A Prime Example Of The Dillahunty Dodge

As Tim Hurd of the “Bible Thumping Wingnut” proposes….”Is this the best that atheism has to say?” Matt Dillahunty who goes out on the debate trail for a fee, will not debate Matt Slick! You can see why in this clip; Dillahunty will not take a position and defend it! Thus the “Dillahunty Dodge”!

Please pray for Matt Dillahunty and his lost followers!

God Bless

Brian Mason

Biblethumpingwingnut.com Highly Recommended

I came across a very good show that you can call in to that airs on Sunday nights. You use “Google Hangouts” to hook up with them. Always a good watch and the show brings up great dialogue between Christians and atheists. The program is hosted by Tim Hurd and regular guests including Matt Slick from CARM.ORG Also available on Youtube.com

God Bless

Brian Mason

A Lesson On The Heresy Of Roman Catholicism!

Here is my Brother in Christ Matt Slick explaining how the Roman Catholic Faith has fallen to apostasy, ( total desertion of or departure from one’s religion, principles, party, cause, etc.. ) Dictionary.com

Pray for the believers in the Roman Catholic Doctrine to have the Holy Spirit show them the true Gospel!

God Bless

Brian Mason

When You Die Does Your Soul Cease To Exist?

No, the soul does not cease to exist after death. The Bible clearly teaches us in the New Testament that we continue after death. We will go over those Scriptures, but before we do, those who affirm soul sleep often refer to the Old Testament and obtain their doctrine from it alone.

Eccl. 9:5, For the living, know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten.”
Eccl. 12:7, “then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”
Often, the case with people who hold this position and refer to Ecclesiastes forget the context. The first three verses of Ecclesiastes say,

“The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” 3 What advantage does man have in all his work which he does under the sun?”

Notice that he is writing about things from a human perspective, from that which is “under the sun.” He is not providing doctrinal statements about life after death. From the human perspective, when you die the dead don’t know anything in that the spirit returns to God who gave it. But neither one of these statements means that the soul ceases to exist. Of course, the pro-soul sleep advocate will say that “the dead not knowing anything” means they don’t exist. But again, this is written from the perspective of people on earth. Also, we do not interpret the New Testament in light of the Old. It is the New Testament that interprets the Old Testament. This is why we look to what the word of God says in totality.

Matthew 17:1-8

“And six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother and brought them up to a high mountain by themselves. 2 And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” 6 And when the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were much afraid. 7 And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” 8 And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, except Jesus Himself alone.”

This scripture describes the Transfiguration of Christ. What is important to note is that Moses and Elijah were both alive in their, so to speak, dead state. In other words, they are not united in their resurrected bodies because the general resurrection has not yet happened. Therefore, we can clearly see that there are at least two people who are alive, after death, who are not in their physical bodies.

Luke 16:19-31

“Now there was a certain rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, gaily living in splendor every day. 20 “And a certain poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, 21 and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. 22 “Now it came about that the poor man died, and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom, and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 “And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 “And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue; for I am in agony in this flame.’ 25 “But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. 26 ‘And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, in order that those who wish to come over from here to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’ 27 “And he said, ‘Then I beg you, Father, that you send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 “But Abraham *said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 “But he said, ‘No, Father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ 31 “But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’”

We can see in the story of Lazarus and the rich man that after each has died, both were conscious and self-aware. Jesus is apparently teaching that the soul survives after death. Still, there are those who will say that this is a parable. Of course, the problem with this theory is that parables don’t have proper names in them. In this case, there is a particular individual named: Lazarus. Also, if it were a parable, then what is Jesus saying with the illustration of consciousness after death and before the resurrection? The most logical answer is that Jesus was teaching us that there is life after death.

2 Cor. 5:8

“we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.”

Paul is telling us that he would rather be outside of his body, “absent from the body,” and be at home with the Lord. If soul sleep is a true doctrine, then how is it possible to be outside of the body and also be home with the Lord? It wouldn’t make any sense.

2 Cor. 12:1-4

“Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows— 4 was caught up into Paradise, and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.”

To understand this section of Scripture we need to know what is meant by the term “third heaven.” In the Jewish theology, there were three “heavens.” The first heaven deals with the atmospheric region (Deuteronomy 11:17; 28:12; Judges 5:4; Acts 14:17). The second heaven deals with the area of outer space (Psalm 19:4,6; Jeremiah 8:2; Isaiah 13:10). The third heaven is God’s dwelling place (1 Kings 8:30; Psalm 2:4; Matthew 5:16).

So, when Paul says that knew someone who was caught up to the third heaven, he was speaking about entering into that dwelling place of God. What is important is that it occurred either in the body or out of the body of which he did not know. If soul sleep is a right doctrine, it could not be said that such a person who is outside of his body (who had died), was also with God at the same time. It just wouldn’t make any sense. Therefore, soul sleep is wrong.

Matt Slick…CARM.ORG

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