Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Days of Noah, Days of Sodom, Future Judgment

It has been often pointed out how Jesus said that the world at the time of his return would be like the world before the Flood, where people were doing what they wanted until the watery judgment came (Luke 17:26-27). In the experience of this child, teachers tend to just touch on the following verses about Sodom. There are some similarities, however, there are important differences.

God judged the world with the Flood. Later he judged the cities of the plain. Jesus and Peter used both as warnings of the final future judgment.
Lot and his family leaving Sodom, Peter Paul Rubens, 1625

The world before the Flood was full of evil. Later, Sodom and the cities of the plain were full of wickedness as well, including sexual sins. Today, people are increasingly callous to their wretched behavior and are proud of their perversions. Interestingly, some people appeal to cherry-picked verses to say that the sins of Sodom had nothing to do with sex. These instances of eisegesis and scripture twisting are handily eliminated.

We have two judgments that Jesus used as instructions and warnings for us today. People need to repent for salvation, and professing Christians need to repent and draw closer to God.

Although critical scholars, because of their naturalistic mindset, view the account of Sodom’s destruction as just another legend or folk tale, the Bible clearly teaches it was a genuine historical event. Just as Jesus and the apostle Peter pointed to the flood as a guarantee of future judgment, so they both also pointed to God’s judgment of Sodom by fire as a guarantee of future judgment. . .

Just as with the days before the flood, Jesus spoke of the days before the destruction of Sodom as a time when people were indifferent and solely concerned with the things of this life: eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. In other words, people were caught up with material things of life, which caused them to have a lack of concern for the things of God. Then the destruction by fire and sulfur came quickly and unexpectedly, destroying them all.

Likewise, when Peter spoke of the judgment that took place at Sodom and Gomorrah, turning it to ashes, it was to foreshadow the coming future eschatological judgment by fire (cf. 2 Peter 3:7). This final eternal judgment, however, will not engulf everybody. Just as God preserved Noah and seven others in the judgment of the flood, and Lot in the judgment of Sodom, he will also spare the godly while judging and destroying the ungodly (2 Peter 2:9).

Given the significance that both the Old and New Testament place on the destruction of Sodom as a warning of future judgment, it is important to understand this event.

You can take pride in reading the entire article at "The Destruction of Sodom and the Future Judgment". Also, you may like to see "Geology and the Doomed Cities of the Plain". 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

A Dangerous False Curriculum

As any skilled totalitarian dictator knows, indoctrinate children early with propaganda and disparage God's Word. But we are not contending with a physical person or organization. It is spiritual in nature, and uses people, false religions, governments, and more to strike at the heart of biblical Christianity.

There are deceitful methods used to indoctrinate children into despising the Word of God and accepting liberal theology. This curriculum is viperine.
Credit: Freeimages / bayek
We are not at war with flesh and blood, but instead, Satan and his minions (Eph. 6:12). People who are unsaved belong to Satan and are serving him willingly or unwillingly (1 Cor. 2:14, John 8:44, 2 Cor. 4:4). Professing atheists blatantly attack God's Word, but others put on a guise of religiosity, even professing to believe in Christ. Some are sincere, but sincerely deluded. They are clever enough to attack the very foundations of the faith which are found in Genesis.

Parents are to instruct their children (Eph. 6:4, Deut. 11:19, 2 Tim. 3:15) so they are able to deal with struggles and deceptions in life. A viperine "Christian" curriculum denigrates the Bible and presents numerous heresies and other falsehoods, standing on atheistic naturalism and liberal theology for their foundation. This curriculum would be great for people who want to have their children leave the faith and despise the authority of Scripture.
Compromised views of the Bible (i.e. catering for millions and billions of years and, in some instances, attempts to “baptize evolution into our Christian worldview”) all have one thing in common: a departure from clear teaching of Scripture. That is certainly true of the religious education curriculum resource, Exploring science and Christian belief, reviewed here: God and the Big Bang (GATBB). A certain amount of mental gymnastics is required of the students and a lot of philosophical opinion is put forward but in the guise of scientific language. In the introductory section, it is clear that the authors are actively promoting both the big bang and human evolution.

Read the rest at "Deceitful religious education — Review of God and the Big Bang: Exploring science and Christian belief (ages 11–18) by RE Today Services".

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Satan Does Not Care about Losing a Misotheist

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen 

Every once in a while, people come across a report that someone has left atheism and become a theist. One famous example is Antony Flew, who was raised in a liberal denomination and decided he was an atheist in his teenage years. Later, he decided that the evidence proves there is a God. He apparently never came to a saving faith. Simply believing that God exists is nowhere near enough.

When an atheist becomes a theist, that is not enough reason to rejoice. They need to come to saving faith in Jesus Christ, not just some religion.
Credits: Satan Calling Up his Legions / William Blake, 1804, modified at PhotoFunia
Unfortunately, several reports have Christians rejoicing more than they should over former atheists that have joined heterodox religious groups, false religions, and even cults. Back when Adam, the federal head of humanity sinned, Satan took control of this world (Rom. 5:19, John 8:44, 2 Cor. 4:4). All have sinned (Rom. 3:23), and we are deserving of Hell (Rom. 6:23).

Just believing that God exists is not enough. Even the demons know God exists, and they have more sense that the typical atheist (James 2:19). When an atheist changes horses and decides to ride for the theism brand, he or she is still under Satan's dominion and the wrath of God! That person is still lost, and "believing in God" is no threat to Satan, nor is it a guarantee of right-standing with God.

Repent and put faith in the risen Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation — not "good works", not a religious system, not being "spiritual". What the devil hates is for someone to humbly come to Christ for salvation, which also entails being adopted as a child of God. To learn more, please click here.

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