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Biblical Christian Worldview

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Media Missionaries where Christianity and Culture collide. Providing honest reporting and analysis on the intersection of contemporary issues and theology, based on a Biblical Christian Worldview. We report regularly on a broad range of contemporary topics in the areas of ethics, false theology, family, technology, megatrends, politics, freedoms, law, church, and eschatology. Our podcast and website (BCWorldview.org) are intended to strengthen the systematic theology of Biblical Christian underpinnings. Thank you for taking the time to listen. Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

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Media Missionaries where Christianity and Culture collide. Providing honest reporting and analysis on the intersection of contemporary issues and theology, based on a Biblical Christian Worldview. We report regularly on a broad range of contemporary topics in the areas of ethics, false theology, family, technology, megatrends, politics, freedoms, law, church, and eschatology. Our podcast and website (BCWorldview.org) are intended to strengthen the systematic theology of Biblical Christian underpinnings. Thank you for taking the time to listen. Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

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Episodes

Christian Worldview Growing Cold

4/11/2024
Overview The Salem Media Group is a bellwether for Christian media. They own and operate 95 radio stations in 38 American markets, with 3200 affiliates. Further, Salem has multiple internet publications, along with magazine and book publishing enterprises (details here). Headquartered in Irving, TX, Salem represents the largest single Christian media organization in the country. From their latest annual report, Salem's 2023 revenue fell $8m from the previous year, resulting in an operating loss of $46 million (here). Details Salem Media Group continues to struggle due to declining broadcast revenues and "changing audience behaviors" (here). To offset losses, the company sold its headquarters ($6.2m), divested of other real estate holdings ($8.2m), and sold six of its radio stations in South Carolina and Kentucky for an estimated $11m and its publishing arm for $4m. Pending divestments represent another $10m in movie and land sales along with a recently failed $30m sale of its Church Products division. Stock prices for the company have trended down from a high of $28/share in 2004, to its current value of 38 cents/share, voluntarily delisting from the NASDAQ this past January (details). What's Happening Americans are turning away from all forms of traditional media, and especially Christian media. What we see in churches, book sales, crusades, radio stations, television programming, libraries, schools, and higher education has a single theme running through it. The United States is changing and Christians are having to choose between accepting that change or holding fast to their traditional values.

Duration:00:02:57

Jesus is Tough love

4/11/2024
Quick Quote - Source - Jeff Hilles A Biblical Christian worldview perspective - So many Christians view the New Testament and, in particular, Jesus, expressing the importance of love. Jesus put love as the highest command when He said... Mark 12:29-31 - Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 'There is no other commandment greater than these.” 1 John 4:8 - Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. However, God and His Son, Jesus Christ, have much more to teach us than a single word. Further, there is a hierarchy of love that begins with a love for God and His commands which allow us to express a true love for our neighbor. Given the consequences which follow death, the greatest love one can show his fellow man is to share the full truth of saving faith in Christ. For some, that revelation can be seen as tough love because it takes control of our lives out of our hands and into His. Hebrews 12:6 - For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”

Duration:00:01:47

If Christ is the benchmark, we are all equal sinners before God.

4/11/2024
Quick Quote - Source - Jeff Hilles A Biblical Christian worldview perspective - We always seem to compare ourselves, to ourselves rather than to Jesus as a benchmark for how we should behave. When we look at the gap between us and Christ, any moral superiority we think there is between one faction and another becomes infinitesimal and irrelevant. Romans 3:23 - for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:10-12 - as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” This is a harsh reality using Christ, who was without sin (2 Cor. 5:21), as our benchmark. The good news is that God provided a way for all that we have done wrong to be forgiven, by accepting His son, Jesus, as our Lord and Savior.

Duration:00:01:17

Only two people are indigenous, Adam and Eve; Everyone else is a colonizer.

4/11/2024
Quick Quote Source - Darrell Harrelson A Biblical Christian worldview perspective - Throughout history, there has been so much fighting over land based on who came first and who has the right to occupy it. Today, this is being played out on the world stage in places like Gaza, Ukraine, Taiwan, and potentially Korea. God began mankind with Adam and Eve and the rest of us have populated the world from that small but significant beginning. We have been told to love the Lord, and through this, to love and care for each other as the summary of all of God's commands. Yet, sadly, our sin nature continues to overwhelm our behavior. The endpoint of our current behavior of selfishness is coming when God will return those of us who have trusted Him, back to a sinless state and the world will be renewed as a New Heaven and New Earth (Rev. 21-22).

Duration:00:01:17

Like believers, plants start in the greenhouse but often are transplanted into the real world.

4/11/2024
Quick Quote - Source - Jeff Hilles A Biblical Christian worldview perspective - A greenhouse is intended to be a place of protection where seeds can grow under a controlled environment of nurturing. However, in many cases, at a point in the maturing process, plants outgrow their confined enclosure and, to continue to thrive and be of value to the one who invested the time to cultivate them, the plants leave the safety of the greenhouse and face the world. This illustration can be applied to Christians as well. The former tagline for our medium-sized church was, “Greenhouse for the Great Commission”. Like plants, Christians need to be nurtured and disciplined in the early stages of their sanctification. However, to truly grow in our faith, we ultimately need to leave the protection of our church and share our faith with a lost and dying world.

Duration:00:01:18

Science does not replace God, it is a confirmation of His existence.

4/11/2024
Quick Quote - Source - Jeff Hilles A Biblical Christian worldview perspective - Science is a wonderful and important construct of the application of man’s intellect and curiosity applied to God’s creation. Many unbelievers, critical of the Christian view that puts religion above science, point out that past theologians have been wrong in areas such as a belief in a flat earth. However, this serves to prove the point that all mankind, including theologians, know only a small fraction of the secrets contained in the universe and God’s omniscient understanding of His creation. Matthew 11:25 - At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children. The beauty and complexity of our world are continuously being displayed by science as it explores deeper and deeper into God's creation.

Duration:00:01:19

No matter how many pleasures Satan offers you, his ultimate intention is to ruin you.

4/4/2024
Quick Quote - Source - Erwin Lutzer A Biblical Christian worldview perspective - The distractions of this life are intended to both pacify and nullify our witness for the Lord. Within boundaries, the less we have the less we need, and the harder it is for earthly things to sweep us away from an eternal focus. The reason the Bible says that "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" (Matt. 19:24) is that worldly wealth breeds pride, corruption, and earthly power. A perfect recipe from which Satan extracts his payment. 4

Duration:00:00:58

Good works result FROM salvation, they do not result IN salvation.

4/2/2024
Quick Quote – Source – Jeff Hilles A Biblical Christian worldview perspective – Nearly every religion in the world offers a formula for eternal bliss. Both the recognition of an afterlife and its risks/returns are documented in sacred texts throughout history. What separates Christianity from all others is the truth that God does not demand mankind to earn our way into Heaven. Instead, He provided His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross at Calvary and by His resurrection from the dead on Easter morning, offered evidence of His power and love for all humanity. Biblical Christians serve God out of their hearts through an appreciation for eternal salvation, rather than the fear of our efforts falling short in comparison to others. Serving our Lord results from our salvation rather than an attempt to gain salvation.

Duration:00:01:15

God can be seen as either love or hate.

4/1/2024
How we see God depends on our perspective and our faithfulness. Quick Quote - Source - Jeff Hilles A Biblical Christian worldview perspective - The secular see Him as a tyrant, and for good reason. The believer sees Him as love, and for good reason. The difference between the two can be encapsulated in a single word, faith.

Duration:00:00:41

Marriage is not intended to be a mission field.

4/1/2024
The covenant of marriage for the Biblical Christian should be with a Biblical Christian. Quick Quote – Source – Rich Holt A Biblical Christian worldview perspective – Scripture is clear that marriage is a good aspiration, but not always necessary in the life and ministry of the believer. Proverbs 18:221 Corinthians 7:8However, the Lord cautions that marriage should not be the place to evangelize one’s spouse. 2 Corinthians 6:14

Duration:00:00:57

Longer life is not the highest goal in life.

3/31/2024
Quick Quote - Source - Jeff Hilles A Biblical Christian worldview perspective - Some live for a short time, some for a long time. Some of us live a largely pain-free life and others, sadly, live in constant pain and suffering. Some have an abundance of resources at their command and others barely have the shirt on their back. Though arguably important during our life, in death, none of the above matters. In fact, because God's ways are above our ways (Isaiah 55:8), often those with less on earth will gain more in the beyond (James 2:5). If one truly believes a personal relationship with Jesus and, subsequently, serving God is more important than longevity in life... it should make a profound difference in our day-to-day priorities.

Duration:00:00:58

Canada is a Picture of the Future of Christian America

3/31/2024
Two bills are being discussed in the Canadian Parliament this month. It is important to note that each has a chilling effect on free speech in general and Christian freedoms in specifics. However, looking at them in a more unified way is enlightening, offering insight into both the direction of the country and the synergistic impact they would have if put into law simultaneously. Bill C-63 Civil Penalties for Hate Speech Earlier this week, Bill C-63 was debated in the Canadian Parliament (details here). If enacted, it would outlaw “Hate Speech”, now through civil (financial) penalties. There already exists hate speech criminal laws on the books in Canada. However, if passed, this bill would add the ability for those who feel injured by the words of others to sue under less stringent civil guidelines. And, the definition of “Hate Speech” covered under the bill is “unavoidably subjective”. Specifically (detail here), C-63 would focus on the news media (both broadcast and social) in seven general areas. Civil penalties could be upwards of $50k, of which $20k would be paid directly to the “harmed” individual. Some of these provisions serve the public interest on their surface. However, those that are not specifically targeted at child protection have an open-ended exposure to individual interpretations on terms such as "foments hatred" and "incites violence" Bill C-367 Removing Religious Text as a Defense This bill would remove specific protections from the Criminal Code of Canada (detail here) for those who are charged with hate speech and use sacred texts as a defense for their views. Of course, as noted above, the definition of “Hate Speech” is “very subjective”. The primary intent of this bill was to prohibit antisemitism by using the Bible. However, the general provisions of the bill could be broadened by the courts to include almost any Biblical theology as grounds for relief from Hate Speech laws. In the view of the author of a Christian Post article (detail here) on the subject of C-367, “Lawmakers in Canada are considering legislation which, if passed, could criminalize the act of quoting Scripture in defense of biblical marriage, sexuality and other Christian views.” Conclusion One needs only to look to the pandemic to realize the impact of a loss of free speech in America. The definition of Hate speech varies based on the worldview of the individual making the claim. However, when we observe the country to our north adding civil prosecution into the mix and the Bible being potentially removed as a source of protection for those Christians who desire to both love their neighbor and share God’s commands, we are no longer living in a free society. While in the United States... Easter, a time of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ…. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus

Duration:00:05:02

What do Sneakers, Bibles and Politics have in Common?

3/27/2024
Just the Editor's opinion… It’s one thing to be selling golden sneakers for $399 (here) while running for president. It’s another, stratospheric level of audacity to be pandering to cultural Christians by selling KJV Bibles for $60 (here), in the view of some, to help support his (some fair, some unfair) personal legal defense. Trump endorses the Bible by saying its, “The only Bible endorsed by President Trump!” and speaking directly on Truth Social, "I’m proud to endorse and encourage you to get this Bible." My view, respectfully, is that pride is ironically part of the problem with the endorsement. One could not create a better scenario to build a straw man on the threat of Christian Nationalism than merging Trump selling Bibles. The former president thinks his foray into religious commercialism will ingratiate him with Christians. Believers are all now expected believe he must be born-again… for sure. And non-Christians now have a perfect example to point to in locking all Christians together under the banner of our mascot, Trump. This can’t help Biblical Christianity. One may choose to vote for the lesser of evils, and God can do anything, with anyone. One positive may be more Bibles put in the hands of seekers. However, this tightening of associations between Trump and Biblical Christians only serves to do damage to our attempts at evangelism, just as his reference of “Two” Corinthians 3:17 (here), while standing in front of St. John’s Church, was a warning to all who were listening. Of course the spin on this faux pas was, "that's the way they say it in England".

Duration:00:02:41

The Lord chooses His timetable for moving in the hearts of man.

3/26/2024
God is moving in North Carolina

Duration:00:01:25

Is there “Time” After Death

3/22/2024
Man experiences life through a time-based dimension. Will that also be true on the other side?

Duration:00:06:52

Only those who see themselves as utterly destitute can fully appreciate the grace of God.

3/18/2024
The lower our spirit is the higher His Spirit becomes in our lives.

Duration:00:00:58

God does not change His mind.

3/18/2024
God (Jesus) is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Duration:00:00:58

Christianity as a "fungus throughout history".

3/18/2024
Christianity is strong and growing, like fungi.

Duration:00:00:56

It’s not more knowledge that we lack, but obedience

3/18/2024
We need to obey the calling of God to share His Good News.

Duration:00:01:12

'Prophets for profit' is not Biblical theology.

3/17/2024
Pastors who preach God will accept payment for blessings are heretical.

Duration:00:01:40