Question In Regard to the Subject Brother Stephen mentioned the SDA teaches salvation by grace through faith, but as I've understood their doctrine of investigative judgement they actually believe in meritorious salvation by works (which is also why they're so legalistic). However, some (according to recent polls, less than 20%) do not believe this doctrine. As far as cults go, the SDA is very close to the bible, other than their pelagianism and judaising of the dietary laws (much like the RCC and their semi-pelagianism). It may be that their view is not as well defined as it could be and some of them hold more of an orthodox view of "works are a fruit, but not the root of salvation."
Thank you for doing this series, GFBC.
A Must-Listen Episode Brother Tom, thank you for this great episode. It's a shame that perhaps fewer people will download this podcast since Jordan isn't hosting it. The first topic I found very interesting, but the latter half of the show is a fantastic resource treasure trove for any serious believer, and Reformed Baptists in particular (no pun intended). I've already recommended it to a couple friends and the elders at my church. The Lord continue to bless your walk and ministry, brother!
True in deed! I like the reference in the sermon to Dr. Harold Willmington. It is so wonderful to be able to learn from the likes. He in his comments on the Lords Prayer said "If you wonât forgive âŚ you canât pray, âForgive us our debts."
And he also agrees that " we cannot make a final judgment concerning the salvation of any professing Christian, for only God knows those who truly belong to him."
It is so good to hear good solid teaching from the bible and be able to study further to the edifying of the saints.
Great Insight! From Dr. Harold Willmington:
Question: What kind of person is unable to pray the Lordâs prayer?
If you donât know Christ âŚ you canât pray, âOur Father.â
If you glorify yourself âŚ you canât pray, âHallowed be Thy name.â
If you reject His rules âŚ you canât pray, âThy kingdom come.â
If you wonât submit âŚ you canât pray, âThy will be done.â
If your life is only for here and now âŚ you canât pray, âOn earth as it is in heaven.â
If you are self-sufficient âŚ you canât pray, âGive us our daily bread.â
If you wonât forgive âŚ you canât pray, âForgive us our debts.â
If you seek sin âŚ you canât pray, âLead us not into temptation.â
If you are a friend of evil âŚ you canât pray, âDeliver us from evil.â
If you build your own kingdom âŚ you canât pray, âThine is the kingdom.â
If you want power âŚ you canât pray, âThine is the power.â
If you always take credit âŚ you canât pray, âThine is the glory.â
And also:" we cannot make a final judgment concerning the salvation of any professing Christian, for only God knows those who truly belong to him. âNevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquityâ (2 Tim. 2:19)."
So true! So well said.
1 Cor. 6:1-3 and Mathew 5.
We are all on the way to the last judgment where the sheep will be separated from the goats. "first be reconciled to your brother"..."whiles thou art in the way with him;"
"To those who believe that the universe is the result of the supposed big bang, where invisible particles somehow came into being and randomly organized themselves into atoms, molecules, stars, and planets, there would be no reason to expect that the earthâs temperature would be controlled within a specific range. That life exists at all should be considered exceedingly unlikely from this perspective. Stephen J. Gould, an evolutionist, put it this way, âWe are here because one odd group of fishes had a peculiar fin anatomy that could transform into legs for terrestrial creatures; because the earth never froze entirely during an ice age; because a small and tenuous species, arising in Africa a quarter of a million years ago, has managed, so far, to survive by hook and by crook. We may yearn for a âhigherâ answerâbut none exists.â
To those who believe that the heavens and the earth were designed and created by a âhigherâ power, there is ample reason to expect that earthâs temperature will remain in a range to support life. In fact, God gives us that promise in Genesis 8:22: Within this worldview it makes perfect sense that the earth would have a temperature control system just like our bodies do, since God designed them both." (answersingenesis.org)
Amen it is Gods work. So why do we debate about Gods foreknowledge when we really dont have any business looking into it. It is HIS foreknowledge. We are to be obedient to the Spirit in spreading the Gospel(not in mans wisdom butÂ power) and let God prick the hearts of those he has foreknew.