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Friday, November 28, 2014

There is No Climate Crisis

The co-founder of the Weather Channel caused quite the stir when he wrote that “there is no climate crisis . . . the science is not valid.”
After being rejected to present the other side of climate change at a recent forum, John Coleman wrote an open letter to the forum stating his view on climate change:
There is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past and there is no reason to fear any in the future. Efforts to prove the theory that carbon dioxide is a significant ‘greenhouse’ gas and pollutant causing significant warming or weather effects have failed. There has been no warming over 18 years.
He adds that more than 9,000 PhD scientists agree with him on this and argues the following:
There is no climate crisis. The ocean is not rising significantly. The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number. Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased. There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing). I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid.
At Answers in Genesis, while we certainly do not deny climate change, we believe there is no significant man-made climate change (as some politicians claim) due to scientific evidence (which include many of the same reasons as Coleman) and biblical reasons. The Flood of Noah’s time, which came about because of man’s wickedness, is directly responsible for the global climate change—read my recent blog post on this subject where I explain this in more detail.
No Undeniable Evidence of Man-Made Climate Change
Since we only have recorded temperature data from the year 1880 onward, past temperature and carbon dioxide readings are determined from air bubbles trapped in the ice cores. Supposedly, this data stretches back 800,000 years into the past. Of course, this is all based on the popularly and politically accepted uniformitarian, old-earth assumptions that we have goodbiblical and scientific reasons for disagreeing with.
Despite fear-mongering claims, such as those made by Neil deGrasse Tyson in the Cosmos TV series, or those recently made by Bill Nye, there is no concrete or undeniable evidence of significant, man-made climate change. Drastically changing our fossil fuel usage, like climate alarmists suggest, would actually have serious and even deadly effects on millions of people, particularly the poor who would no longer have access to affordable energy. With not only economies worldwide but the very lives of millions of people sure to be rocked, decisions about climate change are not something that should be made on haphazard or politically driven, worldview-dependent science.
Those who try to shout down man-made climate change naysayers have a habit of trying to demonize them and dismiss their claims as the rantings of the religious right. However, as the Weather Channel co-founder’s letter makes clear, skepticism about man-made climate change is widespread even on the basis of observational science alone. But Bible-believing Christians, realizing that God’s Word has given us a wealth of reliable information about Earth’s history, should be particularly quick to see that there are a host of unverifiable uniformitarian assumptions behind the science trotted out in support of the popular “climate-change-is deadly-and-man’s-the-cause” position.
I encourage you to read the full-length article, “Should We Be Concerned About Climate Change?” online or in The New Answers Book 4.

Did They Want More Violence In Ferguson? 10 ‘Coincidences’ Too Glaring To Ignore

Was it a conspiracy or was it incompetence?  Those appear to be the only two alternatives that we are left with after the horrific violence that we witnessed in Ferguson on Monday night.  The first round of Ferguson rioting back in August took everyone by surprise, but this time authorities had more than three months to prepare.  They had the ability to control precisely when the grand jury decision would be announced and how many cops and National Guard troops would be deployed on the streets.  But despite all this, the violence in Ferguson on Monday night was even worse than we witnessed back in August.  Either this was a case of almost unbelievable incompetence, or there was someone out there that actually wanted this to happen.  If someone out there is actually trying to provoke more violence in Ferguson, then the rioters are being played like a fiddle.  Most of them have no idea that they could potentially just be pawns in a game that is far larger than they ever imagined.  The only other alternative to explain what we just saw is incompetence on a level that is absolutely laughable.  Something definitely does not smell right about all of this, and let us hope that at some point the American people get the truth.  The following are 10 “coincidences” from Monday night in Ferguson that are too glaring to ignore…
#1 Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities had more than three months to prepare for the violence that would follow the announcement of the grand jury decision.  The mainstream media endlessly hyped this controversy and everyone knew that trouble would be brewing.  But despite an enormous amount of time to prepare, very little was actually done to prevent any violence from happening.
#2 Someone made the decision to make the public announcement about the grand jury decision in the evening.  Anyone involved in law enforcement knows that crowd control is far more difficult after dark.  This also ensured that instead of being tied up with work or school, a maximum number of protesters would be able to be involved in the violence.
#3 Fortunately for the mainstream media, the announcement of the grand jury decision was perfectly timed to provide the largest possible number of prime time viewers for the big news networks.
#4 Just like back in August, no law enforcement authorities of any kind responded while dozens of businesses were vandalized, looted and set of fire.
#5 According to Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, National Guard troops were purposely held back from intervening in the rioting that was unleashed when the grand jury decision was made known to the public…
In a press conference, he called the delay “deeply concerning” and said the Guard troops were available but were not deployed when city officials asked.
The troops had been readied last week by Gov. Jay Nixon as the grand jury announcement neared. But as gunshots rang out in the night and looters torched buildings, they were nowhere to be seen.
#6 It is being reported that the heavily armed National Guard troops were limited to “keeping the peace at a courthouse, patrolling the outskirts of town and preventing disturbances in other suburbs” as horrific violence raged in the heart of Ferguson on Monday night.
#7 Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder has accused Missouri Governor Jay Nixon of holding back the National Guard troops because of pressure from the Obama administration.  On Monday night, he angrily made the following statement to Fox News…
“Is the reason that the National Guard was not in there because the Obama Administration and the Holder Justice Department leaned on you to keep them out? I cannot imagine any other reason why the governor who mobilized the National Guard would not have them in there to stop this.”
#8 The Washington Post has documented that Attorney General Eric Holder had been in direct contact with Governor Nixon and had expressed “frustration” with the fact that the National Guard had been activated…
A top aide to Holder called the governor’s office earlier this week to express Holder’s displeasure and “frustration,” according to a Justice Department official.
“Instead of de-escalating the situation, the governor escalated it,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the subject. “He sent the wrong message. The tone of the press conference was counterproductive.”
#9 Firefighters in Ferguson did not immediately respond to calls to put out the multiple fires that were set by protesters.  As a result, many businesses essentially burned to the ground.  But this did make for some amazing television footage.
#10 In the worst of the “war zones”, journalists with cameras and microphones were crawling all over the place while there were hardly any police to be seen at all.  How is it possible that law enforcement could have failed so badly?  Could it be possible that this was orchestrated on purpose?
Sadly, as I have written about previously, the civil unrest that we are witnessing in Ferguson is just a small preview of what is coming to America.
The anger and frustration that are seething under the surface in this country have reached a boiling point.  Instead of coming together, we are seemingly more divided than ever.  Americans have been trained to hate one another, fear one another and blame one another.  I fear that we are not too far away from actually becoming ungovernable.
And when the next major wave of the economic crisis strikes and we start experiencing real suffering in this nation, the temper tantrums that we are going to witness in our major cities are going to make what is happening in Ferguson right now look like a Sunday picnic.
So buckle up and hold on, because it is going to be a really bumpy ride from here on out.
Ferguson is not the end – it is just the beginning of a horrible new chapter in American history.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Distinguishing Mark of Christianity

by John MacArthur - Source Link - gty.org
Freedom or slavery—what’s the distinguishing mark of Christianity? In a generation fixated on freedom, fulfillment, and autonomy, the vote has been cast early and often for freedom. But the Bible is abundantly clear—slavery is the heart of what it means to be a true Christian. It’s time to reassert this unpopular notion: true Christians are slaves of Christ.
Jesus is Lord (1 Corinthians 12:3) is the distinguishing article of Christianity and marks the essential confession of faith (Romans 10:9). Jesus proclaimed it to His disciples, His enemies, and His casual inquirers alike—and He refused to tone down its implications.
The expression “Lord” (kurios) speaks of ownership, while “Master/Lord” (despotes) denotes an unquestionable right to command (John 13:13; Jude 4). Both words describe a master with absolute dominion over someone else. That explains Jesus’ incredulity at the practice of those who paid homage to Him with their lips but not with their lives: “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).
Doulos frequently describes what it means to be a true Christian: “He who was called while free, is Christ’s slave [doulos]. You were bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 7:22-23). It describes the lowest, abject bond slave; his service is not a matter of choice.
A Misleading Translation
Unfortunately, readers of the English Bible have long been shielded from the full force of doulosbecause of an ages-old tendency to translate it as “servant” or “bond-servant.” This tendency is regrettable, since service and slavery are not the same thing. “No one can be a slave to two masters” (Matthew 6:24) makes better sense than “No one can serve two masters.” An employee with two jobs could indeed serve two masters; but a slave could not. Scripture repeatedly calls Christians “slaves” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), purchased for God (Revelation 5:9). This is the very essence of what it means to be a Christian (Romans 14:7-9).
A Revolting Concept
Not only is slave a word loaded with negative connotations, but our generation is also fixated on the concepts of freedom, fulfillment, and autonomy. Saving faith and Christian discipleship have been reduced to the cliché “a personal relationship with Jesus.” It’s hard to imagine a more disastrous twisting of what it means to be a Christian. Many people (including Judas and Satan) had some kind of “personal relationship” with Jesus during His earthly ministry without submitting to Him as Lord. But His only true friends were those who did what He said (John 15:14).
A Difficult Truth
The Distinguishing Mark of Christianity
Slavery to Christ is not a minor or secondary feature of true discipleship. It is exactly how Jesus Himself defined the “personal relationship” He must have with every true follower (John 12:2615:20). In fact, the fundamental aspects of slavery are the very features of redemption. We are chosen (Ephesians 1:4-51 Peter 1:22:9); bought (1 Corinthians 6:207:23); owned (Romans 14:7-91 Corinthians 6:19); subject to His will and control (Acts 5:29Philippians 2:5-8); called to account (Romans 14:12); evaluated (2 Corinthians 5:10); and either chastened or rewarded by Him (1 Corinthians 3:14Hebrews 12:5-11). Those are all essential components of slavery.
A Divine Introduction
Jesus introduced the NT slave metaphor. He frequently drew a direct connection between slavery and discipleship (Matthew 10:24-25). His words reflect what every true disciple should hope to hear at the end of life: “Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:21).
Jesus always described true discipleship in such terms, with no effort to adjust the message to make it sound appealing to worldly-minded sinners. He never muted what it would cost to follow Him. Would-be disciples who tried to dictate different terms were always turned away (Luke 9:59-62).
Slaves Who Are Friends
Perhaps the key passage on Jesus’ demand for implicit obedience is one already alluded to—John 15:14-15: “You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.”
The fundamental principle here is obedience. Jesus was not suggesting that His favor could be earned through service. Rather, He was saying that obedience is a singular proof that someone is His friend. Implicit obedience to His commandments is the natural fruit of genuine love for Him—the telltale mark of authentic, saving faith.
Why, then, does He say, “No longer do I call you slaves…I have called you friends” (v. 15)? Is He expressly telling them their relationship with Him was now a familiar, personal camaraderie between colleagues, rather than a master-slave relationship governed by authority and submission?
Not at all. The apostles were still His slaves, because that’s precisely what they were. He was simply saying they were His friends as well as His slaves. “The slave,” He explains, “does not know what his master is doing.” A slave isn’t owed any explanation or rationale. But Jesus had kept nothing secret from His disciples: “all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you” (v. 15). They were therefore much more than mere slaves to Him. They were His friends as well, privy to His thoughts and purposes (cf. 1 Corinthians 2:16).
Slavery and True Liberty
So understood correctly, the gospel is an invitation to slavery. On the one hand, the gospel is a proclamation of freedom to sin’s captives and liberty to people who are broken by the bondage of sin’s power over them. On the other hand, it is a summons to a whole different kind of slavery: “Having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness” (Romans 6:18; cf. 1 Peter 2:16).
Both sides of the equation are vital. There is a glorious freedom in being the slaves of Christ (John 8:36), but it means the end of human autonomy for the true follower of Christ. In other words, everyone serves some master. We are all enslaved in one way or the other (Romans 6:16-21).
There is no legitimate way to adjust the message in order to make it sound appealing to people who admire Jesus but aren’t prepared to serve Him. Jesus didn’t seek admirers; He was calling followers—not casual followers, but slaves. Remove that spirit of submission, and the most profound kind of “admiration” for Christ is a spiritual fraud that has nothing to do with true faith.

Noah Movie HD Official Full Version by Ray Comfort

In the time of Noah, people were going about their daily lives, not mindful of the impending destruction. Like them, are we ignoring warnings of God's coming judgment? The Bible gives us clear signs of the last days. Did you know the Scriptures say we will see:

• Flippant use of God's name
• Money-hungry preachers and rampant hypocrisy in the church
• Wars and rumors of wars
• Denial of a global flood

But surely no educated person could believe that Noah and his ark ever really existed. Wouldn't it be impossible to fit millions of species of animals into one boat? And what evidence is there (if any) for a worldwide catastrophic flood? However...what if it did all happen exactly as the Bible says? What would that mean? Who was Noah, and why is the amazing account of his life so relevant to you in the 21st century? Don't be caught unaware. Time may be very short. Will you be ready?

A movie by Ray Comfort. This is not the Russell Crowe film.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Will Anything Really Change After The Midterm Elections?

The more things change, the more things stay the same.  As I write this, it looks like the Republicans are going to take control of the U.S. Senate.  But will that actually alter the direction of the country?  Will that actually change anything?  There are many that hope that this could represent a “turning point” for America, but history tells us that almost certainly will not be the case.  Over the past 30 years, things have changed very little no matter which party has controlled the White House and no matter which party has controlled Congress.  During that time frame, the national debt has continued to explode, our long-term economic problems have continued to get even worse, our liberties and freedoms have continued to erode and our nation has increasingly become a moral cesspool.  And the truth is that at this point there is very little real difference between most Democrats and most Republicans.  The corruption in Washington D.C. runs extremely deep, and very few politicians are able to enter that environment without being fundamentally affected by it.
In recent times, midterm elections have become primarily about punishing whoever is in the White House.  In this case, there is definitely much to be dissatisfied about as far as Barack Obama is concerned.  In fact, many consider him to be the worst president in U.S. history, and that is saying a lot.
When Obama first entered the White House, his approval numbers were incredibly high.  But over time they have fallen substantially.
According to a CNN poll taken in late October, 53 percent of Americans disapprove of the way that Barack Obama is performing his job, and close to 70 percent of Americans are upset about the direction the country is headed.
And without a doubt, the sour mood of the country was clearly reflected in the election results as they rolled in on Tuesday night.
But despite the millions upon millions of votes that were cast by concerned Americans on Tuesday, very little is likely to change in the way that this nation is governed.
One reason for this is because Barack Obama has the power to block pretty much whatever the Republican Congress does.  If a piece of legislation is passed that he does not like, he can simply veto it.  Unfortunately for the Republicans, they do not have the numbers to override a veto.
This means that the Republicans are not going to be able to overturn Obamacare.  No matter how much the American people may hate it, we are stuck with it for at least another two years.
This also means that Barack Obama has the power to single-handedly stop the Keystone pipeline.  Even though surveys show that Americans are overwhelmingly in favor of the pipeline, the only way that it will move forward is if Barack Obama allows it to happen.
Another reason why very little is likely to change in Washington is because Democrats and Republicans actually agree on far more issues than they disagree.  Just consider the following…
-The U.S. national debt has absolutely exploded in recent years no matter which party has had control of Congress.  Republicans were swept to power in the U.S. House of Representatives four years ago with a mandate to control government spending, but that has not happened.  In fact, the U.S. national debt increased by more than a trillion dollars in fiscal year 2014.
-Both parties support the emerging one world economic system which has already resulted inthe loss of millions of good paying American jobs.  And now Barack Obama is secretly negotiating a new trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership which will kill even more of our jobs and businesses.  Sadly, Republicans fully agree with what Obama is trying to accomplish and do not plan to stand in the way of this insidious treaty.
-If history is any indication, Republicans in the Senate will continue to rubber stamp most of Barack Obama’s ultra-liberal judicial nominees.  In America today many of the big issues are ultimately decided by activist judges, and it is not likely that the “tyranny of the judiciary” is going to end any time soon.
-Both major political parties have shown that they have very little respect for our liberties and freedoms.  They both eagerly renew the Patriot Act when it comes up for a vote, and neither party has shown any indication of cracking down on the abuses of agencies such as the NSA or the TSA.
-No matter who has control of Congress, Planned Parenthood always gets millions upon millions of dollars from the government every year.  Since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, we have killed more than 50 million of our own people.  It is a national disgrace, and yet neither major political party intends to do anything to stop it.
-Both the Democrats and the Republicans believe that a “two state solution” will bring lasting peace between the Palestinians and Israel.  And both parties support arming the “moderate jihadists” in Syria.  The U.S. has been making colossal mistakes in the Middle East for decades, and that is not going to change for the foreseeable future.
– Neither party ever dares to question the “independence” of the Federal Reserve.  The Fed is an unelected, unaccountable central banking cartel that has far more power over the economy than Barack Obama or the U.S. Congress does, and our politicians never do a thing to get this rogue organization under control even though it is behaving incredibly recklessly.  As I wrote about the other day, the Federal Reserve is at the heart of so many of our long-term economic problems, and yet Congress does not seem to care.
Of course this list could go on for quite a while.
The point that I am trying to make is that these midterm elections simply are not going to change the direction of the nation.
The clowns may change, but the circus remains the same.
America is on a road to oblivion, and the Democrats and the Republicans both share in the blame.