Here is an article from Answers in Genesis about the Year of Darwin, written by the Answers magazine editor-in-chief.

Throughout 2009 the world will be celebrating Darwin’s birthday (February 12, 1809) and the publication of On the Origin of Species (November 24, 1859). Meanwhile, Bible-believing Christians have had 150 years to reflect on Darwin’s life and work. What have we learned?

First, it’s important to get our facts straight. Darwin was not a demon or an angel, but a human being like the rest of us, struggling with difficult personal and intellectual questions.

Second, Darwin made some valuable scientific observations and raised some good questions. Scientists are still trying to answer many of those questions today.

The January issue of Answers magazine asked leading minds in creation science to share their perspectives on both Darwin and his book, and to report on the latest efforts by creationists to provide an alternative explanation for the origin of species.

The result could be titled a “Creationist Manifesto for the Twenty-first Century,” a statement of the latest creationist thinking on the origin of species, as well as a revolutionary call for Bible-based science that can change our understanding of the world. We believe these insights should be freely available to teachers, pastors, and students on every continent, as they wrestle with the significance of Darwin’s life and works.

During the “Year of Darwin” and “Darwin Day” celebrations on February 12, our hope is that many souls will dig a little deeper and discover the true Source of Life, whose Book holds the key that unlocks the mysteries of life.

Michael Matthews
Editor-in-chief, Answers magazine

John calvin

John Calvin

This coming year, 2009, marks the anniversary of several important events, some of which are important, some of which are rather disturbing. I’ll start with the disturbing to end on a high note.

On February 12, 1809, one of the most significant figures in the history in not only the western hemisphere, but the whole world was born into the world. Charles Darwin, a graduate from Cambridge University with a doctorate in theology, was destined to be one of the most singularly influential men in modern history. As the 2009 marker comes into view, the world looks back in history to this man as brilliant and wonderful scientist (even though he never was one) who changed the face of the earth. Whether they realize it or not, Darwin was most definitely the man who did this in modern history. His book, The Origin of Species, by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, which is the full title, was published 50 years later in 1859. This book became a basis of worldview for men like Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and even the Japanese during WWII. These forces were brutal and pagan men who loved the evolutionary theory, and it is men like this who put Darwin’s book to its proper use.

Chalres Darwin

Chalres Darwin

Now, for the much better news. 500 years ago next year marks the birthday of one of the most influential men in the history of Europe and America. John Calvin, one of the reformers of the 16th century, is celebrating his 500th birthday, and most people will ignore it and maybe never even know about it. Regardless of the propaganda, the advertising, and the praising of Darwin and his book by the media, the press, and organizations like the ACLU, I hope that Christians will not succumb to the lies of these organizations and will celebrate the man who desired to preserve the church and the truth of the Scriptures.

A Truly Christian Holiday

November 27, 2008

The First Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, many people in the world will get together with friends and family, sit around a big table crammed with food, stuff themselves, and then leave, being very full and happy because they didn’t have to spend money to feed themselves. This is not the greatness of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a holiday that many people in the world view as an excuse to eat, eat, and eat some more.

Last night, at our church‘s normal mid-week service time, we congregated for a special Thanksgiving service. A time to lift up our hearts in Thanksgiving to God, as a church, and as individuals. Many people in our church were unashamed to express their thanksgiving to God in countless ways. The most prominent thanksgiving last night was the blessing of God in granting us a new building of our own. We have been renting space every Sunday for countless years and were nearly shut down because we had so few coming each week, but God did a mighty work, and He brought us more people, a new a pastor, a new building, deacons, and elders. To simply say thank you to God for such a blessing as this would be utterly insufficient.

Almost 400 years ago, a small group of Christians landed on the shores of America, seeking to worship God freely and to advance His Gospel. They went through countless trials during their first winter, yet they persevered and were preserved. A year later, in September, they had lodgings, food, and friendship with the neighboring indians. They had much to be thankful for, and set aside not one, but several days of time to congregate with the indians to eat, hunt, compete, and, most importantly, to be eternally grateful to God for His mercy in preserving them.

This holiday truly is a Christian holiday. Regardless of the food, the company, the conversation, and the enjoyment of simply being together, we must be thankful to God. And even though this day is only one special day of 365 to give thanks, we ought to give thanks every day for every blessing God has given to us.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with hope, joy, peace, and great thanks to God for all that He has done!

God’s Word IS Inspired!

August 14, 2008

Yesterday, as I was meandering around the forums of The Rebelution, I came across this post with this question:

Here is a question I am curious to ask. If the Bible is completely God’s word, why do most books come from letters, or other random things? For instance, 1st & 2nd Corinthians were written by Paul to the Church of Corinth. Ephesians was written to the Ephesians by Paul. Why didn’t God just command them to write those books for his Word? I hope to create a healthy discussion in this, and I’m eager again to read your comments.

My first reaction was to scream at the computer the answer to the inspiration of Scripture, but then I thought better and wrote a reply in the forums. Here is what I wrote:

First, only part of the New Testament was written in letter form. Second, the rest of it is written in historical narrative so that the people of God may know the history God gave to us.

But irregardless of the means of which the Word of God was written, the entire Word of God is inspired, or breathed out by God! It is nearly impossible to deny the inspiration and inerrency any part of it and not deny the rest of it. For example, if I tried to deny the first eleven chapters of Genesis and try to fit the evolution hypothesis into the creation account (which I do not), I wind up denying several essential doctrines including: the doctrine of man, the doctrine of sin, the doctrine of the curse, the doctrine of male headship, the doctrine of the promised Messiah, etc. Also, there would be no answer for why death is in the world, where death came from, why we wear clothes, why there was a necessary sacrifice for sin, what is sin, and why does God allow it to exist.

I shall point you first to 2 Peter 1:

“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (ESV)

In other words, the Word of God is a collection of reliable historical documents written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses reporting supernatural events which came to pass according to specific prophecies and all of which claims to be of divine origin and not human.

Denying the Word of God is denying God Himself, for the Word is God. If we do not believe the Scriptures, our faith is in vain, according to Luke 1:1-4.

Even if you do not wish to believe the supernatural aspect of it, there is the human aspect of it, which is that the Bible contains sixty-six books which were written by over forty authors who lived on three different continents and wrote it in three different languages over a period of 1500 years, all of whom were eyewitnesses to the events reported.

How many Christians today know how to answer the question, “How do you know the Scripture is true?” What I have written in bold is the answer. And, if you want to put whipped cream on top: the Bible is the only Holy book of the religious faiths of the world that claims divine authorship.

The Christian must believe the Word of God, or he must believe the words of the world, which lead to condemnation in hell. Take your pick, but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD, and we shall believe His Word.

Hello, those who read this blog. As the end of the school year just recently ended, I hope I will be able to spend more time here on Solus Cristus. For now, I am posting an essay I wrote for the Ballantyne Essay Contest hosted by Vision Forum. I hope you enjoy!

In the vast library of historical fiction for young men and women, there are very few authors who strive to encourage young men to duty, courage, and honor, beyond simply exploiting stories for entertainment. Among the greatest of these few is R.M. Ballantyne. This great man lived in Scotland during the mid-to-late 19th century. He had an uncanny ability to create a story with Christian characters and demonstrate Biblical virtues through them. But why is he important? Of what value are his stories young men and women? Simply stated, his novels are essential to young men and women of the 21st century because they provide the key basis of duty, courage, and honor when others neglect to even mention such a foundation. For this reason, he is perhaps one of the greatest novelists for Christian young people of the today.

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Say No to Compromise

August 19, 2007

Today is a world of compromise. Many people say they believe one thing, and once they are confronted, they back down. Unfortunately, this is the way many Christians approach their faith. They claim to believe it is true, but when they are challenged, they shrink up into a little ball and destroy the faith they claim to have. True Christians must be different. Countless stories of martyrs should tell us of what true faith is in the light of persecution. Paul the Apostle demonstrated a love for the faith beyond what any Christian in today’s world could claim to have equalled. Very few men can say they have been beaten to death only to continue living, and after that to continue preaching the Word.

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Liberty Day 2007

February 24, 2007

This weekend I had a wonderful experience that very few people can say they have had. Of course, being in frigid, frozen wasteland of Wisconsin certainly didn’t give a return trip to look forward to, but I had a great deal of fun nonetheless. But God’s providence was kind. Thirty minutes after we returned home, the snow began to fall, and by the next morning nearly 12 inches of snow had fallen!

Liberty Day 2007 was held in the gym at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights, IL. The entire day (and a half) was dedicated to the learning of the history of Jamestown. As 2007 is the year of the Quadricentennial of the landing of the English at Jamestown, this event was both timely and inspiring. There is a great deal of America’ 400-year history that the vast majority of people have not heard about, and for the most part, have been lied to about. The amazing providence of God and His using sinners within His amazing plan is suppressed by the government and leaders of the modern revisionism of history.

At this wonderful event, I was privileged enough to listen to speakers Mr. Doug Phillips, Esq., and Mr. William Potter. Doug Phillips is the President of Vision Forum Ministries, and William Potter is a speaker on the history of America and many other historical events. Mr. Phillips brief speech on the history of the world, 7 myths of history, and the providences of God throughout His history.

The next day, Saturday February 24, Mr. William Potter began the day speaking on three figures God used providentially in the preparing of Jamestown: Robert Barnes, Richard Hakluyt, and Sir Francis Drake. Each one having an amazing and providential purpose in God’s plan for Jamestown.

Mr. Doug Phillips and Mr. William Potter both spoke several times throughout the day, each focusing on certain aspects of the amazing providence of God in the preparing of a new nation, and the beginning of the settlement of Jamestown, and how God protected it through times of peril and war, and through times of massacre; conversions to Christ, the marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, the saving of John Smith by the Deliverance and the London Charter of 1606, and the establishment of common law.

After the end of the series of speeches, my family and I had the extreme privilege of meeting and shaking hands and speaking with Mr. Doug Phillips and his son, Justice, and his daughter, Liberty. My family and I are very strong supporters of Vision Forum, and are very pleased with what Mr. Phillips has done through his ministry, with countless CDs on countless subjects, including the providence and grace of God in history and our lives.

This experience has given me a greater understanding and a better perspective of the history of our country, especially that of Jamestown. What continues to baffle me is that at our 300th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown in 1907, Americans were giving thanks to God and praising him for His wonderful work to preserve Jamestown so that we could be here today. However, here on our 400th anniversary, historical revisionism across America is giving people all the more reason to be ashamed of our history, and calling those who came over to Jamestown British buffoons! We must remember our founding fathers, and make an effort to preserve the Christian history they have set for us, telling our children and grandchildren of the wonderful works of GOD. A true and Biblical heritage is a treasure and we must do what we can to proclaim and preserve it (Psalm 78).