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January 18 - Donít Count on Sensationalism
Grace To You.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church

Posted on 01/18/2019 6:00:38 AM PST by metmom

“‘If You are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, “He will command His angels concerning You”’” (Matthew 4:6).

Throughout history, sensationalism has often appealed to average people who are looking for dramatic events that titillate the senses and pander to fleshly curiosity. Toward the end of His ministry Jesus warned, “False Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect” (Matt. 24:24).

Even when signs are from God, they usually do not bring unbelievers to faith, but only confirm the faith of those who already believe. God’s many miracles on behalf of the wandering Israelites just made many of them more presumptuous and unbelieving, as did Jesus’ signs to the Jews who opposed Him. The apostle John writes, “But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him” (John 12:37). Jesus Himself, as the Messiah and Son of God, was the greatest sign God ever gave to humanity, yet “He was despised and forsaken of men” (Isa. 53:3).

Demanding sensational signs, as Satan did from Jesus, does not manifest faith but rather skepticism and unbelief (cf. Matt. 12:39; 16:4). Because a fascination with the sensational is far removed from true faith, Jesus would take no part in it. For those who, apart from special signs, believe in God the Father and trust in His Son—our Savior—it is well evident that Christ has already proved Himself.

Ask Yourself

The best Christian witness in the world remains the power of a changed life. People will respond to your testimony of God’s love and mercy much more often than to a high-energy worship service. How are you making Christ known through your own life? Look for the simplest of ways.


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: gty

1 posted on 01/18/2019 6:00:38 AM PST by metmom
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To: Alex Murphy; boatbums; CynicalBear; daniel1212; dragonblustar; Dutchboy88; ealgeone; Elsie; ...

Studying God’s Word ping


2 posted on 01/18/2019 6:00:57 AM PST by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith......)
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To: metmom

LOL our Master takes sensational to the next level.

To that REAL level. I mean seriously (lol)... Ever read my posting history on FR..You still love me Lord? (Rhetorical; of course he does, that’s His nature) You still see usefulness in me? Of course He does. THAT’S WHO HE IS.


3 posted on 01/18/2019 6:18:44 AM PST by SirLurkedalot (10/10/51-7/7/16 RIP Dad, I'll be missing you until I cross over to Eternity)
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To: SirLurkedalot
THAT’S WHO HE IS.

Expect the plagiarism police in 3... 2... 1...

https://www.google.com/search?ei=VxRCXIqUB8-1ggfx2LnQBw&q=hes+a+good+good+father&oq=hes+a+good+good+father&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i10l4j0i22i30j0i22i10i30j0i22i30l4.19986.24358..24650...0.0..0.120.1872.19j3......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j0j0i131j0i67j0i10i67j0i131i10.RqO2VAiPJhA

4 posted on 01/18/2019 10:03:30 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

Never heard it before...I was riffing LOL


5 posted on 01/19/2019 5:11:00 AM PST by SirLurkedalot (10/10/51-7/7/16 RIP Dad, I'll be missing you until I cross over to Eternity)
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