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.
Wonderfully Nourishing Dr. Wilson,
This lesson was so wonderfully edifying and convicting. I am in the land of the enemy and need to live my life that way. The Lord has told me to dress for battle and on a daily basis, I live as if it is a game. This is something that cannot be neglected.
Thank you so much for this class. Thank you so much for the correction you provide.
Yours in Christ
The Providence of God After attending a Baptist church for over 15 years I only learned about the providence of God as my spouse and I were going through " The Tresury Of David " Those books written by Spurgeon over a 20 year period have at the end of each chapter notes by different preachers from years back ( 1600 ) and older So much to learn and God's Word is Amazing
Christ lives in your heart and does the works â€śLord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.â€ť
â€â€Isaiahâ€¬ â€26:12â€¬ â€KJVâ€¬â€¬
â€śI am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.â€ť
â€â€Johnâ€¬ â€15:5â€¬ â€KJVâ€¬â€¬
â€śFor it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.â€ť
â€â€Philippiansâ€¬ â€2:13â€¬ â€KJVâ€¬â€¬
We need to seek him daily because He is the wisdom of God ( waiting on him) ask him for his spirit and ask him to keep your feet . Seek Him early ( diligently)
Matter of haert priorities I agree wholeheartedly that good stewardship is a positive witness as it is a Biblical principle and it reflects God's nature as a God of order. I think the people who you mention that might have an issue with this are conflating good stewardship/business sense with "corporatism" (such as churches looking to the corporate business world and its models rather than the Bible on "how to do church") and setting up a false dichotomy as a result. People see this everywhere in America and immediately have knee-jerk reaction to anything "business" and that is falling into the ditch. Churches that believe in the sufficiency of Scripture are becoming rarer, and as long as that principle is maintained (like it is in Berean's case), there is nothing wrong with good, common-sensical management of God's resources.
Training vs Casual meetings Any fellowship is totally dependent on the generosity and sacrificial living of individuals, where people live their lives completely given over to serve God. But the reality is that this is a very rare thing, indeed it is a marvelous blessing from Jesus if you experience it, and a terrible tragedy if let go to waste. Â But for the most part house churches involve a lot of students and young people who choose not to budget their income for the fellowship, and are still growing in maturity, plus the casual nature of meeting with someone in a house, doesn't help that at all.
Personally I think we need more bible school type Friday, Saturday all day getaways of dedicated bible teaching. This takes dedication and sacrifice on the student, and really exposes those who are interested and those who are committed.
Great Sermon! Alfred - yes, James White has a two-part point-by-point rebuttal of Stanley's 8/28 and 9/4 sermons (while playing it) on his Dividing Line which is excellent. He makes the same points I have indicated below plus many others. History is repeating itself - Spurgeon went through the exact same thing in 19th century England - pragmatic churches that eventually degraded into full-blown liberalism. We now see where England is today.
Great Sermon! Thanks for the reminder of the 9/11 tragedy. It was just before 10 p.m. here in Japan when I came home from an English lesson at our church. I first thought the TV was showing some odd special effects from a science fiction movie. After the repeated showing of the attacks on TV we had no idea what would happen next and what the world would be like when we woke up in the morning.
Great Sermon! Thanks guys for standing up for the centrality of the Bible. Three thoughts:
1. His easy-believism theology is driving his thinking - he does not consider that maybe the reason people are "de-converting" after growing up in the church and running into college professors is because they are looking for an excuse to disbelieve - that their hearts were never changed in the first place, and are therefore inclined toward believing the skepticism.
2. He is capitulating to the skeptics and assuming there is no way to be able to be taught how to defend a Christian worldview (with the Bible as the central authority) in Sunday schools - I agree there is a lack of this teaching in many churches but that does not mean it is the Bible's fault.
3. He loses his credibility by being so wrong about the facts of church history. The early Christians had a Bible - the Septuagint, and yes they knew how to read it. How did the early church fathers defend against early theological heresies without Scripture? Your comments about the development of the canon and how Stanley misconstrues it are spot on.
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
Andy is a false teacher Years ago he allowed a man who left his wife for another man continue to serve in his church , and then his dad Charles allowed him to come on his program to teach, at that time I called the program and told them I would no longer be watching Charles Stanley because he allowed his son to conduct a service and failed to reprimand him according to scripture, both false teachers
Great Sermon! Well said! I too disagree with sitting down during the national anthem, however, acknowledge his right to do so. You guys bring up great points, especially our need to remain gospel centered in our approach to this and other issues. Thank you!
Great Sermon! Good discussion. I believe there is nothing wrong with personal "rules" or "fences" as long as you don't go beyond Biblical authority to bind another's conscience. I think Paul's guidelines in Romans 14 are excellent counsel in how you straddle this line among "gray" areas. I agree that it is wrong to flaunt Christian liberty and this is one of the issues I have with the YRRs - (and I am a Reformed Baptist). Not that they exercise appropriate Christian liberty but that they make a big deal out of it. I do agree that flaunting it sets up a general cultural aversion to personal holiness and may cause others to stumble. I also feel for pastors because they have the burden of wanting to not be extra-Biblical in their counsel to others, but at the same time try to protect them from worldly influences. It is difficult because it is not always clear where the line is. I think "The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards" is an excellent read for anyone interested in the issue of setting up personal rules or standards.