LISTEN: How to Find Your Way to God (Gospel Light Minute X #378)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #378 titled, “How to Find Your Way to God” 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.

Over the years I have talked to thousands of people who have asked me how to find their way to God. Some have sat in church pews all their lives but never come to personally know God. Others have sought for ultimate meaning in all sorts of ways but never found the peace of mind for which they were searching. Some simply realize that there is something vital missing in their lives.

The Bible teaches that this sense of lostness is rooted in the fact that we live in a fallen world. We are all handicapped by a sin nature: The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. And despite our best efforts, we are unable to remove the haunting weight of guilt that separates us from our Creator.

God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to solve the dilemma caused by our sin. The Bible says 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.” Continue reading “LISTEN: How to Find Your Way to God (Gospel Light Minute X #378)”

Where Do You Think You Are Going? (Gospel Light Minute X #372)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #372 titled, “Where Do You Think You Are Going?” 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.

If you’re like me, there’s nothing better after a busy day than settling into a favorite chair and just sitting still. But did you know that even while sitting still, we are still traveling thousands of miles per hour? Because of the earth’s rotation and its movement within the solar system and galaxy, we are hurtling through space at unimaginable speeds.

It’s amazing that we can be moving at such a high rate of speed and not be aware of it. But, in the same way, there are many people today who are speeding through life unaffected by how quickly they are approaching eternity.

Though we are all traveling through time and space together, there are different destinies in eternity. Where will you spend eternity—in Heaven or in Hell? Just think of being in an everlasting place of perfect happiness, or in a never-ending place of pure woe. You will be in one of these forever. Continue reading “Where Do You Think You Are Going? (Gospel Light Minute X #372)”

How to Understand What the Purple Prince Referred to as “This Thing Called Life” (Gospel Light Minute X #368)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #368 titled, “How to Understand What the Purple Prince Referred to as ‘This Thing Called Life’.” 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.

We are all aware of problems in this world. Everyone knows what it is to be weary, to be disappointed, and to struggle. And we have a feeling that we were not meant for this. We are all searching for some solution to the problems of life.

The question is, why are you unhappy? Why do things go wrong? Why is there illness and sickness? Why should there be death? Those are the questions with which the Bible deals.

The Bible talks to you about your unhappiness. Some insist that the Bible, far from being practical, is really very remote from life. But nothing in the world is as practical as the teaching of the Bible.

In order to answer questions about you, the Bible starts in the most extraordinary way: 

“In the beginning God…” Continue reading “How to Understand What the Purple Prince Referred to as “This Thing Called Life” (Gospel Light Minute X #368)”

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)”

The Fall of Man, Part 3 (Onward Christian Soldiers #62)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers

TEXT: Genesis 3:8-13

In the cool of the evening, God came seeking Adam and Eve, but they no longer wanted to see God. Instead, they felt guilty and hid themselves among the trees of the garden. Adam and Eve did not want to meet with God because their consciences were guilty because of the sin they had committed. They tried to hide from God, and when they were confronted by God, they tried to pass the blame for what they had done.

However, a righteous God could not overlook their sin. He could not pretend that nothing had happened. God called Adam and Eve to come to Him. Then He pronounced His judgment upon them. They would have to leave the beautiful Garden of Eden. Hereafter, Adam would have to work hard to get his food from the ground. Eve would be subject to her husband and would bear children in sorrow and in pain. Even the ground itself would be cursed because of their sin.

To the serpent who had been used by Satan to deceive Eve, God said, “Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

This latter part of God’s curse on Satan is also the first promise concerning a coming Saviour. The one who would bruise Satan’s head is the Son of God — Jesus Christ — born into the world as a human. The first man, Adam, had been defeated by Satan. Here God gives the promise of the “second Adam”, the Lord Jesus Christ, who would defeat Satan.

Sin always separates man from God. Because Adam and Eve had sinned, they had to leave the Garden of Eden. But God was already working out a plan to save them. One day He would send His only begotten Son into the world to die for man’s sin. By His death on the cross, the Lord Jesus would make it possible for man to be forgiven of his sin and to come back into fellowship with God.

Meanwhile, God made a provision for Adam and Eve. He clothed them with coats of skins. The Bible says in Genesis 3:21, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” God had to kill innocent animals to make a covering for two people who had sinned. In killing innocent animals to make the coats of skins for Adam and Eve, God taught them that “…without shedding of blood is no remission [forgiveness of sins].”

God had provided the way for Adam and Eve and their descendants to come back into fellowship with Him. From that time until Jesus would come as the Saviour, people were to offer innocent lambs as a sacrifice for sins. God accepted these animal sacrifices because those who offered them were looking forward by faith to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ who would be the Lamb of God — the once-for-all sacrifice — who would take away the sin of the world.

The Fall of Man, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #61)

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Genesis 3:6: “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

As we all know, Satan in the form of a serpent came to the Garden of Eden, lied to Eve, and deceived her into eating fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil which God had told her and Adam not to eat. We looked at the details of that part of this story in our lesson last week. Today, we are going to focus on Adam’s role in the Fall.

After deceiving Eve, Satan used Eve to tempt Adam to disobey God. Our key Bible verse tells us that Eve offered the forbidden fruit to her husband. No doubt she told him what the serpent had said about the great power and self-sufficiency that would be bestowed upon them by eating the fruit. Genesis 3:6 says, “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

Adam had to make a choice. He knew what God had said. God had plainly told him that the result of eating the fruit would be death—not power. Was Adam deceived by what Satan had told Eve? No, he was not. He knew better. Nevertheless, he took the fruit and ate it. Adam sinned!

According to R.C. Sproul, “Sin is essentially man’s failure to trust in God, an act or state of unbelief, an assertion of autonomy.” Adam had refused to trust God and had chosen to become his own master, or so he thought. In reality, he was becoming a slave to sin and Satan.

Adam’s sin was disobedience. He disobeyed a direct command of God. He chose his own will instead of obeying God. In so doing, Adam rebelled against his Creator and followed Satan, the first great rebel.

After both Adam and Eve ate the fruit, the Bible tells us that “the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” The immediate result of Adam’s disobedience was death! But what kind of death was it? It was spiritual death. We know that Adam’s body did not die at once. He lived for hundreds of years after his act of disobedience, but he died spiritually that very day.

In the Bible, death always means separation. Physical death is the separation of the spirit from the body. Spiritual death is the separation of God’s Spirit from man’s spirit. To be cut off from the life of God is to be dead spiritually. This is what happened to Adam and Eve when they sinned against God. Their spirits were cut off from God’s Spirit. They died spiritually.

The first thing Adam and Eve noticed after they had sinned was that they were naked. The Bible says, “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” Why had Adam and Eve not needed clothing before? Because they had been clothed with the light of God’s glory. Now that sin had entered their lives, they were separated from God, and God’s glory had left them.

The Asbury Bible Commentary states, “Man chose the path of the serpent and thereby usurped divine prerogatives and became his own authority. Distrust led to disobedience. Eve succumbed to the persuasion of the Tempter. Sin quickly spread to Adam and results in shame. The disintegration of harmony within creation began. The serpent’s promise of their eyes being opened comes true but in a distorted and pathetic manner.”

In our next lesson, we will discuss the punishment that Adam and Eve faced for their sin and disobedience.

The Fall of Man, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldiers #60)

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Genesis 2:15-17: “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

In a previous lesson we learned that Adam was created in the image of God. As he came forth from the hand of his Creator, Adam was sinless. His nature was pure. He did not even have a tendency to sin. However, it was possible for Adam to sin because he had a free will. He was free to choose to obey God or to disobey Him.

God knew that Adam needed a wife, so He caused a deep sleep to come upon Adam. While he slept, God took a rib from Adam’s side and with it formed a wife for him. Adam named her Eve, which means “mother of all living.”

God blessed Adam and Eve and said to them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” God placed them in a beautiful garden called “Eden.” It was Adam’s duty to care for the garden.

There were many different kinds of trees in the garden, but two trees were different from all the others. One of these was named “the tree of life” and the other, “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Adam and Eve were permitted to eat freely of every tree in the garden except one — “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” God specifically commanded them not to eat of this tree and warned them, “in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”

Adam and Eve were happy in the Garden of Eden and perhaps lived this way for some time. One thing that they especially enjoyed was the wonderful fellowship they had with God, their Creator. In the cool of the evening, God would come and visit with them. But one day, a terrible thing happened. Satan, in the form of a serpent, entered the garden and began talking with Eve. He asked the question, “Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” This seemed to be a harmless question but Satan had an evil plan. His plan was to deceive Eve into disobeying God.

Let’s look at how Satan deceived Eve. After Satan questioned Eve about God’s command, Eve replied, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.“

Satan’s next statement was a bold lie. He said, “Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.“ Not only did Satan’s words contradict God, but he also suggested that God was holding back something good from Adam and Eve. Satan told Eve that, by eating this fruit, she and her husband would be as gods.

Regarding Satan’s promise, Matthew Henry writes that the serpent “suggested to them the great improvements they would make by eating of this fruit. He suits the temptation to the pure state they were in, proposing to them, not any carnal pleasures or gratifications, but intellectual delights and satisfactions. He says, ‘you shall have much more of the power and pleasure of contemplation than you have now; you will see further into things than you do now.’ He speaks to Eve as if she and her husband were dim-sighted and short-sighted, in comparison of what they would be if they ate the fruit. He tells her, ‘You shall be as gods, as Elohim, mighty gods; not only omniscient, but omnipotent too;’ or, ‘You shall be as God himself, equal to him, rivals with him; you shall be sovereigns and no longer subjects, self-sufficient and no longer dependent.’”

Perhaps the idea of no longer being dependent on God appealed to Eve. She had to make a decision. God had said, “You will surely die.” Satan now said, “You will not surely die.” Eve had to choose whom she would believe — God or Satan. Eve looked at the fruit and thought about what Satan had said. Then she made her choice. She took the fruit and ate it. Eve chose to believe Satan.

What You Need to Know About Satan, Part 4 (Onward Christian Soldiers #59)

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Onward Christian Soldiers

2 Corinthians 4:3-4: “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

We ended our last lesson talking about how the kingdom of Satan is opposed to the kingdom of God. Today, we are going to look at our final topic on Satan in this series by discussing what Satan is trying to do with his kingdom.

Our key Bible passage calls Satan “the god of this world” and it goes on to tell us that he has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the truth of the gospel of Christ and be saved from their sins. Matthew Poole writes, “It is the devil who is here called the god of this world, because he ruleth over the greatest part of the world, and many in it are his servants and slaves…” Satan is doing everything in his power to prevent people from understanding the gospel and giving their lives to Jesus Christ.

In the world today, almost two thousand years after Christ died for our sins, there are still millions of people who have never once heard the name of Jesus. They cannot be saved without hearing about the Lord Jesus Christ, but if Satan has his way, these people will never hear the name of Jesus, the Saviour who died for their sins. When he cannot keep people from hearing the Gospel, Satan uses a different approach. He tries to blind their minds so that they will not believe it as our passage indicates.

Satan is a great deceiver. The Bible calls him the father of lies. He deceives many people into believing that the Bible is not really the Word of God. He does not mind if people think of him as an imaginary character and laugh at the idea of his being a real person. He does not mind this because it suits his purposes very well.

One way that Satan deceives people is through false religions. Satan deceives millions of people into putting their trust in their own good works, or in their church membership, or in some religious ordinance or ceremony instead of putting their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for their sins.

Satan is a powerful and cunning enemy, and he has many followers. At times, he even appears to have great success in his battle against the people of God. We might ask, “Why doesn’t God destroy Satan since He has the power to do so?” The answer to this question is that it is not God’s will to do so at this time. But one day God will deal with Satan. His destiny has already been determined. Satan will be cast into the lake of fire where he will be punished forever. The Bible says in Revelation 20:10, “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

Likewise, those who choose to believe Satan’s lies and to remain in his kingdom of darkness will also be cast into the lake of fire. The Bible says in Revelation 20:15, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 21:8 says, “But the fearful, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

While he has a chance, Satan also attempts to deceive believers and keep them from fully living out God’s plan for their lives. How can we keep from being deceived by Satan? We can keep from being deceived by Satan by knowing the truth of God’s Word. The Lord Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” We must never put our trust in anything other than Jesus Christ and His blood which was shed for our sins. The Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 1:8, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

We must dedicate ourselves to reading, understanding, and memorizing the Word of God so that we will not be deceived by Satan’s lies. Although Satan is a powerful enemy, we can have the victory over him in our everyday life if we do as Jesus Christ did and combat his temptations with the Word.

What You Need to Know About Satan, Part 3 (Onward Christian Soldiers #58)

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Isaiah 14:13-14: “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

In part one of this lesson, we asked the question: Where did Satan come from? According to the Bible, Satan was originally created as an angel named Lucifer. Lucifer was beautiful, wise, and powerful, and he had a position of leadership in Heaven before he was cast out because of his sin against God.

On last week, we asked the question: What was Lucifer’s sin? Scripture tells us that Lucifer lifted up his heart with pride. He began to think that he was fit to rule the world. He wanted to set himself above God in power and authority, and, apparently, he was able to convince one third of the other angels in Heaven that he would make a better ruler.

The Bible reveals that there was a great battle in Heaven when Lucifer tried to overthrow God. A part of the prophetic book of Revelation states: “And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon… And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth… And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

As we consider this issue today, most of us would agree that it was foolish for Lucifer to try to do what he did. How could a created being ever think that he could overpower his Creator? It sounds absurd to us, but that is what pride did to Lucifer.

Let’s examine the issue of pride a little further. Before he sinned, Lucifer had loved God and enthroned God as King in his heart. When pride took over, Lucifer began to love himself. He no longer chose to have God on the throne of his heart. Instead, he put himself on that throne. This sin of pride led to self-love. Self-love led to self-will and self-will led to rebellion against God. No longer was Lucifer content to be the highest angel under God. Now he wanted to be God! God saw what was in his heart and cast Lucifer down from his exalted position. His name was changed from Lucifer (light bearer) to Satan, which means “adversary.” Thus, Satan began his career of opposing God, and he has been opposing God ever since.

The philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas wrote: Inordinate self-love is the cause of every sin. This was initially epitomized by Lucifer, and he has employed it successfully on humanity for thousands of years, steering people away from the one true and holy God.

Although Satan was the first angel to rebel against God, many other angels followed him in his rebellion. These angels are called “fallen angels” while those who remained true to God are called “holy angels.” Satan, along with these fallen angels, set up a kingdom opposed to God and His kingdom. Ever since the time of Satan’s rebellion, there have been two kingdoms in the universe—the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan.

These two kingdoms are exactly opposite in character. Satan’s kingdom is the kingdom of darkness; God’s kingdom is the kingdom of light. Satan’s kingdom is the kingdom of lies, wickedness, and hate while God’s kingdom is the kingdom of truth, righteousness, and love. In his foolish pride, Satan still feels that he can overthrow God and corrupt God’s plans in the earth.

What You Need to Know About Satan, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #57)

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Onward Christian Soldiers

Isaiah 14:13-14: “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

In our last lesson, we asked the question: Where did Satan come from? According to the Bible, we learn that Satan was originally created as an angel named Lucifer. Lucifer was beautiful, wise, and powerful, and he had a position of leadership in Heaven. That, of course, was before he rebelled against God.

Today, we are going to answer the question: What was Lucifer’s sin?

Allow me to share with you some commentary on these verses from the Scofield Reference Bible: “These verses evidently refer to Satan, who, as prince of this world-system, is the real though unseen ruler of the successive world-powers. Lucifer, “day-star,” can be none other than Satan. This tremendous passage marks the beginning of sin in the universe. When Lucifer said, “I will,” sin began.”

It seems that, for some time after he was created, this mighty angel loved God with all his heart and obeyed Him perfectly. But a time came when Lucifer sinned against God. The Bible says in Ezekiel 28:15, “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”

Where did sin begin? It began in Lucifer’s heart! The Bible says in Ezekiel 28:17, “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness…”

Isaiah 14:13-14 tells us what Lucifer said in his heart: “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation… I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

What was Lucifer’s sin? His sin was pride. As this mighty angel considered how beautiful he was, his heart was lifted up with pride. Lucifer simply fell in love with himself! As he beheld himself, Lucifer decided that there was none so great, none so beautiful, and none so wise as himself; therefore, he decided that he should be God. He set his will against God’s will. Five times Lucifer said, “I will.” What a terrible thing it is for a creature of God to set his will against God’s will!