Dec 142014
 

Today’s Post is an article written by Henry Morris III, CEO of Institute for Creation Research, regarding our responsibility in studying the Scriptures in order to ascertain the truth of man’s teachings.

EVIDENCE for CREATION

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Three Creation Witnesses

“Previously… we suggested that the text of Scripture is more to be trusted than the theology of those who study the text. Even though many godly scholars have made a genuine effort to understand and apply the words of God, it is ultimately the responsibility of every Christian to search the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11) to verify the teachings of men against the words of God’s inspired writings.

Debates among biblically-committed theologians and among godly pastors rarely center on salvation issues, the deity of Jesus Christ–or even over the inspiration of Scripture. Usually these arguments are about “bigger” pictures, such as eschatology and ecclesiology. And, yes, the meaning of the creation account is becoming one of the more heated debates among evangelicals. (Emphasis added)

Various hybrid theories about creation thrive among evangelicals. The gap theory popularized in the early 1900s is still embraced by some. Several iterations of the day-age theory are more common, with progressive creation widely held among academics. Then there are the so-called “naïve literalists” (who accept the words of Genesis at face value and as actual history).

What evidence exists besides the biblical text?

Although the Bible is clear that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), there is ample evidence that the Creator exists.

The universe itself (Romans 1:20) identifies His eternal power and triune nature. Creation becomes the universal “speech” and “language” of God to man about Himself (Psalm 19:1-3). The triune Godhead is certainly in view; and not only the Trinity, but the “nature” of that Godhead.

Human existence itself (Acts 17:28-29) demonstrates the eternal presence of the Creator God. This would include the innate knowledge present in all humanity, but especially the powerful evidence of the “new” creation in believers (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:24).

The incarnation of the Lord Jesus, the “Word made flesh” (John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-9), incorporates the fullness of God (Colossians 2:9). Christ’s life and ministry are vivid evidence of His omnipotence–especially the seven great miracles of creation recorded in the Gospel of John.

Thus, we have a threefold historical witness:

  • The universe–the “things that are made”
  • Humanity–and the new birth
  • Jesus Christ–His life, word, and ministry

These revealed witnesses are progressively more clearly and accurately understood. The universe is designed to “speak” and “show” invisible things, but these must by their vastness be both difficult and mysterious to discern. The new creation of the salvation event is certainly more visible–since the lifestyle and character of each individual should reflect a more visible righteousness. Those who are born again (John 3:3) are the “epistle of Christ” (2 Corinthians 3:3), God’s “workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Ephesians 2:10).

The ultimate Truth, however, is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (John 14:6) and His Word that He has given us (John 17:17). Jesus insisted that the miracles that He did while He was here on earth were enough proof–even if we have a hard time believing what He has said (John 10:38).

We may have difficulty seeing the invisible eternal power and Godhead from the evidence written into the very fabric of the universe, and we may see contradictions in the lives and testimonies of those who claim to participate in the “divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). It is even possible to deny the reality of the historical record and witnesses of Christ’s miracles. But the written record, the words of God, they shall not pass away (Matthew 24:35) and those words have “eternal life” (John 6:68).

If we are unable to trust the words of God, then we are surely doomed to wander in the ignorance of unbelief, “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7).”

* Dr. Morris is Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Creation Research.

Morris III, H. 2009. Three Creation Witnesses. Acts & Facts. 38 (8): 22.

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Dec 072014
 

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We have posted this before, as it is one of my favorite Sunday Posts.

I found the following on a sheet of paper while going through my Dad’s Bible a few years ago.  Although he went home to the Lord 22 years ago, it sometimes feels like it was just yesterday.

Christ came from above, John 6:38
Antichrist ascends from the pit, Rev. 11:7

Christ came in His Father’s name, John 5:43
Antichrist will come in his own name, John 5:43

Christ humbled Himself, Phil. 2:8
Antichrist will exalt himself, 2 Thess. 2:4

Christ was despised, Isaiah 53:3
Antichrist will be admired, Rev. 13:3-4

Christ will be exalted, Phil 2:9
Antichrist will be cast down into hell, Isa. 14:14-15; Rev. 19:20

Christ came to do His Father’s will, John 6:38
Antichrist will come to do his own will, Daniel 11:36

Christ came to save, Luke 19:10
Antichrist will come to destroy, Daniel 8:24

Christ is the Good Shepherd, John 10:4-15
Antichrist is the “idol (evil) shepherd”, Zech. 11:16-17

Christ is the “true vine,” John 15:1
Antichrist is the “vine of the earth”, Rev. 14:18

Christ is the Truth, John 14:6
Antichrist is the “lie”, 2 Thess. 2:11

Christ is the “holy One,” Mark 1:24
Antichrist is the”lawless one”, 2 Thess. 2:8

Christ is the “Man of sorrows” Isaiah 53:3
Antichrist “man of sin”, 2 Thess. 2:3

Christ is the “Son of God,” Luke 1:35
Antichrist is the son of “perdition” 2 Thess. 2:3

Christ is the “mystery of godliness: God manifest in the flesh, 1 Tim. 3:16
Antichrist is the “mystery of lawlessness,” Satan manifest in the flesh 2 Thess. 2:7

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Nov 302014
 

bkt-ws-wg-lgWarren B. Smith, Lighthouse Trails

“Several years ago I was at a church conference in Olathe, Kansas. In the middle of citing a verse from the book of Jeremiah, the speaker suddenly looked up from the text with a huge smile on his face. Looking out at us, he joyfully exclaimed—“I love the Bible!” I immediately and enthusiastically agreed. What an amazing book! It tells us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. While it lifts us up and shows us the way to salvation, it tells us who Jesus is, and it tells us who He is not. God’s true authentic Word—we would be totally lost without it.

However in today’s compromised church, spiritual experience seems to be the name of the game. Consequently, there seems to be more interest in a word from God rather than in the Word of God. Lest we become compromised ourselves, we must never take God’s Word for granted. What a gift, what a treasure, what a wonder the Holy Bible is. It truly is the Word of God as it inspires, nurtures, guides, and sustains us in our walk with the Lord. God’s Word is awesome—so awesome, in fact, that God magnifies His Word above everything else (Psalm 138:2). And when one reads through the Scriptures to see what the Bible says about the Bible, it is an amazing thing to behold. The following verses are just some of what God’s Word says about God’s Word.”

(Thanks to Nannette for sending this in)

Editor

Please click on the BLUE HEADLINE LINK above to read the complete article.

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Nov 232014
 
SUNDAY POST: The Holy Trinity

Today’s Post was written by Helen Fryman Setterfield. Helen and her husband, Barry, are literal Bible creationists. Their ministry is in Creation Science and Creation Astronomy. Barry and Helen have lectured at Bible schools, colleges, schools and churches in the USA, New Zealand and Australia and presented their research in a number of forums. Barry is

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Nov 092014
 
SUNDAY POST: The Day of the LORD

Today’s Post is a study of 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 written by John F. Walvoord (May 1, 1910 – December 20, 2002), long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary. He was one of the most prominent evangelical scholars of his generation and is considered perhaps the world’s foremost interpreter of biblical prophecy. Dr. Walvoord is known worldwide for his evangelical

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Nov 022014
 

As children, Author and I participated in Halloween’s tradition of dressing in costumes and trick or treating. We never thought there was anything wrong with it, back then. Our sons also grew up joining in the ‘festivities’ of this so-called American holiday. However, as we came to know God’s written Word and desired to please Him

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Oct 262014
 
SUNDAY POST: The Scripture of Amazing Grace

“Amazing Grace” is an autobiographical hymn by John Newton (1725-1807). Formerly a seaman and first officer aboard slave ships, Newton lived a debauched, hardened life until a fearful storm at sea awakened him, and the Mercy and Grace of the LORD Jesus Christ saved him. Newton began to cry, “Lord have mercy on us!” But,

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