You cannot figure out God

Apologetics and Agape

“You can’t figure out God.

Christianity is not true because it works.

In many cases, it does not work. That is to say, it does not solve all of the problems that we think it should solve. Those who become Christians because they were told it would fix their marriages, only to find themselves in divorce court, might well give up on Christianity. Those who expected to be free of sinful habits and desires after a conversion in which “sudden victory” was promised may find themselves disillusioned with God altogether soon thereafter, when they realize that they are still sinners saved by grace.

We are not called here this afternoon to judge God. God didn’t promise any of us health, wealth, and happiness. In fact, he tells us that we who expect to share in Christ’s glory will also participate in his suffering. [Romans 8:17]  Christianity is true, not because…

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Posted in Eternal Life, Faith, Hope, Perseverance, Salvation, Sanctification/Holy living, Spiritual growth, Truth

Ahmed Deedat rebuked and refuted by one verse

Revelation 1:18

Jesus Christ said “I was dead, and now I am alive forevermore – into eternity”.  I will never forget in 1986, first hearing a debate between Josh McDowell & the famous Muslim debater and showman, Ahmed Deedat.  The debate took place in 1981, but I first heard the cassette recording in 1986.  I will never forget Josh standing up and quoting this verse, after Deedat said, “In all the 27 books of the NT, Jesus Christ never said, “I was dead, now I am alive”

Dr. Rob Plummer of The Southern Baptist Seminary, goes through the Greek of this verse.

 

 

The Full Debate here:  “Was Jesus Crucified?”

The Debate was later put into a full length book, with background explanation of the religion of Islam, it’s history, doctrines, practices, and sects.   I read this along time ago; (around 1986-1987), so I don’t remember the contents.

See:  http://www.ccel.us/islamdebate.toc.html

Since that time, in 2006, Dr. James White started debating Shabir Ally and other Muslims.

In 2007, Dr. White debated Shabir Ally on the Crucifixion and death of Jesus on the cross for the sins of His people.  Did Jesus Die as a willing sacrifice for the sins of His people?

 

Posted in Apologetics, Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Islam, Muslims, The Atonement of Christ, Truth

An Earnest Plea to Roman Catholics

Posted in church history, Roman Catholic False Doctrines, Roman Catholic false practices, Roman Catholicism

Debate on Indulgences

Dr. James White vs. Roman Catholic Peter D. Williams debate Indulgences.

Peter D. Williams is another one of those Roman Catholic lay apologists who do most of “the heavy lifting”. (Matthew Schultz)

“The refrain of lay Catholic apologists is that Protestants must submit to the Magisterium. Yet if the primary lens of theological inquiry is authority, why is so much of the heavy lifting done by Catholic laypersons?”  (Matthew Schultz)

The debate goes to the nature of the gospel in the way Protestants and Roman Catholics disagree with each other, and they also touched on issues like purgatory, church history, Semi-Pelagianism, Augustine, Gottschalk, the development of doctrine, the wrath of God, Penal Substitutionary Atonement, and Sola Scriptura and the Canon. Rich in content.

When Dr. White mentioned Semi-Pelagianism and Gottschalk, it reminded me of R. C. Sproul’s analysis of church history how Semi-Pelagianism crept back into the church between the Council of Orange (529 AD) and the Council of Trent (1545-1563). 

Posted in Apologetics, Indulgences, Justification, Peace with God, Purgatory, Roman Catholic False Doctrines, Roman Catholic false practices, Roman Catholicism | 1 Comment

Six Attitudes we need when Studying the Bible

https://www.crossway.org/articles/6-attitudes-we-need-when-studying-the-bible/

Posted in Bible Study, Prayer, Relationship with Jesus Christ, Sanctification/Holy living, Spiritual growth, worship

Sin is to be mortified not modified

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, author of “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert”, breaks down 3 views of homosexuality among those who claim to be Christians.

Temptation is not just from without, from Satan and the world, but also from within, from our “flesh” or “sinful nature” – James 1:13-14.  “each one is tempted and drawn away by his own lusts/ desires”.

“mortify” = “put to death” – see Colossians 3:5 and Romans 8:13
See here at Vimeo, “Three Competing Views on Homosexuality in the Church”. 

 

Posted in Homosexuality, moral corruption of culture, The gay agenda

Why the Qur’an was revealed in Arabic

Posted in Apologetics, Islam, Muslims