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Sunday
Jan192014

Bill Nye's False Assertion About The Impact of Creationism on Scientific Progress

Pastor Hammond

Bill Nye recently argued that because creationism "offers no ability to predict the outcome of any experiment..." people who hold to creationism "cannot build, invent, and innovate..." The same people, he argues, "would be out-competed by engineers, scientists, and investors in other parts of the world (who hold to evolution)."

Nye's statements are surprisingly illogical. The scientific method works fine for creationists and evolutionists alike! Creationists choose to interpret the appearance of the earth through the lens of Scripture. However, that decision in no way impedes creationists from either conducting basic science or from applying the resulting discoveries to the development of new technologies.

I personally know at least one Biblical creationist who works as a professional scientist. A friend also reminded me that the inventor of MRI technology, Ray Damadian, is a Bible-believing Christian who rejects evolution as unscientific.  And, last but not least, Sir Isaac Newton was a both a creationist and one of the greatest scientists of all time!

Friday
Jan172014

A Renewed Warning About Yoga

Pastor Hammond

As the pastor of Long Hill Baptist Church, I have repeatedly warned people about involvement in Yoga.  It is an extremely dangerous practice that is inextricably tied to Hinduism (and Buddhism). Sadly, I have personally watched a fellow believer progress from casual involvement in Yoga to very real involvement in false eastern religions. In 2011, sister Jackie Thorpe wrote an article for our ladies in which she noted that Yogi Masters such as Baba Prem claim that it is impossible to separate Yoga from Hindu philosophy. Baba correctly asserts that the roots to modern day yoga come from Vedic Yoga -- the same Vedic Yoga that is the authority of Hinduism.   Since we are called to be separate from false religions and false religious practices (2 Cor. 6:17), we must separate from the practice of yoga.   The article below is a new warning that was published today as part of Missionary David Cloud's "Friday Church New Notes."  Please read this short article.

SARAH PALIN AND YOGA (FROM Friday Church News Notes, January 17, 2014
www.wayoflife.org) - Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and a professing Christian, told the media in December that she is a longtime yoga enthusiast. Her regimen includes the “downward dog” and the “camel pose” (“Doing the Downward Grizzly,” Breitbart, Jan. 8, 2014). No doubt she sincerely believes she is doing no wrong, but this only goes to highlight the confusion of the times in which we live. Having studied yoga before I was saved (as a member of Paramahansa Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship Society) and having lived as a missionary in a Hindu country for 22 years, I can testify that it is impossible to disassociate yoga from Hinduism. The term “yoga” means union and refers to the union of man with the pantheistic god through meditation. It is designed to overcome bad karma and end the reincarnation life cycles so that “the self reenters its original state of purity and consciousness” (“Yoga,” Encyclopedia Britannica Online). “Once the aspirant has learned to control and suppress the obscuring mental activities of his mind and has succeeded in ending his attachment to material objects, he will be able to enter Samadhi (self-collectedness)--i.e., a state of deep concentration that results in a blissful, ecstatic union with the ultimate reality.” There are many ways to get exercise. Why mess around with something that was clearly authored by demons? “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils” (1 Corinthians 10:20-21).

Brother Cloud's above warning is an important one.   Too many Christians have been lured into practice yoga for all sorts of reasons, e.g. relief of stress, health benefits, exercise, etc.  And many report experiencing the benefits they sought.  However, those benefits will not be an acceptable excuse before the Lord.    Imagine how absurd it will sound when we stand before the Lord and attempt to defend involvement with demonic religious practices!


The LORD  asks Christians to separate from the world and it's false practices.  Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity cannot be yoked.   Elijah asks, "How long will you halt between two opinions..?" (1 Kings 18:21).    The  Lord asks that we be submitted to Him alone.  Only one master can be served.   If you have strayed into yoga, I urge you to repent of this sin and to ask the LORD to help you forsake it immediately and permanently.
Friday
Jan102014

A Challenge to Memorize Scripture

Pastor Robert Hammond, Long Hill Baptist Church

I pray that many have taken-up the challenge to begin reading through the entire King James Bible this year.  If you haven't already started, why not begin in Genesis 1:1 today?  Remember, reading just three and one-half chapters each day will allow you to read the entire Bible in one year.   Spouses may find it especially helpful to read the Bible aloud together.  My wife and I have recently started this practice; I find it to be a great help and encouragement. 

Now, permit me to also encourage you to be memorizing scripture this year.    In Psalms 119:11, the psalmist writes, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."  Here, we observe that committing the word of God to memory is a great aide to our growth.  Permit me to encourage you to take up the challenge to memorize at least one verse each week this year. 

There's a number of good approaches to memorizing scripture.  

If you are new to memorizing scripture, it will be extremely helpful to begin memorizing individual verses (and short passages) that deal with a variety of doctrines.  Here's a link to download a list of 53 verses / short passages:  https://db.tt/Sp89EVQj

Tools that can help.  As a tool to help you memorize each verse, consider using index cards to create flash cards (with the reference on one side and the verse on the opposite side).  I've also created "digital flashcards" that may be used online to help memorize the same 53 verses & short passages.  See the online flashcards at http://quizlet.com/_k0zjh

If you have already memorized many verses, consider taking-up the challenge to memorize complete chapters and even entire books of the Bible. In recent memory, a number of our teens memorized the first chapter of James.  While this may seem like a daunting task, we have the Holy Spirit to help us! 

The important thing is to have a plan and to be in the habit of memorizing scripture.  Also, consider asking someone to partner with you to quiz you and to keep you accountable each week.  A final note:  As you pray for the Lord's help to take up this important challenge, also pray that the LORD will protect us from pride that can come with success!

Lord, please grow us in 2014 -- to thy glory!

Monday
Jan062014

A Challenge to Read the Bible

Pastor Robert Hammond, Long Hill Baptist Church

2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

I'm writing to challenge members and friends of Long Hill Baptist Church to join me in reading through the entire King James Bible this year.  If you start now, you may complete the entire Bible this year by reading just three and one-half chapters daily!  A variety of reading plans are available.  One plan involves reading portions of the Old Testament and New Testament each day (click to see plan).   The simplest plan is to begin at Genesis 1:1 and read straight through to Revelation.  The important thing is to get started to ask the LORD to help you remain faithful.  And, if you miss a day, just get back on track the next day!

The idea of reading through the Old Testament can seem daunting.  Often, that's because we fail to see how the entire Old Testament relates to Christ. Recall that, in Luke 24:44, Jesus taught that the Old Testament was about him.  In Luke
Luke 24:44 Jesus says "... all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me."  This verse provides the lens through which we may understand the entire Old Testament.  In order to apply this "lens," simply keep asking, "How does this passage picture Christ?"  For example, in Genesis, consider how Noah's Ark pictures Christ. In Exodus, consider how the design of the tabernacle and the bloody sacrifices picture Christ. In Leviticus, consider how the various elements of the Levitical law picture Christ.  When you understand that every detail of Leviticus points to Christ, those details become far less tedious!

Also consider some good tools:

1.  I strongly encourage you to get a good reference book that introduces and outlines each book of the Bible.  One such book is Geisler's A Popular Survey of the Old Testament.  This book is easy-to-read and inexpensive.  Importantly, it focuses on how each book relates to Christ.  Order from Amazon.

2.  Get a good Bible dictionary such as the Concise King James Bible Dictionary from Way of Life Literature ($4.95) Order here

3.  Take care to learn some very basic principals for interpreting the Bible.  See an introduction here.

4.  For deeper study, consider purchasing Bible software such as Swordsearcher ($59.95)  Learn more.

5.  One completely free tool is an "accountability partner."  Ask someone to partner with you to keep you accountable to your Bible reading schedule. 

Thankfully, the only tool that's required to begin is a King James Bible!   Again, the important thing is to get started and to ask the LORD to help you remain faithful.

Friday
Jan032014

Bill Nye the Science Guy vs. the Bible 

Pastor Hammond

I'm a pastor who appreciates science.  I recognize that the scientific method has been instrumental in   solving countless human challenges.  However, for me, the real power of science is it's ability to reveal the mind of our creator.  For example, the discovery of the structure and function of DNA reveals the breathtaking ingenuity of the LORD.   Yet, many in the scientific community have chosen to replace their creator with science.  Rather than using science to increase our understanding of God's creation, they make science and created things their God.  Consequently, the conclusions they draw from their scientific pursuits are necessarily clouded by their Godless assumptions.

Why are those assumptions so imporant?  The pursuit of scientific advancement requires the relentless collection and interpretation of data.  In order to be useful, data must always be interpreted through the lens of underlying assumptions.  Secular scientists interpret data through an evolutionary lens that assumes that the world is billions of years old - and that higher life forms evolved from lower life forms. 

Bill Nye "the science guy" is one such scientist.  Recently, it was announced that Nye will debate creationist Ken Ham in February.   Interestingly, the secular community is already posturing about this debate.  They fear that Nye's lack of experience as a debater gives Ham the advantage. Ham does indeed have an advantage. However, the reason is that he seeks his answers in Genesis, i.e. Ham's interpretive lens is the truth of God's word. 

Consider how secular scientists interpret the world through a false lens.  Because they reject the LORD as our creator, they require a godless explanation of our origin.  The the theory of evolution is their answer. 

In order for evolution to produce higher life forms such as man, evolutionary processes must be permitted millions and billions of years.  This necessarily requires the evolutionist to reject the fact that the Bible doesn't permit the earth to be more than 10,000 years old, i.e. his assumption of a Godless origin necessarily leads him to reject Biblical revelation that is inconsistent with his assumption.

If we begin with the assumption that God has revealed truth in his Word, we may interpret the appearance of the earth through a better lens.  We must acknowledge that the earth appears to be much older than the roughly 10,000 years that Scripture permits, i.e. it appears to evidence the effect of geological processes that would normally be expected to require millions or billions of years to complete. 

What lens the does Bible provide to help answer this observation?  The Bible reveals that the earth suffered a catastropic flood that ravaged the world.   A global flood of this magnitude would be more than capable of producing the geological effects that lead evolutionists to conclude that the world is very old, i.e. the flood has caused the world to appear older than it would otherwise appear. 

In choosing to interpret the appearance of the world through this Biblical lense, we discover not only a license, but a mandate that we reject the notion that the earth is more than 10,000 years old.   Having done that, we both honor scripture and deprive the evolutionist of the time that would be required for his theory of evolution to yield human beings.

Believers who choose to interpret their world through the lense of scripture will be encouraged by the strength of Biblical support for our approach.  Indeed, in Genesis, the Bible clearly reveals that the LORD created all forms of life as distinct, fully-developed life-forms during a literal six-day creation week.

The language of Genesis chapter 1 speaks of six literal days of creation.  Six times, the Bible describes the days of the creation week as being composed of an “evening and morning.”  The LORD used very literal language in order to rule out the possibility that he was referring to longer periods of time (i.e. millions or billions of years).

In Genesis chapter 1, the Bible says that all forms of life were created to reproduce “after his kind.”  Grass produces grass; whales produce whales, beasts of the earth produce beasts of earth.  Multiple times, the Lord repeated that each form of life reproduces “after his kind.”   This phrase refutes the possibility of evolution because it refutes the possibility that one life form evolved into “another kind” of life.  Rather, each form of life reproduces “after his kind.”

In Genesis 1:26-28, the Bible teaches that the LORD created man separately from animals.  We have an origin that is distinct and separate from the origin of plants, sea life and animals.   Man was created at a distinct point in time (v.26-27).  And man was created separately from animals (vs. 24-25) and separately from sea life and birds (fifth day of creation).  And the Bible is clear that only man was created “in the image of God.” (1:26).  

In summary, we must conclude that the language of Genesis chapter one excludes even the possibility that man evolved from other forms of life.   This is the Biblical lense through which we must interpret our world.  Bill Nye may win some debate points with crafty arguments.  But, the lense of scripture will remain true nonetheless.