Category: Ask Mike

Your Comments and Questions

We get to tackle many of your questions and comments every Friday. Here we go!

Books being read to kindergartners about Islam
Why don’t more Christians pitch in and serve at church?
Love how Stand Up challenges and encourages us at the same time
Eternal security – (once saved, always saved?)
Is President Trump’s Middle East peace deal naive?
Should an unbeliever be allowed to lead or serve on the church worship team?
The radical liberals seem unwilling to be tolerant and carry on any civilized conversation anymore.
Our new, young pastor knows little about theology and does not have sound doctrine, but he learned it in seminary and doesn’t think the Bible is inerrant.
For those harping on President Trump’s past and his Twitter rants, consider the alternatives we’re seeing in the Democrat Party candidates running for 2020 nomination. Such a stark contrast.
Is it time to give up on the American “church” that has gotten so sidetracked and watered-down?
What advice can you give us about retirement accounts? How much money do we really need?

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Comments and Questions: No Topic Off Limits!

It’s Friday! That means we hear from you about things the Christian community are concerned about. Comments and Questions discussed on today’s program:
Keeping an eternal perspective during these challenging times
Calvinism creeping into more churches?
Public school lunch and breakfast programs
The pornography epidemic and its affect on children and its dehumanization of women
Is “conservative Christian” just another word for Nazi?
Was Pastor David Platt wrong in praying for President Trump at his church – or – was he wrong to explain why (apologize?) to his congregation?
Sharing the pain and trial of cancer can be a blessing in disguise?
Can a person be truly saved and still attend Catholic Church and hold to its beliefs and traditions?

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Biblical Answers to Your Comments and Questions

It’s another Friday! That means more listener questions and comments – our favorite program of the week. Here are a handful of topics we discuss today:

Bethel Church – some great worship but some flawed teaching as well?
Two extremes in Christian churches: legalistic with little grace or abusing grace and not confronting sin
My wife wants nothing to do with God or church, but said she was a Christian when we got married four years ago. What should I do on Sundays?
Home churches can be good or bad depending on the teaching and leadership
The danger of focusing on “common ground” when it comes to Christianity and false religions
I have a love/hate relationship with your show!
We are in the world but not of the world, and need proper perspective when it comes to sharing the gospel and battling for truth in culture

Thanks for the right spiritual balance you have on Stand Up

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Comments and Questions

Every Friday, Mike responds to your questions and comments. Here are some of this week’s topics: Abortion, Pro-life laws, Reformation movement, 4 Questions to ask unbelievers or even “professing” Christians: Who is God? Who is man (before and after salvation)? How can sinful man be reconciled to God? What is the proof you are reconciled to Him? Freemasonry, Contemplative prayer Will we know our friends and family in heaven? Bill Johnson, Bethel worship, signs and wonders

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Comments and Questions

As usual, we have way too many questions and comments to get to in one show. But here we go! Topics we touch on today include:Word-faith, prosperity gospel (blog on the subject mentioning Joel Osteen here)Mindfulness for children implemented in many public schools Would the so-called “Equality Act” pass the House and Senate, and do you think would Trump veto it? Home churches – how to start one and do it biblically A frustrated pastor getting resistance from elders and church members for addressing “social issues”Old earth or young earth? Hebrew Roots movement

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Listeners Questions & Comments Friday

On today’s podcast, Mike addresses your comments and questions from the past few weeks. These include: The growing home church movement, How the left redefines words, Russian collusion or Liberal collusion, Our youth pastor told the kids “Jesus was a socialist”, If we avoid discussing the end times, is it possible we will be unprepared for coming persecution? What can I tell someone who thinks homosexuals are born that way? With the rapid decline of immorality and godless Supreme Court decisions, that church remains silent, The pro-life movie “Unplanned” is a powerful, highly recommended movie.

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Questions and Comments

Today on our Listener Friday Q&A we discuss some of the following issues:
Lordship Salvation
What is EFT?
Is acupuncture an acceptable health practice for Christians?
Churches conforming to this world
Have you ever heard of the group “Justice Democrats”?
What about vaccinations?
Shouldn’t Christians love our transgender friends?
How can we speak on issues of sexuality when so many of us struggle with adultery or pornography?
This battle for LGBTQ “rights” is only a precursor to shutting down churches
What to say to those struggling with depression, OCD and mental health issues
Does it matter if a dead person’s body is buried or cremated?
Could you do another episode specifically on the biblical perspective of social justice?

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Comments and Questions Every Friday

Every week we receive so many great comments and questions from listeners to Stand Up for the Truth. We’ll get to as many as we can today!

Question of the week: What are your thoughts on the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) having Nancy Pelosi speak to Christian college leaders recently?

A few responses: “one of the many reasons I no longer call myself Evangelical,” “What could she even remotely bring of value to a discussion?” “That’s like having an atheist preach from the pulpit,” and “I think the NAE needs to share the gospel with Nancy Pelosi and the importance of repentance and obeying God’s Word.”

We also share a stirring testimony from a Christian woman that had an abortion years ago and kept it to herself. Now after all this time she has received the forgiveness and healing of Jesus, and has been encouraging the body of Christ to stop being silent on this pivotal issue.

We also discuss:

Home churches: when is it time to consider leaving your seeker-sensitive or unbibilcal church?
What has happened to rational, respectful debate and dialogue?
Pastors that rarely ever preach on the Old Testament
What does it mean to enter into the rest of God, Hebrews 4?

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Tough Questions, Honest Answers

TODAY’S QUESTIONS

Should Christian church leaders hold their members accountable for unbiblical beliefs about creation, abortion, and same-sex “marriage”?
It is a sad day when our president stands up for the unborn, but so many preachers sit back and say nothing.
We have a responsibility to speak into another Christian’s life about biblical truth, but need to remember the Holy Spirit does the convicting, not us.
When turtle eggs are protected classes but babies are murdered in the womb, the end must be near.
Why don’t more Christians and Americans see the signs of the times and what is coming?
Persecution of Christians in the U.S. is imminent so why not start more home churches before it gets worse?
The National Association of Evangelicals has become a shill for social justice advocates.
Is the damage done to our nation by liberal ideology so destructive it is irreparable?

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Comments Discussed, Questions Answered!

No topic is off limits. Every Friday, we tackle tough questions and challenges that believers are going through. Here are some of this week’s comments:

How do we determine the difference between a person/church leader being wrong, embracing heresy, or an apostate?
The church we attend has no youth group and our pastor said we could start one at home. We’re having a hard time finding a new church that teaches the hows and whys along with sound doctrine. Advice?
The sad abortion law passed in New York is a testimony to the evil that has gripped America. When the church cowers for fear of public opinion or government, it ceases to be a church and becomes a lapdog for immorality.
Have you noticed a shift in Christian music from pointing to God to being more catchy and entertaining, from vertical worship to horizontal “worship”?
What is the best way to leave a church – quietly or letting people know why you decided to leave?

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Listener’s Show: Your Questions and Comments

Here are some of the questions and comments from this past week:

The large company I am applying for proudly supports the LGBTQ agenda and contributes to related causes. I was excited about the opportunity before I learned this, but now am conflicted. What do you think?
My daughter just told me she is bisexual and I’m in shock. She grew up in church, went to a private Christian school and attends a Christian college. What angers me is the church generally accepts LGBTQ lifestyles now.
Please clarify a Scripture you shared on a recent podcast, 1 John 4:3 about spirits that deny Jesus came in the flesh and are not of God.
You said American Christianity is looking more like Babylon these days than the church Jesus shed His blood to redeem. I sense this as well but could you expound on it please?
Here in Canada, we don’t have anything like your show and the sell-out by the church to government has already happened. Please continue warning Americans!
My husband and I are heartbroken. Our 12 year-old son just announced he is really a woman. We’re completely caught off guard and don’t even know how to confront this.

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Concerns About Calvinism, and More Questions & Comments

Recently, we’ve received more listener questions on the 500 year old topic of Calvinism vs. Arminianism. Is this debate necessary and productive?  Or is it becoming a source for self-righteous condemnation and hatred of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ?  Is it important that we understand election, predestination and who is called before we can accept the gift God has given us through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ?

Also mentioned: why not taxpayer-funding for adoption rather than abortion? Mark of the Beast, word of faith theology, when does worship become entertainment, biblical marriage, and the persecuted church.

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The Deception and Dilemma of Progressive Christianity

Our nation is seeing an infusion of radical progressive thought threatening the very foundation and future of our nation.  The Church in America is also witnessing a surge in hyper-liberalism leading many to question the fundamental and traditional teachings of the Apostles and early Church.  Is Progressive Christianity to be considered a part of Biblical Christianity or does it contradict Scripture?

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