Monthly Archives: January 2012

Kailua Baptist Church on TBN

I really hope if you have a question about what I am going to say, that you will ask: I have major disagreements with a lot of what is promoted on Trinity Broadcasting Network. So I am not even sure if I agree with what I did, namely, do a short interview with a good friend of mine on Hawaii’s branch of that TV station. At the end of the day, we believe the gospel was proclaimed, and we praise God for that.

A few thoughts on our discussion on the dangers of “assuming the gospel”:

  • Paul evangelizes Christians, not just non-Christians (Rom 1.15)
  • Paul says evangelists equip the saints (Eph 4.11)
  • James does not assume the gospel, even though I cannot think of a reference to the cross in the book of James: his argument in James 2.8-26 is basically the same argument as Paul’s in the book of Galatians. Both argue that true faith in Christ works itself out through love. Perhaps Paul emphasizes FAITH works itself out through love, but James emphasizes faith WORKS ITSELF OUT THROUGH LOVE, but both preach justification by faith alone that works itself out through love.
  • Plus, James says “faith without works is dead” (James 2.17). Clearly, he is not assuming all those who say they believe are believers.
  • Galatians is fighting against those who assume the gospel (the Judaizers basically say, “I assume you have the gospel, now it’s time to focus on other things.”). Paul says, let them be accursed.
  • Assuming the gospel takes away from God’s glory (2 Cor 4.3-6); it is the “gospel of the glory of Christ”! God gets glory if you preach the gospel in the shower; why would you ever neglect to preach the gospel on Sunday morning?

Preaching the OT is as hard as I thought

Lord willing, I start preaching through the book of Deuteronomy tomorrow. Pray for me, please. Pray that I will be faithful to God’s Word, that I will help people see Christ in the OT, and that I will preach to glorify God and not please man.

One interesting note already: Deuteronomy 1.5 says Moses took to “expound” the Law. It does not say that the words he was about to speak was necessarily a prophecy directly from God the way much of Mt. Sinai was. Deuteronomy is most likely a sermon, though it has the same feel as prophecy. Preaching and prophecy do not seem to be identical, though the results seem to be. That is why when the word is rightly preached, it is God speaking. I like to call prophecy “preaching without sermon prep.”