web analytics

Did God Rest on the Seventh Day or the Seven Millionth Day?

April 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Radio Program Hour 1, Radio Show

Play

Guest: Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis

“By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done” (Genesis 2:2).

One would expect the unbelieving world to swallow the unproven, unsupported, unobserved, non-reproducible Big Bang evolutionary theory that the universe is millions of years old.  After all, “renown, peer-reviewed scientists” from prestigious universities say so.

But the disappointing part is that more and more professing Christians and pastors are saying are saying so too.  They contend that old earth evolutionary “science” is compatible with Scripture.  This is known as “theistic evolution”.

Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, will join us this weekend to talk about theistic evolution and why Christians need to hold the line on what the Bible teaches — that God created the heavens and the earth thousands of years ago and not millions.

Attention Minneapolis/St. Paul Listeners:  Ken Ham and Answers and Genesis will be in town Sunday-Monday, April 29-30 for a free conference at Grace Church Eden Prairie and you are invited!  Click here for more details.

Answering Life’s Toughest Questions

April 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Radio Program Hour 1, Radio Show

Play

Guest: Ray Comfort, author, Defender’s Guide for Life’s Toughest Questions

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:9.

Have you ever been asked or thought about one of those really tough questions in life?  Like, why would God, when He could have stopped it, allow the systematic torture and murder of six million Jews and other “undesirables” by Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany?

Or here’s another one: since God is in control of His creation, did He purposely cause the deaths of tens of thousands of people in “natural disasters” through the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the recent tornadoes in America, and if so, why?

Even with the most informed biblical worldview and grounded faith, some things in life are truly hard to understand or explain.

But Ray Comfort, evangelist, apologist, and author of a new book entitled, Defender’s Guide for Life’s Toughest Questions, is one of the best at examining Scripture to answer the really tough ones.

Do you have a perplexing question that you’ve been thinking about?  Well, here’s your chance to email us before the show or call in during the show (1-877-655-6755) and Ray will look to the Word to give you an answer.

Creation vs. Evolution — The New Shape of the Debate

February 1, 2011 by  
Filed under The Latest from Our Blog

published with permission from Dr. Albert Mohler

This is the new shape of the debate over evolution. We now face the undeniable truth that the most basic and fundamental questions of biblical authority and gospel integrity are at stake. Are you ready for this debate?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The debate over Darwinism rages on, with almost every week bringing a new salvo in the Great Controversy. The reason for this is simple and straightforward — naturalistic evolution is the great intellectual rival to Christianity in the Western world. It is the creation myth of the secular elites and their intellectual weapon of choice in public debate.

In some sense, this has been true ever since Darwin. When Charles Darwin developed and published his theory of natural selection, the most obvious question to appear to informed minds was this: Can the theory of evolution be reconciled with the Christian faith?

The emergence of evolution as a theory of origins and the existence of life forms presented a clear challenge to the account of creation offered within the Bible, especially in the opening chapters of Genesis. At face value, these accounts seem irreconcilable.

There were a good many intrepid and honest souls in the nineteenth century who understood the reality that, if evolution is true, the Bible must be radically reinterpreted. Others went further and, like the New Atheists in our time, seized upon evolution as an intellectual weapon to be used against Christianity.

There were others who attempted to mediate between evolution and Christianity. In the most common form of the argument, they asserted that the Bible tells the story of the who and the why of creation, but not the how. The how was left to empirical science and its theory of evolution.

In more recent years, this argument has been made from the evolutionary side of the argument by the late Stephen Jay Gould of Harvard University, who proposed that the worlds of science and religious faith were completely separate, constituting “non-overlapping magisteria.” In effect, he argued that religion and science cannot conflict, since they do not address the same questions.

The problem with this argument is obvious: Darwinism and Genesis do clearly overlap. The Bible does not merely speak of the who and the why. It also makes explicit claims concerning the how. Likewise, even a cursory review of the evolutionary literature indicates that evolutionary scientists routinely make assertions concerning the who and why questions. It is just not intellectually honest to argue that evolutionary theory deals only with the mechanisms of the existence of the Cosmos and that the Bible deals only with the meaning of creation.

Another approach had been taken by some Christian theologians in the nineteenth century. In their own way, even some among the honored and orthodox “Princeton Theologians” attempted to argue that there was no necessary conflict between Genesis and Darwin. They were so convinced of the power of empirical science and of the authority of Scripture that they were absolutely sure that the progress of science would eventually prove the truthfulness of the Bible.

What these theologians did not recognize was the naturalistic bent of modern science. The framers of modern evolutionary theory did not move toward an acknowledgment of divine causality. To the contrary, Darwin’s central defenders today oppose even the idea known as “Intelligent Design.” Their worldview is that of a sterile box filled only with naturalistic precepts.

From the beginning of this conflict, there have been those who have attempted some form of accommodation with Darwinism. In its most common form, this amounts to some version of “theistic evolution” — the idea that the evolutionary process is guided by God in order to accomplish his divine purposes.

Given the stakes in this public controversy, the attractiveness of theistic evolution becomes clear. The creation of a middle ground between Christianity and evolution would resolve a great cultural and intellectual conflict. Yet, in the process of attempting to negotiate this new middle ground, it is the Bible and the entirety of Christian theology that gives way, not evolutionary theory. Theistic evolution is a biblical and theological disaster.

The mainstream doctrine of evolution held by the scientific establishment and tenaciously defended by its advocates does not even allow for the possibility of a divinely implanted meaning in the Cosmos, much less for any divine guidance of the evolutionary process. There has been an unrelenting push of evolutionary theory deeper and deeper into purely naturalistic assumptions and an ever-increasing hostility to Christian truth claims.

On the other side of the equation, the injury to Christian convictions is incalculable. At the very least, the acceptance of evolutionary theory requires that the first two chapters of Genesis be read merely as a literary rendering that offers no historical data. But, of course, the injury does not end there.

If evolution is true, then the entire narrative of the Bible has to be revised and reinterpreted. The evolutionary account is not only incompatible with any historical affirmation of Genesis, but it is also incompatible with the claim that all humanity is descended from Adam and the claim that in Adam all humanity fell into sin and guilt. The Bible’s account of the Fall and its consequences is utterly incompatible with evolutionary theory. The third chapter of Genesis is as problematic for evolutionary theory as the first two.

The naturalistic evolutionists are now pressing their case in moral as well as intellectual terms. Increasingly, they are arguing that a refusal to accept evolution represents a thought crime of sorts. They are using all the tools and arguments at their disposal to discredit any denial of evolution and to marginalize voices who question the dogma of Darwinism. They are working hard to establish unquestioned belief in evolution as the only right-minded and publicly acceptable position. They have already succeeded among the intellectual elites. Their main project now is the projection of this victory throughout popular culture.

Among the theistic evolutionists, the issues are becoming clearer almost every day that passes. Proponents of theistic evolution are now engaged in the public rejection of biblical inerrancy — with some calling the affirmation of the Bible’s inerrancy as an intellectual disaster and “intellectual cul-de-sac.” Others now openly assert that we must forfeit belief in an historical Adam, an historical Fall, and a universal Flood.

Thus, the vise of evolutionary theory is now revealing the fault lines of the current debate. There can be no question but that the authority of the Bible and the truthfulness of the Gospel are now clearly at stake. The New Testament clearly establishes the Gospel of Jesus Christ upon the foundation of the Bible’s account of creation. If there was no historical Adam and no historical Fall, the Gospel is no longer understood in biblical terms.

This is the new shape of the debate over evolution. We now face the undeniable truth that the most basic and fundamental questions of biblical authority and gospel integrity are at stake. Are you ready for this debate?


I am always glad to hear from readers. Write me at mail@albertmohler.com. Follow regular updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AlbertMohler.

This article appears in EX NIHILO, the current issue of The Southern Seminary Magazine. Read the entire issue here.

The Fall of Man

S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week

THE FALL OF MAN
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson exposits the temptation of woman and man and their disobedience to God’s word.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 3:1-8

Click here to listen: The Fall of Man

Transcript Excerpt:

We are studying in the Book of Genesis in this morning session and we are turning today to the third Chapter, which is the chapter on The Fall of Man.  And I’m asking if you will, to turn to that passage and listen as I read Versus 1 through 8 of Genesis Chapter 3.

Now the story of the creation has been given.  God has created the universe, this earth, the man and the woman, and he has also put man under probation, those accounts given as in the first two Chapters.  We resume with the first Verse of the third Chapter and Moses writes,

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.  And he said to the woman, ‘Indeed, has God said you shall not eat from any tree of the garden?’ And the woman said to the serpent, ‘From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.  And the serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely shall not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be open, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’  When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.”

…. you can read the full transcript here.

The Creation Continued

S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week

THE CREATION CONTINUED
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his study of God’s creation of the universe. Criticism is provided of the different views of the world’s origin.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 1:6-19

Click here to listen: The Creation Continued

Transcript Excerpt:

This morning in our continued study of the Book of Genesis, the subject is the creation continued.  We are studying the first chapter of the first Book of the Bible and looking particularly at the Mosaic account of the creation of our world.  Philipp Melanchthon, one of the chief figures and also one of the most enigmatic in the founding of Protestantism said of Genesis, “There is no more beautiful and lovable little book.” Well, we must agree with Mr. Melanchthon that it is a beautiful book, but its beauty is surpassed by its importance in the divine revelation.  It is the seed plot of the Bible we have been saying and it is the beginning of almost all of its important doctrines.

If we want to know the doctrine of creation, of course we go to Genesis, but if we want to know the beginnings of the doctrine of sin and the doctrine of redemption, we begin also with the Book of Genesis.  Almost all of the important doctrines of the Bible are here.  If we want to understand the doctrine of justification by faith, we go to the Book of Genesis for the beginnings.  If we wish to know the doctrine of the death of Christ, the atonement, we begin with the Book of Genesis.  If we want to know the life of faith, we go to the great illustration of the life of faith, the favorite illustration of the apostles:  the story of Abraham…. you can read the full transcript here.

The Light of the World

S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the creation of light by God.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 1:3-5

Click here to listen: The Light of the World

Transcript Excerpt:

Now I’d like to turn to the Bible for the Scripture reading, and we are reading two passages, one from the Book of Genesis and then a passage from Paul’ second epistle to  the Corinthians Chapter 4.  But first let’s turn to Genesis Chapter 1 and I want to read three verses; verses 3, 4, and 5.  We have just read last week of the creation of the heavens and the earth and the resultant formless, static, material creation that resulted.  The Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters and then Moses in the third verse writes, “Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light and God saw that the light was good and God separated the light from the darkness and God called the light day and the darkness he called night and there was evening and there was morning, one day.”.

The Creation of the World

S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week

THE CREATION OF THE WORLD
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins his exposition of the first Book of the Bible by expounding the verses of Genesis which describe God’s creative power in eternity.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 1:1-2

Click here to listen: The Creation of the World

Transcript Excerpt:

The subject for this morning in the exposition of the Book of Genesis is the “Creation of the World”.  The question of origin, who we are, from where we have come, for what we are intended has intrigued modern man.  Philosophers discuss the question, Fathers discuss the question, theologians are certainly interested in it.  It’s rather surprising in one way that we are thinking about origin, for if we are discussing other subjects we normally do not think of origin.

The Master’s College Essay Contest 2010 Winner – Aubrea Wagner!

March 5, 2010 by  
Filed under The Latest from Our Blog

Announcing The Master’s College Essay Contest 2010 Winner:
AUBREA WAGNER of Platteville, Wisconsin

Congratulations to Aubrea Wagner, the grand prize winner of The Master’s College Essay Contest 2010.  We were overwhelmed by the quality (and quantity!) of the essays.  I want to compliment all the entrants on putting in the thought and time to submit an essay.  This was an extremely difficult decision for the team of judges at the college.  We have posted the top five essays below (2-5 are in alphabetical order) and think you will really enjoy reading them.  The excellence of these essays gives us great reason for encouragement about this generation of Christian students.

Aubrea Wagner from Platteville, Wisconsin – WINNER!
Elisa Adams from Santa Clarita, California
Kristen Craig from Plainfield, Indiana
David Eller from Los Angeles, California
Alexandria Loden from Georgetown, Texas

As a thank you to all the entrants, you will be receiving a complimentary copy of “Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong” by John MacArthur, president of The Master’s College.

—————————-
Win a $4000 Scholarship to The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California, one of the best Christian colleges in the world and led by president and pastor/teacher John MacArthur.

GRAND PRIZE: One $4000 tuition scholarship to The Master’s College PLUS free airfare, lodging, and meals to College View Weekend, March 25-27, 2010 at The Master’s College.

ENTRY PRIZE: All who submit a valid essay will receive a free copy of John MacArthur’s excellent book, Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong.Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong

ELIGIBILITY: All high school and college students who could attend The Master’s College starting in the Fall of 2010.

ESSAY TOPIC: Write a letter to Charles Darwin explaining why you believe biblical creationism is more plausible and reasonable than Darwin’s theory of evolution.

ESSAY LENGTH: 900 – 1200 words

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2010.
Note: When you submit an essay, we will email you back an acknowledgment of receipt.  If you have submitted an essay and haven’t received a receipt response from us, please email or call us right away.
email:  feedback@TheChristianWorldview.com
phone:  1-888-646-2233

RESULTS: The essay contest winner and his/her essay will be posted no later than March 5, 2010 on TheChristianWorldview.com.  The top five essays will also be posted on TheChristianWorldview.com.

SUBMIT TO: David Wheaton, host of The Christian Worldview Radio Program

email: feedback@TheChristianWorldview.com.  Send essay in body of email and/or as an attachment.

or by mail:
The Christian Worldview
Attn: David Wheaton
P.O. Box 401
Tonka Bay, MN 55331
Re: The Master’s College Essay Contest

Include the following on first page or cover page:
First and last name
Age, school, year
Address
Phone number
Email address
Essay title
Word count

HONOR CODE: By submitting an essay, you are pledging that you are the original author of your essay.

QUESTIONS? feedback@TheChristianWorldview.com

The Master’s College is a national sponsor of The Christian Worldview with David Wheaton, a nationally-syndicated radio program that airs on 165 stations and Sirius Satellite Radio.  For more information on The Master’s College, visit Masters.edu or call 800-568-6248.  To find out more about The Christian Worldview, visit TheChristianWorldview.com.


The Eight Most Important Christian Truths – Part 2

S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week

DIVINE CREATION
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the essential presupposition to the Christian faith of the creation of the world and man’s nature, given by God.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 1:1 – 2:3

Click here to listen to Part 2 of an 8-week series: Divine Creation

Transcript Excerpt:

Now if you have your Bibles with you, turn with me to Genesis chapter 1, and while the Scripture reading is listed as Genesis 1:1 through 2:3, I’m going to take the liberty of reading just a few selected portions from both of the first two chapters of the Book of Genesis.  So, let me read first Genesis 1:1 through 5, and then I’ll point you to a few other places in these two chapters. …

…Now the subject this morning is “Divine Creation.”  We are studying over a few Sundays the eight most important Christian truths, of course, that means as I see them.  And as I’ve been thinking about these important truths, it’s very difficult to exclude so many important things that the word of God has set forth.  But surely, divine creation would be one of the important truths and in the list that anyone would draw up.

Last Sunday morning we considered divine revelation.  And we tried to set out the fact that the Bible lays claim to being the revelation of God and is a justifiable claim.  It’s reasonable, if that be true, to think of the way in which the Scriptures unfold the plans and purposes of God as a result of his divinely ordained wisdom and decrees set out in the word of God.  And then, thinking of those divinely ordained and designed decrees, to reflect upon the way in which they are carried out.  And surely, thinking about the divine revelation in the Scriptures and the way in which God has informed us through his decrees as set out in the word of God, to look first to the execution of them in the creation.  And so that’s what we’re doing.  We’re looking at God working in the midst of his creation according to his revelation, and we turn to divine creation.

Can America Be “Saved”, And If So, How?

April 18, 2009 by  
Filed under Radio Program Hour 1, Radio Show

Play

LISTEN NOW:

By any biblical Christian’s estimation, the situation in the United States of America is very troubling. The killing of the unborn is more readily available (and taxpayer-funded), the creation and destruction of embryos for scientific purposes is now legal (and taxpayer-funded), a socialist economic policy of enormous spending and redistribution of income from our nation’s producers to our non-producers via excessive taxation and regulation is unfolding before our eyes, and the historic building block of society -marriage between one man and one woman – is being redefined state by state to include homosexual acts the Bible calls abominable.

Seemingly every day, some news story or policy offends our Christian sensibilities – from the politically correct silencing of our Christian faith in the public square to a radically humanistic government educational system to an entertainment industry bent on corrupting the historically biblical mores of our country.

With all this bad news, is there any way that America can be “saved”, and if so, how? Read more