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Apologetics — Your Weapons, Warfare and Motives

This is a guest post from "Miss Sword". She wanted me to run it on one of my Weblogs. Her preference is the King James Version, so I had to put "KVJ" after each link so the default RefTagger version did not pop up. We both hope that you find it encouraging and edifying.  —Cowboy Bob Apologetics is the branch of Christianity that deals with the defense and establishment of the Christian faith. — CARM As much as I love apologetics, I think there is a danger in it and all Christians should beware. 1 Cor. 1:20-21 KJV reminds us that all the wisdom of this world cannot help us to know God (see also 1 Cor. 3.19-20 KJV ). Our primary weapon should be the two-edged Sword that pierces to the very soul, spirit, and heart of man (Heb. 4.12 KJV). It is what the Lord Himself used when Satan came to tempt Him in Luke 4. The Bible is the Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16 KJV). It is eternal (1 Peter 1:25 KJV, Psalm 119:89 KJV). It is "quick" (Heb

One of These Tombs Is Not Like the Other

Surveying the Cross

Christians need to focus on the meaning of the cross. This is "Good Friday", which seems a misnomer. It was good for us, but bad for Jesus, it seems. But hang on, Sunday's coming! On the day often called Good Friday many Christians will commemorate the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The Creator put on human flesh and died a horrific death on the Cross. Rather than worshiping Him as their Creator and God, most people rejected Him and sentenced Him to death. How could the day associated with mankind’s heinous act possibly be called good? The answer to this question is found in the purpose for Christ’s death. Jesus said that He “"did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many"” (Matthew 20:28). Since we have all sinned against the infinitely holy God, we deserve to pay the price for our rebellion—death (Romans 3:23). But praise God for His mercy and grace! Rather than condemning us for our sin, the Bible tells us that God so loved the

Saturday Resource: Video — How DNA Destroys Evolution

Do we really think that an hour in church and an hour in Sunday School is going to equip us to present and defend our faith? Are we really surprised that our kids are being deceived when they're under the control of secular humanists for several hours each day? Mike Riddle discusses the importance of DNA and information in refuting evolution, and also the importance of a proper understanding of creation. The answers are there, and Christians should be learning as well as teaching the children.

Evolution and the Inerrancy of Scripture

For Question Evolution Day, the link between evolution and the inerrancy of Scripture is explored. People who know their Bible and have a good understanding of doctrine know that evolution and creation are irreconcilable. Theistic evolution, the "Gap Theory", "Progressive Creation" and other compromises require eisegesis (reading into the Scriptures). People who do this elevate man's "wisdom" above that of God's revelation. That is ridiculous (1 Cor. 1.20, Psalm 14.1-3). Why would anyone want to add philosophies and interpretations of evidence that are based on atheism? And yet, the inerrancy of Scripture is of paramount importance to a proper understanding of the Bible. What is your ultimate standard? Is it God's Word, or the ever-changing whims of man-made science philosophies? For the purposes of this article, only inerrancy of Scripture of the five fundamentals will be discussed.  The attacks on inerrancy, beginning in Genesis 1, brought

Evolution, Compromise and Foundations

It is more important than ever for Bible-believing Christian churches to take a stand for the truth. When compromise sets in, it begins a domino effect that leads to further compromise and even to unbelief. Liberal churches and atheists are attacking us at our foundations, which begin at Genesis . Further, they appeal to emotion with loaded terminology and the false dichotomy that people must choose either faith or "science". This is a lie . (I have written before that even if we gave up the creation accounts, that would not be enough for liberals and atheists.) The church is in serious trouble, and people's faith is threatened because they do not see the relevance of their foundations, and do not bother to discover that there are indeed answers to those science philosophy questions. This weekend, atheist Dr. Michael Zimmerman is once again encouraging churches to preach Darwin from their pulpits. He claims that his Clergy Letter Project, signed by over 12,0

Can You Be a Christian and Still Believe in Evolution?

Short answer: Yes , you can be a Christian and believe in evolu tion. It is not a require ment for s alvat ion, and I know of no creationist organization that says otherwise. Long answer: Still yes, but it shows lack of commitment to the authority of God's Word because you're elevating man's "wisdom" above it. It also shows lack of knowledge about the theological implications of what such compromise entails. Then you have to make some choices. I have encountered several people who were old Earth creationists or theistic evolutionists. After they became fully committed to Christ and grew in the Word, they became biblical creationists. Until then, are they unsaved? As CMI has often stated, we regard evolution as contrary to Scripture, but Christians can still be saved despite believing in it (see related articles, below). Indeed, its founding chairman, the late Prof. John Rendle-Short, said he was a saved theistic evolutionist for 40 years before becoming a

Do Christians Have Blind Faith?

This article has a different kind of beginning. I received a detailed question from a friend of mine. Some of this material had been in the back of my mind already, and his question set off a mental cascade. We often accuse the other side of blind faith because they believe things that they know contradict the laws of nature. However, there are times that I wonder if we are guilty of it as well. Furthermore, there have also been times where we have had to exercise faith when the evolution side turned up a piece of evidence that at first appeared to contradict the Bible. (For example, when they pointed out antibiotic resistance and nylon-eating bacteria.) I've had to have faith that either an alternative interpretation would develop or that the piece of evidence would be refuted. We were proven right eventually, but nonetheless, we had to have faith in order to do so. There are times that I wonder: are we practicing blind faith when we do this? It took 41 years before Piltdown Man

Forty Years of Abortion "Rights" in America

This is the fortieth anniversary of the infamous " Roe v Wade " abortion decision in the United States. (Norma McCorvey ("Jane Roe") turned around and became a pro-life supporter.) And yet, under the pretense of "women's rights", the killing of the unborn has become a political, emotional and moral controversy, a rude gesture in the face of the sanctity of life. It is also highly profitable for abortion mills, and Planned Parenthood also receives tax dollars . Tuesday, January 22, will mark 40 years since the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its 7-2 decision in the Roe v. Wade case, in which state laws prohibiting abortions were declared unconstitutional based on an alleged right to privacy in the due process clause of the 14th Amendment. Since that fateful day, over 54 million babies in the U.S. have been legally murdered through surgical abortions—and many more through other means such as abortifacient drugs. Various liberal gr

Why Should We Study Creation?

The Rev. Dr. David P. Murray of Reformation International Theological Seminary brings his expertise to the study of the creation account in Genesis. His message on "Why Study Creation" is available at SermonAudio . It is well worth your time. You can listen to it from the page, or download it. Note that if you click on "Download MP3", you are taken to a sign-up screen. If you do not wish to sign up, click "Maybe Later" and your download starts immediately.