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Things believers need in times of anti-Christian hostility

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October 25, 2019 12:33 pm

Things believers need in times of anti-Christian hostility

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CNG radio for today's culture and timeless truths come together is reason relevant content apologetics worldview and answers to the questions that you need to know need to know from Alex McFarlane ministries. This is true for a new generation radio and now the man who preached in 50 states and 50 days speaker, writer, and advocate for Christian apologetics Dr. Alex McFarlane if you visit most major bookstores or if you look online at books there are many books nowadays by atheist and those that critique Christianity.

If not, scoff at Christianity.

A lot of the objection books try to play gotcha the Bible and they point out alleged errors in the Bible and they ask questions like where did Cain get his wife. And you know is it possible that Noah could've put all those animals on the ark and so one thing that I want to point out about that is that we live in a time of great anti-Christian hostility.

There is so much sentiment out there in the media in the classroom and just in the culture at large rising sentiment against Christianity and were going to talk about that. The other thing I would say regarding all of the books that want to critique and refute Christianity, is that the questions have been answered for centuries. There really are no new questions. Now there are new assertions are Christianity is alleged to be a religion of phobia and hate Christians are against Islam because their phobic Christians are said to be against homosexuality and transgender is and because they don't understand it, and therefore they fear it. Christianity is not phobic to Christianity fears nothing but a holy God and were not our haters.

In fact, if we follow Jesus Christ were to love our neighbor and sometimes love means telling people the truth and telling people things they don't necessarily want to hear, but they need to hear.

So Christianity is not based on hate or fear, but another thing that I want to point out and were going to look at some 25 in just a moment. We live in a time of of rising anti-Christian hostility and I'm going to point out a couple of news items from this past week that I think illustrate that. But if you're in a position where you can read the Bible were to be in Psalm 25 today for a few moments and were going to talk about things every believer needs from God in a time of anti-Christian hostility things every believer needs from God in a time of anti-Christian hostility Alex McFarlane here. So glad that you're with us on truth for a new generation radio and as a record. This radio program were getting ready for Cincinnati. We got a TMG event in Cincinnati in November 2019. Josh McDowell will be there and would loose her skin to be phenomenal. I hope you're praying for that.

Please do pray for that but in Psalm 25.

It talks about the care and the comfort that we have from the Lord wouldn't refer back to this as we talk about our culture. The West and much of the world certainly intensely in the United States of America right now anti-Christian hostility. But look at some 25 if you could listen along at least it says to you, oh Lord I lift up my soul of my God I trust in you.

Let me not be ashamed to let not my enemies triumph over me. Indeed, let no one who waits on you be ashamed let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. Show me your ways, the Lord, teach me your paths lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation on you. I wait all day. Remember, oh Lord. This is for six of some 25 to remember the Lord your tender mercies in your loving kindness, for they are from old do not remember the sins of my youth nor my transgressions according to your mercy, remember me for your goodness sake of the Lord now in Psalm 25.

There's a lot about encouragement.

There's a lot about not being ashamed and we follow Christ.

We trust in the Lord and the fact is that were not ever going to regret that note no Christian on their deathbed ever says you not followed Christ for my life and and worst decision I ever made.

No, never.

In fact Christians.

The longer we walk with him. The more we realize it was the greatest decision we ever made, and if you don't know the Lord right now. Let me encourage you to do that thing you'll be glad you did when you stand before God one day to take Christ as your Savior and to know the Lord as your Savior and some 25 talks about not being ashamed not letting our troubles and enemies have victory over you and it talks about the comfort that we have in the, the person of Christ that God is good and is upright, and God draws sinners into the way of life. Verses eight and nine if we humble ourselves. God will guide us and it says the paths of the Lord. Verse 10 are mercy and truth. Praise God he shows mercy to us.

Praise God we know truth. We know what is real because of our relationship with God and verse 10 says God keeps his promises.

Didn't we live in a world where so many lawsuits are filed because of people who don't keep their word so much litigation takes place in our broken lives, and broken relationships, even broken families because of people who don't keep their promises, and don't do what's right but God according to Psalm 2510 is the God who keeps his covenant and he keeps his word or his testimonies now his covenant. What is that will that he would send the Messiah, which he did that all who turn to him will be forgiven and will be in a position of righteousness God has made a covenant with you, the believer, and you may be utterly assured absolutely confident that God will keep his covenant, but it goes on in Psalm 25 and it says in a God take note of my enemies and take notice of me. Be encouraged because as Psalm 2522 says God redeems his people from out of the troubles that were going to come back and were going to talk about the things that every believer needs from God in a time of anti-Christian hostility and the good news is those needs will be met and in Christ, we will have the things we need from our God at this time and always stayed in the back. After a brief break from I am a watchman ministries. Here's today's I am a watchman minute. Did you know the timing of the rapture is linked to what happens in Israel. Jesus said learn a lesson from the fig tree as soon as its branches sprout leaves, you know that summer is near. So when you see certain signs you can know that he is near the rapture is near. Throughout the Bible. Israel is symbolized by a fig tree so Jesus is saying when Israel becomes a nation when the Jews return to the land when the Hebrew language is spoken again when enemies speak of coalitions and conspire to attack then the return of the Lord is near friend the return of the Lord is near.

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But let me underscore the anti-Christian hostility that we find in our culture, there was an article this week about a Christian doctor in England who lost his job of nearly 30 years decorated highly respected physician, but he was fired because he refused to use a transgender patients preferred pronoun the listen to this season. British Dr. lost his government job as a medical assessor after more than three decades because he refused to renounce his Christian belief that gender is determined at birth. The best way to argue this is not that it's a Christian belief. Although it is but that it's a natural law belief. The fact that men have ex-wife, sons and females have XX that's not a Christian belief necessarily. That's just common sense and natural law. But listen to this and were talking about the fact that we are living in a time of anti-Christian hostility. Dr. David Mack arrest, 56, a national health service employee was fired from his post at the Department for work and pensions in July because he would not use a transgender pronounce saying he believes quote gender is defined by biology and genetics, which is true." The Bible teaches us that God made humans, male and female end of quote. And that's also trip this week he lost his job before an employment tribunal in England and the judge know. Listen to this. Here's a highly respected medical doctor of three decades, Dr. David Mack arrest. The judge said the doctors beliefs were quote incompatible with human dignity and of quote now listen macros who said his supervisor pressured him to refer quote to a six-foot tall man with a beard as she and Mrs. but the doctors use patient is a six-foot tall male with a beard and the doctor says I'm not gonna call this man she or Mrs. and he goes on in this is brilliant. Dr. Mack arrest fired from his job says quote, no doctor or researcher or philosopher can demonstrate or prove that a person can change sex without intellectual and moral integrity medicine cannot function in my 30 years as a doctor, are now considered irrelevant compared to the risk that someone else might be offended and his attorney says this is deeply disturbing that this is the first time in the history of English law, which by the way goes back to about 1060. The first time in history of English law that a judge has ruled that free citizens must engage in compelled speech and of quote adding that quote now listen folks, and this is England, but America is is right there quote Christianity is not protected by the equality act, or the ECHR unless it is a version of Christianity which recognizes transgender is and rejects a belief in Genesis 127 being that in the beginning God made man male and female created he them that. Do you understand folks you know, it's amazing to me is that Satan has successfully pulled off what alcohol, drugs, immoral entertainment pornography couldn't do even liberal clergy really in the 60s through the 90s liberalism clergy that denied the virgin birth and denied Noah and the ark and clergy that were liberal and they didn't believe the Bible is the infallible word of God. All of those are problematic but really what James Dobson said to me, nearly 20 years ago. Dr. Dobson said that the gay movement is not so much about people's feelings or people's freedom, the gay movement is about silencing the gospel and I thought how could that work but were seeing it. Do you understand that the word of God which says people are genetically male or female and go to heaven.

You must repent of sin turned to Christ from sin and among those sins is all homosexual activity and abusers of themselves with mankind, the effeminate and the Greek word is arsenic, Otay and homosexuality and in old and new Testaments on the sexuality transgender is him these types of aberrant sexuality or contempt.

In fact, the only appropriate expression of human sexuality is what researchers have documented gives the greatest amount of sexual activity and the greatest amount of satisfaction is intimacy between husband and wife heterosexual monogamy would call this marriage. In fact, what so many people are after which a sexual fulfillment.

The greatest likelihood that you will ever find sexual fulfillment in terms of quantity and quality. It's in marriage and that secular research that documents that but the word of God says that all sex outside of heterosexual monogamy, a man and a woman married for life at all.

Sexual activity outside of marriage is sin, and yet the homosexual movement the transgender movement really has so aligned itself that it is effectively silencing the gospel to the point that now if you say that a man is a man and woman is a woman you stand a chance of being sooner or dismissed from your job. Is this man in England has experienced some were living in a time of anti-Christian hostility that has grown more than any other thing in the last thousand years, literally in a thousand years in the millennia Satan's greatest offensive against the church against the gospel and against Christianity has been not discussion over the manuscripts, not archaeology, not.not even Darwinian evolution. The gay movement has succeeded in doing what all of these other offenses were not able to fully do and that is basically to make the church illegal friends. Do you understand and I've got good news here in a moment, but at this point let's accurately and honestly assess the situation. Do you understand that in the West in the Christian West. We are watching the incremental criminalization of Christianity. Are you up for the fight are you brave enough, courageous enough for you, trusting in Christ enough to valiantly stand for what is true now when we come back with talk about nine things every believer needs from God in this time of anti-Christian hostility don't go away. Alex Barlett is here to bring you answers for the tough question in Scripture that speaks to the issues and help to develop a personal, stable and strong Christian faith and with the help of notable names like a neurologist and author Josh McDowell, an award-winning author and pastor emeritus of Moody church would lose her. Alex and the truth for a new generation conference is committed to packing our nation Christ and the future and to equipping you to be a difference maker. Don't miss the final TMG unashamed conference for 2019 November 15 and 16th Atlanta bar church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Romans 116 says I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation to everyone who believes. Register now by calling 877 yes God one gets 877 yes, God, and the number one or visit truth for a new first Peter 315 tells us to be ready always to give an answer for the hope we have were instructed to be prepared to defend our faith.

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And as I've said, we are living in a time of anti-Christian hostility and in a really throughout some 25 talks about the things that we get from God or or we have available to us. Here's this list not follow this from all of these verses where it says let me not be ashamed what my enemies not triumph over me. No one who waits on you, Lord, will be ashamed God shows us his ways, his paths, truth, mercy. He's the God of our salvation.

He doesn't remember our transgressions. Verse seven. He shows us his goodness he guides us. He deals justly with us and not only that, mercifully, he keeps his covenant and the man who fears the Lord will dwell in prosperity says verse 13, his descendents will inherit the earth it on and on it goes. And it says my eyes are ever to the Lord for he will pick my feet up out of the net you get tangled up in troubles. Turn your eyes to the Lord. He'll get you back on solid ground. He shows mercy to those who are desolate and afflicted may be so desolate.

Maybe you feel lonely and you feel afflicted in and in trouble, but God brings us out of our distress.

Verse 17 and God sees our affliction. He sees our pain. He forgives our sins, he understands what were up against.

Verse 19 says consider my enemies for their many and they hate me with a cruel hatred keep my soul and deliver me. Let me not be ashamed for. I put my trust in you. If you put your trust in God, think about it. He sees your afflictions and he redeems his people.

Now, here are the things that every Christian needs from God. In this season of anti-Christian hostility, confidence, protection, instruction, guidance, comfort, forgiveness, blessing, counsel, and I'll explain that in a moment in redemption and just think about it. They are as close by is a prayer I read Psalm 25 and I would encourage you to read through can have confidence or encouragement, knowing that God is for you and God is with you. You can have his protection and he will encamp his angels around you.

Instruction in wisdom and guidance, not just the white noise of Internet static, but true wisdom from God comfort knowing that he will never leave you and he will never forsake you verse and he will keep his covenant, his promises to you that he is made and you you get those from his word. If you want to be close to God you must be familiar with God's word and you will be comforted.

Don't just walk around waiting for some nebulous feeling read about God through his word and you'll get that comfort, forgiveness of sin pardon of your transgression blessing and the provisions you need. But then verse 14.

Fascinating verse. Many translations render verse 14.

Those are the secret of the Lord is with those who fear him, but some 2514 many read this way. Listen, the Lord confides in those who fear him. Can you imagine the Almighty God, confiding in the so to sure confidence is some deep truth or deep secret in the world.

There really means counsel and what it means when it says the Lord confides in those who fear him really in the Hebrew.

It means that God will make you to know counsel. This might be the greatest promise of all, in a time of anti-Christian hostility that the secret of the Lord, the Council, the wisdom of eternity and the mind of Almighty God Jesus Christ our Savior is with those who fear him. Imagine God confiding in you and then finally redemption redeem Israel of God. Out of all the troublesthat are our salvation is past, present and future. We are saved we are being saved and we will be saved right now. If you're a believer you are in Christ and you are being sanctified and conformed to the image of Christ and one day will be glorified and will ever be with Jesus Christ.

And so, in this time of anti-Christian hostility. We definitely need to live and move and rejoice in who we are as his children. Now let me close drama set of homeowner readable Rita portion of the book how Churchill saved civilization by John Hart the epic story of 13 years. That almost destroyed the world who basically as this author. This is recess saved the world.

He writes most historians candidly admit that they do not know still what caused the first world war, complacency, ignorance, weakness, paranoia, but he concludes, and he says this in this book was published in 2016. Three years ago, but this particular author seems gravely afraid that we are on the precipice of another world war that political instability economic instabilities that the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots and then think about this and this is not a Christian book per se, but the loss of morality because of the gay agenda there's been the abolition of belief and moral truth in the world right now teeters on the brink of anarchy and whenever there's a vacuum. Something rushes in to fill it. Where there's a vacuum of truth. A vacuum of moral boundaries a vacuum of decisive principal leadership what will rush in to fill it. Anarchy socialism bioterrorism sharia, let me say this. If ever there were a time for you to stand strong rejoicing in everything you have in God and exemplifying everything that we are called to be for God. This is the time stand strong interest in confidently but stand strong.

Knowing that, among everything else the Lord confides in those who fear him. Let's know his counsel and live that others may know him as well. TMG radio is made possible by the friends of Alex McFarland ministry, PO Box 10231 is Burrell, NC 27404.

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