How to Get Clean on the Inside (Gospel Light Minute X #394)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #394 titled, “How to Get Clean on the Inside” 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.

Maybe it’s the Mom in me, but I really like things to be clean. I think you would probably agree that whether it’s our house, our clothes, or even our car, we feel better once things are washed and put in order.

We can spend a lot of time, effort, and money making sure the things around us are spotless. But how often do you and I evaluate our heart and conscience to see if we are clean on the inside? Continue reading “How to Get Clean on the Inside (Gospel Light Minute X #394)”

You May be a Faithful Member of a Church, But on Your Way to Hell (Gospel Light Minute X #384 with Daniel Whyte III)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #384 titled, “You May be a Faithful Member of a Church, But on Your Way to Hell.” 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.

How clear and concise: there should be neither confusion nor contradiction. There are many names under Heaven in which we can find religion; but salvation can be found in One only. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned…” So, all need a Saviour; Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” At Calvary, Jesus paid sin’s awful penalty for all who accept Him; but His death there was not to give men a religion; it was to provide Salvation through redemption.

There is no salvation in priests, penance or prayers; but only in Jesus Christ. Service and sacraments, churches and charities, tears and treasures, ritual and reformation — ALL are alike, helpless to save.

Men are willing to give assent in their heads to the claims of Christianity while refusing to accept in their hearts the Christ of Christianity, Jesus.

Men are willing to take the high place in the work and rituals of the church while refusing to take the low place of guilty sinners needing a sinner’s Saviour, Jesus.

Men are willing to believe in the moral precepts of God’s Word, as based on the Ten Commandments while refusing to believe in, rest on, and receive God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as Saviour of their souls, because of His finished work in their behalf at Calvary. Continue reading “You May be a Faithful Member of a Church, But on Your Way to Hell (Gospel Light Minute X #384 with Daniel Whyte III)”

How to be Saved According to Barry the Saint (Gospel Light Minute X #382)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #382 titled, “How to be Saved According to Barry the Saint” 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.

DOGS CAN DO REMARKABLE THINGS!

One breed in particular, the St. Bernard, is known for saving lives. In the rugged, snow-covered mountains of the Alps, St. Bernards were ideal for rescue work because they could clear paths, predict incoming avalanches, and detect injured people buried beneath the snow. Continue reading “How to be Saved According to Barry the Saint (Gospel Light Minute X #382)”

Apostles & Saints, Part 5 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #138)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 1:1-2:

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Alexander Whyte said, “Grace, then, is grace, — that is to say, it is sovereign, it is free, it is sure, it is unconditional, and it is everlasting. Nothing can change, or alter, or turn away sovereign grace.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “People say, ‘We want another Pentecost.’ Well, Pentecost in the New Testament is tied in with persecution, poverty, and prison.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Although Korea was one of the last nations in the Far East to hear the gospel, a series of revivals early in the twentieth century quickly turned the Korean church into a powerful force for God. These awakenings transformed Korean culture and society and reached beyond its borders to other nations in Asia.”

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Over the past four messages, we have looked at how believers should carry out their calling as apostles, saints, and faithful people. As we do this, there are two blessings that we receive from God — grace and peace. Writing to the Ephesians, Paul says, “Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Grace is God’s unmerited favor. We do not receive grace as a reward for our faithfulness. We receive grace simply because God loves us and has chosen to show favor to us because we are His children, brought into His family by the saving work of His Son. Every true believer has experienced the grace of God.

Another benefit of salvation through Jesus Christ is peace. The kind of peace Paul is referring to in this passage is peace between God and man. Because of Jesus Christ, we are no longer the enemies of God. Instead, we are at peace with Him — in fact, we are His friends.

This peace with God will serve as a platform of peace for everything else in our lives. Because we know that our relationship with God is intact, we can face anything that the world, the flesh, and the devil might throw our way.

God’s people are people of grace and peace, and it ought to be our goal to bring as many people as possible into a relationship with God that they might have His grace and peace as well.

Apostles & Saints, Part 4 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #137)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 1:1-2:

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Charles Spurgeon said, “I know of nothing which I would choose to have as the subject of my ambition for life than to be kept faithful to my God till death, still to be a soul winner, still to be a true herald of the cross, and testify the name of Jesus to the last hour.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Holiness is not a Iuxury; it’s a necessity. If you’re not holy, you’ll never make it to heaven.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The spread of the Pentecostal message to South Africa also grew out of the Azusa Street Revival of 1906. John G. Lake visited the Azusa Street Mission prior to taking the Pentecostal message to South Africa in 1908. Within five years he’d established 500 black and 125 white Pentecostal churches in that nation. Others took the Pentecostal message to Europe and Asia…In this way the Azusa Street Revival, rippling out across the globe, continued for about three years.”

By way of introduction, allow me to share with you this information regarding the book of Ephesians from Warren Wiersbe’s commentary: “Onesimus, a slave, ran away from Philemon, his master, who lived at Colosse. While in Rome, Onesimus met Paul and was converted. Tychicus, one of the pastors of the church at Colossae, which may have met in Philemon’s house, was also in Rome to discuss some problems with Paul. So Paul took advantage of the presence of these two men to send three letters to his friends: the Epistle to the Ephesians, the Epistle to the Colossians, and the Epistle to Philemon. At the same time, he sent Onesimus back to his master. So, the letter was written from Rome about the year A.D. 62. Though Paul was on trial for his life, he was concerned about the spiritual needs of the churches he had founded. As an apostle, ‘one sent with a commission,’ he had an obligation to teach them the Word of God and to seek to build them up in the faith.”

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In our last message, we looked at what it means to be “faithful in Christ Jesus” from a mental perspective. But, there is another aspect of faithfulness that is brought out in Scripture, and that is faithfulness in our actions.

This type of faithfulness is defined from the Greek as a person who is “trusty.” People who “show themselves faithful in the transaction of business, the execution of commands, or the discharge of official duties. A person who can be relied on.”

This definition of faithfulness tells us how Christians should carry out their daily lives — in matters of faith and in what could be called “worldly” affairs. We should be consistent in spiritual duties such as: prayer, Bible study, church attendance, soul-winning, tithing, and ministering to others. We should also be consistent in fulfilling our roles as husbands, wives, children, employees, students, or what have you.

Our ultimate examples are God and Jesus Christ. First Corinthians 1:9 says, “God is faithful…” Hebrews 3:1-2 says, “…the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus, was faithful to him that appointed him…” In fact, the book of Revelation tells us that Jesus’ name is “Faithful and True.”

We have no better example of faithfulness than the Son of God who was faithful unto death. We, too, should strive to be faithful in our dealings as citizens of Heaven and as residents of Earth until the day we die.

Apostles & Saints, Part 3 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #136)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 1:1-2:

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

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C.I. Scofield said, “God’s purpose in promising to reward with heavenly and eternal honors the faithful service of His saints is to win them from the pursuit of earthly riches and pleasures, to sustain them in the fires of persecution, and to encourage them in the exercise of Christian virtues.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “AIl you have to do is decide to walk a little closer to God and you’ll be more criticized in some churches than you would in the bar down the street.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The influence of the Azusa Street Revival of 1906 spread far beyond the national boundaries of America. The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada recognize their spiritual indebtedness to William J. Seymour and the Azusa Street mission, especially in the earliest manifestations of charismatic phenomena in Winnipeg and Toronto. Many of their founding fathers first experienced the Pentecostal blessing under Seymour’s preaching, or were mentored by him in their early Pentecostal experience.”

By way of a more formal introduction, Warren Wiersbe said, “She had gone down in history as “America’s Greatest Miser,” yet when she died in 1916, “Hetty” Green left an estate valued at over $100 million. She ate cold oatmeal because it cost to heat it. Her son had to suffer a leg amputation, because she delayed so long in looking for a free clinic that his case became incurable. She was wealthy, yet she chose to live like a pauper. Eccentric? Certainly! Crazy? Perhaps—but nobody could prove it. She was so foolish that she hastened her own death by bringing on an attack of apoplexy while arguing about the value of drinking skimmed milk! But Hetty Green is an illustration of too many Christian believers today. They have limitless wealth at their disposal, and yet they live like paupers. It was to this kind of Christian that Paul wrote the Epistle to the Ephesians.

The Author (Eph. 1:1a)

Some names in history we identify immediately, and “Paul” is one of them. His name was originally “Saul”; and, since he was from the tribe of Benjamin, it is likely he was named after the first king of Israel. Unlike his namesake, however, Saul of Tarsus was obedient, and faithfully served God. As a devoted rabbi, Saul became the leader of the antichristian movement in Jerusalem. But in the midst of this activity, Saul was “arrested” by Jesus Christ and was converted. Saul of Tarsus became Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles. While he was ministering in the church of Antioch, he was called by the Spirit to take the Gospel to the Gentiles, and he obeyed. The Book of Acts records three missionary journeys that took Paul throughout the Roman Empire in one of the greatest evangelistic endeavors in church history. About the year 53, Paul first ministered in Ephesus but did not remain there. Two years later, while on his third journey, Paul stayed in Ephesus for at least two years and saw that whole vast area evangelized. During these years, he founded a strong church in the city that was dedicated to the worship of the goddess Diana. For a description of Paul’s ministry in Ephesus, read Acts 20, and for an explanation of the opposition to Paul’s ministry there, read Acts 19:21–41. It was nearly ten years later when Paul wrote to his beloved friends in Ephesus. Paul was a prisoner in Rome, and he wanted to share with these believers the great truths the Lord had taught him about Christ and the church. Compare Ephesians 6:21–22 with Colossians 4:7–9 and Philemon to get a better understanding of the historical background. Onesimus, a slave, ran away from Philemon, his master, who lived at Colosse. While in Rome, Onesimus met Paul and was converted. Tychicus, one of the pastors of the church at Colossae, which may have met in Philemon’s house, was also in Rome to discuss some problems with Paul. So Paul took advantage of the presence of these two men to send three letters to his friends: the Epistle to the Ephesians, the Epistle to the Colossians, and the Epistle to Philemon. At the same time, he sent Onesimus back to his master. So, the letter was written from Rome about the year A.D. 62. Though Paul was on trial for his life, he was concerned about the spiritual needs of the churches he had founded. As an apostle, “one sent with a commission,” he had an obligation to teach them the Word of God and to seek to build them up in the faith.”

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From the first verse in Ephesians, we have talked about the challenge to live up to the calling of apostles and saints. John Walvoord and Roy Zuck said, “The faithful in Christ Jesus further defines the “saints” and could be rendered “that is, the believers in Christ Jesus.” These saints were in Christ Jesus, not in Adam or the goddess Artemis of Ephesus. While believers have geographical locations, spiritually they are positioned “in Christ”. Paul used “in Christ Jesus,” “in Christ,” or “in Him” quite frequently. In Ephesians 1:1–14 the phrase occurs nine times! Christians have their very life in Christ.” Today, we look at a third term which describes believers: “the faithful in Christ Jesus.”

The word faithful has two connotations in Scripture — one has to do with our mindset and the other has to do with our actions.

The type of faithfulness that has to do with our mindset is defined from the Greek as one who is “believing, confiding, or trusting; one who trusts in God’s promises.”

People use the term “faith” in different ways today. It is common to tell someone, ‘Have faith in yourself.’ ‘Interfaith’ gatherings and ceremonies are in vogue. People often speak of having ‘faith’ that a situation will work out. But when the Bible speaks of faith or those who are faithful (that is ‘full of faith’), it is speaking of a very specific representation of faith.

Biblical faith is not an abstract concept; it is faith in a Person. That is why Paul writes to those who are “faithful in Christ Jesus” who is One with the Heavenly Father.

When you awaken each day, who or what are you placing your faith in? Yourself? Your money? Someone else? The government? The ‘positive energy of the universe’?

God’s people ought to be full of faith in Him. That is the only way we will make it through this life without becoming discouraged. Whatever or whoever you have been placing your faith or trust in will eventually fail. All other helpers will eventually prove to be useless, and only God will remain because He is faithful. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is the only One worthy of our faith. Therefore, we ought to be “faithful in Christ Jesus.”

Stepping Out of the Straight and Narrow Way and Getting Into Trouble, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #40)

Pilgrim's Progress
Pilgrim’s Progress

TEXT: James 1:12-16

12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

Stepping Out of the Straight and Narrow Way and Getting Into Trouble, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #40)

Temptation, sin, and the consequences of sin are a recurring theme in life. Just looking back over the past few weeks, how many instances can you recall that have been brought to light in the media because of sins that somebody committed and thought they got away with? The FIFA corruption scandal, the former U.S. house speaker, Dennis Hastert scandal, the Josh Duggar scandal, just to name a few. All of these situations came about because of temptation that led to sin and that is now leading to consequences or death – death to a cushy job, death to a reputation of integrity, or death to a popular show.

In our message last week, we talked about these consequences. The Bible says that “Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust [his fleshly desires], and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” Sin is viewed as an active force; once it is released in your life, it will wreak havoc especially if it is not confessed and dealt with swiftly. We see the effects of sin being played out in our own lives and in the world around us on a daily basis. If you are a Christian, continued sin will eventually cause you to stray from the straight and narrow path and backslide in your faith. Thank God that by His mercy and grace we cannot lose our salvation. However, we will be sorely ineffective in our Christian walk, and that is a major reason why we ought to resist giving in to the lust of the flesh. Continue reading “Stepping Out of the Straight and Narrow Way and Getting Into Trouble, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #40)”

Stepping Out of the Straight and Narrow Way and Getting Into Trouble, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #39)

Pilgrim's Progress
Pilgrim’s Progress

PART A


PART B


TEXT: James 1:12-16

12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Stepping Out of the Straight and Narrow Way and Getting Into Trouble, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #39)

The temptation to sin is a recurring problem for all people, Christian and non-Christian alike. The great American statesman, Benjamin Franklin, who is considered by many to be a very wise man, once set out to live in moral perfection. He stated that if he knew right from wrong, he saw no reason why he ought not to be able to always do what was right and always avoid doing what was wrong. However, he remarked in his autobiography that after attempting to do this, “I soon found I had undertaken a task of more difficulty than I had imagined. While my care was employed in guarding against one fault, I was often surprised by another; habit took the advantage of inattention; inclination was sometimes too strong for reason.”

As Christians in the world, we also face the same dilemma as Benjamin Franklin. The temptation to do something that is displeasing to God is always present. As Paul said, “Evil is present with me.” Last week, we looked at the “Why” behind Christians who fall into sin and begin to stray from the straight and narrow path. There are two main reasons for this: the devil and the flesh. The devil wants to destroy a Christian’s testimony and make him or her an ineffective witness for Christ. And when we speak of the “flesh,” we are talking about our human nature which is naturally sinful. The pull of these two forces often leads many Christians to go astray and to leave the straight and narrow way.

Today, we are going to look at the consequences of such action so that we will be fortified against temptation and encouraged to not give in to temptation. Our passage states, “Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust [his fleshly desires], and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” Continue reading “Stepping Out of the Straight and Narrow Way and Getting Into Trouble, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #39)”

Stepping Out of the Straight and Narrow Way and Getting Into Trouble, Part 1 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #38)

Pilgrim's Progress
Pilgrim’s Progress

PART A


PART B


TEXT: James 1:12-16

12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Stepping Out of the Straight and Narrow Way and Getting Into Trouble, Part 1 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #38)

A particularly troubling Pew survey came out last week regarding the state of religion in America. According to the survey, which is said to have “big and broad” implications for society going forward, in the past seven years, the number of Americans who identify as Christians has fallen by 8 points from 78% to 70%. Meanwhile the number of people who identify as atheist, agnostic, or as believing “nothing in particular” has risen almost by half — from 16% to 22%. The numbers show further that while nearly 86 percent of Americans say they grew up as Christians, nearly one in five say they are not Christians anymore. Alan Cooperman, the director of Pew’s religion research, said, “Overall, there are more than four former Christians for every convert to Christianity.” In other words, for every nonbeliever who is saved, there are at least four people who once called themselves Christians who have left the faith. Continue reading “Stepping Out of the Straight and Narrow Way and Getting Into Trouble, Part 1 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #38)”