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Friday, September 23, 2011

Reasons Not To Believe - By: Shannon R. Haas - srh4christ.blogspot.com

There are 3 basic and general reasons that can be summarized as to why the unbelieving world rejects biblical Christianity.  They fall into one or more of the following categories: Intellectual, Emotional, or Behavioral.


1)  
Intellectual:  In light of the mountain of Christian apologetic resources available that support the Bible, historically, scientifically, and prophetically; Christianity remains a stumbling block for those who can’t get past evolutionary, philosophical, cultural, religious, or traditional ideologies.  Their pride ultimately becomes the barrier to admitting that they may be in error.
2)   Emotional:  Another reason may be that they had a bad emotional experience with a Christian (or so-called “Christian”) as a child or adult, and refuse to accept biblical Christianity on that basis.  They may have otherwise had a bad experience at a church, or can’t imagine a God that would condemn anyone to hell, allow disease, famine, suffering, etc.
3)   Behavioral:  The final and probably more common reason that a person rejects biblical Christianity is because the life of surrender as a Christian does not suit their sin filled lifestyle of living as they please.  They do not want to be held to any biblical moral standard of accountability to a holy, righteous, and just God; and would rather be in control of their own life.   
For more information please see the article in the blog archive entitled:  Do All Roads Lead To God & Are There Moral Absolutes?


     Shannon

Circle The Wagons!

One of the very obvious characteristics of the first-century church was the fellowship of believers.  They were drawn to each other primarily because of their new life in Christ.  They continued together, growing steadfast in doctrine, in the Lord’s Supper, and in praying together.  Furthermore, they met one another’s physical needs.  That was a witness of their changed life and the strengthening of their faith for witnessing.  Their obedience to the Word in fellowship produced much fruit, giving them favor with those who saw their changed lives, and the Lord added new believers to the church daily (Acts 2:42-47).

If we are not experiencing fellowship with other believers, besides being disobedient to the Word, we are missing out on what God has provided for our growth, encouragement, edification, consolation, and spiritual welfare and protection.  All of this is especially critical as apostasy increases and the world steps up its attacks against Christ and His followers.
T.A. McMahon
The Berean Call

Be Sure!

      “Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the 
will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied 
in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And 
then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity”  (Matthew 7:21-
23). 
      WHAT a terrible awakening it will be for those who are going on in this life thinking all is well with
them, and then in that day as they stand before the Lord of Glory hear these words, “I never knew you.” 
Words cannot describe the anguish of soul as that sentence is passed upon them, and added to it will be—
“Depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Friend, take notice that it does not say a few, but “MANY will say 
to Me in that day.” Are you among the many? Are you one of those that sit in a church pew thinking `all is 
well,' yet if God should say: “Cut him [or her] off,” you would drop from that pew into hell? “Many” have 
done this. Are you teaching a Sunday School class and not even saved yourself? Have you the responsibility 
for the eternal welfare of men and women who are looking to you to guide them? If so, you're one of those 
that God speaks of—“the blind leading the blind.” Are you a hireling or a shepherd? Are you depending 
upon some religious experience to get you to heaven, or some good deed you have done or are doing? What 
proof have you that you are going to heaven and not to hell? 
      
      It's time to awaken and think about these things. It's time to do some soul searching. God says, 
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how 
that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (II Cor 13:5). God requires that we make our “calling 
and election sure” (II Peter 1:10). 
      Let us not forget many are on the broad way that leads to destruction, but only a few find the narrow 
way that leads to eternal life. That is the reason God says, “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us 
of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it” (Heb 4:1). If your aim is heaven and 
you come short of it, nothing remains but a lost eternity. If you are being deceived by any of the many ways 
Satan has for destroying the soul, and you know it not or care not, then in that day when the righteous Judge 
shall appear to try the hearts of men your cry for all eternity will be too late, too late! With all urgency I say 
again, Be Sure . There is no sacrifice too great on your part that you might know, beyond a doubt, whether 
your sins are forgiven and your destiny heaven. 
     What are some of the marks of eternal life? God says we must be born again. What does this new birth 
mean? We read, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; 
behold, all things are become new” (II Cor 5:17). Do you know what this means in your life? “He that saith, 
I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments , is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (I John 2:4). Are not 
these words to think upon? “But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and 
knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes” (I John 2:11). Are you walking 
in darkness or light? God is light. If we are doing the will of God, we will be walking in the light as He is in 
the light and not as one blind walking in darkness. “He that doeth the will of God abideth forever” (I John 
2:17). Is not this worth striving for? Do we not read—“He that committeth sin is of the devil” (I John 3:8). 
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (I John 4:8). “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” 
What are your fruits? “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good 
fruit” (Matt 7:16-20). What do you know about “the fruit of the Spirit...love, joy, peace, longsuffering, 
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Gal 5:22,23)? 
      It is necessary that we prove ourselves in the light of God's Word. May I urge again no matter who you 
are, where you are, what church you belong to, what so-called Christian work you are doing, whether white 
or black, young or old, whether Protestant, Catholic, Jewish or any other faith, Be Sure . Remember, there is 
only one God, one Christ, and one way of salvation. “If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the 
ungodly and the sinner appear?” (I Peter 4:18). “This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth andhonoreth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me” (Matt 15:8). “Every plant, which My heavenly 
Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up” (Matt 15:13). 
      Time is but a short space, eternity is immeasurable. Heaven will never cease to exist, neither will hell. If 
you are one of His, prove it. God hates lukewarmness. His desire is determined men and women grounded in 
the truth, standing firm upon the living Word, not carried about by every wind of doctrine, but established 
upon the rock Christ Jesus. What a sad condition exists today when one sees little difference between those 
who profess Christ and those of the world. The world, the flesh, and the devil are enemies of the child of 
God. We read that even Satan is changed into an angel of light. Is it any wonder we need to continually 
examine ourselves, that we might Be Sure of our salvation?


chapellibrary.org

Two Ways

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7: 13-14 KJV)
        It is sobering to realize that the multitudes who believe that all people are “going to the same place” actually are all going to the same place, for they are all traveling the broad way to destruction.  It was God Himself, through Jesus Christ, who said that few (few!) ever find the way to eternal life.  That narrow way to life is only through Christ, who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
        The word for “way” in both Old and New Testaments means a road, or journey.  Figuratively, it is often used for a lifestyle.  The Bible makes it plain, again and again, that there are two ways and two destinies: “The Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish” (Psalm 1:6).
        The first “way” mentioned in Scripture is “the way of the tree of life,” guarded by mighty cherubim and a flaming sword (Genesis 3:24) after Adam and Eve had rejected the authority of their Creator.  The second “way” mentioned is when “all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth” and God had to decree “the end of all flesh” (Genesis 6:12-13).
         The great tragedy is that while there are relatively few who “do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life” (Revelation 22:14), the way is freely open, through Christ, to all who will come to Him.  Therefore, each sincere soul should pray, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).

Henry Morris  (icr.org)

Mini War Briefing

I hope that everyone who reads this realizes that we are in a war….a spiritual war, which has both spiritual and physical consequences.  If you are not aware we’re in that kind of war, it’s very likely that you’ve already been taken captive.  Neutrality is capitulation in this war.  If you are a pacifist in this battle, you have been effectively neutralized.  Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against me” (Matthew 12:30).
          With that in mind, I present this mini war briefing.  Second Corinthians 2:11 says, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”  The Adversary’s most successful device in keeping mankind from being reconciled to God, or, for those who have been reconciled, keeping them unfruitful, is the same strategy used in war: disrupt and jam the opponent’s communication.
          Satan’s first attempt at that was extraordinarily successful yet amazingly simple.  He got Eve into the position of re-evaluating God’s absolute command by raising doubts in her mind: “Yea, hath God said….?”  That was the disruption, which was then followed by the denial of the consequences of disobeying God’s command:  “Ye shall not surely die” (Genesis 3:1,4).
          Let us take to heart the prayer of Jesus to the Father for us: “Sanctify them through thy truth: they word is truth” (John 17:17).

T. A. McMahon

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Friends Of Israel - By: William E. Sutter - August 2011 Newsletter

Dear Friend:
          We live in a world turned upside down.  If you need evidence, consider the anti-terrorist conference held last month in Tehran, Iran….the greatest sponsor of terrorism on the planet.  Predictably, Israel and the United States were labeled the major offenders; and delegates charged America with benefitting from the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States, as well as from the Holocaust.
          Representatives from a reported 61 countries sat through diatribes that UN leaders called helpful.  Astonishingly, many of the participants were “friends” and allies of America and receive military and economic aid from U.S. taxpayers.
          That said, many people today wonder, Have pro-Israel Christians become too politically involved with the secular Jewish state?  My answer is two questions:  (1) In view of the incendiary situation Israel faces, should we stand by its integrity as a nation….as we would for our own country….or side with those calling for Israel’s destruction?  (2) Should we disregard the unique bond between Bible-believing Christians and the clear commissions of God’s Word?
          Consider a few of the threats against tiny Israel at this very moment:
·       The demand that Israel retreat to the indefensible 1949 armistice lines.
·       The looming September vote in the UN, led by anti-Israel forces, to declare unilaterally a Palestianian state.
·       Flotillas of ships poised to break a blockade that has enabled Israel to restrict the transportation of weapons into Gaza.
·       The political alliance of Hamas terrorists and the Palestinian Authority; it will not recognize Israel’s right to exist and reserves the right to destroy the Jewish state.
·       The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, particularly in Egypt, that jeopardizes the Egypt/Israel peace treaty.
·       Iran’s unremitting intent to bomb Israel out of existence at the first opportunity, thereby instituting a second Holocaust to obliterate 6 million Jewish people living in the Jewish homeland.
In addition, militant anti-Semitism is erupting in many countries.  The issue is not excessive Christian political support but, rather, a commitment to Israel’s survival within secure and recognized borders….something every fair minded person should support.
     Most compelling, however, is the unique bond between Bible-believing Christians and the clear commissions of God’s Word.  Scripture makes it abundantly clear that God’s program for Israel is enduring and has never, in any detail, been rescinded.  This fact is a stumbling block for Replacement Theology, which extracts Israel from God’s equation and inserts the church as the “true Israel.”  As more believers study prophecy and understand Israel’s place in God’s plan, inflammatory attacks against us by Replacement advocates increase.
     It is not that we choose a secular system.  It is that we choose to obey God rather than become insignificant bystanders in the gigantic struggles of the last days.  Nothing more contemporary or significant that the command, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Ps. 122:6).  The verse is not an epitaph on a gravestone of ancient history.  Nor is the oft-quoted promise of Genesis 12:3:
     “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
     Can we affirm that….through the descendants of the patriarch Abraham and, as Christians, through His Son Jesus….we have all been blessed?  Yes!  To the Sovereign of history, a covenant is an irrevocable agreement.  It is seriously imparted and is meant to be equally honored.  Genesis 17: 7-8 records God’s binding agreement with Israel through Abraham:
     “And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.  Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
     This commitment carries over into the New Testament era and relates to Christian conduct toward the Chosen People, as well as to the prophetic futures of both the church and Israel.  For example, Romans 9-11, which discusses Israel’s past, present, and future, clears up the issue of Israel’s continuing relevance:
     “I say then, hath God cast away His people?  God forbid” (Romans 11:1).
     As Romans 11 continues to the entrance of the Deliverer to gather to Himself beloved Israel, it reminds us of the conduct required of Christians toward the Jewish people and toward their future: We must be examples of grace and goodwill.
     More than seven decades ago, the insightful founders of this organization chose the name The Friends of Israel to express who we were, are, and ever will be.  We will never apologize for being, in every possible capacity, true friends of Israel and the Jewish people.  At FOI we take seriously the admonition of Isaiah 40: 1-2:
     “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.  Speak ye comfortably (tenderly) to Jerusalem.”
     Friends comfort friends in time of need.  Israel’s need today for friends is immense.  I’m asking you to join me and my colleagues in serving that obligation.
Every Blessing in Christ,

William E. Sutter
Executive Director of The Friends of Israel
August 2011 Newsletter    



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Creation or Evolution?

These two theories of the origin of the universe are mutually exclusive. Of the two scientific models 
constructed around these theories, one is correct and the other incorrect. One is true and the other false. 
Either the universe, with life on earth included, had a beginning or it did not. Either there is a Creator 
who is eternal, or the universe has existed eternally in one form or another. Since man was not present in 
eternity or at the beginning, scientifically he can only postulate (to assume or assert something as a basis 
of argument), hypothesize, and theorize about origins and then test by observation and analysis of 
present data. This must be done with presuppositions about and extrapolation into the past based on or
derived from that data. In the final analysis both scientific models, creation or evolution, lead to a matter 
of faith. Scientifically, the model that is most likely correct is the one which the data best fits. Therefore, 
let’s take a simplistic look at these two models in the light of some of the data.
1. The two foremost scientific laws concerning the universe are the 1st and 2nd laws of 
thermodynamics. Simply stated, these laws say that nothing is now being created or annihilated and that 
all systems (living or otherwise), unless otherwise designed or without intelligence maintaining them,
become less complex and eventually run down and wear out. What does the data reveal? Answer: 
Nothing is now being created or annihilated in the universe and it is running down and wearing out. This 
is what the creation model postulates. The evolution model postulates that the universe, as we know it, 
started from dead and less complex matter and became more and more complex even to the production 
of all living systems, including man. With the associated scientific facts, the 1st and 2nd laws fit the 
creation model best, making it the most scientific of the two models. This is the case even after taking 
into account that these laws are based on closed systems. 
2. There is another law known as the law of “cause and effect.” Every event is the result of a cause or 
causes. Thus there must be an event causer. The cause of an event may have been a previous event which
had a causer. Scientifically, one must conclude there is a first cause for the complex and well organized 
universe (though it is wearing out). Since the Causer must be capable of producing the event, the “first 
cause” of the universe, with all that it contains, must be greater than the universe. Anything less than that 
could not cause it. The “first cause” of time must be beyond “time.” The “first cause” of life must be
“living.” Of course we could logically go on and on. Obviously, when all the data is analyzed the “First 
Cause” of this universe must be at least infinite, eternal, all powerful, everywhere present, all knowing, 
personal, and free to do as He pleases. The creation model postulates such a “First Cause.” What about
the evolution model? Some scientists think the cause of the universe, as we know it today, was a Big 
Bang. 
That’s a long way from scientific fact but even if such were the case, what caused it and what caused 
the cause that caused the Big Bang? The evolution model must conclude that energy and/or mass are 
eternal. Thus there is no first cause of this universe. This universe, in one form or another, is eternally 
self-existent. This ignores any logical reasoning as to the scientific law of Cause and Effect. To assume 
no first cause of the universe by-passes this law. So, which model does this scientific law fit best? 
Answer: The creation model. 
3. What about the fossil record? Much data concerning fossils have been collected from the earth’s 
shell. What does this data tell us about creation and evolution? First, the evolution model postulates that 
dinosaurs and man did not live on the earth at the same time. Does the data support this? No! Footprints 
of man and dinosaurs have been unearthed side by side in the same geological deposit. The prints of both 
species give every evidence of being authentic. They prove that dinosaurs and man lived on earth at the 
same time. Of course those who religiously hold to the evolution model will not accept the clear 
evidence even though man and dinosaur still live together on the earth. Crocodiles are dinosaurs (great lizards) that have survived extinction. When one evolutionist looked at human footprints beside dinosaur 
footprints, he said of the human prints, in essence: These prints must have been made by some humanlike animal because humans and dinosaurs did not exist on the earth at the same time. That’s the typical 
“scientific” logic of an evolutionist. Secondly, if the evolution model is correct there should be millions 
of fossils which show transitional forms of life between species. There is not one fossil in the millions 
that can be scientifically identified as a transitional creature. Macro-evolution has no scientific basis in 
the fossil record. On the other hand, the creation model postulates that man and dinosaurs lived on earth 
at the same time and that the fossil record will show all species of creatures fully formed with no 
transitional fossils. These are exactly what the fossil record reveals. So, which is the most scientific 
model according to the fossil record? Answer: The creation model. 
4. What about the age of the earth? The evolution model postulates that the earth is very old. The 
creation model postulates a young earth though age is not a factor. Which model does the data most fully 
support? Because the statistical probability of evolution is zero without a very old earth, the evolution 
model requires an earth that is millions of years old. The evolutionary thesis is that given enough time 
anything can happen, even evolution. The crocodile may one day sprout wings and fly. So according to 
the evolution model, how old is the earth? Answer: As old as the rocks. But how old are the rocks? 
Answer: As old as the fossils. Well, how old are the fossils? Answer: As old as the rocks. Conclusion 
from the evolution model: the earth is old enough to raise above zero the probability that evolution 
occurred. What does the data really show? Estimates, based on uniformity, range from 1,750 years to 
500,000,000+ years. Which is the best estimate? Of course the earth is older than 1,750 years but 
otherwise take your pick. You will still come up with a zero probability of evolution for all practical 
purposes. The fact is that the age of the universe or its earth cannot be determined by scientists. The 
creation model postulates that the earth systems may be young. The earth was created with an apparent 
age. For instance, the first man was made a fully grown and mature adult. After he was one day old, any 
scientist would have concluded that he was approximately 30 years old. Are there any data that supports 
a young age for the earth? Yes. The rate of decrease in the earth’s magnetic field produces an estimate of 
10,000 years or less. Radiocarbon entering the earth system gives 10,000 years; growth of the oldest 
living part of our biosphere indicates the earth’s age to be 5000 years; development of human population 
gives about 4000 years. These younger estimates are as close to the true age as those that give older ages 
and probably closer since they are smaller. If we trust the younger ages to be the best scientific estimates, 
then the creation model is the most tenable. 
5. Which model, creation or evolution, does the earth’s geological structure best support? Simply 
put, the evolution model postulates that the so-called geological column was laid down per the 
uniformity theory over millions of years. The fossils in the lower part of the column would be of the 
simplest life-forms and thus the first order of evolution. The next highest level in the column would 
contain more complex life-forms and thus a higher order in evolution. The idea is, that as the life-forms 
evolved and died, they were covered by the erosion of the surrounding terrain. Apart from the fact that 
fossils of different complexity are sometimes found in the same level of the column, another problem 
with this process is that it does not lend itself to fossil formation. Dead creatures seem to rot, turn to dust 
and their bones get scattered, there’s not much left to fossilize. Besides, even if fossils could be made by 
the millions this way, the question arises: What happened to the fossils of transitional life-forms? There 
should be millions, but there’s not one. Well, what about the creation model? It postulates that the 
geological structure of the earth is mainly the result of a world-wide catastrophe (a flood-earthquakevolcanic combination) and its aftermath. Only those humans who were prepared, along with the airbreathing creatures (dinosaurs included) they prepared for, and the water dwelling creatures would have 
lived through it all. All others perished and many of those were buried in the resulting sludge and debris 
as it settled out of the agitated flood waters and was pressed down by the tremendous forces involved.Thus the geological column, with its millions of fossils, was formed. The pressure/temperature/time, 
operating on buried debris, produced the fossil fuels which we are using for an energy source today. The 
violent upheaval of the pre-catastrophe earth drastically changed its topography. The continents, now 
with mountain ranges and the associated ocean basins, then went through a short ice-age, leaving them 
much as they are today. So, which model does the geological data best fit? Answer: The creation model.
The above are only five examples, but it doesn’t matter which data is analyzed. Scientifically it all 
comes out the same. The data always fits the creation model of origins better than or equally as well as 
the evolution model. 
So which model of origins is the most scientific? While there are many unresolved scientific 
problems with both models of origins, the answer to this question must be the creation model. The data, 
when analyzed within the context of the scientific method, overwhelmingly supports the creation model 
over the evolution model. As someone said, “It takes more faith to believe in evolution than to believe in 
God.” 
While there are many scientists who reject the evolution model in favor of the creation model, there 
are many more who hold to the evolution model. Why do they do so? Why is evolution treated as fact in 
our public education system, news media and some churches? Maybe it is as one scientist who held to 
evolution said, in essence: To deny evolution is to acknowledge that there is a God and if there is a God 
who created then we must be accountable to Him. This scientist did not hold to evolution based on his 
scientific analysis of the data, but because of his hatred of God. The Creator, who this man and so many 
others reject, has told us many times and in many ways that he created the heaven and earth and all that 
is in them. Simply stated, He created the universe. It’s recorded in the Holy Bible: 
“For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is...” (Exo 20:11). 
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him...” (Gen 1:27). 
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psa 19:1). 
“Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things... To whom then will ye liken 
me, or shall I be equal? Saith the Holy One” (Isa 40:25-26). 
“...God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the 
earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them 
that walk therein...I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out 
the heavens, and all their host have I commanded” (Isa 45:5,12). 
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was 
in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that 
was made...the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the 
only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:1-3,14). 
“...who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein 
are, and the sea, and the things which are therein for his pleasure...” (Rev 4:11). 
As we said in the beginning of this booklet, creation and evolution are mutually exclusive. To 
believe in macro-evolution is to reject God’s word and thus to call him a liar. For instance, there are 
“Christians” who desire to hold a “theistic evolution” belief, even though this belief is contrary to the 
Bible. Note just one verse: 
“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the 
morning were the sixth day” (Gen 1:31). 
The “evening and the morning” defines a literal day upon this earth and try as one may to remove the 
words “very good,” or explain them away, they always refute the theistic evolutionists who say that God 
started it but chose evolution to carry it on. God did not create and make man, or any other creature or 
living system, in a death struggle of the survival of the fittest. Death was not present when God looked upon His work and proclaimed that it was “very good.” Survival of the fittest is the result of man’s sin 
and the curse it brought, not God’s direct design. 
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon 
all men, for that all have sinned:” (Rom 5:12). 
“For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but... The creature itself also shall be 
delivered from the bondage of corruption... For we know that the whole creation groaneth and 
travaileth in pain together until now” (Rom 8:20-22). 
Dear Reader, 
You do not have to worry about what so-called scientific or religious leaders say about origins. After
all, scientific laws are simply formulations of what already exists. It was created so and true science 
finds it so. You can read the truth about the origin of the universe and much more in the world’s most
comprehensive and absolutely accurate Book, the Holy Bible. The Author tells us much about earth’s 
history, including how it all began. He tells us that He spoke and the worlds came into being: 
“...the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of 
things which do appear” (Heb 11:3). 
He even tells us how its going to end. 
“...the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the
earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be 
dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and 
hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the 
elements shall melt with fervent heat?” (2 Peter 3:10-12). 
What shall be after this ending? He tells us that also. 
“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein 
dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13). 
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed 
away...” (Rev 21:1). 
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither 
sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Rev 
21:4). 
“But the...unbelieving...shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: 
which is the second death” (Rev 21:8).
Your eternal abiding place depends upon whether or not you believe God; not with just a head belief 
but within the deepest recesses of the inner man. The belief that will save you from the “second death” is 
a belief which comes from God. It is a belief that will give you a broken and contrite heart because of sin 
and drive you to your knees before the Creator. It is a belief that will cause you to cry out to the Lord 
Jesus Christ from a heart of repentance. It will make you cast off all hope in self or any mere man and 
exercise faith in the Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It will cause you to open your heart to Jesus Christ, 
the sin bearer and Lord of all who do so. While the question of which model of origins is the most 
scientific is an important one, the true believer knows the answer, thus the most important question is: 
Where will you spend eternity? With God in the bliss of the “new heaven and new earth” or 
separated eternally from Him by the “second death”? Only those who have eternal life will escape that 
“lake of fire.” And who is it that has eternal life? Answer: He that hath the Son. 
“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath 
the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:11-12). 
Who hath the Son of God? Answer: Those who have received Him. 
“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto 
his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of 
the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:10-13). 
The belief that truly opens the heart to receive the Lord Jesus also imparts a new birth which changes
and directs our lives into the path of righteousness. David of Israel asked the question: 
“LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?” (Psa 15:1). 
David received the answer: 
“He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. He that 
backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his 
neighbour. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He 
that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh 
reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved” (Psa 15:2-5). 
No! Salvation is not earned or obtained by living a righteous life. It comes from God “by 
grace...through faith”; however, once received it produces changes in a person’s life. Everyone who 
Jesus Christ saves will strive to live a righteous life. The major thirsts of a saved soul will be to know 
Him and be like Him. 
“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God” (Psa 42:1). 
Dear Reader, have you been saved? If not, believe on the Son of God and you will not experience the 
“second death.” God tells us that He became a man that He might destroy the Satanic power of Death, 
the enemy of mankind, and give eternal life to all who will believe. 
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him 
should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). 
God also tells us:
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God 
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the hart man believeth unto righteousness; 
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on 
him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord 
over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be 
saved” (Rom 10:9-13). 
Gerald J. Counts
The author, a retired Electronics Engineer, is a student of science, not a scientist. Most of the 
thoughts on the models of origins in this booklet are based upon the works of scientists who are 
associated with the Institute of Creation Research (ICR).
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Self Importance: An Unbiblical Worldview

Self-importance has a way of creeping into our hearts. Once there, it secretly influences every thought, 
even our spiritual desires and prayers. 
There comes a tendency to assume that we have a specially significant role to play in the Kingdom of 
God. Surely if the Lord is about to do something important in the world, it will be through our church, our 
nation, our theological party. Thus, even prayer for revival is salted with self-interest, with the conviction 
that we will be near the focal point of God's working in our generation. "Revive America, revive the Baptist 
churches," we pray. 
As a corrective to such a frame of mind, the Lord once said through Isaiah: "I revealed myself to those 
who did not ask for me: I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, 
I said, 'Here am I; Here am I'" (Isa 65:1). This glorious announcement came in answer to a cry from Judah 
asking the Lord to work in its nation again. 
Our Lord delights to disclose Himself to those who have made no effort to seek for Him and have no 
inclination to please Him. Nothing brings more praise to His sovereign grace than God's taking the initiative 
to draw men to the gospel. When the one to whom He reveals Himself is an unlikely candidate for saving
grace because he is hostile or uninterested, more attention is directed to the free mercy of God! 
Each of us was converted after this sort. We came to the Lord Jesus, but it was because the Father drew 
us (John 6:44). We believed on the Saviour but only when God was pleased to reveal His Son in us (Gal 
1:16). We repented of our sins, but it was after He took the first step of giving us repentance (Acts 5:31). 
Our chief distinction is that we are living specimens of sinners wholly disinclined to worship God who
nonetheless were sought out and found by Him. 
So, too, was this the historic origin of Israel. Abram was called out of a family and nation dominated by 
unbelief and the darkness of false religions. Jehovah made the first move. The Most High initiated a 
friendship with Abram! He made a choice exhibit of God's sovereign grace. 
But beyond the experience of individuals, sovereign initiative is the centerpiece of the Lord's strategy in 
spreading the gospel. Highlighting the freeness of His saving goodness pleases the Almighty so very much. 
Therefore, His saving might frequently runs to the most unexpected places. Isaiah 65:1 was alerting the 
Hebrews to His intention of extending the gospel privileges to the heathen nations. 
As we read about nations of tens of millions with societies wholly ignorant of the Scriptures and wholly 
committed to the worship of false gods, our natural response would be to feel discouraged. There are regions 
of the world where the population's collective back is turned toward God. Is there any hope for them? 
Nothing is more plain in Scripture than the fact that our Lord is determined to launch a knowledge of 
Himself in heathen regions. He will implant true religion in His enemy's regions, to the praise of His
remarkable grace. 
Should not our acquaintance with the Lord's delight in showing His sovereign grace excite us to hope for 
the darkest corners of the earth? As we meditate on the Lord's strategy of saying, "Here am I" to those who 
are strangers to true worship, will we not give, go and pray for the evangelization of the regions now hostile 
to our Saviour? Should we not expect that fresh displays of grace will capture the attention of our 
generation? When our attention is lifted above our own situation, we must admit that the gospel is making 
remarkable inroads in difficult places. It must continue to do so.
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