SPF 129: Are Women Oppressed by Biblical Principles? Part 1: Lies & Doubt

How do we know what is false? We have to know what is true. Today I will be sharing a few lies encountered lately and the Truth we can know through two of God’s names: Adonai and El Emeth.

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Are Women Oppressed by Biblical Principles?

Oxford defines Oppression as: prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or control.

For a Christian woman, for a Christian culture, when we look at Scripture and see something God has appointed for woman or something that God has so no for women to do, we should not call that oppressive. To do that would be to call God the unjust, cruel oppressor because He is the One who commanded all we see in Scripture.

Here are three examples I believe have crept into Christianity, sat down, made a home and are at odds with God and His Word.

No. 1: Women Preaching (not just pastoring)

Dr. McKissic and Dr. Ascol debate can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEeSsmKrcwg

The biggest and most difficult flaw I saw in Dr. McKissic’s argument was that he argued from emotion. He said that it is oppressive and abusive to not let women with the gift of preaching to preach in a Lord’s Day service.

It is a lie that women are oppressed or abused if they cannot preach in the pulpit. That is the same kind of logic that leads to things like murdering babies - I am oppressed and abused if I do not get a choice to abort my baby.

No. 2: Domesticity

Domesticity is defined by Oxford as home and family life. Biblically being domestic means being in the home caring for it’s members, both physical, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. It is the place where culture begins and it is the place where the transfer of a way of life happens.

The Bible is clear that women are to be in the home and be workers in the home.

Biblical domesticity is something that should be praised and taught and encouraged. We see it in Titus where the older women are to instruct the younger women on how to be godly women and one of the things is how to love their children and husbands.

Being in the home for a woman and being domestic is not oppressive. It’s a duty and a gift from the Lord. It is a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God and the sweet aroma of Christ will fill your home.

Remember to distinguish the difference from Principle and Method!

No. 3: Children (and career)

The lie is that women are oppressed if they have children. Because they have to say no to their real potential.

This awful lie has had a hay day in our country and it’s why abortion, which is the murder of children, has gone from quote unquote rare to shout your abortion! I’ve talked about the history of feminism before and it’s roots are in women should have the same opportunities and freedoms as men and if men don’t have to carry a baby and care for a baby but can enjoy unrestricted sex without penalty, then so should women. So abortion came to be a way to be equal with men. Women can have unrestricted sex too because they can kill the baby and still march on with careers and freedom, and the things men have too.

The Bible calls children a heritage - they are part of God’s plan of growing the Kingdom of God. I also have a podcast on this. Children are the future and it is imperative that they grow up learning the Scriptures, loving the Word, and feasting on Truth. They will be the heralds of the next generation.

Younger women need to be trained to love their children. Crazy to think that this would need to be taught, but it is a discipline and their are biblical ways we need to learn of what it means to love our kids.

Stay Tuned for Part 2!

In order to battle the lies and doubt, we need to be rooted in the truth of who God is! I will be talking about two truths of who God is next week that will be sure to bless us!

Resources

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Founders Ministry Dr. McKissic and Dr. Ascol debate can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEeSsmKrcwg

SPF 031: A Faith Misplaced: Anxiety Part 1 http://www.sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode31

SPF 032: Three Anxiety Relievers: Anxiety Part 2 http://www.sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode32

SPF 089: God’s Plan for Family Part 1 http://www.sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode89

SPF 090: God’s Plan for Family Part 2 http://www.sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode90

SPF 097: The Feminine Design Part 1 http://www.sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode97

SPF 098: Feminism http://www.sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode98

SPF 099: God’s Design for Women http://www.sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode99

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SPF 128: The Potter vs The Clay - Can We Argue With God?

We do ourselves a disservice when we make Christianity about ourselves instead of the glory of God. Today is a mirror mirror moment to give us a clearer picture of God and ourselves when we consider how He is the Potter and we are the clay. This episode has me eating some humble pie.

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God is God

We do ourselves a disservice when we make Christianity about ourselves instead of the glory of God. Because when Christianity is centered around me - then when trials come, when doubts creep in, when the world is tempting, that’s when apostasy happens - that’s when people leave the church, turn from God, and lose hope.

But God’s glory is central to Christianity. and I’m going to read a passage to help us see with clarity more of who God is and who we are.

Romans 9:18-24

18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.

19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— 24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?

Part 1: The Attitude and the Adjustment: If God does what He wants, why does He find fault?

Paul’s answer? Who are you Oh Man to answer back to God.

This leads to a awe and trembling and a right view of God and man.

  • It builds our trust in God and His mercy - that it is not dependent on me being good enough or doing enough good or having it all together or knowing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing all the time.

  • It also humbles our hearts. It is in our flesh to elevate ourselves, our plans, our purpose, our dreams, the order of our days to revolve around ourselves. But this little verse is the perfect gift to us when we get self-focused, when we forget that we were created for God and to give Him glory. We remember - who are you oh man to answer back to God.

Job 9:12

Daniel 4

2 Chronicles 20

Job 42

Part 2: The Potter & the Clay - A lesson to teach us more about God and ourselves.

Three characteristics of clay:

  1. Clay can’t talk

  2. Clay doesn’t have opinions

  3. Clay doesn’t have rights.

We need to separate the human to human here. This is God who created all things. No one was there in the beginning. He was not taking opinions and He still does not take people’s opinions on how things should go or be done.

We have to view this in light of the context - God gets to decide. God made us. God is the one who is in charge. We will never have a case against God. God never violates our rights.

It is good for us to remember that God is the Potter. And that Potter makes the choices and we say - God is God and we are not.

Hold Your Peace - By Jenny Geddes Band

Resources

New City Sermon Series on Romans: https://newcitydenver.org/sermons/

SPF 127: Can Women Be Pastors?

Can I woman be a pastor, or preacher of a church? Let’s go to the good authoritative Word and find out!

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Can Women Be Pastors?

Scriptures:

1 Timothy 2-3

1 Corinthians 14:34-35

Titus 2

Genesis 1-3

Galatians 4:4

Psalm 9:10

Here is controversial verse that has, as Doug Wilson says, “We now come to a passage that has suffered much at the hands of expositors, but the reason the passage has suffered is not because it is one of those parts of the apostle Paul’s writing that is hard to understand. The passage has been greatly abused and twisted because it is easy to understand.”

1 Timothy 2:12-15

12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

Women are not to be ordained teacher or pastors in the church.

This is not the only time this is taught in Scripture. We also have this instruction under the same context of orderly worship in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 (as well as other passages of Scripture that give the specific qualifications for the office of elder (pastor) and it’s always a male).

The context of both of these passages is in public worship. It is clear from Scripture that wom en are not to ordained to the function of teaching in the Church.

Does this mean men can never learn something from a woman? No. Woman are co-labors with men in Christ. Scripture teaches us that women are excluded from two activities in the church - ordained teaching and exercising authority over men.

What about cultural - couldn’t this no woman pastor thing be cultural? No. Paul does not appeal to culture or customs of the Ephesians as the reason behind this rule. He appeals to the story in Genesis of the creation and the fall.

  1. Paul appeals to the creation account where in the Beginning God created - he created man first. There is a creation order. It represents and explains so much about our roles as men and women. And God did the creating. God intentionally made man first and then the women.

  2. The woman was deceived and transgressed first.

  3. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

    • Pastor Douglas Wilson interprets this as a Gospel passage about men and women both being saved through the childbirth of Jesus Christ - the Messiah who came into the world, born of a woman, born under the law.

    • Pastor John MacArthur interprets this as a way God has redeemed women under the curse that Eve brought into the world. (Not “redeemed” salvation wise, but redeemed as in the stigma of being deceived doesn’t follow women around for all of history). Women have the opportunity to bring up godly seed in their own home through teaching and instruction.

  4. Can women teach at all in the Christian community?

    • First, we need to remember that Paul is not saying women can’t speak in church - it’s specifically related to teaching as a pastor.

    • Yes. We are called to teach the Word to our children, in Titus older women have the job of teaching younger women very specific things. We can’t shrug these off and say they are not important if God has given them as as a task and means of His name being glorified and people knowing Him. When we deem something as menial or less than, we say that God is wrong. We doubt His goodness and promises.

So why are we given such specific instructions about worship in the Church?

because the Church is important.

After Paul writes Timothy about the qualifications of elders and deacons he writes this:

14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, 15 if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.

There is an order to worship because as we know in 1 Corinthians God is not a God of chaos but of order.

The church is the church of the LIVING God. It is growing to, with living people. It is God’s household where His is Lord and master.

And it is a pillar and buttress of the truth - that doesn’t mean the church has the authority to make changes to Scripture, but that it upholds the truth of the Scriptures and the Gospel so that the world can know Truth. Where will the world see the way the truth and the life? In the church that upholds the truth.

Resources

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Got Questions: What Does the Bible Say About Women Pastors? https://www.gotquestions.org/women-pastors.html

John MacArthur Commentary on 1 Timothy 2:15 https://www.gty.org/library/bibleqnas-library/QA0139/how-are-women-saved-through-childbearing

Sheologians - Women Behind the Pulpit https://www.sheologians.com/women-behind-pulpit-bible-say/

Silent in the Church - Why Women Can’t Preach by Dr. Ligon Duncan https://www.fpcjackson.org/resource-library/sermons/silent-in-the-church-why-women-can-t-preach

SPF 097: The Feminine Design Part 1: God Made http://www.sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode97

SPF 098: The Feminine Design Part 2: Femininism http://www.sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode98

SPF 099: The Feminine Design Part 3: Masculine and Feminine Roles http://www.sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode99


SPF 126: Lest We Drift - Can We Backslide? How Do We Grow?

Spiritual dullness affects all Christians at some point. Some symptoms are wanting to hear what we want to hear, coming to the Word with our own presuppositions on how things should be and being wooed by the world - we must pay careful attention lest we drift away.

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Lest We Drift

We can be dull and dim in our understanding even as Christians.

No one is stagnant.

We grow or regress.

We move forward or backward.

We are being softened or hardened.

In Mark 8 Jesus wants to urge His disciples on to spiritual maturity.

Mark 8:17-21

slow to understand because we. . .

  • hear what we want to hear

  • let presuppositions and preconceived ideas affect the Truth of what Jesus says

  • not receptive to spiritual teaching

  • no capacity to receive teaching when we are dull of hearing

  • We need spiritually maturity

  • God has not called us to remain infants in the faith. We are called to spiritually mature but if we are dull to hear becoming slow to understand, we remain in this infant state.

Hebrews 5 and 6 gives warning and instruction with this . . .

  • loosing confidence and hope

  • drifting away

  • neglecting a great salvation

  • Insensitive to God

  • Staying infants in our faith

  • becoming influenced by the world and it’s offerings

  • getting off track about the true mission of God

The opposite of dull is growth, it’s progress, it’s moving forward, it’s a soft soil in the heart that drinks the rain and is fruitful and receives blessing. The growing life is a blessed life.

Spiritual Growth looks like:

  • God has a way He wants to be worshipped and we worship in that way.

  • Cultivating Understanding 1 Cor 14:20

  • We long to become more like Christ instead of more like a perfect version of ourselves or a worldly standard

  • We grow by overcoming temptation

I think if we’ve become dull, we need to stop and carefully examine the occasion of our decline. Why is are my ears dull of hearing? Why is my heart hard?


Resources

Check out these sermons and articles on the topic of “dull” from Monergism (including sermon by Lawson and Piper): https://www.monergism.com/search?keywords=dull&format=All

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SPF 125: Coram Deo - Living Life in the Presence of God

Coram Deo is a Latin phrase translated “in the presence of God” that came out of the Reformation. It’s a phrase that summarize the Christian life of living in God’s presence, under His authority, to His honor and glory. Today we are going to talk about how all of life has purpose, what it means to live in God’s presence, and how Coram Deo can bless you every day.

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Coram Deo

Coram Deo is a Latin phrase that means “in the presence of God.” This phrase came out of the Reformation summarizing the Christian life of living in the presence of, under the authority of, and to the honor and glory of God.

God’s Presence

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? Psalm 139:7

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good Proverbs 15:3

He rules by His might forever; His eyes keep watch on the nations; Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah. Psalm 66:7

For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths. Proverbs 5:21

great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, giving to everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds; Jeremiah 32:19

Living in the presence of God for the believer is two fold:

  1. It is a reminder that God is a holy God, whom we fear and have reverence for and that’s where piety comes from - a quality of being reverent - that God is holy, set apart and we honor Him.

  2. God sees us, who He saved us in our wretchedness, and now we are forever bound to Him as His children whom He loves with a never ending affection.

Romans 8:31-39

As we live our lives in the presence of God, we live in light of His authority which are clear and good commands found in Scripture and for His Glory and honor.

Colossians 3:1-4

Coram Deo is really about Christian living.

  1. Coram Deo means we do not compartmentalize our lives between the spiritual and mundane or church and work or faith and the rest of life. Coram Deo means that we are living in the presence of a most holy and wonderful God who created us, that He has given us a standard to live by, met in Christ and now we can practice it too through the power of Christ at work in us, and whatever we do we do for the glory of God. We long to honor God and not ourselves.

  2. Coram Deo also means that the Christian lives a life of integrity. Integrity for the Christian really demonstrates a pattern of consistency.

    1. RC Sproul notes that a life of integrity or consistence for a Christian is a life " lived by principle, not expediency; by humility before God, not defiance. It is a life lived under the tutelage of conscience that is held captive by the Word of God.”

Principle over expediency

That means we live by the fundamental truth as a foundation for our decisions and actions and reasoning verses living a life of convenience and practicality despite it being improper or immoral. It’s sticking with God’s standards rather than convenience.

When we live Coram Deo we live lives that are principled based on the truth of God’s Word and not out of convenience.

Coram Deo in Daily Living

  1. Living in God’s presence means not being judged by the world’s standards - The amazing thing about Coram Deo is that we have the freedom to conform to Christ and not to the world. We are free from conforming the man’s criticisms and scrutiny because we have the Lord’s authority.

  2. Living in God’s presence means mercy - We will sin. We have sinned. But we bring it to the light and receive mercy and forgiveness.

  3. Living Coram Deo gives purpose to the mundane because now matter what we are doing we are doing it for the Lord. That leads to a contented life, a life of thanksgiving and a life that is satisfied in the Lord and not in what we do or become or have.

  4. Living Coram Deo leads to humility and holiness. This is a life that sees God on the throne and we marvel, we’re amazed, we worship with our whole lives. This leads to being living sacrifices as our spiritual act of worship.

Resources

Dr. Joel Beeke’s sermon: Coram Deo - A Convicting Mercy https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=828102210410

Monergism - Coram Deo links: https://www.monergism.com/topics/coram-deo

What Does Coram Deo Mean? Ligonier: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-does-coram-deo-mean/

Table Talk Magazine: https://tabletalkmagazine.com/

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SPF 124: Five Marks of a Genuinely Forgiven Sinner

JC Ryle once said, “Too many persons presume they are forgiven, who have no evidences to show.” What are some evidences of a truly forgiven sinner? How is God at work in those He’s redeemed that show His grace and forgiveness at work in their lives? Today we are talking about 5 marks of a Genuinely forgiven sinner.

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Five Marks of a Genuinely Forgiven Sinner

Salvation is from God alone.

Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”

The Gospel is the power of God. Not the power of man. Man does not do the saving. Man was dead in trespass. Dead. Not reaching a hand up to be saved. Scripture says man was dead in sin. But through the power of God was made alive in Christ.

Salvation is permanent.

1 Corinthians 1:4-9

I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Five Marks of Forgiveness (JC Ryle)

  1. Forgiven souls hate sin

  2. Forgiven souls love Christ

  3. Forgiven souls are humble

  4. Forgiven souls are holy

  5. Forgive souls are forgiving

Hate Sin -

John the Baptist preached to the Pharisees and Sadducees to bear fruit in repentance in Matthew 3:7-10

A soul that has been saved hates sin and therefore turns from it. That is repentance and there is fruit there and evidence of our salvation.

We know what sin is because of the Bible.

Loves Christ -

How our hearts will burst for Christ the more and more we grow in the knowledge of what He did for us on the cross. Our loyalty for His glory grows and we become more and more willing to fill our roles as his bondservants.

47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

Humble -

We still sin. But the forgiven soul acknowledges that God is right and we were wrong.

Holy -

holy - set apart - something only God to do and we are; set apart for God and to be made like Christ. He changes us to want the same thing God wants. The forgiven soul wants to pursue the holy life too.

Forgiving -

We cannot be effective as Christians in what we are called to do and be without remembering that we’ve been forgiven. It keeps us humble and thankful. And we in turn are able to turn to those who have sinned against us and extend forgiveness as well.

Matthew 18:32

“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Charles Spurgeon Devotion

From the Morning and Evening App

"And when he thought thereon, he wept."

Mark 14:72

“It has been thought by some that as long as Peter lived, the fountain of his tears began to flow whenever he remembered his denying his Lord. It is not unlikely that it was so, for his sin was very great, and grace in him had afterwards a perfect work. This same experience is common to all the redeemed family according to the degree in which the Spirit of God has removed the natural heart of stone. We, like Peter, remember our boastful promise: "Though all men shall forsake thee, yet will not I." We eat our own words with the bitter herbs of repentance. When we think of what we vowed we would be, and of what we have been, we may weep whole showers of grief. He thought on his denying his Lord. The place in which he did it, the little cause which led him into such heinous sin, the oaths and blasphemies with which he sought to confirm his falsehood, and the dreadful hardness of heart which drove him to do so again and yet again. Can we, when we are reminded of our sins, and their exceeding sinfulness, remain stolid and stubborn? Will we not make our house a Bochim, and cry unto the Lord for renewed assurances of pardoning love? May we never take a dry-eyed look at sin, lest ere long we have a tongue parched in the flames of hell. Peter also thought upon his Master's look of love. The Lord followed up the cock's warning voice with an admonitory look of sorrow, pity, and love. That glance was never out of Peter's mind so long as he lived. It was far more effectual than ten thousand sermons would have been without the Spirit. The penitent apostle would be sure to weep when he recollected the Saviour's full forgiveness, which restored him to his former place. To think that we have offended so kind and good a Lord is more than sufficient reason for being constant weepers. Lord, smite our rocky hearts, and make the waters flow.”

Resources

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What about people who “fall away” like famous Christian author Joshua Harris?

Check out this clip from Todd Friel of Wretched Radio about this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl1bQdHfac0

SPF 171: The De-conversion Story and Certainty www.sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode71

SPF 096: How to Be Free From Bitterness www.sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode96

SPF 123: How to Avoid False Knowledge

No knowledge is neutral. There are things we learn that are raised up against the knowledge of God or those that promote the knowledge of God. So why does it matter and how can be more discerning to avoid false knowledge?

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How to Avoid False Knowledge

There is nothing neutral. There are things we learn that are raised up against the knowledge of God or those that promote the knowledge of God.

This is freeing news the the Christian. Since there is no neutrality we can pick a side. And it doesn’t make us bigots or racist or challenged or put us in an echo chamber. This is the life of a Christian - to glorify God and enjoy Him forever and that means being aware of arguments of false knowledge, of empty philosophies that set themselves up against the Truth of our Reigning King.

Verses:

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Romans 11:33-36 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:20-21 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.

Guard - For Timothy he need to have His eye locked on that Gospel; To keep watch - so that both he and his hearers would know the Truth. This is the same for us. Guard the Gospel that has been entrusted to us. Be able to know what is false and what is true. Keep a careful watch over this precious gift.

Avoid these two things:

  • Irreverent babble which Matthew Henry, a bible commentator Talks about irreverent babble being human eloquence which is human persuasive speaking and writing which often opposes the truth of God.

  • Contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge

There is knowledge out there that is false and opposed to the Truth. It contradicts what we read in the Word.

And what’s a good rule of thumb to know true science - Matthew Henry has a great filter: true science would approve of the gospel and consent to it.

All truth is God’s truth. Non Christians can know true things but truth things will never be opposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ nor to Creator God and His plan.

This is where our faith hits the road because Christians must believer that there is one source of Truth and that is the Bible. That the Bible is breathed out by God, without error, living and active, and is the ONLY INFALLIBLE rule of faith and practice. As Got Questions says, “the Bible is God’s written revelation to mankind and is never superseded by man’s thoughts, ideas, writings, or visions.”

2 Timothy 2:15-20 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

Ephesians 6:10-20 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Resources

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Bible by Olive Tree
HarperCollins Christian Publishing


SPF 122: Being Students of God's Creation - Part 2 (evolution)

God has revealed Himself in His written Word, the Bible, and in what He has made. Creation is constantly testifying about God and as we study it, we get to know the Creator more! Today I’m going to share some amazing facts about God’s creation and spur us on to be students of what He made. This is Part 2 in a 2 part series.

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Resources

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Brazil Nut Tree & Bee Info: http://brazilnuttree.co.uk/bees.html

How Long Were the Genesis Days? - 30 Minute video https://creation.com/media-center/youtube/how-long-were-the-genesis-days-creation-magazine-live-7-02?utm_source=creation.com&utm_medium=slider&utm_campaign=homepage_slider

How Long Were the Days of Genesis - article https://creation.com/how-long-were-the-days-of-genesis-1

Martin Luther on Days of Creation - quote https://creation.com/luther-on-creation-days

Creation in Six Days - article list https://creation.com/search?q=six+day+creation

Six Literal Days (and 10 things every Christians should know) - article https://answersingenesis.org/days-of-creation/six-literal-days/

Days of Creation - 6 minute video https://answersingenesis.org/days-of-creation/

Creation Days Ordinary Days - 1.5 minute video https://www.icr.org/article/thats-fact-creation-days

When is a Day Not a Day? article https://www.icr.org/article/when-day-not-day

Evolution’s Achilles Heel - DVD https://usstore.creation.com/evolution-s-achilles-heels-705

Pseudo-Science Attacks Irreducible Complexity - https://www.icr.org/article/pseudo-science-attacks-irreducible

Irreducible Complexity and DNA, etc - https://www.icr.org/article/imminent-death-darwinism-rise-intelligent-design

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Evolution's Achilles' Heels
Starring Robert Carter, Ph.D., John Sanford, Horace Skipper, Ph.D
The Creation Answers Book
By David Catchpoole, Jonathan Sarfati, Carl Wieland

SPF 121: Build Up Your Faith by Studying Creation Part 1

God has revealed Himself in His written Word, the Bible, and in what He has made. Creation is constantly testifying about God and as we study it, we get to know the Creator more! Today I’m going to share some amazing facts about God’s creation and spur us on to be students of what He made. This is Part 1 in a 2 part series.

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Creation Pours Out Knowledge about God

It’s important for us to be students who diligently study God’s Word, but it’s also a gift to us and glorifies God to study what He has made. It all points to Him and magnifies His greatness.

Psalm 19 is known as the Psalm that teaches about both of God’s books - His Word and His Creation.

Psalm 111:2 says Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in Him.

One aspect of Solomon’s wisdom - the wisest man to live - was to talk about natural history because it’s part of the glory of God. 1 Kings 4:31-34

Ask the beasts and they will teach you! Job 12:7-10

God has made us to love beauty and He made beautiful things - in fact, He was lavish in His design and creation. And we get to know Him by studying it a bit more. 

Benefits in Studying God’s Creation

Studying God’s creation helps us be better apologists!

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” 1 Peter 3:15

One of the ways to become a better apologist is to have an excellent foundation of creation. Many people who argue against God have been steeped in secular humanism and science.

First it’s important that our foundation is Scripture. Scripture is true and Genesis 1-11 lays the foundation for creation, marriage, children, history. Study creation through the lens of Scripture and our eyes will be opened to how cohesive what we can observe is to what is written.

“When you don’t raise up kids who can defend their faith - give an answer for the hope they have - they are going to be consumed by culture.” - Ken Ham

Resources

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Incredible Creature Cards ($4) - Evangelistic cards to give away with animal facts - like the chuckwalla lizard!

https://creationproclaims.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=3&product_id=33

Creation Proclaims - Dr. Jobe Martin - Videos and resources on animals that point to our Creator

https://creationproclaims.com/index.php?route=common/home

Answers in Genesis - Ken Ham

https://answersingenesis.org

Worldview Academy - Bill Jack

https://worldview.org/about/

Riot and the Dance - Dr. Gordon Wilson (movie and biology curriculum)

http://canonpress.com/search.php?search_query=riot+and+the+dance&Search=

Answers for Kids Box Set (Answers Book for Kids)
By Ken Ham, Bodie Hodge, Cindy Malott
The Riot and the Dance: Earth
Starring Dr. Gordon Wilson
The Creation Answers Book
By David Catchpoole, Jonathan Sarfati, Carl Wieland
Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution I
Starring David Hames, Dr. Jobe Martin

SPF 120: Are Obedience & Faith at Odds With Each Other?

Good works, obedience, submission to Christ, the 10 commandments are these at odds with things like grace and faith? On today’s episode I invite my husband Andy to discuss some possible reason behind some of the hesitancy and resistance of words like obedience and how we can take great joy in the whole Gospel and the power that is at work in the believer’s life.

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Episode Notes

Andy Stanley, Jeff Durbin Debate on Should we Unhitch Christianity from the Old Testament

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yji0fqtVEw8

What Have You Podcast with Rachel Jankovic and Rebecca Merkle

https://www.nsa.edu/what-have-you-goes-rogue-what-have-you-93/

John MacArthur Commentary on Philippians 2:13-14

https://www.gty.org/library/bibleqnas-library/QA0141/what-does-it-mean-to-work-out-your-salvation

Paul Washer Quote:

“Although the believer will battle with sin, and at times suffer loss, it does not diminish the fact that both his heart and affections have been transformed. His sin is no longer a cause for delight and boasting, but of mourning and confession.”

London Baptist Confession of 1689: Chapter 16 Good Works

http://www.reformedreader.org/ccc/1689lbc/english/Chapter16.htm

Scriptures Referenced:

Colossians 1:13-14

Ephesians 2:8-10

Romans 8:28-30

1 John 1:8-10

Philippians 2:12-14

Matthew 5:16

Hebrews 5:14

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