Apologetics for college kids and the rest of us
Tried With Fire
Last week, I had the opportunity to hear Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. speak on apologetics to the Christopher Newport University InterVarsity Fellowship. Here is a summary of the talk. (This is to the best of my note deciphering and recall.)
Since the garden of Eden, there has been a war between Satan and God. The devil’s attack began through his own rebellion and subsequent enlistment of the human race into his army. He deceived Adam and Eve into doubting God and His Word, an outright rejection of His rightful authority. But God made a declaration of war right back – the proto gospel where the seed of the serpent would bruise the heel of the seed of the woman, but He, in turn, would crush his head. Since that time, God has rescued men and women from Satan’s army into His own, to fight in the battle until Jesus returns.
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But there is a war going on in the hearts of each side. On God’s side, our new nature is at war with the old. On the devil’s side, it is a war between the fallen nature and the vestiges of the image of God.Every unbeliever experiences this tension. Deep down they know there is a God. Deep down they know they have broken His laws. Deep down they know they are guilty and are left with the question, “What do I do about my guilt?”
To lull people into a false sense of security and prevent them from dealing with that question, Satan continues to craft ways of deceiving mankind. He works on people through their minds to expunge God or make Him “safe”. Thus the world thinks in line with the craftiness of the serpent. When believers begin to do the same, we are seduced.
Dr. Sproul, Jr. discussed three deceptions…
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