The Most Terrifying Thing God Can Do
“What we learn from Romans 1 is that the most terrifying thing God can do in this life is give you over to your sin. We see that God is the one who restrains human evil—He restrains evil in this world and evil within each one of our hearts. But as people continue to rebel and as they continue to pursue their sin, God eventually lessens His restraint.”
The Gospel Remedy for Homosexuality
“The Bible is the infallible standard by which we must view homosexuality and understand the gospel remedy for it. Unfortunately, the reliability of the Bible in this area has been questioned by many today who claim the Christian faith. Christians who view Scripture as authoritative and inspired must not accept this watered-down view of God’s Word.”
“Messy Grace is a powerful memoir of a child raised by two lesbian moms and a gay dad. Despite the negative depiction of angry Christians at gay pride marches and other public events, the young boy is befriended by compassionate Christians who share the rugged gospel with him—complete with its sexual ethic of biblical marriage between one man and one woman.”
A Church Transforming Proverb
“Please, please, please, the next time someone comes to you with a “story” about someone, don’t be so foolish as to believe it without asking for the other side. Instead, say, “I know you would not want me to be a Proverbs 18:13 fool, so would you mind if I asked this person for his/her side of the story?”
Going With The Crowd
“We need to remember what our Lord has proclaimed about the broad road. He tells us that it leads to destruction. Jesus was never one to say that we should go along to get along. He was saying for us to follow Him in the way to righteousness, not the world and their folly. Given what He has said, do you really want to be someone who goes along and gets along?”
Why The Race Conversation Is So Hard
“Identity politics defines peoples’ identities according to the groups they occupy, whether those groups are based on gender, race, class, religion, sexual orientation, or something else. It is a way of thinking which the democratic West learned at least in part through the twentieth-century women’s rights and civil right’s movements.”
God’s Will for Your Life
“Christians, if you are sitting around waiting for God to tell you if you should move into a different house, or find a new job, or get married, you will be waiting for a long time.”
Porn Use as Grounds for Divorce: How My Opinion Changed
“In the past, when asked if divorce could ever be a viable option for these women, my typical response has been a reluctant no. As much as my heart went out to these women trapped in horrific marriages, I simply didn’t see any biblical justification for divorce in situations of porn use.”
Vatican Used for Money Laundering, Insider Trading, and Market Manipulation
Vatican financial investigators suspect a department of the Holy See which oversees real estate and investments was used in the past for possible money laundering, insider trading and market manipulation, according to a report seen by Reuters.
10 Bible verses to help you grow in wisdom and stature
How do we attain wisdom? How do we adopt more of the wisdom of Christ into our own lives?
What is pornography? A vital question that most people can’t answer
The consumption of pornography is one of the biggest issues of the 21st Century, writes Natalie Collins, so why do Christians still shy away from talking about it?
How to Have a Thankful Heart Through Difficult Times
Adult thoughts of school, jobs, finances, and traveling can weigh heavy on us even as we attempt to drum up feelings of thankfulness on its namesake holiday.
Welcome to Starbucks’ new cross-dresser commercial
Wow! Starbucks has released its first homosexual-themed commercial this week, featuring two crossdressers. Who would have seen that coming? Hey, remember when CEO Howard Schultz was invited to the Global leadership Summit? Christian News Net reports: In the one-minute commercial, Starbucks Corporation featured the top two contestants from RuPaul’s “Drag Race” season six: Adore Delano […]
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Wisconsin Church Event: “Raising a Jedi: Spiritual Formation and the Force”
The church advertisement quotes John 1:5, with the tagline, “Faith & The Force: A Light Shines in the Darkness.” That verse is supposed to be about Jesus. But here we see a church using it to describe a mystical power from the Star Wars blockbuster franchise. But is this “Force” in the Star Wars films […]
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Christians Mystically Encountering God
By Marsha West For a couple of decades there has been a big push by numerous evangelical leaders to incorporate pagan practices into the visible Church. These unbiblical practices have their origins in Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, likewise the New Age movement. Roman Catholic Trappist Monks fully embraced Eastern religion’s pagan practices. […]
The Transgender War on Everything
By Bill Muehlenberg War has been declared on normality, reality, biology, morality and sanity. The militant homosexual/transgender revolutionaries have unleashed a reign of terror on everyone and everything that stands in their way. And everywhere casualties are mounting up. All this chaos, carnage and confusion is being brought upon us by the aid of scientifically […]
Is there a war going on between God and His forces on one side and Satan and his forces on the other?
Mike Ratliff of Possessing the Treasure offers solid evidence that true believers are under fire from spiritual forces of evil. For this reason Paul urged the Church to put on the whole armor of God to protect against the fiery darts that come our way. (Ephesians 6:1-20) Evil entities can and will camp out in the […]
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“Prophetic Prayer” Claims God Has Given Donald Trump “Anointing for Mantle of Government”
Here we go again. As you can see by the headline, one of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) “prophets” has uttered a prophecy for a presidential candidate. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! Why? Because the majority of NAR prophets’ predictions never come to pass. For example, on September 28, 2009 the “prophets” […]
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Illinois School Rebuked by Govt for Denying Transgender Unrestricted Locker Room Access
Today Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, opined on the gravity of this situation on his daily radio show The Briefing. Mohler concluded his remarks by saying: “we have to recognize how front and center this must be in the 2016 presidential race, because as we have two opposing candidates eventually representing the two […]
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7 Problems With the Roman Catholic Mary
By Jordan Standridge About 10 years ago I was walking around the Duomo of Milan and these ladies captured my attention as they were staring at this stained glass picture of Mary. Being spotted by one of the ladies she quickly came to me to hand me a rosary. As she tried to convince me […]
A new survey reveals that continuous attempts by Muslims to rewrite history and make false claims about Islam are starting to bear fruit as an increasing number of protestant pastors are starting to call Islam spiritually good. The news comes from a LifeWay Research survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors. Five years ago only nine percent of pastors said there were similarities between Islam and Christianity. However, in the most recent survey the number nearly doubled with 17 percent saying the two religions shared common ground…………… Click here for full story
Wow! Starbucks has released its first homosexual-themed commercial this week, featuring two crossdressers. Who would have seen that coming? Hey, remember when CEO Howard Schultz was invited to the Global leadership Summit? Christian News Net reports: In the one-minute commercial, Starbucks Corporation featured the top two contestants from RuPaul’s “Drag Race” season six: Adore Delano […]
ISIS Releases Seven Elderly Assyrian Christian Hostages; Negotiations Continuing to Secure Release of Remaining 124
Franklin Graham Shares Touching Tribute to Father Billy Graham on 97th Birthday: ‘His Mind and Desire to Share Gospel Are Stronger as Ever’
Denzel Washington Opens Up about His Christian Faith, Importance of Raising Children in the Fear of the Lord in Powerful Speech
Natalie Grant Moved to Tears as Her Husband Baptizes Her 8-Y/O Twin Daughters: ‘A Moment in Their Journey With Christ I Will Never Forget’
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Facebook has been abuzz lately with angry reactions to Starbuck’s holiday cup design. In case you’ve missed the controversy, in years past, Starbuck’s festive cups have featured vibrant images of reindeer, snowflakes, Christmas trees, and the like. But this year, the cup is just plain red.
Some concerned folks, particularly in Christian circles, have insisted the lack of Christmas-themed doodles represents a war on Christmas. So is Starbucks playing Scrooge? Or are the naysayers overreacting?
Yesterday, I was asked to give my opinion on the issue. While I generally try to steer clear of seemingly trivial issues (like the design of a disposable coffee cup), I think the hubbub created over this current controversy warrants a response.
Here are three thoughts in response to hullaballoo over the red Starbucks holiday coffee cup.
1. The true meaning of Christmas is not found in pictures of reindeer, snowflakes, Christmas trees, etc. Consequently, to remove those kinds of pictures does not constitute a war on Christmas.
To accuse Starbucks of starting a war on Christmas implies that, in years past, their cups have actually promoted the true meaning of Christmas. But such is hardly the case. A Google Images search of previous cups reveals doodles of snowmen, ice skaters, toy nutcrackers, and the like.
Some former designs featured words like “wish” and “gifts,” and even ambiguous references to “hope” and “love”. But there was nothing that pointed to the true, biblical meaning of Christmas—namely, that God the Son became a man so that He might save the world from sin. Hence, it seems inconsistent for Christians to be outraged about the design this year, when they had no qualms about this issue before.
For those who are upset about the word “Christmas” not being on a Starbucks cup, the reality is that most of the previous designs did not include that word either. Moreover, Starbucks still sells their “Christmas Blend”—which prominently displays the word Christmas on its packaging. And even if it did not, why should evangelicals be offended when a Roman Catholic term gets dropped in the product packaging of a secular coffee company?
But I digress…
The point (which I will phrase in the form of a question) is this: How can the removal of winter-themed doodles constitute a war on Christmas, when none of those doodles represented the true meaning of Christmas in the first place? For my part, I don’t think it does, especially when the company provides an explanation for its motivation that seems entirely believable.
It is also important to add that Starbucks is not a Christian company. Whether or not believers want to boycott Starbucks or any other business is a matter of their own Christian liberty. But it seems unreasonable to expect Starbucks (or any other secular business) to promote a consistently Christian worldview in the secular marketplace.
2. This supposed “war on Christmas” should not be classified as persecution against Christians.
I am not blind to the fact that American society, in the name of tolerance, is growing increasingly hostile to biblical Christianity. The Lord Jesus promised that His followers would be hated by the world, and so it should not surprise us when society seeks to silence or harass those who desire to honor Him.
But thinking the design of a Starbucks holiday cup constitutes persecution against Christians is simply unreasonable. When we consider what believers have suffered in the name of Christ, both throughout church history and in certain parts of the world today, it would be inappropriate to think that this situation approximates true suffering for the sake of the gospel.
Real persecution may soon be coming to the American church. But this is not that. And when Christians create a firestorm of controversy over something like this, they unnecessarily escalate feelings of antagonism and ill will in the eyes of the watching world. Rather than defending Christmas, these kinds of sensational outbursts do more to harm than help the church’s testimony to the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. A Christian response to the unbelieving world at Christmastime should focus on the gospel, not on a Starbucks cup design.
The true meaning of Christmas, as noted above, is the reality of the Incarnation—that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:18). As the most famous verse in the Bible rightly declares, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Born in a manger in Bethlehem, the Lord Jesus lived a sinless life and died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for sin, so that those who embrace Him in saving faith might be forgiven and reconciled to God. That is the true message of Christmas: that God became man so that as a perfect man He might reconcile sinful men and women to God.
When believers allow themselves to get distracted by silly controversies about cup designs, they can easily lose sight of what this holiday season is actually all about. To reiterate our point from earlier: it is not about snowflakes, reindeer, and evergreen trees. Rather, it is about the reality that sinners can be saved eternally by believing in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
It should be our joy to share that message with the unbelieving world around us. Needless to say, if we are faithful to that end, the design on our coffee cup doesn’t really matter.
(Today’s post was also published concurrently on Preachers & Preaching.)
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The first criteria I use to test the reliability of a witness is simply this: was the alleged “eyewitness” really present when the crime occurred? You can’t be a true eyewitness if you weren’t even there to see what it is you said you saw! This simple criteria is part of a four part reliability template I describe in Cold-Case Christianity, and reflects the California jury instructions for jurors who are asked to assess the reliability of eyewitnesses on the stand. As a skeptic, I examined this issue related to the claims of the Gospel authors. Matthew and John were allegedly eyewitnesses to the life of Jesus. Mark (according to the first century bishop, Papias) chronicled the eyewitness account of the Apostle Peter, and Luke recorded his own investigation of the eyewitnesses. But how early are these accounts? Could they have been written by people who were actually present during the life and ministry of Jesus?
The evidence indicates the Gospels are, indeed, early enough to have been written by eyewitnesses. Here is an excerpt from Cold-Case Christianity describing the evidence for the early dating of the New Testament Gospels:
The New Testament Fails to Describe the Destruction of the Temple
We begin with perhaps the most significant Jewish historical event of the first century, the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in AD 70. You might think this important detail would be included in the New Testament record, especially since this fact would corroborate Jesus’s prediction (in Matthew 24:1–3). But no gospel account records the destruction of the temple. In fact, no New Testament document mentions it at all, even though there are many occasions when a description of the temple’s destruction might have assisted in establishing a theological or historical point.
The New Testament Fails to Describe the Siege of Jerusalem
Even before the temple was destroyed, the city of Jerusalem was under assault. No aspect of this three-year siege is described in any New Testament document, in spite of the fact that the gospel writers could certainly have pointed to the anguish that resulted from the siege as a powerful point of reference for the many passages of Scripture that extensively address the issue of suffering.
Luke Said Nothing About the Deaths of Paul and Peter
The apostle Paul was martyred in the city of Rome in AD 64, and Peter was martyred shortly afterward in AD 65. While Luke wrote extensively about Paul and Peter in the book of Acts and featured them prominently, he said nothing about their deaths. In fact, Paul was still alive (under house arrest in Rome) at the end of the book of Acts.
Luke Said Nothing about the Death of James
James was martyred in the city of Jerusalem in AD 62, but like the deaths of Paul and Peter, the execution of James is absent from the biblical account, even though Luke described the deaths of Stephen (Acts 7:54–60) and James the brother of John (Acts 12:1–2).
Luke’s Gospel Predates the Book of Acts
In the introduction to the book of Acts, Luke wrote: The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. (Acts 1:1–2) It’s clear that Luke’s gospel (his “former book”) was written prior to the book of Acts.
Paul Quoted Luke’s Gospel in His Letter to Timothy
Paul appeared to be aware of Luke’s gospel and wrote as though it was common knowledge in about AD 63–64, when Paul penned his first letter to Timothy. Note the following passage:
The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” (1 Tim. 5:17–18)
Paul quoted two passages as “scripture” here—one in the Old Testament and one in the New Testament. “You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing” refers to Deuteronomy 25:4, and “The laborer is worthy of his wages” refers to Luke 10:7. It’s clear that Luke’s gospel was already common knowledge and accepted as scripture by the time this letter was written.
Paul Quoted Luke’s Gospel in His Letter to the Corinthians
Paul also seems to have been familiar with the gospel of Luke when he wrote to the Corinthian church (nearly ten years earlier than his letter to Timothy). Notice the similarity between Paul’s description of the Lord’s Supper and Luke’s gospel:
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood.”(1 Cor. 11:23–25)
And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. (Luke 22:19–20)
Paul appears to be quoting Luke’s gospel—the only gospel that has Jesus saying that the disciples are to “do this in remembrance of me.” If Paul is trying to use a description of the meal that was already well known at the time, this account must have been circulating for a period of time prior to Paul’s letter.
Luke Quoted Mark (and Matthew) Repeatedly
Luke, when writing his own gospel, readily admitted that he was not an eyewitness to the life and ministry of Jesus. Instead, Luke described himself as a historian, collecting the statements from the eyewitnesses who were present at the time:
Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught. (Luke 1:1–4)
As a result, Luke often repeated or quoted entire passages that were offered previously by either Mark (350 verses from Mark appear in Luke’s gospel) or Matthew (250 verses from Matthew appear in Luke’s account). These passages were inserted into Luke’s gospel as though they were simply copied over from the other accounts. It’s reasonable, therefore, to conclude that Mark’s account was already recognized, accepted, and available to Luke prior to his authorship of the gospel.
Based on these facts, an early dating time-line can be established:
Illustration from Cold-Case Christianity
The evidence from history (and the texts themselves) most reasonably points to the early authorship of the Gospels. This early dating is helpful in assessing their truth status. If the Gospels were written this early, in the very region where the events took place, it would have been difficult for them to include obvious lies, given that they would have been written to people who were alive during the events recorded in the New Testament. These people would have been available to vet the content of the Gospels and call them out as lies if they contained fallacious information. The early dating of the Gospels is an important factor in determining their reliability (although it is only one of four criteria). This article is simply a brief outline of the case. For more information, refer to Cold-Case Christianity. In addition, if you would like a printable copy of this diagram, I’m offering it as this month’s FREE Bible Insert. Just visit the home page at ColdCaseChristianity.com and click the Bible Insert link in the right tool bar.
J. Warner Wallace, author of God’s Crime Scene, discusses his small scene in God’s Not Dead 2 (he appears in this film along with Christian Case Makers, Lee Strobel, Gary Habermas and Rice Broocks). This video is excerpted from the God’s Not Dead “Heart of the Story Video” (http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/). For more information about J. Warner’s books or free resources, please visit http://www.ColdCaseChristianity.com.
To see more interview videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.
There is a real war on Christmas.
But it has nothing to do with Starbucks.
If you’re one of the Christians “outraged” at Starbucks’ new minimal holiday cups you have been duped. Deceived. Tricked… Into thinking a company that takes snowmen and ornaments off of their cups is throwing down the gauntlet on Jesus.
The over-hyped media blitz about the war on Christmas is really a war on Christian intelligence.
The real war on Christmas, which I’ll share in just a minute, is much darker than any coffee Starbucks serves up.
One quick rant: We should never expect a mainstream, non-Christian company to uphold “our” beliefs and convictions about Jesus. Starbucks is not the church and they can do whatever they want with their cups. Besides, they never had the baby Jesus or the cross on their cups—we’re talking about Snowmen. Trees. Ornaments. Snow flakes.
These symbols might mean a lot to us, but they are not Christian.
I repeat. These symbols are not Christian.
Every year the controversy about mainstream companies assaulting our right to say Merry Christmas gets stirred up and social media goes crazy with well-meaning Christians posting knee-jerk responses.
It’s ridiculous. I’ll prove it to you.
There are Christians in prison in Iran right now. People Like Pastor Saeed Abedini who have given their life for the gospel and endured extreme persecution—with no end in sight.
There are Christians in Afghanistan who worship together—risking their lives in the midst of religious extremists.
There are teenagers in Sudan who are staking their claim for Jesus at the risk of torture, banishment and death.
This is the real war on Christmas.
The one that we like to look away from because it’s horrible, dark, gruesome and evil.
These are acts of war—focused on the actual person of Jesus and his followers.
If we could bend all of this energy away from cups and holiday greetings and open up our eyes to see the real battle—remember, the one where Satan seeks to devour us? Just think about the impact we could have on the mission of Christ?
It would be astounding.
If we could bypass all of these silly arguments and get serious about Christmas—and what it really means for the world, we would never cry out about pithy slogans or decorations. We would, instead, cry out for the world to know Jesus and for our brothers and sisters in prison—and suffering from persecution—to find freedom and relief through the very power of God.
We have the Holy Spirit within us. The same Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead and claimed victory over death and sin forever.
This Holy Spirit does not suffer silly arguments and neither should we.
This Holy Spirit is ready to be unleashed like wind all over the world when the Church prays holy prayers filled with expectancy, power and confidence in the strength of God and his listening ears.
Who cares what happens with cups and ornaments? Let’s care about what happens to people. Real people. Our real brothers and sisters who are experiencing the war on Christmas like you and I have never imagined.
Would Jesus jump on social media in outrage over Starbucks’ coffee cup color selections? I think it’s silly to think so. Not just silly, I’ll say it—it’s foolish.
Don’t fall for it. Don’t get sucked in.
Instead, let’s take our collective strength—and our social media real estate—and shoot up prayers and encouragement to the imprisoned, the persecuted and the faithful.
It’s so much easier to debate the color of cups—and call that a war—than it is to fix our gaze on real persecution and all the darkness surrounding it.
Let’s never forget about the real war on Christmas.
Jesus come quickly.
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The love of money — a craving for money as the source of our security — is an epidemic in our world, and maybe especially in our nation. So how do we kill the craving within us? In this lab, John Piper models what it means to fight temptation with the promises of God.
In three minutes, Trip Lee explains how he’s seen God’s strength glorified in his weakness. He encourages believers to embrace their weakness and rest in God’s strength.
Today’s Kindle deals include the classic (and still relevant) Christianity and Liberalism by Gresham Machen ($0.99); Finding Truth by Nancy Pearcey ($5.99); Heresy by Alister McGrath ($3.99); and In My Father’s House by Mary Kassian ($0.99).
“I had an abortion years ago. For the most part, I don’t even let my mind go there for fear of the terrible sadness that will follow. I know that others, like me, must be feeling the same pangs of grief.” She pens a moving letter to her child.
This is simple but important.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss is getting married this Saturday and is inviting you to watch the ceremony via livestream.
It’s very true and deadly dangerous.
There’s a scary little glimpse of our culture there at Yale. “It is no surprise that the students behave like bullies even as they see themselves as victims.”
Jared Wilson offers 10 reasons you should underprogram your church.
This Day in 1871. 144 years ago today, Henry Stanley finds David Livingstone at Ujiji, Lake Tanganyika, one of the most famous moments in missionary history, supposedly greeting him with the words, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume.” *
“What can a couple do to preserve the joyful loving intimacy of their marriage? Consider these seven gospel-centered principles.”
Ligonier Ministries announces a pair of new teaching fellows. I really appreciate the direction the ministry has taken with its teaching fellows.
ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Welcome to Starbucks’ new cross-dresser commercial – “Wow! Starbucks has released its first homosexual-themed commercial this week, featuring two crossdressers. Who would have seen that coming? Hey, remember whenCEO Howard Schultz was invited to the Global leadership Summit? Christian News Net reports…”
A Story of Redemption: My Abortion Story – “I had an abortion years ago. For the most part, I don’t even let my mind go there for fear of the terrible sadness that will follow. I know that others, like me, must be feeling the same pangs of grief. These images give us a glimpse of the brutality of what we participated in. It’s absolutely horrifying. As I’ve reflected on my own abortion in the wake of these videos emerging, I was reminded of something I did during my post-abortion counseling that helped me to grieve. I decided to write a letter to my baby to help me process, once again. I want to encourage you to do the same.”
The Broad Road and the Narrow Gate – “I find that I am often confused when I listen to or read modern day attitudes and notions, and maybe the reason for this is that they are… well, confusing. During my secular education and training, there was the appearance of great academic freedom; all the teachers preached it, all the professors demanded it. Listening to the popular media, freedom of expression and freedom of thought are touted as the right paths. I was always taught that to be broad-minded was good, and that to be narrow-minded was bad; free-thinkers were to be lauded, if not always copied…”
An Interview with Sam Allberry – “Sam Allberry joins Colin Smothers on Danvers Audio to talk about his book ‘Is God Anti-Gay,’ reparative therapy, pastoral ministry, and the practical benefits of a robust theology.”
God Says “No” for Your Joy – “The only time God gives us restrictions or prohibitions is for our joy. He never says “no” to us unless “no” will make us ultimately happier. Back in Eden, before the horrible fall, the only prohibition God placed on Adam was this: ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’ (Genesis 2:16–17) Adam, you have complete freedom to eat of every single tree in the entire garden except for the one tree that will kill your joy.”
Dr. James White – Understanding the Jehovah’s Witnesses
Who is Jesus? (What the Bible Really Says About Him)
Donall and Conall Convince the Mormon Missionaries They’re Going to Hell in 40.305 Seconds
“All death can do to the believer is deliver him to Jesus. It brings us into the eternal presence of our Savior.” – John MacArthur
Our Time is Short
What is The Gospel?
God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.
The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.
God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.
But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.
This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.
God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.
God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.
Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.
There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.
The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.
The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.
If you picked up a hitchhiker (not that I recommend doing that) and he saw a Bible on your car seat and said, “I’ve heard about this thing called the Gospel – can you explain it to me before you drop me off in one minute up the street?” What would you say?
Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?
Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:
1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension
Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:
1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.
2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.
3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.
4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).
5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.
That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.
That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.
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