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Chris continues his discussion on what the Bible says about self defense, moving on to the Book of Judges. When Israel fought against its enemies, the Angel of the Lord placed a curse upon Meroz for failing to help in the battle. Meanwhile, a blessing was pronounced on a brave woman who helped to defeat the Canaanites. The Scripture tells us there is a time for peace and a time for war. What can we learn about those who refuse to fight in time of war?
Chris discusses the controversial issue of self defense and Christianity. It is often argued that because Jesus taught that we should "turn the other cheek," then self defense is not permitted under the New Testament. Yet many others disagree, and point to passages throughout the Scripture that support a believers right to defend themselves and their families.
Chris discusses the recent controversy in the U.K. over what is being called "Operation Trojan Horse," said to be an alleged attempt by Muslims to take over the school system in Birmingham, England. The investigation into this alleged plot was handed over to a British counter terrorism expert, and while some action has been taken, there are those who fear that the problem has not been fully addressed. Also discussed are comments from the discussion board and answers to several inquiries.
Chris discusses what the leading Protestant Reformers taught about Islam. Is the rise of Islamic Jihad foretold in the Scriptures? During the Reformation, prophecy teachers saw the Eastern and Western part of the Roman empire as the two legs of the great statue in Nebuchadnezzar's dream (Daniel chapter 2). With Rome and Islam dominating Eastern and Western Europe, are the events of our modern world the fulfillment of prophetic warnings?
Chris discusses the issue of Halal food, the "acceptable" food of Islamic culture. Some believe it is similar to the Kosher food among the Jews, but is this really the case? Others argue that Halal is actually food sacrificed to an idol, and that Christians should have nothing to do with it. Where is the truth to be found? And are there still some who believe that the Islamic god "Allah" is the same as the true God of the Bible?
Chris discusses a quote from 19th century minister, Robert Winthrop, who said that men must be controlled by either the Bible or the bayonet. His words echo those of men like William Penn who argued that if men would not be governed by God, they would be ruled by tyrants. As the threat of tyranny grows nearer in Western countries, is it possible that a judgment from God is on the horizon?
Chris discusses the Fifth Seal of the Book of Revelation, and the souls of the martyrs crying out beneath the altar in Heaven. This powerful prophetic image comes to mind when considering the Christian people who are being killed even now for their faith in Christ in many parts of the world.
Chris continues discussions on the situation in the Middle East, as Christians continue to be persecuted by the radical Islamic movement there. It is widely reported that Turkey supports the ISIS terror group and that ten percent of its members are of Turkish origin. Some have drawn a parallel between the atrocities carried out today, and those of the Armenian Genocide which began in 1915. Is there a connection?
Chris discusses some of the latest news coming from Iraq and the plight of the Christians who have been persecuted by the ISIS terror movement. President Barack Obama is now rebuked by a leading liberal commentator for his failure to act of behalf of Christian people there. Meanwhile, he has recently chosen to act now that an ancient sect known as the Yazidi have been displaced and trapped in the mountains. Also discussed is the rise of Islam in Europe, with the promotion of Sharia Controlled Zones in London.
Chris discusses a Spurgeon commentary on 1 Thessalonians 2:18 dealing with the opposition of the Devil and how it manifests itself in a believers walk of faith. What does the Scripture tell us in terms of how to overcome the wiles of the enemy? The insightful encouraging words from Charles Spurgeon remind us that when hindrances arise in the work of ministry, it is most likely a sign that we are on the Lord's side and we are doing the Lord's work.
Chris discusses the story of the Anti-Balaka of the Central African Republic, a Christian militia group that has arisen to fight against the Islamic regime in that country. The movement began in response to the Islamic takeover of the government that resulted in the rape and murder of countless Christians. Now it is reported that they may drive out the Muslims entirely from that part of the world.
Chris discusses a recent story about Pope Francis's top ten list of tips for a happy life. "Don't Proselytize" is one of his recommendations. The Pope actually says that "religious proselytism ... paralyses" and is disrespectful towards the beliefs of others. How then would Christians preach the Gospel? And do God's servants in the Scripture respect the beliefs of pagans and idolators? Also featured is an NOTR interview with Theodore Shoebat of the website SHOEBAT.com. Chris answers the concerns of several listeners concerning the ministry's defense of historic Roman Catholicism. Does SHOEBAT.com actually support the Roman Inquisition?
Chris discusses how the Reformers viewed the role of God in government, and the responsibility of those who rule in the sight of Heaven. What does the Bible say about God's authority over the governments of men? And what did the Reformers teach on the subject?
Chris discusses the parable of the pounds from Luke chapter nine. The Lord tells the story of a King who entrusts certain gifts to His servants and departs to receive a Kingdom. But while He is away, His citizens rebel and refuse to have Him to rule over them. Is this a picture of our society today?
Chris discusses a series of new stories including the assertion of Glenn Beck that Jesus was "probably" married to Mary Magdalene. This is the latest of Beck's departures from Biblical Christianity, yet he continues to be embraced as a leader among Evangelicals. Also discussed are the riots in Paris over the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Jews are beginning to abandon France as the hostility of the Muslim population grows against them. In Marseille (France's second largest city) it is reported that the Muslims have taken over and created the most dangerous city in Europe.
Chris discusses the principles believed by Christian people for the past 2000 years where the concept of liberty is concerned, along with accountability before God and the governments of men. What is the Biblical view? Furthermore, how were the laws of God vs. man made ideas instrumental to the Protestant Reformation? And how did these concepts lead to the founding of America? This is an important discussion for believers as we see the world around us becoming increasingly hostile to the commandments of God.
Chris continues his review of the new film by Dinesh D'Souza. Also discussed is several emails from listeners, addressing the history of Christianity in America -- when did our country begin to turn away from the Ten Commandments?
Chris reviews the new film by Dinesh D'Souza on the history of America and its radical shift to the left under the presidency of Barack Obama. The film confronts important issues concerning racism, the conflict with American Indians, the Civil War and the rise of Socialism in the United States.
Chris discusses the stunning new development as it is reported that Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer has died as the result of a motorcycle accident in the U.K. Palmer was the man who earlier this year announced the end of Martin Luther's "protest" against the false gospel of Rome at Kenneth Copeland's church in Texas. Also discussed is the recent executive order from President Barack Obama that will force employers to hire members of the LGBT community, regardless of conscience and religious freedom. Obama specifically rejected pleas for a religious exemption, insisting that his decision advances "equality" in our country.
Chris continues his study of Revelation chapter four, pressing on into the vision that John was given to deliver to the churches. We learn about Him who sat on the throne in heaven, along with the four and twenty elders who worship, casting their crowns at His feet.
Chris continues his study of the Book of Revelation, moving on to chapter four, while explaining the various views of prophecy throughout history. What did the Church believe about prophecy prior to the 19th century? What is are the differences between Historicism, Preterism and Futurism?
President Barack Obama has appointed a well known Jesuit priest, Thomas J. Reese, S.J. to the Commission on International Religious Freedom. It was Reese who, in 2011, informed the world of Pope Benedict's Marxist leanings, saying the pontiff supported the Occupy Wall Street protestors and was politically to the "left" of both Obama and Nancy Pelosi. Reese will serve alongside three fellow Roman Catholics who already serve on the commission. Also discussed are recent comments by Pope Francis on the flood of illegal immigrant children. The Pope is calling for America to embrace them with open arms, and to avoid racism and "xenophobic attitudes." But could this have something to do with the fact that 90% of these illegals are said to be Catholic?
This past fourth of July, Vice President Joe Biden used the occasion while giving a speech in Philadelphia to promote "gay marriage," saying that it fulfills the Declaration of Independence. Biden went on to say that the gay marriage debate was the new civil rights movement. But is his view historically accurate? Or is this a ploy to promote the gay agenda?
Chris discusses the potential of a new dark age in the United States, as more and more churches turn away from the Scriptures and embrace man made teachings. The gay marriage issue continues to progress, and it is reported that more and more evangelicals embrace the practice. Moreover, a growing number of professing believers claim that the words of Scripture are not enough to convince them otherwise. Yet history tells us that the original meaning of the "dark age" was when the established Church rejected the Bible in favor of man-made doctrines and teachings. As professing believers turn away from the Word of God, is a new dark age on the horizon?
Chris follows up his discussion on the faith of Protestant Christianity, going over the details of how the five solas are understood. What is meant by Scripture alone? And why is this principle so important for understanding the other components of the way of salvation?
Chris gives an overview of the history of Protestantism and how it is defined through the perspective of pre-20th century historians. Because there are so many Protestant denominations, especially those that increasingly abandon the word "Protestant" in favor of "Evangelical," it is worth considering how Protestant belief has been understood in centuries past. Also discussed are the Five Solas and why they are an important part of understanding the Gospel in the midst of so many historic teachings and doctrinal debates.
Chris continues his study of the Book of Revelation, this time focusing on the Lord's message to the Laodicean church, known for its "lukewarm" disposition. Jesus said they had put their confidence in the fact that they had "increased with goods" and hence believed they had need of nothing. Is this church a warning for believers in America?
Chris discusses a recent story about Pope Francis and his statement that Communism has stolen the flag of Christianity. While his comments appear to rebuke the Communists, he also gives the impression that Communists might be "Christians" because of their view of the poor. Also discussed is an article from a Russian perspective on how Capitalism is dying in the U.S., while Burger King has released a new "Proud Whopper" in honor of promoting homosexuality.
Chris follows up on the last program, discussing the visit of American Evangelicals with the Pope in Rome. A number of key figures were from the World Evangelical Alliance, a group that openly admits it connections to the United Nations, the G-8 and World Bank. Since announcing that the "protest" of the Reformation is over, it is now argued that Evangelicals can become "Catholics" again -- and the unity that Christ prayed for in John 17:21 is cited as the reason why. But was the Lord praying for unity with apostates and pagans? And if so, then why did Jesus tell us that He came not to bring peace on earth, but rather, division? (Luke 12:51)
It was recently reported that Texas evangelicals, Kenneth Copeland and James Robison went to the Vatican in Rome to meet with Pope Francis. Ecumenical activist and personal friend of the pope, Tony Palmer, was on hand to translate during the meeting. Months earlier, Palmer presented a video taped message at Copeland's church in Texas, announcing that the Protestant Reformation was over, and that "Protestants" no longer existed. What were they then, but Catholics? Palmer announced, reassuring his evangelical audience that Rome and Protestants now believe the same thing about salvation. But is this the case?
The State Department now hosts an annual "Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies Pride Day" as part of the Obama administration's radical advancement of homosexuality in the United States. Earlier this month, Secretary of State John Kerry introduced one of its speakers -- LGBT activist, Masha Gessen -- as "an extraordinary human rights defender." Yet two years earlier, Ms. Gessen gave a speech in which she openly stated that the aim of the homosexual marriage agenda is not really to legalize gay marriage, but to destroy the institution of marriage entirely.
Chris continues his study of the Book of Revelation and the letters to the seven churches. Next is the Lord's message to the Church at Philadelphia, one of two churches that was found faithful and received no rebuke. Jesus mentioned those who were of the "synagogue of Satan," but who did He mean? He also promised to keep the Philadelphian church from the "hour of temptation" that would come upon all the world. But how is this to be understood? Was this just a promise for believers in the first century, or does it pertain to a greater understanding of the end times?
Chris discusses a series of new stories on the ecumenical movement involving both the unification of various professing "Christian" groups, along with the joining of Christianity to both Islam and Judaism. Pope Francis and the Orthodox Patriarch, Bartholomew I of Constantinople have set forth a plan for an ecumenical gathering at Nicea in the year 2025. Also, the first church-mosque-synagogue has been planned in Germany. It is currently called "The Berlin House of One," representing the ecumenical unity of the three beliefs that have shaped the history of Europe. But what will be the prophetic end of these things?
Chris continues his study of the Book of Revelation, pressing on to message for the Church at Sardis. The Lord confronted this church saying they had a "name" but were "dead." What did He mean, and how are the warnings for Sardis applicable to professing Christians in every generation?
Chris continues his study on the Book of Revelation, with the letter to the Church at Thyatira, a congregation known for its faithfulness and spiritual growth. Yet their flaw was in failing to confront the false teachings of a woman named Jezebel, who seduced certain believers into idolatrous and immoral practices. Jesus warned of the "depths of Satan" in the doctrine that was taught, but what did He mean? And how is this a warning for churches today?
Chris discusses Ephesians chapter four and the Apostle Paul's admonition that we "henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine ..." How does this apply to the Church today, when certain new ideas are compromising the faith of Christ? With the onslaught of the gay agenda, more and more professing believers are expressing their support for gay marriage. But are they truly convicted? Or giving in to a worldly teaching through cowardice and unbelief? And what do the Scriptures say of these things?
Chris discusses a series of news items starting with the recent wave of illegal immigrant children that have come into the country. When asked why they came in, they said they were told to do so through commercials on television. Who broadcast these commercials? Also discussed is the new terror group -- ISIS -- that has swept across Iraq, taking over the very cities that American soldiers fought and died for. But where did this group come from? And what is their true purpose? Furthermore, it is widely reported that this group is particularly targeting Christians for persecution and murder.
Chris discusses a new development out of Denmark, which has just passed a law making it mandatory for all churches to conduct gay marriages, even though nearly one third of the country's priests have said they will refuse to carry out the ceremonies. Could this be the next challenge for believers in the U.S.? Also, the first transgender "priest" is scheduled to give a sermon this month at the National Cathedral in Washington. What does the Scripture tell us about those who call evil good, and good evil?
Chris discusses the recent ecumenical prayer meeting at the Vatican where Islamic prayer was heard for the first time in history. Pope Francis invited the presidents of both Israel and the Palestinian Authority to pray for "peace" in the Middle East. The controversial meeting comes on the heels of Joel Osteen's visit to the Vatican that was reportedly organized by the International Foundation "in an effort to encourage interfaith relations and ecumenism." What is the greater spiritual symbolism of these events? And how can we understand them through the lens of Bible prophecy?
Chris continues his study of the letters to the seven churches in Revelation. The Lord spoke words of encouragement to the persecuted church at Smyrna, warning them of an impending trial as they would be assaulted by the devil. He spoke of their poverty, yet told them they were rich. Meanwhile, those of the church at Pergamos were said to dwell where "Satan's seat" was located. What was the seat of Satan? And does it have a history in the modern world?
Chris discusses the latest development in the homosexual movement that now involves the establishing of LGBT monuments in the U.S. to commemorate the history of gays in America. The announcement was made outside an historic gay bar in New York that the National Park Service would now begin to add LGBT landmarks "into the narrative of American history." The bar was the site of gay rioters in 1969 who protested laws against homosexuality. Also discussed is the new forever stamp commissioned by President Obama to celebrate the memory of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay citizen to be elected to public office in San Francisco. Obama had also given the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Milk's memory back in 2009. But who was he, and what did he really represent?
Chris discusses the second chapter of John's Apocalypse and the message of our Lord to the Church at Ephesus. The apostle Paul had warned the Ephesian elders of grievous wolves that would enter into the congregation, not sparing the flock. Decades later, it appears that the believers there took this warning to heart -- and yet the Lord confronted them because they had left their first love. How are we to understand this in the Church today?
Chris discusses the Book of Revelation and its importance in terms of understanding both history and the world around us. Why is the teaching of prophecy important to believers? How is prophecy related to the preaching of the Gospel? Some teachers believe that the Book of Revelation cannot be comprehended at the present time, and will only be understood during the final days -- but is this teaching Biblical?
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TARES AMONG THE WHEAT
- The sequel to "A Lamp in the Dark".
- “Tares Among the Wheat” will likely challenge what most scholars believe about Bible history, and the origins of the current wave of new translations that have flooded churches around the world.
-“Tares Among the Wheat” has been awarded the 2013 Telly Award for excellence in film and video production. “Tares” was specifically honored for the Historic Documentary category, and this award represents the sixth Telly for Adullam Films.
We give thanks and praise to God that He has seen fit to use our work to edify members of the body of Christ, and hope that any worldly acknowledgments will only encourage others to see the work, so that God may be glorified in all.
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