What are we afraid of? I respect your position of choosing not to watch the film. I may also choose not to watch the film, but more for the reason of saving $9 or so at the theatre. I strikes me that, as Lewis said, "what is the atheist so afraid of?", i.e., why is Mr. Pullman so intent on killing a God who, in his mind, is dead? And since I know God is not dead, but sits in majesty keeping on eye on me and Mr. Pullman, why would I be afraid to watch the movie (assuming I had the time and the $9)? We should not be afraid of the exchange of ideas. By watching the film for example, we can interact with our neighbours and their children better, and challenge some of the assumptions of the film (which I understand, by the way, waters down some of the atheism in the book). I would not want to watch a film that is morally compromising for example, but we should be afraid to hear the ideas of a man such as Mr. Pullman since we are confident of the Biblically based ideas that we cherish. I believe the church has lost ground because it is far easier to say "Don't watch this film" than to say "Get up to speed on the ideas of atheism and be ready to give an answer for the hope that lies in you." The apostle Paul was well versed in worldly philosophy as he argued for the gospel on Mars hill. Lord bless.
Great Sermon! Wonderful sermon as usual. The title is intriguing! When has gold ever "moved" to give anyone any bearings to help them move! I think it really is symptomatic of "man" that the mention of gold is enough to make people seek it. But then again people would rather move to their own course than have it guided by Almighty God! Jesus will remain my compass!
Rev Brown As someone who had never heard of this guy or his book/film, thank you for the warning here and in your sermon. Surely yet another "sign of the times" in UK, calling for renewed pleading at the Throne of Grace for God's mercy to be remembered in the wrath that seems to be falling there.
"Wilt thou not revive us again, that thy people may rejoice in thee?"
A bankruptcy of creativity Philip Pullman comes across more as angry that he is a marginal author handily outsold by CS Lewis and JK Rowling, than he does at being mad at God. The books might be a teaching moment for older teens who can be shown how Pullman took Nietzsche's ideas and the narrative framework offered by the Christian Bible and poets like Milton to create something that really isn't new. From this talk (I haven't read and didn't even know about the existence of Pullman's books) it sounds like Pullman suffers from Nietzsche's main flaw -- while they reject God and Christianity, they never offer anything new or original to replace them. I wonder how much of the strident atheism is just a cover for bankrupt creativity? Pullman seems to be feted by the intelligentsia, giving him the attention he seeks if not book sales (being outsold by a man who's been dead 50 years has to be humbling). Making a movie out of this derivative, uninspired concept smells of desperation now that the worlds of Rowling, Tolkien, and Lewis have been strip-mined. Where else do you get a ready-made fantasy epic to put on the theater screen?
Excellent !! This IS an encouragement and reminder to the Christian in a fallen world of God's greatness, power, majesty; of His love even for sinful men, even men like you the listener and me.
Rev Brown, thank you for exploding (if that's the appropriate word...) the death-dealing theory of the Big Bang and its mortal consequences for those individuals and societies that are deluded enough to follow it.
Best wishes to all at LFPC.
...and how to know him Not only was Christ the unknown soldier, so many did not want to know him. This sermon is a wonderful presentation of how you can know who Christ is. If you've always considered Jesus Christ as an unknown, this is a chance to get to know him!
Where else will you hear this message? The Bible clearly teaches that the blood of Christ is what atones for our sins, but it's so hard to hear preaching like this anywhere these days. This is the message that people need: Christ died, shed his blood, for poor needy sinners so we can be saved!
Have you checked your diary? This message ends with a wonderful note, about the blood of Christ which can wipe away every sin in your diary of damnation. I encourage anyone struggling with sin and guilt to listen to this message and take comfort in the savior.
Learning from the great fall of a great king We can learn a lot from the experience of Solomon -- what made him great, and then what made him fall. Pastor Brown makes a good, Biblical case that Solomon was actually saved, and it's an even more solemn warning to us what can happen. Worth a careful listen!
Great Sermon! 'I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys'
Many will say they can find the above but not 'the tulip' in Holy Scripture, therefore the doctrines of grace are not true. Some admire the tulip but not 'THE' Rose and 'THE' Lily.
Are the doctrines of grace biblical? The garden that is the true church has the answer from Holy Scripture alone. Listen to the sermon!
Simply a Businessman I say beware of the mega "feel-good" churches and their pastors--they pander to desperate people seeking a religion twisted to their version of the Scriptures. I do not begrudge Joel Osteen--he's a sharp businessman in a preacher man's clothes making millions of dollars living the high life--who would not want that lifestyle? He's no different than any other mega church leader.
Great Sermon! Thanks Pastor Brown for this timely message on the apostasy of Joel Osteen, our leading purveyor of the heretical prosperity gospel. As you point out,his appearance on the Larry King show was an embarrassment, as was his paper-thin effort at damage control afterwards. While Osteen may be a likeable and cordial fellow, his unbiblical teaching of happiness and prosperity for this life (and only this life) is a most dangerous deception as the secular world may consider his popular messages which only tickle itching ears as representative of the true Christian message. He refuses to deal with sin, biblical salvation, and oneâ€™s eternal destiny, and isnâ€™t that the message people need to hear about? I wish more preachers here in America would voice their opposition to the mega-church prosperity movement, and have the courage to preach against the false doctrines the permeate the landscape in these days!
Good information Where are you going to get information like this anymore? This sermon explains clearly that the basic positions of the RC church have not changed since the Reformation in any substantial way and clearly backs this up with evidence from RC sources.
Solemn Sermon! As can be anticipated,a most solemn sermon on a solemn passage of Scripture.
Brother Beggs,uses allituration in presenting this message,which makes it easier to grasp the enormity of what is about to be required....a never dying soul,and that soul about to pass out into eternity unsaved. This speaker is easy to listen to,and it is a blessing to have his sermons available to listen to on sermonaudio.
A most challenging sermon in its simplicity and enormaty.
Great Sermon! Thank you Brother Brown for preaching the word at this late hour. It is refreshing when I hear another fundamentalist that still believes the Bible, every word of it. I happen to be an IFB and I live across the pond from you in sunny Florida. I felt right at home listening to your sermon. I encourage you to keep preaching the truth like you are doing.
Keep going until you get to the truth! I know if you've found this sermon, you're probably like me and looking for more information on Osteen and the other preachers like him. That's how I found sermonaudio, now many years ago, when I was researching Benny Hinn. If you are a Christian, and want to learn more about the truths of the faith that were rediscovered in the Reformation, I urge you not to stop here but to keep going deeper and deeper into the truth - that's why God led you to this sermon. Listen to the basic Bible study, and the "I Prefer GOSPEL to TULIP" sermon, and other in-depth sermons on this site. Find out the rich truths that no one is preaching much anymore, and see for yourself how deep and satisfying it is to know what the Reformers knew. You have been malnourished by people like Osteen who have fed you cotton-candy 12-minute pep talks; but now it's time to feast on the true riches of the Bible.
Eye-witness account Not just a testimony, but an historically important eye-witness account from someone who witnessed World War II and a part of the Holocaust first-hand. I'm glad this was recorded! The power of God to save is mighty.