ruruminations – cnàmh na cìr – chewing the cud


A couple of interesting quotes
September 23, 2008, 7:29 pm
Filed under: Creation, Evolution, Quotes

A couple of quotes from John MacArthur demonstrating how in recent years the inadequacy of evolutionary theory has been exposed:

Robert E. Smith, a member of the western Missouri affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union whom you would know to be no friend of Scripture, says this, and I quote, “For the past five years I have closely followed creationist literature and have attended lectures and debates on related issues.  Based solely on the scientific arguments pro and con, I have been forced to conclude that scientific creationism is not only a viable theory but that it has achieved parity, if not superiority over the normative theory of biological evolution. That this should now be the case is somewhat surprising, particularly in view of what most of us were taught in primary ad secondary school.”  He goes on, “In practical terms, the past decade of intense activity by scientific creationists has left most evolutionist professors unwilling to debate the creationist professors.  Too many of the evolutionists have been publicly humiliated in such debates by their own lack of erudition and by the weakness of their theory,” end quote.

The second quote is this:

Paul Ackerman has written a book called It’s a Young World After All.  And in it he says this, some of you have been to Disneyland, I can tell.  In the book he says this, “Let me be blunt on this matter.  Evolutionists around the world have had to learn the hard way that evolution cannot stand up against creationism in any fair and impartial debate situation where the stakes are the hearts and minds of intelligent, undecided but nevertheless objective and open-minded audiences.  Experience will prove that the same is true for the age issue as well.  Evolutionist’s beliefs regarding the origin and development of life cannot withstand the scrutiny of an informed opposition and neither can evolutionists claim to the effect that the universe has existed for ten to twenty billion years and the earth for 4.5 billion years.  To delay the collapse of widespread public acceptance of such claims, it will be necessary for evolutionist scientists to carefully avoid debate,” end quote.  They cannot survive a debate and so they won’t debate.

Could this be the reason that Dawkins is so unwilling to debate, hmmm!

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The Lakeland Thing
September 10, 2008, 10:33 pm
Filed under: Heresy

(A revision of an old post from my Bebo blog)

I realise that some people have really taken to the ‘Lakeland Revival’ and are convinced of it’s veracity, but let me flag up a few issues in relation to Todd Bentley the main preacher at the event:

1. He was accountable to no-one, he took the view that this was between him and God. In relation to this he has also shunned the organised church and it’s structures for discipline. However it has been brought to my attention that due to criticism of this stance he has made himself accountable to some of his strongest supporters, such as Peter Wagner and Rick Joyner.
2. He constantly highlights his own experiences, even claiming to have been to the third heaven and describes these experiences. The apostle Paul said:
‘2 Corinthians 12:2-5 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago — whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows — such a one was caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I know such a man — whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows — 4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 5 Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities.’
‘Unlawful’ is the word he uses, and also says he will not boast of his experience.
There seems to be a marked contrast there between Paul and Todd Bentley.
3. He has had numerous encounters with ‘angels’, and even calls on angels, calling for them to be released, released from where? I was not aware that angels were bound.  He claims that to deny these encounters would rob his power!?
4. He claims God told him that he was doing this current ‘move’ in a hurry, because he was running out of time. Since when did God, for whom one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day ever ‘run out of time’.
5. He claims that he was demon possessed after having become a Christian!
6. He openly admits to celebrating mass in the past.
7. He got his tatoos and piercings after having become a preacher. If the Old Testament prohibitions don’t persuade you this is inappropriate, then maybe the highly questionable nature of the imagery in some of these tatoos, such as an upside-down face of Christ, will.
8. He claims to have the mantle of William Branham, who incidentally believed in UFOs, denied the Trinity and believed he was Elijah. Oh and he had visions of the same angel named ‘Emma’ which Todd Bentley claims to have seen.
9. He believes in spirit portals, a totally unbiblical concept, which occurs in Occult and New Age literature.
10. He draws attention to a number of out of supposed out of body experiences, as though they highlighted his spirituality.
11. He practices violence in his ‘healing’ even kicking one old lady in the nose, punching another in the stomach, repeatedly!
12. He claims that God has to be released from heaven!?
13. He has consistently failed to provide convincing evidence of true healings, and there is ample evidence of those who have been claimed as examples of healing, who days or weeks later have dramatically deteriorated or died.

Clearly some of the things that this man preaches are less than biblical. If you think I am exaggerating or making up some of these things then do a little research of your own(video or audio evidence of most of these issues I have highlighted is available on the internet, esp. Youtube) with an open mind and an open Bible (to be read and searched). Ask yourself if what you see and hear from this man is Biblical.

Also ask a few simple questions:

Does my feeling good, mean something is of God?
Does a ‘healing’ mean that something is of God?

Mark 13:22 22 “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

So it is possible for there to be signs and wonders not of God!

Or what about pleasant feelings? In James 4:1 we read: Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?
Desires to feel good can lead us into all kinds of sin, and it certainly is never given in the Bible as a means of discernment.

Oh and remember the scriptures say in 1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Need I say anymore?

P.S. A point of information.  Since this was written it has come out that Todd Bentley has been found to be having an ‘unhealthy relationship on an emotional level with a female member of his staff’.  Following this his wife has filed for divorce.  It has also come out that the couple were having marriage counselling for a year or two.  This is all very sad, especially for the children involved.  As a consequence Bentley has been removed from the board of Fresh Fire Ministries.



A Clarion Call to the Church
September 1, 2008, 10:34 pm
Filed under: Arminianism, Articles, Evangelicalism, Reformed Theology

Following is a link to a tremendous post by Michael Horton (Westminster Theological Seminary, California) regarding the muddle that is Contemporary Evangelicalism.

Evangelical Arminians: Option or Oxymoron



Online Libraries
September 1, 2008, 8:55 pm
Filed under: Links, Reformed Theology
Here are a collection of links to theological works in the Reformed tradition (mostly): 

Book Academy
Browse by Title – Cyber Library
Bunyan Ministries
Essays (Monergism)
Evangelical Library E-Books
Fire and Ice Puritan and Reformed Writings
God Rules.NET – Bible Study Tools, Bible Library, Commentary & More
Grace Online Library Puritan, Reformed and Calvinistic Articles
Home Westminster Presbyterian Church
Inspirational Christian Quotes by the Puritans and Other Great Reformed Theologians
John Owen » Works
Kerux
PCA Historical Center E-Books
Project Gutenberg
Providence Baptist Ministries
Reformed Theology Resource Center Dedicated to the Reformed Faith
Spurgeon’s Writings Books and Tracts by the Prince of Preachers
The Westminster Standards
Third Millennium Ministries
Welcome Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Welcome – Reformed Online Library
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project