Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Length of the Seventh Day

People riding for the Long Ages brand will tell you that an old earth was accepted by people until young earth creationists rode into down. That is the opposite of the truth. People accepted recent creation until Christians and Jews began compromising with secular science. One bit of trickery that these four-flushers use is to say that the seventh day of creation week is not an actual day.


Some professing Christians who compromise with long ages claim that the seventh day of creation week is not an actual day. This requires eisegesis, and does violence to other areas of Scripture.
Credit: Pixabay / Kai Kalhh
As to why some professing Christians want to cede to secularists and insist that Earth is billions of years, I suspect it's because they want to look intelligent in the eyes of secularists. The only way to get millions or billions of years out of the Bible is to shove them in there first and commence to saying, "Lookie what I found!" Not hardly! This effort to change the obvious meaning of the seventh day requires massive eisegesis and ripping verses out of context (while ignoring others altogether), but doing so also does damage to other areas of Scripture.
It should be noted that God is not still working on the seventh day and that he had finished working the prior day. The seventh day was not a day of creation but a day of rest (Genesis 2:3). Thus God had finished (kala’) all his work, referring to everything in heaven and earth being completed. The words of Genesis 2:1 introduce the completion of God’s creation. The verbs “finished,” “rested,” and “blessed” indicate the uniqueness of this day. The fact that day seven, like the other days, is numbered is further evidence that it is a day of 24 hours (Genesis 2:2–3).
The interpretation that day seven is not a 24-hour day because it lacks “evening and morning” misunderstands the use of this phrase throughout the creation week. Notice that in each of the first six days there is a structure, which is not mentioned on the seventh day, to shape each of the days:
To read the entire article, click on "Is the Seventh Day 24-Hours Long?"


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Gungor, Apostasy, and Bad Foundations

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

One of the most important aspects of the Christian life is to have a strong foundation. As Christians, we are supposed to rely on the Word of God in all matters of our faith (2 Peter 1:19-21, 2 Tim. 3:16-17, Luke 6:47-48). The source of all major Christian doctrines can be found in Genesis. When people build their faith on fun things, liberal theology, emotionalism, personal experiences , and other things instead of Scripture, the results are disastrous. Take a warning from Gungor.


Gungor did not have a solid foundation, which all Christians must have.
Credit: Unsplash / Dominik Scythe
Michael and Lisa Gungor, who performed and recorded as Gungor, were popular in Christian music circles for a while. Michael got on the prod and complained about creation, the Flood, and Genesis. Let me plagiarize a section of my article a bit:
Christian and musician Michael Gungor was in the midst of controversy because of his statements rejecting literal creation. Guess who likes him? Biologos!  Also, this venomous TE also used the Gungor controversy for his own anti-creationist attacks (note the comments from atheists as well). . . . After denying the foundation for the gospel in Genesis, Gungor has progressed to denying the gospel message itself by ridiculing substitutionary atonement and calling it "murder". I wouldn't be at all surprised if Gungor declares himself an atheist.
I don't rightly recollect when this happened, but one bitter apostate was happy about Gungor's attitude and wanted to encourage him. People who reject the truth are happy when others do so. This brings Romans 1:32 to mind.

In the above quote, I said I wouldn't be surprised if he became an atheist. Well, Michael did become an atheist for a year. Is he an atheist now? According to Twitter, he is a "mystic".


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Although I saw some atheists happy that he has renounced Christianity, it appears that he does not want to be numbered among them.

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Since his strange (possibly pantheistic) belief is "fluid", who knows where he and his wife will end up.

Despite the claims of some professing atheists and tinhorn apostates, there is no such thing as a former Christian. Sure, people have doubts and get confused on some things. To reject Jesus and the Bible after being transformed and adopted (2 Cor. 5:17, Gal. 4:4-7, John 3:3) and become a former Christian is a theological impossibility. Like a song says, you can't lose what you didn't have, and as the Bible says, people who left were never Christians (1 John 2:19).

Now I would like to turn you over to Wretched Radio for more information and discussion. It is the first segment, then a break of about three minutes, followed by a little bit more. The next segment is appropriate for this situation as well if you have a notion to keep listening. To hear online or download, click on this link.


Monday, October 29, 2018

Evolutionism and Earth Goddess Worship

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Evolution is not simply a biological hypothesis, but is actually an ancient pagan belief presented as science. Indeed, when the Apostle Paul was debating with philosophers in Acts 17:16-34, those Epicureans in Acts 18:18 were pagan evolutionists. If you commence to doing some reference digging, you will find that evolutionary beliefs can be seen in ancient Hindu beliefs. Did you ever notice that much of paganism is based on goddess worship?


The "Gaia Hypothesis 2.0" is an even more direct love of paganism presented as 'science.
Gaea (another spelling of Gaia) by Anselm Feuerbach, 1875
You hear the expression "Mother Earth", right? People usually who use the term are generally ignorant of its pagan origins and associations. Same as referring to Earth as Terra (standing on terra firma, the earth), which is the Roman counterpart for the Greek Gaia (or Gaea). The enviornmental movement is, at its core, essentially based on evolution and the rejection of our Creator.

While there are good points in the environmental movement, some of the more extreme environmentalists are into nature worship. Fits right in with the pagan "earth is our mother" religion. The ecosexual movement strikes this child as downright nutty, but the most dangerous aspect is the eco-war on humans.

While true evolutionism requires purposelessness, Papa Darwin began giving evolution through natural selection a personality and advancing pantheism. Man created the false goddess of evolution in his image. The "Gaia Hypothesis" was advanced a few decades ago, but despite the cognitive dissonance of promoting blind chance and randomness versus evolution as a guiding force, pantheism has been waiting in the wings. After all, the increasingly worthless Nobel Prize was awarded for a self-contradictory, self-refuting premise in evolutionism.

Some evolutionist sidewinders are being more blatant in their efforts to deny God by passing off Earth-Terra-Gaia as a living unit. All of evolution is to work together to this point, and boy howdy, you don't want to get Gaia angry. You won't like her when she's angry. We were told this would happen in Romans 1:18-23. If you study on it a while, you may notice something. With the increasing wickedness in the world and hostility of atheopaths toward God (and especially toward the foundations of the gospel in biblical creation), this should not come as much of a surprise.
“The Gaia hypothesis—first articulated by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis in the 1970s—holds that Earth’s physical and biological processes are inextricably connected to form a self-regulating, essentially sentient, system.” Lovelock named his theory after the mythological goddess—venerated as the personification of Earth. His theory was meant to tie together several biological phenomena, particularly the tight-knit cooperation between living organisms, life’s resilience in the face of catastrophic events, and the close association between the organic and inorganic realms. 
All of these observations could be seen as working together with such purposefulness that one explanation for life’s origination is the tremendous wisdom and power of God. In contrast, Lovelock hypothesized that the organic and inorganic components of Earth evolved together so tightly that everything on Earth somehow became melded into a single, self-organizing system that seems to mystically exercise an intrinsic agency. This has led some researchers to ask, “Is Earth really a sort of giant living organism as the Gaia hypothesis predicts?”
To read the entire article from the beginning, click on "Evolutionists Sense Life's Design and Deify Nature".



Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Belief in the Eternal Hell

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

It is in the latter part of October as I write this, and people are getting all excited Halloween, which is the most important holiday for witches and Satanists. People get cutesy with it, portraying the Devil as a red dude with a short beard and horns who carries a pitchfork. They often believe he is the the boss of Hell. All of these images are like the crowded bathtub version of Noah's Ark: cute stories for kids, but big people don't believe them. I'll allow that there are more somber depictions of Hell that are a bit closer to biblical reality.

Satan and Hell are often presented as jokes. Both are serious subjects
Fallen angels in Hell by John Martin, ca. 1841
Some rock stars and People who reject or simply do not bother to learn the truth in God's Word are going to having a miserable eternity. We can debate about whether or not the flames of Hell are literal or figurative, but it should be clear that Hell is not a place to go and have wild parties with friends; it will live up to its name. People who believe that Hell is a fun place seem to be smart as the average scarecrow. Study on it a moment: Hell is a place of punishment, not a refuge from people who interfere with your good times, you savvy that? It is not a myth or a joke.

Some aberrant religions like Seventh-Day Adventists and Jehovah's Witnesses, along with an increasing number of professing Christians, believe in what they call conditionalism. That is a new way of saying annihilationism. Either way, they believe that the lost are going to Hell, and they will be consumed by the flames and cease to exist. I have seen adherents of that view focus on converting others to that instead of proclaiming the gospel. (More on this in "Hell, Creation and Side Issues" and its sequel, linked at the end of the article.) A more important question remains.

No matter which view of Hell (annihilationism or eternal torment) that you may accept, we need to make sure that is is theologically sound. While some conditionalists present arguments that sound plausible, they are usually rooted in poor theology. An example of poor theology is where an angry atheist calls creationists "liars" because they present evidence that he dislikes, so they are liars. He uses the Bible that he rejects and the God he denies to send people to Hell. Even if someone did tell a lie, that's not a loss of salvation, old son. Likewise, similar bad theology can be found in the annihilationist camp. God's love and mercy are everlasting, but his nature requires justice as well.

Here is where I offer you some resources.
  • "Is annihilationism biblical?" is a concise article from Got Questions.
  • "Hell is for Liars" (in two parts, the second part is linked at the end of the first) is somewhat tangential to the annihilationism issue, but still has some useful information
  • Finally, I saw a post from Why?Outreach on an examination of annihilationism. It links to an in-depth article in PDF format (I had it converted to my ebook's format, you may wish to do the same) that I recommend for those who are serious about learning. Click here for "The Destruction of Hell: Annihilationism Examined" by Jeff Spencer. It says "Microsoft Word", but it really is a PDF document.
I hope these resources prove helpful. Perhaps they will also motivate people to spread the gospel message to those who are heading for hell. Are you going there? Are you sure you're saved? I urge you to be certain, and check out the "Examine Yourself" section of this site.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Faith and Understanding

Every once in a while, some jasper drag this swayback out of the corral: "Faith is believing in something you know isn't true". Great. Now give it a sugar cube and put it back. Such an insult has nothing to do with Christian faith, and also shows ignorance of the real meaning of the word.


Christians must live by faith.
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Everyone has faith in something to one degree or another, but the important thing is where our faith is placed. Christians know (or should know) that it is impossible to please God without faith (Heb. 11:6). Some folks think that faith is blind, or believing for its own sake, but that's not the case. Our faith is supported by evidence, and God's Word is self-attesting as well as supported by evidence. With God's help, we can persevere in an unbelieving culture.
The ‘hall of faith’ in Hebrews 11 is one of the passages that Christians are most familiar with. It is inspiring to look at the recounting of the biblical heroes, and spurs us on to greater faith. But the first example of faith that the author recounts is one practised by all believers.
Hebrews 11:3 tells us:

    “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”

There is a lot of content packed in one small verse which is worth looking at in more detail.
To read the rest, click on "By faith … we understand!"



Thursday, October 11, 2018

They Exchanged the Truth for the Lie

Christians are to stand on the Word of God, which is inerrant in the original autographs (2 Peter 1:20-21), and is authoritative. We can learn not only about salvation (Rom. 3:23, Rom. 6:23, John 1:12-13, Eph. 2:8-9) and how to live the Christian life (2 Tim. 3:16), but why many people choose to reject God and ride the Owlhoot Trail.


Atheists and other people do not want the truth of God. They know he exists, but suppress the truth and exchange it for the lie.
Credit: Pixabay / Pete Linforth
Atheists often demand, "Prove to me God exists!", and enthusiastic but uninformed Christians attempt to give all kinds of proofs. If they had spent enough time in the Bible, these Christians would have seen that there is no place where someone tries to prove God's existence. Further, they know that God is real, but suppress the truth!

Have you noticed that there is more hostility in the world toward our Creator and his Word, and there is more persecution of Christians? Atheists and liberal "Christians" hate Genesis with a passion. Jesus, Peter, Paul, and others in the Bible quoted extensively from it to lay the foundations for most doctrines. Things are getting worse in the world — just like God said. In Romans 1:18-28, Paul showed how this suppression of truth leads to idolatry. No, that doesn't mean people carve out a physical idol to worship; idolatry is putting something ahead of God. We can see this when humans try to justify evolution and deny God's creative work. Even Christians can be idolaters. Such activity affects people in three primary areas of life.
In Romans 1 Paul lays out one of the clearest expositions of the gospel’s implications. In verse 16 he writes, "I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also to the Greek." Paul then moves on to talk about the righteousness of God that comes through the gospel (Romans 1:17). However, he recognizes that if he is going to talk about the good news, he first needs to talk about the bad news; we cannot really appreciate the good news until we understand how bad the bad news really is. This understanding is why he moves from righteousness revealed to wrath revealed (Romans 1:18). For Paul, God’s wrath is a present1 reality. It is the experience of the outworking of his handing people over to their sinful behavior (Romans 1:24, 26, 28). God’s wrath is therefore justified because of the ungodly and unrighteous acts people commit.
To read the rest, click on "The Apostle Paul’s Use of Genesis 1–3 in Romans 1".
  

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Albert Mohler's Reformation Lecture Series

People may have thought that we had the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, considered to have "officially" begun on October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-five Theses on the "social media" of his time. Read an article, listen to a message, have a German beer and ride off into the sunset. Not so. As we saw in several posts last year, the Reformation had its beginnings long before that date, and continued afterward.


Luther at the Diet of Worms, Anton Werner1877
Dr. Albert Mohler had been presenting a series on the Five Solas which I was looking forward to posting in time for the big anniversary observance. Delays happened, so I decided to save them for y'all in time for the 501st anniversary. Before obtaining those, I recommend reading his article, "Here We Stand".

They lectures are in MP3 format, so you can download and listen to them at your convenience. Free of charge, naturally. Each link will take you to the page where you can commence to downloading each one.
I trust that these will prove edifying and interesting.