Sad Note to the Jehovah’s Witnesses series


Right now, I’m feeling a need to go back through all my Christian videos on my hard drive, and enjoying it. I’d used some of Ex-Gilead Missionary’s videos as research for the Jehovah’s Witnesses series., and downloaded one or two more of them for study.

There’s a lot of information on there I never used. I did use his information on Paradise Earth, and combined it with my own research on it, and he’s effective in what he does (after all, he knows how JW’s think)…

But the sad part was getting the last video he put up. He’d abruptly stopped his videos, and the last video was “what do I believe after leaving the Watchtower society?”

Sadly, it was something of a mocking video, where faith in God is ridiculed. I was heartbroken, hoping that he’d have made the logical leap from JW to Christian. However, he allowed hurt and anger to rule him, and he is now an atheist.

This means he’s never truly studied and settled within himself the existence of God. Since there’s no way to exponentiate on WordPress, I’m unable to post the exact mathematical formula for God.

But it’s like this, expressed long form. X to the Zero Power Equals One.

Newtonian physics prove it to me – every item set in movement has a force that set it in movement. The Big Bang is exceptionally lacking in explaining the universe (notice I didn’t capitalize the U – Atheists do it unconsciously because the universe is their idol), and I’m afraid I just don’t have that much faith to believe in Atheism.

The issue of God was settled by Neal Armstrong in the 1960’s. A Russian Cosmonaut had made headlines by announcing on TV that he did not see God when his capsule broke the earth’s atmosphere. Armstrong’s response when they went into space was to say, “I do not see God, but I see the wonders that He has made.”

Ex-Gilead Missionary, the problem is this – you’re not looking at facts. You’re looking at rhetoric and half baked theories.

Something set the planets in motion. Observing the pellets in a shotgun blast show you that the Big Bang cannot explain planetary orbits, planetary creation, stars, comets, atmospheres, and life on the planets. The warm little pond hypothesis relies on so much chance that it literally statistically is magnitudes beyond the point mathematicians declare something to be impossible – even if it did work, and the Urie experiments yielded ooze, not life.

Statistically speaking, there’s no way that life could have arisen by chance.

My final point is – there’s an empty tomb in Jerusalem.

You enjoyed reading your Bible, and that got you out of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Now it’s time to face that Bible, and understand that unlike Evolution and atheism, the Bible is truth. It’s history. It’s facts.

Read it, seek the Lord, pray. You’ll find your answers.

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5 Things to Blog About On Your Christian Blog


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When I started my blog, I had no intention of starting to blog – I just felt endlessly frustrated from how far away Christianity was getting from the Bible.So, I blogged the first few months, just writing whatever came to mind.

Then my wife suggested I go ahead and take it public, which I did. It took about 4 days to get my original blog posts online. I think I then went into my first series’.

What should you blog about? That’s ultimately up to you. But if you like this blog, then here’s some suggestions…

  1. Use Evernote to start clipping articles that you want to research. Much of the source of this blog has been responses to eBooks I’ve found online, and articles I found I just had to address. I used to print the articles to PDF, but quickly found I’d lose track of them, and sometimes searching for those took hours. It would have been a lot easier if I’d found Evernote 5 years ago! Some articles I might have been able to write in advance, and then deal with the comment wars! I probably have close to a thousand articles I’ve never been able to read, simply because I didn’t know which one it was.
  2. Get source materials on Apologetics. Evidence That Demands a Verdict is a major source for much of my early articles and arguments. When I branched out to actually begin confronting cults, I actually began to develop my own arguments and voice! I did the Word Faith articles before I found the Justin Peters videos – but thanks to Damon Whitsell, I found the Peters videos just as I was finishing that series up, if I remember correctly.
  3. Read SermonAudio news. This will provide a lot of actual source material for good rants, Be warned – for a while all the articles on SermonAudio kept dealing with subjects that Christians should not be talking about, reading, or thinking about. Be prayerful as you consult that site. They haven’t done it in a while, but be warned that they have.
  4. Pick topics you know you have to address. One of my favorites was the Atheism articles. I got a LOT of good exchanges out of that, and actually scored some “thinking points” with some of the atheists. A couple were obnoxious, but one or two left this web site feeling a little unsure of themselves. But when I resolved to take this live, I knew I’d be addressing Roman Catholicism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, Messianic Judaism, Church of Christ, and Ecumenism. Write your list!
  5. What’s your burden? I’ve written a lot in five years, but certain subjects I keep coming back to! The Bible remains the focal point of my ministry, and salvation. Really, in my eyes, almost everything I’ve written falls into one or two of these categories!
Conclusion

The process of developing ideas for your blog can be done easily with a few simple steps! Really, for a Fundamentalist, there’s no real reason for anyone to say, “I have nothing to blog about!”

7 Must Have Tools for Christian Apologists


 

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Christian apologetics is a must for every Christian with a web site. The better ones have training from a seminary, but any Christian armed with a Bible and at least 3 years as a Christian can engage in an effective apologetics ministry.

Certain books and tools are must haves for Christians seeking to give this a try…

  1. Evidence that Demands a Verdict, by Josh McDowell. See if you can find the original version of this – it’s very low priced (less than $10 at CBD). This is a book that you will end up underlining parts! Be warned – this book will come apart on you. It’s got about 500 pages, and reading it as often as I have (or looking things up!) will end up with the book falling apart on you. Buy some tape and tape the pages back in.
  2. Logos 7. Get Logos 7 Basic, and the King James Bible for $9.99. I’ve amassed quite a library in it by God’s providential blessing, and I don’t take it for granted! You can quite literally teach yourself Koine Greek with it very effectively, if you get the Baptist Starter package. Use the Textus Receptus and the King James, and you’re good to go. Strong’s? You’re about to find out you don’t need it! Be warned, once you start buying stuff for Logos, you end up needing to put on the brakes! You won’t need anything more than the Bronze package.
  3. Bible Analyzer. You’ll need this to really dig into God’s word, although since I talk about Bible Analyzer so much, it’s as if Logos is peeking, and they keep adding yet another feature that previously only Bible Analyzer had!
  4. The Hovind videos. I really mourn how Kent Hovind went off the deep end and became a supporter of the Shack. However, his second series of videos (with government conspiracies and odd cancer cures removed) is a must-have. NOTHING irritates people who won’t believe in God like a Hovind quote!
  5. The Evolution Cruncher book. Free download. I keep meaning to put it in Word and compile a Logos user book with it. I just wish they’d listened to me, and added it in a Fundamentalist’s package!
  6. Way of Life Encyclopedia. Cannot say enough about this. I really should get this hardcover. I’m constantly looking things up in it, and it often has exactly the response I’m looking for in it!
  7. Answering the Myths on the Bible Version Debate. Yup. This too is a book you need on hand to answer all of the common comments and questions I used to get on the King James Bible debate. I answered one person completely from this book – it answered his every argument in so much detail he left my blog and never came back.
Conclusion

There are many other tools and books you should look into, but consider these seven your starting points!

7 Reasons to Contend For the Faith


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Christianity has its share of detractors, many of whom have simply made up their minds in advance what they think Christianity is, and they’re opposed to it. They often don’t want to be bothered with facts – their minds are made up already!

To contend for the faith requires simply prayer, a little study, a few tools, and lots and lots of patience. Don’t pray for patience – that’s a bad idea.

But putting yourself in the line of fire doesn’t sound like fun! So, why should you jump out there and do this?

  1. The Lord commanded you to. For most of Christianity, the Great Commission has become the Great Omission. You really don’t have any choice in the matter. If you’re a Christian, this is something the Lord has commanded you to do. These are orders, not suggestions.
  2. You were witnessed to by someone. Very few people just decide to become Christians for no reason, Usually there’s someone who just won’t take no for an answer.If nobody witnessed to you ever, then… how would you ever have gotten saved? What if the person who witnessed to you simply decided “That’s for someone else to do – I’m going to coast!” Where would you spend eternity?
  3. You have no excuses not to. It’s been said nobody needs to show they’re called to missions – rather, the burden is on Christians to show they’re called to stay home!
  4. The Lord witnessed to those who were willing to hear. Since Jesus Christ did many things as an example to us, then obviously we should follow in His steps!
  5. Spiritually, you will wither if you do not! Christians feel the best when they’re actively involved in learning and sharing. When we first got saved, my wife and I spent a lot of time listening to preaching. Every night. And we were ordering tracts and leaving them all over town. When we stopped doing it, it felt like part of us died. Get back to your first love.
  6. Heaven is real. No, I don’t need Todd Burpo telling me it’s real, because what he wrote down about Heaven bears little resemblance to the Bible’s depictions of Heaven, so I disregard his story as well… made up. But this is important to keep in mind! You’re going there. Others are not…
  7. Hell is Real. Here’s the ultimate reason to contend for the faith. If you do nothing, then people will suffer forever. Think about the people whom you care about. You want that to happen to them? If you do nothing, I guarantee that’s what’s going to happen to them.
Conclusion

Contending for the faith is part of your Christian faith. It’s part of what Christians are required to do. Do it now! He who winneth souls is wise.

Reasoned Atonement


What do I mean by Reasoned atonement?
Simply, that you can actually reason your way through the problem logically without resorting to tracts or a witness from everyone.
Quite literally, this is why the Bible says that…

“Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? ” Romans 2:1-4(KJV)

So, quite simply, what this means is, one can deduce the existence of God and the need for atonement… solely by what you see and experience around you. This is the cosmological argument.

Here we go:

We can see the universe around us is vast, that things are far too orderly to be left to chance. Universal laws such as speed of sound, electrons having a negative charge, etc., prove there is too much order to the universe. If things happened by chance – and I proved that many of the theories advanced to prove that long ago were busted – then there would not be universal rules and constants.

We also can see by observing nature that sometimes we cannot trust our senses. This means we are poor judges of what we see and experience. Optical illusions are readily available. There is too many mirage events which sometimes are the result of humidity and sunlight – such as “mysterious lights around Mexico”. Those aren’t flying saucers, they are theorized to be reflections in an atmosphere of gases vapors, etc. Auto headlights can sometimes be seen reflected great distances. One infamous mirage of a steamship sailing over a desert was reported. The steamship was real – it was just hundreds of miles away from the desert on the ocean.

We have universal senses of right and wrong. Although it angers people for me to say it, we all know that taking something that does not belong to you is wrong. We all know that murder is wrong. If you’re going to try to tell me that you have no inner sense of right and wrong, I’m going to advise you see a professional for possible diagnosis as a sociopath.Indeed, the existence of Sociopaths proves to us that if something in them is not functioning correctly, there is an innate sense of right and wrong.
Before you rush to harass me…Sorry. I don’t allow comments.

Anyway, proceeding on (it’s too late – you’re going to be judged by God, so might as well read this!) if there is a sense of right and wrong, this means that someone put that there. There’s no “Evolution” – no proof for it and tons against it. And that sense logically would not be a product of evolution. It’s the product of that which is perfect Good programming us.
So, if so, then we have a problem, since man is incapable of being good. The Atheist campaign a couple of years ago “be good for goodness sake” resulted in zero permanently changed lives! We cannot be good. Give us a law, we’ll break it. Give us a rule, we’ll try to get around it.

So, what then? If we break the laws programmed into us by this supreme Good being, then what is that? Your hands now are polluted. “Well, I’ll work my own salvation by doing nothing but good deeds.”
Won’t work. Your hands are now polluted. You have no way to atone for your sins.

So it requires a man without sins to atone for your sins, since you can’t.
So, how can we find a man without sin? He would have to be God!
Very well. Name me one person, just one, who claimed to come to die for everyone, because He was without sin, and God.
I can think of only one name.

Jesus Christ.

There you go. Reasoned atonement. Want me to prove everything? Easy.
Go to any bookstore and buy a King James Bible.

Hey, meet any of the readers of my blog and ask them for one, and I’ll just bet they FESTER to give you one.

I’e got entire article series’ on these subjects. Historical proofs for the Bible. Inerrancy of the Bible. Proofs of Jesus Christ. Answering evolution. Answering the cults.

So here’s my final point. You can have atonement by accepting through faith the atonement of Jesus Christ. What do you have to do? Repent, and believe.

That’s it!

So, what if you DON’T accept the Jesus of the Bible, but instead a Jesus of the cults, the brother of (l’havdil) satan, the good man Jesus, then eastern mystic Jesus, the aquarian conspiracy Jesus, the archangel Michael Jesus. None of these are the Jesus of the Bible.

Then you have no atonement.

So if those who have atonement go to heaven, where do the rest of humanity go?

Where are you going?

Think on these things.

The Ressurection


HE IS RISEN

The Tomb is empty.

2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. Matthew 28:2-4 (KJV)

1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. Matthew 28:1 (KJV)

5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. 8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. Matthew 28:5-8 (KJV)

The testimony of the women would not be permitted in a court of law under the courts of that time.

What does this mean?

If the Apostles were making up the ressurection… they picked a mighty poor opener. That’s not the kind of detail you make up. If I was inventing the Ressurection, it would have been Peter who opened the tomb, and the Lord came forth.

The whole ressurection story has been examined by doctors, historians, judges and lawyers, scientists and laymen alike. Those who examine it for the purpose of finding the truth… find it. And many who examined it for the purpose of debunking it…. end up embracing it.

Josh McDowell. Lee Strobel. and many others, including some of the finest legal minds the world has known. Frank Morrison is one. They studied to scoff and disprove.

They bowed to the facts.

Historians and geographers studied the Gospels, and came to the conclusion that they are factual history.

11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. 12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, 13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. 14 And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. 15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. 16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. Matthew 28:11-16 (KJV)

Within a couple of years, Rome’s Senate would pass a bill declaring grave robbing in Judea to be a capital crime. For Rome’s senate to make such a decision meant that the entire region was under unrest due to a missing body.

I wonder whose.

Here’s what really happened. Ready? Ready for the truth?

A Roman guard, a large number of men who took courses (shifts) standing watch, guarded the tomb. Somehow someone walked past a large number of men, rolled back a tomb stone (it’s pretty big and heavy) and carried off a body wtihout anyone noticing.

“Hey! You! What are you doing???”

Sound silly? Not buying it?

Of course not. it’s illogical.

Okay, here’s what really happened. The Roman Guard was standing watch on the Tomb. There was a massive earthquake, the door to the Tomb rolled backward by some unknown means, and the Lord walked out of the Tomb, magnificent and radiant, full of power, and very much alive.

The Roman Guard fell to the ground in terror, some of them apparently passing out.

They were arrested, brought to trial. The Rabbi’s gave them a large bribe. They told the cover story. The Procurator (an officer of the Legion acting as the judge) reminds them of the penalty (death) and asks them to tell the truth please.

They do. They tell the procurator, “look – either the dead man in the tomb came forth alive, whole, and glowing with power and holiness, as if the Son of God…. or we were asleep and they stole the body. That’s what the Jews want us to say. They paid us a lot of money. Now, we didn’t fall asleep. You decide what story you want the people to know.”

The Procurator would have thought about it… looked at the men, and knew they were not likely to have slept. He held out his hand for part of the money, and grunted…”Tell everyone you were asleep. Now give me some of the gold, and get out.”

That’s what happened.

13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. 17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? 18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? 19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: 20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. 21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. 22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; 23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. 24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. 25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. 28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. 29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. 30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? 33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, 34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. 35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. Luke 24:13-35 (KJV)

The Lord is risen indeed.

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. Matthew 28:16-17 (KJV)

If they were making it up… the last part of verse 17 would never have been part of it.

So, He is risen.

What will you do with that knowledge?

Will you live for Him, who died for you?

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)

IFB Blogs


Out of all the IFB blogs there were out there, a number of them – most of them – are gone.

I think it’s just battle fatigue. When you start a IFB, Narrow is the way, King James only blog, you immediately are beset on all sides from apostates and heretics who want to argue with you. And precious few people come on and say, “That article was great!”

no, they want to argue.

It takes a toll on you.

There were some that started a year ago, when I was writing articles on how to start one. They’re gone now.

It’s really tough. And you, after a few months, struggle through the feeling you’re fighting this alone.

You’re not, but boy, it really feels that way.

Oddly enough, the most common challenges I was getting was from Roman Catholic apologists, most of whom are apostate Protestants. So this last year, i did something I needed to do, and took a month off. And I threw up my entire Roman Catholic apologetics series again, after a Roman Catholic apologist demanded that “just ONCE I’d like to see a protestant answer these questions!”

So, I’m not a protestant – I’m a Baptist – but I obliged him. He made no comment at all, because the very first thing in that series I challenge is the Magisterium.

So, if you’re one of the few left with IFB blogs, when it gets tough, consider taking a month off. It helps. Then back into the battle.

If you’re debating whether you should start one… yes. Go back through my archives to find the blog articles on starting an apologetics blog.