Fantastic sermon called Getting Right from Elizabeth Baptist Church Pastor Jeff Arthur. Just click on the underlined sermon title to listen.
I’ve been noticing more and more people who label themselves Christian that claim a belief in Jesus Christ but somehow have added to that belief that Jesus Christ is not the only way to Heaven, that there are other ways. The bible clearly tells us that this is not so. Some people have decided in their mind that God is too good and loving to throw anyone into hell and they can’t believe in a God that would kill innocent people or allow such things to go on in the world so they have created a God that they can live with in their own mind. He is not God he is their imaginary friend. I would ask these people, Did God not send his own innocent, blameless, sinless son to die on the cross to atone for the sins of the world? Do these people not realize that Christ Jesus never sinned, he was innocent and he did not deserve to suffer and die? Do these people not realize that everyone of us from Adam on up deserved the punishment that was laid upon Christ? Sure they make the argument that they are a good person, there are no good people, there are none righteous, no not one! So why would God not throw someone into hell who is still in their sin, when he offered you a pardon? God hates sin and he offered His son to pay for your sins and if you don’t accept that then you will pay for your own sins.
If you want to call yourself a Christian, you also have to accept the Holy Bible (not some book called the message either) as your plumb-line, your guide book and you can’t separate Jesus from the bible, if you think you believe upon the Lord Jesus but are not willing to believe what his word says then you don’t believe in Jesus Christ. People need to choose which side they are on, because it’s one or the other, there is no fence riding with God. I really don’t understand why some people want to call themselves Christians when they despise everything about Jesus, Jesus was and is not tolerant of other religions, other Gods, homosexuality or any other sin for that matter. It is very simple folks, if you are a sinner that is not saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, you will pay for your sins yourself. And for those of you that say this is just your opinion, we are all entitled to our opinion, your wrong, this is not my opinion, it’s God’s opinion and it says so in his Holy word.
1 Kings 18:21
And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.
Lets look at a few more verses to see what God has to say about all this:
1 John 5:5-12 (New King James Version)
5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
The Certainty of God’s Witness
6 This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth:[a] the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.
9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which[b] He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
That is pretty clear there if you don’t have the son (Jesus Christ) you don’t have eternal life. No if and’s or but’s about it. There are many folks out there that have had dreams, visions, death experiences etc. who witness another Jesus based on the experience or vision they had. I’m not saying a person can’t have a dream or vision or death experience but if you come out of that experience with a testimony or witness that is contrary to what God’s word says and the witness of God then your experience wasn’t from God, God is not a liar and he isn’t going to show you something in your experience that is contrary to His word, ever!!!
1 John 5:20-21 (New King James Version)
20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
1 John 2:1-2 (New King James Version)
1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
Romans 3:10-26 (New King James Version)
10 As it is written:
“ There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.” [a]
13 “ Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; [b]
“ The poison of asps is under their lips”;[c]
14 “ Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”[d]
15 “ Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace they have not known.”[e]
18 “ There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[f]
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
God’s Righteousness Through Faith
21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all[g] who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
The spirit of the world is hatred; that of Christ is love: the spirit of the world is vexation; that of Christ is pleasure: the spirit of the world is sorrow; that of Christ is joy: the spirit of the world is evil, and that of Christ is good: the spirit of the world will never satisfy us, but Christ’s Spirit is all satisfaction: the spirit of the world is misery, but that of Christ is ease.
In one word, the spirit of the world has nothing lasting, but Christ is durable, and will last through an eternity of ages. The Spirit of Christ will remove every difficulty, satisfy every doubt, and be a means of bringing you to Himself, to live with Him forever and ever.
– C. H. Spurgeon
From the Octavius Winslow archives
Written by: Octavius Winslow
There is no Savior like Christ. Sin is inventive; itself the greatest invention of all. It is Satan’s infernal machine for destroying precious souls by the million! In nothing is his ingenuity and power more put forth than in constructing expedients of salvation other than the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. But Jesus is the one and only Savior of men; “neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” It is the glory of Christ’s salvation that it is perfectly adapted to every condition of our fallen and helpless humanity. Christianity is the only religion that fully recognizes the natural and utter depravity of our nature, and our consequent impotence to save ourselves. Jesus, therefore, is the Savior of sinners. He has undertaken to save us just as we are. He finds us a ruin, and recreates us; he finds us fallen, and raises us up; he finds us guilty, and he cleanses us; he finds us condemned, and he justifies us– all our salvation is in him. All the merit God requires, all the help man needs, all the grace and strength our salvation demands, dwells in infinite fullness in Christ.
Written by D.Baker March 2, 2010 Good Friday
Everything Has Its Time
1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: 2 A time to be born,And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; 3 A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to gain,
And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; 7 A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; 8 A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.
I was thinking today how we look forward to things or events in our lives. When we are children we look forward to birthdays, Christmas, summer break and holidays with such excitement and expectation. As teens we can’t wait to learn to drive, go on a first date, graduate and go to college or go out on our own to start our lives. As young adults we anticipate our career, first home and possibly a family of our own. When we have achieved all that we start looking forward to a day when we can retire, take trips and enjoy grand children. But what comes after all of these anxiously awaited events in our lives? What is the event in a Christians life that should be anxiously awaited and prepared for?
As Christians we should be preparing for the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We should be exited and full of anticipation waiting for His return! Most of us live like we have all the time in the world, like there is an endless supply of years in this life. I once read a James Patterson novel (no I am not recommending you read them and I haven’t read one in a long time!) where the main character a homicide detective Alex Cross had a jar of marbles that represented the remaining Saturdays a man his age might have left to spend with his family, every week he would remove one of the marbles to show how quickly those Saturdays went by and not to waste them. If I lived to be 70 I would have a total of 1,612 marbles or Saturdays left, that’s not very many! Our time here is short and we should always be ready and waiting because we don’t know the hour that He will return or call us home.
Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 (New King James Version)
11 I returned and saw under the sun that—
The race is not to the swift,
Nor the battle to the strong,
Nor bread to the wise,
Nor riches to men of understanding,
Nor favor to men of skill;
But time and chance happen to them all.
12 For man also does not know his time:
Like fish taken in a cruel net,
Like birds caught in a snare,
So the sons of men are snared in an evil time,
When it falls suddenly upon them.
I know I want to be someone who anxiously awaits my savior’s return. How exiting it will be to finally see His face! I’m not looking for an escape from hell or a ticket to paradise. I’m looking for my savior Jesus Christ, the King of all Kings, the Lord of all Lord’s and it fills me with excitement and anticipation knowing that I will spend eternity with Him! Dear ones, lets trim our wicks and keep our lamps full of oil and ready for His return!
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[b] in which the Son of Man is coming.
New King James Version (NKJV)
(scriptures were obtained at biblegateway.com)
I found this today at Sermon Audio, it is only about 20 minutes long (link at the bottom). In the past few years I have struggled with this, is my allegiance to God or country? Should I be outraged at what my leaders are doing and take up arms and fight? Should I be on my band box shouting give me liberty or give me death? Should I be taking up the cause to fight to keep this country a Christian nation? I used to think so, but the more I read God’s word the more I understand that my allegiance is to Jesus Christ alone, my cause is to spread the good news of the gospel. The only time I am to rise up against my government is when they ask me to do something that goes against God’s laws. This audio might make a few folks mad but just listen to what he has to say and pray about it and read the scripture’s he gives and ask God to show you the truth. I got really mad at a blog moderator a few years ago over this same thing, I thought she was unpatriotic, UN-American etc. but then God showed me that she was right. So give it a listen! Can you imagine what it would be like if Christians would take up the cause of Christ instead of trying to change our country?
“Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.”
“Do you want arguments for soul winning? Look up to Heaven, and ask yourself how sinners can ever reach those harps of gold and learn their everlasting song, unless they have someone to tell them of Jesus, who is mighty to save. But the best argument of all is to be found in the wounds of Jesus. You want to honour Him, you desire to put many crowns upon His head, and this you can best do by winning souls for Him. These are the spoils that He covets, these are the trophies for which He fights, these are the jewels that shall be His best adornment.”
“Lost! Lost! Lost! Better a whole world on fire than a soul lost! Better every star quenched and the skies a wreck than a single soul to be lost!”
“I would sooner bring one sinner to Jesus Christ than unravel all the mysteries of the divine Word, for salvation is the one thing we are to live for.”
“If there be any one point in which the Christian church ought to keep its fervor at a white heat, it is concerning missions. If there be anything about which we cannot tolerate lukewarmness,
it is the matter of sending the gospel to a dying world.”
“When preaching and private talk are not available, you need to have a tract ready….Get good striking tracts, or none at all. But a touching gospel tract may be the seed of eternal life. herefore, do not go out without your tracts.”
“To be a soul winner is the happiest thing in the world. And with every soul you bring to Jesus Christ, you seem to get a new heaven here upon earth.”
“If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”
“If there existed only one man or woman who did not love the Savior, and if that person lived among the wilds of Siberia, and if it were necessary that all the millions of believers on the face of the earth should journey there, and every one of them plead with him to come to Jesus before he could be converted, it would be well worth all the zeal, labor, and expense. If we had to preach to thousands year after year, and never rescued but one soul, that one soul would be full reward for all our labour, for a soul is of countless price.”