Paul Bilal Williams, in this recent video, (Some time around Dec. 12, 2013 – no longer available – Paul Williams changed his blog to a new domanin – continues to distort the gospel message and take verses out of context; and even bans people like me (Addendum: January of 2014: temporarily, then later -I think, sometime in Dec. of 2013 he let me back into the discussions/debate. I sincerely appreciate his letting me make apologetic defense of the Christian faith. He has still yet to comment on Mark 10:23-27.) who point out that he has left out Mark 10:23-27, when he abuses Mark 10:17-22.
Williams has already been refuted many times on these issues, but he is unwilling to even mention the verses that follow, namely Mark 10:23-27. He cannot deal with those verses, as they answer his argumentation. The fact that he avoids those verses and then bans me when I have mentioned this fact (about 10-20 times at his blog), shows that he is taking Mark 10:17-22 out of context and distorting the meaning of it. Jesus clearly taught that no one can keep the law and that with man’s power, it is impossible to be saved. Jesus is trying to get the rich young ruler to see his own sin and idolatry in his heart. (see also Mark 7:20-23) Only God Himself, by His grace, in becoming man, and voluntarily laying down His life as a ransom, (Mark 10:45; John 10:18) and repentance and trust in Christ and His death and resurrection can save a person. (Mark 1:15)
Williams has also already been refuted on Luke 18:9-14. Williams does not understand the Greek word for “have mercy on me” = “propitiate me” – which could be said, means, “somehow, find a way that justice against my sin would be satisfied and Your just wrath be quenched” which is taught in rest of NT. (Romans 3:24-26; Hebrews 2:17; 1 John 2:2) So the teaching of the apostle Paul, the apostle John, and the writer of Hebrews, fully agree with the teachings of Jesus Himself.
Three previous articles that refute Paul Bilal Williams’ video:
The other passage that Williams mentions is Matthew 6:9-14. He claims that Jesus’ teaching is just to humble yourself, repent, and ask for forgiveness – in a Muslim way!
The problems with separating Matthew 6 out from Matthew 5 and 7 are numerous indeed. This is Jesus’ teaching before the cross and He is trying to get people to see their own sins first. Jesus taught that lust in our hearts condemns us to hell (Matthew 5:27-30) and hatred and anger in the heart condemns us to hell (Matthew 5:21-26) and that God demands perfection (Matthew 5:48). Jesus taught that one must submit to Him as Lord and have a changed life (Matthew 7:21-23) – Only those who realize that they are helpless sinners and cannot save themselves and then repent of that and turn to Christ to save them can be saved. Only a true disciple of Jesus who believes in all the NT and consistent teaching of all of it, can pray that prayer that Jesus taught, and have the ability to forgive others – only after one has been forgiven first by the Lord Jesus Christ – Ephesians 4:31-32.
“Forgive us our debts as we forgive others who have transgressed against us” is meant to force us to see that we cannot truly forgive others, because the guilt and feelings of guilt can never be wiped away except by the grace of God in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross, resurrection, intercession for us at the right hand of the Father, and our repenantance and trust in all that Jesus is and has done.