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Sharing the Gospel with Ben Shapiro

In this partial clip from an hour-long interview on “The Ben Shapiro Show,” Dr. John MacArthur pastor of Grace Community Church in California and the “Grace to You” radio program gives a clear presentation of the Gospel to conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, an orthodox Jew. With Ben’s knowledge of the Old Testament and Dr. MacArthur’s almost sixty years of study in both the Old and New Testament, John clearly gives the Scriptural Truths of JESUS being the long-awaited Messiah of the Jewish people.

To watch the full interview click here.

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The Reprobate Mind

“The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem” wrote there is nothing new under the sun, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Over a thousand years later the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians living in Rome of those in their midst whose rejection of God was being manifested for all to see by their ungodly behavior that would eventually lead to their eternal doom.

In the opening chapter of the Book of Romans after Paul introduced himself and wrote of his longing to visit Rome, he wrote of not being ashamed of the Gospel of Christ and how the just shall live by faith. It is then he turns his attention to those who were living ungodly in his present world and were holding the Truth of God in unrighteousness.

It was in the Garden of Eden man first rejected God, knowing Him but turning from the Truth of His Word and disobeying His command. Those who reject God eventually deny He is the Creator of the world, going so far as to deny what is clearly seen throughout the Creation as having only come from the hand of the Almighty, denying His eternal power and Godhead. Paul writes that they know of God while trying to deny His existence and do not glorify Him as God, thereby becoming unthankful, having wild imaginations, and a foolish heart that is darkened. In the process they profess themselves to be wise but become fools, worshipping the earth and the animals therein instead of the Creator, exchanging the Truth of God for a lie without fear of judgment. It is at this point God gives them up to their own desires, allowing them to dishonor themselves and bring destruction upon themselves. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient,” including fornication, wickedness, covetousness, envious, murder, debate, deceitful, haters of God, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, without understanding, covenant breakers, disobedient to parents, to name a few.  (Genesis 3; Romans 1:18-31)

Those who reject God and love darkness rather than light, with every imagination of the thoughts of their hearts being evil continually, “Who knowing the judgment of God… not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Almost 2,000 years since Paul penned those words under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to the believers in Rome while ministering in the city of Corinth, “There is nothing new under the sun” in our world today.  (Genesis 6:5; John 3:20; Romans 1:32)

The True Source of JOY

Everyone longs for peace and contentment, a life full of joy and happiness. But many are looking in the wrong places for such joy: a bottle, a drug, a relationship, a career. The answer for finding true genuine Joy is only found in the pages of Scripture, for it is there one finds fullness of Joy everlasting (John 15:11).

“Let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice: let them ever shout for Joy.” (Psalm 5:11a)

“Let them also that love Thy name be Joyful in Thee.” (Psalm 5:11b)

“Be glad in the LORD… shout for Joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” (Psalm 32:11)

“My soul shall be Joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in His Salvation.” (Psalm 35:9)

“My soul shall be satisfied… my mouth shall praise Thee with Joyful lips.” (Psalm 63:5)

“To the counsellors of peace is Joy.” (Proverbs 12:20)

“A man hath Joy by the answer of his mouth.” (Proverbs 15:23)

“It is Joy to the just to do judgment.” (Proverbs 21:15)

“For God giveth to a man that is good in His sight wisdom, and knowledge, and Joy.” (Ecclesiastes 2:26)

“Ask, and ye shall receive, that your Joy may be full.” (John 16:24)

“And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My Joy fulfilled in themselves.” (John 17:13)

“We also Joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:11)

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and Joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 14:17)

“Now the God of hope fill you with all Joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 15:13)

“Whom having not seen, ye love; in Whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with Joy unspeakable and full of glory.” (1 Peter 1:8)

“And these things write we unto you, that your Joy may be full.” (1 John 1:4)

In Christ Alone

In this testimony Amber Head shares why she left the Church of Christ, a denomination in which her father was the pastor of a local church. Amber explains the denomination’s doctrine concerning their requirement of baptism for salvation and its effect on her growing up in a Church of Christ church until she came to the Truth of Scripture, that it is in Christ Alone for salvation, plus or minus nothing.

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the Blood of JESUS

“Social Justice” – A Positive or Negative

The truth about social justice is put forth in a resolution that is under consideration by the Resolutions Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention which will convene its annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, in June 2018. The resolution is written as follows:

“Whereas the social justice movement and worldview are being promoted worldwide, and are being presented using various labels such as eco-justice, economic justice, racial justice, and global justice, to name a few, and

Whereas social justice by definition is based on the anti-biblical and destructive concepts of Marxist ideology, and among other things is interested in redistributing wealth, opportunity, and privileges within society, and

Whereas social justice activism should be considered evil in that it is a vehicle to promote abortion, homosexuality, gender confusion, and a host of other ideas that are antithetical to the gospel, the Christian worldview, and God’s call to holiness (1 Peter 1:16), and

Whereas social justice is now being promoted and enforced by governments worldwide, with Canada being one example that as of 2011 developed Social Justice Tribunals, and is seeking to enforce Bill C-16, a bill passed in 2017 that in application sees it as a hate crime to use the wrong gender pronoun to describe an individual, and

Whereas social justice is deceptive, in that well-meaning Christians become unwittingly drawn into such ideology under the false assumption that social justice equates to standing up for people’s rights and compassion, and

Whereas social justice is based on Marxism and Postmodernism, and should be opposed because of its anti-biblical stance and worldview, and although Christians are attempting to blend social justice with Christianity, they must realize that to accept social justice ideology is to invite liberal theology and liberation theology into our churches, schools, and institutions, and

Whereas authoritative voices have warned against such, for example on the May 2010 “Glenn Beck Program” when Jerry Falwell Jr., declared that social justice was “insidious,” and Glenn Beck warned of a “perversion of the gospel” and called on Christians to “run as fast as you can” away from churches who start teaching social justice because of the toxic nature of social justice, and

Whereas social justice is showing it’s true colors at George Washington University and other campuses in 2018 where they are holding classes and seminars seeking to combat “Christian Privilege,” and attacking Christianity for it’s prominence in society using the social justice ethic, wherein the seminar at GWU students are taught “American Christians receive things they don’t deserve and are not worthy of getting,” and

Whereas Southern Baptists ought to furthermore be warned by the example of the Methodist and Episcopal denominations that have already embraced the social justice movement, and instead of growing in number, these same denominations continue to lose membership at an alarmingly fast rate, and

Whereas we have a present crisis point in the Southern Baptist Convention, in that the same social justice has been recently defended and promoted by Russell Moore of the ERLC within the Southern Baptist Convention, with Dr. Moore writing multiple articles and hosting events promoting social justice, and

Whereas the social justice agenda in the Southern Baptist Convention has become pervasive in some seminaries and state conventions, even to the point that it is apparently an unwritten rule not to speak against the social justice movement, or one’s job or position will be in jeopardy, and

Whereas we are repeatedly warned in Scripture concerning such error and being deceived, with Ephesians 5:6Hebrews 13:9, Colossians 2:8, and 1 Timothy 4:1 being just a few of these warnings, and

Whereas social justice and Christian ethics are clearly antithetical to each other in the areas of tolerance, sexuality, gender, human life beginning at conception, and in general the role of a believer and the purpose for good works being to glorify God, and

Whereas social justice differs from the New Testament in that social justice expresses compassion for certain groups they deem as “victims” while hating those with whom they disagree, rather than following the command of Christ to love everyone, and especially our enemies (Matthew 5:44), and

Whereas social justice warriors routinely shut down speech that they disagree with, often with violence as part of their “social justice,” instead of “seeking to live at peace with all men” (Romans 12:18) and

Whereas social justice destroys lives by convincing people they are victims who are right to magnify even the most minor of offenses, and to note every disagreement or slight as a “microaggression,” and to complain rather than obey scripture and “count it all joy,” (James 1:2) and

Whreas true Christian theology builds people up to be resilient in the face of trials, but social justice seeks to stoke discontentment (1 Corinthians 10:10Hebrews 13:5), and

Whereas our own denomination must reject this harmful social justice philosophy in it’s entirety, and

Whereas biblical doctrine and the Christian ethic must be chosen over social justice, then be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Dallas, Texas, June 13–14, 2018, decry and reject the terms and framework of social justice as insufficient to adequately reflect the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Christian worldview; and be it further

RESOLVED That the entities of the Southern Baptist Convention be encouraged to avoid the terms “social justice” and social justice warrior” when referring to Christian ethics or activism, and that the Holy Scriptures be used as a guide without mimicking the verbiage of the Anti-Christian social justice movement, and be it

RESOLVED That all SBC Colleges and Universities be encouraged to review their teaching programs with special attention given to Humanities Departments to ensure that Marxist based social justice is not being taught in our colleges, universities, and seminaries, and be it

RESOLVED, That we encourage churches in preaching, teaching, and in discipleship to address the issues of racial reconciliation, poverty, the environment, sexual and gender issues, immigration, and education from a Christian worldview and reject the ideological underpinnings and verbiage of the social justice movement.”

(http://sbctoday.wpengine.com/sbc-social-justice-resolution/)

 

The Atheist Delusion

For those who in their own mind try to deny the existence of God, Ray Comfort of Living Waters Publications speaks with several willing participants of the Truths of God’s Creation and His Word, showing them the fallacy of their thinking. Transformation takes place for some as they begin to clearly see the error of their way and consider what they had refused to understand before. A powerful presentation with breathtaking views of God’s Creation, “The Atheist Delusion” uncovers the root of atheistic belief.

The Iniquity of Us All

In Isaiah 59 we are told exactly why man is separated from God:

“Your iniquities have separated between you and your God,                                                                    and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.”

BECAUSE:

  1. Your hands are defiled with blood
  2. Your fingers are defiled with iniquity
  3. Your lips have spoken lies
  4. Your tongue hath muttered perverseness
  5. None calls for justice
  6. None pleads for truth
  7. They trust in vanity
  8. They speak lies
  9. They conceive mischief
  10. They bring forth iniquity
  11. They hatch cockatrice’ eggs [venomous serpents]
  12. They weave the spider’s web [entangle others]
  13. Their works are works of iniquity
  14. Violence is in their hands
  15. Their feet run to evil
  16. They make haste to shed innocent blood
  17. Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity
  18. Wasting and destruction are in their paths
  19. The way of peace they know not
  20. There is no judgment in their goings
  21. They have made them crooked paths

Whosoever goeth therein shall not know Peace.”

RESULT:

  1. Judgment is far from us
  2. Neither does justice overtake us
  3. We wait for light, but behold obscurity
  4. We wait for brightness, but we walk in darkness
  5. We grope for the wall like the blind
  6. We stumble at noon day
  7. We are in desolate places as dead men
  8. We roar all like bears
  9. We mourn sore like doves
  10. We look for judgment, but there is none
  11. We look for salvation, but it is far off from us
  12. Our transgressions are multiplied before Thee
  13. Our sins testify against us
  14. Our transgressions and our iniquities, we know them:                                                               a. Transgressing against the LORD                                                                                                     b. Lying against the LORD                                                                                                                    c. Departing away from our God                                                                                                          d. Speaking oppression and revolt                                                                                                     e. Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood

BECAUSE:  

Judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off:

  1. Truth is fallen in the street
  2. Equity cannot enter
  3. Truth fails
  4. He that departs from evil makes himself a prey

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement of our peace was upon Him; And with His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 

                            “Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”