Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name, but today we’ve got a preacher — Will Robertson , senior pastor of Soul’s Harbor Church of the Nazarene in Woodburn, which has no website. We’ll give you a few excerpts from rev’s letter (it’s actually a column), enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:
The enemy of our souls is subtle and crafty. He has always been that way (Genesis 3:1), and he will be until he is finally taken away at the end of all things. He will never use a direct assault against one of God’s children, because that is too easy for them to see through. Instead, he will use trickery, deceit and flawed logic that seems reasonable, at least at first glance.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] You know who “the enemy” is, dear reader, so pay close attention. The rev says:
One of the greatest traps for Christians today is a humanistic, naturalistic worldview. This worldview philosophy rejects the supernatural in favor of the material. It rejects the miraculous in favor of science, things which can be directly observed, repeated, tested (which miracles and other things dealing with the spiritual realm cannot).
So true! Then he tells us:
But the biggest weapon used by those who are pushing this worldview is not science, but personal attacks and shaming. They call those who believe what God has written in his word unsophisticated, unscientific, primitive and ignorant.
Yes! Those devilish science people always do that. The rev continues:
But the fact is, the ones who refuse to believe that God exists, who believe that the material world is all that there is, and that purely natural processes happening at today’s rates are capable of bringing into existence all that exists, are truly the unscientific ones.
Aha — it’s those science people who are unscientific! Isn’t this wonderful? Let’s read on:
The first true scientists, people like Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton, just to name two, believed that God created everything, just as he says in Genesis 1 and 2. They also knew that God is a God of order, so they believed that they would be able to discover the laws that he set in place to keep everything orderly. And they did discover many of them, and used those same laws to advance their discoveries and to invent new things.
Right — the solar system is what Galileo got out of the bible, and that’s also true for Newton’s laws of motion. Another excerpt:
But the current naturalistic philosophy, genuinely a hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ, discards all of that. It ignores even the scientific laws that were discovered and validated centuries ago (and are still accepted in every other area of science), such as the need for a cause that is sufficient for the observed effect, the fact that life can only come from life [Hee hee!], and the clearly observed fact that all things reproduce according to their own kinds [dogs don’t give birth to cats].
Verily, today’s scientists are godless fools! Here’s more
God is the only cause great enough to call into existence a universe as complex and finely tuned as the one we live in. He is the life that is the only source of all living things. And he is the one who created all of the various kinds with vast diversity built into their genetic structures, so that they were able to reproduce and fill the earth with all of the varied forms of life that we see today.
It’s so obvious! And now we come to the end:
It is vital that we as God’s people do not allow ourselves to be taken captive to naturalistic and humanistic philosophies. They are not only inadequate in providing the answers that mankind needs and hungers for, but they are dead-end philosophies that offer no hope for the future, and no path to eternal life.
We’ve never seen a better letter. It’s a model for others to follow, and a great addition to our collection.
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