Sye was interviewed for a radio show on August 14th, 2013.
Here is the link to the SHOW.
Posted in apologetics methodology, christian apologetics, Christianity, Cornelius Van Til, Greg Bahnsen, Presuppositional Apologetics, presuppositionalism, Reformed, Religious Neutrality, Theology, Van Til, tagged apologetics outline, Religious Neutrality on July 25, 2013 | 12 Comments »
Religious Neutrality Defined: The idea that man can be without any beliefs or views that is for or against God, the Bible, etc.
Objective: We must realize that in regards to ‘facts’ and everywhere and everything that man approaches, he/she can not approach it without presuppositions or with a neutrality towards God.
CHRARACTERISTICS OF RELIGIOUS NEUTRALITY
There are traits and attitudes that have come up in regards to defending religious neutrality that encompasses one or more of these points:
(B) There are people who appear to be sincerely ‘neutral’ towards the surrounding issues concerning God. Doesn’t this show that one can be religiously neutral? (See Romans 1:18-22)
(C) God is not relevant at all in the Sphere of X and/or Y. (See below on Creation)
(D) I am not taking any sides for or against a religion.
 See the article “Impossible Neutrality: An Analogy from Humanistic Geography” in Reformed Perspective Magazine at http://thirdmill.org/articles/jim_li/jim_li.impossibleneutrality.html.
 I recommend any book on this topic by Jay Adams.
 Poythress, Vern. “A Biblical View of Mathematics” in Foundation of Christian Scholarship: Essays in the Van Til Perspective. California: Ross House Books, 1979: Pages 159-188.
 North, Gary and DeMar, Gary. Christian Reconstruction: What It is, What It Isn’t Texas: Institute for Christian Economics, 1991
 Schaeffer, Francis A. Pollution and the Death of Man: The Christian View of Ecology. Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, 1970
There has not been a lot of Christian resources and apologetics dealing with this movement, which has various subgroups with different beliefs.
The following is my notes: First, I have practical apologetics pointers and secondly are some of my thoughts on what the Black Hebrew Israelites were saying.
APOLOGETICS TO THE STREETS PRACTICAL POINTERS:
-Remember to be gentle and respectable even when they are not.
- Talk to the less dogmatic member of the group when they are dominating loudly in the conversation.
- Use advantage of having other believers and the crowd to control the conversation
- Press them on the goal post for their exegesis: It is not enough to show verses that the faith/salvation is for Israel; they have to show it’s only for Israel with no inclusion of Gentiles to prove their view
-Ask them a lot of questions if you are not sure what they believe ask them so you can accurately understand them
- Have the burden of proof on them by asking them questions; some helpful questions:
-Verses to keep in mind: Galatians 3:28 (“no Jews or Greeks”) and Revelation 21:24-27 (nations and their kings being cleaned, in heaven)
“ Line by Line” they say, but they haven’t done a good job of dealing with the verse within context.
EXAMINING VOCAB MALONE’S INTERACTION
1.) Objection: They use Acts 17:24 to go against Malone going to a building to worship God on the basis of this verse
2.) Objection: Response to Acts 17:26 by quoting from 2 Ezdras 6:54-56
54 And after these, Adam also, whom thou madest lord of all thy creatures: of him come we all, and the people also whom thou hast chosen.
55 All this have I spoken before thee, O Lord, because thou madest the world for our sakes
56 As for the other people, which also come of Adam, thou hast said that they are nothing, but be like unto spittle: and hast likened the abundance of them unto a drop that falleth from a vessel.
57 And now, O Lord, behold, these heathen, which have ever been reputed as nothing, have begun to be lords over us, and to devour us.
58 But we thy people, whom thou hast called thy firstborn, thy only begotten, and thy fervent lover, are given into their hands.
59 If the world now be made for our sakes, why do we not possess an inheritance with the world? how long shall this endure?
3.) Objection: Gentiles are the Jews
4.) Objection: Deuteronomy 7:6, that the BHI are a special people
5.) Objection: The New Testament was written in Latin based upon John 19:20
6.) Objection: The Dead Sea Scroll does not have the Old Testament, it has the New Testament, it has the Gospel of Thomas
7.) Objection: Salvation is only for Israel according to Acts 7:31
8.) Objection: Matthew 28:19-20 reference to nations means Jews in those physical location of other nations
9.) Objection: Beat up other nations is premittable.
10.) Objection: Revelation 1:13-15 shows Jesus is black
11.) Objection: You can’t be saved you don’t know your nationality.
12.) Objection: The world cannot sin, only Israelite can sin.
13.) Objection: Galatians 3:28, the “Greeks” refer to Hellenized Jews not Gentiles
Posted in christian apologetics, Christianity, Cornelius Van Til, Covenantal apologetics, Presuppositional Apologetics, presuppositionalism, Reformed, Scott Oliphint, Theology, Van Til, tagged Crossway, Scott Oliphint on July 9, 2013 | 6 Comments »
From Justin Taylor’s blog, here’s an interview with Dr. Oliphint, professor of apologetics at Wesminster Theological Seminary, of his latest book, Covenantal Apologetics.
While I will get the book, I’m wondering if there’s anything new Dr. Oliphint will say that other Presuppositionalists haven’t said already.
(Hat Tip: JT)
Posted in christian apologetics, Christianity, Christology, Ligon Duncan, RC Sproul, Reformed, Robert Godfrey, Theology, tagged Christian theology, Presbyterian Church of America on June 27, 2013 | 4 Comments »
Imagine powerhouse theologians Ligon Duncan, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Stephen Nichols, Richard Pratt, and R.C.Sproul all in one place having a discussion about Christology today! Now watch this video.
I appreciated the Presbyterian Church of America and Ligonier making this available!
(HT: Jeff Downs)
Posted in apologetics illustrations, christian apologetics, Christianity, counterfeit currency, false teaching, Presuppositional Apologetics, presuppositionalism, tagged Secret Service on May 8, 2013 | 10 Comments »
Point: It has become somewhat of a cliche sermon illustration about how the United States Secret Service train their agents and the public to spot counterfeits bills by exculsively studying the details of real currencies as opposed to counterfeits ones. This illustration is often given to make the point that as believers if we only just focus on knowing the truth thoroughly this will make it unnecessary to study or be familiar with falsehood out there. While I do think it is important for Christians to know God’s truth adequately, this does not mean that there is no place for addressing specific falsehood by critically studying it and warning others about them. I’m convinced that as a pastor, one must connect the dot between God’s truth with godly application and practice since people often need the extra help of knowing what the application looks like. Similarly teaching on the area of worldview and theological discernment sometimes require identifying, alerting and refuting specific false views our culture, friends, families and opponents are espousing. It’s important to show what is true while at the same time show examples of falsehood that believers ought to watch out for since Scripture itself does this (ex: Matthew 23, 1 Timothy 4, Jude, etc). And contrary to the popular illustration, the Secret Service does give attention to the details of what counterfeit looks like (but always in light of what is real).
The following illustrates the truth that resources the Secret Service provide for banks and the public in identifying counterfeit currency at times does take into account what counterfeits looks like.
Illustration: Note this old video by the Treasury Department in conjunction with the United States Secret Service:
You will notice that there is a comparison between counterfeit bills with real ones, counterfeit money making devices with actual ones.
This was not only true then, but it’s also true today. The Secret Service devotes a portion of their website to the public education of knowing your money. If you look at the pages here, here and here, you will note images of details between real money–and counterfeit ones.
One can imagine that training for Secret Service agents who are professionals will be more indepth concerning details of real currency–and the latest developments and trends in false counterfeits.