Progressive Christianity

What is Behind the Modern Liberal Curtain?

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

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

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

 

Quote from John Loeffler:

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

 

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

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?

Mormon No Longer

In the final segment this morning, Mike and David look at an important announcement from leadership of the Mormon Church: they will no longer call themselves “Mormons” so they can, in their words, emphasize their “Christian” doctrine.  Those of us who understand the Bible compared to the foundational beliefs of Mormonism realize this is pure deception, and we’ll explore the potential reasons they are making this change in name only.

We’ll also look at an interfaith religious coalition’s “Peace Caravan” headed to Israel to promote a peace treaty between Israel and the nations committed to her destruction.

In the first segment, we continue our look at “30 Biblical People You Need to Know” with Pastor Randy White.  Our subjects include Saul, King David, Solomon, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, John the Baptist, Nehemiah, King Herod and Daniel.

ARTICLE

Latter-Day Saints Drop ‘Mormon’ to Emphasize Their Doctrine as Christian

The Challenge and Opportunity of Islam’s Growth

When you see someone who is a Muslim, what is the first thing that pops into your mind?  Fear that he might be a radical or even a terrorist? Let’s be honest: how many of us see an opportunity to share the Gospel with him or her?  Truth be told many Christians might experience both initial reactions to some extent. Some are even in the category of people who feel nothing because they believe that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

The relationship and conflict between Biblical Christianity and Islam is a unique one; and there is a systematic attempt to blur the lines between Christianity and Islam, the world’s two largest religions.  Yes, there are a few similarities, but the theological contradictions trump all else. There is a type of “spiritual paralysis” for some Christians when the subject of Islam comes up.

Jesus is revered in the Islamic faith–but is he the same Jesus Christians claim as their Savior?

James K. Walker, president of Watchman Fellowship, takes you through more than a dozen major similarities and differences between the Jesus of the Bible and the Jesus of the Qur’an. You will learn…
how Islam affirms biblical concepts, even though it diverges from Scripture how the Qur’an promotes a deep respect of Jesus, while not identifying Him as a Savior how to cultivate conversational relationships with Muslims, despite your different beliefs and faith backgrounds

James Walker of Watchman Fellowship has written a brand new book contrasting the “Jesus” in the Quran (another Jesus) with the true Jesus of the Bible.  He joins us to draw those distinctions and give some practical advice on how we can share the gospel with Muslims and others who wrongly think both religions worship the same God.

What the Quran Really Teaches about Jesus: Prophet of Allah or Savior of the World? by James Walker (link to Amazon)

ARTICLE

Rapist Who Identifies as Woman Sent to Female Prison and Sexually Assaults More Women

Transanity! More Terrible Trans-Actions

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

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.

 

Got a thought? Share it… Text SPEAK UP to 90100. Leave us a message using the form below. Facebook & Twitter

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

The Garden of Eden Is A Real Historical Place

Today’s guest is Pastor Carl Gallups with a brand new book out: Gods of Ground Zero. He explains the importance of the Garden of Eden and how it is related to the holy mountain. Gallups points to the pivotal chapter of Genesis chapter 3.

Much of the real message of the Garden of Eden has been adjusted over time. Think of the eternal ramifications of that truth. Literally everything wrong with the world and our own personal lives, as well as the continual deluge of filth that you read in today’s headlines is directly linked to the Garden of Eden. Why is it then that we so frequently insist upon turning that vital chapter into an almost childlike bedtime story?

Mike and David also cover more of the disturbing trend of demonizing anyone who dares uphold a biblical view of sexuality. This time, Chicago Cubs’ pro baseball player, Daniel Murphy is coming under fire for comments he made back in 2015.

 

ARTICLES

The Cubs deserve every bit of criticism they’ve gotten for the Daniel Murphy trade (SB Nation)

 

GALLUP’S NEW BOOK

GODS OF GROUND ZERO UNCOVERS THE LONG-BURIED TRUTH:

* Did you know the Bible tells us exactly where the original Garden of Eden was located?

* Have you ever wondered what really happened in the Garden?

* What is the full truth of why the Garden was created in the first place?

* Was the Garden serpent really a walking-talking snake?

* Did Jesus reveal deep secrets about the Garden of Eden?

* Did you know that Jesus actually mentioned the Garden of Eden while He was on the cross?

* Exactly what is it that Satan, and the demonic realm, is so desperately trying to hide from us?

* How does what happened in the Garden directly relate to today s world, our personal lives, our walk with the Lord, and where eternity is actually headed?

The Lure of Celebrity Pastors

The growing fascination with mega-churches and celebrity pastors continues in the land of “bigger is better.” In the United States of entertainment, it seems many professing Christians would rather follow a man or what seems popular instead of God and His Word.  Certainly not all large churches are bad, but the number of mega-churches and celebrity pastors drifting from sound doctrine is on the rise. So is controversy in the church.

Today, Mike and David hone in on one celebrity pastor and author, Andy Stanley. Stanley has never shied away from controversy, making outrageous statements in the recent past.  His latest advice: Christians need to “unhitch” themselves from the Old Testament.  His rationale? Paul and Peter told the first century church they should do the same! We’ll weigh in with what the Word of God says about the Hebrew Scriptures and try to figure out why Stanley would say something so outrageous.

 

ARTICLES

Andy Stanly actually appears to aim for the heresy of Marcionism; He clearly says that God is the same God in both testaments, but says that he reveals himself in two completely different ways. Just like Marcion, he argues that the church must “unhitch” from the Old Testament. He actually says: “I am convinced for the sake of this generation and the next generation, we have to rethink our apologetic as Christians, and the less we depend on the Old Testament to prop up our NewTestament faith the better because of where we are in [the] culture.”

The church cannot “unhitch” from the Old Testament without unhitching from the gospel Jesus preached. Speaking of the Old Testament Scriptures, Jesus said “it is they that bear witness about me.” (John 5:39)

Several years ago, I argued that Andy Stanley represents a new face of theological liberalism. In our day, he is playing the role that was played by Harry Emerson Fosdick in the early twentieth century. Stanley may not intend to play that role — he sees himself as an apologist.

So did Fosdick. He sought to rescue Christianity from itself, from its doctrines and truth claims. He cited his own “deconversion” stories as justification for remaking Christianity.

He also sought to “unhitch” Christianity from the Old Testament. In his famous 1923-1924 Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale, Fosdick called for a new, modern understanding of the Bible. This would require jettisoning what were for him and many others the embarrassing parts of the Old Testament. He described the effort to retain much of the Old Testament as “intellectually ruinous and morally debilitating.” To the young preachers of that day, Fosdick argued: “The Old Testament exhibits many attitudes indulged in by men and ascribed to God which represent early stages in a great development, and it is alike intellectually ruinous and morally debilitating to endeavor to harmonize those early ideals with the revelations of the great prophets and the Gospels.”

 

More from Ablert Mohler: Getting “Unhitched” from the Old Testament? Andy Stanley Aims at Heresy

America’s megachurch model “isn’t working.”

“My suggestion is that people (and I’m talking primarily to evangelical Christians) be much more suspicious than they tend to be — about powerful, celebrity spiritual leaders who are not accountable to anyone but themselves and their handpicked boards (‘yes men’),” he wrote.

America’s “obsession with celebrities, ‘bigness,’ entertainment, and ‘success'” is one of the underlying problems. “This obsession has obviously filtered into American religion and, sadly, even into American evangelical Christianity,” he warned.

Olson pointed out that in recent years, “several founders and leaders of evangelical, independent mega-churches have fallen off their celebrity-pastor pedestals hard. (read more:)

 

Celebrity Pastors Falling Hard; Evangelicals Must Be More Suspicious

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology wrote an article published by a peer-reviewed medical journal this month that touches on the “alarming trend” of people requesting surgical procedures to make their facial structures as appealing as their selfies.

The trend is referred to as “Snapchat dysmorphia” and has been on the incline in recent years with the development of social media filters that incorporate photo-editing technologies similar to ones used to glorify models and celebrities on magazine covers.

Although some filters can be used to smooth skin, enhance lips and whiten teeth in photographs, the report claims that the trend is alarming because “filtered selfies often present an unattainable look and are blurring the line of reality and fantasy for these patients.”

The researchers warned that the use of these filters can have an impact on a person’s self-esteem and even make a person “feel inadequate for not looking a certain way in the real world.”

 

Doctors Warn about Rise of Patients Seeking Plastic Surgery to Look Like Their Social Media Selfies

Who is Influencing Whom?

The Church should be full of salt, preserving culture, providing flavor, and being a positive influence in secular society.  Instead, by any measurable standard, immorality is increasing and secular culture is infiltrating and influencing the church in part by creating division and deceiving many.  Whether out of ignorance, fear, or heartfelt but compassion, more congregants as well as church leaders are embracing secular principles and beliefs in the hopes of attracting the world.

Today, Mike and David look at several news stories addressing this subject, including the ongoing controversy at Willow Creek Church as it prepares for its Global Leadership Summit. We also discuss a survey revealing the majority of Christians think God wants them to prosper financially, and the author of ‘The Shack’ claims unbelievers can still be saved even after they die.

 

ARTICLES

Willow Creek Teaching Pastor Resigns over New Allegations against Bill Hybels

New allegations surfaced Sunday against Bill Hybels, founding pastor of Willow Creek Church, leading his successor to announce his resignation. Steve Carter, teaching pastor at the Chicago-based megachurch, announced his resignation on his blog, saying that he can no longer lead the church in light of its earlier responses to the allegations against Hybels.

Hybels stepped down earlier this year after multiple women reported instances of sexual harassment and misconduct. Carter said in his resignation, “The new facts and allegations that came to light this morning are horrifying,”

He went on to explain that he was troubled by the initial response of the church’s elders. Then, their ongoing response did not align with what he believed the church should do. After many conversations with them, he was that there was a “fundamental difference” between his perception of how the church should handle the allegations and that of the elders.

Heather Larson continues to serve as the executive pastor at Willow Creek.

God and his ‘cash back’ bonus

According to a survey conducted by LifeWay Research last year, nearly seven in ten Protestant church attenders (69%) believe God wants them to prosper financially. Nearly four in ten (38%) say their church teaches that God will return blessings to them if they give more money to their church or other charities. A solid one-fourth (26%) agree that to receive material blessings from God, they “have to do something for God.”

…Christian apologist and lecturer Dr. Alex McFarland says that’s not what the Bible says. In fact, he argues it’s a heretical teaching that focuses the Christian’s attention on the gift, not the giver.

“If there’s anything that is very often an obstacle to holiness and to being conformed to the image of Christ, it’s money,” he observes, then asks: “Why would God want to make sure every Christian’s life is filled with that thing that may be the most serious obstacle to Christ-likeness?”

Worship the same deity? Don’t believe it, says American Pastors Network

The APN leader [Sam Rohrer] says it cannot be overstated that the Church must not be complicit in this concerted effort to undermine and make irrelevant the Christian faith and an unwavering belief and truth in Christ Jesus. Toward that end, he’s spearheading an effort to educate Christians about the rise of Islam in America – and that includes answering questions he contends many believers may be fearful or too intimidated to ask.

“Americans generally do not know what Islam is really all about,” he explains. “It’s a political system; it’s a way of life that happens to hijack on the back of a faith. They don’t know that. And most people – and the church in America, in particular – are asleep relative to how Islam and those who promoting it are finding its way into the Church in America.”


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

Abusing the Word of God for Political Gain

It’s always stunning when Liberals use the Word of God to promote their anti-biblical stances; especially when they are the ones that usually fight tooth and nail against the government creating laws based on scripture.  But hypocrisy knows no boundaries and this morning we look at quoted from Elizabeth Warren and Senator Cory Booker, abusing the scriptures to promote a pro-abortion agenda.  yes, that’s the same Cory Booker that Willow Creek elevated as a next great “Christian” leader at its leadership Summit just a few years back.

And not to be outdone in abusing scripture, Red Letter Christians have once again shown their true colors of hypocrisy, claiming to be “pro-life,” but refusing to condemn abortion as sin and murder.

In our first segment this morning, Mike and Crash check in with Tina Griffin, Counter-Culture Mom, to discuss ways to protect our children from the dangers of Hollywood, video games and the internet.

 

ARTICLES

From The Christian Post:

Democratic Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts used Bible verses to call American supporters of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh “complicit in evil.” [Read at ChristianPost.com]

 

From Christian News:

A federal judge appointed to the bench by then-President Barack Obama has issued a preliminary injunction against a policy under the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) that excludes “transsexual surgeries” from Medicaid coverage as they are deemed to be medically unnecessary. [Read at ChristianNews.net]

No Topic Off Limits! Our Listeners Ask The Best Questions

Our favorite podcast is every Friday when listeners to Stand Up for the Truth ask questions or share their comments. Send yours in early in order to get in line for next week’s show!

  • Why does God allow suffering and evil in this world?

  • What if God really gave us the desires of our hearts?

  • It’s so easy to give advice and godly counsel rather than follow that same advice!

  • Do we have it too good (are Christians spoiled) here in America?

  • Are ‘Social Justice Christians’ worshiping self or the world above God?

  • Have you ever heard of “Faith, Hope, and Cancer” seminars?

  • How were Michael and Lisa Gungor able to live a “Christian” lie for years?

  • How sad that Christian conservatives were called judgmental, bigoted, and unloving years ago when trying to warn the church about progressive apostates such as the Gungors.

  • Showing grace to young people: any of us who are older could have been deceived IF we had lived in these times when confusion, indoctrination, lies, leftism, evolution, and humanism reigns.

  • I’ve heard the word “dominionism” used in both negative and positive contexts; which is it?

  • Does John mean in 1 John 3 that our ongoing sin can still condemn us?

 

SCRIPTURES ON SUFFERING

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

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. 14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; 16 but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name. 1 Peter 4:12-16

 

SCRIPTURE FOR FINAL QUESTION

Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. 7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. 1 John 3:4-10

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

Silencing Bible-Believing Christians

One of the easiest ways to get someone mad at you these days is to proclaim something like “I believe the Bible is the Word of God and Jesus is the truth.” The reaction you receive will vary from a look of pity because you are “ignorant” to an angry or defensive response because they see you as a narrow-minded, homophobic bigot.  And while American Christians still enjoy religious freedoms for the most part, many around the world do not. Make no mistake: the left is out to strip you of those freedoms any way they can; and they will stop at nothing until you are badgered, bullied or intimidated into silence.

This morning we look at how social media and the legal system is trying to silence Christians.

In our first segment, Mike and David talk with Attorney and professor, Mark Maxwell, a Christian in the entertainment industry who has written a new book that questions the effectiveness and morality of networking for success.

Networking Kills: Success Through Serving

 

ARTICLES

Boy or Girl? Parents Raising “Theybies” – Jim Denison

Slouching Toward Pedophilia – Peter Heck

NY pro-lifers survive AG’s all-out attempt to silence them

A Confused Generation Wandering From God

The statistics are clear and frightening: Between 70-80% of young professing Christians walk away from their Christian upbringing as they enter College.  There are certainly many factors that play into this sad situation:  Public Education; a media sold out to humanism and godlessness; Hollywood and an entertainment industry appealing to sex and violence.  So what can we as committed Christians do about it?

This morning we continue our look at the sad story of Michael and Lisa Gungor, once rising stars in Christian music until Michael renounced his belief in God and the Bible. They were living a lie. They admitted many times they felt they couldn’t even read God’s word anymore. Lisa says that one of the reasons they strayed into doubt and unbelief was they were afraid to ask questions at church and admit their doubts.

Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute has been a teacher for more than 35 years and he shares his thoughts as to how we can reach young people and address their questions.

Culture Collapse: the Dismantling of Truth & Church

When God is abandoned, truth ignored, and moral relativism accepted, any culture or society suffers as a result. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s happening in America. There are many factors involved including the falling away from traditional biblical doctrines and the past silence of Christians, but what we are seeing today is open rebellion against God as Creator and against the lordship of Jesus Christ. 

Rather than being part of the solution to our nation’s growing immorality, American Christianity has often been part of the problem! Rather than being separate from the pattern of this world, too many professing believers have conformed to culture and then end up justifying their actions and lifestyles. Many have failed to build a solid foundation on Truth, and the end result is compromise or deception. Is the true Gospel preached and understood in your local church or are essential elements missing in action? This is the heart of the issue.

We’re blessed to have Eric Barger of Take a Stand Ministries back on the program today. He is one of many authors included in a brand new book, Deceivers: Exposing Evil Seducers & Their Last Days Deception.

We cover much SO much ground today as we catch up with Eric. We touch on the unprecedented level of media bias, political correctness, and hatred toward President Trump; the LGBTQ agenda advancing full speed ahead, and how well-meaning Christians have practically embraced false teachings.

From the Emergent Church and men (wolves) whose teachings we should avoid, to the sugary sweet preaching we often hear in many American churches, we discuss the importance of context, doctrine, and the lack of depth in the evangelical church today.

Eric Barger says the new evangelicals “have replaced salt with syrup,” adding: “Make no mistake; the postmodern penchant to hear only what they want and to reject the breadth of doctrine may sound sweet to their ears but results in spiritual sickness with incalculable costs.”

More from Eric: the New, Truly Confused Evangelicals, video – “What Do We Do Now?”

SCRIPTURES

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority. Colossians 2:6-10

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. 4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Jude 1:3-4

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

ARTICLES

Transgender Role Model, Jazz Jennings: Normalizing An Unnatural Ideology

Robert DeNiro Says ‘F— Trump,’ Gets Standing Ovation from Hollywood

Peter Fonda: ‘Put Barron Trump in a Cage with Pedophiles’ 

Andy Stanley’s Twisted View of Scripture – Eric Barger video

The Damage and Influence of the Progressive ‘Emergent Church’

But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Tim. 3:13-17


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

Questions and Comments from the Email Bag!

Thank you so much for keeping us busy! On Fridays, we read your comments and answer your questions from the week, always reminding you to prayerfully check everything you hear with the perfect, eternal Word of the living God.

Some of the topics we discuss this week include:

  • Liberal theology and prosperity preaching infiltrating the church

  • ignorance about Islam in America

  • Christian college students struggling with liberal, secular professors

  • the latest apostasy of Jim Wallis and Sojourners

  • does implementing church security mean we don’t trust the sovereignty of God?

  • pastors that avoid teaching from the Old Testament

  • our interview with Tony Gurule of ratio Christi Ministries on Sharia Law

  • a listener from England concerned about political correctness and the growing Muslim population

  • the conundrum within the Southern Baptist Convention