An Honest Witness | The Institute for Creation Research
An Honest Witness
 "For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward" (II Corinthians 1:12).

Who is the modern man, being torn apart by criticism, that could write, "In good conscience I gladly testify that in all my life and relationship with you, I have acted sincerely, frankly, simply, purely, and in holiness? I have not depended on my own skills or intellect, but on God's power that He gives me by His grace." Yet, Paul could honestly testify to these truths in his life and ministry.

He left no room for duplicity or bragging about one aspect of his life while hiding another. Certainly the man who penned these words to the people at Corinth lived in a time and place where it was no more socially acceptable to be a Christian than it is for us today.

In fact, in his day (and in the Jewish culture in particular, but also among the Romans), one could experience wretched persecution and even death for such activities and testimonies. Yet his example urges us to allow one goal--holiness-- to rule our existence and to pervade every relationship.

His life shines as a model for us to emulate, even when we are tempted to be embarrassed by our Christian stand. We clearly can hear the call to have a singular mind, without hidden attitudes or complicated explanations. No duplicity! Living such a pure life, simply, openly, and frankly before others, answers Christ's call for holiness.

How can we live such a life? Only by the power given to us by God's grace. The same power and grace that the apostle Paul had learned to appropriate will flow from Heaven to us who determine to live, always and everywhere, the frank and sincere life of holiness. KLB

The Latest
NEWS
Cells and Designers Both Use Control Theory
New research goes a long way in explaining how creatures actively sense their environment and adapt to it. One mechanism enables some organisms to track...

NEWS
Biological and Engineered Systems Employ Same Principles
New findings continue to support ICR’s theoretical assumption that biological functions are best explained by engineering principles.1...

NEWS
Preserved Organics Found in Ancient Stromatolites
Evolutionary scientists are continually searching for evidence of the “first life” on Earth. Their most recent claim involves well-preserved...

NEWS
Denisovan Epigenetics Reveals Human Anatomy
A recent study making the news involves the reconstruction of the facial features and anatomy of the enigmatic humans known as the Denisovan from genetic...

NEWS
New Estimate: Universe Two Billion Years Younger
Big Bang scientists recently used a new method to estimate the universe’s age. This method yields an age estimate that could be over two billion...