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March 12, 2020 6:20 pm
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This is true for a new generation radio and now the man who preached in 50 states and 50 days speaker, writer, and advocate for Christian apologetics Dr. Alex McFarlane I saw a website recently that has a search feature allowing here any two things that they could be a comparison of similar things like spaghetti versus lasagna Ford versus Chevy or dissimilar things like a sofa to orange juice or a Hershey bar to a washing machine is very interesting hi Alex McFarlane here TNG radio. But you know what the number one most searched comparison was was life versus death. Life generally positive death. Generally, negative is not something life is preferable to death even on this public website while walking to the program and it's it's great to have you listening up.
You know, as I record this show and certainly as the show airs throughout North America and online the whole world is just talking talking talking about the coronavirus coded 19 and it really has in the last two weeks just envelop the world. The economy is suffering the stock markets are crashing and as I've interviewed a number of experts this week, both cultural, medical and financial and in the weeks ahead were going to talk about our response to a chaotic world related to the election. I mean 3 to 7 months ago. Even CNN was predicting the Trump would win the 2020 election in a landslide. If the economy was strong and those that want the president reelected as I do. I hope Donald Trump gets reelected for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is his Supreme Court appointments and soon, certainly within the next in a 1 to 4 years, Ruth Bader Ginsburg will recuse herself from the court. Or, you know, for some reason need to be replaced or not. I pray for her and I hope God gives her good health. Years of life and a relationship with Jesus. But hey, if a Democrat were to win the presidency in 2020. I can promise you, Ruth Bader Ginsburg would step down from the court as she's only remained there now because I think she's probably trying to ride out the Trump presidency and outlast him. But if Donald Trump gets reelected.
He wants to put a an originalist and what that means is understanding the Constitution as originally written, and what I want to do on this program is talk about a contrast of not life versus death, not necessarily prosperity versus adversity, but lawfulness versus lawlessness because one of the things the president has done in appointing Gore Sachin Cavanaugh and literally dozens and dozens of lower court appointees.
He very wisely has appointed people that not only believe in the Constitution as originally written, but also believe in morals now Jefferson in the declaration use the term self evident truth. My next book that I been working on and it's going to come out pretty soon but my next book is on the topic of natural law. Now, when the founders wrote about quote the laws of nature and nature's God. What they were talking about war these undeniable objective moral truths the ethical and moral boundaries that define life and reality. Now, folks. One of the things if you take logic or much philosophy and if you take logic and philosophy from a teacher that believes in moral truth and what we call epistemic realism not hang with me here. Epistemology is from a Greek word history will PISTE a you this Julio is trust.
But it's also knowledge. It's how we know things and when the Bible talks about putting our faith in Jesus.
Our belief it it means trust, but it's trust based on knowledge what we know what we know that Jesus is the son of God, and he rose from the dead, and we accept that on faith, but we are justified in believing that because there's an empty tomb. There's the eyewitness testimony of the apostles, there's the change lives of millions of people. There is a even things like that the Jewish Christians in the first and second centuries worshiped on Sunday resurrection deck so there are compelling reasons to make the decision to trust Christ and yes, it is faith, but it's not a blind faith is faith based on knowledge and lest you think that that's some kind of a leap into the dark owner mind you will make faith decisions all the time. We even restaurants.
We don't interview all the cooks we don't look at all the expiration dates of the food in the kitchen. We just trust and we make a justified measure decision and that's faith. And if you've ever flown on an airplane.
You've really exercised faith word for faith based on knowledge is picked you up that we get word from that epistemology. Now your epistemology. If you live in the Western world as most of the student is a belief system call realism.
In other words, there is a real world and we can know things about it now, academics, and politics and culture. In recent decades has turned away from that to really subjectivism, meaning that we all make up reality for ourselves and that's just not rational. That's delusional state and because when TNG radio gets back were going to talk about lawfulness versus lawlessness want you to stay tuned to work playing sort of a deep foundation here but southern accents will connect the dots will talk about our response to a chaotic world when TNG radio gets back. Don't go away from.
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The portion of the war. Too often, we manage these disagreements by ignoring them, yet were called to engage the world for the sake of Christ. How can we be effective if we avoid society's most pressing questions 10 issues that divide Christians Alex McFarlane challenges us to drill down to the biblical core of 10 current issues such as social justice evil and suffering, photography, and environmentalism as he echoes the biblical invitation, this reason together only by engaging the Scriptures deeply thinking clearly and speaking truthfully can we, in God's family address our differences and discover the peace that comes with unity of purpose. 10 issues that divide Christians buying this book and many email@example.com timeless cruise in a soundbite culture for a new generation radio. Welcome back to truth for new generation Alex McFarlane tear were talking about lawfulness versus lawlessness and one of the reasons that it is so imperative that our culture rediscover a a moral conscience is because of this look your behavior emanates from your beliefs and if we don't believe that there are things true.
If we don't believe there is good to pursue an evil to avoid were just going to have a lot less culture and before the break, I was talking about epistemology, how we know what we know from the Greek word picked you up and in the epistemology of our world really for 2000 years has been what's called realism Re: AL ISM no belief in the real world is is very godly there. There is truth we can know things man is made in God's image man can think man can reason and man cannot only know truth about this world by God's grace we can know truth about eternity. We can actually know what God has revealed about himself and we can be prepared to meet God one day through a relationship with his son the Lord Jesus Christ. You've got to understand largely since the 60s in America and the West in academia.
There's been a radical turn against realism to what to relativism and subjectivism, not objectivity and realism, says that there is truth and I can discover it.
Subjectivity and relativism says that there is not truth. I determine my own reality. That's what we got people nowadays folks they may be a genetic female or genetic mail but they identify something else. Facebook may have and help us has something like 81 genders and the and oh boy, if you really want to create a firestorm. You just go to university campus and and declare that you believe in binary gender binary is to male and female, and my goodness, because people have abandoned belief in God abandoned belief in an objective truth, we are lost in the sea of relativism subjectivism/delusion and that I might believe that I could play NBA basketball. But yeah at at 56 years old 5 foot seven and probably 20 pounds overweight. I could believe that his heart is my little heart could muster, but I do not have a future in the NBA, because realism trumps emotions and feelings and misconceptions any day the week we can have tightly held misconceptions but realism plays the trump card know why my saying all this is because we must we must get back to a humble posture before God and truth in the real world. Maybe this coronavirus that is taking away image and money and rocking the world.
Maybe it is something God has allowed to bring us back into focus of reality. Now let me just say this in Deuteronomy chapter 11, the people of Israel are about to enter the promised land, and they gather unto mountainsides mount terrorism and mount people and the people along with the priests declare their allegiance to Jehovah God the one true God, and they promised to follow his laws not at at a time when most of the tribes.
The world were poly theistic.
In other words they believed in many gods. Israel was monotheistic and God's revealed laws were followed rather than man's subjective customs being followed. This is a very significant moment in Israel's history and so God has them gather on these two mountaintops and and Josh was instructed with very specific detail to build an altar which by the way, 1987. Excavations at the northern corner of Mount evil archaeologists found what is believed to be the author of Joshua.
Now in Deuteronomy, Moses had given very detailed instructions regarding the building of an altar was to be made of stones parched on the outside with lime and no iron tools were to be used in the building of this altar and the digging out of this area. In 1987 revealed the bones of many kosher animals presumably made his sacrifices amidst stone and ash, and that may have been the altar that was built there, but the way to remember this. These two mountainsides gear is him good evil E BAL evil because God says you know here now if you follow God and his decrees, you will be blessed shall have favor and if you abandon God and his decrees will have judgment so garrison when the promises of blessing evil were the warnings about judgment now in a similar way, the Declaration of Independence and America's founders pledging to build a nation on God's laws is is almost like Israel, Pres. Harry Truman, a 1948, said that America was based on quote the Decalogue.
He really said Exodus, Isaiah and Matthew formed the foundation for America's government. Now in Exodus. He was no doubt referred Exodus 21 to 17 the 10 Commandments. That's the Decalogue. Isaiah prophet, priest and king.
That's in our allusion to the three branches of government.
Harry Truman understood what very few understand today and then Matthew he was talking about the sermon on the Mount Matthew 527 so this was hugely the way that we were founded good civil government meshed with God's word.
This was hugely significant in the history of nations. Now Israel Whitten always follow God's ways and in their vacillation's are recorded in the Old Testament and America hasn't always honor the precepts of our Constitution is influential court decisions of the last 30 years document like Roe versus Wade. And in the Oberg cell decision in 2015 that invented not a natural right, not a constitutionally protected right, but a manufactured artificial right, the right to gay marriage. So America hasn't always followed our founding precepts either. But failures and foibles aside the foundational laws of God are there undergirding both biblical Israel and the USA. So when we come back were going to talk about truth, morals, objective reality rather than subjective opinion is him with a contrast lawfulness versus lawlessness in the future that we experience. We are in the process of choosing right now. May God help us to choose wisely. Alex's written many books to help you defend your faith. One of them answers questions from skeptics it's cleverly titled 10 answers for skeptics today. Skeptics are looking for authenticity, integrity, and straightforward truth and in the book Alex McFarland identifies the 10 most common types of skepticism that plagued doubters minds.
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I want to continue our discussion of lawlessness versus lawfulness that I do want to say a big thank you to people who came to our recent event at Ridgecrest. We were in western North Carolina where people come from across the nation. I'm deeply grateful for that and we talked about what truth for a new generation is doing in the way the events publishing and broadcast and out you were trying to evangelize the lost and equipped the saved and God has blessed us.I give God the glory through our various radio online are events. I'm on the road speaking continually.
I'm somewhere and then we have events and conferences. We organize and then we distribute over $70,000 worth of literature a year of the books the Lord has allowed me to write booklets and then we occasionally purchase some books by other great authors that we believe in people like Josh McDowell and Lee Strobel and some trusted authors we see about 2500 to 3000 people a year make a salvation decision for Christ and most of these are young adults, twentysomethings and younger teenagers and college students and that's that's our heartbeat.
I also was able to report to the people at the recent retreat about our equipping my myself and others going to churches and equipping the church to defend the faith and so we value your prayers.
My website is Alex McFarland.com Alex McFarland.com. Now let me talk about lawfulness versus lawlessness part of the reason that America has been the shining beacon to the world is because like Israel evolved.
We were based on God's laws. Now it's not just the fact that they are the laws of God. These are the moral truths written on the heart of all human beings all human beings have a moral conscience and so at any time you tug about moral boundaries.
Most people that really don't understand our Constitution, Bill of Rights that will, they will say separation of church and state of First Amendment Congress will make no law regarding the establishment of religion. But what we need to help people understand and I if I could I would put it on billboards across this nation.
Morality and religion are two different things.
The non-establishment clause of the First Amendment. This is Congress will make no law regarding the establishment of religion, even though clearly Christianity was the pervasive belief system of the founders and it really was for more than 200 years only up until the last really, 15, 20 years has Christianity begun to seriously erode in America due to the unrelenting militant secularism of public education and really the Democrat party and that the liberal judges that they've put in place but let me say this while Christianity was the default position of the founders and for our culture. For most of America's history. Listen carefully please in no way did the non-establishment of religion clause in the First Amendment mean that we should abandon morality the cultural cry that the government not show preference to Christianity has really migrated into a cultural assumption that we cannot recognize any moral boundaries, and that's why we really are on the cusp of lawlessness and let me say this. If the coronavirus doesn't really become contained in get rained in. You know, if we experience shortages and and look at the world's stability really could unravel. That's why Reagan called America the city on a hill and that's why it is in the best interest the three great Judeo-Christian superpowers. America, Britain and Israel, although thankfully there are some other nations that are becoming more and more Christian but that's why it really is in the best interest of people everywhere to care about the preservation of Christianity. Even if you're not a Christian you listing this program and you're a skeptic or an agnostic and I know that we have many listeners who are because I hear from you and I'm thankful to listen in a Christianity is like gravity you benefit from it.
Even if you don't know about it or or necessarily believe in it because Christianity is that stability that that glue that holds a culture stably together as my friend, the late great Chuck Colson would say, Christianity is the conscience of the culture and the coronavirus is an indicator of how quickly the world could digress into panic, hysteria and lawlessness.
When people become afraid when people don't know what the future holds. And there's unrest and an apprehension that motivates people to do just very irrational things. So let me say this, and were going to have to pick this up at a future date. In the early church, Tertullian, Tertullian was a Christian leader and he said this, that the skeptics would say of the church. My, how they love one another. He wrote a book called apology and it was a defense of the Christian religion, and so Tertullian would say that that the nonbelievers would say how they love each other now. May that be said of of the church today and let's in a world that teeters on the brink of lawlessness. Let's show them the rationality, the reasonableness of lawfulness because truths exist.
Truth can be known. Truth can and must shape our lives and truth is real truth is objective and truth is knowable because of the orderly revelatory God who created this universe and who put us in it. Friends, this is no time to be in a panic.
This is no time to be depressed or despondent. This is a time to be excited because we have great opportunity in a world unraveling. We can show the world the stability, the rocksolid security and yes the transcendent piece possible available to all through Jesus Christ from the streets of Beijing to Main Street USA.
Jesus offers himself to all people and you know what is toxic as the coronavirus might be what's even more destructive is sin, and through Jesus we have not only forgiveness of sin.
Peace in the midst of life's storms stand for truth Stanford lawfulness and let's hope the world understand how relevant this is to all people. TMG radio is made possible by the friends of Alex McFarland ministry, PO Box 10231 is Burrell, 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 or give email@example.com while you're there, listen the program archives.
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