Don’t Hit Snooze

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Friday, April 9, 2021 0 comments

by Charlie Wolcott

For many people, the most difficult part of the day is actually waking up. Countless people have to set alarm clocks because if turned loose, they will sleep in till the PM hours. And they have to set up strategies to force themselves to get out of bed, because of that faithful and dreaded “snooze” button. They set up multiple alarms. They set the alarm to be out of reach from bed, or in some people’s cases, they turn the dog loose.

Perhaps the most annoying thing to a sleeping person is an alarm. A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a friend over Facebook, and we were talking about being ready for the coming of Christ and this statement just came out: “Sleeping people don’t like alarms.” It was not planned. I had not pulled that from a sermon or video or book. That statement just came out and my friend and I both went: “That’s worth quoting,” hence this blog post.

The church is sleeping. Jesus warned of such falling asleep. The parable of the ten virgins involves the church waiting for the coming of the bridegroom and He delays. They fall asleep. The wise ones were prepared for a delayed coming. The foolish ones were not ready. They were woken suddenly and weren’t ready when the Bridegroom came. Jesus also warned of a “great falling away.” Jesus didn’t mince words when He bemoaned that if when He returned would anyone be found believing Him. There are a lot of talk from the “Word of Faith” people that there’s going to be a “third Great Awakening.” These same people spent all of 2020 full of confidence and all of them proven fraud. They all claimed to “speak with God on a daily basis” and none of them had a clue about COVID and then they butchered the election badly (if you want to know specifics listen to this 4 ½ hour video by Justin Peters exposing it all). But there are others who actually are in tune to what God is saying because they aren’t “having dreams” but are in Scripture. I’ve been warning for 2-3 years about persecution coming. From November last year into mid-February, I did an in-depth study of Jeremiah, posting devotionals daily to my Facebook wall and every place I read. I didn’t just see ancient Judah in serious trouble, but I saw the U.S. in the same trouble. The difference is that the U.S. has no promise of restoration.

It does not take a “special revelation” to know that the U.S. is in serious trouble. It only takes knowing history and knowing God. I recently finished a series of posts about idolatry and how the Ten Commandments are broken via the practices of idolatry. I also went through how the U.S. is complicit in violating each Commandment nationally. And to be frank, I’m late to the party. People have been saying this for years. Christians have been saying, “Hey, this is NOT where we want to be going.” I remember 6-7 years ago when homosexual marriage was being formally approved that pedophilia would be right on its heels. I had quite a few people jump on my case and say that would never happen. Look at today; I wasn’t wrong. Again, I’m not boasting about myself; I’m only saying what everyone else has access to. I’m just connecting the dots, but numerous people are saying the same thing and I can tell which ones are in the Word and which ones aren’t.

Every society has watchmen. They are the ones who are supposed to be guarding society. For 2000 years that job has fallen to the church, but in this one generation (mine), the church has abdicated its roll, with only a few voices remaining doing the job. I don’t believe we at Worldview Warriors set out to carry out this calling intentionally, but we’ve certainly been put in position to carry out that roll along with training and equipping believers. When I completed the Cadre course through the Creation Truth Foundation, I was commissioned to go defend the faith, and I have done that. But with that means I have to guard the sheep pen and warn those who will listen of the dangers out there of the pitfalls of the false teachings and to prepare people for the judgment coming. I have been sounding an alarm. I know Jason DeZurik has been sounding an alarm. Chad Koons is sounding an alarm. The danger is no longer coming. It’s already here and it’s already inside the walls.

I started out with alarm clocks. The “visible church” is still sleeping. Most don’t want to hear messages of judgment and danger. They are comfortable as they are, and they actually think they are safe. The last thing they want to hear is some “preacher” saying “Awake! Awake! Put on strength!” Isaiah said that. We need to WAKE UP! If you have children, WAKE UP! If you aren’t actively training them and equipping them to face very dark times, you are doing them a great disservice. But instead of listening to the alarm that the enemy is in the gates, most are trying to hit snooze and go back to sleep. And while they do this, the enemy is ransacking their homes. What’s worse is these people are blaming the watchmen for sounding the alarm, not the enemy for attacking them? They want us to be “more loving” and “more gentle.” Let me say this: the method no longer matters. The enemy is within the walls, and it’s only a matter of time now before the war directly hits your home. If you aren’t already in battle attire and fighting when that happens, you’re dead. You will be passed over. WAKE UP!

Now because some have found out that the Trojan Horse has been in the gates and it’s nighttime, they are sounding the alarm. And when people like me and those of us at Worldview Warriors and others who are speaking out, saying “Hey, watch out!” they are going to come after us first. The sleeping ones aren’t the threat. They are easy prey, easy to control. The end result is still the same: death. Jeremiah repeatedly sounded the alarm. The people refused to hear it. Jehoiakim burned Jeremiah’s scroll warning about what would happen. He died only a few years later. His brother Zedekiah knew Jeremiah had the truth, but he was so afraid of his own people that he couldn’t follow through and obey the Word. As a result, he watched his children get slaughtered before him just before his own eyes were gouged out and he was carried off to Babylon in chains. If you think you can sleep through this and the enemy will leave you alone, you are sadly mistaken.

God has been sounding the alarm. Those who refuse to heed God’s watchmen will suffer the consequences for not heeding them. God’s hand is back upon this nation and it’s not for blessing. It’s for judgment. It is going to get VERY rough around here. But I’m looking forward to it. Why? Because God is finally going to get rid of false teachings and sins that have so hindered us and will prepare us for His return. We had best wake up so we can be ready for that day. Don’t hit snooze. I’ll say it again, don’t hit snooze!

I am becoming increasingly convinced that my generation will not live to see freedom for the Christian in America again, and I am expecting to face prison time in the not very distant future for no other reason than being a Christian. Are we ready for that? I was recently reminded of a panel that Paul Washer was part of (Todd Friel posted the audio here). Six years ago, he warned about this too. And he said that in the days of the Apostles, they weren’t persecuted as Christians. They were persecuted as fools, dangers to the state, uneducated, troublemakers, rioters, violent, and disturbers of the peace. Everything that someone else did, the Christian was blamed for it (look at the January 6 riot at Capitol Hill. Bill Maher blamed the Christians for it.) There are no more warnings of coming danger. There is only now the alarm that the danger is here, for as long as that alarm is allowed to sound. WAKE UP!

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What's Wrong with Circular Reasoning?

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Thursday, April 8, 2021 0 comments

by Steve Risner

In my last blog post, I introduced a topic I found in a group on Facebook that discusses creation and anything related to it. A person I think is an unbeliever gave some tips to “creationists” on how to discuss these issues in the group. I found it rather interesting for a couple of reasons, not the least of which was the irony involved.

As I said last time, this sort of stuff—everything he points out that creationists should avoid—are things that everyone does and, most times, should avoid. He probably does not believe that’s true or, if pressed, might admit others do these things as well but not nearly as much. My take is very different than his. While I understand we all make errors in our arguments and discussions and even in our reasoning, I believe we should all strive for the highest standards in our debates, including being honest and ethical. Christians have an objective standard by which to conduct themselves while atheists really do not. We have the Word of God and His moral code of conduct, so to speak. For an unbeliever, there really is no base of support for their morality. I’m not saying they cannot be moral, but I’m never sure where that comes from.

This individual stated, for our benefit, I guess, “that if the purpose of your posts is to persuade others of your belief, and you want to start a useful discussion, then it’s worth avoiding the following:” He then went on to list and explain 4 things. They included preaching, circular reasoning, ad hominem arguments, and strawman arguments. So today, we’ll focus in on his second thing “worth avoiding” which is circular reasoning.

He says, “CIRCULAR REASONING. Such as: ‘what the bible says is correct because God’s word is true.’ …. and variants of this.”

Circular reasoning is just that—you reason in a circle. In short, you begin with what you have in mind as the ending. Keep in mind that not all circular reasoning yields a false conclusion. A great example would be something like, “You shouldn’t break the law because it’s illegal to break the law.” You follow?

Creationists can do this. People who do not support the Biblical narrative on origins will do this often as well. But here’s the thing with circular reasoning—everyone does it to a degree. We ALL—every last one of us—have axioms at our foundation of beliefs. These are things we believe are true without being able to prove them. Because of this fact, I would suggest that this person’s claim that “creationists” shouldn’t use circular reasoning is misapplied in his example statement. I believe that the Bible is God’s Word and is true. This is the foundation for all of my beliefs concerning origins. So, to suggest that I cannot make this statement is odd. Of course, I can and will state this. But he has foundational beliefs as well that he cannot prove but his beliefs hang on.

More important to me than avoiding circular reasoning would be making sure my foundational/core beliefs that I cannot prove (the axioms I mentioned above) are consistent with each other. This is true for the Christian who adheres to a natural reading of Scripture by and large. However, for the unbeliever—especially the atheist—inconsistency is the norm, unfortunately.

A Christian who used the Bible to understand the world around him/her has a great deal to appreciate. The Christian worldview and the Bible have provided for the development of modern science. I’ve written about that here. A Biblical worldview held by the Christ follower can also claim a solid system for determining right and wrong. We have a standard for objective morality which is pivotal in sustaining civilization. Atheists will claim they have a standard for morality, but this is false. Sure, they can be moral, but they have no basis for it. According to well-known atheist William Provine, evolution means that “There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning in life, and no free will for humans, either.”

But our belief in the trustworthiness of Scripture is not circular reasoning. It is not a blind faith in some old book. It’s a faith that is supported by loads of evidence from numerous sources. Our faith in the Word of God is justified by sound reasoning. Dr. Jonathan Sarfati said it very concisely: the biblical framework is the only one that provides the foundation for science, voluntary will, logic, and morality.

Secular science and humanism very often report they’ve confirmed deep time with this sort of test or that line of thought. However, most if not all of these tests that give them the desired results are based on assumptions and circular reasoning. They also frequently fail to mention that all dates not in line with their current line of thinking are tossed out, never to be heard from again. Examples would be ice cores and how they must first believe in deep time—aka millions or billions of years of slow gradual processes in a worldview based on uniformitarianism—before they can deduce any conclusions from the data the ice cores present. There are issues with this. This is begging the question which is very similar to circular reasoning.

Dr. Henry Morris explained how the foundational arguments for universal common descent are circular this way: “Creationists have long insisted that the main evidence for evolution — the fossil record — involves a serious case of circular reasoning. That is, the fossil evidence that life has evolved from simple to complex forms over the geological ages depends on the geological ages of the specific rocks in which these fossils are found. The rocks, however, are assigned geologic ages based on the fossil assemblages which they contain. The fossils, in turn, are arranged on the basis of their assumed evolutionary relationships. Thus the main evidence for evolution is based on the assumption of evolution.”

This line of circular reasoning is mentioned often by creationists and dismissed by evolutionists. But it’s true. Rocks are dated by fossils in them, and fossils are dated by what rock layer they are found in. They then will point to other lines of evidence for the ages of these rocks with radiometric dating, which was likely calibrated by the previously determined ages of the rocks these methods are used on. The RATE project has done a marvelous job of dismantling the efficacy and accuracy of deep time dating methods. This is generally ignored by evolutionists without much to say about it.

I guess one might say circular reasoning is bad because it’s not good. But, as I stated earlier, all faiths (whether the faith of a person who believes science has all the answers, or the faith of a person who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, or the faith of the materialist, or atheist, or Buddhist, or Jew, or whatever) stand ultimately on axioms. Axioms are core beliefs that we just accept as true and build off of them. These axioms, which every person has at their foundation of their beliefs, are often times circular in their reasoning. But, again as stated earlier, the faith of a Christian in the Bible is a faith bolstered by the evidence and supported by multiple lines of reasoning and facts. Our faith stands firm with the facts (when they are interpreted properly) and not in spite of the facts like the faith of the atheist.

Exodus 23:1 tells us not to give a false report or join the wicked to be malicious. Often times when the Bible speaks of the wicked it simply means those who do not know God. Psalm 17 tells us that those whose portion is in this life rather than in God are the wicked. I do not want to join hands with the denier of Christ to make a theological case about anything. How could I? Too often, Christians are sucked into this trap of aligning with the atheist to somehow make him or her see the light. It just doesn’t work. Let’s just assume that God knows what He is talking about here.

I have recently had Romans 2:24 thrown at me as some sort of insult. Here, Paul is saying that because of the conduct of the believers he was writing to, the Gentiles were able to mock or scorn the Lord. This person was trying to say that because I believe the Bible and what it tells me, I am making unbelievers mock the Lord. But his Scripture reference actually is far more on point for him than me. The backstory here is that Paul was saying the Jews had the Law. They were the chosen people of God Almighty. They had the oracles of God. But they chose to mix with the unbelievers—the pagans, the Gentiles, the idol worshippers—in the areas close by them rather than stay true to the covenant that God had made with them. You can read more about the context here when you look at Isaiah 52:5 and Ezekiel 36:20 and 23 (or the whole book of Judges) to see that rather than stick with Him and His Word, they fell away and went along with their neighbors who believed in things contrary to God’s Word.

This is exactly what this person is doing. He aligns himself with unbelievers and philosophies specifically designed in some cases to undermine the Word of God. He claims to do this to win them over, I guess. But anyone can see how na├»ve and foolish this is. Trust God. Trust His Word. And rather than think some “educated” person who likely doesn’t believe in Jesus anyway has stumbled on the true interpretation of Scripture, let us understand the Word of God as it was intended and as it has been for thousands of years. Let’s not rewrite Genesis to work more nicely with the humanist origins myth of deep time, the big bang and universal common descent.

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Worship Disasters

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Tuesday, April 6, 2021 0 comments

by Chad Koons

“I’m leaving the church!”

Hmmm… I’ve heard that one before. As a leader in the church, as a concerned fellow believer, and sometimes just as a nosey human being, my first question is always, “Why?”

There are many reasons why someone may leave a church. In my humble yet firm opinion, there are only three truly valid reasons for leaving your current church. Here they are: 1) Error in the church, 2) the Lord moving you to another specific region or church (for a specific reason), or 3) you’ve died. Seriously! The transient nature of church hopping has got to stop. Put down roots, dig in, serve fervently, get over yourself, and love people through decades! Yet I digress; that is a different topic.

For today, let’s have a look at one of the primary reasons why people leave a church body. Fasten your seatbelt, this is a crazy one: “I don’t like the music.

Say WHAT?! Yep. Does that sound unbelievable? Yet it’s true.

Think about this for a minute. Have you ever left a church over the music? Maybe you know someone who has. Maybe you’ve become overly critical of the music within your own church.

Consider the music in your church. If you don’t have a current church, think about the music at your last church. Take the test, see if any of this resonates with you:

  1. I don’t like the style of music.
  2. I don’t like the song choices.
  3. The band are a bunch of show offs (or the band isn’t talented enough).
  4. The music is too big of a production (or it’s not big enough).
  5. The singers and musicians seem insincere (or they seem too fanatical).
  6. The music is too modern (or too old school).
  7. The music is too structured (or too free flowing).

Well, how did you do? Did any of those describe your feelings? Let me say this: it’s perfectly normal to critique something. There should be no shame in having an opinion about your church’s music! However, there is a problem if you let it affect you so deeply that it causes issues. For example, there is a problem if you refuse to worship the Lord because you are too busy being critical. Worse yet is when you share your offense with others and spread the poison. Worse than both of those is when you actually leave the church over it.

I say this because I personally know many people who have left a church because of the music. I also know many folks who have become toxic over sniffing the worship cork, so to speak.

Quite frankly, I think that being overly critical of worship music reveals a lot about the condition of one’s heart, although it’s not always because we have a bad heart. Some of those who have struggled with it seem to possess a most sincere and mature relationship with Christ! Yet it’s often the unrealized motivations that are the deadliest to our spiritual health.

How important is it for God’s people to worship and praise Him with song? Check out Isaiah 43:21 and Psalm 96. Yeah, it is extremely important to say the least!

A good look into our attitudes towards worship music is absolutely necessary.

We will get into the many worship disasters in future blog posts. Please keep an eye out for them and share them with your friends. God bless!

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The Lord's Prayer: "Your Will Be Done"

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Monday, April 5, 2021 0 comments

by Katie Erickson

Our journey through the Lord’s Prayer continues with the phrase, “Your will be done” in Matthew 6:10. This phrase taken by itself may raise the questions of, “Whose will?” “What is that will?” and “Why should we want it to be done?”

As I wrote about last week, the “your” written here is our Father in heaven - God. So the easy answer to the first question is that we want God’s will to be done.

The next question we may ask is what is God’s will. That is not an easy question to answer in just a few words, as God’s will for each of our lives is different than anyone else’s; God’s will for my life is not the same as God’s will for your life. But, we can look to the Scriptures to see what God’s will is in an overall sense.

Jesus tells the crowds in John 6:38-40, “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” Jesus clearly states that His mission is to do the will of “him who sent me,” that is God the Father. Because we as Jesus’ followers are called to imitate Him and become more like Him, then our will, too, should be to do the will of the Father.

Jesus elaborates on that will a bit more by saying that His purpose is not to lose anyone that the Father has given to Him, but to give them eternal life raise them up on the last day. This shows us that Jesus’ whole purpose in life is to do exactly what the Father wants Him to do. This should be our purpose in life as well - to do the will of the Father. Our desire should be to guide people to Jesus so that they can receive the gift of eternal life from Him.

How do we know what God’s will is? Romans 12:2 tells us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.” We need to allow ourselves to be transformed in Jesus so that our mind will function more like the mind of Christ, and we will be able to discern what God’s will is for us. We know that God’s will is good, pleasing and perfect, because God Himself is good, pleasing, and perfect; nothing evil can exist in Him at all. So if we suspect something may be God’s will, we should test it against that criteria.

But perhaps you’re wondering how we’ll be able to accomplish whatever God’s will is for us. Hebrews 13:20-21 says, “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” It is through the power of God that we will be equipped with whatever we need for accomplishing whatever God wants for us to do.

Maybe you need something more specific that tells you what to do in order to do God’s will. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Of course, all of that is easier said than done; it is no easy task for us to rejoice always, pray continually, or give thanks in all circumstances. But that is what we are called to do.

This is exactly why we need to pray for God’s will to be done - we know we are not capable of figuring out or fulfilling that will in our own power. We need the power of God working in and through us in order to figure out what God’s will is, and then to actually do it. For more on praying along with God’s will, check out this post. Praying for God’s will to be done encompasses both asking for God’s power to help us be obedient to whatever He is calling us to, but it also encompasses God’s overall plan for the world.

We as human beings will never fully understand the mind of God or how He is working all things together for His good purposes. God’s will is not just individual for each of ours lives but it is also much grander - for all of humanity, in all times and in all places, from those who have already lived to those who are yet to live. God created this world and had a plan for it from the beginning; while His will was that we as humans would always live in perfect harmony with Him, that was broken by mankind’s desire for sin. But God had a plan in mind, and that was for Jesus to come to this earth as a human (yet also fully God), live a perfect life, then die and be raised again so that our relationship with God may be restored.

While Jesus has already come and completed the work He needed to do in order to provide salvation for all of humanity, we are still waiting on the full restoration of all creation back to the perfection in which God created it. When we pray “Your will be done,” we are not only praying for God’s will to be done in our own individual lives but also for Jesus to come again so we can experience that eternal perfection.

What are you praying for regarding God’s will? We often get so wrapped up in our own individual lives that we may forget to consult what God’s will is for us, or we miss the big picture of God’s master plan for all of humanity. Join me in praying that God’s good, perfect, and pleasing will may be made known and accomplished for each of us, individually and as God’s creation.

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True Forgiveness

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Friday, April 2, 2021 0 comments

by Charlie Wolcott

Today is “Good Friday,” the day that the bulk of Christendom celebrates the death of Jesus on the cross. Why do we celebrate the death of someone as a good thing? So few people understand the Gospel anymore because so few preachers are teaching what happened on this day. In an interview, Paul Washer recounted preaching on Isaiah 53 and after the sermon, a woman came up to him in tears. She said that she had been a Christian for 30+ years, loved the Lord, but never understood how the Romans beating up Jesus had anything to do with sin. The answer was: “Jesus was crushed under the wrath of God.” The problem with all this is there is such a focus on the “love of God” and such a lack of focus on sin. It seems rare to find a preacher that actually preaches against sin and what it really is. Washer also points out that he utterly despises any notion that says that “salvation is easy.” In reality, salvation was the costliest thing that could be imagined. We just don’t realize what it cost for it to be made available for us.

What happened at the cross was the forgiveness of sin, but few people know what forgiveness actually is. Matthew 18 has a lengthy passage about forgiveness. Jesus starts by talking about church discipline, how to handle a brother who sins against you. Then Peter asks, “How many times should I forgive them?” Jesus follows with the parable of the unmerciful servant. This parable is the key to understanding what Jesus actually did on the cross. I shared what I am going to share here on a Facebook post that addressed forgiveness. Someone replied that what you are about to read is the best explanation of what forgiveness is she had ever heard.

The common phrase is “forgive and forget,” but that is not what forgiveness is. Let’s instead go to this parable and we’ll see what it really is. A master had a servant who had stockpiled such a massive debt that working 120 hours a day for 100 years would still not pay it off (yes that’s impossible, and that’s the point). The servant pled for mercy and time to pay it off. The master had compassion and forgave the debt. I’ll come back to the rest of this later, but let’s sit here for a bit.

What happened to the debt? This is a critical thing. Tony Jones, one of the leaders of the “Progressive Christian” movement seriously asked this in “American Gospel: Christ Crucified.” He asked, “Why couldn’t God have just forgiven us? Forget death of someone. Just forgive it and move on.” Jones does not understand what forgiveness is. The debt of the servant never went away. If he owed $2 billion, having it forgiven doesn’t make even $2 show up. (Pay attention to this when you hear about student loan forgiveness arguments). The debt was still there. The master was still short $2 billion. It didn’t go away. When the master forgave the servant, all that happened was the servant was released from being held responsible for that debt. The master still had to deal with the debt; so what did he do?

He ate it. The master took the debt upon himself. The master took the massive loss, either his business or him personally; it doesn’t matter. The master himself chose to eat the debt. This is what happened on the cross. God’s righteous standards had to be satisfied. He could not just “let it go.” That debt had to go somewhere. So what happened? Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, took the debt upon Himself. God appeased His own wrath voluntarily. The cross itself did nothing. The cross was nothing more than an execution device that was used for the fulfillment of Scripture. It was so specific and because God didn’t want any attempted faker to have a means of being able to cheat the system. He called for an execution device from a foreign nation that would not rise to power nor invent that execution device until it was time for Jesus to be born. But it was on that cross where Jesus willingly took the sin of the world upon Himself and He bore the full wrath of God. He bore all the sin that man had done upon Himself, something that could only be done if He had no debt against God to begin with. And when Jesus shouted “It is finished!” the debt was settled. Salvation is not easy. It took the perfect, holy, righteous, sinless Son of God to surrender his life and to die so we could live. How dare we trample that gift?

But there’s more to it than that. For that debt forgiveness to apply to us, we have to appropriate it. We have to “receive” it. Let’s go back to the parable. That servant had his debt forgiven. The master chose not to hold the servant responsible for it. But he could revoke that claim as we will see. The servant held a debt for another servant that was ultimately just a few pennies worth, and he refused to give the other servant time to pay it back. So, the master called him in and forced the first servant to pay back the full debt that he would never pay off.

In Matthew 6:14-15 just after Jesus gave the Lord’s Prayer, He warned us that if we don’t forgive those who sin against us, our Father won’t forgive our own sin. Likewise, if we do not listen to God’s offer for hope and salvation, despite the fact that Jesus took the debt, then that free gift will not apply to us. No man comes to the Father lest the Father draws him. No man can claim salvation unless God is offering it and that window is limited. It may open multiple times, but it may not.

We ALL have a debt we owe God. And this is not an infinite punishment for a finite crime. This is high treason against the infinite, almighty, Thrice-Holy God. Today’s preachers do not speak of sin as such a grievous deed. They do what they can to dismiss what it is and just pass it off as a “barrier between us and God’s blessing.” As a result, they end up as the Pharisees who make mockery of Jesus. They love little, because they viewed their own sin as such a trifle. But a sinful woman poured out her most precious treasure upon Christ. She was forgiven much, and she knew her debt, so she loved much. This is one of the great dangers those who were raised in the church (like me) face. I never had a “gutter” moment. While God preserved me, I have to be on extra guard because of how easy it is for me to take this gift for granted. I have my own sin that needs to be forgiven, but I have never experienced the dire consequences of that sin here in life. I’m still just in need of a Savior, no less than the drug lord or the mass murderer or the rapist. My end result, apart from Christ, is the same as the most wicked person we consider. We need to keep that fact in front of our minds.

Where do you stand? Go back over my posts since the start of the year on my series on idolatry and the Ten Commandments. Take a very serious self-examination and see where you compare to those Ten Commandments. All it takes is breaking one of them once to be guilty. Is there even one of the Commandments you haven’t broken? The rich young ruler thought he hadn’t and actually inadvertently considered himself as good as God. Jesus showed he really hadn’t kept the commandments by asking him to give away his wealth. That wealth was an idol and because he would not let it go, in his response he revealed he had a god (money) before the True God, he took the Lord’s name lightly by unintentionally equating himself to God, he lied about keeping the commandments, and it was a result of lusting after riches. And that’s just what was revealed in that encounter. He needed a Savior. You do too. So do I.

The Law teaches us what our debt against God is, but it is the grace of God that saves us. He died on that day 2000 years ago so we might live and become the righteousness of God. There is so much more worth sharing about this, and later on this year, I’ll take a serious look at and dwell on the Full Gospel. Time is so short, and we must plead for man to make terms of peace with God before his wrath takes its full force upon us. Repent and believe the Gospel and be forgiven of your debt.

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Stop Preaching?

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Thursday, April 1, 2021 0 comments

by Steve Risner

Recently, I found some statements made by an evolutionist, likely a secular humanist, that I thought were worth looking at. I found this in a Facebook group called “Creationism” which I believe is most accurately described as an atheist troll den, but it has some good stuff posted from time to time. Let’s take a look at some of the statements this person makes and see if they hold water.

He began by explaining to “creationists” how they should discuss things in the group. He says creationists should not preach, use circular reasoning, use ad hominem arguments (arguments that are based on character assassination rather than the merits of the facts), or use strawman arguments. I thought this was amazing because I find more often than not that these very things are what I’ll call non-creationists have been doing in this group and others for years. I’ll admit that creationists, myself included, may participate in such things on occasion. However, I find it astounding that someone would make statements like this when they must know they are as guilty as anyone else for doing these very things.

He said in regard to things to avoid:
PREACHING: A discussion is much more persuasive; no one will be convinced by repeated unsupported assertions

I believe this is very true to a point. “Preaching” means to publicly proclaim or teach. It means to try to convince someone of a position or to advocate for a particular belief. Everyone does this to a degree —theist or atheist, Biblical creationist or evolutionist, or whatever persuasion you might be in this discussion. I don’t think “preaching” per se is a bad thing since that implies teaching. But I see his point, sort of.

His argument is that creationists, and apparently no one else, make unsupported claims in debates over origins. But this is crazy talk. He may not like the evidence presented or what kind of evidence is presented, but this in no way means a claim is unsupported. I’m sure he wants all claims to be “scientific” in their backing and nature, but this is impossible in a debate over origins. The debate over origins is not and never has been a scientific discussion. It’s about things science cannot ever answer. It’s about one-time past events that no one (save God Himself) witnessed or understands the conditions surrounding them. Science may be employed to give us some clues about some things, but it can hardly answer these questions with any degree of certainty. If you disagree, you’d likely enter into a preaching session and would violate this evolutionist’s first rule of engagement.

Science is very useful, obviously. It gives us things like microwaves, jet fuel, GPS, and cell phones as well as medical marvels and new, stronger, lighter metals. It allows for us to communicate around the world in a matter of a few seconds. However, origins and the discussion around it has nothing to do with any useful science. I know immediately that those who believe in universal common descent will say things like, “If it weren’t for evolution, we wouldn’t have modern medicines or antibiotics and we wouldn’t have used pig heart valves to do valve replacement in humans.” Other such statements, I’m sure, can be made. However, these statements are based on a classic bait-and-switch type argument known as the motte-and-bailey fallacy. What that means is a person mentions one idea and then proceeds to describe a different idea that may have similar details but is not at all the same thing. In this case, we would be confusing “evolution” meaning similarities and slight modifications over time with “evolution” meaning all life arose and diversified through purely natural means over billions of years and all life on earth is related through a single common ancestor.

To be sure, there are certainly similarities between a great number of organisms. We see this as evidence for design rather than random but lucky mistakes in copying genetic material. To suggest that an error (or, in reality, a billion consecutive errors that all work together) can lead to the immense complexity we see in the biosphere is silly. It’s just naivety, in my humble opinion, and wishful thinking based on a failure to understand or appreciate even the slightest bit of complexity we see in biology.

But, yes, we shouldn’t just preach at people. However, I feel it’s likely that when one person believes another is “preaching” at them, it often times means the other person is telling them something they don’t like or don’t want to hear. It’s easy to dismiss someone with a hand wave and exclaim, “Stop preaching at me.” In reality, that person is just expressing their opinion on a given subject, and often times this can be peppered with facts as well. If the conversation is strictly one-sided and the person “preaching” is talking down to another person as they preach, then yes, this should be avoided. I find this is often happening in groups like the one I mentioned above, but it’s almost always directed toward the Biblical creationist and not the other way around. We creationists can be snarky on occasion, but we understand that our message is important, and we want it to be heard. “Preaching” the way I’ve described here—talking down and that sort of thing—does nothing to promote good dialogue or in getting someone to understand our position. Of course, the eventual hope is for the other person to accept our position. But belittling and talking down will not produce such a transition. I regret that I can stoop to such levels when agitated enough. I don’t like that and I try to avoid it, but it does happen. God’s been working on me in this regard.

God wants us to preach (as in teach) and proclaim His Good News. Jesus told us to proclaim the Gospel everywhere. In Mark 16:15 He says, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Paul tells Timothy, “Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.” An unbeliever may decide your statements have no support because you’re using the Bible to defend your position, but they reject the Bible, and this is no reason to not stand on it. Paul tells Timothy that all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. This means the Bible is the foundation of Truth and cannot be abandoned regardless of who we are talking with. Paul goes further in 2 Timothy to tell him to preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. This is important enough for the Lord to repeat it in His Word from the pen of several different writers. We are expected to preach when necessary.

The next time someone says, “Stop preaching to me,” realize they may be right—you haven’t earned the right yet in your relationship with them or you may be talking down at them rather than trying to lovingly teach them something. However, you could also get this response because you’re hitting the Truth and this person is uncomfortable and they wish for you to stop shining a light in those dark places. At that point, it’s up to the leading of the Holy Spirit if you should continue or not. Be open. We’ll take a look further into these statements by this unbeliever next time.

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