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November 22, 2021 1:07 am

11/20/2021 - Truth by Truth for a New Generation

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PNG radio for today's culture and timeless truths come together it's reasoned relevant content apologetics worldview and answers to the questions that you need to know from Alex McFarland evangelistic ministries welcome to truth for a new generation radio and now the man who preached states in today's speaker, writer, and advocate for Christian apologetics Dr. Alex McFarland, I recently came across a little rhyme a little bit of verse by a Christian leader from years past 19 Bayard the a IRD and he writes about truth. Now listen to this quote since truth is always true and only true can be keep me oh Lord as true to truth is truth is true to the high, welcome to the program Alex McFarland to your listing to truth for a new generation, and in light of that verse, I was reminded how the word of God tells us that God is light and in him is no darkness at all, and in John 14 six Jesus said he is the way the truth and the life. The reason I'm bringing this up is because we as a culture where as a nation, perhaps even you as an individual.

We are living in a time where truth is something people handle loosely if they care about it at all. People seem to leverage truth for that which is convenient or that which is expedient and the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. Chapter 5 warns about a time when people will call good evil and evil good. Now the big general philosophical word that could describe the times which we live is the word relativism were living in a time of relativism where everyone seems to think they can make their own truth, but I read an illustration about a pastor who actually at a PhD in philosophy from Notre Dame and he would take students in his class and anyone show big jar full of beans like a big Mason jar full of beans they would ask the students to guess how many beans are in the jar and on a piece of paper write down their guests as to how many beans might be in that jar. Then another list he would ask the students to write down what is their favorite song may be something from pop music or whatever.

What is your favorite song. Now they would compare the answers to the guesses about how many beans in the jar and invariably the students were not right because there were thousands of beans in the jar and nobody could really guess it in any would say unit is the closest and they would come up with the number that would be closest to the gas and then he would say okay get out the pieces of paper about your favorite songs and the students would name what their songs are favorite songs and he said well which is the right answer which is closest to being right in the students would tell the pastor. Well, there is no right answer because a person's favorite song is just what their favorite song is and he said when you decide what to believe. In terms of your faith is like guessing the number of beans or choosing a favorite song what which do you decide is your salvation, your view of God is it like the number of beans in the jar and absolute answer and you are either correct or you're wrong your easier gotten it truly or youth list or is your view of God in salvation. More like your favorite song, and he observed that as the years have gone by most people in church believe that choosing your faith is really kind of like choosing what your favorite song might be. In other words, this is what your preferences and the pastor said part of his job as a minister in this age now is to try to help them see beyond that.

But you and I live in a time where people believe that truth is what they wanted to be truth is what they assume it to be and if they are wrong. Well, they just appealed to the fact that they believe it sincerely were going to talk about three areas were truth has really been thrown out the window, but I want to give you a couple Bible verses to think about this is, as we begin in the book of John in a John chapter 8 in John chapter 10 Jesus warned about a time when people did not know truth and in fact walked in darkness now in John 818, Jesus said I am the one who testifies for myself.

My other witness is the father who sent me. And Jesus claimed that the heavenly father was affirming him and witnessing to him and they ask accusingly in John chapter 8 verse 19 will worship father.

Jesus said, you do not know me or my father because if you knew me you would know the father and if you knew the father you would recognize me and it says that when he taught this when the temple courts that the people were angry now in John 819, he says you don't know me or the father John 16 three Jesus again repeats this.

He says they accused him, and they do such things because they do not know the father or me that the day is coming. John 16 three when those who kill you will think they do God's service. That's John 16 to rev. So think about this is that in our day denied Jesus site. First John 215 322 the one who denies that Jesus is come in the flesh has the spirit of antichrist. And so Jesus is look.

If people don't acknowledge me because they don't know the father and they walk in darkness now were living in a time were so many people do walk in darkness.

I'll give you three areas where people believe they can make their unreality, but they really can't.

The first area is pretty obvious the area of salvation that we know there are people that believe in Jesus there people that reject Jesus their people. If you try to share the gospel and you try to witness and you ask people if you died and stood before God and God said why should I let you into heaven, what would you say and you get a variety of answers.

People say will because I've tried to keep the 10 Commandments are try to be a good person and other people so I don't think there is a heaven I that people insist to me that would set well you you die and that your seller is and I would ask but but what if you open your eyes and eternity in your before God.

Other people say to me know no I will not accept that well when you face God. All the denials in the world won't negate the reality that you are in the presence of your creator and judge people for ever, it seems like throughout human history have tried to insistently come up with their own way of salvation.

The Bible is clear there's one way to be saved and that's through faith in Jesus. Now when we come back within a continue talking about three areas in which people try to negate reality and create their unreality, but it just won't work. Apart from the truth of God and his word. Satan will back up his brief break and we'll talk more about truth in a world that seems to do their utmost to deny America today is like a patient struggling to live yet is being forcibly euthanized by her quote doctors. The life force within the patient fighting for survival is the honest citizens like yourself team of quote caregivers are the local and national leaders actually contributing to the demise of the patient economy is crashing crime is exploding. The Constitution is being abolished the assault on America how to defend our nation before it's too late by Alex Farland has one single purpose to get you prepared the real source of America's current problems that no one else is talking about and what you can do now to face tomorrow.

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One writer said that Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist and it's almost like for centuries people that wanted to reject God and be atheist and Darwin's book, with really lofty sounding language, trying to argue that life spontaneously accidentally came out of the primordial soup. Darwin's origin of the species, the descent of man and other writings, and certainly the other pseudo-intellectual infidels that cropped up around the aftermath of Darwin's big literary splash in the 19th century.

They suddenly felt legitimized in their unbelief, but Abraham Lincoln in the 19th century said, quote I cannot imagine anyone looking at the sky and denying God and of quote, but part of the impetus for the atheism of the 19th century part of the impetus for the atheism in the. The really militant relativism. Now is the sincere belief that if we try to negate God. We have somehow also negated morality and our obligation for our actions. Now a professor at liberty when I was at liberty University. He's been at Bilo on the West Coast. For years he has spoken force in our tree for new generation conference before J.P. Moreland Dr. JP Moreland. He wrote a famous book years ago called love God with all your mind. Great book Dr. Moreland says this quote today people are inclined to think that the sincerity and fervency of one's beliefs are more important than the content as long as we believe something honestly and strongly we assume then that is all that really matters, but now listen to this. JP Moreland, one of the most brilliant thinkers in the world, he says, however, reality is basically indifferent to how sincerely we believe something and of quote. Now there are people that believe. Well, I've been a good person and regardless of whether or not I know Jesus.

If there is a God, a heaven and eternity, I'll be okay.

But again, reality is indifferent to how sincerely you may or may not believe something and so people are trying to reinvent salvation, but market down our nation needs Jesus and there is no salvation except to Jesus, there's no moral change. There's no revival. There is no hope for the United States nor for the world, apart from Jesus. People say will weaken the moral we can engage in self-improvement we contacts and utopian eyes our way to a better world and again Dr. Moreland reality is indifferent to how sincerely we believe something. The reason that America was great was because America was godly and right now were watching our beloved nation implode is where thinking we can have the blessings without the Blessed are we can have goodness and increase without God who is our source and our life. Oh how we need number one salvation in Jesus and then growth in favor and blessing by being godly and righteous people are denying salvation. The second thing people are denying and trying to reinvent is truth itself that we call this relativism that everything is relative.

Now it in a way, if you're talking about measuring distance are sized yes, everything has some relation to something else. The table is 1 foot away from the chair relative to a thimble. The table is very huge.

You know, relative to Antarctica. The ice cube is not very cold because to get an article would be even colder so we can express ways that things are related to other things. Let me say that relativism at least the relativism of our times is the assumption that there is no absolute truth, and we make our entry for ourselves but yet SC is Lewis said morality objective moral truth is the quote the correct way of running the human machine. He says morals are not just for Christians because Christianity is that you've believed in Jesus to be saved, but morality is for everybody, said Lewis, and even 5060 years ago, Lewis died in 63. He said if we abandon morality, we have nothing to look forward to the future, but chaos because morality is quote the correct way of running the human machine Francis Schaeffer. He died and I believe 1986. In fact, the last public place he ever spoke was at liberty University.

The founder of the breather writer of great works like hell now should we then live, but Francis Schaeffer said this to listen very carefully. Please quote in passing, we should note the curious mark of our age. The only absolute allowed is the absolute insistence that there is no absolute and of quote that's not just wordplay or gobbledygook he say look, we live in a culture and it's more pronounced than ever these days. They deny truth and yet if you don't agree with their relativism. You are wrong. Well wrong about what I already mentioned how when I was going through Fayetteville North Carolina at Fayetteville state is a big mural all about inclusion, diversity, relativism, LGBT Q rights and then there's a painting of slaves and it says 1619.

We want justice now, but as we said there can only be injustice if some objective just standard were violated in a war with no absolute truth.

No moral objective.

How can you say that something was ever unjust. It was just stuff that happened not right or wrong because in the mind of the relativist. There's not a standard to be right about, and there's not a moral law to have been breached or broken. So in a world with no moral truth. There are no injustices and there's no point to try to do justly, to make anything right. We live in a world where people of discarded salvation. They discarded truth is they don't want to be accountable to God, the righteous moral lawgiver, but there's another area in which we lost reality and will talk about that when we return G and G radio. You know Alex is writing for many years, and one of his classic books is still great. Today is a basic introduction to the Christian faith.

It's called Stan courtrooms must know for unshakable faith.

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They are one inspiration of the Bible to the virgin birth. Three.

The deity of Christ for atonement.

Five.

Christ's resurrection and six Christ return. You know Alex mixes it up with humor and stories gleaned from decades of working with youth and encourages things to build a foundation of faith that will stabilize their lives and help them take a stand for Christ. Simple and straightforward. Stan courtrooms you must know for an unshakable faith available wherever Christian books are so wanted to raise your hand during the sermon will here's your chance by Alex McFarland here from the nationally syndicated radio program exploring for more than 10 years, Michael Harper and I have taught Scripture and answered hundreds of vital questions. We've compiled a brand-new book of the top 100 Bible questions from listeners of all ages from questions about supposing Bible contradictions to apologetics facts that prove the truths of Scripture. This new book features practical content that will make the Bible come alive for you. Can we really be sure that God exists there contradictions in the Bible Bosque that will help me understand the Bible better.

There's so much good content in this book. One Bible questions and answers published by Broad Street publishers and available at your local bookstores and also through resources.AFA.net in the midst of a culture obsessed with relativism. Alex McFarland is a voice you can trust to speak the timeless truths of Christianity in a timely way.

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It's been said that truth is that which corresponds to reality hi Alex McFarland, you walk that for talking about three things that have been disregarded and redefined salvation. We know that people have rejected salvation truth itself. People deny truth to embrace relativism, but were going to give third area that reality has been jettisoned in just a moment. I do want to remind everybody speaking of truth. We got a brand-new book out Harper and myself wrote a book called 100 Bible questions and answers from the show. Exploring the word that we do more than 220 pages of answers to the tough questions about God's word Christianity. It would make a great gift for somebody it's published by Broad Street publishing, and I would encourage you to check it out.

You can find it anywhere online or at your local bookseller to arm our newest book 100 Bible questions and answers, but the final thing as were talking about truth. People of jettisoned what God says about salvation they've abandoned the idea of truth itself and believe that they can create their own reality. They believe something. Sincerely enough, the final area of reality that is suffering because we've abandoned truth is communication in general. Now, now hang with me here. We speak and we use language to communicate truth and words really do matter.

They really do.

In fact, we legally hold each other accountable. We make people swear an oath of honesty to tell the truth and nothing but the truth and when we say things that aren't true, there are laws against slander and libel and perjury. I mean even the way we talk about language acknowledges that there is absolute truth and if we are saying something that is knowingly on true that's called a lie L IE to say things that correspond to reality even from childhood up our parasite. Tell me the truth but were living in a time where the left. They call out for what they call quote language justice. See if we say, you know. Hey, I love you I care about you, but that's wrong. The left was a old that's language injustice. That's language oppression and that's privilege and supremacy. Look, God is a God who is communicated to the human race via language over and over.

We've talked about how the Bible has shown itself to be the true word of God and I want to say this, people can do semantical gymnastics. Down here they can play language games and talk about how truth doesn't apply and words can't touch them because they are this or that minority. They are underrepresented, they had their pit position malady and context gives them some different special standing in terms of race, class, gender, sexuality, or ability, but when people stand before Almighty God. The grammatical police won't be able to observe them of their accountability to the judge of all the earth were living in a time where people they they view language, less like mathematics or theology or history, and more like some subjective chess game that they're free to change it, will we come up with words like hetero normative or cyst gender.

If you believe there are two genders, a boy and a girl, which is by the way reality that's heteronormative and that's biased. Now it's just reality. Hey you know what there was a video online.

I recently been Shapiro brilliant thinker, brilliant communicator. I've interviewed him on the radio before Ben Shapiro was at University campus debating with a young lady who claimed to be transgender and then Shapiro was being castigated by the students and faculty because he said no. Look, you can't change your physiology merely by thinking about it if you're born male your mail you're born female. You're female so he asked the girl he said how old are you and she said well 22. He said have you ever thought about identifying is 61 and she said what have you ever thought about identifying as 50 or 30 or 61, and she looked at Ben Shapiro with an incredulous look on her face. She said what you can't change when you were born.

He said why not she, because big because when you were born is some thing that's out of your hands. You can't change when you were born in a suit look if you can't change the time of your birth. Why do you think you can change the reality of your body just by thinking about a man becomes a female merely by identifying or thinking about it and of course the students were not happy with Ben Shapiro because he was using that thing that at many an American university campus is anathema and off-limits that think how rationality folks here is that the. The bottom line were living in a time when more urgently than ever. The world needs reality, truth about salvation reality about truth itself in a response to relativism. People need to understand that sincerity doesn't make that which is false true and people need to understand that words mean things and words are not subjective words or object. If that's provable because it takes words even to try to attempt to deny the efficacy of words we we don't need language justice. We need truth and so I leave you with this thought since Jesus died for us in public. Why should we just live for him in private unwanted challenges. You know what you believe and speak up for truth because remember first Corinthians 1558 your labor in the Lord is not in vain. Thank you for listing. Remember, your prayers and financial support enable us to tell the world about Jesus and to call America truth which were equipping the generation to save this nation. You can learn more and my website which is Alex McFarland.com TNG radio is made possible by the friends of Alex McFarland evangelistic ministry, PO Box 10231, Greensboro, NC 27404. That's PO Box 10231, Greensboro, NC 27404 call us at 877 yes, God one. That's 877 yes, God, and the number one. Forgive online@alexmcfarland.com while you're there, listen to program archives. Read Alex's blog invite Alex to speak at your event or contact Alex with a question or comment, Alex McFarland.com. Thanks for listening today and join us again next time. For more truth for a new generation on TNG radio


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