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Honoring the Sabbath Like a Command
As an ex-adventist, I can speak with some authority on this issue. Even in the SDA church it is preached exactly as you have explained it in your article. Gift from God, Sabbath for Man not man for Sabbath, 10 commandments not under the law but still good to do etc... The fact is that once you start regulating and imposing a ritual, it eventually takes over and the ritual itself becomes God. Most Christians also confuse the fact that The Law included all 613 commandments of Moses, they were all together and never to be separated (moral law, ritual law, that is a modern construct, the Jews never saw it as that and still don't). The new covenant did away with the old. Or else you start down the track of "I know it's not a salvation issue, but; yes Sabbath, yes no pork or sea-food, etc, not to mention all of the other commands about sacrifice and women and mens purity etc... Now that Jesus has come, and his holy spirit is here, every day is a sabbath, every day we dedicate our lives in all that we do for him. I just caution people jumping onto this sabbath thing as a fad....it can lead to other things that take away more than it gives.
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
There’s More to Africa Than Just Problems to Solve
I am from Kenya. I always planned if i ever did go to Europe or America, i would use a heavy stereotypical African accent, find a group of guys and tell them how am a son of a chief of an African tribe but was kidnapped by a warlord and forced to be a child solider where I was this close to dying of hunger after running away from being used as a sacrifice to bring victory by the shaman. Also that I have scars on my back from when a crocodile nearly killed me and to top it all of, I came to America/Europe in the basement of a pirate ship to escape Ebola....... then just burst out laughing once the 'you're going to have a bright future' speech begins.
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How Do I Find a Mentor?
What I want for you, Caleb, is not to find a person, but to find people. First, there’s Dan. He was my college Young Life Leader and is currently the first call I make when the decision is too big or the situation is too hard. And you know what’s interesting about Dan? I could probably write all of the advice he’s ever given me in fewer words than the article you’re currently reading. He doesn’t go on an on for an hour a week about his life, he listens and does life with me. And because of that example, I’ve learned from Dan how to be a husband, father and relationship builder. Did he ever sit me down and give me a sermon on parenthood? No. He’s never spoken a word about it. I’ve just watched him work and tried to copy his moves.
The Pastors.com Daily
The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
Lead in faithful intimacy | A guide for husbands
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:16-24)
Was Driscoll's Board a Problem?
Driscoll took an “extended focused break” in August after the Acts 29 church planting network removed him from membership. “We no longer believe [Mars Hill’s board] is able to execute the plan of reconciliation” with critics, wrote president Matt Chandler. Days later, speaker Paul Tripp explained he had resigned from Mars Hill’s Board of Advisors and Accountability (BOAA) because it was an “inadequate replacement for a biblically functioning internal elder board that is the way God designed his church to be led.”
God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead: There's Proof Everywhere
Moral arguments for God's existence may be defined as that family of arguments in the history of western philosophical theology having claims about the character of moral thought and experience in their premises and affirmations of the existence of God in their conclusions. Some of these arguments are on all fours with other theistic arguments, such as the design argument. They cite facts that are claimed to be evident to human experience. And they argue that such facts entail or are best explained by the hypothesis that there is a God... Other moral proofs of God's existence take us away from the patterns of argument typical of natural theology. They deal in our ends and motives. These variants on the moral argument for God's existence describe some end that the moral life commits us to (such as the attainment of the perfect good) and contend that this end cannot be attained unless God as traditionally defined exists (
” See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you today, by loving the LORD your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” (Deut 30: 15-20).
Sermons Are “Fair Game” in Houston — The Real Warning in the Subpoena Scandal
The controversy started when Mayor Parker, often described as the first openly gay mayor of a major American city, led the effort to adopt an anti-discrimination law that, among other things, allows transgender persons to file a complaint and bring charges if they are denied access to a bathroom. Several Houston-area pastors were involved in an effort to rescind the ordinance. They participated in a petition drive that would have put the question before voters, mobilizing their congregations on the issue. They were able to get more than the required number of signatures on the petition, but the city attorney ruled many of the signatures invalid due to technicalities. The city attorney intervened after the appropriate city official had already certified the petitions as adequate. This set the stage for the lawsuit, and the lawsuit set the stage for the subpoenas.
The Message Bible
I have been enjoying reading the Message Bible, but agree that you MUST read it along with the KJV to compare. I was reading it by itself for awhile, but found an error in the book of Exodus. <p>I noticed it when I later read Deuteronomy 10 where it says: '1. GOD responded. He said, 'Shape two slabs of stone similar to the first ones. Climb the mountain and meet me. Also make yourself a wooden chest. 2. I WILL ENGRAVE the stone slabs with the words that were on the first ones, the ones you smashed. Then you will put them in the Chest.''<p> But earlier when I was reading in Exodus 34 it seems like the writer is saying that God had MOSES write the words on the stone this time when they were really written by the finger of God both times. <p>''Exodus 34 1. GOD spoke to Moses: 'Cut out two tablets of stone just like the originals and engrave on them the words that were on the original tablets you smashed.'<p> It seems to imply that God told Moses that Moses was to engrave the words onto the tablets instead of God. I compared it with KJV, NIV and New Century bibles and they all said that God said 'I will write' the words on again, not for Moses to write them.
Does the Universe Have an Explanation
Now, in addition to that, though, I think Bob would be glad to know, if he listens to that debate again, that he will find I offered a second argument in support of premise (2). It’s not enough simply to say, “Well, this is what most atheists think.” But premise (2) is very plausible in its own right. Namely, what would such a cause or explanation of the universe be? We would be talking about something that exists beyond space, beyond time, which is therefore immaterial and which is metaphysically necessary in its existence. Now what in the world could such a thing be? Well, there are two possible candidates that would fit that description. One would be an abstract object, like a number or another mathematical object. Numbers are typically thought by people who believe they exist to be beyond space and time, to be immaterial, and to be metaphysically necessary in their existence. The other alternative would be to say that there is an unembodied consciousness or mind which created the universe. Minds are also immaterial, non-physical entities, and if the mind exists changelessly beyond the universe it would exist beyond space and time.
But Collier is a soldier following orders, so he can’t choose to leave Norman behind. When Norman is reluctant to kill—and it costs another man his life—Collier refuses to let him look away from the consequences. When even that is not enough, he commands Norman to execute a prisoner of war, literally restraining the fellow soldier and forcibly putting the gun in his hand.
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An Experiment in 'Going Saint'
With the exception of having a famous father, Foster is as “ordinary” as the book’s title suggests, and readers draft behind him in recognizable winds: the challenges of marriage and parenting, career ambitions (and jealousies), self-doubt, accumulated regrets. There’s no patronizing sense that Foster’s got a thing (or 400) to teach us. Instead, functioning as a wilderness guide into the “presence and longing” required for spiritual maturity, Foster writes with humor and humility, earnestness and consistent courage. The sheer beauty of this kind of “ordinary” spiritual life is the unexpected progress it makes. “Like watching a little seed, [we] don’t necessarily notice any sprouting, and then one day the forest is alive.”
10 ways to thrive in the face of pastoral challenges
Third, live a godly, holy life before the people . Godly living is simply right, but it also has the practical value of earning the trust and confidence of the congregation. Once when I was a pastor, I had to make a very difficult decision that I knew would be misunderstood and questioned. Some weeks later a couple in the church came to me and told me that they weren’t sure they could stay in the church because they disagreed with the decision I had made. I asked them a pointed question: “Do you believe that I was at least trying to do the right thing and to honor the Lord?” Without hesitation they responded, “Of course. We never doubted that you were doing what you believed to be right. We just think you missed it.” I confessed to them that since the matter was not clearly spelled out in Scripture they just might be right. I might get to heaven and discover that I missed it. But at the very least, God would not rebuke me for not seeking and desiring to do His will. “If you trust my heart,” I told them, “then you are free to question my decisions, and we still have no problem. As long as you feel that I am seeking God, we can work together, even when we disagree.
Resolute Collegiate Conference
Jesus deploys His disciples on a global mission. In fact, central to the mission is a call to discipleship. The objective is to make disciples of all peoples teaching them to obey all that Jesus had commanded (Matthew 28:19-20). The question is: does your life include a passion for discipleship? Does your life mirror Paul’s when he says, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1)? Paul was a man eager to follow Jesus and, in turn, to disciple others and you also are called by God and commissioned by Jesus to this great work of discipleship.
Be Ready to Answer Your Kids Questions About the Bible
But far more important than having lots of old manuscripts is the fact that when we read the Bible ourselves, it begins to win our trust. It is no ordinary book! It has an authority all on its own. It contains 66 books that were written by 40 different authors in three different languages (Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic) over a period of about 1,500 years and yet it is consistent — it all fits together — and doesn’t contradict itself! You don’t have to be a scholar to see this. The Bible shows itself to be the word of God to those who read it! Here’s how a children’s catechism (or teaching lesson) from over 360 years ago says it…
Big Question: What Day Changed the Course of Christian History?
A good case can be made for the Muslim invasion of the Middle East in mid-seventh century, let us say AD 650. No event during the first millennium was more unexpected, more calamitous, and more consequential for Christianity than the rise of Islam. Few irruptions in history have transformed societies so completely and irrevocably as did the conquest and expansion of the Arabs in the seventh century. And none came with greater swiftness. Within a decade three major cities in the Byzantine Christian Empire—Damascus in 635, Jerusalem in 638, and Alexandria in 641—fell to the invaders. Most of the territories that were Christian in the year 700 are now Muslim. Nothing similar has happened to Islam. Christianity seems like a rain shower that soaks the earth and then moves on, whereas Islam appears more like a great lake that constantly overflows its banks to inundate new territory.
Faithful Thinkers: Dangers of Requiring Complete Knowledge
The Lack of Knowledge
A while back I wrote a post regarding our lack of complete knowledge and how, rather than being a bad thing, it is actually a good thing. I've also written regarding the fact that our knowledge will never be complete , which is something that we must get used to and be comfortable with.
This is true regardless of which worldview that one holds. However, many people act as if they require complete knowledge and understanding of a worldview before they decide to accept it as true. They argue that since they do not want to blindly accept a worldview that may be false, they must not accept a worldview unless they have certainty that it does not contain any falsehoods. On the surface, this is being quite careful. But we must remember that while we are investigating one worldview, we are holding another- that we are not investigating (maybe we haven't ever, maybe we have in the past). I have heard it commonly put that "the skeptic must be skeptical of his skepticism" to avoid being dishonest. Even skepticism must be investigated and justified, though.
This Requirement Applied in Crime Investigations
However, this doesn't really come up as an issue until someone possesses much evidence for the truth of the worldview that they are investigating but still do not accept it, due to some unanswered questions or some mystery that they want prior to acceptance.
The Continuing Influence of the Reformation: Our lives, our thoughts, our theology- Reformation Review
The Reformation has had a lasting impact upon our lives. You may not realize it, but from the economy to politics, from theology to family life, the debates of the Reformation resonate through to today. Here, we will investigate in very broad strokes the influence the Reformation continues to have on our daily lives.
Coeur d'Alene city officials to pastors: perform gay marriages of face jail, fines
That said, I do think there are better ways for those with such businesses to handle these kind of cases. Greg Koukl of STR has suggested ways to go about this that may likely end up with the same sex couple looking to do business elsewhere. So instead of the Knapp’s saying “no, we do not hold same sex weddings” it is the same sex couple saying “we will take our business elsewhere”. He suggests that they ask the same sex couple basic questions and then follow up simply to determine if this couple is really having a “wedding” at all as opposed to just looking to find someone to sue. He also suggests that after this first phone call or meeting that it is left to the same sex couple to follow up. Obviously, if they do not follow up…its over. If it turns out there is a “wedding” being planned for real and the couple does follow up, Mr. Koukl suggests asking questions such as “we understand this is a big day for you, do you want someone “marrying” you who can properly celebrate the day with you?” and then explaining that you may not be the best candidate because you believe that marriage is the union of man and woman.
Gay Rights and Ideology
We’re also intuitively aware that gay rights today plays an important emotional role in American secular culture. It’s become the Great Cause, and progressivism needs Great Causes to justify its claim to power. Moreover, this Great Cause is especially dangerous because it is so artificial. There is no crisis of discrimination against homosexuals in America. As a result, the Great Cause of stamping out what for the most part does not exist becomes highly ritualized and detached from reality.
Question of the Week: Favorite Non-Bible Book on Jesus
Each Week on Saturday, I’ll be asking a “Question of the Week.” I’d love your input and discussion! Ask a good question in the comments and it may show up as the next week’s question! I may answer the questions in the comments myself.
Government: Conduct Same-Sex Wedding or Go to Jail
The Idaho case involves Donald and Evelyn Knapp , both ordained ministers, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel . Officials from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, told the couple that because the city has a non-discrimination statute that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, and because the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Idaho’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, the couple would have to officiate at same-sex weddings in their own chapel.
Is Jesus Really the Messiah? Three Messianic Expectations at the Time of Jesus
Even though miracles are often overlooked in the traditional messianic expectation (as in the article I posted), it is evident that Jewish people at the time of Jesus did look for signs/miracles to accompany the Messiah’s work. In the New Testament, the Greek word for kingdom is “basileia,” which denotes “sovereignty,” “royal power,” and “dominion.” The references to the word “kingdom” can be seen in two classes: First, it is viewed as a present reality and involves suffering for those who enter into it (2 Thess 1:5). Second, the kingdom is futuristic and involves reward (Matt 25:34), as well as glory (Matt 13:43). In observing the ministry of Jesus, He demonstrated one of the visible signs of His inauguration of the kingdom of God would not only be the dispensing of the Holy Spirit (John 7: 39), but also the ability to perform miracles. But if the kingdom is breaking into human history, then the King has come. If the Messianic age has arrived, then the Messiah must be present.
Does the church do a good job of equipping Christians to talk to non-Christians?
Most churches these days are not doing a good job of helping Christians to understand how to explain and defend Christianity to non-Christians. They tend to be focused on providing comfort and entertainment, which is why so much of the focus is on compassion, singing and being “nice”. Logical arguments are out. Scientific evidence is out. Historical evidence is out. There is a terrible fear of disagreeing with anyone. Everyone is focused on being “nice” and being “liked” by non-Christians. Instead of teaching people what Christians think is true, we teach people how to recycle cans and how to color pictures of Jesus.
Dr. Sproul starts this section by referring to the Apostle's Creed, then references Isaiah 53:7-9 and discusses the reason and need for expediency for the burial and the burial process. Joseph of Arimathea's relationship to Jesus is discussed as well as the involvement of Nicodemus. Dr Sproul concludes the section by discussing the question of where did Jesus go while in the tomb and relates that to 1 Peter 3:18b-19.
Atheism and the Unscratchable Itch
I think the attempt of the dissatisfied atheist to salvage the splendor of the religious worldview in a godless world is doomed to fail. The best non-theistic option is some kind of Platonic atheism where objective values are identified with various Platonic Forms or abstract objects. The problem is Platonic atheism does not sufficiently ground moral duty, nor does it help in providing an over-arching story or compelling narrative for my life. To see why consider: we owe moral obligations to people, not things. For example, I have a moral obligation to tell you the truth, or to not steal your wallet. I don’t have a moral obligation to my chair to not (say) weigh 500 pounds. But, on the Platonic atheist story, I am told that my moral obligation is to a thing—a Platonic property—and this makes no sense. Further, on Platonic atheism, the Platonic Forms are just a brute non-personal reality. Like the universe, there is no explanation for why they exist; they just do. But then, they offer no hope of providing a story, a satisfying narrative, in which to find meaning in life.
ESPN profiles wives of SEC head footbal coaches
Denny, you hit the nail on the head. I saw this last week and yes it’s full of rich tradition and all the stuff we love about college football, but there are some harsh underlying realities. I remember when will muschamp was introduced as head coach at the university of florida(a dark day), he said at his press conference that his wife is used to being a “widow” from August through February. I tend to think it’s even longer than that with spring ball, year round recruiting, and off the field issues that pop up when you’re least expecting it, to name a few. This is a rough life and these women need our prayers.
Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: The Christian Faith Is an Objective Faith
I had a debate with the head of the philosophy department of a Midwestern university. In answering a question, I happened to mention the importance of the resurrection. At this point, my Opponent interrupted and rather sarcastically said, "Come on, McDowell, the key issue is not whether the resurrection took place or not; it is 'do you believe it took place?'" What he was hinting at (actually boldly asserting) is that my believing was the most important thing. I retorted immediately, "Sir, it does matter what I as a Christian believe, because the value of Christian faith is not in the one believing, but in the one who is believed in, its object." I continued that "if anyone can demonstrate to me that Christ was not raised from the dead, I would not have the right to my Christian faith" (I Corinthians 15: 14).
Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: The Problems with Open Theism
For centuries, scholars have argued about the tension that exists between God's
predestination and our free will. Some have backed a model of determinism, but such
a position holds certain problems, such as the inability of human beings to make
choices that are truly free. This may lead to even greater difficulties such as making
God ultimately responsible for evil actions.
Because of those problems, some Christians
have opted to abandon determinism all together and swung radically to another extreme:
Open Theism. Open Theism is a view that basically says God has the ability to do
anything logically possible and know everything there is to know but undecided future
events cannot be known. The main proponents of this view are Clark Pinnock, Gregory
Boyd and William Hasker.
Basic Views Of Open Theism
1. God does not have to control everything to be sovereign
All Christians agree that God is sovereign. But does this necessarily mean that
God has to control every detail of His creation to be sovereign over it. Bruce Reichenbach
writes "To be sovereign does not mean that everything that occurs accords with
the will of the sovereign or that the sovereign can bring about anything that he
or she wants.
Logical Gal-statements that die before reaching 1st base
Thanks for your example about Hitler. The definition has ‘morphed or changed’ in the sense that some people accuse one of being ‘intolerant’ if they express an opinion contrary to theirs. What has changed is that the average person has not been trained to think through to the logical conclusion of their beliefs!
In Store Now: "Psalms" by Tremper Longman III
This week we received a new commentary on the Psalms by Tremper Longman III in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary (TOTC) series. I know what some of you are thinking. Didn’t Derek Kidner write the commentary on Psalms in that series? Yes, he did. Is it out of print? No, it’s not. And I’m very thankful for that since I love Kidner on the Psalms. Kidner’s commentaries are now part of the “ Kidner Classics Commentaries ” along with his commentary on Jeremiah. This is certainly a win-win situation. The TOTC gets a nice updated edition on the Psalms and the classic set by Kidner is still available for those who have grown to love him and, like me, enjoy introducing him to others.
Answering Muslims: Jihadists Accused of Genocide in Congo
International Business Times —Just days after 27 people were killed in Congo by suspected Ugandan rebels, 22 people, including at least eight children, were killed in a fresh attack in the conflict-ridden eastern region of the country on Saturday, according to a report by Agence France-Presse, or AFP. Militants belonging to the Islamist group Allied Democratic Forces - National Army for the Liberation of Uganda, or ADF-NALU, are suspected to be behind the attacks.
The latest attack reportedly occurred about 30 miles from the town of Beni, located in the rebel stronghold of North Kivu in the country’s northeast. Ten women, eight children and four men were killed when rebels raided the village of Byalos, according to media reports.
“This is a genocide, the way in which the ADF kills these people,” Omar Kavota, a spokesperson for the Civil Society of North Kivu said, according to a Reuters report.
The attack comes just two days after 27 people, including many children, were killed in the same area during raids by rebel militia. ( Continue Reading.
Reading through Star Wars: Expanded Universe
I have read almost every book in the Star Wars Expanded Universe that takes place post-movies. With the sun setting on the EU and rising on a new series of “canon” novels, I’ve had a hankering to go back to the beginning (Princess Bride reference, anyone?) and re-read a number of the books in the series. So I’m going to. I think I’ll actually start with Darth Pelagius because it’s been recommended by a large number of people, and then dive in at the place I started so long ago: The Courtship of Princess Leia.
Ask R.C. Jr: What have we lost in the lost art of letter writing?
Which brings us perhaps to the best feature of the internet — it is unreal. There is no actual world in the world wide web. Though there is a web. Just like buying with a credit card is easier because it doesn’t look or feel like money, so communicating via the web, where there is no ink, no paper, no hands touching, feels like not communicating at all. Which means none of the rules of communication apply. We aren’t lying if we aren’t actually saying something. We certainly can’t be held accountable if no one knows us, or knows our name .
Sunday Quote!- Forgiveness in Islam and Christianity
So does God need to be a man and die in order to be able to forgive people? That’s against the mightiness of God. God is All Forgiver, He forgives sins. You may forgive others if they hurt you, isn’t God more Forgiver and Merciful than you? If these sins are against others then Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said that if you heart someone then you should ask him forgiveness otherwise he will take from your good deeds credit in the Hereafter till you are bankrupt. If you don’t have access to ask him forgiveness or give him back his right, then you should pray for him and ask God to forgive him. But to say that for God to be just and be able to forgive sins according to the law that He put in the Old Testament, He must be a man and kill Himself, that’s against the mightiness of God and has nothing to do with justice.
Craig Evans on “Did Jesus intend to found the Christian Church?
ion and instruction of the Gentiles, then the answer is yes. Jesus did not wish to lead his disciples out of Israel, but to train followers who will lead Israel, who will bring renewal to Israel , and who will instruct Gentiles in the way of the Lord. Jesus longed for the fulfillment of the promises and the prophecies, a fulfillment that would bless Israel and the nations alike. The estrangement of the church from Israel was not the result of Jesus’ teaching or Paul’s teaching. Rather, the parting of the ways, as it has been called in recent years, was the result of a long process”—Craig Evans , From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation.
Mann's Word: Proof of God’s Existence Based on Human Exceptionalism
Our human dignity is based upon the fact that we are god-like
even if we have corrupted ourselves. We therefore have an obligation to treat
our fellow humans with dignity, even if they have acted in undignified ways.
Consistent with this, psychotherapeutic practice requires that we treat the
clients with unconditional-positive-regard, as if they possess an unalienable dignity.
If they don't, they will lose their client, since they too have an intuition
that they must be treated with dignity.
Faithful Thinkers: Should Christians Accept Secular Critique?
As humans we tend to prefer to listen to those who agree with us and avoid the discomfort of having our views challenged.We find this in all sorts of people who hold all sorts of different views- be they religious, philosophical, political, or whatever. As a child my most common exposure to this attitude was from those in the church. I remember one person pointing to scripture to affirm such an attitude:
Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual...The spiritual person can evaluate everything, yet he himself cannot be evaluated by anyone." 1 Corinthians 2:12-15 (HCSB)
It was offered that the wisdom of unsaved people is useless to me, and the wisdom that I offer them is foolish to them. I was led to believe that anytime an unbeliever challenged my view, that scripture encouraged me to completely disregard it and anything else the person had to say.