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What Is Truth? Isn't Accountable Just Another Word For Responsible?


Isn't accountable just another word for responsible? According to the dictionary and a Google
search they both have the same meaning. Would you please explain?


Hi A____,

Thank you for your question.

This question allows me to make the point that we cannot rely upon Noah Webster, Google, or
any other secular source to define God's Words. God's Word is established "in the mouth of two
or three [scriptural] witnesses," not in the mouth of two or three secular or so called Biblical
scholarly witnesses. When we allow orthodox Christian men like James Strong to define words
for us we come up with definitions like this for the Greek word 'aion:'

From the same as G104; properly an age; by extension perpetuity (also past); by implication the
world; specifically (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future): - age, course, eternal, (for)
ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Compare

"By extension perpetuity???" Do you have a scripture of two for that statement Mr. Strong?

Now all those who are so impressed with both secular and orthodox Christian 'credentials'
coming from well known seminaries like the Dallas Theological Seminary, or Dr. D. James
Kennedy's Seminary, or any of the dozens of other orthodox Christian seminaries, across this
country and around the world, will be asking where someone like me, a mere remodeling
contractor, gets the nerve to question such 'qualified' Christian men as Mr. Noah Webster and Dr.
James D. Strong.

Here is God's answer to such queries:

Isa 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word , it is because
there is no light in them.
"This word" is not a reference to the established orthodox church of the day. Isaiah, Jeremiah,
Ezekiel and all of the Old Testament prophets, and Christ Himself were rejected by the church
establishment of their day. Here is how orthodoxy thinks of God's faithful servants in every
Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were
unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had
been with Jesus.
Peter and John were not considered illiterate. Both have books in the Bible bearing their names.
But they had not graduated from the University of Jerusalem. Unlike the learned scholar 'Saul of
Tarsus,' they had not been "brought up at the feet of Gameliel." And even 'Saul of Tarsus' had to
be brought to realize that all of his orthodox credentials amounted to nothing more than a pile of
"dung" so far as Christ was concerned:
Phi 3:4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath
whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
Phi 3:5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, [of] the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew
of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
Phi 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law,
Phi 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Phi 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of
Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but
dung , that I may win Christ,
That is the mind of Christ concerning orthodox credentials. So now, with that all in mind, let's
answer your question:

"Isn't accountable just another word for responsible? According to the dictionary and a Google
search they both have the same meaning. Would you please explain?"

No, "the dictionary and a Google search" notwithstanding, 'accountable' is not just another word
for responsible. As I have so often pointed out, the word 'accountable' is found numerous times
in God's Word, but the word responsible is never once found. Now here is why that is the case.

We are told in no uncertain terms that mankind has been shapen by God Himself and conceived
by God Himself in iniquity and in sin:
Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Allowing God's Word to interpret God's Word we find that Jeremiah agrees with King David
concerning mankind's estate:

Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred [Hebrew - ruined] in the hand of the
potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Lest any confusion should arise concerning this issue of responsibility versus accountability God
makes a special declaration:
Isa 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none
beside me . I am the LORD, and there is none else.
Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all
these things .
" I the Lord do all these things... I make peace and create evil." But aren't evil men responsible
for choosing to be evil men? Not if God's word means more to you than orthodox Christian
Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Now ask yourself, who is responsible for "making evil and the wicked?" Is it me? Is it you? Here
is what we are told in God's Word:
Pro 20:24 Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
If you cannot "understand your own way" because it is "of the Lord," how can you possibly be
held responsible for "your own way?" Every choice you make is according to this verse "of the
Lord." "Man's goings are of the Lord." If that is the case how then can you or I be responsible for
our "goings?" Is this actually speaking of our evil ways as well as our good and proper choices?

Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from
thy fear?
Now how does this all play out in the real world? Here is what God's Word tells us:
Rom 9:16 So then it [responsibility for our actions] is not of him that willeth, nor of him that
runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Rom 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up,
that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the
Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he
It is almost as if God has predestinated us all and is "working all things after the counsel of His
own will," and sure enough that is exactly what He tells us He is doing:

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the
purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
You will ask me, 'How then can he possibly hold us accountable for when He "causes us to err
from His ways?" That is a fair question which Paul poses and answers:
Rom 9:19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his
Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to
him that formed [it], Why hast thou made me thus?
Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto
honour, and another unto dishonour?
Rom 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with
much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
Rom 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which
he had afore prepared unto glory,
Rom 9:24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
There is much more that can be said on this subject. Joseph's brothers are the best example in all
of God's Word where we are shown how the evil deeds of Joseph's brothers were actually the
working of God to get Joseph in the right position to take over the throne of Egypt at a time
when the fate of all Egypt and Canaan was at stake. Joseph holds his brothers accountable for
their actions and torments them with fear of losing their lives, but at the same time he tells them
that they were not responsible for his being in Egypt, it was God who sent him there.

Read the paper, After The Counsel Of His Own Will for a much more comprehensive
understanding of this subject.
I hope that you can now see clearly that despite what the dictionary or Google say, God's word
discriminates between the words accountability and responsibility.
2 Chron 20:6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not
thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so
that none is able to withstand thee?
Matt 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give
account thereof in the day of judgment.
Man cannot be held responsible for that over which he has no control. But if the Master Potter
wishes, He can hold man accountable for choices and decisions man is caused to make.

He has declared that in the end He will redeem all:

1 Cor 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1 Tim 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

1 Tim 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God,
who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of
the whole world.

Thanks for the quick reply to my question on accountability.

I just read an article on tithing and in it I came across this:

"And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your TITHES,
and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the
firstlings of your herds and of your flocks: And there ye shall eat before the Lord your God,
and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, YE and YOUR HOUSEHOLDS,
wherein the Lord thy God hath blessed thee" (Deut. 12:6-7).

Wouldn't the use of "freewill" in this verse indicate that we do have free will according to the

Hi A___,

I am not trying to be trite or in any way offend you, but I want you to realize that God speaks to
us in terms we can understand. Do you think that because God asked Adam "where are you," that
He wanted Adam to know that He, God, had no clue as to which tree Adam was hiding behind?

I truly hope that we can continue this discussion, but you haven't even commented on any of the
dozens of scriptures I referred to you showing that we have and make caused choices.
Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from
thy fear? Return for thy servants' sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

Jer 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to
direct his steps.

You haven't commented on the fact that Joseph's brothers thought that their choice to sell Joseph
into Egypt as a slave, was of their own 'free will,' while it was actually "of God." You haven't
commented on "It's not of him that willeth.." Not one scripture but dozens, "the sum of thy
word," drive home this Truth. And that is where Truth is to be found:

Psa 119:160 (ASV) The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances
endureth for ever.
To make this point in another way, I want you to read this section of scripture and tell me
whether the scriptures teach that God repents. Your answer to this will let us both know whether
we need to continue this discussion.
1Sa 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he
should repent.
1Sa 15:30 Then he [King Saul] said, I have sinned: [yet] honour me now, I pray thee, before the
elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy
1Sa 15:31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD.
1Sa 15:32 Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag
came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past.
1Sa 15:33 And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be
childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.
1Sa 15:34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul.
1Sa 15:35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel
mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.
Now I want you to tell me why verse 29 says:

"...he [the Lord] is not a man, that he should repent."

And yet verse 35 tells us

"...the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel."

The answer is that God speaks to us in terms we can understand without really being ignorant of
Adam's whereabouts and without having to go to plan B because neither Adam nor King Saul
had turned out just like plan A had anticipated.

I will quote it again and again ask you to read the paper After The Counsel Of His Own Will:

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the
purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
God may tell you to bring an offering of your own 'free will,' He may say 'Adam where are you,'
and He may even say that He 'repented for making King Saul king over Israel.' But the
overwhelming weight of "the sum of His world" is that He is "working all things after the
counsel of His own will," and 'it is not of him that willeth but of God who either hardeneth or
shows mercy.'

I pray that you can see that 'no scripture of prophecy is of its own interpretation because holy
men of old spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost' and the Holy Spirit is not
schizophrenic. I pray that you can see that "the sum of thy word is Truth."