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George Whitefield’s Christian Revival and its Influence on The Patriot Pastors of 1776

By Dr. Grady S. McMurtry

I am fascinated by the lives of our Founding Fathers, who lived during a time of great Christian revival and fervor. Their beliefs directly affected the framing of a nascent American state as federal republic guided by internal Christian self-governing principles. John Adams notably credited the Patriot Pastors of 1776, who the British parliament termed the “Black Regiment,” as the primary instigating force behind American independence.

The Patriot Pastors were directly linked to earlier teachings and religious movements led by Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield. Edwards instigated the revivalist spirit, coming of age during a time when church affiliation in the Colonies was high, but real faith was low. Many of the churches in New England were directed by the state-approved Church of England, with its emphasis on early baptism and church membership as the path to salvation.

However, Edwards encouraged the faithful to establish a personal relationship with God. In particular, he emphasized that membership in a state-run church could not ensure salvation. Edwards’ eloquence was renowned, and his 1741 sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is considered archetypal of early American religious sermons.

The British evangelist George Whitefield continued Edwards’ work, leading an estimated 300,000 New Englanders to salvation. His revivalist message also emphasized creating a personal relationship with God, and many of his published sermons ended with exhortations such as “Come poor, lost, undone sinner, come just as you are to Christ.” Whitefield fanned flames on the hearth laid by Jonathan Edwards, leading the Great Awakening of 1740. This was a momentous and widespread social movement, having a direct impact on the framers of the Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin was one of those highly impressed by Whitefield’s style, writing about the preacher at length in his autobiography. The Black Regiment, following in Whitefield’s footsteps, taught principles that the American political framework echoed: man was created equal in the eyes of God and man was endowed by his Creator with certain unalienable rights. According to the Black Regiment, the government’s function was to protecting God-given rights, creating a nation of, by, and for the Christian people.

About the Author: With a Doctor of Divinity in Christian Apologetics from the School of Theology in Columbus, Georgia, and a Doctor of Letters from Mid-Continent University, Mayfield, Kentucky, Dr. Grady S. McMurtry leads the evangelical organization Creation Worldview Ministries, Inc.

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Dr. Grady S. McMurtry: The Purposes of Christian Missionary Work

As President and Founder of Creation Worldview Ministries, Inc., a nonprofit Christian educational ministry based in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Grady S. McMurtry serves as a traveling missionary to teach the fundamentals of the Bible in various parts of the world. Christian missionaries may attempt to fulfill a number of purposes through their efforts.

1. Christian missionaries attempt to educate by introducing Biblical teachings and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to individuals who may have never been exposed to them.

2. They invite people to atone for their sins through repentance and baptism, as well as to provide the opportunity to become “born again.” They encourage others to do a bit of “soul searching” in order to seek ways in which they may improve their situations. Missionaries may also help others discover their own purposes in life.

3. Some Christian missionaries may attempt to debunk what they view as untruthful or inaccurate views that others may have about the Christian religion.

4. Missionaries approach their role with the idea that every soul is worth saving and that their efforts can have a major positive impact on the world’s population. The goal is to help others enjoy eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Dispelling the Nine Great “Proofs” for Evolution (Part Two)

with Dr. Grady S. McMurtry

Dispelling the Nine Great “Proofs” for Evolution (Part One)
Vestigial and retrogressive organs: Several structures in the human body, including the coccyx, appendix and wisdom teeth, may seem to have no function, which many scientists point to as evidence of evolution. However, today all of these organs or structures have at least one or more known functions. Some other often cited examples are male nipples and female Wolffian ducts. It is now known that these structures are merely remnants of development prior to sexual differentiation occurring in the embryo.

Embryonic recapitulation: One of Charles Darwin’s disciples, Dr. Ernst Haeckel, fabricated the idea of embryonic recapitulation, which stated that a baby goes through the various evolutionary stages while in the womb. The theory has since been dispelled by various scientific sources. Haeckel had also fabricated another hoax, drawings of single-celled organisms that were supposedly the precursors to intelligent life.

Hypothetical scenarios: Short, anecdotal stories of how various creatures came to evolve different structures have become widespread, but they detract from true scientific investigation. Similar tales are used to explain the existence of short-period comets and to cover over other inconsistencies within the theories of evolution.

The universe and earth are old: While many people assert that the universe and earth are billions of years old, the metrics and data being used to come to these conclusions is unreliable. For example, although the the universe appears to be 15 to 20 billion light years in radius, this is a distance and not a time; and, does not reveal its actually age. The act of dating fossils and rock layers by evolutionists is self-serving circular reasoning and many of the remnants that should be present from meteorites are nowhere to be found.

Genetic studies: The true power of DNA lies in its ability to repair itself, not to alter its structure and produce any kind of evolution. All imperfect copies of DNA only serve as a detriment to the creature itself, not a step forward.

About the Author:
As the President of Creation Worldview Ministries, Inc., Dr. Grady S. McMurtry carries out missionary work around the world and regularly hosts Christian-based radio and television programs. Dr. McMurtry has devoted his life to promoting Christianity and creationism, participating with several religious organizations, including the Creation Research Society, the Moscow Theological Institute and Christian Prison Ministries. An authority on creation science, Dr. Grady S. McMurtry holds a Doctor of Divinity from the School of Theology and a Doctor of Letters from Mid-Continent University.

Fallacies in the Flat Earth Concept, From Noah’s Ark to Galileo

By Dr. Grady S. McMurtry

Attendees of Creation Worldview presentations often ask if people during biblical times really believed in a flat earth. This question is in many ways misinformed, reflecting the erosion of our educational system under those who hold an Evolutionary Worldview. Even during pagan times, man was able to harness the powers of reasoning to deduce that the earth was spherical. Indeed, God states this fact on six different occasions in the text of the Old Testament. Far from being uneducated and illiterate, ancient man was able to complete works of engineering that modern engineers have yet to duplicate.

There were several ways in which ancient man was able to determine that the earth was a sphere. First, the shape of the shadow of the moon on the earth’s surface offered evidence, since only a sphere will cast a round shadow, whatever its position.  Another phenomena familiar to ancient mariners was that the North Star appeared higher in the heavens as they travelled northward from equator. The circular movement of the earth became evident through the observation that the stars orbited the North Star each night. The north-south voyager would also have known he was traveling in an arc around the globe, because different stars became visible as the journey progressed. These pieces of knowledge have given people a common understanding that the earth was a sphere since Noah’s Flood.

The Greek mathematician Eratosthenes of Cyrene , who lived in the third century B.C., coined the word geography and initiated study in the subject. He also invented the concepts of latitude and longitude, and he compared measurements of shadows taken at different geographical locations at the summer solstice. Utilizing data points from Aswan to Alexandria, which he estimated as 500 miles apart, Eratosthenes accurately calculated the circumference of the earth.

Perceived battles between the church and scientists over the shape of the earth turn out to be fabricated as well. The famous schism between Galileo Galilei and the Roman Catholic Church, over whether the earth was flat or round, is one such case. The chief point of disagreement between the two parties revolved around Galileo’s portrayal of his old acquaintance Pope Urban VIII as a fictional character in the book Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. The Pope perceived Galileo as ridiculing him, resulting in personal enmity between the two figures. Leading scientists of Galileo’s day recognized the earth as round, and there was no substantial public debate over that point.

About the Author: An international creation emissary, Dr. Grady S. McMurtry operates the Christian non-profit educational organization Creation Worldview Ministries, Inc.

Early Christian Apologists: The Apostle Paul

As a Christian apologist, Dr. Grady S. McMurtry supports a rational view of Christianity. In doing so, Dr. McMurtry follows in the footsteps of Christian apologists throughout history, including C. S. Lewis and Saint Augustine. Paul the Apostle is often considered the first Christian apologist.

Born at around the same time as Christ and originally given the name Saul, Paul was raised in Orthodox Jewish tradition, including study of The Old Testament Law. With his staunch Jewish beliefs and strong legal background, Paul spent his early adulthood persecuting and arresting Christians. The Book of the Acts of the Apostles, however, describes Paul’s conversion to Christianity.

While traveling along the road to Damascus, Paul witnessed a vision of the resurrected Christ. The vision left Paul blind, and changed the direction of his life. After completing his journey to Damascus, Paul met with Ananias of Damascus, who baptized him and prayed that Paul would be cured of his blindness.

Paul began preaching the Word of God, telling his followers that the way to salvation was through Jesus, and not man’s laws. He alienated the Jewish community with some of his beliefs, including the abandonment of Jewish dietary restrictions and the traditional practice of circumcision. He was persecuted, arrested as a heretic, and imprisoned. While he was in prison, Paul wrote 13 epistles that are now a significant portion of the New Testament: Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, Philemon, Titus, I and II Corinthians, I and II Thessalonians, and I and II Timothy.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

By Dr. Grady S. McMurtry

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, known also by its shortened title Phi Kappa Phi, recognizes academic excellence in any scholastic discipline and is the oldest honor society that spans all areas of study. Less than 10 percent of university students qualify for admission. A group of students, two faculty members, and the school president of the University of Maine founded Phi Kappa Phi in 1897 to offer an open society that united the campus and combated the social exclusivity of typical fraternities. Phi Kappa Phi also provided scholastic honor to students who excelled in any academic area, including those not often recognized by other academic societies, such as Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.

Although it initially began as the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, the group was later renamed Phi Kappa Phi under the direction of founder and university student Marcus L. Urann. The letters came from the society’s motto, Philosophia Krateito Photon, which translated from Greek into the English means “let the love of learning rule humanity.” Members are also eligible for a number of awards and scholarships. Every year, Phi Kappa Phi grants more than $700,000 to outstanding students through its Fellowship, the Phi Kappa Phi Scholar and Phi Kappa Phi Artist Awards, Study Abroad Grants, Literacy Grants, and the Love of Learning Award.

Today, Phi Kappa Phi chapters exist on more than 300 campuses throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Dr. Grady S. McMurtry is a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi.

By Dr. Grady S. McMurtry

Creation Research Society by Dr. Grady S. McMurtry

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Posted by David Levy

Formally founded in 1963, the Creation Research Society (CRS) has members who study and write various publications about Biblical Scientific Creationism, the scientific and religious belief that life, earth and the universe were created 6,000 years ago. CRS utilizes creation science, using scientific methods and practices, to prove that creationism is a true concept.

Originally founded by three individuals, CRS welcomed 10 members into the ranks by the end of the first year of operation. Shortly after CRS’ founding, the organization’s members began searching for a modern creationist biology textbook for use in schools. In 1970, CRS’ search ended with Biology: A Search for Order, which was published by Christian publisher Zondervan. The book’s initial printing of 10,000 copies quickly sold out, prompting a new run of books.

In all CRS endeavors, the organization’s members work to promote the group’s core beliefs: that the Bible is the Word of God and is historically and scientifically accurate; that all living things were made by God during the week of creation described in the Book of Genesis; that the worldwide flood chronicled in Genesis was a factual occurrence; and that all CRS members, male and female, accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Since 1964, CRS has published the Creation Research Society Quarterly, a periodical covering various articles related to the group’s beliefs and practices. For more information on CRS, visit creationresearch.org.