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1. God has a moral government over mankind (Matt. 22:37-39; Rom. 13:10; 1 Cor. 9:21) and His moral government extends over countless hosts of heaven (Ps. 103:20-21, Jer. 33:22; Heb. 12:22).
2. Government exists for the good of its subjects (Deut. 10:13; Rom. 13:4).
3. Penalty is executed to deter others from crime and upload the law (Deut. 21:21-22; Eze. 23:46-48; Rom. 11:20-22; Cor. 10:11; 2 Cor. 10:5-6; 2 Pet. 2:6; Jude 1:7).
4. Penalty is not executed to gratify God’s personal feelings (Eze. 18:32; 33:1; Isa. 63:9; Lam. 3:32-33; 2 Pet. 3:9).
5. Forgiveness is the setting aside of the execution of the penalty (1 Chro. 21:7-15; 2 Chro. 12:5-7, 32:26; 2 Sam. 24:16; 24:25; Num. 16:46-48; Ps. 78:38; 106:23, 45; Jer. 18:8; Eze. 20:17; Micah 7:18-19; Jonah 3:9-10; 4:2; Joel 2:13-14; Acts 5:31; 13:38; 26:18; Eph 1:7; Col 1:14; Heb 9:22), the pardoning of debt (Matt. 6:12, 18:27, Lk. 7:41-42), when God turns away from His wrath (Deut. 13:17; Num. 25:4, 25:11; Josh. 7:26; Ps. 78:38; 85:3-4; Joel 2:13; Jonah 3:9; Isa. 12:1; Jer. 3:12; Dan. 9:16, 19; Hos. 11:9; 14:4; Mic. 7:18).
6. The problems of forgiveness are governmental not personal, as forgiveness from a government is a delicate matter since it can have the tendency to encourage further crimes (Dan. 6:7-16; Esther 1:16-22; Ecc. 8:11).
7. God is personally reluctant to execute judgment because of His benevolent disposition and merciful heart and He personally prefers the exercise of mercy over judgment (1 Chron. 21:15; Eze. 18:32; 33:1; Isa. 28:21; Lam. 3:33; Mic. 7:18; Jn. 3:17; 8:10-11; 2 Pet. 3:9; Jas. 2:13).
8. God was gracious, merciful, and forgiving prior to the atonement (Ps. 86:5, 103:8; 145:8; Neh. 9:17), so the atonement did not change God’s disposition by making Him gracious, merciful, or inclined to forgive (Mal. 3:6; James 1:17).
9. The atonement was made because God was already loving and favorably disposed towards mankind (Jn. 3:16; Lk. 2:14; Rom. 5:8; 1 Jn. 4:10).
10. The penalty for our sins is eternal hell (Dan. 12:2; Matt. 2:46; 2 Thes. 1:9; 2 Pet. 2:9; Jude 1:7; Rev. 21:8)
11. The atonement makes possible the remission of penalty (Matt. 26:28; Acts 5:31; 13:38; Heb. 9:22; Eph. 1:7, 4:32; Col. 1:14).
12. The suffering and life of Jesus is a substitute or ransom offered instead of the punishment or damnation of sinners (Isa. 53:5; Matt. 20:28; Mk. 10:45; 1 Tim. 2:6; 1 Pet. 3:18).
13. The atonement was made to justify the mercy of God, declaring His righteousness, so that He might be just even in the forgiveness of sins (Rom. 3:24-26).
14. Given the vicarious nature of His sacrifice, the atonement has a powerful moral influence upon the hearts of men, so much so as to be able to turn sinners into saints, and this was a primary objective of His sacrifice (Matt. 1:21; Jn. 1:29; Acts 3:26; Rom. 8:4; 2 Cor. 5:15; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 5:25-27; Col 1:21-23; Titus 2:11-12, 14; Heb. 9:26; 10:10; Tit. 2:14; 1 Pet. 2:24; 1 Jn. 1:7; 3:5; 3:8; 4:19).
15. What God desires is a change of heart and obedience, not a sacrifice (1 Sam. 15:22; Ps. 51:16-17; Prov. 21:3; Hos. 6:6; Matt. 9:13; 12:7), so that a sacrifice that does not produce a change of moral character, or is not accompanied with repentance, does not save (Ps. 50:7-23; 51:16-19; Prov. 15:8; 16:6; 21:3; 21:27; Isa. 1:10-17; 56:6-7; 66:3-4; Jer. 7:21-26; 11:14-17; 14:10-12; Hos. 6:6-7; 8:11-14; 9:1-6; 12:9-11; 14:1-3; Joel 1:9;, 13; 2:12-14; Amos 4:4-5; 5:21-27; Jonah 1:15; 2:9; 3:5-10; Mic. 6:6-8; Zeph. 1:7-13; 3:10-11; Hag. 2:14; Zech. 14:21; Mal. 1:6-14; 2:10-14; 3:3-4; Matt. 9:13; 12:7; Heb. 10:8, 10:26-31).
16. The atonement was a sacrifice offered to God, not Satan (Gen 8:20-21, Exo. 29:18, 29:25, 29:41, 30:12-13; Lev. 1:9, 1:13, 1:17, 2:2, 2:9, 2:12, 3:5, 3:16, 4:31, 6:15, 6:21, 8:21, 8:28, 17:6, 23:13, 23:18, Num. 15:3, 15:7, 15:10, 15:13, 15:14, 15:24, 18:17, 28:2, 28:6, 28:8, 28:13, 28:24, 28:27, 29:2, 29:6, 29:8, 29:13, 29:36; 1 Cor. 10:20; Heb. 9:9, 10:1; Eph. 5:2).
17. Though Jesus Christ bore our sins in that He was suffering vicariously for the sake of them and on behalf of us (Lev. 16:22; Isa. 53:11; 1 Pet. 2:24), He by no means became guilty or sinful while on the cross (Heb. 13:8). He was the spotless lamb without any blemish ( 22:20; Ex. 12:5; Lk. 23:41; Heb. 9:14; 13:8; 1 Pet. 1:19; 2:22-23; 3:18), who became the sin-offering for us (2 Cor. 5:21).
18. The nature of the atonement is not such as to render salvation automatic and unconditional, as salvation through the atonement can be neglected, men are justified only when they have faith, and the ministry of reconciliation is still occurring subsequent to His sacrifice (Jn. 3:36; Rom. 5:1; Heb. 2:3; 2 Cor. 5:20).
19. Jesus died for everyone (Isa. 53:6; Heb. 2:9; 2 Cor. 5:14-15; 1 Tim. 4:10; 1 Jn. 2:2) so that salvation is available to all (Jn. 3:14-17; 12:46; Acts 10:43; Rom. 10:11; Rev. 22:17).
20. Though Jesus died for everyone, not everyone is saved through His atonement because forgiveness through atonement is conditional and salvation can be neglected (Matt. 18:21-35; Mk. 16:16; Acts 2:38; Rom. 10:9; Heb. 2:3, 10:26-31; 2 Pet. 2:20-22).
21. Those Jesus died for can still perish or go to hell (Rom. 14:15; 1 Cor. 8:11; Heb. 10:29; 2 Pet. 2:1)
22. God still has wrath after the atonement (Lk. 21:23; Jn. 3:36; Acts 12:23; Rom. 1:18; 2:5; Col 3:6; Rev. 6:17; 14:10; 16:19), in fact God has more wrath after the atonement than before because those who sin against the atonement are under more wrath than those who sinned merely under the law (Heb. 10:26-31). God will only turn from his wrath when sinners turn from their sins (Jonah 3:10; Jer. 18:8; 26:13; Joel 2:13-14). The atonement did not satisfy or pacify His wrath, but as a substitute for the execution of His wrath, His sacrifice made it possible for God to be just even when He turns from His wrath in the forgiveness of sins (Rom. 3:25-26; 1 Jn. 2:2; 1 Jn. 4:10), so that the Bible says through Jesus we are saved from the wrath to come (1 Thes. 1:10). His wrath can Passover us as it did for the Israelites (Ex. 12:13, 23) because Jesus is our Passover lamb (1 Cor. 5:7).
23. Christ did in fact drink a cup of suffering (Matt. 20:22; 26:42; Jn. 18:11), He tasted death for every man (Heb. 2:9). This cup could not be the cup of God’s wrath (Ps. 11:6; Isa. 51:17; 51:22) since the cup of God’s wrath was still full after the atonement (Rev. 14:10; 15:7; 16:19; 17:1; 21:9), and because the disciples of Jesus would drink the same cup Jesus drank (Matt. 20:22-23; Mk. 10:38-39)
24. God is not obligated by justice to forgive those for whom Christ died for, so that when they are forgiven and justified it is done freely by His grace (Rom. 3:24; Tit. 3:7).
* God speaks of the future in terms of what may or may not be: Ex. 3:18, 4:9, 13:17; Eze.12:3; Jer. 36:3; 36:7
* God changes His plans in response to changing circumstances: Ex. 32:10-14, Jer. 18:1-10; Jonah 3:10
* God’s willingness to change His plans is considered one of His glorious attributes: Jonah 4:2; Joel 2:12-13
* God tests people to see what types of decisions they will make: Gen. 22:12; Ex. 16:4; Deut. 8:2, 13:1-3; 2 Chron. 32:31
* God has had disappointments and has regretted how things turned out: Gen. 6:5-6; 1 Sam. 15:10, 15:35
* God has expected things to happen that didn’t come to pass: Isa. 5:1-5; Jer. 3:6-7, 3:19-20
* God gets frustrated and grieved when he attempts to bring individuals into alignment with his will and they resist: Eze. 22:29-31; Isa. 63:10; Eph. 4:30; cf. Heb. 3:8, 3:15, 4:7; Acts 7:51
* The prayers of men have changed the plans of God (God changes the future: Ex. 32:10- 14; Num. 11:1-2, 14:12-20, 16:16:20-35; Deut. 9:13-14, 9:18-20, 9:25; 2 Sam. 24:17-25; 1 Kin. 21:27-29; 2 Kin. 20:6; 2 Chron. 12:5-8; Jer. 26:19; Isa. 38:5
* God is said to have repented (changed His mind) multiple times in the Bible: Gen. 6:6-7; Ex. 32:12-14; Num. 23:19; Deut. 32:36; Judges 2:18; 1 Sam. 15:11, 15:29, 15:35; 2Sam. 24:16; Ps. 90:13, 106:45, 110:4, 135:14; Jer. 4:28, 15:6, 18:8, 18:10, 20:16, 26:3, 26:13, 26:19, 42:10, Eze. 24:14, Hos. 11:8, 13:14; Joel 1:13-14; Amos 7:3, 7:6; Jonah 3:9-10, 4:2; Zach. 8:14
* Prophecies are often God foretelling what He Himself will later bring to pass. So they often have to do more with God’s omnipotence to bring about His plans then merely foreseeing the future: Gen. 3:15; 1 Kin. 8:15, 8:20, 8:24, 13:32 (with 2 Kin. 23:1-3, 15-18); 2 Kings 19:25; 2 Chron. 1:9 (1 Chron. 6:4; 10, 15); 2 Chron 36:21-22; Ezra 1:1; Isa. 5:19, 25:1-2, 37:26, 42:9 (with vs. 16); 46:10; Jer. 29:10, 32:24, 32:28, 33:14-15, Lam. 3:37; Eze. 12:25, 17:24, 33:29, 33:33; Dan. 4:33, 4:37; Acts 3:18, 27:32-35; Rev. 17:17. This type of prophecy includes the prophecies of the Messiah. So His birth, the location of His birth, the miracle of His birth, were not accidents or merely foreseen events, but were the deliberate plan of God (Gen. 3:15; Isa. 9:6; 53:6; Acts 2:23, 4:28)
* The future is partly open (undetermined, uncertain): Ex. 3:18, 4:9, 13:17; Eze. 12:3; Gen. 22:12; Ex. 16:4; Deut. 8:2, 13:1-3; Jdg. 2:20-22, Jdg. 3:4, Ex. 33:2, Ex. 34:24; 1 Sam. 2:30, 2 Chron. 12:6-7, 2 Chron. 16:9; 2 Chron. 32:31; Ps. 81:13-14; Isa. 5:1-5; Jer. 3:6-7, 3:19-20; Matt. 24:20; 26:53; Mk. 13:20.
* The future is partly settled (determined, certain): Gen. 3:15; 1 Kin. 8:15, 8:20, 8:24, 13:32 (with 2 Kin. 23:1-3, 15-18); 2 Kings 19:25; 2 Chron. 1:9 (1 Chron. 6:4; 10, 15); 2 Chron 36:21-22; Ezra 1:1; Isa. 5:19, 25:1-2, 37:26, 42:9 (with vs. 16); Jer. 29:10, 32:24, 32:28, 33:14-15, Lam. 3:37; Eze. 12:25, 17:24, 33:29, 33:33; Dan. 4:33, 4:37; Acts 3:18, 27:32-35; Rev. 17:17; Gen. 3:15; Isa. 9:6; 53:6; Acts 2:23, 4:28.
* The future can be changed: Gen. 19:17-22; Ex. 32:10-14, Jer. 18:1-10; Ex. 32:10-14; Num.11:1-2, 14:12-20, 16:20-35; Deut. 9:13-14, 9:18-20, 9:25; 2 Sam. 24:17-25; 1 Kin. 21:27-29; 2 Kin. 20:6; 2 Chron. 12:5-8; Jer. 26:19; Isa. 38:5; Matt. 24:20; Mk. 13:20;
* Scriptures that say God has a past, present, and a future: Jn. 1:14; Rev. 1:4, 1:8, 4:8; 5:12;
* Scriptures that say God’s eternity is endless time, that is, time without beginning or end: Isa. 9:6-7; Isa. 43:10; Isa. 57:15; Job 36:26; Dan. 4:34; Hab. 1:12 Ps. 23:2; Ps. 90:2; Ps. 102:24; Ps. 102:27; Lk. 1:33; Heb 1:12; Rev 1:4; Rev. 1:8; Rev. 4:8; Rev. 5:14;
* Scriptures that say man’s eternity is endless time: Isa. 45:17; Eph. 3:21; Rev. 14:11;
* Scriptures that say eternity is endless time for Heavenly creatures: Rev. 4:8
* Eternity is time without end (endless time instead of timelessness): Isa. 9:6-7; Isa. 43:10; Isa. 57:15; Job 36:26; Dan. 4:34; Hab. 1:12 Ps. 23:2; Ps. 90:2; Ps. 102:24; Ps. 102:27; Lk. 1:33; Heb 1:12; Rev 1:4; Rev. 1:8; Rev. 4:8; Rev. 5:14; Isa. 45:17; Eph. 3:21; Rev. 14:11
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In my last newsletter I reported on the assaults and attacks that we suffered while preaching in downtown Anchorage. And while the mission field was rough in light of that, it wasn’t all rough. We had a lot of fun too! In the picture above you can see the barbecue that our host home had with us on the lake. The great thing about mission trips is not only the outreaches but the fellowship!
Our host home is a commercial pilot who flies tours for tourists who want to see the glaciers. It is through his accumulated air-miles that he was able to fly my whole family up to Alaska from Texas. One of the local tours he was going to do had some extra seats so he invited my wife and I to join him on this beautiful alaskan glacier tour! God’s creation certainly is magnificent! As we were flying around I thought about how wonderful it was that we could see God’s creation from these views. Aviation has only been around for about a hundred years! Prior to that you had to be Elijah taken up in the golden chariot to see views like this!
While downtown Anchorage is a very rough place to open-air preach, since we have been assaulted and attacked two years in a row now every time we preach there, the University of Alaska is one of the tamest campuses I’ve experienced in the country. I think it is because they are not accustomed to seeing campus preachers. Usually that means that campuses will be extraordinarily outrageous but in this case I think it results in them being more respectful.
The students still heckle me of course. One lesbian drove by on her bike and said, “I hope you get hit by a car.” That’s not a very loving thing to say. And yet, as usual, I was accused of being hateful. One heckler said, “Why do you come here and preach hate?” Usually a preacher might defend himself and say, “I am not preaching hate. I am preaching love.” But I decided to go with it and think I caught her by surprise. I said, “I just genuinely believe that what this campus needs is more hatred! The problem with this campus is that it has too much love!” It is provocative statements like this one that keeps the crowd engaged and their attention secure.
I went on to say, “The problem with this campus is that you love your sin. We ought to hate sin. Look at what sin does. Sin destroys relationships. Sin is a violation of the loving relationships we were created for. I’ve seen in my own family how sins like drunkenness and adultery has ripped apart our relationships. Sin ought to be hated.”
I explained, “The problem is many of you think hate is always bad and love is always good. That’s just not true. It depends on the object that is being loved or hated. If you love sin, that is a bad love. If you hate sin, that is a good hatred.” I pointed out how Psalms 97:10 says if you love God you should hate evil. God and sin are opposites. To love the one is to hate the other. You cannot love God if you do not hate sin. And also the Bible says in Hebrews 1:9 that Jesus Christ loved righteousness and hated iniquity. I stressed the point, “What this campus needs is a baptism of holy hatred!”
In Proverbs 8:13 we read that the fear of the Lord is to hate evil. We also know in Proverbs 1:7 that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. I want to bring sinners to the beginning of knowledge, to the fear of the Lord, to the hatred of evil. If we want to see sinners forsake their sins and dedicate their lives to God, we have to get them to see sin for what it really is. We have to get them to hate their sin. And that requires exposing the nature and effects of sin.
Preaching hatred for sin may not be common or popular but it is what our society needs to hear more than ever. Our culture loves sin and hates righteousness and we ought to earnestly contend to change that, to be a “preacher of righteousness” like the men of old were.
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ATTACKS & ASSAULTS in ALASKA
A brother in Alaska recently used his air-miles from his business to bring my family and I up to Alaska. I once said on my Facebook that all it takes to bring me to your area is a plane ticket and couch to sleep on and he is one who took me up on it!
Alaska has proven itself to be a difficult mission field. We were plowing the field but sometimes it felt like the field was plowing us! Read below about the multiple assaults and attacks that took place.
The downtown Anchorage area is full of drugs and alcohol. There is a considerable homeless population in Alaska despite the freezing temperatures. There is one large park downtown called “Town Square Park” where a lot of the drug dealers and drug addicts hang out. Last year when I preached in the center of this park I was assaulted numerous times but held my own and preached the gospel anyways. This year I was hoping it might be tamer and it was. But we were still assaulted. Just not as much as last year.
Another brother named David Grisham recently moved to Alaska and he joined me for outreach. I stood up and preached on the soap box for about thirty minutes before I turned it over to brother David. He preached the gospel for maybe five minutes before a lesbian walked by and started heckling him. She was vicious and said she wanted to see violence.
I was filming but a homeless woman came up to me and said it was my fault that now this woman was heckling and causing a scene and she slapped me on the back of the head. Other people saw it so she said, “HE DESERVED THAT!”
Shortly after this a man walked up to David on the soap box and kicked him, somehow, in the chest! David was knocked off but what the attacker didn’t notice was that another man followed him from behind. When this other man saw David get attacked he ran up and punched the attacker in the back of the head and knocked him to the ground. Then he got on top of the attacker and started punched him repeatedly.
It wasn’t too long before everything settled down again and then David got back on the soap box without skipping a beat and kept preaching the gospel for another hour or so. The Police did arrive an hour later but both men who were involved were gone by then.
It is sad to see how men readily embrace sin which brings such destruction to their life and yet they resist so aggressively the gospel that can save their souls! Standing in that park surrounded by drug addicts and drunkards I was amazed at how sinners refuse to repent and continue in their rebellion against the moral government of God because they do not want Him ruling their lives but the result is that they are ruining their own lives.
Ever wonder what a man’s face looks like before he attacks you with a rod? No? Me neither. But I got to see it above.
There is another park in downtown Anchorage that we went to preach to another day. While the other park is full of the drug dealers and drug attacks (especially the inner city skate boarders), this park was full of older homeless drunk people (especially natives).
As I always do I preached on the new birth – how God can change and transform. “Jesus Christ can take a drunkard and make him sober! Jesus Christ can take sinners and make them saints!”
When I preached “One day you are all going to die and then you will stand before God and give an account for all of your life” one homeless drunkard in particular became very irritated and upset. He yelled, “SHUT UP!” I said, “No, I care about your soul!” He started walking over with his wooded cane, acting as though he intended to use it as a weapon. He said something to me like, “Do you know what it feels like to get hit with one of these?”
I continued to tell him that I was there preaching the way I am because I care about him. Nevertheless he swung his cane back and then swung it forward, landing it right on my calfs on the back of the legs. It stung and I was glad that he only swung it once. I was also glad that he hit me on the back of the legs and not on the front! It would have really hurt if he had hit my shins instead of my calfs. My leg was tender but not bruised.
I have been preaching open-air for 14 years but this was my first time getting a little beating with a rod. I thought, “Well, it’s biblical to be hit with a rod. Paul was.” Jesus said we are to rejoice and be exceedingly glad when we are persecuted. Paul said that we are to glory in our tribulations. The Apostles rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus. This was my attitude. And when Christians have such an attitude towards persecution, Christianity is unstoppable!
Brother David said, “Well, our attack ratio in this park is better than the other one. It’s 50 percent less than the other day.” I said, “Ha, that’s true. We were both assaulted the other day but only I was assaulted today.”
As our nation continues to turn its back on God and harden itself in its sin and impenitence, the persecution against Christians and against street preachers in particular will continue to increase. But no matter how much we suffer for the sake of the gospel it is worth it all because Christ is worthy and souls are valuable. Christ laid down His life for the sake of the salvation of souls and we should be willing to do the same!
Someone commented on my YouTube video of one of our assaults in Alaska and said:
PRAISE GOD! That is what it is all about! Everything that we endure for the sake of the gospel, for the glory of Christ and the salvation of souls is worth it all.
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