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Some Things Are Worth Fighting For (11 of 16)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: ACTS
Steve N. Wagers
October 21. 2007
1. Expose Man's Work of Religion!
A) The Basis of Religion
B) The Burden of Religion
2. Expound God's Work of Redemption!
A) What is Required for Salvation
1) A Work of God
2) A Work of Grace
B) What is Received from Salvation
Billy Graham tells a story of a boxer who was engaged in a boxing match and was being badly beaten. Battered and bruised, he leaned over the ropes and said to his trainer, "Please throw in the towel! This guy is killing me!" The trainer said, "Oh no, he's not. He's not even hitting you. He hasn't laid a glove on you!" And the boxer looked at him through swollen eyes and said, "Well then, I wish you'd watch that referee-somebody is sure hitting me!"
I have come to learn that there are some things that are worth fighting for. We should fight for our families, we should fight for our future, and there may come times when we should fight for our friends.
However, if there was ever anything worth fighting for it should be our faith. We should stand toe-to-toe with liberal theologians, or the devil himself, when it comes to such matters as the inerrancy of Scripture, the deity of Christ, the blood atonement for sin, and the fact that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to Heaven.
Today, we are bombarded with religious ideologies such as Inclusivism and Pluralism. Inclusivism states that since Jesus died for everyone, then everyone will be saved; thus, no one will go to hell. If everyone is not saved, and people do go to hell, then Jesus' death was a failure.
Pluralism is based on the premise that there are multiple, or a plurality of ways for a person to get to Heaven. It teaches that Jesus Christ is "A" way, in fact a good way; but, He is not the ONLY way to Heaven.
Pluralism advocates that we can all be traveling d ...
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