Voddie Baucham – Religia Adevarata

Videoclip  (7 min) din Decembrie 2012 cu ocazia vizitei lui Voddie Baucham in Oradea, Romania.


Intrebare: Ce i-ati raspunde cuiva care spune: „Eu m-am nascut in religia mea si nu vad de ce ar trebui sa o schimb?”

Biblia vorbeste despre religia adevarata si da de inteles ca daca exista o religie adevarata, atunci exista si o religie falsa. Nu este neaparat un lucru rau sa te nasti intr-o anumita religie. Dar aceasta nu inseamna ca esti mantuit. Poti sa te nasti in religia adevarata, intr-o familie care sa te duca la o biserica adevarata unde sa experimentezi religia adevarata a crestinismului si sa ajungi la credinta in Hristos… in cazul acesta este extraordinar. Nu trebuie sa schimbi asta. Poti insa la fel de bine sa te nasti intr-o religie falsa, intr-o religie care nu intelege si nu comunica Evanghelia. Poti sa te nasti intr-o religie in care sa te faca sa-ti pui increderea in religia respectiva si nu doar in Christos…

Iar daca te gasesti intr-o religie falsa, daca te gasesti intr-o religie care arata mereu si mereu spre tine insuti spre ceea ce poti tu sa faci, spre ceea ce poti tu sa realizezi, sau spre lucurile pe care altii din aceeasi religie le fac asupra ta sau pentru tine, atunci esti intr-o religie falsa, care, culmea, te indeparteaza de adevar. Adevarul despre pacatul tau si despre nevoia ta de justificare si totodata de calea adevarata spre sfintire. Noi suntem nu doar justificati si declarati neprihaniti, ci suntem facuti efectivi neprihaniti. Iar Biblia arata foarte clar ca fara sfintenie, niciun om nu il va vedea pe Dumnezeu, si ca neprihanirea este produsa in noi de harul lui Dumnezeu prin aceleasi mijloace… si nu prin aderarea la regulile impuse de oameni, ci prin transformarea noastra. Pavel spune in 2 Corinteni 5 „Daca este cineva in Cristos, este o faptura noua. Cele vechi s-au dus: iata ca toate lucrurile s-au facut noi.”

Este dificil pentru caci ca pastor, imi doresc ca oamenii din biserica mea sa-si creasca copiii in religia adevarata. Vreau sa-i vad umbland in ea. Vreau sa-i vad pe copiii mei cum cresc si umbla in religia adevarata. Dar trebuie sa intelegem diferenta intre adevar si neadevar si sa nu acceptam niste lucruri doar pentru ca asa am fost crescuti.

Intrebare: Dar cum putem sti daca o religie e adevarata sau falsa?

Cu ajutorul Evangheliei. In functie de fidelitatea acelei religii fata de Scripturi. Reformatorii au spus foarte clar ca o biserica adevarata este un loc in care Evanghelia este predicata corect, in care sacramentele sau simbolurile sunt administrate corect si in care exista disciplina biblica adevarata. Iar la baza acestora trebuie sa fie, desigur, este adevarul Cuvantului lui Dumnezeu in care gasim toate aceste lucruri. Asadar, atunci cand Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu este primit si crezut ca autoritate, cand Evanghelia este proclamata corect, asa cum o gasim in Scripturi, cand practicam lucruri precum Cina Domnului si botezul si cand exercitam la modul real disciplina datorita acestei asteptari ca oamenii sunt fapturi noi in Cristos, atunci si numai atunci putem spune ca ne gasim intr-o biserica adevarata sau ca practicam religia adevarata.

Daca oricare din aceste lucruri este subminat, de exemplu Scripturile, cand dintr-o data autoritatea nu o mai are Biblia, ci traditia oamenilor are autoritate sau o anumita persoana are autoritate, atunci am parasit religia adevarata. Sau Evanghelia… cand Evanghelia este denaturata, am parasit religia adevarata. Cand cream o Evanghelie in centrul careia se afla omul sau o Evanghelie care nu este sincera in privinta pacatului, atunci avem o Evanghelie care nu este sincera sau corecta nici cu privire la justificare, la sfintire, la infiere si alte lucruri ca acestea. Apoi, cand botezul si Cina Domnului nu sunt percepute corect sau cand adaugam la ele diferite lucruri, de exemplu cum face Biserica de la Roma cand adauga sacramente, fiind o religie sacramentala in care harul este impartit prin lucruri precum casatoria si asa mai departe… Sau cand nu exista disciplina, cand nu este o asteptare cu privire la neprihanire, si cand nu avem asteptari cu privire la sfintenie, atunci ne gasim intr-o religie falsa si ar trebui sa fugim de asa ceva.

Intrebare: Sunt multi oameni care cred intr-o mantuire prin har, dar cred in acelasi timp ca mai trebie sa adauge la aceasta cate ceva, poate niste fapte bune.

Da, este o perspectiva destul de infricosatoare. Cred ca oamenii care cred asta…Cred ca oamenii care traiesc cu aceasta convingere nu au o parere corecta despre ei insisi. Mai intai de toate, eu nu sunt capabil sa fac binele. Categoric nu sunt. Orice lucru bun facut in mine, prin mine, sau de catre mine este prin harul lui Dumnezeu prin Cristos Insusi si numai prin El. Filipeni 2:13 ne spune ca Dumnezeu e cel care lucreaza in noi si ne da atat vointa, cat si infaptuirea… Pentru mine a trai este Cristos si a muri e un castig. Eu sunt rastignit impreuna cu Cristos si traiesc, dar nu mai traiesc eu, ci Cristos care traieste in mine. Asa ca nu ma incred in mine insumi si nici in faptele mele pentru mantuire, ci ma astept ca in virtutea faptului ca mantuirea mea este autentica, sa fiu schimbat, sa fiu sfintit si sa vad tot mai mult rod in viata mea. Aceste lucruri nu sunt indicatorul dupa care pot masura daca obtin sau nu mantuirea, ci sunt mijlocul princ are imi dau seama ca mantuirea imi apartine deja si lucreaza in mine. Deci este vorba de o diferenta in perspectiva. Nu ma incred in eforturile mele ca acestea sa ma duca intr-o pozitie buna inaintea lui Dumnezeu, ci ma incred in lucrarea lui Dumnezeu in viata mea care ma schimba din interior spre exterior.

VIDEO by Biserica Speranta Oradea www.BBSO.ro

Infanticide: Is our culture returning to paganism?

Click on photo for news stories on infanticide.

Infanticide has a long history, and several cultures have routinely practiced it for several reasons including birth control, to destroy handicapped individuals seen as unfit and to kill female children because of cultural preference for males. While Infanticide is currently considered a much bigger taboo than abortion in America, it still takes place today in the U.S. and in other countries around the world. (Read more about it here) Also, read the Grand Jury Sumary on Dr. Gosnell, who performed infanticide as part of his botched abortions – http://www.rtl.org/action_center/pdfs/GrandJurySummary.pdf). The grand jury report in the Kermit Gosnell case is a detailed look into the grotesque conditions to which the Philadelphia abortionist subjected women and infants. The doctor is facing murder charges in the death of one patient due to a botched abortion, and seven babies. One employee testified that hundreds of born-alive children were killed in the clinic.

Michael F. Bird on where our culture is headed

Just like in a game of chess, which requires one to think ahead of the moves that follow, so, Michael F. Bird- a New Testament and historical Jesus scholar, and well known author (see amazon list here- http://www.amazon.com/Michael-F.-Bird and his contribution to Baker’s academic New Testament Backgrounds Set here – http://www.logos.com) writes an article  (which you can read here in full- http://www.patheos.com/blogs/euangelion/2013/04/infanticide-the-coming-battle, in which Bird comes to a startling conclusion- if he is correct, our society is returning to paganism.

His points: First, Same Sex Marriage is inevitable. Next, he believes euthanasia will be coming, and with it, a devaluation of the elderly. And after that, Bird believes infanticide will be on the horizon. Here he points to Planned Parenthood’s defense of post-birth abortion- infanticide:

Added to that, Planned Parenthood has recently defended infanticide: If you pay money, you are owed a dead baby! I think infanticide is a logically consistent corollary of abortion. If you are going to terminate a child in utero, then let’s be honest, going six inches down the birth canal can hardly change the infant’s legal rights or ontological status. So infanticide is just a logical outworking of abortion. But a cruel, bastardly, and barbaric logic is still cruel, bastardly, and barbaric regardless of how internally consistent it is.

Bird lays out a good case as to how infanticide will be portrayed in order to make it acceptable by its campaigners:

  1. They will call it post abortion, not infanticide, but as he states „killing an infant is an execution„.
  2. They will make examples out of infants born with terminal illnesses that need to end their suffering
  3. Planned Parenthood will parade teary eyed parents wishing they would have aborted the child in order to avoid the suffering
  4. Feminists will say that women are not truly liberated unless given the right to terminate their own infants
  5. You must be a religious nut if you are against infanticide

Now, if maybe we would have read this article by Bird before the infanticide performed at the Gosnell abortion clinic (which the media is purposefully ignoring) we might have thought it a bit of a stretch, or something in a possible, yet very distant future. But, Bird is spot on. And he calls for all of us to get our stuff together.

Bird offers his solution:

If infanticide ever becomes permissible it will mean the death of western culture as we know it. No longer a light in the darkness, but a greater part of the darkness. It will mean that we are ruled by Barbarians with Law degrees from Harvard. I believe that the one group with the resources and testicular fortitude to stand up for the defenceless, to be a voice for the voiceless, is the church of Jesus Christ. It’s what we do. Whether that was stopping gladiatorial contests in the arena or setting up hospices for the dying. In a world, like the Roman empire, that is often cold, brutal, and dark, where the weak are exploited or expendable, Christians are to be lights against darkness and a force against evil.

Please read Bird’s lengthy article here, and share it with as many people as you can (Christian and non-Christian)- http://www.patheos.com/blogs/euangelion/2013/04/infanticide-the-coming-battle

15 Truths About Abortion

I wonder how many young women know this fact? And, I wonder, if they knew could it have a bearing on their decision to terminate their own flesh and blood?

8. Ultrasound has given a stunning window on the womb that shows the unborn at eight weeks sucking his thumb, recoiling from pricking, responding to sound. All the organs are present, the brain is functioning, the heart is pumping, the liver is making blood cells, the kidneys are cleaning fluids, and there is a fingerprint. Virtually all abortions happen later than this date.

My friend over at Delight in Truth, is an anesthesiologist, with personal experience from assisting during surgeries and C-sections, and has a passion for the unborn children. You can read more fine articles written by him here – http://delightintruth.com/, it is enlightening to hear from someone who offers a biblical and medical perspective.

Delight in Truth

1. Existing fetal homicide laws make a man guilty of manslaughter if he kills the baby in a mother’s womb (except in the case of abortion).

2. Fetal surgery is performed on babies in the womb to save them while another child the same age is being legally destroyed.

3. Babies can sometimes survive on their own at 23 or 24 weeks, but abortion is legal beyond this limit.

4. Living on its own is not the criterion of human personhood, as we know from the use of respirators and dialysis.

5. Size is irrelevant to human personhood, as we know from the difference between a one-week-old and a six-year-old.

6. Developed reasoning powers are not the criterion of personhood, as we know from the capacities of three-month-old babies.

7. Infants in the womb are human beings scientifically by virtue of their genetic make up.

8. Ultrasound has given a…

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