Category: Jim Wallis

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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One World Religion and Liberal ‘Christian’ Contradictions

Today’s guest is Don Veinot of Midwest Christian Outreach. He recently attended the Parliament of World religions and gives us an update including a bit of history on this unbiblical movement. The meeting in Toronto, Canada included a United Nations workshop espousing the view that our salvation (and the salvation of the earth) depends on man – on our ability to shed exclusion and embrace our “common oneness.”

“This is an event which few Evengelicals pay attention to and will sneak up on them in the future, especially with their association to the UN.” Don Veinot

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Questions and Comments from Listeners

Rather than list many of the questions and comments this week, let’s sum them up this way:

Comments and questions discussed on today’s podcast include an overwhelming response to the current Willow Creek Church/Bill Hybels scandal. Over all listeners who sent in questions or comments on the issue, over 90% are opposed to the Willow Creek Association and Global Leadership Summit, and many have addressed their concerns with their pastor.

Some have already left their churches if it continued to be a part of the Willow Creek Association, while others plan to ask their pastor about it to see how they justify partnering with an organization having so many unbiblical approaches and teachings. In our experience, when confronted about WC, most church leaders double down and refuse to acknowledge the problems.

A few listeners mentioned politics and the fiasco the Senate hearings have become regarding Supreme Court nominee, Bret Kavanaugh. Someone also brought up the difference between being a Christian and a conservative which are often used interchangeably. 

Another Christian couple wants to know how to strike a healthy, biblical balance in the home as campaign season is already upon us. One spouse is more active politically wanting to be salt and light in culture and the other just wants to pray and vote as God leads without getting immersed or frustrated with the political process.

The others we had time for today mentioned the importance of believers knowing and appreciating the Old Testament. Also, a new believer who asked about the parable of the Sower in Mark chapter 4 and does it refute the “once saved always saved” doctrine. 

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No Topic Off Limits! Our Listeners Ask The Best Questions

Our favorite podcast is every Friday when listeners to Stand Up for the Truth ask questions or share their comments. Send yours in early in order to get in line for next week’s show!

Why does God allow suffering and evil in this world?
What if God really gave us the desires of our hearts?
It’s so easy to give advice and godly counsel rather than follow that same advice!
Do we have it too good (are Christians spoiled) here in America?
Are ‘Social Justice Christians’ worshiping self or the world above God?
Have you ever heard of “Faith, Hope, and Cancer” seminars?
How were Michael and Lisa Gungor able to live a “Christian” lie for years?
How sad that Christian conservatives were called judgmental, bigoted, and unloving years ago when trying to warn the church about progressive apostates such as the Gungors.
Showing grace to young people: any of us who are older could have been deceived IF we had lived in these times when confusion, indoctrination, lies, leftism, evolution, and humanism reigns.
I’ve heard the word “dominionism” used in both negative and positive contexts; which is it?
Does John mean in 1 John 3 that our ongoing sin can still condemn us?

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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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Questions and Comments from the Email Bag!

Thank you so much for keeping us busy! On Fridays, we read your comments and answer your questions from the week, always reminding you to prayerfully check everything you hear with the perfect, eternal Word of the living God. 

Some of the topics we discuss this week include:
Liberal theology and prosperity preaching infiltrating the church, ignorance about Islam in America, Christian college students struggling with liberal, secular professors, the latest apostasy of Jim Wallis and Sojourners, does implementing church security mean we don’t trust the sovereignty of God?, pastors that avoid teaching from the Old Testament, our interview with Tony Gurule of ratio Christi Ministries on Sharia Law, a listener from England concerned about political correctness and the growing Muslim population
the conundrum within the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Coming Out of the Darkness of Liberal Thought

On today’s show we answer your questions and read your comments from this week. Several listeners have written in about how liberal, anti-biblical thought and dialogue seems to be taking over everywhere. Other subjects we will discuss include:

Islam being called an “Abrahamic Faith” by some pastors.

How can Christians support Donald Trump given his caustic personality?

Pastors and churches sitting on the sidelines instead of fighting secular culture and trends.

A husband and new Christian convert who is sending a lot of money to Word Faith organizations, and his wife’s concern that they are spiraling into financial ruin because of it.

And an email from a recovering liberal who is now seeking God’s truth in His Word with great vigor.

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Your Questions & Comments

Today, we answer your questions to the best of our ability and read your comments from this week. The topics we address today include:

The deception of Liberal Christianity.
Why truth and doctrine is divisive.
What is Calvinism?
A Muslim perspective on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The lack of strong, bible-based leadership in some churches.
Should Christians celebrate Christmas?
Is the Church prepared to address potential sexual harassment charges?
Why so many pastors refuse to talk about abortion/life in a mother’s womb.
Is President Trump really a born-again believer?
The takeover of American Churches by progressive ideology.
Merry Christmas!

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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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Saul Alinsky Would Be Proud

We discuss the continuing meltdown of the Left, their reaction to Donald Trump’s election, his early policies, and Supreme Court Justice nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Also, last night, hate filled riots broke out at California Berkeley, making Saul Alinsky, Barack Obama, Jim Wallis, the liberal media, and Hillary Clinton (to name a few) proud. Plus, Mike’s commentary.

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Nancy Pelosi: We’re Doing God’s Work

There are many professing Christians who selectively reference the Bible to justify their personal beliefs and worldview; yet they completely ignore the Bible when it contradicts other personal beliefs. This is one form of hypocrisy creeping into the professing church that needs to be addressed.

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How to Respond with Truth and Grace During LGBTQ Pride Month

For those who haven’t heard, June is Gay Pride month. The LGBTQ+ community and their allies are out in full force in American culture in the hopes of making converts to moral relativism and justifying unbilical lifestyles. From rainbow flags outside buildings across social media to multicolored decorations adorning your favorite shops and brands, it seems that the majority is celebrating.

But what exactly are they celebrating and how should a Christian respond to Pride month? How can we present truth in love and with grace without offending? That’s a tall order, but we must obey God rather than man. We must prepare Christians to defend the faith and to speak the truth in love because ultimately, we want to build bridges to share the Gospel, not win arguments. When we are both compassionate and rational, our approach tends to be more thoughtful.

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Pro-Life Except in Cases of Rape? Think Again.

Today’s special guest, Rebecca Kiessling was conceived in rape and is also an abortion survivor. Since 1995, Rebecca has been an international pro-life speaker; she is also an adoption advocate and actively promotes 100% pro-life legislation.

She is the Director of Save the 1 and co-founder of Hope After Rape Conception. Rebecca is also a National Spokeswoman for Personhood USA, and she’s helped pregnant rape victims all around the world to choose life for their children. She’s also an attorney, wife, and mother of 5 – including two adopted children. 

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March 22, 19 Rebroadcast with Elijah Abraham

We had Elijah Abraham in the area back in March for our annual Watchman Conference, tonight on the rebroadcast at 7pm central, we’ll reair that hour’s visit as Eijah discusses the challenges in the American church’s lack of knowledge in the biblical gospel and why it is important if we are going to witness to others, especially muslims.

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Praying for Our President

This morning we look at several controversies rocking the Christian world including The Pope changing The Lord’s Prayer, the controversy surrounding Pastor David Platt praying for President Trump when he showed up unexpectedly at his church, and the ongoing argument over whether Jesus would attend a Gay Pride Event.

In our first segment we visit with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council to discuss a Madison School’s blatant indoctrination of elementary school students into the transgender movement and a conservative pastor calling out Wisconsin Republican legislators for their cowardice and hypocrisy in not passing strong pro-life legislation when they controlled the legislative process.

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