Category: Cults

The Failure of Christian Churches in America

Mike and Crash continue to look at how Christianity in America is failing, some would say collapsing. The clearest sign is how the secular culture is infiltrating the Church instead of the Church affecting the culture.

This morning, we look at the facade of church growth and how Christianity is increasingly irrelevant in America and even in the lives of many professing Christians.

In the first segment, Don Veinot of Midwest Christian Outreach joins us to discuss how a United Methodist Church in Chicago offered a strange Christmas celebration focusing on the Islamic account of the birth of Jesus from the Quran while ignoring the biblical account. We also look at how the Occult is subtly influencing how many professing Christians look at God.

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The Real Cause Behind the Crisis at Willow Creek

When you are suffering from the flu, feverish with a soar throat and body aches, are these symptoms the cause of the flu or are they the effects of the flu? They are of course the effects of a virus (the true cause) that has invaded your body leading to physical illness and mild suffering. When you treat the cause you get to the root of the problem; but treating effects will not lead to a cure.

Why bring this up? It’s a key to understanding the latest crisis at Willow Creek Church. The sexual assault scandal involving former Pastor Bill Hybels and several women has led to the Elder Board announcing their resignation. A consulting team has been brought in for damage control and a reorganization plan—you know just like secular businesses and corporations do when facing an internal or PR crisis. But is the sexual scandal the cause of Willow Creek’s crisis or the effects? The fallout is an effect – and in segment 2 we will address the true cause.

In the first segment, Mike and David talk with Carl Teichrib about his upcoming book, “Game of Gods” where he did boots on the ground’ research at Burning Man festival. Carl documents the strange, popular movement combining earth worship, pagan rituals, anarchy and spiritual oneness—all under the guise of “radical tolerance.” And while it might be easy to dismiss what you will hear by calling 80,000 followers goofy nuts, could it be part of Satan’s master plan for the world to worship Anti-Christ?

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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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Listener Questions & Comments – Lots of Them!

Today is Q&A Friday when we hear from so many brothers and sisters in Christ regarding many diverse topics. We love hearing from you and appreciate every question and comment, even if you do not always agree with us. Thank you so much for the opportunity to tackle so many important issues!

Here are some of the things we discuss today:

Should Christians read the book Jesus Calling?
Unconstitutional SOGI laws and “non-discrimination” policies increasing
The hostile environment Christians face in the public school system
Charismatics, and spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues
Benny Hinn and the ‘prosperity’ non-gospel; name it, claim it
What is biblical submission?
Does the parable of the wheat and the tares apply to the church or the world?
What is the proper meaning or description of ‘meditation’ for a Christian?
Good and bad about discernment ministries
The apostasy of the Willow Creek Leadership Summit

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Friday is Listener Comments & Questions Day

When we first come to saving faith in Jesus Christ we are on fire but still immature in the Christian faith. With the myriad of Christian teaching and television out there ranging from excellent all the way down to flat out heresy, how do we help new believers understand the difference between biblical truth and human error and deception? What should we say to a new believer who really enjoys listening to Joel Osteen for example?

This is one of your questions we will cover today. Other topics you want to discuss include:

The resignation and legacy of Pastor Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Church

The “13 reasons Why” documentary of teen suicide.

Mysticism and emergent theology creeping into churches.

Is the Pope right about atheists going to heaven if they have their children baptized?

Were the Founding Fathers just godless bigots and slave owners?

The Christian struggle with occasional sin and hypocrisy.

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Questions, Comments, & Good Friday Reading

It’s Good Friday, the day we as Christians remember the painful sacrifice of Jesus, the Son of God for our sins. He has given His life and asks so little in return, yet we continue to fail Him every day. But on the cross Jesus declared, “It is finished!” Then He released His spirit. The cross was the goal from the very beginning and His high priestly work was completed: mission accomplished! Our Savior and Lord overcame death and defeated theaIt’s Good Friday, the day we as Christians remember the painful sacrifice of Jesus, the Son of God for our sins. He has given His life and asks so little in return, yet we continue to fail Him every day. But on the cross Jesus declared, “It is finished!” Then He released His spirit.

The cross was the goal from the very beginning and His high priestly work was completed: mission accomplished! Our Savior and Lord overcame death and defeated the grave that we too might live forever with Him. Remember Him during this weekend in history. Hallelujah! Christ the Lord has risen!

Fridays are also the days when we answer your questions and read your comments on any topic. This week’s discussions include:

The role of women in the church.
Should we give up on politics?
Lordship Salvation.
The “Slayed in the Spirit” controversy in charismatic Christianity.
Are Christians dishonoring God by going to church on Sunday instead of the true “Sabbath”? grave that we too might live forever with Him. Remember Him during this weekend in history. Hallelujah! Christ the Lord has risen!

Fridays are also the days when we answer your questions and read your comments on any topic. This week’s discussions include:

The role of women in the church.
Should we give up on politics?
Lordship Salvation.
The “Slayed in the Spirit” controversy in charismatic Christianity.
Are Christians dishonoring God by going to church on Sunday instead of the true “Sabbath”?

Text “truth” to 797979 with your question or comment, or use the form below. Scriptures referred to:

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3

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Did You Ever Imagine These Things Could Happen?

The response to our Listener shows on Fridays where we talk about your questions and comments has been overwhelmingly positive! It’s been great hearing from so many Christians every week, but is has now reached the point where we have continually been unable to get to all of the comments in a one hour Friday show. This has been a consistent pattern over the last several months and we typically carry them over to the next week. So in our second segment today, we will take some additional time to read your comments and answer your questions.

First, we will listen to and discuss a thought-provoking message from Jan Markell of Understanding the Times Radio titled “I Never Thought I Would See the Day.” This program just aired over the weekend across the country. We’ll also share our thoughts on the events and happenings in our lifetime that have been disappointing or shocking.

Tomorrow we will continue with YOUR comments and questions about: Billy Graham, gun control, Christian marriages, transgenderism, the political divide, Roman Catholic “last rites,” and believers being unequally yoked – to mention a few!

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Your Questions & Comments

Fridays we turn the microphones over to you to discuss whatever topic is on your mind. To send us your questions or comments you can go to comments@standupforthetruth.com or call us at 1-800-979-9010 anytime.

Here is what you want to talk about:

The Calvin/Arminius debate.

The Episcopal Church now referring to God in gender neutral pronouns only.

Christians, mental health, medication and biblical counseling.

Church programs including “The Path of a Peacemaker” and IF: Gathering for women.

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Disproportionate Reaction to Religions

There is an interesting dichotomy when we look at how two major religions–Christianity and Islam–are increasingly perceived and treated in our nation.

Biblical Christianity calls on us to love all people, even those who are directly opposed to and violate God’s Word. Islam calls for punishment and even death to classes of people such as homosexuals or those who call themselves “transgender”.

Biblical Christianity teaches that men should honor and cherish their wives; Islam teaches that wives are more like property than cherished partners. They can be beaten or divorced on a whim.

So which of these religions should be the one feared by women and homosexuals? Islam. Yet it continues to get a pass with feminists, the radical homosexual movement and the media, while Christianity is framed as a religion of hate and bigotry. Which religion is being kicked out of schools and shouted down in public? Christianity, while Islam is promoted celebrated in public schools and feminist circles.

Elijah Abraham, a former Muslim and now Evangelist and apologist for biblical Christianity joins us this morning to discuss this contradiction from reality.

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Leaving LDS; and Super Faith in Philadelphia

Does God care about football? Maybe not, but He does care about the hearts of men and women. He does care about those who are unashamed of the Gospel and who give Him glory in this life. It seems the Christian faith of many players on the Philadelphia Eagles is contagious, not just in their locker room, but outside the team as well. We’ll talk about some very encouraging stories of men who are boldly standing up for Jesus and trying to walk the talk.

Today’s guest is Dr. Corey Miller, PhD, is the President/CEO of Ratio Christi. While he grew up in Utah as a sixth generation Mormon, he came to Christ in 1988 and he has since been a youth and college pastor, a Bible college and university professor. He is co-author of the outstanding book, Leaving Mormonism: Why Four Scholars Changed their Minds. Ratio Christi is a global movement that equips university students and faculty to give historical, philosophical, and scientific reasons for following Jesus Christ.

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Seeing the Big, Eternal Picture Around Us

So many distractions and obligations fill our time these days it is easy to fail to see the big picture when it comes to history, societies, and agendas being fulfilled all around us.

God has a plan for this world and every person. Jesus Christ will return one day to rule for eternity and judge the eternal souls of every human being, and nothing Satan does will thwart God’s plan. But that does not stop Satan from trying to deceive people by convincing them that we can plot our own future and eternity, apart from God’s will and plan. And with each passing year Satan is setting the stage for the rule of his puppet, anti-Christ, through complicit people and earthly systems.

Our guest today is Patrick Wood who has written books and developed resources to help people see the big picture. He is a born-again believer exposing the globalist movement and he shares some thoughts about what is happening to us both behind the scenes and right under our noses. Historically, the powerful and most influential have moved away from God, and he touches on the elitist Bilderberg group, Darwinism, Fabianism, Rockefellers, and the Trilateral Commission.

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Your Comments & Questions

Good morning Christians…it’s Friday! OK, apologies to our more seasoned listeners who know that is a knockoff of the late Paul Harvey’s Friday radio greeting. But we really do love Fridays here at Stand Up For the Truth because we turn the show’s topics over to you. Your questions and comments are the focus and here are some of the things we’ll be discussing today:

Advice on starting a home church
Reconciling salvation by grace and the fruit of our works in the teachings of the Bible
“Little gods” theology espoused by many word faith preachers
The New Age promoted at your local YMCA
What to do when your boss asks you to stop reading your Bible during lunch hour bc some are offended
The Mark of the Beast in the book of Revelation; voluntary or forced?
Why do so few liberals speak up against Islam?
And an angry letter from a (Christian?) listener who says to “judge ye not” but claims there is a special place in hell for Christian conservatives who call out the sin of homosexuality and lesbianism.

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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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The Difficulty in Finding a Biblical Church

There are still some sound biblical Christian churches in America; a “remnant,” to be sure. But a growing number look more and more like the world than they do an assembly of God’s called-out people. A difficulty arises when you have been a member of a historically sound church, but it has been in the midst of a transformation where it is adopting the beliefs and values of this fallen world. This gradual shift is often so subtle that you cannot see the drift away from God and toward secular humanism.

Pastor Randy White has studied this trend and joins us to discuss how this drift of the church away from God has transpired, how we can spot it, and how to find a biblical church in a sea of growing heresy and apostasy.

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What Happened to My Church?

Many Christians in America are asking that question these days as we see a growing number of churches change. The Gospel of reconciliation being replaced with consumerism and our “best life now”; moves of the Holy Spirit being replaced with emotional manipulation through loud music and fog machines; and churches that look more and more like the world Jesus told us would hate us and that we should hate.

But the changes introduced into American Christianity have been so subtle that many people do not even notice them until one day we suddenly feel like a stranger and alien in the very church we attended for years.

Jan Markell of Olive Tree Views and Understanding the Times Radio joins us to talk about the growing concerns of serious Christians about what they see happening in many of our churches these days.

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The Dangers of Masculinity

The American Psychological Association recently released a study calling out what it perceives as the dangers of traditional masculinity warning that it leads men to hating women and LGBTQ people. As men are “marketed” to by corporate America we see confusing messages on what it means to be a man these days.

Are we to be the strong, silent, rugged, macho guy? Or the sensitive, nurturing, submissive guy who sits back quietly and just accepts things the way they are?

If we listen to the world we will be continually confused about what it means to be a man. But not surprisingly God’s Word has a lot to say about what real men are.

This morning, Mike discusses this issue with Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute. What does it mean to be a man of God in today’s world?

We also look at an interesting perspective from a Christian musician who says that youth these days are being conditioned to worship their own self-image, and since the world is sending wrong messages to our youth about what their image should look like it is leading to dire consequences for an entire generation.

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The Feminizing of American Christianity

God created men and women equal but uniquely different. In His master plan, men are to be strong and loving leaders and wives are to respectfully submit to their husband’s leadership. The Christian church in America needs real godly men, but at the time when they are needed most many are confused about what it means to be a true man of God. The world and its institutions that hate God have successfully minimized and redefined manhood, reducing many men to confused, quivering bowls of jelly instead of principled, strong leaders for the church and their families. And some believe that church leadership is also responsible for accommodating this feminizing of Christian men because they are not teaching us what it means to be Godly leaders of wives, families, and communities.

Pastor Carl Gallups joins us to discuss how society’s emasculation of men is infecting American Christianity, leading to dire consequences.

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