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!
Pornography is everywhere and impacting almost everyone. According to a Covenant Eyes study, “One out of eight searches on the Internet is for erotic content, more than 50% of boys and nearly a third of girls see their first pornographic images before they turn 13, and 50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women say they are addicted to pornography.”
Statistics are one thing, but the sexual immorality and ruined marriages that result from viewing pornography are the real-world, soul-crushing consequences.
The key question is: How do we overcome the pornography temptation? As addictive as any drug, is it possible to have victory?
The answer is a resounding yes! Heath Lambert, pastor, professor, and author of the book, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace , joins The Christian Worldview to tell us how God’s grace is the key to overcoming our greatest temptations.
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“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.
“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.
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.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALEX LYNCH OF KANSAS,
WINNER OF THE MASTER’S COLLEGE ESSAY CONTEST 2014
Congratulations to Alex! He is headed to The Master’s College this fall with a $4000 scholarship for his winning essay on “Tolerance, Perspective, and Worldview“. You can read Alex’s essay below.
The top three finishers are:
1. Alex Lynch
2. Noel Grimes
3. Sarah Schuler
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the essay contest. We wish you all of God’s best and grace as you head off to college. Think biblically and live accordingly!
“Tolerance, Perspective, and Worldview”
by Alex Lynch
Am I intolerant if I don’t affirm gay marriage or don’t support two unmarried people having sex because they love each other? Within our society there is a cultural conflict over what should, or should not, be tolerated. Foundational to this debate over tolerance is the distinction between two opposing perspectives that will never be at peace. On one side is a worldview that recognizes God’s authority to establish what is right and wrong; and on the other is a worldview that rejects God and His authority over moral issues. Each perspective defines tolerance differently based on their worldview, which is predicated on one’s relationship to God and one’s perspective of the truth-claims of Scripture.
Our secular culture has embraced the postmodernism idea that there are no universal absolutes. Society believes that standards for making judgments vary according to people, the times in which they live, and the specific situations they are in. Truth has therefore become relative to each individual. This climate of moral relativism demands an unconditional affirmation of their values and any who refuse to affirm these values are deemed intolerant. This kind of unconditional tolerance is the outcome of a society of people that marginalize God and worship themselves. What was once viewed as good or evil is viewed as amoral today, and what was once black or white has become blurred into a dull ambivalent grey. Each person’s perspective is reality.
A biblical view of tolerance begins with a belief in God and the authority and sufficiency of His revelation, the Bible. According to Scripture there is right and wrong, sin and righteousness. With a clearly defined standard, the definition of tolerance, as understood by society, changes. There are absolutes and God is holy, making it impossible for Him to tolerate sin. God, while sometimes tolerating what he hates, will never affirm what is sinful. (He is angry with the wicked but doesn’t consume them in His mercy.) To be tolerant from a biblical worldview is to say in essence, “While I don’t affirm or agree with what you are doing, I can accept you in love.” A biblical perspective understands that the fundamental issue is not moral but spiritual and that the solution for someone outside of Christ is the Gospel. A biblical approach to people who reject God is not to try to change the sinful behavior they want us to tolerate, but rather to communicate the hope that is available through the Gospel of Christ. It is God’s work through the power of the Gospel to change sinful hearts.
A secular worldview does not recognize the all-powerful God of the Bible. This aspect shapes their understanding of tolerance. In a secular worldview, tolerance appears as a noble virtue because it doesn’t threaten or damage any person’s individual “rights”. The difference comes in the distinction between what are rights and what is right. A secular worldview excludes God and sees man and his personal desires as supreme. This view encourages the kind of tolerance that allows people to fulfill their own personal desires without guilt or condemnation.
A biblical worldview recognizes God as the sovereign ruler, creator, and judge. This view of man’s relationship to God means His standards are the standards for all creation including man. What God commands must be followed, and what he deems sinful cannot be excused. God’s standards are reflected in Christ, the personification of love and grace. A believer in Christ will be gracious and full of love to those who oppose Christ, not compromising the truth but tolerating those whose lives are blatantly out of step with God’s standards.
If my views were challenged as intolerant, I would explain that I will not affirm unbiblical lifestyles and actions that are inconsistent with God’s standards, but I will not isolate myself from those whose views are different than mine. I am under the authority of my God who commands me to love with the love He demonstrated to me while I was yet a sinner. (Romans 5:8) My tolerance is not an acceptance of secular views, but a sacrifice to God by reflecting His love and trusting Him to change hearts.
Ultimately, worldview determines how each person defines tolerance. Tolerance as defined by the world cannot line up with the tolerance God has with a clear picture of sin. The difference between these views on tolerance is Christ, and He is the only one who has a perfect worldview and can perfectly exemplify tolerance in this world.
“Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine, or with gluttonous eaters of meat; for the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe one with rags.” Proverbs 23:20-21
The dictionary defines gluttony as “excessive eating or drinking.” It is elevating and consuming food and drink to a degree God does not intend. It is eating and drinking all we want instead of what we need.
Any discerning person recognizes that our society has a major problem with gluttony. And sadly, so do many Christians. Yet, hardly anyone would admit to being a glutton, and hardly any church talks about this sin.
So we need to ask ourselves: does food and drink control us instead of the other way around? How can we have victory over our desires to excessively consume?
Join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview as we speak with Pastor Scott Poling of Harvest New Beginnings in Illinois, who preached about gluttony as part of a series entitled “Habits: An Overcoming Journey.”
- Slaying the Dragon of Gluttony – Pastor Scott Poling
- Habits: An Overcoming Journey – Sermon Series by Pastor Scott Poling
Guest: Mark Durie, Australian pastor and author
“Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.” (John 15:20-21)
The political left and radical Islam. The former is secular and libertine; the latter is religious and legalistic. So why do two groups with such different worldviews support each other’s causes?
For example, why do political liberals complain about women’s and homosexual’s “rights” in America while supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East, who treat women as second-class citizens and homosexuals even worse? Why do radical Muslims who want to implement Sharia Law support liberal politicians and policies in the West?
Could it be that the political left and radical Islam have a uniting cause greater than their differences?
Mark Durie, Australian pastor, theologian, author, and expert on Islam, recently completed a speaking tour in America where he spoke about “The Partnership of Radical Islam with Leftist Politics.” He joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to tell us why the political left and radical Islam are NOT strange bedfellows, and what that means for Christians.
“You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul…You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up” (Deuteronomy 11:18-19).
We live in a pornographic culture. In the span of one generation (20-30 years), almost everything has changed with regards to the frequency and means by which we encounter pornography whether on cell phones, computers, video games, television, and movies.
As we discussed last week on the program, the explosion of pornography is a difficult—yet conquerable—temptation for adults. But for children, additional strategies are critical to protect them from pornography and prepare them for when the inevitable exposure occurs.
That exposure begins, according to a survey by Covenant Eyes, before age 13 for 50% of boys and nearly 33% of girls. Many other experts estimate the first exposure to be much earlier than that.
Heath Lambert, pastor, professor of biblical counseling, and author of Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace, will join us again this weekend to discuss a plan for protecting our children from and preparing them for pornography.
NOTE: We have copies of Heath’s book, Finally Free, available for a donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview. Highly recommended!