What does this message from the Vatican to Kenneth Copeland, using Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer, tell us about Rome? Has Rome changed in a way that Protestants can now embrace or it is something that cannot be trusted at all?
“Separated because, it’s sin that has separated us, all our sins. The misunderstandings throughout history. It has been a long road of sins that we all shared in. Who is to blame? We all share the blame … I am speaking to you as a brother. I speak to you in a simple way. With joy and nostalgia (yearning). Let us allow our nostalgia (yearning) to grow, because this will propel us to find each other, to embrace one another. And together to worship Jesus Christ as the only Lord of History.” –Part of pope Francis’ Message to Kenneth Copeland.
“It is by mixture of counterfeit religion with true, not discerned and distinguished, that the devil has had his greatest advantage against the cause and kingdom of Christ.”
With the release of the highly anticipated new film from producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, which will be distributed by Fox, should Christians be excited and support this new film? What theologians were on the advisory board for ‘The Bible’ miniseries which they produced? What do the producers believe about the Jesus Christ of scripture? What will the fruit be from this if it is a ‘success’ within the Christian Church? How should we evangelise the lost? What should the response of the Church be? These and other related issues are discussed on this week’s show.
Is the Calvinism vs Arminianism debate important and how, if so, is it important? Paul looks at a video response from Chris White of NTR Radio on the issue and attempts to refute many of unbiblical views presented in the presentation. How is Arminianism harmful to the church of Jesus Christ? What are the fruits of such theology, as seen in the modern church of today?
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked”
Preached 12th Janaury 2014
Does fallen man have a ‘free will’? What does the term ‘free will’ mean? How important is it for the church to understand this vital issue?
“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”
Preached December 29th, 2013
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Paul looks at the recent news of how pope Francis has been put on the cover of ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine and other prominent publications. How much has Francis changed in the church of Rome, if anything? How should Bible Believers respond to this man and his growing popularity in the media?
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie”
-2 Thessalonians 2:3-11
“Wycliffe, Tyndale, Luther, Calvin, Cranmer; in the seventeenth century, Bunyan, the translators of the King James Bible and the men who published the Westminster and Baptist confessions of Faith; Sir Isaac Newton… Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards; and more recently Charles Spurgeon, J.C. Ryle and Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones; these men among countless others, all saw the office of the Papacy as the antichrist.”
-Michael de Semlyen, All Roads Lead to Rome, p. 205
Paul discusses one of the most controversial issues in the Christian Church when he looks at the Calvinism Vs Arminianism Debate. What is the history of this debate? Which one, if any, is Biblical? How does one’s belief in this area affect how one evangelises the lost for Christ?
“What is the heresy of Rome, but the addition of something to the perfect merits of Jesus Christ — the bringing in of the works of the flesh, to assist in our justification? And what is the heresy of Arminianism but the addition of something to the work of the Redeemer? Every heresy, if brought to the touchstone, will discover itself here. I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else… nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor.”
Paul critiques David Cloud’s views on Reformed Theology based on his article ‘Can Any Man Be Saved?’. Are his views accurate and does Calvinism harm evangelism as he sometimes claims? What are the practical implications of being reformed or being opposed to reformed theology?
Article referenced: http://www.wayoflife.org/index_files/can_any_man_be_saved.html
“Merit-mongers will not allow the supremacy of the divine will and the impotency unto good of the human will, consequently they who are the most bitter in denouncing election by the sovereign pleasure of God, are the warmest in crying up the freewill of fallen man. In the decrees of the council of Trent—wherein the Papacy definitely defined her position on the leading points raised by the Reformers, and which Rome has never rescinded—occurs the following: “If any one should affirm that since the fall of Adam man’s free will is lost, let him be accursed.” It was for their faithful adherence to the truth of election, with all that it involves, that Bradford and hundreds of others were burned at the stake by the agents of the pope. Unspeakably sad is it to see so many professing Protestants agree with the mother of harlots in this fundamental error.”