Friday, May 27, 2016

The Two-Book Fallacy

The two-book view is actually a fallacy. The reason is simple: Nature is not a book. It is not something that is comprised of statements in human language. It is not something that a person can literally read or interpret in the same way that we interpret a sentence. This isn’t to say that people cannot learn anything from nature. But it is not a book or record that contains propositional truth.
The advantage of a book is that it is comprised of clear statements in human language that are designed to be understood by the reader. The meaning of a book is the intention of the author. But that’s not the case with nature. What does a rock mean? What does a fossil mean? They don’t literally mean anything because they are not statements made by an author who is intending to convey an idea...

~ICR, "The Two Book Fallacy" by Jason Lisle, PhD.

Truth is revealed by God in Scripture and it tells us all we need to know for life and godliness. We cannot use what is fallen and corrupt and earthly, to interpret what is infallible, pure, and spiritual. Truth is revealed and explains the who,what,where, when, how, and why of life, God, marriage, beauty, origins, the End, salvation, why the world is the way it is, etc. These things are not discoverable; they are revealed by God in His Word.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Resting Place For The Intellect And The Foundation For Faith

"The Lord God omnipotent reigneth. His government is exercised over inanimate matter, over the brute beasts, over the children of men, over angels good and evil, and over Satan Himself. No revolving of a world, no shining of a star, no storm, no movement of a creature, no actions of men, no errands of angels, no deeds of the Devil—nothing in all the vast universe can come to pass otherwise than God has eternally purposed.
Here is a foundation for faith. Here is a resting place for the intellect. Here is an anchor for the soul, both sure and steadfast. It is not blind fate, unbridled evil, man or Devil, but the Lord Almighty who is ruling the world, ruling it according to His own good pleasure and for His own eternal glory”
~ Arthur Pink, "The Sovereignty of God"

Monday, May 16, 2016

The McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton & the American College of Pediatricians Agree On the Detriment of Encouraging Children To Question Their Biological Gender

Robert P. George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton, sent out a tweet late Sunday evening questioning the science behind the transgender movement, in reaction to the Obama administration’s threatening letter to educators mandating accommodation of gender-confused teenagers.
There are few superstitious beliefs as absurd as the idea that a woman can be trapped in a man's body & vv. But in the Age of Feeling . . .
George’s concerns over the transgender movement echo the recent statement by the American College of Pediatricians, which argued forcefully against encouraging young people to question their own biological sexuality.
“A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking,” the doctors stated. “When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such.”
The pediatricians noted that children who think they are a different gender than they are suffer from a recognized mental disorder called “gender dysphoria.”
~Breitbart report

The APA even rightly went on to say,Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse,” they concluded."

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Why Recent Creation Is Important

Excerpts from Henry Morris III on why a recent Creation is so important:

ICR has documented enormous amounts of scientific evidence that confirm the biblical record of a recent creation...And though such evidence may well never convince those who reject the God of creation, the Bible itself should be the convincing argument for those who claim they have been twice-born by the supernatural power of the Creator (Ephesians 4:24)....

All our deliberations regarding recent creation essentially flow from how we view Scripture.

The higher our regard for the words of the text, the more careful we are with the interpretation of the text.
The more we use the other words and passages in Scripture to define and clarify a given text of Scripture, the less we are inclined to allow extra-biblical information to alter the obvious rendering of that text....

Whenever He reveals anything, He must reveal the truth about Himself and His nature.

The idea that God used any type of evolutionary process to “create” His world contradicts Scripture’s presentation of God as the omniscient Creator.
He could not and would not experiment. Since He knows, He must do.
He could not and would not produce an inferior product.
He must create, shape, and make only that which is good.
Evolution demands both experimentation with creation and the creation of inferior forms. In evolution, there is no permanent “good.”
The issue of a recent creation also impacts how we view what is good versus what is evil and how that fits with God’s character.
~End quote. Bold, italics,original. Red, my emphasis.
For the whole article including verses to support the points, go here. Morris also goes into how the heresy of death prior to Adam and the Fall destroys the need for the atonement and the whole teaching of Scripture becomes mere allegory. Such heresy which flows from evolution is spiritual death.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Sexual Immorality Is Not Equivalent To The Civil Rights Movement

On equating sexual immorality to the Civil Rights movement:

The modern narrative cheapens the racial nature of the Civil Rights Movement and the plight of those who labored, and reassigns definitions to labels that have existed since the beginning of creation, similar to Jim Crow.

Blacks were not asking to use facilities in keeping with some perceived self identification. They were asking to use facilities in keeping with who they were, while maintaining and upholding God's transcendent, moral definitions for family, person, gender. But since multiculturalism has replaced history, and postmodernism has replaced absolutes it is easy to make an appeal to a historic event, out of context, to add political luster to sinful cravings.

~Doron Gladden (italics, bold my emphasis)

Death and Sin--when did they come into the world?

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Psychology Cannot Aid The Christian In Sanctification

Psychology has absolutely no truth and is completely futile, earthly, demonic, and divisive, feeding the sin nature abundantly and despising the Truth. It cannot in any way, aid one's sanctification. Stop trying to marry such demonic wisdom to Christ.
Eph 4:17 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 
Eph 4:18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; 
Eph 4:19 and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 
Eph 4:20 But you did not learn Christ in this way, 
Eph 4:21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 
Eph 4:22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 
Eph 4:23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 
Eph 4:24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
Jas 3:14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 
Jas 3:15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 
Jas 3:16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 
Jas 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.

Col 2:2 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself, 
Col 2:3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 
Col 2:4 I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument.

Monday, May 02, 2016

God Is Creator And That Sound Doctrine Is Married To Several Other Doctrines

There's a lot of doctrine that is inseparably bonded to the sound doctrine of Creation in 1 Chron. 16. Here's just a portion of the majestic prayer:
1Ch 16:25 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He also is to be feared above all gods.
1Ch 16:26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens.
1Ch 16:27 Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and joy are in His place. 
1Ch 16:28 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
1Ch 16:29 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him; Worship the LORD in holy array.
1Ch 16:30 Tremble before Him, all the earth; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved.
God is Self-existent, the "I AM" and that is His name. As such, He is Creator and this is necessarily constrained to:
His name and person: Self Existent One
He is Holy (se apart from all gods; is pure)
He is Creator of the heavens and the earth
He is Savior
He is Judge
He is coming to judge all the earth
His Lordship- He reigns over all the earth
He is faithful to His Word
His Word is everlasting
The Beginning (Creation) and the End (judgment upon all the earth)
His attributes: splendor, strength, holiness, greatness, awesomeness
Authority of His Word
Because He is Creator, He is to be praised and magnified for His absolute strength.
Consider that if you deny Genesis 1, Heb. 1, etc about how God created all things in six literal days by His Word, you by necessity deny the above doctrines found married to God as Creator in 1 Chron. 16. There can be no divorcing any of these sound doctrines since they are inextricably constrained to the Person of God Himself.