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Christianity as the True Worldview pt. 1

Allow me to Defend Christianity

Many times I hear folks dismiss the Bible as an accurate record of history because the Old Testament stories are too far-fetched. What rational person in 2013 believes that God created this entire universe in six days?

For one, I do. I believe that Genesis is all true, very true. I believe a donkey talked in the book of Numbers. I believe Moses really wrote the body of the first five books of the Bible, and that the sun stood still while Joshua led the Israelites into battle, and on and on. And my I.Q. is well over 100 – I’ve been tested a number of times since a boy.

What gives? I was a biology major for my first 2 1/2 years in college, taking plenty of chemistry, genetics, evolutionary theory, and math. I have a degree in English and creative writing, and I have an extensive library in my home. I’m working through a Master’s degree in Theology. I’ve traveled much more than the average person, and I understand at least three languages on a functional level, with reading comprehension in more.

What’s up with me? Many atheists tend to get huffy and rude, making light of anyone who believes in an inerrant Bible (and I can understand why – 9/10 Christians in the West seem to be about as able to argue their beliefs as an elephant is able to compose a symphony, leaving themselves wide-open to ridicule and scorn).

Yet there are many of us who are nobody’s fool. I believe in the full inspiration of every word of the Bible – nothing false or incorrect, and I am happy to argue for it.

Simple but not Easy

Being smart about consistencyyour faith does not mean being complicated. The simple fact is that without God we cannot know anything. The Christian worldview is the only way of looking at our world that is fully consistent. That is your mark of truth. Ultimate truth.

That doesn’t mean people will agree or recognize the consistency of the Christian worldview. There are major obstacles in the way:

  1. Every person conceived is fallen in the sin of Adam and Eve, and therefore their rationality is skewed. We can’t think straight. We won’t think straight, for as we do, our knowledge leads us right to the God against whom we have sinned. The Bible tells us that no one (outside of the work of the Holy Spirit) seeks for God, no not one. This means that every form of worldview that does not start and conclude with the God of the Bible is a demonstration of futile rebellion. We strive to escape the sovereignty of the God we all know, and our religions, philosophies, and educations are our main tools to do so.
  2. Christians are poorly equipped and educated. Many times I float around the internet looking at how Christians are arguing for the faith. It is a miracle anyone is a Christian who has ever seen the internet. The majority of the Christian voice out here is totally silly – plagued with straw-man arguments, baseless assertions, logical fallacies, and worse. This is not a failure of Christianity to be able to stand as the consistent explanation of all things – it is a failure of her adherents to know what they believe and why they believe it.
  3. Most of the Western world’s Christianity is a misrepresentation of the faith and thinking of the historical church. As I often do, I lay the lion’s share of the blame squarely on the shoulders of the anti-intellectual carnival barkers passing for pastors and theologians. Men and women within the church are far more destructive to the Christian message than anyone outside of it: Ed Young Jr. the 50+ screecher trying so hard to be 25, Joyce Meyer, T.D. Jakes, Benny Hinn, Peter Lumpkins, Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, Ergun Caner and on and on it goes. We are absolutely outshouted by heresy, idiocy, prosperity hawking, and general provincialism. It’s no wonder we’re a joke to so many.

And there are even more obstacles. Christian truth is generally buried beneath a mountain of cultural trash in the church. Yet by God’s grace, there are many of us who still stand. We don’t have all points agreement on all things, but the best of Presbyterianism, Lutheranism, and Baptist Protestantism are still producing women and men who know how to defend the faith and worldview of Christ’s religion.

Next time I post, I’ll delve into the arguments for the Christian worldview. Keep in mind, I’m not a philosopher by trade; there are many others who do a better, more thorough job of defending Christianity. Yet as I do my best to explain our religion in all its glory, I provide another committed voice to the equation, showing that the words of Jesus are ever true: “…I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it…” (Matt. 16:18b).

Until next time,

-Justin

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God Wants You Really Filthy Rich!

…or not.

???

One of the most popular teachings (under the Christian banner) in the world right now is that God wants you to be rich and healthy.

Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer. You know them.

T.D. Jakes, Jesse Duplantis, Brian Houston of Hillsong. You’ve even liked them.

From Africa to Atlanta to Australia, there is no shortage of preachers willing to tell you that God wants you filthy rich – and to just give a “seed” offering to the ministry so that God can bless you with wealth.

I can hardly think of a more blasphemous, hypocritical teaching. Jesus was poor, His followers were despised and martyred, His people around the earth today are in desperate need every hour, but these snake-oil salesmen would have us believe that’s all just a lack of faith or an illusion we can overcome.

The idea is that God became flesh in order to fulfill all your dreams of personal accomplishment. We’re kingdom people, right?

Right. But what is the kingdom right now? Is it absolute victory over the effects of sin in the world? If you’re listening to voices like T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, or watching TBN, then you probably believe that God is interested in filling your bank account and self-esteem meter to the max.

But what does it mean to be a Christian? It means following Christ in good times and bad… and if you’re following Him faithfully, it’ll probably turn bad in this life.

Yet watch here as T.D. Jakes tells us that if we will just give him our money, that then God will fill our lives with everything we want (quid pro quo/buy your miracle):

Is that Christianity, or is it Christian hypocrisy?

I’d like T.D. Jakes to take Joyce Meyer and Benny Hinn over to North Korea to tell the tens of thousands of Christ’s sheep and their families who are locked up in prison camps being starved to death for their faith in Christ that they just don’t have enough faith to be rich and healthy like them.

Go on T.D. Jakes, tell them to have more faith.

As a matter of fact, so much has been written on this subject that I feel no need to go much further in my analysis. In interpreting this cosmos, I see an horrific barrier to true faith in Christ and true spiritual health, and it is the pervasiveness of these lies which are rooted in the love of money… and we know about the love of money, right?

1 Timothy 6:6-10

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (NKJV)

How much clearer could it be? You may become rich in this life – but it is for God’s glory and the good of others before yourself… But in a nation built on the pursuit of happiness, is it any wonder these ear-ticklers have gained the platform and deceived the lustful people?

Here are some tremendous resources to learn about this love of money heresy which makes Christ look like a fool:

John Piper hits it out of the park as usual.

T.D. Jakes articles to clarify his spiritual pedigree.

C3 Church Watch which documents the doings of heretic Phil Pringle and his prosperity wealth message.

Apprising Ministries wants to keep you aware of the multitude of spiritual dangers out there.

Let Us Reason handles the truth about Pastor Creflo Dollar.

The Christian Post article about TBN’s recent financial scandals.

And we could go on and on… be content with what you have – Jesus promised two things to His people: eternal life in the forgiveness of sins, and trouble/suffering/persecution/sorrows in this life.

Think about it.

Thanks for reading,

-Justin

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Justin Peters Exposes the Prosperity Heresy

A Clip from “A Call to Discernment” for your protection from this tremendously dangerous and pervasive teaching:

More to come soon…

 

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