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The Pride of Life: Annihilationism Part 3

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“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (I John 2: 15-16)

I have seldom heard “the pride of life” explained in a sermon. Yet, it provides a critical clue toward unraveling the mystery of eternal life.

This “pride of life” indicates that every man takes pride in his own existence.

What strikes me is how foundational this idea is to understanding our modern culture. Constantly we are told that people need to be good to themselves. To express themselves. To know themselves. To love themselves.

In reality, men have no trouble loving themselves. In stark contrast to all the self-esteem propaganda that children are subjected to from earliest childhood, the apostle Paul, had something quite different to say about this love of self.

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The Problem of Iniquity: Annihilationism: Part 2

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Man does not want to face the depths of his own sin.

Nor does he want to deal with the problem of iniquity.

Both are impossible for a man to fix by moral discipline, religious devotion or other means.

Because of this inescapable problem, there will always be attempts to change the rules which God has established. To exchange biblical reality with man’s wishful thinking. Or to change the gospel and the plan of salvation in order to accommodate the iniquity of the soul.

Annihilationism is all about accommodation.

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No Gospel without the Virgin Birth


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A Terrible Distraction

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God’s Word vs God’s Name

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“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”         (Psalm 138:2)

God’s word is placed above His name.

As we continue to focus on the Gospel Absolutes, it is critical that we do not forget this foundational truth.

Because, to reverse this order — by focusing on His name above His word — is a serious error.

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Beyond Gooey Religion

Misty DockWhat is true, biblical faith?

Here are a few random ideas worth considering.

Faith only comes by the word of God. By reading it. By hearing it.

Faith is confidence in a specific object or person:

  • Is it faith in one’s good works?
  • Is it faith in one’s religious observance?
  • Is it faith in one’s “love” or acts of love?
  • Is it faith in one’s “tolerance” for others and their beliefs?
  • Is it faith in one’s work toward “social justice” or other humanitarian causes?
  • Is it faith in one’s tithes or offerings or other sacrifices?
  • Is it faith in popular scientific theory?
  • Is it faith in one’s own sincerity and honesty?
  • Is it faith in one’s intellect or wisdom?
  • Is it faith in one’s own morality and purity?
  • Is it faith in one’s own faith?

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The Gospel: The Scriptures Forseeing

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“And the scripture, forseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.” (Galatians 3:8) 

In discussing what the gospel is, we first need to establish the accuracy of scripture.

Because, after all is said and done, the scriptures are our only certain authority for what the gospel really is. All else is just tradition and the opinions of men.

The above verse uses an unusual phrase. It tells us that “the scriptures” knew that something specific would happen thousands of years later.

It tell us that God, would write specific scriptural words meant for not only Adam, but also for you and me — 6000 years later!

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The Gospel: No Soul Left Behind

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It is fashionable in modern Evangelical churches to make creeds and statements that are much more “loose” than those of the great denominations of the past. Many of these new “creeds” are crafted in vague terms to allow for people to remain within a church or association without truly believing the gospel.

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The Gospel Absolutes

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What is the gospel?

What truths does it involve? How simply can the gospel be preached and still be sufficient to save?

In other words, what are the gospel absolutes or the non-negotiables of salvation?

Trying to simplify the gospel is what many mainstream Evangelicals are obsessed with today. The popular discussion is how to make the message so simple and basic that anyone can believe it. And with as little trouble as possible.

Frankly, it would be very easy for me to go off on a rant about the foolishness of this obsession. But I will try to hold that back, somewhat, and provide an answer.

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