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The Matt Slick Live daily radio show broadcast is a production of the Christian Apologetics Research Ministry -CARM-. During the show, Matt answers questions on the air, and offers insight on topics like The Bible, Apologetics, Theology, World Religions, Atheism, and other issues-- The show airs live on the Truth Network, Monday through Friday, 6-7 PM, EST -3-4 PM, PST--You can also email questions to Matt using-, Please put -Radio Show Question- in the Subject line--You can also watch a live stream during the live show on RUMBLE---Time stamps are approximate due to commercials being removed for PODCAST.--Topics include---- 06-- -Amazon One-, Palm scanning at checkout, a cashless banking system.-- 09- Oneness denial of the Trinity.-- 20- Church of God, Armstrongism.-- 32- Microchips in humans.-- 35- Evangelizing Buddhist.-- 54- Godless society in America.


The following program is recorded content created by the Truth Network. It's Matt Slick live. Matt is the founder and president of the Christian Apologetics Research Ministry, found online at When you have questions about Bible doctrines, turn to Matt Slick live.

For answers, taking your calls and responding to your questions at 877-207-2276. Here's Matt Slick. Hey everybody, welcome to the show. It's me, Matt Slick. You're listening to Matt Slick live. Hey, just want to say thanks for listening. And if you're a newbie, check it out. Check out the show. It's a different kind of a talk show. And boy, how come that's not working?

How come? Oh, there it is. Good. And so what we do is we answer questions on all kinds of stuff. So if you have questions, give me a call.

We can talk about, let's see, philosophy, evolution, UFOs, the occult, Christian theology, Hinduism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, Unity, Baha'i, Islam, all kinds of stuff like talking and teaching. So if you have questions about that, you want to give me a call, all you got to do is dial 877-207-2276. I want to hear from you. Give me a call. Today is, let's see, for the podcasters. Today is July 25th. So for the podcasters, all right, there you go.

And we have nobody waiting on line. And just want to let you know that we do stay on the air by your support. And if you'd be so kind, we ask $5 a month.

I hope that's not too much to ask. I wonder how many of you out there are thinking about doing it and just haven't. Well, would you? Would you think about it and pray about it as well?

Because we do need that support. All right. Now we got nobody waiting. So what I might do is, you know, I like to do this. You can't hear me.

How come you can't hear me? Oh, I got to switch. That's right. So many things to do. Okay, I'll switch.

Yeah, I do a lot of flip, switch flipping. Be careful how I say stuff. And so that's what I have to do is get people ready and get my things ready. And there you go. Now I should be on there. No problem. Okay.

Sorry about that. If you want to give me a call. All right.

877-207-2276. I'm going to have to develop a list of things. Man, wow. There's just so much to do.

All right. Yay, says someone. If you want to watch the show and you want to watch me do the show and participate in an after show, we do that almost every day.

You can just go to forward slash Matt Slick live, all one word, Matt Slick live. And you can join us. We have people calling in from all over. We've had them from Greece and Russia and Japan. And I don't think we've had any island groups.

I don't know. We've had somebody from Australia before I think. But anyway, we're from all over.

We have people calling from all over. All right. All right. Hey, I just got to give you a heads up. I'll not be on the air Friday or Monday. I have to be out of town for a little bit of a gig. And I'll be teaching.

Well, not teaching. I'm going to be at a funeral and stuff like that. So no, won't be on Friday. Won't be on Monday. All right. There you go.

Just give me a heads up. And that's it. That's it. So what about us getting on the air with, I'm going to get on with Nancy from Ohio. So let's just jump on with Nancy. Nancy, you're on the air. Oh, thank you. Do I repeat my question?

Well, I didn't hear it. So what's your question? Okay. In Dayton, Ohio, Whole Foods grocery stores are implementing a cashless system where you go in and you're scanning the palm of your hand. It's called Amazon one.

Have you heard of this? No. Really? Yeah.

Oh yeah. Amazon one. Yes.

Amazon one, the fast, convenient contactless way to use your palm. Hmm. Sign up today.

Visit on Amazon. Yeah. Wow. Wow. They say that could be the beginning of the mark of the beat. Oh man. It could be the beginning of it.

There's lots of things that people have said that this is the beginning of. So, you know, the palm of the hand, I could see doing that and okay, convenient. It's not taking the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast is like, you can't buy or sell without it.

Now that's the problem. Um, but really cashless and you won't take cash anymore. How about cards? They never said anything about the card, but when I first saw it, I, my mouth just dropped open because they showed them scanning the palm of the right hand. Okay. You know, it's not the mark of the beast, but it's making me nervous.

Just pretty soon they're going to say, instead of the palm, now just do this chip embedded in the back of your right hand or your forehead. Okay. Now I'm not doing that. You know, it's started growing my own food someplace, but I don't know.

This is tough. I didn't know about that. That's uh, that's interesting. I have to check it out. Yes.

Yes. It was on our local news and I was sitting there and my mouth just dropped open. I thought, Oh my Lord. And uh, so you might want to check it out on Amazon one and see what you think about it. You know, I'm going to have to do that.

I'm going to do some looking, some research on it. Oh man. You know, it's, I don't have a problem with a credit card and scanning a credit card and scanning your watch. You can do it that way.

Oh yeah. You know, and then you have things with fingerprints. I have a, I can set up a finger.

I do. I have it on my phone, a fingerprint set up for security and uh, okay. Well, you know, what if they said, well, just put your palm there and, and uh, you know, okay. So far it's okay, but it makes me nervous. It just makes me nervous.

Yes. It makes me nervous. And you know, I had to really feel it. You know, I felt fear come in and I thought I'm a child of God and I, and fear is not a God.

And uh, so I really had to pray about it for God to give me peace with it and give me boldness and give me courage. Yeah. Yeah.

And it does make me nervous, but I'm definitely going to look into it. I've got to, I'm going to do that. Yes. Well thank you for taking my phone. Check it out.

See what you think. Yes, I will. I appreciate you telling me about that. Okay.

I do. Have a blessed day. You too. God bless, man.

It's just getting closer and closer. Oh, okay. Let's get on with Kathy from Richmond, Virginia. Kathy.

Welcome. You're on the air and yet. Um, so I think I've been studying echo.

He was the echo a little bit. Oh, excuse me. Yep. Oh, anyway, I've been studying all Torah from a messianic group for the last five years. And we, we go every week and there's a lesson and there's one part of the lesson I really don't understand. And I just thought if anybody could shed light on it, maybe you can. And the discussion is about the Clementine homilies and the oneness of God and the six days of creation, how it's misunderstood. And I have spent most of my day today trying to figure out from what they, what the information that they've given us. Well, I, it's confusing. I don't understand. It's bad news.

They rejected Trinity and the deity of Christ. It's cultic. Okay.

The Clementine homilies. Yes. Okay. Yeah.

That's kind of what I read. Um, but does that mean that the whole, like I said, the session in Clementine homilies and the oneness of God and the six days of creation, how is it misunderstood? How is it misunderstood? Yeah, it's, uh, it's bad. It's, uh, it's, um, paganism. It's all it is. Okay. Oh, it's bad news.

Where are you getting, where are you finding this out? Is it a Bible study? What was it?

I'm sorry. It's a study of the Torah called Torah club and it's with a messianic group that teaches international group. And we have a small group together, about 14 or 15 of us. And it's been really interesting. I mean, I've been doing it for the last five years and I've learned a lot, but it's getting kind of, it's getting to the point where, let me, let me ask you, are they now saying that you need to study the Clementine homilies? No, it's just, it's just bringing it up. It's not saying that we have to study it. Why are they bringing it up?

It's brought up just so that we understand what comes up, what we're dealing with. Okay. I'm confused. Your phone's, hold on, hold on.

Your phone's breaking up a little bit. I'm confused on what's going on here. So are you saying they're addressing it so that you, and they're saying it's bad and be prepared for it because it's bad or what? Well, the question is, how, how can it, why is it easily misconstrued?

What is what easily misconstrued? What's the it? It's too bad. I'm sorry, the what? You said it's just bad, so not, not to bother. No, no, no.

I just need, no, I'm sorry. I, you said it's being misconstrued. I just want to know what the word is that it is referring to. What's the it? What is supposed to be bad?

What's the it? Oh, the... discussing the oneness of God and the six days of creation. How is that misunderstood?

What I saw when I was listening to that... I'm really confused. How is that misunderstood? How is... I don't understand what it is you're asking. I tried, I'm just, I'm lost.

So what are you, what's your question? Let's try it again. Let's just try that.

Start over. What's your question? Let's try that. Okay. This is a discussion that we're having tomorrow. And the discussion is about Clementine formal needs and the oneness of God and the six days of creation that it's misconstrued and... What's the it?

What's the it? What's the it that's misconstrued? The reason you're confusing me is because you said two things and then say singular it. So the trinity and the six days of creation are two things. Then you said it's misconstrued. So that's why, one of the reasons I'm confused. So what is it that you're... All right, so this is... What I'll understand is that the Clementine homily was saying that the trinity was not accurate.

In other words, they were putting down the trinity. That was my understanding. Okay. Yeah. The Clementine homilies are pagan.

They're just, they teach false doctrine. Yeah. So why would your groups going to study out of these? Go through. Just because it's coming up in what we're studying in Deuteronomy right now. Why?

Okay. I'm really confused here. Why would the Clementine homilies surface while you're studying Deuteronomy? That's the... Let me see. The time that we're doing this week is on Deuteronomy 23-7-11. And it's about...

In the Shema. Right. Okay. Right. Exactly. Okay. So they're going... I get it.

The jealous God. There is no other. Okay.

You know what? Our connection is not very good. It's really making it difficult to follow you. Could you call back and maybe get a better connection because it's muffled and I'm straining and just trying to hear you. Okay. Call right back. Okay. Hold on. You get the call back.

You're so muffled now. It's just call back. Okay. Kathy, call back. All right. We'll be right back after these messages. Please stay tuned. It's Matt Slick live, taking your calls at 877-207-2276.

Here's Matt Slick. All right. Welcome back to the show. And if you want to give me a call, all you got to do is dial 877-207-2276. I want to hear from you. Give me a call and we can blab.

So hope to hear from you. Let's get to David from North Carolina. David, welcome. You're on the air.

Hi, Matt. Back in the 70s and 80s, I was in the worldwide church of God. It was led by Herbert Armstrong.

God said, I'm strong. It was a cult, but it finally affected my life and some of the decisions I made. And for about a 10 to 15 year period after I left the worldwide church of God, I still had effects from some of the cultic doctrine that they taught. I go to the quorum, and I went to the cult section, and they list a number of cults, but none of them list Armstrongism. And Armstrongism is still alive and well in our country today. It's no longer the worldwide church of God. It's a splinter group of so many different churches of God that teach what Herbert Armstrong taught.

And I just wish y'all would add that to your webpage. Armstrongism is what they call it. I don't know if you've ever heard of it or not, but it was a big cult back in the 70s and 80s.

Yes, I'm very aware of it and have dealt with them in person. And so Armstrongism was non-Christian called Denied the Doctor of the Trinity. It was called Denied the Doctor of the Trinity, Denied Jesus Christ as God in Flesh, and Denied Salvation by Grace alone through Faith alone in Christ alone.

This is non-Christian cult. Herbert W. Armstrong, worldwide church of God. It was a split.

Yes, Herbert Armstrong. Right. There was a split 15, 12, maybe 20 years ago, 25 years ago. There was a split, and some of them actually moved towards orthodoxy. But there's plenty of offshoots that retained the false doctrines of what they are.

Yep. And we don't have the section on the forums because it just rarely comes up. I know they're still around, but it just doesn't come up. If people need it, then we put in a subsection that can talk about it. Yeah, I hope it can be added to Quorum forums because I got friends that are still in some of these corner groups, and I would love to direct them to Quorum forums. By the way, as an aside, I have several JW friends, and I talk to them a lot, but I'm not able to share the Gospel as well as you do, so I don't always win.

So anyway, I just hope that you can find something for Armstrong. Okay, well, I appreciate that. Just so you know, it's not an issue of winning. It's an issue of truth and promoting Christ.

One of the things I'd recommend... Right, and I fail sometimes on that regard because I don't know how to answer some of their doctrine. That's okay.

I fail too. So if you want, you could just write down some of their questions and challenges and give a call on the show and see if we can deal with it. Okay. Yeah, I don't want to play the role of a JW. No, no, no, no, no. It's not playing a role.

No, it's not playing a role. It's just, here's what they said, and then you just give it to me and I'll try and answer it. Okay. Okay. Well, can I ask you one question then on that?

Sure. You know, there in the Old Testament where it calls Jesus the mighty God. Now, I think it's in Isaiah. They say that Jehovah is almighty God and that Jesus is mighty God. How do you answer that? You go to Isaiah 10 21.

Okay. And it says, a remnant will return the remnant of Jacob to the mighty God. And you ask him, who is that? And you read the context, which is the verse before it, of course. Now in that day, the remnant of Israel and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will rely on the Lord or on Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel. The remnant will return a remnant of Jacob to the mighty God. So I ask him, who's the mighty God there? And it has to be the Father to them. Okay. They say it's Jesus.

Well, you see, if they say... Jesus was God's first created being. Hold on, hold on. One thing, I know what they teach. Hold on.

Stick on this. Okay. If they say, well, the mighty God there is Jesus, then you say, oh, so they're returning to Jesus?

Is that who it is? The remnant of Jacob is returning to Jesus. Is that what you're saying in the Old Testament and not Yahweh? Okay.

I'll try that. All right. Now, as far as first created thing, okay, go to CARM, my website, and look up the word firstborn. And you can go to the Jehovah's Witness section, firstborn, which is prototokos. Okay. Prototokos.

Okay. That's what it is. And they'll say that it means that it's a first created. No, protiktos is the first word for first created. It doesn't mean first born. It doesn't mean first created. And you can go to the CARM site, look up the issue of firstborn of all creation out of Colossians 1 15 and read through the article and you will see that firstborn is a transferable title. Because Joseph is called, he called the name of the firstborn Manasseh in Genesis 41 51. But in the second son is Ephraim.

But in Jeremiah 31 9, Ephraim is called the firstborn. Do you understand though where I'm coming from? Because yes, I do. I don't have the words on my lips like you do. You don't need them.

In a real time debate, I can't do very well. You don't need them. You have a Bible? You have a Bible?

Yes. Okay. You can write notes in the back of the Bible. Or if you want, what I recommend you do is if you have a computer is type up a few notes in small font and you print them up on a page and you fold it up and you keep it with you. That's all. You don't have to be memorizing all of this stuff. Not necessary.

All right. That's what I used to do. I used to have a piece of paper with verses and I would fold it up and put it in my pocket. And then I learned after doing it for a while, didn't need to open it up anymore because I would memorize where stuff was.

And that's all you do. And so... You know, I want to tell you this, just so you will know, but I was in the world right truth to God 10 years. And after I left it, even for years after leaving it, I would go through periods where I would get down on my knees and pray to God and say, God, please help me see the truth. Because I still had a feeling that maybe I had left the one truth church behind. And I was so scared that I was going to end up wrong after I died. And I would go to hell for giving my time in the worldwide church of God and not keeping the Sabbath anymore. And I had good Christian friends in that were trying to walk me through it because I started attending Sunday keeping church.

But there for a long time, you know, it was tough because I didn't want to die. Now the world truth to God didn't teach they were burning hellfire. But they taught annihilation. But I still feared fire because they did say the wicked would be burned, stubble, and that the righteous would tread the unrighteous ashes.

And you know, they taught total annihilation. And I still feared that. And I don't need anymore. But I'm glad you're out of it. But look, we got a break coming up. We got a break coming up. So we have to get going. Okay, sorry.

It's a hard break there. But thanks for calling and keep listening and call again. Okay, brother. All right, God bless. Okay, you take care.

All right. Hey, folks, we'll be right back after these messages. Please stay tuned. It's Matt Slick live taking your calls at 877-207-2276. Here's Matt Slick. Everybody, welcome back to the show. All right, bottom of the hour. Let's get on with Ed from Virginia. Ed, welcome. You're on the air. Hey, how you doing, Matt?

You're doing all right. You're talking about the Amazon One. Just two or three months ago, I heard on the radio that a guy in Sweden had a scientist developed a microchip and injected into himself first. And now thousands of Swedes are injecting this microchip and accepting this microchip and the company can't make them fast enough. Wow. You know, with the demise of Christianity and the leadership in America and with the woke idiocy going on and the leftist agenda and the rise of the alphabet mob, when it comes to America that commerce must be done by this chip, the Christians are going to suffer greatly.

It's going to happen. Yeah. At this point, it's not so much commerce as they can turn their lights on. They can do all this stuff in the house.

They can have all their medical information, everything like that on there. But I mean, I can see that just becoming, you know, economic for sure. It's a problem. And what are we going to do? It's, you know, it makes me want to buy a, you know, cabin out, you know, on a lake someplace and, you know, put a barbed wire and leave me alone kind of thing. But it's coming.

You know, it's coming. It's just ridiculous. Well, the scary thing is the digital currency. That way, they're just going to be able to control everything.

Absolutely. You go to a digital currency that they control. That's right. You know, they may dupe a lot of people by saying, hey, for $1, we can give you 100 digital currencies, you know.

Right. This is why I'm looking into goldbacks. And I think a lot of people should look into them. Goldbacks are money that is actually gold. They're flimsy like paper is, but they have gold embedded in them.

They have gold embedded in them. And different states are now producing them. Utah, Idaho, where I live, is going to do it soon. Wyoming has a couple other states have done it. And they're actual legal tender, legal currency.

There are a lot of people who are aware of the danger of having a digital setup because then whoever's in control of the digital setup can control everything about you. They can just turn off your bank account. That's it. You just spent too much money.

Or you donated to Therefore, we have to punish you. Right. Uh-huh. Yep.

And we get checks in the mail and we get sometimes cash in the mail and support. That'll have to stop. And then that way anybody comes in and then they'll come and they'll say things like, you can't say what you say about homosexuality being a sin against God, which I believe it is. Sorry. Now you can't pay for your internet provider. That'll be shut off. This is the kind of stuff that's coming. Yeah.

Yeah. It's scary, but well, you and I have different views. I don't think I'll be here, but you might be here. I hope you're right. In either case, I hope it's in the Lord. They say, pray for pre, prepare for post.

And that's the way to live. Don't put your hope in pre-trib rapture. But I hope it happens. I hope on the way up people are rubbing it in.

Hey, you were wrong. Praise God. That'd be nice. Yeah. But you know, like the Bible says, be persecuted. Go ahead.

Yeah. I got a couple of questions on evangelism. And it's something I struggle with. We did some missionary work in an Asian country, a Buddhist country, and we're very careful. I mean, what we did was we basically laid the seed of foundation, went through, you know, the Old Testament pointing to Christ. So firm foundations, that type of thing, creation of Christ. And it was neat. You know, we saw, we saw young people accepting Christ and we got to know what, you know, saying, I want to become a Christian. But the big thing I saw was, and I was scared of was, you know, trying to win Buddhist countries like Thailand and Japan, very, very, very difficult soil.

Yes. And we never, we never said who wants to get saved, raise your hand, that type of thing. And so I was very careful. It's okay. This person says, I want to become a Christian. Okay. Why do you want to become a Christian?

Okay. What's it mean to you? When you, what do you understand now that what we've been teaching and, and, you know, and then I would go back to the Old Testament, not the blood of ghosts or blood of Rams, but by his own blood, I wouldn't go straight to Christ.

I'd go to the old temple and sacrifice and then bring Christ into it. And, you know, but the thing, you know, I don't believe in quote unquote, lordship salvation. And, you know, and, but you know, my gospel presentation was, okay, do you believe Jesus died for you? You believe you're a sinner.

You rose from the dead. Now, if you believe that Jesus said one thing to his disciples, he said, follow me. Are you ready to follow Christ with your life? And that was how I would end my gospel presentation. And I would give them the challenge. Okay.

You believe these things, but are you ready to commit yourself and follow Christ? Now we had other groups that came out of a church in Chicago who claimed to win 300, 400, you know, Buddhists a week because they had this quick evangelism raising, you know, and, and, and sometimes we'd hang around them and we'd feel like, what are we doing wrong? Because in our groups, we had a survey and we found out that typically we're winning two people to Christ a year in our Baptist group. And that was usually at camp with young people. Okay. So, so, you know, so what is, you know, I never wanted, you know, I thought, why don't we get jealous?

Cause they brag about winning 300. But then we were like, that can't be right. Not in this country. And, you know, maybe, maybe back in acts or maybe in a, you know, in the Philippines or a country where the hearts are, you know, prepared because they, they're familiar with God, but not in the Buddhist country. So what's, you know, what's the proper approach to that? Let's address what you're saying first. Let's address what you're saying. So we have a lot of people it's, it's possible that they are getting those conversions. It's possible.

It's possible. They're not getting those conversions. So we have to look at both and say, and I would just go to them and say, what are you saying?

Please give me the presentation that you're giving to them. That's what I would do. Well, I've been, I've been out with, yeah, I've been out quote unquote, soul winning with that group. And I came back when I was at Bible college and I came back, wait, just one 10 to the Lord. I said, wait a minute. I didn't see any repentance.

I didn't see it. Well, they, they prayed the sinner's prayer. I'm like, I don't, I don't see any proof there.

You know, I don't see any real. Yeah. Well, believe it or not, this thing called the sinner's prayer is not in scripture. Right. It doesn't exist.

Yeah. There is a sinner's prayer, but there's not the sinner's prayer. And so, you know, Jesus said, well, here's what I do.

I'll just put this way. When I preach, I teach three things, law, gospel, and the cost. The law, you've lied, you're guilty.

The gospel, Jesus can save you from the consequence of your, your sin and the cost. You better know what you're getting into because it can cost you everything. And that's, it's a threefold thing. That's what I teach. That's what I do.

They had to know. And so I don't know what these other people are doing. Just say the prayer. You say the prayer. Okay, good.

You're in. What they're doing is formula salvation. And it's almost sorcery. Now I'm not saying it is, I'm not trying to relate it, but when you say a certain sentence and that's what gets you saved, we have to be careful that we're not, you know, inviting a sorcery kind of a thing by just saying certain things. This is what happens. Now you're saved. See, it's all done. Okay. That's the thing. So I'd be very careful. That's interesting you say, yeah, that's interesting you say cost because in the country I was in, the eldest male in the house would have to become a monk to make merit for his parents.

So it was very hard to win males because they knew the cost of that. Yeah. Yeah.

It's, it's difficult. But in me, I would appeal to broader concepts like the idea of what is right and wrong and the absolutes of right and wrong. And what, what must be there for the absolute right and wrong to be there.

And then talk about the nature of, of, well, it's a truth statement that murder is wrong. And, but we all know that. Why do we all know that?

Where does it come from? What has to be there for that to be true? You see, it's the one God who says so.

He reveals it. And so I, I do that that way with the Eastern Eastern mystic type. I come in sideways and talk about what's called universals. Cause everybody believes in universals, universals like chairness, goodness, roundness. Well, there's don't murder ness.

There's don't steal ness. There's these concepts. What must be in place in order for these things to be true? And I ask people these things, you believe them, but why, why are they true?

Well, does your religious system provide the universal condition for them? I say something else does. So, I don't know if you want to continue, but we're going to break coming up. Do you want to talk?

If you do, I'll put you on hold and if not, we'll go on. Okay. Yeah.

Yeah. I've got one more thing to add. Okay. I'll put you on hold. We'll be right back folks. After these messages, please stay tuned. It's Matt Slick live taking your calls at 877-207-2276.

Here's Matt Slick. Hey everyone. Welcome back to the show. Last segment of the hour. If you want to give me a call 877-207-2276.

Let's get back to Ed from Virginia. All right. You had one more question.

Go ahead. Yeah. Just an interesting side note. One thing we learned after many years was, you know, in America, we take this concept of apologetic and, you know, if I can win the argument, then maybe I'll point you. But what we found out in Asian countries is that they have the concept of losing face. And what we found out is if you give them really hard questions and you win the argument, they walk away and you've lost them.

Right. And you've really lost the opportunity to be a witness. And I remember a missionary, you know, approached a Buddhist and he said, you know, if I want to be a... your Buddhism teaches that sin is sin, destiny is destiny, and then there's merit making.

There's three compartments. So if I want to be a good Buddhist and go to heaven, what must I do? And they say, well, make merit.

And he said, well, wait a minute. You have three separate compartments and one is destiny, which you say is already determined. So how can merit making change that? And then the person walks away because they don't understand their own belief system or how to answer that.

And so we were asking a pastor, how do you deal with that? And they said, well, you have to come to a point where you say, instead of saying, well, you're wrong. They have won the argument.

You've lost them. You have to come to agreement. Okay. Can we both agree that there's a contradiction here? Because this is what you're saying. And this is what Jesus says. So it took many years to understand that you can't argue like an American.

It can't use apologetics in some of these countries because losing face is such a big, big issue there. Well, one of the things I've learned to do over the years is to ask questions. I will even ask, uh, is it okay to atheists in American culture?

I can do this. For example, people with some Christians, I'll say, is it okay with you if I try and set you up? And they'll say, yes, go ahead.

And then I give it a shot. Now I wouldn't say the same thing in that culture over there. I'd say, is it okay with you if I try and ask some questions that I think are difficult and if that way they're giving you permission. And then I would put a statement of truth inside a question to see, give them the option of weighing it and point them ultimately to the truth by dealing with, I just think universals are true and it's called presuppositionalism. You deal with the presuppositions that they have and you can't just knock down the pillars that hold down their presuppositions because it's just too complicated in that cultural context. It has to be done little by little and they have to, just like you said, save face. They have to be able to think it's their idea. We're not trying to manipulate them to make them think it's their idea, but they need to see it so that it is a product of their thinking as well by guiding them through things, which is why sometimes I'll ask them, do you mind if I give you a set of questions or if I try this and try and show you something and if you disagree, that's okay. But is it okay with you if I try?

And if they say, well, no, I'm not interested. Okay. I'm done. Right. Is that you going to Japan soon? Well, we'll see. We'll see. I hope so.

Yeah. I wish I could go with you. I spent a few weeks in Japan doing ministry work. It's great.

I really enjoyed it. It's a great country. Yeah. Never been there.

Very humble people. Yeah. One of my daughters speaks Japanese.

She just loves everything Japanese about herself, with the classes and stuff. Oh, wow. But yeah, so I need to go and I'd like to speak in some churches there. There are some churches and stuff like that. Yeah, there are.

They're small. They're small, but there are some good churches. I spent two years as a Marine there, so I spoke some of the language growing up as a Marine a couple of years there.

I studied Japanese a bit, but I had to do a missionary trip. Really enjoyed it. Well, I'll let you go, Matt. Thank you so much. Good talking to you. All right, man. God bless.

All right. Hey, if you want to give me a call, 877-207-2276. Let's get to Phil from Charlotte, North Carolina. Phil, welcome. You're on the air.

Are you there? Hello, Phil. I'm not hearing anything, so I don't know what the deal is. You got to give me a heads up here. Let me put them on hold, and then I'll put them back on. Phil, if you want to call again, or I heard a noise, so I'm waiting. Give me a chance.

Tell you what, Phil. Why don't you call back, all right? We're having a problem. Or tell you what, I'll put on hold, and maybe the producer can tell me if he's back on.

He says, ready. I'll check. We'll try that, because sometimes there's a phone issue on either end.

No, not a big deal. We'll just work with it. All right, all right, all right.

Now, that's a good idea right there. I'm thinking about some stuff here. I think what I'm going to do, oh, we lost him, so I guess that's the way that is. We're still on. Good.

All right. If you want to give me a call, we have 10 minutes. All you got to do is dial 877-207-2276. I want to hear from you. Give me a call. If you want, you can also email me, and that's real easy to do.

Just info at, info at You can say just a radio question or radio comment, and like the ones I'm looking at right now. Good evening, Matt Slick. My question is that Pentecostal pastors teach that the only condition a Christian would not lose a salvation is if you commit a slip-up, boo-boo type of sin. Now, if you commit a willful sin or habitual sin, will you lose your salvation? No. Everybody commits habitual sin.

Everybody does. You see, our salvation is not dependent on how good we are. That's what the cult of the oneness Pentecostals are teaching, that if you're good, you'll keep yourself right with the infinitely bad God.

If you're not good, you'll lose it, so it depends on your goodness. That's how you keep yourself right with God. So do we habitually sin? Well, yeah, we do. Pride is a bad thing, and it's something I've always kind of struggled with.

I don't know about you guys, but I got a little bit of that in me, maybe more than I think. And I struggle with the idea of selfishness and pride and stubbornness and things like that that kind of go together. And on a daily basis, I'm doing things, and sometimes I do things just because I'm dumb and sometimes out of ignorance and sometimes not. And I don't lose my salvation because I don't do perfectly.

Jesus is the one who lived perfectly, and I rest in him. I struggle against my sin, and it's certainly not okay. But everybody habitually sins. And if people want to say that they don't sin anymore, you're just a fool. But if you recognize that you struggle and that you do have difficulties, then you're falling back into things. You can understand your struggle against sin. Even your failure in it doesn't mean that you're not saved.

Your struggle against it is a sign of being saved. Let's get to Chuck from Burlington someplace. Hey, welcome, Chuck. You're on the air. Yep. Thank you, Matt. It's North Carolina. I remember watching this year, the 4th of July celebration, and the only time I remember God being mentioned was the host.

The guy who used to be on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The host saying, may God continue to bless America. That's it.

It was sad. Yeah, because it's out of fashion to be Christian. It's in fashion to attack Christianity, to mock it, to condemn it, to belittle it, to portray Christians as bigots, homophobes, unrighteous, intolerant, unloving. That's what is being promoted. And the Christians are allowing it. And they need to protest.

And they don't. Go ahead. John MacArthur mentioned, I was listening to him the other night, he mentioned that they're taking the Bibles out of a lot of places. Yes, they are. Yeah. There are movements trying to get the Bible excluded and calling it hate speech because it condemns homosexuality, for example. So it's hate speech. Right.

It can't have anything to do with it. And so here's the thing. I know that people believe in preacher rapture. And if you want to discuss it with me, point, counterpoint, we can do that sometime. But I have a real problem with it when it becomes the thing Christians look to as deliverance. Instead of delivering through a tribulation, they look to be delivered from it. And I think that is a humongous detriment to the Christian faith in America. I think it's a tremendous weakness because I think it encourages too many Christians to sit down and just look up and say, I'll get raptured out of here.

I'm not going to worry about things. Not all people are guilty of that. Of course you believe in preacher, but I'm just saying overall, as Christians, we're told to occupy. We are told to make disciples. I don't know. I don't even know of a single church. I don't know of a single church that I'm aware of that is supporting missionaries. I'm not saying not there, but where?

I don't know. Are they sending missionaries out foreign? Are they sending missionaries out here in our own place? They should be going door to door. They should be doing things. I believe that big churches that can afford it should hire somebody to be the evangelist and whose job it is to go out and be a missionary and support missionaries. That's a good point.

Yeah, they should. Very good point. But it is.

It is. I believe churches should support men and women to go to higher education for seminary degrees. Not MDivs for the ladies, but to get educated because it's expensive and it's time consuming. But we absolutely need people going out door to door, going to the beach, doing things, getting on radio. We need to do that. Would it be great if somebody could support this ministry that I'm on as an example with financial support in order to get it on even more stations? I'm not saying I'm great or anything, but you'd think. Oh no, you're all Bible. You're all Bible.

I'm very biblical. And a lot of pastors are not. You get these moron false teachers like Benny Hinn and Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen and they have millions of dollars. When I teach the truth, people don't want to hear it. So this is just the nature of the difference between truth and error. But anyway, Christians need to be more involved. Our church is weak.

It's anemic overall. There's some good people out there like John MacArthur. Randy Reams is a guy here in the local area. Good guy. Yeah, MacArthur is great. I love him.

Yeah, he is. A lot of good men out there who are teaching a lot of good stuff, but we just don't have enough Christians going out there. And I think that they should be supporting. I think if you have churches that only have 100 people in them, you can't necessarily support a full-time guy or girl to go out to do mission work.

But 10 churches could get together and they put in support for somebody and that's their job is to go door to door, to go to swap meets, to go to campuses, to witness, to evangelize. Well, we got to go. Well, there you go, buddy. We're out of time.

There's the music. Okay. God bless, Chuck. Keep calling back. God bless. Hey folks, if you want, give me a call tomorrow. Remember, I won't be on the air Friday or Monday, and that's just how it goes. May the Lord bless you and have a good evening tonight. God bless everybody. Another program powered by the truth network.
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