Category: Seeker Friendly

Questions, Comments, and a Call from Angry Listener

It’s Friday. There are always so many good questions and comments to get to, so her we go.

My daughter is 16 and wants nothing to do with church anymore, even though we raised her in church, the word, and prayer at home. She claims Christians are hypocrites and I fear she will be lost when she goes off to college.
I hear more Scripture in one hour on your show than I hear in a month coming from our pastor on Sundays.
Other than in Christ, is there any hope for our children and grandchildren to have a good life in such a dark culture driven by a godless, postmodern education system?
I am a “classical liberal” (not modern) but the primary reasons I vote for Republicans is they are pro-life and support free market capitalism.
Over the last several decades, we have been informed of how anti-Christian the progressive public schools are and that our children are being indoctrinated. Why is this not a bigger issue that Christians still send their children to such a hostile environment to be “educated”?
I am disappointed by your statements regarding the Ford/Kavanaugh allegations. You assume Kavanaugh is innocent, I believe Dr. Ford. Three people know the truth: Ford, Kavanaugh, and God.
The left doesn’t even know what “civil” means anymore. Their fruit is the opposite of truth: double-speak, hypocrisy, and often, outright lies.
I am a Christian and have supported the Democrat Party all my life, but cannot do so any longer. They are willing to destroy people to gain power. I was also supporting the killing of innocent children through abortion.
The #MeToo movement is causing many parents to be concerned for their sons in the future. We should raise sons of high moral character and integrity, but what about our daughters? They will be affected by this one-sided movement as well but I believe this should be a two-sided conversation in our society.
From that Barna survey you read, it sounds like many “professing born-again Christians’ are false converts that trusted an empty gospel of life enhancement.
I wish we would rethink denominations within Christianity. They seem to divide and do more damage than good, and often produce “fake Christians” – and impediment to true Christianity.

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Listener’s Show: Your Comments and Questions

Here are some of the topics addressed today and questions our listeners asked:

Could you please expand the discussion a little more on the Parable of the Sower/Seed mentioned last week?
What does the expression, “the issue is never the issue” mean?
Not sure I agree this nation is trending conservative than it appears in culture and politics
How can any Democrat Christian continue to vote for their party after the disgusting display in the Senate hearings on Justice Brett Kavanaugh?
It’s hard to believe Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Church promoted hyper-progressives such as Corey Booker as examples of good leadership.
Please elaborate on yesterday’s discussion about the agreement between the Vatican and Communist China, and is this where the Christian Church in America could be headed?
I think the Roman Catholic Church will be joined by the Protestant and Evangelical churches coming together under the guise of “unity” to form the one-world religion that will support Anti-Christ.
Why are the books of Maccabees in the Catholic Bible but not in the Protestant Bible?
What on earth is with the Burning Man festival about other than a mix of New Age, humanism, environmentalism, occult, and a blending of a few other religions?
With America’s foundations of God, truth, creation, and the Constitution crumbling, it is no wonder young people want nothing to do with today’s splintered Christian church.

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Questions and Comments from Listeners

Rather than list many of the questions and comments this week, let’s sum them up this way:

Comments and questions discussed on today’s podcast include an overwhelming response to the current Willow Creek Church/Bill Hybels scandal. Over all listeners who sent in questions or comments on the issue, over 90% are opposed to the Willow Creek Association and Global Leadership Summit, and many have addressed their concerns with their pastor.

Some have already left their churches if it continued to be a part of the Willow Creek Association, while others plan to ask their pastor about it to see how they justify partnering with an organization having so many unbiblical approaches and teachings. In our experience, when confronted about WC, most church leaders double down and refuse to acknowledge the problems.

A few listeners mentioned politics and the fiasco the Senate hearings have become regarding Supreme Court nominee, Bret Kavanaugh. Someone also brought up the difference between being a Christian and a conservative which are often used interchangeably. 

Another Christian couple wants to know how to strike a healthy, biblical balance in the home as campaign season is already upon us. One spouse is more active politically wanting to be salt and light in culture and the other just wants to pray and vote as God leads without getting immersed or frustrated with the political process.

The others we had time for today mentioned the importance of believers knowing and appreciating the Old Testament. Also, a new believer who asked about the parable of the Sower in Mark chapter 4 and does it refute the “once saved always saved” doctrine. 

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Listener Comments & Questions

Here are some of today’s Listener questions/comments:

How long will we in America elevate man’s teachings over God’s Word?
Those who don’t know Scripture well end up following people like Andy Stanley
Are some pastors really keeping their followers ignorant of deeper things of God’s word?
My husband and I are struggling with our church of 11 years whose leadership is committed to Bill Hybels and the Willow Creek Assoc. We’re divided on whether or not to leave. Any advice?
Catholics are hurting over the priests sexually abusing children, and many are hurting. This may be an opportunity to reach them with the true gospel.
The Roman Catholic Church’s extensive history of abuse, coverup, and hypocrisy.
Does social media play into anorexia and bulimia?
It is idiotic to want plastic surgery in order to look better in your selfies. What causes this warped thought process?
Can you explain the difference between a fornicator and an adulterer, in other words is lusting in the heart truly considered adultery?
There is a huge difference between “bashing the church” and confronting and exposing error.
Can you clarify Paul’s teaching in Romans 13 about submitting to governing authorities?
For those who say division is always wrong, how about the Reformation?
I’m a former Catholic and used to trust the church (institution) over God’s Word. Any advice on how to engage Catholics in discussions about Scripture and true doctrine?

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Culture Collapse: the Dismantling of Truth & Church

When God is abandoned, truth ignored, and moral relativism accepted, any culture or society suffers as a result. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s happening in America. There are many factors involved including the falling away from traditional religion and the past silence of Christians, but what we are seeing today is open rebellion against God as Creator and Jesus Christ as Lord.

Rather than being part of the solution to our nation’s growing immorality, American Christianity has been part of the problem! Rather than being separate from the pattern of this world, too many professing believers have conformed to culture and then end up justifying their actions. Many have failed to build a solid foundation on Truth and the end result is compromise or deception. Is the true Gospel preached and understood in your local church or are essential elements missing in action? This is the heart of the issue.

Today we’re blessed to have Eric Barger of Take a Stand ministries back on the program. He is one of many authors that are included in a brand new book, Deceivers: Exposing Evil Seducers & Their Last Days Deception.

We cover much so much ground today as we catch up with Eric. From the Emergent Church and men (wolves) whose teachings we should avoid, to the sugary sweet preaching we often hear in many American churches today, we discuss the importance of context, doctrine, and the lack of depth in the evangelical church today. We touch on the unprecedented level of media bias and hatred toward President Trump, the LGBTQ agenda advancing full speed ahead, and how well-meaning Christians have practically embraced false teachings.

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Listener Comments and Questions – TGIF!

The Bible is clear: God created man in His own image, but as absolute truth and morality continue to be attacked, we see this truth being denied as more and more professing Christians see God as they would like to see Him. We should rather surrender to Him and acknowledge His eternal nature and character. This is one of the subjects a listener sent in which we will address today. Other topics people want to touch on include:

What does Calvinism teach regarding salvation and evangelism?
The ongoing controversy and potential schism within the Southern Baptist Convention.
Why is it so hard to focus and why is prayer so difficult at times?
Jehovah’s Witnesses concept of the 144,000 “chosen ones” – the only ones who will be saved?
How pastors and teachers can reach both the unsaved and teach holiness to dedicated disciples in the same message.
Why don’t pastors and youth group leaders discuss the lies young believers are facing today about creation, sexuality and gender confusion.
Anti-Christian Senator Cory Booker and the Willow Creek Leadership Summit.
Several comments on an article about this generation “building their own god.”

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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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Is Hollywood Ignoring Success of Christian Films?

Christian films are generally money-makers. Why do you think this is? A lot of people are tired of the trashy, godless, profane products Hollywood typically puts out. Numbers indicate there’s an enormous audience across the country desperate for clean, positive, redemptive, God-centered entertainment.

It doesn’t add up. What does Hollywood love more than money?

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Meaningful Christian Living & Evangelism

Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life” was a best seller that got many Christians searching for God’s “purpose” for their lives. Our guest this morning says searching for our “purpose” is a wild goose chase because once you think you’ve found it the world will change its focus and you’ll end up like those dogs we see in videos chasing their tails while getting nowhere fast and becoming dizzy and frustrated. He says rather Christians should focus on the meaning of our lives–something by the way clearly defined in God’s Word.

Pastor Randy White joins us this morning to discuss the difference between purpose and meaning, along with the importance of using Biblical Exposition in evangelism.

We’ll also discuss an intriguing study about how “Generation Z” is the least Christian generation in our nation’s history–and why one Christian researcher thinks that is actually a good thing.

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What is on Your Mind and Heart?

We want to know what is important to you and hopefully together, we’ll take everything to God’s Word. Topics you asked to discuss this week include: Pastors using “The Message” paraphrase; Should we ignore or invite Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses in when they visit our homes; “Dual Covenant” theology; do President Trump’s ill-advised comments outweigh his many positive accomplishments; Yoga classes in churches; and Oprah Winfrey’s spiritual beliefs.

Every Friday we cover any topic you our listeners want to discuss. (For net week, here’s how to connect with us to share your comments or ask questions: Email comments@standupforthetruth.com, Text TRUTH to 797979, Call 1-800-979-9010 and ask for Mike or David.

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Your Questions & Comments

Today, we answer your questions to the best of our ability and read your comments from this week. The topics we address today include:

The deception of Liberal Christianity.
Why truth and doctrine is divisive.
What is Calvinism?
A Muslim perspective on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The lack of strong, bible-based leadership in some churches.
Should Christians celebrate Christmas?
Is the Church prepared to address potential sexual harassment charges?
Why so many pastors refuse to talk about abortion/life in a mother’s womb.
Is President Trump really a born-again believer?
The takeover of American Churches by progressive ideology.
Merry Christmas!

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Mike’s Commentary: History, Morality, and America’s Downfall

If we refuse to sound the alarm and let people continue to drown in the depth of their sin and defiance of God, will their blood be on our hands?  Will we find more Christian leaders with the courage to stand up and speak out boldly against the evils so rampant in our nation?  Or will they continue to cave in to political correctness and the opinions of men? 

Our nation is consuming a poisonous concoction of their own brewing:  Arrogance against God; sexual immorality that overshadows the sins of Sodom; and murder of innocent children that is not only ignored, but celebrated.  As Christians we can point them to the cure — God and His Word.  If we cower from doing so we are guilty of spiritual malpractice and will answer to God for our cowardice.

It is not simply America that God is patiently watching and assessing, it is each of us who claims to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and particularly those whom God has elevated to positions of leadership.  Will we be found as faithful?  Or will we be proven to be frauds who honor Him with our lips while our hearts are far from Him?

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The Illusion of Radical Liberalism

One of the most sinister things a person can do is to brainwash someone into thinking they are in a crisis and that the only way to get out of it is to buy what they are selling, when in reality what they are “selling” actually brings the crisis to fruition. That is exactly the hoax being perpetuated on America and the Christian church by radicals and progressives. Create a crisis and then offer a solution that actually brings the crisis about. John Loeffler of Steel on Steel Radio really understands the liberal mindset and joins us to talk about this hoax.

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A Shift in Educational Priorities

The traditional purpose of education was to give children the basic skills they would need in life to grow into productive members of society, and able to earn a living. But we have seen a slow but dramatic shift in what education looks like over the past few decades. To some the focus now seems to be a sort of political indoctrination of our children, touting globalism and progressive ideals at the expense of teaching our children how to critically think and make their own decisions. This shift in priorities presents huge challenges for the future of our nation. When students only learn one side of an important argument how will they be equipped to deal with problems and opportunities that arise in a rational way? Dr. Duke Pesta and Katie Petrick of Freedom Project Media and the educational, informative Dr. Duke Show, join us to discuss these challenges.

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Growing Confusion, Fear and Violence

While God is a God of order, Satan is a master of deception, confusion and chaos. As our world continues to spin into confusion, it is apparent who is calling the shots: The accuser of the brethren, father of lies, and enemy of God. As Christians we should be able to see through the deception and fog, but too many believers seem to be spending less time in God’s Word and more time with things of this world. As a result, our vision becomes blurred to the point we cannot perceive and discern deception from truth. One interesting phenomenon we are witnessing is a self-proclaimed (formerly) “Christian Nation” having more people abandon biblical Christianity while in restricted and Muslim dominated nations, the gospel is being proclaimed and people are coming to saving faith in Jesus Christ. Elijah Abraham of Living Oasis Ministries is a former Muslim and now a passionate born-again believer who travels the world equipping Christians and church leaders to share the gospel in the Muslim world. He joins us to discuss what he is witnessing in both American churches and those in heavily Muslim nations.

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One World Religion and Liberal ‘Christian’ Contradictions

Today’s guest is Don Veinot of Midwest Christian Outreach. He recently attended the Parliament of World religions and gives us an update including a bit of history on this unbiblical movement. The meeting in Toronto, Canada included a United Nations workshop espousing the view that our salvation (and the salvation of the earth) depends on man – on our ability to shed exclusion and embrace our “common oneness.”

“This is an event which few Evengelicals pay attention to and will sneak up on them in the future, especially with their association to the UN.” Don Veinot

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Listener Comments & Questions Every Friday

Here are some of the topics and questions discussed today:

If we are no longer under that law, why do Christians teach that some parts of the law still apply while other parts do not apply?
What was Paul saying in Romans 14:23 when it states, “whatever is not from faith is sin?”
There are many aspects to taking one’s own life, but what is the right way to view suicide?
As a Californian, we are very concerned about the direction of our state and country. With the spread of apostasy we all need to be watchmen on the walls even more today.
Advice for Christian parents of a teenager that refuses to go to church.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg needs Christ and she should also step down. We are to pray for our enemies and for unbelievers, but at what point do we move on and wipe the dust off our sandals?
As Christians in the godless nation of Canada, we appreciate your ministry. It seems America is about 10 years behind us as we continue down the path of secularism.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s gracious concession speech and Scripture he shared should remind us of God’s sovereignty and the fact our purpose as Christians doesn’t change regardless of change in occupation.
Since our nation abandoned God’s principles, I am actually glad our nation has slid into socialism because it is helping us see who are the true and faithful Christians and churches, and which ones are selling out to man.

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