Twisted Tuesday – Natural Theology

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This is a strange one for me, as natural theology is certainly something I espoused pre conversion, but not something I had ever thought through. As I mentioned last week, while I’m researching these Tuesday posts I tend to be reminded of the decade I spent in false religion. I can remember thinking, and saying, that anyone who dies having never heard the gospel would not be condemned. That thought may make it easier for all of us to stay comfortably at home, without needing to spread the gospel message to all those lost in their sins, but it is certainly not biblical. It also doesn’t seem to be possible, since becoming saved Christ is all I want to talk about. All other conversation feels like wasted time.


So what is natural theology? It’s the belief that people can become saved based on the amount of knowledge of God they have naturally. The Bible certainly tells us that Gods creation shows us the obvious Creator. The problem is that man is naturally sinful when we recognize there is a God we create golden calves rather than seek for truth. I had enough knowledge to know that I was created, and needed to worship the Creator. However, until God saved me, I had created a false god after my own image. The natural theology of man will always tend toward idolatry. My god resembled Santa Clause or a magic genie who lived to grant my requests. The recognization of the true God led me to repentance, deep sorrow over my sins, and devotion to Him.



Many people teach, preach, or believe natural theology today without even realizing it. It’s on the air on most ‘Christian’ television shows, how often do we hear that people don’t need the gospel they need food? Christ fed people, that’s true, but He also convicted them of their sins and called them the follow Him. What good is temporal food if your soul is lost?


Unfortunately, this theology has caused a majority of those claiming to be Christians to feel comfortable in disobedience, whether they realize it or not, they are ignoring the great commission. Who needs to go tell the world about Christ if the world can get in a different way? I had been wondering over the last two years where the urgency is in the church. When you look at church history, men like Paul didn’t just die for the Gospel, they lived for it. How many miles did the great men of the Reformation travel to spread the Good News? We have the capability to spread that news further and faster than we ever have, and now the church has decided we don’t need to?


Should we listen to man, or should we listen to God? Since I got saved I’ve had to go over everything I thought I knew and double check it against the Bible. I had listened to man for so long, it was almost terrifying to see how much I had been taught that didn’t match up with The Word. This is yet another doctrine of demons that need to be refuted. Can man come to salvation on his own? Christ told Nicodemus in John 3 that we have no more part in our second birth than we did in our first. On our own, we will set up idols to worship. On our own, we are lost. We can be saved from the wrath to come by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.


Christ, and Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. That’s the miracle of salvation, anytime anyone is saved it’s a miracle. That miracle only comes through the hearing of the Gospel. Go forth and tell all the world the Good News. Beloved, stand firm in Gods Word, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved. The world needs to hear the truth, there are so many lies, we must be armed to make a defense for the hope we have!

Fossil Friday – Dinosaur Tracks

#creationscience #dinosaurtracks

We’ve been traveling for a few years now and have yet to make our way to some of these fascinating tracks. Mostly medical reasons, and poor planning on my part. Hopefully, before we settle somewhere we’ll get the opportunity.

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I’m amazed by the tracks left behind by these creatures. How is it that erosion didn’t destroy them before they were covered up layer by layer over long periods of time? The tracks found in Australia began to erode almost immediately after being uncovered. The obvious answer is that they were covered quickly. There are a couple problems with this, from the evolutionary standpoint.

1. These tracks are found all over the planet.

2. The tracks are found in layers of rock with marine life.

This brings me back to the point I’ve made before. Both creationists and evolutionists are looking at the same data, uneroded tracks clearly found in sediment laid down by water. From the worldview that Noah’s flood could not have happened, this is just the result of many large floods worldwide. I say large floods because of the amazing distance these tracks cover. To the person who holds to Gods Word these tracks are yet another example of the great flood of Noah. Each side has come to the same conclusion, flood, but their perspective on how and why the flood happened differs.

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Evolutionary geologists have, in recent decades, admitted that rock layers do not take long periods of time to be laid down. Now, for the most part, they suggest the time is found between the layers. It’s only a matter of time before they change this position, as there is simply no evidence of erosion between layers.

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We’ll go over the layers of rock in more detail next week. Until then, beloved, stand firm on the Word of God. As always, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

Top Ten – Living Waters Presents…

This thirty-minute video is an excellent introduction into the world of creation science, as it gives believers a renewed trust in the strength of Gods Word.

I’ve been often reminded recently of how silly it must have sounded in the days of Abraham to have his descendants as numberless as the stars. There was no reason for anyone to believe there were more stars than one could count. The Dawkins of Abrahams time would have ridiculed the prophesy, unaware that there were billions upon billions of stars in the universe. The science of the time hadn’t yet caught up to the mind of God. Our science has also yet to catch up to the mind of God in many ways, however here are ten ways it has caught up.

Twisted Tuesday – Conviction

As I mull over what to write about every Tuesday my mind is frequently brought back to the bad doctrine I had taken in for over a decade. Once I was made a new creature, the old man passed away, and remembering my old life seems now like watching a rerun of a show you’ve seen too many times. It’s good for me to remember how easily fooled I was by these false teachers, and gives me a greater compassion for those still being deceived. That being said, my greatest sorrow comes from the Holy Spirit is spoken of falsely.

To what doctrine am I referring to? The false doctrine that ‘believers’ shouldn’t be convicted of sin. As I researched this one the memories came flooding back. This doctrine is like scales on the eyes, wax in the ears, and calluses built up around the heart. I used the idea that all conviction of sin was from the accuser of the brethren. Essentially I was giving credit to Satan for the work of the Holy Spirit, I was a Pharisee. Why did I make this mistake? Because I was fooled into believing that the prayer I said as a teenager meant I was no longer under condemnation. The false teachers of today stand boldly before the goats and proclaim them free from condemnation, and subsequently, from the conviction of sin as well. It’s the lies of the devil! I closed my eyes, plugged my ears, and hardened my heart to the saving work of the Holy Spirit. Then I maligned His name by announcing His work to be the work of the enemy.


What’s the truth though? How do we refute the wolves in sheep’s clothing teaching these blasphemous doctrines? We use scripture. Sola Scriptura is the very doctrine that will save people out of these false teachings. What do the scriptures say? They say that the Holy Spirit, God, and Jesus Christ Messiah convict us of sin. All throughout scripture we are being convicted of sin. 1 John is a ringing indictment to all those preaching such false doctrines.


Why are we being convicted of sins? Because God wants to make us feel bad? No. God wants us to repent, to turn away from our sins. The wages of sin is death! We, as truly converted believers, are sensitive to the chastisement of the Holy Spirit. When I am convicted I don’t recoil in anger, I praise God that He is working in me! Friendship with the world is enmity with God. I want nothing to do with the world, I am so thankful that God has seen fit to not only save me but to sanctify me. I am wretched, He is full of mercy.


To conclude beloved, the work of the Holy Spirit to convict sins is to create a bride for the bridegroom that is without blemish. We should be thankful for this work because he who the Father loves the Father chastens. If you are not being convicted of your sins, I would encourage you to work through your salvation with fear and trembling. Take the whole counsel of God! As always friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

Wednesday Testimony – Justin Peters

I thought it fitting, as I referenced his work yesterday, to share his testimony today. His testimony had some points of familiarity to me, like the passion for politics that changed once becoming saved. There are other points that you might find familiar. Purhaps you’ll be pricked by his baptism and supposed salvation at the age of 7, and how he came to true salvation later in life. When I look back at how many years I spent pretending to be a Christian, and by that I mean genuinely trying to look and sound like everyone else in church, I’m perplexed. How could I have counted that as faith? I suppose I did have faith, faith in myself that my prayer was good enough to get me in. I hope you’ll be blessed by brother Justin Peters testimony, I know I was! 

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“Then, in January of 2011, shortly after we moved to Oklahoma, through various life events and circumstances God, in His sovereign grace, broke me. He absolutely shattered me. I have always had a sorrow over my sins but not a true godly sorrow. I had a guilty conscience to be sure, but did not have a true, gut-wrenching godly sorrow. I had never genuinely wept over my sin until then. This is something else I did not understand. There is a distinction between a guilty conscience and a godly sorrow. The Bible teaches this.

I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God, so that you might not suffer loss in anythingthrough us. 10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. 2 Cor. 7:9-10”

For the entire testimony please click HERE and as always friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved. 

Power in Words – Twisted Tuesday

Do we have the ability to speak things into existence? This is a popular idea amongst tv evangelists. The idea that we, as believers, have the ability to create with our words just like God did is the type of heresy that developed through decades of biblical illiteracy and demonizing doctrines. I personally sat in a church for a decade that often encouraged positive affirmations. I never recall being admonished to pray and study, just naming and claiming, lots of wealth and health. You know what else I never heard? The Gospel.

If you read my testimony you know I was raised by a practicing Wiccan. My mother was eventually saved, however until I was 14 I heard a lot of the new age belief that words had power. Once in church I assumed that paganism had borrowed the idea from the church, imagine my shock learning that it was a pagan belief borrowed by the church! My mother, as a true convert, was very uncomfortable with the new age language being used in the churches. Eventually, once she voiced her concerns, we were actually kicked out of the congregation where we were baptized. Still, it took me over a decade to recognize the danger.

Proverbs 18:21 is not suggesting that we can create life, or for that matter death, with our words. God and God alone is in control of life and death. If you read the context of the scriptures used for this movement you’ll find that they are cautioning us all to be careful what we say. Some are even referring to eating right, as to not cause death through gluttony. Nowhere in church history was it believed that anyone except God could create ex nihilo, out of nothing.

This is why it’s important to take the full counsel of Gods Word, with context and historical background. There is so much being taught based on false doctrines, we must as believers test every spirit.

But why is this dangerous? That’s the question we should be asking after we ask whether it’s accurate of course. This doctrine is not just dangerous, but deadly. There are multitudes of people who have been told they can speak their sickness away. When they remain sick they’re told it’s because of their lack of faith. Many walk away from the faith altogether. Others go deeper, as a sign of faith, they’ll stop taking their medications. That is how this particular doctrine becomes deadly.

If you want a more comprehensive lay out of this false doctrine, and others, I highly recommend brother Justin Peters work in the area. You can find him on YouTube HERE

As always friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved!

Fossil Friday – Polystrate Fossils

Polystrate fossils evidence for Noah’s flood

These are my favorite types of evidence for creation, the ones that make for gorgeous pictures! When you drive past great ridges of every color you get the feeling that the God we love is an artist of tremendous magnitude.

What evidence am I referring to? The fossilized trees found standing upright in the middle of layers of rocks. These rock layers should have taken millions of years to be laid down. How is it possible for a tree to withstand millions of years all while lying upright? No geologists question the impossibility of this. Yet, they see no reason to change their theory, they have faith in evolution despite evidence otherwise.

What do these trees really show? Quickly laid down layers from a great flood. Why do so many both within the church and without want to refute the validity of Noah’s flood? To those unsaved Noah’s flood relates Gods judgement on the wicked, and their own complete inability to stand in the face of His wrath. To the saved, or those claiming to be saved, Noah’s flood seems as though we serve an angry God so they choose to ignore it, or in more serious cases, refute it.

There are two questions then, did the flood happen? And, do we serve an angry God?

As a believer we must accept the truth, Jesus Christ Himself spoke of the flood as a true event. Even if there were not massive evidences all over the world got a global deluge, the Messiahs testimony would be all I needed to believe.

Are we serving an angry God? This question is confused by mankinds seemingly endless ways to misunderstand God Himself. God is not sometimes omniscient, He is always omniscient. He is not sometimes loving, His loving kindness knows no end. Psalms 7:11 says God is angry with the wicked everyday. God is always all the things He is, He is not man that changes emotions like they were going out of style. He is always loving, always just, always merciful, and always angry with the wicked.

How can that be? Let me ask you this, friends, why do you find murder so deeply disturbing? When someone abuses a young child, why does that make you righteously indignant? Because you love Gods creation, the young innocent particularly. If you had no love for humanity you would find no angry in the murder of innocents. Gods love for His creation is the very evidence for His anger against the sin which corrupts them.

Beloved, Gods Word is true. We can stand on it firmly.