CONCORD & HARMONY is the ministry of Alan and Ellen Ives. Their music has recently been put online for mp3 download at concordandharmony.com. GLORY AND HARMONY MUSIC is the ministry of John Randall, son-in-law of Alan and Ellen Ives. They have a recording studio and are producing new music which is available for download. He says, “We have a recording studio in our home so that Christians can record conservative music at a drastically reduced cost.” They publish an audio hymnal of over 500 mp3 songs for churches that do not have a pianist. See gloryandhonormusic.com.
(Friday Church News Notes, October 25, 2019, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
“And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.”
British comedian Milton Jones once claimed he had been raised in the wild by hyenas. “They were difficult times,” he claimed to remember, “but we had a lot of laughs.”
Hyenas look very like dogs and behave in similar ways. They tend to hunt in packs, though they are much more likely to scavenge food rather than kill their own. In the early days of classification, hyenas were indeed classed as members of the dog family – canidae.
However, in the last few decades, evolutionists have changed their classification. They are now classed as their own family, being one of the smallest families of mammals. Evolutionists place them in the suborder feliforma – a suborder which also includes felidae – the cat family.
Hyenas, therefore, give us a good lesson in the placing of the term baramin in the accepted classification system. A baramin, or created kind, will generally be equivalent to the family, but in some cases, it might be equivalent to the subfamily, and in others the suborder. For example, the pig and peccary families are both part of the suine suborder, and the suine suborder is considered to be the baramin. In the case of hyenas and cats, however, evolutionists see relational links between them, whereas creationists do not – other than coincidental. Sometimes they seem like half dog and half cat, but they are neither – they are their own created kind, created separately by God, and a pair of hyenas must have been on the Ark.
The return of Jesus Christ is a major New Testament doctrine, and the preaching and teaching of it is essential for holy living. It was emphasized by Christ (Mt. 24:29-31; Mr. 13:24-27). It was a theme of apostolic preaching in the book of Acts (Ac. 1:11; 3:19-20). It is mentioned in nearly every Epistle (Ro. 11:26; 1 Co. 1:7-8; Php. 1:6, 10; 2:16; 1 Th. 1:10; 2:19; 3:13; 4:15-17; 5:23; 2 Th. 1:7-9; 2:1, 8; 3:5; 1 Ti. 6:14; 2 Ti. 4:1, 8; Tit. 2:13; Jas. 5:7-9; Heb. 9:28; 10:37; 1 Pe. 1:7; 5:4; 2 Pe. 3:10-13; 1 Jo. 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14-15; Re. 1:7; 19:11-21; 22:7, 12, 20). The imminent return of Christ must, therefore, be a fundamental part of every believer’s worldview, a major theme of all biblical preaching, a constantly-emphasized doctrine of every church. But there are signs that preaching on Bible prophecy is being neglected even among “fundamentalist” churches. The following is from a reader: “About three years ago I was speaking with another fundamental Baptist pastor here in the area. I mentioned that I truly believed the Lord was coming soon. He said, ‘You know, everybody was preaching on this back in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and thought surely Christ would come before 2000. I really don’t preach that much any more.’ I about fell on the floor and responded to him, ‘If Christ did not come by then, how much closer now?’ I said, ‘I preach His coming regularly trying to wake people up to holiness and living for Christ so that they won’t be ashamed at His coming.’ Speaking to a missionary friend who spoke at our church recently, I mentioned this story. His words were, ‘I have heard more from you today about the second coming then I have for months in other fundamental Baptist churches. This is from a man from a large missions ministry who preaches regularly across the country. Our people live in denial of this truth and unfortunately our preachers are also.” Another reader sent the following comment: “Fundamental Baptist preachers seem very reluctant to delve into prophecy. I don’t think I have ever heard a really solid message from an IFB preacher from the mountain of Old Testament prophecies with momentous future fulfillment.” Another reader commented, “I was talking to my wife recently about how that prophecy preaching has all but gone away.” This is a serious matter. Preachers who neglect the return of Christ are rebels against God’s Word and are not qualified for the ministry. The mindset of always looking for Christ’s return was modeled by the church at Thessalonica, which “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; and to wait for his Son from heaven...” (1 Th. 1:9-10).
(Friday Church News Notes, October 25, 2019, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
Listeners to these Creation Moments programs may recall that I have previously confessed to a liking for a hot beverage, made by brewing the roasted cherry pits from the plant coffea arabica. But, apparently, evolution means that I shouldn’t like it. This must be one more reason to praise the Lord that I am a creationist.
A recent study from Northwestern University – presumably the department of insufficient work – have been researching the relationship between the bitterness of coffee and how much people like it. Apparently, evolution has produced bitter tastes as a warning to us about substances which do us harm. So when we taste a bitter chemical – such as, for example, caffeine – all of the evolution within our brains is screaming at us to spit it out.
“You’d expect that people who are particularly sensitive to the bitter taste of caffeine would drink less coffee,” says one of the senior researchers. Amazingly, however, their research has found that the extra bitterness has the opposite effect. It seems to make some people drink more coffee. And even worse news for English people, increased coffee consumption means reduced consumption of tea.
“Our study suggests coffee consumers acquire a taste or an ability to detect caffeine due to the learned positive reinforcement (i.e. stimulation) elicited by caffeine.” So we have evolved to like coffee even though we were supposed to evolve to dislike it. I hope that’s clear. Now it’s time I had a cup of tea.
“All Illinois public schools must now teach LGBT history. They can only buy history textbooks that include it. And not just LGBT history. A very specific idea of that history. The ‘Inclusive Curriculum Law’ was signed in August. It goes into effect on July 1, 2020, to let teachers prepare the lessons for the 2020-21 school year. The law also covers women and minority group history. California, Colorado, New Jersey and Oregon have already passed similar laws. Why? The head of LGBT lobby group Equality Illinois explains. ‘As a former first grade teacher, I know how an inclusive education system can create change within a community.’ The law only enforces what many schools systems do already. Evanston/Skokie schools, for example. The school system posts its LGBT week curriculum online. Preschoolers and kindergarteners will ‘explore concepts of families, gendered toy and clothing stereotypes, colors and meaning, flags, allyship and identity.’ 1st graders will learn to use the pronoun ‘they’ for an individual. 4th and 5th graders will watch a PBS documentary about a girl who dreams of leading the boy-only Hula troop. The curriculum teaches these children to approve of families headed by same-sex parents. One way it does that is to compare them with mixed-race and adoptive families. A second way is simply to normalize them. In one video, a boy says he has two dads and two moms. Materials include pictures of same-sex couples with children, which prompt students to label them as families. The curriculum portrays transgenders as making a perfectly normal decision. But studies have shown that 20% of transgenders revert back to their birth sex. This frequently happens after a young person has taken hormones and had sex change surgery. They then deeply regret having made the physical changes. The curriculum does not warn children about this. They are not told that many transgenders realize they were wrong and revert back. Nor are children told that 41% of transgenders attempt suicide. Nor that mental illness affects 60-90% of transgendered people. And what of other points of view? Many parents disagree strongly with the ideas behind transgenderism. Christians, Jews, and Muslims hold different beliefs about what male and female are. The curriculum offers no alternatives to the LGBT idea. It doesn’t explain how some religions object to those lifestyles. It’s one-sided ‘education.’ It doesn’t teach children to think about the issue. No dissent is acceptable. Children are only allowed to express approval of the LGBT lifestyle, and they are pushed hard to do so.”
“Illinois Schools Promoting Transgenders to Preschoolers,” The Stream, Oct. 14, 2019
“Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”
Sometimes, as I research these Creation Moments, a headline screams to be noticed even before I have read the article concerned. One such headline that I noticed declared: “Prehistoric cave art suggests ancient use of complex astronomy.” There are so many presuppositions in that headline. The first is the use of the word prehistoric. The word historic refers to the timescale of human beings, so prehistoric implies something from before there were human beings on the Earth. However, the Bible does not allow for any prehistory – well, except perhaps 5 days. What the headline is getting at is that the art it is about to describe was supposedly done by creatures that were not fully evolved into modern humans. Secondly, the headline refers to “complex astronomy”. The astronomy concerned should have been too complex for these primitive cave men.
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh, examining yet again the cave drawings at Lascaux, France, determined that these early people understood the precession of the Earth’s orbit, and an ancient comet strike.
We have discussed before that the reason these people were living in caves is not because they were primitive, but because they had only just arrived at the area, having migrated after the Tower of Babel incident. The drawings show how highly civilized they were, and their knowledge of complex astronomy confirms this. These astounding examples of cave art and science are fully understandable within a biblical worldview, whereas those using an evolutionary worldview are constantly taken by surprise.
The following is excerpted from “In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace,” Pew Research Center, Oct. 17, 2019: “The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or ‘nothing in particular,’ now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009. The data shows that the trend toward religious disaffiliation documented in the Center’s 2007 and 2014 Religious Landscape Studies, and before that in major national studies like the General Social Survey (GSS), has continued apace. The changes underway in the American religious landscape are broad-based. The Christian share of the population is down and religious “nones” have grown across multiple demographic groups: white people, black people and Hispanics; men and women; in all regions of the country; and among college graduates and those with lower levels of educational attainment. Religious ‘nones’ are growing faster among Democrats than Republicans, though their ranks are swelling in both partisan coalitions. And although the religiously unaffiliated are on the rise among younger people and most groups of older adults, their growth is most pronounced among young adults.”
CONCLUDING COMMENT BY BRO. CLOUD: The root problem is not in society at large; the root problem is with lukewarm, worldly, spiritually dead, and apostate churches.
(Friday Church News Notes, October 25, 2019, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
“Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.”
The red panda has to be one of the world’s most attractive animals, with a cute white face and a ginger red body. As its name suggests, it was once thought to be closely related to the giant panda, with whom it shares a number of traits, including a diet of bamboo. However, the giant panda has been placed in the same family as bears, while the red panda was thought to have been part of raccoon family. Even evolutionists now think the relationship between giant pandas and red pandas is remote, and the red panda has now been placed in a family all of its own, with no other extant species – called ailuridae. Creationists treat ailuridae as a baramin, and it causes us no problem to accept that this baramin is a single stick in the creationist orchard of life – a baramin containing only one species.
Red pandas are supposed to be a good proof of evolution. Evolutionists like to class them as meat eaters because of their teeth and claws. However, their diet consists almost entirely of bamboo. If this is supposed to be the result of the upward march of evolutionary natural selection, then it seems to be an unusual route. Their bodies cannot digest bamboo well, so they have to eat a great deal of it in order to get the nutrients that they need.
The uniqueness of the red panda is, however, the sort of thing we would expect in a creation made by God.
“Communist officials demolished a church in China's Henan province for engaging in ‘illegal fundraising’ after forcibly removing congregants, injuring two elderly people in the process. According to Chinese persecution watchdog Bitter Winter, True Jesus Church was razed to the ground completely. A new lawn with saplings was planted in place of the church, bearing no trace of its existence. After thoroughly searching the church, the police took away a piano and four air-conditioning units. Then, eight excavators began demolishing the church, worth about 10 million RMB (about $1,400,000). Authorities continued to persecute church members even after the church was demolished. In September, it was reported that Chinese government officials demanded that clergy affiliated with the state-sanctioned Protestant church base their sermons on a new book that blends biblical teachings with the teachings of Confucius, one of the most influential philosophers in Chinese history. In early 2018, the communist regime passed new regulations on religious affairs in China that banned ‘unauthorized’ religious teachings. Recently, it was alleged by the China Tribunal at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council that the Chinese government has murdered ‘hundreds of thousands’ of members of the Uighur Muslim minority and Falun Gong to harvest their organs. Open Doors USA ranks China as the 27th worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution on its 2019 World Watch List.”
“China: Authorities forcibly demolish ‘illegal’ church,” Christian Post, Oct. 15, 2019
“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,”
I do not refer to myself as a Creation Scientist. That is not because I don’t like the term. It is simply because I am not and never have been a professional scientist, as I do not have a doctorate. But I know a lot of creationists who have both, so they could genuinely be called creation scientists.
Yet there is still an accusation labeled against such eminent creationists by evolutionists, and it is this: If creation science were real, then why do you not publish your arguments against evolution in a scientific journal?
Whenever such a question is raised, one should always unpick the presuppositions before answering the question. The presumption behind the question is that the secular scientific journals are unbiased and that anyone can publish in them. This is not so. Such journals are peer-reviewed. What this means is that a paper submitted to the journal will be reviewed by other scientists in a similar field with equivalent qualifications. Let it be admitted that there is much value in this. After all, who can judge new research better than someone else engaged in research? But, as the prevailing paradigms of the institutions publishing such research are evolutionary, it follows that submissions will be judged against evolutionary standards. There are legions of examples of eminent research papers refused publication, judged unscientific because of an alleged anti-evolutionary heresy.
Ultimately, God is our judge. That is why creationists have set up their own peer-reviewed journals, where submissions can ultimately be judged against Scripture.
“My own experience is that the Bible is dull when I am dull. When I am really alive, and set in upon the text with a tidal pressure of living affinities, it opens, it multiplies discoveries and reveals depths even faster than I can note them. The worldly spirit shuts the Bible. The Spirit of God makes it a fire, flaming out all meanings and glorious truths”
(Horace Bushnell, cited from Josiah Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers, 1895, p. 39).
“Baylor, a private Christian university located in Waco, Texas, is known as the largest Baptist university in the world with approximately 17,200 students on its 1,000-acre campus and is affiliated with the Texas Baptist Convention, which is subsequently connected to the Southern Baptist Convention. Baylor launched a website on sexuality last week which appears to take a softening stance on homosexuality. The website states that it is ‘committed to providing a caring, loving and supportive community for students in all aspects of their lives, including the development of their sexuality.’ ‘We acknowledge the complexity of issues surrounding human sexuality and desire to engage in this conversation with humility, prayerfulness and convicted civility.’ One can only ask, what is so complex about it? Homosexuality is a result of the fall and homosexual desire, identity, and activity is an abomination to God. Yet, the school is intent on offering support services to those who identify as LGBTQP+. The university president, Linda Livingstone, announced in a letter to students, faculty, and staff that students would not be disciplined for identifying as LGBTQ and that the university would provide resources for LGBTQ students through the Title IX Office, Bias Response Team, Chaplain’s Office and Spiritual Life, and the Counseling Center. In 2015, Baylor removed language from their code of conduct that characterized homosexual acts as ‘misuses of God’s gifts.’”
“Baylor University Says They Are Committed,” reformationcharlotte, Sept. 3, 2019
“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.”
I remember my mother taking me into the fishmonger’s store. She was particularly interested in buying plaice. The store had a number of offerings, all of which had spots. She chose one with faint orange spots. On the walk home, I asked why she hadn’t gone for one of those with pretty deep red spots. She told me that the deeper the spots, the older the fish – and that the red spotted specimens were too old to eat.
So I wonder what she would have made of the Greenland sharks that appear to be the oldest vertebrate animals on Earth. They do not have convenient red spots to help date them, so a two-pronged approach is used. First, scientists catch younger specimens, born in the 1960s, at the time when many great powers were testing nuclear weapons. The fallout was absorbed by the sharks’ eyes, and so a pretty accurate age for the fish can be calculated. The scientists can plot how fast these sharks grow. So one Greenland shark was estimated to have been at least 272 years old. This is only the lower limit. The uncertainties in the calculation mean that the shark could actually be over 500 years old and was possibly swimming around Greenland before the Mayflower Pilgrims landed in the New World and before the King James Version of the Bible was translated.
But God, who knows every sparrow, even when it falls to the ground, certainly knows about this old shark.
Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, is more outspoken for what he believes than a great many fundamental Baptist preachers. It doesn’t appear that he believes Romans 16:17; 2 Timothy 3:5; Jude 3; and 2 John 8-11 in any literal sense, for that would force him to renounce the ecumenical agenda, but what he does believe, he stands up for publicly. Most recently he posted the following on Facebook: “CNN hosted an ‘Equality in America’ town hall Thursday night focusing on gay & lesbian issues and asking questions of candidates running in the 2020 Democratic presidential race. Beto O’Rourke threatened that if any church, religious organization, university, etc., did not go along with their LGBTQ platform including same-sex marriage and gay/transgender rights, they should lose their tax-exempt status--the audience cheered. This gives you a clue of what the progressive, socialist-leaning Democratic Party is going to try to force on our nation if they win any election. They will create laws and ‘consequences’ that would punish those who do not agree with them. These socialists in the Democratic Party are a threat to religious freedom and free speech. This would be a step toward silencing the voice of the church and the influence of Christian universities and organizations. This is what godless socialism did in Eastern Europe, shutting down the churches and imprisoning pastors who disagreed with the Communists. As for me, I will not bow down at the altar of the LGBTQ agenda nor worship their rainbow pride flag. I’m going to stand with the Word of God, the Holy Bible, which is truth from cover to cover.”
(Friday Church News Notes, October 18, 2019, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
“And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”
As a boy, I was always taught that it is rude to eat with your mouth open. It would be even ruder just to sit still with your mouth simply hanging open. But some sharks do precisely that.
Basking sharks, as their name suggests, spend a lot of time doing very little. They are very large – up to 20 feet in length, making them the second largest sharks, after the whale shark. They swim very slowly most of the time – about 2 miles per hour – with their mouths wide open. They do this in order to feed because they eat marine invertebrates and zooplanckton (little fish). These are filtered by their gill rakers.
One of their most unusual behaviors is that they will breach the surface. There are other fish that do this, such as salmon. There are also sharks that do this – the great white shark is known to breach the surface at great speed. If we do an internet search for breaching behavior, we find that fish do this in order to feed. For example, a white shark would breach in order to catch a seal.
In order to breach, basking sharks reach a speed of 11 mph, expending 45 kilocalories of energy. There has been speculation that they might be jumping out of the water to dislodge parasites, but it is interesting that the reason for this behavior is not yet known. There are still mysteries to solve regarding so many parts of God’s creation.