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Archive for April, 2016

Note: This Sunday I had a more unusual apologetics’ styled sermon that took up more time preparing than usual so I didn’t get to post earlier.  Contrary to what appears on my blog, I don’t preach apologetics as a hobby horse.  I am more of an expository and Gospel driven preacher on Sunday morning (or at least I work hard to try to be).

I try to write posts each Sunday to encourage God’s people concerning attending and serving God in the local church.

It is worth it

Tonight as I got home I was thinking about how the word labor appear so frequently in the Book of 1 Thessalonians from when I preached this five years ago:

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I don’t what it is but it seems there are some within the LGBTQ community that is obsessed with politicizing things with cakes and bakery.

Earlier this week a so-called Pastor name Jordan Brown who is a homosexual accused Whole Foods of writing an anti-gay slur on his cake.  You can watch his original video here:

It’s turning out that things are not as simple as Jordan Brown claim, and I think its safe to say that his claims are problematic if not down right fraudulent.

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So Target now allow people to use whatever restrooms they self-identify themselves as.

Which leads me to this question:

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Here are links related to the subject of Presuppositional apologetics gathered online between April 15th-21st, 2015.

1.) The charge of circular reasoning

2.) Review: Cornelius Van Til’s Christian Theistic Evidences (Second Edition)

3.) Worldviews and Evangelism Sermon Series

4.) The Problem with Agnosticism

5.) Can you use the Bible to prove the Bible?

6.) ‘What Has God Ever Done For Me?’ Asks Man Breathing Air

 

Miss our previous round up?  Here’s a link to a friend’s reblog of the last round up!

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Social media has been trending heavily upon Target’s decision to have gender-neutral restrooms and fitting rooms.  On April 19, Target released its stance for inclusivity, specifically for the likes of the transgender community.  This is definitely a LGBT driven goal.  Here is an excerpt from Corporate (Official Statement).

In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”

Folks, that is troubling.  Target is being fed a spoonful of lies and is under the influence of this progressive psychosis. Target made a dangerous move by sacrificing safety, decency, and moral sanity for people who wish not to identify with their actual gender.

Sad to say, but Target is set-up to be a paradise for sexual predators.  Sooner or later, you will probably hear many cases of perverted men who will waltz into the women’s restroom for immoral activity because they self-identified as a transgender or pretended to self-identify as a transgender in order to peep or take pictures of your daughter or wife urinating.  In fact you don’t even need to be a transgender to use a restroom of your choice.  Here is what Target states, “…guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”  It all boils down to subjective self-identification.

Magistrates have failed to uphold the law. As a result, husbands, fathers, and brothers will be placed in a tense situation where the responsibility and the right to protect their wife, daughter, and sister, trumps a wicked law that fosters a haven for sexual predators and have failed to protect and safeguard victims from predators.

The logic of progressive thinking is absurd. If one can self-identify as woman, when in reality one is a man, then it should be fair game for everyone else who wishes to self-identify as a Target employee, manager, etc., for the purpose of receiving discounts and perks.  If one is ever placed in a unsettle position between safety of a loved one and a wicked law that protects men and women who suppress their God-given genders by masking themselves for the purpose of satisfying their lusts, then the immoral law that protects gender-neutral restrooms will be less and less relevant.  It is morally absurd.

Target has failed and magistrates have failed.  Where has our society gone?  How can our daughters be denigrated at the expense of cross-dressing dudes that rebel against God’s created order?  I am praying for you world.

If I can impart any practical points, it would be this for now: ladies, be on the alert from creeps. And parents, I would advise that you do not allow your children to go into restrooms or fitting rooms alone. We live in a perverted world. May the Gospel burn more brightly (Eph. 5:15-16). And may we not stay quiet in the midst of evil.  What are your thoughts concerning Target?  What are some wise strategies would you implement concerning this new change?  It appears like this controversial change is limited to not only Target, but was a major talking point in North Carolina recently.

Folks, I believe society is losing their minds.  This is a slippery slope that will engender greater evils?  What is next? Fines and imprisonment for those who discriminate against this rule?  Also be sure to watch this video experiment:

YouTube Transgender Bathroom ‘Experiment’ Results In Screams Of Outrage

Instead of self-identifying what sinners wish to be, sinners need to identify themselves as rebels against their Creator and the Gospel.  Men and women must turn to Christ for forgiveness.  Christ was identified as a slave and sinner (even though He never sinned; cf. 2 Cor. 5:21) for the sake of His glory and love for His people.  There is no one who knows reality and the implications of what evil can do more than God.  He can sympathize with us. Come to Him.  Repent and place faith in Christ alone.

2 Thessalonians 1:6-9

For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” (NASB).

 

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Sye Ten Bruggencate is an encouraging brother in the Lord who has taken Presuppositional apologetics to the streets and have taught it in a way most people can understand.

In a recent message he speaks about the importance of also giving the Gospel.  Several brothers told me to watch this when I came back home from my missions trip.

Here’s the message:

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Christian theistic evidences Van Til second edition

Cornelius Van Til. Christian Theistic Evidences.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, February 29th, 2016. 288 pp.

There is a lot of misunderstanding today concerning the role of evidence in Cornelius Van Til’s apologetics which makes this book a valuable primary source for those who want to understand Van Til’s view.  I think understanding Van Til’s position is important whether one agrees with him or not.  This is especially relevant given the rising popularity of Presuppositional apologetics.  This particular volume is the second edition of the book and it has helpful footnotes with commentaries from the editor K. Scott Oliphint who is currently the professor of Presuppositional apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary (this is where Van Til taught at when he was alive).  In this review I shall look first at Oliphint’s contribution and then the rest of the book that was penned by Van Til.

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