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"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." - Matthew 7:13-14
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You Must be Born Again - Proclaiming the Gospel Broadcast
Two Paths to Eternity - ONE WAY JESUS
The following is from the Grace To You Blog:
The Living and Active Word of God by John MacArthur
God’s Word is alive in a truer sense than we are. As Peter quotes Isaiah 40:6–8, “For, ‘all flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever’” (1 Peter 1:24–25).
In the world around us, the things we call “living” are really dying. What we call “the land of the living” is probably better named “the land of the dying,” because wherever you look, death is doing its work of decay and destruction. In the final analysis, death is the monarch of this world.
Against this background of decay and death, the Word of God stands as eternal truth. The corruption of this world can’t penetrate God’s Word, deteriorate its reality, or decay its truth. Scripture’s life-giving power is readily apparent in many self-authenticating ways.
Read more: https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B170517
The following is from Blogos.org:
Saving Faith vs. Intellectual Assent By Justin Tilghman
Jesus is the Son of God. He died for our sins, and rose again. Can you believe this and still not be saved?
This is a very good question. First of all let me stress that I do not intend to judge the hearts of men and women and make determination on their final states. We often do not have total insight into the lives of individuals and can only determination if they are saved by examining the fruit of their lives. But God's Word can help us in thinking through the question.
There was a similar question posed in Scripture and I think it's important for us to go back to God's Word for more information. In James 2:14-26 it appears that James may be dealing with a very similar situation. James 2:19 says, "You believe that God is one, you do well. Even the demons believe — and shudder!" In the context of that passage, James is discussing the importance of works as validation for faith. Works DO NOT save us, but they can serve as the "fruit" that validates the sincerity of our internal faith. In v. 19 we see James saying that "faith," without verifying fruit, is no different than demons, who are indeed in hell.
Read more: http://www.blogos.org/theologyapologetics/saving-faith-intellectual-assent.php
Saving faith vs. demon faith - ONE WAY JESUS
Knowing Jesus vs. knowing about Jesus - ONE WAY JESUS
The following is from Blogos.org:
The Midnight Cry: The Pope, Ecumenicalism, and the End Times By Jim Allen
With every passing second, the hands of time move closer to the midnight hour. Jesus is waiting for the Father to say, "Call my children home." But, while we wait for the midnight cry of the Bridegroom, there is another cry going around the world.
Some years ago, Pope Francis called on Christianity and Islam to resolve differences by coming together in peace and unity and brotherhood. I wrote about the call in a Keep Watch article entitled Chrislam.
During the pope's visit to United States in 2015, evangelicals, upon hearing the pontiff's call to unite in love, responded in large numbers showing unwavering support. Some, so convincingly persuaded, are going home to Sancta Mater Ecclesia, the "Holy Mother Church."
The Pope has now expanded this call to all believers in God to become one in love and unity...
Read more: http://www.blogos.org/keepwatch/pope-ecumenicalism.php
Pope Francis' video prayer message: 'I believe in love'
Defining God: Oprah’s New Age Spirituality and the Power of Influence by David Fiorazo
Oprah Winfrey has become more influential than most of America’s pastors and religious leaders. Too many people today follow pop-culture icons and celebrities and even many Christians end up believing their teachings. Oprah has launched book sales and resuscitated careers for many authors and spiritual gurus while giving proponents of higher spirituality a platform, particularly those who promote a New Age philosophy.
In one interview on her network, OWN, she asked Deepak Chopra and other leading spiritual thinkers about God; remember, she promotes these folks and their teachings as truth. It went like this:
Oprah: What is your definition of God?
Deepak Chopra: God is the evolutionary impulse of the universe…
Debbie Ford: A spiritual energy. It has no denomination, it has no judgment…
Wayne Dyer: God is the highest place within each and every one of us. It’s our divine self.
Gary Zukav: I don’t have a definition of God, because I’ve never really understood that word…
Marianne Williamson: An all-encompassing love that is the source of all, the reality of all, and the being through which I am.
Eckhart Tolle: God is beyond all the forms of life, but also indwells every form of life as their essence. God is both beyond and within.
Remember this: Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:13-15), and in these last days, false prophets and teachers will deceive many professing Christians. Jesus warned true believers many times to be watchful and to “be not deceived.”
Read more: http://davidfiorazo.com/2015/10/oprahs-new-age-spirituality-and-definitions-of-god/
The following is from the Institute for Creation Research:
The Wonderful Truth of the Trinity by Henry Morris
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (1 John 5:7)
The above text is the clearest and most succinct statement of the doctrine of the Trinity in the Bible, but also probably the most controversial verse in the Bible. Many authorities believe it was not in John's original epistle, but was added by some ancient copyist. Consequently, although it is in the King James Bible, most modern English translations omit it. There are others (including this writer) who are convinced it was in the original and should be retained.
In any case, the truth of the Trinity is taught in many other passages of the New Testament and does not depend on this particular verse. It is undoubtedly the most distinctive doctrine of the Christian faith. Most religions are either pantheistic (e.g., Buddhism) or polytheistic (e.g., Hinduism). Two other religions are monotheistic (Judaism, Islam), but only Christianity recognizes the one real God (the Triune God--Father, Son, Holy Spirit)--one God in three Persons.
The sacred book of the Muslims--the Koran--regards Jesus as only a prophet, repeatedly denouncing as infidels all those who believe in the Trinity. The Jews often consider Jesus to have been a great teacher, but no more than that. To the Christian, however, the Lord Jesus Christ is a person yet God incarnate, God's only begotten Son--Creator, Savior, King of kings and Lord of lords. Christians also believe that the Holy Spirit is not just a spiritual influence, but a real person, the third Person of the Godhead.
Read more: https://www.icr.org/article/2494/
The Only True God by Henry Morris (ICR)
Three in One in Genesis by Paul Taylor (Creation Moments)
Our Triune God by John MacArthur (GTY)
Kennedy Classics - What’s So Amazing About Grace?
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, strength—and your neighbor as yourself. On this command, Jesus said, hang all the law and the prophets. Loving God is a commandment—it is the law of love. With our fallen nature, we are no more capable of keeping that command, in our own strength, than we are of any other command in the law. In sharp contrast to the law, which condemns us from within, comes the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is an external announcement—and a very surprising one at that. God’s decision to rescue us from the judgment of the law, through the perfect work of Christ, runs contrary to our common understanding. Only in Christianity is the mercy of God established through His justice. And only through Christ could this justice ever be fulfilled, as Dr. D. James Kennedy shares in his message: “What’s So Amazing About Grace?”
There are some "Christian" religions who use images, statues, etc. in their prayer and worship but refuse to call it what God calls it: idolatry. These "Christian" religions claim that they are not praying to/and or worshiping these images/statues but rather what they represent. The Bible makes no such distinction. The one true God must be worshiped in spirit and truth and not in the way that the pagans worship their false gods!
What does God's word have to say about those who serve and worship created things (images, statues, relics, etc.) instead of the one true Creator God?
Our God is in the heavens;
he does all that he pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
eyes, but do not see.
They have ears, but do not hear;
noses, but do not smell.
They have hands, but do not feel;
feet, but do not walk;
and they do not make a sound in their throat.
Those who make them become like them;
so do all who trust in them.
O Israel, trust in the LORD!
He is their help and their shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD!
He is their help and their shield.
You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD! - Psalm 115:3-11a
"...[W]e know that 'an idol has no real existence,' and that 'there is no God but one.' For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many 'gods' and many 'lords'—yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist." 1 Cor 4b-6
"Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the LORD your God." - Leviticus 19:4
"You shall not make idols for yourselves or erect an image or pillar, and you shall not set up a figured stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am the LORD your God." - Leviticus 26:1
"And you have seen their detestable things, their idols of wood and stone, of silver and gold, which were among them." - Deuteronomy 29:17
"They have made me jealous with what is no god; they have provoked me to anger with their idols." - Deuteronomy 32:21a
"For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens." - 1 Chronicles 16:26
"I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD." - Psalm 31:6
"What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols!" - Habakkuk 2:18
"An idol! A craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and casts for it silver chains." - Isaiah 40:19
"I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols." - Isaiah 42:8
"Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love." - Jonah 2:8
"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." - 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
"But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death." - Revelation 21:8
Faith and Repentance Inseparable - C. H. Spurgeon
"Repent ye, and believe the gospel."—Mark 1:15
While the gospel is a command, it is a two-fold command explaining itself. "Repent ye, and believe the gospel."
I know some very excellent brethren—would God there were more like them in zeal and love—who, in their zeal to preach up simple faith in Christ have felt a little difficulty about the matter of repentance; and I have known some of them who have tried to get over the difficulty by softening down the apparent hardness of the word repentance, by expounding it according to its more usual Greek equivalent, a word which occurs in the original of my text, and signifies "to change one's mind." Apparently they interpret repentance to be a somewhat slighter thing than we usually conceive it to be, a mere change of mind, in fact. Now, allow me to suggest to those dear brethren, that the Holy Ghost never preaches repentance as a trifle; and the change of mind or understanding of which the gospel speaks is a very deep and solemn work, and must not on any account be depreciated. Moreover, there is another word which is also used in the original Greek for repentance, not so often I admit, but still is used, which signifies "an after-care," a word which has in it something more of sorrow and anxiety, than that which signifies changing one's mind. There must be sorrow for sin and hatred of it in true repentance, or else I have read my Bible to little purpose. In very truth, I think there is no necessity for any other definition than that of the children's hymn--
"Repentance is to leave
The sins we loved before,
And show that we in earnest grieve,
By doing so no more."
To repent does mean a change of mind; but then it is a thorough change of the understanding and all that is in the mind, so that it includes an illumination, an illumination of the Holy Spirit; and I think it includes a discovery of iniquity and a hatred of it, without which there can hardly be a genuine repentance. We must not, I think, undervalue repentance. It is a blessed grace of God the Holy Spirit, and it is absolutely necessary unto salvation.
Read more: http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0460.php
How Do I Repent? What is Repentance? - C.H. Spurgeon
Paul Washer - What is repentance?
Don't Expect a Perfect Repentance - Paul Washer
Jesus Christ is Your Only Hope by Bob Jennings
I like a Savior, that really got the job done. And dealt with my sins. If any man sins, we’ve got to remember, we’ve got an advocate, don’t worry about what you’ve done or haven’t done. You’ve got to look to the Savior. You’ve got an advocate. Without Him we are in all sorts of trouble with the living God. We’ve have got the best of lawyers. He never lost a case. He never failed. Jesus Christ, the righteous.
No it’s not a matter of what we’ve done, you couldn’t go over there and join with those in the jungles of Africa and offer pigs and chicken for your sin; it wouldn’t do you a bit of good. You could go down on the Andes’ Mountains and offer young virgins for your sin, that wouldn’t do any good. You could offer rivers of oil and thousands of beasts, and that wouldn’t do any good Micah says. You could go and win a thousand souls for Christ and that wouldn’t do you any good, to find favor with God, to find a reprieve from God. There is nothing, nothing!
And so we’ve got to come to Christ, Nothing in my hand I bring, nothing Lord! There is no hope of me ever standing before the living God, on that great day, apart from what you are and what you’ve done. Christ and Him crucified, that’s the glorious gospel. It’s not a matter of who did what, it’s the matter of a person, and so we are putting our trust in Jesus Christ. That person and what He did on the cross, Jesus Christ the righteous. That’s our confidence. Ya, we’ve got a real good lawyer, we have Jesus Christ the righteous.
Who knew no sin, He did no sin, He had no sin, in Him there was no sin! He walked a perfect life, He died a perfect death, He rose again with mighty power. Jesus said “It’s finished.” (John 19:30) and God says “It’s well done,” and He raised Him from the grave. Seated Him at His right hand, with all authority and put everything in His hand. He’s the man, Jesus from Nazareth, He’s been given authority over all flesh to give eternal life to as many as the Father has given Him. And I am saying “Lord Jesus, I trust, I believe, I do believe that you died for me.” “You really did propitiate and remove the wrath of God!” “And bold shall I stand in that great day, because of what Jesus did.” Greater love has no man then this, that a man lay down his life for his friend. That is the greatest manifestation of the love of God towards you as believer. “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my life, my soul, my all!” You know, that Jesus would personally die for me, personally.” C.T. Studd says “If Christ be God and died for me, there’s no sacrifice to great for me to make for Him.”
You’ve gotta flee from the wrath to come! And say “Lord Jesus I believe, I believe you died for sinners, I believe you died for sinners just like me, I’m headed for hell, with no reason you should take me to heaven, but I’m trusting that you died and really did pay that sin debt.” That’s the gospel. The good news… is that although I’m a sinner deserving of hell, I right now can stand perfect and have favor in the sight of God! That’s the good news. Because of what Jesus did. Glory to God! and Glory to the Lamb forever! To Him be glory power, honor, and dominion forever and ever, because of what He did.
Source: I'll Be Honest: Jesus Christ is Your Only Hope
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