Per Fidem Intrepidus means "Fearless Through Faith". My courage isn't my own, it comes from the Holy Spirit, it's my faith in God and my personal savior Christ Jesus that calms my fears and allows me to move forward in this fallen world. Personally I'm afraid of a lot of stuff, but having the faith that Jesus adopted me as his little, sin filled, brother keeps me going.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

It's a Matter of Authority

Ken Ham Speaking At Aurora Calvary Chapel
Science once told us that there were canals on Mars filled with water and made by martians.

Science once told us that bloodletting was good for what ails you... if you lived through it.

Science once told us that Astrology, the study of how the position of the planets and stars effected your life, was a legitimate science

Science once told us that the earth was hollow

Science once told us that Phrenology, the study of the size and shape of your head is directly related to your personality, was a legitimate science

Science once told us that what a pregnant female thinks will affect the personality of the baby.

If there is one fact that remains a fact when the harsh light of science is projected on it, it is the fact that every single scientific fact, theory, or hypothesis has been proven wrong. In some form or another. every discovery made has been updated, changed, modified, disproved, withdrawn, refuted, and revised. I don't mind science being wrong, because that's what science is all about, you make a guess, you get proven wrong, you start over. There is no "settled science" because the nature of science means to keep looking until you get it 100% right, which means you keep looking and keep revising and keep failing over and over and over.

Hey - that's the reality of science. It's not just throwing out unproven theories and demanding they be accepted because they sound good.

For a long time black holes were the staple of all things science since they were first predicted in 1916 by Albert Einstein in his general theory of relativity. Now Steven Hawkings says "not so much". In the 1970's we were threatened by an ice age, in the Bill Clinton error era we were threatened by global warming, now (since the planetary temperature hasn't changed in over two decades) we're threatened with Global Climate Scam Change which has nothing to do with temperature but with the destruction of the west

So why would you take something as fluid and flexible as science, which must remain fluid and flexible to properly advance understanding of God's creation, and infect your doctrine it? Doctrine must remain solid to advance understanding of God's will which is solid. From "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" to "The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen." every jot and tittle is inspired by God, does that give us the right to turn our back on the Word of God because some theorist in a white lab coat comes up with a new, unproveable idea?

The pulpit is for the worship and edification of the word and will of God, not for the casual discussions of semi-scientific theory. Some preachers who should know this simple fact succumb to the pressures of living in a sin sick fallen world and chose to worship man's rather than God's word. A fine example is Chuck Queen, a preacher in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a group founded on the principal that you don't have to follow the parts of the bible you don't like. Chuck has the following to say:
According to a recent survey by the Associated Press, 77% of people who claim to be born again or evangelical say they have little or no confidence that the universe began 13.8 years ago with a big bang. And 76 % of evangelicals doubt that life on Earth, including human beings, evolved through a process of natural selection. Evangelical university and seminary professors know better! ... I suspect that many (if not most) evangelical biblical scholars who subscribe to some form of biblical inerrancy (and sign faith statements testifying to that fact) believe what professor Falk believes. [in the big bang theory]
First of all, regarding the 77% of born again Christians who have little or no confidence that the universe is 13.8 years old - GOOD FOR THEM! I'm 50+ years old and I certainly do not remember the universe starting around 2002, big bang or not. (And yes, he did say "13.8 years ago") and for the 76% of evangelicals who doubt that life on earth evolved through a process of natural selection - GOOD FOR THEM TOO!

First of all, Natural Selection and Darwinian Evolution are two different things. Natural Selection is a process that happens every day, it can be observed and repeated (as required by the Scientific Method). Natural Selection basically says that a parakeet will not survive in the antarctic, a sardine will not survive in distilled water, a sheep will not survive in a valley full of wolves.

Darwinian evolution on the other hand means genetic mutation which has never been observed, cannot be repeated, and there's no physical evidence of ever happening, any one of which excludes the fable of Darwinian evolution from the scientific method. These mutations are not minimal selective breeding kind of things causing goldfish to have extra long fins, we're talking about goldfish becoming golden hawks, mosquitoes becoming koala bears, and monkeys becoming men. That last one is scientifically impossible because the internal plumbing of the male reproductive system would have to be drastically and radically reconfigured and there's no, repeat NO evidence this has ever happened in any species.

I have written in the past hinting at this, now I'm advocating it publicly - Darwinian Evolution is not a science, it's a pagan religion. It does not fit the scientific model, there is no physical evidence for it, it is a faith based belief system based on speculation and supposition expressed with polysyllabic jargon which has it's basis in human imagination. Contrast this with Christianity which is a faith based belief system based on the word of God Himself, His actions as He interfaced with mankind and walked the earth and rose from the dead, expressed in plain words based on the influence of the Holy Spirit:
Many religious books claim to be divinely inspired, but only the Bible has evidence of supernatural confirmation. We have seen that Jesus, being God incarnate, affirms the inspiration of the Bible. Jesus directly affirmed the authority of the Old Testament and indirectly affirmed the New Testament... In Luke 11:51, Jesus identified the prophets and the canon of the Old Testament. He names Abel as the first prophet from Genesis, and Zechariah the last prophet mentioned in 2 Chronicles, the last book in the Jewish Old Testament... Jesus even specifically affirmed as historical several disputed stories of the Old Testament. He affirms as true the accounts of Adam and Eve (Matthew 19:4-5), Noah and the flood (Matthew 24:39), Jonah and the whale (Matthew 12:40), Sodom and Gomorrah (Matthew 10:15), and more. (Source)
So when discussing preachers discussing evolution if I sound angry it's because I am - yes, I believe in a 6 day creation. Why? Because Jesus believed in a 6 day creation, and personally I do not have the guts or the arrogance to tell God "Hey big guy, you're wrong, I'm right and I'm going to do what ever I want." This is nothing but Pride; damnable, God hated pride getting in the way of man's fellowship with God brought on by the person who should most be preventing such a thing from happening - the pastor.

Why are we allowing people like Chuck Queen to stand in front of people and trash the word of God? He believes in allowing women to teach men where God says otherwise (1 Timothy 2:11-12, Titus 1:6, 1 Timothy 3:4-7) so he clearly has no trust in the New Testament. He tries to humiliate those that believe in Genesis so he clearly has no trust in the Old Testament. By their example men like Chuck Queen are teaching their flock that you can pick and chose which part of the bible you can ignore through eisegesis (How's that for a $1.50 word Pastor Paratus?)  Eisegesis, roughly put, is the interpretation of a text by reading into it one's own ideas, basically to corrupt the pure word of God with the sinful ideas of Man. This  is something that a pastor is NOT allowed to do
7 For the overseer must be above reproach as God's steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, 8 but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, 9 holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. (Titus 1:7-9) (emphasis mine)
A worship service is no place for a psudo-scientific discussion of wild guesses that don't even measure up enough to become proper scientific theories. (A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world that is acquired through the scientific method and repeatedly tested and confirmed through observation and experimentation. Evolution cannot be tested, confirmed, observed or experimented with). The word of God, and God Himself is so much more than man centered imagineering and it pains me to think that there are people in the pulpit that need to be reminded of that.
4 For the word of the Lord is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness. 5 He loves righteousness and justice ; The earth is full of the loving-kindness of the Lord. 6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host. 7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap ; He lays up the deeps in storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. 9 For He spoke, and it was done ; He commanded, and it stood fast. 10 The Lord nullifies the counsel of the nations ; He frustrates the plans of the peoples. 11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation. (Psalm 33:4-11)

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