So, lately on my FaceBook timeline I've noticed there has been quite a stir among the urban apologetics community concerning what the Bible teaches on soteriology; basically doctrines related what salvation is and how it occurs. Quite frankly soteriology is a subject I've intentionally avoided on Tru-ID because I understand it can be one of those subjects that fractures rather than builds. I felt that my primary goal was to provide content that people from all theological camps could benefit from and put to use. With that said, one's understanding about salvation and how it occurs can have serious implications as to how you approach apologetics or articulate the gospel. So, I've lined up some guests who can educate us on a diversity of soteriological views. For this episode, we will be talking about "Molinism" with Tim Stratton, the founder of Free Thinking Ministries.
As I was just getting my feet wet in building a public apologetics platform , Tim Stratton, gave me my first shot at blogging and getting my ideas out there. It's been a long time coming but I've finally managed to get him on as a Tru-ID Guest. In addition to giving us and introduction to "Molinism", Tim Stratton, gives us an overview of an argument he has developed called the Free Thinking Argument Against Naturalism***. Get ready for a heavy dose of apologetics and theology!!
Does the Bible teach that mankind has "free will"?
What is the Molinism?
What is soteriology?
What does Molinism have to do with soteriology?
What is the Free Thinking Argument Against Naturalism***?
***Note: Naturalism is basically a strict form of atheism.
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Y'all know how we do. Anytime I'm doing a presentation at a conference or other public event I try to obtain the audio from it so that I can share it with you guys. As my listeners might recall, in our last episode we caught up with president of the Mentionables Apologist Network, Joel Furches, who talked about the Mentionable Conference we had coming up in Greensboro, NC. Well last week I had the privilege of presenting at the first annual Mentionables Conference on the topic "The Historical Impact of the Church". I had a blast kickin' it with all that were presenting and/or in attendance and am thankful I can share my contribution to the event with our Tru-ID Podcast listener family!
P.S. Be on the lookout at my Youtube channel as we will be updating it with excerpts from the Mentionables Conference (i.e. Q & A) a lots of videos coming soon!
The contribution of the church to philosophy, science, humanitarianism, and law.
I’m out of town this week In Greensboro, North Carolina where I’ll be teaching at an apologetics conference along with the The Mentionables apologist network. For this episode I was able to chop it up with founder and el presidente of the Mentionables, apologist Joel Furches. We covered a lot of ground in this episode dealing with the question of why the church needs apologetics and digging into the so called “Problem of Evil”. Check it out!!
Part 3: Final thoughts and responses to Come Sunday/Carlton Pearson
In our previous shows I provided biblical and philosophical responses to the points raised by Pearson in the movie Come Sunday, interviews, and from his website. In this episode we continue addressing his specific heretical claims and giving tips as to how we might go about helping someone like Pearson to think through difficult questions and challenge heretical ideas with logic and sound biblical teaching.
As I said before, In the same way that a viral infection left untreated can lead to serious physical consequences, erroneous ideas can infect our minds and hearts in such a way that we find ourselves unable to walk rightly with God. For that reason, we must keep our hearts with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23) as we contend against lies that are circulating in society and causing people to stumble. So Let's get it!!!
Responding to Pearson’s claim that Jesus has saved everyone and everyone is going to “Heaven”.
Answering the question: “How can a loving God send people to hell?”
Using Christian philosophy about morality to respond to Pearson regarding why people go to hell?
Answering the question: “What about people who live evil and then come to Christ at very end of their lives? If they go to ‘Heaven’ how is that fair?”
Links to additional info on the “Problem of Evil:
From Reasonable Faith Ministries (William Lane Craig)
Video #1: On the Logical Problem of Evil
Video #2: On the Probability Version of the Problem of Evil
We're always trying to think of new ways to bring dope content to our listeners here at Tru-ID. One of the things we've decided to do is bring in brothers and sisters in Christ who have particular areas of expertise and can help us to deepen our knowledge on certain topics while sharpening our ability to defend the Faith.
For this episode we decided to turn our response to Carlton Pearson's movie "Come Sunday" into an opportunity to add an element to the show. I want to introduce Anthony Cummings to our Tru-ID family. Brother Cummings is credentialed as a language coach and specializes in languages of the Bible (i.e. Greek, Aramaic, Hebrew). We plan to have Brother Cummings as a regular contributor on the show to give us insight on objections to or questions about Christianity which revolve around the biblical languages.
Introducing linguist contributor to Tru-ID, Anthony Cummings
Responding to the Bible passages Carlton Pearson uses to support his heretical teachings.
In our previous show I provided my initial thoughts after having watched the recently released movie about Carlton Pearson entitled, "Come Sunday". Now it's time for us to get down to business of addressing his specific heretical claims and giving tips as to how we might go about helping someone like Pearson to think through difficult questions and challenge heretical ideas with logic and sound biblical teaching.
In the same way that a viral infection left untreated can lead to serious physical consequences, erroneous ideas can infect our minds and hearts in such a way that we find ourselves unable to walk rightly with God. For that reason, we must keep our hearts with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23) as we contend against lies that are circulating in society and causing people to stumble. So Let's get it!!!
Special Note: Please excuse the audio flubbs at the end. I was attempting to make a final comment on the show while rocking my one year old son to sleep which turned out to be a lot harder to do than I thought. I think he managed to get in a split second cameo at the end. LOL Anyway Love y'all man...Enjoy
Identifying false conceptions of God
Tracing the experiences and ideas that led to Pearson embracing heresy.
Addressing Pearson's claim that there is no hell and that Earth/this life is Hell.
Whaddup my peoples!!
In this episode we discuss Carlton Pearson and the new movie detailing his transition further away from orthodox Christian teaching. For those who aren't familiar with Carlton Pearson, he was a very influential Pentecostal Preacher up until about 2007. Not only did Pearson pastor a megachurch but he was also nationally known for preaching at various conferences and even putting some of today's most notable preachers on the map (i.e. TD Jakes). All of that came to a crashing halt when Pearson came to believe that God told him that there is no hell, Jesus has already saved everyone, and everyone is going to heaven. Pearson was rightly deemed a heretic by the ministerial authorities he was affiliated with and went on to continue preaching his "gospel of inclusion" in forums that would have him. Recently, this aspect of Pearson's story was captured in a Netflix Exclusive movie entitled "Come Sunday".
Earlier this week I did a Facebook Live with some initial observations that I'd drawn from the movie. I'd intended to put out a full response to the questions and objections Pearson articulates in the movie, however, unfortunately I'm still getting over a pretty bad cold and was unable to do so. Also, I realized that in order to record an episode this week I would have had to record on the day my wife and I are celebrating our 9th anniversary. Husbandly wisdom leads me to believe that if I want to live to see our 10th anniversary then it would probably be a good idea to not spend this anniversary recording apologetics material rather than hanging out with my wife. LOL Candice don't play that! With that said I've converted that FB live to an audio episode which you'll get to see more of my off the cuff comical side along with theological and philosophical points that I believe will help Christians to work their way through difficult questions while avoiding patterns of thought or behavior that tend toward adopting heretical views of scripture. Next week we'll dig deeper into specific responses to the concerns raised by Carlton Pearson.
About a year and some change ago I sat down with a former Hebrew Israelite turned Christian apologist who goes by the name Brother J. In that interview Brother J talked aboutm being influential as a music artist in the Hebrew Israelite movement and how leaving Hebrew Israelism was sort of like Lebron James left Cleveland and went to Miami. lol He caught a lot of "heat" from the Hebrew Israelite community (pun intended).
Anyway, from then till now Brother J has been relentless in putting out solid apologetics ministry to Hebrew Israelites. Brother J sits down with us again to talk about how that transition has been for him and share insights as to what he finds to effective in ministering to Hebrew Israelites. PLUS Brother J is a talented musician and just dropped his new album titled "A.D." (After Deception)
Check out this interview in which Brother J AKA "J the Producer" in which we listen to some cuts off of his new album and he brings us up to speed on his apologetics ministry and life with Christ that inspires his music!
Your boy Adam Coleman (Scott Lane) is out of town again but we're keeping this content flowing to equip the saints as best we can. I was truly excited to sit down with the host of the "Urban Perspective" ,Pastor Jerome Gay Jr., for a discussion about the purpose of the Mosaic law and Hebrew Israelite misconceptions about the law. There is definitely a lot here for listeners to sink their teeth into. Check it out and be sure to subscribe to us on Itunes if you haven't already.
Plus I was feeling nostalgia so I put an old song I had back in the day with my homie Sir Walter III at the end of the episode.
Title: Louder (I’m on the 3rd verse)
What is the purpose of the Old Testament Law?
What misconceptions about the Old Testament Laws do we tend to find among Hebrew Israelites?
You just never know how personally grappling with some of life's toughest challenges and questions will put you in position to help someone else as they do the same. In Galatians 6:2 we are told:
"Bear one another's burdens, and in doing so fulfill the law of Christ."
The fact of the matter is many people, both followers of Christ and non-believers, struggle with that nagging question; "Why do bad things happen to good people?" Is there a solid answer to that question? Does the existence of evil in the world suggest that an all-loving, all-knowing, and all-powerful God does not exist?
Let's make it plain. I can't tell you how many times I've been sharing the gospel with someone and they ask, "Where was Jesus during slavery?" or "If Jesus is real then why are our people still oppressed?"
Each month Adam Coleman heads up to Richmond, VA. to teach apologetics at the No Ceilings Bible Study. Recently, The Black Bruce Wayne (Adam Coleman) was asked to address why bad things happen to good people. In this episode Adam Coleman shares his message from No Ceilings. Before I forget, I would like to say thank you for all who continue to support this ministry. Over the last month I have had the opportunity to travel and share what God has poured into me and it's been exciting to be a part of this growing urban apologetics movement. If we keep working together we can set this culture ablaze for Christ!
Intro to the "Problem of Evil"
How to take the pressure off of yourself in responding to this question.
How the existence of evil is actually evidence that God exists.
In this episode Scott Lane briefly talks about his recent travels and public speaking opportunities related to urban apologetics. We then listen in on a portion of his second presentation at the Truth Summit at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Cartersville, GA. (2/16/2018)
African enslaved persons understanding the liberating nature of God.
The birth of the "Black Church" in North America
The many ways in which the "Black Church" actively opposed the institution of slavery in America.
It’s so encouraging to see how God is prospering and expanding this “urban” apologetics movement! I was invited by Pastor Tim Allison of Reconcile Church in Bloomington, Illinois to come and speak on the opening day of their Unapologetically Black and Unashamedly Christian series. I was asked to speak on “Can I be Woke and Christian?”. In this episode we’ve got the audio from that service...take a listen!!
Ancient African Christianity
Christianity and Enslaved Africans
Racism in the Church
Slavery In the Bible
Living the Gospel in Your Circle of Influence
It's on and poppin!! God is doing major things as the "urban" apologetics movement picks up steam. This week features Pastor Tim Allison of Reconcile Church in Bloomington, Illinois. I'm honored that Pastor Allison has invited yours truly, Adam Coleman, to speak at the "Unapologetic and Unashamed" Conference. At the conference, I will be addressing the false claim that Christianity is the "white man's religion" and answering the question, "Can you be woke and Christian?". In this episode, we chop it up about the need for apologetics in the African American community, pastoral insights on how to get active as an apologist in your local church, and grappling with serious questions as we draw closer to God.
About a week ago Kris "K-Dub" Williams released a new song "Psuedo Israelites" in which he took Hebrew Israelism to task for a number of doctrinal concerns and behaviors that don't reflect Biblical morality. This song sparked a firestorm of backlash from the Hebrew Israelite community. In particular, Deacon Hakah of the Sicarii Hebrew Israelite sect responded with a diss track against K Dub and the whole Shield Squad of which I am a member. In this episode, I sit down with K-Dub, J the Producer, and Tony of gospel rap group Hazakim to discuss "Pseudo Isrelites" and the recent controversy. Enjoy.