In the Answers in Genesis booklet, “How Can I Become a Child of God?” they divided the small booklet into several divisions. For example, it starts out with the topic Creation, followed by Corruption, Confusion, Christ, Cross and the Consummation and then two pages entitled the same as the booklet. They make the same basic divisions in their museum.
In the page titled, Confusion, it makes two very big assumptions:
Today we have a lesson that most of the Judeo-Christian churches would tell its congregations that it is about other people; that it is NOT about them—it’s about the Jews. But I will tell you just the opposite. This is a story about our great-great-great-great? - grandparents and how their GOD kept His Word to them and also to us. It is a marvelous historical happening that I hope will increase your faith in God; for our God is the same one who they had, who acts in the same way that He acted in this saga.
This is a true story; not a myth or some fancy story line. Everything in this tale is true—and there were monuments built to keep this saga in the mind of the children to tell them about what happened and to keep the story alive. It is a small part of the fascinating historical event of Israel’s journey to the Promised Land.
Fifty years ago, when I graduated from high school, I knew that I didn’t know anything about the Bible. I knew that the church that I had been going to in my younger days was not the right one. I began my search for the true church…Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Christian Science, and many others.
I eventually went to Roman Catholic classes (one a week for about 8 weeks). They taught that their church was the true one, with one of the apostles of Jesus, Simon Peter, their first pope. Here is what they said:
You had to hear of the story of the interracial couple who met at Georgetown College which is located about six miles north of Lexington, Kentucky. The young woman is white and 24, who is from Pike County, Kentucky; the young man is black and 28, who is from Zimbabwe, Africa. The woman is now working on her master’s degree in Indiana, while her finance is now working at Georgetown College.
When the two go to visit the girl’s parents in Pike County, Kentucky (a rural area), they visit the church that her parents have gone to for most of their lives—a Free Will Baptist Church. Her mother a former Sunday school teacher; her father a former deacon and present church secretary. They did so last summer and they participated in the service musically by her playing the piano and by his singing a hymn.
After the service, the pastor, who retired after the incident and is still a member of the church, told both of them they could no longer participate in the church service or even become members. That was last June; by November 27th the church voted 9-6 to outlaw all interracial couples from participating in church except for funerals.
There is an interesting quote of the mother of the daughter, who is soon (next summer) going to be the mother of the daughter who had committed the abominable sin of miscegenation: “They are both Christians and they both try to live a Christian life and serve God. There is nothing in the Bible that we have found that tells us that that the couple should not be married.” I wonder how hard they have looked.
We are living in very deceptive times. The Bible says that almost the entire world will be deceived by the evil seed. Almost everything in this age is an illusion. Our money, our holidays, our institutions and even ourselves are images of examples of what the Bible talked about what would happen in the end of this age.
For example, our big holiday of Christmas is a big illusion. In the Friday, December 2, 2011, Cincinnati Enquirer, in its “Faith Matters” column,The Creation Museum, the product of Answers in Genesis 1-11, begins this weekend with a “preview of events for its annual Christmas celebrations with the events opening to the public next weekend. The museum has an extensive Christmas program, including Christmas Town, a combination of live nativity and dramas. The museum exhibits and “The Christmas Star” planetarium program each have admission and tickets. Admission after 5 p.m. on Christmas Town nights is $5. The Garden of Lights includes 60,000 Christmas lights, and the Christmas Town includes a reenactment of first-century Bethlehem and a marketplace with gifts and souvenirs. The outdoor Christmas Town and Garden of Lights are free through the season; with the town open 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17, 26, 27, 30 and 31.”
The word “Christmas” is not even mentioned once in the Bible; so much for sola scriptura! Christ’s mass was forbidden to be celebrated by many Protestants and before them the churches who were separate from and never a part of the Universal (Catholic) Church. One wonders as he hears of Black Friday and Cyber Monday how insane the season has become. It is like the letter to the editor that appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer on November 29th:
In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign. Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD his God, like David his father. But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel. And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree. Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him. At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drave the Jews from Elath: and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there unto this day.
Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD. A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God. Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God. Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel. For shame hath devoured the labour of our fathers from our youth; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters. We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.
Mark 11:15-19: "And they come to Jerusalem; and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out those that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of those that sold doves; And would not allow that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And he taught, saying, unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? But ye have made it a den of thieves. And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him; for they feared him, because all the people were astonished at his doctrine. And when evening was fully come, he went out of the city."
Vitamin water is very deceptive. For it is really sugar water with artificial ingredients masquerading as fruits. For example: the kiwi – strawberry vitamin water is sugar water with artificial ingredients masquerading as the kiwi and strawberries. It has no kiwi and strawberries in the beverage and its vitamin A is artificial, too. Even the lawyers of the manufacturer, Coca-Cola, admitted that vitamin water was not beneficial for the consumers to drink.
The same is true for many of the things that are advertised for us to buy. Another example is Kellogg and Betty Crocker products that advertise that they contain blueberries. We all know that real blueberries are full of antioxidants and are very beneficial to the consumer, but for the love of huge profits – look at what they do. The blueberries that they advertise as being in their cereals, muffins, cookies, cakes, etc. are artificial: made up of Red Dye #50, Blue Dye #1 and in some cases, also Blue Dye #2. For those who have children who are ADD or ADHD should avoid at all cost the red dye. Who would ever expect red dye in a product made with Blueberries? You need to read the labels – some will find this to be a real shocker; possibly life saving!
The food and drink companies constantly advertise their products as being healthy; but in reality it is nothing more than junk food or beverage. The same is true in political and spiritual matters. What are a lot of our national congressmen and congress ladiesdoing the last couple of weeks? Where are John Hagee and Glen Beck? They are in Israeli enjoying an all-expense paid vacation to the promise land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! AIPAC is the paying sponsor. Glen Beck is holding his “Courage” campaign in Israeli with both Christians (?) and Jews in the filled audiences. Glen Beck is seen (on YouTube) asking an Ashkenazi Rabbi to come to his meeting on last Thursday (August 25th) to give a prayer for Israeli. There are videos of Glen Beck and John Hagee giving their speeches along with several Rabbis. All are applauded loudly.
Does this make you angry? How mad does this make you?
The June 11, 2011 Saturday Enquirer had another story about the “Answers in Genesis’” new park in nearby Grant County, Kentucky. The headline was: Ark Work Could Start Soon; with the secondary headline being: Tax rebates pave way for $172M attraction. It was on page one, right at the top of the first page; and it continued on to page A12.
One wonders why this organization gets such good promotions from the newspaper. And this story is not unique; there have been many stories about “Answers in Genesis” throughout the years. Many of them, front page stories!
I remember when they only had a book and cassette tape room in a very small space in a small strip mall, located at their headquarters in Florence, Kentucky. In around twenty years they have built a Museum (worth over $30 Million and totally paid for) and now plan to build a $172 Million park with full-size replica of Noah’s Ark, a Walled City with retail, food and themed venues, a children’s play area, a Tower of Babel with a special-effects theater and a Noah’s Animals area with a petting zoo. Other exhibits include a Journey Through History themed attraction, a First-Century Village, an aviary and a special-events area for large gatherings. Both of these attractions are/will be in northern Kentucky.
According to Loraine Boettner, in his much-studied and theologically influential book, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, “The Calvinistic view is the only logical one if we accept the Scriptural declaration that salvation is by grace” (p. 103). Calvinists insist that God in His sovereignty, and in eternity, chose or picked out of mankind whom He would save (by means of Christ’s death and the work of the Holy Spirit) for no other reason than His own wise, just and gracious purpose. The Reformed Faith separates the human race into two portions and ordains one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting death. As the Westminster Confession states:
By the decree of God, for the manifestation of His glory, some men and angels are predestinated to everlasting life, and others are foreordained to everlasting death. These angels and men, thus predestinated and foreordained, are particularly and unchangeable designed; and their number is so certain and definite that it cannot be either increased or diminished.
Joshua 24:14-15 “Now therefore fear the LORD, and SERVE him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers SERVED on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and SERVE ye the LORD.
And if it seem evil unto you to SERVE the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will SERVE; whether the gods which your fathers SERVED that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will SERVE the LORD.”
This past week I have felt that our nation has been the recipient of those whose father was the originator of the lie (John 8:44). They have certainly told many lies in the nation’s past—but this week they had to change their lies so often.