Archive for May, 2006

Homeland Security

Saturday, May 13th, 2006 at 2:54 pm

Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?

-Thomas Jefferson

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by gahammerle

To govern rightly

Friday, May 12th, 2006 at 7:23 pm

It is impossible to govern rightly without God and the Bible.

-George Washington

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A personal saviour for a general condemnation?

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006 at 12:40 pm

We preach – and rightly so – that people need to make Jesus one’s personal saviour – that it has to be a personal thing, but we usually don’t preach a personal condemnation – only a general condemnation. Here’s what I mean, the following Bible passages are commonly used when witnessing to someone, but all of them are general. They are all true, but they make general statements, rather than personal, specific statements:

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Romans 3:10

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 1 Timothy 1:15

There is nothing wrong with these verses – they are all true and are God’s word, but using these to convince a person he or she is a lost sinner is kind of like a police officer giving you a speeding ticket because he says everyone speeds, but he never offers you proof that you were in fact speeding. Telling a person that everyone is a sinner doesn’t convict that person. We need to be specific – make it personal.

First John 3:4 says sin is a transgression of God’s law. So to convict the sinner, tell him what God’s laws are – the Ten Commandments. Then give the evidence how he has broken those laws – his conscience will bear witness that he has broken them (Romans 2:15). Paul said in Romans 7 that he had not known sin, but by the law. He did not know lust was wrong until he learned the law said “Thou shalt not covet.” A sinner will not know he has offended God unless he knows what God’s laws are. Once the evidence has been presented and the sinner is convicted and declared guilty, let him know about the punishment that justice demands and that the holy and just God will administer. And then let him know that the Lord Jesus Christ paid his fine so he could escape damnation, if only he would repent and trust Christ.

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by gahammerle

Excuses that won’t work in court

Friday, May 5th, 2006 at 1:28 pm
  • I’m sorry
  • I won’t do it again
  • I’ve done a lot of good things to make up for it
  • I go to church
  • That was a long time ago and I haven’t done it since
  • Everyone else does it
  • I’m not bad as some other people

If these excuses won’t work in front of a human judge, why do you think they will work in front of God, the holy and just judge? Justice demands punishment. The only “excuse” that works with God is if someone else pays the fine for you. If someone else pays your fine, then justice will be satisfied. Jesus paid that fine when he was on the cross.

Are you guilty before God? Take the Good Person Test to find out.

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by gahammerle

The passion of Christ

Thursday, May 4th, 2006 at 12:45 pm

Since the release of Mel Gibson’s movie, I’ve heard a lot of people talking about how much Jesus suffered from the time of his arrest and his death on the cross. I have not seen the movie, but from what I’ve been told, it was a very horrific depiction of the Lord’s sufferings. Having read the Bible passages, I can’t even begin to imagine how much pain he endured – the beating, the mocking, being spat upon, having his beard plucked out, the crown of thorns, the crucifixion – all of it that he suffered at the hands of men. While his suffering at the hands of men certainly was horrific, we are focusing on the wrong thing. What we can see in the movie and what we can read in the Bible only tells us what he suffered at the hands of men – we don’t see what he suffered at the hands of the holy and just God:

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Matthew 27:45-46

It is what we don’t see – what happened during the 3 hours when the whole earth was darkened – that is important. Now don’t misunderstand me. What he suffered at the hands of men was terrible and I am not belittling that. However, it has lead many to think that if they whip themselves and inflict other sufferings on themselves, they are worthy of Jesus Christ. There are thousands who inflict terrible things on themselves every year in the false belief that God will allow them into Heaven because they suffered like Jesus did. Our sufferings do not even get us one inch closer, much less assure us of a place in Heaven. When compared to what happened in those 3 dark hours, his sufferings at the hands of men are nothing. It is what happened during those three hours that is important:

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5

During those three dark hours, God bruised him for our iniquities. God wounded him for our transgressions. God turned out the lights so we would not see it. It was so horrible, we could not bear to see it. But, Praise God, because he became sin for us, we can be healed and have peace with God.

Have you ever realized you deserve all of God’s wrath? Do you know if you will spend eternity in Heaven with God? Take the Good Person Test and find out if you will.

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by gahammerle

The DaVinci Code

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006 at 8:04 am

If you know someone who has read the book or is planning on seeing the upcoming movie, send them to The Da Vinci Message website and have them listen to the message there. The message is about 13 minutes long. They will get a good Christian perspective on the blasphemous book and movie.

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by gahammerle

Do you think we will know each other in Heaven?

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 at 1:19 pm

You don’t think we’ll know less then than we do now, do you?

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by gahammerle

Evolution vs. Intelligent Design vs. Biblical Creationism

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 at 10:31 am

There are three views of the origin of the universe. Most people think there are only two because they lump Intelligent Design in with Biblical Creationism. Intelligent Design is not the same as Biblical Creationism. Intelligent Design tells us there is a designer, but it makes no claims as to who that designer is. Biblical Creationism tells us the Judeo-Christian God is the designer and creator.

I read a very good and interesting comparison of Intelligent Design and Evolution on the Intelligent Design The Future website. It says:

Intelligent design is an inference from the empirical data, Darwin’s theory of evolution is an inference from a belief about God.

In other words, Intelligent Design first starts with the evidence and concludes there must a designer/creator. Evolution starts with a belief there is no God and then tries to interpret the evidence to fit that belief. Evolution begins with a belief and that is why the theory of evolution is modified every time new evidence is found. Evolutionists do not allow the evidence to dictate the conclusion; they try to make the evidence fit the preconceived conclusion. Intelligent Design follows the evidence.

That leaves Biblical Creationism. Biblical Creationism starts with The Bible, God’s revealed word, and interprets the evidence based on what we know in The Bible. Since God’s word is true, the evidence will support what The Bible tells us. Not a single piece of evidence ever discovered has caused The Bible to be modified. The Bible was written thousands of years ago and all the evidence ever collected has fit perfectly – not a single piece of contradictory evidence has been found.

Evolution is clearly unscientific since it does not allow the conclusions to be made from the evidence. Intelligent Design is better since it does follow the evidence. Biblical Creationism is best because it is based on God’s word and thus is true.

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by gahammerle

What message do you preach?

Monday, May 1st, 2006 at 8:33 pm

Do you preach:

  1. Sinners can be made righteous in Jesus Christ and escape the wrath to come, or
  2. You can be made happy by Jesus Christ and escape the problems of life?

If you are preaching the second, you are not preaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

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by gahammerle