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If the Foundations Are Destroyed, What Can the Righteous Do?

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March 29, 2021 2:00 am

If the Foundations Are Destroyed, What Can the Righteous Do?

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March 29, 2021 2:00 am

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If you would turn to Psalm 11 Psalm 11.

Our message tonight is entitled if the foundation are air destroyed, what can the righteous do you will see that referenced in Psalm 11, three and 411. Read the whole Psalm and then I'm going to share with you an introduction Psalm 11. My Bible says this is a Psalm of David and he writes in the Lord. I put my trust. How can you say to my soul flee as a bird your mountain for look the wicked been there about they make ready their arrow on the string that they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do.

The Lord is in his holy temple. The Lord's throne is in heaven's eyes. Behold his eyelids test the sons of men. The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence his soul hates. Upon the wicked he will reign Cole's fire and brimstone and burning wind shall be the portion of their cup for the Lord is righteous, he loves righteousness. His countenance beholds the upright. If you look back in verses three and four. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do.

And the answer is found in verse four, the Lord is in his holy temple. The Lord's throne is in heaven's eyes.

Behold his eyelids test the sons of men. Listen if you would as I give a brief introduction to the message tonight at the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do.

Joseph Carrillo and I I must say that I have two rather long quotes in this message. But I think their critical for understanding Joseph Carrillo quoted by Spurgeon.

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do the civil foundation of the nation or people is there laws and Constitution the order and power.

That's among them.

That's the foundation of the people and when. Once this foundation is destroyed, what can the righteous do what can the best, the wisest in the world do in such a case, what can any man do it there be not a foundation of government left among men. There is no help nor answer in such a case, but that which follows in the fourth verse of the Psalm, the Lord is in his holy temple. The Lord's throne is in heaven. His eyes behold his eyelids try the children of men, as if he had said in the midst of these confusions all the foundations of the earth are out of out of course. Yet God keeps his course still, he is where he was and as he was without variableness or shadow of turning. Speaking of the sovereignty of God. Listen if you would to Isaiah 46 verses nine and 10. Isaiah writes remember the former things of old, for I am God and there is no other. I am God and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times, things are not yet done sign, my counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure for the Christian what is going on in our country in the world. We have a confidence that our God is sovereign, that nothing surprises MBA. It's all a part of his Providence tonight will want to consider for many battle fronts that face new challenges. Creation by the personal purposeful design of God.

The uniqueness of mankind bears God's image, gender God's institution of marriage, and finally the sacredness of life. Turn to Genesis 11 if you would and beloved tonight. I do not have several text that you'll have to turn to and some of them you may just want to listen their familiar text and really need no exposition there just a springboard into us getting into these four battle fronts that were going to consider tonight. The first one is the attack on creation is recorded in Genesis 11 faces new challenges. Obviously Genesis 11 in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth friend if you don't believe that you can sell the rest of the Bible way and I say that carefully. Respectfully, reverently, but if we don't believe that he is the source and the creator of all things were in trouble.

We have no hope in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, a bizarre attempt to compromise God's creation of Adam in a whose descendents are we all are. Isaiah 45 verse 18 says, for thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who was God formed the earth and made it who is established, it who did not created in vain and notice this, who formed it to be inhabited. I am the Lord, and there is no other. Certainly he made to be inhabited by animals, but more importantly, he made it to be inhabited by mankind. Notice this first quote research from the University of that castle in Switzerland suggests the word of the holy book may be based on more scientific fact than skeptics previously thought.

Don't let that go past you research from the University of Bethel and Switzerland suggest the word of the holy book may be based on more scientific fact. Skeptics previously thought. I would like to think and I would like to suggest that perhaps some scientific fact is finally lining up with the word of God and not the other way around.

Here is the first of the lengthy quote and these get progressively alarming. The myth that Adam and Eve were the first man and woman on earth may have been proved true as all humans are to send descendents of a single couple. Scientists say researchers concluded that 90% of all animal species alive today came from parents that all began giving birth at roughly the same time throwing down some the patterns of human evolution. This conclusion is very surprising fail or one of the researchers admitted and then he says I fought against it as hard as I could.

Beloved, when you look at that quote all species alive today came from parents that all began giving birth at roughly the same time. That sounds like a creator and creation of me in any wonder why secular scientists would say I fought against it as hard as I could. Now I want to share with you and alarming Trojan horse. It's a book written by asked Joshua Salama DOS and it's entitled the genealogical Adam any the surprising science of universal ancestry that will mean much to you until you see the quotes taken for from it and I want you if you would please to notice the things and read on this page and the pages to follow this attempt to compromise a literal interpretation of Genesis is bizarre and concerning as I said notice the slams on creation from the human evolution blog.

This is not from a Christian blog obviously is humanistic evolution and notice. Notice what it says. Notice the things and read again, in particular for now, the threat that science denial poses to our shared existence is too great to be ideologically rigid. I feel that we should do everything we can and all of the above approach to bring people together in support of science that's with the book the genealogical Adam and Eve is all about and notice this, I support it because I've already seen it work in a community called peaceful science where former young earth creationist are making peace with modern science notices guided by professional scientists and philosophers and even theologians who are committed to defending and explaining scientific product principles and evidence. Most people don't really want to be resistant to science this new look at Adam and Eve helps them see that they don't have to that that's a win for science and our response should be no that's a blatant attempt to compromise and undermines Genesis a blatant attempt at compromise that underlies Genesis notice back one slide because I want to point out these in red science denial. Creationist don't deny science, they don't deny real science. Observational science. He wants to bring people together in support of science and the notice at about the bottom to parts of this peaceful science where former young earth creationist are making peace with modern science.

Guided by professional science is a creationist cannot be a professional scientists. He says that's a win for science, but in reality know it is an attempt at compromise and undermines Genesis wants to notice a second oh, it's a book review and again this is frightening to me.

Notice the slams and read and this is about the author having been raised in a faith environment that accepted the literal creation accounts of Genesis, but also being highly educated about the scientific account of human evolution and the modern understanding of human genetics.

Salama DOS has sought a way for these to be brought into some sort of harmony in common with other writers. He accepts that the earth was formed millions of years ago with humans being descendents of scent simpler organisms via the process we now call evolution. He refers to these pre-Adam and Eve. Human beings as people outside the garden to be this biological closeness between Adam and Eve, and those outside the garden means that interbreeding could occur and insurers is only one type of human see the ramifications of what this guy has proposing the books proposition. Far the books proposition is that for the past few thousand years. All living people have been descendents of both simpler mammals science and Adam and Eve love, what does that imply simpler. Mammals and Adam any it implies the abomination of beastie reality, the books, a Trojan horse been on convicted.

Convincing a new generation of young nurse creationist to compromise like it's offered and the question is this will he stand the test. We certainly need to be praying for our young people as they are bombarded with this stuff as though it's fact and not merely hypothesis the second area.

The second battlefront that we want to look at is the attack on the uniqueness of mankind by relegating humans to the top of an evolutionary ladder of animal life.

In other words, they just place us as super animals and when we are nothing but super animals makes it a lot easier to kill unborn super animals.

They deny that mankind is unique among all of God's creatures. Genesis 126 to 27 a. We are made in his image, and you might note that Genesis 126 to 27 a. Then God said, let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.

Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth first part of verse 27 so God created man in his own image in the image of God created him how to secular scientists explain the following unique characteristics of mankind. If we are not unique from animals that they explain these and I think these will be thought-provoking for you. The first one. How do they explain a complement in mankind that is spiritual in Ecclesiastes 311 it states that God has put eternity in man's heart. If we would analyze that and think it through the jungles to modern cities people have the sense that there's more than just the metaphysical world is not me. Of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe.

In other words, they acknowledge that there's a supernatural from jungles to cities and if you want evidence of that. Look at the themes you see coming out of Hollywood that D deal with demons and evil or even back a few years. The force in the dark side. Those are metaphysical.

Secondly, not only did they had of the explain a complement in mankind that spiritual but how do they explain consciousness. What is that self-awareness that you need to humans and begs the questions. Where did I come from the of origin. Why am I here and wiser.

Something rather than nothing.

Speaking of purpose. Finally, what happens after death. Your destiny. I doubt very seriously that even the most advanced animal ever contemplates these questions. How do they explain consciousness, and I think that if you will Google Lee's consciousness and origin. You'll be amazed at the lame answers that they give the third question that we would ask is how do they explain mankind's cognitive superiority that enables us to reason, to analyze, predict, the plan to philosophize to imagine to manipulate to debate to compromise to invest the unknown. These are just a few of the ways that we have a superior ability to think.

It's not just see and kill or see Enron we are complex because we are made in the image of God. 1/4 question that we would ask how do they explain human communities or unified bodies of individuals based upon common interests history and beliefs that go far beyond any animals herd instinct for survival. There's a lot more that keeps us together in community than merely survival. Genesis 126 let us make man in our image, according to our likeness. The Trinity, the brotherhood of man. Acts 1720 6A. He has made of one blood or of one man all nations of the earth. How do they explain human communities that are far, far above herd instinct for survival. 1/5 question, we would pose.

How do they explain the communication system like human language that is spoken written and symbolized. There are 7117 languages 23 account for more than half the world's population couple of illustrations Genesis 13 then God said, verse five God called Genesis 219. Whatever Adam called each living creature that was its name. I would suggest that you look up origin in line because the answers that they give are nothing short of bizarre.

They cannot give an answer why human being have language that is complex spoken written even symbolized a six question that we would ask out of the explain conscience and a sense of right and wrong based upon the standards of particular communities and again from jungles to cities, you see some code of ethics and, as I put on the slide.

Often, those things are in a state of fluctuation, as we'll see later.

One example of that is just family values. Another example of that is abortion when you think of when abortions first started out, we were aghast and now they're even considering post birth abortion if the baby isn't exactly how the parents wanted. We've come a long way when it comes to our conscience.

It seared till the killing of the unborn are paper had an article in it that was talking about human deaths and I believe it just referenced over the last year and they gave illustration after illustration category after category. I believe I mentioned to my wife. One category that was left out three guesses abortion conscience has been hard in many societies, we would ask 1/7 question get ahead of myself with 1/7 question what animal boasts the level of creativity found in art and music and literature in medicine and technology in organized sports blood of these things that I mentioned not just God-given instincts likes birds nest or beehives.

Those are fantastic things that God is imprinted upon animals to be able to do. I have mentioned this in previous messages, but on my way home from Montana probably two years ago. Now I have the set by biologist and I am not an expert on SOI I was not interested ending in a debate. I try to be very cordial and nonthreatening. If I can put it that way and I asked the guy said can you answer this question for me. I teach a Bible class and in the Christian school and I I teach a youth group and I would love.

I tried to find an answer to this. How do you explain instinct. How do you explain the accidental formation of instant by genetic mutation and this guy who had an advanced degree in biology said I can't explain it but I know it's the answer. No kidding.

And I didn't respond any more than just sitting there amazed he could not give an answer for that. In anyone listening to this message tonight if you can give me one that would be great. We do much more than just react instinctively we are created creative because were created in the image of God and then lastly what animal comes close to having complex emotions. Emotions like joy, trust, fear, sadness discussed anger and date bitterness and more.

When you take these eight questions that we would ask these questions that seem to clearly show that man is much more than just an animal you come to one pollution mankind is not simply a form of advanced animal and God declares in first Corinthians 1539 all flesh is not the same flash, but there's one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals. Another efficient, another of birds.

We are uniquely created in the image of God.

We have looked at two things tonight. So far the attack on creation is recorded in Genesis 1 and I think that you would agree with me this new attack is bazaar. It is blatant and I think that it is blasphemous. This new theory on how my mankind evolved and then we look at the attack on the uniqueness of mankind as created in the image of God. Thirdly, we want to look at the attack on gender in the biblical definition of marriage. This is a more recent battlefront but is one that is out there you all would agree with me. They deny God's creation of two genders, male and female is recorded in Genesis chapter 1. The second part of verse 27. It simply says male and female he created them from health line.

This is a secular website on the Internet.

64 terms that describe gender identity and expression. Now folks grab this. That site said that those 64 terms, a person could be all of them. None of them are a mixture of think about what that is signed, you could be all of the above genders. You could be. None of them could be a mixture then this headline from scientific American sex redefine the idea of two sexes is overly simplistic. What do they mean by that. The idea of two sexes is overly simplistic. How many do you want, you know, and what would be the purpose for over two sexes. The attack on general and the biblical definition. They deny God's definition of marriage as a lifelong monogamous heterosexual relationship. We break those down first of all, lifelong. Matthew 19 426. Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees and the answer that of them. If you not read that he who made them at the beginning made them male and female and set for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined his wife and the two shall become one flesh so that they are no longer to but one flesh. Notice this. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate lifelong companionship.

Secondly, monogamous. Genesis 224 berated for you. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined his wife and they shall become one flesh. Why the emphasis because the singular. A man in the singular, his wife, becoming one flesh necessitates monogamy. One man and one woman. Not one man and many women. It is lifelong. It's monogamous, and finally as heterosexual Genesis 128 a and God bless them God said to them, be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it obviously reproduction requires males and females and they are turning God's idea is biblical definition of marriage on its head. There turning you on its head. The last thing that we would look at tonight. Finally, the fourth battle in these I'm basically just going to give you for headlines. It was hard for me to pick which for this year be free quite frank with you, the attack on the sacredness of life. These are just headline Planned Parenthood 354,871 abortions in the last year, 618 million in taxpayer funding. That's a headline second headline presidential memorandum to reverse restrictions on abortion access domestically and abroad.

Not only are we covering abortions in this country for helping people get abortions in other countries, and let me insert here folks, this country that we love United States of America deserves the condemnation of God Almighty. When you think of 354,871 abortions in one year. It's it's frightened the third headline Senate confirms pro-abortion Xavier Becerra as Biden's men's health.

She this guy was California's Atty. Gen. and he is on steroids when it comes to abortion, there's no telling where this battlefront is going to go with that guy in place and the sad part about it is that the Senate confirm that now I did in fact check to see what the vote was I'm sure it was relatively close because Republicans voting to down but the Senate confirm it. And then last which is frightening US houseboats to enshrine abortion in Constitution by reviving the equal rights amendment enshrine it as a constitutional right, and they have voted to do that just for headlines out of dozens that I could have chosen for us to look at. I'm reminded of what Paul said to second Timothy in second Timothy 31 but notice that in the last days perilous times will come and we just looked at briefly, folks for battlefront's the attack on creation, especially of mankind.

The attack on the uniqueness of mankind was made in the image of God to say differently is blasphemous. The attack on gender gender in the biblical definition of marriage and the attack on the sacredness of life.

Our first priority is prayer and being in the word of God, praying that God will give us wisdom, conviction and courage to do what what is right and being in the word of God so that we know how to give an answer to every man of the hope that lies within us. Why do we believe what we believe about creation.

Why do we believe that we are made in the image of God and that explains where we are so different than animal.

Why do we believe that God created two genders. Why do you believe we believe that life is sacred, I alluded to this earlier literature's book, we will not be silenced.

I've not started reading it yet because I've been waiting through and when I say waiting. This is not a hard book to read is called a student's guide to culture and the reason I'm waiting to it is I'm doing lesson plans.

Out of this book not only for my youth group, but also for the Bible class that I teach at Alamance Christian school and parents. I would suggest that you get this book for your team, but I would also suggest you contemplate getting this book for yourself so that you know how to give your kids a biblical answer for these areas.

Part three. Our guide to culture covers these topics pornography the hookup culture. What is that how to get married see if you're compatible with the hookup culture, sexual orientation and gender identity, affluence and consumerism. Addiction entertainment racial tension those topics he covers part one why should you care about culture, part two the dangerous undercurrents of our culture. The information age, our kids, all they gotta do.

If you look around you going to see him on the phone. New information sometimes awful information is just one click away one voice message into that phone and it'll come up dangerous undercurrents of our culture and I would throughout another dangerous undercurrents of our culture and I will use a quote that is not unique to Maine. You'll recognize it right off. And that is the information of fake news.

We do not know who to believe anymore.

And that's a frightening thing.

A final encouragement from Charles Spurgeon. If all earthly things fail in the very state falls to pieces. What can we do.

He says we can suffer joyfully, hope cheerfully, wait patiently, pray earnestly believe confidently and try them.

Finally, in folks we know what the last chapter is and we know who wrote it and we know who will bring it to pass in his time, let me let me challenge in this area.

I had to give a lot of thought to a lot of different areas.

When I got ordained in one of the ones that came the closest to making me sick on my stomach over nervousness was eschatology and I don't want to get into the nitty-gritty of the bed.

Let me tell you what I personally included. Now your ears are up because there are good godly men on multiple sides of this issue and I read through them and I read it over and I said that sounds right and that sounds right and that sounds right. I came to one conclusion, and as I explained someone recently. If this is a copout. I'm comfortable. I believe that Jesus is coming back when the father sends him for his bride.

I pray that is before tribulation gets worse, because if you do not think that the church is being assaulted today.

You are not reading the news, you're not going to see a lot of it in the regular no doubt about it. Jay Sekulow low on some of these conservative groups.

I get bulletins all the time. There's genocide going on in Africa in many countries, crucifixion rate beheading best tribulation, and this because of their faith. So what am I sign.

I pray that the Lord will return and along with that prayer. I pray that in his grace and mercy.

He will save those for whom I I care I will witness is much as I can to my loved ones to my students, challenging them of their need and God's provision in Christ. I will pray that Christ returns before tribulation gets worse.

But I will prepare in case it doesn't God give me conviction that I'm willing to die for.

Give me courage to stand fast. I close the message tonight with one verse of the song taken from Psalm 27 says this God is my strong salvation.

What foe have I to fear in peril and temptation. My light my help is cohosting camp around firm to the fight. I stand what terror can confound me with God at my right hand I want to close with four lessons that I hope we will remember from tonight. First, Satan's attack on the foundational principles of Genesis, the book of Genesis are deceptive attempts to get younger patients to compromise and undermine the Bible and these attacks are both bizarre in their blasphemy and I would say that they are blatant, we need to be aware of that.

That is what is happening. Secondly, mankind has been blessed to be the capstone of God's creation and to be uniquely made in his image as image bearers to entertain the thought that were merely a higher form of animal is blasphemy and we can make certain that we draw the line in the sand on that third out of four.

God makes it clear that his design for marriage and the family involves a lifelong monogamous heterosexual covenant of companionship, we must lovingly reject any alternative, and we must model is designed, we must lovingly reject any alternative, and we must model is designed, I will have the privilege of doing one of our grandsons wedding in May and I think in that service. I counted up or I mentioned the word covenant 12 to 13 times. I want them to get that a covenant is a serious promise to God that regardless of what your spouse does. You will stay true to your veil, regardless you will stay true to your veil. The last lesson that I trust will remember God's command to multiply and fill the earth is being countered by the evil of taking life to the scourge of abortion. We must do what we can to encourage alternatives like adoption. If you would please bow as we close in prayer. Father I pray that you use what I've shared tonight in a way that would remind us fresh and anew of things that we have been known have known about that. There's an assault on creation. There's an assault on man is unique. There's an assault on the family. There's an assault on life itself. And Lord, we need to make certain that we formulate convictions and that we can articulate them what we believe and why we believe it. Give us courage to stand firm in those convictions in a way that would honor and glorify you in a way that would be a testimony of those about us.

The Lord make it increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men. Even as we do toward you to the end, he may establish your hearts unblamable and holiness before God. Even our father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his same

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