Such Were Some of You

Jeremiah 8:12 – Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.

The secular world cannot even blush for their conscience is seared 1 Timothy 4:2. Within Christian circles its common knowledge that the flesh cannot restrain the flesh. There is nothing redeemable within ourselves Psalm 53:3, we have no strength of our own Romans 5:6. Only the indwelling of the Holy Spirit can give a hopeless sinner hope Romans 15:13 Sanctification takes time, sometimes a lifetime. Its the same for all of us. We all have sins that must be put away, but it’s only the power of the spirit that can achieve this end.  As cautioned by Spurgeon:

“Beware of mixing even a little of self with the mortar with which you build, or you will make it untempered mortar, and the stones will not hold together. If you look to Christ for your beginnings, beware of looking to yourself for your endings. He is Alpha. See to it that you make Him Omega also. If you begin in the Spirit you must not hope to be made perfect by the flesh. Begin as you mean to go on, and go on as you began, and let the Lord be all in all in you.”

You could read all the books in the entire world, studying day and night and you would still not come to the knowledge of the truth without God.

Pray for the lost and those in darkness that they may too be called by the grace of God into the light to show ‘those who think they see that they are blind’ – John 9:39

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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

In Martyn Lloyd Jones sermon ‘Chosen in Him’ and preaching from Ephesians, he urges that whenever you’re confronted with a difficulty in interpreting scripture it’s a good idea to look back on how it was dealt with by the church in the past. Some of those individuals and institutions that have gone before us and that he mentions in chronological order include;

Taking one of these men out of the list Jonathan Edwards is known as probably the greatest Christian philosopher’s in the history of America. Probably his most famous sermon is one called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God and is certainly worth a listen. He used the text from scripture Deuteronomy 32:35 ~ ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them’.

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The Tense of a Verb

41:41 minute mark – And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God – Exodus 3:6

John Macarthur then goes on to explain why this verse is important.

Hint: notice he didn’t say I was. God is not the God of the dead but of the living.

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Islam infiltrating American Society

Includes commentary from Kamal Saleem a convert from radical Islam to Christianity aswell as former commander of Delta Force Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.) and Dr. Emir Caner also a former Muslim (Sunni).

Covers the issue of Islam infiltrating American Society

This brief forum essentially asks;

What is Islam?

How is Islam affecting America?

Who is the leader of Islam?

What is the Qur’an and its message?

What is Sharia Law?

3:20 minute mark – Where did the Muslim Brotherhood begin? Talks about a global caliphate, The Ottoman Empire, the Muslim Brotherhood and its founders, their association with Hitler and the estimated time (1960’s) that Islam gained access to the United States.

6:30 The Head of Al-Qaeda. Muslim Brotherhood front groups in America are documented in the Holy Land Foundation Trial.

8:33 American first, Muslim second?

8:50 The motto of the Muslim Brotherhood

9:19 How can know a radical from a non-radical?

9:55 Different definitions of Jihad and the different ways to do it.

10:40 The Pillars of Islam. The ‘invisible’ Pillar

11:05 Jihad of the Womb, Political Jihad, Banking Jihad etc

11:24 3 Strategies of deception

12:00 The definition of Jihad from Dr. Emir Caner citing an example from the Qur’an.

14:00 Talks about the penetration of Islam into the media.

16:50 Education system, indoctrination in schools etc.

18:05 Islam appreciation day. Dearborn, Michigan no free speech areas.

19:30 Islam in the financial system. Talks about the idea of Zakat. Sharia compliant transactions.

20:05 The 8 different Recipients of Zakat funds citing from the Qur’an. AIG sharia compliant insurance.

20:50 Sharia Financial Institutions, a list of about 100 different companies.

22:00 Why is it important to know this information? Generational change. Jerusalem and Israel and the house of Islam.

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Despise Not the Day of Small Things

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I thought I’d dedicate this post to the building up of the Saints. A while back I linked to the MLJ Trust where there is 1600 sermons from the great Martyn Lloyd Jones that you can download and listen for free.

Given that these are indeed evil days its easy to become discouraged or slip from self examination into self accusation whereby the devices of the Devil often work overtime.

In this sermon called Discouragment Martyn Lloyd Jones offers the following points for examination;

  • The problem of discouragement
  • The danger of introspection and self-examination
  • The importance of realising the truth of salvation by faith
  • Consciousness of a lack of progress
  • The importance of being ourselves
  • Days of discouragement for the Church
  • The condition of weariness and tiredness

There’s also a good bit of advice about Zechariah 4:10 whereby we’re urged to despise not the day of small things/beginnings.

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The Offence of the Cross

When I listened to this sermon from Martyn Lloyd Jones I was reminded of the funding of 40 million dollars that the New South Wales government is putting forth in the hopes of combating the rising and rampant epidemic of domestic violence.

“The systems are not working, the governments know that from the statistics, from the funding that’s been gobbled up and the solutions not making [much difference]”Source

I suspect that this new money will not make much difference either. Its only the cross that can make a difference, but to our increasingly secular society, it’s not an option that’s even brought to the table.

0:40 Why is it an offense to the natural man (intellectual pride).

3:18 We’re not saved by ideas and that’s what the natural man believes.

4:30 The natural man thinks that the cross is immoral.

7:20 All men’s troubles emanate from man’s pride.

8:00 Man modern man! Here comes something (the cross) that smashes the idol.

9:40 The son of man has come to seek and save. People don’t object the saving message but they don’t like the message that we’re all lost.

11:50 The world is full of do-gooders. Yet not one is righteous.

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Knocked Conscious & President Obama’s Speech

He’s claims to have been not KO’ed in a race car accident, but Knocked conscious!

This is Darrell Lee Waltrip’s testimony at the National Prayer Breakfast 2015.

According to Wikipedia he’s an “American motorsports analyst, author, national television broadcaster, former racing car driver, a 3-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, (1981, 1982, 1985), a 3-time NASCAR Cup Series runner-up, (1979, 1983, 1986), winner of the 1989 Daytona 500, and the first 5-time winner of the Coca-Cola 600 (formerly the World 600), the Series’ longest race (1978, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1989), (a first for any driver, all time).”

This breakfast has made headlines for various other reasons, namely President Obama’s speech where he condemned the actions of Christians during the crusades as well as the slavery that took place in America.

I think these times call for fairly accurate and discerning commentary that outlines the fundamental nature of the Islamic faith as it relates to the dominant influence in western culture.

As Albert Mohler has made clear, it appears that the rampant rise of modern secularism and now conversely medieval Islam are two conflicting forces that on the surface are now clashing in a global war of worldviews.

Anything that was once considered absolute truth and a truth that was even held to be self evident in most of the western world has now been almost fully rejected. As a consequence we are now entering a period of time where there is no proper understanding of what we’re confronting, no foundation to base our counter arguments upon and thus no effective or enduring response to Islam.

In Australia, some people who not unlike the President of America seem to even entertain ‘islamophilia’- a pejorative though accurate term often used to describe unwavering and uncritical admiration of the values of Islam.

Unfortunately, we collectively get to witness these kinds of tendencies every time we have a Jihadist going berserk. And such an opportunity was offered by the Martin Place siege back in December last year when members of the influential gentry and those of similar persuasion took to twitter with chants of #Illridewithyou in the hopes these kinds of problems would just go away. On the face of it, the canting leftist’s current strategy to the problem radical Islam poses is to hug it out. That entire Sturm und Drang feel good crusade was nothing more than a deflection with a thinly veiled hollow sentimentality and is indicative of how ill equipped the politicians of the day are to deal effectively with this issue.

An examination of the Islamic religion shows that there is a holy deity with no intermediary between you and him and no guarantee that you will have peace with Allah except, and here’s the point – that you die committing an act of Jihad. These people are then referred to as martyrs and guaranteed eternal life in paradise.

Most of the elected officials fail to realise that this first and foremost, is a spiritual war, much like Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians 10:4 and that any attempt to simply reify Islam probably won’t work.

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The Missing Presence of God

And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul – Pslam 106:15 KJV

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The War of the Worldviews

Working from 1 Corinthians 1

3:10 The natural man and 3 enemies of the Christian mind.
1. Unbelief.
2. Biblical illiteracy.
3. Spiritual immaturity.

4:30 We all operate out of a worldview.

7:45 Peach tree Rd and the culture war as it is becoming. The apostle Paul would not be shocked.

11:45 The Christian worldview is the refutation of every other world view.

13:00 Christianity is the antithesis of every other thesis.

13:45 The word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing.

15:10 The radical nature of the Christian message.

18:35 Gnostics and intellectuals.

20:00 Briefly talks about Corinth.

21:00 The wisdom of the world.

22:00 The folly of preaching – Isaiah 6.

24:00 Two ways to oppose the gospel;
1. People seeking evidence.
2. 30:58 Intellectual sophistication.

37:50 Cultural Christianity and the false assurance of living at peace with the intellectual world view.

40:10 What’s required of Christians now is to realise they are living in a clash of world views. (He ties this back with the first 3 points at 3:10).

41:40 The competitor world views
1. Communistic atheism
2. Modern secularism
3. Medieval Islam

44:50 The modern church is trying to reduce the antithesis and limping between two very different opinions. (Cites 1 Kings 18:21 as an exmaple).

47:17 How does the word of God make sense.

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The Forever Consequences

The whole sermon if worth watching but I thought that from around the 30 minute mark on-wards it was a message that needs to be heard.

How we get grace.

The forever consequences of unbelief and hardening your heart.

The beatitude attitude.

If you have seen the son you have seen the father.

The subjective and objective components of faith.

Turning from your sin.

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