Heavy Lifting with Uncle Gary 2022
Salvation is for the World
January 26, 2023 • Gary DeMar
In Chapter 3 of Paradise Restored, David Chilton writes: “Salvation restores man to his original calling and purpose, and guarantees that man’s original mandate—to exercise dominion under God over the whole earth—will be fulfilled.” Conversion is the first step in the process, not the process itself. Biblical salvation is for the whole man and the whole earth through the process of discipleship; it’s not just about making converts. Get the book here: https://store.http://americanvision.org/products/paradise-restored-a-biblical-theology-of-dominion
Reading the Bible on its Own Terms
January 19, 2023 • Gary DeMar
Interpreting the Bible properly requires a familiarity with the entire canon of Scripture, both the Old and New Testaments. Nowhere does biblical interpretation get more fantastic (and weird) than in the area of Bible prophecy. In this episode, Gary continues talking about David Chilton’s book, Paradise Restored, and how it points us in the right direction of interpreting the Bible on its own terms.
An Eschatology of Hope
Part One of David Chilton’s book Paradise Restored is titled “The Hope.” Gary discusses what true biblical hope looks like, as well as how singing the Psalms fits into an eschatology of victory. Christianity’s sure hope is rooted in the promises of God and the progression of the Gospel as it makes its way from the Garden to the City.
The Parable of the Landowner
The parable of the vineyard owner that Jesus tells to the Pharisees and the chief priests is recorded in all three synoptic Gospels. The parable is both a condemnation of these leaders of Israel as well as a short summary of Old Testament history. It is essentially biblical history in 60 seconds.
Expectancy and Hope
December 29, 2022 • Gary DeMar
A high level of expectancy fills the early pages and events of the New Testament Gospels. Herod, the Magi, Anna, Simeon, and "all of Jerusalem"—to name but a few—were all eager and expecting God to act. Thanks in part to the prophecies in Daniel and other prophets, Jerusalem was on edge before and after Jesus' birth. As we say goodbye to 2022 and welcome 2023, Christians need to be reminded that God is always "doing something," and to keep our own high level of expectancy and hope.
Waiting for a Savior
December 22, 2022 • Gary DeMar
The incarnation is proof that God listens to His people. The incarnation is proof that God is with us. The incarnation is proof that God follows through on His promises. The incarnation IS the consolation and redemption of Israel. Jesus is King NOW; He has the victory NOW. And if you are in Christ, it means that you have a present and victorious King NOW. Read the article here: https://americanvision.org/posts/waiting-for-a-savior
Does Xmas Take Christ out of Christmas?
December 14, 2022
One from the archives. Many people get bent out of shape when they see ‘Xmas’ or ‘X-Mas.’ They think it’s a way of removing Jesus Christ from Christmas. Every year you see the signs and the bumper stickers saying, "Put Christ back into Christmas" as a response to this substitution of the letter X for the name of Christ. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read Gary's article here: https://americanvision.org/posts/does-xmas-take-christ-out-of-christmas
The Analogy of Scripture
November 10, 2022 • Gary DeMar
The Bible tells ONE story through its 66 books. Scripture is analogous to itself, that is, the Bible is entirely consistent within itself. There are no contradictions. So the best interpreter of the Scripture is the Scripture itself. The New Testament is the best commentary on the Old Testament, and the Old helps us to better understand the New. Interpreting the Bible takes work, but we must read Scripture in light of other Scripture.
Prophetic Signs and Symbols
Gary discusses several Old Testament passages and how they fit with New Testament prophecies. All biblical language must be interpreted in light of how it's used elsewhere in the Bible. Context, time, and previous usage must be taken into consideration to properly discern what the Bible is saying. The basic principles of hermeneutics should always direct how we read and understand the prophetic passages of the Bible.
Does Revelation 20 Teach a Millennium At All?
Gary DeMar • Revelation 20
Part Two. When it comes to Bible prophecy, we are often playing on a chessboard that’s been set up by a group of competitors and with pieces that can move only in terms of their rules. This means that before there can be a discussion of any type of millennialism, there must be an evaluation of passages that seemingly discount each one. The prophetic board must be swept clean before any of the so-called millennial positions can be discussed. Get the free outline here: https://store.americanvision.org/products/clearing-the-prophetic-chessboard-study-notes
Government Begins at Home
October 13, 2022 • Gary DeMar
What is government? Is it synonymous with politics? Gary discusses historical and biblical definitions and examples of what it means to be "under authority." Every human is under God's Government whether they realize it—or like it—or not. None of us are truly free.
They Will Not Make Further Progress
October 6, 2022 • Gary DeMar • 2 Timothy 3
At a recent conference in Texas, Gary gave biblical encouragement from 2 Timothy 3. This chapter is often used to prove that we're living in the last days, and a confirmation of the victory of evil over God's kingdom here on earth. This is the exact opposite of what Paul is teaching in this chapter and it's very instructive and important for us to understand the real meaning and context of this passage.
Clearing the Prophetic Chessboard
Gary DeMar • Revelation 20
When it comes to Bible prophecy, we are often playing on a chessboard that’s been set up by a group of competitors and with pieces that can move only in terms of their rules. This means that before there can be a discussion of any type of millennialism, there must be an evaluation of passages that seemingly discount each one. The prophetic board must be swept clean before any of the so-called millennial positions can be discussed. Get the free outline here: https://store.americanvision.org/products/clearing-the-prophetic-chessboard-study-notes
Separation of Church and State
September 1, 2022 • Gary DeMar
Gary discusses popular misunderstandings (and blatant misrepresentations) of the First Amendment. The phrase "a wall of separation between Church and State" exists nowhere in the Amendment, or anywhere else in the U.S. Constitution for that matter. This (imaginary) belief causes many ridiculous statements to be made by liberals in every occupation from politicians to actors. Read Gary's two-part article here: https://americanvision.org/posts/boston-legal-defended-teaching-creationism-or-did-it/
If Atheism is Right, Can Anything be Wrong?
August 18, 2022 • Gary DeMar
Arguing with atheists can be intimidating, but by pushing them to be consistent with their underlying presuppositions, philosophical atheists must become moral atheists. Their goal is to protect and defend their worldview and its moral consequences no matter where it takes them. The Christian apologist's task is to point out the implications.