Saturday, April 25, 2015

Video: How Can Young and Old Earth Creationists Work Together?

In this video, Dr. John Sanford, a geneticist and young earth creationist, discusses why we should hold our position regarding the age of the earth with humility.  He also discusses what OECs and YECs agree on.

For more on the age of the earth, see here and here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Friday, April 24, 2015

Adoption's Relationship to Salvation

Those of us who place our trust in Christ alone to stand righteous before God the Father have been adopted into the family of God. God's redemption plan is adoption. Yet adoption is also the means by which our redemption is secured. Russell Moore writes:

Joseph is not Jesus' biological father, but he is his real father. In his adoption of Jesus, Joseph is rightly identified by the Spirit speaking through the Scriptures as Jesus' father (Luke 2:41, 48)...

if Joseph is not "really" the father of Jesus, you and I are going to hell.

Jesus' identity as the Christ, after all, is tied to his identity as the ancestor of David, the legitimate heir to David's throne. Jesus saves us as David's son, the offspring of Abraham, the Christ.  That human identity came to Jesus through adoption.1

Stand firm in Christ,

1. Moore, Russell D. Adopted for Life:  The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches. Page 67.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Does Revelation 3:14 indicate that Jesus was a created being?

Revelation 3:14 says, "And the angel of the church in Laodicea write: 'The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation (ESV)."

Jehovah's Witnesses contend that one can logically conclude from these verses that the one spoken of in Revelation 3:14 "is a creation, the first of God's creations, who had a beginning" (Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1989, 409.)

However, as Norman Geisler and Ron Rhodes explain in their book Correcting the Cults, this is clearly not the case:

"The Greek word "arche," translated 'beginning' in this verse, here carries the meaning of 'one who begins,' 'origin,' 'source,' or 'first cause.'  The English word architect is derived from "arche."  This verse says that Jesus is the architect of all creation (See John 1:3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2; cf. Isa. 44:24).

Furthermore, the same term, beginning, is applied to God the Father in Revelation 21:4-6.  It cannot mean a created being, or God the Father is also a creature, which Jehovah's Witnesses reject.  Hence, 'beginning' should be understood in the absolute sense of Beginner or Source of all things." [1]

Courage and Godspeed,

1. Norman Geisler and Ron Rhodes, Correcting the Cults, p. 305

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Video: Evidence for God- Key Arguments for a Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig

This talk is from the 2014 Unbelievable? Conference that took place in the UK.  This video features some great graphics that makes the lecture especially enjoyable to watch.


Courage and Godspeed,

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Article: Why Environmentalism and Animal Rights Are Dependent on a Christian Worldview by J. Warner Wallace

J. Warner Wallace has written an excellent article that questions whether or not atheism or Christian theism best grounds environmentalism and animal rights.  Jim writes:

"For many who deny the existence of the Christian God, environmentalism and the cause of animal rights have become a religion of sorts. The movement has its own doctrinal beliefs, its own set of commandments and its own set of prescribed consequences. At times, the doctrinal beliefs seem self-contradictory. I have many friends who fight vehemently for the rights of animals while supporting the abortion of humans. Maybe contradictions of this sort are the result of improper 'grounding'."

You checkout the rest of the article here.

Further, I highly recommend Jim's book Cold-Case Christianity.  You can find our review here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Monday, April 20, 2015

Nancy Pearcey on How to Dismantle Materialism

The City Podcast welcomed in Nancy Pearcey to discuss her latest book Finding Truth.  The five principles she discerned from Romans Chapter 1 for evaluating a worldview are covered.

You can listen to the podcast here. Enjoy!

Stand firm in Christ,

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Common Objection #25- "Jesus never said anything about homosexuality."

The person who makes this objection most often is implying that because Jesus didn't specifically address homosexuality, then it must be okay.  There are a number of problems with this assertion.

First, Jesus never specifically mentioned bestiality or incest either.  Are people who use the "only if Jesus specifically addressed it" standard prepared to say that bestiality and incest are okay as well?

Second, as Melinda Penner of Stand to Reason points out, Jesus has plenty to say about homosexuality:

"...Jesus said something in Leviticus 18:22-23, 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9, and 1 Timothy 1:10.

The Bible’s view of the Bible is that it is God-breathed. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, 'All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.' Jesus is God, therefore all of the Bible is His Word, not just the parts in red in the four Gospels.

Jesus spoke about everything from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21. And that includes anything in the 66 books about homosexuality." [1]

Finally, it is important to understand that Jesus did not address every single immoral behavior.  He addressed the issues that He was asked about or that came up in conversation.  However, we can be confident about what Jesus would have said if He would have been asked directly about homosexuality because we know He was an observant Jew living under the Old Covenant and was therefore bound by the Mosaic Law.  As speaker and apologist Alan Shlemon notes:

"...He often referenced it (e.g. Jesus references the two greatest commandments in Matthew 22:37, 39). Therefore, if He was asked what He thought about homosexuality, He would have cited the Levitical prohibitions (Leviticus 18:20 and 20:13) that unequivocally state that homosexual behavior is a sin." [2]

So it seems that the claim "Jesus never said anything about homosexuality" at best proves nothing and at worst is simply false.

Checkout our other "Common Objection" responses here.

Courage and Godspeed,

1. Melinda Penner, What Jesus Said about Homosexuality, April 7, 2015.
2. Alan Shlemon, Jesus Didn't Say Anything about Homosexuality, May 5, 2013.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Video: Is Gay the New Black? by Dr. Voddie Baucham

In this talk, pastor and teacher Voddie Baucham explains the strategic approach behind the homosexuality movement and how believers should respond to it.  This message is challenging for sure!

You can checkout Baucham's article on the same topic here.

Courage and Godspeed,