Tawhid, Shirk, and a Presuppositional Approach for witnessing to Muslims

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This is a lesson that I gave based on a paper that I wrote for my World Religions class particularly focusing on the doctrine of Tawhid, the oneness of God, and shirk, the violation of Tawhid by associating partners with Allah, in Islam.

I quoted a few additional portions from James White’s book, What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Quran, for a useful comparison of the view of the final judgment in the Quran (Chapter 7 in James White’s book) with the Bible to contrast the Quran’s view of God with the Bible’s view of God as Just, Holy, and Merciful:

Presuppositional Apologetics You-Tube Playlist

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This is a playlist from my you-tube channel from different apologists such as James White, Greg Bahnsen, and Sye Ten Bruggencate giving a foundation for a Biblical apologetic for evangelism, exposing the false presuppositions of an unbeliever’s worldview, confronting them with their dependence upon the God they know exists to even be able to account for basic everyday life i.e. logic, uniformity of nature, morality, human dignity.  I like Gene Cook Jr’s acronym for the Transcendental Argument, MUCH = M for Morality, U for Uniformity of Nature, C for concepts and abstract universals, H for Human Dignity:

 

Apologetic Training Material for Witnessing to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses

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This is a playlist from my you-tube channel containing lectures discussing Mormon and Jehovah’s Witness beliefs along with some debates that Dr. James White has done with Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses to help equip Christians to witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons:

 

Dr. Greg Bahnsen’s Opening Statement in his debate with Edward Tabash

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Dr. Bahnsen gives an opening statement in this debate on the existence of God with lawyer Edward Tabash demonstrating the inability of the atheistic worldview to account for the basic conditions of intelligibility i.e. logic, uniformity of nature, morality, and human dignity, which can only be accounted for within a Christian worldview:

http://nickvoss.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/dr-greg-bahnsen-atheists-are-unable-to-answer-the-tough-questions-of-philosophy/

Federalismo 1689 comparado con Federalismo Westminster

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Una comparación entre la teleología del pacto de la confesión de fe de Westminster y la confesión bautista de fe de 1689:

 

http://bautistasreformadosperu.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/federalismo-1689-comparado-con-federalismo-westminster-2/

 

Jeremey Walker, Urgency to reach the lost

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“We cannot pretend that we have understood divine truth unless we are living it. We cannot pretend that we know and believe the truth about men, souls, heaven, hell, and salvation unless it is making a difference in the way we think, feel, pray, speak, and act. A vigorous, practical concern for the lost, growing out of a desire for God’s glory in man’s salvation, is an eminently Christlike thing and a hallmark of healthy Christianity.” The Brokenhearted evangelist, Kindle version p. 56

“While I accept that there can be an unbalanced and crippling expectation and even unbiblical obsession with some aspects of evangelism and “mission” (as the portentous modern singular would have it), there is an opposite and perhaps greater danger in our day that believers and churches enjoying possession of a great deposit of truth nevertheless do not know it. If they did, they would be doing something. It is very easy to be up in arms, for example, about current assaults on what can so calmly be described as the doctrine of hell. “Of course there is a hell!” we protest, offended and disturbed that someone could deny what is so plainly written in the Word of God. Is there a hell? What difference has it made? What have we done differently because there is a hell? Is its reality driving our thoughts, words, and deeds? Many of us who have entered the kingdom have come perilously close to the flames of the pit. We have felt its fire, and yet we have, perhaps, forgotten that from which we have been delivered. The urgency with which we fled to Christ ourselves has perhaps been replaced with a casual awareness of spiritual reality that never energizes us to do anything for those who are themselves in danger of eternal punishment. The same could be said of heaven, of Christ’s atonement for sinners, of God’s grace and mercy, of the freeness of the gospel, of the excellence of salvation. “Yes…yes…yes,” the monotonous ticking off of doctrines received continues. But what difference does it make to you and me?” ibid p. 56-72

[John Bunyan’s Burden for the lost] “I preached what I felt, what I smartingly [acutely, deeply] did feel. Indeed, I have been to them as one sent to them from the dead; I went myself in chains to preach to them in chains, and carried that fire in my own conscience that I persuaded them to beware of”?[2]” ibid p. 109

A.W. Pink Tract: Is Christ Your Lord?

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A useful tract to pass out to nominal christians when doing evangelism which clearly explains the Lordship of Christ in salvation and in the life of a genuine believer.  Print it out in booklet form and just fold in half to make the tract with a single sheet of paper.

A.W. Pink Tract, Is Christ your Lord

Richard A. Muller on archetypal and ectypal theology

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Originally posted on Theologia est doctrina Deo vivendi per Christum:

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As we approach theology, how do we explain and account for the vast and immeasurable distance between God and man? Can we know what God knows? Can we know anything at all? Is God too hidden to be known? Can we climb into God’s mind (so to speak) and see what’s going on? Here is where the differentiation between archetypal theology (the perfect knowledge God has of himself) and ectypal theology (the revealed but limited – though sufficient – knowledge we have of God) is important. Richard A. Muller, in his Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics, Vol. 1, p. 229, explains:

“Beginning with Luther, the Reformation had a strong sense of the transcendence of God, indeed, the hiddenness of God in and behind his revelation. Drawing on this assumption, Calvin argued the accommodated nature of God’s revelation: God reveals himself not as he is in his infinite majesty but…

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