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Al Mohler – Fatherly Advice to Singles

Fatherly Advice to Singles–Get Married
with: Al Mohler from 5/16/13

Dr. Al Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, talks to singles about the mystery of marriage.

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Some quotes from the transcript:

The longer you wait to get married, the more habits and lifestyle patterns you will have that will be difficult to handle in marriage.

The more you, as an adult, define yourself as an “I”, the longer you do so resiliently, the harder it’s going to be to become a “we”.

Now, if you’re 13 or 14, don’t go to the middle school and pop the question. [Laughter] And if you’re 17, 18, 19, or 20—in your early 20’s—what are you waiting for? I don’t mean to get married this weekend. I mean to look for the spouse God has given you. What are you waiting for? Do you think, all of a sudden—you’re going to be 25 or 26—and you’re going to get a telegram from heaven, “By the way,—”? [Laughter]

You’ve got to be urgently seeking as much as you would seek what God would have you to do vocationally—as much as you would seek what God would have you to do in terms of your mission for life. Understand that you must be looking—guys—for that wife of your youth, in whom you can find such fulfillment when the “we” is created, and a one-flesh relationship is given, and you grow up together in the faith, and in the Lord, and in your adulthood.

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Marriage Made In Heaven


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Shepherd’s Conference

I had missed previously that John MacArthur’s Shepherd’s Conference would be live streamed this week.

Here is remainder of the schedule:

2:00 pm Seminar Session 2 Details
3:15 pm Break
3:45 pm Seminar Session 3 Details
5:00 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 6 – Al Mohler

Friday, March 9, 2012

9:00 am General Session 7 – Phil Johnson
10:15 am Break
10:45 am Seminar Session 4 Details
Noon Lunch*
2:00 pm General Session 8 – Steve Lawson
4:00 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 9 – John MacArthur

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Local Attractions & Activities
7:00 pm Acts – The 3-Man Show (learn more)

Hope you get a chance to listen.


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Session 6 – Questions and Answers (Mohler)

Session 6 – Questions and Answers (Mohler)

 

The sixth session of the conference was a question and answer session with Dr. Mohler and Dr. Lawson.

 

Question: Has church autonomy been a benefit or detriment?

Answer: The Baptist church is characterized by strong associations which hold churches together in the gospel. Church autonomy is not the issue. Sometimes churches must withdraw from fellowship with other churches.

 

Question: What about pastors that are not prepared to go into the pulpit?

Answer: Where there is no prospect for recovering a church for the gospel those that love the gospel should be with people who are like-minded. False churches are revealed by their teaching and their lack of fruit. We need to be able to tell the difference between a congregation and a crowd.

 

Question: How engaged should pastors be with current events?

Answer: To the extent for the congregation to be faithful and no farther. The church is not a political action committee. But there are many issues that look political that are really Biblical – marriage being one.

 

Question: Being doctrinally precise is important. How much emphasis is placed on doctrinal precision in seminary?

Answer: Not all theological issues are at the same level. Certain things must be believed by all Christians. Other things vary among believers. We need to practice Christian triage. We can disagree over certain things. We must agree over other things.

 

Question: What are some things coming down the pike in terms of heresies to warn our congregations?

Answer: Here right now: 1) Can we trust the word of God to tell us all things, particularly in Genesis and the historical Adam? 2) Churches bending the rules of Biblical sexuality. Watch out for the CBF. The cultural and legal pressure will be huge. 3) The exclusivity of the gospel and Jesus Christ as the only way. Intolerance and exclusivity will be catch phrases. 4) The nature of justification. This is the heart of the gospel. Are there any saving works of righteousness? 5) The “Grace Movement” that denies the necessity of sanctification.

 

Question: Why does God call all people to repent? Why does God threaten things that He is not going to carry out?

Answer: God commands all men to repent because He is just. Just as He commands all men to obey.

All commands from God are impossible to obey. There is a special grace given to those who will obey, who will repent. Things that God says He will do that He is not going to do are a learning narrative for the hearer. He wants the hearer to contemplate what the implications are. It is God revealing Himself, not changing His mind.

 

Question: How has it affected you when students left and showed that they were not one of us?

Answer: It is horrifying when a parent sees a child go out and walk away from the faith. Likewise for a pastor to see a member walk away from Christ. We mourn every shipwreck, but we dare not turn our eyes away from them. We must strive to present every man complete before Christ. We must not have “product envy”. The congregation looks about the same week after week. Evidence is slow to come.

 

Question: What about Mark Driscoll and the affects of his teaching, particularly on youth and young people?

Answer: We must be a company of discerning men. Wherever the gospel is found we should rejoice. But we cannot agree on the all the implications of the gospel. We must be careful of over-contextualization, especially the contextualization we do not think about, such as being crude. There are things that do not need to be discussed because they have nothing to do with the gospel. There needs to be age discrimination, gender discrimination. And we need to talk about certain things in only a certain way. We also have a problem with hero-worship.

 

Question: How would you assess the state of the Southern Baptist Convention?

Answer: I (Mohler) am a willing and appreciative Southern Baptist. That being said, we are a messed up people. The SBC is at a very tender moment. Denominationalism is dying. Churches do not need from denominations what they used to – literature, etc. We were called together to do missions, which we still do well. We train ministers well. The state of the SBC varies by geographic region and by generational group. Younger people see no need for denominations and associations.

 

Question; What about the movement to be like the world?

Answer: We are all dressed like someone in the world. We cannot escape being like the world. What we must do is not be influenced by the world in an inappropriate manner.

 

Question: What about the cosmic child abuse charge? How do we answer this Biblically?

Answer: We have a slaughterhouse religion, we have a bloody cross religion. It would be true of any of us that if we willed the suffering of our son we would be guilty of child use. We must answer this question by refuting that God must meet human definitions of morality. But to pay from an infinite crime required an infinite sacrifice by God.

 

Question: What do you do for your soul to combat burnout?

Answer: Read. When I (Mohler) get tired, I read. It is not what I suggest for everyone. I read many things that I don’t read by choice. I rest by reading things I chose. I also feed my soul by preparing to preach the word of God. Praying scripture and memorization. Burnout is a disguised form of spiritual depression.

 

Question: What is meant for elders to have faithful children?

Answer: The pastor of a church should have an orderly, Christ-centered, reputable household. We under-interpret the text, and we over-interpret the text. It is not just an aspiration. But the issue can be over-interpreted related to children no longer in the household. The text addresses what is normative – married, children, no scandal. The pastor exerts first of all his pastoral authority in the home.

 

Question: What do you and Dr. Ligon Duncan talk about in regard to the covenantal family issue?

Answer: Too little water too early. We do not see the tie between circumcision and baptism in the New Testament that we would expect to see if infant baptism were appropriate. The New Testament is a sign of regeneration. However, there are benefits to children being in the household of parents who are part of the covenant.

 


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Session 2 – The God Who Speaks (Mohler)

Session 2 – The God Who Speaks (Mohler)

Text: Hebrews 1:1-4

Hebrews 1:1-4

1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,

2 but in these last days he (God the Father) has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.

3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (ESV)

1. We are not preaching the preeminence of Christ just by avoiding heresy. Heresy comes from within the church. Mormonism is not heresy because it does not come from within the church.

2. We are not preaching the preeminence of Christ just by saying good and nice things about Jesus.

3. We are not preaching the preeminence of Christ just by saying all the right things about Jesus. See Luke 24:25-27.

 

We must preach the totality of Jesus Christ from all of the scriptures. See Luke 24:32. We know we are preaching the preeminence of Christ when people go away with burning hearts.

 

The book of Hebrews;

1. It is one of the central theological treatises in the New Testament. We learn the most about the atonement from the book of Hebrews.

2. It ties the Old Testament to the New Testament. It allows us to interpret the Old Testament.

 

The story of the gospel does not begin at the manger in Bethlehem. It begins in the sovereign will of God before the foundation of the world. And through time God spoke to us in various ways. It is a privileged source (supernatural revelation) of the record of times past. There is no conjecture when we turn to the Scriptures. God’s revelation is an event that is many events and done in many ways. The ultimate revelation of God prior to the incarnation of Jesus Christ is by the prophets to the Jewish fathers. God spoke to them. See Deuteronomy 4:32-33. The miracle is not that God spoke to them, but that God spoke to them and they lived. The same is true for us sitting in church today when we hear the gospel message.

However, in the last days (in the most recent times) God has spoken to us by his Son. Not to our fathers, but to us. And not through prophets, but by his Son. If God had not spoken we would have nothing to preach. Without the gift of divine revelation we are doing nothing but looking at shadows and thinking they are real.

The book of Hebrews does not disparage anything in the Old Testament. The book of Hebrews just shows how all things in the Old Testament are fulfilled by Jesus Christ. No mention of correction of errors in the Old Testament. This would be the heresy of Marcion.

It is implied that now that God has spoken through his Son that there is to be no further and definitely no greater revelation. The parable of the vineyard is all about this issue.

We have confusion between speaking and doing. We think that those who speak don’t necessarily do. However, when God speaks it is done. This is proved by creation.

Notice these things about the Son from Hebrews 1:2-4:

1. The Son bears the sole authority of God. He is the appointed heir.

2. There is a complete relationship between creation and redemption. It has all to do with divine authority.

3. We see the glory of God in the visible reality of his Son. Very few people in the New Testament actually saw this. But Philippians 2 tells us that everyone will see this radiance.

4. Jesus Christ didn’t tell us what God was like, He was God. The term used is the “exact imprint.”

5. Jesus Christ is the only one who understands what holds this universe together. And it is in Christ alone that the power do hold all things together comes from.

6. Only Jesus Christ is able to make purification for sins. It is in past tense – He made purification for sins. The present tense belongs to the session of Jesus Christ – seated at the right hand of God, ever making intercession for the saints. That means RIGHT NOW.

7. Angels are not the big deal. Moses is not the big deal. The priesthood is not the big deal. The temple is not the big deal. Melchizedek is not the big deal. Jesus Christ is the big deal. No contest.

 

Preach the Jesus of the Bible. He isn’t always nice. He isn’t always safe. But He does save. It is easy to under-preach Jesus. The truth is you can’t over-preach Jesus.

 


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Expositor’s Conference 2011 – Blogging

Berean Husband is reporting (almost) live from the 2011 Expositor’s Conference at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. This is the third year for me to attend this conference. The first year featured Joel Beeke. Last year the featured speaker was R.C. Sproul. This year the featured speaker is Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. It is said that SBTS is the largest gathering of men being trained to preach the gospel that has ever been collected in the history of the earth. And, of course, the conference also features Steve Lawson every year, the pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Preeminence of Christ in Preaching”. The conference runs from Monday night through Tuesday night and includes seven sessions by Lawson and Mohler.

There is big news here again this year. The featured speaker for the 2012 Expositor’s Conference is John MacArthur. The dates for next year’s conference are September 24-25, 2012. Early registration is set at $89 per person plus $35 for spouse for the next 90 days.

As is the case every year, the book bag included with registration is full of outstanding books. The bag includes Lawson’s titles “Made in Our Image” and “Pillars of Grace” and Mohler’s work “He is Not Silent”.

It’s about ten minutes before the beginning of the first session. The crowd this year seems to be comparable with the last two years – perhaps 300 or 400 people here in the sanctuary.


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Expositors’ Conference 2011

Expositors’ Conference 2011

The conference will be held at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. The conference will be September 26-27, 2011.

Speakers are Steven Lawson and Al Mohler.

The central theme in expository preaching must always be the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the supreme subject of all Scripture, the very object of our faith. No pulpit can rise any higher than its clarion presentation of the preeminence of Christ. He must be the Alpha and Omega of every sermon, the sum and substance of every message. As the apostle Paul boldly asserted: “we preach Christ and Him crucified.” In this conference, Drs. R. Albert Mohler and Steven J. Lawson will draw our focus to biblical preaching that is Christ-centered and Christ-exalting.

Our goal is to ignite a renewed passion for the supreme worth and unsurpassed glory of Jesus Christ in our exposition of Scripture. In each session, we will be challenging expositors to hold forth an awe-inspiring view of the glorious person and perfect work of Jesus Christ. When the absolute preeminence of Christ is once again recovered in contemporary preaching, God will be glorified, Christ will be treasured, souls will be saved, and saints will be edified. Come and join us on September 26-27, 2011 as we seek to restore the life-changing preaching of the preeminence of Jesus Christ.


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Expositor’s Conference – Session 7 – Preaching the Immutability of God (Steve Lawson)

Session 7 – Preaching the Immutability of God (Steve Lawson)

The seventh and last session of the conference is led by Steve Lawson preaching on the Immutability of God. As a side note, next year’s conference will feature Dr. Al Mohler. Preregistration is $89.00. And if you are in the Mobile area, John MacArthur will be preaching at Christ Fellowship Church on Wednesday, October 6 for a prayer breakfast and the evening service. He will be preaching on the topic of his forthcoming book: Slave.

The text is Malachi 3:6. This is a revelation of God about Himself – His own absolute immutability. The location of this revelation is significant – at the close of the Old Testament. In the midst of the change to come, God declares that He will not change.

So is it true that, even though the message does not change, the methods must change? If God has never changed, if human nature has never changed, if the methods of grace have never changed, then why should we expect that the methods need to change?

1. The definition of God’s immutability. God is unchanging, forever the same, never mutates, His attributes never cease, they never change.

(a) God’s essence is unchanging. He is, was, and will always be spirit. Refer to Psalm 102:25-27.

(b) God’s attributes are unchanging. Refer to James 1:17. God has no shadows. God cannot change for the better because He is already perfect, and being perfect He cannot change for the worse (A.W. Pink).

(c) God’s purposes are unchanging. God’s purposes were fixed in eternity past. There is no Plan B. Refer to Isaiah 46:9-11. However, we must always be amending our plans to align with the immutable purposes of God.

(d) God’s word never changes. Refer to Psalm 119:89. Even man’s law changes, but God’s word never changes. Refer to Isaiah 40:8, Matthew 5:18, Luke 16:17. Application: a ministry that never goes out of style is preaching the word of God.

(e) God is unchanging in the object of His love. Refer to Jeremiah 31:3. Nothing shall separate us from the love of God.

(f) God’s judgment is unchanging. The execution of God’s justice is unchanging. God’s wrath is unchanging. Refer to John 3:18. Annihilationism is unthinkable for an unchanging God. Refer to Revelation 14:11, 20:10. Forever and ever is also used to describe how long believers shall be in heaven.

2. The implications of God’s immutability.

(a) Our message never changes. As long as we preach the Bible we will never contradict ourselves. Refer to Hebrews 13:8. Preach the same Christ every day. Human nature does not change. The sickness is always the same. God’s remedy to the sickness does not change.  Refer to John 14:6. And the requirement placed on sinners does not change – faith in Jesus Christ.

(b) Our method never changes. These are the ordinary means of grace – the word of God, sacraments, prayer. In every season, the word of God going forward in public proclamation is the primary method of grace. God only had one Son, and He made Him a preacher.



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Young Marriage

If you’ve been around any length of time you’ve heard parents and others encourage young people to delay marriage until ….

You can fill in the blank with any number of words.

  • College
  • Career
  • Established Career
  • Until Older
  • Enjoy your freedom first


Did He Get Married Too Young? – Al Mohler

He writes, “As college-educated, professionally aspiring young adults in New York, my wife and I were bucking the prevailing social script by marrying in our early 20s.” Indeed, the average age for first marriage for young men is now 28, and for women it is now 26. That reflects a significant change in the way Americans live, love, and marry. We now have the twin phenomena of delayed adulthood and extended adolescence. Young Americans, by and large, are not waiting for sex . . . but they are putting marriage off into a distant future.

As David Lapp reports, some social scientists argue that “early marriage” is a leading cause of marital breakup and divorce. Lapp puts that argument to flight with his point that the early marriages that fail are often teenage marriages.


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Holiness of God Conference Starts Today

Today starts the Holiness of God Conference Live Webcast of the 2009 National Conference

Note times are Orlando, FL time (Eastern Time)

Also has a Spanish Broadcast

MINI-CONFERENCE:
John Calvin (1509–2009) — Celebrating a Legacy
In 2009, we celebrate the 500th birthday of John Calvin. It is only appropriate at this time to reflect on his legacy. In the mini-conference, four participants will discuss Calvin’s impact in several aspects of the church’s life and thought. There will be four lectures followed by a Question & Answer time:

1. R. Albert Mohler – John Calvin: Preacher and Teacher
(Thursday, March 19, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.)
John Calvin was one of the most important figures in the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. Today, five hundred years after his birth, his influence continues to be felt. In this message, Dr. Mohler will reflect on the life and work of Calvin, focusing in particular on his role as a preacher and teacher of the Word.

2. Ligon Duncan – Calvin and the Christian Life
(Thursday, March 19, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.)
John Calvin is sometimes perceived as a dry and dusty academic whose writings deal only with abstract theological topics. To read Calvin, however, is to read one who was devoted to seeing God’s Word impact the lives of Christian people everywhere. In this message, Ligon Duncan will explore some of Calvin’s most practical wisdom for those who seek to follow Christ.

3. Sinclair Ferguson – The Doctrines of Grace
(Thursday, March 19, 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.)
Much of the significance of the Protestant Reformers such as John Calvin is found in their rediscovery of the biblical doctrines of grace. After having been buried for centuries under unbiblical doctrines and traditions, their rediscovery and proclamation turned Europe upside down. In this message, Dr. Ferguson will look at Calvin’s formulation of these crucial doctrines and explain why they are no less significant today.

4. Steven J. Lawson – The Legacy of John Calvin
(Thursday, March 19, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
The modern history of the church and of the world would be entirely different without John Calvin. The influence of his thought has been felt not only in the teaching and worship of the church, but also within politics, economics, and the wider culture. In this message, Dr. Lawson will look at the legacy of Calvin, explaining what we can learn from him today.

Questions and Answers
(Thursday, March 19, 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.)
Dr. Sinclair Ferguson, Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Steven Lawson, Dr. Al Mohler

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MAIN SESSIONS:
The Holiness of God
The angels declare that God is “Holy, Holy, Holy.” Without a proper grasp of God’s holiness we do not understand who He truly is, nor do we understand who we truly are. Once we begin to grasp the true meaning of God’s holiness, our lives and our worship will be forever changed. In this conference, prominent Reformed Christian teachers will expound and reflect upon what the Bible says about God’s holiness and ours. The main sessions will consist of eleven lectures:

1. R.C. Sproul – I Am the Lord, There is No Other
(Thursday, March 19, 6:40 – 7:30 p.m.)
Before he discovered the Gospel, contemplation of God’s holiness and his own sinfulness drove Martin Luther to despair. What did he grasp about holiness that most of us do not? In this lecture, Dr. Sproul will introduce the topic of the conference by explaining the meaning of the biblical concept of holiness.

2. R.C. Sproul, Jr. – Train Up Your Children: Family Worship of the Holy God
(Thursday, March 19, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
The worship of our sovereign God is not to be relegated to a mere hour or two each Sunday. Instead, our worship of Him should pervade every aspect of our lives. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. will exhort believers to worship God as a family, providing encouragement and practical instruction.

3. Sinclair Ferguson – Hallowed Be Your Name: The Holiness of the Father
(Friday, March 20, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.)
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus instructed His disciples to acknowledge the Father’s holiness and to adore Him in their every prayer. He is the one whom the seraphim adore, singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!” In this lecture, Dr. Ferguson will explore what the Bible teaches us concerning the holiness of our Father in heaven.

4. Steven J. Lawson – The Holy One of God: The Holiness of Jesus
(Friday, March 20, 9:40 – 10:40 a.m.)
The disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ referred to Him as “the Holy One of God.” In doing so, they said something not only about His character, but also about His relationship to the Father. In this lecture, Dr. Lawson will look at what the Bible teaches us about the purity and sinlessness of Christ.

5. Alistair Begg – The Breath of the Almighty: The Holy Spirit
(Friday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.)
The third person of the Trinity is the Holy Spirit, the one whom Job refers to as “the breath of the Almighty.” His work includes conforming believers to the holy image of Christ. In this lecture, Dr. Begg will look at the person and work of the one person of the Trinity whose very name includes the adjective “holy.”

Questions & Answers
(Friday, March 20, 2:30 – 3:25 p.m.)
Dr. Sinclair Ferguson, Dr. Steven Lawson, Dr. Alistair Begg, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. Moderated by R.C. Sproul

6. Thabiti Anyabwile – Cosmic Treason: Sin and the Holiness of God
(Friday, March 20, 4:05 – 5:05 p.m.)
The sinfulness of sin is not grasped in our day because the holiness of God is not grasped. Sin will only be understood for what it is when God is understood for who He is. In this lecture, Rev. Anyabwile will explain the true sinfulness of sin in the light of the holy and pure character of God.

7. D. A. Carson – A Holy Nation: The Church’s High Calling
(Friday, March 20, 7:15 – 8:00 p.m.)
The history of redemption reveals God calling a people out of the world to be a holy people. In this lecture, Dr. Carson will examine why God has called His people in both the old and new covenants to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation, and he will explain what this means for us as believers today.

8. Robert Godfrey – Wounded for Our Transgressions: The Holiness of God and the Cross
(Saturday, March 21, 8:30 – 9:40 a.m.)
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. This is the universal problem faced by all men, a problem requiring a solution man cannot provide. In this lecture, Dr. Godfrey will examine why the holiness of God required an atonement for sin and how Jesus fulfilled that requirement for us.

9. Derek Thomas – Be Ye Holy: The Necessity of Sanctification
(Saturday, March 21, 9:40 – 10:30 a.m.)
According to Scripture, we are justified by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Yet our Lord calls those who have been so justified to a life of holiness. In this lecture, Dr. Thomas will explain the importance and necessity of individual sanctification as well as the means God has provided for it.

Questions & Answers
(Saturday, March 21, 11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.)
Dr. Donald Carson, Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Robert Godfrey, Rev. Thabiti Anyabwile Moderated by Dr. R.C. Sproul

10. R.C. Sproul – A Consuming Fire: Holiness, Wrath, and Justice
(Saturday, March 21, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
There have always been those who have argued that a truly holy God could not or would not consign anyone to eternal punishment. Such, they say, is inconsistent with God’s love. In this lecture, Dr. Sproul will explain why the holiness of God is not inconsistent with eternal punishment of sin, but in fact requires it.

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