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

Immanuel

December 25, 2008

When once I mourned a load of sin;
When conscience felt a wound within;
When all my works were thrown away;
When on my knees I knelt to pray,
Then, blissful hour, remembered well,
I learned Thy love, Immanuel.

When storms of sorrow toss my soul;
When waves of care around me roll;
When comforts sink, when joys shall flee;
When hopeless griefs shall gape for me,
One word the tempest’s rage shall quell–
That word, Thy name, Immanuel.

When for the truth I suffer shame;
When foes pour scandal on my name;
When cruel taunts and jeers abound;
When “Bulls of Bashan” gird me round,
Secure within Thy tower I’ll dwell–
That tower, Thy grace, Immanuel.

When hell enraged lifts up her roar;
When Satan stops my path before;
When fiends rejoice and wait my end;
When legioned hosts their arrows send,
Fear not, my soul, but hurl at hell
Thy battle-cry, Immanuel.

When down the hill of life I go;
When o’er my feet death’s waters flow;
When in the deep’ning flood I sink;
When friends stand weeping on the brink,
I’ll mingle with my last farewell
Thy lovely name, Immanuel.

When tears are banished from mine eye;
When fairer worlds than these are nigh;
When heaven shall fill my ravished sight;
When I shall bathe in sweet delight,
One joy all joys shall far excel,
To see Thy face, Immanuel.

-from The Life and Works of Charles H. Spurgeon
(written at age 18)

Heaven on Earth

November 30, 2008

This afternoon, as I watch the snow coming down in sheets this beatiful Sabbath day, I am reading a wonderful book by Thomas Brooks called Heaven on Earth. This book’s primary thesis is the expound upon the Christian doctrine of assurance. Am I really saved? How do I know that I am in Christ? I just started this book, so I do not intend to write much about it just now, but I do wish to impart to you what I have been reading thus far.

Already, Mr. Brooks has set forth several basic reasons for assurance:

  1. Believers may in this life attain unto a well-grounded assurance of their everlasting happiness and blessedness.
  2. It is the very scope and end of the Scripture to help believers to a well-grounded assurance of their everlasting happiness and blessedness.
  3. Other believers have in an ordinary way attained to a very sweet assurance of their everlasting happiness and blessedness.
  4. God hath by promise engaged Himself to assure his people of their happiness and blessedness.
  5. There is in all saints the spring of assurance, and therefore they may attain to assurance.
  6. The Holy Spirit exhorts us “to give all diligence to make our calling and election sure” (I Peter 1:10) and presses us to look to the obtaining of full assurance.
  7. The Lord hath, in much mercy and love, propounded in His Word the ways and means whereby believers may obtain a well-grounded assurance of their everlasting happiness and blessedness; and therefore it may be obtained.
  8. It was the principal end of Christ’s institution of the sacrament of the supper that he might assure them of His love, and that he might seal up to them the forgiveness of their sins, the acceptation of their persons, and the salvation of their souls.
  9. Those scriptures that do expressly require saints to be abundant and constant in rejoicing and in praising of God, to have always harps in their hands and hallelujahs in their mouths, do clearly evidence that believers may attain to a well-grounded assurance in this life.
  10. God would never have made such a broad difference in the Scripture between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent, between the righteous and the wicked, between saints and sinners, between sons and slaves, sheep and goats, between lions and lambs, between wheat and chaff, light and darkness, etc.

Simply stated, there is no logical reason for any Christian to claim that there is no possibility to attian assurance in Christ. The Scriptures clearly teach that assurance is an inherent part of true Christianity. Unfortunately, many take this too far by saying Once saved, always saved. This may be true, but the problem is that those who use this phrase far too often overlook why we are always saved once we have been saved. We are always saved because God has promised this too us in His Word. (A better way of saying this would be If saved, always saved.)

In the Beginning, ME…!?!

September 12, 2008

Your Evolution Creation

Your Evolution Creation

In the beginning…

Well, most Christians hopefully would be able to complete this phrase correctly, but not for those computer gamers who love to be in control of everything. Yes, now you can be god and control the evolution of the entire race of aliens and/or creatures of your choice. You are god.

This is nothing new, but it is certainly approaching ultimate of the direction computer and video gaming has been going. Being able to blast things and even other humans to bits and not have even a single prick of conscience. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not calling all video/computer games evil. I like them myself, but I still keep them to a minimum.

The way the article puts it, you are “playing [g]od”. Ms. Schlueter also comments on this:

Without bloodlust, most video games wouldn’t leave the shelf. Additionally, Americans have much practice at playing God as they have aborted 50 million babies in the womb and counting. When the true God is replaced with MAN the creator, MAN the predestinator, MAN the savior, carnage is the only possible outcome. God is not mocked.

Want to know the day of Jesus’ return?

Here is someone who seems to know that the day of Christ’s return is coming, and he even knows the day on the Hebrew calendar that it will happen. All you have to do is watch a two DVD series by Pastor Mark Blitz of El Shaddai Ministries and you will find out, but there is a problem. They don’t know what year it will be in. That is informative! Let me know what day, but don’t tell me if it will happen next week or in the next week two years from now. What utter ridiculousness!

I think there is a reason that the Lord refers to that day as ‘the day of Yahweh’. In 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3, it says, “Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘There is peace and security,’ then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” (ESV) I think that says it all, does it not?

Maybe next they will figure out how to determine the spiritual state of a person based on their past actions toward the world and the church comparatively…

I came across this quote by Spurgeon from Pyromaniacs and I couldn’y help but simply laugh and say, : Yeah, I guess that is really true, isn’t it?” Hope you enjoy it as well.

“We are invited, brethren, most earnestly to go away from the old-fashioned belief of our forefathers because of the supposed discoveries of science. What is science? The method by which man tries to conceal his ignorance.”

“How To Meet the Evils of the Age” chapter 4 in An All-Round Ministry.

Here is the full page of Spurgeon on Pyro.

Also, I would also please ask for your prayers as well. This evening, I was tearing down at my church after prayer meeting and I caught my finger im a folding table (the kind that rolls when you fold ir in half), and I am currently recovering from pain as well as typing this message with my left hand (with lots of typos along the way). I play piano very actively as a competitor in competitions as well as fory church. Please pray for a speedy recovery and very litte damage done. Thanks!

With all of the news about the political rush for President, I came across this article by Doug Phillips:

Within twenty-four hours of the announcement that John McCain was inviting Sarah Palin to serve as his vice presidential candidate, three things happened. First, the press was inundated with a seemingly endless barrage of announcements from neo-conservative organizations offering unqualified support for the selection of Sarah Palin as a vice presidential candidate. Second, we met Sarah Palin and discovered not only that she is the mother of an infant, and that she returned to politics three days after giving birth, but that she is a feminist (1) who identifies with the leaders of the feminist movement and publicly praises them; (2) who uses the language of the feminist cause to rally supporters; (3) who praises some of the most vicious feminists in history as a means of rallying female voters; and (4) who has embraced the type of lifestyle regarding leadership, career, and children which has long been touted as a feminist ideal.

The third thing we saw was confusion in the ranks of both liberal feminists and neo-con Christians. Both proved their loyalties were driven more by political expediency than principle. Not knowing what to do with a feminist, pro-life Republican vice presidential candidate, feminist Democrats raised criticisms of Mrs. Palin which reflected their own hypocrisy. On the other hand, neo-con Christians performed triple back-flips to justify or overlook behavior and qualification deficiencies in their new Republican candidate that they would found have found distasteful had the female candidate been a Democrat.

On the other hand, there has been a response from the pro-family movement which reflects the historical and theologically orthodox position concerning what the Bible says about the mothers of young children ruling over nations. They are willing to ask the very questions that Rudy Giuliani and Republican apologists are now declaring off-limits: “At a time when the family is in such chaos, when fatherhood is in decline and when godly models of motherhood are so disparaged, what in the world are Republicans doing advocating the mother of an infant special needs child, and other young children, to serve as Commander in Chief?”

Their voices reflect the opinion of many around the country who are asking if the emperor is dressed in the beautiful clothing that neo-cons claim are really there, or whether the emperor is as buck naked as he appears to be. Because their loyalties are not with parties, but with the Church first, foremost, and forever, the analysis of these Christians is more focused on “what sayeth the Scriptures,” rather than “what winneth elections.” Here is a selection of their voices from the blogosphere:

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