Pronouncement of Judgment,
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are here this morning to share in the study and the
explaining of the Word of truth, the Word of God. We
welcome those of you who are visitors in
our service, and we trust that the Word of God will prove to be a
element in your life.
A lady last
morning after the service came up and said she was going to start
services regularly (she was a visitor) so that she could understand
what I was
isn’t the only one
who needs to do that.
she said a very perceptive thing. The
Word of God reveals to us certain things
We have a body,
is self-evident, but we also have an immaterial part of our being which
two-fold part to it—a human soul and a human spirit.
has set up this system for you to be able
to come into a relationship with the living God so that you may
way He designed you to function. You
have divine viewpoint which is developed as a result of your
the Word of God.
You have frame of
reference, and this is what our visitor was talking about.
was saying, “I can’t understand some of
the things that I hear.” She
this, but this was because she didn’t have a frame of
It takes time to
develop a frame of
It takes years
program of Bible doctrine teaching under a pastor-teacher before you
begin to get off the ground from the point of your salvation, in an
understanding of God’s plan and your involvement with it.
have seen that Satan was an angel, he rebelled against
God, and he fell into sin.
In time, he
came onto the earth’s scene in the Garden of Eden, and he led
mankind into the
only sin that a person could commit in the Garden of Eden, which was
volition toward the will of God. So
and Eve sinned, and we discovered that they now possessed an old sin
spirits are now
What happened to
them is that into
their souls came this old sin nature.
this part of them died, so they are spiritually dead.
no longer have a point of contact with
The old sin
nature is now upon the
throne of their lives, and it is dominating all facets of their being. Consequently,
they can’t do it a thing about
they cannot approach
God through their reasoning.
empiricism, through their senses, they cannot approach God. It
was the act of grace when the Lord Jesus
Christ (Jehovah Elohim) walked into the garden and called Adam and
are you hiding where you’re hiding?” And
their sin was exposed.
good was the first thing they produced, in the form of
their fig leaf loin cloths, in order to cover up the evidences of their
They had lost
their covering of
light which they apparently had once possessed before that. Now
they were aware of their nakedness, and
before facing God, they proceeded to provide a human good covering. This
is from the old sin nature, it’s a
satanic production, and it is constantly rejected in the Word of God.
seems to be a very difficult point. I
find a little negative reaction upon
People have a
getting it through their understanding that Satan is not running around
to turn all hell lose upon the earth.
What he is trying
to do is to create as much good and as much
orderliness as possible, which is why he is interested in socialism and
which is trying to create a forceful right relationship between human
a perfect environment.
interested in producing good, so he goes about producing human good. And
God rejects this just as much as he
rejects the sins that come from our old sin nature.
will not permit an unbeliever to be saved
by human good, nor will he permit a believer to be rewarded for his
entered into the Garden of Eden. He
investigated the human sin, and we saw
that everybody passed the blame on down the line—Adam to Eve,
and Eve to the
The scene is not
set for the
pronouncement of divine judgment on man’s sin.
of all, in the orders of pronouncement, God began with
man when he asked, “Guilty or not guilty?”
He went from the
woman to the serpent.
Now he goes first
to the serpent and then on up.
So first we have
the serpent and the judgment
which is placed upon him.
A curse is
start at Genesis 3:14, “And the Lord God said unto the
serpent, ‘because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above
all cattle and
above every beast of the field.
belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy
The serpent, as
an animal, is going to suffer
the consequences of being used as a tool of Satan.
creation, we read in the Word of God,
has been made subject to man (Genesis 1:26).
It was to be for
man’s blessing, and he was to control it. Animals
however were not made to be
instruments of sin.
declares that an animal used in sexual sin is to be destroyed. So
that animals, though not accountable,
suffer the consequences of being instruments of man’s sin. The
serpent, of course, was not accountable
as a creature, was not accountable as a creature, but anything that
acts as an
agent of Satan, willfully or ignorantly, is going to come under divine
8:20-22 indicates that all of creation is suffering
as the result of the contamination of sin.
there is upon the serpent, not only this general condemnation that
sin, the general contamination, but a special judgment.
is to be different from all the cattle of
The Hebrew word
is “behemah.” The
word “behemah” means domestic
So there is to be
serpent a certain loathing.
that the serpent was a very beautiful animal, and very clever, and he
apparently moved in an upright position.
Because he was
called the bright and shining one, he apparently had a
quality about him of being very attractive.
then there is another animal that he is condemned
We read that he
is also to be
above all the beasts of the field. These
beasts are wild animals.
mentioned previously are domestic animals.
So, above all
animals, Satan suddenly was going to become a very loathsome
He was to be
There is upon him
The Bible calls
it an “arar,” a detesting and
abhorring quality which is place toward the snake.
the serpent who was originally the most beautiful of
animals is now made the most repulsive.
you’ll notice in your English Bible that there’s no
verb here, so it’s
an elliptical expression.
In order to
make it pungent, it says, “Thou cursed.”
He was to be
cursed above all domestic animals and above every wild
the mark of the curse.
henceforth is to crawl upon the
He has had
but now he is to be on the ground. In
the process of his movement, he is to eat dirt.
He has no hands
time he picks up a piece of food, it’s going to be something
that has been lying
in the filth and the dirt.
This is a
sign of what has happened to Satan.
Satan, after all,
is in the serpent, and the judgment upon the serpent
reflect the position into which Satan has fallen. He
has bitten the dust—not yet, but he will
in the future at the point of the cross.
serpent as such is limited in its attack upon its
victims at the foot level.
It can strike
However, being on
its head is thoroughly exposed in a vulnerable position to a fatal blow.
is going to be the background of the next verse,
Satan, who used
serpent, is not judged in this curse because he has already been judged
time of his revolt against God (Matthew 25:41).
snake’s position today (every time you see a snake, remember)
reminder of the defeat that God has imposed upon Satan.
gave him a mouthful of dust.
comes the next verse with this pronouncement upon
You would think
now the serpent
has been judged.
You would think
the next thing should be the woman because God is going in inverse
the next thing would be Adam, and judgments would be pronounced. But
right at this point, God stops and
interjects a very important thing.
Genesis 3:15 is
one of the most dramatic verses of the Bible. This
is the first promise of salvation. It
comes after Satan and the serpent have
been dealt with because they are not included in this salvation. But
it is the principal of God that He does
not bring judgment until He has given opportunity for you to enter
grace before He pronounces
This is the first
presentation, and it is the promise of a Savior.
15 says, “And I…”
This is Jehovah
actually the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ here, who is the manifest
member of the trinity.
Whenever we deal
with the Trinity where people speak to Him or see Him, Christ is the
Jehovah, will put
In the Hebrew,
this is “avah,”
and enmity here means a hostile mind—total enemies.
between God and…” something else—Satan.
is going to be complete and total enmity. “I
will put enmity between thee (Satan) and
Between Satan and
there is going to be a condition of enmity.
The woman is, of
course, Eve, who is the mother of humanity.
He announces two seeds.
One is that this
enmity, this loathing spirit of hostility, is going to
exist between “thy seed and her seed.”
look first of all to “thy seed.” Who
This refers to
All unbelievers. Satan
has a family. John
8:44 calls him the father of this
It refers to
everyone who is
born into the human race, because we are born unsaved.
refers to those who have an old sin
nature, and the imputation of Adams sins, so that we are in the slave
sin, under Satan’s control. Everyone
is born into the human race is born into Satan’s family,
because we’re born
with an old sin nature, so we’re born spiritually dead.
this old sin nature, we’re capable of sins and of human
good, and Satan is the promoter of both.
A slave cannot
free another slave.
hasn’t got the price to pay for the redemption of anyone else. So
mankind, as Satan’s seed, is tied up
hopelessly in this slave market of sin, and there is no way out it for
The moment you
take a breath of
life, you’re in that market.
is another seed.
This has a
The only hope for
us in this slave market of
sin is for someone who is outside of this slave market to come in and
(It must be)
someone who has the
woman’s seed refers
to this someone who is the Lord Jesus Christ.
seed are all of unsaved humanity who are trapped in the slave
market of sin. Her
seed is the Lord
Jesus Christ who was not in the slave market of sin because He was born
of the line of contamination of the human race.
Therefore, He did
not have an old sin nature and He did not have the
imputation of Adam’s sin to Him.
gospel announcement stresses what? What’s
the first thing when God announces to
this man and woman before He brings judgment upon them, God is going to
exercise grace, what’s the first thing He stresses that is of
You would say, if
stopped to think about it, the blood of Christ, His death, His
first thing you find emphasized is the
This is the
seed is not involved in the
incarnation of Jesus Christ because Adam sinned deliberately, and so
the means of transmitting the old sin nature.
already gone over Romans 5:12 that tells us how, by this one man, the
old sin nature entered into the human race.
1 Timothy 2:13-15
explains to us how the woman’s sin was not
She was deceived. She,
herself, was going to be saved through
That is, bearing
particular child as the seed of the woman, the Lord Jesus Christ.
what we need is someone to be born into the human race to
solve this problem of the sin market. We
have to have someone to be born in the human race without a human
that he is born without an old sin nature and the imputation of
So there can be
without the virgin birth.
the first title given to the incarnate Jesus Christ.
Adam began reproducing, we read in Genesis 5, verse 3
says, “And he begat a son in his own likeness and after his
procreation is a barrier to
Adam had two sons. The
first one was named Cain, and the second
one was named Abel.
They were both
in his image and likeness.
Both were in
the image of Adam in that they had his soul.
They had his
likeness in that they had the old sin nature. Both
were spiritually dead, so they were the
seed of Satan.
With the old sin
these sons began producing human good and their personal sins. Neither
one of them had a human spirit.
It was dead in
both of those sons.
day, Abel, upon receiving information from his father
concerning the gospel, believed, and Abel was born again, and he came
He received a
Now he had a
point of contact
His brother Cain
father’s explanation, and he remained spiritually dead. Both
of these sons came one day to bring an
Abel, because he
spiritually alive, brought a proper blood offering, from his new
nature, although he still had an old sin nature. Cain,
however, brought an offering of
vegetation because he didn’t have a human spirit.
he brought from his old sin nature, and
this was human good.
This man could
have brought anything that would have been acceptable to God, even If
brought a blood sacrifice, until he had believed the gospel and been
Up to that point,
it was simply
religion, and God rejects religion because religion is man trying to
favor and please Him.
pattern continued in the human race, all the way down,
until we come to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Then, but the
supernatural work of God, Jesus Christ was born outside of
that slave market.
He did not have a
As the seed of
born outside of the stream of contamination of the human race, He was
to die on the cross.
But, He could not
die for us as our substitute, in His deity, for obviously sovereignty
subject to death.
cannot be in one place
cannot be conquered
He is immutable,
He cannot change from life to death.
when Genesis 3:15 makes a declaration concerning
the enmity between Satan and the woman’s descendants, and
between his seed of
unbelievers and her seed, it is referring to this one person Jesus
in His humanity.
It is the
Jesus Christ which is being stressed here, and that humanity was
through the virgin birth.
That was the
only way we go someone outside of the slave market of sin.
ago when I was a teenager, visiting one Sunday
afternoon, calling on people and sharing the gospel with them in the
neighborhood, one man opened the door and we talked a while, and he
I’ll tell you son.
I can go along
lot of what you’re saying, but I just can’t go
along with this idea that
someone could have a baby without a human father. I
don’t see any point in that at all.” Unfortunately,
I wasn’t informed to know what
As I go to
thinking about it,
and as I look back on it now, the virgin birth is something you
Christmas, and it’s kind of the magic of Christmas.
one of the magical things that happen
that makes Christmas special.
Christians don’t seem to understand the central position that
the virgin birth
holds in our salvation.
for this is the only way for God to bring a human being into the human
was sinless, and therefore qualified to die for us.
Satan understood this.
He caught it
right off the bat.
So he made the
first of many moves to frustrate. This
is why he led Cain to kill Abel. This
is why Satan is called a murderer in
John 8:44 from the beginning.
the history of the human race, Satan has been trying to bring death to
through which the humanity of Christ was to come. Satan
has constantly been trying to eliminate
that line, and it began with Abel.
want to observe that I think you should have a little
understanding toward the fundamentalist preacher. I
hear these snide remarks toward
fundamentalist preachers who take seriously the virgin birth of Jesus
and therefore they feel certain restrictions in such things as
campaigns in which people who die the virgin birth of Christ and His
involved as sponsoring members.
these little remarks about the fundamentalist preachers who have
about cooperating with such things as Billy Graham campaigns, which
include unbelievers without any apology, on the platform, in prayer,
and on the
whether you agree with them or not, you should at least
have an understanding of what their position is. I
realize that fundamentalists do not always
make their legitimate point of truth on good scholarly biblical ground. They
make a poor case.
I also want to
make it clear that I am a
I believe that
is the Word of God.
I believe it is
It is without
mistakes, in its
I believe that
Christ was virgin born, and that the spiritual death of Christ was
for our salvation.
there’s a heaven and
there’s a hell.
I believe all of
fundamentals that God puts forth, and I believe them as literally true.
I must admit that the fundamentalists sometimes are poor
presenters of their case for the truth.
The reason for
this is that they have fallen into the habit of preaching
to people’s emotions.
fundamentalist preacher is preaching to people’s emotions,
and when you preach
to people’s emotions, you invite two bad results.
first one is that the preacher tends to
become a poor expositor of the Bible on the basis of Greek and Hebrew,
he resorts to devotional talks.
turns into a little devotional talks, to little inspirational
illustrations, to jokes, and to cliché’s because
he’s trying to kick people’s
emotions into saying the right things—enough
“Praise the Lord” and enough
is preaching to people’s emotions.
easy to preach to people’s emotions. All
you have to do is keep track of Reader’s
Digest, and you’ll be able to get people to feeling just
You can get all
kinds of illustrations.
We used to run
the clubs here, out of some
original heritage that we had, and our stories were coming out of
Digest … little illustrations and little emotions talks
until we kicked that
out and got ourselves down to hardcore Bible doctrine instruction which
only thing that a human life can sustain itself upon.
this has a second bad effect.
It makes bad
preparation for the preacher
because he falls to devotional preaching.
leads to believers thinking with their emotions. This
is very bad.
When a believer
starts thinking with his
emotions, here’s what happens: Here
his emotions which are to be governed by the directive side of his mind
will is to be governed, and his emotions are to be governed. What
does he do?
He blanks out
this part of his mind, and his
emotions move up and take over, and they start kicking into action. And
anytime a believer works on the basis of
emotions, he is a sincere person, and you had better steer clear from
because sincere people are not operating and functioning on doctrinal
result is that the fundamentalist preacher often exposes
his congregation to human viewpoint, and to false doctrine that he
One of the
biggest things he
exposes them to is the tongues movement because the tongues movement is
entirely on people who have blanked out the directive side of their
they are operating and functioning on the control of emotions. Consequently,
the majority of fundamental
preachers end up making their church service an evangelist
for somebody to make some kind of a public move. It’s
not a time for feeding the flock upon
the Word of God, upon the doctrinal principals of the Word of God. He’s
kicking their emotions around in order
to get them to the end of the service where he can start singing the
hymn and get people running forward.
Christendom and Bible churches (Bible believing people)
are psyched to this.
people come to me and say, “Well, I just wish you’d
give an invitation at
invitations all the
I know what the
They want to be
able to raise their hand for something. All
we do is say, “You’re your own
We give you the
You face God, and
it’s going to be
going to be workable in your
not going to give you some
opportunity to let your emotions kick you up to some public move so
can make a spectacle and demonstration of yourself, so that
you’ll go home and
feel that you have really gotten yourself right with God.
what happens at) these big youth rallies that get
everybody zapped up and kicked up, and then everybody goes home and
When was the last
time you were
involved in a great big glamorous operation?
How much is left
from that great big glamorous operation and the high-powered
advertising and coverage?
How much is
really left that you know of, or what you think is left?
all the glamour has drifted back out of
town, what is left?
who are preaching the Word of God, and expositing the doctrines of the
and feeding the people of God.
Or you have
liberals who are moving in darkness, the blind leading the blind, and
garbage to people, and that’s still what you have left. They’re
the people who are carrying the ball
before, during, and after.
I’m sympathetic if you say, “Well, the
make a very good case for not cooperating with certain enterprises that
be having a desirable goal like the winning of souls.” But
when a preacher preaches to emotions,
this is murder on the congregation. If
you haven’t had that experience, you are fortunate because
you have been freed
from listening to that sort of thing.
The reason they
can then resort to legalism and to their taboos is because
they can preach to people’s emotions. So
they’re going to give all kinds of taboos, and how people
should act nice.
And pretty soon
the people have picked up the
idea that you know what’s important. The
thing that’s important is what you do, and what
you’re about, rather than who
and what God is.
the fundamentalist is to be faulted. Nevertheless,
they have a good biblical
ground, and I don’t appreciate these snide remarks against
preachers because they take a position against religious leaders who
virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. We
are talking about real live breathing human beings who speak and make
For example, one
most famous was man named Bishop Kennedy who was a bishop of the
church on the west coast who stated, “I’m for
Bishop Pike about 99% of the
think such theological
issues such as the virgin birth of Christ are the central important
if you know Bishop Pike, who is quite notorious in his
own right as an Episcopal church leader.
He went down so
far that his own church had to put him on trial several
times for heresy.
You know that
the same Bishop Pike who got into spiritism and into seeking to
through mediums with dead son, which the Word of God stringently
because it’s contact with the demonic world, and he got
He died on an
expedition in the
this Bishop Pike, if you’ve ever heard him on TV as he
would say, “I just jettison the deity of Christ and the
virgin birth as just
excess baggage on Christians."
It is this
same Bishop Kennedy who is the chairman of Mr. Graham’s San
it’s pretty hard when the
fellow who’s running the whole evangelistic campaign says,
“I agree that the
virgin birth of Christ and deity are not important issues.”
Bishop Gerald Kennedy wrote on the flyleaf of a book
written by a man named Nels Ferre. This
author said that to call Jesus God is to substitute an idol for
never was God.”
On page 40 of his
book, The Sun and the
Umbrella, Dr. Ferre said,
“Jesus seemed to have lived a great deal with the
fact became a
real problem to him and his followers.”
The Bible becomes
a problem, to a believer.
another place, Dr. Ferre said, “It cannot be denied that
Jesus’ father was a blond German soldier.” Now
on the flyleaf of this book you may read
the commendation by no other than the man who headed up the San
Graham campaign, Bishop Kennedy, where he said, “Concerning
this book by Nels
Ferre, a modern parable written in the power and spirit of the New
It cuts right to
the heart of
our muddled theology.
We have stood in
need of this clarification of the person of Jesus.
it shocks certain traditionalists …”
one of the dirty words for fundamentalists), “… it
will thrill sincere
world-minded Christians.” This
clarification of our Savior.
Weatherhead is a preacher and psychiatrist from City
Temple, London, England.
He was invited
to sit on the platform with Dr. Graham in his meetings in Great
was one of the sponsors of the London Crusade.
He wrote a book
called the Christian agnostic in which he says that
Jesus is the son of a temple prostitute named Mary, and Zacharias the
was the father.
I’m not talking about somebody that you don’t
that’s way off some place. When
fundamentalist preacher says, “I have a problem in
cooperation in standing on
the platform where I see an unbeliever who makes remarks that my Savior
illegitimate son of his prostitute mother and Zacharias the temple
maybe you can get the feel that the fundamentalist maybe has a problem. At
least, you must admit that he has a
problem for himself whether it should be a problem or not.
snide remarks are directed toward him as
though he were some obscurantist, uncooperative, contemptuous, and
is not in order.
But how are you
to contend with this glamour.
you going to stand up against this kind of glamour, a glamour of a
rally, a glamour of big-named personalities, the appearance of
their honors, TV coverage, and famous entertainers?
Graham ran his congress on evangelism in
Minnesota, one of the featured speakers was Pat Boone.
Boone, if you’ve been following the news
reports, has now been excommunicated from the Church of Christ in which
reared, for heresy, for he has gone full-blown into the tongues
He and his wife
Shirley are now tongue
speakers—the whole bit. Why?
I got a little suspicion when I heard him on TV and he
said, “For years my family and I went to church and Sunday
School, and that’s
And when somebody
that’s alright,” they mean it’s a bunch
of junk but (they) don’t want to offend
But just the fact
that he said,
“Well, that’s alright … we went to
church,” instead of the fact that he was
getting crucial doctrinal insights, I can suspect that this poor man
reared without crucial Bible doctrine insights, so consequently he
to the point where his emotions took over.
it’s the easiest (thing) in the world, from there, to feel
got something real.
now and then somebody writes to me or calls my
attention to somebody who was a dud spiritually, and along comes the
Pentecostal movement, and members of their family get on fire for the
it’s very confusing to (real) sincere
Christians to say, “Boy, I couldn’t get this guy to
go out to church.
Now he goes to
church all the time.
you kid you kid yourself.
being there, and being in church is nothing. It’s
meaningless, because the old sin nature,
when it’s functioning on the mentality of the emotions, will
lead you right
into Satan’s hand every time.
Pat Boone was a featured speaker. Here’s
what he said.
He got up before
this magnificent assembly of
people interested in evangelism—spiritual leaders.
said, “I’ve just finished appearing in Las
Vegas at the Flamingo.
I followed Tom
I saw his show
night, and I’m going to tell you that it’s not only
illegal, but it makes Elvis
Presley look arthritic.” There
applause and great laughter.
you spiritual people don’t know anything about that, and
that’s why you didn’t laugh, you see.
don’t know anything about Elvis Presley and hips and motion,
that was pretty funny.
Then he said,
I’m not going to try to do that, but I did ask Al Werner by
conductor to steal
one of his arrangements (sort of copy it), and see if we can do some of
songs with that kind of feel or something like it, so Al,
let’s give it a
opening song was I’ve
Got That Feeling Called Love. Following
which he said (that) he thought “… the
words of that song were appropriate tonight because we’re
here to talk about a
OK to go to
But what he got
was hay, wood,
and stubble every time he walked into the church, I suppose.
here to talk about a feeling.” He
continued, “The name of this thing is
called ‘turn on,’ and … when you talk
about turning on, you’re talking about a
feeling, aren’t you.
about a great feeling tonight, and one that doesn’t wear off. It
just sort of stays with you.
It just gets
better and better as you go
we’re not talking about a feeling. We’re
talking about divine insights.
talking about thinking with a mentality
that God the Holy Spirit has filled with truth.
to give you a little (idea) of the problem that
fundamentalist preachers face:
back to Bishop Pike, in a news report (we were told) that Dr. Billy
spoke from a pulpit at Grace Cathedral on Knob Hill to a standing-room
This was Bishop
The meeting was
United Church Men, the Layman’s Unit of the National Council
of Churches, which
(as we’ve already covered) is a liberal expression.
was said,) “In his closing prayer, Dr. Graham offered a
special petition for the success of the current assembly of the
Council of Churches, and prayed that out of this meeting there would
great message to the Christian world.
The prayer at the
service was offered by the Reverend Dr. Edwin T. Dalberg
of St. Louis, President of the National Council of Churches. The
Reverend James Pike, Bishop of the
Diocese of California, pronounced the benediction.”
was the same Bishop Pike who led in the attacks
on the House Committee on Un-American Activities on our Congress, and
declared, “I do not believe that Christ sitteth on the right
hand of the
I feel the same
into heaven,’ the same about ‘conceived of the Holy
Spirit,’ and ‘born of the
yourself in the poor fundamentalist preacher’s
Here he is,
bringing his flock
into a meeting where he sees preachers on the platform.
both have Bibles.
both dressed (up).
Some have collars
turned around to really
What do they know
Yet, Dr. Graham
difficulty in being present and participating in the installation of
Bishop Pike into his diocese in California.
fundamentalist preacher looks at that and he says, “Now this
something akin to the apostle Paul when he spent those three years in
and participating in the installation of the prostitute priestesses in
temple of Diana of the Ephesians. Because
the Bible says that when you deal with heresy, it is spiritual adultery. It
is contamination of the truth.
when you get through (as has been the experience of some
of us), we have the hard problem of saying, “Here I speak to
You know, we can
get glowing about how many people
we speak to at a meeting in a campaign such as that.
the thing we don’t say is, “I sent this
fellow to the Roman Catholic church. I
sent this one to the darkness of the cults.
Witnesses got this one.
I sent this one
back to Christian Science because that’s where he came
I sent this one
back to the
I sent all these
to the darkness where the blind can lead the blind.
whether you agree or not, I just want you to understand
what is behind the problem of the genuine, knowledgeable, honest
He has a point,
and you (may)
think it should not be his point. Now
certainly it’s exciting to be in on that glamour.
lot of people get in on that sort of glamour
just because it’s exciting. They
they can get lost in the crowd.
can’t see them.
If the TV cameras
by, they hold a book up so they can’t notice them.
they feel kind of at ease just to go
ahead and play the ball.
“We’re going to win souls.” It’s
sort of like Moses striking that rock
when the Lord said, “Moses, speak.” And
he did that hideous desecration to the image of Christ.
God is true to His Word.
He comes through. Sure,
souls are saved.
They would have
been saved anyhow, and
probably in better effective order, if the surroundings had been right. But
we seem to feel that we can justify
says, “Well, I don’t feel you can.”
in the follow-up, what are you going to do with these
You should follow
you say, “we do follow them
We follow them up
Sure, we send
them back to these (same)
churches, but we follow them up.” They
out a couple of books and get a few inspirational talks.
takes you two years of solid Bible
doctrine to even get off the ground. Don’t
kid me about following up (with) people.
I know what
happens to people who start thinking with their emotions and
who become enthusiastic and diluted because they have no truth.
is Dr. Graham’s right, or course, to exercise his
priesthood, but it is also the right of the fundamentalist preacher not
an object of ridicule, and I don’t appreciate the remarks
directed toward the
sincere fundamentalist who may not express himself and make as good a
he should, but who does have a point from his point of view. It’s
an insult to the Lord Jesus Christ, and
it strains the ground of his Christian fellowship very understandably.
is no problem maintaining comradery with people who
I have some very
friends who are not believers.
can do things together.
We can go flying
(providing he has an airplane).
when I look at my flight log, that my hours of flying time go up and
dependent upon whether or not I have a friend who owns a plane. But
we can have a great time just flying
together with no problem at all.
have no problem asking Ron Blue to come up here and bring
you greetings from the Lord, and look forward to getting together again. But
I would have some hesitation, I must
admit, in having a fellow who says that my Savior is a
prostitute’s son to
stand up here and share with you his insights.
And I would have
little problem asking him to lead you in prayer. I
wouldn’t have any problem to think that it’s
his right to think that and to exercise his priesthood.
I would have a problem (in) thinking we
should join forces to carry on the Lord’s work.
have to agree in these meetings to send these people back
to whatever benighted situation they express that they have come from. Unless
you make that deal, and if you do
I heard of a
tore up the cards so that these organizations couldn’t follow
them up, and of
course that was not ethical for him to do that.
you’re going to be ethical, you have to play ball with the
so you have to make your choice as to whether it’s alright
for the Savior to be
labeled as illegitimate or not.
is follow-through in the Word of God in a considerable
I want to dignify
birth for you, and I want to dignify it where you live, so that you can
it where these issues are active. Just
couple of verses:
2 John 10-11
if there come any unto you and bring not this doctrine, receive him not
your house, neither bid him Godspeed.
For he that
biddeth him Godspeed is partaker of his evil deeds.”
Timothy 6:5 says, “Perverse disputings of
men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain
2 Timothy 2:21
says, “If a man therefore
purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified
for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good
Chapter 3, verse
5 says, “Having a form of godliness,
but denying the power of it, from such turn away.”
that dramatic verse in Ephesians 5:11 where
the apostle Paul says, “And have no fellowship with the
unfruitful works of
darkness, but rather reprove them.” Not
commend them, but reprove them.
Paul was sensitive.
In the book of
Acts chapter 20, he warned the elders, the leadership of
the church at Ephesus of what was going to happen.
was very much concerned that after his
departure he know that there were going to rise within the church
leaders who were going to be wolves in sheep’s clothing. In
Acts 20:28, the apostle Paul says, “Take
heed therefore unto yourselves and to all the flock over which the Holy
has made you…” These
to feed the church
of God which He hath purchased with His own blood.
I know this.
departing shall grievous wolves
enter in among you, not sparing the flock.”
And then this
unbelievable verse 30, “And of your own selves shall men
arise speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after
we get to Genesis 3:15, and next Sunday morning we’re
going to pick up the story here in the expansion of this by Isaiah,
dramatic exciting expansion by Isaiah on what Genesis 3:15 means. But
the first thing, the first presentation
of the gospel says, number one, the virgin birth. Because
without this sinless Savior, without
this virgin birth that produced this sinless Savior, there could be no
you and me to be taken out of that slave market of sin.
was qualified to die because He was
qualified in His sinless humanity.
can understand the fundamentalist preacher. Now
I will not fault him, as poor as his
presentation may be, for a very legitimate point. There
is nothing more important.
with the fact of the virgin
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