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25 Nov

I am going to take a crack, with God’s help, at some of the questions posted at

http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/ask-scot-mcknight-response

and

http://biologos.org/blog/does-genetics-point-to-a-single-primal-couple

then let you compare the answers with those given at those websites

First, the questions at Ms. Evans’ link:

#1. What would you say to young evangelicals disenchanted with the label because of all the political and social baggage that comes along with it? What does it mean to be an evangelical, and why might it still be worth identifying as such?

The problem is with the different labels that have no source in the Bible or God’s kingdom. Instead of calling people Evangelical, Anglican etc., we should go to God’s labels and apply them instead. God doe snot use such terms as humans do, he usually goes with Christian (they were first called Christian at Antioch) or born again (ye must be born again) or believer (if you do not believe …). Being sophisticated in our labels is not helping the Christian faith but creating stumbling blocks as the labels confuse not only unbelievers but Christians as well.

These labels open the door for minute and grand alternative beliefs to enter into the church and hinders our ability to see and weed out false teaching. Keeping everything simple takes a lot of pressure and stress of while helping to eliminate false judging. In God’s words you are either for him or against him and friendship with the world is enmity with God, which is as simple as you can get. You either believe and support God or you don’t.

There is no gray area with God. Unfortunately, humans like gray areas for it allows them far more freedom in their beliefs than God wants to see present. To answer the questions, the label doesn’t determine your spiritual status nor guarantees your entry into heaven, you are called to follow Christ and then the leading of the HS to the truth. it is best to determine what you really believe first before placing any label on yourself or identifying with any group of people. If you truly believe God and the Bible then call yourself a Christian for that is biblical and not confusing.

Jesus will help you deal with the baggage as you grow in him and find his correct way to go. There will always be activities and ideas that you will not agree with but you cannot keep changing your spiritual identity or go church hopping the rest of your life. Be Christian, which means Christ-like, and stick to what is biblical and true.

#2. For the most part, we have avoided church, and on the rare occasions we attend, I don’t allow them to go to the children’s program because I don’t want them to hear the same violent messages about God-ordained genocide and worldwide flooding that were so cheerfully recited to me as a child. As a parent and grandparent, how do you navigate evangelicalism and sort through the positive and negative ways it might impact your loved ones?

You teach your loved ones the truth, before, during and after they learn about God’s actions and message against sin. You do not falsely accuse God of human crimes nor lead your children into such thinking. You can also interview the different sunday school teachers and talk to the pastors about your fears and how the biblical message is being taught. If you are not satisfied with their answers you are free to go attend another church. The problem here i snot with the church but with the parent who has a false view of God’s actions and takes the wrong steps in trying to protect her children.

#3. Do you think this is a broader movement or does it just happen to be a number of people on my radar? What do you think is drawing you and others toward Anglicanism?

I can’t speak for Mr. McKnight as that is a personal question for him to answer but in a general sense, a believer needs to follow God’s leading to the church he wants them to attend. You do not go to a church because it is popular, large or because a famous person attends there. You are supposed to be the servant of God and you follow his direction not cultural influences. You need to be biblical in your decisions about which church to attend and look at their doctrines, their motives, practices and how close to God’s word they are before joining any congregation.

How contemporary a church acts is unimportant. What is important is are they teaching the truth and truly biblical.

#4. You begin the book by contrasting  “skinny jeans kingdom people” with “pleated pants kingdom people.” Tell us what you mean by that?  

I really wish people would be more straight-forward instead of using cute little descriptive phrases to describe a problem they feel exists in a church.  Remember his words are his opinion and not infallible nor possibly spirit-led. people will misuse biblical terms because they do not understand them clearly enough and place their own ideas upon God’s words. McKnight’s use of the term seems to be more personal preference than spiritual. I would suggest that you go to God, ask for guidance to get to the truth then learn that truth. You may need help of commentaries not pop theologians and you need to be able to discern between God-led definitions of the word and personal-led definitions of the word kingdom.

Too often pastors put their own ideas upon God’s words and then proceed to preach that definition instead of God’s. This is why I wish that more pastors and theological writers were more straight-forward in their communication as they confuse people instead of leading them to the truth.

#5. How do I, as a committed member of a local church, get past my disappointment with the staff, past the hurts and harms this church has inflicted upon me, past my disappointment with the programs we offer and the missions we undertake and the focus of our service, and still be a productive member that helps the church fulfill its’ ministry in our community? How best do I serve here?

The simple answer is– change churches. it is obvious that this current congregation an dits leaders are not up to that person’s standards or expectations  so he or she should look for a congregation that meets their needs, standards and expectations. The more difficult answer comes in response to these words: ‘How do I get past my disappointment…hurts and harms…’ You need to forgive them. Jesus said 7 x 70 which tells us that we will be disappointed, hurt, and harmed many times over if we are not careful.

No church is going to be perfect nor act perfectly 100% of the time and we need to learn to be biblical in response to those disappointments, hurts and harm that come our way. That is how you best serve by not sinning in return and following Christ’s teaching correctly regardless of how you are treated. You need to pray and ask God to change you to being more biblical and better able to handle the real world of the church.

#6. My Pastoral Theology professor brought to the table a statistic that only 2% of senior pastors in Pentecostal churches are women, even though the tradition has long allowed women to serve in high positions of ministry. 51% of the graduates from the local Bible college are women. Why do you think this 2% statistic is as low as it is?

Why is the statistic low? Because women are not called by God to violate his word or instructions. Women need to go to Bible school to learn about God not only to be better Christians but to be in a position to help their husbands and families stay on track with Jesus. They are not going to Bible school to learn how to disobey God. Women need spiritual education just like men do because their faith is just as important as a man’s is. God doesn’t want them destroyed by evil thus they need to learn about God more deeply so they can return to their churches and teach other women who were not fortunate enough to attend Christian training.

Women attending Bible school or seminary is not a waste of time nor is it an opportunity to break the glass ceiling. It is God’s leading to help them learn how to protect themselves, their families and the church.

Now to the one question at the second link:

#1. Does Genetics Point to a Single Primal Couple?

The simple answer is— yes. The complication in this matter is due to the deception, unbelief, and the pursuit of the wrong answer of those who research and experiment on this topic. Their starting point is off:

Here’s the real point of this. When you have one way of doing a calculation and you get a certain answer, perhaps you are justified in being a little skeptical. Perhaps you made a mathematical mistake, or maybe you made a faulty assumption. However, when you do your calculation using two totally different approaches, using methods with completely different assumptions, and each method gives you the same answer, you become convinced it is correct. Three, of course is just icing on the cake.

Scientists do not start with the truth to find the truth. They start with their own faulty ideas and allow that to lead them from the truth to whatever answer they want to hear. It is hard to find the truth if you are looking to prove a non-biblical assumption. it is also hard to find the truth when you do not apply all the data surrounding genetic research to your puzzle.

Because of the random nature of gene selection, each child gets a different mix of genes from the DNA of the mother and father. This is why children from the same parents can have so many differences. (http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/genetic/gene-pool1.htm)

God knew what he was doing in the beginning and he knew how Adam and Eve’s children were going to have to reproduce until enough people were alive to cut that interaction completely.  God built enough information in our genes and designed them to work in a certain way in order to produce enough genetic variety that will protect humans instead of leading them to inbreeding problems. He then cut off the inbreeding reproduction to continue to protect his creation. secular scientists do not fully grasp the sophistication and complexity contained with the genetic material they study nor do they know how it all works together to produce what God intended.

There was no bottleneck in history. God also did not need thousands of people to produce what he wanted because he already equipped the genes with the right functions to perform their given duty. Secular scientists are working blind and do not see the truth and their criteria to determine what took place for human origins are human based, fallible and misleading not biblical and infallible.

Suffice it to say that God knew what was needed and implemented the correct mechanism to produce that result. It is the evolutionist, both Christian and secular, who take away from God. For secular genetic research to work, they would need to see the actual DNA and genetic markers from Adam, Eve and their initial children to see what really took place. as it stands, they are only guessing as to how many humans were needed to produce the billions of souls who lived and died in our history.

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