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Many Christians begin a new year with the goal of reading through the entire Bible. It is an excellent and attainable endeavor, one that will help the believer better understand God and His purposes. Since “all Scripture is inspired by God” (2 Tim. 3:16 [Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)] ), the one who reads through the Bible is hearing directly from God on a daily basis!
That being said, the Bible is a big book, written by 40 authors on three continents in three languages (Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic) over a span of 1500 years. Grasping how the history, culture, narratives, poetry, and prophecy of the the Old Testament form one cohesive revelation with the gospels, history, culture, letters, and prophecy of the New Testament can be challenging.
Which is why we have asked Paul Twiss, pastor and instructor of Bible exposition at The Master’s Seminary, to join us on The Christian Worldview. Paul has created a handful of short videos entitled “Everyday Theologian” to help Christians accurately interpret the various parts of Scripture.
We will also discuss the call for pastors to preach on Biblical sexual morality on Sunday, January 16 in light of the new law in Canada that will criminalize those who preach/speak about God’s clear design for sex and gender.
Finally, thank you to so many of you who generously supported the ministry of The Christian Worldview at the end of 2021. You embolden us to keep standing firm on God’s Word and the gospel!
Read through the Bible this year improperly understand that is a topical discuss today right here on the Christian review radio program mission is to sharpen the biblical worldview. Christians and to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ on the host website is the Christian worldview.org today.
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They provide a biblical solution to healthcare. We would encourage you to look into them. If you have a need for an alternative to mainstream healthcare. Just go to our website the Christian worldview.org right after the apostle Paul wrote about the armor of God for the believer in Ephesians chapter 6, he ended that portion by writing this with all prayer and petition, pray at all times in the spirit and with this interview be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf. That utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I'm an ambassador in chains that in proclaiming it the gospel.
I may speak boldly as I ought to speak for every believer. This needs to be our objective this year. We need to have a clear and bold proclamation of biblical truth, and the gospel by God's grace, the Christian worldview is going to stand firm. The truth of God's word is the only thing that changes people and by the extent to changes their family and given society as well. There is no political solution to what is going on in the world, a conservative president will only be a respite for a short time.
The only solution is a spiritual one. When unbelievers are saved when believers are sanctified, set apart for God's use in God and ask revival in a nation.
God did this many times in the nation of Israel when they turned away from him. He brought them back needs done at other times throughout history and you can certainly do it again now. So let's pray that God would move his Holy Spirit in the hearts of people and that we would speak the truth and engage your deeds to honor him now to the preview for today's program. Many Christians begin a new year with the goal of reading through the entire Bible isn't excellent and attainable endeavor, one that will help the believer better understand God and his purposes since all Scripture is inspired by God.
According to second Timothy 316, the one who reads through the Bible is hearing directly from God on a daily basis. That being said the Bible is a big book written by 40 authors on three continents in three languages Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic over a span of 1500 years grasping how the history, culture, narratives, poetry and prophecy of the Old Testament form one cohesive revelation with the Gospels, history, culture, letters and prophecy of the New Testament that can be challenging.
This is why we have asked Paul Twiss, pastor and instructor of Bible exposition at the Masters seminary to join us on the Christian worldview. Paul has created a handful of very helpful short videos entitled every day theologian to help Christians accurately interpret the various parts of Scripture we have those videos linked on the Christian worldview.org were also going to discuss the recent call for pastors to preach on biblical sexual morality. On Sunday, January 16. That's next weekend in light of the new law in Canada that will criminalize those who preach or speak about God's clear design for sex and gender. So let's jump right in with Paul Twiss, instructor of Bible exposition at the Masters seminary in California. Paul it's great to have you on the program for the first time today often asked first time guests tell us about your background, how and why you came to saving faith in Jesus Christ and I was interested to read just from your bio that it says you did not grow up in a Christian home, the Lord saved you through the influence of Christian roommates at University and then you serve seven years with the British Royal Navy, and you begin to lead a Bible study during that time. After you are safe to tell us about your background and how and why you came to saving faith in Christ is great to be with you this morning. David, you're right, I did not grow up in a Christian home. I had virtually zero gospel influence in my life until around about the age of 21 I left time to go to university and it was while I was studying at University that in the Lord's Providence. I ended up living in a house with about six other guys and to those who leave us is really true that sharing of the gospel through made a faithfulness to do that, but I came to discover the first time what the claims of Christianity.
All and to begin to explore those claims and I would sell for about a year of searching of reading the Bible with those two believers starting to go to church and learn more that the Lord put an end to my resistance and save me now, as you said, the next the next step was me in the Royal Navy. I'd already signed up. I was committed. I signed up as an unbeliever and in the loan statement University and now I was headed into the military and armed really no way out and I just trusted the Lord and that I figured he knew this would would be the case so I went into the Navy as a one-year-old history. My first year of service was on top of the water on and across area and then they didn't have enough volunteers that year for the submarine service so I was trusted under the will to in the next six days. I served as an engineer on a submarine and we would go away for months at a time under the rules and not often I was the only believable something that the Lord was doing in my heart about time i.e. eyelids. Such services are on both the submarine being the unbeliever.
I really didn't know what I was doing but I was trying to share the gospel with the other guys on that summary and I really enjoyed it. It was something that, but I felt I could do as a way of honoring the Lord in that dark environment night so I began to explore the possibility of moving towards vocational ministry I think by that stage.
I knew that I wasn't going to be in the Navy for my whole career that at some point I would leave and I shared with my pasta back home but I've been leading the stretch services and was beginning to think about the possibility of maybe moving toward vocational ministry and not is kind of the short story of how I got to where I am today limit his follow-up of the question because being in the military whether that the British military. I'm assuming it's probably very fairly similar to the American military. It's a pretty rough environment. A lot of ungodliness want to push back against believers and so forth. You went to Cambridge and got a Masters degree in mechanical engineering went into as a nuclear engineer in the British submarine servicing of being that even that just being underwater for Adana for six months at a time and that that that's that's an unusual situation then being so intimately quartered with others.
Nikki said there is not one other believer on board I think will be helpful for you to explain it, and is a new Christian by the way for how you were able to navigate just the cultural pressure to the, the resistance to your beliefs. I'm sure there was that it might be helpful to someone listening today who's maybe in the military may be imprisoned, maybe going off to college and maybe a group in a Christian home or maybe they're there to truly our believer. But that is all alone give some advice and for how you navigated that it's a difficult thing to be a Christian without any fellowship that was one thing that I learned quite quickly in the submarine service when I was the only believer on board. It's it's very hard to be flourishing annual relationship with the Lord when there's no one around you that believes the same things that you do and say. One thing I always say to folks now and hindsight with experience of looking back on that time. I just encourage people thought of being analytical charge and you gonna be fully committed and be present with other believers because that is one of the primary means that the Lord uses to keep us on the straight and narrow is fellowship with the saints. I didn't have that on the submarine we would be away for 3 to 4 months of the time, so I knew the my Bible reading and prayer was absolutely crucial at minutes. It's always important in the Christian life, but I try to make a slight good of a regular practice every day to be in the world and in crap because I was lacking that fellowship aspect and then as it relates to interactions with other people.
I would just say it's it's important to state up front who you are and what you believe advice given to me when I went into the tree was as early as you can make it known that your believer doesn't hold it back and hide it and that's is ready to collapse is one if if you don't tell people ugly all know I'm a Christian.
This is what I believe and they would to find out months down the road of the sky is a believer. That conclusion is given of a will lease faith can't be that important reminder found out now.
It's a testimony to the power of the gospel and meet the significance of Christ in your life when you stand up on on day one, as it were, and say I'm a Christian and then secondly it actually hold you accountable you you made it known that this is for you all and now I guarantee people watching you been listening to what you say and is a level of accountability as it were building so that in terms of how you conduct yourself people know what to expect, to some degree from a Christian and it's important to just make it plain you just say this is who I am and this is likely that's in this very good advice and I was just thinking it may lessen some of the peer pressure and they may not think that will Paul's knocking to go along with us to do the things we want to do so, they may may help in that regard to self. Thanks for explaining. I think it will be helpful to the people in the a similar situation where they feel all alone in a in a godless environmental twist with us today on the Christian worldview. He is an instructor of Bible exposition at the Masters seminary so there was a big transition there in your life going from military service into seminary and beyond. And then now at teaching at a seminary and this is why we want you on the program that you do a lot of preaching as well. You have a think it's eight or nine episode video series on the grace media app and we have this link to our website the Christian worldview.org. It is highly recommend listeners go there to watch these 30 short sessions about nine did 15 minutes in length. I am different aspects of interpreting the Bible from basic hermeneutics interpretation to the story line of Scripture starting in the first five books the Pentateuch to the history of Israel profits the New Testament how to deal with the different genres of Scripture, the narrative, the prophets, epistles, that kind of thing there all link there were not can be able to cover the whole thing today but Christians at this time of year early in the year are starting to get on the Bible reading plans and maybe they've committed to read through the Bible, an entire year. We've just been in the middle of a series on the Bible and a why is the foundation for our worldview and so we thought to be really good to have you on to explain just a few things up front to help Christians as are starting to read to the Bible this year so they can understand it, they can come to correct interpretations of it so they don't go down the wrong roads so I pulled a couple of soundbites from especially one of your early episodes and basic hermeneutics is episode two. Actually I we talk about the Bible, the, the inspiration of the Bible is inspired by God's God breathed. Therefore, it's inerrant, therefore it's sufficient and therefore it's authoritative. Those four points to let me play this soundbite and then follow up with a question for you is given us in this book. All that we need to live a life that honors him.
That of course begins with the gospel we find in this book because message of salvation by which we are redeemed and broke into a right relationship with him, and thereafter we find in this book. Although we need to live a life that honors him. The Bible is sufficient. Now some years ago I was thinking with my kids about how to teach them these trees. We actually came up with a song. I'm not in a sense, you know.
But I'll tell you the woods, we sang together. The Bible is inspired.
Therefore, it is inerrant, therefore, is sufficient and it is authoritative. The other thing I tried to lay but is the is the connection between each truth because they really really important. The Bible is inspired that it is inerrant that it is sufficient and it is authoritative and follow-on. The Christian worldview.
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Be sure to visit our website the Christian worldview.org we can subscribe to our free weekly email an annual print newsletter resources for adults and children and support the ministry. Now back to today's program with host David Wheaton. I think almost Christians would ensure that it would be that especially conservative Christians would say Yep we believe an inspiration of Scripture .1 yes therefore it's an errant without air God inspired it there for us without air .2 .3 is sufficient in the .4 authoritative.
That's where I think we can get a little wobbly.
The Bible sufficient for all matters of life and faith is authoritative over every area of her life. I think that's where the pads can diverge a little bit. So speak more. Paul as to reading and interpreting the Bible within the structure of those four points you dismayed that saying of doctrines is is crucial to hold on to. Especially as a guest of the loss. We really do want to live our lives in the submissions of the Scriptures. It begins with an embracing of the doctrine of inspiration. This is the word of God is breathed out by him and it comes ultimately from the divine old which means there are no mistakes. It's inerrant and then we get to the sufficiency on the authority part of it is sufficient to save and to sanctify the Scriptures sufficient. In fact, they are going means by which he saves us one of God in their off of the Scriptures are sufficient to keep us going towards Christ likeness and to ensure that we don't make ship wreck of a fight we don't tunnel back and got the Scriptures keep us on the straight and narrow and the Scriptures therefore should also be authoritative if they come from God and that without era and that this sufficient guide provides salvation and sanctification, then we need to acknowledge them as authoritative, and I think WHAT you're referring to is is what I see today is there are so many voices that find their way into the Christian's life and can often times be on a par with descriptions voices. The pastor didn't even recognize where attributing authority to, and yet they may have sway over us.
They have influence over us.
Among the Christian needs to do is as a habit develop as a mindset is to keep returning back to the fact that this book sits above all other truth claims, all of the claims to authority will influence the Bible says it needs to be my authority, and it cannot be on a call with some else as I save up.
I think it's important to acknowledge in Christ we have an awful lot of freedom. You know what I teach the book of Proverbs to the students in the seminary. I say Proverbs deals with the gray areas of life. The tour of the Lord in the Old Testament dealt with the black and white.
This is what you ought to do this is what we are not to do that leaves an awful lot of life not touched upon me, and that's what Proverbs probes the gray area and then I say, and honestly, guys. That's what we live probably 90% of our lives. Okay, so assuming, as a Christian that you are not pursuing in a flagrant high-handed man as something that you know to be sent. Presuming that that's not what you'll your way of living you're doing your best to honor the Lord and live the Christian life. Most of what you do day today's in that gray area where we have freedom in Christ. I take this job will annoy take this job.shopping list oral list all. Neither is is necessarily right or wrong, but it becomes a wisdom issue and so the the authority of the Bible is that which speaks to what is right and wrong, which is that which is his sin and I'm not saying and then it gives us wisdom or living in that middle ground where we have liberty in Christ as well sent thank you for that Paul twist with us today on the Christian worldview talking about understanding and interpreting Scripture his instructor Bible exposition at the Masters seminary we have these videos linked that were talking firstname.lastname@example.org let's go from, though those four points you dismayed, inspiration, inerrancy, sufficiency, and then the authority of Scripture how the facts about it to getting in where the rubber meets the road to advice on interpreting it or making wrong conclusions you you talk about these videos that the way the proper way to interpret Scripture is a historical grammatical interpretive method nor a hermeneutic so you look at the historical context and then you you look at that the grammatical structure of it. You pay attention to the grammar of the leg language and that leads to a literal interpretation of the Bible sewing apply this this next soundbite from this episode and then follow up with a question that with very well so we have good English translations in our hands and they do represents as best we can in the active translation was written in the original languages so you don't have to learn Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic to understand the Bible and you can follow in the English text. The grammar of the text. When we say the historical grammatical hermeneutic was simply saying let the words of the sentences and the phrases mean what they would originally mean what they do main in normal use of language we don't do funny things with language that those two things together historical and grammatical. That's a hermeneutic and what that's going to lead us towards more times than not is a literal interpretation of the text historical grammatical hermeneutic is a literal reading of the Bible. Maybe FedEx said a different way of phrase, that I sometimes feel I quite like if the plain sense of the text makes sense, seek no other sense. That's a phrase that sums up exactly will the historical grammatical hermeneutic does for you it leads you to a sound interpretation that is anchored in the historical context and the grammar of the text.
What it does is it stops you from spiritualizing the text from making the words mean something. They weren't intended to make okay there is a lot in that little short audio bite there. You talked about the translations we have in English. First of all that most of them are good be more specific without the is not all of them are as good as others so maybe you could recommend a few of the English translations that they give a more literal sense of what the original languages had then you talked about the literal, trying to come to a literal understanding of the Bible.
Some people say that literally don't take the Bible literally the time your Jesus is in adore use that example and so forth. And then you said the plain sense should make sense.
But as we all know people have different sensibilities.
They come to big different conclusions. What makes sense to one person doesn't make sense to another. So speak to that soundbite more on the hermeneutic or the interpretation of Scripture. So beginning with the first point you raise about translations we have so many translations in the English language from Walden many other languages have added a lot of them look good and I would with confidence. Recommended a number of translations outback as an accurate representation of what was recorded in the original language. The question comes down to how how dynamic is the translation how close to the original language is it. I would just say the nasty is a very good translation but ESD is a good translation of more recently, the legacy standard Bible, it was something I had the privilege of walking on and -70 very well in terms of being translations that you can read and understand and yet also include an tightly knit to what was written in those original languages.
Now assuming you are good translation before you got an ASP or a NAS to your legacy standard Bible. If you have that translation before you.
Now comes the difficulty of you reading the text and interpreting it correctly. Translation is the first step you now have to interpret the text as you read it. One of the piece of advice that I give more than any other.
When it comes to Bible reading is to read with someone else. Now let me disqualify that.
Let me explain it. I don't mean necessarily that every single time you look in the Bible. Somebody needs to be set beside you physically know there is much value in studying the Bible with other people set.
What I mean is you need help from others. As you read the Bible, God designed his word to be received by his people corporately think about the Old Testament saints in Israel think about the New Testament church.
The epistles were written to churches, God designed his word to be received corporately and I think it's a particular failing of the age in which we live that with so individualistic in our approach to the text. Don't get me wrong, I'm a daily quiet time is a good thing I recommend you to read your Bible each and every day and I meet with the Lord but with very individualistic and that and that leads into not only the manner in which we open the Bible, but in our interpretive methods. We stopped to think, as you just mentioned David we start to think along the lines of base is what the Bible makes to make will that should never be something that with thinking when reading the text should always be what did God intend by this not what does the Bible mean to me, but what did God intend by this and that's where it helps to read with other people will have blind spots. We will have certain proclivities. If you read with others then that can often be a means by which we arrived arrived sound interpretation and I would include what I say read with others.
I would include, for example, sitting down and reading a study Bible. When I read my MacArthur study Bible. Whatever. What it might be and I read the introduction and when I read the footnotes. I know those parts inspired, but that really helpful and somebody has labored to to write those notes to guide me in my reading. So in that in essence I am reading with somebody else that will maybe I sit down and read and I got common tree beside me a good, trade is being recommended to me by a trusted pastoral elder and they said this looks really good. I hope you I am reading with somebody else that rating with the author of that contract, and that helping me derive a sound interpretation of the text is difficult to overstate the importance of this again because with so prone to go down and thinking along lines of what is this mean for me just a few comments. Then on that on that last point, you mentioned the historical grammatical hermeneutic and and and not phrase that was in the soundbite.
I like to say that because it kind of encapsulates the historical grammatical hermeneutic.
If the plain sense makes sense, seek no other sense that really is what I mean by the historical grammatical. How do you take the study. The historical context in which the book was written you allow the language to do the things that language normally does and it is going to lead you to a literal interpretation of the text is you read the text and the literal interpretation is bizarre. It doesn't make sense then that might be one of the times in Scripture where it is a metaphor being employed so when Jesus says I am the door. We know intuitively doesn't mean that it's a huge block of wood. He's not making that claim is employing a metaphor that is self evident. Most of the time. Most of Scripture where reading is the plain sense the center is intended by the original make sense language using that sound like the Christian worldview returns in just a moment.
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We listened to Paul twist today on the Christian worldview radio program is an instructor of Bible exposition at the Masters of an Aryan caliph, Anya.
You can find out more about him and you can also watch it highly encourage you to watch these sit handful of videos that they have done. Paul is done hosted called every day theologian videos on hermeneutics and another is interpreting the Bible the story line. The Bible, but eight episodes. You can go to our website. The Christian really.org to get a link to watch those be great thing to do to watch with your family or your bio your home Bible study group for your church Sunday school class at church. Very helpful, especially as we discussed is the beginning the year starting off on the right foot so not going down the wrong roads want to get to one more soundbite before we change gears here in the program today and this has to do with that that the overall storyline of the Bible is not some disconnected 66 books that are don't really link to each other. There is a driving messages or driving theme. The books are where they are on purpose in Scripture. So let's get that to that soundbite and then follow up with a question when does this book sit in redemptive history when does it sit within God's redemptive plan.
Where is it in the Bible and how does that help us understand God has a plan from Genesis to Revelation that we can follow and to know where each book sits is helpful as you read that book to list things together than about the storyline of the Bible from Genesis all the way through to Revelation chapter 1 of our Bibles in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth that first chapter is not simply that you give us a theology of creation, though it does do that, it gives us the theology of God that first lien is an emphatic declaration of who God is. He's the authority he so powerfully doesn't have an equal.
There is even a subtle polemical nature is what Moses is doing here responding to other creation narratives that would have gone up with other gods and in the biblical narrative tells the truth. And since there is no equal to God. He is the author of life. He's the creator you see in the first chapters that the pinnacle of his created order is mankind we sit in a very privileged position makes all things and then is the pinnacle he makes us any sense unless his image.
We all his image bearers okay so there's a lot you said there in that why is the first several chapters of the eugenicists as a whole.
The early part of Scripture so important to understanding the rest of Scripture and in part to the question is often times we started Bible reading plan to begin the year. Genesis is exciting. It's amazing narratives in history and what who God is and who we are in the fall of man and the introduction of the gospel there, but sometimes we get to Exodus. It's really good and then the other.
The excess from from Egypt and so forth. But then you get into the more the law. The Leviticus numbers you can get bogged down. I think for anyone. So talk about the early part of Scripture and then avoiding some of the areas that are more difficult to read and maybe even repetitive greatest think Candace can't skim through this. Certainly the early chapters of Genesis also so important to shaping our understanding of the rest of Scripture but also the world. I mean that they making worldview claims. So if you do if you spend time in those first few chapters there are claims being made. As I just said and that soundbite as to the nature of God himself. Creation, mankind's sin. I mean the list goes on and on and on and the claims being made influenced just about everything you can thereafter consider. So the doctrine of image bearing that lays a claim as to who we are and what was supposed to be doing any questions you might have. Thereafter, about mankind about humanity is in full by a proper understanding on that single doctrine of image bearing as it's given in Genesis chapter 1 and we could say that of any of those key doctrines. It will begins in the early part of the Bible. And as I prepare sermons and I think about application of the text as I try and look around and see what is one of prevalent lines of fool in society today, week by week. I find that the full we see prevalent in society today almost often some deviation away from some misappropriation all one of those key doctrines that are found only in the Scriptures just about every Sunday. You can go back to those first few chapters and say if we had thought about this doctrine correctly, it would have led to a better result in the scenario society will this area society. I don't overstate the case that I often think with with all relationships on a societal level so many issues that we see would be correctly addressed. If we just understood what it was to be an image bearer that informs all our understanding of ourselves, are the setting of one another. Our understanding of what it is with to be about, and by missing that by not having a correct understanding of image bearing it leased to a whole house of problems and they just keep playing off one another in an interesting breach more sin and and all in all it goes. So those first few chapters, and indeed, the book of Genesis, but especially those first few chapters are so important for forming a Christian worldview. Now when you get beyond those first few chapters and you get into looks like Leviticus and numbers and you trust me. I appreciate that the question how do how do you keep going and how do you know get deflated responded. They can be very, very difficult books to read and I would just encourage folks that the more you can locate the book in the chapter in the passage your written, the more you can locate it within the glory of redemptive history, the more it's going to be meaningful and life-giving for you. So if you want to read a chapter in the viscous and complete isolation from anything that's going on around you to think about the book of Leviticus and why it is, where is in the Bible. What you don't think about the relationship of the viscous to Exodus and and you just not aware of God's redemptive plan from Genesis 3 to Revelation and how this book fits in those things are not on your radar that I fully understand why when you read that chapter in your quiet time that morning pumped. Not that excited. I get back. By contrast, if you're able to grasp something of the glory of redemptive history of God's plan of salvation and what he was doing in the book of Leviticus as it relates to the book of Exodus as it relates to the book of Hebrews and and and on and only get when you start to see the bigger picture. Now, this chapter is incredible. I just want to dwell on this chapter more because I can see significance in the bigger picture. So it certainly takes the work that the kind of Bible reading that I'm commending certainly take some work. There are great resources out there and I would just encourage you as best you can orient yourself to the bigger picture.
The plan of redemption from beginning to end. And when you do that you keep holding it. You that's when those more tricky portions of Scripture sought to come to life and have real significance, even for the believer today. Very good advice Paul Twiss with us today on the Christian Realty radio program instructor of Bible exposition at the Masters seminary and again we commend these videos to you the everyday theologian videos.
We have them firstname.lastname@example.org just a handful of video short videos about how to approach Scripture how to interpret at the different parts of the genres of Scripture and portions and so forth be very helpful for you in your Bible study group or family to watch these okay now let's make a transition here. I think there actually is a connection as is what will find out between the interpretation of Scripture and how society is now completely rejecting Scripture the pastor of the church were you are. Also I think an elder and were you preach in and lead a group and also the that the head of the seminary were you teach John MacArthur recently has written a letter to pastors and miscarried a couple of paragraphs from that because her see a Significant Situation Is Taking Pl. in Canada right now and he says dear minister of the gospel. I write you this Christmas season to call your attention to an urgent matter in which the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is under attack in December 22 I received an email from Pastor James Coates of grace life Church of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. He says you will remember that she read cover this on the program your two solicitors will remember this.
He was recently imprisoned for keeping his church open during the covert, 19 lockdowns MacArthur goes on to say James recent email gave me insight into the Canadian government's decision to pass a bill. See forth the name of the bill which quote directly comes against parents and counselors who would seek to offer biblical counsel with respect to sexual immorality and gender." Pastor James indicated it could be used. To quote criminalize evangelism and MacArthur goes on to quote from an email from another passion name Andrew DeBartolo saying Bill C4 pastor the house and Senate in Canada, without opposition at a single dissenting vote was cast by any member of the conservative party in Canada received Royal assent on December 8 with which means it will come in the law after January 8, 2022.
The bill will amend the criminal code in Canada to ban quote conversion therapy, it will criminalize, among other things, quote causing another person to undergo conversion therapy promoting or advertising conversion therapy" in the preamble to the bill quote heterosexuality or cyst, gender, gender identity, as the gender you were born with, and gender expression that conforms to the sex assigned to a person at birth are to be preferred. In other words that's not to be taught that you do prefer that over other sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. That's a myth. According to Canadian laws of January 8, 2022. The belief in God's design for marriage and sexuality will now be seen as a myth. So then there's much more to this and we have this this letter linked the Christian worldview.org for listeners to read. So my question for you, Paul, is this you don't hear any government lease at this point trying to silence preachers are churches on the issue of adultery extramarital have heterosexual immorality or pornography or premarital sex things. The Bible clearly forbids. Why is the issue of homosexuality and transgender is him Paul. The linchpin for these reductions or these eliminations of freedom of speech and freedom of religion that I think the answer is because age is one of the sexual revolution. Lot of people written on this when history looks back at the time in which we all now know that mark this down as is the age of the sexual revolution. And that's where these issues all while being tested so the issue of freedom of speech and freedom of religion minister to intersect with just about anything in life but we're finding it to be intersecting with overlapping with issues all sexuality and I think that sending an increase in the intersection.
All that the means by which these lease freedoms are being tested more more excrement to find its way into the discussion all sexual identity and even what it is to be a person to be of a male or a female John MacArthur's is calling for preachers on Sunday, January 16 two preach on local sexual morality. Why is that an important thing to do for for people listening to our pastors who may not know about this or just people who are listening to go to church.
Why should they urge their pastor to to join in an intake this Sunday this January 16, 20, 22 to 2 preach on biblical sexual morality, whether in Canada or in America.
Two reasons one to to show unity with our brothers in Canada that feeling the heat more than we are.
Lease right now and it's important for us to link arms with them and show that we are with them in this and preaching on that Sundays is one way of doing that and then additionally as much as this is maybe not window feeling the heat as much right now in America you can believe that this is an issue in your congregation. This is out there in society and it is a wise thing to address this issue to your congregation and just a real fun. The biblical teaching on sexuality and marriage and all of the topics that surround this this issue in Canada as of the just mentioned they're cracking down on this idea of preaching against him on homosexuality already in Canada. Programs like Grace to you and others aren't allowed to have sermons that have biblical teaching on against homosexuality in that country so that that going on there. We talked about Canada. We hear about things going on in England that street evangelism in many cases they are constrained and sometimes arrested in England for preaching on the on the on the street about government forbidden topics like homosexuality. Otherwise we've seen what's Taking Pl. in Australia another colony are part of the British Empire in the past the that the authoritarianism with regards to covert you go to and quarantine camps and so forth. This is just over the top. So the question is, having grown up in Britain and understanding that culture and so forth wire countries with British ties like Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. They seem more willing to over overrun individual liberties of freedoms of speech and religion, even you that the liberty to put in your body, what you want to put in your body or or not are not saying this is an Taking Pl. in America between others and element here that is very strongly would agree with Ken to do the exact same things is going on these British these British areas formerly British Empire areas. What is the difference in the mindset.
There, if there is one that you will compare with what's at least still remaining in some sense in America. It's a good question on this, so much the same response. I by no means an expert, but it has been interesting. Living as a Brit in America for the last nine and half years just to see the differences in the way people think and I can't speak necessarily full Canadians or Australians, but the UK has been a socialist state for a very long time now and one of the implications of that is, there are areas of life that come on the government control fall more than they would hear you see it in the American mindset business resulting to the founding document of all America is one that the champions of liberty that the notion of freedom and the American can always go back to that and hold that fool when issues like this come to the come to the surface coated and it was was an issue, but I think review awards allot all the problems that are being dormant and honestly. Both both countries for long time in different ways at the response has been so markedly different in large part because the. The American can go back to the founding documents which lay out the case for the individuals freedom where's the UK doesn't have that for a long time has been living under a system wherein the government just has more control over certain areas of life and so that the natural response over.
That is when something like a pandemic happens powers is defaulted to the government and that greatly average citizen will will follow what's going on that again that there's more to say that I'm not I'm I'm trying to boil this down into a nutshell and witnessed so many moving parts to this. Yes, there are and the reaction, the response from all of these Western civilization nations has been very interesting to say the least, to watch over the last couple years with coated and what this portends going forward. I want to thank you for coming on the program here early in the year to talk about interpreting Scripture and helping us to be able to read our Bibles this year so we better understand them and can live them. As you mentioned in these videos so we can live lives, to the glory of God. Paul twist. Thank you so much for coming on the Christian worldview. Michael is a great okay one last reminder that you can watch these short videos entitled every day.
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