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So many Denominations, which one is true? - Tim Conway

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    This one comes from Matthew.
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    "Denominations.
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    There's lots of them today.
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    It's frustrating finding the truth.
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    Is everyone wrong?
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    There's only one truth.
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    One interpretation.
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    One right answer.
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    How on earth do you find it?"
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    Think that's a good question?
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    The thing I would say to Matthew,
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    is Matthew, for one, I'll tell you this,
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    you don't find it in denominations,
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    and you don't find it in men.
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    Basically,
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    what is the source of truth?
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    Jesus Christ says, "Sanctify them...
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    by Your truth.
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    Your Word is truth."
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    That's where we have to go.
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    John 8:31, "Jesus said
    to the Jews who had
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    believed in Him,
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    'If you abide in My Word,
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    you are truly My disciples.
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    And you will know the truth,
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    and the truth will set you free.'"
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    How does anybody come
    to know the truth?
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    I mean, if you don't
    know what the truth is,
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    how do you come to know it?
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    You go to God's Word.
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    What happened?
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    You go to Acts 17.
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    Who was noble?
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    You know what I would have
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    Connie put on the calendar?
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    That this is called the
    Berean Bible Study.
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    You know why I wanted
    it to be called that?
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    Basically people that searched
    the Word of God;
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    they were noble and they
    searched the Word of God
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    to see if these things were true.
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    That's how we're going
    to find truth.
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    Listen,
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    the reality is that you can come across
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    Methodists, Lutherans,
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    you can come across Presbyterians,
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    you can come across Brethren,
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    you can come across Congregationalists,
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    EV Free people
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    that have truth.
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    And you can come across a lot
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    of Baptists who don't
    have much truth.
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    You know, we can get all
    hung up with denominations.
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    And of course, the Catholic church
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    likes to say, "Well, they
    all broke away from us.
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    That's why there's
    so many of them.
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    We were the true church
    in the beginning
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    And there's all this multiplicity
    of denominations.
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    We're only one.
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    And then you have all
    these denominations
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    because they broke off from us."
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    That's not true.
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    And basically what
    all the denominations
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    prove to us, is that you've got
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    a lot of different people
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    interpreting a lot of different things
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    in the Bible, in a whole lot
    of different ways.
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    And you say,
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    well, how am I supposed to know?
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    If you've got these
    people over here
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    that interpret it that way;
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    and these people over here,
    that interpret it that way.
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    These people over here,
    interpret it that way.
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    Well, I can tell you this.
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    There are some basic essentials
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    to the Gospel that if you believe,
    you'll be saved.
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    Even if you're off on other parts.
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    Folks, wouldn't we agree,
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    there are Presbyterians in heaven
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    that got it wrong on baptism.
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    Right?
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    Congregationalists.
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    We might say there that
    they got it wrong over here.
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    But there are those that
    got it right enough.
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    Folks, I'm reading right now
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    about some Lutherans that
    had a whole lot right.
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    And I've read before about
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    some Methodists that have
    a whole lot right.
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    And bottom line,
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    how do we determine right and wrong?
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    It's not by the denominational label
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    that somebody holds.
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    It certainly isn't,
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    you drive down the road
    and you see a sign
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    that says "Baptist"
    and you can say,
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    "Oh, well, they've
    got the truth."
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    How do you know?
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    The Apostle John said this,
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    he says "test the spirits."
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    How in the world do you test the spirits?
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    Paul speaking to the Thessalonians
    said the same thing.
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    Test everything.
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    Hold fast to what's good.
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    Or, hold fast to what's true.
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    How do you know?
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    How do you know
    what to hold fast to?
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    You've got to be like the Bereans.
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    What happened?
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    What was it that the Bereans did?
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    They searched the Scriptures.
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    But what did they search the
    Scriptures to do?
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    What in the world even possessed
    them to search the Scriptures?
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    Well, they had heard teaching, right?
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    They sat under teaching.
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    They'd heard somebody preach,
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    and then they went
    to the Word of God
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    to see if it was true.
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    You know what?
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    I call this Berean Bible Study,
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    because I hope that you folks
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    are going to be folks that
    are going to know the Bible much.
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    Jesus Christ said,
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    "You will know the truth, and
    the truth will set you free."
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    How do people know the truth?
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    They know the truth when
    they're taught of the Spirit.
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    They know the truth when
    God opens their eyes to realize
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    that certain things are true.
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    I suspect that God gave us
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    enough difference
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    to test our love.
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    To test our graciousness.
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    You know what Jesus Christ said?
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    You know, some of the disciples
    came to Him one day
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    and said, "Lord, we told these people
    over there to stop."
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    Why?
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    Because they weren't with us.
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    In other words, another denomination.
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    Right?
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    It's just like that.
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    They went, Lord, they weren't with us.
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    We're the in group.
    We're the in crowd.
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    And see, we tend to think that.
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    Most people think,
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    we've got the truth.
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    Very few others do.
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    And what did Jesus say?
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    He said look, if they're not against Me,
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    then what?
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    If they're not against us,
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    they're with us.
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    It is a sad fact
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    of those who do bear witness to the truth,
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    now that's not to say there's a whole lot,
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    but it's interesting how we
    write certain things up.
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    Can I tell you something?
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    When George Whitefield preached,
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    anybody know what denomination
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    he was affiliated with?
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    Whitefield never sought to start
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    a denomination.
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    He pretty much pledged himself
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    to the Anglican movement
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    Whitefield and Wesley
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    came out of Anglicanism.
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    Now Wesley made definitely
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    more of a concerted effort.
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    And you know we have
    the Wesleyan Methodists,
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    the Arminian Methodists that came
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    more out of Wesley's efforts;
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    and then more of the Calvinistic
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    Methodist movement came out of
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    those that God raised up in Wales,
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    like the Daniel Roland's,
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    the Howell Harris's.
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    And then also the George Whitefield's.
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    You know, Anglicans. Anglicans!
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    Do you know that the Baptists
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    would discipline their members
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    if they went to hear Whitefield preach?
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    I had a man that I highly respect
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    tell me he would not allow
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    George Whitefield in his pulpit.
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    Why?
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    You know what?
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    Can I tell you something?
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    In the first and second
    Great Awakenings,
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    the Calvinistic Baptists were
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    largely passed over.
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    It's historical.
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    You can read about it.
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    Why?
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    For that very reason right there.
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    They would discipline their members
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    if they'd go listen to Whitefield preach.
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    The Spirit of God rested upon Whitefield.
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    Multitudes were being converted.
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    The Spirit of God rested upon John Wesley,
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    as much as a lot of Calvinists
    don't want to admit it.
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    And the Baptist churches
    were disciplining
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    members if they'd go.
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    By and large,
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    in the first and second Great Awakenings,
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    the Spirit of God passed
    over the Baptists.
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    Isn't that shameful?
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    And you know what's likely to
    happen today?
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    If revival breaks out in this land,
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    I'm not going to say it might not happen
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    among Calvinistic Bapists,
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    but what if it broke out among Lutherans?
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    What if it broke out with Methodists?
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    Would we even know?
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    What if true revival broke out
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    among the charismatics?
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    Would we even know?
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    I just watched a video -
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    just a little part of it last night,
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    like the first five minutes.
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    Some guy did a message on
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    charismatic Calvinists.
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    Just bitter and hateful.
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    You can see it.
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    It's one of the most popular videos
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    on sermonaudio.com right now.
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    You see that kind of thing.
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    If revival broke out among charismatics,
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    I can tell you that guy
    preaching that message
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    wouldn't even know.
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    Brethren, bottom line,
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    if we see something that seems to be
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    a move of God;
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    we see something preached out there,
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    we need to test the spirits.
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    Not by the denominational label,
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    but by "thus sayeth the Lord."
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    Go to the Word of God.
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    You know what, if they love Christ,
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    I think we should be stand,
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    I think we should be willing
    to spill our blood for
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    our convictions regarding baptism
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    and the Lord's Supper.
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    We ought to be willing
    to die for our convictions.
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    But the fact is,
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    we'd have to admit,
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    that people have
    had different ideas
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    about the Lord's Supper
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    and about baptism
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    that are in heaven now.
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    And I know there
    are some Baptists
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    that don't like to admit that.
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    Folks, look, there are a lot
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    of different ideas out there,
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    but I'll tell you this,
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    who's the pillar and ground of truth?
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    The church is.
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    And so you know what?
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    Even though there's
    a lot of differences,
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    there are good churches out there,
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    and they are
    few and far between,
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    as I've told people lately
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    that I've counseled to,
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    and people over the Internet and by phone.
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    Look, I think behind
    any decisions you make
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    about receiving Christ,
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    I think next to choosing
    the right spouse in life,
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    the third most important decision
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    you can make in life
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    has to do with what church you go to.
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    I believe that you should choose
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    where you live, where you work,
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    based on what church
    you're going to go to.
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    Where you're going
    to raise your children,
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    based on where a good church is.
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    Because I'll tell you what,
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    it will have a lot to do with your life.
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    It will have a lot to do
    with your fruitfulness.
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    But we need to be testing them.
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    Listen to this,
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    you know this - Revelation 2:2
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    Jesus said this of the Ephesian church,
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    "I know your works; your toil,
    your patient endurance;
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    how you cannot bear with those
    who are evil,
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    but have tested..."
    Look at that.
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    "...but have tested those who
    call themselves apostles
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    and are not, and found them
    to be false."
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    How do you test?
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    How do you test somebody and
    find them to be false?
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    I'll tell you what Jesus said
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    about false prophets.
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    You've got false churches;
    you've got bad doctrine.
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    Jesus says this,
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    "Beware of false prophets.
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    They come in sheep's clothing,
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    but inwardly are ravenous wolves."
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    How did He say we'll recognize them?
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    By their fruits.
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    I'll tell you this,
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    where you find unholy living,
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    you've got bad doctrine.
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    Guarantee you.
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    You want to know what's
    most important?
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    What are the doctrines that
    are really essential?
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    Let me just throw some off the top.
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    Listen, the devil attacks
    primarily in two places:
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    The person of Christ.
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    And the work of Christ.
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    Guarantee it.
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    And it's Christ.
    He is always the issue.
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    So you want to look for good doctrine.
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    You want to look for good church.
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    I don't care what the denomination is.
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    You're looking for a church that
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    is really a pillar, a ground,
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    a buttress of truth.
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    You're going to go in there,
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    and you're going to look at
    these two things.
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    What do they do with Christ?
    His person?
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    What do they do with Christ - His work?
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    Guarantee - the devil
    attacks in both places.
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    You've got false doctrine?
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    What are they doing?
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    Oneness doctrine:
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    The Father is the Son.
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    Rejection of the deity - the JW's.
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    He's not God.
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    There will be some rejection
    in His person.
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    The devil always goes after
    the glory of Christ.
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    He wants to chop it down somehow.
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    And then the work.
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    What about the work?
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    Anywhere where there's works?
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    Run for your life!
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    Because it's damnable.
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    Because the only Gospel that saves,
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    is the Gospel that is 100%
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    based on the merits of Jesus Christ.
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    That doctrine of justification
    is essential.
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    We are justified by faith
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    aside from any works of the law.
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    And anytime people want to add to it,
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    whether it's - you've got to be baptized;
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    you've got to speak in tongues;
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    they add anything whatsover,
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    no matter how pretty it might sound,
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    if they're adding anything
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    to the merits of Jesus Christ,
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    run from it like the plague.
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    But I'll tell you this,
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    where they make much of Christ,
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    and much of the work of Christ,
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    though they may go
    wrong in many things;
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    they're with us.
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    They're with us, folks.
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    Where Christ is the sole basis
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    of our acceptance with God.
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    Where Christ is made much of,
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    where He's exalted,
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    and where what's said of Him
    in the Scriptures
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    is said of Him by that church
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    or by that preacher,
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    they may go wrong in things like baptism;
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    they may go wrong in things like
    the Lord's Supper;
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    they may go wrong
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    and their ecclesiology may be off
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    and they may have problems
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    with regards to their cessationist views
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    or non-cessationist or various
    works of the Spirit...
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    Test the spirits, brethren.
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