If you’ve been listening to Crosstalk for some time, you’ve likely discovered that there’s been a significant uptick in the intensity of issues bombarding the world. It’s not just a single battle being waged, but an all-out war on numerous fronts. There’s the attack on biblical values, the demonizing of Christianity, the escalation of lawlessness, the emerging secular agenda, and the growing control of the populace. Some may see these things as accidental or isolated incidents that aren’t connected. However, they all share a common thread. It’s the promotion of globalism.
Many of us have gone through some kind of challenging experience at one time or another. It may have been a prolonged illness, perhaps you’ve lost a loved one, maybe you were rejected by your family because of your faith in Christ, or you may have failed to advance in your employment because of the biblical principles that govern your life.
This edition of Crosstalk recalled the account of Noah. God instructed him to build an ark. We know that only he, his wife, his 3 sons, and their wives went into the ark. In total, it was 8 individuals and 2 of each kind of animal. Soon God closed the door, the rains came and flooded the entire earth, the topography was completely changed, and judgment was meted out on a very wicked world.
Many times on Crosstalk we’ve described how children are being targeted in our secular culture. Included in that are those influences that are seeking to lure children away from biblical morality, questioning right vs. wrong or even trying to alienate children away from their parents. Then there’s the direct indoctrination into aberrant lifestyles with the intent of normalizing that which is abnormal.
Today is a special day for Crosstalk; it marks 35 years of broadcasting over the VCY America Network. We certainly give God the glory and praise for this milestone. We take you back to 35 years ago when the first Crosstalk broadcast and even further than that to share how a talk show was born. Jim gives a quick but detailed history of how VCY began with Vic Eliason which led to the first call in program which then led to Crosstalk as we know it today. Jim also played 3 clips from that very first Crosstalk, one of which was a clip of the very first caller on Crosstalk, a 12 year old boy who publicly declared that abortion is sin. During the final half of the program, Jim opened the lines for listeners to share how Crosstalk has impacted them. A very specific note made by Jim: to God be ALL the glory for VCY’s accomplishments.
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.