ago didn’t believe what God said, so they changed it to suit themselves and their circumstances:
For example in Genesis 12:
“Now the Lord had said unto Jan Van Dyke, Get thee out of thy country which is Holland, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land called South Africa that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
Now, if you are self-righteous and believe the Bible to be a magic book that needs to be “handled correctly” you would probably be having apoplexy right now because “I have the nerve to change God’s words or the Bible”, yet this is what most people do every single day of their lives, hence the reason why most incorrectly apply Israel’s Old Covenant to themselves and take Israel’s Covenant promises for themselves too.
So the main reason for Jan Van Dyke’s current problems from his personal perspective is this:
2 Chronicles 7:14:
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
His people, the chosen ones have turned away from God to wicked ways. Remember: Calvinists see themselves as the few chosen by God (limited atonement).
Jan blatantly does not believe who the book of Chronicles was actually written to:
2 Chronicles 7:1-3
1 Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house.
2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord‘s house.
3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
The only other option remaining which rightfully explains why these people believe as they do is Replacement Theology, i.e., they think they are Israel or the “new Israel”, but I have encountered various others who state, “God was talking to the Jews who are people, the Gentiles are also people, so this applies to them too”. But WHERE in the Bible does it state that God made a covenant with the Gentiles or Gentile nations in times past?
They believe they are chosen as Israel was.
In Ephesians 2:12 the Apostle Paul is clear when he says that Gentiles had no part in Israel’s covenant or the promises related to this covenant.
One cannot change God’s words to suit oneself, and if you do not believe what God said/says then you are obviously in……….. unbelief.
Unbelief is shown when one has to change scripture or omit scripture or ignore scripture or wrest scripture.
The Bible is sharper than a two-edged sword which means if you believe it as it is written and take scripture in its rightful context and apply that which is meant only for you, it is your friend, but if you change God’s words and wrest them, it becomes your enemy and condemns you.
Believe and apply the word rightly divided, including the grace gospel = friend, reconciled to God, saved, justified, sanctified, approved unto God, glory, eternity.
Unbelief, wresting scripture, bible blending and believing good news meant for another dispensation = enemy, punishment, suffering, lost, hell, regret, wailing.
A two-edged sword. Something that causes both advantages and problems. And the Bible is sharper than any two-edged sword.
A TRANSDISPENSATIONAL TRUTH:
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.