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Hot Button Issues This Sunday!

February 19th, 2010 Posted in Pastor's corner, sermons, worldview

This Sunday, we will continue in our new series Worldview: How to Think and Live Biblically, with a message on “Hot Button Issues.”

Some of the things I will say might cause some people to have a knee-jerk reaction. That is because not all believers are seeing the issues of our day through a biblical lens.

In this time of unbiblical thinking, too many people like to use phrases like:

  • “I like to think of God as a loving father . . . ”
  • “I like to think of God as a nurturing mother . . . ”
  • “I like to think of God as a flower . . . ”
  • “I like to think of God as . . . whatever.” You fill in the blank.

Whenever people start a sentence with the phrase, “My God . . . ,” trouble usually follows. They say inane things like:

  • “My God is all loving and would never judge a person . . . ”
  • “My God is forgiving, not wrathful, etc.”

The problem with those kinds of statements is that they are essentially thinking of God as one thing, to the exclusion of something else.

Your god may only be a figment of your imagination

When people say those things, they are breaking the first of the Ten Commandments that warn us to “have no other God” before Him” (Exodus 20). That’s because they are not describing the God of the Bible, but their version of Him.

If you say things like that, you are remaking God in your own image. You are attempting to worship God the way you want Him to be, rather than the way He actually is.

God is . . .

We tend to emphasize the things about God we like, and minimize the rest. Who are you to “edit God?”

According to Scripture, God is both loving and righteous. He is both forgiving and just. He is compassionate and holy.

He does judge sin, and we should be glad that He does. Otherwise, we would never see a final court of arbitration and there would be no justice in this life, or the one to come.

So let’s be thankful that God is exactly who He is, not something we want Him to be. Rather than remake God in my image, I need to be remade in His image.

There is only one God, and that is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The God who loved us so much that He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sin.

There is only one Book, and that is the Bible. The debate must start and end there. Otherwise, we are not thinking right, and we do not have a biblical worldview.

What is a biblical worldview?

According to John MacArthur, a biblical worldview is based on two major presuppositions:

The first will be the eternal existence of the personal, transcendent, triune, Creator God. Second, the God of Scripture has revealed His character, purposes, and will in the infallible and inerrant pages of His special revelation, the Bible, which is superior to any other source of revelation or human reason alone.

In short, there is a living God and He has revealed Himself in Scripture.

We as Christians believe that we have absolute truth from God. We develop our Christian worldview from what the Bible teaches. Period.

The goal is not to conform the Bible to an ever-changing culture, but to conform culture to what the Bible teaches.

So join us this Sunday at Harvest for one of our services, or watch the live webcast. Our service times are 7:45 A.M., 9:45 A.M., and 11:45 A.M.

Weekend Reading

Don’t forget to check out my weekly column at WorldNet Daily by clicking here.

And you can read my long-form weekend devotion by clicking here.

8 Responses to “Hot Button Issues This Sunday!”

  1. Lori says:

    Thank you for that message Pastor Greg on the hot button topics. You were bold, courageous, without hesitation in telling the Biblical truth. It’s too bad the world refuses to listen to such straight talk. It’s too bad the world believes that right and wrong are realative. I am sad to say I know some Christians who are okay with abortion but not capital punishment. Keep telling the truth, Greg. You are being used powerfully by the Holy Spirit. God bless you.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You really did wake me up with that message Pastor Greg!! I’m so tired of people sugar coating things.. we do live in a world where we believers have to be so “careful” with what we say but non- believers can say whatever they want??? NO!!..Enough is enough!! Please keep feeding us the “meat” of the bible.. You are in my prayers and God Bless you!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Greg,
    Awesome message this morning!!!! I’m so glad that God led you to say what you did how you did. I loved that I didn’t get a “frosted flakes” message on what God’s word has to say about such “hot button topics.” Your in my prayers Greg, keep doing the will of God! God Bless

  4. Tatiana says:

    Just a quick note to say thank you Pastor Greg, you are a wonderful vessel for the Holy Spirit! I was at the Thursday Night study last week, and right before the altar call, you answered some questions that my mom has had for a while about her own salvation and whether or not she needed to go forward to be saved. We really appreciate the way in which you share the word – with your wit and in such a down-to-earth way it’s easy to understand, thank you again. May the Lord Bless you and keep you and your family.

  5. Angie says:

    Dear Pastor Greg,
    I have to say that you were awesome today at our Sunday service when you spoke about the hot button issues during your new series; Worldview. I admire you for being upfront and not sugar coating it for us. I was glad that my family had the opportunity to hear your message supported by scripture.
    Thank you

  6. jack foster says:

    I like the way John says it. “God is love.” That just about sums it all up.

  7. Anonymous says:

    God bless you! Keep up the great work!!

  8. Renee says:

    Greg,
    I thank God for you. God has truly given you a might gift of conveying truth with love. Every couple of days you post multiple solid posts. Goodness, you are a machine!

    May God bless you and your family richly.
    Keep the truth flowing!

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