Order the book One day you will stand before God and give an account of your life. The most important question you can ask yourself now is, will you be ready? Most Christians know their response to the cross determines where they will spend eternity. Life beyond the final breath is much more than a destination.
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When Jonathan Edwards first preached his now famous sermon on July 8, , the response was amazing. The congregation in Enfield, Connecticut, where Edwards was a guest preacher, was filled with cries, shrieks, and moaning as people called out, asking how they could be saved. However they are not disconnected. Thus human wisdom believes that a the act of preaching the Gospel is foolishness. And b the Gospel message is foolishness. Therefore to the unconverted the publishing of Driven by Eternity is a foolish exercise — a complete waste of a tree!
Jonathan Edwards did likewise to a group of church attendees many years before. Said Edwards to them: Your own wickedness weighs you down like lead and is dragging you down toward hell with great weight and force. Again, if God would let you go, you would immediately sink, quickly descending and plunging into the bottomless gulf.
For hours he would write one word, eternity, approximately every hundred feet on the sidewalks of Sydney. It is a story well told. To a certain extent Bevere succeeds in his endeavour. He represents some of the various personalities commonly found in the worship community of God i.
The Bible is clear about how to do this. Then follows a couple of quotes from the Bible regarding eternity. Then he quotes a couple of contradictory dictionary definitions of eternity to illustrate that the understanding of many regarding this subject has become vague. In clear but blunt terms, Bevere has immersed himself in the peatbog of Pentecostal theology. His Driven by Eternity is a by-product of the labyrinth of the contradictory extremities of contemporary Pentecostalism. As one would expect from anyone trapped in the dark and dank dungeon of aberrant theology, the eerie sound of chain-rattling and chain-dragging contradictions to the clear ring and teaching of Scripture are heard too often in Driven by Eternity.
Indeed, Bevere puts the whole Bible through the mincer of Dispensationalism. Alan Cairns warns us of one of the main pitfalls of Dispensationalism regarding the Gospel. Says Cairns, The most dangerous element in the dispensational scheme is that it affects the very basis of the gospel of salvation by grace alone, through faith in Christ.
Even in moving away quite radically from its fundamental tenets, they hold on to the name. But that name is too fraught with theological error. As Reginald Kimbo argues, dispensationalists must recognize the error, admit that it continues in the system, be clear on the soteriological effects of it, and entirely repudiate it. You alone hold that power. Thus the premise and content of the book is a lengthy apology or defence for the false and demoralising doctrine that someone who is truly saved by the grace of God is not truly saved at all!
Faulty Conclusions Drawn from Faulty Theology The upside of Driven by Eternity is that Bevere occasionally pops his head out of the murky swamp-water of faulty theology to breathe fresh air. The Christian is powerless — being beforehand in bondage to sin, self, and Satan. In the Parable of the Sower Jesus illustrates what Bevere is mistakenly portraying as a loss of salvation.
And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among the thorns are those who, when they heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
Notice that the parable does not speak of anyone losing salvation. Rather, the parable indicates, that there are those who, though they seem to be numbered among the saved, prove to be otherwise. But, in light of the Parable of the Sower we ought to expect to see this from time to time. Bevere invokes Hebrews to prove his allegation that true Christians can lose their salvation.
But we interpret Scripture by Scripture. Therefore keep in mind the Parable of the Sower as you read what the writer to the Hebrews says: For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.
I do not pray that he [i. His exhortation to do so in order to secure a good seat in eternity is not — although we thank him for the timely reminder that as Christians we ought to be thinking in terms of eternity.
We ought never to presume upon His grace as we strive to love Him with all our heart, all our soul, all our strength, and all our mind, and love our neighbour as ourself. It was a delight to read in Driven by Eternity of a Heaven that is a real and solid place for real and solid saved human beings. And it was good to read about the real and solid New Earth to which the real and solid New Jerusalem descends.
For example, Bevere speaks of a resurrected Christ who walks through solid walls. However, this is nowhere taught in Scripture.
Indeed great care needs to be taken here not to confuse the two natures of Christ and have the divine nature absorb the human nature of Christ even for a moment. Bevere then ascribes the same divine attributes to resurrected Christians in order for them to do likewise regarding solid objects and also to traverse vast distances at the speed of light by their own power.
This is to distort the true nature of man even in his glorified state. To be sure, the resurrected saint will have immortal and incorruptible qualities, but as God always remains God so man will always remain man.
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