1 Peter 3:20
“Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.”
I have some sympathy if fellow Christians say that the most important task that we have is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sometimes, though by no means not always, such a comment is made to suggest a science-based ministry like ours is not really fulfilling the Great Commission.
We recognize that there is always a danger, in everything that we do, that we can forget the mandate that we have to share the Gospel. But I would argue that a creation ministry is uniquely placed to share the Gospel. Before his ministry built the Ark Encounter, Ken Ham rightly said that, after the Cross, the Ark is probably the Bible’s most vivid symbol of salvation. I agree. So when we tell people about the Flood, we should not just be relating the scientific mechanisms that could have developed the rocks, minerals, and fossils that we see. These things were formed by the Flood – but the Flood is a record of the Gospel. Mankind sinned against God. We broke His commandments. God sent the Flood as a judgment and caused Noah to build the Ark as a means of salvation.
So, when I show people the volcanic activity of Mount St. Helens, we let people know that vulcanism was caused by the Flood. So we can share the Gospel. When we show people a fossil, probably formed during the Flood, we remind people of God’s wrath and His mercy. So we can share the Gospel.
Creation Geology is good science. It is also the discovery of Gospel tracts written in stone.
Ref: Taylor, P.F., Itching Ears, (Castle Rock, WA: J6D Publications, 4th Edition), p. 159. Image: Sanjay Archarya, Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0 International.
In the book What Is the Emerging Church? (2008) we warned that the emerging church is weak on the issue of homosexuality. Brian McLaren, for example, says, “Frankly, many of us don’t know what we should think about homosexuality” (“Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question,” Jan. 23, 2006, blog.christianitytoday.com). Chris Seay says, “Approach homosexuals without condemnation but with God’s love and the gospel” (ChurchRelevance.com, June 19, 2007). This confused thinking is now front and center in the Southern Baptist Convention by the election on June 12 of J.D. Greear as President. In 2014, in a message before the ERLC [Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission] National Conference on “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage,” Greear said, “We have to love our gay neighbor more than we love our position on sexual morality … I am not saying that we would ever compromise our position or fail to state it, just that even when they disagree with it, we do not cut them off, we draw them close. We say yes, this issue is important. I cannot compromise, but I love you more than I love being right. In the cross of Jesus Christ, he shows us the right way to relate to the gay and the lesbian community—clarity about God's righteousness, compassion that would give up its own life to draw them close.” Greear’s position is incredibly misguided and unbiblical, though it is presented in a semblance of truth. It is certain that Jesus Christ loved sinners and died for sinners with a desire that sinners draw close to Him; but Jesus calls sinners to repentance and there is no “drawing close” to God without repentance. Twice in the same sermon Christ said, “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). Christ directly and plainly exposed the sin of the woman at the well, and she repented and drew close to God in salvation (John 4). On the other hand, Jesus exposed the sin of the rich young ruler, and he did not repent and as a result did not draw close to God (Mark 10:17-23). Greear says, “We have to love our gay neighbor more than we love our position on sexual morality,” and, “I love you more than I love being right.” But the Bible says we should love God’s Word and hate every false way (Psalm 119:128). The Bible says we should have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11). Jesus was a friend of sinners, but He preached repentance to sinners and warned them of eternal hellfire (e.g., Mark 9:43, 45, 47; Luke 12:5). Christ never modified or softened or shortened His message in any way whatsoever in order to “draw them close.” The fundamental problem in the Southern Baptist Convention is that it is composed of churches that do not have a zeal to obey God’s Word and are thus spiritually powerless. Having grown up in Southern Baptist Churches and having wide experience of them over the past 68 years, I can say that the average SBC congregation is a mixed multitude of saved and lost and is spiritually lukewarm at the very best. The pastor is a hireling, not a prophet, and his greatest fear is offending some lukewarm member of his congregation. Serious intercessory prayer and fasting are nearly unknown. Separation from the world is considered legalism. Life-changing conversions are as rare as hen’s teeth. Consider the statistics for 2013: A full 60% of SBC churches baptized zero youth between ages of 12-17 and 80% baptized zero or just one young adult ages 18-29. But there was an explosion in the baptisms of “five and under” (Annual Church Profile, 2013). That is Baptist infant baptism, and it is the sign of a dead denomination! And most Independent Baptists today are no different in spiritual character than Southern Baptists. I am so thankful that I personally know of many churches that are different in spiritual character than what I have described and that do know and experience the resurrection power of God in regenerating power and life-changing holiness and biblical separation.
(Friday Church News Notes, July 27, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
“And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words”.
Many years ago, before I was in full time ministry, a friend at church wanted to introduce me to a friend of his.
“He’s a scientist,” he said. “He knows all about Genesis. He’ll be interested to talk to you.” He told me his name, but I hadn’t heard of him, and I thought I knew of all the well-known creationists in the UK at that time.
When I was introduced, I quickly realized that this man was not just someone who compromised the book of Genesis in order to maintain a belief in evolution. There was also an unfortunate arrogance about him which caused him to mock those of us who hold to biblical teaching on Genesis. My less informed friend introduced me enthusiastically: “Paul is very interested in creation science.”
“Is that as some kind of a hobby, then?” the evolutionist asked with a slight sneer!
I wonder what his reaction would be if he met me again. Biblical truth was far more than a hobby even then, but now it is my career! Perhaps his attitude would be like that of one of my relatives at a family event. “Keep up the good work!” he began. “Except that what you do isn’t good work, is it? It’s just a complete waste of resources.”
Whether you are formally in ministry, as I am now, or holding down a so-called secular job, as I did then, spending time in God’s word and allowing it to influence the way we live and work is never wasted resources. I pray that God will bless you with all confidence as you seek to serve Him!
Ref: Taylor, P.F., Only Believe, (Castle Rock, WA: J6D Publications), p. 125. Image: Adobe Stock Images, licensed to author.
The bewildering complexity of the human eye speaks eloquently of an Almighty Creator. The eye’s retina is less than one square inch in surface area but it contains 137 million light-sensitive receptor cells. 130 million of these are rod cells (which see in black and white) while 7 million are cone cells (which allow color vision). Each photoreceptor cell is more complex than the most sophisticated man-made computer (Alan Gillen, Body by Design, p. 98). And each complex photoreceptor cell replaces itself every seven days. The eye has a dynamic range of 10 billion to one; that is, it will detect a single photon of light and will still work well in an intensity of 10 billion photons. By contrast, modern photographic film has a dynamic range of about 1,000 to one (Jonathan Sarfati, Ph.D., By Design, p. 26), and a high quality single lens reflex (DSLR) camera has a dynamic range of about 2000 to 1. A healthy eye can see the light from a single candle 25 miles away. At every level the human eye demonstrates mind-boggling complexity. For example, in response to bright light, a protein called arrestin rushes to “bind and calm the light-detecting proteins.” Arrestin is shuttled at lightning speed by a motor protein called myosin along special tracks of the cell’s internal skeleton (Sarfati, By Design, p. 27). “For the cell to properly adapt to bright light, arrestin needs to move; if it doesn’t, the cell remains as sensitive to light as it was when it was dark” (C. Montell).
(Friday Church News Notes, July 20, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
“In the beginning God…”
The first four words of the Bible are incredibly important. “In the beginning, God…” These words boldly declare the truth about how we should view the universe we live in. They tell us that there was a beginning. There was a time when all the things that now are were not. And before all that, before even time itself, was God.
The four words refute all naturalistic explanations of the universe. They refute evolution because they make clear that there was a planning intelligence behind the universe rather than blind, random chance.
Yet the words also refute a mere theistic intelligent design model because they reveal that the Creator was not an impersonal, unknowable entity but has all the divine attributes on which the remainder of the 66 books of the Bible will expand. These four powerful words suggest that we should go on to learn more about this wonderful God, Who has made all things well, and Who takes the trouble to be mindful even of humans like us.
These four powerful words refute atheism by boldly declaring that God does indeed exist. As the title of one of Francis Schaeffer’s books puts it, “He is there, and He is not silent”.
The four words also refute agnosticism because the God Who Is There is someone that we can know and learn more about.
The four words also refute deism because the God who is declared to have created is described, known, and knowable. He is not an abstract concept, but a reality.
Genesis is the foundational book of the Bible. And these four powerful words are the foundation phrase of Genesis.
Ref: Taylor, P.F. (2006), The Six Days of Genesis, (Green River: Master Books), chapter 1. Image: Adobe Stock Images, licensed to author.
Jonathan Jarry’s job is to separate sense from nonsense in science, but he never imagined that creating a fake news video would end up being his most effective tool. Facebook users may be familiar with his latest video for McGill University’s Office for Science and Society (OSS)—it has 10 million views and counting. The video title screams for a click: "This NATURAL TRICK can CURE YOUR CANCER." The opening graphic offers another too-good-to-be-true promise: "This amazing cure for cancer has been known since the 1800s." The video tells the very fake story of Dr. Johan R. Tarjany, who in 1816 discovered a kind of moss that cures cancer, knowledge the video claims has been suppressed by pharmaceutical companies. The story gets better. Tarjany added the moss to his diet and never got cancer—and great news—even though the Food and Drug Administration has banned the moss, it’s available online. Just as you’re reaching for your credit card, celebrating your discovery while simultaneously cursing big pharma, the tale unravels. Thirty-nine seconds into the video, the truth is revealed: The video that you thought promised an easy answer instead is a hard lesson in media literacy and critical thinking. … Jarry said the idea came from a similar video a former coworker had shown him. It had six million views and purported to show a researcher who had discovered radio signals that could kill cancer cells. … He said it was frustrating because bunk science videos often reach far wider audiences than those his team puts together. On the McGill OSS YouTube page there are a number of videos explaining topics like sloppy food science and personalized genetic testing, but the views rank in the hundreds of thousands, not millions. "We don’t sell these easy solutions to complicated problems," Jarry said. "We sell nuance and criticism and uncertainty, and that doesn’t sell as well." … The video ends with a message to viewers: "Be skeptical, ask questions, consult doctors and scientists, and don’t fall for conspiracy theories dressed up in pretty packaging. Be skeptical because there's so much misinformation out there and be aware of your own biases. Be aware of the fact that you will be easily emotionally manipulated.
How a Canadian viral science video is teaching a lesson about online health hoaxes,
CBC News (Canada), Jul. 15, 2018
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”
We know how the Earth and the other planets of the Solar System were formed, don’t we? In the beginning, there was a lot of dust around the Sun, and gravity caused particles to stick together, eventually forming planets. And the dust was formed by a supernova explosion.
Evolutionists assume a continual cycle of star life, followed by novae, then new stars, new novae and so on. Therefore, the Sun’s parent star went supernova, then the Sun formed, and other dust became the planets. As atheist astrophysicist Lawrence Kraus has said, “The stars died, that we might live”.
Two notable heavier radioactive isotopes formed by supernovae are said to be aluminum-26 and iron-60. Solar System planets show evidence of plenty of aluminum-26 but much lower quantities of iron-60, all of which is now assumed to have decayed into stable nickel-60. An alternative theory of planetary formation suggests that the Sun’s progenitor could be a type of object known as a Wolf-Rayet star.
Observed examples of such stars seem to be large and massive – perhaps 50 to 60 times the mass of the Sun. The bubble nebulae surrounding these stars seem to contain similar quantities of aluminum-26 and iron-60.
It is not wrong for evolutionists, like creationists, to have different models of cosmology. It is simply of concern when evolutionists pretend that they know the answers for certain when we are not dealing with examples of observed science, by adherents of either evolutionary model.
The one person who did observe planet formation was the One who made them; who made Earth first on Day One, and the other objects on Day Four.
Ref: University of Chicago. (2017, December 23). Scientists describe how solar system could have formed in bubble around giant star. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 27, 2017 from < www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171223134850.htm >. Image: Judy Schmidt, Hubble Telescope, copyright: < https://www.spacetelescope.org/copyright/ > (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International).
A great many of the video games are occultic and therefore totally forbidden by God’s Word. Many are deeply influenced by the old Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game. Occultic video games include Diablo, Dragon Quest, World of Warcraft, EverQuest, Ultima, Wizardry,Tabook, Xenogears, Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale 2, Lineage 2, H1Z1, Final Fantasy, Star Fox, Silent Hill, DmC Devil May Cry, Dante’s Inferno, Legend of Zelda, Deus Ex, E.V.O.: Search for Eden, Spore, Assassin’s Creed, BioShock Infinite, Shin Megami Tensei (featuring a high school boy who is a human/demon hybrid). Some of the occultic concepts in these games are wizards (“good” or “bad”), sorcerers, Tarot, druids, spells (conjuring, alteration), reincarnation, demons, goddesses (e.g., Lillith, Gaia), Canaanite gods (e.g., Baal), Norse gods (e.g., Odin), Hindu gods (e.g., Shiva), Greek gods (e.g., Zeus), elves, super powers, unicorns, centaurs, monsters, summons, aeons, time travel, evolution, under worlds, parallel worlds (dimensions, planes, spheres). The book Game Magic: A Designer’s Guide to Magic Systems in Theory and Practice by Jeff Howard instructs video game programmers in “how to construct magic systems.” It is “a magical recipe book.” It “gives you an in-depth understanding of the history and structure of magic to make your games richer and deeper.” It “shows how to set up … spell components.” The author has studied the works of satanist Aleister Crowley as part of his research. “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).
(Friday Church News Notes, July 20, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
“For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
In another Creation Moment, we talked about the complexity of photosynthesis and how the process could not have evolved by chance. Evolutionary scientists like to point to what they refer to as simple systems from which more complex systems might have evolved, and so a recent scientific article discusses the earliest known organisms that use photosynthesis. Evolutionists assume that more complex plants could have evolved from single-celled algae, many of which use photosynthesis.
In order to confirm their belief, the scientists from McGill University examined micro-fossils of an algae called bangiomorpha pubescens, found on Baffin Island. They assigned the rock containing these fossils an age of 1.047 billion years. This was achieved using Rhenium-Osmium dating.
The popular article that reported this stated that the Re-Os dating was done on the sedimentary layer in which the fossils were found. This, of course, is not possible, but the original academic article correctly states that the dating was done on adjacent layers.
Re-Os dating works by the beta (β) decay of 187Re. Half of the rhenium decays in a given period, known as the half-life (t½). The half-life has been measured at 42Ga. Given that the half-life should not change, if we know the initial quantity of Re, and the current measured quantity of Os, we should be able to calculate the age of the rock. Unfortunately, the half-life of Re is notoriously difficult to measure, and is subject to great uncertainty. One published measurement was just 33 years – a billion times smaller than the accepted value.
The Bible gives us a better, authoritative method of measuring age.
Ref: McGill University. (2017, December 20). Origins of photosynthesis in plants dated to 1.25 billion years ago: Maybe the ‘Boring Billion’ wasn’t so boring, after all. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 27, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171220122032.htm. Image: Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 2.5 Generic.
A statue of Mary at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hobbs, New Mexico, began “weeping” during mass on May 20. The church secretary and her husband first noticed an “oil-like” substance on its face and on the floor below. When priest Jose “Pepe” wiped away the substance from the statue twice “the tears still appeared.” After the phenomenon was published in newspapers, visitors began making pilgrimages to the site. Bishop Oscar Cantú said officials are investigating the phenomenon. They will start with possible natural explanations. He added, “If it is supernatural, then is it God? Or is it of an evil spirit?” (“Bishop Cantú explains investigation,” Las Cruces Sun News, Jun. 2, 2018). I visited the church on June 14, since I was in Hobbs to preach a Bible conference on church history, and talked with the church secretary. She showed me photos on her phone that she took of the weeping statue. When I asked her what she thought the “weeping” meant, she replied, “That Mary is sad and the world needs to change.” I asked if perhaps they could be tears of joy, but she replied that “Mary looked sad.” On July 14, the Diocese of Las Cruces announced that a chemical analysis of the “tears” found that it is olive oil (“Investigation into Weeping Virgin Mary Statue," Newsmax, July 17, 2018). The Catholic Mary is a heretical figment of man’s imagination, and any actual “visitations” at Mary shrines are demonic. When “Mary” does “appear,” she invariably preaches a work’s gospel, which is cursed of God (Galatians 1:6-8). God’s Word warns of the danger of spiritual deception, and the wise will test everything by the infallible Scripture. “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. … For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works” (2 Corinthians 11:3, 13-15). “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
(Friday Church News Notes, July 20, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)