Calling For The Light

June 18, 2015

Allen Rea | Pastor
Dunn Memorial Baptist Church, Bexley, GA

In  Acts 16, we find Paul and Silas in the dungeon. The Bible says they were up late singing hymns and praises to God. A massive earthquake trembles the city of Philippi. The jailer is stopped from making a severe mistake. The Bible says he “called for a light”. He falls before Paul and Silas with one burning question: “What must I do to be saved?” They reply in unison: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved!”

While this may be an often repeated Bible story, I am not sure it has really penetrated our hearts. The jailer called for a light due to the darkness. He was about to hear about the Light of the World. Beloved, it is with  tears and anguish that I remind you of all those around us in desperate need of the Light. Countless walk in darkness! The wide gate they run into ends in a sinner’s hell. (Yes, I wrote hell. I believe in hell. It is the the place of eternal torment for those that believed not in the Lord Jesus). Light is meant to shine in darkness. It pains me to see the lack of concern for the lost by those that say they are Christians. Luke 16 gives us the true story of Lazarus and the rich man (the Bible never calls it a parable). What is so startling to me is that the lost man in torments in hell is concerned about his brothers. Beloved, the lost in hell are more concerned with the lost on earth than the modern church is.What condemnation for the complacent lukewarm member of First Baptist Careless! Friend, I am concerned for you. Are you saved? Have you called for the Light? Sinner, it’s time to get to Jesus. Saint, it’s time to get right with Jesus. Whatever your question, Jesus is the answer. Fellow believer in Christ, let us repent of our carelessness to the lost. We must listen as they call for the Light. Dear sinner, Christ died for you. On the authority of the Word of God, I proclaim to you to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you will humbly and honestly admit your sinfulness and call out to Him in faith asking forgiveness and accepting His free gift of eternal life, you will be saved. Come to Jesus! He is the Light of the World.

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Les Prouty

Allen, thank you for this. This is a good word and a needed reminder for all of us to be faithful in sharing the gospel. Our hearts, my heart, must be broken more and more for the sinners all around us.

God bless.

    Allen Rea

    Thanks for reading! Blessings!

Mark Sorenson

http://sbctoday.wpengine.com/13896/ – I read your article. You want to sound like the Apostle John in your greeting and declare your undying love for the lost. This is a noble and worthy cause but your past ‘hate’ speech towards Calvinist needs to be explained.

Mark Sorenson

The article I am referring to is http://sbctoday.wpengine.com/young-settled-and-traditional-rev-allen-rea/.

Allen M Rea

I did not then, nor do I now hate Calvinists; however, I reserve my right not to be a Calvinist and to educate others on the subject. I maintain healthy fellowship with my Calvinist brothers. They are not my enemy. There is not a man with enough letters behind his name to convince me that Christ didn’t die for the whole world. Just because I am not one does not mean that I practice “hate” speech. I fail to see how my debue article on this website can be labeled as “hate speech”. You kindly place me along side the Apostle John, who loved others and also loved truth and thus knew where to draw the lines.

    Mark Sorenson

    I’ll let the reader be the final judge on where your heart and mind is by your comment: “We did not all graduate from seminaries that are rumored to produce “closet” and “church-splitting Calvinists.” You accept the comparison; however, that like the apostle John, you know ‘where to draw the lines’ even after taking a few cheap shots at those bad Calvinist.

    In regards to limited atonement, Calvinist reject the notion that Christ’s death made every single person who has ever or will ever live ‘savable’. Christ’s death perfectly saves those as stated in Ephesians 1;

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

    (Ephesians 1:3-6 ESV)

Allen M Rea

The next time I write down my personal testimony, I will endeavor to consult with every living Calvinist to see if they approve. (Sarcasm implied) I did not say seminaries produce those type of Calvinists, but that they are “rumored” to. My experience is that a few have been just that. Calvinism for Trads is not just a theology issue but also a polity issue. Brother, save your Genevan logic for others. I am well aware of how Calvinists attempt to explain it. I will not be convinced of limited atonement. I survived Owen and he was unable to convince me. It is not that we Trads do not understand the Calvinist position. We understand it and willingly reject it. Thank you for reading. My views on Calvinism do not negate my concern for the lost. For the record you called Calvinist “bad”. :)

Nina Dunton

I agree that the lost in Hell are more concerned about the lost on Earth than is the modern church.

So why (someone PLEASE inform me) do people waste so much time debating free will vs predestination? To quote Hillary, “What difference does it make?”

The Bible teaches both. Most likely the answer is that they are both true in the extra dimensions that God occupies and we can’t access. Even if predestination were to prevail we still don’t know who is predestined, so aren’t we to reach out to all?

Andrew Barker

Nina: The Bible when correctly read does not teach any conflict between free will and predestination. Both of course are true, it’s just that they don’t have to conflict. Predestination is not about who will become Christians, it is the guarantee that all those who come to saving faith in Christ are predestined to be like Him. It’s only when you read things into scripture which aren’t there that this conflict arises. Of course, not everyone holds to this view of election and predestination, hence the debate. But it’s senseless calling for the debate to cease by trying to argue that both are correct views. They plainly cannot both be correct.

    Max

    “… those who come to saving faith in Christ are predestined to be like Him.”

    Indeed, Andrew! We are saved for a purpose! Predestined to be conformed to the image of His son … elected to walk worthy of our calling … chosen to be holy and blameless. Scripture speaks much about the sovereignty of God. Scripture speaks much about human responsibility. It all works together in a way that is beyond human comprehension. But, the story of the Cross and message of Christ is simple enough for a child to understand … hear, believe, accept, and access grace by faith … no complex systematic theology required. To try to put the mind of God into a neat theological box is to stand in arrogance before Him.

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