CHRIST'S REJECTION FORETOLD IN HIS QUESTION ! "And what I say unto you I say unto all, WATCH" (The Words of Jesus, Mark 13:37). We ought not to be taken by surprise when we look at the lawlessness in the world, and YES !! the church, today. Jesus stated over and over to keep on the WATCH for those signs that point to His Return. Is not one of those signs revealed in this thought provoking question put forth by Jesus in Luke 18:8 -- "...when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" Bible commentator, Matthew Henry, writes: "The question implies a strong negation: No, he will not, he himself foresees it." Blessed are those who have eyes to see and a heart to believe that the "falling away from the faith" that we are witness to in the church today is one of those SIGNS that Jesus was saying "WATCH" for it because it tells what time it is!
Amen! Today is December 25th. I wish to celebrate this day as any other day... the day that the LORD has made. But this is not possible. Instead, I must entirely engage in this day in mourning and in prayer for my brethren, who exchange the truth for a lie. I expect the world to participate in these sort of activities, but not my Christian brethren, especially when they have been shown the truth and AGREE with it. Christmas is a stumbling block, and this alone should make other Christians flee from it. How seductive the pagan allurement of Christmas is! O, that God would give us more men like this, who would preach the truth from the pulpit without making excuses for sin! Thank you for posting this sermon.
DARK CLOUD GATHERING !! What we have today is a Church that professes to follow and worship Jesus Christ, but it is NOT so. Instead, it is a people that is serving and loving the god of their own imaginations who says, "anything goes!" We are witnessing the coming into full bloom of the prophesied "apostate" (doing its own thing!) church. She refuses to submit to The God of The Scriptures. Her message of "Peace Peace--all shall be well--eat, drink and be merry--God is not angry" is a lie. The "true" followers and worshippers of Jesus Christ, small in number, are able to see that there is a black cloud of judgment on the horizon. Thank you, Pastor Foster, for making known in this sermon that there is such a thing as driving God away! He does not stay where is not welcome.
NOT BY CHANCE !! When Simon of Cyrene left home on his journey to Jerusalem, he had no idea that he was going to play such an important role in history. Little did he know, as he was travelling and arrived in Jerusalem at the time of the crucifixion of Christ, what GOD'S PROVIDENCE was "working" in his life. This sermon brought to my mind Proverbs 16:9, "A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps." I'm so happy that Pastor Foster was led of The Holy Spirit to preach this sermon. It tremendously blessed me and surely will bless all those who hear it.
THE TRUTH SPOKEN I am delighted that The Holy Spirit led Pastor Foster to preach this sermon. People do need to hear and understand that God's Word warns that such horrors are coming around again for the Jews -- "the time of Jacob's trouble" which is defined by God as an unparalleled time in history that occurs "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)" Matthew 24:15
I'm praying that God will continue to use this faithful and courageous servant of His to "tell it like it is" in this day when people are desirous of hearing fables !!!!
Sword of the Spirit. The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit, so it is the Spirit who must teach us to use it and to fight with it, not liberal theologians or sects. We must use the sword of the Spirit to fight spiritual battles, not swords of iron and violence, nor (applying it to the Eastern Orthodox circles in Romania) with holy water, the sign of the cross or relics.
Praying for others. A plea for praying without selfishness, of praying for others, not only for us, and of praying especially for the ministers of the Gospel, because they are mostly attacked by the enemy.
Holy Spirit as Warrior. I never thought about the Holy Spirit as a Warrior in the NT. I thought about God as a Warrior, in general, because of OT imagery, but this message helped me to see the Holy Spirit in a new and blessed light. The Holy Spirit is teaching us to make war against sin. "Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight" (Psalm 144:1).
Great Sermon! This sermons shook me as I realized that God corrects those whom he loves, and the way that this sermon was delivered gave me comfort that my own afflictions were not punishments. I loved this sermons and would recommend it to everyone.
Biblical teaching. It is true: this is the biblical teaching - separation from sin, from worldly spirit, from compromise, from false teaching. This is the problem in Romanian churches also: after the revolution in 1989 there is little separation between the church and the world. The Christians began to walk after the things they had no chance to have under Communism and the world filled the churches and their hearts. It is a very long sermon but it is worth to listen to, because this is the message all our churches need.
Faithfulness to God. Faithful standing for the truth. Excellent the Bible arguments applied to the political situation and to the needed reaction of faithful Christians. God had His witnesses in that time of trial.
God-centered life. When God and His cause are more important than our lives. The Bride is willing to die for Her beloved Bridegroom. This is the change the Holy Spirit works in us: we are no more centered on us, but on God.
Inspiration from Jeremiah. Interesting comparison between Jeremiah's call to ministry and that of pastor Foster's. Similarities in their message, in dealing with opposition and work of planting for the Kingdom of God. Encouraging message for all servants of God.
What to preach and how. A review of the doctrine preached: Christ, the sole authority of the Bible, depravity of man, the need for regeneration, the reality of conversion. The preacher must destroy, pull down, the false teachings and the stronghold of the enemy and of sin. The message and the tactics of a faithful preacher.
Need for repentance. Clear presentation of the situation in Ulster and the compromise in which some evangelicals fell, being ensnared by the devil. It is true, the call to repentance from 2 Chronicles 7:14 is applicable here.
Great warning. A serious message about a serious matter. A great warning against compromise and a call to faithfulness to God, biblically argued. Excellent the lessons from the biblical text to the case presented. The people of God heard a clear call from God to continue in His way as Joshua did. The clear call of God is a sign of His love and care for Hus people.