Standing up to Dawkins.

David Quinn (a Catholic commentator and journalist from Ireland) makes Richard Dawkins (Atheism’s best of the best) lose his cool in the following audio clip from Way of the Master Radio. I am certain that you will enjoy this 16 minute audio clip.

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The major portion of professing Christianity in our nation and world today would be correctly termed apostate. The first two places where apostasy always departs from Biblical truth are the inspiration of the Word of God and the deity of Jesus Christ.

- John E. Ashbrook

“Rivers of water run from my eyes…”

Psalm 119:136Rivers of water run down from my eyes, because men do not keep Your law.

I’ve been reading through the Psalms lately, and just started on Psalm 119 a couple days ago. I am about halfway through it, and it did not take long to realize something: The writer of this Psalm does not see God’s laws as an undue burden for a man to carry. He sees God’s law for what it is: perfect. See, the Law of God was not given to show us how good and upright and righteous we could be. Paul lets us know that in no uncertain terms in Galatians 3:19. The Law was given, rather, to show the perfection of God, and to point us to the man who would be Christ. The man who knew the Law–the spirit of the Law, that is, not the letter–would know the Christ when He came.

However, there were many who knew the Law of God, and treated it with flippancy. They knew God, they had seen or heard or heard tell of the glory of God, and the salvation He brought to Israel. Yet they turned their back on that Law, and went and served other Gods. And the Psalmist shows us that this is an insult to God, and a thing that should be mourned over.

Let’s bring that verse into today’s conversation (The real one, not the “Emerging” one). Do we pour out rivers of water from our eyes because men kill and steal and blaspheme? I confess I have not done so much. But perhaps we should. After all, did not the Master implore us to do so? “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). Daniel, a man who served God from his youth, even in the pagan empire of the Babylonians, cried out to God thus: “O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. We have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets.” (Daniel 9:8-10).

Yet there are those who call themselves “the church” who–not only do they not mourn and weep over the sins of men against God–they rather celebrate the desecration of God’s laws by those who would serve their flesh and its lusts. They give a wink and a nod to homosexuality and cursing and the worship of other gods, and the blasphemy against the written word of God, and the worship of that grand humanistic idea of “inclusiveness.” They welcome into their midst those who would cast doubt on God’s word, and would claim that we can get to Heaven by following whatever path we want to, and bring in music and ideas from heathens and pagans like Oprah Winfrey and the Beatles.

If only there would pour forth rivers from the eyes of the church of our Lord Jesus Christ for those who spit upon and ignore the Law that God gave us–a Law that does not keep one under bondage, but one that was given so that we may know Him–that we would see that we are not greater than the Law, that we are not worthy of God’s mercy because we have transgressed that Law. We are no longer under the curse of the Law, praise God (Galatians 3:13)! But may we always look to that perfect Law of God, to see it as a constant reminder of the grace of God given to us sinners, and love the LORD our God by keeping His commandments!

As Spurgeon once wrote,

He wept in sympathy with God to see the holy law despised and broken. He wept in pity for men who were thus drawing down upon themselves the fiery wrath of God. His grief was such that he could scarcely give it vent; his tears were not mere drops of sorrow, but torrents of woe. In this he became like the Lord Jesus, who beheld the city, and wept over it; and like unto Jehovah himself, who hath no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, but that be turn unto him and live. The experience of this verse indicates a great advance upon anything we have had before: the psalm and the Psalmist are both growing. That man is a ripe believer who sorrows because of the sins of others. In Psalms 119:120 his flesh trembled at the presence of God, and here it seems to melt and flow away in floods of tears. None are so affected by heavenly things as those who are much in the study of the word, and are thereby taught the truth and essence of things. Carnal men are afraid of brute force, and weep over losses and crosses; but spiritual men feel a holy fear of the Lord himself, and most of all lament when they see dishonour cast upon his holy name.

–Charles Spurgeon, from The Treasury of David, Psalm 119:136
 

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don-green.jpg Understand that when at the first sign of scrutiny a teacher or someone in sin says, “Judge not, back off !;” understand this beloved, all they’re doing there is misapplying that verse in order to protect themselves so that they can keep their shtick going. And for false teachers some of those shticks that they’ve got going are pretty lucrative. The last thing that they are really concerned about when they quote that verse is to uphold the righteousness which Jesus teaches in the Sermon on the Mount. Otherwise they wouldn’t twist the Scripture that way.

- Don Green

Only 144,000 In Heaven (Give Or Take a Billion)

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that none of the Old Testament saints are going to heaven. Only 144,000 good Jehovah’s Witnesses (who have lived since Jesus’ death) will be in heaven. The Old Testament saints and today’s generation of JWs will eventually live on paradise on earth. If there’s one verse saying that anyone from the Old Testament will be in heaven, not only does the doctrine of the 144,000 crumble, but the entire religion crumbles and it becomes simple to explain how none of them will go to any sort of paradise.

Matthew 8:11 (NWT) says, “But I tell YOU that many from eastern parts and western parts will come and recline at the table with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of the heavens.”

Luke 13:28 says, “There is where [YOUR] weeping and the gnashing of [YOUR] teeth will be, when YOU see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves thrown outside.”

Hebrews 11:16, referring to Old Testament people says, “But now they are reaching out for a better [place], that is, one belonging to heaven. Hence God is not ashamed of them, to be called upon as their God, for he has made a city ready for them.

Matthew 8:11 is particularly clear. I really don’t think there’s any way around the plain teaching of these verses: The Old Testament saints are in heaven.

Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that only the 144,000 are are born again (based on John 3:3). Most JWs are not part of the 144,000, and will readily admit that they are not born again, and if someone says they’re not born again, I believe them. The only alternative to being born again (or raised from spiritual death) is to be dead in sin, and those who are dead in their sins are sadly going to hell. (I wrote a tract on this topic called A Choice For Life, which you can download.)

For a fantastic opportunity to witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses, check out their 2008 convention schedule. One of the reasons they think they are in the true church is because they think they are the only ones who are out witnessing. You can help refute that idea for possibly hundreds of them by showing up at a convention and passing out tracts or witnessing. Even if you’re shy, or don’t know what to say to them, you could put tracts on their cars while they’re all inside.

Is the world crucified to you?

Just finished making a video to go along with one of the greatest quotes from Leonard Ravenhill–“Is the world crucified to you tonight? Or does it fascinate you?” To look at many churches across America–you know, the ones that serve that ooey-gooey sugary goodness that screams “seeker sensitive”–you would think that the apostle Paul was a laid-back, hippie-type slacker dude who didn’t care much about doctrine, but went around with “so what does this verse mean to you?” on his lips.

Anyhoo, many of the images in this video can be found over at A Little Leaven. And since someone will ask–the music is “Carmina Burana (O Fortuna)” by Carl Orff. It’s one of those pieces of music you hear on just about everything, but never knew what it was called. Well now you know :)