Dolores, did you ever see the film made called The Cross and The Switchblade? I thought the moment when Nicky Cruz came to faith in Jesus Christ was portrayed really well, as the Holy Spirit brought the enlightenment to his mind, and turned him around.
And I also thought David Wilkerson a great example of a caring evangelist, risking his life for the sake of the gospel, to preach it where not many would go for fear of their lives.
Fearsome & Important Message It is sobering, awfully sobering, yet abundantly clear throughout scripture, and even by Jesus' own words when he walked the earth that Christ rejects those who reject Him. We must all pray & pray & pray for churches who falsely think themselves to be Christ's, but have abandoned Christ (and his Gospel) just as the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum did whom Christ curses in these verses from Matthew 11:20-24. And more fearsome it is that Jesus tells them it will be even worse for them than Tyre and Sidon, and then it is even more fearsome that Jesus tells them "it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you." (NASB translation)
Summary, Part 3 (final) IN THE NEW TESTAMENT: 1. It confronts us with the mystery of God incarnate [52:30]: the mystery of godliness. Jesus Christ is our Emmanuel (âGod with usâ). 2. It renders sinners inexcusable, since it is displayed to all men in creation [53:10]. Evolution is a lie in the face of the God-given conscience. 3. It guarantees the enactment of His decree to save [54:40]. Without election, there is no hope for salvation. 4. It evokes our adoration, blessing, and praise to God alone [56:03]. We could never have conceived His plan of salvation. 5. It teaches us to wait patiently for Him to work [57:05]. Adopt His decree instead of humanityâs own limited sense of time. The elect are still being saved.
Summary, Part 2 III. SUMMARY OF THE PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF GODâS RELATION TO TIME. A. THE PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF GODâS ETERNITY AND EVERPRESENCE [34:49]. IN THE OLD TESTAMENT: 1. It admonishes us to fear Godâs wrath. Our grumbling is a subconscious challenge to Godâs wisdom. 2. It teaches us to face the brevity of life [34:49]. Do we live as though tomorrow is guaranteed? 3. It calls us to pray for seasons of gladness, for the perpetuation of our work, for deliverance from premature death, and for His blessing on our children [40:10]. Godâs eternal essence encourages us to take the most important issues to Him. 4. It shows us how great He is and how little we know [44:45]. We are to repent of our sin of assuming Godâs place. 5. It encourages us to seek security in God [47:06]. We were made to be dependent upon Him. What are we depending on instead? God is our rock; nothing else is. 6. It certifies the reliability of His word [49:10]. Do we stand on His word, or do we look for certainty somewhere else? He is our Rock. As we often sing, âall other ground is sinking sand.â 7. It assures us that He is always accessible to humble and contrite men [50:46]. Are we proud and independent, or broken and dependent? Pride is the foundation of idolatry.
Summary, Part 1 Continuing from last week at II. SURVEY OF THE BIBLICAL WITNESS TO GOD'S RULE OVER TIME; A. THE BIBLICAL WITNESS TO GOD'S ETERNITY AND EVERPRESENCE: 5. ISAIAH 57:15 [starting at 5:43 of the audio]. In the first place, because God is eternal, His promises are reliable. This would not be so if God had some constraints upon His holiness. If He werenât eternal, He couldnât be trusted to finish what He started. Open Theism denies this. 6. JOHN 8:58 [14:44]. Jesusâ testimony to His eternal existence. The Bible calls us to faith in its matters where we donât fully understand. 7. ROMANS 1:20 [20:29]. The evidence of our eyes AND the testimony of our consciences affirm that the creation has a creator. 8. ROMANS 16:25-27 [22:51]. God saves sinners and builds His church as He ordained in eternity, and no force of human history can stop it. 9. 1 TIMOTHY 1:17 [26:59]. Our election should move us to such praise. 10. 2 PETER 3:8-9 [29:29]. We are not on Godâs time wave. Our impatience misinterprets Godâs longsuffering and covenant promises, and it will not manipulate Him.
Great Sermon! Michael Landon was not a Christian. He was more of a new ager. If he were Saved, he would have spread the Gospel. In reality, he did more harm to Christianity than good. The writer of that letter was delusional and into idol worship. You are right, Pastor to expose this occult WICKED Hollywood and it's witchcraft practices. It's hard to preach RIGHTEOUSNESS because people don't want the real Christ. I don't think you showed hate at all, but, love by exposing the ungodly and telling the TRUTH. Thanks, Pastor.
Mike wrote: So Graham shouldn't say what he said, though true, because he has planks in his eye, which Biblically speaking must mean America has only splinters in hers. Interesting. Gives a whole new perspective on the nation. No new perspectives here Mike. But just for giggles, if you had planks in your eye and I had planks in mine, would I be able to see clearly to pull the planks out of your eye without pulling the planks out of mine first? Wouldn't I have responsibility for mine first, removing them thereby giving me clear vision to see yours so I can warn you of them. That's my point Mike, OK? Nothing unbiblical here. No new perspectives, on Paul or anything else.
Thanks, pennned for the information about Paul Washer, Persecution. I will try to find it on here if it's a sermon on SA. That's interesting about the missionaries and Wilkerson. He has inspired me ever since I read his book, The Cross and The Switchblade, when my children were still at home.