i relate to this 100% The letter from the dead addict to his wife was utterly heartbreaking. i may not be a drug addict, i am codependent, but i am no better off than that man, and feel just as desperate. i have been hooked on chaos, confusion, disaster and disorder. The bottom line is ALL addiction is idolatry, ALL idolatry is sin and ALL sin is lethal, fatal SAVE FOR THE MERCY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WITHOUT WHOM NO ADDICT HAS ANY HOPE WHATSOEVER.
Great ! this is really helpful stuff, the church really needs this kind of equipping in these days, and yes, even if we have not experienced these kind of addictions can have a mighty impact if they can get the kind of understanding these messages give, i will definately be refering to this in the future
The rate among identical twins should be 100%? When one identical twin has multiple sclerosis, their twin has 1 in 4 chance of having it, too. NOT 100%. "Just" 1 in 4, but still a lot higher than if they were just parent/children, or not relatives at all. Not all genetic conditions are 100% similar among identical twins.
I began reading your letter and at least through p. 11, you are simply rehashing the typical attacks of Calvinsim/Reformed theology towards what you feel is Arminianism/Semi-Pelagianism. While I absolutely acknowledge that we are dead in trespasses and sins, the NT is full of appeals to "repent and believe" and, amazingly, Jesus Himself was recorded in the Gospels as saying at different times that "your faith has made you whole/saved you."
While you do not provide quotes concering Buchan's lack of defining "born again" which may indeed be true, it is quite possible that you are really more offended that he is not "Reformed" enough in your estimation. It amazes me that so many professing Calvinists/Reformed theology proponents easily dismiss calls to faith and belief in Jesus Christ as being anti-Biblical. The Bible is full of imperatives (i.e. commands) to do this/not do that. This is part of being created in God's image. Why should not a call to repent and believe in Jesus Christ be the means by which the Holy Spirit enlightens someone? Be careful that in your desire to correct what you feel excessive that you yourself are not upholding an excess of a different kind.
I do not understand the point you want to make. Although It appears that you are not pleased with the way Angus handles the opportunity God has given him to preach the Gospel, you do not state why or what he did wrong. What would you do different? How are these evangelists failing and what do they need to do to correct their error?
Great Sermon! If you haven't read this letter, you should. It contains one of the clearest definitions of what faith is (seeing) that I have ever read. If it doesn't reach its intended target, it has touched me. Thank you.
I have finished reading/ listening to sermon on the open letter to Angus Buchan. I must commend you on your truthfulness to the Gospel. I am currently listening to a series on Ancient Heresies by Dr. James White and I fear Angusâ€™ Gospel is merely physical bread people feed on, good for now, until hunger sets in again. This morning I read John 6 and it all just became too clear. What a waste to have all those people who listen and then you donâ€™t feed them on the bread of life. Now I have to deal with half my colleagues and family who have been there this past weekend, how to handle it with love and truth, being true to the Gospel and not some man made message of positive thinking.
According to my cousin, he has listened to a radio interview with Angus (week before Easter 09 I think) where the presenter (person named Freek) asked Angus whether he would tell South African Muslims that they have it wrong concerning Jesus as being the only way to God and that one could not come via Mohamed for example. After some gymnastics from Angus (to avoid answering the question) and under duress as a result of pressure from the interviewer to drive an answer out of him, he responded by saying: â€śNo I wonâ€™t tell Muslims they have it wrong...â€ť. I have searched the internet for a transcript but could not divvy anything up. Are you perhaps aware of this, i.e. could you point out where weâ€™re able to obtain such a transcript?
There are other things, such as a â€śheart shaped cloudâ€ť that apparently appeared at a venue Angus was talking at. I have also heard that Angus admitted that the woman in his Film (potatoes) was in fact never dead but that the film makers made her out to be to add sensation to the film in order to attract an audience. I could not find confirmation of these things, but obviously would like to obtain more clarity on them, because we all would like to understandfor the sake of educating ourselves.
Many Important Points In This Sermon! A very edifying sermon on practical holiness, who God is, and much more.
I saw the documentary on the man who lived with bears (grizzly bears, at that!), which you mention in this sermon. I could hardly believe that anyone would do such a thing and the video was quite startling to watch. The end was also as you mentioned. Reminds me of these Bible verses:
"These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God" (Psalm 50:21-23).
The truth will set you free and this is the truth! okay...i used to some crack and drink alcohol daily and then had the miracle of God delivering me from all desire. And this is the exact kind of insight that helped me along the way. I have been looking for a sermon to give to a friend who is still struggling and this is the one. I plan on listening and giving him the whole series. I have only listened to number 1, but I can tell the direction this series in going in and I would encourage anyone to listen to this sermon above all other addiction sermons. This is the truth that will set you free!
Thank God for blessing you with the insight that may save many!
Great Counsel This is a sermon series that needed to be not only downloaded, but burned to CDs at once.
Many sermons I hear once, Wayne Mack's counsel is so important - at least to our family - it needs to be digested by being heard over and over. This is a great addition to Sermon Audio.