David Platt – The Gospel and Religious Liberty

VIDEO by 10cannons

1 Peter 2:13-17
Biblical Truth…
l We are submissive citizens of a government.
m Government is given by God for the restraint of evil.
m Government is given by God for the promotion of good.
l We are free servants of God.
m We use our freedom in Christ to model good lives.
m We use our freedom in Christ to show God’s love.
n We honor everyone, especially our leaders.
n We care for the church.
n We fear God.
Cultural Application…
l We believe religious liberty is not primarily a political issue; it is
a gospel issue.
m Freedom of religion is ultimately given by God, not just
granted by government.
m Faith, in its essence, cannot be forced.
m Religion is a matter of voluntary choice, not involuntary coercion.
l We work for religious liberty for all.
m Religion exists to explore the questions of life and
apply our conclusions to life.
m Government exists to protect this fundamental human privilege.
n Government does not exist for the establishment of religion.
n Government does not exist for the elimination of religion.
n Government exists for the free exercise of religion.
t Not just in episodic gatherings, but in everyday life.
t Those who gather for worship in private settings scatter to live
out their beliefs in the public square.
l We obey our government unless it requires us to disobey God.
m Four options…
n God alone is our authority.
n The government alone is our authority.
n God and government are authorities with government in the
dominant position.
n God and government are authorities with God in the
dominant position.
m One conclusion…
n We must obey God rather than men.
l We speak and serve on behalf of the persecuted church around the world.
m We speak…
n To God on their behalf.
n To our government and other governments on their behalf.
m We serve…
n We give and go to our persecuted brothers and sisters.
n We identify with our persecuted brothers and sisters.
t By following Christ no matter what it costs.
t By proclaiming the gospel to people around us and
people around the world.

David Platt – „Heaven is for real” according to the Bible (not near death experiences)

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How should we think about accounts of heaven not found in the Bible?

David Platt on books about heaven: the whole premise behind every single one of these books is contrary to everything God’s Word says about heaven

From Radical

As you may have heard, Todd Burpo’s best-selling book, Heaven is for Real, has been turned into a movie and it hits the theaters Wednesday (April 16th). Burpo’s four-year-old son allegedly visited heaven after being anesthetized for an appendectomy, and the book tells his story.

That so many believers are allowing these accounts of heaven to shape their thinking is a sad commentary on our ability to discern what is and what isn’t biblical. God’s Word, not personal testimonies, must be the measuring line for how we think of heaven and every other aspect of truth. Hopefully, the conversation surrounding the movie Heaven is for Real will give you an opportunity to share with someone how we know that heaven is for real, and most importantly, how to get there.


Heaven is For Real According to the Bible from David Platt on Vimeo.

Transcript: The kinds of things we are contemplating tonight, we don’t want to be wrong on. We don’t wanna live in a world of conjecture when it comes to eternal realities, especially when we know what is certain. That’s why that study guide is filled with God’s word. Because, God’s word is the only foundation upon which we can stand when we think about these things.

Jesus said, „Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. What transcends this world? God’s word. So, tonight, let’s minimize the thoughts of man, and magnify the truth of God. Now, I’ve got quotes from different people, like Tozer, a second ago. scattered throughout these notes. But, the purpose for all these quotes from men and women is purely to point us to the truth of God, to the word of God. And this is important. There are so many thoughts of man swirling around. Not just our culture, but swirling around the church today, about heaven, hell, and the end of the world.

Do you know what the best selling evangelical book of the past decade is? Heaven is for real. A fanciful account of a 4 year old boy, who talks about how he went to heaven and he got a halo and wings, but he didn’t like them because they were too small. He claims that he sat on Jesus’ lap while the angels sang to him. He even met the Holy Spirit, whom he describes as ‘kind of blue’.  Over 7 million copies sold. Not to be confused with another book titled ‘The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’, another best seller  by a man named Kevin Malarkey. Malarkey has a six year old son, who allegedly made multiple trips to heaven and back after a car accident. Malarkey’s son, Alex, has personally seen Satan many times. He describes him as having a funny looking mouth, a few moldy teeth, no noticeably ears, two bony arms, and two bony legs.

Now, these 2 books are not to be confused with ‘My Journey to Heaven: What I Saw Changed My Life’, by Marvin Besteman, ‘Flight to Heaven’ by Dale Black, ‘To Heaven and Back – a True Story’ by Mary Neil, ’90 minutes in heaven’ by Don Piper, ‘9 days in Heaven’ by Dennis Prince, ’23 Minutes in Hell’ by Bill Wiese, none of which you will see in the recommended reading at the end of your study guide.

So, make no mistake, there is money to be made in peddling fiction about the afterlife as nonfiction in the world of Christian Publishing today. And, that’s what’s so disturbing about the entire trend. These books are being published and then devoured by people who would describe themselves as born again and Bible believing Christians.  And all of that shows, our level of discernment in the church today, on this topic, is extremely low. Because the whole premise behind every single one of these books is contrary to everything God’s Word says about heaven.

John MacArthur sums it up best. I don’t have his quotes in your guides, but he points to these 2 verses I’ve got – Proverbs 34 and John 3:13, when he says, „For anyone who truly believes the biblical record, it is impossible to resist the conclusion that these modern testimonies, with their relentless self focus and the relatively scant attention they pay to the glory of God, are simply untrue. They are either figments of the human imagination, dreams, hallucinations, false memories, fantasies, and in the worst cases, deliberate lies. Or else, they are products of demonic deceptions.” He continues, „We know this with absolute certainty, because Scripture definitively says that people do not go to heaven and come back.

Who has ascended to heaven and come down?” Proverbs 34. Answer: „No one has ascended to heaven, except He who has descended from heaven, the Son of Man.” John 3:13.  All the accounts of heaven in Scripture are visions, not journeys taken by dead people. And even visions of heaven are very, very rare in Scripture. You can count them all on one hand. Four biblical authors had visions about heaven and wrote about what they say: Isaiah, Ezekiel, Paul, and John. All of them were prophetic visions, not near death experiences. Not one person, raised from the dead in the Old Testament or New Testament, ever wrote down what he or she experienced in heaven, including Lazarus, who had a lot of time in the grave, 4 days.

I was reading, the other day, 2 Corinthians 12, it describes Paul being caught up in heaven, but he gave no details. He summed it up in 3 verses. One writer said, „All the biblical authors who saw heaven and described their visions, give comparatively sparse details. But they agree perfectly. Their visions are all fixated on the glory of God, which defines heaven and illuminates everything there. They are overwhelmed, chagrined, petrified, and put to silence by the sheer majesty of God’s holiness. Notably missing from all the biblical accounts are the frivolous features and the juvenile attractions that seem to dominate every account of heaven currently on the best seller list.

Why then? Why are we buying this stuff? When we have the word of God? Let’s minimize the thoughts of man, magnify, trust, let’s bank our lives and the understanding of the future on the truth of God. At the same time, let’s lay aside our traditions and submit to God’s word. So, none of us wants to believe things about heaven, hell, and the end of the world just because we grew up hearing certain things taught. There’s too much at stake in our lives and others, for that.

Ce se intampla cu cei care nu au auzit niciodata Evanghelia? – David Platt – What about those that never heard the Gospel?

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Adevarul numarul 1 – Toti oamenii Il cunosc pe Dumnezeu Tatal.

Toti oamenii Il cunosc, au o cunostinta despre Dumnezeu Tatal.

Pavel, in comentariile sale introductorii aseaza contextul in primele 17 versete, iar din versetul 18 incepe sa vorbeasca despre mania lui Dumnezeu, care este descoperita din cer  impotriva nelegiurii si stricaciunii oamenilor care inabusa adevarul  lui Dumnezeu prin nelegiuirea lor. Fiindca ce se poate cunoaste despre Dumnezeu, ascultati ce zice, le este descoperit in ei, pentru ca le-a fost aratat de Dumnezeu. Inca de la crearea lumii, insusirile nevazute ale lui Dumnezeu, puterea lui vesnica si dumnezeirea Lui se vad lamurit,  cand te uiti la lucrurile facute de El, asa ca omul nu are nicio scuza. Apoi in versetul 21 spune: „fiindca, macar ca au cunoscut pe Dumnezeu…” Ipoteza fundamentala – Dumnezeu s-a descoperit pe Sine tuturor oamenilor.

Fiecare de pe planeta aceasta, fie ca e un om din jungla africana, sau dintr-un sat asiatic, un eschimos din uitata tundra, de oriunde… Toti oamenii au o cunostinta despre Dumnezeu Tatal. Este clara, suficienta si simpla asa incat oamenii n-au nicio scuza. Adevarul fundamental numarul 1.

Adevarul numarul 2 – Toti oamenii resping
cunostinta adevarata despre Dumnezeu.

 „Fiindca, macar ca au cunoscut pe Dumnezeu,” spune versetul 21, „nu L-au proslavit ca Dumnezeu, nici nu I-au multumit, ci s-au dedat la gandiri desarte, si inima lor fara pricepere s-a intunecat. S-au falit ca sunt intelepti, si au innebunit; si au schimbat slava Dumnezeului nemuritor intr-o icoana care seamana cu omul muritor, pasari, dobitoace cu patru picioare si taratoare. De aceea, Dumnezeu i-a lasat prada necuratiei, sa urmeze poftele inimilor lor; asa ca isi necinstesc singuri trupurile, caci au schimbat in minciuna adevarul lui Dumnezeu,” si acestia suntem noi, „si au slujit si s-au inchinat fapturii in locul Facatorului, care este binecuvantat in veci!” Amin. Ei L-au respins pe Dumnezeu Tatal. Si aceasta este conditia umana a noastra a tuturor. A noastra din aceasta sala, a oamenilro din africa, din Asia, din Orientul Mijlociu – noi toti L-am respins pe Dumnezeu Tatal.

Imi amintesc ca discutam aceasta intrebare cu un grup de studenti odata si o fata m-a intrebat: „Dar, cum e cu…” si exemplu ei a fost despre indienii azteci; ea a spus: „Cum e cu indienii azteci care nu au avut Biblia, dar au facut tot ce-au stiut mai bine cu ceea ce au avut? Poate ei s-au inchinat soarelui, il numeau Dumnezeul Soare, dar asta e tot ce puteau ei cu ceea ce aveau. Nu este asta suficient de bine?” Si cred ca este o intrebare buna. Realitatea este ca Pavel spune foarte clar in Romani, garantat asta nu este suficient de bine. Aceasta este esenta a ceea ce am facut toti- am luat lucrurile create si ne-am inchinat lor in locul Creatorului. Idolatria nu este suficient de buna inaintea Dumnezeului universului. Toti oamenii resping cunostinta adevarata despre Dumnezeu. Ceea ce ne duce la adevarul numarul 3:

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David Platt mission trip to India photo credit David Platt

Adevarul numarul 3 – Nu exista oameni inocenti pe pamant

Cand citesti Romani de la 1:18 pana la 2:16 si vezi o acuzare a Neamurilor, a paganilor care nu au Legea, aproape ca poti sa-i auzi pe evreii crestini spunand „Amin” la fiecare propozitie pana Pavel ajunge la capitolul 2:17  si spune: „Acum tu, care te numesti iudeu, care te rezimi pe o Lege, care te lauzi cu Dumnezeul tau”- si ii pune si pe ei sub acuzare. Iar apoi, in capitolul 3, versetele 9 pana la 20,  Pavel aduce aceasta acuzare usturatoare in care ia text dupa text din Vechiul Testament si spune: „Nu este nici un om drept, niciunul macar. Nu este niciunul care sa aiba pricepere. Niciunul care sa caute cu tot dinadinsul pe Dumnezeu. Toti s-au abatut si au ajuns niste netrebnici. Nu este niciunul care sa faca binele, niciunul macar.”

Deci, iata care este treaba. Daca m-ai intreba: „David, ce se intampla cu omul nevinovat din Africa, ce n-a auzit niciodata Evnghelia? Niciodata n-a auzit Evanghelia.” Raspunsul meu, bazat pe ceea ce cred ca ne invata Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu intr-un mod foarte clar, ar fi ca acel om cu siguranta merge in cer. Fara doar si poate.El va petrece vesnicia in cer. Chiar daca n-a auzit niciodata Evanghelia.” Singura problema este ca acel om NU EXISTA.

Ce se intampla cu omul inocent din Africa? Asa este formulata de cele mai multe ori intrebarea. realitatea este ca nu exista nici macar o persoana inocenta in Africa. Daca ei ar fi inocenti, n-ar avea nicio nevoie sa auda Evanghelia! Motivul pentru care ei au nevoie sa auda Evanghelia este ca la momentul actual ei sunt vinovati inaintea unui Dumnezeu Sfant! De aceea le ducem Evanghelia. Ma urmariti? V-am vazut uitandu-va unii la altii ca si cum ati spune: „Omul asta o sa fie omorat cu pietre in capela.” Noi punem aceasta intrebare, de fiecare data concentrandu-ne asupra noastra si nu asupra sfinteniei lui Dumnezeu si cautam sa aratam cu degetul spre nedreptatea lui Dumnezeu. Insa realitatea este ca fiecare din incaperea aceasta este vinovat inaintea unui Dumnezeu sfant. Infinit de vinovat inaintea unui Dumnezeu sfant!

Nu exista nici un om nevinovat in lumea-ntreaga. Ceea ce duce la adevarul numarul 4:

Adevarul numarul 4 – Toti oamenii sunt condamnati
pentru respingerea lui Dumnezeu

Romani 1:18 pana la 3:20 trebuie sa fie una dintre cele mai impresionante parti din intreaga Biblie. Depravarea in fiecare fraza. Pavel rezuma totul in cap. 3:19 spunand: „Stim insa ca tot ce spune Legea, spune celor ce sunt sub Lege, pentru ca orice gura sa fie astupata, si toata lumea sa fie gasita vinovata inaintea lui Dumnezeu. Nimeni, spune Pavel, nimeni nu va fi socotit drept inaintea lui Dumnezeu prin tinerea Legii, deoarece prin Lege vine cunostinta pacatului.Cu alte cuvinte, noi toti suntem condamnati, iar eforturile noastre- fiecare efort „bun” pe care il depunem pentru a invinge condamnarea noastra, ne cufunda in si mai mare condamnare. Cel mai mare efort al nostru ne condamna chiar si mai mult.

Acum- in acest punct ne gandim la o idee uzuala, nu doar in cultura noastra ci si in bisericile noastre. Aceasta ideeca daca oamenii n-au auzit niciodata Evanghelia, atunci cu siguranta Dumnezeu nu-i va lasa, sau, intr-un mod si mai activ, nu-i va trimite in iad. Ei niciodata n-au auzit, deci in mod sigur, datorita faptului ca nu au auzit, lor nu li se va cere socoteala si deci vor merge in cer. Este o idee care in esenta se gandeste ca din cauza ca ei n-au auzit, exista pentru ei un fel de trecere in cer. Dar ganditi-va. Daca acest lucru ar fi adevarat- in primul rand nu as gasi nicio dovada in Scriptura  cu privire la asa ceva, dar chiar si la nivel practic- daca li s-ar garanta ca vor merge in cer datorita faptului ca nu au auzit niciodata Evanghelia- care ar fi atunci cel mai rau lucru pe care l-am putea face tu si cu mine pentru starea lor vesnica? Sa le ducem Evanghelia! „Multumim pentru saptamanile de misiune! O duceam bine indreptandu-ne spre o vesnicie in cer cu Dumnezeu, pana cand voi cu bordul vostru International de Misiune ati ajuns aici si ati stricat totul!” „Opriti-va din a va mai indeplini insarcinarea!” Evident, aceasta submineaza intereaga lucrare de evanghelizare a Bisericii. Chiar si aici in tara noastra, te duci intr-un campus universitar si, inevitabil, vei intalni studenti internationali care au putina cunaostere despre Evanghelie, poate chiar deloc.  Imagineaza-ti ca te duci la unul dintre ei si il intrebi: „Ai auzit vreodata Evanghelia? Ai auzit despre Hristos?” Si el se uita la tine si zice ca nu. Si daca tu crezi ca acea persoana merge in cer tocmai pentru ca nu a auzit, ce i-ai spune atunci? „Cand cineva va incerca sa-ti spuna, pune-ti degetele in urechi, striga cat poti de tare si fugi.”

Asta-i ideea… Indiferent cine ar fi, si Pavel admite acest lucruca exista o diferenta de nivel de cunoastere intre Neamuri si evrei- dar cu toate acestea, si Neamurile si evreii sunt toti condamnati inaintea lui Dumnezeu.

Vizitati http://www.unmesajpentruromania.blogs… pentru mai multe resurse traduse.

David Platt Secret Church Event 2014 on Good Friday April 18, 2014 „The Cross and Everyday Life”

A parachurch ministry has announced what it calls a „Secret Church gathering” scheduled to take place on Good Friday, April 18, 2014.

The topic of this year’s gathering is, „The Cross and Everyday Life.”

„Most of us struggle to apply the goodness of the cross to our lives every day,” Warren explains.

Organizers say that the Secret Church began in 2006 to worship through intensive study of the Bible, and to identify with and pray for persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.

Last year’s Secret Church gathering drew over 60,000 people who participated via a web-based simulcast.

More information can be found on the website.
via – See more at: http://www.onenewsnow.com

Here is a newsreport from yourhustonnews.com about the event:

What does the cross of Christ have to do with a person’s moment-by-moment, day-to-day life?
That’s the question being asked and answered at a six-hour Secret Church Simulcast at First Baptist Church, Liberty. The theme is “The Cross and Everyday Life.”

The 6 p.m. to midnight event on Good Friday, Apr. 18, is a video simulcast that will be viewed by more than 50,000 people around the world. It will include intense Bible teaching by David Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., and best-selling Christian author of Radical and Follow Me: A Call to Die, A Call to Live.

“The Bible says that whatever we do should be done to the glory of God,” said David Williams, director of missions for Trinity River Baptist Association, which is joining First Baptist Liberty and Wild Country Mission in sponsoring the event.
But how do you do everything to God’s glory? How do you eat to God’s glory, drink to God’s glory, do everything to God’s glory,” Williams asked.

“From the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we go to bed at night, the death of Jesus on the cross makes a difference,” he said. “The cross is able to transform and empower the most mundane things of our lives and make them into something that can bring glory to God. It changes the decisions we make, the way we schedule our time, how we relate to people, the way we do our jobs, and the way we view sports, entertainment, hobbies, leisure and rest.”

Williams said the theme is especially appropriate for an intense Bible study on Good Friday, the annual observance of Jesus’ crucifixion.
“What better way to remember and honor the sacrifice of Jesus than to explore its significance on all of life,” he said.

The evening includes four one-hour teaching segments separated by music, brief refreshment breaks and a time of prayer for Christians facing persecution.

John Piper, D A Carson, David Platt, Matt Chandler, messages from the CROSS Conference Dec 26-30, 2013

John Piper Cross ConferenceQuotes are from DesiringGod.org and VIDEOS and descriptions are from the Cross Conference website – http://crosscon.com Photos are from the videos.

John Piper

The Chief End of Missions: The Supremacy of God
in the Joy of All Peoples (Main Session I)

“The chief end of missions is the supremacy of God in the joy of all peoples.” These two ends are of an identical essence, totally and completely inseparable, for the only gladness that lasts is a gladness in the glory of God. This reality frees us from choosing either the glory of God or compassion for the lost as the primary desire for missions.

Some quotes from John Piper at the Cross Conference:

  • “There are a thousand needs in the world, and none of them compares to the global need for the gospel.”
  • “I am not a missionary, but I have wanted my life to count for the unreached peoples of the world.”
  • “God aims to look valuable in the world, and that happens when we treasure him above all else.”
  • “If you remove enjoyment of God from faith in God, it ceases to be faith.”
  • “We will not let you choose between being a lover of God and his sovereignty and being a lover of lost people.”
  • “One day America and all its presidents will be a footnote in history, but the kingdom of Jesus will never end.”
  • “God is on the move to rescue people from misery to everlasting happiness, which can only be found in him.”
  • “If you don’t know God as beautiful and satisfying, you don’t know him.”
  • “Jesus came at Christmas to bring glory to God and satisfaction to sinners everywhere.”

Other John Piper quotes from the breakout sessions:

  • “You ought to marry someone who’s willing to go anywhere for God. If they’re not, they’re out.”
  • “You don’t need to see the fruit of your life for there to be real, lasting, exponential fruit.’
  • “Don’t let your personality keep you from missions. God gave it to you and has a place for you to use it for his glory.”
  • “The Great Commission will not get done if we’re not ready to risk our lives and the lives of our family.”
  • “God doesn’t waste anything for those who are yielded to him.”
  • “Bitterness about your parents’ brokenness will kill you. Be the grace-filled end of generational sin in your family.”
  • “Do not be more devoted to your own brain than you are to the Bible.”
  • “God is not worn out running the galaxy. He’s not taxed at all guiding every dust particle all the time.”
  • “All your money is God’s, not just 10%.”
  • “I challenge everyone who hasn’t yet to memorize Romans 8 in 2014. It is useful for everything everywhere all the time.”

D A Carson

“The Church as the Means and the Goal of Missions”

D A CarsonD.A. Carson preaches on the social dimensions of both sin and the gospel. Sin doesn’t just send you to Hell, and the gospel doesn’t just save your soul. Each has necessary social, personal, and horizontal ramifications, culminating in the existence of and a commitment to the church, the bride of Christ, for it is in the church where the love of God is made known and reflected to the nations.

  • “Sin corrupts even our good deeds. We injure our shoulder trying to pat ourselves on the back.”
  • “The gospel overturns everything sin does.”
  • “The greatest aphrodisiac in marriage is kindness.”
  • “Tragically, we buy the lie that the gospel is only for the unconverted.”
  • “The very love of God is fleshed out in our local churches.”

David Platt

Mobilizing God’s Army for the Great Commission

David PlattTo close CROSS 2013, David Platt delivers a clarion call to all Christians, imploring them to consider what their obedience to the Great Commission looks like. For many, it will be as stateside senders; for some, it will be as lifelong goers; for others, it will be as offerings poured out en route to give the gospel to yet-to-be-reached peoples. In every scenario — in going and sending and even in dying — God is achieving His incontrovertible purpose: the supremacy of the glory of God in the Christ-exalting joy of all peoples.

Some quotes from David Platt at the Cross Conference:

  • “I’m asking every single person listening to this message to lay a blank check before God, open to go wherever he leads.”
  • “Ask, could my gifts, education, career, or experience be used to spread the gospel where it’s needed most?”
  • “What if the word of God was enough to inspire passionate worship among his people?”
  • “Saved people this side of heaven owe the gospel to lost people this side of hell.”
  • “There are no innocent unreached people in the world. Their knowledge of God is only enough to damn them to hell.”
  • “Our God is worthy of the worship of 6,000 more people groups.”
  • “If you can trust God to save you for eternity, you can trust him to lead you for a lifetime.”
  • “Do not underestimate what God can do when the church is sending and workers are going to people who need the gospel.”

Matt Chandler

Matt Chandler

The Life Worth Living for Christ
Is a Life Worth Losing

Matt Chandler unpacks the life of the apostle Paul as proof positive that there’s no such thing as a person beyond God’s saving mercy. In fact, his post-conversion commitment to evangelism and, even more, his Christ-exalting fearlessness in the midst suffering depicts the truth of his words in Philippians 1:21: “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” May the same be said of all God’s people, that a better day is coming where we will receive our reward and see — finally — our treasured King face to face.

Some quotes from Matt Chandler at the Cross Conference

  • “When we join God in his plan for his global glory, we get to be a part of the cosmic take-your-kid-to-work day.”
  • “There isn’t a violent soul on the planet that God might not save and transform for himself.”
  • “Every missionary I know is extraordinarily ordinary. Everything they do, they do by the grace of God.”
  • “When God saves you, he doesn’t do it because you gave him permission. He did it because he’s God.”
  • “Comfort is the god of our generation, so suffering is seen as a problem to be solved, and not a providence from God.”
  • “Why do we try so hard to make Jesus cool?! He doesn’t need a makeover.”
  • “When we see the bankruptcy, slavery, and vanity of everything else, we can finally say, ‘To die is gain.’”
  • “Nobody dies early.”
  • “In 10,000 years you will not regret anything you didn’t have or do in this life.”
  • “Until Christ is our treasure, any other motivation we have to suffer for him is a fool’s errand.”

You can watch the other messages here – http://crosscon.com/

The Cross Conference is a new Missions Conference for Students. You can find out more about them here – http://crosscon.com/about/

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David Platt – What happens to those who never hear the Gospel? (with Slovak subtitles)

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In the video, David Platt preaches on Romans 1, at Southeastern Evangelical Seminary. This video contains Slovak subtitles.

Fundamental Truth #1

Truth #1 All people know God the Father. All people have knowledge of God, the Father. Paul gives introductory comments to set the stage in the first 17 verses, and then in verse 18 he starts talking about the wrath of God that is being revealed from heaven against the godlessness and the wickedness of men who suppress the truth of God by their wickedness, since what may be known about God – listen to what it says- is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood so that man are without excuse. And, he says, in verse 21, there ‘for although they knew God.”

Fundamental assumption. God has revealed Himself to all men. Everyone on the planet. Whether it is the man in the African jungle, Asian village, the eskimo in the forgotten tundra, wherever, all people have knowledge of God, the Father. It is clear, sufficient, plain, so that men are without excuse.

Fundamental Truth # 2

All people reject true knowledge of God. „For, although they knew God,” verse 21 says, „they neither glorified Him as God, nor gave thanks to Him. But, their thinking became futile, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the images, made to look like mortal men, and birds, and animals, and reptiles.” So, God gave them over to the sinful desires of their hearts. To sexual impurity, for the degrading of their bodies and one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie. And this is us, we worship created things, rather than the Creator, who is forever to be praised. Amen. They rejected God, the Father. And, this is the human condition for all of us- us in this room, people in Africa, and in Asia, in the Middle East, people in Australia… we have all rejected God, the Father.

I remember talking (over) this question with a group of college students at one point, and one girl asked me:

Well, what about those who never heard the Gospel? Her example was this Aztec Indian. She said, „Aztec Indians who did not have the Bible, but, they did the best they could with what they had. Maybe they worshipped the sun, and they called it the sun god. But, that was the best they could with what they had. Isn’t that good enough?” And I think it’s a good question. But, the reality is, Paul says very clearly in Romans: Absolutely, that is not good enough. That is the core of what we have all done. We have taken created things and worshipped them instead of the Creator. Idolatry is not good enough before the God of the universe. All people reject true knowledge of God, leading to

Fundamental Truth # 3

There are no innocent people in the world. You read through Romans 1:18 – 2:16 and you see an indictment of the Gentiles, the heathen, who do not have law. You can almost hear the Jewish Christians ‘Amen’-ing at every line, until he gets to chapter 2, verse 17 and he says, „Now, you, if you call yourself a Jew, you’re relying on the law and bragging about your relationship to God, and he goes off on them. And then, in chapter 3, verse 9, all the way through verse 20, he gives this stinging indictment, where he pulls text after text, after text from the Old Testament and he says, „There is no one righteous. not even one.” No one who understands. No one who seeks God. All have turned away. They have together become worthless. There is no one who does good. Not even one.

So, here’s the deal. If you were to ask me, „David, what happens to the innocent guy in Africa, who has never heard the Gospel?” Then, my answer to you, based on what the word of God teaches very clearly, my answer would be that that man, undoubtedly goes to heaven without question. He will spend eternity in heaven, even though he has never heard the Gospel.” The only problem is: THAT GUY DOES NOT EXIST. ‘What happens to the innocent guy in Africa’, is how this question is most often phrased.  The reality is, there is not one innocent person in Africa. If they were innocent, they would have no need to hear the Gospel. The reason they need to hear the Gospel is because at this moment, they stand guilty before a holy God. That’s why we take the Gospel to them.

Do you follow me there? We bias this question towards ourselves and away from the holiness of God, at every turn. And we look for the opportunities to point at the injustices of God. The reality is: Every single one of us, in this room is guilty before a holy God. Infinitely guilty before a holy God. NO INNOCENT PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. Leading to truth #4.

Fundamental Truth # 4

All people, then, all people are condemned for rejecting God. Romans 1:18-3:20 has to be one of the most depressed parts of the entire Bible. Depravity on every phrase. And, Paul sums it up in chapter 3:19. He says, „We know that whatever the law says, says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth is silenced, and the whole world held accountable to God. No one. „No one,” Paul says, „will be declared righteous in God’s sight, by observing the law.” Through the law, we become conscious of sin. In other words, we all stand condemned and our efforts, every good effort we have to overcome our condemnation sinks us into greater condemnation. Our best effort, even condemns us more.

Now, it is at this point that we think about a common idea, not just in our culture, I would say, in our churches. There is this idea, that if people have never heard the Gospel, that certainly, God would not allow them, or, in a more active way, send them to hell. They never heard, so certainly, by nature of the fact they have not heard, they will not be held accountable, and therefore, they’ll go to heaven. It’s an idea that at the core that begins to think that because they’ve never heard, there’s a pass of sorts into heaven. But, think about that. If that were true… First of all, there’s no evidence of this in Scripture. But, even on a practical level, if they were guaranteed to go to heaven, simply by nature of the fact that they have never heard the Gospel, then, what is the worst thing you and I could do for their eternal state? Taking to them the Gospel. „Well, thanks for having missions week. We were doing fine. Headed to eternity in heaven with God, until you and your IMB (International Missions Board?) got here and messed it all up. Stop commissioning.”

Obviously, that undercuts the entire evangelistic enterprise of the church. Even here, in our country, you go to a college campus here, and inevitably you will meet international students who have little or no knowledge of the Gospel. Imagine going up to one of them and saying, „Have you heard of the Gospel? Have you heard of Christ?” And they look back at you and say, „No.” And, if you believe that person is going to heaven, precisely because they’ve never heard, then what would you say to them? „Well, if somebody tries to tell you, put your fingers in your ears and start yelling really loudly and run away.” This misses the whole point.

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David Platt – CALL TO PRAYER: ‘The nations need You’

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EDITOR’S NOTE: David Platt, whose outreach extends from the bestselling „Radical” to international teaching and prayer simulcasts, led a Prayer for the Nations during the inauguration of Russell D. Moore as president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission on Sept. 10. Platt is pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala. (Photo credit http://www.blackchristiannews.com)

WASHINGTON (BP) – Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name in all the earth. O God, cause Your name to be made known as holy among all nations. We confess that You are sovereign over every country and You hold every leader, every king, every queen, every dictator, every prime minister and every president in the palm of Your hands.

None of them are ultimately sovereign over anything. You are ultimately sovereign over everything. You alone are Lord, You alone are holy, You alone are mighty, and You alone are just, so we pray, O God, particularly in our day, rise up and cause Your righteousness and Your peace and Your justice to reign among the nations.

And in Your justice, we pray, remember mercy. Have mercy upon those in high positions. Have mercy upon the hungry, the weak, the oppressed, the poor, the neglected and the persecuted. Have mercy upon our friends and upon our enemies, upon those who are near to us and upon those who are far from us. And have mercy upon Your church, O God.

Help us, by Your grace and with Your Gospel, to proclaim Your glory to the ends of the earth, particularly among the peoples who have yet to hear of Your love.

Lord Jesus, the nations of the world need You. We need You to save us from our sin and to save us from ourselves, and we praise You for Your life, Your death and Your resurrection, which make such salvation possible. By your blood, you have ransomed men and women for God from every tribe, tongue, people and nation, and so we pray today for the nations in anticipation of the day when You will receive the praise You are due from every people group on the planet … in anticipation of the day when You will usher in a new heaven and a new earth and Your people drawn from every nation of the earth will dwell with You in holiness and happiness, safety and security, free from sin and suffering, forever and ever.

We are still today, and we know that you are God. And we trust, we hope, we know that You will be exalted among the nations, and You will be exalted in all the earth. Toward that end we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

David Platt – The Cross and Christian Sexuality (Part 2 of 2)

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Text: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 – Sexual Immorality

  • The central exhortation in the text is „Flee from sexual immorality.” Don’t reason with sexual immorality, don’t rationalize it, flee from it as fast as you can. Last week we talked about what sexual immorality is.
  • The biblical clarification is- when the Bible says to flee sexual immorality, the Bible is saying to flee any and all sexual activity outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
  • The term porneia (used) is any sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and a woman. That includes any and all fornication, prostitution, pornography, adultery, homosexual activity, any and all sexual thinking, desiring, looking, touching, speaking, acting outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. All of these things are sin, and we are to run from them. Quoting Kevin DeYoung: „The simplest way to understand porneia is to think about things that would make you furious and heartbroken if you found out someone was doing them with your husband or your wife.” So, if you think sexual immorality, think any kind of sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and a woman. That’s the key. This is not at all to say that sex is bad. But, that sex is good within the boundaries that God has designed for sex.
  • You had Corinthians then, saying just like Americans today, „Well, it’s 2 consenting adults, what’s the problem? This is what my body was made for. I was created this way. Just because I eat when I’m hungry, I do this because of my biology. And who are you to say this is sin? And what makes it sin? It’s just who I am.” And Paul says, „No, it’s not who you are. Your body is not just about biology. Your body is much more valuable than that. Your body has been created and designed by God for your good, and for His glory. And so it’s wise to listen about what God says about your body.” God says it as clearly as it’s possible to say: Sex is for marriage between a man and a woman, and any sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and a woman is sin, it’s sexual immorality and we should flee it. (These are notes from the introduction, first 7 minutes).

In Part 2 – the topics of pornography and masturbation are preached on. Platt gives a list of clear biblical prohibitons in Scripture (17th min).

  1. No sex outside of marriage. OT says it, Jesus says it, NT reiterates it. Having sex with your spouse is the sign that you are in covenant with this person. Having sex outside of marriage makes a mockery out of that covenant.
  2. No sexual worship. Sex is good, but sex is not God. Throughout the history of God’s people, Deuteronomy 23, Exodus 32, 1 Corinthians 10, we see God’s people fall into the trap of worshipping sex. It’s happening today as part of our culture. I’m convinced this is what’s at the root of so much that’s going on in our culture right now. People thinking, „If only I had sexual freedom this way or that way, then I will be happy.” But, this too is a false God, it’s a broken cistern that does not hold water. So, let’s be there when they see that the broken cistern does not hold water, and say, „There is one who satisfies. And satisfaction is not found in this gift (sex), but it’s found in the giver of the gift. Sex is good, but it’s not God.”
  3. No sexual prostitution or violence. Scripture speaks clearly against all forms of violence, including sadism, masochism, any kind of spousal abuse. God has not designed sex to be hurtful. He has designed the marriage relationship to mirror that between Christ and His church (Ephesians 5) which sacrifices for one another’s good.
  4. No homosexual activity. You have deny Scripture altogether to miss this. (Platt speaks on this subject more in the first video- see here) It is impossible to biblically justify homosexual activity.
  5. No sex with animals, relatives, or children.
  6. No sexual lust- having wrong sexual desires for others. Jesus is clear in Matthew 5 „Everyone that looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. It is wrong for you to think about, entertain the thought of, or desire in any way, sex with someone who is not your wife or your husband. That’s lust.
  7. No sexual immodesty – provoking wrong sexual desire in others. This is huge. Men and women across this room, it is wrong for you to provoke sexual desire in someone else who is not your wife or your husband. Romans 14:21 „Don’t cause your brother to stumble.” Specifically speaking to women, 1 Timothy 2:9-10 „Women should adorn themselves with respectable apparel, with modesty and self control, with what is proper for women who profess godliness with good works.” In other words, women dress modestly, not in a way that draws attention to yourself sexually. This is so huge. Let’s just be honest. In our culture, we are extremely loose when it comes to what women wear- skin tight clothes, low necklines, short dresses, short skirts, short shorts, it goes on… it’s the norm among us and it falls dreadfully short of God’s standards for us. And I say this in general, but even when it comes to the gathering of the church, the Bible says to the women of the church, and with all due respect, even to sisters in this room right now: The way some of you are dressing around your brothers are at best, a distraction from honoring God, and at worst, an attempt- whether you realize it or not, to seduce men in this church into sin. The Bible says, „Don’t do it.” For the sake of your brothers, for the sake of your body: Dress modestly. And don’t miss what 1 Timothy is saying there. It’s not saying, „Don’t adorn yourself with anything.” But don’t adorn yourself with physical immodesty that draws attention to you. But adorn yourself with good works that draw attention to God. I urge you church: No sexual immodesty, for your good, for our good, ultimately for God’s glory, to whom we want to point attention. They have lowered the standards in the culture around us and the church thinks: As long as we’re above that we’re okay.” Don’t buy it.
  8. No sexual allurement- including inappropriate emotional attachment outside of marriage. Now the Scriptures that I’ve listed here are particular to a woman alluring a man, but this could go either way, and often goes both ways. Emotional attachment is often the gateway for many people into a sexual affair. You remember those feelings when you were first attracted to someone. You thought about that person all the time. You looked forward to every interaction with that person, even if it was something small, you just wanted to be around them. You were emotionally attached to them. But then, after time goes on, years of marriage, years even and the shine off the romance begins to fade as you watch them brush their teeth on a daily basis. And the reality is that no man, no woman can consistently measure up to that sweaty palms, butterfly feelings that you once got. And so, another man, or another woman can come along, and he or she can start to make you feel like your wife or your husband once made you feel. And so you find yourself thinking about that other person, beginning to look forward to interaction with that other person. And slowly, you start to think about and turn to that other person in the way that you are supposed to think about and turn to your husband or your wife. And you rationalize it, thinking, „This isn’t an emotional attachment, it’s just enjoying time with someone else? What’s so wrong with that?” And maybe it’s the sort of thing your soul is starving for because you’re not getting it in marriage. And so, you think it’s not physical and so it’s not harmful and the reality is that the more you become attached in your thoughts and your emotions, the more you will find yourself wanting to attach to that person physically. You read both Provers 5 and Proverbs 7 and you see an emotional attachment that eventually leads to a physical relationship. I just want you to listen to how the author describes it. In this case, it’s a woman luring a man emotionally: „With much seductive speech she persuades him. With her smooth talk she compels him. All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter. As a stag is caught fast as an arrow pierces its liver. As a bird rushes into a snare. He does not know that it will cost him his life. Oh sons, listen to me and be attentive to the words of my mouth. Let not your heart turn aside to her ways. Do not stray unto her paths, for many a victim has she lain low and all her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.” And this can go both ways (a man can also sexually allure). No sexual allurement. Don’t allow yourself to be sexually allured. This is happening. I know this is happening in people’s hearts and minds all across this room tonight. It’s happening. Don’t do it! You’re like an ox going to the slaughter.
  9. No sexual looking or touching outside of marriage. Job 31 „I made a covenant with my eyes..” Great picture, making a covenant with your eyes not to look at another woman. So, don’t look at someone else sexually who is not your husband or your wife. And this is not just lusting, this can involve taking advantage of another person, when you are able to see something in private that you should not see. That’s exactly what happened with Ham and Noah in Genesis 9. And then it pertains to what you touch. The Bible prohibits touching in any way that you would not normally touch your friend or neighbor, in any way that is sexual in nature.
  10. No entertaining ourselves with or joking around about sex outside of marriage. This is huge. Ephesians 5:3 „Sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” It goes on to say that it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. The reason this is so huge is that in our culture, even as Christians, even for those who say, „Okay, I am not gonna indulge myself sexually in these ways,” so many of us are entertaining ourselves with those who do indulge themselves sexually in these ways. You say, „What do you mean?” Well, you think about the books we read, the music we listen to, the movies we pay to watch, the TV shows we turn on, how many of them make light of or even exalt sexual immorality? Movie after movie, song after song, so many songs we listen to and we sing by heart that are talking about sexual activity outside of marriage. Book after book, bestsellers like the 50 shades of gray, and countless other subtle versions of the same thing, that are filling leisure reading among Christians. We read these things, we listen to these things, we watch these things and it is as if we say to the world, „We’re not gonna do the things you do, but, we’ll gladly pay money to read about, to listen, and watch you doing them in front of us.” Ephesians 5:3 says, „It must not be named among you. It’s shameful to even speak the things they do in secret. Don’t miss this: God’s standard doesn’t just start with us avoiding these sins, but with us not entertaining ourselves with others’ sins. Now, I am not presuming here that just to talk about sexual immorality is sin, that would make this whole sermon a sin. But, the key is we’re not talking about sexual immorality in a way that views it as good, but as something that we are to avoid. And so much of what we’re exposing our eyes and our minds to, and so much of what we’re exposing our kids’ eyes and kids’ minds to  is dulling our spiritual senses to the point where we see sexual immorality  as not that bad- in the end, kind of entertaining to us, when it should not be. We should grieve over it an run from it. God’s word prohibits entertaining ourselves with jokes or books, or movies about sex outside of marriage. (34:00)

When you look back at all these prohibitions it’s because God forbids sexual activity outside of marriage. God has designed sexual activity for marriage. Sex is not bad, sex is good within the boundaries that God designed it for.  It is at this point that people start talking about gray areas, and there’s tons we can dive into, but there are 3 common practical questions here I want to delve into when we talk about sexual immorality. Questions like:

How far is too far between a single man and a single woman? 

And it’s questions like these when we start looking for specific Bible verses and when we don’t find one, we conclude: I guess I’m just gonna have to figure this one out on my own. And that’s exactly what we’ve done with this question in the church, in a way I’m convinced has been disastrous for teenagers and men and women all across the church. I would even go so far as to say that a lack of an objective biblical answer to this question has been disastrous in my life. So I wanna be completely honest with you in this question. Before I got married, particularly in high school and college, I had I don’t know how many conversations with friends and church leaders about this question.  And I cannot ever remember hearing a well reasoned objective biblical answer to this question. Instead, what I heard over and over again to something like this, people would say: Clearly no sex outside of marriage, the Bible prohibits that, but after that the Bible doesn’t give specifics. So you need to pray and set some boundaries, basically build your own list of sexual standards that you’re gonna live by. So I and my christian buddies would sit around and talk about what those standards should be. We all came up with different answers, some guys said kissing was okay, some guys said- as long as clothes stay on it’s okay, in reality, the guy with the lowest standards would usually win out in the discussion. You put together a bunch of guys who are sexual sinners, what else are you going to expect? And so, this is an area where I struggled. I struggled to set boundaries, and I struggled to keep boundaries, and I  found myself in this dangerous gray area that led to all sorts of confusion and guilt and failure. By God’s grace, Heather and I have never had sex with each other or with anyone else before we got married, but that did not mean that we glorified God with our bodies. And I share all that, to say that I remember well what this struggle was like. And I want to say tonight, what I wish somebody had said to me, or maybe they said and I just wasn’t listening. I want to show you what is a biblical objective answer to this question. And I am going to warn you that many of you will think that it’s extreme, restrictive and many of you will be likely to say, „Well, that’s easy for you to say since you’re married now. But, I’m saying it from out of a heart of hurt from past sin, out of a desire for our good, and ultimately out of a desire for what Scripture teaches.

I am indebted here to a good book on this issue ‘Sex, Dating, and Relationship’, by Pastors Gerald Hiestand and Jay Thomas. They observed 42% of single evangelicals- so single evangelicals, Bible believing Christians between the ages of 18 and 29 are currently in a sexual relationship. 22% have had sex in the past year, and an additional 10% have had sex at least once.  Assuming the accuracy of that data, that means only 20% of young Bible believing christians have remained abstinent. They continue on saying the pastoral community must shoulder much of the blame here. Simply put, we pastors are not quite  certain how to counsel single and teens on appropriate sexual boundaries. We either offer subjective biblical standards, like the Bible says, „Be pure,” which can be massaged around like a waxed nose. Or, objective opinion: Keep it above the neck- which lacks any real authority. Singles need an objective Biblical standard of premarital sexual ethics and we pastors are the ones responsible for providing it. So I want to provide it.

The Bible gives us 3 God ordained categories for relationships between men and women. When you look at relationships in the Bible, there are only 3. And all 3 categories have God given standards for sexual activity in them.

  1. First you have the neighbor relationship: sexual activity prohibited.We are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves and in that relationship that we see all over Scripture, sexual relationship is prohibited. The Bible says: If you have a strong sexual desire, then get married. The Bible doesn’t say experiment with your neighbor and then decide whether or not you’re gonna get married.
  2. Then there’s the family relationship; sexual activity prohibited.
  3. The third God ordained category is the marriage relationship between a man and a woman, and there sexual activity is commanded. The Bible commands a man and a woman to be together because that is sexual union, as a sign of the covenant relationship that they have before God. So it’s commanded there.

Now, you put all that together and you realize: God, in His word, has no category for 2 people who aren’t married, but kinda, sorta, in some ways act like they are, particularly sexually. That is not a God ordained category of relationship. There is not one place in this entire book (Bible) where we are ever encouraged to engage in any sexual activity outside of the marriage relationship. Instead, we are discouraged. Remember porneia- meaning sexual immorality, sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and a woman. I would be furious if anyone hugged, or touched my wife in a sexual way, yet many guys don’t have a problem doing any or all of those things with a woman who is not their wife. Which leads me to ask the question: Would it be acceptable for me, as a married man to kiss a woman who is not my wife, to do these things to a woman who is not my wife? And you say, „Of course not.” But, the reality is guys, any single woman that you’re talking with, statistically is going to be somebody’s wife. So, why should you be doing these things with somebody else’s wife? You say, „Well, she might be my wife, she’s gonna be my wife…” and the Bible says: Well, then make her your wife and then kiss her all you want. But aside from that, 1 Corinthians 7 „It is not good for man to have sexual activity with a woman. She is your neighbor and sexual activity is prohibited with your neighbor.

And then you take this a step further, because Scripture takes it further. 1 Timothy 2 Paul tells Timothy to treat older women as mothers and younger women as sisters, in all purity. So follow this, the Bible ties pure treatment of the opposite sex with the picture of the family relationship. So in singleness, single men and women, what does purity looks like with your brother or your sister? There you have it, a standard for purity in your relationship with a single woman in Christ. Absolutely nothing sexual. Why not? Because she’s my sister, and certainly your sister in ChristOr single women, your brother in Christ deserves all the greater purity in Christ than even your own family member does.

So I want to encourage you single men and single women in this room, based on the 3 God ordained relationships in the Bible, I want to encourage you not to do anything sexually with another person who is not your husband or your wife. Looking for a guideline? Don’t do anything that you wouldn’t do with your brother or your sister, because any and all sexual activity is for marriage. Regardless whether you are single or married, flee all sexual activity outside of marriage. (46:00) At the 47th minute David Platt talks about masturbation. There are 24 minutes left from this message.

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David Platt – The Cross and Christian Sexuality (Part 1 of 2)

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1 Corinthians 6:12-20 – Sexual Immorality

12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”[b] 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.[c]

18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

At the 21st minute Platt talks about God’s design for our bodies, particularly sexually, how God has designed sex. He also recommends a thick book, a theology of sexuality, titled ‘True Sexual Morality’ by Daniel Heimbach. What is God’s design?

  1. Sex is relational- the two become one flesh
  2. Sex is covenantal – something you participate with the wife of your youth. Sex is only celebrated, it’s only advocated in the Bible, in the context of exclusive covenant relationship between a husband and wife. There is no other kind of sex that is ever celebrated in the Bible.
  3. Sex is intimate. It’s obviously physical, yet deeply spiritual. It literally draws a woman and a man so close that nothing comes between them. Nothing divides them, nothing separates them. Sex is a powerful picture of personal intimacy.
  4. Sex is fruitful. Sex is productive.
  5. Sex is what leads men and women to multiply.
  6. Sex is selfless, not self centered. Husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.
  7. Sex is complex. It involves the mind, the body and the soul.

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David Platt will Host a Simulcast Seminar in Middle East: Follow Me – the Cost of Discipleship

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Platt DavidDavid Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Alabama and best-selling author, will host a free simulcast from the Middle East on the cost of discipleship. He released “Follow Me: A Call to Die, A Call to Live” in February, a book which portrays the all-consuming call of Christ for His disciples to follow Him (see Matthew 16:24-25).

Platt will be teaching from an undisclosed location in the Middle East, where sharing the Gospel often means risking persecution and even death in Muslim-dominated regions. He invites believers worldwide to gather together in homes or at church venues to study the cost of discipleship with him, something that he believes is often lost in a culture where Christianity is commonplace. “Scores of men, women, and children have been told that becoming a follower of Jesus simply involves believing certain truths or saying certain words. As a result, churches today are filled with people who believe they are Christians . . . but aren’t. We want to be disciples as long as doing so does not intrude on our lifestyles,” says the product description for his book. Platt also conductsSecret Church, where believers gather together by simulcast to learn fire-hydrant-style teaching for six hours in one evening, with the goal of becoming equipped to teach what they have learned to others.

In a video about the upcoming seminar, Platt said, “The more we think about what it means to follow Christ … the more we’re in tune with His word … His desires … the more we’re going to find ourselves going against the grain of culture in so many different ways … the more we’re following Christ, the more costly it will be … but the more rewarding it will be.” He quoted Galatians 2:20a, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ Who lives in me.”

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David Platt: The Church Needs to Declare War on Every Sexual Sin

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Be careful about shaking your head at same-sex marriage, warned David Platt, senior pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., and author of the best-selling book „Radical.

Christians should grieve the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the federal ban on same-sex marriage, but believers should also be „careful not to be guilty of selective moral outrage when it comes to the issue of homosexuality,” Platt said.

Everyone, each individual, is bent toward sexual sin, Platt said.
„This is something that every sinful heart is prone to struggle with in some way or another,” said Platt, who preached in late June on the subject of the cross and sexuality. His two-part sermon series on 1 Corinthians 6 book-ended the week of the Supreme Court’s two rulings June 26 supporting gay marriage.
„If we roll our eyes and shake our heads when we see the Supreme Court ruling on this case, yet we turn the channels on our TVs to watch the trivialization of sex on shows and advertisements, to surf the Internet to find images in order to satisfy our lusts, to go to movies that glamorize sex … and entertain sexual thoughts and desires outside of our own marriage, then we have missed the entire point,” Platt said.
Sins shouldn’t be acceptable just because they are the sins of the majority, he said. The church needs to declare war on every sexual sin that plagues Christians in order to show the world sexual purity and godly marriage.
„All throughout the Bible from cover to cover, sex is only celebrated … in the context of exclusive covenant relationship between a husband and wife. Period. There are no exceptions to that,” Platt said.
There’s no exception for homosexuality but there’s also no exception for adultery, promiscuity, pornography or masturbation, he said.
What’s happening in „our sex-crazed culture” today is essentially sex worship – the idea that „I would be happy if I had the freedom to express myself sexually,” Platt said.
„According to [secular culture], we’re not human if we can’t please our bodies however we desire, so any attempts to limit sexual expression are seen as oppressive and inhumane,” he said. „We set our minds on the things of the flesh, which is hostile to God, and we exchange God’s Word for our experience.”
So often the Bible is twisted to fit preference – as with the argument for homosexuality – or its supposed silence is interpreted as liberty, Platt said. For instance, he said, when he was a teenager he and others would ask the question, „How far is too far?”
„I never once heard a well-reasoned, objective answer based on Scripture,” he said, explaining that instead leaders would tell youth to pray, set boundaries and decide what they thought was right, because the Bible didn’t spell it out. So when he and other guys would talk about it, they would „do what teenage boys do” – set the standards as low as they could.
„I found myself in this dangerous gray area that led to guilt and failure,” Platt said, noting that even though he and his wife Heather didn’t have sex with each other or anyone else before their marriage, „that doesn’t mean we glorified God with our bodies.”
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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Grace Thornton

David Platt – Heaven, Hell, & End Times (from Secret Church)

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Someone has uploaded this video file (only) from David Platt’s Secret Church message on the End Times. If more video should be uploaded from this event I will certainly post it on this blog promptly. Video length is 80 minutes. Message is from the Good Friday 2013 broadcast of Secret Church)

David Platt, in video:

In the middle of our busy lives, we desperately need to contemplate the eternal. So many things that we focus our lives on will not matter 10 years from now…. and this is where Scripture draws our attention to tonight. To what will matter 10 billion years from now. A W Tozer said, „Let no one apologize for the powerful emphasis Christianity lays upon the doctrine of the world to come. Right there lies its immense superiority to everything else within the whole sphere of human thought or experience. When Christ arose from death, and ascended into heaven, He established forever 3 important facts. Namely:

  1. That this world has been condemned to ultimate dissolution.
  2. That the human spirit persists beyond the grave, and
  3. That there is, indeed, a world to come.

The church is constantly being tempted to accept this world as her home, and sometimes she has listened to the blandishments of those who would woo her away and use her for their own ends. But, if she is wise, she will consider that she stands in the valley, between the mountain peaks of eternity past and eternity to come. The past is gone forever, and the present is passing as swift as the shadow in a sun dial of Ahaz. Even if the earth should continue a million years, not one of us could stay to enjoy it. We would do well to think of the long tomorrow.”

We need to listen with humility. The kind of things we’re contemplating tonight, we cannot afford to be wrong on. We don’t wanna live in a world of conjecture, when it comes to eternal realities, especially when we know what is certain. God’s word is the only foundation we can stand upon when we think about these things. Jesus said, „Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. What transcends this world? God’s word! So, tonight, let’s minimize the thoughts of man and magnify the truth of God. The purpose for al these quotes (from Tozer and from men and women of God) is purely to point us to the truth of God, to the word of God. From the first 6 1/2 minutes of the video. There are 74 more minutes remaining.

A few other points:

  • PEOPLE DO NOT GO TO HEAVEN AND COME BACK – All the books written about heaven are best sellers even though the buyers are evangelical born again Christians who should know that in Proverbs 30:4 it says: „Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
    Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name? Surely you know!
     and in John 3:13 it says:  „No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man”.  ALL 4 accounts of heaven in Scripture  are visions, not journeys taken by dead people. These visions are rare: 4 biblical authors had visions about heaven and wrote what they saw: Isaiah, Ezekiel, Paul, and John. All of them were prophetic experiences, not near death experiences. Not one person raised from the dead in the Old Testament, or the New Testament ever wrote down what he or she experienced in heaven, including Lazarus, who had a lot of time in the grave, for 4 days. Paul describes it as being caught up in heaven, but gives no details. He sums it up in 3 verses. These 4 authors agree in that their visions are all fixated on the glory of God, which defines heaven and illuminates everything there. They are overwhelmed, chagrined, petrified, and put to silence by the sheer majesty of God’s holiness. Notably missing from all the biblical accounts are the frivolous features and juvenille attractions that seem to dominate every account of heaven, currently on the best seller list. Why do we buy this stuff, when we have the word of God? Let’s minimize the thoughts of man; magnify, trust, let’s bank our lives and our understanding of the future on the truth of God. (11:00)

Secret Church – Session 13 Part 1from Dr. David Platt’s Heaven, Hell, & End Times from STBC Videos on Vimeo.

MORE David Platt Video SERMONS here

David Platt – on the different aspects of preaching at New Orleans Baptist Seminary

David Platt:

plattE.M. Bounds has had a formative impact… I recommend, anybody who is pastoring, preaching, to read ‘Power through Prayer’ and any number of things that he wrote. He said it best: As a preacher you preach as a dying man to a dying man. We need the life of Christ, to infuse us, in our preaching, and in a preaching event, in particular, as well as the preparation event leading up to that. There’s no question that there must be a primary focus on prayer in my own life, in my sermon preparation process, in the delivery process, everything…  So, when I think about personal, devotional life, I want my preaching to be the overflow of my communion with God.

And so, in my personal devotional life, in what I do, I spend time each morning reading through the Bible in a devotional way, through Robert McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan (for those of you who are not familiar with that, it’s just 4 chapters a day- 2 in the OT, usually 2 in the NT) and just get different pictures in Scriptures, and so spend time reading and meditating on different portions of Scripture, just hearing from God.

So, I may be preaching on some passage in 1 Corinthians, we’re about to start a series in 1 Corinthians at Brook Hills, but, in the morning I’m spending time in Psalms, Exodus, and John, and Galatians. And so, in the process (I am) just being filled with the word, and that time in prayer- intentionally praying through different things that I’ve been praying through my life, my family, the church, the city where I live, the nations- All of that is gonna come to bear on that study, when I get into that 1 Corinthians text. And, the intimacy with God, the sensitivity to His voice, all of that is gonna have an effect on my heart, when I come to this text, to study it, to prepare a sermon, and then to preach it. And so, what I don’t want to do is preach lifeless sermons, that are disconnected from intimate communion with God. Even the prayerful meditation on the text on which I am teaching is probably the most important part of the sermon preparation process. Obviously, you’ve got to do the study to get to the truth of the text. But then, along the way, and as your seeing it, to really spend time in intentional, prayerful meditation on the truth of that text. Without that, we’re just giving information, as opposed to preaching out of the overflow of transformation for the sake of transformation in other people’s lives.

There’s a reason why Acts chapter 6 talks about devoting ourselves to the ministry of the word and to prayer. I know, in m own life, if I’m not careful, I can spend tons of time in the word, and devote myself to the word and the text in a way that is not commensurate with the time devoted to prayer. And so, I’ve got to keep that tension there, and give myself to both. (4:17)

Platt’s sermon preparation schedule

Monday, I’ll relax a bit with my wife and kids, but then I’ll dive. Since I am preaching through 1 Corinthians, I know what text I’m gonna be in, so I’ll read the text and start this process of prayerful meditation, „God, a week form now I’m gonna stand before a group of people, and I’m gonna say ‘this is what You said’. I wanna make sure I know what You said, so help me to understand it, help me to internalize this in my heart from the very beginning. Then, I’m gonna spend a lot of Monday doing exegetical work. I’d say, most of my Monday is spent doing exegetical work, where I’m walking through the text, using other resources, doing different things to do the exegesis.

Tuesday, I’ve got a meeting day, so I do a variety of things in the office, and then Wednesday morning, I’m gonna pick up that exegetical work. By Thursday, I’m spending intentional time during the day- and this is an ideal week, which is not always the case- but, on Thursday, now taking the exegetical work that I’ve done, and beginning to consider: How does this all come together? And so, I begin to form a sermon outline.

The truth of the text, I think is primary here. How do I communicate that? I divide that- I do an outline that I give to my folks. So, by Friday morning, I’ve got to turn that outline in, that our folks will have, as a sort of listening guide, that our folks will walk through the text. If not on Thursday, then sometime Friday or Saturday night, or sometime even Sunday morning, I’m writing a manuscript that I take with me- (of) every sermon. (from the first 6 minutes- 6 more minutes remaining)


David Platt – What is worth losing everything for?

…I think about two families that we just sent out last month, one to the heart of the middle east, another to the heart of central Asia, both among extremely difficult to reach people groups and one of these husbands tells our church:

„Some of you think that we are being reckless. He’s sitting there with his wife and two young kids, going into the heart of the middle east. Some of you think we are being reckless.” He looked at our church and said, „I think we’re in far greater danger of being safe than reckless in our contemporary christianity.”

And I agree whole heartedly, we do not bow at the altar of safety in this world. We die to self, we die to sin. We risk our lives and this is what it means to follow Him. To follow Jesus is to hold loosely to the things of this world- comfort, careers, possessions, position, family, friends, safety, ourselves to cling tightly to the person of Christ and the mission of His kingdom.

Now, that may sound extreme to some, but, don’t forget who the ‘me’ is here. To leave behind, lay down and abandon everything in your life doesn’t make sense until you realize who Jesus is. But, when you realize who He is, when you realize who Christ the King is, leaving behind, laying down, abandoning everything in our lives is the only thing that makes sense. Right? This is Matthew 13:44- Jesus tells the story of a man walking in the field, stumbles upon a treasure that no one else knows is there. This guy knows, this treasure hidden in the field is worth more than everything I’ve got put together. So what does he do? He covers it back up. He goes and sells everything he has- the text says „with gladness, he sells everything he has.” People come up to him and say, „You’re crazy, what are you doing?” „Sell everything you have, I’m gonna buy that field over there.” „You’re gonna buy that field? You’r nuts”. He smiles, he’s doing this with gladness, he’s abandoning everything with gladness. Why? Why is he smiling? Because he knows he’s found something that is worth losing everything for.

Brothers and sisters, we have found evreything in this King, Someone who is worth losing everything for.

Sign up to watch David Platt and Francis Chan – Multiply Movement Webcast Nov 9-10, 2012

Do you depend on the Spirit as you seek to share the Gospel? David and Francis contend that what many Christians need is not reassurance in the midst of failure, but instead to rely fully on God as we seek to boldly encounter a lost world with the gospel.

Free ebook – Simple Ways to be Missional from Vergenetwork.org

Multiply Movement website – http://multiplymovement.wordpress.com Go to the website to sign up to watch one of the 2 webcasts (they are both identical). Dates for the webcast:

Nov. 9th, 2012 @ 7-10pm (Central)

Nov. 10th, 2012 @ 6-9pm (Pacific)

Multiply exists to awaken churches and all followers of Christ to the priority of disciple-making in the church’s mission. The Great Commission applies to every Christian, and the Lord Jesus has promised to be with us in this glorious task.

Date: Friday, November 09, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Lakeside Church (Metairie, LA)
The gathering will take place at the SF City Impact Rescue Mission on Saturday, November 10, 2012 6-9 PST

As a reminder, the Multiply discipleship material is now available on the website for free. You can go here to view it or download it. This material is also scheduled to come out at the beginning of November in book form for those who prefer a hard copy. Check that out here, or wherever books are sold.

Visit the How to use this material page here – http://multiplymovement.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/how-to-use-the-multiply-discipleship-material/

David Platt Webcast on Secret Church and Radical (August 2012)

An episode focused on discipling men within the context of the local church including a Q&A with David Platt (via Lifeway.com)

Click for David Platt Sermon Page Here

More from the SBC – SBC21 Panel – Jonathan Akin, Fred Luter, Paige Patterson, Albert Mohler, J.D. Greear, David Platt, and Danny Akin

Photo via Christian Post. Read their story here.

Jonathan Akin sits down with Fred Luter, Paige Patterson, Albert Mohler, J.D. Greear, David Platt, and Danny Akin on Tuesday afternoon of the SBC Annual Meeting to discuss the CR, the GCR, and the Future of the SBC. by  on vimeo.

Baptist 21 Panel Luncheon – 2012 SBC Annual Meeting from Southeastern Seminary on Vimeo.

The King is Coming

sermon notes from David Platt’s present sermon series reads like a worshipful poem:


Matthew 21:1-22

Attributes of the King…

He is the divine King.
He is the prophesied King.
He is the righteous King.
He is the Savior King.
He is the gentle King.
He is the peaceful King.
He is the global King.
He is the Messianic King.
He is the compassionate King.
He is the prophetic King.
He is the holy King.
He is the authoritative King.

He has authority over the temple.
He has authority over disease.
He has authority over all people.
He has authority over all creation.

He is the coming King.

He came the first time humbly riding on a colt… To rescue sinners.

To be crucified as King.

He will come the second time sovereignly reigning on a horse…

To rule sinners.
To be crowned as King.

Application to our Lives…

Let us give him praise.
Gladly surrender to this King today.

Let us prioritize prayer.
Continually seek this King every day.

Let us bear fruit in our lives.
This King desires—and deserves—more than hollow worship and hypocritical religion.

Let us have faith as his church.
This King can—and will—do the impossible when we ask.

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