April 24, 2014
Guest: Cal Beisner, author, Social Justice: How Good Intentions Undermine Justice and Gospel
“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 for your donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.
April 19, 2014
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
What took place on this weekend 2000 years ago was the most significant event in all of history.
Jesus Christ, having lived a perfect life, offered Himself on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for our sin, satisfying God’s wrath and justice for our sin. And then Christ rose victoriously over sin and death three days later, thus providing the one way for all of mankind to be reconciled with God.
To accomplish His work, Jesus Christ was and needed to be fully God and fully man. This is known as “the hypostatic union of Christ.” Why is this and how can that be? And what aspects of the gospel message are sometimes overlooked by biblical Christians? And what does the Christian’s union with Christ mean?
Greg Gilbert, senior pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and author of What Is The Gospel, joins us this Easter weekend on The Christian Worldview to answer these questions and others.
April 12, 2014
Guest: Paul Taylor, author, Don’t Miss the Boat
Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. Genesis 6:17-18
Hollywood can make a film about Noah and the flood, but because the filmmakers do not take Scripture for what it is—the inerrant, inspired, infallible Word of God—it shouldn’t be surprising that the story they depict has little to do with the truth revealed in the Bible.
The real story of the flood is found Genesis 6-9. And it’s quite a story. God sees the wickedness of mankind on the earth and decides to destroy “all flesh” with a flood. He tells Noah to build a gigantic vessel in order to survive His judgment. Animals of every kind join Noah and seven family members on the ark. A worldwide flood covers everything on earth. And finally a year later Noah and his family exit the ark to a transformed earth.
Our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview is Paul Taylor. He has written a book about the flood entitled, Don’t Miss the Boat. We will discuss many aspects of the flood and how it is still relevant for us today. We’ll take your questions too.
April 5, 2014
Guest: Brett and Sheila Waldman, owners, Tristan Publishing
“The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord” (Proverbs 16:33).
At a fundamental level, each day presents us with one decision after another. Some are fairly insignificant such as, What should I have for breakfast? or Should I wear a sweater or jacket?, while others are much more important: Should I marry the person I have been dating? or Should I donate to a heterosexual marriage amendment in my state and risk my career?
Scripture gives us clear answers on many decisions we face—No, do not marry an unbeliever; Yes, repent and believe in Christ whatever the cost; Yes, abstain from sexual intimacy outside of marriage. But there are other decisions where a biblical answer is not so clear. Decisions like How should I educate my kids? or Should I uproot my family to move to another state?
Christians want to know God’s will in making decisions. But how we can know God’s will when the decision we’re wrestling with isn’t clearly addressed in Scripture?
Joining us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to help answer that question will be Brett and Sheila Waldman, owners of Tristan Publishing. They will share their story of facing several key decisions over the past year where it wasn’t a matter of right or wrong but rather of discovering God’s best and finding His will.
March 29, 2014
Guest: Ray Comfort, producer of the film, Noah—And The Last Days
“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37-39).
Did you know that there are two films about Noah that have just released?
The first is Hollywood’s epic version—or perhaps better said, epic revision—starring Russell Crowe that according to Answers in Genesis is “unbiblical fantasy.”
The second is a 30-minute film, Noah—And The Last Days, produced by Ray Comfort and his ministry, Living Waters. Based on Christ’s prophecy in Matthew 24 that “the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah,” Comfort’s film portrays 10 signs in our society that point to the return of Christ in judgment in the same way God judged the world in Noah’s day.
What are these signs? How should Christians engage our spiritually declining culture? Ray Comfort will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to answer these questions, and he will give his view of the other Noah movie produced by Hollywood.
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March 22, 2014
Guest: Joni Eareckson Tada, founder, Joni and Friends
“Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them” (Psalm 139:16).
What does a just-passed child euthanasia law in Belgium have to do with a just-released film in America entitled God’s Not Dead?
Well, nothing…but in a sense, everything.
This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we will first speak with Joni Eareckson Tada, noted author and quadriplegic, about a new law in Belgium, the first of its kind in the world, that allows a terminally ill child to choose assisted suicide.
Then David A.R. White, a producer and actor in God’s Not Dead, a faith-based film releasing today in 800 theaters nationwide, will tell us about the film and the inspiration for making it. The Christian Worldview will be producing a one-minute audio review of the film this week and has given it a 4 out of 5 star rating.
So how are these two topics related? You’ll have to join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to find out!
March 15, 2014
“What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3
Wherever you are—home, work, restaurant, school, airport, church—just stop and notice that most everyone around you is likely staring at some kind of screen. It might be a smart phone, tablet, laptop computer, television, or video projection.
There is no doubt all these screens have exponentially increased the amount of information, entertainment, and communication (electronic) that we desire, but is our addiction to them ruining one of the purposes of the church—fellowship? Is all our staring at screens creating a self-centered, solitary world where we don’t interact in person with other believers?
“Fellowship in the Church” was just one of the many messages given by noted pastors such as John MacArthur, Albert Mohler, Mark Dever, Steve, Lawson, and others recently at the Shepherds’ Conference in Los Angeles (free audio of general sessions here).
This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we will highlight some of the key messages at the conference including the one about fellowship in the church and whether screens are taking away from believers sharing in each other’s lives.
March 8, 2014
“And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:14b-15).
When it comes to proclaiming the truthfulness of Christ and Christianity to non-believers, Christians have the most compelling evidence on their side to answer common questions like: “Is God the Creator, Sustainer, and Judge of man?” “Is the Bible the Word of God?” “Is Jesus Christ who He claimed to be — the sinless Son of God and Savior of mankind?”
Our guest this weekend, J. Warner Wallace, a former atheist and homicide detective in LA County, has written a book entitled Cold-Case Christianity in which he examines these questions (and others) using the same methods that detectives use to solve cold-case homicides.
How did the claims of Scripture hold up to detective scrutiny? What is the important difference between “belief that” and “belief in”? Tune in to The Christian Worldview this weekend to find out how the overwhelming evidence about Christ and Christianity must become belief in it.
March 1, 2014
Guest: Dr. David Noebel, author, Understanding the Times
“An hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me.” John 16:2-3
This week, the Republican Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses to claim religious grounds for refusing their services. The media and advocates for homosexuality labeled the bill as anti-gay intolerance and discrimination.
What this now means is that if you are, for example, a wedding photographer, you will likely lose a lawsuit if you refuse to photograph a homosexual “marriage” because of your Christian beliefs.
What ever happened to freedom America? Shouldn’t private citizens and privately-owned businesses have the freedom to serve whom they want…and customers have the freedom to patronize or not patronize their business? What’s next—Christian pastors being told they must “marry” homosexuals or else?
Today, concepts like tolerance and discrimination mean very different things to Christians and non-Christians. Dr. David Noebel, author of Understanding the Times, joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss how unbiblical notions of tolerance and discrimination are being used to punish Christians.
February 22, 2014