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Deadly Types of Ignorance

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October 17, 2019 5:41 pm

Deadly Types of Ignorance

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EMG radio for today's culture and timeless truths come together it's reasoned relevant content apologetics worldview and answers to the questions that you 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, have you ever been driving in the winter and seeing a sign that said chains required beyond this point. I've seen that in two places in Colorado and once in Pennsylvania when I was driving snow and frankly a blizzard and there were signs chains required beyond this point and there was a warning that if you were trying to drive through the blizzard without the right equipment, you could be pulled over and you not think about that as it relates to life because as we live and grow and age, and mature. There are some key types of equipment required as we navigate this path of life and good read from a scripture passage in a moment. Ephesians 417 through 19th. I invite you to turn there if you're at a place we can follow along in the Bible, but I want to welcome you to the program true for new generation Alex McFarlane here very honored to have you with us and I want to say before we go any farther.

A big thank you to the people of Richmond, Virginia. We were just there a few days ago for truth for a new generation. We had an amazing event. An amazing event and I want to thank the people that came from Maryland in Ohio and the Carolinas and Tennessee and of course all great people in Virginia, we were at Mount Vernon Baptist Church on really in Glen Allen, a suburb of Richmond and it just went great. It really did. I want to say a big thank you to liberty University for helping us put it on liberty University. I have 2 from liberty, and they have been a big part of our life for 25 years. It's a great school and they they underwrite the TNG apologetics to work but also the American family Association publishing ads in the AFA Journal in helping me promote and then providing great speakers like Nikki Addison and Abe Hamilton will Addison. They're just phenomenal. Hey I want to say thanks to all the people that not only was I in Richmond for truth. A new generation. Then after that I was in western North Carolina and Lubbock, Texas, and people come up and they say oh you know, we listen to exploring the word and we listen to TNG radio truth for new generation and I just want to say thanks to one and all for helping us preach the gospel and learn the word of God and live a biblical life. We are going to be in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 15, 16 with Josh McDowell, Erwin Lidster, and more and it's going to be phenomenal and I invite everybody to go to Alex to follow along and learn about that and we we get to see you in Cincinnati in November. The final TNG in 2019. But I want to read a little bit from Ephesians 4 and out. I want to talk with you about deadly types of ignorance. Ignorance is not bliss to some people say ignorance can be very costly and very tragic. In Ephesians chapter 4, the apostle Paul writes about the different members of the body of Christ coming together in the unity of belief in Jesus in the unity of the word of God and in the unity of spirit, and it talks about not being like children anymore not being tossed back and forth but coming up in love and unity in agreement and in in Christ likeness into the head of the body.

Jesus and it says Jesus you know we are all fitly formed in him join together and this is the that the the love of Christ and the plan of God that would impact the world for all of eternity.

Now verse 17 of Ephesians 4. This essay therefore and testify in the Lord that you henceforth another words from this point on, do not walk as the Gentiles walk in the vanity of their mind having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them because of the blindness of their heart being passed feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness to work all uncleanness with greediness, but you have not so learned in Christ okay lasciviousness, which is a word that that really means callous disobedience and iniquity, and blindness, which obviously means to be in the dark.

Spiritually these types of ignorance that we are not to walk in as those who do not know God in her there were the Jews and the Gentiles. There are the Jews and the Gentiles. And when the New Testament speaks of Gentiles. It's really speaking of those who don't yet know the true God, and in fact there was a euphemism. I'm sure many people of heard it discussed that Gentiles were dogs and it really meant profane and the word profane from which we get the word profanity means outside the temple things that were outside the presence of God and not in a relationship with God were profane and the Gentiles here speaks of those who do not know the true God right in verse 17 the walk of the manner of life of those who don't know God is for one thing vanity. In other words, empty literally void and empty and darkened understanding of the don't really know truth alienated from the life of God. In other words, did verse 18 dead and alienated from God and they are ignorant blind lascivious. The just given over to living for sin and indulgence and it says in verse 19 that they've done this for so long there passed feeling you know what it talks about in Romans one about being given over to a depraved mind and depravity means no longer being able to discern between right and wrong.

Many people speculate about the condition of our world. Maybe we are in a depraved culture, a culture that we've for so long tried to rationalize and legitimize that which is false. Maybe we can't even understand right from wrong anymore. Well, let me say I'm going to give several types of deadly ignorance that I fear our culture is flirting with and in some cases even embracing mistakenly got a brief break will get to come back from Ephesians 4 were going to talk about the deadly types of ignorance from which God wants to save her from I am a watchman ministries. Here's today's I am a watchman minute you know the story of the prophet Amos. He lived a humble life was from a rather obscure place worked as a shepherd and itinerant farmer attender of Sycamore trees. He was not a priest, not of a noble line and not educated. But God loved him and called him to a mighty work.

Amos was a prophet and he warned the people that God was not pleased with how they were living. He told the people that God had established a quote plumb line expectations that he wanted his people to follow and Amos told them that judgment was coming and all needed to be ready.

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We need the right vehicle to get through a storm or a blizzard and we need the right types of knowledge to make the right types of decisions were going to talk about God's truth which is the answer against the pitfalls of deadly ignorance that Ephesians 4 warns us about and so let's talk about some types of ignorance that really do imperil people and I would say they endanger our nation today and one is historical ignorance.

I meet so many people who really don't seem to care about the fact that our Constitution must be preserved and, therefore, in the preservation of our Constitution is the guarding and the preservation of our liberties and a lot of people don't seem to care about the that the faraway past and what was done to birth this nation and how our government works in the Christian foundation that really permeates our our laws and our government, you know that truth for new generation. One of our frequent speakers is William J federal bill federal and I would encourage you to have his wonderful book America's God and country quotation books he's written many other books that one would be a good primer to get you into an appreciation for all that was done from a Christian perspective to build our land, but he talks about the fact that in Connecticut there are plaques everywhere were a couple of preachers, one in New England, Roger Williams, a Baptist preacher and the other was Thomas Hooker called the father of democracy and the fact that we could have a representative republic and we could govern ourselves according to the 10 Commandments, and we ultimately have this America with the houses of Congress and the divisions of power. The separation of powers. It was burst out of the church and out of the Christian worldview. And there is a great historical ignorance right now that squelch his patriotism and really opens the door for a descent into socialism and the loss of our freedoms and if we don't recover not only some knowledge of what America is all about. Puts some love and patriotism for what America is all about the that outcomes will be very sad indeed. I would live in a time of great biblical ignorance. It's funny how people will email me and they'll often misquote the Bible and they'll the editors say things like what God helps those who help themselves. You know that's actually from one of Aesop's fables Hercules in the wagon near that there's a line that says the gods help them that help themselves. But God helps those who help themselves is not found in the word of God. You know I've frequently hear people say you know well the Bible says don't judge don't judge anything know the Bible tells us to use discernment in the Bible tells us to look at life from a scriptural perspective. People think that some of the Scriptures is reduced to the idea that we are not to use any discernment or judgment know we are to judge all things.

From a biblical perspective. Money is the root of all evil is that a Bible verse will not actually it's first Timothy 610 for the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. But we live in a time of great biblical ignorance and the Bible says you must be born again and there's no way to heaven except through a relationship with Jesus and let me say biblically, we can't declassify any sense what was wrong in the eyes of God is still wrong, adultery, fornication, lying yes all homosexual activity in the eyes of God is the sin of good news is we can repent of sin, we can turn to Christ and be for forgiven, but to be saved. You must repent and forsake sin and turn to Christ and read Luke 13 three and read first Corinthians chapter 6, and unrepentant sinners. Those that are doggedly resolved to continue in what the Bible specifically condemns what they're showing is they've not met the true and living God. Yet, because if you are born again and regenerated made alive that which is dead is made alive and second Corinthians 517 to pass from death to life and become a new creature in the old things passed away that's being born again in Christ we are new and were on a different path because we've done a 180.

We've turned and there's biblical ignorance to think that you can go to heaven without having repented of sin and turned to Christ. That's biblical ignorance.

I would say there is number three.

A real eschatological ignorance, eschatology, the Bible says that evil men will wax worse and worse.

The Bible says that in the last days perilous times will come and people will deny truth and false Christ will arise.

People will say they are Jesus or they have the way to Jesus and the Bible says will be a time of violence and greed, lack of self-control and an in the end times before the return of the Lord will be an increase in demonic activity and let me say this difference. We are not going to usher in utopia here on earth.

We are not going to usher in his humanistic heaven on earth. There will be the ushering in of heaven and the new Jerusalem that if it will only be be after Christ returns. We with all of our accomplishments in all of our technological advances.

What's really happened rather than man progressing.

We are degenerating because the rise of technology has been paralleled with an absolute erosion of morality and really this is what God predicts in the last days just before Christ's return. People need to have eschatological truth, eschatology, knowledge of the last days, not ignorance. Fourthly, there's what I would call really a cemetery logical ignorance, lack of knowledge about salvation and were going to have to come back to this after the break, but salvation. The Greek word so Thierry Aust means to say and back in Ephesians 4 it says that we are to walk in the new life and put off the old life. In verse 17 of Ephesians 4. Henceforth, don't walk in the ways of the lost world as we used to. But having been saved, having been born again. Let that be evidenced by a new life but a new set of priorities living planning valuing that which God's word says and you know in the third century, the Christian leader. Jerome said knowledge of the Scriptures is knowledge of Christ.

Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ. We need this knowledge of our Savior, the son of God, we find in the pages of word of God stated and will come back and finish our talk about the deadly types of ignorance present in our world today. Alex Barlett is here to bring you answers for the tough question Scriptures that speaks to the issues and help to develop a personal, stable and strong Christian faith and with the help of notable names like 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 at landmark 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.

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Alex McFarlane is a voice you can trust to speak the timeless truths of Christianity in a timely way. You're listening to the truth for a new generation radio program Alex Barlett you were talking about deadly types of ignorance and I do want to encourage you again. Please come to Cincinnati, Ohio November 15 16 truth for a new generation. It's going to be amazing. Josh make dowel with elixir aid Hamilton about 10 amazing speakers. It will change your life. It's for all ages and and by the way, is 2020 and 20, 21, or even discussed. You can follow my speaking schedule where I'm speaking or debating or presenting the truth for new generation events go to my website which is Alex and we put out a regular newsletter if you want to keep up with what were doing and give us your email and you can reach us. yes it will come to me and we will do our best to respond in. If you have a Bible question or you want to know about the ministry or when you are coming to your region reach out to us. Alex with the email Alex at Alex McFarland.calm one before the break we were we were talking about historical ignorance, biblical ignorance, eschatological ignorance, and now ignorance of salvation. So Thierry logical ignorance. There's a book I've been reading by men and John Carroll called the wreck of Western culture humanism revisited and is talking about the fact that there will never be a man-made heaven on earth what people think there will be in a lot of socialists and progressives today and everybody else has failed at socialism. But it would work for us and do you know there are a lot of people that really hate capitalism and and frankly what America is and I think whether they know it or not. They don't like America because America was based on Christianity but let me read from the. The wreck of Western culture by John Carroll. He says quote humanism desire to create a city of light. But today it is culture's metropolis that is in ruins the wreck of humanist culture is in stark contrast to the physical edifice that humanism desire to create Allison when he sings it was this drive to create this utopia on earth and and he fellow humans felt like they could do it a listen to this. Carol says this drive was quote channeled into science and technology. The material comfort enjoyed by Western societies in the last century represents a giant advance in the human experience and we are duty-bound to acknowledge that okay now the good news of all of our accomplishments were things like medicine and improvements in agriculture and technology, but do you know that what really science and industry was birthed out of a Christian worldview on two fronts now follow me here. For one thing science came out of the church because they believed it's an orderly world the product of an orderly God, Creator God, the creator is orderly.

Therefore, creation is orderly observable and intelligible. In other words, we can make sense of it.

While there were scientific discoveries. There was technological advances industry and you know it was really out of the 17th and 18th century Europe that was under the Wesley lead revival that people begin to work in morality took a greater hold in the lives of people, and there was prosperity, capitalism, and also not only in Europe but over here in the colonies with William Bradford.

The idea that we should have personal property ownership rights.

If you work hard by the sweat of your brow till the ground and grow things got a bit of a keep it. So listen to this socialism today and earth worship and the climate change activist and the anti-capitalists they want to undo the good things that came out of the Industrial Revolution and Western culture, and capitalism phenomena continue to quote John Carroll from the book the wreck of Western culture which is not a Christian book per se, although the conclusions dovetail nicely with Christian thought Carroll asked this question. Who in their right mind would give up clean water, sanitation and sewers, antibiotics, reliable supplies of food, civic police, the jumbo jet computers and skyscrapers in exchange for what had come before the filth, contagion and stench of medieval Europe will who would give up all that progressives those that hate God and hate our accomplishments. People that want to take America and Americans backward into the times of medieval Europe liberals secular educators anti-VAX or's climate change activist and frankly and having been to more than 200 universities to speak delusional, pampered Western left-wingers look as the culture teeters on disorder, some that are enamored with the hyper structure of fundamental Islam. Psalm want to incorporate Muslim ways further and further into America and that would really be a journey backward into the culture of sixth century desert indigents of Muslim wife. And folks, there's a there's a social and cultural and historical and spiritual ignorance present in so many lives now. We were talking about. If you're in inclement weather you need chains on the wheels. If you can make it.

I want to say there's not only a spiritual blindness and moral ignorance, relational ignorance, practical ignorance, there's just an arrogance to think that we can live without God in the Yale University press just recently put out a book on hubris and they said this, each generation seems to believe that the truths learned in the past are now irrelevant in the paradigm has changed, or that there are now better techniques to avoid past mistakes. Listen we can't fool ourselves without God we can't do it without truth were not going to make it. We need to humble ourselves before God in the Chinese say that the fuller a stock of rice, the more it bends down the fact that we are standing up, shaking our fist in the face of God shows that were not full were empty because in the in the spirit of humility. If we were full of God's truth, we would be bowing humbly repentant lay before God in Ephesians 4, verse 20 says you've not learned so of Christ. If it so be that you have heard him and have been taught by him as the truth which is in Jesus put off the phone conversation of the former lifestyle of the old man, which is corrupt according to deceitful us and be renewed in the spirit of your mind.

We need our lives renewed. We need are behaviors related. We need our mind restored and renewed, and we need our soul made alive and that comes my dear friend through Jesus: today he's as close buys a prayer in his lives or change our nation will be change so follow Christ live by his truth, and please take up in yourself, to pray for the United States of America.

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