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Great Sermon! Great topical study on Falling Away. I believe it's a topic many men in the pulpit are afraid to handle. In fact, there are many warning passages in Scripture directed at believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, which desperately need to be taught. The apostle Paul talked about that in Acts 20:28-31. This is a day in time we believers need to take seriously the warnings found in Scripture
Mark my words, in the years to come people will know beyond doubt that a man who wasn't a U.S. born citizen was elected to the highest office in the country. Currently the Feds are unwilling to take responsibility for their screw up in letting this man get past them.
Homosexual Will Young demonstrates his hatred and intolerance towards those who believe what God says about homosexuality in the Bible. These intolerant homosexuals have an agenda to forcefully ram there homosexual lifestyles down our throats.
Great Sermon! Martyn Lloyd-Jones offers an excellent balance to this, if you can get out of speaking/working/etc for Jesus, do so, because if it is of God, you will not be able to do so-try/prove the spirits.
Just because it's 9:30 pm and your in the meat section of the store, no one but one person is around, 5' away, and you're a Christian, DOES NOT mean that God wants you to witness to that person.
Ezekiel was a watchman, not everyone is. How shall the preach except they be sent. Let your quiet obedience speak louder, so that God can orchestrate the complement of your words.
There should be no awkwardness before, during or afterwards, no embarrassment, or you were in the flesh. Christian's Secret to a Happy Life by H.W. Smith, War on the Saints, Full Text, 1912 ed. by Jessie-Penn Lewis will help more with this.
As Tozer said, sound mind and led of the Spirit, not led by chance, coincidence, opportunity, or your environment, like a cork drifting upon the waters. Know God to discern what His will is. Don't presume, assume or act on a whim. Don't reinvent the wheel. It's a humiliating road to pass this advice by.
May God bless you.
R.D.: "You must first believe in something, before you don't believe in it!"
That's just silly. If I heard of some ancient god from South America today, I guarantee I wouldn't believe in it for a moment.
"Atheism is another form of man's ignorance and his total depravity."
Ah. If you or John are simply using the the term "depravity" to replace the word "atheism" from God's point of view, I suppose that would make a sort of sense. It just wasn't obvious from John's context.
John: "I would NEVER presume believers sin more than non-believers." Nobody said either is more or less ethical than the other. The atheist isn't making a straw man when he points out that Gerson is incorrect to claim that those with a God have a moral compass, and those without, don't. But you're right -- if the atheist is wrong, he will have to one day give an account to God. BUT, Gerson wasn't talking about the afterlife when he said the atheist has questions he can't answer. He was talking about this life, and in that context his argument is full of holes. He claims the choice of being good can only come from a desire to please your god. That atheists can't possibly choose 'good' reliably, like a religious person can. That's a laughable argument that that atheist rightly shot to pieces.
"...Atheists...determine what God should or should not be like..."
The atheist who rebutted Gerson's article was just pointing out that the majority of Christians *say* they believe in the morality of the God of the Bible, but they clearly don't. They pick and choose their own morality. They ignore Old Testament laws when they conflict with their own morality, but then claim the Ten Commandments must be followed. The atheist is right on that point.
"Human depravity on their part aside..."
Part of his point was that, if non-believers were somehow inherently immoral than believers, you'd expect them to exhibit more unethical behavior. But he's never seen any evidence that that's true. (And neither have I.) Claiming non-believers practice human depravity more than believers is just an empty insult -- a claim it *must* be true without any evidence.