September 23, 2014 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, firstname.lastname@example.org)
“And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”
Christian apologetics is a spiritual battle rather than an intellectual one.
Following are a few of the glaring errors that have been made by critics who have tried to disprove the Bible:
The critics were wrong about ancient writing.
In the 19th century it was believed by theological modernists that writing was not developed by Moses’ day, thus he could not have written the Pentateuch.
“The time, of which the pre-Mosaic narrations treat, is a sufficient proof of their legendary character. It was a time prior to all knowledge of writing” (H. Schultz, Old Testament Theology, 1869).
“These wanderers [Moses and Israel] had no written language, they could neither read nor write” (Robert Ingersoll, About the Holy Bible, 1894).
Secular archaeologists now date writing to the middle of the 4th millennium BC, which is 1,500 years before Moses!
“Inscribed artifacts from excavations show that man had a knowledge of writing as early as the late 4th millennium BC” (Joseph Naveh, Origins of the Alphabets).
Ancient libraries have been unearthed at Ugarit, Mari, Ur, Ebla, Nippur, Nineveh, Persepolis, and many other places. Tens of thousands of documents dating to Abraham’s age and earlier prove that the ancient civilizations described in Genesis were highly literate.
The critics were wrong about Genesis 10.
Genesis 10-11 describes the division of the nations by Noah’s sons following the Flood, the establishment of city states, the building of the idolatrous Tower of Babel, and the confusion of the languages.
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FEDERAL JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE AND STATE’S RIGHTS (Friday Church News Notes, September 19, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Federal Judge Becomes First to Uphold State Marriage,” Christian News Network, Sept. 4, 2014: “A federal judge nominated to the bench by then-President Ronald Reagan has upheld Louisiana’s state constitutional amendment enshrining marriage as being between a man and a woman. ‘The court is persuaded that a meaning of what is marriage that has endured in history for thousands of years, and prevails in a majority of states today, is not universally irrational,’ wrote Judge Martin Feldman on Wednesday. He broke a series of over 20 federal decisions striking down state bans on same-sex ‘marriage,’ opining that states should have the right to decide its own affairs, including allowing voters to have their say regarding preserving the institution of marriage. ‘Must the states permit or recognize a marriage between an aunt and niece?’ Feldman asked…
Rewritten September 18 (first published January 22, 2014) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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A fundamental Baptist pastor asked the following question:
“What is the difference in using songs that every denomination uses across the board from the past (‘Just as I Am,’ ‘Amazing Grace,’ etc.) to using songs that everyone uses across the board in the present (‘How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,’ ‘Holy Ground,’ ‘Majesty,’ etc.) if they follow Biblical principles and if we do not promote a particular artist whose lifestyle we don’t support?”
Another pastor said that if my position against CCM is true, I should stop using the King James Bible because it was written by Anglicans.
If we buy into this popular argument, we will not be able to resist the onslaught of CCM in any effective manner except perhaps to stand against hard rock, and that stand won’t last very long. Those who accept soft rock will eventually accept “hard” rock. Both have the same sensual character.
The following is my reply to this popular challenge:
First, the old Protestant denominations were fundamentally different from their modern counterparts.
The old Lutherans and Methodists were militant for the Christian faith and were not infiltrated by theological modernism, Darwinian evolution, and other new thinking.
September 16, 2014 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, email@example.com)
1 John 5:16-17 — “If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.”
The sin unto death is a serious sin in the Christian life that is not repented of. It is a rejection of God’s discipline.
“... he that hateth reproof shall die” (Prov. 15:10).
The Bible teaches that God disciplines His children, and those who are not disciplined are not His (Heb. 12:5-8). The goal of His discipline is that “we might be partakers of his holiness” (Heb. 12:10). If the believer refuses to respond to God’s discipline and refuses to repent and persists in his sin, God will take his life. This is the sin unto death.
We see the sin unto death in 1 Corinthians 11:30-32. Some of the brethren died because of their unconfessed sin (1 Cor. 11:30-32).
We see the sin unto death in the case of Ananias and Sapphira, who died because they agreed together to lie to the church and to God (Acts 5:1-11). God made an example of them.
We see the sin unto death in the case of King Amaziah, who died because he rejected God’s reproof (2 Chronicles 25:14-16).
We see the sin unto death avoided in the case of David, who was told that he would have died had he not repented (2 Sam. 12:13).
Under the Mosaic law, there were many crimes which required the death penalty, including murder (Le. 24:17; De. 19:11-13), idolatry (Le. 20:2; De. 17:2-7), witchcraft (Le. 20:27), adultery (Le. 20:10; De. 22:21, 22), homosexuality (Le. 20:13), bestiality (Le. 20:15, 16), rape (De. 22:25-27), incest (Le. 20:17), blasphemy (Le. 24:11-16,23), presumption (De. 17:12-13), kidnapping (De. 24:7), and rebellion against parents (Le. 20:9).
1 Corinthians 5:11 might provide a list of the type of sins that become the sin unto death if not repented of.
As for praying for others in regard to the sin unto death (1 John 5:16-17), apparently this is something that the Holy Spirit will reveal as the necessity arises. Compare Jeremiah 7:16; 11:14; 14:11 and 15:1.
Even though God told Moses not to pray for rebellious Israel, he persevered anyway, and God answered the intercessor’s prayer (Exodus 32:10-14).
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WHEN HOMOSEXUALS GAIN THEIR RIGHTS, YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO SAY ANYTHING THAT MIGHT APPEAR BIASED AGAINST HOMOSEXUALITY.
In 1997 Jo Ann Knight was fired by the Connecticut Department of Public Health after she counseled a homosexual couple from the Bible about salvation and about the necessity of repenting of sin. Knight’s job was to supervise the provision of medical services by Medicare agencies to home health care patients, and in that capacity she interviewed patients. The homosexuals filed a complaint with the Commission on Human Rights. A district court upheld Knight’s dismissal, claiming that her religious speech caused her clients distress and interfered with the performance of her duties.
In 2000 Evelyn Bodett was fired by CoxCom Cable for expressing her biblical views against homosexuality to a lesbian subordinate. They claimed that she was thereby “coercing and harassing” the lesbian contrary to company policy. The lesbian, Kelley Carson, had sought Bodett’s advice in regard to a recent breakup with her homosexual partner, and Bodett gave her biblical counsel that homosexuality is a sin. Carson complained about the matter to a supervisor. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Bodett’s religious discrimination suit.
In 2001 Richard Peterson was fired by Hewlett-Packard after he posted Bible verses condemning homosexuality. Peterson, who had worked for HP for nearly 21 years, posted the verses in response to the company’s diversity policy that requires acceptance of homosexuality. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2004 that Peterson was not discriminated against because of his religious beliefs. Commenting on the case, Stephen Crampton, chief counsel for the American Family Association’s Center for Law & Policy, said: “The new rule in the workplace seems to be: The Bible is out; diversity is in” (“Using Caesar’s Sword,” AgapePress, March 19, 2004).