Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Yes, I Saw the Presidential Proclamation Against the Christian Concept of Fatherhood
06/23/2010 - James WhiteI was a little busy this past weekend, but yes, I saw the newest installment of "Destroy the Foundations, Blaspheme the Institutions God Has Established" from the White House. I refer to the Father's Day proclamation from President O'Bama, and in particular, to this passage: "Nurturing families come in many forms, and children may be raised by a father and mother, a single father, two fathers, a step father, a grandfather, or caring guardian." The dissonance created by the insertion of a non-family unit (two fathers, i.e., a homosexual "couple") is easily seen. The preceding words had spoken of the "bond forged between a father and a child" as "sacred." Sacred? What made that bond sacred likewise says "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination" (Lev. 18:22). Do not use words that come from our Christian heritage to describe the direct denial of Christian truth. The proclamation likewise speaks of father's activities in the lives of their children, but, of course, two men cannot have children, they can only take children from others and deprive them of the God-ordained family structure of father and mother, and the role-models they need for true maturity. And finally, the text speaks of the "selfless" dedication of fathers---yet, the single most selfish thing one can do is force a child into a situation where they are deprived of a mother and given the example of two men pretending to be "married." This is the very opposite of being "selfless."
So once again we see how the foundational commitments of Western culture are under relentless attack by those who seek with all their might to "free" us from their power. May God have mercy.
The Reformed Worldview
06/18/2010 - Jeff DownsIs there such thing as a Reformed worldview? Listen to Dr. Scott Oliphint from the 2007 GPTS Spring Theology Conference speak on this very issues. Click here to listen.
More audio from this conference (theme: A Christian Worldview) will be posted soon.
For further resources on Worldviews see:
Revolutions in Worldview: Understanding the Flow of Western Thought
Worldview: The History of a Concept.
What is a Christian Worldview.
Alistair Begg Will Be On Iron Sharpens Iron 6/14
06/13/2010 - James SwanAlistair Begg, senior pastor at Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio, author and renowned radio Bible teacher on the Truth for Life broadcast, will address the theme: "Promoting the Gospel in an Alien World".
Listen to this live, call-in, radio / Internet interview Monday June 14, 6-7 PM EST on WNYG-1440AM in New York & Connecticut or listen Worldwide via live streaming at sharpens.org (you will hear Spanish programming before "Iron Sharpens Iron" if you tune in or log in early). Call in with your own questions for Dr. Begg: (631)482-8300.
Alistair has been in pastoral ministry since 1975. He was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, and following graduation from The London School of Theology, he served eight years in Scotland at both Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh and Hamilton Baptist Church. In 1983, he became the senior pastor at Parkside Church.
He has written several books and is heard daily and weekly on Truth For Life. The teaching on Truth For Life stems from the week by week Bible teaching at Parkside Church. He and his wife, Susan, were married in 1975 and they have three grown children.
Alistair will be a featured speaker this week at the 2010 National Conference for Ligonier Ministries addressing the theme "Is the Exclusivity of Christ Unjust?": http://www.ligonier.org/events/2010-national/.
Click here to view Alistair's complete speaking itinerary.
Defending the Faith
06/04/2010 - Jeff DownsOnce in a while I am asked what kind of (general) apologetic material would I recommend. This can be a difficult question since there is not a lot of material that is simple enough to understand, without having some background knowledge.
But the interesting thing about apologetics is that it really is simply thinking God's thoughts after him and putting that into practice in an unbelieving world. It is that simple, but given the fact that we are sinners being sanctified, it is also difficult.
Well, a good friend from North Carolina, Dustin Segers has been sitting down with members of his church, helping them, among other things, see the simplicity of apologetics. Sit down and join Dustin in these videos.
I first met Dustin (face-to-face) a few years ago when he spoke at a conference I put together in 2006. Given the fact that Dustin is a pastor, a shepherd of God's people, I asked him to speak on Protecting and Contending: A Pastoral Perspective.
A few (beginner) books I would recommend for those looking into the subject of apologetics are:
The Battle Belongs to the Lord: The Power of Scripture for Defending the Faith, Scott Oliphint.
Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith, Greg Bahnsen.
Presuppositional Apologetics: Stated and Defended, Greg Bahnsen.
Others could be mentioned but those three are sufficient for the purpose.
Yearly Presidential Proclamation of National Shame
06/02/2010 - James WhiteI noted last year that the White House under President Barack Hussein Obama had designated June as "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month." This resulted in TurretinFan doing an entire month's worth of blog articles on the subject on his blog. Once again President Obama has added to our national shame by using the powers of his office to promote godlessness in the nation by designating June as a month of pride in sexual deviancy and sinfulness, just as he did last year. And yes, once again, Christians are offended and Christianity mocked in that the proclamation is dated replete with "the year of our Lord." Jesus is not your Lord when you spitefully reject His own law.
But I noticed one significant change in the wording of the proclamation. In 2009 it read, "I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists." But the 2010 proclamation reads, "I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists."
Mr. President, I will not observe a month of pride in that which is fundamentally, unalterably, and unquestionably anti-Christian, ungodly, and life-destroying. And I am deeply offended that you would promote a worldview that identifies as "prejudice and discrimination" the settled Christian conviction that God not only has the right to determine the proper bounds of human sexual expression (being our Creator), but that He has likewise made known, with clarity, His will on the matter.
How this can be construed as anything less than anti-Christian rhetoric being written under the seal of the President of the United States, I do not know. But one thing is for certain: any culture that knowingly promotes and revels in the ungodliness of homosexuality will, inevitably and without question, outside of national repentance and confession, experience the wrath of God. There is no way to hold the Scriptures in one's hand, profess loyalty to them, and belief in their inspiration, and yet come to any other conclusion than this.