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The spiritual condition of the United States


Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis gave an address to a worldwide audience earlier this week when he examined the spiritual health of America and challenged Christians to be prepared to answer the questions that people are asking.



Ken Ham largeAs a response to this question Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis has delivered his own ‘“State of the Nation II” speech, highlighting how far the U.S. has wandered from its moral foundations, and calling Christians back to their biblical roots.

Ham who is president of Answers in Genesis (AiG) the biblical apologetics ministry responsible for the world-renowned Creation Museum near Cincinnati, presented his speech from inside the Creation Museum and via webcast live last Tuesday.
In the advance publicity for the meeting which was webcast live he said:

You’ve heard from the president, government leaders, and others about the economy and the serious isues facing the country. But few of them address the deeper concern—our move away from a biblical foundation.
“Many Christians have been duped into accepting a false idea: that there is a ‘neutral’ position they can take in regard to social issues.“Some Christians even accept the myth that the U.S. Constitution declares that there should be a separation of church and state. They are hesitant to inject Christian beliefs into politics.”

Calling for a robust defence by Christian of what they believe Ham continued:

“God’s Word, however, makes it clear that there is no neutral position,” Ham continued. “God’s people need to unashamedly and uncompromisingly stand on the Bible and its absolute standards. We need to proclaim a Christian worldview and the gospel, all the while giving answers for the hope we have.”

The webcast touched on social issues such as abortion, “gay” marriage, origins, and the role of religion in society. The aim of the speech was and is to equip Christians with a clear understanding of what the Bible says on these matters—and find out how to defend the biblical viewpoint in an increasingly hostile environment.

“We need to learn what we can do to call America back to the only sure foundation—biblical authority,” Ham explained. “We need to stand unashamedly upon God’s Word in the face of a skeptical society and find out how we can do more than just watch our country slip into a moral quagmire. “The skeptical world expects answers. Get equipped to point people to the truth.”

During the course of the address he quoted from a speech by President Obama in which the latter affirmed that America was now a polytheistic nation. Ham and listed the ways in which the Christian 'marker stones' have been removed from public life. Ham argued that the 'reminders have been removed' and these aids to memory have produced a spiritual malaise which knows nothing of America's Christian heritage.
Prayer in schools, Scripture passages carved on government buildings, traditional marriage, the sanctity of life and the teaching of creation in public schools served as some of those reminders, he noted. But these have been and are progressively being removed, said Ham. And with that, younger generations are increasingly abandoning God's Word and making "man's word" their foundation.





Christians Together, 19/02/2010

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Donald Boyd 24/02/2010 17:51
Encourage people to watch this State of the (American) Nation address II by Ken Ham.
Alec (Guest) 25/02/2010 12:14
Ken Ham is guilty of peddling the most brain dead anti-intellectual nonsense ever. His "museum" gets referred to as the "Temple of Dumb"

To suggest that dinosaurs and men roamed the earth at the same time is ridiculous. There is no evidence WHATSOEVER for this. It is pure fantasy based on dogma, not evidence.

This guy was best described some time ago by a Free Church preacher:

"I hate to say this but I agree with you. I only heard Ken Ham once and it terrified me. He is actually one of your best allies - he will split churches and make fools of many of us. Let me put it this way - this is one Free Church he will never be allowed to speak in (at least not without someone sensible to give a rebuttal). I actually think that the majority of Free Churches would not allow him"

It was a response to atheists on richarddawkins.net

The same preacher in an article on his website describes him as:

"and am totally turned off by the abrasive, aggressive and self promoting Ken Ham. It seems to me that the attempt to prove the Bible from science is as untenable as the attempt to disprove it"

Exactly. Spot on

Keep well away form this guy and his nonsense. The damage that Ken Ham does to Christianity can only be guessed at

Alec
George Orr 25/02/2010 17:15
"To suggest that dinosaurs and men roamed the earth at the same time is ridiculous. There is no evidence WHATSOEVER for this. It is pure fantasy based on dogma, not evidence."

Alec to suggest that there is no God and that the bible is just a collection of myths is the ridiculous stance.

Is this your belief?

Do you really believe quoting an anonymous free church preacher really settles things!

Let's face it you often need a theological degree to get the bible so wrong!
Alec (Guest) 25/02/2010 17:42
George said:

"to suggest that there is no God and that the bible is just a collection of myths is the ridiculous stance.

Is this your belief?"

You are right - after all "the fool hath said in his heart there is no God" - but I am not the one making that assertion! And no it is NOT my belief

The anonymous FCOS preacher I quoted has written a book challenging Dawkins. His challenge to Dawkins is the most robust and thorough to date. It is quite simply the best apologetic response among what is a very mixed bag.

YEC flies in the face of all the evidnece as to the age of the earth. It is predicated purely on dogma and nothing else, in particular ONE PARTICULAR interpretation of the Bible.

There are many Christian scientists who have nothing to do with it. And rightly so.

Interestingly, if you take the "religion" out of the equation, there are NO real scientists who hold to a YEC position. If you can show me an atheist YEC scientist, then fine, I know of none. If there ARE any, you can probably count them on one hand.

There are plenty OEC scientists however.

Every YEC "scientist" is a dogmatist first and a scientist second. Interestingly, the other large body of believers who endorse YEC is Muslims

Funny how Muslim extremists and "Christian" extremists are so alike in many ways...
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