From the original broadcast in March, 2008, How can so many who claim to be Christians, not have a proper, scriptural understanding of salvation? As Dr. John MacArthur states in the teaching series Salvation Survey: Saved or Self Deceived?, “I am convinced that in the name of Christianity there are many places that call themselves churches and they’re not churches. And they have men leading them who call themselves pastors and they’re not pastors.” On this program, Mike asks the question are many saved or deceived?
Paul Alexander writes for 9 Marks.org; “…there are many churches out there that sing the last stanza of Have Thine Own Way just one more time as they wait for the convicted sinner to step out of the pew and into a new relationship with Christ. But even though it is still somewhat popular, we think that the invitation system has done more harm than good among many evangelical churches.” On this edition of Theology 101, Mike and Pastor Scott Reiber examine the history, meaning, and concerns with the altar call/invitation.
Mike and Scott Reiber discuss the importance and centrality of preaching. Also they share thoughts on the recent religious prominence of Glenn Beck. This program also includes a podcast-only bonus segment!
Mike shares a recent conversation he had with Pastor Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries and Christian Research Network. They discuss the growing attack on the doctrine of Sola Scriptura, that God’s Word is the sole basis for our faith as believers and that the biblical Word, rather than spiritual experience, is the test of truth.
Mike does an audio house cleaning today, sharing great classic audio from Paul Washer, Mark Driscoll, John MacArthur, John Piper, Alistair Begg and more. Plus great Sermon Jams production featuring John Piper on Checking Yourself, and Mark Driscoll on American Idols. Plus Mike reads a few emails from listeners.
Jesus said in John 17:17, “…Thy Word is Truth.” Are we certain of the what the Truth, the Gospel, is, and are we being faithful in proclaiming it? And…do we focus more on exposing error than proclaiming the Truth? On this program, Mike takes a look at these topics, plus shares a portion of a Mark Driscoll message on preaching.
Mike visits with singer, songwriter, and teacher Steve Camp, as they discuss concerns many have involving pastors and pulpit ministry, and the trends of “contextualization” and being “culturally relevant” They also begin a discussion on Steve’s recent article’s and comments regarding the ministry of Mark Driscoll. Due to time restraints, we were unable to share all of the interview on the air, so we are offering the remainder of the interview here as a bonus cut!
One can read and hear Romans 1:16 as associated with this ministry in many ways, but on today’s program Mike shares portions of a message by John Piper that offers the perspective that we are also debtors to those who despise and mock us. Also, on today’s program, Mike examines the recent shift by Southern Baptist leaders to promote environmentalism.