Archive for December, 2011

The Potter by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching on The Potter’s House.

Every single person has something wrong with them and maybe not an outward thing that you can see. But I have plenty wrong with me. You’ve got plenty wrong with you. That’s the concept of the potter’s house and if God will empower you, you can be victorious over anything that is ruling the flesh because God empowers us to. It doesn’t mean that you’re going to have the victory over everything but you can be like Paul and say, “This, I can get victory over.”  Yes. All things. And I can say, “all things are lawful, not all things are expedient.”

And that brings me to the person. The potter. The God that we serve doesn’t look like the creation of my mind. If we could let modern day religion paint the picture of the potter, we’d be sitting in the potter’s chair while we’d be doing the work, working on the potter. That’s the attitude instead of saying perfect submission, “Have your way, Lord. I’m just a lousy, rotten piece of clay anyway. You do with me what you will and I know when I come through this I’m going to be something good because you made me good, not because I brought anything to the table.”

Not By Works by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching.

For we are His workmanship. Something He is doing in us, to us, by His hand, by His Spirit. Nothing that I bring to the table is going to help in that capacity.

Dr. Boice frequently would quote from Dr. Barnhouse. In fact, if you read Dr. Barnhouse, you’ll find a lot of Dr. Boice’s thinking comes straight out of Dr. Barnhouse. You will see it is this good mindset to say, “No works, but…” And what we end up having are people that are so confused about what we’re supposed to do now.

When it says the Spirit of – the evidence of – that the evidence of one’s salvation, had it been prefaced by saying the fruit, what comes out of the person once the Spirit is deposited, what comes out of you.

The fruit Galatians talks about, could include you doing things that you would never normally do. But if you’re going to try to equate your salvation with something you can do, then let me ask the question. Why do you need God and why did you need Jesus to hang on the cross for you? If you can do it yourself, why do you need any of this other stuff?

I mean you can say, “Poor Jesus died on the cross. I’m going to bring to you a list.” Well let’s make a list. Let’s write down a list mentally of all the things we could write down and do as good, to be presented and weighed in the balance. Here, let me make a list of good things I can do. I could do things for elderly people and I could be seen of all people as a humble worker feeding the poor.

“Here is the place where sound,” – he says “sound,” emphasis on “sound Protestant and Roman Catholic theology part company. Many Roman Catholics insist that justification is by the grace of God through faith. Ephesians 2:8 says so. But they answer questions about the relationship between faith and works differently than Protestants do.” Now this is like saying, “All people have two legs.” There’s not going to be a definition of what the criteria is underneath that. This is so generic and therefore it is wrong. Watch what I’m going to show you.

“Catholic theology says that works enter into justification in the same sense that God justifies us in part by producing good works in us, so that we are justified by faith plus those works. Sound,” – he emphasizes, “sound Protestant theology also insists on works.” I’m not sure what that means: does that mean that everything else is unsound? That’s what he’s going to say.

He’s going to go on to say that if your faith doesn’t have works attached it’s unsound. Listen carefully. It says here, “Sound Protestant theology also insists on works, but it says that the works follow justification as a consequence and evidence of it. Catholic theology says faith plus works equals justification. Protestants reply faith equals justification plus works.” I’m going to say with all due respect, no. No. NO.

I have multiple commentaries on this. And every single person did succumb to the same mistake. And it’s a mistake. Paul said, “not of works, no works.” In this particular thing he’s saying, “By grace, through faith; not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Water and Fire at the Potter’s House by Pastor Melissa Scott

Let’s continue talking about the Potter’s House.  I’m going to add water to our  metaphor. How do I know these things? Because unlike Dr. Scott who traveled to the potter’s houses, I made pottery. You need water.

The water in our application will only go so far as to represent the Spirit of God and His word because that is needed to be the flow on which God will press His hands on us in our life situation.

And fire. You need a kiln. You need to bake this final product. And I know. I was the kiln girl because I took charge of making sure everybody’s art got safely into the oven.

 

The Flow Of Life by Pastor Melissa Scott

I start with Egypt. These that were in bondage, they lived in that environment. They didn’t have anything to compare it to. The course of this world, poetically, is the stream of life.

Here comes the stream of life, the flow which everything is going to flow out of: thoughts, impulses, the flow of life. I was in this flow going with the world, “the ages of this” (the Greek is iones of this kosmou).

In terms of the world, I’m not talking about trees and plants and flowers. “If you were of the world, the world love its own.”  The world is “the prince of the power of the air,” his area, his reign, his territory. “Well, I’m out in the world and I don’t do those things. I’m not like that.” Well the first place to start is to look at your condition, look at where you were found.

I heard, actually I read, a preacher and he wrote, “I stepped to the alter when the call was given. I went the first time when I was a young man. And I was overjoyed in the moment that I stepped forward because I felt this was the right thing to do. And the minute I left the alter and the minute I disbanded, just hours later I found myself wondering, ‘am I clean? I don’t feel different. How come I don’t feel changed? Is there something wrong with me?” So the next time at church, here comes the alter call, here comes the same man. He’s going to step forward because he thinks maybe he didn’t do it right the first time. He stepped forward again. This went on five times.

Comments on Predestination by Pastor Melissa Scott

People ask me, “what is your opinion of predestination. Tell me where do you stand?”

And I can say very simply, it is a subject that cannot be treated in an hour. It is a doctrine that man warped.

God chose Israel; His chosen people. If everything is a windup toy and everything is cranked to this end product, then tell me why it says, “He came to His own and His own received Him not?”.

If you read Zechariah and some of the prophetic books, you know that there is still a plan, even though they rejected Him.

So God’s book already spells out what He wants us to know because it’s like a Pandora’s box.  The basis of this doctrine by the way was implemented for this reason: for you or I as a believer to seek the assurance of salvation. That’s how this doctrine came to be implemented.

Well listen, if you need that assurance and you don’t have your assurance in Christ – I’m not talking about “once saved, always saved.”  I’m saying if you haven’t come to a firm realization that “I’m trusting Him, He wants me to trust Him and that’s where I’m putting my trust, and that’s my assurance” then I have nothing else here. If you need something else, you need to go back to the book and start over. For the reason He came was distrust in the beginning. It could only be mankind that would search for some idea of how to put God in a box. “I need to know definitively: God let me check this box to make sure that I’m really saved.”

Well if you’re putting God in that much of a box, the flipside is you’re going to be the same person to ask, “Is God the author of evil?” That same Pandora’s box that has the mind to probe into areas where, I can tell you, if God wanted us to know certain of these questions – and I’m not saying we shouldn’t discuss them. They’re wonderful discussions for us to ponder. But when they creep in to become doctrine, it means that (and this is my opinion now) we’ve opened the door to the devil, because that little door opens up for discussion and that becomes the doorway where somebody walks through and says, “Well if there’s evil in the land, it must be that God is the author of evil.” God forbid. But these are the things that have spawned doctrines.