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Right Division leads to right conclusions. The Rapture is for the church Body, the Revelation is for Israel

Dr. Mike Johnston

When the Bible is rightly divided, proper conclusions are reached. This is predicated on the fact that Israel and the church are not the same. In fact, they are as different as heaven and earth (Gen. 1:1), and mystery and prophecy; each with separate programs governing them (Rom. 16:25; Acts 3:21).

Israel is God’s elect earthly NATION (Deut. 7:6; Isa. 45:4). She exists from prophecy spoken in “time past” by the mouth of the prophets “since the world began” (Luke 1:70; Acts 3:21; see Matt. 25:34). Bear in mind, prophecy enhances or explains events surrounding earth, and Israel’s divine appointment to earth’s destiny, featuring the King and His Kingdom. It is Israel to whom God’s prophets presented five covenants guiding and guaranteeing her future on earth, including a lineage, land, laws, and a Lord – King – that began with Abraham and will continue through the Millennium. It is for Israel that the earthly kingdom was “prepared from the foundation of the world” (Matt. 25:34) and through whom the Messiah was born and to whom He was presented, rejected, and yet one day will return to fulfill the Lord’s prophetic prayer, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, in earth…” (Matt. 6:10). It is to Israel the Lord Jesus explained this Davidic Covenant Kingdom will be inaugurated following His visible Revelation in Jerusalem (Matt. 24; see Zech. 14; Rev. 1:7; 19:11-21) “immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:21, 29).

The church, on the other hand, is a heavenly BODY (Eph. 1:3; 2:6) with an inheritance in heaven. We therefore have no sustaining purpose on earth (study Eph. 1-3; Col. 3:1-6). We exist as a mystery “kept secret since the world began” (Rom. 16:25), given to Paul alone by our heavenly risen Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:20) in a personal post ascension revelation (Rom. 16:25; Gal. 1:12; Eph. 3:1-9). Currently the church occupies a temporary position on earth during Israel’s hiatus between Daniel’s 69th and 70th week (Dan. 9:24-27) to provoke her to jealousy (Rom. 11:11), “until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in” (Rom. 11:25). The heavenly Body of Christ was unknown to any of the prophets (Rom. 16:25; Col. 1:26) and therefore was never included in their earth-centered prophecies featuring Israel’s Davidic Kingdom, and tribulation (“Jacob’s trouble” – Jer. 30:7) preceding it. Here’s what this means:

While we can easily find Israel and the anti-Semitic Gentile nations on earth during the tribulation – aka “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1), the heavenly Body of Christ – which has been promised deliverance from this divine punishment (1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9; 2 Thess. 2:5-7; Rev. 3:10; see also Rev. 4:1) – is conspicuously absent (Rev. 6-19). In fact, if the Body of Christ (church) is present on earth during Israel’s seven-year tribulation (Deut. 4:30; Isa. 24; Jer. 30-31; Joel; Zephaniah; Matt. 24; Rev. 6-19), the Holy Spirit went to great lengths to keep us from knowing it. To wit, there isn’t a verse anywhere in the Bible unequivocally placing the Body of Christ on earth for a single moment of Israel’s trouble without redefining the words “saints” and “elect” and “disciple(s)” which in Daniel, the Olivet Discourse and Revelation specifically refer to Israel.

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Grievous Wolves

December 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Acts 20:28-29 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

A hungry wolf spotted a lamb drinking from a stream, and decided to make a meal of it. First though, he thought he should have a reason for devouring it. “Little lamb, why are you muddying the water I’m drinking?”

The lamb replied, “Oh no, sir, that can’t be. I am downstream from where you are drinking.”

Undeterred, the wolf snarled, “Well, then why did you call me bad names this time last year?”

To which the lamb replied, “That can’t be; I am only six months old.”

Angrily, the wolf said, “Well if it wasn’t you, it was your father,” and fell upon the lamb.

With his last breath the lamb bleated out, “Any excuse will suit a tyrant.”

The New Testament refers to people who attempt to infiltrate and pick off members of the Body of Christ as “grievous wolves.” The Apostle Paul warned the church that wolves would come in and would not spare the flock. Any excuse would suit them.

Those who wander away from the Good Shepherd, those who are out on the fringes – they are the ones who will be easy for the wolves to pick off.

Christian, where are you? Are you wandering out on the edges, flirting with the world? Does the grass seem greener in other pastures? Beware, for the wolves are lurking. You would do well to stay close to the protection of the Good Shepherd.

Shared from Dr. Jim Scudder Jr.’s Devotionals

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LATTER DAYS: Persia Prophecy Preparation

November 27, 2017 Leave a comment

My good friend, Bill Salus, published a book a few years back that continues to hold my fascination. The title is NUCLEAR SHOWDOWN IN IRAN: The Ancient Prophecy of Elam. He presented a thorough treatment of a topic few, if any, writers about Bible prophecy have, to my knowledge, explored in recent times. Today’s news headlines are […]

via Persia Prophecy Preparation? — Terry James Prophecy Line

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Difficult Passages…Matthew Chapter 7

October 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Dr. Ted Horton

There are several passages in Scripture that have proven to be difficult for people over the years.  Some of these passages are often pulled out of context or simply misinterpreted and used to promote false doctrine.  One such example that I have seen come up several times in the last couple of weeks is Matthew chapter 7, verses 21-23.  The verses in question read as follows, Matthew 7:21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

I will give you a couple examples of how I have seen this brief portion of Scripture mishandled in the last several weeks.  The first was in a meme that shared only verse 23 and stated, “Jesus didn’t tell them to depart from Him because they kept the law, but because they were law breakers.”  Also, there was a young lady arguing that salvation could be lost.  This was one of the places that she went to.  She believed the text showed that the people were Christian because of their good works, yet Christ was rejecting them; hence, they had lost their eternal salvation.

Let’s take a look at what is going on in this story and what is really being said.

Matthew 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Here Jesus makes the profound statement that not everyone who calls Him Lord will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.  That word Lord is the Greek kurios, and means:  supreme in authority; controller; by implication Mr. (as a respectful title): – God, Lord, master, Sir.  Jesus says that it is not enough to simply recognize His Lordship, as many teach today.  There are well known preachers and televangelists who teach that to be saved you must make Jesus the Lord and Master of your life; this simply is not true and is illustrated here by Jesus’ own words.  You can be saved and make Him your Lord and Master, but simply making Him Lord and Master is not what saves as evidenced by His words that “not everyone” who calls Him Lord will be saved.  At the end of that statement we find the word “but.”  But is a great word.  It is a coordinating conjunction that shows contrast.  When we see or hear the word but, we know that what is coming next is about to be totally different from what we just heard.  Jesus told us that not everyone who acknowledges His Lordship will be saved, but. . .  Now He is about to tell us who will be saved.  He says, “but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”  Okay.  Great.  To go to Heaven we simply have to do the will of God the Father.  So just what is that?  We have to look no further than the Gospel of John to find that answer.  In John 6:40 we read, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”  Matthew 7:21; John 6:40 and the rest of the Bible teach to be saved that we must believe on Christ.   Acts 16:30-31, “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  31  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

Matthew 7:22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  Jesus is foretelling that there will be many who stand before Him in judgment that are surprised to find that they will not be entering Heaven.  They try to justify their worthiness of Heaven by the good works that they performed in life.  Look at this impressive list.  1.)  Prophesied (or preached) in Jesus’ name.  2.)  Cast out devils in Jesus’ name.  3.)  Performed many wonderful works in Jesus’ name.  I find it interesting that in this impressive list of accomplishments that not one of them says, “Lord, I believed (trusted) on you as my only hope of Heaven,” or, “Jesus, I put my faith in you as my Saviour to get me into Heaven.”  It’s also interesting to note that Jesus doesn’t disagree with anything that they claimed.  However, everything that they listed as a reason to be saved was something that they had done.  What does God think of our works, no matter how good they may be?  Isaiah 64:6 says, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.”  No matter how hard we may try, we simply cannot atone for our sins.  Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.”  We have no part in our salvation; all that we can do is place our faith in Jesus and His finished work on the cross.  Romans 4:4-5, “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.  5  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

Matthew 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  Jesus doesn’t dispute or deny the boasts made by these men.  In fact, today we see many professing Christians who are claiming Jesus as Lord, and are in fact, doing many great works in His name.  But no amount of good work, in Jesus’ name or otherwise, will merit your entrance into Heaven.  Jesus didn’t say that they hadn’t done all of the many wonderful works that they claimed, but He did say to them, “I never knew you.”  It’s important to note that He says He never knew them.  He didn’t say He used to know them and now He doesn’t or that He forgot about them; He says He never knew them.  This is important because it proves that these weren’t people who were saved and then lost their salvation.  These were people who were never saved and tried to get into Heaven by working their way in.  Jesus called those people who had done these many wonderful works, “ye that work iniquity.”  Their great works were worth as much as lawless works of iniquity.

Matthew 7:21-23 is not a story about people who were saved and lost their salvation, not is it a story about people who were cast into hell because they didn’t keep the law.  This is a story about people trusting in their good works to save them.  Good works will never save you and they will not keep you saved.   Philippians 3:9 says, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.”  When you trust Christ as Saviour, His payment is put to your account and you are given His righteousness; you go to Heaven on what He did.  Trust Him alone as your only hope of Heaven today.

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INFO ON ISMS

 

Dr. Mike Johnston and Dr. Ted Horton, Editors

ADVENTISM- cult teachings of Ellen G. White aka Seventh Day Adventism [1]
AGNOSTICISM- comes from the Latin word ignoramus, meaning “one who is ignorant.” Agnostics deny adequate evidence either proving or disproving the existence of God (Psalm 19:1; Rom. 1:20).
ASCETICISM- denial of pleasure in an attempt to please or pacify God (Matt. 23:4; Col. 2:20-22).
ATHEISM- a denial that there is a God, and a refusal to entertain any proof otherwise; fools (Psalm 14:1).
BRANHAMISM- belief system held by William Branham,  an anti-Semitic mid-20th century anti-Trinitarian Charismatic clairvoyant  who held city-wide “healing” revivals featuring occult practices (divination; kundalini).
NOTE: Charismatics often hail him as a church father.
BUDDHISM- an offshoot of Hinduism that began with the Buddha (enlightened one) around the 5th century BC in India.  Buddhism contains influences from Brahmanism, gods, and goddesses.  This -ism teaches a universal cosmic consciousness that is nonpersonal.  Man creates his own suffering in this life and his fate is determined by Karma and carried out by reincarnation.  Salvation occurs by the works of following Buddha’s teachings, ultimately entering Nirvana, or the place where the self is extinguished in the Void of the cosmic consciousness.
CATHOLICISM- cult Romanist Church including popery, blasphemy, and idolatry (Matt. 23:4-12).[2]
COMMUNISM- atheist totalitarian form of government whereby money and possessions are forcibly gathered and distributed by a government perceived to be the final sovereign authority over mankind.
CREATIONISM- belief system based upon Gen. 1:1: in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
DEISM- originated in England in the early 17th century as a rejection of orthodox Christianity. Deists asserted that reason could find evidence of God in nature and that God had created the world and then left it to operate under the natural laws he had devised (Psalm 14:1; Rom. 1:20).
EPICURIANISM- is a system of hedonist philosophy based upon the teachings of Epicurus (c340-c270 BC), who taught that pleasure is the highest good and ideal in life (Ecc. 2:1-10; Acts 17:8; Rom. 1:18-32).
EXISTENTIALISM- a 19th century philosophy that elevates subjective human experience (emotions, beliefs, etc) above objective (matter, creation, Scripture) for living in and dealing with a hostile and highly indifferent universe.
FASCISM- founded by Italian nationalists during WWI as socioeconomic suppression of any opposition through controlled terror, censorship, racism, and a aggregate policy of belligerence and dictatorial nationalism.
FATALISM- a belief that events are pre-fixed rendering human powerless to change them.
FUNDAMENTALISM (Christian)- strict adherence to specific Christian doctrines typically in opposition to the encroaching theology of Modernism. The term “fundamentalism” was originally coined in the 20th century to describe a specific body of doctrine that ultimately developed into a movement within the US Christian community.
HEDONISM- pleasure is happiness and thus becomes man’s ultimate goal (Rom. 1:18-32).
HUMANISM- an atheistic system whereby man is worshiped as the central focus of the universe and thus becomes the subject of all human enterprise.
JUDAISM- monotheistic religion of the Jews, tracing its origins to Abraham and having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Talmud- all foundational to New Testament Christianity. Today Jews making aliyah to Israel await the rebuilding of the Temple and the coming of the Messiah to establish His promised 1000 year earthly reign in Jerusalem.
LEGALISM-
LIBERALISM- a paradoxical philosophy claiming tolerance to anything except Christianity. Sadducees were liberals (Matt. 16:6; 22:23; Acts 23:8).
MATERIALISM- acquiring things is the highest good for man; covetousness is idolatry (Col. 3:5; see also Mark 7:22; Rom. 1:29; Eph. 5:3).
MODERNISM- unholy penchant to modernize Christianity by removing and or replacing the ancient landmarks (Psalm 11:3; Prov. 22:28). Antithesis of FUNDAMENTALISM.
MONASTICISM- the works based religious practice of renouncing all worldly pursuits in order to fully devote one’s life to spiritual work.
MONOTHEISM- one who believes there is only one god [Christians, also Jews, Moslems, etc].
MYSTICISM- religious beliefs and practices that go beyond the liturgical and devotional forms of worship of mainstream faith, often by seeking out inner or esoteric meanings of conventional religious doctrine, and by engaging in spiritual practices such as breathing practices, prayer, contemplation and meditation, along with chanting and other activities designed to heighten spiritual awareness. Many facets of mysticism are now endorsed and practiced by Latter Rain leaders and member from the Charismatic movement.
OCCULTISM- Many facets of occulticism are now endorsed and practiced by Latter Rain leaders and Charismatic movement (ie, divination via words of knowledge, tongues, interpretation of tongues; necromancy; levitation; astral projection; bi-locations; slain in the spirit-kundalini; shamanism, and more).
PANTHEISM- god is intrinsically indentified with plants and animals, god is all and all is god (Deut 6:4; 1 John 5:7).
PENTECOSTALISM (includes Charismatics and the Latter Rain Movement)- denomination teaching extra-biblical messages through tongues, dreams, and visions, that places a heavy emphasis on miraculous healings and special “word of knowledge” messages and fosters a prosperity gospel.  The Pentecostal movement ignores biblical instruction and ordains women pastors and preachers, while teaching a works based salvation and denying the eternal security of the believer.
PLATONISM- the true world is actually the invisible world consisting of ideas and thoughts.
PLURALISM- religio-political system seeking the amalgamation of all diverse groups regardless of their belief or lifestyle.
POLYTHEISM- one who believes in many gods which are omnipotent and omniscient.
RELATIVISM- it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you believe something and you feel its right for you, although it may not be right for someone else it is for you.
ROMANISM- see Catholicism
RUSSELLISM- blasphemous cult teachings of Charles Taze Russell aka as Jehovah’s Witnesses. [3]
SCIENTISM- the belief that science has the answers for our philosophical needs or  social problems.
SECULARISM- the view that religious considerations should be excluded from civil affairs or public education.
SOCIALISM- A system in which the means of producing and distributing goods are owned collectively under the auspices of the government. Forms the base for dictatorial control in Marxist-Leninist theory.
SPIRITICISM- belief in the existence of spirits – non-physical beings that live in the invisible or spirit world – and the ability of communication between these spirits and living people through mediumship. Many facets of spiriticism are now endorsed and practiced by Latter Rain leaders and member from the Charismatic movement.
STOISM- reason is the highest good, people are unaffected by pleasure and pain.
THEISM- is the belief there is a god a creator, both beyond and within the world who can intervene supernaturally. a creator and sustainer who sovereignly controls the world, that all things find their meaning and substance in this being.
[1] For more information, write for our tract: The Damnable Heresies of the Seventh Day Adventists
[2] For more information, write for our tract: Romanism Heresies
[3] For more information, write for our tract: The Damnable Heresies of the Jehovah’s Witnesses

 

 

 

[1] For more information, write for our tract: The Damnable Heresies of the Seventh Day Adventists

[2] For more information, write for our tract: Romanism Heresies

[3] For more information, write for our tract: The Damnable Heresies of the Jehovah’s Witnesses

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Is Salvation Really Free?

I saw a post on Facebook just the other night that read “Noah wasn’t saved by grace, he was saved because he obeyed.”  The author of that statement went on to say that we must trust Christ as Saviour AND work to say saved.  He then went on to dust off the old familiar chestnut, “faith without works is dead.”  Well, is salvation by faith or is it by works?  Is it by a combination of the two?  Just what is really meant by the oft repeated, yet seldom understood, “faith without works is dead?”  We will try to gain some insight into these questions below.

First, let’s look at the statement, “Noah wasn’t saved by grace, he was saved because he obeyed.”  What type of salvation are we talking about specifically?  Genesis 6:8 reads, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”  So scripturally speaking, this post has already found contradiction.  If the writer was referring to soul salvation, he was most definitely wrong.  God only saves sinners on the basis of grace.  Regardless of dispensation, salvation is by grace through faith.  If, and this is a big if, because most posters of this meme use it to support a works based salvation, he was referring to temporal salvation, then he could be correct.  Had Noah disobeyed God and not built an ark, he would have been washed away in the flood; hence, he would not have been saved (physically).  Often times in the life of a Christian when we do not obey God we are not saved from the consequences of the sinful choices that we make.  This does not mean that we are not saved (soul-salvation, saved from hell, etc.).  Saved and salvation can refer to a physical or temporal salvation, and it can also refer to the standing of our eternal soul when we trust Christ as Saviour.  We must look for context.  The people of Nineveh who believed Jonah’s message were saved eternally and by the king’s decree the entire city repented, and changed their wicked ways and were saved physically (Jonah 3:10  And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.).

The next question to answer is the charge that we are saved by grace and works, or by grace and then we work to stay saved. Romans 11:6 says, “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”  This means that it is one or the other; grace and works are mutually exclusive.  An old friend of mine used to say this verse is akin to saying that if it is nighttime outside your window, then it can’t also be daytime outside your window.  If you are saved by grace then you CANNOT be saved by works, works cannot play any part in the salvation.  The inverse is true also:  if you are saved by works then grace cannot play any part in the salvation.  So, since Scripture plainly says that it has to be one or the other, which is it?  Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”  There will not be one person in Heaven who deserves to be there, or who will be able to say that they helped God out in any way, shape, or form in their getting to Heaven.  Someone out there, right now, is saying, “Ooh, ooh, but what about Ephesians 2:10?  What about that?  It says you have to do good works.  What about that?”  Let’s take a look at what it says.  Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:8-10 is a progression.  Verses 8 and 9 deal with us getting saved and then verse 10 is after we are saved.  Notice this is talking about Christians as Paul says we and includes himself in the group.  Christians are God’s workmanship and are made to do good works.

Finally, we will look at the statement, “faith without works is dead.”  James 2:17 reads, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”  James 2:14 says, “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?”  We have to ask the question, “save him from what?”  If a person has faith in Christ as Saviour, can that faith save him from going to hell, then the answer is yes.  If a person has no good works and is trusting in his faith alone to earn him rewards in Heaven, will his faith save him from chastisement, then the answer is no.  Remember, James was written to believers.  The context of James shows us that he is speaking of believers at the Judgment Seat of Christ.  Notice James 2:12, “So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.”  This could only be referring to the judgment of believers at the Judgment Seat of Christ.  In James 2:14 we find no believer will be saved (exempted) from the believer’s judgment of works.  No works will bring about no reward (profit).  James speaks of justification by works before men.  Paul speaks of justification by faith before God.  Dr. C. I. Scofield makes the following observation in the Scofield Bible:   “These are two aspects of one truth. Paul speaks of that which justifies man before God, namely: faith alone, wholly apart from works; James of the proof before men, that he who professes to have justifying faith really has it. Paul speaks of what God sees — faith; James of what men see — works, as the visible evidence of faith. Paul draws his illustration from (Gen_15:6) James from (Gen_22:1-19). James’ key phrase is “ye see” (Jam_2:24) for men cannot see faith except as manifested through works.”  James himself teaches salvation by faith when he says in chapter 2 and verse 23 “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.”  James goes on to teach that years later he demonstrated that faith by obeying God in offering up Isaac.

Jesus finished the work of salvation on the cross.  We can be saved only by trusting His finished work.  Why not trust Christ as your only hope of Heaven?  Then, once that is settled, choose to serve Him and receive blessings, rewards, treasures in Heaven, profit for eternity.

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Accreditation: A Skeptic’s Favorite Attack On Christian College Grads

Posted: June 11, 2017 in Accreditation, IFB
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Dr. James A., PhD.

I am a graduate of Calvary Christian College & Seminary (“CCCS”), a school started by Jack Van Impe and Michael Johnston (and also the alma mater of Dr. Kent Hovind). I have an EARNED PhD, preceded by a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in theology. I also have an earned degree from law school which help start my career as a paralegal and professional investigator.  I have been an avid reader all of my life so much of what I have learned I would have learned in spite of my education in Bible college. Unfortunately, in a day where sophistry is more important than common sense, you almost have to have some kind of degree for people to take you seriously about anything. The same books you use as a college textbook are often available at a local library.

However, CCCS is not an “accredited” Christian college, and this seems to be a “problem” for many of whom I debate. “Problem” I say, because a school being either Christian or unaccredited is used by my skeptic foes as an ad hominem means to discredit my arguments. The tactic of attacking a person’s arguments based on their education goes all the way back to Jesus’ day when the enemies of Christ attempted to discredit His teaching because He didn’t graduate from a prestigious state-owned college (John 7:15). The same crowd also used this argument to discredit Christ’s disciples. (Acts 4:13). In fact, I have heard more objections to my PhD by atheists, skeptics, agnostics and liberals than objections to my actual arguments on any given topic. Ironically, most of the objectors are anonymous who themselves have no formal education. Moreover, if only the ‘educated’ can properly understand the content of a specialty, then nobody else would be able to comprehend someone like Dawkins unless they have an equal education, which begs the question as to why any atheist would attempt to use his arguments against a theist/creationist given that he must admit to his own lack of academic bereftment.

The objection always boils down to whether or not a person received their degree from an “accredited” school, or that my education is not valid because it was derived from a Christian college. Not only is this NOT a valid objection, it commits the genetic fallacy (attempting to discredit an argument solely on the grounds its source). If my degree was NOT valid, what would that have to do with the truth value of arguing that, for example, whatever begins to exist has a cause? Furthermore, the argument works both ways. The atheists I debate with engage in a special pleading fallacy by ignoring this fact. For example. The modern-day atheist champion, Richard Dawkins, does not have a degree in biology, yet his followers accept his views as a biologist as irrefutable proof that evolution is true. If atheists were consistent, they would admit that Dawkins’ opinions on biology as expert testimony would commit the fallacy of argumentum ad vericundiam (improper authority). Moreover, Dawkins also does not have a degree that majors in philosophy, and therefore would not be qualified to give an expert opinion as to why an evolutionary scientist should be honest about their findings-a philosophical matter, not a scientific one. (For more on demonstrating that evolution is far more a priori philosophical nonsense than it is science, see Phillip Johnson’s, Reason In the Balance)

Accreditation is only a recent development in our education system (1950s). Thus, if atheists were fair and consistent, they would ignore Marx, Nietzsche, Sartre, Hume, Russell, and a handful of other atheists, agnostics, and skeptics of whom all modern arguments for atheism have their nexus of whom never held “accredited” degrees. Furthermore, most of the colleges they graduated from were at the time Christian universities (Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Westminster, etc…). So if lack of accreditation and graduating from a Christian college discredits a person’s education, then all of atheism’s founding fathers should be discarded a priori before any debate relying on their premises can begin.

Accreditation is normally governed by statute. In other words, a board of people decide on what is appropriate to teach at a college, and how it should be taught, and the college receiving accreditation must comply with their regulations. Ironically, the atheist doesn’t seem to object at this point that the state dictating what any Christian college should teach in order to obtain accreditation would be a violation of the so-called ‘separation of church and state’ doctrine. The atheist is completely comfortable with maintaining this double standard, e.g., Christianity should not be supported or endorsed by government, but the government must put its stamp of approval on your Christian education or it’s not a valid degree. Of course, we know that the real motive behind the atheist arguments here is to actually get rid of theism altogether, so being exposed for a little hypocrisy is a small price to pay in achieving the greater good of the fight to completely privatize Christianity.

If accreditation was required to make all degrees valid, then no Christian university would be safe so long as the board responsible for issuing accreditation can be manipulated by personal bias against creationism, theology, Christian ethics, and the Bible. In fact, my position is that accreditation is a tool to do just that (after having read the Communist Manifesto, Humanist Manifesto, and Rules For Radicals): keep ‘religion’ out of the public school system, and indoctrinate our next generations with Marxism, marriage ‘equality’, moral relativism, and a disdain for the theistic foundations on which our country was built*. Today’s college students are often encouraged to engage in riots and protests, and even given college credit for it. They are offended by the slightest hint of disagreement that doesn’t kowtow with their violent relativism. One college professor was recently seen at a rally for President Trump hitting a Trump supporter over the head with a bike lock.

Sorry, but I’ll take my ‘non-accredited’ degree over the safety-pin standards of accredited colleges any day. Calvary Christian College & Seminary has a GRUELING work schedule. It is no diploma mill. You won’t pay for your course, and get a degree in the mail. YOU HAVE TO EARN IT. In fact, I did more writing and read more books to earn my degree at CCCS then I ever did in public school, or even law school (except for the case-law readings). A Christian college should not be subjected to state ‘accreditation’, and no Christian president of a Christian college should ever subject his college to one. It is an utterly silly argument to subject a person’s desire to be educated according to his/her beliefs to a system that dismisses those beliefs outright, and then attack that person’s arguments or opinions based on such faulty presuppositions about education.

 

For more on CCCS position on accreditation, see President Mike Johnston’s statement, here.

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