We are joined on the show today (via Skype) by former Roman Catholic Priest Richard Bennett of Berean Beacon. Richard served as a Catholic Priest for 22 years and spent 48 years in the Roman Catholic Church. Richard today shares with us his many years of research on the topic from the Roman Catholic Church’s own official documents. What does the Bible say about the mass? Does it honour or dishonour God? What is the truth about the presence of Christ in the sacrament? How can a man have communion with God?
Today Kent Hovind teaches that you don’t need to repent to be saved. Is he right? Has he always taught this? What does repentance mean? How central is it to the gospel and how we share the truth?
What is the gospel? What is missing from the modern watered-down version of the gospel? Was C.H. Spurgeon right when he said that ‘Calvinism is the gospel’? What did he mean by such a statement?
From the sermon ‘A Defence of Calvinism’:
“There is no soul living who holds more firmly to the doctrines of grace than I do, and if any man asks me whether I am ashamed to be called a Calvinist, I answer—I wish to be called nothing but a Christian; but if you ask me, do I hold the doctrinal views which were held by John Calvin, I reply, I do in the main hold them, and rejoice to avow it.”
“The old truth that Calvin preached, that Augustine preached, that Paul preached, is the truth that I must preach to-day, or else be false to my conscience and my God. I cannot shape the truth; I know of no such thing as paring off the rough edges of a doctrine. John Knox’s gospel is my gospel. That which thundered through Scotland must thunder through England again.”
–C. H. Spurgeon
“I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the gospel, if we do not preach justification by faith, without works; nor unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor.”
Ever hear a gospel presentation which makes the preacher sound like a used car salesman? What is going wrong for the church and it’s modern presentation of the gospel? What should be done to change it?
Paul discusses many of the weeds in the gospel presentation of today and looks at many of the thorns that choke the Word of God in the modern church.
“And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit…And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”