3 Things You Must Know to Be Saved From Hell and Saved to Heaven (Gospel Light Minute X #375)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #375 titled, “3 Things You Must Know to Be Saved From Hell and Saved to Heaven” 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.

There are only three things that you need to know in order to be saved. You do not have to know theology or the doctrines of the church. But there are THREE THINGS THAT YOU MUST KNOW. Continue reading “3 Things You Must Know to Be Saved From Hell and Saved to Heaven (Gospel Light Minute X #375)”

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

Pilgrim's Progress
Pilgrim’s Progress

TEXT: 2 Peter 3:1-7

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

2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Continue reading “Dealing With Atheists, Agnostics, Unbelievers, and Scoffers, Part 1 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #65)”

The Mystery of the Gospel (Part 1)

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #134

TEXT: Ephesians 3:1-13

When I was a child, I remember trying to read the Bible on my own. I found that after reading a few verses, I could not get much further. It was hard to understand, especially for someone who did not read much in the first place. In fact, I recall only reading one book completely through in my childhood. At that time, the Bible was like a mystery to me. Many people who tried to read the Bible before they came to know Jesus Christ as Savior have also testified to similar experiences.

A mystery is something that is hidden from plain view. Proverbs 25:2 tells us, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” Proverbs 1:6 also speaks of “the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.” One of the popular pastimes of the Oriental Middle East was the asking and answering of riddles. Perhaps, because much of what we know about the world today was not common knowledge back then, it was fun for people to make up riddles and challenge others to guess the answers.

As we see in our passage today, the Bible speaks of the “mystery of the Gospel.” Not only here in Ephesians 3, but in Ephesians 6 and Romans 16, the Bible calls the Gospel message a “mystery.” What is mysterious about the Gospel? That is what we are going to look at today.

John R.W. Stott, a British Christian leader who was once ranked by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world said, “in English, a mystery is something dark, obscure, secret, or puzzling.” Law enforcement agencies have detectives and people hire private investigators to solve mysteries surrounding criminal acts. However, Stott goes on to say, “the Greek word ‘mysterios’ is different. Although it still carries the meaning of ‘secrecy’, it is a secret that is no longer guarded, but open. More simply, a ‘mysterios’ is a truth hitherto hidden from human knowledge or understanding but is now disclosed by the revelation of God.” In other words, the mystery of the Gospel is one that was only hidden for a time. The mystery of the Gospel was always meant to be brought to the light.

So, let us put on our investigators’ hats and take a look at the mystery of the Gospel.

1. We see that the mystery was concealed. Verse 5 of our passage tells us that the mystery of the Gospel was “in other ages not made known unto the sons of men.” Down through ancient history — the period of the Old Testament — God’s ultimate plan of redemption was not fully revealed.

2. Now, let us look at the mystery revealed. As we mentioned earlier, the Gospel mystery is not meant to be concealed forever. At some point, God knew He would reveal the contents of this mystery to man. The Apostle Paul writes, “by revelation he made known unto me the mystery.” Paul goes on to say that this mystery “is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.”

3. Now, let us look at the mystery explained. It was not easy for everybody to understand and accept the mystery of the Gospel — especially since the majority of the first century church were Jewish. Paul says in verse 7 that he was “made a minister (of this Gospel mystery), according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.” In other words, Paul was especially commissioned to preach this message of all people — Jews and Gentiles — being brought together in Christ.

+ Plus, listen to Bart Millard sings “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” and The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi singing “Jesus is a Rock”

The Saulish Spirit of Rebelliousness, Stubbornness, Disobedience and Witchcraft (Part 2) (Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid, Part 3)

Part 1 [audio http://gospellightminute.buzzsprout.com/3192/99468-the-saulish-spirit-of-rebelliousness-stubbornness-disobedience-and-witchcraft-part-2a-four-dangerous-spirits-to-avoid-part-3.mp3]

Part 2 [audio http://gospellightminute.buzzsprout.com/3192/99470-the-saulish-spirit-of-rebelliousness-stubbornness-disobedience-and-witchcraft-part-2b-four-dangerous-spirits-to-avoid-part-3.mp3]

TEXT: I Samuel 15:22-23

Two weeks ago, we began looking at the second spirit in our series titled “Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid.” We looked at the spirit of rebelliousness, stubbornness, disobedience, and witchcraft as shown in the life of Saul, the first king of Israel. Today, I want to expand on this topic and really explain the meaning of each of the sins that Samuel says Saul is guilty of. By doing this, we will be able to better identify any of these sins in our own lives, because that is the true purpose of this series — not just to talk about these sins in the historical lives of these biblical characters, but to see if we are guilty of these sins ourselves and to take the necessary steps to repent and get right with God.

1. The first sin that Samuel names is the sin of rebellion. The Webster’s American Dictionary defines rebellion as “an open and avowed renunciation of an authority to which one owes allegiance.” Thus, a rebel is a person who opposes someone whom he or she should obey. A rebellious person disregards his proper authority, be it spiritual authority or human authority.

2. The second sin that Samuel names is the sin of witchcraft. Samuel says, “rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.” When the Bible speaks of “witchcraft”, it is largely referring to the work of divination. According to Holman Bible Dictionary, divination is the “attempt to contact supernatural powers to determine answers to questions hidden to humans and usually involving the future.” The “witch of Endor”, whom Saul consulted with in 1 Samuel 28, was a necromancer, one who attempted to communicate with the dead in order to answer questions for the living.

3. The third sin that Samuel names is the sin of stubbornness. The Hebrew word for “stubbornness” literally means “to push, or to press, to be insolent.” A stubborn person is one who continuously goes the wrong way even though he gets blocked everytime; like a man who keeps driving down a dead end street thinking that he is going to get somewhere. Watchman Nee said, “Many of our spirits are too arrogant: they can teach others but can never themselves be taught. Many possess a stubborn spirit: they stick to their opinions even if they realize they are wrong.”

4. The fourth sin that Samuel names is the sin of iniquity and idolatry. Samuel tells Saul, “stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” The Hebrew word translated as “iniquity” in our English Bibles simply means “idolatry” and the word that is translated as “idolatry” is a more specific reference to the physical idols (statues or images) that are used in idolatrous practices. Idolatry was also another big no-no for the children of Israel.

+ Plus, listen to Jonathan Butler singing “O Magnify The Lord” and Salvador singing “Open The Eyes Of My Heart”

Are You Prepared?

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #119

TEXT: Proverbs 6:6-11 / Hebrews 9:27

This week, those of us here in North Texas experienced a major storm: rain, thunder and golf-ball sized hail. Just a few miles from where I live, a tornado touched down. Six people were killed, over 100 were injured, and hundreds of homes were destroyed. I know that sometimes we seem to think that such tragedies will never happen to us. These kinds of events always seems to happen somewhere else, but God often reminds us that we are not special. It is only by His grace and mercy that we are still alive.

We all know that long before disaster strikes, we ought to be prepared. If you live in an area prone to tornadoes, then you ought to have a tornado shelter, and a plan for getting into it quickly. If you live in an area prone to flooding, then you may want your house to be built on stilts. If you live in an earthquake prone area, then you ought to know what to do when an earthquake strikes.

The Bible uses the example of the ant to show us how we must be prepared for future situations in life. The ant is a tiny but remarkable creature known for its foresight and industriousness. One commentary writes that “The agricultural ant, which resembles the ant of Palestine, not only stores up food, but even prepares the soil, kills the weeds, and finally reaps the harvest.” What is even more remarkable is that thousands of these tiny workers perform together in perfect harmony without a leader. The Bible uses the ant to help us to understand that we, too, need to be prepared for the situations that we will face in life. Proverbs specifically calls the sluggard, or lazy person who likes to sleep late, to get up and get to work or else he won’t have food to eat or a place to stay. The lesson we learn from the ant is that preparation is crucial in life. And there are some very important things that we would be wise to prepare for, and I want to talk about those things very briefly today.

1. We must prepare for death because death is coming. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27, “It is appointed unto men once to die.” As we here in North Texas were reminded this week, and as people around the world are reminded every day, death is an ever present reality. People drive away from their houses every morning not knowing that that is going to be the last time they ever see that house. Parents drop their children off at school everyday, not knowing that that is going to be the last time they see their child alive. People go to sleep every night not knowing that that is going to be the last time they ever open their eyes on this world. Right now, people are out living their lives and they have no idea that they are going to be surprised by death.

2. We must prepare because judgment is coming. Hebrews 9:27 goes on to say, “It is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment.” Yes, each of us will face judgment from God. The Bible tells us that there will be two judgments — one for belivers in Jesus Christ, and one for those who do not believe in Jesus Christ.

3. We must prepare because eternity is coming. Just as the ant prepares for the long, cold winter by storing up food, we must prepare for eternity. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 25:46, “These [the wicked] shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” Eternity is the everlasting state that our souls enter after death. John Tillotson said, “He who provides for this life, but takes no care for eternity, is wise for a moment, but a fool forever.” We must prepare for eternity.

+ Plus, listen to Paul S. Morton as he sings “Nothing But the Blood” and Shirley Caesar singing “Yes, Lord, Yes”.

Four Lies About Life & Death

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #63 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Hebrews 9:27-28: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

We all have questions about death and what happens next. But death is not just an intellectual matter. This topic is really a matter of great spiritual significance. What you believe about death will affect how you live. Today, I want to address four lies that people believe about life and death and the truth that the Bible reveals.

Lie Number One is ‘I am going to live forever on earth.’
Lie Number Two is ‘if I fail in this life, I’ll get a second chance in the next life.’
Lie Number Three is that death is all there is.
Lie number four is that death means uncertainty and fear.

+ Plus, listen to The Winans singing “Tomorrow” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

But for the Grace of God

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #62 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Ephesians 2:1-10: “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

We have all heard the phrase “but for the grace of God go I.” A story that is widely circulated behind that phrase is that the phrase was first spoken by the English evangelical preacher and martyr, John Bradford (who lived from 1510–1555). He is said to have uttered the variant of the expression – “There but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford”, when seeing criminals being led to the scaffold. He didn’t enjoy that grace for long, however. He was burned at the stake in 1555, although, by all accounts he remained cheerful about his fate and is said to have suggested to a fellow victim that “We shall have a merry supper with the Lord this night”.

Friends, God’s amazing grace is still active today saving people from their sins and transforming them into new creatures in Jesus Christ. Today, I would like to share with you three things that happen to those of us who take advantage of God’s amazing grace.

1. But for the grace of God we would still be in bondage to sin and on our way to hell.

2. But for the grace of God we would not be raised up to sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

3. But for the grace of God we would not be created anew in Christ Jesus.

+ Plus, listen to Rich Mullins singing “Awesome God” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

The Roots of Our Salvation (Part 3)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #61 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Colossians 1:12-14: “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins…”

Today, we are going to conclude our short series on the roots of our salvation. Over the past two days, we looked at the meaning of the Day of Atonement. We saw on yesterday how Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of everything the Day of Atonement foreshadowed. We saw that unlike the Israelite priests, Jesus Christ is a perfect priest; that because of our perfect priest we have a pure sacrifice; and that because of Jesus’ pure sacrifice, we have the promise of paradise.

Today, we are going to look even more deeply at the meaning of the atonement. You will notice that: In our first message, we dealt with the atonement from a man-centered perspective. On yesterday, we dealt with the atonement from a Christ-centered perspective. Today, we will look at the atonement from a God-centered perspective — we will see what God does for us as a part of the atonement.

First of all, let’s review the problem of the world or the reason why we need the atonement in the first place. This problem can be summed up in four statements:

1. Humanity was destroyed by sin when we yielded to the temptations from our enemy the devil.
2. We all are born with a sinful nature.
3. We all are guilty of disobeying God’s laws.
4. We all are separated from our Creator.

Because of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, God takes action to remedy this sad state of affairs. Four words can sum up God’s actions: Purchasing, Healing, Justifying, and Reconciling.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch and the Disciples singing “My Tribute (To God be the Glory)” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

The Roots of Our Salvation (Part 1)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #59 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Leviticus 16:29-34: “And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever. And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest’s office in his father’s stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments: And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation. And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the Lord commanded Moses.”

The book of Hebrews argues that the Day of Atonement points forward to Jesus Christ’s work as priest. F. F. Bruce, a Christian theologian and writer states, “On the one hand, only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. Christ, however, went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. Christ’s redemptive work is the antitypical fulfilment of the sacrificial ritual of the day of atonement.”

The Jews for Jesus organization states and describes its observances of the Day of Atonement like this: “Yom Kippur can be somewhat of a conundrum to Jewish believers in Y’shua. Do we fast and confess our sins like the rest of the Jewish community or do we rejoice in the knowledge that we’re forgiven in Messiah? Many Jewish believers view Yom Kippur as a time for identification with our Jewish people, introspection for ourselves and intercession for loved ones, knowing all the while that Jesus is the One that makes us at one with God.”

Our passage for today describes the origins of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur simply means “day of atonement.” It is perhaps the most important holiday on the Jewish calendar. It is a day set aside to “afflict the soul” — to atone for sins which have been committed against God during the past year. Religious Jews today engage in what is called a “complete Sabbath” — no work, no food, and no drink for one whole day. Synagogues hold two six-hour long services on Yom Kippur, which Jews are expected to attend, and many Jews wear white which symbolizes purity and calls to mind the promise in Isaiah 1:18 that though our ‘sins may be as scarlet, they shall be made white as snow.’

Today, I want to share with you a brief message about what happened on the Day of Atonement in ancient Israel, and the significant lessons that we can apply to our own lives from what we learn.

1. First of all, the day of Atonement was a day of confession and repentance of sin.

2. Secondly, the day of atonement was a day for the removal of sins in God’s sight.

3. Third, the day of atonement was a day for man to draw near to God.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

Three Reasons to Believe the Miracles of the Bible

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #58 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — John 20:30-31: “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”

Some people seem to think that the Bible is a book of fairy-tales. That it is full of fantasy stories that you tell children, but all of it is certainly not historically true. A lot of these people discount the Bible because it is full of supernatural, seemingly unbelievable, events called “miracles.” Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines a “miracle” as “an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing or accomplishment. An event manifesting divine intervention, a wonderful occurrence.”

Scholars tell us that there are nearly 60 miracles recorded in the Old Testament and over 40 miracles recorded in the New Testament. These miracles range from the splitting of the Red Sea, the Israelites being healed by looking at a bronze serpent, and Balaam’s donkey talking, to Elijah raising a boy from the dead, Jesus turning water into wine, and Jesus and Peter walking on water. As John’s Gospel tells us, Jesus did many more miracles than those recorded in the Bible. But, still, the Bible is simply full of miraculous events.

How do you respond to miracles? Scientists have spent a great amount of time trying to explain the Bible’s miracles in natural terms. They say that the Nile turned to blood because of algae or that the first born children all died because of bacterial growth in the grain stores which only affected the top part of the grain which the first born children would eat. Or that the Red Sea crossing happened because of an exceptionally low tide – a low tide which then amazingly drowned the entire Egyptian army.

Thomas Jefferson, the writer of the Declaration of Independence, didn’t believe in the Bible’s miracles so much so that he made his own book made up of Bible pages with the miracles left out.

Is that the right attitude to have the miracles in the Bible? Of course, none of us were there when the events happened. But the Bible is not a book where you can pick and choose what you believe. All of the Bible is God’s Word, and you must decide to believe all of it or reject all of it. Today, I am going to give you three reasons why you should believe the miracles of the Bible.

1. The first reason why you should believe the miracles of the Bible is because they are numerous and well documented.

2. The second reason why you should believe the miracles of the Bible is because they were done publicly

3. The third reason why you should believe the miracles of the Bible is because they were always performed with restraint.

+ Plus, listen to Newsboys singing “Miracles” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”