Saturday, April 25, 2015

Question of the Week: How should young-earth creationists answer the skeptics?


How should young-earth creationists answer the skeptics?

 

Answering the Skeptics
Answering the Skeptics
Skeptics of the Bible often grasp at straws trying to find a contradiction in the Bible so that they can justify dismissing the Bible as what it claims to be―the Word of God. One place they often point to is Proverbs 26:4�5, "Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes."

A superficial reading of these verses suggests a contradiction but, ironically, these verses actually provide a profound strategy for answering the arguments of skeptics.
 
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Friday, April 24, 2015

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

A man ought to be able to win his boy. In Mark 9 is the story of Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. Jesus said, "What's going on?" A man said, "It's my boy! My poor boy- the Devil is in him. He throws him in the water and fire and tries to kill him. I brought him to Your nine disciples, and they couldn't do anything with him. Maybe You can't either, but if You can do anything, have mercy." Jesus said, "You've got the 'if' in the wrong place." Mark 9:23 says, "Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." "Bring him to Me," Jesus said. And Jesus cast out the devil and turned him over to the others there. The boy's father said, "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief" (Mark 9:24).
Every father can win every one of his sons if he begins in time, and lives right, and means business. Sure he can. - John R. Rice


Denominations start small and grow big. They start poor and grow wealthy. They start representing common and uneducated masses and they grow to be controlled by the scholarly and distinguished. And the bigness and the scholarly emphasis and the wealth inevitably turn out to be a snare. So denominations and Christian schools and other Christian organizations inevitably turn toward worldliness, to low moral standards, and finally to unbelieving leadership. Since mankind is made up of fallen creatures, and even saved people have still the old carnal nature, the trend always for things in this world is down instead of up. - John R. Rice

Then what should a Christian do? First, he should make sure that not a penny of his money goes to the denominational program that supports anything contrary to Christ and the Bible. He ought not support with money what he cannot defend by conviction. To call a snake names and then feed the snake is dishonest and hypocrisy and a sin. - John R. Rice

But this Gospel is that all this was "according to the Scriptures." So Paul here [I Cor. 15] states twice. There is no Gospel but the Gospel as it is revealed in the infallible Bible. We know no Christ but the Christ who is revealed in God's Word. There is no salvation except through the Gospel that is part and parcel, blood, bone, and sinew of the Bible itself.
To call anything else the Gospel, or to preach any other way of salvation but by the atoning death and bodily resurrection of the virgin-born Son of God who died for our sins, is to earn the curse, the damnation, the anathema of Galatians 1:8 and 9. - John R. Rice

And so Christians ought to be good neighbors to lost people, ought to be friends to them in trouble, ought to love and help and seek to win to Christ lost people all around about us. The Lord Jesus loved sinners and so should we. He ate with them in their homes, though He never let them set the pattern of life, He never obligated Himself to please them. - John R. Rice

The lodge member may be taught that if he subdues his passions, if he is kind to his neighbor, if he supports his family, if he pays his debts and is loyal to his government, at last "the Grand Architect of the universe will receive him in the Elysian fields." But that is paganism, infidelity, not Christianity. You know, salvation in Christ is exclusive. The Christian religion is intolerant. It brooks no substitution and no competition and even no human assistance to the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ given freely to the sinner who trusts in Him. - John R. Rice

We preach the historic Christian faith. Fundamentalism means, of course, as it ought to mean to everybody, simply believing in the historic Christian faith; and when we teach that Christians should not yoke up with unbelievers, we teach what the Bible emphatically teaches. So it is expected that the great Christians through the years had this same conviction. All who take the Scripture at face value, without a bias of denominational loyalty or the pull of special friendship or the fear of the cost, will see the wrong of compromise here. - John R. Rice

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WHAT IS YOUR PERSUASION?



Galatians 5:1-10

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

I. SIN’S PERSUASION

 

1. Persuaded to Join the World [2 Chronicles 18:1-2,  2 Chronicles 19:2]

 

2. Persuaded to Choose a Sinner over the Saviour [Matthew 27:20]

 

3. Persuaded to Do Wrong [Acts 14:19]

 

II. RIGHT’S PERSUASION

 

1. Persuaded by the Word [Luke 16:31, Hebrews 11:13]

 

2. Persuaded by Grace [Acts 13:43, Romans 15:14, 2 Timothy 1:5]

 

3. Persuaded by Reason [Acts 18:4, 19:26]

 

III. PAUL’S PERSUASION

 

1. He was Persuaded- God Keeps His Word [Romans 4:21]

 

2. He was Persuaded- God Keeps His People [Romans 8:38]

 

3. He was Persuaded- God Keeps His Word & His People Because He is Able! [2 Timothy 1:12]

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Quotes of the Week

Most professing Christians today seem to believe that tolerance is the godliest virtue of all. One must wonder why God ever bothered to create Hell, because it seems hardly anyone will ever go there. - John Wesley

Government is not a solution to our problem: government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not know what is going to become of us as a nation. If truth be not diffused, then error will be. If God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendency. If the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will. If the power of the gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of this land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end. - Daniel Webster

Prisons are in the interest of the free. Hell is the safeguard of Heaven. A State that cannot punish crime is doomed; and a God who tolerates evil is not good. Deny me my Biblical revelation of the anger of God, and I am insecure in the universe. But reveal to me this Throne established, occupied by One whose heart is full of tenderness, Whose bowels yearn with love; then I am assured He will not tolerate that which blights and blasts and damns; but will destroy it, and all its instruments, in the interest of that which is high and noble and pure. - G. Campbell Morgan

Exposing error is most unpopular work. But from every true standpoint, it is worthwhile work. To our Saviour, it means that He receives from us, His blood-bought ones, the loyalty that is His due. To ourselves, if we consider "the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt," it insures future reward, a thousandfold. And to souls "caught in the snare of the fowler"- how many of them God only knows- it may mean light and life, abundant and everlasting. - H. A. Ironside

God is greater than our circumstances, our setbacks, our disappointments, and our opposition. He is bigger than anything and everything else in our lives. No matter how depressing life may seem, the God who has called us is the same great god who is able to sustain us. If we take our eyes off our circumstances and fasten them firmly on God, then we will be strengthened to rise to our task and to achieve true success: steadfast obedience to God. - Ray C. Stedman

Most of us are in the habit of blaming God, either directly or indirectly, for whatever happens to us. Our attitude is, "I do my best! I try hard, and still these things happen! It's not fair, and since God is in charge of justice, then it must be His fault that unfair things happen to me!" But is God unfair? The apostle Paul states the truth of the matter: "Let God be true, and every man a liar" (Rom. 3:4). It is impossible for God to be wrong. It is impossible for human beings to be more just than God, because our very sense of justice is derived from Him! If not for God, we wouldn't even know what justice and fairness are! It is impossible for human beings to be more compassionate than God, for our feelings of compassion come from Him. We cannot possibly judge God. - Ray C. Stedman


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Christ Our Substitute


Christ Our Substitute

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Christ Our Substitute
"So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." (Hebrews 9:28)
 
There are two specific references in the New Testament to Christ "bearing" our sins as He died on the cross. In addition to our text above, the other is 1 Peter 2:24: "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree."
 
However, the same word (Greek anaphero) is also used with a similar thrust in Hebrews 7:27, where it is translated "offer up": "Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself."
 
When Christ died, He died as a substitutionary sacrifice, "offering up" our sins for judgment and punishment by a holy God, as He simultaneously "offered up" Himself as the One who would submit to that judgment and bear that punishment. He was able to do this because He was both the infinite Creator and the one sinless man, who needed not to offer a sacrifice for His own sins. He was willing to do this because He loved us and wanted to save us.
 
This doctrine of substitutionary sacrifice is central to the gospel of salvation, and therefore precious to the saint. But its central importance likewise means that it is profoundly offensive to the natural man. Many acclaim Him as a great martyr or a great teacher, but deny either His deity or His humanity, and certainly deny the universal efficacy of His shed blood in substitutionary sacrifice for the sin of a lost world.
 
Nevertheless, He did bear the sins of "the many," and He did completely settle our account with God. In both Hebrews 7:27 and 9:28 (as cited above), the word "once" means, literally, "once for all." He did have to die once—but only once—as our sin-bearing substitute. Thus, when He comes again, it will be "without sin unto salvation." HMM
 
 
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Monday, April 20, 2015

WE BE BRETHREN

GENESIS 13:1-8

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

Sometimes brethren disagree. The old axiom goes, “In major things- unity, In minor things- liberty, in all things-charity.” In Heaven there will be no disagreements. In the meantime let us learn from the Scriptures some valuable lessons from disagreement, always remembering the words of Abraham, “We be brethren.”

 

I. ABRAHAM and LOT [Gn. 13]

 

1. Continue to Care [v. 1-8]

 

2. Don’t Micromanage [v. 9-12] Sometimes you must allow the Other to Make Their Own Mistakes

 

3. Remember the Relationship [v. 8]

 

II. PAUL & BARNABAS [Acts 15]

 

1. Christians Will Not Always Agree [v. 35-38]

 

2. Keep Living for Jesus [v. 35, 39-41]

 

3. Not Always Easy to Know Who is Right- God is the Ultimate Judge [2 Timothy 4:11, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5]

 

III. PETER AND PAUL [Galatians 1:15-19]

 

1. Don’t Fear Men [Gal. 2:1-13, Proverbs 29:25]

 

2. Stand for Biblical Principles Not Personalities [v. 14-17, 1 Cor. 1:12-14, 3:1-9, 21-23]

 

3. Don’t Get Angry- Get Right [2 Peter 3:15]

Sunday, April 19, 2015

J. Vernon McGee Quotes of the Week

It has been said that some people go to church to eye the clothes and others go to close their eyes. - J. Vernon McGee, Jeremiah & Lamentations

Notice with whom the persecution originates: it began in organized religion. Today the Word of god is being hurt and hindered most by the organized, liberal church which has rejected the Word of God. They will align themselves with some very shady characters, boasting of their brotherhood, their love for everyone, and their broad-mindedness. But when it comes to accepting a fundamentalist, someone who stands for the Word of God, I have found that their broad-mindedness and love disappears. There is more opposition to the furtherance of the gospel originating in the organized church than there is in the liquor industry or in any political group that I know of today [1978]. - J. Vernon McGee, Jeremiah & Lamentations

We hear the expression, Vox populi, vox Dei, that is, the voice of the people is the voice of God. There are a lot of people  in America who believe that. They consider public opinion as the authority. However, the mass of people is a fickle crowd that will follow one TV personality after another. It will elect a man to office if he has charisma even though he may be the biggest fool in the world and utterly corrupt in his life. The voice of the people is the very worst basis for authority. I thank God that He is not going to let the world vote the Lord Jesus into office! If God were to put it up to a public vote, Jesus Christ would never enter into His kingdom. I rejoice that God will send the Lord Jesus to this earth to put down rebellion. - J. Vernon McGee, Jeremiah & Lamentations

I have a great many amillennial friends who believe that God is through with the nation Israel. May I say to you, if He's through with Israel, then He's through with you and He's through with me. But He says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love." It doesn't make any difference what you and I think - God is not through with Israel. - J. Vernon McGee, Jeremiah & Lamentations

You and I are living in a universe where there is a God, a loving God, a God whose heart goes out in love and yearning over you. But I want to say this to you: if you turn your back on Him He will judge you even though He still loves you. He is the righteous God of this universe. - J. Vernon McGee, Jeremiah & Lamentations

Have you ever stopped to think in your own personal life why God permits certain people to cross your path? Do you wish that you had never met certain people? Are there people whom you would call your enemies? Someone may have caused you sorrow, but it is all for His purpose. God has permitted all that for a particular purpose. Learn to recognize the hand of God in your life. - J. Vernon McGee, Jeremiah & Lamentations

If we don't want a baby, we must take responsibility for our actions before a baby becomes a reality. God has made us capable of having babies, and when one has been conceived, it is His intention for that child to come into the world. The moment the child is conceived, he is a person, and to abort a pregnancy is murder of a human being. - J. Vernon McGee, Jeremiah & Lamentations