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We periodically get questions and comments from our viewers concerning something a different author or different website originally posted.  An example is one such question we received from Rev B R Jones.  I felt it necessary to address the issue of questions submitted to us that should be directed to other sites and authors.

Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain

From: Rev B R Jones

While it is true that the Ten Commandments in their original form are not binding on people today….

What are you saying???

Response:

Creation Revolution serves as a creation and theology brokerage to help bring a variety of articles into one location for the convenience of our readers.  We do our best to post one original article which is posted at 10:00 am EDT.  Additionally, we post a number of articles from different sites and authors.  The majority of these posts have links back to the original website on which the article appeared.

While Creation Revolution takes a firm stand on a young earth biblical creation, we do not necessarily stand firm on any one denominational theology.  The authors that write for the other websites we pull from belong to a number of different denominations and thus have a variety of different theological views on various topics.  We know that not everyone will agree with everything we post; theologically or scientifically.

I personally belong to no denomination.  There are some denominations that I agree with many of their doctrines, but perhaps not all of them.  Then there are other denominations that I have a number of disagreements with.  But this site is not about my own personal theology or the theology of any one author.

Part of being a brokerage for information is posting differing views for people to read and consider.  In so doing, we have posted articles that I personally disagree with, but I know that there are those that will identify with them.  The article that prompted Rev Jones question is one of them, as is the article by CMI titles Ghosts, Experience, and the Bible. I did express my views on Genesis 6:4 in an earlier Feed Back – Does Psalm 58 Defend Abortion? And Who Were the Genesis 6 Sons of God.

Some of the authors have specific beliefs on things like baptism, whether we are under the Law or under grace, did Jesus drink wine or grape juice, is the Sabbath on Saturday or Sunday, etc.  If I screened every post for those that I completely agree with, we would be posting much fewer articles and providing less information for our viewers.

I also caution you to not discount everything an author says because of a differing theological view than your own.  Some of my favorite theologians had some things that I didn’t agree with, but I still find a great deal of information and instruction in most of their writings.

For example, one of my all-time favorite Christian writers is A W Pink.  I have learned a great deal from reading his books.  When I visit a new Christian bookstore, I always go straight to the reference section as that tells me a great deal about the rest of the material the store carries.  On one such visit, I saw a commentary on Genesis by A W Pink and got really excited.  I quickly opened it up to find that he had succumbed to the so-called science of the day and believed that the time frame of Genesis occurred over millions of years.  Needless to say, I was devastated at first and then remembered that none of us are perfect and that I probably held some theological views that Pink and others may differ on.

Another reason we post articles that may contain theology we do not completely agree with is to stimulate debate and conversation among our viewers.  Quite often, a good healthy debate can bring out ideas that are new to someone and worthy of further consideration.  One of the best ways to strengthen and hone one’s own theology is to defend it to others that may hold a different view.  We need to be always ready to give an answer for what we believe as we are told in 1 Peter 3:15 and a good healthy debate with someone else can help you be better prepared to give that defense.  In fact, I highly recommend the book Always Ready by Dr Greg Bahnsen who helps you learn how to defend your faith and what traps not to fall into.

As to Rev Jones’ specific question, I also disagree with what the author said about not being under the law.  My personal view is that Christ fulfilled the Temple law, but not the rest of the Law.  He even told us that He was not here to replace the Law.  Paul also writes in Romans that we are still under the Law and that it is the Law that condemns us and reveals our need for a Savior in Jesus Christ.  I did address this in more depth in an earlier Feed Back – Are We Still Under Old Testament Law?  But mind you, that is my personal view and not necessarily the view of everyone involved with Creation Revolution.

 

Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith

This book is a compilation of several of Dr. Bahnsen’s published works on Christian apologetics, including his Apologetics syllabus, articles on practical apologetic problems (like the problem of evil, the problem of miracles, etc.), and an exposition of Acts 17.

Especially helpful: In part five, Dr. Bahnsen lists 5 of the most often encountered attacks against Christianity and offers some great rebuttals to them using Presuppositional Apologetics.

Chapters Include:

  • The Immorality of Neutrality
  • The Nature of Unbelieving Thought
  • The Mind of the New Man Rooted in Christ
  • The Foolishness of Unbelief
  • A Two-Fold Apologetic Procedure
  • Answering the Fool
  • Worldviews in Collision
  • The Ultimate Starting Point: God’s Word
  • And many more…

An Online Reviewer:

“Many have observed Bahnsen’s ability to debate, and have seen or heard how he has tackled head-on unbelievers in various venues. This work gives us some of the content of what was going through the mind of this notable apologist, whom even John Frame believed was the best debater for Presuppositionalism.

For the astute and willing student, Bahnsen provides the tools in this book to be equipped in their own apologetics with nonbelievers. As one who’s life goal was to “take it to the streets” in applying apologetics rather than just discussing theory, Bahnsen’s insight has also been tested in real debate situation. For instance, his chapter on the problem of evil will illuminate readers as to why he took the approach he did concerning the problem of “evil” in his famous debate with atheist Gordon Stein. His discussion of the problem of miracle and religious language towards the end of the work are also valuable in the apologist’s arsenal, especially for those who take it seriously to be “always ready”, even with the more philosophically sophisticated unbeliever.

The book also treats the reader with a summary of various logical fallacies to look out for which unbeliever typically make, regardless of their range of intellectual ability. Bahnsen’s strength in many of his debates have been his quickness to identify fallacious reasoning, here in this book one can see what these fallacies are for the readers to be conscious of. In my personal life, working hard in applying the lessons found in this book has resulted in some level of fruitfulness in exposing the folly of unbelief.” — Jimmy Li, 2009

About the Author: Greg L. Bahnsen was the scholar-in-residence at the Southern California Center for Christian Studies and an ordained minister iin the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Southern California, specializing in the field of epistemology (theory of Knowledge). He also received M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. Dr. Bahnsen was the author of numerous books and published articles and was a popular conference speaker. He was also a renowned public debater as evidenced in his interchanges with Muslims, Roman Catholics, Jews, and atheists. He is perhaps most remembered for his skilled debates with atheists like Dr. Gordon Stein, which gave him the title of being “the man atheists fear most”. In apologetic circles, he was recognized as the primary defender of the presuppositional method.

Specifications: Paperback, 289 pages

 

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