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Jun
30

Should We Expect Non-Christians to be Moral?

Should We Expect Non-Christians to be Moral? I have been hearing a lot lately, “We shouldn’t expect non-Christians to live like Christians. They don’t know God, so they sin. That’s what sinners do. Stop expecting them to be moral.” Or even, “God’s laws apply to Christians, but they don’t apply to non-Christians.” Is this thinking Biblical? Should we refuse to mention to non-Christians that they are sinners and that they are violating God’s moral law? People also frequently say, “You can’t legislate morality!” That isn’t true. In fact, every time you make a restrictive law, it is an attempt to force someone to comply to a moral standard that he or she doesn’t want to abide by. You can’t avoid legislating morality (even if based on a faulty Humanistic standard). What you CAN’T legislate is holiness! Paul says that God didn’t give His moral law for good people, but for the people who are sinning. “We know that the law is good when used correctly. For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.” (1 Timothy 1:8-10, NLT) Should we tell our non-Christian friends that they are sinning? Paul certainly did to the unbelieving Greeks in his day: “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31, NLT) A lady I know posted online the other day that we shouldn’t tell people they are sinners, instead, we should just tell them about Jesus. Really? Tell them what about Jesus? What is significant about Jesus? That He loves people? Heck, Barney the Dinosaur loves people! That’s not life-changing news. Jesus is only significant if He is the remedy to the sin that separates us from God (His claim). You can’t skip over the cross on your...
May
12

The Foundations – Ken Ham DVD set (A Review)

Ken Ham is the nation’s leading spokesperson for Young Earth Creationism (YEC). Ken has spoken at hundreds and hundreds of events all over the world, talking about how all of the major doctrines of the church, and issues we face in life, have their origins in the book of Genesis. While Answers in Genesis had previously released teaching videos from Mr. Ham on his key topics, they realized that they needed to revise and update those teachings with new state-of-the-art technology and graphics. So they released a newer series entitled, “The Foundations (Psalm 11:3)“. This set contains 12 sessions (30-minutes each) on 6 DVDs. The topics addressed are (each in two parts): Death the Enemy In Six Days Always Ready (Evangelism and Apologetics) One Blood, One Race (Racism) The Relevance of Genesis Revealing the Unknown God As a staunch YEC adherent myself, and as a parent, I want my children to have the opportunity to hear these teachings as a part of a well-rounded instruction on the topic of origins. I believe that a personal Creator God made everything that exists in six literal 24-hour days, but I also teach my children the theory of Evolution, and the Intelligent Design models as well. They need to be presented with all of the views while they are still in my home, so we can discuss them and they won’t be caught off guard later when they hear views that oppose my personal beliefs. I don’t want them to wonder, “Why didn’t Dad tell me about this view? I wonder what he is trying to hide?” I would challenge parents who believe in Intelligent Design (but not a personal Creator), or unguided Macro-Evolution, or other various Old-Earth views of origins, to do what I do and introduce your children to all of the competing theories. I believe you owe it to your children to allow them to hear the YEC model taught and defended, and no one is more famous for teaching that approach than Ken Ham. This is a video set that needs to be a part of your home, Christian school or church library. The DVD set also comes with a Leader Guide and a Participant Guide for group study. Recommended for ages 12-adult. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker and the Director of Family Renewal, LLC. He is also the Site Editor for...
Apr
16

How to Answer the Fool – Sye Ten Bruggencate

How should you answer a fool? Should you answer him at all? “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.” (Proverbs 26-4-5, ESV) So which is it, should you answer a fool according to his folly, or shouldn’t you? Is this a contradiction in the Bible? Remember that the Law of Non-Contradiction asserts that two opposing statements cannot both be true AT THE SAME TIME and IN THE SAME SENSE. The key to understanding this verse is to realize that this passage is using the same statement twice, but in two totally difference senses (or meanings).” The fool needs to be shown the foolishness of his argument, but you don’t need to use a foolish argument (or method) to reach him. There are three primary approaches to Christian apologetics: Presuppositional Apologetics Classical Apologetics Evidential Apologetics The main branch of Presuppositional Approach to Apologetics was largely formulated by Cornelius Van Til. His student, Greg Bahnsen (Francis Schaeffer, John Frame and R.J. Rushdoony were other students of Van Til) picked up the baton and brought Presuppositional Apologetics into the 1980’s and 1990’s as a force to be reckoned with. Bahnsen died young in 1995, and in the new millennium, a lot of younger Christians have never heard of the Presuppositional Approach. Well, enter Canadian apologist, Sye Ten Bruggencate. The one thing this guy will not often be accused of is being timid! He has produced, through American Vision in Atlanta, a fast-paced video that distills the teachings of Van Til (who was REALLY hard to understand), and Bahnsen, into terms that the average Joe American can understand. His argument is that the skeptic DOESN’T need more evidence. He argues from Romans 1 that the skeptic already has all the information he needs to know there is a God. His problem is not an intellectual problem. His problem is a rebellion problem. He doesn’t WANT to acknowledge God or submit to Him. This is a radically different approach than one that assumes that the skeptic just hasn’t been given adequate evidence. If you are interested in Evangelism and/or Christian Apologetics, I am going to encourage you to watch this video. How To Answer The Fool – Trailer from Crown Rights on Vimeo. This video includes a section with Eric Hovind of Creation Today and an endorsement from Jason Lisle of the Institute for Creation...
Nov
27

What Many Non-Christians Think of Christians

What Many Non-Christians Think of Christians A recent national study featured focus groups from around the country. Non-Christians were asked to say the first thing that came to their mind when they thought of a Christian. This is what they said: “Mixguided, crazy, selective hearing, psychologically manipulative, dangerous, hypocrites, corruption, dogma, scamming, indoctrinating kids who are too young to think for themselves (homeschooling), oppression, they want to be told what to do, conformity, ignorance, blind acceptance, weak personality, close-minded, seem to be a little too happy (it’s creepy!), overbearing, militant, recruiting, reprogramming (discipleship), brainwashing (Sunday School), extremists, almost a gang, obnoxious, I think of creepy old white men, anti-science, organized religion, yuck, turning into a monster, creepy old people, whack-job religion.” Source: http://youtu.be/I_QPKam4FjA Is this what you think of when you think of a Christian? Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker and Director of Family Renewal, LLC. Photo credit: danny.hammontree / Foter.com / CC...
Apr
27

What Happened to Gospel Preaching?

Shane Idleman is a man who sounds like he got dropped here from a century or two ago. Here is some old-fashioned preaching with a timeless message of Truth. May the Lord grant us more preachers who will boldly declare God’s Word as absolute truth. To learn more about Shane’s ministry visit:...

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