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If 2014 Were 1776 in America

Where Moral Law Ceases, America Ceases, Says Author and Apologist Dr. Alex McFarland



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CHARLOTTE, N.C.—From the Hobby Lobby case to abortion clinic closings across the country, the issue of life has taken center stage in America. Renowned neurosurgeon and best-selling author Dr. Ben Carson recently made headlines for noting that while we criticize ancient civilizations for practicing human sacrifice, America does the same in killing the unborn.

“Well, it’s interesting that we sit around and call other ancient civilizations heathen because of human sacrifice but aren’t we actually guilty of the same thing?” Carson said in answer to a question about abortion.

Carson will be headlining the annual Truth for a New Generation (TNG, www.truthforanewgeneration.com) apologetics conference next month, and conference organizer Dr. Alex McFarland says that the truth of Carson’s words have profound implications for the continued existence of America as a nation.

“The defense of life is the defense of America,” McFarland said, “America’s Declaration of Independence clearly says, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life….’ Our whole nation is dependent on there being a moral law, a universal moral code. The acceptance and endorsement of abortion—the taking of innocent life—upends this code. The only way to legitimize abortion is to reject universal morality, and a rejection of universal morality is a rejection of the United States Declaration of Independence and Constitution, which depend on an objective moral code for their very existence.

“It’s a stark realization, but if 2014 were 1776, we would not have an America. In 1776, our founding fathers believed in natural law. Today, our leaders do not. And by advocating a rejection of natural law through the killing of the unborn, they’re using America in a way that is not consistent with the truth America.”

Few in the public arena today are highlighting the necessity of the belief in natural law as a requisite to the continuation of our nation’s Constitution. Instead, many—including many ‘conservatives’—speak of fiscal conservatism but choose to punt when it comes to moral issues. Yet, McFarland notes that the defense of morality is inseparable from the defense of our nation.

“In America, we’ve sacrificed objective morality on the altar of hedonism,” McFarland continued. “We’ve come to believe that the highest good is pleasure, and pleasure at any price—even the price of another life. The quest to legitimize abortion is the quest to legitimize moral relativism, or the belief that convenience and personal preference dictate truth. But this quest to legitimize relativism is endangering our Constitution, which is valid only because of absolute morality. John Adams recognized this fact when he said, ‘Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.’

“The defense of life is a defense of our Constitution, and those who are afraid to stand for life and for absolute morality are putting our nation at risk. If individuals want to reject morality, they have the freedom to do so, but let’s not think for a moment that the wholesale rejection of natural law and morality as part of our national fabric will not impact the life and liberty we hold so dear.”

“Life and Liberty: Given by God” will the theme of this year’s Truth for a New Generation

(www.truthforanewgeneration.com) apologetics conference, which will be held September 5-6 in Spartanburg, S.C. The conference will teach Americans the truth that America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and will also help equip attendees with the facts they need to fight for our liberties, along with the understanding that the Source of our life and freedoms is God and nothing else.

Far from “apologizing” for either faith or liberty, “apologetics” is the practice of defending a position rationally and logically through a systematic approach. As moral renewal in America can come only through spiritual revival, the conference will teach a new generation about God, Christianity, and the fact that America itself was predicated on a belief in God.

Confirmed speakers include renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and best-selling author Dr. Ben Carson, radio host and Fox News contributor Todd Starnes and Eric Metaxas, author of the New York Times #1 Bestseller “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.” Also headlining the conference will be Joni Eareckson Tada, Tim Wildmon, Josh McDowell David Barton and more.

Tickets to the conference are available for $69.95. Attendees can also register for a special “Evening with Ben Carson,” for $50.00, a “VIP Lunch with Todd Starnes” for $50.00, or both for just $80.00. Visit www.truthforanewgeneration.com for more information or to register.

McFarland is the author of 16 books, including his latest, “10 Issues That Divide Christians,” which calls Christ-followers to drill-down to the biblical core of 10 current issues. Only by engaging the Scriptures deeply, thinking clearly and speaking truthfully can those in God’s family address their differences and discover the peace that comes with unity of purpose. With the Bible as a guidebook and the Spirit as the guide, Christians can respond to today’s urgent questions with the mind of Christ. Each chapter of “10 Issues That Divide Christians” also offers readers a resource list called “The Deep End of the Knowledge Pool” so they can dig deeper on one or more topics.

“10 Issues that Divide Christians” is the fifth in his “10” series, which also includes “10 Answers for Atheists,” “10 Answers for Skeptics,” “The 10 Most Common Objections to Christianity” and “10 Questions Every Christian Must Answer.” “10 Issues That Divide Christians” is available from Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble, GospelLight.com and Lifeway.com.

McFarland, also the Director for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at the Christian Worldview Center of North Greenville University (www.ngu.edu) in Greenville, S.C., is an expert in the field of apologetics—the practice of defending the Christian faith in a world where faith in Christ is plummeting at alarming rates. He has spent years working with young people, interacting with nearly 20,000 per year, and takes the questions of the young to heart.

He is a speaker, writer and advocate for Christian apologetics and has spoken in hundreds of locations throughout North America and internationally. McFarland has also preached in more than 1,300 churches and has been featured at conferences such as the Billy Graham School of Evangelism, Focus on the Family’s Big Dig and California’s Spirit West Coast, sharing the platform with Chuck Colson, Eric Metaxas, Josh McDowell and many others.

McFarland has written 15 other books, including “The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity” and the “Stand” series of devotions for teens, featuring titles such as Diving into God’s Word, Unleashing the Wisdom of God, Seeking the Way of God, Core Truths You Must Know for an Unshakable Faith and Stand Strong: In College.

McFarland is part evangelist, part apologist, part educator and part broadcaster—but his focus lies in communicating the message of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. He co-hosts the daily, live radio program Exploring the Word on American Family Radio’s Talk Network, heard on 123 stations in 32 states across the country.





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