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This series deals with the hard questions that I could NOT find answers to in other world religions. If God is GOOD then everyone goes to heaven. If God is the JUST JUDGE then everyone deserves to be condemned because everyone has billions of times of being selfish in motive, thought, word and actions. Every religion says that God is both GOOD and the JUST JUDGE but they don’t solve this impossible equation. This is a series that simply explains Christianity logically.
Two Tests Christianity Must Pass - UD
Pastor John Fichtner
Romans 8:15 states: The Holy Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Healthy individuals have mind, will and emotions all going the same direction with great clarity
Evaluate Christianity with rational, clear answers as to why we have a life of power, peace and joy
It is logical for emotions to flow and rise up where there is deep commitment
Do not let emotions cause you to shut down; be willing to listen to truth
Is the question “Where will I spend eternity” worth investigating?
Man can not reach perfection on his own; Jesus said “I Am the only way to God”
Correct facts can sometimes draw wrong conclusions, thus, logic is not enough proof
Empirical Conclusions (visual proof) vs. Theoretical conclusions (verbal facts)
Non-Christians should be encouraged to examine the Gospel (verbal facts) and observe the people for proof of Christianity (visual proof)
No other faith transforms people like the evidence of true Christianity; however, there are also counterfeit Christians
Father God does not turn a blind eye to sin, but resolves it through Salvation
Christianity is the only religion that doesn’t try to smooth over sin, but brings it right to the surface to be faced in the merciful presence of the Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus gave solid proof to the multitudes: He Spoke Truth, healed the sick, raised the dead, set the people free and yet, “They hated Me (Jesus) without reason.” John 15:25
God is speaking to you to come into the fullness of His light to seek truth and gain eternal life
Five Aspects of Logic in the Gospel - UD
Pastor John Fichtner
With great authority, logic, and truth, Einstein introduced the theory of relativity and with great power it was proved in life. In the same way, Christianity has great logic, great clarity, and great truth.
The logic of the Gospel is irrefutable and the Hand of Salvation offers heaven as a free gift
Man is a sinner, bent toward selfishness and given the opportunity to do evil, he will do whatever he can if he thinks he can get away with it. Examine the history of mankind.
Many very successful non-Christians walk around empty searching for the fulfillment of life
Every religion across the earth believes that the essence of God is love, God is Judge, all knowing, and must deal with all things equally.
Free will is required in order to determine true love; God gives each of us a choice to accept or refuse a loving relationship with Him
To accuse God of not dealing with all the wrongs of the earth and to say; “IF You are an all loving and powerful God, then You should come down and remove all the pain, remove all the wrong and all the evil from this world.” God’s answer has always been; “I will.” When I come, I will remove all pain, all evil, and remove all evil doers. All sinners will receive the full, equal judgment for their sins and there will be no mercy. Are you ready for that? When God comes He will remove every person who has not given their life to Jesus.
Jesus Christ paid the price for the gift of: Forgiveness of our sin, a place in heaven forever, to be made the son/daughter of a King, given a new nature and the desire to do right all the time. The essence of a gift is only complete when it is received.
God is the essence of love and takes the initiative to chase us down to get us to return to Him
Heaven is a perfect place without sin or sorrow; because God is Judge, He guards the gates of heaven for the standard of heaven is perfection.
Hebrews 10:14 Because by One Sacrifice God has made perfect forever to those who are being made holy.
Ephesians 1: 4 Because of His great love for us God who is rich in mercy made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions and it is by grace that you have been saved and God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus ……
The Nature of Man and The Nature of God - UD
Pastor John Fichtner
Acknowledging the emptiness of a life without God does not necessarily mean you have experienced great failure in your life
God is willing to fix everything, but He wants us to ask
To rate the degrees of sin is the essence of self-righteousness: sin is sin.
Nobody found God; it is God who found us.
God judges all things equally and we are either found guilty or innocent
Definition of sin is anything in our motives, our thoughts, our words, and our actions that are not pure
Jesus was the only innocent Man who ever lived and His single motive was to give and to love
Jesus hung naked on a cross in front of His mother after being beaten beyond human recognition, beard plucked out, and deserted by those He loved. In the spirit realm was seen every sin and heinous evil along with every demon in existence being poured out upon His innocent pure soul. This is what I deserve yet Christ took it all upon Himself for me and for you.
Exodus 34:7 God will by no means let the guilty go unpunished. (Therefore we must either be perfect in all things or come through the blood of Christ.)
If God is only love, then everyone goes to heaven including Satan, thus heaven would no longer be a perfect place
All fall short of the Glory of God and nobody stands before a perfect God without innumerable sin in their life
The further people get away from God, the more they have no meaning in life
The closer we get to God, the more we hunger for a deep Covenant relationship with Him
Every single time we have been wronged, we cried out for justice, we cried out for order in our world, we cried out for resolution of issues…everybody wants God as judge.
The only way God can be fully love and fully The Judge is if every single sin is paid for in full
The Evidence for Jesus - UD
Pastor John Fichtner
God is a logical God with solid answers for His people
The message from God has always been that no sinful man by his own merit can stand before a holy God and enter a perfect heaven; therefore the dying of an innocent one is required in the place of sinful man.
The blood sacrifices of the Old Testament were the effort of God to prepare His people for the coming Messiah
Over three hundred profound, detailed prophecies were written in the Old Testament of a coming Messiah which Jesus Christ fulfilled two thousand years ago and will come again to complete the remaining prophecies.
The dying of an innocent one in the place of sinful man is not something God would deligate on any human being. All His wrath/judicial payment could only be paid for by God sacrificing Himself; THIS is the love of God.
John 1:-4 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Jesus is God; John 1:14 The Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us.
Philippians 2:5-8 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God,
Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
No book has ever been scrutinized within a billionth as much as the Bible. The Bible is the most cohesive, pure, irrefutable, historically accurate book ever existing in the history of mankind.
Historically, from a non-Christian perspective, the Bible is proven the most accurate book ever written; God’s Word with a special anointing placed on it.
Be at peace and place your hand in the hand of Jesus Christ and receive the gift of everlasting life, the gift of an Eternal Covenant with your Lord and Savior.
John Fichtner's Testimony - UD
Pastor John Fichtner
Pastor John briefly shares his life story of living 10 seconds at a time as a child, followed by culture shock, then onto success; from hell on earth to heaven on earth.
Determined to succeed, but most importantly I desired the ultimate love relationship
With success came shallow waters, immorality, power & compromise
“I felt like I was in a grey horror flick in the “night of the living dead”
You believe in God? Big deal, even the demons believe in God.
Believing or even mentally acknowledging that Jesus exist is totally different than receiving Him as Lord of your life
I got to where I hated Christians and declared war on them; my only goal was to hurt them
Sometimes, late at night, I would walk around screaming at the heavens shouting; “Are You real? Are You there? Is there a God in heaven?”
In my heart, I shook my fist at God and said, I don’t need You, I can improve my life without You.
After five months I couldn’t even stand up, but lifted my head to heaven and said, “I can’t even be a good person!”
I died that day.
II Timothy 1:11 “If we die with Him we will also live with Him.” (I died that day and became a Christian.)
I feel on my knees confessing all of my wretchedness while God poured out all of His love on me. It almost hurt that God could be that loving when I was that wretched.
Deuteronomy 4:29 Moses said, “If you will seek the Lord you will find Him if you search for Him with all of your heart.”
The truth is, God is seeking you and has chased you from the day you were born
If you died tonight, stood before God and Jesus was not the center and Lord of your life He will ask you, “Why did you not seek Me?”