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Jesus Reveals God’s True Intent Behind the Law, Part 14 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 249 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 616 since Jan. 1, 2016)


What is the Gospel? According to 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, the Gospel is embodied in these words: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

1 Corinthians 2:2 says, “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”

Dr. Walter A. Elwell, editor of the Tyndale Bible Dictionary, said, “Gospel is a word derived from the Anglo-Saxon “godspell” denoting “glad tidings” or “good news.” Of all the passages cited, those of Isaiah provide the most important background for the Gospel in the New Testament. According to Isaiah’s Gospel, it is God alone Who saves, and there is no explanation for His saving action except in His own nature. Israel’s deliverance is undeserved; she is no more worthy of the divine love now than when she went into captivity. In whatever measure she has paid the just due for her past sins, she remains a sinful people. It is only by God’s grace that she is saved.”

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TEXT: Matthew 5:31-32:

31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

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Matt Slick said, “In the years of marriage counseling I’ve seen marriages be healed when adultery had been committed. But, both parties must work hard. ”

From Jesus’ explanation of God’s true intent behind the law of divorce, we have learned that, though divorce is permitted in the case of infidelity, God desires for those who are His children to pursue reconciliation.

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Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. 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.” Just 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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Jesus Reveals God’s True Intent Behind the Law, Part 12 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 247 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 614 since Jan. 1, 2016)

PART A


PART B


What is the Gospel? According to 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, the Gospel is embodied in these words: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

1 Corinthians 2:2 says, “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”

According to the Tyndale Bible Dictionary, edited by Walter A. Elwell, “The gospel is a witness to God’s grace. In offering his Son as a sacrifice for sins, God demonstrates his righteousness. That is, in the death of Jesus sins formerly ‘passed over’ become the object of God’s wrath and judgment. Yet in the very place where God deals justly and decisively with sins, he shows his grace to sinners. For the judgment against sin is focused not upon the sinners themselves but upon the One appointed to act on their behalf and to stand in their place. On this basis, sinners are freely pardoned. ‘The grace of the Lord Jesus’ toward the sinful is also in evidence, for he willingly bears their iniquities and suffers the consequences of their wrongdoing.”

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TEXT: Matthew 5:31-32:

31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

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The Council of Aries stated in 314 AD, “As regards those who find their wives to be guilty of adultery, and who being Christian are, though young men, forbidden to marry, we decree that, so far as may be, counsel be given them not to take other wives, while their own, though guilty of adultery, are yet living.”

Those of us who are conscious of the divorce epidemic in the church and the world are likely to see it as a terrible result of society rejecting God’s laws and the traditional principles of marriage, family, and sexual chastity. We think of it as a relatively recent cultural phenomenon. But, commentators tell us that the situation was almost just as bad during the first century which is why Jesus’ teaching on the matter was deemed a “hard saying,” with His own disciples concluding (in their flesh, of course) that if a man could not divorce his wife for whatever reason he wanted, that it was better not to get married.

As we learned in our last message, Jesus does ALLOW for divorce when a spouse has committed adultery or engaged in sexual activity outside the marriage. Adultery is legitimate grounds for divorce because one partner has, in effect, already broken the marriage covenant. However, just because God ALLOWS something does not mean He APPROVES of it or RECOMMENDS it. God’s ideal is for nothing — not even adultery — to break apart the original pairing of a man and woman in marriage. What, then, would Christ recommend in the case of adultery?

Chuck Swindoll writes, “If you have a spouse guilty of adultery or other sexual immorality, you’re not commanded to walk away from that person. The goal in such marital relationships is reconciliation—always. Paul wrote in Galatians 6:1: ‘If anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.'”

In the case of adultery, it is easier for both parties to move toward divorce. Reconciliation is hard, and reconciliation in “a spirit of gentleness” is much harder. But that is what God desires. In fact, that is what God expects if both the husband and the wife are believers because they have an example of reconciliation in God Himself. Despite the adulterous and idolatrous behavior of the children of Israel, God repeatedly extended mercy to them and spared them His judgment. He kept saying, “Come and let us reason together.” And, despite the adulterous behavior of His human creation, God went through the difficult, painful process of sacrificing his only Son so that He could give us every opportunity to reconcile with Him. For those of us who have been reconciled in Christ, He expects us to pursue reconciliation in our marriages.

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Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. 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.” Just 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.

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 56 (Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class #180)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.

Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

— PRAYER —

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 56”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are going to continue looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are looking at what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.

The sin that we are going to continue looking at today is the sin of “lust.” This is the third sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources — one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called “the seven deadly sins” or the “cardinal sins.” The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.

Today, we will continue looking at Hebrews 13:4. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)

Hebrews 13:4

Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

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As statistics have shown, marriage is on the decline in society. Divorce is rampant, and adultery and fornication are frequent — to the point where some marriage therapists are now recommending affairs in order to “save” marriages. Even though those who defend modern views about sexuality tout freedom of sexual expression as a “revolution” that should be celebrated, a Barna report indicates that “Deep inside, those who subscribe to this view sense that something is wrong. They simply have not been able to put two and two together to recognize their personal liability regarding the moral condition of our nation. Until people recognize that there are moral absolutes and attempt to live in harmony with them, we are likely to see a continued decay of our moral foundations. Even most people associated with the Christian faith do not seem to have embraced Biblical moral standards.”

It is up to the church to restore honor to marriage in our society. We must begin again to uphold the institution of one man, one woman, for life. We should do everything we can to insulate ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ from lust and sexual sin. While we should love and embrace those who are divorced, those who are single parents, and those who are in blended families, we should unashamedly champion God’s design for marriage — no matter the cost. And we should never endorse, support, or embrace homosexual marriage. And we should not let those engaged in homosexual marriage be members of our churches. They can attend, but they cannot join.

Kent Hughes said, “Christian sexual morality was unique in the pagan world and a source of wonder. And it has become increasingly so today in a world that considers adultery irrelevant, purity abnormal, and sex a ‘right’ (however and with whomever one may get it) — a world that has invented the egregious term ‘recreational sex.’ We Christians are called to be outrageously pure — to be a source of wonder and even derision to this perverted world.”

If you struggle with lust, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “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.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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 I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and 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! I want to congratulate you 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.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

*A lot more was said during the preaching of this sermon than what is shown in the prepared text above. Please listen above to get the full message.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 55 (Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class #179)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.

Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

— PRAYER —

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 55”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are going to continue looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are looking at what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.

The sin that we are going to continue looking at today is the sin of “lust.” This is the third sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources — one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called “the seven deadly sins” or the “cardinal sins.” The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.

Today, we will continue looking at Hebrews 13:4. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)

Hebrews 13:4

Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

—–

In light of this passage, we must remain aware of the fact that marriage, holy institution created by God, is facing decline on many fronts. We can be tempted to chalk up these changes to the seismic shifts of culture. But, accompanying these shifts is increased sexual immorality which is causing pain and heartache for many individuals both inside and outside of the church. The Bible says, “Marriage is honorable in all,” and we have a responsibility to remind the world of its value.

The decline of marriage in our society is, at least, partly the result of sin, the devil’s work against God’s institution, and the church’s failure to uphold marriage as honorable in all. A Barna Report on this issue states that this deteriorating view of marriage “is reflective of a nation where morality is generally defined according to one’s feelings. In a postmodern society, where people do not acknowledge any moral absolutes, if a person feels justified in engaging in a specific behavior [such as adultery or fornication], they do not make a connection with the immoral nature of that action. Yet, deep inside, they sense that something is wrong. They simply have not been able to put two and two together to recognize their personal liability regarding the moral condition of our nation. Until people recognize that there are moral absolutes and attempt to live in harmony with them, we are likely to see a continued decay of our moral foundations. Even most people associated with the Christian faith do not seem to have embraced Biblical moral standards.”

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “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.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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 I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and 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! I want to congratulate you 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.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Prayer and Sex, Part 3 (Praying Through the Bible #243)

Part 1


Part 2


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 7:1-6:

1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 241 messages in this series.

This is message #243 titled, Prayer and Sex, Part 3.

This is a very serious matter that is being portrayed even now called “Tell Me That You Love Me.” In this show, there are four couples going to the same marriage counselor. The marriage counselor and her husband are in their 70s, but they are still getting it on, and have a healthy relationship in every way. But the young couples that she is counseling are dealing with the problems presented in this passage in different ways. One wife has a loving, sweet husband who doesn’t want to have sex with her and they haven’t had sex in over a year. With another couple, the fiance is having sex with her but will not commit to having sex with other women, which causes another problem. Another couple had an abortion years earlier, and now the wife cannot get pregnant from her husband, and now she is putting a lot of undue pressure on him to have as much sex as possible to get pregnant. And on and on it goes.

Now let me say here, I will admit to you, something that is not popular to say today. I got married mostly because I was being tempted to commit fornication, and I got married so as to have sex with my wife and avoid fornication. Now that is just the truth.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “Some in Corinth were trying to practice celibacy within marriage. Apparently this refraining from sex within marriage was a unilateral decision of one partner, not a mutually agreed-on decision. Such a practice sometimes led to immorality on the part of the other mate. Paul commanded that they stop this sort of thing unless three conditions were met: One, the abstention from sexual intercourse was to be a matter of mutual consent on the part of both husband and wife. Two, they were to agree beforehand on a time period at the end of which normal intercourse would be resumed. Three, this refraining was to enable them to devote themselves to prayer in a concentrated way.”

Kenneth Wuest and Warren Wiersbe state, “Apparently one of the questions the church asked was, “Is celibacy [remaining unmarried] more spiritual than marriage?” Paul replied that it is good for a man or a woman to have the gift of celibacy, but the celibate state is not better than marriage, nor is it the best state for everybody. Dr. Kenneth Wuest translates Paul’s reply, “It is perfectly proper, honorable, morally befitting for a man to live in strict celibacy.” First Corinthians 7:6 makes it clear that celibacy is permitted, but it is not commanded; and 1 Corinthians 7:7 informs us that not everybody has the gift of remaining celibate. This ties in with our Lord’s teaching in Matthew 19:10–12, where “eunuchs” refers to those who abstain from marriage. “It is not good that the man should be alone” is generally true for most people; but some have been called to a life of singleness for one reason or another. Their singleness is not “subspiritual” or “superspiritual.” It all depends on the will of God.”

While some think that sex is a topic too sensitive for a sermon, especially in a mixed audience, this passage tells us differently. The early church did not think so either, as this letter by Paul would have been read aloud when the church gathered for their weekly (and often more frequent) meetings where men, women, and children were all in attendance. From this passage, we have learned the following:

(1) Celibacy is good because it enables people to give more of their time and energy to the Lord’s work.

(2) Marriage and sex within marriage are good because it enables the husband and wife to avoid fornication, and then be able to concentrate on the things of the Lord

(3) Sex within marriage is good, recommended, and even required by God so that the spouses will not be tempted to seek sexual satisfaction outside of the marriage.

(4) It is not good or recommended for spouses to abstain from sex for any other reason except for prayer and fasting.

(5) If the husband and wife decide to abstain from sex in order to give themselves more rigorously to the Lord’s work, they must do so only in agreement with each other for a short agreed-upon period of time.

Now, as we look at this passage, we can consider that one of the reasons why God allows husbands and wives to abstain from sex in order to commit to prayer and fasting is because, even though sex inside of marriage is a beautiful thing, the sexual relations can be considered “unclean”. Even though some would say there is a spiritual aspect to it, it is an action that takes place between two sinful human beings. In the book of Leviticus, God gave the children of Israel extensive instructions regarding the need for cleanliness following sexual relations. For example, Leviticus 15:17-19 states: “If any man’s seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the evening. And every garment, and every skin, whereon is the seed of copulation, shall be washed with water, and be unclean until the evening. The woman also with whom man shall lie with seed of copulation, they shall both bathe themselves in water, and be unclean until the evening.”

Dr. R.C. Sproul said, “This passage deals with the uncleanness caused by discharges from the sexual organs. That perfectly natural processes like sexual intercourse or menstruation should make someone unclean (that is, unfit to worship) is surprising. But all these cases involve the loss of bodily fluids (blood or semen), and any loss of a ‘life fluid’ suggested death and was incompatible with the presence of God, who is perfect life. These old covenant arrangements that seem so strange to us were also early object lessons — a ‘guardian’ pointing forward to the full redemption accomplished in Jesus Christ.”

The Leviticus passage goes on to detail that anything that the man or woman touches, sits on, or lies on is unclean and must be washed. Also, any other person who touches the man or woman who has had sex is unclean and must bathe and wash their clothes. Until these requirements were met, the couple could not enter the presence of the Lord in the Tabernacle. Verse 31 says, “Thus shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness, when they defile my tabernacle that is among them.” (John Walvoord notes that “While the normal sexual process between husband and wife made them ceremonially unclean, it did not make them sinful — no guilt was involved and no sacrifice was required.)

While some have noted that some of the Old Testament “purity laws” were rescinded in the New Testament era, Louis William Countryman writes in his book on Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and Their Implications for Today: “The New Testament writers still considered sex to be an area subject to ethical demands. The early Christians did not cease to be conscious of a distinction between clean and unclean. The power of clean and unclean remained as a powerful social reality, and New Testament writers applied that power freely.”

So, when Paul allows for husbands and wives to abstain from sex in order to fast, pray, and give themselves to God’s service, it can be thought of as a temporary attainment of that higher state of cleanliness and holiness that all believers will reach in Heaven. Jesus said in Matthew 22:30, “In the resurrection people neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” On Earth, sex is necessary for reproduction and for a husband and wife to enjoy in order to avoid fornication or adultery. But, apparently, sex will not be needed in Heaven, as, in Christ, there is “neither male nor female.” A husband and wife can freely engage in sex, without guilt or shame, and then go and serve the Lord. But, they can think of temporarily abstaining from sex in order to give themselves to ministry as a form of “practice” for that soon-coming day when we will spend all of eternity serving the Lord in the New Heavens and the New Earth.

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. 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.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. 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.”

Just 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. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. 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 trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. 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.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Doing Marriage God’s Way, Part 12 — Ephesians 5:28-33 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #36)

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TEXT: John 6:22-27

22 The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone;

23 (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:)

24 When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.

25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?

26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 71.

David Guzik said, “Jesus made a contrast between material things and spiritual things. It is almost universally true that people are more attracted to material things than spiritual things. A sign that says free money and free food will get a bigger crowd than one that says spiritual fulfillment and eternal life.”

The day after Jesus feeds the 5,000 and walks on the water to his disciples, we are told that the people whom Jesus had fed begin to wonder where He has gone. The text tells us that they had seen Jesus telling His disciples to get into a boat and go back to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, however, Jesus had remained. Now that a new day has dawned, the people realize that Jesus is no longer with them. What they don’t know is that Jesus left them during the night and walked on the water to meet His disciples in the middle of the Sea and then miraculously transported them to the opposite shore.

The Bible then tells us, “When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.” When they arrived on the other shore, they asked, “Rabbi, when camest thou thither?” These were the same people who wanted to make Jesus their king. They got concerned when Jesus made Himself scarce after the miraculous meal and then disappeared completely by the following morning.

Jesus, instead of answering their question, reveals their true intentions. He says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.” He basically tells them, “I gave you dinner yesterday, and now you come to me seeking breakfast.’ The people didn’t really love Jesus; they just loved what He had done for them, and they wanted Him to keep on doing such things on their behalf. Even though they had been taught from a young age to expect the Messiah, now that the Messiah was here, they only desired for Him to fulfill their material needs.

In response, Jesus tells them, “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you.” These Jews who came looking for Jesus expended a lot of energy to get to him — some rowed across the Sea in boats, others walked around the Sea. They did this because they desired physical sustenance from Jesus.

By telling them to labour for the “meat which endureth unto everlasting life,” Jesus is saying that they should be just as eager, just as earnest to receive the spiritual gift that he has to offer. He is not telling them that they have to work for it; He is telling them that they should have an even greater desire to receive it. As Jesus said to another crowd of Jews, “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”

The false teaching of the prosperity gospel reduces the real Gospel to this — concern about food, housing, and clothes. John Piper said, “If you entice people with wealth, ease, [and] health, you will attract people. You can grow a huge church that way. But Christ will not be seen in His glory and the Christian life will not be seen as the calvary road that it is.”

People today are far more concerned about their physical needs than their spiritual needs. Millions spend time, money, and energy to ensure that their physical needs are taken care of but take no thought of their spiritual life and their eternal destination. Jesus says that we should expend the same energy to grab hold of spiritual truths and eternal life. Jesus wants us to seek Him not just for the fulfillment of our physical desires but for the provision of spiritual necessities.

You have heard of Jesus. You know who He is. You have heard other people’s testimonies of what He has done for them. Are you seeking Jesus for the right reasons? Are you ready to receive eternal life and the many spiritual blessings that He has to offer you? If you want to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior today, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “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.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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 I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and 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 e-mail 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.

Doing Marriage God’s Way, Part 11 — Ephesians 5:28-33 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #35)

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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.

Ephesians 5:28-33:

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

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James Burton Coffman said, “The exalted view, both of marriage and of the church of Jesus Christ, shines forth in this text. The sacredness of marriage is seen in God’s design of it, from the very beginning, to be a figure of the union of Christ and his church; and the glorious importance of the church appears in the fact of its having been in the design of God from the very beginning.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Oh that believers would become eternity-conscious! If we could live every moment of every day under the eye of God, if we did every act in the light of the judgment seat, if we sold every article in the light of the judgment seat, if we prayed every prayer in the light of the judgment seat, if we tithed all our possessions in the light of the judgment seat, if we preachers prepared every sermon with one eye on damned humanity and the other on the judgment seat—then we would have a Holy Ghost revival that would shake this earth and that, in no time at all, would liberate millions of precious souls.”

Paul calls marriage — specifically the ‘leaving and cleaving’ aspect of marriage — a mystery. In the Bible, a “mystery” is something that was previously hidden, unknown, or misunderstood. Marriage itself is not the mystery here; the mystery is the thing that marriage signifies. That mystery is the union of Christ with His body, the Church. That is why Paul says, “I speak concerning Christ and the church.”

Before Jesus came to earth, died on the cross, and rose from the dead, no one knew how it was possible for us to take part in the life of God. That was the mystery — mortal, sinful man and immortal, holy God coming together in a great union. In the New Testament, now that such a union has taken place, Paul uses marriage to explain or to unveil the mystery. He takes something that is familiar and uses it to help people understand that which is unfamiliar.

At the same time, however, Christian couples are called to an even higher standard in their marriages. The relationship between a Christian husband and wife should be a model of the relationship between Christ and His Church. A Christian marriage ought to be a testimony to the world that doing family God’s way works. A Christian marriage ought to also be a tangible, visible representation of Jesus’ union with His people.

Husbands and wives, when you look at your marriage through the spectrum lens laid out by the Apostle Paul, you will view matrimony as a holy calling — one that God can use and has used to accomplish His will on Earth and to bring more people into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. This understanding should inspire you to be committed to doing marriage God’s way.

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