|Devotion||Heb. 1:1-2, "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world."|
A prophet is someone who stands between God and man and speaks to man on behalf of God. So, in the Old Testament there were prophets such as Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and others. They spoke to God's people the words that God had given them to say.
The writer of Hebrews goes on to say that in these last days (the days since the Messiah's arrival) God speaks through the Son. Jesus is the one who was our mediator (1 Timothy 2:5). Jesus is the one who is our "prophet" because He speaks to us the words of the Father. We know that the words of Christ are recorded in the Gospels and we can go there and read what Jesus has said to us. It is Jesus the eternal Son of God whom the Father appointed as the heir of all things and through whom He made the world that speaks to us the words of truth. If God the Father made the world through the Son, then the Son necessarily must be of incredible capabilities and importance. Isn't this all the more reason why we should trust in the words of Christ and devote ourselves to understanding what He has told us in the Gospels and through His apostles with what they have written in the rest of the New Testament? Of course!
Therefore we must make this understanding of Christ's role and office primary in our prayers and especially anyone else's so called "revelations" whether they come from someone who claims to be a prophet, a teacher, or professor, or someone who sees angels and gets messages from them.
It is only through Jesus that we can truly know God the Father and it is only through Jesus that we can receive spiritual truth. Anything else is not of God.
|I am currently working on a Hinduism section for CARM. My ultimate plan is to produce a larger Eastern religions section on CARM dealing with the four major Eastern religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Anyhow, as I have been researching Hinduism this week, it is truly amazing how diverse this religion of India truly is. There are over 33 million gods, numerous rituals, and beliefs which often make it difficult to pinpoint what really is "Hinduism." Anyhow, Hinduism (along with other Eastern religions) has had a huge effect on the Western world through influencing the New Age movement, persuading approximately one-third of Westerners to believe in reincarnation, and contributing to new views on psychology and medicine. In order to better understand Hinduism, I have to obtain a general understanding of the various Eastern worldviews. Hinduism, specifically, adopts a view called Monism which believes that all of reality is reduced to one basic substance. In other words, there really is no distinction between the gods and humans. As Hindus say, "Atman (self) is Brahman (ultimate reality)." While this appears to be intellectually titillating, reincarnation and monism are in direct opposition to Scripture which teaches that humans die once and face judgment (Heb. 9:27) and there is a clear distinction between Creator and creation (Genesis 1-2; John 1:1-3). While many Westerners find this Eastern thinking to be odd, it is necessary that the Church be able to articulate the gospel to the billions of Easterners in our rapidly globalized planet. It is my hope to be able to provide more information for believers to better share the gospel with their Eastern friends (Matt. 28:18-20).|
|Mormon Temple Opening||Starting on July 11, 2008 in Twin Falls, Idaho, the Mormon Church will be opening up yet another temple. The opening will last about five weeks. Twin Falls is about 100 miles from where I live so I will be driving there two or three times a week to help pass out literature on the Mormon church. We do this to inform people about what Mormonism really teaches and, hopefully, to get people to believe in the true Savior, not the false "christ" of Mormonism. So, if you could keep Ryan and myself in your prayers, we would greatly appreciate it. If anyone wants to support our outreach there, including gas and food, I provided a section here in the newsletter for support below. Thank you.|
|We need prayer!||As I have reviewed the last few months, I've realized how much CARM and my household has come under attack. I don't want to give too many boring details, but it started in April shortly after the atheism conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I needed to help someone out with the atheist debate in Pensacola, Florida and it turned out to be rather expensive. Carm then had to fund the travel and hotel costs for the second debate I was in with a oneness Pentecostal gentlemen regarding baptism and the Trinity. Add to that a kidney stone attack (amazing pain) and my car's catalytic converter going out (costing me $1400 to fix) while I was driving to Utah to go to Manti and do some ministry work. I have a constant ringing in my ears so I had to go to specialist which cost over $600. I was told that the solution (a pair of hearing aids) would be a minimum of $2400. Ouch. That'll have to wait for a long time.|
When Ryan got here, and I set up his new computer (that had been graciously donated by someone), there was one problem after another and another and another. Basically, for two weeks I was fighting against network problems and computer hardware failures, etc. It was extremely frustrating. Then, just to top it off, a shelf full of computer parts in our storage closet gave way and came crashing down. The next day I found out we lost our medical insurance. Add some more typical family problems and some false accusations by some Christians that my character is bad with an attempt by at least one of them to bring CARM down by trying to get people to not support us, and you have a pretty typical segment of CARM life. Whew! Boy do I need your prayers. So, please pray for this ministry.
|Flash||We need some help with flash, either someone to do flash for us or recommend a good and easy flash program to learn (not complicated). If anyone has some information that might be helpful, please contact us at [email protected] Thanks.|
|Debate Videos||The DVD's for the Pensacola debate that I had with an atheist in April are here. If you are interested in getting the video DVD's, then go to http://shop.carm.org/shop/?shop=1&cat=35&. We will provide the MP3 (audio format) for download later.|
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This feature is not so we can make fun of anyone. This is serious stuff. It is to show what kind of thinking is out there. We regularly get stuff like this. Pray for this ministry.
|CARM Needs Staff||How would you like to work in the ministry where the rewards are small, the challenges are huge, you get ridiculed, there's spiritual attack, sometimes you don't know if you are going to make it financially, you have to support yourself, and you have to research and write about false systems and compare them with Scripture? |
If that sounds appealing, then maybe you might be interested in working with CARM.
You can be male or female. You have to agree to the CARM statement of faith, and I prefer (though it is not necessary) people who are educated and/or experienced in their field of expertise. But I must reiterate; this is not an easy ministry. It is time-consuming, often unrewarding, frustrating, etc. But, there are rewards. You get to know that what you produce will affect thousands of people for years to come. This ministry is a challenge and it is not for the fainthearted. Interested? If so, contact Matt at [email protected]
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