Why I’m glad Great Britain exited the European Union

what-is-brexit-min-807x500Yesterday Great Britain, in historic voter turnout numbers, voted to leave the European Union.   Politicians and economic markets were anxiously awaiting the outcome, predicting Britain would remain, and telling the rest of us that remaining was clearly the right thing to do. The experts were surprised.

The markets immediately fell steeply, and although I’m not an economics expert, I still find myself rejoicing. Why?

Mainly, on Biblical grounds.   Biblical? Yes. We can go all the way back to the tower of Babel in Genesis 11 to see what God thinks when people unite “for the greater good”. They begin to think they don’t need God, and in their numbers and perceived strength, begin to act like God.

This is what began to upset the Brits.   Not only were the know-it-alls in Brussels (the EU headquarters) overseeing free trade and travel (that’s good, right?), but they were literally beginning to tell the British people whether they could have toasters, what kind of food they could eat, etc. A friend of mine in Croatia hates what the EU has done to his nation. They now decide which industries are good and not good for their nation. Corruption is rampant.

I asked a seasoned ministry friend of mine in London what he thought of the deal. He said this – We just got our country back and there was a lot of prayer that this would happen. Now we can make our own laws again“ (and much more).

In Paul’s message to the Athenian philosophers, he stated in Acts 17:26 that God “has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,”

We know from scripture that it is Satan who incites men to build large empires that govern other nations as they build their empire, usually a system that replaces self determination, and fidelity to the faith of their fathers, with dependency upon large government, on the condition that their worldview is abandoned and social engineering is embraced.  The bigger is better government here in the U.S. has the same approach.  We know that will be the goal of the antichrist in the last days – the power of ‘bigger’ in exchange for removing obstacles such as individual religious belief and all that comes with that. We also know that God is in the business of abolishing earthly empires and scattering us from the towers of Babel we attempt to build ‘up to the heavens’.    We should rejoice when we see any move toward that.

So…WHO Do I Bless?

Good SamaritanMost Christians know they should be ‘blessing’ others. The problem can be who -there are so many! We can be barraged with appeals, through media and elsewhere. The same Bible that tells us to be generous also gives us guidance in this area.

Who is (literally) in front of you?
After Jesus reaffirmed the importance of ‘loving your neighbor to a ‘lawyer’ (religious expert), the lawyer questioned Jesus – “Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:25-37). The text indicated the lawyer was wanting to justify his level of non involvement. I mean, you can’t help everybody (true). Jesus’ answer is what is called The Parable of the Good Samaritan. There we see, again, religious experts literally walking around a traveller in trouble (he had been beaten up). Its not that they didn’t care – it just wasn’t something they had planned on. Their service to God was carefully segmented – God’s time, and their time. This was their time. The Samaritan (looked down on by the Jews) came upon the person in need, and reoriented his life to help the person at whatever level they needed. It was ‘inconvenient’ love and generosity, because we cannot always schedule the needs of others. We don’t have to look far – who is in front of you?

Who responds?
Earlier in Luke 10 (v. 1-16) Jesus sends out His followers into the places “He was going to go” (v.1). In other words, we come before He comes. As they receive us, they receive Him (v. 16, Matt. 10:40). Our generosity will make the most difference when it’s given to those to whom God has given us favor. It’s not hard to discern or observe if someone is ‘receiving us’ or not. It’s expressions, body language, openness. Those are the doors we step through. We don’t’ need to force them, nor should we. We are able to give the words of life and bring His healing to those with whom we find favor. Step through those doors of opportunity and watch God bless others and work through you.

Another Mass Shooting?!

ShootingYesterday, another horrible mass shooting, this time in Oregon. 10 dead, 7 wounded at a community college, some of our more innocent victims.

Within hours, the pundits gather to “interpret”:

Democrats call for stiffer gun laws, though they won’t specify what laws they would pass. Democrats and liberals as a whole operate from a very flawed view of human nature, that is, if guns are outlawed then outlaws will behave. I know when the church shooting in Charleston, SC happened, and 9 members were killed, that it wouldn’t have happened here. The shooter would have been taken out by a number of security people in our church who are ‘carrying’ as soon as the shooting started.

Conservatives push back, saying (correctly) that stiffer laws won’t prevent these kinds of events. They say we don’t know why these evil kinds of events happen. Bad people are out there, and the mentally disturbed as well.

But… I’ve been alive for 6 decades, and these kinds of things did NOT happen for most of those years. What is NOT in dispute is that our culture has rapidly moved away from our Judeo Christian heritage and values during that time, and people did not act out is such a barbaric fashion. Accountability to a transcendent Authority and to God Himself were restraining factors to such behavior. Very few people acted out their rage or depression in such a way. If, as secularists say, we are evolving from animals, rather than created in the image of God as the Bible says, why is it getting worse instead of better? If we are created in God’s image, and need Gods’ laws and grace to restrain and change our behavior, as the Bible says, then a move away from those standards would cause a deterioration in our culture, as we see today. It’s sad that the average person easily sees what the pundits and the ‘experts’ can’t.

Jesus & Coffee in the Morning

Jesus & Coffee in the Morning

coffeeOf all the spiritual disciplines, there can be none more important than the practice of a daily time of prayer. It seems to have the power like nothing else to keep believers close to God and strong in faith. I can not think of another spiritual discipline that has yielded more results in my life personally than embracing the habit of consistent morning prayer. I think there is something to what Jesus said in Matt. 6:33, seek first the Kingdom of God and our needs will be met. Space does not allow me to share all the blessings, miracles, wisdom and guidance provided, etc because of putting God literally first in my daily routine.

Yet, consistently I hear Christians telling me they have problems staying consistent in this area. This lack of consistency shows up in lack of consistency in other key areas – like having grace to be a fruitful, victorious Christian.   Why is this so hard?

I think it comes down to:

  • Minimizing it’s importance. Too many Christians get serious about prayer only when something’s going wrong. Then they light up the prayer requests, via Facebook, their church or whatever. God is merciful despite our lack of faithfulness, but this takes a toll over time. Also, our flesh takes over and tells us it’s ‘legalistic’ to get a ritual going. We live by grace! Only, we actually don’t. We live in the flesh too often.  Prayer only stays important when God actually becomes your SOURCE!
  • Ignorance. We get motivated and then fizzle out.   We ‘run out of things to pray about’ and then don’t feel effective. That’s what I want to deal with here.

My simple plan:

(A)  Block out the time.

For some time now (over 20 years), God has let me know I need to spend an hour a day with Him. And no, it’s not legalism. It’s grace – God’s love, presence, wisdom, and ability being imparted daily to me because I show up for my daily appointment. I’m not saying you should spend an hour, but what is God saying to you? I don’t believe God’s grace will be in great supply if you don’t block out time.

(B)  Follow the pattern

A lot of books have been written on prayer, but the best teaching is by Jesus Himself, over 2000 years ago. It’s known as “the Lord’s prayer”, but it is better entitled, “the model prayer”.   The most complete version of this is in Matt. 6:9-13. The following main distinctive areas are covered in this pattern prayer.

  • Praise Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name…

This is where I spend the first time in prayer. I wake up, shower, get my coffee, and begin with conscious verbal spoken praise. I bless God like they did in the Psalms (34:1; 100:4, etc.) I spend time praising God until I fully enter into His presence and I feel I have adequately expressed my praise to Him.

  • Purpose Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven

I pray for His Kingdom (government) & will over the following areas:

–      Myself, My family, My church, My city/region/nation, The world…

as the Lord leads.

  • Provision Give us this day our daily bread…

–       I keep God linked to my finances; expressing my faith in His provision and promise.

  • Pardon Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors

–       This is a daily checkup on my forgiveness toward others: have I really done this?

  • Protection Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one…

–      The Message puts this well,  “Keep us safe from ourselves and the devil” 

  • Passion Yours is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever!

–       I end as I begin, in praise and thanksgiving for who God is as well as all you have just petitioned Him for!

 

(C)  Be led by the Spirit

Rom. 8:26, 27 tells us we don’t know how to pray as we ought, but the Holy Spirit helps us in our weaknesses.   I Cor. 14:14 tells us we don’t have to just pray out of our understanding but can pray out of our spirit with the spiritual language called praying in tongues. This is a tremendous help in our prayer life that the Holy Spirit has made available to us after we are filled by Him.

When we honor God by blocking out time each day (morning is preferred and given us as a pattern), and follow these Biblical patterns and instructions, this can be the most powerful time of the day. By the way, that’s why I don’t call my morning prayer time my ‘quiet time’. It’s not always quiet! It’s my time with God.

Why I’m Not A Calvinist

Why I’m Not A Calvinist

john calvinWhy I’m writing this

As Calvinism now seems to be all the rage in certain circles of the church, a number of people have come recently to me with questions on it, as they have not embraced this theology (view of God and His plan).   One of my issues with this doctrine is that it seems many times when one becomes an adherent of it, it seems to take over their life.  It determines who they fellowship with, what they talk about, and their new sense of mission is not to make lost people Christians, but Christians Calvinists.  It thus becomes very divisive.  I have always held back my beliefs on this out of respect for other believers, but now it seems I can no longer do this.

 

Definitions

For the uninitiated (blessed are you), Calvinism is a theological position that asserts that God alone chooses who will or will not be saved, because man is too lost even to respond to the offer of salvation (this is called “total depravity”).   God alone knows the reasons He picks some and not others, but since all are deserving of hell, He is perfectly justified in choosing whom He wills.   If you are not chosen, there is absolutely nothing you can ever do to respond to the offer of salvation.  Other beliefs are associated with this – “limited atonement” (Jesus did not die for everyone, but just for those who are ‘chosen’), and “perseverance of the saints” (we know who are the chosen because they’re the ones who stick it out to the end).   Calvinism gets it’s name from John Calvin, a contemporary of Martin Luther, who initiated the Protestant Reformation starting in 1517.   Many Calvinists prefer the term “Reformed”, or more recently “doctrines of grace”, but I take issue with both, as I am a child of the Reformation (justification by faith, the scriptures as sole authority, etc.), without being a Calvinist.  I most certainly believe in grace, so I don’t appreciate their attempt to hijack these more universal terms in order to make their doctrine more widely accepted.  It’s deceptive and insulting to many of us.  It’s like “liberal” becomes “progressive”, so if you’re not liberal (politically, socially), then you’re just not progressive.  You’re stuck in the past.  Many neo Calvinists are taking the same attitude – we’re the orthodox faith, and if you don’t line up, you’re not into ‘grace’ or you don’t accept the ‘reformation’.    So… I for one will continue to use the word “Calvinism”.

 

Problems with “determinism” 

Of course, all Bible believing Christians believe in the ‘sovereignty of God’, and that God has a chosen people the Bible calls “the elect”.   He has predestined certain things to happen.  The difference is how we view this.  As a non Calvinist (I’m supposed to be an “Arminian”, but I prefer to call myself just a New Testament Christian), I believe the vast majority of scriptures Calvinists use to say that God predestines certain people to be saved and others to be lost do not refer to individual salvations but to the larger (corporate) purposes of God.   For instance, the classic passage used by Calvinists is Romans 9.  There we read how God chose Jacob over Esau without any actions either took, and how He hardened Pharaoh’s heart to purely exercise His sovereign will.  However, all of the examples given refer to God’s people, Israel, being raised up and delivered  by His mighty hand.   It was Esau not, Jacob who was the first born and should have been the heir of Isaac and Abraham, whom God chose to lead His people.  It was Esau’s birthright, not his salvation that was at stake (Gen. 25:29-34).   We have no indication that Esau turned away from God.  He and Jacob were reconciled in the end (Gen. 33).  Pharaoh is mentioned as a head of state, not as an individual.    God endured him as a vessel of wrath (Rom. 9:22-23) so that Israel could multiply as a nation in Egypt and be let go with signs and wonders in what has become one of the most famous acts in all of history.  It was the historical development of God’s people that was being dealt with in all these passages.  Most Bibles even begin this section of Romans with a subtitle such as “Israel’s Rejection and God’s Purpose”, as mine does.  There is nothing said about individual salvations here anywhere, and I believe it is a dangerous extrapolation to teach otherwise.  Paul even ends Romans 9 with the teaching that the Gentiles receive salvation (righteousness) by faith (and not just because God chose them) and not by the works of the Law, as the Jews did, and that this is the unfolding of God’s sovereign plan, something the Jews found offensive, as they were considered “the elect” up until this time. The entire section of Romans 9-11 deals with God’s purpose for Israel and the Gentiles.   Paul spills much ink in the scriptures on this subject throughout his epistles, and this is the main reason he was so persecuted by the Jews.

There is not enough space in this brief essay to give all the scriptures critiquing Calvinism, but for me, the “elect” or “chosen” has to mean something different than God arbitrarily choosing certain people and leaving everyone else without hope because of the entire sweep of the Bible where God provides salvation and offers it to mankind.  A few of these passages:

  • Gen. 4:7 – God tells Cain that “if you do well, you will be accepted, if you do not do well, sin is waiting to dominate you.”  Why would God tell Adam’s first offspring that he has choices, if he is so corrupt he can neither make choices, or even respond to God’s overtures, as Calvinism teaches?  For that matter, when God tells Adam and Eve the curses in the garden in Gen. 3, why not tell them how corrupt their natures now are, since that would be that main effect of the Fall of man?
  • Deut. 30:19,20 – as Israel nears the promised land, God rehearses His history with them and tells them to choose life.   They were not born again and still had the old nature, so they shouldn’t have been able to choose anything.
  • Matt. 22:37-39  Jesus wept over Jerusalem because they ‘were not willing’ to come to God.
  • Mark 6:6 – Jesus marveled at their unbelief.  Why do that if God did all the choosing?
  • Acts 7:51 – How could Stephen condemn people for ‘resisting the Holy Spirit’, if they have no choice in the matter?
  • Acts 17:30 – How could Paul tell people that God commands every man every where to repent?
  • Rom. 2:5-11 How could Paul say that God  “will render to each one according to his deeds”, not to just the evil but to the good (v. 7), and that there is no partiality to with God (v. 11), if God indeed is partial to some and not to others, for reasons we can never know in this life (that is, when we have the opportunity to actually respond to His will)?
  • Heb. 3:8 – How is it possible to harden our hearts and not hear His voice if grace is irresistible? (also Ch. 4:7)
  • 2 Pet. 3:9 – How could God be “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” if in fact He is willing that most perish?

Multiple times over a 40 year span I’ve studied and reviewed the scriptures on this, thinking, “Am I missing something here?”.  The plain sweep of scriptures speak of God appealing to man, judging him for wickedness, and rewarding both his faith and his righteous deeds, both now and forever.  There are many other passages I could cite, almost in every chapter of the Bible, but I will conclude with a summary verse from the last chapter in the Bible,

“Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” (Rev. 22:17)

Of course, there are a number of passages where the scripture does talk about God’s chosen people, or His predestined purpose.  But, for the reason’s cited above, I cannot take the Calvinist position on these.  I believe when the Bible talks about “the chosen”, it refers to:

(A) His sovereign purposes (Israel, the Church, nations) or vessels, such as the apostle Paul (for good), or Pharaoh (for evil).  I cannot find any scripture that definitely teaches that God randomly picks people for eternal damnation, without any actions on their part bringing this about.

(B) His foreknowledge of who will and will not respond, as taught in Rom. 8:29.

 

The ‘two wills of God’

The Calvinists have an explanation as to why God seems to will for man’s good and seems  to offer him a choice, when in fact it’s all an illusion and it’s all been predetermined.  It’s called “two wills”.  God has a moral will and a sovereign will.  His moral will is that we would have never sinned to begin with.  His sovereign will has to override that because we did.    John Piper (probably the primary leader in the neo Calvinism movement today) goes into great lengths in his book, “Does God Desire All Men to Be Saved?”, where he attempts to explain the many seeming contradictions in scripture with divine determinism, which is the belief that God’s sovereign will now overrides man’s ability to choose.    His theses is stated as “We must certainly distinguish between what God would like to see happen and what he actually does will to happen.” (p. 22)  God seems confused here.

Piper cites many examples in scripture where God seemed to act contrary to His moral will of good and benevolence by judging and punishing men and nations, culminating in causing men to murder Jesus (murder is against His moral will).    But his examples only underscore my point.  Almost every example given is for God’s sovereign purposes for kings, nations and special servants (prophets, apostles, Messiah, etc.), not for man’s individual salvation.  I do believe God’s sovereign purposes are beyond the will of man.  Praise God for that.  Man cannot thwart His march through history!

The only examples Piper gives toward individual salvation are Mark 4:11-12 and Rom. 1:24-28.  Both of these passages again confirm what I’m saying.

In Mark 4, Jesus did not speak plainly but in parables “lest they believe”.  If the ability to believe is all the sovereign work of God, then why does it matter if they heard or understood the Word of God?  Those of us who reject this doctrine teach that faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:18), not from some arbitrary hidden decision of God’s sovereignty.   This is also indicated in another passage Piper quotes, John 6:44, where Jesus said that “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him”, a passage frequently quoted to support Calvinism.  However, they leave out the next verse, 45 “It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me”, indicating that it is through the anointed Word of God that people are drawn to Jesus.

Rom. 1:24 starts with the preposition, “therefore”, referring to the preceding verses (v. 21-23),which states that the reason God “gave them up” to corruption was because of their choices to ignore Him, their pride, and their idolatry.  This is in accord with the entire teaching of scripture, where it states why God judges man, even to letting him be deceived and corrupted (see 2 Thess. 2:9-11).

 

How do you see God?

Does it matter what you believe about all this?  Maybe or maybe not.

Austin Fischer, a young ex Calvinist and author of Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed writes – “Our opinions about God will not change God; however, they can most certainly change us.”  (http://purpletheology.com/black-holes/).

“If we are confused about God’s election and God’s universal invitation to salvation, we will not love the world as we ought.” (John Piper, “Does God Desire All Men to Be Saved?”, p. 11).

No matter how you slice it, if you’re a Calvinist, you have a God who sends people to endless torment simply for having the fallen sin nature of Adam, if they’re not the “elect”.  No hope ever of salvation in this life.  You can say they deserve it all you want because they’ve sinned, but you’re condemning them to hell because of Adam’s sin, not theirs, and certainly not for rejecting Christ.  No way around it.  You also have to accept that you may have children, and you can pray all you want for their salvation, teach them diligently the way of salvation, model wonderful Christianity to them, and it means absolutely nothing if they’re not the elect.  I hope you’re okay with that, because I’m not.  Do the Calvinist teachers really accept this reality?   Is this why Matt Chandler, in his sermon “Does God Have Two Wills?”, a message where he professes Calvinist theology answers the question “What would you do if you suspected one of your children was not the elect?” with “I would beg God for their salvation!”  You hear many such contradictions from those who profess this doctrine.

 

A parable

In Matt. 22:1-14, Jesus tells a parable which I believe wonderfully illustrates both free will and God’s sovereignty.  A king had a wedding feast for His son, clearly a reference to God’s people (the elect) who will gather in the last day to begin their eternal romance with Jesus (Rev. 19:7).  However, those who were invited refused, which the Bible exhorts us consistently not to do.  So, the King sent his servants (witnesses) out for others to fill His House.   God in His sovereign purpose decrees He will have a people.  He will keep appealing until enough respond.  Just like the disobedience of the Israelites didn’t destroy His purpose of bringing them into the promised land, it only delayed it.   His purpose will be fulfilled.   Jesus then ends the parable with the instructive statement,  “For many are called, but few are chosen” (v. 14).  God calls many, but “chooses” (elects) those who respond to His call, much like a military recruiter would send out many invitations and ‘choose’ those who are willing to meet the conditions (see Matt. 16:24-26).

 

Love and tolerance

No matter how objectionable the ‘other view’ is in this issue to any of us, we should treat those who hold those views with love and respect, and not get into the trap of judging their motives as to ‘why’ they embrace such a view.   Or look disparagingly on them as if they possess a ‘lesser’ Christianity.  I’ve benefitted from the teaching of a number of Calvinistic pastors such as Mark Driscoll and Tim Keller (on other subjects!).  We are, after all in the same family.  I suggest we all use the majority of our energy reaching beyond our walls to those who are truly without God.

A Brief Stop at the Evolution Museum

A Brief Stop at the Evolution Museum

darwinDr. Charles Jackson, PhD Science Education, and outspoken critic of evolution, lectured on the topic “Death of Darwinism This Year” in an online video back in 2005 (http://www.creationtruth.com/dr-jacksons-video-library.html).  Darwinistic evolution is being increasingly discredited by scientists, while being pushed even more dogmatically in our schools and by high profile lecturers, such as avowed atheist, Richard Dawkins. 

People regularly ask me for my arguments and resources to understand the mounting scientific evidence against this theory.  For that reason, I wanted to pause and direct you to the museum of evolution.  A museum is for something that is gone, or is passing away.   Although I’ve already read too many books and attended, or even sponsored, too many lectures on this subject, there are much greater sources than me on this.  I direct you to some at the end of this brief article.  What I want to do here is to give you a few ‘bullet points’ that may clear the fog, and are easy to remember.

Basically, evolution theory is not supported by:

  • The missing links.  We simply do not see ‘transitional forms’ (creatures going from one species to the next) in the fossil record.  Charles Darwin himself recognized this as a weakness when his book was written in the mid 1800’s, and was hopeful that future research would uncover this.  It hasn’t.  All  of the suppose ‘ape man’ fossils have turned out either be a hoax, or either an ape, or a man.  Also, a question few people seem to ask on this as well is, “Where are the modern transitional forms?”   If there is a higher form between reptiles and amphibians, or ape and man, why did they conveniently become extinct?  Wouldn’t the next level from an ape be ‘better adapted’ than an ape?  Why do we still see an ape and a man, but nothing in between?  Or for that matter, in any form?
  • The DNA record.  “DNA is like a computer program, but far far more advanced than any software we’ve ever created” (Bill Gates).   “It is hard to fathom, but the amount of information in human DNA is roughly equivalent to 12 sets of The Encyclopedia Britannica— an incredible 384 volumes” worth of detailed information that would fill 48 feet of library shelves!  Yet in their actual size—which is only two millionths of a millimeter thick—a teaspoon of DNA, according to molecular biologist Michael Denton, could contain all the information needed to build the proteins for all the species of organisms that have ever lived on the earth, and there would still be enough room left for all the information in every book ever written” (Evolution: A Theory in Crisis , 1996, p. 334). Nothing in evolution accounts for the sheer amount of information contained in DNA, nor does it account for the process of adding to the DNA in order to produce more sophisticated species.  Also, they’re telling us now DNA tells us that they believe that all of the human race can be traced back to one couple.  Sound familiar?
  • Ability of men.  The difference between man and next level below (ape?) is huge – language, architecture, art, consciousness, morality, spirituality, etc., etc., etc.   Psalms 8:4-6  4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet
  • Sheer logic.  End of story.  People instinctively know that jet airliners don’t come from tornadoes in the junkyard, and intricate watches are not the result of shaking a box full of parts long enough (i.e. millions of years).  This is why the public is not buying this, after decades of public indoctrination by the so called scientific community.  Recent polls suggest only between 15-21% believe in unguided natural selection as an explanation for the present forms of life, which is basic Darwinian evolution theory.  This is where God gets the last laugh (Psalms 2:4) and makes “foolish the wisdom of this world” (I Cor. 1:20).  Any time you ask the people to continue to violate their god given common sense, you lose, whether you’re trying to impose (not teach) theories such as evolution, socialism, militant Islam, or whatever.   That’s why proponents of these ‘faiths’ have to resort to intimidation, legal or otherwise.

Age of the earth?

This is usually the first objection brought up on the subject.  Doesn’t science prove the universe is much older than the Bible indicates?  There are two theories people hold who believe in intelligent design or creation (slightly different).

(1)  Old earth.  God did create, but some of ages/days in the Bible are not literal.

(2)  Young earth.  The so called data is unreliable.  Many discrepancies are found in dating methods, such as wood dated at 40,000 years found embedded within rock dated at 40 million years.   Also, they are now finding soft tissue (which can only last several thousand years at best) in dinosaur bones (which we’re told are over 50 million years old).  This is technical reading, so I defer you to the experts here (i.e., “What about carbon dating?”, Answers, Creation Science Foundation, p. 86).

 This is a fascinating study, of which I’ve only scratched the surface.  I hope this gives a quick snapshot.

It would be sad thing indeed, for believers, young or old, to lose their faith as a result of a dying paradigm.  Our Creator is Who He says He is, and science continues to confirm that.  Let’s visit evolution in the museum, not bring it home with us.

 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.  Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. (I Tim. 6:20-21 KJV).

Resources

Web sites

Books

  • Mere Creation, InterVarsity Press
  • Answers, Creation Science Foundation
  • Darwin on Trial, InterVarsity Press
  • The Evolution of a Creationist, Biblical Discipleship Publishers