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Young Earth Theory: Christianity’s Foundation?

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The young earth theory is one of the most hotly debated Biblical topics. Instead of taking the Holy Bible for what it says, people are skewing the Biblical account of creation to fit their agenda.

I certainly disagree with the notion that believing in an old earth or gap theory is blasphemous, but it is rather troubling. The thought that we can put millions of years between 1:1 and 1:2 is a slippery slope. Using this logic we can ultimately skew any passage in the Bible to our liking. This practice is sadly used throughout the Bible to promote secular views that we are biased towards.

Atheistic Peer Pressure

I believe most people argue against a young earth because they have succumbed to atheistic peer pressure. Science has been spearheading the evolutionary, old earth theology to “prove” that the Bible is false. If they can prove that then they can discredit the entirety of the Bible.

Just think about it for a second. If an atheist can get a Christian to fold on the age of the earth then they can slowly discredit other parts of the Bible.

I argue constantly that it is perfectly fine to believe, and argue for, the biblical interpretation of the age of the earth. The book of Genesis is in the Bible for a reason. If the Biblical interpretation of the creation of the earth was incorrect, it would not be in the Bible. The entirety of the Bible is breathed from God through the authors and to argue that the text is “a story” is troubling at best.

Gap Theory?

I have a loved one who believes in the gap theory. I have no doubt that he will be with me in heaven one day. But to succumb to atheistic scientific “evidence” over the infallible word of God saddens me.

Sometimes I wonder if we try to dissect the Bible too much. We are always looking for a “new find”. I feel as if we have tried to become Nicholas constitution GIFCage from National Treasure trying to find the hidden clue in the Bible. I also wonder if Genesis accounted for the gap theory if those people would then argue for a young earth.

In conclusion, I believe that the young earth theory is the foundation for Christianity. But, I do not believe it is an automatic stamp against your salvation if you happen to disagree. I just like being on the side that has Biblical text backing it instead of relying on secular sciences.

God bless

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The Christian Men Shortage

Christian Men Behind the Church Pulpit

“Of the World” Preaching by Christian Men

Christian MenI first wanted to start out by saying that I do not mean to pick on Steven Furtick too much with this blog. I disagree with his teaching and think he tends to preach like a pharisee. He focuses on the worldly pleasures instead of empowering the massive flock that he leads. He, along with many others, are leading Christian men to a sissified form of the gospel. This movement reminds me of the trendy Christian cringe I stumbled upon while on vacation.

The mega church pastor has feminized the average Christian male. This epidemic starts with a simple cardigan and ends with skinny jeans with worn seems.

Furtick is falling behind quickly on the “culture-style” attire he wears on stage each Sunday. I refrain from saying the stage at his “church” actually has a pulpit.

But Carl Lentz has replaced Furtick on the “woke” scale. Lentz is famous for his answer (or lack-thereof) to an abortion question on The View.

Christian Men Lacking Biblical Discernment

Christian men that fill the pews on Sunday mornings at these mega churches are obviously lacking Biblical discernment. I say this because if you actually studied the Bible diligently you would realize that these churches are filled with filth and leave.

These pastors have created cult followings that are leading sheep to the slaughter. Thousands of men are being led to hear, “Depart from me…” at the day of their judgement because of mega pastors like Lentz and Furtick.

I am in no way saying that these two pastors are the sole reason for this epidemic, but there are a slue of false teachers on Christian television every day. It is important for the true men of God to stand against this movement in evangelicalism and call it for what it is.

Changing the Feminist Backslide

Christian MenIf we call out these false teachers, then we can begin to repair the churches that they have destroyed. The “un-tuck” shirt movement that has invaded the church stage has degraded the gospel to an alarming state of health. Christian men no longer see it necessary to promote themselves in a manly manner, but instead apologize for their masculinity.

Instead of following pastors such as Voddie Baucham and Paul Washer, Christian men are following false teachers that tickle their ears. The issue with Baucham and Washer is that they call us out for our sissified culture and what we need to do to change and repent.  Yes, the Bible clearly states that our wives should submit to us in marriage. But what is even more important is to love our wives like Christ loves the Church.

When men in the church leave their wives or watch pornography, it destroys the home. Then the foundation of the local church weakens. When the local church weakens the disease spreads to the community. Finally, when the whole community erodes the national movement starts.

These false teachers invade communities with their church planting and change the community from the inside out. True, Biblical doctrine is Christian Menseen as too “old school” and must be changed. They bring in non-believers with their coffee and keep them because of their wussy gospels.

And Finally…

We all have loved ones that are trapped in this movement. This movement is most likely making its way into the church you attend. First it is Jesus Culture music and soon enough your pastor will wear a t shirt instead of a suit. The Holy Spirit is evicted from these churches. This is due to true Christians leaving for another church. We did it! But it is even more important that strong Biblical people stay at that church to fight this disease. The great commission calls us to go and make disciples.

God bless you and your witnessing to these men lost in the movement.

 

 

Losing Family Members to the Vaccine Debate

Today’s Sunday Special Podcast is going to be a different tone than usual. I am dealing with the loss of family members due to my family’s stance on the vaccine debate and vaccinating our child. I prepared to lose them over the debate, but am I really ready for the loss? Please be praying for my family during this time as we need them! God’s Will is just and beautiful in every situation.

If you can recall, I have made the correlation between the vaccine debate and Kanye West in a previous podcast.

Intro

The vaccine debate has two sides that are completely convinced that they are correct. This debate is much like the Calvinism vs Arminianism debate that we cover here at Living in Repentance. We lose friends and loved ones because of our stances, but is it worth the loss?

Both sides of the issue are determined to win. The extremes of both parties suggest that the other side is going to kill all of the children in the world if their worldview dominates. But is that really the case?

Family History

I come from a family of nurses or loved ones apart of the, “medical industrial complex”. My mother, cousin, cousin, aunt, aunt, and great aunt are all nurses here in central Ohio. They are all determined to believe that my wife and I are some Alex Jones’ loving conspiracy “nuts” with our firm stance on being against vaccines.

But can’t we just be concerned parents? I have a hard time being patient with people that just want to paint us as uninformed on the issue. Just because you are on the side that is the majority does not mean that the minority does not do their own homework. In fact, I can say with great confidence that I am more studied on the topic than most of my loved ones!

The truth of the matter is that in the end it does not matter what side is correct. We both want the world to be a better place for our children and their children.

Quick Thoughts on Vaccine Debate

I personally believe that we should not vaccinate in most circumstances. I mean… God did make an immune system for a reason.

We can bring up study after study to suggest that our viewpoint on this subject is correct until we both are blue in the face, but ultimately it is rare that either of us would ever change our mind.

I still have yet to understand how we cannot still have a relationship?

My wife lost her best friend to this debate. I lost my family. But why are the pro vaccine crowds so quick to disavow the loved ones that disagree with them? I have a feeling that in my case my family is afraid to find out that they have been wrong this whole time.

Vaccines are like 9/11, don’t you dare ever ask questions.

God bless

Are we Getting Tired of This Yet?

Tomi Lahren. Ben Shapiro. Back at it again.

 

Yes, it is in fact a basic requirement to be pro – life to be considered a true conservative, especially a conservative titan like Lahren is on social media.

The Achilles heel to Lahren’s popularity among conservatives is her stance on abortion and her pro abortion views. Shapiro has made it clear in the past that he is not a fan of Lahren and has often poked fun at her on his podcast. At least when I used to listen.

Why did I quit listening to his podcast? I feel weird supporting non – Christians and because each day it was the same outrage routine. I get tired of being mad at people because of their political beliefs.

With the recent debates surrounding the chance of Roe v Wade being overturned, it was only a matter of time before Shapiro and Lahren threw jabs at each other again on social media. Below are some highlights of the recent exchange:

Shapiro got into a recent altercation with Candace Owens on Twitter and she used the “conservative thought police” argument against Shapiro, so I am assuming that Lahren saw that nickname from her exchange. This conservative thought police view been a recent argument against Shapiro as he is often viewed as the thought leader among conservative evangelicals and conservative millennials.

She does make a strong point here. Shapiro was definitely anti-Trump during the campaign, but he was not as strongly opposed to Trump as was Glenn Beck. Nonetheless, there have been decent arguments that conservatism would be healthier if Hilary would have become President.

Here is where Lahren makes her weak point:

Abortion has and will continue to be a hotly debated issue in America. It is still a strongly held belief that abortion should be illegal among conservatives and definitely is a belief among evangelicals. Pro Life should be the only viewpoint among evangelicals, but some “Christians” still try and argue the latter. To be pro choice is to really be pro abortion, but that does not sound as nice when trying to debate the viewpoint.

I pray that Lahren and other Christians see the flaws of their views and repent. The view that life is okay to be stopped is utterly inhumane and immoral at every level of the child’s life. The life that God has breathed into us is something that should not be interfered with and certainly not destroyed.

There are also many fans of Shapiro in the Christian world. Sure, his political beliefs are common among millennial Christians, but we should be cautious in holding him up in such high esteem. Take this recent exchange he had on Jesus Christ, for example:

I thought Shapiro was going to have some intellectually thought out response on why he does not accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah, but I was proven wrong. His long, thought out political beliefs have been met with a short, narrow minded view of Christ. Shapiro exposes himself as an uneducated Jewish man on the history of the TRUE Messiah, Jesus Christ.

We all need to pray that his heart and the Jewish people’s hearts will be opened to Jesus Christ and that they will be filled with the Holy Spirit and repent, so we can see them in heaven as well. We need to be cautious and loving when witnessing to the Jewish people and express the love that we have for them. It is my understanding that Shapiro works with many Christians, so we should pray that God’s Will is done through them with Ben Shapiro.

God bless

The Road to Righteousness is Loneliness

My journey through a false salvation and some "life tips"?

Journeying Through a False Salvation

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I’m not sure when I was truly converted, but I remember the day I recited the Sinner’s Prayer. Easter 2018.

For most people saying the sinner’s prayer on a holiday it is a reaction to the convicting message you might have received after not attending church since Christmas. Maybe you were caught up in the atmosphere and decided that maybe today is the day that you straighten up your act and ask God into your life. To fill the “God shaped hole” that is in your heart.

But what happened next week? Were you convicted when you were sinning? Convicted when you hung out with your atheistic friends?

For me, I have been truly converted into a son of Jesus Christ, but it has not always been like this.

I lived my whole life in a false salvation. Falling for lusts of the eyes, flesh, and wallet. I did not care how I got it, but I always did. I hurt many people and many people had hurt me in return. It was a vicious cycle that God finally saved me from.

What was worse is that I knew the law and the ten commandments. I grew up in church and fully believed that I was truly converted. Even though I lived in sin, un-repenting sin, I still believed that I was a true son of God.

Verses Dealing with False Salvation

‘You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: ‘this people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far away from me. ‘but in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'” Matthew 15:7-9

‘If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.’ James 1:26

‘No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. ‘ -1 John 3:9-10

Do any of these verses describe you? They described me… each one of them. Whatever verse or passage you find dealing with false salvation described me in my life. What drove me out of it? The work of God.

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There is nothing that I did to bring me out of my false salvation but the work of the Holy Spirit in me. The last passage highlighted above is very important. It is important because it highlights the fact that “His seed abides in him”. The seed that abides in us is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit guides us in our daily walk and would not allow for us to be living in constant sin. This does not mean that we do not sin but it simply means that we would not continue to live in a constant, unrepentant sin. An unrepentant sin that we lived by that would lead us to eternal damnation would be described in this passage:

‘Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. ‘ -1 Corinthians 6:9-11

This command is also continued in Revelation:

‘But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” -Revelation 21:8

Driven to a True Salvation

What a glorious feeling, that God chose me to be apart of His Holy Kingdom! I have been washed clean of my lustful sins and I cannot sin anymore under the Holy Spirit. My continuous lusts for earthly desires have vanished. What a glorious feeling!

My passions to be a better husband and dad engulf me. My passion to stay away from earthly lusts and television shows that would make me stumble is greater than ever.

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God has blessed me immensely with the gift of the Holy Spirit. My spirit is now on fire for God and His Will to work through me, whatever the cost. Praying for His Will no matter the cost for me can be unnerving, but what an amazing feeling to know that one day we will be face to face! His glory will drive me to my knees when we meet and His Glory no drives me to fall to my knees and pray for repentance. To be washed clean and anew. My spirit for God is great and my love for His lost sheep is great as well.

We are called to go and make disciples!

The Truth About My Journey out of a False Salvation

The journey to getting here has been troubling. The Holy Spirit has turned my life upside down and now coming out of it I feel amazing. I have left most of my friends besides just one or two because of my commitment to Christ. I had friends that led me to stumble and it was important for me to distance myself. I have had to quit watching all of the shows that I had once loved.

Sons of Anarchy. Vikings. Etc.

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All of the earthly repugnant shows were in my Netflix feed. Joe Rogan was on my podcast subscription list. I loved the earthly lusts of this world and put Jesus Christ on the back burner.

I was an awful husband and father. I put other wants above them and put them way back on my list of priorities. I blamed all of our problems on my wife and made her feel horrible. I was a hypocrite as I talked about Christ but never lived like I knew him.

I was destined for hell until the Holy Spirit saved me.

Too often people use their testimonies to show how great they are. To show how they accepted Christ into their lives. The only chance that I have for eternal salvation is through Jesus Christ. He saved me and by no work of my own. I am a wicked soul in need for a savior and He saved me.

God bless