‘I Believe It’s True But I Don’t Accept It’ — How Do You Answer That?

By Frank Turek Published on September 22, 2018

Ever heard someone say, “I think the gospel is true, but I just don’t accept it”? Frank Turek gives a quick word on how to get to the heart of the issue.

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  • Trilemma

    Kind of like asking someone who smokes cigarettes, “If you knew smoking will give you cancer, would you quit?”

    • Clearly the reprobate does not have the strength or fortitude to get out of his situation.

      • Bryan

        None of us do. Thank God for His Son!

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  • Matthew567byheart

    Good choice for posting today. Thanks!

  • Aqua

    Lucifer new better than us all that the Gospel is true. Yet he rejected it. He hates God above all else because of this knowledge, not in spite of it.

    The issue is not an intellectual assent issue. The issue is pride. The issue is “Love”, in the fullest most all-encompassing extent of that word. Knowledge is easy. Love and submission is difficult

    “If I can fathom all mysteries, and all knowledge, and have absolute *faith*, so as to move mountains(!), but have not love I am nothing”. I Cor 13:2

    “You believe God is one (the Trinitarian belief). Good for you! Even the demons believe that and tremble”. James 2:19

    No one knew God better than Adam and Eve, yet even they rebelled; left God’s presence in shame.

    Jesus comes to us personally, from His Throne, and offers us a chance for a Gospel salvation. It is not knowledge of this, even faith in this that wins the day. It is humility and love; submission to the rightful order of things. Few can actually take *that* step. It is hard to bend our knee, submit to another, even our Creator.

    We are born as *sinful* heirs of parents who took Satan’s bait “to be like God”. We must become *Gospel* heirs of our new parents: the new Adam, the new Eve, in submission to our God; our love reserved only for God and all that He loves in its proper order.

    • The first name you use for the devil is a self-given name.

  • Paul

    A quick way to get to the heart of the matter

  • m-nj

    We just had a discussion about this with our college group last night. While there are some who may really be searching for the truth, it is ultimately the heart, not the mind, which needs changing… and that is only the work of God.

    The only thing I don’t like about the clip is the speaker spouts off “free will” without defining it. We make decisions and act only according to our as spiritually dead, sinful, and fallen nature (before salvation). Western culture has elevated man’s “free will” above even God’s sovereignty.

    Those acts of “free will” we talk about are clearly “bound” by our nature, based on what’s declared in God’s Word and validated by our own experience. No person will ever “freely” choose to accept the Gospel until and unless God Himself first changes the person’s nature, e.g., makes them spiritually alive, “born-again”, born from above (Eph 2:1-10). With the new nature present, then the Gospel will be understood, acknowledged as true, and freely accepted, evidenced by repentance and faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

    • Ken Abbott

      One could argue that the first attempt to elevate man’s free will above God’s sovereignty took place in the Garden.

      • m-nj

        excellent point

    • Kathy

      Very well written…thanks!

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