Persevering Through Persecution and Prevailing For the Gospel by Michael Furchert:
Michael Furchert was raised behind the Berlin Wall in Communist East Germany. Michael's grandfather was a public school teacher and pastor in Germany during the rise of Hitler. Michael’s grandfather lost his teaching position and church because he refused to deny Jesus Christ and join the Nazi Party. Later when it was discovered he was teaching a Bible study in his home, he was shipped off to war in hope he would not return alive. He did return only to go from living under the rule of the Nazis to being under the rule of the Communist. Michael’s father lost his job under the regime of Communist East Germany because of his public profession of his Christian testimony. With this as the backdrop, Michael calls the church in America to stop relying on politics to change our nation but to actively proclaim the gospel and live out our Biblical worldview regardless of whether we live under freedom or tyranny. Michael believes the church in America must come to terms with the coming persecution of the west. This is your opportunity to hear a Biblical message on how the church should respond to living under persecution from a man and his family that do so and so and experienced God’s faithfulness and they refused to compromise the gospel.
Why Christians Are Not Called to a Social Justice, Social Gospel, or Missional Agenda by Carl Teihcrib
In today's Christian world – and Western culture in general – there's a myriad of changes taking place, and with it comes new language. "Social Justice" is certainly in the spotlight. Jim Wallis of Sojourners uses this term repeatedly. Brain McLaren's book Everything Must Change seeks to reframe Christianity in a social justice context. The Christian Reformed Church has a social justice office, as does the Salvation Army; and the Mennonite Church USA, the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Canada, and an endless list of other denominations and church bodies speak of "social justice." Christian universities and Bible colleges too have adopted this language.
But where does this term come from, and what is its dominant history? Today we see social justice linked to a myriad of radical movements, including environmentalism. Nice sounding, morally-high terms arise from this Marxist-green marriage; "Eco-justice," "green justice," and "climate justice." How does this look?
Biblical justice, on the other hand, never seeks to dismantle class structures. Evil actions are condemned, but this isn't specific to a particular social strata. Consider the words of Leviticus 19:15. "You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. But in righteousness you shall judge your neighbor."
The term “missional” has largely been made popular by proponents of social justice that are seeking to turn churches attendees and even missionaries into community organizers. How Should Christians respond? What specific Bible verses speak against the goals of social justice? What does Biblical justice look like? What is not the ultimate calling of the church to transform the culture or implement some kind of utopian society?
Twisted Scripture, Twisted Theology by Brannon Howse
One of the greatest issues facing the church today is how Biblical scriptures are twisted to promote false teaching and bad theology. On Worldview Weekend’s national radio and television program Brannon has taken on dozens of the most twisted Scriptures and the response has been incredible. In this presentation Brannon takes some of the most commonly twisted Scriptures and uses Scripture to confirm Scripture and Scripture to interpret Scripture. In addition to learning the true meaning of these Scriptures, you will also learn some vital rules and processes for how to accurately study God’s Word. Here are a few of the verses we will examine together.
Verses: Acts 2:44-46, Acts 4:34-36, Acts 5:1-5: Why The Bible Does Not Affirm Social Justice or Socialism: Verses: Acts 2:44-46, Acts 4:34-36, Acts 5:1-5. These verses do not teach socialism, redistribution of wealth, elimination of private property, or communal living by this New Testament Church in Acts.
Psalm 46:10-11: Why be still and know that I am God does not support the idea of contemplative prayer.
1 Kings 19:12: Why the still small voice of God as described in this passaged does not mean we are to listen for the audible voice of God.
Matthew 18:18: Why this verse does not teach that Christians are to pray to bind Satan or demons.
Matthew 18:20: Why this verse does not teach that two or more Christians must be together for the Lord to be with them.
Psalm 105:15: Why touch not God’s anointed does not apply today to speaking against false teachers or explaining some confused teaching by well-known Christian authors or speakers.
Matthew 8:16-17: If “by His stripes we are healed” does not mean we are guaranteed physical healing today; then what do these verses refer to?
Joel 2:28: Why this verse is not declaring that people today, is this Church Age, will be receiving dreams and vision from God.
Acts 2:38: This verse declares “repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ” for the remission of sins. Why this verse does not teach that baptism is required for salvation.