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The simple purpose of this podcast is to help you become informed about the various religious beliefs that exist in the world today. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Christian and I do believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. However, I do have two degrees in Religion and with the knowledge of all these religions, I have chosen to be and remain a Christian.

Religion is the driving force behind much of what happens in the world today — particularly when it comes to the “big three” religions — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Religious differences have and continue to spark wars, create nations, and spawn ongoing conflict — along with doing much good down through the centuries. No matter what religion you adhere to (or even if you claim that you don’t adhere to any religion at all), you need to have a basic understanding of the world’s religions in order to understand what is happening in the world today so that you can be better informed and a more useful citizen of your nation and of the world. Without some knowledge of religion, you will not understand the underpinnings of what is happening in an increasingly global society.

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The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions #31

Welcome to The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions podcast. This is episode #31.

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Today’s passage of Scripture is 1 John 1:5 which reads: “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

Today’s quote is from Timothy Keller. He said: “In the Christian view, the ultimate evidence for the existence of God is Jesus Christ. If there is a God, we characters in His play have to hope that He put some information about Himself in the play. But Christians believe he did more than give us information. He wrote himself into the play as the main character in history, when Jesus was born in a manger and rose from the dead.”

Our topic for today is titled “Cultural Apologetics, Part 3” from “The Encyclopedia of Apologetics”

DISCOVERING DANGERS
There is an implicit danger in cultural apologetics. Often, one is exposed to a darker, evil side of human depravity. Movies glorify omnisexuality and carnivorous sexual appetites. Contemporary music often glorifies the search for wealth and fame as the ultimate end. Maudlin songs are written by borderline schizophrenics who exalt hopelessness yet revel in the wealth their songs bring them. How does the average Christian pursue holiness and separation while still speaking to a sinful culture?

This form of apologetics attempts to teach discernment rather than avoidance. The premise is that if one demands avoidance of that which is evil, then those who follow will obey only as long as they are under the authority of the teacher. Once liberated from the teacher, the followers often have not developed any internal spiritual mechanism by which to measure the good or the bad. Discernment is learned through the interaction with, and wisdom concerning, the cultural forms.

For example, if a parent does not allow a child to attend any movies, the child may obey because he is told that the movies are filled with immorality and sinfulness, which is often true. However, the moment that the young person moves away from home, he may view the movies much like Adam and Eve viewed the fruit of the tree in the Garden. If, however, the parent teaches discernment, the youth will develop and exercise the same virtue. He will not avoid the movies solely because he was told to do so by his parents, but he will know why a movie may be categorized as evil. He will have developed the spiritual ability to “spot the lie” in a song, movie, or television program. The decision to avoid or observe is thus his own as a child of God and follower of Christ.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next podcast.

Today, dear friend, we will begin reading “Book 1, Chapter 5” of “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis:

Chapter 5 – We Have Cause To Be Uneasy

I ended my last chapter with the idea that in the Moral Law somebody or something from beyond the material universe was actually getting at us. And I expect when I reached that point some of you felt a certain annoyance. You may even have thought that I had played a trick on you—that I had been carefully wrapping up to look like philosophy what turns out to be one more “religious jaw.” You may have felt you were ready to listen to me as long as you thought I had anything new to say; but if it turns out to be only religion, well, the world has tried that and you cannot put the clock back. If anyone is feeling that way I should like to say three things to him.

First, as to putting the clock back. Would you think I was joking if I said that you can put a clock back, and that if the clock is wrong it is often a very sensible thing to do? But I would rather get away from that whole idea of clocks. We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. We have all seen this when doing arithmetic.

When I have started a sum the wrong way, the sooner I admit this and go back and start over again, the faster I shall get on. There is nothing progressive about being pigheaded and refusing to admit a mistake. And I think if you look at the present state of the world, it is pretty plain that humanity has been making some big mistake. We are on the wrong road. And if that is so, we must go back. Going back is the quickest way on.

Lord willing, we will continue reading “Book 1, Chapter 5” of “Mere Christianity” in our next podcast.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.

So Great Salvation, Part 1 (Understanding God’s Great Salvation #88)

Welcome to the Understanding God’s Great Salvation Podcast. This is episode #88.

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast is designed to explain what it means to be saved from sin and from the punishment of sin through Jesus Christ. This podcast is primarily for non-believers and some new believers and it will help you understand what it means to be saved from hell and have a home in Heaven as well as the blessings of the abundant Christian life.

God made salvation simple. However, down through the years many people, including some preachers and other Christians, have made the matter of salvation complicated and confusing. I know from my own experience that many people would get saved if someone would sit down and share with them straightforwardly from the Bible what it really means to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour. That is what I intend to do with this podcast.

Let’s start out with the Word of God. The Bible says in Hebrews 2:3: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;”

Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from Donald Grey Barnhouse. He said: “I was a sinner, less perfect than God. By conviction of the Holy Spirit I learned that my condition would incur the eternal condemnation of God if I did not submit to His grace. I acknowledged myself a sinner and threw myself on His mercy and grace, recognizing that He had brought salvation to earth through His Son Jesus Christ. After God the Father put God the Son to death on the cross, He could proclaim grace and pardon to all who would submit to Him. I came to the cross, believed His promise about His Son, and God declared me righteous even while I was ungodly and gave me authority to become His child. I ceased to be a child of wrath and became a child of God, justified from all things. Simultaneously, I was declared to be an heir of God, joint-heir with Jesus Christ. I received eternal life, and shall never perish. I was accepted in the Beloved; my body became the temple of the Holy Spirit; I was born of the Spirit into the family of God, baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ, and sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption. I have an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that fades not away, reserved in Heaven for me. Although I know myself to be a sinner, I am not concerned about the penalty for sin, since the Lord Jesus Christ bore the penalty and declared me righteous. The love of Christ becomes the constraining factor in my life, and I seek to glorify Him as Lord. I know Him as my Creator and so have peace of mind. I know Him as Savior and so have peace of conscience. In the measure that I enter into the second rest, I know Him as Lord and find the peace that passes all understanding.”

Our topic today is “So Great Salvation” (Part 1) from the book, “Salvation Crystal Clear” (Book 1) by Curtis Hutson.

Notice next in the text:

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation.” —Heb. 2:3.

No one who understands the doctrine of salvation would deny that salvation is the greatest thing in the world. If a person is not saved, nothing else really matters. When we say ”great,” we do not always mean what God means when He uses the word.

I have often heard “great” used to describe many things and events. As a matter of fact, the expression, “That is a great man,” has almost become a habit with some people.

This text states the greatness of salvation and warns of the danger of neglecting it. In this message I want to give four reasons why salvation is so great.

I. SALVATION IS GREAT BECAUSE OF WHAT IT INCLUDES

When I was eleven years old, I trusted Jesus Christ as my Saviour, though I did not understand then everything that was included in my salvation. I knew that if I were to die after that moment, I would go to Heaven and miss Hell; but that was about all I knew about salvation. Most people, in thinking about salvation, think only of escaping Hell. To be sure, salvation means being saved from the penalty of sin, which is Hell; but salvation includes much more.

Salvation Includes Deliverance From the Reign of Sin

Romans 5:21 states, “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness.” Here the Bible is not speaking about the acts of sin but the sinful nature. When we were born, we inherited a sinful nature.

In Psalm 51:5 David said, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” We were born with what the Bible calls sin, which constantly pulls us in the wrong direction. Before salvation, one is a slave to that nature. Everything you do before salvation is motivated by the sin nature. You have no other motivating power.

Men start drinking. They take a social drink, then another, then another, until finally they get the habit; then after a while they become drunkards. They spend thousands of dollars trying to break the habit because sin gets a hold and reigns in their lives.

Men have said to me in tears, “I would give ten thousand worlds if I could quit drinking,” or, “if I could break a certain habit.” And they mean it. Before salvation, sin reigns as a king in our lives; but salvation included deliverance from the reign of sin.

Jesus said, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). Paul said, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is,there is liberty” (II Cor. 3:17). When the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts, He gives liberty and we no longer have to be slaves of Satan. That alone is enough to make every man want to be saved.

But salvation is not only great because it includes deliverance from the reign of sin.

Salvation Is Great Because It Includes Peace With God

In Romans 5:1 the apostle said, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The word “peace” means to reconcile two who have been enemies. In Romans 5:1 the word “peace” does not mean a change in your feelings but a change in God’s feelings toward you. Before being saved you are God’s enemy. Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad” (Matt. 12:30). There is no neutral ground.

People have said to me, “I’m not anti-religious, I’m not anti-Christ, I’m not anti-church. I am not for Him, but I am certainly not against Him.” I know they were sincere, but Jesus said, ‘If you are not for me, you are against me.’ There are only two positions: for Him or against Him. If you are without the Saviour, God regards you as His enemy, not His friend. James 4:4 says, “Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

However, the moment you put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Paul says you are justified by faith and you have peace with God. God puts His arm around you, and He no longer regards you as an enemy but a friend.

Say, if there were no Hell, if there were no Heaven, I still would want to be saved so I could be the friend of God while I live on earth. I would want to be saved just for the sake of being for Him and not against Him.

“So great salvation.” It is great because it includes deliverance from the reign of sin and peace with God; …

On our next broadcast, we will begin the topic, “So Great Salvation.”

Let’s Pray —

As we close today, let me leave you with these words from Hebrews 2:3: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation…” I encourage you to not neglect the salvation and grace offered by God. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins and take the punishment that we deserve upon Himself. Romans 5:8 says that “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today, here is how.

Please believe “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” and you will be saved. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. It’s just that simple.

Until next time, my friend, thank God for His simple, great salvation. God bless you!

The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions #30

Welcome to The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions podcast. This is episode #30.

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Today’s passage of Scripture is Acts 16:29-31 which reads: “Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

Today’s quote is from Wernher von Braun. He said: “My experiences with science led me to God. They challenge science to prove the existence of God. But must we really light a candle to see the sun?”

Our topic for today is titled “Cultural Apologetics, Part 2” from “The Encyclopedia of Apologetics”

CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO CULTURE
Much of the Christian stance in relation to culture has been formulated by the models given by Helmut Richard Niebuhr. Niebuhr’s work Christ and Culture provided a schematic for the different ways in which believers relate to culture. For instance, “Christ against culture” Christians always stand in opposition to whatever trends were popular. “Christ of culture” churches often follow the cultural trends and dilute their message for the purpose of being accepted. The other forms, “Christ above culture,” “Christ in paradox,” and the “Christ transformer of culture” have become the standard methods to describe Christianity and the world around it.

In the most recent century, most evangelicals spoke of culture only from a “Christ against culture” perspective. Churches would often protest movies, music, and art which were perceived as ungodly. To be sure, much of what is seen as artistic expression in our modern culture is (at best) vain and useless and often blasphemous. In response, when Christians did reference art and aesthetics, it was in a pejorative manner.

However, the seminal work of Francis Schaeffer gradually impacted evangelical Christianity. In 1955 Francis and Edith Schaeffer founded a community in the Swiss Alps at Huemoz, which they called L’Abri (luh-bree). L’Abri (luh-bree) (which means “shelter”) became a gathering place where intellectuals, seekers, skeptics, and cynics could discuss the themes and stories of the day. Schaeffer, using a form of cultural apologetics, would draw them to Christian truth regarding issues of the day. Modern equivalents to Schaeffer’s method include those who speak to a broader community or to a secular community in editorials or books to attempt to give a voice to Christian truth regarding issues of the day.

The different forms of cultural apologetics are as varied as culture itself. C. S. Lewis wrote book reviews of decidedly secular works and evaluated them based on the quest for truth. Other cultural apologetics have written music reviews and movie reviews, specifically discussing the central philosophies these forms of entertainment seem to be embracing.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next podcast.

Today, dear friend, we will continue reading “Book 1, Chapter 4” of “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis:

Note —In order to keep this section short enough when it was given on the air, I mentioned only the Materialist view and the Religious view. But to be complete I ought to mention the In between view called Life-Force philosophy, or Creative Evolution, or Emergent Evolution. The wittiest expositions of it come in the works of Bernard Shaw, but the most profound ones in those of Bergson. People who hold this view say that the small variations by which life on this planet “evolved” from the lowest forms to Man were not due to chance but to the “striving” or “purposiveness” of a Life-Force.

When people say this we must ask them whether by Life-Force they mean something with a mind or not. If they do, then “a mind bringing life into existence and leading it to perfection” is really a God, and their view is thus identical with the Religious. If they do not, then what is the sense in saying that something without a mind “strives” or has “purposes”? This seems to me fatal to their view. One reason why many people find Creative Evolution so attractive is that it gives one much of the emotional comfort of believing in God and none of the less pleasant consequences.

When you are feeling fit and the sun is shining and you do not want to believe that the whole universe is a mere mechanical dance of atoms, it is nice to be able to think of this great mysterious Force rolling on through the centuries and carrying you on its crest. If, on the other hand, you want to do something rather shabby, the Life-Force, being only a blind force, with no morals and no mind, will never interfere with you like that troublesome God we learned about when we were children. The Life-Force is a sort of tame God. You can switch it on when you want, but it will not bother you. All the thrills of religion and none of the cost. Is the Life-Force the greatest achievement of wishful thinking the world has yet seen?

Lord willing, we will begin reading “Book 1, Chapter 5” of “Mere Christianity” in our next podcast.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.

The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions #29

Welcome to The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions podcast. This is episode #29.

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Today’s passage of Scripture is Romans 1:19-20 which reads: “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”

Today’s quote is from Douglas Groothuis. He said: “The Christian worldview is not proven in one or two strokes, but is rather verified by appealing to a wide and compelling variety of converging arguments. Christianity is shown to be the best explanation for the origin and nature of the universe as well as the human condition and the facts of history. Moreover, Christians must be pastoral in their apologetic practices. We must care deeply for the lost, not simply desire to defeat their arguments. The stakes are too high for apologetic one-upmanship.”

Our topic for today is titled “Cultural Apologetics, Part 1” from “The Encyclopedia of Apologetics”

Cultural Apologetics is the broad term for a multifaceted approach to applying Christian truths in the arena of modern language and society. It is an attempt to apply Christian themes, principles, and witness by using the references and language of the day. In its strictest sense, cultural apologetics attempts to speak specifically to a zeitgeist, which means a specific setting.

As a tool or means to communicate the Gospel, the cultural apologist uses everything at his disposal, including aesthetics. Music, dance, art, theater, television. and performance serve as the launching pads for a cultural apologetic that attempts to use those means and methods to bring about a Christian witness. Historically, art, music, drama, and dance (the aesthetics) had been a means of communicating the Gospel through the works of the great masters. However, following the age of the Enlightenment (1789-1989) a gradual chasm developed between what was considered secular and sacred, and thus the forms of human aesthetic became devoid of any overt Christian influence.

Whereas once the music of the great artists was dedicated to God (e.g., Bach and Beethoven), at some point in our culture, music became existential. This means that music became an expression of the individual artist’s longing, belief, or pain. All forms of performance followed suit and became an expression of human worth and ability rather than an expression of God’s beauty and blessing. The cultural apologist seeks to bridge that gap and once again find points of reference between art and God.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next podcast.

Today, dear friend, we will continue reading “Book 1, Chapter 4” of “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis:

I should expect, for instance, to find that the stone had to obey the law of gravity—that whereas the sender of the letters merely tells me to obey the law of my human nature, He compels the stone to obey the laws of its stony nature. But I should expect to find that there was, so to speak, a sender of letters in both cases, a Power behind the facts, a Director, a Guide.

Do not think I am going faster than I really am. I am not yet within a hundred miles of the God of Christian theology. All I have got to is a Something which is directing the universe, and which appears in me as a law urging me to do right and making me feel responsible and uncomfortable when I do wrong.

I think we have to assume it is more like a mind than it is like anything else we know—because after all the only other thing we know is matter and you can hardly imagine a bit of matter giving instructions. But, of course, it need not be very like a mind, still less like a person. In the next chapter we shall see if we can find out anything more about it. But one word of warning. There has been a great deal of soft soap talked about God for the last hundred years. That is not what I am offering. You can cut all that out.

Lord willing, we will continue reading “Book 1, Chapter 4” of “Mere Christianity” in our next podcast.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.

The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions #18

Welcome to The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions podcast. This is episode #18

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Today’s passage of Scripture is 1 John 1:1-3 which reads: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”

Today’s quote is from C.S. Lewis. He said: “To have Faith in Christ means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.”

Our topic for today is titled “Biblical Apologetics” from “The Encyclopedia of Apologetics”

In Hebrews and the general epistles there are constant references to Old Testament concepts that are fulfilled in Christ, thus proving that He is the promised Messiah. In Hebrews, Christ is the Son Who is Heir of all things; He sits at the Right Hand of God; He is greater than Moses; He is a great High Priest; He is an Anchor to the soul; He is a better testament; He is a better sacrifice; He is the Mediator of the New Testament; His Blood is a better sacrifice; and He is a completed ministry

For Peter, Jesus is the chief cornerstone and the chief Shepherd of our souls. He is convinced Jesus is the Christ because “we have the word of the prophets made more certain” that is inspired by the Holy Spirit. For John, Jesus is the opposite of the spirit of the antichrist. Jesus is the faithful witness (marturia) Who is coming for His own. He is the Lamb Who is destined to overcome.

The biblical writers place their first and greatest confidence in the divinely inspired inerrant truth of Scripture as the assurance of their message. But they are also willing to use apologetic appeals to Scripture, history, argument, and reason to prove their point to their readers so that they might have a “reason for the hope” within them.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next podcast.

Today, dear friend, we will continue reading “Book 1, Chapter 2” of “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis:

By the way, this point is of great practical consequence. The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs. There is not one of them which will not make us into devils if we set it up as an absolute guide. You might think love of humanity in general was safe, but it is not. If you leave out justice you will find yourself breaking agreements and faking evidence in trials “for the sake of humanity,” and become in the end a cruel and treacherous man.

Other people wrote to me saying, “Isn’t what you call the Moral Law just a social convention, something that is put into us by education?” I think there is a misunderstanding here. The people who ask that question are usually taking it for granted that if we have learned a thing from parents and teachers, then that thing must be merely a human invention. But, of course, that is not so. We all learned the multiplication table at school. A child who grew up alone on a desert island would not know it. But surely it does not follow that the multiplication table is simply a human convention, something human beings have made up for themselves and might have made different if they had liked?

I fully agree that we learn the Rule of Decent Behaviour from parents and teachers, and friends and books, as we learn everything else. But some of the things we learn are mere conventions which might have been different—we learn to keep to the left of the road, but it might just as well have been the rule to keep to the right—and others of them, like mathematics, are real truths. The question is to which class the Law of Human Nature belongs.

Lord willing, we will continue reading “Book 1, Chapter 2” of “Mere Christianity” in our next podcast.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.

The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions #16

Welcome to The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions podcast. This is episode #16

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Today’s passage of Scripture is 1 Peter 3:15 which reads: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”

Today’s quote is from J. C. Ryle. He said: “For my own part, I believe that in dealing with skeptics, and unbelievers, and enemies of the Bible, Christians are too apt to stand only on the defensive. They are too often content with answering this or that little objection, or discussing this or that little difficulty, which is picked out of Scripture and thrown in their teeth. I believe we ought to act on the aggressive far more than we do, and to press home on the adversaries of [Biblical] inspiration the enormous difficulties of their own position.”

Our topic for today is titled “Biblical Apologetics” from “The Encyclopedia of Apologetics”

NEW TESTAMENT APOLOGETICS
Jesus Himself often referred to Old Testament prophecies as being fulfilled in His own life and mission. In Luke 24:44, the risen Saviour refers to the entire canon of the Hebrew Bible (Law, Prophets, and Psalms) as being written about Himself. Tasker observes: “In our Lord’s judgment the Old Testament foreshadowed the part which He Himself was to play in bringing to its glorious climax the divine plan for man’s salvation.” He also points to Jesus’ numerous allusions to the Old Testament as unmistakable evidence of His comprehensive knowledge of the Hebrew Scripture and His personal evaluation of it as eternal truth. Thus, Tasker concludes, “The Old Testament was the final authority to which our Lord invariably appealed without apology in His controversies with His opponents in order to justify His claims, vindicate His authority and substantiate His judgments.”

R.T. France, in Jesus and the Old Testaments, has done as fine a job as anyone in surveying Jesus’ apologetic use of the Old Testament. He begins with types of Jesus in the Hebrew Scriptures, which include Jonah’s miraculous deliverance; Solomon’s wisdom that brought the response of Gentiles; David’s authority over the law; and Elijah and Elisha’s ministries to Gentiles. Next, France points to the messianic psalms as typological predictions of specific events in the life of Christ, such as Psalm 22 (crucifixion), Psalm 16 (resurrection) and Psalm 24 (exaltation). France focuses the majority of his study on the use of Old Testament prediction as a New Testament apologetic defense of the credibility of Jesus as the promised Messiah. These include predictions of the Messiah as the Branch; David’s Lord; the King who enters Jerusalem on a donkey; the One Who is pierced; the Shepherd; the Servant of the Lord; the Anointed One; the Son of Man.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next podcast.

Today, dear friend, we will begin reading “Book 1, Chapter 2” of “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis:

Chapter 2. Some Objections

If they are the foundation, I had better stop to make that foundation firm before I go on. Some of the letters I have had show-that a good many people find it difficult to understand just what this Law of Human Nature, or Moral Law, or Rule of Decent Behaviour is.

For example, some people wrote to me saying, “Isn’t what you call the Moral Law simply our herd instinct and hasn’t it been developed just like all our other instincts?” Now I do not deny that we may have a herd instinct: but that is not what I mean by the Moral Law. We all know what it feels like to be prompted by instinct—by mother love, or sexual instinct, or the instinct for food. It means that you feel a strong want or desire to act in a certain way. And, of course, we sometimes do feel just that sort of desire to help another person: and no doubt that desire is due to the herd instinct. But feeling a desire to help is quite different from feeling that you ought to help whether you want to or not. Supposing you hear a cry for help from a man in danger.

You will probably feel two desires—one a desire to give help (due to your herd instinct), the other a desire to keep out of danger (due to the instinct for self-preservation). But you will find inside you, in addition to these two impulses, a third thing which tells you that you ought to follow the impulse to help, and suppress the impulse to run away. Now this thing that judges between two instincts, that decides which should be encouraged, cannot itself be either of them. You might as well say that the sheet of music which tells you, at a given moment, to play one note on the piano and not another, is itself one of the notes on the keyboard. The Moral Law tells us the tune we have to play: our instincts are merely the keys.

Lord willing, we will continue reading “Book 1, Chapter 2” of “Mere Christianity” in our next podcast.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.

The Text That Made Salvation Plain to Spurgeon, Pt 4 (Understanding God’s Great Salvation #73)

Welcome to the Understanding God’s Great Salvation Podcast. This is episode #73.

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast is designed to explain what it means to be saved from sin and from the punishment of sin through Jesus Christ. This podcast is primarily for non-believers and some new believers and it will help you understand what it means to be saved from hell and have a home in Heaven as well as the blessings of the abundant Christian life.

God made salvation simple. However, down through the years many people, including some preachers and other Christians, have made the matter of salvation complicated and confusing. I know from my own experience that many people would get saved if someone would sit down and share with them straightforwardly from the Bible what it really means to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour. That is what I intend to do with this podcast.

Let’s start out with the Word of God. The Bible says in 1 John 5:11-13: “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from C.S. Lewis. He said: “I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic– on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg– or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

Our topic today is The Text That Made Salvation Plain to Charles Spurgeon (Part 4) from the book, “Salvation Crystal Clear” (Book 1) by Curtis Hutson.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Man who divided history into BC and AD is either the world’s greatest con artist or the Saviour. Jesus Christ is either the most fantastic liar that ever walked on this earth or He is what He claimed to be—the Son of God. And what He said is absolutely true.

Now you must decide that for yourself. I have decided He was not a con artist, that He is the Saviour. I have decided that He wasn’t a liar, that He did tell the truth. But you decide for yourself.

If He did tell the truth, then we must face what He said. And He plainly said in John 14:6, “I am THE way, THE truth, and THE life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” That needs no interpretation; it just needs to be read and accepted.

Acts 4:12 declares, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Over and over and over again the Bible makes it plain that Jesus is the Saviour.

John 3:16—the best known verse in the Bible—says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:18 says, “He that believeth on him [the Son] is not condemned [not under sentence]: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Jesus is the Saviour. The Bible says in I John 5:12, “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” That is as plain as it can be. It doesn’t say, “He that hath the church hath life.” It doesn’t say, ”He that hath the Baptist label hath life.” It doesn’t say, “He that hath baptism hath life.” It doesn’t say, “He that hath a good moral life hath life.” It doesn’t say, “He that is honest hath life.” It says, “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” That word “hath” is an important word. Don’t forget it.

One is a Christian because of what he has, not because of what he does. What must one have in order to be a millionaire? You say money, and you are right. But to be a millionaire, one must have a specific amount of money—a million dollars. Very simple, isn’t it? Everybody understands that. It is not what one does nor how one lives that makes him a millionaire; it is not what one promises to do in the future that makes him a millionaire; it is what one has that makes him a millionaire. The key word, the hinge, is have, have, have; not do.

Now let me ask you a simple question, so simple that many well-meaning people stumble over it. What must one have to be a Christian? Christ. “He that hath the Son hath life.” Jesus Christ is the source of salvation.

On our next broadcast, we will continue this topic, “The Text That Made Salvation Plain to Charles Spurgeon.”

Let’s Pray —

As we close today, let me leave you with these words from Hebrews 2:3: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation…” I encourage you to not neglect the salvation and grace offered by God. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins and take the punishment that we deserve upon Himself. Romans 5:8 says that “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today, here is how.

Please believe “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” and you will be saved. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. It’s just that simple.

Until next time, my friend, thank God for His simple, great salvation. God bless you!

The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions #13

Welcome to The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions podcast. This is episode #13

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Today’s passage of Scripture is Hebrews 11:6 which reads: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Today’s quote is from Martyn Lloyd-Jones. He said: “Faith is this extraordinary principle which links man to God; faith is this thing that keeps a man from hell and puts him in heaven; it is the connection between this world and the world to come; faith is this mystic astounding thing that can take a man dead in trespasses and sins and make him live as a new being, a new man in Christ Jesus.”

Our topic for today is titled “Biblical Apologetics” from “The Encyclopedia of Apologetics”

William Edgar observes:

The theologians of the first generation after the close of the apostolic age are known as the Church Fathers, and they functioned primarily as apologists…Understandably, apologetics in this period aimed to prove the legitimacy of the Christian faith and had to respond to two major threats: persecution and heresy. In addition, the early church had to define itself in relation to Judaism, showing both continuity with the faith of the Old Testament and discontinuity with the hardened Judaism which had rejected Christ as Messiah.

Any legitimate understanding of biblical apologetics must take these matters seriously if we are to understand how the biblical writers used apologetics themselves. In addition to the challenges facing New Testament Christians (persecution and heresy), the Old Testament authors faced their own set of apologetic challenges as they defended their unique view of monotheism against the prevailing polytheism, paganism, and hostility of their neighbors. In a very real sense, both Christians and Jews were involved in more than a theological debate. They often were in a fight for their very lives. Therefore, we would do well to examine how they defended their beliefs within the parameters of the Old and New Testament Scriptures.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next podcast.

Today, dear friend, we will continue reading “Book 1, Chapter 1” of “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis:

Now this Law or Rule about Right and Wrong used to be called the Law of Nature. Nowadays, when we talk of the “laws of nature” we usually mean things like gravitation, or heredity, or the laws of chemistry. But when the older thinkers called the Law of Right and Wrong “the Law of Nature,” they really meant the Law of Human Nature. The idea was that, just as all bodies are governed by the law of gravitation and organisms by biological laws, so the creature called man also had his law—with this great difference, that a body could not choose whether it obeyed the law of gravitation or not, but a man could choose either to obey the Law of Human Nature or to disobey it.

We may put this in another way. Each man is at every moment subjected to several different sets of law but there is only one of these which he is free to disobey. As a body, he is subjected to gravitation and cannot disobey it; if you leave him unsupported in mid-air, he has no more choice about falling than a stone has. As an organism, he is subjected to various biological laws which he cannot disobey any more than an animal can. That is, he cannot disobey those laws which he shares with other things; but the law which is peculiar to his human nature, the law he does not share with animals or vegetables or inorganic things, is the one he can disobey if he chooses.

This law was called the Law of Nature because people thought that every one knew it by nature and did not need to be taught it. They did not mean, of course, that you might not find an odd individual here and there who did not know it, just as you find a few people who are colour-blind or have no ear for a tune. But taking the race as a whole, they thought that the human idea of decent behaviour was obvious to every one. And I believe they were right. If they were not, then all the things we said about the war were nonsense. What was the sense in saying the enemy were in the wrong unless Right is a real thing which the Nazis at bottom knew as well as we did and ought to have practised? If they had had no notion of what we mean by right, then, though we might still have had to fight them, we could no more have blamed them for that than for the colour of their hair.

Lord willing, we will continue reading “Book 1, Chapter 1” of “Mere Christianity” in our next podcast.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.

PODCAST: Biblical Apologetics (The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions #12 with Daniel Whyte III)

Welcome to The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions podcast. This is episode #12

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Today’s passage of Scripture is 1 Peter 3:15 which reads: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

Today’s quote is from Michael Faraday. He said: “Yet even in earthly matters I believe that ‘the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead,’ and I have never seen anything incompatible between those things of man which can be known by the spirit of man which is within him, and those higher things concerning his future, which he cannot know by that spirit.”

Our topic for today is titled “Biblical Apologetics” from “The Encyclopedia of Apologetics”

Apologetics is the art of persuasion and of biblical apologetics, in particular. It involves the Bible’s own use of apologetic and persuasive arguments to defend the Christian faith. The English term apologetics is derived from the Greek apologia, meaning “to give an answer.” Scripture itself urges us to “make a defense [apologia] to everyone who asks you to give an account (logos) for the hope (elpidos) that is in you”. Therefore, apologetics has its origin in the Bible itself.

While it is necessary for the Holy Spirit Himself to illuminate our minds to God’s truth, it is clear from the biblical writers themselves that this was done both by appeal to the sacred text and to the reasoning of the human mind. As Kreeft and Tacelli observe, this process of reasoning includes apprehension, intellectual intuition, understanding, insight, and contemplation. Thus, faith and reason are allies in the quest for truth.

In classical Christian orthodoxy, theologians have often stated the phrase credo ut intelligam (“I believe that I may understand”). While faith precedes comprehension, it certainly does not eliminate it. Christianity is not a mindless religion of mystical experiences that are devoid of reasonable conclusions. To the contrary, Christianity is the most well-reasoned, factually based religion on the planet.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next podcast.

Today, dear friend, we will begin reading “Book 1, Chapter 1” of “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis:

Book I – Right And Wrong As A Clue To The Meaning Of The Universe

Chapter 1. The Law Of Human Nature

Every one has heard people quarrelling. Sometimes it sounds funny and sometimes it sounds merely unpleasant; but however it sounds, I believe we can learn something very important from listening to the kind of things they say. They say things like this: “How’d you like it if anyone did the same to you?”—”That’s my seat, I was there first”—”Leave him alone, he isn’t doing you any harm”— “Why should you shove in first?”—”Give me a bit of your orange, I gave you a bit of mine”—”Come on, you promised.” People say things like that every day, educated people as well as uneducated, and children as well as grown-ups.

Now what interests me about all these remarks is that the man who makes diem is not merely saying that the other man’s behaviour does not happen to please him. He is appealing to some kind of standard of behaviour which he expects the other man to know about. And the other man very seldom replies: “To hell with your standard.” Nearly always he tries to make out that what he has been doing does not really go against the standard, or that if it does there is some special excuse. He pretends there is some special reason in this particular case why the person who took the seat first should not keep it, or that things were quite different when he was given the bit of orange, or that something has turned up which lets him off keeping his promise.

It looks, in fact, very much as if both parties had in mind some kind of Law or Rule of fair play or decent behaviour or morality or whatever you like to call it, about which they really agreed. And they have. If they had not, they might, of course, fight like animals, but they could not quarrel in the human sense of the word. Quarrelling means trying to show that the other man is in the wrong. And there would be no sense in trying to do that unless you and he had some sort of agreement as to what Right and Wrong are; just as there would be no sense in saying that a footballer had committed a foul unless there was some agreement about the rules of football.

Lord willing, we will continue reading “Book 1, Chapter 1” of “Mere Christianity” in our next podcast.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.

On Apologetics and Cults (The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity #11)

Welcome to The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions podcast. This is episode #11

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Today’s passage of Scripture is John 1:1-5 which reads: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

Today’s quote is from Fyodor Dostoyevsky (F-yo-dor Dosto-ev-ski). He said: “Even those who have renounced Christianity and attack it, in their inmost being still follow the Christian ideal, for hitherto neither their subtlety nor the ardour of their hearts has been able to create a higher ideal of man and of virtue than the ideal given by Christ of old.”

Our topic for today is titled “On Apologetics and Cults” from “The Encyclopedia of Apologetics”

11. Ask strategic questions. You will not be able to force on a cultist your opinion of what a verse means. But if you can help the cultist discover problems in his theology for himself, this will be very effective. One way of doing this is by asking strategic questions based on key verses, all the while remaining tactful and kind. To illustrate, consider a cultist who claims to believe in the Bible but denies the absolute deity of Jesus. You might ask this person to read aloud from Isaiah 44:24, where God says, “I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by Myself and spreading out the earth all alone”. Then ask the cultist about his or her interpretation of Colossians 1:16, which speaks of Jesus: “By Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him”. You might ask the cultist this question: “If God Almighty is the Creator of all things in Isaiah 44:24 and Jesus is the Creator of all things in Colossians 1:16, what does this say about Jesus?” Using questions such as these can help the cultist come to a correct understanding of the Bible.

12. Be aware that many cultists have been trained to answer your objections. For example, if you say to a Jehovah’s Witness, “Oh, you’re that group that denies the Trinity,” he has been specifically trained in how to respond. If you say, “We’re already Christians in this house,” he has been trained what to say in response. If you can keep in mind that the cultist is just feeding you rote responses that he has been trained to say, it will help you to remain patient in dealing with him. No matter what programmed responses a cultist regurgitates to you, it is best to continually bring the discussion back to the Bible.

13. Be ready to answer the cultists’ objections. As you share biblical truth with cultists, they will inevitably raise some contradictory points. They will raise objections that need to be answered. You should make every effort to answer such objections. Christians are instructed in 1 Peter 3:15 to always be “ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence”. So, for example, if the cultist to whom you are speaking objects to your claim that the Holy Spirit is a person and not a force, have your Bible handy and be ready to demonstrate that the Holy Spirit has all the attributes of personality—such as mind (Romans 8:27), emotions (Ephesians 4:30), and will (1 Corinthians 12:11).

14. Beware of the cultists’ fear of disfellowshipping and shunning. Cultists are typically instructed that unquestioned obedience to the cult is expected of them. If a cultist questions or rejects a teaching of the cult, he can be disfellowshipped—kicked out of the organization. The reason unquestioned obedience is expected in certain cults is that they are considered God’s prophet and mouthpiece. To question the authority of the cult leader, then, essentially amounts to questioning God’s authority.

15. Share your testimony with the cultist. You may not be an expert in the Bible. You may not be an expert in theology and doctrine. You may not be an expert in what a particular cultic organization believes. But you are an expert in what the Lord has done in your life. So, if you share nothing else with a cultist, do share your personal testimony. Focus especially on the grace of God, and how you know you are completely forgiven of your sins and are going to heaven because of what Jesus did for you at the cross.

Today, dear friend, we will continue reading the Preface of “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis:

I hope no reader will suppose that “mere” Christianity is here put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions—as if a man could adopt it in preference to Congregationalism or Greek Orthodoxy or anything else. It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several rooms. If I can bring anyone into that hall I shall have done what I attempted. But it is in the rooms, not in the hall, that there are fires and chairs and meals. The hall is a place to wait in, a place from which to try the various doors, not a place to live in. For that purpose the worst of the rooms (whichever that may be) is, I think, preferable.

It is true that some people may find they have to wait in the hall for a considerable time, while others feel certain almost at once which door they must knock at. I do not know why there is this difference, but I am sure God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait. When you do get into your room you will find that the long wait has done you some kind of good which you would not have had otherwise. But you must regard it as waiting, not as camping. You must keep on praying for light: and, of course, even in the hall, you must begin trying to obey the rules which are common to the whole house. And above all you must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best by its paint and paneling.

In plain language, the question should never be: “Do I like that kind of service?” but “Are these doctrines true: Is holiness here? Does my conscience move me towards this? Is my reluctance to knock at this door due to my pride, or my mere taste, or my personal dislike of this particular doorkeeper?”

When you have reached your own room, be kind to those Who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall. If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house.

Dear friend, we will begin reading “Book 1, Chapter 1” of “Mere Christianity” in our next podcast.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.