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November 5, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS, TEXAS, THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AS CHRISTIANS, IT'S NATURAL TO WANT
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  • TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY
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  • FROM NEGATIVE INFLUENCES OF THE CULTURE,
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  • BUT HISTORY SHOWS THAT THOSE
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  • WHO WANT TO EXPERIENCE A SIGNIFICANT LIFE
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  • STRIVE TO INFLUENCE THEIR WORLD
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  • RATHER THAN ISOLATE THEMSELVES FROM IT.
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  • TODAY, WE'RE CONTINUING OUR STUDY ON THE LIFE OF ELIJAH,
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  • TITLED CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • WITHOUT A DOUBT, ELIJAH CARED ABOUT
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  • WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN HIS WORLD,
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  • AND WE OUGHT TO HAVE THE SAME PASSION
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  • FOR THE PEOPLE, NATIONS, AND INSTITUTIONS AROUND US.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED DETERMINED TO INFLUENCE YOUR CULTURE
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] MANY OF US ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE NAME
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  • ELIJAH, BUT FEW OF US KNOW THE BOLD STANCE HE TOOK
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  • FOR GOD. NOR THE DETAILS OF HIS EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • NOW, YOU CAN TRACE ELIJAH'S FOOTSTEPS WITH
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  • THE ELIJAH MAP. A CHRONOLOGICAL OVERVIEW OF THE KEY EVENTS IN
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  • ELIJAH'S LIFE. THIS COMPLIMENTARY RESOURCE
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  • WILL HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW GOD USES ORDINARY PEOPLE
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  • JUST LIKE YOU AND ME IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
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  • THE ELIJAH MAP IS OUR GIFT TO YOU
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  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • MUSIC
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  • BILLY GRAHAM WAS ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF THE CULTURE
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  • FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS.
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  • YES, HE WAS KNOWN FOR PREACHING THE GOSPEL.
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  • HE HAD CRUSADES ALL ACROSS THE WORLD
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  • WHERE MILLIONS CAME TO KNOW CHRIST AS SAVIOR,
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  • BUT EVEN THOUGH PREACHING THE GOSPEL
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  • WAS HIS PRIMARY FUNCTION, IT WASN'T HIS ONLY FUNCTION.
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  • BILLY GRAHAM NEVER SHRINKED AWAY FROM ADDRESSING
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  • THE SPIRITUAL AND MORAL DECAY OF OUR CULTURE.
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  • WAY BACK IN 1965,
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  • IN HIS BOOK, WORLD AFLAME, BILLY GRAHAM
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  • HIT UPON A PERSISTENT PROBLEM CONFRONTING OUR CULTURE.
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  • HE WROTE, "IN A DECLINING CULTURE,
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  • "ONE OF ITS CHARACTERISTICS IS THAT ORDINARY PEOPLE
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  • "ARE UNAWARE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING.
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  • "MODERN MAN HAS BECOME A SPECTATOR OF WORLD EVENTS,
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  • "OBSERVING ON HIS TELEVISION SCREEN
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  • "WITHOUT BECOMING INVOLVED.
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  • "HE WATCHES THE OMINOUS EVENTS WHILE HE SIPS HIS BEER
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  • "IN A COMFORTABLE CHAIR.
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  • "HE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THAT HIS WORLD IS ON FIRE,
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  • "AND THAT HE IS ABOUT TO BE BURNED WITH IT."
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  • IT IS DIFFICULT TO LIVE AT PEACE WITH A CULTURE
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  • THAT IS AT ODDS WITH GOD,
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  • AND CHRISTIANS WHO WANT TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE
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  • IN THIS WORLD, ARE GOING TO LEARN THAT LESSON,
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  • AND THAT BRINGS US TO WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
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  • IN THIS SERIES ON ELIJAH, CHOOSING AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • WE'RE DISCOVERING FROM THE LIFE OF ELIJAH,
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  • HIS SEVEN SECRETS FOR LIVING A SPIRITUALLY SIGNIFICANT LIFE
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  • EVEN THOUGH HE WAS JUST AN ORDINARY PERSON.
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  • LAST TIME, WE LOOKED AT THE SECRET,
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  • THE FOUNDATIONAL SECRET, DISCOVERING YOUR LIFE PURPOSE,
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  • BUT TODAY WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN LOOKING,
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  • THIS TIME AND NEXT TIME,
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  • AT THE SECOND SECRET OF SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE,
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  • AND THAT IS DETERMINING TO IMPACT YOUR CULTURE,
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  • DETERMINING TO INFLUENCE YOUR CULTURE FOR GOD.
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  • LET'S FIRST OF ALL LOOK AT GOD'S MANDATE
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  • TO ACTUALLY EVEN CARE FOR OUR CULTURE.
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  • YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT
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  • GOD HAS NOT INTEREST IN WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD,
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  • AND YET, FROM THE VERY BEGINNING,
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  • GOD GAVE MAN THE MANDATE TO TAKE CARE OF THE WORLD
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  • IN WHICH HE PLACED HIM.
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  • IN GENESIS 2, VERSE 15, THE BIBLE SAYS,
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  • "THE LORD GOD TOOK THE MAN AND PUT HIM
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  • "INTO THE GARDEN OF EDEN TO CULTIVATE IT AND TO KEEP IT."
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  • GOD'S INTERESTS, LISTEN TO THIS,
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  • GOD'S INTERESTS EXTEND BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS OF THE CHURCH.
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  • GOD IS NOT ONLY INTERESTED IN RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS.
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  • HE'S INTERESTED IN THE WHOLE WORLD,
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  • AND THAT'S WHY GOD SAID TO ADAM,
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  • "I WANT YOU TO CULTIVATE THE EARTH AND TO KEEP IT,"
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  • AND THAT LEADS ME TO A DEFINITION OF CULTURE.
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  • WRITE THIS DOWN.
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  • CULTURE IS WHAT HUMAN BEINGS MAKE OF THE WORLD.
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  • WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CULTURE,
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  • WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WHAT HUMAN BEINGS MAKE OF THE WORLD.
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  • NOW, TO BE HONEST, HUMAN BEINGS HAVE DONE SOME GOOD THINGS
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  • FOR THIS WORLD.
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  • THEY HAVE MADE SOME IMPROVEMENTS IN THIS WORLD.
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  • FOR EXAMPLE, WHO TODAY WOULD WANNA TRADE LASER SURGERY
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  • FOR SURGERY 150 YEARS AGO,
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  • THAT BASICALLY CONSISTED OF A SHARP KNIFE AND NO ANESTHETIC?
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  • I MEAN, WE HAVE IMPROVED THINGS,
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  • WE HAVE CULTIVATED THE EARTH THAT GOD HAS PLANTED US IN.
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  • THAT IS A GOOD THING, BUT IF WE'RE HONEST,
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  • WE'D ALSO SAY THAT THERE HAS BEEN A DETERIORATION
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  • OF OUR WORLD AS WELL.
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  • IN THE LAST 100 YEARS, THE LAST 150 YEARS,
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  • LOOK AT THE CHANGES YOU'VE SEEN IN OUR OWN COUNTRY.
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  • 150 YEARS AGO, THERE WAS NO DOUBT THAT THIS WAS
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  • A NATION THAT WAS BUILT ON THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN ETHIC.
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  • THAT DOESN'T MEAN EVERYBODY SUBSCRIBED TO IT,
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  • TODAY, OUR COUNTRY'S BEING GUIDED BY MORAL RELATIVISM
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  • AND BY POST-MODERNISM.
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  • WHAT IS OUR PLACE IN THAT CULTURE
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  • THAT SEEMS TO BE UNRAVELING MORE DAY AFTER DAY?
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  • WELL, IN EPHESIANS 2, VERSE 10,
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  • PAUL GIVES US AN INTERESTING WORD PICTURE
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  • OF WHAT WE'RE TO BE IN THIS DETERIORATING CULTURE.
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  • HE SAID, "WE ARE GOD'S WORKMANSHIP, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS
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  • "FOR GOOD WORKS, WHICH GOD PREPARED BEFOREHAND,
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  • "THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM."
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  • HE SAID GOD HAS CRATED US AS HIS WORKMANSHIP.
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  • THAT WORD WORKMANSHIP IS THE GREEK WORD POIEMA.
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  • WE GET OUR WORD POEM FROM IT.
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  • LAST TIME, WE TALKED ABOUT THE STORY THAT GOD IS WRITING
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  • IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW.
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  • YOUR STORY IS LIKE A POEM GOD IS WRITING THROUGH YOUR LIFE
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  • NOT TO BE PUT ON THE SHELF SOMEWHERE,
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  • BUT TO BE READ BY THOSE AROUND YOU.
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  • GOD WANTS OTHERS YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH
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  • TO SEE YOUR LIFE STORY, TO SEE YOUR STAND FOR GOD.
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  • OF COURSE, THE KEY WORD IS COME IN CONTACT WITH.
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  • TO INFLUENCE OUR CULTURE,
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  • WE HAVE TO COME IN CONTACT WITH OUR CULTURE.
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  • MORE ABOUT THAT IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • BUT LET'S EXPAND THIS IDEA OF CULTURE,
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  • AND TALK ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS FOR ORDINARY PEOPLE
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  • TO CULTIVATE THEIR CULTURE.
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  • PERHAPS YOU'RE LIKE THIS.
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  • PERHAPS YOU'RE THINKING TO YOURSELF,
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  • "I CAN'T HAVE ANY INFLUENCE ON THE CULTURE."
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  • WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE CULTURE,
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  • YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON, DC,
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  • OR IN HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, AND YOU THINK,
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  • "THAT'S THE CULTURE I'M POWERLESS TO HAVE
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  • "ANY INFLUENCE OVER IT," BUT REMEMBER,
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  • CULTURE IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF THE WORLD,
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  • SPECIFICALLY THE WORLD GOD HAS PLACED YOU IN.
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  • YOU ARE IN A PARTICULAR CULTURE, IN YOUR HOME,
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  • IN YOUR WORKPLACE, IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD,
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  • AND YOUR JOB IS TO INFLUENCE THAT CULTURE.
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  • PERHAPS YOU'RE A STAY-AT-HOME MOM, AND YOU THINK,
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  • "I COULDN'T HAVE ANY INFLUENCE
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  • "ON THE CULTURE OF OUR NATION."
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  • BUT LOOK, GOD HAS GIVEN YOU A GREAT INFLUENCE
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  • OVER THOSE CHILDREN IN YOUR HOME.
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  • THINK ABOUT HANNAH IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
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  • FOR YEARS, SHE PRAYED THAT GOD WOULD GIVE HER A CHILD,
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  • AND FINALLY, HE ANSWERED HER PRAYER AND GAVE HER SAMUEL.
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  • SHE FAITHFULLY TAUGHT SAMUEL THE FEAR OF THE LORD,
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  • THE WORD OF GOD, AND THEN SHE DELIVERED HIM TO ELI,
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  • WHO TRAINED HIM FURTHER,
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  • AND SAMUEL BECAME A MIGHTY PROPHET OF GOD
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  • WHO GREATLY INFLUENCED THE NATION FOR GOOD.
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  • DID HANNAH INFLUENCE HER CULTURE?
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  • OF COURSE SHE DID.
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  • MAYBE YOU'RE A STUDENT RIGHT NOW IN JUNIOR HIGH,
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  • HIGH SCHOOL, OR COLLEGE.
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  • FOR YOU, YOUR CULTURE IS THAT SCHOOL
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  • WHERE GOD HAS PLACED YOU.
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  • WHAT I'M SAYING TO YOU IS, DON'T EVER UNDERESTIMATE
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  • YOUR ABILITY TO CHANGE YOUR CULTURE,
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  • WHEREVER GOD HAS PLACED YOU.
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  • YOUR HOME, YOUR WORKPLACE, YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, YOUR FAMILY,
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  • GOD HAS PLACED YOU THERE FOR A REASON, AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
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  • WHEN YOU'RE FAITHFUL TO BE THAT REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHRIST,
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  • WHEREVER YOU ARE, DON'T BE SURPRISED
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  • IF GOD DOESN'T EXPAND YOUR TERRITORY
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  • AND YOUR INFLUENCE BEYOND THAT.
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  • THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED WITH ELIJAH.
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  • YOU KNOW, GOD LEFT US HERE NOT TO ISOLATE OURSELVES
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  • FROM THE CULTURE, NOT TO IDENTIFY WITH THE CULTURE,
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  • BUT TO INFLUENCE THE CULTURE, AND YET,
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  • I THINK YOU'D HAVE TO AGREE WITH ME, ON THE WHOLE,
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  • CHRISTIANS AREN'T DOING THAT GREAT OF A JOB
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  • OF INFLUENCING THE CULTURE, ARE WE?
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  • I MEAN, LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING.
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  • AND THAT'S AMAZING, WHEN YOU SEE OUR CULTURE UNRAVELING
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  • WITH AS MANY CHRISTIANS
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  • AS THERE ARE IN THIS COUNTRY, SUPPOSEDLY.
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  • YOU KNOW, ONE SURVEY SAYS THAT
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  • ONE FOURTH OF THE US POPULATION
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  • CLAIMS TO BE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN.
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  • IF A QUARTER OF OUR POPULATION ARE CHRISTIANS,
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  • WHY ARE WE HAVING ZERO INFLUENCE ON THIS CULTURE?
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  • I THINK FOR TWO REASONS THAT I WANNA MENTION TO YOU TODAY.
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  • ONE REASON IS SOME CHRISTIANS HAVE BECOME
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  • WHAT I CALL SILO SAINTS.
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  • INSTEAD OF BEING SALT THAT PENETRATES THE MEAT,
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  • FLAVORS THE MEAT, PRESERVES THE MEAT,
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  • THESE CHRISTIANS REMAIN IN THE SALT SHAKER,
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  • TOTALLY ISOLATED FROM THE MEAT.
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  • THEY BECOME SILO SAINTS,
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  • AND THEY ACTUALLY PRIDE THEMSELVES ON THAT,
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  • AND SO, "I DON'T WANNA GET INVOLVED IN THE CULTURE.
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  • "I COULD POLLUTE MYSELF OR I COULD POLLUTE MY FAMILY
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  • "IF I DO THAT."
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  • IN FACT, SOME CHRISTIANS HAVE EVEN COME UP WITH
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  • A THEOLOGICAL JUSTIFICATION FOR WHAT THEY'RE DOING.
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  • A POPULAR BOOK RIGHT NOW IS CALLED "THE BENEDICT OPTION."
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  • I HATE EVEN GIVING THE BOOK A PLUG,
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  • 'CAUSE IT IS SO INSIDIOUS, BUT IT'S WRITTEN BY A CHRISTIAN
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  • AND HE CLAIMS THAT CHRISTIANS OUGHTA FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE
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  • OF THAT MONASTIC CHURCH LEADER, SAINT BENEDICT,
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  • WHO BASICALLY SAID TO HIS FOLLOWERS,
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  • "LET'S JUST GET IN OUR HOLY HUDDLE
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  • "AND TRY TO ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER IN THESE DARK DAYS
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  • "AND PRAY THAT BAD PEOPLE DON'T DO ANYTHING EVIL TO US."
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  • IS THAT WHAT GOD HAS CALLED US TO DO?
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  • NO, BUT THERE ARE MANY CHRISTIANS WHO FALL FOR THAT
  • 00:11:09.080 --> 00:11:12.010
  • AND EVEN JUSTIFY THAT.
  • 00:11:12.020 --> 00:11:15.040
  • NOT LONG AGO, I WAS ON A PANEL DISCUSSION AT A SEMINARY
  • 00:11:15.050 --> 00:11:18.130
  • AND DURING THE Q&A TIME, ONE OF THE STUDENTS
  • 00:11:18.140 --> 00:11:20.170
  • ASKED ME THIS QUESTION.
  • 00:11:20.180 --> 00:11:22.020
  • "DR. JEFFRESS, WHY DO YOU FEEL THAT CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS
  • 00:11:22.030 --> 00:11:27.270
  • "HAVE THE RIGHT TO IMPOSE THEIR VALUES
  • 00:11:27.280 --> 00:11:30.200
  • "ON A SECULAR, PLURALISTIC SOCIETY?
  • 00:11:30.210 --> 00:11:34.270
  • "WHY DO CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS HAVE THE RIGHT
  • 00:11:34.280 --> 00:11:37.170
  • "TO IMPOSE THEIR VALUES ON A SECULAR SOCIETY?"
  • 00:11:37.180 --> 00:11:41.290
  • AND MY ANSWER TO HIM WAS, LOOK, SOCIETY IS ALWAYS GONNA BE
  • 00:11:42.000 --> 00:11:46.080
  • INFLUENCED BY SOMEBODY'S SET OF VALUES.
  • 00:11:46.090 --> 00:11:49.080
  • THE ONLY QUESTION IS, WHOSE VALUES ARE GOING TO BE IMPOSED.
  • 00:11:49.090 --> 00:11:53.190
  • SILO SAINTS DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT.
  • 00:11:53.200 --> 00:11:56.090
  • YOU SEE, THEY BELIEVE WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN FIRST OF ALL,
  • 00:11:56.100 --> 00:11:58.190
  • BECAUSE THEY SEE A FALSE DICHOTOMY
  • 00:11:58.200 --> 00:12:01.000
  • BETWEEN THE SACRED AND THE SECULAR.
  • 00:12:01.010 --> 00:12:03.050
  • THEY SAY, NO, THE CHURCH IS SACRED,
  • 00:12:03.060 --> 00:12:06.010
  • BUT THE GOVERNMENT, OOH, THAT'S SECULAR, THAT'S BAD.
  • 00:12:06.020 --> 00:12:10.000
  • AS WE'VE SEEN, GOD ACTUALLY DESIGNED BOTH INSTITUTIONS
  • 00:12:10.010 --> 00:12:12.270
  • TO CARRY OUT HIS PURPOSE.
  • 00:12:12.280 --> 00:12:14.150
  • HE DESIGNED THE CHURCH AND HE DESIGNED GOVERNMENT,
  • 00:12:14.160 --> 00:12:18.020
  • AND THIS IDEA THAT THE CHURCH SHOULD NOT HAVE ANY INFLUENCE
  • 00:12:18.030 --> 00:12:21.140
  • ON GOVERNMENTAL POLICY, THAT IS SOMETHING
  • 00:12:21.150 --> 00:12:24.080
  • ONLY INFIDELS AND UNBELIEVERS REALLY BELIEVE,
  • 00:12:24.090 --> 00:12:27.050
  • OR SHOULD BELIEVE.
  • 00:12:27.060 --> 00:12:28.250
  • THE FIRST AMENDMENT GUARANTEES THE FREE EXERCISE
  • 00:12:28.260 --> 00:12:32.140
  • OF OUR FAITH, NOT JUST ON SUNDAY MORNINGS,
  • 00:12:32.150 --> 00:12:35.180
  • BUT IN EVERY PART OF OUR LIFE,
  • 00:12:35.190 --> 00:12:38.100
  • BUT IT'S THE INFIDELS, THE SECULARISTS
  • 00:12:38.110 --> 00:12:40.160
  • WHO HAVE DRAWN THIS FALSE SEPARATION
  • 00:12:40.170 --> 00:12:43.020
  • BETWEEN FAITH AND EVERYDAY LIFE.
  • 00:12:43.030 --> 00:12:46.150
  • THESE SILO SAINTS ALSO HAVE A FALSE UNDERSTANDING
  • 00:12:46.160 --> 00:12:49.060
  • OF GOD'S SOVEREIGNTY.
  • 00:12:49.070 --> 00:12:50.130
  • THEY THINK GOD IS ONLY INTERESTED IN THE CHURCH
  • 00:12:50.140 --> 00:12:54.240
  • AND IN CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:12:54.250 --> 00:12:56.130
  • HIS RULE IS LIMITED TO CHURCH AND TO THE CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:12:56.140 --> 00:13:00.080
  • IS THAT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS?
  • 00:13:00.090 --> 00:13:01.130
  • LISTEN TO PSALM 103, VERSE 19.
  • 00:13:01.140 --> 00:13:03.280
  • "THE LORD HAS ESTABLISHED HIS THRONE IN THE HEAVENS;
  • 00:13:03.290 --> 00:13:07.050
  • "AND HIS SOVEREIGNTY RULES OVER ALL."
  • 00:13:07.060 --> 00:13:11.070
  • GOD IS NOT JUST THE RULER OVER THE CHURCH.
  • 00:13:11.080 --> 00:13:14.160
  • HE'S THE RULER OVER GOVERNMENT,
  • 00:13:14.170 --> 00:13:16.020
  • HE'S THE RULER OVER ALL CREATION.
  • 00:13:16.030 --> 00:13:18.050
  • AND WHILE IT'S TRUE, NOT EVERYBODY RECOGNIZES THAT RULE,
  • 00:13:18.060 --> 00:13:21.160
  • IT'S GOD'S WILL THAT PEOPLE SUBMIT TO HIS WILL,
  • 00:13:21.170 --> 00:13:26.150
  • NOT JUST IN THE FUTURE SOMETIME, BUT RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:13:26.160 --> 00:13:30.220
  • IT IS GOD'S DESIRE THAT EVERY PEOPLE, EVERY NATION
  • 00:13:30.230 --> 00:13:35.170
  • SUBMIT THEMSELVES TO GOD'S RULE NOW, NOT IN THE FUTURE.
  • 00:13:35.180 --> 00:13:41.110
  • IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT,
  • 00:13:41.120 --> 00:13:43.050
  • HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE EVER SAID THE LORD'S PRAYER BEFORE?
  • 00:13:43.060 --> 00:13:46.000
  • COME ON, ADMIT TO IT.
  • 00:13:46.010 --> 00:13:48.110
  • WHAT HAVE YOU REALLY PRAYED,
  • 00:13:48.120 --> 00:13:49.210
  • IF YOU'VE PRAYED THE LORD'S PRAYER?
  • 00:13:49.220 --> 00:13:51.140
  • LISTEN TO THIS, MATTHEW 6:9-10.
  • 00:13:51.150 --> 00:13:53.240
  • "OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME.
  • 00:13:53.250 --> 00:13:56.250
  • "THY KINGDOM COME.
  • 00:13:56.260 --> 00:13:59.030
  • "THY WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN."
  • 00:13:59.040 --> 00:14:05.170
  • WHEN YOU'RE PRAYING FOR THE LORD'S WILL TO BE DONE,
  • 00:14:05.180 --> 00:14:08.020
  • YOU'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT IN THE FUTURE.
  • 00:14:08.030 --> 00:14:10.040
  • YOU'RE SAYING, "GOD, I WANT YOUR WILL BEING DONE RIGHT NOW,
  • 00:14:10.050 --> 00:14:14.060
  • "ON EARTH AS IT'S BEING DONE RIGHT NOW IN HEAVEN."
  • 00:14:14.070 --> 00:14:18.100
  • LET ME ASK YOU SOMETHING.
  • 00:14:18.110 --> 00:14:19.180
  • DO YOU THINK IT'S PART OF GOD'S WILL
  • 00:14:19.190 --> 00:14:21.170
  • FOR 1.3 MILLION CHILDREN TO BE BUTCHERED
  • 00:14:21.180 --> 00:14:24.160
  • IN THE WOMB EVERY YEAR THROUGH ABORTION?
  • 00:14:24.170 --> 00:14:26.090
  • IS THAT PART OF GOD'S WILL?
  • 00:14:26.100 --> 00:14:29.050
  • IS IT GOD'S WILL FOR CHRISTIANS TO BE PERSECUTED?
  • 00:14:29.060 --> 00:14:32.240
  • IS IT GOD'S WILL FOR IMMORALITY TO CONTINUE
  • 00:14:32.250 --> 00:14:35.260
  • AND FOR MARRIAGE TO BE REDEFINED?
  • 00:14:35.270 --> 00:14:37.190
  • IS THAT PART OF GOD'S WILL?
  • 00:14:37.200 --> 00:14:39.050
  • OF COURSE IT'S NOT.
  • 00:14:39.060 --> 00:14:41.090
  • AND THE IDEA THAT WE CAN JUST REMAIN CLOISTERED TOGETHER
  • 00:14:41.100 --> 00:14:44.110
  • AND NOT TO TRY TO IMPACT OUR CULTURE FOR GOOD
  • 00:14:44.120 --> 00:14:46.120
  • IS AN IDEA THAT IS ABSOLUTELY FOREIGN TO CHRISTIANITY.
  • 00:14:46.130 --> 00:14:51.050
  • FACT IS, SPIRITUAL SILO PEOPLE
  • 00:14:51.060 --> 00:14:55.040
  • ARE ISOLATING THEMSELVES FROM THE CULTURE.
  • 00:14:55.050 --> 00:14:57.200
  • THAT'S WHY THEY HAVE NO IMPACT ON THE CULTURE.
  • 00:14:57.210 --> 00:15:00.200
  • THEY LIVE IN THEIR SILOS.
  • 00:15:00.210 --> 00:15:02.190
  • THEY ARE SILO SAINTS.
  • 00:15:02.200 --> 00:15:05.100
  • BUT THERE'S ANOTHER GROUP OF CHRISTIANS
  • 00:15:05.110 --> 00:15:07.190
  • WHO ARE HAVING NO IMPACT ON THIS WORLD
  • 00:15:07.200 --> 00:15:10.190
  • BECAUSE THEY ARE WHAT I CALL SPIRITUAL SELLOUTS.
  • 00:15:10.200 --> 00:15:14.250
  • YOU KNOW, THEY HAVEN'T ISOLATED THEMSELVES FROM THE CULTURE.
  • 00:15:14.260 --> 00:15:17.200
  • INSTEAD, THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED WITH THE CULTURE.
  • 00:15:17.210 --> 00:15:21.190
  • THEY HAVE BECOME SO MUCH LIKE THE WORLD,
  • 00:15:21.200 --> 00:15:24.140
  • YOU CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
  • 00:15:24.150 --> 00:15:25.230
  • THESE CHRISTIANS AND UNBELIEVERS.
  • 00:15:25.240 --> 00:15:27.250
  • THEY HAVE ADOPTED THE WORLD'S VALUE SYSTEM.
  • 00:15:27.260 --> 00:15:30.140
  • THEY ARE LIKE THE SALT JESUS TALKED ABOUT IN MATTHEW 5
  • 00:15:30.150 --> 00:15:34.010
  • THAT HAS LOST ITS SALTINESS, IT'S BECOME WORTHLESS,
  • 00:15:34.020 --> 00:15:38.020
  • AND DESERVES TO BE THROWN OUT.
  • 00:15:38.030 --> 00:15:41.000
  • THAT'S WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT,
  • 00:15:41.010 --> 00:15:42.130
  • SALT THAT HAS LOST ITS SAVOR, THAT HAS LOTS ITS BITE.
  • 00:15:42.140 --> 00:15:45.280
  • IT HAS BECOME DILUTED AND THEREFORE IT IS WORTHLESS.
  • 00:15:45.290 --> 00:15:49.260
  • MANY CHRISTIANS ARE LIKE THAT.
  • 00:15:49.270 --> 00:15:51.290
  • THEY REFUSE TO RECOGNIZE SIN.
  • 00:15:52.000 --> 00:15:54.110
  • THEY HAVE A RELUCTANCE TO RECOGNIZE SIN IN THE CULTURE
  • 00:15:54.120 --> 00:15:59.030
  • BECAUSE FRANKLY, THEY DON'T RECOGNIZE SIN IN THEIR OWN LIFE,
  • 00:15:59.040 --> 00:16:02.100
  • THEY HAVE SO ADOPTED THE WORLD'S VALUE SYSTEM.
  • 00:16:02.110 --> 00:16:05.230
  • IF WE CAN'T TRULY CALL SIN SIN,
  • 00:16:05.240 --> 00:16:09.290
  • IF WE CAN'T LABEL IT FOR WHAT IT IS,
  • 00:16:10.000 --> 00:16:12.180
  • SODOMY, FORNICATION, MOLESTATION,
  • 00:16:12.190 --> 00:16:16.100
  • NO WONDER WE HAVE BECOME LIKE THE WORLD.
  • 00:16:16.110 --> 00:16:20.090
  • HOW MANY CHURCHES TODAY DO YOU KNOW OF
  • 00:16:20.100 --> 00:16:22.200
  • THAT WILL CALL SIN SIN?
  • 00:16:22.210 --> 00:16:26.060
  • THEY AVOID IT, AND THEN THEY FORGET IT.
  • 00:16:26.070 --> 00:16:28.200
  • A FRIEND OF MINE SAYS IT VERY WELL.
  • 00:16:28.210 --> 00:16:30.080
  • THE SINS OF THE CULTURE SOON BECOME THE SINS OF CHRISTIANS
  • 00:16:30.090 --> 00:16:34.190
  • AND THE SINS OF CHRISTIANS BECOME THE SIN OF THE CHURCH.
  • 00:16:34.200 --> 00:16:40.000
  • ONE REASON SOME CHRISTIANS ARE NOT MAKING ANY DIFFERENCE
  • 00:16:40.010 --> 00:16:43.020
  • IN THE WORLD IS THAT THEY'RE SPIRITUAL SELLOUTS.
  • 00:16:43.030 --> 00:16:45.230
  • THEY HAVE SOLD OUT TO AN UNGODLY LIFESTYLE.
  • 00:16:45.240 --> 00:16:48.090
  • THEY CAN'T POINT OUT SIN IN THE CULTURE
  • 00:16:48.100 --> 00:16:50.110
  • BECAUSE THEY DON'T RECOGNIZE IT IN THEIR OWN LIFE,
  • 00:16:50.120 --> 00:16:52.150
  • OR BECOME OF THEIR ADHERENCE TO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.
  • 00:16:52.160 --> 00:16:56.230
  • THAT IS, THEY WON'T SPEAK OUT AGAINST SIN BECAUSE
  • 00:16:56.240 --> 00:17:00.130
  • THEY DON'T WANNA BE IDENTIFIED AS A RELIGIOUS FANATIC.
  • 00:17:00.140 --> 00:17:04.140
  • THEY'RE AFRAID OF ANY PERSONAL LOSS AND POPULARITY
  • 00:17:04.150 --> 00:17:07.210
  • OR JOB PROMOTION OR EVEN HARMONY IN THEIR OWN HOME
  • 00:17:07.220 --> 00:17:12.070
  • THAT TAKING A STAND FOR CHRIST WILL CAUSE.
  • 00:17:12.080 --> 00:17:15.110
  • SO WHAT HAPPENS?
  • 00:17:15.120 --> 00:17:16.290
  • WHENEVER THEY ARE WITH A CHRISTIAN
  • 00:17:17.000 --> 00:17:19.000
  • WHO WILL TAKE SUCH A STAND,
  • 00:17:19.010 --> 00:17:21.180
  • INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING THAT CHRISTIAN,
  • 00:17:21.190 --> 00:17:23.190
  • THEY BACK AWAY AS FAR AS THEY CAN,
  • 00:17:23.200 --> 00:17:26.130
  • NOT WANTING TO HAVE ANY OF THAT NEGATIVE FALLOUT.
  • 00:17:26.140 --> 00:17:30.070
  • YOU SEE IT ALL OF THE TIME, AND REMEMBER PETER?
  • 00:17:30.080 --> 00:17:34.010
  • HOW HE SAID, "LORD, I'M WITH YOU TO THE END!"
  • 00:17:34.020 --> 00:17:37.240
  • BUT THEN WHEN THE HEAT STARTED BEING TURNED UP ON JESUS
  • 00:17:37.250 --> 00:17:40.130
  • AND HE STARTED BEING ARRESTED AND GOING TO THE TRIALS,
  • 00:17:40.140 --> 00:17:44.140
  • WHAT DOES IT SAY?
  • 00:17:44.150 --> 00:17:45.180
  • PETER STARTED FOLLOWING THE LORD, WHAT?
  • 00:17:45.190 --> 00:17:47.120
  • FROM A DISTANCE.
  • 00:17:47.130 --> 00:17:48.260
  • FROM A DISTANCE.
  • 00:17:48.270 --> 00:17:50.020
  • SEE, HE WANTED TO KEEP HIS OPTIONS OPEN
  • 00:17:50.030 --> 00:17:51.160
  • IN CASE THIS THING DIDN'T TURN OUT TOO WELL.
  • 00:17:51.170 --> 00:17:54.120
  • THAT'S THE SAME SENTIMENT OF A LOT OF CHRISTIANS TODAY.
  • 00:17:54.130 --> 00:17:57.010
  • I HAVE TO TELL YOU, ONE OF THE GREAT DISAPPOINTMENTS
  • 00:17:57.020 --> 00:17:59.120
  • OF MY MINISTRY THROUGH THE YEARS
  • 00:17:59.130 --> 00:18:01.210
  • HAVE BEEN FRIENDS, LEADERS IN THE CHURCH,
  • 00:18:01.220 --> 00:18:05.020
  • WHO, WHEN THE TEMPERATURE STARTED TO GET A LITTLE HOT,
  • 00:18:05.030 --> 00:18:08.080
  • THEY SHRINKED AWAY.
  • 00:18:08.090 --> 00:18:09.260
  • THEY FOUND SOME REASON TO QUIT COMING TO CHURCH,
  • 00:18:09.270 --> 00:18:13.040
  • THEY FOUND SOME REASON TO JOIN ANOTHER FELLOWSHIP
  • 00:18:13.050 --> 00:18:15.160
  • THAT WASN'T QUITE AS CONTROVERSIAL.
  • 00:18:15.170 --> 00:18:18.120
  • BY THE WAY, PAUL KNEW SOMETHING OF THAT DISAPPOINTMENT.
  • 00:18:18.130 --> 00:18:21.240
  • IN 2 TIMOTHY 4:10, HE WRITES,
  • 00:18:21.250 --> 00:18:24.000
  • "DEMAS, HAVING LOVED THIS PRESENT WORLD,
  • 00:18:24.010 --> 00:18:26.200
  • "HAS DESERTED ME AND HAS GONE TO THESSALONICA."
  • 00:18:26.210 --> 00:18:30.100
  • DEMAS WAS ONE OF THOSE, "I'M WITH YOU, PAUL,
  • 00:18:30.110 --> 00:18:32.060
  • "UNTIL THE VERY END!"
  • 00:18:32.070 --> 00:18:34.170
  • OR UNTIL IT BECOMES UNPOPULAR.
  • 00:18:34.180 --> 00:18:36.190
  • DEMAS LOVED HIS FREEDOM
  • 00:18:36.200 --> 00:18:38.050
  • MORE THAN HE LOVED THE APOSTLE PAUL IN CHRIST.
  • 00:18:38.060 --> 00:18:41.220
  • YOU KNOW, BOTH OF THESE REASONS EXPLAIN WHY
  • 00:18:41.230 --> 00:18:43.220
  • WE DON'T MAKE A BIGGER DIFFERENCE IN OUR CULTURE.
  • 00:18:43.230 --> 00:18:46.120
  • SOME CHRISTIANS HAVE ISOLATED THEMSELVES
  • 00:18:46.130 --> 00:18:48.190
  • BY BECOMING SILO SAINTS,
  • 00:18:48.200 --> 00:18:50.130
  • SOME CHRISTIANS HAVE IDENTIFIED WITH THE CULTURE
  • 00:18:50.140 --> 00:18:52.270
  • BY BEING SPIRITUAL SELLOUTS,
  • 00:18:52.280 --> 00:18:54.280
  • BUT OF THESE TWO EXTREMES,
  • 00:18:54.290 --> 00:18:56.070
  • YOU KNOW THE ONE I THINK IS THE MOST DANGEROUS?
  • 00:18:56.080 --> 00:18:59.010
  • IT'S THE ISOLATION FROM THE CULTURE.
  • 00:18:59.020 --> 00:19:01.150
  • I MEAN, THE FACT IS, I DON'T KNOW ANY CHRISTIAN
  • 00:19:01.160 --> 00:19:04.080
  • WHO TRIES TO JUSTIFY HIS BEING LIKE THE CULTURE
  • 00:19:04.090 --> 00:19:07.050
  • WITH A BIBLE VERSE.
  • 00:19:07.060 --> 00:19:08.190
  • "WELL, HERE'S THE VERSE THAT EXPLAINS WHY I COMMIT ADULTERY.
  • 00:19:08.200 --> 00:19:10.250
  • "HERE'S THE VERSE THAT EXPLAINS
  • 00:19:10.260 --> 00:19:12.070
  • "WHY I'M INVOLVED IN FORNICATION."
  • 00:19:12.080 --> 00:19:14.090
  • AND YET IT'S THE ISOLATIONISTS WHO SAY,
  • 00:19:14.100 --> 00:19:16.190
  • "OH, YES, I'M DOING THE RIGHT THING BY NOT SULLYING MYSELF,
  • 00:19:16.200 --> 00:19:19.210
  • "GETTING INVOLVED WITH NON-CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:19:19.220 --> 00:19:22.120
  • "AFTER ALL, IF I GET INVOLVED WITH NON-CHRISTIANS,
  • 00:19:22.130 --> 00:19:25.120
  • "I'M GONNA BECOME LIKE THEM."
  • 00:19:25.130 --> 00:19:27.290
  • YOU KNOW, IN JOHN CHAPTER 17, BEGINNING WITH VERSE 11,
  • 00:19:28.000 --> 00:19:32.000
  • I WANT YOU TO LISTEN TO THIS PRAYER THAT JESUS PRAYED
  • 00:19:32.010 --> 00:19:35.210
  • NOT JUST FOR HIS APOSTLES,
  • 00:19:35.220 --> 00:19:37.140
  • BUT ALL WHO WOULD COME TO KNOW HIM IN CENTURIES LATER,
  • 00:19:37.150 --> 00:19:40.260
  • THROUGH THE WITNESS OF THE APOSTLES.
  • 00:19:40.270 --> 00:19:42.130
  • DID YOU KNOW, THIS IS THE PRAYER THAT JESUS PRAYED FOR YOU
  • 00:19:42.140 --> 00:19:46.100
  • THE NIGHT BEFORE HE WAS CRUCIFIED, AND LOOK AT IT
  • 00:19:46.110 --> 00:19:49.180
  • WITH ME. JOHN 17:11, AND THEN DOWN TO VERSES 14 AND 17.
  • 00:19:49.190 --> 00:19:54.060
  • HE SAYS TO GOD, "NOW I AM DEPARTING FROM THE WORLD;
  • 00:19:54.070 --> 00:19:57.170
  • "THEY ARE STAYING IN THIS WORLD, BUT I AM COMING TO YOU.
  • 00:19:57.180 --> 00:20:01.200
  • "AND THE WORLD HATES THEM BECAUSE THEY DO NOT BELONG
  • 00:20:01.210 --> 00:20:04.180
  • "TO THE WORLD, JUST AS I DO NOT BELONG TO THE WORLD.
  • 00:20:04.190 --> 00:20:08.010
  • "I'M NOT ASKING YOU TO TAKE THEM OUT OF THE WORLD,
  • 00:20:08.020 --> 00:20:12.120
  • "BUT TO KEEP THEM SAFE FROM THE EVIL ONE.
  • 00:20:12.130 --> 00:20:15.000
  • "THEY DO NOT BELONG TO THIS WORLD ANY MORE THAN I DO.
  • 00:20:15.010 --> 00:20:18.040
  • "MAKE THEM HOLY BY YOUR TRUTH;
  • 00:20:18.050 --> 00:20:21.180
  • "TEACH THEM YOUR WORD, WHICH IS TRUTH."
  • 00:20:21.190 --> 00:20:26.230
  • NOTICE JESUS SAID,
  • 00:20:26.240 --> 00:20:28.160
  • "I'M NOT ASKING YOU TO ISOLATE MY FOLLOWERS FROM THE WORLD.
  • 00:20:28.170 --> 00:20:32.010
  • "DON'T TAKE THEM OUT, THEN THEY CAN'T DO ANY GOOD,
  • 00:20:32.020 --> 00:20:35.170
  • "AND I CERTAINLY DON'T WANT THEM TO IDENTIFY
  • 00:20:35.180 --> 00:20:37.200
  • "AND BECOME LIKE THE WORLD.
  • 00:20:37.210 --> 00:20:39.060
  • "THEY'RE NOT OF THE WORLD, AND THAT'S WHY, GOD, I'M PRAYING,
  • 00:20:39.070 --> 00:20:41.030
  • "MAKE THEM HOLY, SEPARATE, APART FROM THE WORLD."
  • 00:20:41.040 --> 00:20:45.120
  • HIS PRAYER WAS THAT WE WOULD INFLUENCE THE WORLD.
  • 00:20:45.130 --> 00:20:50.120
  • JESUS UNDERSTOOD AND MODELED HOW TO DO THAT,
  • 00:20:50.130 --> 00:20:53.040
  • HOW TO INFLUENCE THE WORLD WITHOUT ISOLATION,
  • 00:20:53.050 --> 00:20:56.080
  • WITHOUT IDENTIFICATION. AND SO DID ELIJAH.
  • 00:20:56.090 --> 00:21:02.080
  • YOU PROBABLY WONDERED WHAT HAPPENED TO ELIJAH?
  • 00:21:02.090 --> 00:21:05.240
  • ELIJAH IS A PERFECT ILLUSTRATION OF SOMEBODY
  • 00:21:05.250 --> 00:21:08.150
  • WHO INFLUENCED CULTURE, RATHER THAN ISOLATING
  • 00:21:08.160 --> 00:21:12.110
  • OR IDENTIFYING WITH IT.
  • 00:21:12.120 --> 00:21:15.010
  • AS MY OLD PROFESSOR HOWARD HENDRICKS SAID,
  • 00:21:15.020 --> 00:21:18.070
  • WHEN ELIJAH BURST ON THE SCENE,
  • 00:21:18.080 --> 00:21:20.220
  • HE CAME TO A NATION THAT WAS ON THE SKIDS.
  • 00:21:20.230 --> 00:21:24.290
  • HE WRITES, "THERE WAS A MANIA OF MEDIOCRITY.
  • 00:21:25.000 --> 00:21:28.260
  • "7000 BELIEVERS WERE HUDDLED IN A CAVE IN SILENT PROTEST.
  • 00:21:28.270 --> 00:21:32.250
  • "WE DON'T WANNA GET INVOLVED, THEY CRIED,
  • 00:21:32.260 --> 00:21:35.150
  • "BUT THIS MAN, ELIJAH, STANDS OUT LIKE A SPIRITUAL COLOSSUS
  • 00:21:35.160 --> 00:21:41.160
  • "IN THE MIDST OF A GENERATION OF PERVERTS
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  • "AND SPIRITUAL PYGMIES."
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  • I LOVE THAT PHRASE.
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  • DOESN'T THAT DESCRIBE THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE?
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  • A WORLD FILLED WITH PERVERTS AND SPIRITUAL PYGMIES.
  • 00:21:52.150 --> 00:21:57.090
  • AND YET IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT, ELIJAH WAS A GIANT.
  • 00:21:57.100 --> 00:22:01.090
  • HE WAS A GIANT BECAUSE OF THREE CONVICTIONS
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  • THAT SHAPED HIS LIFE, AND NEXT TIME,
  • 00:22:04.080 --> 00:22:07.100
  • WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVER ELIJAH'S THREE CONVICTIONS
  • 00:22:07.110 --> 00:22:11.030
  • THAT CAN NOT ONLY TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:22:11.040 --> 00:22:13.180
  • BUT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR WORLD AS WELL.
  • 00:22:13.190 --> 00:22:17.290
  • MUSIC
  • 00:22:18.000 --> 00:22:22.270
  • YOU CANNOT ADVANCE TO THE STATUS OF SPIRITUAL GIANT
  • 00:22:22.280 --> 00:22:27.020
  • UNTIL YOU EMPLOY THESE THREE CONVICTIONS.
  • 00:22:27.030 --> 00:22:30.100
  • MAYBE YOU FEEL UNSETTLED BY THIS CULTURE
  • 00:22:30.110 --> 00:22:33.210
  • AND YOU'RE BEGINNING TO FEEL LIKE AN OUTSIDER
  • 00:22:33.220 --> 00:22:35.280
  • AS A CHRISTIAN.
  • 00:22:35.290 --> 00:22:37.070
  • WELL, THAT'S BECAUSE GOD IS PREPARING YOU
  • 00:22:37.080 --> 00:22:39.200
  • TO MAKE AN IMPACT IN THIS CULTURE.
  • 00:22:39.210 --> 00:22:42.130
  • IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO BE AT PEACE WITH A CULTURE
  • 00:22:42.140 --> 00:22:45.120
  • THAT'S CLEARLY AT ODDS WITH GOD,
  • 00:22:45.130 --> 00:22:48.210
  • AND IF YOU'RE READY TO BEGIN MAKING A DIFFERENCE
  • 00:22:48.220 --> 00:22:51.160
  • IN THE WORLD IN WHICH YOU LIVE, LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU
  • 00:22:51.170 --> 00:22:54.130
  • TO PARTNER WITH PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:22:54.140 --> 00:22:56.220
  • IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, THIS BIBLE TEACHING PROGRAM
  • 00:22:56.230 --> 00:22:59.190
  • HAS EXPERIENCED UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH
  • 00:22:59.200 --> 00:23:02.200
  • ALL ACROSS AMERICA AND AROUND THE WORLD,
  • 00:23:02.210 --> 00:23:05.240
  • AND IT'S BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU
  • 00:23:05.250 --> 00:23:07.210
  • WHO HAVE SHARED OUR PASSION FOR PIERCING THE DARKNESS
  • 00:23:07.220 --> 00:23:11.150
  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:23:11.160 --> 00:23:13.170
  • SO THANKS FOR DOING YOUR PART SO THAT MORE AND MORE PEOPLE
  • 00:23:13.180 --> 00:23:17.010
  • BEGIN TO DISCOVER THEIR SWEET SPOT
  • 00:23:17.020 --> 00:23:19.260
  • AND MAKE AN IMPACT IN OUR CULTURE
  • 00:23:19.270 --> 00:23:22.020
  • FOR THE GLORY OF OUR GOD. NOW, STAY RIGHT THERE.
  • 00:23:22.030 --> 00:23:25.280
  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:25.290 --> 00:23:28.290
  • MUSIC
  • 00:23:29.000 --> 00:23:30.120
  • BASED ON THE INSPIRATIONAL LIFE OF ELIJAH,
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  • DR. JEFFRESS' BEST SELLING BOOK
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  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINALRY LIFE" IDENTIFIES 7 BIBLICAL
  • 00:23:35.090 --> 00:23:39.050
  • SECRETS FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
  • 00:23:39.060 --> 00:23:41.130
  • [JEFFRESS] GOD IS IN THE BUSINESS OF USING ORDINARY
  • 00:23:41.140 --> 00:23:43.270
  • PEOPLE, JUST LIKE YOU AND I,
  • 00:23:43.280 --> 00:23:46.040
  • TO DO HIS EXTRAORDINARY WORK.
  • 00:23:46.050 --> 00:23:48.110
  • IN MY BOOK, "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINALRY LIFE"
  • 00:23:48.120 --> 00:23:51.140
  • I REVEAL 7 SECRETS THAT RESULT IN A LIFE MARKED BY
  • 00:23:51.150 --> 00:23:56.020
  • SIGNIFICANCE, SATISFACTION, AND SUCCESS.
  • 00:23:56.030 --> 00:23:59.170
  • WHEREVER GOD HAS PLACED YOU: YOUR HOME,
  • 00:23:59.180 --> 00:24:02.210
  • YOUR WORKPLACE, YOUR FAMILY,
  • 00:24:02.220 --> 00:24:05.280
  • GOD HAS PLACED YOU THERE FOR A REASON.
  • 00:24:05.290 --> 00:24:08.160
  • YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSE IN LIFE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS
  • 00:24:08.170 --> 00:24:12.020
  • THE STORY GOD HAS CREATED FOR YOU TO TELL THE WORLD.
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  • 00:24:20.010 --> 00:24:22.260
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  • 00:24:22.270 --> 00:24:25.190
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  • 00:24:36.230 --> 00:24:39.030
  • EVERYONE BUT HE HAS A
  • 00:24:39.040 --> 00:24:41.010
  • SPECIFIC PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:24:41.020 --> 00:24:43.020
  • [ANNOUCER] LET TODAY BE THE DAY YOU CHOOSE THE
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  • EXTRAORDINALRY LIFE, WHEN YOU REQUEST
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  • FROM PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
  • 00:24:54.050 --> 00:24:55.020
  • WITH OUR WORLD AS DARK AND AS LOST AS IT IS,
  • 00:24:55.030 --> 00:24:58.080
  • IT'S TEMPTING TO WANT TO LIVE IN A HOLY HUDDLE,
  • 00:24:58.090 --> 00:25:01.180
  • ONLY INTERACTING WITH THE OTHER CHRISTIANS AROUND US,
  • 00:25:01.190 --> 00:25:05.060
  • BUT ELIJAH DIDN'T SHY AWAY
  • 00:25:05.070 --> 00:25:06.260
  • FROM BEING AN INFLUENCE IN HIS CULTURE.
  • 00:25:06.270 --> 00:25:10.140
  • IN THE SAME WAY, GOD IS CALLING US TO BE AN INFLUENCE
  • 00:25:10.150 --> 00:25:13.180
  • FOR HIM IN OUR OWN SETTING,
  • 00:25:13.190 --> 00:25:15.260
  • EVEN AS THE WORLD CONTINUES TO DARKEN AND DECAY.
  • 00:25:15.270 --> 00:25:20.060
  • WELL, THERE'S MUCH MORE TO COVER
  • 00:25:20.070 --> 00:25:21.240
  • ON THIS TOPIC OF INFLUENCING YOUR CULTURE.
  • 00:25:21.250 --> 00:25:24.240
  • AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, WE STILL NEED TO COVER
  • 00:25:24.250 --> 00:25:27.220
  • THREE CONVICTIONS THAT WILL TRANSFORM NOT ONLY YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:25:27.230 --> 00:25:31.230
  • BUT YOUR WORLD AS WELL.
  • 00:25:31.240 --> 00:25:33.220
  • SO JOIN US NEXT TIME FOR THAT IMPORTANT MESSAGE.
  • 00:25:33.230 --> 00:25:37.020
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
  • 00:25:37.030 --> 00:25:40.110
  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:40.120 --> 00:25:43.140
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:45.080 --> 00:25:47.230
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU A COPY
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  • OF DR. JEFFRESS'S BESTSELLING BOOK,
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  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE,
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  • PLUS THE ELIJAH MAP AS OUR GIFT TO YOU
  • 00:25:54.010 --> 00:25:56.200
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:56.210 --> 00:26:00.050
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:00.060 --> 00:26:03.050
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
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  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE TEACHING SERIES
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  • ON CD AND DVD.
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  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
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  • BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT, SO THANKS FOR CALLING,
  • 00:26:11.190 --> 00:26:14.160
  • WRITING, OR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:14.170 --> 00:26:16.290
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:17.000 --> 00:26:20.180
  • THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO WORSHIP THE GOD
  • 00:26:20.190 --> 00:26:23.100
  • OF THEIR OWN UNDERSTANDING ARE ON THE HIGHWAY TO HELL.
  • 00:26:23.110 --> 00:26:27.100
  • THERE'S ONLY ONE GOD, AND THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO THAT GOD
  • 00:26:27.110 --> 00:26:31.090
  • AND THAT IS THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:26:31.100 --> 00:26:34.060
  • (AUDIENCE APPLAUDS)
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  • THE NATION OF ISRAEL, GOD'S OWN PEOPLE,
  • 00:26:35.220 --> 00:26:38.020
  • HAD COME TO THE POINT WHERE THEY WEREN'T UNDERSTANDING THAT.
  • 00:26:38.030 --> 00:26:40.230
  • THEY WERE WORSHIPING THE GOD OF THEIR OWN UNDERSTANDING.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DV-R AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
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  • FOR THE MESSAGE, CONVICTIONS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR WORLD,
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  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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