What does the Bible teach about reincarnation? Dr. Erwin Lutzer

Erwin Lutzer answers: jashow.org – This clip is from our series entitled „What Happens One Minute After You Die” With Dr. Erwin Lutzer and Dr. John Ankerberg

„Much that we hear about enlightenment today is from the demonic world (spirits)…

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Erwin Lutzer – Thu, Feb. 4 – Moody Founder’s Week 2016 – The Offense of the Cross

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Pastor Erwin Lutzer teaches at Moody Founders Week 2016. Pastor Lutzer announceing in this video that he is leaving Moody Bible Church in May 22, 2016.

1 Corinthians 1:

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Healing Power of Light – Clearing Conscience – Erwin Lutzer

Healing Power of Light – Erwin Lutzer

Clearing Conscience – Erwin Lutzer

Do you have a clear conscience? Is your conscience void of offense toward God and Man? Often times our guilty conscience is what causes us to stay away from God and His love and healing. Time to confess and come into the light.

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Erwin Lutzer – 2015 Moody Founder’s Week

Feb. 05, 2015 Senior Pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, Erwin Lutzer, speaks at Moody Founder’s Week.

VIDEO by Moody Bible Institute

Erwin Lutzer – Persecution and the Church in China and Africa

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What effect has persecution had on the churches in China and Africa?

Lutzer: When Chairman Mao gave his famous speech in 1949 in Tiananmen Square, all mission organizations agree that there were perhaps a half million Christians in China. After that, of course, persecutions began and many pastors were killed. It looked as if Christianity was being stamped out, which is exactly what Mao wanted to do. Today, what we have in China is, estimates vary, some people say 30 million Christians, Some 50 million Christians. How did that happen? No television, no radio, not a lot of Christian literature. It was one believer telling another believer about Christ. And as persecution drove the Christians throughout China, the gospel went throughout China. And that’s the good news.

You know, I love to tell that story about Montana, evidently a true story, where there were some miners who found gold in about 1850. And they were so tired, some of their number had died; they said, „We found all this gold in the river. Let’s make a vow that we will not tell anyone where the gold is. Then we’ll go to town. We’ll regroup. We’ll come back and get it all for ourselves.” Ten days later when they went to get their gold, 50 of the people in the town followed them. And they said, „How do you know  we found gold? I mean, did you tell, did you tell?” The townspeople said, „No.” The townspeople said, „We know that you found gold because of the smile that was on your faces.”

And what we need today, in the midst of a nation that’s lost its way, in the midst of despair, in tens of thousands of Christians who live knowing that they have found gold, and they’re inviting others to find it also.

Lutzer: Evidently this was a letter that was written by a young martyr in Africa. He writes, „I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed.
The die has been cast.
I’ve stepped over the line.
The decision has been made.
I’m a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed.
My present makes sense.
My future is secure.
I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed vision, worldly talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals.
My faith is set.
My gate is fast.
My goal is heaven.
My road is narrow.
My way is rough.
My companions are few.
My guide is reliable.
My mission is clear.
I won’t give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up for the cause of Jesus Christ.
I must go ‘til He comes, give ‘til I drop, preach ‘til everyone knows, work ‘til He stops me.
And when He comes for His own He will have no trouble recognizing me, because my banner will have been clear.

God help us to live that way! Perhaps you are saying today, „This kind of declaration is one you cannot make,” because you don’t know Jesus Christ personally and the energy and the joy that He brings to our lives. So let me simply say this, „If you believe that when Jesus Christ died on the cross He did all that will ever be necessary for you to stand in God’s presence, and then of course, He was raised again. If you believe that that is true and you receive it for yourself, you will be redeemed; you will be saved. And when that happens, the blessed Holy Spirit of God comes to live within you so that you become a new creature. And then you can say, along with the rest of us, and even along with this martyr, that Jesus Christ is first. After all, He is the only Savior of the world.

VIDEO by John Ankerberg

 

Why Do Good People Do Bad Things – Erwin Lutzer

Have you often wondered why we have this desire to do bad things? The enemy is a live and real. He really does tempt us today as he tempted Eve in the garden in Eden. He uses deception as a primary weapon to attack believers and non-believers. This message will help to see the truth of the Truth who is Jesus.

Why Do Good People Do Bad Things – Erwin Lutzer from Biblical Restoration Ministries on Vimeo.

Satan’s Rebellion Serves God’s Purposes – Erwin Lutzer

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The omniscience of God- I want you to imagine that someone’s been following you ever since you were born and accurately recording everything you have ever done. Every move, every time you combed your hair, looked down, blinked your eyes. Suppose that someone was also recording every word you ever said. We’re told that an average person speaks enough in a lifetime to fill a small library. Need I tell you that some people’s library  is bigger than others? But let us suppose that in addition to that, all of the thoughts that you have ever had  would be recorded that way. The library that would comprise those thoughts  would be much bigger than the other two put together, cause most people think more than they speak or even act. So, here, you have a library  that would be hundreds of thousands of volumes, really, all about you. But, let’s magnify this a little bit and ask this question. Now, what we want to do is to expand this a little bit and ask you a different question. Let us suppose that this library contained not only information which is true about you, but also information that would have been true of you if you had been brought up in different circumstances. Because you know that if you had been brought up in Alaska, in a different family, you would have thought differently, you would have said many different things, and you would have done many, many acts. And to be consistent then, let us suppose that this library contained all potentialities that could possibly exist of you and how you could have acted , thought, and what you would have said, if you had been born in every single one of the homes of the world throughout different periods of history. Well, of course, our mind is boggling at this time.

But I do have a a question. Does God have that kind of information about you or not? It’s mind boggling to think that the answer is yes. He not only had information about you that is actual, but information about you that would have been true if circumstances would have been different. So, he not only knows what is, but He knows what can be and knows all the choices that you and I are going to make. That, at least, is the historic position of the Christian church. Now, as you know, there is the church today, in evangelical circles, a debate about this- on omniscience. There are theologians that believe in the openness of God. The openness of God is that God does not know our decisions ‘til we make them, because after all we are free pictures. That’s the argument. And as a result of that, God knows only potentialities. That is to say, He knows only what you might decide, but He doesn’t know what you will decide until you make that decision. It’s like a chess game. God is playing chess with us. He does not know the moves we’re going to make, and other people are better chess players than we are, and in the end He will win. But, while the game is going on, He does not know  what our move is going to be.

Socinus – Consequently, we have today known as the openness of God. In the end, God wins, no question. But, the simple fact is that God is always responding to what we’re doing. He’s not initiating anything. After all, we have this precious thing called free will. But, God is doing His best. God will win. Is this just an academic debate? Something that theologians are always wrestling with this issue? You know, theologians are debating how many angels  can stand on the head of a pin? And so, let’s just ignore it. I want to suggest today that this debate is at the heart and soul of who God is and actually affects our ability to trust God. And therefore, I think it is a tremendously important debate. In order for you to understand it, let me give you a little background  of the origin of the idea of this finite God- finite Godism. At the time of the Reformation there was a man called Faustus Socinus. As a matter of fact, he lived during the time of Luther and essentially denied the Bible. If you study the history of liberalism, I remember doing that years ago, we spoke about Socinianism, which is a denial of Scripture. One of the things that Socinus argued was that people have free will and because people have free will and God cannot know what they’re going to choose until they actually make that decision. It was said during Greek times  that the gods had cobwebs over their eyes and people felt more freedom when God wasn’t watching. So the whole idea is to redefine omniscience. And omniscience was defined like this: God knows all things that can be known. That was the new definition of omniscience. God knows all things that can be known, but, the freewill decision of creatures that have not yet made their decisions cannot be known because it is beyond His realm of knowledge, because the decisions have not taken place yet. That was Socinus.

William James – We jump to the United States of America and to William James who had a great impact on education. William James also believed in a finite God, saying that God was in  a battle and the outcome was uncertain. Now, those who believe in the openness of God do not believe that it is uncertain. They say that definitely God wins. But the simple fact is, let me quote the words of William James. He says, „God cannot foresee  exactly what anyone actually sees what the move of His actual adversary might be. He knows, however, the possible moves of His adversary and He knows in advance to meet each one by a move of His own. The point is, again, that God cannot know the decisions free people make, until they make them.

Clark Pinnock – Jumping to our generation, Clark Pinnock, at the McMaster College in Canada, a man under whom I studied about 30 years ago, and who was a very interesting and engaging person. I don’t think he held these views then, but he was heading in this direction. He says that God interacts with His creatures in a changing situation. He learns about our decision  as they happen, not before they happen. His experience of the world is open  and He is involved in the ongoing course of events. That’s where we get the term open theology or the openness of God, that God responds while it’s happening. ANd He gives us freedom and He doesn’t know how we’re gonna respond. He has some hunches, but He cannot know it infallibly.

Greg Boyd, up at Bethel College has also contributed a great deal to the debate . He’s with Pinnock and he says, „If we had been given freedom, we create the reality of our own decision by making them. So God can’t foreknow the good, the bad decisions of people He creates until He creates those people and they create their decisions. So, once again, God doesn’t know everything. He knows what is knowable, but, the decisions of free creatures is beyond the realm of anyone’s knowledge until those free creatures decide what they’re going to do.

What is the motivation that lies behind  the openness of God theology?

First of all, a radical view of human freedom. I don’t know in the history of theology  any theologians that in the past , except of course those that were extremely liberal, hold to such a radical view of human freedom, where the human will is free. The whole business of the freedom of the will has a very very long history. I wrote a book titled ‘Doctrines that divide’ and I spent 4 chapters on free will vs. predestination, right back to Augustin vs. Pelagius, Luther vs. Erasmus, Arminianims vs. Calvinism, then Whitefield vs. Wesley, and traced the debate through history, because it has e very very interesting history. So it is not my intention to enter in any of those debates, but I will give you some guidelines about it. But, this is a radical view of human freedom, because the argument is this. And let’s think now.

Here’s their argument: If God were to know infallibly that Cain is going to kill Abel, then it could not have happened. It will happen the way that God foreknows it, and these theologians want to argue against the fixity (I don’t know if there’s a word like that), but what they want to do is argue against the fact that it is fixed. Because if God knows all things will happen the way God knows it will happen, and they don’t want to go there. There a second reason, and they are motivated to try to protect God from this difficult, difficult problem of evil. Now the problem of evil has occupied a lot of my time as it has a lot of theologians throughout history. And no matter how you cut it, the problem of evil  is a huge problem in which even if we give some kind of a rationalistic biblical answer, it still not satisfying. Ultimately, we have to wait for God to resolve it, in my humble opinion. But, the simple fact is that the argument is this: If god didn;t know that Lucifer was going to fall, then somehow God is less culpable and less responsible for the evil in the world. Because you see, the other theologians, and by other I mean folks like myself and other folks of my tradition, we believe that God ordained all things, including evil is part of God’s ordained plan. These people wanna say absolutely not, we have a good God, He didn’t plan it. t happened and He is now trying to react to it as best He can. Greg Boyd has a quote in one of his books that says there’s a lot of risk involved, a lot of things went bad.

Now, let me give you some reasons why I don’t accept the openness of God and then we’re gonna discuss Satan’s role.

Notes from the first 14 minutes. The length of the video is 1 hour and 45 minutes)

Satan’s Rebellion Serves God’s Purposes – Erwin Lutzer from Biblical Restoration Ministries on Vimeo.

Snares of the Enemy – Erwin Lutzer

The enemy against all believers has set snares or traps. Do you know what they are? Have you seen them working in your life or in your family? If you don’t know what they are then our ignorance will keep us defeated spiritually instead of being victorious in Christ. Jesus recognized when the enemy was attacking him, and we need that same recognition.

Snares of the Enemy – Erwin Lutzer from Biblical Restoration Ministries on Vimeo.

Erwin Lutzer – ‘A royal priesthood’

What are the implications of being a “royal priesthood”?

VIDEO by John Ankerberg

 

 

Moody Founder’s Week – Erwin Lutzer: D.L. Moody’s Passion for the Gospel

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Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, teaches from 1 Corinthians 2.

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VIDEO by Moody Bible Institute. You can see all of the other messages from the 2014 Moody Founder’s Conference here- http://www.youtube.com/user/MoodyBibleInstitute

God helps those who help themselves

 

According to Barna  (81%) believe the concept is taught by the Bible. Despite being of non-Biblical origin, the phrase topped a poll of the most widely known Bible verses. Seventy-five percent of American teenagers said they believed that it was the central message of the Bible. (source Wikipedia)

One of the earliest known source for this expression comes from Aesop’s  (Sixth century B.C.) fables:

A WAGGONER was once driving a heavy load along a very muddy way. At last he came to a part of the road where the wheels sank half-way into the mire, and the more the horses pulled, the deeper sank the wheels. So the Waggoner threw down his whip, and knelt down and prayed to Hercules the Strong. “O Hercules, help me in this my hour of distress,” quoth he. But Hercules appeared to him, and said:  “Tut, man, don’t sprawl there. Get up and put your shoulder to the wheel.”

“THE GODS HELP THEM THAT HELP THEMSELVES.”

Erwin Lutzer argues there is some support for this saying in the Bible

2 Thessalonians 3:10

 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
and  James 4:8
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
however Erwin states that much more often God helps those who cannot help themselves, which is what grace is about Ephesians 2:4–5
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
Romans 4:4–5
Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.

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