Monthly Archives: May 2019

Long Island’s Continued Fight Against Opioid Abuse (Pastoral Thoughts)

Recently I had the opportunity to meet with a few concerned and diligent community organizers/ social workers in regards to Project Safety Net (www.projectsafetynet.org). This was a follow-up and review of a previous meeting I had not attended, however I was encouraged and impressed with work that is on the horizon.

  • Discussions regarding the National Emergency Opioid Grant provided by the Department of Labor were had. Also, talk about the Drug-Free Community Grant was had as well. These are great resources and opportunity for those engaged in the fight against opioid abuse. More information and utilization of these grants are surely necessary.
  • These need for a community-based structure and network was encouraged rather than overly administrative.
  • Taking notice that we met the evening of an early LI-CAN training on May 23rd demonstrates the continued struggle of the various efforts in the fight against opioids on Long Island to properly coordinate and be aware of the various efforts happening around us. Prayerfully, we can work on better working together.
  • It was marked out that a big part of our right is to respond to the issue that many on Long Island “have nothing to do”. Therefore many feel “marooned”. A lack of mobility, lack of a healthy culture and environments that are organic and natural, and a lack authentic-relation mentoring are all contributing factors to drug-abuse on Long Island. We must be creatively thinking – what can be done?

 

As I sat through the meeting, listening intently and enjoying the details brought forth, I did what each of us responsibly engaged in the fight should be doing. I began to examine my work (past-present-future) in these regards. Here are some thoughts that were discussed and/or were in my head throughout the meeting.

My current focal points:

  • My ministerial work and presence at The Blue Point Bible Church (www.bluepointbiblechurch.org) has allowed for a continued “making known the manifold wisdom of God (Eph. 3:10)” in an effort to demolish strongholds (including but surely not limited to drug-abuse). As a responsible pastor, I have continued to engage the church and secular community about the need to bring healing to the devastating disease of addiction and those who suffer from and because of it.  Also, we allow to building to be used for the hosting of Heroin Anonymous.
  •  As a member of the Blue Point Community Civic Association (www.facebook.com/BluePointCommunityCivic/) I have worked with and assisted our civic president and board in engaging county officials, school district administration, and community members about the need for rezoning to be analyzed regarding the need for rehabilitation facilities on Long Island. The BPCCA continues to work for the advancement of proper consideration in these regards.
  •  I have worked with LI-CAN (Long Island – Congregations, Associations, and Neighborhoods) to continue to foster awareness and healing by collaborative community efforts including every person possible.

Other efforts and plans:

#ProjectRESTORE & The XD Movement – Both of these efforts aim to exemplify the beauty of restored and extremely different lives. Through various efforts such as weekly self-examination and mentoring, planning clean up, and other fun activities, we seek to see the answers to our prayers.

Dorothy Johnson, through her effort Maxxed Out Prevention continues to plan and participate in events. One was mentioned for September 25th (more information to  be provided soon).

Therese Bertsch mentioned Taizé prayer as an opportunity to bless and heal others. Consideration of church and secular opportunities to host should be considered.

Also, discussion was had about a possible activity/effort such as a bonfire, boating trip, hiking, or something of the like to be hosted on August 31st – International Overdose Awareness Day.

 

Kind Regards,
Michael Miano, pastor
The Blue Point Bible Church

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5.29 – Beyond Creation Science (Pt. 5)

In this video and outline, we review chapters 4-6 of Beyond Creation Science. See the video at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X1_nQDtqu0

 

Beyond Creation Science
Chapter 4 -The End Of A Covenant World

The “Last Days” Of What? 

“…the last days were a contemporary reality during the New Testament times”.
cf. Acts 2:14-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; Jude 17-19; 1 John 2:18, 26

“…If the last days were back then, how is it possible that we are still around? Obviously the world did not end in the first century”. (pg. 70)\

 

The “End” Of What?

“…how would devout Jews, who knew their Old Testament well. Understand apostolic references to the “end”?”  cf. Deuteronomy 32:20; Matthew 24:3; 1 Corinthians 10:11; 1 Peter 4:7

 

The Focus of Prophecy

“Prophecy is primarily concerned with the redemption of God’s people”.  

 

The Elements Will Melt

 

The “Heavens and Earth”

 

According To His Promise

 

Symphonic Unity in Biblical Prophecy

 

Beyond Creation Science 
Chapter 5 – The Divide: 1830 

Geology and Christianity

The Problem for Darwin: Geology

The Rise of Intelligent Design 

 

Lyell – Cornerstone or Capstone of Geology? 

 

The Coincidence of Geology and Theology

 

The Other Capstone Event of 1830 

 

The 1830 Synchronicity 

 

 

Beyond Creation Science
Chapter 6 – Worlds Collide: Lyell & Darby

The Liberalism/ Fundamentalism Context

 

 

The Dominant Old Earth View

 

 

The Premillennial Source of Flood Geology

 

 

Covering the Tracks

 

 

Premillennialism Applied to Genesis

 

 

Premillennial Philosophy of History

 

 

Premillennialism & Youth- Earth Creationism

 

 

The Contemporary Dilemma

 

 

Review Historical Charts on pgs. 91 & 110

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THE END of THE AGE

A vital question that must be asked when talking about eschatology, the study of the “end times”, is “the end of what?”. Rather than Scripture explaining an end to the “world” (as unfortunately many English translations have erroneously translated), what Scripture does point to is the “end of the age”. In my recent debate with Sam Frost (May 2019), he posited that we have not yet seen the judgement of the “wheat and the tares” as was told by Jesus Christ to happen at the end of the age (cf. Matt. 13:39).

I will be offering up a post-debate review in days to come, and of course I am appreciative to those who have already begun offering reviews and comments. However, I would like to highlight how it is that Sam Frost, in his new interpretive matrix, has failed to follow the Biblical narrative of “end of the age judgement” and how we today are to be properly placed within the larger metanarrative. I have also written about this many times before lamenting how many Christian perspectives, especially end times views, fail to consider narrative and metanarrative theology.

In the debate, Sam charged that the “wheat and tares judgement has not happened”, and followed that with “have the wicked been uprooted?” (***Although, he does make some confusing comments about the “wrath of God” and displays confusion on how the Day of the Lord relates to the details found in 1 Thessalonians chapters 4-5 during the Q&A).

 

When was the “end of the age”?

If we read the Gospel of Matthew and mark out the mentions of the “end of the age”, we can follow the parabolic details of Matthew chapter 13 (“Wheat and Tares”) to Matthew chapters 23-24. In Matthew chapter 23 we read the context of the judgement that would come upon Jerusalem and it’s leaders, “That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed UPON THE EARTH (Matt. 23:35)” and we are given a time “All these things shall come upon this generation (Matt. 23:36). Furthermore, as we move into Matthew chapter 24, we find the disciples equating these things – the judgement of all the righteous blood shed upon earth – with the “sign of His coming” and the “end of the age” (cf. Matthew 24:3).

A great study on the Two-Age view understood by the Hebrews can be found at the following link, http://christeternalchristianchurch.com/learninglist/learning-activity-23/

 

In his book, Kingdom Come: Messiah’s Methodical Manifesto Hidden in His Parables, T.J. Smith writes, “The phrases, ‘this age’ and ‘the age to come’ have their roots in the ancient Hebrew expectations of the Messiah. They anticipated and expected their Mosaic era (the age when the Law of Moses ruled) to be replaced with the coming of the Messiah A.K.A. The Messianic age. The Jews of Yeshua’s day were living in the ‘this age’ (Mosaic) but were looking for the day when Messiah would come and transfer them into the ‘age to come’ (cf. Hebrews 9:8)”. He also cites Bible scholar N.T. Wright in talking about the text I mentioned above, Matthew chapter 24, “One of the main reasons I suppose, why the OBVIOUS WAY of reading the chapter has been ignored for so long must be THE FACT that in a good deal of Christian theology the fall of Jerusalem has had no theological significance. This has meant that not only that Mark 13 is found puzzling, but also all the references to the same event elsewhere in the gospels – EVEN WHEN IT STARES ONE IN THE FACE, as in Luke 13:1-5 – have been read as general warnings of hellfire in an afterlife, rather than the literal and physical DIVINE JUDGEMENT through Roman judgement that we have seen to be characteristic of Jesus’ story”.

I believe at this point you might see why dealing with Sam Frost’s “logic” and new matrix of interpretation can indeed be confusing. Not only is he wrong, but he knows much of this stuff, as I sought to make clear by citing some of his early, now renounced, works.

 

What happened in AD 70?

All throughout the Scriptures, God sought to make His kingdom known. I mentioned that in the beginning of the debate as a sort of outline to the narrative (cf. Duet. 4:5-9; Isaiah 26:18 ; Romans 8:20-21; Galatians 3:19; Ephesians 1:9-11). What is revealed through the New Testament verses is that it would be in and through Jesus Christ and the “Body of His Fullness, the church”, that would be revealed as the goal, that would bring forth His Kingdom.

If we follow the narrative appropriately and in context, we can discern that judgement was coming upon the Jews because in their carnality they impeded the progress of God’s kingdom. The 1st century Jews were “all that offend, and them who do iniquity” (Cf. Matt. 13:41). The gathering and burning of that wicked generation should remind the Bible reader of a couple chapters early where John the Baptist used such language toward that generation as well (cf. Matt. 3:10-12). Also, the Reformation Study Bible correlates all of these texts, just in case the common accusation toward FP is used that these verses should not be connected, “…the language of Matthew 24:31 is parallel to passages like Matthew 13:41; 16:27; 25:31…”.

Also, a great read on the Parable of the Tares and the Wheat can be found at the following link, https://www.allthingsfulfilled.com/kingdom-parable-of-the-tares-and-wheat/

 

Sam continued to emphasize the word “world” in many texts in an odd attempt to universalize the details found therein. I briefly highlighted that confusion in the debate. The Greek word ‘kosmos’ that has been translated as ‘world’ in many verses does not necessarily mean planet, but means ‘something that has been ordered or designed’. Many Biblical texts do not make sense if we try to universalize the word ‘kosmos’. For example;

Matthew 4:8 – Surely Jesus didn’t see the entire globe from the top of a mountain, right?

Matthew 5:14 – Can a city light the entire ‘world’ in the universalized sense, or is their context to this?

John 1:10 – Jesus did not venture into the entire planet.

Romans 1:8 – it would be historical impossible that the faith of the church at Rome (by early AD 50’s 60’s) was heard upon throughout the entire planet.

As I mentioned in the debate, the ‘world’ that was passing away, and coming under judgement, as per the context expressed them and herein, is the Old Covenant world (cf. 1 Corinthians 7:31; Hebrews 8:13).

 

So what was the result of this judgement?

As Jesus affirms in Matt. 13:43, which is a citation of Daniel 12:3, “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father…”. This is the Full Preterist reality. This is what men who by their “doctrines of men” are calling heresy. At the  “scattering of the power of the holy people” (cf. Dan. 12:7) the dead were raised (cf. Dan. 12:1-2) and judgement were brought forth, and this was the time of the end (cf. Dan. 12:9) – The end of the age. That time established the ‘fullness’ of what was expected by the Old Covenant saints, and how they with the Church, would come into that reality (cf. Hebrews 11:39-40). Then, today, and forever, we Christians can reflect Christ’s glory by expressing the fruits of the Spirit  and the “goal of our instruction (cf. 1 Tim. 1:5) by knowing His “faithfulness and mercy” (cf. Romans 15:8-9).

I do hope indeed this mighty clarify some of the points Sam made rather confusing the other evening. If and when edified, glorify God!

Sincerely,
Michael Miano, pastor
The Blue Point Bible Church

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