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Brannon Howse
Brannon Howse
Aired Tuesday, March 21
Brannon Howse: March 21, 2017
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Today Brannon plays audio from a podcast that is reportedly from Sho Baraka, a so-called Christian rapper, saying that it is ok for a Christian to smoke marijuana. Then hear an audio from YouTube in which Sho Baraka talks about how shocked he was that Lifeway was even carrying his CD because it was apparently not for the Lifeway clientele. What does that tell us about what Sho Baraka believes about his own content? Topic: Hear an audio clip of Al Mohler discussing the importance of having discernment in music and the worldview it conveys. So why did Al not do that when bringing in the rapper Sho Baraka? Topic: We take lots of your calls. 

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Peter LaBarbera is the president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, a non-partisan, non-profit group dedicated to exposing the homosexual-bisexual-transgender activist agendas. Peter is also a contributor to Lifesitenews.com.

 

This edition of Crosstalk covered a lot of ground with Jim and Peter covering the following:

 

President Trump has chosen Rick Grenell to be the U.S. Ambassador to NATO. Rick is conservative on foreign policy but is also an open homosexual. He believes you can be openly homosexual and a faithful Christian.

 

President Trump's education secretary, Betsy DeVoss, is known as a school choice advocate. What's not known by some is that she's pro-homosexual and had a record proving that as a Republican leader in Michigan. She's held two one-hour sessions with homosexual, bisexual and transgender activists at the Department of Education.

 

Recently Crosstalk mentioned a new Bible app for LGBTQ advancement. Partners listed in support of this app include Tyndale, a Bible publisher. Jim contacted them last Friday morning and as of the time of this broadcast, he had yet to receive a response from them to either affirm or deny their participation. Jim did note that Tyndale's name has suddenly disappeared from the partners page.

 

North Carolina continues to receive pressure over HB-2. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has written the NCAA board of governance to advocate for cross-bathroom usage at all basketball games. Peter believes the NCAA is a 'tool' of the larger homosexual activist, transgender lobby to bully individual states.

 

S. David Wynn, a transgender 'pastor' at Fourth Women's Agape Metropolitan Community Church told Texas voters that God is transgender and that those opposing transgenders from using the bathroom they like are using God as an excuse to hate people.

 

Peter followed this up by noting that the transgender movement is really just an outgrowth of the so-called gay movement. It's all part of the same sexual and gender confusion that's taking place. He cited past history where homosexuals used to say that God is gay and that Jesus and John were lovers. Those past blasphemies of the gay Christian movement have now led transgenders to implement their own distortions of Scripture in order to justify their aberrant and sinful behavior.

 

Western North Carolina's Appalachian State University wants students to use gender neutral terms in their academic papers. The stated goal is inclusivity toward people of all genders.

 

University of Minnesota administrators have dropped the traditional king and queen labels for their annual homecoming weekend, instead deciding to use the term, 'royals'.

 

A young man told his parents he identified as a female 4 years ago but it was not until last year he learned that his mother also had a gender identity struggle. They are leaning on each other as each of them transitions to the opposite sex. In essence, what was once mother and son will be transformed to father and daughter.

 

More actors from Disney's Beauty and the Beast are weighing in on the gay character controversy, mocking Christians and others who are concerned about taking their children to see the film.

 

ABC News has apparently conflated real therapy that attempts to get young people to overcome their same-sex temptations with people who did some abusive things in a camp.

 

Two women are kicked out of a homeless shelter after refusing to share a bedroom with a man who said he is a transgender woman.

Today we go to the "catbird seat" in Washington and Jimmy DeYoung will have a conversation with Ken Timmerman on a number of issues happening in our world today. Jimmy and Ken will discuss the deployment of Marines to Syria, by President Trump to help bring down Islamic State; Russian, Turkish and American military leaders are meeting to plan the offensive on IS; the IS leaders have pulled out of Mosul, leaving the Field Commanders, to fight the battle over Mosul, but most likely to die in the fight; and the activities of North Korea and the possible threat they are to the world.

The Power of Touch

Hugs. Embraces. Hand shakes. Is there power in touch? What did it mean when Jesus touched a leper?

The Shack, part 4 March 16, 2017

In today's program Jim Osman and I discuss how The Shack not-so-subtly undermines three of God's incommunicable attributes: Sovereignty, Omnipotence, and Omniscience.
 

Stand by for a Middle East News Up-date from Dave Dolan, given to Jimmy DeYoung on PTIB. These two Middle East journalist will discuss PM Netanyahu's visit to Moscow to meet with Russian President Putin, with an agenda that covered Iran, North Korea, the Syrian Civil War and the Palestinian conflict; that Trump is still studying the move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem; and the Arab League warning that there will be war if the US Embassy is moved to Jerusalem.

Lepers or Leopards

Lepers cleansed? In what ways are lepers and sinners similar?

The Shack, part 3 March 15, 2017

Today Jim Osman and I discuss the aberrant Christology of The Shack. Most would recognize an attack on the deity of Christ as heretical but just as heretical is an attack on His humanity.

Everywhere you look, the Christian faith is under attack. Many ask, “Is God really in charge?” Let’s listen to Erwin Lutzer as he traces some blatant attacks on Christians, but then takes us to the Bible for the assurance that, despite all we see, God is still in control. 

Ron Rhodes is the president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries, a teaching and resource ministry that specializes in defending Christianity against atheists, agnostics, skeptics, the cults, world religions and any group teaching false doctrine. Ron is the author of over 70 books, most which deal in the area of apologetics. This Crosstalk discussed his book, 'Bible Prophecy Answer Book: Everything You Need to Know about the End Times'.

Over one-fourth of the Bible is prophetic and that one-fourth is not limited to the book of Revelation. There are prophecies throughout the Old Testament that refer to the first coming of Christ as well as the second coming. In the New Testament there are more specific prophecies about the second coming.

Ron noted that the Old Testament prophecies that pointed to the first coming of Christ were fulfilled literally. The precedent has been set. So if you want to know how God will fulfill prophecies that deal with Christ's second coming, take a look at how God has already fulfilled prophecies in the past.

For Ron, this means that when the Bible says there's going to be an invasion of Israel by Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya and other Muslim nations, he believes that will literally take place.

Also, when Scripture teaches that Christ will come and snatch believers from the earth (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17), he doesn't believe that's metaphorical, he believes that's a literal event that will take place before the tribulation period unfolds.

He also believes that the judgments the Bible mentions are real. Everyone will have to give an account.

Ron also commented on 'preterism'. This is the belief that Christ's second coming took place in A.D. 70. Ron disagrees with this assessment for a number of reasons: (1)--As already noted, the precedent has already been set. In other words, Christ's first coming was literal so the second coming will be as well. (2)--A third of mankind was not killed as predicted in Revelation 9:18. (3)--An invasion of 200 million from the East did not occur as predicted in Revelation 9:13. (4)--Every living thing in the sea didn't die as predicted in Revelation 16:3. For these reasons, Ron doesn't believe the allegorical approach of preterism works.

Another important point related to the issue of preterism has to do with the dating of Revelation. Some claim it was written prior to A.D. 70, therefore they feel it must have been fulfilled in that year. Ron noted that the evidence shows it was written much later, somewhere between 90-96 A.D.

Although Ron takes a literal approach to Bible prophecy, he indicated that this doesn't mean that we should ignore symbols. Those symbols are typically defined right in the context. He cited the example of the lamp stands that represent the 7 churches and the bowl of incense that represents the prayers of God's people.

As this program moved along, Jim had Ron comment on the following:

--The various signs of the times that indicate we are living in the season of Christ's return.

--Is there a difference between what the Bible refers to as 'many anti-christs', the 'spirit of anti-christ' and an actual person who is the anti-christ?

--Is there a connection between the anti-christ and the Mahdi that Muslims are looking for?

--The Bible calls the rapture a mystery. What does this mean?

Guest: Mike Gendron. Topic: Al Mohler, Carl Trueman, Russell Moore and the church of Matt Chandler (Via Twitter) are promoting or endorsing a book by Rod Dreher calledThe Benedict Option. This book calls people of all faiths to look to Catholic Monk, St. Benedict of Nursia, a sixth-century monk, as an example of how to respond to a collapsing culture. Sadly, Dreher is a former Catholic who turned to Eastern Orthodoxy, which is much like the Catholic Church. Dreher is a big promoter of Catholicism, the Desert Fathers, and Contemplative Prayer. Brannon explains that he thinks that Dreher is really promoting ecumenicalism, mysticism, and community that is so appealing to the post-Christian culture Dreher is bemoaning in his book. Dreher seems to promote spiritual experience over the actual study of the Word of God in context. Brannon has yet to find one article in which Dreher describes the Biblical gospel, but he does promote contemplative prayer, the rosary, the Catholic mystic Desert Fathers, along with other Catholic figures, and praises people practicing the Catholic Mass. So why are men like Al Mohler, Carl Trueman, Russell Moore and others promoting this book by Rod Dreher? Why are so many people that claim to be reformed in their theology not seeing the dangers of this book by Dreher? Could it be that many of these men are educated beyond their discernment, or do they really not understand the warnings of Paul in Acts 20:29-30 or how the Counter-Reformation works? Topic: We take your calls. 

Part One: The connection between the rise of antisemitism in America and the American Jews that helped form the Israeli Air Force. Many of the American Jews that came home from World War II as fighter pilots had as children been literally beat up and persecuted because they were Jewish. Brannon explains that such Jewish hatred was largely due to the national radio program and newspaper of a Catholic Priest by the name of Father Charles Coughlin. This antisemitism is why so many of the Jewish pilots returning home to America after World War II were tired of seeing the Jews kicked around and thus it led them to volunteer and to risk jail time, losing their U.S. citizenship, and most importantly their lives, to fight for the Jews working to establish a Jewish nation state. Topic: We take your calls. Brannon will continue with part two on Wednesday.
 

2 Timothy (Part 1)

Mike begins his series on Paul’s final epistle, which is filled with solemnity and urgency. Leader and lay people beware!

The Shack, part 2 March 14, 2017

Today Jim and I discuss the very bizarre portrayal of the Trinity in both the book and movie.  William Paul Young says that he affirms the Trinity and the movie attempts to do so, but certainly not in any biblical understanding. We will discuss this as well as the direct teaching in the movie that not only did Jesus suffer on the cross but so did the Father and the Holy Spirit. Why is this heretical? 

The drama of redemption began in Eden and ends with the new heavens and new earth. Here, the redeemed find themselves on streets of gold in the New Jerusalem. Here is the finale to the grand plan God set in motion before the world began.

Twila Brase is the president and co-founder of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom whose mission is to protect health care choices, individualized patient care and medical and genetic privacy rights. Twila is a certified public health nurse and is speaker on the 'Health Freedom Minute'.

The American Healthcare Act has been unveiled. So how does Twila view this new proposal? She believes Obamacare has been a federal takeover of the healthcare system. However, she doesn't see the new proposal as a complete repeal. Only some aspects have been repealed.

All but one of the taxes have been repealed and the Republicans 'zero out' the mandate and penalties, replacing the latter two items with their own version. This means that if you don't purchase health insurance and don't maintain continuous coverage, then you pay a 30% penalty.

In addition, they're installing their own version of Obamacare's subsidy program. This creates a brand new entitlement program called 'Refundable Tax Credits'. Under this program you get a certain amount of money that you can take off of your tax statement for buying insurance.

Replacing the 'State Innovation Fund' is the 'Patient and State Stability Fund'. This is 100 billion dollars to bail-out insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions.

For Twila, the insuring of those with pre-existing conditions is the centerpiece of Obamacare and any government run, national healthcare system. She believes that's what got us into trouble with skyrocketing premiums. In other words, everyone else ended up paying for those who never had insurance.

There are ways this can be handled and that was handled at the state level. There were 35 states that had high-risk pools for those with pre-existing conditions. You would have to pay more money if you were in that group but you could obtain coverage. There were some limitations to that aspect of insurance, but it was a way for states to encourage people to be covered.

She feels this issue of pre-existing conditions could be taken care of by encouraging parents to buy a policy for their children before birth. Then they can hand that policy over to the child to take with them into adulthood and never doing family or employer policies.

For Twila, the new plan is not a repeal or replacement for Obamacare. Instead, it tends to rename, restructure and reconfigure certain areas as it retains federal control. She believes the Republicans need a much bigger vision in order to get back to health freedom and this bill isn't it.

Other aspects of this topic that were discussed include:

--Dependent coverage

--Whether the new plan will modernize and strengthen Medicaid

--Health savings accounts

--Are the Republicans taking a chance with House seats by proposing what appears to be nothing more than a scaled-back version of Obamacare?

Abner Chou: Lesson #10  Verse By Verse on 2 Timothy 

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