Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Sit Down: Robertson Was Right
11/11/2005 - James WhiteThere have been a number of times I have simply wanted to say, "Pat, just SHUT UP." Pat Robertson's ability to stick his foot in his mouth is legendary, of course. Being on the air daily surely increases your chances of foot-in-mouth disease, and I honestly do try to keep that in mind when evaluating his commentary. But I guess we have become so accustomed to him saying something that could best be described as "ill timed" that when the media throws out another one, we just automatically assume he's "blown it again."
But this time---I agree with him. Of course, I don't agree with the false imputation to him of a prediction of disaster befalling Dover, Pennsylvania---if he was, in fact, intimating that, he would be in error. But I think the media--and a number of Christians--have missed the point. In case you've been living in a lead mine for the past 18 hours or so, here's the story. All eight school board members who had favored allowing freedom in the public education system (a heresy right there--the public education system is a dogmatic institution where 'freedom' is strictly defined as 'that which promotes our world view over against Christianity') to present "intelligent design" as an alternative to the Central Dogma of the NEA, evolutionary theory, were removed by the citizens of Dover. Kicked out. Who wants freedom when it comes to evolution? It's a fact, you know---don't let all those unanswered questions get in the way! Shout down debate and discussion and dissent--without evolution we can't have our naturalistic materialism, so, kick the rebels out! And so they did.
Well, Pat Robertson commented on his program yesterday:
I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God. You just rejected him from your city...And don't wonder why He hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city...God is tolerant and loving, but we can't keep sticking our finger in his eye forever...If they have future problems in Dover, I recommend they call on Charles Darwin. Maybe he can help them.Now, I am no fan of Pat Robertson, but I do believe we all have a duty to let a man define his own context, and as I read this (and I've heard the comment replayed a number of times already), his point was this: Dover doesn't want to have a Creator mentioned in their schools. Dover doesn't want to acknowledge God as Creator and Maker and King, therefore, should disaster strike (flood, earthquake, plague, whatever), it would be hypocrisy in its highest form to go running to the church saying, "Oh God, have mercy! Bless us! Help us!" I do not see a prediction of disaster in his words, and as I said, if there is such a prediction, I would reject it outright. ...
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The Da Vinci Code (Part VI)
11/09/2005 - James WhiteOne of the most eloquent testimonies to the error of Dan Brown and the ridiculous and outrageous claims of TDVC regarding the "creation" of the deity of Christ by Constantine is found in the sermon on the Passover preached around twenty years before the end of the second century by Melito, bishop of Sardis. I included my translation of this tremendous section in my book, The Forgotten Trinity, and reproduce it here. Remember, this sermon was preached approximately 145 years prior to Nicea, 130 years prior to Constantine's battle at the Milvian Bridge (where he allegedly saw the sign of the cross in the sky and the phrase, "in this sign, conquer"). As you read these words, rejoice, as I rejoice, at the thought of this ancient believer and the fact that he reveled in the truth about the God-man Jesus Christ just as we do today! Oh that we had more preaching like this in our land today!
And so he was lifted up upon a tree and an inscription was attached indicating who was being killed. Who was it? It is a grievous thing to tell, but a most fearful thing to refrain from telling. But listen, as you tremble before him on whose account the earth trembled!
He who hung the earth in place is hanged.
He who fixed the heavens in place is fixed in place.
He who made all things fast is made fast on a tree.
The Sovereign is insulted.
God is murdered.
The King of Israel is destroyed by an Israelite hand.
This is the One who made the heavens and the earth,
and formed mankind in the beginning,
The One proclaimed by the Law and the Prophets,
The One enfleshed in a virgin,
The One hanged on a tree,
The One buried in the earth,
The One raised from the dead and who went up into the heights of heaven,
The One sitting at the right hand of the Father,
The One having all authority to judge and save,
Through Whom the Father made the things which exist from the beginning of time.
This One is “the Alpha and the Omega,”
This One is “the beginning and the end”
—the beginning indescribable and the end incomprehensible.
This One is the Christ.
This One is the King.
This One is Jesus.
This One is the Leader.
This One is the Lord.
This One is the One who rose from the dead.
This One is the One sitting on the right hand of the Father.
He bears the Father and is borne by the Father.
“To him be the glory and the power forever. Amen.”
When Unrighteous Judges Rule the Land
11/04/2005 - James WhiteWhen men and women suppress the knowledge of God, twisting the image of God out of shape, their minds are darkened (Romans 1:18ff). The gross inconsistencies that result are striking to those who are not blinded by their hatred of God (Psalm 68:1). For example, today we hear choruses of voices of those who seek to maintain the barbaric practice of in-utero infanticide (euphemistically called 'abortion') warning us about Judge Alito and the woman's "right to choose," and how the Constitution protects that right: yet, the same people who would "see" this "right" in the Constitution now cannot see a parent's right to determine the teaching of sexuality to one's children. Here are the frightening words of the unanimous decision of the nation's most notorious group of judicial revolutionaries, priest-kings and queens in their own minds, the 9th Circuit:
Writing for a unanimous three judge panel, Judge Steven Reinhardt summarized the courts’ holding, saying, “We hold there is no free-standing fundamental right of parents ‘to control the upbringing of their children by introducing them to matters of and relating to sex in accordance with their personal and religious values and beliefs . . . .’” Reinhardt continued, “We conclude only that the parents are possess (sic) of no constitutional right to prevent the public schools from providing information on [sex-ed] to their students in any forum or manner they select.”Can't happen in America? You better believe it can. The foundations are gone: the idea of a transcendent moral law to which all, including judges, are bound, is gone. The God who could give that law has been banished from our public institutions. The moral foundation that gave rise to our society has been washed away, and without a foundation, no building can stand for long. The days are coming when speaking the truth will be very, very costly indeed.
For more info on this travesty of justice, this outrageous example of the oligarchy of priest-kings masquerading as justices, see here and here.
Homosexual Super Rights: Another Example
11/03/2005 - James WhiteThe fact that homosexual activists are seeking to make themselves a super-minority with super-rights far beyond anything that could be dreamed of by us average citizens has been illustrated yet once again. Not only are these folks behind the outrageous denial of justice that parades under the title "hate crimes legislation" (those laws that allow judges and juries to look into the heart, determine motivations and thoughts, and punish you more for committing a crime against a homosexual than against, say, an Italian, or grandma Peterson across the street: it's a way of saying 'These folks are more important than others--so if you offend them, you pay dearly'), but they flaunt the law knowing that the police are to afraid of them. Here is an article replete with pictures. Now just imagine what would have happened if that had been a liberal church hosting a pro-homosexual conference, or, worse yet, an abortion clinic! Goodness gracious, we can't have that! Order must be maintained! Arrest those trouble-makers! The incredible hypocrisy of post-Christian America only grows more obvious day by day.