Thank you for your ministry Pastor,
I was home from church due to a chest cold and listened to this sermon. It was wonderful! Such a clear message about the true Jesus of the Scriptures. Nothing watered down, just solid gospel truth with passion. May the Lord be magnified by your ministry of the preaching of His own eternal Word.
This seems to be one of the defining issues of our day. Many positions compromise the Scripture in this regard and it seems their concern is looking foolish in the eyes of the world. I suppose Noah looked foolish when he went to building the ark and preaching righteousness. Let's be busy about preaching righteousness and building the Kingdom of God, regardless if they say we are foolish.
Thank you Dolores for that lovely testimony. I have no doubt that the Lord communicates lessons to us by many different ways in accordance with our needs and capabilities. That was a great lesson learnt by way of a dream, and seeing as it is wholly a biblical concept, I don't think even the gainsayers will be able to argue against it. But they might try, so "keep your eyes on Jesus" and it will be like "water off a duck's back".
John UK wrote: As far as I know, the evangelistic association would not hold a crusade in an area unless every church there was fully supportive of it. This is a dreadful thing to impose, and comes from an ecumenical root. For that reason alone, I am totally opposed to it. However, there is no doubt Billy Graham has reached a huge number of people with the gospel, even though his altar call method has probably resulted in a vast multitude of pseudo conversions. But in amongst them, will be converts who were genuinely called of God, truly born again, and currently attending good churches. Even if he only got 10% who were genuine, that means that God used his preaching to bring thousands or tens of thousands into his kingdom by grace. And I will thank God for that. What fruit have I brought forth? Thirtyfold? Sixtyfold? An hundredfold? Nay, not even thirtyfold.
Thank you, bro John, for the most sensible comment on this subject I've heard so far.
Frank wrote: Well brother, I donâ€™t know about BG, but I know that every time you have posted something that brought praise and honor to our Lord, then you have borne fruit. Every time you have given to or helped a saint, you have borne fruit. And of course this list could go on and on.
Thank you Pilgrim, you have refreshed my spirit.
I know that in the glory, Jesus will be the focus of all attention and praise. But if just a few people come up and say to me, "Brother, I don't suppose you remember the occasion, but I do sincerely thank you for standing out in the snow one Saturday morning and handing me a Ryle tract, for that was what started me off on seeking God for my salvation, and the Lord used that little tract to awaken me and convict me of my sins and show me my need of a Saviour - praise the Lord!"
It is one of the hardest things in the world to give out tracts while wearing gloves.
Well brother, I donâ€™t know about BG, but I know that every time you have posted something that brought praise and honor to our Lord, then you have borne fruit. Every time you have given to or helped a saint, you have borne fruit. And of course this list could go on and on. Bearing fruit is something that all believers â€świllâ€ť do, but I would bet that the majority of the time we donâ€™t know when we have done it or when we havenâ€™t. There are lots of examples in scripture of bearing fruit which has nothing to do with salvation. I will provide the scriptures if you like. The mysterious thing is scripture also says we cannot bear bad fruit. Bottom line, when we are doing something that brings glory to God, then we are bearing "good" fruit.
 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Mat 7:16-20)
Shane, that was a beautiful testimony and I had to tell you that what what you said about keeping our eyes on Him is very important in our spiritual daily walk. Since my experience with God I have had dreams that spoke to me and I never forgot them. I can recall them in my mind asif they happened last night. One was when I was in my 20s. I was in the middle of a river that was muddy looking. I used to smoke but had stopped years ago. As I walked I came to a hugh obstacle to my right much taller than me and bigger. I could see Jesus standing on the bank. He had on a white robe, his hair long and he was holding his arms out toward me. I stopped and turned to look at this hugh obstacle and said," Lord I can't make it."We neither one used words, we just knew what each one was thinking. Then with the kindest words and just love that I could feel almost He said," Yes you can. Don't look at the obstacle, just keep your eyes on me and you will make it" I did as He said and walked past it and was almost to Him when I woke up. I have never forgotten the message to keep my eyes on Him when life got hard, and there were times I didn't think I could get through the pain. But I found many rewards along the way and lots of growing and He has never failed to bring me through it all.
Christopher000 wrote: yet the brightest, most intelligent minds fail to see it...or refuse to
Now this doesn't apply to all Christians, (note: it says not many) but it answers the question for me anyway.
 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called]:  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, [yea], and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:  That no flesh should glory in his presence. (1Co 1:26-29 KJV)
Romania has underachieved in the Post Soviet Era, arguably the worst of the former Bloc nations. One should consider their choice of a German born Lutheran as an attempt to build stronger bonds with the West. The most successful of the former Soviet States is Poland, and Poland did well with the help of Roman Catholics in the West. Now that they(Poland) have gained monetary success, they are doing what most Europeans have done...turn their back on their faith
Church Attendance has plummeted in recent years...nearly in half
It seems to me that Pat Robertson has done very little thinking about this issue. He hasn't thought through the implications of what it would means for Adam to be a non-human ape like creature suddenly 'transformed' into a human by God endowing him/it with a human soul. He wants to avoid looking 'stupid' in the eyes of the world, but in reality, all he accomplishes when he tries to 'make room' for evolutionary thinking in his reading of Genesis is to appear apologetic for his belief in the Word of God. There is no ultimate compatibility between the biblical worldview and the worldview on which belief in a Darwinian biological origin of mankind rests. Evolution says the difference between the first homo sapiens and earlier primates is one of degree, not one of kind. But the distance between Bonzo and Beethoven is not one of a few 'degrees' of difference, but light years. Man is totally unique. It is impossible that he evolved. Moreover, the Bible states plainly that Eve was created from the body of Adam-- a totally supernaturalistic origin that can never be reconciled with an evolutionary theory for human origins. We need to stop trying to look 'smart' by the world's standards, and believe the Bible is not only inerrant, but clear and straightforward in its meaning.
Great Sermon! This is the best sermon I have ever heard on this subject. This pastor does a wonderful job of explaining seemingly contradictory passages of scripture. For example, wine is a mocker -- yet Paul instructs his beloved Timothy to drink a little (for his nerves/nervous stomach).
Thank you for taking the legalism out of this subject and presenting it with such clarity.
WND journalism is often deceiving, the quotes near the bottom belong to ANOTHER textbook. There is only one quote in question, that these parents in TN are offended by
"The paragraph reads, "If a Palestinian suicide bomber kills several dozen Israeli teenagers in a Jerusalem restaurant, is that an act of terrorism or wartime retaliation against Israeli government politics and army action?"
*Source WKRN Nashville
imo- You really have to be propaganda book burning oriented if you want a textbook thrown out over that question
Great Sermon! Excellent message on life and letters of Samuel Rutherford, the points set forth on why one should read the letters should relish the heart of every true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ Tolls Lege. Thank you Pastor Austin Walker
JY. you misunderstood my post. That was an if/then comment. If he is saved then I would not want to be at his resurrection. If he is not saved, then he has a whole lot more problems. And ask yourself this, remember when Paul mentioned that there were some that preach Christ in order to add to his bonds? They were preaching Christ, but do you really think they were saved? (i'm in the car, without a Bible, so I don't have the scripture reference offhand. Speak to text rules. LOL)
The state of the world is really something to see as it implodes morally, on such a grand scale. I just can't believe how the sodomites have risen to a force to be reckoned with in such a short span of time...almost overnight, it seems. They opened that dark door just a crack and let loose the armys of hell. Now look where we're at. Sodomy is being condoned, promoted...glamorized. The law books are being re-written, and speaking out against a lifestyle that was once considered to be a mental illness is hateful and can land a person in jail or penalized with fines for simply calling it sin, or telling someone it's wrong, etc. I have to wonder what's next at this point. I think what surprises me even more are the church leaders; pastors who change their positions because of loved ones coming out, who in turn, begin preaching a new message of tolerance which misleads the weak and unlearned.