Guest: Ken Ham, president, Answers in Genesis
“Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:13).
Christians who are paying attention are watching America change quickly before their eyes. Almost every day, news stories point to our increasing dependence on government rather than God, the normalization of homosexuality and other immorality, an overall secularization of our culture, and waffling evangelical leaders in the face of it all.
Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, is one Christian leader who is holding fast to the Word of God and standing firm against the rising tide of humanism in our country. He will join us this Saturday on The Christian Worldview to comment on the trajectory of America and what we should be doing with the younger generation to prepare them for this “brave new America”.
“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you … 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, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve” (1 Corinthians 15:1-5 excerpts).
Only God could take the ugliest and most unjust day in history and turn it into “Good Friday” because of what His Son, Jesus Christ, accomplished on the cross in paying the due penalty for our sins. And then came Sunday with Jesus’ miraculous resurrection from the dead and thus His victory over sin and death which can be ours too when we repent and believe in Him.
Jesus’ work on what we call Easter weekend makes up the heart of the gospel. But as we will find out this weekend on The Christian Worldview, the gospel isn’t just for unbelievers to enter into right standing with God; it is for believers to apply in their own lives every day.
We are offering Milton’s popular book, A Gospel Primer (97 pages, softcover), to you for a donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview. Endorsed by Jerry Bridges, John MacArthur, and others, this unique book will deepen your understanding of what the gospel means for you as a Christian. Be sure to get a copy for yourself and give one to a friend too!
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Ten days ago, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, cardinal of Buenos Aires, was elected as the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Pope Francis, his chosen name, is recognized by the RCC as the 266th pope but the first to be chosen from the Jesuit order of Catholics (and the first pope from the Americas).
Is there any special significance to a first Jesuit pope? And what does it portend that Evangelical leaders such as Rick Warren proclaim, “Join me today in fasting and prayer for the 115 Cardinals seeking God’s Will in a new leader” and Luis Palau declares that the new pope is “really centered on Jesus and the Gospel, the pure Gospel”?
Phil Johnson, executive director of Grace to You, will join us this Saturday on The Christian Worldview to discuss the new significance of the new pope and what it means for the world and biblical Christians.
“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 10:14).
3500 pastors, elders, and laymen from all over the world attended the 2013 Shepherds’ Conference last week at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles. The preaching was sound and strong, the music was God-glorifying, and the fellowship amongst believers was sweet.
John MacArthur preached on our inability to save ourselves and the difference between the denials of Christ by Peter and Judas. Steve Lawson preached on Christ in His present glory and the importance of telling unbelievers about heaven and hell. Albert Mohler, Phil Johnson, and Tom Pennington preached as well. (All the audio of the conference can be heard for free here.
If you weren’t able to attend, not to worry — we will cover some of the highlights of the conference this Saturday on The Christian Worldview and we will also hear from the 2013 and 2010 winners of The Master’s College Essay Contest.
NOTE: Today’s program is a rebroadcast from 12/01/2012
“Do not let your heart envy sinners, but live in the fear of the Lord always. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off” (Proverbs 73:17-18).
On last week’s program, we discussed how the fear of God has diminished in our nation. No longer does the majority revere God and respect His Word but rather thinks and lives (and votes) according to “what is right in their own eyes.”
So what or whom has led our people down the slope into human reasoning and moral depravity, where sin such as abortion and sexual immorality are considered “progress” and those who stand for biblical truth are considered bigots and haters?
This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we’ll identify some of the key “depravers” over the last 50 years and then discuss what Christians can do to avoid being taken down with the culture and instead impact it for righteousness.
Announcing The Master’s College Essay Contest 2013 Winner:
Tabitha Breneman of Idaho
Congratulations to Tabitha Breneman, the grand prize winner of The Master’s College Essay Contest 2013. We received 46 quality essays from 16 states, 3 countries and 2 continents! We want to compliment all the entrants on putting in the thought and time to submit an essay. This was a difficult decision for the team of judges at the college. We have posted the top five finalists below (2-5 are in alphabetical order). The excellence of these essays gives us great reason for encouragement about this generation of Christian students.
Tabitha Breneman from Idaho – First Place!
Read her essay here
Josiah Chin-A-Young from Georgia
Jackie Gaydos from California
Faith Karg from Kansas
Mallory McCabe from Oklahoma
Each of the entrants will be receiving a complimentary copy of “Found: God’s Will” by John MacArthur, president of The Master’s College. The Top 10 finishers will also receive a T-shirt from the college and the Top 3 finishers a sweatshirt.
Convictional Leadership Built on “the Most Important Foundations of the Christian Worldview” (Part 2 of 2)
“Then Paul answered, ‘What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.’” (Acts 21:13)
“Christian leadership cannot be separated from passionately held beliefs.” That is a quote from Dr. Albert Mohler’s new book, The Conviction to Lead.
Last week on the program, we heard from Dr. Mohler as he exhorted Christians to develop — and be willing to die for — deeply held convictions based on God’s Word. He called it “convictional leadership”.
In part 2 this week, we will hear the rest of the interview with Dr. Mohler and then discuss how we can have to-die-for convictions. We will also answer The Master’s College Essay Contest question — “What are the most important foundations of the Christian worldview and why?” — and see how that directly applies to being a convictional leader.
“Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:12).
We often think of “leaders” as the President, a CEO, a military general, or the coach of the team. But the reality is, everyone is called to lead in some capacity. Pastors are to lead their congregations; parents are to lead their children; Christians are to lead in word and deed.
So how do we become better leaders of the few or many we lead? What qualities are most important for leaders to develop and who in Scripture displayed exemplary leadership? And what should leaders do when they face opposition or pressure to compromise their convictions?
Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, joins us this Saturday on The Christian Worldview to talk about leadership in light of his new book, The Conviction to Lead.
More than 30 seniors from Nebraska Christian Schools will be live in studio taking part in the discussion as well. One example of “convictional leadership” we’ll discuss is Tim Tebow’s recent withdrawal from speaking at First Baptist Church in Dallas after heavy media scrutiny over his scheduled appearance.
“You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered” (1 Peter 3:7).
Just weeks ago, the U.S. Pentagon overturned the 1994 ban on women serving in combat roles in the U.S. Military. With this recent decision, American daughters and wives will now be eligible to fight in commando units and the “front lines” of war.
But is this a beneficial step of “equality” for women and “progress” for America? Or, are there circumstances in combat where women fighting is ill-advised? What is the biblical worldview on women in combat and how would a “no women in combat” position be argued in a country with a “separation of church and state”?
Join us this Saturday morning on The Christian Worldview as we discuss the worldview and ramifications of women in combat … and take your phone calls.
“Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He [Jesus] explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures” (Luke 24:27).
What if there was a person who had the cure for cancer, but instead of people finding out what the cure was, everyone spent their time treating the symptoms of cancer or not even thinking about a cure?
So it is with life’s most important questions: What is the purpose of life? Where I am going after I die? Why is there so much suffering and injustice? And what is the source for finding true answers to these questions? Sadly, too many people go through life without even considering the “Big Ones”, let alone finding truthful answers to them.
Dr. Jim Hamilton, associate professor of biblical theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, joins us this weekend to answer some of life’s most important questions so that we can have a framework for what is going on in the world and where everything is going.