Archive for July, 2012

Do women have the right with the life that is in their womb? Do women have the prerogative to decide for the life of that child?

How about cases like rape? You might say the thing inside the womb is not a living being yet until it comes out of the womb. If that is true what is life then? Really, what is life? Do we just use biology dictionaries to define for us what is life? If a thing therefore has some movement, excretion, reproduction, respiration, irritability, need for nutrition and growth, can we call that thing a life then? Since this is usually the standard where unbelieving biologists want to define life, they would really include plants to be living things; even though plants don’t have any rationality, consciousness, emotions, will, and transcendence, they are considered by some as living things.

Isn’t it ironic that secular biologists would consider plants as living things, but think of an embryo as a non-living thing? Isn’t it a desperate delusion on the part of us, sinners, to deny the obvious?

I’ve heard some mothers ignorantly telling their stubborn children, “I made you in my womb. You should obey me,” when in fact, they did not know a thing about molecular biology and genetics. Did our mothers and fathers made us inside our womb? Did they determine our physical features? Absolutely not. The psalmist David tells us clearly that it was God who made us in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13).

An embryo is absolutely a life in the womb! How heinous it is to take the life of another just for selfish reasons and purposes. Abortion is murder!

Ray Comfort has made an excellent documentary on this issue:

Children are a gift from the Lord. Oh, how I ought to give thanks to the Lord for protecting me and allowing me to live! When I was in my mother’s womb, I was supposed to be aborted, but here am I breathing God’s grace.

Is Hell really eternal? How could an infinitely Holy God send people to Hell, a place of torment He created, for all eternity? Let us say that a wicked man lived on earth for eighty years, would it be just to torture a man who lived a wicked life, for eighty years, in the Lake of Fire for all eternity—an unending duration of time? If God is so loving, can’t God just let that man be consumed by the flames and vanish from existence? After all, God isn’t sadistic is He?

Universalism is the idea that after some torment of people in Hell, or even without a need for suffering in Hell because of all the sins committed against God, God would eventually have mercy on them and grant them fellowship with Him. That God is too loving to allow the sufferings of people without end. Universalism is far more heretical than annihilationism—the idea that sinners would suffer in Hell, but would eventually stop from existence once they have been consumed by the flames, since sinners are not raised with glorified bodies the way Christians are.

Here are some universalists refuted by Christians using the truths of the Bible:

The False Teachings of Dallas Willard.

Greg Boyd’s Bad Theology

It is really hard to think of a loved one spending his/her eternity in Hell. But in the end, we would realize that in reality the people we loved and have been with us while here on earth have been covered by the grace of God; and so, all the good things about them that we loved are actually the grace and goodness of God upon their lives.

After God’s judgement for the unbelievers, no one in Hell would really desire forgiveness of sin and reconciliation to God. Have you not read that people who will be cast outside God’s loving presence will be in a place where “…there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth”?  (Mat 8:12)

So great is human depravity, that apart from the grace of God, nothing but evil is left to man.

People don’t gnash their teeth because they are sorry. If you would look at all the appearances of the gnashing in the Bible, you would find no place where people gnash their teeth because of an intense desire to repent and change. No. People gnash their teeth in indignation against the God Who is torturing them for all their evil. Aside from that, people who would go to Hell will never stop sinning. In fact, people in Hell are worst sinners than they are here on earth; because here, they are restrained by God according to His will. In Hell, sinners are unrestrained in their sinful nature. In Hell, what will sinners do is curse the God to whom they have no ability to fight against. The nature of unrepentant sinners in Hell are fixed, and they have no chance of salvation; they don’t have any possibility of desiring to repent and ask for forgiveness either. I remember a dear pastor who said, “If there would be a soul who would repent in Hell, that soul would be saved, but there is none who would ever do that.”

The latest universalist heretic is no other than…

Okay, Rob Bell is clearly not a Christian. What about Billy Graham? You might ask, “Is Billy Graham a universalist too?” For some, Billy Graham is no doubt a Christian, but I don’t know about his new position on the matter. Well, just listen to pastor John MacArthur on the issue of inclusivism and Billy Graham:

Please, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that Christians don’t like to have a lot of people in Heaven. Far from it, it is our desire to see people converted and saved. However, we as Christians, do not say that a person can be saved apart from faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven.

God’s tools and instruments (Thomas Brooks, “London’s Lamentations” 1670)

“I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.” Isaiah 45:7

Let us see the hand of the Lord in this recent dreadful fire which has turned our once renowned London into a ruinous heap! London’s sins were now so great, and God’s wrath was now so hot—that there was no quenching of the furious flames. The decree for the burning of London was now gone forth, and nothing could reverse it. The time of London’s fall was now come. The fire had now received its commission from God—to burn down the city and to turn it into a ruinous heap!

Certainly God is the great agent in all those dreadful judgments which befall people, cities, and kingdoms. Whoever or whatever be the rodit is God’s hand which gives the stroke! The power of bringing judgments upon cities, God takes to Himself, “When disaster comes to a city, has not the Lord caused it?” Amos 3:6. Whatever that judgment is, which falls upon a city—God is the author of it; He acts in it and orders it according to His own good pleasure. There is no judgment which accidentally falls upon any person, city, or country. Every judgment is inflicted by a divine power and providence. God had given a commission to the fire—to burn with that force and violence as it did—until London was laid in ashes! Whoever kindled this fire—God blew the coal! And therefore no arts, counsels, or endeavors of men were able to quench it.

All judgments are at the beck of God, and under the command of God. Whatever judgment God commands to destroy a person, a city, or country—that judgment shall certainly and effectually accomplish the command of God—in spite of all that creatures can do. If God commissions the sword of war to walk abroad, and to glut itself with blood—who can command it into the scabbard again? No art, power, or policy can cause that sword to lie still!

God, as He is our Creator, Preserver, and sovereign Lord—has an absolute power both over our persons, lives, estates, and habitations: and when we have transgressed His righteous laws, He may do with us, and all we have—as He pleases. He may turn us out of house and home, and burn up all our comforts round about us—and yet do us no wrong. “Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him.” Psalm 115:3. “The Lord does whatever pleases Him—in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths.” Psalm 135:6

Those things which seem accidental and chance to us—are ordered by the wise counsel, power, and providence of God. Instruments can no more stir until God gives them a commission—than the axe or the knife can cut by itself, without a hand. God makes use of whatever second causes He pleases, for the execution of His pleasure. And many times He makes the worst of men the rod of His indignation to chastise His people with! All inferior or subordinate causes—are but God’s tools and instruments, which He rules and guides according to His own will, power, and providence.

Job eyed God in the fire which fell from heaven, and in all the fiery trials which befell him. And therefore, he does not say, “The Lord gave—and the devil took away!” Nor, “The Lord gave—and the Chaldeans and Sabeans took away!” But “The Lord gave—and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised!” Job 1:20-21

Certainly without the cognizance and concurrence of a wise, omniscient, and omnipotent God—no creatures can move. Without His foresight and permission—no event can befall any person, city or country. Whatever the means or instruments of our misery are—the hand is God’s! It behooves us, in every judgment, to see the hand of the Lord, and to look through visible means to an invisible God! “The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me!” Ruth 1:21

“The Lord brings death and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and raises up. The Lord sends poverty and wealth; He humbles and He exalts!”   1 Samuel 2:6-7

Is He a Brute?  Is He a Maniac? (John Angell James, “The Anxious Inquirer” 1834)

“What will it benefit a man, if he gains the whole world yet loses his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)

Consider what the loss of the soul includes. It is the loss of everything dear to man as an immortal creature. It is the loss of Heaven, with all its honors, felicities, and glories. It is the loss of everything that can contribute to our eternal happiness.

The loss of the soul includes in it all that is contained in that dreadful word, Hell. Hell is the eternal endurance of the wrath of God. It is the coming down of the curse of the Almighty upon the soul; or rather, it is the falling of the soul into that curse, as into a lake which burns with fire and brimstone.
All the tears that ever have been or ever will be shed on the face of the earth; all the groans that ever have been or ever will be uttered; all the anguish that ever has been or ever will be endured by all the inhabitants of the world, through all the ages of time–do not make up an equal amount of misery to that which is included in the loss of one human soul!

Consider that the eternal loss of the soul is not a rare, but a very common occurrence. The loss of the soul is so tremendous a catastrophe, that if it happened only once in a year, or once in a century, so as to render it barely possible that it should happen to you–it would be reckless carelessness not to feel some solicitude about the matter! How much more, then, when, alas! it is an every-day calamity! So far from its being a rare thing for men to go to hell–it is a much rarer thing for them to go to heaven! Our Lord tells us, that the ‘road to destruction’ is thronged, while the ‘way to life’ is traveled by few. Hell opens its mouth wide and swallows up multitudes in perdition! How alarming is the idea, and how probable the fact–that you may be among this number! Some who read these pages will very likely spend their eternity in hell.

Concern, then, deep concern about the salvation of your soul, is the most reasonable thing in the world! Can that man have a soul, or know that he has one, who is careless about its eternal happiness? Is he a man–or is he a brute? Is he a rational being–or is he a maniac? Ever walking on the edge of the precipice that hangs over the bottomless pit–and not concerned about salvation! Oh, fatal, awful, destructive indifference!

Look into the bottomless pit–can you be too anxious to escape its torments? Look into heaven—can you be too anxious to obtain its glories? Look into eternity—can you be too anxious to secure immortal life?

Infected with a most dreadful, fearful, soul-killing disease!

(James Smith, “God’s Remedy for Man’s Malady” 1849)

“From the sole of your foot to the top of your head, no spot is uninjured—but only wounds and bruises and putrefying sores! They have not been cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil.” Isaiah 1:6

The whole race of mankind, in consequence of the fall, is infected with a most dreadful, fearful, soul-killing disease!

You are infected with it yourself!

It is in your nature, and its effects are manifested in your conduct! Its seat is in the heart—which has become deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked!

This malignant disease has spread over every faculty of the soul! The understanding is darkened—so that you cannot see your dreadful state! The conscience is defiled—and no longer warns of evil! The will is powerfully biased to evil—and chooses what God abhors! The affections are earth-bound—and set on forbidden things! The imagination has become sensual—and only employed in evil! The reason is debased—and calls darkness, light; and light, darkness! The memory is depraved—and has become a storehouse of iniquity! The whole soul is paralyzed, polluted, and diseased! Satan has got possession—and endeavors to lead you to hell in a false peace!

You are naturally . . .   unfit for heaven,   at enmity with God,   exposed to His wrath,   cursed by His law,   condemned by His word,   traveling to perdition,   and ripening for damnation!

You cannot . . .   deliver yourself from sin’s dominion,   cleanse yourself from inherent defilement,   or escape the righteous judgment of God, by anything that you can do.

You are . . .   without strength,   blind to your everlasting welfare,   and a hater of God!

You . . .   were born a sinner,   have lived transgressing,   and dying in such a state, will be banished into irremediable woe!

This is your state, reader—whoever you may be! This is your situation—however you may have lived! This is your condition—whatever you may think! Have you ever seen yourself in this situation? Have you ever felt this to be your case? Have you ever trembled on account of it—and sought a remedy? If not, this is the very worst symptom of your disease! You are . . .   insensible of your wretched condition,   under a spiritual derangement,   and madness is in your heart!

But if you have discovered your malady, if you have felt sin to be really a dreadful disease, if you are seeking for a remedy; then I rejoice in being able to direct you to one that is provided, which may be obtained freely, and will certainly heal you!
God, who is rich in mercy, for the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in sin—has devised a way in which He can manifest Himself as a just God and a Savior! He has provided a suitable and glorious remedy for lost, ruined, and undone sinners! This remedy will . . .   heal the wounded,   cleanse the filthy,   sanctify the unholy,   justify the condemned,   liberate the captive,   and save the lost!

It gives . . .   peace to the distressed,   direction to the perplexed,   riches to the poor,   sight to the blind,   hearing to the deaf,   strength to the weak, wisdom to the foolish,   and life to the dead!

Is This All?

(John MacDuff, “THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS” 1856)

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ — set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above — not on earthly things!” — Colossians 3:1-2

The history of six thousand years has given indisputable evidence of the insufficiency of all earthly objects to yield true and satisfying enjoyment. Man has needs — which no earthly riches can supply; he has soul diseases — which no human skill can cure; he has fears — which no mortal courage can quell; he has debts — which no finite resources can discharge; and he has miseries — which no earth-born sagacity can console.
In earthly things, to whatever extent they may be possessed, there is a lack of adaptation to yield real happiness. It is recorded of Caesar that he exclaimed when in possession of universal empire,Is this all?His expectations of happiness were not answered by the attainment of worldly things.

Reader, have you not often felt something similar to this? You may have set your heart upon some distant object; and oh! what sacrifices you made for its attainment! What self-denial did you undergo! At length, perhaps, the desire of your heart was granted you. But was it what you expected? Were you not, on the contrary, led to exclaim, in the language of the disappointed emperor, Is this all?

It is an absolute certainty, that the things of earth cannot satisfy the cravings of our immortal nature. Wealth, fame, learning, pleasure, domestic happiness — none of these things can do it. “Whoever drinks of these waters shall thirst again,” as the Savior declared to the Samaritan woman; “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst — but it shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life!”
But the things of earth, besides being unsatisfying in their nature — are, at best, transitory in their duration.

What are RICHES? Uncertain is the epithet which the pen of inspiration employs in describing them. “Will you set your eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven!” (Proverbs 23:5)
What is PLEASURE? Something that is only for a season.
What is WISDOM? More precious than rubies, if it is the wisdom which comes from above; but if it the wisdom of this world — it also is vanity, and will soon pass away.
What is FAME? Often a bubble, no sooner blown — than it bursts!
Yes, the earth itself is only temporary!

A Roman general, on one occasion, when elated by the splendors of a triumphal entrance into the imperial city, which had been awarded to him in honor of the victories he had won, exclaimed, “Ah, that it would continue!” But, alas! it did not continue. All the glittering pomp soon vanished! It floated away like a fleeting dream. And so with all earthly bliss — it will not, and cannot, continue. Had earthly things a character of abiding permanence belonging to them, men might with some semblance of reason, make them the fit objects of their desires and pursuits. Such a character, however, they do not possess. “The world with its lust is passing away!” “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” But, O blessed heavenly world! This fullness of joy; this unclouded vision of God and the Lamb; this sweet fellowship with saints and angels; this day without a night; this sky without a cloud; this sea without a ruffle; these ravishing melodies; this seraphic transport and exulting joy — they will continue — and that forever! “We have a priceless inheritance — pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay!” (1 Peter 1:4)

“O what folly, O what madness! That my thoughts should go astray, After toys and empty pleasures — Pleasures only of a day! This vain world, with all its trifles, Soon, alas! will be no more; There’s no object worth admiring, But the God whom I adore!”

It is absolutely very obvious that we live in a sinful world. All the manifestations of sins are everywhere. There is no righteous, no not one. Every human being has been tainted by sin. In sin did our mothers conceive us. Surely, absolute justice will be given to us by God. There is no hope for us; only the Perfect Person—the God-man—the Lord Jesus Christ—He who paid the penalty of sin on the Cross of Calvary, can save us from the penalty of sin and the power of it.

We are so corrupted by sin, and we have sinned against the perfectly Holy, Just, and Righteous God. Even if an individual would weep tears as the volume of all the oceans, that will not be enough. Nothing can wash away our sins, only the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“If I should wash myself with snow, and cleanse my hands with lye, yet You would plunge me into the pit,  and my own clothes would abhor me.” – Job 9:30-31

 “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” – Ephesians 1:7

Even people in  remote tribes, who are so far from civilizations knows this. They know that there exists the most Sovereign God, even though they did not have the complete knowledge of the YaHWeH of the Bible. They also know that there has to be an innocent sacrifice to cover their sins.

Repentance from sin and Trust in Christ is the only means of salvation for wretched sinners like us.

Sin is deadly! May God have mercy on us and deliver us from all evil.

Note: The first half of the video (0:00-11:22) deals on describing the nature, magnitude, effects, and cure of sin. The second part deals with sin in relation to Christians.  From 18:20 up to the last part, the video deals with the wicked.

God’s grace is absolutely amazing. This song was written by the English poet John Newton, the slave-trader who became a preacher.