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The Sufficiency of the Sign of Jonah

The following is my notes from a sermon I preached at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C on June 5, 2011.  Click HERE for the sermon audio.

What If Satan Took Control?

Have you ever thought about what it would look like if Satan really took control of an entire city? Maybe it would look like Sodom and Gomorrah? Or what about the city of Nineveh that we heard about in the sermon this morning? But are these heinous crimes really the only signs that Satan is at work?

 Over a half-century ago, Donald Grey Barnhouse speculated that if Satan took an entire city then…

“All the bars would be closed, pornography banished, and pristine streets would be filled with tidy and polite pedestrians who always smiled at each other. There would be no swearing. All the children would say “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am,” and the churches…. Well they would be full every Sunday…and Christ would not be preached.”

What do you think about Barnhouse’s speculation?

Before you conclude that he was just trying to be provocative open your Bibles to Luke chapter 11:29-30 and we will see who Jesus called a wicked generation.

Luke 11:29-30

As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.”

What do you think Jesus is teaching us in this passage? I have three questions I want to answer. Continue reading


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