Defending our Faith
Lecture by Rev. James H. Nixon
Today in the United States we as Christians are feeling a push, a push to move our worship into churches and our own homes. People are even suing for outer practices of faith these days, that are protected under the Constitution of our Nation. We also have to hear a lot of lies and made up facts about Christianity that is wrong. So we need to know how to defend our faith in a manner the is reflective of God and factual. Media outlets and politicians do enough fear mongering so we as Christians should focus on the facts of what we have done to better society.
Patrick Henry Ratifier of the U.S. Constitution
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.” –The Trumpet Voice of Freedom: Patrick Henry of Virginia, p. iii.
First let us focus on a major lie from secular groups, and that is that Christians dislike science. When we take a look at the facts one has to recognize the contribution that the early church gave to science. The Bible stated that the earth was a spherical form (Isaiah 40:22), orbited the sun (Job 9:7) long before secular science did. The early church as well supported Astronomy developing the calendars that we use today based on the motion of the sun. In fact, science has been friends with Christianity until recently as in the last twenty or so years. Science in fact can prove there is a God, yet the stubbornness of man and the arrogance will not allow many to admit that. They would rather contradict scientific laws like the Laws of Thermodynamics than admit a higher power could be at work.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was waste and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3 ASV)
Now let us move onto another hot topic of discussion and that is that of public worship and prayer in schools. Yes, the founding fathers wanted “Separation of Church and State” as to keep the government from controlling the church like the Church of England. The King or as of now the Queen is over the Church of England and the founding fathers did not want that. Also they felt that bringing God down to the petty level of man was wrong, all of them studied the Bible and used scripture to decide to keep them apart. The agreement was reached to not favor one Religion over another due to the reason the original settlers came over from England. The United States were determined to make itself a unique nation at that time and doing so decided to keep Government and Religion as two separate yet equal institutions.
The Churches stated to create schools and school systems, which became our modern day public schools. Yes, that is correct, the same schools that secular groups are suing for prayer and so forth would not be around if it was not for Christian Churches. The local Government started to take them over when funding dwindled due to bank crashes yet the Christian groups fought hard to get funding for schools and they did just that. We even have to look at Universities those of most prestige all have Christian roots and most still offer Seminary and Theological degrees. To those that say Christians are not to have knowledge, I hate to say it but our faith and the Bible alone is based on knowledge. We must have the Knowledge of Christ and in accordance with the Bible all knowledge comes from God.
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. (Proverbs 15:14 KJV)
When it comes to public worship we as Christians have be mindful of a few things. Jesus was not confined to a building, so neither shall we. Never allow yourselves to pushed into restrictions of worship. Just recently, September 26-28 2015, in my hometown of La Grange, Ga they held a town square Bible verse reading from three days, through the rain and storms. In the faith and name of God they spread is word as He had commanded. Public displays are good as long as you do not fall into the warning of Matthew 6:5. Jesus actually tells us to pray in private, and sets that example on many occasions, yet when it came to teaching and ministering to others it was in public sometimes to thousands. We still get this today with moments of Revival, yet a problem we see in our own Christian community is forced revival but that is a different subject all together.
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
(2 Timothy 2:3 KJV)
Another part of defending our faith is knowing when to stir the pot a little. Jesus did this in many ways, just his arrival at the Jordan the day he was baptized started a chain of events that would change the world forever. If you also remember he whipped some merchants inside the Temple and broke the laws that where established by Moses. Now Jesus redefined the commandments making some stricter and replacing others. What we need to do is spark fires back into the hearts and minds of our fellow Christians, Jesus said not all who seek me shall find me. Jesus says as well that many will grow cold and start following false doctrine, we are seeing that now, with all of the Television preachers out there talking about financial gains and so forth. God is not a genie and that is the way most Christians are treating God today, and in that way the world around Christianity is seeing it.
And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
(Revelation 18:23 KJV)
We as Christians need to start to understand what being lukewarm is and the dangers of being a lukewarm go with the flow “Christian.” We cannot live behind the line that we all fall short of the Glory of God, because if you accept God; then you should have no desire of the flesh. Your whole purpose in life at that point is to be the vessel of Jesus another member to his body as 1 Corinthians 12 talks about. See a lukewarm Christian will not be able to speak the life of God into another person because they themselves do not have the Holy Spirit in them giving them the words. The human mind can pick the wrong words at times, as any married couple can tell you. Yet with the Holy Spirit you lose control of the human aspect and the spiritual aspect takes complete control; and the right words come.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
(Revelation 3:16 KJV)
So what it comes down to is that we as Christians need to take the time and sit down; we need to read the Bible and practice hermeneutics and exegesis of the scripture. If we do not do those things we fail not just ourselves, we fail our Christian family; and most of all we fail our Father in Heaven. We are warned in the Bible not to add to God’s word or take away from the word, so practicing careful exegesis studies of the scripture using hermeneutic practices one can clearly understand the message that was left for us in the Bible. If you want to defend our faith effectively in our world of less and less faith; we must speak the truth with no chance of doubt left for those you are speaking with.