Faith is Forced Consent not a spiritual apprehension without proof
Apologetics is a Biblical Command not a suggestion, but our Duty
Our Position is one of Love and Gratitude for the Son of God loving us
"We may have begun our journey fairly convinced Jesus was a "good man," but as we considered the evidence we were forced in a different direction. We certainly did not set out predisposed to believe. So, we find ourselves agreeing with this statement: "Faith is forced consent. That is to say, when the evidence is judged by the mind to be sufficient, the state of mind we call 'faith' is the inevitable effect whenever the reasons are judged sufficient, faith or belief is induced." John Murray Collected Writings II
Not just Information is needed, but Regeneration
"Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event the humiliation of its God." Bruce L. Shelley
Why would the gospel accounts have their God endure such a thing, unless of course , it really happened and the shame and humiliation was taken by the Son of God who gave himself freely for the redemption of humanity in love?
Existence of the Biblical God is an Objective Historical Reality
This is my Father's world....
"I spent a long time trying to come to grips with my doubts, when suddenly I realized I had better come to grips with what I believe. I have since moved from the agony of questions that I cannot answer to the reality of answers that I cannot escape, and it's a wonderful relief." Tom Skinner
The simple Means of Grace
"The plea for Christians to surrender to neutrality in their thinking is not an uncommon one. Nevertheless, it strikes at the very heart of our faith and of our faithfulness to the Lord... If the Christian is to have any success in defending the faith they must be prepared to call into question the competence of the unbeliever's thinking. Even if a believer does not have the impressive credentials of educated scholarship possessed by an unbeliever, he is able to do this." Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen
The Immorality of Neutrality
We believe the existence of the Biblical God is today a stark objective reality, rationally and factually provable beyond any reasonable doubt. The only escape for an atheist/agnostic/skeptic today is to suppress and reject this obvious truth. But, what about us? When we talk to others about Jesus, is He a stark objective reality? Is that what they hear?
The Apostle Peter instructs believers that they should be "always ready to give a defense [apologia] to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you" 1 Peter 3:15 It's us, not just the Boy Scouts who need to be prepared.
"Men often speak as though the only thing that the sinner needs is true information. This is not the case. Man indeed, needs true interpretation, but, he also needs to be made a new creature. Sin is not only misinformation, it is also a power of perversion of the soul. The Christian knows that he would interpret nature wrongly due to the sin that is within him, unless he be enlightened by Scripture and guided by the Holy Spirit.... All men do their thinking on the basis of a position accepted by faith, and your faith is either in God or in yourself and your own reasoning." Dr. Corneiius Van Til
The Scope and Limit of our Argument
Our most frequent battle isn't with good and evil, t's between truth and lies. Without the ability to differentiate what is true, you cannot win. Every person on the planet walks around with opinions based on what they think they know, and those opinions direct how we act and react to "truth." But very few of us ever question the accuracy of our fondational opinions (our epistemology, how we know what we know). From the very nature of truth itself, whether it exists, how our world began, is there a God, what is morality and who is moral, from atheism to God...our entire worldview runs on what we foundationally believe to be objectively true.
But, how confident are we that we know the answers? Paul Washer on the means of grace we all have in Christ:
A basic fact: In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.
- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
- By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Hebrews 11:3
- And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17
Creation was a succession of monumental, supernatural creative miracles by God; out of nothing other than Himself. Science cannot contribute anything to our understanding of creation since there were no observers, and by definition science can say nothing about the supernatural. Creation cannot be verified by any naturalistic methodologies since creation did not come about by any known naturalistic processes and cannot be reproduced or duplicated in any way. God has given us His record of creation in the Scriptures. Jesus, Himself quoted from the Genesis account of creation. We either believe what the Bible clearly says about creation or we don't. Science can confirm or deny that simple fact.
( A John MacArthur paraphrase)
We hold: creatio ex Deo, ex nihilo. Creation was by God—from God's essential being alone. Meaning, from nothing external to God. Out of nothing else other than Himself, which is not nothing from no one!
God created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them in 6 days approximately 6000 years ago.
Christ now holds all creation together by His mighty power. Not dark matter, not dark energy, not the Higgs boson (God particle.) Christ, and Christ alone, our Creator, Savior, Sustainer, Judge, and Lord God.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.
"I claim no right to myself, no right to this understanding, this will, these affections that are in me. Neither do I have any right to this body or its members, no right to this tongue, to these hands, feet, ears or eyes. I have given myself clearly away and not retained anything of my own.
"I have been to God this morning and told Him I have given myself wholly to Him, I have given every power so that for the future I claim no right to myself in any respect. I have expressly promised Him, for by His grace I will not fail. I take Him as my whole portion and felicity, looking upon nothing else as any part of my happiness.
"His law is the constant rule of my obedience. I will fight with all my might against the world, the flesh and the devil to the end of my life. I will adhere to the faith of the gospel however hazardous and difficult the profession and practice of it may be. I pray God for the sake of others to look on this as self-dedication.
"Henceforth, I am not to act in any respect as my own. I shall act as my own if I ever make use of any of my powers to do anything that is not to the glory of God or to fail to make the glorifying of Him my whole and entire business. If I murmur in the least at affliction, if I am in any way uncharitable, if I revenge my own case, if I do anything purely to please myself or omit anything because it is a great denial, if I trust myself, if I take any praise for any good which Christ does by me, or if I am in any way proud, I shall act as my own and not God's.
"But I purpose to be absolutely His."
What duty does God require of man?
The duty which God requireth of man is obedience to his revealed will.
Without a solid catechism, we are all "without understanding."
Without understanding, how can we ever hope to defend the faith?
Without understanding, how can we hope to glorify and enjoy Him?
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