Faith is Forced Consent not a spiritual apprehension without proof
Apologetics is a Biblical Command not a suggestion, but our Duty
"We may have begun our journey fairly convinced Jesus was a "good man," but as we considered the evidence we were forced in a different direction. We certainly did not set out predisposed to believe. So, we find ourselves agreeing with this statement: "Faith is forced consent. That is to say, when the evidence is judged by the mind to be sufficient, the state of mind we call 'faith' is the inevitable effect whenever the reasons are judged sufficient, faith or belief is induced." John Murray Collected Writings II
Not just Information is needed, but Regeneration
"Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event the humiliation of its God." Bruce L. Shelley
Why would the gospel accounts have their God endure such a thing, unless of course , it really happened and the shame and humiliation was taken by the Son of God who gave himself freely for the redemption of humanity in love?
The simple Means of Grace and Truth
"The plea for Christians to surrender to neutrality in their thinking is not an uncommon one. Nevertheless, it strikes at the very heart of our faith and of our faithfulness to the Lord... If the Christian is to have any success in defending the faith they must be prepared to call into question the competence of the unbeliever's thinking. Even if a believer does not have impressive credentials of educated scholarship possessed by the unbeliever, he is able to do this." Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen
The Immorality of Neutrality
We believe the existence of the Biblical God is today a stark objective reality, rationally and factually provable beyond any reasonable doubt. The only escape for an atheist/agnostic/skeptic today is to suppress and reject this obvious truth. But, what about us? When we talk to others about Jesus, is He a stark objective reality? Is that what they hear?
The Apostle Peter instructs believers that they should be "always ready to give a defense [apologia] to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you." 1 Peter 3:15 It's us, not just the Boy Scouts who need to be prepared.
The Scope and Limit of our Argument
"Men often speak as though the only thing that the sinner needs is true information. This is not the case. Man indeed, needs true interpretation, but, he also needs to be made a new creature. Sin is not only misinformation, it is also a power of perversion of the soul. The Christian knows that he would interpret nature wrongly due to the sin that is within him, unless he be enlightened by Scripture and guided by the Holy Spirit.... All men do their thinking on the basis of a position accepted by faith, and your faith is either in God or in yourself and your own reasoning." Dr. Corneiius Van Til
Existence of the Biblical God is an Objective Historical Reality
.Our most frequent battle isn't with good and evil, t's between truth and lies. Without the ability to differentiate what is true, you cannot win. Every person on the planet walks around with opinions based on what they think they know, and those opinions direct how we act and react to "truth." But very few of us ever question the accuracy of our fondational opinions (our epistemology, how we know what we know). From the very nature of truth itself, whether it exists, how our world began, is there a God, what is morality and who is moral, from atheism to God... our entire worldview runs on what we foundationally believe to be objectively true. And what is truth? Read John 18:33-38
This is my Father's world....
Our Position is one of Love and Gratitude for the Son of God loving us
The starting position of the unbeliever is Diametrically Opposed to the beliver's
Fervent Intercessory Prayer is The Most Powerful Weapon in Apologetics!
"I claim no right to myself, no right to this understanding, this will, these affections that are in me. Neither do I have any right to this body or its members, no right to this tongue, to these hands, feet, ears or eyes. I have given myself clearly away and not retained anything of my own. I have been to God this morning and told Him I have given myself wholly to Him, I have given every power so that for the future I claim no right to myself in any respect. I have expressly promised Him, for by His grace I will not fail. I take Him as my whole portion and felicity, looking upon nothing else as any part of my happiness.
His law is the constant rule of my obedience. I will fight with all my might against the world, the flesh and the devil to the end of my life. I will adhere to the faith of the gospel however hazardous and difficult the profession and practice of it may be.
I pray God for the sake of others to look on this as self-dedication. Henceforth, I am not to act in any respect as my own. I shall act as my own if I ever make use of any of my powers to do anything that is not to the glory of God or to fail to make the glorifying of Him my whole and entire business. If I murmur in the least at affliction, if I am in any way uncharitable, if I revenge my own case, if I do anything purely to please myself or omit anything because it is a great denial, if I trust myself, if I take any praise for any good which Christ does by me, or if I am in any way proud, I shall act as my own and not God's.
But I purpose to be absolutely His."
Unfortunately, all too often it's the least used. To intercede for the eternal welfare of another, is to ask for something dear and precious to God's heart. We will never be more like Christ than when we intercede for another in prayer.
So pray for every person you are witnessing to. That's where the power resides. Pray the Lord will use you to at least move them one step closer to Christ. Pray aloud that they may be saved, and remember to maintain eye contact.
Q. What evidence is there for macroevolution?
A. We're told dogmatically that evolution is an established fact, but we're never told who established it or by what means. We're told often enough that the doctrine is founded upon evidence, and that, indeed, this evidence is henceforth above all verification, as well as being immune from any subsequent contradiction by experience. But we're left entirely in the dark on the crucial question wherein precisely this evidence consists. The salient fact is this, if by evolution, we mean macroevolution, then it can be said with the utmost rigor that the doctrine is totally bereft of scientific sanction. To be sure, given the multitude of extravagant claims about evolution promulgated by evolutionists with an air of scientific infallibility, this may sound strange. Yet, the fact remains, that there exists to this day not a shred of bona fide scientific evidence in support of the thesis that macroevolutionary transformations have ever occurred. Tielhardism by Dr. Wolfgang Smith, Discovery Institute Fellow
Wolfgang Smith graduated at age 18 from Cornell University with a B.A. in mathematics, physics, and philosophy. He then took an M.S. in theoretical physics at Purdue University. At Bell Aircraft Corp. he investigated the effect of a foreign gas on aerodynamic heating, and his papers provided the key to solving the re-entry problem for space flight. He then received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in mathematics. Dr. Smith has held positions at M.I.T., U.C.L.A., Oregon State University.
The Mission of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches
- Proclaim the sufficiency of Scripture for church and family life.
- Promote the centrality of the church in God?s plan for families.
- Recover the biblical doctrines of manhood and womanhood in church, family and civil life.
- Identify the marks of worldliness in church and family in the 21st century.
- Explain the complementary roles of the church and family.
- Facilitate church planting and relationship building.
- Communicate the biblical doctrines of the church and family.
- Restore the biblical pattern of age-integrated worship, discipleship, and evangelism.
A Basic Fact:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth, and in Him all things are held together.
- In the beginning, God Created (He spoke into existence) the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
- In the beginning was the Word (the rational principle of divine reason, mind, wisdom). John 1:1
- O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all.... Psalm 104:24
- The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by His knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew. Proverbs 3:19-20
- By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Hebrews 11:3
- And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17
Creation was a succession of monumental, supernatural creative miracles by God; out of nothing other than Himself. Science cannot contribute anything to our understanding of creation since there were no observers, and by definition science can say nothing about the supernatural. Creation cannot be verified by any naturalistic methodologies since creation did not come about by any known naturalistic processes and cannot be reproduced or duplicated in any way. God has given us His record of creation in the Scriptures. Jesus, Himself quoted from the Genesis account of creation. We believe what the Bible clearly says about creation or we don't. Science can confirm or deny that simple fact. ( John MacArthur Paraphrase)
Creatio ex Deo, ex nihilo. Creation was by God?from the Spirit of God alone. From nothing visible, nothing external to God Himself. Out of nothing else, other than His divine triune Godhead, and divine attributes. Which is definitely something from someone, as opposed to Darwinian evolution's nothing from no one. Therefore, we do not have a "similar beginning" to all things. Rather, a rational vs. irrational beginning.
We also hold: Ex nihilo nihil fit. God is rational and operates rationally. Nothing comes from nothing.
God created the Heavens and the Earth, and all that is in them, in 6 days approximately 6000 years ago.
Jesus Christ now holds all creation together by His mighty power. Not dark matter, not dark energy, not the Higgs boson (God particle). Christ, and Christ alone. Our Creator, Savior, Sustainer, and returning Lord.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.
God has a good and moral reason for everything He does or permits, including the yet undisclosed reason for the temporary existence of evil. God did not create evil, He permits it to exist for His glory. All that He creates or ordains to occur is for the ultimate good of those who love Him. A sinful, finite creature in rebellion against the infinite Holy God is not qualified, nor competent to sit in judgment as to whether God has a good and morally acceptable reason for evil to exist. God will destroy evil in His good time, when it has served His divine purpose.
What duty does God require of man?
The duty which God requireth of man is obedience to his revealed will.
Without a solid catechism, many of us are without understanding.
Without understanding, how can we ever hope to defend the faith?
Without understanding, how can we hope to glorify and enjoy Him?
A solid catechism and creed is the best place to start in apologetics.
What about all the evil, pain and suffering in the world?
Why do you choose to believe the Bible?
"I choose to believe the Bible because it is a reliable collection of historical documents written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses. They report supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophesies, and claim that their writings are divine, rather than human in origin." Voddie Baucham
Voddie Baucham is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker and church planter. Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church, adjunct professor at Reformed Theological Seminary. He holds degrees from Houston Baptist University (BA in Christianity/BA in Sociology), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.), an honorary degree from Southern California Seminary (D.D.), with post-grad study at the University of Oxford.
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If you try to avoid the antithetical position that God sovereignly set in place between the believer and unbeliever, your best efforts will only confuse the issue all the more. The difference between your worldview offers you a critical advantage in an information age where one must scream to be heard. Don't hide the difference trying to be neutral. The issue is moral not intellectual. Darwin said looking at the eye made him cold, a peacock feather made him sick. They know that to follow Christ they would have to give up their self-determination to be the Captain of their fate. They've been deceived, just like we were before we were saved. So pray earnestly and fervently for them.