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    • I should add that the ONLY REASON I went to the website to investigate is because of his accusatory post towards Alan. I generally don't post about such people, preferring to leave them alone. But when someone accuses a solid man like Alan in this way, I investigate to see who is right. I like Alan, but he is only a man and I am sure he would happily admit that he is prone to mistakes, as are we all. As such I check to see who is telling it like really is. In my opinion, Alan is far more trustworthy than this mcmillinministries guy.  
    • Had a quick look at his website, and a few things come up to me. Most on this website are pretty clear about the KJV issue, and this is a FANTASTIC example..... ******* This is from the NIV, and is the title verse of one of his devotions. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  2 Corinthians 5:17******* This is the KJV: 2Co 5:17 (17)  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Now, if you compare the two versions, you see some GLARING differences in substance. "The new creation has come" is a very different statement to "he is a new creature". One (the KJV) designates the one in Christ as becoming a new creature, the other (the NIV) talks of some undefined new creation having come - but there is no idea from the passage what this new creation is or what it is doing. A fantastic example why the KJV issue is not a side issue.   Secondly, I am always wary when a Christian site deliberately leave off any kind of statement of faith or list of basic beliefs. I wonder what they are trying to keep secret...…..   Thirdly, whenever I see a ministry which is named after a man I cringe. What about the kind of attitude that John the Baptist had: Joh 3:29-30 (29)  He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. (30)  He must increase, but I must decrease.   Or Paul's attitude: 2Co 12:7 (7)  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.   And Paul was glad of his infirmity, for it kept him humble. And we see so many people today with ministries that they name after themselves...………..  Is this a godly thing to do? It would seem that it is not.   As to particular teachings, I have quickly perused the devotional about divorce, and I must say that he begins by presenting the most extreme examples of bad relationships. This is a common tactic of those who wish to support a practice - see the abortionists who talk about rape victims as a justification for abortion when the truth is that the number of abortions done in such cases is far less than 1% of the total. Use the extreme to justify the practice, and then apply the practice generally. This is the tactic that his devotion begins with - extreme examples that everyone agrees are abominable, which set people on the mind of supporting divorce. He then attacks the extreme position that says a person must stay in such extreme relationships no matter what - which I for one have never heard anyone promote. This is called a "straw man argument". So you see that in this one devotion he uses extreme examples and argues against extreme counter positions, and he does so tactically, with no real initial bible referencing. Regardless of where you stand on the actual issue, you must see that this is a deceitful tactic which is designed, not to find truth, but to sway to a predisposed position. Also in one of the examples he states “God hates divorce,” the pastor says. “But, biblically, you are allowed to divorce her because of her adultery. I wouldn’t take the chance though. There’s no guarantee you’ll stay saved yourself. After the divorce you might fall out of God’s will for your own life and be in danger of the fires of hell. Hang in there, lest you fall too.” This is the answer that a mythical pastor gives to a mythical husband about a mythical unfaithful wife. Note that the Pastor says "....There's no guarantee you'll stay saved yourself..."  This is in one of his made up examples - now I am not sure if he is a proponent of loss of salvation or not, but the example he uses here the Pastor certainly is. However, I suspect that this man is no fan of churches and Pastors in general, and so he is here painting the Pastor (mythical as he is) in the worst possible light.    He also is attacking the premise that divorce is some kind of unforgivable sin, which I have never heard an IFB preacher present, so this is again a straw man that he has made for the purposes of being able to tear it down. I would suggest that this guy is at the very least not an independent Baptist, and that is reason enough to be very wary of his teaching. He uses other versions (At least the NIV, but since he does not give any credit that I can find, each instance needs to be checked). This is a concern, because different versions say different things - as we can see by the example above. He makes certain statements that are just plain wrong: “Therefore, my brethren (anytime Paul says brethren he’s referring to his Jewish race), you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God…But now we have been released from the Law (just like a woman is released from her husband if he dies) having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter (the letter is the Law).” (Romans 7:4,6, my notes added) How about these: Rom 1:13 (13)  Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. Who is he talking to? ONLY to Jews in Rome? Rom 1:6-7 (6)  Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: (7)  To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Hmmmm - doesn't seem to be talking about Jews there.   Another one: 1Co 1:10 (10)  Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. Who is included in brethren here? 1Co 1:1-2 (1)  Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, (2)  Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:   Another: 2Co 1:8 (8)  For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:   2Co 1:1 (1)  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:   Another: Gal 1:1-2 (1)  Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) (2)  And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: Who was with Him? We don't know, but it is supposed that the Letter to the Galatians was written from Rome, so it is unlikely that there were only Jewish believers with Paul. Onesimus was with Paul in Rome at one stage, and he was apparently a slave of a man with a Greek name, who had a church with people with Greek names, and Onesimus appears to be a Greek name. And another: Eph 6:10 (10)  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Considering that this was also written from Rome, and written to the church in the city of Ephesus, and that Paul uses a specific armour description pertaining to the Roman soldier, it is unlikely that this letter was written only to Jews.  And we could go on - I have only used the FIRST instance of the word brethren in each of these epistles, and not cherry picked the best ones. Clearly, Paul used the term Brethren to speak also of non-Jewish saints, and not just of his own countrymen, although he did also use the term brethren on one occasion that I could find to refer specifically to Jews: Rom 9:3 (3)  For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:   Kind of a difference that the majority of times that Paul used the term "brethren", he was talking of saints regardless of nation, and only once that I could find (with a quick search) did he use the term "Brethren" to denote those of his own nation. What did this teacher say? ".....(anytime Paul says brethren he’s referring to his Jewish race),......" Are these enough reasons to be wary of this man? And then he comes  on here and accuses Alan of lying about him............ Without any answers or evidence to back up his accusation.   Nutshell: Wrong Bible Version. No list of beliefs to give people a baseline of his doctrinal position. Prideful naming of ministry. deceitful method of presentation of argument. Straw man arguments Extreme case presentation, general application. (Abortionist method) Unbiblical claims And remember that this is from ONE of his devotions. It will be interesting to see if he answers any of this stuff. In any case, I won't be buying one of his books any time soon.
    • Matt McMillen States, “Before Abraham was born, I am!” (See John 8:58). Before Abraham was born, which was way before Jesus was physically born, I am? Do you see it, friend? He always has been, and always will be. He temporarily became flesh for us.” In this devotion we come across two items.  (A) The greatest verse in the Bible concerning Christ being the great “I am” of Exodus 3:14 McMillen states, “He always has been, and always will be.” McMillen does not add the all-important word: “God.” Does McMillen believe that the Lord Jesus was eternal as was God the Father? Who knows? Is he a Jehovah’s Witness or a Contemporary Southern Baptist? I don’t know? Do You? McMillen is confusing and seems to be trying not to offend any denominational belief. Or, he has some serious doctrinal issues. (D) “He temporarily became flesh for us.” Is it doctrinal correct to say that Christ “temporarily” became flesh for us? After the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, He appeared in a “body.” As with the Jehovah’s Witnesses, McMillan has a serious problem with the resurrected “body” of the Lord Jesus. The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the “body” of Christ was a “spirit body.” Who knows what McMillen truly believes? The, “body,” the tabernacle, of the Lord Jesus was eternal, glorified, and is now sitting on the throne in Heaven. The Lord Jesus is “bodily” coming in the clouds of heaven and men will be able to “touch” the nail prints in His hands and the spear wound in His side.   McMillen, Matt What Happens When You Die? Devotion. Copied on July 18, 2019. <https://mattmcmillenministries.com/what-happens-when-you-die/>    
    • Matt, As I expressed in my personal message to you here on Online Baptist, I would send you a personal e-mail to your matt@mcmillen.com address once I set up our e-mail account here in the States. We just returned from overseas today and I am still in the process of setting up our home and office.  Just a few minutes ago I was able to send you an e-mail requesting information concerning your ministry and to try and ascertain exactly what information was not accurate in my 6/9/2019 post as quoted above.  You clearly stated, "None of the stuff in this thread is accurate about me." But, you did not give one example. To me, that is wrong and not honest. When you accuse a person in a public forum of stating an inaccurate statement and not give the reason why the individual gave an inaccurate statement, in public, and then tell everyone to send a private e-mail stating why the individual stated an inaccurate statement, that is wrong. Again, what you did was wrong. If you are going to accuse us, and me as I made a statement, than you need to publicly state your doctrinal statement, background, ministry, the church you are affiliated with, publicly. I did review your mattmcmillenministries.com/about/ website, and as far as I can read, I cannot accept your statement that all that I said was inaccurate. On your website you have no doctrinal statement, no background information, and no church affiliation statement. As far as I am concerned, your statement, "None of the stuff in this thread is accurate about me" was publicly stated as a fact without publicly stating why ALL our statements were inaccurate, was wrong and dishonest. Alan
    • Matt, Thank you for coming on Online Baptist and giving us your e-mail so we can get more accurate information concerning you and your ministry.  Alan

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