The TruthSayer Foundation
Established in 1998, the TruthSayer Foundation is a not-for-profit Christian apologetics initiative which aims to exposit Biblical theism as:
• objectively authentic;
• absolutely true;
• rationally defensible; and
• existentially relevant in a postmodern culture.
This motivation is not grounded in any prior commitment to Christianity as a religious system of thought (for whatever reason), or because of any reason that can possibly be critiqued as obscurant. Instead, it is based entirely on:
• a critical and intellectually honest appraisal of the Biblical world-and-life view, leading to the unavoidable conclusion that:
- it is only when we appeal to God and His revelation (as revealed to us exclusively and fully in the Bible) as our ultimate epistemic authority, that we are enabled* to discern between what is true and is not, what is right and what is not, what is real and what is not, what is wrong with man and how it can be fixed... I.e. I contend that Biblical theism (as a world-and-life view) is true, because if it were not, truth itself would be impossible, rendering life and the world around us utterly unintelligible;
- only God and His revelation (as revealed to us exclusively and fully in the Bible) provides us with all the necessary preconditions of intelligibility, when all other competing systems of thought (whether they rank as 'religious' or not, and provided they are being faithful to their professed presuppositions), fail miserably;
• a radical transformation of my own understanding of things**.
To this end, The TruthSayer Foundation employs highly advanced communications technologies to reach people of all religious and philosophical persuasions in every corner of the world, live over the Internet with the Gospel of Truth.
*John 16:13 | **Romans 12:2
One of the most egregious misconceptions about Christianity, is the grossly mistaken notion that being Christian is nothing more than some sort of blind faith commitment on the part of the believer to some set of arbitrary religious ideas!I am not a Christian because I believe (for whatever reason: because 'it works for me', or 'because it is what makes my parents happy', or 'because it conforms to my culture or my tradition', or whatever...)Instead, I believe because I am a Christian, and that is what is known as 'faith' - 'faith' (in the Hebrews 11 sense) is nothing less than divinely imparted propositional knowledge about God and His revelation which He has sovereignly chosen to disclose to His elect.Therefore, me being a Christian is entirely an act of God's sovereign grace, in spite of anything that I may choose to believe..."It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy"
- Romans 9:16 (NIV)
The Christian response to the question, "why are you a Christian?" and not, say a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist, or Taoist, or an atheist, or a whatever... is one of the most thought-provoking (and important) questions we can ever dare ask of anyone, including ourselves!
And just how we choose to answer that question, I contend, is probably the most important answer we could ever consider!
You see, we all - ALL of us, even the most atheistic and even the most agnostic among us - believe a great many things about a lot of things, and it is what we believe that decides who we are, what we are, how we answer life's most important questions, how we view and respond to life and the world around us...
But so long as whatever we believe, we choose to believe just because it is what we like, or because it conforms to the popular paradigm, or whatever... then what does it matter what we each believe? Then every belief, even if they are antithetical beliefs, have equal epistemic status, something that can only give rise to all sorts of absurdities and self-contradictions!
In other words, unless there are truly authentic beliefs - beliefs that are genuinely, objectively and absolutely true (in spite of us), then life would be utterly unintelligible. Everything would then reduce to nonsense!
Genuinely authentic beliefs are only possible if they are grounded in an authority that has been authored by the Author of Truth himself.
"Thy Word is truth"
- John 17:17
So, why am I a Christian?
My own, abject answer to that question, is just this: I have absolutely no idea!
Why God would choose to count me as one of His elect, when only He and I know what I am really like deep inside of me, is the one question to which I have no answer, but only the response...
thank you Jesus!
"In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory."
- Ephesians 1:11,12 (NIV)
Andre L Immelman (59)
Originally studied actuarial science through the American Society of Actuaries.
As a seeker after truth, I withdrew from formal business in 1998 and established the TruthSayer Foundation. Following a brief stint as a berry farmer (as it turned out, I was really lousy at farming), I enrolled in the Masters programme at the Bahnsen Theological Seminary to study Christian apologetics, epistemology and ethics in 2005.
Steeped in the apologetic tradition of Dr Cornelius van Til and Dr Greg Bahnsen, I intellectively contend that:
• when we come to consider the chief of all life's questions, "What is it all about?", we can only conclude (if we are being both intellectually honest and astute) that it is all about TRUTH (since any avowal or in fact, any disavowal affirms this claim, one can only conclude that "it is always and exclusively about TRUTH, for all people everywhere at all times and under all circumstances");
• it is only when we appeal to God and His revelation (as revealed to us exclusively and fully in the Bible) as our epistemic authority and our ultimate standard of truth, that we are enabled to discern between TRUTH and falsehood;
• what is really at issue in the disagreement between between Biblical theism and every other world-and-life view, is a dispute over nothing else, but the TRUTH;
• the common orthodoxy that "there is some truth in every system of thought" conflates what is true with what TRUTH is;
• the verity (or falsity) of something can ever only be determined if it is measured against the Bible as our standard of TRUTH that is objective, absolute, immutable, revealed and redemptive;
• we can only ever come into possession of the TRUTH, if it is revealed to His elect by God Himself.
I am a member of The Society Of Christian Philosophers and The Evangelical Philosophical Society.
Those influences that have greatly shaped my own thinking over the years, have come from different people, and most notably from:
• Jonathan Edwards, for his keen intellect and insightful rendering of the Scriptures as God's revealed Word of TRUTH;
• Dr Greg Bahnsen, for his urging and encouragement to strive to always "think God's thoughts after Him";
• Dr Errol Wagner, whom God providentially sent into my life at a time when I happened to find myself adrift in a spiritual wilderness, and didn't know it;
• my long suffering wife, Michele, whose perseverance and remarkable perspicuity in all matters (spiritual and otherwise) always manages to return me to prayerful reflection and abject humility...
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