Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #201. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.
Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Jude 17-20. It reads, “But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,”
Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John Stott. He said, “We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.”
Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 2: “Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word” Part 5.
3. Dr. Fosdick an Example of the “Feigned Words” of Enemies of the Bible
Since Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick has been for a generation perhaps the best known of the modern or unbelieving churchmen who are the enemies of the Bible, here is a reference to him. Dr. Wilbur M. Smith says:
The So-called Contradictions in the Resurrection Narratives. One of the inexcusably weak and logically unjustified ways that modern rationalists have of getting rid of the whole problem of the Resurrection of our Lord, and the evidence supporting it, is to slurringly speak of what they call the “contradictions” in these narratives, as though just the use of the word “contradiction” is enough to destroy the whole great massive structure built up by the evidence of the Gospels.
This is the way Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick deals with the subject, in his widely-used and strangely overrated work, A Guide to Understanding the Bible: “Certainly if the idea of Jesus’ risen life started with any factual elements associated with an empty tomb, that element was never clearly visualized, even in the imagination of the first disciples, and is now confused for us in narratives that contradict each other in every important detail.” Now these narratives do not contradict each other “in every important detail.” The truth is that in every important detail they are in total agreement and when, in spite of this, Dr. Fosdick dares to make the statement we have just quoted, he is saying something that is not true, and because Dr. Fosdick has really been reading and studying the Bible for many years, — well, I leave the sentence unfinished.
“Feigned words,” “deceitful words,” “wolves in sheep’s clothing,” the Bible says of such men. The enemies of the Bible are unregenerate men, evil men who deliberately reject the light. Their opinion is not to be trusted about the Bible. They do not have the honesty of heart and the humility of mind to approach with any scientific objective viewpoint the great spiritual truths about the Bible and Christ and the Christian religion.
In the book mentioned above by Dr. Wilbur M. Smith, there is an especially strong chapter of forty-six pages on “Some Reasons for the Unbelief of Men and Their Antagonism to God.”
Note the following subtitles in this tremendous chapter by Dr. Smith:
Man Fallen Away From God Has a Bias Against God
The Darkness of the Mind of Natural Man
Early Manifestations of Hatred to God
Educational Influences That by Their Character Must Create an Attitude of Skepticism
The subtitle of another section is “The Will Not to Believe.” Yes, unsaved men have “the will not to believe.”
Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.
Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!