Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Jesus - The Center of Christian Theology & Apologetics

Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all. ~ ST. Augustine

Many of you know my story. A few years ago I began writing blogs and making videos defending the faith I was brought up in, the Jehovah Witnesses, agaisnt those who dared challenge my religion and the teachings of the Watchtower Society. I defended the Watchtower Organization agaisnt people who I thought misrepresented the religion, those who were labeled as "apostates", and many Christians who brought up inconsistencies in Watchtower theology. Long story made short, because of personal issues I began to encounter in my local Kingdom Hall, and by comparing the written teachings of the Watchtower agaisnt God's Word, I eventually encountered the Lord Jesus Christ, accepted his rightful divinity, and received him as Lord of my life. Ever since, I transitioned from defending the Jehovah Witness faith, to proclaiming and defending orthodox and Biblical Christianity. Many have seen my conversion and journey to Christ documented on my Youtube channel(http://www.youtube.com/user/Newagegamer3018). Like the Apostle Paul, it can now be said of me, "He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy".(Galatians 1:23)

The reason I have now dedicated my life and ministry to the proclamation and defense of the Gospel is, simply put, because of Jesus. In the Great Commission Christ commanded us to take the gospel to the furthest parts of the world, teaching, baptizing, and making disciples in the Name of the Triune God.(Matthew 28:19-20) God has pressed it on my heart to reach out in love to my former brethren in the Jehovah Witness faith. For two years now, my ministry has been mostly focused on reaching JW's. But in recent times, God has seen fit to expand my ministry. It is clear to me that Jehovah Witnesses are one of many false religious institutions used by Satan, the king of deception, to lead people away from the "sincere and pure devotion to Christ".(2 Corinthians 11:3) The threat of the cults modern attack on Historic and Biblical Christianity has only increased in these last days, as the whole world turns more hostile toward Christians around the world.

The Mormon Church for example, in its attempt to set itself up as a main-stream "Christian faith", with their misleading advertisements all over the internet, and their latest Television commericial campaign, they continually mislead many into thinking Latter Day Saints are Christians to. With an aggressive young Missionary base of over 51,000 young men and women taking the Mormon gospel all over the world, Christians need to rise up and defend the Truth of Jesus Christ.

And of course, we need to be firm in our defense of the Gospel, even in the face of the growing threat of Islam. As our society goes further into its secular liberalism, Islam is beginning to receive more prominence and domination. Islam denys the Sonship and deity of Christ, his crucifixtion, and resurrection, and the Trinity. Islam attacks the very core of Christianity, and does not take into account the Reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, both in the New Testament, and in History.

Another major threat to the Christian world-view in recent years has been the incredible rise of Atheism. With skepticism and unbelief at an all time high because of the failure of politics and Religious Christendom, people have been turning away from God altogether. What has resulted is the rise of the "New Atheism" with men like Oxford Professor Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris leading a brutal attack on religion, and pushing for the indoctrination of Darwinian evolution over and above the belief in a Creator God.

The dangers of these systems of belief and unbelief, is their foundations. Jesus talked about building ourselves around the foundation of the rock. He said "the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”(Matthew 7:25-27)

Jesus is the Rock, or Center on which we are to build our lives and Theology upon. Jesus made specific and exclusive claims such as found in Johns Gospel, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Me."(John 14:6) Jesus not only claimed to be the Way to God, but also claimed to be God. This is a principle denial of the Jehovah Witnesses and Muslims. But the Bible makes clear that Jesus Christ is God. "In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God, and the Word was God... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory... No one has ever seen God(the Father); the only God(the Son), who is at the Father's side, he has made Him known."-John 1:1,14,18

The followers of Jesus Christ worshiped Him as God,(Matthew 14:33, Luke 24:52, John 20:28) and Christ gave evidence of his divinity by his resurrection from the dead,(John 2:18-22) an event that is well documented in the ancient world. God the Father has given Jesus the name above all names, and has exalted Him to be Lord, so that at the name of Jesus every knee bend and worship Him to the glory of the Father.(Philippians 2:9-11) Christianity is a faith based on the Reality of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus, and the clear authority of the Scriptures as the Inspired, perfect revelation of God as expressed by the Holy Spirit.

It is my prayer that this ministry may be used for the Glory of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has brought so many into a living relationship with the Living Word, Jesus Christ. It is our aim here at Real Truth Ministries to faithfully "make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet to do it with gentleness and respect".(1 Peter 3:15) We respect the beliefs and opinions of all people, but we hold the Word of Christ above all the traditions and ideas of man. Jesus is, and will always be the Center of our theology and apologetics here on Real Truth, and thus bring Glory to God, and point all men to Christ for the salvation of their souls.

Yours truly in Christ,
Brian Garcia

~Soli Deo Gloria~