Category: Emergent Church

Rob Bell’s Ambiguity, Wedding Cakes, and ESPN Politics

It’s not surprising to see people attack the deity of Jesus Christ and the truth of Scripture in today’s postmodern, secular society. It’s not even surprising to see attacks on Christians and discrimination at many levels. What is disappointing and tragic however, is to see the worldliness and deception creep right into many churches across the country.

Deceivers such as Rob Bell don’t just show up and start preaching blatant heresy; they gradually begin to seduce unsuspecting believers to distrust, minimize and worst case scenario – to deny the gospel and the person of Jesus Christ as sovereign Lord and God. He is our final authority, but not so with the emergent, people-pleasing church. So there had to be a path paved and Scripture had to be diluted and the gospel watered down or many Christians would not have fallen for so many false teachings.

We touch on Bell’s new book, the religious freedom issue and Supreme Court case involving Christian bakery owner, Jack Phillips, and the leftist leanings of progressive sports network, ESPN.

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Church History, False Teachings, and Pro Athletes Led Astray

In our final segment today, we look at a sad story of an athlete many American football fans look up to as a role model. From what we know, this man was raised in a strong Christian, conservative family, but sadly by his own admission has now apparently abandoned his faith in the one true God. This happened in part because of the influence of a false teacher who was invited in by a team chaplain to speak to the team before a game years ago. That athlete is Aaron Rodgers and the man who influenced him was Rob Bell. And Bell has apparently convinced this high profile athlete and role model that the Bible cannot be trusted.

In our first segment, we visit with Pastor Randy White and look at the history of Martin Luther’s reformation, marking its 500 year anniversary this year. We discuss how most believers identify non-Catholics as Protestants, but is this accurate?

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Is This the Future of America’s Churches?

Today we cover an intriguing article from Denver, Colorado about an “atheist church of free thinkers.” What is very interesting about the article is the words they use to describe their “community” are the same words that appeal to many young Christians these days: Free-thinking, questioning, skeptical, and conversational.

Is this the model for the future of church for our younger people? We discuss this with Dave Wager of Silver Birch ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute. Dave has worked with youth for 35 years.

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Abandoned Faith: A Lost Generation?

There have always been problems with communication and understanding between generations. Every younger generation that comes along is viewed with skepticism by more elderly generations. But the gap in communication and understanding between today’s millennials and older people is in some ways like nothing we have ever experienced.

While it might be easy to just think they’ll grow out of it, it is important to understand that this younger generation faces serious challenges many of us have not faced; and they been raised in a public education system and media presence that has caused them to become skeptical about life as a whole.

We’re joined by a Christian apologist, researcher and author who has studied millennials extensively: Dr. Alex McFarland. He has written a new book Abandoned Faith: Why Millennials Are Walking Away and How You Can Lead Them Home, about the questions and struggles of millennials and how we can reach them with the truth and hope of Jesus Christ.

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A World Preparing to Kneel Before Anti-Christ

It is very difficult to escape the reality that Satan’s influence is growing by leaps and bounds in the days in which we live. The rise of Islamic terrorism, a religion clearly defined as a religion of anti-christ in the bible, along with the growing hedonism all around us are clear indications that mankind has decided we do not need God, and we would prefer to do things our way. And we should not be surprised at what we see because God’s Word warned us all these things would increase in the times leading up to the Lord’s return.

America certainly has enough of its own moral and spiritual problems, but this morning we focus on events in Europe and worldwide that are preparing the way for the “New World Order” where Satan’s puppet, anti-christ, will be worshiped as the savior of humanity, and most will blindly follow up while turning their backs on the one who died on a cross so we could be reconciled to God.

Pastor Carl Gallups joins us to look at a world lining up to reject God and embrace its true enemy: The one who seeks to destroy the eternal souls of all men.

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The Great Deception of Media, Public Education and Fake Christianity

The Bible warns us that in the final days deception would become so rampant and powerful that many would abandon biblical Christianity for a world-wide system based on Humanism, elevating the thinking of mankind and dismissing God and His Word. Over the past 20-30 years the face of media, public education, and even the Church in America has changed so radically that it looks nothing like to used to. And the sad truth is in the here and now, Secular Humanism is winning the hearts and minds of many youth–youth that will one day lead this nation and our local churches.

Our guest today is Don Venoit of Midwest Christian Outreach as we take a sobering look at the decay of American culture and thought, along with the many problems facing the Christian Church in America.

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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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Who’s in Charge of the ‘Kingdom Now’?

A crucial doctrine of Christianity is the eventual return of Jesus Christ to judge all men and establish His everlasting Kingdom. Sadly, Bible prophecy is ignored in many churches so Christians are left to their own to try to understand that glorious day when our Lord returns to vanquish evil.

One question I love to ask professing Christians is this: When Jesus returns what does the world look like and what does He do? If their answer involves us, human beings establishing universal justice or cleaning up the world of poverty and pollution, then I know I am dealing with someone who embraces what is called “Dominion theology.” This is the idea that when men clean up the earth Jesus returns and we simply “hand over the keys” to Him so to speak. This is a dangerous form of Humanism, elevating man and discounting God.

One arm of Dominion Theology is called “Kingdom Now” theology and this morning we are joined by Pastor Andy Woods who has written several books discussing this movement.

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Apostasy & Lies: Will Fans of ‘The Shack’ Care?

Can we at least agree, as Christians, to hold up Young’s words and beliefs against the truth of God’s Word revealed to us in Scripture? As we approach this program today, we should ask what your thoughts are and do you think Young’s description ad understanding of God line up with the Bible or contradict it?

The Shack appeals to our human desire to be loved and forgiven, but it discounts what is required by God: confession and repentance. The movie plays right into the growing mindset in America about wanting benefits without responsibilities. It’s overall message is that God conforms to us instead of our need to be transformed into the image of Christ which produces holy living. The Shack is the prefect message for people who want to think we are all basically good in nature and character.

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Using “The Shack” for God’s Glory

The Shack is a very controversial book within professing Christian circles that is now out in a movie that many professing Christians are excited to see. And Christian churches, ministries and radio stations (not ours) are promoting it heavily under the guise that it can be a tool to share the gospel with unsaved friends. But there is a slight problem: the true gospel does not even remotely appear in the book or the movie.

This morning we discuss The Shack with James Walker of Watchman.org and look at the life and theology of the author, comparing the movie’s theology with the Word of God. And we will attempt to equip you to accomplish what the promoters are claiming the movie can do: reach the lost with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.

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The Nonsense of “Christians Shouldn’t Judge”

One of the most misleading statements infiltrating much of the Christian Church these days is the statement that “Christians shouldn’t judge.” This misrepresentation of God’s Word has been used to excuse sinful behavior and render us ineffective in living lives of holiness and sharing the gospel with the lost. In reality, the Bible teaches us that Christians should be discerning and use sound judgment in our decisions every day, from the choices we make to our interactions with believers and unbelievers. What we judge and how we judge is where the rubber meets the road.

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute joins us this morning to look at what the bible teaches us about making judgment on our own actions and the actions of others, believers and unbelievers.

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Christians, Public Education, and Divisive Doctrine

We have all heard the sad statistics that a majority of young Christians leave their faith by the time they leave high school. Many more walk away from God after one year of college. And while there are certainly several factors in play, one that is often sited is public education and its clearly secular humanist agenda. Public school teachers are often accused of lying to students, particularly regarding evolution, but are they part of the agenda or do they really believe it?

Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project joins us to look at this issue and discuss the importance of biblical doctrine–even if it might sometimes be seen as divisive.

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Your Questions and Comments

On today’s show we answer your questions and read your comments from this week. Some of the issues we discuss include:

Rob Bell’s tragic influence within Christianity; recent hurricanes and whether they are a sign of God’s judgment on our nation, Christian music – is it losing its affect and focus? Freedom of speech in light of National Anthem protests, the tough decision on when to leave a church.

David also has our weekly Media Watch segment where we dissect the hypocrisy and double standards of today’s media.

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The Basics of the Faith, and the Protestant Movement

This year, 2017 marks the 500 year anniversary of Luther’s reformation which changed the religious world in 1517. Today we continue our look at exactly what Luther wanted to accomplish and his impact on Christianity. We also look at the five “Solas” of the protestant movement and discuss their exact meaning and impact on our faith.

What is the future spiritual plight of America and can we even speculate at this point? Some hope that the natural disasters and political strife we face will inspire Americans to repent, unite and return to our Christian foundation and heritage. But have we become so arrogant and comfortable as a nation and a people that repenting before God is just unthinkable?

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Church History, False Teachings, and Pro Athletes Led Astray

In our final segment today, we look at a sad story of an athlete many American football fans look up to as a role model. From what we know, this man was raised in a strong Christian, conservative family, but sadly by his own admission has now apparently abandoned his faith in the one true God. This happened in part because of the influence of a false teacher who was invited in by a team chaplain to speak to the team before a game years ago. That athlete is Aaron Rodgers and the man who influenced him was Rob Bell. And Bell has apparently convinced this high profile athlete and role model that the Bible cannot be trusted.

In our first segment, we visit with Pastor Randy White and look at the history of Martin Luther’s reformation, marking its 500 year anniversary this year. We discuss how most believers identify non-Catholics as Protestants, but is this accurate?

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