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Great Sermon! This is an excellent and timely message! Truly the Lord is the same today as He was in Israel's day. His standards and principles have not changed and Rev. Silversides brings this fact home. Each point is applicable to today's society and the inevitable destruction being brought about by our ignorance and hostility to God.
Listen to this sermon, pray and then act! Christians must stand for truth and be salt and light! Thank you again Rev. Silversides!
A needed clarification! Excellent material which clarifies an issue that is extremely confusing in today's Christian world. In fact, I just heard a very well-known radio preacher making a confusing mess of this issue in trying to explain it. He did not do a good job because his theology was Arminian in nature, and he got mixed up. This sermon explains the theological issues clearly and uses scriptural support. Unfortunately this is 71 minutes, but don't despair because the first 20 minutes really get to the point, and if you can't listen to the whole thing the first part will help you understand what the Bible says.
Encouraging! Good exposition of a densely packed seven verses -- unlocks a lot of the meaning in what may seem to just be the preamble to an ambitious and doctrine-packed letter. Definitely a passage to go slowly through!
Great Sermon! I studied this scripture and then search for a sermon that preached what the bible truth is regarding being tried while on this journey on this earth and the true confessions of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives. I would also refer to Matthew 3:11-12 of what no greater profit John the Baptist reveled to us with regards to the baptism with fire. Also the Paul in Hebrews 6:1&2 of the principles of the doctrine of Christ. This is the milk of the Word of God. In todays language "We are a work in progress" and we are not the potter of that work. God almighty is the Christian's potter!
Great Sermon! Whilst I have not listened to this sermon I have read Silversides' book "The Free Offer: Biblical and Reformed". With the greatest respect to Rev. Silversides I am compelled to disagree with him and side with Herman Hoeksema. As far as I am concerned the covenant purpose of God is to manifest his own Trinitarian covenant life through the taking of a people for his own possession and establishing a covenant with them in Christ Jesus. This covenant, whilst established in eternity is realised or is made manifest in history and the means by which the covenant is realised is faith which is itself a fruit of electing grace and a covenant blessing in Christ. ‚ÄúSo that men may be brought to faith, God mercifully sends heralds of this most joyful message to whom He will and when He wills. By their ministry men are called to repentance and to faith in Christ crucified.‚ÄĚ Hence the gospel is a means through which God fulfills his covenant purpose. Through it he calls the elect to faith and effectually draws them into communion with himself and it is precisely this communion which is the very essence of covenant. The preaching acts as the means by which the communion is manifested, developed and enabled to flourish.
Great Sermon! Unfortunately Dawkins (I wouldn't want to besmirch the offices of any real professors)is a product of the 60's "anything but truth" generation. What I mean is that if you can't touch it or experience it then it must be false. He is basically not as important as he thinks he is. Yes he has sold a lot of books but this is simply because too many in society today like a good bit of fiction. The faith has nothing to fear from him. The biggest threat to the world today is apathy and the rise of corruption in western Governments who think the end justifies the means. You are quite right in saying that he doesn't go after the obvious pagan or fundamentalist faiths. That is because it is easier to target the true faith which doesn't rely on material manifestations or idolatry. Instead the true faith is about the heart and soul within. Anyone like him who only see God through being able to touch a statue is to be pitied and prayed for that they will find the true path. Thanks for bringing the word to a greater audience.
Great Sermon! I always marvel that such people as RD don't go after Islam or Hinduism or any of the other false religions - it shows that out of all, Christianity is indeed the only TRUE path to God, because that's sadly what Mr. Dawkins fears the most - that the teachings of Christianity could possibly be true in any way - for if so, he then is responsible for his actions and choices more than currently. Just as Paul stated - the gospel is indeed an offence to those who hear it, because it heightens the conscience and reveals the darkness of the soul, necessitating a choice to be made. Dawkins would have fared much better had he not determined to make his views not just known but practically into a religion on their own! We can but pray for him to discover the truth before it is too late - God has blessed many former atheists in His Grace, and RD may become another one yet - wouldn't THAT be some testimony!!
In-depth discussion and answer A good treatment of the question and what the Bible says about the nature of God. I particularly liked the way the question was flipped around: Is male-ness a reflection of God's nature in us?
Great Sermon! This has to be the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT sermon there is on SA on the issue of the underlying greek texts.
What an education! A brilliant lesson on how to think sanely on the issue. Explodes the fallacies of modern textual critics in favour of the Alexandrian type texts, which are in any case the minority!
Very well done brother Watts!!
Detailed and well-done critique I haven't read this specific book (there seems to be a new one all the time), but Rev. Silversides does an outstanding job pinpointing the assumptions made by naturalists who want to deny religion, and how they are either begging the question or saying things that don't make sense under their own world view. The latter is one of the largest problems with the naturalistic philosophy - mainly that they must live on borrowed capital (usually Christian) to even discuss their positions. They don't want to live with the truth about an evolutionary world, because it's too frightening. I wonder if Dawkins (is he a trained philosopher?) has read Nietzsche, because that's the point Nietzsche makes - if you're going to throw away Christianity and revealed knowledge, you have to live with the consequences. You can't reject Christianity and keep Christian morality - one of the things mentioned in this critique, that Dawkins wants to have morality without God but can find no reason to do so. Finally, Dawkins' book is apparently popular, and almost every popular book on religion is not worth reading.
A good overview, however an ungodly government should not be submitted to, but should be resisted as much as possible. All forms of sin and sinful presence should be resisted and brought under Christ's submission. The church should address governments publicly, and individuals should resist personally whenever the opportunity arises - anything less is sinful in itself.