Tag: Holy Spirit

The Reality of Demons and Spiritual Warfare

Our special guest today is author, Dr. Karl Payne, pastor of Leadership Development and Discipleship at Antioch Bible Church in Washington who formerly served as chaplain for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. He has warned that America’s current cultural climate is paving the way for overt demonic activity.

Karl Payne talks with Mike and David about the importance of Christians recognizing the reality of spiritual warfare, and then responding to it with the Word of God, faith, and prayer.

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Battle in the Spiritual Realm

In Ephesians 6, Paul tells us that while people of the world will hate us because we are disciples of Jesus, our battle is not against them. It is against the “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” We are then warned to put on the full armor of God to wage war against these demonic forces.

In our final segment today, Mike and David look at an article on spiritual warfare from pastor Karl Payne discussing the demonic forces behind the division in our nation and how we should live in this world that hates us more and more.

We also visit with Pastor and best selling author Carl Gallups to continue our discussion from last month on his new, provocative book Gods of Ground Zero. Gallups reveals interesting facts and theories regarding the Garden of Eden, tying it in with actual history as well as biblical prophecy.

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A Biblical Look At Spiritual Warfare

A few years ago I received a phone call from someone asking for prayer because he thought Satan was really attacking him.  When I asked what was going on he told me his boss was threatening to fire him because he had received three speeding tickets while driving one of the company’s trucks.  I lovingly told him it was not Satan attacking him, but rather his own careless decisions that were leading to problems.

Sometimes we want to blame spiritual warfare for consequences to our own stupid decisions.  But it is equally dangerous to underestimate the actual spiritual warfare the Bible warns us about which is the majority of modern Christians. Satan and warfare is real and God has much to say about it.

Elijah Abraham of Living oasis Ministries joins us to take a biblical look at spiritual warfare and our role in the battle as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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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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The “New Reality” of Christian Leadership

The Bible clearly warns us that as we approach the time of the Lord’s return that things would get worse and worse. Sin and evil will grow and the attacks on God, His Word and His Church would be magnified.

We had better understand this new reality.

Christianity was once the norm in our society; now it is becoming increasingly hated, scorned and attacked.

In our final segment this morning we look at public allegations against Pastor Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Church, alleging sexual misconduct and improprieties. Are the charges warranted or fabricated to further disgrace the Christian Church in America?

But first we talk with author and Christian Apologist John Stewart about his latest book “In Defense of the Gospels: The Case for Reliability”. How can we defend the authenticity and truth of the gospel against the growing chorus of attacks, reaching the lost with the hope of eternal life with God?

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Are We Prepared to Lead People to Jesus Christ?

In Matthew 5:14 Jesus said to His disciples, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.”

As committed disciples of Jesus Christ, we are to shine brightly in a dark world, pointing lost people to the only hope: Jesus Christ and the gospel. But just how brightly do we shine these days? Are our lives a powerful light reflecting the glory of God? Or are we a flickering candle about to be snuffed out at the first sign of trouble?

Shining brightly begins with knowing the nature and character of God and then living our lives secure in this understanding. And how we as disciples react to life’s challenges speaks to our willingness and ability to be a faithful witness to Jesus as well as the gospel of repentance and salvation.

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute wrote a book a decade ago titled Beyond the Deception: Learning to Defend the Truth, and he joins us for a self-examination of our lives and depth of our faith in Jesus Christ.

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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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The New Apostolic Reformation and ‘New Revelation’

The New Apostolic Reformation movement (NAR) is one of the broadest and most powerful movements within Christianity today, yet many do not know about it or how to discern it. The NAR is recognized by claims of modern day apostles, prophets, performing signs and wonders, calls for Christians to take over worldly institutions to prepare for the coming Kingdom of God, and heightened calls of spiritual warfare against demonic spirits with specific names or geographical strong holds. While its ranks are growing, some are warning of the teachings of the movement, concerned with issues like new (extra-biblical) revelation and modern day self-proclaimed “prophets” speaking for God, similar to how the Old Testament prophets delivered the Word of God.

We’re joined by Pastor Gary Gilley who has studied the New Apostolic Reformation Movement in depth and will discuss its doctrines and beliefs.

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Striving for the Standard set by Jesus

Paul encouraged believers to run the good race finishing life in the holiness of God. Jesus called us to new heights of holy living by the power of His Word and God’s Spirit. Similar to an athlete competing in the pole vault, Jesus has set an increasingly high bar for us to aim for in our striving to pursue holy living in this world. Dave Wager is back with us to discuss how Jesus set the ultimate standard, raised the bar on holy living, and by God’s grace and Spirit we can reach new heights in Christ.

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Messing with Our Minds

The Bible warns of a coming one world government and religion so deceptive that if possible, even the elect would be deceived. There are many speculations on what this one world religion will look like. Mike LeMay has written a new book The Death of Christian Thought where he identifies Humanism, self-worship, as this coming one world religion. He also explains that we are being slowly indoctrinated into it every day. In Matthew 7, Jesus warns that many who think they will be going to heaven will instead be cast into eternal separation from God. One reason Mike wrote his book is to address professing Christians to heed Jesus’ words.

Ha also asks some challenging questions about how culture is shaping our thoughts and worldview:

How are we being indoctrinated and who is behind this devious plot?

How can we reject Humanism and stay faithful to God and His Word in these increasingly dangerous times?

Why are a growing number of church fellowships ineffective in sharing the gospel and equipping believers for the work of His kingdom?

And why are an increasing number of Christian couples not enjoying the fruit of strong, healthy marriages such as f love, joy , good communication, mutual submission and peace? These are a few of the questions Mike tackles in his book and we discuss during today’s program.

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Sexuality as a Gift From God

Sexual intimacy between a man and his wife are a great gift from God. This relationship is a human representation of the deep intimacy Jesus wants with His bride, the church.  When a man and his wife are sexually intimate there is a deep physical, emotional and spiritual bonding that God blesses.

But as Satan often does, he takes something beautiful from God and twists it to deceive people. Today, rampant sexuality has led to destruction and disaster: abortion, broken marriages, divorce, and sexual brokenness and even gender confusion.

Pastor Mike Abendroth of No Compromise Radio joins Mike and David to discuss the beauty of biblical sexuality and the snare of sexual sin that has led to dramatic moral decline in our nation.

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The Changing Role of a Pastor

Vibrant, bible teaching churches are needed more than ever but are so very hard to come by. We need wisdom, biblical knowledge and understanding of God. We also need to show our nation the dangerous path we are on as a nation and people.  But many churches seem intent on conforming to the ways of this world instead of transforming lives by the power of God’s Word.  At a time when we need clear biblical direction we seem to often be lacking in in a growing number of churches.

It usually starts with leadership – pastors who preach the Word and set the example for the flock.  Our guest, Pastor Randy White, joins us to discuss how pastors are being educated and influenced in today’s Christian Seminaries and Bible Colleges, and why that needs to change if we are going to see a true spiritual
l revival in the church and our nation.

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Comments & Questions: A ‘Red Flag’ to Watch

On Fridays we discuss your comments and answer your questions – always looking to God’s Word. Several of you have written in about potential gun control laws and the possible threat of disarming the general public. Should Christians obey such a law? Also:

When pastors tell too many stories or analogies during a sermon, does it take away from God’s Word?

Christian parents needing advice for daughter with an influential lesbian friend.

The Jewish concept of “Minyan”- not “minion” as used in different contexts.

A man overhears women undermining the spiritual authority of their husbands.

Are we on the verge of Christian persecution in America and are Christians and churches prepared spiritually?

You can connect with us at comments@standupforthetruth.com or by texting speak up to 90100.

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