Category: Christian Church

QUESTIONS: Spiritual Gifts, Obstructing Trump, Gender Confusion, Social Justice, more!

So many comments and questions and comments and so little time! Every Friday, we talk about what our listeners want to talk about – and we love it. It’s great to know what’s on your heart. We do our best to discern truth from error and apply the wisdom available to us from God to current events and cultural debates. Here are some of the topics you want to discuss this week:

Church discipline, globalism, social justice
How far will the left go to obstruct Trump and his Supreme Court nomination?
Is God still sparing America to a degree?
Are Catholics who claim to be pro-life and vote Democrat being hypocritical?
Normalizing transgender individuals, gender confusion
How can new believers grow up and mature in the grace and knowledge of Christ?
Has liberalism become mainstream in many churches?
What caused regional church division in 2010 when Jim Wallis spoke at Lifest on the main stage?
Is there one deception you think is the most dangerous?

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Fabricating Jesus: Creating a god to Our Liking

Almost everyone believes or at least acknowledges that Jesus is a real person who once walked the earth. The historical evidence clearly points to that fact. And most will say that he was an influential man or good teacher.   Hundreds of millions, especially in America, claim they are Christians or claim to “believe in Him” as the means to salvation and eternal life.  But ask 100 people what they actually believe about His nature, word, and character and you might get 90 different answers.  Even within those who profess to be Christians you see a wide variety of opinions on the nature and character of the one who is Lord and Creator of all things.

Jesus warned His followers that false Christs would come and deceive many. If we are not diligent in the study of God’s Word we can easily be deceived by any of these false Christs. Today hundreds of millions follow a “false Christ” fabricated from a variety of ideas, sources and beliefs.

Tony Gurule of Ratio Christi Ministries has studied cults and false religions in great depth and joins us to discuss how people create a god to their liking (Fabricating Jesus) and believe in a false version of the one who died for our sins by taking the wrath of God against sin upon Himself.

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When Church Loses its Biblical Focus

It is interesting and often sad to compare what many of our modern churches look like to the gathering of the saints in the Book of Acts.  The early church had commitment, focus, passion and a deep desire to learn the Apostles’ teachings. They were thankful for every blessing and even trials and challenges God allowed in their lives.  They pursued holiness in a world where their very lives were in danger for following Jesus Christ.  Today in America, the pursuit seems to be geared toward self, comfort, and convenience where we try to fit God into our schedules and our worship. We have divided hearts that want the blessings of salvation but not the responsibilities of holy living.

Pastor Mike Abendroth joins us this morning to look at what lessons and principles we can glean from the book of Acts and the early church. We also touch on Britain’s “royal wedding” last week and discuss marriage, idolatry, secular humanism, multiculturalism.

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Do You Understand How To Use Your Most Powerful Weapon In The Christian Arsenal?

In our final segment this morning, we look at the Trump Administration’s efforts within the Department of Education to reverse some of the horrible damage done by President Obama’s radical pro-LGBTQ and anti-Christian mandates.

But first we look at the most powerful weapon in the Christian arsenal: prayer. An all-powerful, just and righteous God actually invites us to come to Him with our hopes, concerns, requests, and fears.  But do we fully understand the power of prayer and even how to pray?  Do we sometimes pray as a last resort when our human efforts have been exhausted and proven ineffective?  Are there restrictions or obligations God puts on our prayers?  And how do we respond when God does not answer our prayers exactly as we think they should be answered?

Elijah Abraham of Living Oasis Ministries joins us to take a biblical look at the power and privilege of prayer in our lives as born-again believers in Jesus Christ. This includes three major categories of prayer.

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What is Cruciform Theology?

Universal Salvation, the false teaching that a loving God would never allow a single person to suffer in Hell, is sadly alive and well and being used by the father of lies to deceive and to lull people to sleep, thinking they will live for eternity in the presence of God. This dangerous doctrine has infiltrated Christian circles as it appeals to our flesh and especially to younger people who have not been taught the biblical truth about God’s judgment including His wrath against sin and those who reject Jesus Christ.

This false teaching comes in many names, and in our final segment we look at what is called “Cruciform Theology”.

We first visit with Pastor Carl Gallups and look at how recent events in Iran, Israel and the Middle East are pointing to the imminent rapture of the Church and the return of Jesus Christ to establish His everlasting Kingdom.

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Eight Areas of Interest to Christians in 2018

Israel, America, Trump, ISIS, media bias, Planned Parenthood, Hollywood, technology, transgenderism, “tolerance,” and a lukewarm Christian church. Overall, 2017 was a faith-testing year for many of us. Good will continue being called evil and truth will continue to be attacked and redefined. If America stays on its current course down this destructive road where there is no longer objective truth or fixed standards of morality, we’re in big trouble. BUT GOD…

We don’t need to be news junkies, but we should be informed and knowledgeable so we can watch, pray, and be ready for whatever the Lord will bring in 2018. In no particular order, here are some key subjects to consider…

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Church is More Than a Building, and We Must Not be Silent

We throw the word “church” around as if it were a lifeless building where we simply gather to meet once a week, but the Bible refers to the church as followers of Jesus Christ gathered to worship God. The early church was a close, rapidly expanding group of disciples who often met in homes and then took the gospel out into the surrounding communities.

Church is not something we do for an hour or two on Sundays; it is being the hands and feet of Jesus in our daily lives reaching out to a hurting, hopeless world as His ambassadors. As the world avoids, hates, or ignores God and His Word more every day, some Christians are boldly standing on the truth of the gospel and going into their communities to spread the love and good news of Christ our Savior.

Today we are joined by Pastor Alvin Dupree who heeded God’s call to ministry, and then to also run for his local School Board in order to try to make a difference in education within his community. But when he spoke at a high school graduation and mentioned his faith in Jesus Christ – not surprisingly – he is getting resistance from some who believe Christians should just shut up and go to church, keeping their faith out of the public square.

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Standing Against the Tide of Moral Relativism

We profess to know the truth of Scripture and yet too many people seem to be less than certain about the very nature and origins of humanity. Satan is the father of lies and author of confusion, and in this darkness we find ourselves debating history; not only the creation of the universe, but whether or not God even exists.

Many believers agree Jesus is God forever, but the things of this world pull us away from our pursuit of His will. As a result, we choose to focus on the here and now which is part of the problem. Due to our lack of priorities and indifference about the culture war, we have allowed godlessness and relativism to advance.

Barna Research surveyed Americans last year on moral absolutes and found only 35 percent of people believe moral truth is absolute. The conclusion? “Christian morality is being ushered out of American social structures and off the cultural mainstage,” and this results in the broader culture trying to fill the void.

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Mike’s Commentary: History, Morality, and America’s Downfall

If we refuse to sound the alarm and let people continue to drown in the depth of their sin and defiance of God, will their blood be on our hands?  Will we find more Christian leaders with the courage to stand up and speak out boldly against the evils so rampant in our nation?  Or will they continue to cave in to political correctness and the opinions of men? 

Our nation is consuming a poisonous concoction of their own brewing:  Arrogance against God; sexual immorality that overshadows the sins of Sodom; and murder of innocent children that is not only ignored, but celebrated.  As Christians we can point them to the cure — God and His Word.  If we cower from doing so we are guilty of spiritual malpractice and will answer to God for our cowardice.

It is not simply America that God is patiently watching and assessing, it is each of us who claims to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and particularly those whom God has elevated to positions of leadership.  Will we be found as faithful?  Or will we be proven to be frauds who honor Him with our lips while our hearts are far from Him?

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Gender Confusion, Technology, Nationalism, & Politics

Today’s guest is author, Gary Kah, of Hope for the World. We discuss many critical issues starting with the growth of “child services” agencies interceding to protect transgender children from their parents! We also talk about the impact of past elections on our nation’s laws and policies, as well as the will of the people vs. the power of those in government. Will Christians mobilize since there are now so many moral issues in play?

“One question we need to ask is this: are the activists and atheists more committed to their immoral agenda or are Christians more committed to the truth of the gospel?” Gary Kah

Gary also gives some insight on technology, control of the Internet, and how dangerous it is when a handful of companies (Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc.) seem to control social media and public information.

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True Justice and Protecting Free Speech

Today we discuss some recent or pending court cases regarding religious freedom with the President of Pacific Justice Institute, Brad Dacus. He gives insight on the legal battles brewing across the country as well as the underlying evil advancing the transgender agenda. It is irresponsible to blindly affirm those who are confused about sex and gender issues, especially children who are much too young to understand or make such life-impacting, destructive body-altering decisions.

In our second segment, we report on a Christian teacher in England who was fired for “misgendering” a female student by simply saying, “good job, girls,” when they were studying math together. The question is when will this begin in America?

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The Importance of Biblical Apologetics

Today, we are joined by Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project to discuss the importance of solid Biblical Apologetics and the rise of the religion of “Love.” We discuss the ideas behind ‘coexist’ and ‘we are the world’ philosophies. People have favorite loves and we all may be passionate about something in our lives. But what our purpose is and what we are passionate about speaks volumes about our spiritual condition and relationship with God.

In our third segment, Mike and David look at a few interesting statements made by mega-church pastor Steven Furtick; the same pastor who did his infamous “haters” video blasting fundamental Christians. This time, Furtick made some provocative– perhaps irresponsible–comments in a sermon about imperfect faith and doubting the Word of God.

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Canada Forces Christians into the Closet

Toronto Police said a Christian man, Bill Whatcott “distributed anti-gay material which promoted hatred toward the gay community.” The 51-year-old was charged and faces 2 years in jail.

Also, Canada’s Supreme Court recently ruled 7-2 against a Christian college, Trinity Western University’s Law School, essentially forcing them to choose between biblical standards or accreditation, basically suggesting Christianity and academia are incompatible.

And a judge in Canada has officially declared two men and a woman parents of one child, on the child’s birth certificate. The unmarried threesome are in a relationship together; the judge simply pointed out that “society is continuously changing…”

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Listener Comments & Questions

These are some of your comments and questions we discuss today on air:

Should Every Christian be mature enough to be a teacher of the God’s Word?
What happens when a youth pastor uses games, entertainment, and get kids to “relate” to each other rather than teach the Bible or spiritual doctrines?
A brand new born-again believer in Christ asks for advice on her new life
Are some men more gifted spiritually than others?
The pattern of “positive preaching” rather than expository teaching in many churches today
A pastor writes us about feeling the pressure to put on a face that everything is wonderful in his life
If a person continues to be tempted and occasionally fall into sin, are they truly born-again?
Was Muhammad (Islam) influenced by the heresy of Arianism?
Are people waking up to the hypocrisy and hatred of today’s liberal leaders?
The fall of Willow Creek church leader Bill Hybels
Do some Christian leaders avoid controversial issues because they are either not informed or are they afraid they might lose members, tithes, or popularity?

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Problem-Free Lives & Perfect Churches

One of the biggest reasons people object to God and the Christian faith is the fact He allows evil and suffering in this world. Many interpret His sovereignty as a lack of care for His creation. This can present a challenge when sharing the gospel, especially on college campuses where young people already have wrong beliefs about Christianity due to the godless culture and education system today.

In our first segment, we’re blessed to have first time guest, Lori Peters, of Ratio Christi ministries. Lori and her husband, Kevin live in New Hampshire and answered God’s call to apologetics ministry. Lori attended Luther Rice University to earn a Master of Divinity in Apologetics, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology at Liberty University. She now serves as the Ratio Christi Chapter Director at the University of New Hampshire.

Today’s topics include evil and suffering, apologetics, a pro-life film about Roe v. Wade, and some of the reasons people consider changing churches.

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Who is Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh?

In our first segment today, we check in with Tina Marie Griffin, Counter Culture Mom, to discuss some disturbing news in social media, entertainment, and gaming, including dangers parents need to be aware of in raising their children.

In our second segment today we look at the personal and judicial history of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Is there enough information to predict an outcome on the Senate vote and what kind of judge he would be? The opposition and “resistance” has commenced.

In segment three, we discuss a hard-hitting article titled “Four Progressive Steps into Apostasy” looking at how some churches (not just Catholics) and Christians fall into deep theological traps. Truly, deception is rampant!

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