Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
A Positive Statement from the Anglicans
11/25/2003 - James White
In the midst of apostasy, it's nice to see someone standing for truth. Click here for a positive statement from the Anglicans.
Massachusetts Changes Name to Gomorrah
11/18/2003 - James White
Not that anyone is overly surprised. The decades of corruption of the judiciary (a fact openly acknowledged, at least by their actions, by one major political party) has led inevitably to the actions of the Massachusetts Supreme Court today. To quote Reuters:
In a 4-3 ruling that could make Massachusetts the first state to legalize gay marriage, the Supreme Judicial Court said the state may not deny the rights conferred by civil marriage to two individuals of the same sex who wish to marry.
Consider the contrast: Roy Moore is fired, the Ten Commandments are hidden in a closet, and Massachusetts grants the sacred status of marriage to homosexuals. Then again, is it really a contrast? Isn't Massachusetts just acting in harmony with those who could not bear to be reminded of God's law in Alabama? The same mindset that allows entire judicial panels to ignore the role of God in US history in Alabama leads them to redefine the entire structure of the society, and the nature of marriage in the process, in Massachusetts.
It truly makes one think through one's views on such issues as God's law and the basis of final judgment. I was watching one political leader over the weekend lying through his teeth, hiding the fact that he and his cohorts have decided that no man or woman who would ever, ever consider the facts about the murder of unborn children will ever sit upon a judicial bench again, and I thought to myself, "If such a man will not be judged for his actions in maintaining the Holocaust of the Unborn in this nation and around the world, then there is no justice at all."
How do we pray for nations like Australia, England, Canada, and now the United States---all of whom have heard God's truth with great clarity, and yet are intent, in the actions of their governments (and especially now in the actions of the New Priesthood of Rebellion, aka, the judiciary), upon throwing off all forms of restraint (while suppressing the proclamation of the gospel)? History says God normally deals with such nations with judgment that either brings repentance through difficulty and disaster, or through destruction itself. We cannot see the future, but we know this: we are to remain faithful no matter what the situation, no matter what the cost.
I Told You This Was Coming
11/17/2003 - James White
The Revenge of the Gnostics, or, ABC = Always Bashing Christianity
11/03/2003 - James White
A few thoughts on Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and The Da Vinci Code.
No, I could not sit still while watching it. Who, with the slightest knowledge of the facts of the situation, could? But I still had to suffer through the ABC (yes, the same folks who brought you the Peter Jenning's Jesus Seminar commercial a few years ago) special on the fictional, absurd, yet raking-in-the-money book by Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code. In fact, it has special meaning, since there was a small chance, for a couple of hours, that I was going to have a chance to respond to it on a nationally broadcast news program, but that did not happen (at least not yet anyway). In any case, for anyone familiar with
the love of gnosticism exemplified by the Jesus Seminar's elevation of the Gospel of Thomas to quasi-canonical status (click here for an article I wrote on this topic for CRI), and the constant popularity of Elaine Pagels and her ilk, this new work is hardly surprising, outside of its blatant, obvious reliance upon previously written (and refuted) works of the same genre. To call this an anti-Christian screed that is clearly fiction (but is being treated as if it has serious historical weight) is to engage in understatement. BE WARNED! The special doesn't even begin to give you a real taste for the depravity of the book, which likens medieval architecture to female genitalia in graphic language. They obviously realized that going to that level of detail would not fly on network television...at least not yet.
Tomorrow on the DL I will be addressing various aspects of the program, but in particular, its simply ridiculous presentation on the "gnostic gospels." Did you notice how they did not have the same scholars on during that section that they had on before? There's a reason for that. All they could do was interview the very folks who make money peddling the meandering silliness of the ancient gnostics (excuse me, but they call this journalism?). When you read the contents of Nag Hammadi and the like, you are struck by the utter incoherence (purposeful incoherence, given the system itself) that marks those writings, yet the gleefully uncritical acceptance of the value of these works by the media elite seems to know no bounds.
ABC has once again done its best to bash the Christian faith while enriching those who join them in their campaign. The ancient gnostics would be chuckling at the resurrection of their old writings, but in light of 2 Peter 2:9, I sorta doubt they are.
As Long As It is Opposed to God
11/01/2003 - James White
A friend just sent me this note:
Just thought it curious that at this moment the CNN home page has the following stories:
- Consecration of a gay bishop to the Episcopal church
- A study shows that teens get "good" safe sex advice from "Friends"
- The Supreme Court has refused to hear the Ten Commandments case
- ABC will, tonight, air a special report asking whether Mary Magdalene was Jesus' wife, based at least partly on the book The DaVinci Code
Makes ya wonder how long... Maranatha!
It is truly surreal, is it not? These networks would not dare air such garbage about Islam, for example, since Islam has become the darling of the media left (though, they would be the first folks eliminated were Islamic law to become the law of the land). And to base it upon second-rate historical mythology, pure fiction...and then pretend it has some scholarly merit or basis! The hatred of the media elites for the Christian faith simply knows no bounds.
How long will we have the freedom to even mention these things? If the current legal case in Australia is any indication, not long. Seems a ministry named Catch the Fire held a seminar on Islam following the events of 9-11-2001. They dared to quote from the Quran and the Hadith (the collections of authoritative Muslim traditions). Well, post-modern Western civilization is not tolerant of such intolerance. I contacted the Australian Embassy and received the following information about the case:
The case is being heard under the State of Victoria’s Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 under which the Islamic Council of Victoria has made a complaint of religious vilification against Catch the Fire Ministries. The purpose of the Act is to promote racial and religious tolerance by prohibiting the vilification of persons on the ground of race or religious belief or activity, and to provide a means of redress for the victims of racial or religious vilification.
Vilification? The frightening part is that it is reported that the Christian ministry can not use as its defense that what they said is true. The whole point is not whether they spoke the truth, but whether the Muslims were "vilified" thereby! Such may strike you as absolutely insane, but such is the nature of the religion of post-modernism: "tolerance" can be very, very intolerant of truth. The response from the Australian Embassy had included this statement:
Equally, all Australians share the obligations of commitment to Australia and its democratic institutions and values, and respect for the right of others to express their culture and beliefs.
To which I replied:
Does this freedom include the right to truthfully represent the beliefs of a religious group that denies the validity of your own, and, along with this, expressing the central affirmation of your own religion that another religion is itself not speaking the truth regarding God and the way by which a person might come before Him? In other words, are Christians protected in your country so that they may believe *and proclaim* the words of the founder of their religion, Jesus Christ, who said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." Or does the concept of "tolerance" in fact promote intolerance of such a belief?
We will see what kind of response comes back, if any at all. My friends, use your freedom to speak the truth while you have it. The cost of speaking the truth will escalate, sooner than most of us think.