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To YOU is the Word of Salvation Sent PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 08:54

To whom was the word of salvation sent? "Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent." - Acts 13:26

Notice what happened on the following Sabbath from the same chapter: "And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed."

This shows that salvation is necessary BEFORE one can receive the preached gospel. God must first give life. This evident by the fact that these people were:

1) Already God-fearing people, which unregenerate men are NOT. - Romans 3:18

2) Ordained to eternal life. They were elected, or chosen, by God from before the foundation of the world.

Now, how did Luke, the writer of Acts, know that these men were ordained to eternal life? Was a giant "E" stamped on their foreheads?? No, he knew because they received the word with gladness! While the gospel does not bring eternal life, it does bring life and immortality TO LIGHT. - 2 Timothy 1:10

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 November 2011 07:21
 
Lebanon Is Not Sufficient To Burn PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Friday, 28 October 2011 12:47

"And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering." - Isaiah 40:16

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2011 12:50
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Do Similarities in Brain Development Prove Evolution? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 09:03

 

I was flipping through a photogallery on Fox News' website while enjoying my morning coffee and noticed a bit of evolutionist philosophy in one of the slides. The gallery was supposedly the "best Science Photos of the Week." Science, eh? Sounds neat. I love true science and am always eager to check out pictures of scientific findings, especially astronomical.

Well, as you would expect, the gallery was a mixture of science and religion (not ours, but the religion of evolution). It is laughable that in one slide there was a picture of Saturn (true science, observable); and in another slide there was an artist's painting of a Plesiosaur some so called "millions of years ago." I didn't realize the imagination of an artist was science...silly me.

So then I came to a slide about the development of the brains of premature babies [See the slide here]. The Caption under the photo was as follows:

"A study undertaken to help with abnormal brain development in premature babies has revealed evolution's imprint on the human brain. Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that the human brain regions that grow the most during infancy and childhood are nearly identical to the brain regions with the most changes when human brains are compared to those of apes and monkeys."

Evolution's imprint?

According to this logic, because the same regions of human and ape brains develop in like order, this proves that men evolved from apes. Hmm, or does it? Maybe this only proves that men and apes had the same designer?

The internal combustion engine on my 1985 Suzuki Quadrunner has a piston and spark plug that fires, igniting the fuel in the cylinder to push the piston downward. The internal combustion engine in my 2006 Uplander has 6 pistons and spark plugs that fire, igniting the fuel in each cylinder, pushing their respective pistons downward. Does this mean my 2006 Uplander evolved from a 1985 Suzuki? No, it means they were based upon a common design: The internal combustion engine.

Here is another example. A 2006 Pontiac Montana and a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander share many common parts and even the same basic design. Does this indicate that one of these automobiles evolved from the other? Does it indicate they have a common ancestor? Why, no, not at all. It indicates they had a common DESIGNER: General Motors.

Similarities found between the development of human brains and ape brains do not indicate evolution, they indicate a common designer. That Designer is Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.- John 1:1-3


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 October 2011 09:37
 
A Good Foundation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Monday, 12 September 2011 08:57

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit. - Hebrews 6:1-3

Notice two things:

1) A person is to move on to maturity as a disciple after learning the basic principles of Christ as found in the Bible. He or she is not to tread water in the basic doctrines, but move on to being a mature Christian by exercising themselves in the Lord.

2) This means in order for a person to be a successful, happy disciple, he or she must actually learn and embrace the founding principles. If the foundation is skewed or erroneous, the person will serve based on incorrect ideas and the motives behind worship and service will be flawed. This leads to unhappy, unfulfilled worship and service.

Doctrine is so very important. It is the foundation of a personal walk with the Lord. Bad doctrine equals a bad foundation. A bad foundation results in a crumbling structure.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 September 2011 09:01
 
Israel's Covenant Land PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 08 September 2011 09:52

In studying Abraham's life in Genesis as of late, I was made to think on a portion of scripture that is potentially significant to believers in the arena of world affairs to this date. The text has reference to God granting Abraham's descendants a portion of land in which Abraham wandered as a pilgrim and a stranger. Notice Genesis 17, verses 6 and 7:

"And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God."**

This text promises the successive generations of Abraham's descendents the land of Canaan as a part of the covenant that God made with Abraham. Notice this very important detail, the land was guaranteed as part of the COVENANT, or legal contract. God made a covenant, a contract with Abraham, in which He promised this land. This Covenant is referred to as the Old Covenant.

Many believers today are practically obsessed with the current nation in the Middle East called Israel. There are churches, radio programs, ministries, and television shows devoted to the protection and expansion of today's Israel. It is, they feel, their duty to God to send money and soldiers to Israel. Some ministers (and I have their publications documented) go so far as to motivate God's people with promises of blessings or curses should they choose to abstain from supporting this nation. But is this God's will for believers? Is Israel guaranteed this land even today?

Well, notice from GOD'S WORD, that this land is a part of a Covenant benefit for Israel. For them to be guaranteed this land from God Almighty, the Covenant must still be in effect today.

Please notice the following language from Hebrews:

"But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second...In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away." - Hebrews 8:6-8, 13

"Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second." - Hebrews 10:9

These verses clearly set forth the fact that the Old Covenant (land, circumcision, temple worship, feast days, the priesthood, etc) has been "taken away" and that Christ, through His shed blood, is the mediator of a BETTER, New Covenant. True, the Genesis 17 promise to the land was "everlasting," but it was still on the basis of the Covenant. Take away the covenant, and the Divine guarantee to the land is also taken away. This means that there is no Biblical reason for Israel to possess the land today, and you shouldn't feel guilty for not sending finances and support to further Israel's political goals and continue the expanse of her borders. Is Israel a good political ally in the Middle East? Yes. Do Christians owe them a Biblical debt? No.

Again, the support of Israel as an American ally is fine. However, we must leave it as an issue with the State Department, not the Lord's Church. Our Lord has more important issues for us to concern ourselves with, such as growing in grace and knowledge of Him, visiting the fatherless and the widows, living sanctified lives, and sharing the true gospel of Christ with His hungering children.




**Some might object that this is God's covenant with Abraham, not the children of Israel, and thereby a different covenant, essentially making it still in effect today, whereas the the Old Covenant has been "taken away." I would point out the future tense words in this passage in Genesis, indicating that God would (future tense for Abraham) establish His covenant with Abraham AND the generations following him. When God delivered the children of Israel from Egypt, he did so on the basis of His Covenant that He made with Abraham and them through Abraham. They are not separate. Exodus 2:24

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 September 2011 10:28
 
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