Answers News – March 12th and 15th

Here is your weekly Answers News update, beloved.

In Monday’s episode Ken, Dr. Purdom, and Boddie discuss cannibalism, Cheddar Man, and more.

In Thursday’s episode Dr. Purdom, Avery, and Boddie discuss Stephen Hawkings death, and more. They also show a preview of The Riot and the Dance, a movie coming out Monday in theaters. I’ll be going to see it, and doing a review, Lord willing.

I pray these shows are edifying to you, dear friends. If there’s any movies, or shows, you’d like me to look at or review please feel free to let me know in the comments. As always, beloved, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Prayer Request

Beloved, please pray for my husband if you get the chance. Last night he lost a patient that he had been treating for a while. It was a little baby boy, if you could also pray for the babies parents I know they’re going to need it. They’re believers, so thankfully they have the Almighty God to cling to in this desperate time. Thank you all, God bless you dear friends!

Wednesday Testimony – Colt

Colt’s testimony of conversion into Christianity is absolutely imperative for every parent to watch. I have a family member who asked similar questions as he did, but unfortunately when her questions were not answered she walked away from church and has yet to return. The issue of evolution is causing millions of youth to stumble, a heartbreaking fact when we have answers available. I pray Colts testimony will be a blessing to you all, beloved. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Division

Beloved, today I want to address something that’s genuinely grievous to me. The twisting of scripture to fit someone’s false doctrine is often done by either taking verses out of context, or only using part of the verse, this Twisted Tuesday is no different. When you attempt to refute the Word of Faith movement things heat up quickly, you’re not just discussing someone’s beliefs, but their experiences. Rather then logically talk through the doctrines, often times those you are loving attempting to correct resort to insults and intimidation.

I have actually spoken with atheists who were more respectful than religious people. That’s heartbreaking on many levels, not the least of which is how it drags the name of our Lord down for those professing Him to behave in such shameful ways. One accusation often leveled against anyone who refutes the doctrines of the WoF movement is that ‘you’re causing division!’ They misquote Romans 16:17, leaving out both the entirety of the verse and the context, to back up their accusation, hoping to shut down their opponent. Let’s be honest, dear friends, there are many ways to shut opposing opinions down, such as manipulation, hyper-emotionalism, and mockery, however none are so grievous as the twisting of scripture.

When we, as believers, discuss issues within certain groups we find to be in error, this is not at all what Paul is speaking of. Paul is referring to some who cause division by teaching contrary to what he had taught them. A good example of this would be works based Salvation taught by groups like the Roman Catholic Church, or Mormonism. These teachings are contrary to what the Bible teaches about salvation, and that difference causes division in the Church.

We do need to be careful what we say, and how we say it. Our doctrines must be rooted in the whole counsel of Gods Word, and our motives must be that of love. Regardless of what we’re doing, or who we’re talking to, we must never refute someone else for the sheer purpose of being right. Any truth we have has been given to us by God, the glory should always be His, not ours. Our goal has to be His glory, and the salvation of the lost. If those who had addressed the false doctrines I was in had listened to accusers wrongly handling Gods Word, they might never had corrected me, I might never have seen the error of my beliefs and been saved. Correction came first, I had to see I could not save myself, and that I was hopelessly lost in depravity. We need to be careful, brethren, to never mishandle Gods Word. So, as always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Molecular Machines – Clathrin

This series on molecular mechanisms was only supposed to be a month long, but as I dig further and further into these amazing creations I find more to discuss with you. I feel like Monday is bring your favorite creation science to Blog day! I look forward all week to this, and this weeks is an unbelievable show of Gods majesty. Clathrin, a three legged protein that helps move things which can not diffuse inside and outside the cell. This makes the Clathrin of vital importance when it comes to transferring information from one cell to another. Take a look, keep your eyes peeled for the three legged Clathrin which creates a basket shape around any thing that needs to be moved…

There are two types of Clathrin in the human body, the main type, and a separate type for muscle tissue. Clathrin are found inside every single cell in your body, and as you saw in the video, help create a ‘bubble’ for transporting proteins, neurotransmitters in brain cells, and nutrients. Unfortunately some viruses and bacteria use Clathrin to gain entry into the cell, yikes!

Clathrin are so complex that, although they were discovered in 1976, scientists are still trying to understand how they bind together. They’re clearly an unbelievable example of Gods creative genius. The greatest example, however, of Gods creative power is when He takes the cold, stone heart of a spiritually dead sinner and replaces it with a heart of flesh. When God makes a new creature, redeeming, forgiving, justifying, and sanctifying, out of dry dead bones, His name and power are glorified. When the nano mechanical proteins in our body do what they were designed to do that’s creation in obedience to its Creator. When a wretched, law breaking, blaspheming, adulterous, sinner repents, humbles themselves, and bows their knee to Christ, that beloved is a miracle.

If you see this tremendous complexity, and the beauty of Gods creation, and can not say with assurance that you’ve been born again, please work through your salvation with fear and trembling. As new creations we now love the very things we use to hate, like fellowship with the brethren, prayer, and study into Gods Word. At the same time, we hate the things we use to love, like the sinful pride of life, and lusts of the flesh. You can not serve two masters, you can not both love the world, and call Christ Lord. God upholds the universe, while simultaneously commanding the tiniest of molecular machines in our bodies, He is worthy of all our praise, and honor, and glory. If you have not yet repented of your sins and cried out to God for forgiveness, today is the day of salvation. To my dear friends, as always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Homeschooling Resources

Beloved, today I have four links that will absolutely bless your family. If you homeschool these four lessons are going to thrill your students! If you don’t homeschool these lessons will still bless your family as an evening, weekend, or even to be put away for summer, lessons with your children. They’re so wonderful because, like all the lessons our brother Pastor Jim creates, they point towards God as Creator.

Sea Urchins Lesson 1

Jellyfish Lesson 2

Starfish Lesson 3

Octopus Lesson 4

This week Kayliegh made it to Joshua in her Bible study, and to bring to life ancient Israel we looked into some archeological findings and did some fun recreations of pottery found.

I’ll try to get some of the scriptural verses we’ve been through posted next Saturday. I pray you’re all having a wonderful weekend. As always, beloved friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Series on Logic – Part Three Identity

Today we’re going to talk about the Law of Identity beloved. This law has made a tremendous impact on how I view heretical teachings that suggest God is like us. The Law of Identity states that something is what it is, and is not what it is not. That seems, just like the Law of Non-Contradiction, very obvious. A bird is a bird, it’s not a dinosaur. However, many cults ignore this logical absolute and make God unto something He is not. God is God, He is not like man. He is as far from being like man, as man is as far from being like God.

When we have a greater understanding of this Law, and all the laws of logic, we have a greater understanding of the Law Giver. Naturalism can not account for things that are not material, such as Laws of Logic. We’re told by evolutionists that the world was formed by random chance processes, yet what we observe is order. We know the laws of mathematics, logic, communication, gravity, etc. without seeing them, touching them, hearing them. 2 plus 2 is always 4, no matter where you stand on Earth. An apple is always an apple, it’s never an orange. God is always God, the Creator of the Universe, not as some cults have suggested, a man who once lived on another planet and became a god of this planet.

The Laws of Logic are evident, when discussed we can see how obvious they are. Yet, we live in a culture that wants so badly to believe everything is relative. Logic isn’t relative, you don’t have your logic and I have mine. This is one of the many reasons it’s imperative that we, as believers, know, understand, and teach the Laws of Logic. ‘Come, let us reason together’. If you want more information on this here is a great link. As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Answers News Catch Up

Beloved, I’m going to start doing once a week posts with links to Answers In Genesis’ Answers News. This week there’s a few extra videos, as Ken Ham and Dr. Purdom went to the University of Central Oklahoma for a presentation of Creationism. After their speech they did a Q and A, so you’ll see two videos here.

The next two links are to the Answers News from Monday and Thursday. I hope it helps the have them all in one place. As always, beloved, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Wednesday Testimony – Matt Slick

I’ve been using CARM’s materials regularly, beloved, and as such I thought it appropriate to share brother Matt Slick, founder of CARM’s, testimony. This is just a small excerpt from his testimony, which he details here.

As I concluded my prayer, I became aware that someone “other” was there. Someone else was in the room with us and His attention was focused on me. This someone was not a member of that congregation.  But I felt His presence dawning like a sunrise. This person was making Himself known to me in my heart.  I somehow knew it was God.  It was the Holy Spirit. He came to me slowly, gently, and then in a sudden movement, His Holiness overshadowed me with greatness and I became incapacitated. It was indescribable. He permeated my heart, mind, and soul. He washed over me in a burst of holiness and I was utterly undone. His incredibly deep purity shone upon my soul and I was instantaneously made aware of my utter sinfulness before a Holy and Righteous God. It was a supernatural experience of profound and utter depth. It wasn’t emotionalism.  It wasn’t being psyched-out.  It was God. I was in the presence of God Himself. I was in the presence of Perfect Holiness….and I knew it!!!

From the very deepest part of my soul, I felt a powerfully new and profound remorse for my sins, for offending God, for being unclean. I was a sinner! My body could not help but let loose a flood of tears of sorrow and guilt.  I wept hard. I wept from the depths of my soul in guttural, heaving, moans of confession and brokenness. I was in the presence of incredible Purity, Holiness, and Love.. I was encountering God Himself. and I was a sinner. I could hardly stand to be in the presence of such deeply pure perfection and holiness.  It was out of balance and I was profoundly aware of the disparity.

So, there I was, on the ground, sobbing like I’ve never wept in my life. I was a sinner and I knew it. The Holy Lord had revealed Himself to me and the natural result was to realize my own sinfulness.  I kept sobbing and heaving out tears upon the floor. They came like a flood. And then.

This may seem unbelievable, but the only way I can explain it is that Jesus Himself manifested right there next to me. He had come to meet me on my knees. It wasn’t as though I could see Him or touch Him. But, He was there. I was aware of His Holy awesome holy presence next to me. It was incredible. It was wonderful and I felt my heart enveloped and lifted by Him. His concern for me was precious and tender. It was marvelous. He enveloped me in His love, His holiness, and His awesome greatness. I knew He was there to forgive me. I knew He loved me. I basked in His presence. I was with Jesus.

Then, while I was kneeling there, utterly absorbed and drifting in the experience of His presence, He moved. He moved toward me and gently entered my heart. Instantly, I physically felt my sin leave me. I felt the sudden and wonderful burst of forgiveness wash over my soul. I was instantly cleansed and born again and with it came the most profound and absolute sense of security of salvation I had ever known. My salvation was in Him. I was forgiven and safe for ever.

Friends, isn’t it amazing that God saves us wretched, rebellious people? We’ve spent our lives storing up wrath for the day of judgement, we drank iniquity, we spit in the face of our maker, we laughed at stories like this one. Then, as radically as our first birth, the cold stony heart is removed and a new one replaces it. God gives the gift of repentance, He breaks the chains of sin, makes out of our broken rotting pieces a new creation. There is nothing in me to boast of, nothing within myself to offer God or man, except this one thing, and it’s all we need, Christ in me. Christ in me, the only redeeming quality I have.

Have you been made into a new creature, dear ones? I love to hear your testimonies, so please feel free to leave them in the comments. If you’re reading this and recognize that none of this describes you, please work through your salvation with fear and trembling. Everyone’s testimony is not the same, yet if there is no change in you, if you are still comfortable with your sin, if you feel no desire to read Gods Word, love of His people, pray and be alone with Him, please examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Jesus Sinless?

Beloved, have you ever been told that Jesus couldn’t have lived a sinless life? Many in the liberal churches like to say that Christ Jesus was just a good man, living as an example for us all, not the sinless, perfect, God incarnate. For this they sometimes twist Matthew 3:13-15, claiming that Jesus was baptized because He had sinned.

What is the real reason Christ was baptized? Jesus Christ is our high priest after the order of Melchizedek. We’re told in Exodus 29 and Leviticus 8 that the priests were washed with purifying waters. Christ’s baptism was, as He Himself said, a fulfillment of all righteousness. It in no way suggests Christ had sinned, as a matter of fact the Bible tells us repeatedly that Jesus was sinless.

It’s so easy for the world to misinterpret, or take out of context, the Word of God. This is why I implore you daily, dear ones, to be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved. The attacks against God’s Word, and Gods Son, are not new. These are rehashed by each generation, which means we have generations of men and women who stood firm on the authority of the Bible, on Sola Scriptura. Let us link hands with them, with those who stood where we now stand, and remain securely set on the truth of God’s Word. He says what He means, and means what He says. Christ did live a sinless life, He did become our great and high priest, dying as the final sacrifice in place of us, baring the wrath we stored up in our sins. Jesus Christ, therefore, is not a savior, not a king, not a way or a truth. No. He is the Savior. He is the King. He is theonly way, the truth. No one comes to the Father but through Him.

Let us work through our salvation through fear and trembling, examining ourselves to see whether or not we are in the faith. Which one of us wants to hear on the day of judgement, ‘depart from me you workers of iniquity for I never knew you’? We all long to hear ‘well done, good and faithful servant’. Recognize, beloved friends, we can not save ourselves. Salvation is through faith in Christ alone, by the grace of God alone, that none shall boast. Repent of your sins, cry out to God, flee from the wrath to come.

For more reading on Christ’s baptism please see here.