January 9, 2016
Hello, everybody! I hope you’ve had a nice week. We wasted no time getting into the new year. Excitement builds as we anticipate what God is going to do through Basic Gospel in 2016. Not that He is bound by our calendar. But any time He does something, it happens within the framework of some year. And 2016 may well be a pivotal year for the spread of the gospel through this ministry. That is our prayer and I hope you will join us in it.
As always, we’ve had some interesting calls of late on the Basic Gospel radio program. Let’s check out some of them.
Remember in Luke 12:51 where Jesus said, “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.” You will hear about it in this eMail from Teresa, who has lost friends and even some clergy due to her new relationship with Jesus.
Beyond that, her question evokes a good discussion on the topic of women in teaching roles within the church. The answer may surprise you.
That’s a very troublesome question that has been around as long as salvation itself. In the Old Testament there was no salvation. There was, however, preservation for people who believed God (see Romans 4:3 and Galatians 3:6). Then when Christ came He brought salvation to those saints of old (Matt 27:50-54) … and to all who would come to Him by faith thereafter. That’s you and me. And He talks about us in His prayer in John 17.
But through the myriad assurances that the life we have in Jesus Christ is eternal life, that strange old doubt that Jesus is somehow unable to hold onto those He has brought unto Himself and that those who have placed faith in Him may somehow fall away.
But since so many people seem to need assurance and reassurance, let’s deal with that question once again in this call from Dwight in Brooklyn:
A question that came to us via eMail from Lauren, Vale, Oregon, who had in interesting conversation with her pastor on this issue — using grace as a license to sin.
It is sadly interesting that Oprah Winfrey, one of the most financially successful women on the planet—in May 2015, Forbes estimated her net worth at $3 billion—but more importantly one of America’s most influential pubic figures, claims to be a Christian, yet declares that there are “many ways” to God.
We got a call from Martin, Brooklyn, New York, about John 14:6, which declares something different than Ms. Winfrey believes. Here’s that conversation:
Interesting questions, the response to each I hope has benefitted you and strengthened your own faith.
See you next week!