Category: the Gospel

Are We Truly Living for the Glory of God?

In Matthew 15:7-9, Jesus pointed out the hypocrisy of the Pharisees by saying:

“You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you when he said: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

The first step for us as born-again Christians is to admit that we speak and act like hypocrites far too often. The second step is to be committed to allowing the grace and Spirit of God to bring our hypocrisy to an end as we grow in the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ. Because of the continuing sinful nature within us and the pressures in this world that will be a life long battle, but one we should be committed to fighting.

How often do we damage our testimony and witness to lost people when we behave in a way that contradicts the Word of God? Does your spouse and children see a different you compared to the one people see when you’re in church? Do we want enough of God’s grace to be saved; but not enough to be sanctified and made holy?

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute and Silver Birch Ranch is here to help us look internally at our hearts and the hypocrisy we too often display.

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True Christians Weigh In With Facts & Faith

Today, we begin the program with an update on the debate over the so-called “anti-discrimination” bill passed by the De Pere, Wisconsin City Council this week. The battle is not over — it has just begun! And Stand Up for the Truth is taking an active role in gathering local ministry support, raising awareness of the issue, and investigating legal options.

Fridays are for listener’s comments and questions, and we have another packed program with excellent input and feedback. We address your comments on a variety of issues ranging from the De Pere City Council action, to Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz and his apparent abortion/sin flip-flop, to how the liberal press and education are using deception to promote their agenda.

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The Ongoing Hypocrisy of Hillsong

Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz recently appeared on The View and was asked if his church considered abortion a sin. In typical neutral fashion one would expect from Lentz, he refused to answer directly and a handful of Christian leaders have called him out on his cowardice. With a chance to passionately share the gospel of repentance, stand up for the truth of God’s Word, and explain teachings on sin, forgiveness, and restoration for sinners who confess and believe in Christ’s sacrifice, Lentz instead caved into his own personal god: Celebrity status and popularity.

Well, now after publicly pleasing man (or the women and their audience on The View), Lentz is backpedaling. But his statements reveal his true heart on the matter. We will share more and discuss the debacle on today’s podcast.

In our first segment, we follow up again with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council to hear her insights and discuss ways the State of Wisconsin might intervene after the disastrous decision of the De Pere City Council on Tuesday evening.

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Preparing to Defend our Christian Freedoms

Tonight, the City of De Pere, Wisconsin will hear public comments on its “non-discrimination” proposal that would radically change the landscape of religious freedom in the community. To our national audience, do not make the mistake thinking this is only about a small community in the Midwest: The battle is headed your way if it is not already there.

In our second segment this morning, Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council joins us to weigh in on the proposal. Julaine and her organization have witnessed this battle in communities state-wide and warns of the hidden dangers in this legislation for religious freedom and for churches.

In our first segment, we are joined by Eric Hovind of Creation Today to discuss their new movie release: “Genesis: Paradise Lost” opening in theaters around the nation next week. Go to GenesisMovie.com to get tickets or to see if it’s playing near you.

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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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A Famine in the Land

In the book of Amos (8:11) God gives us this chilling warning: “Behold the days are coming when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.”

Now let’s take a moment to connect some dots: Jesus said the Word of God is the eternal bread that man must live on; and if a famine of hearing His Word is descending upon us than many will be doomed because of their rejection of the truth of God. As we see a growth in professing Christians identifying “truth” by what they feel or what the world tells us it is, is this the beginning of that famine Amos spoke of?

We also check in with author and Pastor Carl Gallups to discuss his newly released book “Gods and Thrones.” Are we truly living in the most prophetic times since Jesus Christ walked the earth? And if so are we ignoring crucially important signs that point to the return of our Lord and Savior?

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Prosperity Gospel, Racism, and Seeking Worldly Answers

When we step back and look at our nation in the big picture, it is not an encouraging view. Sixty million babies have been murdered through abortion; violence and hatred are on the rise; politicians and leaders are seeking answers from man rather than God, and young people wondering if God made a mistake with their gender. Sadly, the Church generally seems to have little power or influence to produce biblical change and defend the truth.

And yet, the gates of hell will not prevail against Jesus’ church, and the gospel is being preached around the world leading thousands to saving faith in Christ every day, even in the darkness of Muslim dominated nations.

One of those men of God leading the charge is Elijah Abraham, a former Muslim now committed disciple of Jesus Christ. He travels the world equipping believers to share the gospel and become committed disciples of Jesus. Elijah has noticed a stark contrast to how we view church and Christianity in our nation compared to new believers living in places where just proclaiming Jesus might cost you everything!

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A Crisis of Leadership

No, we are not talking about President Trump or Congress; we are talking about the hard-working, dedicated men who heed God’s calling to be a pastor. It’s not surprising that according to recent studies, many of these dedicated men are tired, discouraged and often feel alone.

We have discussed on this show the reality that there are famous mega-church “celebrity” pastors out there who have watered down the true gospel or have adopted the church growth movement teachings of Peter Drucker, Rick Warren, or the Willow Creek Model, and have amassed large churches where their role appears to be more like a CEO whose concern is about nickels and noses. Some of them live an extremely luxurious life which is not wrong in and of itself.

But today we look at the state of the majority: hard-working, dedicated pastors of generally smaller churches, committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ and faithfully teaching the Word. And by most indications they are over-worked, under paid and growing more discouraged as the years go on. What responsibility do we as members of their churches bear in this crisis? And what can we do to come along side them and help?

We’re also joined by Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Action to discuss new legislative actions to increase restrictions on abortion, explain the politics and red tape in the U.S. senate, and update us on a Wisconsin transgender law suit where a school in a very liberal district took a surprising stance.

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The Nonsense of “Christians Shouldn’t Judge”

One of the most misleading statements infiltrating much of the Christian Church these days is the statement that “Christians shouldn’t judge.” This misrepresentation of God’s Word has been used to excuse sinful behavior and render us ineffective in living lives of holiness and sharing the gospel with the lost. In reality, the Bible teaches us that Christians should be discerning and use sound judgment in our decisions every day, from the choices we make to our interactions with believers and unbelievers. What we judge and how we judge is where the rubber meets the road.

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute joins us this morning to look at what the bible teaches us about making judgment on our own actions and the actions of others, believers and unbelievers.

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Christians, Public Education, and Divisive Doctrine

We have all heard the sad statistics that a majority of young Christians leave their faith by the time they leave high school. Many more walk away from God after one year of college. And while there are certainly several factors in play, one that is often sited is public education and its clearly secular humanist agenda. Public school teachers are often accused of lying to students, particularly regarding evolution, but are they part of the agenda or do they really believe it?

Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project joins us to look at this issue and discuss the importance of biblical doctrine–even if it might sometimes be seen as divisive.

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The Basics of the Faith, and the Protestant Movement

This year, 2017 marks the 500 year anniversary of Luther’s reformation which changed the religious world in 1517. Today we continue our look at exactly what Luther wanted to accomplish and his impact on Christianity. We also look at the five “Solas” of the protestant movement and discuss their exact meaning and impact on our faith.

What is the future spiritual plight of America and can we even speculate at this point? Some hope that the natural disasters and political strife we face will inspire Americans to repent, unite and return to our Christian foundation and heritage. But have we become so arrogant and comfortable as a nation and a people that repenting before God is just unthinkable?

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The Islamic Dilemma

The Bible is clear that as dedicated Christians we are to love all men, even our enemies, and share the gospel of eternal hope with them, including the forgiveness of sin, repentance, and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ alone. But this is easier to do with some people than others. It may be easier to reach out to groups like Mormons, Buddhists or atheists because there is little fear of retaliation. Some Muslims, on the other hand, can pose quite the challenge.

While the majority of Muslims are not radical jihadists and want to live in peace, there is a growing minority being trained to kill Christians and Jews and destroy our way of life. So when we approach Muslims with the gospel how do we set aside our fears and see them as God sees them – made in His image but in need of salvation through Jesus?

Elijah Abraham is a former Muslim and now a committed disciple of Jesus Christ who travels the world training pastors and equipping churches to reach Muslims with the gospel. On today’s program, we discuss the growth and threat of Muslim terrorism and how this should not discourage us to love Muslims and share the gospel with them.

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Five Big Deceptions, Listener Comments, and Church Security

There can be little doubt the LGBTQ movement has gained both momentum and power in America and sadly, within too many churches. Now with the transgender part of the LGBTQ being rolled out, the Left is winning the battle for the public square in part by having successfully shaped public opinion over the past several decades. It’s interesting this directly correlates with a growth in biblical illiteracy and an increasing belief that the Bible is not the inerrant Word of God.

Today we discuss five of the biggest deceptions being perpetrated on Christians and the American people by transgender movement.  Since most media, government and public education caved to political correctness and increasing pressure from the LGBTQ camp, these lies and delusions are now repeated so often that most simply accept them as being true.

The majority of today’s program – as it is each Friday now – is dedicated to your comments and questions from the week on a variety of topics. And no subject is off limits. 

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Confronting the Lies and Propaganda of the Transgender Movement

Most of us understand there is nothing new under the sun and that includes sin. Though this may seem like a more recent shift, America and many Christian Churches are have been gradually seduced by lies and deception regarding the transgender movement in our nation. As City and State governments rush to pass legislation pandering to political correctness in the name of fairness, love, and equality, it seems few are bothering to evaluate the scientific facts about this deception, much less the biblical truth about creation and humanity.

Our lack of knowledge, along with our desire to conform and be politically correct is putting thousands of children at risk for a life of misery and confusion, along with elevated health risks as well as suicide attempts.

This morning we take an in-depth look at a statement on transgenderism from the American College of Pediatricians that addresses and confronts the lies and deceptions of Hollywood, the media, the LGBTQ community and its sympathizers.

We will also share some of the chilling effects of this legislation as it has been implemented around our nation.

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The Spirit of Antichrist

1 John 4:1-3: “Beloved do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.”

Matter settled: Islam is a spirit of antichrist because it denies that Jesus is God in the flesh…so why are so many professing Christians believing that Christians and Muslims worship the same god?

Elijah Abraham, a former Muslim and now born-again believer sheds some light on this deception.

In our final segment we look at the continuing hypocrisy of the left regarding freedom of speech and religious expression.

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Are We Truly Living for the Glory of God?

In Matthew 15:7-9, Jesus pointed out the hypocrisy of the Pharisees by saying:

“You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you when he said: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

The first step for us as born-again Christians is to admit that we speak and act like hypocrites far too often. The second step is to be committed to allowing the grace and Spirit of God to bring our hypocrisy to an end as we grow in the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ. Because of the continuing sinful nature within us and the pressures in this world that will be a life long battle, but one we should be committed to fighting.

How often do we damage our testimony and witness to lost people when we behave in a way that contradicts the Word of God? Does your spouse and children see a different you compared to the one people see when you’re in church? Do we want enough of God’s grace to be saved; but not enough to be sanctified and made holy?

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute and Silver Birch Ranch is here to help us look internally at our hearts and the hypocrisy we too often display.

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In Order to Fight Evil We Must First Understand It

It is very easy to become distracted or overwhelmed with all that’s going on in our world. North Korea and its threats; ISIS and the wars in the Middle East; increasing attacks on Christians and Jews around the globe; and Christians being marginalized and pushed out of the public arena here in the U.S.

But if we stay anchored in God’s Word and keep our faith and focus on Him, we will understand the times and see these events from a big picture perspective. With the Bible as our foundation, we will be encouraged and equipped to stand strong in our faith and trust in God’s sovereignty.

Pastor Carl Gallups joins us this morning to help sift through the noise and keep our minds focused on God’s Word and promises. We will also discuss the growing threats to Christian Churches and if it is time for more churches to take the safety of its members more seriously by implementing security measures.

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