Some good and some not so good. There's a difference between questioning what the word of God says and questioning what the preacher claims the word of God is saying. We are commanded to test what we are being told. For example, some children lie, true, but not all. Some are as meek as a lamb. Variations in human temperament do not prove an inherited sin nature. Augustine introduced this fallacy from his gnostic background in the 4th Century; his misinterpretation of Romans 5 came from Jerome's faulty translation of the NT. Before then no one taught an inherited sin nature, including the Jews who had full access to Psalm 51. If you didn't believe in man's free will you were a heretic. The Bible clearly teaches corruption comes through temptation (James 1:13-15) and that children are born innocent (john 1:9, Deut 1:39. Matt 18:3). People don't listen to the preacher because they know that what they are being told doesn't make sense. It is absurd to suggest man is born depraved and then criticize his depraved behaviour. Jesus said: This is the condemnation, men loved darkness rather than light because their DEEDS were evil. Not their nature inherited from Adam, but their deeds. When men are called to repent of their sinful deeds rather than blame it on their sinful nature, maybe we'll see some results.
in the dark This idea of "race" based upon melanin levels is so antiquated. I can't believe that people are still so ignorant or naive. A lot of these very prominent figures in our culture whose identities are rooted in the tone of their skin would benefit greatly by getting educated in the subject of race. Ken Ham has a wonderful site in regards to such.I think that it would also be highly beneficial if the commander in chief would accept the fact that he is a product of dark skin and fair skin. If any one has a problem with him, perhaps, just perhaps, it might have something to do with his leadership...just a guess.If the human race is ever to progress in terms of "racism",they'll have to drop the labels. Competence is not based upon melanin level..a newsflash!
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Thanks for commenting. I want to caution you about deciding what's fair outside of the dictates of Scripture. Asking "how it is fair that Christ was punished for someone's sin yet they still go to Hell" is going from Biblical Theology to Systematic Theology--where we interpolate far more than we exegete. I would encourage you to consider a key point. If you cannot tell a sinner Christ paid for their sin then you have no Gospel to preach to them.
Great Sermon! I "amen" the comment "thank you for the honesty and transparency at the end of the sermon". IN FACT it moved me to put it into practice as I was hearing it. I was delivering the mail on the worst part of my route. The rental area -mostly duplexes- for Calvin College students. I have recently been so upset that this area never gets shoveled and I can't get to a mailbox without climbing out. Not just out, but up a snow hill. But just as I was listening to Pastor Bill's self-reflection I was convicted that I really needed to curb my tendency to be upset at my customers. In fact, I had a good conversation with a young student as he looked in despair at the pile of snow near his mailbox. I realized that they didn't shovel the pile there, it was being pushed there by the city plows and I shouldn't be upset with them. So I resolved at the same time I was hearing the pastor's words to put them into practice. For those of you who are in places like Greenville, and Fayetteville, you will just have to use your imagination what lake-effect snow looks like in Western Michigan. And may God give me more sin-mortifying grace. I have said this before but I am gaining so much respect for the pastors in your church.
Great Sermon! I struggle mightily with finding a balance between loving other people the way Christ loves us and wanting to avoid victimization. Its so difficult to not give in to fleshly desires, especially if someone keeps saying the same things over and over again. We have to be taught that it's wrong to hit other peoplewh,en things don't go your way.
Reply to Preceding 3 Comments Thanks to each of you, friend.
Sometimes in our desire to "renounce hidden things of shame/dishonesty" (2 Corinthians 4:2), we force ourselves to be transparent. God only knows and imparts to us by His grace and through His Spirit how to do this.
Great Sermon! I very much agree that Bible training and mentorship is necessary. The type of degree and schooling will obviously vary. Also, going to Seminary does not guarantee that one is saved.
I had a teacher in Bible College that was a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, but had not been born again until years later.
I looked at his website just now.
Picture after picture of himself, and talking about what he has accomplished.
I saw no Scripture, mention of Jesus, or anything spiritual anywhere,
Just, "Buy my book," or "Listen to me speak," and be blessed through me.
Great Sermon! Not to mention the complete disregard for Paul's qualifications for a pastor in his letter to Timothy. The ordaining of a pastor should not be so lightly considered as it is something that if not done by Gods standards can harm the gospel and bring unnecessary confusion to the body and those seeking truth
Amen brother! Lots of hypocrisy on the subject of sexual sin in our churches. ALL sexual activity outside of biblical marriage, whether in thought or action, is sin. Divorce without biblical grounds is sin. Period. We need to repent and believe the gospel ourselves and then preach THAT message to everyone else.
Great Sermon! Abortion and homosexuality keeps coming up because our society keeps bringing it up. They are beating the drum. Hence Larry King brought it up. We Christians need to stop being cowards and say what it is, sin. Everytime it is brought up to us we need to be clear and straight forward in our answer. As an aside, I never hear anyone ask a muslim that question or our politicians visiting muslim countries endorsing it.