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False Teachers: Who They Are, What They Teach, Why It Matters

August 16, 2014

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Guest: Tim Challies, author and blogger, challies.com

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.

We will discuss some of the following false teachers profiled by Challies:

What is it that these men and women teach that is so dangerous? Is it divisive to name the names of those who teach things contrary to Scripture? Get ready to sharpen your discernment as we take a deeper look at some notable false teachers.

 

 

 

When Government Becomes God

August 9, 2014

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Guests: Jan Markell, radio host, and Anita Dittman, Holocaust survivor

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (Genesis 6:5).

trapped-in-hitler's-hell thumbWe’ve all heard the sayings: “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” and “We learn from history that we do not learn from history.”

Those who believe in the utopian progress of man think that what occurred in Nazi Germany—concentration camps, genocide, totalitarian rule—could never be repeated, especially in a country like America.

How did a nation like Germany, with its Christian churches and influence, quickly turn into an evil empire, carrying out the darkest acts of the human heart?  Why did so many in Germany turn from God to government?  Could this happen in America?

Anita Dittman, a Jewish follower of Christ who survived Nazi concentration camps, will share her incredible story on The Christian Worldview this weekend.  Joining her will be Jan Markell, syndicated radio host and biographer of Anita Dittman that has been documented in a book and DVD entitled, “Trapped in Hitler’s Hell”.

NOTE: Preview the film or order the riveting 75-minute DVD, “Trapped in Hitler’s Hell” for a donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.

How Much Impact Does Hollywood Have on Culture, on Christians?

August 2, 2014

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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.

Note: If you are interested in sponsoring “A Matter of Faith” in your hometown theater, email Rich at RC@ChristianMovies.com.

What should a Christian think and do about illegal immigration?

July 26, 2014

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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.

Pornography and Children: A Plan for Protection and Preparation – rebroadcast of 01/25/14

July 19, 2014

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Guest: Heath Lambert, pastor and author, Finally Free

“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).

finallyfree150We 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.

 

Finally Free from Pornography – rebroadcast from 01/18/14

July 11, 2014

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finallyfreeGuest: 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.

How God is Undaunted by Man’s Sin

July 5, 2014

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Guest: Josh McDowell, featured in the film, Undaunted

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.

Undaunted is a must-see 68-minute DVD film that would be excellent to watch with your family or to share with an unbeliever.  The film won the International Christian Visual Media’s 2012 Crown Awards for “Best Evangelistic Film” and “Best Documentary.”  We would look forward to sending you the DVD for your donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.

Preview the “Undaunted” offical trailer:

 

Why Do Christ Deniers Mock “Climate Change Deniers”?

June 27, 2014

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Guest: Cal Beisner, founder, Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation

“Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” 1 Corinthians 1:20

President Obama and many who share his liberal worldview refer to those who do not believe man is causing catastrophic global warming as “climate change deniers.” They say the hard science is overwhelmingly on their side and that we need to stem our carbon dioxide emissions before it’s too late for the earth.

What is it about global warming (now referred to very generally as “climate change”) that so energizes those with a humanistic worldview?  What is “hard science” and whose side of the debate does it favor?  How should Christians think and act regarding “climate change”?

Cal Beisner, founder of the Cornwall Alliance, “a network of evangelical Christian theologians, scientists, economists, and other scholars dedicated to promoting Biblical earth stewardship” will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to answer these questions and more about an issue that refuses to go away…no matter the science.

Note: Order your copy of Cal Beisner’s excellent booklet, Social Justice: How Good Intentions Undermine Justice and Gospel

Clarifying the Mayhem in the Middle East

June 21, 2014

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Guest: Soeren Kern, geopolitical analyst, Gatestone Institute

“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end” — Jesus (Matthew 24:6).

While the Middle East has always been known for its volatility, the region has been especially on fire recently.  In Iraq, where the United States recently withdrew its military after spending more than ten years and trillions of dollars and lost thousands of lives, an Al Qaeda associated group called ISIS is quickly and brutally taking over the country.

Similar atrocities are taking place in Syria, Africa, and Egypt as Islamic jihadists kill each other and Christians.

Who and what is behind all these conflicts?  How does the Sunni Muslim vs. Shia Muslim divide come into play?  What should the United States be doing?  How will Israel be impacted?  Where is this all going?

Our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview is Soeren Kern.  Soeren is a Christian, an Air Force veteran, an essayist, a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, and a worldwide traveler (he has visited more than 100 countries including most of those in the Middle East).  Be sure to tune in for analysis that you won’t hear in the mainstream media.

 

Seven Fundamentals for the God-Fearing Father

June 14, 2014

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Guest: Bruce Wheaton, David’s 82-year-old father

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

The biggest problem in America is not our $17 trillion-plus national debt, high unemployment, government dependency, loss of privacy, racism, illegal immigration, weak and ambiguous foreign policy, failing public schools, partisan politics, “homosexual marriage,” abortion, or the legalization of marijuana.

Our biggest problem is not President Obama.  He and these other troubling problems are just symptoms of a much bigger problem: the scarcity of God-fearing fathers.

When a nation is characterized by intact families led by a God-fearing father, all of these other ills will be minimized.  Why?  Because the God-fearing father seeks and obeys the Lord, lovingly leads his wife, and raises his children “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

How can a father do this?  Join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview as my 82-year-old father and I discuss “Seven Fundamentals for the God-Fearing Father.”

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