What We Do Not Like

These are just different topics that have come across our minds that do not sit well with us. Some we have discussed at length already but they won’t leave our memory because there are still things to say about them.

#1. The culture of that time– this we first heard over 40 years ago in our undergraduate academic institution. A very nice guy and professor said in class and it has resonated in our minds till this day.

Not because we do not have an answer to those words but because it still bothers us that a leading Christian institution was beginning to stray from the truth and teaching its students false ideas.

One of the problems with that professor and his statement was the fact that he did not say which culture we should be using to guide us to the truth of God’s word.  He never said which one was the correct one and to use the Canadian one would be an insult to the American students at the college as well as every other culture in the world.

Of course, the correct culture to use is God’s culture as he calls us out of the secular cultures of the world and teaches us his ways. His kingdom his rules. That would have been a better lesson than what we received at the time. It would have put us on the right track to being holy and better Christians.

Instead what we got was confusion, barriers to overcome and stumbling blocks to mar our way.

#2. Evolutionists & the theory of Evolution- we were reading an old National Geographic and the main title was ‘What Darwin Didn’t Know’ from February 2009. The thing that bothers us about this topic is that Darwin and all evolutionary scientists and supporters after his time, misapply what they observe.

Te and they assume so much and then conduct their experiments with this pre drawn conclusion in mind. Then when they do not have the evidence they want they fabricate it and extrapolate that assumption to the species they want to apply it too.

The fossil in question is named the Titaalik and the words of the author are “The fossil’s genes are lost in the mists of history. But inspired by a living proxy…” The scientists went on to make several leaps to conclusions forgetting that fins are limbs and most likely would need the same mechanism’s a bird would need to get their wings

But in their haste to try and prove evolution true evolutionary scientists, Darwin and others fail to apply the corruption of the world to what they discover. What they have may not be the norm but an exception to the norm. Since science is blind to the past they will never know.

These people see God’s handiwork yet they are so blind and deceived that they cannot see the truth. The article talks about ow there is no specific human gene but the evolutionist in their haste to remove and replace God fail to see that our bodies did not need to have a special gene.

It just needed a different design and the breath of life that God gave us to make us human. That physical design had to live in the same environment as all the other life forms on this planet so there is no mystery as to why we have the same type of genes.

The only differences we needed were the genes to express in such a way that we came out of our mother’s wombs as human. Mice as mice out of their mothers and so on. This is not evolution but the divine handiwork of a God who knew what he wanted and how to get it.

Unlike evolution, which does not know anything nor has any attributes we possess, God possess those attributes and more to give us what he wanted us to have. Evolution nor natural selection could not develop life to achieve what we already possess.

That is because those fake processes had no idea what to develop. They have no minds to think anything up and  something cannot come from nothing.

#3.  The women as preachers movement- We are reading the late Gretchen Gaebelen Hull’s book, ‘Equal to Serve’  and she died last year so these words are not for her.

Her book is full of the same tired old arguments all supporters for women to be preacher’s drag out. She does a great job in misapply unrelated biblical texts to show that women should be preachers and teachers of men.

Not one of her arguments provide a solid scriptural basis to disobey God’s instructions and calling those passages hard to understand is just relabelling them to fit her agenda. The verses she does not like are very clear in their message but she finds other ones to use to do an end run around that message.

Her biggest failure that undermines her arguments, not only her hatred of patriarchy, is that she thinks or thought that being a new creature did away with God’s rules.

She seemed to be under the impression that some bible verses over ruled key ones and those that were over ruled were not in force. She didn’t realize that i snot how God works. She ignores the verse where Jesus lamented ‘why do ye call me lord when you do not do the things I say’.

That verse gives us a clear indication that there were certain roles for men and certain roles for women that cannot be changed. Also, that there were certain rules that God wants to see obeyed. Whether Mrs. Hull thought so or not.

What disappoints and bothers us is that she and others like her have led so many Christian women to sin. Plus, the fact when she was asked to take certain positions that had her violate scriptures, she did not say no and remained in obedience to God, she took them wilfully and disobeyed God anyways.

We are outlining many key words and phrases in her book and maybe at a later date we will do a series on her arguments pointing out the error of her ways. needless to say too many people were influenced by her and others like her, ruining the church and women. That bothers us a great deal.

This may be

a book to read

Atheists in Praise of Christianity?

How did we get from there to here? It was Christianity, Holland writes. Christianity revolutionized sex and marriage, demanding that men control themselves and prohibiting all forms of rape. Christianity confined sexuality within monogamy. (It is ironic, Holland notes, that these are now the very standards for which Christianity is derided.) Christianity elevated women. In short, Christianity utterly transformed the world.

In fact, Holland points out that without Christianity, the Western world would not exist. Even the claims of the social justice warriors who despise the faith of their ancestors rest on a foundation of Judeo-Christian values. Those who make arguments based on love, tolerance, and compassion are borrowing fundamentally Christian arguments. If the West had not become Christian, Holland writes, “no one would have gotten woke.”

Some Recent Discoveries

The first two links take you to archaeological discoveries. Then the third takes you to another evolutionary one that is more of a lie than anything else. Evolutionists create all these fake species without factoring in normal daily life. their conclusions are off because they look at their discoveries with a predetermined conclusion and not true objectivity.

Also, one bone a dinosaur does not make. With science blind to the past, the evolutionist can make anything up that they want people to hear. There is no ancient verification for any of the evolutionary discoveries and that enables the evolutionist to have even more freedom when talking about these and other bone fragments they uncover

https://www.yahoo.com/news/researchers-ancient-rooms-under-jerusalems-western-wall-171010448.html

Israeli researchers on Tuesday unveiled mysterious underground rooms with an unknown function, carved out of the bedrock near where the Second Jewish Temple is believed to have stood two millennia ago.

The discovery was made when Israeli students from a pre-military college were excavating a large, lavish Byzantine-era structure from some 1,400 years ago, below the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Like other sites inhabited for millenia, parts of Jerusalem contain deep layers of archaeology, the result of societies building on top of earlier structures rather that expending resources to clear ruins.

https://www.foxnews.com/science/dead-sea-scrolls-discovery-fragments-thought-to-be-blank-reveal-text

Four Dead Sea Scroll fragments long thought to be blank have revealed their text.

The fragments, which are housed at the University of Manchester in the U.K., shed more light on the famous scrolls. Some 51 fragments were imaged front and back, with six identified for further investigation. Of these, four were found to have readable Hebrew/Aramaic text written in carbon-based ink.

“The most substantial fragment has the remains of four lines of text with 15-16 letters, most of which are only partially preserved, but the word Shabbat (Sabbath) can be clearly read,” explained the University of Manchester

https://www.foxnews.com/science/unusual-toothless-dinosaur-discovered-in-australia

A bone from the dinosaur was discovered by volunteer Jessica Parker during a dig in Victoria in early 2015. Initially thought to be from a pterosaur, the neck bone was studied by experts at Swinburne University who realized that it was from a theropod or meat-eating dinosaur. “The only catch – this ‘meat-eating dinosaur’ probably didn’t eat meat!” said Swinburne paleontologist Dr. Stephen Poropat, in the statement.

Still think we evolved?

Here are some facts about the human body that evolution has no answer to how they developed or came into existence. The facts are taken from the following two websites:

https://www.thefactsite.com/10-amazing-facts-about-the-human-body/

https://www.factretriever.com/body-facts

The Facts:

Bones are four times stronger than concrete.

The human body produces enough saliva in a lifetime to fill two swimming pools.

The acid in the stomach is strong enough to dissolve zinc.

The nose can recognize and remember 50,000 different scents.

In 30 minutes, the human body gives off enough heat to bring a gallon of water to the boil.

The are 45 miles of nerves in the body.

More than half of the bones in the human body are found in our hands and feet.

The human body has enough carbon to fill 1000 pencils.

Our hearts pump 2000 gallons of blood each day.

Humans sneeze at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

Messages from the human brain travel along nerves at up to 200 miles an hour

The largest bone in the human body is the femur. It can support 30 times the weight of a person’s body

The body can detect taste in .0015 seconds, which is faster than the blink of an eye.

The largest cell in the human body is an egg (or ovum) and is barely visible to the naked eye

The brain contains 86 billion nerve cells joined by 100 trillion connections. This is more than the number of stars in the Milky Way

The lining in a person’s stomach is replaced every 4 to 5 days to prevent it from digesting itself

Semen normally contains 1-8 billion sperm per fluid ounces

The liver the largest internal organ and is the only organ that can regenerate itself. However, repeated damage to the liver can eventually injure and scar this amazing organ.

There are so many nerve cells in a human brain that it would take almost 3,000 years to count them

The longest bone in an adult human is the thighbone, measuring about 18 inches (46 cm). The shortest bone is in the ear and is just 0.1 inches (.25 cm) long, which is shorter than a grain of rice

An adult human body is made up of about 7 octillion atoms

The fastest muscles in a human body are the ones that make the eyes blink. They can contract in less than one-hundredth of a second. In just one day, a person may blink their eyes over 11,500 times.

The average person has about 5 pounds of bacteria in his or her digestive system.

In an adult human, blood circulates about 12,000 miles  a day.

A human heart beats over 3 billion times during an average human lifespan

A human eye can distinguish between approximately 10 million different colors

An adult small intestine is about 22-23 feet long, which is longer than a minivan

The average scalp contains about 100,000 hairs.

Fingers don’t have muscles that facilitate movement. The tendons in our fingers are moved by the muscles of the forearm

The human body contains over 35 trillion cells. Earth has about 7 billion people, which means that there are 5,000 times more cells in one body than there are people on the planet

No matter how badly fingerprints are damaged, they will always grow back in their original pattern

 

When unbelievers claim that there is no evidence of God just point them to the body and the facts surrounding it. Evolution has no source for anything found in the body. If you want more facts read page 120-121 in Dr. Harold Sala’s book Can You trust the Bible.

 

What about fallen Christian leaders

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. (Gal. 6:1)

This topic is some what controversial as people disagree on when the leader is restored what position in the church should he hold. In one sense, humans do not really have a say in that matter.

If God restores someone he is free to put him back into leadership of the church and the people must accept that decision. How many times was King David restored and kept his rule? Peter fell as well yet Jesus saw fit to make him a pillar of the church.

But the reason to write this article comes from the following article at Christian Post– “Ask Dr. Land: Should fallen Christian leaders be allowed to return to ministry?”

The author of that piece goes a bit further and adds more words to that initial question and in the first paragraph says “Should Christian leaders be restored to a position of Christian ministry and trust once they have betrayed that trust?”

The key word there is ‘betrayed’ It is a very subjective term that is applied for the least offences and often used to deny someone the Christian treatment they need to return fully to God and the ministry.

It is a word that seems to be used in some cases to keep God fro using the men he wants to use. The example comes from the next paragraph in the article

In the interest of full disclosure, I am personally acquainted with Thomas White, Cedarville’s president, who has been placed on “administrative leave” by his trustees pending an investigation of his having hired an admitted “sexual abuser” to serve at Cedarville.

The action shows that the board of the university felt differently about the sexual abuser than the president of the college and they seem to not forgive the sexual abuser of his sins nor let him get past those mistakes. Neither does the author of the article.

The so called sexual abuse offence was merely video taping a male colleague in the shower. It seems that no unwanted sexual contact was initiated and no same sex sexual acts were performed. The ‘abuse’ was not really abuse if we are to believe the account given in that article.

We find the author’s opinion in the next quote. he says:

Even if these prayers are answered positively, however, I believe Dr. White made a terrible mistake in judgment. No matter how noble and “redemptive” his motives were in trying to “restore” a Christian brother and friend, his ultimate priority should have always been the safety and the physical and spiritual welfare of the young people entrusted to his care by their parents and the trustees.

If Dr. Moore’s, the sexual abuser, and other people’s prayers on his behalf were positively by God then Dr. Moore should not have his sin held over his head. If God had told Dr. White to restore the man to a leadership post, then know Christian should punish Dr. White or Dr. Moore.

While they may question the move, they should go to God and get first hand information and confirm the appointment so that no one has any doubts about God’s restorative and redemptive work. They can take hope in that if they ever fail, God would be so kind and gracious to them.

But there is another problem surfacing in that quote. Dr. Land’s position

his ultimate priority should have always been the safety and the physical and spiritual welfare of the young people entrusted to his care by their parents and the trustees.

is wrong. That is not the ultimate priority of any Christian whether they be a pastor, Christian college president or a father in charge of his family. The ultimate priority of any believer is to obey God first. He is to set the example of  correct obedience regardless of what it does to the feelings of those entrusted to his care.

Dr. White could not tend to  his students’ and faculty’s spiritual welfare if he did not obey God  in this issue. He would be sending the message that it okay to disobey God when anyone might be offended or upset by the given action.

Setting the example of obedience means dispelling any faulty ideas about trust, spiritual welfare and betrayal. From the facts given in the article, no one was betrayed. They were shown the reality of what God has called clean, thous shalt not call unclean.’

In the case of Paul, he was called clean after his conversion even though the sins he committed were many prior to that conversion. One does not have to be a Paul or a Peter to be called clean and ready for leadership.

The students need to see that God is a God of his word and that he will be there for them if they make a mis-step or two and want to continue in Christian leadership.

In a very real sense, Dr. White as president was the under-shepherd of these young people while they were students, and his number one priority should have been their well-being.

In this case, we see Dr. Land misleading believers and putting the students above God and his command to obey him over all else.

When someone with effective, “de facto” pastoral oversight and responsibility (not only pastors and church staff, but also teachers in Christian schools and colleges, especially coaches and religion and Bible teachers, and para-church ministers who serve through Cru, InterVarsity, Ratio Christi, etc.) has betrayed their sacred trust, can they ever again be trusted with that kind of ministry role by Christian leaders who have the responsibility to protect God’s people from false shepherds? I believe that the answer must be a resounding, “no!”

Dr. Land seems to be placing himself above God here and dictating an answer that results in an action that he wants to see and not one that God wants to see. He also implies that people should trust human Christian leaders over God. He brings no call to follow God and his word with that answer.

God is the one who chooses church leaders not Dr. land or any other believer and the trust that the people have in God and his word will help them overcome any negative issues that arise in their minds and spirits when a church leader fails.

Our eyes are to be on Jesus not the storm or the men around him. When Peter sank in the water when he walked towards Jesus it was because he took his eyes off Jesus and put them on other things. That is what Dr. Land is doing and telling others to do.

When a leader fails and falls, our eyes need to remain on Jesus looking for the right words and response so that the leader can be restored to his faith. The rest of the article will not be addressed as it is merely Dr. Land’s justification for his unscriptural position. His opinion harms more people than it helps and leads many to ignore God’s leading to restore certain leaders to their rightful place in the church.

His opinion also encourages a lack of belief in God’s word and his redemptive powers. It reminds me of the old adage that ‘Christians eat their wounded’ We are not the same as the unbelieving world.

We have to show how we are different by letting God restore fallen leaders and show how we believe God over people who condemn those who fail. God forgets our sins, when we honestly repent of them. We are not greater than God and need to stop holding past sins over the heads of other believers.

We all make mistakes and we should be humbled by those mistakes and forgive instead of judging and condemning others. If one wants to remake the church after their own image like Dr. Land seems to be doing, then I encourage him and those people like him to repent of their arrogance and get right with God.

The church is his not ours and we need to implement God’s way correctly if we want to make an impact on a dark sinful world. We need to be humble followers of Jesus.