A war has been raging for some 2000 years. Not a single generation has been exempt and not a day has passed wherein the conflict has ceased. It is a battle in the heavenly realms, reaching down to earth; a spiritual war involving the blood bought children of God and the forces of demonic darkness. It is crucial in this critical hour, that the Saints of God have a biblical understanding of Spiritual Warfare and how they are to stand in the evil day.
The passage before us in this sermon, more than adequately furnishes a sound exposition of the topic of spiritual warfare and gives plain instruction on how the child of God is to stand in the midst thereof.
We arrive at last to the final teaching part in our series looking at the Roman Catholic Church. The fundamental question running throughout this series has been, ‘Is Roman Catholicism True Christianity?’ Some 52 000 words on in our study, having surveyed the religion of Roman Catholicism, we can concur with 100% accuracy that Roman Catholicism does not have a gospel and cannot by any stretch of the imagination, be considered Christian if by Christian, we mean that which is taught and defined in the New Testament!!
In this final teaching part, we turn our attention to the ecumenical agenda, which is being spearheaded by the Roman Catholic Church. We reveal a purposeful and deliberate effort by Roman Catholicism, to unite and bring back a divided Christendom to itself. Sadly, many evangelical Christians have bought into this lie and are now working hand-in-hand with Rome to bring about the reversal of the Protestant Reformation which severed the true Church from Rome some 500 years ago. Through use of shocking video footage, we bring to the forefront this deceptive agenda which has come to be known as ecumenism.
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In earnest concern, Paul instructs the Church at Rome with passion, to mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which they had learned and to avoid them. When one understands the heart of God concerning His flock and the prayers of Christ that His Church may be one; insight is gleaned and understanding is gained as it relates to the importance of unity. One begins to see the utter wickedness and evil of a divisive person! The Greek word for division is where we get our English word for dichotomy, which means to cut into two parts. The Word of God is clear; we are to mark such people, and to have nothing to do with them, for such serve not the Lord Jesus Christ but their own bellies and their own conceited agendas!!
It is with thankfulness to God, that we conclude this teaching series on the Book of Romans. May the Lord be glorified in all that has been shared and may we strive to walk in the reality of it!!
All I’m sure are familiar with the concept of a roll of honour, a list of names of those counted worthy of receiving honour; of being highly esteemed in the sight of men and thus to be regarded with great respect. In the chapter before us, Paul lists his own roll call of honour, of faithful Saints counted worthy of double honour on account of their faithful labours of service in Christ towards the Brethren, not least towards Paul himself. Among many of the nobles, are the names of women, the first of which being Phebe, who through her labour of love, received a commendation from Paul.
This sermon is an exhortation to the Body of Christ, to strive for that most honourable of all Christian labours, that of Christian service in the area of helps.
Mariology –Part 2
Mariolatry is the theological name given to the worship of Mary. Roman Catholics take strong objection to being accused of worshipping Mary and would insist that such a label is an unfair representation of what they believe. However, what one believes on paper and what one practices in reality, are two different things!! To escape the charge of idolatry, Catholics have what is in effect a three tier level of devotion expressed to God (latria), Mary (hyperdulia) and the Saints (dulia). Yet when one turn to the Bible to search for such a pattern, one finds this distinction wanting!!
In this teaching part we examine this special devotion which Catholics afford to Mary as is expressed in the prayers offered up to her by countless millions of Roman Catholics worldwide. We examine the messages of those claiming to have received apparitions of Mary at some of the major Marian shrines in the world today. Would the humble handmaid of the Lord ever allow herself to be the object of love and devotion? We endeavour in this teaching to explore this question along with many others.
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Having dealt already at length concerning the matter of Christian love, in a variety of Christian contexts throughout this most blessed epistle to the Romans; it is not surprising that once again before long, Paul revisits this great theme in what is yet another application of its manifold beauty!! Its depths can never be plummeted, its heights never scaled – inexhaustible, indispensable, exceeding all limits, uncontainable, unexpendable – LOVE!!
In the verses before us in this sermon, we find yet another application of love as it pertains to Christian giving. We take a closer look at this expression of love and allow the Scriptures to speak for themselves on this important matter. “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially them who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10)
The 19th century has been dubbed “the greatest century of missions”. In 1793, the modern missionary movement was birthed into being by a young Baptist minister by the name of William Carey. Over the next 100 years, missionaries were sent out from this tiny country of Great Britain, to every corner of the world. Whole tribes were converted from pagan idolatry and disciples made from every nation! In just 100 years, the world went from being 25% evangelised to 51% evangelised with the number of professing Christians more than doubling! In 1900, just under half of all international missionaries came from the British Isles! Fast forward 100 years to the 21st century and that figure now stands at a shameful 3.75%!!
This sermon is a wake-up call and a challenge to the Body of Christ to rise up in this generation and to make themselves available and willing to step out into missionary endeavour as God would lead!!
In my 16 years of being a Christian, I have found that within the professing Body of Christ, there generally exists two extremes when it comes to understanding the person and work of the Holy Spirit. On one extreme, there are those who sacrifice biblical doctrine on the altar of experience and those on the other extreme, those who sacrifice experience on the altar of learning.
This sermon is a call to a middle ground; the Bible in one hand, governing our experience in the other. To accept a spiritual experience outside the framework of Holy Scripture is a sure recipe for deception; yet to deny a genuine work of the Holy Spirit operating within the God given parameters of the Word of God is to do great insult and injury to the person of the Holy Spirit and to render the Body of Christ a spiritual handicap. We take a look at a biblical approach to understanding the ministry and power of the Holy Spirit.
Mariology –Part 1
Mariology is the theological name given to the doctrinal study of Mary the mother of Jesus. If one was to ask the general public for a defining person, inextricably and inseparably linked to Roman Catholicism, without a shadow of a doubt, the overwhelming response would not be Jesus Christ but instead, that of His mother Mary!! As biblical students of God’s Word, any study of the New Testament is not complete without making mention of Mary. Indeed, as one opens the New Testament, immediately one is confronted with the person of Mary in the events that record the nativity of Jesus Christ. However, Roman Catholic theology maintains that Mary was not only the biological mother of Jesus, the vehicle used by God to bring His Son into this world. But rather that Mary remained a perpetual virgin; that Mary is free from original sin and at the end of her life on earth, she was taken up into heaven where she continues perpetually to be the mother of God and Queen of Heaven. Catholics believe Mary to be Co-Redemptrix and Mediatrix playing a role alongside her Son not only in His earthly ministry but even now in His heavenly ministry in the salvation of mankind!
In this tenth teaching part, we shall begin to look at the claims of the Roman Catholic Church concerning Mary and weigh them against the Bible! This is to be the first of a two part teaching comparing the Roman Catholic Mary vs the Mary of Scripture!!
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There are many mysteries in the universe yet unsolved by man; veiled from his sight, concealed from his understanding; beyond his comprehension. Such mysteries have always fascinated mankind, beholding the wonder and the splendour, yet at a loss how to furnish an adequate explanation.
The Apostle Paul spoke much of the mystery of the gospel. The prophets of old foretold of a future time when the Gentiles would join the household of Israel to praise the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The fact that this was going to happen was no mystery yet the “how” of this revelation was! Two people groups, poles apart, separated by the Law. Yet Paul expounds this great mystery of the gospel, that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ by the gospel!