Christ Crucified

 From David

Stop serving satan and preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified!!!!

RESPONSE:

David, thank you sending us your comment, but I have to admit that I find your statement confusing and alarming.  I am confused because of you telling us to stop serving Satan and preach Christ crucified.  This tells me that you really haven’t been following our website or reading our articles all that well. 

To begin with we start every day with a Scripture reading. 

Secondly, we’ve been running a series on apologetics by Pastor Gary L.W. Johnson every Monday.

Thirdly, we have been posting a number of articles that deal with a number of theological topics, many of which preach Christ crucified. 

Lastly, in our secular society today, it has been proven that JUST preaching Christ crucified is not as effective as it was 50 years ago.  We have 2 generations that have not been taught anything biblical in the school systems, but have been force fed atheistic evolution.  Therefore, they do not have a foundational knowledge of what sin is or why they would need a Savior.  It has been documented that thousands and probably millions of people have abandoned Christianity because of their evolutionary teaching.  They hear Christ crucified but reject it because they have no connecting foundation upon which to connect it to. 

From my own personal experience, I have seen where creation evangelism works better than just preaching Christ crucified.  Years ago, I was a trainer with Evangelism Explosion and was out every week witnessing.  The numbers of conversions were relatively small.  When I started using creation evangelism – starting with Genesis before Christ crucified, the number of conversions significantly increased. 

I have a close friend, Peter Kambale Amani who is a native preacher in the Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) who found himself trying to preach Christ crucified to his native people out in the jungles of his country.  Very few people responded to his evangelistic efforts.  Peter realized that the people had no concept of sin or why they are sinners or why we need Christ.  Once he started his evangelistic methods with Genesis and taught the foundation of Creation and the Fall, he found that the people understood the Gospel message.  Now hundreds have come to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.  Peter’s church in the small jungle village is often filled to capacity with many more wanting to get in.  Some of these parishioners are so devoted to Christ that they spend a day walking through the jungle to get to the church, stay all day as Peter preaches all day on Sundays, and then spend another day walking back home.  I wonder how many Americans would be that committed to their Christian faith and church? 

If you recall, the Apostle Paul ran into the same issue when he was preaching at Mars Hill (Acts 17).  He had to address them in a manner they would understand before he could preach Christ to them. 

I would also direct you to 1 Corinthians 1:23 that says: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness.  The Greeks had no foundational knowledge of sin and or why they needed Christ so Christ crucified was foolishness to them.  In America today, we have a large population like the Greeks and as Scripture says, preaching Christ to them is foolishness, until you first establish the foundations from Genesis. 

David, I pray you understand that we have been and will continue to preach Christ crucified but we also have to help build the foundation of sin and why they need Christ crucified and that foundation starts with Genesis 1.

Bad Arguments

 From: Kenneth A.

In response to The illusion of millions of years

When man first landed on the moon they were expecting many feet of moon dust but only found two inches. Scientists concluded that moon is only about 10,000 years old. Bible does not tell us how long the Time period is between G1:1 and 1:2 after Earth was created

RESPONSE:           

Kenneth, thank you for responding with your comments. 

The moon dust argument is not an accurate argument to use for creation purposes.  I would highly recommend you check out Arguments we think creationists should NOT use on creation.com.  This is an excerpt from that list that deals with the moon dust argument:

Moon-Dust thickness proves a young moon.’ For a long time, creationists claimed that the dust layer on the moon was too thin if dust had truly been falling on it for billions of years. They based this claim on early estimates—by evolutionists—of the influx of moon dust, and worries that the moon landers would sink into this dust layer. But these early estimates were wrong, and by the time of the Apollo landings, NASA was not worried about sinking. So the dust layer thickness can’t be used as proof of a young moon (or of an old one either). See also Moon Dust and the Age of the Solar System (Technical).

Secondly, I would like to point out that you are in error when you say the Bible does not tell us how long the Time period is between G1:1 and 1:2 after Earth was created.  A clear reading of Genesis 1:1-5 tells us that this all happened on the first day.  The Hebrew text does not allow for any addition of time between v. 1 and 2.  To read anything else into the text is to add to God’s Word what is not there. 

For more information on how long the days of Creation were, I recommend you check out the following articles:

God’s Covenant With Day And Night

How Do You Know the “Days” of Genesis 1 Were Literal?

What did God intend us to understand from the words He used?

Uncomfortable Scripture

 From: Ann

In response to: Daddy, What Happens When You Die?

I love this website and the email updates. Regarding the subject of death, the explanations were very good and, as a Christian, perfectly plausible, but I do not believe that a God of love would render His children who are unbelievers to eternal punishment and torment. It doesn’t add up and I feel and have always felt something somewhere is incorrect in translation. Punishment may, eternal punishment, that does not fit in to whom we know Jesus to be and I believe Christians are treading on dangerous ground in perpetuating this. I am not a theologian in any way, just trying to be a good practicing Christian and not passing judgment on anyone.

RESPONSE:                       

Ann, thank you for sending us your comment and concern.

This is one of those topics that I refer to as Uncomfortable Scripture, just like the idea that one day all of us will have to stand before our righteous God and give an accounting of all of our sins.  I have found that this makes a lot of people very uncomfortable.  To make it even more uncomfortable, I like to ask people to imagine themselves standing in front of a crowded stadium filled with thousands of people; TV cameras ready to broadcast to the entire world as you stand there and give an account for every sin you have ever committed.  Can you image the reactions of everyone you know as they hear the list of your sins, most of which you feel have been secret?  I don’t think anyone can get more uncomfortable than that. 

Wondering how a loving God can condemn unbelievers to eternal punishment can make one feel uncomfortable.  However, instead of asking why a loving God would condemn unbelievers to eternal punishment, we should ask why an omnipotent and omniscient God cares enough about us to offer us a way to avoid that eternal punishment by sacrificing His own Son on the Cross for us?

As sinful humans, the only RIGHT we have in this entire world is the right to go Hell when we die.  Yet, our loving God provided a way for us to avoid exercising that right.  There is no greater example of love than when Jesus took human form, dwelt among us and then hung on a Cross and died a horrible death and then descended into Hell for OUR sins. 

However the crux of your comment deals with the concept of eternal punishment and torment.  You seem to feel that it is a problem with the way Scripture has been translated or used and that to accept this concept is a form of judgment.  Therefore, we will be like the Bereans and go to the Scripture to see what is true and what is not true.

In Matthew 18, we read that the disciples came to Jesus and asked him who was the greatest amongst them.  In His response to them, Jesus said:

“Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!  And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. Matthew 18:7-8

In Matthew 25, Jesus delivered the parable of the 10 virgins followed by the parable of the talents.  Afterward, He spoke about the final judgment.  In that discourse, Jesus said:

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”  Matthew 25:41-46.

In Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians, he writes:

This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.  2 Thessalonians 1:5-9

In Jude’s letter, he writes:

Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.  Jude 1:5-7

Ann, Jesus Christ spoke of eternal fire and punishment just as He spoke of eternal life.  He taught it as fact.  If you cannot accept the idea of a loving God condemning unbelievers to an eternal punishment then how can you accept His promise of eternal life?  For one to be true, the other must also be true.  It’s not up to us to decide what a loving God would or would not do no matter how uncomfortable it makes us feel.  It’s up to us to accept Him at His Word.

Dr. Jay Adams sums up the topic of eternal punishment in his booklet Christ and Your Problems:

One of the most fearful facts about the eternal punishment of hell is the great eternal gulf that separates it from Jesus Christ, forever.  There is no exit from hell, no way of escape, no end of the suffering and trial.  That is why men without Christ fear death; somehow they realize that death is a box without an exit.  And the fear of death (with its consequences) makes life itself a box.

This is why it is so important for us to not only have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, but that we share our faith with those who are not saved.

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