Persecution

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

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

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 Onslaught of Darwinism, and Attacks on Franklin Graham

As public education increasingly replaces the truth of God’s Word with the theories of men, students are often subjected to dangerous schools of thought aimed at getting them to conform to a secular worldview. IN order to do this, they must necessarily abandon the biblical worldview. Nothing affirms this better than the way Darwinism is taught as truth rather than theory, even though science continues to confirm the Bible’s account of creation.

Tim Foutz of Ratio Christi Ministries joins us this morning to equip us with the truth to refute Darwinism and evolution, helping us prepare our children for the deception bombarding them in public education.

We also look at the continuing discrimination and persecution of anyone who professes to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Franklin Graham, scheduled to speak at a rally of 30 Christian Churches in England, is facing fierce opposition from Muslims, government officials in England, and even from some LGBTQ affirming churches calling on the government to revoke his visa to come to England and preach.

 

ARTICLES

UK: Muslims protest Franklin Graham Visit

Many churches in the U.K. go against biblical teachings on sexuality and openly embrace the homosexual lifestyle.

“Three Blackpool churches are to hold services specifically welcoming LGBT worshippers over the weekend of Franklin’s visit, and a four-meter carnival model of Jesus wearing a rainbow sash will be paraded through the town center,” Sherwood noted.

…Liberty Church Pastor Nina Parker and other local churches – which embrace the LGBT community and welcome its members to worship in their sanctuaries – agree that Graham should not be allowed in England.

“[Graham’s presence here would be] extremely destructive [and talk of his coming is] causing division between churches and within churches,” Parker insisted, according to The Guardian.

This pro-LGBT view was echoed by the Methodist Church in the U.K.

“[We] cannot support any preaching or teaching which promotes homophobia or is likely to be damaging to interfaith dialogue,” the Blackpool Methodist Circuit stated, as reported by The Guardian. “[We decline to support the festival] in the light of various comments made by Franklin Graham in the past.”

Defending Islam, gays, Brits oppose Franklin Graham’s UK visit

PLO told to close its D.C. doors

Jewish Group Says End Times Biblical Prophecy Fulfilled, Flawless ‘Red Heifer’ Could Signal the Third Temple

The Temple Institute has announced the birth of a flawless all-red heifer that could pave the way for the fulfillment of a major End Times biblical prophecy.

The reddish-colored female calf was reportedly born in Israel on August 28 and is being raised in accordance with the Jewish laws of the Torah, according to the Temple Institute.

In Jewish theology, the red heifer is essential to the rebuilding of the third Holy Temple in Jerusalem and will be needed to be sacrificed to complete the ritual of purification for the Temple.

Ordinance of the Red Heifer

Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 2 “This is the statute of the law which the Lord has commanded, saying, ‘Speak to the sons of Israel that they bring you an unblemished red heifer in which is no defect and on which a yoke has never been placed. 3 You shall give it to Eleazar the priest, and it shall be brought outside the camp and be slaughtered in his presence. Numbers 19:1-3

“The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!”  Hebrews 9:13-14

A Man After God’s Own Heart

Which of us does not struggle with King David being called “a man after God’s own heart” when he later committed adultery and murder?  How can a man with such grievous sins be given such a high title?

Author Jeff Middleton joins us this morning to discuss his new book The Treasured King, which looks at the life of King David and explores the life of a simple shepherd boy who went on the be Israel’s greatest King.

“God’s love for us and desire for us to know Him and to treasure Him only is paramount throughout scripture. God’s Word shares that “David is a man after God’s own heart.” David’s heart is revealed to us in the Bible and is most evident in the Psalms, where David shares his heart’s cry and desire to glorify his Heavenly Father. David also prophetically praises the coming Messiah, the Treasured King.

Like all of us, David was imperfect, yet he demonstrated a desire and commitment to fulfill God’s will throughout his life. David left us an example of passionate devotion and humble repentance. His journey of grace, restoration and hope still rings true for us today. As we study God’s Word, may we also see that God is after our hearts as well.

Be that man or woman after God’s own heart!  Experience that same passion for God as David did. Take this journey through the life of David.  Allow it to penetrate your heart. Reflect on the questions at the end of each chapter and allow God, through His Holy Spirit, to speak to you and draw you closer to Christ Jesus, “The Treasured King.”

 

In our final segments, Mike and David look at more stories of verbal and legal intimidation of Christians simply trying to exercise their freedom of religious expression and discuss how long it might be before the true church in America is driven under ground.

The Treasured King: A Walk Through the Life of King David

 

ARTICLES

Retired pastor threatened with eviction over Bible study

Landlord claims Christian gatherings are, in fact, a ‘business’

 

Message to Catholic hierarchy: Stop deflecting, stop lying

The problem in dealing with abuse by priests in the Roman Catholic Church, according to one expert, is in the hierarchy.

The Fight for Religious Freedom has Just Begun

If you are naive enough to think that simply because the Supreme Court gave a narrow victory to cake baker Jack Phillips earlier this year means our religious freedoms are secure – you’re living in a fantasy world.  Do not underestimate the intolerance and vile hatred of the radical left as well as the LGBTQ movement toward God and Christianity.

The ink was barely wet on the Supreme Court decision favoring Philips, and now he is back in court accused of a similar “crime” in the minds of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.  This time, a man claiming to be a woman filed a lawsuit against the Christian baker. The Colorado Commission will this time claim they are sensitive to Phillips’ religious beliefs, but that this type of “discrimination” just cannot be tolerated.  Mike and David will look at the complaint in detail to help you understand how Christians are being set up for badgering and intimidation, all in the hopes of shutting us up.

In our first segment, Mike and David discuss church security with retired Police Office, Joel Benson, who has a passion to equip churches to protect their members when they assemble to worship God.

Shared: “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; 18 and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. 20 For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.Matthew 10:16-20

 

ARTICLES

Baker Back in Court After Colorado Claims He Discriminated by Declining to Make Cake Celebrating ‘Gender Transition’

‘Evil Is a Make-Believe Concept’: Couple Who Biked Around the World, Concluding Humans Are Basically Good, Killed by ISIS Terrorists

Comments and Questions from You!

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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?

What Suffering Says About Us As Christians

None of us ever truly wants to suffer and yet the Bible says we should take joy in our sufferings.  And how we handle life’s problems and times of suffering speaks volumes about the level or maturity of our faith and trust in God.

Sometimes what we think is suffering is nothing more than life not going the way we would like it.  Other times, we truly suffer. It is in those times we either lean into and trust God, or double down our own efforts to find peace and avoid the pain life sometimes brings.

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute and Silver Birch ranch joins us to discuss the role of suffering in the lives of disciples of Jesus Christ.

 

SCRIPTURES

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 1 Peter 1:3-7

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; 12 If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us; 13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. 2 Timothy 2:11-13

 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:3-5

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; 7 and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

A Strong Warning to the Churches

In the book of Revelation, (The Revelation of Jesus Christ), chapters 2 and 3 focus on some of the good deeds of early believers as well as important warnings Jesus gives to seven churches in the area.  While Scripture contains some encouragement for each church, Jesus also includes serious warnings of necessary repentance. John details how some of the churches were falling for apostasy and mentioned persecution for those remaining faithful.

Were these letters solely for those specific early churches?  Do the warnings of Jesus apply to us in any way and do they contain warnings for today’s church?  Let’s take a quick look at what Jesus said and what John wrote. You’ll likely find it very relevant to our churches today and may even notice some striking parallels to America. There is a clear call to repent and return to the things of God, including urgency about the times and passion for truth.

 

REVELATION, CHAPTERS 2 & 3

A brief look at Revelation 2:1-29 and Revelation 3:1-22

MESSAGE TO EPHESUS

‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; 3 and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent. (Rev 2:2-5)

MESSAGE TO SMYRNA

‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.’ (Rev. 2:9-11)

MESSAGE TO PERGAMUM

 ‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality. (Rev. 2:13-14)

MESSAGE TO THYATIRA

 ‘I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first. 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. … Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come. 26 He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations; (Rev. 2:19-2125-26)

MESSAGE TO SARDIS

He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. 3 So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you. 4 But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy… (Rev. 3:1-4)

MESSAGE TO PHILADELPHIA

 ‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9 Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. (Rev. 3:8-10)

MESSAGE TO LAODICEA (AMERICAN CHURCH?)

 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, 18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. (Rev. 3:15-20)

Chipping Away At The Foundation Of The Christian Church

The church established by Jesus Christ through the apostles will never be defeated.  That church is comprised of committed believers and disciples around the world.  But what we have come to call “church” here in America—a place of worship rather than the people who worship—is coming under a variety of attacks from various sources.

Satan is using institutions like media, public education, Hollywood, and government to conform public opinion to the values of the Left, and to bully and pressure the church into compliance or silence.  The enemy is also using our own personal pride by appealing to our flesh to get us to believe that what we think or feel is on a par with what God says in His Word.

John Loeffler of Steel on Steel Radio has been a Watchman on the Wall for several decades, warning Christians about direct as well as subtle attacks of the enemy against the church.  John joins us to look at the growing division in our nation and church, and how we can guard our hearts and our thought process against this deception.

 

ARTICLES (COVERED IN SEGMENT 3)

Couple Prohibited From Hosting Bible Study, Worship on Property Without Permit Under Threat of Fines

School District Threatens to Call Police if Christian Distributes Bibles on Campus

Freedom: It Can Be Taken or Surrendered

We value our freedoms as American citizens, especially the freedom of speech and religious expression. Knowing that the Bible is the basis of our nation’s laws and morality, we also recognize without them we are no better than Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union.

In our first segment today, we talk with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council to discuss President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, as well as new studies about the opioid crisis and significantly lower birth rates in Wisconsin.

We live in times where some would like to take our freedoms from us.  Globalists and Marxists look for every opportunity to make government god and enslave us to their standards of [im]morality.  But we can also be easily deceived into voluntarily giving up our freedoms in the name of “progress.”  We also discuss an article from the website “Technocracy” about A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) and how it is shaping the future of medical research and treatment.  The potential ramifications are chilling. Finally, Canada finds more ways to discriminate against Christians and clamp down on religious freedom.

 

ARTICLES

A.I. and the Future of Medical Treatment

Canada clamping down on religious freedom

The Heart of a Missionary

As we live a life of comfort, safety, and so many blessings we take for granted here in America, we need to be reminded that the USA is not the center of the universe. Around the world, there are thousands of Christians dedicated to missionary work and spreading the gospel to every tribe, tongue and nation.  And in too many countries, our brothers and sisters face discrimination, imprisonment and even death. Our responsibility as Christians is to pray for them and support them as God leads us.

Today we are joined by Dave Bell, who along with his wife Jen, have been missionaries to Kenya for more than a decade.  (MPM Kenya on the web) The Bells founded Mahali pa Maisha, an infant rescue center that helps care for and locate Christian families to adopt orphaned babies.

Dave joins us to talk about the work God has them doing and the obstacles they face in sharing the gospel and the hope of Jesus Christ in poor nations. We will also share a few news stories of Christians in Africa, North Korea, India, and China being persecuted for their faith in Christ.

 

Tonight in Neenah, WI: Ice Cream Social to benefit Dave and Jenn Bell, ‘Mahali pa Maisha’ – an infant rescue center in Kenya. 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Schlidt Park, 1780 Cold Spring Road, Neenah WI 54956

 

ARTICLES

Risking Life and Limb to Bring Christianity to North Korea

Sinister: What’s behind the Genocide That’s Left 6,000 Nigerian Christians Dead

Twenty Christians Severely Injured in Assault on Prayer Gathering in Northern India

Looking Behind the Curtain

It is easy to pursue comfort, leisure, luxury and peace in part by living in our own little bubbles, impervious to all that is happening around us.  Newsflash: the nation as well as the church in America are divided. Biblical illiteracy is rampant and true history has been rewritten, but on the surface things are good for most Americans.

Aside from the national debt, the economy is generally stable with historically low unemployment and increasing jobs every month.  But under the surface things are volatile and becoming more contentious by the day.  Because political disagreement has been replaced with vicious hate and personal attacks, many fear our nation may be on the brink of a second civil war.  The Far Left is committed to globalism and are beside themselves as President Trump continues to push his “America First” platform which includes appointing pro-life judges that might threaten the legal murder of innocent children.

Behind the scenes, elites and the establishment continue to work on the foundation of a one world government where God is dismissed and mankind elevates itself. Today we discuss the Deep State, transhumanism, end times prophecy, and a recent survey showing over 60 percent of 18-36 year-old Americans favor socialism; much higher than previous polls.

Gary Kah of Hope For the World has researched and written about the coming one world government for thirty years and joins us this morning to take a look behind the curtain at the systematic move to globalism.

 

ARTICLES

The Deep State – Article by Gary Kah

How Much Longer Will We Have Religious Freedom?

As we come off the celebration of our nation’s independence, we realize how precious our freedoms are and how easily we take them for granted. We also know how close we might be to losing them.  Freedom of speech is under attack by overzealous liberal, politically-correct crowd, and the hatred of Christians is rearing its ugly head right here in the land of the free.

This morning we look at a few stories on how our freedoms are being challenged, and the tactics those on the left are using to silence Christians. It is a multi-faceted attack including the use of words and accusation, attacks that should be taken seriously by believers.

We touch on the battle over nominations for Supreme Court Justice, and also do a follow-up report on the resignation of Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Church and examine details about how the most powerful pastor in America was forced to resign.

 

ARTICLES

Christian Man Faces 2 Years in Jail for Criticizing Homosexuality

Bill Hybels ‘Entered Into Sin,’ Willow Creek Elders Now Admit, Apologizing for Not Believing Women

Elders of Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois have now admitted that founder and former senior pastor Bill Hybels “entered into sin,” adding that they should have believed the women who made sexual misconduct accusations against him earlier this year.

“We apologize and ask for forgiveness that the tone of our initial response was not one of humility and deep concern for all the women involved. It takes courage for a woman to step forward and share her story,” the elders of the evangelical megachurch wrote in a statement published on Saturday.

“We are grieved that we let Bill’s statement stand for as long as we did that the women were lying and colluding. We now believe Bill entered into areas of sin related to the allegations that have been brought forth.”

Washington Megapastor booted amid claims of ‘adultery’

Liberal Attacks on Amy Barrett’s Christian Faith Resurface as Trump Interviews Her for SCOTUS

Risking Your Life and Family for the Gospel

Have you ever thought about how you would react if suddenly you or your family were threatened, demanding you to deny your allegiance to Jesus Christ? And if you’re thinking to yourself, “I would never do that, no matter what,” remember the Apostle Peter said the same thing – and then cowered.

Today, Mike and David talk with a man who was confronted with that horror. Bishop Pervaiz Joseph, a Christian leader from Pakistan who had a good relationship with government leaders there. He was able to share the gospel freely until he was falsely accused of a crime, kidnapped, tortured, and his family was forced to flee to Sri Lanka and eventually to the U.S. His story became known by Voice of the Martyrs.

He started Bishop Joseph Ministries International in December 2016, a non-profit organization, working with people around the globe uplifting communities and spreading a message of Hope, Peace and Love. Joseph, along with his family moved to the United States of America after facing religious persecution in his homeland and stayed in exile for a little over four years. They now run a local Church in affiliation with the Foursquare Missions and connect, build and uplift communities around the world by organizing mission trips, conferences and seminars within various states and worldwide.

In our final segment, we look at a chilling commentary on how youth are being brainwashed and indoctrinated into socialism and atheism by social media giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter.

ARTICLES

Family fleeing persecution in Pakistan finds new home in Rapid City

In the quiet oasis of a Rapid City church, Pervaiz Joseph on Tuesday calmly spoke of a cell, thousands of miles away, where kidnappers once tortured him for his Christian faith.

An evangelical Bishop from Pakistan, Joseph, 47, has been living in Rapid City with his wife, son, and daughter for a little more than a month. They are here because their home country has become too dangerous for them.

After years of living as refugees in Sri Lanka with their paperwork hanging in limbo, the family has successfully received asylum in the United States thanks to help from the office of U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Pastor Kelli Patterson of Restored Life Outreach Fellowship church in Rapid City.

…[2016 was] the first year in his entire life that Joseph had been able to openly celebrate Christmas. The family decorated the exterior of their new home with strings of lights, something they would never have done in Pakistan.

A Day in the Life of a Christian pastor in Pakistan – Front Page Mag

Joseph: “In Pakistan, when someone is condemned by the Blasphemy Law, the militants do not wait for the court to take action; they decide themselves whether they want to kill the person or not… Muslim militants falsely accuse innocent Christians in charge of 295 C(Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law) sometimes to take revenge; to occupy their land/ property; to show that they are more powerful; to earn more money; to become popular among the native people; and to degrade and discriminate minorities.

They made visits to the Bishop’s Council finding me there; they said they would cut me into pieces and distribute my body parts among the Christian clergymen. Then I was called by one of the Bishops. He warned me of the situation. And many others warned me that militants wanted to burn and kill me and my family. All this harassment and blackmail caused me to go into hiding. I went into hiding because I could not make any public appearance or do ministry. Neither did my children have the freedom to go out anywhere.

SEGMENT 2 & 3

Deconstructing Young Minds – Robert Knight

A major problem for those trying to counter cultural Marxism is the leftward tilt of social media. Facebook and Twitter, plus Google and Vimeo, have been caught suppressing conservative viewpoints and boosting progressive posts and videos.

In January 2018, undercover video sting artist James O’Keefe caught several Twitter engineers explaining how conservative viewpoints are “shadow banned.”

“The idea of a shadow ban is that you ban someone but they don’t know they’ve been banned, because they keep posting and no one sees their content,” one explained. “So, they just think that no one is engaging with their content, when in reality, no one is seeing it.”

Another engineer noted that because they were in liberal California, there were “unwritten rules” to suppress conservative content

William J. Federer explains, animus toward their own country and free market capitalism among many younger Americans – even Christians – is no accident but the result of a conditioning process that begins in the elementary and secondary schools and goes into overdrive in universities.

“There is actually a socialist-communist tactic called ‘deconstruction,’ where you separate a people from their past, get them into a neutral position where they do not remember where they came from, then you can easily brainwash them into whatever future you have planned for them…

Next, the intolerant Southern Poverty Law Center is at it again, labeling Christian ministries as “hate groups.”

Poof! SPLC sets rules at Amazon

On the Brink of Cataclysmic Change?

You would be hard pressed to remember a time when world leaders faced such a series of important decisions that could lead to world wide war or calamity. Here are just a few things to consider: increased attacks against Israel by Hamas, an Iranian regime developing nuclear weapons; Russia is entrenched in Syria with an eye on Israel; Islam is sweeping across Europe and Asia; and Western nations are arguing about trade and tariffs which could lead to economic turmoil.

All of this is set against the background of Bible prophecy and is happening at a time when the ‘professing’ Christian Church in America and Europe seems to be floundering due in part to apathy, heresy, and an ecumenical movement that puts unity and peace above truth.

This week, a crucial summit is taking place between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un spurred on by the president’s tough rhetoric against North Korea. Without God’s word as our anchor of hope, we could easily get depressed. But His word is truth and His promises everlasting.  Gary Kah of Hope For the World has studied and written about the coming one world government and religion, and joins us to put all this into proper context and perspective.

A Church of Compromise, Not Courage

This morning, Mike and David cover a couple of stories pointing to continuing compromise of the Gospel and word of God in a growing number of churches under the guise of “love.” We look at a United Methodist Church hosting Muslims for a Ramadan Dinner for Muslims, and a a member of Presbyterian Church in America hosting a gathering of pastors and church leaders on “Redeeming Queer Culture” and “empowering the church to embrace the LGBT.”

(Scheduled speakers include an open homosexual; a bi-sexual man; a woman who is attracted to women but is married to a man; and straight speakers who welcome open lesbians and homosexuals in the church.)

In our first segment, we check in with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council to see what is happening on the pro-life and pro-family front in Madison and around the state. We look at new research from Barna that discusses the views of Americans concerning the direction of our nation including 77% of people surveyed who say we are heading in the wrong direction morally and culturally.

 

ARTICLES

United Methodist Megachurch Hosts Ramadan Dinner

Mefford: Don’t rejoice over ‘Revoice’ Conference

Understanding What SCOTUS Did and Did NOT Do in the Phillips Case

Jack Phillips was victorious in his argument in front of the Supreme Court and we praise God for the outcome.  But this morning we will examine how the Court stopped far short of assuring Christians that their religious conscience would be protected. There are some warning signs that Monday’s victory, while important to Phillips, might not be significant in the big picture.  The battle was not won Monday; In fact, the ruling may have signaled SCOTUS is not prepared to guarantee people freedom of religious conscience that their rights will be protected.

In our first segment, we are joined by Tina Marie Griffin, “Counter Culture Mom” to look at challenges parents face in raising their children morally in the face of Hollywood, media, secular music, video games, and apps.

 

ARTICLES

Steam store school-shooting game ‘appalling’

Outrage over ‘horrendous’ Active Shooter video game that lets children play the role of a gunman on a murder spree at school

The Rapid Retraction of a School-Shooting Video Game

Valve Has Removed a School Shooting Simulator From Steam, Calling the Developer a ‘Troll’

Miss America Changes: No More Swimsuit Competition

Court prevented ‘catastrophe,’ tip-toed around precedent

American Bible Society to Require Church Attendance, Certain Beliefs about LGBT

SUPREME COURT: Bake That Cake, Jack! (But What About the Rest of Us?)

What the Media Won’t Tell You About Islam

These are some of the mantras you will hear the mainstream media spout when talking about Islam: it’s a religion of peace and tolerance, we all worship the same God, Muslims just want to live and let live.  For whatever reason—ignorance or willful deception—the media refuses to look at the true history of Islam with objectivity.

The fact is Islam is a socio-political system disguised as a religion with a track record of violence and oppression wherever it spreads.  While most Muslims may be people who want to live peacefully and are not radicalized, they have pledged allegiance to a false deity who calls for violence and oppression of anyone who defies its creeds and teachings.

Tony Gurule of Ratio Christi Ministries is host of Truth Matters, Colliding Worldviews, and Islam and the News, and is an expert on Islam, Shariah Law, and The Muslim Brotherhood.  This morning he joins us to continue our discussion from part 1 of this interview, and shed light on what the media refuses to discuss about Islam.

Part 1 of our interview with Tony Gurule on Islam: The Dilemma of Islam to the Disciple of Jesus Christ

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What about the increase of Public Schools Teaching Islam compared to the censoring of Christianity?