Exposing Kevin Thompson’s False Teaching about “faith”.
Few people twist the Scriptures as Kevin Thompson does in his effort to deny the purpose of God according to election and promote his idea that man’s eternal destiny is determined by his own decision and choice rather than done by God alone.
Here is his “explanation” of Acts 17:31 and how he comes up with the idea that God gives faith to everybody.
Mr. Thompson writes:
Acts 17:31 =- “Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given ASSURANCE unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”
Kevin comments: “Did you notice that word "assurance" Do you know what the Greek word is there? Why, it's "πίστις" (pistis)! That's the Greek word that is translated as "faith" at least 239 times in the New Testament.
That's the same "faith" that comes by hearing in Romans 10:17.
It's the same "faith" that is counted for righteousness in Romans 4:5. That is the same "faith" by which we are justified in Romans 5:1, and the same "faith" by which we have access into the grace wherein we now stand (Romans 5:2).
God gave this faith to all men, by the resurrection of the dead (of Christ). Since faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God, this is why the Gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 says, "ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE" twice!
The only issue now is, what is the object of your faith? If it's not Christ, then you are on your way to hell. Use your faith wisely. God gave it to you for a reason.”
[End of Kevin Thompson’s “explanation.”]
Kevin Thompson is wrong about almost everything he says here.
First, it is true that the word correctly translated in the King James Bible as “assurance” is pistis. That is about the only thing he got right. It is translated as “he hath given ASSURANCE to all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”
Bibles that read “assurance” are the Geneva Bible, the KJB, NKJV, ESV 2016, RSV, NRSV, Young’s, the Revised Version 1881, the ASV 1901 and the Modern English Version 2014.
Versions that read “he has given PROOF to all men” are Darby, the Holman Standard, the NASB, NET, NIV and the ISV.
God has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man he hath ordained; whereof he hath given ASSURANCE unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”
Secondly, where Mr. Thompson makes one of his critical mistakes is by telling us that the phrase “all men” means every individual man, woman and child who ever lives.
IF God gave every individual faith, as he tells us, then why did some mock at this idea of the resurrection, as the next verse tells us?
“And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, SOME MOCKED: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.” (Acts 17:32)
The phrase “all men” does NOT mean every individual. It means ALL KINDS of men. Not “all men without exception” but “all men without distinction of nationality; not only the Jews but the Gentiles also”, to whom Paul is speaking.
There are many examples in Scripture that prove this point.
Here are some of them.
In the Old Testament God chose only the nation of Israel to be his people. "For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." Deut. 14:2.
But now the Messiah has come and he is to be the Saviour of his people which are taken out out every nation, tribe, kindred and tongue. "God did visit the Gentiles to take out of them a people for his name." Acts 15:14.
Even in the Old Testament times a Gentile could come to Israel and learn of the true God. Notice carefully the expression used in Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the temple in I Kings 8:41-43: "Moreover concerning A STRANGER, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake; (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when HE shall come and pray toward this house; Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that THE STRANGER calleth to thee for; that ALL PEOPLE of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people of Israel."
Notice that this prayer refers to one Gentile who comes to pray to the true God. "All people of the earth" therefore does not mean every individual but all men without distinction of nationality, be they a Jew or a Gentile.
Again in Isaiah 56: 6, 7 it says: "Also the sons of the stranger (Gentiles) that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD...Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer...for mine house shall be called an house of prayer FOR ALL PEOPLE."
Obviously this does not mean every individual without exception will join himself to the LORD, but all without distinction of nationality.
When the apostle Paul relates his conversion experience we can see how this same thought is expressed. In Acts 9:15 the Lord tells Ananias concerning Paul: "But the Lord said, Go thy way; for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel."
Yet in Acts 22:14, 15 Paul himself tells us that Ananias came to him: "And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. For thou shalt be his witness unto ALL MEN of what thou hast seen and heard."
Do you see it? All men = the Gentiles, kings and the children of Israel. All men without distinction of nationality or social standing. Obviously Paul did not speak to Noah's sons, the Cherokee Indians, Genghis Khan or Bill Gates.
Luke 2:29-32 - At the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the devout Simeon came by the Spirit into the temple, took up the babe in his arms and said: "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of ALL PEOPLE; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel."
Obviously not every individual Gentile or Jew would be lightened by this salvation, but the Messiah will save all people without distinction of nationality, not all people without exception.
To see other examples where the phrase “ALL MEN” cannot possibly mean every individual without exception, go to -
Does "all men" mean "everybody" or "all men without exception" or "all men without distinction?”
Thirdly, Kevin is wrong when he tells us: “That's the same "faith" that comes by hearing in Romans 10:17.”
Romans 10:17 says: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Romans 10:17 does not answer the question WHY do some people have faith and others do not? It should be obvious that not everybody, or even most people, have faith merely by hearing the word of God preached.
The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness. (1 Corinthians 1:18) Even some of those in Acts 17 who heard the word of God preached “mocked”.
Jesus said to the Pharisees who often heard his preaching - “He that IS of God heareth God’s words; ye therefore hear them not, because ye ARE NOT of God.” John 8:47
The “hearing” of God’s words is a spiritual hearing and not just an outward experience. Only God can open the ears, and many Scriptures tell us that God himself closes the ears of some so that they cannot believe.
See more on the real meaning of Romans 10:17 here -
"Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17
And Fourthly, where Kevin Thompson is completely wrong is when he tells us: “God gave this faith to all men, by the resurrection of the dead (of Christ). Since faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God, this is why the Gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 says, "ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE" twice!
The only issue now is, what is the object of your faith? If it's not Christ, then you are on your way to hell. Use your faith wisely. God gave it to you for a reason.” [End of Kevin’s comments]
IF God gave this faith to every individual by the resurrection of Christ and by the hearing of the word of God, and it is “the same faith that is counted for righteousness, and the same faith that justifies” then obviously they have faith in Christ and the gospel. That HAS TO BE the object of their God-given faith. It can’t be anything else.
So why does he say: “The only issue now is, what is the object of your faith? If it’s not Christ, then you are on your way to hell. Use your faith wisely. God gave it to you for a reason.”
He teaches this nonsense simply because he does not see the truth that God gives faith in Christ and His resurrection only to his elect people out of every nation, and God blinds others so that they cannot see or believe.
That is why it is called "THE FAITH OF GOD'S ELECT" - Titus 1:1
“All men do NOT have faith.” 2 Thessalonians 3:2
"Looking unto Jesus THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH" - Hebrews 12:2.
Who authored our faith? JESUS did. That is why in the King James Bible it speaks so many times about how we are justified "by THE FAITH OF CHRIST". If we are a true Christian, born of God and not of the will of the flesh, it is because God quickened us together with Christ and later gave us the faith to believe in what He had already done for us at the cross of Calvary.
Romans 12:3 "For I say, through the grace given unto me, TO EVERY MAN THAT IS AMONG YOU, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, according as GOD HATH DEALT TO EVERY MAN THE MEASURE OF FAITH."
The "every man" in the context is the "every man among you" or those who are already Christians. That is whom the apostle Paul was writing to.
"To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints....I thank God through Jesus Christ for YOU ALL, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world." Romans 1:7-8
See much more on this in my article “Why do some people have faith and others do not? Does the Bible tell us? Yes, it does!”
Kevin Thompson is a false teacher and many follow his teachings because they WANT to think that they made the right choice “to use your faith wisely”, while others who had the same God-given faith (according to the bogus teaching of Thompson) did not.
This false teaching ends up giving the glory to man for having made the right choice, instead of to God who chose his elect in Christ before the foundation of the world, and not one of them will perish or be lost.
“As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give (not “offer” not “make possible”, but give) eternal life TO AS MANY AS THOU HAST GIVEN HIM.” John 17:2.
“and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” Acts 13:48. (Another verse of Scripture Keith Thompson perverts with his false teaching.)
ALL of grace, believing the Book.