Wow. So much information today presented at the Answers in Genesis conference held at my church. How do I relay it all to you?
I can't possibly do it justice.
So I invite you to check out www.answersingenesis.org for yourself. Page through some of the topical articles presented there and you'll get a flavor of some of the things I heard Ken Ham talk about today.
Let me tell you the theme of the conference by asking you a question. See if you can get it right.
What is the best way to bring (tear) down a building?
If you guessed "to destroy the foundation" then you are correct. And this is exactly what we see happening in the United States today and in the world as a whole.
The United States was built on the Judeo-Christian foundation which is based on the Word of God, or the Bible. This foundation has been replaced by a naturalistic philosophy that says man can do just fine without God. The theory of evolution is the root cause. In the last 150+ years, schools have taught evolution instead of creation. Generations of people have been brainwashed to believe that evolution is the only way the universe and everything came about, with out considering any alternative. When you replace the foundation of the Bible with evolution's teaching that the universe came about by pure chance and randomness, chaos is the result.
Order cannot come out of chaos. Science tells us this in the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
So if this law is true, why do millions of people still believe in evolution? The answer is simple. It is because people don't want to believe in God. If there were a God, there would be someone we'd be accountable to for our thoughts, words and deeds. This is plainly unacceptable to most people because the nature of the human heart or soul is evil, preferring darkness over the light. This is what Jesus taught to Nicodemus in John 3:10-21.
The reason we have a general decline in this society is that God has been taken out of the equation and been replaced by human wisdom. What is sad is that society as a whole will continue to get worse because of this unless the foundation is repaired.
Christian churches need to recognize that the foundation of all Biblical doctrine can be found in the first eleven chapters of Genesis. Pastors and ministers need to emphasize these foundational teachings to their congregations and in their sphere of influence. If we disbelieve these critical foundational chapters of the Bible, which contain every doctrine that the rest of the Bible builds upon, how can we trust and believe in the rest of what the Bible teaches? The truth is we/you/I can't.
Let's look briefly at Matthew 7:24-27, which concluded Jesus teaching called "The Sermon on the Mount":
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
What or who is the rock spoken of in v. 24-25? The Rock is Jesus Christ, who is the Word of God (see John 1:1-5) .
What or who is the sand in v. 26-27? The sand is man and his "wisdom" apart from God.
What or who is the house in all four verses? That house is your life. That house is my life. That house is western civilization as we know it.
The more we try to build our foundation on unstable ground, the quicker it will fall and with a very loud crash. Folks, you better get out of the way because the house is crumbling.
So, friends, I ask you this: On what is the foundation of YOUR life built?
Rock or sand?
Well, friends, I can tell you confidently that if your house is not built on Jesus Christ, then it will crumble and fall. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday. And chances are you will not even see it coming. Sadly, there are many people who DO see it coming but refuse to believe it is coming or will happen. For a moment, picture a deer caught in the headlights - mezmerized by the oncoming light and unable or unwilling to get out of the way, to safety.
I will ask you one, final question: If your house is currently built on sand, why continue to live there? Either move to a house with a better foundation or repair the foundation in the house where you live.
Though I do have good news for you! All the building materials you need to repair your foundation are free for the asking. Consider it a gift, not from me but from God. But in order to recieve this gift you need to ask for it.
"So what do I need to do to repair my foundation?" is a question I hope you will seriously ask yourself. My friends, all you need to do is admit that you are a sinner. Believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross of calvary for those very sins. He paid the price Himself when He did not have to, for there can be no forgiveness of sins without the shedding of blood. Believe that He rose from the dead and is living today.
You might say a prayer, something like this:
"Father, thank you for the gift of eternal life. I know that I am a
sinner and need Your forgiveness. I am sorry for my past sins and ask you to
forgive me. Jesus, I believe you died on the cross for my sins and
arose from the dead. I now open the door of my heart and invite you to come
into my life. I realize that there is nothing I can do to earn my salvation
and I place my complete trust in You alone for eternal life. I choose to
follow You as my Lord. Please help me to become the person You want me to
Accept Him into your heart and life and I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed.