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Imagine you are a non-swimmer (or you may well be one already) and you went into a time machine which took you 12 months into the future and landed you by a swimming pool. While sitting near the pool, you see a small 2 year old boy accidently fall in the deep end and you are the only one present who has enough time to save him. Then instantly the time machine brings you back into the present.

My question is knowing that you will be at that same pool with that same boy in the future, and knowing what will happen, what would you do between now and then? I presume you would learn to swim.

Well in 12 months time, in 11 months time, in 1 weeks time, tomorrow, today, you know for a fact that people will be ‘drowned’ in the pool which we call death. 150,000 people die every day and after death, they have to face judgement. Christian, you KNOW that death is certain for the unbeliever. What are you going to do? Are you going to tell them of their impending judgement? If you dont know how to, in the same way you would defintitely learn how to swim to save that boy, start learning how to evangelise

Selah

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I received this letter from Dr John McArthur yesterday and thought I would share part of it with you

To the average conservative evangelical today, the idea that people who reject the gospel will die and face judgement in hell isnt surprising or particularly controversial. Without the biblical truth of the gospel, there is no salvation. That’s obvious.

What is not obvious is that many people who sit under solid, biblical teaching of the true gospel each week will also die and face God as judge, rather than as Savior, Father, and friend.I’m convinced and deeply concerned, that many professing believers live in the perceived darkness of false faith and self-deception. Yes, they sit under strong teaching. They know the gospel message inside out. They are immersed in church and ministry activities. They attend, maybe even teach, Bible studies. They appear to produce spiritual fruit. They look and sound like the authentic believers around them.

But exposure to familiarity with the true gospel doesnt guarantee true conversion. Knowing the facts of the gospel and having it penetrate the heart are two different things. Scripture is clear on the matter: it’s possible to have a perfect knowledge of the gospel and the Bible, and still not be saved.

The most frightening part is, many people who are in that situation dont even know it. They are self-deceived. They wear a mask of genuine conversion that fools others, and eventually even fools themselves. They’ve played the part so long, they’ve convinced themselves their salvation is real. Tragically, many sincerely believe they are saved and headed for heaven will be suprised to find themselves in hell

……While I never want to raise unnecessary doubts in people’s minds where genuine conversion has taken place, I am bound by scripture to lovingly warn about the reality of self-deception and call people to spiritual self-examination.

So what does that self-examination look like? Where does it begin?

In a word, it begins with truth. You and I need to continually bring ourselves to God’s truth and the gospel. Bathing ourselves in truth and allowing the Holy Spirit free reign in our hearts is the best way to guard against self-deception. While constant exposure to truth may harden the hearts of those who are self deceived, it is a key ingredient to effective self-examination and all true conversions. The same sun that hardens the clay, melts the wax.

If the righteous one is scarcely saved,where will the ungodly and the sinner appear? (1 Peter 4:18)

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Time and again in the evangelical world we get the gospel wrong. We seem to be preaching that the Christian message is ‘O Lord, my life is empty, fill me’, rather than ‘O Lord, I am an offense to you, rescue me’.

This is something that has been bothering me for some time now, hence the reason I previously wrote about baptism testimonies. This seems to be the main message of what we call ‘the gospel’ these days. We have reduced God to a spare tyre that we can pull out when we need him, when our career path is not going as it should or when we are feeling low. Sin is no longer an offense against God or a transgression of his law but are now just ‘mistakes’.

To see come case studies which come under the O Lord, my life is empty, fill me‘ heading, click here.

You will notice that there is something distinctively missing in them, namely an acknowledgement of their sin. The problem with this type of gospel is if you are not going through any problems in your life, you are doing well with your job, you have a lovely family etc, then what reason do you have for receiving Christ? This is where the modern gospel falls short.

Now I will say the same thing that I said on the baptism testimonies and that is I am in no way saying that these people are not sincere, nor am I saying that they are not saved. But there is a larger problem here and that is another gospel is being preached

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8 )

I fear that this gospel has breeded a lot of false converts because their motives for coming to Christ were not right and that they do not have a correct understanding of salvation.

Mark Dever from 9 Marks Ministry, on his arrival at the church not only did he decide to interview personally every new member, but also to work through everyone already in the church – to ensure they had all responded to the gospel. He has this approach to ensuring his people are genuinely Christians. Before a person can become a member, he asks to hear their testimony and for them to explain the gospel in 60 seconds or less. If not, then he takes steps to ensure that they know it before they become a member. He describes his motivation for this process by referring to 1 Tim 4.16. This may seem radical to some but I can definitely see where he is coming from.

Now watch the following video

Can you see the difference? Going through what this person has gone through, she could said have easily said O Lord, my life is empty, fill mebut instead cried out O Lord, I am an offense to you, rescue me‘.

I will leave you with a quote from Mark Dever:

…when we assume the Gospel instead of clarifying it, people who profess Christianity but don’t understand or obey the gospel are cordially allowed to presume their own conversion without examining themselves for evidence of it- which may amount to nothing more than a blissful damnation…..being a Christian in name only has spread in our churches like gangrene, and misunderstandings about the gospel abound among professing evangelicals.

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As per previous thread, I registered to be part of the Central London Outreach from 22-25 January organised by Operation 513 Europe and I told you that because of work commitments, I was unable to attend.

Operation 513 Central London Outreach

Well I was able to go yesterday evening in Leicester Square after all and what an evening it was. Josh Williamson and Robert Hughes stood on their soapbox (OK it was actually a chair), and pounded the gospel out. You had your normal drunkards and hecklers, but they just did our job for us and helped to draw the crowd. You could see that many people were listening intently to what was being expounded to them and the gospel presentation was very clear. I was very impressed with the way, Josh and Robert handled the objections and it definitely inspired me more to continue to study how to defend the faith which I am doing via The School of Biblical Evangelism.

Before, while and after the Open Air Preaching was going on, the rest of us were passing out tracts and speaking to people on a one to one. This is what the church should be all about. As one member said to me:

Most churches are waiting for the fish to jump into the boat instead of going out to catch the fish.

I have to totally agree with him.  Jesus said

Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. (Matthew 4:19)

Go into all the world (not wait for all the world to come to you) and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)

Then there were people who would supress the truth in righteousness thus further proving that the bible is true when it says

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse (Romans 1:18-20)

Examples of this were with two separate atheists.

One totally believed in science, and she actually believed that if I dropped a lot of Ferrari parts off the top of a building, it would actually be possible that they could land and create a Ferrari car…….. and she wasnt joking.

Another atheist didnt believe in God creating the earth and actually believed that you could have a painting without a painter????

One ‘minister’ who was there wanted us to stop because we could be destroying the work that his church does. We were not in any way offensive in the way we delivered the message (even though the message in itself will always be offensive) but is was done in an organised way.

The highlight for me though was when two policeman came and I personally thought that they were going to tell us to stop and move on but they didnt. We found out at the end that they were there to keep an eye out on known pickpockets and said that we are what is needed in that area but more importantly, they were listening to the gospel and said we really gave them something to think about.

God is always faithful

I would like to thank David Gee and the rest of the team for allowing me to be a part of this

There is a world dying who need to know about Jesus Christ and how they can have their sins forgiven so lets not just stay in our comfortable churches and meetings but lets get out there and meet the world where they are at.

Please remember to pray for every person who heard the gospel last night

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As per their website,

You gotta sport your HolyGhostTees and let the world know you caught the spirit!

This is the kind of thing that happens when you cheapen the gospel.

This is a topic that most Christians do not like to talk about but the bible seems to talk about it quite a bit. Here are just a few examples:

Romans 1:18
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness

John 3:36
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

Romans 2:5
But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

Romans 2:8
but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath,

Romans 3:5
But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.)

Ephesians 5:6
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Colossians 3:6
Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,

1 Thessalonians 1:10
and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Revelation 6:16-17
and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Revelation 19:15
Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

So the question is should we mention the wrath of God more? Now I am not advocating that we preach “WRATH, WRATH, WRATH!!” as that would give people a distorted view of God but at the same time, it is equally distorted to preach God as “LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!” There is a tendency to preach so much ‘love’ that we ignore the fact that there are consequences to our sin, namely the wrath of God, at the end of the day if we do not repent and put our trust in Jesus.

Romans 5:8 says “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners (law breakers), Christ died for us.“

I always say that to fully appreciate the good news, you have to understand the bad news which is that we were all (and some are still) on death row, with the wrath of God hanging over us (John 3:36). But at the fullness of time, Christ, who was without sin, took off his Godly robe as it were and dressed himself in the likeness of sinful human flesh, to receive the punishment and the wrath of the Father for those who will put their trust in him alone for their salvation.

A just God must punish sin otherwise he would not be just. Many people see God as this ‘all loving ‘ and ‘all forgiving’ God. By doing this, they have made up a god to suit themself. This god has no sense of justice but just lets everyone off the hook. This is not the God of the bible.

Listen to this clip which will hopefully clarify my point.

Let us preach the whole counsel of God and not just the ‘nice’ parts that will not offend or that will tickle peoples ears. The bible does not shy away from talking about both the love and the wrath of God, so neither should we.

Below are two videos which talk about the wrath of God

Now the question is, now that you know that the wrath of God is coming on unbelievers, which includes your friends and family, who are you warning?

Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. (James 4:17)

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