In this week's featured sermon, John MacArthur says, "Never has the world seen a God who by nature is a lover. Never has the world seen a God who weeps over the plight of those who are under his sovereign rule. This was new in the pagan world. We have a God who is by nature a Savior." In this message John identifies other core truths of the gospel of grace.
I was flying to El Paso to do a men's conference for Calvary Chapel, and I was seated in that dreaded middle seat. I was working on some thoughts with my Bible open. An Arab was sitting next to me. I could sense his curiosity. He kept glancing over from the window seat and looking at what I was doing. Finally, maybe thirty minutes into the flight, he said, "Excuse me, sir. May I ask you a question?" I said, "Sure." He said, "I'm from Iran, and I am new in America. I see you have a Bible. I don't understand American religion. Maybe you could answer a question for me. What is the difference between a Catholic, a Protestant, and a Baptist?"
That was his question. I don't know how it got framed up like that, but that was it. When you're from Iran, everybody's a Muslim. It's not hard to sort it out, but over here in America, it is a bit confusing, to put it mildly. There are twenty-eight thousand denominations.
I said to the man, "I can answer that." So I gave him a little explanation of Catholicism and how the Reformation came along and elevated justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. I made it as simple as I could. Then I talked about Baptists being the largest Protestant denomination in America—again, as simply as I could. I then said, "Could I ask you a question?" He said, "Of course." I asked, "Do Muslims have ...
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