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Deliverance: From Sin to Righteousness, Part 2

Grace To You / John MacArthur
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January 19, 2022 3:00 am

Deliverance: From Sin to Righteousness, Part 2

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Evangelical churches progressing down away from the heights of truth, and the honor of God is willingly abandoning its discernment willingly abandoning Bible exposition different from other religions. Basically they said that you don't have to change how you think and how you live. When you become a Christian that it's okay to hold onto un-biblical views about God and salvation as long as your sincere but is the definition of Christianity really that hazy that imprecise.

What does it mean to be a Christian. What does the Bible say John MacArthur helps answer those questions today as he continues his current study on grace to you titled delivered by God and now here's John with the lesson we been studying on the subject of deliverance. The neglected doctrine. It has been of great concern to me that the evangelical church has seemingly been willing and content to abandon sound doctrine. I'm not talking about liberal church.

Something about those. It would be confessedly evangelical.

Many popular evangelical leaders and writers, pastors and professors. People who are the influencers are content with the lack of discernment as if it were some spiritual virtue, they have entered upon what I suppose if we were living in Spurgeon's time would be called a downgrade. Churches on a slippery slope evangelical churches progressing down away from the heights of truth, and the honor of God is willingly abandoning its discernment willingly abandoning Bible exposition and therefore a deep and accurate understanding of truth and in so doing is moving away from what glorifies God because what glorifies God is the exposition of Scripture, we tell you very simply, why in the Bible God is revealed God's glory is on display through the biblical record, God puts himself on display in Scripture. The preacher then has one clear, compelling duty and that is to display the glory of God by the exposition of Scripture say that again. The preacher has one clear, compelling duty to display the glory of God by the exposition of Scripture.

When you ask posit the word of God, you wind up teaching sound doctrine. Truth and when the truth is understood and the truth is known. God is therefore displayed in that truth.

The revelation of Scripture is the truth and it is the truth of God, which is the very nature and essence of God. So I say again the preacher is one clear, compelling duty and that is to display the glory of God by the exposition of Scripture that's not what's going on in evangelicalism today. People are moving away from Bible preaching in Bible teaching and Bible exposition moving away from an interest in sound doctrine and interest in definitive truth. They are embracing anything and everything that nominally identifies itself as Christian and the church will continue to do this until someone or someone's hold up the word of God word you see faithfully the word accurately and the word relentlessly brings to people the true majesty of God, and with it comes true understanding. Any preacher who doesn't do this is failed in his responsibility before God, my task is preacher's very simple.

I am expected to teach the deep things of Scripture so that I can lift you to the heights of praise, so the preacher's responsibility is to dispense the truth and unfolding the truth of the word of God, going deep into the truth of the word of God.

God's glory is revealed. And when God's glory is revealed.

God's people praise so the preacher goes down, takes his people up down into the depth of truth that they might be elevated to the heights of praise. I only have one tool you imagine a profession with only one tool only have one tool just want Scripture. The only tool is a popular book written via well-known pastor that advocates the fact that the gospel is in the stars that the whole gospel including justification is revealed in the constellations.

In the book he says that God preach the gospel in the stars to Adam. Even before he fell. This is nothing new. This is been advocated in years past surprises me that men who knows theology well would write a book like that because that is a flat denial of sold-out script Torah listen, I only have one tool is not the stars.

It's this book God is revealed all divine truth in one book, which is the author divine truth is not in a church is not a denomination. It's not an experience.

It's not in somebody's intuition and it's not in the stars in book Bible every time the church is one away from this, it has been fraught with disaster. Martin Luther said God spoke only in the book and all divine truth is confined to the book and he said is the book alone, and next to Jesus and the apostle Paul.

Martin Luther was the most divisive man that ever came along in the Christian faith. He created a massive rift which separated those who believed the book from those who were caught up in system. It was the conviction that God spoke only in the book the produce. The Reformation was then once Martin Luther had come to the conviction that the truth was in the book he went into the book and he found the truth and it was justification by grace through faith alone wasn't enough to pay any attention to what the Council said it was all the book. The books clear in 1539, Luther commented on Psalm 119. He wrote this in this Psalm David always says that he will speak, think, talk here. Read day and night and constantly but about nothing else than God's word. Luther called it the external word like that south side of us and Luther said the saving sanctifying illuminating word is the external word what he mean by that he meant that it's outside of us, like God is outside of is you can't invent God, and you can't invent truth. God is the product of your imagination. God is the product of your fantasy. God is the product of your experience. God is the product of your intuition. God is not the product of your existentialism. God is God and he's outside of you not subject to your tampering. God is not a clay toy.

You can shape any way you like. And so the Bible is outside of you.

It is external you can take it you can leave it.

You can't tamper with you can't make it other than it is. You can't make it say other than it says it is a book is a fixed book with fixed letters and fixed words and fixed sentences. This was Luther's great conviction. The change the world. Luther said with a resounding forcefulness in 1545 which was the year before he died, he said, let the man who would hear God speak, read, holy Scripture and other books is flooding the Christian world today about how to listen for the voice of God training yourself to listen for the voice of God. Learning how to hear God's word limitation.

You're here got the book stand around listen and who knows what you're going to hear whatever it is will be God. So what is the task of the preacher John Piper says large and central part of our work is to wrestle God's meaning from the book's right Luther. In 1533 said the word of God is the greatest most necessary most important thing in Christendom. It is I'll tell you what you turn away from the book and you have a endless problems you turn away from the book and Jesus becomes a clay toy. You can shape them anywhere you want.

Truth becomes a clay toy. You can shape it anywhere you want. John Piper says Luther had one weapon to rescue Christ from being sold in the markets of Wittenberg. He drove out the money changers. The indulgent sellers with the whip of the external word. The book" people want to reinvent Jesus shape them anywhere they want they want to come up with their own view of truth shape it anyway they want book doesn't let you do that our faith is rooted in a decisive revelation in history. Call the Bible and as a pastor as a preacher as a minister. I have one job a broker of the book the word of God transmitted in a book. Fundamentally, I am a reader and I am a teacher and I am a proclaimer of the book I have to feed you. The book, the truth of the book is much as I'm faithful to that I discharge my duty before God as much as I'm unfaithful to that I fail in my responsibility and I incur serious accountability before God.

I want to take you down into the richness of the word so that you can go hi to the heights of praise and when people grasp the deep truth of Scripture. They begin to grasp the high majesty of God. I look at the evangelical church today and I see shallowness indifference toward Scripture. Truth is a problem because they see it as divisive.

I see because of that they don't know the depth of truth. They also don't know the glory of God, David Wells, writing, and no place for truth is wonderful book said it is this God majestic and holy in his being who has disappeared from the modern evangelical world and Leslie knew begin Road I suddenly saw that someone could use all the language of evangelical Christianity and yet the center was fundamentally the self and God is auxiliary to that." This modern evangelical drift puts man at the center of everything more important than the Scriptures more important than God.

When that happens, what can change that is to confront it and that's really why I have been addressing this. I don't know anything else to do other than what Luther did and what John Calvin did and what Spurgeon did and what others have done in history.

You just have to take it head on and say it the way it is been doing some reading in the life of Calvin and Luther and other reformers trying to understand how it was they had such a massive influence when you think of those kinds of names you think will. They must've been strong personalities and must of been gifted leaders, etc. etc. as you study their life. What you find out is that they were absolutely into fatigue, double and relentless expositors of Scripture and they took every single opportunity that ever came their way to expositors the word of God before people in the word of God was what caused things to change as people came under the powerful clear preaching of the depth of truth. They became consumed with the glory of God. They became discerning and they saw wire for what it was, in truth for what it was and they made right choice. Benjamin Warfield, the great Princeton theologian, had a great ministry in my life long after his death. When I was a seminary student and read the inspiration and authority of Scripture.

Warfield said of John Calvin that no man ever had a profound sense of God than he said that in his work on Calvin and Augustine. He said no man ever had a profound or sense of God and John Calvin were John Calvin get that profound sense of God that out of Scripture. John Calvin spent his life studying the Scripture. He spent his life as an expositor of Scripture, people assume John Calvin was some kind of theologian Ali was a theologian, but he was the theologian who had a right to be a theologian because he was an expositor's theology was the product of his Bible exposition through Calvin sound the reformed theology.

Theology of the Reformation took hold, found its roots and with that deep theology came the product of that theology which was high praise.

Many of the songs and hymns.

We sing that are the most beloved and the most rich, deep were written by those who were reformers, Puritans, did you know John Calvin only preached Bible exposition and God used him to change the face of the world. He went into Geneva in 1536 and he did Bible expositions until 1564 with a three year banishment that all mention in a moment, but he preached the exposition of Scripture. I stood in the little so, almost like a chapel, it's a consistory they call it next to the St. Peter's Church were Calvin preached on the Lord stated preached in this little chapel every day and he did exposition of Scripture.

He had five guys sitting on the front row and they wrote down everything you said all five of them collectively would get it put it all together give it back and edit and that's how he produced commentaries and day after day after day, he would teach expositor in the Scripture, Arnold Dabney writes all the leading reformers, whether in Germany, Switzerland, England or Scotland were constant preachers and their sermons were prevalently expository.

That means to expositor needs to explain the meaning of Scripture, so he says we consume with safety that the instrumentality to which the spiritual power of the great revolution of the Reformation was mainly due was the restoration of scriptural preaching. Dabney also points out that what happens in history is sort of a three step downgrade and were watching it happen right now there is a time in the church. He calls the golden age when the truth of God is preached from the word of God J that's the golden age when men expositor Scripture.

I grew up in a time like that.

I grew up in a time like that Bible exposition was flourishing Bible exposition is what people did not anymore.

All the evangelical say there's a second step that they don't know this but Debbie says is a second step evangelical say well we we still believe biblical truth. We still believe sound doctrine were still evangelical, but we just think the Bible is archaic and people don't identify with and it's boring so we've taken the truth and then when we put it in some cultural contexts that people can identify with the communicate better and it's still the truth, and we believe the truth of the Bible is so old and it's stuffy and in our people to still relate to it and so we still hold of the truth and we we we just given you close at the transition folks. That's the transition from the golden age 1st to preach the truth of God from the word of God. That's the dress that God put on. That's the way he closed it, and God knows what is best for the soul and the spirit in the mind of a man who is under the convicting influence of the Holy Spirit right so he knows what truth comes to a man most powerfully in the working of the Holy Spirit. And that's why he put it in the Bible the way he put it, but maybe people think they know better than God.

So they take the truths of Scripture out of the Scripture put them in another dress clothes them differently in order to remove the stigma of the Bible. The offense of the Bible and somehow think they can get through to the culture in a sort of a soft sell way and they have basically set the Bible aside because they think it's sort of embarrassing.

Dabney says this is the transition stage in this doctrine taught is still that of Scripture, but their relations are molded into conformity with the prevalent human dialectics and God's truth is now shorn of a part of its power over the soul third set. Well you know the Bible was offensive. We got rid of that now we find that the doctrine is also offensive. So we get rid of that to and then Dabney pleads, may we ever be content to exhibit Bible doctrine in its own Bible dress and that's why you see I say that if people would just start preaching the Bible. The Bible would provide clarity, it would provide discernment, it would provide understanding would provide profundity and also lift people to the heights of transcendent praise the Bible forms the whole content of our preaching.

It's a one tool profession. As I said, God set forth all its truths in such contexts in such proportions and such relations as he knows soon the soul and mind of man best, when under the influence of the Holy Spirit. No other forms of truth are as good.

I just hate to see people beginning to say well you know we still believe the truth but we don't teach it from the Bible because people don't accept that well if you got rid of the Bible because they didn't like it, why are you going to hold onto the truth when you find out they don't like that either. I don't think you can do ministry without a radical commitment to the Bible. I mean a radical commitment about lime viewed as a radical and viewed as an nonintellectual sort of a low level Christian pastor because I'm not open to every view of everything I'm seen as anti-intellectual, that's fine.

I really don't care.

My intellect can only function effectively for the honor of God in one way and that is if I use it to come to an understanding of Scripture and communicated to you whether or not I understand every wrong view is not relevant. I don't think you can do ministry in this climate.

Today, the way God wants it done without a radical commitment to the Bible and I say radical because it it's resisted even within the framework of evangelicalism and and and as I said before, the meaning of Scripture is the Scripture should clear the fog reveal the meaning that is the Scripture that's the truth of God and that puts God on display that gives people discernment gives church power busies Grace to you with John MacArthur. Thanks for being with us. John's current series is looking at what it means to be delivered by God. That's also the title of our study delivered by God John for the last couple of days. We talked about the tendency for churches nowadays to be pragmatic to not want to offend anyone and we live in postmodern times, which means that the prevailing notion is you can't really know anything for sure. And because of pragmatism and postmodernism. A lot of churches have fallen into that trap and they give their people the idea that nothing is really certain when professing believers begin to question clear objective biblical truth like that. What is our responsibility. Well, we have to confronted as a massive failure. I would say it's an epic sin look there is a reason for postmodernism. Postmodernism doesn't want there to be any truth for one reason he wants to get rid of the Bible mean II don't I don't think this is complicated. People don't want anybody sitting in judgment on their sin.

That's the bottom line they want to sin the way they want to sin they want to be immoral, the way they want to be immoral. They don't want you tell them they can't be that they hate the Bible because the Bible is so explicit about sin. It names sins. It lists them specifically and it pronounces eternal judgment on those who do those kinds of sins.

Postmodernism is a philosophical term but it is nothing more than where a culture goes when it hates the truth of condemnation of sin.

Modernism was a search for the truth and in the search for the truth. They came to the Bible and they said whoa we don't like this so were not going to admit there is any truth. It is all anti-truth anti-Bible for the fact that sinners want to sin freely wrote a book on this and it's a book that needs to be read again and again by every new fresh generation. It's called the truth war and I think the title is designed to tell people this is a war you can't make a truce with the world.

You can't make a comfortable alliance with nonbelievers. You can't welcome the world into the church because the whole world lies in the lap of the evil one. You can't make Christ and bull. I'll together in union as is done in so many so-called churches.

This is war. The war of the truth against lies.

The war of righteousness against unrighteousness. So the book is titled the truth for the subtitle fighting for certainty in an age of deception is a very very important book and we we would love for you to get it.

It has chapters on the assault on divine authority how false teachers sneak in how to survive in an age of apostasy why we have to fight for the faith. 240 pages available now from Grace to you just order the book. The truth war. What should you do if biblical truth is attacked at your church when people reject what the Bible clearly teaches what you say to them for practical help pick up the truth war today just call our toll-free number 855. Grace will go to our website TTY.org. The truth war costs $11 and shipping is free again. Go to TTY.org to place your order or call us toll-free at 855 Grace course you can't stand firm in this war for truth unless you know the truth yourself. That means studying the word of God in understanding what you read to dig deep into the riches of God's word. I would encourage you to get a copy of the MacArthur study Bible. It gives you not only the full text of Scripture in the new American Standard English standard or new King James version and it also features 25,000 footnotes written by John MacArthur that explain virtually every passage, the MacArthur study Bible is reasonably priced in hardcover and whether call us at 855 Grace to order you can go to TTY.org now for John MacArthur. I'm Phil Johnson reminding you to check out Grace to you television this weekend. It airs Sunday on DirecTV channel 378 and be here tomorrow when we help you renew your commitment to rescuing sinners with a life-saving message of deliverance in Christ. It's another 30 minutes of unleashing God's truth one verse at a time on Thursdays.

Grace to you


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