Sermon Audio – Paul vs Paul

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“Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.” Philippians 1:15-18 NKJV

 

“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:6-8 NKJV

 


This sermon was originally recorded April 6, 2014 at Brandywine Bible Chapel, Wilmington, DE.

 

 

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My First Prezi-tation: God Talks Money

Over the weekend I had the privilege of participating in a Bible conference at the Oxford Bible Chapel of Oxford, PA. The conference was a wonderful time in God’s Word and in fellowship with God’s people. The theme of the conference was Biblical Stewardship.

Below is a “Prezi” that I used to as an illustration during my talks. As you view the presentation please keep in mind:

  • the presentation was designed to accompany three 45 minute messages.
  • the False Gospel slide makes reference to the modern day personality Benny Hinn as an example of one of the false teaches that 2 Peter 2:1 says will come and the 19th century evangelist Dwight L. Moody as an example of a true servant of God who acted with utmost financial integrity.

 

 

Your thoughts are greatly encouraged… I would appreciate hearing from you in the comment section.

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NT Tuesday: The False Gospel According to Rob Bell

“We need to affirm people wherever they are.” ~Rob Bell

“You must be born again.” ~Jesus Christ

If you have been following recent events concerning Christianity over the last few years you, no doubt, have heard of Rob Bell. In fact Rob Bell has been difficult to ignore- in 2011 Time Magazine listed Rob Bell as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He has authored numerous books including two New York Times best sellers.

Presently Rob Bell is back in the limelight as he, probably for the first time, stated publicly that he is not opposed to legalizing same sex marriage. This, really, comes as no surprise– however, I am not interested in commenting on his stance regarding this particular issue. Rather, I would like to comment on something else that he said in support of his position on marriage.

Rob stated: “I think this is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are.” Italics mine, see link to the entire audio recording below.

What exactly does it mean to “affirm people wherever they are”? Unfortunately, I’m not so sure I understand what Rob is trying to say. However, we should be able to gain some understanding of what he means by looking the definitions of the words he uses. :::On the outside chance that Rob might actually be reading this… I invite you to explain what this means in either a comment below or in a guest post.:::

According to dictionary.com the word affirm is a verb that means to state or assert positively; maintain as true, or to express agreement with; uphold; support. The word wherever is a conjunction that means in, at, or to whatever place; in any case or condition. And, finally, are is the ‘present indicative plural and 2nd person singular of be.’

So, putting it all together, when I hear Rob Bell say “we need to affirm people wherever they are” this is what I think he means: “We must express agreement with, and maintain as true whatever place or condition someone is in.”

Really? Is this what we are to do? Is this what our Lord Jesus Christ did? Did He “affirm people wherever they [were]”? Is this what our Lord Jesus Christ told us to do? To express agreement with everyone? Of course not!

In fact, the Lord Jesus Christ taught EXACTLY the opposite of this. Jesus taught everyone is actually in the wrong place! That everyone must be radically changed by God Himself… Jesus said, “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.'” John 3:7.

Clearly Jesus Christ is not affirming people wherever they are. Jesus Christ not only taught that everyone IS in the wrong place, but that everyone is also heading in the wrong direction. “I tell you… unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:5. The Greek word translated repent (Strong’s G3340) means to think differently.

In other words, Jesus Christ did not ‘affirm’ whatever people thought… rather He taught that they must change what they are thinking! That they must repent… meaning they must change from what they think to what God thinks. We must affirm God not each other!

The gospel according to Rob Bell is a false gospel. It is not what the Lord Jesus Christ taught. It is NOT possible to appease society with politically correct platitudes, nor is it possible to win over a culture by assimilating into that culture. Rather we who are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ must proclaim the exact same Gospel as He did.

2,000 years ago the Gospel was not a popular message… in fact they crucified the messenger! The Gospel is STILL wildly unpopular… those who stand up for and preach the true Gospel today should not expect to be treated any better then He was treated 2,000 years ago.

 

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Sources:
Rob Bell Entire audio of his recent comments.
Denny Burk Blog post critical of Rob Bell.
Greg Carey Blog post supportive of Rob Bell.
Wikipedia entry for Rob Bell.

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Postscript: If given the chance this is what I would say to Rob Bell: “When I compare your teachings with the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ I find there is a great difference between the two and I must follow what He taught. I also believe that I have the responsibility to warn others about your false teachings. I do not hate you, I simply disagree with you. If somehow our paths cross one day, I would love to sit down with you over a cup of coffee and explore these things together.”

 

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Audio: A False Gospel

Rob Bell Love Wins Back Cover

Back Cover of Love Wins

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” Galatians 1:6-10 NKJV emphasis mine.

About a year and a half ago Rob Bell, who at that time was the pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI, published a book titled “Love Wins”. The book instantaneously became a New York Times bestseller and caused a considerable amount of controversy in the evangelical church and beyond. The book even made the cover of the April 25, 2011 issue of Time Magazine.

As the controversy raged I found myself reading blog posts by both the supporters and detractors of the book. What I read shocked me… the detractors of the book claimed that Rob Bell denied the very existence of a literal hell and that in the end love will “win” — meaning everyone will spend eternity in everlasting bliss.

Could such accusations be true? Could a pastor of an “evangelical” church teach such things? To find out I purchased a copy of the book and read it. What I read in Rob Bell’s book Love Wins astounded me. From my reading of the book it seemed that the book’s detractors had actually understated the severity of doctrinal error!

After studying Love Wins in the light of God’s Word I had the opportunity to speak about it.

Recorded: Sunday April 17, 2011 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA

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Jottings – The Unfailing Test

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But you say: What is a simple child of God, who knows no theology, to do? Just this: to remember that any so-called gospel which is not pure unadulterated grace is “another” gospel. If it proposes, under whatever specious guise, to win favor of God by works, or goodness, or “character,” or anything else which man can do, it is spurious. That is the unfailing test.

C I Scofield. “The Grace of God.” The Fundamentals, Vol. III. Ed. R. A. Torrey, A. C. Dixon. Los Angeles: The Bible Institute of Los Angeles. 1917. p. 98.

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Jottings – The Most Popular Religion

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There is only one other religion in the world. It is called another gospel, but it is not good news at all. It teaches that people reach heaven by their own goodness or attainments. It is the most popular religion because it caters to human pride. In spite of its grandiose claims, it offers neither assurance of salvation, present security, nor eternal life. It leads to hell at last.

William MacDonald, Now That Is Amazing Grace published by Gospel Folio Press, Grand Rapids, MI. Page 89 & 90.

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