TYRANNOSAURUS DEBT

April 6, 2014

Now at 17+ Trillion dollars, the result of a nation that has turned its back on God.

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THE KINDNESS OF GOD’S SCALPEL

April 1, 2014

Absolute truth

Absolute truth

I heard a very good sermon on Sunday. This is the church that helped me get more signatures on a petition to keep adopted and foster children out of homes with gay couples than any other church in my county. It is worth your time. Pastor Mark is very concerned about teaching the truths of God’s Word to his mostly aging congregation.

“Sin has to be dealt with.” You won’t hear this sentence in many “Christian” churches these days.

HERE IS THE LINK.

If you want to know more about the divine scalpel, take a listen. If clicking on the link doesn’t work the first time, try again. It took me four times before I got to the sermon. If that doesn’t work, try this:

https://my.ekklesia360.com/Clients/player/videoplayer.php?sid=5366&url=http://2c704caf817f66f55b09-60c75867f5a659aff46427333c9567eb.r67.cf2.rackcdn.com/h264-720/t/0e3070903_1396372739_the-kindness-of-gods-scalpel2.mp4&mediaBID=2827481&template=https://my.ekklesia360.com/Clients/player/videoplayer.php&module=sermon&content_id=734955&type=video&CMSCODE=EKK&skin=&CMS_LINK=https://my.ekklesia360.com&width=480&height=360&fullscreen=&playlist=true&autostart=true&useoriginal=&target=MediaPlayer

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Movie Noah Trades Redemption for Destruction

March 31, 2014

Photo found at Cornwall Alliance

Photo found at Cornwall Alliance

by Megan Toombs
Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Cornwall Alliance
January 15, 2014

Was Noah a violent, murderous environmentalist who experienced an anthropogenic apocalypse? Did God hate humans because they destroyed His earth?

Not according to the Bible.

Darren Aronofsky, director of the new movie Noah, starring Russell Crowe, clearly didn’t read his Bible very carefully—or didn’t like what he read.

The movie Noah changes a story of love and redemption into an environmentalist propaganda piece about humans destroying the earth, and a call for human extinction.

Brian Godawa, who read the original script, reports that in it the earth became a desert with no rain because of human actions like hunting animals for food and sport. Never mind that the Bible says there was no rain because a mist rose from the ground (Genesis 2:6)—i.e., humidity and water vapor in the pre-flood world made rain unnecessary.

The Noah of the Bible is “…a righteous man, blameless in his generation.” The Noah of the movie script, as Godawa reports, is a shaman who avoids other people and “maintains an animal hospital to take care of wounded animals or those who survive the evil ‘poachers,’… Noah is the Mother Teresa of animals.”

Godawa makes the movie’s message clear:
Noah has himself become a bit psychotic, like an environmentalist or animal rights activist who concludes that people do not deserve to survive because of what they’ve done to the environment and to animals. Noah deduces that God’s only reason for his family on the boat is to shepherd the animals to safety, ‘and then mankind disappears. It would be a better world.’ He concludes that there will be no more births in this family so that when they start over in the new world, they will eventually die out, leaving the animals in a humanless paradise of ecoharmony and peace. As Noah says, ‘The creatures of the earth, the world itself, shall be safe.’
Darren Aronofsky missed two key parts of the Biblical story when he decided to create this movie based on the worldview of radical environmentalists.

First, God put man over the earth to steward it. Genesis 1:26–28 states:
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
God gave man dominion, which means that, in order of importance among creatures, man comes first. Environmentalists, of course, don’t agree. Godawa pointed out that the ethic behind Noah’s belief that his family should not procreate was “The same as all environmentalist activists: The ends justify the means. ‘We must weigh those [human] lives against all creation.’” Environmentalists like Aronofsky believe that man only damages the earth, but we know better.

Humanity being made in the image of God has the ability to innovate and create. When God gave man dominion over the earth, it was because under the stewardship of man the earth is more productive.

Second, Noah the movie is a story of death and destruction rooted in evil. The Biblical story of Noah is one of both just judgment and gracious redemption.

Genesis 6:7–8 states, “So the Lord said, ‘I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.’ But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”

God the Creator was justly angry that the people, made in His image, were evil and no longer worshipped Him. But God had grace on Noah. This doesn’t mean Noah was without sin, but it does mean he had faith. As Genesis 6:9 states, “Noah walked with God.” God, through His mercy, saved Noah and his family, and thus the human race as well as the remainder of the animals.

This is one of the many amazing stories that show God’s awesome plan. God did not use the righteousness of Noah solely to save the human race and the animals from the flood. He used it in His plan for the ultimate redemption of creation through Jesus Christ.

In Far As The Curse Is Found: The Covenant Story Of Redemption, Michael D. Williams points out that the story of Noah is another example of God’s overarching redemptive story, and His covenant with man. God in His providence saved Noah to create the line that would lead to Christ. People, fallen and sinful, did not know, or care, that they needed redemption, but God cared, and He saved Noah and ultimately the rest of His creation. He covenanted with Noah and all of the earth never to destroy it again with water.

Williams contends, “the inclusion of the animals and the very earth within the covenant emphasizes that the scope of God’s redemptive program is as wide as his creational work.” God “also reaffirms man’s covenant place within creation, in phrases intentionally reminiscent of God’s commission of Adam as a covenant representative.”

Genesis 9:1–7 states:
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image. And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.”

The command God gave to Adam He repeated to Noah. The story of Noah is not the environmentalist story of destruction, it is a story of grace—God’s grace given to a fallen creation that will ultimately lead to redemption.

My comment:

I haven’t seen the movie. As I am writing this, the top story on the national news is a warning coming from the United Nations about the threat of global warming. I know that the Bible says that “the Earth is wearing out like a garment.” I attribute this to the sin of man. I know the movie will probably make a lot of money. I won’t be seeing it until my local library has it. Until then, I would like both sides to have their say. This side isn’t seen in many places these days.

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE


EVANGELICAL DECLARATION ON GLOBAL WARMING

March 30, 2014

Photo by icr.org

Photo by icr.org

PREAMBLE

As governments consider policies to fight alleged man-made global warming, evangelical leaders have a responsibility to be well informed, and then to speak out. A Renewed Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Examination of the Theology, Science, and Economics of Global Warming demonstrates that many of these proposed policies would destroy jobs and impose trillions of dollars in costs to achieve no net benefits. They could be implemented only by enormous and dangerous expansion of government control over private life. Worst of all, by raising energy prices and hindering economic development, they would slow or stop the rise of the world’s poor out of poverty and so condemn millions to premature death.

I found this Declaration at Dr. E. Calvin Beisner’s CORNWALL ALLIANCE WEBSITE.

YOU CAN SEE THE REST OF THE DECLARATION HERE.

I have endorsed this Declaration. The Cornwall Alliance, in my opinion, is the best source of information on this topic from a Christian perspective. I am not posting this for endorsements or financial support. I am posting this because there is a lack of education within Christian circles on this subject.

It’s so interesting where God leads His people. I remember a young Mr. Beisner sitting next to Walter Martin and defending the great truths of the Bible. He was very young back then. He was brilliant then and, again in my opinion, he hasn’t changed and is doing very important work.

Tomorrow I will put up a post about the new movie “Noah.” It comes from the Cornwall Alliance.

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Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals

March 27, 2014

A person at 12 weeks

A person at 12 weeks

When I first read this headline, I didn’t believe it. THE ARTICLE CAN BE FOUND HERE.

I now believe it and am appalled. This is an atrocity. How is it any different than what happened in Germany in the concentration camps?

I’m a guy who loves the movie Pollyanna. At the same time, I can’t keep silent about the horrific events happening in the world today.

Please come quickly our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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THE FRUIT FLY

March 26, 2014

Photo and article by icr.org

Photo and article by icr.org

By Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. *

The humble fruit fly that has been at the heart of genetic studies for nearly 100 years continues to amaze scientists and defy simplistic evolutionary predictions. A research team recently evaluated the diversity of gene expression across the insect's genome in much greater detail than previous studies, and the results revealed incredible complexity and design.1

One of the key features that is emerging across the spectrum of research in plant and animal genomes is the fact that nearly all DNA is expressed (copied into RNA).2 This expressed RNA makes up what is called the transcriptome. The different types of RNA molecules that are produced can be placed in a wide variety of functional categories that include noncoding RNAs (short and long) and protein-coding RNAs. The various noncoding RNA molecules greatly outnumber the protein-coding segments. Noncoding RNA regions of the genome act like an overlying informational system controlling the usage of protein-coding areas.

In this new study published in the journal Nature, the authors captured and analyzed the expressed RNA from many different fruit fly tissues using advanced sequencing technology.1 The researchers discovered more than 1,200 new genes that were previously unknown. These results show that even in well-studied, small-size genomes, much still remains to be understood and cataloged.

Another amazing discovery was the dramatic prevalence of overlapping genes encoded in two different directions. DNA is a double-stranded molecule and genes are found on both strands (running in opposite directions) with segments that can overlap each other. One strand may contain a protein-coding gene, while the other strand may encode what are labeled as antisense RNAs.3 These antisense RNAs help regulate their forward-sense protein-coding counterparts and appear to play a major role in controlling gene expression in the fruit fly genome at much higher levels than previously anticipated.

Another finding was that alternative splicing is considerably more complex and common than previously known. Both protein-coding and noncoding RNA genes contain regions called exons and introns. After a gene is copied into an RNA transcript, the introns are often spliced out and the exons are spliced together. In many genes, the exons are alternatively spliced to form variable and diverse gene products. In humans, it has been estimated that about 95 percent of genes are alternatively spliced.4,5 In fruit flies, alternative splicing was found to play a major role specifically in gene regulation during both the development and functioning of neural cells.

Much of the unexpected complexity in the fly transcriptome is due to many newly characterized control features that not only regulate gene function but also alter the RNA transcript after it is made. The authors of the study stated, "The fly transcriptome is substantially more complex than previously recognized, with this complexity arising from combinatorial usage of promoters, splice sites and polyadenylation sites."1

Even what was originally thought to be a simple animal genome continues to startle scientists with its incredible complexity. The more we discover about the genome, the more we realize that biocomplexity is much greater than ever imagined. While evolution does not predict this, a creationist view of an infinitely wise and omnipotent Creator does.
(my emphasis..cr)
References
1. Brown, J. B. et al. 2014. Diversity and dynamics of the Drosophila transcriptome. Nature. doi:10.1038/nature12962.
2. Tomkins, J. 2013. Explaining Organismal Complexity with Non-Coding DNA. Acts & Facts. 42: (11) 19.
3. Pelechano, V. and L. M. Steinmetz. 2013. Gene regulation by antisense transcription. Nature Reviews Genetics. 14 (12): 880-893.
4. Wang, E. T. et al. 2008. Alternative isoform regulation in human tissue transcriptomes. Nature. 456 (7221): 470-476.
5. Pan, Q. et al. 2008. Deep surveying of alternative splicing complexity in the human transcriptome by high-throughput sequencing. Nature Genetics. 40: (12) 1413-1415.

* Dr. Tomkins is Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research and received his Ph.D. in genetics from Clemson University.

THE ORIGNAL ARTICLE MAY BE FOUND HERE or by going to icr.org.


MAN MADE AUTHORITY?

March 23, 2014

I would guess that 98% of the critical posts on this blog that deal with churches point at the problems within the Protestant Church. I cannot help but share, however, this informative documentary by Keith Thompson the same young apologist who did the sadly truthful film on “Word of Faith” teachers within the Protestant Church. You can see this documentary by typing “Word of Faith” in the search box at the right.

Many Catholic and Protestant scholars are quoted in this documentary. Each statement is documented. I have not checked all of Keith’s documentation but thus far I have found his documentaries trustworthy. If anyone finds any statement here that is inaccurate, I would like to know.

For my Catholic friends, I would recommend that you start this documentary at the 4:06 mark. The statements there are at the heart of the mission of this film. What are the essential and non-essential matters of our faith? In fact, I disagree with Keith’s position on five point Calvinism. It is a theological matter but not an essential one.

The cry of the day is “unity.” This section of the film shows that Catholics have as many different problems in this area as we Protestants.

As far as atrocities and deception (one of the chapters), I must admit that many “Protestant” churches currently are guilty of the same. Some Protestant churches have allowed gay leaders and have not taken any type of stand on abortion or proper marriage. As far as I know, 1/2 of Catholics take a strong stand on these issues. In fact, I have found that Catholics seem, in general, more active in the anti-abortion battle.

At the same time I am, and will always be, after the truth. One of my favorite verses has always been: “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…”

I am a sinner saved by the grace of God.

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