Man’s Greatest Achievements?

How many heroes are there nowadays? They come in all shapes and forms. Some are living some are dead. But, what are they really? Are they more imagined then real? Actors, musicians, athletes, politicians, preachers, even rebels, outlaws, dogs and cats can become our “heroes”. Yet, the scriptures teach that, “man at his very best is altogether vanity”. So, why do we celebrate people with such intensity and obsession? Is it because we are driven to devotion and we need heroes to bring some hope into our lives that otherwise is missing, or nonexistent? Is it because we aspire to be popular, needing others to love us so that we too can feel valued and appreciated?

When I decided to follow Jesus back in 75′ it was the beginning of the end for all my heroes. Our Creator began opening my eyes and understanding to reality and the fact that my great heroes were just human beings like myself. One of my favorite songs goes, “On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand…” It’s one of the most profound verses ever written. Why, because it summarizes what truly is the height of human achievement and that is to be devoted and confident in Christ Jesus as the One that gave us life and offered Himself so we wouldn’t have to face justice for crimes against Him. On top of all that, He has a place prepared for those that love Him. Again the scriptures tell us, “eye has not seen nor ear heard, the things that God has prepared for those that love Him and are the called according to His purpose”.

How many of our great human heroes are dismal failures in this regard? Some have rejected fame and have preferred to point us towards our Creator as the true hero and this is more of how it should be! Who are the real heroes? Those that direct us back to our Creator, The One that gives us real hope!

Wayne Hollyoak

Entitlements and Vain Things

What happens when you bring science into the Christian Church? Well for one thing you’ll get something referred to as a “theologian”, or a person who is considered a religious expert. One of those fellers from a while back had trouble with understanding a simple word, namely, “predestination” and thought it meant, “predetermination”. He supposed that there were folks determined by the Creator for hell and those determined for heaven. This false understanding of the Biblical concept of “predestination” has taken the “evangelical” Christian world by storm. In this new amalgamation of the doctrine of “predestination” if someone “ask’s Jesus into their heart” as they put it, they will have sealed their “destiny” as a future citizen of God’s kingdom. As these theologians and preachers tell us, “if you genuinely ask Jesus into your heart”, you are now “eternally secure” and can never lose your salvation. So, what they are saying is that salvation becomes an entitlement for anyone who sincerely asks Jesus into their heart. They argue that if the Bible says we have eternal life when we ask Jesus into our heart, it wouldn’t be eternal if we could lose our salvation.

It really comes back to what salvation really is, Our Creator tells us in the Bible that salvation is a promise. Paul the Apostle taught believers to put on for a helmet, “the hope of salvation”. That is that when a believer stands before the Creator, to be judged at our appointed time in the next life, those who have kept their faith in Jesus as their Savior who offered His blood for our sins will be saved from damnation that would otherwise be the penalty for sin. Then they will say that “salvation is a gift” how can you ever lose a gift, will God take it back? No, it’s a gift true, but one received by faith as a promise for that future day.

I tell folks I am saved and what I am saying is that I am completely confident that Jesus has cancelled my debts as a sinner and as my High Priest has offered himself to cleanse me of all unrighteousness as long -as I believe in Him, that is Jesus, born of the a virgin, crucified, resurrected on the third day and sitting at the right hand of our Creator, the only begotten of the Creator full of grace and truth and the only Way to His Kingdom. At the end of his life the Apostle Paul said, “I have run the course, I have kept the faith…” That’s how our Creator’s gift of salvation must be received! It truly is, “Amazing grace” and not “Amazing grant”. Security comes only in that faith and confidence while we are running the course.

Every man, woman and child must at some point look to Jesus, the one born of a virgin who died on a cross for our salvation, and ask His forgiveness and trust Him for it the rest of their lives. This is Our Creator’s Way to His Kingdom. That promise is clearly stated in the familiar passage: “For God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever would believe in Him shall to perish but receive eternal life.” We, who have done so, must be very careful to respect that Holy Name of Jesus and always make sure that we honor our Creator by honoring His Son as Our Savior and High Priest and His Father as the only “Holy Father”. He has given us the gift of the Bible as the guide book to stay on His path.

Wayne Hollyoak

The Lies of Science and the Human Condition

Should we really be surprised that violence is becoming more and more prevalent around the world? This abomination we call, “science”, is turning more a more people away from The God who put us all here. As the teachings of science continue to pour out over humanity like a pyroclastic flow over the souls of people scorching their consciences with contempt for “creationism” and anything that sounds like it and painting godly people as fools, should it come as a surprise that some of those people will actually believe that these “educators” are telling the truth. For a long time I also was sucked into that mess and it wasn’t because I was wanting to know the truth, rather it was because I was careless with trust. I gave merit to the notion that men could understand the things created by Someone far greater than all of us.

It really is impossible to comprehend living creatures based on just what we can see and examine. The complexity and richness of all living things goes way beyond the physical. To begin to really understand living things you must always start with an understanding of their Maker. Science not only bypasses this crucial first step, it is teaching that you should do the opposite. This is the biggest and most dangerous lie to come out of today’s “science”. That is that there is no creator, that living things created themselves, that they were spontaneously generated by completely natural processes.

So, what are the implications of this false teaching? What meaning is there to life? What purpose is there for living things including man? None, unless they perhaps assign one for you and me I suppose. “Hey everybody, let’s save the whales and protect the environment!” If that doesn’t float your boat just being generally selfish and self indulging seems to be a more popular alternative. The godless teachings of science tell us that the future of creation is in our hands when in fact it is completely in the hands of the One that made it including us.

Science Teaches We Are Animals

So, you see that the false premise corrupts everything that follows it. It also corrupts the minds of those that trust it. As people loose hope for a meaningful future, they get desperate and do desperate things. When you teach young people that they are animals, don’t be surprised when they act like animals. Every human life is extremely important. We are not animals in the least! When our Creator willingly went to the cross for us, He proved that forever!

Wayne Hollyoak