As George Whitefield says in most all his sermons: "Ye must be born again."
But prideful unbelieving sinners are not able to do this. They may flap about, being religious, and uttering pious sounding words, but for the new birth they ought to know their dependency on the sovereign Lord God, who "quickeneth whom he will".
Encouraging! This is just what I needed today, and every day. What a difference it will make in my life, in my local church, and in the world if I would just remember these things each and every day. I am so thankful for God's Word!
What Matters Most This message has helped me to understand Scriptures that have never made sense to me. How to become part of the body of Christ is clearly taught. There is nothing more important than this, since it determines our eternal destiny.
If the world's foundations crumble, we still have God and in Him we have everything essential to our ransomed beings forever. We have the scriptures, which can never fail; we have the faithful Holy Spirit, if worse comes to worse here below, we have our Father's house and our Father's welcome! A.W. Tozer..just read this in my devotional, so SteveR, you are right no one can take our freedom in Christ away from us. Sometimes we forget that truth, so thanks for the reminder and the scriptures you gave are very encouraging.
SteveR wrote: Reading the Hillsong website is much like reading the SermonAudio Message Board From their website "We believe that the Bible is God's Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives."
You must find allegiance to Bible teaching a real irritation.
Yep, after SteveR finishes his reviling and hate filled post each Lord's Day on SA, he then goes to his 'reformed' place of worship with a heart filled with rancor, bitterness.... And does he think that Almighty God accepts any form of worship from that dark filled heart?? What a hypocrites couch he lays upon.
Thank you, Pastor. I sincerely hope that every soul who heard the sermon, "What Is The Gospel?", preached by that OTHER man you mentioned, would hear THIS message, and be granted grace to believe. Your true and faithful rendition of this most important subject reminded me of something - I made a concrete sidewalk here in our yard near the street curb. I wrote "JESUS SAVES" in the wet concrete. Although thousands have passed by that chuck of concrete since I wrote those words, only a handful of folks have asked me, "Why did you write that?" Yes, I have had opportunities to tell the Gospel, but it occurred to me that there's one important word missing - the word, "SINNERS". The sidewalk inscription should read: "JESUS SAVES SINNERS". I plan to add one more concrete section and write that word. Thank you, Allan, for telling the truth that all sinners MUST and WILL hear!
John for JESUS wrote: Adultery has been accepted within the church without much push back at all. How much more will homosexuality be accepted with all of the LGBT groups out there promoting that behavior? One can imagine pastors saying, "Well, it's wrong however God forgives and wouldn't want anybody living alone for the rest of their lives. We mustn't be Pharisees about it!"
To clarify for everyone, I believe you mean remarriage when you say 'adultery.' Most Churches do not accept adultery in the more common definition.
While I understand your point, I would say the refusal of the Church to recognize this difference slowly led to liberalism
1 Corinthians 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
1 Corinthians 11:6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
1 Corinthians 11:7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.