About

I am only a Christian layman. I am in no way a shepherd: only a sheep, but I love God’s word. If God would reveal something to me I think I should share it. I try to compare everything to the Bible and I don’t always understand as most others. You might say that I am usually “Religiously Incorrect”, but please think about what I say before you condemn me.

(Job 32:8 NIV)  But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding. 

(Job 32:17 NIV)  I too will have my say; I too will tell what I know.18 For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me;19 inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst.20 I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply.21 I will show partiality to no one, nor will I flatter any man;22 for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.

(Job 33:6 NIV)  I am just like you before God; I too have been taken from clay.7 No fear of me should alarm you, nor should my hand be heavy upon you.

(Job 34:2 NIV)  “Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning.3 For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.4 Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good. 

24 Responses to About

  1. Justin says:

    I added you to my blogroll! 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    I read your article on christian or calvanist? I think that you are misinformed about what John Calvin believed. Where did you get your information on calvanism? I’m curious because I have worshiped at a calvinist church in my area and the information I have been given was very different from your view. The gospel is preached regularly and with passion as are many of the sermons I have read of Calvins. Just curious about how you came to your conclusion.

  3. astudent says:

    Amy,
    I can not speak for any Church as to what they believe, but Calvin’s basic beliefs are listed in many places. (http://www.bible.ca/calvinism.htm for one) One does not have to read Calvin to know these beliefs. Neither of us have read Calvin so think about that before you chastise me for commenting on Calvin’s beliefs without reading his entire book. (It would only be natural to chastise me)
    The basic problem with Calvin’s beliefs is that only those who God picks are to be saved. It is not true and it leads others away from trying to convert the lost. After all what would be the point in trying to convince others to turn to Christ if it were only God that chooses? (Test me on this. Read some of the posts from Calvinist)
    Here is a big red flag, Muslims believe that those who are saved are chosen by God and nothing they do can influence Him. They have no Savior. It is the same thing Calvin teaches. Calvin denies that Jesus would save anyone who asked to be saved. That is not good news (Gospel) to the lost.
    It is true that Jesus will save only those whom the Father gives him, but anyone who asks to be saved will be given. We force our way into Heaven, (Mat 11:12) “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.”
    Calvinism is a different Gospel and not good news at all.
    What really drives me to say these things is that if Calvin were right then God is unfair to those who are condemned and it angers me that anyone could even imply that God is unfair: to anyone.
    I know that my posts sound harsh, but there are those who preach Calvinism that have not really thought it out and I wanted them to. (I doubt that I have)
    When you think about your Church, do not confuse “good people” with “good doctrine”, or good intensions with good understanding.
    Thank you for caring enough to ask.

  4. James in Michigan says:

    I do appreciate the opportunity to have ‘chimed in’ on the matter of “Iron Sharpens Iron”. I am a big enough man and following of Christ, to simply say that I disagree and that I don’t think that you grasped the bigger picture of what I was trying to bring to the forefront. As I was reviewing your response to my reply, an overtone clearly became evident. “You appear to have a need to be right” and “this” is your vessel. Let me just say this – Faith is exactly that, faith. And, knocking heads over provable & disputable details is far from what our Savior instructed to do or what he had exemplified us to follow in. Your writing has a consistent negative approach, where you appear to be inviting combative debate, for the sake of being able to continue an argument. And, I’m not entirely sure of the ‘Kingdom-value’ of some of these arguments. Nor, am I going to spend the short precious time, that God has given me here on this earth, focusing and wasting energy on something that is not “contributing” to His kingdom. If my count serves me right, you have 833 posts on here. I’m not sure how much time that you’ve spent on here, and exactly what in life that equates to. I do hope and pray that you spend an equal or significantly more amount of time making a ‘positive’ impact through personal interaction in lives, for HIS cause. Please remember, faith without works is dead, my friend. Or as the world would say – talk is cheap. I do pray that your personal and public walk displays the “light of Christ” and draws those around you, to Him.

  5. astudent says:

    James,

    Well, this is my seventh attempt to answer your comment. I deleted the others. If disagreeing with you is being “negative” then I am very negative, but then so are you, as you also disagree with me.

    My posts are a study of the Word of God and my comments are also about the Word; not about someone personally. I do have a need to be right about the Word and when I write an opinion about the Word I make every effort to be right.

    Everyone cannot be a minister as God didn’t make everyone exactly the same. I have a burning desire to understand His Word and after God gave me some understanding I realized, just as the lepers in 2 Kings 7 did, that it was wrong not to share. I chose the Web because it is free to all (Like most everything; free to those who can afford it), and unlike a book it can be updated as I, or we, learn. It is my hope that everyone would know the Word of God and if we did we could go out and plunder the camp of the enemy, because he would no longer be there, just as it was in 2 Kings.

    A man’s strength is his weakness and his weakness is his strength. My strength is my love of the Word and it becomes my weakness. The Word of God is more important to me than what others think of me; which is a strength. It is also more important to me than how delicately I answer comments; which is a weakness and I am guilty of not being delicate. I have, in the past, attempted to be more delicate with my answers to other’s comments, but it tends to obscure my answers. However if you apply Christian principals to my comments you would forgive those short comings and we could exchange understandings.

    It seems as though I have angered you because I did not agree with you, but if you had researched how someone sharpens a tool you would not have commented as you did because nothing is ever sharpened with a metal tool. Metal can be cut and shaped with another metal tool that is much harder, but never sharpened with it. Everything is always sharpened with a stone; no exceptions.

    Our exchange has helped me again. Though I knew it was wrong to attack someone personally and I knew that Jesus never defended himself, I did not put two and two together and realize that it is also wrong to defend one’s self. I hope I have explained myself without defending myself.

    Perhaps in the future we can look for truth in God’s Word instead of looking for truth in each other.

  6. Ava Semerau says:

    After reading thru your blog, I’d like to invite you to participate in a blog book tour I’m putting on. One of the things I talk about in my newest book is the principle of iron sharpening iron and how we as Christians ca use it to live more worthy lives.

    If you’re interested, a here’s a link the blog tour information.

  7. This is my second post… today!! I found your site by chance (ha ha, as if God left it to chance), and I am not as impressed with your theology (though I am impressed with your theology) as I am by your persistence with patience; your confidence and humility; your brutal truth, but only in love. I think this should be obvious to your other readers, but based on many comments that I’ve read, I may be believed to have lost my mind.

    I am not commenting in order to laud and praise you and your works, but to rejoice that God has allowed you to write this blog. I want to encourage you to continue writing and to never stop seeking Christ.

    I believe that you have been the opposite of self-righteous, haughty, rude, etc. and if others would read more of your posts, they would clearly see that you readily admit when you have missed something, Made a mistake, or have rethought your views based on comments (whether from us or from God).

    Don’t give up (it doesn’t look like you will) because I believe that you are doing “kingdom work.” God never promised us that spreading the truth in love would be easy and without confrontation. He just said to speak with truth in love (a whole topic in itself).

  8. astudent says:

    Peoplesavemerica,

    Thanks for the encouragement. I do not receive much encouragement, because I do not want much. It can boost one’s pride and therefore cause the exact opposite for which it was intended.

    Having said that I found your comment encouraging without causing me a problem with my pride (I try to control it, but I am human).

    I am not well liked by those that comment because of my habit of “brutal truth”, but it seems to me that truth is lost when one tries to coat it with sugar.

  9. Eden says:

    Hello! I would love your opinion of my blog. In Him,

  10. astudent says:

    Eden,

    Well, you write well, think deeply, and your posts make one think. I like your blog so much I am going to have to keep up with it. If I can find the time.

  11. mary says:

    Just stumbled on to your web site astudend thanks for being a thinker so few are able to be free enought to be opened minded about God and his love, enjoyed all i have read so fare keep up your great information so much to explore, like the universe light showes more from different angles

  12. Sergio C says:

    Keep doing what you’re doing.

  13. Gabesmom says:

    Amazing! I have been searching for YEARS to find truths that I have heard here. As I read, I am happy to see you pointing people to the Word and not for your own pat on the back. I have many questions but little time to ask on this blog. If email is an option, please let me know. Thanks and may God bless.

  14. astudent says:

    Gabesmom,

    Thanks for the encouragement. Actually I am trying to get a pat on the back from our Father.

    You have no monopoly on having little time. As you can see from my late response.

    I do not email because I wish to keep my identity secret. Hope you understand.

    Please ask your questions. If I do not have some kind of answer someone else will and we can all learn from your input. When we were baptized we received the Holy Spirit to teach us all things: all we need are the questions.

  15. Gabesmom says:

    That is quite alright about the emailing. I understand the privacy issue… (I try the same thing… but it doesn’t work.) Noting is ever truly private on the internet.

    I love the honesty that comes out from your thoughts. I can’t say that I am seeking a pat on the back, yet if you are, it is for your own reasons and I hope that you receive them in peace and truth.

    Can’t say that I have a question yet, but I will. 🙂 Thank you so much for this blog. 🙂
    May God bless you.

  16. TexMexMaryAnn says:

    WOW!..I do not hunt, fish, or cut wood; therefore, I would have no need to sharpen my knives. Thank you for your rendition on “Iron Sharpens Iron.” I have used it incorrectly all my Christian life, until today, because I was challenged. And this is where my Lord sent me to gain an understanding of a very simple fact. To God be the Glory!

  17. soapyjames says:

    Yo!

    Have you written anything on homosexuality?

  18. astudent says:

    soapyjames,

    Not on my blog, but I have commented on it on another blog. Been sometime ago, so I don’t even remember what blog it was.

    I believe that it is wrong, if for no other reason than God made us male, or female.

    I will contemplate writing on it. I see very little to gain as those who practice it already know it is wrong, just as a straight person knows that sex outside of marriage is wrong

  19. soapyjames says:

    astudent,

    Thanks for your time and your thoughts.

  20. Yahobahne says:

    I just stumbled across your post or perhaps it wasn’t a stumble, but the Holy Spirit’s leading. Nonetheless, I thank God for you and the truth of His word. I actually agree with your statement (re: Iron sharpens Iron…blog), after having tested your spirit, and find it to be true. My spirit bears witness. I’m too a Berean (Acts 17:11) when it comes to testing doctrine. To add, I am enthusiastic when I research out a matter.
    I thank Father God for your ministry and in spreading the truth of the gospel. In willingness and obedience, may His Holy Spirit continue to teach you even as His Rock is your strength, fortress and great providence. The Lord Yeshua bless you, and may His peace be multiplied unto you in Jesus name.

  21. astudent says:

    Yahobahne,

    Thanks for the encouragement. I wish everyone was a Berean.

    I truly believe that we should call no man a teacher (Mat 23:10). So, do not think that I can teach anyone anything. However, please consider what I write and view it as wrong, then go to Scripture and the Spirit will show you truth.
    What I was taught is truth, sometimes is not. I believe that you will find the same.

  22. Julia says:

    So much here to ponder… Thank you for sharing!

  23. Hi a student I have started my first blog of my studies and would love to hear what you think. I copied it to here because I am completely a armature at operating these things. Kay
    I have studied many commentaries from many variables of views of Revelation. Pre-rapture, Post-rapture, and Mid-rapture. Rapture; meaning catching or snatching away quickly. I do not claim to know when this event takes place, but I am now under the impression that the first seal and possible 2nd seal to be already opened. Which then is my first discussion…

    Many a scholar has mentioned that the horseman on the white horse is the anti-christ to be released on the earth after the rapture. (Pre-tribulation) At one point I would agree for I loved reading ‘left behind’ series. However, after reading and re-reading revelation I kept getting a stumbling block in my studies when assuming the white horse is the anti-christ. I started checking other commentary and although all their studies are fascinating I still get this stumbling block in revelation. Until I was doing my normal day routines with my favorite Christian songs and The Holy Spirit flashed a thought to look again at the section in revelation where John saw under the thrown, those martyred for there testimony in seal 5. I ran to read the section again then not getting why I was told to read it I prayed and went back to my chores. I then finished one task and moving to another and again another thought of; the Angel with one foot on earth the other in the sea and the little book which is described after the 6th trumpet; made me run to the Bible again. This time I prayed first then read and after thinking how amazing it was I strongly felt a need to turn back to the first seal. Wipping my mind of all past studies I just read what John saw and remembered John was at the thrown before the book of seals was opened and many see this as a futuristic view but Revelation 5 says no man in heaven, earth etc was worthy and then Jesus (the lamb) came mist the thrown proven worthy. Which then light bulb went off in my head that if John is seeing (not after 70 A D ) but before 70 A D. Like the time after Jesus left the disciples as to send the Holy Spirit to earth to conquer our hearts (Christians) then after Jesus Christ takes the book from God Almighty he opens first seal. White always being described as clean and Holy releases the white horse with a bow and a crown. Others say the bow has no arrow but what if the bow is not a robin hoods bow but a bow with God’s covenant (rainbow) a crown usually is victor. As in Jesus Christ victory over spiritual (second death) and as the four horsemen are really spirit form beings it clicked that the first seal was opened in 30+ A.D. and released the Holy Spirit to conquer the hearts of men who chose to follow Jesus Christ as to take over to help man live a life defeating sin. This put everything in perspective that the seals were already being open and separates the seals from the trumpets and bowls because the seals were not all of God’s wrath on earth. The 5th seal shows that not all the seals were judgements. When you start to think of the seals different than trumpets and bowls you see that all the trumpets bring wrath. The sixth seal is opened and a earthquake but that isn’t all for the 6th seal John also sees 144,000 of God’s chosen (Jewish tribes from Israel) are sealed by God and again that is not all, John sees those which came out of great tribulations (not the or from) and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb. This my friends are those saved by Jesus Christ in the church age and seen by John during 6th seal in heaven worshipping the lamb. So the 6th seal is a good news for saved beings yet it also begins the great tribulations for which we will escape from for we were brought out of it. Then seventh seal is quiet in heaven for 30 minutes.. WOW 30 minutes and not even a tick of a clock! Then trumpets handed out…… wrath begins… This is not Pre- nor Mid- or Post. The seals are not tribulations but the fulfilment of church age. Interesting enough when you follow this study line it puts perspective on 5th trumpet lining up with the two witnesses and the 3 1/2 years with just the trumpets but another catching away moment for the witnesses and those who turned to Jesus Christ during this time. Then the bowls which is stated to be on men who refused to repent. This wrath is 3 1/2 more with satan revealed to all and God’s mysterious revealed. Praise Jesus Christ always.

    Kay

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