Friday, December 16, 2011

Switching to Wordpress

Hello everyone, I a no longer going to be using blogger anymore but rather wordpress. The url is Thank you for always reading.

Grace be with you all,

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Yet I Sin

Thou hast saved me, and yet I sin. Thou hast justified me, and not on my own merit, but by the faith Thou gavest unto me, and yet I sin. Thou hast given the gift of faith and given me amazing grace, and yet I sin. From the depths of my soul I ask why? Thou hast given unto me eyes to see and ears to hear, and yet I continue to sin. Thou hast put a new heart in my breast that I may believe in Thee and may glory in thy Son, and yet daily I transgress Thy holy law. Why do I do so O Lord?

I search into the depths of my heart to try and conclude why but conclude nothing. My soul longs to obey Thee but my flesh seeks the opposite. I am so vile, so wretched, and so unworthy of life and act in outright rebellion daily against Thy holy commandments. Why do I continue to drink of the pleasures of the flesh rather than from the waters of life? If it were not for Thy grace and love then I would never return to Thy throne of grace. I would rather pay to drink of the sewer than to come to the garden upon Thy holy mountain and drink of the free waters of life. It is only Thy grace that continues to bring me back.

O Lord, who created all things, how pathetic am I but how awesome Thou art! By grace have I believed and by grace shall I continue to return to Thee. How blessed is the man who trusts in Thee and to whom Thou looks upon with favor, for Thou shall sustain him forever.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

My Argument for Pre-suppositional Apologetics

All of creation knows of the existence of God. Paul labors this point in his letter to the church in Rome when he states that "since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made" (Romans 1:20). Every man who has rejected the existence of God throughout the centuries knows this truth, but as Paul said, they "suppress the truth in unrighteousness" (Romans 1:18). Every atheist knows that the LORD reigns on high, but because of their hatred for Him they deny Him, and so when witnessing to an unbeliever one should always come with a presupposition knowing that in the heart of the unbeliever he fully believes in the full existence of God.

To come with a pessimistic mindset thinking that one must first prove the existence of God to an unbeliever before one can preach the gospel is a false assumption. The use of logic, however, can be an useful tool in the practice of apologetics. Some devout classical apologists presuppose that pre-suppositional apologists are anti-logic, which is a false presupposition on their part. I, being a pre-suppositionalist myself, actually engage in the use of logic often while witnessing to unbelievers. When people ask questions, us as Christians must have answers, as Paul writes, "We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God" (1 Corinthians 10:5). The use of logic can be a tool of much worth, but for it to be the main tool of apologetics is when the danger arises.

The reason I am against adherring to the practice of classical apologetics is because it is trying to argue a worthless argument. The existence of God, as Paul stated, "has been clearly seen" (Romans 1:20) to all mankind. The argument for the existence of God has been won, and what is needed is not primarily an argument, but the conversion of the unbeliever. Paul said that "the natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised" (1 Corinthians 2:14). Unless a man is regenerated he will not come to faith, for it is impossible for him to do so. The apologetics of a believer are to rest on the power of God and not on the wisdom and intellect of man. To base one's arguments off of logic is like fighting a dead man, you may win the fight, but he is still dead. The unbeliever will not be converted through the argument of logic, but rather the Gospel. The preaching of the Christian is to teach a faith that does not rest on the wisdom of men but on the power of God. The Spirit of God unblinds the eyes of His elect through the preaching of the Word, not the arguing of logic.

"And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God."
[1 Corinthians 2:1-5]

Monday, June 20, 2011

This Life is a Vapor

This life it fleeting, and in the blink of an eye it shall be gone. We are daily on the brink of eternity, and since we are so, then why are we daily wasting our lives that shall soon be gone? The apostle James wrote, “You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away” [James 4:14], and the same idea David penned in the psalm saying, “surely every man at his best is a mere breath” [Psalm 39:5]. Our lives are so short, so fragile, and so finite that they are compared to a mere mist and breath in time. As C. T. Studd once said, “Only one life twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”

Eternity shall be here in the blink of an eye and the worthless vanities of this life shall be all burned, and since it is so then why are we wasting our preciously scarce time? There are over two billion people on this planet who have never heard the gospel and it seems all we want to do is watch television. Why not sell the television and send the money to a tribal missionary who can barely support himself on the field? Why not turn off the computer and get on your knees and pray that the Lord spend you for His glory and send you to the nations? Why not just do what Jesus commanded you to do and go into the world and preach the gospel?

You have unsaved friends that you hang out with and yet you never bother to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with them. Why? You have family that is the same, and why do you never take the time to sit down with them, open up and Bible, and show them the way of salvation? It’s just uncomfortable, right? Do you think it was comfortable for the Peter to stand in the midst of the Jewish temple and flat out tell the Jewish people that they crucified the Messiah? Do you think it was comfortable for Stephen to be stoned by his kinsmen for preaching the gospel? Do you think it was easy for Paul to spend his entire life going into towns to preach the gospel knowing that they would arrest, beat, falsely accuse, and eventually behead him?

Why, brother and sister in Christ, why are we so? Why do we desire so much to hang onto this life? The apostle Paul wrote this saying, “I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ” [Philippians 3:8]. Do you count all things as rubbish compared to Christ? If not so, then why not? For as Paul wrote again saying, “the form of this world is passing away” [1 Corinthians 7:31].This life is fleeting and shall soon be gone, and when you drop dead and head onto glory the only thing that matters is did you spend it all for His glory.

One of my favorite verses in all of Scripture is Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Paul could have not put it more simply, for life is Christ and death is gain. Oh how good this life is as we daily “labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God” [1 Timothy 4:10]. Brethren, fix your hope on Him and you shall find unceasing joy and all fulfillment in this life. Fix your hope on Him, spend your life for Him, and live and die for Him. For “in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” [1 Corinthians 15:52]. That day is coming quickly, and since it is so “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” [Hebrews 12:1-2]. May we run and run quickly. Grace be with you all.

Friday, May 6, 2011

God's Soverign Plan

There is no other more beautiful picture of God’s unmerited salvation unto us through Jesus Christ than that of the story of God’s deliverance of His chosen people, Israel, from the land of Egypt, and not only His deliverance, but also His sovereign plan that led them into Egypt to begin with so that He might deliver them from the hand of the Egyptians and make His power and glory known. God, in His sovereignty, actually commands Jacob and his sons to move to the land of Egypt,

"I am God, the God of your Father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you a great nation there. I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again." [Genesis 46:3-4]

Jacob and his sons move to the land of Egypt, and for two generations they live at peace with the Egyptians. But the Lord raises up another king, one who oppresses the sons of Israel and makes them his servants, and for several generations the sons of Israel are the forced laborers of Egypt. The Lord God is the One responsible for the enslavement of the Israelites, for He is the One who sent them there. Why? For without bondage there is no deliverance, and through their bondage He delivers them and makes his power and glory known. In Paul’s letter to the Romans he writes,

“For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope, that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” [Romans 8:20-21]

Paul is saying here that the fall of man in Genesis was a pre-ordained measure of God, for He was the one who subjected creation unto futility and He was the One who let man fall. One might ask why a loving God would do such a thing, to allow man to fall, sin to enter the world, and condemnation to fall upon all mankind. Well, the answer is easy, for without condemnation there is no salvation, and out of our condemnation He delivers us through the blood of Christ and makes His power and glory known. The only reason we have salvation through Christ is because we were once condemned, and how could we be redeemed without once being condemned?

Just as the Lord allowed Jacob and his sons to move to the land of Egypt so that they may become enslaved to the Egyptians, so He also allowed Adam and Eve to fall in the Garden, and through them sin entered into all mankind. And just as He delivered His chosen people, Israel, from the hand of the Egyptians, so the same He does unto us, His chosen, the church of Christ, through the blood of Christ from the everlasting wrath of Himself. What a God we serve.