Posted on April 5th, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​Date:  April 5, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

Guest:  Soeren Kern​

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Soeren Kern is a distinguished senior fellow of the Gatestone Institute, a non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank dedicated to educating the public about the Institutions of Democracy and the Rule of Law, Human Rights, a free and strong economy, a military capable of ensuring peace at home and in the free world, energy independence and ensuring the public stay informed of threats to our individual liberty, sovereignty and free speech. Soeren is also a senior analyst for Transatlantic relations at the Strategic Studies Group. He specializes in European politics as well as U.S. and European defense and security related issues. He is a regular commentator about European politics and transatlantic relations. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Germany.


According to Soeren, until 1975 Spain was under a dictatorship and General Franco was aligned closely with the Roman Catholic Church. Since that time there has been an attempt by socialists and left leaning political factions to remove all traces of Roman Catholicism. One of the ways this has been attempted has been to open the door to other non-Catholic religions such as Islam.


In order to help this effort along, a curriculum has been drafted by the Council of Islamic Affairs in Spain. The guidelines are not really about comparative religion or the history of religion, it's actually about apologetics or defense of Islam.


Soeren went on to note that this problem isn't restricted to Spain. Germany, Belgium and France are also seeing efforts to 'mainstream' Islam and create the impression that Islam is not a Middle Eastern religion but instead a European one. This is happening because most European nations are secular. They believe in the equality of religions therefore they merely view Islam as an alternative to Christianity.


Indoctrination begins at age 3 where youngsters are taught the Islamic statement of faith. This is troubling because in the Islamic faith, if you repeat that statement 3 times before a witness, you become a Muslim. Complicating matters is the fact that once you're in Islam, it's difficult to get out.




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www.gatestoneinstitute.org


To obtain a copy of the 20 page booklet containing the violent verses of the Qur'an call 1-800-729-9829 or go to www.vcyamerica.org 1 copy is $3, 3 copies are $7 and 5 copies are $12.

Posted on April 4th, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​Date:  April 4, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

Guest:
  Carl Kerby

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The Word of God tells us in 1 Peter 3:15, 'But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.' Being equipped to do so is important because in our day skepticism, resistance and outright denial regarding the Bible can come not only from the non-Christian world, but also from within the church as well.


Are you able to stand up for your faith and give a defense for the Word of God? Do you believe in the authority of God's Word? Are you aware of the evidence that gives the Bible such authority?


Joining Jim to discuss this issue was Carl Kerby. Carl is the president and a founding board member of Reasons for Hope, Inc., an apologetics ministry with a mission to equip believers to fulfill the command found in I Peter 3:15. Carl is also a founding board member of Answers in Genesis where he served for more than 15 years before co-founding Reasons for Hope. Carl is a much in-demand speaker as he travels around the world. He is the author of multiple articles and books including, 'Remote Control: The Power of Hollywood on Today's Culture', 'Absotively, Posilutely, Best Evidence for Creation' and Reasons for Hope in the Mosaic of Your Life'.


As a former air traffic controller, Carl had to be able to manage the flight paths of aircraft while doing so 'by the book'. He used the illustration of a pilot who wants to go to O'Hare airport in Chicago. If the pilot refuses to heed the controller's directions, the pilot will never arrive at his destination. He looks at the Word of God this way as well. We don't have to follow God's Word but if we don't and decide to follow our own method or route for entrance into heaven, we'll never get there.


Jim made an interesting observation. He praised Carl for being a 'fundamentalist' as it pertains to the safety rules as an air traffic controller and how people are actually happy that as an air traffic controller, Carl was 'narrow minded' when it came to following the aviation rules.


So why is there such an acceptance on the part of the people to allow narrow-mindedness when it comes to aviation rules yet when it comes to the authority of Scripture, people are expected to be more 'open-minded' regarding issues such as the creation of the universe?


Carl believes it's because some people have been raised with a mindset that the Bible is 'good, spiritual, moral type stuff' but it's not real history. Carl takes the Bible as historical narrative where it's historical narrative. Where it's written as allegory, he takes it as allegory and where it's written as poetry, he takes it as poetry. This is taking the Bible in context. Unfortunately we have a generation that doesn't respect God's Word because they believe science has shown the Bible to be an outdated book.


From there Carl defines what a 'worldview' is and how it's shaped, he presents details concerning his Weapons of Mass Instruction video project, how knowledge gained turns into a weapon for us, evidence within the folds and strata of the earth that line up with Scripture and much more.




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Posted on April 1st, 2016

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Air date: April 1, 2016

Host:  Jim Schneider

Guest: Duke Pesta​

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Dr. Duke Pesta is the academic director of Freedom Project Education. He has taught at major research institutions and small liberal arts colleges on a wide variety of subjects both at the graduate and undergraduate level. He has been active in educational reform and was instrumental in developing and implementing an elective Bible course that is currently available fro public high school students in Texas. He has had experience as an educational reformer, university professor, high school teacher and the administrator of an online home school curriculum. He has delivered over 400 talks on Common Core in 40 states.

According to Dr. Pesta all of the problems with Common Core stem from 2 main ones. The first is that Common Core exerts too much control and power over education from the national level. This is illegal according to the 10th Amendment of the Constitution and according to 3 different federal statutes dating from 1965 where the federal government is prohibited from creating national standards or a national curriculum. Once the federal government takes this kind of control it nullifies the ability of parents, teachers and local school districts to chart the course of education based on the needs of their children.

Common Core's second major problem is that once the federal government accrues this kind of power, they use it to import numerous types of pro-government, anti-individualist ideology into the classroom. In other words, the classroom becomes a platform to indoctrinate rather than to educate.

Common Core was engineered by the federal government and Dr. Pesta believes they did a really good job of hiding their tracks. The knew they couldn't legally abrogate this kind of power to themselves so they allowed some shadowy lobbying groups to put the standards together. They allowed David Coleman, who has no educational background, to be the architect of Common Core. Coleman brought a small group of individuals together and under the sponsorship of two Washington lobbying groups they crafted the standards.

Funding for Common Core came from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, another private entity with no educational background. The foundation has spent over 7 billion dollars, some of it going directly to the Common Core committee to put the standards together.

In essence, Common Core was put together by what Dr. Pesta described as 'off the grid' activists, liberal billionaires and lobbying groups who tailored them to the specifics of the Department of Education's request.

In 2009 the federal government created the 'Race to the Top' program. That program gave the states money if they accepted the Common Core standards when they were finished. Most of the states who took the standards took it for the money which amounted to between 6% and 8% of one year's state budget.

These are referred to as Common Core state standards when there's no evidence that the states played any meaningful role in contributing to them. States were only consulted about Common Core after it was written. Then at the state level, states were only allowed to view the standards after they had bought into them with 'Race to the Top' and they couldn't change them.

Dr. Pesta believes that Common Core is an attempt to treat your children as common. It's a cookie-cutter, big government, one-size-fits-all program and there will be no deviations even if the math, for example, is failing. In other words, in the name of social justice, it's better if everyone fails with the same system than having some children succeed with different systems.

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Posted on March 31st, 2016

Air date: March 31, 2016

Host:  Jim Schneider

Guest:  Jeff Kinley

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It's been calculated that 28% of Scripture was prophecy at the time it was written.  That's over one-fourth of the Bible.  This includes 1,800 prophecies in Scripture taking up over 8,300 verses including 1,239 prophecies in the Old Testament and 578 in the New Testament.  With so much Scripture devoted to the topic, don't you think God put it there for a reason?  Yet, we find the church sound asleep, oblivious to the fact that the bridegroom is coming for the bride.

Jeff Kinley is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and has previously served as a pastor.  He has a passion for sharing biblical truth.  He is the author of over 20 books including the book that was discussed on this Crosstalk, 'Wake the Bride' that is subtitled, 'Facing These Last Days with Your Eyes Wide Open'.  This is a guide to the book of Revelation written to arouse a sleeping church and motivate her toward early awaiting and preparing for his coming.

As a bride gets ready for her wedding, she spends months in preparation.  In other words, no bride would conceive of sleeping through wedding day or even being drowsy leading up to it.  However, that picture of drowsiness is what we see from the church in the book of Revelation and that's what we see today.

Jeff spoke about 2 Peter 3:1-13 where Peter notes that in the last days many will scoff at the idea of Christ returning for his bride.  This is happening today from people both outside as well as inside the church.  Some of the scoffing is due to over-speculation and the sensationalizing of the topic in order to manipulate the curiosity people may have surrounding the topic of Christ's return.  

What is the message of prophecy to the church today?  Jeff referred to the Old Testament prophecies that pointed to the first coming of Christ which was meant to give hearers a sense of security and hope.  He believes the prophecies that have yet to be fulfilled offer the same thing for people today as it strengthens our faith in Scripture.  

He also noted how prophecy gives us a 'heads up' on what's going to happen in the world.  This means as Christians we have the answers to the questions that many people have such as, 'Where's the world headed?'    

If you've had questions concerning the date of Christ's return, the next prophetic event to come, the concept of a rapture, a judgment for believers, judgments on earth, the antichrist or those who claim they've been to heaven, this program provides the answers along with answers to questions from Crosstalk listeners. 

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Posted on March 30th, 2016

​March 30, 2016

Host:  Jim Schneider

Guest:  Mat Staver

Title:  GOP Resistance to SCOTUS Pick Breaking Down 

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Mat Staver is the Founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, an international nonprofit litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life and the family. He has authored hundreds of publications, including 11 books, most of which focus on constitutional law, including his two most recent books, Eternal Vigilance: Knowing and Protecting Your Religious Freedom, and Same-Sex Marriage: Putting Every Household at Risk.

Antonin Scalia passed away February 13, 2016.  Republicans in the U.S. Senate said they would not consider any proposed replacement put forward by President Obama.  But now Merrick Garland has been put forward as the nominee, it appears that that resistance to interviewing and voting whether to confirm him is diminishing.

Mat Staver points out that the Garland is not even close to the position of Justice Scalia which was based strictly on the Constitution. Scalia was often critical of the opinions of the other justices.  But this nominee would likely join them in their opinions, making a big difference in the outcome of numerous cases in the future.  In fact, the record of Merrick Garland shows he takes stands against the Second Amendment, has spoken to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood and shown his support for abortion—positions that are the exact opposite of those held by Antonin Scalia.

Without the ninth justice, some recent decision have ended in a 4-4 split on the Supreme Court, which means that the case reverts to the decision handed down by next highest court.

The Senate is not obligated to actually consider and confirm every nominee present to them.  They can—and in the past did so on many occasion—choose to ignore a nomination.  The Constitution says a nominee cannot become a justice without the Senate's confirmation, but it does not say the Senate must confirm, or even consider every nominee.

Republican Senators are under attack by Democrats and other liberals who claim they are shirking their duty. Even their mail has a large majority urging them to to ahead and consider the nomination.  Mat Staver says it is vital that citizens also bombard the Senators, especially those on the Judiciary Committee, giving their views.  In fact, despite charges that not moving on the Supreme Court nomination process will doom Republican senators up for re-election, Mat believes just the opposite is true.  In fact, he says, the court should be representative of all Americans, but it instead represents Ivy League professionals rather than the common man, and all the current justices are either Roman Catholic or Jewish—not one protestant, liberal or conservative is included.

Claims that Senate resolve to block the nomination is breaking down may be exaggerated--spread by the media and liberal attack groups.

Also discussed was the North Carolina law just signed by the governor which bans anti-discrimination ordinances in the state.  Again, there has been a firestorm of criticism from liberals and LGBT organizations—with moves to boycott North Carolina by everyone from New York Governor Cuomo, to the NBA!

More Information:

To contact U.S. Senators:

Call Senator Charles Grassley, Judiciary Committee chairman at 1-202-224-3144
Call the entire Judiciary Committee at 1-202-224-5225
Call your Senator through the Senate Switchboard at 1-202-224-3121
Get your own Senators contact information at www.senate.gov

More information is also available from Liberty Counsel at www.lc.org

Posted on March 29th, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​Date:  March 28, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

Guest: Usama Dakdok

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On Sunday, followers of Islam killed at least 70 people declared to be primarily Christian in a suicide bomb-blast attack in Pakistan. About 300 people were also injured in the attack which was close to a children's playground.

A recent report on terrorism indicates a nearly 800% jump in the past 5 years. They blame the expansion on Islamic groups across the Middle East and Africa. Will America wake up to Islamic terrorism?

Appearing on Crosstalk to discuss this issue was Usama Dakdok. Usama is the founder and director of the Straightway of Grace Ministry, equipping Christians to be effective witnesses of Jesus Christ to their Muslim neighbors, as well as ministering to Muslims directly. Usama is Egyptian born. He studied Islam and Islamic law since a young age. Usama has translated the Qur'an into English. He is the speaker on the program, 'Revealing the Truth About Islam' which airs daily on VCY America.

The terrorist group that has taken responsibility for the Pakistan attack says they purposely targeted Christians yet John Kirby of the U.S. State Department told reporters that he did not have the fidelity of information to confirm overtly that the attack was specifically targeting Christians.

Usama responded by noting that for the past 1,400-plus years since Mohammed claimed to be a prophet, Christians have been killed in the Middle East. In fact, for the first 472 years, even those who live near Usama's home area of Egypt did the same thing liberals are doing today in America. They ignored the problem. It wasn't until Muslims crossed Europe from Morocco to Spain and from Turkey to Eastern Europe, that the Crusaders woke up to try to save Europe from the destruction of Islam.

Jim then mentioned Minnesota congressman and open Muslim Keith Ellison who said the following on a news program: 'The greater majority of domestic terrorist attacks are not by Muslims at all. They're by people like Timothy McVeigh.'

Usama responded by telling the audience that if he can find a Bible verse that supports Timothy McVeigh's bombing in Oklahoma, he will agree with Mr. Ellison. He went on to say that what we see Muslims doing around the world is the practice of the teachings of the Qur'an. The problem is, even when the media talks about these incidents, they don't mention the Qur'an.

Usama then debunked a Huffington Post article written by a Palestinian/American college student. The article lists 5 reasons why Muslims should never have to apologize for terrorism.

So will America wake up to Islamic terrorism? Usama doesn't think we ever will. He believes this is the end of America because of the amount of ignorance all over this land. The only way he believes America can wake up is by memorizing and sharing the verses offered in the booklet below. Even those verses are just a small sampling of violent verses from the teachings of Islam.

More Information

The Straight Way of Grace Ministry
www.thestraightway.org


To obtain a copy of the 20 page booklet containing the violent verses of the Qur'an

Call 1-800-729-9829 M-F 8am-5pm Central
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1 copy is $3, 3 copies are $7 and 5 copies are $12.


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