Families across America are making choices about the celebration of Halloween. Should the house and yard be decorated with Halloween decor? Should the kids be allowed to dress up in costumes and go house to house collecting candy? Should a person take time to watch horror movies featuring witches, zombies and vampires? In the end, is this all harmless fun or is there more ‘behind the mask’?
Joining Jim for discussion on this popular holiday was Dr. David Brown. Dr. Brown is Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, has a Masters in Theology and PhD in History specializing in the history of the English Bible. In addition to his study of the English Bible he’s also president of Logos Communication Consortium which operates LogosResourcePages.org. He’s author of the book, The Dark Side of Halloween and also a research paper, Unmasking the Truth About Witches.
What do we know about the origins of Halloween? It was called the Vigil of Samhain and was celebrated by the Druids and the occult. They would go from farm to farm asking for offerings to their god(s) and if they didn’t get them, they would do harm to the farmers and animals.
Pastor Brown noted that if you look at the occult holiday list, you’ll see one of the key days which is Samhain. The Roman Catholic Church changed ‘All Hallows’ Day’ and the eve before to ‘All Hallows’ Even’ to match the pagan holiday so it was called, ‘All Hallows’ Eve’ or ‘Halloween.’
As this program moves along you’ll learn about the following terms, phrases and customs tied to Halloween:
–‘Trick or Treat’
–Jack O’ Lanterns
So if you feel Halloween is merely harmless fun, you’ll want to review this broadcast where you’ll also hear comments and questions from listeners across the nation.
Have you ever wondered how church leaders, even those who seemed so solid in their own teaching, can become so blind to error that they could permit a widespread invasion of false teachings into the church? When leaders are drawn to such teachings, it’s no surprise that many individual Christians fail too see how these occult and New Age teachings are far removed from the faith once for all delivered to the saints.
Joining Jim to discuss one such invasion was Don Veinot. Don is the co-founder and president of Midwest Christian Outreach, a national apologetics ministry and mission to new religious movements. He’s been involved in apologetics ministry for over 3 decades and is a charter member of the International Society of Christian Apologetics. He is also a staff researcher and writer for the Midwest Outreach Journal.
Joining Don was Marcia Montenegro. Before becoming a Christian, Marcia was involved for many years in Eastern spiritual beliefs (Hindu and Buddhist), New Age, and occult practices. She was a certified, professional astrologer who taught Astrology for several years. She served as chairperson of the Astrology Board of Examiners and President of the Astrological Society in Atlanta. She came to Christ and now is engaged with her full-time ministry, Christian Answers for the New Age. She’s the author of ‘Spellbound: The Paranormal Seduction of Today’s Kids.’
Don is releasing a book called, ‘Richard Rohr and the Enneagram Secret.’ Don kicked off the discussion by defining the term, ‘enneagram.’ This is a geometric design. Basically it’s a circle with three shapes inside of it that touch the outer circle at 9 different points. This nine pointed symbol originated with an early 20th century Russian mystic.
While Marcia noted that the enneagram symbol is a neutral geometric design and that there is no inherent evil in the design, some people are reading various paths to God into it and it’s this concept that’s infiltrating segments of the evangelical church.
On this edition of Crosstalk, Don and Marcia detail the remaining history/evolution of this symbol, it’s connection to the Jesuits, how it came to the attention of Richard Rohr and went on to become embraced by elements of the evangelical publishing world.
–Senator Kamala Harris would not trust a Trump endorsed coronavirus vaccine–Biden’s plan to repeal the Trump tax cuts–Harris denied wanting to stop fracking in spite of past quotes in favor of banning it–abortion–accepting the outcome of the election–Harris references Abraham Lincoln when talking about the nomination of a Supreme Court successor and more.
–An article from the Daily Signal notes tens of thousands of cases of possible vote fraud are cited in a new report from the Public Interest Legal Foundation titled, ‘Critical Condition.’ It highlights the severity of the problem (inaccurate voter rolls, duplicate registrations, dead voters and incomplete registrations) all of which allow fraud by those willing to exploit vulnerabilities in the system. The foundation discovered more than 140,000 instances of potential election fraud in the 2016 and 2018 elections.
Do you remember the last time your computer began slowing down or certain functions just stopped working? Or maybe you have a smart phone or pad and at some point you may have touched the screen in one place but something unexpected came up?
What was the solution? You probably did a ‘reset’ or ‘reboot.’
This is what this broadcast was meant to be as many issues and challenges are pressing in upon people. There’s COVID-19 and how it’s affecting church life, Bible studies, the monetary system, the president, and even the Pentagon. There’s the election, the Senate hearings for Amy Coney Barrett and so much more.
In light of all this, Jim gave listeners the opportunity to hit the ‘reboot’ or ‘refresh button,’ take time from the issues and pause for praise.
Join Jim as he encouraged listeners to call and finish the following sentence: Today I’m praising the Lord for… You’ll be blessed and hopefully encouraged to consider how you too can pause for praise to the Lord!
Beginning in Revelation, Dr. DeYoung explained to the audience that this book is from God to Jesus who then delegated an angel who would give and dictate to John the Revelator what He (God the Father) and his son Jesus wanted John to know and ultimately what He wanted us to know.
Today’s Roundup consisted of several recent news stories that are largely ignored by major media outlets. Here is a sampling of the topics:
Bombshell allegation: Hillary created entire Trump-Russia hoax to distract from email scandal
Black Lives Matter leader arrested for allegedly spending donations on personal expenses
Pro-abortion groups spending millions trying to defeat Amy Coney-Barrett
Serious push in U.S. House to remove Speaker Pelosi
Satanic Temple sues billboard company that refused signs for abortion ritual
Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for third time
Trump still building the border wall
Minneapolis plan to defund the Police collapses
Survey finds only 2 percent of millennials have Biblical worldview
‘Humanists for Biden’ take Christian-bashing to a new level
Vancouver streets hit with ads urging everyone to have just one child
….and many more about voter fraud, microchips, mask-wearing and transgenderism.
The first debate is in the books and it was a contentious one as President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden took to the stage last evening at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Here’s a partial list of items Jim brought to the attention of listeners that were either from the debate or related to it:
–Questions loom about moderator Chris Wallace. Did he lose control? Was he biased against the President, particularly with his line of questioning concerning a comprehensive plan to replace Obamacare?
–Audio from the president regarding the nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.
–Audio from Joe Biden on eliminating the filibuster and packing the Supreme Court, including audio on the latter issue from VP candidate Kamala Harris.
–Biden claimed not to support the Green New Deal in spite of the fact that the Biden/Harris website appears to communicate just the opposite.
–Biden indicated that:
…he’ll put the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Accord.
…the nation will not build any more coal or oil fired power plants.
…ANTIFA is an idea, not an organization.
–Biden wishes that schools would teach more about the Islamic faith.
There’s more to hear, including the views of Crosstalk callers from around the nation.
As many Crosstalk listeners know, President Trump named Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat left due to the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Yesterday’s Crosstalk dealt with many of the legal mechanics surrounding this choice, while this broadcast looked specifically at the implications surrounding the issue of life.
Joining Jim for this discussion was Brad Mattes. Brad is the president of Life Issues Institute, the pro-life grassroots partner of the Susan B. Anthony List Education Fund. Life Issues Institute was founded in 1991 to serve the educational needs of the pro-life movement. Brad is the host of Life Issues, a daily radio commentary and also producer of multiple pro-life specials including one they have recently released, Court is in Session: Life Hangs in the Balance.
As promised, President Trump made his nomination to fill the vacant Supreme Court position known on Saturday. That person is Federal Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett whose nomination hearing is set to begin October 12th.
Joining Jim to discuss news surrounding this nominee was Mat Staver. Mat is a constitutional attorney, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. He’s argued before all levels of court including landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mat is an author as well as speaker on the radio programs, Faith and Freedom and Freedom’s Call.
Barrett’s background includes graduating number one in her law school class at Notre Dame as well as acting as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Also, when she was nominated to the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, every clerk sent a letter of support saying how Barrett was qualified to serve on the court. That’s in spite of those who said they had differences of opinion on some issues. Mat indicated that every single faculty member of Notre Dame felt the same way, even those whose have differing judicial philosophies.
Barrett is married and has 7 children, 2 who were adopted from Haiti. If she gets through the confirmation hearings, she will be the first person on the Supreme Court to have school age children.
Chuck Schumer and Pat Lahey have said that the American Bar Association evaluation is the ‘gold standard’ by which judicial candidates are judged. In 2017, a majority of the standing committee of the ABA believed that Barrett was well qualified. Interestingly, Chuck Schumer is now saying that Barrett is wildly out of the mainstream.
What other attacks have been coming out against her? Do we have any insight as to how she has rendered certain decisions? What did callers have to say? These questions and more are answered when you review this edition of Crosstalk.