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The board, staff, and volunteers of Truthinator’s Blog voted for the most ridiculous & totally off-point Easter sermon that we could find in order to award a 30 Pieces of Silver prize. What we noticed is that no single sermon stood out but that many sermons seemed to be very similar to each other.
We have decided to award the dubious honor not to a preacher but to a category. And the winner is…………….
The “Jesus rose from the grave so you could have better ___________” type of sermon. Yes, this type of sermon appeared far too frequently. You can fill in the blank with almost anything because there were some wild ideas exhibited but you can sum it up by saying that many preachers taught that Jesus rose to make our lives better today by allowing us to have better marriages, powerful financial portfolios, and enjoyment of life here on earth.
While some folks will have these things since following the teachings of Christ tends to allow a person to avoid the pitfalls of wasteful and destructive behavior, this is by no means why Christ rose from the grave on Resurrection Day. Not only that but Jesus promised His disciples they would receive persecution and death. He didn’t mention new cars, positive cash flow, or satisfying sex lives.
Belonging to God means being His servant. Life is not about what we can get or how long we can hang onto it. People who are obedient to God sometimes get tragically cut off from life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Temporal things always take a backseat to eternal things. God made Christ who knew no sin to become sin in our place so we could become the righteousness of God in Him. No mention of a Lexus.
Jesus rose on the third day just like He said. That is reason enough for people who are saved to celebrate. Saved people do not need fire-breathing dramatists, scantily clad dancers, 120 decibel guitar riffs, and the like to get excited about the resurrection. You need those things to get people into church who would rather not be there…
God sent His son, they called Him Jesus. He came to love, heal, and forgive. He lived and died to buy my pardon, An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, All fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the living just because He lives.
Bill & Gloria Gaither
Each year at this time, there is a discussion on network & cable news programs about exactly whom is responsible for the death of Jesus.
Each year I am increasingly more amazed at the lack of insight & understanding of the self-professing experts. Some make their case that it was the Romans while others assert that it was the Jews. Others try to walk a tightrope so they will not offend anyone.
So much obfuscatorial eloquence yet so little understanding. The correct answer is that no one took Jesus’ life but He laid it down voluntarily in obedience to the Father’s will (John 10:18).
This is so simple yet impossible to be understood by unregenerate man. God’s sovereign will providing the supreme sacrifice so that believers are redeemed from the penalty of their sin just does not compute for those who are trusting in themselves instead of God’s grace.
God made Jesus who knew no sin to become sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ (2Cor5:21).
The answer is so clearly laid out in scripture yet that is the last place unregenerate man will ever look. Look to God for the only answer: Jesus.
What? Uh, what? Is John Piper crazy or is he bowing to the idol of inclusivism? Allah is a demon and the Jews try to get to God without His son, Jesus. The Bible teaches there is one God and one way to get to Him. Like it or lump it, that is the way it is… it sounds like Rick Warren’s influence is having an effect.
Each time there is a death of a well-known person, the discussion of what happens after death begins again. As the years pass by, the supposed answers to this question become more and more convoluted.
In 2011, we find that many people in the supposed Christian faith are less sure than ever. The reasons for this uncertainty are many but I will address one.
Many people in America and possibly most people in America worship a god they have created not the God who created them. This leaves them creating their own personal doctrinal statements which are always WAY more inclusive of flesh-pleasing ideas and dogma.
This personal doctrine may even allow folks of other faiths to be welcome in “Heaven”. After all, this would only be fair…right? The leadership of the rudderless evangelical ship offer little help since they do not appear to be anchored in truth either.
The Bible is clear. Jesus is the exclusive way to Heaven. God made Him who was without sin to become sin that we who are saved could become the righteous of God (my paraphrase). No one who is depending upon anything but God’s redemptive plan via Jesus can be even remotely assured of eternal life. As a matter of fact, anyone not found belonging to Jesus as one of His will be ultimately cast into hell.
Sobering words? Yes. Truthful words? Yes.
This bit of timely truth comes to you from John MacArthur via Ken at www.apprising.org .
Many Christians today are greatly concerned about the rising influences of communism, humanism, secularism, and social injustice. Yet those evils, great as they are, do not together pose the threat to Christianity that false shepherds and pastors do. Throughout the history of redemption, the greatest threat to God’s truth and God’s work has been false prophets and teachers, because they propose to speak in His name. That is why the Lord’s most scathing denunciations were reserved for the false teachers of Israel, who claimed to speak and act for God but were liars.
Yet for some reason, evangelical Christianity is often hesitant to confront false teachers with the seriousness and severity that Jesus and the apostles did, and that the godly prophets before them had done. Today, more than at any time in modern history and perhaps more than at any time in the history of the church, pagan religions and cults are seriously encroaching on societies that for centuries have been nominally Christian. Even within the church, many ideas, teachings, and philosophies that are little more than thinly veiled paganism have become popular and influential.
As in ancient Israel, the further God’s people move away from the foundation of His Word, the more false religion flourishes in the world and even in their own midst. At no time have Christians had greater need to be discerning. They need to recognize and respect true godly shepherds who feed them God’s Word and build them up in the faith, and they also must recognize and denounce those who twist and undermine God’s Word, who corrupt the church and who lead lost people still further away from God’s truth and from salvation.
In Matthew 23:13–33 Jesus relentlessly condemned the false spiritual leaders of Israel, in particular the scribes and Pharisees, who then held the dominant power and influence in Judaism. Jesus warned about them in His first sermon, the Sermon on the Mount (see, e.g., 5:20; 7:15), and His last sermon (Matt. 23) consists almost entirely of warnings about them and to them. In this final public message, the Lord wanted to draw the people away from those false leaders and turn them to the true teaching and the godly examples of His apostles, who would become His uniquely commissioned and endowed representatives on earth during the early years of the church. He also gave the apostles themselves a final example of the confrontational stance they would soon find it necessary to take in their proclamation and defense of the gospel.
The unbelieving scribes and Pharisees whom Jesus addressed in the Temple stood alone in their sin and were condemned alone in their guilt for misappropriating and perverting God’s law and for leading Israel into heresy, just as the false prophets among their forefathers had done (vv. 30–32). But they also stood as models of all false spiritual leaders who would come after them. Therefore what Jesus said about them and to them is of much more than historical significance. It is essential instruction for dealing with the false leaders who abound in our own day.
In the first twelve verses of chapter 23, Jesus had declared that the scribes and Pharisees, typical of all false spiritual leaders, were without authority, without integrity, without sympathy, without spirituality, without humility, and therefore without God’s approval or blessing. Now speaking to them directly, He asserts they are under God’s harshest condemnation. In verses 13–33 Jesus pronounces seven curses, or woes, on those wicked leaders.
The scene in the Temple that day had become volatile in the extreme, in some ways more volatile than when Jesus had cast out the merchants and money-changers the day before. At that time Jesus’ anger was vented against what the religious leaders were doing outwardly, and that attack had outraged them (21:16, 23). Now, however, He attacked what they were inwardly, and that infuriated them even more.
In our day of tolerance and eclecticism, the kind of confrontation Jesus had with the scribes and Pharisees seems foreign and uncharitable. A person who speaks too harshly against a false religion or unbiblical teaching or movement is considered unkind, ungracious, and judgmental. Jesus’ indictments in Matthew 23, as well as in other parts of the gospels, are so inconsistent with the idea of Christian love held by some liberal theologians and Bible scholars, for example, that they conclude He could not have spoken them. What Jesus really said, they maintain, was modified and intensified either by the gospel writers or the sources from whom they received their information.
But the nature of Jesus’ condemnation of those corrupt religious leaders is perfectly consistent with the rest of Scripture, both the Old Testament and the New Not only that, but Jesus’ words in this passage fly from His lips, as someone has said, like claps of thunder and spears of lightning. Out of His mouth on this occasion came the most fearful and dreadful statements that Jesus uttered on earth. They do not give the least impression of being the afterthought of an overzealous writer or copyist.
Matthew 23 is one of the most serious passages in Scripture. Jesus here makes the word hypocrite a synonym for scribe and for Pharisee. He calls them sons of hell, blind guides, fools, robbers, self-indulgent, whitewashed tombs, full of hypocrisy and lawlessness, serpents, vipers, and persecutors and murderers of God’s people. He uttered every syllable with absolute self-control but with devastating intensity.
Yet Jesus was never cold or indifferent, even toward His enemies, and on this occasion His judgment is mingled with sorrow and deep pathos. It is not the Son’s will any more than the Father’s that a single person perish, because it is the gracious divine desire that everyone would come to repentance and salvation (2 Pet. 3:9). At the end of His denunciation, Jesus extended by implication another last invitation for belief, suggesting that He would still gladly gather any unbelievers under His wings as a mother hen gathers her chicks, if only they would be willing (Matt. 23:37). (Online source)