WGOD Radio: All Truth, All the Time. (general)
WGOD Radio, with Dr. Paul W. Esposito is produced by Stauros Ministries of Merritt Island, Fl. We teach the New Testament verse by verse through a daily, 15 minute radio broadcast and podcast.
 

A Hyperbole of Antithesis--Paul W. Esposito, Th.D.

People all the time love to quote Malachi 1:2-3 and Romans 9:13 which says, “Jacob I’ve loved, but Esau I’ve hated,” to prove that God literally hated Esau, and that was His sovereign choice.

I remember learning in  college (Moody Bible Institute) that this example is what’s known as a “hyperbole of antithesis.” Here are two of them:

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. (Luke 14:26)

Let’s break this down:

If anyone comes to me and does not hate

His Father

Mother

Wife

Children

Brothers and Sisters

He cannot be a Christian.

By the way, how are you doing with that?

This brings along with it a hearty laugh, followed by the words, “That’s not what’s intended by that verse!”

“That’s a hyperbole!”

Correct! I agree.

And here’s another example of a hyperbole of antithesis:

As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.” (Romans 9:13)

Notice the comparative structure of both of these.

What the Lord is saying is, your love for Him ought to dwarf your love for everything else, by comparison.

When the smoke clears, at the conclusion of Revelation chapter 19, and the Great White Throne is before one and all, it’s hard to fathom that God hated some 90 % of His creation.

I can still envision this sign hanging over the gates of heaven:

“Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17)

It’s your choice!

This I know, and will boldly declare: GOD LOVES YOU!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:01am EDT

 

Sorry to admit it, but I just love King David’s methods for keeping his house and his city clean, and pure.

It’s found in Psalm 101.

 

4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil.

5 Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure.

6 My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me.

7 He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me.

8 Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land, So as to cut off from the city of the Lord all those who do iniquity. (Psalm 101:4-8, NASB)

 

So what’s David’s methods? I’m afraid they wouldn’t go over too well today!

Here’s a short list of 8 things (the list is not exhaustive)

 

1. The faithful will dwell with me. (vs 6)

David insisted on living with and being surrounded by faithful people.

2. The blameless will minister to me (vs 6)

He starts with those who he wants around him, those who bring him joy, and whose company he appreciates. Now, he reveals the types of people he will not endure:

3. Perverted people shall depart from me. (vs 4)

4. Those who slander others will be killed. (vs 5)

(Ah, King David, a man after God’s own heart!)

Keep in mind, God’s not too fond of folks like this, either! In Proverbs 6:19, David’s son Solomon, under divine inspiration, says this:

 

These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren. (Prov 6:16-19)

 

5. Deceitful people are banned from my house (vs 7)

6. All liars will be fired. (vs 7)

7. The proud and the arrogant I will not endure (vs 5)

 

And lastly, number 8, and the corresponding reason why:

 

8. Every morning I will destroy all the wicked people!

8A—The reason why: To keep the city of the Lord free from iniquity. (vs 8)

 

So I encourage you all, “Help keep your city clean!”

 

I wish David would run for office around here!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

People ask me all the time what's my favorite Bible translation, or what's the best, or most faithful, Bible translation?
To that I say, first and foremost, the Bible is meant to be understood! When it's not understood, the devil marks you for prey! (Matt 13:19)
Here's my list of Bibles that I can recommend:
1. New King James Version 
The NKJV is the absolute best Bible translation available today. The NKJV is the only modern Bible translation that uses the trustworthy Byzantine Manuscripts, and the TR (textus receptus).
2. King James Version 
If you can understand the Elizabethan English, there's nothing more faithful to the original manuscripts than the 404 year old KJV.
3. The NIV of 1984
Not the updated version, which has gone over to the dark side, but the original NIV.
4. American Standard Version (ASV) of 1901
Other than changing the name LORD to Jehovah throughout the whole Bible, the ASV is a great, literal translation.
5. The New American Standard Version 
From time to time this translation has infuriated me by the choices the translators made, but for the most part, the NASB is very literal to the original manuscripts, even if it's not smooth.

Bibles I do not recommend:
1. The Message Bible 
Stay away from this paraphrase! It is NOT a translation of the Bible. 
2.The English Standard Version (sorry)
I cannot recommend the ESV! 
Main reasons: The do not italicize the words which they have added, like all other translations. This is a terrible mistake! You have no idea whose words you are reading--God's, or the translators!
Also, they have a misplaced, theological slant that has infected their translation. Daniel 9:24-27 is a horrendous translation, and is quite revealing as to the theological bent of the committee overseeing the ESV. And there are many, many others examples throughout the ESV, mostly regarding prophecy. Bear in mind that the ESV translators and committee do not believe in Bible prophecy, and their translation reflects that slant. 
The reader of any translation should not be able to detect what "camp" its translators and overseers are in.

Category:general -- posted at: 9:13am EDT

Preached at ICC on Dec. 7th.

Today we start a verse by verse study of the Book of Galatians.

The theme is "FAITH PLUS NOTHING EQUALS SALVATION."

 

Direct download: Gal_1_1-9.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:38pm EDT

I saw a great Florida license plate today, which said:

                                     Stop child abuse!
I think that's a great idea!!!
The top 2 offenders on the list, in my humble opinion, are:
1. Catholic Priests. 
The Pope said recently that 2% of all priests are homosexual child molesters. Do the math...
414,000 priests x 2% = 8280 gay child molesters in the Catholic Church.

Some people say that that number is not accurate, but that it is actually much higher!

2. School teachers.
A day doesn't go by that you don't read of a child (under 17) that is molested by a school teacher!
Not to mention spiritually molesting a child, like asking them what sex they want to be when they grow up, and teaching them devilution instead of the truth.

I agree!

STOP CHILD ABUSE! 
"But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. (Mark 9:42)

Category:general -- posted at: 9:34am EDT

To all my extended family out there, I wanted to let everyone know that I am changing the name of Gospelstudy to "WGOD Radio, all truth, all the time."

Most of you know from following along that I love that phrase, and think its a great idea, not only for a radio broadcast and podcast, but for a theme! Being tuned into WGOD, where God is always broadcasting!

Please follow us right here for the same podcasts, and please like our new page on Facebook at WGOD Radio.

We are also on Twitter, @wgodradio.

I am excited to see what the Lord will do with this "new" venture, and this fine tuning of my ministry. God bless you all!

Paul Esposito

Category:general -- posted at: 8:42pm EDT

I am pleased to announce that the Gospelstudy radio broadcast starts Wednesday, March 26th, at 7:00 AM and repeated at 8:45 PM, at wmie.

From there, click on the "listen live" tab. 

Of course, all programs will be podcast right here, as usual.

Peace of Christ to you all, and God's best! Paul Esposito

Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

What would you do after (or during) 1260 continual days of no rain?

"Elijah was a man of similar nature to us, and with a prayer, he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and it did not rain upon the land for three years and six months." (James 5:17)
Imagine that: No rain for 3 and 1/2 years!
BTW, did you know that that is going to happen again????
Rev 11:6 ​"These men (the two witnesses) have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls during the days of their prophecy; and they have authority over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they wish."
The last time that happened, when we read about it in the Bible, women were boiling their own children, because they had nothing to eat. (2 Kings 6:28-29)
I wonder what they will do the next time? Wonder no longer:
13:16 ​And he causes all, small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, that they should receive marks on their right hand, or on their foreheads, 13:17 ​and that no one may be able to buy or sell except he that has the mark, the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
IN DESPERATE TIMES, PEOPLE WILL DO DESPERATE THINGS!
Take heed that no one deceive you!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:22am EDT

I have been blessed with the ability to keenly observe my surroundings. Some might say that attention to detail is my forte! 

This morning while walking the dog and waiting for her to do her thing, I observed a pine cone laying on the ground. What got my attention was its shape. Unlike the normal pine cone, it was shaped into a spiral or almost twisted. Thus began the train of thought as it derailed to “imperfection.”

 I live on a lake and its residents are geese, ducks, swans and numerous other water fowl. At first glance all the geese looked the same but as we became acquainted, each one has its own “imperfection” which made it unique and easily identified. There is “Lefty” who is missing part of the webbing on his left foot. There is a duck named “Jack” because he has one eye. The swans look identical as they gracefully float by until you see one has a chip out of his beak (that’s “George”)!

It is human nature to seek perfection in everything. We look for the perfect mate, the perfect house, the perfect car, the perfect dress, etc. When something, or someone, falls short of perfection, we cast it off and keep looking, but, never finding! And yet, where man sees the “imperfection”, God sees the uniqueness that He created! I know you are thinking “God does not make junk. His creation is perfect.”  This is where I came to the conclusion of the “PERFECT IMPERFECTION.” 

Maybe I am just a champion for the underdog, or maybe I can relate to their imperfections, but somehow the imperfect water fowl bring me more joy than the others. Perhaps the same is true for God. He saw all our imperfections before we were born and by His grace and mercy He still loves us!!!

Scripture says it this way:

“I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)

“Your eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect…” (Psalm 130:16 KJV)

“…man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam 16:7)

“But God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8)

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9)

And so let us rejoice in our own imperfections and accept the imperfections of others because those imperfections are what makes us unique and perfect in the merciful eyes of God!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:35pm EDT

In my Sunday Sermon yesterday, I made reference to Steve Jobs. I hope that those of you who have downloaded the podcast, or were here in person, didn't think I came down too hard on the late Mr. Jobs, or were offended.

But I wanted to make my point, and I still want to make it, which is: God uses people like you and I to change the world! And I wish that Steve's Sunday school teacher would have told him that!

(I read in his biography that he was an unbeliever, because he saw a picture of a hungry, starving child in Africa somewhere. Upon seeing the hungry child, Steve approached someone affiliated with a Church, and demanded that he explain how, or why, God would allow something like this to happen.)

In my sermon, I made the comment that Mr. Jobs had "cut and run." That is, when faced with a trial of his faith, and the very existence of God, he "cut and run." He made the decision that Jehovah God, the God of the Bible, was not his God! What a terrible, terrible mistake. The very destination of a person's eternal soul hangs in the balance when we are faced with a decision like this.

We are not to cut and run, and remove ourselves from whatever trial we face, because we don't understand it.

God never promised that we would understand why we go through the trials that we do. But what He did promise was, to be there with us (Heb 13:5), AND to see us through and deliver us (2 Cor 1:9-10).

I wish I had been Mr. Jobs' Sunday School teacher. I would have told him (knowing God like I do now), "Who knoweth whether thou are come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14)

Passionate about world hunger?

God had a plan all along!

("Cease striving, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10, NASB)

Category:general -- posted at: 9:45am EDT