Category: Contextualization

Everything in Christianity has its counterfeit

Dave Wager and Crash discuss biblical discernment on another live broadcast of Stand Up For The Truth.  Everything in Christianity has its counterfeit—false repentance, false confession, false conversion, false zeal, false love, counterfeit works of the Holy Spirit, counterfeit gifts of the Holy Spirit, even counterfeit life.

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Sexuality as a Gift From God

Sexual intimacy between a man and his wife are a great gift from God. This relationship is a human representation of the deep intimacy Jesus wants with His bride, the church.  When a man and his wife are sexually intimate there is a deep physical, emotional and spiritual bonding that God blesses.

But as Satan often does, he takes something beautiful from God and twists it to deceive people. Today, rampant sexuality has led to destruction and disaster: abortion, broken marriages, divorce, and sexual brokenness and even gender confusion.

Pastor Mike Abendroth of No Compromise Radio joins Mike and David to discuss the beauty of biblical sexuality and the snare of sexual sin that has led to dramatic moral decline in our nation.

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Listener Questions and Comments

On Fridays, we get to read your comments and answer your questions by going to the Word of God.  This morning your topics of interest include:

Mental illness and Christians
home churches vs. mega-churches
“slain in the spirit” theology
dealing with children confused about their sexuality and gender
Is it wrong for pastors wearing $40,000 watches or driving expensive cars, etc?
Kingdom Now theology
Can we become too dogmatic about certain Scriptures pertaining to salvation?
Our daughter is engaged to a Mormon; she says they both worship the same God – advice, please!
I listen to Rick Warren’s daily podcast and enjoy it. What are the issues you have with him?

You can chime in by texting “speak up” to 90100 or emailing us at comments@standupforthetruth.com

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Affirming the Truth of God’s Word

If you listen to atheists, secularists and even some who claim to be Christians, you might think the Bible is nothing more than a bunch of man-made stories, full of confusion and contradictions.  But in reality, it is the only thing we can look to for lasting truth.  God – who has always existed and always will exist, knows all things past, present and future, and is the only one who can speak absolute truth.  But even within many self-professed born-again believers there is doubt over the truth of the Bible.

How can we know for sure that the Bible is true?  Pastor Jeff Solwold of Calvary Chapel in Madison, Wisconsin joins us to share how we can know and trust the truth God has given us in His Word.  You can hear Pastor Solwold’s teachings at 5am weekdays on our flagship station, Q90 FM.

In our final segment we talk about how the liberal media, whether it be television or social media, can no longer be trusted to report actual news and have all fallen into camps of propaganda for their political and cultural biases.

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Assumptions Can Be Dangerous

The dictionary defines an assumption as, “assuming something is true or taking a statement for granted.”  When we believe something important is truth, and base our life and entire belief system around it only to find out the assumption was wrong, it changes the way we see everything.  Sadly, too often in public education and media we are being led to assume certain false beliefs and philosophies are true, and this deception affects how we view God and life itself.

Our guest today is David Richardson, author of “Transparent: How to See Through the Powerful Assumptions that Control You.”  We discuss three types of “assumers” and how their assumptions either lead them to truth or deception.

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Who are the Nephilim?

Genesis 6:1-4 are very controversial verses to many Christians.  They deal with a group called the “Nephilim” and they have been the center of controversy and various biblical interpretations for thousands of years.

Tim Chaffey has written a new book on these fascinating creatures, attempting to answer many questions Christians have about the Nephilim.  Were they fallen angels or simply sinful men?  What did they do and why?  And if they are fallen angels have we heard the last from them?

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The Dangers and Challenges in Sharing the Gospel

Sharing the gospel in foreign lands has always been difficult, but these days there are challenges that are making the task increasingly difficult and dangerous.  Radical Islam has been emboldened by ruthless leaders and a media willfully silent on its evil actions. Even within missionary circles there seems to be confusion on how best to share the gospel, making the task all the more difficult. 

Elijah Abraham of Living Oasis Ministries regularly travels around the world sharing the gospel and teaching church leaders to equip their church members in sound doctrine for the work of evangelism and discipleship.  He joins Mike and David to discuss the increasingly difficult challenges of missionary work, and how some mission ministries are making the task even more difficult by preaching a watered-down or even false gospel.

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Dave Wager: Living vs Loving In Our World

Mike and David are off today. Crash Connell visits with Dave Wager about what the Bible teaches believers how we should live and love in the world around us.  What is our motivation? Dave often refers to a book he’s reading, THE HOLY WAR by John Bunyan, 1st & 2nd John and passages in the book of Job.

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Francis Chan: Discerning or Guilty by Association?

The Bible is clear that there will be many false teachers leading people astray in the final years, and many professing Christians will be part of this final apostasy.  It also tells us we should avoid anyone who teaches a gospel contrary to the Bible’s teaching.  But Paul also tells us to bear with one another as believers; standing up for truth, but also not allowing insignificant divisions to cause problems.  The problem is that we are not always clear about what is a significant or insignificant division within Christianity.Francis Chan has been on a very interesting journey over the past few years.  He resigned as pastor of the mega-church he founded and went on a personal sabbatical.  He has returned and finds himself in a growing controversy surrounding his criticism of American Christianity as well as his recent appearances at IHOP and alongside Todd White and Benny Hinn. Really?So where does Chan really stand on doctrine? Mike, David, and Crash look at the controversy and discuss the difficulties in being discerning Christians without jumping to conclusions or branding those we disagree with a “heretic” or “apostate.”ARTICLES

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Christian Devotionals: Quick Fix or Contextual Study?

A lot of Christians read quick, daily devotionals as part of their routine. The concern is in some cases it has replaced reading and studying God’s Word in depth as we become busier and busier and are looking for that “quick fix” instead of a deep, intensive Bible study.

That is certainly not to say that all devotional studies are bad or wrong; but a devotional written by man will often have the slant or perspective of the writer and may or may not accurately reflect God’s message or context on the subject. The best devotional study we can do is one directly from the Bible itself since it is inspired by God and eternal truth.

Pastor Jeff Solwold of Calvary Chapel in Madison joins us the good and bad of daily devotionals for Christians and how to use God’s Word to gain the wisdom and insight we need to navigate life in these challenging times. Pastor Jeff can be heard weekdays at 5a.m. here on Q90 FM Christian Truth Radio.

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The Church in America Must Be the Church!

As we saw in 2020, forces of darkness have been hard at work. The enemy – both human and demonic – coming against us hard. It is stunning, the speed with which our country, culture, freedoms, and very way of life have been attacked and dismantled!

If there was ever a time in American history that the Christian Church needs to be an essential, gospel-preaching, influential, faith-building, fruit-bearing, saint-equipping church, it’s now.

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Steve Smothermon: We Must Never Stop Being The Church!

Steve’s church was fined $10,000 for holding a Christmas Eve service and not following New Mexico governor’s mandates; we discuss also the battle between Christians and government, unreasonable state restrictions on churches, obeying God or man, open censorship of American citizens by Big Tech and liberal media activists, and the responsibility of pastors to lead in these dark times.

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Mike Gendron: Converging Events, Prophecy, and Pope Francis

We discuss the prophetic implications of all that is going on in the world including the economic, psychological, and spiritual impact of converging events. Mike emphasizes the urgent need for Christians to be obedient to the great commission. We also talk about the apostasy of Pope Francis and his continued departure from Romans Catholic and biblical faith

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Jay Seegert: Christian Youth are Leaving the Faith; Why?

An alarmingly high percentage of youth are walking away from their faith today. We now know it is at much younger ages when children begin to doubt what they have learned. Many studies have been done and the evidence is clear. What are we doing wrong as Christian parents and the church in general?

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