@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 1. Note, the parables did not harden the people or prevent them from understanding so that they would not repent and believe (and otherwise thwart God’s redemptive plan).

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 2. Speaking of John M. "Their hearts were already hard, and they had already failed to understand the truth of Jesus and his redemptive mission. John MacArthur’s words are spot-on:

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 3. While the parables do illustrate and clarify truth for those with ears to hear, they have precisely the opposite effect on those who oppose and reject Christ. The symbolism hides the truth from anyone without the discipline or desire to seek out Christ’s meaning.

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 3. That’s why Jesus adopted that style of teaching. It was a divine judgment against those who met His teaching with scorn, unbelief, or apathy."

MacArthur goes on to explain this two-fold nature of the parables:

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 4. "In short, Jesus’ parables had a clear twofold purpose: They hid the truth from self-righteous or self-satisfied people who fancied themselves too sophisticated to learn from Him, while the same parables....

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 5. revealed truth to eager souls with childlike faith – those who were hungering and thirsting for righteousness. Jesus thanked His Father for both results:

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 6. ‘I thank You, father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight (Matt. 11:25-26)."

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 7. "it is important to keep in mind that Jesus did not always teach in parables. There are plenty of times in the Gospels where we find Jesus teaching in a more straight-forward and didactic manner (e.g. Mk. 1:14-15; Lk. 4:14-30).

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 8. Mark 1:14-15 - 14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel [a]of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God [b]is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Leighton seems to miss this one

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 9. I don't think Jesus was hiding his identity when he said this in the temple.

Luke 4:14-30- 14 Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. 15 And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 10. 16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 11. 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me [a]to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 12. 19) To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 13. Wow Jesus said today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.
22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 14. Now listen to this one as Jesus speaks of a prophecy they all would have known. It spoke of the Messiah

23 He said to them, “You will surely say this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in Your country.’

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 15. Continue reading to vs 30 of Luke 4. This is why I cannot agree with the conclusions of Flowers. He is wrong of course.

"The Sermon on the Mount is perhaps the best example of this. Even though it concludes in a brief parable,

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 16. "“the substance of the message, starting with the Beatitudes, is delivered in a series of direct propositional statements, commandments, polemical arguments, exhortations, and words of warning.”

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 17. "Second, there are times when Jesus used parabolic language – the use of provincial imagery meant to communicate a spiritual truth/reality – and the intent was not to hide the truth, but to reveal and clarify the truth

Flowers is so blind to his tradition he cannot see this
@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 18. Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman are good examples of this (Jn. 3-4).

Do we hear this from Leighton 4 hour broadcast today. No it does not fit the provisionist narrative

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 19. In summary, Jesus used parables to teach those with ears to hear and eyes to see, as well as to confirm those with hard and unbelieving hearts in their rebellion.

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 20. The parables were not used to keep people from repenting and believing, because the people were already unrepentant and unbelieving. Further, Jesus did not always teach in parables, but often taught in a straight-forward and didactic manner.

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 20. Responding to Leighton Flowers ( and yes I have read Leighton Flowers response to this article on his website)

I will let the blind lead the blind, I am not going to fall into a ditch with Leighton Flowers

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 21. "Early on in the article Professor Flowers references 1 Corinthians 2:8-9 in support of his perspective. I find this very interesting, considering the context in which this passage is found. First, let’s look at Flowers’ words and then I’ll respond:

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 22. Flowers' quote - "As the Apostle Paul noted, “We speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 22. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Cor. 2:8-9). Jesus knew that had they believed in Him before the right time then they would not have crucified Him.

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 23. Therefore, the Lord graciously taught in parables “to those on the outside…so that, ‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’” (Mark 4:11b-12)."

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 24. "In essence, Flowers is asserting that God actively blinded or hid the wisdom of his redemptive plan from these rulers so that he could bring about the gospel – the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This, however, is the exact opposite of the meaning of the text.

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 25. Paul is not addressing the concept of hiding the truth, but of revealing the truth. The truth was hidden from them, not because God was actively hiding it from them, but because they themselves did not understand it...

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 26. (i.e. a spiritual inability to understand the things of God). It’s not that the truth had not been made known to them, but it’s as Paul goes on to say, these things are revealed by God through the Spirit. We understand these things because we have received the Spirit of God
@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 27. (vv. 10-13). So why did the rulers not understand this mystery of God? Because God was actively hiding it from them? No, it’s because “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, ....
@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 28. ...and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (v. 14). This point is all the more striking when we consider the fact that Paul just spent numerous verses speaking of the unique/effectual call of God’s chosen people (1:17-2:5).

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 28. To make this a general call is to flip Paul’s teaching on its theological head, stripping it of all its polemical and pastoral power."

Further, in regards to Flowers’ reference of Mark 4:11-12,

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 29. Further, in regards to Flowers’ reference of Mark 4:11-12, Mark basically quotes several Old Testament passages that speak of the people’s hearts already hard, their eyes already unseeing, their ears already plugged,

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 30. and of the need for God to give them an understanding heart, seeing eyes, and hearing ears (Deut. 29:4; Jer. 5:21; Ezek. 12:2). In short, it is a word of judgment on the people. Flowers seems to think that this passage undercuts the concept of the inability of man....

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 31. and God’s effectual calling. It does no such thing.

Here is another example of Flowers’ understanding of the purpose of the parables:

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 32. "Jesus is not attempting to persuade everyone to come to faith in great numbers as we see following Pentecost when Peter preaches (Acts 2:41). Quite the opposite seems to be the case, in fact. To accomplish the redemptive plan through Israel’s unbelief, ...

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 33. we see Jesus actively instructing His apostles not to tell others who he is yet (Matt. 16:20; Mark 8:30; 9:9).

Flowers is so wrong again - "In other words, Jesus used parables in order to prevent the vast majority of the Jews from repenting and believing,

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 34. because if they did so, then they would not have crucified him. Again, Flowers’ attempt here is to undercut the concept of the moral inability of man and God’s effectual calling, while putting forth his perspective of judicial hardening. Is this actually what we find though?
@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 35. I think not. First, the fact that Jesus went around preaching repentance and faith, sending out his disciples, and identifying himself as the Messiah at times, disproves Flowers’ first assertion (e.g. Mtt. 4:17; 10:5-14; Mk. 1:14-15; Lk. 4:15-21; 10:1-12).

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 36. Did everyone read the verses. Jesus was identifying himself as the Messiah and he and the disciples was preaching repentance and faith.

So Flowers can do 3 hours on the Messianic Secret. I am not buying it. It is time for others to wake up and smell the coffee.

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 37. This could go on and on of the false teaching of Leighton who seems to think he cannot be wrong about anything anymore.

You may say this is to long to read. But ask yourself will listen to 3 hours of false teaching or allow yourself to be challenged.

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@ChrisHe58332836 @billious @Soteriology101 @leightonflowers @Eutrapeliamuse @AominOrg @ChickTract1989 @DrOakley1689 28. Read the whole article

More to come on his video from yesterday also and about character. Phil Johnson has commented on this back in 2017. Flowers thinks he has his big boy pants on but is getting a little to haughty

reformedbaptistdaily.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/jes…

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