“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.
Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. (Matthew 24:12-13)
Watch the various television news channels on a given day, and as a Christian, you might struggle to process it all.
In one segment, you’ll hear about Islamists beheading American journalists, U.S. citizens joining the Islamic State (ISIS), and Russia advancing into Ukraine. In the next, you might hear celebrity news, cooking tips, or “history” being made with a homosexual NFL player or a women’s college changing their admissions policy to allow biological males who identify as female. Depending what channel you’re watching, you’ll probably hear about President Obama playing another round of golf.
Is what is taking place in the world any worse—or any more trivial—at other times in history? Do most Americans pay attention or even care about what is going on internationally and domestically? Does the media blow things out of proportion or try to shape the way we think about the news?
Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of WORLD Magazine, will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about some of the major news stories presented in the media and how Christians should respond.
In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. — Jesus (John 14:2)
It is a reality that no one can avoid—death. Whether one exercises daily, eats healthy, gets plenty of rest, has access to the best health care, and is born with good genetics, the fact is that everyone eventually dies as a result of the fatal effect of sin on our world.
Death is one of man’s greatest fears, partly because the dying process can be drawn out and painful and partly because many people are unsure what will happen afterward. But what if you knew for certain that you would spend eternity in a perfect place in God’s presence after you die? Would that change the way you face a terminal diagnosis, old age, or an unjust, sinful world?
Our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview, Anne Graham Lotz, author, speaker, and daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, thinks so. She has watched her mother die and her father and husband nearing that day. In her book, Heaven: My Father’s House, Anne reminds readers that all the ills and trials of this world are nothing to fear in light of the believer’s future hope and home in heaven.
How to have strength and hope in the midst of cancer? This is David Wheaton, host of The Christian Worldview.
The thought of cancer makes most people shudder. Over one million people of all ages are diagnosed with it each year in America. And treatments for cancer can be as debilitating as the illness.
Cancer is a graphic reminder of how sin has corrupted our world. God designed us to live forever, but Adam’s sin and ours has brought disease and death.
But the good news is that when we put our faith in Christ as Savior and Lord, He gives us the grace to face cancer. And we have assurance that the victory He won over sin and death is ours as well so we don’t have to fear whatever happens on this earth.
This weekend Anne Graham Lotz will join us to discuss heaven.
Guests: Jeff Schurrer and Tamara Windahl, Christ-Followers, Cancer-Battlers
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10).
The C-word. Cancer. The very thought of it makes most people shudder. Over one million people are diagnosed with cancer each year in America—children, the elderly, and all ages in between.
There are many kinds of cancer that afflict almost every part of the body: lungs, skin, liver, brain, colon, prostate, and more. Some of the causes of cancer are known (smoking, diet, environment), but much more is still unknown about this often deadly disease. Worse, treatments for cancer can be as debilitating as the illness itself.
Cancer is a life changer … and for Christians, a real faith tester. This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we are going to hear from Jeff Schurrer, who is currently in the throes of battling cancer, and Tamara Windahl, who survived several bouts with the disease.
How can we find strength and hope when we face the trial of cancer in our own lives? How should we encourage others in the midst of their severe trial? We will try to answer these questions and more this weekend as we discuss “Cancer and the Christian.”
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
“No one enriches hell more than false teachers. False teachers have been present in every era of human history, they have always been a plague and have always been in the business of providing counterfeit truth.”
That is a strong statement by author and blogger, Tim Challies, our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview. He has written a “False Teachers Series” on his website that features a who’s who of those who have led or are leading people astray from the full revealed truth in God’s Word. Read more
Why do Christians choose to watch the sin on the silver screen? This is David Wheaton, host of The Christian Worldview.
If you want to know why Christians live like the world and our culture is corrupted, look no further than Hollywood tickling our sin nature with violence, sexual themes, obscenity, blasphemy, and a generally humanistic, if not anti-Christian worldview. It’s no wonder a Christian film producer said, a pastor’s biggest opponent is secular entertainment.
We all would do well to heed the Psalm that says, “I will set no worthless thing before my eyes” and instead dwell on “whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and of good repute” as the apostle Paul says.
This weekend, we’ll speak with a holocaust survivor about when government becomes God.
Guest: Rich Christiano, film producer, “A Matter of Faith”
“I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. I will set no worthless thing before my eyes” (Psalm 101:2-3).
Most films produced by Hollywood include obscenity, profanity, violence, sexual scenes or innuendo, and a humanistic—or even anti-Christian—worldview. And yet many professing Christians go to the movies each week as if taking in the sin presented on screen won’t have any effect on them.
What impact does the movie industry have on Christians specifically and our culture in general? Is there a biblical criteria on which followers of Christ can base their movie-watching?
Rich Christiano thinks so. He is a longtime producer and director of Christian films and the founder of the website, ChristianMovies.com. He joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to give us a behind the scenes look at what Hollywood is selling. He will also tell us about his new film “A Matter of Faith” (fall 2014) which depicts the compelling story of a college freshman encountering a professor who teaches evolution.
Guest: Kerby Anderson, president, Probe Ministries
“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God” (Romans 13:1-2).
“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in” (Matthew 25:35).
Millions of immigrants, including tens of thousands unaccompanied children, have illegally crossed our border into the United States. Some are fleeing violence in their home country. Some want a better life and economic opportunity in the United States.
So what is our country to do? Send them back to their own country? Grant them citizenship or work permits? Build a border fence? And what should a Christian think and do about illegal immigration? The Bible says we are to obey the law (Romans 13), but also that we should take care of the stranger (Matthew 25)
Even amongst professing Christians, there are many opinions on illegal immigration. Some think it’s wrong to even call them “illegal” or “aliens” because our immigration laws and past conquests of border land are illegal. Others see this issue in terms of government’s duty to protect its citizens and provide a stable society. Still others see illegal immigration as an opportunity to show the love of Christ through caring for those in need.
Kerby Anderson, president of Probe Ministries and radio host for Point of View, will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss illegal immigration. Kerby lives in Texas, a border state on the front lines of this issue.