Ankerberg Monthly Letter June 2015 - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Ankerberg Monthly Letter June 2015

God has amazed us through His works in the past month. Emotionally we shifted from the depths of discouragement to the heights of God’s blessing and protection.

Over the last three weeks we have flown from Chattanooga, to Seattle, Los Angeles, to Bakersfield, back to Los Angeles for meetings and home to Chattanooga. Two days later we flew to Washington, D.C. for 3 days and then back home. We were home for another two days before flying to El Paso, Texas for three days before flying back to the ministry where we have been editing television programs non-stop. Why all the traveling? What happened?

We met with some of our very special ministry donors to give them a report of how we have seen God at work. I have been thrilled to report that the main thing we are seeing is more people from different nations coming to our website and indicating they are putting their faith in Jesus to pay for their sins, trusting Him to forgive and cleanse them, to save them and enter their lives.

On our trip, I discovered some of our friends in California are experiencing water problems because of the drought. In one city where we stayed, half of the town did not have any water. Their wells were completely dry. The government has erected portable showers and toilets and is trucking in drinking water. This drought has caused many folks to lose their business.

We met with a wonderful couple that has generously supported our ministry every year who told us this year they would be unable to give as they have in the past. I realized that meant we would be a million dollars short in our international outreach. That was frightening and a very discouraging thought. I didn’t know what we were going to do. I had no answer. Other folks have been experiencing similar problems this year.

After this trip, as we flew to Washington, D.C., I was reading what the Washington Post had to say about some of the Republican presidential candidates and was surprised to read an article about Mike Huckabee that stated, “He was a fan of TV evangelist John Ankerberg, whom he describes as a Christian Phil Donahue. He would take on culture, politics, all sorts of topics,” Huckabee says, “I could see something like that for myself.” You never know who is watching!

I flew to Washington to thank Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, for his strong stance to help pass the Iran Nuclear Agreement that is an important part of national security and support of Israel. Second, I came to meet with Christian leaders and attorneys to find out what can be done to prepare the church if the Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage in June.

It is hard to believe that our highest court is actually debating whether to make law something that the Christian church and other major religions have historically considered to be a sin. If same-sex marriage is passed, it will inflict devastating repercussions on our country.

For example, if a Sunday school teacher or the pastor of your church teaches on the biblical concept of marriage and the family, your church may lose its tax exemption. Radio and TV stations that hold to traditional marriage could lose their license to broadcast. Christian schools could lose their accreditation. Further, all public schools, starting at the first grade level, would be teaching your child or grandchild about same-sex relationships.

At our website we have posted a link from the Alliance Defending Freedom organization entitled “How to Protect Your Ministry, Your Christian School, Your Nonprofit Ministry.” I would strongly advise you to have your pastor and church leaders read this and make any needed adjustments to your bylaws and doctrinal statement. It may help protect you in court in the future.

When Darlene and I returned home, the financial burdens of the ministry began to weigh heavily upon on us. As I was contemplating whether or not we should cancel certain networks overseas, I couldn’t help but think that God usually does not give us clear leading to walk on a path that drops off a cliff!

So I called our staff together and told them the situation. I then asked them to get down on their knees and we prayed together. We asked God to give us wisdom, and if He wanted us to stay on networks across India, Russia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, that he would provide a way for us to do this. We had our prayer meeting about ten in the morning.

About an hour later, a wonderful Christian man called me from Michigan and said he was very interested in helping us translate and broadcast our programs into the Hebrew language. He liked the idea of us broadcasting to over 15 million Hebrew speaking people in Israel, the Middle East, and Russia.

Then he asked, “Would it be okay if I gave a $50,000 matching gift toward this outreach?” I said, “Yes, it would be wonderful and is greatly needed.” Then he asked me to tell him about the outreach into all 11 time zones of Russia and across the Ukraine. We talked for a while and he said, “I’d like to give a $50,000 matching gift for translating and broadcasting programs into Russian and Ukrainian.”

Before noon, another generous Christian man from Winnipeg, Canada informed us he was sending a $100,000 matching gift to help us in our world outreach.

The next morning, a couple who dearly love the Lord, called from the West Coast and said God had led them to give a $100,000 matching gift. Further, if we could match it immediately, they would give another $100,000! On top of this, a couple from Texas sent another $100,000 gift. In total God provided matching gifts of $500,000! Our goal now is to match these gifts with donations from friends of our ministry.

Our plan is to use these funds to present and defend the gospel so people can come to know Christ and to be encouraged in their faith. Here is what we are hearing from people in different nations of the world:

“I have often had doubts about being saved… But now I know that it’s what Jesus did on the cross that has given me hope that I can stand before God.”

“The need is just so great for your materials! We need sound doctrine in Spanish.”

“I record your programs so I will never miss them… Thanks for helping me leave the Jehovah’s Witnesses.”

“Thanks for your programs on Islam. Your guest speakers are very informative.”

“I wish all of New Zealand would watch your series on Islam.”

A man wrote from India: “After a recent program, I got down on my knees, confessed my sins, repented, and asked Jesus to be Lord of my life. Thanks to God’s grace and mercy, you showed me his love. I am a new Christian because of your efforts!”

“I just want to thank you for helping me find Jesus. I have been an agnostic for over 20 years and your show helped me to see the light. God bless you all.”

“There’s nothing like your ministry in Sweden… It is a vital source to us for Christian teaching. You are spreading the gospel to the world.”

Stories like this amaze me. Our viewers face many problems, but God is using your gifts to enable our ministry to offer people the opportunity of knowing Christ personally.

This month I have gone from deep discouragement to great joy in seeing God lead folks to give matching gifts of $500,000. They gave these gifts so we could bring the gospel to people around the world in their own languages.

This month I am writing to ask you to give a gift to help us continue this outreach around the world. Every gift you give this month will be doubled. If you give a gift of $25 it will become $50; $50 becomes $100; $100 becomes $200; and $500 becomes $1,000. For those of you who can give larger gifts, $50,000 becomes $100,000. I hope that you will feel God’s leading and will trust us to use your gifts to reach people during this extraordinary time of outreach.

Our Gift to You

In addition to doubling the size of your gift, I would also like to say thank you by providing you a choice of two special DVD collections of our television programs that may help you in your personal growth or to share with others.

First is our “Ultimate Science Package.” This special collection includes programs on astronomy, the origin of life, DNA, the scientific evidence that supports Genesis 1 and 2, the problems new scientific discoveries are causing contemporary evolutionary thought, and much more. It includes 42 half-hour television programs and 3 study guides (see the enclosed card for details).

Regular pricing for this special collection of science programs with some of the top scientists in the world would normally cost $455. But if you will send a gift of $100 or more this month, your gift will be matched and we will be glad to send this entire collection of programs to you.

Second, maybe you are interested in biblical prophecy and current events. If so, we are making another collection available to you. We call it “The Ultimate Prophecy Package.” This special collection contains 40 television programs featuring 17 prophecy experts and six study guides—nearly 24 hours of prophecy content.

My guests on these television series include Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, retired 3-star General William G. Boykin, Dr. David Jeremiah, Dr. Zola Levitt, Dr. Tim LaHaye, Dr. Mark Hitchcock, Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, Dr. Renald Showers, Dr. David Breeze, Dr. John Walvoord, and many others.

Again, the regular price for this prophecy collection would be $466. During this matching gift time, this important collection is available to you if you will give a gift of $100 or more.

Finally, because of the great need we have to sustain our outreach overseas, if you wish, you may also request both collections together. “The Ultimate Science Collection” and “The Ultimate Prophecy Package” together contain 82 half hour television programs for only $200. Again, your generous gift will be matched.

Coming Up on The John Ankerberg Show

You are aware that in most high schools and colleges today, Darwin’s theory of evolution is taught as an established fact of science rather than a theory. However, unknown to the general public, in their peer review literature, many leading paleontologists and biologists now reject Darwin’s theory that plants, animals, and humans descended from a common ancestor by natural selection and random mutation over long periods of time.

One of the most devastating problems Darwin’s theory faces is the fossil record itself. The discovery of the Cambrian Explosion of animal fossils shows that complex, fully formed animals appeared suddenly, with no prior ancestors. This appears to closely fit what Genesis 1 tells us about God creating different plants, animals, and eventually people, over different “days,” which literally can be translated, “long but finite periods of time.”

The question is this: Do we see evidence of God’s creative acts in the fossil record? In our new series “The Mystery of the Fossil Record,” I interview Dr. Stephen Meyer, PhD in the Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University. He is the one of the founders of the Intelligent Design movement in the world, and serves at the Discovery Institute. He is also the best-selling author of Darwin’s Doubt.

In these 4 programs, you will see the astonishing evidence from the Cambrian explosion of animals. You will also learn why this fossil evidence stands directly against Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Finally, we’ll explain why an all-powerful Intelligent Designer is a better scientific explanation than Darwinism for the sudden appearance of fully formed animals in the fossil record. The 4 programs in “The Mystery of the Missing Fossils” are available as a Blu-ray and DVD combo set for a gift of $49.

The Case for Intelligent Design

I’ve also produced a second series with Dr. Meyer entitled “The Case for Intelligent Design.” Charles Darwin admitted he did not know how the first cell came into existence. Today, molecular biologists have discovered that the human cell is not simple, but complex beyond belief. Here again, you will hear why an all-powerful Intelligent Designer is a better scientific explanation than Darwinism for the genetic information in the DNA molecule. The 4 programs in this series are also available for a gift of $49.

Third, we are making available the documentary movie “Darwin’s Dilemma.” Through state-of-the-art computer animation you will be transported back in time to one of the great mysteries in the history of life: the geologically-sudden appearance of dozens of major complex animal types in the fossil record and witness the vast intelligence God used to meticulously create and design the first animals. This beautiful documentary movie is available on DVD for $30.

If you would like all 3 of these new items together, including both of my new series with Dr. Meyer and documentary movie “Darwin’s Dilemma,” they are available in a special package for a gift of $100. Please see the enclosed card for details.

Reaching Those Who Have Yet to Hear

Today, I would like to personally ask you to prayerfully invest your resources for the sake of Christ and His gospel, to reach people who have yet to hear. I need your help. I cannot do this alone. I will greatly appreciate your help. Thank you in advance for being sensitive to God’s leading in your life.

 

For the sake of the Gospel,

Dr. John Ankerberg