Yes, July 7 is the first day the life-size Ark at the Ark Encounter themed attraction opens to the public. And to make the experience even more authentic, we will have scoffers! And we didn’t have to hire them—they’re raising their own money to travel to Williamstown, Kentucky, and scoff.
These scoffers are part of a group led by the regional director of the American Atheists. And they have special guests coming to lead the effort, including the president of the American Atheists! The sponsoring group calls itself the Tri-State Freethinkers. I believe the only freethinking they really want is freedom to undermine the religious liberty of Christians and even to persecute them. Ultimately, the Tri-State Freethinkers are a group of atheists that oppose Christianity rather than an organization that seeks more freethinking in the culture! In fact, at a recent rally in Washington, DC, the president of the American Atheists told people that if they don’t believe in God, they are atheists, not even agnostics. He even got the crowd to chant “atheist . . . atheist.”
In 2 Peter 3, we read that in the “last days” (and we’ve been in the last days since the birth, death, and Resurrection of the God-man Jesus Christ), there will be scoffers:
Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water. (2 Peter 3:3–5)
The scoffers will reject creation and reject the Flood. Our live scoffers coming to scoff at Ark Encounter on July 7 reject creation and the global Flood.
God’s Word also describes the people who lived in Noah’s Day—those who obviously scoffed at Noah and his family for building and boarding the Ark:
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)
When you read the website of the Tristate Freethinkers and the blogs of other scoffers coming to the Ark Encounter next month, you could apply the same Genesis verse to them, as they vehemently support unbiblical things like gay “marriage,” transgender issues, abortion (murdering of millions of children), and the list could go on.
Some of the scoffers who are coming to help make the Ark Encounter more authentic when it opens on July 7 are trying to raise donations through the GoFundMe crowdfunding platform. And as they do so, they are trying to raise their funds by spreading false information!
For instance, one avowed atheist states in his video on his GoFundMe page:
Unfortunately a federal judge gave them [the Ark] a whole lot of money to use to complete this project.
Ah . . . not true at all! The entire project has been funded privately—no government funds have been used. In January, the federal judge did rightly rule (on the basis of the First Amendment) that as a legitimate, approved tourist facility, the Ark Encounter had to be given the right to participate in a sales tax incentive rebate program in the future, like any other tourist attraction. This rebate is a performance-based incentive program, and the first rebates don’t even begin until a year after the Ark’s operation.
In a statement on his GoFundMe page, another atheist said:
Ken Ham used government funds to build his religious “museum” called “The Ark Encounter” in Kentucky.
You can also watch his video from his GoFundMe page:
Again, the statement he made about government funds is another blatant lie.
Now think about the fact that the first atheist I quoted is asking for donations to fund his trip to Kentucky for the protest. (I assume he’s not prepared to use much or any of his own money.) This same atheist, in response to the Ark Encounter being advertised on an Indy 500 car last month, wrote an article with this headline:
Instead of Feeding the Homeless Ken Ham Uses Donor Money to Sponsor a Racecar.
As atheists, they don’t want Christians like us to have the freedom to proclaim our Christian message.
Ah, yes, the same old sort of accusation I’ve heard from atheists over and over again: “Why aren’t you feeding the poor or helping the homeless instead of building the Ark?” But will these same atheists say the same thing about how we should be feeding the poor and homeless in regard to other multi-million dollar projects? They make this poor/homeless charge against the Ark Encounter because, as atheists, they don’t want Christians like us to have the freedom to proclaim our Christian message.
To be consistent then, shouldn’t this atheist be raising money for the poor instead of using it for a non-humanitarian trip to Kentucky so he can scoff at Christians?
If you are coming to the Ark Encounter on July 7, you may see the scoffers—and if you do, pray for them. Don’t be upset. Here is what God says about those scoffers:
The Lord . . . is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance”. (2 Peter 3:9)
I pray the Lord will open their hearts to the truth—that Ark supporters will lovingly and gently take the gospel to them. I pray that the scoffers would come to the Ark and learn the truth of God’s Word and the gospel—after all, we want everyone to visit this world-class, God-honoring facility. Yes, we want all to visit, as I explain in this blog post.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,