Posted on January 20th, 2015

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Air Date: January 20, 2015

Host: Gordon Morris

Guest: Pastor Paul Washer

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This Crosstalk featured Paul Washer who originally became a missionary to Peru where he founded the Heartcry Missionary Society. Today he works at his home church in Alabama, but he also speaks periodically in other locations, as he did in February, 2008 at a VCY America rally.

The broadcast began with Paul discussing how the gospel has been reduced to a number of simple questions which include: Do you know you are a sinner? Would you like to go to heaven? Would you like to pray and ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart? If the respondent prays that prayer, we then ask if he/she was sincere. If the respondent says 'yes' to these questions, we declare the individual to be born-again. Paul pointed out how this is not the gospel of Jesus Christ '...and that methodology and evangelism has done more to hurt this country than every heresy introduced by every cult combined.

This is just the beginning as Paul expounds on other aspects of the true gospel. For example, there's the importance of the need for preaching on sin so that people see the contrast of where they stand eternally in the light of God's perfection. From there he moves on to explain the concepts of justification, grace and propitiation.


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Posted on January 19th, 2015

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Air Date: January 19, 2015

Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: Erwin Lutzer

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Dr. Erwin Lutzer is the Senior Pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago having served there since 1980. He is an award-winning author of more than 30 books. His latest book is entitled, 'The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent'. It's subtitle is 'An informed response to Islam's war with Christianity.'

Dr. Lutzer discovered something interesting when he went to Asia Minor (Today's nation of Turkey) to visit the seven cities that had churches to whom Jesus dictated letters in the book of Revelation. What he discovered is that there are no visible churches but there are mosques everywhere.

Previous to that he had been in Istanbul. While there, a devout Muslim guide told him that Islam's ability to replace the church is proof of its superiority as a religion.

Dr. Lutzer asked God for wisdom regarding any lessons that these non-existent churches might be communicating to the American church. He feels that within an hour, the Lord had given him 8 or 9 lessons that became the seed for his book.

'The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent' goes beyond the obvious terrorist threat and deals with the intrusion of Islam in America and its efforts to use the freedoms evoked in our Constitution to actually destroy the Constitution.

On this Crosstalk you'll learn about the 'faces' of Islam, the purpose and significance of mosques within Islamic culture, the phenomenon of “Chrislam”, how Luther felt about encroaching Islam and much more


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Posted on January 16th, 2015

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Air Date: January 16, 2015

Host: Jim Schneider

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Jim Schneider hosted this week-ending Crosstalk that mentioned details dealing with the following stories:

--The Department of Defense announced that 5 terrorists from Yemen that were being held at Guantanamo Bay have been transferred out of the facility and sent to Oman which is right next to Yemin.

--Muslim leaders will be concentrating on Islamophobes in America at a forum in Texas this weekend.

--The mayor of Syracuse is drawing criticism for appointing a member of the Nation of Islam to the school board.

--Nancy Pelosi appointed Andre Carson, an American-born convert to Islam, to the House Intelligence Committee.

--The attack on a French satirical magazine has drawn renewed interest in potential cells operating inside the U.S.

--U.S. military plans to send over 400 soldiers to train Syrian rebels to fight ISIS.

--Video appears to show child executioners killing alleged Russian spies.

--During a December Hamas TV show, a Palestinian Imam said that if the Jews had been a respectable, well bred people, Hitler would not have done those things to them.

--By order of the FBI, the FAA grounds aircraft that the Florida Family Association paid to pull a banner which stated that AIG sponsors Jihad TV.

--Duke University was going to allow an amplified Muslim call to prayer via their chapel bell tower but they have now reconsidered their plans.

--$661,858 is awarded for a federal study to the New York State Psychiatric Institute to study whether the use of rapid home HIV test kits will reduce sexual risk behavior in men who have intimate relations with other men and with transgender women.

--Washington, D.C., passes a bill called the Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014 that will do away with the nation's Capital Religious Liberty and Academic Freedom Act. That latter act gave specific protection to religious schools in the nation's capital. Specifically it protected them from being forced by the government into promoting, encouraging and condoning any homosexual act, lifestyle, orientation or belief.

--The lesbian premier in Ontario has specifically requested that the proposed sex education curriculum scheduled for all schools next Fall include a component teaching kids about giving sexual consent from the earliest stages.

--Thailand is drafting a new constitution and homosexual rights activists are welcoming a clause in that constitution aimed at protecting the rights of gay and transgender people.

--A city in North Carolina removes a sculpture of a soldier kneeling in prayer before a cross. City officials voted to remove the sculpture because they feel it promotes Christianity.

--The British House of Lords continuing their debate on the assisted dying bill.

--New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that giving identification cards to illegal aliens allows them to feel like citizens and enjoy some of the same benefits as actual citizens.

--A Virginia school district was seeking to interrogate Christian home school children. They have decided to scrap the project.

--The New York Times argues that men and women of faith have no place in public management of any kind.

--Orange County Florida schools, amid mounting pressure from both atheists and concerned parents, have banned Bible distribution in several area high schools after satanists and an anti-religion group announce plans to pass out their own literature.

--A federal appeals court ordered an expedited schedule for a case presented by Sheriff Joe Arpaio against President Obama over his amnesty program.

--The Mexican government is issuing birth certificates to its citizens now at consulates in the United States so that it's easier for Mexicans to apply for a U.S. work permit, driver's license and protection from deportation.

--Issuance of students I.D.'s that connect them to their test scores is critical to the overall success of the common core education program.

--George Soros is said to have played a critical role in financing the Ferguson, Missouri, protests.

--More than half of active duty troops say they disapprove of President Obama's job as Commander in Chief.

--2 Democrat Mississippi lawmakers introduced a measure to make the Bible the official state book.

--A city in the Philippines mandates that all taxi drivers are to paint Scripture on the back of their vehicles in an effort to reduce crime.

--Via a resolution, an Alabama town proclaims God is owner of the city.

Posted on January 15th, 2015

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Air Date: January 15, 2015

Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: Erich Pratt

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Erich Pratt is the director of communications for Gun Owners of America. He is the author of the book: 'Bearing Arms: Our Rights, Our Duties & Our Freedoms.' He has also authored a civil government textbook: 'The Constitutional Recipe for Freedom: Twelve Principles of Liberty Today's Politicians Don't Want You to Know.'

This edition of Crosstalk covered many aspects of gun ownership, especially as it pertains to registration and confiscation. Below are just some of the related issues that Vic and Erich look at:

--Operation Choke Point. Erich noted that this is another example of President Obama using his phone and pen to try and implement his agenda without legislation from Congress. The operation puts the squeeze on banks and credit lending agencies, telling them that they can't lend or process credit card transactions for anyone in the gun industry.

--A planned attack on the U.S. Capitol by an ISIS sympathizer was recently stopped. Incidents like this are a concern for Erich on one level because of gun-free zones that are in place around America. He indicated that if you go back to the 1950's, all but 2 of the public mass shootings in our nation have occurred in gun free zones where people can't defend themselves.

--Have you ever heard someone claim that Jesus would never allow the use of weaponry? Erich presents an interesting answer straight from Scripture.

--The FBI has reported that gun sales skyrocketed in December with 2.3 million background checks being conducted. Erich believes this may be due to concern over riots and high crime. At the same time, for the last 6 years, President Obama's attacks on the 2nd amendment have been driving people to go to the gun stores to buy firearms because people may be thinking they better get one now before they lose the chance in the future.

--A Navy retiree had his guns confiscated after being treated for insomnia. He was mistakenly diagnosed as mentally unstable.

--An Alabama middle school principal sent a letter home to parents to have kids bring an 8 ounce canned good to contribute to the school arsenal. If an intruder would visit the school, children could thwart the intruder by throwing the cans at him.

--An anti-gun public service announcement encourages kids to break the law by stealing their parent's guns and turning them in to teachers.

--The Virginia Governor has proposed some new regulations impacting gun shows and others pertaining to concealed carry permits.

--The VA is offering free gun locks for former military members but wants key personal information as well. Is this gun registry in disguise?

--Some cities in Pennsylvania are openly defying state law that forbids municipalities from regulating firearms.

--In December the Senate confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy as the new surgeon general. He supports gun control and considers gun violence a public health issue. Will his office become a platform for gun control?

--In Missouri there's a proposal to fund body cameras for police officers by putting a tax on handgun and ammunition purchases.


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Posted on January 14th, 2015

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Air Date: January 14, 2015

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Emily Fuentes

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Emily Fuentes is the director of communications at Open Doors USA, an organization that began its efforts in 1955. Today they are in more than 60 nations around the world bringing the voices of the religiously persecuted to the attention of Americans.

After describing the factors that cause nations to be placed on their World Watch List, Emily followed up by stating that she feels 2014 was an unprecedented year for persecution worldwide, even more than any time in recent history. Some of the persecution stories that made the news included:

--ISIS specifically targeting and killing Christians in Iraq and Syria.

--Thousands of Christians killed in Nigeria by the Islamic group known as Boko Haram.

--Kim Jong Un stepping up his deliberate attacks and executions of Christians in North Korea, the nation that is #1 on the World Watch List and that is estimated to be holding at least 50,000 Christians.

--The story of Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan.

Those stories Emily noted that didn't make the news included:

--The rise of persecution in central Asia as shown by near daily house raids against Christians.

--Relatively peaceful African nations in the past rising up the World Watch List.

For 40 out of 50 of the countries on the World Watch List, Islamic extremism was the driving force.

Other points worth noting from the program include:

--Number 2 on the list is Somalia where the terrorist group known as Al Shabab still has control over much of the nation.

--The rise of persecution in the nations of Djibouti, Tanzania, India and Sub-Sahara Africa.

--The decline of Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait on the World Watch List. Emily pointed out that while there may have been slight improvements in these nations, the drops are due to the fact that persecution has become that much worse in other nations.

--Mexico comes in at #38 with most of the persecution coming from the drug cartels who see Christians as a threat to their business.

The discussion continued with mention of Turkey, Azerbaijan, China and what you can do to help the persecuted church around the globe.


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Posted on January 13th, 2015

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Air Date: January 13, 2015

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Jim Kouri

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Police have been placed on a heightened state of alert after the murders of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in New York City. Along with these killings, America has seen a string of startling accounts including the following:

--2 Boston officers kicked, punched and choked by 6 teenagers while they were making an arrest.

--On December 28th, Fox News reported that a Los Angeles police department patrol car was fired on in an unprovoked attack that also put police officers around that city on tactical alert.

--On New Years Day 2 West Virginia police officers were injured in a shootout after a traffic stop involving a stolen SUV and a truck with 2 dead bodies inside.
CNSNews.com reported that the officers were conducting the stop when the driver of the truck shot at them with a handgun wounding both officers.

--Fox News ran a year-end story reporting that gun deaths of officers jumped 56% n 2014 and included 15 ambush assaults. Overall, officers killed in the line of duty in 2014 saw a 24% jump from the previous year.

Are we headed toward mob rule and anarchy? What about those men and women who place their lives on the line everyday to maintain the safety of the public? Joining Jim to look into these questions was Jim Kouri. Kouri writes the Law Enforcement Examiner. He is the 5th Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and has served on the National Drug Task Force. He has trained police and security officers around the country.

Kouri began by reflecting on the killing of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos calling it one of the most tragic shootings in the history of New York City. He took exception to some of the coverage based upon what he feels was political correctness. He indicated that Ismaaiyl Brinsley was a black male who traveled from Baltimore to New York specifically to kill law enforcement officers. In addition, he was Muslim born and raised. He had a Facebook page where instead of his last name he had the name 'Mohammed'. It also showed that he was very extreme regarding his Islamic ideology and his desire to wage jihad against the United States.

Kouri sees a connection between Islam and the uprisings around the nation. It's shown in the contrast between certain factors in place before Bill de Blasio became mayor and after. Before his tenure a program was put in place after 9-11 where the NYPD monitored certain individuals and mosques. There was a special investigative unit, certain individuals were kept under surveillance and complaints were noted from citizens regarding possible suspected terror related activities. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other Islamic groups put pressure on Mayor de Blasio and the city did away with the entire program.

Kouri continued by presenting his view on racial profiling, how he feels about officers literally turning their backs on Mayor de Blasio, his perspective on illegal aliens who are jumping on the anti-police bandwagon and more.


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