Grace to You

  • Dethroning the Judge
    [Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the earliest days of the GTY Blog. As we recently culled through the ministry archives in preparation for a new blog series on God’s work of creation—which coincides with the broadcast of The Battle for the Beginning sermon series on “Grace to You”—we believed this post deserved further consideration.] Evolution was introduced as an atheistic alternative to the biblical view of creation. According to evolution, man created God rather than vice versa. The evolutionists' ultimate agenda is to eliminate faith in God altogether and thereby do away with moral accountability. Intuition suggests a series of questions... Read more »
  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Creation: Believe It or Not, Part 1”
    Have you ever believed in evolution? Maybe you still do. It’s almost impossible to avoid indoctrination by this pseudo-scientific religion. Its tentacles have reached into every realm of education and the media. Today, evolutionary theory is taught as historical fact. Most children are unlikely to be exposed to any alternative view of our origins in school or secular media. And in western countries outside the United States, skepticism regarding Darwin’s theory is almost non-existent. In fact, the expulsion of academics who deny, or even question, evolution is commonplace in colleges and universities.   Christians are likewise vulnerable to the dominant and intimidating... Read more »
  • Naturalism as Religion
    [Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the earliest days of the GTY Blog. As we recently culled through the ministry archives in preparation for a new blog series on God’s work of creation—which coincides with the broadcast of The Battle for the Beginning sermon series on “Grace to You”—we believed this post deserved further consideration.] Thanks to the theory of evolution, naturalism is now the dominant religion of modern society. Less than a century and a half ago, Charles Darwin popularized the credo for this secular religion with his book The Origin of Species. Although most of Darwin's theories about the mechanisms of... Read more »
  • Faith and Science, Falsely So-Called
    [Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the earliest days of the GTY Blog. As we recently culled through the ministry archives in preparation for a new blog series on God’s work of creation—which coincides with the broadcast of The Battle for the Beginning sermon series on “Grace to You”—we believed this post deserved further consideration.] The apostle Paul closed his first epistle to Timothy by urging the young pastor to guard the deposit of truth that had been entrusted to him, “avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge” (1 Timothy 6:20-21). In the King... Read more »
  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “I Am the Bread of Life”
    Christ’s preaching has a tendency to shock our sensibilities. One of His most vexing statements occurs in the gospel of John: “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life” (John 6:54). All sorts of theories and theological mischief have been concocted around those words. They were simply too disturbing for most of Jesus’ disciples who subsequently abandoned Him (John 6:66). Early on in church history that statement was the cause of pagan rumors that Christians practiced cannibalism. And Roman Catholics now use John 6:54 as justification for their belief that the elements of the Lord’s Table—the bread... Read more »
  • Frequently Abused Verses: Does God Condemn Debate? (2 Timothy 2:14)
    Almost twenty years ago, during Moody Bible Institute’s Founder’s Week conference, I heard Jim Cymbala make the following plea for unity: Think of the division right now in the Body of Christ. We have all these names that don’t exist to God: Baptist, Presbyterian, Nazarene, Pentecostal, Charismatic. God doesn’t have any idea what any of them mean, because He only has one Body. . . . He has one Body—the Body of the Lord Jesus Christ. Evangelical—evangelical doesn’t even exist to God. We’re using words that aren’t in the Bible. We’re thumping the Bible and being unbiblical while we’re thumping it.... Read more »
  • Frequently Abused Verses: Did God Forbid us to Critique or Criticize Church Leaders? (Psalm 105:15; 1 Samuel 24:10)
    False teaching thrives in environments where it is unlikely to be questioned. Charlatans and heretics prey on uncritical minds, and work tirelessly to protect and preserve that gullibility. Their success depends on dismantling every challenge to their authority and accuracy. John MacArthur describes why that problem is rampant in the modern church: In a time like this of tolerance, listen, false teaching will always cry intolerance; it will always say you’re being divisive, you’re being unloving, you’re being ungracious, because it can only survive when it doesn’t get scrutinized. And so it cries against any intolerance. It cries against any examination, any... Read more »
  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Fundamental Christian Attitudes: Self-Discipline, Part 1”
    Self-discipline, by definition, does not come easy. While it might require less effort for some people, we all have to battle against ourselves and our natural inclinations toward indulgence. For those of us who have been redeemed by and reconciled to God, the battle is significantly greater. We’re not just fighting our natural dispositions—whether we’re organized or prompt. Instead, our self-discipline is a spiritual battle against our flesh. We’re struggling to subdue our past sinful habits and live holy, god-honoring lives. Ours is a daily struggle—or should be—a battle we will fight as long as we remain on this side of eternity.... Read more »
  • Frequently Abused Verses: Was Jesus Poor So We Could Be Wealthy? (2 Corinthians 8:9)
    The prosperity gospel is neither a small nor isolated error. The fixation with money and material riches pervades the theology of its adherents, corrupting every aspect of their faith and doctrine. It is a comprehensive lie—one that skews the very nature of the gospel itself, distorting even the Person and work of Christ. In particular, it assaults the nature of Christ’s atoning work on our behalf. Forgiveness of sins and imputed righteousness are of minor importance at best. Instead, prosperity preachers teach a version of the atonement that serves their material interests. And it all hinges on one verse: “For you... Read more »
  • Friday's Featured Sermon: "A Testimony of One Surprised to Be in Hell, Part 3"
    You don’t hear a lot about hell in church—for obvious reasons. Long gone are the days when crowds would flock to sit under scathing sermons about fire and brimstone. Today’s genteel society doesn’t want to hear about the shocking horrors of hell, and the wrath God that will pour out on unrepentant sinners. And that’s tragic for a couple of reasons. First, it’s tragic because it speaks to a lack of compassion on the part of pastors. As John MacArthur says in his sermon, “A Testimony of One Surprised to Be in Hell, Part 3,” It is a compassionate preacher who preaches... Read more »