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Chris discusses the origins of the word "Easter" and how it is often traced to a pagan goddess from the ancient world. But is that the whole story? An interesting article from Answers in Genesis proposes an alternative history of the word, tracing its root to the German word for "resurrection." Also discussed is a devotion from Charles Spurgeon who warned in the 19th century of the effort to "restore the Antichrist to his ancient seat." Exactly what did he mean?
Chris discusses a variety of topics including an update on the involvement of Rome in the Ukraine. What is the Vatican's interest? Is the current conflict based on a centuries-old enmity between Rome and the Orthodox Church? Also, numerous news outlets report that Vladimir Putin is a professing "Christian" who has vowed to protect Christianity throughout the world. Is there any truth to this? Also discussed is the promise of God in Isaiah that those who wait upon the Lord shall mount up with wings like eagles. What does this mean for our time?
Chris discusses the various readings concerning Christ's purging of the Temple in ancient Jerusalem, and how the Lord drove the moneychangers from the House of God. Some unbelieving critics argue that the difference between the Scriptural accounts demonstrates an inconsistency in the Biblical record, whereas faithful scholars recognize the clear difference between the first and second purging of the Temple. Also discussed is the fact that the Jews asked Christ to show them a "sign" because of His actions. He replied by making reference to His death and resurrection.
Chris continues his teaching on the story of Gideon, and how he sought the Lord for reassurance before going to battle against the ancient Midianites. The story itself provides powerful insights for believers, and for our nation as a whole. Even as the Israelites turned aside from the commandments of God, and worshiped idols -- is this a picture of what has happened to America? Is repentance for our nation possible? If so, we will surely find the means of obtaining God's help through the Holy Scriptures. The story of Gideon also shows how God sometimes puts His people at a serious disadvantage so that when He grants them victory, His Name will be glorified.
Chris discusses story of Gideon from the book of Judges, comparing the situation of the children of Israel with America today. The people of God had rebelled against Him by worshiping other gods. The Lord sent Gideon to destroy the altar of Baal first, and then sent him to defeat Israel's enemies. The lesson seems to be that we cannot expect victory over our enemies unless we are willing to destroy the idols that keep us from being faithful to God.
Chris discusses the recent story of a school stabbing, where a 16 year old is said to have gone running through the halls attacking his teachers and classmates with a knife. The story is clear proof that "guns" are not the problem in our public schools, but rather, the evil that abides in the hearts of our young people. Early educators were of the mind that to teach children knowledge without the fear of God would be catastrophic. Martin Luther once warned that if the schools would not teach the Holy Scriptures, they would become wide gates to Hell itself. Has his warning come to pass in America?
Chris discusses the admonition of the Lord Jesus who said: "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you." (John 15:18) This Scripture seems to be appropriate in light of the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court which has now refused to hear the case of the photographers from New Mexico who declined to photograph a homosexual commitment ceremony because of their Christian convictions. The high court in New Mexico refused to acknowledge that the photographers have a first amendment right to freedom of religion, and they have been ordered to pay more than $6,000 in legal fees to the gay woman who filed the discrimination case against them. Some have argued that this is a clear step towards tyranny. But as believers, we are reminded of the scripture that tells us it is no marvel that the world hates us (1John 3:13) because we belong to Christ.
Chris discusses the warning of the Apostle Paul who foretold that the time would come when men would "not ENDURE sound doctrine." Typically, when we think of endurance, we imagine athletes facing olympic trials -- perhaps runners trying to finish a race. But what does it mean to endure sound doctrine? In our time, we are watching church leaders and whole denomination capitulate to worldly ideas. In particular, the subject of homosexual marriage and "gay Christianity" comes up again and again. But does the church in America have the endurance necessary to be faithful to the commandments of God? In another story, the Archbishop of Canterbury reports that for the Church of England to support gay marriage would be "catastrophic" for Christians in other parts of the world -- in particular, in Muslim countries where believers have been blamed for the actions of Western churches.
Chris discusses the recent developments in the Ukrainian conflict, and the mainstream admissions that at least some of the radicals who took over the government are neo-Nazis. While there are legitimate concerns about the old Soviet mentality of modern Russia, there are equally disquieting facts about the presence of National Socialism among those who support a Ukrainian/EU relationship. In reality, Ukraine is a country that has been caught between tyrants and murderers since the second World War era. In the 1930's the Ukrainian people suffered at the hands of Soviet Communism during which millions were killed by forced starvation under Joseph Stalin. Then in the 1940's under the Nazi occupation of Ukraine, millions more were put to death as part of Hitler's extermination programs. The bitter scars of its history continue to haunt this troubled part of the world today, as we consider the current conflict between Russia and the European Union.
Chris responds to several emails from listeners concerning the Gnostic influence in the new "Noah" movie, starring Russell Crowe. The fact that overtly occult elements are the driving force of the film seems to have been overlooked by the Christian leaders who have given any supportive reviews of the work, even encouraging others to see it and suggesting that it presents the most important elements of the Biblical story -- i.e. God's judgment upon sin, etc. Unfortunately, what it really does is present "God" (the Creator) as an evil being. This has been noted by at least one professor of systematic theology who published an article (titled, "Sympathy for the Devil") on how some evangelical leaders have been deceived by these elements. Chris also shows from the writings of 19th century occultist, Albert Pike how the very pagan influence of the ancient mystery beliefs are present in the new Noah movie.
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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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