Category: Prosperity Gospel

The Truth Will Set Us Free

In John 8:31-32 Jesus says “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

In our final segment we look at a report that famous televangelist Benny Hinn has renounced the “prosperity preaching” that , along with his fake healing shows, has marked his life as a public figure.

But first we visit with Mark Eckel of Ratio Christi Ministries and founder of The Comenius Institute, shepherding students and faculty at IUPYI University in Indiana.

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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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We Love Fridays! It’s Q & A Time

Do we have to choose between going to church or watching on-line teachings?
I cannot find a local church willing to teach Bible prophecy and tackle hot topics
SOZO/Theophostic “ministries” infiltrating some churches.
Should our experiences rule over our thoughts?
Is tithing a biblical requirement?
Are the Letters to the Churches in Revelation applicable today?
Can a true believer fall away from or “give back” their salvation in Christ?

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Time and Persecution Will Tell

This morning Mike and Crash read your comments and answer your questions using God’s Word.  Our discussion this week with John Loeffler and Gary Kah have sparked discussion on how professing Christian Churches will respond to discrimination, pressure and persecution.

The Hebrew Roots Movement, “experiencing God” and “SOZO” type ministries are also discussed.

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The Condition of the American Church – Part 2

Wednesday, we aired the first hour of a conversation with former muslim, now born-again evangelist/missionary Elijah Abraham and Apologist Jay Segert of The Starting Point Project when they were in town for our Watchman Conference. Today, this tough conversation continues.  Mike and our guests discuss the challenges and the possible future of “organized church” in America.

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Seeking Signs, Wonders and Miracles

In Matthew 12:38, the scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus for “another sign” not long after he had healed the sick and a demon-possessed man who was also blind. Jesus responded:”An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign but none will be given except the sign of the prophet Jonah”That “sign” was when Jesus would rise from the grave to prove His deity and God’s power over sin and death.Many Christians and churches today are continually seeking more signs and wonders.  Let’s be clear: some are sincere believers in Christ, but their continual need for additional signs and miracles testifies to the weakness of their faith in the completed work of Jesus on the cross.  We look at a critique from The Gospel Coalition regarding Bethel Church in Redding, California and its leaders Bill and and Beni Johnson, and we discuss the pitfalls of this charismatic movement.In our first segment we visit with author David Richardson to discuss content in his book Transparent – about how our deeply held assumptions can deceive us and hinder us in our walk with God.

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Comments and Questions

As usual, we have way too many questions and comments to get to in one show. But here we go! Topics we touch on today include:Word-faith, prosperity gospel (blog on the subject mentioning Joel Osteen here)Mindfulness for children implemented in many public schools Would the so-called “Equality Act” pass the House and Senate, and do you think would Trump veto it? Home churches – how to start one and do it biblically A frustrated pastor getting resistance from elders and church members for addressing “social issues”Old earth or young earth? Hebrew Roots movement

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Joel Osteen and Deceptive Prosperity Preaching

When one of the most popular Christian leaders in America focuses more on personal growth, self-improvement, and positive thinking than on the essential doctrines of the faith such as repentance from sin, sanctification, and the atoning work of Jesus Christ, there’s a problem. The prosperity gospel preached by men such as Joel Osteen has been described as biblically anemic theology. And millions have fallen for it.

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Calvin Beisner: Climate Predictions, Green Policy; Equality Act

Young people today are very passionate about the subject of climate change. More often than not, they are being indoctrinated with emotional, fear-driven arguments about mankind destroying the planet because of our “carbon footprint.”  We should acknowledge their concern about being good stewards of God’s earth, but how can we help separate fiction from fact?

Dr. Beisner shares his expertise on green energy, climate change, and solar dependency on fossil fuels, as well as what happened in Texas recently with sub-zero temps and power failures. David later outlines to evil of the Democrat’s so-called “Equality Act,” which just passed in the U.S. House.

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Jason Jimenez: Stand Strong, Embolden Believers, Engage Culture

We discuss Jason’s background and ministry, his apologist colleagues and mentors, the importance of equipping believers and challenging them to engage culture, hard to reach millennials, Ravi Zacharias, and how to have the hard conversations with an uninformed, confused and disengaged church.

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Andy Woods: Green Energy Failures & Climate Non-Science

Joe Biden calls climate change an “existential threat” to humanity and promised to advance job-killing ‘Green New Deal’ policies. Andy Woods lives near Houston, Texas, an area effected by green energy policies and rolling blackouts due to the recent ice storms in the south. But Texas? We address the unbliblical and even un-scientific approaches that progressives are taking.

CNN, the left & Democrat media are framing Trump and his supporters as radical insurrectionists. We discuss dangerous rhetoric attempting to set up “Christian Nationalists” as the enemy of the state and even “domestic terrorists.”

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