December 7, 2013
Guest: Justin Peters, conference speaker on the Word of Faith movement
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies” (2 Peter 2:1).
The Word of Faith movement. The health, wealth, and prosperity gospel. Continuationism vs. cessationism. Speaking in tongues, healings, and miracles. Slain in the Spirit. Second filling of the Spirit. Charismatics, pentecostals, the new apostles.
It’s a glossary of terms that can make your head swim. But what exactly do these terms mean and why is it important for a Christian to understand the wide spectrum of movements, doctrines, and leaders? Some say it’s not important and just dividing the body of Christ. So which is it?
A much-publicized conference called “Strange Fire” that focused on these issues was held recently at John MacArthur’s church in Los Angeles. One of the speakers was Justin Peters, who was born with cerebral palsy and presents seminars all over the world on the Word of Faith movement. Justin will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to offer a biblical perspective with grace and truth.
November 30, 2013
Guest: Gregg Frazer, author, The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).
It has become a never-ending debate: What kind of faith, if any, did the Founders and Framers of America have and what was their vision for our country?
One side says that they (e.g. George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, etc.) were committed believers in God and the Bible and were intent on permeating our nation with a Christian worldview. The other side says that the founders were either deists or atheists and sought to construct a wall “separating church and state”.
So which is it and how does it matter today? Professor Gregg Frazer, author of a very interesting new book, The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders, makes the case that our Founders were neither biblical Christians nor atheists but rather what he calls “theistic rationalists”.
Join us this Thanksgiving Weekend on The Christian Worldview as we talk with Gregg Frazer about the faith of our founders.
Note: This program originally aired May 26, 2012
November 23, 2013
“After coming into the house they [the Magi] saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).
Can someone explain how the Magi giving gifts to baby Jesus turned into the modern-day cultural norm of bustling around town to buy stuff for each other at Christmas? What does giving someone an iPad or flat-screen TV actually have to do with remembering the birth of Christ?
As far as I can discern, nothing. The self-absorbed, materialistic ethos of the Christmas season is so intense that it is now overwhelming Thanksgiving as major stores open on Thanksgiving evening to get a jump on “Black Friday,” the biggest shopping day of the year. Even the Christmas cards that trickle in throughout the season have turned into comp cards — lots of pictures and info about the family but little or nothing about Jesus.
So what’s a Christian to do? In this crass age, is there a way to have a meaningful Christmas where the focus isn’t on self and shopping but rather on Christ? The answer is yes! We will discuss a “take back Christmas” plan this weekend on The Christian Worldview.
November 16, 2013
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).
If you’re looking for a simple and accurate explanation for why our society now views marriage as a state-recognized union of any two people regardless of gender, government-funded health care, food, and housing as “social justice,” killing a baby in a mother’s womb as “a women’s right to health care,” and spanking a rebellious child as “abuse,” look no further than the demise of the Bible-based worldview.
Human reasoning in all its rationalistic, euphemistic manifestations is on the rise while Scriptural understanding and application is on the wane. Most concerning is that those who should know better — professing Christians — accept and appropriate parts and pieces of this flawed human wisdom.
The Bible says “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). If we want a renewed mind, one that sees the world truthfully as God does, we must be taking in God’s mind on a regular basis.
But how do we do that? By reading the Bible? By hearing the Word preached? Those are two ways, but there are more. This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we will discuss five powerful ways to take in God’s Word so that you can “think biblically and live accordingly.”
November 9, 2013
Guest: Dave Gibson, pastor of missions and evangelism, Grace Church (Eden Prairie, MN)
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds” (Titus 2:11-14).
Many in our society, including some Christians, label those who live and speak boldly about their faith in Jesus Christ as “radical.”
These “radicals” are very specific about the gospel and what genuine saving faith is. They strive to become more like Christ and lead holy lives. They share the gospel at every possible opportunity. They seek to help others grow in their faith.
But shouldn’t this kind of “radical” Christian faith actually be normal? Doesn’t our walk and talk demonstrate what is most important to us? Shouldn’t love for God and others flow out of the Christian all day every day?
Dave Gibson, pastor of missions and evangelism at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN, joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about how a radical faith should actually be normal.
November 2, 2013
Guest: General (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, executive vice president, Family Research Council
“The high priest questioned them [apostles], saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name [Jesus], and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:27-29).
Last week, we discussed several examples of anti-Christian sentiment and policies that are cropping up within our military such as prohibitions against “proselytizing” and chaplains calling homosexuality a sin. Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association (AFA), told us about a recent Army briefing that labeled AFA a domestic hate group.
There was so much interest in the program that we decided to do a part 2 this week and speak with past and present Christian members of our military. Retired General Jerry Boykin, who spent 36 years in the military as an outspoken follower of Christ, will join us as well as a current U.S. Marine squad leader to tell us what it’s like to be a Christian serving in our Armed Forces.
Twila Brase, president of Citizens Council for Health Freedom (CCHF), will also update us on what has transpired in the first month of the Obamacare exchanges and what you can do if you are one of millions of people who have lost or will lose your existing health insurance. Note: For Twin Cities area listeners, consider attending CCHF’s annual dinner with U.S. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on Friday, November 15th.
October 26, 2013
“Do not go up nor fight, for I am not among you; otherwise you will be defeated before your enemies” (Deuteronomy 1:42).
Headline: The United States Military has become a vehicle for implementing God-rejecting policies and persecuting anyone who is outspoken in their Christian beliefs.
Since President Obama and his administration repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, the Clinton-era policy that allowed homosexuals to serve in the military as long as they weren’t open about it, there has been a purge of anything biblically Christian from our Armed Forces.
Christian soldiers have been threatened with court martial if they share their faith. Christian chaplains have been ordered not to pray in Jesus’s name or counsel against homosexuality. The Air Force Academy is considering removal of “so help me God” from its honor oath. An Army briefing labeled American Family Association a domestic hate group. The list goes on and on.
Tim Wildmon, the president of American Family Association and American Family Radio, joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about the de-Christianizing of the U.S. Military and what this means for our country and for Christians.
October 19, 2013
“Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Deuteronomy 7:9).
At its core, every element of our faith — salvation, eternal life, etc. — is based on God keeping promises He has made to us.
For example, God promised that He would send His own Son to make atonement for our sin … and He did. God promises forgiveness, reconciliation, and eternal life in heaven to those who would repent and believe in Christ’s work on the cross … and He has followed through on that.
From the beginning of time, God has made a handful of promises or covenants with man. In his new book, The Promises of God, Bible teacher Dr. RC Sproul shows how God’s covenants are important for us to understand so that our faith can rest in God’s perfect, promise-keeping character and nature.
Whether you lean Covenant or Dispensational in your theology, you will profit much from hearing Dr. Sproul talk about God’s unfailing promises.
October 12, 2013
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 6:1).
Last weekend, Cal Beisner told us how “social justice” undermines justice and the gospel by coercively taking the personal property of some to give it to others and by replacing undeserved favor (grace) with deserved rights (law). If you haven’t ordered a copy of Cal’s excellent booklet on social justice, we highly encourage you to do so by clicking here.
This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we are going to transition from social justice to social good. More specifically, “the spiritual danger of doing good.” What? There is a danger of doing good?
There are actually many, according to Peter Greer, president of Hope International, “a global non-profit focused on addressing both physical and spiritual poverty through microfinance” and the author of The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good.
Peter has experienced first-hand how good deeds to help the disadvantaged can not only hurt those being served, but can also hurt the one doing the serving if the mind and heart are not in the right place. If you’ve ever done or are thinking about doing social work overseas or even across the street, this is a must-hear program.
October 5, 2013
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:16-17).
“Social justice.” We’ve all heard the term. Many Christians, and most especially the younger generation, believe that Jesus’ primary call to His followers it to “rectify injustice wherever it occurs” — redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor through taxation, fighting “climate change”, ending human trafficking, advocating for international child labor laws and “fair-trade” economic practices.
But does this kind of social justice comport with the Bible’s teaching about true justice in a fallen world? Does it distract from or diminish the saving gospel of Jesus Christ? And how should Christians “learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow” and be gospel-centered?
Cal Beisner, founder of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about the “the sad and unintended consequences” of social justice, and how biblical Christians “need to understand the nature of, and difference between, justice and grace.”
NOTE: Cal Beisner has written an insightful 28-page booklet on this topic entitled Social Justice: How Good Intentions Undermine Justice and Gospel. Click here to receive a copy (or copies) for your donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.