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Pastor Scott Markle

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  1. Pastor Scott Markle's post in Do all men hate God prior to hearing the gospel? was marked as the answer   
    I believe that the answer to the questions of the opening post (as well as some following posts) is somewhat dependent on how we are defining "hate" and "love" in this context.
    If we are defining "love" for God as "living a life of obedience to God" (as per John 14:21, 23), then we might define "hate" (the opposite of love) for God as "living a life of disobedience against God" (as per John 14:24).  If we use these definitions, then all unbelievers (the children of disobedience) do indeed "hate" God.  (Note: According to such a definition, even believers sometimes "hate" God.)
    However, it might be asked if there is a portion of Scripture which actually states that unbelievers "hate" God.  Furthermore, (considering some of the following questions above) it might be asked if there is a portion of Scripture which indicates that a person must "love" God before he or she can believe for salvation, or if "love" for God is a necessary characteristic for salvation.
  2. Pastor Scott Markle's post in Calvanism was marked as the answer   
    So, are you asking what I would consider myself?  If so, I would answer --
    1.  I am a ZERO point Calvinist (in relation to the doctrine of salvation).
    2.  I am a THREE point Arminian (in relation to the doctrine of salvation) (because three of the points are mutually exclusive, being an either/or proposition, having no third option).
    3.  I am TWO points neither, and thus am not actually either Calvinist or Arminian in my doctrinal system (in relation to the doctrine of salvation). 
    4.  In fact, I would simply say that I seek to be Biblical in my system of belief, and thus will hold to any point from any system that I find to be Biblical, but will stand contrary to any point from any system that I find to be unbiblical.  (Note: This includes whether I find a point to be unbiblical in the Calvinist system, Arminian system, or even Fundamental Baptist system.  I am not bound under the authority of any system or movement.  Rather, I am bound under the authority of GOD'S HOLY WORD!!!)
  3. Pastor Scott Markle's post in Fatalism was marked as the answer   
    No!  The dictionary definition for "fatalism" is "the belief that all events are determined by fate and, therefore, inevitable; acceptance of every event as inevitable."  The first difference between a believer in the Biblical God and a fatalist is the the "source" of "determination" for events -- For the fatalist that "source" is a completely impersonal, uncaring "fate;" whereas for the believer that "source" is a very personal, great and good God.  From this first difference flows various others -- "Fate" is impersonal, and therefore neither wise nor unwise in its arrangement of events; whereas God is all-knowing and all-wise in His arrangement of events.  "Fate" is impersonal, and therefore neither righteous nor unrighteous in its arrangement of events; whereas God is all-holy and all-righteous in His arrangement of events (including the administration of rewards and judgments).  "Fate" is impersonal, and therefore neither gracious nor malicious in its arrangement of events; whereas God is all-good and abundantly gracious in His arrangement of events (especially in establishing His plan of eternal salvation for lost sinners).
    Even concerning the matter of our appointed time for death, God is different than "fate."  "Fate" just "is."  On the other hand, God sets the appointed time of our death in accord with His perfect, righteous, and gracious wisdom.  Furthermore, some Scripture appears to reveal that the extent/time of lives can be (in accord with God's all-knowing foreknowledge) extended or shortened, depending on our behavior.
    I pray that this answer is helpful and good to the use of edifying.
  4. Pastor Scott Markle's post in Salvation After Rapture was marked as the answer   
    To whom it may concern,
    I myself hold that 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 applies to the mid-point of the seven year tribulation, not to the beginning-point, and that it applies unto ALL unbelievers at that time without any exceptions.
  5. Pastor Scott Markle's post in Just How Many? was marked as the answer   
    Brother Pittman ("Genevanpreacher"), and to all others who may be concerned,
     
    The fact that Brother Pittman used my site for his negative example has caused no direct offense to me.  My site is in the public venue; therefore, he has the right to handle it as such.  Certainly, I disagree with his dispute, and thus have no intention to change the presentation of the site.  Indeed, I believe that everything which has been presented on the site is Biblically supported, and is thus the Biblical truth for lost sinners.  How God the Holy Spirit chooses to use that presentation in the heart of each lost sinner is certainly under His divine authority, and I shall praise the name of the Lord our Savior for every lost soul whom the Holy Spirit might draw unto Christ thereby.
     
    On the other hand, I do find it interesting how I came to realize that the site of the church that I pastor had become a focal point for a discussion.  It is possible that I would not have known, except that I learned through the record of my "statcounter" that I had a number of hits on the site yesterday.  My "statcounter" also informed me that these various hits found their sending source from this thread.  Actually, one such hit did not move me to curiosity.  However, after a number of such hits, my curiosity moved me to check things out.  I suppose that it might have been nice for someone to inform me that I and our church site had become a focal point for a (negative) discussion.  I also suppose that this might yet have been done if things had continued longer.  Therefore, I am not at all presenting this with a spirit of offense against anyone, but simply as a point for consideration concerning the future.
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