Thursday, June 19, 2014

Out There Ridin' Fences

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

This article is going to be an odd analogy between hardworking, loyal cowboys and people involved in ministries.

The "golden age" of cowboys and the great cattle drives only lasted about twenty years, but quickly became the stuff of many television shows, books, movies and so on. However, cowboys still exist. (While some ignorant people use the word as a pejorative, cowboys then and now were known for hard work and loyalty.) There are not many Westerns being made for television and movies any longer (except for ultra-violent and "adult" shows, it seems), but the image of the loyal cowboy that puts in long hours and does often dangerous work lives on — and cowboys still exist.

Roundup on the Cimarron, 1898, Library of Congress
A duty in farming and especially in ranching is to "ride the fences". The cowboy rides the fence perimeter to look for damage (which may mean thieves breaking it down to make off with livestock), see if an animal is caught, make repairs and so on. It is mundane work that needs to be done on a regular basis.

Chris LeDoux had a song in 1992 called "You Just Can't See Him From the Road" (sometimes called "Ridin' Fences"). I happened across it when researching another article, got an inspiration and that is where this article came from. And it's not even a Christian song.
Well you don't see him much on the big screen anymore
The kids don't ride along with Roy or Gene
And that ain't really him with all those feathers in his hat
And some Frenchman's name embroidered on his jeans
Well, I'm not too familiar with Roy Rogers or Gene Autry (maybe because I'm not into the singing cowboy image), but they were extremely popular several decades. They had an image of strong values, work ethic and fighting evil... It's too bad that those characters, as well as the ones in shows like "Bonanza" are gone. But I digress. These guys had the spotlight.
But he's still out there ridin' fences
Still makes his livin' with his rope
As long as there's a sunset, he'll keep ridin' for the brand
You just can't see him from the road
That last sentence caught my attention: You just can't see him from the road. My calling is in creation science, worldviews and encouraging Christians to uphold the authority of Scripture. I will never be another Ken Ham, Jonathan Sarfati, David Catchpoole, Tas Walker, Jason Lisle, Henry Morris or a "big name" in creation science ministries. That is not my calling (Acts 6.1-4, Ephesians 4.1). Not many of us are to be in the spotlight, but rather, to be among the many in supporting roles.

My creation science ministry gives support to other ministries (including individuals on occasion) and has its own unique impact for the sake of the Word and truth. The accountant, receptionist, ministry librarian, floor sweeper, writer, tour guide, audio-video technicians — many people are involved in making a ministry happen. Other ministries are largely unnoticed, and their impact may not be known in this life. It all adds up, however.

Back to the chorus. The last part of the next to the last sentence also has meaning: As long as there's a sunset, he'll keep ridin' for the brand. I don't get the sunset part, but "riding for the brand" means keeping your employer's best interests at heart. The "brand" term is used today where businesses want their employees to be loyal to "the brand". Here, I'm giving it the meaning of giving glory to Jesus Christ (1 Peter 4.11). After all, he is our ultimate employer (Ephesians 6.5-9).

There are other parts of the song that emphasize the hard work, generosity and character of the cowboy, but those are not my points of emphasis. 

Please pray for people involved in ministries, including the ones riding the fences. Satan doesn't like their work.

If you're discouraged because you're behind the scenes (and possibly tempted toward jealousy), know that God put you there for a reason, and we're working for the greater good. Even if we can't be seen from the road.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Cults Misusing Creation — A Warning for Discernment

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

When presenting the gospel, one thing that I emphasize the importance of biblical creation. Not for its own sake, but because of the importance of the authority of the Bible for the Christian. In my Weblogs and at The Question Evolution Project (as well as the Google Plus version), I post not only science supporting special creation and refuting evolution, but warnings about atheism's useful idiots who use atheistic interpretations of scientific evidence and elevate "science" into a magisterial position above Scripture. Theistic evolutionists and Old Earth Creationists (OECs) are compromisers who will call creationists "liars" and enemies of Christianity (it is interesting to be called a liar by a liar) — and still claim to believe the Bible.

Cults like Jehovah's Witnesses, atheists and other compromisers will use the creation-evolution issue to lure you into their schemes. We need to be discerning about what materials we read and what we use to prove our points.
Jehovah's Witnesses use creation and evolution to distort the truth
Atheists, OECs and theistic evolutionists are not the only dangers to a proper understanding of Scripture. Elsewhere, I wrote about how cults will use issues like the creation-evolution controversy to lure people into their deceptions. To add to that, Jehovah's Witnesses and others will say things that we can agree with ("Jesus is the only way to Heaven"), but they have different meanings for their words. I have three articles to recommend on this topic. First, "Creation and a Cult". Second, "How to Talk Creation with a Jehovah's Witness". Third, "A Cult on Facebook Claiming to be Creationist". For further information on cults, I refer you to CARM.

Giving you warnings and articles will only take you so far. Christians need to learn how to think. Not only critically (thinking with their minds instead of their emotions, examining the evidence, being aware of the logical fallacies used to manipulate people, and so on), but also to be knowledgeable about the Bible (2 Tim. 2.15, Acts 17.10-11, Col. 1.28). 

I do not want to cause confusion or contribute to someone going astray because I endorsed material from bad sources. If I was going to refute evolution just for its own sake, I would post material from cults (and Mohammedans, who consider themselves creationists).

I saw anti-evolution material posted on Facebook by creationists that was ultimately from the Christadelphian cult. When I pointed this out, the reply was that the source had not been checked — and they left it up anyway! The Intelligent Design people have done some excellent work refuting evolution, but their members come from diverse perspectives, so I seldom use them for reference. Some people seem to be so interested in "doing apologetics" that they not only ignore preparation, but they will use sources that deny the authority of Scripture and may even be denying who Jesus Christ really is.

What this comes down to is that we all need to be discerning. How do you know you can trust me? Really? Although I am responsible before almighty God to present the best material that I can, you do not know whether or not I take that responsibility seriously. Indeed, theological matters (not including side issues, we all have different views on those) should be checked with Scripture; believe the Bible, not what someone tells you. (For that matter, there have been articles from my favorite sources that I have been uncomfortable with, and have not passed along to my readers.) 

Edit: This paragraph needs to be inserted. I am not saying that every author needs to be vetted to make sure he or she lines up with your theology, but refuting evolution with anti-biblical and anti-creationist sources can be harmful. Citing, say, William Lane Craig (who disparages presuppositional apologetics and young earth creation) in an article about militant atheism can be helpful. Personally, I tend to use disclaimers at times. 

My advice is to be careful, be discerning, be skeptical (with a healthy skepticism), be thoughtful, be Scripturally minded, be prayerful. Am I asking too much? That depends on how much you value your spiritual life. These concepts transcend the creation-evolution issue. They apply to Christian living in general.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pain, Disappointment and Apostasy

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

In a post somewhere, I made a remark in the introduction, "Personal tragedy does not ruin your faith if you stay close to God. The 'problem of pain' is something that evolutionists and atheists cannot answer, but we know that Genesis is the foundation of all major Christian doctrines. Death entered the world through Adam's sin", and I quoted Romans 5.12. (More about the article itself later.)

Some people who are not rooted in their faith may fall away during bad times. There are those who look for excuses to turn away from God. Others remain firm, and even grow in their faith. God is there, and he has been there all along.
Used by permission of Ken Ammi
Naturally, some atheo-fascists decided to attack a part of my introduction and ignore the actual article:
  • "You make a living out of giving dumb comments? Pain evolved so creatures wouldn't hurt themselves more by not feeling they're "damaged". Stop dumb commenting!"
  • "...the purpose of the post seemed to be that evolution couldn't explain pain, now as you know pain is covered in evolution as it is a development of the sensory organs and nervous system.  I pointed out that it was a poor argument..."
Aside from childish personal attacks and outright misrepresentation (focusing on half of a sentence in my introduction, then claiming that it was the essence of the article, which clearly had not read), they used boilerplate-type responses that had no meaning. They were based on circular reasoning and easily-refuted pragmatism, but the fact remains that atheism and evolutionism cannot answer the deeper questions of human experience. Only biblical Christianity can adequately explain death and suffering as well as the problem of evil.

There are people who claim to have been Christians (or theists to some extent) and have renounced God. Quite often, they have had a superficial "conversion experience" and were not rooted in the Word of God and strong teachings. I have had discussions with people (and read comments) who claim to have been Christians for a long time, yet they showed abysmal ignorance of what the Bible really says; so many refuse to do their homework, yet have opinions on subjects that they do not understand. Some use an "argument from outrage", that a loving God could not exist because if he did, he would not allow suffering. But suffering is actually an argument for the existence of God.

Some, like Lewis Wolpert, want God to become a kind of cosmic wish fairy; if he doesn't do what is asked of him, then he doesn't exist. (Yeah, makes sense to me, too. I believe people like this were looking for excuses to rebel against God.) Some have had deeper problems and said, in essence, "God wasn't there when I needed him and didn't answer my prayers", then they proceed to hate him, pretend he doesn't exist and attack those of us who proclaim the authority of Scripture.

Some people who are not rooted in their faith may fall away during bad times. There are those who look for excuses to turn away from God. Others remain firm, and even grow in their faith. God is there, and he has been there all along.
Image credit: izQuotes. Text by C.S. Lewis from Mere Christianity

Naturally, most people will ask where God is during bad times. But we need to remember that he is our creator (Romans 9.20-21, John 1.3), does things according to his purpose (Ephesians 1.11-12), does not consult with us first (Job 38.4) and has more wisdom than we do (Isaiah 55.9). Pretending that God is evil to justify rebellion against him is both arrogant and absurd (Job 40.8). His children need to trust and cling to him (Galatians 4.6), knowing that his judgments are true and righteous (Psalm 19.9).

While there are some people who use evil in the world, their own disappointment in God and other things as reasons to rebel against God, there are many others who stay firm in the faith. The article for which I had written an introduction was about one of the most tragic and painful things that can happen to a woman — my friend had a miscarriage. Another friend was feeling the pain of a failed marriage when his divorce became final. Christian singer Jeremy Camp's wife died at age 21, they had only been married four and a half months. Despite tragedy and trials, people still believe.

I have been up front about the fact that I fell away from the faith for about fifteen years. (No, I did not "lose my salvation" and get "re-saved" or "re-born-again", loss of salvation is a false teaching.) This was not from anger at or disappointment in God. There were several reasons (written elsewhere), but mostly because I wanted to pursue the sin in my life.

If I wanted to use the pain in my life to reject God and pretend he doesn't exist, I have several:
A proper understanding of the Scriptures, patience and respect for God helps keep the apostasy away. Also, plenty of prayer, sometimes Christian counseling and talking to someone who cares is very helpful. There are people I love and want to help, but they are on the other side of the planet. But when I know what's happening, I can pray for them and offer encouragement.

It's up to each of us to draw closer to God and persevere. God is there, and he is listening. We still believe.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

What Are You Putting In Your Head?

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen 

Some people identify themselves as Christians and creationists, then wonder why their spiritual life is a shambles. A big part of the problem is the negativity and time-wasting that occurs. Here are some things to consider.Although this article is written for Christians, other people should be able to get useful information out of it as well. 

There are Christians who complain that their walk with God is severely lacking. We cannot base our faith (or worse, base our assurance of salvation) on how we feel, but perhaps we're getting a spiritual nudge to examine ourselves.

It amazes me how in conversations, on social media and so on, I encounter people who have indicated that they are Christians but have — uh, interests — that are opposite to those that a Spirit-led Christian should be indulging in. Now wait, I'm not going to get legalistic like some Fundamentalists I've known and give you a list of "approved" activities. (I'm listening to secular instrumental music while I write this.) What I am going to do is give you some things for your prayerful consideration. Not being a fan of the highly subjective "What Would Jesus Do?" movement, there are still times it may be useful.

Let me make up someone, a sort of composite of several people in my experience. Nemo Nominal states that he is a Christian. He has a Bible, listens to teachings once in while and passes along biblical pictures with text. Nemo also listens to various secular music performers that glorify promiscuous sex, violence toward women, occult themes, alcohol abuse, profanity, the party lifestyle, rebellion and more. He also likes movies with extreme violence, crude humor, lots of profanity, graphic sex, mocking God and so on.

Nemo's television viewing includes quite a bit of violent and immoral programming. His Bible? On a shelf somewhere; he made a New Year's resolution to read it daily and fell away after about a week. When he bothers to read a book, it is an action adventure with the same elements as his television and movie choices. Oh, wait — he did read the "religious" (but unbiblical) books The Shack and Heaven is for Real. His copy of The Greatest Hoax on Earth by Dr. Jonathan Sarfati has been on the shelf for two years after he received it as a gift. Right next to The Lie: Evolution/Millions of Years by Ken Ham.

If you asked him if he knew for sure that if he died right now that he was sure he would go to Heaven, he cannot answer. Nemo is uncomfortable around Christians who are enthusiastic about their faith, and is willing to compromise on biblical authority regarding Genesis and evolution.

One time, Nemo tried to imagine Jesus attending one of his movies with him and listening to some of his MP3s, then pushed those images out of his mind because they made him uncomfortable.

After all these influences, he still wonders why his spiritual life is virtually nonexistent.

There are two admittedly flawed but somewhat helpful analogies that I want to use. One is from my father, who likened the mind to a garden. If you plant bad things and give them attention, those will grow. The same with good things. Also, the mind is like a computer. I learned this with programming languages: Garbage In, Garbage Out. For that matter, in Web page design, a bit of bad HTML coding can spoil a page or even a site.

It's not rocket surgery to realize that filling your mind with negativity will affect your emotions as well as your spiritual life. In fact, it can have some detrimental effects on your physical health as well. For that matter, when I was listening to Kid Rock, I was more willing to be aggressive, and my blood pressure was elevated.

There are two other aspects that I want to address. First, negative people. We can't escape them of course, but we sometimes we can find ways to cut down on our contact with them. Especially online. One of my Facebook friends was discussing how he is less willing to have people post things to him that they know he objects to, or people who will make a point of being argumentative. I have my own areas where I'll "unfriend" (or, on Twitter, "unfollow") someone, or block if needed. Watch who you hang out with, they can bring you down (1 Cor. 15.33).

Negative people can be in various discussion groups, Pages, other aspects of social media. Some Christians think that by arguing with atheists, they are promoting the gospel. Sometimes, yes. But too often, they will argue with its own sake and to bolster their egos by attacking Christians (especially biblical creationists). There comes a time when these Christians need to stop throwing pearls before swine and giving what is holy to dogs (Matt. 7.6), to shake the dust off their feet and move on (Matt. 10.14). There are other people who may want to have a genuine conversation, but their time was squandered by arguing with atheopaths.

Some of these obstreperous types are only after attention and bolstering their egos. (I can name some that it is practically impossible to do anything "right" in their eyes, and the few times they are wrong, they have excuses that it wasn't their fault anyway). Many are consumed with hate and are willing to listen, let alone, to learn. These types should be ignored so that the Christian can move on to more productive uses of his or her time. Not to mention being better for the blood pressure and spiritual growth. Besides, we need to be more concerned with glorifying God than with what they think about us!

But I must add that there are negative Christians as well. Some will judge you for not being a good enough Christian because you don't follow their pet doctrines on nonessentials for salvation. Or they just argue too often. I believe many are just as full of arrogance and pride as angry atheists, and I recommend distancing yourself from people like that as well. They may be weak or even false Christians (Gal. 5.16-17).

Next, neutral activities. While not everything you do has to be "productive", some things can easily be black holes for your time. For example, how much time do you spend looking at funny videos and pictures or just "surfing" without a goal? It can be fun, of course. And suddenly, several hours are gone. You can plug several other things into the above and see if, while not actually damaging, they are taking away from your valuable time and mental energy.

What do we have, then? Some of the negativity in your life is easily controlled by paying attention to your entertainment choices. Be honest with yourself and ask if it's harmful to your attitude and mental health. Consider how is it affecting your spiritual life. Would Jesus do this? If you do watch some things, watch them with discernment and take your thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10.5).

Biblical Creation and Evangalism, The Question Evolution Project, Philppians 4:8

I have a challenge for you. Go on a kind of fast. Give up the raunchy material for a period of time, say thirty days. (Don't get rigid about it, if you stop into the convenience store and their radio has Lady Gaga playing or the television is on, that's no reason to run out of there.) If thirty days is too much for you, try less. Two weeks. One week. But I urge you to try.

This kind of a fast should have a positive effect, but it is not enough. It was emphasized to me when I came out of messing with occult matters that I had left a void, and that needed to be filled with good things. If you want music, there are good substitutes on the Christian market, and even streaming audio on the Web (as well as apps) that can give you the sound you want with lyrics that are far better for you. I cannot recommend much Christian "entertainment", unfortunately, but I can recommend that you find other uses for your time than filling your mind with junk (Phil. 4.8). Personally, I recommend biblical creation science material. You can even find videos from good teachers on the Web (here, for example). And podcasts. And sites. And books. And... You're not going to be able to adequately defend and present the truth of biblical creation, or the Christian life itself, if you don't put some effort into learning.

My main purpose with this article is to encourage people to get rid of the negativity and replace it whenever possible with more wholesome things. Christians can get spiritually uplifting and edifying material. Make friends with more positive and spiritually-minded people. And most of all, get into your Bible reading!

— Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Trust, Confidence and the Ripple Effect

Christians have confidence in God's power for salvation. God is trustworthy because of who he is. Sometimes we have some difficulty trusting in him because we usually cannot see what he is doing, but that improves as our faith grows and we have more experience in our walk with him.

Humans are another matter, as trust has to be earned. We often start out small and see if our trust in someone is justified, and then build from there. Unfortunately, trust can be easily shaken or even destroyed. When someone does something to shake our confidence in them and our trust level, it can have a ripple effect, influencing other areas of our relationship with that person. Especially if someone is a respected teacher or apologist.

freeimages / Vjeran Lisjak
Simple Matters
There are nonessentials that some of us prefer, such as eschatology, continuance or cessation of the sign gifts of the Spirit,  pedobaptism, predestination and other doctrines. We can disagree on these without breaking fellowship. Or should be able to do so, anyway. I disagree with some of the beliefs of Dr. James White and of Dr. Michael Brown. But they have Christian fellowship even though the two of them disagree on some matters — they even debate together against opponents of essential matters. Thinking Christians do this; we can hold differing viewpoints and still get along, perhaps we'll have debates and discussions, but still consider each other brothers and sisters in Christ. The fact that we have disagreements may cause us to more closely examine what others teach and believe.

We all know that people make mistakes. Some people will use a mistake as an excuse to call someone a liar or to dismiss what they have to say ("typo pouncing" does not give someone an intellectual or morally superior position). The ripple here is that if someone makes a few too many mistakes for my liking (aside from getting tongue-tied from excitement, fatigue or whatever), then I am more likely to check what is being said a little more closely.

More Scrutiny
There are certain doctrinal matters on which I refuse to compromise, even though they are not essential to salvation. Not essential, but still important. For example, it is disappointing to me when a Christian apologist or philosopher defends an old Earth viewpoint. It implies to me that he or she is elevating "science" above Scripture. It can also imply that this person has not bothered to investigate the relevance of Genesis to achieve a proper understanding of Scripture and its authority.

Either way, I become more skeptical of his teachings and skill, and pay closer attention to what is being said.  When the apologist or teacher begins to make a point of teaching old Earth beliefs (especially theistic evolution) and mocking biblical creation, that ripple will probably cause me to end my association with him or her.

Suspected Dishonesty
I ended my association with a biblical creationist because I believe he was being disingenuous. Was he actually lying? I cannot say, because I do not know his heart and if he intended to deceive people. It was on the matter of supporting King James Only-ism, and people with this cult-like mentality have been shown to be dishonest. This man had been a bit shifty in the past but I gave him the benefit of doubt. Later, he used misleading terminology and invalid comparisons on the KJVO issue. With his skill and knowledge (having scientific training and credentials), he should know better than to use such blatant logical fallacies. I cannot prove dishonesty and it is not worth making a case for it, so I simply stopped associating with him and will no longer promote his articles on my sites. (Note: I do not want to get sidetracked on debating KJVO, preferring instead that people will understand the point that this is underscoring.) The ripples get larger.

Outright Dishonesty 
Unlike some people, I will not just run off at the mouth and libel someone by calling them a liar. However, I have heard a respected apologist misrepresent biblical creationists. (He remains unnamed because I have no proof.) Not only did he use a hasty generalization, but when he gave his comments about a creationist, it struck me as very limited information. I felt that I could not trust him, so I stopped listening to him.

Likewise, I have heard and read blatant misrepresentations of presuppositional apologetics. Giving them some leeway in the matter, there are several different schools of thought on presuppositional apologetics and it gets confusing (I do not fully grasp it myself, though I do have strong leanings in that direction). The ripples of confidence and trust get much larger and more significant.

Blatant Sin and Compromise
It has amazed me that some people were respected by Christians, caught in sins (some of them never actually repented), denied the Bible that they once claimed to believe — and then are idolized by the undiscerning Christians anyway.  I'm not talking about someone getting angry and cursing or something small, either. That ripple has become a wave that washes away my sand castle.

Christians need to have healthy skepticism and be on guard so we do not give out false or erroneous information. When people who are supposed to be teaching us (James 3.1) make significant mistakes, use bad reasoning, are dishonest — well, that wrecks our trust. Will I forgive these people? It gets difficult, but I must (Ephesians 4.32). Will I trust them again? As it stands now, no. But only God knows the future.

— Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Song for Easter

Many Christians around the world are celebrating Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. He defeated death that we may live. Here is a music video, and two links for your edification. First, "The Argument from Easter" for God and the Christian worldview. Next, "What Does the Resurrection of Jesus Have to Do With Creation?"

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wimpy Jesus and Sanctimonious Christians

Thanks to Pete Fiske for giving material that helped with this article — and he doesn't even know it.

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

This has been weighing on me for quite some time. Recent articles and comments finally give me the impetus to actually write it. And since I'm a cowboy at heart, I'm going to do some straight shooting.

Modified from an unknown source
Too many religious people have the idea that Christians have to be "nice" all the time. I have been rebuked for speaking out for the truth, rebuking blaspheming atheists and so forth. "If you're not nice, you'll drive them away and they'll never seek the truth!" (A while back, someone announced that he was going to have a debate with a particularly obstreperous atheist. He was told something along the lines of, "Be careful, we don't want him offended and then he'll be lost".) There are two problems with that idea that come to mind. First, we do not do the saving. That is the work of the Holy Spirit. Our job is to present the truth. Second, we are not responsible for other people's choices.

There is definitely a place for being nice, but many people have truth out of balance. They point to the "gentleness and reverence" part of 1 Peter 3.15 and how Colossians 4.6 talks about speech with graciousness. Calling someone a name? Never! That's not Christlike. Wanna bet? Jesus did speak harshly at times and even did "name calling". "Judge not, lest ye be judged!" Read the rest of Matthew 7 so you can get the quote right, and also look up John 7.24 where we are commanded to exercise righteous judgment. The Apostles also were straight-shooters at times — keep an eye open the next time you read the New Testament.

No, I am not advocating harshness for its own sake. We do need to be firm and direct, sometimes to get someone's attention. But nobody needs self-righteous Christians passing unrighteous judgment, misquoting verses and disunderstanding the Bible. Sometimes I wonder if those people are actually Christians (2 Cor. 13.5). Perhaps they have a problem with pride.

This concept of the nice guy Jesus and wimpy Christians is, as I said, truth out of balance. People ignore much of Scripture for the sake of verbally beating others over the head. Worse than that, it is idolatry. That's right, I said it! People are taking plastic New Age concepts of Christ and shaping them into comfortable images that they can worship; it makes them feel good. Note that many liberal "Christians" and New Agers believe in some concept of "Christ" which has nothing to do with the Bible and the actual person of Jesus. (Wafting Idolatrous Moral Pretenses?) This is not biblical, it is buffet-style religion. In addition, these people actually hinder the gospel because they are busy scolding Christians who take a stand because someone may be "offended". Guess what? The gospel itself is offensive (Gal. 5.11)!

By the way, it is both tragic and amusing when atheopaths (yes, I called a name, oh horrors!) agree with the unknowing, sanctimonious, liberal and other religious people and tell us that we're not Christian enough. Ironic, because they want to hold us to what they think the Bible teaches, but they not only reject it themselves, but do not have a consistent moral standard of their own! If evolution and materialism are true, then it doesn't matter anyway because people are just bundles of chemicals responding to their brain chemistry. The fundamentalist evolutionist who calls everyone who gives evidence against evolution a "liar", the angry apostate, the militant atheist, none have a right to complain about someone else's conduct! Survival of the fittest, yes?

There seems to be a rebellion against the sappy, wimpy religiousness of some people. We'd like it if people would actually learn the Word and practice it before wagging their bony fingers in the faces of others whom they consider lacking in their Christianity. Sorry if some of us interfere with your good feelings. Sure, we need to grow, learn change. We all do. But judging Christians through lack of biblical understanding and using a Jesus idol will only do harm. It has been said that the Christian army shoots its own wounded. People like that seem to be pretty enthusiastic.

Enough of my sermonizing. There are some articles that I would like to submit for your consideration and edification. First, Matt Walsh says, "Jesus didn’t care about being nice or tolerant, and neither should you". Next, Dave Macy insists that "Real Christians are not Wimps". Daniel Darling at CNN points out that young people are not leaving the faith because of the truth, but because of the false "niceness" business, "Millennials and the false 'gospel of nice'. Finally, some historical and cultural insight about the time of Jesus in this introduction to Refuting Compromise by Dr. Jonathan Sarfati

Let's do away with the false image of the wimpy Jesus and find out what the real one has to say.