#242 The Modern Divided Church: How Can We Promote Unity?

With the Christian Church in the modern era so divided between different movements, how can we promote true Biblical unity in the Church? What has been the affect of fundamentalism and Charismaticism on the Church?

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“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
-Ephesians 4:3-6

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”
-Psalm 133

“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”
-John 17:21-23

 

#237 Anti-Calvinist Straw Man Arguments Exposed and Debunked

On today’s show we will be reviewing a very anti-Reformed sermon by Ralph ‘Yankee’ Arnold, who is the pastor of Calvary Community Church of Tampa, Florida. Does Calvinism teach that the elect are forced against their will to believe? Does Calvinism teach that we can neglect to preach the gospel to every creature? Does Calvinism teach that our perseverance in the faith depends on us? Does Calvinism teach that those who are non-elect, but want to go to heaven, cannot believe on Christ? What does Calvinism really teach about human inability? How is it often misrepresented and distorted by its critics?

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#174 The Altar Call: Helpful or Harmful?

‘The Altar Call’ has been used by much of the Church since the days of Charles Finney, but is it Biblical? What do evangelists teach about the Altar Call and how do they defend the practice? What do Benny Hinn, Billy Graham and many fundamentalist Churches have in common? Should the Altar Call be abandoned or changed?

 

#108 Can Any Man Be Saved? A Critique of David Cloud’s View of Calvinism

Paul critiques David Cloud’s views on Reformed Theology based on his article ‘Can Any Man Be Saved?’. Are his views accurate and does Calvinism harm evangelism as he sometimes claims? What are the practical implications of being reformed or being opposed to reformed theology?

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“Merit-mongers will not allow the supremacy of the divine will and the impotency unto good of the human will, consequently they who are the most bitter in denouncing election by the sovereign pleasure of God, are the warmest in crying up the freewill of fallen man. In the decrees of the council of Trent—wherein the Papacy definitely defined her position on the leading points raised by the Reformers, and which Rome has never rescinded—occurs the following: “If any one should affirm that since the fall of Adam man’s free will is lost, let him be accursed.” It was for their faithful adherence to the truth of election, with all that it involves, that Bradford and hundreds of others were burned at the stake by the agents of the pope. Unspeakably sad is it to see so many professing Protestants agree with the mother of harlots in this fundamental error.”
–A.W. Pink

#89 Baptists Flock to Celebrate New Cult Leader

Paul looks at the adulation heaped upon the latest leader at the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana. Was there any reproof for the disgraced institution that is a blight to Christ’s church? Will any in this ‘old boys club’ have the moral fortitude to turn their backs on the god of numbers and peer adulation, as yet another abuse case is linked to the institution.

“Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.”
-Jeremiah 12:10

“No church did more to turn God’s houses across the land into cheap, carnal circuses than First Baptist Church of Hammond through the influence of its books, college, and annual Pastors Schools.”
-David Cloud (Way of Life)