Thursday, April 29, 2010

Why a Defending the Faith Conference?

Dr. David R. ReaganPDFBy Dr. David R. Reagan

We are living in a time when the Christian faith is being attacked as never before in the history of this nation. It seems like there is a new assault every month in the form of blasphemous portrayals of Jesus or mockeries of the Bible.

Even worse than the pagan attacks are the ones coming from within Christianity as apostasy in the Church continues to grow exponentially.

Who would even have dreamed 20 years ago that churches today would be ordaining homosexuals and performing same-sex marriages? Or that Christian leaders would be challenging the fundamentals of the faith such as the virgin birth, the miracles of Jesus, His resurrection, and His promise to return?

I can understand the pagan attacks. I can even understand their increasing frequency and intensity. After all, Satan knows Bible prophecy (Revelation 12:12), and he realizes that Jesus is about to return any moment.

What is really sickening to me are the attacks from within Christianity. I'm not surprised by them because the Bible prophesies over and over that a great apostasy will occur in the Church in the end times (2 Thessalonians 2:3). But still, I find them disheartening.

Eric Barger, one of Christendom's leading defenders of the faith, told me recently about a worship service in the Seattle area that featured Brian McLaren, the leader of the apostate Emergent Church Movement. McLaren challenged the Church's traditional interpretation of John 3:16 as applying to personal salvation. Instead, he applied it to the earth, arguing that when it says, "God so loved the world," that it was talking about the cosmos and the environment! His altar call consisted of inviting people to come forward and stick their hands in barrels of dirt and make a commitment to save the planet.

Yet this man, who denies the existence of absolute truth, claims to be an Evangelical and has been invited to speak at places like Dallas Theological Seminary and Abilene Christian University. It appears that discernment is dead.

This is the reason I decided to focus our annual Bible conference this year not on prophecy but on apologetics — the defense of the faith.


Bible Prophecy Conference

Public opinion polls conducted by the Barna Group reveal that professing Christians in America today do not know the fundamental doctrines of Christianity nor do they know how to defend them. Even worse, those who think they know what they believe confess that they believe things directly contrary to Scripture.

Much of this ignorance is due to the fact that the Word of God is not being proclaimed from the pulpits of American churches. It has been replaced by psychological ditties about the principles of self-improvement.

Our conference this year is going to focus on the fundamentals of the faith and how to defend them. I urge you to attend and to invite members of your church to come with you. It is free of charge, but you do need to register.


Register for the Conference!

Following the conclusion of the conference on Saturday afternoon, we are going to host a banquet to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this ministry. The featured speaker will be Ed Hindson, and he will speak on a topic related to Bible prophecy. The banquet will cost $35 per person.

Please plan to be with us for these events. Work them into your summer vacation time. I hope to see you in June!

20 comments:

hartdawg said...

i missed the "worship" service thing that was in seattle (im so sad) are you going to post the transcripts on the blog for those of us who live in the northwest? (and britian)

Nathan Jones said...

What service was in Seattle, Hartdawg?

For those who miss our June conference, we'll be releasing a DVD album. Not the same as being there in person, though!

Anonymous said...

This lady(Jill) can't believe her reading eyes and has just danced around her kitchen in excitement. I am from the Seattle area...don't know much about the emergent church but do know things have gotten mixed up in general.

It is time to remember and preach the pure Gospel seed...not that we, the church, should have ever made hybrid Gospel seeds but it happened. Sow the pure Gospel seed...in may fall on all types of soil...but sow, sow, sow. Now this is getting fun.

Maybe, we have let believers down and have not trained them, just saved them. Has the church made disciples of Jesus? I am not sure. But I am excited to see what happens because you both have a big public presence.

The Great Commission, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Go in the power of Christ Jesus the risen Lord!

Take care and much love,
Jill

SeanOsborne said...

Nathan,

I have cc'd yourself and Dr. Reagan on mt email reply (Subj: Greetings) from brother Donald Dolmus in Nicaragua. He is seeking a visa to attend your conference, and is concerned due to a previous State Department denial of a visa. Hopefully you can assist Donald with whatever me may require to obtain the necessary visa.

Nathan Jones said...

We sponsored Donald to come to the US for last year's conference. The US embassy said he's too poor and would be a flight risk, so denied his visa. Like he'd leave his family behind! Dr. Reagan even contacted the ambassador, but he basically said the only way Nicaraguans get to the US is if they're wealthy. Crazy! Donald will need a lot of prayers to have his visa accepted this time around.

SeanOsborne said...

Thanks Nathan. Prayers going up!

Billy said...

I'm more jealous of Texas than normal today.

I can't wait to move out of California after I retire.

Carlos Chamorro Schutze said...

God blees this year conference!

hartdawg said...

jill:
where at in the seattle area are you from? i live on the eastside and go to mars hill church. heard of that church?

hartdawg said...

i`ll be praying for donald. that just aint right.

DrNofog said...

Question?
The Prophecy Conference poster is so small, - are those motorcycle boots authentic Harley boots?

Expected Imminently said...

Hartdawg
Bless you for mentioning Britain in your appeal. I have been wondering if any other sympathetic Brits come here?

This Seeker Friendly, Purpose Driven, Emergent apostasy needs to be challenged as openly and as publicly as possible along with all apostate movements.

I hope and pray you will have a monumental, God blessed conference, and that the effects of it will circle the globe and shake the living daylights out of the smugly superior toe rags pushing them.

I hope to be able to get the DVD’s when they come out (if it’s not too technically difficult). Thank you Dr. Reagan for deciding on this; please try and make mention of how the UK is also in the same deceptive grip.

“Please Heavenly Father; PLEASE use this conference to shake the very foundations of these wicked; family destroying, devilish lies hoodwinking so many vulnerable, ill equipped people around the world. Please bless your servants with all the courage and wisdom they need along with the power of the Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide them. You have said that judgment is to begin in the house of the Lord, so shake them till their teeth rattle and rescue all the deceived from the trickery, and lead them all into heartfelt repentance and back into your Truth that is Jesus. Somehow Lord, please let my son and his family get to hear of this challenge and lead them, and others, out of this fraudulent fellowship.” In the name of Jesus. Amen
EI

hartdawg said...

nathan, i was referring ti Brians emergent church worship thing in seattle that i missed. (well, i wouldnt say i "missed" it)

Junbuggg said...

Nathan....

This just blew my mind! And I quote..
"arguing that when it says, "God so loved the world," that it was talking about the cosmos and the environment! His altar call consisted of inviting people to come forward and stick their hands in barrels of dirt and make a commitment to save the planet."

WHAT!?!?!?!

Sooooooo, God so loved the earth and the cosmos that he sent his one and only son to die......for dirt?? Amazing! Pitifully amazing! And all this time I though God sent his one and only son here to live and die.....for me. :-/

Anonymous said...

Amen! Sounds like it will be a great conference! Wish I could go!!! I will be praying for Donald!

~Rachel

Anonymous said...

Amazing..you just have to shake your head and wonder what happened to their brains and to the listeners brains. My the Lord open their ears and hearts to the truth in His word.

C~ in Salem

Firelady said...

Cant wait to hear all the latest stuff going on. Will it be available for download

Anonymous said...

hartdawg...is that a word-play on the Husky Dawgs! Go Dawgs! Maybe this will be the year for them.

Yes, I have heard of Mars Hill Church, but not as much as one would think considering how fast it has grown. I was already locked in to a local church before this church bloomed. I like the church I attend...the pastor has walked with the Lord Jesus for 50 years.

Anyway, for security reasons, I can't say where I live, so I will just say that I drive by one of the main campuses most days...not yours.

How did the church get the name "Mars Hill"? Sounds alien-like but there must be a different reason.

I just checked out the Mars Hill website...some tips on good reads. I like Spurgeon too...but really, who doesn't?

There is hope for the Seattle area.

Take care,
Jill

son of thunder said...

Mars Hill is also called the Areopagus and is where Paul presented the Gospel in Acts 17:19-34.

It was a place of meeting and discussion.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. That is a great name...Mars Hill. I like it.

I have been watching Paul, so to speak, and trying to digest excactly how he was able to open the door to converstion in this very Scripture...Acts 17:19-34. It is brilliant.

He did not say..."You pagans, you have it all wrong, you are going to burn, throw out your idols, God says you shall not make for yourself an idol, etc..." and then walk away in disgust.

Will we all have Acts 17 oppurtunities, if we are ready? Pretty sure the answer is "Yes".


Thank you,
Jill