And so in our study today we’re going to examine the Biblical characteristics of the true church, and we’re going to allow the Bible to tell us if, in this world, there is a true church, and whether we can actually find it. And we know that Jesus gained the victory. Now before we begin reading at verse 3, allow me to say that this epistle of Peter was written very close to the end of his life. And, of course, the story as it develops, we find Cain killing Abel. 03:45 fall into chaos, into disarray. Paul understood the eternal consequences of Jesus’ message and knew that he would have to preach the whole counsel of God if he was to be free from the blood of those he shared with: “Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. Bell teaches, “Forgiveness is unilateral. Animals did not eat animals for food. He says to God, I was a family man, I offered sacrifices for my children, I used my riches to benefit the poor. And so the process… In Genesis chapter 24 begins describing the process of getting a wife for Isaac. However, they can never be separated. This is at the end of the sixth day. First, it teaches that repentance is essential to salvation. The revelation of Christ reveals that even after being in the lake of fire for over a thousand years, ‘the beast’ and ‘the false prophet’ will still be there (Revelation 20:10). Men should let God take care of His own Book, His Living Oracles, as He has done for ages…. And in both, you have “creation. I’d like to begin by mentioning something which I have underlined previously in our studies. We’re going to come back to this later on in our study. Repentance is an essential part of salvation, requiring a turning away from the sin-ruled life to a life characterized by obedience to God. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: “mega church pastor has ignited a theological firestorm by suggesting that… all will be saved. That, of course, depends on whether or not you are saved or lost. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Was it an easy command to obey? Here Jesus is speaking about the end time. And one of those things which was not explained is how he created man and how he created the woman. God taught Peter that He is not partial, but extends His grace, without partiality, to all those who truly fear Him (Acts 10:34-35). If this fact holds true, all they would need to do is tell the judge they will receive his love later. What I mean by the synoptic gospels is Matthew, Mark, and Luke. And so Peter begins by saying that in the last days mockers will come who live according to their own lusts, and they will want to postpone, and delay, the coming of Jesus for that particular reason. 02:27 that He had made was very good. Genesis chapter 1 and verse 31. is, because according to verse 3, they want to live according to their own lusts. On the fourth day God placed the sun and the moon and the stars in their positions by the power of his word. In other words, what led to the thoughts of man, of the heart of man being only evil continually? And, by the way, this verse repeats one detail which we already read in Revelation 12: 17. There was no disease in the world. And it says this: Now in our lecture today we are not going to study everything relating to the Battle of Armageddon. Hell is simply what we make it. Now we’re going to study this subject from the perspective of a wonderful story that we find towards the end of the book of Genesis. Does it save us, like 1 Peter 3:21 appears to say? And that is that according to Genesis 2:9, God placed a tree in the garden of Eden, and the purpose of that tree, known as the tree of life, was to perpetuate the life of Adam and his descendents. But it’s only as we look back on our lives that we understand this. Psalm 8, and we’re going to read verses 3-5, Psalm 8:3-5. As they abandon their human ideas and take up their God-given duties, beholding Christ and becoming conformed to His likeness, they say: ‘Nearer, my God, to Thee; nearer to Thee.’”—Testimonies for the Church, vol. I say “a kind of” because repentance is also arduous, humbling, exacting. Brian McLaren is a prolific writer who is in demand as a speaker and a kind of emerging church spokesman. My first point is that if there is no law there can be no sin. You can read 1 Samuel 17 at your leisure. God blessed them, and God said to them, And God said to them… Fourth element… Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth… And then the same idea is repeated as at the beginning of verse 26… and subdue it: have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth. He warned about Hell because He knew well that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7) and wisdom (Psalm 111:10). In that verse, God is speaking to the serpent, and Adam and Eve are standing there and listening. He talked very little of the life beyond this one…”, “Hell is our refusal to trust God’s retelling of our story,”, “We create hell whenever we fail to trust God’s retelling of our story.”, “…a word that refers to the big, wide, terrible evil that comes from the secrets hidden deep without our hearts all the way to the massive, society-wide collapse and chaos that comes when we fail to live in God’s world God’s way.”, “We do ourselves great harm when we confuse the very essence of God, which is love, with the very real consequences of rejecting that love, which creates what we call hell.”, “My experience has been a lot of Christians built whole dogmas about what happens when you die, and we have to be very careful we don’t build whole doctrines and dogmas on what is speculation.”, “You’re the one making speculation about the after life.”, “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.”, “absent from the body… [and] present with the Lord.”, “the wicked, following whatever degree and duration of pain that God may justly inflict, will finally and truly die, perish and become extinct for ever and ever.”, punishment: but the righteous into eternal, “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”, “…there is no shred of evidence in the N.T. This was demonstrated most vividly in Rob Bell’s recent interview with Martin Bashir on MSNBC. That means kingship, rulership. Towards the end of the sixth day God makes man and woman and then at the end of the sixth day God looks upon his work and he sees that it is very good. Indeed it was very good… So you have God creating in six days. How do I know this? Rob Bell wants us to believe that the words translated “eternal,” in relation to Hell’s duration, like the noun ‘aion’ and the adjective ‘aionios’, only mean ‘age’. The only thing he didn’t lose was his life. Convinceduniversalists, on the other hand, are certain about this, despite of the fact that Christians have traditionally believed that the Bible clearly teaches that some will be eternally condemned.”, However, Bell speaks with a forked tongue. Militant “gay” activists don’t want the public to know that it’s possible for a homosexual, who is in bondage to sin, to “change,” his/her orientation. It is apparent that the movement as a whole is off-center and is sacrificing time-honored biblical truths for a let’s-get-along kind of attitude. The question... “Black Lives Matter; Yea, as do all.” “Have we not all one father? You have Cain and Abel. In a matter of minutes, he lost everything that he had. God gave man dominion. ” Positive command… negative command. Somehow revelation, faith, grace, the sacraments — though these are necessary for our salvation, they are not sufficient . And by the way, most of what has been written about this battle is flat wrong. It says there: Basically, this text is telling us that God made the visible universe from that which could not be seen. God is speaking here to the serpent. These [moral people] have no visible spots on them. However, the scriptures state that in the last days lawlessness will increase (Matthew 24:10-12) and that the wicked will proceed from bad to worse (2 Timothy 3:1-7, 12-13). For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.”, “For Jesus, heaven and hell were present realities. I believe that what Carson believes is “hard to prove” is quite provable from scripture, as we shall see in a moment. But then we go to Genesis 3 and we discover that in the garden of Eden a mysterious serpent shows up. Every inclination of the heart of man was towards good. I want to thank you God for granting us the ability to repent, so that we might put our trust in Christ and be saved. Even though there are some pastors in the Emerging Church Movement that are true to scripture, the movement as a whole needs to stick to the essentials of the Christian faith, otherwise, in spite of its proclamation to renew Christianity afresh, it will become stale and heretical. ” Now I want you to notice where this tree was located in the garden. At this point, Bell knew he was in deep trouble. As this may be said to comprise all that is necessary for salvation, because works are included in faith; they follow it as surely as night follows day. Now I’d like to just go through this story. The head of the image was of gold. And as we begin, I would like to say that this parable is found in all three of the synoptic gospels. It is the desire of all heretics to minimize the importance of doctrine. It says: over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, over the cattle, over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Will Brian and other emergent gurus join forces with Tony, or with orthodox Bible scholars? It was Jesus who came into the world... What is there that we can know about the nature of sin? Why not live like ‘hell’ if we can still go to Heaven?” As the song by Prince states, “Let’s party like it’s 1999!”, Rob Bell states that those who hold to what has traditionally been understood to be the biblical teaching of Heaven and Hell “don’t throw very good parties” (p. 179). John 8:56. Somehow they miss the urgency. This is the conclusion of creation and we are going to be told what creation was like when Jesus finished His work. They are free from gross sin, and one would think they had nothing to do with the business of repentance. Rob Bell not only redefines Hell by teaching that it will only be a temporary abode for those who want to leave later, but he redefines Hell by claiming that it is not so much about the after life, but it’s about what you make of the life here and now. In Chapter Four of Love Wins, Bell criticizes some statements of faith that he has taken from evangelical church websites that reflect Jesus’ teachings on Hell: “The unsaved will be separated forever from God in hell.” After giving a number of examples with which he feels uncomfortable, Bells states, “All this, on a website. 3 or 4 times in this passage the word “ungodly” is used. So we can plainly see by these passages that it is faith alone that saves us. Verse 26 says: Then God said, Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness: and let them have dominion… That’s the first idea that I want us to notice: dominion. Tragically, this deception misleads people into believing that they will be able to escape Hell long after they have been dead and buried. In the third place, we want to examine what the spirit of man is. It’s the story of two sons that Abraham had. Jesus made it clear that those who reject Him go to Hades upon death (Luke 16:19-31). That test was found in a tree, and He expected Adam and Eve to live in harmony with the specifications that He had laid down. Probably more accurate to say 139 years old. It says in Genesis 1:31 that God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. Briefly defined, repentance is turning away from sin and self and looking to God for forgiveness and salvation. Notice verse 4. In other words, Jacob and Esau represent two different types of characters that will distinguish one group from another upon this earth, particularly in the end time. Genesis 3:15, Genesis 3:15. And we find the following words: You notice that God’s plan after the flood was that humanity should scatter abroad over all of the earth, and fill the earth. Now as we’ve studied, in that story Abraham is a symbol of God the Father and Isaac is a symbol of Jesus Christ His Son. On the one hand, he was clearly espousing a version of universal salvation, yet in the same breath he was denying that fact and lying through his teeth! Let us not put off today what we will not be able to do after we die. No one, no movement of people should ever be so arrogant as to say that they can’t fall into error — even though they seek truth. Animals started killing animals for food. However, they can never be separated. If the Bible expressly forbids something, then it’s wrong to engage in it. What is the spirit? Who cares how many lives we destroy? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. And because God was the Creator, we know that He is the owner of everything. Every once in awhile I’ll have people give me videos and DVD’s of people who have these conspiracy theories; for example, about what happened on 9/11, about the idea that it wasn’t an airplane that crashed into the Pentagon, and that really, you know, the Twin Towers actually had dynamite within them and they imploded. So He placed water above and He placed water below. We probably can recite them from memory. Others actually believe that Melchizedek was another name for Shem the son of Noah. This changing of our minds will certainly lead to our living changed lives; however such resultant "works" are not necessary for salvation. Now the expression “entering in to the daughters of men” means to have sexual relations. He says there in Matthew, once again, 24:23, 24: Now imagine deceptions that are so powerful that they will almost deceive even the elect. It begins with sincere, heartfelt repentance of sin—the transgression of God’s law—and beseeching God for His forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. In the meantime: “[W]e’ll practice prayerful Christian dialogue, listening respectfully, disagreeing agreeably. Actually I want to read Luke chapter 24 and verse 21. And the ten horns represent the ten divisions into which the Roman Empire was divided. Since the same adjective ‘aionios’ modifies the duration of life and punishment in the very same verse, sound and unbiased exegesis must conclude that all those who go to Hell, as described by Jesus in 25:46, will suffer eternal punishment. Now if you look at the world today you’ll discover that people who speak the same language tend to band together. We want to begin our study today at Genesis 3:15, Genesis 3:15, which is the verse that has kind of guided us in our study together. He could care less about any of these responsibilities. Bell states that “no amount of clever marketing will attract people if we teach that ‘God will punish people for all of eternity.’”So he forges his own brand of “marketing” by redefining Hell and diminishing its horrors. Why did he borrow a term that’s used by the pro-life movement to describe pre-born babies? He doesn’t want Jesus’ true teachings on Hell to diminish the numbers. Above the earth to make the world a gigantic greenhouse so to speak and under the earth to water the earth. Paul say’s of Abraham that his faith was imputed to him for righteousness. In other words, that oneness was broken in consequence of sin. And so Jesus catches up to these two men that are walking to Emmaus and He says to them: “What is it that you’re talking about? Don’t go to sleep on me, because if you just dose off for a couple of minutes, you’re going to lose the sequence of what we’re going to study. There is no indication in scripture that a person has a second opportunity to get right with God in Hell. Absolutely! Now I want you to notice also as we review what we studied in our last lecture, that man did not do any work in order to exist. We find there a woman who is with Child. There was a meeting that took place in heaven. The fact that all the world is to be brought into judgment is positively stated in the Bible. The church should be busy about its business of housecleaning, of getting the plank out of its own eye, of removing false teachers from within its doors, of properly articulating the doctrines of Christ for which so many Christians have shed their blood, instead of advocating feel-good, politically correct ideologies to please the bleating of goats. But repentance is a decision to change. Notice the following: this is Jesus speaking. Bell not only empties Hell of God’s holy wrath, he creates an exit door from the inside out and claims that Hell is merely what we make it. Some Emerging Churches are inclusivistic (those outside of Christianity will be saved), while others are not. And to the Romans he portrays the same idea. Or should we fight it tooth and nail? The Apostles Peter and Paul did not preach baptism was required for salvation. We’re going to see that in this world and in each of our lives there are two forces struggling to gain dominion and power. Let’s continue reading. But there are certain points in this chapter that I want to underline, because they’re important for what we’re going to talk about in the second half of our study together. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.” –Acts 20:26-27. 02:16 Notice every day God sees, that’s it’s good, but on the sixth day we’re told that God saw that every thing. The story of Esau and Jacob is actually a microcosm that illustrates the issues in the great controversy between good and evil on planet Earth. So “the Scripture hath concluded [that is to shut up] all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.” For “By the law is the knowledge of sin.” Rom. Are we to cherish people’s journey that led them to murder, rape, theft, etc.? What he professes is not the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. “…a word that refers to the big, wide, terrible evil that comes from the secrets hidden deep without our hearts all the way to the massive, society-wide collapse and chaos that comes when we fail to live in God’s world God’s way.” (p. 95), “We do ourselves great harm when we confuse the very essence of God, which is love, with the very real consequences of rejecting that love, which creates what we call hell.” (p. 177). So you have a moral authority. The responsibilities involved being a righteous ruler over his household, being the spiritual leader, the priest of his house, and having the privilege of being the progenitor of the Messiah. He’s an individual who is mentioned in Genesis chapter 14. And they glorified God, saying, ‘Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life (ESV)'”. Concentration on relationship-building over proclamation of the gospel. And the Scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness.” Verses 22, 23. Now since “faith without works is dead,” it follows as a necessary conclusion, that if a person’s faith is genuine (and if it were not, they could not have been pardoned), it will now be proved by works of obedience. Bell wants a story that will make unrepentant rebels against God feel comfortable in their sin. 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