This broadcast highlights a portion of a speech given by Carl Kerby who appeared at a VCY America rally on October 29th of this year.
Carl was a founding board member of Answers in Genesis and was with that ministry for over 15 years before leaving to co-found the apologetics ministry known as Reasons for Hope. He travels around the nation and beyond bringing a message of challenge to Christians to be bold as they share their faith with others and live out what they believe.
Carl believes in teaching young people how to think and not what to think. He believes that when you approach life this way, the entire world becomes your classroom. In fact, he says you can turn any museum into a creation museum when you know how to think and not what to think.
How can people have such divergent views regarding the world around us when we’re looking at the same evidence? You need a point of reference to wade through all of this modern day information. It must be one you can trust and not just intellectually.
So is what we see consistent with design or random chance processes? Who’s going to be more convincing regarding their answer? Carl noted that there are over 400,000 churches in America. There are approximately 6,000 first-run theaters. Carl then referenced the Star Wars movie that came out about 1-1/2 to 2 years ago. It ran at 4,200 theaters. What do you think impacted our culture more, 4,200 theaters or 400,000 churches? The theaters won in terms of reaching the young generation.
Our job is pretty straightforward. It’s to get out and share the love of Christ with those we come into contact with, speaking the truth in love and give a reason for the hope that lies within us in meekness and fear.
At one engagement, Carl asked the audience if they believe that at the name of Jesus, demons will flee? Since they flee at that name, he asked if they could tell him the name of the last 3 people they shared Jesus with in the last week, month or year. He admitted, it’s easier to sing emotional lyrics that talk about demons fleeing at the name of Christ than to live them. This is why the 400,000 churches need to step up.
Carl keyed off of James 1:5 where it asks that if you lack wisdom, what are you supposed to do? The answer to that is the key to finding out how you get 400,000 churches to become invisible in the culture. Who are we asking when we lack wisdom? Are we asking God or are we asking man, and that includes authors at the Christian bookstores.
In James 1:6 it says, ‘nothing wavering’. That’s doubt. That is how you get to the point where you have 400,000 churches that are basically invisible. It’s the tool that Satan used in the beginning. In other words, ‘Did God really say…?’ So in the end we have a lot of ‘double-mindedness’ where Christians are trying to put one foot in the world’s wisdom and the other in God’s Word and those two foundations are not the same.
Carl has much more as he skillfully applies God’s Word to today’s world on this important edition of Crosstalk.
To obtain a CD or DVD copy of the entire ‘Becoming Bold’ rally, call 1-800-729-9829 or go to www.vcyamerica.org Included on both is music from the ladies group, ‘Forever Be Sure’. The DVD includes the videos and the PowerPoint graphics used by Carl.
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