Called out of darkness into the LIGHT

The Darkness of Men

Daily Spirit & Word: 671: Called Out Of Darkness.

Into His Marvellous Light.

Good morning my friends, what an awesome Discipleship Fellowship last night. We were discussing the Fatherhood of God, got into all kinds of parenting, and discovered that throughout His Word Father God has been revealing aspects of His good, perfect parenthood from the beginning of time.

Do you know that God is calling you out of DARKNESS into His marvellous light?

Here’s is just a part of Pastor Rod Mattoon’s intro to John’s Gospel. What an EYE opener it is too.

I read the whole thing this morning as devotional study, here’s just part three.

III. THE POOR UNDERSTANDING OF MANKIND—1:5

The Greek text reads, “The light keeps on shining in the darkness and the darkness has not comprehended it.” What does this mean? The words “comprehended not” are from the Greek word katalambano {kat-al-am-ban’-o} which has several interesting meanings.

First, it means “never understood.” The Gospel is foolish to men. Men cannot fully or totally understand the truth of Christ until they first submit to Him and His truth. Why? Men without the Lord are in spiritual darkness.

2 Corinthians 4:4—In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Proverbs 4:19—The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Psalm 82:5—They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

Secondly, the word katalambano means “to pursue until one overtakes, lays hold of, or overcomes as a lion pursues and catches its prey. Those in darkness have NOT grasped the light of God’s truth. The darkness of this world has done all it can to eliminate Jesus Christ, but they cannot destroy Him.

John 3:19—And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

There are several kinds of darkness today.

There is the darkness of carnal minds that love sin and hate God.

John 3:20—For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

There is the darkness of religious minds that harbor superstition and nonsense.

This would include the darkness of Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witness, Muslims, and Roman Catholicism.

  1. Darkness of Mormonism

To the Mormon, Jesus was like an elder brother who pointed the way, but He was not the way to Heaven.

Jesus is considered God of the Old Testament. Once He took the physical form of a man, He had to earn His own spiritual salvation through good works like everyone else. He is considered the brother of Satan. The cross and the shed blood of Christ are foolish. From what I am told and have read, you will not see a cross in a Mormon church because they cannot deal with God’s gift of grace.

His death on the cross provided a general salvation where all will be resurrected and judged for our works.

In the Mormon church, safe passage through the doorway to personal godhood comes from using secret keys, secret handgrips and passwords learned in the Mormon temple.

  1. Darkness of the Jehovah’s Witness

They believe Jesus is a created being, not the Creator.

Jesus is Michael the archangel.

He was only a man, not the God-man.

Satan is the author of the doctrine of the Trinity. There is no Trinity.

Jesus is not to be worshiped, but honored as Jehovah’s first creation.

The Holy Spirit is an active force, but not the person of the Godhead.

Salvation is in being a Jehovah’s witness.

  1. Darkness of the Muslims.

Jesus is not God, just a messenger of God.

He did not die on the cross for our sins. Judas died in His place.

  1. The Darkness of Roman Catholicism

The Church was built upon Peter, not Christ.

After death, purgatory purges a person of his sins.

Prayers are offered to Mary and dead saints to mediate on our behalf. Mary is worshiped and considered on the same level or greater than Jesus.

Prayers are offered to idols, violating the second commandment.

Mass and sacraments are necessary for salvation. These come through the Roman Catholic Church.

Cleansing from sin comes by confessing sin to a Catholic priest.

Darkness comes from carnal minds, religious minds, and also scientific minds that try to explain away the existence of God. One reason for the darkness of mankind today is the war that is being raged on the battleground of religion and also science. Particularly damaging on the science front is the confrontation between evolution and the Biblical account of Creation. The debate is not to be ignored because the stakes are too high. The subject of our origin tells us who we really are and where we are heading.

Evolution is believed to be a valid, scientific solution to our existence. It is not ultimately scientific because evolution has few, if any, demonstrated truths or observed facts. It is more philosophy than science. It takes faith to believe it. The world has embraced evolution because it wanted to and did not want to come to grips with the truth about Almighty God and the Bible.

Romans 1:20-22—For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: [21] Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. [22] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Men embrace evolution because the only other alternative is creation by God.

Many do not accept this truth. Guesses and speculations are framed to sustain evolutionary beliefs. It is ironic that the beliefs of evolutionists today were doubted by Charles Darwin. In Darwin’s, Original Origin of the Species, 1859, Darwin openly acknowledged the necessity of God. Few people realize the extent of Darwin’s own doubts over his own theory, a theory which he confessed was grievously hypothetical (This was recorded in a letter to Asa Gray, November 29, 1859). As Darwin wrestled over his doubts, he suffered physically, mentally, and spiritually. Darwin admitted he could find NO real evidence for his theory (Origins…page 205, 230, 123, 227, 292, 453).

Most of the scientists in Darwin’s day could not accept his theory on scientific grounds.

Scientists today proclaim the same message of the wastefulness and destructiveness of evolution.

  1. Dr. A.E. Wilder Smith—”The dead hand of Darwinism has weighed heavily on scientific progress for over 100 years.”
  2. Dr. Dmitri Kouzetson…Russian Biochemist—Dmitri has earned three doctorates in science. He observed that in Russia, scientist become believers in creation on scientific grounds, noting that evolutionist are very subjective in which data they decide to use as evidence for their theories. They will not look at all the facts or evidence.
  3. Dr. Nilsson, after 40 years of scientific research that attempted to prove evolution, he concluded his time had been thoroughly wasted. He stated that this theory should be entirely abandoned as a serious obstruction to biological research.
  4. Dr. Louis Bounoure—He is the Director of Research at France’s National Center of Scientific Research. He stated, “Evolution is a fairytale for grown-ups. The theory has helped nothing in the progress of science. It is useless.” Why? It ignores the truth and is without God.

Modern scientists are re-thinking and re-considering God as their Creator. For example, in the book Cosmos, Bios, Theos produced by sixty world-class scientist of which 24 are Nobel prize winners, the scientist Henry Margenaw, a Yale University physicist reasons, “There is only one convincing answer to explain the intricate complexity and laws of the universe….. creation by an omniscient, omnipotent God.”

Evolution has damaged not only science, but society, as life has been cheapened by this theory. God is the one who gives value to life. Sir Arthur Keith, an evolutionist, and author of Evolution and Ethics, concludes that evolution weakens the ethics of people. The ways of natural evolution are cruel, brutal, ruthless, and without mercy.

The evolution of Germany as a master race is what prompted Adolf Hitler to drench Europe in blood by slaughtering Jews, the sick, the weak, and those who were handicapped and to begin breeding babies with “perfect” Arian couples. Hitler had little value for life. He had a “survival of the fittest mentality.”

Some folks may ask, “What about all the evidence of the bones of different men that have been found?” All right, let’s take a look at those bones!

  • The Neanderthal Man—He was not a man. Recent DNA tests show that the chromosomes do not match humans, but apes.
  • The Piltdown Man—This was a deliberate hoax. A jaw of an ape was attached to a human skull and was stained to look old.
  • The Peking Man—Tools and human bones were found near the apes whose brains they were eating. (Monkey brains are still eaten in China.)
  • Nebraska Man—An entire person and family was envisioned from a single tooth, a tooth that proved to come from a pig.
  • Lucy—This was re-classified as an extinct ape.

Evolutionists not only deny the truth of Scripture, they deny the truth of science. The First Law of Thermodynamics states that energy or matter cannot be created or destroyed. It can be converted from one form to another. The Big Bang Theory runs into a snag with this law. Where did the original matter and energy come from? Evolution has no answer. Some say, “It just was.” Our answer is “God put the universe into motion.”

Evolution states that man and the world are getting better and that order came from chaos by chance. Beloved, order does not come from chaos. Explosions produce chaos. The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that life deteriorates. Every system left to itself goes from order to disorder or decay. Everything runs down eventually. The world is not getting better. It is running down.

Fools reject truth. They reject God who holds the universe together.

Colossians 1:16-17—For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: [17] And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

The earth is a delicate balance protected and maintained by God. Life could not exist if any one of the following situations were true.

  • A slower or faster rotation of the earth.
  • If the earth was 2-5% closer or further from the sun.
  • If there was a 1% change in sunlight.
  • If the earth or moon was smaller or larger.
  • If there was more than one moon.
  • If the earth’s crust was thicker or thinner.
  • If the oxygen/nitrogen ratio was greater or less.

Men can persist in rejecting God’s truth. The truth, however, still remains and is not altered by men’s objections and pessimism.

Mattoon’s Treasures – Mattoon’s Treasures – Treasures from John, Volume 1.

When you consider that God CREATED the Universe: Then you are on your way out of DARKNESS into the LIGHT.

What an awesome Father we have in the God who created this universe and us too.

Awesome!

Have an awesome Wednesday my friends.

Don.

 

Foundations in God’s Word: A Christian Worldview.

Foundations in God's Word: Genesis

Daily Spirit & Word: 645: God Created Everything.

How’s Your Worldview?

The Importance of Having A Christian Worldview:

(NOTE: Worldview = A comprehensive view of the world and human life).

Good morning my friends, I’ve been greatly disturbed lately with so many foolish things in the Media: From Transgender indoctrination of our society, same-sex marriage, killing of innocents (Bombing Syria), ignoring the shocking mass killings in third world countries like Nigeria, whilst we go mad on the horrific news of people being killed in France. Yes it’s closer to home, but surely EVERY human life is invaluable? To sail a straight course through these stormy seas, we’ll need a strong rudder to guide us, thankfully we have that in God’s WORD. We have a worldview provided for us in Genesis and that foundation can and will sustain us for life, it helps us to understand why God Created, why God made us, why God sent His One and Only Son on a rescue mission into this world.

You know my friends, if we took Genesis out of the Bible our worldview could be anything we desired and we’d be in danger of adopting any of the following: Atheism, Pantheism, Polytheism, Secularism, Evolutionism, Deism, Hedonism, etc… The fact that God Created and has a plan for mankind and all of Creation keeps us from sin and error.

  • If we didn’t have this foundational Christian Worldview we’d still be LOST. There would be no need for Jesus to die upon the Cross. 
  • If we didn’t have this foundational Christian Worldview provided by the Old Testament and Genesis: We’d be able to do what ISIS (ISIL / IS) do without it bothering our God given Conscience. 

As it stands today, Genesis and God’s purpose in Creating the Universe and Mankind IS part of the Canon of Holy Scripture, so let’s get to KNOW all about God’s plan and purpose for His Creation. Let’s BELIEVE it, Let’s TRUST God knew what He was doing when He inspired men to write this portion of His WORD.

Sidney Greidanus said, “Genesis teaches that God is sovereign (vs. atheism) and wholly other than this universe (vs. pantheism), the only true God (vs. polytheism), the Creator of this universe (vs. secularism and naturalistic evolutionism), who has made a covenant with his creation and upholds it (vs. deism), and made human beings in his image to manage the world on his behalf (vs. hedonism). Genesis further teaches that God is not the source of evil but created everything good so that his creatures can enjoy the physical world (vs. gnosticism). The source of the evil and brokenness we see in the world today is human disobedience to God’s command, which resulted in God’s curse on creation. But God immediately promised to restore his creation to the beautiful kingdom he intended it to be. And so Genesis sketches the beginnings of redemptive history: God seeking to restore his creation and creatures, finally making a special covenant with Abram, who was to be a blessing to “all the families of the earth” (Gen 12:3).

As Genesis sketches the beginnings of redemptive history, it teaches about God’s coming kingdom, God’s love for his creation and his creatures, God’s judgment of sin, God’s grace for sinners, God’s covenant faithfulness, God’s sovereign providence, and God’s presence with his people. As Ken Mathews puts it: “If we possessed a Bible without Genesis, we would have a ‘house of cards’ without foundation or mortar.”

A Bible Without Genesis is Like:

“A HOUSE OF CARDS WITHOUT A FOUNDATION OR MORTAR”

Anything or anyone could come along and blow it away.

We’d be open to this statement from God’s Word: The Unstable Man

James 1:5-8 Getting Wisdom From God.
5  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
6  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7  That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

How’s Your Worldview Today?

Do you have deep foundations in the Word of God? Genesis provides it in bucket-loads.

Is your God the God of the Bible?

If He’s NOT, then you’ve made a ‘god’ to suit yourself: Idolatry.

If He’s NOT, then you’re going to be like a ship in a storm without a rudder, blown here and there, wherever the winds of change will blow you. Your course will be uncertain. Your destination indeterminate.

With GOD Almighty’s GENESIS Foundations in place, you’ll see Christ for who He is; The LORD Creator and Redeemer of Mankind.

Genesis 1 and 2 and John 1.

Having God’s Worldview in place will give us a much great love for His World and for everyone within it. Amen!

PRAYER:

Father God, thank You so much for giving us every part of Your Word. Thank you that by knowing Genesis we can have deep roots and strong foundations for what we believe today. Thank You that we can know Your plan and purpose in Creating us. Thank You that we can know how much You love and value every single soul in the world today. Lord today I’m praying for the PEACE and SAFETY of Syria and wisdom for those in authority in the world today. Amen!

Have an awesome day with Jesus.

Don.

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