Ravi Zacharias – There’s no guarantee in the next generation

Ravi Zacharias how do we challengeIn case you missed this

~~When you’re talking tonight, or in the future, about living with the Word, and finding yourself equipped and strengthened for the future, to face the future, as it is rushing towards us at an incredible pace. How do we meet them? How do we challenge this generation?

~~In my 40 years of traveling and preaching, I have never seen the challenge more daunting than it is now. Incredible challenge, extraordinary distortions. And, on the one side you face a rabid, strident naturalism that wants to do away with God in all paradigms. And, on the other side you see a new spirituality- „so called”. The end result is the same in both of them. Because when you think about it, what does secularism really do, when it is taken out to its logical and systemic conclusion? It is the eviction of God. And what does the new, so called, spirituality do? That basically deifies the individual. Same end result. There is no transcendent, infinite, all wise personal being. It’s all about you, one way or the other, either in spiritual terms or rabidly naturalistic terms.

At such a time like this, you and I have been called to live. It is by divine appointment that we are here, at this time. And we have set our hand to the plow, and we dare not look back. There is a path ahead of us. And, as we are called to live for the word, and empowered  for our future, I want to bring to you a message tonight that I hope will stir your hearts, touch your mind and ultimately  bring a response from your wills to the honor and to the glory of God.

Text 2 Kings 21

Manasseh Reigns in Judah

1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. 2 And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the Lorddrove out before the people of Israel. 3 For he rebuilt the high places that Hezekiah his father had destroyed, and he erected altars for Baal and made an Asherah, as Ahab king of Israel had done, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. 4 And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem will I put my name.” 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. 6 And he burned his son as an offering and used fortune-telling and omens and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of theLord, provoking him to anger. 

I wonder if you caught one line there, a very simple line: He basically destroyed everything that his father Hezekiah had stood for. You see, there’s no guarantee in the next generation. His father had ushered in the greatest revival of that time.

How do we challenge this generation?

Recent, related articles

(‘Radical’ author) David Platt on Rob Bell and the church – „Intellectual universalism is dangerous” but „functional universalism is worse.”

Dr. David Platt in India.

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For those at Brook Hills (or beyond) who may not be familiar with recent debate concerning Rob Bell and universalism, there is much discussion at present among professing Christians concerning whether or not those without Christ will really experience eternal damnation when they die. I offer some thoughts here from India. Yes, let’s fight universalism with our words. But let’s also fight universalism with our lives.

David Platt on his journey through India (March 18 update)

Overwhelming lostness. These are the only words that come to my mind when I consider what we witnessed at the Ganges River. According to Hinduism, the Ganges is the most sacred of all rivers. The “holiest” cities of Hinduism rest along its banks. Every year, scores of Hindus travel to the Ganges to wash themselves in its water. By simply washing in the Ganges, they believe that they can be cleansed of all evil and receive passage into heaven. Last year, in one month alone, during the festival of Kumbha Mela, over 50 million Hindus traveled near to the place where I am standing in this video below to bathe in the Ganges. Ironically, this river is considered by others to be one of the dirtiest rivers of the world. A recent article in The Economist called the Ganges River a “brown soup of excrement and industrial effluents.”

All of this to say…it was overwhelming to come to this site and to see masses of people—from all over India and around the world—flocking to filthy water that they hope will cleanse them from all their sin and sickness. As I looked across the river, I was gripped by the grace of Christ, whose blood alone can wash away sin, and I was overwhelmed by the need of those whose minds have been so blinded from seeing the salvation that only comes from Him.

We were not able to stay at the Ganges long, for we were on the way to catch a plane to another city. We have now arrived at this other city in eastern India, and we are about to go into a very poor, rural here to gather together with about 400-500 villagers. As you go to bed this evening, we will be going out to preach the gospel in this village. Amidst overwhelming lostness, please pray that God will show His power in the gospel by cleansing people of all their sin through the blood of Christ today.

“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:4-5

Watch David Platt sermon ‘The cost of following Jesus‘ at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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