June 15, 2013
Guests: Bruce Wheaton (David’s father), Mark and John Wheaton (David’s brothers)
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
Since 1960, the number of children in America living in homes without a father has risen from 11% to 33% (census data). When a child grows up in a fatherless home, almost every study shows that he or she is much more likely to have behavior problems, be sexually active earlier, drop out of school, run away from home, and even commit suicide.
Fatherhood isn’t just dying on its own in America — it’s being pre-meditatively murdered by a society bent on destroying the biblical model of the father as the head of the home.
We often point to the symptoms of a society given over to sin — sexual immorality, abortion, secularism — but could it be that the explanation for America’s downward slide is rooted in the decline of the father?
This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we are going to add two more fathers to the discussion that I usually have on Father’s Day with my own father. My two brothers, Mark, a father of two, and John, a father of four, will also be joining us to talk about several issues relating to fatherhood.
June 7, 2013
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:and every spirit that confesseth not Jesus is not of God: and this is the spirit of the antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it cometh; and now it is in the world already. 1 John 4:1-3
Almost everywhere around the world, Islam is on the rise. Almost nothing Christian is left in places like Turkey, Africa, and the Middle East. Major cities in Western Europe are being “Islamized” through immigration and activism. Here in America, Islam is growing despite what one might consider the “bad publicity” of terror attacks in New York, Boston, and elsewhere.
Islamists will not rest until their stated goal of a world dominated by Islam and Shariah Law is accomplished, and they will use any means — proselytization, immigration, bearing children, political activism, persecution, intimidation, and violence — to achieve their ends.
Who or what can stop Islam from changing the course of your own community, America, and the world? What should the church and you as an individual Christian be doing? Dr. Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor of The Moody Church and author of a new book, The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent: An Informed Response to Islam’s War with Christianity, will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to answer these questions.
June 1, 2013
“Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me. For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church.” — Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 4:16-17
Abraham was known for this faith, Joseph his integrity, Ruth her loyalty, and Paul his boldness. The Bible is replete with examples like these and many others who were by no means perfect, but whose hearts were marked by reverence towards God and love for their fellow man.
Studying the lives of godly men and women can have a profound effect on how we pursue our own lives and service to Christ. And so this weekend on The Christian Worldview, we are going to profile the life and ministry of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, a renowned British minister from the 1900’s who had worldwide influence.
Iain Murray, the respected author and biographer, ministered with Lloyd-Jones at London’s historic Westminster Chapel in the 1950’s. Mr. Murray, now in his early 80’s, will join us from Scotland this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about the life and legacy of Lloyd-Jones in light of his new book, The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
May 25, 2013
“Were they ashamed because of the abomination they have done? They were not even ashamed at all; they did not even know how to blush” (Jeremiah 6:15).
Last week, we discussed the sad story of America being given over to moral depravity citing our citizenry’s acceptance and affirmation of the barbarity of abortion and the perversity of homosexuality and other sexual immorality.
Barring a supernatural turnaround, Christians should not only expect more of the same, but a quickly devolving culture pushing new boundaries of godlessness, including the persecution of anyone who would stand in the way of their sin.
This Memorial Day Weekend, we will try to answer the following questions: What is the justified biblical response to the barbarity and debauchery that is now pervasive in America? Should our response be different to the advocates versus the individuals partaking in it? And what is the difference between tolerance, acceptance, and affirmation?
There is no hiding from what is here and what is to come and so we must know how to respond with truth and grace. Tune in to The Christian Worldview this weekend.
May 18, 2013
“And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper … and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them” (Romans 1:28,32).
Whatever America once was — “a shining city on a hill,” as President Reagan said — we are now a nation that has been given over to moral wickedness.
We can rationalize that abortion is about “women’s reproductive rights” and that it should be “safe, legal, and rare” and that homosexuality is a merely a “civil rights” issue, but from a biblical perspective, America is a country crumbling morally from within … and quickly.
Read the details of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell or watch the just-released undercover video at an Arizona abortion clinic. Listen to President Obama say he “couldn’t be prouder” of a pro basketball player who announced this week he’s a homosexual. And then notice the fierce attack on anyone who dares say otherwise.
How has America devolved to such a point where the majority-voice supports and praises sin and castigates those who stand for biblical truth? What does this bode for the future of our country and for Christians? And how should a Christian respond when “America the Beautiful” has become America the Debauched — with tolerance, acceptance, affirmation, or otherwise?
May 11, 2013
Guest: Mary Jane Wheaton, David’s Mom
“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching; indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head and ornaments about your neck” (Proverbs 1:8-9).
This Mother’s Day Weekend on The Christian Worldview, there will be a big announcement and a really big announcement. What’s more, my own mother will be the guest to answer questions related to both announcements.
Questions like “What do you do when you encounter health problems and other trials in our fallen world?” “And what are the most important principles for child-rearing in a culture bent on depravity?”
She’s 79-years-old and nearing her 59th wedding anniversary. You won’t want to miss my mother’s heart on trials and parenting … and the two big announcements that go with them!
May 4, 2013
The recent re-election of Barack Obama by an electorate that also voted for the first time to legalize same-sex marriage in several states caught many Christians by surprise. Christians are still asking: After all the pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, debt- and dependency-creating policies of the Obama administration over the last four years, did America really just cast a vote that stated, “We want our sin and we want our stuff”?
The answer is “yes”. The United States of America has now crossed a tipping point where the Judeo-Christian worldview will be the perpetual minority view. The future looks bleak for Christians to have their views represented in the Oval Office.
Since the election, some Christian leaders have been trying to “encourage the troops” by reminding believers that God is sovereign and that believers should be more focused than ever now on “sharing the gospel”.
“Sharing the gospel” is a commonly-used, catch-all expression that we all hear rolling off the lips of Christians. But what does sharing the gospel actually mean and how do we roll up our sleeves and do it?
Who better to answer that question than an evangelist, who spends his life sharing the gospel? Dave Gibson is the pastor for missions and evangelism at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN. He joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to get very specific about how each one of us can become more effective sharers of the gospel.
April 27, 2013
Guest: Mark Durie, Australian pastor and author
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” — Jesus (John 10:10).
Perhaps you watched the Boston Marathon bombings that killed four people and injured more than 200 others and wondered, “Why would two young Muslim men, who were granted political asylum in America years ago, educated in our schools, and received financial aid from U.S. taxpayers, set off two bombs in order to murder and maim as many Americans as possible?”
It’s a very good question. It has been said that, “All Muslims aren’t terrorists … but almost all terrorist attacks against America are committed by Muslims.” Why is this? What is it about Islam — or perhaps about America — that leads two young Muslims to murder the people that have taken them in?
Mark Durie, an Australian pastor and author of three books on Islam, will join us LIVE from “Down Under” this Saturday morning to talk about the Islamic worldview and how America and Christians should respond to it.
April 20, 2013
“Such were some of you [i.e. unrepentant sinners]; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).
“Who am I?”
How would you answer that question? Would you define your primary identity in terms of your job (“I’m a banker”), your family (“I’m a wife and mother”), your favorite pastime (“I’m a snow boarder”), or perhaps your former way of living (“I’m a recovering alcoholic”)?
While these may help fill in some of the details of one’s identity, for the Christian, one’s identity should be first and foremost grounded in “Who am I in Christ?” Understanding and living out the core answers to that question such as “I am justified, I am a new creation, I am a servant of Christ, and I am not yet perfect” helps us see ourselves as God sees us.
Beloved author and speaker, Jerry Bridges, joins us this Saturday on The Christian Worldview to discuss his new book, Who Am I? — Identity in Christ.
April 13, 2013
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
Fox News icon Bill O’Reilly said recently on his top-rated television program that those advocating for homosexual “marriage” have more effective arguments than those who just “thump the Bible” in defense of traditional marriage.
In other words, the Bible (and its moral pronouncements) should be left on the sidelines when it comes to debating a public policy issue like homosexual “marriage”; rather, academic studies, scientific research, and human reason should be used instead.
But is that true? Should Christians and biblical churches forgo using “the Bible says” as the mainstay of our stand against homosexuality because, as some say, “the other side doesn’t believe in Scripture”? Are there other more effective non-biblical arguments that we should be using instead?
Join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview as we discuss whether “Bible thumping” is a losing — or winning — game plan in our society today.
Bracketing Morality — The Marginalization of Moral Argument in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate by Dr. Albert Mohler