Received this cute email – I hope it makes you smile.
A little girl asked her mother, ‘How did the human race appear?’
The mother answered, ‘God made Adam and Eve and they had children and so was all mankind made.’
Two days later the girl asked her father the same question.
The father answered, ‘Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.’
The confused girl returned to her mother and said, ‘Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?’
The mother answered, ‘Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his.’
In the July (07) issue of Christianity Today (p. 17) from Q+A with NC Congressman Heath Shuler (D) about whether a born-again Christian should care about politics he responded concerning the aspect of being born-again as following: “I wasn’t raised as some-born-again Christian. I grew up in a Baptist church, and it was more or less, ‘You’re a Christian.’”
This statement caught my attention – Not that I question Rep. Shuler’s commitment to Christ or his veracity in what he stands for on any issue whether it is politics or religion. However, I have been a Baptist most of my life, well at least all of my so-called “religious life.” Over this span I have been a Southern Baptist, an American Baptist, a Landmark Baptist, an Independent Baptist, and a Sovereign Grace Baptist. Yet when viewed over all – I too just prefer to be called a “Baptist” – for according to personal preference that is what I am. Yet no matter what type of “Baptist Hat” I have worn or choose to wear – all of them have been under the fact that I have been a “born-again” Christian, not just simply a Christian! You may look like a Christian, act like a Christian, think like a Christian, and even do good works like a Christian – but if you are not born-again – you ain’t a Christian! “You must be born-again” (Jn 3:1-8) “to a living hope” (1 Pt 1:3).
My concern today is that too many individuals are coming to a church service to worship God who do not know him. Now it is good that one would come to the house of the Lord and listen to the prayers, singing, fellowship, reading of Scripture, and the preaching of God’s Word. Please do not mistake what I am saying. I believe that every individual – whether lost or saved should be sitting under the sound of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For as you know this is the only hope that mankind has – w/o Chirst as their savior Adam’s children will spend eternity in the torment and anquish of Hell.
What concerns me – is that way too many are coming to church to worship, but they do not know who it is that they are worshipping. So many of our church members today are no different than the world around them. They act pious at times when it suits their need. However, question their motive for worship and all piety vanishes faster than a vapor of steam. Peter and Paul both admonished believers to make their calling and election sure. It should be an awful thought to each and every Christian that there is coming a day when Jesus will say to many – ”Depart from me you workers of lawlessness!” What seems more hideous at least at this time is that some of these many are worshipping with us every week and thus my concern – we don’t seem to care! May God put a burden on our hearts to share the goodnews of his Son to all.
In this post-modern era where there is little or no understanding of absolutes, how do we teach the sovereignty of God? The bible declares this truth from cover to cover and yet those who claim to believe the bible and say that God is sovereign still don’t appear to grasp what this means. Even famous bible teachers such as Beth Moore seem to think that God was somehow surprised by Adam’s sin in the garden. The Word does tell us that even nature teaches us about God. In that context, look at nature to determine if this God is sovereign.
When I observe the natural world, I know that it was certainly not a random act for it to work with such precision, from the vastness of the universe to the minutiae of DNA. Think about the fact that He created us in His image (not referring to eyes, nose, arms, and legs). We can learn many things about God by thinking about ourselves.
I have some limited creative abilities. If I were God, lived outside of time, and had unlimited creative abilities, how would I do it? The entire plan would be in my mind from start to finish. (The earth was without form, and void…And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Gen. 1:2) Another translation uses the word “brooding” instead of “hovering.” God was brooding? Was He planning? I think He worked out every detail from start to finish. Our problem with this concept comes about as a result of our having to deal with our own pitifully finite minds. I can’t understand the mind of God. I know that we are responsible before Him, but I also know that He didn’t just spin this ball of existence into motion, sit back to see what happens, and then scramble around for solutions.
The other religions of the world put God into this type of category where He is made in our image rather than we in His. With this philosophy, God gets stressed, He gets worried, and He gets involved in a struggle of good against evil. People struggle with this good vs. evil dichotomy, God doesn’t. He truly is the Alpha and Omega. His Word is final! Nothing is outside His control. Just because we don’t understand it or have neat explanations for it doesn’t nullify the fact. That is yet one more reason why “The just shall live by faith.”
The Fiery Side-kick Cindy
The sovereignty of God. What do we mean by this expression? We mean the supremacy of God, the kingship of God, the godhood of God. To say that God is sovereign is to declare that God is God. To say that God is sovereign is to declare that He is the Most High, doing according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, so that none can stay His hand or say unto Him what doest Thou? (Dan. 4:35). To say that God is sovereign is to declare that He is the Almighty, the Possessor of all power in heaven and earth, so that none can defeat His counsels, thwart His purpose, or resist His will (Ps. 115:3). To say that God is sovereign is to declare that He is “The Governor among the nations” (Ps. 22:28), setting up kingdoms, overthrowing empires, and determining the course of dynasties as pleaseth Him best. To say that God is sovereign is to declare that He is the “Only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15). Such is the God of the Bible.
—– [The Sovereignty of God, Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1930 (Photolithoprinted at Ann Arbor: Cushing – Malloy, Inc., 1979) p. 19] —–
I wonder – is God sovereign in your life or does it seem that your sovereignty dictates to Him? One of the things I learned a long time ago is that God must be God in order to be God, anything less then He would not be God.
So how do you define the sovereignty of God?
Can you say here and do you really believe and does your life reflect – “To say that God is sovereign is to declare that God is God.” Again, I wonder how you will answer.
“If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not know what is going to become of us as a nation. If truth be not diffused, error will be; if God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendancy; if the evangelical volumne does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will; if the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness, will reign without mitigation or end.” 
There are plenty of gifted communicators in the modern evangelical movement, but today’s sermons tend to be short, shallow, topical homilies that massage people’s egos and focus on fairly insipid subjects like human relationships, “successful” living, emotional issues, and other practical but worldly – and not definitely biblical – themes. Like the unbiquitous Plexiglas lecterns from which these messages are delivered, such preaching is lightweight and without substance, cheap and synthetic, leaving little more than an ephemeral impression on the minds of the hearers.
—– [Fool’s Gold?: Discerning Truth in an Age of Error, Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2005, p. 36] —–
2 Timothy 4:1-5
I solemly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
1 Corinthians 9:16b – … woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.