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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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

Will the Radical Tactics of the Left Backfire?

Our worldview is the starting point for how we judge facts and truth. How we view the world affects our decisions and actions. From a biblical perspective, Christians see things through the lens of Scripture. What we’re witnessing in America today is the result of two opposing worldviews on a collision course.

The battle comes down to those who trust and believe God’s Word and those who trust and believe man’s word. These are incompatible. Two entities that cannot coexist are children of the devil who are hostile toward Christ, and children of God who represent the light of Christ and His truth.

Today’s guest is John Loeffler of Steel on Steel radio. John weighs in on the calculated and chaotic Senate hearings on the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh and the Marxist underpinnings of progressives that drive them. The questions is how does the average American citizen see this government and liberal media fiasco?

Loeffler gives us his take on a National Review article by Victor David Hanson, who articulately argues that the Kavanaugh circus proves America, led by the progressive left, has finally entered the alien dimension of George Orwell’s “1984.” Hanson cites today’s “newsspeak” and “doublespeak” including the abandonment of presumption of innocence, statutes of limitations, the need for evidence, details, testimony, and the rights of the accused. One conclusion is America has descended into “the socialist totalitarian hell Orwell warned us about long ago.”

We also discuss what’s happening in China with the apparent alliance of the Catholic Church and Communist government. What about the heavy-handed LGBTQ lobby and American government and how they might be locking arms with the liberal, emergent church in the U.S.? On both continents, is the faithful, conservative, traditional Christian church in trouble or will it thrive?

Communist China: A Model for Coming Global Persecution

The nation of China is going through significant societal change, and many nations might model their way to enslave citizens and eliminate individual freedoms.  You won’t hear these stories on secular news because they are blind to how the Bible warns against the Globalist Movement, and the media seems to support the agenda.

Mike and David look at fascinating developments regarding church and state in China. Catholic Leadership in Rome has struck a deal with China that will allow the Communist leaders to, in essence, start appointing Catholic Bishops.  This merging of religion and politics would seem to fit nicely with the coming one world government and religion the Bible warns about in the final days.  We’ll also look at a brave public statement by 344 Chinese Christian pastors who are boldly standing for the gospel and telling the Communist Government publicly that their allegiance is to God and not the government.

Right off the top, Patrick Wood of Technocracy News joins the program to discuss how technology is poising to become the master of humanity rather than a servant to it.

 

Referenced by Patrick Wood: Citizens for Free Speech

 

ARTICLES

Julian Assange: Generation Being Born Now is the Last to be Free

China’s Dystopian Technocracy: ‘Leave No Dark Corner’

Robot Manufacturers Warn ‘Bug In AI Code’ Will Lead To Murder Sprees

Segment 2 and 3

Vatican-China Deal Is ‘Betrayal’ to Millions of Christians, Critics Warn

344 Chinese Pastors Sign a Statement Defending Their Faith amid Violent Persecution

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

Is Biblical Prophecy Being Ignored in the Church?

An estimated 30-40% of the Word of God deals with prophecy:  Prophecy points Old Testament people to the coming of Jesus the Messiah, and indicates how Jesus returns one day to judge all men and establish His everlasting Kingdom.  These are the two most significant events the world will ever experience, so why is Bible Prophecy practically ignored or discounted in more and more churches?

Gary Kah of Hope For the World is a student of biblical prophecy and has researched and written about the coming one world government and religion the Bible says will happen just before the return of the Lord.  We’ll discuss the dangers of ignoring biblical prophecy along with looking at events in the Middle East that might be signalling the fulfillment of prophecy in our lifetime.

The Prayer of a Red Letter Christian

Have you ever wondered how members of the “Red Letter Christians” pray when they gather together?  How do you pray to God when you believe He cares more about social justice and immigration than he does the eternal souls of men?  This morning, Mike and David will share the opening prayers cited at the Red Letter Christian “Lynchburg Revival.” See if you can spot anything missing.

Mike and David will also discuss the danger of the #MeToo Movement combining with politics and activism. Abortion is just one of the hot-button issues and the Left thinks nothing of destroying its opponents just to make sure they can go on eliminating the lives of innocent children in the womb.

In our first segment, Don Veinot of Midwest Christian Outreach joins the program as he prepares to attend the Parliament of World Religions in Canada in November.

 

ARTICLES

Christianity is Not the Only Way to Heaven, Prominent Presbyterian Pastor Says

The Parliament of World’s Religions – Toronto November 1-7, 2018

Kavanaugh Accuser Goes Public With Assault Allegations

Tony Campolo: Red Letter Christian Revival Needed More Prayer, Spiritual Edification, Gospel Sharing

Christian Blogger Under Watch After Receiving Death Threats for Pro-Life Tweet

Comments Discussed, Questions Answered

Today, Mike and David answer the questions and read the comments from you our listeners.  We discuss the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, the problem with Christian music blending with entertainment, and the problem with pursuing unity in the body of Christ at any cost – over doctrine and truth.

Here are the topics our listeners want to cover today:

Are you concerned about Hillsong and others that put out some decent music but have some very questionable theological statements and positions.

Where do you draw the line between worship and entertainment. Even Christian music and the church has been compromised lyrically. Is this a result of record labels in Nashville and also wanting to be like the world?

Why do most Catholics seem more loyal to that Church than they do the Word of God?

Is seems the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church is already quite vast as is the cover-up by church leaders, but since over 80% of young abuse victims are boys, the systemic problem seems to be homosexuality. Because of this, the media will not report the whole truth so do you think there will be true repentance and change in the RCC?

My friend thinks you guys are dividing the church instead of uniting Christians over issues of morality and doctrine. I think you guys have said it is wrong to elevate unity as more important than doctrine and truth.

Thank you for the show about public school teaching evolution as fact and how to equip our children with truth, Scripture, and science that affirms Scripture.

What are issues to divide or break fellowship over (within the Christian church) and which are ones we can respectfully agree to disagree on?

When we question the faith of fellow believers, aren’t we judging them? Doesn’t the Bible tell us not to judge?

You can connect with us a couple ways:  email your questions using the contact form below; or text the key word “SPEAK UP” to 90100.

 

Corruption, Cover-Up in the Roman Catholic Church

As the Battle Rages, Many Christians Opt Out

We are in a battle, but how can we successfully fight when half of the army refuses to engage and another twenty percent don’t even know what side to take? As Christians, we are likened to soldiers of Christ. The warfare in this life is very real and even more intense in the spiritual realm and yet, many believers don’t want to acknowledge the reality of this fight.

John R. W. Stott once said:

“We should not ask, ‘What is wrong with the world?’ for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, ‘Where is the salt and light? Where is the Church? Why are the salt and light of Jesus Christ not permeating and changing our society?’”

From the family to the church to the community and culture, Christians have been too preoccupied with earthly, temporary concerns than seeking first the kingdom of God. I realize this seems like a broad statement, but don’t you think America would look very different if true believers had been vocal and actively engaged in advancing the gospel over the last hundred years?

Today’s guest is Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council. We discuss everything from our local and state government to the transgender agenda which now includes Drag Queen story hours in our local libraries!

 

ARTICLES

New Book Calls Mike Pence ‘Most Successful Christian Supremacist’

Catholic League attests to ‘homosexual takeover’ of church

LGBT, Antifa demand Texas church leave over sexuality


Destruction Disguised as Reform

There is a huge political, ideological and spiritual battle taking place in our nation.  Our nation has not been this polarized or angry since the Civil War; in fact many believe we are once again entering a “civil war” that might just rip our nation apart.

The Far Left, which touts its movement as “progressive” claims it wants to reform systems to make them more just and fair.  But is that the real goal of progressive leaders?  Or is their goal total destruction of Western Civilization, our Constitution and most importantly Biblical Christianity?

John Loeffler of Steel on Steel Radio has studied and talked about this phenomenon for years and he joins us to look behind the curtain and see what is really going on behind the scenes.  We’ll also look at the crisis in the Roman Catholic Church over the discovery of hundreds of Priests sexually abusing young people for decades, along with assessing the future of the Evangelical Church in America.

Comments and Questions from You!

Our Friday podcast always goes by so fast because we get to discuss what you are concerned about and the things that matter to our listeners, personally. If you want to get your question or comment read on the air, use the form below and share! Please note, if we don’t address your question the next week, we will hold it over for the following Friday.

Here are the topics you want to talk about this week:

  • Why did Jesus refer to Himself as the “Son of Man”?

  • Growing persecution of Christians

  • The balance between being politically active and clueless about government and politics

  • Allowing young children to decide what gender they want to be

  • The lack of discipline and parental authority today

  • The massive influence and power of social media and today’s technology

  • Weak believers, including some pastors, when it comes to teaching God’s word

  • Lack of privacy, government surveillance

  • The desperate need for apologetics in the church today

  • How has Stand Up for the Truth changed and challenged Mike and David?

  • Can we really make an impact for God on social media when most people have their minds made up?

  • What are the basic differences between Buddhism and Christianity?

Denying God’s Word & Science to Promote Chaos

One definition of insanity you sometimes hear is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. But another definition could be “a refusal to accept reality.”  No matter what facts or truth is presented, the person refuses to accept them and continues to insist he is right even despite irrefutable evidence.  This seems to define radical liberalism in our nation.

The evidence supporting life is clear in God’s Word and true science with each passing year proves life begins much earlier than previously thought.  And on the issue of “gender dysphoria,” science continues to confirm the truth given to us in God’s Word: gender is assigned at conception and there is nothing man can do to change that.

No amount of truth seems sufficient for far left liberals bent on enforcing their agenda of godlessness.  Today we look at a few more stories about radical views and arguments disconnected from truth and reality. We check in with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council.

 

ARTICLES

Federal Judge orders Wisconsin to pay for ‘Gender Reassignment’ Surgeries

Transgender Madness: Surgeon Performs Mastectomies on 14-Year-Old Girls

Brown County prayer proposal withdrawn; Supervisor cites misunderstandings

Canadian Man Legally Changes Gender to Receive Lower Insurance Rate