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Christ’s Answer to the World (Daniel Whyte III Preaches an Adaptation of One of Billy Graham’s Classic Sermons)


TEXT: Acts 17:30-34

30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.

33 So Paul departed from among them.

34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed

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In the context of this passage, we find the Apostle Paul going throughout the Mediterranean world proclaiming the good news to people in frustration, fear, and sin. In his travels, he comes to the city of Athens. Athens was the cultural and intellectual center of the ancient world. It was the city of Plato, Aristotle, and Epicurus. If you take all the universities of America and roll them into one, you have what Athens was to the intellectual world of that day. As in this day, in the midst of intellectual achievements and scientific advances, there existed both confusion and frustration. They were searching for an answer. And things haven’t changed very much in two thousand years. The world is still searching for answers.

The great intellectual minds of Athens did not have answers to their dilemmas, so when Paul got there, some of the philosophers came and said, “Paul, we’ve heard about your message. We’d like to hear more of it. How about going up to Mars Hill and giving a lecture?” So Paul did. He went up to Mars Hill, and there he preached his famous sermon. That day, he had a great audience of people who regarded hundreds of different gods and religions. Yet, they did not know about the one true God; they still sought for answers.

Paul stood up to that crowd to preach his sermon. And the first thing he said was this: “There is one God.” He said, “I saw an inscription coming up this mountain that said, ‘To the unknown God.’ Oh, I perceive that you are religious people. You believe in some sort of God, but you don’t know Him.” Paul said, “I want to tell you about this God. This God is the answer you seek, and He has a message for you.” Paul gave a three-part answer to the questions of the Athenians — an answer which applies to us today as well.

First, you must repent of your sins. Paul said, “God… commandeth all men every where to repent.” What do I mean by repentance? I mean that you acknowledge to God that you have sinned, and that you are willing to turn from your sins. Notice I said “willing.” You may not have the strength to turn from your sins, but by faith you are willing to turn if God will give you the strength. You say, “There are things in my life that are wrong, but I cannot give them up. I’ve tried. I just can’t do it.” If you are willing, God will give you the strength to give them up and turn from them.

Second, you must receive Christ by faith. You must receive the one who died for you; that is a definite act. It may be unconscious, or it may be conscious. It may be a quiet moment; it may be a decisive, climactic moment as it was in the life of Paul. But if you’re not sure by faith that you’ve received Christ, you’d better do it today. There are three little men who live inside us all — our intellect, our emotions, and our will. Intellectually, thousands believe in Christ. They believe in Him with their minds. But that’s not enough. You may have some emotion in your religion. You may have had an emotional experience at some time, but you never really received Christ. You must by faith receive Him, because it is an act of your will. You must say, “I will trust Him, I will follow Jesus.”

Third, you must obey Christ. You must be willing to follow Him and serve Him from this moment on. Following and serving Him means self-denial, it means cross-bearing, it means obedience. It means that you are going to burn all of your bridges no matter what it costs. It means you go back to your business and back to your home and live for Christ, no matter what it costs. It means you are going to be faithful and loyal to your church as never before. It means you are going to start praying in your home from this moment on. That’s what it means. And if you are not willing to do that, don’t come to Jesus Christ. He will not accept you just part of the way. You must be willing to go all the way.

When Paul finished his sermon, the crowd responded in three ways. Some derided; the Bible says they “mocked” his message. Some delayed; they said, “We will hear thee again of this matter.” But others decided; the Bible says, “Certain men clave unto him, and believed.” I hope that you will be among those who decide today. Believe in Jesus Christ and receive Him today. I am not asking you to a church. I’m asking you to give your life to Christ. I’m asking you to do a hard thing, because coming to Christ is not easy. Many people have made it too easy. It’s simple, but it’s not easy. Jesus went to the cross and died in your place. Certainly, you can take a few steps to give your life to Him. Simply say, “I need God; I need Christ. I want to be forgiven of my sins. I want a new life, and I want to start a new direction today.”

Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

If you are that person, ready to accept Christ today, believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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Dealing With Atheists, Agnostics, Unbelievers, and Scoffers, Part 1 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #65)

Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress


TEXT: 2 Peter 3:1-7

1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Continue reading

The Love of Money Trap, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #64)

Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress


TEXT: James 5:1-8

1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.

5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.

6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

The Love of Money Trap, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #64)

In this passage, James has soundly rebuked those whose desire for money leads them out of the ways of God. He has warned them of the misery that will come upon them because of their inordinate love of riches. He has also condemned them for letting their greed drive them to hurt other people who are less fortunate.

This desire is something that all of us, at one point or another, will likely struggle with. There will come a time when you will have to decide between a path that leads you closer to Jesus and a path that leads you to money and material things. You will have to decide, for as Jesus said, “Ye cannot serve God and money.” Continue reading

The Love of Money Trap, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #63)

Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress


TEXT: James 5:1-8

1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.

5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.

6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

The Love of Money Trap, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #63)

The love of money is not a harmless indulgence as it often leads one down a path of sin in the pursuit of more money. One who loves money above all else will often have the tendency to do whatever it takes to get and keep more of it. That is the issue we will address today from verses 4, 5, and 6 of our passage. Continue reading

The Love of Money Trap, Part 1 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #62)

Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress


TEXT: James 5:1-8

1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.

5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.

6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

The Love of Money Trap, Part 1 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #62)

The Bible says, “the love of money is the root of all evil.” Families have been torn apart, people have been killed, and livelihoods have been ruined all because of someone’s inordinate love of money. Many will look at the world and see evidence of the destructive influence of loving money. However, Christians are not immune from this sickness. Many will admit to struggling with loving money; some struggle with loving money more than they love God.

Of course, money is important. We need money to live, to eat, and to provide for our needs. The Bible says, “Money answereth all things”; that is, almost anything in this world can be taken care of with the right amount of money. The question is, how do we, as Christians, not succumb to the money trap? Continue reading

Fighting the Pull of Darkness, Part 5 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #61)

Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress


TEXT: Ephesians 5:11-16

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

——- PRAYER ——-

Fighting the Pull of Darkness, Part 5 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #61)

As we wrap up our focus on fighting the pull of darkness, we are going to look at what God wants us to do as it relates to the world. We have already seen how we, as Christians, ought not to be engaged in the deeds of darkness. And, we have also seen how we are commanded to reach out and lovingly rebuke our brothers and sisters in Christ who are engaged in such deeds.

However, we also bear an obligation to the world that lies in the lap of Satan. Look at verse 14: “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” The “he” speaking in this verse is God. Scholars believe that the words quoted here are either based on a verse in Isaiah or from an early Christian hymn, as it is not found elsewhere in the Bible. Joseph Exell and Donald Spence state in their commentary, “The fundamental idea is that when the Church gets the light of heaven, she is not to lie still, as if she were asleep or dead, but is to be active, is to make use of the light, is to use it for illuminating the world. The apostle maintains that the Ephesian Church had got the light of heaven; she, therefore, was not to sleep or loiter, but spring forth as if from the grave, and pour light on the world.”

That is what God calls the church to do. The church on earth is the light of God in a dark world. We who have been delivered from the darkness ought to let our lights shine so that others may come to Jesus and be delivered from the darkness of their sin. Doing this places us on the frontlines of the war against Satan. He tries to keep people enslaved, but we unite with Christ in order that many may find freedom in Him.

Some Christians look at the world today and believe it is time for the church to close ranks, to withdraw into its ivory towers, and leave the unsaved to the devil’s devices. In the past few years some have begun to talk about losing the so-called “culture wars.” However, retreating in the face of darkness is not an option for the church of Christ. That strategy is not in God’s playbook. As Russell Moore stated in his new book, Onward, the perceived loss of ‘Christian America’ is not a “tragedy”; rather, it is an opportunity for the church “to speak of sin and of righteousness and judgment, of Christ and his kingdom… Our end goal is not Christian America, but the kingdom of Christ, made up of every tribe, tongue, nation, and language.” Certainly, we will face setbacks and disappointments, but the battlecry of the church ought always to be, “onward, Christian soldiers!” We are obligated to keep moving forward.

Part of our shining a light involves our day-to-day lifestyle. Verse 15 says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise…” Walking circumspectly means “living carefully.” We ought to be diligent and attentive to the way we live our lives. We ought not to be people who live for the thrills of life or to just go with the flow. Often, going with the flow involves getting into foolishness; and we are commanded to live wisely in this wicked world. Matthew Henry said, “Another remedy against sin is care or caution; it is otherwise impossible to maintain purity of heart and life.”

Part of living wisely in the world involves using our time wisely. Verse 16 says, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” This verse carries with it the idea of a businessman seizing upon a good opportunity to turn a profit. Strong’s Lexicon provides this definition: “To make wise and sacred use of every opportunity for doing good, so that zeal and well-doing are as it were the purchase money by which we make the time our own.”

The word translated “time” literally means a “fixed and definite time” or an “opportunity.” Every day, we are given specific opportunities to do good, to preach Christ, and to shine a light in the world. Every day, we are called to do as Christ did — to share the message of the Kingdom, to provide for the poor, to preach deliverance to captives and freedom to those who are enslaved. Let us awaken from our slumber and reignite our light. The days we live in are evil, but they are full of opportunities to do good.

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If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you briefly how you can be saved from your sins and be guaranteed a home in Heaven with God today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Fighting the Pull of Darkness, Part 4 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #60)

Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress


TEXT: Ephesians 5:11-16

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Fighting the Pull of Darkness, Part 4 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #60)

In this part of our series, we have considered the works of the children of darkness (or the “children of disobedience”) as well as the reasons why we, the children of light, ought not to be engaged in them. However, we cannot put our heads in the sand (or in the clouds) and simply ignore the darkness that is in the world. It is all around us. It tugs at our hearts and our flesh. The darkness of sin tempt us and try to lure us away from the light. Our children are affected by it. Our spouses are affected by it. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are affected by it. And, of course, the world is enthralled by it.

What do we do? Christ has called us not to just condemn the darkness, but to shine a light in it. As we touched on last week, this process of shining a light should start in the church. We are to reprove (or rebuke) those who claim to be followers of Christ yet are walking in darkness. This should not be done in a spirit of pharisaism or being ‘holier-than-thou.’ Rather, it is simply the nature of light to expose darkness. The two cannot co-exist. John states, “The light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Where there is light, the darkness will be banished. When darkness and light meet, there will be conflict.

Our text states, “all things that are reproved [rebuked] are made manifest [exposed] by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest [expose] is light.” If we are walking in the light, we will be irritated by the darkness around us. We will not like it if others in our family, in our church, or in our workplace are engaging in sin. We will be compelled to help them see the error of their ways. That is our obligation to others in the body of Christ.

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If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you briefly how you can be saved from your sins and be guaranteed a home in Heaven with God today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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