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Tag: Religion and Spirituality
In what we call the Great Commission, Jesus commanded His followers to make disciples and teach them everything He commanded. Doctrine (‘doctrina,’ Lat.) simply means “teaching.” In Acts chapter 2, the foundation of the early church was the teaching of those apostles. Without a solid foundation of accurate biblical doctrine, a church becomes nothing more than a social club.
But doctrine has almost become a bad word in a growing number of churches, as if doctrine is automatically “divisive” and “unloving.” In reality, biblical doctrine is the foundation for Christian unity and love. Pastor Randy White joins Mike and David to discuss the importance of teaching sound biblical doctrine.Read More
There is no greater challenge facing man then the reality of his own mortality. Hebrews 9:27 tells us it is appointed for a man to die once and then be judged. Death in the physical realm is inevitable; where a man’s souls goes after death is the real issue of eternal importance.
Born-again Christians, if we believe the promises of God, should not fear death…we should actually welcome it. But we should also have a sense of urgency about death for those who have not placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch joins Mike and Crash this morning to put the inevitability of physical death into proper biblical perspective: encouraging us to enjoy the life God has given us, not fear our mortal deaths, and have a sense of urgency for unbelievers who still fear death.Read More
Everyone wants to feel like they belong to something special, connecting with other people in some meaningful way. Christians find it Christian fellowship; the world finds it in social media or sports. Some are seduced by “secret societies” or Gnosticism, thinking they can acquire hidden knowledge and understanding for the select few.This morning we take a peak behind the veil of perhaps the greatest “secret society” in the world: Freemasonry. It is a movement shrouded in secrecy and mystery and many believe it is a portal to worshiping a false god or even Satan himself.Carl Teichrib, author of “Game of Gods” discussing the coming one world religion, joins us this morning to take a closer look at Freemasonry. Can you be a true Christian and a Freemason at the same time? Was our nation founded by Masons and do they still influence policy and direction today? And what is the goal and purpose of this most secret of societies?Read More
Institutions in our nation and around the world are going through monumental change. We are seeing governments, media, education, businesses, political parties, and sadly even churches embracing change in direction as well as values. John Loeffler of Steel on Steel Radio has studied this metamorphosis and the worldview behind the decline, and joins us to discuss the changing fabric of society and its institutions. How should we as disciples of Jesus Christ understand and respond to this caustic progression (regression?) around us?Read More
Anyone can say they’re a Christian. If you ask most Americans, including our politicians, they will probably say they “believe” in Jesus. But if we don’t take the time to ask them exactly what they think about Jesus or who they believe He is, we can’t possibly know for certain if they are converts or counterfeits. Progressive “Christians” claim they are doing the work Jesus commanded us to do. The only problem is they are teaching and promoting the exact opposite of what Jesus taught, especially on major biblical issues. When we assume a person is a Christian just because they say so, we are easily deceived.Speaking of assumptions, we welcome a new guest to Stand Up For the Truth, Dave Richardson. He wrote a powerful book about assumptions and how they can deceive us and even hinder us in our walk with Jesus Christ. Richardson’s book is critically acclaimed and comes highly recommended, as it discusses how our deepest assumptions often control our lives for better or for worse.Read More
With each new survey we see an emerging pattern regarding religion and Americans: A growing disillusionment with institutionalized religion. Young people are leaving “church” in massive numbers, and even older people are starting to question why they should be affiliated with a church or denomination. Mike and Crash explore the numbers and reasons, including a very related story of the rise and fall of Pastor James McDonald, a mega-church pastor whose teaching show was carried by hundreds of Christian radio Stations until he recently was fired over a serious financial scandal which uncovered a lavish lifestyle that has left his former church on the verge of bankruptcy.In our first segment we visit with Conservative icon David Horowitz to discuss his new book “Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America”.Read More
The life of a disciple of Jesus Christ can be complex at times. The Bible tells us we should trust God in all matters. It says we can approach the throne of God in confidence with our petitions. And yet it also says to fear God. Trust, confidence and fear: Not always easy to reconcile all three of those, yet this is the life we are called to as believers, particularly in a world that increasingly hates God and we who are disciples of Jesus.Read More
Two facts are indisputable these days. First, the world is growing more evil. Darkness is increasing and God’s Word is being openly mocked and ridiculed. The second fact is too many believers, people who profess to be Christians, are ignorant of the truth of God’s Word. This leads to being ineffective in bearing fruit, living the Christian life and sharing the gospel of salvation with others. This not only opens the door for confusion, chaos, or crisis in society – but also in the church.Our guest today, Carl Kerby of Reasons for Hope Ministries, is tackling these problems head on, speaking, traveling, and by producing a video series called “deBUNKED,” answering key questions and refuting statements of skeptics. Carl is teaching Christians how to be effective in sharing the gospel and be better apologists for God.Read More
As Solomon once said, there is nothing new under the sun. Today, we read your comments and answer your questions by going to God’s Word. A few new believers emailed us this week as well as new listeners to our podcast. Some of the topics we tackle today include:How to pray according to God’s willChristians struggling with depressionThe importance of biblical prophecy and Israel.Pastors waking up to the deception infiltrating culture and churchJesus being presented as a social justice warrior? Atheism, Gnosticism, and liberal ChristianityRead More
There is only one true God, but that has never stopped people from trying to redefine Him or find other gods to worship. Today, humanity seems bent on identifying a god that will suit their passions and beliefs rather than surrendering to the living God who created us and sustains us. He sent His Son to save us from our sin and the eternal damnation we deserve. We begin today tackling the contradictions and unbiblical worldviews of progressive Christians – in their own words. They say there are many ways to God and “to experience the sacredness and oneness of life.” In reality, the world is not searching for the God of truth because they really want to justify their self worship and life enhancement. And there’s a very fine line between progressivism and paganism. Carl Teichrib is an author and researcher who has studied the New Age Movement as well as the coming one world religion and government the Bible warns about. He joins us to discuss his latest book “Game of Gods: The Temple of Man in the Age of Enchantment.”Read More
What are the topics on the hearts and minds of Christians today? Here are some of the important issues we tackle today:
The Old Testament Law and works vs. grace – the law is good but cannot save us
So-called “progressive Christianity,” a cancer to the church
God is patient with us so we should be patient with other Christians with faulty doctrine
The importance of youth pastors teaching God’s Word to kids and not just entertaining them
What do the Democrat presidential debates and Communist China have in common?
Should Christians fight or resist the coming persecution of the church in America?Read More
Today we take another look at the state of Christianity in America and discuss the real hostility and discrimination against believers in Christ, as well as the possibility the gospel may soon be banned in our nation. We discuss the so-called Equality Act and its threat to Bible-believing Christians, and explain how the church itself has practically opened the door to welcome discrimination against God’s truth and the gospel. Why? Because we want to be loved by a world that hates Jesus and His Word.Read More
The only way to dismantle lies is to respectfully confront them with truth. We try doing this on our radio program when it comes to lies not only in our culture but sadly, within churches in America. Our guest is a professional ‘lie-debunker’ and travels around the world sharing the hope of Jesus Christ with people deceived by the clever deception of the enemy.
Today’s guest is Carl Kerby of Reasons for Hope Ministry! He’s back to talk about their video series titled “debunked” and the impact it is having in spreading the truth, love and grace of the gospel.
“…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15Read More
Pastor Carl Gallups joins Mike and David to discuss an article from the Christian Post speculating on what healthy American Churches will look like ten years from now. We start our discussion on this topic assuming we will not yet face open persecution for our Christian beliefs ten years from now. What kind of changes will we see in strong Christian churches in America?Read More