Sunday, April 26, 2015

Different Worlds of Ministry

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Some pastors of more traditional churches consider Web and parachurch ministries (especially creation science ministries) to be unimportant, or even harmful. There are people who consider these ministries extremely helpful, and feel no need to attend a church. Is there a balance between the two views? Yes.

The traditional concept of "going to a church building" is not exactly biblical. There is no concept of attending First Church morning for Sunday School, the main service, and Wednesday night prayer meeting (with the occasional potluck supper). The early church met in homes, catacombs, or wherever they could, especially during times of persecution (like many church groups in atheist-run or Mohammedan-run countries). However, free societies have church buildings and regular meeting times. Although not supported by Scripture, there is nothing essentially wrong with that long-standing concept, either.

Likewise, there is no biblical support for parachurch ministries, but no prohibition against them. Some mainstream churches resent parachurch ministries (whether on the Web or elsewhere) because they feel that people's loyalties are divided. (I heard someone who had a parachurch ministry express dislike for the word "parachurch" because it sounded too much like "parasite".) Another concern that churches have about outside organizations is that many (if not most) are fully independent, and have no accountability to a church.

Some churches are doing what they're supposed to do: Minister to the saints through teaching sound doctrine, meeting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, sharing the gospel message to the lost, and other concerns. Overall, mainstream churches are failing. Part of the reason is that they seem to be more like religious social clubs than actually ministries. Many are perceived as being interested more in money than people, and that adds fuel to the resentment fire of those churches toward outside ministries.

Of course, it is easy to find parachurch groups that do act like parasites, preaching lame or even false doctrines, emphasizing how you need to give them money (often through misquoting Scripture and "guaranteeing" financial blessings if you pay up), and other matters of dishonesty. Some of those teaching false, liberal, and feel good doctrines are doing rather well, even financially. If mainstream churches had been doing their jobs by teaching sound doctrine (including discernment), and if many people weren't intellectually and spiritually lazy, perhaps people wouldn't be falling for religious-oriented scams.

It has been said that the Web is an extremely powerful tool for evangelism as well as good teaching. A drawback to this is that people can spend all their time on the Web and forget about the assembly of believers (Heb. 10:25) and being ready to give an account for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15) in real world face-to-face encounters




But no church can teach every area. Web organizations and ministries often focus on specific areas. I have an online creation science ministry where I write some original articles, and also direct people to other biblical creation science ministries. There are ministries that specialize in eschatology (there are many views), cults and heresies, specific cults, false teachings, apologetics, doctrinal questions, basic biblical teachings, and much more. I have learned a great deal from podcasts and articles from parachurch ministries, some of which I support financially.

Unfortunately, there are churches who not only resent parachurch ministries (often from a loss of revenue standpoint), but also see them as unimportant. This may come from personal experience ("I don't have people asking me about creation science and evolution, or challenging me to give evidence for my faith") as well as personal biases. In the issue of origins, a pastor may not discuss the relevance of Genesis because he does not want to be "labeled", thinks it's unimportant, or something else. The big debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham was seen by an estimated 15 million people online (tickets to attend the debate at the Creation Museum sold out within minutes), and this debate seems to have intensified.

When (not "if") people want answers, many will saddle up and head for the Web. There are many trails to ride, and it is easy to encounter spiritual bandits who will give false or incorrect information to a seeker. Internet atheists are notoriously dishonest, often incorrectly seeming like they have reason on their side. People on the Web can be blunt, rude, and profane, saying things that they would never dare say to someone's face; it's easy for people like this to become keyboard warriors, hiding behind their anonymity. My point here is that people act differently online, and it's a different world in many ways. But also, with all the information available, there are deceivers.

If a Christian is taught sound doctrine, critical thinking, and discernment in a local church as well as from good parachurch ministries, he or she is less likely to fall for deceptive tactics. The same criteria apply to a Christian in a false brick and mortar church, or when a cultist comes knocking at their doors.

People will use the Web for information, that's the way of today's world. They cannot get all the information they want from a local church; many want it now (and usually free), no time or finances to order books at the moment. A biblically-driven local church can harness the power of the Web to help equip people for Christian living, doctrine, evangelism, and more. Although the two can appear in competition, real churches should use the Web, not shun or resent it. Also, even strapping on the feedbag with good teachings on the Web is not a valid reason to ignore gathering with believers, whether a church on a corner, rented space, home church, or something else.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Alien Messages and Evolution

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

The topic of aliens from outer space can make as much sense as a cattle stampede. Many people believe that there are extraterrestrial visitors who traveled amazingly vast distances through impossible-to-survive conditions in outer space to visit us. What for, just to say "Howdy?" Others reject space aliens as products of imagination, psychotic episodes, mistakes, or are faked. Then you hear about how UFOs are secret government flying machines. See? Orderly as a stampede.

To dismiss UFOs and aliens outright is to impugn the integrity of many respectable people. Something happened to various people, and others did see something in the sky. By my cogitations, those space ships are probably military aircraft — and something sinister as well. Those visitations by extraterrestrials? They're not from outer space. If ET says he's from out there, he's lying.

Having reluctantly abandoned my belief that we are visited by space strangers, I have a mix of ideas that I think make sense, and they fit with my biblical creationist worldview.

The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.
— John 10:10

When people have communicated with aliens, they often are given a "message for humanity". This often arrives through "channeling", an occult practice used by spirit mediums. The message is typical New Age jargon, and has either no mention of the Bible and Jesus, or actually disrespects them. We've been warned about that (Galatians 1:8). It has been noted that when someone is undergoing an abduction and they cry out to Jesus, everything suddenly stops. Would a being from another world be bothered by the name of the Creator (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16) ? Not hardly!



Extraterrestrials bringing messages to humanity? No, they're not from outer space at all, and their message is an evolution-supporting deception.
Cranky Alien image courtesy of Why?Outreach
In an interview on Derek Gilbert's show "View from the Bunker" (the episode was called "Joe Jordan — Unholy Communion"), Derek referred to Joe's earlier comment that beings who appear as space aliens have a purpose to deceive us. He then asked what their goal is in this deception. Joe replied that their goal is to take our eyes and focus away from the one true God. If they can get us to doubt that the one true creator God is who he says he is, then we are lost souls. 

I agree with others, that beings that claim to be from outer space are actually deceptive demons.


I'm going to ride off the trail a bit now, and tie this into the origins controversy. Evolutionism is another gospel, full of mythology that tries to replace biblical truth. There is no need for God, the deity in charge is Evolution. No sin, no need for redemption, the only need for salvation is through "science". Demons claiming to be from outer space are, what? More evolved!


Evolution deceives us, and takes our eyes off God. People use evolution to justify their rebellion against God, and to doubt that God is who he says he is — and they are lost souls.

We need to watch who we're listening to, and especially who we're believing. We cannot be our own gods (Genesis 3:4-5), and we must humble ourselves (Matthew 18:4) and accept the gift of God through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9), and we can become children of the living God (John 1:12-13). God is the Creator, and he makes the rules. We come to him on his terms, not ours — and not through the lies of pretend space aliens. 

For some interesting reading on aliens, abductions and such, I refer you to this series of links, and recommend Alien Intrusion by Gary Bates.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Creation Sunday — Why Do Anti-Creationists Scream So Loudly?

For Creation Sunday, an article about how atheists and evolutionists are determined to silence biblical creationists. What's wrong with them, anyway?

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Today is Creation Sunday. It was created in response to misleading atheist Michael Zimmerman's call to apostasy called the "Clergy Letter Project". Creation Sunday is an effort to get Bible-believing Christians to take a stand for the truth, and to educate themselves on the importance of Genesis as well as how science supports creation and refutes evolution.

Why is it that those owlhoots feel the need to slap leather with those of us who believe the Bible, to recruit compromisers, and to evangelize for atheism? You'd think that they'd be content to be "right" in their own eyes (Psalm 14:1) and their rejection of God, even though they know he exists (Romans 1:18-23). They insist that we're "wrong", but they have to protect "science" (fallaciously equivocating "evolution" with "science"), and are not content to leave us alone, nor show a modicum of respect for people who believe differently.

The Bible makes it clear that the unsaved are deceived by their own wickedness (Jeremiah 17:9 KJV), and are under control of their father down below (John 8:44). They cannot understand Scripture (1 Cor. 2:14), despite the arrogant assertions of some. (When an unbeliever tries to argue Scripture, I think of Proverbs 26:7 and Proverbs 18:2.) I agree with this theology in the Reformed tradition, the "noetic effects of sin", where sin touches every aspect of someone's thinking. Atheists have no consistent moral standard, and atheism itself is irrational, lacking the necessary preconditions of human experience. Only the Bible is consistent and coherent, and has those necessary preconditions — beginning in Genesis. They're missing out on the love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, and adoption as children of God (John 14:6, John 1:12), and cannot join us in looking at the wonders of creation, exclaiming, "My God, how great you are!"


Job 40:7-8, NIV

Because of their suppression of the truth, wicked hearts, blinded eyes, and control by Satan, they think they are doing something good by attacking! Cognate on this: People want to think they are doing good things ("He needed killin', Sheriff!") If you visit atheist sites and Pages on social media, you're very likely to find excuses for hating God and the Bible — but no actual evidence for atheism (there isn't any). Persecuting Christians, proclaiming the glories of Darwin's fundamentally flawed conjectures, uniting with apostate and compromising Christians, ridiculing and misrepresenting creationists are all a part of doing "good" things in their minds. Trying to find fault with the Creator is utter foolishness (Job 40:7-8 NIV).

Meanwhile, the rest of us who actually believe the Bible and stand for the truth will be persecuted (1 Thess. 3:4, Matt. 5:11-12, John 15:20). Their evil deeds are actually blessing us and increasing our rewards in Heaven! Out of hope that the lost will hear and respond to the gospel message, out of respect for the authority of the written Word of God, out of obedience to the commands of Jesus (Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 1:8). We celebrate the creation and the Creator, and we will not be silenced!



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Emotionally-Based Belief Systems

Atheism, evolutionism, cults, liberal Christianity and human nature have something in common: emotional reactions based on pride. People want to feel good, and feel important. Christians need to stand on the authority of the Word now more than ever. Plus music from ApologetiX.
by Cowboy Bob Sorensen
Edited January 2, 2015

Many times in social media posts, videos, articles and so on from anti-creationists and militant atheists, they act like they're doing the world a favor by ridiculing Christians and creationists. Many will go on crusades to rid the world of that nebulous phantom of "religion" that "causes all the wars", or attack biblical creationists for the sake of protecting "science" (they are not protecting "science" at all, they conflate their religious views of evolution with science, and try to protect that from scrutiny). Purveyors of "reason" use very little of it, and rely on emotionalism and bigotry to persuade people of their views. Many of these keyboard warriors are unwilling to be obstreperous in person, saving their vituperative remarks for safe locations and (frequent) anonymity.

It's mighty interesting to see that people who deny God (without whom logic and science are impossible) think they have a moral reason for their actions — but atheism and evolutionism do not have a consistent moral foundation! Their "morality" is a thinly-veiled excuse for bigotry against Christians and creationists. Atheists have come up with several groups of new "commandments", which are very weak attempts to be "better" than God's commandments. The latest group of their commandments is illogical and unimpressive.

These things begin with thoughts and attitudes. From there, we get words (for example, leaving rude comments on Websites and social media), legislative manipulation through leftist politicians and judges, increasing persecution, finding ways to silence us — I reckon that there'll be a time when militant atheists and anti-creationists will think they're doing something "good" by eliminating us. If you think I'm using hyperbole, think again: Check out the acts of violence by atheists and evolutionists in this article.


The mis-named "British Centre for Science Education" forum has little science, but many logical fallacies and ridicule of biblical creationists.
Blatant bigotry from a evolutionist propaganda forum.
If origins science was based on evidence and logic, evolution would have been dropped on the trail of science long ago, and people would be creationists. Instead, it is a spiritual problem that is propelled by emotion, idolatry, and arrogance.

The foundation for Christian beliefs is supposed to be the Bible. Unfortunately, many people use their religion to gain good feelings. The "Charismatic" groups seldom use scriptural principles in their gatherings, instead indulging in simultaneous ecstatic babbling and unbiblical "prophesies". Many Scripture-twisting heresies (such as the "Word of Faith" or "Name It Claim it" teachings), the New Apostolic Reformation, and the ecumenical movement are rooted in Charismatic beliefs. The canon of Scripture is closed, there are no new prophesies to be added. Yet, many people claim to have special or new revelations from God. Many of the so-called prophesies are vague and worthless, and others are blatantly false. The Bible is clear that a prophet from God is speaking to glorify God and proclaim him, and the prophet must always be right. But people listen to the false prophet anyway; they want to feel good.

Serious Christians want the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. But the extreme emotional groups act like the sign gifts are all that matters. We are to lift up Jesus, not feelings, prosperity, emotions, gifts and so on. The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus (John 16:14)! Charles Stanley has an excellent 30-minute lesson about the power of the Spirit in the believer's life. It is available on the site, look for "Clothed With Power" in the list (December 31, 2014 episode). Also, the direct link to download the MP3 is here.

Religious people seeking good feelings instead of the truth of Scripture is by no means limited to the Charismatics! Mainstream churches have compromised seven ways from sundown with "seeker friendly" and "emergent" trends. Compromisers like Rob Bell (who has not only dismissed the Christian doctrine of Hell, but has other strange views) and Rick Warren (who advocates uniting with Roman Catholics and promotes Chrislam) are obvious apostates, but many other churches are more interested in bolstering attendance than in standing for the truth.

Cults appeal to emotion. Part of this is to keep their people under control, but also use emotion to draw others into their false systems. (Mormonism is big on having a "testimony" that is based on emotions and false teachings, for example.) Cults often make a show about caring for people, but intimidate and manipulate to keep them. It must be nice to be part of the One True Church™.

Pride is what moved Lucifer to rebel against God, and he was cast out of Heaven with a third of the angels who followed him, and he became Satan (Isaiah 14:12-14, Ezekiel 28:11-19). What did he use to tempt Eve in Eden? He questioned God (Genesis 3:1), called God a liar (Genesis 3:4), and appealed to her pride (Genesis 3:5). Eve's desires joined in, and she ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:6).

Pride has a strong emotional component. People want to lay low because they're afraid of being labeled and ridiculed, and they also want to feel like they're doing something important (such has having exclusive truth or destroying enemies of "science"). Add pride to the desire to feel good, and you get atheists, anti-creationists, cults, and liberal "Christians" playing fast and loose with Scripture, including making it seem to be of no importance.

It is more important than ever to take a stand on the authority of God's written Word, stand up to apostasy, compromise and deception, (2 Cor. 10:4-5), and grow in Christ (2 Peter 3:18). Satan is active and wants to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8). God uses people to bless others Satan has people (John 8:44), and uses them to accomplish his will. He hates God and God's people, and his hand puppets hate us as well. Never forget who is greater (1 John 4:4).

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Why Do Cults Shun Christmas?

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen
Edited 10-23-2015

Most Christians (and many non-Christians) celebrate Christmas. There are some Christians who choose to avoid it. Unfortunately, there are also legalistic, judgmental Christians who scorn those of us who choose to celebrate, but this is based on a misunderstanding of Scripture and history (and maybe a prideful desire to feel "better" than others). Some of those people are influenced by atheistic dishonesty and cult propaganda. I've seen cults actually start with a foundation of blatant lies, and then build an "argument" against Christmas with "logic" that is cringe-worthy.


Most Christians and many non-Christians celebrate Christmas. Why do legalists and cultists strive to keep their people away from it?

Some legalistic Christians (as well as the Jehovah's Witnesses) proudly assert that everyone else is wrong and they are right in avoiding Christmas. They assert alleged pagan associations with the holiday, and even torture the text of Jeremiah 10:1-16 to get it to confess that Christmas trees are evil. Except that their use is amazingly out of biblical, historical, and cultural contexts. Consider that Jeremiah was written hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus, and that Christmas trees in homes were not common until even later, so associating those verses with Christmas trees seems to be an act of desperation.

Sometimes people will say, "We were never commanded to celebrate the birth of Jesus!" So? We do many things that we were never commanded to do. Here's a gold nugged I panned up for you: Jesus celebrate Hanukkah. Or, as it was known in his day, the Feast of Dedication (John 10:22-23). Although it was not one of the feasts commanded by God, he went.

Before we ride further down the trail toward cult things, let's stop a moment. "Cult" is a common and useful term, but can bring up images of dancing among torches and waving snakes on a tropical island, or the atheist Jim Jones and Jonestown. Sure, those are cults. But generally, Christians mean that something is a cult when it denies the essential doctrines of the Christian faith, such as the deity of Christ, the Trinity, the bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead, and so on. Some religious groups have doctrines that are heterodox (such as annihilationism, soul sleep, infant baptism, and others), but those views do not define the groups as cults. But when someone holds to heterodox views, be on the alert and check further for unorthodox or cult beliefs.

Although cults pretend to be the One True Church™, they deny the essentials of the Christian faith. Groups like the Sacred Name, Jehovah's Witnesses, the old Worldwide Church of God (and its splinter groups), and others will rabidly deny the celebrations of Christmas, Easter, birthdays, and many holidays. (It's interesting that the henotheistic Mormons do not seem to forbid celebrating Christmas, but their Jesus is not the real Jesus; their Jesus is a spirit brother of Lucifer.) Be careful — just because someone rejects Christmas does not guarantee that he or she is a cultist, nor is celebrating Christmas a guarantee that someone is not involved in a cult.

Some characteristics of cults include their claim to be the only ones who are right (like I just mentioned), a persecution complex (try to talk reason with some, and they want to draw down on you like it's the gunfight at the O.K. Corral on a spiritual level), and isolation. Isolation helps cult leaders control their people and keeps them from examining the Bible for themselves. (Atheists tend to do the same kind of thing, telling people what Christians and creationists believe and think instead of sending them to Christians and creationists for first-hand information.) No need to think when the Watchtower or the Yahuwshuwa stormtroopers will tell you what to think.

But again, why do cults shun Christmas?

If cults let their members freely mix with Christians, they would be more likely to read the Bible with an open mind and see that the cult's doctrines are not supported. In fact, people might see that their leaders have been lying to them about what Christians really believe and what the Bible actually teaches. Can you imagine a member of one of those outfits joining in and singing such terrible words, or hearing them on the radio?

  • Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, hail the incarnate Deity!
  • Mary, did you know...you kissed the face of God?
  • Emmanuel...Wonderful Counselor...Mighty God, Holy One...
  • By Thine own eternal Spirit rule in all our hearts alone 
  • Behold, the great Creator makes himself a house of clay
That last one gets the attention of this creationist. For that matter, in church last week we sang "Joy to the World", and did a verse that is often missed: "No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow Far as the curse is found...", referring back to Genesis 3:17-19 NIV, and forward to Revelation 22:3 NASB. Yes, the Creator became flesh (Phil. 2:6-7, John 1:3, John 1:18, Co. 1.16). That information could be bad for cult coffers when people learn the truth and leave for a Bible-believing church.

As for me, I'm going to celebrate Christmas (as I discussed in "Christmas and Creationists"). It's sure a great time to share the gospel of the Creator becoming a man, his crucifixion, and bodily resurrection from the dead so we can become children of the living God! Cults and God-deniers do not have this great hope, the promise of life!

 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Cats, Computers, and God

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

What could the three subjects in the title possibly have in common? Not much, really. But there are two things from the Unusual Analogies Department that you may find interesting. 

Also, just for fun, this is scheduled to publish at 10:11 AM Eastern Time on December 13, 2014. Yup: 10:11, 12-13-14. It won't happen again.


Cats
What do cats, computers, and God have in common? You may be surprised at the answer.
"Going to check my mail now". Basement Cat "using" my wife's computer.
How we got our Basement Cat is a long story. But there was a time that we didn't get along, and I didn't want the beast in the apartment. Now we're quite close. I prefer the names that I put on her instead of her "real" name, but never mind about that now.

Some people dislike cats because of their independent spirit, call them "sneaky", are annoyed because cats are cats and not dogs, or other reasons. When I was much younger, I complained to my mother about our cat and made a stupid accusation like "sneaky" or something. My mother looked at me in amazement and said, "She's an animal!" What neither of us realized then was that I was anthropomorphizing, and irrationally expecting the cat to act in a way that I preferred.


Having watched television shows and read material about animals, I learned that people have to learn about the traits of the animals (cats do show affection, but you have to learn to read their signs), especially when you learn some of the physiology (I like observing what I call the "feline machine"). They have their own stimuli, responses, instincts, and so on. "Domesticated"? I'm not so sure...

Also, I just have to go on about this side note. When you get a pet, you're doing more than just having something to poke at when you're bored. You're taking on a responsibility. Their lives are in our hands, sometimes literally. See that cat in the picture? She lays on her back in a sign of trust, or lets me pet under her chin. Very vulnerable and trusting; I actually get a bit emotional about that trust, which I never want to betray. In addition, God wants us to care for creatures (Proverbs 12:10).

What it comes down to is that if you want a relationship with a cat, you have to learn how to come to it on its own terms and not expect it to conform to your expectations. Same with any other beast.


Computers

Have you ever heard of GIGO? It's an axiom of computer programmers, and many users have learned it: Garbage In, Garbage Out. Computers are exceptionally literal things, and do only what they're told to do. Yes/no, on/off, one/zero. 

Did it stop you from going to a certain site? Check your browser settings, firewall, anti-virus, your typing, maybe someone's bad link, or something else — but that box of electric hardware didn't make a decision to stop you. When we get angry, we may (big word again) anthropomorphize and claim that "it's cheating me", or doing something "on purpose". (I'm suspicioning that some games have things built in to keep you from winning too much too soon, but I reckon I can't prove that.) Artificial intelligence isn't here yet, and there's no reason to pay attention to Stephen Hawking's predictions of doom.

We have to learn to use computers and the programs inside them. They not only do what they're told, but they do not think for themselves (though bad software may cause unexpected results that appear like the computer is making its own malicious choices). Sure, many of us will say things like, "It wants to run a program on its own" (probably something in the registry causing that activity), or, "It doesn't want to connect" (it doesn't want anything, really, so check the software, wires, and so on). We have to learn how to work with computers and, essentially, come to them on their terms. (See what I did there? Computers and cats don't have "terms" to come to them on, but you know what I mean.) Nor can you expect a computer to conform to your expectations.

God

Someone may be upset that I'm "comparing God to cats and computers", but read on, old son, because I'm only showing two things that all three have in common, and not "comparing" them.

I have an online creation science ministry called "The Question Evolution Project" on Facebook and on Google Plus. In these and other places on the Web, I'll have atheists make demands of God, saying things like, "I don't believe he exists. He needs to prove it by doing special signs, or speaking directly to me!" 

First of all, people like that usually find some kind of an excuse to reject every evidence presented, and try to replace God with evolution. In fact, some people had the best evidence in the world for seeing the resurrected Jesus: They saw him with their own eyes, and still doubted (Matthew 28:16-17). My other reaction is, "What makes you so special?" God has already shown that he exists (Romans 1:20-22, Psalm 53:1-4, Proverbs 1:7), Jesus has explained God (John 1.18), and has given us his written Word (2 Peter 1:19) — we can trust and believe the Bible

We cannot make demands of the Creator of the universe to come to us on our terms (Romans 9:20, 1 Peter 5: 5-6). He is the one who makes the rules, and we, the created, must come to him on his terms, not ours. What many people detest is that God does not care about what we call "wisdom". Our position, knowledge, philosophies, wealth — none of those matter (Philippians 3:7-11). We must come to God in humility because we are unable to save ourselves — all of it is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9), and we cannot require God to conform to our expectations. God requires humility and repentance. It's best to do it now, because you may not have tomorrow (2 Corinthians 6:2). Are you going to spend eternity with God and his people? Are you sure?

One other thing. Christians, especially those in various kinds of ministry, can get caught up in pride. Like the atheists described above, some Christians disregard the authority of Scripture. It's been rightly said that people headed for a fall often have an attitude, "God sure must be glad that he's got me on his side!" Better check yourselves, and quickly! We are to be obedient to God's will, and seeking it (Ephesians 2:10, Titus 2:14, Hebrews 3:4, Isaiah 43:7, Psalm 100:3). Personally, I recommend "checkpoints" where we get with mature Christians and leaders. Also, pray. Seek to glorify God, not to show off your good works or your intellectual prowess.


Conclusion


When dealing with cats and critters, we can't expect them to act in a way we want them to. We have to learn what makes them tick and come to them on their terms. 

Computers are literal machines, doing what they're told, and doing what we want them to through their own decision-making processes, which are nonexistent. To have good use out of them, we need to learn how to run the software; computers are not making decisions, so we come to them on their own terms. 

Most importantly, God is our maker. He makes the rules, and we cannot make demands on him. He has mercifully shown us how to come to him on his terms, not our own. We must humbly seek his salvation, forgiveness and will for our lives.


Unimportant Addendum: Right on time.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Charles Darwin is Still Haunting

Have you ever been haunted? I have. Charles Darwin haunts me. Don't get me wrong, I have never seen a ghost (or a flying saucer, for that matter), and reject the idea that they are the spirits of the departed who come a-calling. For information on those specific topics, I refer you to "Are Ghosts Real?", follow-up, "Ghosts, Experience, and the Bible" and "Aliens, Evolution and the Occult".

Like so many other words that are bandied about, "ghost", "spirit" and "haunt" have different meanings based on the context. I am haunted by the ghost of Darwin, and also by versions of his worldview, evolutionism. Everywhere you go, you can't escape the spirit of evolutionism. (There, you have to rely on the context to get a handle on those words.)

I'll be watching at TV documentary about cats, and they drop in that "it evolved this feature", so the spirit of evolution appears. Some entertainment piece, and guess what? Those owlhoots must feel compelled to shove in some "fact" about evolution that has nothing to do with the story. (Naturally, there are science fiction stories that are dedicated entirely to the subject, but some of us can suspend disbelief and watch the show anyway.) Over and over, evolution is assumed to be true and presented as incontrovertible fact, whether on . Of course, evidence against it and disagreements among evolutionary scientists are omitted. The truth of the Creator is simply left out as well.



Evolutionism is a worldview, and treated like a religion with Darwin as a religious figure. Don't believe me? Post a joke about Darwin, or even a quote where he admits flaws in his hypothesis, and the Evo Sith come riding at you like an unholy cavalry charge to protect the object of their adoration. Look around at all of the Darwin and evolution pictures, anti-Christian images (like the Jesus fish symbol with legs, for one), public events (even government sanctioned, but the "separation of church and state does not apply because humanistic religions are favored), textbooks, artwork and so much more — but contrary evidence is censored; "science" must be "protected". Praise to Darwin and his wonderful theory! Darwin's spirit is haunting us everywhere. Bible-believing Christians and creation science ministries are working hard to negate that phantom, despite the further apostasy of Pope Francis.

Worst of all, Darwin's haunting the church, intimidating and deceiving people into compromise. Some of us hold to the authority of Scripture, not the ever-changing whims of man-made science philosophies. Here's an article that covers that church-haunting aspect quite well. It was written a while back, so a couple of references to events and things that are going to happen, have already happened. But that little thing doesn't ruin the rest of it.
On February 12, 1809, in the modest town of Shrewsbury, England, Susannah Darwin gave birth to her now-famous son Charles in their family home called The Mount.

Darwin’s Presence Where He Was Born
That was roughly 200 years ago, yet as you walk through the town of Shrewsbury, you sense Darwin’s influence (his “ghost”) all around. Darwin Street, Darwin Terrace, Darwin House, Darwin Gardens, and the Darwin Shopping Center are just a few of the landmarks that honor and immortalize this man.
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