Posted on March 19th, 2015

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Air Date: March 19, 2015

Host: Vic Eliason

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This edition of Crosstalk began with a prayer request concerning the wife of Usama Dakdok, host of Revealing the Truth About Islam, a program heard daily on the VCY America Network.

Usama's wife, Vicki, is facing serious medical needs. Some spots and lesion were found under her tongue. They were removed but were found to be cancerous. More surgery is needed and that will be done this Monday with radiation to follow.

Notes of encouragement can be sent to vicki@thestraightway.org

The Presbyterian Church USA (10,000 congregations and 1.8 million members) has voted to approve gay marriage in their church constitution thus becoming the largest Protestant group to formally recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in every congregation. The change takes effect this June 21st. This decision adds another denomination to a list that includes the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, the Quakers and the Unitarian Universalists Association of Churches.

In addition to this story, Vic presented more evidence revealing the blatant disregard churches are showing toward marriage as defined by God.

--The National Baptist Fellowship of Concerned Pastors is standing in protest against an invitation by the American Baptist College in Nashville to Bishop Yvette Flunder to speak at the college for a lecture series. Bishop Flunder is an open lesbian, legally married to another woman.

--San Francisco City Church is ending its policy of banning LGBT members who are unable and unwilling to take a vow of celibacy.

--A Franklin, Tennessee, pastor recently announces that not only can practicing homosexuals be members, but those in sexual sin can fully serve in his church and will be allowed to get married at the facility as well.

--Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, challenges Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore on same-sex marriages.

--Wheaton College hires Julie Rodgers, an openly gay, celibate Christian, to provide spiritual care for students.

--Utah lawmakers pass an anti-LGBT discrimination bill endorsed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (The Mormons).

As Vic prepared to take phone calls, he challenged listeners to ask themselves the following questions:

What is your reaction to the Presbyterian Church USA's vote to approve same-sex marriage?

Would you stay in a church that gives approval to same-sex marriage?

What are you doing in your church to preserve the biblical teaching on marriage?

Posted on March 18th, 2015

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Air Date: March 18, 2015

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Dr. Ron Rhodes

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Dr. Ron Rhodes is president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries. He is a keynote speaker at conferences across the nation. He has authored more than 60 books of which many deal in the realm of apologetics. He joined Jim Schneider to discuss his book, 'What Happens After Life?: 21 Amazing Revelations About Heaven and Hell.'

While it certainly appears from our perspective that medical science is extending the length of life for humans, according to Ron, we are not entitled to a certain length of life. God has predetermined the amount of time we spend on earth. Eventually we come to what Ron described as an appointed time when our life is to end (See Psalm 139:16 and Job 14:5) and that word 'determined' in Hebrew carries the idea of something that is set in stone by God.

Ron encouraged listeners to have a biblical attitude about death by recognizing heaven's perspective. This involves looking at death as a tiny dot in the realm of time. Our time in heaven can be looked at like a line but our life on earth is like a dot; it's relatively short compared to all of eternity. So Ron is trying to help people learn how to live now in view of then. In other words, don't live for the dot, let's live for the line.

Ron talks about believers and heaven, unbelievers and hell; what happens after death to infants, the mentally challenged and those with memory disorders; whether believers will get a resurrected body; why the doctrine of purgatory brings a very weak view to the doctrine of salvation believers have in Christ; the rapture of the church; the proper context of Hebrews 6:4-6 and much more.


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You can obtain a copy of 'What Happens After Life?: 21 Amazing Revelations About Heaven and Hell' for a donation of $15 dollars or more (price includes shipping). Go to www.vcyamerica.org, call 1-800-729-9829 or write to VCY America, 3434 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, WI. 53208.

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Posted on March 17th, 2015

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Air Date: March 17, 2015

Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: Michele Lentz

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Michele Lentz is State Coordinator for Child Protection League Action based in Minnesota. They work to protect children from exploitation, indoctrination and violence. Their main effort involves educating the public to take action regarding policies that impact children.

Minnesota is dealing with 3 policies that have come up at the local level. The first one was taken up last Fall by the Minnesota State High School League, the entity that governs competitive athletics at the high school level. They were going to force schools to adopt a policy that says that if a biological boy feels he is a girl, he should be allowed to play on the all-girls team. That includes using the girls locker room/shower facilities as well as travel with the girls team. In response, Child Protection League Action took out a full-page ad in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune alerting the public. This generated 10,000 e-mails to the Minnesota State High School League.

150 people showed up at a meeting regarding this topic. It was tabled and taken up again in December after the election. Nine drafts later it had been watered down so much, an appeals process was passed that allowed local schools to have their own policy. However, if the individual school doesn't determine things the way the league thinks it should be, that transgender student can appeal to the league and the league will have the final say in the matter.

2 more policies have come up since that time. The Minneapolis public schools quietly adopted a similar policy based upon the same language. Michele noted that the St. Paul public schools will vote at their school board meeting tonight to pass a policy that is broader than that of the Minnesota State High School League idea. This policy would also include gender, non-conforming students which includes those students who say they are neither male nor female.

In response to public outrage, members of the Minnesota legislature have drafted HF-1546 (SF-1543 in the Senate) which says two things: You cannot allow biological males to play on female-only teams. The second part of this bill communicates that schools must keep separate boys and girls bathrooms based upon biology. In essence, the schools don't have to do any more than what they're already doing.

Michele encouraged people to go to the Child Protection League Action website (www.cplaction.com) where you can see information regarding the Students Physical Privacy Act. She indicated that this bill is being held up by leadership in the House so if listeners want to see this bill move forward, they must contact their legislators.

If legislators don't act, these policies will go into effect next Fall and unless there's some court action, more and more schools will adopt them and the normalizing of gender confusion will continue in the school system.


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Posted on March 16th, 2015

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Air Date: March 16, 2015

Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: Dr. Jerry Newcombe

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Dr. Jerry Newcombe serves as the co-host, a columnist and a spokesperson for D. James Kennedy Ministries founded by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy. Jerry has produced or co-produced more than 60 one hour television specials which have aired nationwide. He is the author or co-author of 25 books including 'George Washington's Sacred Fire' which he wrote with Dr. Peter Lillback and 'What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?' which he authored with Dr. Kennedy.

On April 28th the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments regarding same-sex marriage. Some are calling this case the Roe v. Wade of marriage. Dr. Newcombe noted that it could be worse than that. While Roe v. Wade has caused the death of 57 million unborn babies, this upcoming decision could codify into law the loss of the specific kind of freedom that was the reason for the founding of our nation. That's the freedom of religion.

God defines marriage, not man. Nonetheless, as secular forces continue to push ahead, there are questions that need to be answered by proponents of same-sex marriage. A few that were addressed on this edition of Crosstalk included:

--If the Supreme Court says it's OK for a man to marry a man and a woman to marry a woman, how can they stop there?

--How do same-sex proponents deal with the fact that homosexuality is not an immutable quality?

--How can same-sex proponents prevent same-sex marriage from erasing religious liberty, especially when religious liberty is enshrined in our Constitution?


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Posted on March 13th, 2015

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Air Date: March 13, 2015

Host: Jim Schneider

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Jim Schneider used this hour to share vital information from various news sources. Stories included:

--At least 3 of Hillary Clinton's top aides including one with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood allegedly used e-mails hosted on Clinton's private server while Clinton was the Secretary of State.

--Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson allegedly used a pseudonym while carrying on official responsibilities without proper oversight and accountability.

--U.S. Office of Special Counsel is investigating the claims of a 'whistle blower' who has revealed the use of a secret appointment wait list at the Shreveport V.A. Hospital including 37 veterans who died waiting for care.

--A California school has now become America's first accredited Muslim college.

--Islamic State of Iraq wants to blow up the White House, Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower.

--Sunni Saudi Arabia showing support for a possible international agreement preventing Tehran from manufacturing nuclear weapons.

--3 days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address before the U.S. Congress, National Security Advisor Susan Rice named as head of her Mideast desk an official who has brought about controversy with past criticisms of Israel and by meeting with Hamas terrorists.

--State Department Spokesperson Jan Paski fails to directly answer when asked if the administration is pursuing a non-binding nuclear agreement with Iran in order to side-step the Senate's advise and consent requirement.

--Muslim threatens Jewish congregants at Miami synagogue.

--Saudi Arabia increasing the number of beheadings to send a message to ISIS terrorists.

--Saudi man facing death for ripping up the Qur'an and renouncing Islam.

--Sharia enforcement taking place at the University of New Mexico.

--ATF 'stands down' on unconstitutional ban on some ammunition.

--New York Times crops out the Bush's in photo of Selma anniversary march.

--European Union needs its own army as an international force for persuasion of Russia.

--Greek Defense Minister is warning Europe that if there is no bailout forthcoming due to their economic crisis, they will flood Europe with migrants and jihadists.

--Turkey, a NATO member, rolls out the red carpet for Hamas.

--New video shows a child killing an Israeli Arab who confesses to be a spy.

--A U.S. District Judge tells federal authorities to come to his courtroom in Texas to explain why someone issued 3 year deportation exemptions and work authorizations to 100,000 people before the program was scheduled to begin.

--The White House Press Secretary confirms President Obama is very interested in the possibility of raising taxes through unilateral executive action.

--Obama family Christmas vacation costs taxpayers over 3.6 million dollars in transportation costs alone.

--Secretary of State John Kerry told congressional members that we have the capacity to knock out ISIL but we won't get 'snookered' into doing that.

--John Kerry counters an anti-war protestor's claim that the U.S. would kill innocent people during another endless war.

--NAACP battling Latino groups over the push to open public schools for non-English speakers.

--A group of university professors have signed a letter showing their solidarity with students who tried to ban the American flag at the University of California in Irvine.

--Members of the Republican Party are upset with the ATF over proposed bullet ban.

--A Planned Parenthood supporter yells out support for Satan while being escorted out of a city meeting by police.

--EPA administrator says that climate change puts the world's coffee growing regions at risk.

--The social media website known as 'Reddit' sends huge donation to Planned Parenthood, NPR, Doctors Without Borders and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

--The CIA helped the Justice Department develop technology used to access data from thousands of cell phones at once.

--The U.S. is seeing a steady rise in children born to unmarried, cohabiting couples.

--3 senators introduce a bill to federalize the legal use of medical marijuana.

--Contractor tells pastor he has agreed to build a Planned Parenthood facility because of money but if his pastor gives him $20,000, he'd tear up the contract.

--The Social Security Administration has 6.5 million S.S. numbers for people 112 years old or older on file allowing for thousands of instances of potential fraud or identity theft.

--Kansas Unborn Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act (SB95) passed out of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee this week.

--Glenn Beck has declared Ben Carson a lunatic because Carson called homosexuality a choice.

--America's largest Presbyterian denomination is only 7 votes away from officially redefining marriage to include homosexual unions.

--2 legal non-profit groups filed a class-action lawsuit against the Social Security Administration for its treatment of married, same-sex couples.

--A state bill that would restrict access to restrooms for people who may not appear to fit the gender of the facility advanced through a Florida House subcommittee this week.

--Nancy Brinker of Susan G. Koman is now an advocate for gender equality.

--A major league baseball player is told by the Mets to keep his religious views on homosexuality to himself.

--New blinding cases of ocular syphilis showing up on the West Coast.

Posted on March 12th, 2015

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Air Date: March 12, 2015

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Michael Berry

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Michael Berry is Senior Counsel and Director of Military Affairs for Liberty Institute. He joined Liberty Institute in 2013 after serving for seven years as an attorney with the U.S. Marine Corp. From 2009 until 2013, Mr. Berry served as an appellate litigator, arguing numerous cases before various federal appeals courts. From 2009 to 2012, he served as an adjunct professor of law at the United States Naval Academy. As Director of Military Affairs for Liberty Institute, Mr. Berry's practice focuses on religious liberty within the armed forces. As a recognized subject-matter expert, he has testified before Congress on matters affecting religious liberty in the armed forces.

Wes Modder has been a Navy Chaplain for 15 years. Prior to that he was in the Marine Corps with a combined total of about 19-1/2 years of service and he is eligible for retirement in September of this year.

Less than 1% of chaplains earn the distinction of being able to serve with our special forces unit and Chaplain Modder did just that. He was the force chaplain for Naval Special Warfare Command. That command oversees our Navy Seal teams so deployment overseas for Seal support is involved. He was also the chaplain for the Naval Special Warfare Center where recruits go to become Seals. He's been called a national asset, the best of the best, a consummate professional and praised for his sound judgment from a 'who's who' list of Navy personnel.

According to Michael, sailors would come to Chaplain Modder in private, confidential, pastoral counseling sessions and ask the chaplain questions regarding his faith. His honest answers were handed over to the Navy culminating in a December 6th visit by one of his young officers and two equal opportunity officers. The officers basically accused Chaplain Modder of not being politically correct citing biblical views that they believe are offensive and he was threatened with being kicked out of the Navy.

Michael shares some insight into the chaplain's answers regarding faith, family and morality that brought about the current charges and listeners added differing opinions as well on this critical edition of Crosstalk.


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www.libertyinstitute.org

Listeners can use the following numbers to communicate with elected officials on behalf of Chaplain Modder:

Senators—202-224-3121
Congressmen—202-225-3121

U.S. Navy
800-872-6289


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