Hi, my name is Tim Chaffey. I’m a Bible-believing Christian, husband, father, teacher, apologist, author, and cancer survivor.
I have been happily married since 1996 and have a daughter and son. I enjoy spending time with my family, walking, basketball, swimming, and good theological discussions. In 2001, I was the starting center for a national championship basketball team. I swam the relay leg of half-Ironman triathlons in 2012 and 2013, and completed the Nation’s Triathlon in 2013 with Team in Training to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In the past several years my wife and I have completed over a dozen half-marathons in more than ten states.
I currently work as the content manager for the Attractions Division at Answers in Genesis, which means that I’m responsible for developing the content for the exhibits at the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. I spent five years as a pastor and associate pastor, in which I taught youth ministry, adult Sunday School, and a weekly theology class in addition to regular preaching duties. I have also taught high school Bible and science classes for six years.
In 2023, I earned a Doctor of Ministry degree, specializing in Advanced Biblical and Theological Studies from Shepherds Theological Seminary. The title of my dissertation is A Historical Study of Jerusalem c. AD 33 and Its Implications on Creating an Accurate Scale Model to Enable Believers to Gain a Deeper Understanding of the New Testament.
In 2011, I completed a Th.M. in Church History and Theology from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary after successfully defending my thesis on The Sons of God and the Nephilim. In 2008, I earned a Master of Divinity degree (summa cum laude) specializing in Apologetics and Theology. I also hold a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Biblical and Theological Studies.
I am also a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia in July 2006. I have been in full remission since September 2006. My second full-length book, God and Cancer, traces my battle with the disease, but focuses on providing insight and advice to others who are going through difficult times. The book concludes with an apologetic for the existence of God. This section demonstrates that suffering and evil do not provide evidence against the God of the Bible, but rather the Bible provides the only solution to this issue.
I started Midwest Apologetics in 2005, a ministry dedicated to defending the word of God from the beginning to the end. With that goal in mind, I have written nearly two dozen books since that time. I co-authored The Truth Chronicles youth fiction series. Book 1 (The Time Machine) was published in April 2010, book 2 (The Contest) in May 2010, book 3 (The Rescue) in June 2010, book 4 (The Thief) in April 2012, book 5 (The Chase) in Fall 2012, and book 6 (The Ark) in December 2013. I wrote the final four books in the series on my own and published them in 2021: book 7 (The Accident), book 8 (The Attack), book 9 (The Tower), and book 10 (The Extras). These exciting books are designed to teach young people how to defend the faith and learn more about the biblical worldview.
I also co-authored The Remnant Trilogy, a coming-of-age historical fiction series on the life of Noah from his early adult years up until the time of the Flood. It is essentially the official backstory for Noah and his family members as they are portrayed at the Ark Encounter. Visitors to the theme park will be able to see dozens of items or events described in the novels. They are full of adventure and designed to direct the reader to take a close look at Scripture, and each of the books include approximately 30 pages of non-fiction at the end to address questions that many people have about Noah, the Ark, the Flood, and the pre-Flood world. See the following posts for more information about each book—Noah: Man of Destiny, Noah: Man of Resolve, and Noah: Man of God.
But my favorite topic has long been the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. I published In Defense of Easter to address the historicity of the Resurrection, to defend it against the skeptical and critical attacks, and to discuss many of the practical implications of the fact that Jesus rose from the dead.
I have contributed to several other books as either an editor or writer. Notably, I have written chapters in the following books: Searching for Adam, How Do We Know the Bible Is True? Volumes I & II, and Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions, Volume II.
Please note: the opinions expressed on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of Answers in Genesis.
Just got do know you from a nice online text over Romans 9:13. Nicely done.
Over the topic of the “Sons of God and the Nephilim”, could you give me just a glimpse of your position. Are you “Sethist”? Did you have the chance to read “Unseen realm”, from Dr. Michael Heiser, and if yes, what is your review on it ?
thanks, Glod bless you.. Cheers from Brazil.
Thanks for the kind words about my article on Romans 9:13.
Regarding the “Sons of God and the Nephilim,” I do not hold the Sethite interpretation. The Bible simply does not support the view, and the Sethite interpretation has multiple fatal flaws, ruling it out as the proper interpretation. Here’s a link to an introduction to my own book on the topic (Fallen), along with some comments about Heiser’s Unseen Realm http://midwestapologetics.org/blog/?p=1863. That will tell you more about my own position as well.
Thank you for your work.
I happened to see a video of yours, The Most Convincing Evidence for a Young Earth, and if I am not mistaken, in that video you stated that Jacques Cousteau said that the average depth of all ocean water over a completely flat earth without mountains or valleys would be 10,000 feet. (Maybe I am misremembering the quotation.) I am wondering if you could post the reference to that, as it is something I would find very helpful in talking about the Flood of Noah. I used to watch “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” on t.v. as a kid in the 1960’s.
Thanks again and God bless.
I really don’t know what video you are referring to. I don’t remember ever citing Jacques Cousteau for anything. Are you able to reply to this comment and share the link?
Hi Tim loved reading your commentary on Jephthah’s vow. I wanted to to ask you what you believed according to the word about baptism being and essential part of God’s plan for our salvation
You can find my thoughts on that topic at this post: http://midwestapologetics.org/blog/?p=1170
In short, I do not believe that baptism (that is, water baptism) is essential for salvation, which is conditioned upon faith alone in Christ.
I appreciate your efforts for the believers around the world. Thank you.
I have a question regarding Genesis 1 and 2. I read your article that explains the creation events in Genesis 2 using the pluperfect form. There is still one part that gives me difficulty which is chapter 2 verse 4-6 which says,
4This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens-
5and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground,
6but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground-
This suggests to me that the formation of men was prior to the formation of vegetation or animals. I am looking for ways to prove that my thoughts are wrong. Would you give a thought and shed light on this matter?
Thank you in advance,
The initial creation account is described in Genesis 1:1-2:3. This is sort of the big picture overview of what God made on each of the six days of creation before resting on the seventh day. Beginning at 2:4, the narrative zooms in on what happened on day six. It begins by talking about the conditions that existed on the earth before God made man in 2:7. We are told that it had not rained yet and two types of plants had not grown yet. If you look closely at the two types of plants mentioned, you’ll notice they are different than the three God made in the third day, which is described in Genesis 1:11–13. On day three, God made the grass, herb that yields seed, and the fruit trees. That’s how it’s worded in the NKJV. Other translations might have different wording. But in 2:5 we see that no “plant of the field” or “herb of the field” (again, this is NKJV) had grown because “God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground” (Gen. 2:5). Hebrew scholar Mark Futato states that these two specific types of plants refer to “wild shrubs of the steppe” and “cultivated grain.” These few verses (2:4-6) are setting us up for what’s about to happen. God makes man in v. 7, puts him in the garden, creates his wife, and then man is going to rebel. These actions will bring about two specific types of plants: cultivated plants or grains (because there will be a man to till the ground) and the thorny plants (“wild shrubs of the steppe”) that came about once man sinned.
Thus, there is no contradiction here. We just need to recognize the difference between the types of plants being mentioned in the two passages.
I hope this helps.
Dear Tim Chaffey,
I love your article on Nephilim!!!
I just wrote my own 30+ page commentary on it which will be in my next book, not yet published. I would love to run it by you. But it is a PDF file I need to attach.
Can you email me and I will send it to you!
Hello I just received your book from prophecy watchers and about to start on chapter 2. For a long time I I wanted to know Genesis 6 and who were these beings and why the world then was destroyed by flood. Two books I have already reaD by Ryan Pitterson. Like yourself I just enjoy this stuff but I wanted to find out more on subjects. Anyway I am a born again Christian looking for ours blessed Hope (rapture) while waiting I read your book to the end it’s gonna take me awhile. I’m a black American from Louisiana. Thanks brother
Genesis 6 provides the context for why God purged the world with a global Flood. Mankind was exceedingly evil, so much so that the entire world (besides Noah) was living in rebellion against God. He is patient in giving people time to repent from their sin but after hundreds upon hundreds of years of continued rebellion, God judged the world with the great Deluge (another word for ‘flood’). I hoped this helped!
Hi Tim, concerning the nephilim, you state that they were just human beings who were giants. Why were they so wicked if they were just human,for example why were they cannabals? One of the arguments against the sethite view is that why would humans mating produce the nephilim but if the nephilim are just giant humans why the wickedness where God destroyed the world?
I apologize for the delayed response. You sent it while I was on my way to Israel, so it looks like I lost track of it until now.
I don’t think I state anywhere that they were “just human beings who were giants.” They were called “mighty men” and “men of renown.” So they are considered to be men. However, if my position is correct, they were also the offspring of rebellious angels and women. That activity was exceedingly wicked, and it is not hard to imagine that the offspring of these illicit unions would likely be steeped in wickedness, which may have included cannibalism. The Bible doesn’t necessarily give us direct answers to some of the questions we have about the Nephilim, so we are left to draw inferences from the scant information we do have.
Jesus bless you brother. I saw your baldy pic. I live up in that area. I found you on VCY America. So wanted to comment. I dont believe in good friday i do believe in Good Wednesday. For it needs to be 3 full days for someone to be confirmed dead. Fri evening and Jesus rising Sun morning its not 3 days. Have you ever thought about this?
Thanks for reaching out. I’ve considered Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for the day of Christ’s crucifixion. Out of the three, I find Wednesday to be the least likely. One doesn’t need three days to confirm that someone is dead. The centurion at the cross confirmed that Jesus was dead when they pierced him with a spear. Some who hold to the Wednesday view focus on Jesus’ statement that he would be in the grave for three days and three nights. However, Jesus also said that He would be raised “on the third day,” “the third day,” and “after three days.” If we take all of these as strictly literal, then they are contradictory, since on the third day cannot be the same as after three days. If each of these is a phrase that just means something like “in a few days,” then there is no problem and no need to demand a full 72 hours in the grave.
While reading Genesis, I started to search commentaries and the web with regard to questions on Genesis 2:5. I found your answer and explanation to a concerned reader on answeringenesis.org to be “spot on”. Not only did you address the commenter’s concerns, your answer helped me focus on the original manuscripts, hebrew and God’s Word. Before posting, which I never do, I researched your background and was even more impressed. You helped me and I look forward to reading Genesis and using your website as one of my references. Thank you.
I would really love to teary your book about the Sons of God and the Nephilim. It says it’s not available. Do you know where I could get a copy?
Thanks for contacting me about this. I sold my last copy of the booklet a couple days ago, and I’m not sure if/when I’ll be ordering more. The reason I may not order more is because I have expanded and updated that booklet and published it as Fallen: The Sons of God and the Nephilim. The booklet that is out of stock was basically my Th.M. thesis with an additional chapter. The updated book is nearly four times longer for only twice the cost. As you can imagine, it goes into much more detail and gets into a wider range of related topics. I believe it is the most detailed book you will find on this subject. I hope this helps.
Hi! I just finished reading the Truth Chronicles series, and I loved it so much. It’s so wonderful to read a fiction book series that points to creation, and I actually learned a lot from it and I hope to be given opportunities to use that knowledge to defend my faith. Thank you so much for your amazing writing! Also I have to ask, is Jonas Ellis an intentional anagram of Jason Lisle, because I made that connection and it’s been driving me crazy LOL
Thank you for the very kind words about the series. It’s very encouraging and I’m thrilled you learned a lot from the books. Yes, Jonas Ellis is an intentional anagram of Jason Lisle. He’s the coauthor of my first book (Old-Earth Creationism on Trial), and he was excited for the opportunity for his character to time travel. 🙂 There are three other characters in the series that are anagrams for friends and colleagues of mine. One of them appears in book 6, one appears in book 7 and is mentioned in 8 and 9, and the other is mentioned in 7. They aren’t as well known, but it was fun to write their characters into the story.
Just a heads up. Book 10, The Extras, will be available very soon. It includes an updated study guide covering all 9 books, a short story (The Meeting shows how the teens met in 7th grade and includes some apologetics), concept art, initial character bios, description and examples of the illustration process, a history of the series, some fun facts, and some answers to questions I’ve been asked about the series.
Thank you so much for your quick reply, and for confirming my theory about the anagram! I will definitely have to try and figure out the other ones, and I’m super excited for book 10! I’m assuming Troy Claey is the book 6 one, and possibly Kate Chiler for book 7, but I’ll need to do a little digging to figure out what (or rather, who) they’re anagrams of. (I spent my childhood reading A Series of Unfortunate Events, so if you know anything about those books you’ll know why I’m always on the lookout for anagrams and secret codes in stories haha) Thank you so much for all your work in spreading the gospel through your writing and your talks; I always enjoy seeing you on Answers News as well! God bless 🙂
Thanks again for the kind words. I’m glad to know you watch Answers News. I haven’t read or watched Unfortunate Events.
You guessed two of them correctly (Tory Claey and Kate Chiler <--- she mentions the other one who is an animal expert and my assistant). Of the real people behind the four anagrammed names, only Dr. Lisle has a PhD, which is kind of funny because Ellis doesn't have his yet in the books. I boosted the academic levels of the others so they could be experts for the teens. If you get an opportunity, would you mind leaving a positive review on Amazon for the books, particularly 7–9 since they just came out and I don't think they have any yet. Thanks and God bless!
I actually think I figured out the first two- Tory Claey is Troy Lacey, and Kate Chiler is (I think, I’m less sure of this one) Rachel Kite. I know the third one is Blake Pinkem but I cannot figure out who he is for the life of me, I tried for hours yesterday morning. The best I could come up with was my own anagrammed version of the name (Kaleb Kempin) but I don’t think that’s a real person. I would be happy to leave reviews; I actually planned to a few days ago but then I must’ve forgot, so thanks for the reminder!! And yes, I love Answers News; it’s honestly the only news worth watching these days.
Also that’s funny how the only character based on a person with a PhD is also the only one to not have a PhD (yet). But I mean, he gets to time travel, so I’d say it balances out haha; plus Micky thinks he’s cute which is so much funnier for some reason knowing he’s based off of Jason Lisle 😆
Thanks for your willingness to write the reviews.
I added the keyboard shortcut for the laughing face. It’s a colon followed by lol and then another colon. I wasn’t aware of that until now.
You’ve figured out the first two and identified the right character for the third. Very good. I’ll give you a hint on the third — his first name is Mike.
I wasn’t sure if people would be able to recognize them because they aren’t usually in the public eye, although Troy writes a lot of our articles. I chose him because at the time I wrote the sixth book his son was a big fan of the series. So the person that answers the door when the teens visit him is his son.
Well, you sent me down the anagram rabbit hole again haha, but this time I think I cracked it… is it Mike Belknap? I solved this one solely by using the leftover letters and scrambling them over and over until it made something that resembled a surname, then checked to see if he was actually connected to AIG, which he was, so I count that as a victory 😆 He was a tricky one, but I finally discovered his identity lol
Thanks for all your responses and for the hint; it’s been lots of fun deciphering your anagrams and talking with you! I did write the reviews and gave each book five stars, but it said it could be several days before amazon posts them. Hopefully they get put up soon so the last trilogy can finally have reviews 🙂 God Bless!
Ding, ding, ding! You got the last one. 🙂 Mike does know a ton about animals. He handled most of the animal-related content at the Ark Encounter.
Thanks so much for the excellent reviews on Amazon. I really appreciate it, and I’m very pleased that you enjoyed the series so much. I had a lot of fun writing it.
If you haven’t read it yet, you might be interested in The Remnant Trilogy (my historical fiction series about Noah that is essentially the backstory for Noah and his family at the Ark Encounter).
I have been following the KJV only thread with some interest. I was wondering if you could help me understand the hill-to-die-on attitude that some people hold towards the KJV Bible. I have been accused of being unwilling to listen when I raised (what I feel are) honest questions. I hold no animosity towards those who believe that the KJV is the only “true” Bible, and I’m trying to understand the condemnation that was directed towards me for not believing the same way.
Thanks for your insight,
Thanks for following along and for your comments. You certainly are not alone in being on the receiving end of condemnation for disagreeing with the KJV-only position. Of course, there are plenty of people within this movement who do not act this way toward others, but there certainly are plenty who do. I think there are probably many reasons why some of them have that attitude, so let me cite a few.
First, some of the people within that movement have personalities that are very much “my way or the highway” about many things. The world is often black and white to them, with very little room for gray. They may not think they are acting this way, but they believe they’ve discovered the truth and it’s difficult for those personality types to comprehend how someone can sincerely disagree with them and still be interested in seeking the truth. After all, if the other person really sought the truth, then they would believe the same way as the KJV-only person, right?
Second, similar to the first point, is that they believe the King James Version is the very Word of God…that it is 100% perfect. So if a person questions that or disagrees with the view, then they are denying the Word of God. Therefore, since they reject God’s Word, they must not really be saved or they are in danger of losing their reward. Of course, they have never established that the KJV is the only viable Bible translation, so ultimately it just comes back to their preference, but they’ve been convinced that it is the only Bible a person should use, and those who don’t are guilty of sinning.
Third, I think some of them feel threatened by any questioning of their position. For some reason, they’ve placed all their eggs in the KJV-only basket, as if Christianity would be falsified if the KJV was in error. But the truth of Christianity does not depend on whether the KJV is perfect. Ultimately, the truth of Christianity is based on the historical reality that the Son of God dies on the Cross for our sins, rose from the dead, and offers salvation freely to all who believe in Him.
In each of these scenarios, I think the person truly believes they are honoring God and defending the faith against those who would seek to undermine God’s Word. It’s sad that it often leads some people to behave so poorly toward fellow believers. So it’s quite refreshing to have a civil conversation with someone, as you probably saw in the comments of the article you mentioned. Although, you probably noticed that the person would not really engage with the actual points I was making. And I think the reason is that I chose specific questions that really cannot be answered by a KJV only person without them undermining their own view.
I hope this helps. Keep speaking the truth in love and asking honest questions without any animosity.
Long time, no see, as the saying goes!
My name is Brent Skinner, I was the first Customer Service Manager for the Ark Encounter, which I sorely miss. A very long story as to why I am no longer with Answers In Genesis (moved back to the west coat March of 2017), but that is truly beside the point. By the way, I had no idea you were a cancer survivor. You never met my wife, as she passed away from ovarian cancer 30 days after we arrived in Kentucky. I am happy you are still with this world — we SERIOUSLY need the knowledge God has bestowed upon you and the wisdom that comes with it. I always enjoyed picking your brain when I ran into you during strolls around the Ark.
With the above in mind, I just finished watching this fascinating video on YouTube, which you probably have seen. If not, you have, no doubt, commented on this subject.
I spoke with George Coutouzis (I’m sure you know George) concerning this video and he suggested I speak with you.
Trust me, I am very weary of such videos and almost turned this one off when the gentlemen presenting this video referred to secular documentation concerning the Exodus (he referenced the Bible, as well. Again, though, he did refer to secular docs (secular docs only give me pause when they are considered the final source of one’s opinion — that is not the case here)). At first, I thought is was all about debunking the Flood; HOWEVER, it’s nothing of the sort. In fact (I am happy to say), it supports the Flood. So, clearly, the issue is not one of not supporting the Flood account, the issue deals with his research and how he reconciles the facts behind the Flood account. I am referring to genealogies and timelines. From what I gleaned, this video logically supports the Flood and debunks a number of claims that Jews and Atheists like to espouse.
This video appears to answer a few questions I had concerning the timeline and the genealogies.
Please note that all the information appears (I use the term “appear” because I am definitely not a Biblical scholar — I am not an expert) to be Biblically supported.
As I watched the video, the nagging concern that kept running through my mind was…”This is why arguments against the Bible being the inerrant Word of God exist!” Well, the video points out the words of Paul, which support otherwise (as you’ll see). But the big answer to my nagging concern is answered at the very end (at least I think it is). Actually, the answer seems to be made clear throughout the video (the support of three to one, as indicated in the Bible).
Now, I hope I am not allowing myself to be duped, as I do my best to put my trust in God (I believe His words are true. If something does not seem correct, then I know you do not turn your trust to man or secular documents for the final say — surely, the words and documents of man will be flawed).
I like the final statement in this video. It’s such a simple concept, really, but like so many simple concepts…you sometimes need a slap in the face for the light bulb to go on. Of course, I ask you…is the final reflection on why there are copies of Biblical documents sound?
I appreciate your time, as I know, without a doubt, you are a very busy and sought after man.
Here is the video link:
God bless and may 2021 be a wonderful year — all for His glory!
It’s great to hear from you. Sorry about the loss of your wife. I can’t imagine what that would be like. Even though it was difficult, I was always thankful that I was the one going through leukemia rather than my wife or kids. I think it’s almost always harder on the spouse.
Regarding the video, I’m quite familiar with it, and I’ve chatted many times with the individual who made it. He was kind enough to send me a copy of it on blu-ray. I think there are some strengths to the video. It’s a very creative and impactful way of getting a point across. Unfortunately, that creativity that helps make the arguments seem so compelling (particularly to non-scholars) tends to turn off scholars because they tend to not take it seriously. I do agree with the final sentiment in the video expressed by Dr. Turek, although that doesn’t necessarily apply to the debate over the Masoretic or the others. Each discrepancy between them needs to be examined on a case-by-case basis.
I think this debate over the genealogies needs to be seriously considered. On one “extreme” end (not calling them extremists — just using the term to define one end of the spectrum) are those that uncritically accept the Masoretic figures, either because they are part of a Hebrew text or because that’s just what they’ve always gone with. On the other extreme end are those who uncritically accept the LXX because they are more comfortable with another 1250–1380 years for earth’s age or for other reasons. Then there are people who fall somewhere in between and might be open to either view. It’s hard to find a serious discussion of all details involved here. In the past few years, Henry Smith from Associates for Biblical Research has put together a series of articles favoring the LXX figures. You can find his articles on their website. There was an attempt to respond to Smith’s article(s) by folks at CMI, but their responses were rather disappointing. They rightly questioned one of his sources, which he acknowledged and corrected in a later article, but I don’t think they really offered strong arguments against his view or for their own. It would be nice to see some very scholarly interaction between Christians who happen to disagree on this and are equally committed to biblical authority (after all, this isn’t a question of whether one is compromising with billions of years; it’s a text critical issue where one is trying to figure out what the original said — this happens all the time in other areas).
Back to the video. I think he puts too much emphasis on the argument that parents shouldn’t outlive their kids, grandkids, etc. While that’s typically the case, if someone lived 600 years, it is possible for them to do that, even if it doesn’t seem plausible. So it’s worth bringing up, but it seems to be one of his major arguments. Again, this is where Smith has done a better job in building the case for the LXX. Also, there are some poor arguments in there, including a roughly five-minute stretch in the middle when he starts discussing the timing of Babel. It’s based on some popular arguments, but I believe those are mistaken. Also, the three-to-one argument isn’t always a strong argument, because it depends on the reliability of the three and whether they are three independent sources. Nevertheless, the info shouldn’t simply be dismissed.
Overall, if the video can lead someone to study this issue in more detail, examining the serious arguments on both sides, then I think it can be helpful in getting helping people learn more as they develop their understanding. They might eventually change their mind or they might decide they held the right view all along and now have a better understanding of the issues.
Tim, So glad to hear of all your good studies and books in the area of Biblical creation and apologetics. We met you at Luther Rice Seminary graduation in 2005. God has really blessed you. Glad to hear you are involved with our good friend Ken Ham and Joe Boone and doing well.
David and Marjorie Ramseur, MA in Biblical Studies, Lay teachers at First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida
It’s great to hear from you. Thanks for the kind words. I’ve definitely been blessed. The Lord has given me so many opportunities to share the gospel and teach His Word. What a privilege! I hope all is going well for you. God bless!
Tim, I sent this note to Eric Hovind, since I have his email address, addressed also especially to you since you were the main speaker on the Christmas “OK” webinar:
Eric and Tim,
Now you are Christian authorities.
Christ, the Holy One, is our one true Teacher, King, and Judge. As His servants we are bound to love Him and to love each other. “This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience—it looks for a way of being constructive” (1 Corinthians 13:4, Phillips).
Peace is agreement with the Holy One. Surely the most reliable witness of where He stands is the scriptures.
Answers-in-Genesis and Creation Today finds much compromising with the scriptures has taken place through Christian authorities with the truthfulness of Genesis 1-11 — and other scriptures — in the last century, and especially over the last two centuries. “Pressure” from the worldly, influenced by the powers of darkness, ever drives compromises – spread by authorities.
In the first and second centuries was satanic attack somehow less severe or human nature somehow less fallible? Did Christian authorities manage to hold to the Truth more faithfully in those centuries than in these centuries?
Before sin, “God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy” (Genesis 2:3) “to meet the needs of people” (Mark 2:27) (TLV wording).
Does the Holy One now teach that holding to the LORD’s holy days (Leviticus 23:4) is no longer the Way?
In my short time here below, I saw a Sabbath-keeping church turned away from keeping the Sabbath—mostly on the weight of interpretations of the hard-to-understand writings of Paul. Samuele Bacchiocchi addresses their theology in The Sabbath under Crossfire: a biblical analysis of recent Sabbath/Sunday developments. I commend reading it to your consideration.
How does “OK-ing” the keeping of Christmas while concurrently claiming all His holy days are no longer relevant – bring glory to the Holy One? Please ask yourselves that, in the eyes of our merciful and wise King, as we all are.
May the Holy One give us all more grace to agree with Him! May all those called to be holy come to KNOW that they are in agreement with the Holy One!
May the Holy One bless you!
Let me begin with a point of clarification…my appearance on Creation Today’s webinar and my writings on this blog represent my own views and not necessarily those of Answers in Genesis (as the main page of this blog expresses).
I’ll quickly address your questions here. The primary response to most of them is very straightforward. The holy days that you reference (Leviticus 23) are part of the Mosaic Covenant (the covenant God made with Israel through Moses), which is often called the old covenant. The Lord instituted a new covenant and believers in Jesus Christ are under the new covenant, and the ~613 laws of the old covenant are not binding on believers under the new covenant. There are so many passages about this in the New Testament (Acts 15, Romans 14, Colossians 2, parts of 1 Corinthians 8–10, all of Galatians, etc.). So, the simple answer as to why I do not insist on keeping the Levitical feasts is because I am not an Israelite under the old covenant. I am a Gentile believer in Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, and He instituted a new and better covenant, and I am under the law of Christ. That old covenant has become obsolete because we have a new and better one, as Hebrews explains. Yes, there are some laws that are part of both covenants. For example, prior to the giving of the law to Moses, it was wrong to murder people (Genesis 9:6). Under the law of Moses, it was wrong to murder (Exodus 20:13). And under the new covenant, it is wrong to murder (Romans 13:9–10). It doesn’t mean that Noah (Genesis 9:6) and Christians today (Romans 13:9–10) are under the law of Moses. It just means that certain laws have been enforced in multiple covenants.
The only times where Sabbath-keeping is prescribed in the Bible is in the context of people under the old covenant. The fact that God rested on the seventh day from His work is a description — not a prescription. It is prescribed in Exodus 20 for the people of Israel, but it is never prescribed in the new covenant. In Mark 2, Jesus is speaking to Jewish people who were under the old covenant, just as He was while on earth (Galatians 4:4 says He was “born under the law…”).
I’m not quite sure what your question about the first two centuries of church history has to do with the discussion. My position is not derived from the writings of the church fathers. It is based on the Scriptures. We know that false teaching infiltrated the early church just like it does today. In Revelation 2-3, Jesus described some of the errors that already existed in Asia Minor churches near the end of the first century. Paul warned the Ephesian elders that savage wolves would come into the church within that generation.
I have addressed some of these points in more detail here: http://midwestapologetics.org/blog/?p=1805
Thanks for the cordial discussion on a topic that often generates a lot of heat. Have a blessed day.
Hello Tim Chaffey,
I was watching your video “Noah’s Ark and the Flood with Tim Chaffey” and you asked where the idea of people gathering at the ark begging to be let in. I got your answer. I don’t know if this is the origin of the idea, but it’s been around since 1966. I even went back to watch it again. Okay here it is: “The Bible: In the Beginning…” At 36:30 we switch from Cain to Noah. Ark building and mocking of Noah begins at 41:32. At 47:05 enters what I call “The Pied Piper of Noah”. The flood starts at 51:20. The begging people transitions in at 54:00. The many flashes in and out of the ark(no outside people scene). Then at 57:30-58:10 you hear the last cries of the people. Rainbow and end of Noah’s story comes in at 1:19:40. Overall 43:10 spent on Noah’s story in a 2:47:32 movie. You can view it on Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/The_Bible_In_The_Beginning
When you made the statement where did people beg to get on the ark get started this popped into my head. I watched this as a kid in the early to mid 70’s. So I did a search and found it(and watched it). Overall a wonderful movie. It’s not a line by line biblical story. Misses or incompletes the stories. A bit graphic would consider it a PG-13 as some nudity Adam and Eve and a sexual innuendo with a goat at Sodom and Gomorrah. Great interaction on the ark with the animals. They also tried to make the ark look bigger than the set was with angle shots. But the amount of animals clearly shows it not as big as they are trying to make it look. And lastly I think you would be impressed with the ark overall.
Anyways thanks for bringing back some childhood memories. And this is the first time I ever gave a movie review. Something I never thought I would do.
God Bless you,
P.S. Maybe you could get rights(?Might be public domain since it’s in the archives?) and show some clips at the ark.
Hello Mr. Chaffey! I just finished reading the Remnant Trilogy and it was so excellent!!! Thank you for putting out such good, God glorifying books! Do you plan to write more books like it? I would love it and I know of many others who would too!! Thank you and God bless!
Thank you for the very kind and encouraging words about the books. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed them. I recently started working on the final three books in the Truth Chronicles series (books 7-9). If you aren’t familiar with them, the are a time traveling adventure series that I wrote before the Noah series. They are written as youth fiction (targeting the junior high age), but the students in the books are in high school, so older readers enjoy them too. They are part of what I call apologetics fiction. The stories are intended to teach biblical truth and the defense of the Christian faith over the course of the adventures. You can find out more about them at my shop (http://midwestapologetics.org/shop/index.php?rt=product/category&path=65) or check out some Amazon reviews. Speaking of Amazon reviews, would you be willing to leave some positive reviews of the Noah books? That’s a great way to help spread the word.
I don’t have any definitive plans to write another series like the Remnant Trilogy, although I’ve got some fun ideas for a series that I’d love to write at some point in the future. I’m just not sure if I’ll ever get to it.
I would like your thoughts on a matter I have recently wondered about: could there, in theory, be righteous Nephilim? Whether or not there were righteous Nephilim in practice is something we shall not know until we enter the kingdom of heaven. However, it seems to me that there is no theological reason why there could not be righteous Nephilim. One could argue that the Bible never records any righteous Nephilim. While this is true, arguments from silence hold very little weight. If indeed possible, God in His infinite knowledge just did not think it was necessary for us to know. One could also argue that Nephilim are by nature and breeding fallen, so they cannot be righteous. Though I agree that they are by nature fallen, I disagree with the conclusion for two reasons. First, to reference a biblical principle, the sins of the father do not necessarily transmit to the offspring, and God certainly does not hold the children accountable for the sins of the father. So, in theory, if there was a Nephilim who for whatever reason followed God, his/her breeding should not weigh in. Also, we as humans are by nature fallen. By this argument, no one who’s parents are not Christian can ever be saved. These are my thoughts on the matter. I would love to hear yours. There is a definite possibility that I am missing something. I am not trying to argue that there were any righteous Nephilim, only that there could have been. This is just an interesting idea rather than something that weighs into theological doctrine. God bless you in all that you do!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. In my book, Fallen, I address this possibility, and I would agree with what you’ve written. Certainly, the Bible does not speak of any of the Nephilim as being redeemed, and the only ones we do read about were pretty bad. Nevertheless, since I believe that they were descendants of Adam, then I think it is quite likely that salvation would have been available to them. Whether any of them ever believed is beyond me.
For several years, I wanted to explore that possibility in a novel about Noah. But then that horrible Noah movie came out and the rock monster Nephilim helped Noah build the Ark, and I scrapped that idea, because I didn’t want anyone to think that I got any of my ideas from that pile of garbage film.
My name is Liam and I just finished reading your Truth Chronicles Series. I am 11 years old and I loved the books. I wanted to know if you were planning to write any more books for this series? Please do!
Thank you for the encouraging words. It’s great to hear that you enjoyed the books and would like to see more of them.
Well, I think I have good news for you. I am really hoping to write books 7–9 over the course of the next year. I figured that the first three books covered the teens’ sophomore year, the next three covered their junior year, so I’d like to do three more to cover their last year of high school. I’m still in the planning stages and have a few more issues to work through, but I should be able to start working on them soon. And here’s some more good news. My awesome illustrator has agreed to work on three more for me. You can check back on my blog for updates.
Thanks again for contacting me. God bless!
I wanted to follow up and let you know that books 7-9 of the Truth Chronicles are now available. Book 7 is called The Accident, book 8 is The Attack, and book 9 is The Tower.
Interesting biography. I commend you for your achievements Tim. I am keen to ask, what do you know about Nimrod’s dynasty ?
Thanks. I wasn’t avoiding your comment (a reference to another comment submitted by Damien 12 hours later before I had a chance to respond). My blog is not at the top of my to-do list, so sometimes it takes several days before I can approve and/or respond to comment.
Regarding Nimrod’s dynasty, I would say that I don’t really know about it because I don’t think we can know with certainty which historical figure Nimrod was. There have been many suggestions. I address two of these in my book: Gilgamesh and Sargon of Akkad. And I spend some time talking about the possibility that he was the first giant on the earth after the flood (which is what the Septuagint says about him). But I don’t think we can be confident of any of the suggestions about his identity. Thus, I can’t say that I know much about Nimrod’s dynasty. I know there is a lot of speculation out there, but these need to be backed up with original sources. Unfortunately, most of the theories are highly speculative built upon even more speculations.
Greetings Mr Chaffey, may I call you Tim please? We Australians are a little on the casual side. As you have already enjoyed in your blog 🙂 and you have worked with an Australian, Ken Ham. I was most delighted to find your personal blog, via AiG coming from yet another blog (Bible Illustrators) who referenced your article”Born in a Barn”. I had been searching all day yesterday to find the artist of 2 paintings of “The Road to Emmaus” so that I could reference the artists in a message I have prepared for our church (in Germany). I had looked through both Tineye and Google images and in every case, for every ‘hit’ or reference, I could not find a credit to the artists. One of the images was also published on a book cover but unknown by the book’s author as to whom the artist is/was. I have also previously used Eugène Burnand’s ” The disciples Peter and John running to the tomb on the morning of the Resurrection”. Bible artists, who really investigate the event and are not given restrictions on what to paint, can reveal many wonderful truths and insights.Anyway the two paintings of the “The Road to Emmaus” reveal that Cleopas’ companion could be a woman and naturally his wife who was at the crucifixion. My message is on inviting Jesus into our lives. But that’s another story. So, I was most excited to find your article, “Bornin a Barn” I wish I had found it last July. I spent 3 months researching for a message for the First Sunday in Lent. The message was essentially that Jesus was born in a house not a stable. My heart believes strongly that the message “God with us” is still alive and of course relevant. This, as one reason, among other cultural reasons, being that Jesus was born inside among people and not in a lonely stable. Even the Catholic Bible says now ‘Living space” and not stable. There has been much pressure on Bible Translators through the centuries as well for political and other reasons. There are some other amazing researchers who also have wonderful texts that Jesus was not born in a stable. I am very sure that you also discovered exciting substantial evidence like this in your preparations. It is a project this year that I would like to further investigate and progress that Jesus was born inside a house, among people. Regardless that Christmas cards and Sunday School nativity plays are erroneous, the greater truth is that God wanted to be and still does, to dwell, WITH us, right from His birth……I also consider this a possibility for Jesus’ walk along the road to Emmaus, to be with His supporters after His resurrection and encourage them since their hearts were slow to believe the truth. I’m not out to change the world, Jesus has already done that 🙂 I simply want people to recognise the importance of God’s desperate desire to be among us and not feel sorry for Jesus birthplace or misinformed that there was an Innkeeper etc. It would be tremendous to have the Bible translations updated that are currently in error suggesting the birthplace involved a commercial inn/motel/public lodging and subsequent stable. Many US and UK translations continue to use ‘inn’ rather than “upper room” or”guest room” or “living space”.How does one go about influencing such a change? My husband and I lived in the Middle East recently for 10 years, so now have a little more cultural understanding. Now we are volunteers with Wycliffe Bible Translators based in Germany doing admin and training in soft skills. We occasionally do messages in our local church and I particularity try to include culture and setting in my messages to bridge build the Bible accounts so that we can understand more what God is saying through the precious words that we DO have and not build theories around the Bible words we do not have. How would it look for people to understand Jesus’ real birth circumstances and God’s desire to be/dwell with us? For people to understand how clear God can direct us? E.g. That the Manger/feed box was also a sign/confirmation that the shepherds found the right house to bring their lamb gift and worship? All the other Jewish babies were also wrapped in swaddling bands at the time 🙂 There are so many wonderful treasures to discover as your work/ministry also demonstrates. My purpose in writing, is:1. To say how much I enjoyed your article and your own site(not that I’ve read much as yet on the site)2. In all honesty, how can these traditional Bible translations and Strong’s Concordance, be amended? The pride of tradition and reputation for these works is possibly the stumbling block? What would it take? A group of reputable theologians? Would AiG want to be involved? Their focus and research is more towards Creation. But I don’t know the organisation. I thought that since you wrote the article, “Born in a Barn (Stable)?” you may have come across other groups/theologians interested to amend Jesus’ birth story such that it reveals the heart of God to connect with people, not be lonely, separated, isolated from the people He came to save. Understanding that your schedule is full, I am appreciative if you have time to consider my question and the possibility of creating such a project. Thank you. Blessings Ceejay Haymen
p.s. I am inspired that you also have a passion for the Resurrection. I just love how God tore that 7 inch thick curtain.
Yes, please call me Tim. Mr. Chaffey is my dad. 🙂 Actually, I work with several Aussies, and some of them are good friends of mine. I love the accent, the sense of humor, and the Pineapple Lumps they bring me, but I’m not a big fan of Vegemite. 🙂
It is very difficult to change extra-biblical traditions that have become part of church culture, especially something as ingrained as the traditional nativity story. Think of all the Christmas hymns that would have to change too. But as difficult as that may be, getting the Bibles updated will be even more difficult. Remember, the companies that produce Bible translations are still businesses and they would like to at least break even on their sizable investment. Translating a Bible isn’t cheap. They hire a team of translators who work for years on the project. Then there’s the editing, formatting, promotion, etc. And since they want to sell their Bible translation, they are very reluctant to rock the boat when it comes to favorite passages. When someone looks at a new Bible version one of the first things they do is turn to one of their favorite verses, and if that passage looks like what they are familiar with, then they conclude that the translation is a good one. So you can see what it would be so difficult to make needed changes in popular passages.
The internet has been both a blessing and a curse when it comes to biblical interpretation. It gives people a better opportunity to discover the correct background and interpretation of a passage, such as the one you’ve asked about. But it also allows erroneous ideas to propagate like never before.
I can think of a few more passages that need to be slightly tweaked or at least reexamined in light of manuscript discoveries and better understanding of the language and culture. Similarly, I can think of many passages that are frequently misunderstood, but bad ideas die hard. I think the solution is to continue teaching the truth and impacting those within your sphere of influence, particularly the next generation. But as you do that, please help the youth understand what you are and are not doing. What you are doing is offering a very minor correction to help people properly understand the passage. You aren’t calling for the whole thing to be torn down. Far too many of them have been led to believe that the church just wants to control your life and is hiding the truth from its people. So when you let them know that a certain verse isn’t translated well, it’s easy for them to jump to the conclusion that the church has been covering up the truth and then they walk away and often turn against the church. In reality, most of the church never even knows about the issue. Also, that conspiracy sure is a pretty lousy one since most study Bibles will include notes alerting people to variant wordings.
Finally, you may be right that the circumstances about His birth are related to His desire to be among His people. I think that’s a reasonable concept, but I would be careful about teaching it as Gospel truth, since the Bible doesn’t claim that this is why He was born in humble circumstances.
I hope this helps. Thanks for reading and taking the time for the response.
Oh – You are the unscientific idiot that writes the lying garbage at the Ark Encounter. Why do Christians lie so much. We are descended from fish – FACT.
I sincerely doubt this is your real name or that you left a real email address when leaving this comment. But I decided to approve your post so that readers can see how immature some people are. If you really disagree with me on matters, why wouldn’t you seek to engage me on those points instead of just leaving what amounts to an emotional outburst with no substance? I’m not a scientist, so if I wrote things that are unscientific, it should be quite easy to point to something specific instead of accusing me and others of lying so much.
In the spirit of Resurrection day, I’ll just leave you with this: Christ is risen! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
I have just finished ‘Fallen:The Sons of God and the Nephilim’ and thought it was excellent.The thought that angelic beings had mated with human women is repugnant, and as a woman it made me shudder, but I found your reasoning compelling and thoroughly scriptural. As a young woman I had several ‘experiences’ at night which were frightening and which woke me up. Nothing for a long time, so perhaps they only fancy young women!! Your book brought to mind several accounts I have read of women being groomed as ‘Brides of Satan’, and that these women claimed they had had sex with Satan. What do you think? Every blessing.
Hi Mr. Chaffey, I don’t have a lot of time to read actual books but I am an avid audiobook listener at work. I just discovered your Remnant Trilogy and am dying to read it, but I only see it in ebook form. Is there any chance that it will become an audiobook…? Oh please?! Also, pass it on to the rest of the folks at AIG, that Audiobooks would be GOBBLED up if they would convert many of the wonderful resources into audio.
Hello Mr. Chaffey,
I am considering doing a line of apologetics / theological speeches at some point in the future. One of the installment would feature the Nephilim, sons of God, etc. I have recently read your book and really enjoyed it. Would it be fine for me to pull heavily from your book in my speech? I would cite you and your book in my speech, but would just like to confirm that I can use the material contained within.
Thank you for the kind words about Fallen: The Sons of God and the Nephilim. I’m glad to hear that you really enjoyed it.
Feel free to cite content from the book as much as you’d like. You can probably just give a statement near the beginning of your talk that much of what you’re planning to cover is found in my book. Then, if you are using PowerPoint or Keynote and you happen to do some direct quotes from the book, just be sure to document it somewhere on the slide (book title and page number is fine). Also, if most of your talk is based on the book, but then you add some things that might be at odds with what I’ve written, just let them know so that they don’t think those ideas are from the book.
Also, since you enjoyed the book, would you mind taking a few minutes to leave a positive review on Amazon? Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving!