Category: Leadership

Prosperity Preachers, the Pope, Women Pastors, and More! Q&A Friday

On Fridays, Mike and David talk about whatever is on your heart and mind. This week as always, we answer as many listener questions and comments as we can regarding:

Using Romans 7 as an excuse to go on sinning
Is the Pope causing some Catholics to question their own teachings?
Should women be allowed to be pastors?
Are all prosperity preachers ‘charlatans’?
A youth group leader concerned that kids in church bristle when they hear the word “sin”
Creflo Dollar or Todd Friel: whose doctrine is biblically sound?
A woman learned her husband had an affair: should she forgive and stay in the marriage?
Is tithing a requirement in the Christian church?
Jesse Duplantis and the “Word of Faith” movement.

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A Freedom That Leads To Slavery

Freedom is a precious gift; a gift that must be cherished and protected against those who would seek to enslave us. While Christians around the world suffer from increased persecution, and we here in America see our freedoms being threatened, there is an even more precious freedom we must guard and protect: The freedoms given to born-again Christians by the grace and Spirit of God.

Twice in his first letter to the Corinthian Church Paul warned about the importance of tempering freedoms with responsibility. He said regarding what we consume that all things were lawful, but not necessarily beneficial and warned against the things we consume becoming our masters. Today in America there is much that vies for our attention and affection. How do we enjoy the freedoms of this life as disciples of Jesus without allowing ourselves to be led into bondage to them?

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute and Silver Birch Ranch has written and taught extensively on how we find the correct biblical balance between enjoying good things God has given us while not elevating them to a place of ‘worship” in our lives.

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The “New Reality” of Christian Leadership

The Bible clearly warns us that as we approach the time of the Lord’s return that things would get worse and worse. Sin and evil will grow and the attacks on God, His Word and His Church would be magnified.

We had better understand this new reality.

Christianity was once the norm in our society; now it is becoming increasingly hated, scorned and attacked.

In our final segment this morning we look at public allegations against Pastor Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Church, alleging sexual misconduct and improprieties. Are the charges warranted or fabricated to further disgrace the Christian Church in America?

But first we talk with author and Christian Apologist John Stewart about his latest book “In Defense of the Gospels: The Case for Reliability”. How can we defend the authenticity and truth of the gospel against the growing chorus of attacks, reaching the lost with the hope of eternal life with God?

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Changing Ethics and Morals in a Turbulent World

“Situational Ethics” seems to be the standard by which the world is evolving. No longer is there a strong sense of absolute right or wrong; rather people of the world simply decide what is “right” based on their own personal preference and situation. The final verses of The Book of Judges summarizes us perfectly as a society: “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25)

A society cannot survive long when there is no righteous standard of ethics and morality. Is our nation on the cusp of moral and ethical anarchy? And how will we as the church respond as morality crumbles?

Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute joins us to discuss Christian ethics and morality in a nation that is ushering God and His Word out the door.

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Are We Prepared to Lead People to Jesus Christ?

In Matthew 5:14 Jesus said to His disciples, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.”

As committed disciples of Jesus Christ, we are to shine brightly in a dark world, pointing lost people to the only hope: Jesus Christ and the gospel. But just how brightly do we shine these days? Are our lives a powerful light reflecting the glory of God? Or are we a flickering candle about to be snuffed out at the first sign of trouble?

Shining brightly begins with knowing the nature and character of God and then living our lives secure in this understanding. And how we as disciples react to life’s challenges speaks to our willingness and ability to be a faithful witness to Jesus as well as the gospel of repentance and salvation.

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute wrote a book a decade ago titled Beyond the Deception: Learning to Defend the Truth, and he joins us for a self-examination of our lives and depth of our faith in Jesus Christ.

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Sacrificing Our Privacy for Security & Convenience

The news swirling around Washington D.C. is that we are about to hear about the exposure of illegal activities within the Obama Administration where American citizens, including then presidential candidate Donald Trump, were spied upon in direct violation of federal law. All this against the background of accusations against President Trump that he colluded with Russians to steal the election from Hillary Clinton. Like an excellent magician, the Left is great at distracting people with one hand while the other hand does the dirty work behind the scenes.

In other news, we may be surrendering our privacy due to our fascination with technology such as new products Alexa and Amazon Echo. Are we virtually giving big corporations access to our homes, personal information, and even private conversations. Are we headed toward a “Big Brother” State as predicted in the classic book 1984? Eric Barger suggests Christians are becoming “enemies of the state.”

In our first segment, we check in with Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project to discuss how feelings and opinions have increasingly become “truth” to many people, and the dangers of this trend.

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Are We Reliable, Believable Witnesses to the World?

God’s Word is under attack and indictment these days in the court of public opinion. It is being mocked and ridiculed as antiquated thinking in an “enlightened” world.

Now God does not need us to defend Him or His Word. One day every knee will bow before Him. But Jesus did appoint us as His ambassadors to share the good news of salvation available to all people through confession, repentance and faith in Jesus Christ alone. We are to be witnesses to all He taught and point people to His return. But are we effective, believable witnesses? Or does our testimony fall on deaf ears because we are unreliable witnesses, discredited by the life we live?

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute joins us to discuss how we effectively bear witness to the truth of Jesus Christ.

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How SCOTUS Works, & the Significance of Standing With Israel

Over the past several decades, most presidential candidates declared they believe Jerusalem is the true capital of Israel and that they would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem if elected. History has proven this to be political rhetoric to capture more votes as no past president has followed through on the promise – Until now. Yesterday, President Trump kept his campaign promise–a rarity for candidates these days–and proclaimed the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and would begin plans to move our embassy there. Whatever you think of President, Trump it is certainly refreshing to see a candidate actually follow through on a campaign promise.

Other than Israel Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, world leaders are reacting with anger, claiming this will set the “peace process” back. This is the same ‘peace process” that has produced zero results for many decades. This morning we will discuss the potential effects of this courageous move by a controversial president.

In our first segment, we check in with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council and hear some fascinating insights on how the Supreme Court works, as well as her thoughts on the opening arguments in the Jack Phillips’ religious freedom case. Is religious freedom hanging in the balance and could it come down to one man’s vote?

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Protecting Children, Ministry Leaders, & Christian Business Owners

We face an enemy who is crafty, experienced, and evil; Satan is ‘the father of lies.’ Ever since his unsuccessful rebellion against God at the beginning of time he has honed his craft, finding innovative ways to attack the children of God in hopes of discrediting the gospel message.

Today, Christians face increasing discrimination and ridicule in our nation. Fueled by Hollywood, media, public education, and a progressive government, we are seeing the rights of religious expression and worship attacked on several fronts. Cities and states are passing laws forcing Christian churches and organizations to choose to either approve of and support immoral, unbiblical values or risk being shut down.

But the enemy we face is clever and devious and never puts all his eggs in one basket. He is also stirring up problems within Christian churches and ministries by attacking our compassion for others. Churches and ministries are committed to ministering to anyone seeking help or hope. But the enemy has sent “spies” into our camp attempting to undermine our work. We are seeing frivolous lawsuits aimed at discrediting and even shutting down faithful warriors for Christ in order to intimidate the church.

In our second segment, we share the sad story surrounding Ravi Zacharias, a respected Christian leader dedicated to sharing the gospel and loving others, who was falsely accused of sexual improprieties even though it appears he did everything he could to be above reproach.

In segment three, we touch on the opening arguments of the Supreme Court case involving Christian artist and bakery chop owner, Jack Phillips, who is simply asking not to be forced to take part in gay marriages.

In our first segment we check in with Tina Griffin of Counter Culture Mom to discuss how we protect our children against the horrible influences of movies and video games. We also discuss the increased sensitivity to sexual harassment in our nation and the downside of ‘guilty until proven innocent.’

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The Advent Season

We are three weeks away from the celebration of Jesus Christ, our messiah, being born as a human, living as one of us yet remaining sinless, and dying on a cross for our sins. Yet the sole focus of the Christmas season seems to be on the birth of Christ, not including his life, death, burial, resurrection and promise that He would return one day to judge all men by His Word. Are we in essence “misrepresenting” Him when we fail to communicate the full gospel and reason for His first and second coming during the Christmas season.

Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch joins us to discuss this and also how pastors, churches and ministries should react to the increase in charges of sexual harassment bombarding our institutions. Should this cause us to look at how we counsel and disciple people?

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Listeners Speak Up! More Comments & Questions

It’s a jam-packed show today, thanks so much for listening! Today’s topics include:

The debate about whether or not President Trump is a Christian
Using another church’s building to gather for worship
Does God change His mind when we pray for something?
Are all spiritual gifts still available today and what to do when a husband and wife disagree on the issue?
What do we know about aliens? Did God create them?
The differences between what Catholics and Protestants believe about birth control
What should Christians expect after the Supreme Court decision in favor of Christian baker, Jack Phillips?
Dirty tactics liberals use to stop judicial appointees including Supreme Court nominations
Why don’t more pastors discuss spiritual warfare?
Have you done a podcast on how to address conflict with family members who are unbelievers?
Public schools teaching socialism and humanism and using misleading textbooks that include rewritten American history promoting the progressive worldview

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Countering College Indoctrination

It’s no secret that the vast majority of college campuses are filled with radical liberal ideologies promoting Humanism and Marxism, and worldviews contradictory to the Bible. With each passing year, we see our young people being indoctrinated more and more into lies and false teachings that steer them and our nation away from God and biblical morality. This has been going on for decades, and as these young people assume the mantle of leadership in our nation and churches, who knows what the future might hold?

Fortunately, there are committed Christians doing what they can to help university students see the light and truth of Jesus Christ. We speak with two of those believers today, Devin and Melissa Pellew of Ratio Christi Ministries. They are Directors at Ratio Christi’s Winthrop University Chapter, spreading the gospel on campus and helping Christian students maintain a biblical worldview through apologetics.

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Risking Your Life and Family for the Gospel

Have you ever thought about how you would react if suddenly you or your family were threatened, demanding you to deny your allegiance to Jesus Christ? And if you’re thinking to yourself, “I would never do that, no matter what,” remember the Apostle Peter said the same thing – and then cowered.

Today, Mike and David talk with a man who was confronted with that horror. Bishop Pervaiz Joseph, a Christian leader from Pakistan who had a good relationship with government leaders there. He was able to share the gospel freely until he was falsely accused of a crime, kidnapped, tortured, and his family was forced to flee to Sri Lanka and eventually to the U.S. His story became known by Voice of the Martyrs.

He started Bishop Joseph Ministries International in December 2016, a non-profit organization, working with people around the globe uplifting communities and spreading a message of Hope, Peace and Love. Joseph, along with his family moved to the United States of America after facing religious persecution in his homeland and stayed in exile for a little over four years. They now run a local Church in affiliation with the Foursquare Missions and connect, build and uplift communities around the world by organizing mission trips, conferences and seminars within various states and worldwide.

In our final segment, we look at a chilling commentary on how youth are being brainwashed and indoctrinated into socialism and atheism by social media giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter.

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Is There Really a Shadow Government in Our Nation?

There will always be conspiracy theories in every day life. Back in the 1960s there was talk of a “shadow government” that really set the agenda and pulled the strings of government officials, doing the bidding of power hungry globalists. These theories were widely dismissed.

But is the ‘Shadow Government” a reality, and if so, what would it mean for Christians in America? Could it threaten our freedom to worship God and share His Word? Could it one day force us to worship government instead of God, like in Marxist nations?

Author and Pastor Carl Gallups joins us to share his research and thoughts. We will also discuss the strange journey of Pastor Andy Stanley, who has said increasingly provocative things about the Bible over the past couple years. Has Stanley left the camp of solid Evangelical Christianity?

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On the Brink of Cataclysmic Change?

You would be hard pressed to remember a time when world leaders faced such a series of important decisions that could lead to world wide war or calamity. Here are just a few things to consider: increased attacks against Israel by Hamas, an Iranian regime developing nuclear weapons; Russia is entrenched in Syria with an eye on Israel; Islam is sweeping across Europe and Asia; and Western nations are arguing about trade and tariffs which could lead to economic turmoil.

All of this is set against the background of Bible prophecy and is happening at a time when the ‘professing’ Christian Church in America and Europe seems to be floundering due in part to apathy, heresy, and an ecumenical movement that puts unity and peace above truth.

This week, a crucial summit is taking place between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un spurred on by the president’s tough rhetoric against North Korea. Without God’s word as our anchor of hope, we could easily get depressed. But His word is truth and His promises everlasting. Gary Kah of Hope For the World has studied and written about the coming one world government and religion, and joins us to put all this into proper context and perspective.

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