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Chris discusses a new story about how Pope Francis has now indicated that the Church of Rome may embrace civil unions, while remaining vague about whether those unions would involve gay couples. Yet in the United States, the civil union laws were merely a stepping stone to embracing gay marriage. Is this the direction Francis is taking the Roman Church? And what sort of impact could it have on true believers if the man who is seen by the secular world as the Vicar of Christ fully embraces homosexuality? Could greater persecution against Bible believing Christians be the result? Also discussed is a follow up story on the situation in Ukraine with an email from one of our listeners, along with a story about Pastor Scott Lively and his views on Vladimir Putin. Finally, a new development shows that Pope Francis has been summoned to give an account for crimes against humanity. Will this new charge from the International Common Law Court of Justice gain any real momentum?
Chris continues the discussion over the escalating conflict in the Ukraine, involving the interests of Russia, the United States and the European Union. Are we being given the whole story in American media? Was this conflict inspired by Western powers? And what is the significance of China taking sides with the Russian government? Also discussed is an ongoing struggle between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands off the coast of Taiwan -- a conflict that some predict could lead to another world war. How do these events parallel what was happening in the years prior to World War II? And what should our response be as Christians? Jesus warned that in the last days there would be wars and rumors of wars; that nation would rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. Yet the Lord says, "... see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass ..." (Matthew 24:6)
Chris discusses a series of stories currently in the news, beginning with the growing conflict in the Ukraine with the competing interests of Russia, the European Union, and the United States. Some are predicting it could amount to another Cold War, while others have wondered if it is the beginning of World War III. Part of Russia's resistance to the E.U.'s interest in the Ukraine has to do with the issue of homosexuality. Meanwhile, the LGBT movement has gained momentum in the military and even at Fuller Theological Seminary, the largest multidenominational seminary in the world.
Chris discusses the warnings against the strange woman (in the attire of a harlot) of Proverbs chapter 7, comparing her with the great whore of Revelation 17. Could they be related? And are the sober warnings against having a relationship with this harlot of greater consequence than most modern believers imagine? With the ecumenical movement advancing as never before, should Protestant Evangelicals be especially cautious about their dealings with the Church of Rome? While we are being told that the papacy now agrees with the Gospel of grace, it is widely reported that the Vatican priesthood is filled with sexual deviants of every kind. Even worse, they seem to give license to their immoral activities. Could the scandalous activities of Rome be the prophetic manifestation of the abominations of Mystery Babylon?
Chris discusses a Frontline documentary about the dark side of Vatican politics and culture. Perhaps most disturbing is that in Rome there seems to be an obsession with homosexual practices in the Catholic priesthood. Much of the modern gay rights movement can be traced to the activities of Jesuits in American society who have been advocates for gay marriage and for normalizing homosexuality in the Catholic Church. But could the scandalous activities in Rome be the hidden influence behind what's happening in America? And are these things the manifestation of prophetic warnings about the perilous times in the last days?
Chris continues his discussion of Bishop Tony Palmer, the man who recently presented an historic message from Pope Francis at Kenneth Copeland's church in Texas, calling for an end to Martin Luther's "protest" of 500 years past, and declaring that no such thing as "Protestantism" exists any longer. The protest is supposedly over, because now (we are told) both the Vatican and Lutherans agree that salvation is by God's grace through faith. In fact, Palmer even reads a message from the Vatican's own website that sounds as if it might have been penned by Luther, Calvin and all of the Reformers. Yet he also tells us that no Protestant Evangelical has signed the agreement created by Rome and the Lutheran church. But why? Is it possible that the "grace" defined by Rome is quite different from what is described in the holy Scriptures?
Bishop Tony Palmer, who describes himself as a charismatic Catholic, recently spoke at Kenneth Copeland's church in Texas where he presented what he called a "historic message" from Pope Francis on video. Palmer has apparently been supported by Copeland's ministry for many years, and admits that he began as an evangelical but then became a Catholic priest when he was called by Rome to serve the Vatican's interests during the time of Pope John Paul II. Having served three popes, he says he met recently in Rome with the current pontiff to make a "covenant for unity" -- by which he intends to pursue the unification of Christian groups around the world. To further this campaign in the United States, he says he came to Copeland's church where he could find the "big fishes" with their jets, their TV programs, and their mega-congregations to show this pre-recorded message from the Pope.
Chris discusses the Biblical view of complaining and its destructive power in the life of a believer. The book of Exodus details the journey of the children of Israel once God delivered them from the bondage of ancient Egypt. While the Lord had done many mighty miracles which clearly demonstrated His power and faithfulness, the people fell into unbelief and discouragement once they encountered trials. Chris unfolds a series of examples from the Scripture of how complaining fuels the fires of unbelief and can hinder (or possibly overthrow) a believer's walk of faith.
Chris discusses a new story about a Baptist pastor who claims he has a "crush" on Pope Francis because he has supposedly given a positive face to "Christianity" in the world today. This pastor actually commends Francis for his stand against traditional Christian doctrine and in favor of new age, Socialist ideas. Also discussed is new information concerning the last twelve verses of Mark and the debate over whether of not these verses should be considered inspired, and part of the original autographs of Scripture.
Chris continues his study of 1Kings and the steady progression of ancient Israel into apostasy.
After the worship of the people was changed by Jeroboam, the kings themselves became worse
and worse, until the reign of Ahab and Jezebel. The idolatry had become so normalized that it
was seen as a light thing for Ahab to worship Baal, as if there were no longer a fear of God. Yet
through this time of greatest darkness, the Lord raised up the prophet Elijah to turn the hearts of
the people back to the Lord.
The Scripture tells us that if any man or an angel from heaven preaches any other Gospel, let them be accursed (Galatians 1:9). Chris discusses the Biblical example of this from 1Kings where a man of God is turned aside by a lying prophet who claimed to have received an angelic message that contradicted the Word of the Lord. The story provides a powerful lesson for believers today who are struggling to understand the times in which we live.
Chris discusses the story of Jeroboam, the king of ancient Israel. When Solomon disobeyed God by building temples to the pagan gods of his foreign wives, the Lord pronounced a judgment against him, and declared that He would give ten parts of the kingdom to his servant, Jeroboam. While God gave him clear promises that, if he would obey the commandments of God, the Lord would establish his kingdom, Jeroboam allowed himself to be overcome with fear that the people would turn away from him and kill him. As a result, he introduced an apostate system of idol worship in Israel and brought judgment upon himself and his household. What lessons can we learn about responding to fear and rejecting the promises of God?
Chris contrasts the Biblical story of Gideon with that of King Josiah, showing how the knowledge of God led both men to throw down the idols that had corrupted the people of ancient Israel. The first commandment to have no other gods before the Lord was obeyed first; and then God granted the great reforms and victories that followed. Is this a picture of what needs to happen in our own country today? How can believers confront the idols in the land of America?
A new headline from Fox News reads: "Camel bones suggest error in Bible, archaeologists say." The story then proceeds to tell us that new evidence discovered in the Middle East call into question the Biblical stories of Abraham, Joseph and Jacob because (they say) "camels weren't domesticated in Israel until centuries later." The dating of the camel bones in question is based partly on "radiocarbon" dating methods -- but are such methods truly accurate? What is the process? What are the inconsistencies? Chris also discusses the recently passed Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, during which Pope Francis declared that the denominational divisions in Christianity are a "scandal" and are contrary to the Bible. But what does Rome mean by unity?
Chris continues his discussion of the Neo-Reformed movement, considering the differences between what men like Luther and Calvin believed vs. their modern counterparts. In just a few years will be the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the remembrance of when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to the church door in Wittenburg on October 31, 1517. A celebration is planned in the year 2017 -- that will include both the Vatican and Lutheran World Federation. A report in Geneva by both parties is said to declare that "both were guilty of harming Christian unity in the past." But what do they mean by unity? And if Rome was then what she is today, would the original Reformers have had anything to do with this coming ecumenical event?
Chris answers a question from one of our listeners about the neo-Reformed movement in the churches today. Do modern Calvinists really follow the teachings of John Calvin? Do those who claim to be on "reformation soil," truly adhere to what the original Reformers believed? While many teachers would certainly agree with men like Calvin, Luther, and Zwingli on central doctrines, what are the key differences between them? One of the primary issues is the understanding of prophecy, and how the warnings of Scripture impacted the lives of the saints during the Middle Ages.
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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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