Aug 11

Pastor: not voting Trump is NOT the same as ‘staying home’

Voddie Baucham, Facebook.

Voddie Baucham, Facebook.

In a June 16, 2016 comment on his official Voddie Baucham Ministries public page, Pastor Baucham laid out a rarely heard, but critically important and visionary case in defense of the Never Trump position. Here’s what he said:

For those asking… no, I do not believe Christians are obligated to cast a vote in every race. Sometimes there’s not a candidate we can support with a clear conscience (I love the analogy used earlier, “Ahab for King… because, at least he’s not Jezebel). However, don’t fall for the false dilemma. Your ballot will include dozens of contests. You can skip one race (or more), and still cast a ballot where you gave your vote to every candidate you deemed worthy of it (i.e., for Senate, congress, etc.), so no, refusing to vote for Hillary or Trump is NOT the same as “staying home.”

Finally, ask yourself this. The past few elections, we’ve been told to swallow hard and accept a horrible candidate, or else the end would come. Every season, “this is the most important election of our lifetime!” and, “If we get this one wrong, we will lose our freedom (and the republic).” Two things: first, we lost anyway. Second, the world didn’t end.

But what if Christians had refused to support inferior, ungodly neocons, and the contests were completely lopsided. What if we had sent that message instead of saying, “you can cram anyone you want down our throats, but, in the end, we will take it… Cuz you own us… We are not principled; we are spineless pragmatists, and our faith in God is too small for us to trust him in such matters.”

Perhaps if we had stuck to our guns, we wouldn’t be stuck trying to decide between two immoral New York liberals. Perhaps then our best argument wouldn’t be, “better the wicked, godless, profane, unscrupulous, blowhard con artist, whose political philosophy changes with the wind, than the liberal whose political agenda we are sure of.”

At the end of the day, my vote is a sacred trust. There are no perfect political candidates. However, there are those for whom I can cast a vote without feeling like I need to go take a bath when I’m done… unfortunately, none of the latter will be on the ballot for president in November.

God help us!

Voddie Baucham, Donald Trump

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Aug 02

To a Thousand Generations: Christian education (Dr. Greg Bahnsen)

This series on Christian education by the late Dr. Greg Bahnsen focuses on the importance and significance of God’s covenant with Abraham extending to “you and your children,” based on Genesis 17 and elsewhere.

BibleAnd I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. – Genesis 17:7

Dr. Greg Bahnsen was a Southern California pastor, Ph.D and apologetics expert. His series is made up of 3 parts: Keeping Covenant with God, The Myth of Neutrality, and Why Public Schools Won’t Work.

To listen to these messages, click the links below:

Message #1: KeepingCovenantwithGod.mp3

Message #2: TheMythofNeutrality.mp3

Message #3: WhyPublicSchoolsWontWork.mp3

*These messages originally aired in August, 2015 and again in August, 2016.

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Jul 26

Why Christians are wasting their time on whitehouse elections

If you’re a conservative Christian, you’ve likely been upset with presidential elections over the past three or more elections. In a short audio message by Mike Winther of the Institute for Principle Studies, a convincing case is made for why we lose elections and what we must do to change this trend.

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By Tom Arthur from Orange, CA, United States (vote for better tapeUploaded by Petronas) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The problem: “The vast majority of education in America, whether formal or informal, is directed by those with an atheist, socialist or relativist worldview. Public schools, colleges, universities, trade associations, professional associations, think tanks and the media are dominated by these worldviews… Because many of these institutions are publicly funded… A conservative Christian who tithes ten percent to his church and contributes $500 or $1000 dollars every other year to a political candidate is outspending himself in favor of relativism, atheism, and socialism through his tax dollars and media purchases.”

The solution: “It is time for ‘traditional values’ voters to think long term and begin teaching the worldviews that will win elections 10, 15 and 20 years from now. Those who oppose limited government and biblically based moral standards have worked their long-term plans for decades–while Christians only worked one election at a time. It is supreme irony that our opponent’s strategies come, in large part, from scripture. Whether they know it or not, those with opposing worldviews often use biblical strategy to promote unbiblical agendas. One of these biblical strategies is the importance of laying a strong foundation. The foundation determines the tilt of the structure—will the structure be ‘true’ or will it lean one direction or the other. Unfortunately, the all important foundation is often ignored in favor of attempts to repair the exterior of the structure. Conservatives and Christians will readily invest in the political campaign because it is visible, it is immediate, and it seems so urgent. Fixing a foundation, however, is not visible, not immediate and never seems all that urgent… but it is!”

For more, read the article: Why conservatives and Christians lose elections

Listen to Winther’s full message:
Transforming a Nation: Part 1
Transforming a Nation: Part 2

Permanent link to this article: http://www.gospelapplied.com/christians-wasting-time-whitehouse-trump-hillary/

Jul 04

The Paper Trail of Freedom (Marshall Foster)

Have you noticed that the history behind holidays like Columbus Day, or the various presidential holidays, have slowly been forgotten? Should Christians care?

God repeatedly teaches us that it is important to study history to know the works of God and understand where we are from and where we are going(Psalm 78, etc.). A proper God-glorifying History also gives us hope, as Romans 15:4 says of the Old Testament (which is largely a history book): “Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

History teaches us to hope by giving us a sense of destiny and strength, when we know that we are carrying the baton of previous generations of godly and fearless believers and look forward to His promises coming to pass. Christ is building His Church, and His Kingdom, that started as a stone that broke to pieces the kingdoms of man, is slowly growing into a mountain, which will undoubtedly, fill the whole earth! (Daniel 2)

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Robert E. Lee, a Southern General in the war between the states, made this great statement:

“The truth is this: The march of Providence is so slow, and our desires so impatient; the work of progress is so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope.”

Marshall Foster, is a Christian Historian, specializing in American history and heritage. In this message, he traces the trials and triumphs of believers through the ages, and God’s providence in the course of human events… Image below: Wicked King John is forced to sign the Magna Carta at Runnymede on June 15, 1215 A.D.

Click below to listen to the whole message:

The Paper Trail of Freedom – Marshall Foster.mp3

*This message originally aired on Nov. 5, 2013 and will re-air on Oct. 13, 2015.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.gospelapplied.com/the-paper-trail-of-freedom-marshall-foster-columbus-day/

Jun 05

Whoever Controls the Schools Controls the World

In this message, Pastor Voddie Baucham points out the main problems of government-controlled education.

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Citing Luke 6:40, Dr. Baucham hits home the truth that whoever is teaching our children is also discipling them (“A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.”). He persuasively argues that Christian parents need to be active in their children’s education and stop turning them over to the anti-God environment of the government school.

Using Scripture, statistics, and sound reasoning, Dr. Baucham powerfully makes the case that whoever controls the schools does indeed control the world.

To listen to the whole message, click on the link below (or right-click and select “save as” to download):
Whoever_Controls_the_Schools_Controls_the_World.mp3

*NOTE: there will be a conference on homeschooling in the Sacramento area on June 9-11th, 2016, with a FREE “Introduction to Home Education” workshop on Thursday, June 9. More info at: https://scopehome.org/2016-annual-conference/

*Message originally aired on: May 27, 2014; May 26, 2015

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May 30

Christianity & the Federal Deficit: the sermon you’ve never heard

moneyYou’re probably concerned about the trillions of dollars our country is in debt. But have you ever heard a sermon on this topic that assesses the issue from a biblical perspective?

Why is it that such sermons are so rare? This sermon by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy was delivered in 1989, when the federal debt was around 5 trillion dollars. Today, his message is more relevant than ever as he applies the timeless truths of God’s word to this current issue.

Listen to a shortened version of the message for free here: tinysa.com/sermon/109141158334

Or purchase the whole “How should we then vote” set online through Truth in Action ministries here: http://store.djameskennedy.org/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=740250

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May 24

What does the Bible say about economic policy for nations?

moneyWith disastrous economic policies around the globe resulting in inflated currencies and collapsed economies, Christians should be asking: What does the Bible say about economic policy for nations?

In this podcast by Bojidar Marinov, an economic principle called the “Dutch Disease” is articulated and demonstrated through several examples in recent history. The message is titled “Putin’s Russia and the Dutch Disease,” with applications that apply to any nation.

Listen here: http://reconstructionistradio.com/putins-russia-and-the-dutch-disease-curse/

Permanent link to this article: http://www.gospelapplied.com/bible-god-economic-policy/

May 17

Christians & Conservatives: WHY we lose elections.

Why we lose elections - Christians and ConservativesAre you a Christian who is unhappy with the direction of the country? Are you typically disheartened by recent election results? This biblical message answers the question of why we lose elections and what we must do to change this trend.

The message was delivered at Central Valley Presbyterian Church by Mike Winther in March 2016. In it, Winther explains that Christians don’t know what they want when it comes to civil leaders. He says one could ask a room full of Bible-believing Christians what the purpose of government is, and the answers would vary wildly.

If we don’t know what we want, we’ll never get victories.

Winther says two main things are needed:

  1. Christians must understand the principles of good government
  2. Christians must understand elections are NOT won by actions taken a year before the presidential election.

Listen to the following message to learn the biblical principles and hear how elections are truly won. (Skip ahead to around 2hr 40min mark to start with Winther’s message)

Mike Winther heads up the Institute for Principle Studies. Learn more at: http://principlestudies.org/

Permanent link to this article: http://www.gospelapplied.com/why-christian-conservatives-lose-elections/

May 10

Rebuilding The Walls of Society

nehemiah-chapter-2Nehemiah was charged with a difficult task – to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in the middle of an unstable region, with many neighboring enemies, with few and disorganized Jews to help him. Yet, against all expectations and attempts to stop him, the Jews under his faithful leadership rebuilt it fully in only 52 days! (Nehemiah 6:15) Clearly God was behind it.

America, together with the whole Western society is at a crisis point, which is only becoming worse. The Christian faith, the true Gospel, recovered and embraced by the Protestant Reformation 5 centuries ago is being actively pushed out from all Western institutions. Nothing else but Christianity could sustain our civilization.

Pastor Jeff Black addresses this in his message “Rebuilding The Walls of Society”.  To listen to the full message, please click on this link: Rebuilding The Walls of Society

Permanent link to this article: http://www.gospelapplied.com/rebuilding-walls-society/

Apr 26

Christian liberties in America: an interview with Liberty Counsel

What is happening to America? What is happening to our rights?

This interview discusses recent situations involving Kim Davis and recent protests against the Bodnariu family having their children seized by the government — and it provides answers to what God’s design is for the limited role of civil government and our relationship to it as Christians.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think that Christians in the land of the Free, in America, would be in need of a defense in our courtrooms,” says Christian Attorney Harry Mihet, who immigrated from Romania.

Listen to this amazing interview with an attorney from Liberty Counsel: Interview.mp3 (right click and select “save as” to download)

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