Ravi Zacharias has passed away. What is the future of Christian Apologetics?

Ravi Zacharias, the famed Christian apologist, has died today at the age of 74. Zacharaias had been battling sarcoma and died in his Atlanta home, according to CNN.com. He was a leading figure among Christian Apologists — a branch of Christian theology that defends Christian doctrines against objections.

During the beginnings of my journey with Christ I used to listen to Zacharias and his wonderful conversations with opponents of the faith. Zacharias always came off as thoughtful, well-spoken and loving as he defended the faith. He had a gentleness and tender-heartedness in the way he approached his apologetic ministry, something that is very sorely needed today. It was always a delight to hear him speak and he will be sorely missed among the elect. He is now with the Lord as we await the coming of Christ’s kingdom.

With the death of brother Zacharais, the question that we have to ask ourselves is where does apologetics fit in the Kingdom of God in this day and age, if it even fits at all? Ever since the rising of new atheism with critics such as Richard Dawkins, Chrisopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris, there have been countless debates, books, articles, sermons, conversations, and overall battles to conform or prove scientifically and intellectually that everything the Bible says is true, God is real, and Christ rose from the dead. 

The fact is, the Bible only ever addresses atheism once in the Bible with this simple passage in the Psalms. 

Psalm 14:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

    They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;

    there is none who does good.

This does not mean the person who says there is no God is ignorant, or unintelligent by any means. What it does say is that those who deny God’s existence are characterised by a sinful lifestyle. Those who don’t believe that God is real have a corrupt heart and their deeds are evil. Indeed, all of us at one point or another have denied God’s existence with our actions and words as no one does good. No one is good before a perfect and holy God. Paul also explains in the passages of Romans Chapter 1 that men, by their unrighteousness, suppress the truth about God, that God’s invisible attributes have been clearly perceived since the beginning. This isn’t just the complex nature of the universe and the cosmos, but also the matter of the human condition and what is good and what is evil. We do not honor God and become futile in our thinking, our sinful hearts were darkened. Now that Jesus Christ, the living word of God, died, was buried and rose again, we are without excuse. The true nature of God and the true nature of His love for us through his only begotten Son, Christ Jesus has been revealed to humanity. 

It is sad seeing what many testimonies, many street preaching, and what many arguments with those who do not believe boil down to the question whether or not God exists or whether the resurrection happened, or if the Bible is true. As I matured into the faith I found myself switching off many of these debates and arguments as they were unfruitful. But I guess this is all a part of the capitalization of western christianity, as debates and books attacking atheism bring the mega bucks and monies for Christianity Inc. The sad fact is, these debates often draw crowds, draw eyeballs, and sell tickets and books.

Can a man be led to Christ by the Holy Spirit through apologetics? I guess it can happen. And so can a lot of things. But… To be honest, faith in God and faith in Jesus is a true gift from God. After all, Jesus said of Peter’s confession that Jesus was the Christ, that this revelation by Peter was revealed to him by God. It all comes down to either you believe Jesus rose from the dead or not. It all comes down if you take the narrow path, that leads to life. Or the broad path, that leads to destruction. It all comes down if you decide to take the red pill and know the truth and live by that truth no matter how painful it is. Or take the blue pill, and live life blissfully ignorant of the coming destruction of both body and soul. You either believe the Bible. Or you don’t. If you can’t get past Genesis 1:1, then you cannot be helped. God will have to reveal the truth to you. This goes for every miracle, every passage and the resurrection of Christ himself. If you do not believe in any of it, you cannot be helped, God has to reveal the truth to you.

I believe the new millennial generation of preachers, elders, teachers and pastors of the gospel need to repent and analyze how we deal with the question of how to approach the atheistic unbeliever. We need to stop asking and answering the fruitless and unproductive questions of the 2000s and 2010s and start asking the real, deep, questions of the times. God being “real” is not up for debate, nor should any believer defend this fact. The fact is that we live in an increasingly evil and wicked generation. And as the evil grows and darkness descends upon the world, God’s word and the cross of Jesus Christ is shining brightly in the scourge of darkness. The time for debating is over. The time to proclaim the good news is now. The time to proclaim the coming of Christ’s kingdom is now. The time to preach Christ crucified and the resurrection of the dead, is now. The time to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins is now. 

This is not a proclamation that apologetics is dead. In fact, it is needed and wanted and I believe there is a time and a place for everything, including apologetics. After all, Zacharais and his ministry has helped countless amounts of people and I do believe God almighty works through apologetics. What I am saying to my fellow millennials and the zoomers is we need to reanalyse and refocus what the real questions and problems of our lives are. Do atheists really need to be explained how God is real? Or do they have a deeper, more visceral heart problem and they need to hear the good news about God’s love to them through the cross of Christ? Do atheists need to hear the scholarly details about the legitimacy of the Bible? Or do they need to hear the naked truth about what the Bible says and what the Bible is trying to point out? It’s time to stop giving the pegan the microphone when street preaching and just start preaching the good news in general.

There is no doubt in my mind that Ravi Zacharias is one of, if not the greatest christian apologist of all time. He and his ministry was needed at the right time and God worked through him and his ministry many good works that spread the glorious gospel of our King Jesus. Now he is with Him and at peace. 

To end, I wish to share my favorite Ravi Zacharias moment…

“Its time to stop asking if Jesus Christ died and instead ask why”

A Poem and Prayer to God in Response to Anxiety.

By Anonymous

Father Father please help me!

This anxiety is overwhelming.

This fear consumes me.

It is like a great flame surrounding me.

It consumes me with all my thoughts.

I worry about the future oh Lord!

The only living God,

The Creator of the Heavens,

The Sculptor of the Earth,

I come before you anxious of tomorrow,

The enemy is at the door,

Great beasts surround my home,

Sin is always waiting to consume my very soul,

Why must we toil oh God!

The very ground that we walk is cursed.

We sow a plentiful harvest

We craft wonderful buildings

We build great houses and fortunes

But in the end everything is meaningless

The harvest does not satisfy

The buildings end up falling

And our fortunes are divided and scattered

Everything is vain

Everything is ashes and dust

You, oh Heavenly God

The creator of the beasts of the land

The sculpture of the birds of the air

You, God almighty expose the idols of the heart of men

The idol of the harvest

The false god of safety

The graven image of fortunes

For what is fear? What does it do to a man?

Fear exposes and cast light to who we really serve

What does a man really serve when anxiety about the future is upon him?

Father, father! I come before you in the name of your son!

I am in the storm, I am in the fire,

I am burning with the worries of tomorrow,

Death is on my doorstep,

Judgement awaits me

Please lift these clouds from me, from my soul

I am afraid

Father God, 

Creator of the sky

Creator of the sea

What is true treasure? 

Can anyone fathom it?

Can anyone truly see or comprehend the true riches you hold?

Is there anything greater than your Son?

Is there anything more powerful than your gospel of salvation?

Is there anything more precious than the blood of the lamb that was slain before the foundations of the world?

Why should I be afraid? Why should I worry?

You feed the birds in the air and creatures of the field

Am I not more precious than these?

How great are you powerful almighty God?

You who created Man from the dust of the ground and breathed life into him?

How great is the one true God?

He walks and parts the seas

He rebukes the storms 

He crafted the Earth with just His word.

But this is not what truly makes you great of Holy Father

What makes our Holy God great?

He is the comforter of our sorrows

He is the small voice in the storm telling us to rest.

His rod disciplines his children 

His staff guides our ways.

He anoints our heads with His Holy Spirit

The cups of our joy overflows

Love and goodness overflows to those who have faith in you

and follows your commandments

To believe in the name of your Son.

Yes God, please give me rest

Please give me comfort through this trial

Give me a spirit of meekness and repentance as I go through this trial

Craft this heart of clay into more of the image of your Son

To do away with the pride of my youth

And the idols of my flesh

Teach me to trust and lean more into you, God.

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise

Teach me to enter into your rest, and to trust in your ways

Forever and ever.

Amen.

“Tiger King” Analysis: Joe Exotic and the consequences of a sinful lifestyle

During this forced quartitine I got the chance to watch the newest sensation on Netflix, a true-crime documentary called Tiger King. As a long-time fan of documentaries, I must say that Tiger King might rank up there as one of the most entertaining, crazy, hilarious, dark, depressing, fascinating and bizarre stories I have ever seen. The documentary, which is only 7, 45-minuite episodes, is quite a complex watch, as this series is one of the best examples of the consequences of living in unrepentant sin. It is both hard to watch, and addicting. Both a sad tale, and a too-funny-to-be true soap opera. To normal America, Tiger King is a freak show. But to those with a discerning mind towards scripture, the show is a cautionary tale of a hellish lifestyle.

Tiger King tells the tale of infamous zoo operator Joe Exotic and his feud with animal rights activist and owner of Big Cat Rescue, Carole Baskin. The show also details the underworld of private zoos and private owners of exotic animals. I found this part to be facionating as the documentary highlights very eccentric characters such as Doc Antle of the Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, Mario Tabraue who served twelve years in prison for a drug-smuggling enterprise and used exotic animals to transport contraband and Tim Stark of WildLife in need. These are some of the many characters Tiger King showcases as nearly everyone that comes on screen is memorable. 

The most memorable of them all is Joe Exotic who, even by TV standards, is highly eccentric. Joe Exotic is an unapolgetic, flamboyant, homosexual who has a mullet, wears colorful leather jackets, and has six-shooter revolvers with him in open carry fashion at all times (and he is not afraid to use them). Exotic is also a hardcore animal lover and big cat lover. At his GW Zoo, a kingdom of outcasts and misfits of sorts, he is the self-proclaimed Tiger King owning many big cats, with his prized possession being a cache of Tigers that he breeds. At odds with Joe Exotic is another highly memorable character. Exotic’s archenemy, Carole Baskin, owner of Big Cat Rescue, who is hellbent on shutting Exotic and his zoo down due to various abuses done by Joe Exotic with his Tigers. Baskin, unlike Joe, is not flamboyant or loud, or carrys six-shooters. Baskin comes across like an animal rights version of Cruella Deville, or some strange rich cat lady. Baskin’s main gimmick, however, is this bizzare sub plot line in the documentary where it is implied that Baskin murdered her ex-husband and fed her to her own Tigers to get his money. Hence the memes that Carole Baskin murdered her husband. It is this rivalery with Exotic and Baskin that form the main plotline of Tiger King and ultimately Exotic’s downfall as he is arrested for a murder-for-hire plot agansit Baskin and is ultimately spending serious jailtime for it at the end of the documentary.

Whether or not there should be private ownership of such exotic animals like Tigers is really up for debate and I don’t believe this is the crux of the story. What Tiger King does show is a very dark community and the extreme nature of a sinful lifestyle and its consequences. Nearly every major character on the show is either shady, or is suffering from mental scars by being around Joe Exotic or the business in general. 

GW Zoo’s employees are almost all misfits or convicted felons that Joe takes extreme advantage of. Tiger King actually showcases some of these characters such as Kelci Saffery, a war vetran who is trans and had her arm torn off by a Tiger, despite that, she came back to work after just five days. John Reinke, who has very cool-looking prosthetic legs and is manager of GW zoo who finally got tired of Exotic’s abuse and left. And Erik Cowie, the head keeper of the zoo and who was hurt emotionally by the killing of a tiger by Joe. Joe Exotic underpays, and has them often living in squalor conditions. What is even more disturbing is the personal life of Joe and his various “husbands.” It is heavily implied that Joe Exotic supplied and controlled both of them using drugs. Nearly all of them testify against Joe during his trial at the end of the documentary.

What exactly is there to learn from Tiger King when Exotic’s life was extra out of the ordinary? The fact is, many, even those who proclaim Christ, are living in lifestyles similar to Joe. We get into very bad and toxic communities with good intentions. Some get sucked up into the love of money, some with the fame and glamor. We try to build our own empires and rule over them. We build Worlds and fantasy lands in our own image instead of God’s. In these false kingdoms we make for ourselves, we almost always suck other people into our own hell and end up hurting and scaring others. Tiger King coyly showcases the consequences from Joe Exotic’s actions on others. Mothers lose sons, marriages are broken, a war vertan loses an arm, people almost lose their lives, parents are taken advantage of, young men and women are fed drugs, a young man commits suicide, people’s lives are destroyed and the animals are grotesquely abused. Above all else, Joe Exotic hurts himself, his own soul and loses his freedom. The veil is torn off towards the end when his own kingdom collapses and now sits in prison.Joe Exotic is no more, and reverts back to Joe Schreibvogel (real name). 

The good news is that there is still hope for redemption. As is always the case for humankind. The fact is, we are all like Joe in some way. We need salvation, we need radical heart change, and we need a reborn life. Is it possible for a man to be born again? Not of flesh, but of spirit? As it is written in the Bible, with man, it is impossible, but with God, all things are possible. Joe Schreibvogel can be reborn, sanctified, and justified, through the blood of God’s only son, Jesus Christ. To know Jesus, His life, death and resurrection, is to know love and to know God. To know he is forgiven and loved by a heavenly Father is worth more than anything that the world has to offer. The fact is, Joe Exotic, by being in prison and his life collapsing because of his sin, still has a chance to receive that free gift of salvation. This is a true mercy by God. Joe now has nothing to lose, other than his own ego. Still, this is often the most difficult thing a man can give up is his own pride. Joe Exotic had plenty of opportunities to give up his pride and escape, yet he continued on. As his empire started to crumble, he started selling more of his soul to even shader characters to save it. Ultimately, his sin leads him into jail where he remains. 

It’s honestly hard to take seriously anything on TV anymore especially reality TV, or documentaries that do not involve pure nature and wildlife. The story of Joe Exotic is almost too bizarre to believe and I am pretty sure the creators took liberties with the story. Joe Exotic himself also comes across as fake and staged. Most of the film and video footage is from cameras that Joe knows is there. Joe also is a showman and is very self aware of his “character.” The lines of reality are blurred and we never really get the sense of who the real Joe Exotic is. It reminds me of the current time we live in where everyone has a camera and we project who we want to be on social media. We craft our own image of ourselves instead of reality, which is often far darker than what we choose to put out. While Joe Exotic wants to craft himself as a rebel who is at war with groups like PETA and Carole Baskin, the documentary crafts Joe Exotic in a different manner, something more bleak. I often asked myself while watching this documentary what made these people the way they are? Of course, many will point to Joe Exotic’s homosexuality as the cause of all his problems and sins. And while that is a major sin in Joe’s life, his problems run deeper and more troubling than that.

Doing research, I found out that Joe Exotic was raped by an older boy when he was only 5. Carole Baskin is also a victim of rape. This is beyond horrible and I can’t imagine what scars that left on Exotic and Baskin. Sin breeds more sin. Doc Antle, Joe’s mentor, is heavily implied to be a polygamist with a cult-like harem of women he leads. He, in turn, influenced Joe Exotic, who has a harem of drug addict men, and a down-on-their-luck staff he takes full advantage of. Sin breeds more sin, it grows, and becomes a roaring Tiger. While we may get a cartoon version of these characters, reality tells us that these are broken and hurt people and no one, but God himself, can peer into the hearts of a human being to see what is really going on. Doing deeper research reveals that Joe Exotic himself is a victim of deep sin that others lashed on him. That he is a broken human, just like all of us. And now he stands in front of his own sins, in a jail cell. 

The question remains, will he take it? Can a man be born again with a new heart and new desires? The question also remains, will we ourselves receive the free gift of salvation? Everyone of us needs to examine ourselves, our communities, and our lifestyles to see if we are acting like Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead. The wages of sin are death. It is not only physical death that can be the fruits of sin, but for Exotic’s case, it can be a deep visceral spiritual death. You can develop a reprobate mind, where you have lost all sense of reason or righteousness and your heart is dead to spiritual matters. This is called a hardening of the heart, and at that point, only God himself can soften it.

Everyone sins. Everyone sins everyday all the time and that is why we need a savior. Still, Tiger King should be looked at, with the goggles of the Bible, as a warning against continuing in sinful lifestyles. 
Tiger King is quite an interesting beast of a documentary. We see these grown men, images bearers of God, tame these magnificent beasts. Tigers, Chimpanzees, animals of all kinds. It is truly a testament of man’s rule over the world and the beast of the earth. It is such a shame that while we are more than capable of taming wild beasts and nature of all kinds, the thing we can’t tame is our own dark hearts and the evil it springs forth. Joe Exotic is an example of a man capable of doing incredible feats of taming powerful beasts, yet he is a deeply flawed, evil man who ended up letting his heart and sin run rampant and taming him. In the end, he became a beast and is now locked in a cage.

Giving Grace to church leaders in the age of the COVID-19, plus demonic activity in the world.

In this video I will discuss the various responses among the church leaders and the demonic activity going on in the age of COVID-19. I end by sharing some uplifting scripture.

The Priestly Prayer of Jesus: A reading of the Bible in Troubled Times

I felt compelled to read from John’s version of the Last Supper. We currently live in troubled times, in the World, as a nation and personally. I just wanted to point out that even before Christ’s darkest hour, He thought about each and everyone of those who believes in His name. What is called the “Priestly Prayer” of the Lord Jesus is interesting because it feels like in the middle of this prayer, the camera “pans out” to just Jesus praying to God, and praying to each of the elect on a global scale through the ages. In a strange sense, we are there at the Last Supper with Him. Please enjoy and God bless!

A Poem from someone wounded in Mind and Heart

By Anonymous

Father, Father, hear my cry

I am in the darkness

I am in pain…

My heart cries for your comfort

And your unending mercy

I am wounded

My head is pierced

I am covered with blood

My friends betray me

The sickle of Death is at my throat

Father, please save me

Save me from this dark place I am in

Sorrow overtakes me

Anxiety pins me down

Hopelessness stares at me with its haunting eyes.

I am wounded

My heart is broken

My soul and spirit bleeds out

My iniquities have grieved me greatly

Great is my sin, a ghost that haunts me.

Father, why am I still alive?

What is my purpose?

Why do you torment me?

Where am I in your plan that you knew since the beginning?

What is my role? The one you’ve laid out before the foundations of the Earth?

What is my identity oh Lord?

The Majesty of the utmost High.

The one true God who is Holy

Whose Word is truth.

Whose nature is pure love.

I am lost, alone, hurt, afraid, and a great depression has fallen over me.

Yet in my darkest hour, you seized Death’s weapon.

You showed me friendship

You wiped the crimson memories and blessed me

The wound is closed

You have saved me oh God.

In my broken-heartedness you were with me this whole time

Your never-ending tenderness, love and mercy was poured out in my cup

Great was my sin, but greater was your forgiveness

Which restored my soul and spirit

The ghosts of my past are nothing compared to you oh heavenly Father.

You love me Heavenly Father

The one true God

All I need to do is look upon your Son

Who died for my many sins

Who you gave to the world, so that many maybe saved

Father, continue teaching me the ways!

Continue teaching me your holy word

To know what true love is

To know what is pleasing in your sight

Comfort me with your rod and staff.

Though I walk through the darkest of valleys

Though I am anxious about the future

I will fear no evil for you are with me always

From now, until the end of the age

As it is written in your word

Though the fig tree may not blossom,

Nor fruit be on the vines;

Though the labor of the olive may fail,

And the fields yield no food;

Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,

And there be no herd in the stalls—

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

I will joy in the God of my salvation.

The Lord God is my strength;

He will make my feet like deer’s feet,

And He will make me walk on my high hills.

Amen

Welcome!

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Whether you like it or not, there is a war going on for your soul and mind. This is especially relevant in the age of the internet where we have access to information at an unprecedented level never before seen in recorded history. As predicted in the Bible, knowledge is increasing, and as predicted in the scriptures, evil is increasing. However, as the forces of evil are hard at work wreaking havoc before their assured destruction, there is an uprising taking place. Many evangelicals may classify this as a “revival.” Whatever you may call it, there are many in this day and age of every age, background, race, and tribe taking the red pill and waking up to what is happening around them. Many are now realizing that everything an obscure Jewish preacher from ancient Judea 2000 years ago named Jesus said is coming true. Many are wakening to the realization that a special collection of old books, letters, prophesies and poetry called the Bible is getting magnified. And many are regurgitating the tired and old arguments, distractions and petty battles that have been plaguing Christendom in the west since the Baby Boomer generation got into the pulpits.

Many, yes many are doing what Jesus Christ has been preaching since the start of his own ministry; Repent and believe the good news.

The time of quarrels, lame “isms”, the obsession over proving God is real, the face-palming strategies in answering the LBGT question, the tricks and shilling to try and fill pulpits and debating over matters that produce cringe is over. The time to change our minds about life, humanity, the human heart, forgiveness, redemption, justice, sin, the struggle of life, sexuality, human relationships, life, death, and the character of God is now. The time of start believing in the redemptive plan of God almighty through his only begotten son, Jesus Christ is now. The time to start believing and studying on what true love and joy is, is now.

This is happening. The end is coming and it is time for the modern man to take the red pill and wake up to the truth about God and the world. The time is coming and has come, when God will judge the world and its evil deeds. The truth is this: God loves us in such a way that He sacrificed His only son, Jesus Christ, His only son that had no sin in him, that whoever believes Him in will not die, but have ever lasting life. It is time. Repent, and believe.