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Evangelical Christian (Religion)

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  • Rebuking the World

    11/15/2018 12:21:33 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Noah . . . condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith" (Heb 11:7). Your actions and words should rebuke our godless society. Genesis 6:5 says, "The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Before moving in judgment against the most evil and corrupt society in history, God appointed Noah to build an ark, which became a symbol of life and salvation to all who believed God. For those who disbelieved, it...
  • The Qualities of True Wisdom

    11/15/2018 12:21:06 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy” (James 3:17). True wisdom is evident in a person’s behavior. What is true wisdom? James answers that question in verse 17 by pointing out the characteristics or qualities of true wisdom. After purity, the next quality is “peaceable,” which means “peace loving” or “peace promoting.” It refers to someone who doesn’t create confusion or disorder. He doesn’t promote himself or compromise truth but makes peace. True wisdom is also “gentle.” A gentle person will submit to dishonor, disgrace, mistreatment, and...
  • Building a Picture of Salvation

    11/14/2018 4:12:09 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household" (Heb. 11:7). The ark is a beautiful picture of salvation by grace through faith. God called Noah to a gargantuan task. Conservative figures estimate that the ark was about 438 feet long, 73 feet wide, and 44 feet high. That makes it almost one-and-a-half times the length of a football field and more than four stories high. Its three decks totaled almost 96,000 square feet with a total volume of about 1.3 million cubic feet. Naval engineers...
  • The Motive for True Wisdom

    11/14/2018 4:11:43 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The wisdom from above is first pure” (James 3:17). A pure life is necessary for a wise life. A person whose life is characterized by true wisdom will seek to be pure. The Greek word translated “pure” in James 3:17 refers to spiritual integrity and moral sincerity. It is freedom from bitter jealousy, selfish ambition, and arrogant self-promotion. Christ is the perfect example of purity (1 John 3:3). A true believer will have pure desires. The deepest part of him desires to do God’s will, serve God, and love God. In Romans 7:15-21 the apostle Paul testifies that when he...
  • Preachers, Activists Demanding Largest U.S. Denomination Confront ‘White Privilege

    11/13/2018 6:57:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 48 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 11/12/18 | Matthew Garnet
    When language such as 'postmodern ideology,' 'intersectionality,' and 'radical feminism' are being deployed in a very conservative wing of a denomination like the Southern Baptist Convention, well, those are fighting words.The Southern Baptist Convention is no stranger to internal religious disputes, but a new divide over racial politics is threatening to spill dramatically into the public square and split the convention. This disagreement differs from the normal clashes over theology and church polity with which the SBC is accustomed to dealing. The nation’s largest affiliation of Protestant churches faces a controversy that contains a potent admixture of politics and theology....
  • Obeying Faith

    11/13/2018 6:54:56 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith" (Heb. 11:7). True faith works. When James said, "Faith without works is dead" (James 2:26), he stated a principle that's consistent throughout Scripture: True faith always produces righteous works. The people described in Hebrews 11 made their genuine faith known in the things they did. The same applies to us today. Paul said, "The grace of God has appeared,...
  • The Results of False Wisdom

    11/13/2018 6:54:31 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing” (James 3:16). False wisdom ruins lives. Renowned eighteenth-century theologian Jonathan Edwards said the following about the effect of the Fall on man: Sin, like some powerful astringent, contracted his soul to the very small dimensions of selfishness; and God was forsaken, and fellow-creatures forsaken, and man retired within himself, and became totally governed by narrow and selfish principles and feelings. Self-love became absolute master of his soul, and the more noble and spiritual principles of his being took wings and flew away. Edwards’s analysis certainly agrees with...
  • He Is Lord (Final Thoughts on the Wood-Hijab Showdown)

    11/12/2018 8:37:48 AM PST · by OddLane · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/12/18 | Gerard Perry
    I give my parting thoughts on the Mohammed Hijab-David Wood debate which took place at York College last week, as well as dissect the Muslim approach to "debate," and explain how the Bible does show Jesus's sonship and lordship.
  • Seeking God's Reward

    11/12/2018 4:04:07 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him" (Heb. 11:6). All who come to God in faith will receive the reward of eternal life. We've seen that without faith it's impossible to please God. And the first step in faith is believing that God exists. In addition, we must also believe that He answers our prayers—more specifically, that He redeems those who come to Him in faith. Scripture repeatedly tells us that God not only can be found, but also desires to be found. David said to...
  • Identifying False Wisdom

    11/12/2018 4:03:39 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic” (James 3:15). True wisdom is from God; false wisdom is from the Devil. Wisdom that is bitterly jealous and self-centered is not “from above.” Such traits constitute a wisdom that doesn’t come from God, the source of true wisdom (cf. 1:5, 17). Human wisdom, rather than being from above, is “earthly” (3:15). It is limited to the sphere of time and space and marked by the curse of man’s own fallenness, which is characterized by pride and self-centeredness. Everything the world initiates in the way...
  • Being Honest

    11/11/2018 4:56:42 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth” (James 3:14). Humility is the hallmark of a wise person. James says that if a person has a self-centered motive for life, he should stop arrogantly boasting. He should stop claiming to possess true wisdom. Why? Because he is lying “against the truth.” In verse 13 James indicates that if a person claims to have God’s wisdom, he must show it. If I see you are motivated by self-centeredness and pride, you ought to stop your arrogant boasting about...
  • Believing in God

    11/11/2018 4:56:14 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is" (Hebrews 11:6). Nothing you do can please God apart from faith. Throughout history, people have tried everything imaginable to gain favor with God. Most turn to religion, but religion apart from Christ is merely a satanic counterfeit of the truth. Many trust in their own good works, not realizing that even their best efforts are offensive to God (Isa. 64:6; Phil. 3:8). And the more we try to justify ourselves, the more we offend God, because "by the works of the...
  • Walking With God

    11/10/2018 2:19:26 PM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Enoch walked with God" (Genesis 5:24). Walking with God includes reconciliation, obedience from the heart, and ongoing faith. When Scripture speaks of walking with God, it's referring to one's manner of life. For example, Paul prayed that the Colossian believers (and us) would be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so they could walk (live) in a manner worthy of the Lord (Col. 1:9-10). To the Ephesians he said, "Walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind . . . [but] be imitators of God, as...
  • Living Unselfishly

    11/10/2018 2:19:00 PM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth” (James 3:14). A wise person lives for God and others, not for self. Having characterized spiritual wisdom in the preceding verse, James begins to analyze worldly wisdom in verse 14. Worldly wisdom is not of God. It has no relationship to Him, is not obedient to Him, and has no knowledge of His truth. What is the motive of someone who lives according to worldly wisdom? “Bitter jealousy and selfish ambition.” The Greek word translated “bitter” also means “harsh”...
  • Walking By Faith

    11/09/2018 6:27:34 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God" (Heb 11:5). When you walk by faith, you enjoy intimacy with God. Our second hero of faith is Enoch. Genesis 5:21-24 records that "Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah. Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch...
  • Knowing the Right Answers

    11/09/2018 6:27:06 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20). Knowing Christ makes the believer wiser than the world. Lawrence Toombs, in his 1955 article “O.T. Theology and the Wisdom Literature,” said, “Wisdom is to be found with God and nowhere else. And unless the quest for wisdom brings a man to his knees in awe and reverence, knowing his own helplessness to make himself wise, wisdom remains for him a closed book” (The Journal of Bible and Religion, 23:3 [July 1955], 195). It’s wonderful to have the book of God’s wisdom opened to us as believers....
  • Trinity vs. Tawheed (My analysis of the Wood-Hijab debacle)

    11/09/2018 8:58:27 AM PST · by OddLane · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/9/18 | Gerard Perry
    A followup video to my earlier post, with more in-depth explorations of what I saw at the Wood-Hijab debate. I explain why Muslims are so intractable to persuasion, and why the "god" they propose is in fact no god at all.
  • Submitting to Wisdom

    11/08/2018 3:52:14 PM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments” (Psalm 111:10). Saving faith is obedient faith. The wisdom of God resulting from the fear of the Lord leads to obedience. When we fear the Lord, we submit to His wisdom and commit ourselves to keeping His commandments. In the New Testament Jesus said the same thing: “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). We aren’t always as obedient as we ought to be, but the pattern of our lives turns from disobedience to a submissive...
  • The First Disciple

    11/08/2018 3:51:47 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. And Abel . . . brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard" (Gen. 4:3-5). True discipleship is characterized by obedience to God’s Word. In John 8:31 Jesus issued an important statement to a group of people who were showing an interest in Him: "If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine." Sadly, they rejected His...
  • Trinity Vs. Tawheed (My thoughts on the David Wood-Mohammed Hijab debate)

    11/08/2018 7:26:58 AM PST · by OddLane · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | November 8, 2018 | Gerard Perry
    I just want to say that David Wood-and the handful of Christians in attendance-exhibited the attributes that one would expect from people who were saved from death by Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. While his opponent, and almost all of the Muslims in attendance-with the exception of the evening's host, who deserves to be commended for his efforts to impose civility-exhibited all of the attributes of those who are profoundly lost and who venerate a man who was imbued with wickedness, and served as the literal translator of the Devil. Even so, I hope that some...