2014 West Coast Conference

Friday, June 06 2014

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2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Big Brother Is Watching You

In a post-Christian world, people who have rejected God often make an idol of the state, and the state often encourages such dependence. The twentieth century witnessed the rise of a particularly despotic form of statism in countries from China to Russia to Germany. What dangers do we face when the state attempts to replace God? In this session, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. discusses the dangers of statism and the way Christians should respond when they find themselves in a nation where statism has gained ascendancy.

R.C. Sproul Jr.
3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

Sexual Devolution

The sexual revolution of the 1960s has been portrayed as a time of sexual liberation. In reality, this wholesale embrace of moral relativism resulted in a culture that is enslaved to its sexual lusts. Like all revolutions, it has left destruction in its wake. In this session, Dr. Albert Mohler will examine some of the consequences of the sexual revolution, including rampant divorce and the destruction of families, gender confusion, acceptance of homosexuality, child molestation, and sex trafficking. In addition, he will call Christians to stand for moral absolutes in the face of persecution.

Albert Mohler
6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

BONUS SESSION: The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield

Steven Lawson
6:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

BONUS SESSION: The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts

Douglas Bond
7:00 p.m. 7:50 p.m.

Darwin: A Myth for the Post-Christian Mind

The prominent atheist Richard Dawkins has said that "Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist." Many Christian leaders have determined that the only way to survive in a post-Christian culture is to attempt a synthesis of Darwinism and Christianity. In this session, Dr. Stephen Meyer will explain why it is precisely the wrong time to capitulate since Darwinism itself is being undermined daily by new scientific discoveries.

Stephen Meyer
8:25 p.m. 9:15 p.m.

To the World, Folly and a Stumbling Block

While the church today struggles in the face of anti-Christian opposition, this is not something new. Working out of 1 Corinthians 1:23, Dr. Steven Lawson will remind us in this session that we face the same kinds of struggles today that the church at Corinth faced two thousand years ago. Like them, we face objections to two fundamental truths of our message: the reality of sin and the notion that Jesus alone can save. Dr. Lawson will insist, as Paul did, that we cannot negotiate either truth.

Steven Lawson

Saturday, June 07 2014

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9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

The Moment of Truth

One of the defining features of our post-Christian culture is the embrace of what we might call "philosophical relativism." The prevailing view today is that there are no absolute truths. There is only "my truth" and "your truth," but there are no "true truths," to borrow Francis Schaeffer's language. In this session, Dr. Steven Lawson will expose the absurdity and self-defeating nature of denying absolute truth, and also point us toward the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Steven Lawson
10:50 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers session with Drs. Lawson, Meyer, Mohler, Sproul, and Sproul Jr.

12:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

BONUS SESSION: Suffering and the Sovereignty of God

R.C. Sproul Jr.
1:45 p.m. 2:40 p.m.

Welcome to the Machine

When a culture rejects God, it always replaces Him with something else. For many in our post-Christian culture, the new "god" is science, the new priests (those whom we must not question) are the scientists, and the new religion is a materialistic scientism. In this session, Dr. Albert Mohler will explore the changing place of science in our culture and explain how Christians should respond to the claims of science.

Albert Mohler
2:40 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

War of the Worldviews

In the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, a tornado carries Dorothy and Toto to a faraway land. When they arrive, Dorothy says, "Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." Many Christians feel the same sense of unease about the culture in which they now find themselves. Non-Christian ideologies and philosophies are now the norm. In this session, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. seeks to equip the church to intelligently engage this brave new world.

R.C. Sproul Jr.
4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Post-Christian Christianity

When the surrounding culture changes, one approach that has been taken by many churches over the centuries is to capitulate to the new thought-forms and change the message of Christ to suit the world. This was true of nineteenth-century liberalism, and it is true in many churches today. In this session, Dr. R.C. Sproul will explain the dangers of following the ever-shifting tides of contemporary culture and call the church to walk in the ancient paths.

R.C. Sproul