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September 21, 2020
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Pastor Robert begins his new series; Eternity: Your Choice; with a message about how anyone can have everlasting life by choosing to follow Jesus.

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: Here'swhat it's saying.
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  • God is not depositing theworld's sins into their account.
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  • Through Christ, He hastaken care of everyone's sin.
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  • Please hear me.
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  • Everyone in the world, Jesushas already paid for their sins.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT: So, we're beginninga new series called,
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  • “Eternity: Your Choice.”
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  • So, the titleof today's message is,
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  • “Whosoever Will.”
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  • Now, I'm going to do something
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  • a little differently,and I'm going to go through
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  • a teaching to show you whyI believe that the Bible
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  • teaches “Whosoever Will”,but there are other people
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  • that don't believe this way.
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  • And, I'm not tryingto pick a fight.
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  • I'm not trying to set us apartfrom other churches,
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  • I want us to come together.
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  • So, it's okayif someone believes
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  • a different way than us.
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  • That's okay in thebody of Christ.
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  • So, I just want to say that.
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  • The reason I haveto say that is ‘cause
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  • I'm gonna talk aboutCalvinism and Arminianism,
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  • and I don't want to be branded.
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  • Just let me justsay that, all right?
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  • John Calvin lived fromin the early 1500s.
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  • Jacob Arminius livedin the late 1500s.
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  • And, what people do todayis they say, well,
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  • you're a Calvinistor you're an Arminianist.
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  • I'd rather be a Christian,if that's all right.
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  • So, I follow Christ, okay?
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  • But I am gonna have to talkabout some things, and I want
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  • to talk about actuallythe five points of Calvinism
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  • to show you why I believein “Whosoever Will”,
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  • but I'm not tryingto start a fight. Okay?
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  • I'm not trying toget more e-mails.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • The very fact thatit makes us angry
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  • and we argue about thingsshould show us that there
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  • could be something wrong.
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  • So, I'm not trying to argue,and I think that there
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  • are certain beliefs that couldhinder us from sharing
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  • the gospel with everyone,so I'm going to talk about that.
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  • Now, before I getinto the first point,
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  • I've got to explainthe difference
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  • between doctrine and dogma.
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  • The word “doctrine” comesfrom two Greek words.
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  • It comes from the Greekword “didasko”,
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  • which means teaching,but it's “didaskein”,
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  • which is it addsanother element --
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  • it's the Master's teaching.Doctrine means
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  • the Master's teaching,and the Master's teaching
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  • never changes,but our understanding
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  • of the Master'steaching changes.
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  • So see, when I teach this,some people might say,
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  • “Oh, you attacked doctrine,”but your doctrine
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  • and my doctrine changes;our understanding of doctrine.
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  • Are you following me?
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  • So, actually what we'retalking about is dogma,
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  • which is belief.
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  • By the way, dogma is wherewe get our word “dogmatic,”
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  • which a lot of peoplewho have strong dogma
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  • are dogmatic about it.
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  • Have you ever metsomeone like that? Okay.
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  • So, we're talking aboutthe Master's teaching,
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  • and I'm telling you whatI believe about it, okay?
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  • You follow me?
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  • So, don't say, “Well,if you're not a Calvinist,
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  • you're an Arminianist.”Again, those are students
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  • of the Master, and I'm notthe student of any student,
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  • I'm a student of the Masteras well, even though I respect
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  • men and women of Godthat God's used through
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  • the ages through churches.All right.
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  • So, when you talkabout Calvinism,
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  • there are fivepoints to Calvinism,
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  • and you use the acronym“TULIP”, T-U-L-I-P.
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  • So, those will be myfive points, all right?
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  • And I'll show youwhat I believe
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  • and what I believethe Bible teaches.
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  • The first one is, numberone, total depravity.
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  • So, the T in “TULIP”stands for total depravity.
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  • Now, what manybelieve this means
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  • is that we are so depraved, wehave such a fallen sin nature,
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  • that we can't evenchoose Christ,
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  • that God just kind of zaps usand we get saved one day,
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  • but that we don't even havethe ability to choose Christ.
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  • I disagree with that.
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  • I believe that what itmeans that we're depraved
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  • is that we're bornwith a sin nature,
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  • that we all havea sin nature, and yet,
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  • God still gives usthe ability to choose.
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  • I really believe you determinewhere you spend eternity,
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  • and that God is a justand merciful God,
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  • and gives every person a chanceto accept Jesus Christ.
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  • Whatever belief you have hasto be consistent with the nature
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  • and character of God,and a God that would love
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  • the world so much that Hewould give His own Son
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  • for the world, I believe,gives everyone an opportunity.
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  • So, but I do believe that we'reall born with a sin nature.
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  • Romans 3:23 says, “For allhave sinned and fall short
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  • of the glory of God.”It's very simple.
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  • I've asked you this before.
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  • If you want to knowif we have a sin nature,
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  • simple question:did you have to teach
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  • your children to be bad?
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  • Or, did it comenaturally to them?
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  • I actually saw a thing onthe internet a while back
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  • that said, “Funny Signs”,and I thought,
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  • this is a perfect signto represent a sin nature.
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  • Let me show you the sign.
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  • “Caution, this signhas sharp edges.
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  • Do not touch the edgesof this sign.”
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  • Also, “The bridge is outahead.”
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  • [Laughter]
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  • How many people do you think,and how many of you
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  • are actually thinking, “I wonderhow sharp those edges are?”
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  • [Laughter]
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  • So, the first point of Calvinismis total depravity,
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  • and some believe that meansthat we can't even choose God.
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  • I don't believe it takesaway our choice,
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  • but I believe we're all bornwith a sin nature.
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  • Everyone understand?
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  • Okay, the second,the U in “TULIP”
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  • is unconditional election.
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  • Unconditional election,and what this belief is,
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  • is that God chose some peopleto go to heaven and God
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  • chose some people to go to hell.
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  • Again, did you all hear me sayI'm not trying to pick a fight?
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  • I just don't believethat about God.
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  • I believe that Godwants everyone
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  • to come to Jesus Christ,and God is not willing
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  • that any should perish, butwants all to come to repentance.
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  • So, I don't believeGod chose some.
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  • There are too manyScriptures to take the gospel
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  • to the whole world.Now, let me read you some.
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  • Matthew 24:14, “And thisgospel of the kingdom
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  • will be preachedin all the world,
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  • as a witness to all the nations,and then the end will come.”
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  • What kind of God wouldhave the gospel preached,
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  • but not allow peopleto receive the gospel?
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  • Mark 16:15,“And He said to them,
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  • “Go into all the worldand preach the gospel
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  • to every creature.”
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  • John 1:21, “The next day,John saw Jesus
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  • coming toward him and said,“Behold the Lamb of God,
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  • who takes awaythe sin of the world.”
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  • John 3:17, “Goddid not send His Son
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  • into the worldto condemn the world,
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  • but that the world,through Him, might be saved.”
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  • 2 Corinthians 5:19-20,watch this carefully.
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  • “That is, that Godwas in Christ reconciling
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  • the world to Himself, notimputing their sins to them.”
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  • We're gonna come backto this word, “imputing”.
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  • “And has committed to usthe word of reconciliation.
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  • Now then, we areambassadors for Christ,
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  • as though God werepleading through us;
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  • we implore you on Christ'sbehalf, be reconciled to God.”
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  • God's pleading with us,to the whole world,
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  • be reconciled to God.
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  • God was in Christreconciling the world -
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  • not the elect,the world to Himself,
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  • and now we are ambassadors.
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  • But here's what it saysabout the world,
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  • “not imputingtheir sins to them.”
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  • This word, “imputing”,in the Greek
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  • is an accounting termthat literally means depositing
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  • in an account, to makea deposit into an account.
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  • Here's what it's saying.
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  • God is not depositing theworld's sins into their account.
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  • Through Christ, He has takencare of everyone's sin.
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  • Please hear me.
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  • Everyone in the world, Jesushas already paid for their sins.
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  • If He hasn't already paidfor their sins,
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  • He'll have to die again.
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  • He's already paid forthe whole world to be saved.
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  • This is whyit's so easy to witness,
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  • because we can tell them, “Yoursins have already been paid for.
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  • God's alreadyreconciled you.
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  • It's up to you whether youreceive Jesus or not.”
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  • Now, I'm goingto make a bold statement,
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  • and there's a lot of theology,and there's no way to cover all
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  • of the theology that you shouldcover in a 32-minute message.
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  • There's just no way to do it,so I just have to kind
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  • of hit tidbits here.
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  • So, I'm going to saysomething' pretty strong.
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  • People don't go to hellfor sin, because of sin.
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  • They go to hellbecause of unbelief.
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  • Jesus did not say the onesthat don't sin go to heaven,
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  • and the ones thatsin go to hell.
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  • Let me read youexactly what He said.
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  • John 3:36, “He who believesin the Son has everlasting life;
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  • he who does not believein the Son shall not see life.”
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  • See, people go to hellbecause they don't believe,
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  • but Jesus had alreadypaid for their sins.
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  • That again is why it'sso easy to witness,
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  • because there's a check.
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  • Jesus has already writtenthe check for all of your sins.
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  • It's just up to you whetheryou endorse it and deposit it.
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  • And when you deposit itinto your account by faith,
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  • then all of yoursins are paid for,
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  • your debt is paid in full,and the righteousness of God
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  • is deposited in your account.
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  • That's what happenswhen we get saved.
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  • [Applause]
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  • But, it's up to you.You have a choice.
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  • God created you in Hisimage with a choice.
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  • Here's the third.
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  • This is the Lin the word “TULIP”.
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  • If you want to rememberthese five and you know,
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  • for some reason, the thirdis limited atonement.
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  • Again, I don't believe this.
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  • It basically means that Jesusdied only for the elect,
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  • for those that God chose,and so some He didn't choose,
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  • but He didn't die for the world.
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  • I think there's just waytoo many Scriptures
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  • that said He diedfor the whole world.
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  • I've shown you some Scriptures,but let me show you
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  • a couple that have a phrase,“once for all.”
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  • I love this and I only chosetwo of them, but watch this.
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  • Hebrews 7:27, this istalking about Jesus.
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  • “Who does not need daily,as those high priests,
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  • to offer up sacrifices,first for His own sins
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  • and then for the people's,for this He did once”,
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  • now watch thesewords, “for all.”
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  • He did it for all, everyone,“when He offered up Himself.”
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  • Hebrews 9:12, “Not withthe blood of goats and calves,
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  • but with His own blood,He entered the Most Holy Place
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  • once for all”, for all, “havingobtained eternal redemption.”
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  • The reason that I'm sharingthis is because I'm not trying
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  • to again separate from peoplewho have a different belief
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  • in the body of Christthan we do.
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  • I'm not trying todo that at all.
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  • I have a desire,as the pastor of this church,
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  • for you to have a desireto win people to Christ.
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  • And I think if we wereto believe something like this,
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  • that God chose somepeople to be saved
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  • and others not to be saved,and we'll see in a moment
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  • that part of this belief is theywill be saved no matter what --
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  • whether they even accept Christor not, they'll just be saved.
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  • That's the extent, that'sthe far extent of this belief,
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  • and you'll see iton the next point.
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  • They just willaccept the Lord.
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  • If that's the case,why witness?
  • 00:12:24.125 --> 00:12:26.795
  • Why tell anyoneabout Christ?
  • 00:12:26.895 --> 00:12:28.830
  • Why pray for the lost?Why pray for people?
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  • When you look atthe whole of Scripture,
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  • that's what we're to do.
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  • Jesus says, “Go,and go now!”
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  • You can hear anurgency in His voice.
  • 00:12:37.806 --> 00:12:39.174
  • “Go out into the highwaysand the hedges
  • 00:12:39.274 --> 00:12:41.409
  • and compel them to come in,that My house may be full.”
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  • Please go tell them.
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  • My desire is thatwe at Gateway Church,
  • 00:12:48.683 --> 00:12:53.555
  • every time we meet someone,
  • 00:12:53.655 --> 00:12:56.891
  • we're thinking about how to talkto that person about Jesus,
  • 00:12:56.991 --> 00:12:59.861
  • every time.
  • 00:12:59.961 --> 00:13:01.062
  • My wife will tell you, I talk topeople everywhere we go,
  • 00:13:01.162 --> 00:13:05.733
  • and I have anulterior motive.
  • 00:13:05.834 --> 00:13:09.237
  • I am trying to getthat person saved.
  • 00:13:09.337 --> 00:13:13.141
  • Everywhere, I'm trying tostrike up a conversation.
  • 00:13:13.241 --> 00:13:16.110
  • I'm trying totalk to people.
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  • We went down to Austinand spent our family vacation,
  • 00:13:18.213 --> 00:13:22.517
  • and it's where Joshhas moved, and Hannah,
  • 00:13:22.617 --> 00:13:24.786
  • and he'll be plantingthe church, you know,
  • 00:13:24.886 --> 00:13:26.087
  • in January down there.
  • 00:13:26.187 --> 00:13:27.822
  • And so, everywhere I go,they say, “Are you visiting?”
  • 00:13:27.922 --> 00:13:31.993
  • “Yes, visiting from Dallas.I pastor a church there.
  • 00:13:32.093 --> 00:13:34.729
  • My son moved down here,and to plant a church.”
  • 00:13:34.829 --> 00:13:37.098
  • Okay, so I'm telling'everyone that,
  • 00:13:37.198 --> 00:13:38.499
  • because I want them to say, “Oh,really, what kind of church,
  • 00:13:38.600 --> 00:13:40.869
  • when's it gonna start?”
  • 00:13:40.969 --> 00:13:42.203
  • You know, I'm trying to get ‘em.
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  • Okay, so we go downfor family vacation
  • 00:13:43.638 --> 00:13:46.941
  • and we've been down there, likethree days, and my son, James,
  • 00:13:47.041 --> 00:13:50.345
  • said, “Dad, I have proofpositive that we need
  • 00:13:50.445 --> 00:13:53.448
  • to plant a church in Austin,‘cause we've been here
  • 00:13:53.548 --> 00:13:55.617
  • three days and no onehas recognized you yet.”
  • 00:13:55.717 --> 00:13:59.487
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:13:59.587 --> 00:14:03.458
  • So, I'm not sayinganything bad about Austin,
  • 00:14:04.926 --> 00:14:08.396
  • but just between us, thereare a lot of heathens, okay?
  • 00:14:08.496 --> 00:14:11.065
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:14:11.165 --> 00:14:13.768
  • Just between us.
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  • Don't tell anyone I saidthat, just between us.
  • 00:14:17.472 --> 00:14:20.975
  • It's okay.
  • 00:14:21.075 --> 00:14:22.143
  • They don't read my Twitteraccounts either anyway,
  • 00:14:22.243 --> 00:14:24.545
  • so it's okay.It was amazing.
  • 00:14:24.646 --> 00:14:29.851
  • I would tell people,“Hey, you know,
  • 00:14:29.951 --> 00:14:32.053
  • my son's planting a church,”
  • 00:14:32.153 --> 00:14:33.321
  • and they would go like, “Oh,”and that'd kind of be
  • 00:14:33.421 --> 00:14:35.523
  • the end of the conversation.
  • 00:14:35.623 --> 00:14:37.458
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:14:37.558 --> 00:14:38.993
  • We need to tell people.
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  • Everywhere we go, there needs tobe a driving force in you
  • 00:14:41.930 --> 00:14:43.731
  • to win people to Christ,and that's the only reason
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  • I'm preaching this message.I felt very strongly.
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  • Okay, here's the fourth point,and it's the I in “TULIP”,
  • 00:14:49.404 --> 00:14:53.241
  • irresistible grace.
  • 00:14:53.341 --> 00:14:56.077
  • What this means inthe Calvinism teaching
  • 00:14:56.177 --> 00:14:59.247
  • is that those who are chosencannot resist the grace of God.
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  • They will accept Christbecause it's just irresistible.
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  • I disagree with that.
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  • I believe that youcan resist God.
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  • I believe Godgave you a will.
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  • See, I think that thisteaching basically means
  • 00:15:11.993 --> 00:15:17.699
  • that God created robots,and He created us
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  • without a will and a choice,and I think you have a will.
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  • Let me say it this way.
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  • Your belief,and I may share on this
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  • the next few weeks some -your belief determines
  • 00:15:31.412 --> 00:15:33.681
  • where you will spend eternity,
  • 00:15:33.781 --> 00:15:35.817
  • and your behavior determineshow you will spend eternity.
  • 00:15:35.917 --> 00:15:39.153
  • So, it's very important.You have a choice.
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  • Acts 7:51, “You stiff-neckedand uncircumcised
  • 00:15:42.490 --> 00:15:46.494
  • in your heart and ears!
  • 00:15:46.594 --> 00:15:48.096
  • You always resistthe Holy Spirit;
  • 00:15:48.196 --> 00:15:52.166
  • as your fathers did, so doyou.”
  • 00:15:52.266 --> 00:15:54.602
  • He's saying you resist, you'reresisting the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:15:54.702 --> 00:15:58.840
  • Okay, now watch how again,Jesus tells us we have a choice.
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  • Matthew 7:24, “Therefore whoever hears
  • 00:16:02.710 --> 00:16:04.912
  • these sayings of Mine,and does them,
  • 00:16:05.013 --> 00:16:08.716
  • I will liken him to a wise man
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  • who built his houseon the rock.”
  • 00:16:09.917 --> 00:16:11.019
  • Then, go down to Verse 26.
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  • “Everyone who hearsthese sayings of Mine,
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  • and does not do them,will be like a foolish man
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  • who builds hishouse on the sand.”
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  • Doesn't it sound likeyou have a choice?
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  • When you hear My sayings,you can do ‘em or not do ‘em.
  • 00:16:21.529 --> 00:16:24.132
  • If you do ‘em, you're wise,if you don't, you're foolish.
  • 00:16:24.232 --> 00:16:26.501
  • Here's another verse showingJesus saying you have a choice.
  • 00:16:26.601 --> 00:16:29.637
  • Matthew 10:32-33, “Thereforewhoever confesses Me before men,
  • 00:16:29.737 --> 00:16:35.376
  • him I will also confess beforeMy Father who is in heaven.
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  • But whoever deniesMe before men,
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  • him I will also deny before MyFather who is in heaven.”
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  • Look at that!Jesus is saying this.
  • 00:16:44.585 --> 00:16:48.289
  • He's not saying,“We got it all worked out,
  • 00:16:48.389 --> 00:16:50.258
  • and We got some We choseto live with Us
  • 00:16:50.358 --> 00:16:53.227
  • and some that are gonnajust be tormented forever,
  • 00:16:53.327 --> 00:16:54.929
  • no matter what they do on earth,
  • 00:16:55.029 --> 00:16:56.264
  • even if they were to cry outto Us and asked to be saved.”
  • 00:16:56.364 --> 00:16:59.233
  • He's saying, “If you confess Me,I'll confess you;
  • 00:16:59.333 --> 00:17:03.037
  • if you deny Me,I will deny you.”
  • 00:17:03.137 --> 00:17:05.239
  • In other words, He's sayingit's up to you.
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  • It's up to you.
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  • Well, after I got saved,I remember going back
  • 00:17:09.343 --> 00:17:11.612
  • to nearly all of my drugfriends and sharing
  • 00:17:11.712 --> 00:17:14.515
  • the gospel with them.
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  • And one of those,I just kept sharing with him
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  • and he kept sayingto me something like,”
  • 00:17:18.152 --> 00:17:21.122
  • I just want Godto prove Himself to me.”
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  • I said, “What do youmean, prove Himself?”
  • 00:17:24.959 --> 00:17:28.696
  • He said, “I just want Himto prove that He's alive,
  • 00:17:28.796 --> 00:17:30.765
  • prove that He's real,prove that He knows me,”
  • 00:17:30.865 --> 00:17:33.701
  • you know, stuff like this.
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  • And, I guess it was probably30 minutes or so and He said,
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  • “I just want Him to dosomething spectacular.”
  • 00:17:38.206 --> 00:17:40.675
  • I said, “He didsomething spectacular.
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  • He sent His son for you.”
  • 00:17:42.410 --> 00:17:43.644
  • He said, “No, I just want Himto do something spectacular,
  • 00:17:43.744 --> 00:17:45.413
  • like right now, today,and show me that He's real.”
  • 00:17:45.513 --> 00:17:48.549
  • And I was justa young Christian.
  • 00:17:48.649 --> 00:17:50.451
  • I just kind of got,I guess fed up, you know,
  • 00:17:50.551 --> 00:17:54.021
  • so I just put my handon him and I said,
  • 00:17:54.122 --> 00:17:55.356
  • “God, I just praythat You'll show him
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  • that You could kill him,but You're not going to.”
  • 00:17:56.924 --> 00:17:58.593
  • [Laughter]
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  • I don't know howtheological that was, but.
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  • But the next night,he got drunk,
  • 00:18:10.938 --> 00:18:15.610
  • went off the road in his truck.
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  • Somehow his door came open.
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  • He fell out,he rolled in a ditch.
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  • He didn't get hurtbecause, drunk, probably
  • 00:18:20.181 --> 00:18:22.250
  • just rolling around.
  • 00:18:22.350 --> 00:18:23.518
  • His truck went into a treeand did catch on fire,
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  • and burned up.
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  • And the policeofficer said to him,
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  • which he told me this later.
  • 00:18:32.593 --> 00:18:33.828
  • The police officersaid to him, “Son,
  • 00:18:33.928 --> 00:18:35.696
  • God was looking out for you.
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  • God is trying to tell youto get your life straight.”
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  • [Applause]
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  • Here's the sad part.
  • 00:18:47.875 --> 00:18:49.043
  • He still didn't get saved,because you can resist.
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  • It's what the Bible even says.
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  • Even if someone didsomething amazing,
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  • they wouldn't believe.
  • 00:19:01.589 --> 00:19:03.424
  • Even if someonerose from the dead,
  • 00:19:03.524 --> 00:19:05.226
  • which Jesus did risefrom the grave.
  • 00:19:05.326 --> 00:19:07.128
  • So, irresistible grace.
  • 00:19:07.228 --> 00:19:08.329
  • Here's the fifth point,perseverance of the saints.
  • 00:19:08.429 --> 00:19:12.667
  • This means that if you'reone of the chosen,
  • 00:19:12.767 --> 00:19:15.203
  • you're going to persevereto the end, no matter what.
  • 00:19:15.303 --> 00:19:18.539
  • I think this takes personalresponsibility out of it.
  • 00:19:18.639 --> 00:19:21.375
  • Again, I thinkit takes our choice,
  • 00:19:21.475 --> 00:19:22.743
  • even after we getsaved, out of it.
  • 00:19:22.843 --> 00:19:24.345
  • And I'm not saying whether wecan lose our salvation or not,
  • 00:19:24.445 --> 00:19:27.915
  • but the wayI believe this
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  • is a little differently.
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  • “Perseverance”starts with P-E-R.
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  • I'm gonna change those firstthree letters to P-R-E.
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  • I believe in the preservationof the saints.
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  • In other words, I believethat God preserves
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  • those whom He lovesand who call on His name.
  • 00:19:47.001 --> 00:19:51.472
  • Psalm 31:23, “Oh, love the Lord,all you His saints,
  • 00:19:51.572 --> 00:19:56.777
  • for the Lordpreserves the faithful.”
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  • Think about how youwould preserve something.
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  • Psalm 37:28,“For the Lord loves justice
  • 00:20:03.818 --> 00:20:06.320
  • that does notforsake His saints;
  • 00:20:06.420 --> 00:20:08.889
  • they are preserved forever.”
  • 00:20:08.990 --> 00:20:13.461
  • Psalm 97:10, “You wholove the Lord hate evil;
  • 00:20:13.561 --> 00:20:16.664
  • he preserves the soulsof His saints.”
  • 00:20:16.764 --> 00:20:21.202
  • And then, this isthe way Paul said it
  • 00:20:21.302 --> 00:20:22.436
  • in the New Testament,2 Timothy 1:12.
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  • “For this reason I alsosuffer these things;
  • 00:20:25.039 --> 00:20:27.441
  • nevertheless I am not ashamed,
  • 00:20:27.541 --> 00:20:29.243
  • for I know whom I have believedand am persuaded
  • 00:20:29.343 --> 00:20:32.780
  • that He is able to keepwhat I have committed
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  • to Him until that Day.”
  • 00:20:36.784 --> 00:20:38.886
  • See, this doesn'tfocus on my strength,
  • 00:20:38.986 --> 00:20:41.455
  • it focuses on His strength,
  • 00:20:41.555 --> 00:20:43.257
  • that God is able to keep thatwhich I have committed to Him.
  • 00:20:43.357 --> 00:20:45.726
  • Here's what I'vecommitted to Him.
  • 00:20:45.826 --> 00:20:46.927
  • I've committed my faith inthe substitutionary death
  • 00:20:47.028 --> 00:20:50.298
  • of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:20:50.398 --> 00:20:52.066
  • I've committedmy faith to Him.
  • 00:20:52.166 --> 00:20:54.101
  • He's able to keepthat until the Day.
  • 00:20:54.201 --> 00:20:56.103
  • If you notice in that verse,“Day” is capitalized.
  • 00:20:56.203 --> 00:20:58.372
  • It means the Judgment Day.
  • 00:20:58.472 --> 00:21:00.107
  • Now, here's the reasonthat I named this message,
  • 00:21:00.207 --> 00:21:04.412
  • “Whosoever Will”, okay?
  • 00:21:04.512 --> 00:21:05.980
  • I want to show yousome Scriptures,
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  • but I'm going to read themin the Old King James.
  • 00:21:07.715 --> 00:21:10.584
  • The reason is,in the New King James
  • 00:21:10.685 --> 00:21:12.720
  • and all the other versions,which I use the New King James,
  • 00:21:12.820 --> 00:21:15.056
  • it says “whoever”, because wedon't use the word “whosoever”,
  • 00:21:15.156 --> 00:21:18.859
  • but I remember hearing the wordsgrowing up, “whosoever”.
  • 00:21:18.959 --> 00:21:22.797
  • So, it just came to meas I was praying about
  • 00:21:22.897 --> 00:21:24.965
  • which message to start thisseries with, whosoever will,
  • 00:21:25.066 --> 00:21:28.536
  • whosoever will.
  • 00:21:28.636 --> 00:21:29.770
  • So, I'm gonna read ‘emin Old King James
  • 00:21:29.870 --> 00:21:31.472
  • so we can see the “whosoevers”in the Bible, all right?
  • 00:21:31.572 --> 00:21:35.376
  • Matthew 16:25,“For whosoever will save
  • 00:21:35.476 --> 00:21:40.348
  • his life shall lose it,
  • 00:21:40.448 --> 00:21:42.917
  • and whosoever will lose his lifefor My sake shall find it.”
  • 00:21:43.017 --> 00:21:47.588
  • Notice again,the onus is on you.
  • 00:21:47.688 --> 00:21:49.824
  • You have a choice.
  • 00:21:49.924 --> 00:21:51.058
  • Mark 8:34, “And whenHe had called the people
  • 00:21:51.158 --> 00:21:53.294
  • unto Him withHis disciples also,
  • 00:21:53.394 --> 00:21:55.429
  • He said unto them,“Whosoever will come after Me,
  • 00:21:55.529 --> 00:21:58.632
  • let him deny himself, take uphis cross, and follow Me.”
  • 00:21:58.733 --> 00:22:03.037
  • Acts 2:21, “And itshall come to pass
  • 00:22:03.137 --> 00:22:05.272
  • that whosoever shall callon the name of the Lord
  • 00:22:05.373 --> 00:22:09.543
  • shall be saved.”
  • 00:22:09.643 --> 00:22:11.278
  • Acts 10:43, “To him giveall the prophets witness,
  • 00:22:11.379 --> 00:22:14.548
  • that through His namewhosoever believeth in Him
  • 00:22:14.648 --> 00:22:18.519
  • shall receiveremission of sins.”
  • 00:22:18.619 --> 00:22:20.921
  • Romans 10:13,“For whosoever shall call
  • 00:22:21.021 --> 00:22:23.858
  • upon the name ofthe Lord shall be saved.”
  • 00:22:23.958 --> 00:22:26.727
  • Revelation 22:17, and thisis just...Verse 21,
  • 00:22:26.827 --> 00:22:30.097
  • it's the last verseof the Bible,
  • 00:22:30.197 --> 00:22:31.265
  • just four verses herebefore the end of the Bible.
  • 00:22:31.365 --> 00:22:34.201
  • “And the Spirit andthe Bride say, “Come.”
  • 00:22:34.301 --> 00:22:36.604
  • And let him thatheareth say, “Come.”
  • 00:22:36.704 --> 00:22:39.407
  • And let him thatis athirst come.
  • 00:22:39.507 --> 00:22:41.742
  • And whosoever will”...thisis how the Bible ends,
  • 00:22:41.842 --> 00:22:47.648
  • “let him take the waterof life freely.”
  • 00:22:47.748 --> 00:22:51.919
  • And the most famousverse of the Bible,
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  • John 3:16, “For Godso loved the world
  • 00:22:54.188 --> 00:22:58.125
  • that He gave Hisonly begotten Son,
  • 00:22:58.225 --> 00:23:00.995
  • that whosoever believethin Him should not perish,
  • 00:23:01.095 --> 00:23:06.300
  • but shall haveeverlasting life.”
  • 00:23:06.400 --> 00:23:10.137
  • Whosoever will.
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  • Here's what I'm telling you.
  • 00:23:12.907 --> 00:23:14.041
  • I'm telling everyone that'shearing me right now
  • 00:23:14.141 --> 00:23:15.910
  • or looking at me.
  • 00:23:16.010 --> 00:23:18.979
  • You determine whereyou go for eternity.
  • 00:23:19.079 --> 00:23:23.317
  • You can't blame God.
  • 00:23:23.417 --> 00:23:26.187
  • You're going to determine it.
  • 00:23:26.287 --> 00:23:28.355
  • You give your lifeto Jesus Christ,
  • 00:23:28.456 --> 00:23:29.723
  • put your faith and trustin Him, you go to heaven.
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  • If you don't,you go to hell.
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  • It's up to you.
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  • ROBERT: “Whosoever will,”some of the greatest words
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  • in the Bible,and here's what it means.
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  • You have a choice about whereyou're going to spend eternity.
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  • You have a choice about howyou're going to live your life.
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  • And I remember whenI made that choice.
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  • I was 19 years old,I was in a motel room,
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  • and I had grown up in church.
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  • I knew about God, but I'dnever really given Him
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  • control of my life,
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  • and I want to ask youto do that right now --
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  • right now.Right now.
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  • You are not watchingtoday by accident.
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  • You're watching today becauseGod loves you, God knows you.
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  • He knows you specificallyand you're watching today
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  • because God wants to changeyour life for the better.
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  • Obviously, He's not going tochange your life for the worse,
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  • and you know that,and you're feeling
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  • that conviction in your heart.
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  • Even though you believe in Godand maybe you've made
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  • a commitment in the past,
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  • I'm asking you to makea total commitment
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  • of your life toJesus Christ today.
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  • So right now, just asI'm here talking to you,
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  • will you justsimply say, “Jesus,
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  • I give You my life today?”
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  • Just tell Him that,“I give You my life.”
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  • Receive Jesusas your Lord and Savior,
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  • and we would love to help youany way that we can.
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  • You can call the numberon the screen,
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  • you can go to the website.
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  • Somehow, let us know, “I'mmaking a commitment to Christ,”
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  • and I want to send you somematerial to help you
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  • in your new life with Christ,and I want to tell you,
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  • I am so proud of youfor giving your life
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  • to Jesus today.
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  • And, thanks for watching,and I'm going to continue
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  • this series next time.
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  • I'll see you then.
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  • ANNOUNCER: We're so gratefulthat you joined us
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  • for today's program.
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  • We have some exciting resourceswe want to share with you
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  • from Pastor Robert's new series,“Eternity: Your Choice.”
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  • In this in-depthteaching series,
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  • Pastor Robert sharesabout how anyone
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  • can have everlasting lifeby choosing to follow Jesus,
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  • and he explainsthat are choices today
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  • not only determinewhere we spend eternity,
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  • but also, how we spend it.
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  • You'll also get the answersyou need to tough questions
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  • about what happens after we die,
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  • and you'll be better equippedto share the message
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  • of God's lovewith those around you
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  • so that they too can chooseeternal life through Jesus.
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  • That's why we want you to havethese important resources.
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  • So, for your giftof any amount today,
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  • we will send you“Eternity” on either CD
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  • or as a digital download.
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  • Additionally, for your giftof $45 or more
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  • we will send youthis series on both CD and DVD
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  • as our way of saying thank you.
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  • You can also order “Eternity”as either an audio
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  • or video digital downloadat PastorRobert.com
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  • where you'll also find manyother resources to help you grow
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  • in your walk with the Lord.
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  • Be sure to callor visit us online today
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  • to order these resources.
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  • We'd also love to hear aboutwhat God is doing in your life
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  • as a result of applyingthese truths from His Word.
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  • Be sure to visit us onlineat PastorRobert.com
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  • to share your stories with us
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  • and to let us know about prayerneeds you may have.
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  • We look forward to hearingfrom you, and as always,
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  • thank you foryour generous support
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  • of Pastor RobertMorris Ministries.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ANNOUNCER: Living your best lifeisn't about having a dream home,
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  • wonderful kids,or the ideal job.
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  • It's about changesin your family, health,
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  • and relationships.
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  • When God changes your heart,you'll discover
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  • that there is so muchmore to life.
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  • With humor, passion,and clarity,
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  • Pastor Robert presents,
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  • "The Secretsof Living Your Best Life."
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  • ♪ ♪
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