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MSL- May 7, 2024-The Matt Slick Live -Live Broadcast of 05-07-2024- is a production of the Christian Apologetics Research Ministry -CARM-. Matt answers questions on topics like The Bible, Apologetics, Theology, World Religions, Atheism, and other issues- -You can also email questions to Matt using-, Put -Radio Show Question- in the Subject line- Answers will be discussed in a future show.-Topics Include---MSL- May 7, 2024--Christian Offense--Does The Prophecy of Joel allow for Women Pastors-- --Are Women to Keep Silent----Biblical Slavery--MSL- May 7, 2024

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The following program is recorded content created by Truth Network. I hope you all are having a good time today and that you'll be listening and enjoying wherever you are. You may notice my voice is a little bit better, just creeping up. That I'll get better and better. I had a really, really bad head cold.

Man, just one of those dinosaur size head colds. So there you go. If you want to give me a call, all you have to do is dial 877-207-2276. I want to hear from you. Give me a call. All right, all right, all right.

Let's see what we got here. I'm working on SEO stuff, search engine optimization stuff. I've been playing around with some things, trying to figure stuff out. I don't know if this is happening everywhere, but at least here on the CARM site, the traffic is slowly decreasing over the years. It could be because of a combination of things, one of them being competition, and that's fine. The other is the liberalness of Google.

They don't like, nor do they favor, conservative stuff that attacks the alphabet mob and things like that. So there could be that. It could be just that, well, people just aren't doing that as much. They're doing videos more. Anyway, not a big deal, but we're working on stuff to try and make the site even more prevalent and relevant. I'm getting ready to do some videos, different kind of videos. I'll continue the one-minute videos here pretty soon, but also some stuff for just video work and comparison. I've got an idea. I haven't started on it yet video-wise, but I'm going to work up. It's going to be interesting. I plan to, anyway, work up an eschatological position that I hold.

I don't know how long it will take, maybe 20 minutes to go through. It will be a video that will be quite long. I go through, step by step by step, the things that I hold to, and I'm trying to find a name for the particular view that I hold. Now, my view, I've got to just tell you, is, how do I say this, it's not, I don't believe anyone else holds it.

That's a warning. However, I have told people a few times, this is my position, and they say, oh yeah, we agree with that. So, I've not heard anybody say that they hold to the same position, yet it turns out that people seem to be holding to the same position. So, I'm curious about that, and when I get this thing going, because what I hold to is that we're in the millennial reign of Christ right now, that we're in his kingdom, and that Satan's been bound, if he's not already loosed, I don't know, and that the wicked are going to be taken before the good. And I've got scriptures for all of this, and it's not like me stretching them.

When I show people these things, they say, wow, that's what it says, it's right there. And so, the generally held position of amillennialism is a liberal kind of a view that the kingdom of God is spiritual, and that it's kind of in heaven, it's all spiritual thing, and stuff like that. So, I believe it's in heaven, but I also believe it's here on earth, and I believe we're kings and priests, and I believe that Jesus is reigning. Well, people say, well, then why is it not going so well?

Because we're not doing our jobs. That's what I believe. And one of the things that's an interesting comment to make is in Matthew 16 and 18, Jesus says the gates of hell will not prevail against the church.

Well, I've been thinking about this. You see, most Christians, now I'm going to exaggerate, you know, in the spiritual warfare thing, they walk up to the gates and they go, oh, no, gates, run, run, there's gates. Gates don't do anything, they're defensive. And the Bible says that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church. That means the church is being aggressive. That means the church is knocking down the gates of hell.

That's what it's supposed to be doing, but it's not doing it. Instead, what I see is a lot of churches just babysitting people, telling them ear tickling doctrines like Jesus had to be born again, or Jesus died to make you healthy and wealthy. You know, just mamby pamby pablum, immature theological stuff designed to tickle the ears and to weaken the spiritual growth of true Christians and true believers. So I don't believe any of that crud that's being taught by people like Joyce Meyer and Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, and other, you know, passed away, Kenneth Hagin did. And Benny Hinn and these charlatans, Joel Osteen, you know, these guys need to be corrected. And it's one of the disadvantages, incidentally, of Protestantism. I'm not saying Protestantism is all wrong and the Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy are right, but there's an advantage inside of Orthodoxy as well as Catholicism in that it is a monolithic kind of a system where if someone does something, they can be kicked out and there's a correction that can be made. Well, in Protestantism, that's not nearly the case because you can go from this denomination across the street to the next denomination and keep going to church.

So it's not a cross-pollinating kind of a thing, though it does occur. I do know of, I believe it does occur anyway, that one denomination will contact another. I've heard of this happening. Let's say this person is excommunicated for this reason, they're going to your church now.

And I've been involved with that. So it's one of the disadvantages of that. So that we can have these people like Joel Osteen, let's see, Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Charles Capps, who just preach, they preach foolishness. Now, a lot of times they don't. You know, they're going to say this because a lot of times they'll say good things.

People go, oh, that works, that works, that works. But when it comes to some of the essentials of the Christian faith, oh, man, they get into blasphemy. And I mean serious blasphemy. And they have no business doing what they're doing, preaching and teaching, because they shouldn't be doing that if they're going to teach blasphemy. Well, there's not enough oomph in the churches today to take care of the heresies inside of the church. Now, there are churches that exercise discipline, that do tackle these kind of things within their denominations. But it's just across the board, it's just not as effective as it needs to be. That's just one of the disadvantages of the Protestant fracturing of multiple denominations. It's a problem. But nevertheless, so my eschatological view, I've got a long way off topic there, is different.

And I do believe that we are in the millennial reign of Christ now. And people said, that cannot be. But I'm going to put this out, I'm going to show stuff. And when I've done this before, and I've shown people my position, they've gone, man, that's good.

They're really thinking it through. And I've shown them things. And I say, this is what it says right here. And so I'm trying to come up with a name for my view of amillennialism, like present kingdom amillennialism.

That's the only thing I really think of that might work, present kingdom. Because a realized amillennialism, in that we realize that the kingdom of God is here and now. And that we have certain rights as the children of God. And that we are obligated to use them. And fight against the ungodliness that's out there. I really believe in fighting against ungodliness.

I do. Now, if you're just driving in your car, you can't see my face, there's my face. Oh yes, we should be doing that. That's a stern facial expression I just gave. Now, what will probably happen is, my enemies, because they watch my shows sometimes, will take that facial expression and do a meme. They've already done that with some other stuff. They'll take an expression and then they'll make it. This is what match look really is about. So, it's a lot of problem there.

At any rate, so, you know, realized amillennialism, or present kingdom amillennialism, or concrete amillennialism, or slick amillennialism, that would be bad. That just doesn't work. So, Joanne said, what a face. So, maybe you've got some gestures, you know, and we can talk. Owen says, I miss Matt's Batman voice. Well, sorry. I'm going to get back to my real voice, which is almost there.

I'm almost back to my real voice right now, so it's a little bit deeper than normal. Matt sounds like a bit better, that's right. And I'm reading the texts, which reminds me, if you want to join in on the texts, you can watch the show, you can just go to forward slash mattslicklive. Rumble, that's a video thing like YouTube. And forward slash mattslicklive, and you can do that. I think you do it on, Laura, isn't that true? You can text me in the private chat, isn't it true that you can do the same thing in YouTube forward slash mattslicklive. And then they can also get in there and watch the videos and chat and put text in and things like that.

She says, yes. So, it's just mattslick, not hyphen live, just mattslicklive. So, you can do that there as well.

A lot of exciting fun. Oh, both? Both work, that's right. Good, thanks.

Laura's awesome. And like I mentioned to the people who help me every now and then, like Charlie Spine, who's got his finger over his lips as he's in deep concentration, paying attention to everything I say. See, that's his problem. It is a problem for him.

He has to actually listen to me so that he knows what articles to put in. So, he's forced to really listen to everything I say, which for some people could be torturous. But Charlie, you know, he's known me for so long.

We've known each other since 1980, so over 44 years, either 79 or 80. We just lost count, but I've known him a long time. So, and then the ladies who work with me, like Joanne, she does the prayer ministry and she runs the clubhouse thing. And then we have Laura who does all kinds of other stuff. She's great too, and they help a lot.

They really do. And we need more help. We need more volunteers. We need more volunteers. I am so busy.

I'm whining. I've got too much to do. So, that kind of thing. So, I'm teaching myself SEO stuff. I have to teach myself video work.

I have a new thing I have to learn how to remove background stuff inside of Vegas 21 so that I can just film myself sitting right here and remove the chair, remove everything else. I've got to teach myself how to do that. I have AI stuff that we're going to be working on. I've got to do that.

Just a lot to do, you know, and while we're trying to get the website to be more better and more fastly good and things like that. So, there you go. Man, you can tell I'm feeling a little bit better. All right. Hey, let's get on the line here with Dre from Mississippi.

Dre, I guess that's your name. Welcome. You're on the air. Yeah. Oh, thank you. I would like for you to say a little light on Joel 228.

Joel 228? Wow. Yeah. Okay. I don't believe in women preaching our pastor, but lots of time people will go to that verse and use Joel 228 to classify. I've tried to make reason that they will be able to preach, but I would like for you to just find that and share a little light on that for me, if you don't mind. Sure.

Yeah, no problem. Joel 228 and actually in 29, but it will come about in this, that I'll pour out my spirit on all mankind and that your sons and daughters will prophesy your old mental dream dreams, your young mental sea visions, even on the male and female servants, I'll pour out my spirit in those days. So, it's a prophecy and it's fulfilled, and this is a thing that they have to understand, it's fulfilled in Acts, chapter 117 or 217, excuse me, 217 and 18. Those verses are actually quoted directly and that's what it says, but this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel. So, right then and there, what happened, the spirit is poured out and the manifestation of it is the charismatic gifts, because they're speaking in tongues. And then in Acts 238, it says, you get baptized, you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

And the gift of the Holy Spirit is in the context here, speaking in tongues and in Acts, I'll get to this quickly, in Acts 10, 44 to 48, they receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, glorifying God, and then they get baptized. So, this is the manifestation of the Charismata that's going on. So, hold on, we'll get right back, we'll work on this some more. Hey folks, be right back after these messages, please stay tuned. All right, everybody, welcome back to the show. Let's get back on with Dre. Dre, you still there, buddy? Yes, sir.

All right, I know I went really fast because I knew the break was coming up, so let me kind of get to some more of this. When people go to an Old Testament verse like this, and they say this is why women can be pastors and elders, and then what they're doing is ignoring this specific instruction that Paul the Apostle gave about the church and how people are to behave and conduct themselves in the household of God, which is the church, which he specifically states in 1 Peter 3.15. They ignore what 1 Peter 3 says and Titus chapter 1 says. Then what they're doing is they are committing a form of idolatry. What I mean by that is they are then raising to the level of truth their own opinion, and they're twisting God's word to do this, and they're not bowing to the truth of God's word and who God is and what he's revealed in his word. So, it's a form of idolatry, it's pride in this.

Doctors are not saved, but they don't realize what they're doing, and they need to repent. They need to stop, and women are not to be pastors and elders nor deacons in the church because these are offices that are not for the women. It's for the men. They need to do this.

They need to step up and act like men. Okay? Are you there? Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Up here. Yes, sir.

That's what needs to happen. To use that verse, it's a verse out of context in Joel 2, 28, and 29. It's out of context, and they often do that. I'll just say this again. Here we go again. I've been doing radio for 21 years now, 21, 22.

I forgot which 21, I think. So, I'll just make the offer again. I'm willing to debate a qualified individual, a pastor, an elder of a church, something like that.

Denominational head on can women be pastors and elders according to the Bible. I've offered this debate many, many, many, many times. No one's ever taken me up on it in probably 20 years of doing radio. I'm doing 20 years of radio five days a week basically right about there, I think, and 19 or 20. At any rate, I did two years where I did one day a week, so 24, 20, 25. Yeah, 19 years full five days a week and two years. So, I've done 21 years of radio.

But at any rate, so the thing is, that's a challenge. No one's ever called me up. No one that I'm aware of ever said, yeah, I'll debate you on it.

No one. Why? Right. Because I got the Bible on my side.

They don't want to submit the scripture. That's right. That's exactly right. So, in a summary, what were you saying about, I mean, what's the summary of Joel 2.28? It just, that came in fulfillment over at chapter 2, right? So, that's what that really means.

Yes, but there's more to it. So, let me open up a file because I have lots of outlines, lots of files. And this is my file of baptism. Because in this issue of baptism is the spirit that is poured. I did research on this.

And let me see if I can find out where this, I'll find all the links here. So, let's see, terms, logistics, baptism. Okay.

All right. So, now when I go to pour, we see that, for example, in Acts 10, 44 through 48, the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. We see that the Holy Spirit is poured.

And the Old Testament prophesies about this. So, in Isaiah 32, 15, until the spirit is poured, Isaiah 44, 3, I will pour out my spirit on your offspring. Ezekiel 39, 29, for I will, I will have poured out my spirit in the house of Israel. And in Joel 2, 28, 29, we have Acts 2, 17, that I will pour out my spirit on all mankind. In verse 2, 18, Acts 2, 33, the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured forth. I already went to Acts 10, 45, and Titus 3, 5 through 6, verse 6, the spirit whom he poured out upon us richly through Christ. So, the pouring forth, this is how the spirit is mentioned as arriving by being poured.

Now, what's interesting about this is that when you go to, for example, I'll just get into this and cause problems for people. When you go to Acts 1, 5, John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. So, what does the word baptized mean here? Does it mean immersion? So, if we say, John immersed you with water, but you'll be immersed with the Holy Spirit, that doesn't work.

Right. Because we know that the Holy Spirit is poured, that's how the Bible talks about him coming. That's how the Bible says it's prophesied that he'll come. So, how about this, John poured baptized with water, you'll be poured upon with the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit? Okay, I got to pour with it. Okay. Okay.

Not a pour. I'm sorry, though, I'm sorry. I was going to say one more thing, and you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. That's just three verses later of Acts 1, 5. But anyway, okay, go ahead. Okay, I can understand that, but the poured.

Now this, you're talking about the arrival of the Holy Spirit, right? Yep. He's poured. Okay. That's how he's said to be.

Of course, he's not poured, he's like a substance, but that's how the wording is. Right. Okay. Now, the part where it says, share prophecy. Now, what does that mean? It says, your son and your daughter shall prophesy. Now, what does the prophecy here mean in your truth?

Well, that's a good question. So, there's two main understandings of it. Prophecy as in speaking forth the word of God.

The other one is predicting. Now, when you go to 1 Corinthians 14, okay, let's do a little bit of a thing on charismatic gifts, okay? It talks in 1 Corinthians 14, talks about prophecy. Now, I'm unusual in that I'm reformed and I affirm that all of the charismatic gifts are for today.

All of them. And one of the reasons I do, well, there's several reasons, but one of them is 1 Corinthians 1, 7, so that you, the Corinthians, and then the church, because he says at the beginning of the Corinthians, with all who in every place, all, everywhere, call upon Jesus. So, this is an address to the church universal, which includes us, and it says, so that you're not lacking in any gift, and the word gift is charisma, charismatic, awaiting eagerly the revelation, the apocalypsis of our Lord Jesus. So, we're not to lack any gift.

Now, when you go to 1 Corinthians 14, it says pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but the word there is pneumatika, spirituals. And he says, but especially that you may prophesy. Okay, there's a music. So, hold on, I'm going to tell you something, I'm going to show you something, which I hope will be interesting. And this is how I, this is how I, this is how I make people a little bit upset with me when I talk like this, at least in the Reformed camp.

So, but that hasn't stopped me before, so we'll see. Hey folks, we'll be right back after these messages. Please stay tuned. All right, and welcome back to the show, Dre. Are you still there, buddy? I'm still here, man.

All right. So, we kind of, the break that was there, and I was reading 1 Corinthians 14, 1, where it says to seek spiritual gifts, especially prophecy. Now, when we talk about Joel, we understand that the last days are from then to now. So, I see no reason to say that any of the charismatic gifts have ceased. I can go into 1 Corinthians 13, 8 through 12, I can go through it, and all this stuff, I can analyze that too. So, here we have instructions for the Christian church. So, can a woman prophesy in a church? Of course she can. Can she interpret tongues?

Of course. Now, prophecy is generally understood to be a prediction, something, a future. This will really convict people. Now, in verse 6 of 1 Corinthians 14, it says, Now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues, what will I profit you unless I speak to you either by way of revelation or of knowledge or of prophecy or of teaching? Now, prophecy is one of the things to prove that God is working and real along with healings because the prophecy is of the future. Now, does it happen today?

Absolutely it does. I experienced it once in my life in a very detailed manner, and I know it happens. I don't make doctrine out of experience, but I've always believed that the charismatic gifts are for today because of 1 Corinthians 13, 8-12.

I can get into that. This is an important topic for me because when I was a pastor in a Reformed camp and they found out I affirmed this position, they politely said, You can no longer be our pastor. Oh, yeah, this is an issue that cost me deeply and dearly with the consequences and the effect of that lasted for years, and I'm not joking. I got quite a story about it. Oh, yeah, and so I'm not holding anything. I'm sorry, what? No, you do have a story about it. Yeah, it's really something, but I tell it every now and then.

So the thing is, let me run it this way and just jump sideways a little bit. I ask people who are cessationists who say the charismatic gifts are not for today. They stop with the completion of the canon, which I just reject, and that's not to say they're not good people and godly and saved.

I have a friend, Andrew Rappaport, he does not believe in the affirmation of the gifts, and I do, and we've spoken together in conferences and things like that, and we tease each other and mock each other a little bit in a friendly way, and that's how it should be. So here's the thing. I ask people who are cessationists, I say, What doctrine, present-day teaching, I should say, do you know of that invalidates large portions of the New Testament? There's nothing.

So yeah, there is. Cessationism. Because, you know, I say, for example, and I've done this, I actually have it on one of my websites, another website, where I did this. I went through I Corinthians 12 and 14, and I printed up a text, and then I went through and crossed out the texts that are no longer applicable for today, if cessationism is true. What's interesting is that the book of Corinthians is written to the entire Christian church. It's authoritative.

It's inspired. And in it, it says, pursue love. Well, that's for today. Yet, earnestly desire spirituals.

Well, is it today? Now, some cessationists would say, well, I'm not going to answer. Especially if you may prophesy. They'll go, no prophecy is done, so cross that out. Especially if you may prophesy. It's no longer for the church today. For the one who speaks in the tongue, cross that out, too. It does not speak to men, but to God. For the one who understands, but it is his Spirit who speaks mysteries, cross that verse out, number two. But the one who prophesies speaks to men, cross it out, because it's not for today. Now, I wish that you all spoke in tongues, cross that out, verse five. Now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues, cross that out.

Well, maybe not, because they could say, well, that's what happened back then. It's not applicable for today. And you can see this kind of thing, I've done this. And it's really interesting to see how much it's crossed out. It is. It is.

Uh-huh. And so it says there... Go ahead. Go ahead. No, go on, go on, please.

You go on. Verse 13, for example, therefore, let one who speaks in the tongue pray that he may interpret. That's not for today, is it? If the stationism is true, cross that verse out.

So they'll say, well, here's the thing, Matt. You've got to understand, these principles were for back then. We can learn from the principles. Okay, what do you learn?

What do you learn? That things will be done in order? Okay, great. But all the gifts have ceased, right? Right. And then I can go into First Corinthians.

I'll probably end up doing this here, because I'm talking about it so much. But I say, so when it says to pursue gifts, it doesn't mean pursue us, does it? But when it says pursue love, that is for us. Yet, especially you may prophesy, that's not for us, even though it's in the same sentence. And then we can go into this segment of the sentences for us.

This is not, and it reminds me of the Graf Wellhausen theory of the Pentateuch. This part of the sentence is from Moses. This is not, this is, anyway, it goes on.

But anyway, go ahead, brother. When I was over in First Corinthians, chapter 14, where it says, Let your women keep silence in the church. Yes.

Well, that's what that's for. Okay. Is that one of those verses you call silence? Well, it's in First Corinthians 11. Okay.

So there's debate about this, and so they're being quiet. And where is that in First Corinthians 11? All right, well, let me try it this way. Because I didn't know the exact verse. I know what it was in First Corinthians 14.

Yeah, let me check. Oh, that's right, it is at the end of it. That's right, sorry.

The women are to keep silent in the churches. Now, the word silent there is an interesting word, and it means absolute quiet. Let's look at the context. Oh, okay. But there's something more to this, okay? So a few verses earlier. If a revelation is made to another who is seated, the first one must keep silent.

And that is the same word, okay? For you could all prophesy one by one so that you may all learn and all may be exhorted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject of the prophets. For God is not a God of confusion, but of peace. The women are to keep silent in the churches, for they're not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the law says.

Now, that's critical. What's going on here? Because the next verse is really interesting because it says, if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home. At home, right. If it's improper for women to speak in church. Okay, now, what appears to be the case historically is that in the synagogues, when the men would go into the synagogues, and I'm not sure if women were allowed in them, but at the very least when women and men were allowed to be under a single roof of worship, the men and the women were separated. They didn't sit together like we do now. The women were in the back of the church and the men were in the front of the church. And so I've read commentaries about this, and it looks like what was happening is that the women were abusing the freedom they had in Christ, were then standing up and speaking to men in the front, their husbands, saying, say this and say that and do this and not that, when it was out of place and out of order. And they were asking their husbands things and there was this dialogue going on. And that's not how it was to be done. And it looks like that is what he was saying, to be silent.

And now here's the thing. How much do we carry this over to the present day? Well, if a woman can prophesy in the church, she can't also be silent in the church. Because the prophecy is that your sons and daughters will prophesy. So this means that in the issue of prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14, that male and female are both doing this. Okay, so this is why it says women are to keep silent in the churches. It appears to be that he's addressing a specific issue that was going on. That it was not a universal thing that was required, but a cultural thing that was the result of causing disorder, which is why it then says if you want to learn, ask your husbands at home. So don't disrupt the service.

Talk to your husbands at home and they'll tell you what was going on. And that's what seems to be the case. Okay. Wow, okay. It's a tough one, though.

That's right. It's a tough one. All right. Let's see. Yeah, but the next verse is interesting. Go ahead. Yeah, go on.

I won't listen to you go. Okay, the next verse, it says, was it from you that the word of God first went forth, or has come to you only? This relates to the issue of authority, because Paul the apostle said that women are not to speak or have exercised authority over men but remain silent, for Adam was first created. It's a created order thing.

So the authority is tied to the speaking in the church or not to have that position. And Paul's very clear, don't do that. That seems to be what's going on there with everything. Hey, hold on, man, there's another break, okay? We have nobody waiting, so we can keep talking, okay? Stay tuned. Hey, folks, we'll be right back after these messages.

I hope this is interesting to you guys. We'll be right back. It's Matt Slick live, taking your calls at 877-207-2276.

Here's Matt Slick. All right, everybody, welcome back to the show, Dre. You still there, buddy? Yes. Oh, yes, sir. I ain't going nowhere. Oh, I'm here.

Gave you a lot of info here, so, yeah. Oh, man, yeah, what you talking about? Now, I want to ask, the word, you were talking about the word silence. The word silence is over there in 1 Corinthians 14 and 34. Is the sign meaning over in 1 Timothy 2?

No. The word in 1 Timothy 2, 12 is hasukia, and this word here, 1 Corinthians 14, 34, is sagao. Generally speaking, they both mean quiet and silence, but you can be more hasukia, more silent.

How do you mean more silent? It's not an English word we use like that. It's like saying keep it down. So hasukia is like keep it down, okay?

And you can say to your kids, no, even quieter now, but sagao means absolute silence. Okay. There's a difference there. So in relationship to the authority, women are not to exercise this but to remain silent. Regarding this issue, they can talk about it, but they can't really refute it. That's what it is.

This issue in 1 Corinthians 14, 34 seems to be, like I said, the cultural context of disruption and culturally being defiant, and that's one of the things that they think was happening, which is why it was said that way. Okay. Okay, that makes sense and clear up laws for misunderstanding right there. Okay. Yeah. Okay. Well, good. Man, I appreciate it. I don't want to hold up all your time, but I appreciate it.

I listen to you all the time, and I thank God for you and what you do and what you mean for the kingdom of God. Well, you should thank God for his incredible mercy and grace to use broken vessels. Yes. Yeah, that's true, too. That's the truth, too.

That's right. Well, I appreciate it, man. I won't let you get back to the mofo, God. I can keep you on here all night, but I appreciate what I learned that's why it has me in so many ways. All right, man.

Well, praise God. Just keep studying. Keep studying God's word. I will. I most definitely will. Thank you so much. All right. You're welcome so much. God bless. All right. This is a long call, and I like that. It's a good call, and we got through a lot of good information there.

I didn't go to 1 Corinthians 13, 8 through 12 and exegete it and show you what it really means, but we could try this some other time. Okay. All right. Let's get to Elijah from Philly. Elijah, welcome. You're on here. Hey, man. How you doing? Oh, I'm hanging in there, man.

Getting overhead cold and feeling a little bit better each day. So what do you got? All right. My question is out of Exodus 21 because these passages have been a stumbling block for me lately, so I just really need you to exegete them because, you know, Sure. atheists like to use this as a strong argument against the Bible, and they like to portray God as, you know, a evil God for all this. But Exodus 21 verses 20 to 21, Matt Dillahunty's argument is that God seems to be condoning slavery, and he even allows the beating of your slaves and saying that you can own slaves as long as you don't, you know, beat them too much.

Right. Well, first of all, Matt, I know Matt Dillahunty, and we converse slightly every now and then, and when the atheists bring up Exodus 21 about slavery and they say it's wrong, right or wrong isn't the issue at the moment, I'll say, and what gives you the right to say it's right or wrong? What universal moral standard do you have at which you say it's right or say it's wrong or ought not be this or that? You have to have something more than it's just wrong, because if you say it's just wrong, then God just exists. And I say, so this is a whole problem.

It's a whole other topic, but nevertheless. Verse 20 to 21, if a man strikes his male or female slave, the word in Hebrew is Amah, and he does it with a rod and he dies, he shall be punished. If, however, he survives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken, for he is his property.

The word is kesef, which literally is the word money. So this verse has been used to say it's okay to beat slaves. I'm going through my notes here, okay, I've written on this. What they don't know is that beatings are not limited to slaves, but included all people in the Jewish culture.

I'll do it in verse 25, Proverbs 10, Proverbs 26. The rod of correction was often even used on children. It's not a lethal weapon. It's a means of discipline and correction. Therefore, the intent is not homicide. It's not to destroy anybody. It's to discipline them.

So that's the context. Now, to say that the verse means it is permissible for the master to inflict malicious beatings without cause is not in the text, nor is it warranted by the text. If the servant dies, it's considered murder, and the master was to be punished. If the master caused a slave to lose an eye or a tooth, the slave was to be set free. Well, that's not how it was with chattel slavery here in the United States back in the 1870s and 1800s. Because if they were just owned, period, outright, you could do whatever you wanted with them.

And, you know, you didn't. So what? Which is horrible. It's not how it was in the Jewish culture. And furthermore, it says, for he is his property.

Literally, it's what it really means, for he is his money. So what the issue here is, there's a couple issues. One is there is not an English equivalent to the word ama among other words that are used for translating into slavery. There's abduf, which is bondage, abed, ebed, which is abed and ebed. And then there's relakesef, which is money, silver, property, naar, and shafq, it's shifqah. And there's, have these different words and what they mean. And so there's, many of them are used to translate the Hebrew into the English, the single word slave.

But there isn't an equivalent, not an exact equivalent. So it's one of the problems that has been here. So I'm going to read a summary about slavery.

Go ahead. I think the, I think the centuition uses the word servant, if I remember correctly. Dulos.

Yeah. Dulos, which is a, which could be used as slave, bond, slave, and servant. But if it means just slave, they wouldn't say also a bond slave, which is different, or a servant. Okay. So in the Old Testament, and I can read the references, all these have references to them, but I won't read them all. Slaves were not to be treated with severity. That's in Exodus 21, 20. Okay.

Right there. And I'll just go on. They could go to war, inherit property, or a member of the household, the master's household, could be in control of entire households, were required to rest on the Sabbath, were sometimes trusted advisors, would participate in religious observances, could not be extradited, were free when injured, were to receive gifts when freed, and enabled them to survive economically, both escaped slaves, I mean, escaped slaves were not to be returned, as was property. So they weren't, it's a different thing. So the beating here is not about, I don't like you, I'm just going to beat you silly. It was the rot of discipline that was used on others who were Jews, as well as the youth.

That's what's going on there. But if they died, that means you went way too far, and you're going to be punished for it. And I wrote an article on this where the master did this, he'd be executed. Okay. All right.

So Matt Elohanti is, often is the case, and other atheists don't do their homework. All right. Yeah. I learned after studying this closely that I realized, well, I already knew this, but I started to realize even more that the devil is very crafty, and he'll twist the scriptures to the point where hosts try to make gods of evil. Yes. Yeah, because he's a liar.

He's a liar. And with slavery, there's different forms of it in Jewish history in this time back then. Some of it was, I don't want to say better, but some of it was like indentured servitude. Some of it was you were captured and you were sold. Your work and your worth was sold into servitude. If the Jews went to another country and had war with them and then they won, then they would take a spoil, and sometimes they'd take the women, and they'd take the men and make them their servants. But they were to be treated with honor. They would be treated properly. And like I said, they could hold high positions. In fact, in some cultures, actually it reminds me, I read some other, I wonder if I got that here.

I haven't looked at this for a while. Oh, there's types of slavery. Let's see if I got that. Chattel, indentured, serfdom, forced labor, debt labor, sex slavery, domesticated servitude, and child soldiers.

So those are the different types that are there. But I went and I read, I'm trying to see if I can find it, read other non-biblical types of slavery and what was involved with it, and it was pretty bad. So around them, the other countries that had slavery, and slavery is still in existence. The Muslims are just perpetuating it in other countries. But around the time, I mean, it was bad.

They could be, they were a little more like chattel slavery of the Americas in the 1800s and even worse. Yeah, and I'm trying to find the quotes. I actually went through and read some stuff. It was actually interesting. I remember reading this and going, man, I can't stop reading this stuff from these other sources.

And I forgot where I have them. And I've written articles on them using those sources and things. So anyway, I don't know if that helps or not. Does it help?

See, it does help. And I'd also like to get your thoughts on Leviticus 2539 through, I think it's 40, because I've never seen, I don't know how to bring this up yet in any of the videos I've seen so far. I noticed he liked to bring up all the other ones that look bad, but this one, he doesn't bring this one up because in these verses, it says that people sometimes hold themselves into slavery. So it was more like a volunteer work instead of actual slavery. Right.

That's right. Well, you can remember the enemies of the gospel won't represent the gospel truthfully. They just won't. I can't tell you how many times I've offered to teach atheists biblical theology and not a single one has accepted it. I mean, I've said to atheists, look, that's not our position. That's not what we teach. It's not what the Bible says. Do you want me to teach you what it is? And they say, no, and they continually do this because they don't have the mind of Christ. They don't serve God. So nevertheless, good for you. Oh, there's the music, but good for you because you're right.

That's one of the types of slavery that is used. The word English word is rendered from varying Hebrew words into the English. And I wish there was better words that we had, but that's what it is. We've got to go buddy. Okay. Amen. God bless Elijah. All right. Hey folks, hope you enjoyed the show. May the Lord bless you. And by his grace, we're back on there tomorrow. We'll talk to you then. Have a good evening. Another program powered by the truth network.
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