Share This Episode
Truth For a New Generation Alex McFarland Logo

The Most Controversial Passage

Truth For a New Generation / Alex McFarland
The Truth Network Radio
May 25, 2020 8:00 am

The Most Controversial Passage

Truth For a New Generation / Alex McFarland

On-Demand Podcasts NEW!

This broadcaster has 192 podcast archives available on-demand.

Broadcaster's Links

Keep up-to-date with this broadcaster on social media and their website.

May 25, 2020 8:00 am

Welcome to Truth For a New Generation with Alex McFarland! On this episode, Alex teaches out of the book of Romans Chapter 1 and 2. The subject this week is about what may be the most controversial passage in the Bible.

In the midst of a culture obsessed with relativism, Alex is a voice you can trust to speak the timeless truths of Christianity in a timely way.



Matt Slick Live!
Matt Slick
The Urban Alternative
Tony Evans, PhD
Grace To You
John MacArthur
Cross the Bridge
David McGee
So What?
Lon Solomon

This is the Truth Network CNG radio, or 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 what is probably the most controversial passage in the Bible there a lot of passages that could be deemed controversy all I think about passages that clearly promised the land of Israel to the Jewish people. For those that are pro-Palestinian believe that we should go by UN edicts rather than the word of God, that would be controversial passages about morality and marriage. In the sanctity of human life. Those passages are controversial, but I would submit to you, probably the most controversial passage in the Bible. Here in the 21st century would have to be Romans chapter 1 from verses 18 to really the first five verses of Romans chapter 2 hi Alex McFarlane here. Welcome to the program today and I want to talk a little bit about morality and what about because the mystery of iniquity and tied into how our nation so desperately needs a revival of spiritual awakening and and I want you to think about some of the leaders of our day and some of the things that people stand for and I I think about how presidential candidate Joe Biden a few months ago, said there is no place in the Democratic Party for a person who's not pro-choice. The defending of abortion, the, the contorted ways that so many on the left try to argue for the legitimacy of abortion when remember our Constitution and our Bill of Rights was predicated on the belief in what is called natural law, moral truth, and among the tenants of natural law, these two things just by nature innately. We all know we all know that human beings are different than animals. We all know that murder of a human being is wrong now self defense, national defense, execution of convicted murderers. The death penalty for murderers, that's different. In the book of Romans chapter 13 talks about good civil government is sanctioned by God, and in fact good civil government. According to Romans, is a minister of God.

So as tough as it is to get your mind around killing and murder are two different things. Now think about that and sadly a police officer or a soldier might kill another person in self-defense in national defense homeowner might shoot an intruder, but again the word of God and great Christian thinkers and Jewish thinkers and Christian ethicists throughout history have recognized that the word of God gives to individuals and nations the right to self-defense and governments are legitimate and prosecuting and punishing evildoers. That is not murder. Murder is the willful, unjustified, unprovoked killing of another human being for no right reason and abortion is a form of murder. Now listen to Romans one verse 18 it says for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Another was actively willfully suppress the truth and that is the indictment to stand before God one day naked before God are so extracted from our body are our spirit put before God and any of the barriers in the disguises that we hide behind our intellectualism, our wealth, our position, we are just too sophisticated and refined to sully ourselves with imposing our values on others. All of those layers of faade that we try to hide behind. We stand naked before God.

One day, and here's the indictment that people knew what was true and they they denied it. They ignored it in even work to suppress it. The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against those who suppress the truth and their many academics, Democrat politicians, Hollywood celebrities spin doctoring reporters who are truth suppressors today. Verse 19 of Romans one because that which may be known of God is manifest in them. For God has shown it to them for the invisible things of God from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made know what that means in Romans 120 is that the creation cries out there must be a creator. Verse 20 says, amazingly, even his eternal power and Godhead. Now here is something that if we were honest if we were thinking clearly.

This ought to strike fear in the heart of everybody who deep in their soul. They know they're rebelling against God. Right now it says so that they are without excuse. Imagine no excuse, no alibi. CS Lewis wrote a book many decades ago called God in the dock. It was a series of essays that Lewis had written and the dock is the defense chair in a courtroom. The witness stand. God is in the docket.

According to Lewis unit. I mean that the mindset of the 20th century, that God is guilty until proven innocent. The word of God. The Scriptures are wrong until proven truth. And here's the irony we've got to take a break will get to connect Romans one the most controversial section of God's word in 2020. We think we have an excuse.

And God doesn't.

But in reality God's truth and it is really a fallen humanity, who has no alibi.

Apart from Jesus and his cleansing blood in his righteousness, the human race stands before God guilty unless they would panic and believe state in TNG radio is going to come back after this from. I am a watchman ministries. Here's today's I am a watchman minute Amos had no formal training but was called by God to be a powerful prophet, but when Amos shared God's message which the priest above all should've embraced he was attacked.

The priest accused a mess of things that were not true.

Amos was falsely accused, harshly questioned even threatened, but he remained faithful, could you the enemy hoped Amos could be intimidated into silence or that threats would lead Amos to compromise his message, but Amos remained faithful would you Amos's faith was tested. Yours will be to so expect the enemy to attack. Keep your armor on, stay in the word and be fervent in prayer that the I'm a watchman ministry help you on this journey.

Be bold, be faithful, be a watchman, I am a there's been some confusion between the title of engage magazine and the term engage the listener. Would you marry me. I see now that's what I mean engage magazine is a ministry to millennial's while getting engaged is timolol Alyssa right. The thing is we want to be engaged that sweet but engage magazine is about being engaged with your faith in the culture visit engage Alex is written many books to help you defend your faith. One of them answers questions from skeptics it's cleverly titled 10 answers for skeptics today. Skeptics are looking for authenticity, integrity, and straightforward truth and in the book Alex McFarland identifies the 10 most common types of skepticism that plagued doubters mindset offers believers proven strategies for connecting intellectually and spiritually with those who are skeptical about the claims of Christianity. Learn how to answer intimidating questions.

Identify the root issue behind those questions and dismantled the spiritual bombshell dropped by atheist plus provide encouragement to face hostility by persevering in love. The ultimate apologetic Christians could offer as a witness to our loving God, check out 10 answers for skeptics.

When you visit Alex you need to have a Bible degree from Liberty University to love their prey worship. May God make you make life more vibrantly when you're ready for a religious studies degree will find more than 60 ministry degree options that Dr. of Ministry when LeBlanc prayed for divinity courses at Liberty University where we train champions for Christ that eliminate\explore, learn more at liberty\explore, to learn more for apologetics, resources, books by Alex McFarland and to find out where Alex is speaking.

Visit Alex well-connected TNG radio Alex McFarland here were talking about the most controversial passage in the Bible. Romans wanted to and I do want to remind everybody that we're on Facebook Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11 AM Eastern time at the rev. Alex McFarland are the rev. Alex McFarland there to pages nothing on Facebook and you see my name.

There's a Facebook page that we got up to 5000 friends and followers, so we had to start a public figure page that is our easy rev.

Alex McFarland on Facebook and we have right now we have about 550 some thousand followers and we thank you for that. Please share and repost. By the way, every week we give away one of my books. So if you watch us Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11 AM Eastern.

And then you repost even if you watch it after the fact, and your repost it then you are entered in the Friday drawing in right now were giving away my book stand strong in college. What you'll hear your freshman year preparing for the ways that college will challenge your faith wrote this book interviewed 300 and some college students and we talk about the four areas for college challenges the faith of the young person academically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and listen if you're heading off to college. Or maybe you're even studying online you need to know the landmines. Hey, I became a believer while I was in college. I love education, but I assure you that right now American secular education, K-12, college and postgraduate programs, unless you go to a solidly Christian school like Piedmont international University in Winston-Salem. I'm on their board. Dr. Charles Pettit and his teachers do such a good job unless you got to like Piedmont or liberty or Viola or Houston Baptist or Patrick Henry or Grove city, and there are some good colleges out there, but I'll put it this way Larry Schweikert that we've interviewed on this program is a great professor in Ohio and he wrote a famous book called a patriots guide to American history. Try could also wrote a book called 48 liberal lies. You probably learned in high school. Think about this.

Folks, he documents in his book about liberal lies. You probably learned in high school, 97% of the history books published since the 60s have been overtly liberal and and think about this 97% of the history books that deal with 20th-century America.

The two most prominent themes in the history books written after the Vietnam era, the two most prominent themes have been to berate and belittle America to denigrate America and to denigrate the church criticize the USA criticize Christianity. 97% of the history books published since the 60s that are secular have been anti-America and anti-God. That's why Ben Shapiro we've interviewed Ben Shapiro on the program before, but Ben Shapiro when he wrote a book about college years ago called brainwashed. He said college has become a four-year attack on America and God and that those are some of the truth suppressors that were talking about from Romans one, but my point being young people need my book stand strong in college. What you'll hear your freshman year preparing for the ways that college will challenge your faith and doubt you can get that book online, but if you watch our live stream on Facebook rev. Alex McFarland and you share and we encourage you to do that, you're automatically entered were giving away one book a week and we can't wait to send that out to you that you can use a lot of youth groups use this book as a study is listed. We love people, but many people are blinded. Many people are biased.

Many people are actively fighting for that which is false subject Romans chapter 1 here for just a moment.

Romans one says this that did the eternal things of God are clearly seen by the created world. In other words, creation had to have a creator, but that the moral law are written on everybody's heart. We all know that lying is wrong. Murder is wrong.

Stealing is wrong, slander, false witness is wrong, but we know the right and yet we do the wrong the law on our heart. The moral law had to come from a moral law giver. Romans 120 says that we are without excuse. We knew the right, but not only did the wrong actively worked to suppress in silence the truth I think about the people that have given their lives and in you know the names in II think about Nancy Pelosi who stands for everything wrong. Not only that which is ungodly, but that which is should be your civil rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and folks that's why listen, don't get me wrong, my home is in heaven. We know that this world is not my home, I'm just a passing through, but if you are an American, especially if you're a Christian American you need to pray. You need to stay informed and come November you need to vote. Because the Bible says in verse 21 of Romans one when they knew God, they did not glorify him as God, neither were they thankful they became vain that's futile in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Verse 22. If ever there was a verse that's so descriptive of American secular education in American secular politics, and certainly the voices coming out of much of the media and Hollywood, professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. They change the glory of the incorruptible God to an image made like corruptible man to birds, four-footed beasts, and creeping things. The subject of false religion pagan religions. The rise of neopaganism and all that's on the Internet.

That's just a cultic, the occult, that's another subject for another day. But man's fundamental problem has been a two-sided coin that we might call pride and idolatry. Pride says I don't need God unit. Humility says I really don't need anything but God prides is I don't need God and the other side.

Idolatry says I'm not gonna worship God, I'll worship what I want to worship myself for some image. I've met Norm Geisler is with the Lord.

Now he was a professor and a colleague, Dr. Geisler said in the beginning God made man in his image and man's been returning the favor ever since we make God in our image, rather than believing the revelation of the true and living God. We reject that and we create the gods of our own making and follow them hesitating is out of order to come back and I want to conclude about what we did those that love God truth in America you love God you love, truth, you care about this country. What do we do in a time like this. I'll discuss that when we come back after this break, the Lord is a 100% track record in keeping his promises and he lovingly offers to help everyone prepare for life and for eternity.

Join Alex McFarland at the cold busy shares from the Old Testament book of Daniel in the New Testament book of Revelation. The two most well-known books of Bible prophecy each reveals things about world history and the future that only God could no, their prophecies could be a source of motivation warning and assurance. They can also be an apologetic persuasion for nonbelievers get clarity on which events today may relate to these two prophetic books be equipped to answer the big questions and objections about prophecy of Daniel and Revelation how God wrote history in advance with Alex McFarland July 27-31 at the Billy Graham training center at the Cove. Find out more and If you're a Christian parent. You of course want to instill a biblical view of life in the hearts of your children, your pastor, you want to offer ministry that draws young families to your church. This is Alex McFarland encouraging you to check out my new book and video curriculum. The 21 toughest questions your kids will ask about Christianity. I interviewed hundreds of children ages 5 to 12 and we address actual questions from actual children. The spiritual issues that are on the minds of your kids the book and video lessons are great for groups of any size and was produced with the goal of equipping kids to stand strong for Christ in any situation.

The 21 toughest questions your kids will ask the book study guide and video series.

You'll find that AFA in the midst of a culture obsessed with relativism. Alex McFarland 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. Welcome back to the program Alex McFarland here were talking about the most controversial passage in the Bible in the 21st century anywhere in Romans 124 through following talks about not only the immorality of the idolatry. Not only that the pride in the suppression of known truth but it talks about just detestable indescribably evil sexual deviance say that people will work to legitimize and were living in those times. That's why we need the Holy Spirit revival in our nation, and that's what we need preachers. Let me just say we need preachers that will courageously obediently callout sin and help people to come to Christ and to realize with not only the preaching of the word. The clear reading of Scripture, but that the merciful power the Holy Spirit help people understand that CN will be there eternal undoing verse 24 Romans one says God gave them over to uncleanness through the lusts of their own heart, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves. Verse 25 people who changed the truth of God into a lie.

People that pursued vile affections. Verse 26 and it goes on and it talks about homosexuality a clear description of homosexuality. Verse 27 of Romans one cause this unseemly verse 28 says the people who pursue and engage in such things and defenses. Things are reprobate. In other words, not even able to discern right from wrong.

Verse 29 says being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, metallurgist being a person of bad faith and malice whispers, backbiters, and here it is in verse 30 haters of God, despite full, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, who, knowing the judgment of God and that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the things, but have pleasure in these things. Enjoy it and it asked the question in Romans chapter 2 how do you think you can escape the judgment of God when you've been given over to stand in this way, we need again in this culture, to have shame and a sense of guilt and remorse and brokenness over sin and Spurgeon talked about at the end of time. When the angel of God brings you from out of your grave and you stand there before the wrath of the righteousness of God. We who have broken God's law face only wrath unless were under the blood of Jesus and the cleansing of of the Savior, and so I think once again our culture needs to understand that look God is just not this kindly grandfather and this guy who's going to give us a pat on the head and a cookie know God is a holy eternal righteous God, and we deserve judgment for sin sinners deserve punishment and CS Lewis said this and I think this is an amazing observation.

Lewis said if there is a God, you are innocent alone with him. Now you think will not not. I've got people around me, my friends, my family, I mentioned earlier in the show. The faade that we hide behind the layers of insulation that we put around us, we tell ourselves it's going to make us okay but think about it, the trophies on the shelf. The plaque on the wall.

The accomplishments all the things that desensitize you to the voice of God saw that it be taken away one day and you will stand naked before God, right back to CS Lewis. He said if there is a God, you are in a sense, alone with him.

You cannot put him off with speculations about your next-door neighbors are memories of what you've read in books, what with all the chatter in here say what will it count will you even be able to remember these things when you stand before God when the anesthetic fog, which we call the real world fades away in the presence in which you have always stood becomes palpable. Immediate and unavoidable, says Lewis. What will you do then. So think about it. God sees you.

God knows you and one day the one that we procrastinate about we try to push aside one day everybody will deal with as Lee Strobel says the God issue.

You know, earlier this week. Great apologists want to be with the Lord Ravi Zacharias.

Ravi spoke for us in the truth for new generation conferences a time or two and it was not my privilege to interact with him. A number of times we had them on the radio and he gave his life to defending the faith and he was a brilliant intellect and the word of God calls us not only to be disciples, but to be evangelists and not only to be evangelists, but to be apologist you know we are to preach the gospel to every creature. That's evangelism where to make disciples of all nations.

Matthew 2818 through 20. That's discipleship. But we are to be defenders of the faith. First Peter 315. Be ready always to give an answer.

Jude verse three that we are to earnestly contend for the faith. And so we are to present explain defend the faith. That's what our ministry is done now for 22 years truth for new generation and that's why we love to hear from you and we love to interact with love to give content that we hope will encourage, inform, inspire and equip but focus.

I would ask that you pray at such a time as this. When so many people are lost in their blinded, and even many within the church. I don't know if it's just ignorance and being uninformed. I don't know if it's fear. I don't know if it's willful disobedience, but so much of the church that ought to be talking about God proclaiming truth were strangely silent these days.

GK Chesterton famously said this, he said, when people abandon the true God. They do not believe in nothing. They believe in anything and that's really where people are. Chesterton also said this, he said an open mind is like an open mouth.

It's designed to close down on something solid. Otherwise it becomes like an open sewer rejecting nothing so we hear so much about people being open minded and oftentimes if we speak out against sin.

People say well you know your phobic or your being hateful. No, not afraid of anything not hating anybody merely trying to stand for what is true and critique and oppose that which is Fox Wallace and fives stand for truth because when the tides of culture are finished and finally gone what will remain is truth in the God of truth eternal. So God bless you.

Thanks for listening and stand for truth in these ruthless times. TMG radio is made possible by the friends of Alex McFarland ministry, PO Box 10231, Wiens Borough, NC 27404. That's PO Box 10231, Greensboro, NC 27404 call us at 877 yes God one that's 877 yes, God, and the number one or give while you're there, listen the program archives. Read Alex's blog invite Alex to speak at your event or contact Alex with a question or comment, Alex Thanks for listening today and join us again next time. As we bring you more true for a new generation TMG radio

Get The Truth Mobile App and Listen to your Favorite Station Anytime