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Standing Strong in Christ … Whatever the Cost

February 21, 2015 by  
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Guests: David and Jason Benham, authors, Whatever the Cost

And they [Christians] overcame him [Satan] because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Revelation 12:11

Whatever_the_Cost_s2For millennia, there has been a cost to being a Christian, as all manner of persecution and death have come to Christians around the world.  A barbaric, evil example of this recently occurred when Islamists beheaded 21 Coptic Christians on a beach in Libya.

For most of American history, there has been comparatively little cost for being a Christian.  Sure, outspoken Christians are shunned, reviled, and looked over for positions of leadership.  The worst persecution—thus far—has been Christians being sued or losing a business for refusing to provide services for a homosexual “wedding”.

Identical twin brothers David and Jason Benham know all about the marginalization of Christians that is becoming increasing common in our country.  Highly successful real estate entrepreneurs, they were contracted to do a real estate reality program on HGTV network when show executives pulled the plug at the last minute over their biblical views.

In light of their new book, David and Jason will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to help us understand how we can stand strong … whatever the cost.

Scripture: Not One Error … Anywhere

February 14, 2015 by  
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Guest:  Abner Chou, Biblical Studies Professor, The Master’s College

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, The Master’s College
2009 Teacher of the Year, TMC
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The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. You shall keep them, O Lord, You shall preserve them from this generation forever. Psalm 12:6-7

If we didn’t have the Bible—God’s revelation to us written in a book—what would be our basis for truth, for knowing right from wrong, for understanding how to think and live in our world?

Or, what if the Bible had errors in it, where statements about people, places, and events were proven false?

The perfect truthfulness of Scripture in every word is one of the great foundations of the Christian faith.  For example, if what the Bible says about Jesus Christ is incorrect, our faith, as the apostle Paul states, is “empty” and “futile”.

For the past several years, The Christian Worldview has held an essay contest for students interested in attending The Master’s College in California.  The question that students wrestled with this year was: Define and explain the doctrine of biblical inerrancy and the role that it plays in a Christian worldview.

Great question, but perhaps challenging for some of us to clearly articulate.  The good news is the Dr. Abner Chou, professor of Biblical Studies at The Master’s College, will join us this weekend—along with the grand prize winner of the essay contest—to discuss the importance of biblical inerrancy.

Understanding the Great Words of Salvation

February 7, 2015 by  
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Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.  2 Timothy 1:13

There are some big words in Scripture that can seem too long and too hard to understand.  Words such as justification, propitiation, imputation, regeneration, reconciliation, and many others.Sadly, many pastors shy away from teaching these great words of salvation for fear of preaching over the heads of the congregation.  Some modern Bible translations remove the words altogether, considering them out of date and therefore out of relevance for people today.

But is there something we are missing by not being intimately acquainted with the great words of salvation?  What do they actually mean and why are they as relevant today as ever?

Join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview as we investigate the meaning and application of these words.  Because, if we are to believe in the gospel, we must know what it actually is.

The Speech Suppression of Political Correctness (Feb. 2-8, 2015)

February 2, 2015 by  
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Keep your Christian views to yourself or else.  This is David Wheaton with The Christian Worldview Radio Program.
Political correctness is defined as “demonstrating progressive ideals, especially by avoiding vocabulary that is considered offensive, discriminatory, or judgmental, especially concerning race and gender.”
There are two additional subjects that political correctness demands nary a discouraging word be spoken about: Islam and homosexuality.
And yet silence under the pressure of political correctness only ensures that people won’t hear what they desperately need—God’s redeeming Word.  Christians need to boldly speak the truth in love—motivated by a compassion for souls who are believing a lie.
Hear an interview with Franklin Graham about political correctness at TheChristianWorldview.org
And then tune in this weekend for another topic that will sharpen your faith.

How Political Correctness Stifles Necessary Truth

January 30, 2015 by  
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Guest: Franklin Graham, president, Samaritan’s Purse

Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor…”  Ephesians 4:25

Political correctness is defined as “demonstrating progressive ideals, especially by avoiding vocabulary that is considered offensive, discriminatory, or judgmental, especially concerning race and gender.”

In our day and age, there are two additional subjects that political correctness demands nary a discouraging word be spoken: Islam and homosexuality.

Which is surprising considering how Islamic jihadists murder and terrorize all over the world, and how the homosexual movement in America seeks to punish individuals and businesses who take a stand against it.  One would think that speaking up would be the right thing to do.

Franklin Graham, president of the international Christian relief and evangelism organization, Samaritan’s Purse, is well aware of the speech boundaries put up by the “PC Police.”  He has been lambasted as an “Islamophobe” for speaking out against Duke University’s decision (since rescinded) to allow the Muslim Students Association to broadcast their Friday call to prayer over the campus’ chapel bell tower.

Franklin will be our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview.

What Really Is The State of Our Union?

January 24, 2015 by  
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Guest: Bryan Fischer, host, Focal Point

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.”  Proverbs 14:34

In the opening lines of President Obama’s State of the Union address this past Tuesday, he said the following:

“America, for all that we’ve endured; for all the grit and hard work required to come back; for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this: The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.” (full transcript here)

But is that true?  Has “the shadow of crisis passed” in our country?  Is the state of our union “strong”?  What exactly defines a strong nation?

This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we will hear sound bites and discuss the content of the President’s address and seek to understand from a biblical perspective just how strong our union is and how pleasing this nation is to God.

Islam Pushing In Our Doors (Jan. 19-23, 2015)

January 23, 2015 by  
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Islam pushing in our doors.  This is David Wheaton with The Christian Worldview Radio Program.

The world recently witnessed in Paris yet another Islamic rampage, and responded with a rally in support of free speech rather than to denounce the ideology that inspired the attack.

Days later, Duke University, a private, historically Christian college, made the decision to allow the Muslim students association to broadcast their Friday call to prayer over the campus chapel bell tower.  The school has since changed their mind.

The world needs to understand that whether by using violence or the cover of religious freedom, Islam seeks world domination.

And Christians will need to heed Paul’s words, Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong … and do it with grace and truth.

Hear an interview about Islam at TheChristianWorldview.org

Tune in this weekend for another topic that will sharpen your faith.

Why Are You A Christian? (Jan. 12-18, 2015)

January 12, 2015 by  
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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.

Hear more about the motivation for salvation at TheChristianWorldview.org.

This weekend we’ll discuss why the world doesn’t understand Islamic barbarism.

Why Did You Become a Christian?

January 10, 2015 by  
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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!

Heaven Is For Real (Jan. 5-11, 2015)

January 9, 2015 by  
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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.

Hear more at TheChristianWorldview.org

This weekend we’ll discuss why one becomes a Christian.

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