Category: Persecution

Todd Nettleton: Voice of the Martyrs, Persecution

Being a committed disciple of Jesus Christ often leads to discrimination or ridicule here in the states, but in many other nations, Christians are beaten, imprisoned; some are tortured, and many are killed. In spite of this, their churches are growing. How do we explain this?

The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. Outside America, Christianity is increasing and the gospel is being preached in the face of severe opposition. We often feel helpless, but there are practical ways we can help our persecuted family. Today’s guest says the number one thing is prayer. 

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Just Tell Me What Makes Me Feel Good!

“Please, pastor, tell me what I want to hear. Make me feel good. No hard truths, no tough topics, just love and grace and encouragement. Don’t get too deep. I just want to enjoy my life and not to be challenged in my faith.” Sound extreme? People may not admit it, but we might be surprised how common this attitude is among churchgoers in America.

Today’s guest is evangelist, pastor/teacher, and former Muslim, Elijah Abraham.

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The Great Tribulation & Return of Christ: Matthew 24

Three times in this sermon alone, Jesus mentions false teachers will deceive “many.” Also, the utter destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem was a prophecy, not a “sign,” it was a judgment of God on the Jewish people for rejecting the Messiah. Persecution often reveals traitors within the Church as well as enemies outside, and the test of any age is endurance. Those who endure to the end will be saved and the gospel must first be preached as a witness to the nations, then comes the end.

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The Battle for Our Hearts and Minds

Jesus taught that the greatest commandment was that we love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind and soul.  In today’s busy, fast-paced world there are many things bombarding us, fighting for our hearts and minds; distractions that take us away from glorifying and enjoying God.  What are some of these distractions? Money, social media, politics, leisure, and entertainment just to name a few.  And every one of these can demand our attention, passion, or loyalty.  Some will go to great lengths to assure that they become the “masters” of our lives.

John Loeffler of Steel on Steel radio joins Mike and David to look at the power behind the institutions that vie for our attention and loyalty these days.

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Comments & Questions: A ‘Red Flag’ to Watch

On Fridays we discuss your comments and answer your questions – always looking to God’s Word. Several of you have written in about potential gun control laws and the possible threat of disarming the general public. Should Christians obey such a law? Also:

When pastors tell too many stories or analogies during a sermon, does it take away from God’s Word?

Christian parents needing advice for daughter with an influential lesbian friend.

The Jewish concept of “Minyan”- not “minion” as used in different contexts.

A man overhears women undermining the spiritual authority of their husbands.

Are we on the verge of Christian persecution in America and are Christians and churches prepared spiritually?

You can connect with us at comments@standupforthetruth.com or by texting speak up to 90100.

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Would You Give Up Your Life for Christ? Persecution Update

In spite of all the violence in America, and a growing hatred for God and His Word, we are still very blessed as Christians to be Americans because of the religious freedoms we have.  That could be changing. But we have not yet suffered to the point of torture or death for our faith in Jesus Christ.

The same cannot be said for millions of Christians suffering around the world, whose very freedom and life are in danger because of their faith in Jesus Christ.  Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs joins us to look at our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who remain faithful to Jesus despite imprisonment, torture and even martyrdom.   Will we be as
faithful to Christ if and when it comes to our shores?

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Listener Questions and Comments

On Fridays, we get to read your comments and answer your questions by going to the Word of God.  This morning your topics of interest include:

Mental illness and Christians
home churches vs. mega-churches
“slain in the spirit” theology
dealing with children confused about their sexuality and gender
Is it wrong for pastors wearing $40,000 watches or driving expensive cars, etc?
Kingdom Now theology
Can we become too dogmatic about certain Scriptures pertaining to salvation?
Our daughter is engaged to a Mormon; she says they both worship the same God – advice, please!
I listen to Rick Warren’s daily podcast and enjoy it. What are the issues you have with him?

You can chime in by texting “speak up” to 90100 or emailing us at comments@standupforthetruth.com

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Rampant Evil Against God’s People

In Romans 1, Paul warns that people who reject the truth of God are turned over to a reprobate mind to do unspeakable evil.  Mike and David discuss three examples of growing evil against Christians in China, Africa and India, and discuss how long it might be before that evil spreads to the U.S. and threatens Christians here.

We also talk with Pastor Frank Figueroa of Reasons For Hope Ministry on the challenges of reaching the people of Hawaii with the gospel, and talk about how our difficult challenges are God’s way of strengthening and preparing us for the work He has given us.

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Is Christian Persecution in America Just Around the Corner?

Today we take another look at the state of Christianity in America and discuss the real hostility and discrimination against believers in Christ, as well as the possibility the gospel may soon be banned in our nation.  We discuss the so-called Equality Act and its threat to Bible-believing Christians, and explain how the church itself has practically opened the door to welcome discrimination against God’s truth and the gospel. Why? Because we want to be loved by a world that hates Jesus and His Word.

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Are We Prepared?

In our first segment, we visit with Dr. Corey Miller, president and CEO of Ratio Christi Ministries, discussing the growing threats to religious freedoms on school campuses.

Mike and David also look at a perspective on persecution from David Curry, President of Open Doors, USA.  Mr. Curry admonishes the American Church for being enamored with entertainment while our Christian brothers and sisters around the world face imprisonment, torture and even death fore their faith in Jesus Christ.  Are we as a church detached from our suffering family in Christ?

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The Condition of the American Church – Part 2

Wednesday, we aired the first hour of a conversation with former muslim, now born-again evangelist/missionary Elijah Abraham and Apologist Jay Segert of The Starting Point Project when they were in town for our Watchman Conference. Today, this tough conversation continues.  Mike and our guests discuss the challenges and the possible future of “organized church” in America.

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Dave Wager: Living vs Loving In Our World

Mike and David are off today. Crash Connell visits with Dave Wager about what the Bible teaches believers how we should live and love in the world around us.  What is our motivation? Dave often refers to a book he’s reading, THE HOLY WAR by John Bunyan, 1st & 2nd John and passages in the book of Job.

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Rebecca Kiessling: What it Means to be 100% Pro-Life

God speaks very clearly in Scripture on the subject of human life and the value of the unborn. It’s quite confusing why some Christians are still open to exceptions on abortion and others are proudly pro-choice. Even science and biology provide evidence for human life in the womb.

We know at conception, a person’s complete DNA is present – separate from the mother – and we know when a baby’s heart starts beating, when their organs are developed, and that babies can feel pain in the womb at 20 weeks. But today, we’re looking closely at the issue of rape victims and their children.

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Current News & Views from a Biblical Perspective

There’s so much happening in our world, country, and culture today it’s hard to know where to start. We cannot possibly tackle all the tough, controversial issues, but we sure can address some of the most recent news stories that affect our lives, our children, or churches.

David and Crash go through a few dozen news items of interest and strive to offer a balanced, Christian perspective to what’s going on today. As always, trust the Lord Jesus, make the Word of God your solid foundation, be discerning and understand the dark days we find ourselves in.

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Jay Seegert: What on Earth are You Doing?

“A firefighter rescuing people from a burning building may be fearful and prefer to be home with his family, but he ignores his fears and denies himself. Like him, our thoughts are not on ourselves but on the fate of the perishing.” Evangelist, Ray Comfort, Living Waters Ministry

Today’s topic is evangelism, sharing our faith, and the gospel. We discuss reasons to share the gospel as well as why most of us don’t do it. How much of it comes down to our obedience and trusting the Lord? Today’s guest is Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project

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Tina Marie Griffin: Christian Parents, Please Protect Your Kids!

Most of us know and understand the fact that too much screen time can affect our lives. Some would say screens are frying our brains, but we won’t go that far. Media affects us emotionally as well, to the point some people simply have to unplug for a while. Kids need to do this even more so as they are forming life habits – including a worldview – and social media and technology does affect their young minds and behavior.

For Christian parents, the importance of protecting your children from all the dangers, seductions, and perversions on social media cannot be overstated. All parents must go the extra mile and take this very seriously. We catch up with Counter Culture Mom, Tina Marie Griffin to talk about the dangers of social media and today’s ‘accepted’ forms of entertainment.

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