Newsletter 08-30-10

  • Busy - Have you ever been so busy that when you stop and take a look back you can't remember much of what you did?  Well, that's how it's been here at CARM.  Every day I get up, start working on CARM until it's time to go to the gym, then the radio show, and come home -- and check CARM, answer emails, and finally quit around 9pm.  Still, I've managed to remember some of the things I've done such as...
  • Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches - a few days ago someone e-mailed me about a comment I made on the radio show concerning the Mennonites.  He sent me their statement of faith.  After looking it over, I was rather discouraged.  It wasn't clear enough on the Trinity, the personhood of the Holy Spirit, and Christ's physical resurrection.  So, I called them up.  It turns out that the Mennonites do affirm the Orthodox doctrine of the Trinity, the personhood of the Holy Spirit, and Christ's physical resurrection in a glorified body.  I told him that the statement of faith was insufficient.  I also was very polite and I did not want to sound like I was the doctrine Czar and was judging his denomination.  Instead, I informed him that a lot of their statements could be affirmed by the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses and that it was rather insufficient in a few important areas.  It was a good conversation.  He thanked me and said that he would bring the matter up to the counsel.  Praise God.  Hopefully, they will modify their statement of faith and make it more "pristine".
        By the way, if you want to see the CARM statement of faith go to http://www.carm.org/statement-faith.
  • Computer Parts and Amazon Wish List - There aren't too many things I get to do for enjoyment.  I take a vacation once every few years and regularly go to a local fishing hole to get skunked.  But, fortunately I can combine two of my loves:  CARM and Computers.  Every two or three years I like to build a new main CARM system to keep up with the newest software that I use for the ministry.  To that end, I've been researching parts for a new build.  Why?  Well, usually I have between 15 and 20 windows open at any one time like PowerPoint, Excel, Word, 2 different Logos Bible research programs, Internet Explorer (with 8 tabs), Firefox (with 7 tabs), Outlook, Expression Web, Skype, Carbonite, notepad, and Dragon NaturallySpeaking, etc. CARM.  I really push my system a LOT!  So, building a new system to meet the heavy demands is fun and practical at the same time.  That is why CARM has an Amazon wish list at http://www.amazon.com/wishlist/2RL4ROV6EXVMO/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go. Someone has already sent me a power supply, RAM, cpu, and fan cooler from the list (A HUGE THANKS FOR THAT) and when we get the rest of it, can build a new system which will be the new backbone of CARM since it is what I use to do all my work.  If you want to help, check out the list.  Oh, and THANKS to the person(s) who sent the two items.  I'd say your name, but don't want you to lose your reward in heaven.  :)
  • Need a car - I figured it was worth a try.  Does anyone have a vehicle they'd like to donate to CARM or sell cheap?   My wife and I finally gave up hope on our van.  We keep putting money into it and it is drained our savings.  We need something that is mechanically sound; and, if it isn't too much to ask, doesn't look like it's been tossed around by a tornado.  So, if that rings a bell with you, please contact me at [email protected]?  Thanks.
  • CARM Get Together - This has kind of fallen through the cracks.
  • Local Pastor Needs a Computer:  in a local church pastor/friend of mine is allowing me to use his facility, free of charge, to teach a Bible study every other Friday night on the book of Romans.  In addition, he's asked me to fill in for him for a while on Wednesday nights at his midweek Bible study. I just finished a series on Mormonism.  Starting in two weeks, I will begin a series on basic Christian doctrine with PowerPoint slides, and workbook.  After that I will produce a series on Roman Catholicism to be videotaped, have PowerPoint slides, and also workbook.  His church is rather small and like many churches in the country, is struggling financially.  He doesn't complain and he trusts God, but I found out that his computer is ancient. It takes about 10 minutes to boot up.  So, if anyone out there has a spare computer they would like to donate, please let me know at [email protected]  I could clean it up and give it to the pastor.  Thanks.

Devotional:  If you doubt your salvation, does it mean you are not saved?

If you doubt your salvation, it does not mean you are not saved.  It means that you do not sufficiently understand and believe what the Lord Jesus Christ has accomplished on the cross to ensure your salvation. When you trust in what Christ has done, and not your own faithfulness, then you will stop doubting.  In other words, if your salvation depends upon your faithfulness and your goodness, then you should doubt.

Jesus fulfilled the law perfectly by never sinning (1 Pet. 2:22).  He bore our sins in his body on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24).  Jesus did everything that is necessary for us to be saved.  We receive this salvation by faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9).  You must realize that your salvation does not depend upon your faithfulness.  Instead, it depends on God's faithfulness.  The Bible says that when we are faithless, he remains faithful (2 Tim. 2:13).  He has promised to give us eternal life (John 3:16; 10:27-28) and God cannot break his promises.

Luke 11:10-13, “For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it shall be opened. 11 “Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 “Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

In the land where Jesus lived and taught, there was a fish that resembled a snake.  There was a scorpion that when curled up, took the shape of an egg.  Jesus is telling us that God will not fake us out when we ask him for salvation.  He does not play tricks on us.  He does not deceive us.  He is faithful and true.  And even though we may doubt his word, God is still true.  Even though we may wonder if we are saved when we look into our own hearts and see the failures, the sins we cannot master, the selfishness that seems to so easily raise its ugly head, we must realize that God saved us because of how good he is.  He has always known what we were, what we are, and what we will be.  And in spite of this, he chose to love us to save us.

Therefore, to trust God means to trust his love and perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).

2 Cor. 13:5 says to test yourselves.

“Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test,” (2 Cor. 13:5).

Notice what Paul says in the above verse.  He tells the Corinthians to test themselves, to examine themselves.  This would not be necessary if it were a sin to doubt.  After all, why would we test ourselves to see if we are in the faith, if we don't have any doubt?  Also, notice that Paul is saying that Jesus was in them.  In other words, they were definitely Christians.  So, Paul is telling them to examine themselves to make sure they're in the faith, but that they needed to realize that Christ was indeed in them.  It is only those who are in the faith, who are saved, who could really examine themselves to see if they are in.  After all, why would the unsaved need to examine themselves to see if they are Christians.

Love and Hate Mail

Love

  • I just wanted to say a big THANK-YOU! for all of the work that has been put into this site. As I have progressed on my own pilgrimage, so to speak, it has been nice to have a ready reference at my fingertips to help me choose the right direction. Please continues in your great work. I really appreciate it!
  • Many thanks, there are many people who will be impacted for the Lord by your work.
  • I want to thank you for what you're doing. I frequently listen to your podcast and I respect you for what you're doing and all the hard work you're doing. I also think you are impressive in how patient you are with people, taking the time to explain things it be basic or or advanced/deep stuff. I also think you are in your fully right to hang up on people when they refuse to listen to what you are trying to tell them and they are being rude about it. I listened to one of your latest podcast (it's the latest one I have downloaded) and you were talking about when you go up on the podium to speak in a church you are not afraid of the people that is listen to you, but you are afraid of God and if what you are gonna preach is biblical correct. It's called godly fear (which of course you know) and it made me get an even deeper respect for you. I don't think you can become a greater man if you fear God and you put God the first in your life.
  • Hey Matt, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy watching CARM Videos on Youtube and appreciate people like you along with Dr. James White defending our faith and most importantly defending our beautiful & precious King Jesus Christ! Keep it up brother and never stop serving God in this way.
  • I just wanted to tell you thanks for all that you and the folks at CARM do. As generic as that sounds I mean it brother. I live in Hawaii so I haven't had the opportunity to listen live or call in as the show airs during my workday. So I've become a podcast junkie, hehe. I enjoy and benefit greatly from your podcast and the materials from your site. Your ministry has had a solid impact on my growth in our common faith and I wanted to encourage you to keep hammering hard because you're making a difference. Because of my heavy use of your material I've decided to support CARM by donating regularly. I'll do the five a month for now as times are tight but I hope to be able to do more in the future because I am convinced ministries like yours are of infinite value as Christianity is targeted for destruction from both within and without. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship and power of the Holy Spirit fill you always.
  • Thanks for being there, for asserting Christian Faith and Belief into the world. I very much enjoyed the article on Peter the rock on which the Church is built? Just wanted you to know that you reach lives.
  • Just a little shout out to say THANK YOU for being obedient to the Lord and doing good work for Him. CARM is an amazing resource of apologetics information that is a great help to many people. Keep up the good work, bro. I'm a podcaster, in North Carolina.

Hate

  • I still love you, even though you spread false things about our church and others. I pray that you will realize one day that this is wrong and that it is not something christ would do.
  • Just wanted to write and say that your website is clearly not neutral but for Christians only since you seem to think that your religion is above the other ones clearly when you describe all the other religions you write that Christianity is the best. Simply you say it's haram for Muslims to try and tell other people that they're religion is wrong and they should change, yet you do the same? And in the Quoran it says that Muslims are allowed to criticize other religions but not to offend a person who follows the religion but the majority. Basically it's a Christian website you should just write that and not write that your website is "neutral" and seeing from all sides cause it ain't. I understand that you Christians are feeling insecure since your people are the ones with most blood on your hands but still don't talk about points etc, when you clearly know that Muslim scholar can point out several wrong things that the Bible has and your faith. There is even proof from professors who have researched in history and have found that the roman empire said that Jesus was the son of god just to get more attraction and power. And I have to say you write like a extremist on your page. I am sure you have never read the Quoran and will never, you will just read some stupid redneck americans fake Quoran. From people who have read both the Bible and the Quoran have found that the Quoran is much more complete. Have a nice day.
  • Im a chirstian and im tired of seeing other chritians try to stop or prohibit knowledge of other religions or just full out try to stop it. Just cause it does not cohere to are belief system. If all this crap go's on I will be ashamed to call myself a christian. One of your writers wrote about all this trouble he was having trying to stop wiccan religion maybe he had so much trouble cause god doesnt want us meddling with other peoples beliefs. All of are laws in christanity are man made dogma BULL and not the bare issential of god. and sincerly from one chritian to others. GO *********** YOURSELVES YOU **** JUDGEMENTAL *****.
  • Your page is bogus and I hope you repent of your misinformation if you are purposefully misrepresenting. Otherwise I can help you with your ignorance on the matters. If you are curious as to your mistakes, you can write back, but be prepared for humility.
  • It is amazing that you would trust more in a book, the Bible, rather than God Himself. Who told you the Bible was true if it were not God Himself? . . . At least be honest as the Bible teaches and get it right. You have been a dishonest man, even if it be in ignorance.
  • Sir, I am sorry that you feel this way. But it is wrong to write just absolute lies about our Church and you know they are.
  • I just wanted to say how uninformed you seem to be as I read your page. You are taking things completely out of context and straying from the meaning in which the quotes were intended. I think you better do a little more research before you make such uninformed statements. It just doesn't work to lie to try to prove something wrong.

 

 

 

 
 
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