Category: Seeker Friendly

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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Willow Creek Pastor Bill Hybels to Retire; Names Successor

Founding and Senior Pastor Bill Hybels has announced his retirement effective October, 2018. He will remain as “founding pastor” and oversee the expansion of Willow Creek’s Association that provides services and resources to churches and also the Willow Creek Leadership Summit.

Hybels and Willow Creek are no strangers to controversy. The WC Leadership Summit has elevated people like Bill Clinton, Rob Bell and several corporation executives as “leaders to emulate” even though many of them are not even Christians and support homosexual marriage and abortion. Some people believe this is incorporating the ways of the world into the church.

His wife Lynne openly opposes the nation of Israel through “Christ at the Checkpoint,” criticizing Israel while giving a pass to the terrorist organizations who kill in the name of Allah. In typical controversial fashion, Hybels is going out with a bang: he has named Heather Larsen his successor to the lead pastor position having the title of Executive Pastor.

Many of you have weighed in on this so we discuss it in the first segment today and then get to more listener questions and comments.

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Fearing God. Exactly What Does that Mean?

Proverbs 9:10 states: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” But what exactly does the Bible mean when it says we are to fear God? Does it mean that even as His adopted children we expect Him to punish us every time we disobey Him? Or that the moment we disobey Him, He will rescind His promise to those who confess, repent and place our complete faith and trust in Jesus Christ?

Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute joins us to discuss what a healthy and accurate fear of God looks like, and why “the fear of the Lord” is seen as an antiquated belief even among professing Christians.

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The Dilemma Known As Hillsong

They are one of the largest producers of Christian music in the world. Frequently they will have more than one song on the Top 40 Christian charts and they are heard on almost every Christian Radio Station in the country, except this one–and for very good reason. Along with their popular worship music, Hillsong, a mega church based in Australia, carries a lot of baggage.

They have become a hyper-charasmatic, word of faith church, and their American church’s pastor, Carl Lentz, is seen as a theological lightweight, continually compromising the Word of God for entertainment, church growth and his “hipster” image. He loves hanging around with celebrities and he was recently seen at a bar with his latest celebrity “convert,” Justin Bieber, drinking shots and singing lyrics to secular songs few Christian parents would let their child hear.

This morning we cover the strange relationship of Hillsong’s pastor Carl Lentz and Justin Bieber and ask who is influencing who?

In our first segment we discuss the doctrine of heaven and hell with Pastor Mike Abendroth and how it is widely dismissed by many leaders in the church. How is this affecting evangelism and discipleship in the church?

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Lies, Media Cover-ups, & Climate Chaos Continue

It’s time again for our weekly Media Watch segment, followed by YOUR portion of the program in which we answer your questions and comments from this week. First, in our media segment we address: Lies about repealing ObamaCare; covering up Democratic Party scandals; and, He’s back! Al Gore has a new movie out with more distortions about climate change and of course, the media is more than willing to support his agenda – including his claims to save the planet while bringing it under the control of a handful of elites—like Al Gore.

Some of the questions we will respond to include topics such as: Christians working for ungodly corporations, allowing Muslim Imams into our churches to talk about Islam, what to do when you and your spouse cannot agree on which church to attend, and is it time to give up on our political leaders and perhaps even those who lead the church in America?

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Questions & Comments: No Topic Off Limits!

Thank you for sending your questions and comments to us. Our Friday podcast has been our favorite part of the week. The topics and questions this week include:

Are the walls of religious freedom in America crumbling just like Canada and Europe?
The battle with occasional sin in the life of true believers
Maslow & Rogers effect on the country regarding psychology and self-actualization (“full hearts and empty heads”) paving the way for the New Age as well as the “cult of liberalism.”
More thoughts on the debate over Supreme Court Justice nomination Brett Kavanaugh
What are the essentials of the Christian faith and why don’t all believers agree on?
Apostasy within many churches and denominations – just like Apostle Paul warned about
Where do believers literally go after we die and where does the Catholic idea of purgatory come from?
Was Jesus “seeker-friendly” in the modern interpretation of the word?
God seems to have turned America over to a reprobate mind; is there any hope for repentance?
The first transgender in a Miss Universe competition – how far will he go?

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Freedom: It Can Be Taken or Surrendered

We value our freedoms as American citizens, especially the freedom of speech and religious expression. Knowing that the Bible is the basis of our nation’s laws and morality, we also recognize without them we are no better than Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union.

In our first segment today, we talk with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council to discuss President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, as well as new studies about the opioid crisis and significantly lower birth rates in Wisconsin.

We live in times where some would like to take our freedoms from us. Globalists and Marxists look for every opportunity to make government god and enslave us to their standards of [im]morality. But we can also be easily deceived into voluntarily giving up our freedoms in the name of “progress.” We also discuss an article from the website “Technocracy” about A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) and how it is shaping the future of medical research and treatment. The potential ramifications are chilling. Finally, Canada finds more ways to discriminate against Christians and clamp down on religious freedom.

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Strong Spiritual and Mental Health

The world offers lots of so-called solutions that it claims will maintain good spiritual and emotional health. From drugs to Psychotherapy to Humanist Psychology, the world has no shortage of suggested answers to the problems of life that affect us all. In a world where respectful dialogue is being replaced with impatience, anger, self-righteousness, and even hate, it is vital that Christians not get caught up in all the uproar.

We ought not look to the ways of this world for answers. Instead we look to the Word of God and its timeless wisdom. That being said, many of us get caught up with disagreements or debates on social media which add to our actual concerns and priorities. We discuss these challenges today.

Pastor Randy White joins us this morning to offer solid, biblical advice to maintaining our spiritual and emotional health in a busy, distracting world sliding more and more into confusion and evil.

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The Heart of a Missionary

As we live a life of comfort, safety, and so many blessings we take for granted here in America, we need to be reminded that the USA is not the center of the universe. Around the world, there are thousands of Christians dedicated to missionary work and spreading the gospel to every tribe, tongue and nation. And in too many countries, our brothers and sisters face discrimination, imprisonment and even death. Our responsibility as Christians is to pray for them and support them as God leads us.

Today we are joined by Dave Bell, who along with his wife Jen, have been missionaries to Kenya for more than a decade. (MPM Kenya on the web) The Bells founded Mahali pa Maisha, an infant rescue center that helps care for and locate Christian families to adopt orphaned babies.

Dave joins us to talk about the work God has them doing and the obstacles they face in sharing the gospel and the hope of Jesus Christ in poor nations. We will also share a few news stories of Christians in Africa, North Korea, India, and China being persecuted for their faith in Christ.

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The Importance of Biblical Apologetics

Today, we are joined by Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project to discuss the importance of solid Biblical Apologetics and the rise of the religion of “Love.” We discuss the ideas behind ‘coexist’ and ‘we are the world’ philosophies. People have favorite loves and we all may be passionate about something in our lives. But what our purpose is and what we are passionate about speaks volumes about our spiritual condition and relationship with God.

In our third segment, Mike and David look at a few interesting statements made by mega-church pastor Steven Furtick; the same pastor who did his infamous “haters” video blasting fundamental Christians. This time, Furtick made some provocative– perhaps irresponsible–comments in a sermon about imperfect faith and doubting the Word of God.

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