Author and Apologist Dr. Alex McFarland Says Preservation of America Hinges on Return to Judeo-Christian Foundations
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CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Last week’s tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 300 people, is the latest reminder that life and liberty around the world remain under intense attack. With upheaval in Ukraine and elsewhere and with radical Islamic militants spreading terror throughout parts of Africa, Asia, and even portions of Europe and America, author and apologist Dr. Alex McFarland (www.truthforanewgeneration.com) warns against embracing the false belief that America is safe.
“Those who believe America is protected because of miles of ocean, the strength of our military, the technology of our weapons or the quality of our military intelligence are sorely mistaken and, even worse, are deluding themselves,” McFarland said. “In truth, the only thing that has preserved our nation as a free and safe country is our belief in God and our reliance on Him. Strip this away, and we strip away every protection we have.
“Make no mistake, terrorists who hate America, hate our way of life, and hate the God on whose Word our nation and liberties were founded would like nothing more than to choreograph targeted and massive bloodletting right here on American soil. Now is a time to grieve for those who have lost loved ones to terror, but it’s also a time to stop putting our heads in the sands of false assurances of safety and recognize that unless our nation turns back to God in humility, repentance and sincerity, we will soon suffer the same violence, the same bloodshed and the same reigns of terror that we’re now seeing in other parts of the world.”
McFarland pointed to the fact that America’s own national anthem urges our “heav’n- rescued land” to “praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.” Yet, while the rhetoric of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is still politically correct, any recognition that life and liberty are gifts from God and God alone have become unbearable to those who would eradicate God from American history and American life.
“Political correctness is the banner of cowards,” McFarland added. “It’s time for our nation to reject the fear of giving offense and for our leaders to stand up and call for national repentance and prayer. And not the politically correct homogenized prayers designed to placate special-interest groups but prayers to the God of the Bible, Whose protection and blessing are the only reason our nation still exists.”
McFarland organizes the annual Truth for a New Generation (TNG, www.truthforanewgeneration.com ) apologetics conference, and this year, the theme of the conference, which will be held September 5-6 in Spartanburg, S.C., is “Life & Liberty: Given by God.” 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.
“Life and liberty are at risk, grave risk, today,” McFarland continued. “And it’s because we as a nation have forgotten and even rejected their Source, Author, and Giver –Almighty God. Some think we can continue to enjoy our freedoms apart from God, but if we don’t realize the fallacy of this belief, we will soon lose our freedoms and the protections of the God Who gave them. Time is running out. We have been blessed by God, but it’s critical that we understand that God does not owe us anything. And if we continue as a nation to reject God, we fool ourselves to think He is obligated to bless, prosper, or protect us.”
McFarland is author of 16 books and organizer of the annual Truth for a New Generation (www.truthforanewgeneration.com) apologetics conference. “Life and Liberty: Given by God” will be the theme of this year’s conference, which will be held September 5-6 in Spartanburg, S.C.
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 radio host and Fox News contributor Todd Starnes, renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and nationally known speaker Dr. Ben Carson, 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 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.
For more information, visit www.alexmcfarland.com or www.TruthforaNewGeneration.com.