Daniel Lancaster | Messianic Judaism

“The more you study the Bible, the more you realize Judaism is the religion of the Bible. It’s the religion the Bible says to do. It’s the religion the people of the Bible, including Jesus, did.”

Daniel Lancaster, Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship,
from a sermon entitled “Messianic Judaism” 4/14/2007
http://www.bethimmanuel.org/audio?page=1

W.A. Criswell on Election

This comes from the post Could W. A. Criswell sign A “Statement of Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation?” by Dr. Tom Ascol.

For example, in a sermon entitled, “Doctrine of Predestination,” Dr. Criswell quoted Isaiah 46:9-11 and then said,

That’s our God! Now that’s what you call foreordination. That’s what you call predestination! That’s Calvinism! And I am a Calvinist. That’s good old Bible doctrine, and I believe the Bible! These things are in God’s hands, and ultimately and finally, He purposed it and executeth all of it!
He preached a sermon in 1983, in the early days of the conservative resurgence, on Romans 9:15-16. The sermon is entitled, “The Bible Kind of Salvation.” It is a masterful piece of homiletical work and includes a lengthy, favorable quote from Spurgeon near the end. Before that quote, Dr. Criswell made following observations:

There is a general call, but there is also an effective call. In the great general call, most of them did not respond, most of them did not hear, most of them did not believe, most of them did not come; but always some came, some heard, some were saved—the effectual calling of God.

I read in Acts 13, verse 48, “When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the Word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” I turn the page again, and I read in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, “Brethren beloved, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, whereunto He called you by our gospel.” There is an effectual call. There are those who listen. God opens their hearts. God speaks to them, and they hear their name called, and they respond; the effectual calling of the elective choosing Spirit of the Lord.

Quote of the Day

Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio, Monday morning with talk-show host John DePetro during an interview on WPRO-AM., reacting to President Obama’s decision not to endorse him during a visit to the Ocean State Monday.

"He can take his endorsement and really shove it as far as I’m concerned,"….."now he’s coming into Rhode Island treating us like an ATM machine."

Though you are a worm

from Grace Gems

(John MacDuff, “The Thoughts of God”)

“Do not be afraid, worm Jacob; I will help you! says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 41:14

“Worm Jacob!” What weakness, insignificance, unworthiness! Yet it is this helpless, groveling “worm,” which occupies the thoughts of God–receives His sympathy, and has the assurance of His almighty aid!

Believer, beaten down it may be, with a great fight of affliction, or trembling under a sense of your unworthiness and guilt–mourning . . .
  the coldness of your faith,
  the lukewarmness of your love,
  the frequency of your backslidings,
  the fitfulness of your best purposes,
  the feebleness of your best services–
your God draws near to you–He remembers that though you are a worm–still you are “worm Jacob,”–His own beloved, covenant one; and He tells you that the thoughts which He thinks towards you, are “thoughts of peace, and not of evil.”

Mark His message of comfort, “Do not be afraid!” Mark His promise, “I will help you!” The guarantee which He gives for the fulfillment of that promise, is His own great name; “says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”

“I Myself will help you!” Yes, poor, weak, trembling one, “Jehovah”, “your Redeemer”, “the Holy One of Israel”–in other words, Omnipotence, Love, and Righteousness, are all embarked on your side, and pledged for your salvation!

He loves to draw near to His people in the extremity of their weakness. “He will not break the bruised reed; He will not quench the smoking flax.” Man would do so. Man would often crush the writhing worm under his feet–bid the trembling penitent away; but He whose thoughts are not as our thoughts, says, “Neither do I condemn you!”

Be it mine to go in the strength of the Lord God. “I will help you!” is enough for all the emergencies of the present; and all the contingencies of an untried, and, it may be, a dark future. “But happy are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God.”

Calif. Pastor Frustrated with ‘Comfortable’ Christianity

ChristianPost.com

Speaking at the Christian Resources Exhibition Thursday, Francis Chan said he had experienced resistance to the radical extent of his service for Christ, not from non-believers but from fellow believers.

He (Chan) said that all Christians were called to live like the early church believers who denied themselves, took up their crosses, sold their possessions to the poor, and shared everything they had.

“To me it’s crazy to live any other way than a completely radical lifestyle,” he said.

“It wasn’t just for the apostles. It wasn’t just for the early believers. It’s for us today.”

He lamented that Christians were too often “missing it” – the level of commitment and passion to spreading the Gospel demonstrated by the early church.

“I feel very concerned for those people who walk into these buildings we call church and think they are Christians because they said a prayer and made a decision,” he said.

“Saying a prayer means nothing if there’s no follow through.”

He continued: “Where’s the obvious truth and where’s the obedience because I think we’ve missed some obvious things and created a system that doesn’t really make sense and we’ve done that because we don’t really want to live out Christianity, we don’t really want to become like Christ.

“Do you really want to be like Christ – rejected your whole life, spit upon, crucified? … We don’t want that part of Christ and yet it is those times when we are rejected for the Gospel that we really feel the peace and come to remotely resemble Jesus.”

Read the entire article…

SBC called to Grip Reality of ‘Lostness’

“I am convinced we have not only forgotten what it is like to be lost, but we act as if lostness does not exist, there is really no hell, and many times conduct ourselves as Universalists,” he said, as he reaffirmed Christ as the only way to salvation.

Dr. Ronnie Floyd, chairman of the SBC Great Commission Resurgence Task Force