In Matthew 12:38, the scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus for “another sign” not long after he had healed the sick and a demon-possessed man who was also blind. Jesus responded:”An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign but none will be given except the sign of the prophet Jonah”That “sign” was when Jesus would rise from the grave to prove His deity and God’s power over sin and death.Many Christians and churches today are continually seeking more signs and wonders. Let’s be clear: some are sincere believers in Christ, but their continual need for additional signs and miracles testifies to the weakness of their faith in the completed work of Jesus on the cross. We look at a critique from The Gospel Coalition regarding Bethel Church in Redding, California and its leaders Bill and and Beni Johnson, and we discuss the pitfalls of this charismatic movement.In our first segment we visit with author David Richardson to discuss content in his book Transparent – about how our deeply held assumptions can deceive us and hinder us in our walk with God.Read More
Category: New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)
Institutions in our nation and around the world are going through monumental change. We are seeing governments, media, education, businesses, political parties, and sadly even churches embracing change in direction as well as values. John Loeffler of Steel on Steel Radio has studied this metamorphosis and the worldview behind the decline, and joins us to discuss the changing fabric of society and its institutions. How should we as disciples of Jesus Christ understand and respond to this caustic progression (regression?) around us?Read More
The Bible is clear that there will be many false teachers leading people astray in the final years, and many professing Christians will be part of this final apostasy. It also tells us we should avoid anyone who teaches a gospel contrary to the Bible’s teaching. But Paul also tells us to bear with one another as believers; standing up for truth, but also not allowing insignificant divisions to cause problems. The problem is that we are not always clear about what is a significant or insignificant division within Christianity.Francis Chan has been on a very interesting journey over the past few years. He resigned as pastor of the mega-church he founded and went on a personal sabbatical. He has returned and finds himself in a growing controversy surrounding his criticism of American Christianity as well as his recent appearances at IHOP and alongside Todd White and Benny Hinn. Really?So where does Chan really stand on doctrine? Mike, David, and Crash look at the controversy and discuss the difficulties in being discerning Christians without jumping to conclusions or branding those we disagree with a “heretic” or “apostate.”ARTICLESRead More
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.Read More
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 email@example.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.Read More
Mankind is a mess and getting worse with each passing day as we reject God’s Word in favor of the ways of man. We try new human ideas and nothing changes. We elect new leaders who promise things will get better but they never do. In spite of what God’s Word tells us about the increasing effects of sin and rejecting God some people think mankind still controls his own destiny.
Even within professing Christianity some use human understanding and schemes, thinking we can change the end to this world’s story. But the Bible is clear that this world will one day become so evil and rebellious against God that it will be lead to the brink of self-annihilation. But then the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords returns to judge this world and establish His everlasting kingdom.
Pastor Gary Gilley joins us this morning to continue our look at The NAR (New Apostolic Reform), Many within the movement think Christians are called to take complete dominion over this world, preparing it for the coming of Jesus through gaining control of institutions like education, media and government. But are their views consistent with the Bible?Read More
Friday is typically the day when we turn the show over to you, our listeners to discuss any topic you want. Some of the issues you want to discuss today include:
The ongoing NFL protest controversy
Will American Christian Churches ever return to a biblical model for church?
The continuing gifts of the Holy Spirit vs. the teaching of “cessationism”
The New Apostolic Reform Movement,
and, how do we speak the truth in love when the other side wants to shut us down?
Before we get to your questions, we have a special guest on the program today – and we’ve been trying to get this man back for about 10 months. In our first segment, we welcome back Amir Tsarfati of Behold Israel Ministries to discuss world events in light of Scripture, the increasing pressure on Israel, the Interpol vote at the U.N. to accept a “state of Palestine,” Europe being ready for the Antichrist, witches putting hexes on President Trump, and unfolding events in the Middle East that point to biblical prophecy.
The New Apostolic Reformation movement (NAR) is one of the broadest and most powerful movements within Christianity today, yet many do not know about it or how to discern it. The NAR is recognized by claims of modern day apostles, prophets, performing signs and wonders, calls for Christians to take over worldly institutions to prepare for the coming Kingdom of God, and heightened calls of spiritual warfare against demonic spirits with specific names or geographical strong holds. While its ranks are growing, some are warning of the teachings of the movement, concerned with issues like new (extra-biblical) revelation and modern day self-proclaimed “prophets” speaking for God, similar to how the Old Testament prophets delivered the Word of God.
We’re joined by Pastor Gary Gilley who has studied the New Apostolic Reformation Movement in depth and will discuss its doctrines and beliefs.Read More
Today we tackle the offices of prophet and apostle, signs and wonders, revealed Scripture or new revelation. What does it mean to take dominion over the earth? Where does spiritual warfare and revival come into play? What about those who call themselves Apostle or Prophet? These are among the issues Christian theologians and believers have discussed for hundreds of years.
This morning we also address the New Apostolic Reformation movement that most credit to C. Peter Wagner. Is it consistent with biblical teachings and the traditional Protestant views of the Bible? Dr. Gary Gilley is an author and pastor who has written extensively on the subject and joins us to give us his perspective.Read More
Every week we receive hundreds of emails, phone calls and texts from you, Stand Up for the Truth listeners, asking questions or making comments about the biblical issues we address on the program. I wish we had the time to respond to each one personally, but it is near impossible.
Today, we start a brand new regular segment where we share as many of your comments and questions as we can to hopefully help encourage and inform others with similar questions or concerns.
Our standard but important disclaimer: We will give the best advice and answers we can based on our understanding of God’s Word. But you must always rely on the Bible first, as the only source of eternal, inerrant, sufficient truth.
Thanks to listener questions, the subjects covered on today’s program are: church discipline, Andy Stanley’s series ‘Who Needs God,’ The Shack, apathy in the Christian church, United Church of God theology, IF Gathering led by Jennie Allen, Is Calvinism heresy, fundamental Christian truth vs liberal ‘feeling’ theology, moral relativism, examining the evidence proving the reliability of Scripture.
One of the things addressed on today’s program was Sozo prayer.Read More
Some of the topics we discuss with Dr. Duke Pesta include a taxpayer-funded, “free” breakfast & lunch program in public schools, a liberal college bullying a local bakery, a Christian pastor under fire – from students – for mentioning his faith in a commencement address, Teen Vogue instructing 16-year olds on how to obtain an abortion without their parent’s permission, a new social media platform ant Twitter alternative (Parler.com) that will not censor Christian and conservative voices, AND, the probability that U.S. taxpayers will soon be on the hook for billions of dollars of unpaid student loans.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More