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January 20, 2022 5:00 am
Pastor, author and Bible teacher Alan Wright when you become a Christian, you completely completely free can be no voice no voice legal voice of any accuser to say that you know something and therefore your condemned God has settled out once and for Jesus said it is finished excited for you in the series is presented in an old church in North Carolina are not able to stay with us throughout the entire program to make sure you know how to get our special resource right now you can be yours. Your donation this month to Alan Wright Ministries as you listen to today's message go deeper as we send you today's special offer. You can learn more about it contact us at pastoralan.org that's Pastor Alan.org or call 877-544-4860 877-544-4860 world. All of this later in the program but now let's get started with today's teaching here is Alan Wright now. The thing that happens is there something I will, but there's something in the sin nature gravitates toward bad notes no idea why, but maybe it's partly were so simple that if you hear about somebody else's bad news that were little bit blacker there wouldn't me to know why I was a terrible typhoon want to have.
I don't know what it is or some this image, but here's the big deal I think that we've been duped into thinking if we share too much of a good word. The people will quit trying. I think a lot of reason the blessing is withheld in homes as a people think that if I bless him.
It will go to their heads, and I won't try as hard to say the exact opposite is the case. Bad news doesn't lead people to have energized, effective work. Good news guys we try harder and we run faster when we have good news when you have the blessing withheld it.
It actually causes the heart to stoop.
I know this for a fact because I watch sports and my two football teams and have something of a turnaround this year, the Baylor Bears fell under a scandal a few years ago and two years ago they won one football game when you went one football game and you lose 10 or 11 of them. After about the 10th loss.
You start expecting to lose weight today. What happens when you expect to lose in a sport you quit tackling and you quit blocking all you going through the motions of yak like tackling your blocking but you will lose.
You just quit. That's what we do in life, but everything's changing the mayor's race and now they get in there and I never seen him try so hard the same things happen for my Tar Heels Mac is back the granite I think they should run the ball first and goal last night made that decision by day one for ballgames. Last two years only one to in the stadiums are full of the students had quit coming to the games and now there's a lottery to get a ticket for what is changed. Everybody thinks they can win, but only want go to a football game, much less planet. If you think you can't win in all of life is like that were so deceived by this my children whom we just raised up under the sound of blessing and so they recognize there is a Abby texted me last week.
She said well I went to see one of my professors because I had not received any grades or halfway through the semester and she said I just want to see how I'm doing is that with a presentation of return is a babe I haven't heard anything so I made appointment when talking to passengers. I just want to know how my doing and he said well you're doing very well, but I don't want to want to try to change me back.
She said classic case of withheld blessing. It we have this mentality and all these things conspire for us to get focus and just hear the bad news, but beloved to suggest to you that the cross of Jesus Christ was far more decisive than we want to acknowledge that something is changed not only for our individual lives so that we can receive Christ and become Christians but something has changed in the cosmos is interesting. Stephen Panter who I was talking about the Harvard professor from whom I got all the statistics.
Interestingly, he is Jewish by heritage atheist by belief system and the appeals only to humanistic reasons for all of these advances listen to what he said. He said though I am skittish about any notion of historical inevitability, cosmic forces or mystical arcs of justice. Although I'm very skeptical about any idea of some overarching purpose or force behind anything, even though he says some kinds of social change really do seem to be carried along by an inexorable tectonic force know what he saying he say I don't believe in God and I don't believe in any mystical answers to purposeful things happening in life. I'm just a scientists I'm just but the more I study social change. He saying is so odd.
It almost seems like something moving all this in a positive direction is God. God loves this world. I've been reading the last couple weeks. The writings of Rodney Stark a lot of you'd be fascinated by this Pulitzer nominated author who is a sociologist sociology and sociology of religion professor actually Baylor now novelist and sociologist Andrew Greeley of University of Chicago called Stark a giant in his field and compared him to Max Weber, the famous sociologists of the last century is one of the most highly regarded scholars on the whole subject of sociology of religion.
He began his research when he began he wasn't a Christian and he became a Christian through the course of all of his research and in his book the victory of reason. He makes a compelling argument that Western civilization is the direct result of Christianity.
So all of the advances in science that have led to all of these wonderful statistics we talked about the decline of infant mortality decrease of poverty. The increase of health in our lives. So for work. The indirect result of the whole Enlightenment that began an explosion of science and what he's saying is that all of this came about because the Christian gospel and here's why.
Unlike every other religion. He says Christianity puts a value on reason and the Christian says God made me in his image and gave me a mind to think and therefore I should think about things in reason.
He said that is what gave birth to Western civilization and other religions that were just mystical in their emphasis or legalistic like a slot to slump. Never would give birth to this is what he argues it's a fascinating fascinating look at history, I want to share with you what he says in his concluding chapter of the victory of reason sharp rights Christianity created Western civilization had the followers of Jesus remained an obscure Jewish sect.
Most of you would not of learned to read and the rest of you would be reading from hand copied scrolls without a theology committed to reason progress and moral equality. Today, the entire world would be about were non-European societies were in, say, 1800, a world with many astrologers and alchemist, but no scientists world despots lacking universities, banks, factories, eyeglasses, chimneys, and pianos.
A world where most infants do not live to the age of five, and many women die in childbirth, a world truly living in the dark ages when we think about this world and we think about the gospel and we think about the impact of Christianity and all of the good that Christianity has brought into this world. I'm I do not believe that a truly honest scholar, regardless of their belief system could look at history and say anything other than this this one Nazarene man named Jesus did more to change the world for good than any other person is ever left. Regardless of what you believe about because what happened was after this Nazarene Carpenter was put on a cross a Roman cross in the Greco-Roman Empire committed atrocities immediately after 12 mainly rural disciples and a lot of women started sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Within a short 350 year span the entire planet was changed in the course of human history was changed to Alan Wright will have more teaching moment from today's important series would be like to be accepted perfectly free to be yourself with no fear of ejection don't roll their eyes make fun of you and letting last know my anxious feeling that you feel like the pressure is always on right here in longing for life with no shame in paradise before sin came into the world. The Bible tells us only one thing in this relationship found no shocking since the fall of the human heart has been windowdressing until you can't be truly acceptable seem condescending, so I try to be perfect to be satisfied since I'm not a measure at them as well. Right now the road ahead is pleasing fashion. And there's only one the grace of God in Jesus Christ and his highly acclaimed book for yourself yourself not only exposes the lies of shame.
He leads you into a revolution of God's love that heals your cell discover freedom, joy, and destiny as you shall performance-based rating. Shame on you for good life-changing full-length book from Alan Wright for yourself, six 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website past Rowan.like today's teaching now continues once again is it's interesting that Stark, by the way I say almost parenthetically, but the modern age needs to hear this.
Stark argues that one of the main reasons Christianity exploded as it did was because the way Jesus and his followers treated women.
It was the first religion and he was the first religious leader who treated women. With so much respect in the Roman empire. The average age that the girl was forced into marriage was 12. Many Roman girls were forced to marry before they even enter puberty and it any point a husband could mandate that his pregnant wife get an abortion and it was a very common practice. If a baby girl was born to expose the infant. Because girls were despised they would leave the baby outside plenty of history shows this to either die in the elements or be eaten by wild animal is Roman culture. Because of this sociologist have determined that in the midst of the Roman empire became a significant difference between the number of men exceeding the number of women. Jesus came and he spoke to women with a love that women never experience from any other religiously and not only that, but writers like Paul who would ride in Romans 16 verse one paragraphs commending Phoebe a Deaconess in the church, commending her for all of her service and what Stark said, interestingly, is that women who own the whole 10 to be more open towards spiritual matters were converted to Christ so quickly experience a lot like they never had before, and the Christian women were getting married at age 12. They were averaging been married around 18 and the Christians didn't kill their baby girls so they have lots more girls and lots more women and a lot of them were married to pagan men who then became Christians and basically Christianity exploded because the women I'm just saying that is a far cry from what you would hear.
I spoke a couple years ago to young woman who was a freshman at a major secular university came on for fall break and she had been taken a women's studies course and she said to me. I didn't know that Christianity been so bad for women.
I said what are you talking about.
She's a well learned all these oppressive things about Christiansen you kidding me I said. Surely the professors talked about everything that Christianity is good done for the good of women starting with Jesus himself all the way through all the missionaries in a eliminated foot binding in China and started advocating for education of women and built hospitals that care for them abroad and I just know that veterans are worried about that I say will surely your professors talked a lot about how oppressive Islam is toward women notice on the street like Islam is a good I'm just saying this is false.
Professors of the fire. This is bad history's is wrong.
Christianity is been the best thing ever happened to the world. Whether you believe in it or not in Jesus Christ is been the person who is at the center of all of that Christianity is not dying, Christianity is growing across the globe and beloved I believe will continue to grow because you know what something happened at the cross that was more than just you getting the opportunity to become a child of God. There's something that happened there. That was both personal and cosmic Paul explains this in Colossians 2, verse 13. He said that you were dead in your trespasses and the un-circumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. What he saying there is in our hearts become stupid under the burden of the law and always legal demands because the legal demands said that you must keep all the law, or else you will be punished and we couldn't keep all the law and so we work. We were we were slaves to our sin under that whole system that ultimately would just bring condemnation and so the data we have is so heavy.
But Jesus came because God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, became sin for us, in order to cancel that that to pay the fullness of that. This is how God in his own infinite providential and sovereign wisdom and mercy said he is going to save the world. I will be just God said, I won't simply overlook a debt that's not justice. Instead, I'll pay the debt and so cosmically. He paid the debt in the person of Jesus Christ who is infinitely pure, infinite price of God himself, bearing death upon the cross so that anybody who believes in him and trust in him has the right to become a child of God when you have simple trust in Jesus Christ. Paul says God makes you alive. Christianity is not about making bad people better is not about making good people exquisitely better about dead people spiritually becoming alive because of a miracle in Jesus Christ. That's what we believe and nothing less.
So when you become a Christian, your debts completely pay you completely free.
There can be no voice, no valid invoice legal voice of any accuser to say that you lose something and therefore you're condemned until you pay it.
God has settled that once and for all.
And Jesus said it is finished and admit your debts cancel, but the impact I believe was not just personal is cosmic because look what else he said this, he set aside talk about the whole system of law will bring condemnation. He set it aside, nailing it to the cross disc armed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame by triumphing over them in him. He speaking now in the invisible realm of the authorities and powers that are demonic.
He speaking of the forces of evil and what he's saying pointedly is it with the cross of Jesus Christ. It wasn't just your own destiny. That was changes the destiny of the world because what happened was that when Jesus paid the debt Satan, which means accuser no longer had a legal right to accuse you of your sin is been paid for the balance of justice shifted and it was in that sense, what Paul saying humiliating to Satan and all the demonic authorities. The word is used here for disarm actually is a worse stripped and it has the image of like a royal road which is the symbol of authority stripped off and it was as if there was a kind of authority that Satan had in this world is Prince of the age stripped off of him and in that sense completely disarmed the enemy and changed everything forever so that Satan and all demonic authorities and principalities are nothing more than squatters in this world who are waging a battle death and definitely destined to lose.
And instead the authority of Christ got invested into the church of Jesus Christ and he gave a good word to speak. He gave us the opposite of what Satan speaks, he gave us a good word to speak think it was a blessing to speak.
He instructors and let me know no corrupt talk come out of your mouth instead you let your mouth and your life become as God was to the world a blessing to the world for that's what makes the heart live. That's what makes someone's life changed when called to be a blessing to the world. So the fact of the matter is that since the cross of Jesus Christ. All whole lot of things not everything but a whole lot of things are getting better and the reason is getting better is because Jesus came and Satan is been dethroned and the blessing of God is spilling out in a thousand million different ways in the gospel is growing in your passage source Christ the body of Christ in this world. What I'm saying is that you're not chicken Little your friends are looking to see Lucy in the sky has not fallen in Christianity's not bailing and evil is not winning in the gospel of Jesus Christ is as powerful as ever, and that the gospel that's good news. Good gasoline.
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This is the world is getting worse and worse. We we just lose our hope.
And maybe one day just got back we got here that is not the picture of the gospel. It's not what's happening in today's message and I really encourage your listeners if you if you didn't get yesterday. Go back and listen to it.
Tell other people about this because we just have believe the wrong thing. The world's not getting worse, and I know there's a lot of horrible darkness there but the but over the course of history. The Christian gospel's influence is been greater than people realize what they also don't realize is that it's so so very much of everything that we call good at this been taking place in transformation of the world smaller technological advances to civil rights and women's rights. All of this really the primary force of this is Christianity and as we were as we study today. The professor Rodney Stark computes were nominated author at Baylor has made such a huge case for this. It's so compelling when the gospel came in the world. When the cross happened. Something changed in the cosmos, and my eyes been open to this day, the world's been getting better since the cross. I know that's a radical thoughts over listen Michael what are you talking about go back and listen again to the statistics and think about this further because there is a great, great hope.
Yes, we have great problems all around us, but do not give up and do not lose heart. Jesus is on his throne. Today's good news message listener supported production Alan Wright Ministries