Guest: Jim Stitzinger, pastor, Grace Bible Church
You probably agree that Christians are called to take the gospel to the lost but does that mean going into “dens of iniquity” like bars and nightclubs to do so? Jesus Himself shared the gospel to the outcasts of society such as tax collectors and prostitutes so how should we follow in His footsteps today? Read more
Guest: Joel Beeke, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
Bring up the theology known as Calvinism and you will get a wide variety of responses, from quizzical looks to abject loathing and everything in between.
Also known as Reformed Theology or the Doctrines of Grace, Calvinism is nothing if not misunderstood. Read more
S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week
THE DIVINE MEANS OF RECEIVING DIVINE HEALING
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the true process of salvation by faith for those saved by God.
Scripture Reference: Ephesians 2:8-10
Click here to listen to Part 6 of an 8-week series: The Divine Means of Receiving Divine Healing
Now, we are continuing our series of studies in the most important Christian truths. Obviously I’ve made a selection out of a score or two of them that could be called that. And today our subject is “The Divine Means for Receiving Divine Blessing.” And so we are turning for Scripture reading to Ephesians chapter 3, verse 8 through verse 10. A very familiar portion and I know that you can see from the reading of the Scripture the place that evangelical faith has in our salvation. Ephesians chapter 2, and verse 8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Now, I would also like for you to turn to Romans chapter 3, and let me read just a few verses there as well. Romans chapter 3 and I’ll read verse 24 and 25, and then verse 28. Romans 3, verse 24 contains these words, “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.” Perhaps it would be fitting to read the next verse which completes the paragraph. “To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” And then you might wonder why I’ve chosen to read verse 28. It has a historical significance. This is a verse in which Luther in translating the Bible into the German language, for the Germans who were not used to reading the Bible in their own language, Luther added a word not found in the Greek text. The Roman Catholics, who were in controversy with him, although he was a Roman Catholic at the time, were very much upset, of course, with Luther’s doctrine, and so they picked up this addition to the Scripture to criticize Luther. This is what he wrote, verse 28, “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” He added the word “alone,” the German word allein, alone. And he was criticized for that.
But it illustrates an important point. It illustrates the point that certain concepts are found, even when the precise words may not be found. Because it’s obvious, if as Paul states here, we are justified by faith, and apart from the works of the Law, then obviously if there are no works involved in our justification, and we’re justified by faith, it’s faith alone. It was a natural, logical, and true inference derived from what the apostle has just stated. But of course, when we’re anxious to criticize we can find all kinds of rationalization by which to criticize. That is a principle that applies to us as well. May the Lord bless this reading of his word and let’s bow together now for a moment of prayer.
Guest: John MacArthur, pastor, Grace Community Church
This program was originally broadcast on September 12, 2009. Click here to listen and read preview and transcript.
Guest: Steven Lawson, pastor, Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Mobile, AL
This program was originally broadcast on December 20, 2008. Click here to listen and read preview and transcript.
By the grace of God, and the brave action of fast-thinking passengers over the skies of Detroit last week, Americans were spared a massive terrorist attack that was planned for Day. Chilling details are now emerging of a wider plot, with possibly hundreds of suicide bombers coming to the U.S. Yemen’s foreign minister told a British paper, “Of course there are a number of al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen and some of their leaders. We realise this danger. They may actually plan attacks like the one we have just had in Detroit. There are maybe hundreds of them — 200, 300.”
Dozens of similar terror plots have been foiled over the last eight years, as I document in Inside The Revolution. But overall, the West is still asleep to the danger posed by adherents of Radical Islam.
The U.N. is doing nothing to stop Iran from getting the Bomb. Europe is doing nothing to stop Iran from getting the Bomb. Asia is doing nothing to stop Iran from getting the Bomb. President Obama refuses to recognize that his diplomatic overtures to the Radical regime in Iran are being laughed at in Tehran, while the mullahs race for nuclear weapons continues unabated. The President refuses to fully support the pro-democracy Reformers in the streets of Iran, even though they are willing to die to bring about true, peaceful change in their country. The President, to his credit, has committed more U.S. troops to fight al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. But he dithered for much of the year and let many Americans die on the battlefield in the process. Meanwhile, Washington is doing everything it can to restrain Israel from dealing decisively with Iran.
How is all this a recipe for protecting the American people and our most faithful allies from disaster? We have been fortunate so far. But how long can this last if so many leaders pay little or no serious attention to the central threat of our time?
- Explosive in Detroit terror case could have blown hole in airplane, sources say
- ABC News: Underwear bomb
- ‘Hundreds of al-Qaeda militants planning attacks from Yemen’
- Abdulmutallab: More Like Me In Yemen — Accused Northwest Bomber Says More Bombers On the Way; Al Qaeda Promises to Hit Americans
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S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week
HUMAN SALVATION BY SOVEREIGN GRACE
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the power of God’s grace in saving humans.
Scripture Reference: Romans 5:20-21
Click here to listen to Part 5 of an 8-week series: Human Salvation By Sovereign Grace
This morning we are turning again to Romans chapter 5 and we are reading to two verses. And then we will turn to Ephesians chapter 1 and read a few verses there as well for our Scripture reading. Romans chapter 5 verses 20 and 21. You may remember that in two of our precious studies we have referred to Romans chapter 5 quite fully. There is, however, a section of the epistle that bears on the topic for today which is “Human Salvation by Sovereign Grace”. And so we’re reading verses 20 and 21. And the apostle writes here answering a natural question that might arise. Because you see, he’s been setting out how Jesus Christ and how Adam are similar and also how they’re different. They are similar, as we have pointed out, in the fact that they both are representative men; covenantal heads. Adam, the covenantal head of all people. Christ, the covenantal head of the people of God.
Now, we have argued that that is the most gracious way in which God could have carried out his relationship with men. I never found a more gracious way by which God may have dealt with us. He dealt with us by the covenantal head of Adam and Christ. And as a result of the fact that we all feel in Adam it’s possible for us to find redemption in the saving work of Christ. And so Paul spells out the relationship between the first Adam and the last Adam. They are largely different, but in one respect, that respect, they are similar. They both are covenantal heads.
Otherwise they are different. From Adam we are guilty sinners under condemnation. From Christ we receive righteousness, life, justification. So all of the things that we lose in one sense are gained through the last Adam.
Guest: David Barton, president of Wallbuilders
It seems that American history was once taught with emphasis on our Christian founders and principles but visit most any classroom today and you’ll get a much different history lesson of America being founded by secularists who wanted to keep church and state separate. Christian historians, they say, are the ones getting it all wrong.
But is that really the case? Is or was America actually a “Christian nation”? What does it mean Read more
Guest: Jerry Bridges, author, Is God Really In Control?
Your husband loses his job and now the bank comes calling for your mortgage payment. You receive word that your child has terminal cancer. Thousands of people die seemingly randomly in an earthquake. A tyrant murders Christians in his own country without being brought to justice.
Where is God in all of this? Is He really sovereign and in control Read more