A couple newsletters ago I wrote about "messing up" two women here at work regarding the rapture. A few people wrote me about it and said I sounded arrogant and that I really enjoyed causing these women problems. First of all, I was not trying to be prideful. Second, in the newsletter, I was just having fun talking about our encounter and explaining how I enjoy teaching the Bible and confronting culturally accepted religious beliefs in Christians. In hindsight I can certainly understand how people might have taken my comments that in a less-than-favorable light. I have no one to blame but myself and I wanted to apologize.
For further clarification, the issue dealt with the commonly quoted scriptures dealing with "two men in the field, one is taken one is left" in Matt. 24:37-41 and Luke 17:26-37. Most people just assume that it is speaking about the pre-tribulation rapture. I disagree. I was showing them that the context does not teach us that it is the rapture. Rather, the context teaches us it is the wicked who are taken -- See Luke 17:26-37 for this. Furthermore, if you were to go to Matt. 13:24-30 where Jesus teaches the parable of the wheat (Christians) and the tares (non-believers), you'll see that at the time of the harvest (end of the age) the FIRST ones gathered are NOT the Christians but the wicked people (Matt. 13:30). Also, read Jesus' interpretation of that parable in Matt. 13:36-42. When I showed them this, they stared at the Bible and then at me, mouths open. They loved it that they were "messed up" as I said because they enjoyed the challenge of seeing something new. So, it was not meant as anything other than a statement of fun. (If you'd like to see this analyzed more, go to http://www.carm.org/bible/interpret.htm.
Also, surprisingly, I received a few emails about my comments that I love computers and would "marry one" if I could. Just to set the record straight. I'm already married. Besides, it couldn't work out between us. The hyperbole (A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect) was also meant to be fun. I'll try and be more careful in the future.
DO YOU WANT TO HEAR THE RADIO SPOT FOR CARM CONVENTION?
For those of you have donated for the radio spots, thank you. So far, $150 has been donated. We have about 4 weeks more before we need to air the ad which will cost $75 per minute. The goal is to run the ad during the Bible Answerman show, at least once a day, for two weeks, to a listening audience of over 100,000 people.
If you want to hear the ad and feel led to donate any amount towards it, please check it out at http://www.carm.org/audio/carm1.wma (Windows Media Player) or http://www.carm.org/audio/carm1.rm (Real Player). Your donations are tax deductible since CARM is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
If you like the ad and want to contribute to having it run on the air beginning about two weeks prior to the event, then please send any donation about you want to CARM (RADIO SPOT), P.O. Box 995, Meridian, ID, 83680. Please mark your donation (Radio Spot). I will collect them all, and send a CARM check to the radio station and whatever we have is how many ads will run. One more thing: Kevin is a very strong supporter of CARM and says that he can really get a good deal on how many times the ad will run for the money sent in. Praise God.
One more thing. There is an atheist network out there and one of them has an internet based radio show with about 20,000 listeners. He's been commenting about the upcoming CARM convention and has even played the radio spot on his show! Praise God!!! We can use all the advertisement we can get.
PLEASE VISIT THE CARM HOMEPAGE
At present, there are 7,700 people on this email newsletter list and it grows by about 50 a day. That means that a lot of people are checking out CARM and interested in what it has to say. So, when you go to CARM could you please click on the Home Page, http://www.carm.org. It helps to be counted. So far, CARM has had over 1,800,000 visitors.
REGARDING DOING THIS MINISTRY
CARM is on the front lines of a spiritual battle as it seeks to tackle everything that challenges Christian truth including the cults, atheism, evolution, relativism, etc. When I began CARM 6 1/2 years ago on the Internet, I had absolutely no idea that it would grow to where it is now. The need is huge! CARM is averaging around 20,000 visits a week to the home page and I receive 50 emails a day ranging from praise, to curses, to threats, to questions, to requests for help. A great many people thank me for CARM, tell me it has helped them to stay Christians and provided answers to critics, etc. Many tell me they are praying for me. Thank you so much for that. People also mail me books, magazines, articles, videos, and tapes on various groups. I am asked a great many questions and I have been devoting a lot more time to this ministry -- which needs to go full time now because I am so backlogged. My family is very understanding and I have a wife who allows me to spend a lot of time working on it. She is great. Don't worry though, I'm making sure I spend time with my family and letting much of the ministry go since I don't have the time or the staff -- yet, that is.
Most everything worthwhile is difficult. I definitely feel called to this difficult ministry. My wife affirms this and is very supportive. I thank the Lord for her. So, please remember CARM in your prayers along with my family, the difficulties that we face, the unexpected problems that hit us, etc. The attacks that come our way are definitely related to the enemy who does not like what CARM is doing. All I can say is our eyes are on the Lord and, by faith, we know He will see us through it all.
I'm letting you know about this so you can pray for my spiritual strength, insight, wisdom, patience, love, and energy to continue doing what I've been doing for 6 1/2 years. Thank you.
The CARM convention is getting closer. It will be on Saturday, June 22nd in Colleyville, Texas. Registration begins at 8:30; lectures begin at 9:00AM and the event ends at 4pm. The link for it is http://www.carm.org/carm/convention.htm where you can read more about the ten speakers (including me). Topics wil range from atheism, to apologetics, to the cults, to relativism, to logic, to the Trinity, to the Resurrection of Christ, etc. It'll be good. We really have some good, godly speakers. With 20 rooms and a main sanctuary to work with, this will be a busy convention with lots of subjects to choose from. If you can't make it, we should have tapes and videos available afterwards on CARM.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT UPDATE
Thank you to all of you who have donated to CARM financially. Many of you have signed up for monthly donations of $5, $10, and $20 amounts to be taken out of your credit card. This is helping to build a financial base that will allow this ministry to go full time. So, if you feel led to contribute, please go to http://www.carm.org/goods/donations.htm. You can set up a monthly credit card donation or make a one time offering. It is easy to set up. Please pray about it and, hopefully, help out. Remember, CARM is a non-profit organization and your donations are tax-deductible. Please consider committing to $5 a month. Any amount helps this ministry to continue.
GOT A SUGGESTION FOR CARM OR THIS NEWSLETTER?
If you have suggestions for what you would like to see in this newsletter or for CARM, please return e-mail me and let me know.
Thanks to all of you who are praying for my wife. She really appreciates it and has begun to feel better. Thanks.
Also, we live in an apartment and I run CARM out of my office there. But, CARM is outgrowing the space. With books being donated all the time, extra computer equipment coming in, etc., I have less and less room to work in. We are hoping to be able to buy a house in a couple years and convert a garage into an office -- this would make room for a staff later as well as have a place for all the resources, tapes, books, etc. But, in San Diego, the average price of a home is over $300,000. That is way too much for me financially. Therefore, we'll have to move somewhere else. But, in the meantime, please remember to pray for the needs of CARM. This ministry definitely is outgrowing its accommodations and needs more space. Praise God! What a great problem to have!
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VERSE OF THE WEEK.
1 Corinthians 3:7-9
“So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building," (NASB).
Matt Slick, your missionary to the Internet.