Learning By Asking Questions

Learning By Asking Questions

Jesus was the master of asking the right questions to reveal the hearts of men and expose their hearts and their bad thought process.  On our Listener Comments and Questions podcast, Mike shares a conversation he had with a man who was defending a woman’s “right to abortion” and justifying it with God’s Word.  We’ll discuss how we can master the art of asking the right questions to get to the real heart of any matter.

We are also very excited as Mike’s new books are now available through Aneko Press as well as Amazon. Mike opens today’s podcast talking about why he believes investing in his new books. (All proceeds support Stand Up For the Truth Radio) It is crucial to help Christians recognize and refute the Satan’s deceptions that have taken over the world and are infiltrating a growing number of Christian Churches.

Christians Can Bring Clarity to Cultural Confusion

Christians Can Bring Clarity to Cultural Confusion

Our guest today is John Loeffler of Steel on Steel radio! We discuss several issues Christians in America are dealing with including: the movement to whitewash socialism, public schools pushing secular, LGBTQ agendas, the increase of victim-hood becoming a badge of honor, and how to "right the ship" within Christianity in the west.

Has the church generally lost her identity? Is it too late to bear witness against a godless, pagan culture? John offers both a historical, big picture view of our current moral decline and speculates about possible hard solutions.

Education Matters: The Battle For Truth

Satan and this fallen world has an agenda to conform us into its image.  God also has an agenda. Disciples of Jesus Christ are to be transformed into His image in thought, word and deed.  Obviously these are mutually exclusive agendas, so it’s difficult if not impossible to find a compromise between these conflicting agendas.  Today we look at one of the powerful tools the enemy uses to advance his godless agenda: public education.  Mike and David are joined by Dr. Duke Pesta of Freedom Project Media and the Dr. Duke Show to see how government-run schools and progressive universities are putting the squeeze on anyone who does not conform to its humanist views.

We discuss the  sad but not surprising news from the U.S. Senate vote Monday in which Democrats refused to even recognize that a baby surviving an abortion is entitled to life and medical care.  We also look at the decision made yesterday by the divided United Methodist Church regarding its stance on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy.

 

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Some American Colleges are Teaching Students to ‘Queer’ the Bible

‘Privilege’ worksheet gives high schoolers (negative) points if they’re white, male, or straight

Illinois Lawmakers Want to Send Government Agents into Every Home School

Notre Dame professors call pro-life activism a ‘white supremacist strategy’

Senate Democrats Block Medical Care for Babies Surviving Abortion

United Methodists Vote to Keep Traditional Marriage Stance

A Quiet but Important Schism

A Quiet but Important Schism

There is a growing schism going on in within Christianity in America.  It has been slow and subtle but it is reaching the point where serious disciples of Jesus Christ are starting to take notice.  This schism is centered around two important points:

  • Is the Christian walk about salvation or holiness?

  • The Church's relationship with the world.

Jesus warned that many who called Him "lord" would be condemned to eternal hell.  Jesus and the Apostles warned that a great apostasy would infect the professing church in the days leading up to the Lord's return. The Bible is clear that evil would grow exponentially in the final days and that Christians are to be a unique, holy people set aside for the glory of God.  This means the true Church of Jesus Christ should be increasingly contradictory to the teachings and behaviors of this wicked world.   Instead some churches are intent on looking more like the world.

Mike and Crash discuss this great schism and how Christians who are serious about pursuing holy living can determine if they are in a church that is increasingly unique, or one that is conforming to the world.  

Christian Devotional Studies: Clarity or Confusion?

Christian Devotional Studies:  Clarity or Confusion?

A lot of Christians study “Devotionals” as part of their daily routine.  In some cases it has replaced reading and studying God’s Word in depth as we become busier and busier and always looking for that “quick fix” instead of a deep, intensive study of God’s Word.

That is certainly not to say that all devotional studies are bad or wrong; but a devotional written by men will often have the slant or perspective of the writer and may or may not accurately reflect God’s message on the subject studied.  The best devotional study we can partake in is one directly from the Bible itself since it is breathed out by God and eternal truth.

Pastor Jeff Solwold of Calvary Chapel Church in Madison joins us to discuss daily devotionals for Christians and how to use God’s Word to gain the wisdom and insight we need to navigate life in these challenging times.  Pastor Jeff can be heard weekdays at 5a.m. here on Q90 FM Christian Truth Radio.  Jeff also discusses the importance of understanding God’s unique relationship with Israel.

Comments and Questions Every Friday

Comments and Questions Every Friday

Every week we receive so many great comments and questions from listeners to Stand Up for the Truth. We'll get to as many as we can today!

Question of the week: What are your thoughts on the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) having Nancy Pelosi speak to Christian college leaders recently?

A few responses: "one of the many reasons I no longer call myself Evangelical," "What could she even remotely bring of value to a discussion?" "That's like having an atheist preach from the pulpit," and "I think the NAE needs to share the gospel with Nancy Pelosi and the importance of repentance and obeying God's Word."

We also share a stirring testimony from a Christian woman that had an abortion years ago and kept it to herself. Now after all this time she has received the forgiveness and healing of Jesus, and has been encouraging the body of Christ to stop being silent on this pivotal issue.

Supporting Deception by Our Silence

Supporting Deception by Our Silence

What people need now is more clarity and less confusion. Media, government and public education continue to push an agenda clouded in moral relativism, appealing to our desires and emotions but short on facts and reality. A political example would be the “New Green Deal” being advanced by Democratic presidential candidates. It sounds wonderful, but it glosses over the potential destruction it could bring to our economy and government infringement on our way of life.

What we all need is more clarity and less confusion. For Christians, we need church leaders who are clear about the Word and doctrines of God, leaders who stand strong against the deception of the enemy. But instead of clarity we seem to be getting neutrality, silence, or double speak from too many Christian leaders in America.

Pastor Mike Abendroth of No Compromise Radio joins us to discuss how  and why the church must bring biblical clarity in the midst of confusion and equip believers to do ministry and be light in a dark world.

All Aboard the Globalism Express

All Aboard the Globalism Express

The Bible warns us that globalism is inevitable and that one day the world will be united in purpose. But that purpose is to defy God and worship Satan through his puppet, Anti-Christ. This march toward globalism comes in many colors including politics, environmental issues, population control, and centralized governmental authority. It is being propagated regularly through academia and national media.

Christians are called to be unique and set apart from this world, but even increasingly in many churches we see a progressive worldview rearing its ugly head as some churches are so enamored with being seen as loving and tolerant by the world that even the precepts of God are set aside. The mantra of American Christianity seems to be how we can better fit into the world instead of being light to a dark world.

Today we look at the subtle and not so subtle ways globalist thinking is affecting everything from politics to national security, to how we conduct “church” these days. Gary Kah of Hope For the World has researched and written about the coming one world government and religion for more than 25 years. His early books were a clarion warning to the creeping globalism we now see being openly promoted in almost every institution in our world, including a growing number of Christian Churches.

My Shepherd and a Weeping Prophet

My Shepherd and a Weeping Prophet

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute and Silver Birch Ranch joins us to discuss two crucial men and lessons from the Old Testament that are important for believers these days.

First, we look at the "weeping prophet" Jeremiah: a man called by God to bring a warning to God's people and call them to repentance only to be beaten, tortured and ignored.

And we look at Dave's new book titled My Shepherd Psalm 23, a children's book that brings the assurance that our shepherd, Jesus Christ, will always protect us and never abandon us.

An Unclear Battle Cry from Church Leadership

An Unclear Battle Cry from Church Leadership

Make no mistake as Christians we are at war with this world.  No, we do not use the world's weapons or tactics, but Paul says in 2 Corinthians 10 that we have divine weapons able to to destroy arguments and lofty opinions of this world that are opposed to God.

But many are wondering why a growing number in church leadership are not calling and equipping believers to fight this crucial spiritual battle for the eternal souls of our friends and neighbors.  Where are the leaders rallying and equipping Christians for this eternal battle?  Why do we seem intent on looking more and more like the world we are supposed to oppose and win to Christ?

Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project joins us to talk about the crucial need for church and family leadership in these days of growing confusion and evil.

American Christianity's Slide Into Apostasy

This morning, Crash Connell interviews Mike about his latest powerful and provocative book challenging the direction of a growing number of churches in our nation.  Mike discusses the demarcation forming between Biblical Christian Churches and "American Christianity" churches and how a growing number of churches and denominations are transforming churches toward secular culture, leading many into a false sense of eternal security.

You can pre-order Mike's new book at biblicalanswerguy.com or at Amazon.  It is a powerful, provocative book that will lead you to an honest self-assessment of your life as a professing believer and discover if the church you belong to is conforming to the world or the Word of God.

Deeper Faith, Honest Questions, Sharing the Gospel

Two fantastic guests on today’s podcast!

First, Mike and David check in with first-time guest, evangelist, Willie Herath of Ratio Christi in southern California and discuss apologetics, deeper questions in the faith and how to respond to nonbelievers. How important is it for us to be ready to respond when people have questions or objections to Christianity. We often find out that they really did not know much about the evidence for the Christian faith and the Bible.

We also talk with radio host, Mike Zander, in town from Utah’s Key Radio where he reaches out to Mormons in Utah with the gospel.

RESOURCES

Ready. Set. Question.com - Apologetics website, Willie Herath

Key Radio

Are We Turning Toward or Away From God?

Are We Turning Toward or Away From God?

Mike and David look at a challenging article by Shane Idelman admonishing the Church to start living and acting like the Church instead of caving to the pressure and beliefs of secular society. And — breaking news — in case you haven’t heard: 

The church is not a building or a denomination… You and I as believers are the Church!

The sad reality is that Jesus warned that many who think they are saved and going to heaven are instead headed to eternal hell. Paul tells us to continually test ourselves to prove that we are truly in the faith and have not fooled ourselves. The committed follower of Jesus Christ is willing to do this on a continual basis; the professing Christian who has fooled themselves never thinks twice about it. They have been lulled into a false sense of eternal security by the father of lies and a professing “church” that is afraid to offend people by teaching about sin, repentance and the pursuit of holiness. Together today we will examine ourselves.

In our first segment, we talk Biblical apologetics with Aaron Marshall of Ratio Christi Ministries.

Time for the Church to Turn Back to God

Time for the Church to Turn Back to God

The world is what it always will be: Full of people who love self and power and despise God and His Word. Christians are called to stand out as a peculiar people full of eternal hope in Jesus Christ and sharing that hope with lost people. But many fear that as the "church" has sought compromise and common ground with the world that she has lost her moral standing and actually is contributing to the growing evil in society instead of opposing it and offering a solution.

It's time to turn back to God with repentant hearts, asking His forgiveness for squandering our calling as light in this dark world. But do we as professing Christians, along with those who lead us, have the humility and strength to get on our knees and repent before God for our failures? Or will we continue to look more and more like this world Jesus said we were to hate and that would hate us?

Elijah Abraham, a former Muslim and now born-again believer, travels the world teaching the Word of God and equipping Christians in persecuted nations to share the gospel in the midst of danger. Elijah joins us to look at the tepid condition of American Christianity and what we must do before it's too late.

The Church’s Dilemma with Israel

The Church’s Dilemma with Israel

"Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”; “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.  As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable."  Romans 11:25-29

The Apostle Paul warns believers not to dismiss God's eternal promises to Israel because many will be saved in the final days.  But an increasing number of professing Christians are turning away from Israel and supporting her enemies.

Pastor and best-selling Author Carl Gallups joins Mike and David this morning to talk about his new book that in just a few short weeks is already a best-seller.  It looks at how biblical Christianity is starting to spread in Israel as well as the controversy surrounding recently deceased Rabbi Zev Porat due to a controversial message he left to be opened upon his death.

Tough Questions, Honest Answers

Mike and David read and discuss listener comments and answer questions from the last couple weeks.

Surveys indicate a growing number of professing Christians think they are going to heaven but will instead be condemned according to Jesus.  And as the world around us grows more and more evil and depraved, many churches in America seem unwilling or powerless to speak out against it.  This silent approval is leading people into a system that will one day bend a knee to "Caesar" and deny the truth of Christ. I cannot remain silent as more and more churches sell out to the world and lead millions into a false sense of eternal security.  The watchman's duty is to warn the people of coming danger.  Pastors and church leaders are to be Watchman.  They may shrug off this calling, but I will - by God's grace - fulfill that command.

 

Click here for MIKE'S OPENING COMMENTS: "Why I am So Passionate"

 

TODAY'S QUESTIONS

  • Should Christian church leaders hold their members accountable for unbiblical beliefs about creation, abortion, and same-sex "marriage"?

  • It is a sad day when our president stands up for the unborn, but so many preachers sit back and say nothing.

  • We have a responsibility to speak into another Christian's life about biblical truth, but need to remember the Holy Spirit does the convicting, not us.

  • When turtle eggs are protected classes but babies are murdered in the womb, the end must be near.

  • Why don't more Christians and Americans see the signs of the times and what is coming?

  • Persecution of Christians in the U.S. is imminent so why not start more home churches before it gets worse?

  • The National Association of Evangelicals has become a shill for social justice advocates.

  • Is the damage done to our nation by liberal ideology so destructive it is irreparable?

Time to End Silence From the Pulpit

Time to End Silence From the Pulpit

Some Americans justify abortion for any reason at any time, others have simply become desensitized to the murder of the unborn in mother’s wombs; but for the rest of us, failure to learn from history and to speak up is having detrimental consequences. What Adolf Hitler did to millions of Jews through eugenics and sterilization, Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger has dwarfed by pioneering a movement leading to the abortion of over one hundred million babies in the United States since the 1920s.

Sadly, most people are ignorant of this horrible history leading to ideas such as population control and euthanasia. Proud promoter of eugenics and racism, Margaret Sanger is celebrated today by most feminists and liberals. So what’s the truth behind this dark history?  

Is American Christianity Selling its Soul?

Is American Christianity Selling its Soul?

The abandonment of God's Word and principles by leaders of American Christianity continues to kick into higher gear with each passing year.  Willow Creek's Global Leadership Summit continues to bring in speakers who defy God's Word and Law, elevating them as leaders that Christians should emulate.  And now the National Association of Evangelicals invites House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to speak to Christian College professors about the need for Evangelicals to support her fight against legal immigration policies and common sense.

This is the same Nancy Pelosi who at every opportunity supports legislation leading to more and more abortions, and a professing Catholic that is allowed to remain a Catholic in good standing in spite of her support of infanticide that has slaughtered more than 60 million children in their mother's womb.  Has the leadership of American Christianity completely sold the "church" out by compromising with and embracing an anti-biblical world view?

In our first segment, Mike and David talk about Christianity and athletics with our guest Kellen Cox of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

A Unique and Peculiar People

In 1 Peter, Christians are called to be a holy people, set aside by God to be light in the darkness of this world. Our joy, attitude and behaviors should be so distinct from the ways of this world that people cannot help but notice that we are a unique, yes perhaps even a strange people.

But increasing studies show that there is little to distinguish many professing Christians from this world. From our attitudes to our behaviors we often seem anything but a unique and holy people. As the world grows more confusing and full of contradiction how can we as disciples of Jesus stand out all the more, pointing people to the eternal hope we have?

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute and Silver Birch Ranch joins us to discuss the calling and challenge of living like a unique, holy people set aside for the glory of God.

Time for the Church to Take a Strong Stand - on the Basics

Mike and David look at a joint statement from Evangelical and Catholic leaders condemning New York's expanded abortion law.  But is making a strong statement enough if it is not backed up by righteous action?  Instead of merely condemning the actions of New York legislators, should churches start to hold church members accountable if they approve of abortion or continue to support political candidates that endorse the slaughter of innocent children in the womb?  Should church discipline be used to make a strong statement to church members about this crucial biblical issue?

In our first two segments, we look at sexuality, gender and marriage according to God's Word.  No surprise that polls show a majority of people in our nation who call themselves Christians approve of homosexual marriage, and an increasing number actually believe that a person's gender could be "fluid," insinuating that perhaps God made mistakes - if He in fact did create us.  Pastor Randy White joins us to bring us back to the fundamentals of God's Word regarding sexuality, gender, marriage and family.

 

 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; Genesis 1:26-28

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. Hebrews 5:13-14

 

30 Practical Doctrines you Need to Know - Pastor Randy White

 

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Statement on the New York State Abortion Law of 2019

As Evangelicals and Catholics together, we wish to condemn this radical and extremist law in the strongest possible terms. We endorse the letter of the Catholic bishop of Albany, Edward Scharfenberger, who wrote,

Although in your recent State of the State address you [Gov. Cuomo] cited your Catholic faith and said we should “stand with Pope Francis,” your advocacy of extreme abortion legislation is completely contrary to the teachings of our pope and our Church. Once truth is separated from fiction and people come to realize the impact of the bill, they will be shocked to their core. By that time, however, it may be too late to save the countless lives that will be lost or spare countless women lifelong regret.

 

As Christians, we affirm that every person, both born and in the womb, is made in the image and likeness of God. There is no justification whatsoever for killing those who are unwanted or deemed to be a burden.