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October 24, 2020 12:00 am
TMG 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 now 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 was an evangelist born in Yorkshire, England.
Many, many years ago in the 19th century. He lived until 1947. His name was Smith Wigglesworth rather unusual name, was a plumber and he became a preacher and he had no real theological training. Sometimes people would question the way he prayed in some of his his messages and methods, but clearly the power of God was on his life and Smith Wigglesworth said many profound things that I think we need to to reflect on today.
One of the things he said that I think is true for believers in every age Smith Wigglesworth said that we are listen to consume the word of God until it consumes you. Hi Alex McFarlane, you're welcome to another edition of truth for a new generation as we draw ever closer to the 2020 election and there's so much craziness going on in the world really and in the news I want to talk about the gospel and how our nation so desperately needs to return to Christ and and, frankly, humble ourselves before God and pray and seek the will and the favor of God and we need to repent of sins turn to Christ. Every one of us individually, and pray for God to come into our lives of fresh and new empower. I'm going to read from Psalm 22 in a moment talk a little bit about Smith Wigglesworth and give another one of his quotes and it relates to a call I had tonight this very night. I'm I'm recording this actually in Colorado on it. Karis Bible college not been out here this week with Andrew Womack and what an honor to work on curriculum and apologetics biblical worldview with out with Andrew Womack and Dr. so as I record this I am pretty close to the summit of pikes peak which is 14,000 hundred and 10 feet above sea level and it's just an amazing thing to think about how this beautiful mountaintop so majestically portrays the power and the glory of God, and it was a peer. Of course that from pikes peak America the beautiful was written by Catherine Lee Bates as she looked out and just envisioned CE as far as the eye could see the fruited plains and how this nation was blessed by God. So I'm up here and just overwhelmed by the scenery, the presence of the Lord and working on things that we pray will touch many lives for the gospel and I got a call from a student, and this particular student had been to a debate between Sean McDowell and Matthew VINES and of course Sean is the son of Josh McDowell, a great defender of the faith himself. Sean is a dear brother in the gospel. Matthew finds claims to be a Christian but is homosexual and pro-gay. And of course it almost daily at true for new generation ministries we get questions and calls about how to minister to people who were caught up in the gay lifestyle or or claim to be Christian and yet, morally, sexually or living lives wildly in opposition to the word of God. Listen to this. The Matthew VINES debating Sean McDowell when Sean was faithfully presenting scriptures about what the word of God says regarding male and female in human sexuality Matthew VINES would say well that's not how it reads for me and for me it means something different and so the student call me and was asking you know how we respond when people you need to complain verse of Scripture and they'll say well I feel differently. We've got to remember folks in and I'm going to read from Psalm 22 in just a moment that our feelings are not capable of changing reality.
Sometimes our emotions are in step with reality. Sometimes our motions are very much out of step with reality, but Smith Wigglesworth said this about understanding that we are to take God's word for the objective truth that it is and we don't let our emotions define reality. We let the word of God instruct us and guide us to truth, reality and salvation. Wigglesworth said, quote I can't understand God by my feelings.
I can understand the Lord Jesus Christ by feelings. I can only understand God the father and Jesus Christ by what the word says about them.
God is everything. The word says he is.
We get acquainted with God through his word. End of quote. That's a great quote for our lives today and by the way, regarding atheists or skeptics or libertines that they take plain verse of Scripture and those say, well, my truth is different.
Let me say this in and I shared with the student on the phone tonight.
Words have meaning now. Words are not fluid you can't go into a bank and make two different statements you could say I want to make a deposit in my account. Or you could say stick them up.
This is a holdup and if the police apprehended you for giving a false threat you can say oh well this is a holdup to me means I'm about to make a deposit. See words are objective. They have meaning and right now were living in a time when many academics and celebrities and just even sadly some people and pulpits miss leading people are trying to say the Bible can mean whatever you wanted to meet but but that's not reality. We have to take words for what they objectively mean and one of the proofs that words do mean things. Even the skeptic and even the person that's trying to get around the clear teaching of God's word, the person is trying to dodge the uncomfortable truth that reality is black-and-white and by the way it is. It's true false.
It's right wrong. It's saved, it's lost. Either there is a God or there isn't either.
Christ was the risen son of God or he isn't for the person that wants to live in the gray and say well that's true for you, but that's not true for me. Here's here's one thing that we need to point out in the most important thing about of course we need to pray for the spirit of God to bring conviction but look words must mean things because people have to use words even in any attempt to deny the efficacy of words: we come back on today's edition of truth for a new generation from Psalm 22 and regular look at seven facts about the gospel that our nation and world in the 21st century need to know stating truth for new generation with Alex McFarland is back after this. America today is like a patient struggling to live yet is being forcibly euthanized by her quote doctors, the life force within the patient fighting for survival is the honest citizens like yourself team of quote caregivers are the local and national leaders actually contributing to the demise of the patient economy is crashing crime is exploding. The Constitution is being abolished the assault on America how to defend our nation before it's too late by Alex Farland has one single purpose to get you prepared the real source of America's current problems that no one else is talking about and what you can do now to face tomorrow. Regardless of what tomorrow brings. The assault on America how to defend our nation before it's too late. Available now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and local Christian bookstore Christians don't necessarily agree with one another when it comes to questions of religious pluralism, homosexuality, the role of government portion of war.
Too often, we manage these disagreements by ignoring them, yet were called to engage the world for the sake of Christ. How can we be effective if we avoid society's most pressing questions 10 issues that divide Christians Alex McFarland challenges us to drill down to the biblical score of 10 current issues such as social justice evil and suffering, photography, and environmentalism as he echoes the biblical invitation, this reason together only by engaging the Scriptures deeply thinking clearly and speaking truthfully can we, in God's family address our differences and discover the peace that comes with unity of purpose.
10 issues that divide Christians buying this book and many firstname.lastname@example.org timeless truths in a soundbite culture for a new generation radio back to the program truth for a new generation Alex McFarland here. I do hope your praying for our country and I hope your praying for the election. I hope you are going to vote, or maybe you have voted early and as Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty often says vote, godly but I want to talk about the gospel and how our nation at a time when people seem to have lost all sense of a moral compass and even professed Christians are in the news supporting pro-abortion candidates and leaders running for office that stand for all manner of ungodliness. We read in Scripture from Psalm 22 in verses 27 and 28 of Psalm 22, it says all the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord and all the families of the nations shall worship before you, for kingship belongs to the Lord. He rules over the nations not very famously. Psalm 22 is one thing that Jesus quoted from the cross. Psalm 22, one, my God, my God, why has thou forsaken me. It says in verses four and five our fathers, trusted in you they trusted in.
You rescued them. They cried to you and they were set free.
They trusted in you and there.
There were not disgraced to not be far for me because distress is near and there is no help and this is some of the messianic component of Psalm 22 and 11 and 12. By the way, written around 1000 BC by David and yet it speaks of it vividly of Jesus that bolts around me strong ones of Bashan encircle me.
They open their mouths, they mark Lyons dogs a gang of evildoers have closed in on me now of course for 16 they pierced my hands and my feet I count all my bones. People look and stare, but you will Lord do not before why this is verse 19 now from the cross not remember Jesus fully God and fully man, but not fallen man. Part of what Jesus did, of course, he was living that perfect sinless life. He went to the cross he atoned for our sins, but a lot of what Jesus did and what Jesus suffered was said that he could identify with us and we with him. The Bible says that Jesus was tempted in all points like we yet without sin. So let me say every person can legitimately know that Jesus understands whatever you're going through. Whether it's emotional pain or stress or physical pain.
The most excruciating pain. Jesus understands and I think some of these these cries from the cross about being surrounded and then the comfort and reassurance.
Verse 19, but you will Lord, don't be far away my strength come quickly to help me deliver my life from the sword may only lie from the power of these dogs. The gospel the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus for the sins of the world, the son of God that gave his life, rose from the dead, thus proving his deity and the empty tomb, confirming that the Bible is God's word and the gospel is true and 1700 years after the life of Christ. Our founding fathers would build his nation on Christian principles and I'm going to address that in a moment, but follow me here.
It is a global gospel. It is a timeless gospel. It is a dutiful or obligatory gospel. It comes with responsibilities. It is a personal gospel. It's for you personally. Jesus personally in your life is an exclusive gospel, and it is an authoritative gospel element explain this from Psalm 22, a global gospel. It says all the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord.
I pray for that day and how we need our own corner of the world to turn to Christ, we need America to turn to Christ. It is a timeless gospel. It says that the people will listen. Remember that the wording there for. Remember means something brought to mind, but the implication is that God has brought it to mind, and it it's it's where the wording is is like something that suddenly burns in your mind. Imagine you're driving down the road you think all my goodness, you know, I left the water running, something that is just so your mind is fixated on it because it's important because God brought it to mind so this gospel, all the ends of the earth will remember friend. It is time that America remembers God the spirit of the Lord help us remember the God from whom we have deviated. Listen, it is a dutiful gospel and obligatory gospel. It says what they will turn to the Lord. If you're hearing this broadcasting your thinking about your relationship with Christ, then part of the obligation that comes with knowledge of God. It's accountability to turn to the Lord and I'm so glad it. Many people is that if you're if you're headed in the wrong direction.
God allows U-turns that's repentance you can turn the car around. Clearly our nation needs to turn back to God and how professed Christians that claim to know the Bible and believe the Bible how they can either not vote and let the country continue to drift or they can vote for very ungodly people makes me question their their sanity, rationality, or even relationship with the Lord because part of being a Christian is to relinquish your rights and be a follower of Christ.
Paul asked that famous rhetorical question. In first Corinthians 619 and 20. Don't you know that you're not your own, she were obligated to live by the word of God were to turn to the Lord. It's a personal gospel.
The families of the nations.
Every person, every ethanol's every individual can have a relationship with God personally. It's an exclusive gospel. It says there in verse 27 that Lord. They will worship you while you verse 29 of Psalm 22 says that all those who go down to the dust will kneel before him question is will it be in a state of salvation or state of condemnation and it is an authoritative gospel.
It says for kingship belongs to the Lord. He rules over the nations.
The gospel is true applicable for all people. Christ is the risen Lord. He is the deity of the universe. And yes kingship belongs to the Lord all the nations should must and one day will acknowledge the kingship of Jesus. We got more talk about one final point about the gospel are nation so desperately needs to rediscover at this time more urgently than ever. Don't go away true for new generation with Alex McFarland's back. After this you know Alex is been writing for many years, and one of his classic book.
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You're listening to the truth for a new generation radio back program were going to continue talking about the gospel and I do want to say of big big thank you to everybody who's been buying my brand-new book, the assault on America how to defend our nation before it's too late and the book is doing very well. I would encourage you to read it, especially before the election. I mean there's a lot of the book that really is evergreen about her history and morally how imperative it is that we return to belief in morals and how talking about morality does not violate the First Amendment. But I thank you for reading the book, I encourage you that the audiobook is out there on Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble can get the book email@example.com but also I want to remind you we got a very wonderful DVD on Thanksgiving, my dear friend and colleague Jerry Newcomb helped produce this wonderful DVD on the pilgrims for Thanksgiving and I'd like to send you a copy of this for your donation in any amount. Your contribution in any amount. If you would write to us at PO Box 485, Pleasant Garden, NC 27313 and you can just if you write a check, you can write it to TNG as interest for new generation or you cannot donate securely firstname.lastname@example.org and will send you out the DVD on Thanksgiving. Very informative. Just as our way of saying that we appreciate you listen to this nowadays people are saying while America was not founded as a Christian nation, and during that the confirmation of any company Barrett. Everybody was will not everybody but many of the. The liberals were just so afraid that her Christianity might influence how she thinks listen Noah Webster, a course in 1828 publish the dictionary of the English language.
Noah Webster said this, he was a great leader in early America quote our liberty growth and prosperity was the result of a biblical philosophy of life. Our continued freedom and success is dependent on educating the youth of America in the principles of Christianity is not something he went on to say he wrote a history of the United States in 1832. Noah Webster said, quote the moral principles and precepts found in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws listen all the evils said Webster Wichman suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war. All the evils in society proceed from our neglect of the precepts contained in the Bible." Not Benjamin Rush. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
He founded the Philadelphia Bible Society. He said this quote the Bible is the only correct map of the human heart that is ever been published.
He said that in 1798. Now he's right and part of the reason that socialism fails and government entitlement programs waste money. They don't take into account human nature that people are lazy, selfish and sinful. Given the chance, and any Benjamin Rush went on a listen to this. If Amy company Barrett is unfit to serve. So are all of the founders of America and most of our great iconic leaders.
Look, there's a reason that the Marxist black lives matter. People are tearing down statues and there's a reason people like, Harris are paying their bail and not upholding the rule of law, the liberal progressive black lives matter socialist and the Democrats and in my book. Look, I give the 21 points of the Biden Harris platform and we we got it on good authority and its incrementally come out that it's true.
They want America's founders to be erased and forgotten. Because the new socialist worldview that they're trying to implement can't have God or moral truth.
That's why I'm begging of you to pray for America, but Benjamin Rush said, quote the Bible is the only means of establishing and perpetuating our Republican forms of government.
It is the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible that will preserve our nation. He said no Fisher Ames think about this so can you. Can you imagine the, the aneurysm and the heart attack that liberals would have today Fisher Ames who wrote the First Amendment. He was a judge he was author.
The First Amendment September 20, 1789, he said, quote the Bible should be the principal text in all public schools" not I asked people was he right or was he wrong and and those set up about well words don't mean things no words mean things. It's undeniable.
Words have meaning and the founders believed that not only was the Bible, the book on which America was founded that it must be the roadmap back if we were to deviate, so let me give you the final point not only the global gospel and the authoritative gospel we have. Thank you God. The restorative gospel. See Psalm 22 goes on and it says this that you know our forefathers called on you and you heard listen to this.
It says in verse 25 of Psalm 22 in a God if you'll only intervene a listen I will give praise in the great congregation because of you I will fulfill my vows before those who fear you, the humble will even be satisfied. Those who seek the Lord will praise him, and then it goes on and says all the families of the earth will remember God now all who prosper on earth will eat and bow down all those who go down to the dust will kneel before God, even the one who cannot preserve his life's outlook rug and deliver all going to pass one day turn to Christ while you have opportunity.
Their descendents will serve him the next generation will be told about the Lord that will come until the people yet to be born about his righteousness, and what he is done now think about this personhood. The people yet to be born.
God sees the unborn is a person that needs to know about truth, not friend. We're in a time when you must speak out, you must pray you must vote. You must stand for God and country, my dear friends, this is no time to be neutral. This is no time to opt out. This is no time to be complacent. We must pray for America love our neighbor proclaim truth get out of our comfort zone founders were willing to die to give us a free, safe, prosperous America.
Now we've got to take a stand to help preserve. God bless you. Thanks for listening and make God's mercy and power.
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