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When We All Get To Heaven

Posted by Job on October 12, 2014

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Adrian Rogers: Marriage Is A Gift From Heaven

Posted by Job on October 12, 2014

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Charles Spurgeon Sermon – Heaven and Hell

Posted by Job on February 1, 2012

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1 Corinthians 15:22 In Adam All Die But In Christ All Live

Posted by Job on April 1, 2011

1 Corinthians 15:22

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Pass over from death in Adam to eternal life in Jesus Christ today.

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John Piper – You Can’t Scare People Into Heaven

Posted by Job on August 31, 2009

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Atheists offer to care for Christians’ pets after the Rapture

Posted by Job on August 29, 2009

Well, prominent rapture advocate Jack Van Impe claims that our pets will be with us in heaven, but this is still strange nonetheless. From Sermon Audio:

Atheists offer to care for Christians’ pets after the Rapture

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Think That You Are Going To Heaven? Take This Interactive Test To Find Out!

Posted by Job on August 24, 2009

How Does Someone Get To Heaven?

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Paul Washer: Your Eternity Will Either Be Heaven Or Hell

Posted by Job on June 4, 2008

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Why Predestination Is Fairer Than Free Will Arminianism

Posted by Job on February 16, 2008

Yet another attempt of mine to stab at a complex topic from my ignorance, but here goes. It is commonly asserted that the predestination position as regards to salvation must be rejected because it is unfair to condemn someone to such an unspeakable fate as eternity in the lake of fire without that person having a choice in the matter. In our modern humanistic western mindsets, we define fairness as universality and equality of opportunity where each person rises to whatever heights that he may as a function of his own individual merits. Not only have we dedicated immense resources to attempting to conform our world into some utopia where such a thing is possible, but we conform our entire thinking according to this mindset. This explains why such things as racial, class, gender, religious, tribal, national, sexual preference, etc. bigotry, racism, and discrimination were taken as a fact of life worthy of no real consideration just a few short ages ago but are now considered horrible offenses against the human race. Now we do acknowledge that this fairness and equality of opportunity can never be practically reached – nonliberal Christians especially so – but we nonetheless view merely striving for it as a self – rewarding endeavor containing an inherent noble virtue.

It is no surprise, then, that our notions of fairness would influence, and as such be imposed upon, our theology. For God to be righteous means that God has to be fair, and fairness means giving everyone equality of opportunity by virtue of making salvation a free will choice to accept Jesus Christ. As far as the people who have never heard the gospel? Well that is an allowance for the fact that the utopia of equality cannot be achieved in a world that fell into sin through Adam.

The truth is, however, that there is a real tension: the fairness only applies to people that hear the gospel. The people that hear the gospel and choose to accept or reject it are the only ones that receive the sort of fair and equal treatment that is mandated by such things as the 14th amendment or the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For people who never hear the message of Jesus Christ crucified and resurrected, this standard of “fairness” and “equality” is as irrelevant as are the 14th amendment and the Civil Rights Act to anyone living in China or Sudan right now. Just as the great many western human rights activists could honestly care less about the inequality and unfairness experienced by people who live in those regimes, their theological counterparts truthfully must limit their notion of fairness to a single subset: the very tiny percentage of the population in human history that has ever been in a position to respond to an offer of covenant relationship with God through special revelation. So then, if the truth be known universalism (not the belief that everyone will be saved but rather that there is saving grace present in all religions) is the only thing that can satisfy this notion of equality and fairness.

So it leaves the real problem: how can making salvation conditional on one’s personal decision for Jesus Christ be fair in any sense when so many have never had the opportunity to meet the condition? In that respect, it is grotesquely, manifestly UNFAIR that I was born in modern America as opposed to, say, inland China in 42 AD. It is unfair not only to my ancient Chinese counterpart, but it is unfair to ME that I should have my own fate in my own hands while tainted with the effects of original sin.

God forbid that this should transpire regarding myself, but for the sake of exercise imagine if at some point in our mutual shared torment my ancient Chinese counterpart is sitting in the flame next to me. That fellow would turn to me and say “My fate is quite understandable, but what is your excuse?” My response would have to be “None save than the love of sin that I not only could not overpower by my own strength, but truthfully did not want to even if I could have.” What would be the only honest rejoinder that my companion in torment would be capable of making? “Ah well, then I have nothing to complain about, for had the choice been up to me I would done the same as you.”

And that would be perfectly true, because even the appearance of choice would have been but the cruelest of illusions. It would have been the pretense of an equal fair choice when in truth there would have been no choice at all, a “heads I win, tails you lose” situation. For what can overpower sin but the grace of God? And if original sin can be overcome by the mere choice of a sinner, then why is grace needed in the first place? Free will makes grace not only incidental and superfluous, but a hindrance to the execution of true justice in terms of both the individual sinner and cosmic terms, and unspeakably cruel not only to those that are never offered it, but those that are offered it but lack the strength to receive it by their own initiative.

There is more still. Aren’t some people just inherently stronger than others? More moral? More virtuous? The Bible certainly says so, even to the point of there being even places in the kingdom of heaven according to one’s righteousness. So if salvation is based on free will, cannot the person that failed to exercise it blame the God that created and foreknew him for “making him weak”? If it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven, then why, God, did you suffer me to be born into an extremely wealthy family? How, God, was that fair? Sure, I heard the gospel, but You said in and by Your own Word “blessed are the poor!” So then I did not have an equal fair chance to the slave person living in poverty and oppression that accepted Jesus Christ as her only hope and reason for living!

For those and many other reasons, it cannot be said that the free will position is more fair, more equal, more just, and again not only for the sakes of those that do not hear the gospel, but those who hear it but choose to live in their natural state of original sin and love of the world. Instead, it can only be fair if God Himself chooses whom He will save – and whom He will not – according to His own prerogative just as He exercised a similar sole prerogative through creation in the first place.

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The Audio Gospel Project

Posted by Job on December 21, 2007

Source: The Audio Gospel Project

We at TCBC are thrilled to have completed the Gospel CD which we’ve been working on for the last few weeks. Our desire is to provide our church body with an “audio tract,” a CD which will give their friends, coworkers, neighbors and family members a straightforward, God-focused presentation of the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Regarding the specific content of the message, we tried to provide a gospel presentation that is understandable without being reductionistic and which presents the good news of the gospel as peace with God, not just an escape from hell.

In order to be thorough and avoid a “drive-by shooting” sort of presentation, we took 30 minutes. We are discussing eternity, after all, so we hope the length isn’t a hindrance. We’re enthusiastic about the resource because we believe that the gospel is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:15) and that there is a unique power in the gospel message when it is proclaimed and explained (1 Corinthians 1:18 and 21).

In addition to the CD’s, we’re hopeful that having the resource available online will allow our people to send a link of the message to friends and family members via email. We would be thrilled if others would use it, as well. Feel free to link to it from your website, blog, facebook account, email signature, etc. Although it briefly mentions information about our church, I don’t think that you’ll find that to be a distraction. On the other hand, I’d encourage you to take the idea and improve on it in your own local church!

Here are the links for the message:

For the sake of increased quality, you can also download it from my podomatic site, which allows larger files than our SermonAudio site (where recordings are sometimes a bit tinny):

Thanks to those from TCBC who came up with the idea and made suggestions to improve upon it. Thanks especially to Joe Tyrpak, our assistant pastor, for his help with the content and for his excellent work editing the recording! Finally, thanks to The WILDS for giving us permission to use a selection from Matthew Burtner’s recording Hear My Prayer for the interludes.

Please pray with us that the Lord will use His Word to draw many to salvation, and thereby bring glory to His Own Name!

Update: Listen to it below. [splashcast IFRR3829UV]

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Do Nice People Go To Heaven?

Posted by Job on April 5, 2007

See link here, which actually does not do the sermon itself (which I heard on the radio today) justice. The answer is simply no, nice people do not go to heaven, only Christians do. (Feel free to insert your cute jokes here, I do not mind.) The thing is that Christians are liberated from the demands of having to be nice by the world’s standards and to please the world. Christians only have to worry about meeting God’s standards, which are A) to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, B) to love God with all your strength and C) to love your neighbor. I say that it is much easier (not to mention far preferable) to be heaven bound than it is to be “nice.” If you would rather go to heaven than be nice, please follow this.

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