Great Sermon! about relevant issues This is a very --unofficial-- addition to the summary of the sermon. Gil did speak quite a bit about the misuse of the Bible to address social issues, such as immigration. Gil noted that a Nebraska paper had a cartoon about this problem. There were people quoting Scripture referring to the cartoon and problem, e.g., suffer the little children to come unto thee. Gil didn't comment on any solution to the problem of immigration, but he did address the problem of pulling out one verse of Scripture and building a theology around it! For example Israel as God's people were given rules how to interact and be responsible for each other, but they weren't given any guidelines for reforming the Assyrians or Babylonians. The same idea is in the New Testament the Church is responsible for people in the Church body. We do good to all men, but there aren't mandates to the church on social issues. Para. Our ease, prosperity, and freedom from difficulty are not our goals as Christians. Our highest goal is to honor Christ! The goal is of the Church is no to bring change to society. No Biblical foundation for social action being part of the Gospel! Social impact comes after people become Christian! This is especially covered in the first thirteen minutes of the sermon.
Great Sermon! Amazing clarity. Upon being saved, Jesus Christ has drawn a line in the sand between our old man who was a dutiful, powerless slave to sin and death; and our new man who has no obligation to walk in sinfulness. I kept looking at that line in the sand, praising God for his justification and forgiveness, but never believing or understanding that I now live on the "new" side of that line! How wrong it was for me to doubt or dismiss God's promise to empower me thru His Holy Spirit to be one who walks in that newness if life. If you have been saved, you are already on the new side if that line. Don't deny that power. Don't deny God's description if you as a new creature, one who has Holy Spirit power and victory. It is a done-deal. Embrace it as reality. God drew that line in my life. I kept looking at that line, I knew it was there, but I didn't realize what side I was now on as a child ofGod. I am so grateful for my justification, but now I must live to honor his promise of power over sin in the new man.
Great Sermon! and I made an error. Ah, the verses of the Bible I quoted were from 2 Peter not 1 Peter. in my first note. Para. I should make this message as long as my first, though I won't; but I will point out that Gil went into detail about the European Union in this message, and gave a very good idea about the various events concerning the EU preceding the start of the Tribulation. He also explained it is not Mother Nature, but Father God Who is responsible for all weather beneficial or destructive. Para. Gil's sermons are not like most sermons from a mainline preacher, who thinks the congregation can only handle three concepts in a sermon, but has a higher opinion of us as a congregation, and so he believes we can handle more than that. So, usually the space allotted for even an official summary is not nearly enough for most of Gil's sermons. Sorry about my error on the Scripture verses, I am getting new glasses ;-)
Acts of God using Nature and Man As Gil pointed out, we look forward to Christ's return which He has promised. As Christians we look forward to that with anticipation, and this anticipation seems to peak around the New Year. To the world it's a cycle of meaningless hopes and promises, but for us, it's to be an ongoing expectation. We of all people shouldn't allow this expectation to become time worn. Para. 1 Peter 3: 2 to be mindful of the words spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of the Lord and Saviour by your apostles; 3 knowing this first, that there shall come at the close of the days mockers with mocking, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for from the time the fathers fell asleep all things remain thus from the beginning of the creation. 5 For this is hidden from them through their own wilfulness, that heavens were of old, and an earth, having its subsistence out of water and in water, by the word of God, 6 through which waters the then world, deluged with water, perished. 7 But the present heavens and the earth by his word are laid up in store, kept for fire unto a day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.---Darby V. Para. Judgement is real and sure and the future isn't bright for the unbeliever. Note! Acts of God!
We must accept God's Sovereignty The last four chapters of Job are a unit that causes the completion of the sufferings of Job. Job finally gets what he's been seeking, to confront God! It doesn't go as Job expected, there's no discussion about dealing with the righteous and the wicked. It is all about the exaltation of God who is the Creator, the Sustainer, and Controller of all. He sustains everything. The only issue that's dealt with is His position as Sovereign over all. Para. This is really all about God speaking to Job. It might be broken down to two speeches by God to Job. Job's response to God's first speech is to manifest humility. After God's second speech, Job's response is one of repentance. There is a resolution to the problem that Job faced though no specific answers to Job's questions. Para. God's power is demonstrated in nature and His control over all of nature. God made his presence known out of the whirlwind, a theophany. A theophany is a physical manifestation of the presence of God at a special time and way. Para. Wishy-washy sentimentalism has no place in our respect for God! We must never loose are awe and reverence for God. We have no right to be a faultfinder of God. Job acknowledges he has no right to contend with God. God chooses how to use His sovereignty.
Have the eyes of your heart opened ?The work of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit is the seal that God has placed on us and in us. The indwelling Spirit is permanent proof that we are secure in our salvation. It is more unnatural for us not to love our Christian family than not to love our natural family. The Apostle Paul accepted as proof that a person was a Christian when they loved other Christians, If you have no love for other believers, no desire to be with them, no concern over them, then that is an indication you don't have saving faith in Jesus Christ. Para. Paul gave continual thanks for believers like those in Ephesus. Paul not only gave thanks but asks for God's attention to their needs. Paul wanted God to do three things for the Ephesians, they would know the hope of His calling, know the glory of his inheritance, and know the greatness of his power. He prayed they would have the spirit and revelation, so they would have a full Christian life. Paul wanted them to have more than an intellectual grasp of God, but a fuller emotional attachment to Him. Para. We don't study the Word to confirm our preconceived ideas, but to more fully understand God. You aren't seeing with eyes of your heart if you aren't excited about what you read in the Word. You are to know there is no insignificant Christian!
Great Sermon! on Self-Righteousness To paraphrase: Par. Pastor Gil isn't one of the 1500 to tell you how to vote in 2012. Gil is more concerned with what Bible believing Christians should be concerned about. Gil uses the term "Evangelical," as shorthand phrase in this sermon, though it has little meaning anymore. Gil looks at those Evan. leaders who look at candidates as being moral or not. Par. You have to clarity and understanding of Romans I. What is immoral is promoted as normal by some politicians. [More & more of them!] Many Evans. say we have to stand for the Biblical morals. All secular men suppress God's truth and everyone knows the truth about God, but they are without excuse according to Romans I. They are futile in their reasoning and their hearts are darkened. Sin makes them stupid. They worship themselves. Par. The problem in this country isn't,.e.g., homosexual marriage as some Evan. pastors say, stopping this won't even stop the decay of the country for the foolishness of these men has to be dealt with. Their corrupt heart is the disease; their behavior is just a symptom. Par. Treating symptoms is denial of what God said. When you are judging people who aren't Christian, you condemn yourself. Prideful moralists are guilty before God. Christian "Pharisees" aren't following Christ.
Great Sermon! Ah, some URLs have changed through time. Unfortunately, comments to sermons are not formatted and putting up a URL, it make get split into pieces so put it together again, please. URL for the sermon, "Use and Purpose of Tongues, Prophecy, and Serving" http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=48111320162
Also a URL for the sermon "Some Gifts Not Present Today" http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=48111249372 The URL for John MacArthur's "Charismatic Chaos" has also been changed, so for the free, printed Internet version of these sermons try, http://articles.ochristian.com/book2177.shtml As Gil has plainly pointed out in this and other sermons, some of the gifts seen in the one and only Church that had Apostles present, passed with them!
Catholics note 40 minutes into the sermon to end! Hebrews 9
12 nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption.
24 For Christ entered not into a holy place made with hands, like in pattern to the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear before the face of God for us: 25 nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place year by year with blood not his own; 26 else must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once at the end of the ages hath he been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.---ASV
Only the one sacrifice of Christ took care of our sin forever. Gil, pointed out, the Mass is a demonic practice and Evangelicals cannot think we have anything in common with the Romish Church whose practices are based on lies. There is a chasm between Christians and Roman Catholics. It is nonsense to think it can be bridged. Christians don't be confused or be blurry about the single sacrifice of Christ. Gil points out the importance between the false Romish Mass, and Christ's true sacrifice for our sins.
Also the Inadequacy of the RCC Priesthood I am trying to refrain from commenting on Gil's sermons, because being a member of IHCC others who aren't may think I'm "gilding the lily." Those who are official commentators may ask why am I adding to the summary? Look at the main summary, for the very important reason it gives what Gil wants emphasized! Sometimes there are what some might consider secondary threads in Gil's sermons, which many of you would find extremely interesting.
In this sermon, there is a rare mention of Church Fathers usually ignored by most pastors, and examples given where some of these "Fathers," went strangely wrong. Finding any good commentary on at least some actions by some Church Fathers is difficult. Gil gives a fine explanation of where several of the Fathers were wrong in connecting Christ to the Levitical priesthood. So given a listen to this sermon, for that reason!
I have found a learned commentary about Theology Adrift of many of the Church Fathers, q.v.,
But such articles are not that easily found.
Also, interesting this sermon, and the one following does an overall excellent job explaining the folly of the Romish priesthood.
Great Sermon!--Not for the Dull of Hearing Gill at the beginning of this sermon, points out a few recent articles, where pastors are encouraged "to go Methodist," (my words not his). They have such short sermons you would never even know you heard one. :-7 As Gil pointed out, he got rid of the 40 minute sermon years ago, this being one of his typical ones that nearly runs an hour long. You don't short-change your congregation or condense God's Word.
My comment here may or may not last as long as the thread of "Flipping the 40 Minute Sermon," but this sermon deals very well with appetizer sermons that contain very little substance.
Great Sermon! Gil, completed his comments on the false high priest, the Romish Pope, about six minutes into the sermon. He spent 17 minutes pointing ridiculous aspects of the Romish priesthood. He looks at the comments of Luis Palau "the Billy Graham of Latin America" on what a great Christian (?) Francis is!
Gil points out the delusion of the idea that Roman Catholic Church and it's Magisterium as the official interpreter of Scripture. It's an oxymoron saying there is an Evangelical Catholicism. The Romish Church has kept its false ideas and it not accepting salvation by faith alone.
The Catholic idea of having to go to a priest is diabolical, blasphemous manmade idea, and denies the truth in the Book of Hebrews in which Christians come directly to Christ. I like the comparison that Gil makes between the true Gospel and the false gospel of the Roman Catholic Church.
14Having therefore a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast the confession. 15For we have not a high priest not able to sympathise with our infirmities, but tempted in all things in like manner, sin apart. 16Let us approach therefore with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and find grace for seasonable help.--Darby Version
Great Sermon!--especially on Pope Francis Gil, points out the term, "Evangelical" is almost meaningless, since many who call themselves that ignore Christ, faith, and grace alone. From an article in "Christianity Today" Gil points out that it doesn't matter what one believes, as long as you do good deeds.
Gil has done a good job of pointing out the difference between a professing church and the true church. He has pointed out that the new Pope is a pagan that worships Mary. I'm glad that Gil spent half the time on this sermon pointing out the errors of the new Pope such as asceticism-- not that this Pope is living at a poverty level! Gil has pointed out the wrongs of ecumenism on both on a national and local level.
This sermon will give you what is wrong in ignoring the true values of the Christian Church, such as faith only in Christ and in being a Judaizer and in thinking that works are what defines a Christian. I think we might as well declare the Dalai Lama a Christian, because of his great personality and his good works! I find him to be a much more likeable than any Pope.
Great Sermon! (on James 2:1... It seems to be the proper sermon. Five minutes into the sermon you see that Gil does begin James chapter 2, and I assume (Hey! I don't have a perfect memory, and didn't listen to the rest of it.), but covered the verses mentioned.
This link is for James 1:22-27. Please update! I think you may have accidentally linked the wrong sermon with "Showing Partiality is Sin". I would like to hear the Sermon for James 2:1-13. When you get a chance, can you please update the link? Thank you!!
Great Sermon! What a wonderful message! I pray others who are so emphatic not believing the promises from the God of the Bible would take note and listen to the truth, instead of fabricated fairy tales.