Guest: Cal Beisner, author, Social Justice: How Good Intentions Undermine Justice and Gospel
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:16-17).
“Social justice.” We’ve all heard the term. Many Christians, and most especially the younger generation, believe that Jesus’ primary call to His followers it to “rectify injustice wherever it occurs” — redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor through taxation, fighting “climate change”, ending human trafficking, advocating for international child labor laws and “fair-trade” economic practices.
But does this kind of social justice comport with the Bible’s teaching about true justice in a fallen world? Does it distract from or diminish the saving gospel of Jesus Christ? And how should Christians “learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow” and be gospel-centered?
Cal Beisner, founder of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about the “the sad and unintended consequences” of social justice, and how biblical Christians “need to understand the nature of, and difference between, justice and grace.”
NOTE: Cal Beisner has written an insightful 28-page booklet on this topic entitled Social Justice: How Good Intentions Undermine Justice and Gospel. Click here to receive a copy for your donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.
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.
This weekend, we’ll discuss the hot topic of social justice.
“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: Paul Taylor, author, Don’t Miss the Boat
Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. Genesis 6:17-18
Hollywood can make a film about Noah and the flood, but because the filmmakers do not take Scripture for what it is—the inerrant, inspired, infallible Word of God—it shouldn’t be surprising that the story they depict has little to do with the truth revealed in the Bible.
The real story of the flood is found Genesis 6-9. And it’s quite a story. God sees the wickedness of mankind on the earth and decides to destroy “all flesh” with a flood. He tells Noah to build a gigantic vessel in order to survive His judgment. Animals of every kind join Noah and seven family members on the ark. A worldwide flood covers everything on earth. And finally a year later Noah and his family exit the ark to a transformed earth.
Our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview is Paul Taylor. He has written a book about the flood entitled, Don’t Miss the Boat. We will discuss many aspects of the flood and how it is still relevant for us today. We’ll take your questions too.
1. Does the Bible say anything explicitly or by implicitly about the decision you’re facing?
For example, the Bible is clear that a Christian should not marry a non-Christian. (1 Corinthians 7:39 A wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband is dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.)
2. Abide in Christ.
John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” In other words, the closer you remain to the Lord, the closer your decisions will be to His will.
3. Relish the wrestling.
Finding God’s will implies there’s effort required—you need to look for it and it may be hard and long. Think about it. Knock on doors. Gather information. God is refining you through the process.
4. Seek counsel from the oldest, wisest people who know and love you.
Read 1 Kings 12 about how King Rehoboam listened to the counsel of his peers rather than the older, wiser, and more experienced men.
5. Pray without ceasing over the decision. And perhaps fast from food too.
Wait until you have a settled peace. 1 Thes. 5:17 “pray without ceasing.”
6. Look for circumstances, not signs.
Pay more attention to tangible circumstances like open and closed doors and less to “I had a dream last night and feel like I need to quit my job and start working in full-time ministry.”
7. Understand that God is sovereign over our decisions
We can still make a “less than” decision even when our hearts are right and we’ve followed the right steps. The good news is God is in control even in the midst of our “less than” decisions and will work through them for our good and His glory. Psalm 103:19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all.
Guest: Brett and Sheila Waldman, owners, Tristan Publishing
“The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord” (Proverbs 16:33).
At a fundamental level, each day presents us with one decision after another. Some are fairly insignificant such as, What should I have for breakfast? or Should I wear a sweater or jacket?, while others are much more important: Should I marry the person I have been dating? or Should I donate to a heterosexual marriage amendment in my state and risk my career?
Scripture gives us clear answers on many decisions we face—No, do not marry an unbeliever; Yes, repent and believe in Christ whatever the cost; Yes, abstain from sexual intimacy outside of marriage. But there are other decisions where a biblical answer is not so clear. Decisions like How should I educate my kids? or Should I uproot my family to move to another state?
Christians want to know God’s will in making decisions. But how we can know God’s will when the decision we’re wrestling with isn’t clearly addressed in Scripture?
Joining us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to help answer that question will be Brett and Sheila Waldman, owners of Tristan Publishing. They will share their story of facing several key decisions over the past year where it wasn’t a matter of right or wrong but rather of discovering God’s best and finding His will.
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Did you know there are two films about Noah right now? This is David Wheaton with The Christian Worldview Radio Program.
The first film is the Hollywood epic starring Russell Crowe that has, according to Answers in Genesis, a respected creation and apologetics ministry, “barely a hint Read more
Guest: Ray Comfort, producer of the film, Noah—And The Last Days
“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37-39).
Did you know that there are two films about Noah that have just released?
The first is Hollywood’s epic version—or perhaps better said, epic revision—starring Russell Crowe that according to Answers in Genesis is “unbiblical fantasy.”
The second is a 30-minute film, Noah—And The Last Days, produced by Ray Comfort and his ministry, Living Waters. Based on Christ’s prophecy in Matthew 24 that “the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah,” Comfort’s film portrays 10 signs in our society that point to the return of Christ in judgment in the same way God judged the world in Noah’s day.
What are these signs? How should Christians engage our spiritually declining culture? Ray Comfort will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to answer these questions, and he will give his view of the other Noah movie produced by Hollywood.
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Description from Living Waters website:
“In the time of Noah, people were going about their daily lives, not mindful of the impending destruction. Like them, are we ignoring warnings of God’s coming judgment?
The Bible gives us clear signs of the last days. Did you know the Scriptures say we will see:
- Flippant use of God’s name
- Money-hungry preachers and rampant hypocrisy in the church
- Wars and rumors of wars
- An acceptance of homosexuality
- Denial of a global flood
Who was Noah, and why is the amazing account of his life so relevant to you in the 21st century? Don’t be caught unaware. Time may be very short. Will you be ready?”
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