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Jan 10 2010

Sunday Morning Sermon 1-10-10

Pelican SilhouetteI saw the following video and wanted to share it on my blog.  It’s not really a sermon in the true sense of the word as we would understand a church sermon, but nonetheless, it is a sermon.  It is a sermon because the Word of God is taught.

One of the folks being interviewed is a man who states he is a Christian and a follower of Christ.  Yet, he denies that a person must come to Christ, that is name Christ as Lord in order to be saved.  This folks, is universalism.  The man who makes these claims states that one can not only deny Christ but follow another religion even though he claims that Christianity is the true religion.  You will get a chance to hear his explanation in the video.

In order to incorporate these universal, all mankind will be saved, there is no option but to discard scripture that claims otherwise.  In that case, we would need to get out our pens and pencils and start crossing out and deleting parts of the Word of God that do not agree with us.  Either the Word of God is true or man’s beliefs are true.

John MacArthur, in this video, responds to these universal beliefs with scripture.  I hope you take the time to watch this very short video.  It is only 4 minutes long.

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  1. Margaret

    Tishrei,

    Boy!…. I don’t know how you find all this, but this sort of universal thinking seems to be getting more and more prevalent….. The root of their problem is probably pride….. They refuse to bow down to the one and only LORD and God….. They refuse to honestly admit that they are sinners doomed to eternity in hell.

    In the New Testament times, Jesus and the disciples said we are in the end times….. Just think how very, very patient God is with these people….. It has been 2,000 years and God’s word is still warning people about such pride, unbelief, and arrogance….. Talk about twisting the word of God!!!

    Note how very clear and to the point John MacArthur is….. And yet, they refuse to hear, see, and accept the truth….. Revelation tells us that in the end days the hearts of the people will be cold….. They are cold to the point of being ridiculous….. But, God is in control of all things and He will be the final Judge of all….. I wonder what they will say then.

    I wonder because in the parable Jesus told of Lazarus and the rich man, while in hell and all its suffering, the rich man still had the audacity to want to command Lazarus to come down and cool his tongue with a bit of water….. Even in his torment, the rich man looked upon Lazarus as a lowly servant….. He saw the absolute glory Lazarus was in, but could not connect the dots to realize that Lazarus was no longer in the position of a slave.

    Margaret

    1. Tishrei

      Okay Margaret, you made me laugh out loud for real when you said you don’t know how I find this stuff. I don’t know either, I just do :)

      You’re right, the rich man could not connect the dots. That’s not surprising for in Revelation, it says that even in the worst of times, man will be cursing God. Hard to imagine but that’s how it will be.

  2. Liz

    thanks for sharing this. and yes it is sad to see this even in christian circles today.
    i saw another video with that same talk show host talking to joel olsteen and i was very upset with how joel olsteen who by the way has a very large church and is not teaching biblically sound doctorine and many are blindly following him.

    people need to read their bibles and stand up for truth and speak it and not be ashamed of it. the scriptures are being so missed used these days it is scary..

    1. Tishrei

      HA! Don’t get me started on Joel Osteen, LOL. I call him and those like him “tickle my ear preachers.”

  3. Loren

    Sadly, this type of thinking is becoming more and more common in many churches. Some formerly conservative ministers who stood firm on the foundation of the Word of God have adapted what they like to call “Wider Mercy” wherein they teach that God will grant Salvation to people from of many different faiths. Basically, “Universalism” revamped for a new century (same old teaching, different language).

    It has become politically incorrect to teach what the Bible says about the fate of those who reject Jesus Christ, so people such as this minister in the video change it. It is interesting to note the obvious discomfort that these folks feel when they are confronted by what Scripture says (such as Dr. MacArthur does here) since their goal is to appease those ignorant of what the Bible says by pretending it says something else entirely.

    1. Tishrei

      Yeah, what’s really sad is that really good churches of days gone by had changed so much that they have adopted the world’s views on many things. I just don’t know how they justify to themselves and get around the Word. It’s really sad.

  4. Sandy

    Who knows, maybe John MacArthur is right and the greatest Greek scholars (Google “Famous Rapture Watchers”), who uniformly said that Rev. 3:10 means PRESERVATION THROUGH, were wrong. But John has a conflict. On the one hand, since he knows that all Christian theology and organized churches before 1830 believed the church would be on earth during the tribulation, he would like to be seen as one who stands with the great Reformers. On the other hand, if you have a warehouse of unsold pretrib rapture material, and if you want to have “security” for your retirement years and hope that the big California quake won’t louse up your plans, you have a decided conflict of interest – right, John? Maybe the Lord will have to help strip off the layers of his seared conscience which have grown for years in order to please his parents and his supporters – who knows? One thing is for sure: pretrib is truly a house of cards and is so fragile that if a person removes just one card from the TOP of the pile, the whole thing can collapse. Which is why pretrib teachers don’t dare to even suggest they could be wrong on even one little subpoint! Don’t you feel sorry for the straitjacket they are in? While you’re mulling all this over, Google “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” for a rare behind-the-scenes look at the same 179-year-old fantasy.

    1. Tishrei

      Hi Sandy,

      I will admit that I have not spent much time studying trib. I used to hold to pre-trib. That is not the view I hold anymore. It’s a long story how I came to a different conclusion but suffice it to say, I firmly hold to the post-trib view.

      In any event, I will say that there is not a single theologian that I agree with 100% all of the time including MacArthur. The only book or teaching that I hold to be absolute truth 100% is the Word of God. In the case of the above video, I can say that I do agree with MacArthur — salvation comes only through Christ. And to be perfectly honest, I have no idea what views MacArthur holds as to the tribulation, whether pre or post. I’ve never read any of his works on that particular doctrine.

      Personally, I think a lot of Christians are going to be going “what???” if we’re around when the end time comes. We’re not getting out scott-free while those that come to Christ during that time have to endure. Also, if the restrainer is removed, then there is no possible way anyone can come to Christ for it is through the work of the Holy Spirit that anyone can even come to faith.

      I actually heard it taught that those that come to Christ during the tribulation are not part of the church and therefore can lose their salvation. So what are they part of? They are not unbelievers but not part of the church — that would make them what? Are they not part of the body of Christ? The body of Christ is the church.

      In the end, it’s not something that I make a sticking point — there are many wonderful and very strong Christians that hold to different views in this respect. I wish them to be right on this issue because I also would get out scott-free but alas, I don’t believe they are right. But there are some unbelievable Christians that hold to that view from whom I learn a lot in other respects.

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