The Solution to Charlottesville

Many people enjoy the feeling of being authenticated in their pre-set definition of Christianity. And the media & culture, more often than not, seem to back up the view that so many desire to believe, merging the terms ‘evangelical’, ‘conservative’, or ‘politically right’ with the term ‘Christian’. And today’s culture has run with this slander to the extent that these terms almost seem synonymous to many who don’t truly desire to hear anything to the contrary which could challenge their worldview. But if anyone truly desires to hear the truth spoken directly by a Biblical Christian, and from a Biblical Christian point of view, and not hear-say by a secular media, read on.
There doesn’t need to be any background on this situation. If you’re reading this, you know what happened last Saturday in Virginia. On Monday, Los Angeles’ KKLA radio host Frank M. Sontag had another radio host on his show as a guest and they conversed on the solution for where the United States is finding itself as of late. I agree with what Sontag’s host had to say 100% which is why I have transcribed and posted it here. I hope everyone will take the time to read this (or listen: the link is at the end). The host was John MacArthur from Grace to You Radio and this is what he said when asked what the solution is to situations like this and others in today’s society.
The solution is not in politics, education, science, or some kind of economic advancement for people who are deprived. The heart of man is deceitful above all things a desperately wicked.
When the family breaks down, when you pollute the conscience by teaching false standards of morality, when you literally twist morality (put good for evil and evil for good), and you reverse everything, you create a generation of people who have no clue of what morality is and all they know is that they think they are entitled to their own desires and their own will. When you weaken the family, there are people who have no real sense of morality, no hard, strong sense of right & wrong. They haven’t been raised in such a way as to be disciplined in those kinds of things that make socially acceptable human beings out of them. And then you have families that are just torn up by all kinds of animosity and hatred on all levels and across all spectrums! And then you start looking at the fact that the police are continually denounced & discredited and you have a formula for disaster. But this is human history & the answer (for this) isn’t political or any of those things; the answer is the transformation of the heart! The first thing that defines a Gospel transformed heart is love! ‘By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, that you have love for one another. That is the defining attitude of the believer.

The discussion continued, making mention of the fact that, sadly, some racism has crept into parts of the church. MacArthur was asked how Christians should respond to this kind of mindset if found in the Christian church.

(Christian love) knows no bounds, certainly not racial bounds or ethnic bounds, and where you have that hostility and that racism and those kinds of attitudes, you have a very legitimate right to ask ‘Are these Christian people?’ because these mentalities are antithetical of everything that is characteristic of a regenerate heart. But we are still living in a fallen world and we still have remaining sin in us and even Christian people can listen to the anger and the hostility and can ‘overdose’ on the political rhetoric and find themselves literally pushing (down) that supernatural love that the Holy Spirit has poured into their hearts and becoming victimised by the ubiquitous temptation to hate people! Hate is part of what it means to be fallen.
‘The answer to all of this is for the church to demonstrate wisdom, love, kindness, and mercy, and to love all people of all races, all ethnic identities, all parties, and all economic status… (to) endlessly to embrace them in the name of Christ.’
Disclaimer: This interview was transcribed by PraiseLight Media & edited for reading clarity.

The Case of Culture v. Bible

by Ben Ditzel

At a recent confirmation hearing for Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, a former presidential candidate and prominent, influential US Senator declared that Biblical Christian doctrine and those who hold to it are hateful, racist, and not what this country is supposed to be about, before announcing his rejection of the appointment for this government nominee.1 Having been through an election and subsequent transition of power the past few months, many may be familiar with the confirmation process. Chosen officials direct comments, questions, and sometimes accusations towards the said nominee in order to confirm or reject the nominee’s appointment to the proposed capacity. But what did this nominee for Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget say that caused the senator to hold the nominee’s religious views as grounds for opposition?

While at a Christian college some years ago, the nominee wrote, in an article, ‘Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.’ Anyone who has knowledge of Biblical teaching knows that this view is the fundamental (not to be confused with Fundamentalism) belief of the Christian faith. In fact the Biblical book of Acts affirms this central belief in chapter 4, verse 12: ‘Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.’ Though this belief is foundational to Christian doctrine, the senator seemed to feign shock and disbelief 2 when questioning the nominee who continued to state that he is a Christian. This response should have satisfied the question which the senator posed, ‘Are you suggesting that all [Muslims] stand condemned? What about Jews? They stand condemned, too?’

In a statement released by a spokesman for the senator after the exchange, the truth of the matter became far clearer. ‘In a democratic society, founded on the principle of religious freedom, we can all disagree over issues, but racism and bigotry – condemning an entire group of people because of their faith – cannot be part of any public policy.’ And there we have the crux of the matter. This influential senator believes that the Christian belief, as described in the Bible, is a faith of racism and bigotry and cannot be part of any public policy in a democratic society. Judging from his presidential candidacy and popularity during that period, this senator and his views represent a very large portion of people today, including many self-proclaimed Christians which begs the question, ‘How can some Christians adamantly back someone who decries the very same faith as racist and bigoted?’.

The answer lies in the tale of two opposing Christian faiths, culturally progressive and Biblically fundamental. Over the past several years, culture has defined Christianity into a style or catchword that is a far cry from the identity and institutes of faith that Jesus Christ taught in the Bible. Cultural Christianity, also called Progressive Christianity can consist of a basic frame of mind anywhere between participating in religious charity work, social justice, or environmental activism down to living a moralistic life or simply acknowledging God’s existence. This is the type of Christianity that the US Senator obviously made out to initially assume was held by the nominee. Throughout today’s society, Christianity is defined and depicted in this culturally progressive form and is widely assumed to be as such.

The US Senator may have started out assuming the nominee held to a cultural Christian view, but he ended up realising that the nominee adhered to a Biblically fundamental view of Christianity. This view, on the other hand, consists of living every aspect of life through the lens of the Bible, considering the Bible as the ‘inerrant Word of God’, and rejecting any social systems, practices, world-views, or beliefs that conflict with the Bible. This form of Christianity is usually considered intolerant (Acts 4:12), bigoted (1 Corinthians 6:9), and hateful (Galatians 1:8) by the broad-minded standards of both non-Christians & cultural Christians alike. Although Biblical Christians also adhere to certain points that cultural Christians emphasize such as assisting orphans and widows (James 1:27) and being responsible with the earth (Genesis 1:28), in general, cultural Christianity is considered to be a corruption of true Christianity by Biblical Christians. They assert that the denial of inerrant Biblical standards (Revelation 22:19) coupled with the embrace of progressive agendas over the Biblical teachings of the Gospel and the contrast between obedience and sin disallows the so-called progressive cultural Christianity to offer a saving faith.

The two beliefs are further at odds when it comes to contemporary relevance. Biblical Christianity believes that the Bible is completely relevant and there is no aspect that is not applicable in some way today. A common misconception of this view results in questions such as, ‘If you believe the entire Bible, why do you wear clothes made of mixed cloth? (Leviticus 19:19)’. These pointed questions, however, stem from unfamiliarity with the entire belief, since, though believing the Bible’s inerrancy, Biblical Christians also believe that the Old Testament portion of the Bible contains laws for living that the New Testament portion explains to now be fulfilled and no longer required with the Biblically recorded death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

On the flip side, cultural Christianity holds to a revisionist view and tends to excuse numerous less than tolerant aspects of the Bible and cover them with an overarching message of love and acceptance which they claim Jesus Christ taught above all things. Biblical Christianity counteracts this asserting that this cultural definition of love is in contradiction with the true definition and practice of love which Jesus Christ modelled and taught in the Bible.3 All of these differences have driven Biblical Christianity and cultural Christianity into opposition, the cultural Christians identifying, more often than not, closer to non-Christians than to Biblical Christians and the latter, in turn, categorizing the cultural Christians along with ‘the unbelievers’ on the grounds of unbelief in the inerrancy of the Bible.

When the US Senator essentially declared Christianity to be racist and bigoted, he was not attacking the mainstream progressive flavour that is still widely accepted so long as it stays within the confines of social justice and environmentalism. He is attacking the fundamental Biblical teaching that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation and no one can be saved by any other means, including any other religion. And that should be a wakeup call for Bible believers everywhere.


1 Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, responded to the situation saying, ‘it is inconceivable that [the senator] would cite religious beliefs as disqualifying an individual for public office in defiance of the United States Constitution.’

2 The rise of cultural progressive Christianity holding certain cultural views over many teachings in the Bible has muddied the waters of Christianity in the past few years. This can be blamed for a partial misunderstanding or surprise that a Christian would believe what the Bible teaches over what the culture has imposed to be the definition of Christianity.

3 In some cases, cultural Christianity adheres to collective salvation which teaches that certain socioeconomic groups are granted salvation communally. This directly contradicts Biblical Christianity in the belief that salvation is on an individual basis through a personal recognition & knowledge of and relationship with Jesus Christ.

A Tale of Two Generations

There is a worrying trend in today’s society, particularly centered on the Millennial & Generation Z groups. However, it’s not something new although perhaps more evident, once again, in the past few years. It’s been going on since the beginning and even the Bible addresses time and again. What is it? It’s actually respect.
No, I’m not talking about the clichéd phrase ‘Show me some respect!’ or even the view that we all deserve just a little respect. I am talking about a specific type of respect and one that God commands time and again in His Word.
There is something to be said for young children respecting their parents but that is perhaps a topic for another time as it is addressed multiple times in the Bible as well. However, history shows us time and again the value, in fact the necessity of respect for our elders. It is shocking, to me, how so many in this generation have so little respect for those who are a generation or two older than they are. In some cases, just having little or no respect doesn’t even fit the bill. A more accurate description can only be defined as utter hatred and an attitude that despises every view and value that the older generation holds and it breaks my heart when I hear it expressed. But the primary demand on Christian believers, when this occurs among the brethren, is a call to God’s Word.
Job 12:12 starts it off with a rhetorical question calling the young to stop and remember an age old truth. ‘Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?’ Somehow, many in this generation have decided that every evil that has befallen them is a direct result of the previous generation or two. They seem to depict themselves as having ‘arrived’ and the other generations as the root of all evil and the cause of the apparent and self-described problems that today’s culture now finds themselves. 1 Peter 5:5 tells those who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”‘ The hatred of previous generations such as the Baby Boomers or Generation Y fits very well into the world-view that is so rabidly against those who have offended their pride by correcting their errors or telling them when they’re wrong. Previous generations fought against true slave labour and true unfit working conditions and built up the comparatively comfortable work structure we have today. This is the same structure that the young feel excused to rebel against, demanding less (or no) work in exchange for government subsidies, benefits, and unreasonable, skewed, and Godless policies to be accepted and even enforced, all the while prodded by cultural whispering to forget the Scriptures which condone work in exchange for food, respect for tried and tested values, learning from one’s elders, and even marriage and family. ‘Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.’ 1 Timothy 5:1-2
Many feel the seemingly archaic view of respecting the elderly and their wisdom simply is not important anymore, if it even applies, as many believe it does not. And they are affirmed in that belief by something the entitled millennial generation gorges on day in and day out. Today’s entertainment, media and social media, from every possible facet, depicts older people as idiots, traditional ‘stick on the muds’, or (worst of all) doddering religious fools! After all, the constant barrage of media shouting that society has progressed past religion and no longer needs a God must mean that it’s true, right? But this has also happened before. (Luke 19:14, Jeremiah 2, Proverbs 14:12, Judges 2:10) ‘Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the LORD.’ (Lev. 19:32) This charge is in the same sentence with fearing the Lord! Respect for the older and wiser is not just a suggestion in the Bible, but rather a command, and a very important one at that!
One of the direct reasons that this generation seems to hold tightly to their rebellious and headstrong foolishness that, until recently, was stereotypical only of teenagers, is society’s rush to feed the persecuted and rebellious mind-set. This gives cause for teenagers, who previously grew out of this rebellion when they found that society didn’t cater to their tantrums, to now feel vindicated in their rebellious, protesting attitudes and therefore never grows out of them. And this is, perhaps, a failing on the part of the previous generation who, many of which, succumbed to the new-thought sages of their era who discouraged traditional parenting grounded in principles taught in the Bible and replaced them in favour of allowing the child to do whatever they want without bounds and certainly never telling them that the ways in which they are trying to do things would not work. That, according to their advice, would quench their dreams and might damage them. Instead, ‘Just be yourself. Do what makes you feel good. Do it your way. You can do anything. Do what you feel to be right. Proverbs 12:15 describes a large percentage of millennials simply by defining the attitude that so many readily display. ‘The way of a fool is right in his own eyes’. But the second part of the passage contains the antidote, ‘a wise man listens to advice.’
And then we read the story in 1 Kings 12 where King Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the older and wiser and instead bounced ideas off of his peers and took their foolish advice. We only need to look at history to see where those pursuits ended up. The millennial generation trusts almost entirely in their own echo chambers. They refuse to listen to those outside of their own worldview and are therefore, fools. ‘Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.’ Prov. 28:26
And, because there are some who will swing the pendulum too far to the other side, this is what this article does not mean.
  • -You must obey or defer to anyone who is older than you without question.
  • -Choosing not to accept the advice of the elderly will send you to hell fire.
  • -Everyone from the generations previous to the Millennials was in the auto-salvation club.
  • -If you’re over 50, you’ve arrived and those young whipper-snappers had better realise it.
  • -The old ways are inevitably the best.
  • -Anything that wasn’t around or generally accepted in previous generations is inherently evil and must be shunned.
Naturally there are many older & unwise people in this world today and we know that, as always, God’s Word is our number one source of wisdom. But often, if we open our ears, we’ll find that a large amount of the well-intentioned older and wiser advice is sound wisdom carried over from an era where thorough instruction, often from the Word of God, was lived out and taught more universally than it is today. Older people have seen more things, done more, and learned more than us, as the younger and their advice is all too often sound and sobering if not even straight from the hearts of the redeemed, at times.
In closing, the Bible is the Word of God. He is our Lord. ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.’ Prov. 1:7 ‘But I have wisdom!’ you may say. Is it the wisdom of God and His precepts? If not, it’s pure foolishness. ‘For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God.’ (1 Cor. 3:19) I encourage everyone to think twice before you rush to abandon God along with the respect for your elders, many of whom learned to have the respect for Him and His Word that He demands.
Cite: – Generation Chart

A Collegiate Calamity

There’s an ugly battle raging in today’s places of higher learning. The strongest, most enforced form of training going on in secular
colleges today is a rigorous push to cement into the cognizance of the studious subject the belief that strong morals, values, truths, and traditions conceived by the inerrant Word of God (Biblical Christianity) are outdated, unnatural, laughable, and just plain wrong.

This tsunami of slander constructed against the Word of God is directed wholly at the student and their innately human yearning to be accepted. The first waves of subtle disparagement smash ashore directly upon the scholar’s arrival on campus in the form of clubs, social media, & peer pressure. Then follow the subsequentstudiu--84-dintre-tineri-nu-ar-accepta-ca-o-persoana-infectata-cu-hiv-sa-i-fie-vecin--cat-de-intoleranti-sunt-tinerii-din-moldova-30654 waves of compromise, harassment from classmates & professors alike, textbooks, media, and every other outlet that the undergraduate is subjected to, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Saviour’s now seemingly distant call to follow hard after Him and study His Word when tempted, tried, and often falling, becomes habitually drowned out by the waves of Godless renderings of philosophy, science, and ‘new thought’. Sadly, all too often, the outcome of this largely unrestrained combat for young minds leaves us little room for genuine surprise when students, who were raised in Godly Bible-reading homes, come out the other side of today’s colleges & universities utterly brainwashed into Godless, entitled mind-sets engaging in rampant anti-Christian culture wars and despising the things of Christ that they once declared to hold dear. We’ve seen it happen to classmates, families, and friends time and again and it makes our hearts sick as we helplessly watch them just fade away.

This being said, ultimately, God is the one who preserves and draws His own back to Him if they are His to begin with but that knowledge doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to watch as it festers and grows uglier and uglier, semester after semester. But, as Christians, we must not be driven by fear but always remember that God is Sovereign over all. (2 Timothy 1:7), (2 Timothy 2:15) Knowing God for who He is and what His power does will drive out the fear of sinful man and what they can do. (John 10:29) God will hold His own sheep firmly. This doesn’t mean, however, to send your college age children over the edge of the White Cliffs of Dover and expect to find them unbroken at the bottom. With discernment, wisdom, and faith, we must shepherd young adults with love, instruction, and never discount the extreme importance of the knowledge of the sinful state of the heart, our need for Christ, and the relationship with Christ, our Saviour. It is a worthy pursuit to be well versed in theology and memory verses and details from Scripture but there must be redemption of the heart. Simply being able to win a debate about the particulars of Scripture or doctrine does not evidence a redeemed heart that God will hold fast through the storms of life. Everyone is unique and able to handle different battles at different levels. There is no standard procedure and it takes insight and wisdom to know what battles are likely to be conquests and which require more training in God’s Word and a deeper relationship with Him. (Proverbs 7:7), (Proverbs 1:4), (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Eph. 6:11)

The Ultimate Medium

Some Christians seem to be up in arms against other Christian believers who are opting not to watch Beauty and the Beast because of it’s openly homosexual sub-plot line. Very often, their argument is founded on the question ‘Why are some Christians are boycotting and condemning this movie when they supposedly watch {insert movie with other questionable content here}’ as if other popular movies are somehow the standard for Biblical Christian morality. But they aren’t the standard. Christ is. (ref. Eph. 4:13)

And so my question is, ‘Why are we, as Christians, watching any shows, movies, or media with questionable content?‘ Do they have redeeming content with which we are encouraged spiritually? Do they contain some sort of edification with which we can draw closer to Christ? Or maybe they too contain stumbling blocks, glorification of sin, embraces of anti-Biblical sentiments, and subtle corrosion to the Christian conscience. Why are we filling our minds with sensual music, sexual innuendos, graphic violence, and mind numbing hatred and ultimate glorification of all worldly pursuits? (ref. Phil. 4:8)

We can’t expect the world to act according to Christ for the same reason we can’t expect Disney to embrace the Biblical Christian’s worldview. So why do we fill our minds with the world’s religion through their ultimate mediums: entertainment & media? (ref. Romans 12:2)

Brexit: No Immoral vs. Moral Sides

by Ben Ditzel
‘In terms of world-view, this is a question that does not have any easy answer and thus we must have sympathy for our friends in Great Britain who are going to the polls today. People of good will and sound conviction may differ in terms of their votes and also in their terms of understanding what that vote will mean.’
That was how Albert Mohler described the scenario in his news podcast, The Briefing, yesterday before the results of the EU Referendum came through. I will also follow this by saying that although I may have political opinions and viewpoints, they’re less than nothing compared to my premier allegiance to Jesus Christ alone which is my end-all ‘world-view’. Any reference to political unity only refers to topics which do not go against Biblical mandates and principles. (Rom. 13:21, Acts 5:29).
Let me begin by echoing Albert Mohler’s words and stating there is no good vs. evil answer. There doesn’t not seem to be a moral vs. immoral here. As many know, I have always thought one day we could live in the UK as I have a marital connection to the EU. However, despite that desire, I did a large amount of in-depth research and since I never form opinions based on political parties but rather on informed facts, I had to research very carefully the roots and history of the EU in comparison to where it stands today. And that research is exactly what led me to the belief that the European Union is a broken and potentially damaging system. Though it may provide a few perks to some, I believe it has been holding back potentially more thriving nations for the sake of a few others who seem to show no ambition to thrive to a common standard themselves. I liken it to an educational common core ideal which is also broken and a potentially destructive system. Other issues that contributed to my decision include the absence of a fair representation of Great Britain. Al Mohler describes a fair amount in his podcast.
Granted, the United Kingdom’s economy will be a rocky road now that this has passed. This decision will require a lot of follow through and hard work. But it will also require unity. Sadly, so often today, a new venture’s difficult journey is crippled by an opposition’s bitter protest and, instead of working together in the venture, they block it at every turn, causing it to fail.
As exiting Prime Minister David Cameron said, ‘The British people have made a choice. That not only needs to be respected — but those on the losing side of the argument, myself included, should help to make it work.’ That is how a nation succeeds in something of this magnitude. If an opposition group blocks the procedures enacted in the coming months and years, resulting in a failed system, the blame will fall, not on the referendum voting results, but instead on any embittered opposition group who were unable to truly support their country and instead chose to destroy it in favour of their own agenda through protests, violence, and insubordination.
To be expected, the economic markets will shudder as we have already seen, many countries will need reassurance, but above all, the British people must join together in hard work to bring this new chapter in British history about successfully.
Nous vivons des temps particuliers ! Aimons les gens et respectons l’opinion de chacun !

The Evening Editorial

How America’s Diet of Current Events Has Shifted
By Ben Ditzel

In an election year, it truly is fascinating to see where people seek out their news and how that correlates with or reflects in their choices, viewpoints, and political leanings. For decades, the primary news sources consisted of the major networks and newspapers. So why are so many new sources like Huffington Post, Breitbart, BuzzFeed, and Slate making their way into the ‘journalistic news’ category instead of remaining in the editorials section of the generic media conglomeration? Because, despite popular assumption, that is exactly what these ‘sources’ are: editorials; not news.


And, following suite, the three major US networks, many newspaper organisations, and cable news networks are now rushing along the same route, perhaps in the name of higher ratings, and ditching the journalistic reporting format for the viewer’s choice in televised editorial tabloids. The most rapid period of change in this standard has been seen in the past 15-20 years and yet through it all, one thing hasn’t changed. The average viewer still processes each story as Gospel truth instead of the persuasive opinion segments that they have become.

As seen in the Washington Post diagram, as of 2014, the moderately far left leaning Colbert Report & Daily Show programmes were actually what some viewers classified as their ‘news source’. No joke here. Now, two years later, those ‘news sources’ have since been replicated by numerous others of identical format and intended audience. But in an entertainment obsessed society, many have seen this as a medium to convey subliminal assertions that easily sink right into the unblinking eye of the subject. All this, as per the graph’s research, from TV entertainment shows that are specifically geared to appeal most to audiences that are about as far left leaning as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck are far right leaning. No, this isn’t some sort of trashy conspiracy theory. It has been well noted that a viewer’s vigilance is rarely lower than when watching comedy or sitcom programmes (which is what these are) and maybe, just maybe, that is why certain noted political figures have appeared on some of these shows in order to light-heartedly teach acceptance of a viewpoint and laugh off or scorn even the mere thought of the opposing mindset. Thus the viewer will arise after the show’s conclusion not yet realising that he or she now looks with an ever increasing distaste or irritation at any viewpoint in opposition to the one subtly relayed in the programme. Over time, the mockery and harsh laughter seem to equate themselves to the newly frowned upon opposition which is now considered foolish, antiquated, or just plain stupid. The seed has successfully been planted.

One source that was surprising to see on the list: Google News. This is not one single news source but rather claims to provide an evenly distributed compilation of all sources, categorised by story. And yet the graph portrayed Google News’ intended audience being somewhat left leaning which might give cause to the increasing difficulty to get conservative outlets to appear in the feed.

And finally FOX News, the agency that so many, particularly on the left, enjoy to berate by classifying it as a lame choice, fake news, or other such cop-outs was, in fact, found to be far closer to the centre of the spectrum than many give it credit for. In fact, judging from the study, if one is looking for an unbiased source as their basis for credibility, FOX News would be more reliable than NPR, The Guardian, Huffington Post, or even The Colbert Report.

But perhaps today’s ‘intellectuals’ are not looking for an unbiased source.


Works Cited

Maraniss, David, and Robert Samuels. “Ranking the Media from Liberal to Conservative, Based on Their Audiences.” Washington Post. The Washington Post. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.