This Series contains various one-off talks. Firstly, there are straightforward teaching sessions; but secondly, and perhaps more unusually, there are Question Time sessions as well. The latter have resulted from the fact that over the years Beresford has found it to be tremendously helpful for people to be able to set their own teaching agenda by asking questions, thereby receiving the biblical information they most need at any given time. As a result many subjects have been covered which it is most unlikely would have been touched on in the normal course of events. The nature of this series is that it obviously keeps growing as different talks are added to it, and of course this website will be accordingly up-dated.
The Christian life is one of being constantly called to step out of the security of one’s boat to walk with Jesus on the sea of life, thus sharing His experience. This examination of Peter’s attempt to do this reveals two things: firstly, he by no means had a monopoly on sinking, it happens to all who really do obey the Lord; and secondly, it is far better to step out and sink than to simply stay in the boat all nice and comfortable and just float aimlessly around in it. This talk will greatly encourage all who really are serious about following the Lord.
Most of us have listened to preachers who, even though speaking for an hour or so, end up talking about absolutely nothing. So not wishing to be left out Beresford here makes his contribution to the genre – an hour’s talk about absolutely nothing! Intrigued? Then we suggest you hear this talk to find out what he’s going on about.
There are things in all our lives which, whether individually or corporately, constitute barriers between ourselves and the Lord, and in this talk the way to deal with them is highlighted. Three characters who Jesus encountered during His life provide the key to our freedom, each representing a different area of discipleship where difficulties arise. A most encouraging and interesting study!
In this Question Time session Ephesians 3v30 gets the full treatment. What exactly does it mean to grieve the Holy Spirit? And how can we stop if we are doing it? (And likely as not we are doing it in one way or another.) What is the difference between this grieving and what Paul refers to elsewhere as quenching the Holy Spirit? The answers to both these, and other, important questions are here explained.
Without remaining in fellowship with God through ongoing repentance and confession of sin we will never grow as Christians. The Bible’s teaching about this is clearly explained, along with the way in which we can stay in right relationship with those around us. The wonderful simplicity of repentance is revealed, and Beresford shows that this is quite different from the heavy and somewhat negative affair that many imagine it to be. You will feel differently about this whole area of the Christian life after listening to this encouraging and light-hearted talk.
This may seem to be a rather obvious question with an equally obvious answer, but it is, nevertheless, an extremely important one. Beresford therefore sets out to answer it in as definitive a way a single talk allows and makes it very clear that the answer is not actually as known and understood as it should be. If it were then a very much more robust discipleship would be the norm, rather than the exception, amongst today’s Christians.
The Lord Himself knows what it is to be beset by the temptations to sin which Satan is so expert at in laying before us. This talk is a study of Jesus’ confrontation with the devil in the wilderness and shows the way in which He overcame temptation, thereby leaving us the example to follow. Demonic wiles, subtleties and tricks are dealt with, and helpful pointers given to wielding the sword of the Spirit effectively.
This two talk set (below) arose out of a Question Time session to become a fascinating and exciting excursion into one of the most little understood areas of biblical truth. It has since been complemented by the Demonology Series which should be heard in conjunction with it in order to maintain the necessary scriptural balance.
The meaning of this term, along with its various uses in the Bible, is clearly explained, revealing the most amazing change in the celestial pecking order imaginable. Why is it, for instance, that the Archangel Michael has less authority over Satan than a believer? Most Christians remain sadly ignorant of their position of superiority over the angelic realm, and an understanding of this subject is vital to all of us in order for our spiritual warfare to be effective.
Who, exactly, is the devil? Where do evil spirits come from? What, precisely, are they? What is their genesis and history? And what will be their final end? An understanding of this most important subject is here given which we believe will be of great blessing to all who hear it. A riveting follow-up to the previous talk!
Few things are doing more damage to both church and family life today than the rise amongst Christians of feminism. The biblical distinctions regarding both role and responsibility between the genders is being blurred by a profusion of completely unscriptural ideas, and predominantly the notion that the headship of husbands over wives was the result of the Fall, and has therefore been both countered and rendered obsolete by Jesus’ death. By examining both Genesis and the New Testament, Beresford shows just how totally contrary to the Word of God this false teaching is.
This study, given at a baptism, demonstrates from history the truth of the Bible’s teaching about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The common notion, held by so many in our day, that Jesus was merely a good man and wise teacher, yet not actually God, is vigorously exposed as the nonsense it is. An invaluable aid to personal evangelism!
A talk for the festive season the like of which you will have never heard before. If you can stop laughing long enough you will find its content to be a real help. It is also particularly suitable as an evangelistic talk for those who are not yet Christians.
The story of Jesus’ feeding of the multitude is here used to show that the failure of modern Christianity is actually its un-broken adherents. However, the future for those who are willing to really go all the way with the Lord, and be broken by Him, is shown to be rather thrilling.
Somebody once made the mistake of saying to Beresford that when anything is properly done or said in the power of the Holy Spirit it won’t upset people, so here the utter fallacy of such an ignorant and ridiculous statement is clearly revealed. Beresford shows how the Lord actually works on the principle of dividing people from each other, believers included, and the part the sword of the Spirit, convicting of sin, plays in the process.
This two talk set consists of three Question Time sessions edited together which explored the Bible’s teaching on both the beginning and end of history. The literalness of the Genesis account of creation is examined, as is the theory of evolution, with the latter being exposed for the nonsense it is. The events leading up to the destruction of the present universe, and the creation of a new one, are also outlined. Special attention is given to the Second Coming, with a straightforward demonstration that it is a separate event from the Rapture. The question of whether or not the Church goes through the Great Tribulation is also tackled head on. An excellent introduction to the Bible’s teaching on what is technically known as eschatology!
This talk was given at an actual baptism and shows its absolute necessity, as soon as possible, after becoming a Christian. The practice of the early churches in the Acts of the Apostles is studied in detail and shown to be very different from current practice, be it amongst Anglicans, for example, at one end of the spectrum, or Baptists and the like at the other. Beresford therefore makes a strong plea for a return to biblical practice and for the renunciation of anything that is merely human tradition, whatever that particular tradition may be. The significance of baptism is explained, not only in it’s relationship to dying and being raised with Christ, but also to being baptised into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit and then being baptised with the Holy Spirit by Jesus. The Bible teaches more than one baptism and getting them mixed up leads to endless confusion. This study will guide you simply and clearly through this vitally important subject.
This is another two talk set which deals with one of the most important areas of biblical doctrine that Christians should be aware of. Hell, Tartarus, Hades, Gehenna, the past and present locations of Paradise, falling asleep in the Lord: all these things are clearly and simply explained. There is absolutely no need to be hazy about this subject and not to know, for instance, the difference between Sheol and the Lake of Fire, or be unaware that unbelievers will one day get new bodies as well as believers. It is all here for your inward digestion, and we think you will be enthralled by this teaching.
In this Question Time someone asked about the Catholic Church and its teaching. A clear explanation ensued of the place of the Bible as the final arbiter in all matters and the problems which result, along with the potential for satanic bondage, when tradition, in whatever form, takes its place. A most awful state of affairs exists regarding this, and it is not just confined to Catholicism either. Some may find this somewhat uncompromising talk a bit difficult to take! You have been duly warned!
The Bible teaches that we do not go through suffering in spite of being Christians, but precisely because we are Christians. Beresford here examines the work which the Lord accomplishes in our lives through hard times and by everything actually going wrong for us. This talk might not suit those who expect, or want, the Christian life to be a bed of roses, but it will most certainly help and encourage any who are actually going through it in any way because of their faithfulness to the Lord. The story of the caterpillar alone makes this talk worth hearing and Beresford shows us how we can see the light of God’s truth shining on us in even our darkest hours. He also explains how tribulation can become our friend and how we can learn to praise, rather than grumble, our way through it.
Many Christians are taken up with the whole idea of revival and how our nation might be called back to God’s moral standards. However, not all Christians seem to realise the biblical principle, here clearly outlined, that the Lord only does in a nation what He has first done in His own people within that nation. The message of this talk can be summed up by saying that you should be very careful when praying for revival: God might just start it in you!
Do you get discouraged in your Christian life? Are there times when you despair of your progress in the Lord? Do you often find yourself under condemnation and feeling that there’s still so far to go in your sanctification that the burden of it all is just too great? Do you ever wonder if the Lord is looking down on you wanting to just let you have it because you’re still so sinful and wretched? Yes? Then this talk, simply brimming over with humour and positive encouragement, is for you!
Arising out of a Question Time when the subject raised was the seriousness of sin, this talk developed into a broad sweep of the Bible’s teaching about being saved from the penalty of sin, and just what Jesus accomplished when He died on the Cross. For instance, it is not widely realised by Christians that it is actually no longer sin which separates anyone from God and that the barrier it once created has now been completely demolished. The question of salvation rests, in fact, not on the sin issue at all, but solely on whether or not someone accepts Jesus as their Saviour. This teaching lies at the very heart of the Christian faith, and we believe it to be something every believer should properly and thoroughly understand.
Is anger ever right? What does the Bible mean when it says, “Be angry, but do not sin…”? What is the difference between man’s anger and God’s anger? Does the Lord ever get angry with us as His children? These and other questions are answered in this challenging Question Time session.
Demonstrating the fact that the power of God is sufficient to overcome every barrier which we find to be in our way, Beresford clearly shows the difference between those Christians who do plough through problems in faith and those who do not. A challenge to greater faithfulness in the Church is made as this famous story is applied to the contemporary Christian scene, and some of the issues raised here are actually quite profound. Just who is bigger anyway, Goliath or the Lord? Well, the answer depends, as you will see, on just who you happen to be looking at.
What is the eternal destiny of those who die without ever having heard the gospel? Are they automatically saved? Or automatically lost? This fascinating study clearly answers these questions, and in the process presents the philosophical case for both God’s existence and the truth of the Christian Gospel.
Another Question Time session! Do Christians who commit suicide lose their salvation? Where does the Catholic idea of purgatory come from? The very nature of salvation is tied up with the answer to these questions, and you will be in no doubt as to the truth about them after hearing this talk.
The teaching of the Bible regarding divorce and remarriage is pretty tough and many Christians shrink away from it and just compromise. This talk therefore outlines from scripture just who, and who is not, free to remarry, and what our attitude and stance should be towards anyone who plans to do so when not biblically free, as well as towards those who have already done so. A vital study!
This Question Time arose out of an enquiry regarding Jesus’ teaching about church unity in the light of today’s ecumenical movement, and with particular reference to the Catholic Church. This led to a critique of Catholicism, both historically and doctrinally, with Beresford unequivocally outlining the position any faithful, Bible-believing Christian ought to take concerning it. Few believers today actually realise the truth about the Catholic faith and stand in great danger of associating with things which the Lord would have us steer well clear of. This is not an easy talk, but with deception so widespread amongst believers today it is nevertheless much needed.
Many believers are concluding that it is wrong to celebrate Christmas, and we all need to know where we stand on this, and why. This talk examines the whole question and outlines a biblical principle which, if understood and implemented, would prevent much unnecessary division amongst the Lord’s people today.
Another Question Time talk when the subject under review was the character in the Old Testament called Melchizedek. This led to an exposition of the Bible’s teaching concerning priesthood, culminating in severe condemnation of the false teaching so widely accepted and practised by Christians today regarding it. This is not a talk for those of a compromising disposition, and the Word of God is fully upheld with no punches pulled.
A tremendously helpful study on the nature and practice of praise and worship in the Bible with clear advice as to how we can all move into a greater freedom in this area! Desmond Morris wasn’t the first to draw attention to the subject of body language, or people-watching as he calls it, because the Word of God beat him to it by a few thousand years: and nowhere is this seen more clearly than in the understanding we can gain from the Scriptures on this subject. The Bible shows us how, by using our bodies, we can actually experience a greater control over our emotions and inward mental condition. Hang-ups and inhibitions are squarely faced and dealt with, and Beresford sends out a heart-felt plea that all pressure techniques, along with all forms of public coercion, be completely halted. This talk will be of tremendous benefit to both the freest, and most inhibited, of believers.
What are we to make of the fact that self-professed practising homosexuals are in the priesthood in the Anglican Church? And what, if anything, should we be doing about it? This talk clarifies the issues from the Bible and outlines the action that should be taken. Clear teaching is given about the whole subject of homosexuality and lesbianism, and the part that we must play as Christians with those so struggling. This talk is quite direct and includes a call for Christians to completely dissociate themselves from any churches which are sanctioning immorality and heresy: a state of affairs, incidentally, even being recognised and condemned even by unbelievers.
This talk was given at a baptism and homes in on its aspect of the believer being united to the death of Jesus. Taking the picture of a man being crucified Beresford demonstrates the implications of living the Christian life for our past, present and future, thereby explaining what is meant by what some term the crucified life. There are more than a few laughs on this talk and the joy of the Christian life exudes from it. We warmly commend it to you!
This two talk set covers the whole area of the Bible’s teaching on the subject of financial giving. Tithing is fully dealt with and shown to be quite different from that which many Christians conceive it to be, and the practice of the New Testament Church concerning monetary matters is then clearly outlined. There is much misunderstanding about this and many completely unscriptural things are being done by the Christian Church today in regards to the way in which its financial affairs are handled. Beresford calls for a return to clear biblical practice showing just what the Word of God actually does say about Christian giving. This is a tremendously important subject for each individual believer and we heartily recommend this talk to you.
What does the Bible mean when it speaks of sharing Jesus’ sufferings? What exactly is this suffering? And in what way can we share it? This talk answers these questions in great detail and then challenges Christians to become those people who will actually end up suffering with the Lord. Such suffering can often be avoided, but if we do dodge it we will miss out on one of the greatest blessings that God has for us. This talk also contains a timely warning about the phenomenon known as Healing of the Memories or Inner Healing, clearly demonstrating its dangers from the Word of God. Beresford also shows how Jesus handled the modernists, or the Bishop of Durhams, of His day.
In this Question Time someone asked about praying for those who have died in the light of Paul’s comment in 1 Corinthians 15 concerning being baptised on behalf of the dead. Beresford explains what Paul meant and then shows clearly from the Bible that the state of the dead is unalterable and that any idea of praying for them, or of doing anything for them at all, is completely unscriptural. This led to a warning against occult involvement of any kind and a demonstration of how occultism is actually creeping into the Christian Church via the charismatic movement through some of the teachings and ministries which are becoming readily accepted by many believers. Special consideration is given to the danger of current counselling techniques and to the whole Healing of the Memories, or Inner Healing, phenomenon. Also covered, as an example of how Satan tricks believers into occult practice, is the increasing use of holy water in the casting out of evil spirits. The content of this talk is actually quite disturbing, but the sooner the issues it raises are faced the better it will be for the Christian Church as a whole.
This Question Time answered an enquiry concerning the body Jesus had in His pre-existence and what happened to it. Beresford establishes the fact that He did have one, duly outlining the implications of this, and then proceeds to show what the Bible says about the change that happened to Him in becoming human. Was Jesus really an ordinary man? Or was He God just dressed up, so to speak, to look like one? Could He have sinned? Or was it impossible for Him to have done so? And what does all this have to do with fighter jets and low level approaches? These questions are all answered on this highly recommended talk.
The issue raised in this Question Time session was that of the difference between Christianity and religion. A definition of each was duly given which led on to Beresford demonstrating the way in which beliefs held prior to conversion, be they religious or otherwise, can be carried over into our discipleship and Christianised. It is largely in this way that the spirit of the age, the world’s wrong beliefs, philosophies and practices, infiltrates the Christian Church leading believers into deception. Indeed, this is why absolutely everything must be tested by the Word of God and why absolutely nothing can be taken for granted. Among various examples given of this happening today the major one in this talk is the way in which Christians have increasingly accepted the tenets of modern psychological theory and adapted them into counselling practises and techniques which are completely anti-scriptural. The so-called ministry of Inner Healing, or Healing of the Memories, is nothing more than modern in-depth psychology, and is based on presuppositions and theories about the nature of man which are at complete variance with the teaching of the Bible. This talk also clearly explains why much modern psychology can’t even really be considered to be scientific at all, being more akin to a religion than anything else, and with strong similarities to occultism. There was some animated reaction in the meeting to this talk and some will find its contents controversial, but we nevertheless make it available to you.
DIY has become one of the great phenomena of the twentieth century and whether you’re decorating a room, or building a garden shed, just about anyone who is anyone nowadays has a crack at it themselves. In this talk Beresford shows that whereas this is fine when talking about practical work, DIY Christianity is actually the last thing the Bible teaches. There are two ways of living the Christian life: you can let the Lord do it through you, or you can do-it-yourself. The way the Lord works in us to bring us out of what discipleship isn’t, and into what it really is, is the main point of this important and light-hearted talk.
Behind the rather cryptic title of these two talks which follow lies one of the most important questions that any believer could ask of themselves: Just what should our attitude be towards the Bible, according to the Bible itself? Beresford answers this thoroughly and demonstrates the way in which many Christians today are actually putting themselves at variance with God’s Word over certain issues, and largely because of a refusal to interpret the Bible in the way in which it clearly shows us it should be interpreted. The teaching of both Jesus and the Paul the apostle is examined in detail, and the way in which they viewed the Scriptures ascertained, and it is shown to be quite undeniable that they are a million miles away from the somewhat casual and compromising approach that seems to have become the norm amongst believers today. We are of the firm opinion that the content of this talk is absolutely vital, and pray that God will use it to unmask the deception within the Body of Christ which is so much hindering the Lord as He seeks to move amongst His people.
This Question Time firstly covers a quick point concerning rumours and what to do about them. It then goes on to tackle the teaching of Paul in Ephesians about the spiritual armour with which the believer needs to be equipped. What this armour is, and precisely how one becomes equipped with it, is covered in detail. There are some common misunderstandings that arise concerning this subject, so balance and common sense prevail in making everything crystal clear. If you thought that you knew what Paul was getting at, then this study may well change your mind – things are not always what they seem! We recommend that this talk be heard in conjunction with the Demonology Series.
A most fascinating talk resulted from this Question Time which covered some extremely important issues indeed. Starting off with how to overcome life’s downers, Beresford explains why you need to learn to talk to yourself (Yes, really!), and why Christians need to meditate in order to live above their problems. It really is quite possible to do so when you have the Lord in your life, and this talk will help to show you the way.
In this Question Time session the subject raised was that of judging. Is it ever right to judge people? Or is it always wrong? In answering this Beresford clears up the confusion as to what the Bible does actually say about it and explains why Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, taught against judging others, whilst Paul positively instructed the Christians in Corinth to judge each other. The occasion of Jesus’ words, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone…” is also thoroughly reviewed, with a clear demonstration that all is not necessarily what it appears to be. If more Christians were to gain an understanding of the subject matter in this talk, and then act on it, we would see a more robustly biblical Christianity in our country today.
In this talk the subject of suffering is covered. Why is there suffering, why does God allow it anyhow, and what should be our response to it? Beresford deals with these questions both scripturally and from his own experience of having gone through cancer along with its immensely unpleasant medical treatment.
These three talks show how to go about building a personal prayer life. They cover such areas as the need for persistence in prayer, and why that persistence is so necessary, the so-called Lord’s Prayer, and the importance of believing prayer. This set of talks will be especially helpful to any who find themselves, as Beresford did, coming to grips with developing a prayer-life some years into their discipleship.
Beresford has long been a lover of Christmas with all its trimmings and is widely known for his ability to decorate just about anything with tinsel as long as it isn’t actually moving. He therefore relishes these three talks that follow below, given in the actual lead up to Christmas day, which cover both the story of the Nativity and the ‘theology’ therein contained as revealed in the Bible. Some rather helpful insights are revealed, with particular attention being paid to establishing the precise chronology of the various events of the Christmas Story. A real little stocking-filler!
When Satan attacks, and difficulties and problems abound, then the story of good old King Jehoshaphat is just the sort of pick-me-up we need. The invasion he was confronted with, and the way he handled it, perfectly pictures for us the means by which we can overcome the enemy. We can indeed know victory, whatever the circumstances we face.
One of the Bible’s favourite pictures of Christians is that of the flock of sheep. Therefore, by taking the characteristics of sheep that represent both what we should, and shouldn’t, be like; Beresford outlines various aspects of following the Lord which arise naturally out of this symbolism.
In this Question Time the subject raised was that of money. Is it neutral, or is it endowed with spiritual power, and therefore potentially dangerous? The key to this lies in Jesus’ teaching wherein He personified it as mammon and therefore as a potential for idolatry in all our lives. The way of safety and blessing regarding financial matters is covered, and Beresford emphasises just how crucial a biblical understanding and practice of this is in today’s consumer society.
This talk on Jesus’ parable of the sower reveals the way forward for our personal growth in the Lord. The truth is that we bear as much fruit as we ultimately decide to, and the ways in which the spiritual harvest of our personal lives can be increased are here outlined. The symptoms of spiritual immaturity are also described, as is its cure. Many Christians stay spiritual babies for far too long, and so in order to redress the balance here is some high protein growth food for any who feel they need it.
At just under 45 minutes in length this is possibly the shortest talk in the whole catalogue. We also believe it to be one of the most important. What more can we say?
In the light of the fact that Jesus came to be a sacrifice for us, a sacrificial life lived in obedience to Him becomes the very essence of our discipleship. The various spiritual sacrifices we are called to be making are therefore the subject of this challenging study. Due to a technical hitch the last 2 minutes are missing, but the main points are quite intact.
Fundamental to the nature of the one true God is that He exists in a plurality beyond our understanding. Not only is this clearly demonstrated from scripture, but Beresford also shows how only such a God could explain existence as it actually is. He also demonstrates clearly how not only our relationship with ourselves, but also with others, is contingent upon the fact and nature of the relationships experienced by the three divine Persons Who exist within the Godhead. The key to this is the realisation that in the Bible the Lord frequently speaks of Himself in the plural, but that whenever we speak of Him it can only ever be in the singular. An extremely important talk!
This talk is basically a verse by verse exposition of Hebrews 13 given from an extremely practical point of view at a time when numerous of those present were going through a difficult time of experiencing broken relationships and rejection by those who had once been close to them. Encouragement here abounds and no one going through difficulties as a result of faithfulness to the Lord could fail to be helped by this talk.
The following two talks might really get you going. In fact, Beresford has actually been excommunicated and declared a heretic by some for his teaching regarding some of these things. Along with the biblical principles outlined here he reveals a tragic, but largely unknown, aspect of the Reformation that will be a sobering eye-opener to any who still embrace the traditional romanticised picture of the Reformers. These talks, which follow below, are absolute dynamite!
This study asks the question as to whether it’s sufficient for Christians to live merely on the basis of the teaching of the Bible. Beresford’s answer to this is a rather surprising “No!” We’ll have to keep you guessing until you actually hear the talk itself, but we do assure you that it really is something of a hum-dinger.
Beresford here demonstrates the way in which the correct application of the principle outlined in the previous talk paved the way for a biblical understanding of the Trinitarian nature of God, but how it’s misapplication led to the historic scandal of the conflict between two of the most harmful unbiblical ‘isms’ Christians have traditionally embraced; that is, Calvinism and Arminianism!
This talk was requested by someone in the church and is surprisingly wide-ranging in the number of topics it subsequently dealt with. Practical in the extreme, the gist of how Paul wanted the believers in the Colossian church to live day to day is brought out and applied simply and clearly.
It is just not possible to give enough attention to considering and applying the glorious truths revealed in 1 Corinthians 13, and in this study Beresford returns, as he so often does, to what is undeniably one of the most majestic passages in the whole of scripture. Nothing matters more than experiencing, and living in, the love of God and this talk will increase your understanding thereby better enabling you to do just that.
Although this talk deals specifically with the whole phenomenon of what became known as ‘the Toronto blessing’ it really covers the whole area of charismatic excess and wrong practice in general. Although clearly affirming the reality and importance of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, Beresford nevertheless exposes the terrible errors and wrong practises that occur when they are not used in accordance with the teaching of the New Testament concerning them. The refusal to test all things according to scripture, the use of the gifts of the Spirit included, is both at the heart of charismatic error and the main cause of it. This immensely biblical and balancing talk will show you how to know when something is merely charismatic error as opposed to being the genuine moving of the Holy Spirit.
What do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe and teach about Jesus, and could they actually be right? More than just answering that specific question, this talk is a comprehensive biblical summary of the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ and a clear demonstration of the Bible’s blatant declaration that He is the very second Person of the Trinity.
We all take for granted that unbelievers sometimes persecute Christians, but in this study below, which was too long to go on just one tape or CD, Beresford draws attention to something not often dealt with, and that is the way in which Christians sometimes persecute each other. The reasons for this are here outlined along with the key as to how, according to scripture, we can keep ourselves free from ever ending up doing it. It is not greatly known that during the Reformation people like Luther, Zwingli and Calvin presided over both the persecution and murder of those they disagreed with, just as did the Catholic Church to those they considered heretics. A disturbing but much needed study!
One of Beresford’s major concerns has always been the way in which believers often end up putting various theological and doctrinal systems above scripture itself, thereby reading the Bible through the grid of their systematic theologies rather than the other way round. The result is that rather than testing their systematic theologies by the Word of God they are instead, without realising it, testing the Word of God by their doctrinal systems. Or, to put it another way, the problem with systematic theologies is that they have a definite tendency to not let the Bible get in the way of a good doctrine. The following two talks address this issue with a major example of how the problem manifests itself.
This talk demonstrates from the New Testament that true and genuine believers can indeed shipwreck their faith by getting into serious unrepentant sin and/or error and fall away. This is something that certain theological systems strongly deny can happen, maintaining that those who do fall away could not have been true believers in the first place, and were therefore not born again and so never actually saved. When such an important tenet of a major theological system can so easily be shown to be in disagreement with both Paul the Apostle and other New Testament writers, then it’s surely time to look at the whole subject again, but from a somewhat different angle.
Other theological systems do accept that genuine believers can fall away though, but maintain that in so doing they forfeit their salvation and end up eternally lost in the Lake of Fire just like unbelievers. This study shows such a conclusion to be manifestly at variance with what both Jesus and Paul the apostle clearly taught on the subject. Beresford then takes each of theses conclusions and puts them alongside the clear teaching of the New Testament – that salvation is absolutely guaranteed, and that believers should have full assurance of salvation – and examines each in the light of it. The result clearly shows that not only does scripture clearly preclude any possibility that salvation can be lost, it also makes a mockery of the doctrine that genuine believers can’t fall away, doing so by demonstrating the simple fact that, given that no Christian can know whether or not they might fall away in the future, one can therefore never know whether one is a genuine believer or not, therefore having no basis for assurance of salvation whatsoever. Whether it is the Calvinistic theological system that teaches that genuine believers will never fall away, or the Arminian system that teaches that salvation can be lost, neither is in accord with the clear teaching of scripture that salvation is guaranteed and that believers should be fully assured of that fact. In other words, though the conclusion of each system is logical enough on its own terms, neither is what the Bible actually teaches. Whether it’s the doctrinal system that must logically conclude that salvation can’t be lost but that genuine Christians will never fall away, or the one that teaches that Christians can fall away but lose their salvation as a result, neither is consistent with the actual teaching of scripture itself, both gainsaying the clear biblical doctrine concerning the believer’s utter guarantee and full assurance of salvation.
Paul’s name is of far more significance than most Christians realise. If you want to know why Beresford has three nicknames for him, all coming straight out of the inspired text but relating to different aspects of his discipleship, then this talk is for you. Intrigued? Go on then, treat yourself and get hold of this study immediately!
This is basically a one-talk overview of the Salvation Series and explains the whole scope of the salvation Jesus has provided for us through His death on the Cross. An extremely clear and helpful study! (When ordering this talk please request the diagram that accompanies it.)
Some questions have but one answer, whilst others are somewhat more complex. If you thought you knew the answer to the question posed here then think again! This amazing, and incredibly convicting, talk reveals how things are sometimes not at all what they seem. A murder mystery to satisfy even the most ardent Agatha Christie fan!