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Listener Comments & Questions Every Friday

Listener Comments & Questions Every Friday

Here are some of the topics and questions discussed today:

If we are no longer under that law, why do Christians teach that some parts of the law still apply while other parts do not apply?

What was Paul saying in Romans 14:23 when it states, "whatever is not from faith is sin?"

There are many aspects to taking one's own life, but what is the right way to view suicide?

…and more!

New Leadership is on the Way

New Leadership is on the Way

Some Christians are concerned about the new leadership poised to take power in Washington, D.C. as a result of this week's elections.  There is legitimate concern that this new leadership will be unfriendly toward Christians and the biblical values we are called to live by each day.  The news media continues to debate if this was a "blue wave" or simply a temporary correction to the balance of power, but one thing we know for sure:  There is a powerful "wave" ascending to leadership in our nation---today's college students are the future leaders of our nation and what they are learning about God and Christianity does not bode well for our nation.  But some people called by God are interceding and influencing tomorrow's leaders in a positive way.

Jane Pantig is Co-Chapter Director at the University of California System for Ratio Christi Ministries.  Jane joins us this morning to share some of the crucial questions today's students are asking and the importance of giving them truthful, biblical answers to their questions.

Americans Have Chosen: What Does It Mean for Christians?

Americans Have Chosen: What Does It Mean for Christians?

American citizens turned out in record numbers yesterday for the Midterm election, and we made our choices. The results are a mixed bag for both political parties and in the coming weeks both sides will spin the results to fit their talking points. And the biased media will certainly spin it to their advantage as well. But what significance, if any, do the results have on Christians in our nation? Our mission and purpose does not change, but we'll look at some of the possibilities we may see in the next two years.

Clearing Up Confusion About Voting and Citizenship

Clearing Up Confusion About Voting and Citizenship

Yes, it's time to vote, again. Too many Christians in the United States are still confused about things that God's Word is crystal clear about. It starts with the God of creation and His eternal existence. Marriage is between a man and a woman, life begins when God knits it in a mother's womb, and there are only two genders, male or female.

God is a God of order while Satan is a master of chaos and confusion. The world we live in, which serves Satan, will try to confuse us on simple issues. It redefines words like love, tolerance and grace to confuse us and take our eyes off God. Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute joins us this morning to help us clear up the confusion the enemy uses to discourage people. We start off talking about Christians, government and voting.

We The People Elect Our Leaders

We The People Elect Our Leaders

The Apostle Paul makes it clear that we are to honor and obey governmental authorities in our lives, as long as their orders do not contradict what the Bible teaches.  In America we are blessed because we get to choose our leaders, the "Caesars" we are to submit to.  Tomorrow (Tuesday) Americans will elect our government leaders for the next two years, and their motives for voting will be worldly.  But as Christians, we are held to a higher standard.  We should be electing leaders whose values and beliefs most align with God's Word on moral and spiritual issues like abortion, marriage, family, freedom, sexuality and gender. Our religious freedoms to openly profess and share our convictions continue to be on the line depending the outcome of this election. 

Radical Progressives have made it clear that Christians are to be seen but not heard.  In our final segments, we look at news stories that show just how intense the pressure is becoming on Christians to withdraw from the public arena. But first we check in with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council to discuss the choices Christians face in this election. Please note and share the vast contrast in the major political party platforms!  Also, notice each of the following nets stories reflect the increasing hostility toward Christians, the Bible.  

If Technology Becomes Our Master

If Technology Becomes Our Master

The world is changing rapidly and the capabilities of technology are increasing at an alarming rate.  Technological devices that serve us today could one day be used to monitor and control us.

Patrick Wood of Technocracy News joins Mike and David to look at some of the frightening scenarios in the coming years.  Once Artificial Intelligence is “let out of the bottle” can anything stop it from being used to enslave us?

In our final segments, we look at some sad and shocking stories including how professing Christians continue to fall for theologies and beliefs that the Bible warns us about. This is not a joke, but we’ll discuss concerns about a self-proclaimed “Christian” Witch, and in another story, a modern-day “Prophet” of the Most High God.

Can a True Believer Lose His Salvation?

Can a True Believer Lose His Salvation?

Can a true believer lose their salvation? This question has been debated for nearly 2,000 years and remains an issue that even theologians disagree on. It is an important discussion to have, because your beliefs can have a big impact on how you choose to live as a Christian.

Those who believe you can lose your salvation will point to the dangers of professing Christians becoming lazy in their faith or those who continue to sin without any perceived consequence since they believe in they cannot lose their salvation. What about the process of sanctification, how does that fit in this conversation? Those who believe in eternal security might look at others and think they are trying to be saved by their good works.

Pastor Mike Abendroth of No Compromise Radio joins us to see what the Bible says about the subject as well as how we have assurance of eternal life in Christ.

Order vs. Chaos

God is a god of order.  Satan is a master of chaos and the prince of this world.  Christians are called to be light and salt to the world. How do we as disciples of Jesus Christ navigate this life in an orderly, biblical fashion when the world thrives on chaos and confusion? Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute joins us to discuss this challenging dilemma.

Dismissing Doctrine, Islam, Witchcraft

Last week, some media outlets covered a story of a group of Witches gathering to cast a curse on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  Their curse called for him to suffer physically and emotionally and lead to his eventual death.  The secular outlets that covered it mostly laughed it off as foolishness.  But to dismiss witches casting spells may be foolish and ignorant as well.  Should these curses be dismissed or taken seriously?

Elijah Abraham has traveled to dozens of countries sharing the gospel with Muslims, and equipping Christian pastors and leaders to share the gospel in their nations. Some of these nations are ones where witch doctors and spiritual shamans cast similar spells.  Abraham also equips Christians in nations where going public with your Christian faith might be met with violent opposition. He joins us to share his ministry experiences, and to discuss the effectiveness and maturity of professing Christian Churches in our own nation as we continue to see compromise with the world.

 

SCRIPTURES

Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 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 5:11-14

Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do, if God permits. Hebrews 6:1-3

 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some aspastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ; Ephesians 4:11-15

The Growing Complexity of Freedom of Speech

The constitutionally protected right of freedom of speech and religious expression used to be a pretty straight forward issue.  But with the advent of social media, corporate “branding” and a society that is easily offended, it has become a much more complex issue.

This morning we look at a couple of stories that point out the new reality facing us in a country claiming to value freedom of speech, but is becoming increasingly intolerant of any view that opposes a humanistic, politically-correct, God-hating agenda.

In our first segment, Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project joins us to discuss the challenges we as believers face in sharing the gospel including the truth of creation with people currently blinded to spiritual things.

ARTICLES discussed:

City settles Lawsuit with fire chief in Atlanta fired for his faith

Democrat Resigns after Posting, ‘I Stand for the Flag, Kneel for the Cross’

Christian Filmmakers Challenge Minnesota Law for Forcing Them to Make Same-Sex Wedding Films

Mormon No Longer

In the final segment this morning, Mike and David look at an important announcement from leadership of the Mormon Church: they will no longer call themselves “Mormons” so they can, in their words, emphasize their “Christian” doctrine.  Those of us who understand the Bible compared to the foundational beliefs of Mormonism realize this is pure deception, and we’ll explore the potential reasons they are making this change in name only.

We’ll also look at an interfaith religious coalition’s “Peace Caravan” headed to Israel to promote a peace treaty between Israel and the nations committed to her destruction.

In the first segment, we continue our look at “30 Biblical People You Need to Know” with Pastor Randy White.  Our subjects include Saul, King David, Solomon, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, John the Baptist, Nehemiah, King Herod and Daniel.

ARTICLE

Latter-Day Saints Drop ‘Mormon’ to Emphasize Their Doctrine as Christian

Same Facts, Different Conclusions

It is interesting how two people can view the same exact facts and evidence, yet come to two completely different conclusions based on those facts.  Born-again believers look at the wonders of this world and the created universe completely convinced it was all crafted by an amazing God.  But atheists and skeptics look at the same evidence and facts and conclude that it all happened out of random chance and chaos.

As the world started introducing ideas such as free sexual expression in the 1960s and gender fluidity in the 2000s, they touted the benefits of experimentation while we as born-again believers saw serious dangers.  In our final, segment, Mike and David will share some of the effects of this movement to see who was right.

But first, Carl Kerby of Reasons for Hope Ministries joins the program to talk about how Christians can use the evidence of creation all around us to point people to the truth of God and His Word.

Referred to by Carl Kirby: War Against the Weak by Edwin Black

Dept. of Ed investigating alleged assault by ‘gender fluid’ boy

A public school district in Georgia is under fire after a five-year old-girl said she was sexually assaulted by a transgender student in the school restroom.

Despite a plea from parents in 2016, the public school district follows a transgender-friendly policy that allowed the male student to enter the girls’ restroom without being punished. The same policy also requires male students to be addressed by a female pronoun, and allows male students to participate in female sports team and to room with females on school trips.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christiana Holcomb tells OneNewsNow that City Schools of Decatur refused to investigate the girl’s claims of assault, which is required under Title IX, and has refused to change the policy that affects approximately 5,600 students at nine schools.

“And they even refused to remove the little boy from the little girl’s classroom,” Holcomb alleges.

Parents facing incorrect pressure to affirm transition

Dr. Michelle Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians, says the “Transgender Adolescent Suicide Behavior” study can incorrectly pressure parents to put their children through radical transition-affirming therapies, when there is no proof that will prevent suicides. She says other factors must be considered.

“What I contend is that there are underlying issues that the children are dealing with that leads to depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and their gender dysphoria,” she tells OneNewsNow.

Voting in Wisconsin; Welcoming Baal to Washington D.C.

There is always a certain arrogance to our sin.  And the greater the  pride or arrogance, the greater the sin.  America, founded on Judeo-Christian principles and values, is rapidly turning away from God in her arrogance, symbolized best by our very own government and the nation’s capitol in Washington D.C.

America’s defiance of God has now reached a new level as a replica of the Arch of Baal has taken up residence on the National Mall of Washington D.C.—and lawmakers republican and Democrat alike are giddy about it.  We’ll cover the story in our second segment today. In segment three, we’ll continue our look at the Barna Research study from 2017 that reveals exactly what professed born-again believers actually believe about God and the Bible.

In our first segment we check in with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Action and Council. There is so much to talk about including the upcoming state and national elections and how we can cut through the noise of all the TV ads, mailings, and social media nonsense.

  

ARTICLES

Kavanaugh Confirmation: Concerning Considerations

No matter how this Kavanaugh nomination ends, it will have an impact on our politics and our culture for years to come. That should concern us. As Christians, our concerns in this and everything else, should be viewed through the filter of God’s Word and taken to Him in prayer. In doing so, we can at a minimum help those in our direct sphere of influence and perhaps even impact the larger culture.

Trump Administration Cancels FDA’s Aborted Baby Parts Contract

Arch of Baal erected in DC to pagans’ delight

The author of the bestsellers, The Harbinger and The Paradigm, noted how moral relativism – also known as secular humanism – has its roots in false gods such as Baal.

“Once you create your own god, you can create your own truth,” Cahn pointed out. “Once you create your own truth, you can overrule everything, call good evil and evil good. … Idolatry is linked to relativism, because you’re creating truths. Once you change your gods, everything else changes. It starts with that.”

“When you look at this beautiful Arch, we are seeing through the eyes of ancient civilizations, and to have it right here – set against the classical columns of the Capitol – is really extraordinary,” Eliot Engel (D-NY) proclaimed when unveiling the reconstructed arch, which was carved from the same Egyptian marble as the original structure. “The thugs of ISIS destroyed the physical arch, but we will not and never allow them to take that profoundly important piece of human history away from us, away from the people of Syria, away from anyone.”

Countering Culture & Defining 'Born-Again' Christian

Words are meaningless without clear definitions.  When we misrepresent the meanings and definitions of important words God uses in Scripture, all sorts of problems result including professing Christians being either ignorant or deceived.

This morning Mike and David look at eye-opening Barna Research from 2017 that shows the deeply-held beliefs of those who profess to be born-again Christians. We will compare what people believe to what the Bible teaches us about God and the Christian worldview. The results range from interesting to staggering.

In our first segment we check in with Tina Marie Griffin, Counter Culture Mom, to look the ways secular culture, Hollywood, and television are poisoning and destroying the morality of our children.

Our discussion with Tina included:

  • Good news if you’re a pro-family conservative: Last Man Standing starring Tim Allen is back, this time on FOX and the season premiere had over 8 million viewers – which is higher than its final season on ABC (6.4 million). What does this tell us?

  • There are TWO more concerning Netflix shows, Satanic series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Netflix Mocks Christianity With Girls Singing Sexual Hymn ‘Sweet Jesus Inside Me’ – I saw the video and it’s both sad and disturbing.

  • The nation’s libraries are hosting more Drag Queen Story Hours for Children – and some Communities are pushing back: Listener warning: maybe the vilest show, let us emphasize, ANIMATED show for kids about sex, perversion, and puberty – it’s called “Big Mouth.” This reveals how low American television viewers have fallen because it got picked up for a second season!

  • WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT HALLOWEEN? Just weeks away now Oct 31st. Do you have any suggestions for Christian parents? (Link below)

  • Related: Beyonce’s ex-drummer warns she was into extreme witchcraft (surprised?)

ARTICLES DISCUSSED

A Former Satanist Speaks Out on Halloween

3 Things To Know About The Satanic Netflix Series CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA

Pregnancy Centers Served Nearly 2 Million People With Free Services and Abortion Alternatives in 2017

Swimming in a Cesspool & Thinking We’re Clean

Our nation, not to mention the entire world, is in deeper trouble every passing day.  Moral boundaries and clear lines that used to delineate right from wrong have become blurred and minimized; they are now moving targets that have no basis in the consistent moral standards of God’s Word.  Instead, in our ill-fated attempts to make this a better world, we impose constantly changing human standards on society and individuals: standards that change from year to year ushering confusion and intellectual paralysis.

And in the midst of this increasingly confused and evil world are a group of people called born-again Christians.  And these peculiar people are forced to live in a world that contradicts everything they know and believe. We are to love others  around us but not love what this world stands for.

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute and Silver Birch Ranch joins us to discuss how true Christians navigate life in a world that opposes God more with each passing year.

The Challenge and Opportunity of Islam’s Growth

When you see someone who is a Muslim, what is the first thing that pops into your mind?  Fear that he might be a radical or even a terrorist? Let’s be honest: how many of us see an opportunity to share the Gospel with him or her?  Truth be told many Christians might experience both initial reactions to some extent. Some are even in the category of people who feel nothing because they believe that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

The relationship and conflict between Biblical Christianity and Islam is a unique one; and there is a systematic attempt to blur the lines between Christianity and Islam, the world’s two largest religions.  Yes, there are a few similarities, but the theological contradictions trump all else. There is a type of “spiritual paralysis” for some Christians when the subject of Islam comes up.

Jesus is revered in the Islamic faith–but is he the same Jesus Christians claim as their Savior?

James K. Walker, president of Watchman Fellowship, takes you through more than a dozen major similarities and differences between the Jesus of the Bible and the Jesus of the Qur’an. You will learn…
how Islam affirms biblical concepts, even though it diverges from Scripture how the Qur’an promotes a deep respect of Jesus, while not identifying Him as a Savior how to cultivate conversational relationships with Muslims, despite your different beliefs and faith backgrounds

James Walker of Watchman Fellowship has written a brand new book contrasting the “Jesus” in the Quran (another Jesus) with the true Jesus of the Bible.  He joins us to draw those distinctions and give some practical advice on how we can share the gospel with Muslims and others who wrongly think both religions worship the same God.

What the Quran Really Teaches about Jesus: Prophet of Allah or Savior of the World? by James Walker (link to Amazon)

ARTICLE

Rapist Who Identifies as Woman Sent to Female Prison and Sexually Assaults More Women

Transanity! More Terrible Trans-Actions

Why Don’t We Share the Gospel More Frequently?

Jesus said, “If you love me you will obey all I command (John 14:15).”  His final command was for His followers to share the gospel and make disciples.  With few exceptions, most of us only talk about God when it is convenient or we ‘feel led’ to do so.  Why are Christians in America not more passionate about sharing the good news with those who are perishing?

Is it shyness? A desire to please man rather than God? Not wanting to offend others? Not wanting to be seen as judgmental?  Are we just too busy?  Or could the deeper reason be that we are afraid of the repercussions like we see happening to our Brothers and Sisters in China, India and around the world?

Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project joins us to discuss our reasons for not sharing the gospel and how we can overcome our hesitancy and inconsistency.

 

ARTICLES

Christian Bus Passengers Refuse to Recite Islamic Statement of Faith

Over 250 Nigerian Christians Killed by Fulani Radicals in Two Months

The War on Truth, Facts and Reason

Truth only comes from God because He knows all things past, present and future, and according to His Word He is incapable of lying.  And if our pursuit of truth has any genesis but God we can easily be deceived.  Today we cover three stories about how facts, reality, and truth is being subjected to man’s opinions and agenda.

We look at the agenda behind the last minute attacks by liberals on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, reiterating our ongoing concerns about movements like “MeToo” being taken too far and used as political weapons to silence opponents of the Liberal Movement.

Then we turn our attention to the professing Christian Church in America, where it seems truth is becoming a more frequent casualty of eloquent, ear-ticking mega-church pastors with their own agenda.  In his apparent quest to create doubt about God’s Word, you will never guess the next attack on the Old Testament being engineered by Andy Stanley.  It seems Stanley is leading to rewriting the gospel to say something like, “Jesus loves you and you are going to heaven so forget about anything God said in the Old Testament… Jesus replaced all the laws.”

 

ARTICLES

College classmate says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at Yale party

Nearly 200 Women Testify to Senate: Kananaugh Treats Women with Respect

Previous: 65 Women Defend Brett Kavanaugh as ‘a Good Person’ amid Allegations

 

SEGMENT 2

Andy Stanley: Ten Commandments no longer applicable

 

SEGMENT 3

New American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines Supports Sex-Reassignment for Kids