Tag: Church

A Widening Generational Gap Within Christianity?

Are we seeing this up and coming generation ushering in ideas principles that will change America and the professing Church in a very profound way? Jeff Strommen of HopeNet 360 joins us for a discussion on “generational differences.”

We’re also joined by Tim Chaffey of Midwest Apologetics to look at making certain when we “stand up for the truth” that we are standing on what the Bible says and not what we think it says.

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A Nefarious Plot

With hundreds of millions of dollars spent, and the majority of Americans invested in the election of the next president, people have fallen into basically one of two “camps”: Those who believe Donald Trump will turn our nation around, and those who believe he will run it into the ground. The truth is this: Donald Trump is neither our savior, nor is he the Antichrist. But most Americans have been conditioned to look to men for solutions instead of humbling ourselves before God and seeking His solutions.

My guest this morning wrote a fascinating book laying out his thoughts on why America seems headed for disaster–and why it is futile to look for hope in a person or political party. Steve Deace is an author, radio talk show host and committed disciple of Jesus Christ who is a student of the Bible, history and politics. His book “A Nefarious Plot” has been widely hailed as an excellent critique of the challenges America faces and why we seem incapable of returning our nation to its former greatness.

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Entitlement vs Responsibility

A growing number of people want the good things of life without the hard work and responsibilities. People are being duped by the idea of free stuff including college tuition, healthcare, jobs, retirement benefits, all without any of the responsibility.

Christians must be discerning and not fall for the entitlement traps all around us. Today’s guest is Dave Wager from Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute.

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How Is American Christianity Different From Biblical Christianity?

It seems there is growing confusion between biblical Christianity and American Christianity. One is eternal truth; the other resembles more of a religious system featuring a doctrine of convenience, works, prosperity, and man’s traditions.

Several missionary associations go around the world sharing the Christian faith–but are they spreading biblical Christianity or a watered down American version absent of power and truth?

Today, we welcome back Elijah Abraham to the program.

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Preparing for a Middle East Meltdown

The Bible tells us that one day all nations will rebel against God in a final war in the Middle East as predicted in Ezekiel 38 and 39. Breaking news: God wins the war!

The rise of ISIS and Russian intervention in the Middle East bring us one step closer to this final showdown. A coalition of nations are gathering to come against Israel just as predicted in Scripture. Are we living in the days where we could see the events leading to the victorious return of our Lord? Where is America in end times prophecy?

We’re joined by Dr. Andy Woods, author of The Middle East Meltdown: The Coming Islamic Invasion of Israel to look at current events and square them up with biblical prophecy.

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Mixing Truth with Human Traditions?

We know the Bible is absolute truth, inerrant and sufficient for all we need to know about God and life. But the Pharisees were guilty of adding man-made doctrines and traditions and holding them up as if they were God’s Word. Jesus chastised them strongly for doing so – to the point of calling them fools and hypocrites.

If we are not diligent in reading and understanding the scriptures, the same thing can happen to us. Something that sounds good quietly gets elevated to the level of scripture, and it can lead us into trouble. We need to pray for more discernment!

Pastor Mike Abendroth of No Compromise Radio joins us to discuss his latest book tackling this issue Evangelical White Lies.

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Radical Islamic Terrorism

Regardless of the media’s progressive spin on most new stories, the reality is there’s a growing number of radical Muslim terrorists around the world that are lining up to kill “infidels.” They believe in a life awaiting them in “paradise.” While radical organizations like ISIS and Hamas openly brag about their plans for genocide against Christians and Jews, somehow our President just cannot get himself to acknowledge that radical Muslim terrorism is a real threat.

We know the Obama administration has many ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and those ties would increase under a potential Clinton administration, but how real is the threat to American citizens? There are also concerns about a Trump administration but there are many unknowns. For the latest, and a look behind the scenes as well as at world events, we check in with security expert, Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project.

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Deception is Rampant, but What is Truth?

In John 18:38, Pontius Pilate asks Jesus one of the single greatest questions of the entire Bible: “What is truth?” That question is just as important today. It might seem like a very simple question, but when we see how the definition of truth has been twisted and redefined these days, it is vital to clarify from the Word of God.

We are also seeing the subsequent trouble our culture and the church is in, so there is no greater challenge facing us today than to define truth as God defines it instead of following the world and changing the definition to feed our flesh.

Cindy Hartline of Love for the Truth Radio joins us this morning to discuss truth and how it has been redefined to fit the agenda of sinful man.

In our second segment, David Fiorazo has our weekly Media Watch segment as we help you see the clever deception of secular media and how they attempt to indoctrinate people into their agenda.

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Sliding into Humanism, Moral Relativism

I wrote my latest book, The Death of Christian Thought, to warn Christians how the dangerous lies of Humanism were infiltrating the hearts and minds of an increasing number of professing Christians, leading many away from God and toward eternal damnation. This morning in our second segment we cover a recent study that shows just how bad things are getting as the spiritual beliefs of younger people stray further and further away from the truth of God and His Word.

In our first segment we talk with Pastor Randy White about a very interesting book by Dave Breese titled Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave. We’ll look at seven men whose anti-Christian beliefs and philosophies continue to strongly influence people and society long after their deaths.

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Who’s in Charge of the ‘Kingdom Now’?

A crucial doctrine of Christianity is the eventual return of Jesus Christ to judge all men and establish His everlasting Kingdom. Sadly, Bible prophecy is ignored in many churches so Christians are left to their own to try to understand that glorious day when our Lord returns to vanquish evil.

One question I love to ask professing Christians is this: When Jesus returns what does the world look like and what does He do? If their answer involves us, human beings establishing universal justice or cleaning up the world of poverty and pollution, then I know I am dealing with someone who embraces what is called “Dominion theology.” This is the idea that when men clean up the earth Jesus returns and we simply “hand over the keys” to Him so to speak. This is a dangerous form of Humanism, elevating man and discounting God.

One arm of Dominion Theology is called “Kingdom Now” theology and this morning we are joined by Pastor Andy Woods who has written several books discussing this movement.

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What is the Problem in the Church?

In Matthew 16:18, the “church” is first mentioned in God’s Word as Jesus tells Peter that his revelation ‘Jesus is the Christ’ is the rock upon which Jesus will build His church. And “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

Jesus established His church to spread the gospel and equip Christians to walk as His disciples, living as he lived in obedience to the Father. The Christian Church should starkly contrast secular culture and be light in an increasingly dark world. But is this happening in America? A strong argument can be made that the church is increasingly ineffective in transforming lives and the culture we live in.

Who is to blame for this problem? Is it church leadership failing to equip the believers? Or is it the people they lead? People who want enough Jesus to be saved, but not enough to be transformed into living a life holy and pleasing to God?

We explore these questions this morning with Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute.

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So Many Questions… Only One Source for Truth

Every week we receive hundreds of emails, phone calls and texts from you, Stand Up for the Truth listeners, asking questions or making comments about the biblical issues we address on the program. I wish we had the time to respond to each one personally, but it is near impossible.

Today, we start a brand new regular segment where we share as many of your comments and questions as we can to hopefully help encourage and inform others with similar questions or concerns.

Our standard but important disclaimer: We will give the best advice and answers we can based on our understanding of God’s Word. But you must always rely on the Bible first, as the only source of eternal, inerrant, sufficient truth.

Thanks to listener questions, the subjects covered on today’s program are: church discipline, Andy Stanley’s series ‘Who Needs God,’ The Shack, apathy in the Christian church, United Church of God theology, IF Gathering led by Jennie Allen, Is Calvinism heresy, fundamental Christian truth vs liberal ‘feeling’ theology, moral relativism, examining the evidence proving the reliability of Scripture.

One of the things addressed on today’s program was Sozo prayer.

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