Great Sermon! This makes a good argument for exclusive psalmody. Because there are a lot of popular hymns these days that aren't biblical, aren't relevant, or else they're anemic. Thanks Pastor Hey.
Great Sermon! Thank you pastor. What a wonderful message. There is only one who can determine what is right and that is our Lord Jesus Christ. Itâ€™s what he thinks, what His word says. Oh how we try to justify ourselves...He is the one who stands between God and us. Our Great Redeemer. How Great Thou art. A Wonderful message.....
Not to be missed. I thought the October 21st sermon was a complete, stand-alone, model of explaining why the news of salvation is such good news -- until I heard the following week's sermon.
Now I see, for the first time, why Jesus predicted (instructed) that this story will be re-told "wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world."
What a contrast to cover-ups of clergy who molest. Your survey of the four Gospels to see Jesus touching children contrasts sharply with the scandals of sexual molestation of minors perpetrated by priests and other clergy. This might be the ideal sermon and selection of passages (esp. Matthew 19:13; Mark 10:13; Luke 18:15) with the strongest chance to put to shame any Catholic clergyman or Protestant preacher who has fondled or molested a boy or girl.
Even better, it serves to positively inspire and exhort the rest of us that our hands can bestow good touches, our arms can encircle children in strong, comforting embraces, but it would be better to have our hands cut off than to use them to commit â€śbad touchâ€ť upon a child.
Reply to Marsha Fowler My remarks about Dr. King's worldview are based upon his writings and his speeches. He clearly denied the bodily resurrection, the deity of Christ, the virgin birth, and the substitutionary atonement. He is widely regarded as a "modernist" who did not accept or preach the gospel.
He made it clear, in his preaching, that he had no hope of the resurrection, that all his hope rested in this life.
I know that is disturbing, because Dr. King had many excellent things to say about justice, and accomplished many good things.
That is why he stands as a tragic public example of the profound sadness of having no hope in eternity.
Great Sermon! With all due reverence pastor, I cannot say that I have the same charitable disposition that separates what Graham preached in the pulpit from what he himself says in interviews, that he beleives. Such disparity has proven to be a stumbling block to many souls. They're not mere speculations. When I examine what Lloyd-Jones preached and what he would say when being interviewed by the BBC, it's the same bold biblically based message, always. Unforunately for Dr. Graham there is plenty of room for his ministry on the broad road that leads to destruction. There will be many who prophesied in our Lord's name that will hear the words 'depart from me, I never knew you.' I don't know. Perhaps I'm wrong about his position before God, that he has indeed been presented faultless before Him, because of the merits of Christ, while his works are burned up as wood hay and stubble. But when my Roman Catholic mother can point to people like Dr. Graham to buttress her point that she is just fine before God as a practicing Roman Catholic, it does not cause my confidence level to rise about whether or not this man was a true man of God. Lord Bless brother.
Response to FG I would separate what Billy Graham preached, consistently and all the way to the end - that Christ Jesus is the only way of salvation - from his speculations about God's ways outside direct knowledge of Jesus. I think his speculations were incorrect and dangerous, but he never preached them or relied upon them when appealing to sinners to come to repentance and faith. I did address in the sermon the falsehood of Graham's speculations in these matters. His ecumenism with modernists and Romanists are of greater concern to me. I think they did more damage to the church. And yet, I don't doubt that BG trusted alone in the work of Christ on the cross as his only hope of salvation, repudiating his own works and relying only on Christ's atoning sacrifice. And that alone is why BG has been presented faultless before the Glory of Christ with exceeding joy. Not because he was in himself faultless, but because the Savior cleansed BG with His very blood at Calvary.
Great Sermon! Let me just start off by saying that the greatest preacher of the 20th century was NOT Billy Graham. It was Martin Lloyd Jones. That being said, I must say that when I read statements such as the one that Graham made in 1978 McCall's, where he stated that he no longer believes that a pagan in a far country would perish if he didn't hear the Gospel, and that the embracing of natural light was enough to get him to heaven, thru nature and so on, my perception of him is one of a forked tongue minister, who preaches the true Gospel out of one side of his mouth and a false gospel out of the other. I prayed for a long time that he would publicly repent of these false teachings and embracing the enemies of God as brothers and promoting them to God's people and the world in general. His sins go way beyond mere imperfection and venture into, or at least dangerously close to the area of selling out the gospel and Christ. We do not have the benefits of the New Testament describing to us his true spiritual state, as was the case with Samson and Lot. So the only thing I have to go on is that there was no known repentance on his part for these sins. Sorry. I know I'm not his judge, but neither am I the least bit confident that he is with the Lord at this time.
Reply to comment I did describe Billy Graham's compromise, and I did, several times, state that he should have been publicly corrected, and that believers should not have attended or supported his ecumenical crusades. But I'm afraid that some people won't be satisfied without a searing denunciation of the man. The entire point of the sermon was that, whatever his faults - and he had them - he has now been presented faultless before the presence of Christ with exceeding joy! None of the saints are perfect in our own selves, but when a believer is received by Christ at his death, then that saint is perfect before the One Who died to save us! All of Billy Graham's sins of the flesh have been buried with his body, awaiting the body's perfection at the resurrection. All of Billy Graham's sins have been taken away forever by the Savior's sacrifice and blood shedding at Calvary. We ought to rejoice that now Billy Graham is in glory, and all his faults have been taken away completely. This is the way it operates for all believers, including the ones that we thought were utterly wrong and harmful and disobedient while they still lived.