Great Sermon! How many people have been duped by these 3 words... God loves you? Where are we instructed in the scripture to tell everyone that God loves them? Jesus told His disciples that, "You will know them by their fruits" (Matt. 7vs16).Jesus told His sheep to be fruit producers and examiners. He never instructed them with the command to tell people that God loved everybody. Why didn't Paul tell Agrippa that God loved him. Did Paul tell the Men of Athens that God loved them? How about Moses to Pharaoh? John to Diotrephes? Elijah to the false prophets of baal? God's love is on those to whom He gave to His Son (John 6 vs.37). God's gifts of grace, mercy, peace, joy, forgiveness, repentance and yes...love is not upon all nor is it given to all.
Very good sermon makes me think of Job as He had it all and then it was gone. He still worshipped GOD! I in my own life find that in the times when GOD has removed everything and gotten the world out of the way then HE begins to speak again and in such a way HE can not be mistaken or misunderstood! What a wicked gospel these prosperity, word faith, name it claim it preachers teach. Misleading millions whom I suppose dont want to hear the truth anyhow but to heap to themselves this sort of teacher! GOD BLESS keep preaching the truth!
Great Sermon! amen, great sermon on the ONE BAPTISM that matters most. Being baptized into CHRIST by faith and this is what water baptism pictures. The death burial and ressurrection unto new life. And then he even touches on the atonement and how all that adam represented were effected by the fall(every human) and likewise everyone represented by CHRIST are effected by HIS atonement(all who believe).
"What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear unto this day." (Romans 11:7-8)
When we study Second Thessalonians chapter 2 we realize that as a result of those who desire to cling to their doctrines without continually re-examining them, God sends them strong delusion to keep them in their lies: "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie" (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11) We find another passage in Isaiah that reminds us that sometimes spiritual blindness ("sleeping") is a result of God's judgment: If we watch then we will know !
â€śRemember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.â€ť (Revelation 3:3) The setting of those chapters is one of caution . This is a warning God has placed in the Bible that really applies to us today because we are living in the time about which this warning is given.
We find another statement in Mark reminding us to watch and not sleep: â€śWatch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.â€ť (Mark 13:35-37) We will see that those who are â€śsleepingâ€ť are not those out in the world who want nothing to do with God, but they are those in the Christian community who continue to hold the belief that we canâ€™t know when the end will occur. God defines "sleeping" as not having spiritual eyes opened to understand the truth:
From My previous post...... to continue..... 6â€ťTherefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.â€ť So we learn that those who will not be caught off-guard are those who are not â€śsleeping,â€ť those who are watching. This does not mean those who are watching will simply know that Christâ€™s coming must be getting close. According to a recent study, about one-third of the worldâ€™s population calls itself Christian.1 Another study indicates that 85% of professing Christians believe the end of the world is near2 so there are about 2 billion people who think we are living in the end times. How many more non-Christians believe the end of the world is near for one reason or another? The point is, a very large percentage of this worldâ€™s population recognizes the end is near. This large percentage is not the group of people God is referring to when He says the end will not come as a thief in the night for some. In fact, in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 God is specifically addressing just the churches, just those who claim to be His people, and there He says that if they donâ€™t watch then He will come as a thief in the night to them:................
Coming As A Thief In The Night (1 Thessalonians 5:2-6)
Letâ€™s examine this passage verse-by-verse: 2â€śFor yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.â€ť Here we have that frequently-quoted statement. I can remember hearing this over and over. 3â€ťFor when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.â€ť Teachers in the past have always used this as proof that people will be caught off-guard by Christâ€™s coming. It is true that this verse is teaching that, but thatâ€™s not the whole storyâ€¦ 4â€śBut ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.â€ť Here we discover that there are some people who will not be caught off-guard by Christâ€™s second coming. We have all been taught time and time again that Christâ€™s coming will be like a thief in the night, but here we have a clear statement (at least, itâ€™s clear to us now) that it will not come as thief for some people. 5â€śYe are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.â€ť The light of the world is Christ (John 8:12). Therefore, the children of light are the believers. They are the ones God is addressing here.
For as long as most of us can remember, we have always been taught that no one can know when the world will end. God has crafted the Bible very carefully to hide information concerning the timing of the end. We have to remember that the Bible tells us that certain information in the Bible has been concealed so that mankind could not understand it until right near the end of the world: â€śAnd I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.â€ť (Daniel 12:8-9)
Now we have reached the time when God is removing the seal from this information in the Bible.
Great Sermon! Do you think that you have been rejected by people in the past and God can not use you? Learn from your past, do not dwell on it. Listen to this message and hear how God used rejected ones like David, Joseph and Jephthah. Thank you Pastor Bill for this message.
We have the same problem down here in Texas. It's sad that so many "Baptist" churches no longer "contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." Thanks be to God for His Amazing Sovereign Grace!
I agree with you 100%. The SBC should be more concerned about a "regenerate church membership". It's the Lord who saves and adds to the church (Acts 2vs.41-47). A dead sinner will never "hear" the gospel unless the Holy Spirit has quickened the individual(Eph.2 vs.1). I believe that many SBC churches, if in a similar situation as John the Baptist (Matthew 3 vs.7-8), would have dunked them (Pharisees and Sadducees) before they knew what hit them. Our church left the SBC many years ago as it (SBC) went further and further from its original beliefs. I applaud you on your stand. Thanks for the great article.
Great Sermon! Well done in emphasizing our faith is required to appropriate salvation which is generally not emphasized his other sermons that focus on God's grace only which is not by itself how one enters heaven. In other words, God's grace is offered to all, but only those who exercise their faith in Christ will be saved. Again, faith first and then regeneration not vice versa which I dont recall hearing clearly from any sermons.
Baptist fundamentalism or Reformed Baptist Fundamentalism? Gary Click Fundie or C H Spurgeon Fundie?
Both claim 'Biblical Fundamentalism'...both are poles apart on the biblical doctrines of grace.
Good points DJC49. I heard on the radio today there are 16000 evangelical churhes (I think it was said in Ohio)-I guess there will be a 1000 differences amongst them but they are all 'biblical fundamentalists' aren't they? O' yes they all believe the bible as their only doctrinal standard, but do they...'really' teach biblical doctrine or 'think' they teach it? There is an infinite difference.
'It's NOT a choice between a particular man [Calvin] and Scripture; but rather a choice between what one particular branch of Christianity teaches [Biblical Fundamentalism] and what another branch of Christianity teaches [Calvinism]. To pit Calvinism against The Word of God is intellectual legerdemain, i.e., "word play" used to deceive. It's linguistic trickery used by your tribe to make the inattentive reader and/or hearer think that Calvinism is something distinct from and antithetical to Scripture.
Mike I feel very wary of word of faith movement & need to be more informed so I'll check the book out. I was under the impression that Warren, though a mega church pastor, does not tout the WOF prospertiy msg. Despite my misgivings about WOF and much in the Charismatic scene I still firmly believe in spiritual gifts, tongues, healing etc as biblical (even if abused / hyped up in some quaters)