Just because an argument SEEMS to be true doesn’t mean it IS true

jury trialCold-case detective J. Warner Wallace gives his take on what he has witnessed among young people from Christian homes when they are exposed to alternative, opposing arguments to the truth of Christianity. He compares atheists to attorneys presenting their case before a judge and jury. Here’s an excerpt:

‘I’m sometimes surprised to see how quickly young Christians are shaken when they first encounter a well-articulated objection (or opposing claim) from someone denying the truth of the Christian worldview. When we first started taking missions trips to the University of California at Berkeley, I watched my Christian students to see how they would react when confronted by impassioned atheists. Some were genuinely disturbed by what they heard. Protected by their parents for most of their young Christian lives, it was as if they weren’t even aware of alternative explanations. Now, as juniors and seniors in high school, they were hearing the “other side” for the first time, and the atheist ambassadors we placed before them were eloquent, passionate and thorough. Many of these students wondered how these atheists could be wrong, given the length and earnest (even zealous) nature of their presentations. But after sitting in hundreds of criminal trials of one nature or another, I’ve learned something important: The fact the opposition can make a case (even an articulate, robust and earnest case), doesn’t mean it’s true.

‘…Don’t be shaken just because the other side can articulate a defense. This happens all the time in criminal trials, even when our defendants are obviously (and even admittedly) guilty. Be ready in advance for passionate, robust, articulate, alternative explanations. But remember, the fact the other side can make a case doesn’t mean it’s true.’

Read more: J. Warner Wallace, The Fact the Other Side Can Make a Case Doesn’t Mean It’s True, CrossExamined blog, December 15, 2014.

Desperate measures: how BRICS build black market over legal market

Our world is full of so many tangled webs to deceive, it can make your head spin. This is one reason why it pays to remind ourselves as Christians that we are dead, spiritually speaking, to the corrupt ways of this world. Paul stated this eloquently in Colossians 3:1-3–

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

What is happening on the economic scene around the world orchestrated by the globalists gives us concrete examples why our focus must be on the many ways to share the gospel so God can be glorified, lost souls can be saved, and we can build on our rewards program in heaven–a rewards program, I might add, whose rules are not subject to changes based on the greedy whims of earthly men, but on God’s grace and mercy along with the godly works we do as a result of our salvation (see 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 for details).

Here are some interesting things to note about the world’s unrighteous mammon in the world economic system of late:

  • Russia’s economy, which was so powerful and noteworthy several months ago, is now on the brink of failure because of the downward spiral of its ruble, bribecaused by falling oil prices and EU sanctions. Oil which they were going to use to retaliate against Europe over Ukraine. Oil money which they were using to help Syria’s Assad. Their ruble had been so strong months ago that they were speaking out against using the U.S. dollar as a base trade currency. Interesting how things can be manipulated so quickly as the globalists push ahead. The current, sudden desperation of Russia reveals how they could one day start a war with Israel as prophesied in Ezekiel 38.
  • Russia’s current dire situation was pushed along with the help of Saudi Arabia, who has refused to cut back on oil production to purposely drive down oil prices. Why? Saudi Arabia is desperately fighting against the Iran- Syria-Russia coalition since Iran’s aspirations of establishing it’s own Islamic caliphate with Iraq and Syria in tow would weaken the Saudis’ own aspirations of establishing it’s Islamic caliphate under its brand of Islam. Meanwhile, the globalists are desperately hoping some kind of caliphate will arise to help their aspirations of having the one world leader they want. They’re satisfied with Sunnis and Shias competing for the position, no matter how many have to die.
  • An anti-corruption organization released very interesting info this week about the BRICS nations and other developing countries. These nations, it turns out, lead the way in draining their own economies with dirty money, black markets, and whatever illegal means they can think of. Whether it’s corruption (drugs, human trafficking, bribes, etc.), money laundering, or false trade documents, individuals desperate for power have been able to drain money from poor countries, including their own, to grow the underground economy at 9.4% per year in the new millenium up to 2012– approximately double the amount of legitimate world economic growth.
  • The individuals in these nations who bilk their own people of billions with the help of the global elite may soon be rewarded for their redistribution efforts with more power for the BRICS nations in the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF despises the U.S. for not getting on board with its financial reforms that would slowly push the U.S. dollar aside as its foundational currency, so now they may be looking to the BRICS to help them fast-track the dollar’s demise for the sake of an eventual one-world currency by voiding U.S. veto power within the IMF.

Nevertheless, as Christians we know Jesus has assured us that even though tribulations are guaranteed in this world, we have the greater guarantee that he has overcome the world and has made us overcomers.

Harry A. Gaylord

What does it mean to rule your own spirit?

Although God never intended for us to be reclusive hermits who build walls to shut everything and everyone out, walls can have a positive purpose if they are built up with godly wisdom. When it comes to the wall of self-control for the sake of protecting our spirits and ruling them well for God’s glory, Proverbs 25:28 tells us just how vital this is for our spiritual well-being–

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

God has given every one of us (saved or unsaved) some measure of self-control to reign over our thoughts, passions, and wills. This is even apparent when God warned the first murderer, Cain, to watch himself before he killed his brother when he told Cain, “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him,” Genesis 4:7. But Cain chose not to rule over his spirit and brought about his own ruin.

With Christians the power of self-control is greater since we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us to give us the fruit of temperance (self-control) which is added to the self-control we should already have naturally. Our spirit, our heart is like a city that can only thrive when we reign over it and rein it in with order. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Neglecting the diligence of self-control leaves us open to invaders like false teachers and their pagan doctrines who want to come in and rob us of what God has blessed us with, including our souls. It also allows wild animals like ravenous wolves to take up residence with us who only see us as something to be taken advantage of psychologically, socially, physically, sexually, or materially. Before we know it, our lack of diligence makes us like a city of ruins, even if we look like we have it all together.

And when you have several cities in the same region in ruins, it leads to a whole society of ruin. That’s how we ended up with the way things are today. But thanks be to God that as Christians, we are not the city of ruin, but the city ruled by righteousness.

Since that is our heritage, we at times may find ourselves in the unique position of being isolated and completely different from other cities because of how we choose to live. This is something the prophet Jeremiah experienced when he said, “I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation,” Jeremiah 15:17. Ironically, this was his experience in the temple and throughout Judah. Sometimes this is what it takes for us to preserve and prosper our city.

When we rule our own spirit with the law of Christ, lines must be drawn and walls must be built so that some things cannot and will not be tolerated, yet in a loving way without prideful snobbery. It’s a testimony of our devotion to God and his holiness and a testimony to our enemies that judgment is coming on them sooner or later. That’s why the apostles warned us several times about who we associate with who claim Christianity, such as when John says, “He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds,” 2 John 9-11. So I’m determined to lock up my city like Fort Knox or like a Brink’s armored truck. Anyone who doesn’t have the right doctrinal password is not getting in my spirit.

Harry A. Gaylord

Scientists revamp family tree of birds & admit birds exploded into existence

sunbirdThis is one of the biggest stories in science news this week. Evolutionary scientists released their latest findings on birds and how they are related to each other in a revamped family tree. The tree became necessary when they expanded their research to examine a greater number of bird genomes. This expansion led to the realization that their previous understandings of bird development had a lot of errors.

Among their findings was that birds “exploded” onto the scene suddenly and that their existence is much younger than their previous assumptions led them to believe. Regardless of the fact that these findings are verification of the creation account in the Bible, these scientists are determined to hang onto their evolutionary assumptions, such as the assumption all birds had a common ancestor, that a family tree is the best way to display bird development, and that rapid and random macroevolution is possible.

The 200+ scientists from 80 institutions representing 20 nations took most of what they knew about bird DNA and plugged it into nine supercomputers, studying the various aspects of the data for more than four years. They studied such questions as, “how did crocodile genomes evolve?” (since they still assume crocodiles and birds share a common ancestor), “how did sex chromosomes of birds come to be?”, “how did birds lose their teeth?”, “how did vocal learning evolve?”, and “when did colorful feathers evolve?”.

I won’t bore you with all the scientific details. You can read those, if you choose, at the sources I list below. Suffice it to say that despite the many weaknesses that arise in their research, evolutionists are determined to fill in the huge gaps they encounter with their fictional speculations. This raises several questions in my mind about their process:

1) If they have insisted for years that the information they have in scientific textbooks is sound, what do these new findings really tell us about their reliability and what is taught in grade schools and universities?Hawk

2) With the prevalent use of radiocarbon dating to estimate when birds appear, what does it say about that method now that they’ve found that their dating estimates are way off?

3) Since they have not unlocked all the complexities of bird DNA and/or the many undiscovered epigenetics that may affect bird DNA, why should we believe this latest bird family tree is accurate? (Especially when new bird species are being discovered quite frequently)

4) If the complex study of bird DNA has shown that the interactions among so many genes and epigenetic factors have specific purposes, which by default means they are designed, why do evolutionists insist on calling these things random as opposed to accepting the two words they consider anathema–“intelligent design”?

Genesis 1 says God created several different “kinds” or families of birds and winged creatures on the fifth day. Then at the end of Genesis 6 to the beginning of Genesis 7, he instructed Noah to take every sort, or kind, of animal (including birds) onto the ark to save them. This is ultimately why putting all birds in one family tree will always result in contradictions and confusion. God made several different kinds of birds independently of each other. All birds don’t have one common ancestor.

But I thank God for such scientists in what they get right–unknowingly proving that his word is correct. Not only does the correct interpretation of their scientific results prove God’s word true, the character of evolutionary scientists themselves prove his word true. According to the Bible, no matter how intelligent any human is, what they conjure up by humanist self-will cannot always be relied upon to reveal ultimate truth about life (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11) or ultimately where we will end up when this life is over. Their philosophies are like shifting, sinking sands. What they think is true today may be shown to be false tomorrow. Thank God for the Rock whose truths were just as true centuries ago as they are today and will be centuries from now. Now that’s someone I can put my total trust in.

Sources:

‘Big Bang’ of bird evolution mapped: Genes reveal deep histories of bird origins, feathers, flight and song, ScienceDaily.com, December 11, 2014.

Casey Luskin, Massive Genetic Study Confirms Birds Arose in “Big Bang”-Type of “Explosion”, Evolution News and Views, Evolutionnews.org, December 12, 2014.

Malcolm Ritter, Landmark Genome Study Recasts Evolutionary History of Birds, TPM.com, December 13, 2014.

Tanya Lewis, Birds Evolved in ‘Big Bang,’ New Family Tree Reveals, Yahoo News, December 12, 2014.

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Harry A. Gaylord

Pastor recruited to be government informant speaks out about FEMA plans

church vs. stateA month ago, the New York Times reported that many federal agencies that have nothing at all to do with law enforcement or public safety have federal agents posing as demonstrators, doctors, businesspeople, clergy, etc. to inform on people in various settings of American society. Additionally, it has also been reported that the government has recruited at least 28,000 pastors as part of a “Clergy Response Team.” That number, if I were to venture a guess, is probably a low estimate.

One pastor who was recruited to be on that so-called “Team” has given radio host Dave Hodges a whole bunch of revelation on what is actually happening behind closed doors between the government and these pastors. Here’s a sample of what they are asked to do should a federal emergency be declared:

♠ Homeland Security (DHS) has urged pastors that they should preach on the government’s interpretation of Romans 13, stating that the Bible commands parishioners to obey the government, no matter what, because they were given their offices by God himself.

♠ There are, indeed, plans to institute martial law and to forcefully relocate people to FEMA camps under the guise of bioterrorism while taking advantage of National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that allows citizens to be detained indefinitely by the government.

♠ Pastors were instructed on how to comfort those who will inevitably be separated from family members (who are most peoples’ support system).

♠ They were told they should go to the homes of people who refuse to evacuate and persuade them to leave to go to the camps.

♠ Pastors were told to avoid talk about God and avoid quoting scripture since it has been used to oppress people.

♠ Any pastor not wearing a government-distributed badge verifying they had received this training would not be allowed in “DHS Safety Zones.”

♠ Any pastor that is trained must not disclose to anyone any part of the program or that he/she is part of the “Clergy Response Team.”

♠ They are expected to inform on citizens and parishioners with no regard to confidentiality of counseling sessions, personal confessions or any other communication with any clergy done secretly (whether rabbi, priest, etc.).

This all is part of the divide and conquer mentality (“…if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand,” Mark 3:25) so prevalent when governments overstep their boundaries. Or when they cave to Vatican pressure or mimic Vatican methods of operating to start up Inquisitions, violating what the Founding Fathers were trying to prevent with the First Amendment’s religion clause. The tax laws that established churches in America as 501c3s and government-approved entities that in some form or another answer to them, sponsored by Lyndon Baines Johnson, was one of the foundations to push the U.S. in this direction.

Nevertheless, the church (i.e. God’s people) will have to learn to rely on the Holy Spirit’s discernment more to know who’s a backstabbing fake and who is for real, keeping in mind that not even the gates of hell shall prevail against us. We can pray that this type of emergency never happens. The government should beware of the fact that God’s word clearly states that among the seven things he considers an abomination is “he that soweth discord among brethren,” Proverbs 6:19.

Source: Dave Hodges, A Clergy Response Team Insider Reveals the Duties of a Pastor Inside of a FEMA Camp, TheCommonSenseShow.com, December 10, 2014.

Creationist ministry exposes low-down, dirty tactics of atheists online

I’ve stated several times before that when it comes to atheists and the debates they want to have with Christians, it should never be assumed that they are truthful. As a matter of fact, it’s better to assume that they are either lying or misinformed and to fact-check their statements. These are the very things that Creation Ministries International (CMI) has discovered over the years when it comes to whatever they post online–whether it be their scientific articles, podcasts, or videos.

Atheists have used several tactics to target CMI. One tactic is to badger their staff writers about responding to an atheist wiki that criticizes articles CMI releases. A CMI writer has highlighted six good reasons why he generally ignores their badgering. One reason is that the atheist wiki critics usually give clear indications that they don’t really read CMI articles in their entirety to get all their information correct. Another reason is that responding to them would give them undeserved publicity, especially since the atheists show no interest in getting their information correct from jumpstreet. Furthermore, he points out that CMI has thousands of resources on their website covering a vast array of topics that speak to atheists’ claims, so it would be pointless to chase down every atheist post.

Silenced & censored (creative commons photo by Jennifer Brandel)Another tactic hurled at CMI has been online mob attacks and complaints against videos they post on YouTube. Atheists mirror their videos on other YouTube accounts and deluge the videos with negative tags, comments, and dislikes to make videos appear further down in search results or they submit several complaints to YouTube administrators claiming that CMI’s videos are inappropriate, which then prompts YouTube to take them down. This ultimately serves to hamstring the potential of CMI’s videos to gain momentum in the number of views they get for people who may be sincerely searching for answers to valid questions.

Finally, CMI is now facing challenges on its Facebook page since FB allows its users to rate pages. Atheists are taking to FB in droves to try to weigh down CMI’s ratings on its page in attempts to get fellow FB users to ignore them. The same thing happens to materials they display for sale on Amazon.

So acknowledging the battle faced by CMI as expressed by Paul in Ephesians 6:10-11, the writer has come to this conclusion–“We cannot stop the negative feedback. We cannot change hearts (only God can). We cannot do anything but stand our ground and attempt to give the best answer we can to the challenges of the skeptics, even if they do not play by the same rules as us.”

Source: Don Batten, Responding to atheistic opposition: Underhanded tactics include attempted censorship, Creation.com, December 4, 2014.

ISIS brutality sends Muslims fleeing to the arms of Jesus

Syrian refugee campAs terrorist group ISIS carries out heinous acts while they quote the Koran and implement brutal sharia in Syria and Iraq, victimizing Muslims and Christians alike, many Muslims are starting to realize Islam is not a religion of peace. Specifically, it is not a religion that provides them with inner peace.

Those who have fled their homes have become open to hearing the gospel by any means readily available, whether it be through aid workers, podcasts, or broadcasts. Christian aid groups are even setting up tents where new converts can go to talk to God and worship together, and they see how different it is to have an actual personal relationship with their Creator by talking to him and him talking back to their spirits in prayer and through his word as opposed to following strict regiments under Islam like being required to do rote prayers five times daily.

The new converts are also sharing testimonies of how God has shown them the power of forgiveness toward those who have committed evil against them and their family members. All of this is proof once again that even in the darkest places and situations that one may be experiencing, God is present, ready to draw people to him and help them with his love, mercy, and grace.

25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.

26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. Romans 9

Source:

Czarina Nicole O. Ong, Muslims displaced by ISIS find comfort in God; converting to Christianity, ChristianToday.com, December 5, 2014.

Harry A. Gaylord