From the original broadcast in April 2008, Dr. John MacArthur calls the doctrine of Total Depravity the “most attacked doctrine in the Christian faith. It is the most depised doctrine and consequently is the most distinctly Christian doctrine.” On this program, Mike examines the doctrine that man is spiritually dead and thus unable and unwilling to come to God, apart from the grace of the Lord. Mike features portion of a sermon by Paul Washer on total depravity and cites the sermon my MacArthur from the Together for the Gospel 2008 conference.
From the original broadcast in April, 2008, Mike moderates a discussion between Steve Camp and Darrin Patrick on the topic of contextualization. What does it mean to contextualize and is it necessary at all? How do we reach a particular culture while not compromising the Message? Did the Apostle Paul contextualize himself or what he was preaching? This is sure to be the first of many conversations on this subject with these dear brothers in Christ.
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.
Editors note:In light of the 2 posts highlighting the easy-believism of Perry Noble and others this week, I thought it would be good to offer this scripturally accuarte teaching on confronting the culture.
As a pastor in Southern California, I have the blessed privilege of mining the truth from God’s Word every week of my life. Doing that in Los Angeles only makes it more interesting, if for no other reason than the tremendous diversity of people, culture, and language here. When we take the gospel to our city, it’s amazing to watch God’s Word transcend the culture–and every false religion–to change lives. The message of salvation in Christ truly knows no hindrance.
If you think evangelism is a somewhat arduous task in that environment, you’re right. We face a culture that has rejected absolute truth and now considers it stylish to openly embrace and encourage degrading passions. The ecumenical, syncretistic spirit of the age recoils in horror at the exclusive claims of Christ. And popular, evangelical seeker-sensitive churches only make the task more difficult by refusing to confront sin in an effort to make the “unchurched” sinner comfortable.
Preaching today is clearly out of season (2 Tim. 4:2) and evangelism is difficult, but that’s nothing new. Paul faced worse challenges in his day. He faced an increasingly anti-Christian culture–there was no spirit of tolerance to shield believers from hostility. Still, he preached the gospel of Jesus Christ-a hard, uncompromising message of repentance. That is best illustrated in Acts 17:16-34 where Paul faced one of the most intellectually erudite and morally corrupt audiences ever–the philosophers on Mars Hill. Continue reading →