Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #191. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.
Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Jude 1:3-4. It reads, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John MacArthur. He said, “[Biblical] infallibility means unable to mislead or fail in accomplishing the divinely intended purpose.”
Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and interpretation 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 1: “Inspiration: Holy Ground: Pull Off Your Shoes!” Part 5.
II. BUT WE HAVE STUDIED THE “INFALLIBLE PROOFS” TOO
Surely in my young manhood God began to prepare me to “earnestly contend for the faith,” as we are commanded to do (Jude 3), even as Paul was inspired to urge the Philippian Christians to be “striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Phil. 1:27).
1. God Brought Me to Face the Inevitable Conflict Between Belief and Unbelief
In Baylor University, I was a young and ardent Christian, but I had been taught and more or less perfunctorily accepted the teaching of evolution. I was assured that the Bible was true, but my vague understanding of the Scriptures about creation and the theory of evolution had not come to sharp contrast and conflict until that time. A professor of sociology taught in classes that man was a product of evolution from brute beasts and that the Bible could not be true. I objected seriously to that, and a great conflict arose in my mind.
Later, when I was a college teacher doing graduate work in the University of Chicago, I heard William Jennings Bryan speak on “The Bible and Its Enemies,” and then university authorities, to answer Bryan, put up the head of the Botany Department, a Presbyterian layman who had been moderator of the nationwide assembly, who spoke on “The Evidences for Evolution.” I already believed the Bible, but I was shocked to find nothing more than speculation and guesswork and unproved theories to back the evolutionary teaching of unbelievers.
After I heard the professor in Mandel Hall, the university chapel, that day in 1921, I went to speak to him privately, and I boldly put the question, “If the Bible account of creation is not true, then what about Jesus Christ? Is He really God’s own Son, deity in human form, as the Bible claims He is?”
To my shocked surprise, the professor who did not believe the Bible turned away scornfully, refusing to give a clear-cut answer and saying it was not worthwhile to answer. When the professor did not stand up for Christ as the virgin-born Son of God, I knew he was wrong and that his teaching was wrong, but I could not then prove it.
When I went out on the steps of Mandel Hall following the lecture, two freshman lads, each seventeen years old, argued with some heat. One was the son of a university professor; the other, the son of a believing father teaching in Robert College, Constantinople, Turkey. With concern and on the verge of tears, the freshman of the missionary father, said, “I wish my father were here. I have always understood that he believed the Bible is all true, the very Word of God.”
And the other young man answered with the university viewpoint, “Well, you have to take scientific facts when you find them. You can’t believe all those old-fogy notions.” And I saw the ardent young man sadly turn away, his faith shaken in the Bible.
That day I determined I would learn all the evidences that any man needs to know to prove absolutely that the Bible is the very Word of God and that Christ is the Son of God. And you may be sure I have labored at that through these years. Oh, how I have proved the Bible and its promises! I have sought out the scientific and historical evidence.
And I did find out.
Lord willing, we will continue looking at 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!