Archive for April, 2010

God’s Word is sufficient in all things for life and godliness. We have no need to lean upon the arrogant teachings of sinful man, nor should we close our eyes to the dangers of allowing men’s teachings to be planted in the fields where God’s sheep graze. 

There is a desire to see unity within the body, but unfortunately this unity is too often fostered at the expense of the sharpened sword of God’s Holy Word! 

For many professing Christians, doctrines such as evolution are considered secondary issues.  Ironically and sadly, many who are ardent followers, teachers, and writers of evolution don’t agree.  To them, evolution and all of its philosophies, are their primary source of meaning, and necessary in undermining the sufficiency and trust in the Lord Jesus and His Word. 

Consider the following quotes:

“Christianity has fought, still fights, and will fight science to the desperate end over evolution, because evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus’ earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the son of god. Take away the meaning of his death. If Jesus was not the redeemer that died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing.”   G. Richard Bozarth, “The Meaning of Evolution”, American Atheist, 20 Sept. 1979, p. 30

“Christianity is – must be! totally committed to the special creation as described in Genesis, and Christianity must fight with its full might, fair or foul against the theory of evolution.”   G. Richard Bozarth, “The Meaning of Evolution”, American Atheist, 20 Sept. 1979, p. 19



In reference to the quote below, I think the same could be applied to all forms of media, not just books.  May we always listen, read, and watch with discerning hearts and minds, never willing to allow the Devil to get an entrance or a foothold! 

“History will show that bad books have ruined not only individuals but whole nations as well.  What the writings of Voltaire and Rousseau did to France is too well-known of need further mention here.  Certainly the doctrines of Nietzsche appeared again in the mouthings of der Führer and soon became the official party line for Nazi propagandists.  The truth is that thoughts are things and words are seeds.  The printed word may lie unnoticed like a seed through a long winter, only to burn out when a favorable time comes and produce an abundant crop in belief and practice. 

For thousands of young people, the first doubt about God and the Bible came with the reading of some evil book.  We must respect the power of ideas.  Printed ideas are as powerful as spoken ones — they may have a longer fuse, but their explosive power is just as great. 

What all this adds up to is that we Christians are bound  in all conscience to discourage the reading of subversive literature and to promote as fully as possible the circulation of good books and magazines…

Tolerance of noxious literature is not a mark of intellectual size — it may be a mark of secret sympathy for evil.  The desire to appear broad-minded is  not easy to overcome, because it is rooted in our ego and is simply a none-too-suble form of pride.  In the name of broad-mindedness many a Christian home has been opened to literature that sprang not from a broad mind but from a little mind dirty and polluted with evil. 

We require our children to wipe their feet before entering the house.  Dare we demand less of the literature that comes into our home?”  [Emphasis added]  A.W. Tozer, “This World: Playground or Battleground?”, pp. 34-35.

How amazing indeed that the God who created this marvelously intricate universe, from the multifaceted nanomachines in our cells to the vastness, size, and beauty of the stars that adorn the skies, reveals Himself in the most wonderfully simple, yet incredibly profound name- “I Am“.

I once heard A.W.Tozer explain that he was careful never to use the word “adore” in reference to any person, even his wife.  He explained that adoration was that sacred place in our hearts only meant for our Great God and Savior. May we keep our heart’s doors wide open to the True and Living God in the days we live!

The Grand Exchange

“Rather than creating a new race, God chose to redeem existing mankind.  Rather than just fixing up persons, He made the grand exchange:  His own life and character in place of fallen nature.  Jesus made this ultimate conversion for His people on the basis of love.  He emptied Himself and humbled Himself to become a man.  He denied Himself by choosing to love.  Through His death on the cross, He gave more love than we are able to receive.  As we come to know Him, we recognize the shallowness and sinfulness of our own self-directed love in comparison with the vast consistency of His love and grace.”  Martin and Deidre Bobgan, “James Dobson’s Gospel of Self-Esteem & Psychology”, p. 181-182.

Out of all the questions a person could ask, the origin of life is not only one of the most difficult to fully explore, it is also one of the hardest to define.  Although biologists might be able to study life in the present, there is no honest scientist that can aptly define what life truly is.  Life is more than biological and chemical pieces put in the correct order.  Life is more than animation.  Life is not the same as a computer and life is definitely not a robot.  Interestingly the Bible does not tiptoe around the subject or definition of life.  Continue reading

“The Christian church, instead of floating high above it all, free and clean and separated, finds her poor old boat leaking water from every seam.  The church and the world have become so intertwined that it is hard to tell one from the other.  The world has so affected the church’s moral standards that Christians say they believe in Christ and yet have never bothered to change their moral attitudes and standards at all.”  A.W. Tozer, “Faith Beyond Reason”, p. 126.

“The only true humility which the world has ever seen is that of the meek and lowly Lamb of God: and no man can have the least degree of this humility, except from the redeeming life of Christ.  He only fights the good fight of faith whose strife is that the self-idolatrous nature which he received from Adam may be brought to death through the power of the cross, that Christ’s own supernatural humility may come to life within him.”  William Law, “The Power of the Spirit”, p.142 .

Once there was a battle. Both sides had been fighting  evenly for several years, until finally one side had the other on the run. That is until the side running found the perfect location to dig in. Not only did the place have a height advantage, it was very close to a fresh stream, allowing the troops steady access to good water. The side that was advancing figured out how to keep some supplies from coming in, however they could not keep the fresh stream from flowing. 

Over the next few weeks there was seemingly a stalemate, until a captain from the advancing side came up with an idea. “What if we can convince their troops to no longer drink from the stream, forcing them to dehydrate or move out into the open?” So the captain carefully planned his strategy. Once his planning was complete, he reasoned correctly that the first and major step would be to convince their enemies to no longer trust the water in the stream.

So the captain strategically sent a few of his soldiers in undercover. They persuaded several key troops from the opposing side that the stream could not supply all the water that they needed. The newly deceived soldiers reported directly to those able to make decisions, convincing them that wells should be dug if the battle was to be won. So troops were given the task of relentlessly digging wells, until, to their own dismay, many were completely worn out, with no fruit to show for it, but dry holes in the ground. 

Then the undercover soldiers passed on a second lie. This time they managed to convinced the captains of the need to look far beyond the river’s water.  They were duped into believing that there were bigger and better sources of water beyond the stream. Once convinced, several regiments were ordered onward, only to find desert and wastelands.  They became weak and weary, and many did not make the journey back.

These first two lies weakened and ruined many, however the third lie was the most tragic of all. This final lie did not focus on the insufficient water supply provided by the stream, nor did it lead the troops to believe that there were bigger and better sources to discover.  No this lie deceived the troops into believing that the stream itself had become poisoned.  Once most of the remaining troops were convinced of this, they ceased to even sip from the stream. (Their actions proved that they honestly believed the water source could no longer be trusted.)  Only two weeks after this lie, the enemy easily advanced up the hill.  And sadly, most of the troops that were before so strategically positioned were now of no strength. And many were found dead only feet from the freshly flowing stream convinced that the waters were poison to them.

Thoughts on the meaning of the parable are welcomed. I’ll be posting mine in a few days.

The quote below is from secular humanist, J. Dunphy. After reading it over 10 years ago, this quote more than any other confirmed to me the necessity of teaching the truth of God and His Word to this generation.  Each generation is faced with certain philosophies and teachings that are designed to attack the very essence of our trust in God’s Word. In my opinion, humanism with its evolutionary teachings represents one of the top purveyors of error in the times we live. Evolution is much more Continue reading

“The will is like a wise mother in a nursery; the feelings are like a set of clamoring, crying children.  The mother makes up her mind to a certain course of action which she believes to be right and best.  The children clamor against it and declare it shall not be.  But the mother, knowing that she is mistress and not they, pursues her course lovingly and calmly in spite of all their clamors; and the result is that the children are sooner or later won over to the mother’s course of action, and fall in with her decisions, and all is harmonious and happy.  But if that mother should for a moment let in the thought that the children were the masters instead of herself, confusion would reign unchecked.  And in how many souls at this very moment is there nothing but confusion, simply because the feelings are allowed to govern, instead of the will.”  The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, Hannah Whitall Smith, p.64-65.

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