CARM Newlsetter 11-25-11

From Matt Slick, President

  • Happy Thanksgiving - I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  We had a full house with lots of people and plenty of food.  My wife worked really hard (I cleaned up afterwards).  We are thankful for the great work that the Lord has done in this country where he has given us so much to be thankful for.  May he receive all the glory!  Thank you Lord for your great provisions.
  • Please pray for CARM - Please pray for CARM's expansion, effectiveness, future staff, future office, and funding.  I've been praying a lot lately that in my work through CARM, God would be glorified and that he would condescend to use CARM in his sovereign grace, so that by it people might come to know Christ and also that Christians would become better equipped to defend and expand the faith.
       So many people are lost.  So many people reject the Lord.  So many people are going to hell, a place of terrible, eternal torment.  Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. 14 For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it," (Matt. 7:13-14).  He also said, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 “Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest," (Matt. 9:37-38).  We need to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost.  The gospel is the power of God for salvation (Rom. 1:16).  The lost need to hear it proclaimed and defended.  The antagonism of secularism has brainwashed millions, and they are now not just ambivelant about Christianity, but many are hostile to it.  We must pray.
  • CARM LOGO - I lost contact with the guy who developed the CARM Logo.  If you're reading this, could you please send me the Logo in either Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop?  We need it for the CARM redesign.  Thanks...  [email protected]
  • Released the Dictionary of False Terms -  This is another dictionary designed to help people see what the false definitions are on various biblical terms.  Also, each term has a correct definition so people will know what to compare the errors against.  I'm still developing it.  Take a look.  God bless.
  • Need a JW research CD - I am in need of a Jehovah's Witness DVD for research purposes (It contains Watchtower and Awake magazines, thousands of articles, books in electronic format, etc.).  The latest I have is from 2001.  If someone out there has access to one or can get one, please let me know.  I would be glad to reimburse anyone who might be able to get one for me.   [email protected]
  • January Apologetics Conference - In early January I will be teaching a 4 day seminar on apologetics, thinking, logic, doctrine, etc., here in the Boise, Idaho area.  A local church is letting us use their facility in which to meet.  Several people are flying in.  I'm not charging for this because I want to use it as a framework for developing apologetics seminar course work for churches.  Please pray for this outreach.
  • the influencePray for CARM's Expansion - There's so much that needs to be done (research on groups, videos, books, seminars, radio expansion, etc.) that I've been praying frequently for the Lord to open the doors for us to get an office and a staff.  I have no idea what will happen in the economy, how difficult it will be for Christians to move forward in the face of the coming years, or what God has in store.  Nevertheless, by faith I continue to trust the Lord and ask that he would expand the borders of CARM so that he might be glorified and the body of Christ edified.  So, please pray with us first of all that God's will be done, and second that it be within God's will to expand this ministry as you provide the funds and the people.
  • The Influence - Reminder, my book The Influence is now out in hard back via Amazon.com.  My publisher says it is doing well.  If you want to check it out in hard copy, click here.  Also, if you order a hardback, could you kindly go to Amazon and post a comment?  If you'd like an autographed copy of The Influence, go here.  
  • New Articles Released Since Last Newsletter
    1. Dictionary of False Terms: Cross, Sin
    2. Dictionary of False Terms: Forgiveness
    3. Dictionary of Philosophy: Rhetoric, Self-determination, Statement, Supposition, Syncretism, Tautology, Theorem
    4. Dictionary of Theology: Theosophy
    5. Dictionary of False Terms:  Gospel, Grace
    6. Can a true Christian sin or not?
    7. If we invite homosexual friends to family events, is that approving of homosexuality?
    8. How is Paul saying he was speaking and not God affect the doctrine of inspiration?
    9. Dictionary of False Terms:  Jehovah, Justification
    10. Updated Recommended Websites page.
    11. Dictionary of False Terms: Born Again
    12. Dictionary of False Terms: Christ, Gospel
    13. Dictionary of False Terms: Soul
    14. Dictionary of Theology:  Kinism,
    15. Dictionary of False Terms
    16. Why did God let Satan into the Garden knowing what would happen?

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Love and Hate Mail

Love

  • "On this day of Thanksgiving, I want to take this opportunity to let you know just how important and valuable you and  your ministry have been to me. I was recently saved in June of this year. I didn't know where to start on my journey to Christ, but by the Grace of God, he directed me to my pastor and church via the internet...Being a natually inquisitive, curious kind of guy, my thirst for learning the Word was not being quenched as quickly as I would like.  But by the Grace of God I found CARM. I think I had read just about every article your website in just a few days. And the answers to my questions on the radio show have been invaluable. You have no idea how much you and CARM have been a blessing on my  journey. Without CARM I'm sure I would be floundering, instead of having a confidence of the things I have learned. (By the way, just for the record, as a matter of respect to my pastor and being a newbie and all, I DO talk with him about the things we talk about on radio. You and he have a lot of common ground...I think you guys would like each other if you ever met.)  I pray for you and your ministry....and once I get back to work I will remember CARM in my giving. Until then: Thank you, keep up the good work and just know that you DO make a difference.  Peace and God bless!!

Hate

  • "you worship your own mind you reprobate huminist...the lord is going to look matt slick in the face and say depart from me ye cursed  into everlasting fire  i never knew you...matt slick is a heretic...matt is going to hell..."
  • "You need to do some more research about your pathetic view on hell. Hell is not forever. This is not justice! You are deceiving people by spreading your false teachings on the internet! Hell is not love. Hell is not mercy. Hell is not justice. I notice you use the word but. You cannot explain your reasons with any real proof. You are following so many other misled "Christians".  Get a clue and repent. Your teaching is pathetic, wrong, ungodly and just a BIG LIE OF SATAN!! There are so many other people like you spreading these lies. You are totally misunderstanding the truth. You will probably get angry when you read this. That's because you don't know the true character of God. Pray about it and maybe some day you'll understand but you probably never will. You probably hide behind your family and your stubbornness. I could go on and on and on but you will probably think of some stupid misunderstanding to justify your pathetic reasoning.  Jesus is Lord! Too bad you don't understand."
  • "I was reading your information on baptism not being a part of the plan of salvation.  Do you realize you are taking away from the Word of God.  We are saved by Grace but only to those who obey what is commanded of us."
  • "I was just wondering about the opinion that Mormons are not Christians.  It seems that there were a variety of Christian theologies in early Christian times, and so I would say that Mormonism is not mainstream Christianity, but I don’t see how it’s excluded from being Christian. The differences do not change that Mormons believe Jesus is the Savior and Son of God, nor does it change that Mormons believe Jesus will return (as all Christians do).  Christians of every stripe believe He will descend from heaven at His Second Coming.  Mormons believe in the Jesus that died on the cross, and they believe in the One who will return. To say it’s a different Jesus is only to say that it’s a different understanding of Jesus.  The mainstream Jesus is part of a mystery called the Trinity, so a mystery is not truly defined.  I am Mormon, and I can assure you that Mormons are moved by the same Holy Spirit which moves mainstream Christianity.  There are Mormon hymns that are “mainstream” which can bring Mormons to tears.  There are movies that depict Jesus Christ and his life which also bring Mormons to tears.  Mormons have numerous answers to prayers and they have healings.  It is part of the Mormon faith that God approved of the US Constitution.  It does not seem likely that a faith born of a false prophet or even the devil himself would support the Constitution, and feel that God himself inspired the men who wrote it."
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