Posts Tagged ‘John McArthur’

First of all, I have always wondered why some Christians get so happy when a famous person calls themself a Christian but their life and what they say do not line up with scripture. I have previously touched on people who love the gospel style but not the gospel message, I have spoken about the gospel according to Oprah. Now we have Sir Cliff Richard, who is supposed to be a christian, calling on the church to bless gay marriages. For those who dont know him outside the UK, he is a music artist who is supposed to be the model ‘christian’. In Cliff’s words

I think the Church must come round and see people as they are now……Gone are the days when we assumed loving relationships would be solely between men and women….In the end, I believe, people are going to be judged for what they are. It seems to me that commitment is the issue, and if anyone comes to me and says: ’This is my partner – we are committed to each other,’ then I don’t care what their sexuality is. I’m not going to judge – I’ll leave that to God….I’m sad because we have to learn to deal with everything. Everything has changed. The church has got to come to terms with the fact that things have changed since even Jesus has died. It’s only a mere 2,000 years…I mean slavery was an in-thing at one time. We were told to deal with it. And we’ve dealt with it. And we’ve got to deal with every aspect of life. There are gay people in this world,some of them are very talented. Some of them could be great priests.

Then we have Katy Perry going from singing Christian lyrics like this to singing these lyrics on I Kissed a Girl. This is why I believe that after a while, even if someone outwardly professes Christ, time will tell if that person is truly saved or if they are a false convert.

The fact of the matter is there are many false converts sitting right in the pew of our churches every week who go through the motions, have no desire to spend time with God, who neglect the reading of God’s word, are very religious but are not regenerate. They havent been born again. This is becoming very evident to me lately especially when I tried to correct a person in church. Lets pray for those who are self deceived.

Anyway, I think this church put up a good sign to counter-attack Katy Perrys song

For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:26-32)

Is it possible to understand the gospel message, have strong religious convictions, serve in a Bible-believing church, and be convinced you have a saving relationship with God, and yet still not get into heaven when you die? The Bible couldn’t be any clearer on the answer. Yes, many people will one day stand before God and be shocked as they hear Him say, “I never knew you; depart from Me.”

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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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