Enjoyed one of our regular trips to Aberystwyth this last weekend – this time to collect our daughter. As usual we went to Alfred Place Baptist Church where Geoff Thomas is the Pastor. In the evening Geoff preached on Romans 1: 19 & 20. There can be no excuse, there will be no excuse for anyone because God has made it plain. Weasel excuses like, ‘not enough evidence’ or ‘he never appeared to me’ will not cut it at the judgement seat of Christ. There is an abundance of evidence because God has made it so!
Romans 1:19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (ESV)
I like the NIV here;
Romans 1:19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (NIVUK)
There can only be one response, and that is to call upon the Lord for salvation.
Had a lovely chat with Geoff afterwords where he recounted addressing a group of ministers on Van Tillian apologetics without a single objection. Later my son (a deacon at AP – Alfred Place) told me Geoff said to him ‘some Van Til for your Dad tonight Chris.’
Here’s the link to the Sermon audio. Here’s the link to the Sermon transcripts page (when they upload it). The transcript is always slightly different to the sermon as Geoff writes them out in full and makes copies available for the service. It can be interesting to follow his typed sermon while listening.