The Evolution vs. God documentary from Ray Comfort has been released. (Spoiler alert: God wins in a knockout.)
Watching it was like a flashback to my days in high school and college, when my professors also couldn’t answer a plea for some evidence that evolution might have happened, just demanded I believe it. Excellent video. Unfortunately, most atheists and believers in evolution will be afraid to watch it, because they don’t have any evidence to back up their beliefs either.
I also especially liked that this video did not cloud the issue of the gospel with the call to “turn from your sins,” which distorts what the gospel’s call is. Ray Comfort’s materials have often said that phrase, and like “Ask Jesus into your heart,” it is a phrase that keeps people from understanding the gospel. We don’t ask Jesus into our hearts, and we don’t turn from our sins. We trust in Christ and His death in our place on the cross and His resurrection to save us.
Spurgeon in his highly recommendable book “All of Grace” tells the story of a young pastor going to visit a very poor widow to give her a gift of money. He knocked at her door and there was no answer. Seeing her in church the next Sunday, the pastor told her he had come to give her the gift, but she wasn’t home. Realizing when he had come, she answered, “No. Actually I was there. But I thought you were the landlord coming to collect rent, and I had no money, so I hid.” When we preach “Turn from your sins and be saved,” honest hearts who would be saved if they heard the true gospel say to themselves, “I cannot turn from my sins. I am bogged down in sins. God is apparently requiring of me a debt I cannot pay.” And so they turn off the preacher’s voice and continue in sin and shame. Spurgeon rightly then tells the listener that yes, you have sinned, and God has come not to make you pay for it, but to announce to you His free gift that your debt has already been paid.
This by the way, was a paraphrase of Spurgeon, not a quote. I don’t have the book in front of me at the moment. But it’s just 99 cents if you have a kindle, and you will be very glad you read it.
Are we saved by grace alone received through faith alone in Christ alone?
Or are we saved by coming to Jesus, bowing at His feet, confessing Him as Lord, and committing to turn from our sins and follow Him, so that He as Lord will then become our Savior and forgive our past sins?
Last Sunday’s message at the church in Cluj looked at that issue through Paul’s teaching in Galatians 2. You can listen to the recording, in English and Romanian at the link to the church site here.
My annual Christmas devotional greeting video looks at what Christmas is really all about (not about charity, love, and kindness, but something that results in those things), and about how to truly have a Merry Christmas.
Mormon missionaries from America are starting to meet with people in the apartment building where we live in Cluj, Romania. So we’re trying to protect our neighbors, by distributing a brief document warning them about who the LDS missionaries actually are and what they believe. You can read the document we’re giving out here, or read it in English by clicking here.