Newsletter April 1, 2010

Slick and Quick

  • Apologies for infrequent Newsletters - - CARM has become a monster of sorts.  It is requiring more and more of my time just to do administrative work.  Boy, do I need a staff!  Anyway, please bear with me as I muddle through the many things I have to do.
  • Regarding this newsletter - I am interested in knowing how many people read the newsletter and if you would like it sent out more regularly.  WE NEED TO KNOW.  If you want to continue to receive the CARM Newsletter please click this email link wwwcarmorg-newsletter@yahoo.com and hit send.  You don't have to type anything - you can just hit reply and send.  It'll be automatically counted by a sorter. 
    • Note: we are going to trim the email list.  So, if you don't respond, you will probably be deleted.
  • Faith and Reason Radio - - We are probably going to move the show one hour earlier to 5pm MST.  We also have someone working on raising advertising support for the show so we can expand it into other markets.  More on that later.
  • Debate with Atheist in San Antonio, Texas - I am scheduled to debate an atheist in San Antonio, TX on April 21, 2010.  We are still working out the details.  They have been dragging their feet on this a little, but if/when it comes to fruition, I'll let you know.  But it may not happen since they are narrowing the prep time I have by not committing to a topic.
  • Living Waters Headquarters - Last month I paid a visit to the Living Waters headquarters in Southern California (livingwaters.com), the ministry run by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. When I was given a tour of the place and introduced to various people, I was surprised to find that most of them knew who I was. Apparently, they use a lot of CARM material and reference the cite frequently. So, praise God for that. Ray was a nice guy. He brought me into his office and we talked for about 20 minutes (Kirk wasn't there). Ray is so dedicated to the Lord and is working tirelessly to promote the gospel message. Keep him and his staff in your prayers.  They do great work.
  • The Garden - Finally, the Christian Evangelism novel I've been working on for so long is almost ready for release.  We've got a cover picked out and the final edit is almost done.  (I couldn't help going through it once last time.)  Not sure how to official release and distribute it yet, but we'll be making it available through an online order service.  So, bear with us.
  • CARM Blog Anyone? - someone is recommended to me that I should begin a blog for the CARM website. I've been entertaining the idea and, though I already have plenty to do, this person said it could be a good way of expanding the CARM ministry. More or less, all it would entail is me getting on the blog once a day and making a comment about something. I don't know how many would be interested in such a thing. Some blogs are open to applies and others are not. I fear that instituting a blog with applies would require someone supervising it. We just don't have the manpower for that.  What do you think?  Good idea? 
  • Things we need for CARM
    • Project Manager - There are so many things to do with/for CARM, that I can't keep up with it all.  It seems that most of my time is spent fixing, figuring out such things as what shopping cart to use, contacting people about a Drupal addon, talking to one guy about radio advertising and expansion, to another about the CARM site navigation system, another about the online schools and their development, another about publishing options, another about doing key-word and description update work on the CARM site, etc.  So, I'm asking if someone might be interested in being a kind of Project Manager.  You'd work with me, follow my direction, carry out requests for information (on such things mentioned above), and report the findings to me.  This could be a paid position depending on how many hours per week he or she could work -- or we might just offer a small monthly salary.  I figure that it would only take a few hours each week. 
          I am looking for a mature individual, experienced in this kind of thing, with some technical know how and excellent organizational skills.  You'd need to be a Christian, of course.  It would help, but isn't necessary, to be familiar with Drupal.  You'd need to know how to research, be self directed, and able to write brief summations of what you find and send them to me via email and occasionally have phone conversations with me.
          We haven't decided to create and fill this position yet, but it is something that needs to happen.  So, I'm collecting information to give to the Board of Directors.  This position is depending upon their approval.
    • Drupal Expertise and/or Ecommerce System Integration - We need an expert who can take a look at the CARM website structure, the payment integration system (PayPal, authorize net), and make recommendations for improvements and/or provide a way to implement them.  We want a user to be able to log into the site, make contributions (with or without logging into site), be able to sign up for schools from in and outside the login, be able to order from the store (with or without logging into site), be able to see their past orders, running donation amounts, etc.  In addition, we would like to possibly integrate at a latter date the ability for such a person who has logged to be able to have favorites of CARM articles, a place to place notes, etc.  There are a lot of drupal add-ons that available for implementation.  This would be, of course, a paid gig.  We could talk about what someone would charge for such an examination and recommendation. 

Love and Hate Mail


Love

  • My name is Darcy, 24 yrs(male) from lynden Washington. A cow town 2 hours north of seattle. I love what you do. I listen to you when I work at UPS in the morning on my ipod from 330am -830 am then when I mow lawns from 9am -2pm. Then I go to work at Starbucks. And talk about what I’ve learned. I switch between you, pirate Christian radio and wreched radio formally known as way of the master radio. Then of course the good teachers, piper, mcarthur, paul washer among many. I want to start something like what you do, or apprenticeship to someone like you. Great Job. I’ll pray for you and your ministry. Thank you for all you equip me with. I concider and tell people you are my teacher.
  • My name is Richard, and just wanted to thanks Carm over and over again. I've spoken with Matt Slick on the phone about a year ago, concerning my issues that i had with my girlfriend.......well which now is my ex of course, about her Jehovah's witness belief and about my true Christian belief that Jesus Christ is GOD. And i got to say this, but ever since i found out about this website, i've learned alot, and it brings me into a closer relationship with Jesus.......now nothing, and nobody rob the truth from me or try to even tell me anything else beside what i've learned. Thanks alot Matt......its a great life changing for me. Don't really know whatever happened to my ex, but doesn't really honestly. The Lord Jesus Christ is with me and loves me, there's nothing greater than that...Thanks a lot again.. And God bless Carm.
  • I am responding to your article, "Email to churches that affirm women pastors and elders" and agree totally with you. My own Biblical studies have confirmed that. All through the Word of God we see where God dealt with and worked through men primarily. There were a few exceptions but not as leaders of a congregation. Deborah was used because the men were so sorry that God picked her instead. Have we reached that point to day? I think not. Interestingly, George Barna found that one of the main reasons they (the men) did not attend church to day is because of the femininzation of the church; they just did not feel comfortable there. Thank you. Harold
  • I am a listener via podcast and I have heard you talk about interviewing pastors before attending a new church. Well understanding how so many in the body of Christ are being led astray by pastors who are teaching either watered down Christianity or just blatant heresy, my senses are now hyper sensitive to such teachings. I thank you for opening my eyes and giving me the tools to recognize this blatant heresy. Thanks Matt for all that you do! You, your family and your ministry are in my prayers. Bryan
  • Hello, just read your teaching concerning a christians security in Jesus and I agree totally. Thank you for your work and your great web site, what a resource for the believer. Another text I always utilize when defending a believers security is Eph 1:13,14. It tells what happens the moment each person becomes a believer and is given the Holy Spirit of PROMISE/GUARANTEE that we are God's own possession on the day of redemption. If we could lose our gift of salvation God's promise/guarantee wouldn't be reliable at all and satans power to steal away a believer would be stronger than our Lords power to keep us. Thanks again for your help to the body... best regards, John

Hate

  • [CARM] is sexist and misogynistic! This is what I said initially. Do you not see how these are shameful attributes?  If you are so eager and willing to instigate the casting of stones, that must indicate that you are without sin yourself. You must follow the bible to the letter if you are willing to point out the failures of others. Do you therefore also believe that slavery is acceptable, since there is no specific condemnation of it in the bible? (Leviticus 25:44-46, Exodus 21:20-21) Are you willing to kill a homosexual, support infanticide and child abuse? The bible condones so many awful practices that it is painful to see individuals so bent on upholding the writings of unknown, dubious, and poorly educated writers from the ancient past. It's time to live in the present. That which isn't violent or cruel in the bible is simply fantastical rubbish. Some of the offenses punishable by death in the bible: working on Sabbath, children disrespecting their parents. Why uphold a book that is so cruel, so unforgiving, and clearly a work of fiction? Please, read something from an opposing viewpoint. While you're sitting around waiting for the rapture, you may also want to pick up a science book. Kelley
  • Hello Yours Bible explanations are amateurish. Terribly tedious talk. You're a false teacher! Thank you Botond
  • The bible is NOT the inspired word of god. This automatically classifies your philosophy and website as biased from the start. The bible,for anyone who has enough brains to research its beginnings, is nothing else but a collection of historical events relating to the jewish nation. Furthermore, that collection of stories were originally handed down from father to son or mother to daughter, unwritten or if you wish, VERBALLY. Over the millennia, and as it was translated and written down, errors in grammar, spelling, linguistics and other problematic conditions(weather conditions, human apttitude,etc) lead to other deformations of the messages being transmitted. The bible is nothing more than a book of often distorted narration of historical events which may or may not have taken place. I recognize those events which are being confirmed by scientific truth! This is based on archeological research and discoveries. Anything which cannot be proven or backed up by scientific evidence is probably an hoax or an attempt by some organization, group or individual trying to impose some value, whether real or unreal, on other masses. Fernando
  • I heard your debate with Eddie Tabash and overall no one can really prove God exists because it is "by faith"...the wind exists even though we cannot see it..but we cannot see a supposed god...for "He" has no movement we can see besides believers going crazy and trying to make everyone else miserable before they die...seems like men especially love "religious faith" because they can have that all-powerful authority they crave......I use to believe, but got sick of the mental abuse...anyhow....you sounded arrogant and just ready to argue to prove yourself right..!!! That's not going to "win souls" .....!! Courtney
  • I see your point when you say that some have minced the word in the bible to fit their sinful needs about homosexuality. Who wrote the bible anyway? Is it safe to say....a homophobe? This is what I wish for all of those who believe that homosexuality is a choice and that it is wrong...........I wish on all those people who detest homosexuals, I wish that they are all destined to have born to them.......gay individuals. Lets see how loud their voice against homosexuality gets when one of their own is "doomed". Last time I checked lying was a sin, adultery was a sin, cheating was a sin, killing was a sin, divorce was a sin, littering was a sin, swearing was a sin, prostitution was a sin, masturbating was a sin, sex before marriage was a sin, deception was a sin, gossip was a sin, changing ones natural appearance was a sin, using a condom was a sin, having an abortion was a sin, fighting with thy neighbour was a sin, having children out of wedlock was a sin............on and on.................I GUESS WERE ALL GOING TO HELL! Linda.
  • You do a lot of damage to a lot of souls with your false teaching leading people astray and turning them off of Christ with your false way of being saved that appeals to the flesh. You need to wake up. You have been in a dark sleep for a very long time.
  • Notice if you don't answer exactly how Slick requires, he threatens you with martyrdom. Very abusive personality. That is how the murderous Pope of Geneva acted. I trust the explanation above of our discussion matches the discussion itself. Do you see what Slick has troubles seeing? It's ok for Slick by his will to assume he was irresistibly regenerated and pride himself over others with that, but it is not ok for a person by his will to repent and believe in Christ to be regenerated according to slick's twisted theology by erecting that idol called Total depravity which says he can't. To take of the water of life freely is freely, not forced or made to do it by being irresistibly regenerated. Do you see how Slickster is confusing "will of man" (man's plans) with "free-will" (sovereign choice)? The act of saving itself is God's doing, but God requires our heartfelt response since God is relational and synergistic. He set up this condition in dying on the cross for the sins of the whole world so don't blame me. He wants fellowship and communion with us. We need to use our volition, for we are not automatons, which itself is not the salvation, for the salvation follows our volition, repentance and faith. So you can't plan your salvation nor be saved by the passions of your flesh, but God still requires your response and free-choice. This way there is no doublestandard. But with Slick he has an inherent doublestandard he can never escape because it's ok for him by his will to assume he was irresistibly regenerated, but Christians are not allowed to repent and believe in Jesus to be regenerated according slick. You can't have it both ways. God is the "Savior of all men, specially those who believe" (1 Tim. 4.10) NOT "Savior of all men who believe, specially those who believe" for that is nonsensically redundant. What Savior entails must include salvation.
  • Wow! There are so many errors in your web site pages I can't start to go into them. No matter which Christian church a person belongs to they will find mistaken statements. I'll bet you get remarks from every denomination. I will put you on my prayer list. You could be of great value if and when you get your facts straight. God bless. Richard

 

 
 

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.