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  • Jul 30 / 2016
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Commentary, Podcast

Some of America’s Pastors are Waving the Wrong Flags (The Cross in Culture #20)

This episode is titled, Some of America’s Pastors are Waving the Wrong Flags

In recent decades, religion — particularly Christianity, has become entwined with the American political system. With the rise of the Moral Majority under the leadership of Jerry Falwell Sr. and other leaders such as E.V. Hill and D. James Kennedy speaking out boldly on political and social issues, politicians came to realize that the “faith vote” was very important. At first, this applied mostly to conservatives and the Republican party. But, soon, Democrats caught on and they have made increasing efforts to reach out to pastors and church-going voters as well.

Both the Republican National Convention last week and the Democratic National Convention this week featured several pastors and preachers speaking on behalf of and in support of presidential candidates and their party’s respective platforms. Both campaigns are relying heavily on Christian ministers to serve as surrogates in the media and to their congregations. Both sides wish to be seen as having a corner on the Christian vote. Continue Reading

  • Jul 24 / 2016
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A Christian Manifesto Today, Podcast

Foundations for Freedom and Faith, Part 4 (A Christian Manifesto Today #11)

Our Christian Manifesto Today passage from the Word of God today is Psalm 22:28 which reads: “For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and he is the governor among the nations.”

Our Christian Manifesto Today quote today is from Gerald Ford. He said: “But the separation of church and state, although a fundamental principle to which I fully subscribe, was never intended in my view to separate public morality from public policy.”

In this podcast, we are using as our text: “A Christian Manifesto” by Francis A. Schaeffer.

Today the separation of church and state in America is used to silence the church. When Christians speak out on issues, the hue and cry from the humanist state and media is that Christians, and all religions, are prohibited from speaking since there is a separation of church and state. The way the concept is used today is totally reversed from the original intent. It is not rooted in history. The modern concept of separation is an argument for a total separation of religion from the state. The consequence of the acceptance of this doctrine leads to the removal of religion as an influence in civil government. This fact is well illustrated by Kohn W. Whitehead in his book The Second American Revolution. It is used today as a false political dictum in order to restrict the influence of Christian ideas. As Franky Schaeffer V says in the Plan for Action:

“It has been convenient and expedient for the secular humanist, the materialist, the so-called liberal, the feminist, the genetic engineer, the bureaucrat, the Supreme Court Justice, to use this arbitrary division between church and state as a ready excuse. It is used, as an easily identifiable rallying point, to subdue the opinions of that vast body of citizens who represent those with religious convictions. ”

  • Jul 18 / 2016
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A Christian Manifesto Today, Podcast

Foundations for Freedom and Faith, Part 3 (A Christian Manifesto Today #10)

Our Christian Manifesto Today passage from the Word of God today is Psalm 50:6 which reads: “And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.”

Our Christian Manifesto Today quote today is from George Washington. He said: “True religion affords to government its surest support.”

In this podcast, we are using as our text: “A Christian Manifesto” by Francis A. Schaeffer.

When the First Amendment was passed it only had two purposes. The first purpose was that there would be no established, national church for the united thirteen states. To say it another way: There would be no “Church of the United States.” James Madison (1751-1836) clearly articulated this concept of separation when explaining the First Amendment’s protection of religious liberty. He said that the First Amendment to the Constitution was prompted because “the people feared one sect might obtain a preeminence, or two combine together, and establish a religion to which they would compel others to conform.”

Nevertheless, a number of the individual states had state churches, and even that was not considered in conflict with the First Amendment. “At the outbreak of the American Revolution, nine of the thirteen colonies had conferred special benefits upon one church to the exclusion of others.” “In all but one of the thirteen states, the states taxed the people to support the preaching of the gospel and to build churches.” “It was not until 1798 that the Virginia legislature repealed all its laws supporting churches.” “In Massachusetts the Massachusetts Constitution was not amended until 1853 to eliminate the tax-supported church provisions.”

  • Jul 09 / 2016
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A Christian Manifesto Today, Podcast

Foundations for Freedom and Faith, Part 2 (A Christian Manifesto Today #9)

Our Christian Manifesto Today passage from the Word of God today is Isaiah 33:22 which reads: “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.”

Our Christian Manifesto Today quote today is from Thomas Jefferson. He said: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

In this podcast, we are using as our text: “A Christian Manifesto” by Francis A. Schaeffer. Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer writes on “Foundations for Freedom and Faith” (Part 2):

Another phrase also stood there: “In God we trust.” With this there is no confusion of what they were talking about. They publicly recognized that law could be king because there was a Law Giver, a Person to give the inalienable rights.

Most people do not realize that there was a paid chaplain in Congress even before the Revolutionary War ended. Also we find that prior to the founding of the national congress all the early provincial congresses in all thirteen colonies always opened with prayer. And from the very beginning, prayer opened the national congress. These men truly understood what they were doing. They knew they were building on the Supreme Being who was the Creator, the final reality. And they knew that without that foundation everything in the Declaration of Independence and all that followed would be sheer unadulterated nonsense. These were brilliant men who understood exactly what was involved.

  • Jul 05 / 2016
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Podcast

Avoiding Terror Fatigue (The Cross in Culture #17)

Welcome to the Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast where we consider different perspectives on what is happening in our culture and apply a biblical worldview. I am your host, Daniel Whyte III. This is episode #17.

This episode is titled, Avoiding Terror Fatigue

In light of the recent terror attacks around the world, this week, USA Today published an article about the prevalence of something called “terror fatigue.”

The writer described it as such: “It feels as though it’s happening everyday: Bodies of the innocent strewn across the airport, the nightclub, the subway. And while we catalog the atrocities with varying degrees of horror, we quickly return to the TV, the meal, the commute, accustomed to a world where the threat of violence is part of the routine.”

It is easy for us to grow complacent and to turn a blind eye to the pain and suffering in the world. It is easy for us to think of it as happening to “those people.” It is easy for us to become numb to it.

But, no matter, how often it happens, we must realize that there are lives being lost — mother, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, student, employees. All people whom God loves, whom Jesus died for.

The Bible tells us that He made all men in His image. We each carry the image of God. When one person is killed it is an affront to God. That is why we must never see the aftermath of a terror attack as just another statistic, just another set of digits to add to the ones that have come before. We are to “weep with them that weep,” and never lose sight of the urgency with which we must confront the evil in the world.

In closing, let me leave you with a Scripture and a quote.

Hebrews 13:3 says, “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”

Donna Lynn Hope said, “Affliction equips the suffering to empathize with others in anguish and not only does it strengthen them, it enables them to be consoling comforters in a world full of hurt.”

In light of what we have discussed today, I want to remind you that in our ever-changing world, there is one Person who never changes. That person is Jesus Christ. The Bible says that He is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” He is not subject to the whims of society or popular opinion. He has an unchanging, eternal love for you. If you do not know Him as your Savior, I encourage you to get to know Him today. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Thank you for listening to this Torch Leadership Cross in Culture Podcast.

Visit us online at www.torchleadershipfoundation.com

Until we meet again, remember to keep Christ first in our ever-changing culture.

  • Jul 03 / 2016
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A Christian Manifesto Today, Podcast

Foundations for Freedom and Faith, Part 1 (A Christian Manifesto Today #8)

Our Christian Manifesto Today passage from the Word of God today is Psalms 33:12 which reads: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

Our Christian Manifesto Today quote today is from Patrick Henry. He said: “Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”

In this podcast, we are using as our text: “A Christian Manifesto” by Francis A. Schaeffer. Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer writes on “Foundations for Freedom and Faith” (Part 1):

The Founding Fathers of the United States (in varying degrees) understood very well the relationship between one’s worldview and government. John Witherspoon has always been important to me personally, and he is even more so since I have read just recently a biography of him by David Walker Woods.’ John Witherspoon, a Presbyterian minister and president of what is now Princeton University, was the only pastor to sign the Declaration of Independence. He was a very important man during the founding of the country. He linked the Christian thinking represented by the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) with the work he did both on the Declaration of Independence and on countless very important committees in the founding of the country. This linkage of Christian thinking and the concepts of government were not incidental but fundamental. John Witherspoon knew and stood consciously in the stream of Samuel Rutherford, a Scotsman who lived from 1600-1661 and who wrote La Rex in 1644. Lex rex means law is king—a phrase that was absolutely earthshaking. Prior to that it had been rex lex, the king is law. In Lex Rex he wrote that the law, and no one else, is king. Therefore, the heads of government are under the law, not a law unto themselves.

  • Jul 02 / 2016
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A Christian Manifesto Today, Podcast

The Abolition of Truth and Morality, Part 6 (A Christian Manifesto Today #7)

Our Christian Manifesto Today passage from the Word of God today is 1 Timothy 2:3-4 which reads: “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Our Christian Manifesto Today quote today is from Charles Stanley. He said: “We are either in the process of resisting God’s truth or in the process of being shaped and molded by his truth.”

In this podcast, we are using as our text: “A Christian Manifesto” by Francis A. Schaeffer. Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer writes on “The Abolition of Truth and Morality” (Part 6):

The Reformation (300 years after Bracton) refined and clarified this further. It got rid of the encrustations that had been added to the Judeo-Christian worldview and clarified the point of authority – with authority resting in the Scripture rather than church and Scripture, or state and Scripture. This not only had meaning in regard to doctrine but clarified the base for law.

That base was God’s written Law, back through the New Testament to Moses’ written Law; and the content and authority of that written Law is rooted back to Him who is the final reality. Thus, neither church nor state were equal to, let alone above, that Law. The base for law is not divided, and no one has the right to place anything, including king, state or church, above the content of God’s Law.

What the Reformation did was to return most clearly and consistently to the origins, to the final reality, God; but equally to the reality of Man – not only Man’s personal needs (such as salvation) but also Man’s social needs.

  • Nov 25 / 2015
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A Christian Manifesto Today, Podcast

The Abolition of Truth and Morality, Part 5 (A Christian Manifesto Today #6)

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Pastor and Christian philosopher, Francis A. Schaeffer, warned us and created the war plan that we as Christians need today to deal with a society that is increasingly moving away from God, the Bible, and moral principles. He wrote “A Christian Manifesto” 33 years ago and its words are just as relevant today as they were back then. Dr. Schaeffer shows how the United States began as a nation built on biblical principles, but slowly became more pluralistic and humanistic in its ways. Since humanism places man above God, this thought pattern pushed society into a downward spiral that we have not begun to recover from. He further warned that the decline of preaching objective, biblical truth to every aspect of society would be the result of the church of Jesus Christ forsaking its responsibility to be the salt and light in the world. This podcast is aimed at showing Christian pastors, leaders, and individuals the devastating consequences of sitting quietly by and letting society continue to go against God and His Word. This podcast also aims to encourage Christians to be courageous, to speak up, and to resist this present day evil by standing up for God and His truth in an age when truth is fast fading away. As Peter and the apostles declared in Acts 5:29, “We must obey God rather than man.” Continue Reading

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