The Elect One of your staff members(forget who) made a comment about during the time of Martin Luther the per centages were probably the same. This made me pause for a moment, he is probably right. It is no different today, then it was in Jesus's time, Paul's or pick any era in the last 2000 plus yrs or during the Old Testament era. My point is this if you are one of the elect God will reveal himself to you and give you the truth. To some more than others, but He will give all (elect) the basics for salvation. Not all that are saved get the same measure of the Holy Spirit.
Everyone who professes Christ, does not possess Christ. Matt 7: 13-14 and 21-23.
Lack of Biblical Understanding I read this article in detail on Dr. Al Mohler's web site, The Briefing. I came to this conclusion, professing Christians, do not have a clue. 75-90 % of their answers were in direct conflict with sound Biblical doctrine. Evidently Churches do teach the providence and the sovereignty of an Almighty God. And one thing is for sure they don't teach the doctrines of sovereign grace, because if they did their answers would be totally different.
Great Sermon! "A little leaven leavens the whole loaf."
If a single man had written a book foretelling the time and manner of Jesus's coming and Jesus had come in conformity with these prophecies, this would carry infinite weight.
But there is much more here. There is a succession of men over a period of 4000 yrs, coming consistently and invariably one after the other, to foretell the same coming; there is an entire people proclaiming it, existing for 4000 yrs to testify in a body to the certainty they feel about it, from which they cannot be deflected by whatever threats and persecutions they may suffer. This is of a quite different order of importance. Blaise Pascal
Worship or Evangelistic? Preach while you are singing? Is this why the Reformers and Puritans sung the Psalms? Some congregations still do. I do not belong to a particular church at the moment, I attend several different ones and overwhelming number of them are evangelistic events. Expository preaching is foreign to them. And salvation based on emotions are usually temporary.
1. Expository preaching
2. Singing the Psalms
3. 5 doctrines of Sovereign Grace
It seems to me the Puritans and the Reformers had it right. Not perfect by any means, but close.
Reply To Pastor Bill To answer your specific ? Daniels prophecy states that after 69 weeks or 483 yrs the messiah would be cutoff. This is after his anointing in Mark 1:9-11. Therefore we are now into the final week 70th week. In the middle of the week he would be cutoff or crucified. We can debate on exact dates etc, but there is no debating in my opinion that Daniel 9 is a messianic prophecy of the highest accuracy of the coming of the messiah. I don't see how anyone can substitute the messiah with the anti-Christ. Unless their presuppositions has a future 7r tribulation with a focus on ethnic or national Israel. But 70 AD finish that for good.
Reply To Pastor Bill I have come full circle on my eschatology. From a Dispensational pre-trib rapture and pre-millennial view to a reform view of the end times. My eschatology finally caught up with my soteriology.
Matt 24:1-35 has been fulfilled and 36-51 and Matt 25 are future. Still yet to come. Daniels' 70th week or a future 7 yr trib is the backbone of the pre-trib dispenationalist as you well know. Take it away and dispensationalism falls apart. Apostasy, persecution of the Church and the beast or the man of sin is all that we should be watching for. 2 Thess 2.
Reply To Pastor Bill No, on the contrary, the temple worship and sacrifices continue, right up until 70 AD. Jesus' sacrifice should have ended them, the tearing of the veil was evidence to that. In fact it did end for the elect, the true Israel of God.l No more circumcision of the flesh, the new covenant, Heb. 10:12-18. It is Finish means what it says. Don't you think?
Great Sermon! There are many double fulfillments in the bible and I agree this is one. Nut, I believe this generation that Jesus is referring to is that generation of Jews alive at the time. Those who would see the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. As for Daniel 9, I believe the scripture is referring to Jesus not the Beast. Jesus is the one cutoff in the middle of the week, He is the one who shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease. In Matt 27:51 the veil was torn into, making an end of temple sacrifices and oblations. Hebrews, Jesus made one sacrifice for all, just once. After the veil was torn Jews continue with temple worship, sacrifices and offerings. This was an abomination to the Lord and in 70 AD with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, Jesus put an end to it and made it desolate. And it will remain desolate until the consummation of the age or Kingdom. I do not believe there is an 70th week of Daniel as taught by many pre-trib/pre-mil believers.
Great Sermon! I think what is confusing to some is the terms anti-christ and the Beast. They are not the same person, or persons. The term anti-christ is used only five times in the Bible all in 1 and 2 John. It is never used in The Revelation. The Beast in Rev 13, the man of lawlessness, 2 Thess 2 and the little Horn in Dan 7 are one and the same in my opinion. Him, Satan and the false prophet will be defeated and destroyed in one final battle in Rev 16, 19 and 20. I do not believe there will be multiple battles. I believe the events in Rev 16:13-16 and Rev 20 are too similar not be the same event.
Black Ministers Elder Ward and Voddie Baucham, both black Sovereign Grace ministers were and still are very influential in my early understanding of Sovereign Grace doctrine. Elder Ward and his association with Pastor Jim McClarty of Grace Christian Assembly, Smyrna Tn and Voddie Baucham of Houston Tx, who I am sure you have heard of. There are a few out there.
Christian Nation? Although I believe the founding of this nation was based on Christian values. I agree it is not a Christian nation. And it was not founded as Christian nation, there is a difference. There was only one nation of ethnic people founded by God and that Nation was Israel. I believe America was just a result of Matt 28 and the Great Commission. America has been blessed because the " "Church" has been blessed by God. Just as Egypt was blessed by God while his people were there.
Great Sermon! God's own hand is at the helm of the entire world, so he never allows a separation between his power and his foreknowledge. If God foresaw what he did not will to be, then he does not have the highest authority. Therefore, he established what will come about in the future, because nothing happens unless he wills that it happens.
Great Sermon! All the above., If I had to choose one I would choose Secularization Read the article I sent Pastor Sturm from the American Thinker, Evangelicals Are Politically Irrelevant. I am a Cruz supporter, can I vote for Trump, I don't know. I will make my decision over the coming months. But, I believe the Republican Convention might have some surprises.
Great Sermon! "God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools....And he has not been disappointed."
"If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity." "Be fools for Christ and have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world." Antonin Scalia
I read somewhere that some catholics are saved, not because of Roman Catholicism, but in spite of it. God will have mercy on whom he wills. Only He knows who the elect are.
Great Sermon! With what looks like the inevitability of Trump as the Republican nominee and the passing of Justice Scalia and looking at events with a biblical worldview, you just wonder what is God trying to tell us. For the world it doesn't end well. Nothing else explains Donald J. Trump, which also applies to Obama.
Great Sermon! Jesus is the first fruits of the first resurrections. Whether you believe it occurs at the new birth or when we die physically and our souls join Christ in heaven, It still occurs before the end of this age, the 2d coming of Christ. We shall share in the 1st resurrection now. The "rest" be raised at the second resurrection. The rest are the dead, who are the dead. Those who are not in Christ. Matt 8:22. There are a lot of dead people walking around. The dead are alive at his return, they will be changed all so and thrown into the lake of fire.