All posts by Hal Bekemeyer

Hal is a pastor at Fellowship Bible Church Orlando and a regular co-host on the “Grace Life Podcast”. His teaching ministry encompasses some forty plus years in various ministries in his home state of Florida. He trusted Christ as his Savior at the age of twelve and was almost immediately plagued with an insatiable desire to understand the Scriptures. Being dissatisfied with the answers provided by the denominational setting in which he found himself, he began a reading campaign into the writings of many bible commentators. Simultaneously, he invested many hours reading, and wrestling with the Scriptures. Studying the Gospels and the eschatological books of scripture was especially painful and frustrating because of many imagined contradictions and inconsistencies. It was only as he encountered a dispensational hermeneutic that he was finally able to embrace the bible in its entirety and to embark on a journey of faith and service from that time until this day.

No Words Stand Alone

“No man is an island,” says the song, and much the same can be said of any word in any language. ​One of the arguments set forth against the reliability of the King James Bible deals with the issue of the vernacular of the original languages. It is suggested that, since many of the original ...

Unsatisfied

UNSATISFIED Our flesh is in a continual state of dissatisfaction. It relishes all the religion and self-effort that we can throw at it and then screams for MORE. “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, {21} (Touch ...

My View of Calvinism

CALVINISM 1. Makes God the author of sin. 2. Cheapens the grace of God by limiting it’s scope. 3. Populates the planet with a majority population of un-redeemable un-men like creatures who were created by God as “vessels of wrath fitted to destruction.” 4. Denigrates faith by teaching that regeneration precedes faith. 5. Falsely teaches ...

Judges, Grace Police, and Para-church Schisms in the Body of Christ

This particular article will be confusing for some as I am addressing a particular group of people with whom I have encounters dating back almost forty years. This group is known as the, so-called, “Grace Movement.” I have often felt over the years that this is somewhat a misnomer in that, in behavior, much of ...

Frustrating Grace

(Col 2:20-23) “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, {21} (Touch not; taste not; handle not; {22} Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? {23} Which things have indeed ...

Conformed or Transformed?

This item was written by my dear friend Doug Dodd (now in glory). It speaks to the effect of our new life in Christ as opposed to religion and human effort. Eph 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23And be renewed in the spirit of your ...

Complete In Christ

Paul, in his prayers for the saints expressed this desire; (Eph 3:16-19) “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; {17} That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, {18} ...

Brief Commentary on Philippians 3:2

“Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.” (Phil 3:2)  Dogs are used in a negative context consistently throughout Scripture. Interestingly, they are in the context of Psalm 22 – a messianic psalm concerning the betrayal, and crucifixion, of the Lord Jesus Christ. Examples: (Exo 22:31) “And ye shall be holy men ...

Are You Being Saved?

“Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, {4} Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:” (Gal 1:3-4) Believers often are myopic in their view of the redemptive work ...

Approved of God

It is tragic that many believers are driven by the same mindset of the unconverted – they think they can earn God’s acceptance through their works. While many understand that it is “not through works we have done” in regards to positional righteousness, they still believe that their works will impress God in place of ...

“All Things” Work Together for Good

Questioning God Romans 8:28 ( KJV ) 28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Often believers think themselves to be at odds with God because of difficult circumstances in their lives. They experience feelings of abandonment and ...

All Saved or All Offered Salvation?

I have been reading the writings of the Universalists and am trying to make sense of them, especially as they relate to the original languages. Without exception their writings abandon the Received Text and rest upon translation exceptions to make their case. By way of example this quote from the promo for “At the End ...

Affirming Positive Truth

WHAT TRUTH? (Galatians 3:1) “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?” Paul asked this question of the Galatians and there is a lesson for us, as well, in considering the answer. Of course, equally significant ...

What Part of Complete Do We Not Understand?

(Col 2:6-10)  “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: {7} Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. {8} Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after ...

A New Creature

God salvages the individual by liquidating him and then raising him again to newness of life. A. W. Tozer (1897–1963) This new life impedes us in our natural outlook and ways . . . until the Son of God is formed in us and both the natural and the holy are the same. Oswald Chambers ...

A Death Knell of Calvinism?

This study is for those who have been fooled by those who would teach a Calvinistic theology and for those who are actively standing against this heresy. • It is heresy because it denies the blood atonement by limiting its scope.• It is heresy because it makes God responsible for sin.• It is heresy because ...

A Brief Statement of Faith

The Bible 2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (2 Peter 1:19-21) “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do ...

Character and the Believer

People often imagine that God is manipulating circumstances in their life to mature, or direct them. God doesn’t use circumstances to create character in the life of believers – He uses the life of His Son in the believer to accomplish this (see Galatians 2:20; Romans 5:1-5; Romans 8:6-11). Notice in Romans 5 it says ...