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We want to invite you to our monthly Friday Forums where we discuss relevant topics in our culture and communities today. Last month’s topic was “Deconstruction and Doubt” (by David Hazen). After listening to the topic it is easy to see evidence of this phenomenon everywhere! (social media, the news, blog posts, etc) This month’s topic is "Eastern Worldviews and Religions" (by Jason Washburn). Come check it out!

Save the date for our annual Apologetics Conference this fall! It will be Friday and Saturday October 23rd-24th, 2020, with Josh McDowell as the keynote speaker. The event will be held at Grand View Baptist Church in Oregon City, just down the road from Clackamas Community College.

Our Forum will be partnering with the campus ministry Ratio Christi at Portland State University to give our young people a chance to practice sharing and defending their faith from a Biblical perspective. There will be tables where Christians can host loving and engaging conversations with students who would like to hear more about Christianity or the Bible. Details are still being worked out, but is currently planned for sometime the week of April 6th-10th. If you are interested in participating please email us at info@theambassadorsforum.com.

Our Forum Apologists continue to speak at local Christian School chapel events. If you would like us to speak at your church or school please email us at info@theambassadorsforum.com.
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Hard Questions

Why does God send people to hell just because they ”don’t believe in Jesus”? What about people in the jungles of Africa who have never even heard of the Bible? How is that fair?
This is a common misconception. Let’s go to the Bible to try to clear things up. First of all, no one goes to hell for “not believing in Jesus”.

Romans 3:23 - for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Romans 6:23 - and the wages of sin is death
Romans 5:12 - and so death spread to all men because all sinned

We all go to hell for rebelling against God’s commands, his standard, which He has written on EACH OF OUR HEARTS. Essentially, we are ALL convicted by our own consciences for doing things that we KNOW are wrong. This has nothing to do with having access to a Bible, or hearing the name of Jesus, or going to church, or anything like that.

Romans 2:15 - They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right.

Now let’s look at what is “fair”. The Bible is clear that God created the heavens and the earth (i.e. the whole universe). As the Creator, God is judge over His own creation; He gets to make the rules and decide the consequences. This is unquestionably “fair”.

As the rightful judge God has made his law clear to everyone by giving them an internal “rule book” within every heart. When we violate that rule book we are fairly punished according to the consequences that God has established beforehand.

Youth Corner

Hello! My name is David Leal. I was involved with the Ambassadors Forum this past year, attended the Summit Conference in summer 2019, and am currently attending George Fox University.
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Apologetics used to sound scary to me. I used to think I couldn't be a part of it, I thought it was for older and smarter people. But growing up in a Christian school I slowly began to be exposed to Apologetics and the different worldviews, and I started to become very interested. I wanted to know more and when the opportunity for Summit came up I was super excited. I learned so much in two weeks last summer!

The thing that stood out to me the most was that it is okay to ask questions. I had an expectation that we needed to have all the answers and be super technical, but in reality we are all learning and it was great just to be open and discuss several topics I wouldn't normally discuss. It was also great learning about all the different worldviews, how to respect them, and different tactics to use when sharing and defending our faith. It’s not about shoving the gospel in people's faces, but rather investing in them and being a light to them. When the right time comes we can use our knowledge to share our faith in Truth and Love. I’m super excited for all the future opportunities to share the gospel and everything I learned with those around me!
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Worldview Corner

Critical Theory - a new confusing worldview

Most non-Christian worldviews that the church interacts with have been around for a long time -- Hinduism, atheism, et al.
But what happens if a new worldview comes along -- a confusing worldview, one that redefines terms, one that doesn’t announce its doctrines, that claims it’s promoting justice. In the last 10 years something called Critical Theory has escaped Humanities Departments at universities and entered our greater culture. What is it?

“Critical Theory” is a theoretical framework for understanding knowledge, political & social power, and human relationships. Understanding this topic is like driving a stick shift--it’s difficult in the beginning, but once you know a few basic principles, anybody can do it. The church is just now entering the conversation on Critical Theory, and the Ambassadors Forum is on the cutting edge. We have searched the Bible and analyzed the presuppositions behind Critical Theory and come to the clear conclusion that its divisive structure and intentions are contradictory to the truth revealed in Scripture. Galatians 3:28 says,

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

If you have any questions about Critical Theory or its associated doctrines feel free to ask us a question about it through our website. We will reply. Thank you.

Legal Corner

Can a student decline to complete an assignment if it violates their sincerely held religious beliefs?
Probably not. While students theoretically have conscience protections under the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Act, and should be able to complete an alternative assignment, court precedent generally limits objections in curriculum matters and affords great deference to educators’ discretion. Prevailing law similarly limits the rights of parents to object to such assignments. In short, the law in this area is a mess and crying out for resolution by the U.S. Supreme Court, which recently declined to review a case where a Christian student objected to an assignment requiring study of the Muslim conversion prayer. Until that time comes, non-legal measures are more effective. I generally advise people with objections to reading assignments (especially sexually explicit ones) to attend a school board meeting, sign up to participate in the 2-3 minute citizen comment time and start reading the assignment out loud. Often, the response from the school board is “That’s not appropriate in this setting”, which then affords the student or parent the chance to say, “If it’s not appropriate in a public meeting, why is it appropriate in a classroom?” The question answers itself.
Disclaimer: The above column should not be regarded or relied upon as legal advice. The reader should consult legal counsel for specific guidance in particular circumstances.

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