29 Feb 2008
James White- Richard Dawkins Is Not A Deep Thinker But Rather Appeals To People Of A Low Attention Span/Intellect
See also 2 videos I made a while ago:
Does Richard Dawkins Really Exist? 6 min
Evolution A Fairy Tale For Grown-Ups 7 min
28 Feb 2008
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I recently read Revolution in World Missions, by K.P. Yohannan. Please hear me out. It was very good. If you have ever had a desire to be a missionary or to support missionaries in some way (which I hope you do), this book would be well worth reading. For those of you familiar with HeartCry, K.P.'s ministry is similar in many ways. The biggest similarity is his advocating indigenous missionaries.
The book for me was good in at least three ways. One, it opened my eyes to more of what the Lord is doing in the 10/40 window. Two, it's message continues to convict me of my lack of sharing material resources that God has blessed me with just by nature of the fact that I was born in the US. I don't want to be an ungrateful and materialistic hog! Three, it has really made me rethink mission endeavors even more than the rethinking I did when I was in college.
And, ok, due to my love and appreciation for Paul Washer, I have got to share this bit of insider info. Hopefully, you hearing about it will want to make you read the book as much as it made me want to read it. One of the biggest reasons why I read the book was because I have a friend that works for Gospel for Asia (K.P.'s ministry) who also knows Paul. He said when he talked to Paul in person asking him if he had read the book or knew of K.P. Yohannan, Paul said that this book was actually sent to him when he was a missionary in Peru. He said he received the book in a package with no return address and reading it was what made him decide to start HeartCry! If you get the book don't be fooled by it's attractive professional cover. It was originally printed in 1986. Needless to say, the link to HeartCry brought it close to home for me and I knew I had to read the book. It has in fact turned out to be very stirring for me.
My friends please read the book. If you want I'll get you a copy. Just let me know.
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These are what seemed to be his main points, of which, by the way he has won me over:
- Westerners are materialistic and outside of the will of God. Christians need to be purposeful and thoughtful not to adopt the mindset of the culture around them. By and large, Christians in the west are not doing a good job in this area.
"In 1998, personal expenditures in the United States averaged $19,049 per person, of which $1,276 (6.7 percent) went for food, leaving a comfortable $17,773 for other expenses. In India, the average person had only $276 to spend, of which $134 (48.4 percent) went for food, leaving a scant $142 for other needs for the entire year.
"To my horror, the food and "fellowship" frequently cost more than the money they had just given to missions."
"American families routinely eat enough meat at one meal to feed an Asian family for a week."
"Throughout Scripture, we see only one correct response to abundance: sharing."
"If all of your concern is about your own life, your job, your clothes, your children's good clothes, healthy bodies, a good education, a good job and marriage, then your concerns are no different from someone who is lost in Bhutan, Myanmar or India."
"I believe most Asian Christians give a far greater portion of their income to missions than do Westerners."
- Indigenous missionaries by and large do a better job of evangelizing their countries than western missionaries.
"There was a time when Western missionaries needed to go into these countries in which the Gospel was not preached. But now a new era has begun, and it is important that we officially acknowledge this. God has raised up indigenous leaders who are more capable than outsiders to finish the job."
"Today it is outrageously extravagant to send North American missionaries overseas unless there are compelling reasons to do so. From a strictly financial standpoint, sending American missionaries overseas is one of the most questionable investments we can make."
"It is hard for some to hear me reinterpret the stories told by Western missionaries of hardship and fruitless ministry as indicators of outdated and inappropriate methods."
- Social "gospel" efforts that don't make preaching the gospel primary are in fact not gospel efforts.
"I met poor, often minimally educated, native brothers involved in Gospel work in pioneer areas. They had nothing material to offer the people to whom they preached -- no agricultural training and no medical relief or school program. But hundreds of souls were saved..."
"To look into the sad eyes of a hungry child or see the wasted life of a drug addict is to see the evidence of Satan's hold on this world. He is the ultimate enemy of mankind, and he will do everything within his considerable power to kill and destroy people. But to try to fight this terrible enemy with only physical weapons is like fighting tanks with stones."
- The indigenous missionaries to the 10/40 window are very poor and often going without food and witnessing materials. Therefore affluent western Christians should support them.
"Why can't we at least earmark 10% of our Christian giving for the cause of world evangelism?"
"There are, of course, many other ways to get involved. Some cannot give more financially, but they can invest time in prayer and help recruit more sponsors. And a few are called to go overseas to become more directly involved."
- There were also many many eye opening statistics about the sheer number of people who die every day in the 10/40 window without ever having heard the name of Jesus. These countries have way more people than the US and way less gospel witness.- - -
27 Feb 2008
26 Feb 2008
next meeting: Wednesday 27th February -8pm.
For homeschooling mum's from all over the North West. This prayer meeting is not a Puritan Fellowship meeting (although we do endorse it) but is rather for homeschooling mother's from different fellowships.
Call or email for info. Click here for directions.
The Definition of Disciple 30 sec
See also: Book Recommendation Family Driven Faith by Dr. Voddie Baucham Jr
&: R C Sproul Jr Answers Homeschooling Objections: "Socialization" and "Public School Missionaries."
&: Paul Washer-Lord Teach Us To Pray (8 min) Video.
&: Thou Shall Not Send Your Child To A Public School - Why Not Homeschooling Our Children Is A Sin.
&: Excellent God Centred Biblical Homeschool Curriculum. Accelerated Christian Education (U.S.)-Teach-The European Academy For Christian Homeschooling.
&: Reforming My Mind - MP3's: Voddie Baucham MP3 Sermons.
Family Discipleship 1 min
25 Feb 2008
Salvation is of the LORD, What Calvinism Does & Does Not Teach, Clearing Up the Common Misconceptions-Kevin Williams
We’ve come to a section of Scripture here that deals with the doctrine of election and the sovereignty of God in Salvation. Now despite the clarity of the words of Jesus here, you will find that most Christians are largely ignorant regarding what the Bible teaches about election and the sovereignty of God, as I was for many years.
Largely due to an absence of Biblical expository preaching in churches today, many people viciously attack Calvinism and the doctrines of God's amazing grace, yet when pressed often reveal that they don't actually know what Calvinism actually teaches.
In this sermon we clear up some of the common misconceptions regarding the sovereignty of God in Salvation, and try to give a clear understanding of what Calvinism does and does not teach.
Also in this sermon, how Muslims and other non-Christians almost always have a wrong idea of what Christianity is, and why it is so important that we take the time to clearly and patiently explain what we believe.
And why the church must speak out against false teachers and false teachings.
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23 Feb 2008
Family Driven Faith is one of those few books that I think every Christian should read, and especially anyone in or training to be in a teaching position in the church. The language is very clear and easy to understand and Dr Baucham teaches these important truths in a very gentle and loving way.
It really makes you wish someone had told you all this much earlier.
Here are two quotes I used from the book in a sermon I gave: How a Biblical Understanding of Love Changes Everything.
“…the theme of demonstrating love for the Lord by keeping His commandments permeates the epistle of 1 John. In other words, if you want to know whether or not someone truly loves God, watch what he or she does. If the person does not do the things that are pleasing and acceptable, and in fact does the things that God abhors and forbids, and yet claims to love God, it will be tough to support that claim. In fact, John argues, “The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in Him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.” 1 John 2:4-5a.
Love is proved by our efforts. If I say I love God, there should be evidence in the things I do (or the way I expend my energy and effort). By the same token, if I say I love my wife, that should be evidence by my actions. If my actions are self-centred. I am demonstrating love for me. However, if my actions are directed toward meeting her needs, then she truly is the object of my affections.” Family Driven Faith pp59-60.
“‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’ Matthew 22:39
Thus Jesus, referencing Moses, comments on the essential nature of loving people as well as God… If our homes are to reflect our position as the people of God in the midst of the opposition of a pagan culture, we, like the Israelites, must learn to love.
Our homes must be rife with the aroma of love. Those who visit us should notice immediately that they have left the world of self-serving, egocentric narcissism and have entered a safe harbour where people value and esteem others above themselves. Outsiders should enter our homes and never want to leave. Our neighbours should find excuses to visit us just to get another whiff of the fragrant aroma of love. The brokenhearted should long to be near us. The downtrodden and the abused should seek us out. Families on the brink of disaster should point to us and say, “Why can’t our home be like that?”
Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Far too often professing Christians in our culture don’t love better, more deeply, or longer than the Pagans who surround us. At times we bear more of the stench of this world than the fragrant aroma of the people of God. That’s the bad news. The good is that things don’t have to remain as they are. We can learn to love. The first step is to rid ourselves of the ineffective methods and ideologies that have led us down the current path.” Family Driven Faith pp51-52
For an introduction to Voddie Baucham Jr, I recommend listening to this excellent sermon Child Training.
Buy Family Driven Faith from England £7.86 (free worldwide delivery)
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22 Feb 2008
Now Ecothearcy seems to spend all his time on the internet attacking Christianity and slandering people and things he obviously knows nothing about but has a deep hatred for; and he does this by making what can only be described as very poor and inaccurate videos whilst hiding behind a robotic voice. Perhaps Ecoheresy would have been a more applicable name.
In the video he posted a link to, he denies Hell is taught in the Old and New Testaments and claims it wasn't invented until Augustine. A quick look around his websites reveal he denies the Trinity and the Deity of Christ, he claims the Apostle Paul is a false Apostle, and seems to have a deep rooted hatred for Paul Washer.
Now unless he repents, I suggest that Ecothearcy will soon find out that God’s perfect Justice in Hell is very real.
Please see: Who Warned You To Flee From the Wrath That Is To Come.
1. It is NOT true that the Old Testament does not teach eternal torment:
See Hell in the Old Testament
Dan 12:2 "And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt. "
Isaiah 66:24 "“ And they shall go forth and look
Upon the corpses of the men
Who have transgressed against Me.
For their worm does not die,
And their fire is not quenched.
They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”
Isaiah 33:10-14 "“ Now I will rise,” says the LORD;
“ Now I will be exalted,
Now I will lift Myself up.
11 You shall conceive chaff,
You shall bring forth stubble;
Your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
12 And the people shall be like the burnings of lime;
Likethorns cut up they shall be burned in the fire.
13 Hear, you who are afar off, what I have done;
And you who are near, acknowledge My might.”
14 The sinners in Zion are afraid;
Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites:
“ Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire?
Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?” "
Isaiah 1:31 "The strong shall be as tinder,
And the work of it as a spark;
Both will burn together,
And no one shall quench them."
Psalm 21:8- 9 "Your hand will find all Your enemies;
Your right hand will find those who hate You.
9 You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger;
The LORD shall swallow them up in His wrath,
And the fire shall devour them.
Jer 7:20 "Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, My anger and My fury will be poured out on this place—on man and on beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground. And it will burn and not be quenched.”
2. Nor is it true that the early Christians who were Jews did not believe in an eternal torment.
It is important to note those in Hell are NOT physically separated from the presence of God. That is a myth, mere wishful thinking. Rev. 14:10 tells us that the wicked "shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb". No my friend, it is not the absence of God that is the true horror of Hell, but rather His presence. In Hell, God will be there to personally pour out the fire of His Divine wrath upon the damned. (See: The Lost Doctrine of Hell)
In all of His discourses Jesus spent 13% of His time warning people about Hell, twice as much as He did about Heaven.
The Bible describes "hell" as a place of...
--outer darkness (Matthew 25:30)
--weeping (Matthew 8:12)
--wailing (Matthew 13:42)
--gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:50)
--flames (Luke 16:24)
--everlasting fire (Matthew 25:46)
--a furnace of fire (Matthew 13:42)
--separation from the righteous (Matthew 25:46)
--eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord (2 Thessalonians 1:9)
--torment (Luke 16:23)
--everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46)
--and as the lake of fire burning with brimstone (Revelation 19:20)
3. It is also untrue that Augustine first introduced the concept of Hell. As I have shown above the concept of eternal Hell is in both the Old and New Testaments, but also the early church Father’s clearly believed in eternal Hell:
(And there are many more quotes like these):
"But the way of the Black One is crooked and full of a curse. For it is a way of eternal death with punishment wherein are the things that destroy men's souls--idolatry, boldness, exhalation of power, hypocrisy, doubleness of heart, adultery, murder, plundering, pride, transgression, treachery, malice, stubbornness, witchcraft, magic, covetousness, absence of the fear of God;." (Pseudo-Barnabas, c. 70-130 AD) Epistle of Barnabas ch20v1
"when thou shalt fear what is truly death, which is reserved for those who shall be condemned to the eternal fire.” (Letter to Diognetus ch 5, c. 125-200)
“And giving heed unto the grace of Christ they [the Martyrs cf preceding verse] despised the tortures of this world, purchasing at the cost of one hour a release from eternal punishment. And they found the fire of their inhuman torturers cold: for they set before their eyes the escape from the eternal fire which is never quenched;." (Martyrdom of Polycarp ch2v3, c. 135)
"that every man will suffer punishment in eternal fire according to the merit of his deed." (Justin Martyr, 1st Apology ch 12 c. 160)
"But since sensation remains to all who have ever lived, and eternal punishment is laid up (i.e., for the wicked), see that ye neglect not to be convinced, and to hold as your belief, that these things are true. ." (Justin Martyr, 1st Apology ch 18 c. 160)
"But to the unbelieving and despisers, who obey not the truth, but are obedient to unrighteousness, when they shall have been filled with adulteries and fornications, and filthiness, and covetousness, and unlawful idolatries, there shall be anger and wrath, tribulation and anguish, and at the last everlasting fire shall possess such men. ." (Theophilius of Antioch, To Autolycus, I:14 , c. 180)
"the Saviour of those who are saved, and the Judge of those who are judged, and sending into eternal fire those who transform the truth, and despise His Father and His advent. ." (Irenaeus against Heresies , bk 3 ch 4:2c. 180)
"All souls are immortal, even those of the wicked, for whom it were better that they were not deathless. For, punished with the endless vengeance of quenchless fire, and not dying, it is impossible for them to have a, period put to their misery. (Clement of Alexandria, c. 195; THE BAROCC. MS. )
"and the greatness of the threatened torment, not merely long-enduring but everlasting (Tertullian, The Apology CH XLVc. 197)
"things which, prepared for eternal torments, … Nor is there either measure termination to these torments. There the intelligent fire burns the limbs and restores them, feeds on them and nourishes them. As the fires of the thunderbolts strike upon the bodies, and do not consume them; as the fires of Mount AEtna and of Mount Vesuvius, and of burning where, glow, but are not wasted; so that penal fire is not fed by the waste of those who burn, but is nourished by the unexhausted eating away of their bodies. But that they who know not God are deservedly tormented as impious, as unrighteous persons, no one except a profane man hesitates to believe ." (Mark Minucius Felix, XXXV c. 200)
But the good news Ecothearcy is that even despite your rebellion and deep hatred towards Jesus Christ without cause, He is a kind and merciful and longsuffering God who extends His hand of mercy to you today. Today is the Day of Salvation. But one day it will be too late for you.
21 Feb 2008
Jesus said in John 3:3 "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The term born-again is one of the most misunderstood teachings in the Bible. So what does it mean to be born again?"
10 min video
See also: Are You Born Again? by J. C. Ryle
20 Feb 2008
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.’
“Did Jesus ever claim to be God?”
John 10:30, 33 Jesus answered them, ‘I and the Father are one.’ The Jews answered Him, ‘For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.’
“How do I know that Jesus is who He claims to be?”
John 7:16-17 Jesus therefore answered them, and said, ‘My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If any man is willing to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from Myself.’
“Isn’t the Bible just a bunch of myths?”
2 Peter 1:16 For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
“What about all the contradictions in the Bible?”
Proverbs 14:6 A scoffer seeks wisdom, and finds none, but knowledge is easy to him who has understanding.
“Why is there so much suffering in the world?”
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.
“What is the real purpose of life?”
Matthew 22:37-38 And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment.’
“Aren’t all men basically good?”
Romans 3:10-12 There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; ...there is none who does good, there is not even one.
“Won’t my good works outweigh my bad works?”
Isaiah 64:6 For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment.
“Why did Christ die?”
1 Timothy 1:15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
“I don’t really love Christ. Isn’t it all right to be neutral?”
1 Corinthians 16:22 If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be accursed.
“What must I do to be saved?”
Acts 16:31 Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved.
“How do I know God will receive me?”
Isaiah 55:6-7 Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.
“What is eternal life?”
John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
“How could I ever change?”
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
18 Feb 2008
2 min video
Aside from, the women here is like many in the pulpit today and does not know what the Gospel is; the question might be asked, how many false prophets would have just got this man to pray a prayer and make a decision for Jesus and then send him all the way to Hell?
Watch the Video (or listen to mp3) of Preaching a Watered-Down Gospel is Sin-Jeff Noblit
Also recommended is this six sermon series by Paul Washer on How To Witness Biblically, giving someone true answers.
HT: Thoughts on the Way
John 6:30-36 - Not believing Jesus is a Sign of Wickedness & Insanity-Kevin Williams - 54 min
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How we can prove the Bible is true and that the Bible we have today is the same as the originals in the 1st Century.
How evolution is a fairy tale for grown ups.
Why the Da Vinci Code is rubbish.
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16 Feb 2008
"I sometimes think I might have been in darkness and despair until now, had it not been for the goodness of God in sending a snowstorm one Sunday morning, while I was going to a certain place of worship. I turned down a side street, and came to a little Primitive Methodist Church. In that chapel there may have been a dozen or fifteen people. I had heard of the Primitive Methodists, how they sang so loudly that they made people’s heads ache; but that did not matter to me. I wanted to know how I might be saved....
The minister did not come that morning; he was snowed up, I suppose. At last a very thin-looking man, a shoemaker, or tailor, or something of that sort, went up into the pulpit to preach. Now it is well that preachers be instructed, but this man was really stupid. He was obliged to stick to his text, for the simple reason that he had little else to say. The text was—"LOOK UNTO ME, AND BE YE SAVED, ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH" (Isa. 45:22)
He did not even pronounce the words rightly, but that did not matter. There was, I thought, a glimmer of hope for me in that text.
The preacher began thus: "This is a very simple text indeed. It says ‘Look.’ Now lookin’ don’t take a deal of pain. It aint liftin’ your foot or your finger; it is just ‘Look.’ Well, a man needn’t go to College to learn to look. You may be the biggest fool, and yet you can look. A man needn’t be worth a thousand a year to look. Anyone can look; even a child can look.
"But then the text says, ‘Look unto Me.’ Ay!" he said in broad Essex, "many on ye are lookin’ to yourselves, but it’s no use lookin’ there. You’ll never find any comfort in yourselves. Some say look to God the Father. No, look to Him by-and-by. Jesus Christ says, ‘Look unto Me.’ Some on ye say ‘We must wait for the Spirit’s workin.’ You have no business with that just now. Look to Christ. The text says, ‘Look unto Me.’ "
Then the good man followed up his text in this way: "Look unto Me; I am sweatin’ great drops of blood. Look unto Me; I am hangin’ on the cross. Look unto Me, I am dead and buried. Look unto Me; I rise again. Look unto Me; I ascend to Heaven. Look unto Me; I am sitting at the Father’s right hand. O poor sinner, look unto Me! look unto Me!"
When he had . . . . managed to spin out about ten minutes or so, he was at the end of his tether. Then he looked at me under the gallery, and I daresay with so few present, he knew me to be a stranger.
Just fixing his eyes on me, as if he knew all my heart, he said, "Young man, you look very miserable." Well, I did, but I had not been accustomed to have remarks made from the pulpit on my personal appearance before. However, it was a good blow, struck right home. He continued, "And you will always be miserable—miserable in life and miserable in death—if you don’t obey my text; but if you obey now, this moment, you will be saved." Then lifting up his hands, he shouted, as only a Primitive Methodist could do, "Young man, look to Jesus Christ. Look! Look! Look! You have nothing to do but look and live!"
I saw at once the way of salvation. I know not what else he said—I did not take much notice of it—I was so possessed with that one thought . . . . I had been waiting to do fifty things, but when I heard that word, "Look!" what a charming word it seemed to me. Oh! I looked until I could almost have looked my eyes away.
There and then the cloud was gone, the darkness had rolled away, and that moment I saw the sun; and I could have risen that instant, and sung with the most enthusiastic of them, of the precious blood of Christ, and the simple faith which looks alone to Him. Oh, that somebody had told me this before, "Trust Christ, and you shall be saved." Yet it was, no doubt, all wisely ordered, and now I can say—
That happy day when I found the Saviour, and learned to cling to His dear feet, was a day never to be forgotten by me . . . . I listened to the Word of God and that precious text led me to the cross of Christ. I can testify that the joy of that day was utterly indescribable. I could have leaped, I could have danced; there was no expression, however fanatical, which would have been out of keeping with the joy of that hour. Many days of Christian experience have passed since then, but there has never been one which has had the full exhilaration, the sparkling delight which that first day had.
I thought I could have sprung from the seat in which I sat, and have called out with the wildest of those Methodist brethren . . . "I am forgiven! I am forgiven! A monument of grace! A sinner saved by blood!"
My spirit saw its chains broken to pieces, I felt that I was an emancipated soul, an heir of heaven, a forgiven one, accepted in Jesus Christ, plucked out of the miry clay and out of the horrible pit, with my feet set upon a rock and my goings established . . . .
Between half-past ten o’clock, when I entered that chapel, and half-past twelve o’clock, when I was back again at home, what a change had taken place in me! Simply by looking to Jesus I had been delivered from despair, and I was brought into such a joyous state of mind that, when they saw me at home, they said to me, "Something wonderful has happened to you," and I was eager to tell them all about it. Oh! there was joy in the household that day, when all heard that the eldest son had found the Saviour and knew himself to be forgiven."
(Taken from Iain Murray, ed., The Early Years (London: Banner of Truth, 1962), p. 87-90).
15 Feb 2008
Romans 1:16-17 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
John Piper Supremacy of Christ-10 min
14 Feb 2008
Hebrews 11:6 "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."
Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast."
8 min video The Will Of God, Paul Washer
Hebrews 12:2 "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Romans 5:1-2 "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."
13 Feb 2008
When I was in public high school, we had to read part of a famous sermon called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, by Jonathan Edwards. He graphically pictured sinners as spiders dangling by a thread over the fire of Hell. He also asserted that God is angrier at this moment with some who are living than with others who are already in Hell.
Do you believe that? Is God angry? I don't believe my teacher thought so. When I later studied the Bible on the subject, I was surprised by what I found.
I learned that God's anger is pure. The biblical command, "Be angry and sin not" reminds us that there is an anger that is justified. God always has this kind of perfect, holy anger.
The Apostle Paul said, "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men…" Romans 1:18a
King David said, "God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day." Psalm 7:11 (NKJV) And the Apostle John said, "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him." John 3:36
Note that these verses teach that God is not only angry with sin but also with the sinner. Since God sees everything (Hebrews 4:13), He evaluates perfectly. Whenever God is angry it is for holy reasons.
Sometimes we think of God as a judge sitting on the bench who passively issues sentences to guilty persons. But is God like this? The original words used for God's anger are passionate words. Why? Because, unlike our court judges, God Himself has been sinned against.
Notice the emotion in Nahum 1, where God is identified as jealous, avenging and filled with wrath (verse 2). Verse 6 is even more pointed. "Who can withstand his indignation? Who can endure his fierce anger? His wrath is poured out like fire; the rocks are shattered before him."
However, even in the midst of His fury, God is self-controlled. The Bible teaches that He is slow to anger (Nahum 1:3), and most of us learned long ago that God is love. But while a loving God certainly is willing to hold off His judgment, it is just as certain that He will judge sin.
Romans 2:5-6 describes it this way: "But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God 'will give to each person according to what he has done.'" In verse 16 of the same chapter it says that this will occur "on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares."
Why is God so angry? There are at least three reasons.
1. Because of the sheer number of your sins. If you were to sin only 10 times a day for one year, you would disobey God 3,650 times. But if you sinned 10 times a day for 15 years, you would sin 54,750 times! You are a professional sinner! Yet, how many times did Adam sin before he was cursed by God?
2. Because you have sinned against such an infinite God and high command. There are different levels of sin and punishment (Luke 10:12; 12:42-48). A crime is weighed according to the seriousness of the command and the stature of the person who is sinned against. It is one thing to disobey your coach at school. It is another thing to disobey a judge. It is one thing to turn in a late term paper. It is another thing to murder the president. The highest command is to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength." The greatest being is God. Each time you sin, you commit the highest crime against the greatest being! God ought to be angry.
3. Because you have sinned against God's greatest act of love. Christ was sent into the world of men and women out of love (John 3:16). But many of your friends, and perhaps you also, have rejected Christ up to this very moment. This rebellion is a sin against compassion. Is it any wonder that God is angry with those who think little of His love?
How can you be rescued from this holy anger? Only through propitiation. But what does that mean?
The word "propitiation" (pro-pish-ee-ay-shun; sometimes translated, atonement) means this: Jesus fully satisfied the just anger of God for people like you by dying in your place, taking on himself all the wrath you deserve. We learn about this in Romans 3:24-25 and Hebrews 2:17. God's just fury, indignation and anger for sins were poured out on Christ for every sinful person who will come to him by faith.
And that is great news!Listen to 40 min sermon: Look Unto Jesus & Be Saved, Seeking God With A Holy Violence-Kevin Williams.
12 Feb 2008
“Do you mortify? Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you”
"Let no man think to kill sin with few, easy, or gentle strokes. He who hath once smitten a serpent, if he follow not on his blow until it be slain, may repent that ever he began the quarrel. And so he who undertakes to deal with sin, and pursues it not constantly to the death. "
"The vigor and power and comfort of our spiritual life depends on our mortification of deeds of the flesh"
"A minister may fill his pews, his communion roll, the mouths of the public, but what that minister is on his knees in secret before God Almighty, that he is and no more. "
"See in the meantime that your faith brings forth obedience, and God in due time will cause it to bring forth peace."
"If we do not abide in prayer, we will abide in temptation. Let this be one aspect of our daily intercession: "God, preserve my soul, and keep my heart and all its ways so that I will not be entangled." When this is true in our lives, a passing temptation will not overcome us. We will remain free while others lie in bondage."
"Without absolutes revealed from without by God Himself, we are left rudderless in a sea of conflicting ideas about manners, justice and right and wrong, issuing from a multitude of self-opinionated thinkers. "
"How can we possibly believe the promises concerning Heaven, immortality, and glory, when we do not believe the promises concerning our present life? And how can we be trusted when we say we believe these promises but make no effort to experience them ourselves? It is just here that men deceive themselves. It is not that they do not want the Gospel privileges of joy, peace and assurance, but they are not prepared to repent of their evil attitudes and careless life-styles. Some have even attempted to reconcile these things and ruined their souls. But without the diligent exercise of the grace of obedience, we shall never enjoy the graces of joy, peace and assurance."
"If we would talk less and pray more about them, things would be better than they are in the world: at least, we should be better enabled to bear them. "
11 Feb 2008
- 40 min (Click link to play)
What must I do to be saved?
Biblical Assurance, how do you know if you are going to Heaven?
Seeking God for the right and wrong reasons.
True and false conversion.
Why the Saviour had to be fully God.
Why Muhammed and also Mormon founder Joseph Smith are false prophets and definitely not of God.
What is the Trinity?
Why not coming to Jesus is insanity.
The apostate Anglican Church.
The conversion of Charles Spurgeon.
Why you can not get to Heaven by doing good works.
Why Christians have trials.
And why true Biblical Christianity is the only way to Heaven.
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John 6:22-29 - Look Unto Jesus & Be Saved, Seeking God With a Holy Violence-Kevin Williams - 40 min
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9 Feb 2008
Life is Brief.
You can say your goal in life is PLEASURES, a good time, to get all the gusto you can, to eat all you can, drink all you can, shoot all the drugs you can, have all the sex you can, laugh all you can. But look down the road aways. Will your life's ambition hold in a wheel chair? No, "burn out" is sure. You've spent your youth and energies. Your toes have curled, your teeth have rotted, your skin has wrinkled, and your lusts have withered like your body. What are left but a few fading memories whispering, "What was the use?" The tombstone will be your stop sign and the judgement of God will display all you have done in your body like an open closet door. God says, "It is appointed for men to die, and after this comes judgement."
You say your goal in life is POSSESSIONS, to accumulate all you can. But I invite you to show me the house that hasn't rotted, the car that hasn't rusted, the clothes that haven't worn out, or haven't been eaten by moths. Many are the elderly whose estates have been reduced to but a few sticks of furniture in a nursing home. Howard Hughes, who was one of the wealthiest, came to the end of His career holed up in a hotel room, collecting his urine, eating only ice cream, with fingernails like bird's claws. What can mere things do for you when gaping for your last breath? The grave will even strip you of your precious wife and children.
Truly, as someone said, "Death will always be the one signal failure of man." And furthermore, in two or three generations your name will be lost forever from the faceless, forgotten multitudes who have gone before. And besides, to what purpose, ultimately, is your supposed "influence for good" on mankind, when mankind itself will soon wink out of existence? God will surely close the world history book and burn the "Who's, Who" at the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory.
Listen, there is only ONE VALID GOAL in life - to live for God and love Him supremely. Isn't He worthy of the glory? God made us for Himself and a life spent for Him and with Him is fulfilment at its best yielding righteousness, peace and joy unspeakable. Your plans, ambitions and wishes are but hollow idols; throw them in the trash can. Take your splendid sins and cast them by faith on the mighty Saviour, trusting that He died to pay your sin-debt-freely, fully forgiven forever. Get a Bible. Saturate your mind with it and find it to be a manifesto of the mind of God, an operator's manual for your soul, a blueprint for building character, a rule book for the race of life, a road map to Heaven. Invest everything in God Himself. He alone has eternal life and those in union through Him with Christ Jesus will rise in the last day with a brand new body and live forever. Will you repent and believe, or will you press on and perish?
"All that is in the world,
- the lust of the flesh (pleasures)
- the lust of the eyes (possessions) and
- the boastful pride of life (popularity)
is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:16,17). Make the will of God your career. Who are those who enter heaven at last? Those who do the will of God (Matthew 7:21).
8 Feb 2008
The previous is one of the most important passages in the Scriptures with regard to Christian priorities and missions. According to this Scripture, the Christian is to be on constant guard in order not to stray from eternal priorities. Two choices are always before us. One choice offers immediate rewards that are temporal and deceptive. The other is a narrow road which may cost us everything, but the rewards are eternal and beyond the ability of even Scripture to describe.
What is it that God most treasures? With only a cursory reading of the Scripture, we quickly discover that God’s priority is His own Glory. He desires that every aspect of His being, attributes, and works be made known to creation and that all praise and honor be ascribed only
to Him. Consider the following Scriptures:
“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’” Matthew 6:9-10
It is God’s great desire or treasure to see His Name held in highest esteem among the nations, and among all creatures in heaven and on earth. At first sight, this may appear selfcentered, but first sights are often very deceptive. For God to seek His glory above all else is the greatest demonstration of His love.
The depth of one’s love is often demonstrated by the costliness of the gift he/she gives. If someone was to give you a twig or a small fragment of gravel, it would not be an overwhelming demonstration of love. You would not rush out to alert the media, nor would you gather your friends about you to tell them of this great love that has been shown to you. It would not be something that you remembered very long, much less, that you held close to your heart all the days of your life. However, if someone gave his life that you might live, this would indeed warrant such a reaction. It would be a story worth the media’s attention, and your friends would most likely want to hear all about it. You would treasure such a selfless act of love all the days of your life. So then, the measure of one’s love is often manifested by the greatness of one’s gift.
Now we must ask ourselves a question: “What is the greatest gift that God could ever give?” It is not prosperity, health, or even heaven. He Himself is the greatest gift. The most loving thing that God can do for His creatures is to work in such a way so as to reveal or demonstrate the fullness of His glory to them - to take center stage and call all creatures to fix their eyes and hearts upon Him. For this very reason, when God does what He does for His own glory, it is the greatest demonstration of His love toward the creature.
The adverse of this is equally true. The most destitute and pitiful of all creatures are those who do not know God, who are unaware of His glory, and cut off from His truth. The Scriptures declare that God has set eternity in the hearts of men (Ecclesiastes 3:11). This infinite aspect of the heart can only be filled by the infinite. Man may pour into his heart all the fame, wealth, power, and pleasure that this world has to offer, but he will still be empty. Eternity cannot be filled up with the temporal, nor can infinity be satisfied by the finite. Man’s heart was made for the full measure of God’s glory. Apart from this, man is destitute, miserable, and empty.
In summary, God’s treasure, His greatest desire and purpose is that His Name be great among the nations, that His Name be hallowed (highly esteemed), that His Kingdom come, and His will be done! However, we must ask ourselves, “Is this our greatest purpose and passion?”
We lay awake at night and worry about so many things. We fret and are anxious about so many things. We desire things passionately, fanatically, even to the point of obsession: houses and lands, jobs and promotions, fame and reputation, needs, and wants, and countless other things. But when was the last time that sleep escaped us because of our concern for the nations that have not heard? When was the last time that our hearts broke in two because there are places on this earth where God’s Name is not hallowed, His kingdom advances ever so slowly, and His will is not foremost in the hearts of men? We fret and sweat about so many things, but do we ever give any thought to that which is most on the mind of God?
In this verse, Jesus is calling for a radical decision on the part of His disciples to repent of their earthly materialism and turn their hearts toward God and His kingdom. Although the Scriptures speak of wealth as neither good nor bad, it does warn us that the love of wealth is a great evil (I Timothy 6:10) and that the seeking and hoarding of wealth will only lead to loss and shame on the day of judgment (James 5:2-3).
Regardless of the warnings that run throughout Scripture, it seems that the desire for wealth is God’s greatest competitor for the hearts of men. It is ironic that although most people spend most of their time, “treasuring treasures,” very few ever really “possess treasures.” And those rare individuals who actually do obtain their treasures here on earth quickly grow tired of them once they are obtained. Is it not a very foolish thing to trade the glorious gifts of God for earthly treasures that we rarely do obtain, and if by chance we do obtain them, we quickly grow tired of them?
Name one thing on this earth that is highly coveted by men and we can quickly assess its true value with one simple question: “Is it eternal?” If it is, it is worthy of being obtained even at the expense of all other things. If not, its worth is equivalent to the dust into which it will turn. To seek for it is a pathetic waste of a human life and fool’s errand.
The Scriptures do not speak against treasure or the pursuit of treasure, but it does speak against foolishly wasting the life God has given us in the vain pursuit of things that have no eternal value and can never fill the infinite desire of a heart made for eternity. In Isaiah 55:2, the Scripture shakes its head in bewilderment at men who seek for the temporal at the expense of the eternal:
Nothing except the person and will of God can fill a man. The only treasure worth having is that which is eternal and comes from God. Such treasure is found only by doing His will, living for His glory, and seeking after His Kingdom. Has God not promised to care for us? Has He not promised to meet our every need? Has He not shown Himself capable and willing to fill His children with blessing and to not withhold from them one good thing? Why, then, do we put earthly pursuits ahead of the pursuit of God and God’s pursuits? Our one obligation is also our only means of truly living an abundant and satisfied life - “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). Heaven and earth shall pass away, the inferior products of this world will burn up in the fire as hay, wood, and stubble (I Corinthians 3:12-15). However, the man who does the will of God will abide forever and his works will stand throughout eternity (I John 2:17). There will be no regrets in heaven for having lived “too much” for the kingdom of God, but we can be assured that there will be great regrets for having lived “so little.”
Ever so often in Scripture, we are confronted by certain statements that open our hearts and reveal the truth about our character and desires. The verse above is one of those statements. Regardless of how often or forcefully we declare that God and His Kingdom are our greatest desire, the true desire of our life can be revealed by smallest and simplest of questions:
Where is our heart? What occupies our thoughts above all other things? What do we long for? Can we say in truth that God and His Kingdom are our passion? What if a stranger who did not know of our Christian confession watched our lives and read our thoughts? Would he be convinced that God and His Kingdom are our two greatest priorities? Would he hear almost constant conversation about the mercies of God and the advancement of His Kingdom? Would he hear us pray with passion for the unevangelized nations? Would he see us passing a sleepless night because God’s Name is not highly esteemed among all peoples, because His Kingdom has not covered the entire earth, or because His will is not obeyed or even known by the great majority of men?
If most were honest, we would be forced to admit that he would hear us speaking about houses and lands, cars and toys, recreations and hobbies. He would see us obsessed with worldly worries, wants, and pleasures. He would hear very little about God in our daily conversation, would see little activity directed toward the advancement of the Kingdom, and would think it preposterous for us to claimed that our treasure is in heaven!
In saying that the “eye is the lamp of the body,” Jesus is not giving us instructions in human physiology, but rather is teaching us about the great influence that our desires have on our lives. Our body goes where our eyes are focused, and our eyes focus on what our heart desires. If our heart desires worldly things, then worldly things will be our focus and the very things we pursue. However, if our heart truly desires the things of God, then our eyes will be fixed on them, and we will pursue them with a passion. The clear eye has a single vision without confusion or duplicity. A.T. Robertson writes, “If our eyes are healthy, we see clearly and with a single focus. If the eyes are diseased (bad, evil), cross-eyed or cockeyed, we see double and confuse our vision. We keep one eye on the hoarded treasures of earth and roll the other proudly up to heaven” (Word Pictures).
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to singleness of heart and purpose. We are called to seek first the Kingdom of God and entrust all our worldly needs to the Master. He knows what we need before we ask Him and is disposed to do good things for His children.
Jesus taught a great deal about money. The reason is simple - In this fallen world, money seems to be God’s greatest competitor for the hearts of men. If by grace, a man has freed himself from the love and pursuit of wealth, he has opened himself to the possibility of undivided devotion to God.
Fallen man is a slave to someone. The question is not whether or not a man is a slave, but whose slave is he? Some men are enslaved to other men, some to themselves, and others to things such as money, security, and respectability. Other men are given to vain pursuits, deceitful pleasures, or something as “harmless” as a hobby. The list is almost endless, but Christ calls us to turn away from such slavery and turn wholeheartedly and without reservation to Him.
Although the above Scripture teaches us that it is IMPOSSIBLE to serve God and wealth, the application is far reaching. There can be no competitors in the heart of the believer. We must constantly survey our lives and search out competing loyalties. When we find them, we must be careful to deal with them severely. We must not show them even the slightest compassion. If we spare them, they will become barbs in our eyes and thorns in our side (Numbers 33:55). We can never truly serve God while such things are hanging around our hearts. Even those things most precious to us must not be excused from our censure. Jesus taught that it is better for our right hand and right eye to suffer violent mutilation than for them to become stumbling blocks to the upward call of true discipleship (Matthew 5:29-30). We must put away anything that deters us from Him and His pursuits. Our lives are on the line and eternity is at stake! The Expositor’s Bible Commentary concludes:
“Both God and money are portrayed, not as employers, but as slave owners. A man may work for two employers; but since ‘single ownership and full time service are the very essence of slavery’ (Tasker), he cannot serve two slave owners. Either God is served with a single-eyed devotion, or he is not served at all. Attempts at divided loyalty betray, not partial commitment to discipleship, but deep-seated commitment to idolatry.”
7 Feb 2008
Dr. a. T. Pierson was the guest of George Mueller at his orphanage. He says: “One night when all the household had retired he [Mueller] asked Pierson to join him in prayer. He told him that there was absolutely nothing in the house for next morning’s breakfast. My friend tried to remonstrate with him and to remind him that all the stores were closed. Mueller knew all that. He had prayed as he always prayed, and he never told anyone of his needs but God. They prayed—at least Mueller did—and Pierson tried to. They went to bed and slept, and breakfast for two thousand children was there in abundance at the usual breakfast hour. Neither Mueller nor Pierson ever knew how the answer came. The story was told next morning to Simon Short of Bristol, under pledge of secrecy until the benefactor died. The details of it are thrilling, but all that need be told here is that the Lord called him out of bed in the middle of the night to send breakfast to Mueller’s orphanage, and knowing nothing of the need, or of the two men at prayer, he sent provisions that would feed them a month.
Charles Inglis, the well-known evangelist, relates the following remarkable incident:
“When I first came to America thirty-one years ago, I crossed the Atlantic with the captain of a steamer who was one of the most devoted men I ever knew; and when we were off the banks of Newfoundland he said to me: ‘Mr. Inglis, the last time I crossed here, five weeks ago, one of the most extraordinary things happened that has completely revolutionized the whole of my Christian life. Up to that time I was one of your ordinary Christians. We had a man of God on board, George Mueller, of Bristol. I had been on that bridge for twenty-two hours and never left it. I was startled by someone tapping me on the shoulder. It was George Mueller.
“‘Captain,’ said he, ‘I have come to tell you that I must be in Quebec on Saturday afternoon.’ This was Wednesday.
“‘It is impossible,’ I said.
“‘Very well, if your ship can’t take me God will find some other means of locomotion to take me. I have never broken an engagement in fifty-seven years.’
“‘I would willingly help you, but how can I? I am helpless.’
“‘Let us go down to the chart room and pray,’ he said.
“I looked at this man and I thought to myself, ‘What lunatic asylum could the man have come from? I never heard of such a thing.’
“‘Mr. Mueller,’ I said, ‘do you know how dense this fog is?’
“‘No,’ he replied, ‘my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God, who controls every circumstance of my life.’
“‘He went down on his knees, and he prayed one of the most simple prayers. I thought to myself, ‘That would suit a children’s class, where the children were not more than eight or nine years of age.’ The burden of his prayer was something like this: ‘O Lord, if it is consistent with Thy will, please remove this fog in five minutes. You know the engagement You made for me in Quebec for Saturday. I believe it is Your will.’
“When he had finished, I was going to pray, but he put his hand on my shoulder and told me not to pray.
“‘First,’ he said, ‘you do not believe God will do it; and, second, I believe He has done it. And there is no need whatever for you to pray about it.’
“I looked at him, and George Mueller said this: ‘Captain, I have known my Lord for fifty-seven years and there has never been a single day that I have failed to gain an audience with the King. Get up, Captain and open the door, and you will find the fog is gone.’ I got up, and the fog was gone. On Saturday afternoon George Mueller was in Quebec.”
Pastor Charles R. Parsons in an hour’s interview with George Mueller towards the close of his life asked him if he spent much time on his knees.
“Hours every day. But I live in the spirit of prayer; I pray as I walk, when I lie down, and when I rise. And the answers are always coming. Tens of thousands of times my prayers have been answered. When once I am persuaded a thing is right, I go on praying for it until the end comes. I never give up!”
"In answer to my prayers, thousands of souls have been saved, " he went on. "I shall meet tens of thousands of them in Heaven."
There was another pause. I made no remark and he continued: "The great point is to never give up until the answer comes. I have been praying every day for fifty-two years for two men, sons of a friend of my youth. They are not converted yet, but they will be! How can it be otherwise? There is the unchanging promise of Jehovah, and on that I rest. The great fault of the children of God is that they do not continue in prayer; they do not go on praying; they do not persevere. If they desire anything of God's glory, they should pray until they get it.
“Oh, how good, kind, gracious, and condescending is the One with whom we have to do! He has given me, unworthy as I am, immeasurably above all I have asked or thought! I am only a poor, frail, sinful man, but He has heard my prayers tens of thousands of times and used me as the means of bringing tens of thousands of souls into the way of truth in this and other lands. These unworthy lips have proclaimed salvation to great multitudes, and very many people have believed unto eternal life.”
“Seek to depend entirely on God for everything,” he answered. “Put yourself and your work into His hands. When thinking of any new undertaking, ask, Is this agreeable to the mind of God? Is it for His glory? If it is not for His glory, it is not for your good, and you must have nothing to do with it. Mind that! Having settled that a certain course is for the glory of God, begin it in His name and continue in it to the end. Undertake it in prayer and faith, and never give up!"
"And do not regard iniquity in your heart. If you do, the Lord will not hear you. Keep that before you always. Then trust in God. Depend only on Him. Wait on Him. Believe on Him. Expect great things from Him. Faint not if the blessing tarries. And above all, rely only on the merits of our adorable Lord and Saviour, so that according to them and to nothing of your own, the prayers you offer and the work you do be accepted.
See also: HOW TO ASCERTAIN THE WILL OF GOD by George Mueller