Why are you a Christian? This is David Wheaton with The Christian Worldview Radio Program.
We often ask another believer how he/she became a Christian, but asking why may be an even better question to discern someone’s true motivation for believing in Christ.
Responses such as, “I wanted to be on the same page as my spouse” or “I needed a change in my life” are results of genuine salvation, but tragically don’t lead to it.
The foremost reason why we need to become Christians is because we are dead in our sins and have no way of being forgiven and reconciled to God apart from Jesus Christ’s work on the cross.
Every faith story should recognize our sinfulness and the turn to Christ in repentance and faith.
This weekend we’ll discuss why the world doesn’t understand Islamic barbarism.
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14
The most important decision one can make in life is to “receive Christ” (John 1:12). It is a life- and eternity-changing decision, one that involves both God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility (John 1:12-13).
The decision is so major, the circumstances leading to it so varied, and the result so dramatic that Christians often ask each other: “How did you become a Christian?”
Asking the “how” question of salvation is certainly good, but asking “Why did you become a Christian?” may be a better way to not only understand the how of another’s faith story but to discern whether that person truly has been “rescued … from the domain of darkness, and transferred … into the kingdom of His beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13).
There is really only one “why”, one motivation that leads to genuine saving faith. What is it? We will kick off the first LIVE program of The Christian Worldview in 2015 discussing this most important topic!
What to make of a child’s vision of heaven? This is David Wheaton with The Christian Worldview Radio Program.
Heaven is for Real, the bestselling book and hit movie, has transfixed readers and viewers with an account of a near-death vision of heaven by a four-year-old.
It is notable that the apostle Paul saw a vision of heaven but refrained from describing it. And Lazarus was actually raised from the dead and yet nothing is recorded about his time in heaven. This should give serious pause to anyone claiming a similar experience.
In Scripture, particularly in Revelation 21-22, God has given us the description of heaven that He wanted, and His depiction is infinitely more accurate and glorious than someone’s personal testimony. Heaven is for real, but let’s base our view of it on God’s Word rather than a child’s.
This weekend we’ll discuss why one becomes a Christian.
Guest: S. Michael Houdmann, founder, GotQuestions.org
I know a man in Christ who…was caught up to the third heaven…and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. (1 Corinthians 12:2,4)
The Bible contains much that is profound and complex for our finite minds to understand. Questions naturally arise such as: What is the character of God? Is Jesus the only way to God? Do heaven and hell exist?
In addition, a seemingly inexhaustible list of other questions arises on topics like marriage and divorce, homosexuality, women in the church, God’s plan of salvation, and many, many more.
Asking questions is a good thing. The good news is that the Bible, God’s Word, provides answers.
S. Michael Houdmann, founder and CEO of the question-and-answer website, GotQuestions.org, will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss some of the crucial and common questions his ministry receives and answers, including the increasing incidence of Christians claiming supernatural experiences and direct revelation from God in light of the popularity of the book/movie, “Heaven is for Real.”
So where is Jesus in the Old Testament? This is David Wheaton, host of The Christian Worldview.
The answer is that Jesus is everywhere in the Old Testament! On the first pages of Scripture, God killing an animal to provide covering for Adam and Eve after they sinned points to Jesus’ dying for our sin. The ark of Noah points to Jesus saving us from judgment. The bread that God provided to the Jews during the Exodus points to Jesus statement that He is the bread of life.
The progressive revelation of Christ throughout the entire Old Testament confirms that Jesus is who He said He was: the prophesied Savior of mankind.
This weekend, we’ll discuss the book and movie, Heaven is For Real.
Guest: Todd Friel, author, Jesus Unmasked
He was never the president of a nation or a military conqueror. He had little money and lived just 33 years. Yet Jesus Christ is the most well-known and influential person to ever walk the face of the earth.
The four gospels in the Bible are biographies of Jesus’ life. Scores of other books have been written about Him to discover who He really is. Is Jesus primarily a champion for the poor and oppressed? Is Jesus mainly a role model for us to “be good”? Is it even possible to gain an accurate understanding of Jesus, a man who lived 2000 years ago and who has been defined and redefined so many different ways?
Todd Friel, our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview, will answer these questions and others about the true identity of Jesus. Todd is the host of the syndicated radio and television programs called Wretched. Todd will show that all of Scripture points to Jesus the Christ, from the Old Testament to the New, and that Jesus is who He claimed to be—the Son of God and Savior of mankind.
NOTE: For a limited time, we are offering Todd Friel’s just-released book, Jesus Unmasked, for a donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.
“Jesus Unmasked will strengthen believers in their faith, and will convict and convince unbelievers to repent and trust in Christ. The book is highly-readable and is marked by Todd’s trademark wit.” – David Wheaton
What did the shepherds really hear? This is David Wheaton, host of The Christian Worldview.
Luke records that an angel appeared to shepherds tending their flocks near Bethlehem on the night of Christ’s birth saying, “this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
These were no ordinary shepherds—they were shepherd-priests who raised lambs for temple sacrifices. The sign of a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manager—the exact process for a firstborn male passover lamb to remain unblemished—would have indicated to them who this Child would be.
The shepherds immediately went and spread the good news. And so should we. Because only through Christ can God and sinners be reconciled.
This weekend, Todd Friel joins us to discuss how the Old Testament points to Christ.
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12
The above passage is one that is well-known and oft-read. An angel proclaiming the birth of Christ to shepherds in the fields around Bethlehem. A baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.
Who were these shepherds and why was this “sign” given to them? Was the sign simply a way for them to identify the Christ-child from other babies in Bethlehem? Or was there much deeper meaning to a baby being wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manager that pointed to the real identity of Jesus?
Boys competing on girls’ teams? This is David Wheaton, host of The Christian Worldview.
The Minnesota State High School League recently passed a policy that boys who “self identify” as girls will be able to play on girls’ sports teams. The same goes for girls who feel like boys.
The Bible says, God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
The fact is, no one and nothing can change the sex God created us—not feelings, clothes, hormone treatments, or surgeries.
Those with gender identity struggles shouldn’t be encouraged further down a wrong road; rather, Christians need to reach out with God’s gracious offer to be reconciled to Him and their God-given sex.
This weekend, we’ll discuss the meaning of Christmas.
How is history’s first question still our biggest problem? This is David Wheaton, host of The Christian Worldview.
History’s first question came in Genesis 3: And the serpent said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”
Satan’s question was designed to inject doubt in the mind of Eve about God. It was a question of authority, about who is the standard for decision-making, morality, right and wrong? God or us?
The implications of that first question, encouraging us to forge our own path apart from God is the real reason behind what’s gone wrong in society today. Instead, we’d best find out what God says … and then obey it.
This weekend, we’ll discuss the growing issue of transgenderism.