Adding for the hopes of edification... I have something to mention about the water baptism of Jesus. There are some peculiarities in this area of Scripture I have considered also regarding the subject. To begin, consider what was said in Heb.7:11-19 speaking of a changing of the priesthood in vs.12. John the baptizer was of the line of Aaron, and thus according to the law, could qualify as a priest. With this in mind, remember the statement about unloosing Christ's shoe's latchet. Also there is a description in Ruth about the plucking off of the shoe as a testimony (Ruth4:7). Could this washing be cerimonially pertaining to the priesthood being changed? Did not the priest's partake in cerimonial washings (Heb.9:10; Ex.29:4, etc.)? Would this be considered of the like? Jesus Christ needed no repentance, but was alltogether unspotted.
Another thing I have noticed in John 17:17-19, was that in vs.19 Jesus mentions in His prayer to the Father, that He/I...sactify Myself, that they also may be sactified by the truth...
Being that He was Holy and without blemish, could this be a reference to Him taking upon Himself our sins, and thus like explained in Gal3:13 being made a curse for us: subsequently being made Holy by the resurrection from the dead?See also Rm4:25&7:4&10:17;Gal3:2 Thank you for your work in the Lord!
Adding for the hopes of edification... There is also something I learned about the verse: 2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
That word "sin" in the phrase "...made Him to be sin for us..." is in the original language, Greek, for the New Testament. I learned that the same word in the Old Testament Greek (LXX) is translated "sin offering" in the KJV, of the same verse, which uses the Masoretic Hebrew. This can be utilized to better understand Christ's role as a "sin offering", thus minimizing confusions that may come up with the wording "...He was made to be sin...". It has help me, so maybe others can be help with this also. An example of this is as follows:
Exo 29:36 And thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement: and thou shalt cleanse the altar, when thou hast made an atonement for it, and thou shalt anoint it, to sanctify it.
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Controversal! Regardless of personal practices, I believe that we should teach explicitly what the Bible teaches. If you tithe, do you give the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd tithe or just 10%? If we give In Accordance to how God has blessed us then we will usually give more than the false teaching of just 10%. Give of the first fruits and give in accordance with your blessings, not just out of your blessings.
Conflicting messages are always sent when we teach one thing and practice another regardless of our motives.
Great Sermon! Amen! If there were ever a gift of healing or healers who had such a gift then why did Paul instruct people to call the ELDERS to PRAY over a sick person, rather than call the healers/those gifted with healing? Pastor Cairns is correct.
Well Put! Rock music was born of rebellion and communicates rebellion. It might even have been a product of apostasy, if one were to trace its roots to the turn of the 20th century.
Whatever the case, the horses mouths of rock and roll (IE the rock stars , producers, promoters etc)have always maintained its rebellious, sexual and in some cases admittedly pagan or occultic nature. But the "wise" Christians of the post modern era have managed to apologetically rationalize the horses mouths away. For every sound principle that the dtractors of rock and roll put forth, there is a carefully crafted and rationalized defense for its usage in the church. And it is sad to see how it has infected Calvinistic churches as well. How I long for period of true revival, where the extraordinary movement of the Spirit will not only sweep many into the kingdom but will open the eyes of undiscerning Christians to what they have allowed to dwell in Christ's holy church. Maybe then we will see the end of rock and roll in the church.
Good This sermon begins halfway thru; the first part is mostly radio programming with some very good music. Then Mr. Cairns comes on after that. The sermon is really on the topic of meekness, not on waiting on the Lord. I expected a sermon about waiting on God for answers to prayer, but it is instead about trusting God in all circumstances and being submissive to His will, and meek at all times with all people. He discusses how people view meekness as weakness, but it is actually the strength of faith (in God). He also point out how Jesus was the meekest person in all the earth yet not at all weak, for He rebuked the Pharisees and drove the moneychangers out of the temple with a whip: Jesus was zealous for the things of God yet meek towards God. Meekness also means a gentle and quiet, humble spirit, with patience. All the very things which today's world and this country despise.
Great Sermon! I just wanted to say I ve been watching your videos on youtube and I understand your point of views completly ..I just have a torn feelong in my heart about the the division in the church ..How can so many christians believe in tongue and miraculous healing and other things when they are not biblical .I want to understand the bible fully and appreciate your frankness .Iam curious about your feeling on suicide?
Good Points / Unfair Caricature of Fundamentalism Alan Cairns opens his show with a segment rightly criticizing the actions of Fred Phelps and his family, which comprise the congregation of Westboro Baptist Church, those hate-mongers on a crusade against homosexuals and America in general that appear protesting at military funerals. while in full support of Cairn's reasoned evaluation, I do object to the sermon's title, "Fundamentalism's Lunatic Fringe," because Phelps & Co. are NOT Fundamentalists like John R. Rice, Jack Hyles, Lester Roloff, et al. It's frustrating to see the technical definition of a fundamentalist (one who holds to the fundamentals of the faith) being superseded by the Martin Marty and popular media re-definition of fundamentalism as describing wild-eyed, frothing believers. Good teaching, that quibble aside.
Great Sermon! WHY DID GOD PUNISH ISRAEL SO SEVERELY?
Israel always sinned against God because of unbelief. The Old Testament is a chronicle of Israel's repeated failure to obey God and its refusal to keep His commandments.
Because Israel rejected Jesus, no Israeli has a right to occupy their land on the basis of a covenant. Jesus had warned, "Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruit thereof". (Mat 21:43 kjv).
In 135 A.D. the Romans reduced Jerusalem to a pile of rubble. The entire population of Israel was permanently evicted from Palestine. Jesus Christs' fateful words, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." (Mat 23:38 kjv), met a complete fulfilment.
This did not mean God rejected Israel from any hope of salvation, but it did mean that Judaism was no longer the divinely appointed means of approaching God. Israel was broken off because of unbelief of Jesus as their Messiah and that is the reason why God punish Israel so severely from thereon through Holocaust and even until now.
Great Sermon! I appreciate that this speaker is willing to stand opposed to many milk-tost preachers who attribute the very acts of God's judgment to satan (yes, I understand there are mysteries here, but God is ultimately in control of everything) - if we believe that calamities all come from satan, does this not set up in the minds of many that satan is the all powerful one?
I also appreciate that the speaker points out the teaching of Jesus in Luke 13:4, that just because calamities happen in our neighbor's backyard does not mean we are less a sinner in need of repentance.
I also appreciate that the speaker draws attention to the fact that these present day judgments cannot be compared to the far greater calamity (for those outside of Christ) coming at the Day of the Lord when the countless will be judged not able to enter in.
Great heresy. NPP is a new attack on the doctrine of salvation (especially justification by faith), a new perspective (unbiblical) on salvation. These men do not enter the Kingdom of God and want to let not others to enter in.
Good Explanation Good explanation on tongues (languages). However, when there is a need, God can still work in a similar manner as in the New Testament. Case in point: There was a pastor from the US who visited the poor country of Haiti to speak in their yearly special meeting. The pastor did not speak the Haitian language so he had to use an interpreter. However, it was not working out well. The pastor from the US realized it and stopped in mid-sermon. He prayed for God's help to communicate to the people. Then he continued his message in English and the Haitian people heard it in their own language (without an interpreter).
Closely studied subject! This is so amazing that Dr. Alan Cairns has closely studied this and believes that according to the scriptures Christ died late on a Wednesday. I am not sure if Dr. Cairns has done any deeper sermons on this but I am going to have a go.
Which Intelligent Designer??? Some who use term "Intelligent Design" may not be referring to the God who in the beginning create the heaven and the earth, but rather may be referring to intelligent life from outer space who started life here on earth.
Same error when dealing with connotaions of grace, mercy, faith...
Great Sermon! Good to hear of an author whose book on Prayer I have been reading and never able to finish reading. I am glad to hear your voice and for some of the programme I understood these are greetings from a listener.
Great Sermon! Thank you Pastor Cairns for addressing this issue from the Bible and not from (y)our emotions. Women can be a lot of things in the Church Body, but being a pastor is strickly forbidden. Women who claim to be pastors are not ordained of God, but of men. God Bless you Brother.
IHS, David Thiel