Why Testify?

For the past couple months, I have posted a testimony every Wednesday, and I intend to continue that pattern so long as I have testimonies to write about. However, I wanted to take a couple weeks to divert from that, just to give a simple explanation of why we testify, what a testimony is, and what makes it so powerful.

Why should we give our testimonies? I’m not a Greek scholar by any means, and although I thoroughly enjoy word studies, I’m simply not knowledgeable enough to give you a well laid out explanation of the different words in the New Testament for testifying. What I can tell you is that a testimony is very important, we read in John chapter 3 that no man received the Messiahs testimony. Paul speaks of the testimony of Christ in 1 Corinthians. Christ told His disciples to dust off the dirt from unbelieving towns from their feet, as a testimony against them.

fullsizeoutput_1501As I read through all the scriptures in both the New and Old Testament on testimony I recognized the double-edged sword that it is. In one hand a testimony is proclaiming truth to the believers, on the other hand, it’s proclaiming judgment on the lost.  Why testify? Because Jesus Christ didn’t come to this earth to create peace but to divide. The goats from the sheep, the wheat from the tares, good fruit from bad fruit. Without this understanding, I never would have seen I was lost and in desperate need to be saved.

It was a man’s testimony against sin, and for Christ, that revealed my own depravity. Until I had heard the testimony of Christ, I believed I had saved myself through the sinner’s prayer. I was in bondage to sin until the day the Lord saved me and freed me. There is the idea in our current culture that if we love someone we will not correct them. Don’t make them feel bad, don’t offend anyone, no one is going to want to go to church with you if you’re telling them a list of rules to follow! So everyone keeps their testimony to themselves, for fear of offending anyone. But is this really love?

I believe it is love, but not love for others, love for self. Becuase we desire for the world to like us, we want to be accepted, we want our friends and family to respect us, we keep our testimony to ourselves. I pray that God will give you, and I, a desire to love the lost more than we love our own reputation. Beloved, do not be ashamed of the Gospel, proclaim to anyone who will listen the testimony of what God has done!

There are many preachers and teachers that will not warn their congregation of hell, they do not seek the glory of God, but rather desire to be worshiped themselves. Jesus Christ, Himself warned about hell more than any other man in the Bible. How can we, being His followers, not do the same? How can we give the lost the Good News without first telling them the bad news?

If you have a testimony I would be blessed to hear it, please feel free to write them in the comments. The lost who stumble onto this humble blog might read it, and believe. For my own personal testimony, click here. As always, friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved!

 

Testimony of Paul Washer

 

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Last week I wrote about Charo Washer’s Testimony, so I think it’s only fitting if today I write about her husbands. It was, after all, a Paul Washer clip that first brought me to a recognition of my own sin and my desperate need for a savior. His testimony is one of extremes, he went from a sinner to a missionary. How did God change his heart of stone to one of flesh? Listen here…

 

Why does it matter? – Evolutionism vs Creationism

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Is refuting evolutionism important for the believer, or is it ok to side step over this issue?

First, let me say that every member of the body of Christ has its own individual calling, their own unique gifts that enable them to perform that calling. I am not asking the question ‘should you, personally, be blogging about creationism as a Christian?’. What I am asking is whether or not evolutionism is a stronghold that needs to be taken down.

I believe it is, and I also believe it’s imperative for the body of Christ to be made aware of the dangers lurking behind deep time.

Why is it so dangerous? Mostly because our students are not being taught that evolutionism is a possible means for the origin of our universe, but that it is certain fact. For decades now generation after generation was inundated by evolutionary falsehoods passed off as fact, refuted quietly some time after being taught in biology. I mentioned a few of those here.

543px-Man_is_But_a_Worm.jpgI have spoken to many hurting people who were in church but found themselves unable to continue going after they became adults because the ‘scientific evidence’ was too overwhelming.

This insidious deception has made its way into the church as well, as wolves crept into lead believers astray. These wolves convince believers not to take the Bible seriously, it’s just a book like any other, full of fairy tales.

These two points make evolutionism a stronghold, and we are commanded as followers of Christ to tear down every high and lofty idea that sets itself up against God. I encourage you, friends, to get informed on this issue. Is it important for the believer to be able to refute evolutionism? Absolutely, someones soul might one day be riding on your ability to answer. Creation.com is an excellent place to start, they have a magazine and creation magazine live which gives a summary of the articles written. Be good Bereans, brethren, and study to show yourselves approved.

An Anchor For my Soul

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What anchors your soul friends? There are so many different religions, so much writing against God, be it philosophical or scientific. How do you know what you believe is true? The Bible exhorts us to have an answer for why we believe what we believe.

Had some talented debater, or gifted orator, come to me before getting saved and told me all their reasonings on why there is no God I would have had that seed of doubt planted within me. I had no clear evidence in my own heart, I was following after religion, not Christ. Judging by the heresy I had already been convinced of, I’m not sure just what I could have believed had God not stepped in.

This is my anchor, Christ and Christ crucified. Is this your anchor? If you find yourself, like I was, chasing religion, I urge you to work through your faith with fear and trembling as Paul said. How is it that now, unlike the decade I spent in church, I am now anchored so firmly?

IMG_4945It’s almost been two years since salvation came to our house. Repentance, conversion, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit does not produce emotional fervor like I had been taught. It produced in me peace, contentment, joy, deep desire for fellowship, the reading of God’s Word, and prayer. Rather than emotional highs enhanced by drums and repetitive lyrics, I was set free from the sin that had bound me. Free! Nothing had ever freed me from the sin hiding in my heart. Wretched, filthy sin that could only give birth to death. I had struggled for years with that sin, minute to minute, hour to hour, day by day. I wanted my sin, I loved my sin, but I knew it was wrong so I tried by my own merit not to do what I wanted to do. This, friends, is not freedom. Had someone ventured in to whisper the lie that my sin wasn’t really a sin, and no one would get hurt, I might have believed them.

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Praise God, the one true God, the King of kings and Lord of lords, He set me free! He took out my old heart of stone and gave me one of flesh in its place. This new heart had new desires. I no longer loved my sin, I hated it. It disgusted me. I’m still disgusted by it, every time the enemy reminds me of the person I use to be. I no longer want to sin, I no longer have to try not to do the things I want to do. He who the Son sets free is free indeed!

This anchors my soul when the enemy comes to tell me God is not real, I can point to the freedom I have. When someone comes with a false doctrine, I can point to the freedom I have. When false religions come, offering a different god, I can point to the freedom I have. This anchors my soul. Nothing can change the fact that what I once loved I now hate.

If you have yet to find such an anchor for your soul, if you’ve been in church for years and still love your sin, let me encourage you not to delay. Recognize your sin for what it is, the very thing that separates you from God, the very thing that damns your soul to eternal judgment. Repent! Flee from the wrath to come. Cry out to God, repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you. Do not think that you can save yourself, not by works, or by some sinners prayer. We can be saved only by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone!

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Testimony of Charo Washer

This was a very difficult testimony for me to watch, as it is so very similar to my own conversion story. My greatest fear is that there are so many more people sitting in church wearing themselves out, unregenerate, and unaware of the eternal consequences. The lie that saying a quick prayer can get you out of hell, that you can earn your way into heaven by saying that prayer, has fooled millions. Satan is so deceptive, he found a way to lull the world into this deception. Between this and evolution is it any wonder that we are seeing such a great falling away in the church?

I hope Charo’s testimony will be as much a blessing to you all, friends, as it was to me.

Charo Washer’s Testimony

Testimony of Charles Spurgeon

The testimony of the Prince of Preachers, Charles Spurgeon, in his own words.

Testimonies are edifying to believers, and instructive to those seeking Christ. Here is a wonderful testiomy of Charles Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers.

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“Through the Lord’s restraining grace, and the holy influence of my early home life, both at my father’s and my grandfather’s, I was kept from certain outward forms of sin in which others indulged; and, sometimes, when I began to take stock of myself, I really thought I was quite a respectable lad, and might have been half inclined to boast that I was not like other boys, untruthful, dishonest, disobedient, swearing. Sabbath breaking, and so on. But, all of a sudden, I met Moses, carrying in his hand the law of God; and as he looked at me, he seemed to search me through and through with his eyes of fire. He bade me read ‘God’s Ten Words’,—the ten commandments—and as I read them, and remembered what I had been taught about their spiritual meaning as interpreted by the Lord Jesus Christ, they all seemed to join in accusing and condemning me in the sight of the thrice-holy Jehovah. Then, like Daniel, “my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength;” and I understood what Paul meant when he wrote, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”
    For years he remained under deep conviction of sin until one Sunday morning in January 1850 a snow storm forced him to cut short his intended journey and turn in to a Primitive Methodist chapel in Colchester. “The minister did not come that morning; he was snowed up, I suppose. At last, a very thin looking man, a shoemaker, or tailor, or something of that sort, went up into the pulpit to preach. . . . He was obliged to stick to his text, for the simple reason that he had little else to say. The text was, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.”

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    When he had managed to spin out ten minutes or so, he was at the end of his tether. Then he looked at me under the gallery, and I daresay, with so few present, he knew me to be a stranger. Just fixing his eyes on me, as if he knew all my heart, he said, “Young man, you look very miserable.” Well, I did, but I had not been accustomed to have remarks made from the pulpit on my personal appearance before. However, it was a good blow, struck right home. He continued, “and you always will be miserable—miserable in life, and miserable in death—if you don’t obey my text; but if you obey now, this moment, you will be saved.” Then, lifting up his hands, he shouted, as only a Primitive Methodist could do, “Young man, look to Jesus Christ. Look! Look! Look! You have nothin’ to do but to look and live.” I saw at once the way of salvation . . . I had been waiting to do fifty things, but when I heard that word, “Look!” What a charming word it seemed to me! Oh! I looked until l could almost have looked my eyes away. There and then the cloud was gone, the darkness had rolled away, and that moment I saw the sun; and I could have risen that instant, and sung with the most enthusiastic of them, of the precious blood of Christ, and the simple faith which looks alone to HIM . . .

E’er since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply
Redeeming love has been my theme
And shall be till I die

I found this testimony, among the other thousands of places to find it, here and I hope it blesses you as much as it blessed me. For my personal testimony you can go here and here. As always friends, be good Bereans, study to find yourselves approved! God bless

Mutations in the Genome – Part 2

I can still remember how it felt to be in school, learning about thermodynamics, hearing that eventually, our sun would come to an explosive end. It would have been terrifying if not for the premise that this would take a billion or so more years. Still, frightening for a young mind. I’m almost glad that mutations weren’t understood at the time. I can not imagine how pointless life would have felt had I heard that alongside being told my life came from nothingness, purposeless, chance.

Mutations in our DNA are, to the Christian, evidence of the fall of man and the curse on creation. Last week I gave a general introduction here.

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It’s hard to fully understand how good the Good News is without fully grasping the bad news. Romans 6:23 tells us the bad news and the Good News. Mutations are the scientific explanation of the bad news. When Adam sinned, the entire world was cursed, as Romans 8:22 tells us, the whole of creation groans. Nowhere is that better seen than in the mutations of the genome.

There are several types of mutations, best understood when put into perspective of our own language. Substitution is when the letters of the DNA are switched, so the wort is no longer the same. Insertion is when a letter is added mistakenlyZ. Deletion, of course, is when a letter is rmoved. Frameshift is when letters from the DNA switch splacep. There’s also inversions, duplications, and translocations that we understand so far.

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The idea that these mutations will somehow form hearts, lungs, or complex neurological systems in simple life is not logical. If you take Dr. Suess and apply all of these coding mistakes you will never get Shakespear. For a mutation to help the Theory of Evolution they would need to prove simplistic life could become complex life. There are no computer models to show this, and certainly, no evidence found in nature.

It was thought, until recently, that natural selection worked hand in hand with mutations to weed out the bad and advance the good. However, geneticists understand that these mutations, happening just above the atomic level, are simply too minuscule for even natural selection to detect.

Next Monday I’ll give some specific examples of both harmless mutations, and the more destructive ones. And the end game, what does it mean? Why does it matter to a Christian? What does it have to do with your testimony? Until then, puppy videos friends, they really do help.