Dr. Andy WoodsDr. Andy Woods became a Christian at the age of 16. He graduated with High Honors earning two Baccalaureate Degrees in Business Administration and Political Science (University of Redlands, CA.), and obtained a Juris Doctorate (Whittier Law School, CA), practiced law, taught Business and Law; In 1998, he began taking courses at Chafer and Talbot Theological Seminaries. He earned a Master of Theology degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in Bible Exposition (2009) at Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2005 and 2009, he received the Donald K. Campbell Award for Excellence in Bible Exposition, at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Woods is a professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston and teaches bible and theology, and he is the senior pastor of Sugar Land Bible Church in Texas.
There are many professing Christians who selectively reference the Bible to justify their personal beliefs and worldview; yet they completely ignore the Bible when it contradicts other personal beliefs. This is one form of hypocrisy creeping into the professing church that needs to be addressed.
This morning we look a statement made by Democrat Nancy Pelosi–a self-proclaimed Catholic who supports homosexual marriage and abortion, yet claims she and her party is doing God’s work. This leads to another question: Why has The Roman Catholic Church refused to excommunicate people like Pelosi who publicly contradict Catholic doctrines on marriage and abortion, for starters?
How do we confront professing Christians whose beliefs and values contradict the Word of God? We’ll discuss that this morning.
In our first segment we check in with Pastor Andy Woods to discuss the tension in the Middle East and what impact a Trump Administration might have on Israel and the Middle East.
From the article on Nancy Pelosi’s religion of liberalism:
“The problem is, many Democrat issues fly in the face of traditional Christian attitudes. The alleged misperception that Democrats are not people of faith does not emerge in a vacuum. Pressures on abortion, gay marriage, transgender issues, and dismissal of religious liberty in particular are serious problems for any Democrat outreach to traditional Christians — and conservative members of other religions.
Hillary Clinton infamously declared that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed” in order to make way for abortion and other forms of “reproductive health care.” These remarks against the sanctity of traditional religion in favor of “progressive” values were further confirmed by emails released by WikiLeaks, which Clinton and her team never denied to be true.
In those emails, Clinton’s campaign staff routinely mocked traditional Christian — specifically Roman Catholic — ideas and practices which arguably formed the basis for fundamental American values like federalism. But Clinton herself, in 2011, actually compared religious opposition to the LGBT agenda to “the justification offered for violent practices towards women like honor killings, widow burning, or female genital mutilation.”
From the article on actual refugee numbers, including the fact Obama banned Syrian Christian refugees:
Trump was clearly referring to specific Christian minority populations in the Middle East. The way it’s deployed in The New York Times report is incredibly misleading and entirely misses the point.
Previous administrations made it “almost impossible” for Syrian Christian refugees to gain admission, Trump told the Christian Broadcasting Network Friday, although they were “horribly treated” in their country.
“If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible,” he said. “I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.”
The numbers regarding refugees from Syria in particular actually bolster Trump’s case. Obama admitted more than 12,000 Muslim refugees from Syria in Fiscal Year 2016, but fewer than 100 Christian refugees from the same country. Christians make up about 10 percent of the population in Syria, some 2.2 million people. Yet they only made up about one-half of one percent of Syrian refugees admitted that year.
Elliot Abrams tackles one explanation for the disproportionate numbers in a November opinion piece published by Newsweek, titled “The U.S. Bars Christians, Not Muslim, Refugees From Syria.” While some argue the dramatically low numbers are because Syrian Christians aren’t fleeing the country, or aren’t applying to move to the U.S., Abrams offers a simpler answer: “In effect, we make it almost impossible for Christian refugees to get here.”
“Is the title of this column an overstatement, suggesting that the United States ‘bars’ Christian refugees from Syria?” he writes. “Sure, in that we do not and could not legally ban Christian refugees any more than we could or should bar Muslim refugees. But when you have been running a refugee program for years, and you have accepted 10,612 Sunni refugees and 56 Christians, and it is obvious why and obvious how to fix it, and nothing is done to fix it — well, the results speak more loudly than speeches, laws, intentions or excuses.”