A very special “Get Well Soon” Goes out to Pat McDonald, LOLM Board member, following her By-pass surgery on February 11th.
This 40 page booklet is the result of several years of study concerning Jesus and the events of the final week before His crucifixion. The Scriptural evidence revealed in this short presentation will both amaze you as well as educate you as to the way God moved throughout history to bring about the most wonderful act of love ever witnessed, the offering of His own Son to take our place on the cruel cross of Calvary! Every claim is fully supported with Scripture, and you will be confronted with proof that the crucifixion occurred not on Friday as tradition states, but on Thursday. Jesus really did lie in the tomb three days and three nights, fulfilling the “sign of Jonah,” just as He had said. Learn also how Jesus fulfilled the type of the Passover lamb, and how the exact day of His triumphal entry can be determined from Scripture. This is a must read for every serious Bible student! That’s right! The long awaited web-site for Light of Life Ministry is now up and running. You are invited --- no, you are begged --- to visit us there. I am personally asking you to visit the site and then let us know what you think, and what we can do to make it better. There will be many additions as time goes by, but this is the beginning! You can write, email, or call to let us know your impression, but please let us hear from you soon. Special thanks go to Jon Jackson, a freelance graphic designer, who has spent many hours in January completing the site and then in February tweaking it over and over again. Jon is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College, married, and living in Oklahoma. He is self employed with his design company (www.desigu.com) and his Christian Tshirt company (www.CrossoverTs.com). If you can use his services you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone him at 918-519-3223, or visit him at http://www.thatjonjackson.com. Jon, thank you again for your hard work!
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The Feature Article for this issue of The Illuminator is taken from Lesson Ten of the soon to be released Building on the Foundation study, the third of ten quarterly studies. It is a little longer than the articles we normally print in this format, but worth your time to read.
Monday May 19th – Thursday May 22nd Will be speaking three of the seven sessions at the Pastor’s School of the General Conference of the SMC Shocco Springs Resort, Talladego, AL
Sunday morning May 4th – Tuesday evening May 6th Revival Services at Givhans Southern Methodist Church, Ridgeville, SC
Thursday May 1st through Saturday May 3rd Weekend Conference – Practical Christianity: Being the Body of Christ North Augusta Southern Methodist Church, North Augusta, SC
Sunday morning April 27th – Wednesday evening April 30th Revival Services at First Southern Methodist Church, Sumter, SC
Sunday April 20th Morning - First Southern Methodist Church, Nashville, TN Evening - Christian Passover Celebration at New Beginnings SMC, Nashville, TN
Thursday March 13th Day - Meeting of the Education Committee of the General Conference BOA Evening - Missions Conference: Being an Effective Witness First Southern Methodist Church, North Charleston, SC
Sunday morning March 9th through Wednesday evening March 12th Spiritual Growth and Commitment Conference Pee Dee Southern Methodist Church, Marion, SC
Every Sunday when in Nashville Teach an Adult Sunday School Class at First Southern Methodist Church.
Below is listed the known speaking schedule for Jim Jones for the next couple of months. Other opportunities may also arise. Please be in prayer for these services and meetings, and for traveling mercies to and from these various places.
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Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
I Corinthians 11:27-32 (NJKV)
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
I Corinthians 11:23-32 (Original KJV)
The Lord’s Supper
There is no question that believers are told to practice the ritual of the Lord’s Supper, often referred to as Holy Communion. And while there is some debate as to the mechanics of administering the elements, or even how often believers should participate in the ritual, among
What is it that our Lord was trying to teach by instructing believers to practice certain rituals? Were they given simply for us to “remember” certain events or teachings of Jesus, or is there a real “grace” bestowed to those who approach these rites in faith. This question is where we must begin our study of the Lord’s Supper - to gain an understanding of the significance of this sacrament in the life of the believer.
any Christians practice the “ritual” of the Lord’s Supper without giving it much thought. Believers who have been raised in an environment where the Lord’s Supper is practiced as an Ordinance will view it as an action of man approaching God. The same is true of many Christians who practice Communion as a Sacrament as no real thought is given as to what it is that God does in and through this rite.
by James O. Jones, Jr.
A New Look at I Corinthians 11:23-32
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
The primary focus of an ordinance is on man and his obedience to a command or instruction given by God. It has as its main purpose the aspect of “remembering” the words and commands of Jesus. Since the primary focus is on man as he is obedient to come to the table, examine or judge himself, and enter into fellowship with Christ, the obvious benefit of this action, properly practiced, is that sin is confessed, the sacrifice of Jesus is remembered, and the promise of His coming again renews hope for tomorrow. A real time of “communion” and fellowship with the Lord should be the result each time we come to His table. Unfortunately, it is possible for believers to get into the “habit” of taking the Lord’s Supper, giving no thought to “judging” themselves or to the gift of salvation purchased by the body and blood of Jesus. There are even those who stay away from church on Communion Sunday because “not much will be going on” and “the service usually goes over time.” What an insult to the Lord who took our place on the cross of Calvary!
The Lord’s Supper as an Ordinance
Protestant churches there is no great dispute over the Lord’s Supper. One major controversy that does exist outside of Protestantism is the Roman Catholic teaching of Transubstantiation (the changing of the elements into the actual Body and Blood of Jesus) which is a false understanding of Jesus’ statements about eating His flesh and drinking His blood. But that discussion is outside the scope of this article and will not be dealt with further. Still, every week millions of people partake of the Lord’s Supper with various understandings as to what it is about and why we are told to do it “as often” as we do. It is the intent of this article to shine some light on the meaning and benefits of this beautifully symbolic and holy practice called the Lord’s Supper.
What is the difference then in partaking of the Lord’s Supper as a sacrament as opposed to an ordinance? As a Sacrament the focus is on what God is doing in and through the act, not just on what man is doing. In a Sacrament there is the “real spiritual presence” of God available for the participant. In Communion, God is present in the elements using them as a “means of grace” to meet the need of the one coming to Him in faith. God acts in Grace; man responds in faith! What is it that God wants to do in the life and heart of His children? He desires to conform them into the likeness of His Son! How is this accomplished? Through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Man does not become like Christ through his own efforts and willpower any more than he receives salvation through his own works. Sanctification is by the Grace of God, just as is justification. God acts in Grace, the believer responds in faith. Jesus is
The Lord’s Supper as a Sacrament
There is no doubt that the taking of the Lord’s Supper as an Ordinance has great reward and benefit for the one who truly comes in obedience, examining his or her heart and life, entering into a time of thanksgiving and praise to his or her Lord and Savior, and truly communing with God. Neither is there any doubt that the Bible gives warning to the one coming to the Lord’s Table who is not examining his own life and seeking fellowship with Christ. Coming with a haphazard or selfcentered attitude is indeed foolish. Go back now and read again Paul’s words to the Corinthian Church found at the beginning of this article (I Corinthians 11:23-32). Indeed the warning there is for the believer to judge himself that he “not be judged” with the world.
The Greek word translated "unworthily" in the original KJV is more precisely translated "in an unworthy manner" in the NKJV, the NASB, the NIV and others. Most people interpret it as if it were "unworthy" and not "unworthily," and seem to suppose that it refers to their personal qualifications, to their unfitness to partake of it, rather than to the manner in which it is done. The word here is used as an adverb, and not an adjective, and has reference to the manner of observing the ordinance, and not to ones personal qualifications or fitness. The proper meaning of the word (anaxion) is therefore, “in an unworthy or improper manner; in a manner unsuitable to the
Let us begin by looking at what the Apostle Paul had to say to the Church at Corinth concerning the Lord's Supper as it is found in I Corinthians 11:2332. In this passage Paul is rebuking the disorderly, selfish, prideful, and irreverent way the Christians at Corinth are participating in the Lord's Supper. He reminds them of the way Jesus Himself instituted the Lord's Supper on the eve of His crucifixion, and that the purpose of observing this sacrament is to call to memory the sacrifice of Jesus as "the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation 13:8), and to be looking forward to His coming again. Paul then tells them that whoever eats the bread, and drinks the cup in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself "not discerning the Lord's body."
I Corinthians 11 What Is Paul Saying?
present in the Lord’s Supper to meet our need, whatever it may be. His grace is sufficient. Our needs are met by grace through faith, from the first to the last. It can be no other way.
Certainly, no one can say that there is not something going on in the Lord's Supper that pertains to strength, health, and either living or dying. So begins the process of trying to understand what it is Paul is saying in this passage that is repeated nowhere else in the New Testament. This understanding leads to wonderful and exciting studies into the Feasts of the Lord in the Old Testament (especially Passover), the Old Testament types (a type is an example or illustration that points to a person or an event) found in the sacrificial lamb offered on the night Israel left Egypt, and
Then comes what seems to be a complete surprise - the result of partaking of the Lord's Supper in an unworthy manner: “…for this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.” In other words, as a result of doing something wrong in the Lord’s Supper, many people are weak and sick, and some have died! What is this? Is there something in the partaking of the Lord’s Supper that can cause one to die? Apparently so, for this is exactly what Paul states: Those who take the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy or improper manner, in a manner unsuitable to the purposes for which it was intended, specifically, for those who treat the Lord’s Supper as a common meal, not apprehending or acknowledging its solemn symbolic meaning and importance, these people can become weak, sick and possibly even die.
purposes for which it was designed or instituted; specifically, to treat the Lord's Supper as a common meal, not apprehending, understanding or acknowledging its solemn symbolic meaning and importance.”
"They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat
They are also told how they are to prepare and eat the flesh of the lamb, and that none of it shall be left till the morning.
"For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments-I am the LORD. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt" (Exodus 12:12-13).
In Exodus 12, God gives instructions to Moses and Aaron concerning the sacrifice of the Passover lamb. God is about to send the tenth plague, the death of the firstborn of every creature in Egypt, as a final judgment to persuade Pharaoh to let the children of Israel leave Egypt. Moses is to tell all the congregation of Israel that on the 10th day of the month Nisan every household is to choose a young male lamb without spot or blemish, and separate it for four days, until the fourteenth day of Nisan. On the evening of the fourteenth day the lamb is to be sacrificed (a lamb for each household), and the blood of the lamb is to be placed on the side and upper doorposts of the house.
Passover and the Lord’s Supper
the timing of the events during the week of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. As you might suspect, there is no way to cover all the information in the next few paragraphs, but the highlights of Passover are presented in an effort to tie them together with the Lord's Supper. Afterwards we will seek an interpretation that best fits with all of Scripture.
The word translated feeble in the KJV and stumbled in the NASB is the Hebrew word Kashal (kaw-shal’). Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Concordance states that this word means “to totter or waver (through weakness of the legs); to falter, faint, stumble or fall; to be cast down or made to fall; feeble, ruined, overthrown, stumble; to utterly be weak.”
This is all to be done that Israel not be judged with the plagues and judgments that are to befall Egypt. Now the Passover was always viewed by this writer in reference to the blood, but never was much attention given to the flesh. Yet, in this passage, there is great detail being given to it. The result of obedience to the command of God concerning the Passover lamb: The applied blood protected against the judgment and wrath of God; the eaten flesh brought health and strength to all of Israel. How do we know this? Because we are told in Psalm 105:37, "…and there was not one feeble person among their tribes." This is the only reference to all of Israel leaving Egypt without a single person being “feeble.” In the NASB this verse says, “Then He brought them out with silver and gold, and among His tribes there was not one who stumbled.”
any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with its entrails. And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire. Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste--it is the LORD'S Passover" (Exodus 12: 8-11).
Let us move forward some 1400 years to the arrival of the promised Messiah. John the Baptist beholds Him and declares "Behold, the Lamb of
But what has this to do with the Lord’s Supper?
An Interesting Story!
God also instructed them, "This day shall be unto you for a memorial; and you shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; you shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever" (Ex 12:14). It seems apparent that God placed great importance on this event, the symbolic meaning of this event, and the remembrance of this event for all generations to follow, not just Israel. God knew that one day the perfect Lamb of God, without spot or blemish, would come and offer his body and blood for the redemption of man. God wanted the people to know and understand the symbols instituted on this night so when the Messiah came, they would know and understand His role as the Passover Lamb. A few understood, but most did not.
The blood placed by faith on the doorposts of the home saved from the wrath and judgment of God, and the body of the lamb properly consumed as the Lord had so meticulously given instruction, provided strength and health for the journey!
We are told that there were some 600,000 men (Exodus 12:37) plus women and children who came out of Egypt, with an estimated total of two to three million Israelites; slaves all, young and old alike. And not one among them was weak, feeble, or stumbled for lack of strength. WOW! This was a miracle! Yes, a miracle received from the eating of the body of the Passover lamb.
Jesus proceeded directly to the temple to be observed by the people and the priests, just as the Passover Lamb was set aside for four days before Passover. He went there each day during this final week, being questioned and challenged, yet there was no "spot or blemish" found in Him. On the night before He was betrayed Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper and established the new covenant with these words to the disciples, "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, Take, eat; this is My body. Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink from it, all of you. For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:26-28). With this act, Jesus substituted His body and blood for that of the Passover lamb.
God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). Jesus had come for the ultimate purpose of being the Passover Lamb, and He would fulfill all the symbols and types. On the first day of the week, Sunday the tenth day of Nisan, Jesus made what we refer to as His triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the cries of the people, "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord” (Luke 19:38). When the Pharisees wanted Jesus to rebuke them for blasphemy, Jesus replied, "I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out” (Luke 19:40). What a strange thing for Jesus to say as He had spent most of His earthly ministry telling people not to tell anyone who He was. Why the change in attitude? Because this was the exact day that had been declared in Daniel's prophecy that the Messiah would be presented to Israel (detailed in the book featured in this issue, Christ and the Passion Week).
Again recall that as an Ordinance the focus is on the participant, and what is being done is for the purpose of obedience to and remembrance of the Lord. No doubt in the I Corinthians passage there is
Ordinance, Sacrament, or Both?
the Lord's Supper in an unworthy manner (not properly discerning the Lord's body...I Corinthians 11:29b) many were weak, sick, and some sleep (have died).
Paul declares that due to partaking of
has provision for physical strength, health and healing at some time (by his stripes we were healed). When is the only question?
The atonement of Christ definitely
without spot or blemish fulfilling the Old Testament type completely.
Jesus is the perfect Passover Lamb
observed forever, taught to the children, and the story told throughout their generations. God definitely wanted His people to connect the Passover lamb and its provisions to Jesus Christ.
God declared that this feast was to be
of Passover, the entire nation of Israel was spared judgment through the application of the blood, and received strength for their journey through eating the flesh of the Passover sacrifice.
On the night God instituted the Feast
Before we examine the Lord’s Supper from an Ordinance and a Sacrament understanding, take a moment to consider the following points already brought out in the preceding text.
Points to Consider
If the Lord’s Supper is indeed a Sacrament it means the real spiritual presence of Jesus is in the elements and that God is present to bestow His Grace on the believer who comes in faith. Therefore, rather than understanding this verse to say, "If you do not partake of the Lord's Supper correctly, you will be judged, and will be weak, sick and possibly die," could it mean, "If you are weak and sick, judge yourself, discern the Lord's body, believe in what He has provided for you, and by faith accept this provision, and receive strength and health for the journey to which I have called you?” In other words, every believer is called of God to “make a journey.” We are left on this earth for a purpose - to represent our Lord as His ambassadors (II Corinthians 5:20). We have each been commissioned into the service of our Lord, gifted and trained for active duty by the Holy Spirit, and sent into hostile territory to do battle with the enemy. Do we really want to undertake this in the strength of the flesh? Absolutely not! We need the Grace of God; the
judgment involved in partaking of the Lord's Supper in an unworthy manner. The text plainly says so. But is there not judgment in all actions of the Christian contrary to the exercise of love? So while there is the need for the person coming to the Lord’s Table to examine himself, to come with the proper attitude of thankfulness, and to seek communion with the Lord, is it possible that part of that judgment is the failure to recognize the provision of the Lord in partaking of His body "which was broken for you" as the Passover Lamb?
As an Ordinance the Lord's Supper is a ritual that brings to memory the fact that Christ is our Passover Lamb. His atonement bought redemption for us spiritually and physically. It paid the debt for our sin so we could have a relationship with God. As we partake we remember not only His finished work in the past, but we also look to the future - He is coming again just as He promised. And when He comes we will receive the full benefit of our redemption, both spiritually and physically. We will receive the glorified body that will never again experience weakness, sickness, or death. We will no longer have the old nature that so easily besets us. We will be totally free from sin and its curse. It should be easy to come to His table with a thankful heart proclaiming with the Apostle John, “Even so, come Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)
Before coming to understand what is believed to be a provision for strength and health in the Lord's Supper, this writer had always taken the communion by "eating the cracker" and "drinking the blood." Thoughts and meditations were always on the blood of Christ and its provision spiritually. There was no thought as to the body of Christ and its provision. Now, when taking the communion of the Lord, there is an effort to "discern the body" as well as the blood, to be thankful for both, and by faith accept both as a provision for this believer in the present, not just in the future.
grace of His presence to embolden us, the grace of His strength to empower us, and the grace of His fellowship to encourage us! The believer needs a regular place to meet with his Lord to receive strength for the journey. That place is called the Lord’s Table where we are invited to commune with Him. Communion, then, is more than just an Ordinance?
If all of this sounds too difficult to totally understand, good! That is why God requires us to come to Him by faith, “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). “For he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb 11:6). You are encouraged to come to His Table in faith, diligently seeking Him, for He will surely meet you there with His Grace!
But until Christ comes there is work to be done; work that the Lord Himself has called us to. As a Sacrament the Lord’s Supper goes beyond the ritual of an ordinance. It is the place where we meet with our Lord, the place where communion exists between God and man, the place where God bestows His grace to every believer who partakes in faith. Yes, we act as we remember all that the Lord is, all He has done, and all He will do on our behalf. But God also acts as He gives His grace to us. Part of that grace is strength for the journey which we are called to make; strength received through properly discerning the Lord’s body. As we come to the Lord’s Table of communion, let us come in faith, prepared to meet Him there, to fellowship with Him, to love Him and to be loved by Him, to bring our cares, or needs, and our concerns to Him. Let us come there to receive His grace, the grace He has already promised that will be sufficient to meet every need. Let us listen for Him to speak to us as He did to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in (your) weakness” (II Corinthians 12:9a). Then perhaps our response will echo that of Paul when he replied, “Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (II Cor. 12:9b).
We are indeed grateful and blessed to have Keith as a part of Light of Life Ministry, and look forward to learning from his vast experience and knowledge in the fields of Christian education, church growth, and Sunday school development. Please join us in welcoming our newest member of the Board of Directors, and keep Keith, his family, and LOLM in your prayers. ♥
Keith currently serves as Partnership Ministries Representative for Randall House Publications in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds a Bachelor of Arts. (B.A.) from Free Will Baptist Bible College (Nashville, Tennessee) and Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.) from Grace Theological Seminary (Winona Lake, Indiana). He has many years of experience as director of Christian Education in local churches and has served as the National Church Training Consultant for Evangelical Training Association (Wheaton, Illinois). Along with these responsibilities Keith serves as Adjunct Professor in Christian Education at Free Will Baptist Bible College, is on the Advisory Board to the School of Christian Education at Toccoa College (Toccoa, GA), and he continues to speak to hundreds of pastors, denominational leaders and Christian bookstore managers each year sharing with them the ministry of Randall House Publications. Keith is married to MaryAnn and they have one son, David Keith Kenemer, Jr., who resides in Georgia with his wife, Mary Ellen.
In January 2008, David Keith Kenemer, Sr. accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors of Light of Life Ministry (LOLM). Everyone at LOLM is excited to have Keith as a part of this ministry and we are extremely grateful that he has agreed to bring all of his experience, training, and knowledge into the role of Church Training Consultant for LOLM.
With Jim Jones
I also have the joy of teaching adult Sunday school at the First SMC in Nashville and appreciate these wonderful friends for their faithfulness and support. I encourage you to view the schedule on page 2 of this issue and be in prayer both for traveling mercies and for the anointing of the Holy Spirit in each and every place I will be visiting. ♥
On February 8th and 9th I was again in South Carolina to speak at the Leadership Conference hosted by the Eastern Conference Board of Administration and held at Camp Summers and Manget. What a treat to spend time together with brothers and sisters of like precious faith in fellowship and study of God’s Word. On Sunday I was honored to speak at both the Hopewell SMC and the Hebron SMC during their morning services, and to visit with the Prospect (Orangeburg) SMC that evening. I spoke to the students at the Wesley Christian School during their Monday Chapel, as well as being allowed to speak at the Southern Methodist College Chapel Service following.
Since the last issue of The Illuminator I have been privileged to visit in several churches and schools, as well as take part in two Christian Education Seminars. I was invited to speak at the “Sunday School Seminar” hosted by the Eastern Annual Conference of the Southern Methodist Church at Clydes Chapel SMC in South Carolina on January 18th. I appreciate the chance to participate in this worthwhile training provided for pastors and teachers. While in South Carolina I was also able to speak during the Sunday morning early service at Ridgeville SMC and again at the later service of Givhans SMC. On that same Sunday evening I was invited to speak at the First SMC of Sumter, SC. It was a blessing for me to share my heart with these wonderful people, and I appreciate the opportunity.
Out and About
Keith Kenemer New Light of Life Ministry Board Member
“Evolution Contradicts Scripture.”
In the next article we will return to point 7 of why
So, should Genesis be taken literally? “If we apply normal principles of Biblical exegesis (ignoring pressure to make the text conform to the evolutionary prejudices of our age) it is overwhelmingly obvious that Genesis was meant to be taken in a straightforward, obvious sense as an authentic, literal, historical record of what actually happened.” (Russell Grigg, M.S.)
7) The Apostle Paul’s exposition of the Gospel has no meaning if Genesis is not real history. Please review Romans 5:19 and I Cor. 15:21-24, 45.
6) Unless the first eleven chapters of Genesis are authentic historical events, the rest of the Bible is incomplete and incomprehensible as to its full meaning. The revelation, the progress and the consummation of God’s redeeming purpose starts in Genesis chapter one where we find that the entrance of sin into human life was a fact that merited the judgment of God. Otherwise the substitutionary atonement makes no sense.
Is Genesis Real History?
(Reasons 6 & 7 Continued from Article Seven)
This creation article is the continuation of Article seven and the eighth article by Mr. Jim Lee, a friend and former public school science teacher who holds creation seminars on the topic of Creation versus Evolution (either Biblical Creation or Scientific Creation). He will be glad to come to your private school, church, Bible study, or any other place where he is invited. In the future Light of Life Ministry will print these articles in book form, but for now let us continue with the series.
The Creation Corner
(Continued on Page 12)
(1) The “Big Bang” followed by billions of years of astronomical evolution --- the Earth evolves to support life --- God steps in and creates the first living cell --- millions of years of biological evolution occur ---man evolves from the apes --- God decides to “pronounce Him man” at a certain point of evolution.
Once again, the most reasonable and satisfying explanation of the origin of the two sexes is given by God – the One who was there at the time. While blind faith in evolution is confusing, the God of reason doesn’t want us to be confused. Some Christians are so eager to compromise scriptural truth with false evolutionary philosophy that they will “grab at straws” rather than give up. The two conflicting false views of origins most often held by compromising Christians today are:
The New Testament confirms man was created, not evolved. The Scripture on this is abundant, so I must be selective. Mark 10:6 says “God made them male and female,” at the very beginning of time. The evolutionary explanation of the divergence of male and female entities with very different but complimentary characteristics is not only naïve but stretches intellectual credulity to the breaking point. Here are two independent forms of life which are totally dependent as far as reproduction of life. Such a marvelous system as this can only work if both are complete and fully functioning from the start, just as God said it was. To imagine this male-female divergence as a process taking millions of years is ludicrous in terms of evolutionary mechanisms of survival of the fittest and genetic mistakes. A partially evolved system has no function and certainly could not survive for untold ages until it was perfected!
Why Evolution Contradicts Scripture
Next Time… The Effect of Evolution on Evangelism
But Colossians 1:14-17 slams the door on all of this. To summarize it: Christ created all things in the space-mass-time universe, “visible and invisible” - even the invisible atom of which all things are built, “powers” – all energy and the laws of physics which govern its use, and “by Him all things consists” – not only the universe is held together by Him, but the very nucleus of the atom for which there is no known physical force to hold it together. It is a most powerful Creator that we worship!
Becoming an Effective Witness Foundational Truths of the Church Scientific and/or Biblical Creationism Laying the Foundation for Sound Doctrine Free To Serve God…7 Principles of Philippians Revelation and the End Times 7 Feasts of the Lord and Man’s Redemption Christ as the Passover Lamb of God The Sacraments and Holiness
Helping Christians become effective witnesses to the lost through training and example. Teaching sound doctrine in a small group environment (and making it exciting!). Training others to become home-cell Bible teachers, Sunday school teachers, etc. Discipling those won to Christ in all the above, so the whole process can be repeated.
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Ministry Address: P. O. Box 50792 Nashville, TN 37205-0792 Director: James (Jim) Jones Phone #: 615-973-8359 / 615-662-8168 Email: email@example.com Web-site: www.lolministry.org
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Light of Life Ministry was born in the spring of 2006, legalized in May as a State of Tennessee Non-profit Corporation, and officially approved in June as an IRC 501(c)3 Religious Non-profit Organization by the Internal Revenue Service. The goal of this ministry is to establish teaching centers in as many places as possible for the purpose of: •
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About Light of Life Ministry
These views are both forms of a philosophy called “progressive creation” and neither is the least bit scriptural nor is supported by a shred of scientific evidence. We have already shown that God’s nature would never allow Him to use evolution as a part of His method of creation.
(2) The same beginning scenario but after millions of years of biological evolution on earth, including the first living cell, God steps in and creates man in His image (Some include creation of new species at intervals).
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