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Expositor’s Conference Audio Available

September 30, 2010 by  
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Expositor’s Conference 2010 was held in Mobile, Alabama at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, September 27th and 28th.  It was an excellent conference focused on the Holiness of God in preaching and featured the teaching of R.C. Sproul and Steve Lawson.  The audio is now available on SermonAudio.com, simply click on a link below.  (For those of you that do not yet follow us on Twitter we have included the live conference Twitter feed just below the audio links.)

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Dr. Steven J. LawsonExpositors ConferenceMalachi 3:6

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Dr. R. C. SproulExpositors ConferenceChrist Fellowship Baptist

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Dr. R. C. SproulExpositors ConferenceLeviticus 10

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Dr. Steven J. LawsonExpositors ConferenceEphesians 1

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Dr. R. C. SproulExpositors ConferenceIsaiah 6

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Dr. R. C. SproulExpositors ConferenceChrist Fellowship Baptist

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Dr. Steven J. LawsonExpositors ConferenceExodus 33:18

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Dr. Steven J. LawsonExpositors Conference1 Peter 4:10,11

  1. “Human nature has never changed and God has never changed. ” Lawson 7:52 PM Sep 28th
  2. Lawson – “Al Mohler’s library in the basement of his home is the 8th wonder of the world.” 6:57 PM Sep 28th

  3. Last session about to begin – Preaching the Immutability of God by Dr. Steve Lawson. Tune in LIVE on sermonaudio.com. 6:31 PM Sep 28th

  4. We have a tendency to think of God being glorified only in the manifestation of His mercy – He is just as glorified by His justice. Sproul 4:15 PM Sep 28th

  5. RC Sproul – “If you really want to know the will of God it’s your sanctification.” 3:42 PM Sep 28th

  6. Afternoon break now, back at 3:30 for Q&A with RC Sproul and Steve Lawson. Watch on sermonaudio.com Expositors conference. 2:42 PM Sep 28th

  7. “The gravity of our preaching is in the gravity of God.” Lawson 2:41 PM Sep 28th

  8. “Even the smallest sin is an act of cosmic treason… I elevate my will over the will of God.” Sproul 2:39 PM Sep 28th

  9. Regarding church Sproul says “We’ve lost the sense of transition… from the common to the uncommon, between the profane and the holy. 2:37 PM Sep 28th

  10. Starting afternoon session, Sproul on The Wrath of God. Tune in Live on sermonaudio.com 1:29 PM Sep 28th

  11. In true southern hospitality style, we head to lunch here at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church. 12:20 PM Sep 28th

  12. “The one question on the table, ‘What can a dead man do?’…Answer: ‘stink’. We cannot birth ourselves” Lawson 12:18 PM Sep 28th

  13. “How intentional, individual and eternal is His love for us” Lawson 12:16 PM Sep 28th

  14. “The higher we set the holiness of God and the lowness of man’s condition the greater we manifest God’s grace.” Lawson 11:59 AM Sep 28th

  15. “The thunder and lightening of our ministry is ‘Thus says the Lord.’ ” Lawson 11:56 AM Sep 28th

  16. Eph 1, Preaching the grace of God – Lawson. Watch LIVE on sermonaudio.com, search for Expositor’s Conference. 10:48 AM Sep 28th

  17. “The most neglected attribute of God is the simplicity of God. God IS His attributes. You can’t take one attribute against another” Sproul 10:35 AM Sep 28th

  18. Expositors Conf day 2 – Sproul about to preach on holiness of God. We’ll send u a highlight or two.
  19. Sproul – “Don’t poison my sheep, feed my sheep. Care about the sheep enough to give them what they need not what they want.” 11:04 PM Sep 27th
  20. RC Sproul was asked what he felt were his most important books – Answer: Holiness of God, Chosen by God, and The Priest with Dirty Clothes 11:00 PM Sep 27th

  21. Q&A with RC Sproul & Steve Lawson. Webcasting available LIVE on sermonaudio.com. Search for Expositor’s Conference. 8:07 PM Sep 27th

  22. “We are but messengers… God is the author.” 8:02 PM Sep 27th

  23. Lawson – 1 Peter 4:10-11; the gift, gravity and goal of preaching. 7:44 PM Sep 27th

  24. We’re at Expositor’s Conference in Mobile, AL featuring RC Sproul & Steve Lawson on the Holiness of God – stay tuned for highlights. 4:28 PM Sep 27th

Tune into the 2010 Ligonier Conference LIVE Webcast

June 17, 2010 by  
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The Ligonier Ministries National Conference is being held June 17-19, 2010 in Orlando, Florida and you can watch the LIVE webcast here.

The speaker lineup is a veritable who’s who among today’s most influential preachers:  R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur, Alistair Begg, Albert Mohler, Steve Lawson and several others.  The theme of the conference is “Tough Questions Christians Face.”

Thursday’s schedule includes:

3:10 pm ET  Why Did Jesus Have to Die? – John MacArthur
Many skeptics have argued that the Christian doctrine of the atonement is inherently unjust. How is it just, they say, for an innocent man like Jesus to be punished for the sins of another? Even professing evangelicals have questioned the doctrine of substitutionary atonement, with one going so far as to call it “cosmic child abuse.” In this lecture, Dr. John MacArthur looks at the biblical doctrine of the atonement showing how the righteousness and holiness of God are upheld in it.

5:10 pm ET  Is the Doctrine of Inerrancy Defensible? – Michael Horton
For centuries orthodox Christians have taught that the Holy Scriptures are inerrant.  Skeptics, on the other hand, claim that this doctrine is meaningless, saying that the doctrine of inerrancy has died the death of a thousand qualifications.  How should Christians respond?  In this lecture, Dr. Michael Horton explains what the orthodox Christian doctrine of inerrancy means and shows how and why it remains a defensible part of our confession.

8:00 pm ET Does the Doctrine of the Divine Decrees Eliminate Human Will? – John MacArthur
Reformed theology teaches that God has ordained whatsoever comes to pass. Critics of Reformed theology argue that this entails a fatalistic worldview in which only God’s will truly exists. They claim that if God decreed or willed the acts of our will, then our will is not real. In this lecture, Dr. John MacArthur explains why the Biblical doctrine of the divine decrees does not eliminate the reality of the human will and does not entail a fatalistic worldview.

The full conference schedule is available here.

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Shepherds’ Conference 2010 – Friday Afternoon Notes from Steve Lawson

March 5, 2010 by  
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Steve Lawson was the speaker this morning.  He started with a tribute to John MacArthur:

There is not a day in my life when John MacArthur is not sitting on my shoulder, guiding me through his notes, tapes, and ministry.  For most all of us John’s influence is used by the Lord to shape our ministries.

The Invisible War

Job 1:6-12  It has been well said that before God uses a man greatly, he must first break him greatly.  God works best through broken vessels, crushed by the hammer blows of the devil.  The more we desire to be used by God the greater our willingness to suffer for him.  There is no easy pass in ministry.  Every assignment is a killing place.  Everyone is involved in spiritual warfare.  The more we are at the frontline, the more we are caught in the crossfire between God & Satan.  The taller we stand for the Lord, the more we will draw the fire of the devil.

Eleven of the twelve apostles died a martyrs death.  The greatest preacher who ever walked this earth, the Lord Jesus Christ was despised and rejected…publicly crucified, a horrific death by public execution.  “In this world you shall have tribulation”.  The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church and they became famous for what they said when tied to a stake.

Everyone of us finds ourselves in the midst of spiritual warfare.  It is not a visible war, but invisible.  It involves unseen conflict between God and Satan, heaven and hell, good and evil with no middle ground.  There are no fence sitters, no draft dodgers, no neutrality.  The taller we stand the more we will draw the enemy’s fire.

Job 1:1
Unlikely Candidate
Job is presented as the epitome of godliness.  Uz is in northern Arabia, this was a real man in a real place.  His name was Job and he was blameless.  Blameless means without moral blemish, beyond reproach in his character and conduct.  Job was marked by character and integrity and no one could bring a charge against this man’s life.  He is upright which means straight, without deviation from God’s holy standard, set apart to God; a straight arrow morally.  He “feared” God which means reverence for the Lord; he took God seriously.  He turned away from evil, not getting as close to evil as possible.  He knew what it was to resist temptation.  He guarded his heart and shielded his eyes.  He was abundantly blessed and was a very successful businessman.  This is a rare combination — a fear of God and eminently successful without selling out his soul to this world.  This was the greatest of all the men of the earth; greatest in wealth, reputation, influence, and godliness.

Verse 4 is a picture of a family in complete harmony, love and camaraderie with each other, and the blessing of God is being poured out on Job.  The goodness of God is dripping out of heaven on Job’s life.
Verse 5 shows he is the spiritual leader of his home.  Job is the least likely candidate for a disaster that we could possibly find in the record of Scripture.  Blameless, upright, fearing God, turning away from evil, spiritual leader, business leader, the mightiest of the men of the east.  Job is marked out to suffer, not because of anything wrong in his life (no disciplinary action).  He is singled out by the sovereignty of God because God deems him worthy of suffering for God’s sake.  He is the example of the tallest tree in the forest that when the electrical storm gathers it will strike the tallest tree.

Job is the fulfillment of Jonathan Edward’s 63rd Resolution: that he would be the most godly man in his day.  We would want this to be said of any one of us here today.  But with great godliness comes great exposure to the enemy.

Unseen Challenge
Verse 6 The veil is pulled back and heaven is made transparent before our eyes and we are allowed to hear God and Satan speak.  Job has no idea that this is transpiring.  It is a rare insight into the unseen world above.  “Now there was a day” – this is a day like any day, a routine day in heaven.  “When the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord” – these are the angelic hosts of heaven reporting to the throne of God, having been discharged with divine assignments to carry out the work of God and are seen as coming back with accountability and to receive more orders.

“Satan also came among them” – I know what you are thinking – You tell me God is holy, and no sin can dwell in the presence of a holy God.  You say that there is no way that an unholy man can access a holy God that the only way is by the sacrifice and atonement prescribed by God and yet here we see Satan coming before God in the courts of heaven – How?  I do not know.  But here is Satan – once the highest of the angelic order, the one with closest access to God in heaven and the one who lead a coup against God to manipulate a third of the angels to turn to him while standing in the presence of God.  That is how cunning the devil is…this is something that he does again and again and again.  Some today deny the existence of Satan.  The existence of a real personal devil is taught seven times in the Old Testament, by every New Testament writer and by Christ himself.  He is quite simply, the evil one!

What is Satan here to do?  The answer is found in his name, derived from a word = to attack, to accuse, an opponent in court, a prosecuting attorney bringing criminal accusation against a plaintiff.  This is the purpose of the devil, to indict the people of God before the Holy One.  C.S. Lewis says, “He is a grave digger”.  We need someone to take up our case in heaven, an advocate who has never lost a case.

“The Lord said to Satan” – note the initiative is from God, “from where do you come?”. God knows everything there is to know, but the purpose of the question is for the devil to enter into the court of heaven his evidence regarding his sinister nature. “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.”  Notice the devil is not in hell, the devil is on the earth creating destruction and appearing before the throne to bring accusation before the throne of God.  Remember: “Be of sober spirit, your adversary the devil roams around like roaring lion…”   He is stalking your path.  He is the god of this age, the prince of the power of the air.  Some say he is presently bound and chained…if so, he is on a mighty long chain!

Luther said, “I believe in the devil because I did battle with him this morning”.  What does Satan do?  He is blinding minds, stealing God’s word, opposing God’s work, tempting, sowing tares, attacking God’s word, spreading false doctrine.  He never takes a day off, he is busy.  Verses 8 “Have you considered my servant Job?”  It is God who initiates the involvement of Job and Job is drawn into this by divine appointment.  God issues this challenge.  The devil is God’s devil and uses him for his own holy purposes – He draws a straight line with a crooked stick.  “There is no one like him” God says, Job is in a class by himself.  He has distinguished himself in this generation.  Would you not want God to say that about your life?  Job is the most righteous man on the face of the earth and he will suffer not because of anything wrong in his life but because of everything right in his life.  There are times we suffer because of our sin, other people’s sin, a fallen world, but there are times we suffer for the glory of God because God has appointed it for us as a challenge between God and Satan.

Does God think highly enough of your spiritual walk to say to the devil, “Have you considered _(insert your name)___”?  Does God see you as blameless, upright, turning away from evil.  It is a badge of honor that God pins on a man faithful to the Word of God.  “Blessed are you when men persecute you…rejoice for great is your reward is in heaven.”

Unholy Counter
Satan counters this.  Satan is stunningly brilliant.  The Lord’s words are in the air, Satan immediately answers “Does Job fear God for nothing?”  This is sinister and is a frontal attack on the glory of God and the integrity of Job.  He accuses Job of serving God for what he has received.  It is an indictment against Job and God (as if God had to “buy” worshippers), it is by your blessing that you seduce them into worshiping you.

Job does not fear God for nothing, he has every reason to fear God.  “Have you not built a hedge around him…?”  God in His goodness (the invisible hand of God’s providence) was protecting Job.  Job has been trying to crack the code to get at Job to ruin and destroy Job, but the providential hand of God has thwarted Satan.  The devil had considered Job for some time, he is well known by the devil.  Luther – “Would to God that I would be as well known in hell as I am in heaven”.  “You have blessed the work of his hand” – the devil is pointing a finger at God.  This is the charge “and his possessions have increased in the land”.  Satan is saying, God you’ve been too good to Job.

There are only 3 places in the Bible where we hear Satan’s voice.  1) Genesis 3 when Satan tempts Eve.  Eve lives in paradise, she actually has a perfect husband, she had everything, but one tree from which she could not eat because of the goodness of God He was preserving them from it.  But the devil said God was withholding it from them.  “God is not good enough to you”  2) Job 1  Here the devil is talking to God about Job.  In this the devil says “God you are too good to them. 3) Devil’s temptation of Christ – if you worship me I’ll be better to you than God was to you. He is shrewd and scheming.

Verse 11  “But put forth your hand now and touch all that he has and he will surely curse you to your face.”  Satan challenges God to strike everything Job had – he is diabolical.  Will we worship God in tough times?  Will we bless the name of the Lord when we enter the fire of affliction?  Are we going to curse God or will we say I will worship the Lord?  This is the challenge.

Unrelinquished Control
Verse 12 God is totally sovereign in this entire encounter.  “Then the Lord said to Satan“ God is totally and completely in control, sovereign over the devil.  Spiritual warfare is not a tug of war between two equals.  Everything is top down to Satan.  God is using the devil for the higher purposes of His own name.  This is what He is doing with the devil even right now.  He is using Satan as an instrument of His hand even as he comes against us to bring about his purposes.

The hedge is then removed…but there is no panic in heaven, only plans for the glory of God’s name.  Verse 13 We see catastrophe unleashed; here is hell breaking loose.  Round one in vs 13-15.  Do you think this all just “happened”?  Round two vs. 16  Round three vs 17  Round four vs 18

Luther – “For still our ancient foe does seek to work us woe, his craft and power are great and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal.”  We are in this same warfare.

Unshakable Confidence
Verse 30  Job stands over fresh graves, his world has come to a halt, imagine the shock, the grief, the pain.  “Then Job arose” – he had been crushed under the weight of this report.  This is a sign of deep grief and sorrow.  “He fell to the ground”.  At this point  the devil strains his ear to hear what he always hears – the curse of God, the blaspheming of God’s name, the shrieks and cries of one without desire for life.  Instead he hears this “and worshipped” – which means to prostrate oneself before a superior.  Job’s first response was to humble himself and lower himself before the throne of God, to ascribe honor and glory to God, whose ways are perfect and right.  He worships God and makes this statement in vs 12 “naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I shall return there.  The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.”  Job recognizes the sovereignty of God’s Word over his life.

Job cannot see into heaven and know of this challenge, he just knows that above it all God rules and reigns in the heavens and does whatever He pleases.  Job doesn’t have to understand why, all he needs to understand is who – He just needs to know God.  “Blessed be the name of the Lord”.  Job blessed the name of the Lord, not to malign it by magnify it, not to blast but bless, not revolt but reverence God.  This is the choice we must make as we are slammed to the canvas in the contest of this world in spiritual warfare.  There are times when we are over our head and the affliction is painful – we must make the choice to say “Blessed be the name of the Lord”.

Verse 22  “through all of this” – all personal loss and painful ordeal…Job did not sin nor did he blame God.  Job is held before us as a positive example of how a man or woman should live in the midst of difficulty and respond to the trials of life.  Calvin said “I kiss the rod that smites me.”

God 1,  Devil 0

How do you respond?  When we find ourselves in a difficult part of the Lord’s vineyard.  We are plowing rocky soil, or the storm is gathering and the difficulty has come, when there is a sweat on the brow…in our ministries and our lives.  We must worship.  The Lord has given and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.  Recognize the sovereignty of God.  Romans 8:28.  What others mean for evil, God intends for our God.  He has a perfect plan for our lives.  There are no maverick molecules in the universe.  Spurgeon said “Make the sovereignty of God the pillow upon which I rest my head at night.”

John Bunyan author of Pilgrim’s Progress (with the smell of the prison is on every page).  He would not be turned away from preaching the free grace of God and as a result was thrown into a prison cell.  His wife had died and he had remarried a second time.  His second wife was pregnant and suffered miscarriage.  They never locked the door of Bunyan, he could walk out any time if he would just say he would not preach the grace of God.  He remained 12 years.  Had a blind daughter named Mary and could have said his family needed him and sought “common ground”, but he would not back down and remained in prison.  When he was released he sat down and wrote “Advice To Sufferers”. No enemy can bring suffering upon man when the will of God is otherwise.  This must be our bedrock confidence as we face the devil head on.  God is God, He is sovereign, He has appointed and ordained my trials, it is God who will preserve me.

Steve Lawson then gave his own personal story.  He was asked to write a commentary on the book of Job.  So we decided he would preach through Job to his own congregation. He preached through Job 1 and Job 2, but when he reached Job 3 “all hell broke loose”.  Someone broke into the church office, took the membership mailing list and sent a letter to members of his church indicting him with believing in the sovereignty of God in salvation and asking them to vote on whether they were a Calvinist.

By the time he got to Job 5, he felt it would honor God to resign.  He stepped down and spent the rest of the year writing the commentary alone in the office over his garage,   unable to preach the series.  He then said, “How wise of God — if I am to write the commentary on Job that I must sit in the ashes of Job…to hurt with Job, to cry with Job.  How wise of God it is to bring adversity into your life, trials and storms and dark nights of the soul, difficulty in ministry and antagonistic elders and rebellious deacons, or a shrinking church budget…to bring all of these storms of affliction so that you and I would be broken vessels, walk with a limp, identify with the hurting people we serve.  His ways are not our ways.  His ways are beyond our ways.

George Whitefield – “Happy you when we can look back and say thus I have been enabled to glorify God in the fire”.

Shepherds’ Conference 2010 – Wednesday Morning Notes from John MacArthur

March 3, 2010 by  
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This week, David is attending the Shepherds’ Conference held annually at Grace Church in Los Angeles, California.  I’ll be posting some notes and photos.  If you would like to view the conference LIVE, go here.

The morning began with beautiful music from the men of The Master’s Seminary, followed by a solo from Jubilant Sykes.  John MacArthur was the first speaker this morning and the notes from his message follow.

Separation was a big issue during John MacArthur’s growing up years.  Today, we live in an age of tolerance and acceptance, so what is to be the relationship between believers and non-believers?

2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

This entire portion of Scripture is summed up in Chapter 7 verse 1: “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Separation is a cleansing from defilement both internally and outwardly. The distinction between being a Christian and being a non-Christian has been blurred.  These are two opposing realms; righteousness vs. unrighteousness, Christ vs. Satan.  They are distinct and different, they cannot work together, they cannot have fellowship.  One is earthly, the other heavenly.  Believers cannot exist in both worlds.  Friendship with the world is enmity with God.  “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your  mind.”  Romans 12:2  The Corinthians were trying to live in two worlds.

Paul poured a lot of his life into Corinth and he was realizing that Satan had come and attacked the church.  Demons were assaulting the church with a compromise of pagan religion and idolatry, all for the purpose of making Christianity more popular and more readily received.  There is nothing new.

Everyone’s behavior goes back to their view of God. II Corinthians 6:14 says we have to be distinct from the world.  This is a command.

What Paul is not saying is that we never talk to unbelievers, we are told to take the gospel to the end of the earth.  He is not calling for complete isolation.  He is calling for the church to be a separate entity.  The culture and the church are separate.  We must reach the people of this world, but you can’t marry the church to the culture.

False teachers always come in with a blend of teaching and the culture.

II Corinthian 6:14-18 presents five reasons for separation.

  1. It is irrational.
    These two opposing views are pulling in opposite directions and are controlled by opposite leaders.  Paul begins with questions regarding this:
    What partnership have righteousness and lawlessness?
    “Partner” means to “find common ground”.  This is impossible!  Unbelievers are “without law”.  In Matthew 7:22-23 religious people are told “Depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.”  They are disobedient to the law of God.  Again in Matthew 23:27-28 the Pharisees and scribes are guilty of “lawlessness”.  Hebrews 1:9 says “You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness.”  Ephesians 2:12 describes unbelievers as strangers with no hope and without God.  Whereas believers are righteous, forgiven, and  have a new nature.  Titus 2:14 says that believers are freed from every lawless deed.
    What fellowship has light with darkness?
    Light and dark are incompatible, they cannot coexist.  See I John and Colossians 1.  We have been called out of darkness into light.  

These first two questions have to do with our nature, the next questions have to do with the leadership of these two realms.
    What harmony has Christ with Belial?
    Unbelievers are subjects controlled by their father the devil. God uses Satan, but He does not associate with him.  The word “harmony” means coming together in a common cause.  “Belial” was used in OT and describes corruptions, a worthless person, Satan.  See Ephesians 2:2-3.  Satan is primarily religious.  Remember the story of Dagon in I Samuel.  There must never be fusion of God and Satan

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    What has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Amos 3:3
  2. It is sacreligious. I Corinthians 1
    There are just these two options.  You can’t mix devil worshippers with God worshippers.  A church is a defined group of people who have come together and separated themselves from the Satanic system.  There is no hope for commonality with the other realm.  2 Kings 21 shows the results of Manasseh reconnecting with the culture.  He put idols in the house of the Lord and made his son pass through the fire, practiced divinations etc…provoking God to anger.  Verse 9 says he seduced them to do evil.    

Pagans don’t mind joining Christians, they welcome it because Satan wants to infiltrate, and it gives them legitimacy.  We can’t join with unbelievers in any enterprise that involves God’s name, that is blasphemy.  Why?  Because we are the temple of the living God and the “Living God” is in contrast to dead idols.  Any joining of ourselves in any common enterprise with unbelievers is a sacreligion.  It is putting our God next to Dagon.  And its even worse to call them believers.  We are His dwelling place. Can we make spiritual heros of people who violate these commands? Church discipline is necessary in these situations.
  3. It is disobedient.
    How do we separate?  “Don’t touch what is unclean”.  It is such a privilege to be the temple of God that it leaves us no alternative but to be obedient to Him.  Paul calls the Corinthians to break all ties.  Remember Revelation 18, a picture of the world under anti-Christ, the final false world religion.  What is the message for the believer for that day?   “Come out of her my people.”  This passage could describe this culture today.  We can’t make a truce with any culture.  It is commanded that we come out.  “Be holy because I am holy”.  To import the styles of the world, is to import the culture and destroy the church.  Don’t “touch” implies a touch of intimacy, it is saying don’t fornicate with the world.  It is a harmful touch.
  4. It is unprofitable.
    If you want to experience the favor of God, don’t do this.  There can be no fellowship or blessing until you become separate.  There is immense reward for the Christian that does separate.  God embraces those who separate themselves.
    John MacArthur then said “I don’t want to come to the end of my ministry and wonder whether God did it or I did it.”  “I’m not narrow minded separatist.  I want above all to obey the Word of God and be in the place of blessing.  I don’t want to make decisions that can actually cut off divine blessing from my people.  I want my wife and family to know the favor of God.”
    Great promises were given to David, but Solomon forfeited all of it.  Look at I Kings 11resulting in a split kingdom, the favor was gone.  John MacArthur then also said “I want all the discipline I need to be holy and no more” – I want to experience God’s protective discipline but not the corrective discipline.
  5. It is ungrateful.
    II Corinthians 7:1  We have all the promises of being a child of God. This verse moves beyond the commands and gives blessing for obedience.  God has poured out endless promises.  “I will dwell in them and walk among them…”  Ask yourself, “Do I want the accolades of man in exchange for the favor of God?”  There is only one true grateful response – cleanse ourselves.  Let us cleanse ourselves from defiling alliances.  

The question is then asked, “If we isolate ourselves won’t it be hard to reach the world?”  No, you can’t reach the world anyway, God does.  The whole purpose is produce holiness in our lives.  He is our full delight.  He called you to Himself; He expects you to be obedient; You owe Him obedience and honor.  When you do this, watch God embrace you.

What Is The True Gospel?

January 2, 2010 by  
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Guest: Steven Lawson, pastor, Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Mobile, AL

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This program was originally broadcast on December 20, 2008.  Click here to listen and read preview and transcript.

The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards

August 15, 2009 by  
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Guest: Dr. Steven Lawson, senior pastor, Christ Fellowship Baptist Church

Jonathan Edwards, the highly influential preacher of the Great Awakening in the first half of 18th century America, was a man known for his great intellect, powerful sermons (e.g. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”), and time-tested books (e.g. Freedom of the Will).

Beyond all this though, Edwards was perhaps most revered for his personal piety, his resolve to living a sanctified life to the glory of God.  This commitment was spelled out in his well-known 70 Resolutions Read more

Independence Day Special: John Calvin’s Influence on America

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Guest: Steve Lawson, pastor and author

This year is the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Reformation leader, John Calvin.  Steve Lawson, pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama gave a keynote message at the Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Florida earlier this year describing how Calvin’s influence went far beyond the religious realm all the way into impacting American government, education, economics, and much, much more.  Surely the legacy of John Calvin is one of the greatest in history.  This Independence Day Weekend, enjoy this message by Steve Lawson on the influence of John Calvin on America.

LIVE from R.C. Sproul’s Ligonier Nat’l Conference

March 21, 2009 by  
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Hour 2 guests: Dr. R. Fowler White, Dr. Robert Godfrey, Burk Parsons, Mike O’Fallon.

The Christian Worldview will be broadcasting LIVE this Saturday from Dr. R.C. Sproul’s Ligonier National Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Why is seeking to understand God’s holiness so important to our faith?  How can we get a greater grasp of the holiness of God?  On this 500th anniversary of Reformer John Calvin’s birthday (1509-2009), what have been his contributions to the church and the world?

Who better to answer these questions than some of the most notable pastors and theologians such as R.C. Sproul, Albert Mohler, Steve Lawson, Alistair Begg, Sinclair Ferguson, Derek Thomas, D.A. Carson, and Ligon Duncan, all of whom are speakers at the Ligonier Conference.  Several of them will be coming on the program this Saturday to discuss varying aspects of the conferences’ two themes: the holiness of God and the legacy of Reformation giant, John Calvin.

(Note: Due to a recording error, the second half of Hour 2 is unavailable.)

LIVE from R.C. Sproul’s Ligonier Nat’l Conference

March 21, 2009 by  
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Hour 1 guests: Dr. Derek Thomas, Jay Ward, Rev. Thabiti Anyabwile, Chris Larson

The Christian Worldview will be broadcasting LIVE this Saturday from Dr. R.C. Sproul’s Ligonier National Conference Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Why is seeking to understand God’s holiness so important to our faith?  How can we get a greater grasp of the holiness of God?  On this 500th anniversary of Reformer John Calvin’s birthday (1509-2009), what have been his contributions to the church and the world?

Who better to answer these questions than some of the most notable pastors and theologians such as R.C. Sproul, Albert Mohler, Steve Lawson, Alistair Begg, Sinclair Ferguson, Derek Thomas, D.A. Carson, and Ligon Duncan, all of whom are speakers at the Ligonier Conference.  Several of them will be coming on the program this Saturday to discuss varying aspects of the conferences’ two themes: the holiness of God and the legacy of Reformation giant, John Calvin.

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