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July 1, 2021 4:00 am

Open calls, questions, and discussion with Matt Slick LIVE in the studio. Questions include---1- How long has God granted humans to live, 80 or 120 years---2- What is your view regarding the promises related to Israel- Does the church fulfill those---3- Does God use foreknowledge---4- How much time is between when the wicked are taken and the Christians---5- What are your thoughts on the book Faith Undone---6- What is the best way to do apologetics---7- What are some good Christian responses to critical race theory-

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877-207-2276. And if any of you watched the Bible study that I taught last night, you had some feedback on it. I went through some material that is very uncommon as far as pulpits go. I went through and presented some information. And you know, here's some feedback from anybody who liked it or didn't like it or whatever.

And if you want to talk about that too, if not, no big deal. All right. Give me a call. 877-207-2276. Let's get to Anthony from Des Moines, Iowa. Anthony, welcome.

You're on the air. Hi, Matt. How are you today, sir? I'm doing okay. I'm doing okay. Just hanging in there, buddy.

What do you got, buddy? Well, my question, Matt, and I don't have both scripture references, but I know that you do in your head. From Genesis 6-3, the Bible seems to tell us that God has allotted us 120 years of life. And I can't find the other scripture, but I seem to recall from my memory that it says something about three score and ten, or by reason of strength, 80 years. And I hope that I'm saying that right. But my question is, so which is it? Are we to look forward to the 70 or 80 years, or are we to look forward to the 120 years?

Both. It looks like we're given 120 years as potential life, which I believe is the case if we take care of ourselves and eat properly and all of that kind of thing. And I think later on in the other stuff, I think it's just considering other issues and areas of problems that occur in our lives that shorten our lifespan.

So I think that's all that's going on there. And in fact, you just reminded me of something I saw years ago, and I'd forgotten it for the longest period of time. And it was back in the early 70s, and they were interviewing a guy who was an ex-slave. And he was 127 years old or something like that.

He was really up there. And he was in front of the launch pad for Apollo when they were going to the moon. And you know, you just remember this. And the interviewer was interviewing Mr. So-and-so. He says, you know, you were an ex-slave.

You were actually a slave back in the 80s. Whatever it was, he goes, yeah, that's right. And he said, well, you've seen so much.

What do you think of this launch to the moon? And don't forget to forget it. The guy turned around and he goes, I don't know what that is, but they ain't going to no moon.

You're just not doing it. And everybody was cracking up, you know, because it was just awesome. And I never forgot that.

The interviewer was laughing, not laughing at him. You know, it was just awesome. And he goes, I don't know what it is, sonny, but they ain't going to no moon. And he was so sure of it. And I remember that. Anyway, he was ancient. He was really old. There's also the story of a guy who was 164 or 167 years old in England about 200 or 300 years ago. And the king of England found out about him, how old he was, and invited him into the castle to meet him, into the palace, whatever, and gave him a great meal. And it killed him. Because he wasn't used to, you know.

You can remember this stuff. And then there's people who, like in Georgia, over there in Europe, the mountains, they're near, real high up in the mountains. And there's a guy, they said he was in his 140s, but they couldn't prove it. But he said, that's how old I am, you know, to an interpreter. And they asked him, when are you going to retire?

He said, that's dumb. You don't retire. You keep going. You keep doing it. But anyway, it caused me to remember all that stuff. 120 years old.

So anyway, there you go. You know, when you were telling me the story about that gentleman and the space launch, I'll never forget, I'm 60 years old. I remember we were over at my grandmother's house, my dad's mom, and we were watching the first lunar landing on TV. And Grandma at that time, she was 85, 86 or whatever. And so we're watching that. And Grandma's saying, aw, I don't believe that.

They're just up there gathering around. I said, Dad, what's Grandma talking about? He says, well, honey, you've got to remember something. She came from a time when there were no automobiles, there was no aircraft. She came back from, you know, horse and buggy days. And so it's just, and she was not seeing how, my grandma was sharp as a sack till the day the Lord took her away. But she just could not comprehend that advance in technology, you know, how far it advanced in those few short years.

And she's thinking, they're talking about, I mean, just think about it. When we were kids, you know, Brock Rogers and the space stuff we used to watch on TV before space travel was even a reality. And that was science fiction. And of course now it's science reality. And that always kind of astounded me.

But another thing, Matt, and I'm going to let you go because I know there's a lot of people waiting to talk to you. My theory and my belief is when we read in the New Testament when people lived for hundreds of years, for a long time, way back when, my opinion, and I'm not a scientist or a doctor, but I believe that the onset of sin and its effects on us health-wise and so on in the physical body, I don't believe it had been made manifest at the point yet where it was causing such a severe loss of life. And as you said, you know, lifestyle things, you know, there's more chemicals and there's more things that bombard our bodies these days and so on. I personally believe that people actually did. And a lot of people say, oh, well, they counted time a lot different back then. And when it says such and such, it wasn't in real years. No, it was.

And detractors want to say stuff like that. But you'll notice it was after the flood came that the lifespan of everybody really decreased. And the theory is that before the flood, there was a canopy. And pterodactyls apparently could not fly in our present atmospheres, not thick enough to provide lift enough. So the atmosphere was different, so we think there was a large water atmosphere and that the rain loosed it from the top. And the ultraviolet light, the rays got in and shortened our lives because it affected our DNA. That's one of the theories. I just said a theory, but don't put it out there. But, yeah.

Well, it's interesting to consider. But any event, I remember one time one of the companies I was working for, the gal said, she signed me up for my benefits. And she said, do you want life insurance? And I said, no, I don't need life insurance. And she said, why? I said, well, I'm going to be alive when Jesus comes back.

And she kind of looked at me like, this dude's a nut or something. But I'm 60 years old, and I'll tell you what, I'm looking for another 30 or 40 years, and people might think, well, you're stupid. Well, I work out. I try to eat, right?

I mean, I'm not a health food nut or anything. But I believe the good Lord sustains us by his Spirit. And, I mean, when it's time to go, it's time to go.

Only he knows when. But I believe that our duty is, until that time is when that call comes, I believe that we're to take care of ourselves, our bodies, the temple, the Holy Spirit. And if we're good stewards of that, I think God's going to bless us for that. Yeah, I think so, too.

That's right. Well, appreciate that, brother. All right. Well, I appreciate your expertise and your knowledge, and I enjoy your show. Recently I lost my TV, but, you know, it's been a blessing in disguise because now I only have a radio. And so Christian Radio, I'll have to confess, I listen to a little bit of country music once in a while. Well, that's not good.

That's a sign of the fall. But I don't listen to any rock or any other. Okay. Okay. All right, brother.

Well, I'm hearing you, brother. Okay. But God bless you. I appreciate it, Matt.

And I listen to your show, and I'll tell you what, I learn something every time I listen. Good. I'm glad.

I'm glad you do. All right, man. We'll get going.

Thank you so much, Matt. All right, God bless. All right, brother. Okay. Thank you. All right. Let's get to Russ from Utah.

Russ, or Ross, I should say. Welcome. You're on the air. Hey, Matt. Thanks for taking my call.

Sure. My question is, knowing that you're of the Reformed persuasion, what is your view in regard to the promises directed towards Israel? Does the church fulfill those, or are they still to be fulfilled by the nation as it's constituted now? Well, being Reformed, I'm also a covenantalist, and I like to say I'm a consistent covenantalist. And I don't believe that God is done with Israel, because Romans 11, 25, and 26 says, For I do not want you brethren to be uninformed to this mystery, so that you will not be wise in your own estimation that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, and so all Israel will be saved, just as it is written that the liberal will come from Zion and will remove ungodliness from Jacob. This is my covenant with them.

I'm going to take away their sins. So God's not done with Israel. And I don't believe the church replaces Israel. Not totally. It replaces Israel in the evangelistic truth and message that Israel was supposed to accomplish by recognizing and receiving the Messiah.

But because Israel rejected the Messiah, we the Gentiles are grafted in, and then when the time of the Gentiles is done, Israel, God will turn His attention once again to the nation of Israel and use them. Okay. You want to hold for after the break? I... Hold on.

I... I appreciate it. Okay, buddy. God bless.

All right. Hey, folks. We have 4 Open Lines. Give me a call. 877-207-2276. Give me a call.

I'll be right back. It's Matt Slick live. Taking your calls at 877-207-2276. Here's Matt Slick. Welcome back to the show, everyone. If you want to give me a call, 877-207-2276. Let's get to Roger from North Carolina. Roger, you're on the air. Hey, how are we doing, Matt? Doing all right.

What have you got? My question is about foreknowledge and how God foreknew somebody because nobody foreknew, because if God is the only thing that exists, this whole foreknowledge would have to be something that He's prearranged because if you don't exist, you know what I mean? It's got to be... Exactly. It's planned pretty much. Exactly correct. That's exactly correct.

Okay. Because if nobody exists, I mean, it's based upon God doing something for them to exist. Right. Now, what some people say is that God foreknows who will do what based on their choices. And that's Mullenism, or called middle knowledge, where it deals with what's called counterfactuals, that God knows He'll create people, and because they have libertarian free will, not compatibilist free will, but libertarian free will, which I can go into if you want, then God knows what they'll do in different circumstances. And so He will then choose what will happen based upon what He sees people do in their free will.

And that's a heresy. Well if God makes somebody, He creates them where they're at and who they are and with their attributes and with all their, you know, that makes them a person. Right. So God knows what somebody's going to do before He creates them, but He creates them anyway. Exactly. So He would, so that foreknew there, that has to be like a personal knowledge of, like when it says those He foreknew, that has to be like a God knowing them personally, because you know, in Matthew 7 it says, I never knew you.

Yes. God knows everybody, but it's a different kind of know, isn't it? Yes, that's exactly the truth.

That's what I teach regularly. God says I never knew you, and that's, Jesus says that in Matthew 7 23, the day of judgment. And the word for know, K-N-O-W in Greek is ginosko. So He says I never knew you. So you'll find that Jesus never says to unbelievers, I know you, except in one place where He says to the Pharisees, I know you, you're of your father the devil.

So you don't find any place where He just says one thing, I know you, and leaves it at that. It doesn't happen, except to believers, because to be known by Christ is to be saved. And so if you go to, for example, John 10 27 28, my sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me.

If you go to Galatians 4 8, for example, it says this, however at that time when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which are by nature no gods. But now that you've come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn your back again, etc. So He says now you're known by God. So the issue is if God knows you, it means you're saved. If He doesn't know you, it means you're not saved.

Now that's the word ginosko. So sometimes people will go to Romans 8 29. Those whom He foreknew, He also predestined. So what they think it means, and this is the wrong view, they think it means that God knows what people are going to do in different situations, and that's why He knows they're going to pick them of their own free will, and so He predestines those people. And that's a heresy, it's a false teaching, it violates the doctrine of God's aseity, which means His independence, God's choices are not based upon foreseen choices of individuals.

He knows all things and decrees all things. So He doesn't make His choice based upon what we do, and then save somebody based upon what's in us, because that would be showing favoritism, and James 2, 2-4 says that that's not what God does. When it speaks about that favoritism, it says you have someone sit at your table who's got fine clothing and money and influence, power, whatever, you're showing favoritism by a quality that they have in themselves. So some people mistakenly think that God looks into the future to see who's going to pick him, and He picks them.

He works with them. That means that God's choice is favoritism that the Scriptures condemn. That means that God will be looking at a person's quality or ability and choosing them based upon what's in them, and that's exactly what the Bible says God does not do. Furthermore, if you go to Romans 8, 29, it says those whom He foreknew, He also predestined. It does not say of everyone He foreknew, some He predestined. It says those whom He foreknew, He also predestined. So the foreknown ones are the ones who are named for salvation. They're the ones who are also predestined, which is why it says in Ephesians 1, 4, and 5, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we will be holy and blameless before Him in love.

He predestined us to adoption as sons of Jesus Christ to Himself. That sounds great, and I appreciate your Bible studies. That's awesome. Oh, you watch them? Did you enjoy the one last night? Oh, yeah. I did.

Did it mess you up in any area? Yeah, I took some notes. I might have to go back over. That's something I've got to kind of ponder on. I've got to sit on it. That's good. That's good.

Because what usually people do is they hear me teach that stuff, and they go, what? And there it is. It's right there in Scripture. Now they've got to put it together.

They've got to figure it out. So good for you. Okay. All right. All right. Have a blessed day. All right. You too. God bless.

All right. Three open lines, 8772072276. I've got the Vicki from Raleigh, North Carolina. Vicki, welcome. You're on the air. Hey, Matt. I just have a question for you, and if you've covered it last night, and I missed it. I apologize. I did watch.

But I couldn't watch on Facebook or something on my computer, so I was using my phone, blah, blah, blah. Anyhow, I was thinking, because my whole life I was like, okay, you think about the day of the rapture, and you would imagine all the Christians being taken and then just chaos here on earth because planes will be crashing and cars will be smashing into each other. So I started thinking, wait a minute, if they take the bad people first, like God, you think like because God can make anything happen, that it almost be instantaneous that the Christians get taken next? Yeah, that's about it.

If he takes all the bad people first, then what about all the crashes and bad things that are happening because people were instantly taken out of the world? Yeah. Well, it's what the Bible says, Jesus said it, and if you... I went through the scriptures last night, so you probably followed along in Matthew, this is new for a lot of people.

Yeah. I'm not debating. I'm not debating with you because you told me a long time ago about this, and so I believe about that we get raptured after the tribulation, but I'm just saying, you think it'd be like an instantaneous, like in God's time, almost like an instantaneous thing that he'll take the bad, and then like in the blinking of an eye, then it's so good? Because otherwise, it'd be like we'd be getting all smashed up and killed and stuff from the lack of people being in vehicles. That assumes that people are flying and driving because if, as I was teaching last night, things are so bad, because if you'll remember that in Matthew 24, Jesus talks about wars and rumors of wars and nations against nations and false prophets and everything and how bad it's going to be, and then the tribulation comes, and then it gets even worse.

We don't know what condition the world's going to be in, so it could be that that technological stuff won't be necessarily as utilized. It might be, but we've got some breaks you want to hold, and we'll talk more about it, okay? Yes, sir. All right.

Okay. Hey, folks, we'll be right back after these messages. Stay tuned. It's Matt Slick live, taking your calls at 877-207-2276.

Here's Matt Slick. All right, everybody, welcome back to the show. We have some open lines, give me a call, 877-207-2276. Vicki, are you still there?

Yep, I'm still there. Okay, now where were we? Oh, man.

Oh, boy. We just said that probably maybe public transportation be less, or private transportation be less utilized and airplanes would be less utilized. We don't know, because when we make, we have questions like that, we always tend to assume certain things, and what I like to do is say, well, maybe that won't be the case. Maybe it will, but we don't know, so it's just a possibility, but then it might be the case that if they're taken, and they're unbelievers flying a plane, well, then there's trouble, okay? If the believers are on that plane, and they're falling out of the sky, then the believers will be taken. I don't have all the answers, because the Bible doesn't say, it does say that the wicked are taken first. That's what it says at the end of the age, at the harvest, and that's Matthew 13, clearly that's what it says, and then the good are taken, so will this happen within a minute of each other, or an hour, or two hours?

Same day, next day, I don't know, but it seems to happen pretty much simultaneously, or just close to each other, but then again, I just don't know. Not for sure. That helped, kinda. I assume that your, yes sir, and I'm assuming that your Bible study from last night is on YouTube now? Yeah, yeah, it's on YouTube, I put it all on YouTube, and the notes are basically from the article on Karm, the two-age theory, two-age model, in support of all millennialism, and I went through the scriptures and did everything, and every single time I've done it, over the years, and years, and years, every time I've done it, people have been very challenged by it, and some who already have been challenged and believe it just want to refresh their course, but it's, in my opinion, very solid, you know, so that's what I think. Cool, yeah, I wanted to go down, I don't have a printer, but I wanted to go down, I wrote down the name of that article, if I could go back down and write down all the scriptures and stuff and everything, because there are even more scriptures than what I heard you talk about before, that really seem to back up the whole thing about, you know, post-melanct... You know what I'm trying to say?

I don't know, and we're going through a tribulation. I felt like Joe Biden here for a second. I couldn't find my words, I don't know what Joe feels like.

You went Biden on us, yeah, you know, lost it, yeah, you just don't know, but yeah, there's a lot, and you know, as I talked last night about it, you know, I've always been kind of a person who steps on toes, it's not that, hey, that's what I like doing, let's do that some more, that's not it, but what does it say? And that's what it says, so it's what I've got to teach. Well how does that affect other doctrines? Well, I try and answer that, and I know that it upsets people, I know that it upsets people that I teach what I do, and especially when I say that, you know, the pre-trib rapture view just, in my opinion, doesn't hold an ounce of water, it just doesn't, so that's my view. Well, and it's like you said, if you could find any way to disprove that, you would love to.

Yeah, absolutely. Who wants to go through the tribulation? Nobody does, so you don't want to believe that it comes at the end, so you're just faced with the truth, and that's what you're accepting and you're sharing.

It's the best of my ability, and I always have to say that I certainly realize it could be wrong, and as I said last night in the study, if someone has far more knowledge than I do about this topic, and they can correct me, I'm open to it, and I sincerely am, and I am, because I need to be, if I'm going to be a servant of my Lord Jesus, I don't have all the answers, but I want to be able to... I think people would rather be... Go ahead. I'm sorry.

No, it's all right, go ahead. I think people would rather be prepared for the worst and be pleasantly surprised than to not be prepared. Yeah, pray for pre, prepare for post. That's right. Exactly. Right. Exactly.

And I think the preacher perhaps has done damage. Yes. Okay. You're welcome.

God bless Vicki. Appreciate it, brother. You have a good one. You too. All right. Bye-bye. Bye-bye, 877-207-2276. Let's get to Stephen from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Welcome here on the air. How's it going? I only had a question about a book. Your thoughts on the book by Roger Oakland, Faith Undone. Maybe you could just give me your thoughts on that book and its validity to date.

I know there's been a lot of changing in the landscape, socio-political landscape, and some of the philosophies, even philosophies have changed as far as religiously. So I was just wondering if you could give some thoughts on that book and also maybe another good... You're probably a writer. I've only listened to your show like maybe two days. I've done a little bit of writing.

Because I found you on the... Okay. Maybe you could give me a good idea of a book I could read about apologetics too. Wow. That's all I have.

Okay. It depends what kind of apologetics, but let's tackle a little bit. So Faith Undone, I did a little bit of research during the break about it. I don't have the book, but it deals with the emerging church problem. The emerging church was dominant about 10 years ago, 15 years ago.

The emerging church has good in it and it has bad in it, and it just needs to be walked through and discerned, but not having read the book, I couldn't tell you too much about it. I wish I could. Okay. So, sorry about that.

Okay. Because my dad's a pastor and they brought out a lot of good points. And I was listening to you talk so intelligently and very well versed in apologetics on your show for the last couple of days, and I just thought, I have read that.

It's been about a month or two before I read it, so I can't really discuss a specific point inside the book, but maybe you could just point a little more in this direction, I guess. Well, I've written it on the emerging church. You can go to the CARM website.

I've written a section on it. So there's a lot of information there. And I've interviewed some of the top people back in the day,

And your website is? If you were to just type in CARM and then emergent church, you'll find it.

In fact, I'm going to do that right now. CARM and then emergent for emerging church, doesn't matter. And yeah, there it is. What is the emerging church?

Is it biblical or not? And you can go and see what I've written there, so I do a lot of writing. Cool. Well, thank you, sir, for your time. I appreciate it.

I appreciate it. You want to learn about apologetics? You want to?

Yes. I mean, I took a master's level of apologetics through a church in Virginia, Liberty University. And I took it to get my master's degree in cross-cultural communications when Northland International University was going.

It's been replaced by Northland Bible Institute up in Dunbar, Wisconsin. But anyway, I had taken that, and I found such a... Go ahead. Sorry. Okay.

So books that you're interested in. Have you ever heard of John Frame? John Frame.

Nobody will write that name down. John Frame. He's my old professor from Westminster Seminary, and he's a very good apologist.

I'd recommend that. I'd also recommend you study Van Til, Cornelius Van Til, and Greg Bonson, V-A-H-N-S-E-N. And I'd recommend that you go on the web and look for Bonson-Stein, the Bonson-Stein debate. And Bonson's a Christian apologist, Stein, S-T-E-I-N. And listen to that. Can you spell that Bonson for me?

B-A-H-N-S-E-N. B-A-H-N-S-E-N. So it's Greg Bonson and Gordon Stein, and they had a debate, and Gordon Stein was a well-known atheist, and the argumentation that was used against Stein by Bonson was stellar. You need to study that. Presuppositionalism is the best way to do apologetics. And you can go to CARM, and you can look up apologetics.

You can look up the section on CARM. You can look up presuppositionalism. There's evidentialism. There's rationalism. There's classical apologetic approaches.

But presuppositionalism, in my opinion, is the easiest and the most powerful to use in the defense of the Christian faith, as well as an attack on the unbeliever. I've written quite a bit on this, and I practice it quite a bit. May I ask one more question? Sure. I know you've got a lot of people probably calling in.

I know you've got one person waiting right now. No problem. Go ahead.

But could you maybe give me some good defensive points how critical race theory, against critical race theory, and how, whether or not it, I mean, I feel like it's... Let's do that after the break, okay? We'll talk about that, all right? All right. All right, buddy. Okay. We've got a break coming in.

Thanks. All right. Hey, folks, we'll be right back after these messages. We'll be right back after these messages on YouTube. It's Matt Slick live, taking your calls at 877-207-2276.

Here's Matt Slick. All right. Welcome back to the show, everyone.

Last segment. And if you want to give me a call, 877-207-2276, are you still there? Yes, sir. Yes, sir.

All right. So critical race theory. You want to know how to deal with it, right? Yes, sir. I know that there's multiple avenues they attack specific races within this theory.

At least I feel that way. And maybe there's some type of way. I don't know. Narrow it down to three or four points, but I don't know if that's going to be possible.

Yeah, we can do that. I can break down what critical race theory is. I've written on it. But critical race theory is basically the idea that the white race has implemented naturally within society and governmental justice systems a prejudice and an oppressive methodology upon non-white people. So it's a system of oppression. And so what critical race theory automatically does is accuse white people of being racist and basically evil.

That's what it does automatically. And it's ridiculous. And this is faulty because you've got to understand something about the left. Groups are what are needed to understand reality, not individuals. Group mentality, group think, group speak, group. Because if you can identify someone in a group, then you can say so many generic things. And then you can say that you're offending people within the group. There's no specificity there.

And it's difficult to nail them. But this is what critical race theory does is it says white people, well, I'm not a racist. I've got three daughters and they've expressed interest in dating black guys. I'm like, well, I don't care. It doesn't bother me. I'd perform at a wedding ceremony.

One of my daughters is a very good friend, but they might even get married. Who knows who the reality is? And he's Asian. We don't care. But I'm white, so I'm racist. And I have also just oppressed everybody for my racism because of my whiteness.

And this is a kind of absolute, stupendously stupid idiocy that has been promoted. And so what we need to do, keep making noises in the background there, buddy. Okay. Sorry about that. I apologize. Sorry.

Okay. And so what we have to understand is that the enemy uses lies. It's the enemy of the gospel. The enemy of truth uses lies. He wants to divide. You go to Matthew 12, 22 through 32, Jesus talks about a house divided against itself will fall. So what Satan is doing through his servants is he is causing racism to arise and divide the country and divide people and cause more problems. This is also a leftist technique used by the socialist regimes and Marxist regimes in communism.

This is just a technique. So the biblical truth is we're all made new creatures in Jesus, 2 Corinthians 5, 17. We are not, there's not three races, you know, what Caucazoid, Mongoloid, Nigroid, not three races. There's one, the human race, and we look different. And that's the attitude that needs to be had. Unfortunately there is truth in the fact that there are white people who don't like black people and black people who don't like white people.

We know that these things are true and they are all sinful. And the solution is found in a changed heart that comes. You done making noise there? I'm still here, sir. Sorry about that. Yeah. I'm sorry.

I had Roland up. My bad. Okay. Yeah. I get distracted.

I have autism and I get distracted by those kinds of sounds. I apologize. That's what it is. Yeah.

So now I forgot where I was. Okay. I have an article on this dealing with critical race theory on CARM and you can go read and check it out. Okay.

It's there. There's a lot. I've been working the site for 25 years and have written literally thousands of articles. Okay.

You can go check it out. Cool. All right. All right. Thank you very much for your time, sir. I appreciate your time. All right.

Keep listening, Steve. Okay? All right. All right. Okay. Sounds good. All right. Let's get to Alberto from Georgia. Alberto, welcome back to the show. Buddy, you're on. Yes. Good evening, Matt.

My question is why do Christians spend so much time in things that the God doesn't even reveal clearly in the scriptures instead of focusing more on the things that God clearly says in the scriptures, things that the commandment needs to do? Wait a second here. I got a question for you. You call up regular. I'm not complaining.

This is observing. You call up regularly, which is fine. Keep listening.

Keep calling. And you say the basic kind of same thing. So now I'm getting curious about you because you basically say that why is the church not doing what it's supposed to be doing, focusing on the wrong things, which I agree with you.

Largely, the church is doing that. So let me ask you, Alberto, I'm going to ask you. So what motivates you to come up with this, that you see this? I'm curious because I agree with you.

But what's doing it for you? I just see it. I mean, I just see that the churches that I'm doing are not doing things they're supposed to be doing. I hear people calling Bible programs like yours or other ones, and they focus so much on things that are not really that important, you know, sort of focusing the things that are important and things that they should be focusing more on, more important issues that are within, especially today with all that stuff that's going on, but I could have a Christian theory and all this except the country where his condition is going, that people just focusing on stupid things like, you know, the basic Bible version, you know, that's not even worth it. We Christians have a bat on our hands, spiritual bat on for our country, for our children's future, and this country's future. So Christians need to be focused more on what's at hand right now, not dealing with a bunch of nonsense, you know, and the Christian things that inside of churches and stuff that people debate so much over nonsense, you know what I'm saying? Yes.

Yes, I do, because you and I, you know, we think a lot in that respect. In fact, I'm working on an outline, which I hope to turn into articles and some more information, and the outline I'm developing, it's 10 pages so far, is outlines on the state of our decline in the United States, and within, I have, you know, bullet points and things like that in the outline, and within Christianity, how the greatest threat to Christianity comes from within, with narcissistic, man-centered, ear-tickling, therapeutic teaching that has replaced the Great Commission and picking up the cross and falling after Christ. Because of that, that's the biggest problem. And I see the second biggest problem is not believing in the power of the Word of God.

Exactly. And also, last night, I was teaching on how the Kingdom of Christ is here now. I was teaching some Bible study last night. And if you believe this, it will change your perspective on everything, because a lot of people think that the future thousand-year reign is when the Kingdom of God will be here. That's when Satan will be bound, and that's when things will be okay.

And now we just have to basically kind of run and hide and see if we can survive through it. I don't believe that's what the Scripture teaches. The Scriptures teach that the Kingdom of God is now, because Jesus is the King, and he said the Kingdom of God is among you, and he said during the Kingdom that Satan had to be bound, and he said Satan was bound in Matthew 12. And we are kings and priests. And Jesus says that at the end of the age, not the age to come, but the present age we're in, is that God will take out of his kingdom the stumbling blocks. We are in the Kingdom of Christ now. And if people had that attitude within the Christian church, then they would be far more bold to go forth and say, wait a minute, it's because Jesus is Lord and is the King in his kingdom, and it is now. And the reason things are so bad is because we're not doing what we're supposed to be doing. See, he is the Lord. And that's the attitude that I have and is what I teach.

And I also believe that there's failure of the pastors, not all, there's some good pastors out there, but unfortunately too many of the pastors across the scene are babysitting Christians, giving them therapy lessons for sermons, giving them narcissisticness, and comforting songs and comforting messages, hammock theology is what I call it, you know, and milk theology, and diaper, I also call it diaperinian theology, you know, we're in diapers, keep us in diapers. Don't tell us or teach us that we have to suffer for the sake of Christ, because that's not going to please people. Don't tell them you've got to pick up that cross and fall after Christ, as Jesus said, if you don't want to do that, you're not worthy of him. That's what Jesus said. Or when Jesus says go out into all the world, make disciples of all the nations, he's said to do that.

What are we Christians doing? I've got to get my bank account, I've got to make sure my fridge is filled, I've got to make sure I take care of my kids, and these things are good in themselves, but just as Jesus said, let the dead bury the dead, and you have to hate your mother and your father, what he's talking about there is, do you follow him? It's far more important than anything else. Your mom, your dad, and your children.

He's more important than even them, and you have to get your priorities right. Christ first, spouse second, children third, family extended members after that, et cetera. Because the Christian church is whacked and not teaching what it's supposed to be teaching, then that's why we're so ineffective in this world. They don't think that it's our kingdom, but it is, they don't think Jesus is Lord, but he is, they don't believe in the power of the word of God, but it is powerful.

We're going to get out in the rapture, because a blond haired, black caucasian surfer Jesus is going to keep us safe from everything. Yeah, and so the world decays at our feet, and we don't kneel down and lend a helping hand with the truth of the gospel. Anyway, that's what I think. Yeah, okay, you say the same thing I do, just different ways. Yep, all right, thank you sir. Okay, all right brother, well God bless. All right, thank you, God bless you. All right. Take care. Okay, God bless.

Let me kind of continue with this for the next minute or two, because we're at the end of the show here. Overall, the church has failed to equip the believers according to Ephesians 4, 11, and in verse 11 God gives in apostles, prophets, pastors, and teachers. In verse 12 it says, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry. That's what's supposed to be happening in the church, to equip the saints for the work of ministry. So let me ask you out there, you go to church, do you feel as though the pastorate is equipping you for the work of ministry, because that's what they're specifically called to do? Or do you believe that when you go to church on a Sunday morning you get a comforting sermon and that's the extent of it?

Okay. The weakening of the Christian church is because of therapeutic theological babysitting idiocy, where the power of God's word has been relegated to a multi-step self-help book. And when it doesn't work, people leave. So we have to start preaching to please God, not people, and we need to start thinning the church out, not on purpose, but accidentally, by equipping the saints and calling the saints to study, to learn, to learn apologetics, to learn to tithe, to learn to support missionary work, to learn how to evangelize, to do what can be done at the varying levels that different people are able to do.

Not everybody can do everything, and that's okay. But this needs to be promoted. How many people would go to those churches? Fewer and fewer. And this is what's going to happen. As the persecution increases, people are going to respond, and truth will finally come out, and then maybe we'll do our job. Anyway, there you go. I hope you all have a great weekend. After those words, keep your eyes on Christ and pray to be prepared and used by Him. May the Lord bless you. Have a great weekend, everybody, and by His grace, we're back on the air on Monday, and we'll talk to you then. God bless. Bye. Another program powered by the Truth Network.
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