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Chris discusses a series of articles dealing with the early American view of homosexual behavior. How would the framers of our Constitution feel about the issue of gay marriage, and the concept of gay rights? A clear and sober examination of American law (prior to the post World War II era) shows that today's homosexual movement is nothing short of an alien value system entered into our society.
Chris discusses a series of recent stories on the gay marriage controversy, including the subpoena of Houston area pastor's sermons by the openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker. Also discussed is the latest attack against two Christians who own a wedding chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. They have now been threatened with jail and a $1000/day fine if they refuse to perform gay weddings. Meanwhile, in Rome the Vatican has concluded its synod on the family, offering an initial "welcome" to homosexuals that was later amended to a more conservative tone. But is this the beginning of a progression towards accepting gay marriage in the Roman Catholic Church?
Chris discusses Ephesians chapter 2 and what the Scripture says about the salvation of believers, and the condition of the unbelieving world. It is common to suggest that if a person is good (as the world judges goodness), then they might just go to heaven, even if they don't know Christ. But is this the case? Does the Scripture in any way suggest that this might be possible? The Apostle Paul provides us with a powerful and sobering answer, when discussing the condition of the Gentiles before they came to know the Gospel.
Chris discusses current events in light of Matthew chapter 24 and the Lord's admonitions about the end times. The Scripture tells us that whether we face wars or the rumors thereof, we should seek our consolation in the promises and reassurances of God.
Chris discusses the history of the first amendment, in light of a recent Supreme Court decision that is said to allow gay marriage to move forward in a number of states, while leaving the issue unresolved at a national level. But at the heart of the matter is whether the U.S. Constitution is supposed to be viewed through the lens of Biblical teaching. Was there ever a time when this was the case? Incredibly, a series of commentaries from 19th century Supreme Court Justice, Joseph Story provide powerful insights to the subject at hand. Story reveals what the original intention of the First Amendment was, and what it was not.
Chris discusses two stories involving the issue of same sex marriage in the weeks ahead. A series of news stories reveal that the U.S. Supreme Court will be considering what may be a landmark, historic decision that could involve striking down all state bans on gay marriage across the country. What sort of impact could this have on Christian people, who are already being put out of business for refusing services to homosexual weddings? At the same time, the Vatican holds a synod in Rome to discuss issues pertaining to the family, and on the list is also the subject of gay marriage. Could the Vatican's council impact the Supreme Court -- especially since six of the nine justices are Roman Catholics?
Chris discusses the concept of "virtue" as it pertains to a solder or warrior for God. This was of particular importance to our forefathers who went to battle for the cause of true liberty. But how does this compare with the kinds of atrocities we are witnessing from Muslims who claim to be fighting for Allah? In the Bible, God often commands His people to fight their enemies -- but is all fair in matters of war? Or does the Lord hold men accountable for acceptable boundaries?
Chris discusses the disturbing new story about the beheading of a woman in Oklahoma who was brutally murdered by an Islamic convert. While initial reports questioned whether this was an act of terrorism, the profile of the killer is undeniable. Ja-keem Yisrael (formerly known as Alton Nolen) posted images of ISIS and Taliban members on his facebook page, along with photos of himself as a disciple of Islam. Is this terror in Oklahoma the beginning of greater acts of Jihad in America?
Chris continues his review of the book, "Sacred Scripture, Sacred War" focusing on Exodus 15:3 in which the song of Moses declares that the Lord is a "man of war." The verse was spoken after the Lord destroyed the armies of Pharaoh in the Red Sea, delivering the children of Israel from their enemy. This was one of many Scriptures preached by ministers during the Revolutionary era to encourage the colonists in their fight against England. Also discussed are the controversial Biblical passages in which Christians are commanded to obey governing authorities. The Revolutionary preachers argued that such verses actually worked in favor of the Revolution rather than against it.
Chris discusses a powerful book by author James P. Byrd of Vanderbilt University. The work is titled, "Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution." While avoiding the common trap of attempting to prove that leading revolutionaries were somehow or other all "Christians," Byrd makes a convincing argument that the Bible was the leading source of inspiration driving the War of Independence. He proves that it was revolutionary ministers who preached that "The Lord is a man of war" (Exodus 15:3), and that Americans should "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free" (Galatians 5:1).
Chris dedicates today's show to the memory of Dr. Ian Paisley, who passed away on September 12th. As the listeners of NOTR know, we have quoted Dr. Paisley many times on this show, and he is featured in two of our documentaries. The newspapers in Europe remembered Paisley as a legendary politician who held to uncompromising principles, yet ultimately worked for the cause of peace in Northern Ireland. He was, perhaps, the most fearless preacher of the Gospel in modern times.
Chris continues his study of the Book of Acts, focusing on the next part of the journey of Paul, who stands trial before King Agrippa. Following his traditional methods, the apostle takes the opportunity to preach the Gospel of Christ, describing his encounter with the Lord on the road to Damascus.
Chris continues his study of the Book of Acts, and the journey of the Apostle Paul. Having been falsely accused by his fellow Jews, Paul finds himself on trial before the governor. What lessons can we learn from the apostle's demeanor in the face of persecution and false accusation? Incredibly, he turns the experience into an opportunity to witness for the Gospel.
Chris discusses the Book of Acts, when the Apostle Paul faced strong opposition upon his return to Jerusalem. Certain men conspired again him and were determined to kill him. The Scriptures tell us clearly that believers will face persecution in the world. What lessons can we learn from Paul's example about how to face such times of trial?
Chris discusses a recent story from Newsweek in which they announced that the Jesuits were making a "comeback" since Francis was elected at the first Jesuit Pope. Since taking over for Benedict, the Jesuit training and membership of Pope Francis has repeatedly been given attention by international media. Yet for all their talk of Jesuits, the fact that the order is the most nefarious society in history (having been thrown out of most countries in the world for their subversive activities), has gone largely unmentioned by the mainstream news.
Chris discusses a series of new stories revolving around the ISIS terror threat, and growing concerns that their activities could reach American soil. Analysts are discussing what they call "soft targets" meaning schools and churches. A recent report shows that several churches in the U.S. were vandalized with Islamic graffiti, denouncing the Christian religion. Also discussed are the activities of terrorism in other countries, including Australia and the U.K.
Chris continues his discussion on what the Scriptures tell us about defending those we love. Two powerful examples are found in the lives of King David and also Nehemiah. What happened when David's family was taken captive by the Amalekite bandits? And while Nehemiah and the children of Israel rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, how did they respond when their enemies threatened to kill them?
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.
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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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