Thursday, January 12, 2017

Is it Heretical to Deny Young Earth Science (YES)?

Justin Derby is the purveyor of the Truth: The Objective Reality (TTOR) blog.  We recently did a video with Justin on Christian leaders who take a compromising stand on the age of the earth.  But is it heresy?

Derby has written Another Inconvenient Truth - What Secular America Hates.   
He tackles a number of worldview issues:  atheism, same-sex controversy, church-state relations, the historicity of Christ and eschatology.
We should heed the warnings of Harold Lindsell (The Battle for The Bible) who told us that forsaking the authority of Scripture can lead to a slippery slope of compromise.  Where do Mike Licona and Frank Turek stand on the young earth?

When it comes to heresy, here are a few verses to consider:

1 Cor. 15:3,4
3)  For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,
4)  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

Galatians 2:16, 21
16)  ... a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
21)  I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

Heb. 6:1,2
1)  Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
2)  and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

What is the basis for unity?
   Apostles Creed
   Nicene Creed
   Creed of Chalcedon
Early ecumenical councils focused on the Trinity and the nature of Christ: one person with two natures.  Jesus was fully human and fully divine.

The Slippery Slope is real!  Many in the BioLogos crowd deny the reality of Adam, this is surely dangerous ground (Rom. 5, 1 Cor. 15, 1 Chr. 1).
Let us know what you think:

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Poetry Corner

Welcome!  We are sharing a few poems from the author of Not for Pew Warmers, Tom Green.

I’m Calling God

I’m calling God on 911
With an emergency
The church is filled with sleeping people
Who’ve chosen not to see
The world around is growing dark
The lights that shine are few
To a carnal voice we seem to hark
God, Your fire must renew
Oh burn Your love into our lives
And wash away my sin
Show us the power You can give
If we’ll just let You in
Let Jesus walk upon the land
Using your hands and feet
It’s time for you to take a stand
For soon the Lord you’ll meet
Revival time is coming
An earthquake is very near
Hear the beat of the Spirit’s drumming
The call to march is here
  - Tom Green
Copyright © September 2001
Originally written 6-8 years prior

America’s Shame

America’s Shame
Parades upon her streets
We seek to blame
Why we see such defeat
Of values that for long we held
Too easily thrown away
We think that it’s the way to meld
Society now more frayed
The glue that should be binding
The truth we once revered
We hide from its reminding
In darkness we now steer
Rushing not to offend
We offend who really matters
His grace we overspend
Soon peace He brings will shatter
He’ll let us have our way
Though it leads but to death
We’ll be our own self’s prey
To draw but bitter breath
In a land we think devoid of truth
Just opinions that we hold
To reject the God we knew in youth
Worth more than all our gold
  - Tom Green
Copyright © May 1995

Who Will Choose

There’ve been written many verses
About God’s best and what the worst is
Heaven’s doorway out of hell
To God’s eternal wealth
Never trust in what you do
But only in God’s grace toward you
Treasures come and then they go
When ill fated winds shall blow
Earthly gold can be so fleeting
A lesson yet that bears repeating
Sanctuaries built to us
In which we often put our trust
Built of bricks and cedar wood
In our suburban neighborhoods
On our recliners we’re enthroned
A compact kingdom of our own
We barely know who lives next door
What, we wonder, is love for
If not to serve our selfish need
Within our kingdom built on greed
If God should strip our wealth away
Who, my friend, would watch and pray
If ours becomes a humbled land
Who would choose to show love’s hand
  - Tom Green

Copyright © May 2000

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Deuteronomy 4 and the Age of the Earth

When did human history start?  A reasonable estimate by mainstream dating takes us to around 2500 BC. [1]  This only goes back to the post-Babel era.  Noah went into the Ark 1656 years after Creation Week.  Thus, a 6K year old world makes sense. 

Let's give thought to Deuteronomy 4: 32-35,

Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created human beings on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other.  Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of?  Has any other people heard the voice of God speaking out of fire, as you have, and lived?  Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?  You were shown these things so that you might know that the Lord is God; besides him there is no other.

Because of the signs and wonders, the Israelites had assurance that the Lord was the true Guardian of the Universe.  How could the Jews verify this?  Look at history, "Ask now about the former days, long before your time."  Is seems most likely that Adam, Noah and the other patriarch's wrote Genesis and then Moses edited their writings.  That is, history goes back to Adam.      

The famous Library of Alexandria was founded around 300 BC and had 200K to 400K books by some estimates.  Did some of these works contain pre-Flood history?  If so, there may have been a number of ancient chronicles that went back to the first human generation.

Christians who hold to a long chronology sometimes put Adam as far back as 150K years ago.  Where is all that history?  According to a report in NewScientist, writing may go back 35K years.  What happened to the missing historical accounts?  Some propose that the Sumerian King List takes us back 7K years before the Global Flood - that's far short of 150K years! [2]

Another problem for old earth supporters is all the millions of years of death and suffering before the Fall.  In Genesis 3 we read of the curse of the Earth.  Death and thorns came after the Fall in a straightforward reading of the text.  And later, the planet itself was destroyed because the world was wicked (Gen. 6:13).  That man's sin can have negative consequences in nature is repeated in Deuteronomy 28:

... if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you ...  You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little, because locusts will devour it.  You will plant vineyards and cultivate them but you will not drink the wine or gather the grapes, because worms will eat them.  You will have olive trees throughout your country but you will not use the oil, because the olives will drop off. (Deut. 28:15, 38-40)

1)  YES - Young Earth Science by Jay Hall (IDEAS, Big Spring, TX, 2014), pp. 30-33.
2)  Ibid., p. 33.

*illustration:  Sargon of Akkad & the tree of life

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

My Daddy was a Rock!

Evolutionists say life started from a warm little pond - the primordial goo.  Where did these chemicals come from?  The Earth ... and what is the earth?  The 3rd Rock from the Sun!

My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out.  Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices.  You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces.  Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water.  I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land.  I will give you a full life span. (Ex. 23:23-26, emphasis added).

In a NOVA episode this year (Life's Rocky Start) the earth of billions of years ago is depicted as a chaos of meteorite impacts, active volcanoes and wild weather.  Somehow life emerged, but how exactly?

Chemical evolution leading to the origin of life requires that amino acids link up to form long chains and possibly proteins.  According to the Committee on the Limits of Organic Life in Planetary Systems (National Research Council), "Two amino acids do not spontaneously join in water.  Rather, the opposite reaction is thermodynamically favored."

In 2007, Harvard chemist George Whitesides was given the Priestley Medal, the highest award of the American Chemical Society.  Whitesides  frankly admits that the Origin Of Life (OOL) is an enigma:  "The Origin of Life.  This problem is one of the big ones in science. ... Most chemists believe, as do I, that life emerged spontaneously from mixtures of molecules in the prebiotic Earth.  How?  I have no idea."
Massimo Pigliucci (Philosophy Prof, CUNY) makes a bold confession regarding OOL: "... we really don't have a clue how life originated on Earth by natural means."

Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it.  I am the Lord your God. (Lev. 26:1)

My Daddy was a Rock?  Maybe not.  What do you think about OOL?  Let us know >>

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Abortion Answer

Last month the Supreme Court rejected Texas' regulations on abortuariesThe real "killing fields" of abortion clinics were required to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers (e.g. halls wide enough to allow gurneys through).  In addition, abortionists must have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.  Are these unreasonable rules?
Can judicial activism determine ethics?  Is it right to kill babies and sell baby parts for profit?  Most contraceptives are actually abortifacients.  Is there an answer for these tragedies?

Have you heard of the Billings Ovulation Method (BOM)?  In 1953, Dr. John Billings (d. 2007) discovered the relationship between cervical mucus and fertility.  This method of natural family planning has even been taught to illiterate groups with positive results.  In 2005, 18% of abortions were performed on married women!   This could have been avoided completely by using the ovulation method.

According to John Brennan (M.D. OB-GYN, Medical College of Wisconsin), "One of the most significant discoveries of this century [20th] in the field of human reproduction has been the development of this new natural method of family planning - the Ovulation Method. ... a woman is only fertile approximately 100 hours per cycle ..." [1]
Love and Fertility by Mercedes Wilson is an excellent down-to-earth explanation of the method and includes tons of helpful illustrations.  The Ovulation Method has been used in over 100 countries, is about 99% effective, has no side-effects and costs nothing‼  For detailed research supporting this technique see The Ovulation Method of Birth Regulation published by Van Nostrand Reinhold (also by Wilson).
For a vital intro on life issues, be sure to see the documentary Whatever Happened to theHuman Race? by C. Everett Koop (former Surgeon General) and Francis Schaeffer.  What do you think about abortion?  Let us know


1) Love and Fertility by Mercedes Wilson (Family of the Americas Foundation, Dunkirk, MD, 1986), p. iv.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Evolution of Roy Masters

RoyMasters (b. 1928) has hosted Advice Line since 1961!  Masters was born in London with the name Reuben Obermeister.  His Jewish family were diamond cutters.  According to Masters, "I lost all my relatives in the Holocaust."  In 1943, when Masters was just 15, his father died.  Masters did not attend college.

Masters served with the British Army during World War II.  He traveled to  Amsterdam, Brussels, Belgium, South Africa and the U.S. as a diamond cutter.  He hosted a daily radio show called "Story of Your Diamond" and soon traveled to nearly every state.  As a teen, before the war, Masters saw a vaudeville stage hypnotist and wondered why this technique could not be used to help people.

It's not very well known that Masters' teachings are heretical.  Walter Martin (d. 1989), who founded the Christian Research Institute in 1960, had a debate with Roy Masters (see the 4th & 5th entries).  Elsewhere, Martin boldly stated, 

The basic doctrines and many of the practices of Roy Masters and the Foundation of Human Understanding are decidedly not Christian.  They are certainly not in harmony with what God has revealed to us in the Bible.

LindaMethod has posted a number of videos on the potential dangers of Roy Masters' meditation exercise.  Let us know what you think >>

"But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good" (1 Thes.  5:21, NASB).

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Chicago Statement, ICBI, Walter Bradley & Henry Morris (Pt. 2)

The inerrancy movement led to the Chicago Statement generated by the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI).  To get the background read Part 1.

Walter Bradley, former Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M, wrote a very influential paper “The Trustworthiness of Scripture in Areas Relating to Natural Science” which abandons Creation In Six Days (CISD), Young Earth Science (YES) and the Global Flood.  Unfortunately, Bradley claimed in another work (Three Views on Creation and Evolution) that bacteria death is a problem for traditional creation.  Not so, as Andrew Kulikovsky explains:

However, this is a straw-man argument. To be frank, it is common courtesy to learn what people actually teach before criticizing them (but to be fair, the choice of creationist spokesmen might not have given him the chance, at least as far as the book was concerned). The major creationist organizations like Answers in Genesis and the Institute for Creation Research have never taught that plants, microbes or individual cells didn’t die before the Fall, but only nephesh (soul) creatures.

Our review of Three Views on Creation and Evolution can be found here.
The companion book to the Chicago Statement on Hermeneutics was Hermeneutics, Inerrancy, and the Bible (1984).  In that book, Bruce Waltke states, "... many Evangelicals err egregiously against the text [Gen. 1:1 - 2:3] by reading it as a scientific treatise. ... it is not history in the proper sense of that term because no man was present to record the events at the time of creation." [1]  This is not a real stumbling block for Orthodox Protestants who take Genesis as Historical Narrative (OPGHN, "opgane").  God was present and active during Creation Week.  The Lord communicated with Adam in the cool of the evening (Gen. 3:8). [2]  Furthermore, it's very reasonable that Adam himself wrote the early part of Genesis with Moses as editor.  In 2001 Waltke said this,

The days of creation may also pose difficulties for a strict historical account.  Contemporary scientists almost unanimously discount the possibility of creation in one week, and we cannot summarily discount the evidence of the earth sciences.
Now we can clearly see that the Slippery Slope Syndrome is real.  Bruce Waltke (formerly at Reformed Theological Seminary - Orlando) now favors theistic evolution and warned evangelicals that rejecting evolution earns the label “cult.”

Once believers see that the Deluge really happened, a young earth is obviously the best option.  Consider these timely words from Henry Morris:

... the whole geological-age system is based squarely on the philosophy of uniformitarianism ... the actual data of the geologic column can be explained at least as well in terms of recent catastrophism ... [3]
Morris also points out that widely accepted dating methods deserve closer scrutiny:

... the few physical processes that seem to point to an old earth (e.g. uranium decay) in terms of the uniformitarian assumptions on which they are based will show that these assumptions are not only unproved but are also untestable and unreasonable.  All the real history we have (that is, written human records) goes back only a few thousand years. [4]

YES - Young Earth Science is a great book that defends a youthful planet from History and Science.  This work documents numerous natural processes that indicate a young earth.

A Biblical WorldView requires us to take a strong stand on Genesis because Jesus did as well (Mk. 10:6, Mk. 13:19, Lk. 11:50,51).  Genesis and true Geology do not contradict! 

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. ... It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones" ... In the last time there will be mockers ... But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit ... And have mercy on some, who are doubting ... (Jude vv. 3, 14, 18, 20, 22)
If you have not read The Genesis Flood by John Whitcomb and Henry Morris, I highly recommend it!

1) Hermeneutics, Inerrancy, and the Bible ed. by Earl Radmacher and Robert Preus (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI, 1984), p. 108.
2) Bing Crosby even sang a song about it, "Shore! said the dinosaur."
3) Radmacher and Preus, p. 345.
4) Ibid., p. 346, emphasis in original.