Our Practice

The Procedure for Defending the Faith

Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen

  1.   Realizing that the unbeliever is holding back the truth in unrighteousness, the apologist should reject the            foolish presuppositions implicit in critical questions and attempt to educate his opponent.
  2.   This involves presenting the facts within the context of the Biblical philosophy of fact:

   a.   God is the sovereign determiner of possibility and impossibility.

   b.   A proper reception and understanding of the facts requires submission to the Lordship of Christ.

   c.   Thus the facts will be significant to the unbeliever only if he has a presuppositional change of mind                 from darkness to light.

   d.   Scripture has authority to declare what has happened in history and to interpret it correctly.

    3.   The unbeliever’s espoused presuppositions should be forcefully attacked, asking whether knowledge is                       possible, given them:

   a.   In order to show that God has made foolish the wisdom of the world the believer can place himself on           the unbeliever’s position and answer him according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceits;                 that is, demonstrate the outcome of unbelieving thought with its assumptions.

   b.  The unbeliever’s claims should be reduced to impotence and impossibility by an internal critique of his          system; that is, demonstrate the ignorance of unbelief by arguing from the impossibility of anything                contrary to Christianity.

    4.   The apologist should appeal to the unbeliever as the image of God who has God’s clear and inescapable                      revelation, thus giving him an ineradicable knowledge of God; this knowledge can be exposed by indicating                unwitting expressions or by pointing to the “borrowed capital” (un-admitted presuppositions) which can be                found in the unbeliever’s position.

    5.   The apologist should declare the self-evidencing and authoritative truth of God as the precondition of                          intelligibility and man’s only way of salvation (from all the effects of sin, including ignorance and intellectual              vanity):

                 a.  Lest the apologist become like the unbeliever, he should not answer him according to his folly but                                according to God’s word.

                 b.  The unbeliever can be invited to put himself on the Christian position in order to see that it provides                             the necessary grounds for intelligible experience and factual knowledge—thereby concluding that it                             alone is reasonable to hold and the very foundation for proving anything whatsoever.

                 c.   The apologist can also explain that Scripture accounts for the unbeliever’s state of mind (hostility) and                         the failure of men to acknowledge the necessary truth of God’s revelation; moreover, Scripture                                     provides the only escape from the effects of this hostility and failure (futility and damnation).

"The apologist must evidence, even in his method of argumentation, that he is a new man in Christ; he uses presuppositions which are at variance with the world. He makes the Word of God his starting point"                                                                                                 Greg Bahnsen
vast, teeming sea of people  stretching as far as the eye can see, boiling, agitated, late as usual for something. Most are wearing headsets and the latest fashions; every person has the most recent issue of USA Today in one hand and a smartphone in the other.
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Some are quite educated, but still lost.
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Some are lost, but don't care. All are shouting, chanting, jogging, bumping into each other as each tries to march in his own direction, spouting a favorite truism. There is no right or wrong, so no one feels ashamed; all opinions are equal, so no one is allowed

to think; religious convictions are private, so they are meaningless in any discussion. It's like America is a massive tabloid talk show gone berserk.   Frank Peretti

Noah and the Ark?

You don't honestly believe that myth do you?

Now try to picture this:

As you know, the Earth is a watery place... About 71 percent of the Earth's surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth's water... about 332,500,000 cubic miles of water. Enough water to cover Earth 8000 feet deep in water if the planet was equalized (the mountain ranges placed in the deep ocean trenches).  USGS
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The average depth of the ocean is about 14,000 feet. The deepest part of the ocean is called the Challenger Deep and is located beneath the Pacific Ocean in the southern end of the Mariana Trench, which runs several hundred kilometers southwest of the U.S. territorial island of Guam. The Challenger Deep is approximately 36,200 feet deep. It is named for the HMS Challenger, whose crew sounded the depths of the trench in 1875.  NOAA
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration believes in a global flood on Mars; even though they have yet to verify ever finding one drop of water on Mars.  NASA

Being able to defend the truthfulness of scripture which is the foundation of our faith in Jesus Christ is a command every Christian is expected to obey. It's not a gift, it's not a calling, it's a command, and the quality of our defense  is the issue. Our ability to give a reasoned answer to skepticism is critical. Our ability to give a compelling rebuttal or counter-rebuttal when the gospel is under attack in public can be even more critical.
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It can be something as simple as asking a question: 
Richard, do you know how much water is on this planet?

A Quiet American Revolution

 

Common sense provides ample proof to a rational person that the First Amendment’s religion clauses couldn’t possibly mean what the ACLU and many of today’s judges say they mean, since there is simply no evidence of it in history. Think about it. It’s the first and most important right enshrined in the Bill of Rights, and yet there are no examples of this modern, radical, anti-Christian interpretation being applied during our nation’s first 150 years? I think we all understand the problem. Now the question is, what do we do about it?

 

In America, unlike virtually all other countries, the power really does reside in the people. We have the legal means of making this the most enlightened nation in history, administered by a limited, constitutional government. After all, it’s regular people like you and me who elect the president, who in turn nominates judges for the Supreme Court and other federal courts. It’s we who elect the senators who confirm the president’s judicial nominees. Moreover, we elect the congressmen who actually have the constitutional power to control the federal judiciary! As Texas congressman and Constitution champion Ron Paul has explained: “Congress [can] exercise its existing constitutional power to limit the jurisdiction of federal courts.

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Congress could statutorily remove whole issues like gay marriage from the federal judiciary, striking a blow against judicial tyranny and restoring some degree of states’ rights. We seem to have forgotten that the Supreme Court is supreme only over lower federal courts; it is not supreme over the other branches of government.”

 

By becoming part of the Constitution, itself, amendments such as the federal marriage amendment or the human life amendment can and will trump any errant Supreme Court decisions. Remember, Supreme Court justices can also be impeached, just like presidents. And did you know presidents aren’t compelled to obey unlawful Supreme Court decisions? Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln actually defied Supreme Court orders. But many would warn, a president defying the Supreme Court would lead to a “constitutional crisis.” I would call it a “constitutional conflict” – a conflict that can be resolved only by reference back to the nation’s founding principles as established in the Constitution. Whatever we do to rectify this terrible wrong must start with brutal honesty – an unflinching realization of what we have allowed to transpire in our nation. Only by facing these hard truths can we make any real progress.

 

So, let me ask: In allowing the First Amendment to be changed from its original meaning to what it has become today – namely, the prohibition of any acknowledgment of God or His laws inside the schools where most American children spend their youth – do you realize what we’re doing? Similarly, in making any reference to God or biblical principles off-limits for those we’ve entrusted with running this nation’s government and charting its future course, do you realize what we’re doing?

 

We are deluding ourselves into believing there is some neutral ground between good and evil, and that this is where the government is supposed to be. But such a neutral ground, if such can even be said to exist, is in itself evil. When Jews are being gassed and cremated down the street, “neutrality” is not neutral – it’s collaboration.

 

When we realize that the Creator has stationed us on this earth in a battleground between a good kingdom and an evil one, and that our real choice in life is between obedience to divine love or disobedience, between honesty and dishonesty, nobility and shallowness, selflessness and selfishness, courage and cowardice, we see there really is no neutral ground.

 

Thus, if government is not populated by godly, principled people, we are doomed to live as glorified serfs. Why? Because true religion and its fruits – love of truth and one another – constitute a powerful force working against the natural tendency of power to corrupt. To put it another way, without having a real relationship with the Living God, men automatically become their own miserable “gods.” That pathetic, false god in turn owes his allegiance to dark forces he doesn’t recognize or comprehend – and if he’s in a position of power, he is compelled to become a demagogue or a tyrant.

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What we’re witnessing is the official, ever-so-gradual squeezing out of everything that’s really precious to America. It’s as though we’re throwing away something so valuable that it goes almost beyond the ability of words to convey it. We’re taking the finest life has to offer, like the most precious memories of our children, of their birth, of their accomplishments – and we’re taking the sacrifices of our soldiers, of our patriots, of our nation’s martyrs – and we’re junking them.

 

Think of the Puritans who braved the two-month sea voyage to an unknown land and lost one-half of their number during that first, brutal winter. And the loyal patriot soldiers with George Washington at Valley Forge, shivering shoeless and miserable in the snow. Think of the deaths and sufferings of the millions of Americans lost or maimed in war during the last two centuries. Ponder as well the tremendous sacrifices of their families. Now think of the sustaining role God, faith, prayer, and the Bible had in the lives of all of these people. If we really have been convinced that our Constitution – conceived, written, believed in, fought for, and died for overwhelmingly by Christians and God-fearing people – requires that the Christian faith be taken out of government, then there’s really no hope for us as a nation.

Simple Apologetics.org

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)

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We hold:

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. 

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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. 

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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 Lord.

 

The Separation of Church and State

 

Roger Williams (the founder of the Rhode Island Plantation colony, and a Baptist), in a famous sermon depicted the church as a garden, the world as a wilderness, and the wall as a device of the Creator’s invention that protected the garden from being overrun by the wilderness. Williams explained that, from time to time, for the purpose of disciplining sin in the church, “it hath pleased” the Almighty to break down the wall. Thomas Jefferson, ever the politician, knew when he communicated with the Danbury Baptists that “The Garden and The Wilderness” was well known and widely read nearly two generations later. He appealed to them in the terms of their own great man’s idiom. There you have it. The wall of separation was meant to protect “the garden” of the church from being overrun by “the wilderness” of government.
 
No wonder Chief Justice Rehnquist said, “The metaphor of a ‘wall of separation’ is bad history and worse law. It has made a positive chaos out of court rulings. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned. In other words...
it’s a lie.
 
Such lies collapse and self-destruct when examined closely, such as the slogan that asserts “the Constitution is a living document.” The opposite of a “living document” is a “dead document,” and who wants that? “Living” and “breathing” are positive-sounding attributes. But if you told your spouse that your marriage contract is a living document and therefore you should be able to have intimate relationships with other partners, would your spouse approve? After all, “if you can’t be with the one you love,” why not “love the one you’re with”? Why not? Because it’s a lie. The “living” quality of any contract, including the Constitution, is its integrity, its unchanging nature. What kills a contract are attempts to change, twist, or reinterpret it. So in reality, the secularist’s “living” Constitution is dead, while the document, interpreted according to its original intent, is full of life and value.

We're living in the sunset of a great civilization, that didn't just forget about God, but rather grabbed Him by the scruff of the neck and threw him out the front door onto the street. The moral wreckage of postmodernism is strewn all about us. Deviancy has replaced decency as the dominate cultural standard in America. Our society is now rushing to accept, promote and aggressively defend any and all variants of what was once considered normal cultural behavior—as long as it supports the citizens of Gomorrah over those of Gethsemane.

We have not only witnessed the brutal killing of over 60,000,000 of our own children, but the selling of their body parts to the highest bidder.
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We have witnessed the Democratic party evolve into a hostel for demons, unleashing a fascistic demoncratic cult upon unsuspecting gullible Americans using a well-financed ivy-league marketing program of gradualism in the indoctrination of millions beginning with our young, culminating in increasing social revolution with the endorsement of violence in the name of tolerance, with forced inclusiveness enforced by hooded rock throwing Coexisters.
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We have witnessed the death of purity, innocence, virtue, beauty, chasteness, good manners, etiquette, dignity, courtesy, respect, wholesomeness, tenderness, gentleness, modesty, propriety, politeness, decorum, decency, shame and guilt, righteousness, honor, nobility, civility, kindness, graciousness, reverence, reason, sound moral principles and judgment; along with the loss of masculine leadership from good and faithful men of resolute honor, loyalty, chivalry, gallantry, valor and unconditional love.    Read More....
We often hear from atheists how religion is dying out as mankind comes to see the clear light of reason.  Atheist “intellectuals” speak disparagingly about religion and predict that mankind is on the cusp of a new age in which religion will simply disappear as science, technology and reason are in the ascendant. The facts indicate exactly the opposite. It is religion which continues to grow around the world while the statistics indicate that agnosticism and atheism are dying out.
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A new report chronicled here by Pew Research at the Daily Telegraph tells a very interesting story. While the numbers of those who are “religiously unaffiliated” is predicted to rise in Western Europe and the United States, in global terms their numbers are shrinking as Christianity and Islam continue to wrestle for spiritual domination in the world.
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According to the Pew Research Centre, the religiously unaffiliated – referring to atheists, agnostics and other people who do not identify with a religion – are declining as a share of the population.Sixteen per cent of the population was unaffiliated to a religion in 2010 and Pew predicted by 2050, this would fall to 13 per cent, mainly because individuals in this group are older and have less children.
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The huge growth rate will be among Christians in Africa. Furthermore, while the rise of Islam is looked on with dismay, by 2050 Christianity will still be predominant. It is widely known that Islam is increasing globally, but despite this increase, by 2050, only two more countries (51 in total) will have a Muslim population that is more than 50 per cent.

Pew Study Shows Atheism is Dying While Islam Projected

to Dominate by the Turn of the Century

Source: Orthodoxy and World Religion

Sunset of a Great Civilization
D.P. Mosteller
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Before I begin, I would like to file this requisite caveat from A. W. Tozer's preface to Born After Midnight.
“To sit even for a moment in the chair of the teacher and write that which may affect the life and character of numerous persons is not only a lofty privilege but a grave responsibility as well. The only qualifications I bring to the writing of these pages are love for the Triune Godhead and a sorrowful concern for the spiritual welfare of the Church, which our Lord purchased with His own blood. If there is anything here good or helpful to the children of God it must be attributed to the operation of the Holy Spirit who often condescends to work through unworthy instruments. Whatever else may be found here is due to human weakness and is better forgotten.”   A. W. Tozer, Chicago, Illinois July 22, 1959

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I am not Aiden Wilson Tozer. I am not a star in the great spiritual galaxy of our day. Nevertheless, I can reflect starlight; and this is my heartfelt reflection and gravest concern as to the clear and present danger others in our society have placed us in.   

But I don’t think we’ve all bought that big lie.

 

Yes, we have a lot of judges who offer pious lip service to the Constitution while really believing this two-hundred-plus-year-old document drafted by a bunch of flawed slaveholders is in dire need of major updating by bright, gifted jurists such as themselves. But then there are those like Judge Roy Moore. Standing on the courthouse steps as his beloved Ten Commandments monument was being dragged away, he commented: “It is a sad day in our country when the moral foundation of our laws and the acknowledgment of God has to be hidden from public view to appease a federal judge.” Christian psychologist Dr. James Dobson summed it all up. Decrying the judicial banishment of the Ten Commandments as part of a movement to remove every trace of “faith or reverence for God from the public square,” he warned, “We’re at a pivotal point in the history of this country.” He added, “Be a participant. Don’t sit on the sidelines while our basic freedoms are lost.”

 

David Kupelian, The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom.  WND Books.