Debating Calvinism

 

Debate by J.N. Hall and Lemuel Potter 1894

Limited Atonement vs Unlimited Atonement

 

Recommended Sermon on Reformed Theology:

by Elder Josh Gregory (audio)

 

 

Come Out of the Cave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Kings 19:9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

(Recommending Reading1 Kings chapters 17-19)


Elijah the prophet lived in one of the most difficult times in history. He was called upon to stand for God in a day when it seemed all had abandoned the one true God. King Ahab ruled Israel for 22 years (874-853 b.c.). He was the most wicked king Israel had experienced, even worse than all before him. Ahab followed the sins of Jeroboam and had led the children of Israel away from God toward wickedness to the worship of baal even marrying the pagan princess, Jezebel, who promoted this idolatry even murdering the prophets and priest of God. What a scene it must have been when Elijah first faced the king Ahab and Jezebel. A rough man of the desert with a `cloak of animal skins and a leather girdle’, strides into the palace with the unwelcome prophecy of drought, famine, and hardship to come. Three years of drought, and then the showdown on Mount Carmel as he faces the priests of Baal – which of course the apostate king and his heathen queen also worshiped. God had empowered the prophet and the prophets of baal were slain. The queen issued a death sentence and Elijah, being pursued, ran for his life. He found himself feeling defeated and alone in a cave begging to die and back in Israel paganism reigned supreme and there was still a price on his head. He had failed; where could he go, what could he do, what would become of him? He wailed to the Lord in an agony of doubt and despair, too low to respond even to the still small voice. 1 Ki 19:14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. (15) And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:

God shows up and said what are you doing here? God doesn’t offer sympathy or a pat on the back to poor pitiful Elijah but he says get up out of your old funky cave and serve me. I have more work for you to do. There were no soothing words of reassurance but precise directions. Elijah the hunted, the fearful and depressed was to go back the way he had come, trusting God to foil Jezebel’s spies and hatchet-men and continuing north, right on to Damascus. There he was to do new work for his Lord, appointing rulers ready to take over when the time came and anointing Elisha to be his helper and, in due course, his successor. He was to be part of God’s plan for the future and the messiah that was to come, this was what God wanted, so he arose and went.

How often do we wallow in our own self pity and despair or throw up our hands and say what’s the use. God requires the same thing from us that He required from Elijah. Get out of our caves and go on serving Him. Faithfulness is the grand enduring mark of a child of God. Even when things appear dismal or hopeless that’s no excuse to give up the fight. Elijah thought he was all alone yet God showed him there were others that had the same desire, even 7,000 men in Israel that were still faithful to God. Even though we do not live in violent days as Elijah there is a spiritual battle that is just as fierce and God needs every born again Christian to stand true and remain faithful. Faithful to God’s cause, faithful to God’s church and faith to your brothers and sisters in the Lord. Many are struggling and see the problems of our day and maybe it’s time to get our heads out of the cave and move on the purposes of God together.

1) What Elijah Saw:

Israel was in a state of apostasy (falling away) as never before. Friends we are blind if we do not see that the Christians of our day are far removed from the level of devotion we should be. The American lifestyle has degraded Christian life to the point that many are blind to apostasy that has overtaken us and the Lord’s church. Even in this age of apostasy and deception I still believe there are many who love the Lord (who have not bowed a knee to baal) and want to serve Him.

1 Ki 19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

2) What Elijah did:

He stood for God when others would not. He was bold and obedient despite the spiritual conditions and numerous hardships. Even this prophet got weary from the battle yet his key to success was faithfulness. He left his cave and went back once again to anoint the next king and the prophet that would follow.

3) What the Lord did:

The Lord took Elijah straight into Heaven. Jezebel, nor anyone else, took his life for his life was in the hands of the Lord.

2 Ki 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

ELIJAH’S FAITH WAS DEMONSTRATED BY HIS ACTIONS AND ELIJAH ACTED ON GOD’S COMMAND NOT HIS FEELINGS:

1. Change the way you think and God will Change the way you feel!!!

2. Change the way you act or react

a. Do what is right, no matter how you feel!

John 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

b. If you say you must feel good before doing what is right, you have made your feelings into an idol.

3. Know that God has the answers

2 Pet 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

4. Know that with God there is always hope

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

5. Know that with God, problems have purpose

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

6. Focus on praise and thanksgiving rather than circumstances (Ephesians 5:18-20)

7. Apply your efforts to finding Biblical Solutions for your dilemmas

REMEMBER SATAN’S ATTACK IS IN THE MIND

QUESTION: Matthew 26:38-39 – Did Christ feel like dying on the cross?

No, He didn’t feel like dying on the cross but His goal was to be obedient to the Father. If He had not died on the cross, we would all be doomed to eternal destruction

The God of Elijah is the one that makes a way where there is no way. He’s the God that sent down the fire. He can made path where no path could be seen. He is the God that multiplies with nothing. He is the God that brings the visible out of the invisible. He is the God that provided for His people by humanly impossible means. The Lord God of Elijah is the one true God.

NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED TO UNITE FOR THE GOOD OF THE CAUSE AND REMAIN FAITHFUL. GOD HAS A PURPOSE AND HIS PURPOSE IS SOULS!!!

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