Superb Gospel preaching Brother Tomâs ministry is richly blessed of God and always so grateful to hear his messages. Another question I normally think to ask those whose false man-centered gospel reeks of Universal Atonement is âCan the Fatherâs will be denied or frustrated?â and âCan Jesus, Godâs eternal Son, ever fail to do what His Father commanded?â The Biblical answer to both is No. So the notion that anyone is in hell for whom Christ died should be completely nonsensical and unBiblical and contradicts all Christ said He came to accomplish. Matthew 1:21 reminds us Jesus WILL SAVE His people, not âwill tryâ or âwill do 99.9% of the saving and leave the rest to me and youâ. No Christ will do it ALL for those chosen by Godâs grace from eternity past all to the glory and praise of God the Father, Amen.
Thank You, Iâm in tears but Iâm the Spirit Thank you Brother Bowling! I cannot say thank you enough. This sermon was full of Godâs Spirit and the wake up call I needed more than I ever knew. Been going they a terrible storm of divorce, financial and personal ruin, and on the verge of turning away from God. But I ainât quitting God. The devil may burn up all the earthy comforts of life I thought were the purpose of this existence, but Iâm realizing like Paul, I can and must count them as dung next to the saving knowledge of my Savior Jesus Christ. May Godâs abundant love, mercy and blessing pour richly upon you and your ministry. Youâve helped save this foolish sinnerâs heart and Iâm running back to the Rock of my salvation with praise on my lips.
Powerful, God-inspired Truth This is such a spiritually rich and edifying message of truth that God's people need to hear and seal in their hearts. It brings comfort, reassurance and focus from and on the object of our holy faith, the saving, perfecting and preserving power of the Lord Jesus Christ, blessed above all. When the foolish and reprobate are confronted by Christ's words in Matthew 5:48, charging those who would follow Him to "Be ye therefore perfect", they go to great pains to prove their own righteousness, striving to keep the law or fulfill ceremonial rites. What a tragic end they face when they realize the truth of Isaiah 64:6 that all of their righteous works are but filthy rags that don't merit one bit of God's grace. No, those with eyes to see and ears to hear, whose hearts are renewed by the Spirit of God, know full well from whom their perfection derives and in whom they may claim absolute righteousness, in Christ alone through faith alone by God's grace alone. Amen, be ye perfect all ye His chosen saints, as those who looked upon Moses' brazen serpent and were healed of their sickness, look unto Him who died and was raised for our sins and be cleansed from all unrighteousness and iniquity.
Beautiful, Gospel Truth! Thank you for this message of God-glorifying, Gospel truth! This also serves to demolish the false, racist, ethnocentric notion of Christian Zionism. God is not obligated nor never intended to save every single Jewish person or physical descendant of Abraham. His plan from eternity, called the mystery of the Gospel, was to save individuals from every tribe, language, nation, etc. on earth and unite in His Son, one house of faith, both Jew and Gentile, in one accord and bond of love. To God be the glory!
Sobering Bible Truth My family and I currently reside in Amarillo, Texas and my wife is from Stinnett. She actually attended college in nearby Borger, Texas, the place Pastor Don mentions Varner preached at frequently during his ministry. The account he tells with regard to Dixie is extremely sobering and hit home for us. Indeed, it made me reflect upon the words of Paul in Romans 11:22, "Behold therefore the kindness and severity of God: severity indeed upon those having fallen, but kindness of God toward you, if you continue in the kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off." Let us always thank God for the undeserved mercy He has shown towards us, granting us saving faith and repentance as well as a surpassing peace through His Son, and pray that we shall always remain bound to Him according to the riches of His grace. Thank you Brother Don, may God continue to bless your ministry and Gospel preaching wherever He may lead.
Uplifting and Wonderful Message! Thank you once again for such a powerful and God-inspired message, brother Tom! So many nuggets of God's truth but I especially enjoyed your discussion around coming to a right understanding of what Christ meant when He said that we are called to love and worship Him alone as Lord of our lives to the point of even "hating" our mother, father, wives or children. You clarified this beautifully since Christ was illustrating the difference and quality of love we should reserve for Him versus that of our family members. It is figurative language to help us understand just how much more we SHOULD love Christ in contrast to the rest of the world because He is our Lord and God of our salvation, indeed our very own self-sacrificing Creator. So the love we have for Him is a holy, sanctified love, committed and dedicated to Him alone that should cause all other loving relationships to pale in comparison. While we still do and should love our family and show kindness to one another, God should always be our FIRST love, who in turn inspires greater and more perfect love in us towards our family and fellow man. God bless your ministry Brother Tom with much love and wisdom!
Amen! Powerful, Godly and Biblical Not only do these Bible truths refute the notion that fallen, sinful man has some power in his so-called "free will" choice but exposes that classic theological battle regarding Regeneration and Faith. Those that praise and celebrate "free-will"ism reject the Biblical doctrine that Regeneration (MUST) Precede Faith for the sinner is dead and lifeless and can not initiate anything God-ward. May God continue to bless your ministry, Brother Tom!
Tremendous Bible Insight! Thank you for this edifying sermon that clearly illustrates types of Christ in lambs that were sacrificed and whose blood was spread over the doorposts of the Israelites in Egypt, as Exodus 12 tells us. Here's another interesting thought: the first Passover lambs were sacrificed in literal Egypt but Revelation 11:8 tells us that the Lord was crucified in adulterous Jerusalem, which is spiritually also called "Egypt". All glory to God who accomplishes all His wise and powerful will, and who has secured such a rich salvation in Christ Jesus for all of His people!
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.
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, âHow 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. âALL 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, âWhat 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!