IT'S BIBLICAL !! God bless you for undertaking this teaching. It needs to be brought out of the dark and into the light of day again! (To say, as alas! many preachers are saying -- God is willing to do His part IF you will do yours, is a wretched and excuseless denial of the Gospel of His Grace. To declare that God helps those who help themselves, is to repudiate one of the most precious truths taught in the Bible! The Bible alone teaches that God helps those who are UNABLE to help themselves, who have tried again and again only to fail. To say that the sinnerâ€™s salvation turns upon the action of his own will, is another form of the God-dishonoring dogma of salvation by human efforts. In the final analysis, any movement of the will is A WORK: it is something FROM ME, something which I DO. But, the doctrine of Godâ€™s sovereignty lays the axe at the root of this evil tree by declaring, â€śit is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, BUT OF GOD WHO SHOWS MERCYâ€ť (Romans 9:16) â€“A. W. Pink.)
Great Sermon! Pastor Jim Gables,What a sermon with deep blessings for all of those who have belief of having salvtion by the blood of Christ.It is out standing ;saying of Holy Ghost to every one those listen it.I am Pastor from Pakistan.God bless you more and more
Great Sermon! Thank you, Bro. Jim, for your excellent presentation on the doctrine of everlasting punishment. As always, your love of the truth, sound exegesis, and exaltation of God's glory warm my heart. This message was most helpful to me in continuing to defend the truth.
THE WORLDLY CHURCH !! Bus ministry does still exist, Pastor Gables. Here is the latest form of it as revealed by the August 2013 Monthly Bulletin found on the website of Thomas Road Baptist Church (Lynchburg, VA). It reads "FATHERS BRING YOUR KIDS TO THE BALL PARK -- On Sunday, August 11th, we will be leaving at 11:00 a.m. and taking a bus from the Thomas Road parking lot to see The Washington Nationals play the Philadelphia Phillies. The cost will be $40 per person. This price will include a spot on the bus, lunch for the trip and a ticket to the game." As you probably know, Pastor Gables, this is a well-known Southern Baptist church (estab. by Jerry Falwell) that boast of a membership of 24,000. Big in number because it caters to the flesh and the same holds true for Liberty University (enrollment of over 100,000 students) founded by Falwell and Elmer Towns (who you made reference to in your sermon). Scripture teaches that the "true" followers of Christ are a "little flock" -- always has been the case and will be until the end of time. God has kept you and your ministry on the narrow path and off the broad road that leads to destruction. As long as you have breath, continue to contend for the faith.
GOD HAS SPOKEN LOUD AND CLEAR !! God says that marriage is binding until DEATH. It is a violation of HIS WORD to divorce and remarry. The Jews had the custom of betrothal. During that period, the man was called the husband and the woman was called his wife, though no marriage covenant had yet been established. To end a prospective marriage, a legal divorce was required. This is why the exception clause is only found in Matthew's gospel as it does not apply to Gentiles who had no such custom. The "exception" spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 19:9 means what it says--divorce is only permitted for the cause of porneia (fornication) during the betrothal as that is not putting asunder what God has joined together. After a marriage has been entered into, the ONLY ACTION that dissolves that covenant is DEATH. God makes that crystal clear through the writings of the Apostle Paul in Romans 7:2-3. Those who divorce and remarry are denying that their first marriage is still binding in God's sight. And, He has further said--"...adulterers...shall NOT inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Cor. 6:9-10. If the act of "fornication" severs the marriage covenant and frees a person to marry another (as Pastor Gables states is the case), what is he going to do (?!) with Romans 7:2-3.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU BELIEVE !! I support Pastor Gables in his taking a stand against what Arminians believe and teach. Their doctrine is NOT the true gospel (found in scripture), but it is a different gospel (of man's devising...a man by the name of Jacobus Arminius who was born in 1560). Arminianism is a FALSE teaching that has been accepted by many key figures in church history, including John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, and Billy Graham. I thank God that He has raised up some ministers, like Pastor Gables, who are willing to shine a light on this heretical theology. It is disturbing to me to think of the untold numbers of people who have been deceived into believing that their walking an aisle at the call of a man and their making a decision to be "born again" on a whim makes them a believer in Jesus Christ and that they're on their way to heaven. There was a time that I was one among them. At age 12, I responded to such a call. I believed the lie that was being preached to me--"You can choose to be saved." It wasn't until age 50 that I was "quickened" to life (made a new creature) in Jesus Christ. I have the same testimony as the chinese man in the story that Pastor Gables tells in this sermon. Take a listen!
A Word Of Consolation !! Thanks Pastor Gables for bringing this message. It is so reassuring to know that things do not just happpen to us...they are planned by God's own hand...molded and shaped and timed by His clock.
A TREASURE CHEST !! How gracious of God to provide, through Pastor Gables, this sermon series entitled, The Whole Counsel of God. May many avail themselves to this ministry of God's Word that offers understanding to those "who have ears to hear." It is as C. H. Spurgeon said, "The Word of God will repay searching." Thank you, Pastor Gables, for your faithfulness to your calling to feed Christ's sheep.
GOD IN CONTROL !! I am glad for predestination and to know that things are NOT happening helter-skelter. This is a wonderful sermon that reveals that life is not a series of random circumstances and chance happenings. God is orchestrating ALL THINGS and that is a comfort to me. I recommend the entire Joseph sermon series. It so much speaks to Romans 8:28.
SIN HAS ITS PRICE !! What should we do with sin? In short, Pastor Gables makes it clear that we should "nip it in the bud" because it is so much easier to do that than to get rid of it once it has spread. This is such a helpful sermon and my prayer is that many will hear it and walk it out.