This past Thursday evening through Saturday, I spoke at the homeschool conference in The Woodlands (Houston area), Texas. Over 6,000 people attended various aspects of the conference run by the Texas Home School Coalition, which included keynote presentations, workshops, and visiting the Exhibit Hall.
I was privileged to give one of the keynote presentations Thursday evening to kick off the conference—it was a packed auditorium:
The hunger for the AiG messages and resources was phenomenal. Whenever I was in the conference facility or at the AiG exhibit booth, I had people wanting to talk with me to share testimonies of how the message so positively affected them, how AiG resources have equipped their family, etc. In a blog post like this I can’t share the many, many testimonies I heard, but there is one that stood out to me. After hearing my antiracism presentation on One Race, One Blood, a man told me that he had been brought up in a home with a lot of prejudice against people of dark skin. He said this AiG message has totally changed him and will change his attitude towards others in his own family who had adopted kids from other cultures. I’ve had people at other conferences come up to me after that talk and tell me they are going to go and repent of their prejudice and apologize to certain family and friends because of past attitudes they had exhibited.
What a difference the truth of God’s Word makes in people’s lives! Yes, we are all related—we are all one race (Acts 17:26)—we are all sinners, we are all in need of the gospel message, and we all need to respond to the free gift of salvation in Christ. Such a message is so freeing to people. And what a difference it would make if our news media in the USA started proclaiming the truth that we are all one race biologically but two races spiritually—that is the real battle and a battle between those who are Christians and those who are not!
Hunger for Resources
One of the things I will never forget about the Texas homeschool convention was the hunger for the teaching and equipping resources from AiG. People lined up virtually every day of the of the conference to obtain AiG apologetics curricula (on science, the Bible such as the Answers Bible Curriculum, history, and other apologetics curricula), creation and Bible apologetics books, DVDs, etc.
What is thrilling to me is that thousands upon thousands of AiG resources have now gone throughout Texas into hundreds of homes. These will influence so many children and others over the coming years! A big part of the AiG ministry is to equip people with resources. Here are just a few photographs of the AiG booth and people obtaining resources:
Protest by the Houston Atheists
There was considerable publicity on the web (and in some media outlets) about the Houston atheists opposing me speaking at this conference. They had video chats making all sorts of ridiculous accusations, and they organized a protest. They claim to be the biggest atheist group in the USA, and so they were supposedly going to have a massive protest against me speaking to these homeschoolers.
Well, there was no protest Thursday night and apparently they couldn’t get enough people to protest on Friday. So on Saturday at around 8 a.m., a handful of atheist protestors with signs turned up. I’m not sure how many ended up in the protest—I’ve heard figures from 15 to 20! Actually, considering 6,000 people came to the homeschool conference, that’s at least a 300 to 1 ratio! Apparently at least one of the atheists said the group would be there till 8 p.m. But by 1 p.m. (when I left to fly to Pittsburgh to give a keynote presentation at the International Conference on Creationism on Sunday night), I only saw a small group of people and only a couple of signs. I think the heat was too much for them (high 90s all week).
And because of the atheist threats to protest and their stream of insulting comments about me and AiG, a number of convention participants told me this is what brought them to the conference. Some said that they were intrigued as to why the atheists were so upset, so they came to hear me and told me they were so pleased they did. So God even used the atheist opposition to bring more people to the conference! I believe people purchased even more AiG resources because they saw how important it was to stand on God’s Word without compromise—and the atheists’ opposition helped reinforce that! So even their protest, I believe, helped get more biblical-creation resources into Texas!
Here are some photographs of the atheists and some of their signs. As you view these photographs, please pray for these people—they are so blinded—so lost. Pray the Lord will open their hearts to the truth.
The signs show clearly they do not understand science. They don't understand the difference between their beliefs about the past (historical science) vs. real empirical science (based on observation and repeatable testing) that builds our technology. They are the ones who are really ruining science education by influencing secular institutions to teach their atheist religion as fact and teach kids the belief of molecules-to-man evolution.
These people are a minority in this nation—as they were at this protest. Christians need to rally in this nation to have kids taught the truth about science—the difference between science that builds our technology (which we love and agree on) vs. science (historical or origins science) which is about the past. Actually, I taught about this at the conference so the adults and kids would know how to distinguish between belief and observational science—the kids at the homeschool conference understand science much more than these atheists!
During a couple of my presentations, I showed clips from the new movie Evolution vs. God (produced by Ray Comfort, of the Living Waters ministry). People saw that evolution-believing students and professors at universities in California have no real observable evidence for evolution—they just give the same old arguments about variations in finches’ beaks, different species of the same kind of fish, etc. (By the way, the hundreds of Evolution vs. God DVDs we had at our booth all went in a short period of time.)
I challenged people that if they obtained AiG resources and equipped themselves with answers, they could easily defend the Christian faith with such secularists and be very effective in pointing people to God’s Word and the gospel. Really, the signs the atheist protestors held were “empty”—they said nothing that would convince people of the validity of their blind faith in atheism. In reality, creationists could have held many of the same signs in regard to the atheists!
A number of people commented that they couldn’t understand why people who say they are atheists—who believe that when they die they cease to exist—would be so worried about what I was teaching at this conference. From an atheist perspective, why bother? Ultimately it’s all meaningless! As I explained, it illustrates the Bible’s truth in Romans 1—that everyone knows there is a God (it is written on their hearts), and thus they have to fight against it—they suppress the truth in unrighteousness. The fact these atheists protested is itself confirmation of Romans 1.
Teaching our Children
My final presentation was given to hundreds of adults and children about dinosaurs and the Bible and real observational science—lots of more kids are now equipped to know the truth about origins and thousands of resources have poured out into the community. I also gave out hundreds and hundreds of special attractive cards for the kids to summarize what I taught.
These cards help the kids (and adults) remember my favorite teaching sayings like:
Were You There?
Billions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth.
It’s designed to do what it does do and what it does do it does do well, doesn’t it, yes it does, I think it does, do you, hope you do too, do you?
Kids love learning these sayings, and I’ve found parents do, too. Another card has my favorite dinosaur (T. rex) and how to describe it from a biblical perspective. Another card presents the seven ages of dinosaurs based on the history in the Bible. I have handed out thousands upon thousands of these cards to children across the country over the past few months. Praise the Lord for all the kids the atheists are not indoctrinating with their anti-God religion! It’s a shame the handful of atheists who demonstrated against me outside the conference on Saturday didn't receive these cards when they were kids—maybe they wouldn't have been so gullible to believe the lie of the evolution and millions of years.
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