At the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention in Birmingham, Alabama, top denominational leaders donned long-haired wigs and performed Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” (video) for the pleasure of the thousands of SBC pastors in attendance. The Lynyrd Skynyrd wannabes were Kevin Ezell, president of the SBC mission board, Ronnie Floyd, former SBC president and current president of the SBC Executive Committee, Paul Chitwood, president of the International Mission Board, Jamie Dew, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Adam Greenway, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. There is nothing godly or morally innocent about Lynyrd Skynyrd. Since their debut album in 1973, they have stood for rebellion and moral license. The main message is “live as you please,” which is to shake one’s fist at Almighty God and His holy laws. The band was named to mock a former gym teacher, Leonard Skinner, who had talked to the band members about their long hair and rebellious attitudes. The nearly meaningless song “Sweet Home Alabama” uses the name of the Lord in vain multiple times. Not to be outdone, SBC President J.D. Greear danced onstage with two other men to Whitney Houston’s filthy “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” during a youth event. The crowd “laughed and cheered” to this wicked performance. One viewer described it as follows: “Much of the dancing is sexualized, and one of the males portrays an effeminate male kneeling and dancing in submission to JD [Greear] while singing ‘when the night falls loneliness calls; oh! I wanna dance with somebody. I want to feel the heat with somebody.’ Seriously, why would two ministers be doing this?” Why? 2 Timothy 4:3-4 answers that, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
SBC staff performing “Sweet Home Alabama”
(Friday Church News Notes, June 21, 2019, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.”
A recent article in New Scientist claimed that “Evolution is making us sick”. The article’s author boldly proclaimed, “Evolution is behind the resurgence of head lice, bedbugs, rats and more.” We have already discussed the specific example of antibiotic resistance in a previous Creation Moment, but the New Scientist article broadens out that concept, saying, “Almost as soon as we started using penicillin to treat infections, DDT to kill mosquitoes and herbicides to destroy weeds, resistance began to emerge. The reason is simple: when we try to wipe out pests and pathogens, we put huge pressure on them to evolve or die.”
The article is, in fact, a lengthy example of the logical fallacy known as equivocation. This is where different meanings of the same word or phrase are deliberately confused. When we are referring to Darwinian evolution, we are talking about the spontaneous increase in information, which they claim has allowed, for example, ancestors of the apes to evolve into humans. But change due to external pressures, where certain traits are selected from a range of possible traits, is not Darwinian evolution. No example of such evolution is actually available. Adaptation and even speciation are observed facts. Not so with Darwinian evolution.
So, the author, in describing how the problems of sickness are being tackled, does not see the irony when he states, “Biologists are creating new ‘anti-evolution’ super-weapons.” In so doing, these biologists undermine the supposition of evolution.
The 2019 annual Southern Baptist Convention was held in Birmingham, Alabama, June 11-12. There were 8,183 messengers from associated churches (meaning churches that contribute to the SBC Cooperation Program). “Southern Baptists acted in support of sexual abuse survivors, embraced ethnic and gender diversity and rallied around the Great Commission” (“Wrap-up: SBC supports survivors, embraced diversity,” Baptist Press, June 13, 2019). An amendment was approved stating that sexual abuse is grounds for a church to be deemed “not in friendly cooperation” with the convention. Recent reports have found evidence of cover ups of sexual abuse in Southern Baptist congregations, and the Convention is trying to deal with it. But they are dealing with it in a typically ineffectual denominational way which fails to address the root causes, which are rampant unregeneracy, terrible worldliness, lack of courageous pastoral leadership, lack of serious discipleship, frightful biblical ignorance, and near nonexistence of church discipline. Sexual abuse aside, thinking back on my childhood and youth in Southern Baptist churches, it is clear that I was terribly abused. I was abused by pastors who didn’t preach the whole counsel of God, who didn’t rebuke sin forthrightly and didn’t warn of error plainly, seemingly fearing man more than God, who didn’t exercise discipline, who received people into the membership who had absolutely no intention of being faithful disciples of Christ, therefore polluting and weakening the spiritual atmosphere of the assembly, who let the deacons and their wives run the church, who didn’t deal with me wisely and carefully about being born again, instead, accepting a flimsy profession as salvation and receiving me into church membership when there was zero evidence that I had been converted, who didn’t teach me how to be a serious Bible student and failed, therefore, to introduce me into the unspeakable beauty of God’s infinite Word (the Bible seemed, rather, to be a bunch of old stories that were irrelevant to my life), who depended on weak denominational literature instead of teaching the pure Word of God and all of the Word of God, who never supported a real foreign missionary and never even introduced us to one, leaving that business to a faceless denomination, who didn’t preach separation from the world, who allowed worldliness to run rampant among the youth--the youth who attended Sunday services but spent Saturday nights at rock & roll dances and drinking parties. This is wretched abuse. While I can’t blame my foolishness and rebellion on a church, there can be no doubt that a more biblical kind of church could have had a great influence on me for good.
(Friday Church News Notes, June 21, 2019, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
A friend of mine went into the hospital recently for a fairly serious but routine operation on his heart. He has now recovered well, but his recovery was severely hindered by the fact that he got an infection with the bacteria MRSA. This is a very difficult bacterium with which to deal because it has become resistant to most forms of antibiotic. Evolutionists point to this development of antibiotic resistance in organisms like MRSA as an example of modern-day, observable evolution. In popular conversation, bacteria with antibiotic resistance are known as superbugs. So have superbugs really evolved antibiotic resistance?
The answer to the question depends on your definition of evolution. Biological evolution requires a mutation producing new genetic information rather than simply selecting from what is already present.
Many bacteria have little pumps which enable external materials to be taken into the organism. These pumps will also sweep antibiotics in which destroy the bacteria. But MRSA has developed a mutation which renders these pumps ineffective. Materials are not swept in, so the antibiotics do not affect it. But this is a defective mutation. It also inhibits the bacterium’s ability to compete with other bacteria. They cause problems in hospitals precisely because antibiotics have killed off all the bacteria which do not have the mutation. Therefore, the bacteria remaining in hospitals are defective mutants. This is not, therefore, an example of evolution. Darwinian evolution is supposed to provide an uphill path for better organisms. Antibiotic resistance is the exact opposite of that.
“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Ti. 1:17). The context is Christ. Christ is mentioned in verses 12, 14, 15, and 16. Therefore, verse 17 is a doxology of Christ. It is a doxology of God with the focus on Christ. The word “eternal” is the Greek aion, which refers to ages both of space and of time. The world system, the universe, was made as the sphere for the working out of God’s eternal purposes. Christ created the aions (Heb. 1:2), and He sits as King over them (1 Ti. 1:17). Aion is often translated “world,” but it is also translated “age” (Eph. 2:7; Col. 1:26) and “forever” (most often referring to God and Christ) (Joh. 12:34; 14:16; Ro. 9:5; 11:36; 16:27; 2 Co. 11:31; Ga. 1:5; Php. 4:20; 1 Ti. 1:17; 2 Ti. 4:18; Heb. 1:8; 5:6; 7:24; 13:8; 1 Pe. 5:11; 2 Pe. 3:18; Jude 1:25; Re. 1:6, 18; 4:9, 10; 5:14; 7:12; 10:6; 15:7). The eternal aions also refer to the Word of God. In 1 Pe. 1:23, 25, we are told that the Word of God “liveth and abideth for ever” and “endureth for ever.” This is eis aion, or into the ages. The eternal torment of the unsaved is said to be eis aion aion (Re. 14:11; 20:10), a most fearful concept. In the following verses, aion seems to have the dual meaning of world (physical) and of age (Ac. 15:18; 1 Co. 2:7-8; 3:18; Eph. 4:4; Ga. 1:4; Eph. 1:21; 3:9; 1 Ti. 6:17; 2 Ti. 4:12; Tit. 2:12). The ultimate goal of the aions is described in Ephesians 1:10, “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.” The word “time” here is the same concept as “age.” Note in Ephesians 1:10 that there are “times,” plural. There are past aions (Col. 1:26), the present aion, and aions to come (Eph. 1:21; 2:7; Heb. 6:5). In Eph. 3:21, “world without end” is aion aion. In brief, aion refers both to the physical universe and to the time universe. Aion refers to worlds of matter and to the worlds of time. The physical universe is the realm or sphere in which God’s plan for the aions take places. The present heaven and earth is the sphere of the past and present ages, while the new heaven and new earth will be the sphere of the ages to come. Christ is King of the aions.
(Friday Church News Notes, June 14, 2019, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
“Church membership has plummeted in the last two decades by nearly twenty percent. Across the United States, now, only fifty percent of U.S. adults belong to a church and or a religious institution. Further, demographically, the drop was recorded highest among Democrats and Hispanics. Throughout the twentieth century, church and/or religious membership hovered around seventy percent, with the last recording of such in 1999. Meanwhile, the number of persons with no religious affiliation jumped from eight percent to nineteen percent. The new Gallup findings underscore a generational dynamic. Among Americans 65 and older, church membership in 2016-2018 averaged 64% percent, compared to 41% among those aged 18-29.”
“Poll: Church Membership Dropped,” Brown’s Newsletter, April 2019
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.”
Evolutionists and deep-time geologists assume that the most powerful weapon in their armory is the Geologic Record. After all, it must be true, mustn’t it, that the lower levels of rocks are older than the higher levels? So the animals represented by the fossils in lower levels must have lived on Earth in an era before the eras represented by fossils in higher levels. The logic used by evolutionary geologists and biologists is as follows: If organisms evolved over millions of years, we would expect to find fossils of earlier creatures in lower layers. What they fail to notice is that this is not a sound logical argument because the possible causes of the layers of rocks, containing different fossils, are plural. Several explanations can be devised which would lead to the same outcome. Therefore, the outcome observed cannot be used to attempt to prove the one possible cause that we favor.
Creationists believe that the overwhelming majority of fossils were formed during the worldwide Flood. But this Flood would not have killed creatures randomly. Since our best Flood model suggests that there was only one continent, Rodinia, before the Flood, then the rising floodwaters would have reached creatures living near the Rodinian coast first. So the fact that dinosaur and gymnosperm fossils appear in lower levels in the Geologic Column could be because those organisms lived nearer the coast. Therefore, the geologic levels reflect environments and ecosystems of the pre-Flood world, not millions of years.
“China’s state-run newspaper Global Times revealed in a column defending the nation’s authoritarian ‘social credit system’ Monday that the communist regime had blacklisted 13.49 million Chinese citizens for being ‘untrustworthy.’ The article did not specify what these individuals did to find themselves on the list, though the regime has revealed the system assigns a numerical score to every Chinese citizen based on how much the Communist Party approves of his or her behavior. Anything from jaywalking and walking a dog without a leash to criticizing the government on the internet to more serious, violent, and corrupt crimes can hurt a person’s score. The consequences of a low credit score vary, but most commonly appear to be travel restrictions at the moment. China is set to complete the implementation of the system in the country in 2020. As the date approaches, the government’s propaganda arms have escalated its promotion as necessary to live in a civilized society. ‘As of March, 13.49 million individuals have been classified as untrustworthy and rejected access to 20.47 million plane tickets and 5.71 million high-speed train tickets for being dishonest,’ the Global Times reported, citing the government’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Among the new examples the newspaper highlights as dishonest behavior are failing to pay municipal parking fees, ‘eating on the train,’ and changing jobs with ‘malicious intent.’ In addition to limited access to travel, another punishment the Chinese government rolled out in March was the use of an embarrassing ringtone to alert individuals of a low-credit person in their midst. The ringtone would tell those around a person with low credit to be ‘careful in their business dealings’ with them. In the system, all public behavior, the Global Times explained Monday, will be divided into ‘administrative affairs, commercial activities, social behavior, and the judicial system’ once the system is complete. No action will be too small to impact the score. Using the nominally private corporation ZTE, China sold a version of its credit system to socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela. The system would reportedly work through the already established ‘Fatherland Card, a ration card used to distribute food and medicine to Maduro’s supporters. Anyone who indicated opposition to the regime put their food supply at risk. With ZTE technology, the ‘Fatherland Card’ can track the purchases and real-time locations of any Venezuelan.”
“China: Social Credit System,” Breitbart, May 14, 2019
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
Every so often, popular science news magazines and websites start to talk about new species of supposed hominins. In a recent report, the ScienceDaily website advanced the conjecture that, until 40,000 years ago, there were two other groups of hominins in Eurasia – the Neanderthals in the West and the Denisovans in the East. We have discussed both of these groups many times before in Creation Moments and have consistently concluded that both groups were, in fact, fully human, not actually being any different from modern humans.
Many remains have been found in the Denisova Cave in Russia. One recently found bone fragment appears to be of a 13-year-old individual. It was possible to take DNA analysis of the bone, and this research suggested that the child had a Denisovan father, but that the child’s mother was Neanderthal.
This is, of course, an intriguing find for paleontologists. Evolutionary scientists have already suggested that Denisovans had interbred with homo sapiens and that there had also been interbreeding between “modern” humans and Neanderthals. Our conclusion, as creationists, had been that this was entirely to be expected, given that we do not accept that there were ever differing species of humans. Therefore, all Neanderthals and all Denisovans were, in fact, “modern” humans, and all, therefore, descended from Adam and Eve. A confirmed interbreeding between Neanderthals and Denisovans is entirely consistent with our biblical understanding of the whole history of the human race, all of which was created in the image of God.
“President Trump ruffled feathers on both sides of the political aisle when he tweeted his support for LGBT Pride Month. On Friday afternoon, the president tweeted, ‘As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation. My administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!’ President Trump pledged on the campaign trail to focus on LGBT issues, showing himself to be the most friendly towards LGBT issues of any of the Republican candidates. In February, he appointed Ric Grenell, the US Ambassador to Germany, to lead the Administration’s efforts to encourage other countries to decriminalize homosexuality. American Family Association President Tim Wildmon said, ‘Homosexuality is not something the president should celebrate. It’s unnatural, unhealthy and immoral behavior. We hope he will continue to stand firm against the so-called Equality Act (H.R. 5) and any legislation that threatens religious freedom. Such legislation will use the full force of the federal government to punish Americans who don’t embrace the LGBT political agenda.’”
“Trump Becomes First,” Christian Headlines, June 5, 2019
“And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.”
A new fossil is causing a lot of interest among cheniologists – those who study turtles, tortoises and terrapins.
These animals are well known for possessing a protective shell. There are two shells. Under the animal is the plastron, while the upper shell is the carapace. Plastron and carapace, which are cartilaginous, are joined by bony bridges. As these bridges are associated with the ribs, evolutionists believe that the turtle’s shell evolved from the animal’s ribs.
Recently, a fossil, called eorhynchochelys (“Ay-oh-rink-oh-keel-is”) has been discovered, which seems to be a turtle, but also seems to have no shell. One of the fossil’s discoverers – a researcher at the National Museums of Scotland – said, “It shows that early turtle evolution was not a straightforward, step-by-step accumulation of unique traits but was a much more complex series of events that we are only just beginning to unravel.”
So is this shell-less turtle an evolutionary ancestor? Fossilization is a process which is both slow and rare. The right conditions for death and burial must be available. Frequently, fossils can be found which differ from parent species only by some illness or growth. Therefore, eorhynchochelys could simply be a mutant, born without a shell, or a turtle with a soft shell, or one that has lost its shell in an injury, as a small number of turtle survivors of catastrophes has shown. In any event, eorhynchochelys is not in any way evidence for evolution. It is simply an interesting fossil, and its traits can easily be explained within a biblical context.
“A gay French writer has lifted the lid on what he calls one of the world’s largest gay communities, the Vatican, estimating that most of its prelates are homosexually inclined and attributing much of the current crisis in the Catholic Church to an internal struggle. In the explosive book, In the Closet of the Vatican, author Frederic Martel describes a gay subculture at the Vatican and calls out the hypocrisy of Catholic bishops and cardinals who in public denounce homosexuality but in private lead double lives. Aside from the subject matter, the book is astonishing for the access Martel had to the inner sanctum of the Holy See. Martel writes that he spent four years researching it in 30 countries, including weeks at a time living inside the Vatican walls. He says the doors were opened by a key Vatican gatekeeper and friend of Pope Francis who was the subject of the pontiff’s famous remark about gay priests, ‘Who am I to judge?’ Martel says he conducted nearly 1,500 in-person interviews with 41 cardinals, 52 bishops or monsignors, and 45 Vatican and foreign ambassadors, many of whom are quoted at length and in on-the-record interviews that he says were recorded. Martel said he was assisted by 80 researchers, translators, fixers and local journalists, as well as a team of 15 lawyers. The 555-page book is being published simultaneously in eight languages in 20 countries, many bearing the title ‘Sodom.’”
“Bombshell book alleges,” CBSNews, Feb. 15, 2019
“And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.”
Scientists in Israel have been studying remains of so-called Chalcolithic people in the Upper Galilee area. Remains of up to 600 individuals have been excavated from the Peqi’in Cave in northern Israel. These remains were ossuaries and were buried with other items, suggesting that the cave was used as a mortuary.
Such people were thought to have blue eyes, but previous studies had not confirmed this. However, there was sufficient DNA in these remains for scientists to determine that the blue eye “mutation” was present in the people.
Such studies underline for us the evolutionary bias inherent in historical research. There is no evidence that differences in appearance – such as blue eyes, eye shape or skin color – have anything to do with mutations. Rather, we suggest that God created humans with the capacity for a wide variety and range of appearances. Blue eye color is caused by a low amount of melanin in the eye coloration and, hence, is usually found in conjunction with other low melanin indicators, such as pale skin. There is no suggestion that this is caused by mutation.
Chalcolithic means Copper Age. Evolutionary historians place the Copper Age before the Bronze Age, as bronze is a mixture of copper and tin and can, therefore, be assumed to require more technology. Yet, in Genesis 4, the metals worked by Tubal-Cain were bronze and iron. In post-Flood remains, which the Peqi’in remains must be, bronze and iron working was already known, so there was no Copper Age.
Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade was held on June 6, with an estimated 10,000-15,000 in attendance. To counter ultra-Orthodox protests, the police had a massive presence, posting officers every 10 to 20 meters along the parade route and stationing helicopters and drones overhead. Israel’s first homosexual justice minister, Amir Ohana, appointed hours earlier by Benjamin Netanyahu, joined the parade. The city government refused chief rabbi Aryeh Stern’s request to remove rainbow flags, instead ordering the removal of protest posters that read, “Father and Mother = Family. The courage to be normal.” No wonder the Bible calls Jerusalem “Sodom” in Revelation 11:8. Meanwhile, over in Israel’s second largest city, Tel Aviv’s 21st annual pride parade is scheduled for today, June 14, in the midst of a month long homosexual festival that is one of the biggest in the world. Some 200,000 are expected to march in the parade. Tel Aviv’s Hilton Beach was recently voted “one of the best gay beaches in the world” (“Pride Comes to Tel Aviv for the 21st Time,” Jerusalem Post, June 5, 2019). The city’s LGBTQ community center is funded by the government with workers receiving city salaries. It is obvious that the present return of Israel to her land is not the fulfillment of the prophecies of the New Covenant. For “then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations” (Ezekiel 36:24-31). The present return is for the purpose of preparing for the fulfillment of Daniel’s 70th Week (Daniel 9:27), when Israel will rebuild the temple and make a covenant with the Antichrist which will lead to the return of Israel’s true Christ, Jesus, and the establishment of His kingdom.
(Friday Church News Notes, June 14, 2019, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?”
There are some people who claim that Jesus said nothing about the definition of marriage. They use this argument to suggest that the traditional view of marriage is not necessarily supported by Scripture. Former President Jimmy Carter had quite a bit to say on this. Asked about same-sex marriage and whether it conflicted with his profession of Christianity, he said, “That’s no problem with me. I think that everybody should have a right to get married, regardless of their sex.” However, he had no Scriptures with which to back this up.
However, Jesus stated that not the slightest part of God’s moral law was to be overturned by His teaching. He would, therefore, have assumed that marriage meant one man and one woman. For example, in Matthew 19, He said, “Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?” This is clearly referring to marriage, as it should be. And Jesus maintained that this was the pattern of marriage “at the beginning” – a phrase which refers to the beginning of the world, not just the beginning of human history.
It is popular today to attempt to rewrite Scripture in the light of contemporary social mores. However, Jesus frequently cut across society’s morality, and He does so today, maintaining that God’s way is correct.