Answers to Some of the Basic Questions Non-Christians Ask

Answers to Some of the Basic Questions Non-Christians Ask


>>ANNOUNCER: TODAY ON THE JOHN ANKERBERG SHOW:>>ANKERBERG: CHRISTIANITY IS BASED ON A PERSON WHO ACTUALLY LIVED IN REAL HISTORY ON THIS PLANET. HIS NAME WAS JESUS CHRIST. IF HE DIDN’T DO THE THINGS THAT ARE SAID ABOUT HIM, YOU CAN CHUCK CHRISTIANITY.>>LEE STROBEL: WHAT WAS DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS JOHN IT WAS THE BIGGEST STORY I HAD EVER PERUSED. I MEAN I HAD DONE SOME BIG ONES, I’D WON SOME BIG AWARDS FOR MY INVESTIGATIONS BUT NOTHING HAD AS MUCH RIDING ON IT AS THIS QUESTION OF NUMBER ONE, DID JESUS EVER CLAIM TO BE THE SON OF GOD AND IF HE DID NUMBER TWO DID HE BACK IT UP, DID HE PROVE IT BY RETURNING FROM THE DEAD.>>ANKERBERG: DO YOU ASSUME THAT EVERYBODY THAT’S A MEMBER OF CORAL RIDGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, AN EVANGELICAL CHURCH, OR EVERYBODY THAT’S IN A ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE A MEMBER OF A CATHOLIC CHURCH, OR A LIBERAL PROTESTANT CHURCH, THAT ALL OF THESE UNDER THESE TITLES, THAT THEY ARE AUTOMATICALLY TRUE CHRISTIANS?>>KENNEDY: I CERTAINLY DON’T MAKE ANY SUCH ASSUMPTION, JOHN. IN FACT, I HAVE SAID FROM THIS PULPIT RIGHT HERE THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF MEMBERS AT MY CHURCH THAT I WOULD NOT WANT TO BE HANDCUFFED TO WHEN THEY DIE.>>JOIN US FOR THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF THE JOHN ANKERBERG SHOW.>>JOHN ANKERBERG: WELCOME TO OUR PROGRAM. I’M JOHN ANKERBERG. THANKS FOR JOINING ME. THE BIBLE TELLS ALL OF US WHO ARE CHRISTIANS, “TO BE READY ALWAYS TO GIVE AN ANSWER TO EVERY MAN THAT ASKS YOU FOR A REASON OF THE HOPE THAT IS WITHIN YOU, AND DO THIS WITH GENTLENESS AND RESPECT.” TODAY I’D LIKE TO ASK YOU, HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER SOME OF THE BASIC QUESTIONS THAT YOUR NON-CHRISTIANS ASK YOU? TO BEGIN, HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER SOMEONE WHO ASKED, “WHO DO CHRISTIANS THINK THAT JESUS IS? HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT JESUS WAS A REAL MAN WHO ACTUALLY LIVED ON THIS EARTH? WELL HERE IS HOW I WOULD BEGIN. LISTEN: [APPLAUSE]>>ANKERBERG: WE START WITH: WHO IS THIS JESUS CHRIST THAT PROMISE KEEPERS KEEPS TALKING ABOUT? WHO IS HE? I’M GOING TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE HISTORICAL EVIDENCE IN A MOMENT, BUT LET ME GIVE YOU THE CONCLUSION OF THAT EVIDENCE TO START OFF WITH. THIS IS WHERE I THINK THE EVIDENCE WILL LEAD YOU. IF I SAID, “HEY, GUYS, JESUS CHRIST IS BACKSTAGE AND IN A MOMENT, HE’S COMING OUT HERE. AND I’M GOING TO ASK YOU TO GIVE HIM A HAND, BUT WATCH OUT! HE’S A VERY POWERFUL PERSON.” SO YOU GIVE HIM A BIG HAND. HE WALKS OUT HERE AND HE LOOKS AT YOU. HE SNAPS HIS FINGERS, THE STADIUM DISAPPEARS. HE SNAPS HIS FINGERS AGAIN; THE EARTH DISAPPEARS. HE SNAPS HIS FINGERS AGAIN; THE SUN GOES BLACK, THE STARS QUIT SHINING, AND YOU AND HE ARE STANDING IN UTTER SPACE TOGETHER. AND HE SMILES AND HE SAYS, “DON’T WORRY”. AND HE BRINGS IT ALL BACK TOGETHER AGAIN, JUST THAT FAST. THAT’S WHO I THINK JESUS CHRIST IS. YOU SAY, WELL, THAT’S NOT THE JESUS THAT I KNOW. THAT’S THE PROBLEM. THERE’S SO MANY JESUSES RUNNING AROUND TODAY THAT IT’S HARD TO FIND THE REAL ONE. HOW DO YOU FIND THE REAL ONE? INTERESTING, CHRISTIANITY IS BASED ON A PERSON WHO ACTUALLY LIVED IN REAL HISTORY ON THIS PLANET. HIS NAME WAS JESUS CHRIST. IF HE DIDN’T DO THE THINGS THAT ARE SAID ABOUT HIM, YOU CAN CHUCK CHRISTIANITY.>>ANKERBERG: NOW I THINK YOU KNOW THAT THERE WERE FOUR MEN: MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE AND JOHN, WHO WERE EITHER EYEWITNESSES OF JESUS LIFE, OR HAD CONTACT WITH THE EYEWITNESSES. AND THEY WROTE BOOKS REPORTING THAT JESUS LIVED AND TAUGHT OVER 1900 YEARS AGO. IF JESUS REALLY LIVED, HOW CAN WE ANSWER THE NEXT QUESTION, DID JESUS EVER CLAIM TO BE GOD? AND FURTHER, WHAT EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD AFTER HIS CRUCIFIXION? IS THE EVIDENCE STRONG ENOUGH TO PERSUADE THOSE WHO ARE SKEPTICS, THOSE WHO ARE ATHEISTS? WELL, FOR MANY YEARS, THE AWARD-WINNING LEGAL EDITOR OF “THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE”, WAS MR. LEE STROBEL, AN OUTSPOKEN ATHEIST. ONE DAY A FRIEND CHALLENGED HIM TO INVESTIGATE THE HISTORICAL EVIDENCE CONCERNING WHETHER JESUS EVER CLAIMED TO BE GOD. WELL, THIS YALE TRAINED LAWYER SPENT 2 YEARS TRYING TO PROVE THAT JESUS NEVER CLAIMED TO BE GOD, AND THAT HE NEVER ROSE FROM THE DEAD. BUT IN THE END, LEE SAID IT WAS THE MASSIVE AMOUNT OF HISTORICAL EVIDENCE THAT BROUGHT HIM TO BELIEVE THAT JESUS DID CLAIM TO BE GOD AND THAT HE DID RISE FROM THE DEAD. HERE IS SOME OF THE EVIDENCE THAT CHANGED HIS MIND THAT YOU CAN SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS. LISTEN>>LEE STROBEL: RICHARD DAWKINS IN HIS BOOK, “THE GOD DELUSION” A SKEPTIC ATHEIST SAYS, WELL, THE…THERE’S REALLY VERY MINIMAL HISTORICAL EVIDENCE THAT JESUS EVER EVEN CLAIMED TO BE THE SON OF GOD. WELL, THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT. BUT SECONDLY, I REALIZED IF THIS IS TRUE THIS HAS HUGE IMPLICATIONS FOR MY LIFE.>>ANKERBERG: YES>>STROBEL: AND SO I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW WHAT, I’M GOING TO USE MY JOURNALISM TRAINING, MY LEGAL TRAINING, AND I’M GOING TO SYSTEMATICALLY INVESTIGATE, IS THERE ANY CREDIBILITY TO CHRISTIANITY. WHAT, WHAT WAS DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS JOHN IT WAS THE BIGGEST STORY I HAD EVER PERUSED. I MEAN I HAD DONE SOME BIG ONES, I’D WON SOME BIG AWARDS FOR MY INVESTIGATIONS BUT NOTHING HAD AS MUCH RIDING ON IT AS THIS QUESTION OF NUMBER ONE, DID JESUS EVER CLAIM TO BE THE SON OF GOD AND IF HE DID NUMBER TWO DID HE BACK IT UP, DID HE PROVE IT BY RETURNING FROM THE DEAD. THAT,THAT WAS THE NUB TO ME OF THE ISSUE.>>ANKERBERG: BUT YOU DIDN’T THINK THAT GOING IN?>>STROBEL: NO, I THOUGHT THIS WAS LEGEND THAT WAS CREATED IN THE MANY, MANY DECADES AFTER HIS LIFE BUT RIGHT THERE IN THE EARLIEST RECORDS THE FIRST BIOGRAPHY WRITTEN BY MARK BASED ON THE EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE APOSTLE PETER, I MEAN GO RIGHT BACK TO THE BEGINNING AND IT SHOWS THAT JESUS CALLED HIMSELF “THE SON OF MAN” WHICH WAS NOT JUST A CLAIM OF HUMANITY IT WAS A CLAIM OF DIVINITY BECAUSE “SON OF MAN” WAS A FIGURE IN DANIEL CHAPTER 7 WHO HAD THESE DIVINE QUALITIES WHO WOULD JUDGE HUMAN KIND WHO WOULD… WHOSE KINGDOM WOULD ENDURE FOREVER. WHO WAS WORSHIPED BY ALL PEOPLE, WHO WAS SOVEREIGN, WHO WOULD BE IN THE VERY PRESENCE OF THE FATHER. THESE ARE, THESE ARE ATTRIBUTES OF THE DIVINE. AND THEN OF COURSE IN HIS TRIAL HE… WHEN HE WAS ASKED, ARE YOU THE, THE CHRIST THE SON OF THE BLESSED ONE, ARE YOU THE MESSIAH, ARE YOU THE SON OF GOD? “I AM.” FIRST TWO WORDS OUT OF HIS MOUTH AND THEN HE APPLIES THIS DANIEL CHAPTER 7 IMAGERY TO HIMSELF AGAIN AND HOW DOES THE HIGH PRIEST RESPOND? BY SAYING BLASPHEMY WHY? BECAUSE JESUS A MERE MAN WAS CLAIMING TO BE GOD. AND YET THAT WASN’T ENOUGH FOR ME, IT WASN’T ENOUGH THAT HE CLAIMED IT, IT WASN’T ENOUGH THAT HIS TEACHING WERE PROFOUND, WELL THERE ARE A LOT OF PROFOUND TEACHERS THROUGH HISTORY LET’S FACE IT.>>ANKERBERG: YES>>STROBEL: THE QUESTION TO ME WAS CAN YOU BACK IT UP, CAN YOU PROVE IT?>>ANKERBERG: AND SO YOU FASTENED ON THE BIG ONE.>>STROBEL: THE RESURRECTION IS THE LYNCHPIN OF CHRISTIANITY. SO EVERYTHING RIDES DID JESUS RETURN FROM THE DEAD AND THUS PROVE THAT HE’S THE SON OF GOD?>>ANKERBERG: ALRIGHT SO HOW DID YOU GET, GET TO THE EVIDENCE?>>STROBEL: WELL I LOOKED AT TWO YEARS WORTH OF EVIDENCE BUT TO SUMMARIZE IT, FIVE FACTS THAT VIRTUALLY EVERY SCHOLAR WILL AGREE TO: THE EXECUTION OF JESUS; THE DISCIPLES BELIEVING THAT THEY ENCOUNTERED THE RESURRECTED JESUS; THE CONVERSION OF SAUL OF TARSUS, THE PERSECUTOR OF CHRISTIANS, INTO BEING PAUL THE APOSTLE, THE GREAT MISSIONARY OF THE CHURCH; THE CONVERSION OF JAMES, THE HALF BROTHER OF JESUS, WHO DIDN’T FOLLOW JESUS DURING HIS LIFETIME, WHO ENCOUNTERED THE RESURRECTED JESUS, BECAME THE LEADER OF THE JERUSALEM CHURCH AND DIED FOR IT; AND THE EMPTY TOMB, WHICH 75% OF CRITICAL SCHOLARS WILL ADMIT IS TRUE.>>ANKERBERG: AND WHAT DROVE YOU, THEN?>>STROBEL: WELL, FOR ME THE CONCLUSIONS OBVIOUS: THAT WHAT EXPLANATION BEST FITS THE FACTS? IF YOU DON’T RULE OUT THE SUPERNATURAL AT THE OUTSET AS A LOT OF HISTORIANS DO, THEY SAY, “CAN’T HAPPEN, SO I’M RULING IT OUT.” IF YOU LET THE EVIDENCE TAKE YOU WHEREVER IT WILL TAKE YOU EVEN TO A VERY UNCOMFORTABLE CONCLUSION AS I DID, I CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THE BEST EXPLANATION: JESUS RETURNED FROM THE DEAD AND THUS PROVED HE’S THE SON OF GOD.>>ANKERBERG: NOW DO YOU THINK THE EVIDENCE ABOUT JESUS’ CLAIM TO BE GOD AND HIS RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD IS STRONG ENOUGH TO PERSUADE THOSE WHO ARE MUSLIMS? WELL DRS. EMIR AND ERGUN CANNER WERE FORMER SUNNI MUSLIMS WHOSE FATHER BUILT MOSQUES HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. I WANT YOU TO LISTEN AS THEY TALK ABOUT THE EVIDENCE THAT PERSUADED THEM THAT JESUS WAS MORE THAN A PROPHET.>>ERGUN CANER: WE WALKED INTO THE MOSQUE, WE WOULD STUDY ABOUT JESUS. “ISA” WE CALLED HIM. WHEN I WALKED INTO THE CHURCH, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE THE SAME ISA. AND SO THE PASTOR ASKED ME, “WELL, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT JESUS? ” I SAID, “OH, WE RESPECT HIM. WE RESPECT HIM. HE’S A PROPHET. A LONG LINE OF PROPHETS.” WE EVEN HAVE AN ENTIRE CHAPTER OF THE QUR’AN, SURAH 19, MARYAM, NAMED AFTER HIS MOTHER, MARY. THE QUR’AN IS VERY CLEAR AS TO WHO JESUS IS IN ISLAM: THAT HE WAS BORN OF A VIRGIN, HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT. THAT HE’S THE WORD, THEY HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH “HALIMA” BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, HE’S COMMUNICATION. THEY EVEN HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THE TERM “MESSIAH,” BECAUSE IT MEANS “THE ANOINTED ONE,” AND SO HE WAS ANOINTED FOR THAT TASK. BUT THE QUR’AN IS VERY CLEAR: “SAY NOT TRINITY, DESIST FROM IT”. “HATH ALLAH BEGOTTEN A SON”, SURAH 19:88 IS ONE OF THE ONES I HAVE OPEN ON MY LAP. MY PASTOR THEN, THE PREACHER, SAID, “YOU CAN’T DO THIS.” AND I SAID, “WHAT DO YOU MEAN?” HE SAID, “WELL, YOU DON’T BELIEVE JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED? “NO WE DO NOT.” HE SAID, “ALL RIGHT, FORGET THE CRUCIFIXION FOR A MINUTE. WHY WAS HE INDICTED?” “WELL, HE WAS INDICTED FOR TWO REASONS: SEDITION AMONG THE ROMANS, BUT BLASPHEMY BY THE JEWS.” HE SAID, “WHAT WAS THE BLASPHEMY?” “CLAIMING TO BE GOD.” AND HE SAID, “SO LET’S JUST FORGET FOR A SECOND THAT HE WAS CRUCIFIED.” HE SAID, “IF JESUS CLAIMED TO BE GOD, COULD THAT JESUS BE A PROPHET IN ISLAM?” I SAID, “NO. HE WOULD BE A FRAUD. HE WOULD BE A LIAR. YOU KNOW, BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CLAIM ANY ADHERENCE TO BEING GOD.” AND HE SAID, “SO IF JESUS SAID HE WAS GOD, YOU CANNOT SIMPLY RESPECT HIM. YOU MUST EITHER REVERE HIM AS THE ONE WHO HE ACTUALLY SAID HE WAS, OR REJECT HIM AS A FRAUD. BUT HE COULD NOT BE IN THE LINE OF PROPHETS.” NOW, THIS HIT ME BETWEEN THE EYES.>>ANKERBERG: YES>>EMIR CANER: YOU HAVE VERSE 157 WHERE IT SAYS THEY KILLED HIM NOT NOR DID THEY CRUCIFY HIM, BUT THEY, THE SAME VERSE SAYS SOMEONE WHO RESEMBLED HIM TRULY TOOK HIS PLACE. WELL, AT WHAT POINT DID SOMEONE TAKE HIS PLACE? I MEAN, AFTER ALL, HE WAS BEATEN AND BATTERED AND BLOODIED AND SO MUCH. WERE THE PEOPLE SO IGNORANT THEY DIDN’T SEE THE REPLACEMENT OF A MAN WHO OBVIOUSLY WASN’T BEATEN LIKE CHRIST? OR PERHAPS IT WAS HIS OWN MOTHER THAT WAS SO IGNORANT THAT AT THE CROSS SHE LOOKED UP AND MISPERCEIVED THAT THIS WAS NOT HER OWN SON. IT JUST, IT DOESN’T FIT WITH THE FACTS OF THE STORY, AND THE VERY FACT OF THE CRUCIFIXION AND OF THE RESURRECTION. AND SO INTRODUCED BY IT, OUR PASTOR WOULD TELL US, LISTEN, JESUS CHRIST DIDN’T COME TO MAKE A BAD MAN GOOD, HE CAME TO MAKE A DEAD MAN ALIVE. AND HE’S NOT A GOOD SAVIOR, OR A BETTER SAVIOR, OR THE BEST SAVIOR. HE’S THE ONLY SAVIOR THAT MANKIND WILL EVER HAVE. AND THERE WE WERE PRESENTED WITH A CHOICE, THAT YOU EITHER WORSHIP JESUS, OR YOU REJECT HIM. YOU CANNOT MERELY RESPECT HIM.>>ANKERBERG: NEXT, LET’S TALK ABOUT A CONTROVERSIAL AREA. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MAIN BIBLICAL DOCTRINE THAT DIVIDES PROTESTANTS FROM ROMAN CATHOLICS? IS IT A SMALL ISSUE OR IS IT A BIG ONE? WELL, THE ISSUE IS A BIG ONE. IT HAS TO DO WITH THE GOSPEL ITSELF. WHEN YOU EXAMINE WHAT CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANTS ARE PREACHING, YOU REALIZE THAT THEY ARE PREACHING DIFFERENT GOSPELS. BUT THE BIBLE SAYS THERE IS ONLY ONE GOSPEL. SO WHO IS RIGHT? SO TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION I AM GOING TO TAKE YOU BACK IN HISTORY TO A DEBATE THAT WE HELD HERE ON THE JOHN ANKERBERG SHOW BETWEEN JESUIT PROFESSOR AND ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST, FATHER MITCHELL PACWA AND PROTESTANT SCHOLAR, THE LATE DR. WALTER MARTIN. AND WE’RE GOING TO JOIN THIS DEBATE AT THE POINT WHERE THEY WERE DISCUSSING: DOES A PERSON RECEIVE ETERNAL SALVATION AND THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS FROM GOD ON THE BASIS OF FAITH ALONE IN CHRIST, OR FAITH PLUS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF GOOD WORKS THAT A PERSON MUST DO? NOW THIS IS VERY CRUCIAL. LISTEN.>>MITCHELL PACWA: DID YOU READ THE REST OF THE CHAPTERS IN THAT SUCCESSION OF TRENT? THE WAY THEY, THEY DEAL WITH THAT IN THE, THE SAME PARAGRAPH IS, “WE ARE JUSTIFIED BY FAITH BECAUSE FAITH IS THE BEGINNING OF HUMAN SALVATION, THE FOUNDATION AND THE ROOT OF ALL JUSTIFICATION.>>ANKERBERG: ALL RIGHT LET’S STOP RIGHT THERE,>>PACWA: WITHOUT WITCH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD.”>>ANKERBERG: IS IT, THE QUESTION IS, IS IT A BEGINNING TRANSACTION OR IS IT A FINAL TRANSACTION?>>PACWA: I THINK THAT’S WHERE WE DISAGREE.>>MARTIN: RIGHT. THIS IS THE POINT. WHAT YOU JUST READ. FAITH IS THE BEGINNING OF THE TRANSACTION, RIGHT?>>PACWA: YES.>>MARTIN: NO! FOR BY GRACE, PAST TENSE, YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN SAVED, THROUGH FAITH.>>ANKERBERG: CORRECT.>>MARTIN: NOT BY YOURSELVES. NOT BY ANYTHING WORKING IN YOU. NOTHING LIKE THAT. NO TRANSFORMATION IN YOU. YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED BY GRACE OUTSIDE YOURSELF, WHICH REACHES DOWN, REDEEMS YOU AND THEN JUSTIFIES YOU. AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE SPIRIT COMING INTO US IN THE NEW BIRTH MAKES US IN THE IMAGE OF CHRIST. WE BECOME NEW CREATIONS IN CHRIST JESUS. WHAT TRENT, EXCUSE ME. WHAT TRENT IS SAYING IS THAT FAITH IS THE BEGINNING OF THE TRANSACTION OF JUSTIFICATION. BUT WHAT THE TEXT IS SAYING IS THAT SALVATION IS BY GRACE, THAT’S THE INITIAL ACT OF GOD, GRACE PROCEEDS FROM MERCY. MERCY PROCEEDS FROM LOVE, THE NATURE OF GOD. ALL RIGHT, NOW, WE’RE TRANSFORMED BY THE POWER OF GRACE. THAT’S WHY THE EMPHASIS IN EPHESIANS 2 IS, BY GRACE YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN SAVED. YOU’RE NOT WORKING FOR IT, YOU SEE? THIS IS CATHOLIC CATECHISM HERE, SINCE VATICAN 2 SPECIFICALLY SAYS THAT PAUL’S WRONG AND I JUST, I JUST CANNOT UNDERSTAND HOW TRENT OR THEY CAN SAY IT. QUOTE: “IF WE FOLLOW CHRIST, WE SHALL NEVER PLACE ANYONE OR ANYTHING ABOVE GOD.” RIGHT?>>PACWA: YES.>>MARTIN: “WE SHALL LOVE AND SERVE HIM ALONE.” RIGHT?>>PACWA: YES.>>MARTIN: “AND IN DOING THIS, WE SHALL SAVE OUR SOUL. WE SHALL EARN HEAVEN. WE SHALL HAVE HAPPINESS WITH GOD FOREVER.” BUT IF YOU CAN EARN HEAVEN, IF RIGHTEOUSNESS COMES BY THE EFFORTS OF MAN, PAUL SAYS, CHRIST DIED FOR NOTHING.>>ANKERBERG: NOW I DON’T WANT US TO LOSE SIGHT OF THIS POINT. AND TO FURTHER CLARIFY IT. I ASKED DR. JOHN MACARTHUR, DR. R.C. SPROUL, AND THE LATE DR. D JAMES KENNEDY, THREE OF THE BEST- KNOWN CHRISTIAN LEADERS IN THE UNITED STATES, TO ANSWER THE QUESTION, “WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT VIEWS? WHAT IS THE GOSPEL JESUS AND THE APOSTLES GAVE US IN THE NEW TESTAMENT?” HERE IS WHAT THEY SAID. LISTEN.>>DR. R.C. SPROUL: NOW, TO GET TO THE HEART OF THAT, LET ME JUMP DOWN THE FUNNEL TO THE BOTTOM LINE OF THE CONTROVERSY HISTORICALLY BETWEEN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND EVANGELICALS THAT PROVOKED THE REFORMATION. IN WAYS, I TRY TO SAY THIS IN A WAY THAT MY MOTHER, GOD BLESS HER, IF SHE WERE STILL ALIVE WOULD BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND IT AND I HOPE SHE UNDERSTANDS IT NOW FAR MORE CLEARLY THAN I DO IN, IN HER, IN HER FELICITY IN HEAVEN, BUT IN ANY CASE, IF MY MOTHER WERE HERE, I WOULD SAY, MOM, HERE’S MY PROBLEM. GOD IS JUST; GOD IS RIGHTEOUS; AND I’M NOT. HOW CAN I POSSIBLY SURVIVE A TRIBUNAL BEFORE A JUST AND HOLY GOD, SINCE I KNOW THAT, THAT GOD REQUIRES AND DEMANDS PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR HIM TO JUSTIFY ANYONE? AND SO THE ISSUE IN THE 16TH CENTURY WAS NOT WHETHER GOD DEMANDS RIGHTEOUSNESS IN ORDER FOR HIM TO DECLARE SOMEBODY JUST, BUT THE ISSUE IS WHERE DO WE GET THAT RIGHTEOUSNESS? THE PROTESTANT VIEW WAS THIS: THAT THE ONLY RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT HAS THE MERIT NECESSARY TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE HOLINESS OF GOD IS THAT RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT WAS ACHIEVED AND PERFORMED BY JESUS CHRIST AND BY JESUS CHRIST ALONE. THERE’S WHERE THE WORD ALONE COMES IN, JOHN, BECAUSE ALL PROTESTANTS HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED HISTORICALLY THAT THE PHRASE JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE REALLY MEANS, IT’S SHORTHAND, FOR JUSTIFICATION BY THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST ALONE. THAT ONLY HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS IS SUFFICIENT TO SAVE US. THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH SAID THAT THE ONLY WAY GOD WILL EVER DECLARE ME RIGHTEOUS OR YOU RIGHTEOUS OR ANYBODY ELSE RIGHTEOUS IS IF THEY HAVE A RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT INHERES WITHIN THEM, AN INTRINSIC RIGHTEOUSNESS, A RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT REALLY BELONGS TO JOHN ANKERBERG. THEY WOULD SAY THAT YOU CAN’T BE RIGHTEOUS, JOHN, APART FROM THE HELP OF CHRIST AND THE GRACE OF CHRIST AND THE INFUSION OF HIS POWER AND SO ON WITH WHICH YOU MUST ASSENT AND COOPERATE, “ASSENTARE COOPERARAE,” IS THE LANGUAGE THEY USE, AND SO YOU CAN’T BE SAVED WITHOUT THE HELP OF CHRIST OR WITHOUT GRACE OR WITHOUT FAITH, BUT ADDED TO THAT FAITH, ADDED TO THAT GRACE, ADDED TO THAT CHRIST MUST BE THE CONTRIBUTION OF JOHN ANKERBERG, WITHOUT WHICH GOD WILL NOT DECLARE YOU JUST. NOW, THAT’S ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. AND THE, THE WORD “ALONE” IS TRYING TO DRAW A LINE IN THE SAND AND SAY, SAYS THAT THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST SAYS THAT THE ONLY WAY A PERSON CAN BE SAVED IS BY THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST IMPUTED TO US BY FAITH.>>ANKERBERG: DR. KENNEDY, HOW CAN A PERSON WHO IS LISTENING COME INTO THAT WONDERFUL RELATIONSHIP THAT WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT?>>KENNEDY: ESSENTIALLY, THERE ARE ONLY 2 RELIGIONS IN THE WHOLE WORLD: ONE OF THEM IS “I”. I LIVE A GOOD LIFE. I KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS. I PRAY. I GO TO CHURCH. I FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULE. I LOVE MY NEIGHBOR. I DO THE BEST I CAN. I DON’T DO THIS BAD THING; I DON’T DO THE OTHER. THAT’S CALLED AUTOSOTERISM OR SELF-SALVATION, WHERE I BECOME MY OWN SAVIOR, GLORY BE TO ME. I AM IN COMPETITION WITH JESUS CHRIST WHO CLAIMS TO BE THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. THE ONLY OTHER RELIGION IS THE “CROSS”, SYMBOLIZED AND STANDING RIGHT BEHIND ME. ALL THERE OVER 30,000 RELIGIONS IN THE WORLD BUT WHEN YOU TAKE OFF THE RIBBON AND THE WRAPPING AND OPEN THE BOX, YOU’LL EITHER FIND THE “I” OR THE “CROSS” ESSENTIALLY. AND EVERYONE IS GOING TO EITHER BE SAYING, SAVING HIMSELF AND BE HIS OWN SAVIOR, OR HE’S GOING TO TRUST IN CHRIST. AND IN CHRIST ALONE. AND I WOULD SAY TO ANYONE THAT WANTS TO KNOW THE FREE SALVATION OF GOD, TO GET OUT OF THE SAVIOR BUSINESS, DECLARE SPIRITUAL BANKRUPTCY, TURN TO CHRIST AND TRUST IN HIM ALONE FOR YOUR SALVATION, AND HE WILL FREELY GIVE YOU THE GIFT OF EVERLASTING LIFE. HE WILL COME INTO YOUR HEART AND ENABLE YOU TO TRUST HIM AND TO REPENT OF YOUR SINS AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND GIVE YOU NEW MEANING AND NEW DIRECTION AND NEW POWER TO LIVE A GODLY LIFE. AND HE WILL TAKE YOU TO BE WITH HIM IN PARADISE FOREVER AND EVER.>>ANKERBERG: THAT’S GREAT! (APPLAUSE)>>ANKERBERG: NOW FOLKS, I’VE ONLY BEEN ABLE TO SHOW YOU A FEW MINUTES OF THE INFORMATION THAT IS AVAILABLE TO YOU IN OUR JESUS COLLECTION, OUR ISLAM COLLECTION, AND OUR ROMAN CATHOLICISM COLLECTION. BUT BECAUSE OF YOUR HELP WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO AIR MANY OF THESE PROGRAMS IN COUNTRIES OVERSEAS, SUCH AS INDIA WHERE WE ARE BROADCASTING IN 3 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES–HINDI, TELUGU AND TAMIL TO THE 1.2 BILLION PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN INDIA. WE’RE ALSO BROADCASTING ACROSS ALL 11 TIMES ZONES OF RUSSIA IN THE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE, AND TO THE PEOPLE IN THE UKRAINE IN THEIR LANGUAGE. AND THE RESPONSE WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM THE RUSSIAN AND UKRAINIAN PEOPLE HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING. A YEAR AGO WE BEGAN BROADCASTING ON A LARGE NETWORK THE COVERS EUROPE, THE MIDDLE EAST, ASIA, AFRICA, AND AUSTRALIA TO OVER 1 BILLION PEOPLE. AND WE BEGAN BROADCASTING TO PEOPLE IN ROMANIA IN THEIR LANGUAGE, AND FROM JERUSALEM IN HEBREW TO THE 6 MILLION JEWISH PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN ISRAEL. BECAUSE YOU HAVE TRUSTED US AND SUPPORTED OUR EFFORTS, OVER 4 BILLION PEOPLE IN 206 COUNTRIES CAN NOW TURN TO A CHANNEL IN THEIR OWN HOME, WATCH OUR TELEVISION PROGRAMS AND HERE THE GOSPEL. A FEW YEARS AGO I NEVER DREAMED SOMETHING LIKE THIS WAS EVEN POSSIBLE. BUT GOD HAS BLESSED AND THE WORLD IS OPEN LIKE IT HAS NEVER BEEN BEFORE. BUT BETWEEN NOW AND DECEMBER 31, I NEED YOUR HELP TO RAISE 1.4 MILLION DOLLARS TO DO TWO THINGS. FIRST, TO CONTINUE PRESENTING THE GOSPEL ON ALL OF OUR STATIONS OVERSEAS. AND SECOND, TO DISCIPLE 1 MILLION PEOPLE ONLINE THIS NEXT YEAR. NOW I BELIEVE IT’S POSSIBLE FOR US TO RAISE THIS LARGE AMOUNT IF EVERYONE WILL HELP. IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS FRIENDS OF OUR MINISTRY HAVE PROMISED TO MATCH EVERY GIFT GIVEN TO OUR MINISTRY BETWEEN NOW AND DECEMBER 31ST UP TO $450,000. NOW THIS IS AMAZING. IT MEANS EVERY GIFT THAT YOU GIVE TODAY WILL BE MATCHED DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR. A GIFT OF $50 WILL BECOME $100, $100 WILL BECOME $200, $500 WILL BECOME 1000, AND 1000 WILL BECOME 2000 AND SO ON. NOW HOW CAN WE DISCIPLE 1 MILLION PEOPLE ONLINE THIS NEXT YEAR? WELL IT’S BECAUSE PEOPLE IN 206 COUNTRIES ARE COMING TO OUR JOHN ANKERBERG SHOW WEBSITE AND TO OUR JOHN ANKERBERG APP. AND THIS HAS LED US TO TEST TAKING OUR TV PROGRAMS AND MATERIALS INTO TARGETED ONLINE LOCATIONS WHERE WE HAVE ASKED PEOPLE SPIRITUAL QUESTIONS THAT COME UP ON THEIR PHONES, THEIR TABLETS, AND COMPUTERS. SUCH QUESTIONS AS, WOULD YOU LIKE TO COMPARE CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM? WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW 5 GOOD REASONS FOR BELIEVING IN THE EXISTENCE OF GOD? WELL WE HAVE LEARNED THAT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE EAGER TO LEARN THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS. AND PART OF THE $1.4 MILLION WILL GO TOWARD OUR CONTACTING 300 MILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ASKING THEM SPIRITUAL QUESTIONS. OUR TESTS HAVE ALREADY SHOWN US THAT IF WE CONTACT 300 MILLION PEOPLE, 11 MILLION OF THEM WILL RESPOND TO OUR QUESTIONS BY READING AN ARTICLE OR BY WATCHING A VIDEO PRESENTATION OF THE GOSPEL. AND OF THOSE 11 MILLION PEOPLE, WE KNOW THAT 1 MILLION OF THEM WILL GIVE US PERMISSION TO CONTACT THEM WEEKLY AND ENTER THEM IN A BASIC DISCIPLESHIP COURSE. SO TODAY I AM ASKING, WOULD YOU HELP ME DISCIPLE 1 MILLION PEOPLE ON LINE THIS NEXT YEAR? OUR STAFF HAS PUT TOGETHER 6 UNIQUE COLLECTIONS OF TELEVISION PROGRAMS ON DVDS ALONG WITH SOME SPECIAL GIFTS THAT WE WANT TO GIVE AS A THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO WILL HELP US. THE 6 COLLECTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS: “THE JESUS COLLECTION,” “THE ROMAN CATHOLICISM COLLECTION,” “THE PROPHECY COLLECTION,” “THE ISLAM COLLECTION,” “THE ENCOURAGEMENT COLLECTION” AND “THE SCIENCE COLLECTION.” NOW LET ME HIGHLIGHT 2 OF THESE COLLECTIONS THAT I HAVEN’T TALKED ABOUT BEFORE. NOW THE FIRST IS “THE JESUS COLLECTION,” WHICH CONSISTS OF 24 TELEVISION PROGRAMS AND FEATURES SUCH GUESTS AS LEE STROBEL, THAT YOU HEARD TODAY, PRESENTING THE EVIDENCE FOR JESUS’ RESURRECTION AND CAN WE TRUST THE NEW TESTAMENT? THEN 11 DIFFERENT SCHOLARS ARE FEATURED IN OUR SERIES: THE NATIVITY, MYTH OR MIRACLE? THEN DR. WALTER KAISER AND DR. DARRELL BOCK METICULOUSLY PRESENT 16 OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECIES THAT PROVE JESUS IS THE MESSIAH. AND THEN DR. DARRELL BOCK PRESENTS INFORMATION THAT EVERY COLLEGE STUDENT NEEDS TO KNOW SO THAT YOU WON’T FALL AWAY FROM THE FAITH, AND THEN HE ANSWERS QUESTIONS THE WORLD ASK WILL ASK ABOUT YOUR FAITH. THEN THE SECOND THAT I’D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT IS OUR “ROMAN CATHOLICISM COLLECTION.” THIS COLLECTION CONTAINS 21 PROGRAMS AND FEATURES OUR IMPORTANT DEBATE BETWEEN JESUIT PROFESSOR AND ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST FATHER MITCHELL PACWA AND PROTESTANT SCHOLAR, THE LATE DR. WALTER MARTIN. THEY DEBATE THE QUESTIONS: DO PROTESTANTS AND CATHOLICS AGREE ON JUSTIFICATION AND PAPAL INFALLIBILITY? DO THEY AGREE ON MARY, ON CONFESSION, AND PURGATORY? THEN DR. JOHN MACARTHUR, DR. RC SPROUL AND THE LATE DR. D JAMES KENNEDY ARE FEATURED IN AN IMPORTANT SERIES CALLED, DO PROTESTANTS AND CATHOLICS NOW AGREE? AND FINALLY, WE HAVE A PROGRAM ENTITLED, SHOULD THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ELEVATE MARY’S STATUS? ANYONE WHO WILL SEND A GIFT OF $100 OR MORE TO HELP US, YOU CAN CHOOSE ANY 1 OF OUR 6 COLLECTIONS AS OUR THANK YOU TO YOU. FURTHER, YOUR GIFT WILL BE DOUBLED AND WE WILL ALSO SEND YOU OUR NEW CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT THAT OUR STAFF HAS DESIGNED THAT FEATURES ISAIAH 9:6 WHICH READS, “FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN.” IF YOU WILL GIVE A GIFT OF $500, NOT ONLY WILL YOUR GIFT BE MATCHED, BUT YOU MAY CHOOSE ANY 3 OF OUR 6 COLLECTIONS. FURTHER, WE WILL ALSO SEND YOU THIS EXQUISITE SCULPTURE OF A “SOARING EAGLE” WITH ISAIAH 40:31 UNDERNEATH WHICH READS, “THOSE WHO HOPE IN THE LORD WILL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH. THEY WILL SOAR ON WINGS LIKE EAGLES.” AND THEN THOSE WHO WILL GIVE A GIFT OF $1,000 OR MORE, I HOPE MEANY OF YOU WILL, YOUR GIFT WILL BE DOUBLED AND AS A THANK YOU, WE WILL SEND YOU ALL 6 TELEVISION COLLECTIONS CONTAINING 133 TV PROGRAMS, PLUS THIS BEAUTIFUL CLOCK WITH THE WORDS: “REDEEMING THE TIME” FROM EPHESIANS 5:16. FOLKS TODAY YOU CAN MAKE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IN HELPING US REACH PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD AND DISCIPLING ONE MILLION PEOPLE ONLINE. PLEASE, WOULD YOU TAKE THIS MOMENT AND CALL US AT 1-800-805-3030 AND SAY THAT YOU WILL HELP BY GIVING A GIFT. THAT’S 1-800-805-3030. YOU MAY ALSO CALL THAT SAME NUMBER ANY DAY THIS WEEK. OR IF YOU WISH, YOU MAY ALSO GO TO OUR WEBSITE AT JASHOW.ORG WHERE WE HAVE A SECURE PLACE FOR YOU TO GIVE YOUR GIFT. I WILL APPRECIATE YOUR HELP VERY MUCH.>>ANNOUNCER: NEXT WEEK ON THE JOHN ANKERBERG SHOW:>>DR. DAVID JEREMIAH: I WANT TO TELL YOU SOMETHING. PROPHECY IS GETTING MORE RELEVANT THAN IT HAS EVER BEEN. AND WE BETTER BE LISTENING TO IT BECAUSE WE ARE LIVING THROUGH THE EARLY STAGES OF WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS THE FUTURE IS ALL ABOUT.>>ANNOUNCER: AND TO LEARN HOW TO START A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST, GO TO OUR WEBSITE AT JASHOW.ORG AND CLICK ON “PRAY TO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR.”

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