Daily Archives: November 5, 2016

#AnyGivenSunday: A Video Encouragement for the Election Season

Our team recently put together a video to encourage Christians around the country during the election season, and we compiled sermon clips from each of the 50 states on September 18, 2016. The video is called “Any Given Sunday.”

The video is not political in nature, but encourages people to trust in the Lord and in his Word.

Will you help us share this message of encouragement?

Five Ways to Share the Video

Here are five ways you can share “Any Given Sunday” this election season. Use the hashtag #AnyGivenSunday when you share on social media:

1. Share the video from our YouTube channel.

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3. Click here to tweet about it.

4. Share this article with friends, family, and others.

5. Text the video link to others by copy/pasting it into a text message.

“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” (1 Peter 1:24-25)

We are standing on God’s enduring Word with you!

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November 5, 2016: This ‘n’ That, Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

An interesting look at false “spiritual warfare.”
Fred Butler is now tackling heretic Hugh Ross’ book, Navigating Genesis.  Looks to be a good series exposing the false teachings of Ross’ ministry.
Jen Hatmaker and her husband are standing firm in their ideology about homosexuality and the Bible — they claim the Bible only addresses homosexual behavior in certain circumstances, which doesn’t include “a life-long monogamous commitment,” which they claim “can be holy before God.” This lie has been propagated over and over by the “gay Christian” cult, and has been prove false by proper hermeneutics ad nauseum.  They want to call “holy” what God has called an abomination!  This couple are dangerous wolves, and have proven they are not Christians.
Rachel Held Evans, another well-known false teacher, has jumped on the Hatmaker bandwagon supporting them and those who practice homosexual behaviors.
Interesting that the books RHE recommends are all by liberals who reject what the Bible says and twist scripture beyond recognition so as to support what God calls abominable. I’d suggest those who doubt what God says, and who need to learn real hermeneutics, go find these books (for starters) and learn the truth:
The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics, by Robert A.J. Gagnon;
Straight & Narrow? Compassion & Clarity in the Homosexuality Debate, by Thomas E. Schmidt; Scripture & Homosexuality: Biblical Authority and the Church Today, by Marion L. Soards; The Same Sex Controversy: Defending and Clarifying the Bible’s Message About Homosexuality, by James R. White & Jeffrey D. Niell.
Lifeway has pulled Hatmaker’s books, but this only shows that they have limits to what apostasy and false teachings they will tolerate; after all, they sell tons of material by false teacher Beth Moore and false prophet Sarah Young (among others).  As this article points out, Lifeway has no doctrinal guidelines to begin with.
However, this incident also shows another problem with Hillsong — their lead artist says  the Hatmaker’s teaching on same-sex fake marriage to be “refreshing”!
Answering the Galileo Myth.  Good information for the next time you deal with and atheist claiming the Church has always denied science.
The different gospel of Seth Barnes, head of World Race and Adventures in Missions, is horrid!!!!  He is leading many to a false Christ.
Origin of the Emergent Church movement, and it’s prime teachers.
Michael Brown shows lack of discernment as well as personal gullibility.
Bridal Mysticism” – i.e., “Jesus is my boyfriend” theology.  This makes me wonder about Beth Moore’s status; did she ever really know the true Gospel?
Bethel students are so deceived as to think they can heal a man in a wheelchair.  This is an example of the harm caused by Bill Johnson and his ilk.
Until next week, keep on discerning!
Source: Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

This ‘n’ That

  •  This is one of my favorite highlight articles about Game 7 of the World Series.
  • It’s true, I never thought I’d see this Wrigley Field marquee.
  • Amid the risk of baseball idolatry, it’s good to ask, “whom do you serve?”
  • To live is Christ, to die is gain.
  • Hm, I wonder if the Pope will be visiting this Reformation exhibit?
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Another good article on Luther and the Reformation (remember, this year marks the 499thanniversary of the start of the Reformation).
  • I’m enjoying the current Grace to You radio series, “The Best of Christmas.” What could be better than hearing about Jesus?
  • Speaking of Grace to You, don’t miss out on their Autumn sale, where almost everything is 25% off!
  • Apparently abortion by prescription is becoming rather popular.
  • If you’re following the Hatmaker debacle, here are Kevin DeYoung’s thoughts on the Hatmaker hermeneutic.
  • Jesus isn’t a Messiah, He is the Messiah:

The Atheist Delusion

Having to prove the existence of God to an atheist is like having to prove the existence of the sun, at noon on a clear day. Yet millions are embracing the foolishness of atheism. “The Atheist Delusion” pulls back the curtain and reveals what is going on in the mind of those who deny the obvious. It introduces you to a number of atheists who you will follow as they go where the evidence leads, find a roadblock, and enter into a place of honesty that is rarely seen on film.

My Sin Makes Me Worry If I am Really Saved

Once in a while I will receive an email like the following from someone who is worried that some sin they have committed may have crossed the place of no return to God’s favor.

Visitor: Even after I was sealed for the day of redemption, I still have sinned against God. I continue to fight addicting sin(s), and though most of the time I defeat the sin, sometimes I foolishly give in to it. I’m so sorry that I have given in to foolish and sinful lusts, and all I want to do is to cast away those actions forever, and to be forgiven, and sin no more. But I don’t know if I am saved anymore, because I have really been scared that my repentance is not true, because I have again sinned, and that God has cast me away. Please help me, because I am very scared. I want to be forgiven and be different.

Response: Remember, your sin is not greater than Christ’s grace and work. Having been united to Christ, the Spirit of adoption can no longer come to you in a Spirit of bondage and fear because in Christ you no longer stand in your own sins, merit or performances, but are clothed in His righteousness. Because of Jesus you are already on the other side of justice and it can no longer have you (Rom 8:1). No condemnation for you in Christ for the full justice of God has been satisfied. Christ’s once for all sacrifice means there is no longer necessary a sacrifice for sin year after year (as in Leviticus) but now His atoning work is sufficient for all time for you before God. Remember, you can neither attain, nor maintain, your right standing before God. You never did and never will, for sin cannot dissolve the covenant which God has graciously granted you in Christ. Now as always, our only hope is Jesus Christ. When God justified you, He did not then, and does not now, look at you but rather, at the covenant He made with you in Christ. Consider, when God made the covenant of grace with Abraham, God made Abraham sleep and God himself walked through the divided animals and so promised to take on Himself the punishment if Abraham did not fulfill his side of the covenant. And so it was, the seed of Abraham (that’s us) all failed to keep the covenant and so God Himself came in the flesh to fully bear up the punishment we justly deserve for not keeping our side of it. Jesus Kept it for us. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves, from our side. We are justified for His sake, not for anything God sees in us or will see in us.

It was not your obedience, repentance or faith that caused God to justify you because none of these things can pay for sin – not now, not ever. Only Christ alone can save and pay for sin. And He did. Your safety is based, therefore, on Christ’s merit, not on what you do, otherwise you are looking in your self for confidence before God, rather than Christ. No one, not one of us would have confidence if we had only to look to ourselves. So look to Christ. Herein is the gospel.

And if one thinks they can lose their salvation because of some sin they committed, they are essentially saying that what Christ did for them is insufficient. They are looking to Christ PLUS their keeping of the Law. It misses the whole point of the gospel which is that Christ saves from first to last. The passage that warns the Hebrews against falling away is warning them against one thing: abandoning trust in Christ alone by going back to now worthless and obsolete things, such as trusting in the temple sacrifice and the Law in order to be justified. The warnings in Hebrews are given to those in the covenant community that they would not be tempted to turn from trusting Jesus alone (who is God over all) for some lesser or meaningless ritual act or law keeping that supposedly now can curry God’s favor. Trusting in anything except Christ alone, who is the light that scatters all shadows, is said to be tantamount to “trampling under foot the Son of God”, that is, believing that His once of all sacrifice is insufficient in itself to save. If something in place of, or in addition to, Jesus is trusted in it is no different than a denial of Him. So in context, the persons who go back by trading in Christ for the now-empty ritual of the temple (that itself was meant to point to the fulfillment in Christ), are then re-crucifying the Son to their shame. But unfortunately, Hebrews 6:4-8 is often read in isolation apart from this context.

In fact this is a backdoor to the Galatian heresy where Paul says, “Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” (Gal 3:3) To believe one can lose salvation, therefore, is trusting in something other than Jesus Christ to keep you righteous in Him. The Hebrews were tempted to go back to temple sacrifice (trusting in something other than Christ) and the doctrine that one can lose salvation is likewise trusting in ones’ own moral ability to maintain a just standing before God, since Jesus, according to them, is unable to save completely those who He came to save. Either we are trusting in Christ alone to both attain and maintain our justification or we are trusting in something worthless which the author of Hebrews gives severe warnings about. Quite ironic. That passage is a warning passage for the very error those who teach we can lose salvation are making.

So if your faith is in him today, no matter what you have done your sins are forgiven. As surely as God is good, in Christ’s blood He remembers to never treat you as your sins justly deserve because justice has already been carried out (past tense) for them. You have been set free in Christ and have been given a new heart that loves God. We trust and obey Christ, not in order to be saved but because He has saved us already. May he grant you a Spirit of revelation and an increasing knowledge of Him that your affection for Him would overcome all other vain affections.

Note: Let me just mention as an aside that your concern, your fight against sin and your sorrow for sin give witness that the Spirit is at work in you, for your would be indifferent to sin if you were unregenerate or in the flesh. A. W. Pink once wisely said,

“It is not the absence of sin but the grieving over it which distinguishes the child of God from empty professors.” 

Jeremiah Burroughs declared,

“… a true sorrow for sin, true repentance, is a continual act that must abide all our lives.” 

The apostle Paul said,

“As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.” (2 Cor 7:9).

Regarding sin and confession for believers again Paul said,

“if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged.  But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.” (1 Cor 11:31)

This demonstrates that a regenerate believer either confesses sin or the Spirit disciplines us until we feel sorrow for it, for in doing so He promises to preserve us and never let us go.

Source: My Sin Makes Me Worry If I am Really Saved