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									                                             Revival’s
                                             Golden
                                             Key




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 Interactive Table of Contents
 1. Phenomenal Growth          11. The True Test of Experience
 2. The Way Out of Problems 12. The Badge of Authority
 3. A Lifestyle Without a Life 13. Don’t Leave Me Like This!
 4. The Purpose of the Law     14. Call Me When You’re Mourning
 5. Our Broken Backbone        15. An Angry God
 6. The Key Was in the Folding 16. The Mystery of the Fish
 7. Mangled Bodies             17. A Burden for the Lost
 8. Making Grace Amazing       18. The Rich Man
 9. From What Did They Flee? 19. Your Role in Witnessing
10. The Motive and the Result 20. Raiders of the Contents of the
                                   Lost Ark
          About the Author What Must I Do to Be Saved?
       Learning the Ten Commandments The Evidence Bible
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Lesson 1:
Phenomenal
Growth




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Problems in the Church
 1 in 4 of American “Christians” believe that
  Jesus sinned while on the earth.
  – They do not believe that Jesus “did not know
    sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
  – They do not believe that Jesus “in every respect
    has been tempted as we are, yet without sin”
    (Hebrews 4:15).
  – They do not believe that Jesus “never
    committed a sin, and no deceit was found in his
    mouth” (1 Peter 2:22).
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Problems in the Church
 10% are “normative Christianity.”
   – They are more tolerant of people of diverse
     backgrounds.
   – They are involved in charitable activities.
   – They are involved in practical Christianity.
   – They are absolutely committed to prayer.
 90% are not “normative Christianity.”
 Their lives do not match their claims.
 They are not a “breed apart.”
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Problems in the Church
 There is “very little difference in behavior”
  between the churched and the unchurched.
  – 91% lie regularly at work or at home.
  – 86% lie regularly to their parents.
  – 75% lie regularly to friends.
  – 92% own a Bible; but only 11% read it daily.
  – 90% of Americans pray; but 87% do not
    believe in the Ten Commandments.
  – 61% believe premarital sex is not wrong.
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Problems in the Church
 Christian Teen Survey
  – 42% watch MTV (vs.
    33% of unchurched).
  – 65% pray daily.
  – 72% believe the Bible.
  – 66% admitted lying to a parent or teacher.
  – 65% admitted to having sexual intercourse.
  – 55% admitted to cheating on an exam.
  – 20% drink alcohol or have used illegal drugs.
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Making Excuses for the Problems
 There is a “lack of opportunity” to serve.
  – Are there enough Sunday School teachers?
  – Are there no sick and elderly?
  – Are there no evangelism teams?
  – What about the church building?
 A worldly heart craves only worldly desires.
  – The proverb is true that describes what has
    happened to them: “A dog returns to its vomit.”
    (2 Peter 2:22)
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Making Excuses for the Problems
 Judas had plenty of excuses:
   – He was publicly humiliated by Jesus.
   – He felt rejected.
   – He needed the money.
   – The chief priests made him do it.
   – The responsibility was too much for him.
   – He was abused as a child and lacked a father.
   – He had a betrayal syndrome.
   – He didn’t think about the repercussions.
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Making Excuses for the Problems
 Judas was not a believer; he was a devil.
   – Jesus said that in John 6:70.
   – That’s not something one of us would be likely
     to say of one of “God’s children” in our midst.
 Judas was a hypocrite and a pretender.
   – He had no idea who Jesus was.
   – He complained that sacrifice was a waste.
   – Jesus was worth 30 pieces of silver to him.
   – Judas was a thief and a liar.
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The Parabolic Key to the Problem
 The Parable of the Sower
  – This parable is the key to all of the parables.
  – There are true and false conversions.
  – Both conversions remain along side each other
    in the church.
  – Other parables follow the parable of the Sower:
       •   The Wheat and Tares
       •   The Good Fish and Bad Fish
       •   The Wise Virgins and the Foolish Virgins
       •   The Sheep and the Goats
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The Parabolic Key to the Problem
 The Parable of the Dragnet
  – “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a large net
    thrown into the sea that gathered all kinds of fish.
    When it was full, the fishermen hauled it ashore. Then
    they sat down, sorted the good fish into containers, and
    threw the bad ones away. That is how it will be at the
    end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the
    evil from the righteous and will throw them into a
    blazing furnace. In that place there will be wailing and
    gnashing of teeth. Do you understand these things?”
    They said to him, “Yes.” (Matthew 13:47-51)

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The Parabolic Key to the Problem
 Judas was a false convert.
 Judas was a thorny ground hearer.
  – “...but the worries of life, the deceitful pleasures of
    wealth, and the desires for other things come in and
    choke the word so that it can’t produce a crop.”
 Some false converts stay in the Church.
 They can have a measure of spirituality.
  – Judas seemed so trustworthy.
  – No one suspected him of the betrayal.
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The Parabolic Key to the Problem
 We are surrounded by “Judas” Christians.
 We should be alarmed by the statistics we
  have cited.
 We should be alarmed when the Church
  ought to have massive clout in society, but
  does not when (and where) it matters.
 Why is abortion still with us?
 Something is radically wrong.

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Lesson 2:
The Way
Out of
Problems




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The Modern Gospel Message
 The enemy has taken the focus off our
  message.
 The true gospel is about righteousness.
   – Sinners can be made righteous in Christ and
     thereby escape the wrath to come.
 The modern gospel is about lifestyle.
  – We can be happy in Christ and thereby escape
    the hassles of this life.


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The Modern Gospel Message
 “Everyone is looking for a way out of their
  problems. There’s no easy way out. You
  won’t get respect by joining a gang. You
  won’t find love in the back seat of a car.
  You’ll never find success by dropping out
  of school. And the chances are about one
  million to one that you’ll win the lottery. If
  you’re really serious about making your life
  better, then try God’s way. God gets right to
  the source of most of our problems: sin.”
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The Modern Gospel Message
 The modern gospel promises people “a way
  out of their problems.”
  – The modern gospel sounds admirable.
  – The modern gospel sounds biblical.
  – The modern gospel is not true.
 We are so entrenched in traditional
  “evangelism” that we don’t equate real life
  with the message we preach.

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The Modern Gospel Message
 God loves you and has a wonderful plan for
  your life. He wants to give you true
  happiness and to fill the God-shaped
  vacuum in your heart that you’ve been
  trying to fill with sex, drugs, alcohol, and
  money. Jesus said, “I have come that you
  might have life, and have it more
  abundantly.” So come forward now and
  give your life to Jesus, so that you can
  experience this wonderful new life in
  Christ.
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The Modern Gospel Message
 If “God loves you and has a wonderful plan
  for your life” is our gospel, we’d better hide
  Foxe’s Book of Martyrs from sinners.
 How would your loved ones respond to:
  – “Everyone is seeking happiness. Why, then, are
    more people not experiencing this happiness?
    According to the Bible, true happiness can be
    found only through God’s way.”
 What would they say to God’s “wonderful
  plan” of persecution and martyrdom?
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The Reality of the True Gospel
 Multitudes have suffered martyrdom.
 Persecution should have been no surprise to
  the early Church.
 Jesus warned them about what to expect.
  – “Brother will deliver up brother to death, and a
    father his child; and children will rise up
    against parents and cause them to be put to
    death. And you will be hated by all men for My
    name’s sake.” (Matthew 10:21,22)

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The Apostles Faced Persecution
 Philip was crucified in Phyrgia, 54 AD.
 Barnabas was burned to death in Cyprus,
  64 AD.
 Peter was crucified in Rome, 69 AD.
 Paul was beheaded in Rome, 66 AD.
 Andrew was crucified in Achaia, 70 AD.




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The Apostles Faced Persecution
 Matthew was beheaded in Ethiopia, 60 AD.
 Luke was hanged in Athens, 93 AD.
 Thomas was speared to death in Calamina,
  70 AD.
 Mark was dragged to death in Alexandria,
  64 AD.
 James was clubbed to death in Jerusalem,
  66 AD.

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The Godly Will Face Persecution
 Persecution has always been the portion of
  the godly.
  – Others were brutally tortured but refused to accept
    release, so that they might gain a better resurrection.
    Still others endured taunts and floggings, and even
    chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death,
    sawed in half, and killed with swords. They went
    around in sheepskins and goatskins. They were needy,
    oppressed, and mistreated. The world wasn’t worthy of
    them. They wandered in deserts, mountains, caves, and
    holes in the ground. (Hebrews 11:35-38)

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God’s Truly Wonderful Plan
 “And we know that he works all things
  together for the good of those who love
  God, who are called according to his
  purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
 God’s plan is wonderful in the truest sense
  of the word.
 No matter what happens to a Christian, he
  can rejoice because of God’s promise.

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God’s Wonderful Plan?
 Why shouldn’t we use the “wonderful plan”
  as bait when fishing for men?
 It is not biblical to do so.
  – Nowhere in Acts do the apostles tell sinners
    that “God loves them and has a wonderful plan
    for their lives.”
  – They are guilty criminals.
  – They are enemies of God.
  – They need righteousness.
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A Definition of “Wonderful”
 To a sinner, wonderful has positive
  connotations. But…
  – Beheadings are not wonderful.
  – Executions are not wonderful.
  – Persecutions are not wonderful.
 If people respond to a “wonderful plan”
  gospel just to improve their lives, when
  persecution comes, and it will, they will be
  disillusioned and fall away from the faith.
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Embracing the Real Gospel
 Jesus did not tell Paul that he loved him and
  had a wonderful plan for his life. He said:
  – “For I am going to show him how much he
    must suffer for my name’s sake.” (Acts 9:16)
 Stephen was stoned to death.
 James was murdered with a sword.
 John the Baptist was beheaded.
 Christians throughout the ages have been
  persecuted for the sake of the gospel.
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Embracing the Real Gospel
 Could it be that the “wonderful life” gospel
  only applies to the United States?
 If persecution and hardship are the realities
  of the Christian life, why in the world
  would anyone in his right mind choose to
  become a Christian?
 What would bring someone to the Savior if
  it were not the promise of a “wonderful new
  life” in Christ?
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Lesson 3:
A Lifestyle
Without a
Life




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Marks of Lawless Conversions
 They have no spiritual struggles.
 They are friends of the world.
 They “go with the flow” and not against it.
 They have no tribulation because they do
  not live godly lives in Christ Jesus.
 They suffer no persecution.
 They are not hated for His name’ sake.
 They live in the flesh.
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Marks of Lawless Conversions
 They do not wrestle against the devil; he
  would be pleased with what he sees.
 They have “found religion.”
  –   They think they are “right with God.”
  –   They joined the church.
  –   They enjoy the music.
  –   They partake of social activities at the church.
 They have found their “happiness.”
 They have not found new life in Christ.
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The Limits of the Lawless Gospel
 The “happiness gospel” restricts the harvest
  to those in society who are interested only
  in happiness, not righteousness:
  –   Those with alcohol problems.
  –   Those with drug problems.
  –   Those with marriage problems.
  –   Those with financial problems.
 “Problem” people don’t hear the message of
  sin, righteousness and judgment.
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The Limits of the Lawless Gospel
 “Problem” people hear that Jesus is the One
  who can fill the “God-shaped vacuum” in
  their lives.
 They fail to repent because they have not
  been told to do so.
 They have a false conversion.
 They do not become new creatures.
 They “name the name of Christ” but they do
  not depart from iniquity (2 Tim 2:29).
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The Effect of the Lawless Gospel
 Lawless converts bring their sins and their
  problems into the Church.
 Lawless converts wear out the pastor.
 Lawless converts are “hearers of the Word.”
 Lawless converts wear out the laborers.
 Lawless converts don’t need counselors and
  propping up.
 Lawless converts need repentance.

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J. I. Packer on the Lawless Gospel
 “This is a complex phenomenon, to
  which many factors have contributed;
  but, if we go to the root of the matter,
  we shall find that these perplexities
  are all ultimately due to our having lost our grip
  on the biblical gospel. Without realizing it, we
  have during the past century bartered that gospel
  for a substitute product which, though it looks
  similar enough in points of detail, is as a whole a
  decidedly different thing. Hence our troubles.”
  —J. I. Packer
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The Promise of the True Gospel
 The call of the gospel is universal.
 It is not confined to the unhappy people.
 The gospel is a promise of righteousness.
 The gospel is not a promise of happiness.
 The gospel may be offered to those who are
  enjoying the pleasures of sin for a season.
 Happy people are not candidates for the
  “modern gospel.”
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The Lie of the Lawless Gospel
 Many people fail to see the intention of the
  true gospel: righteousness, not happiness.
 They think the gospel is only for:
   – People who lack money.
   – People who are brokenhearted by difficulties.
   – People who are problems in society.
 Modern “worship” choruses reflect this:
  – “Heartaches, broken people, ruined lives are
    why you died on Calvary…”
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The Lie of the Lawless Gospel
 Modern “evangelistic” outreaches take the
  Good News to the “hurting and needy.”
 The gospel is not confined to the hurting
  people with ruined lives and heartaches.
 Hurting and happy people need to be shown
  their sinful state before God.
 They must seek the righteousness that is in
  Christ, not the alleged happiness that is
  supposed to come from being a Christian.
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The Lawless Gospel Defended
 You will desire to be where the Lord is. And He
  spends His time with those who hurt. At the beginning
  of His ministry, Jesus quoted Isaiah to describe the
  work He was called to do: “The Spirit of the Lord is
  upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the
  gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the
  brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,
  and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty
  them that are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year
  of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18,19) Thus the more you go
  after God, the deeper you will move into a world filled
  with hurting people.
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The Hearers of the Gospel
 Luke 4:18-19 tells us who the gospel is for:
  – The gospel is for the poor.
  – The gospel is for the brokenhearted.
  – The gospel is for the captives.
  – The gospel is for the blind.
  – The gospel is for the oppressed.
 But exactly who are these people?



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The Hearers of the Gospel
 “Poor” does not speak of financial need.
 “Brokenhearted” does not speak of a jilted
  romance.
 “Captives” have been taken captive by the
  devil to do his will (2 Tim 2:26).
 “The blind” are those whom the god of this
  age has blinded to the gospel (2 Cor 4:4).
 “The oppressed” are those who are
  oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38).
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The Hearers of the Gospel
 The gospel is for the humble.
 The Law of God is for the proud.
  – God resists the proud. (James 4:6)
  – Everyone who is proud in heart is an
    abomination to the Lord. (Proverbs 16:5)
  – He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
    and exalted the lowly. (Luke 1:52)
 God looks on the man who trembles at His
  word. (Isaiah 66:2)
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The “Abundant Life” Gospel
 Jesus said he came to bring us an abundant
  life. Can’t we use this message as gospel?
 True, the Christian life is full. Consider:
  –   Paul was stoned once.
  –   Paul was shipwrecked three times.
  –   Paul was beaten three times.
  –   Paul was whipped five times.
 Paul also despaired to the point of death.
  (2 Cor. 1:8)
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Paul’s Life as a Gospel Example
 Paul’s abundant life:
   – Paul was condemned to death.
   – Paul was hungry and thirsty.
   – Paul lacked clothing.
   – Paul was beaten and had nowhere to live.
   – Paul was forced to work to earn a living.
   – He was reviled, persecuted, slandered, and
     treated like filth.
 Paul said, “Imitate me.” (1 Cor 4:9-16)
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Where Was God’s Love for Paul?
 Paul did not look to his lifestyle.
 Paul did not quote “God loves me and has a
  wonderful plan for my life.”
 Paul looked to the cross:
  – “I have been crucified with Christ. I no longer
    live, but Christ lives in me, and the life that I
    now live in the flesh I live by the faithfulness of
    the Son of God, who loved me and gave
    himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

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Where Was God’s Love for Paul?
 The cross was Paul’s joy and strength.
 Those who seek happiness in Christ will
  think their happiness is evidence of God’s
  love for them.
 But the purifying trials and suffering are the
  real evidence of God’s love for His people.
 Those who look to the cross as a token for
  God’s love will never doubt His steadfast
  devotion to them.
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Lesson 4:
The Purpose
of the Law




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What Would Jesus Do?
 This question is asked for everything except
  evangelism.
 What did Jesus do when he was confronted
  with a sinner?
  – He made the issue one of righteousness.
  – He never said “I love you and I have a
    wonderful plan for your life.”
  – He let the Ten Commandments show sinners
    the righteous standard of God.
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Jesus Used the Law to Expose Sin
 In Mark 10:17-27, a sinner comes to Jesus.
   – The man came running.
   – The man knelt before Jesus.
   – The man appeared to be a potential convert.
 Jesus never gave him a message of grace.
 Jesus used the Law to expose the man’s sin.
 Love motivated Jesus. Mark 10:21 reads:
  – Jesus looked at him and loved him. Then he told him, “You're
    missing one thing…”
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What Should We Do?
 Every time we witness to someone, we
 should challenge our motives.
  – Do we love the sinner enough to make sure his
    conversion is genuine?
  – Do we love the feeling of getting another
    decision for Jesus?
 Our zeal without knowledge produces
 another potential Judas.


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Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the Law
A gospel which merely says
“Come to Jesus,” and offers Him
as a Friend, and offers a
marvelous new life, without
convincing of sin, is not New
Testament evangelism. (The
essence of evangelism is to start
by preaching the Law; and it is
because the Law has not been
preached that we have had so
much superficial evangelism.) True evangelism...
must always start by preaching the Law.
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The Sinner’s Response to the Law
 Sinners will thank you for using the Law in
  your evangelistic efforts.
 They will see the Christian message as an
  expression of love and concern for their
  eternal welfare.
 They will not regard you as proselytizing
  for a better lifestyle while on this earth.
 They will understand why they should be
  concerned about their eternal salvation.
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John Wesley on the Law
The second use [of the Law] is to
bring him unto life, unto Christ that
he may live. It… acts the part of a
severe schoolmaster. It drives us by
force, rather than draws us by love.
And yet love is the spring of all. It
is the spirit of love which, by this
painful means, tears away our
confidence in the flesh, which leaves us no broken reed
whereon to trust, and so constrains the sinner, stripped
of all to cry out in the bitterness of his soul or groan in
the depth of his heart, “I give up every plea beside,
Lord, I am damned; but thou hast died.”
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An Objection to Using the Law
 Objection: We should never condemn
  sinners.
 Response: They are condemned already.
   – Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not
     believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in
     the name of God's unique Son. (John 3:18)
 The Law shows the sinner his true state.



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The Law Reveals the Flaws
 After you dust your
  table, open your shades.
 The bright sunlight
  does not create the dust.
 The bright sunlight merely exposes what is
  already there.
 In a similar manner, the Law shows the
  sinner that he is already condemned.

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The Law Reveals the Flaws
 Proverbs 6:23
   – The Commandment is
     a lamp, and the Law is
     light.
 The wrath of the Law
  showed the adulterous woman that she
  stood condemned before the Savior.
 The sinner thinks he is rich in virtue, but the
  Law shows him he is morally bankrupt.
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The Use and Purpose of the Law
 The Law must be used lawfully.
  – Of course, we know that the law is good if a
    person uses it legitimately, that is, if he
    understands that the law is not intended for
    righteous people but for lawbreakers and rebels,
    for ungodly people and sinners….
    (1 Timothy 1:8-9)
 There are those who would use God’s Law
  for which it was never designed.

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The Use and Purpose of the Law
 The Law was designed for sinners.
  – …for those who are unholy and irreverent, for
    those who kill their fathers, their mothers, or
    other people, for those involved in sexual
    immorality, for homosexuals, for kidnappers,
    for liars, for false witnesses, and for whatever
    else goes against the healthy teaching that
    agrees with the glorious gospel of the blessed
    God…. (1 Tim: 9-11)
 The Law is for the unsaved, not the saved.
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The Use and Purpose of the Law
 The Law was given as a “schoolmaster” to
 bring us to Christ.
  – Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to
    bring us unto Christ, that we might be
    justified by faith. (Galatians 3:24 - KJV)
  – And so the law was our guardian until
    Christ came, so that we might be justified
    by faith. (Galatians 3:24 – ISV)
 The Law was designed as an evangelistic
 tool!
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Unlawful Uses of the Law
 The Law should not be used for justification.
  – A person is not justified by the works of the
    law but by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ.
  – [We are] justified by the faith of Christ and
    not by the works of the law, for no human
    being will be justified by the works of the
    law. (Galatians 2:16 – ISV)
 The Law is a mirror telling us we need to be
  cleansed. You don’t use a mirror for
  cleansing. You go to Christ for cleansing.
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Unlawful Uses of the Law
 The Law should not be used for legalism.
  – Christ has set us free so that we may enjoy
    the benefits of freedom. So keep on standing
    firm in it, and stop attaching yourselves to
    the yoke of slavery again. (Galatians 5:1 )
  – Those of you who are trying to be justified
    by the law have been cut off from Christ.
    You have fallen away from grace. (5:4)
 The Christian refrains from lawlessness.

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A Commitment Via the Law
 The Christian refrains from sin not to gain
  God’s favor.
 The Christian already has God’s favor in
  Christ.
 The Christian wants to do all he can to
  show his gratitude.
 The motive is love, not legalism.
 “The Law can chase a man to Calvary, no
  further.” —D. L. Moody
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A Commitment Via the Law
 If the Law is used in evangelism, it will rid
  a new believer of any thought of legalism.
  – The law reveals that there is no way to please
    God outside of faith in Jesus.
  – At Mt. Sinai, he knows that his Creator knows
    his sinful thoughts.
  – He sees that he is by nature a “child of wrath.”
  – He flees to Christ from the wrath of God.
  – He knows that grace alone saves him.

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A Commitment Via the Law
 The true believer is saved knowing that
  nothing commends him to God.
 After a lifetime of good works, reading the
  Bible, prayer and seeking the lost, the true
  believer is still saved by grace, and grace
  alone.
 The true believer is an “unprofitable
  servant” who merely does what he should.

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A Commitment Without the Law
 He seeks “lasting fulfillment” and “inner
  peace” and not shelter from God’s wrath.
 He comes to fill a “God-shaped vacuum”
  but does not see his own sin.
  – There is no trembling.
  – There is no fleeing from wrath.
  – There is no fear of God in their eyes.
 God is a benevolent father figure.

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A Commitment Without the Law
 The Law has not stripped him of his self-
  righteousness.
 He does not truly believe that his just
  reward is eternal damnation.
 He thinks he is basically a good person.
 He thinks he is pleasing God by his works.
 He is deceived.
 He says “Touch not, taste not, handle not.”

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The Function of the Law
 The Law when used lawfully liberates the
  believer from legalism.
 If neglected before the cross, those who
  profess faith:
  – Are prone to go astray.
  – Impose demands on other believers.
  – Thereby steal from them the liberty we have in
    Christ.


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The Law and Pilgrim’s Progress
 – “It was he [the Law] who did bind my
   heavy burden upon me.” Faithful
   agrees: “Aye. Had it not been for him,
   we had both of us stayed in the City of
   Destruction.”
 – “Then he did us a favor,” answered
   Christian. [Faithful then shows how the
   Law alarms us:] “Aye. Albeit, he did it
   none too gently.”
 – Then Christian say, “Well, at least he played
   the part of a schoolmaster and showed us our
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Lesson 5:
Our Broken
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The Law and the Gospel
 The modern gospel has degenerated into a
  means of happiness.
 We have failed to show the sinner that he
  has violated the Law of a holy God.
 The Law is the backbone of the gospel.
  – “In its true and proper work and purpose, it
    humbles a man and prepares him—if he uses
    the Law correctly—to yearn and seek for
    grace.” —Martin Luther

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The Law and the Gospel
 The Law is the rod and staff of the
  Shepherd that guides the sheep to Himself.
 The Law is the net of the fisherman.
 The Law is the hoe of the farmer.
 The Law is the ten golden trumpets that
  prepare the way for the King.
 The Law makes the sinner thirst.
 The Law reveals the dust of sin.

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The Law and the Gospel
 The Law should be esteemed by the Church
  because it prepares the heart for grace.
 We must esteem it as the priests of the
  covenant in Joshua 3:14-17.
 The Law is the embodiment of the gospel
  that we carry.
 Many have neglected the “weightier”
  matters of the Law, counting it as worthless.

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J. C. Ryle on God’s Law
 “But never, never let us
  despise it. It is the symptom
  of an ignorant ministry, and
  unhealthy state of religion,
  when the Law is reckoned
  unimportant. The true
  Christian delights in God’s Law (Romans
  7:22).”


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Some Illustrations on the Law
 The Law is like the ten camels of Genesis
  24:1-20.
  – Abraham’s servant sought a bride who would
    have consideration for the ten camels.
  – Rebekah ran to serve them.
  – God sent his Spirit to search for a bride. He has
    chosen the Law to carry His message.
  – The bride satisfies the camels of a just Law.
  – The convert comes for a similar reason.

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Some Illustrations on the Law
 The Law is like Aaron’s rod that budded.
  – It resembles hard and dead wood.
  – Use it in your witness. You will see it bud.
 The bronze serpent was an allusion to sin.
  – Looking to the serpent became the means of
    their salvation.
  – It was the Law of Moses that put Jesus on the
    cross. Jesus became a curse for us.
  – Jesus redeemed us from the Law.
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The Key of Knowledge
 The Messiah was to “magnify the Law and
  make it honorable” (Isaiah 42:21).
 The religious leaders dishonored the Law.
  – They twisted it so it had no effect.
  – Tradition rendered God’s law ineffectual.
 The religious leaders hindered others from
  entering God’s kingdom.
 Jesus berated them.

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Run to the Border
 The border of Jesus’ robe represented the
  Law in Numbers 15: 38-40.
  – “And it shall be to you for a border, that you
    may look upon it and remember all the
    commandments of the Lord, and do them…”
 A woman approached Jesus to touch the
  border of His robe.
 Her faith saved her.
 The story depicts true conversion.
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Run to the Border
 The story depicts the conversion of the true
  believer.
  –   Our life’s blood drains from our being.
  –   The Law shows we are without God.
  –   The Law shows we are without hope.
  –   The Law shows we are without righteousness.
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Run to the Border
 Our only hope is to reach out to Jesus.
  – The gospel has power to conquer sin.
  – The gospel has virtue to cleanse us from every
    transgression.
 The gospel employs this power.
 The gospel gives us this virtue.
 Proverbs 31 is a picture of the Bride of
  Christ.

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Discerning the Difference
 God’s Law prepares the heart of the sinner
  for the Good News of the gospel.
 Without the preparatory work of the Law,
  the sinner’s heart is hardened.
 Without the preparatory work of the Law,
  the sinner is a candidate for a false
  conversion.
 Solomon faced a similar situation.

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Discerning the Difference
 Two women claimed to be the mother of the
  child. (1 Kings 3:16-28)
  – Both women dwelt in the same house.
  – Both women called the king “Lord.”
  – Wisdom was the discerning factor.
 A false convert will split the church.
 A false convert lacks wisdom.
 A true convert works for unity.

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Discerning the Difference
 A false convert is often not clearly evident.
  – Only one of the twins of Tamar had a scarlet
    thread around his ankle.
  – Only the true convert has the blood of Christ.
  – God knows those who are His.
  – The blood separates the true from the false.
 Some converts appear to be testimonies for
  modern preaching. Why is this?

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Lesson 6:
The Key
Was in the
Folding




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How to Fold a Parachute




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How to Fold a Parachute




 Over 30 separate steps
  are required to fold a parachute properly.
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How Not to Fold a Parachute




 The fast-fold technique is quicker,
  but the results are deadly.


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How Not to Fold a Parachute
 Knowledge of the tragedies from the “fast
  fold” technique motivated the folders to do
  their job with uncompromising conviction.
 Yet many still refused to follow the
  manufacturer’s instructions. Why?
 The folders pointed to the 1 out of 10 who
  survived the fast-folding method as their
  justification for using the technique, while
  ignoring the 9 out of 10 who died.
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Free from Their Blood
 There is a great battle for the souls of men.
 Those who have gone before us in past
  centuries have not had an easy task.
 Labor in the gospel was often slow and
  arduous.
 But they knew that if they followed God’s
  pattern, they would deliver sinners.
 They wanted to be faithful and true.

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Free from Their Blood
 The ministries of
  Wesley, Wycliffe,
  Whitefield and
  Spurgeon were
                                                      Wesley          Wycliffe
  effective because of
  their careful use of
  the Law to prepare
  the way for the
  gospel.                                         Whitefield          Spurgeon

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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 The “fast fold” gospel is unbiblical.
  – It does not follow Christ’s example of
    presenting the balance of law and grace.
  – Never once did Jesus give the gospel to the
    proud, arrogant or self-righteous.
  – He followed God the Father’s example: God
    resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
  – Biblical evangelism is always to give the Law
    to the proud, but to give grace to the humble.

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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 The “fast fold” gospel is unbiblical.
  – With the law, we should break the hard heart.
  – With the gospel, we should heal the broken
    heart.




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Martin Luther on the Law
 “Wherefore this is the proper
  and absolute use of the Law,
  by lightning, by tempest and
  by the sound of the trumpet
  (as in Mount Sinai) to terrify,    Luther
  and by thundering to beat
  down and rend in pieces that beast which is
  called the opinion of righteousness.”


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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 The “fast fold” gospel is unbiblical.
  – With the Law, we should break the hard heart.
  – With the gospel, we should heal the broken
    heart.
  – Without the Law, there can be no knowledge of
    sin.




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The Function of the Law
  What should we say, then? Is the law sinful? Of course not!
In fact, I wouldn't have known sin if it had not been for the
law. For I wouldn't have known what it means to covet if the
law had not said, “You must not covet.” But sin seized the
opportunity provided by this commandment and produced in
me all kinds of sinful desires. For apart from the law, sin is
dead.
  At one time I was alive without any connection to the law.
But when the commandment came, sin sprang to life, and I
died. I found that the very commandment that was intended to
bring life actually brought death. For sin, seizing the
opportunity provided by the commandment, deceived me and
used it to kill me. So then, the law itself is holy, and the
commandment is holy, just, and good. —Romans 7:7-9 (ISV)
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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 The “fast fold” gospel is unbiblical.
  – With the Law, we should break the hard heart.
  – With the gospel, we should heal the broken
    heart.
  – Without the Law, there can be no knowledge of
    sin.
  – The Law was the instrument of death of the old
    nature.
  – The Law made sure that sinners were born again.

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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 The “fast fold” gospel is unbiblical.
  – The Law made sure that the convert was a new
    creature in Christ.
  – The Law—specifically the Ten
    Commandments—is the biblical means of
    awakening sinners.




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John Wesley on the Law
 “The very first end of the Law
  [is] namely, convicting men
  of sin; awakening those who
  are still asleep on the brink of
  hell…. The ordinary method          Wesley
  of God is to convict sinners by the Law,
  and that only. The gospel is not the means
  which God hath ordained, or which our
  Lord Himself used, for this end.”
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A.W. Pink on the Law
 “The unsaved are in no condition
  today for the gospel till the Law
  be applied to their hearts, for
  “by the Law is the knowledge of
                                           Pink
  sin.” It is a waste of time to sow
  seed on ground which has never been
  ploughed or spaded! To present the
  vicarious sacrifice of Christ to those whose
  dominant passion is to take fill of sin is to
  give that which is holy to the dogs.”
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Charles Spurgeon on the Law
 “One other reason why this soil was
  so uncongenial was that it was
  totally unprepared for the seed.
  There had been no plowing before
                                           Spurgeon
  the seed was sown, and no harrowing
  afterwards. He that sows without a plow may
  reap without a sickle. He who preaches the
  gospel without preaching the Law may hold
  all the results of it in his hand, and there will
  be little for him to hold.”
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Charles Spurgeon on the Law
 “Robbie Flockhart, when he
 preached in the streets of Edin-
 burgh, used to say ‘You must
 preach the Law, for the gospel is a
                                       Spurgeon
 silken thread, and you cannot get it
 into the hearts of men unless you have made
 a way for it with a sharp needle; the sharp
 needle of the Law will pull the silken thread
 of the gospel after it.’ There must be plowing
 before there is sowing….”
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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 The “fast fold” gospel is unbiblical.
  – The Law made sure that the convert was a new
    creature in Christ.
  – The Law—specifically the Ten
    Commandments—is the biblical means of
    awakening sinners.
  – The most precious pearl that the church has is
    “Christ crucified.”


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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 The “fast fold” gospel is unbiblical.
  – Preaching grace to the proud has evil results.
       • The resulting false profession tramples the blood of
         the Savior under the feet of the proud.
       • The resulting “converts” will become enemies of
         the gospel.
       • The resulting “converts” will tear you to pieces,
         often verbally and sometimes physically.
   – Preaching grace to the proud creates a convert
     who becomes a two-fold child of hell.

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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 The “fast fold” gospel is unbiblical.
  – A profession of faith without a humble heart
    has the experience of 2 Peter 2:22.
       • The proverb is true that describes what has
         happened to them: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and
         “A pig that is washed goes back to wallow in the
         mud.”
   – The Bible calls the proud dogs or swine.
   – The false concert has never crucified the flesh.
   – The false convert must wallow in the mire.
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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 The “fast fold” gospel is unbiblical.
  – The false convert has never repented.
       • His or her flesh is not dead with Christ.
       • His or her flesh burns with unlawful desire.
   – The “fast fold” gospel forsook the Law in its
     power to humble the proud.
   – The “fast fold” gospel did speed the process of
     evangelism, making “commitments” easier.
   – The “fast fold” gospel stirred less opposition.

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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 The “fast fold” gospel omits the Judgment.
  – The Bible presents the Day of Judgment as the
    very reason to repent and to trust the Savior.
       • God… now commands everyone everywhere to
         repent, for he has set a day when he is going to
         judge the world with justice through a man he has
         appointed, and he has given proof of this to
         everyone by raising him from the dead. —Acts
         17:31 (ISV)
   – The “fast fold” gospel is not faithful to God.

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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 The “fast fold” gospel omits the Judgment.
  – There is no hint of even the approach of
    Judgment Day.
  – The essence of the gospel is that Jesus died on
    the cross to save us from the wrath of the
    judgment to come.
  – The “fast fold” gospel has no mention of the
    existence of hell or the judgment to come.
  – The fast folders have ripped the heart out of the
    body of the gospel.
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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 The “fast fold” gospel omits the Judgment.
  – William Booth, founder of the
    Salvation Army, warned that in
    the twentieth century a gospel
    would be preached which
    promised heaven without
    mentioning hell.                    Booth
  – Modern “fast fold” evangelism has done just
    that.


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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 The “fast fold” gospel omits the Judgment.
  – The “fast fold” tracts of our day:
       • Do not mention Judgment Day
       • Do not hint of a hell to shun and a heaven to gain.
       • Do not use the Law of God to bring the knowledge
         of personal sin.
       • Hold the gospel up as a means of happiness, rather
         than a means of righteousness.
  – All “fast fold” tracts are a recipe for a false
    conversion—a “stony ground” hearer.

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George Whitefield on the Law
 “That is the reason we have so
  many ‘mushroom’ converts,
  because their stony ground is
  not plowed up; they have not
  got a conviction of the Law;                                        Whitefield

  they are stony-ground hearers.”




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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 The “fast fold” gospel omits the Judgment.
  – Modern evangelistic authors are sincere.
  – Modern evangelistic authors are earnest.
  – Modern evangelistic authors are loving.
  – Modern evangelistic authors are godly.
  – But their zeal lacks knowledge of God’s Law.
  – The resulting devastation cannot be ignored.



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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 “A belief that Christians are entitled to the
  ‘good life’ can result in demoralizing
  church members. Expecting the Christian’s
  life to be a bed of roses can be very
  discouraging to a new Christian and to more
  mature ones as well—when they are jostled
  by the storms of life.”



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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 The “fast fold” gospel glosses over sin.
  – “…since all have sinned and continue to fall
    short of God’s glory.” —Romans 3:23 (ISV)
  – What is meant by “glory”?
  – We define sin as an archery term which means
    “falling short” of the mark.
  – But the sinner needs to know what and where the
    target is to measure how short he has fallen.
  – Greek doxa means “honor, worship, and praise.”

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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 The “fast fold” gospel glosses over sin.
  – Humanity falls short by failing to give our
    Creator the honor, worship and praise due Him.
  – We have failed to love God with all of our heart,
    mind, soul and strength
  – This is the essence of the Law.
  – “All have sinned” comes in the context of Paul
    saying that the whole world is guilty before God
    (Romans 3:19).

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“Fast Fold” Gospel Problems
 The “fast fold” gospel glosses over sin.
  – When we fail to tell the sinner anything about
    the mark for which he is to aim, we let him
    think that he can still give it his “best shot.”
  – When we display the Law in front of him, we
    leave the sinner without hope of ever coming
    near the mark.
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Check the Soil
 90% of the evangelistic crop is failing.
 The crop withers and dies when tribulation,
  persecution or temptation shines.
  – We water them with the Word.
  – We fertilize them with counsel and support.
  – We follow them up thoroughly, but to no avail.
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Check the Soil
 Before we plant the seed of the gospel, we
  must take the time to thoroughly turn the
  soil of the heart with the Law.
 The effect will be the removal of the stones
  of sin upon repentance.
 God has given us insight into the area in
  which we are planting—it is very hard.
 It is a heart of stone (Ezekiel 36:26).

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Check the Soil
 Some claim that 75% fall away, based on
  the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-20).
 The parable is not meant as a consolation
  for disappointing evangelistic results.
 The parable is meant for our instruction.




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The Parable of the Sower
 The good soil hearer had understanding.
  (Matthew 13:23)
 He had a noble heart (Luke 8:15)—i.e, an
  understanding from outside himself.
 The schoolmaster of the Law taught him his
  heart was wicked.
 The Law spells out for the sinner what is
  wrong with his life.

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Lesson 7:
Mangled
Bodies




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Results of the “Fast Fold” Gospel
 U.S. Crusade (1990)
  – 600 “decisions”
  – 100% fell away after 90 days.
 Cleveland Inner City Outreach
  – 400 “decisions”
  – 100% fell away.
 Four-day Crusade (1985)
   – 217 “decisions”
   – 92% fell away.
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Results of the “Fast Fold” Gospel
 Eight-day Crusade
  – 68 “decisions”
  – 100% fell away after 30 days.
 Salt Lake City Crusade (1991)
   – 95% fell away after one year.
 Russian Crusade (1991)
  – 2,500 “decisions”
  – 99% fell away after one year.

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Results of the “Fast Fold” Gospel
 Leeds, England
  – 400 “decisions”
  – 99.5% fell away after 4 weeks.
 Mass crusade
  – 18,000 “decisions”
  – 94% never joined a local church.
 Forth Worth convention (1970)
   – 30,000 “decisions”
   – 99.999% fell away after 6 months.
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Results of the “Fast Fold” Gospel
 Sacramento, California
   – 2,000 “decisions”
   – 100% fell away among sample follow-up.
 Leading Denomination (1995)
  – 384,057 “decisions”
  – 94% fell away.
 Omaha, Nebraska
  – 1,300 “decisions”
  – 100% fell away.
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Results of the “Fast Fold” Gospel
 Rajmundry, India
  – 80,000 “decisions”
  – 99.999% fell away.
 Leading Denomination (1993)
  – 294,784 “decisions”
  – 95% fell away.




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Fixing the Blame
 We claim that there are not enough leaders.
  – “Many thousands have received salvation and
    healing, but because of there not being many
    leaders, not many stayed with their faith.”
 But this violates God’s Word, because God…
  – “…is able to keep you from falling and to make you stand
    faultless in his glorious presence with rejoicing.”
 Either God was not able or God’s hand was not in
  their profession of faith in the first place.

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Who Wants to Admit Failure?
 What organizing committee will admit…
  – After pre-crusade prayers…
  – After spending vast sums of money…
  – After using a big-name evangelist…
  – After truckloads of “follow up”…
  – That their “wonderful results” have evaporated?
 The organizing committee has no
  reasonable explanation was to why the
  catch of fish has slipped through the nets.
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Who Wants to Admit Failure?
 “A soul at the altar does not generate much
  excitement in some circles because we
  realize approximately ninety-five out of
  every hundred will not become integrated
  into the church. In fact, most of them will
  not return for a second visit.”
                                             — Charles E. Hackett
                    National Director, Division of Home Missions
                                         Assemblies of God, U.S.

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Who Wants to Admit Failure?
 “Crusades don’t do as much for non-
 believers as some might think. Three
 percent to sixteen percent of those who
 make decisions at crusades end up
 responsible members of a church.That’s not
 counting Christians who recommit their
 lives.”
                    —Peter Wagner, Professor of Church Growth
                                   Fuller Theological Seminary

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Who Wants to Admit Failure?
 “Despite all the Christian
  broadcasting and high-profile
  campaigns, the Christian
  population is not growing in
  numbers nationally. In fact,
  church attendance in a given
  week during 1996 was down
  to 37 percent of the population, a ten-year
  low... even though 82 percent of Americans
  claim to be Christians.”
                                                                      —Jim Cymbala
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The Root of the Problem
 The problem is not with our crusades.
 The problem is with the method of modern
  evangelism.
 The problem is with the message of modern
  evangelism.
 The mangled bodies of those who are
  erroneously called “backsliders” are the
  inevitable result of a “fast fold” gospel.

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Still-born Babes: A Case Study
 “We have seen over 1,000 led to the Lord.
  Not many of these teens are in church.
  Preached the whole gospel (death, burial
  and resurrection) with a focus on repentance
  and remission to 155 people. Seventy made
  commitments to Christ. I know my
  preaching is correct, but I need better
  follow-up. Any recommendations?”
                                                                      —A local pastor

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Still-born Babes: A Case Study
 He preached the light of the gospel (Christ’s
  death, burial and resurrection) without using
  the Law to awaken the hearers.
 But “follow-up” is not the answer.
 Providing follow-up to a false convert is
  like putting a stillborn child into intensive
  care.
 There is no life in the “new born” child.

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Some Important Observations
 A “no compromise” gospel will not awaken
  sinners. That is not its function.
 Did your conversion include the Law?
  – What was your sin?
  – How did you know that you had sinned?
 Somehow, somewhere your conscience bore
  witness to the law.
 You would not have known sin except
  through the Law (Romans 7:7).
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Impersonal Statistics?
 A failed parachute means
 death. There is no second
 chance.




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Impersonal Statistics?
 A failed parachute means
  death. There is no second
  chance.
 There are false converts who
  have left the church, and are in the church.
 “Millions have been brought into some kind
  of religious experience by accepting Christ,
  and they have not been saved.”
                                                                      —A. W. Tozer
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Impersonal Statistics?
 We speak of salvation of men and women
  from death and eternal damnation in hell.
 We must put a quick end to the “fast fold”
  gospel, even though it eliminates the
  reproach of the gospel and seems to be
  filling our churches.
 Don’t look to the few who fill the pews.
 Look to those mangled on the soil of hard
  hearts because of the “fast fold” gospel.
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Lesson 8:
Making
Grace
Amazing




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One Hundred+ Years of Failure
 Something is wrong.
 The Church has forsaken
  the key to the sinner’s heart.
 When the Church set aside the Law of God
  in its function to convert the soul, the
  Church removed the sinner’s means of
  seeing his need of God’s forgiveness.
  – “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the
    soul…” (Psalm 19:7)
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The Purpose of the Law
 Romans 5:20 tells us why God’s Law
 entered the scene.
  – “Now the law crept in so that the offense would
    increase. But where sin increased, grace
    increased even more,…”
 When sin abounds, grace abounds much
  more.
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An Example from Civil Law
 Consider a freeway where
  there is no sign of the law.
 People transgress the law by
  driving 15 mph or more
  above the posted limit.
  – The law has forgotten to patrol
    this part of the road.
  – Besides, everybody’s doing it!
 Watch what happens when the police come.
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An Example from Civil Law
 Consider the freeway of sin.
 The world “goes with the
  flow.”
  – Who hasn’t desired an affair?
  – Who hasn’t told a white lie?
  – Who hasn’t taken something?
 Their security is that so many
  others are just as guilty, if not more so.
 It seems that God has forgotten about sin.
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An Example from Civil Law
 Watch the Law enter with
  red lights flashing!
 He examines the speedometer
  of his conscience. It shows him the measure
  of his guilt in a new light—the Law.
  –   His lust becomes adultery.
  –   His lie becomes a false witness.
  –   His hatred becomes murder.
  –   His sticky fingers make him a thief.
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An Example from Civil Law
 Without the Law entering,
 sin is neither personal nor is
 it veritable to the sinner.
  – “For without the Law, sin is dead
    [the sense of it is inactive and a
    lifeless thing].”
    —Romans 7:8 (Amplified)
 The Commandment showed Paul
 the nature of sin in its true light—sin is
 exceedingly sinful.
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An Example from Civil Law
 The real function of the Law:
  – “is to make men recognize and
    be conscious of sin [not mere
     perception, but an acquaintance with sin which
    works toward repentance].” — Romans 3:20
 An illustration: “I have some good
  news. Someone has just paid a
  $25,000 speeding fine for you!”
 Your reaction: “I am not guilty of that!”
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An Example from Civil Law
 Your reaction is quite
  understandable.
  – It you don’t know that you have
    broken the law in the first place, the good news
    of someone paying the fine for you
    won’t be good news to you.
  – It will be foolishness.
  – Our insinuation of unlawful activity
    will even be offensive to you.

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An Example from Civil Law
 This way makes more sense:
  – “Today, the law clocked you
    traveling at 55 mph in an area
    designated for a blind children’s
    convention. You ignored ten clear
    warning signs saying that the
    maximum speed was 15 mph. The
    fine is $25,000 or imprisonment.
    Someone you don’t even know
    stepped in and paid the fine for you.”

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A Failure to Communicate
 Telling a sinner the good news that Jesus
  died on the cross for his sins without
  showing his transgressions makes no sense
  to him.
  – “For the message of the cross is foolishness to
    those who are perishing.” (1 Cor 1:18).
  – He will respond, “What are you talking about?”
  – Your insinuation that he is a sinner, when he
    doesn’t think he is, will be offensive to him.

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A Failure to Communicate Solved
 Those who take the time to follow in the
  steps of Jesus and open up the spirituality of
  the Law by carefully explaining the
  meaning of the Ten Commandments, will
  see the sinner become convicted by the Law
  as a transgressor.
 Once he understands his transgressions, the
  good news will not be offensive or foolish,
  but will be the power of God to salvation.
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What Was David’s Sin?
 When David sinned with Bathsheba, he
 broke all ten of the Ten Commandments.
  –   He coveted his neighbor’s wife.
  –   He lived a lie.
  –   He stole her.
  –   He committed adultery.
  –   He murdered her husband.
  –   He dishonored his parents.
  –   He broke the other 4 in his relationship to God.
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Nathan’s Rebuke Is a Model
 The order of Nathan’s rebuke is significant.
 Nathan gave David a parable about
  something he could understand—sheep.
 He began with the natural realm, rather than
  immediately exposing the king’s sin.
 Nathan told a story about a rich man who,
  instead of taking a sheep from his own
  flock, killed a poor man’s pet lamb to feed a
  stranger.
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Nathan’s Rebuke Is a Model
 David understood the message.
 He was self-righteous and indignant.
 He revealed his knowledge of the Law by
  saying that the guilty party would restore
  four-fold and would die for his crime.
 Nathan then exposed the king’s sin of
  taking another man’s “lamb.”
 After David repented, Nathan gave him
  grace: “The Lord has put away your sin…”
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Nathan’s Rebuke Is a Model
 Imagine if Nathan, fearful of rejection, gave
  a “fast fold” message:
  – “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for
    your life. However, there is something that is
    keeping you from enjoying this wonderful plan;
    it is called sin.”
 Imagine if Nathan had glossed over the
  personal nature of David’s sin with a
  general reference that “all men have sinned
  and fall short of the glory of God.”
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Nathan’s Rebuke Is a Model
 David’s reaction might have been to cry out
  “What are you talking about?” rather than to
  admit his terrible transgression.
  – Why should he cry, “I have sinned against the
    Lord!” at the message of the “fast fold” gospel?
 Instead, he would in a sincere heart want to
  experience this “wonderful plan” and admit
  that he, like all men, had sinned and fallen
  short of the glory of God.
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Nathan’s Rebuke Is a Model
 If David had not been made to tremble under
  the wrath of the Law, the prophet would
  have removed the very means of producing
  godly sorrow, which was so necessary for
  David’s repentance.
  – Godly sorrow produces repentance. (2 Cor 7:10)
  – The weight of his guilt caused him to cry out “I
    have sinned against the Lord!”
  – The Law caused him to labor and to thirst for
    righteousness.
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An Onion as an Illustration of Sin
 Sin is like an onion.
 Its outer wrapper is a dry and crusty
  self-righteousness.
 It is only when the
  external casing is
  peeled away that
  it brings tears.
 The Law peels the onion and allows
  contrition.
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The Vase as an Illustration of Sin
 A child broke his father’s
  antique vase.
 He had been forbidden to
  touch it, and with good reason!
                                    A Vase from the
 But the child undervalued the      Ming Dynasty

  vase, so he wasn’t concerned about it.
 Only when he learned its true value, and
  that he could never replace it, that he felt
  the import of breaking the command.
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The Vase as an Illustration of Sin
 The lawless “God loves you
  and has a wonderful plan for
  your life” message does not
  cause the sinner to tremble.
 It is a “fast fold” gospel.
                                    A Vase from the
                                     Ming Dynasty

 It does not show the sinner the utterly
  serious nature of his transgression.
 He will never find the godly sorrow that
  produces repentance with a fast fold gospel.
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Charles Spurgeon on the Law
 “The Law serves a most necessary
  purpose… They will never accept
  grace, until they tremble before a
  just and holy Law.”
                                      Spurgeon
 Those who see the role of the Law
  will be Sons of Thunder before they are
  Sons of Consolation.
 The shoes of human pride must be removed
  before approaching the burning bush.
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The Tragic “Fast Fold” Gospel
 We can evoke a tearful response from
  sinners by telling them that God loves them.
 The “fast fold” message is more appealing
  to both the Christian and the sinner.
 It is easier to speak the “fast fold” message
  of love than to speak of sin.



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The Paradox of the Law
 The Law makes grace abound in the same
  way that darkness makes light shine.
 John Newton said “A wrong understanding
  of the harmony between Law and grace will
  produce error on the left and the right
  hand.”
 Very few would know more of grace than
  John Newton, writer of Amazing Grace.

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Lesson 9:
From What
Did They
Flee?




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Scofflaws and Civil Laws
 In Washington, DC, traffic authorities found
  that members of a foreign embassy owed
  $6,000,000 in unpaid traffic fines.
 Having ambassador status, they felt they
  were immune to paying their obligations.
 Having no fear of future punishment
  resulted in a lack of respect for the law.
 Cars of violators could not be registered; the
  cars could not be driven.
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Scofflaws and Society
 A strip club boasts:
  We didn’t create sin; we just perfected it.”
 A cable channel promotes its programming:
  “Guaranteed to break more Commandments
  than any other lineup.”
 A magazine cover touts its contents:
  “Stuff so bad, it’s good. We’re so ashamed.”


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Scofflaws and God’s Law
 How can the world “fear the Lord” when
  much of the Church itself is offended by the
  concept of fearing God?
 They are storing up wrath that will be
  revealed in the Day of Wrath. (Romans 2:5)
 Unless the world is convinced that a Day of
  Reckoning is coming, they will continue to
  believe that God does not require an account.

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Scofflaws and God’s Law
 The same thing has happened with the
  Church.
 The Church has failed to preach future
  punishment for the violation of God’s Laws.
 Sinners have become bold in their
  lawlessness.
 They have lost respect for the Law and its
  agency, the Church.

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Fear and the Motive for Salvation
 L. E. Maxwell surveyed 2,500 Bible
 students as to what motivated them to
 salvation?
  – Moved by fear: 65%
                                                                     Fear
  – Moved by love: 6%
                                                                              Love
  – Moved by other: 29%
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Fear and the Motive for Salvation
 When they found a place of repentance, of
  what did they repent? It must have been sin.
 When they understood they had sinned,
  did they not fear at all?
                                  Fear
 Did this not produce fear,             Love
  the beginning of wisdom?
                                       Other
 How did they “flee from
  the wrath to come” without
  fear?
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Fear and the Motive for Salvation
 Have you come to the point of fearing God?
 What do you think when you read that God
  killed a husband and wife because they
  broke his 9th Commandment?
                                 Fear
  (Acts 5:1-10)
                                        Love
 Was the psalmist
                                      Other
  misguided when he wrote
  “My flesh trembles for fear
  of You, and I fear Your judgments”?
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Fear and the Motive for Salvation
 Have you obeyed the command of Jesus?
   – “I'll show you the one you should be afraid of.
     Be afraid of the one who has the authority to
     throw you into hell after killing
     you. Yes, I tell you, be afraid
                                       Fear
     of him!” —Luke 12:5 (ISV)
                                               Love
   – Jesus spoke of himself!
 “Serve the Lord with fear,                 Other
  and rejoice with trembling”
  was the motto of the early Church.

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Fear and the Motive for Salvation
 The early Church walked “in the fear of the
  Lord” (Acts 9:31)
 Do you and your church have Paul’s motive
  for seeking the lost:
                                                                      Fear
  – “Therefore, since we know
                                                                               Love
    the fear of the Lord, we try
    to persuade people.”                                                     Other
    —2 Cor 5:11 (ISV)
 Scripture makes it clear what causes men to
  flee from sin: “fear of the Lord”
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Fear and the Motive for Salvation
 L. E. Maxwell’s conclusion was not a
  concern that so many had fled to Christ in
  fear.
 His concern was that some
                                  Fear
  had not!
                                                                        Love

                                                                      Other




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Fear and the Motive for Salvation
 F. B. Meyer questioned 400 Christian
  workers about why they came to Christ.
  – An overwhelming number testified that it was
    because of some message or influence of the
    terror of the Lord.
  – “This is more interesting and astonishing,
    especially in these days when we are rebuked
    for not preaching more of the love of God!”



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Fear and the Motive for Salvation
 R. C. Sproul said:
  – “Jesus doesn’t save us to God. He saves us
    from God.”
  – “There’s probably no concept in theology more
    repugnant to modern America than the idea of
    divine wrath.”




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    Fear and the Motive for Salvation
     Dr. Robert Morey did a study on some of
      the common admonitions of Scripture:
     Fearing God         278 References
                                                        – 235 in OT; 43 in NT
     Trusting God                                 91 References
                                                        – 82 in OT; 9 in NT
     Loving God                                   88 References
                                                        – 45 in OT; 43 in NT
The same number of New Testament references!
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Fear and the Motive for Salvation
 A. W. Tozer in The Knowledge of the Holy:
  – “God’s justice stands forever against the sinner
    in utter severity. The vague and tenuous hope
    that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has
    become a deadly opiate for the consciences of
    millions. It hushes their fears and allows them
    to practice all pleasant forms of iniquity while
    death draws every day nearer and the command
    to repent goes disregarded. As responsible
    moral beings, we dare not so trifle with our
    eternal future.”

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Fear and the Motive for Salvation
 L. E. Maxwell spoke on the importance of
 fear:
  – “Is the majesty of the Moral Ruler to meet with
    no respect? Is the authority of His Law of no
    consequence? Is there nothing in God to fear?
    An effete dilettantism would feign tell us so.
    Nevertheless all history and Scripture and
    experience cry out against such an emasculated
    and effeminate theology.”


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Failure to Fear God in the Pews
 A Christian confessed to the author his
  lack of the fear of God.
  – God was just a good friend.
  – One day, he found out his girlfriend’s parents
    were out of town.
  – He prayed for an opportunity to sleep with her.
  – His “prayer” was answered.
  – And he thanked God for giving him his desire.
 He later repented and is now serving God.
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Failure to Fear God in the Pulpit
 A lack of fear of God is not confined to
 the pews.
  – 40% of polled pastors admitted that they had an
    extramarital affair since beginning their
    ministry.Those who do not fear God will not
    stop at fornication.
  – “Most I fear God. Next to him, I fear him that
    fears him not.”
  – If someone has no fear of God, he will lie to
    you, steal from you, even kill you.
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Fear and the Motive for Preaching
 The fear of God should stop us from flirting
  with the eternal well-being of sinners by
  diluting the message with which we have
  been entrusted.
 Our devotion to the truth will be rewarded.
  – “Those who rebuke the wicked will have
    delight, and a good blessing will come upon
    them.” (Proverbs 24:25)


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Fear and the Motive for Preaching
 John Wesley had those in
  his day who refused to
  preach the Law as a means
  to bring a knowledge of sin.
 They justified their message
  by saying that they “preached Christ and
  Him crucified,” to quote the Apostle Paul.
 Wesley pointed to Paul’s method of
  preaching Christ crucified.
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Fear and the Motive for Preaching
 Wesley on Christ crucified:
  – “When Felix sent for Paul
    that he might ‘hear from him
    concerning the faith in
    Christ,’ instead of preaching
    Christ in your sense (which
    would probably have caused the Governor
    either to mock or to contradict and blaspheme),
    ‘he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and
    judgment to come,’ till Felix (hardened as he
    was) trembled (Acts 24:24-25).”
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Fear and the Motive for Preaching
 Wesley on Christ crucified:
  – “Go thou and tread in his
    steps. Preach Christ to the
    careless sinner, by reasoning
    ‘of righteousness, temperance,
    and judgment to come!’”




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Fear and the Motive for Preaching
 The Apostle Paul’s reasoning:
  – “From morning until evening he continued to
    explain the kingdom of God to them, trying to
    convince them about Jesus from the law of
    Moses and the Prophets.” — Acts 28:23 (ISV)
 Our goal is to “convince sinners about
  Jesus.”
   – He is the way, the truth and the life.
   – Without Him, they will perish.

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Fear and the Motive for Preaching
 Paul used the Law of Moses and prophecy.
   – Prophecy appeals to a man’s intellect and
     creates faith in the Word of God.
   – As the sinner realizes the Bible contains
     hundreds of indisputable prophecies that
     substantiate its supernatural origin, he begins to
     give Scripture credibility.
   – The Law of Moses appeals to a man’s
     conscience and brings the knowledge of sin.
   – Prophecy does not bring an awareness of sin.
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A “New” Gospel Presentation
 A well-known charismatic couple say:
  – Ask “Do you know there are two kinds of
    beautiful waitresses?”
  – “Really?” the waitress responds.
  – “Yes! Those who are saved and those who are
    about to be! Which one are you?”
  – If the answer is anything other than “I am
    saved,” lead them in the “sinner’s prayer.”
 They claim an angel gave them the method.

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A “New” Gospel Presentation
 The technique is not new.
 It’s an age-old manipulative sales technique.
 Why would an angel of God, after 2,000
  years of evangelism, suddenly announce a
  method that is not in line with God’s
  revealed Word?
 Did God suddenly figure out a new way?
 Did He change His mind?

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A “New” Gospel Presentation
 If an angel tells us of a gospel (or a method
  of gospel promotion) that is not in line with
  Holy Scripture, we should reject it without
  a second thought.
 Why do it, even if it seems to work?
 We fear God in light of this sober warning:
  – “But even if we or an angel from heaven
    should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to
    what we proclaimed to you, let that person be
    condemned!” — Galatians 1:8 (ISV)
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Evangelism and God’s Law
 Our heart’s cry is for people to be saved
  from hell.
 Modern evangelism methods work against,
  not for, that end.
 Can it be that those who employ those
  methods are actually doing the devil’s
  work, rather than the Lord’s work?
 The modern “fast fold” evangelism that
  omits the Law is the work of the enemy.
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Evangelism and God’s Law
 “While people were sleeping, his enemy
  came and sowed weeds among the wheat
  and went away.” —Matthew 13:25 (ISV)
 We must be alert to the workings of the
  enemy.
 We must understand about true and false
  conversions.
 We must fear God enough to follow in the
  steps of biblical evangelism.
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Evangelism and God’s Law
 We should heed Paul’s warning against
 peddling God’s Word:
  – “At least we are not commercializing God’s
    word like so many others. Instead, in Christ we
    speak with sincerity, like people who are sent
    from God and are accountable to God.” —2
    Cor 2:17 (ISV)
 To “peddle” or “commercialize” means to
 “shortchange”or “adulterate” the divine
 message.
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Immunization from Salvation
 One southern pastor comments that almost
  every person in the “Bible Belt” parrots the
  same phrase.
 When challenged about their salvation, they
  say “I have received Jesus Christ as Lord
  and Savior. I’ve dealt with that.”
 Yet there are no signs of regeneration.
 It’s as though they have been inoculated
  against the truth. And they have been!
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Results of the “Fast Fold” Gospel
 “It was at a youth camp that my oldest son
  ‘gave his heart to Jesus’ and was baptized,
  but since then has shown no real desire that
  I can see to live for the Lord. I don’t want
  to seem critical, but I just don’t see the
  desire in any way, shape or form. I don’t
  want to see the same thing happen with my
  two other kids.”
 This is a result of “fast fold” evangelism.
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Results of the “Fast Fold” Gospel
 When false converts fall away, they
  become bitter.
  – Their latter end becomes worse than the first.
  – They are inoculated against the truth.
  – Fruitless converts become venomous
    backsliders.
  – They can do great damage to the cause of the
    gospel.
  – They are the sad product of manipulative
    modern “fast fold” evangelism methods.
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Results of the “Fast Fold” Gospel
 The next time you find someone who is
  into the occult or some religious cult, ask
  some questions.
 They probably once “gave their heart to
  Jesus.”
 The Scripture warns us about them:
  – “Now the Spirit says clearly that in the last
    times some people will abandon the faith by
    following deceitful spirits, the teachings of
    demons.” —1 Timothy 4:1 (ISV)
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Charles Spurgeon on the Law
 “God [has] appointed a Day in
 which He will judge the world,
 and we sigh and cry until it shall
 end the reign of wickedness, and
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 give rest to the oppressed. Brethren,
 we must preach the coming of the Lord, and
 preach it somewhat more than we have done;
 because it is the driving power of the
 gospel.”
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Charles Spurgeon on the Law
 “Too many have kept back these
 truths, and thus the bone has been
 taken out of the arm of the
 gospel. Its point has been broken;
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 its edge has been blunted. The
 doctrine of the judgment to come is the
 power by which men are to be aroused.
 There is another life; the Lord will come a
 second time; judgment will arrive; the wrath
 of God will be revealed.”
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Charles Spurgeon on the Law
 “Where this is not preached, I am
  bold to say the gospel is not
  preached. It is absolutely
  necessary to the preaching of
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  the gospel of Christ that men be
  warned as to what will happen if they
  continue in their sins.”



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Charles Spurgeon on the Law
 “Ho, ho, sir surgeon! Are you too
  delicate to tell the man that he is
  ill? You hope to heal the sick
  without their knowing it. You
                                        Spurgeon
  therefore flatter them; and what
  happens? They laugh at you; they dance
  upon their own graves. At last they die!
  Your delicacy is cruelty; your flatteries are
  poisons; you are a murderer.”
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Charles Spurgeon on the Law
 “Shall we keep men in a fool’s
  paradise? Shall we lull them into
  soft slumbers from which they
  will awake in hell? Are we to
                                    Spurgeon
  become helpers of their damnation
  by our smooth speeches? In the name of
  God, we will not.”



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How Shall We Then Preach?
 A preacher in Colliery, England saw a
  number of conversions take place under his
  ministry.
 Then a “stranger” passed through and
  conducted meetings in which “there were
  great numbers of persons” who confessed
  faith in Jesus.
 But the message was a “fast fold” gospel.
 The results was sad to behold.
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How Shall We Then Preach?
 “But many of them were, in a short time,
  gone back again into the world. Indeed, so
  complete was the failure that the Minister
  who succeeded me in that Circuit said,
  ‘There was not one single person, out of
  about ninety who professed to obtain
  Religion through that man’s services, that
  continued to be a member of the Colliery
  Church.’”
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How Shall We Then Preach?
 “I had observed the same sort of thing
  before in regard to the efforts of suchlike
  persons in other places. And, therefore, I
  was very desirous to find out what was the
  cause of such failures. I was sure that the
  persons, said to be brought in under my
  own ministry, had nearly all of them held
  on their way, and were then members—
  either in the Church above, or in the Church
  below.”
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How Shall We Then Preach?
 “So I set myself calmly to consider the
  whole affair. In doing this, I soon found
  that the preaching that does not address the
  sinner’s conscience, and strive to break the
  unconverted spirit down by enforcing the
  Law of God, scarcely ever leads to the
  salvation of the soul. And these men
  scarcely ever preach the Law.”


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How Shall We Then Preach?
 “Yes, that is it, and nothing else—“By the
  Law is the knowledge of sin.” Let a
  minister get that important sentiment burnt
  into his very soul by the Light and flaming
  Love of God. And then let him go forth and
  preach the truth as it is in Jesus, and many,
  many precious souls will soon be saved.”



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How Shall We Then Preach?
 “But let him omit preaching the Law, and
  whatever else he may do—for he can
  accomplish many great things—yet, under
  that man’s ministry, conversions will be
  scarce.”




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How Shall We Then Preach?
 We cannot agree more!
 “Yes, that is it, and nothing else—“By the
  Law is the knowledge of sin.”
 This teaching is so fundamental.
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Lesson 10:
The Motive
and the
Result




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A Tale of Two Parachutes
 Two men are seated in a plane.
 The first is given a parachute and told to put
  it on, as it would improve his flight.
 He’s a little skeptical at first, since he can’t
  see how wearing a parachute could possibly
  improve his flight.
 After some time, he decides to experiment
  and see if the claims are true.

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A Tale of Two Parachutes
 He tries on the parachute.
  – He notices the weight of it.
  – He has difficulty sitting upright.
  – He consoles himself in the message told to him.
 Other passengers laugh at him.
 He feels humiliated.
 He unstraps the parachute and discards it.
 Disillusionment and bitterness fill his heart.

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A Tale of Two Parachutes
 The second man is given a parachute, but
  listen to what he is told.
 At any moment, he’ll be
  jumping 25,000 feet out
  of the plane.
 He gratefully puts it on.
 He doesn’t notice the weight, nor that he
  cannot sit upright.
 He is consumed with the consequences.
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A Tale of Two Parachutes
 Motive of the First  Motive of the Second
  Man: To improve   Man: To escape the
  his flight        jump to come
 Result           Result
  – Humiliation                                – Joy and peace
  – Disillusionment                            – Patience
  – Bitterness                                 – Gratitude



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A Tale of Two Parachutes
 The lie of the modern “fast fold” gospel:
  – God loves you and has a wonderful plan for
    your life.
  – Jesus will give you love.
  – Jesus will give you joy.
  – Jesus will give you peace.
  – Jesus will give you fulfillment.
  – Jesus will give you lasting happiness.
  – Jesus will improve your flight.
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A Tale of Two Parachutes
 The result of the modern “fast fold” gospel.
  – In an experimental fashion, the sinner puts on
    the Savior to see if the claims are true.
  – The passengers mock him.
  – He takes off the Lord Jesus Christ.
  – He is offended for the Word’s sake.
  – His bitterness is toward those who gave him the
    so-called “good news” about Jesus.
  – His latter end becomes worse than the first.

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A Tale of Two Parachutes
 Instead of preaching that Jesus improves the
  flight, we should be warning the passengers
  that they have to jump out of the plane!
  – It is appointed for man once to die, and after
    this the judgment.
 When a sinner understands the horrific
  consequences of breaking the Law of God,
  he will flee to the Savior solely to escape
  the wrath that is to come.
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A Tale of Two Parachutes
 If we are true and faithful witnesses, we will
  preach that there is wrath to come.
  – “God commands all men everywhere to repent,
    because He has appointed a day on which he
    will judge the world in righteousness.” —Acts
    17:30-31
 The issue is righteousness, not happiness.
 The Bible never mentions happiness even
  once, but mentions righteousness 289 times.
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A Tale of Two Parachutes
 A sinner’s happiness is not the issue.
 Without the righteousness of Christ, he will
  perish on the day of judgment.
   – Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but
     righteousness delivers from death. — Prov. 11:4
 Peace and joy are fruits of salvation.
 It is not legitimate to use the fruits of peace
  and joy as a drawing card for salvation.
 An impure motive lacks repentance.
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A Tale of Two Parachutes
 The second man had joy and peace in his
  heart because he knew
  that the parachute was
  going to save him from
  certain death.
 We have joy and peace
  in our hearts because
  we know that the righteousness of Christ
  will deliver us from the wrath to come.
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A Tale of Two Parachutes
 A new flight attendant is on her first flight.
 She wants to make an
  impression, and she does!
 She spills hot coffee all
  over the first passenger.
 If he hasn’t taken off his parachute before
  this, he certainly will now!
 The parachute definitely did not improve
  his fight.
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A Tale of Two Parachutes
 A new flight attendant is on her first flight.
 She wants to make an
  impression, and she does!
 She spills hot coffee all
  over the second passenger.
 The hot coffee causes him to cling more
  tightly to the parachute than ever before.
 He even looks forward to the jump.

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A Tale of Two Parachutes
 If we have put on the Lord Jesus Christ for
  the right motive—to flee
  from the wrath to come—
  then when tribulation
  strikes, when the flight
  gets bumpy, we won’t get angry at God.
 We won’t lose our joy and peace.
 We didn’t come to Christ for a better flight.
 We came to flee the jump to come.
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A Tale of Two Parachutes
 Tribulation drives the true believer closer to
  the Savior.
 Professing Christians
  lose their joy and peace
  when the flight gets
  bumpy.
 They are from a man-centered gospel.
 They came lacking repentance, without
  which they cannot be saved.
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What Was Pharaoh’s Problem?
 Why did Pharaoh take so long to let God’s
  people go?
  – “I’ve sinned this time. The LORD is righteous,
    but I and my people are wicked. Pray to the
    LORD! There has been enough of God’s
    thunder and hail! I’ll let you go; and you need
    not stay any longer.” —Exodus 9:27-28 (ISV)
 Pharaoh seemed to be repentant.


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What Was Pharaoh’s Problem?
 Pharaoh saw his sin as something he had
  done “this time”.
  – “But as for you and your officials, I know that
    you don’t yet fear the LORD God.” —Exodus
    9:30 (ISV)
 In his heart, Pharaoh did not fear God
  enough to obey him.



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What Is the Sinner’s Problem?
 Many who profess faith are like Pharaoh.
 A lack of knowledge of the Law has left
  them with a shallow understanding as to the
  exceedingly sinful nature of sin.
 They have sinned “this time”.
 They think sin is something they have done.
 They do not see sin as saturating their very
  nature.

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What Is the Sinner’s Problem?
 Sinners lack the fear of God.
 Sinners entreat the Lord simply because
  they find themselves in the midst of
  thunderous trials.
 Like Pharaoh, when the plagues of life stop,
  they sin again and harden their hearts to the
  will of God.


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What Is the Sinner’s Problem?
 What, then, will break the will of a stubborn
  sinner who does not fear God?
  – He needs to be terrified by the plagues of God’s
    Law.
  – He must see the death of the Firstborn (Jesus).
  – After the Law has done its terrifying work, the
    gospel will show the cost of his redemption.
  – His heart will fear when he realizes his liberty
    from wrath comes through the death of Jesus.

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Charles Spurgeon on the Price
 “The placing of the cross in its
  socket had shaken Him with great
  violence, had strained all the
  ligaments, pained every nerve,
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  and more or less dislocated all His
  bones. Burdened with his own weight, the
  august sufferer felt the strain increasing
  every moment of those six long hours.”


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Charles Spurgeon on the Price
 “His sense of faintness and general
  weakness were overpowering;
  while to His own consciousness
  He became nothing but a mass of
                                      Spurgeon
  misery and swooning sickness….
  To us, sensations such as our Lord endured
  would have been insupportable, and kind
  unconsciousness would have come to our
  rescue.”
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Charles Spurgeon on the Price
 “But in His case, He was wounded,
 and felt the sword; He drained
 the cup and tasted every drop.”
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The Scars of Sin Remain
 The risen Savior retained the scars of the
  cross for a reason.
 Calvary’s grisly wounds must remain before
  the eyes of the Christian.
 They stand as fearful testimony, not only of
  God’s unfathomable love for sinners, but of
  His incredible love for justice.


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Lesson 11:
The True
Test of
Experience




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Martin Luther on the Law
 “Satan, the god of all
  dissension, stirs up daily new
  sects, and last of all, which
  of all other I should never
  have foreseen or once
  suspected, he has raised us a
  sect as such as teach… that men should not
  be terrified by the Law, but gently exhorted
  by the preaching of the grace of Christ.”
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Martin Luther on the Law
 Luther’s words perfectly
  describe the methods of most
  of contemporary evangelism.
 Modern evangelists would
  never think of using the Law.
 “The true function of the Law is to accuse
  and to kill; but the function of the gospel is
  to make alive.”

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J. C. Ryle on the Law
 “People will never set their
  faces decidedly towards
  heaven, and live like
  pilgrims, until they really
  feel that they are in danger
  of hell…. Let us expound
  and beat out the Ten Commandments, and
  show the length, and breadth, and depth and
  height of their requirements.”
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J. C. Ryle on the Law
 “This is the way of our
  Lord in the Sermon on the
  Mount. We cannot do better
  than follow His plan. We
  may depend upon it, men
  will never come to Jesus,
  and stay with Jesus, unless they really know
  why they are to come, and what is their
  need.”
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J. C. Ryle on the Law
 “Those whom the Spirit
 draws to Jesus are those
 whom the Spirit has
 convinced of sin. Without
 thorough conviction of sin,
 men may seem to come to
 Jesus and follow Him for a season, but they
 will soon fall away and return to the world.”


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Isaac Watts on the Law
 “I never knew but one
 person in the whole course
 of my ministry who
 acknowledged that the first
 motions of religion in his
 own heart arose from a
 sense of the goodness of
 God, ‘What shall I render to the Lord who
 hath dealt so bountifully with me?”
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Isaac Watts on the Law
 “But I think all besides who
  have come within my notice
  have rather been first
  awakened to fly from the
  wrath to come by the
  passion of fear.”




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Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the Law
 “The trouble with people who
 are not seeking for a Savior,
 and for salvation, is that
 they do not understand the
 nature of sin. It is the peculiar
 function of the Law to bring
 such an understanding to a
 man’s mind and conscience.”


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Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the Law
 “That is why great
  evangelical preachers 300
  years ago in the time of the
  Puritans, and 200 years ago
  in the time of Whitefield and
  others, always engaged in
  what they called a
  preliminary “Law work.”


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John R. W. Stott on the Law
 “We cannot come to Christ
 to be justified until we have
 first been to Moses, to be
 condemned. But once we
 have gone to Moses, and
 acknowledged our sin,
 guilt and condemnation, we
 must not stay there. We must let Moses
 send us to Christ.”
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The Conscience Bears Witness
 A Nazi soldier was interviewed about his
  war crimes.
 Then asked how he felt, he said “I was
  given 20 years, and I served 20 years.”
 He had paid his debt to society.
 When asked about his conscience, he
  refused to speak any further.
 The conscience bears witness to moral Law.

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Paris Reidhead on the Law
 “If I had my way, I would declare a
  moratorium on public preaching of “the
  plan of salvation” in America for one or two
  years. Then I would call on everyone who
  has the use of the airwaves and the pulpits
  to preach the holiness of God, the
  righteousness of God, and the Law of God,
  until sinners would cry out, “What must we
  do to be saved?”
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Paris Reidhead on the Law
 “Then I would take them off in a corner and
  whisper the gospel to them. Such drastic
  action is needed because we have gospel-
  hardened a generation of sinners by telling
  them how to be saved before they have any
  understanding why they need to be saved.”




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Paris Reidhead on the Law
 “Don’t use John 3:16. Why? Because you
 tell a sinner how to be saved before he has
 realized that he needs to be saved. What you
 have done is gospel-hardened him.”




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D. L. Moody on the Law
 “It is a great mistake to give
  a man who has not been
  convicted of sin certain
  passages that were never
  meant for him. The Law is
  what he needs. Do not offer
  the consolation of the gospel
  until he sees and knows he is guilty before
  God.”
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D. L. Moody on the Law
 “We must give enough of
 the Law to take away all
 self-righteousness. I pity
 the man who preaches
 only one side of the truth;
 always the gospel and never
 the Law.”



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A Tale of Two Prisons
 Peter slept in Herod’s prison.
   – Faith snoozes in a storm.
   – Peter was bound with
     chains between two soldiers.
   – The light from the angel’s
     appearance did not awaken
     him.
   – The angel had to strike him first.
   – It was then that the chains fell off.

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A Tale of Two Prisons
 The sinner sleeps in prison.
  – He is asleep in his sin.
  – He is taken captive by
    the devil.
  – The gospel light cannot
    awaken him.
  – He must be struck by the
    lightning of Sinai.
  – He must be awakened by its thunderings.

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A Tale of Two Prisons
 The sinner sleeps in prison.
  – He will be roused to his
    plight.
  – The will arise and the
    gospel will remove the
    chains of sin and death.
  – It is the “power of God to
    salvation.”
  – He will be saved.

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A Nation Full of Prisoners
 The nation is full of people—in and out of
  church—who have come under the gospel,
  but who never been struck by the Law.
 The are still asleep in their sins.
 They are unaware of their plight.
 The Law has never awakened them.
 The power of the Commandments must
  open their eyes.

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The Sequence of Salvation
 “That is why it says,
   ‘Wake up, O sleeper!
    Arise from the dead,
     And Christ will shine on you.’”
                            —Ephesians 5:14 (ISV)
 There must be an awakening before Jesus
  Christ gives us light.



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Timothy Dwight on the Law
 “Few, very few, are ever
  awakened or convinced by
  the encouragements and
  promises of the gospel,
  but almost all by the
  denunciations of the Law.”




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Jonathan Edwards on the Law
 “The only way we can know
 whether we are sinning is
 by knowing His Moral
 Law.”




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George Whitefield on the Law
 “First, then, before you can
  speak peace to your hearts,
  you must be made to see,
  made to feel, made to
  weep over, made to bewail,
  your actual transgressions
  against the Law of God.”



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Walter Chantry on the Law
 “The absence of God’s holy
 Law from modern preaching
 is perhaps as responsible as
 any other factor for the
 evangelistic impotence of
 our churches and missions.
 Only by the light of the Law
 can the vermin of sin in the heart be
 exposed.”
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Walter Chantry on the Law
 “Satan has effectively used a
  very clever device to silence
  the Law, which is needed as
  an instrument to bring
  perishing men to Christ. It
  is imperative that preachers
  of today learn how to declare
  the spiritual Law of God; for until we learn
  how to wound consciences, we shall have
  no wounds to bind with gospel bandages.”
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John MacArthur on the Law
 “God’s grace cannot be
 faithfully preached to
 unbelievers until the Law
 is preached and man’s
 corrupt nature is exposed.
 It is impossible for a person
 to fully realize his need for
 God’s grace until he sees how
 terribly he has failed the standards
 of God’s Law.”
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John Newton on the Law
 “Ignorance of the nature
 and design of the Law is
 at the bottom of most
 religious mistakes.”




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Charles Spurgeon on the Law
 “I do not believe that any
  man can preach the gospel
  who does not preach the
  Law…. Lower the Law
  and you dim the light by
  which man perceives his
  guilt; this is a very serious
  loss to the sinner rather than a gain; for it
  lessens the likelihood of his conviction and
  conversion.”
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Charles Spurgeon on the Law
 “I say you have deprived
  the gospel of its ablest
  auxiliary [its most
  powerful weapon] when
  you have set aside the Law.
  You have taken away from
  it the schoolmaster that is to
  bring men to Christ... They will never
  accept grace till they tremble before a just
  and holy Law.”
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Charles Spurgeon on the Law
 “Therefore the Law serves
 a most necessary purpose,
 and it must not be
 removed from its place.”




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Robert Flockhart on the Law
 “I consider the language of the apostle in
  Romans 7:9 not inapplicable to my situation
  at that time, “’but when the commandment
  came, sin revived, and I died.’ Sin, that had
  been asleep before, came like a giant upon
  me. I saw myself in the mirror of God’s
  Law. That Law was spiritual and extended
  to the thoughts and intents of my heart.”


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Robert Flockhart on the Law
 “Dreadful and blasphemous thoughts, like
  sparks out of a chimney, now came out of
  my heart. I was afraid to open my Bible or
  even to look up, for fear the Lord would
  send a thunderbolt out of heaven to crush
  me. What a translation from darkness to
  light, from the kingdom of darkness to the
  kingdom of God’s dear Son! My guilt
  removed and my pardon sealed, peace
  flowed like a river into my soul.”
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Hell-fire Preaching and the Law
 Perhaps modern evangelism’s reticence to
  preach what produces fear is simply due to
  concern about the reaction of sinners.
 Some may worry that the message may be
  aligned with what is commonly called “hell-
  fire” preaching.
 Yet there is a vast difference between the
  use of the Law and hell-fire preaching.

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Hell-fire Preaching and the Law
 Hell, without the use of the Law to justify
  its existence, is unreasonable to a sinner’s
  mind.
 Imagine if the police suddenly burst into
  your home, thrust you into prison, and
  angrily shouted, “You are going away for a
  long time!”
 Such conduct would leave you bewildered
  and angry—the act would be unreasonable.
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Hell-fire Preaching and the Law
 But if the police suddenly burst into your
  home, and told you the nature of your
  crime, at least you would understand why
  you are in trouble.
 Knowledge of the law that the sinner has
  transgressed furnishes him with
  understanding.
 Knowledge of the law makes judgment
  reasonable.
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Hell-fire Preaching and the Law
 Hell-fire preaching without use of the Law
  to show the sinner why God is angry with
  him will more than likely leave him
  bewildered and angry—for what he
  considers unreasonable punishment.
 When we use the Law lawfully, it appeals to
  the “reason” of sinners.
 Paul reasoned with Felix about judgment to
  come and his sins, to the point where the
  governor “was afraid” (Acts 24:25).
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Hell-fire Preaching and the Law
 Hell becomes reasonable under the Law.
 The “righteousness” Paul spoke of was the
  righteousness which is of the Law.
 The result was that the fear of God fell upon
  the heart of his hearers.




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Hell-fire Preaching and the Law
 Those who come to the Savior with such
  knowledge are not strangers to fear, even
  after the cross.
 They tremble at the cost of their
  redemption.
 They gaze with fear-filled hearts at the
  grizzly sight of Calvary’s cross.



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Hell-fire Preaching and the Law
 They work out their own salvation with
  “fear and trembling” because they were not
  redeemed “with silver and gold, but with
  the precious blood of Christ.”




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Jim Cymbala on the Law
 “Once they were empowered
 on the Day of Pentecost,
 however, they became the
 church victorious, the church
 militant. With the gracious
 manifestation of God’s Spirit
 in the Upper Room, the
 disciples encountered their first audience.
 Peter, the biggest failure of them all,
 became the preacher that day.”
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Jim Cymbala on the Law
 “It was no homiletical master-
 piece, to be sure. But people
 were deeply convicted—“cut
 to the heart,” according to
 Acts 2:37—by his anointed
 words. Three thousand were
 gathered into the church that
 day.”


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Preparing the Ground First
 The key was the empowerment of the Holy
  Spirit.
 We have the same Holy Spirit nowadays,
  and we rarely see such a harvest of souls.
 Peter properly prepared the ground upon
  which he was sowing.
 His audience was “devout men” who were
  gathered at Pentecost to celebrate the giving
  of God’s Law on Mount Sinai.
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Preparing the Ground First
 Peter told them they were “lawless.”
 The “devout men” had violated God’s Law
  by murdering Jesus.
  – “Therefore, let the entire house of Israel
    understand beyond a doubt that God made this
    Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and
    Christ!” —Acts 2:36 (ISV)
 They saw that their sin was personal.
 After the Law’s conviction came grace.
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Preparing the Ground First
 Nicodemus was a leader of the Jews whom
  Jesus called a “teacher of Israel” (John
  3:10).
 He was thoroughly versed in God’s Law.
 He had a humble heart.
 He was a leader of the Jews acknowledging
  the deity of the Son of God (John 3:2).
 The Law was a schoolmaster to bring this
  humble, godly Jew to Christ.
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Preparing the Ground First
 Nathaniel was an Israelite (brought up
  under the Law) in whom there was “no
  deceit.”
 He did not twist the Law as did the
  Pharisees.
 He read “the way of God in truth.”
 The Law also served as a schoolmaster to
  bring this godly Jew to the Savior.


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Lesson 12:
The Badge
of Authority




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Moral Darkness and God’s Law
 America has chosen to
  live in moral darkness.
 Its Constitution has
  replaced Holy Scripture
  as the point of moral reference.
 The writings of men have become sacred.
 Contemporary America is no different from
  the Pharisees of Christ’s time, whose
  decrees made the Word of God void.
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Moral Darkness and God’s Law
 Why is pornography
  tolerated by our leaders?
 The answer allegedly
  is from our “forefathers”
  and not from Scripture.
 “We have a right to
  produce unclean literature.”
 Personal pleasure becomes the standard.

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Moral Darkness and God’s Law
 Our Constitution is being
  used for something it
  was never intended.
 When a legal document
  is employed as a moral
  beacon, we end up with
  morally blind legislators leading a morally
  blind nation.
 Both fall into a dirty ditch.
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Moral Darkness and God’s Law
 The argument concerning
  pornography is settled
  by Scripture.
 “Anyone who stares at a
  woman with lust for her
  has already committed
  adultery with her in his
  heart.” — Matthew 5:28 (ISV)
 Case closed!
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Our Authority and God’s Law
 When we point to Scripture
  as an ethical beacon, we
  must show that our reference
  is the Moral Law of God.
 A practical illustration from
  street preaching.
 If the badge of authority is
  not visible, there is no
  respect for the message or the messenger.
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Our Authority and God’s Law
 Those who represent the
  living God but do not point
  to the Law as the core of
  their authority, will not gain
  due consideration from the
  world for their message.
 Jesus always pointed to God’s
  Law as the basis for His authority.
 Isaiah predicted this of the Messiah.
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Our Authority and God’s Law
 “I did not come to destroy
  the Law, but to fulfill it.”
 “One jot or tittle will by no
  means pass from the Law…”
 “Have you not read in the
  Law…?”
 “It is easier for heaven and earth
  to pass away than for one tittle of the
  Law to fail.”
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Our Authority and God’s Law
 Abortion is wrong.
 Pornography is wrong.
 We can shout our moral
  convictions from the highest
  rooftops, but the world
  will not listen.
 It exalts itself above the claims
  of the Christian faith.
 It has no incentive to listen.
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Our Authority and God’s Law
 The badge of authority
  makes one take notice of
  coming judgment.
 To tell the world that it is
  wrong to kill, to steal, or
  to commit adultery without
  reference to future punishment
  is to point an unloaded
  cannon.
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Our Authority and God’s Law
 Some may listen because
 morality does have positive
 influences.
  – Theft ravages a society.
  – Adultery ruins families.
  – Lying shatters friendships.
 Morality makes sense.
 God’s Law adds an inducement to
 obey the gospel because eternity is at stake.
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Our Authority and God’s Law
 For the Church to neglect to
  point to the Law of God is
  to hide the badge of
  authority from the world.




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Our Authority and God’s Law
 For the Church to neglect to
  point to the Law of God is
  to hide the badge of
  authority from the world.
 The gospel we preach is
  there because God stands
  by the holiness of His Law.
 Without an eternal Law, there would be no
  need for Christ’s sacrifice.
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Our Authority and God’s Law
 God’s Law demands
  retribution.
 It was the divine fire of
  God’s Law that fell on
  Christ’s sacrifice at
  Calvary.




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The World and God’s Law
 If the world knew that
  there is an Eternal Law
  it must face, then the
  world would seriously
  consider the claims of
  the gospel.
 If it understood that the long arm of the Law
  will reach right down into the heart of
  humanity, the world would repent.
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The World and God’s Law
 If the world knew that
  Almighty God is angry
  at the wicked every
  day, that His wrath
  abides on them, the
  world would flee to
  the Savior.



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Charles Spurgeon on the Law
 “Having thus removed the mask
 and shown the desperate case of
 the sinner, the relentless Law
 causes the offense to abound yet
                                      Spurgeon
 more by bringing home the sentence
 of condemnation. It mounts the judgment
 seat, puts on the black cap and pronounces
 the sentence of death. With a harsh unpitying
 voice it solemnly thunders forth the words
 ‘condemned already!’”
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The Keys of God’s Law
 Each one of the Ten
  Commandments is of
  itself a “key.”
 These are not keys
  that release a sinner.
 These are the keys that
  lock the sinner in the
  holding cell of sin and death.

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The Keys of God’s Law
 Paul spoke of being
  “kept under guard”
  by the Law.
 He was left without
  hope, condemned,
  waiting for capital
  punishment from the
  hand of the Law he had so blatantly
  violated.
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The Keys of God’s Law
 It was in the darkness
  of the law that Paul saw
  the light of the glorious
  gospel.
 The grace of God
  pointed him to
  another door—the
  door of the Savior.

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The Keys of God’s Law
 It was in the darkness
  of the law that Paul saw
  the light of the glorious
  gospel.
 The grace of God
  pointed him to
  another door—the
  door of the Savior.

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The Keys of God’s Law
 Paul could leave the cell
  because his fine had been
  paid in full by the shed
  blood of the spotless Lamb
  of God.
 It was the Law that
  showed Paul that he was
  unable to save himself.

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The Keys of God’s Law
 Paul knew that salvation
  was an act of mercy.
 Paul’s deliverance from
  death was the result of
  God’s grace.
 It was not something in
  his own character that
  drew mercy toward him.

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An Example from the Streets
 A young man destroyed a prop used in
  street preaching by author Ray Comfort.
 Ray “captured” the young man and held
  him under arrest for the police.




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An Example from the Streets
 A young man destroyed a prop used in
  street preaching by author Ray Comfort.
 Ray “captured” the young man and held
  him under arrest for the police.
 He gave him a choice: pay the debt or pay
  the penalty.
 The young man could not pay the price.
 Ray paid it for him.

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An Example from the Streets
 The young man’s guilt was evident.
 He had been caught in the act.
 He could not make atonement.
 He deserved nothing but judgment.
 Instead, he received mercy.
 His mouth dropped open in unbelief at the
  grace showed by the forgiveness of the
  debt.
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The Pleasure of Sin
 People know the consequences of a sinful
  lifestyle, but the immediate pleasure far
  outweighs the fear of long-term negative
  consequences.
 Sinful man will not give up his darling
  lust unless he has a good reason to do so.
 Hell is a good reason.



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Lesson 13:
Don’t Leave
Me Like
This!




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Trembling Before God’s Law
 We should not be afraid to make the sinner
  tremble.
 Which is worse?
  – Trembling because of guilt?
  – Eternity in the lake of fire?
 Whitefield preached until the Law “stopped
  the mouth” and sinners hung their heads in
  shame.

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Trembling Before God’s Law
 Terror of the Law drives men to the cross.
 A resurrected and accusing conscience is
  the first evidence of the beginnings of the
  work of the Holy Spirit.
 It is a great mistake to muffle its voice with
  talk of God’s forgiveness before it has a
  chance to do its precious work.


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The Conscience and the Law
 A sinner will often make excuses about
  doctrine to sidetrack talk about salvation.
 Ask if the sinner has ever told a lie.
 Ask if the sinner has ever stolen.
 Ask if the sinner has ever lusted.
 Leave the lying, thieving adulterer with his
  own conscience for a while.
 The sinner will become uncomfortable.

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The Conscience and the Law
 A sinner cannot begin to justify his sin in
  light of a quickened conscience.
 The sinner’s conscience cannot let him
  admit that his sin is right.
 The conscience is an ally of the “work of
  the Law.”
 Because the conscience of a sinner is
  actually an ally working with us, we can say
  hard things to sinners.
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The Conscience and the Law
 The conscience does not join in with the
  pleasures of sin.
 The unregenerate person loves sin with all
  of his heart, mind, soul and strength.
 The “judge” in the “courtroom” of the mind
  stands aloof and makes an impartial
  judgment.
  – It is the “the conscious bearing witness, their
    thoughts accusing or excusing them.”
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The Conscience and the Law
 In parts of Africa
  during the drought
  season, antelope are
  drawn by thirst to
  pools of muddy
  water.
 Without drink they
  will die of
  dehydration.
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The Conscience and the Law
 Hidden in the foul
  waters lie hungry and
  vicious crocodiles.
 The only thing visible
  in the water is the
  naked eye of the monster as it watches the
  antelope’s every movement.



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The Conscience and the Law
 Desire so consumes
 the animal that he
 slowly ventures to
 the water’s edge,
 and completely lets
 down his God-given
 guard as he drinks in the life-giving liquid.
 Instinct warns him of the danger, but his
 unquenchable thirst drives him to the water.
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The Conscience and the Law
 Suddenly, great
  jaws open and
  amid the splashing
  of water, the
  animal is pulled
  to a terrifying
  death.



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The Conscience and the Law
 The sinner is drawn to the muddy pool of
  iniquity by his uncontrollable thirst for sin.
 The cries of his God-given conscience are
  muffled at the sight of what lies before him.
 Suddenly, death seizes upon him in an
  instant.
 He is gone forever, swallowed by the jaws
  of everlasting hell.


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The Conscience and the Law
 The Law reveals the crocodile before it
  attacks.
 As the sinner drinks in the waters of sin, he
  suddenly sees sin’s terrible form as it lies
  hidden in the pool.
 This is what Paul is speaking about in
  Romans 7:8–12.



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Paul on Sin and the Law
 8But sin seized the opportunity provided by this
  commandment and produced in me all kinds of
  sinful desires. For apart from the law, sin is dead.
  9At one time I was alive without any connection to

  the law. But when the commandment came, sin
  sprang to life, 10and I died. I found that the very
  commandment that was intended to bring life
  actually brought death. 11For sin, seizing the
  opportunity provided by the commandment,
  deceived me and used it to kill me. 12So then, the
  law itself is holy, and the commandment is holy,
  just, and good. —Romans 7:8-12 (ISV)
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The Law Shows Sin
 The Law showed
 him the appetite
 in the eye of the
 beast, causing him
 to quickly draw back
 from the pool of
 iniquity.



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Lesson 14:
Take Two
Tablets and
Call Me
When
You’re
Mourning

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Compulsion for the Gospel
 Why are there so few
 “front-line soldiers”
 in the body of Christ?
  – Many people say
    they love God.
  – Many people pray.
  – Many people read the Word.
  – Many people praise God with passion.


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Compulsion for the Gospel
 Few have what
 Spurgeon called deep
 “tenderness.”
  – These have an anguish
    of soul for the fate of
    the ungodly.
  – They break out of complacency.
  – They seek by any means to save the lost.
  – The love of Christ compels them (2 Cor 5:14).

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Compulsion for the Gospel
 The Greek word
  συνέχει denotes that
  His love arrests them,
  preoccupies and
  presses them to reach
  out to the lost.
 These are the ones of whom Jesus said there
  was a great and tragic lack.
 We are to pray that God gives us more.
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Compulsion for the Gospel
 What fire forges these
  hardy soul winners?
  – Do these diamonds
    sparkle more because
    of a God-given
    temperament?
  – Were they born fearless by nature?
 Some of the most zealous and bold
  witnesses have been quiet and shy.
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Searing in the Tenderness
 If you want to produce a
  tender charbroiled steak
  on your barbeque, the
  best way is to sear the
  meat on both sides.
 This process seals in the
  juices.
 Then you cook it slowly until it is done.

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Searing in the Tenderness
 When a sinner comes
  under the intense heat of
  the Law of God, it seals
  within him a tender
  heart.
 As the spirituality of the
  Law bears down on him, it shows him the
  exceeding sinfulness of his heart.
 It reveals the vile nature of his very core.
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Searing in the Tenderness
 The Law shows him that
  his lust is adultery.
 The Law shows him that
  his hatred is murder.
 The Law shows him that
  he is a liar, a thief, and a
  murderer.
 The law shows him to be a selfish,
  ungrateful sinner.
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Searing in the Tenderness
 He begins to see that he
  has loved what is
  abhorrent to his Creator.
 The Law shows him that
  even his so-called “good”
  works are tainted by a
  self-centered motive.
 The face that hell is his just dessert is the
  heat that seals in the tenderness of his soul.
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Searing in the Tenderness
 When grace is revealed, it
  is embraced as a man dying
  of thirst embraces a jug of
  water.
 The searing heat of the
  Law brings him to the point
  of death.



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Searing in the Tenderness
 Being freely given the
  waters of life forever
  secures the virtue of
  unspeaking gratitude.
 This makes him a
  laborer for life.
 He is forgiven much, so
  he loves much.

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Searing in the Tenderness
 Such tenderness is difficult
  to cultivate in someone
  who already possesses
  knowledge of God’s grace
  in Christ.
 His realization of God’s goodness deprives
  him of the fear of wrath.
 Only those who can sing “and grace my
  fears relieved” truly see grace as amazing.
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Searing in the Tenderness
 It is a mistake to tell a
  guilty unregenerate
  sinner that “God loves
  you and has a wonderful
  plan for your life.”
 Such knowledge does not allow fear to enter
  his heart.
 This deprives him of a depth of gratitude he
  would otherwise have if fear had worked.
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Searing in the Tenderness
 The enlightened witness
  of Christ is not afraid to
  gently put on the heat
  when speaking with
  sinners.
 As the smoke of the wrath of the Law
  condemns the prisoner, it prepares his heart
  for a pardon.
 The pardon is welcomed because of fear.
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Appreciating the “Cure” for Sin
 The tears that fear produces
  will be wiped away by the
  gentle hand of God’s grace.
 That hand will not be fully
  appreciated if the Law is
  not allowed to do its most
  necessary work.
 The Law of God exposes sin.

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Appreciating the “Cure” for Sin
 The Law of God exposes sin.
 When sin is viewed under
 the penetrating light of the
 Law, it makes grace abound.
  – “Where sin increased, grace
    increased even more.”
    —Romans 5:20 (ISV)
 The Greek υπερεπερίσσευσεν means to
 “super abound.”
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Appreciating the “Cure” for Sin
 A physician would never
  give you a cure without
  first carefully explaining
  that you had the disease.
 He will let fear work for your
  good.
 Fear will cause you to want to
  take the cure.

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Appreciating the “Cure” for Sin
 Fear will cause you to
  embrace the cure.
 When the cure is
  received, fear will give
  you tremendous appreciation
  for the doctor who provides
  the cure.



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Portraying the Passion
 A great preacher once
  asked a well-known actor
  how it was that when
  performers present a story
  they often bring the
  audience to tears, yet rarely do ministers
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Portraying the Passion
 The actor responded that
  actors portray fiction as if
  it were a reality, while
  ministers of the gospel
  too often portray reality
  as if it were fiction.
 If we really believed souls
  were going to hell, we
  would preach with
  overwhelming passion.
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Portraying the Passion
 Our hearts would groan in
  constant prayer.
 We would run to sinners
  with solemn words of
  warning.
 We would take hold of them
  and beseech them to turn
  from their sin.


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Portraying the Passion
 Instead, we lack any real
  sense of urgency.
 We are afraid to speak
  frankly with sinners about
  their personal sins.
  We think that searing them
  under the heat of the Law
  will do harm rather than
  good.
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Portraying the Passion
 Consider how Jesus spoke
  to the woman at the well.
 He applied the heat of the
  Law to her in John 4:18.
 He spoke of her personal
  transgressions.
 She became an immediate
  laborer and preached
  Christ to her city.
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Kirk Cameron on the Passion
 “I believe I was robbed of
  the deep pain of seeing the
  depth of my sinfulness, to
  experience the exceeding
  joy and gratitude that
  comes from the cross,
  because I was convinced
  of God’s love before I was
  convinced of my sin.”
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Kirk Cameron on the Passion
 “I didn’t see the big
  problem, but by faith
  believed I was a sinner…
  and repented of my general
  sinful, selfish attitude.
  I had never opened up the
  Ten Commandments and
  looked deep into the well
  of my sinful heart.”
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Kirk Cameron on the Passion
 “I never imagined that God
  was actually angry with me
  because of my sin. Because
  of grace, I skipped over
  that part and was just
  thankful that He loved me
  and had promised me
  eternal life.”


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Kirk Cameron on the Passion
 “While I think I was saved
  thirteen years ago, I was
  rocked out of my chair last
  night, on my knees
  confessing the specific sins
  that have plagued my heart
  that were never uncovered
  before.”


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Kirk Cameron on the Passion
 “I think my knowledge of
 the new covenant and
 ‘under grace, not Law’
 kept me from ever
 examining my heart by the
 light of the Ten
 Commandments.”



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Kirk Cameron on the Passion
 “The new weight of my
 sin is causing more pain in
 me... wounding my ego,
 and showing me how much
 more Jesus had to pay to
 set me free. Oh, the
 wonderful cross!”



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Lesson 15:
An Angry
God




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Preaching False Peace to Sinners
 If our theology omits
  the Law, and thus
  the necessity of the
  conviction of sin, we
  will see nothing
  wrong with leaving
  a sinner with false
  peace.


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Preaching False Peace to Sinners
 We must never
  preach a false peace
  to the sinner.
 “They have treated
  my people’s wound
  superficially, saying,
  ‘Peace, peace, when
  there is no peace.’” — Jeremiah 8:11 (ISV)

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How to Give False Peace
 Ask “Do you have assurance that you will
  go to heaven when you die?”
  – Who in his right mind doesn’t want to go to
    heaven?
 Say “God wants you to have that assurance.
  All of us have sinned and come short of the
  glory of God, but God sent His Son to die
  on the cross for us so that we could have
  peace with God.”
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How to Give False Peace
 Then say,“When we repent and trust in
  Him, God will give us everlasting life. He
  writes our name in the Book of Life.
 Then ask, “Would you like to accept Jesus
  into your heart right now and have your
  name written in heaven?”
 Then say, “I could lead you in what’s called
  a ‘sinner’s prayer’ right now. Would you
  like to pray?”
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What’s Wrong with This Picture?
 A blind sinner is heading
  for a thousand-foot cliff.
 The fast fold gospel says,
  “Blind man, I am going
  to give you a wonderful
  gift that will give you
  peace.”
 He is given a CD player.
 The man adjusts his headphones.

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What’s Wrong with This Picture?
 He hears “Amazing Grace”
  sung by a choir!
 He smiles and says “Thank
  you very much.”
 He shakes your hand.
 He turns up the volume.
 He continues tapping his
  way toward the cliff.
 He perishes from the fall.

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What’s Wrong with This Picture?
 Modern evangelism fails
  to awaken the blind sinner
  to his true plight.
 It gives him a false peace.
 He is not only still heading
  toward a horrible death,
  but he is deaf toward any
  further warning.
 We have done an unspeakable service.

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What’s Wrong with This Picture?
 Millions have been given
  “assurance of salvation”
  but are strangers to biblical
  repentance.
 The Law has never
  awakened them.
 They have never been
  warned to turn from the
  cliffs of eternal destruction.
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What’s Wrong with This Picture?
 Millions have been given
  “assurance of salvation”
  but are strangers to biblical
  repentance.
 The Law has never
  awakened them.
 They have never been
  warned to turn from the
  cliffs of eternal destruction.
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The Tragic Result of False Peace
 1/3 of America’s 70,000,000
  baby boomers call themselves
  “born again” Christians.
 Only about 1/2 of those go to
  a conservative Protestant
  church.
 20% do not belong to any
  church at all.
 7% believe in astrology and reincarnation.

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The Tragic Result of False Peace
 Our nation has lost God’s blessing.
 “Natural” disasters abound around us.
   – 1,382,400 new cancer cases each year.
   – Killer bees and massive hurricanes
   – Devastating floods and increasing earthquakes
   – Prolonged droughts and numerous tornadoes
 After decades of modern evangelism, most
  people see God as “benevolent.”
 These are seen as “natural” problems.
 God would never judge our nation.
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The Dilemma of False Peace
 To go from preaching
  “God loves you and
  has a wonderful plan
  for your life” to “God
  is angry at the wicked
  every day” is too
  great a leap to take.
 Few preachers have the courage to say that
  America is under God’s judgment.
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The Dilemma of False Peace
 Those who do are
  considered fanatical.
 100 years ago,
  modern evangelism
  forsook the “stepping
  stone” of God’s Law.
 Without it, the world
  cannot see that God could and would be
  angry at humanity.
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The Dilemma of False Peace
 Without the use of
  the Law, judgment
  is totally
  unreasonable.




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The Dilemma of False Peace
 “When we say that we
 are bad, the ‘wrath’ of
 God seems a barbarous
 doctrine; as soon as we
 perceive our badness, it
 appears inevitable, a mere
 corollary from God’s
 goodness.” — C. S. Lewis


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The Dilemma of False Peace
 Without the use of
  the Law, judgment
  is totally
  unreasonable.




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The Dilemma of False Peace
 Without the use of
  the Law, judgment
  is totally
  unreasonable.
 The Law helps us
  perceive our
  “badness.”



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God is… Nice?
 A “Christian” heckled
  Ray as he preached.
  – “Don’t listen to this
    man. God loves you.”
 Ray asked her where
  her hearers would go
  if they died without the Savior.
 “To hell,” she replied. “But God is nice.”


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God is… Nice?
 God is many things:
  – Holy and perfect
  – Righteous and loving
 There is no biblical
  foundation for saying
  that God is “nice.”
 To tell sinners that their creator is “nice” is
  to give the false impression that God is
  pleasant, sweet, delicate and agreeable.”

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God is… Nice?
 No wonder she was
  offended by the biblical
  revelation of His nature.
 The mention of hell
  without the Law to
  make it reasonable makes God look like a
  tyrant.
 Preaching hell without the law brings scorn.


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God is… Nice?
 “Even some evangelicals,
 who generally take a more
 literal approach to biblical
 teachings, view hell as ‘a
 blemish to be covered up
 by the cosmetic of divine
 love.’”
                   – Douglas Groothuis, Denver Seminary


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God is… Nice?
 They deliberately cover
  any mention of the cliff
  toward which the blind
  man is headed.
 They don’t want to alarm
  him.
 No wonder the world has
  a misguided understanding
  of the nature of God.
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God Hates Sin, Loves Sinners?
 A failure to use the
  Law lawfully has
  forced contemporary
  evangelism to say,
  “God hates the sin,
  but loves the sinner.”
 This has been used as
  an “inoffensive” means to reach out to
  homosexuals.
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God Hates Sin, Loves Sinners?
 The use of the slogan
  has backfired.
 Christians have been
  accused of “singling
  out” the sin of
  homosexuality.
 And they have!
 But the law was made for
  homosexuals (1 Timothy 1:9,10).
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God Hates Sin, Loves Sinners?
 Instead of falling into
  the trap of
  condemning
  homosexuals for
  sexual behavior, we
  must show them that
  they are damned
  despite their lifestyle.


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God Hates Sin, Loves Sinners?
 A homosexual is too
  ready to defend his
  sin.
 When they see that
  they have other sins
  and that they are in
  danger of damnation,
  they will see their need to repent.
 God will give a new heart and new desires.

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God Hates Sin, Loves Sinners?
 “God hates the sin,
  but loves the sinner”
  is not a new concept.
 But the Bible says,
  “Jacob have I loved,
  but Esau have I
  hated.”
 God is angry with the wicked, not with
  abstract sin.
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God Hates Sin, Loves Sinners?
 If the wicked do not
  turn, God will whet
  His sword—He has
  bent His bow and
  made it ready—not
  to shoot at the sin,
  but at the sinner.
 This is the only doctrine of the
  Bible.
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Lesson 16:
The Mystery
of the Fish
and the
Mystery
Solved


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The Parable of the Leaven
 The Kingdom is like a mustard seed and
  like leaven in bread. (Luke 13:18-21)
 The Kingdom is like leaven hidden in three
  loves of bread.
 Why three loaves?
 God told the Israelites not to eat leavened
  bread. (Exodus 12:15-20)
 “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, the
  Sadducees and Herod.” (Matthew 16:6)
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The Parable of the Leaven
   Knowing this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you
discussing the fact that you don't have any bread? Don't
you understand or perceive yet? Are your hearts hardened?
Do you have eyes but fail to see? Do you have ears but fail
to hear? Don't you remember? When I broke the five
loaves for the 5,000, how many baskets did you fill with
leftover pieces?”
  They told him, “Twelve.”
   “When I broke the seven loaves for the 4,000, how many
large baskets did you fill with the leftover pieces?”
   They told him, “Seven.”
   Then he said to them, “Don't you perceive yet?”
                                        —Mark 8:17-21 (ISV)
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The Parable of the Leaven
 How can bread relate to Pharisees,
  Sadducees and Herod?
    “How can you fail to understand that I wasn't talking
  to you about bread? Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees
  and Sadducees!” Then they understood that he did not
  say to beware of the yeast used in bread, but of the
  teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
                                —Matthew 16:11-12 (ISV)
 Why was Herod lumped in with them?
 How is doctrine related to excess bread?
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The Parable of the Leaven
 Leaven puffs up.
 Paul spoke of leaven in the context of pride.
    “Your boasting is not good. You know that a
    little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough,
    don't you?” — 1 Corinthians 5:6 (ISV)
 The self-righteous man thanked God that he
  wasn’t like “other men” who sinned.
 Pride kept the Sadducees in denial.
 Pride caused Herod to murder John.
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The Parable of the Leaven
 Jesus linked leaven to leftover loaves. Why?
 The bedfellow of pride is abundance.
 Pride is fed by independent wealth.
   – Wealth of knowledge (1 Cor 8:1)
   – Wealth of money
 Independent wealth was the sin of the
  Laodicean church.
  – You say, “I am rich. I have become wealthy. I
    don't need anything.” —Revelation 3:17 (ISV)
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The Parable of the Leaven
 The rich man needed bigger barns.
 But he wasn’t rich in the sight of God.
 He was puffed up with a sense of his own
  carnal security.
 He was “high-minded”.
 The proud, self-righteous man thinks his
  own good works will save him.
 He is puffed up by his fleshly mind.

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The Parable of the Leaven
 Jesus also equates leaven with hypocrisy.
   – “Watch out for the yeast—that is, the
     hypocrisy—of the Pharisees!” Luke 12:1 (ISV)
 Herod heard John the Baptist gladly, but he
  lived in adultery.
 Why is a man proud, self-righteous, and
  hypocritical?
 He has not been humbled by the Law of
  God.
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The Parable of the Leaven
 “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and
  not a doer, he is like a man who looks at
  himself in a mirror. For he studies himself
  carefully and then goes off and immediately
  forgets what he looks like. But the one who
  looks at the perfect law of freedom and
  remains committed to itthus proving that
  he is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of
  what it requireswill be blessed in what he
  does.” — James 1:23-25 (ISV)
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Peter and the Number “3”
 Mount of Configuration story told 3 times.
 Jesus returned to the disciples in the Garden
  of Gethsemane 3 times.
 Peter denied Jesus 3 times.
 Peter’s denial of Jesus is told 3 times.
 Jesus asked Peter if he loved him 3 times.
 When Peter preached at Pentecost, 3
  thousand were saved.
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Peter and the Number “3”
 When Peter preached at Pentecost, it was
  the 3rd hour of the day.
 Peter’s vision of the full sheet of unclean
  animals in Acts 11:10 was repeated 3 times.
 When Peter was called to speak to the
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The Mystery of the 153 Fish
 The third appearance of Jesus after the
  resurrection relates an unusual fishing story.
  – John 21:1-14
 The catch was 153 fish.




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The Mystery of the 153 Fish
 The third appearance of Jesus after the
  resurrection relates an unusual fishing story.
  – John 21:1-14
 The catch was 153 fish.
 In Luke 5:4-7, Peter brought in so many fish
  that his net began to break.
 He had to call another boat for help.
 And then both of the boats began to sink.
 The catch was impressive!
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The Mystery of the 153 Fish
 In the case of the 153 fish, the weight
  neither sank the boat nor caused the net to
  break.
 Therefore, Luke’s “great number” of fish
  was greater than 153.
 If this is just a “fish story,” why didn’t Luke
  tell us of the number of fish caught in the
  story he relates?
 But no number is mentioned. Why?
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The Mystery of the 153 Fish
 Jesus linked the incident in Luke’s gospel to
  evangelism.
 But no mention is made of the number 153
  in any of the other New Testament
  Scriptures. Why?
 What is the reason for the number 153
  being hidden?


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The Mystery Solved
 2 Kings 1:9-14:
      Then the king sent to him a captain of
  fifty with his fifty men. So he went up to
  him; and there he was, sitting on the top of a
  hill. And he spoke to him: “Man of God, the
  king has said, ‘Come down!’” So Elijah
  answered and said to the captain of fifty, “If
  I am a man of God, then let fire come down
  from heaven and consume you and your
  fifty men.” And fire came down from
  heaven and consumed him and his fifty.
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The Mystery Solved
 2 Kings 1:9-14:
      Then he sent to him another captain of
  fifty with his fifty men. And he answered
  and said to him: “Man of God, thus has the
  king said, ‘Come down quickly!’” So Elijah
  answered and said to them, “If I am a man
  of God, let fire come down from heaven and
  consume you and your fifty men.” And the
  fire of God came down from heaven and
  consumed him and his fifty.
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The Mystery Solved
 2 Kings 1:9-14:
    Again, he sent a third captain of fifty
  with his fifty men. And the third captain of
  fifty went up, and came and fell on his
  knees before Elijah, and pleaded with him,
  and said to him: “Man of God, please let
  my life and the life of these fifty servants
  of yours be precious in your sight. Look,
  fire has come down from heaven and
  burned up the first two captains of fifties
  with their fifties. But let my life now be
                                    sight.”
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The Mystery Solved
 Fifty men and their captain were sent.
   – They were devoured by fire from heaven.
 Another fifty and their captain were sent.
  – They were also consumed by fire.
 A third fifty and their captain were sent.
  – This captain fell on his knees, interceded on
    their behalf, and saved them from heaven’s fire.



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The Mystery Solved
 Three groups of 51 men were sent out.
 3 x 51 = 153.
 153 is our hidden number from John 21.
 2/3 of the 153 perished by fire.
 1/3 of the 153 were saved because of the
  captain’s humbling intercession.



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Parallels and a Question
 Those who are saved from Him who is
  coming “in flaming fire” (2 Thessalonians
  1:8) are saved because of the ministry of the
  Captain of our salvation (Hebrews 2:10).
 He always lives to make intercession for us
  (Hebrews 7:25).
 Could 2/3 of the professing Body of Christ
  face condemnation?
 Much of the Church is lukewarm to the lost.
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Parallels and a Question
 Only God knows how many will be saved.
 After Jesus likened the kingdom of God to
  leaven, the disciples asked how many would
  be saved.
 He said many would seek to enter, but
  would not be able to do so.
  – They were workers of iniquity.
  – They were lawless transgressors.
  – They did not fear God enough to obey him.
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The Concept of “2/3 Lost”
 Zechariah 13:7-9
  – “Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be
    scattered; then I will turn My hand against the little
    ones. And it shall come to pass in all the land,”
    says the Lord, “that two-thirds in it shall be cut off
    and die, but one-third shall be left in it: I will bring
    the one-third through the fire, will refine them as
    silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested.
    They will call on my Name, and I will answer
    them. I will say, “This is My people”; and each one
    will say, “The Lord is my God.”
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The Concept of “2/3 Lost”
 The Shepherd is clearly Jesus. (Mark 14:27)
  – “All of you will turn against me. For it is
    written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the
    sheep will be scattered.’ (ISV)
 These verses apply to God’s dealings with
  the Church. (1 Peter 1:7)
  – “…so that the genuineness of your faith, which
    is more valuable than gold that perishes when it
    is tested by fire, may result in praise, glory, and
    honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (ISV)
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The Concept of “2/3 Lost”
 The Church is made up of people who have
  called upon the name of the Lord (Romans
  10:13).
 God says of the Church, “This is My
  people.”
 We were once not a people, but we “are
  now the people of God” (1 Peter 2:10).
 People wait in the gospel net who don’t
  have the “things that point to salvation.”
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D. James Kennedy Comments
 “The vast majority of
  people who are members
  of churches in America
  today are not Christians.
  I say that without the
  slightest fear of
  contradiction. I base it on empirical
  evidence of twenty-four years of examining
  thousands of people.”
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Results of Modern Evangelism
 Many “name the name of Christ” but never
  depart from iniquity and lawlessness.
 They call Jesus Lord, but do not do the
  things he tells them.
 They profess to know him, but he will say
  “I never knew you. Depart from me, you
  who practice lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:23)
 They shall be punished with everlasting
  destruction from the presence of the Lord.
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Lesson 17:
A Burden
for the Lost




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Breaking Through to the Well
 David longed for a drink of cool water from
  the well at Bethlehem.
  – So the three mighty men broke through the camp of
    the Philistines, and drew water from the well of
    Bethlehem that was by the gate, and took it and
    brought it to David. Nevertheless he would not drink
    it, but poured it out to the Lord. And he said, “Far be
    it from me, O Lord, that I should do this! Is this not
    the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their
    lives?” Therefore he would not drink it. These things
    were done by the three mighty men.
                                       —2 Samuel 23:16,17
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Breaking Through to the Well
 The three “mighty men” had a love for
  David that was more than lip service.
 They risked their lives merely to get a drink
  of water for their beloved leader.
 David poured out the water as an offering.
 David’s conscience would not allow him to
  indulge in self-gratification.
 The water was a token of their love and
  devotion to him.
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Breaking Through to the Well
 God has placed eternity in our hearts.
 We are aware of our destiny with death.
 Deep within each heart is a cry:
  – “I don’t want to die! Oh, that one would give
    me a drink of water from the wells of
    salvation.”
 Before the beginning of time, God saw the
  cry within every human heart.

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Breaking Through to the Well
 God broke through the hosts of hell to draw
  water from the Well of Bethlehem.
 God was in Christ, reconciling the world to
  Himself.
 The offer to sinful man from John 4:14 is:
  – “But whoever drinks the water that I will give
    him will never become thirsty again. The water
    that I will give him will become in him a well
    of water springing up to eternal life.” (ISV)

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Breaking Through to the Well
 The true convert holds the Cup of Salvation
  in trembling hands.
 He has seen the cost of his redemption.
 He sees that he was not redeemed with
  silver or gold, but with the precious blood
  of Christ.
 Like David, he cannot drink of that cup in a
  spirit of self-indulgence.

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Breaking Through to the Well
 Rather than drink in the pleasures and the
  comforts of the Christian life, his
  “reasonable service” is to present himself as
  a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable, and
  to pour his life out as a “drink offering” to
  the Lord.




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Breaking Through to the Well
 An elderly man in a department store
  illustrates the state of many church goers:
  – “I believe in God the Father; and the Son, he’s
    around, too… somewhere.”
 This man went to church.
 This man had faith in God.
 This man believed in the deity and
  resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 This man was not saved.
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Breaking Through to the Well
 If you love God, your heart will go out to
  the millions who are in such a state.
 They are in the “valley of decision.”
  – Valleys are often without direct light.
  – Direct light is what sinners need.
  – They don’t understand the issues.
 These sinners are so close to salvation.
 Without repentance, they will perish.

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Breaking Through to the Well
 Such thoughts are grievous.
 If you are born of God’s Spirit, you will
  find that something compels you to run to
  the lost.
 Something compels you to reach out to the
  unsaved.
 God gave you a new heart that delights to
  do His will.

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Oswald Chambers on “The Debt”
 “So long as there is a human
  being who does not know
  Jesus Christ, I am his debtor
  to serve him until he does.”
                     —Oswald Chambers




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C. F. W. Walthers on “The Debt”
 “A believer is ready to serve
  everybody wherever he can.
  He cannot but profess the
  gospel before men, even
  though he foresees that he
  can reap nothing but
  ridicule and scorn for it;
  yes, he is ready also to give
  his life for the gospel.”
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Apostles of Passion
 Peter had a passion for the lost.
 He put behind him three denials.
 He preached on the day of Pentecost.
 He preached to a crowd that gathered at the
  healing of the lame man.
 He testified before the ones who had
  murdered the Savior, and he told them so!
 He had a passion for God and for sinners.

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Apostles of Passion
 Paul had a passion for the lost.
 He had a passion for evangelism.
 He said he was in debt to the world.
 He would have given up his relationship
  with Jesus Christ if it would mean his
  brethren would be saved.



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Apostles of Passion
 “I am telling the truth in union with Christ
  —I am not lying, for my conscience
  confirms it in the Holy Spirit. I have deep
  sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart,
  for I could wish that I myself were
  condemned and cut off from Christ for the
  sake of my brothers, my relatives according
  to the flesh.” —Romans 9:1-3 (ISV)


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Apostles of Passion
 Paul could not be speaking of his own
  salvation.
 The reference is rather to Paul’s willingness
  to be cut off from Israel.
 But he was already cut off from Israel
  because of his faith in Jesus.
 If it was merely a reference to being cut off
  from his people, why did he say he had
  already suffered the loss of all things?
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Apostles of Passion
 If they were “but rubbish” to him, why then
  does he have to back that up with what
  seems like oaths to make his point?
 His hearers would not be able to understand
  such love and commitment.
 His evangelistic intensity weighed so
  heavily on him that he was prepared to be
  cut off from the Lord Jesus to see his desire
  fulfilled.
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Apostles of Passion
 Paul testifies that in what he was saying:
   – He is telling the truth in Christ.
   – The One who is truth itself was Paul’s witness.
   – His Holy Spirit regenerated conscience bore
     witness that he spoke the truth.
   – Paul had cultivated a conscience that was
     tender before God and man.
   – The “work of the law” did not accuse him of
     lying.
   – His words could not be dismissed.
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Apostles of Passion
 Paul carried a burden: he was saved, but his
  brothers in Judaism were not.
 Perhaps you think Paul was lying when he
  said his concern for the lost meant more to
  him that his relationship with Jesus.
  – But he said all liars would see the lake of fire.
  – He would violate the 9th Commandment, which
    condemned Ananias and Sapphira.
 Moses felt the same about Israel.
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Charles Spurgeon on Passion
 “Have you no wish for others to
  be saved? Then you are not
  saved yourself. Be sure of that.
  The saving of souls, if a man
  has once gained love to
  perishing sinners and his blessed
  Master, will be an all-absorbing passion to
  him. It will so carry him away, that he will
  almost forget himself in the saving of
  others.”
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Charles Spurgeon on Passion
 “He will be like the brave
  fireman, who cares not for the
  scorch or the heat, so that he
  may rescue the poor creature
  on whom true humanity has
  set its heart. If sinners will be
  damned, at least let them leap to hell over
  our bodies.”


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Charles Spurgeon on Passion
 “And if they will perish, let
  them perish with our arms
  about their knees, imploring
  them to stay. If hell must be
                                                                      Spurgeon
  filled, at least let it be filled in
  the teeth of our exertions, and
  let not one go there unwarned
  and unprayed for.”


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What Should Our Passion Be?
 When an emergency
  vehicle drives through
  a city, the law demands
  that every other vehicle
  must pull over and stop.
 Someone’s life may be in jeopardy.
 That’s how we should be when it comes to
  the eternal salvation of men and women.

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What Should Our Passion Be?
 There is an extreme
  emergency.
 Everything else must
  come to a standstill, or
  we are in danger of transgressing the Moral
  Law.
 God’s Moral Law demands “You shall love
  your neighbor as yourself.”


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What Should Our Passion Be?
 Hell should be so real to us that its flames
  burn away apathy and motivate us to warn
  the lost.
 Do we see the unsaved as hell’s future fuel?
 Sinful man is the anvil of the justice of God.
 Have we wept because we fear their fate?
 The depth of our evangelistic zeal will be in
  direct proportion to the love we have for the
  lost.
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A Passion for Eternity
 If you are not concerned about your
  neighbor’s salvation, then I am concerned
  for yours!
 Eternity is a long time.




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A Passion for Eternity
 The zeal we have described should be
  normal for a Christian.
 But 68% of professing Christians outside
  the “Bible Belt” do not see evangelism as
  the number one priority of the Church.
 75% of those surveyed could not even
  define the “Great Commission.”



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A Passion for Eternity
 A Christianity Today survey says that only
  1% of its readership had witnessed to
  someone “recently.”
 99% were lukewarm to the fate of the lost.
 97% of the Church has no involvement in
  any sort of evangelism.
 But 3 parables in a row deal with the lost.



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Lesson 18:
The Rich
Man




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The Parable of the Rich Man
    Once there was a rich man who used to
 dress in purple and fine linen and live in
 great luxury every day. A beggar named
 Lazarus, who was covered with sores, was
 brought to his gate. He was always craving
 to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the
 rich man's table. In fact, even the dogs used
 to come and lick his sores.


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The Parable of the Rich Man
    One day the beggar died and was carried
 away by the angels to Abraham's side. The
 rich man also died and was buried. In the
 afterlife, where he was in constant torture,
 he looked up and saw Abraham far away
 and Lazarus by his side. So he shouted,
 “Father Abraham, have mercy on me! Send
 Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water
 and to cool off my tongue, because I am
 suffering in this fire.”
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The Parable of the Rich Man
    But Abraham said, “My child, remember
 that during your lifetime you received
 blessings, while Lazarus received hardships.
 But now he is being comforted here, while
 you suffer. Besides all this, a wide chasm
 has been fixed between us, so that those
 who want to cross from this side to you
 can't do so, nor can they cross from your
 side to us.”
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The Parable of the Rich Man
    The rich man said, “Then I beg you,
 father, send him to my father's house—for I
 have five brothers—to warn them, so that
 they won't end up in this place of torture,
 too.” Abraham said, “They have Moses and
 the Prophets. They should listen to them!”
 But the rich man replied, “No, father
 Abraham! Yet if someone from the dead
 went to them, they would repent.”
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The Parable of the Rich Man
    Then Abraham said to him, “If they do
 not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they
 will not be persuaded, even if someone rises
 from the dead.”
                      —Luke 16:19-31 (ISV)




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The Parable of the Rich Man
 This parable is inconsistent
  with every other biblical
  reference to deliverance
  from death.
 Good works as a means of
  entrance into heaven seem to be portrayed
  here.
 The rich man’s sin seems to be a failure to
  feed Lazarus.
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The Parable of the Rich Man
 Then could not the unsaved
  earn salvation by feeding
  the homeless?
 How much food would
  merit eternal life?
 But salvation is by grace through faith and
  not of works (Ephesians 2:8-9).
 The rich man’s sin could not have been a
  mere failure to give Lazarus free food.
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The Parable of the Rich Man
 Was the rich man’s sin the
  fact that he was rich?
 Then Abraham should have
  been damned, for he was
  rich.
 Was the rich man’s sin
  gluttony?
 Was his clothing
  abhorrent to God?
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The Parable of the Rich Man
 What did Lazarus do to
  merit salvation?
 Did his suffering in this
  life appease the wrath of
  God?
 If so, let us seek suffering
  instead of the Savior.
 Let is inflict our bodies as did the prophets
  of Baal.
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The Parable of the Rich Man
 Let us crawl up the steps
  of some cold cathedral.
 If Lazarus is a picture of
  the way of salvation, then
  eternal justice can be
  perverted.
 God can be bribed.
 The sacrifice of the wicked is not an
  abomination to the Lord.
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Who Was the Rich Man?
 Purple is the color of
  royalty (Esther 8:15).
 Fine linen represents the
  righteousness of saints
  (Revelation 19:8).
 The Church is the “royal
  priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9).
 The tabernacle (a type of the Church) was
  made of linen and purple (Exodus 26:1).
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Who Was the Rich Man?
 The rich man is a type of
  the professing Church.




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Who Was Lazarus?
 Lazarus (a leper) is a
  type of the sinner.
 The foul sores of sin
  permeate his very being.
 He is an “unclean thing.”
 All of his acts of
  righteousness are like
  filthy and leprous rags.

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Who Was Lazarus?
 Unclean spirits, like
  hungry dogs, feed off
  the wounds of his sin,
  waiting to consume him
  at death.
 He is laid at the gate of
  the Church—a fat, rich
  Laodicean Church—the “royal priesthood”
  of believers, clothed in fine linen and
  purple.
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The Rich Man is the Church
 The Laodicean Church
  feeds sumptuously on
  prayer, justification,
  prophecy, providence,
  sanctification, and
  purification.
 The Church enjoys an
  “abundant life” of men’s camps, youth
  camps, and marriage seminars.
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The Rich Man is the Church
 The Church enjoys
  ladies meetings, worship,
  prayer, and praise.
 The Church has young
  people’s meetings, Bible
  studies, audio tapes,
  video tapes, and CD’s.
 It heaps to itself teachers, having itching
  ears.
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The Rich Man is the Church
 The itching ears of
  the Laodicean Church
  are so scratched by
  feasting, so dulled by
  over-consumption,
  that the muffled cries
  of Lazarus at the gate
  go unheeded.


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The Rich Man is the Church
 We have become like
  Israel when God spoke
  to them in their
  prosperity, but they said,
  “I will not hear.”
 The sin of the Church is
  not that it is rich, but that
  is hasn’t the compassion to throw even a
  few evangelistic crumbs to the starving
  sinners at the gate.
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The Rich Man is the Church
 The rich man’s thoughts
  are only for himself.
 He is filled with his own
  ways.
 We have built for
  ourselves big beautiful
  buildings, with cool clear
  acoustics and colorful carpets.


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The Rich Man is the Church
 As cozy Christians we
  sit on padded pews,
  living in luxury while
  sinners sink into hell.
 We say that we are rich,
  but we are poor, blind,
  wretched, miserable,
  and naked.
 We have lavished luxury on the lifeboat,
  while people drown en masse around us.
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Ray Comfort on Itching Ears
 “I have watched vast
  multitudes crowd around
  ministries of “power,”
  “healing,” and “faith,”
  and prayed that what I
  suspect is untrue. I have
  listened to the message
  that these men and women bring and
  hoped that I was mistaken in my thought
  that there was something radically wrong.”
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Ray Comfort on Itching Ears
 “I’m not bothered by
  what they say, but by
  what is left unsaid. There
  is healing in the
  atonement. Who doesn’t
  pray that God would heal
  a sick loved one?”



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Ray Comfort on Itching Ears
 “We need to have faith
  in God’s promises; and
  historically God does
  bless His people and lift
  them out of poverty,
  hunger, and suffering.
  But why don’t these
  ministers preach Christ crucified for the
  sins of the world?”
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Ray Comfort on Itching Ears
 “They consistently
  leave the cross out of
  their message, other than
  to mention it as the
  means of purchasing
  healing and prosperity
  for God’s people. Why is
  there no preaching against sin, and
  exalting God’s righteousness?”
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A Teacher’s Responsibility
 There must be many in our congregations
  who do not know God’s mercy in Christ.
 But they are not warned to flee from the
  wrath to come.
 Judgment Day is never mentioned.
 Hell is never mentioned.
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A Teacher’s Responsibility
 Perhaps the problem is because the
  preachers are “teachers” whose gift is to
  exhort and encourage rather than to seek
  and to save what is lost.
 But the most gifted teachers cannot be
  excused for not caring about the fate of the
  ungodly.
 Paul pleaded for boldness to share the
  gospel as he “ought to speak.”
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A Teacher’s Responsibility
 Paul said, “Woe is me if I do
  not preach the gospel!”
  (1 Corinthians 9:16).
 What are the ethical
  implications of a fire captain
  who is preoccupied with
  making sure that his firemen
  are well-dressed, while people
  he is supposed to be saving burn to death?
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The Path of the Prodigal
 The Prodigal Son said his
  desires were for pig food.
 He said, “Father I have
  sinned. Make me like one
  of your hired servants.”
 If the Prodigal Son had
  returned to his father
  before he realized that his
  desires were base, he may have come to him
  with a different attitude.
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The Path of the Prodigal
 The Prodigal Son may
  have said, “Father, I have
  run out of money.”
 Rather than saying,
  “Make me,” he would
  say “Give me.”
 Instead of wanting to
  serve his father, his father would become
  his servant.
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The Path of the Prodigal
 That is the category of
  many who sit in the midst
  of the Body of Christ.
 The Law has not been
  used to show them that
  their sinful desires are
  exceedingly sinful.
 God is merely a means to
  further their own ends.
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Admirers of the Admiral
 Few see how great a sin it
  is to neglect evangelism.
 So few have any concern
  for the lost.
 Many within the Church
  think we are here to
  worship the Lord.
 They think that evangelism
  is for the few who have that gift.
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Admirers of the Admiral
 They see their call to
  worship as a “higher
  calling.”
 There was once a
  respectable captain of a
  ship whose crew spoke
  highly of him.
 They esteemed him to where everyone
  knew of their professed love for him
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Admirers of the Admiral
 One day an ocean liner
  struck an iceberg.
 People were drowning in
  the freezing water.
 The captain made an
  impassioned plea to the
  crew for life preservers.
 The crew just sat there, praising the captain.
  – “We love you. You are worthy of our praise.”
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Admirers of the Admiral
 The reality of their
  adoration should have
  been seen by their
  obedience to his
  command.
 Their “admiration” was
  nothing but empty words.
 If we worship in spirit,
  we will also worship in truth.
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Admirers of the Admiral
 To lift our hands in
  adoration to God, yet
  refuse to reach out our
  hands in evangelism for
  God is nothing but empty
  hypocrisy.
 “You shall worship the
  Lord your God, and Him
  only you shall serve” is more than a mere
  satanic rebuke.
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Admirers of the Admiral
 If the average church
  made as much noise
  about God on Monday as
  it does to God on Sunday,
  we would have revival.




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Revival Starts With the Believers
 Only 2% of believers in America regularly
  share their faith in Christ with others.
 Evangelist Bill Fay on the numbers:
  – Never more than 10% ever indicate they had
    shared their faith the previous year.
  – In one church of 4,000 people, only 12 had
    shared their faith the previous year.
 In one major denomination, a survey
  showed that 97% of its membership will go
  to their graves without sharing their faith.
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Revival Starts With the Believers
 Evangelism should be
  the life’s breath of the
  Body of Christ.
 If the breath is not in
  the body, neither is the
  life.




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Revival Starts With the Believers
 Evangelism should be
  the life’s breath of the
  Body of Christ.
 If the breath is not in
  the body, neither is the
  life.
 This lack of concern for the lost may be
  because Christians haven’t been taught the
  biblical priority of evangelism.
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Revival Starts With the Believers
 However, if we are aware
 of our debt to both Jew
 and Gentile, and yet
 refuse to hold out the
 Bread of Life, we prove
 to be the rich man of whom Jesus spoke.




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Priorities of the Modern Church
 The very reason the
  Church exists on earth is
  to evangelize the world.
 The Church is to be a light
  in darkness.
 The Church is to preach the gospel
  to every creature.
 If we worship God, yet ignore His
  command to take the gospel to
  every creature, then our worship is
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Priorities of the Modern Church
 We must not
 draw near to
 Him with our
 lips, and have
 our hearts far
 from Him.




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Priorities of the Modern Church
 The priority of
  the modern
  Church for
  evangelism
  can be seen in
  the evangelism
  section of your
  local Christian bookstore.
 You will need a magnifying glass to
  find it.
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The “Evangelism Enterprise”
 “I don’t think anything has been done in the
  name of Christ and under the banner of
  Christianity that has proven more
  destructive to human personality and hence
  counterproductive to the evangelism
  enterprise than the often crude, uncouth,
  and un-Christian strategy of attempting to
  make people aware of their lost and sinful
  condition.” —A Positive-Thinking “Pastor”
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The “Evangelism Enterprise”
 What is the “evangelism enterprise” if it is
  not to warn sinners to flee from the wrath to
  come?
 Modern Christianity has degenerated into
  merely a means of self-improvement, self-
  esteem, and self-indulgence.
 It is self-centered rather than centered on
  and in the will of God.

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The Purpose of the Law
 “The Ten Commandments were designed to
  put pride and dignity in your life.”
 But that is not what the Bible teaches.
 The Ten Commandments were given to do
  the exact opposite: to humble us.
 They show us that sin is “exceedingly
  sinful,” and that we are in desperate need of
  God’s mercy.

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The Purpose of the Law
 The Bible tells us that the “Law brings
  about wrath” (Romans 4:15).
 The Bible shows us the reality that God’s
  wrath abides on us.
 It is God’s purpose for us to use the
  Commandments lawfully.
 We are to make people aware of their lost
  and sinful condition, “crude and uncouth”
  though it may seem to some.
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The Rich Man’s Problem
 He was idolatrous.
 His understanding of God
  was wrong.
 He did not fear or obey
  God.
 He did not love his
  neighbor as himself.
 The irony is he waited until he was in hell
  before he became concerned for others.
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Lesson 19:
Your Role in
Witnessing




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What Good Thing Shall I Do?
 Many in contemporary America think they
  are good people.
 This the fruit of a nation that has forsaken
  God’s Law.
 The Law is “good,” but when there is no
  knowledge of the Law, “good” becomes
  subjective.
 This was the case with the rich young
  ruler’s question in Matthew 19:16.
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What Good Thing Shall I Do?
 Jesus reproved the misuse of “good”.
 The young man used the word without
  knowledge of its true meaning.
 Sinners often say similar things.
  – The “good Man upstairs”
  – “You’re a good person. Tell me why…”
 Often, the more “good” people the world
  can find, the more they will try to justify
  their own goodness and reject God’s mercy.
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What Good Thing Shall I Do?
 Like the rich young ruler, sinners need to be
  enlightened as to what good is.
 Follow the example of Jesus.
 Decimate the fig leaves of self-
  righteousness with the Ten Cannons of
  God’s Law.



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Good is Not a Reward
 Any good that comes our way comes to us
  because God is good.
 Until we understand that “there is none who
  does good, no, not one,” we will expect
  blessings because we think we are good and
  that we deserve them.
 When life brings us suffering, we become
  angry at God because we think God owes us
  happiness.
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Good is Not a Reward
 The Law not only gives us
  understanding of the grace
  of the cross, but of the grace
  of life itself.
 God has not dealt with us
  according to our iniquities.
 The only thing God “owes”
  us is wrath.

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On Grace and Cookies
 A man in a London airport
  decided to purchase some
  English butter cookies.
 He opened the small tin,
  took one out then placed
  the tin at his feet.
 After he had waited for his flight for some
  time, a middle-aged woman smiled politely
  and sat next to him.
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On Grace and Cookies
 To his astonishment,
  without a word of
  permission she reached
  down, took a cookie out
  of the tin, and ate it.
 He couldn’t believe what this complete
  stranger had just done!
 Suspecting that it may be a local custom, he
  smiled at her and took one himself.
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On Grace and Cookies
 A few minutes later,
  she took another one.
 He smiled awkwardly
  and took a second cookie
  himself.
 She then took a third.
 Who did this woman think she was?
 Then she took the very last cookie, looked
  at him, broke it in half and offered it to him.
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On Grace and Cookies
 The audacity of the
  woman!
 Other words flashed
  through his mind:
  –   She was brazen.
  –   She was rude.
  –   She was impudent.
  –   She was presumptuous.

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On Grace and Cookies
 He bent down and saw
  that his identical tin of
  cookies was at her feet.
 He had been the brazen,
  rude, impudent, and
  presumptuous person.
 He was eating the cookies of a
 stranger!
 He also realized how her response
 to his actions had in truth been very
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On Grace and Cookies
 An unregenerate world
  judges God as being the
  guilty party for the
  sufferings of humanity.
 As far as they are
  concerned, He is unjust.
 But the Law of God
  gives us sudden light
  to our misconception.
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On Grace and Cookies
 The Law shows us who
  is eating whose cookies.
 It is we who are in
  transgression.
 It dawns on us that we
  are more than brazenly
  impudent in our
  accusations.


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On Grace and Cookies
 We are guilty criminals
  standing before an
  unspeakably holy and
  gracious Judge, accusing
  Him of transgression.
 In light of God’s holiness,
  it is hard to understand
  why He continues to let a
  sinful humanity such as we
  to even draw another breath.
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Charles Spurgeon on the Law
 “Explain the Ten Commandments
 and obey the Divine injunction;
 ‘Show my people their
 transgressions, and the house
 of Jacob their sins.’ Open up                                       Spurgeon
 the spirituality of the Law as
 our Lord did.”



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Jack Hayford on the Law
 “As a pastor I’ve had to come
  to terms with a devastating
  fact: Through my teaching on
  God’s grace, an alarming
  number of my flock have
  perceived that there is
  nothing to learn from the Commandments
  now that the Law, as a schoolmaster, has
  gotten them to Christ.”
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Jack Hayford on the Law
 “Too many view their
 conversion as a graduation
 from accountability to the
 Law... which violates Jesus’
 own objectives.”




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Imbalance and the Law
 Hayford saw the consequences of
  an imbalance of Law and grace as
  being a “devastating fact.”
 No, what has resulted is utterly
  disastrous.
 This “alarming number” of people
  are not confined to any one church.
 The products of a “fast fold” gospel
  think they have graduated from
  accountability to the Law.
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Imbalance and the Law
 They therefore live their lives
  accordingly —in lawlessness.
 They have a mere “form of
  godliness.”
 They are hearers and not doers.
 They listen to the sayings of Jesus,
  but don’t do them.


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The Non-Accountable Lifestyle
 There is a direct result of the Church being
  confronted with biblical teaching on God’s
  immutable Law.
 The “sinning convert” would no longer be
  consoled in his or her sins.
 Instead of dealing with the symptoms of the
  sinner’s non-accountability lifestyle, the
  pastor would deal with the cause.

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The Non-Accountable Lifestyle
 The symptoms of non-accountability:
  – His or her fornication and pornography.
  – His or her lack of discipline and holiness.
  – His or her theft.
  – His or her wife beating.
  – His or her adultery.
  – His or her drunkenness.
  – His or her lying.
  – His or her hatred.
  – His or her rebellion.
  – His or her greed, etc.
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The Non-Accountable Lifestyle
 In dealing with the cause of a non-
  accountability lifestyle, the pastor will say:
  – “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit.”
  – “No spring yields both salt water and fresh.”
 He will gently inform the hearer: “It sounds
  like you have had a spurious conversion.
  You need to repent of your lawless deeds
  and make Jesus Christ your Lord.”


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The Non-Accountable Lifestyle
 Then, using the Law of
  God, he will show the
  “exceeding sinfulness” of sin.
 Next, using the Law of God, he
  will show the unspeakable
  gift of the cross.
 This will awaken a false convert.
 This will also put most Christian
  psychologists out of business
  and will cut “counseling” to a minimum.
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The Non-Accountable Lifestyle
 “In survey after survey, researchers find that
  the lifestyles of born-again Christians are
  virtually indistinguishable from those of
  nonbelievers. The divorce rate among
  Christians is identical to that of
  nonbelievers. Christian teens are almost as
  sexually active as non-Christian teens.
  Pornography, materialism, gluttony, lust,
  covetousness, and even disbelief are
  commonplace in many of our churches.”
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No Lukewarm Converts Allowed
 Such teaching would stop the insanity of
  modern evangelism’s zeal without
  knowledge.
 It would show that the category of
  lukewarm “converts” does not exist.
 There is no division in the kingdom of God
  for those who are tepid.
 We should be either hot and stimulating or
  cold and refreshing.
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No Lukewarm Converts Allowed
 Lukewarm “converts” are not part of the
  Body of Christ.
 They merely weigh heavy within the
  stomach of His Body until He vomits them
  out of His mouth on the Day of Judgment
  (Revelation 3:16).
 They didn’t pass through the jagged-edged
  teeth of the Law of God.

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No Lukewarm Converts Allowed
 They remain hard and impenitent.
 They were never broken by the Law that
  they might be absorbed into the
  bloodstream of the Body of Christ, to
  become His hands, His feet, and His mouth.
 They never felt the heartbeat of God, so
  their hands didn’t reach out in compassion
  to the lost.

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No Lukewarm Converts Allowed
 They their feet were not shod with the
  preparation of the gospel of peace.
 Their mouths didn’t preach the gospel to
  every creature.
 This mass of converts is like the “backslider
  in heart,” who is “filled with his own ways”
  rather than the ways of God.


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No Lukewarm Converts Allowed
 Their “Here I am Lord, send him,” doesn’t
  come from a rational fear of man.
 It comes from rebellion to the revealed will
  of the God they call Lord and Master.




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Add Flour to Nullify the Poison
 Elisha told his servants to make some stew.
  – “One went out into the field to gather herbs,
    and found a wild vine, and gathered from it a
    lapful of wild gourds, and came and sliced them
    into the pot of stew, though they did not know
    what they were. When the stew was being
    eaten, the guests cried out, “Man of God, there
    is death in the pot!” Elisha then put flour into
    the mixture, and there was nothing harmful in
    the pot.” —2 Kings 4:38–41

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Add Flour to Nullify the Poison
 We have gone into the field of the world
  and brought back the wild vine of the
  modern gospel.
 We have added the wild vine to the Church.
 Now there is death in the pot.
 What should be giving life-sustaining
  nourishment instead leads to death.


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Add Flour to Nullify the Poison
 As sinners are fed a gospel of modern
  evangelism, they consume a deadly mixture.
 They are becoming false converts.
 The answer is to add flour.
 Flour is created by going through the
  process of brokenness; it has been ground to
  powder.
 The Law is the millstone that does that most
  necessary task.
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The Parable of the Wide Gate
 Jesus said, “Go in through
  the narrow gate. For the
  gate is wide and the road
  is spacious that leads to
  destruction, and many
  people are entering by it.
  How narrow is the gate
  and how constricted is the
  road that leads to life, and few are the
  people who find it!” —Matt. 7:13-14 (ISV)
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The Parable of the Wide Gate
 Jesus warned that the way
  that leads to destruction
  was broad.
 But more than that, He
  said it had a “gate,” and
  that “many” would “go
  in” that way.



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The Parable of the Wide Gate
 If the way of destruction
  is the way of the world,
  why did Jesus call it a
  “gate” that many would
  “enter”?
 Surely if that were the
  case, He would have said
  that the ungodly are born
  into the way of destruction.
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The Parable of the Wide Gate
 Many will enter the way
  of destruction because the
  way that leads to life is
  narrow.
 There are only two gates:
  if they don’t go through
  the narrow way, then they
  go through the broad way.
 The wide gate is entered because the other
  gate is narrow.
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The Parable of the Wide Gate
 It seems rather that Jesus,
  in His usual consistency,
  is speaking of true and
  false conversions.
  –   The Sower
  –   Wise and Foolish Virgins
  –   Wheat and Tares
  –   The Good and Bad Fish
  –   The Goats and Sheep
  –   The Wise and Foolish House Builders
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The Parable of the Wide Gate
 Jesus uses the word
  “many” in describing
  them.
 He used the same term
  when speaking of the
  “workers of lawlessness”
  whom He never knew.
  (Matthew 7:22,23)


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The Parable of the Wide Gate
 Jesus likened the kingdom
 of God to “a man going to
 a far country, who left his
 house and gave authority
 to his servants, and to
 each his work, and
 commanded the door-
 keeper to watch.”
 (Mark 13:34).
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The Parable of the Wide Gate
 The doorkeeper should
  keep the door.
 He should “watch.”
 He should allow in only
  those who should enter.
 Instead, we have forsaken
  our watch.



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The False Convert as a Prodigal
 The false convert is like
  the Prodigal Son before
  he understood that his
  appetites were base.
 The false convert is like
  the Prodigal Son before
  he understood that he
  had “sinned against
  heaven” and in his father’s sight.
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The False Convert as a Prodigal
 Modern evangelism fails
  to show him heaven’s
  holy standard.
 He doesn’t see that his sin
  is against God.
 He thinks it is quite
  acceptable to desire “pig
  food.”


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The False Convert as a Prodigal
 He returns to his father,
  but his heart is still with
  the harlots.
 He chooses to be with the
  people of God, but to
  secretly enjoy the
  pleasures of sin for a
  season.


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The False Convert as a Prodigal
 It is easier to lie than to
  speak the truth.
 It is easier to steal than to
  pay for something.
 It is easier to lust than to
  be holy.
 It is easier to live for
  himself than to live for others.
 His mind is on the things of the world.

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The False Convert as a Prodigal
 The professing convert’s
  mind is on the things of
  the flesh.
 He he is still “bound by
  iniquity,” as was Simon
  the sorcerer (Acts 8:23).




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The False Convert as a Prodigal
 Like Simon, he may
  believe, associate with
  the apostles, and see the
  miracles of God.
 He may pass through the
  waters of baptism and
  impress many with his
  subtle trickery.


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The False Convert as a Prodigal
 But those who understand
  the Parable of the Sower
  are not swayed.
 Those who understand
  the Parable of the Sower
  see its broad implications.
 Those who understand
  the Parable of the Sower see beyond
  Simon’s sleight-of-hand illusion into reality.
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The False Convert as a Prodigal
 Those who understand
  the Parable of the Sower
  can see, to their horror,
  that the Church by
  preaching a Lawless
  gospel is ushering
  multitudes through hell’s
  broad gate.
 The gate is oiled smooth by modern
  evangelism.
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Rebuilding the Walls
 Nehemiah chose two men to be in charge of
  gathering citizens for Jerusalem.
 Their names were Hanani, which means
  gracious, and Hananiah, which means Jah
  (Jehovah) has favored.
 Scripture tells us that Hananiah was faithful
  and that he feared God.


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Rebuilding the Walls
 Nehemiah told them, “Do not let the gates of
  Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot.”
 God has favored us with the gospel of grace.
 Faithful servants who fear God will seek
  citizens for the New Jerusalem.
 They will not open the gates until the sun is
  hot.
 They will let the heat of the Law do its most
  necessary work.
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Lesson 20:
Raiders of
the Contents
of the Lost
Ark



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Removing the Law from Society
 In 1980, when the Ten
  Commandments were
  removed from the
  schools of the United
  States, the eyes of an
  entire generation were
  removed.
 The “Commandment is a lamp, and the Law
  is a light.” (Proverbs 6:23)
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Removing the Law from Society
 The removal of the
  Law left a generation
  in the dark as to moral
  absolutes.
 We now live at a time
  when a generation of
  human beings can kill,
  steal, hate, dishonor their parents, and revile
  God without qualms of conscience.
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Removing the Law from Society
 Today’s generation
  doesn’t just lack the
  moral values of its
  grandparents.
 It doesn’t have any
  moral values.
 We are daily reminded
  that what one generation permits,
  the next generation embraces as
  normality.
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Removing the Law from Society
 The enemy has
  removed from the
  Body of Christ its
  ability to be salt and
  light in a dark and
  decaying world.
 Jesus warned that if
  salt lost its flavor, it would be good for
  nothing except to be trampled underfoot.
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Removing the Law from Society
 We are living in times
  of gross darkness.
 This is not a “God-
  forsaken” world.
 It is a world that has
  forsaken God.
 God can, in His great
  sovereignty, open Satan’s clenched fist and
  drop the riches of revival in the lap of the
  Church.
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Is There Hope for Revival?
 “Almost every book dealing with spiritual
  awakening or a revival of history begins by
  describing the pre-revival situation in
  approximately the same words. For
  instance, you will read such words as these:
  ‘The darkness before the dawn’; ‘The sleep
  of midnight and gross darkness’; or
  ‘dissolution and decay.’”
                            — Eric W. Hayden
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Is There Hope for Revival?
 “Note how invariably the revival is
  preceded by a period of corruption.”
                                   — W. T. Stead
 There is great hope for the masses of false
  converts who sit within the Church.
 It is a rich field of evangelistic endeavor.
 The fact that they are still there is a
  testimony to the fact that they remain open
  to the things of God.
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Is There Hope for Revival?
 History shows us that virtually every major
  revival of the past has been birthed out of a
  great awakening of those who thought they
  were saved, but were not.
 We have seen this teaching awaken many
  false converts as to their true state.
 God has soundly saved them, and from
  there they have begun to be the witnesses
  they are commanded to be.
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Martin Luther on the Law
 “This now is the Christian
 teaching and preaching,
 which God be praised, we
 know and possess, and it is
 not necessary at present to Luther
 develop it further, but only to
 offer the admonition that it be
 maintained in Christendom with all
 diligence.”
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Martin Luther on the Law
 “For Satan has attacked it
 hard and strong from the
 beginning until present, and
 gladly would he completely
 extinguish it and tread it                                          Luther
 underfoot.”




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The Ark Has Been Raided
 The enemy has duped
  the Church into
  believing that it is
  advancing by getting
  decisions for Christ.
 What has actually happened is that he has
  invaded our ranks and stripped the gospel of
  its power.
 The ark has been raided.
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John Wesley on the Law
“O take knowledge what Satan
hath gained over thee; and, for
the time to come, never think or
speak lightly of, much less dress
up as a scarecrow, this blessed
instrument of the grace of God.
Yea, love and value it for the sake of Him
from whom it came, and of Him to whom it
leads. Let it be thy glory and joy, next to
the cross of Christ. Declare its praise, and
make it honorable before all men.”
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Ray Comfort on Using the Law
 “The enemy hates this
 teaching. I have many
 examples of the enemy’s
 resistance, but one stands
 out in my mind. For years
 as I spoke on this subject,
 we tried to get a master
 audiotape of this teaching
 so we could share it with others.”
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Ray Comfort on Using the Law
 “Each time we listened to
  the tape, we would find a
  mysterious “buzz” running
  through it, or a fifteen-
  second silence in the
  middle of an important
  illustration. However, in
  the late nineties, I spoke at
  a large church in Chicago that had a
  sophisticated sound system.”
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Ray Comfort on Using the Law
 “They gave me a one-hour
 audio master with no
 flaws on the entire tape.
 That is, except for an
 eight-word sentence that
 had to be removed
 because it was cut in half
 when the sound man
 turned over the tape.”
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Ray Comfort on Using the Law
 “That eight-word sentence
 that had to be deleted from
 a one-hour teaching was:
 “Satan doesn’t want you
 to hear this teaching.”




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The Law Signified God’s Power
 The devil is quite
  happy if the Church
  sings of the power of
  the presence of God.
 But remember that in
  the Old Testament, the ark of the covenant
  signified His presence.
 It wasn’t the ark that God prized.
 It was what the ark contained.
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The Law Signified God’s Power
 Have you ever
  wondered why it was
  that God manifested
  Himself in such a
  glorious way that the
  priests in the house of the Lord could not
  minister? (1 Kings 8:10,11)
 It happened when the priests brought in the
  ark of the covenant.
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The Law Signified God’s Power
 Scripture tells what
  was in the ark.
 Nothing was in the
  ark except the two
  tablets of stone which
  Moses put there at Horeb.
 It seems God so esteems His Law that He
  could not withhold His glorious presence
  from the temple.
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The Law Signified God’s Power
 The Psalmist never
  said,“Oh, how I love
  Your ark!”
 Paul didn’t say, “I
  delight in the ark of
  God.”
 It was God’s holy Law that they
  loved and revered.
 It was written with the finger of God.
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The Law Signified God’s Power
 The Law was an
  expression of His
  character.
 We are the “temple
  of the Lord.”
 When we give the Moral Law its
  rightful place, perhaps we will truly
  see that power of His presence.
 It causes demons to tremble.
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Benefits of Teaching the Law
 It awakens the false convert to his true state.
 It puts the fear of God in the heart of the
  Christian.
 It therefore assists him to walk in holiness.
 It gives him a reason to reach out to the
  lost.
  – The issue isn’t the happiness of sinners in this
    life, but their eternal welfare in the light of a
    wrath-filled Creator.
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Ray Comfort on Using the Law
 “The enemy has attacked
 the use of the Law in
 evangelism “hard and
 strong from the beginning
 until present.” However,
 our great consolation is
 the fact that this is God’s
 teaching, and I believe that
 it is His timing to bring it to light.”
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A.W. Pink on Using the Law
 “It is true that [many] are praying
 for worldwide revival. But it
 would be more timely, and more
 scriptural, for prayer to be made
                                  Pink
 to the Lord of the Harvest, that
 He would raise up and thrust forth
 laborers who would fearlessly and
 faithfully preach those truths which
 are calculated to bring about a
 revival.”
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Using the Law in Evangelism
 The use of the Law in evangelism is
  the golden key to revival.
 It is heaven’s answer to the prayers
  of those who yearn for the salvation
  of a hell-bound world.
 If we want to see revival in these
  last moments of time, we must take
  a firm hold of that key with
  unwavering conviction.
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Modern Evangelism’s Ox Cart
 King David had
  an experience with the
  Ark of the Covenant.
 Instead of having the sons
  of Kohath carry it on poles as the Scriptures
  commanded, he put it on an ox cart.
 As the ark was brought into Israel, the ox
  stumbled and it began to rock.

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Modern Evangelism’s Ox Cart
 When Uzzah reached out
  his hand to steady it, God
  killed him.
 R. C. Sproul rightly said
  that Uzzah presumed his hand was cleaner
  than the dirt.
 We have put the ark of the gospel on the ox
  cart of modern evangelism.

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Modern Evangelism’s Ox Cart
 Sincere though we may
  have been, we dare not
  presume that we can reach
  out our sinful hand and
  steady the things of God, and then carry on
  the way we have been going.
 If we fear our Creator, we must discard our
  own ways, and then do all things according
  to the pattern given to us in Holy Scripture.
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Jesus and the Law Breaker
 Jesus bent down and wrote
  with his finger while a
  woman’s accusers spoke.
 What he wrote caused His
  hearers to come under
  conviction.
 Did you ever wonder what
  He wrote?

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Jesus and the Law Breaker
 He probably wrote out the
  Ten Commandments.
 What else would God
  write with his finger?
 The Law strips us of
  self-righteousness.
 We dare not point a finger
  at another when the ten condemning fingers
  of a holy Creator are pointed at us.
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Jesus and the Law Breaker
 It was the Law that
  brought the sinful woman
  to the feet of Jesus.
 It left her with no other
  option than to run from
  its wrath to the Savior.
 That’s its function.
 The Law sends us to Jesus for mercy.

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Jesus and the Law Breaker
 But more than that, it is
  the wrath of the Law that
  makes us appreciate
  mercy.
 Jesus began to write as
  though He didn’t hear
  them.
 There is no reasoning with the Law.
 There is no insanity plea in God’s Law.
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Jesus and the Law Breaker
 It is written in stone.
 It grimly says, “The soul
  that sins, it shall die.”
 The Law demands nothing
  but death.
 The Law doesn’t hear a
  cry for mercy.
 The Law is cold and unmerciful.

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Jesus and the Law Breaker
 The ten great rocks of
  wrath call for justice and
  justice alone.
 The first time God wrote
  His Law, it was engraved
  on hard stone.




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Jesus and the Law Breaker
 If it was the Law that Jesus
  wrote in the sand, it was
  symbolic that it can be
  erased only with God’s
  mighty hand.
 That was what He did at
  the cross.



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Accusers Set Traps for the Law
 The Bible also tells us that the accusers
  came to “trap” Him.
 Arrogant and sinful man stands as the
  accuser of a sinless God.
 Do you know of a skeptic who mocks God
  and His Word?
 Does he accuse God of crimes against
  humanity?

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Accusers Set Traps for the Law
 Does he think that God is responsible for
  famines and wars that are fought in His
  name?
 Then don’t be afraid to shut the accuser up
  under the Law.
 Stop his mouth. (Romans 3:19)
 Turn the wrath of the Law on him.
 Show him that he, not God, is guilty of
  heinous crimes.
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The Measuring Rod
 Are you concerned about your
  immediate family’s salvation?
 What about your other relatives?
 How about your neighbors?
 What about strangers?
 Are you concerned for the salvation
  of people you don’t know?
 How about your enemies?

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The Measuring Rod
 Are you deeply worried about the
  salvation of people who have crossed
  you?
 Do you love your enemies enough to
  be troubled by the fact that they will
  go to hell forever if they die in their
  sins?



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The Measuring Rod
 If you have measured up to all of the
  above, congratulations—you are a
  normal biblical Christian, who has
  been commanded to love your
  enemies and to love your neighbor
  as much as you love yourself.




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Your Role in Witnessing
 You do not have to convince a sinner of the
  reality of Judgment Day.
 That is the work of the Holy Spirit.
 John 16:8 says that the Holy Spirit will
  convict the world of sin, righteousness, and
  judgment.
 The word used for “convict” in John 16:8
  also means “to convince.”

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Your Role in Witnessing
 The mind of the unsaved cannot understand
  the judgment of God:
  – “The wicked in his proud countenance does not
    seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. Your
    judgments are far above, out of his sight.”
 Only the Holy Spirit can convict a sinner
  about his sin and convince him of judgment.
 We can’t do that.
 All we can do is plant the seed of truth.
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Your Role in Witnessing
 When the sinner repents and trusts the
  Savior, it is then that the Holy Spirit dwells
  within him and seals him.
  – He is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot
    receive, for it neither sees him nor recognizes
    him. But you recognize him, for he abides with
    you and will be in you. —John 14:17 (ISV)
  – When you believed in him you were sealed
    with the promised Holy Spirit… —Ephesians
    1:13 (ISV)
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Your Role in Witnessing
 It is not our job to convince someone of the
  deity of Jesus.
 When Peter identified Jesus as the Son of
  God, Jesus said, “Blessed are you, Simon
  Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not
  revealed it to you, but My Father who is in
  heaven” (Matthew 16:17).
 It is God who reveals that great truth, so let
  Him do that task.
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Your Role in Witnessing
 Nor do you have to
  be an expert on the
  creation/evolution
  debate, although it
  is good to have some
  knowledge on the subject.
 It hardly seems relevant to a man once he
  admits that he’s a lying, thieving, adulterer
  who has to face a holy God.
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Your Role in Witnessing
 We are to reason with
  a sinner using the Law.
 Never underestimate
  the power of reasoning
  about the reality of
  hell.
 Learn how to give extreme scenarios that
  stretch the sinner into a moral dilemma.

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Your Role in Witnessing
 Say, “Imagine if
  someone raped your
  mother or sister, then
  strangled her to death.
  Do you think God
  should punish him?”
 If the person is
  reasonable, he will say, “Yes, of course.
  That makes sense.”
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Your Role in Witnessing
 Then ask, “Do you
  think He should
  punish thieves?”
 Then follow with liars.
 Tell him that God is
  perfect, holy, just, and
  righteous; that He will
  punish all sin, right down to every idle
  word.
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Your Role in Witnessing
 Tell him God’s prison
  is a place called hell.
 Always take him back
  to his personal sins.
 Remember to speak to
  his conscience.
  – “You know right from
    wrong. “
  – “God gave you a conscience,” etc.

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Your Role in Witnessing
 The Bible, however,
  speaks of conscious,
  eternal punishment.
 If he thinks that is
  harsh, tell him that it
  is harsh.
 If we think eternal
  punishment is horrific, what should we do
  about it?
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Your Role in Witnessing
 Should we shake our
  fists at God?
 When such foolish
  thoughts enter our
  minds, we must go to
  the foot of the cross.
 We must consider the
  great love God had for us—that He was in
  Christ reconciling the world to Himself.
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Your Role in Witnessing
 Then, we must turn
 any horror into
 concern, and plead
 with sinners to flee
 from the wrath to
 come.




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C. S. Lewis on Hell
 “There is no doctrine
  which I would more
  willingly remove from
  Christianity than the
  doctrine of hell…. But it
  has the full support of
  Scripture and, especially,
  of our Lord’s own words;
  it has always been held by the Christian
  Church, and it has the support of reason.”
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Your Role in Witnessing
 That is why the Law
  is so wonderful.
 The Law gives hell
  rationality, and thereby
  gives access to a heart
  that was once closed.




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George MacLeod on Witnessing
 “I simply argue that the
  cross should be raised at
  the center of the market-
  place as well as on the
  steeple of the church. I am
  recovering the claim that
  Jesus was not crucified in
  a cathedral between two
  candles…
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George MacLeod on Witnessing
 “…but on a cross between
 two thieves; on the town’s
 garbage heap; at a cross-
 road, so cosmopolitan they
 had to write His title in
 Hebrew and Latin and
 Greek... at the kind of a
 place where cynics talk
 smut…
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George MacLeod on Witnessing
 “…and thieves curse, and
 soldiers gamble. Because
 that is where He died.
 And that is what He died
 for. And that is what He
 died about. That is where
 church-men ought to be
 and what church-men
 ought to be about.”
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Supplement:
What Must
I Do to Be
Saved?




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You Have Broken God’s Law
 The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)
 Worship only God.                             Do not murder.
 Don’t make an idol.                           Do not commit
 Don’t take God’s                               adultery.
  name in vain.                                 Do not steal.
 Honor the Sabbath.                            Do not lie.
 Honor your father and                         Do not covet.
  mother.

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You Have Broken God’s Law
 The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)
 Worship only God.                             Do not murder.
 Don’t make an idol.                           Do not commit
 Don’t take God’s                               adultery.
  name in vain.                                 Do not steal.
 Honor the Sabbath.                            Do not lie.
 Honor your father and                         Do not covet.
  mother.

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You Have Broken God’s Law
 The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)
 Worship only God.                             Do not murder.
 Don’t make an idol.                           Do not commit
 Don’t take God’s                               adultery.
  name in vain.                                 Do not steal.
 Honor the Sabbath.                            Do not lie.
 Honor your father and                         Do not covet.
  mother.

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You Have Broken God’s Law
 The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)
 Worship only God.                             Do not murder.
 Don’t make an idol.                           Do not commit
 Don’t take God’s                               adultery.
  name in vain.                                 Do not steal.
 Honor the Sabbath.                            Do not lie.
 Honor your father and                         Do not covet.
  mother.

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You Have Broken God’s Law
 The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)
 Worship only God.                             Do not murder.
 Don’t make an idol.                           Do not commit
 Don’t take God’s                               adultery.
  name in vain.                                 Do not steal.
 Honor the Sabbath.                            Do not lie.
 Honor your father and                         Do not covet.
  mother.

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You Have Broken God’s Law
 The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)
 Worship only God.                             Do not murder.
 Don’t make an idol.                           Do not commit
 Don’t take God’s                               adultery.
  name in vain.                                 Do not steal.
 Honor the Sabbath.                            Do not lie.
 Honor your father and                         Do not covet.
  mother.

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You Have Broken God’s Law
 The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)
 Worship only God.                             Do not murder.
 Don’t make an idol.                           Do not commit
 Don’t take God’s                               adultery.
  name in vain.                                 Do not steal.
 Honor the Sabbath.                            Do not lie.
 Honor your father and                         Do not covet.
  mother.

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You Have Broken God’s Law
 The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)
 Worship only God.                             Do not murder.
 Don’t make an idol.                           Do not commit
 Don’t take God’s                               adultery.
  name in vain.                                 Do not steal.
 Honor the Sabbath.                            Do not lie.
 Honor your father and                         Do not covet.
  mother.

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You Were Born a Sinner
 All people are born sinners. We are all
  unrighteous people.
  – As it is written, “Not even one person is
    righteous. No one understands. No one searches
    for God. All have turned away. Together they
    have become worthless.” (Romans 3:10-12)




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Your Best Efforts Will Fail
 All people sin. Our best efforts will never
  measure up.
  – … since all have sinned and continue to fall
    short of God’s glory. (Romans 3:23)




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The Price of Sin is Death
 The price of sin is death.
  – Therefore, just as sin entered the world through
    one man, and death through sin, so death spread
    to everyone, because all have sinned. (Romans
    5:12)




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Jesus Paid Your Debt
 Jesus paid your debt by dying in your place.
   – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of
     God is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus
     our Lord. (Romans 6:23)




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Christ Died for You
 Christ died in your place, paying your price,
  and suffering so that you would not have to
  suffer eternally.
  – But God demonstrates his love for us by the
    fact that Christ died for us while we were still
    sinners. (Romans 5:8)




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His Invitation Is to You… Now
 His invitation is open to anyone… even
  you.
  – For “everyone who calls on the name of the
    Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)




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Confess, Declare, Believe
 You must confess your sin, declare His
  Lordship, and believe in your heart that God
  raised Christ from the dead.
  – If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is
    Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised
    him from the dead, you will be saved. For a
    person believes with his heart and is justified,
    and a person declares with his mouth and is
    saved. (Romans 10:9-10)

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Your Prayer for Salvation
 “Lord, Jesus, I have broken your holy Law.
  I confess that I am a sinner and I stand
  condemned before you. I know that you
  paid the price for my sins by dying on the
  cross. I ask that you forgive my sins and I
  receive you as my Savior and Lord. I thank
  you for forgiving my sins and giving me
  eternal life. Take control of the throne of
  my life. Make me the kind of person you
  want me to be. Amen.”
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Some Truths to Remember
 Remember these simple truths from God’s
 Word:
  – If we make it our habit to confess our sins, he is
    faithful and righteous to forgive us those sins
    and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
    (1 John 1:9)
  – The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that
    we are God’s children. ( Romans 8:16)



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Some Truths to Remember
 Remember these simple truths from God’s
 Word:
  – For by such grace you have been saved through
    faith. This does not come from you; it is the gift
    of God and not the result of works, lest anyone
    boast. (Ephesians 2:8)
  – For I consider that the sufferings of this present
    time are not worth comparing to the glory that
    will be revealed to us. ( Romans 8:18)

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Some Truths to Remember
 Remember these simple truths from God’s
 Word:
  – I have written these things to you who believe
    in the name of the Son of God so that you may
    know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)
  – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
    creation. Old things have disappeared, and—
    look!—all things have become new! All of this
    comes from God, who has reconciled us to
    himself through Christ… (2 Cor 5:17-18a)
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Supplement:
Learning
God’s Law




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Learning the 10 Commandments
 Imagine a little boy
  struggling to lift a
  large “boom box”—
  an FM radio.
 He gives the FM
  radio to a little girl.
 She hefts the FM radio to her shoulder,
  showing a mass of muscle on her biceps.
 You’ve just learned the 10 Commandments.
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Learning the 10 Commandments
 The 10 Commandments
  are summed up in
  this anagram:
  GIVeS FM; show me
  your MASLE (a slight
  mispronunciation of
  that mass of “muscle”).
 It’s called a mnemonic device because it
  sounds like something you already know.
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Learning the 10 Commandments
  GIVeS FM
 G = God
 I = Idol
 V = Vain
 S = Sabbath
 FM = Father and
  Mother


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Learning the 10 Commandments
                                      Show me your MASLE.
                                      M = Murder
                                      A = Adultery
                                      S = Stealing
                                      L = Lying
                                      E = Envy (covet)



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Learning the 10 Commandments
GIVeS FM                              Show me your MASLE.
 G = God                              M = Murder
 I = Idol                             A = Adultery
 V = Vain                             S = Stealing
 S = Sabbath                          L = Lying
 FM = Father and                      E = Envy (covet)
  Mother


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About Ray Comfort
 Ray Comfort has preached in over
  700 churches. His video teachings
  have been viewed by over 30,000
  pastors. Millions of his gospel
  tracts are distributed every year.
  He has written over 30 books,
  including Hell’s Best Kept Secret,
  which has sold more than 100,000
  copies. Ray Comfort makes his
  home in the city of Bellflower in
  Southern California. Visit him at
  http://www.raycomfort.com.

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About The Evidence Bible
 Study how to share your faith with
  your family or at your workplace.
  Learn how to witness to an atheist.
  See from Scripture how to prove
  God’s existence without the use of
  faith. Discover how to prove the
  authenticity of the Bible through
  prophecy. See how the Bible is
  full of eye-opening scientific and
  medical facts. Click here to review
  The Evidence Bible on line. Click
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