Paedobaptism is NOT Biblical Thank you for this powerful message which Reformed believers need to hear. While I identify as a 5-Point Calvinist, paedobaptism is a clear violation of the foundational Reformed doctrine of Sola Fide. Infants cannot express faith. Paedobaptism does nothing but produce false assurance and pride in the baptizer and baptized. Furthermore, it opens the door to the other gross heresy of Rome known as Baptismal Regeneration. There is no saving power in baptismal waters and this is what paedobaptists secretly believe but will not readily admit to. How can those that consider themselves "Reformed" still hold to the heresies of Rome? Just because Calvin or Luther did? That is utterly foolish and disingenuous. Calvin and Luther are not God and neither are they our final authority. The Reformers were guilty of tolerating many Roman heresies so the Reformed Church could still do with a lot more reforming and purging out the old leaven.
Fantastic Refutation of Paedobaptist Heresy Thank you for this powerful message which Reformed believers need to hear. While I identify as a 5-Point Calvinist, paedobaptism is a clear violation of the foundational Reformed doctrine of Sola Fide. Infants cannot express faith. Paedobaptism does nothing but produce false assurance and pride in the baptizer and baptized. Furthermore, it opens the door to the other gross heresy of Rome known as Baptismal Regeneration. There is no saving power in baptismal waters and this is what paedobaptists secretly believe but will not readily admit to. How can those that consider themselves "Reformed" still hold to the heresies of Rome? Just because Calvin or Luther did? That is utterly foolish and disingenuous. Calvin and Luther are not God and neither are they our final authority. The Reformers were guilty of tolerating many Roman heresies so the Reformed Church could still do with a lot more reforming and purging out the old leaven.
My Hearts Breaks for America Excellent and timely sermon. Liberals want us to forget not only our nation's history, but our very identity so that they can transform us into something ungodly and immoral. America has always been not just a beacon of freedom, but of Christian light and hope. Our Western culture is one grounded on Christian morals and ethics. I am a Filipino by birth, but a proud naturalized US Citizen that loves this country and lives and breathes Western Christian culture that once richly dripped from the very name of America. We were a Melting Pot which is the correct model to uphold cultural assimilation by new immigrants, rather than the chaotic Salad Bowl Liberals have used to instead allow immigrants to retain their own culture. One Biblical example I call to mind that shows us God's people (which Americans traditionally have been) are obligated to maintain their own distinct "peculiar" culture rather than cow-tow to foreigners, even those they may marry, is the story of Ruth. Ruth assimilated into Israelite culture and knew its God to be so wholesome, just and upright that even after the death of her first husband, did not depart from it but instead sought out her Kinsman Redeemer in Boaz, which is how immigrants who come seeking refuge and a better life in America should see this land.
You Made My Heart to Quake You are a powerful preacher, Brother Fortner. Your preaching was that which led me into learning doctrines of grace and began me on my journey of embracing TULIP more fully. Your sermon on Romans 11 really hit home for me. I was recently dealing with a false teacher on Youtube no-less who has been promoting the notion that the Philippines is the Biblical land of Ophir and a strong candidate for the ancient site of the garden of Eden--fascinating subjects, but the speaker also injected teachings that were peculiar. First, he would use apocryphal books like The Jubilees and slip in law-keeping and works-based religion, like observing the Ten Commandments. Naturally my hackles went up and I rebuked him for it. Secondly, he would use substitute names for Jesus and God, namely "Yahuwah" and "Yehosha" despite the fact he's an English-speaker. It always offends me when people invent "Hebrew" sounding names and I suspect he was part of the Sacred Name/Hebrew Roots cult. I have never known any other God or blessed name than that revealed to us in holy writ, it is JESUS to whom I shall always pray. But my heart shook starting at 32'43" like you were talking right to me, Don. God's warning not to stray after other gods like "Yahuwah" or "Yehosha" and I pray I never will. Thank you.
That's the problem, the Post-Trib mindset is the correct Scriptural mindset. It's the Pre-Trib mindset that's false and misleading. You need to wake up from it. The third temple being rebuilt is a sign of the End Times and there are plans in Israel to reinstitute temple animal sacrifices and Mosaic law ceremonies, all of which are blasphemous and antichrist, showing their continued refusal to accept God's true Messiah/Christ and His atonement in the Lord Jesus. Paul tells us very clearly in 2 Thess. 2:3-4 not to be deceived that Jesus's return (aka the Rapture aka 1st Resurrection aka Last Trumpet aka the Last Day) had happened UNTIL a great falling away (apostasy) occurred along with us witnessing antichrist's rise to power and antichrist sitting in THE (REBUILT) TEMPLE OF GOD proclaiming himself to be God. Read it for yourself. You are not going to be whisked away from tribulation (not to be confused with God's wrath), you are called to endure through it faithful to God's word and purpose. Tribulation comes from antichrist and his supporters, but it is not God's wrath. So sober up, pray more earnestly, and realize we're in for the long haul and occupy til Christ returns AT THE LAST DAY, AFTER THE TRIBULATION. Amen.
Powerful and Godly Message All Should Hear! Thank you so much for this rich word of faith and repentance that is so needed in this present dark age. I shared this on my Facebook page citing the recent events in southeast Texas, Houston specifically, after Hurricane Harvey hit. As recovery and rebuilding efforts are undertaken, let us also warn the people that they should look for repentance and consider it mercy if their lives or properties were spared by the hand of Almighty God who has surely brought judgment upon us for our wicked ways. Let us turn to the Lord and seek His forgiveness while it is still called today.
Timely and Vital Message! Brother Don, thank you so much for preaching this message. Aside from the importance of understanding the Gospel is robbed of its power when we reject or overlook the truth of Limited Atonement, your general message about the importance of HEARING the word of God preached is absolutely crucial in our day. I point out that we have a perfect Scriptural example of why the word of God in the Bible needs to be preached, discussed, and spoken to willing hearers, and not merely studied or read, from Acts 8:30-38 where the Apostle Philip comes across a curious eunuch reading passages from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. The eunuch admits he has no understanding about what he's reading and confesses, â€œHow can I [understand], unless someone guides me?" (v. 31). Dear believers, you must be willing to hear the word of God preached in addition to studying it so that it can bear real fruit in your hearts and lives. God bless Brother Don for being one of the lone voices in the wilderness preaching a true and living message and true doctrine of God's word. May God inspire and raise up powerful preachers of his ilk in this and future generations! Hallelujah to our Lord Jesus Christ.
All power, honor, glory and majesty to our God Excellent sermon, Brother Tom. Another powerful verse/lesson I might have liked to hear you include as part of your message would have been in Daniel 4:34-35 after the proud pagan king, Nebuchadnezzar, was brought to his knees in absolute humility to reverence the one true God of heaven and earth, and acknowledge His total sovereignty over all men and their affairs. "But at the end of that period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation. â€œALL THE INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH ARE ACCOUNTED AS NOTHING, But HE DOES ACCORDING TO HIS WILL in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And NO ONE CAN WARD OFF HIS HAND OR SAY TO HIM, â€˜What have You done?â€™" (Daniel 4:34-35)
We Are Not Alone I had to add another comment because I was so uplifted by your closing word about Elijah being puffed up with pride as well, when he declared to the Lord how he alone was left while being persecuted by the prophets of Baal. And the Lord told him something powerful, that despite Elijah's hardship and seeming despair, He still had reserved unto Himself a remnant of 7,000 persons whom Elijah knew nothing about. How wonderful our God is! So let us be encouraged, when we may feel persecuted and alone, let God's word be sure in our hearts that we are NOT alone and there He has a remnant, even if we know nothing about them. God has a people and He preserves and prospers them unto His glory. May we rejoice with all of our brothers and sisters in Christ, wherever they are!
Powerful and Scripturally Rich Sermon! Brother Tom, this was an amazing sermon! You provide tons of Scriptural insight into God's sovereign mercy that God's people should find renewed satisfaction and peace for their souls in this good word from the Lord. God continue to bless your ministry and the work of your hands and empower you to illuminate this darkened world!
Amazing Biblical Message on Salvation Another powerful and timely lesson from Scripture, Brother Tom. The LORD actually reached me through your message and revealed something I had not considered before when you got to about the 32:00" mark in your sermon. You mentioned how God prepares the ground of our hearts to receive His glorious gospel and I had never considered the truth of that statement. Consider how as sinners we have stony hearts which is also descriptive of the ground of our being. Hard, unrepentant, rebellious, stony, spiritually unreceptive. But God by His Holy Spirit, as He is so often described in Scripture, like a tiller of the land, preparing to plant a vineyard or a good crop, breaks up the hard and unreceptive soil. We say farmers aerate the soil. Is this not like God who by His Spirit breathes new life into the sinner's stony ground by breaking it up and making it receptive to Himself? Consider how sinners who have been broken by life's difficulties and hardships are those who typically do come to Christ, thirsting for Him and His mercy, like the dry, unreceptive ground, ready to take seed, become viable and fruitful and be full of joy. Hallelujah to the wise and masterful Tiller, Sower, and Grower of new life!
Great Sermon! Thank you, very clear, courageous and convicting. There are no churches in South Africa that sing Psalms only with no instruments. My family and I have no where to worship with clear conscience. Should we attend a church anyway to hear the Word preached ?
Great Sermon! Answered prayer to me from The Lord. This whole series is VITAL INSIGHT for all believers today. Though I have been a Christian; and pressing forward since 2003 - I have not heard such clear & sober teaching on this topic. Thanks to God for this.