Series on Logic Part 9 – Reification

Today, dear ones, in continuing with our series on Logic and logical fallacies I’d like to briefly discuss the reification fallacy. This is one of those fallacies that we need to be mindful of, as its not always fallacious. With reification something abstract is given properties that belong to physical objects. For example ‘science has said’ or ‘don’t try and fool mother nature’. Science is a tool, and ‘mother nature’ is just an expression for weather, so neither of these can exhibit the characteristics given it. This becomes fallacious when it’s used as an argument rather than poetic language. When the Bible refers to Gods protective wings it’s poetic, not in any way suggesting that God has actual wings. God is spirit, and will be worshiped in spirit.

You’ll see this often during debates, particularly about scientific subjects. While I have to continue to encourage you all not to point out each and every logical fallacy, this is one you can simply refute without appearing obnoxious. Just show how silly the statement is like you see in the cute little meme above. If someone says ‘science says the Bible is wrong’ just explain that science is a tool that can not speak for itself, all data that comes from it has to be interpreted. That’s always a great opportunity to swing into a presuppositional apology. Do this with the utmost love, beloved friends, with concern for the eternity of the one you’re arguing with. Remember, when we share our faith with the lost we’re directly attacking their worldview just by talking about ours. We have the truth, we know the only way to the Father, and that’s through the Son. So be kind, be loving, but be honest! And as always, brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Wednesday Testimony – Sye Ten Bruggencate

This testimony is a lot different than the usual Wednesday Testimony. The one thing that stands out the most to me when listening to or reading through how God has saved someone with His amazing grace is that no two are exactly alike. Sye is, without a doubt, the street preacher with the most epic name of all, but what’s more impressive is the name to which he has bowed his knee. The only name by which mankind can be saved, Jesus Christ. He is the only way, truth, and life. If you don’t have assurance today, dear friend, of where you’ll go when you die please feel free to ask any questions you might have. We will all die one day, we’ve all sinned against an infinite God, we will all face Him on judgement day. Repent of your sins, cry out to God for forgiveness, and put your faith in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation.

Beloved, I pray this testimony is a blessing to you all. In particular, I pray this testimony blesses those who did not come to faith in a radical way like others of us. The straight and narrow is the path, the Celestial City is the goal! As always, brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – First Born

Friends, todays Twisted Tuesday topic is a grievous one as it pertains to our blessed Lord and Savior. How difficult it is for us, as believers, to hear these slanderous words spoken against the one who died in our place! It’s a combination of fear for the one speaking, anger that His name is blasphemed among the nations, and sorrow that He is not being glorified as He ought. All of that is to say, dear ones, that I did not want to write about this today. Every Twisted Tuesday I long more and more for that Celestial City! Can you imagine how beautiful it will be, brethren, when we live together for eternity without sin? I praise God that we are only pilgrims here!

There are teachers and televangelists who suggest that Jesus Christ was not the only begotten son of God. They suggest that He is just the first born, and we are all sons and daughters just like Him. This is another case where God is brought low and man is lifted up in His place. For this they twist the last part of Romans 8:29 which does call Christ the firstborn among many brethren. Why on earth they feel this portion of a verse negates John 3:16 is never explained by them. This is why, dear friends, we must take the full counsel of Gods Word. What does it mean that Christ is firstborn?

Remember, brethren, for good hermeneutics we use exegesis not eisegesis. So, without reading into the Scripture what we want it to say, let’s use context to read what it actually says. This chapter is not, in any way, suggesting that we’re sons and daughters like Christ is. Instead, it explains our adoption! All throughout the Bible Firstborn is used, not to refer to the literal first born son, but as a title of honor and inheritance. We see this with Ephraim and Manasseh, when the title of Firstborn is actually transferred from one to the other in Genesis 48. The Firstborn can be the first male born, but this verse in its proper context is referring to Christ’s inheritance and place of honor.

When we take the other verses of where we stand we actually see more legal language. It’s adoption! We are not like Christ in any way, shape, or form. He is God, He condescended to become man, He did not need to be adopted, grafted in, saved or sanctified, He is the perfect, blameless lamb of God! In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And that Word became flesh! Let’s compare that to what happens to us, beloved.

We are wretched sinners, who daily break Gods Commandments, and are unable to save ourselves from the wrath that is to come. Even the very repentance we have as believers is a gift from God! To become saved we have to humble ourselves, bow our knee to Christ, repent of all our sins, and place our trust completely in His finished work on the cross. At that point we are grafted into the family, allowed into the inheritance of Christ ONLY by His righteousness, His shed blood which covers our sins. See the major difference, brethren, between us and our Lord? He has always been the Son of God, even before time and space were created. You and I, we’re blessed beyond anything we could ever deserve to have even been made in His image, much less to have received forgiveness, salvation, and sanctification because of His sinless life, sacrificial death, and rising from that tomb.

Why is this distinction so important that it not only needed a Twisted Tuesday devoted to it, but the longest one I’ve probably ever written? This teaching is a symptom of a deadly disease. It’s idea that we’re all gods, we’re all on the same level of Christ, we’re sons and daughters just like Him. Friends, if we’re on the same level as Him then we don’t need to be saved by Him. When we see this type of theology the disease itself is unrepentant hearts. No heart that has seen its own wickedness and cried out to God for forgiveness would dare to suggest it’s on the same level with the sinless Lamb of God! These are false converts, they’ve been sold the ‘try Jesus for 60 days’ modern gospel. A false convert is very difficult to win because they believe they’ve already saved themselves. I should know, I spent well over a decade as a false convert. It’s only by the grace of God that I have been saved!

Beloved, I hope you’ll forgive me for this long post. And friends, if you’re reading this and you’ve held the belief that you are just like Christ, repent. Please, fall down on your face and ask God to change your opinion about Him, to correct it, ask forgiveness for daring to assume God is just like us. Brethren, take the full counsel of Gods Word, continue to be good Berean’s studying to show yourselves approved.

Noah’s Flood Series – Part V

Let’s continue our Monday series through the flood of Noah, beloved brethren. Part IV was about the rock layers, this time we’re going to discuss my favorite creation science subject; fossils! We’ve talked a lot on previous Monday posts about fossils, creatures that shouldn’t be fossilized, DNA and proteins found in fossils, fossils frozen in the middle of given birth or having lunch, but today I want to look at this from a different angle.

This whole series has been about the inerrancy of Gods Word. We’ve looked at all the areas with which Genesis is attacked accept the fossils, which we’ll tackle today. How would considering fossils to be millions of years old affect the sufficiency of Scripture? What we see in these fossils, the mass majority of which are marine life, death and disease. Scientists have found tumors and varies other sicknesses in these bones. In the beginning, dear friends, the Lord saw everything He created and said it was very good. Death and sickness did not begin until after the fall.

Here’s where the disconnect comes in, beloved. If you try to fit the Bible into secular scientists philosophical beliefs on origins, you have to deny Genesis. Either God created man with the land animals during creation week, or Jesus Christ was not the Messiah. Whew, that’s a leap huh? Let me explain. Jesus quotes Genesis, He speaks specifically about Adam and Eves creation at the very beginning. If dinosaurs evolved first and millions of years of death and disease later man evolved then there was no literal Adam and Eve. If Jesus Christ was there when the Earth began, like the Bible claims He was, then He would have been knowingly lying. If He was lying about Genesis then He was not the perfect, blameless, sacrifice upon whose righteousness we rely. But wait, it gets worse dear ones.

If Adam and Eve never lived, they never fell, and mankind does not need to be saved. The Bible tells us plainly that through Adam death came to all, but through Christ the resurrection of the dead. For in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. It was in the Garden of Eden that the very first Gospel message was preached, the seed of the woman was promised! These two concepts flow seamlessly throughout the Word of God. If you take away one, denying the sufficiency of Scripture, then you negate the need for the other. Do you see, brothers and sisters, how serious the issue of fossils is? Our weapons of warfare are not carnal, we war nor against flesh and blood. Our warfare is in the tearing down of every falsehood that sets itself up against the Truth.

Please don’t misunderstand me, friends, I love all the evidence. It’s such a blessing to believers to hear about soft tissue found in the fossils, or the marine life on the tippy top of the highest mountains. I think we should learn, enjoy, and praise God for all those truths. However, we can not turn this subject into an argument over evidences. It’s far more serious than that, this is the very attack at the forefront of the inerrancy debate. God is the only authority on this Earth who was actually there at the beginning, the Holy Spirit divinely inspired the writing of Gods Word, it is inerrant. So, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Hymns of the Past – Am I a Soldier of the Cross

Hello, dear friends, have you all had a beautiful Lords Day? I pray you all had blessed fellowship this morning. Today I’m sharing yet another Isaac Watts hymns, yes he has quickly become my favorite song writer apart from David. This particular hymn was too good, Kayliegh and I had to read it allowed!

Am I a soldier of the cross,

a foll’wer of the Lamb?

And shall I fear to own His cause

or blush to speak His Name?

Must I be carried to the skies

on flow’ry beds of ease,

while others fought to win the prize

and sailed through bloody seas?

Are there no foes for me to face?

Must I not stem the flood?

Is this vile world a friend to grace

to help me on to God?

Sure I must fight, if I would reign;

increase my courage, Lord;

I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,

supported by Thy Word.

Thy saints in all this glorious war

shall conquer, though they die;

they see the triumph from afar

by faith’s discerning eye.

When that illustrious day shall rise,

and all Thine armies shine

in robes of vict’ry through the skies,

the glory shall be Thine.

Isaac Watts

Wednesday Testimony – Big ‘Ol Alaskan Man

I love this Testimony brother Paul Washer shares from time to time. This particular clip is a fantastic summation of it. First off, let’s just appreciate how he says “I only have 45 seconds left” yet the clip is nearly four minutes long. I think we’ve all experienced that moment of disappointment as we realize the sermon is coming to an end. Before becoming saved I watched that clock better than the preacher ever could, now all things are made new and I desire the Word to be preached and Gods name to be glorified! What I love most about this Testimony, though, is the goodness and mercy of God. This dying Alaskan man walked into that small church to hear a man with whom God has used to plant and water many a seed.

If you, friend, like this Alaskan man, have heard someone once talk about Jesus but have never repented of your sins and put your trust in Him, today is the day of salvation! Repenting of your sins means to turn away from them, not just saying a fake apology in a prayer you rattle off out of habit (like I did for over a decade). You see, dear one, God is an infinite God, The Creator of all things, who gave us life and air to breath. When we sin, whether in thought or deed, we sin against Him and Him alone. Yes thoughts, friend, God knows your thoughts and deeds. He is so holy that He sees your lustful thoughts of another as adultery, and your hatred (like when that car cut you off on the highway) as murder. If you’ve ever taken the Lords name in vain, told a lie, stolen something, or dishonored your parents, then you’ve broken His Law. God will punish wickedness because He is righteous. Yet He is also merciful, and unwilling that any should parish but that all should have eternal life. So he condescended to become man, leaving His throne in heaven He entered His creation as Jesus Christ the Nazarene born of a virgin. He lived a holy, sinless life so that He could be the perfect, blameless lamb sacrificed for the sins of His people. He went to the cross, had the full wrath of God poured out on Him, and died in our place. On the third day He rose from the dead because it was not possible for death to hold Him. You and I have broken Gods Law, and the wages of that sin is death, eternity in hell. The gift of God is eternal life, and we can have that free gift of Gods grace by repenting of our sins and putting our faith in the finished works of Jesus Christ. Please, if you have any questions feel free to ask!

The last point I want to make today is what this Big ‘Ol Alaskan man represents. We all have those friends and family members we know, we cry to God for them, we plead with them REPENT! To us they are the Big ‘Ol Alaskan man. Will they ever heed the call? Will they ever listen to our pleas? Sometimes it seems as though it will never happen, we keep watering the same seed and forget who brings the increase. Be encouraged today, my beloved brethren, that the Big ‘Ol Alaskan bowed his knee to Christ! So keep praying, keep sharing your faith, and keep being good Berean’s, studying to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Anointed

Hello, beloved brethren, I hope you are all doing well today! I want to address a verse that has been taken and twisted in a really frustrating way. It’s always upsetting when the inspired, inerrant, and sufficient Word of God is misused whether by being taken out of context or misinterpreted. This time it’s actually worse then that, this verse isn’t misinterpreted or taken out of context. It’s actually ignored completely, while one portion of a phrase is used incorrectly to give unbiblical advice.

The twist in scripture I want to talk about today occurs in three separate places in the Bible, none of which have context or interpretation which match its most common use, ‘touch not the Lord’s anointed’. This phrase is taken from 1 Samual 26:9 and Psalms 105:15. That particular Psalm is repeated in 1 Chronicles, however in both cases of the Psalm written by David, Israel and her prophets are the context and the interpretation is clear. For the verse in 1 Samual David is once again speaking, referring this time to King Saul who he had the opportunity to kill but didn’t.

How are these verses twisted? When someone calls out a false teacher the all too often response is ‘touch not the Lord’s anointed’. This is not just an unfortunate twisting of scripture, but also unwise advice that does not apply to the situation. First of all, we are called as believers to be good Berean’s, search those scriptures friends and see if the things these televangelists say are so! Secondly, dear ones, the touch not is clearly referring to physical altercations. There is no biblical grounds for suggesting we should not, or can not, hold teachers to the Word. The very opposite is found in scripture, we have a responsibility to do so.

The reason this twist of scripture is so dangerous is that when a mistake in teaching isn’t corrected the issue tends to worsen. If you want a prime example, see how the Charismatic Movement has morphed into the New Apostolic Reformation. One bad theology led to an even worse theology. Iron sharpens iron, we need one another’s corrections. This reaction, however, to open rebuke against unbiblical behavior is its own condemnation. Those who would rather not be corrected for their bad theology show their lack of biblical understanding by misusing these verses. This is why I plead with you daily, beloved brethren, to be those good Berean’s, and study to show yourselves approved.