We certainly live in unprecedented times. Christians often struggle to hold the line in the defense of our faith on the increasingly toxic and hostile social media platforms that have become the bulk of our social interactions in this extended worldwide pandemic. We need a strategy for combatting the constant bombardment of what the Bible calls “empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking.”

The Bible instructs us in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to “destroy false arguments” by aligning our thinking to the way God thinks. In other words, we are to approach everything from the perspective of a biblical worldview, which has Christ at the center. The first step in this strategy is to IDENTIFY the falsehoods that we need to destroy. We have many options to help you get started:

1) Watch all of the talks online from our annual conference in October.

2) Listen to our weekly radio program live every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on True Talk 800AM KPDQ or access the archive.

3) Join our monthly Forums (3rd Friday of every month):
  • Dec. 18 – “Is Anyone Asking You?” by Dr. Steve Van Horn
  • Jan. 15 – “Dialogue Tips for Pro-Life Conversations” by Josh Brahm
  • Feb. 19 – “Imago Dei” by Derry Tseng

Hard Question Corner

"Why don't Christians just renounce the Old Testament? It reveals a God who is murderous and hateful. The message of Jesus in the New Testament is totally different: nothing but love, joy, peace and harmony."

That is a very common perception. It is also totally false. This can be understood in unbelievers since they don’t typically read the Bible, but it is a shame that this misperception exists among Christians, who should be reading their Bible.

Let’s look at two references. The first is from the Old Testament; the second is from the New Testament:

Exodus 34:6-7 – The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.

2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 – When the Lord is revealed from heaven… in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel… they will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction.

Yes, the Old and New Testaments do focus on different things: the Old Testament emphasizes the wrath of God against sin (with glimpses of His grace) and the New Testament emphasizes the grace of God toward sinners (with glimpses of His wrath). But both testaments clearly contain elements of both. To declare that the two different Testaments portray different Gods is just pure ignorance.

Both the Old and New Testaments clearly contain the same amazing story of redemption: even though we are separated from God because of our sin (God’s justice), He has provided for our salvation through HIS sacrifice (God’s mercy). It is a beautiful story glorifying an incredible God. That is the gospel.

Science Corner

No true Christian can ever correctly be accused of being “anti-science.” It’s impossible. Let me explain (part 2).

Science is irrefutably “Christian.” God created the building blocks of 1) Uniformity, 2) Creative Thought, and 3) Logic that are the basic ingredients of science. Those concepts are only part of a biblical worldview, and were captured and described in the Bible thousands of years before Francis Bacon ever coined them as the “Scientific Method.”

In last month’s newsletter, we considered the first building block of “Uniformity.” This month we will explore the second building block required for science: Creative Thought.

Many people incorrectly personify science. They give it a lot more credit than it is due. They think it creates truth. It never does. It can’t. It can only be used as a tool to identify which potential truths are in fact false. But those important “potential truths” need to first be created. And they can only be created by the intelligence of a mind. Most people like to focus on the testing portion of science as the real innovation and value of the method. But the generation and modification of the hypothesis are the real gems. They are the only steps which can actually generate truth.

Perhaps a simplified example may help. Suppose you throw a rock in the air and it comes crashing back down to earth (initial observation). Next, you guess that this happened because a universal force of gravity exists that attracts all objects in the universe together based on their mass. You test your hypothesis by throwing a feather into the air and observe that it too returns to the ground. You correctly conclude that you have not yet disproven your hypothesis. But it was YOUR mind (created in the image of God) that was required to formulate the hypothesis in the first place.

The next time someone describes science as “the source of all truth,” ask them to explain themselves, and be ready to engage in a productive conversation. If they are open-minded, perhaps you may be able to help them understand the true nature (and limitations) of science. Science can test a hypothesis, but it can never generate one. Remember, science only works if it has the ingredients provided by a biblical worldview.

In a future newsletter we will consider the other principle required for science: Logic.

Legal Corner

What can we expect from a Biden administration in matters relating to faith?

There are already signs of what lies ahead once President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20, 2021.
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Depending upon whether the U.S. Senate remains in Republican control, we should expect many Obama-era policies concerning sanctity of life, religious liberty, and matters of sexuality to flourish. Remember this: (1) President Trump explicitly overturned many Obama policies, often by executive order, that can easily be restored; and (2) President-elect Biden may be beholden to constituencies far more radical and anti-Christian than he is.

In the sanctity of life arena, the Hyde Amendment is vulnerable to repeal, expansion of government-funded abortion is afoot, and compelled funding of abortion in health insurance policies without religious exemptions is likely. That means the Catholic nuns in Little Sisters of the Poor probably can expect a fourth trip to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Religious liberty and conscience protections also face an uncertain future according to draft documents issued by the Biden transition team. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), passed almost unanimously by Congress in 1993 and the primary legal protection for people of faith, is now subject to repeal. Demands abound for religious educational institutions to lose tax-exempt status or Title IX funds if they fail to adopt mandated progressive policies and practices. Religious employers will face closer scrutiny of their employment practices, especially freedom to prefer like-minded people in hiring decisions and limitations on applying faith-based standards on those in ministry.

Finally, the sexuality agenda will become even more oppressive. The Equality Act to make opposition to sexual orientation or gender identity legally impossible everywhere is imminent. Comprehensive K-12 sexuality education, originating in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration before being widely adopted by state education departments, is already aggressively prevalent in public schools thanks to Planned Parenthood. Former Title IX “guidance” that institutions of higher education must convene “kangaroo courts” to punish accusations of sexual assault without due process or even verifying the truth of accusations, disallowed under the Trump Administration, will again rule on campuses.

While political winds blow in different directions, God remains sovereign. Our duty remains to pray for those in authority and to oppose ungodly laws and policies when we are called to do so.
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.

Linguistic Theft Corner

At our annual conference this year, Hillary Morgan Ferrer, founder of Mama Bear Apologetics, introduced the concept of “Linguistic Theft.”

Today we hear a lot in the public conversation about the need for “social justice.” As Christians, we understand that God is just (Rev. 15:3, 7), and that we are to “do justice” (Micah 6:8). So, as Christians, shouldn’t we be involved with the Social Justice movement?

Before we lend support to any movement, we must think clearly and critically. Looking behind the curtain of this movement we find an instance of “Linguistic Theft,” a concept that was introduced in last month’s newsletter. The term “justice” has been hijacked. Here is one definition from the website of the promoters of “Social Justice”:

“A socially just world meets everyone’s basic needs (food, housing, health care, education, job, social security) in a dignified way; treats people from every background with dignity and respect; supports the development of all people to their full potential; guarantees equitable distribution of resources; makes sure all people are physically and psychologically safe and secure; and ensures everyone has a voice in the decisions that affect them.”

This definition sounds good at first glance. Christians support much of this. We believe every human being is made in the image of God. We believe that every person should be treated with dignity and respect. But the utopia of “equity” (not to be confused with “equality”) is a façade. It can only be achieved through THEFT.

“Equity is a human rights principle that means people put in what they can and get back what they need.” (Link)

This is simply Marxism, which is totally incompatible with Christianity, dressed up in modern feel-good language. The positive words “guarantees,” “makes sure,” and “ensure” conceal the coercive abuse of power required to accomplish this. For if one person has a “right” to something, then someone else (the government) must have the responsibility to provide (“guarantee”) it. Civil government, since it produces no wealth, must take (by actual or threatened force) from those who do produce real wealth. To take by force the fruits of someone’s labor for the benefit of another is enslavement, not compassion. To accomplish good (care for the poor) by employing evil (stealing from others) is actually INJUSTICE.

True justice does not deliver equity. It is not about ensuring equal outcomes, but impartial protection of life and property.

God has great concern for the poor. His biblical system of justice requires us to express love for our neighbor by voluntary, private charity from our own resources to meet the needs of those unable to meet their own needs. The idea of “Social Justice” is nothing more than INJUSTICE, a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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