Category: Prosperity Gospel

Questions, Comments, and Biblical Answers

Questions and comments from listeners today include:

Is it wrong that I don’t tithe to my church but instead support Christians organizations and ministries that are spreading the gospel and equipping believers? My pastor said this is wrong, but my church is not making disciples.
Are Word Faith or prosperity preachers crooks for making promises that God will bless people financially if they give money to them?
As believers, can we sanctify ourselves?
I am a former Muslim and appreciate the grace you exhibit in reminding people not all Muslims are terrorists in waiting.
Listening from Alberta Canada, we attend a large church that is biblical and has good leadership. But groups are growing within our church following a lot of Bethel propaganda believing everyone should speak in tongues and prophesy. Some claim those who do not aren’t filled with the Spirit. What can I say to my friends about this?
Regarding the Mark of the Beast, I have friends who claim that when a person allows an electric device to be installed, even a pacemaker or does electronic banking, it’s wrong. Aren’t they overreacting?
Is Hebrews 6 referring to those who were not saved to begin with or those who lost their salvation?
Israel is a free republic like America, but aren’t the two nations spiritually “un-Christian” considering only a small remnant are true, converted believers in Jesus Christ?
Love the show on creation and evolution with Jay Seegert (December 5). Too many debates about creation focus on science rather than Scripture and end up veering away from the fact of a literal six-day creation and the age of the earth being thousands of years old, not millions.

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Listener Comments and Questions

Friday is your show! Mike and David cover questions and comments from our listeners. Here are some of the questions, comments, and topics that Stand Up for the Truth listeners want to discuss today:

Is the Bible clear on Christians tithing and giving?
Doesn’t President Trump promote violence just as much as the radicals on the Left?
Hyper-grace is becoming a cancer in the church, leading to ‘seeker-sensitive’ Christianity
How long should a church allow unrepentant sinners to remain in their congregation?
Eternal security: Hebrews 6 dilemma – can a true believer lose his or her salvation? What’s a balanced perspective?
Andy Stanley, Rob Bell, Jim Wallis, and a few other heretics
Writing from Canada, there are few voices here standing for the true faith, please pray for our leaders!
Weak, watered-down teachings in most modern American churches – how can we break this pattern?

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Being vs. Having

Too often, we define ourselves by what we own or do, instead of who we are. As truly born-again believers, who are we? Adopted sons and daughters of the King of all creation.

In America however, we often confuse who we are with what we do or what we have. This can lead to confusion and frustration in our lives as we commit to owning more things instead of resting in who we are in Christ Jesus.

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute and Silver Birch Ranch joins Mike and David this morning to discuss the important and life-changing distinction between what we do and own versus who we are in Christ.

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Questions, Comments, Criticisms: Listener’s Show!

It’s the Listeners Show where Mike and David tackle your questions and comments from this week (… and a few weeks prior that we could not fit in). Here are some of the questions and comments from today’s program.

Is it a sin to not have children if there’s a serious risk of birth defects?
What are “biblical conjunctives”?
Legalism in the church
I disagree with you on prosperity and healing
Christians should not support President Trump
Why aren’t more believers equipped to disciple and do ministry?
Why do you have guests on your show who are Calvinists, then have other guests who are anti-Calvinists?
My pastor says all you guys do is bash the church, but he can’t give me specific examples
Should a large church cater to new visitors, particularly in its Sunday sermons?
Shouldn’t Charles Stanley refute the heresy that his son Andy Stanley is teaching?
Our church brought in a consultant who helped set up a “Leadership Model” following the Willow Creek example to carry out the pastor’s vision. Sadly, we are leaving this church immediately.
Why aren’t more believers equipped to disciple and do ministry?

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Who is Influencing Whom?

The Church should be full of salt, preserving culture, providing flavor, and being a positive influence in secular society. Instead, by any measurable standard, immorality is increasing and secular culture is infiltrating and influencing the church in part by creating division and deceiving many. Whether out of ignorance, fear, or heartfelt but compassion, more congregants as well as church leaders are embracing secular principles and beliefs in the hopes of attracting the world.

Today, Mike and David look at several news stories addressing this subject, including the ongoing controversy at Willow Creek Church as it prepares for its Global Leadership Summit. We also discuss a survey revealing the majority of Christians think God wants them to prosper financially, and the author of ‘The Shack’ claims unbelievers can still be saved even after they die.

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What Suffering Says About Us As Christians

None of us ever truly wants to suffer and yet the Bible says we should take joy in our sufferings. And how we handle life’s problems and times of suffering speaks volumes about the level or maturity of our faith and trust in God.

Sometimes what we think is suffering is nothing more than life not going the way we would like it. Other times, we truly suffer. It is in those times we either lean into and trust God, or double down our own efforts to find peace and avoid the pain life sometimes brings.

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute and Silver Birch ranch joins us to discuss the role of suffering in the lives of disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Fabricating Jesus: Creating a god to Our Liking

Almost everyone believes or at least acknowledges that Jesus is a real person who once walked the earth. The historical evidence clearly points to that fact. And most will say that he was an influential man or good teacher.   Hundreds of millions, especially in America, claim they are Christians or claim to “believe in Him” as the means to salvation and eternal life.  But ask 100 people what they actually believe about His nature, word, and character and you might get 90 different answers.  Even within those who profess to be Christians you see a wide variety of opinions on the nature and character of the one who is Lord and Creator of all things.

Jesus warned His followers that false Christs would come and deceive many. If we are not diligent in the study of God’s Word we can easily be deceived by any of these false Christs. Today hundreds of millions follow a “false Christ” fabricated from a variety of ideas, sources and beliefs.

Tony Gurule of Ratio Christi Ministries has studied cults and false religions in great depth and joins us to discuss how people create a god to their liking (Fabricating Jesus) and believe in a false version of the one who died for our sins by taking the wrath of God against sin upon Himself.

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Is The Church In America Losing Its Moral Authority?

Jesus established His church to evangelize to the lost, build strong disciples, and equip believers for the work of the Holy Spirit. The responsibility of the Church is to represent Christ, shining into a world of darkness, influencing culture for righteousness, and declaring the hope of the gospel. Instead, at least in America, the church has generally been compromised in several areas and instead of affecting secular culture, she has been infected by it.

To be sure, we are not talking about every church; there are many who stand firm on God’s Word and are actually being what the church is called to be. But as a whole, the church in America is in spiritual and moral decline, ill-equipped or unprepared to do what Jesus calls it to do.

This morning, Mike and David look at a couple of scandals and false teachings that have infiltrated “American Christianity” as well as what the future might hold if we do not repent and return to the fundamentals of God’s Word. We focus in on the scandals and controversy rocking The Southern Baptist Convention, the Evangelical Lutheran Church’s compromise on creation and gender, and still another Word Faith Prosperity Preacher who says God has told him to get money from people because he “needs” a private jet.

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When Church Loses its Biblical Focus

It is interesting and often sad to compare what many of our modern churches look like to the gathering of the saints in the Book of Acts.  The early church had commitment, focus, passion and a deep desire to learn the Apostles’ teachings. They were thankful for every blessing and even trials and challenges God allowed in their lives.  They pursued holiness in a world where their very lives were in danger for following Jesus Christ.  Today in America, the pursuit seems to be geared toward self, comfort, and convenience where we try to fit God into our schedules and our worship. We have divided hearts that want the blessings of salvation but not the responsibilities of holy living.

Pastor Mike Abendroth joins us this morning to look at what lessons and principles we can glean from the book of Acts and the early church. We also touch on Britain’s “royal wedding” last week and discuss marriage, idolatry, secular humanism, multiculturalism.

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Listener Questions & Comments – Lots of Them!

Today is Q&A Friday when we hear from so many brothers and sisters in Christ regarding many diverse topics. We love hearing from you and appreciate every question and comment, even if you do not always agree with us. Thank you so much for the opportunity to tackle so many important issues!

Here are some of the things we discuss today:

Should Christians read the book Jesus Calling?
Unconstitutional SOGI laws and “non-discrimination” policies increasing
The hostile environment Christians face in the public school system
Charismatics, and spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues
Benny Hinn and the ‘prosperity’ non-gospel; name it, claim it
What is biblical submission?
Does the parable of the wheat and the tares apply to the church or the world?
What is the proper meaning or description of ‘meditation’ for a Christian?
Good and bad about discernment ministries
The apostasy of the Willow Creek Leadership Summit

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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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Q & A Friday, and the Many Facets of Sin

Exactly what is sin? Does the Bible discuss every potential sin? What about Paul’s discussion about a clear conscience regarding his beliefs and actions? This is one of the many topics you want to talk about today. Other topics include:

Choices of conscience relating to causing a brother to stumble.
Is it a sin to take anti-depressant medications?
Should we turn to psychologists to help us with certain problems?
Helping those struggling with sexual sin.
Is “meditation” wrong for Christians?
Is Christian persecution in America just around the corner?
Our discussion of Benny Hinn and the Word of Faith Movement.

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Is a True Believer’s Salvation Eternally Secure?

A couple weeks ago we interviewed Pastor Mike Abendroth on the doctrine of eternal security of the true believer through faith in Jesus Christ.  Some listeners have written claiming our belief is wrong and that the belief in the eternal security of the believer is wrong and dangerous. So today Pastor Abendroth joins us again to address those concerns on this very important doctrine.

We will also talk with Mike about sincere questions unbelievers have about God and The Bible and how the Church has a responsibility to answer their sincere questions honestly, because if we cannot they will find the wrong answers in the world.

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Keeping an Eye on Israel, Prophecy

As our nation continues to be distracted by media spin, alleged Russian collusion, politics, social issues, holidays, and the daily drama of the Stock Market, many are ignoring events in Israel and the Middle East that may be pointing to the continuing fulfillment of biblical prophecy. While it is currently in rebellion against God because of rejecting Jesus as Messiah, Israel is nonetheless very important to God and His final plans for this world are centered on Israel…and a lot is going on there that most are ignoring.

Pastor and bestselling author, Carl Gallups, a student and teacher of biblical prophecy, joins us to share details on interesting news many are ignoring about Israel.

In our final segment, you’ll never guess who Democrats and Humanists in Massachusetts are blaming for all the world’s problems from racism to climate change. We look at the continuing campaign to silence the Christian worldview in the public venue.

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Questions, Comments, and Biblical Answers

Questions and comments from listeners today include:

Is it wrong that I don’t tithe to my church but instead support Christians organizations and ministries that are spreading the gospel and equipping believers? My pastor said this is wrong, but my church is not making disciples.
Are Word Faith or prosperity preachers crooks for making promises that God will bless people financially if they give money to them?
As believers, can we sanctify ourselves?
I am a former Muslim and appreciate the grace you exhibit in reminding people not all Muslims are terrorists in waiting.
Listening from Alberta Canada, we attend a large church that is biblical and has good leadership. But groups are growing within our church following a lot of Bethel propaganda believing everyone should speak in tongues and prophesy. Some claim those who do not aren’t filled with the Spirit. What can I say to my friends about this?
Regarding the Mark of the Beast, I have friends who claim that when a person allows an electric device to be installed, even a pacemaker or does electronic banking, it’s wrong. Aren’t they overreacting?
Is Hebrews 6 referring to those who were not saved to begin with or those who lost their salvation?
Israel is a free republic like America, but aren’t the two nations spiritually “un-Christian” considering only a small remnant are true, converted believers in Jesus Christ?
Love the show on creation and evolution with Jay Seegert (December 5). Too many debates about creation focus on science rather than Scripture and end up veering away from the fact of a literal six-day creation and the age of the earth being thousands of years old, not millions.

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Feelings and Opinions Vs Beliefs and Truth

Feelings, opinions, beliefs and truth are parts of the thought process that leads to our ultimate actions and behaviors. But the order in which they form our complex thought and subsequent action makes all the difference in the world. If we get them in the wrong order we can start down a slippery slope where our beliefs and actions contradict what God says in His Word, and nothing good will come out of that. But if we align them correctly according to the teachings of the Bible, we can lead a life of joy, victory in Christ, and the peace of God.

Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute joins us to discuss how to correctly line up these elements comprising our human thought process, and the dangers of incorrectly prioritizing them.

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Did God Use Evolution as His Process of Creation?

The number of Christians who trust the authority of the Bible and are truly taking a stand for what they believe is rapidly decreasing. Many churches that were once stalwarts for the faith have slowly compromised, moving into obscurity, becoming either irrelevant, or in some cases actually hostile to the Bible. This doesn’t happen overnight, but rather through deception and sometimes subtle teachings that gradually erode their views on the authority and sufficiency of Scripture.

One of these slippery slopes is related to the origins account found in the book of Genesis. There’s a view that has been around for quite a long time, but has recently made a resurgence within evangelical circles. This is the idea that perhaps God didn’t actually do things as literally and simply stated in Genesis 1-2, but used more of a “natural” vs “supernatural” process (tenets of Darwinian evolution). Sadly, this is becoming increasingly popular not only in churches, but also in Christian seminaries, colleges and universities.

Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project joins the program to discuss some unbiblical ideas being considered in some Christian circles.

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