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Inspiration: Holy Ground, Part 9 (The Reasons to Believe Episode #195)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #195. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Hosea 6:3. It reads, “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Martha Kilpatrick. She said, “Spouting scripture has no magic to dispel the devil. Scripture has phenomenal power but unless you submit your mind to its inerrant truth, its power is largely lost to you.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by Dr. John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 1: “Inspiration: Holy Ground: Pull Off Your Shoes!” Part 9.

2. The Tremendous Testimony of Dr. B. H. Carroll (cont.)

So, when he invited all who were willing to make an immediate experimental test to come forward and give him their hands, I immediately went forward. I was not prepared for the stir which this action created. My infidelity and my hostile attitude toward Christianity were so well known in the community that such action on my part developed quite a sensation. Some even began to shout. Whereupon, to prevent any misconception, I arose and stated that I was not converted, that perhaps they misunderstood what was meant by my coming forward; that my heart was as cold as ice; my action meant no more than that I was willing to make an experimental test of the truth and power of the Christian religion, and that I was willing to persist in subjection to the test until a true solution could be found. This quieted matters.

The meeting closed without any change upon my part. The last sermon had been preached, the benediction pronounced and the congregation was dispersing. A few ladies only remained, seated near the pulpit and engaged in singing. Feeling that the experiment was ended and the solution not found, I remained to hear them sing. As their last song they sang:

O land of rest, for thee I sigh,
When will the moment come
When I shall lay my armor by
And dwell in peace at home.

The singing made a wonderful impression upon me. Its tones were as soft as the rustling of angels’ wings. Suddenly there flashed upon my mind, like a light from Heaven, this Scripture: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” I did not see Jesus with my eye, but I seemed to see Him standing before me, looking reproachfully and tenderly and pleadingly, seeming to rebuke me for having gone to all other sources for rest but the right one, and now inviting me to come to Him. In a moment I went, once and forever, casting myself unreservedly and for all time at Christ’s feet, and in a moment the rest came, indescribable and unspeakable, and it has remained from that day until now.

Unbelief then stems from a stubbornness of the will. But one who chooses to do the will of God and humbles his heart to seek God can find out whether or not the Bible is the very Word of God and thus that Christ is the Son of God.

This truth is told in Hosea 6:1-3, as Dr. Carroll found:

“Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.”

O, Israel! Backslidden, defeated, punished Israel, return to the Lord and you can know His healing and forgiving and reviving! “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord.”

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Inspiration: Holy Ground, Part 8 (Reasons to Believe Episode #194)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #194. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Acts 8:26-40. It reads, “And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John MacArthur. He said, “Scripture, because of its absolute clarity, brings understanding where there is ignorance, order where there is confusion, and light where there is spiritual and moral darkness. It stands in stark contrast to the muddled musings of unredeemed men, who themselves are blind and unable to discern truth or live righteously. God’s Word clearly reveals the blessed, hopeful truth they can never see.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 1: “Inspiration: Holy Ground: Pull Off Your Shoes!” Part 8.

2. The Tremendous Testimony of Dr. B. H. Carroll

In a most remarkable and moving article, “My Infidelity and What Became of It,” by B. H. Carroll, the great Southern Baptist theologian, founder of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, tells how, when he faced this verse of Scripture, it led him to give God an honest trial. Dr. Carroll tells how he heard the challenge by a humble country preacher who insisted that he take God up on this promise to be willing to know the truth. Dr. Carroll says:

I had sworn never to put my foot in another church. My father had died believing me lost. My mother—when does a mother give up a child?—came to me one day and begged, for her sake, that I would attend one more meeting. It was a Methodist camp meeting, held in the fall of 1865. I had not an atom of interest in it. I liked the singing, but the preaching did not touch me.

But one day I shall never forget. It was Sunday at eleven o’clock. The great, wooden shed was crowded. I stood on the outskirts, leaning on my crutches, wearily and somewhat scornfully enduring. The preacher made a failure even for him. There was nothing in his sermon. But when he came down, as I supposed to exhort as usual, he startled me not only by not exhorting, but by asking some questions that seemed meant for me. He said: “You that stand aloof from Christianity and scorn us simple folks, what have you got? Answer honestly before God, have you found anything worth having where you are?”

My heart answered in a moment: “Nothing under the whole heaven; absolutely nothing.” As if he had heard my unspoken answer, he continued: “Is there anything else out there worth trying, that has any promise in it?” Again my heart answered: “Nothing; absolutely nothing. I have been to the jumping-off place on all these roads. They all lead to a bottomless abyss.”

“Well, then,” he continued, “admitting there’s nothing there, if there be a God, mustn’t there be a something somewhere? If so, how do you know it is not here? Are you willing to test it? Have you the fairness and courage to try it? I don’t ask you to read any book, nor study any evidences, nor make any difficult and tedious pilgrimages; that way is too long and time is too short. Are you willing to try it now; to make a practical, experimental test, you to be the judge of the result?”

These cool, calm and pertinent questions hit me with tremendous force, but I didn’t understand the test. He continued: “I base my test on these two Scriptures: ‘If any man willeth to do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God;’ ‘Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord.’”

For the first time I understood the import of these Scriptures. I had never before heard of such a translation for the first, and had never examined the original text. In our version it says: “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God.” But the preacher quoted it: “Whosoever willeth to do the will of God,” showing that the knowledge as to whether the doctrine was of God depended not upon external action and not upon exact conformity with God’s will, but upon the internal disposition—”whosoever willeth (or wishes) to do God’s will.” The old translation seemed to make knowledge impossible; the new, practicable.

In the second Scripture was also new light. “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord,” which means that true knowledge follows persistence in the prosecution of it; that is, it comes not to temporary and spasmodic investigation.

Lord willing, we will continue “The Tremendous Testimony of Dr. B. H. Carroll” in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Inspiration: Holy Ground, Part 7 (The Reasons to Believe Episode #193)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #193. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is John 6:37. It reads, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Wayne Grudem and Jeff Purswell. They said, “Our ultimate conviction that the words of the Bible are God’s words comes only when the Holy Spirit speaks in and through the words of the Bible to our hearts and gives us an inner assurance that these are the words of our Creator speaking to us… Those who are Christ’s sheep hear the words of their great Shepherd as they read the words of Scripture, and they are convinced that these words are in fact the words of their Lord… They hear their Creator’s voice speaking to them in the words of Scripture and realize that the book they are reading is unlike any other book.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 1: “Inspiration: Holy Ground: Pull Off Your Shoes!” Part 7.

III. ONE CAN KNOW CERTAINLY THAT THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD

We have said plainly that we know beyond any doubt that the Bible has proved itself to be the Word of God. And now we say that every person who wants to know can know the same.

1. God Offers to Reveal Himself to Honest Seekers

There is a clear Bible doctrine that God loves the world, loves men, wants to reveal Himself, wants men to know Him, love Him and have fellowship with Him. That is inherent, is basic to the whole matter of divine revelation, of God dealing with men. God sought Adam in the Garden of Eden. Adam ran. God loved Israel and sought her again and again in her idolatry, rebellion and sin. God personified as wisdom cries out:

“How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:”—Prov. 1:22-25.

Here God offers that if men will turn from sin, “I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.” Divine wisdom is here offered to the sinner. Verse 25 above says, “But ye have set at nought all my counsel….” Men can find God: men can know about God’s Word.

In James 4:6-8 we are promised that “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” We are promised, “Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you.” But the condition is clear for He says, “Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” One who honestly turns his heart away from sin and seeks God can find God. One who draws nigh to God will find God draws near to him. God comes to the darkened mind which seeks light and to the humble heart that wants truth and righteousness.

We remember that Jesus said in John 6:37, “…and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” God has the door open for every contrite and humble heart.

So, concerning the Word of God, we have the promise of John 7:17, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” One who wills and chooses to do the will of God will know whether the doctrine in the Bible is of God or not.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Inspiration: Holy Ground, Part 6 (The Reasons to Believe Episode #192)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #192. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Acts 1:3. It reads, “The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Voddie Baucham. He said, “I choose to believe the Bible because it is a reliable collection of historical documents written down by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses. They reported supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies and claimed that their writing are divine rather than human in origin.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 1: “Inspiration: Holy Ground: Pull Off Your Shoes!” Part 6.

2. We Found That Prophecy, Archaeology and Reason Back Up the Bible

I know how Bible prophecies have been fulfilled, proving beyond any doubt that they were written by Deity’s knowledge and plan for the future. I know how the scientific facts, recorded in the Bible long before men of science ever discovered them, prove they were written by God. I know how the silly and wicked claims of infidels that Moses could not have written the Pentateuch have been disproved by the Hammurabi code and other archaeological evidences. I know how archaeological discoveries have borne out the Bible. There was a great Hittite nation as the Bible says, though so long disputed by infidels. I know about the Tel el-Amarna tablets.

I know the evidences from Dr. Robert Dick Wilson and Professor Allis and others who have so thoroughly discredited the Graf-Wellhausen theory.

Oh, yes, I have the books of the unbelievers, too. As an editor and defender of the faith, I have books which I do not advise preachers to have, including the infamous and enormous and expensive Interpreter’s Bible commentary, full of the most ungodly unbelief ever published. I have the books of Nels Ferre, of Oxnam, of Buttrick, of Fosdick, of Georgia Harkness, and many others. I have the lectures of Robert Ingersoll; The Age of Reason by Tom Paine. I have read Darwin’s Origin of Species. In some six thousand volumes on my shelves I have examined all the claims of unbelief and found them false.

I say again that anybody can know whether the Bible is the Word of God and the only people who do not know are those who have not been willing to put it to an honest test with a penitent heart, seeking to know and please God.

So we do not come to a study of the inspiration of the Bible with an open mind. Long ago indisputable facts, “infallible proofs,” as the Scriptures call them (Acts 1:3), have proved that Jesus Christ is God the Son, the Saviour, and the Bible is God’s Word breathed out of God, the trustworthy Word of God.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Inspiration: Holy Ground, Part 5 (Reasons to Believe Episode #191)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #191. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Jude 1:3-4. It reads, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John MacArthur. He said, “[Biblical] infallibility means unable to mislead or fail in accomplishing the divinely intended purpose.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and interpretation using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 1: “Inspiration: Holy Ground: Pull Off Your Shoes!” Part 5.

II. BUT WE HAVE STUDIED THE “INFALLIBLE PROOFS” TOO

Surely in my young manhood God began to prepare me to “earnestly contend for the faith,” as we are commanded to do (Jude 3), even as Paul was inspired to urge the Philippian Christians to be “striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Phil. 1:27).

1. God Brought Me to Face the Inevitable Conflict Between Belief and Unbelief

In Baylor University, I was a young and ardent Christian, but I had been taught and more or less perfunctorily accepted the teaching of evolution. I was assured that the Bible was true, but my vague understanding of the Scriptures about creation and the theory of evolution had not come to sharp contrast and conflict until that time. A professor of sociology taught in classes that man was a product of evolution from brute beasts and that the Bible could not be true. I objected seriously to that, and a great conflict arose in my mind.

Later, when I was a college teacher doing graduate work in the University of Chicago, I heard William Jennings Bryan speak on “The Bible and Its Enemies,” and then university authorities, to answer Bryan, put up the head of the Botany Department, a Presbyterian layman who had been moderator of the nationwide assembly, who spoke on “The Evidences for Evolution.” I already believed the Bible, but I was shocked to find nothing more than speculation and guesswork and unproved theories to back the evolutionary teaching of unbelievers.

After I heard the professor in Mandel Hall, the university chapel, that day in 1921, I went to speak to him privately, and I boldly put the question, “If the Bible account of creation is not true, then what about Jesus Christ? Is He really God’s own Son, deity in human form, as the Bible claims He is?”

To my shocked surprise, the professor who did not believe the Bible turned away scornfully, refusing to give a clear-cut answer and saying it was not worthwhile to answer. When the professor did not stand up for Christ as the virgin-born Son of God, I knew he was wrong and that his teaching was wrong, but I could not then prove it.

When I went out on the steps of Mandel Hall following the lecture, two freshman lads, each seventeen years old, argued with some heat. One was the son of a university professor; the other, the son of a believing father teaching in Robert College, Constantinople, Turkey. With concern and on the verge of tears, the freshman of the missionary father, said, “I wish my father were here. I have always understood that he believed the Bible is all true, the very Word of God.”

And the other young man answered with the university viewpoint, “Well, you have to take scientific facts when you find them. You can’t believe all those old-fogy notions.” And I saw the ardent young man sadly turn away, his faith shaken in the Bible.

That day I determined I would learn all the evidences that any man needs to know to prove absolutely that the Bible is the very Word of God and that Christ is the Son of God. And you may be sure I have labored at that through these years. Oh, how I have proved the Bible and its promises! I have sought out the scientific and historical evidence.

And I did find out.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Inspiration: Holy Ground, Part 4 (Reasons to Believe Episode #190)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #190. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Romans 1:16. It reads, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from David McKenna. He said, “Christians need no other reason to be avid readers [and believers] of the Word of God. Realizing that Scripture is “God-breathed” is motivation enough. Immediately, we see a connection between the living Word and the written Word. Just as Jesus Christ the living Word is an ever present and dynamic reality, the written Word is equally alive and active through the mind of the Holy Spirit. Every time we open the Scriptures, we should expect a personal encounter with the God-breathed Spirit of the living Word. This is reading at its very best. When the mind and spirit of a biblical author interact in vibrant dialogue with the mind and spirit of a reader, the highest purpose of the inspired Word is fulfilled. We should soar every time we read the Word of God.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its infallibility and interpretation using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 1: “Inspiration: Holy Ground: Pull Off Your Shoes!” Part 4.

3. We Have Seen the Miraculous Power of God’s Word

So we do not come with an unbiased mind about the Bible. When we consider the inspiration of the Bible, we come after fifty-nine years knowing Jesus Christ as our own personal Saviour and God as our Father. We come after preaching the Word and studying it for forty-seven years of public ministry. We have written comments on every chapter in the Bible and on every principal verse. We have acted on faith in God’s promises in matters where all logic would expect utter ruin. But the God of the Bible has abundantly cared for us, has educated our family, provided our needs, put millions of dollars through our hands to get out the Gospel in many millions of copies of my books and pamphlets and on hundreds of radio stations and in marvelous citywide revivals, and for thirty-four years in a Christian magazine.

We have seen tens of thousands of sinners transformed by the Gospel of this Bible. Thousands of the most abandoned sinners have claimed the Christ proclaimed here. Oh, how many drunkards we have seen made sober, how many harlots made pure, how many infidels made into humble believers through the Word of God, as we preached it! We have seen the Gospel work the same among skid row bums, among murderers in prison, among false cultists of every kind. We have seen it work wonders in Japan, in Korea, India and Palestine, when Moslems and Druses, Parsees, Buddhists, Hindus, Catholics, and Jews turned to Christ and were transformed. So it is not with a blank mind, not with unformed opinions that we approach the study of the inspiration of the Bible.

Oh, then, “Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.”

Dr. Arthur T. Pierson gives many strong, intelligent evidences, “infallible proofs,” of the inspiration of the Scriptures and urges Christians to be students of these evidences. But he says:

It is true that many an ignorant disciple has been both firm in faith and rich in service. But even he has studied one kind of evidences, and it is his knowledge of them that makes him strong. The evidences he has mastered are those which are understood by experience rather than argument. God has made it possible for even the most unlearned to know that the Bible is His Word, by finding it the power of God to their salvation and sanctification. There are simple-minded believers who know nothing of the proofs from prophecy and miracle, who do know that God is faithful to His promises, and see the miracle of the new heart and changed life actually wrought in themselves. Christ is a living Saviour by that most infallible proof — what He has done and is doing for them. He opened their blind eyes to see their sin and need, and His beauty and love; He cleansed the leprosy of their guilt, cured the palsy of their helplessness and the fever of their raging passion, and cast out the demon from their hearts.

Jerry McAuley, at whose burial thousands sadly gathered, had, in his own conversion, as great an evidence of Christianity as though Christ’s word had raised him from the dead! What less than the power of God could in a moment recover such a man from a life conspicuous for every crime, and not only set him free from the chains of his vices but make him an apostle of grace to rescue other perishing souls!

Yes, we rejoice in those overwhelming evidences of experience.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Inspiration: Holy Ground, Part 3 (The Reasons to Believe #189)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #189. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Isaiah 55:11. It reads, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Wayne Grudem. He said, “God’s words are not simply true in the sense that they conform to some standard of truthfulness outside of God. Rather, they are truth itself; they are the final standard and definition of truth.”

Today we are returning to the topic of scripture, its infallibility and interpretation using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 1: “Inspiration: Holy Ground: Pull Off Your Shoes!” Part 3.

2. We Are Not Open to Slander and Unbelief Concerning the Word

Suppose you come to tell us, “Let us now open the subject of whether your mother was a godly, good woman. Let us suppose that she may have been a hypocrite, with no true love for God and no righteousness in her life but an unclean and immoral woman. Suppose we consider the charge that she had no love for you or her family.” Do you think I would come to discuss amicably such slanderous opinion of my mother and that I would come without convictions and without well-formed opinions? Could one come or would one want to come with an open mind to consider with evil men their slanderous suppositions?

Let me use the first person. I would scorn the suggestion. I remember the sweet songs she sang as she went about the house. I remember how I wept, just a five-year-old boy, when she sang, “Turned Away From the Beautiful Gate.” Oh, what if I should miss Heaven, I thought. I remember when I told her a childish lie, she was so moved that she told me God hated a lie. I remember how she loved us all, how she labored and toiled to care for a big family without modern conveniences, in a country home. I remember standing near her deathbed when she made all promise to meet her in Heaven, when she asked my cousin to sing, “How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!” I remember now how she lifted glad hands and said, “I can see Jesus and my baby now!” Then she fell asleep in Jesus, not to be sick or poor or to sorrow any more.

I already know more about my godly mother’s character than any foolish or wicked detractor, so I am not openminded on that subject and only a fool would expect me to be.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Inspiration: Holy Ground, Part 2 (Reasons to Believe #188)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #188. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Romans 15:4. It reads, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Francis Schaeffer. He said, “God has communicated to man, the infinite to the finite. The One who made man capable of language in the first place has communicated to man in language about both spiritual reality and physical reality, about the nature of God and the nature of man.”

Today we are returning to the topic of scripture, its infallibility and interpretation using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 1: “Inspiration: Holy Ground: Pull Off Your Shoes!” Part 2.

WE HAVE WEIGHED THE EVIDENCE

But are we thus coming with no weighing of evidence? Do we thus dethrone reason? Are we thus unscientific in method when we already accept the Bible as the Word of God?

Not at all! Already we have considered ten thousand evidences. Already we have tried its promises and found them true. We have already considered its prophecies and found hundreds of them already fulfilled. We have faced again and again its judgments on sin and found them true. Sin always turns out as the Bible warns, and the sinner suffers as the Word foretold. We have tried this Word in our own heart and found it to be the Word of God with the power and wisdom of God, not simply the word of man with the failures and limited resources of human knowledge and human reason.

Oh, we found more, more, more than that! We have met the Saviour here offered in the Word. He gave peace to the troubled heart, peace that was not human but divine! He made the child of wrath a new creature, a child of God. We know Him intimately. His Holy Spirit lives within us, and innumerable contacts prove Him present. Jesus Christ, becoming my Saviour through the message of His Word, brought me to know God as my Father. Thus I became heir and joint heir with Christ. The truths of God in His Word are revealed by His Spirit, marvelous things that “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man” (I Cor. 2:9). So we do not come without logical, compelling, spiritual and scientific evidence that the Bible is the very Word of God.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Inspiration: Holy Ground: Pull Off Your Shoes! Part 1 (Reasons to Believe #187)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #187. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is I Cor. 2:13. It reads, “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from J.C. Ryle. He said, “Give me the plenary, verbal theory of biblical inspiration with all its difficulties, rather than the doubt. I accept the difficulties and humbly wait for their solution. But while I wait, I am standing on the rock.”

Today we are returning to the topic of scripture, its infallibility and interpretation using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 1: “Inspiration: Holy Ground: Pull Off Your Shoes!” Part 1.

In the back side of the desert of Midian, Moses saw a burning bush and drew near. But God spoke to Moses out of the bush and said, “Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground” (Exod. 3:5).

That bush burning in the desert signified the miraculous presence of God to speak to man. The Bible is as truly miraculous as that burning bush. The bush had natural branches but they burned with supernatural fire. The Bible has human language, but it nonetheless speaks with the voice of Deity. The Bible had human writers, but they wrote God’s words. “Which things also we speak,” the Apostle Paul writes, “not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth” (I Cor. 2:13).

So God speaks to us out of His burning Word in this desert world. And we beg the reader to approach this study of the Bible doctrine of inspiration with holy reverence and humility. We are not wise scholars with arrogant assurance passing judgment on a fallible human document. We are poor, frail sinners seeking to examine the very Word of God.

WE ALREADY KNOW THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD

Does someone say that we are not unbiased, that we do not approach the subject of the inspiration of the Bible with an open mind? Certainly we are not without preference and not without convictions. Certainly we are not, with an open mind, as willing to reject the Bible as to accept it. No, we have well-established convictions. We come with reverence, already accepting the Bible as the very Word of God, which it claims to be. We come bowing to its authority as the authority of God and of Christ. We come to believe all its statements, to humbly try to follow its commandments, to claim gladly as many of its promises as our frail faith can claim.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Life After Death, Part 3 (Reasons to Believe #186)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #186. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Matthew 10:28. It reads, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

As promised in our previous episode, here is some commentary on this scripture passage from Matthew Henry: Fear them not (v. 26), because they can but kill the body (v. 28). Note, it is the duty and interest of Christ’s disciples, not to fear the greatest of their adversaries. They who truly fear God, need not fear man; and they who are afraid of the least sin, need not be afraid of the greatest trouble. The fear of man brings a snare, a perplexing snare, that disturbs our peace; an entangling snare, by which we are drawn into sin; and, therefore, it must be carefully watched, and striven, and prayed against. Be the times never so difficult, enemies never so outrageous, and events never so threatening, yet need we not fear, yet will we not fear, though the earth be removed, while we have so good a God, so good a cause, and so good a hope through grace. Yes, this is soon said; but when it comes to the trial, racks and tortures, dungeons and galleys, axes and gibbets, fire and faggot, are terrible things, enough to make the stoutest heart to tremble, and to start back, especially when it is plain, that they may be avoided by a few declining steps; and therefore, to fortify us against this temptation, we have here, [1.] A good reason against this fear, taken from the limited power of the enemies; they kill the body, that is the utmost their rage can extend to; hitherto they can go, if God permit them, but no further; they are not able to kill the soul, nor to do it any hurt, and the soul is the man. By this it appears, that the soul does not (as some dream) fall asleep at death, nor is deprived of thought and perception; for then the killing of the body would be the killing of the soul too. The soul is killed when it is separated from God and his love, which is its life, and is made a vessel of his wrath; now this is out of the reach of their power. Tribulation, distress, and persecution may separate us from all the world, but cannot part between us and God, cannot make us either not to love him, or not to be loved by him, Rom. 8:35, Rom. 8:37 . If, therefore, we were more concerned about our souls, as our jewels, we should be less afraid of men, whose power cannot rob us of them; they can but kill the body, which would quickly die of itself, not the soul, which will enjoy itself and its God in spite of them. They can but crush the cabinet: a heathen set the tyrant at defiance with this, Tunde capsam Anaxarchi, Anaxarchum nom laedis—you may abuse the case of Anaxarchus, you cannot injure Anaxarchus himself. The pearl of price is untouched. Seneca undertakes to make it out, that you cannot hurt a wise and good man, because death itself is no real evil to him. If with calmness and composure we meet that last extremity, beyond which injured laws and merciless tyrants have nothing to inflict, and in which fortune terminates her dominion, we know that death is not an evil, because it does not occasion the slightest injury. Seneca De Constantid….

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John Angell James. He said, “Death is the moment of destiny; the seal of eternity; the cessation of probation; the commencement of retribution and judgment! The antecedents of death are dreadful – so are the accompaniments – so are the consequences! To every sense – death is revolting! To every social affection – death is crucifying! To reason – death is perplexing! To everything but saving faith – death is overwhelming!”

Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled “Life After Death, Part 3” from “The Handbook of Christian Apologetics” by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli.

Arguments from Reason

4. The Argument from the Conservation of Energy
Arguments from reason are stronger than arguments from human authority. But the arguments from reason contemplating nature are the weakest of the arguments from reason because nature offers only clues and probabilities, not certainty, about life after death.

The principle of the conservation of energy states that physical energy is never created or destroyed. (This does not prove that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only that it is never observed to be created or destroyed.) Now the immortality of the soul seems to be the spiritual equivalent of the conservation of energy. If even matter is immortal, why not (a fortiori) spirit?

Here is the formal argument:
1. Matter is never destroyed, only transformed.
2. It is more likely that spirit is not destroyed than that matter is not.
3. Therefore it is very likely that spirit is not destroyed.

The weakness of the argument is that it does not provide evidence for individual immortality. For the argument is based on an analogy with matter, and individual material things are not immortal, only matter in general. Yet the argument does seem to be at least probable evidence against simple annihilation. It may not be evidence for theories 4 or 5 but it is evidence against theory 1.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!