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Mark-1:15

I’m amazed that this message is so unpopular. Regardless of how much they hate hearing it, we need to love the lost enough to say it. I hope you’ll enjoy this video as much as I did, beloved. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Author: lnhereford

I am a Christian, wife, mother, podcaster and homeschooler currently traveling the United States with my loving husband and darling daughter!

15 thoughts on “Unpopular”

  1. Mark 1 is a fascinating chapter.

    I particularly like verse 31 which has a woman ministering (KJV) to Jesus and his men. Which is fine since the archaic definition of ministering is to serve the people. Thus, a minister is different from a preacher and the Bible encourages women to be ministers.

    Also, there’s a bit of an existential problem with Mark 1:15. The gospels were written down some 30 to 80 years after the crucifixion. Mark 1:15 implies that believers are supposed to believe everything in the gospels as truth. Except, most of what happens in the gospels occurs AFTER Mark tells everyone to believe the gospels. Which works in a book, but in real life, Jesus was performing miracles to prove he was who he said he was. In other words, Jesus was making the gospels up as he went along, so how could Mark and the other disciples tell people to repent and believe stuff that haven’t happened yet? In real time, this would be Mark saying “believe that Jesus can cure fevers and leprosy” and Jesus is like “ooh, I hadn’t though to do that yet!” It works in a book because the reader respects that the author knows how the story will end. Back in 30 CE, no one would have referred to Jesus’ teaching as the gospels, at least so far as the specifics that they contain because they didn’t know what they’d contain.

    As for the repent part, I personally believe that a person’s actions matter when it comes to salvation. But, it seems like a lot of conservative Christians think that a person can lie, cheat, and steal to their hearts content and so long as they believe in Jesus, they’re saved. There isn’t even an expectation that this salvation will change the person’s actions.

    Of course, I can’t think of any verses where Jesus actively ask for someone to repent their sins in order to be healed. In fact, the leper in Mark shows the exact opposite. Jesus asked him to keep quiet about the healing, but the leper instead chose to blab the secret to anyone he could find. This makes him a gossip, which is a sin. Of course, Jesus could have known the leper would gossip about Jesus and have wanted that. However, then Jesus should have given the leper the freedom to talk instead of telling him not to talk since by asking for silence that he knew couldn’t be given he transformed what is one man’s gift for advertising into a sin.

    You don’t give an alcoholic alcohol; you don’t give a gossip information you want to be kept private. This also makes Jesus a liar if he was telling the leper to stay silent while wanting him to gossip–he could have told the truth. The outcome would’ve been the same.

    So, I guess Conservative Christians are right: sinners can be saved and continue to sin. BUT, repentance, true repentance where your life is changed, doesn’t matter. I’m sure the leper apologizes profusely to Jesus when he remembers that Jesus asked him to stay silent. But, once a gossip, always a gossip. He has no reason to change his actions.

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    1. Catherine is this not an indictment on your lack of Biblical and historical knowledge? This is why I beg you, realize your obvious failings when it comes to knowledge and reason. You’re as wrong about everything you’ve said as you are wrong about evolution. However I have, multiple times, given you the truth of the Gospel and you have rejected it. All the while, seeing how incorrect your thoughts are logically and factually, you refuse to recant from your foolishness. My prayer is that God will remove your heart of stone, and that you will repent and put your trust in Christ. My hope is that others reading these comments will be strengthened in their apologetics, and encouraged in their faith. If not for the sake of the brethren I would cease this useless discussion, as you are unwilling to read or respond.

      For anyone who does reads these comments, I’ll answer these assertions.

      Firstly, there is no ‘existential’ problem with Mark 1:15. Mark did write what he wrote after Christ’s ascension, that much is accurate. In fact Mark, or John Mark as he’s called in Acts, was writing down Peters testimony. John Mark wasn’t one of the 12 Apostle. But, as you can see if you look into that verse, the quote is Jesus speaking. Which simultaneously answers you concerns about Jesus telling others to repent, while refuting your assertion that Mark was telling folks to repent long after Christ’s life. There were hundreds of disciples of Christ, and a multitude of listeners in the crowds (sometimes in the tens of thousands) that heard Christ speak these and similar words. What you need to understand is that the Gospel is not the four books in the Bible, the Gospel is what Christ Himself proclaimed, which is written in those four books but was already being preached before having been written down.

      How could those people believe and repent if Christ hadn’t died yet? His life, and death, were prophesied in the Old Testament. The hope of the seed of woman coming began in the garden of Eden. The Jewish leaders, when asked by Herod about where the Messiah was to be born knew exactly where Christ was. The Magi, most likely following the writings of Daniel who lived in their lands and ruled their forefathers, knew when they saw the star that the King of the Jews had been born. The old man at the temple had prayed all his life that God would let him live to see the Messiah, when Jospeh and Mary brought Jesus there, that man knew Christ was the fulfillment of his hope.

      How did Jesus preach to the disciples on the road after resurrection? By showing them Himself in the OT. How did Phillip convince the Ethiopian man that Jesus was the Messiah? With the OT. What did Paul preach to the Jews in the synagogue? Christ in the OT. Before the Gospels were written, the truth of Christ Jesus the Messiah could be known in the prophets words.

      Did Jesus make the Gospel up as He went along? What a foolish statement to make. Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, knew exactly why He was doing what He was doing. Everything He did and said was what the Father commanded Him to do. He was fulfilling prophecy and Gods will, nothing was a mistake.

      While the cannon was established later, and the New Testament put together by a counsel of believers, the gospels and written work of the Apostles were considered Holy Spirit inspired works. This historical fact can be found in the writings of Clement of Rome, Polycarp, Ignatius, and the other second century church leaders.

      In regards to whether or not there is an expectation that salvation changes a persons actions, I would encourage you to read 1 John, Romans, and 1 Corinthians. The expectation is that, while we can still fall into sin, we will no longer desire sin. Sin is a hateful thing to the believer, when we sin it grieves us. There are those who think they can sin and say a prayer and be fine, I believed that for years. Those are people who profess a form of godliness but deny the power therein.

      Lastly, did Jesus cause the leper to sin? No. That’s like saying the bar tender causes the alcoholic to drink. Why did Jesus tell the leper not to go and tell all about his healing? It’s written in the text why. Was it gossip to go and tell people he was healed? No. His sin was not the sin of gossip, but of disobedience. This brings us to an important point. Why tell someone not to do something, if that something will make that person a sinner? You have just described the purpose of the Law. Once the Law was written man had a way to measure his own ability to be good, or righteous. None measured up to that bar, no not one. It was, in the OT as it is in the NT, faith that saved not works. The Law, then, is written to reveal to man their wicked heart and desperate need for a savior.

      Catherine, please, repent of your sins. If these truths do not make it obvious that you are wrong about the Bible, and salvation, I do not know what would. Once again, I tell you, what YOU think, feel, or believe about God, Jesus, and salvation do not matter. God is sovereign, you are not. God has written the rules, you changing the rules is akin to a tiny ladybug screaming at the wind to settle down. It doesn’t change the wind, and the ladybug will eventually be carried away by its wrath. Repent! Place you’re faith in Christ alone!

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  2. Thanks, sister! This is a wonderful short film! Fantastic! I saw it maybe a year ago on SlimJim’s blog but it’s definitely worth another viewing. This stoic Baptist even had to stop and raise my hands in praise to my Savior!!! So sad that someone would scoff at and quibble with the gift of salvation…like being on the Titanic and casting aspersions at the lifeboats…but I was a hard-hearted mocker at one time myself. Heard something good on Christian radio the other day; when you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, the one that was hit barks the loudest. Sometimes it’s the mocker who is fighting conviction while the polite soul could not care less.

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    1. Thank you, friend, I hope you are blessed by it. I’m always making some sort of trouble for myself, I should stop opening cans altogether! All jokes aside, I’ve really been extremely encouraged and edified by the believers on WP. I expected mostly negative responses, like I find on other social media outlets. I never expected to find so many faithful workers for Christ!

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  3. It isn’t just ‘non Christians’ who find repentance unpopular. Every human being needs to repent on a daily basis. I know I struggle with admitting and taking responsibility for my own horrible behavior toward my Lord and Savior. I am thankful that He does deliver me from sin. It is the central and most joyful thing about knowing Him.

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