“I’ll preach as a dying man to dying men and women.” – Paul Washer
Paul preaches through Matthew 7 and going through the narrow gate. If you have wondered how to identify if you are a true believer or not, this message will help. We need to be able to face the ugliness of sin and admit the deception it has given American proclaimed “Christians” who live in carnality.
There is a lot covered, and to not give everything away in a summary, I formed answers into questions. Points that Paul Washer makes:
- False teachers will face greater condemnation
- When a preacher speaks scripture correctly, this is God speaking through the man
- Matthew 7
- Narrow gate
- Known by fruits
- “I’m not troubled in my heart about your self-esteem.”
- “American Christianity is based more upon a godless culture than the word of God.”
- Problems with walking and looking like the world
- What does Paul think is the greatest heresy in the American church?
- Do you know what it costs to be unpopular?
- What should we compare ourselves with instead of other people?
- What superstition has overcome the church?
- People claim to be Christians, but they don’t go to church, they don’t care about holiness… they aren’t Christians
- We haven’t done anything but sinned
- Is God love?
- Can God hate?
- “God must hate because God is love.”
- What can happen when we watch media that goes against God?
- What makes us saved?
- Is the cross a sign of how much we are worth?
- “The cross is a sign of how depraved we really are.”
- How do you go through the narrow gate? Repent and believe the Gospel
- This is not through a heart prayer
- Are you continuing to repent?
- What teaching have people forgot in the Bible?
- The path is narrow
- We commit sinful acts – and go to church praising God thinking we are Christians
- Carnal Christians is a lie
- “Most of our Christianity comes from song writers.”
- “There’s not only a narrow gate, but a narrow way.”
- Christianity in America is if we prayed one prayer one time
- A genuine Christian walks on the path of righteousness
- What is a problem when men go around telling other men that they are saved?
- “Your best friend is the one who tells you the truth.”
- “We do not want to offend, we want to be seeker-friendly.” – American church
- “The person who loves you the most will tell you the most truth.”
- How do we know we are being saved – our life is transformed
- God won’t let us talk, listen to, watch, dress like the world
- Look at the passions of your heart – is Christ an accessory or is He the center of your life?
- We don’t find thorns on fig trees. Those who call themselves disciples of Christ and bear bad fruit, they are not genuine disciples.
- “How is it that so many people profess to have a personal encounter with Christ and yet they are not changed?”
- A great move of God is not emotion
- Is God working in your life?
- How does Hebrew writing show emphasis?
- Bad fruit thrown into the fire – final judgment
- Profession of Jesus Christ is not where we find our worth
- What did Billy Graham say about those confessing faith?
- Sign of genuine Christian – do the will of the Father
- This is not works – this is evidence of faith
- If you can love the world, play around with the things of the world, there’s a good chance you do not belong to Him
- Does Jesus know you?
- Do we live as if God never gave us a law to obey? (Not legalism)
- What does contemporary Christianity teach about the Rock?
- What does historic Christianity say about the rock and sand?
- Are we living our lives unto the word of God?
- “What makes you think your youth group is saved?”
- “Radical Christians are those who bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit.”
- “If your clothing is a frame for your face, God is pleased. If your clothing is a frame for your body, it’s sensual.”
- Listen to Paul Washer’s prayer at the end
Check Out: An Appeal To The Youth otherwise known as Shocking Youth Message by Paul Waasher
The Gospel Message– The Gospel message is good news, which means there’s bad news. We all are sinners and condemned. We all deserve the just punishment of God’s wrath. Christianity is unlike any other religion because we cannot earn our way into Heaven. God saw the weakness of man and his utter depravity. Yet, He showed us grace. Jesus, God, One Person of the Trinity, became God in the flesh, the God-Man. He was always perfect and sinless. And His humanity was perfected on the cross, living the full sinless life. He became our atonement sacrifice. Dying in our place, taking on the wrath of God upon Himself. He died on the cross, and He was resurrected because death could not hold Him. Jesus is the answer. We, as guilty sinners, need His blood to pay off our debt of sin. For all who put their faith in Him – meaning eyes are opened to the Gospel, we see ourselves as a sinner, we see the need for Christ, we desire our Savior, and we see the ugliness of our sin. Putting our faith in Jesus, we seek HIs forgiveness and repent from our sins, we turn away from our old way of life. We, through the work of the Holy Spirit, continue to become convicted of sin daily. Our eyes will never be the same again. We see things in a different light, and the truth of Christ affects how we live and serve Him. Christ tells us to count the cost. Salvation is a serious topic, it is not to be taken lightly. For a breakdown of this powerful message, understanding how Christ could be God and Man, why God required sacrifices, and more -please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?)
If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?
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