It's another exciting day at the Apologetics Mega Conference in Florence, Kentucky. I have talked with several attendees, and they have been very excited with what was taught so far. They are encouraged that they are being equipped with answers and solid biblical teaching that will help them to be more effective witnesses.
For the morning devotional Steve Ham shared out of Philippians 2. We are supposed to model our behavior after Jesus Christ—although He was and is God, He humbled Himself to the point of dying on the Cross for our sins. Believers are given the Holy Spirit who enables us to have the mind of Christ.
Read the words of this amazing passage and contemplate what our world would be like if all believers would humble themselves and obey like Jesus did. What things in your own life do you need to work on to be more like Christ?
Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.Ken Ham: Already Compromised—Part 3
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:1–11)
Ken discussed how the church in America has compromised with the religion of the day—billions of years and evolution. Just like the Israelites repeatedly followed after false gods and were severely disciplined by God for their rebellion, the church in America has been chasing man’s ideas rather than God’s Word. Why should we expect a different result than the Israelites? Through the Prophet Amos, the Lord said the following:
I hate, I despise your feast days, and I do not savor your sacred assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings. Take away from Me the noise of your songs, for I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. (Amos 5:21-23).The world needs answers so they can know that they can trust the Word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ. But instead, the American church focuses on programs and music. Some ministers have even said that the praise time is the most important part of their service. But God has commanded believers to proclaim the Word of God.
We need to recognize that a major shift has taken place in our culture. It is no longer effective in many places to simply go out and share the gospel of Christ’s death, burial, and Resurrection. This is because many people in our society no longer understand the foundational concepts that under-gird the gospel, such as the fact that God created everything and man has rebelled against his Creator. Acts 17 contains the account of Paul preaching to the philosophers in Athens. Following his message some people mocked, some wanted to hear him again, and others believed. Certain Christians have argued that Paul “fell flat on his face” in Athens and only had a few converts because he tried to use his philosophical arguments. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Paul was extremely successful. He was dealing with a culture that did not have the foundational knowledge of the gospel and he had to lead people to change their entire worldview before they would believe the gospel.
In Acts 2, Peter preached the message of the Cross and thousands of Jews were saved. Yes, he was also very successful, but he was preaching to people who had the foundational knowledge of sin and rebellion. They knew they were sinful and needed a Savior. They just didn’t realize that Jesus was the Savior until Peter preached to them.
When Billy Graham preached at his famous crusades and thousands made professions of faith, our culture was more like the Jews in that we had a grounding in Scripture. We knew about God and sin. But today, American society is much more like the Greek culture than the Jewish culture. Even the church is more like the Greek culture because it has given up the foundation of Genesis. We need to be “de-Greekizing” the culture and the church.
Mike Riddle: Four Power Questions to Ask an Evolutionist
Mike opened his talk by discussing the importance of apologetSix reasons for apologetics:
- Strengthens believer’s faith and boldness
- Makes the Bible relevant to the unbeliever
- Equips believers to defend their faith
- Equips parents to train and protect their children
- Demonstrate the trustworthiness of God and His Word
- Where did the universe's original matter come from?
- How did life begin?
- Where are all the supposed transitional fossils between the Precambrian and Cambrian periods?
- Where did the dinosaurs come from?
The same is true for the other power questions. Why don’t they teach the truth in the science textbooks? Because when you rule out the truth of the Creator God, you will accept anything else, and that is what evolution is.
These power questions are designed to show the evolutionist that he or she is basing their views on faith and not on empirical science.
There are still several more sessions planned for Thursday. Check back later for summaries of the talks from Thursday afternoon and evening. Thanks for reading!