The death blow to atheistic evolution

27 04 2009

 

stag1At the conclusion of his masterful refutation of the evolutionary theory of atheistic materialism in The Sensualistic Philosophy, eighteenth century theologian R. L. Dabney sets forth this final argument:

“There is an argument, ad hominem, by which this discussion might, with strict justice, be closed. If materialism is true, then the pretended philosopher who teaches it is a beast, and we are all beasts. Brutes are not amenable to moral law; and if they were, it is no murder to kill a beast. But brutes act very consistently upon certain instincts of self-preservation. Even: they learn something from experience. But this teaches us that the propagator of these atheistic ideas is preparing intolerable mischief; for, just so far as they have prevailed, they have let loose a flood of misery upon mankind. Now, then, these teachers are venemous. The consistent thing for the rest of us animals, who are not serpents or beasts of prey, is to kill them as soon as they show their heads; just as whenever the stags see a rattlesnake, they cut him in pieces with the lightening thrusts of their keen hoofs. Why is not this conclusion perfectly just? The only logic which restrains it is, that Christianity, which says that we shall not shed man’s blood, ‘because in the image of God made He man;’ but which these men flout. The only reason we do not justly treat atheists thus is, that we are not, like them, atheists.”





Voddie Baucham is my hero!

11 09 2008

Check out this clip from CNN in which pastor Voddie Baucham is grilled on the question of the role of women in the church and society. He is even called a sexist by the “neutral” female anchor. But this faithful brother stands his ground and represents the truth as a good and faithful servant. Would that God might be pleased to raise up many more godly ministers like this!

Of course, you can bet that CNN did its research on Rev. Baucham before inviting him to represent the religious right on this segment. This is exactly the kind of thing the world will use to portray conservative Christians as backward and out of touch. We need to pray that God will honor those who uphold His Word without compromise and spare our nation from its headlong plunge into judgment.





What are you talking about?

11 09 2008

“Is it possible that any man should love another and not commend him, nor speak of him? If thou hast but a hawk or a hound that thou lovest, thou wilt commend it; and is it consistent with love to Christ, to seldom or never speak of Him nor of His love, never to commend Him unto others, that they may fall in love with Him also? Is it consistent with this life of love, to be always speaking about worldly affairs, or news at the best; both week-day and Sabbath-day, in good company and bad, at home and abroad? I tell you, it should be one main reason why you desire to live, that you may make the Lord Jesus known to your children, friends, acquaintances, that so in the ages to come His name might ring, and His memorial might be of sweet aroma, from generation to generation. If before thy conversion thou hast poisoned others by vain and corrupt speeches, after thy conversion thou wilt seek to season the hearts of others by a gracious, sweet and wise communication of savoury and blessed speeches; what the Lord hath taught thee thou wilt talk of it to others, for the sake of Him whom thou lovest.” –Thomas Sheppard

 

How many words do you speak or write in a day? It would be mind boggling to count them. Christian rapper shai linne said, “Every rapper is a preacher the only question is, What’s your sermon about?” It’s true not only of emcees but of all of us every day. How much do we talk about Christ compared to how much we talk about worldly junk and nonsense? The words I speak are an overflow of my heart. What spills out of my lips is evidence of what I love and cherish. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

 

Listen to yourself today. What is the subject of your speech. What are you promoting? Is it the new movie you just saw? Is it that hot new song your friend hipped you to? Is it the latest plot twists of your favorite TV show? Or is it that Scripture the Lord just laid on your heart with fresh understanding? Or the sermon you heard last Sunday that really spoke to your conscience? Or the challenges you’re facing in seeking to share Christ with someone who’s lost but listening? Or the beauty of Christ and His grace that you have been discovering lately in your prayer life?

 

Every life and conversation is a sermon. The only question is “What are you preaching about?”





What’s so great about sin?

9 09 2008

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.” (Ephesians 5:11)

“Back off… I don’t need any of that religious stuff! I’ve got everything I need! I’ve got cars and toys and women and status. What do I need with church and all that Jesus stuff? I’m fine, thanks. I don’t need to change. Its all good. Really.”

Ever heard anyone talk like that? Folks like to think that their life is good without the Lord. Their heart and lifestyle may be full of sin and ungodliness, but the devil has them deceived (and they deceive themselves) into thinking that they’re living the good life. Problem is, in their heart of hearts they know better. They just don’t like to admit it.

The fact is that every sinner, whatever he or she may boast, is ashamed of sin. How do I know this? Think about it…

1. Sinners cover their deeds by giving them new names. They call good evil, and they call evil good. If their sinful actions were really something to boast about, why do they need to disguise them with euphemisms? It’s not revenge… it’s defending my reputation. It’s not greed… it’s getting what’s mine. It’s not drunkenness… it’s getting loose with my crew. It’s not fornication… it’s social networking. Nobody’s going to say, “Hi there! I’m a vindictive, drunken, fornicator!” But you’ll hear them brag about their exploits under other names. Why is this, if sin is really not something to be ashamed about?

2. Sinners do what they do, as much as possible, in the dark. But why should they try to hide their actions if they are nothing to be ashamed about? Fact is that they know deep down that what they’re doing is not right. So they sneak around and keep on the low to avoid being discovered.

3. Sinners are tormented while they are living in sin. Truth told, they find their own acts and lifestyles painful. They stick their hand in the honeycomb, but they get stung in the process. Their conscience accuses them in the very act of sinning. So they put on a hard front, but it only hides a deep inner sense of emptiness and misery. They live in constant fear that the consequences will catch up to them in the end, and the pleasure they think they are gaining from sin only produces more unrest and dissatisfaction. Sin ain’t what it’s cracked up to be. Satan never delivers on his promises.

4. Sinners deny their actions when they are confronted. Now if sin was all good, and being a sinner was a great way to live, why would this be so? Yet every sinner, when his sin is set before his face, will lie and deny that he has done it.

5. Sinners can’t escape a strong sense of guilt for their actions. They try to shrug it off and dismiss it, but their conscience testifies against them in the quiet hours when no one is around to impress. They are restless and unsettled. They fear judgment and condemnation. In extreme cases, this sense of guilt drives them to insanity or even suicide. But why all this if a sinful lifestyle is the good life?

The answer is only found in Jesus Christ. One of my favorite Christian hip hop musicians, shai linne, said it best: “Stop frontin’ and give your life to the Lord Jesus!”

Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28)





“No arms, no legs, no worries”

1 09 2008

The incredible testimony of Nick Vujisic…





Recognizing God

28 08 2008

[Excerpt from Practical Sermons, by Ichabod Spencer]

“The state of those who are really irreligious is described in the Bible, by saying they are without God in the world.  Whatever else this description may mean, it certainly means that they are greatly unconscious of God’s particular dealings with them. This is their ordinary condition of mind. They are very slow to see God in any of his external providences. They can see nature as they call it but they cannot see God. At most they see him only acting on a general system, which they suppose has no special application or significance for them. God may do what he pleases to them in his providence; may send sickness or health, poverty or riches, trial or triumph; they are slow to believe he means any thing in particular by it. Just so in respect to any of their internal affections, of grief or joy, of hope or despair. They do not recognize God. They are as slow to recognize him within them as without them.”





Such is Life…

19 08 2008

[Originally printed in The Sword and the Trowel, by Charles Haddon Spurgeon]

Such is LIFE. A bubble, brilliant with rainbow hues, delighting the eye of youth for a moment and then gone for ever, leaving not a trace behind. Man wilt thou risk thine all upon that bubble? Be wise and seek substantial good, and since this can ne’er be found beneath the skies, cry to the God of Heaven for his gracious aid.

Such is LIFE. A gourd, like that of Jonah, which cometh up in a night and dieth in a night. Wilt thou make its leaves thine only shelter? Then what wilt thou do when the gourd is withered and the hot sun of divine wrath scorches thee? O that thou wouldst fly to Jesus who is the shadow of a great rock in a weary land!

Such is LIFE. A meteor blazing its moment and then lost in darkness! If thou be sane thou wilt desire another and more lasting light than this can give thee! The Sun of Righteousness Shines on for ever.

Such is LIFE. Like the swift ship which skims the deep and soon disappears beneath the horizon’s line! Shall thy happiness be as fleeting as this? Dost thou not long for a more enduring joy?

Such is LIFE. As the eagle which hasteth to its prey, so passeth away thine earthly existence! Whither art thou flying? Immortal Spirit, to what country art thou bound? Thou canst not pause, but thou mayest think, and it may be the Lord may turn thee heavenwards!

Such is LIFE. An arrow speeding from a bow, a hart bounding over the plain. Speed is found in its highest degree in our life; none can outrun it. O friend, art thou ready for the grave and the judgment? for in a few days thou must know more of them than now.

Such is LIFE. A flower which bloometh for a little season and then withereth away. Ye young, ye gay, ye proud, are ye so silly as to dream that your earthly life will last for ever? Think of your latter end, and seek that friend, who will be with you in life and in death, even Jesus, the sinner’s Saviour.