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Lebanon Is Not Sufficient To Burn
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

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Do Similarities in Brain Development Prove Evolution?
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


 
The Superior English of the KJV
Written by Ben Winslett   
Monday, 26 September 2011 10:08

The KJV's English is superior to modern Bible versions in that it contains singular and plural pronouns (thee and thou, ye and you) and also first, second, and third person verb tenses (believe, believest, believeth). Modern versions lose the ability to communicate contextual information through the watering down of the language.


EXAMPLE: And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. Luke 22:31-32


Notice the usage of singular and plural pronouns. Satan desired YOU (plural - all of the disciples) to sift YOU as wheat. Christ prayed for THEE (singular - Peter) to strengthen the brethren.


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A Good Foundation
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.

 
Israel's Covenant Land
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

 
Tell me what I want!!
Written by Josh Winslett   
Friday, 02 September 2011 19:13

 

 

During the reign of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah (funny name-hehe), Jehoshaphat sent messengers to Ahab the king of Israel so they may join forces to take Ramoth-gilead from the king of Syria (1 Kings 22). The nation of Israel and Judah would usually have their prophets inquire of God on whether or not God would bless them with victory. Ahab gathered four hundred prophets that spoke smoothly to him. They told him what he demanded to hear. Jehoshaphat then asked if there was yet one more prophet to inquire of the lord. Ahab knew of just one more prophet, Micaiah. Listen to the description Ahab gives of Micaiah; "I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil." Reluctantly they called for Micaiah. When he was called, the messengers told him to "declare good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good."

 

What would your answer be to such a command from the kings court? Pastors, what would your answer be to your congregation? Members, what would your answer be to your friends? How would you answer?

 

In the "cotton-candy-Christianity" that runs rampant in the ecumenical Christian pop culture, it has become increasingly difficult to proclaim God's truth without being considered a mean spirited fundamentalist. It becomes hard to answer the simplest questions. How did Micaiah answer? Micaiah said, "As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith unto me, that will I speak" (1 Kings 22:14). Micaiah did not fall to the idol and peer pressure of popularity. He stood firm in his resolution and in God's truth in spite of the personal loss that might occur. This should be the strong conviction of every believer. We should, in spite of ALL opposition, speak whatsoever God has said through his word.

 

"....let God be true, but every man a liar...." -Romans 3:4

 

 

 
It Is Finished
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 08:23

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. - John 19:30

Don't overlook these words. What was the intent behind Jesus' words, "it is finished," as He hung upon the cross? These words are significant and when properly understood teach us a phenomenal truth, indeed, the most important truth ever to be heard by human ears. "It is finished" means that whatever Christ came to do, it was completed as He died upon the cross.

So, what was finished? To answer the question "what is finished" you must first consider the purpose of Christ coming into the world. Why did Jesus come to earth?

According to the angel, the Heavenly Messenger, in Matthew 1:21, Jesus came to save HIS people from their sins. He did not come to die for anyone who would accept Him. This would have placed uncertainty and the unavoidable potential of some failure in His Work. You see, had He died for all, and all were not saved, then there would be a degree of failure to His work. God forbid! No, He laid down His life for the sheep, His chosen people.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. - Matthew 1:21

He laid down His life for His sheep. According to Ephesians 1 and Romans 8, these sheep were chosen by the Father before the foundation of the world. They were given to Christ as an espoused bride. He came to die for them, to redeem them, and redeem them He did. These people are described as being an innumerable host of people, chosen out of every nation, kindred, tribe and tongue. Christ was both their Great High Priest and also the Sacrifice (Hebrews 10) offered to take away their sin. He died upon the cross to pay their sin debt and secure their home in Heaven.

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love... - Ephesians 1:4

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.- Romans 8:29

So, was that work of redemption completed? Absolutely! Remember, our study passage is Jesus' victory pronunciation upon the cross! Jesus' own words were "IT IS FINISHED." The eternal redemption of the elect family of God was secured by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. They will join Him in Heaven and live as joint-heirs with Him for all of eternity. Why? Because IT IS FINISHED!

 
Repentance (Acts 2)
Written by Ben Winslett   
Saturday, 27 August 2011 09:17

 

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. - Acts 2:38

Notice in this text that Peter tells these Jewish brethren to repent. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? The gospel ministry is to call upon men to repent. However, there may be an element of this missing to our understanding.

Unlike many who have heard the command to repent of grievous sins such as drunkenness or fornication, these men were described earlier in this chapter as "Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven" (Acts 2:5). This word "devout" means holy and pious (faithful).

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