The following are sermons:
All our Righteousnesses, part 1
Today we begin a short new series: "All our Righteousnesses." Can humans have any righteousness? What is righteousness? Is everything we do tainted? Is any of what we do meritorious? What is and is not sin? Are we born sinners?
The starting place is always, What does the Bible teach? We find the word "sinner" or "sinners" more than 60 times in the Bible. Perhaps we have assumed we are born sinners. But let us turn to these texts and see what they say.Read more...
Last One In Turn on the Lights
Scotsman Eric Liddell traveled to Paris to participate in the Olympic Games in 1924. Liddell was both a runner and a devout Protestant Christian. The 100 meters was his intended event but that contest had been scheduled to take place on a Sunday--a day Liddell was convinced was the Sabbath. Liddell was determined to remain true to conviction. Rather than "break the Sabbath" by competing on Sunday, instead he ran in the 440 meters, won, and set an Olympic record. And yet, his deepest ambition was to be a missionary. He went to China in 1925, in 1932 was ordained a minister, and accomplished fruitful work for Jesus until he died in 1945 in a Japanese internment camp.
Liddell said, "When I run, I feel His [God's] pleasure." He also said, "It has been a wonderful experience to compete in the Olympic Games and to bring home a gold medal. But since I have been a young lad, I have had my eyes on a different prize. You see, each one of us is in a greater race than any I have run in Paris, and this race ends when God gives out the medals."Read more...
Jesus and the Last Generation
Both interest and opposition characterize recent discussion of Last Generation Theology (LGT). But the concept of LGT is inherently biblical.
There will be a last generation of Christians; it is built into the idea of the Second Coming. Jesus returns literally. For whom? For those Christians who live in the last fragment of time. If there is a final atonement cleansing the camp of all sin, there is a final removal of all sin from the people. Then, immediately preceding Jesus' Second Coming is a waymark in time when in His disciples all choices to rebel, all sinning, will have ceased. Their sins will have gone before them to judgment. They live in the sight of a holy God after Jesus' intercession for sin has closed. All are either sealed and on God's side, or marked and on Satan's side. No one will change sides again. All will have seen, understood and intentionally aligned their character to the character of Jesus or of Satan.
Last Generation theology is simply Seventh-day Adventism. It is Christianity carried to its completion. It is following Jesus fully at the end of the age.Read more...
LGT: Unstuffing Straw Men (2016)
When we review the theological raids made against Last Generation Theology in recent years, we observe a repeating pattern:
- MISREPRESENTATION. What Last Generation Theology is, is misrepresented
- TAKE DOWN. The misrepresentation is next knocked down
- REPLACEMENT. A mistaken gospel is offered in replacement
This is a general pattern. Let’s consider concrete cases and provide correction.Read more...