Culture & Morality

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.

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.

Former Atheist on Need for Christian Maturity, Apologetics

Former Atheist on Need for Christian Maturity, Apologetics

First time guest, Vas Avramidis, Ratio Christi chapter director at Rutgers University, joins us today. Being a former atheist, Vos quickly learned at college that most Christian students could not explain why they believed what they believe. He tried Buddhism, became a Wiccan, and even explored Hare Krishna before coming to faith in Jesus Christ.

He then realized how important and vital it was for Christians to not only share the gospel, but to disciple and prepare young people for the hostility toward Christianity on most college campuses. We also discuss a lack of maturity overall in the church today which goes right along with the high degree of biblical illiteracy. We’ll talk solutions.

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

What is Behind the Modern Liberal Curtain?

When you watch a movie with great special effects, what you see looks amazing (Buildings exploding, giant dinosaurs, super heroes flying). But when you look behind the curtain so to speak, and see how computer generated imaging produces these effects, the magic wears off and you realize it is all fantasy and illusion.

Today, we look at the hard core progressive movement in our nation and how it is built on contradiction and illusion, but sadly most Americans never take the time to look at what is actually going on or where we are being led.  And this same deceit might just be infecting the very church you attend every Sunday.

John Loeffler of Steel on Steel radio is an authority on the real agenda and thought process of the hardcore Left joins us to help us take a peek behind the curtain of illusion that is modern Liberalism.

 

Quote from John Loeffler:

Are we going to be a free society with the rights guaranteed under the Constitution of speech and religion and press and property – all of which have been under siege by judicial activism for the last 50 years – or will we go careening forward into some kind of oligarchic, progressive, socialistic dictatorship that we know from countries around the world that always fails with economic and social collapse?

 

We discuss the difference between Left and Liberal, the contradictions within the very thinking of progressives, the long-term effects of the transgender movement and gender-fluid conditioning, and the failure of many churches to stand for the inerrancy of Scripture and biblical morality.

Postmodernism & America’s Failed Education System

Alarming things are going on behind the scenes in public education that many parents have no idea about while many others are too busy to care. Since the 1960s, the system has flipped on its head. Political correctness and postmodernism have ruled American education to the point that by the college level, there now exists an intolerance of opposing views if students do not support liberal ideology and the progressive left. Hostility toward Christianity has been cultivated for decades as well.

Today, Mike and David welcome back a very busy, Dr. Duke Pesta, host of the new Dr. Duke Show. Also in studio, we have first time guest, Katie Petrick, Freedom Project Media contributor and co-host of the Dr. Duke Show.

From Pre-K through graduate school, the Dr. Duke Show will keep you informed about the highly politicized world of modern education, alerting you to the dangers facing our republic under God due to generations of under-educated and wrongly-educated students. You can watch the Dr. Duke Show live ‘On Demand’ every Thursday at 2 pm Central time or on Freedom Project.com.

Shameless plug: Check out Freedom Project Media contributors in addition to Dr. Duke Pesta:

Katie Petrick, “Healthy Republic”

Dr. Jake Jacobs, “One Nation”

David Fiorazo, “Christ and Culture”

Alex Newman,”The Newman Report”

Charlie Kirk, “Talking Points” (Charlie is founder of Turning Point USA)

ARTICLES

 Babies Were Murdered, Women Were Injured, Media Yawned – by Stand Up co-host David Fiorazo

Media coverup but Gosnell Movie sheds light on Abortion, Culture of Death

The most important movie you’ve never heard of – Michelle Malkin

Abortionist Kermit Gosnell was initially charged with eight counts of murder along with several of his staff at his abortion clinic. In fact, his wife and sister-in-law were charged for assisting in in botched abortions, practicing medicine without a license or covering up the actions of those who did. Unbelievably, the Grand Jury report estimates Gosnell delivered hundreds of babies alive and then had their spinal cords “snipped.”

The details in this horror story were so gruesome and the evidence so potentially damning to the pro-abortion movement, the liberal media refused to report on it. Among some of the disturbing facts, the remains of 45 babies were found by authorities at the Philly clinic, and flea-ridden cats defecated freely including in procedure rooms. Similar to Planned Parenthood (79% of their clinics are in minority neighborhoods), Gosnell preyed mostly on poor and minority women.

This is a man who collected baby feet in jars and stored murdered fetuses in clinic freezers.

On today’s podcast, we review and discuss the Gosnell movie, now in theaters.

No Comment or Question Off Limits

So many controversial issues and debates, so little time! Here’s what listeners want to discuss today:

  • To what level can a Christian be depressed?

  • How much does our faith play into our emotional and mental health, and how much depends on trusting God?

  • I know spiritual warfare is real because we are warned many times about it in the New Testament, but to what extent can demons influence Christians?

  • My strong hunch is that a majority of Americans have bought the lies and accusations about Justice Kavanaugh because they no longer think logically.

  • What do you think the greater problem in most churches is – ignorance in the pulpit or cowardice?

  • Didn’t know how extensive the Burning Man movement has become. It seems like a combination of New Age, humanism, environmentalism, and a combo of religions: can you please boil this ideology down so it’s easier to understand?

  • With all the division and spiritual confusion in the church, it’s no wonder many young people want nothing to do with Christianity today.

  • I’m a newer Christian, could you please explain Replacement Theology? Is it a salvation issue?

  • Hillsong’s stance on issues such as evolution, homosexuality, and seeker-friendly movement are concerning to the Australian Council of Churches. Hillsong produced some wonderful music, but as a whole they seem to have exchanged traditional, historical Christian doctrines to seek fame and fortune.

  • I’m a former Catholic and know some good Roman Catholic friends, even though many of their Church doctrines are unbiblical: can a Catholic go to heaven if they remain in that Church?

Delusion, Illusion & Spiritual Warfare

The stated or apparent issue is usually not the real issue. As Christians and political Conservatives celebrate the victory concerning the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, there will be a tendency to breathe a sigh of relief and just continue as usual. But doing that underestimates the damage that may have been done to our nation and even the professing Christian Church in America. In the midst of this important victory, were the enemies of our nation and most importantly enemies of God emboldened to use evil tactics to pursue their agenda in the future?

Are we seeing the beginning of a new type of war against truth that supersedes anything we have ever witnessed in our nation? And has spiritual warfare in our nation reached a fever point where things could get very ugly for true believers in the future?

Joining Mike and David to discuss this is Pastor and best-selling author, Carl Gallups. Carl also has extensive experience in law enforcement and this morning, we talk about how everything might have changed in America based on what we witnessed on the Senate floor the past three weeks.

 

DISCUSSION

  • The U.S. Senate confirmation hearings of newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh

  • Speculation on the upcoming national elections in November

  • The Palmyra Arch (Baal) reconstructed in Washington D.C. on the National Mall

  • How dangerous is the precedent now set that the left is willing to deny an accused person due process

  • What is the proper balance between taking allegations of sexual assault seriously and hearing women brave enough to come forward – and protecting those who are accused, constitutionally, and the rule of law?

 

ARTICLES

Even the Church of England says to “Let young children experiment with gender identity.” No wonder people are confused about the morality of this issue.

–> READ: Primary School in London Makes 6-Year-Olds Write LGBT Love Letters

Listener Questions & Comments

The Bible warns us that in the final days good would be seen as evil and evil seen as good.  This is to be expected of a fallen, sinful world, but not within the Church itself.  Anyone with a modicum of common sense can see what is happening in the Senate confirmation meetings over Judge Brett Kavanaugh: godless radicals are stooping to new lows to destroy a man they think might one day hinder a woman’s “right” to kill the child in her womb.  Make no mistake: this spiritual war is over abortion, a Sacrament of the Democrat Party.

Stalin and Lenin referred to them as “useful idiots” blind to truth because they rejected God and are rallying behind lies and slander in order to allow legalized abortion to remain unhindered.  Sadly, even in the American church, a number of these evildoers have infected church leadership in every denomination of Christianity.  For example, the National Council of Churches has called for Judge Cavanaugh to step aside, officially siding with evil and the murder of innocent children.

National Council of Churches calls for Kavanaugh’s nomination to be withdrawn

LISTENER QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS

What is the proper, biblical stance? Pre-trib, mid-trib, or post-trib?

How can there be accountability in a church when there are no elders and little discipleship?

Why do so many churches avoid teaching about Bible prophecy when it’s nearly a third of Scripture?

I think the era of Big Brother is being implemented right before our eyes.

Thanks for having guests like Elijah Abraham and James Walker, and reminding us that Christians are to love and share the truth with Muslims, not fear them.

I am no fan of most Republicans in Washington, but the Democrat Party has turned evil right before our eyes in their zeal for political power and are willing to destroy anyone who stands in their way. They’ve sold out to the LGBTQ movement and radical Marxists.

How do we explain to people that numbers do not always indicate success? Just because mega-churches exist does not mean God endorses their approaches and theology.

Can you explain why some Christians defend Andy Stanley while others criticize him regarding his comments on unhitching from the Old Testament?

More…
[Have a question for Mike? Email anytime! Comments@standupforthetruth.com]

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.

Listener's Show: Your Comments and Questions

Here are some of the topics addressed today and questions our listeners asked:

  • Could you please expand the discussion a little more on the Parable of the Sower/Seed mentioned last week?

  • What does the expression, “the issue is never the issue” mean?

  • Not sure I agree this nation is trending conservative than it appears in culture and politics

  • How can any Democrat Christian continue to vote for their party after the disgusting display in the Senate hearings on Justice Brett Kavanaugh?

  • It’s hard to believe Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Church promoted hyper-progressives such as Corey Booker as examples of good leadership.

  • Please elaborate on yesterday’s discussion about the agreement between the Vatican and Communist China, and is this where the Christian Church in America could be headed?

  • I think the Roman Catholic Church will be joined by the Protestant and Evangelical churches coming together under the guise of “unity” to form the one-world religion that will support Anti-Christ.

  • Why are the books of Maccabees in the Catholic Bible but not in the Protestant Bible?

  • What on earth is with the Burning Man festival about other than a mix of New Age, humanism, environmentalism, occult, and a blending of a few other religions?

  • With America’s foundations of God, truth, creation, and the Constitution crumbling, it is no wonder young people want nothing to do with today’s splintered Christian church.