What exciting times we live in. Perilous,
yet exciting! And just as The Da Vinci Code presents a
challenge, it also presents a kind of blessing in disguise. As disturbing as the
accusations made by Dan Brown's blockbuster book and movie are, it has opened a tremendous
witnessing opportunity for those who know how to respond.
Just Monday night as I flew from Dallas to
Seattle I was able not only to defend the authority of the Bible and the deity of Christ
to the young lady seated next to me, but within just a minute or two I had explained to
her how and why I had become a Christian - all because she had brought The Da
Vinci Code up in our conversation. On Thursday, virtually the same scenario
happened in a coffee shop in Washington. Virtually each day recently the "Da
Vinci buzz" has created opportunities for me to share my faith in just going
about my daily business - praise the Lord! Plus, last Sunday morning the Spirit of God
drew seven people to Him during the invitation time after I had ministered on the
truth concerning The Da Vinci Code. God is able to truly turn
what was meant for evil into a glorious opportunity - if we are prepared!
You'll find below an article concerning The
Da Vinci Code as well as a link to information about the new video we just
recorded on the topic. This article contains the very same "talking points" I
have been using as a witnessing tool myself. I longed to send the article to our
subscribers last week but could not due to losing our key computer.
If any of you have ever had your computer's
motherboard burn up then you know it's a very trying experience. It happened to me at
about 7am two Sunday's ago while preparing my slide presentation for the morning's
ministry in Friant, California. Thankfully, I had all of our files backed up but it has
taken awhile to rebuild our software applications to be able to operate - especially on
the website. I am so grateful to our good friend and co-worker, Ed Decker of Saints Alive
Ministries who came to our aid with another lap top to use until we can finally raise the
funds for a new "media capable" machine. This is something that I have mentioned
we've needed for some time. Now, it is going to take about $2000 beyond our budget and
your help would be GREATLY appreciated in meeting this need.
As many of you know, all of the troubles
this world or the devil have to offer pale when a grandchild is born. Our first grandson,
little Austin Christopher was born to my daughter Kellie and so-in-law Chris two weeks
ago. Austin began his life by spending 10 days in the hospital but I'm blessed to report
that he came home last Saturday and all appears to be well. I am believing that he's going
to be a mighty warrior in the Kingdom of God! Please keep Austin (and his parents!) in
prayer as they get acclimated together.
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By Eric Barger
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive
many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
- Matthew 24:11-12
If you havent
read Dan Browns blockbuster bestseller, The Da Vinci Code (DVC) or seen the movie,
then you are probably wondering why all the fuss?
Though promoted as
a novel, the book persuasively presents an intricate conspiracy theory that is nothing
less than a direct attack upon recorded history, the authenticity of the Bible, the deity
of Jesus Christ and Christianity itself.
But its just
a novel, right?
Though Brown has
woven a fable - based completely on conjecture and myth he announces on an
introduction page headed fact that All descriptions of artwork, architecture,
documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate. It is for this
reason that concerned Christians must be
prepared to answer the assertions of The Da Vinci
Though the book has
been vigorously defended as just a novel, I suggest that Brown simply cannot
have it both ways. The crux of the story cannot be presented as fact, and then, when
controverted with evidence, be defended it as mere fantasy.
It is certain that
the allegations leveled in the DVC have set the stage not only allowing informed
Christians to set the record straight by educating many about the historical core of our
faith but Dan Browns fantasy has also provided a terrific opportunity to reach the
lost with the Gospel. Lets do it!
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THE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
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