My New Years Eve Message

Thanks to all of those who follow my blog! This blog has been read all over the globe, and I appreciate it. I thank you all! Have a great 2015 and praise the Lord and the Grace He gives us all! Can you imagine how horrible this world would be if God’s Grace was not with us? Those who say “How could God allow this?” and “Where was God when that plane went down?” If God took His hands off the wheel, we would have already obliterated ourselves by now!

Please pray for peace on earth for the year 2015!

God Bless

Brian Mason

New Look For Beacon!

I thought it would be a good time to refresh the blog a bit with a new look for the glory of God.

I went with the blackboard look, as Christian Apologists try to give the truth and educate in critical ways. So in honor of God and his word on apologetics I want to post 1 Peter 3: 13-22

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry aka CARM:

Over the years I have been listening to a radio broadcast from the Christian Apologist Matt Slick originally called “Faith and Reason”, and now called “Matt Slick Live”. Not only is Matt an amazing Christian Apologist but he is one of the defenders of the Christian faith who is not afraid to stand on the front lines and take his licks. Some of you may have heard of the “hit piece” that the Daily Show did with Matt, and the fine tuning that the editors did on that show to make not only Matt look bad but most Christians as well. For me it was extremely difficult to watch. Thankfully Matt took his own recording device into the taping of the show and you can find the transcript of what was really said on the CARM.org website.

The main reason I writing this article is to first exclaim how valuable a website CARM.org is. It is a treasure trove of Apologetic information that has been compiled for many years. I have definitely benefited from the catalog of Christian articles and videos on the site. I know by the amount of hits and repeat hits on the webpage that many of you have gotten information, or joined a forum on the site.

Well according to Matt the Ministry is hurting financially. What Matt and CARM.org is asking is that people using the site to please cough up five bucks a month. I live in Canada and that is the price of a coffee and crumpet. Listening to Matt ask for the money quite frankly hurts me as I can hear in his voice that he doesn’t like asking for assistance.

I run this little blog and it takes work but I cannot imagine the time and effort it takes the people of CARM to just keep it afloat!
Matt says to first tithe to the Church and then to CARM. Please check the links below and remember Matt is a true soldier for the Body of Christ! Please support him and his ministry.

God Bless
Brian Mason

CARM donation page: https://school.carm.org/amember/signup.php

Matt Slick Live, (live broadcast 3-4 PM, FM ): http://www.christiannetcast.com/listen/player.asp?station=kbxl-fm

Christians Cannot Judge?

A favorite “quip” and “accusation” now among unbelievers and liberal thinkers of today is “A Christian is not to judge!” “How can you call yourself a Christian and judge me?” All this is being directed at the Christian with “judgmental” undertones strangely enough.
Well let’s read what the Word of God has to say about “judging”.

When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!
The Apostle Paul
1 Corr 6:1-3

And I know that the critics and certain readers are going to say “Well YOU are seeming to be hypocritical as you see me “judge” Buddhism, Catholicism etc. So why is that okay? Read 1 Thess 5:21

21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;

We must make judgments based on absolutes and today’s moral relativism simply does not hold up to Biblical scrutiny. Paul judged the Galatians; read Galatians 3:1

1 You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?

Directly from the Words of Jesus; John 7:24
24 “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”

I will end with what I believe to be the linchpin of Christian Apologetics, and you will find it in the scriptures in the first Book of Peter; 1 Peter 3: 15

15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;


God Bless

Brian Mason

Be Ready – Reasonable Faith in an Uncertain World

Anyone in the Calgary Alberta area should be aware that William Lane Craig, Clay Jones, JP Moreland, Sean McDowell and many more Christian Apologists of note will be speaking at the Be Ready Conference. The dates are March 8th and 9th and directions to the conference as well as more vital information can be found at http://www.faithbeyondbelief.ca

This is a great opportunity!

God Bless

Brian Mason

My Favorite Christian Apologetic’s Quotations Pt.3

“If we Christians don’t continue to share the gospel and push the envelope, the envelope will close in on us. If we maintain a ‘silent witness,’ there will be no witness, and Christianity will die in America.”

Ray Thorne

“All truth is given by revelation, either general or special, and it must be received by reason. Reason is the God-given means for discovering the truth that God discloses, whether in his world or his Word. While God wants to reach the heart with truth, he does not bypass the mind.”
Jonathan Edwards

“The human paradox is that we perceive so many signs of value and significance conveyed to us in our encounter with reality, yet all meaning is threatened by the apparent finality of death. If the universe is truly a cosmos, if the world is really intelligible through and through, then this life by itself cannot be the whole story.”
John Polkinghorne

Richard Dawkins: “The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.”

C.S. Lewis: “If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.”

Point – Counterpoint

“Human DNA contains more organized information than the Encyclopedia Britannica. If the full text of the encyclopedia were to arrive in computer code from outer space, most people would regard this as proof of the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence. But when seen in nature, it is explained as the workings of random forces.”

George Sim Johnson

“A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.”
John Calvin

“Science itself is steadily nailing the lid on atheism’s coffin.”
Lee Strobel

“Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system. I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.”

Sir Isaac Newton

“To be an atheist you must have infinite knowledge in order to know absolutely that there is no God. But to have infinite knowledge, you would have to be God yourself. It’s hard to be God yourself and an atheist at the same time! The Bible says in Psalm 14:1, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is not God.’”
Ron Carlson and Ed Decker

“It’s natural to be skeptical of a story like Noah. However, the greatest miracle in the Bible is not Noah and the flood. The greatest miracle in the Bible is recorded in the first verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” If that miracle is true, then every miracle in the Bible is at least possible (including Noah’s Ark). If God created the universe, then He can do whatever He wants inside it.”
Frank Turek

The above quotes were taken from http://www.alwaysbeready.com and http://www.truthbomb.blogspot.ca

God Bless
Brian Mason