President, Midwest Christian Outreach
Don and his wife, Joy, formed Midwest Christian Outreach, Inc. (MCOI), in April 1995 with about a dozen other like-minded people as a home mission, with an emphasis on bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cultists. MCOI's mission is to give clear answers, and a solid defense of the orthodox biblical faith, to all types of unbelievers — atheists, agnostics, as well as members of cults and new religious groups such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, the International Churches of Christ, and so on.
AI, or “Artificial Intelligence” is making huge strides within the scientific community with many predicting that in the next decade or so it will present endless possibilities for the future of mankind. But many, including some on the inside of this pioneering work, are warning of extreme potential dangers as we trust AI with more and more of the duties God assigned to man.
We will also get to your comments about Christians participating in or celebrating Halloween. Is the chance to evangelize, or just give our children a night of fun, worth being a part of the festivities? Is Halloween redeemable? Our listeners have very strong opinions on this.
First segment, we check in with Don Veinot of Midwest Christian Outreach to discuss some of the ways we are being deceived by dialogue and discussions in society these days, and we also look at what Don calls “The worst sermon ever.”
“The church has a historical record, a provenance, if you will, of what the church has believed and taught on the essential doctrines of the Christian faith, stretching from the First Century to the present day. False teachers rose up in the First Century and challenged these essential doctrines, and false teachers have continued to do so throughout the history of the church. Jesus warned about false teachers and false prophets in Matthew 7:15 and following, saying these would appear “in sheep’s clothing,” pretending to be true Christians. Paul warned the Ephesian elders of the same thing in Acts 20:28-30. In fact, most of the New Testament was written in response to false teachings and false teachers who did and would appear.
One early example is the Gnostic challenge to Christian teaching on the human side of Christ’s nature. Christians believed Jesus Christ was God in human flesh: Gnostics rose up and denied that the Son took on human form. The church spent a great deal of time refuting that heresy, but did not spend much time then in defense of Christ’s deity because that wasn’t something the Gnostics denied. Yet we know that Christians believed that Jesus Christ was God because, in addition to the biblical teaching, secular sources such as Pliny the Younger confirmed this when he wrote to the Emperor Tragan around 112 A.D. He was looking to the Emperor for guidance as to how to address the “Christian problem,” and noted that the Christians gathered in the early morning and sang a hymn to Christ as God.
In the Fourth Century, a new heresy developed when false teachers arose who denied the deity of Christ. The church found itself defending the essential doctrine that Jesus Christ is God, while the earlier heresy of the Gnostics was no longer at issue as all parties now agreed that Jesus had incarnated in human form….” Don Veinot