Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Please Friends Or Please God?

“If we are content to offend God rather than displease our friends or relatives, then we are greatly deceived if we regard ourselves as genuine Christians.” 

~ Arthur Pink

Thursday, July 23, 2015

So, How Could Noah and His Family Care for the Many Animals on Board the Ark?

Detractors from the Bible story of the Flood have scoffed at the idea of just a few people carrying out all the duties of animal care for a year. Without a doubt, it would have been a daunting task considering the number of animals and the frightening circumstances, but would it have been impossible?

~Dr. John Morris, ICR

Go here for the answers he gives in the article.

So, How Could All the Animals Get On Board Noah's Ark? Impossible?

Not long ago I was interviewed on a "news-talk" radio show. The host was a particularly venomous anti-Christian, with a long history of ridiculing Christianity on his show. Evidently he particularly likes to ridicule creationism.
His introductory comment was, "You're one of those idiots who believes the earth is only six-thousand years old. Tell me one thing. How did Noah get all those millions of dinosaurs onboard Noah's Ark?"
~ Dr. John Morris, ICR
Go here for the rest of the article and see how he answers.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Nothing But The Truth

The truth of Scripture is something precious that must be carefully handled and closely guarded (1 Timothy 6:20). Once again, a proper understanding of Scripture involves conscientious and diligent study. Second Timothy 2:15 says, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” By implication we see that all who do not divide the Scriptures right are sloppy workers who ought to be ashamed. In other words, no one has the right to be a theologian who is not first a careful exegete.
The truth is everything to a Christian. That is why we are called to refute error, defend the truth, and proclaim Scripture as the supreme truth against every lie propagated by the world.
I fear that the church in this post-modern era has lost focus on that fact. It is no longer deemed necessary to fight for the truth. In fact, many evangelicals now consider it ill-mannered and uncharitable to argue about any point of doctrine. Even gross error is now tolerable in some quarters for the sake of peace. Rather than rightly dividing the word and proclaiming it as truth, many churches now feature motivational lectures, drama, comedy, and other forms of entertainment — while utterly ignoring the great doctrines of the faith. Even people who attack the truth in pseudo-scholarly ways are finding publishers in the evangelical realm and being honored as if they had deep insight.
We must recover our love for biblical truth, as well as our conviction that it is unassailable truth.We have the truth in a world where most people are simply wandering around in hopeless ignorance. We need to proclaim it from the housetops, and quit playing along with those who suggest we are being arrogant if we claim to know anything for certain. We do have the truth, not because we are smarter or better than anyone else, but because God has revealed it in the Scriptures and has been gracious to open our eyes to see it. We would be sinning if we tried to keep the truth to ourselves.
~ John MacArthur, "Nothing But The Truth"

Dialogue Leads To Error and Error Provides No Insight To The Truth

Listen; let me tell you something very simple, truth gains nothing from dialogue with error. That is pointless. And in the Evangelical world today the climate is, "Let's dialogue. Let's sit down with Muslims and let's sit down with the Roman Catholics, and let's sit down with Orthodox Jewish people, and let's sit down with these other people and we'll grown in the dialogue." You know what happens in dialogue? Nothing good. You wanna be patient with people; you wanna be loving and gracious. I don't need the Islamic view of anything to interpret the Bible. Do you understand that? I don't need the Mormon view of anything to interpret the Bible. That's not a necessary element. Error provides no insight to truth. Error is not a hermeneutic. I don't interpret the Bible better because now I'm a buddy with a Muslim. I wanna be a friend to a Muslim. I wanna be a loving friend to one because I wanna lead him to the truth - that nothing in his religion makes any contribution to my understanding of Scripture. The only thing that happens in those dialogues is compromise. And the end result always seems to be the same - the diminishing of conviction about truth.

~MacArthur "The Battle For Truth, Part 1"

Attacking Any Doctrine Is Attacking the Bible

To attack any doctrine in the Bible is to attack the Bible. To attack the heart and soul of the Bible, the character of God, the deity of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Gospel, is to hit the truth at its heart. Every assault on biblical truth is an attack on the Word of God. 

~MacArthur, "The Battle for Truth, Part 1"

This happens within "Christianity", not just outside of it.

Jud 1:4  For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

2Pe 2:1  But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
2Pe 2:2  And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.


2Pe 3:5  For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God,
2Pe 3:6  and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.
2Pe 3:7  But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

Monday, July 20, 2015

On Human Language and Evolution: its either all or nothing


If humans evolved through a piece-by-piece accretion of parts, then so did their ability to talk. Although talking seems simple, it actually depends on so many perfectly placed characteristics--both material and immaterial--that language must be a gift from God.
Charles Darwin proposed that human language evolved through nature selecting the best grunters from a crowd of ape-like ancestors. For support, Darwin cited people he had observed in Tierra del Fuego. He described the Fuegians as savages and "primitive beasts," whose Yahgan language had a mere 100 or so words and sounded like animal grunts and clicks.1
However, when 19th-century missionary Thomas Bridges reached out to Fuegians with the gospel, he recorded over 32,000 words and inflections in his Yahgan-English dictionary.2Thus, Darwin was wrong about their language, and wrong about Fuegians being subhuman. Was his story of the evolution of language wrong, too?.....

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~Brian Thomas, M.S., ICR, "Language: All Or Nothing Proposition"

For the whole article go here.

Christians: You MUST be imitators of God

These are commands, not suggestions. God doesn't lower the standard because He knows "we're not perfect". It's actually implied in the command that we already are imperfect (let's call it what it is: sinful) and therefore are commanded to stop sinning and be imitators of God:
Eph 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
Mat 5:48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
1Pe 1:15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
1Pe 1:16 since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."
3Jn 1:11 Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.

Eph 4:21  assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 
Eph 4:22  to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 
Eph 4:23  and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 
Eph 4:24  and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 

Eph 1:19  and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 
Eph 1:20  that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 
Eph 1:21  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 

Php 2:12  Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling
Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 

God Is Supreme, Faithful, and True, Therefore His Word is Supreme, Faithful and True

God is supreme- He is Creator and all powerful. This is made known by His handiwork of creation & all know it:
Psa 19:1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 
Psa 19:2 Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
Psa 19:3 There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. 
Psa 19:4 Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun,

Rom 1:19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 
Rom 1:20 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.

Because God is supreme and all powerful, so is His Word:

Psa 19:6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
Psa 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; 
Psa 19:8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
His Word is living b/c He is living; His Word is faithful and true because it's Author is faithful and true:
Rev 1:8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
Rev 1:16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.
Rev 1:18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 
Heb 4:13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Rev 3:7 "And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: 'The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.
Rev 3:14 "And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: 'The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation.
Rev 19:9 And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he said to me, "These are the true words of God."
Rev 19:11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.
Rev 19:13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.
Rev 19:15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.
Rev 19:16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
Rev 21:5 And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
Rev 22:6 And he said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place."

Psa 19:7  The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; 

"Sure": certain, reliable, solid, firm, trustworthy. NOT false, a myth, or speculation.

The testimony of God in Creation and in the Word (all it's teaching and instruction) is certain and is knowable. It gives wisdom to the simple. This begins with Gen. 1:1. The foremost description of God is that He is Creator and therefore is to be feared and obeyed. Just as in Ps 19:1-6 begins with God's glory as Creator, so does Gen. 1:1. Explicit and sure--CERTAIN & TRUE--testimony of the Divine Creator.

To deny the SURE testimony of God as Divine Creator who personally created all things in six literal days (Ps 8 & 33), is to remain simple (foolish) since Truth is only revealed in Scripture, particularly about God's character and power and eternality, starting in Gen. 1:1.

The testimony of God as the omnipotent Creator Is:

sure
right
pure

and it enlightens the eyes.

To deny the sure testimony God gives about Himself is to deny therefore those truths and His character. It means one remains blind and in darkness:

Eph 4:17  Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 
Eph 4:18  They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.
Eph 4:19  They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.
Eph 4:20  But that is not the way you learned Christ!
Eph 4:21  assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,

Truth is knowable. We are not groaping around in the dark if we are truly in Christ. God has revealed Himself and moreover, enlightened the eyes of those He regenerates. But all people KNOW God exists and is Creator as Rom. 1 explicitly states.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Wisdom, Discernment, and Understanding

Hos 14:9  Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the LORD are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them. 

Jas 3:13  Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

Pro 17:24  The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. 

Col 2:2  that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ,
Col 2:3  in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

1Co 2:12  Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 
1Co 2:13  And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 
1Co 2:14  The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

Psa 1:1  Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 
Psa 1:2  but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 
Psa 1:3  He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 
Psa 1:4  The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Psa 1:5  Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
Psa 1:6  for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sin Is Sin? You're Disgust With Planned Parenthood Doesn't Show That Claim of Your's

Funny how suddenly sin isn't all equal. Abortion and sexual immorality is acceptable, even expected sin, but harvesting the organs of the aborted babies as Planned Parenthood has done, well now THAT'S WORSE. Really?

It's hard to take seriously those "conservatives" who suddenly are outraged over Planned Parenthood's wickedness, when they voted for pro-abortion Republicans as "the lesser evil" --as in the pro-circumstantial abortion view: "well less abortions is better than more abortions" and "we can't demand a rape victim carry out her baby to full term, that's not fair to her" claims.

Murder and Sin Merely "Bad Behavior"

National Security Adviser Susan Rice said “we should expect” that some of the money Iran gets under sanctions relief as a result of the nuclear deal “would go to the Iranian military and could potentially be used for the kinds of bad behavior that we have seen in the region” on Wednesday’s “Situation Room” on CNN.

~Breitbart


Bad behavior? Slaughtering thousands, threatening Israel, terrorizing other countries is merely "bad behavior"? Even Mark Levin, not a Christian, understands this is utterly insane as he drove this home yesterday on his radio show.

Softening sin is very much part of the world AND "Christianity" today. "Christians" do it all the time, too. They redefine sin as "bad behavior" or "mistakes" or "moral shortcomings", instead of calling it what it is: sin.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Dark Days In "Christtianity" Today

You know we're in a very very dark place in "Christianity" when you have to actually explain why sodomy is wrong.

God strongly opposes sodomy throughout the ages:

- In the patriarchs (Genesis 19:1-28)

- In the Law of Moses (
Leviticus 18:2220:13)

- In the Prophets (
Ezekiel 16:46-50)

- In the New Testament (
Romans 1:18-271 Corinthians 6:9-10Jude 7-8)


1Ti 1:9  understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 
1Ti 1:10  the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 

Jud 1:7  just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. 

Cherry Picking Data


Picking cherries sounds like good, clean fun, but it isn’t always a good thing. In origins science the practice of “cherry picking” refers to an analytical fallacy—using a few selected illustrations to demonstrate a point, as if those examples fairly exemplify a generalized trend when they actually don’t...
Do you remember hearing or reading that supposedly 98% of the human genome matches that of chimpanzees, due to humans and chimpanzees allegedly sharing common ancestors?
Those cherry-picked genome comparison reports suppressed huge categories of contrary evidence. As ICR’s Dr. Jeffrey Tomkins has reported, “All analyzed cases of reported high human-chimp DNA sequence similarity are based on biased data selection and exclusion techniques.”4 Using “highly selective data-discarding techniques,”4 such “statistical” results failed to account for major disparities between the respective genomes.
For the primary chimp chromosomes (autosomes), the amount of optimally aligned DNA sequence provided similarities between 66 and 76 percent, depending on the chromosome. In general, the smaller and more gene-dense chromosomes showed higher DNA sequence similarity—although there were several notable exceptions. Only 69 percent of the chimpanzee X chromosome (female sex chromosome) and only 43 percent of the Y chromosome was similar to human DNA. Genome-wide, only 70 percent of the chimpanzee genome assembly was similar to human DNA under the most optimal sequence-slice conditions.5
Not even close to the evolutionists’ trumpeted 98%! That’s because cherry-picked analyses are unreliable misrepresentations of the true facts—in this case, the real truth is that man was uniquely created in God’s image and is not just a chimpanzee’s cousin.