Author, Theologian, Exegete, and Comic Book collector, Gary DeMar does what he does best: Talk about everything and anything, relating it to how the world actually works. Welcome to the Gary DeMar Podcast!
Good News in the News
Gary highlights a few recent news articles that are actually encouraging. Most major news stories are negative and stories that do not support the mainstream narrative are usually buried. Never fear though, Gary has done the searching and the researching so you can be encouraged too.
The Heavens Will be Shaken
Gary answers a listener question regarding Matthew 24:29-31. Did stars fall from the sky and did the angels gather the elect in AD 70? If so, how? When interpreting Scripture, we must not let the events change the time. If a particular event doesn't meet our expectations, we need to ask why according to the rest of the Bible, not our assumptions. The time texts constrain the events to a particular timeframe. "This generation," "immediately," "right at the door," and other phrases indicate the time all of the events mentioned in Matthew 24 will happen.
Gary deals with an argument making the rounds on social media about Biblical Law. In keeping with the "carnal Christian" debate that was popular in the 1990s, a new group of Christians are positing a similar argument about Old Testament law being "done away with" by Jesus on the cross. Every "position" has some sort of law, and this one is no different. As Gary points out, it's very similar to the "borrowed capital" argument that atheists rely on to make their own case.
Scoffers and the Last Days
Gary continues his response to Answers in Genesis' Ken Ham. Ham uses 2 Peter 3 to show that we are in the "last days." This has been done time and time again, and every time it has been shown to be wrong. Peter was speaking about events of his own day in the first century, not about the state of the culture or the church in our day.
Read the article by David Chilton and Gary DeMar on 2 Peter 3 here: https://americanvision.org/3603/what-does-peter-mean-by-the-passing-away-of-heaven-and-earth-a-study-of-2-peter-3/
Creation and Eschatology
Gary responds to a recent Facebook article posted by Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis. To set the stage in this first part, he reads a few passages from Henry Morris' book, Creation and the Second Coming. Ham and Morris worked together in the years before Answers in Genesis was founded. Although Ham doesn't normally teach on eschatology, what he wrote in his article is clearly influenced by Morris and his dispensational views.
Why It Might Be OK to Eat Your Neighbor
It's finally here! Gary's newest book, the one he's been working for years, is now ready and in stock. Why It Might Be OK to Eat Your Neighbor is much more than a provocative title, it is a practical apologetic work that pushes the antithesis of those who claim there is no God, using their own words. This book will help many to wrap their minds around the moral and ethical problems (to name but two) with consistent atheism and pure materialism.
I appreciate DeMar’s work and his dedication to studying and sharing what he has learned.
I was saved in a Calvary Chapel and bought into their end times teaching because it was the only option. It’s not so strange that it is still so popular. The world does seem crazy with no way out. Also, any sensationalized sci-story will be much more popular than history. It is the “shiny object” people will always chase. So sad to consider that we who are supposed to be the solution are actually enabling the chaos. We have given our God CO-missioned authority to a false narrative which supports the enemy of God and the Church. This current awakening MUST awake to the facts of scripture, that the “last days” were simply the last days of the OC. Thank you Gary for your work. We have been long time followers, 25+ years. Mike & Tiffiny, Kona, Hawaii
I have certainly been on a theological journey, that’s for sure. I was saved through the ministry of a fundamental Baptist church back in 1973. Started building a library of dispensationalist and fundamentalist books. I favored the Dallas Seminary Professor books. When I got to Chafers chapter in his Systematic Theology on the Divine Decrees, I took a somewhat sovereign view of God’s control of all things, but still rejected 5 point Calvinism as being hyper-Calvinism according to fundamentalism. Then in 1987, when I got my hands on MacArthur’s book “The Gospel According to Jesus,” I took hold of the view that the new birth was the cause of saving faith. Am I becoming a Hyper Calvinist, I thought? Then my wife and I moved to Maryland, and I got together with a PCA Preacher who put most of the pieces together for me. What really attracted me to listen to him explain it to me was that he told me right up front that Spurgeon was a 5 point Calvinist. Then I took hold of 5 point Calvinism and Covenant theology, but wrestled with passages like Mat. 24 and 2 Thess. 2 and progressive parallelism for about 12 more years. It was the idealism and remnants of futurism that was hanging me up. Then End Times Fiction came along, and what can I say, Gary DeMar put it all together for me. Now it all makes sense. Thank you brother!