Category: Brian McLaren

Who is Influencing Whom?

The Church should be full of salt, preserving culture, providing flavor, and being a positive influence in secular society. Instead, by any measurable standard, immorality is increasing and secular culture is infiltrating and influencing the church in part by creating division and deceiving many. Whether out of ignorance, fear, or heartfelt but compassion, more congregants as well as church leaders are embracing secular principles and beliefs in the hopes of attracting the world.

Today, Mike and David look at several news stories addressing this subject, including the ongoing controversy at Willow Creek Church as it prepares for its Global Leadership Summit. We also discuss a survey revealing the majority of Christians think God wants them to prosper financially, and the author of ‘The Shack’ claims unbelievers can still be saved even after they die.

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Culture Collapse: the Dismantling of Truth & Church

When God is abandoned, truth ignored, and moral relativism accepted, any culture or society suffers as a result. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s happening in America. There are many factors involved including the falling away from traditional religion and the past silence of Christians, but what we are seeing today is open rebellion against God as Creator and Jesus Christ as Lord.

Rather than being part of the solution to our nation’s growing immorality, American Christianity has been part of the problem! Rather than being separate from the pattern of this world, too many professing believers have conformed to culture and then end up justifying their actions. Many have failed to build a solid foundation on Truth and the end result is compromise or deception. Is the true Gospel preached and understood in your local church or are essential elements missing in action? This is the heart of the issue.

Today we’re blessed to have Eric Barger of Take a Stand ministries back on the program. He is one of many authors that are included in a brand new book, Deceivers: Exposing Evil Seducers & Their Last Days Deception.

We cover much so much ground today as we catch up with Eric. From the Emergent Church and men (wolves) whose teachings we should avoid, to the sugary sweet preaching we often hear in many American churches today, we discuss the importance of context, doctrine, and the lack of depth in the evangelical church today. We touch on the unprecedented level of media bias and hatred toward President Trump, the LGBTQ agenda advancing full speed ahead, and how well-meaning Christians have practically embraced false teachings.

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A Church on the Defensive

Today we look at another Christian survey as well as some disturbing news on just how far many professing churches and leaders have fallen. Some are deceived while others are deceiving people into moral relativism, false teachings, and abandoning the truth of God for the faulty wisdom of man. Christian churches should be affecting secular culture. Instead secular culture seems to be infecting many churches.

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Carl Teichrib: So Many Gods, so Much Deception

So many gods, so little time. There are well over 1.5 million Wiccans (over 3 million pagans, total) in the U.S. and these numbers are growing. Some are deceivers while many others are simply deceived, just looking for some kind of spirituality to practice. The increase of young people identifying themselves as neo-pagans and Wiccans is due in part to the media’s glorification of the supernatural, occult themes in Hollywood, and disillusionment with organized religion.

From national monuments to pagan deities and statues across North America, ancient gods and goddesses are all around us. Deception, idolatry, the occult, earth worship, satanism, and witchcraft have become common and to a great degree, accepted in our society. The question we should, however, ask is to what extent has it seeped into our churches? 

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Randy White: A Balanced Approach to a National Crisis

Today more than ever in history, America and the world needs theologically sound, Bible teaching churches, but they are more the exception than the norm. People need to see faith-centered, healthy responses to the coronavirus and government mandates during this time and always.

Will the church in general use this current pandemic to love our neighbors, preach the hope of Jesus Christ, and minister to those in need – or will we follow the crowd and hoard toilet paper, hand sanitizer, guns and ammo? The worrying world needs to see the power of God in believers lives that have been transformed by the renewing of our minds.

This just might be an answer to prayers for the repentance of our nation so let’s consider the very real possibility of a national revival and expect God to move.

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Bill Perkins: Steeling Our Minds & Last Days Signs

It seems like end-times signs are happening at a breathtaking pace these days and Bible prophecies are being fulfilled to some degree worldwide. Now is a good time to consider digging deeper into God’s word and sharpening one another. Our mission remains the same: preach the word and love our neighbor. We should have plenty of opportunities in the weeks and months to come.

TODAY’S GUEST is Bill Perkins, founder of Compass International in 1993. The purpose of this evangelical ministry is to sharpen believers in Christ and defend the accuracy of the Bible.

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