--English Newsletter
--Enter your email ID:
Enter the number:
Malayalam Newsletter
Enter your email ID:
Enter the number:

Search Bible by Passage

(Ex. John 3:16-20)

Jesus : I am the way, the truth and the life.

Text Size:   A | A | A | A

Bookmark and Share

Join us in Facebook:


 

CSI Good News
(Church of South India Good News)



 

Vol. 13 / Issue 38 / October 20 2011

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Shameful Message! - Why John MacArthur is Wrong! -Part 22
Join us in Facebook

News Items (Common to all issues) :
Through the Valley of Death & other Books
Download Articles in Handheld Computers
Kids Page - Free Tutorials
Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online
Your Spam Folder
Your Feedback

Editorial

By Sherly Isaac

God of the Bible identified Himself as Father. In Deuteronomy 32:6 we read, "Do you thus deal with the LORD, O foolish and unwise people? Is He not your Father, who bought you? Has He not made you and established you?"

Just before God delivered the Israelites from the bondage of Egypt He told them to observe Passover as written in Exodus 12:5-14,.'Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire; its head with its legs and its entrails. You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance."

Here we read that God bought them with the blood of the lamb as payment and on that day they were delivered from death as God passed over those houses where He saw the blood of the Lamb and death did not destroy them.

Later Jesus came and gave His life for our sins. He shed His precious blood on the cruel cross and if we apply the blood of Jesus on our heart's door, we can save ourselves from the penalty for sin, that is, eternal death and eternal damnation. When we come to Him, when we accept Him, we have His promise that we can have our status as children of God as we read in John 1:12-13, "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

Sin is the thing that separates us from God. When Adam and Eve sinned against God, God removed them from His holy presence. And in Deuteronomy we read that the Israelites lost their status as God's children because of their blemish and because of their sin as we read in Deu 32:5, "They have corrupted themselves; They are not His children, Because of their blemish: A perverse and crooked generation."

But if we repent and turn from our evil ways, if we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He would adopt us in His family and give us the status as children of God. God not only wants us to have the status as His child but also He wants us to keep walking in His holy ways and stay away from any kind of sin and blemish that would destroy our relationship with God.

Shameful Message! - Why John MacArthur is Wrong! -Part 22

By Sherly Isaac

To read previous parts or next parts please click on these links:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22

John MacArthur writes in his book titled, "Hard to Believe: The High Cost and Infinite Value of Following Jesus" (Chapter 2, page 2, Title "The Hard Truth" under subtitle "The Shame of the Cross") that, "We preach a shameful message when we preach of Jesus on the cross. Being crucified was a degrading, insult, and the idea of worshipping someone who had been crucified was absolutely unimaginable. Of course, we don't see people being crucified now as Paul's listeners did in the first century, so the impact is somewhat lost on us."

And in Page 26, "The Greeks wanted wisdom, and the Jews wanted a sign, God gave them exactly the opposite. The Jews received a skandalon, a crucified Messiah--scandalous, blasphemous, bizarre, offensive unbelievable. And for the Greeks who were looking for esoteric knowledge, something high and noble and lofty, all this nonsense about the eternal Creator God of the universe being crucified was idiotic."

Of course crucifixion is a horrific form of capital punishment, it was the most humiliating death a person could ever have. But saying that the message of the cross is a shameful message is the greatest tragedy! Because the message of the cross is the most wonderful message for every dying human being and not a shameful message. Paul never said that the message of cross is shameful but he simply said in 1 Cor 1:18, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."

When you do not know the Lord, when you do not realize the significance of the sacrifice Jesus did on the cross, of course you will feel like it is a shameful message. I remember when I was a small child and it was Good Friday. My mom fasted on that day and we attended three hours of long Good Friday service in our Church. Then the day of Easter came and we gave sweets to our neighbors. While receiving the sweets, she (the neighbor) looked a bit surprised and asked, "two days back you were fasting, now what happened that you are giving us sweets?" I admit that I felt ashamed to tell her that my God died so humiliating a death and yet I somehow managed to finish telling her that death was not the end of His life, He rose from the dead on the third day. I had head knowledge about Jesus' horrific death and resurrection but I never knew the significance of His death in those days. I never knew that He went to the cross because of my sins and because of the sins of the world. Yes, it is true that Jesus died a shameful death but the message of the cross is not shameful. But this is the only message that can deliver us from our sins.

And later when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I realized that He did this for a wretched one like me who never deserved forgiveness and yet God provided for me a way through His Son making Him to suffer the most horrific and most inhuman death so that I could go free and not to go through the punishment for my sins.

Yes, my friend, if you have not found forgiveness of your sins then you cannot understand that what a great love God showed on the cruel cross just to redeem us, just to bring us out of eternal damnation and eternal hellfire. You will only understand this truth when your sins are forgiven and when you value that what a great sacrifice He did so that we could have forgiveness of our sins, those sins which cannot get forgiveness by any means whatsoever..

The message of the cross is not shameful as John MacArthur writes in his book. Neither did Paul ever say that the message of cross is shameful but instead Paul was preaching the cross of Christ no matter what would come before him because this was the message which saved him from his misguided religious zeal and madness and because this is the only message that can bring life into our dead spirit. This is the only message that can bring forgiveness of our sins. The message of the cross is the only solution for each and every person who is under the bondage of sin, the only medicine for every person who is having the deadly sickness called sin and the only hope to escape from the great wrath of God and from the punishment for sin, that is, from hell fire.

Let no one tell you that Jesus' sacrifice was in vain and the message of the cross was shameful message and absurdity! No, never!

Join us in Facebook

You can join us in Facebook by clicking this button:


You will need to Sign up for Facebook to join "CSI Newsletter".

Through the Valley of Death & other Books

As many of you know that in the year 2005, our dad was very sick even unto death. God miraculously healed him. We have compiled it in a book form. I sure believe that it will inspire you and encourage you greatly.

This book is available for purchase at JasmineCorp Store

Also read these two books by Sherly Isaac "Allah and Elohim - Are they the same God" Available at JasmineCorp Store, and "Is Jesus God?" Available at JasmineCorp Store,

Both books compares the Bible and the Quran and read eye opening facts about Jesus, God of the Bible, Allah and Islamic faith. I am sure that you want to read this.

Download Articles in Handheld Computers

You can now download articles in Palm Doc format for your palm handheld computer. It will work with any devise that has Palm OS and Palm Doc Reader installed. To download click on the link named "Palm Doc Format" i.e. at the top of this page by the side of each articles.

Kids Page - Free Tutorials

Now you can learn Graphics and web designing online at Kid's page. These tutorials are free for kids who subscribe for CSI Kids Newsletter. Currently tutorials for Paint Shop Pro, HTML and Dreamweaver are available.

So please enroll your kids by going to http://kids.csinewsletter.org/member/join.asp

And visit CSI Kid's page at http://kids.csinewsletter.org

Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online

Now you can read Bible in Hindi online at http://www.hindibible.org
in Malayalam online at http://www.malayalambible.org
in Tamil online at http://www.hindibible.org?ver=tamil

Your Spam Folder

If you are getting this newsletter in your bulk/junk/Spam folder please hit the "not junk" or "not spam" button so that you could receive it in your mailbox. Also adding news@csinewsletter.com email address into your contact list can avoid this email from ending up in your bulk folder.

Your Feedback

Your feedback and comments are Welcome. Please send your Parish news & articles to Editor (Sherly N. Isaac) at this address News@csinewsletter.comThe messages submitted will be checked whether they are correct according to the word of God. Editor reserves the right to accept, reject or edit the messages. The writers are responsible for the contents of their writings.



Home | Rack1 | Rack2 | Rack3 | Rack4 | Rack5 | Rack6 | Rack7 | Rack8 | Rack9 | Rack10 | Rack11 | Rack12 | Rack13 | Rack14 | Rack15

View Guest Book Sign Guest Book

Malayalam Rack | Malayalam Rack 3 | Malayalam Rack 4 | Malayalam Rack 5 | Malayalam Rack 10 | Malayalam Rack 11 |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ęcopyright 1999-2008 csinewsletter.com
Hosted and technology provided by Jasminecorp.net all rights reserved