Interview: Zach Garris, Author of Masculine Christianity

This Wonky Wednesday I interview author, attorney, writer, and follower of Christ Zach Garris. Zach holds a Master of Divinity from RTS (Jackson) and a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School. He has written for Chronicles Magazine, the Mises Institute, and Desiring God. He edited a book call “Dabney on Fire”, writes at KnowingScripture.com and manages another website TeachDiligently.com. He wrote the book “Masculine Christianity” which is what the interview is over. In this interview, we walk through the book to get a few big picture points that Christians ought to consider moving forward in America. Feminism, Egalitarianism, Complementarianism, and Biblical Patriarchy are just a few topics in this episode. Biblical roles of men and women are always rooted in the creation order and not some cultural norm. Enjoy the episode and thanks so much for listening!


Pick up Zach’s Book here: https://www.amazon.com/Masculine-Christianity-Zachary-Garris/dp/1735473901
Zach’s interview with Eric Conn on the Hard Men Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5sfOMlAM995pLzg5BAenqm?si=c1e393cf230c4570


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Interview: Keagan, an Agnostic Atheist (part 3)

Today, on the For The King podcast, I am joined with one of my good friends. Keagan and I met at college during our undergraduate careers and we soon became good friends doing lots of random things together. Today Keagan and I continue on our discussion of our worldviews, mainly talking about the problem of evil in the world and the evils that many people charge Christians with. This episode is more of a debate/dialogue than the first part of this interview. Tune in and hear Keagan espouse his beliefs, and I mine. We both take time to defend our views and press each other on some of the points that we disagree with the other. Thank you for listening!

Resources: 
https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/christian-slaves-and-masters/
https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-slavery.html
https://emergencenj.org/blog/2019/01/04/does-the-bible-condone-slavery
https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/why-wrong-say-bible-pro-slavery/

Listen until 10:40 -> https://open.spotify.com/episode/0f4qSd7UwRgQWnj1geEjly?si=5d9f6976805d4c9f

Texts:
1 Timothy 1:8– 10Exodus 21:16Deuteronomy 15:12-15
Slavery in the bible was voluntary and the slaves were to be such free under Mosaic law. Man-stealing was a crime punishable by death, a command unheard of in the ancient near east, yet the bible institutes such a law. This topic was touched on in another episode, “the uniqueness of America“.

Remember, the first society to every formally and universally outlaw slavery in legislation is the United States of America. This had nothing to do with our intelligence but EVERYTHING to do with us being a Christian nation. Atheism cannot be accounted for ever freeing any humans from any bondage ever.

Thanks for listening!

Romans 6:16-23 “Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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Interview: Keagan, an Agnostic Atheist (part 2)

Today, on the For The King podcast, I am joined with one of my good friends. Keagan and I met at college during our undergraduate careers and we soon became good friends doing lots of random things together. Today Keagan and I continue on our discussion of our worldviews. This episode is more of a debate/dialogue than the first part of this interview. Tune in and hear Keagan espouse his beliefs and I mine. We both take time to defend our views and press each other on some of the points that we disagree with the other. Thank you for listening!

Resources: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/conferences/tough-questions-christians-face-2010-national/what-is-evil-where-did-it-come-from/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw83wkfHjW4 -> Good analysis of evil
https://www.britannica.com/topic/atheism -> Generally atheism is a denial of God or of the gods, and if religion is defined in terms of belief in spiritual beings, then atheism is the rejection of all religious belief.
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/religion -> To determine if Atheism is a religion we need to define religion. The answer is based upon how you define religion. I would say that humans always worship something and always have a set of metaphysical values they adhere to. Of this list I would say religion is best defined the 4th way.
https://www.thebanner.org/columns/2019/01/is-atheism-a-religion

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Interview: Keagan, an Agnostic Atheist (part 1)

Today, on the For The King podcast, I am joined with one of my good friends. Keagan and I met at college during our undergraduate careers and we soon became good friends doing lots of random things together. Today Keagan walks us through what has cased his department from the Christian faith into his claimed position of Agnostic Atheism. Tune in and hear Keagan espouse his beliefs and walk us through why he ended up where he is today. Thank you for listening!

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Q/A With a Friend: Can the Bible be Trusted?

This week, I am joined with a few friends of mine. Matt got his degree in supply chain management and had some questions for us today concerning the validity of the bible and the Christian worldview. I am also joined by my friends Carter and Noah who are brothers. Carter is a mechanical engineer and Noah just finished his degree in biomedical engineering.
Matt asks us many questions concerning how we can trust the bible and what Christians believe are the very words of God. Join us and listen to matts questions and how we handle answering them. We are all really good friends so there is no hard feelings but only love between us all. Enjoy the conversation and please reach out if any points were interesting to you or baseless. Thanks for listening!
Continues learning

Textual Criticism

https://www.britannica.com/topic/textual-criticism
https://www.gotquestions.org/textual-criticism.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Textual_criticism

Christian Society

https://www.equip.org/article/jesus-shaped-cultures-faithful-christians-transformed-societies/
https://christintheclassroom.org/vol_18/18cc_355-358.htm -> Sociology of a Christian worldview

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Religion and Science (Part 1)

This Wednesday I dive into the ideas of a very famous agnostic/scientist/mathematician/philosopher names Bertrand Russell. Russell was a brilliant man with a great understanding of the natural world. Sadly, he decided that truth for him was that there was no good reason that there is a God, or that the mind survives the death of the body. He was famous for his agnosticism and criticism of religion. He dealt mainly with Christianity but deals with the question of a monotheistic God in general. This book is a look into the history of religion and the onset of Christianity. I do not labor to pick out a lot of quotes from the book, but rather a few of the big ideas from each chapter and interact directly with those ideas. My goal here is to show the flaw in his logic and thinking that made him critical of religion. Nothing in the book would point one away from religion in my opinion. This episode is part 1 of a 2 part series I am doing on the book. 

The Book -> Pick it up here
Russell’s views 
Highlights of Russell’s works
John Lennox on Religion and Science

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Zach’s Blog: https://speakingbasictruth.wordpress.com/                  
Alex’s Blog: https://roughdraftab.substack.com/people/27886653-alex-brown

My Current Position on Natural Law

I have done many podcasts that involve a concept in theology and political/moral philosophy termed, “Natural Law”. From the vision cast from my first blog titled “purpose”, this entry will show the application of that vision. Natural law itself could be a great podcast in and of itself but I would like to get something in writing that describes my personal view on the subject currently before any more damage is done by the concept being present on my podcast.

How One Is Saved

As a Christian I believe that Jesus alone is the way the truth and the life (John 14:6) and that the Word of God alone is the conduit by which mankind can be saved. Jesus makes it clear that no one can come to the father except through him! I can back this up easily with scripture,

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.Romans 10:13-17

Paul clearly lays out here that faith, which is the way in which we receive grace by God (Ephesians 2:8), comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ which is the good news of the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God and how the saints are to live is the point of the redemptive history of God which is contained in the holy scriptures. So revelation is the only way in which someone can be saved. Someone who has no one to preach to them are unable to reason or logically bring themselves to mentally ascend to the God of the universe Yahweh. It must be revealed by preaching or reading the word of God. It was a mystery hidden for ages and has now been revealed in Christ.

What Natural Law Is and Isn’t

A quick google search of Natural Law produces this result,

Natural law is a theory in ethics and philosophy that says that human beings possess intrinsic values that govern our reasoning and behavior. Natural law maintains that these rules of right and wrong are inherent in people and are not created by society or court judges.” -From Investopedia.com 1

Many philosophers and political theorists have maintained this position until recently. It was very popular during the enlightenment thought because human reason was elevated to virtual god status and worshipped itself. There are two ways to reach Natural Law theory. Either from scripture being rooted in revelation, or from human reason alone and the revealed scriptures just happen to align with the thinking. For the former, theologians can point to texts like this to support the claim that Natural Law is rooted in scripture and the words of God,

For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.Romans 2:14-16

Natural Law theorists that root themselves primarily in human reason and not by virtue of revealed scripture and being made in the image of God would reason like this.

“Natural law can be discovered by reason alone and applies to all people, while divine law can be discovered only through God’s special revelation and applies only to those to whom it is revealed and whom God specifically indicates are to be bound. Thus some seventeenth-century commentators, Locke included, held that not all of the 10 commandments, much less the rest of the Old Testament law, were binding on all people. The 10 commandments begin “Hear O Israel” and thus are only binding on the people to whom they were addressed (Works 6:37). As we will see below, even though Locke thought natural law could be known apart from special revelation, he saw no contradiction in God playing a part in the argument, so long as the relevant aspects of God’s character could be discovered by reason alone.” – Locke’s Political Philosophy, 20052

The bible would claim that reason alone cannot bring one to a comprehensive understanding of the Natural Law. I say this because in Romans 2:15, Paul clearly shows us that this law that is written on the hearts of gentiles (all humans other than the Jews), and that law will either accuse or excuse their actions. They can very well understand that some things are evil and wrong but they can never reach a full understanding of the Natural Law. Some societies reach a consensus based on reason that cannibalism is okay and some reach a consensus that it is not. However that same society that cannibalizes each other can understand that stealing is wrong while the society that does not cannibalize may permit theft. Our ability to reason has been severely altered by the fall. It is no longer what it once was before the fall. So, it seems clear to me that Natural Law only stretches so far based on the way one reasons in a certain society. The Natural Law theorist that roots it in the ability to reason well has departed from what is revealed in scripture because there is no category for reasoning well enough to understand the full law of God.

John Locke was a deist which means that his god is not imminent. He is far away and not acting in the world. He wound us up with reason to figure it out. The same is true of one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, who famously ripped out all stories in his bible that contained miracles because these stories clearly show God acting imminently. They do not think God can interact with us in that way. Instead Thomas Jefferson only kept the parts of his bible that corresponded to things he could reason himself to.

So, the fundamental difference between the two paths to Natural Law is that one is rooted in scripture and one is in human reason, yet human reason plays a part in both. The question is where is the root for the Natural Law. I labor to say all this to argue that I am of the former of these two paths to Natural Law. I think our ability to reason has been greatly impacted by the fall and that we cannot fully reason ourselves to God himself or his law he has given us. We have some inkling of both the law and the fact that there is a God. Hence, Paul says this,

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. – Romans 1:19-23

These things can be clearly seen, but it is not enough to save them nor to inform their conduct to be holy and upright. Natural Law can only condemn persons rather than save them. Those salvific things can only be revealed by the Word of Christ when preached or read in space and time. This should cause us to greatly consider our lack of proclaiming the word of God and telling other of the word of Christ, the good news of the kingdom of God. Lets be faithful to this great word that God has given us.

so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.Isaiah 55:11

Sources:

(1) – https://www.investopedia.com/terms/n/natural-law.asp#:~:text=Natural%20law%20is%20a%20theory,by%20society%20or%20court%20judges.

(2) – https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/locke-political/

Just War Theory : An Introduction

Can war ever be justified? What is the Just-War Tradition? How have Christians thought about war historically? Can a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, be a soldier with a clear conscious? Why has the just war tradition been lost on so many Christians in the last 100 years? There are many questions to be asked on the topic of war for Christians! We answer all of these and hit on even more things about this precious ethical tradition throughout church history. Learn about the line of thinking that great thinkers like Augustine, Martin Luther, and many others have taken throughout church history.
John Howard Yoder is the pacifist that is quoted many times in this book.

The book we reviewed is found here -> https://www.amazon.com/War-Peace-Christianity-Questions-Perspective/dp/1433513838/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=peace+war+and+christianity&qid=1619618311&sr=8-2

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Conversations With An Ebullient Natural Law Theorist

How far can natural law stretch in society? What is the use of natural law to the Christian?
Natural law are the laws that are self-evident to all humans as being endowed by their creator by virtue of their being made in God’s image, however, this law is only as good as it matches up to revealed laws of God found in scripture. Christians should understand natural law but it has been lost to 21st century Christianity almost entirely. Hopefully this will help get you started in understanding such an important topic. Some application of natural law include, rights afforded to mankind, international law, laws of war, etc.

Key Texts: Romans 1,2 and 10

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Introduction: Zionism

What is Zionism? What is Christian Zionism? Is it biblical? Join Noah and I as we dive into the word of God and the contemporary Zionist agenda to expose the evils in this theology/political ideology!

Joining me this week is Noah, a close friend of mine. He has appeared on the aliens podcast and the uniqueness of America. He just finished his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and he is a follower of Christ.

Sources: Genesis 12:3, Joshua 21 : 43-45, Galatians 3 &4, Revelation 21, Romans 2,3,4,9,11, 1 Cor. 1 :10-13, Ephesians 2:13

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Theodor-Herzlhttps://www.whtt.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Hanson.Craig-Exposing-the-Ugly-of-Christian-Zionism.pdf 
http://www.jesusisprecious.org/false_doctrine/christian_zionism.htm http://www.jesusisprecious.org/false_doctrine/zionism/why_expose.htm 
https://www.gotquestions.org/Zionism-Christian.htmhttps://www.britannica.com/topic/Zionism 
https://israelpalestinenews.org/the-israel-lobby-a-list/ -> Israel lobby list that Noah read from

Further Education:
https://www.equip.org/article/a-biblical-response-to-christian-zionism/https://christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/dispensational-premillennialism-the-dispensationalist-era/ 
https://godsleader.com/dangerous-heresy-of-christian-zionism/
https://counter-currents.com/2015/10/israel-christianity-genesis-12-2-3/
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20140129-christian-zionism-the-new-heresy-that-undermines-middle-east-peace/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwck2jAzXKw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR1EKXnJn7s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAKNikCJAzg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0w06Ro5pcY -> This is a sad video and this young man has been led astray
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scNwcDl0ARY -> This video is very important. This man is a minister in Bethlehem and sees firsthand the evils of Zionism. Please consider watching this!

All in all, this is about 30 minutes of YouTube video to watch. That would REALLY get you up to speed on some of the argumentation and downfalls of Zionism. The reading would obviously take longer but I highly recommend browsing through them! Some of them are much shorter than others. We hope to continue to do follow up episodes so stay tuned!

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