All posts below are written by David Cloud & republished in full unedited for
informational, educational and research purposes, from:(Friday Church News Notes, August 10, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) -
Richard Dawkins, one of the leaders of the “new atheist” movement, is targeting teens and children with atheist propaganda. Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, said the book for teens will be titled Outgrowing God, while the one for children is yet to be named. The man is on a ridiculous rampage against the Creator, while admitting that he has no clue how life began. In an interview with Ben Stein that was published in the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Dawkins said that life might have been “seeded on to this planet” by aliens. This is not science; it is science fiction; it is “Never-Never land.” The glorious gospel according to Richard Dawkins is that man is the product of blind chance, he has no ultimate purpose, he is bound by no absolute laws, and when he is dead he is dead. In Dawkins’ sad world, man is alone in a meaningless, dying universe; alone, without help and without hope. The gospel according to Richard Dawkins is a recipe for despair and suicide, and if it were true, the very act of writing and publishing books would be a meaningless exercise. If what Dawkins believes is true, nothing in life means anything, ultimately, and it does not matter what one believes. He has no dogmatic basis for saying that anything is true or that anything is wrong. As a mere animal, his opinion is no more significant than that of a worm. But Richard Dawkins is wrong. He is willfully blind. There is overwhelming evidence of an Almighty, all-wise Creator, and overwhelming evidence that the Bible is God’s compassionate revelation to man. Bible-believing homes and churches need to wake up and prepare their children to face the fierce skepticism of this age. I personally know of a pastor’s son who professed atheism by reading the deceitful musings of the “new atheists” online. The Bible twice says, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God...” (Psalm 14:1; 53:1). (We recommend An Unshakeable Faith: A Christian Apologetics Course and The Mobile Phone and the Christian Home and Church: A Youth Discipleship Course, both of which are available from www.wayoflife.org.)
(Friday Church News Notes, August 10, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) -
I feel sorry for Richard Dawkins. He is whistling in the dark. His conscience tells him there is a God. Creation tells him there is a God. And the Bible tells him there is a God. But he has willfully shut his eyes to the light and hardened his heart against the Creator. Now he has painted himself into a corner before the whole world. God loves him and would save him, but he must come on God’s terms, which is repentance and faith in Christ’s cross, and it is all too likely that he will continue to harden his neck until it is too late. This happened to his friend and co-conspirator in “the new atheism,” Christopher Hitchens. Dawkins has called God a “capriciously malevolent bully,” but in truth God is the most compassionate Person in existence, the source of all true love. God is love. At great cost God provided salvation for rebels. The Son of God suffered and died for rebels. I am thankful for the day when I came to my senses and humbled myself before this God and repented of my wicked sins against Him and put my faith 100% in Jesus as the Son of God and the Saviour of the world. “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).
This is the era of the never-ending push for Christian unity. It is evident everywhere: in the World Council of Churches, in national councils, in global and national and regional “evangelical” organizations, in city clergy associations. Unity is promoted by parachurch organizations and is a major focus of evangelistic crusades. Unity is pushed by the Roman Catholic Church, by Protestants, by Pentecostals, by Charismatics, and by most Baptists. It is a major theme of contemporary worship music. It is the focus of global missions organizations. It is a principle held by most Bible colleges and seminaries. Separation has become a foreign concept to the vast, vast majority of professing Christians. Division is instinctively despised. Preachers who cause disunity by doctrinal dogmatism are considered enemies of Jesus Christ, who allegedly prayed for ecumenical unity in John 17. The latest ecumenical thrust, as if another were needed, is the formation of the Congress of Christian Leaders (CCL), a new “interdenominational body that will seek to foster unity.” Founded by “evangelical leaders” Samuel Rodriguez and Johnnie Moore, the inaugural board includes megachurch pastors Greg Laurie, Jack Graham, and Jentezen Franklin (“Greg Laurie, Jack Graham among Global Pastors Named to Board,” Christian Post, Aug. 5, 2018). The 16 leaders on the board “have collective influence exceeding many millions of Christians on six continents.” The founders state that a “key defining factor” of the CCL is that it “will not be exclusively for evangelicals.” Regardless of its popularity, ecumenical unity is contrary to the teaching of God’s Word, which forbids the unity of truth and error, light and darkness. God’s Word warns loudly and plainly of false gospels, false christs, and false spirits. It warns of end-time apostasy and spiritual deception. The unity of all denominations is heresy. It is disobedience to God and will produce a one-world “church” of the Antichrist. Those leading the unity are the blind leading the blind. It is impossible to obey the Bible and pursue Christian unity today. A clear choice must be made. Obedience to the Bible’s command to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints single-handedly destroys every type of interdenominational unity. One cannot pursue ecumenical unity while fighting enthusiastically for doctrinal purity. “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3).