Eschatology is Not a Side Issue

Eschatology is Not a Side Issue

Gary interacts with Ron Rhodes new book, Bible Prophecy Under Siege. In his best-selling book Misquoting Jesus, New Testament critic and skeptic Bart Ehrman, who is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, describes how he struggled to reconcile what he had been taught about the inerrancy of the Bible with what he believed to be pred [...]

Remaking ‘Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving’ in the Image of Woke

Remaking ‘Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving’ in the Image of Woke

The woke Social Justice Warriors were out in full military regalia after watching a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving that originally aired in 1973. Franklin Armstrong, the only black child featured in the animated feature is sitting in a lawn chair alone on one side of the table. To the woke crowd, this is racism pure and simple because, as you know, everything is racist. I guess not having a “person of [...]

Fallen, Finite, and Fallible

Fallen, Finite, and Fallible

Gary answers two listener questions, one about the Bible itself and another about sovereign citizenship. We do not defend the Christian faith as a series of separate propositions. We defend the whole package. Men are in sin. God in His grace has pursued man and has provided a revelation of himself. And what we are defending is the entire Bible. There is no way around it. And in the Bible, Jesus is [...]

Living in a Pre-Trib Bubble

Living in a Pre-Trib Bubble

I grew up in the Pittsburgh area with a very large extended family. My mother was one of twelve and my father was one of eleven children. Both sets of grandparents lived nearby, and we visited them often. We were closer to my mother’s side of the family because they lived closer. After a get together with some of the family, this statement was made by two of my mother’s younger sisters, “Let’s get [...]

Are Luke 17 and Matthew 24 Different Events?

Are Luke 17 and Matthew 24 Different Events?

Gary answers a listener’s question about how Luke 17 differs from Luke 21, and how both chapters relate to Matthew 24 and the events spoken of by Jesus in the Olivet Discourse Bahnsen and Gentry argue, along with many others, that verse 35 refers to the physical heaven and earth while I and others believe it refers to the making and breaking of the covenant relationship with Israel (e.g., Is [...]

Kirk Cameron on Optimism and Victory: An Interview

Kirk Cameron on Optimism and Victory: An Interview

Gary interviews his longtime friend, Kirk Cameron, about how he came to embrace a new view of Christianity and the world. One of the reasons we are in this cultural and political mess is partly due to a misunderstanding of particular prophetic texts that claim to teach that the “rapture of the church” is inevitably near (for 2000 years?). Why do battle when “the Antichrist” is inevitably going to [...]

A Critique of 'Bible Prophecy Under Siege'

A Critique of 'Bible Prophecy Under Siege'

(Note: This is the first part of a series) In 2019 I wrote a review and critique of Ron Rhodes’ book Jesus and the End Times titled “Repetitive Prophecy Books Keep Getting It Wrong.” I’ll be including it in my upcoming book Prophecy Wars. Rhodes’ latest book from Harvest House is Bible Prophecy Under Siege: Responding Biblically to Confusion About the End Times. It’s mostly a defense of pretribula [...]

The Church is not the Kingdom

The Church is not the Kingdom

Gary responds to recent comments that people have made claiming that Jesus is not currently reigning. The Church, and therefore the world (the nations) as a whole, for centuries now, have suffered quite badly from what is surely an “under-realized” eschatology! The many explicit eschatological (preterist) time markers all through the NT either have been ignored or just flat-out denied by the incre [...]

Meaninglessness and Its Consequences

Meaninglessness and Its Consequences

When a person loses hope and does not see meaning in this life, inevitable consequences follow. Giving up on life is the result of life having no meaning. Why bother if we are nothing but a conglomeration of atoms and molecules animated by an electrical charge? There’s no meaning in that. How does a civilization survive and grow when previous generations strip life of meaning. A life without meani [...]

Theonomy, Dominion, and Moralism

Theonomy, Dominion, and Moralism

Gary responds to comments made at an event with Todd Friel and several others about “dominionism” (with requisite scare quotes). Of all the complaints which are brought against Reconstructionism in Dominion Theology, by far the most strained and scurrilous is the argument that the position, although innocent of some fault, is nonetheless guilty because it might lead to that fault. Over [...]

The Legacy of Rousas J. Rushdoony

The Legacy of Rousas J. Rushdoony

Gary interviews the late Dr. Gary North about his own personal history and how he came to know and be mentored by Dr. Rousas Rushdoony. Eventually, men confess their true faith, even men who do not expect to win. This is an important theological point. Men’s ability to remain confessionally lukewarm is drastically limited. They cannot always remain silent. Rushdoony has called this the pheno [...]

What Do the Words ‘Quickly’ and ‘Near’ Mean in the New Testament?

What Do the Words ‘Quickly’ and ‘Near’ Mean in the New Testament?

Eschatology continues to be a hot button topic. In addition to the popular prophecy theorists who can’t help themselves from claiming the rapture is near, there are Facebook posters who add grist to the eschatology mill by critiquing arguments that are grounded on solid biblical study by people who should know better. I saw the following post on Facebook post: I sent my friend information related [...]

What Holds it All Together?

What Holds it All Together?

Reality and “truth” are being fragmented by modern political and social efforts and promulgated through the internet and social media. Science is absolutely dependent upon uniformity because without it we could not infer from past events what we can expect under like circumstances in the future. Physical science absolutely requires the ability to predict the future action of material e [...]

Leftist Eschatology is Killing Us

Leftist Eschatology is Killing Us

There must be a change in which Christians understand eschatology. I’m not only talking about the so-called rapture and how we are the “terminal generation.” Eschatology is an inescapable prospect. A pessimistic eschatology has the tendency to immobilize people. This is also true of optimistic “rescue eschatology” that has infected the church. According to them, nothing can be done or should be do [...]

Cultural Quietism and Our Christian Witness

Cultural Quietism and Our Christian Witness

Gary discusses the recent advice by Alistair Begg about Christians attending gay “weddings.” If the writers of Scripture, as instruments of God’s will (2 Tim. 3:16–17), did not think it improper to discuss political issues, then how can ministers who claim allegiance to an inspired and infallible Bible fail to address politics and every other issue discussed in Scripture? The entire cr [...]

The World is Spinning Out of Control

The World is Spinning Out of Control

Gary responds to a recent article by Pastor Robert Jeffress in Dallas, Texas about the world looking like it’s getting very close to the “end.” The central message of the Bible is salvation through Jesus Christ, the Mediator of the New Cov­enant. Apart from His work, through which He ac­quired and eternally possesses the Covenant, there is no hope for mankind. He has overwhelming [...]

From Woodstock Nation to Sinking Ships

From Woodstock Nation to Sinking Ships

George Will called 1968 “perhaps the worst year in American History” and called the sixties “the most dangerous decade in America’s life as a nation.” [1] This is not surprising because of the continued escalation of the Vietnam War, the draft, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy. These events happened a year after the “Summer of Love” that began in the Haight- [...]

Taking Dominion of the Earth

Taking Dominion of the Earth

Gary discusses the concept of dominion and what it means For centuries Christians were seen as a threat by those who claim the state as the only true sovereign: “These men who have upset the world have come here also; and Jason has welcomed them, and they all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus” (Acts 17:6-7). Whoever claims sovereignty expects his subje [...]

The Nation’s Pillars are Falling on Us

The Nation’s Pillars are Falling on Us

There’s word that Taylor Swift could affect the 2024 election (Biden is looking to her for help), the courts are out of control (crazy New York judges and juries are examples), and the people who take an oath to uphold the Constitution don’t know what it says, what it means, or how it applies. It’s not only Swift who could impact the election. Trump’s rape accuser says she will “do everything I ca [...]

Turning the World Upside Down

Turning the World Upside Down

Gary discusses the Christian worldview, how we got where we are today, and how we get back to being world-changers on today’s podcast. Christians are not told to take up arms to defend or advance the Christian faith. We are engaged in a war of ideas. The biblical image of war is designed to remind us that defending the faith is serious business (Acts 7:54-60; 12:2). We should not shy away fr [...]