Dr. R C Sproul – We Must Stand Firm on Biblical Authority, Exclusivity of Christ

(via) the Christian Post. Read entire article here. By Lillian Kwon

Evangelical theologians who firmly hold to the inerrancy and authority of Scripture are preparing to help fellow believers stand firm in their faith amid an increasingly hostile culture.

Dr. R. C. Sproul, who will be leading Ligonier Ministries’ West Coast Conference in June, argues that while Christians should „live peaceably with all,” there are times „when we have to contend for the faith.”

He pointed to the increasing push for the separation of church and state and the „new atheists,” whom Sproul describes as having an „extraordinary sense of boldness,” as examples of hostility toward Christianity.

Sproul, who founded Ligonier, was joined in the broadcast by Dr. John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif. Both will be featured speakers at the June 8-9 conference in Seattle where they will address biblical authority, the resurrection of Jesus, and the exclusivity of Christ, among other doctrines.

„We have … a culture that’s basically allergic to taking firm stands on anything theological,” Sproul described. „The idea that’s rampant is that doctrine divides; what we’re trying to do is build relationships and so we should stay away from theological debates and controversy.”

Doctrine, the Sanford, Fla., minister admitted, does divide „because Christ divides, truth divides.”

Unfortunately, he lamented, people tend to „retreat into this relativism that says it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere.”

„What we’re saying is it matters eternally what you believe.”

MacArthur said he wants to „help folks see why we can firmly stand on the absolute truthfulness and authority of Scripture” and if Christians don’t, „then everything is lost.”

„We have to trust the Word, … stand on the firm revelation of Holy Scripture, proclaim it unhesitatingly and yet lovingly and watch God do His work, redeem His people, build His kingdom through His truth,” he asserted.

Also joining Sproul and MacArthur at the June conference is Steven Lawson, senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala.

The conference will „explore several doctrines that define true Christianity, including biblical authority, the Trinity, the resurrection of Jesus, the exclusivity of Christ, justification by faith alone, the mortification of sin, and the existence of God.”

Video of the Week – R.C. Sproul: Jesus Christ, the Only Way

How can you believe in a God who is so narrow minded that He would only provide ONE way of salvation to a world.

 Who is this God ?

R. C. Sproul: I don’t know why God hasn’t given us 5 Saviors or 15 religious ways to satisfy Him. I don’t know the answer to that question and let’s take a hypothetical situation. Suppose there is a God. Let’s start with that supposition and suppose that God is altogether absolutely holy. And, suppose that God, not out of any necessity within Himself, but out of sheer love and graciousness creates a world and He inhabits this world with a vast array of animals and plants and then when He is finished, His crowning act of creation is a creature that He shapes in His own image and He breathes into this creature His own breath. And, gives this creature preeminence, dominion over all the world and gives him the task of mirroring and reflecting God’s own holy character.

And God gratuitously heaps all kinds of benefits on this creature, but gives one restriction to this creature  and says, „You’re not allowed to touch or eat of this particular fruit and as soon as God turns His back, suppose this creature, totally ungrateful,  who owes his creator everything, turns around and grasps for equality with his creator and openly, willfully, defies the law of God and God had told him, „If you do this, you die.” Now suppose right then God had erased mankind from the earth, He would have been perfectly just to do it. Wouldn’t He have?

But suppose God was so patient, so kind, that He said, „I will cover this creature’s nakedness and I will provide a way of salvation for him and I will promise to deliver this ungrateful sinner from his desperate condition. I am going to send to this people who reject everything I do for them; I am going to send my only begotten Son. And I am going to take the sins of my people and transfer them to the back of my own Son, who is perfectly righteous and perfectly just.

And they kill…. the Son! And God said, „That’s okay! You killed Him, but if you will just put your trust in Him and honor Him; I will forgive you of every sin you ever committed against Me and against Him and I will give you eternal life where there will be no more death, no more tears, no more wickedness, no more pain, no more suffering and you will live forever in unending bliss! But my only requirement is that you honor the One who has died in your place.

Buddha didn’t die for you. Moses didn’t die for you. Mohammad didn’t die for you and I require that you honor and embrace my only Son.

Would you dare to stand before God on the day of  judgement and say, „God, You have not done enough. would you look in the face of God and say, „One way of salvation is not enough?” How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?

Beloved, I don’t think that people who believe in Christ are any better than people who believe in something else. We’re not talking about the superiority of people but I’m sure it rankles God Almighty to hear any human being even mention Buddha in the same breath  with Jesus Christ because Jesus Christ alone is sinless. Buddha was a sinner. Buddha couldn’t save himself, let alone anyone else. Mohammad was a sinner and Mohammad never saved anybody.

Only Christ is sinless. Only Christ has offered an atonement. Only Christ has provided redemption for us.

If that’s not enough for you, if that’s too restricted, then go your own way. But it’s the only way that God provided. You choose that or you perish.

Message R.C.Sproul „Christ the only way”, a Renewing Your Mind Broadcast from Ligonier ministries.

Dr.Alistair Begg – Is the Exclusivity of Christ Unjust?

Message 13  from Tough Questions Christians Face: 2010 National Conference Conference by Various Teachers from Ligonier Ministries – http://www.ligonier.org/learn/conferences/tough-questions-christians-face-2010-national/is-the-exclusivity-of-christ-unjust/Message 13, Is the Exclusivity of Christ Unjust?:One atheistic website raises the question: “Did the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust go to hell?” The obvious implication of such a challenge is that it is unjust to say that those who die as a result of gross injustice and aren’t Christian will not be saved. In this lecture, Dr. Alistair Begg explains what the Bible teaches about the exclusivity of Christ and answers the emotionally provocative challenges raised by inclusivists and pluralists.

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Journey to the Cradle of Christianity – „History vs. Myth” – Robert Godfrey, Ligonier

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from the 2011 Ligonier Study Cruise – Journey to the Cradle of Christianity

The ancient world knew the difference between history and myth. In this lecture, Dr. Godfrey reflects on the essentially historical character of Christianity and on the vital significance of history for the ancient church and the church today.

For more information about this lecture, or other teaching resources, visit ligonier.org

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