According to the award-winning evolutionist Donald Prothero:
So the strange saga of the Ark Park [i.e. the Ark Encounter Christian theme park] continues. Back when it was launched, grandiose and extravagant promises were made, and they set and bragged about impossible fundraising goals…
Now the groundbreaking has been postponed indefinitely—and it looks like it will never happen at all…
I’m sure the con man Ham will continue to lead people on, but since his junk bonds have no guarantees, all the investors will be stuck with nothing. However, if he does have a lot of his financing tied to mortgaging his Creation “Museum,” it could bring the whole house of cards crashing down.
Whatever the true financial strength of Answers in Genesis, the Ark Park is dead in the water and sinking fast.
But Prothero has been proven wrong; let’s get the evidence from Ken Ham:
After months of anticipation and years of planning, it’s hard to believe this day is actually here. July 7, 2016, is a historic day—the Ark Encounter is finally open to the public in Northern Kentucky! We couldn’t be more excited to share this architectural and engineering marvel with the world.
I believe this project will be one of the greatest evangelistic outreaches of our day. Millions of people—many of them unbelievers or unchurched Christians—will come to Northern Kentucky to tour this family-friendly, Christian attraction where they will learn about Noah, his family, the animals, the Ark, the Flood, and most importantly, the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are excited to see how God uses this project to make an impact for eternity.
- Prothero, D. (2014). Ken Ham’s Ark is Going Down, Going Down, Going Down…. SkepticBlog. Available http://www.skepticblog.org/2014/06/17/ken-hams-ark-is-going-down/. Last accessed 27th Jun 2016.
- Ham, K. (2016). Ark Encounter Opens to the Public! Ken Ham Blog. Available https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2016/07/07/ark-encounter-opens-to-the-public/. Last accessed 9th Jul 2016.
The prophets, God’s preachers of old, were commanded by the Lord to proclaim God’s law-word concerning all things and to correct and rebuke kings and governors. When our Lord promises His disciples that they shall be brought before governors and kings for His sake, and “for a testimony against them” (Matt. 10:18), He did not mean they were then to forswear the faith, wink at abortion and homosexuality, and be silent about the sins of the state!
There are no limits to the area of God’s government, law, and sovereign sway. There can then be no limits to the areas of the church’s witness, its preaching, and its commanded concern.
Rushdoony, R.J. (1986). Christianity and the State. Ross House Books, Vallecito, p. 192
The Left-wing Oxfam group has issued a report saying that the world’s wealthiest 1% will soon own 50% of the world’s wealth…
With this in mind, read this summary of Oxfam’s press release. Variations of it are all over the Web.
…Oxfam made headlines at [the meeting of the World Economic Forum in] Davos last year with the revelation that the 85 richest people on the planet have the same wealth as the poorest 50% (3.5 billion people).
It said that that comparison had now become even more stark, with the 80 richest people having the same wealth as the poorest 50%.
We are now a century into the welfare state. The winners at the top are still winning, and the losers are still losing. What is Oxfam’s solution? More of the same. More government taxation of the rich. More welfare state action.
This is the rhetoric of envy. This is the politics of guilt and pity.
North, G. (2015). Pareto Statistic: The Wealthiest 1% Will Soon Own 50% of the World’s Wealth. Tea Party Economist. Available http://teapartyeconomist.com/2015/01/19/normal-pareto-statistic-wealthiest-1-will-soon-50-worlds-wealth/. Last accessed 19th Jun 2016.
At times in the past, the conflict between church and state has been an institutional conflict, sometimes for power, and often for very principled reasons of jurisdiction. It is more than a jurisdictional dispute now: it is religious conflict, and a war unto death.
The modern humanistic state is history’s most jealous god, and it will tolerate no rivals. Hence, its war against Christianity. In this struggle, however, the state has taken on a power far greater than itself.
As the humanistic world powers take “counsel together against the LORD, and against His anointed,” planning to overthrow His law and government, “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision” (Ps. 2:4). He shall break His enemies with a rod of iron.
Rushdoony, R.J. (1986). Christianity and the State. Ross House Books, Vallecito, p.187
You might be a fundamentalist atheist if:
82. When you use a historical point to prove Christianity is false (i.e., pagan parallel to Christianity), history is objective truth. When a Christian uses real historical scholarship to prove you false, history was written by subjective men and therefore cannot be trusted.
GakuesiDon (n.d.). You Might be a Fundamentalist Atheist if…Available http://www.tektoonics.com/test/parody/fundyath.html. Last accessed 19th Jun 2016.
True authority is inseparable from the public profession of Christianity. All men must face God’s judgment, and therefore every area of man’s life must be governed by God. This means that true religion is necessary, and this, [Pope] Leo [XIII] said, Christ “committed to His Church to protect and to propagate.”
God has established two powers, the ecclesiastical and the civil. Each must have a regard for the nature and power of the other. Religion is a public concern and cannot be left to private judgment any more than civil government can.
The attempt of the state to reduce the church to the status of ordinary private association is an act of arrogance. “To wish the Church to be subject to the civil power in the exercise of her duty is a great folly and a sheer injustice.” The people are not the source of authority; “the origin of public power is to be sought for in God Himself, and not in the multitude.”
Rushdoony, R.J. (1986). Christianity and the State. Ross House Books, Vallecito, p. 172
Because the state sees itself as the overlord for all within the territory of the state, it grows increasingly intolerant of any divergent element, especially one which insists on a transcendental order. The true Christian must insist on the crown rights of Christ the King; he believes in God’s law; he recognizes the necessity of obeying and pleasing God, not man, and he moves in terms of his calling from God. He has what the modern state detests, a dual citizenship in the local state and in the Kingdom of God; in that dual citizenship, God’s kingdom has priority and must govern over the local realm.
There is thus a state of war between modern civil orders and Christ’s kingdom. Those who refuse to recognize that war will become the first victims of it.
Rushdoony, R.J. (1986). Christianity and the State. Ross House Books, Vallecito, pp. 167-168