Category: Apologetics

Gosnell, The Future of the Abortion Debate and Revival

Today, I posted this on social media, “I think the Gosnell case is going to fundamentally change the way abortion is not only talked about in our culture, but also how its argued.” That statement generated quite a lot of conversation and I told people engaged in the discussion, I would write a post to elaborate on what I’m saying. I’ll start this post with stating what I don’t mean by this comment. First, I don’t believe that changing people’s views on abortion or any other issue will help them to become a born again Christian.  Christians aim not to persuade people of our morality or ethics but to declare His finished work and entrust the salvation of sinners to God. The preaching of the Gospel necessitates the need for words to be said in the power of the Spirit for the salvation of sinners and the maturity of the saints. What do I mean then when I said, “I think the Gosnell case is going to fundamentally change the way abortion is not only talked about in our culture but also how it’s argued?”  What I mean is I think the Gosnell case is going to expose people to the consequences of the pro-choice position. The worldview behind the pro-choice position is not biblical, as I demonstrated in my previous post on this subject. The issue we are...

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Worldviews in Conflict: Biblical Christianity, Gay Marriage and the Word of God

Introduction Recently there has been much conversation both inside the Church and outside the Church about the issue of gay marriage. One example of this inside the Church is from former pastor Rob Bell who recently preached at an Episcopal church in California. In response to a question regarding same-sex marriage, Bell said, “I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. I think the ship has sailed and I think the church needs — I think this is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are.”[i]  This news didn’t surprise me given the trajectory of Rob Bell’s theology but it did get me thinking about gay marriage and its effects on the Church. Outside the Church, gay marriage is an issue that is coming up to be ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court this week and likely will be dealt with more in the coming days. President Obama, whose constitutional responsibility requires him to defend the laws of the United States, has ordered his Attorney General not to defend The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. Given the fact our country has increasingly through movies, television shows and any and all media portrayed gay marriage as culturally acceptable, it is not shocking...

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Why We Should Care about Doctrine

When Dorothy Sayers wrote that the doctrines of the Church are relevant to all of life, she wasn’t stating what was obvious to everyone else. She was pointing out something more terrifying—that Christianity as a system of beliefs is viewed as irrelevant and that this was an idea attaining cultural dominance. People believe exactly opposite of what is true, that what we believe about God, sin, and salvation could make any real difference in how we live among each other, hence her motivation to write and present ‘Creed or Chaos?’ “…in the face of present world conditions, the doctrines of the reality of evil and the value of suffering should be kept in the very front line of Christian affirmation. I mean, it is not enough to say that religion produces virtues and personal consolations side by side with the very obvious evils and pains that afflict mankind, but that God is alive and at work within the evil and within the suffering, perpetually transforming them by the positive energy which He had with the Father before the world was made.” World War 2 was well underway at the time Sayers was giving the ‘Creed or Chaos?’ address at Derby. By now, most of Europe had been overtaken by Nazi forces and Great Britain was the remaining major enemy of the regime. In this context, Sayers was making the argument that as it...

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Atheism and Biblical Christianity: Worldviews in Conflict

Introduction Atheists are “coming out of the closet” and becoming more vocal about their message that “there is no God.” Professor Richard Dawkins (Britain’s leading atheist) is encouraging those who share his views to express their opinion. Author of the God Delusion, Dawkins says he wants to “free children from being indoctrinated with the religion of their parents or their community.”[i]  The purpose of this article is to help Christians to be able to give an answer to this claim. Materialistic atheism is one of the easiest worldviews to refute. A materialistic atheist believes that nature is all that there is. He believes that there is no transcendent God who oversees and maintains creation. Many atheists believe that their worldview is rational and scientific. However, by embracing materialism, the atheist has destroyed the possibility of knowledge, as well as science and technology. In other words, if atheism, were true, it would be impossible to prove anything! Atheism and Logic             Reasoning involves using the laws of logic. These include the law of non-contradiction which says that you can’t have A, and not-A at the same time and in the same relationship.  For example, the statement, “My car is in the parking lot, and it is not the case that my car is in the parking lot” is necessarily false by the law of non-contradiction. Any rational person would accept...

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