1/21/2022

GEORGE WASHINGTON'S ANSWER FOR AMERICA'S DESCENT INTO MORAL CHAOS

Major American cities are descending into chaos with murders, thefts, assaults, and car jackings skyrocketing. This crime wave is a result, first of all, of a cultural rejection of God's moral law. Secondly, it a result of outrageous, lawless policies that are being implemented by leftwing mayors and district attorneys. 

These policies, which coddle criminals and demonize the police, are based on the “progressive” liberal philosophy that human nature is essentially good and it is evil institutions that are the cause of the problems. In this worldview, the criminals are by nature good people who are victims of an evil American system.

America’s founders held no such no such utopian view of the natural goodness of humanity. They held the traditional Christian belief that mankind had been created a good and noble creature in the image and likeness of God, but that image had beco
me marred by the entry of rebellion and sin into the world (Genesis 3).

This belief in the corruption of human nature was highlighted in a prayer recorded by George Washington in a prayer journal he kept in his twenties. Under the heading of "Monday Morning," it is a prayer for cleansing from sin and corruption and reads,

Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb, and purge my heart by the Holy Spirit. Daily frame me more and more in the likeness of Thy Son, Jesus Christ (Hyatt, America’s Revival Heritage, 72).

Other founders made clear their belief in the corruption of human nature. “Take mankind in general,” said Alexander Hamilton, “they are vicious.” James Madison added, “If men were angels no government would be necessary.” The historian, Benjamin Hart, wrote, “A central assumption of America’s founders was original sin, meaning the corruption of man’s character” (Hyatt, America’s Revival Heritage, 94).

For this reason, the founders believed that humanity must either be governed from within by moral principles or controlled from without by laws designed to restrict their wicked behavior. This is what William Penn was referring to when he wrote, “Those who will not be governed by God, must be ruled by tyrants” (Hyatt, America’s Revival Heritage, 26).

America’s founders instituted a Constitutional Republic with a goal of freedom for its citizenry. They realized, however, that only a virtuous and moral people could be trusted with freedom. Otherwise, they would turn freedom into anarchy and use their freedom as an opportunity to pursue selfish ends, even to the hurt of others.

That is why George Washington, in his Farewell Address to the new nation, exhorted her citzens to cling to “religion” and “morality,” which he called “indispensable” for a stable and prosperous nation. Thomas Jefferson agreed with Washington’s address and made it required reading at the University of Virginia, which he founded. Jefferson also said, “Of all the systems of morality that have come under my observation, none appear so pure to me as that of Jesus” (Hyatt, America’s Revival Heritage, 85).

America’s founders implemented limited government because they expected the citizens to govern themselves from within according to the teachings of Jesus and the New Testament. John Adams made this clear when he said,

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . .  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious [Christian] people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other (Hyatt, America’s Revival Heritage, 79).

The modern, liberal progressive has rejected both the moral law of God and human laws designed to restrict criminal behavior. It should be no suprise that this is resulting in a crime wave hitherto unknown in this nation.

The ultimate answer is a return to the nation’s founding principles of faith and freedom, and in that order. America must have a national awakening of faith and morality. It is not too far-fetched to expect such an Awakening, for as documented in my book, America’s Revival Heritage, such Awakenings have occurred more than once in our nation’s history and saved her from moral and political ruin.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt’s latest book, America’s Revival Heritage (Second Edition), available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com.

1/16/2022

WHY DR. KING LOVED AMERICA AND RESPECTED HER FOUNDERS

"I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream."

Unlike the contemporary woke culture, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. loved America and respected her founders. In his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, he clearly rooted his dream for racial equality in the original dream of America’s founders, declaring, “I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”

Dr. King also understood the colorblind nature of America’s founding documents and in this same speech he challenged America, not to dispense with her founding documents, but to live up to them. He said,

When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" (Hyatt, Abolitionist Founding Fathers, 54).

Then quoting from the Declaration of Independence, he proclaimed,

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” (Hyatt, Abolitionist Founding Fathers, 54).

Writing from the Birmingham City Jail in 1963, Dr. King referred to America’s “sacred heritage.” He was very aware of America’s flawed and sinful history, but he also saw that there was something sacred, holy, and of God in her founding.

He considered the racial injustice against which he was fighting in the 1960s to be out of character with the vision of America’s founders. Indeed, in this same letter he speaks with pride and respect of the Pilgrims, Thomas Jefferson, the ‘majestic” Declaration of Independence, and Abraham Lincoln.

Dr. King seems aware that at a time when slavery was accepted and practiced in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and most of the world, there was a unique movement against it in 18th century Colonial America. Even those founders who were slaveholders took a public stand against it and agreed with John Adams, who wrote,

Every measure of prudence ought to be assumed for the eventual total extirpation of slavery from the United States. I have throughout my whole life held the practice of slavery in abhorrence (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 101).

The brilliant black scholar, Dr. Thomas Sowell, was referring to this abolition movement when he wrote,

Slavery was just not an issue, not even among intellectuals, much less among political leaders--and then it was an issue only in Western civilization. Among those who turned against slavery in the 18th century were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other American leaders. You could research all of 18th century Africa or Asia or the Middle East without finding any comparable rejection of slavery there (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 90).

Indeed, America’s founding generation understood the words of the Declaration of Independence to be a statement against slavery. In an early draft of the Declaration in which he laid out the reasons for Independence, Thomas Jefferson accused the British monarch of introducing slavery into the colonies. He wrote,

He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating them and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere (Hyatt, Abolitionist Founding Fathers, 44).

Although the above statement did not make it to the final draft, the one that did was generally understood to be an attack on the institution of slavery. Jefferson wrote,

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Dr. King obviously understood this phrase to be both an attack on slavery and an affirmation of racial equality. When someone suggested to him that he was an “extremist,” he replied, "Was not Thomas Jefferson an extremist? – ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’" (Hyatt, Abolitionist Founding Fathers, 45).

Indeed, in the 18th century, when humanity was divided by race, and slavery was practiced throughout the world, the words of Jefferson were considered “extreme.” When judged in the context of the times in which they lived, America’s founders were, indeed, revolutionaries on the cutting edge of human society in advocating for the abolition of slavery and liberty for all mankind.

This is why Dr. King loved America and respected her founders.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt’s recent books, 1726: The Year that Defined America and Abolitionist Founding Fathers available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.

1/10/2022

CONFRONTING THE MARXIST TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA


Nations derive their sense of identity from their history. If you want to fundamentally transform a nation, rewrite its history. Eliminate everything good and wholesome, and highlight everything ugly and abhorrent. Destroy its heritage. Demonize its founders and remove their monuments. 

Once the citizens have come to abhor their nation's past, they will be ready to accept a new and different form of society and government. This is what Karl Marx was referring to when he said, "People without a heritage are easily persuaded."

This is happening now in America. School children are being taught that America's founders were evil slave owners who founded this country to protect their wealth and power. Statues of America’s founders are being toppled and their names removed from schools and other public buildings. This is a vital part of the Marxist plan to transform America into a godless, socialist society. 

We are, however, fighting back.

In a 7-hour visitation of God in 2010, He assured me that He is not through with America, and that we "could" see another Great Awakening. Interestingly, He directed me to America’s past as the key to her future. 

I saw, for the first time, that the First Great Awakening had a direct bearing on the founding of this nation. Revival is in our national DNA. This same Awakening unleashed the moral and spiritual forces that eventually ended slavery on this continent.

The following books are the fruit of that encounter. Although there are similarities in all the books, each one is unique in that it focuses on a particular area of America’s history that undermines the modern, Marxist revisions. They can be used by pastors, by teachers in Christian and public schools, and by citizens in general who can gather friends and family in their homes to study America’s true past. 

I invite you to join me in taking control of our future by educating this generation about what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called our nation's "sacred heritage." This is vital for as George Orwell said, “Whoever controls the past, controls the future.”

Dr. Eddie L. Hyatt

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1/01/2022

PURSUING THE SENSATIONAL - MISSING THE SUPERNATURAL

Sensationalism is defined as “the use of exciting or shocking stories or language at the expense of accuracy, in order to provoke public interest or excitement.” In the church, sensationalism is too often used to attract crowds, likes, and followers, and is often successful because the church is filled with charismatic thrill-seekers who are looking for the next sensational “sign from heaven.”

John 5:1-15 tells the story of a crippled man who almost missed out on a supernatural miracle of healing because he was so preoccupied with a certain sensational phenomenon.

This paralytic had been lying at the Pool of Bethesda, probably for many years, waiting for an angel to come down and “stir up” the water. John says that when the angel “stirred up” the water, whoever stepped first into the pool was healed of whatever disease they had.

Any results at this pool were obviously minimal for John says the place was occupied by a “multitude” of weak, sickly, and helpless people. The man Jesus talked to had been in his paralytic condition for 38 years. Despite his unflagging preoccupation with this sensational angelic phenomenon, he had found no relief.

Many today are running from one exciting meeting to another looking for a charismatic thrill or sensational miracle, but like the people around the pool have found no relief. In many cases, their preoccupation with the sensational is keeping them from experiencing the supernatural power of God.

This was George Whitefield’s concern in 1739 when he wrote to John Wesley in the midst of the great Methodist Revival and cautioned him not to make too much of the sensational phenomena that were occurring in their meetings, such as falling, weeping, visions, shouting, laughing etc. He warned,

That there is something of God in it, I doubt not. But the devil, I believe, does interpose. I think it will take people away from the written word, and make them depend on visions, convulsions, etc., more than on the promises and precepts of the gospel.

Jesus did not encourage the man at the pool in his pursuit of the sensational. He did not offer to sit with him and help him into the pool the next time the angel stirred the water. In fact, he took the man’s attention away from the pool by asking, Do you want to be made well? In other words, if you really want to be made well, this is not the path to be on.

We must remember that this man, and all the others around the pool, were Jews with a healing covenant from God. All the Old Testament promises of healing belonged to them. Exodus 15:26 belonged to them, where God revealed Himself to Israel as the LORD your Healer. Psalm 103:2-3 was theirs, where David exhorted God’s people to, forget not all His benefits; who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.

What are they doing lying around this pool! The angelic stirring of the water has become a distraction for them. They have placed their hope in an unpredictable, sensational phenomenon rather than the sure promises of God’s word. Their pursuit of the sensational is causing them to miss out on the supernatural.

After a brief exchange with the man, that was designed to get his eyes off the pool, Jesus commanded him, “Take up your bed and walk.” The man, who had been paralyzed for 38 years, responded to the words of Jesus and simply took up his bed and began to walk.

There was nothing sensational surrounding this miraculous healing. No stirring of the water in the pool. No bright light shining down from heaven on the man. No angel appearing and touching him. No gold dust floating in the air. He simply obeyed the words of Jesus and was made whole.

I had to learn this lesson in 1989 when I became deathly ill while living in Tulsa, OK, which at that time was the mecca of the charismatic/healing movement. Oral Roberts, T.L. Osborn, Kenneth Hagin, and other renowned healing ministries all had their headquarters there. I too believed in Divine healing and taught Divine healing.

God, however, would not allow me to lie around the pool (so to speak) hoping that a healing gift would be manifest for me. He made it very clear that I was to trust Him and His covenant promises, not the sensational claims of a healing evangelist. In the midst of the battle, He gave me 3 keys to answered prayer: Promise, Praise, and Perseverance.

He made it clear that I was to keep myself preoccupied with His Promise, rather than running here and there hoping for a sensational miracle of healing. I was to surround myself with Praise, for praise is the voice of faith. Finally, I was to Persevere and not throw in the towel just because I did not see an immediate manifestation of healing.

So, I got my eyes off the pool and on God and His promise. I praised and persevered and over the next 3.5 years my faith became firmly rooted in God and His covenant promises. I also received practical instructions for seeing my health restored. I did not experience a sensational miracle, but I was completely healed and thirty years later I am still well and taking no medication. Hallelujah!

If God chooses to manifest some sensational phenomenon to me or through me, I have no problem with that. However, I have discovered something far superior and more exciting than an angelic visitation or gold dust floating in the air—knowing God Himself and His covenant promises. And that is where I have found God's supernatural power at work.

To read more by Dr. Eddie Hyatt on this theme, check out his books, Prophets and Prophecy, Angels of Light, and 3 Keys to Answered Prayer, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.

 

12/27/2021

WILL AMERICA SEE ANOTHER GREAT AWAKENING IN 2022?

There has never been a time when local or regional revivals were not occurring somewhere in America. However, to be designated a “Great Awakening,” a revival should have the following 3 characteristics.      

1.    It is an obvious sovereign work of God in that it has arisen apart from any identifiable human plan, strategy, or design.

2.     It is non-sectarian and touches people of all sects and denominations. No one group, or church, can “own” the revival.

3.  It is not localized or regional but has an obvious national impact on the nation and its culture.

I have become convinced that there have been at least four "Great Awakenings" in America's history. Each came at a crucial time in the nation's history and saved her from moral and social ruin. Indeed, the history of America has startling similarites to that of Israel in the time of the Judges--periods of backsliding and apostasy followed by times of repentance, national renewal, and God's mighty deliverance of the nation.

The First Great Awakening (1726-70) transformed Colonial America and prepared her for statehood. The Second Great Awakening (1800-1830) saved the fledgling nation from Deism and the negative influences of the French Revolution. The Third Great Awakening, also known as “The Great Prayer Awakening of 1857-58,” swept many thousands into the kingdom and released the spiritual and moral resources necessary to carry the nation through a horrible Civil War.

The Charismatic Renewal/Jesus Revival (1967-80), which this author witnessed, was America’s Fourth Great Awakening. This revival was two-pronged with two distinct streams flowing side-by-side and often overlapping. The Charismatic Renewal impacted and revived the churches of America while the Jesus Revival impacted the youth/hippie culture, bringing many thousands to Christ.

America's Fourth Great Awakening

The 1960s were a tine of moral decline and social upheaval. In 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court, in two separate rulings, banned school sponsored Bible reading and prayer in the public schools of America. Many were shocked for prayer and Bible reading had been a part of American schools since its founding.

Then on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. His assassination was followed by the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April of 1968, and Kennedy’s brother, Robert F. Kennedy, in June of 1968. Race riots broke out in major cities across America. Protests erupted across the country against the Viet Nam War and often turned violent.

Disillusioned with church and American culture, an entire generation of youth rejected the values of their parents and traditional religion. Their mantra was “turn on” and “tune out.” “Turn on” with drugs and sex and “tune out” the old establishment. Out of this mindset the hippie movement was born, characterized by drugs, sex, rock music, horn-rimmed glasses, and a simplified lifestyle.

Somebody, however, must have prayed and touched heaven, for in the midst of the chaos, revival broke forth in the churches of America and among the youth of America.

Charismatic Renewal

There had been a powerful Pentecostal Revival at the turn of the century, but it had been rejected by the mainline, traditional churches. This had resulted in the forming of thousands of new Pentecostal churches and denominations.

Now, however, a Pentecostal-type revival broke out in Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal, and Catholic churches. Like a prairie fire fanned by the wind, this revival spread rapidly, penetrating most of the historic Protestant denominations and Roman Catholicism.

This revival in the churches came to be called the “Charismatic Renewal.” The name is derived from the Greek word for spiritual gift, which is charisma, and in its plural form, charismata.

Charismatic prayer groups sprang up across the country. In these informal gatherings, participants sang praises, prayed spontaneously, and unashamedly spoke and sang in tongues. Much fellowship occurred across denominational lines under the banner of “Jesus is Lord” and the common experience of being “filled with the Holy Spirit.” 

Massive interdenominational conferences were the order of the day. In 1977, 55,000 charismatics gathered in Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas under the banner, “Jesus is Lord.” Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, Baptists, Mennonites, Methodists, Pentecostals, Messianic Jews, and others sang praises to God and listened to speakers from various Christian denominations and traditions.

At one point, Roman Catholic Cardinal Leon Josef Suenens of Brussels sat on the platform with Tom Zimmerman, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, a white Pentecostal denomination; J.O. Patterson, Presiding Bishop of the Church of the God in Christ, a black Pentecostal denomination, and other denominational leaders. It was an amazing demonstration of unity in the Spirit and under the Lordship of Christ.

For decades, the World Council of Churches had been seeking to bring the various churches together in a show of unity with little success. Now, through the power of the Holy Spirit, it was happening in a brief period of time. Cardinal Suenens referred to this Kansas City gathering as “the most impressive ecumenical manifestation of our time” and declared it to be “epoch making, the realization of an ‘impossible dream” (Hyatt, America's Revival Heritage, 105.

Jesus Revival Among American Youth

At the same time that the Charismatic Renewal was reviving the churches of America and the world, revival was breaking out among the hippies of America. This became known as “The Jesus Revival.” Tens of thousands turned to Christ and became bold witnesses for Him everywhere they went. Their mantra was now, “One Way, Jesus!”

In 1971, thousands of Christian youth and converted hippies converged on Dallas, Texas, for an entire week of witnessing, fellowship, prayer, and praise. During the day, thousands witnessed on the streets, in restaurants, and in places of business. Each night 80,000 filled the Cotton Bowl to pray and listen to a line-up of speakers, including Billy Graham. The closing event of the week was a Christian concert that drew 150,000 to a cleared freeway site near downtown Dallas (Hyatt, America's Revival Heritage, 106).

Life Magazine featured the event on its cover, describing it as “a solid week of shouting, singing, praying and praising His name in a mammoth burst of Christian zeal.”

It was during this revival that this author gave his life to Christ, was baptized in the Holy Spirit, and called into the ministry.

The Course of the Nation Is Altered

Perhaps the crowing event of this Awakening was “Washington for Jesus,” an all-day prayer gathering on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Held on April 29, 1980, “Washington for Jesus” was the vision of John Gimenez, a former drug addict, who along with his wife, Anne, founded and pastored the Rock Church in Virginia Beach, VA.

Gimenez said that God showed him that going to Washington D.C. to pray for the nation would be like David striking Goliath a fatal blow in the forehead with a stone. When Gimenez shared the vision with Pat Robertson of CBN, Robertson wondered aloud how they would feed such a crowd. Gimenez replied, “That is easy. We will fast.”

According to Anne Gimenez, 600,000 gathered that day on the Washington Mall to fast and pray for America. Interestingly, the race riots abated, the protests faded, Ronald Reagan was elected the nation’s 38th president that fall, and the nation entered a new era of peace and prosperity.

Will We See Another Great Awakening?

Since that Fourth Great Awakening, America has seen radical moral and social decline, and by 2010 I had given up hope of America ever seeing another Great Awakening that would alter the course of the nation. However, that all changed one summer day when, for 7 hours in a once-in-a-lifetime visitation, God flooded my heart and mind with throughts of hope and faith that America "could" see another great, national spiritual awakening.  

The word "could" was highlighted, to emphasize our responsibility. There are eternal principles and conditions that must be adhered to and met. God does not change. Styles change. Politicians change. Fads come and go. God, however, does not change.

The principles that brought about former Great Awakenings are the same principles that will bring another Awakening in 2022. There are no shortcuts. We can fake it, but we can't make it. Another Great Awakening will only come when a remnant of believers fulfill the Divine conditions that God Himself has laid before us.

If My people, who are called by My name,
Will humble themselves and pray,
And seek My face and turn from their wicked ways,
Then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's latest book, America's Revival Heritage (Second Edition) available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.





12/17/2021

REDEEMING CHRISTMAS FROM TODAY'S CANCEL CULTURE


I love the Christmas season. I love the lights, the Christmas trees, the nativity scenes, and the beautiful Christmas hymns glorifying Jesus that you sometimes hear even at Walmart.

But this past week I talked with a Christian brother who informed me that he and his church do not celebrate Christmas. The reason he gave was that December 25 was originally an ancient pagan holiday.

I consider this a lame excuse and one that does not recognize the redeeming power of our Lord. Does not Jesus take poor hell-bound sinners, redeem their lives, and make them His witnesses and instruments of his grace? Can He not do the same with a pagan holiday?

Indeed, when church officials at the end of the 3rd century settled on December 25th as the date to celebrate Christ’s birth (the exact day is not known), they probably chose that date to confront and redeem pagan holidays that on that day honored Saturn, the Roman god of agriculture, and Mithra, the Persian god of light.

I have a Gibson Dove guitar that was bought by a friend in a yard sale. It was a pitiful sight with a broken neck and strings broken and twisted. Who knows? Maybe it was owned by a drug-infested, hard rock group and got broken in a barroom brawl.

It doesn’t matter! That guitar is now restored, redeemed, and used for the honor and glory of God. Its past has no bearing on its present. Any curse has been swallowed up in God’s redemptive grace.

In the same way, it really doesn’t matter what some pagans did with December 25 centuries ago. What matters is what we as Christians do with December 25 today. 

A greater threat to Christmas is the modern secularization of the holiday that seeks to eliminate the word "Christmas" altogether and make it the "Winter Holiday." Anti-Christian forces are seeking to empty December 25 of all religious content, including the birth of Christ, and transform it into a godless, secular holiday. 

Early Christians redeemed December 25 from paganism and we must redeem it from this modern, woke secularist culture. We do this by making our voices heard, and in all kinds of creative ways reminding this world that Christmas represents the entry of God into this world to redeem fallen humanity. 

Charles Wesley did this in his magnificent hymn, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” which he was inspired to write by the sound of London church bells while walking to church one Christmas day. He wrote,

Hark the herald angels sing,

Glory to the newborn king.

Peace on earth and mercy mild,

God and sinners reconciled.


Joyful all ye nations rise,

Join the triumph of the skies.

With angelic hosts proclaim,

Christ is born in Bethlehem.


Dr. Eddie Hyatt is an author and ordained minister with over 50 years of ministerial service as a pastor, teacher, revivalist, and professor of theology. His books are available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.

12/08/2021

THE VIRGIN BIRTH CONFIRMED BY AN AGNOSTIC ARCHAEOLOGIST

Of all the Gospels, Luke gives the most detailed account of the Nativity and mentions Mary 12 times, more than any other biblical writer. At the beginning of His Gospel, Luke states that he has “carefully investigated” the things about which he is writing, including the virgin birth.

He also says that he has utilized eyewitness accounts of the events described. Indeed, the detail Luke presents about the virgin birth does indicate that he has derived his information from a primary source, either Mary herself or someone to whom Mary had relayed the intimate details of the event.

An Agnostic Archaeologist is Convinced

Luke's status as a world-class historian, accurate in even the smallest details, was confirmed by the agnostic archaeologist and Oxford professor, Sir William Ramsay. Considered one of the greatest archaeologists of all time, Ramsay thought he would scientifically discredit Luke's accounts by visiting and examining the places mentioned in his account of Paul’s travels in Acts. 

Ramsay was a product of the skeptical, German higher criticism of the 19th century, and he taught that the New Testament is an unreliable religious treatise written in the mid-second century by individuals far removed from the events described. According to his theorizing at the time, Luke’s works could not be trusted.

However, after doing the hard work of scientific investigation, Ramsay completely changed his thinking. After years of retracing Luke's account of Paul's travels and doing archaeological excavations along the way, Ramsay completely reversed his view of the Bible and first-century history.

Ramsay became convinced that Acts was written in the first century by the traditional author, and he acquired a very high regard for Luke as a historian. He discovered that in every case where the critics had said Luke was wrong, Luke turned out to be right. He wrote,

Luke is a historian of the first rank; not merely are his statements of fact trustworthy, he is possessed of the true historic sense; in short, this author should be placed along with the greatest of historians.

In 1896, Ramsay began publishing his discoveries in a book entitled St. Paul the Traveler and the Roman Citizen. The book caused a furor of dismay among the skeptics of the world, for its affirmation of the biblical record was totally unexpected. The evidence was, in fact, so overwhelming that many atheists gave up their atheism and embraced Christianity.

Over the next 20 years, Ramsay published other volumes showing how he discovered Luke to be accurate in the tiniest details of his accounts. In his book, The Bearing of Recent Discovery on the Trustworthiness of the New Testament, he wrote,

You may press the words of Luke in a degree beyond any other historian's and they stand the keenest scrutiny and the hardest treatment.

The famous historian, A.N. Sherwin-White, carefully examined Luke’s references to 32 countries, 54 cities, and nine islands, finding not a single mistake. The noted New Testament scholar, F.F. Bruce, noted that where Luke has been suspected of inaccuracy by modern critics, archaeology has again and again proven Luke to be right and the critics wrong.

Our Faith Confirmed by Facts

The evidence begs the question that if Luke was this careful to get his facts right about names, places, events, and dates, can we not be confident that he was just as careful to get his facts right concerning the more important things about which he reported, such as the virgin birth of Jesus Christ?

Indeed, we are infused with confidence when we remember Luke's opening statement in his Gospel that he has "carefully investigated" everything he is writing about so that his readers can know the "certainty" of the things described, including the virgin birth. 

Belief in the virgin birth is not a leap of faith into the dark. It is a step of faith into the light of Scripture and based on solid historical evbidence.

This article is derived from the book, Christmas is for Real, by Dr. Eddie L. Hyatt and is available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehhyatt.com.