In today’s world more and more challenges are being made to our faith; from fellow employees, ungodly friends, or those in the academic community. I do not believe that blind faith is the answer; we need to have an informed faith, a faith that is based on strong evidence. I believe that such evidence exists. What is needed for a believer to have a victorious faith in today’s world? It must stand up to several tests: [A sermon preached by Dr. Arnold Lastinger. Published with Permission]
1. The Academic Test of Faith
A. The academic community prides itself on “scientific inquiry” Observe the end result, then posit a theory as to how it happened, then seek to prove that theory.
B. There is nothing wrong with that process if it is applied in every case. Unfortunately, when it comes to God also, many in the academic community depend on the “scientific inquiry” methodology. (1 Corinthians 3:19 Example: Evolution vs. Creationism)
C. Science offers evolution as the answer to all that exists, but: The theory of evolution has never been proven. There is not one missing link, but many. Richard De Bakey’s findings disprove evolution. Disagrees with the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. Nothing known to man is evolving into something better. Regardless: Who started the process?
D. Biblical Creationism, however: Answers the question of who started the ball rolling (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3). Answers who, what, when, how, and why? Is it unscientific? Consider that Science has never proven anything that contradicts Scripture! Who stands to lose the most? The atheistic scientist or the Christian believer?
2. The Test of Your Lifestyle
A. The problem most unbelievers have with Christianity is Christians who don’t live up to Christian standards. The world has a right to expect Christians to be different, (Romans 12:2).
B. If you neglect your bills, talk vile, or sleep with your boyfriend, don’t expect them to respect your faith, (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). God’s not looking for people to die for Him but to live for Him.
C. Don’t mistake God’s grace as a stamp of approval on your sinful conduct. God loved David but David paid for his sin, (Romans 6:1).
3. The Test of Your Death
A. Hebrews 9:27 says clearly “It is appointed unto man once to die.” Young people are highly unlikely to fit this probability but my daughter-in-law was only 32 and in perfect health.
C. Would you rather face death with an unproven scientific theory or with a profound faith in a loving, forgiving God? (Revelation 21:4)
I challenge you tonight. How does your faith stack up today? Will it stand the test of fire?
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