by Theology Mom on January 26, 2016:
Sometimes being an apologist isn’t just about defending the faith to unbelievers; sometimes it also includes explaining our doctrinal positions to other Christians. When I was homeschooling our children, church friends would often express concern over our family’s belief that the earth was billions—not thousands—of years old. Many had heard some fairly alarming assertions about Hugh Ross, my employer, advocating fallacious views of the Bible. I want to help people differentiate between rumors and facts about old-earth creationists’ beliefs. So, instead of avoiding conversations that might spark an old-earth versus young-earth debate, I’ve learned how to offer quick but gracious answers to the questions raised by our Christian friends.
1. Do old-earth creationists teach theistic evolution (supernaturally directed Darwinism)?
Believers frequently conflate old-earth creationism with Darwinian evolution; this is especially evident in the creation-science curricula used by many homeschoolers. I like to make the point that the RTB scholar team has been on the frontiers of making the biblical and scientific case against Darwinism for three decades.
2. Does acceptance of the big bang deny God’s miraculous creation of the universe and its celestial bodies?
There is a widespread misconception among Christians that big bang cosmology is some kind of “kissing cousin” to naturalism and Darwinian evolution. The reality is: teaching that the universe has a beginning—which is precisely what big bang cosmology does—is not only consistent with Scripture, it greatly limits the time window allowed for natural process evolution to operate. Again, RTB’s scholars have, for 30 years, actively communicated the most compelling evidences for God’s miraculous intervention throughout the history of the universe.
3. Do old-earth creationists believe that God made Adam by breathing “spirit” into a preexisting hominid?
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4. Doesn’t a belief that Earth is billions of years old exalt science over the Bible?
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5. Doesn’t acceptance of a billions-of-years-old universe contradict a literal interpretation of the Bible?
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6. Does plant and animal death before the fall of Adam contradict Romans 5:12?
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7. Don’t old-earth creationists promote the use of unreliable, secular dating methods?
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“So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27 | ESV)
WITH THE RECENT Supreme Court ruling that legalized “gay” marriage, which there is no such thing, I think of the riddle; “If you call the tale on a dog a leg, then how many legs does a dog have?” The answer is FOUR, because a leg is a leg and a tail is a tail.
Just because you call a tail a leg doesn’t make it so. A man is man and woman is a woman. If you call a man a woman doesn’t make it so, even if the man have his penis and testicles surgically removed, pumped up with female hormones, and have breast implants it will NOT make a man into a woman.
A father can’t be a mother and a mother can’t be a father, and a husband can’t be a wife and a wife can’t be a husband. It is REALITY! AND our postmodern, narcissistic culture thinks that reality should reshape just because some in our narcissistic culture wishes it.
What worse, we Christians (who have accepted the reality that God has created) are the ones who are accused of having beliefs that will NOT conforms to reality, or we are the ones who are accused of being non-scientific with our belief system!
Now that our supreme court has ruled, what’s next? Well for the left in the United States I see home schoolers harassed because teaching that marriage is only with a man and a woman as child abusers, ministers sued for not performing a “gay” weddings, employees fired or disciplined for posts on the social media, churches being taxed (and punished) for not allowing “gay” marriage on their property, and day for those who are NOT thinking with the new reality are forced to attend re-education camps (like sensitivity training, or in my case Race and Gender classes in college) to get you mind re-programmed “right” by the leftist elites’ standards.
“… they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, …” (Romans 1:25 | ESV)
The title of this blog post is “Are Americans Getting Too Comfortable With Thought Control?,” which is a taken from another blog that I think everybody should read. The New Totalitarians Are Here by Tom Nichols at the Federalist.
Below is a introduction to this fantastic blog post:
The New Totalitarians Are Here
Totalitarians want their rule, and their belief system, to be accepted and self-sustaining – even if it takes bludgeoning every last citizen who disagrees.
There’s a basic difference in the traditions of political science between “authoritarians” and “totalitaritarians.” People throw both of these words around, but as is so often the case, they’re using words they may not always understand. They have real meaning, however, and the difference between them is important.
Simply put, authoritarians merely want obedience, while totalitarians, whose rule is rooted in an ideology, want obedience and conversion. Authoritarians are a dime a dozen; totalitarians are rare. The authoritarians are the guys in charge who want to stay in charge, and don’t much care about you, or what you’re doing, so long as you stay out of their way. They are the jefe and his thugs in a brutal regime that want you to shut up, go to work, and look the other way when your loudmouthed neighbor gets his lights punched out by goons in black jackets. Live or die. It’s all the same to the regime.
Totalitarians are a different breed. These are the people who have a plan, who think they see the future more clearly than you or who are convinced they grasp reality in a way that you do not. They don’t serve themselves—or, they don’t serve themselves exclusively—they serve History, or The People, or The Idea, or some other ideological totem that justifies their actions.
They want obedience, of course. But even more, they want their rule, and their belief system, to be accepted and self-sustaining. And the only way to achieve that is to create a new society of people who share those beliefs, even if it means …
Amen! And Amen!
Christians have a ready-made response to the question, “Why did Jesus die?” The answers are usually something along these lines: “Jesus died to save me from my sins.” Often when I get answers like these, I feel like asking, “And. . . ?” I don’t ask follow-up questions just to be annoying. I do it because many professing believers genuinely have never thought through the reasons for, and the implications of, Jesus’ death on the cross. Unfortunately, many Christians, if really pressed for a logical argument for the atoning death of Christ, won’t have a good answer.
And because of the lack of clarity regarding Jesus’ death, deceitful doctrines have crept into our churches. The Scriptures have been twisted into cultural clichés and false teachings about why Christ died, and what was accomplished by his death.
Here are four things Jesus didn’t die for.
- For Your American Dream …
- To Be the Poster Boy for Your Cause …
- So You Wouldn’t Have to Change …
- To Merely Raise Your Moral Standard …
Brilliant article by Michael J. Kruger, professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC.
I think what we are seeing is postmodernity rebelling against true, truths (as Frances Schaeffer would say) that God has ordained.
And there is a reason for such (obvious) inconsistency. No person could really live as if reality were entirely determined by ourselves. Such individuals will always, and inevitably, keep bumping into the real world. And the real world has an irritating habit of not getting out of the way.
Can the Ethiopan change his skin or a leopard his spots? How Postmodernity Has Led to a Culture of Hypocrisy
There has been a lot of chatter the last few weeks about Rachel Dolezal, civil rights activist and the former head of the NAACP in Spokane, WA. Although she presented herself as African American–a bit of a prerequisite for heading up a chapter of the NAACP–it turns out that she is not black after all. Indeed she was a blonde, freckle-faced white girl born to two white parents. She has merely changed her outward appearance.
Of course, objective facts regarding biology, genetics, and ethnicity have not proven to be a deterrent to Dolezal’s insistence that she is black. “I identify as black,” she told Matt Lauer. In other words, I get to decide what is true. Reality is what I make it.
Many have pointed out the similarities between Dolezal’s case and that of Bruce Jenner and his declarations that he is now a woman. And the comparison has been (rightly) used to expose how intellectually vacuous the transgender cause really is. One cannot determine their own gender any more than a person can determine their own race. “Can the Ethiopan change his skin or a leopard his spots?” (Jer 13:23).
But, there is more going on here. And we have to be careful not to miss it. What is happening with Dolezal should not be viewed as . . .
BEEN THERE, DONE that, bought the T-Shirt, and still wearing the the T-Shirt:
5 Things I Wish Every Congregation Knew
I know a fellow pastor who is going through some real trials with his church. Apparently, preaching the full-counsel of God does not sit well with many in his congregation. Now, before you go and say that I’m just saying this, realize that I have downloaded quite a few of his sermons and listened to them. Others in his presbytery have done the same, and had the same sentiments. He is preaching the full counsel of God, faithfully.
Basically, what my friend is going through is the beginning of the end of that particular church. The more carnal people in the congregation have realized how much power they yield by going to the elders and demanding that my friend be forced to resign. The elders, being the staunch spiritual leaders that they are, caved so quickly that I have to question their leadership ability. The church is becoming subject to mob rule. And when mobs rule in the church, the church dies. I’ve seen it firsthand and understand how sad it is.
The reason mobs are so successful is because they are usually the loudest portion of the church. They are given over to their fleshly desires and their fleshly desires are the gauge by which the judge everything, not Scripture. The more godly, and humble, tend to stand quietly by while the mobs rule. Then… the godly leave, giving the mob more power than before. It is a vicious cycle and eventually the church becomes filled with the tares who kill off the remaining wheat.
Where mobs rule, Christ does not. This is why the elders need to stand against the mobs. No matter how many times the mob threatens to leave or quit giving to the church, the elders need to rebuke them in their carnality. Sadly, too many elders fail to do so, and thus fail in shepherding. This is why so many churches are small and dysfunctional. At some point, the elders are faced with following Scripture and the Spirit in the midst of a conflict, or following the loudest voices. When the loudest voices rule, the congregation suffers.
It is in view of all this that there are a few things I wish every congregation would realize. I know that the more carnal congregations will not give heed to my words because they feel they are always right to begin with. In their mind, they think they are doing God a great service by sending a pastor packing when that pastor fails to tickle their ears. Unless the more . . .
Humans are complicated, problematic creatures. We’re capable of occasionally performing amazing feats of goodness, yet we’re more likely to deal out harm and injustice. Considering all the wickedness humanity has brought to this planet, we should question whether we deserve life at all. These are some of the concepts raised, amid the humor and action and super-heroism, of the new film Avengers: Age of Ultron.
In Age of Ultron, Captain America and his team of unlikely superheroes have banded together once more against a brand new villain, Ultron. A sentient robot unwittingly created by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, Ultron, in true Pinocchio fashion, wants to break free from his creator. But unlike the wooden boy, Ultron seeks not just to be rid of his creator, but to be rid of the entire human race.
Peace on Earth Through Extermination
Ultron is the child of Tony Stark’s fears. Afraid that he would not be able to protect his home planet forever, Stark designed Ultron as an artificial intelligence program to bring peace to Earth. However, it doesn’t take Ultron long to conclude that the cause of war, trouble, and suffering lies not outside humanity, but within.
As God used a . . .
Greetings! It will be a miracle if anyone still reads this blog with me posting so infrequently!
My job keeps me very busy that it is hard to keep up with blogging. With that been said, this interview was fascinating to me that I had to post it to After Skubalon, Light’s Blog. I am very pro-gun, pro 2nd Amendment guy, and as a Reformed Christian I understand that human fallen government will move to tyranny and a citizenry that is armed helps keep government leaders in check.
From the source of the interview: “Ask Doug: Is it ok for Christians to own guns? Should Christians own guns? At what point and in what ways does a Christian resist a tyrannical government? If a gun ban is instituted, should Christians hand over their guns?”
Even in West Virginia there is a sad “veiling of liberalism and frank unbelief.”
Home Sweet Home
MARCH 26, 2015 / BENJAMIN P. GLASER
As most of you know I am from the beautiful hills of West Virginia. There is nothing so grand as time spent in the land discovered by Alexander Spotswood and his merry band of Golden Horseshoe men (of which I am one 😉 ) contested by Chief Cornstalk (members of my family died in combat against his braves) and fought over by Devil Anse Hatfield and the many Logan Wildcats and Braxton Dragoons or Pocahontas Rescuers who fought honestly for land and family, or as Shelby Foote so rightly noted, “I’m fighting because you are down here” against those who came into their home terrorizing the locals, whether they be from Kentucky or Yankees from Indiana, Pennsylvania, or Ohio. Not to mention the birthplace of Booker T. Washington and the discovery’s of George Washington Carver (whose old timey days I spent quite a wonderful time at with my grandfather winning greased pig challenges while he triumphed in horseshoes ). There is simply nothing like those majestic and grand mountains which I long to call home again in the covenant LORD’s lovely and providential timing. I know many of us would love to spend more time on this orb close to our mothers and fathers and the graves of our ancestors.
It is because of those hills and dales that I am moved to write this day with such longing and deep emotion. I can remember my last long trip back in 2013 through Rte. U.S. 60 from Charleston to Lewisburg, a jouney I made many times as a child through towns like Boomer, Hawk’s Nest, and Rupert and the literal tears I shed as I went through those municipalities once more and noted that there was no gospel witness to be had in the face of the wickedness of the evil one which pervaded both pulpit and town square. Now, I love the good folks in Ellisville, Mississippi with a love that passeth all understanding and a covenantal surety that I cannot express with the meaningless words of the English language, yet though while I roam this blessed creation in service of the Almighty and though I may never humbly leave the land of Jones County in His providence, that does not mean I will never cease praying for my homeland of coal and fly-fishing par excellence. A day does not go by that my soul does not burn for the people of West Virginia. My heart aches in depths of which I cannot properly describe for their deliverance from the clutches of liberalism and anti-Christian nonsense to a . . .
by Pastor Sam Schuldheisz
I’d like to take a brief moment to write something positive about the entertainment industry. I know what you’re thinking, can anything good come from Hollywood? Believe me; I know. I live in Southern California. We know crazy (Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, and the beat goes on). Hardly a week goes by without some kind of celebrity shenanigans (serious or just plain silly) making headline news. After all, we’re still talking about Harrison Ford’s Kessel Run into a local golf course.
But once in a while the entertainment industry surprises you and gets it right. Perhaps it’s even more shocking when the “it” happens to be Christianity.
I mentioned in a previous article (Sundays are for the Walking Dead…INSERT LINK) that I enjoy watching The Walking Dead because it is a good story, and frequently . . .
The Office of the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) has received numerous emails regarding the recent action of the mainline Presbyterian Church (USA) in redefining marriage. On March 17, 2015 the Presbyterian Church (USA) approved language that allows its ministers to officiate at same-sex marriages in its churches. The change comes after the General Assembly and a majority of that denomination’s 171 presbyteries approved an amendment to their Book of Order that describes marriage as “a unique relationship between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.”
There are several Presbyterian denominations in the United States. The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), formed in 1973 as an evangelical denomination in the Reformed theological tradition, is the . . .
“You are really and truly and completely free. There is no kicker. There is no if, and, or but. You are free. You can do it right or wrong. You can obey or disobey. You can run from Christ or run to Christ. You can choose to become a faithful Christian or an unfaithful Christian. You can cry, cuss, and spit, or laugh, sing, and dance. You can read a novel or the Bible. You can watch television or pray. You’re free…really free.” ~ Steve Brown
Over the next few weeks, all of my posts will be covering preaching to students. Some will focus directly on youth ministry preaching, others will discuss preaching in general with application for youth ministry. I’ve already written a few things about preaching but there is still a lot I have yet to cover. I must make something clear from the beginning, because I don’t want to cause any confusion. I am not a very good preacher. In fact, I’m probably pretty bad. I’m still learning and I think I’ve improved a lot, specifically in the last few years. I want that to be clear, not because I want everyone to see how humble I can be, but rather to remind them that I am no authority on preaching (or anything else for that matter). There are plenty of men who are fantastic preachers who can explain how to preach far better than I ever could but I haven’t had much interaction with anyone writing on the topic of preaching in youth ministry. As I stated before, I’m no expert but I’ll gladly share my thoughts until someone else comes along.
This week, I’m going to give three reasons why preaching is both necessary and important for youth ministries. You are likely familiar with some of the reasons why some youth ministries are moving away from having a sermon in the youth group to focus more on small groups and time for kids to ask questions. From the argument that kids lose attention after a few minutes to sermons are no longer an effective method of teaching, the reasons for scrapping preaching are plentiful, but are they valid? By that, I mean, should we get rid of youth preaching for those (and other) reasons?
I believe that preaching in youth group time is important and should not only be valued but also celebrated. Here are three reasons for having preaching in youth groups:
Preaching in youth prepares kids for real church
I’ve noticed a youth ministry culture trend where kids don’t move on to “big church” after turning 18. They kind of linger around in the youth group, hoping to not get kicked out. For whatever reason, recent high school graduates are not as excited about moving up as the 11 year olds are about leaving the kids ministry. The time a person spends in youth ministry is only a few years – small when compared to the rest of their lives spent in church. This means that our efforts as youth pastors are simple: preach the gospel, shepherd the sheep (and their families), and prepare teenagers for the rest of their lives as Christian adults.
Preaching in commanded in scripture . . .