Category: Prosperity Gospel

The Truth Will Set Us Free

In John 8:31-32 Jesus says “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

In our final segment we look at a report that famous televangelist Benny Hinn has renounced the “prosperity preaching” that , along with his fake healing shows, has marked his life as a public figure.

But first we visit with Mark Eckel of Ratio Christi Ministries and founder of The Comenius Institute, shepherding students and faculty at IUPYI University in Indiana.

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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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We Love Fridays! It’s Q & A Time

Do we have to choose between going to church or watching on-line teachings?
I cannot find a local church willing to teach Bible prophecy and tackle hot topics
SOZO/Theophostic “ministries” infiltrating some churches.
Should our experiences rule over our thoughts?
Is tithing a biblical requirement?
Are the Letters to the Churches in Revelation applicable today?
Can a true believer fall away from or “give back” their salvation in Christ?

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Time and Persecution Will Tell

This morning Mike and Crash read your comments and answer your questions using God’s Word.  Our discussion this week with John Loeffler and Gary Kah have sparked discussion on how professing Christian Churches will respond to discrimination, pressure and persecution.

The Hebrew Roots Movement, “experiencing God” and “SOZO” type ministries are also discussed.

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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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Seeking Signs, Wonders and Miracles

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.

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Comments and Questions

As usual, we have way too many questions and comments to get to in one show. But here we go! Topics we touch on today include:Word-faith, prosperity gospel (blog on the subject mentioning Joel Osteen here)Mindfulness for children implemented in many public schools Would the so-called “Equality Act” pass the House and Senate, and do you think would Trump veto it? Home churches – how to start one and do it biblically A frustrated pastor getting resistance from elders and church members for addressing “social issues”Old earth or young earth? Hebrew Roots movement

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Joel Osteen and Deceptive Prosperity Preaching

When one of the most popular Christian leaders in America focuses more on personal growth, self-improvement, and positive thinking than on the essential doctrines of the faith such as repentance from sin, sanctification, and the atoning work of Jesus Christ, there’s a problem. The prosperity gospel preached by men such as Joel Osteen has been described as biblically anemic theology. And millions have fallen for it.

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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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Gathering Storms of War in the Middle East

The Bible teaches us that in the final years before our Lord’s return there would be a large, destructive war against Israel by her enemies.  Could we be witnessing the stage being set for the final chapter of Earth’s history before the Lord Himself returns to judge mankind and establish his everlasting kingdom?

Gary Kah of Hope for the World joins Mike to discuss the events that seem to be pushing the world one step closer to the return of our Lord and Savior?

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Who Wants to be God?

The race is on, just as the Bible foretold.  Various individuals, groups and organizations are speeding ahead trying to convince people that the God of the Bible either doesn’t truly exist, or that He would want us to come together and connect the “Christ consciousness” in each of us so that human beings can create utopia on earth. Today we take a closer look at the “oneness” movement, the age of re-enchantment, earth worship, and the openness to practically anything except biblical Christianity.

Carl Teichrib, who has studied the New Age and the various movements and organizations promoting spiritual unity and “oneness” joins Mike and David to discuss ecumenism, the World Council of Churches, Catholicism and Islam, the UN, Burning Man, and the World Parlament of Religions. Carl also provides insights from his extensive research contained in his latest book Game of Gods: The Temple of Man in the Age of Re-Enchantment.

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