“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21-23)
One pastor called the above passage from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount the scariest statement in Scripture. Imagine the horror of going through life thinking you’re a Christian and headed for eternity in heaven, but then standing before Christ on Judgment Day and hearing Him declare, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”
According to this passage, a person can profess Christ as Lord and do amazing works in Christ’s name, yet not possess a genuine saving relationship with Him. So the question is: When we examine own our profession of faith, how can we know if we are truly saved? Is it a matter of praying the right prayer or doing the right things?
Pastor Greg Lundstedt of Vancouver (WA) Bible Fellowship and Bible teacher of Equipping the Saints radio program will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss his own journey from being a professing—but unsaved—Christian to being a true follower of Christ with assurance of salvation. I hope you will join us for this important discussion.
Guest: Christopher Brooks, Campus Dean, Moody Theological Seminary
“Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.” (Acts 18:9-10)
While poverty, government dependency, fatherless families, educational lag, out of wedlock births, abortion, and drug use exist all across America, the large urban centers of our country are particularly characterized by these problems.
The people who populate these urban areas are mostly minority groups, such as blacks and hispanics. Even 50 years after the civil rights movement and now with a black president, cries of “structural injustice” and “institutional racism” persist as being causal for urban plight.
Whatever the reasons for the problems, how should Christians and churches be reaching into urban areas with helpful solutions, and most importantly, the gospel?
Christopher Brooks, an African-American pastor in Detroit and the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary, will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about urban culture in light of his recent book, Urban Apologetics: Why the Gospel is Good News for the City.
Is spanking child abuse? This is David Wheaton, host of The Christian Worldview.
Society today views children as inherently good, or a blank slate, who need to be taught to love themselves and given only positive reinforcement.
The Bible says that we are all “brought forth in iniquity” and that “foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of discipline will remove it far from him.”
In fact, God warns that “He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.”
Let’s not confuse a controlled spanking on the rear end for willful disobedience with child abuse, which injures both body and spirit. Spanking is only one form of discipline, but an important one for Christian parents to use wisely.
This weekend, we’ll talk about urban Christianity.
Do not hold back discipline from the child, although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. You shall strike him with the rod and rescue his soul from Sheol. Proverbs 23:13-14
A national debate on spanking children has been taking place over the last few weeks (watch, for example, a recent segment on ESPN NFL Countdown) after one of the National Football League’s top running backs, Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, was charged with child abuse after spanking his four-year-old son, causing visible cuts and bruises.
The Bible, most specifically in the Book of Proverbs, commands parents to physically discipline their children (Proverbs 13:24, 22:15, 23:13-14, 29:15). And yet our culture today—and even many professing Christians—say that a child should never be subjected to corporal punishment (i.e. spanked). In fact, parents can have their child taken away if the state decides that “abuse” is taking place.
What is the difference between spanking and abuse? Why does the Bible command “using the rod,” and for what kind of transgressions should a child be spanked? Are other forms of discipline just as effective as spanking?
Dr. John Street and Dr. Ernie Baker, Professors of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to answer these questions and others on spanking. Between them, they have raised ten children, and thus have the experience to go with their expertise.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 is the release date of David Wheaton’s much-anticipated new book My Boy, Ben by Tristan Publishing, and you are invited to the launch celebration event at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota!
8:00 am: Watch a LIVE broadcast of The Christian Worldview radio program. A special co-host will interview David on the book.
9:00 am: David will talk about the book—how God used a yellow Lab named Ben to expand David’s understanding and appreciation for God’s grace and the gospel—and take audience questions. Brett and Sheila Waldman of Tristan Publishing will also offer brief remarks.
9:30 – 11:00 am: Get a signed and personalized copy of My Boy, Ben (or pick up your pre-ordered copy) and speak with David, his parents and family, and the volunteers and board of The Christian Worldview.
We look forward to meeting you on Saturday, November 15 from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota (in the Grace Cafe by Door 4) for a memorable time of fellowship, food, and praise for the great things the Lord has done!
Why did Jesus need to be fully man and fully God? This is David Wheaton with The Christian Worldview Radio Program.
It’s known as the hypostatic union of Christ—that Jesus had both a human nature and and a divine nature. The Bible says: the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Jesus is the Son of Man and the Son of God. He needed to be human in order to be our perfect representative and substitutionary sacrifice before God, and He needed to be divine in order to fully exhaust the wrath of God for the incalculable sin of mankind.
And then tune in this weekend for another topic that will sharpen your worldview.
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, 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.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
What took place on this weekend 2000 years ago was the most significant event in all of history.
Jesus Christ, having lived a perfect life, offered Himself on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for our sin, satisfying God’s wrath and justice for our sin. And then Christ rose victoriously over sin and death three days later, thus providing the one way for all of mankind to be reconciled with God.
To accomplish His work, Jesus Christ was and needed to be fully God and fully man. This is known as “the hypostatic union of Christ.” Why is this and how can that be? And what aspects of the gospel message are sometimes overlooked by biblical Christians? And what does the Christian’s union with Christ mean?
Greg Gilbert, senior pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and author of What Is The Gospel, joins us this Easter weekend on The Christian Worldview to answer these questions and others.
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
“Our talks with the infidel West and our conflict with them ultimately revolve around one issue – one that demands our total support, with power and determination, with one voice – and it is: “Does Islam, or does it not, force people by the power of the sword to submit to its authority corporeally if not spiritually?” [The answer is:] Yes. There are only three choices in Islam: either willing submission; or payment of the jizya, through physical though not spiritual, submission to the authority of Islam; or the sword – for it is not right to let him [an infidel] live. The matter is summed up for every person alive: Either submit, or live under the suzerainty of Islam, or die.” Osama Bin Laden
The world watches in shock and befuddlement as the Islamic State’s (formerly known as ISIS) takes over large swaths of Iraq and Syria, killing, beheading, and enslaving all who stand in their mission of a revived Islamic kingdom (caliph). Meanwhile, President Obama just announced this week a “counter-terrorism” strategy to push back against the group he calls “ISIL” (our guest will tell you why).
Who is the Islamic State? A fringe group of thugs that are “not Islamic,” as President Obama said? Or are they operating according to a historic theological worldview central to Islam?
Australian pastor Mark Durie, who has written three books on Islam, joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss his recent column, “Three Choices and the Bitter Harvest of Denial” where he examines two pillars of Islam — jihad and dhimma — that the West ignores.
How do we process all the bad news? This is David Wheaton, host of The Christian Worldview.
It turns the stomach to watch the evil in the world: Islamists beheading Americans, the persecution or killing of Christians, passenger planes missing or shot down, deadly viruses, and a pervasive rejection of God, His Son, and His Word in our nation with regard to marriage, family, and morality.
The Bible tells us to pay attention to the signs of the times, but it also says to balance our diet by setting our minds on things above through hearing sound, biblical preaching, studying the Word ourselves, and praying at all times so that we can be strengthened and ready to share the hope that is in us.
This weekend, we’ll discuss why Islam demands conversion, dhimmitude, or death.