Listener Questions

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!

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?

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.

Questions and Comments from Listeners

Rather than list many of the questions and comments this week, let’s sum them up this way:

Comments and questions discussed on today’s podcast include an overwhelming response to the current Willow Creek Church/Bill Hybels scandal. Over all listeners who sent in questions or comments on the issue, over 90% are opposed to the Willow Creek Association and Global Leadership Summit, and many have addressed their concerns with their pastor.

Some have already left their churches if it continued to be a part of the Willow Creek Association, while others plan to ask their pastor about it to see how they justify partnering with an organization having so many unbiblical approaches and teachings. In our experience, when confronted about WC, most church leaders double down and refuse to acknowledge the problems.

A few listeners mentioned politics and the fiasco the Senate hearings have become regarding Supreme Court nominee, Bret Kavanaugh. Someone also brought up the difference between being a Christian and a conservative which are often used interchangeably.

Another Christian couple wants to know how to strike a healthy, biblical balance in the home as campaign season is already upon us. One spouse is more active politically wanting to be salt and light in culture and the other just wants to pray and vote as God leads without getting immersed or frustrated with the political process.

The others we had time for today mentioned the importance of believers knowing and appreciating the Old Testament. Also, a new believer who asked about the parable of the Sower in Mark chapter 4 and does it refute the “once saved always saved” doctrine.

 

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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

Listener Comments & Questions

Here are some of today’s Listener questions/comments:

  • How long will we in America elevate man’s teachings over God’s Word?

  • Those who don’t know Scripture well end up following people like Andy Stanley

  • Are some pastors really keeping their followers ignorant of deeper things of God’s word?

  • My husband and I are struggling with our church of 11 years whose leadership is committed to Bill Hybels and the Willow Creek Assoc. We’re divided on whether or not to leave. Any advice?

  • Catholics are hurting over the priests sexually abusing children, and many are hurting. This may be an opportunity to reach them with the true gospel.

  • The Roman Catholic Church’s extensive history of abuse, coverup, and hypocrisy.

  • Does social media play into anorexia and bulimia?

  • It is idiotic to want plastic surgery in order to look better in your selfies. What causes this warped thought process?

  • Can you explain the difference between a fornicator and an adulterer, in other words is lusting in the heart truly considered adultery?

  • There is a huge difference between “bashing the church” and confronting and exposing error.

  • Can you clarify Paul’s teaching in Romans 13 about submitting to governing authorities?

  • For those who say division is always wrong, how about the Reformation?

  • I’m a former Catholic and used to trust the church (institution) over God’s Word. Any advice on how to engage Catholics in discussions about Scripture and true doctrine?

SCRIPTURES

He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. Hebrews 9:26-28

 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. 3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. 5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. 7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. Romans 13:1-7

Related article and podcast

In case you missed it: Corruption, Cover-Up in Catholic Church – how should Christians respond?

Yesterday’s show with John Loeffler: Destruction Disguised as Reform – podcast

Questions, Comments, Criticisms: Listener’s Show!

It’s the Listeners Show where Mike and David tackle your questions and comments from this week (… and a few weeks prior that we could not fit in). Here are some of the questions and comments from today’s program.

  • Is it a sin to not have children if there’s a serious risk of birth defects?

  • What are “biblical conjunctives”?

  • Legalism in the church

  • I disagree with you on prosperity and healing

  • Christians should not support President Trump

  • Why aren’t more believers equipped to disciple and do ministry?

  • Why do you have guests on your show who are Calvinists, then have other guests who are anti-Calvinists?

  • My pastor says all you guys do is bash the church, but he can’t give me specific examples

  • Should a large church cater to new visitors, particularly in its Sunday sermons?

  • Shouldn’t Charles Stanley refute the heresy that his son Andy Stanley is teaching?

  • Our church brought in a consultant who helped set up a “Leadership Model” following the Willow Creek example to carry out the pastor’s vision. Sadly, we are leaving this church immediately.

  • Why aren’t more believers equipped to disciple and do ministry?

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?

Questions & Comments: No Topic Off Limits!

Thank you for sending your questions and comments to us. Our Friday podcast has been our favorite part of the week. The topics and questions this week include:

  • Are the walls of religious freedom in America crumbling just like Canada and Europe?

  • The battle with occasional sin in the life of true believers

  • Maslow & Rogers effect on the country regarding psychology and self-actualization (“full hearts and empty heads”) paving the way for the New Age as well as the “cult of liberalism.”

  • More thoughts on the debate over Supreme Court Justice nomination Brett Kavanaugh

  • What are the essentials of the Christian faith and why don’t all believers agree on?

  • Apostasy within many churches and denominations – just like Apostle Paul warned about

  • Where do believers literally go after we die and where does the Catholic idea of purgatory come from?

  • Was Jesus “seeker-friendly” in the modern interpretation of the word?

  • God seems to have turned America over to a reprobate mind; is there any hope for repentance?

  • The first transgender in a Miss Universe competition – how far will he go?

 

Question: What are the essentials of the Christian faith?

The Bible itself reveals what is important and essential to the Christian faith. These essentials are the deity of Christ, salvation by God’s grace and not by works, salvation through Jesus Christ alone, the resurrection of Christ, the Gospel, monotheism and the Holy Trinity. These are the main “essentials” that we should understand and believe if we are followers of Jesus Christ.

Listener Comments and Questions – TGIF!


The Bible is clear: God created man in His own image, but as absolute truth and morality continue to be attacked, we see this truth being denied as more and more professing Christians see God as they would like to see Him. We should rather surrender to Him and acknowledge His eternal nature and character. This is one of the subjects a listener sent in which we will address today.  Other topics people want to touch on include:

  • What does Calvinism teach regarding salvation and evangelism?

  • The ongoing controversy and potential schism within the Southern Baptist Convention.

  • Why is it so hard to focus and why is prayer so difficult at times?

  • Jehovah’s Witnesses concept of the 144,000 “chosen ones” – the only ones who will be saved?

  • How pastors and teachers can reach both the unsaved and teach holiness to dedicated disciples in the same message.

  • Why don’t pastors and youth group leaders discuss the lies young believers are facing today about creation, sexuality and gender confusion.

  • Anti-Christian Senator Cory Booker and the Willow Creek Leadership Summit.

  • Several comments on an article about this generation “building their own god.”

Q & A Friday, and the Many Facets of Sin

Exactly what is sin?  Does the Bible discuss every potential sin?  What about Paul’s discussion about a clear conscience regarding his beliefs and actions?  This is one of the many topics you want to talk about today.  Other topics include:

  • Choices of conscience relating to causing a brother to stumble.

  • Is it a sin to take anti-depressant medications?

  • Should we turn to psychologists to help us with certain problems?

  • Helping those struggling with sexual sin.

  • Is “meditation” wrong for Christians?

  • Is Christian persecution in America just around the corner?

  • Our discussion of Benny Hinn and the Word of Faith Movement.

Send your comments and questions to comments@standupforthetruth.com or by texting “TRUTH” to 797979.

Finding the Right Church, and Other Great Topics!

If your church has been veering away from traditional biblical doctrines and teachings, and you feel led to consider another church, what questions should you ask those pastors before becoming a member?

This is one of the questions one of our listeners posed this week.  Other questions include:

Is God capable of hatred?

How can I defend hyper-feminism and the increasing demonization of men?

Are Christians required to tithe?

Our son’s youth pastor advised the kids to abstain from sex, but if they choose not to, they should take precautions. What?!

Can a person be “trapped” or born in the wrong body?

How do we refute the arguments of those who believe gender is fluid and can be (“assigned”) chosen?

What if my pastor doesn’t teach the Old Testament or prophecy?