God Created the World and He Created You, So He Loves You and Wants to Save You (Gospel Light Minute X #358)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #358 titled, “God Created the World and He Created You, So He Loves You and Wants to Save You” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

The Apollo 8 space mission in December, 1968, marked the first time that man had flown to the moon. While orbiting the moon, the crew made the famous “Christmas Eve broadcast,” a live television and radio event heard by an estimated one billion people. While on the air, the astronauts read part of the account of creation from Genesis chapter one. Each of the three astronauts took turns, starting with Major William Anders reading, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” After Captain James Lovell took his turn, Colonel Frank Borman ended with “And God saw that it was good.”

These three were the first men ever to see some of the wonders of the universe, and before a worldwide audience they gave credit to the One who made it all. He was the One who put the planets into their precise orbital motions, without which the calculations guiding the flight from the earth to the moon and back would have been impossible. In fact, Jim Lovell said of the flight to the moon: “We never really saw the moon…. By and large the body that we were rendezvousing with, that was coming from one direction as we were going to another, we never saw. And we took it on faith that the moon would be there.” Continue reading “God Created the World and He Created You, So He Loves You and Wants to Save You (Gospel Light Minute X #358)”

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

Tasha Smith: From Atheism to ‘Challenging God’ to Finally Understanding God’s Love (Gospel Light Minute #146)

Tasha Smith
Tasha Smith

She is an actress who has appeared in numerous movies and plays. She is well-known for her role as Angela Williams in the Tyler Perry films “Why Did I Get Married?” and “Why Did I Get Married Too?” She also stars as Angela on the OWN comedy-drama television series Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse”. She launched an organic perfume line titled “US” with her husband in 2011. And she coaches many aspiring actors through her acting workshop. She has appeared on America’s Next Top Model as an acting coach, helping the models with different scenes. Her TV credits include: “The Parkers”, “Girlfriends”, “All of Us” and “The Game”. Her other film credits include “Miles from Home”, “Couples Retreat”, “Something Like a Business”, and “Jumping the Broom”.

In an interview with EURweb.com, she discussed her conversion from atheism to Christianity. She said, “When I was 25 I had an encounter with God because my father had gotten sick. I had a time where I really challenged God, like, if you’re really God you’ll show me such-and-such’. I was going through this whole thing where I questioned whether God was real or not. I really needed God to be real because I was feeling so depressed and so unhappy, I felt like if there isn’t a God [then] I have no reason to live. It was just a bad time in my life and God really showed up and met me where I was.”

In an interview with Da Gospel Truth, she said of her faith, “There was definitely a time where I did not believe in the Lord. I needed to understand the love of God. You hear so many people always telling you what you should or shouldn’t do, telling you you’re a sinner, telling you how bad you are, all those things about yourself. I was lacking the understanding of the love of God. I didn’t know there was a God that loved me. I think that it’s the love of God that brings man into repentance. Once you embrace that love and have that fellowship with God, all those things that you shouldn’t be doing will go away. He said no flesh is going to glory in His presence. Once we spend time in the presence of God and fellowship with him, all that stuff that we thought was so great, that we idolized, that we made so big in our lives become so small and insignificant in the presence of God. I strongly encourage people to fellowship with God and show them in the Word how much He loves them.”

When asked how she stays motivated in her work, she replied, “I know God has a purpose for my life. I know that every opportunity I have in my life, whether good or bad, is another journey that I’m going to have with God. To be honest, I am so grateful about where I am in my life right now. Based on where I’ve come from, every day is a blessing. I’m human and there are definitely times when I get down, but I try not to focus on that. I try to stay in the Word and stay in fellowship with God. I get excited when I’m doing something for somebody like teaching my classes, working on a script and just staying creative, focused and prayerful! That’s it.”

Her name is Tasha Smith. Continue reading “Tasha Smith: From Atheism to ‘Challenging God’ to Finally Understanding God’s Love (Gospel Light Minute #146)”

GLMX #174: President Ronald Reagan’s Son is Sorely Mistaken

A couple weeks ago, Ron Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Reagan, recorded a radio spot proclaiming his atheism. In the ad, he announces, “I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist,” and then goes on to encourage people to join the Freedom From Religion Foundation — “the nation’s largest and most effective organization of atheists and agnostics.” He closes out the ad spot with these words: “Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell.”

It is sad to hear someone speaking so glibly about Hell. Hell is a serious matter Allow me to share with you some aspects of Hell that might make you and Ron Reagan think twice about going there.

1. Hell is a place of fiery torment. The Bible says in Matthew 13:41-42 that at the end of time, “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity [sin]; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Revelation 20:15 also says, “Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Imagine that: being burned by fire forever and ever. That is what Hell is like.

2. Hell is a place of terrifying darkness. In Matthew 8:12, Jesus Christ said, “But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” In 2 Peter 2:4, Peter wrote: “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.” Hell is a place of utter darkness! In Hell, the darkness is so great and so real that you will be able to feel it. That is what Hell is like.

3. Hell is a place of ceaseless haunting memory. In a true story which Jesus told about a man who died and went to Hell, he expressed the fact that the man could still remember his life on earth even while he was in Hell. In fact, while he was in Hell, Abraham said to this man, “Son, remember that thou in thy life time receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.” While he was in Hell, this man was able to remember all the wrong things he had done, the lifestyle he had led, and the many opportunities he had squandered to avoid ending up in that awful place. His life played over and over again like a broken record in his mind — all of his guilt and regrets in a never-ending sequence. That is what Hell is like.

4. Hell is a place of separation from God. According to First Thessalonians 1:9, those who go to Hell “shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” Whether you are a deist, an atheist, or an agnostic — whether you believe in God or not — one thing is certain: you will be separated from Him if you end up in Hell.

5. Hell is a place of no return. Once a person enters the gates of Hell, there will be no return. In the story which Jesus Christ told about the man who went to Hell, Abraham told this man, “between us (those in Paradise) and you (those in Hell) there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from hence.” In Hell, there is no second chance. There is no more hope. No more grace. No more mercy. No more gospel. No more preachers. And yes, no more God. Once a person, is in Hell, he will be locked in forever. That is the kind of place Hell is like, my friend. I assure you, you do not want to go there.

Ron Reagan is sorely mistaken. No matter what he says now, he will be truly sorry if he ends up in Hell.

+ Plus listen to Lecrae and Suzy Rock singing “No Regrets”

Kirsten Powers: How a Liberal Democrat and Former Atheist Came to Know Jesus Christ as her Savior (Gospel Light Minute #101)

Kirsten Powers
Kirsten Powers

She is a political analyst, blogger, columnist and commentator. She is a Democrat who regularly contributes to USA Today, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal among other publications. She formerly served under the Clinton administration from 1993-1998 and was appointed Deputy Assistant U.S Trade Representative for Public Affairs.

In an interview with Focus on the Family, she shares how she converted from atheism to Christianity. She said: “I was not looking to be a Christian. The last thing in the world I wanted to be was a Christian. I had grown up as an Episcopalian, but not evangelical, born again, or any of those kinds of things. It was very high church, kind of mainline, protestant, episcopalian. I did believe in God, but it wasn’t anywhere near what would come to happen to me later in life.

“When I went away to college, whatever little faith I had, I lost. I ended up graduating from college. I worked in the Clinton administration. All my friends were secular liberals. At this point, I really got even more deeply into an incredibly secular world because now, all my friends were basically atheists, or if they had any kind of spirituality, they were very hostile towards religion, Christianity in particular. So, I really didn’t have any interest in it.

“I started dating someone who went to Tim Keller’s church, Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City. Out of curiosity, I went with him. But I told him upfront that I would never become a Christian; that it’s never going to happen. After about six or seven months, I began to think that the weight of history is more on the side of what [I was hearing at this church] than not. Tim Keller had made such a strong case, that I began to think it’s not even smart to reject this. It just doesn’t seem like a good intellectual decision.

“Really, it was like God sort of invaded my life. It was very unwelcome. I didn’t like it. Obviously, I started having a lot of different experiences where I felt God was doing a lot of things in my life. It’s kind of hard to describe, but I did have this moment where the scales just fell off of my eyes, where I was saying, ‘this is just totally true, I don’t even have any doubt.’ …I don’t really feel like I had any courage when I became a Christian, I just gave in. I wasn’t courageous; I didn’t have any choice. I kept trying to not believe but I just couldn’t avoid [accepting Christ]. If I could have avoided it, I would have. There is nothing convenient about it in my life or in the world I live in. It’s not like living in the South where everybody is a Christian. I live in a world where nobody is a believer. But God pursued me.”

Her name is Kirsten Powers.

God’s Answers to Atheists

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #48 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Psalm 14:1: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”

Psalm 53:1: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.”

If you have been following the changes in our society and culture, you have no doubt heard of a group of people called the “new atheists.” Their numbers are growing at a rapid pace. A recent Gallup poll reports that five percent of Americans say they don’t believe in God. That may seem like a small number, but in reality, it isn’t, considering that just seven years ago, only one percent of Americans called themselves atheists.

Though there are many of these so-called “new atheists”, three of them stand out because they have written bestselling books over the past few years that promote their views. Their names are Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens who died last year. Previously, atheism carried a stigma with it; people didn’t come out and publicly declare themselves atheists because it was looked down upon. But these “new atheists” are very aggressive in their beliefs. They not only condemn belief in God, they condemn those who have respect and tolerance for a belief in God. To them, religion is not just wrong; it’s evil, and they say society would be better without it.

Someone once told the story of a philosophy professor who was teaching a course and he warned the class that he was going to give them a test the next day. When the day came, he entered the classroom, placed his chair on his desk and, turning to the blackboard, he wrote, “Prove to me this chair does not exist.”

Most of the nervous students began intently scribbling out a long answer. But one member of the class wrote down just two words, and then handed his paper to the teacher.

On the paper, the student had wrote: “What chair?”

I think this is often what happens when a determined atheist is asked to prove what he believes. He simply looks around and asks, “What God? I don’t see Him.”

Yet, if an atheist were to honestly look at the world, I believe he would see numerous reasons to believe in the existence of God. Now, the fact of the matter is, no one can conclusively prove or disprove the existence of God. You cannot put God in a testube and examine Him. But what we can do is provide reasons for our beliefs, and that is what I wish to do today.

On yesterday, we talked about how the incredible order of the universe, the precise design of the human body, and the coming of Jesus Christ to earth are all reasons to believe in God. Today, I want to show you three answers which God gives to atheists’ objections to His existence.

1. The first answer is the fact that there is morality in human nature.

2. The second answer which God gives to atheists is the fact that there is spirituality in human nature.

3. The third answer which God gives to atheists is the fact that so many people have given their testimony of a relationship with God.

+ Plus, listen to Ricky Dillard and New G singing “God is Great” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”