Great Sermon! How much more thankful I should be that the sovereign God of the universe has shown mercy on me to draw me close to Him and save me. I could have been a vessel of wrath but He chose to show me mercy!! Listen to this sermon as Pastor Sean draws the parallels that lead to the saving blood of Christ found in Rahab's fate in Jericho. This sermon is packed full of theology.
Interesting thoughts. What about Romans 3:11? Obviously, it is not true that none seek God in an absolute sense - rather that no one, of themselves, seek God. Paul says, in verse 10, that both Jew and Gentile has been proved to be under sin and then continues to say that none (in that context) seek God. So doesn't that rather confirm Cornelius' seeking of God as being of God as well? I think you are right when you say that God is beyond understanding and His ways beyond ours (infinitely so). As such, doesn't that tend to confirm (or certainly not invalidate) the Calvinist view that only God can draw a man and there is nothing that man can do of himself to seek God (because he can't, naturally speaking)? It was said that Cornelius' prayers would have been heard and yet the Calvinist says that the prayers of the unregenerate are not heard. Or is that the elect (not sure...)? Either way, I guess I don't see how that can be so in any context otherwise no prayers would ever be heard because no one could go from being unsaved to saved. Rather, if offered in faith (which is the gift of God) - however small that faith and however it might appear to men not to be "Christian", if God gave that to the man and drew him, how does that invalidate Calvinism? Maybe I don't know enough about it....
Good Message...but what about the ref verse? Some challenging thoughts in this message! One thing, though, that I struggle with is the idea that there is a sliding scale (so to speak) of sins. That is, that we need to focus in on the more "major" sins. Doesn't John's message come down to idolatry (the last word in his first epistle)? The rich man that came to Jesus had kept all the commandments but couldn't let go of what he had. Likewise, aren't those "small" (so-called) sins just vestiges of the self-will that led to man's fall? Samuel told Saul that God looks at stubbornness the same way as He does idolatry. The proverb nearly equates the one lazy in business with Satan. Jesus says one's thoughts are looked at (by God) just like the thought was acted out to its fullest extent. So it's not just a matter of not excusing sin, but it's a matter of realizing all sin has hellish roots. If all unrighteousness is sin, then the believer needs to know the seriousness of sin for him. Pastor Harris says we don't know where the line is, how, then, can John say "If anyone sees his brother sin a sin that is not unto death, he shall ask, AND HE SHALL GIVE HIM LIFE FOR THEM THAT SIN NOT UNTO DEATH." So we have to be able to see the difference and then God gives life for a sin that isn't unto death. Why is giving life necessary?
Great Sermon! Dear Pastor Sean, I have enjoyed some of your thoughtful news podcasts. This was the first sermon - which I read on PDF. Joshua 5 and 2 Peter were a great blessing. You did a great job in expositing Christ and His people. Appreciate seeing the NT in the OT and that God is sovereign even as we suffer temporary reproach. May The Lord keep you strong in His Word in preaching and living out its implications!
Great Sermon! I just have a question. I have come to trust you as a Godly man, and I would like to know if you have done a sermon or talk or such about freemasonry.I believe it to be an occult. Thank you. God bless you In Jesus name Mary Frye
Reply to Pastor Bill I do appreciate what you shared but have heard those verses expounded often and have submitted to them for 35 years. I did appraise the scriptures you gave by attempting to draw your focus away from a one-two-verse view and highlighting instead the overview of all scripture. Evidently I failed to reveal to you a vision of the God we serve who does not see our genders, but our hearts, and who came to set His people at liberty. Can God endorse unequal ways (Ezekiel.18:25)? I agree with all Paul‚Äôs teachings, but not with formulating his teachings to appear to make God‚Äôs way unequal, when He says it is not, or with mistranslations of some of Paul‚Äôs Greek words that change the meaning. To say women have more than one Mediator between them and God, and other masters than Christ, contradicts Jesus and the intent of the Reformation. Consider Jesus' treatment of women, He who loves, uplifts, and nurtures women. You may come to see who women are in His sight and how Paul, who was taught by Him, also saw women. We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, in His image. Do you discount that? Some do. Pray, if you must, that God will set us all straight and that His Will will be done. I, too, will end my discourse here. God will conclude it in us all.
Reply to Thomas Humanly speaking, we have much to gain from this putrefying, godless world by letting more and more things transpire in the name of equality.
Well contended, brother. Join me in tenderly praying for Judy.
Reply to Judy Judy,
I am a guy of few words when it comes to print. I am not interested in endless exchange of paragraphs-long discourse when I am already convinced of what I believe. I believe the church is voluntarily submissive to the Head. I believe the wife is the "church" figure in the relationship. I am very, very sorry that you have felt undervalued. However, I am equally as sorry that you do not appreciate or appraise the Scriptures I have chosen to share with you. I am not angry, but further discourse on this subject will be deleted. Please pray for me if you are certain I am wrong. I would love to know if I were wrong. I have nothing to gain by being wrong.
One Mediator? Two Masters! Is the doctrine wrong or do men prefer to control women? You say,‚Äú(2)Jesus and God are equal, yet the incarnate God was in a subordinate role as mediator,‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ The key is, Jesus ‚Äúchose‚ÄĚ this role, temporarily, in the protected, holy, environment of the triune ‚Äúsovereign‚ÄĚ Godhead. In human terms, choosing subordination opens a historically proven excess of abuse and horror, as Jesus demonstrated. Also, ‚Äúhaving graduated from ‚Äėfine seminaries‚Äô‚ÄĚ where gender bias is guaranteed has nothing to do with it, I guess? And coming out of Roman Catholic tradition (the Reformation and Puritanism) where women were burned at the stake as witches wouldn‚Äôt have anything to do with it either, I suppose? Did God approve? The tradition that women, exclusively, are evil, unequal, unclean and inferior has persisted through our carnal traditions, and unlike the soul liberty that men claimed in the Reformation, women are still shut out, quenching the Spirit of God in them. Then there is the cruelty (both sexes) found in many so-called Christian homes where inequality isn‚Äôt rebuked. 35 years immersed in your view causes me to grieve over the often resulting ‚Äėmale‚Äô sin of pride, entitlement and arrogance. How many mediators do women have to go through to get to God? How many masters must they serve?
Interesting Discussion I have found the discussion intriguing. I was waiting to see, since the two chapters that lay out the qualifications for an elder, 1 Tim. 3, and Titus 1 speak of him being "the husband of one wife," how the texts will be handled by the female antagonist. I found it interesting that one cries FOUL because 15,000 S.A. speakers have never preached on Huldah. I suppose they haven't preached on Segub in 1 Chron. 2:22 either, so I guess the prejudice works both ways. I think a more important question is how it is that 15,000 speakers who have studied Greek and Hebrew and many graduated from many fine seminaries also fail to see that women are called to be pastors. If I am outnumbered by that many scholars, it would at least, I suppose, make me wonder if my darling doctrine might be wrong. (2)Jesus and God are equal, yet the incarnate God was in a subordinate role as mediator, and if He had not assumed that role, we would all be lost in our sins. There is much more to say on this, but in the case of Pastors Harris and Sturms, who I love dearly and keep being edified by, why preach to the choir? To another, I despair of making a convincing argument anyway. I fear the mind is already made up. T M S puritanaudiobooks.com
What a Joke UNTIL _______ Brother David McManus, Thank you for reminding us how Biblical Christianity and any Church that is faithful to Christ will be far from the disgrace of modern day pretend to be righteous, counterfeits.
WHO IS OUR GOD? Titus 1:6 doesn‚Äôt rule out women. Note, women ‚Äúpresbuteros‚ÄĚ in 1 Tim 5:2.
Paul doesn‚Äôt mention women in Gal 2:4-5, yet that transfers logically from Galatians 3:28. Context cannot deny the heart of God whose Way is Equal:
‚Äú12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men (people) should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ Matthew 7:12
‚ÄúLove thy neighbour as thyself‚ÄĚ quoted 8 times!
If ye respect persons ye sin. James 2:9, and ‚ÄúGod is no respecter of persons.‚ÄĚ Acts 10:34
Luke 4:18 ‚ÄúThe Spirit of the Lord‚Ä¶hath anointed me to ‚Ä¶preach deliverance to the captives,‚Ä¶to set at liberty‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ.
Luke 1:52: ‚ÄúHe hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.‚ÄĚ
Matt. 23:8 ‚Äú‚Ä¶for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.‚ÄĚ
‚Äúby reason of the bondage‚ÄĚ‚Ä¶‚ÄúLet my people go that they may serve me‚ÄĚ (Exodus)
‚ÄúStand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free and be not entangled again in the yoke of bondage‚ÄĚ Gal 5:1
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; ‚Ä¶not ‚Ä¶for an occasion to the flesh‚Ä¶ Gal 5:13
Submit yourselves one to another‚Ä¶husbands‚Ä¶as Christ (gave himself Gk: paradidomi: to place oneself into the hands of another = submit) Ephesians 5:21-33.
Inequality is described but equality
Great Sermon! Many took a stance against this change, threatening to leave if the ban was lifted. It is nice to see a group follow through with that. The Free Methodist church that is sponsoring our former Pack is continuing on, along with all of the leaders.
Rejoicing with you I'm praying for and your ministry, and I rejoice with you for what happen in your church on Sunday. We need churches like yours in Vegas. We are in the top rank for most church, and sadly no power. So again praise God for what he's doing there.