Politics and Faith

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!

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.  

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.

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.

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.

  

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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.”

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.

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

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


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.

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

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

Listener Comments & Questions

These are some of your comments and questions we discuss today on air:

  • Should Every Christian be mature enough to be a teacher of the God’s Word?

  • What happens when a youth pastor uses games, entertainment, and get kids to “relate” to each other rather than teach the Bible or spiritual doctrines?

  • A brand new born-again believer in Christ asks for advice on her new life

  • Are some men more gifted spiritually than others?

  • The pattern of “positive preaching” rather than expository teaching in many churches today

  • A pastor writes us about feeling the pressure to put on a face that everything is wonderful in his life

  • If a person continues to be tempted and occasionally fall into sin, are they truly born-again?

  • Was Muhammad (Islam) influenced by the heresy of Arianism?

  • Are people waking up to the hypocrisy and hatred of today’s liberal leaders?

  • The fall of Willow Creek church leader Bill Hybels

  • Do some Christian leaders avoid controversial issues because they are either not informed or are they afraid they might lose members, tithes, or popularity?

Who is Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh?

In our first segment today, we check in with Tina Marie Griffin, Counter Culture Mom, to discuss some disturbing news in social media, entertainment, and gaming, including dangers parents need to be aware of in raising their children.

In our second segment today we look at the personal and judicial history of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Is there enough information to predict an outcome on the Senate vote and what kind of judge he would be? The opposition and “resistance” has commenced.

In segment three, we discuss a hard-hitting article titled “Four Progressive Steps into Apostasy” looking at how some churches (not just Catholics) and Christians fall into deep theological traps. Truly, deception is rampant!

 

ARTICLES

Mom Says 7-Year-Old’s Avatar was Sexually Assaulted on Gaming Site

For the First Time, a Transgender Woman (aka man) will Compete in Miss Universe

Netflix show host, Michelle Wolf salutes murder: “God bless abortion”

 

SEGMENT 2

Here are 5 Things to Know about Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh

The Kavanaugh Pick: Lamenting an Opportunity Lost – David French

The Art of Deception

Satan, the father of lies, has had thousands of years to hone his craft and deceive people. The Bible warns us that deception would become rampant and that many would be deceived, including some who profess to follow Jesus.

Deception is a craft, honed by tactics aimed at dismissing truth and demonizing anyone who opposes the deceiver.  And unless we recognize and understand the tactics, we too, are subject to that deception.

Dave Wager of Silver Birch ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute joins us to discuss some of these tactics used by the left and how to combat it with reason and the truth of God’s Word.

 

ARTICLES

The Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation – From Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth: The Rules of Disinformation (Includes The 8 Traits of A Disinformationalist) by H. Michael Sweeney. These 25 rules are everywhere in media, from political debates, to television shows, to comments on a blog.

Here are the first five:

1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil,

2. Become incredulous and indignant,

3. Create rumor mongers,

4. Use a straw man,

5. Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule.