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.
“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!
Guest: Heath Lambert, pastor and author, Finally Free
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Josh McDowell, our guest on the program last week, said that pornography on the Internet is “the number one problem ever faced by the church in 2000 years.”
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 us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to tell us how God’s grace is the key to overcoming our greatest temptations.
Guest: Josh McDowell, featured in the film, Undaunted
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
We hear tragic stories about “dysfunctional” families where alcohol and/or drug use, conflict, divorce, extramarital sexual sin, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse characterize the home. We see the life-long scars on those who grow up in such an environment where sin reigns almost unabated. Maybe you personally experienced this kind of background. If so, there is hope!
Most Christians know Josh McDowell as a respected evangelist and apologist for the Christian faith. Josh has written or co-authored nearly 140 books, spoken to millions of people all over the world, and has been married for over 40 years.
But what most Christians don’t know is that Josh McDowell grew up in a highly dysfunctional home with a drunk father, abused mother, and a worker who sexually molested Josh. Josh turned his back on God, but God eventually rescued Josh and turned him into a victorious ambassador for Jesus Christ.
No matter your background or past, God can do the same for you! Join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview as we speak with Josh McDowell about the early years of life and how God saved him, all depicted in the powerful, award-winning DVD film we are offering entitled, Undaunted: The Early Life of Josh McDowell.