Monday, January 26, 2015

Why So Many Reject Man-Made Global Warming

Last year a San Antonio Express News editorial supporting man-made Global Warming was published. It lamented the fact that so many still reject this idea. Following are some reasons why so many Americans reject this agenda. 

1. When I was in grade school, I was taught man-caused “Global Cooling” by the same group of scientists and experts. The first Earth Day saw protests against Global Cooling. Then, the same group began teaching the opposite, Global Warming.
  
2. A meteorologist said he had a difficult enough time accurately predicting the weather a week ahead of time; there was no way he could accurately predict the weather for the next 100 years. Yet Global Warming enthusiasts do so on a regular basis.

3. Sea level rise has actually slowed in recent years, despite carbon emissions. Actual world temperatures have consistently been below Global Warming models / predictions.

4. Our area has just experienced two cold fronts, one the end of July, 2014, the other the first part of August. Earlier this year a Global Warming study ship was trapped by miles of new ice, in the summer, in Antarctica. Isn’t it supposed to be getting warmer?

5. Everything is used to prove Global Warming. If it doesn’t snow, it’s because of Global Warming; if it does snow, it’s because of Global Warming. If there is a drought, or flooding, it’s because of Global Warming. Yet these climate changes have occurred for centuries.

6. The polar ice cap is melting. But what they don’t explain is the growing and receding ice cap, has been going on for decades. Glaciers are melting in some parts of the world; yet glaciers are growing in other parts of the world. Recently Artic ice is receding, however Antarctic ice is increasing. And despite dire predictions, the polar bear population is just fine.

7. Weather goes in cycles, yet that fact is easy to forget. While the Houston, TX area usually gets down only in the 20s and 30s F. in winter, we forget it got down to 7 degrees F. in Houston in 1989. Few remember the terrible ice storm of 1951. Few know that Galveston Bay froze over at least two times in the 1800s. We have hurricanes in Texas, then we go for years with no hurricanes. Weather changes, regardless of what man does. Despite the predictions of global warming, we will have another bitterly cold winter. Seems it happens here roughly every 20 to 50 years.

8. Global Warming supporters often ignore the Medieval Warming Period (c. AD 950-1250). Global temperatures rose during this period long before our modern day industry and transportation. And, as cycles go, it also eventually cooled without the help or interference of mankind.

9. The Global Warming experts have changed from Global Cooling, to Global Warming, to Climate Change. When this change is complete, they’ll not have to worry about skewing the records or being sure the world wide temperature is rising. They will only have to demonstrate the climate is changing. Now that is a winner! The climate always changes. Even before the “evil” internal combustion engines and big oil, the climate radically changed, and the weather often goes in cycles. 

For those interested in the scientific evidence, see that evidence and documentation at cornwallalliance.org. See also the book, “The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World’s Top Climate Scientists,” by Roy W. Spencer, a former senior NASA climatologist.

I’m against pollution and for wise use of our God-given resources. I’m also for responsible big oil, exploration, drilling fracking, and pipelines. Unless you walk or ride a bicycle everywhere you go, you should be too.

Why not simply judge environmental protection by its merits. Instead of creating a false crisis, let’s just consider reasonable limits to pollution.

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, January 26, AD 2015.

Note: This article, slightly revised, was published in the Baytown Sun August 6, 2014. 

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for other’s?’” 

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’”

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

“Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”

“If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”

“Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

“The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.”

“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, January 19, AD 2015.

The Roman Road of Salvation
 
Nelson Mandela Quotes; and Comments About Mandela

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

On Small And Large Churches

If a church is a sincere baptized body of believers meeting to worship, study God’s Word, fellowship, and evangelize, then I am for them. 

If a church believes and preaches the Bible, I am for them whether they are large, small or anywhere in between. After all, aren’t we are all on the same team?

Large churches can do things small churches cannot do.

Small churches can do things large churches cannot do.

Large churches have both pluses and minuses.

Small churches have both pluses and minuses.

There are some bad large churches.

There are some bad small churches.

No church, whatever the size, is perfect.

Some folks are more comfortable in a large church.

Some folks are more comfortable in a small church.
Regardless of size, each church seems to develop its own personality. 

God has a place for every size church if it is preaching the Word.

Some small churches become large.

Over the course of time, some large churches become small.

Because of deaths, people moving away, and other transitions, a church, large or small, usually has to work hard just to stay even.

Some churches, large or small, eventually die.

Even if a church dies, that will never erase the good they did during their years of ministry. None of the churches started by the Apostles are operating today, but they accomplished much for the Kingdom of God. Other churches have risen to take their place.

A large church can give a huge gift to missions.

A number of small churches giving small gifts, combined, can give huge gifts to missions. Through both, many are enabled to hear the Gospel.

It is unseemly for large church pastors to run down small churches or pastors of small churches.

It is unseemly for small church pastors to run down large churches or pastors of large churches. At least they should not run them down simply because they are large or small.

Thank God for the large churches that lead hundreds to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Thank God for small churches that may lead one or two or ten to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. When you count how many church members it takes to lead someone to Christ, sometimes the small church may be the most effective, but certainly not always. There are many variables and fruit will vary from year to year, but all should be telling others of Jesus and His salvation.

Regardless of church size, some church fields are more responsive than others.

One church may be more effective in some areas, other churches in other areas. But God can use us all.

Ultimately, God will be the righteous Judge of each church and pastor.

Large and small church pastors have struggles and stress those who are not pastors will never understand. Some of that stress is the same between large and small church pastors, some is different. But all those pastors need our prayers and support.

Being a large church pastor has its advantages and disadvantages.

Being a small church pastor has its advantages and disadvantages.

You can raise a family well in a large or small church. Again, each will have advantages and disadvantages; but if a family is faithful and committed to the Lord, it can be done and done well.

Inevitably some small churches will lose members to large churches.

Often, however, large churches lose members to small churches.

Each can offer things the other cannot; perhaps it all balances out in the end. Regardless, Christ is being preached.

I read somewhere that you will get to know about 50 people well in your church, regardless of it’s size. So, in some small churches, you will know everyone!

Large churches have small groups. Some churches are a small group.

I believe God is honored by a faithful church, regardless of the size.

Some need to repent of their arrogant attitudes against large churches.

Some need to repent of their arrogant attitudes against small churches.

All believers should be a faithful part of a Bible believing church, whatever the size of that church. May God bless you and your church.

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, January 1, AD 2015. 

Other Articles:
Church Buildings - Dos and Don'ts #1
Wit and Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow; the book
Lester Roloff Letter to Joe Brumbelow / Separation
Conservative United Methodists
Baptists on Tithing
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas; Or Happy Holidays, Xmas?

At this time of year some Christians write articles saying the use of holiday and Xmas, instead of Christmas is just fine. After all, “holiday” comes from “holy day,” and the “X” is an abbreviation of the Greek name of Christ. Some say early Christians, under persecution, used the “X” as a secretive way of referring to Christ and Christianity. I disagree. 

I understand “Happy Holidays” is sometimes used to include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. However, it is also often used to be politically correct and so no one will be offended by the “Christ” in “Christmas.” It is regularly used to secularize Christmas. As a comedian said, “I’m dreaming of a secularized generic holiday.”

I also agree that some Christians can get obnoxious in arguing with store clerks about Christmas. Please use a winsome attitude in wishing someone a Merry Christmas!

I still like “Christmas” as being more understandable, meaningful, and descriptive than “Holiday” and “Xmas.”

A holiday can be as much Presidents Day or Columbus Day as Christmas. Very few would ever stop and consider, or know, that the word began as “Holy Day.” To most it just means a day off work. Holiday has become a generic term.

We may derive comfort that to a very few the X stands for Christ.

But the X seems to be just as secretive today as it may have been in the first or second centuries.

I doubt one in a hundred knows or considers, “Oh, the X in Xmas stands for Jesus Christ who was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem.”

I also doubt many know much about the ancient Greek language.

Abbreviations are often not understood, so why not take the time and effort to write it out?

Many more Americans understand the name Christ, rather than understand the name “X.”

To many, “X” stands for the unknown. Others may view Xmas as X-ing out the name of Christ.

I would not recommend an evangelistic preacher to go around preaching about X. They might think you’re talking about Malcolm.

So while I may not angrily protest, I do prefer stores have the courage to actually use the word Christmas. Recently I heard the Houston mayor speak of the city “Holiday Tree.” And yes, I suspect she was trying to not offend atheists, non-Christians (who usually have no problem with using the word Christmas), and to be politically correct.

So to all I wish you a Merry Christmas!

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, December 18, AD (In the Year of Our Lord) 2014.

Articles:
"Merry Christmas" is Preferred by Customers
10 Commandments for Christmas
Young Preachers - Finding a Place to Preach; Part 1
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Quotes On The Free Will Of Man

Some time ago a Calvinist angrily said that there is no such thing as free will in the Bible. He was seriously wrong.

Free will is found throughout the Bible. Every time God gives a command, that command speaks to our free will. Every time Scripture says receive, repent, turn, believe, trust, have faith, call on the name of the Lord, it is speaking of man’s free will.

If man does not have free will:
1. Then men are robots and puppets, doing only what they are instructed, or hard wired, to do.
2. Then God is the author of sin. Some actually openly agree with this statement.
3. Then God does not love everyone; some people God wants to go to Hell.
4. Then God is mocking man, who has no ability to choose, when He commands him to choose, repent, believe, accept.

Without free will, this world becomes a fatalistic puppet show.

I recently told a fellow pastor of how two strong Calvinists had now become atheists. The pastor replied, “There’s not much difference between the two.” I would not go that far, but some have noticed the similarity between hard determinism (man has no free will) and atheistic fatalism. As Kenneth Keathley, author of “Salvation and Sovereignty,” said, “Most determinists are not Calvinists, but atheists and Muslims.”

A few quotes on free will:
“I just happen to believe that God is sovereign enough that He can make a man totally free if He wishes to do so.” -Paige Patterson, president, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX, SBC president.

“Now, if you say that only certain people are elect and only certain people, therefore, can be saved, you take all the ‘whosever’s’ in the Bible and make them a lot of mumbo jumbo. The Bible is full of ‘whosoever will.’”
On Matthew 23:37, “Now, friend, if they could not rather than they would not, this is the biggest charade in history. Jesus is weeping salty tears, and He said, ‘I would, but you would not.’ That’s not unconditional election.”
-Adrian Rogers, SBC president and pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, TN.

“Indeed, it is manifest that every call, every threat, every expostulation, every exhortation in the Bible supposes that man is a free agent. If he be not free, if he be the passive victim of inexorable, irresistible destiny, the Sacred Volume is a compilation of glaring inconsistencies--of sheer downright falsehood and mockery...
If we attempt to explain and reconcile the doctrines of predestination and free agency, we find impassable barriers hemming us in, and sharp adamant striking us back. Their harmony we must leave with God.”
-Richard Fuller, Predestination; 1885. Quoted by Peter Lumpkins at SBCTommorrow. Fuller was president of the SBC. He was a strong Calvinist who also believed in the free will of man.

“And yet, and yet, with us down here in this world, there's no violation of our moral integrity, or our free choice, or the sovereignty of our own lives. The two go together. The great decree of Almighty God leaves me absolutely and perfectly free. I am not bound; I am at liberty. The decree of God has in it my own free choice, and the two are not antagonistic. They go together in the will of God.”
-W. A. Criswell, SBC president, pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX.

“Reasons that make free will important:
* Without free will, how can we be truly responsible for our actions?
* Without free will, what truth is there in words of praise for another’s efforts, courage or creativity? If the person is simply reacting chemically and has no choice in his or her actions, then such praise is meaningless.
* Without free will, we cannot have any measure of dignity over any other aspect of nature. There is nothing special about being just another cog in a machine.
* Without free will, what value is there to the love we have for another? Similarly, what value is there in friendship? Love is simply one set of chemical reactions to another’s chemical reactions.”
“Scripture has revealed that people are bearers of God’s image. God did not make us mere machines. We have the ability to choose that makes us morally responsible.”
-W. Mark Lanier, Christianity on Trial, IVP; 2014.

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, December 16, AD 2014.

You may be interested in these brief books:
“Predestined for Hell? Absolutely Not!” by Adrian Rogers
“An Examination of TULIP” by R. L. Sumner
“What is Calvinism?” by Peter Lumpkins
 
Other articles:
Books on Calvinism, Predestination
Unlimited Atonement, Jesus Died For All
Adrian Rogers on Predestination, Calvinism
Paige Patterson on Calvinism
Roy Fish on Calvinism; part 1 of 2
10 Commandments for Christmas
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

10 Reasons To Be Thankful

1. The American Pilgrims in AD 1621 had a grateful heart and little else. We seem to have all else, except a grateful heart. Think of all the conveniences you have that the Pilgrims didn’t. Have you thanked God lately?

2. The Pilgrims, while not perfect, came to America seeking God and found Him. We can find Him too, when we seek Him (Isaiah 55:6; Jeremiah 29:13).

3. Just as the Pilgrims had in their day, we have the Bible, God’s inspired, inerrant Word, to show us the way. The Bible is as true and relevant today as it was in 1621.

4. We live in a country where our Presidents have issued Thanksgiving Proclamations through the years. It began with President George Washington, continued with Abraham Lincoln, and continues today.

5. We should be thankful that we live in a country where everyone is free to worship according to the dictates of their conscience. America is a beacon to the world for religious liberty.

6. America is the breadbasket to the world. Not only do we provide enough food for our own people, but also send it throughout the world. No one reading this should go hungry tonight. If you are hungry, there are government and church groups that would be happy to help.

7. America, though not perfect, is the most giving and generous nation in the world.

8. We serve a merciful God who knows all about us yet still loves us and offers us forgiveness. While we were still sinners, Jesus Christ died for us. For that we should be eternally grateful.

9. We should be thankful, because gratitude makes us better people. It is an antidote to selfishness. Adults should practice thanksgiving, and teach it to their children.

10. The Bible tells us to be thankful.

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” -Psalm 107:1

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, November 20, AD 2014. 

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Brief Word On Atheism And Unbelief

From time to time I receive comments in favor of atheism. Sometimes a long involved argument in favor of atheism. There are some very evangelistic, militant atheists out there. 

On this site I do not intend to go into great detail and debate the intricate arguments for atheism. Some will believe in Christ and the Bible, and some will not. But for the honest doubter with sincere questions about the evidence for Christianity, the Bible, and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, I have good news. The evidence is great. I challenge you to consider this evidence.

I would refer anyone with such questions to the books:
 
“I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist” by Norman Geisler & Frank Turek
“Evidence that Demands a Verdict” by Josh McDowell.
“The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel.
An interesting children’s book is “Yellow and Pink” by William Steig.

As one atheist admitted, “What concerns me is that so many intellectual, brilliant people do believe in God, Christianity, and the truthfulness of the Bible.”

It has been said if you believe the first four words of the Bible (“In the beginning God”), then everything falls into place and makes sense. Reject the first four words of the Bible, and life is meaningless and nothing really makes sense.

While concrete evidence for the literal, bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ abounds (as well as much evidence for the trustworthy nature of the Bible), it is also true that salvation comes down to faith, trust, in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Jesus died for all, and I wish and pray that all may know Him and the power of His Resurrection.

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, November 11, AD 2014.