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Man on a Mission

Posted by truthtalklive on August 22, 2007

Todays guest: Dr. Manny Fernandez, chairman and CEO of World Link Ministries  www.worldlinkministries.org  gives us an update on the exciting work of the ministry around the globe.

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9 Responses to “Man on a Mission”

  1. It’s so easy to confuse the rightful place of ‘works’ as mentioned in the Bible. There are works of faith and works not of faith. God is not going to love a person any more or any less than He already does no matter what happens. The only things effected by works are rewards that the Lord will give at the end. God doesn’t save or justify anyone because of works. Only our faithful response to the one who CAN SAVE, is of any value in our salvation. If you read scripture carefully, you should discover that the Holy Spirit ultimately must make it possible for anyone to come to God to be saved through Jesus. It’s best to stick to the principle that God saves men because of who He is and not because of who we are, or think GOD is. Our God is NOT a God who is manageable by any man. We all submit to Him.

  2. CarGuy37 said

    While reading a Jonathan Edwards’ (my hero) sermon, I came across quite possibly the most succinct, clear explanation of the balance between grace and works. So why keep it to myself:

    Inquiry 2. Why is it needful that men should undertake to go through such a work in order to their salvation?

    Answer 1. Not to merit salvation, or to recommend them to the saving mercy of God. Men are not saved on the account of any work of theirs, and yet they are not saved without works. If we merely consider what it is for which, or on the account of which, men are saved, no work at all in men is necessary to their salvation. In this respect they are saved wholly without any work of theirs: Tit. iii. 5, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” We must indeed be saved on the account of works; but not our own. It is on account of the works which Christ hath done for us. Works are the fixed price of eternal life; it is fixed by an eternal, unalterable rule of righteousness. But since the fall there is no hope of our doing these works, without salvation offered freely without money and without price. But,

    2. Though it be not needful that we do any thing to merit salvation, which Christ hath fully merited for all who believe in him; yet God, for wise and holy ends, hath appointed, that we should come to final salvation in no other way, but that of good works done by us. God did not save Noah on account of the labor and expense he was at in building the ark. Noah’s salvation from the flood was an instance of the free and distinguishing mercy of God. Nor did God stand in need of Noah’s care, or cost, or labor, to build an ark. The same power which created the world, and which brought the flood of waters upon the earth, could have made the ark in an instant, without any care or cost to Noah, or any of the labor of those workmen who were employed for so long a time. Yet God was pleased to appoint, that Noah should be saved in this way. So God hath appointed that man should not be saved without his undertaking and doing this work of which I have been speaking; and therefore we are commanded “to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling,” Philip. 2:12.

  3. TIM URSHAN said

    HEARD THE COMMENTS DURING THE BROADCAST WED. AFTERNOON AS THEY TURNED TO THE TOPIC OF HEAVEN & HELL. ONE OF MY THOUGHTS/QUESTIONS IS THAT THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN A TEACHING OF CHRISTIANITY. A REWARD SYSTEM OF SORTS. PLEASE TELL ME YOU DO NOT REALLY BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WALK ON STREETS OF GOLD??? A MANSION FOR ME?? WHY?? SHOULDN’T THE GLORY & PRESENCE OF GOD BE ENOUGH?? HELL,THE TORMENT OF BEING SEPERATED FROM THE PEACE & PRESENCE OF GOD IS ENOUGH. THE FIRE I BELIEVE WILL BE THE BURNING PASSION OF THE EVIL THAT IS IN THE PERSONS HEART WHO REJECTS GOD. GOD SAYS IN HIS WORD THAT HE WILL TURN THEM OVER TO A REPROBATE MIND.COULD WE BE EXPERIENCING HELL ON EARTH NOW?? LOVE THE STATION, RAN IT ACROSS BY ACCIDENT. PLEASE SPREAD THE TRUTH OF GODS WORD NOT MANS FICTIOUS FANTASIES.

  4. RaynaRenee said

    Actuallly God placed the sins of the world upon Jesus, and he suffered more than any man has ever suffered, mentally or physically. He was humiliated, disdained, treated like the worst of criminals. Noone will ever know how much He suffered. And the Father gave His Son and was willing to let His Son suffer that some can be saved. This was the judgment of the Father.

    Now for those that reject His Son, why do people think that God will not punish him? If He punished His Son, he will punish the unrepentant, or those that chose to be without God on earth and would not recognize Him as God and man. They did not want to be with Him on earth, why should they be with Him in heaven? Why should they escape punishment? The wrath of God will abide on them.

    Hell will be a punishment, a separation from God forever, and there will be physical and mental punishment. God is just and He offered a way of escape for people. God will judge accordingly each one alone. We just must leave it all in God’s hands. But he will be just and merciful to everyone. Those that refused God will get what they wanted, separation forever, and the wrath of God will fall upon him.

    RaynaRenee

  5. RaynaRenee said

    As far as punishment goes please read the following:

    Luke.12

    1. [47] And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
    2. [48] But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

    Now about eternal fire?
    Read the following scripture:
    In Jude where it states that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by eternal fire?

    It sounds like “eternal fire” will last till all has been burned up forever.

    RaynaRenee

  6. WOTMRhead1 said

    Concerning works as spoken of by James, I believe Gill summed it up about as well as can be:

    “Jam 2:24 – Ye see then how that by works a man is justified,…. Not as causes procuring his justification, but as effects declaring it; for the best works are imperfect, and cannot be a righteousness justifying in the sight of God, and are unprofitable in this respect; for when they are performed in the best manner, they are no other than what it is a man’s duty to perform, and therefore cannot justify from sin he has committed: and besides, justification in this sense would frustrate the grace of God, make void the death of Christ, and encourage boasting in men. Good works do not go before justification as causes or conditions, but follow it as fruits and effects: ”

    Pretty clear to me. The type of faith that James is speaking of is a false faith. The point he’s trying to make is that works (fruit) will follow true faith. It is by grace through faith alone that we are saved, and if we have a true faith then works (fruit) will follow. Works are an effect of salvation, not the cause.

    The word δικαιόω (dikaioō) in James 2:24 is translated most times as “justified”, but can also be translated as “declared righteous” or “shown to be righteous”, and it’s clear that James is talking about justification before men and not God. This is the only way to harmonize what James is saying in 2:24 with what Paul writes in:
    Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    The solution to the question of works righteousness may be stated quite simply as follows: It is impossible for the righteousness of God to come out of a man before it has entered him through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    For futher reading, I suggest this excellent article
    http://www.carm.org/questions/faithorworks.htm

  7. Brad said

    To Tim Urshan,

    It IS the truth that we are “spreading”, not fiction, which is really what you have talked about in your post. Why do you NOT believe that hell is real, that the punishment (described in the Bible) will be real? Most people don’t like to believe it b/c it isn’t pleasant – to say that someone will be physically punished throughout eternity b/c God allowed it isn’t a view that many wish to share.

    But it IS a Biblical view.

  8. WOTMRhead1 said

    Brad,

    People go to great lengths to NOT believe in a literal hell when scripture plainly says that it is real and eternal. If there is no hell, then why do they need Jesus? And since they don’t need Jesus, they can justify living any way they want and indulging in sin. You see this a lot in emergent churches from pastors like Joel Osteen and Rob Bell. They fail to teach the whole Gosphel (much less the whole Bible), and end up teaching a false gosphel. If you read their belief statements, you’ll find that they convienently leave out the concepts of law, justice and repentance.

  9. ADB said

    Don’t even get me started on Joel Osteen! Lots of feel-good pop psychology with a few verses tossed in to make it sound Christian. I agree with you about the reality of Hell, but may differ a little in emphasis. In my opinion there is a danger of making Jesus merely a “get out of Hell free card,” and limiting the Christian experience to escaping Hell. We want, I think, to avoide making salvation simply a matter of “getting a ticked punched to escape Hell” so we can go on about our lives. The Gospel is also about life abundant and eternal that begins now and continues even after death.

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