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You may have seen the shocking youth message that Paul Washer preached a few years ago doing its round on the internet but you may not know WHY he preached it. Below is an interview which will give you the background as to why he preached this message.

And if you havent heard the message, then please listen to it below. Youth leaders especially, please take note.

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Rachel’s story is not unlike what thousands of women around the world have experienced. A diagnosis that changes a woman’s life and inevitably takes from her what we consider to be most precious.

After four and a half years of vigilantly fighting breast cancer, the 37 year old wife and mother of two was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

But for Rachel the essence of life is found in her relationship with God through Jesus. And that’s why Rachel is convinced that death is not dying.

Rachel testimony is very touching and I strongly recommend listening/watching it. You can listen to/download the audio by clicking here or you can watch the video here

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Rachel Barkey (nee Sawer) went home to her Lord on July 2, 2009 at 37 years of age. Rachel is survived by her husband Neil and her children Quinn and Kate, parents Ben and Cathy Sawer, brother David (Johanna) Sawer and sister Andrea Sawer.

Paul Washer delivers a urgent appeal to the Christians and Churches in North America (and I believe in many other countries as well including the UK) that many have been believing a false gospel and have false assurance of their salvation. He lists 10 indictments against the modern Church system in America. This is a historical urgent message, tell others and spread the message. We need a reformation and revival of a biblical standard!

The indictments are as follows:

The first indictment: a practical denial of the sufficiency of Scripture

The second indictment: An ignorance of God.

The third indictment: A failure to address mans malady

The fourth indictment: An ignorance of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The fifth indictment: An ignorance of the doctrine of regeneration

The sixth indictment: An unbiblical gospel invitation.

The seventh indictment: Ignorance regarding the nature of the Church.

The eighth indictment: A lack of loving and compassionate Church discipline.

The ninth indictment: A silence on separation.

The tenth indictment: Psychology and sociology have replaced the Scriptures with regard to the family. 

 

If you cannot watch the video all in one go, click on the link below where you will find a link to download the mp3 version of the sermon

HT: Word and Verse and Young Calvinist

After looking at the overwhelming evidence of the bible and the fact that Jesus actually existed and walked this earth we have to ask the question. Who was Jesus? He made some outstanding claims. We have to ask the question, was he a liar, a lunatic or is he truly Lord

If he is a liar, then let us eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die

If he is a lunatic, then let us eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die

But if he is truly Lord, then we better sit up and listen carefully to what he has to say.

CARM puts it like this

If Jesus is who He said He was, God in flesh, then whatever He says is authoritative and true. He said that He was the way the truth in the life and that nobody comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). Right there we see that any other way, according to Jesus, is not true.

Christianity bases its truth and its doctrine on the word of God, the Bible. In the word of God, Jesus claims to be the only way. Since He performed many miracles, raised people from the dead, commanded a storm to be still and it obeyed, healed diseases, and rose from the dead Himself, then we are forced to face the reality of His words. Is what He said true or not? Either Jesus is a liar, a lunatic, or He is Lord. No one else in history, except Jesus, has fulfilled detailed prophecies, performed many miracles before eyewitnesses, and risen from the dead. Jesus is unique.

Those of us who are Christians, we have trusted what Christ has said. We believe in what He said and did. Like it or not, Jesus is the one who said He was the only way. It is not the Christians who are being “narrow-minded.” It is Jesus. Therefore, to say that other religions can be true means that Jesus is false. To say that there are other ways to God, also means that Jesus is false. This is what it comes down to. Either Jesus is who He said He was and what He said is true, or He is false. This is a choice you must make. To trust what He said or reject His words.

If we do reject his words, then there will be eternal consequences

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Is Christianity True – Part 4: The Bible

Is Jesus God?

In my last post, I asked the question ‘So if….God is communicative, how does he communicate with us? Is it through the Bible, the Qur’an, Bhagavad Gita or the Vedas or does he not communicate with us at all?’. Well before I try and answer this question, I though I would give you some facts about some of the holy books. I have taken this information from the BBC’s Religion website

Islam

The Qu’ran

Page of a handwritten Qur'an in Arabic

The Qur’an is the holy book for Muslims, revealed in stages to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) over 23 years.

Qur’anic revelations are regarded by Muslims as the sacred word of God, intended to correct any errors in previous holy books such as the Old and New Testaments.

Origin

The Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad by God in Arabic.

Some Qur’anic fragments have been dated as far back as the eighth, and possibly even the seventh, century. The oldest existing copy of the full text is from the ninth century.

Although early variants of the Qur’an are known to have existed, Muslims believe that the text we have today was established shortly after the death of the Prophet by the Caliph Uthman.

Contents

There are 114 chapters in the Qur’an, which is written in the old Arabic dialect.

All the chapters except one begin with the sentence Bismillahir rahmanir raheem, ‘In the name of Allah the most merciful and the most kind’. This is the thought with which Muslims should start every action.

The longest chapter of the Qur’an is Surah Baqarah (The Cow) with 286 verses and the shortest is Surah Al-Kawther (abundance) which has 3 verses.

The arrangement of surahs does not correspond to the chronological order in which they were revealed.

The Qur’an is sometimes divided into 30 roughly equal parts, known as juz’. These divisions make it easier for Muslims to read the Qur’an during the course of a month and many will read one juz’ each day, particularly during the month of Ramadan.

For more info, click here

Hinduism

The Vedas

These are the most ancient religious texts which define truth for Hindus.

They got their present form between 1200-200 BCE and were introduced to India by the Aryans.

Hindus believe that the texts were received by scholars direct from God and passed on to the next generations by word of mouth.

Vedic texts are sometimes called shruti, which means hearing. For hundreds, maybe even thousands of years, the texts were passed on orally.

Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita, or “Song of the Lord” is part of the sixth book of the Mahabharata, the world’s longest poem.

The Bhagavad Gita

Composed between 500 BCE and 100 CE, the Mahabharata is an account of the wars of the house of Bharata.

It is one of the most popular Hindu texts and is known as a smriti text (the remembered tradition). This is considered by some to be of less importance than shruti (the heard text, such as the Vedas). It has, nevertheless, an important place within the Hindu tradition.

The Bhagavad Gita takes the form of a dialogue between prince Arjuna and Krishna, his charioteer.

Arjuna is a warrior, about to join his brothers in a war between two branches of a royal family which would involve killing many of his friends and relatives.

He wants to withdraw from the battle but Krishna teaches him that he, Arjuna, must do his duty in accordance with his class and he argues that death does not destroy the soul.

Krishna points out that knowledge, work and devotion are all paths to salvation and that the central value in life is that of loyalty to God.

For more info, click here

From What i understand, Buddhists do not have a text as such (someone please correct me if I am wrong

Buddhism

The Teachings

These are the basic teachings and concepts in Buddhism.

Karma

Actions have consequences; so our lives are conditioned by our past actions.

Tibetan monks use a prayer wheelThere is no belief in a personal God. It is not centred on the relationship between humanity and God

Rebirth

Consciousness continues after death, and finds expression in a future life.

Liberation from karma

By following the Buddha’s path one escapes the cycle of craving and suffering.

The Four Noble Truths

These are the essentials of Buddhism.

Enlightenment

The highest goal of life is to reach Enlightenment; a state of being that goes beyond suffering.

Dharma

The teachings and hence the way to nirvana.

The core of Buddhist teaching

At the heart of the Buddha’s teaching lie The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path which lead the Buddhist towards the path of Enlightenment.

Facing the truth

The Buddha taught that the human tendency is to avoid the difficult truths of life and this in turn leads to suffering. By enabling the mind to be at peace through meditation a human being can confront reality and overcome hatred and craving.

For more info, click here

Other Religions

Click here to see a list of other religions and their belief system

So what sets Christianity apart from the rest? You will see that all the other religions basically rely on man trying to reach out to God by various religious acts to obtain some kind of favor or salvation. Christianity says, you can do NOTHING and it relies on the act of God reaching out to man.

To be Continued……

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Sola Fide teaches that believers are justified or declared righteous by faith alone. I will use the same scripture that I used with Sola Gratia (By Grace Alone)

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

You can see above again that we are saved though faith, and that not of ourselves. It is through our belief in Christ that justification comes. If we believe that we have any part in it, then we are saying that we had to help the atoning work of Christ and that his death was not sufficient.

The CARM website puts it like this:

Roman Catholics often mention that the Bible never says we are saved by faith alone and that the phrase “faith alone” occurs only once in James where it says that we are not saved by faith alone. If this is so, then why do the Protestants say we are justified by faith alone and not by works? Because the Bible teaches that we are justified by faith alone, and not by works.

The following is a list of verses about being saved by faith. Please take note that faith and works are contrasted. In other words, we are saved by faith “not by works” and “apart from works,” etc. The point is that there are only two options. We are saved by faith alone or we are not. Since we have faith and works (both conceptually and in practice), then we are either saved by faith alone or by faith and works. There is no other option.

If we see that the Scriptures exclude works in any form as a means of our salvation, then logically we are saved by faith alone. Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about faith and works. Then, afterwards, we will tackle James’ statement about “faith alone.”

  1. Rom. 3:28-30, “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one.”
  2. Rom. 4:5, “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness.”
  3. Rom. 5:1, “therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  4. Rom. 9:30, “What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith.”
  5. Rom. 10:4, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”
  6. Rom. 11:6, “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.”
  7. Gal. 2:16, nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified.”
  8. Gal. 2:21, I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.
  9. Gal.3:5-6, “Does He then, who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? 6Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”
  10. Gal. 3:24, “Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith.”
  11. Eph. 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not by works, lest any man should boast.”
  12. Phil. 3:9, “and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.”

Again, works/Law is contrasted with faith repeatedly and we are told that we are not justified by works in any way. Therefore, we are made right with God by faith, not by faith and our works; hence, faith alone.

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Sola Gratia is the teaching that salvation comes by God’s grace or “unmerited favor” only — not as something deserved by the sinner and is an unearned gift from God.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

The bible makes it clear that our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isa 64:6) and that there is nothing we can do to earn salvation. If we think that there is anything that we can do to earn salvation, then that is what is called ‘works righteousness’. This view is held by Roman Catholics and the Mormons for example where it is taught that our good works somehow earn us into heaven. This is in direct contradiction to the above scriptures because it makes it claer that it is ‘not of works, lest anyone should boast‘.

Some may say that the book of James promotes works righteousness and that there is a contradiction. This is not the case. James is basically saying that your good works is a product of your salvation (Matthew 5:16) but your works cannot in and of itself save you.

UPDATE: Tyrellh gently encouraged me to clarify the above statement so as to not cause confusion so I will try to explain what James meant. Here is the scripture below

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works ( James 2:14-18 )

So was James saying that we cannot be saved by faith alone thus disagreeing with Paul in Eph 2:8-9?

When James says ‘Can faith save him?’, I believe it was a rhetorical question where he was asking , and I paraphrase, ‘Can a person believe and that’s it, and then live as they want?’. I believe he was stating that if you have true faith, then it will be evident in your works, hence the reason why he said ‘Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works‘. So James is not a contradiction at all with Eph 2:8-9. Good works are not a REQUIREMENT of salvation,but EVIDENCE of it’!

We must never think that that we deserve anything from God. We are saved by grace alone

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The Five Solas – Sola Scriptura (By Scripture Alone)

The Five Solas – Solas Christus (Christ Alone)

The Five Solas – Sola Fide (By Faith Alone)

The Five Solas – Soli Deo Gloria (Glory To God Alone)