Purposeful Apologetics

#Apologetics #CreationScience

Beloved, do you know what apologetics means? When I first heard someone claiming to be an Apologetic I thought it meant they were apologizing for Christianity. The word actually comes from the Greek word apologia which means “speaking in defense.” All Christians should consider themselves Apologists if they have ever spoken in defense of the hope they have.

Unfortunately, some Christians do not defend the faith purposefully, and without meaning to can do more harm than good. I’ve found the same to be true in many roles in life, such as parenting. If we are not being purposeful parents, thinking clearly and laying out standards and boundaries for our children, they can become confused. When we found out I was pregnant my husband and I set about deciding how we wanted to parent. That purposeful parenting has helped ensure we’re both on the same page and has given our daughter stability and confidence.



I am also a purposeful wife, and like Proverbs 31 depicts so elegantly, I am purposeful in how I run our household. My husband is a Respiratory Therapist, he is purposeful in everything he does at work, with that he is also a full-time student and is able to better balance his school work with his home life and work life. When we fellowship with members of the body of Christ we are purposeful to edify and not tear down. The same needs to be said when we evangelize the lost, our apologetics must be like a well thought out essay.

Today is a day of 144 characters, short, pithy social media posts, written to a generation who typically only reads the title of articles rather than the article itself. How do we give good apologetics to a hashtag crowd? We do it with purpose, we do it in love, with kindness, and mercy towards the lost. There is so much more to apologetics than who’s right and who’s wrong. Christianity is the religion of freedom, for the opening spiritually blind eyes. When Christ told the Jews in John 8:31-33 that if they continued in truth the truth would set them free they were confused. They answered that they were not enslaved to anyone.


This is the attitude of the world, they do not know they are enslaved to sin, they do not know where the depression, anxiety, self-hatred, anger, and fear of death come from. When we tell others about God’s law and about Christ’s sacrifice, we need to remember these two important factors;

  1. Only the Holy Spirit can draw someone to repentance and He blows where He wishes.
  2. Christianity is not on the line, right and wrong is not on the line, the souls of the lost are on the line.

A purposeful Apologetic is a loving, thought-provoking, instructive, kind message given from a prayerful believer to a non-believer in all meekness and humbleness at heart. I encourage you, brethren, do not hide behind a lack of knowledge or experience, equip yourselves, for the warfare is not flesh and blood but against powers and principalities in high places. As always friends be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

Wednesday- Jesus Teaches

#John8:1-2 #JesusTeaches

I’m going to take a break for a few weeks from our usual Wednesday testimony to encourage the brethren in a different way. Here recently I stumbled into a conflict within the church that was being handled very poorly by some. As a young believer I was greatly discouraged to see men, old enough to know better, treating elders in the church shamefully, and on social media, for all to see. It sent me where discouragement always sends me, to prayer and study.

God once again encouraged me through His Word, and in my times of praying for these men, I was reminded that they are just that…men. Fallible men will discourage where an infallible God will encourage. And so today I want to talk about a verse that particularly encouraged me during my study. John 8: 1-2


Can you imagine what it must have been like to sit and listen to Him teach? And yet, His earthly ministry was short, eternity is everlasting. This verse encouraged me by reminding me that the things of this world are passing away, the discouragement will come to an end, and eternity will be spent in His glorious majesty. I wonder if we’ll have the chance to sit and hear Him teach? Until then let us hang on every word that was written, for in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God, and the Word became flesh!

One more thing, brethren, slander, and gossip are sins. I’m grieved to see it taken so lightly by so many, let that not be said of you and I. We are to seek peace where it is at all possible. And as always, beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourself approved!

Twisted Tuesday – The Vanity Fair Church

#TwistedTuesday #SeekerSensitive

Beloved, I’m going to discuss something that many others have addressed already. It needs to be repeated, then repeated again, until Christ comes back. The church does not meet on the Lords day to entertain the goats. The church does not meet any day of the week to entertain the goats. John 3:16 is the scripture being taken out of context, for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have ever lasting life.


What is happening in modern churches today is that shepherds are starving the sheep to feed the goats, believing they should bring the whole world in. Rather than expounding Gods Word, exhorting believers, edifying the body, and growing in grace and knowledge, they are busy being ‘relevant’. Why would the church ever feel the need to compete with the world, when friendship with the world is enmity with God? This stems from the desire to have the approval of man rather than the approval of God. It’s also the reason why the back door of these churches are as busy as the front door because the church can not out world the world.

We are supposed to be separate from the world, in it but not of it. The idea of ‘seeker sensitive’ churches needs to be deconstructed. Whom are the seekers? Christ said all those who seek Him will He in no ways cast out. He also said that His sheep hear His voice. Are goats the seekers then? Of course not, the unbelievers filling the churches would sue if they heard a sermon on sin. But Christ told people to go and sin no more, seekers are sheep that know His voice.


What then is the benefit of bringing a mass of unbelievers into a service and entertaining them? They never hear the gospel or repentance, thus they go without salvation. I see two benefits of running a church in this manner, praise for the pastor, and cash in the collection plate. We are called to neither of these ends. Are these ‘churches’ really just the blind leading the blind?

I have a family member who will not hear the gospel or step foot in a church because he believes they are all just businesses making money. This is the danger of setting aside the great commission, to sell our soul and gain the world. In the end, the world will reject them, the gospel is smeared, Gods name is blasphemed, and the sheep go unfed. Please brethren, encourage your pastor and elders to uphold the Word of God and reject the Vanity Fair Church.

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

The Heavens Declare – Mars

#CreationScience #SolarSystem #TheHeavensDeclare

Mars is the next planet in our series through the solar system.


Mars is the fourth planet, and the last terrestrial planet we’ll be talking about. It’s nearly half the size of Earth, with a similar rotation time of 24 and a half hour days. The year on Mars is almost twice as long as Earths. Its atmosphere is so thin that liquid water would evaporate immediately, although it does have frozen carbon dioxide. This is because the planet rarely gets above freezing. Mars has two moons, the outer moon Deimos is just under 10 miles wide, and the inner moon Phobos is just about 10 miles wide.


What problems does Mars pose for evolutionism? Honestly, in the case of Mars, it seems as though evolutionists have created problems for themselves. There is evidence for possible water on Mars at some point, such as a canyon much bigger than the Grand Canyon. There’s also what appears to be dried up river beds. The problem comes in when they begin to discuss the possibility of a global flood on Mars. Yes, that’s right, global flood. On a planet where water is currently not possible in liquid form evolutionists declare a Genesis like deluge. Here on Earth, however, where there’s enough water in the oceans to cover a flattened surface with over a mile deep of water, they mock anyone who believes in a global flood. I can’t understand this one, friends. Mars has a very thin atmosphere of carbon dioxide, a slight magnetosphere, and dormant volcanoes. Far from being the old, cold, dead planet, it should have been, Mars continues to fascinate the imaginations of all who research it.


What was Gods plan for Mars, and its two moons? I believe that here, between Mars and Earth, we see a contrast. God spent far longer creating Earth, making it inhabitable for life. When we look at Mars we certainly see Gods creativity, we also see how special Earth is.


Next week we’ll move on to the gas giants, and that’s when things get really interesting! I hope you’ll continue to be edified by this series, and have your confidence in Gods Word renewed. As always, beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourself approved.

Friday Fossils – Layers of Rock

#Creationscience #YoungEarth #RockLayers

Last Week I promised a Friday post on the rock layers dinosaurs are found in. Here it is, brethren, the long wait is over!

I’ve been trying, for a few weeks now, to show the secular understandings of fossils being laid down by water. This is important, though it’s not given the fan fair that the latest evolutionary ‘proofs’ are given. Why not? Because from as far back as Charles Lyell, there has been push back against anything that would suggest Noah’s flood ever happened. We need to keep in mind, as we read scientific articles or learn of new discoveries, that scientists are human beings. As such, they have their own world views, through which they view all evidence. Their world view of evolutionism is opinion, based on assumption, not testable science. There is no reason we should allow their world view to hinder our trust in the truth of the Bible.


So, what about these rock layers we find fossils in? The most important evidence of the flood is that these layers are filled with marine fossils, only .01% of fossils found are dinosaur fossils, 95% of fossils found are marine life. Marine fossils are found on every high mountain, and sedimentary rock layers spread across every continent, some even connecting continents.


I’ve written about some of the odd fossils found that give evidence for rapid burial, soft tissues, jelly fish, foot prints, but that’s really just scratching the surface. All that evidence aside, the rock layers themselves give evidence of rapid formation.

Once the secularists admitted the fossils did not take millions of years to fossilize, although it’s still taught that way in schools and museums, they chalked the millions of years up to the layers. This, again, dates back to Lyell, counting each layer as if it were years. However, we now have plenty of observable evidence with Mt. Saint Helens to show rock layers that were laid down in a matter of hours. Along with this issue, there is the lack of erosion between layers. Each layer is laid down one on top of another, beautifully uniform, without signs of years and years of erosion.


Now secular scientists are between a rock and a hard place here. They can no longer claim fossilization or rock layers take long periods of time. Remember the circular reasoning in the method used to date dinosaurs relies on old rock. They date the rock based on the dinosaurs found in them. They date the dinosaurs based on the rock they found them in. What happens to this scenario when the rocks can no longer be considered millions of years old?

This is one of the many reasons I was so disenfranchised with science. I loved science, and I had a tremendous amount of respect for scientists growing up. I want to tell you all, beloved, that there are thousands of scientists who are honest, they do recognize the errors in evolutionism. They just aren’t given the fan fair that the scientists who fall in line with the secular darling, evolution, are given.


We need to have an answer for the hope we have. That’s the point of Monday’s and Friday’s here, to edify the body, to give you all more confidence in Gods Word. Also, to give you all examples you can take with you when you evangelize. Creation science can not save, I would never suggest that however, these answers to often asked questions can soften a hard heart to hear the gospel message. It is important, brethren, that we study to show ourselves approved. Be good Bereans, friends!

Twisted Tuesday – Natural Theology

#falsedoctrine

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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Dinosaur-Tracks

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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Dinosaur-track

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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Genesis-1:25-Dinosaur-Fossil-Behind

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.