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Victories Over Molech (part 1)
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Victories Over Molech (part 1)
My wife Chelsea is back with me to talk about recent victories over Molech.First, we explain the Biblical background of the pagan practice of sacrificing children to Molech. We see Satanic temples today claiming that abortion bans violate their "religious freedom" as abortions are literally a sacrament for them. The "NOW" statue at the New York supreme court looks like an idol to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg's fight for abortion "rights."Mark Houck, a pro-life volunteer at a pregnancy center, was recently acquitted of charges that he violated the FACE Act that could have landed him in prison for up to 11 years. Chelsea and I look at the media's narrative on his story and how they ignore all the important details.We walk through Houck's story to see the lies and intimidation from the pro-abortion side. Houck shows us how standing up for truth ultimately leads to victory over Molech.Sources Consulted:Micaiah Bilger, "Artist Confirms She Created Satanic Statue to Support Killing Babies in Abortions," Life News, January 30, 2023.Micaiah Bilger, "Satanic Temple Sues to Stop Abortion Bans, Claims Killing Babies is a Religious Right," Life News, January 6, 2023.Micaiah Bilger, "Satanic Temple Opens New Abortion Clinic to Kill Babies in Ritualistic Abortions," Life News, February 1, 2023.Charisma Madarang, "Anti-Abortion Activist Accused of Pushing 72-Year-Old Volunteer Found Not Guilty," Rolling Stone, January 30, 2023.George Parry, "The Story of Mark Houck: Killing the Monkey to Scare the Chickens," The American Spectator, February 3, 2023.Samantha Kamman, "Mark Houck jury deadlocked, to resume Monday as pro-lifer faces up to 11 years in prison," The Christian Post, January 27, 2023.Joe Bukuras, "UPDATE: Mark Houck cleared of FACE Act charges in rebuke to Justice Department’s aggressive prosecution," Catholic News Agency, January 30, 2023.*** Castle Rock Women's Health is a pro-life and pro-women health care ministry. They need your help to move into a new office to serve the community better. Please consider a monthly or one-time donation. ***We value your feedback!Have questions for Truthspresso? Contact us!
How Too Many Christians Support Coveting and Stealing
Jan 30 2023
How Too Many Christians Support Coveting and Stealing
I go solo in this episode to explain how political ideology can abuse the Bible's call to charity. This episode is based on notes that were originally for part of the Truthspresso Express series "Was Jesus a Socialist?"After walking through the Sixth through the Tenth Commandment of the law, we see how coveting can be the most difficult command. Yet, too many Christians can support a backdoor to validate covetousness and stealing.Putting government-enforced welfare schemes under the microscope of the Bible, we ask ourselves this question: Is it ever a morally virtuous and Christian thing to support threatening or initiating violence on someone who has not committed a crime?We may think that coercive wealth distribution schemes are "doing God's work," but when we think deeply about it, does God ever command anyone to steal from people by the force of violence to provide for the poor? Perhaps the Christian doctrine of charity is that it is always lovingly and voluntary. We also see how compromising a universal application of "Thou shalt not covet" and "Thou shalt not steal" can lead us to compromising all God's commands.Scriptures Cited:Exodus 20:13-17Romans 7:7Hebrews 13:5Exodus 18:21-22Amos 8:4-6Proverbs 6:30-31Jeremiah 22:16-17Romans 2:21Sources Consulted:David Roach, "Bible doesn’t command wealth redistribution, presenters say at theological meeting," Baptist Press, December 13, 2012.*** Castle Rock Women's Health is a pro-life and pro-women health care ministry. They need your help to move into a new office to serve the community better. Please consider a monthly or one-time donation. ***We value your feedback!Have questions for Truthspresso? Contact us!
Marching for Life or Death (The March for Life vs. the Women's March)
Jan 23 2023
Marching for Life or Death (The March for Life vs. the Women's March)
Chelsea and I actually recorded two separate parts for this episode.The annual March For Life in Washington D.C. happened on Friday, January 20th.The annual Women's March happened Sunday afternoon, January 22nd. We recorded the first half about the March For Life on Saturday and the second half about the Women's March on Sunday afternoon.We give our overview and observations, as well as how the messages and demeanors of these two events clash.One march seems to value life. The other march, perhaps unwittingly, values death.Scriptures Cited:Deuteronomy 30:19Psalm 26:7-12Proverbs 1:29-31Proverbs 16:27Sources Consulted:Lauren Gambino, "‘We’re not done’: abortion opponents hold first March for Life since fall of Roe," The Guardian, January 20, 2023.Molly Olmstead and Christina Cauterucci, "The First Post-Roe March for Life Was Euphoric—and a Little Confused," Slate, January 21, 2023.Karen Graham, "Abortion foes prepare for Friday’s first March for Life, post-Roe," Digital Journal, January 20, 2023.Kelsey Dallas, "This Pro Football Hall of Famer is facing criticism for attending the March for Life," Deseret News, January 20, 2023."940.04 Abortion" in "Chapter 940: Crimes Against Life and Bodily Security," Wisconsin State Legislature (accessed January 22, 2023).*** Castle Rock Women's Health is a pro-life and pro-women health care ministry. They need your help to move into a new office to serve the community better. Please consider a monthly or one-time donation. ***We value your feedback!Have questions for Truthspresso? Contact us!
No, Congresswoman Scholten, the Bible is not pro-Abortion!
Jan 16 2023
No, Congresswoman Scholten, the Bible is not pro-Abortion!
Springboarding from our Christmas is pro-Life series, we jump into a recent bill from Congress on the outskirts of the abortion debate.HR-26, also known as the "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" passed the House of Representatives with a 220-210 vote.The bill is simple and seemingly minimally common sense, yet House Democrats shrieked against it like banshees.For 100% pro-lifers, this bill is not even against abortion itself, but it's making the radically pro-abortion opponents reveal their true colors.Newly elected Democrat Congresswoman Hillary Scholten claimed to be a "pro-choice Christian" and opposed the bill. She tried to quote Jeremiah 1:5 to support abortion, claiming that the womb belongs to the mother, not the government. Ironically, the bill itself only addresses babies once they are outside the womb.We say, "No, No, Congresswoman Scholten, the Bible is not pro-Abortion!" Chelsea and I use Jeremiah 1:5 and other verses to show how God forms and values life inside the womb and outside.Scriptures Cited:Jeremiah 1:5; 7:31Isaiah 44:24; 49:1,5Job 31:15Psalm 139:16aSources Consulted:""Reformed Christian" Rep. Hillary Scholten Quotes Jeremiah 1:5 To DEFEND Elective Ab**tion" (YouTube video)"H.R.26 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act," Congress.gov, (accessed January 15, 2023).Madeline Coggins, "Abortion survivors blast Democrats for opposing Born-Alive bill: 'Disingenuous'," Fox News, January 14, 2023.*** Castle Rock Women's Health is a pro-life and pro-women health care ministry. They need your help to move into a new office to serve the community better. Please consider a monthly or one-time donation. ***We value your feedback!Have questions for Truthspresso? Contact us!
Christmas is Pro-Life (part 3)
Jan 9 2023
Christmas is Pro-Life (part 3)
Chelsea and I continue a series about the deeply Pro-Life message of the Christmas story.The Jesus of the first Christmas clearly taught the value of human life as much as the Christmas story of His conception and birth was pro-life.Did Jesus address abortion in particular during His earthly ministry? No, but that doesn't mean He wouldn't have if the question arose.We observe some pro-life points from Jesus' ministry:Jesus affirmed the whole Tanakh. Anything pro-life there is what Jesus believed (Mat 5:17-18; Luk 24:44).Jesus taught that God cares for birds but that we are far more valuable than many birds (Mat 6:26; Luk 12:7).We are not to despise little children (Mat 18:10; 6).It is not God's will to kill little children (Mat 18:14).Little children are such that belong to the kingdom of heaven. We must have faith like they have (Mat 19:14; Luk 18:15-16).Jesus said that He came to bring life (Joh 6:33; 10:10). He came to give His life for others (Mat 20:28; Joh 10:11).Jesus said He came not to destroy lives but to save lives (Luk 9:56).Jesus equated doing good with saving life and doing evil with destroying life (Mar 3:4; Luk 6:9).Sources Referenced:Micaiah Bilger, "Satanic Temple Sues to Stop Abortion Bans, Claims Killing Babies is a Religious Right," LifeNews.com, January 6, 2023.*** Castle Rock Women's Health is a pro-life and pro-women health care ministry. They need your help to move into a new office to serve the community better. Please consider a monthly or one-time donation. ***We value your feedback!Have questions for Truthspresso? Contact us!
REWIND: The Christmas Promise of Isaiah 9:6
Dec 12 2022
REWIND: The Christmas Promise of Isaiah 9:6
Originally aired December 21, 2020.In this episode we are going to unwrap the depths of Isaiah 9:6 as a present from God for the first Christmas.Isaiah 9:6: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."We look at each phrase and cross reference to see that it is a prophecy of the Messiah.We also compare it with Isaiah 7:14 to verify that the Messiah would be truly born of a virgin.We put other possible fulfillments to the test such as King Hezekiah, Isaiah's son, or someone unknown from history.We challenge ourselves to remember that the ultimate purpose of Jesus' coming is to be the king over the earth. His suffering and atonement secures his citizenry.We look at the name of the son as "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." We find each part of this name describing God in the book of Isaiah.We take on challenges against the incarnation and the deity of Christ as we explore this marvelous Hebrew name.Sources Cited:Zhava Glaser, "Almah: Virgin or Young Maiden?" JewsforJesus.org, September 1, 1993.Justin Martyr, "Dialogue with Trypho, Chapter 84," trans. Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson.Jews for Judaism, "Isaiah 7:14 - A Virgin Birth?" JewsforJudaism.org.Scriptures Referenced:Isaiah 9:6-7"unto us a son is given"Isaiah 7:14Matthew 1:23Isaiah 8:1-18Joel 1:8Song of Solomon 6:18Jeremiah 31:22"and the government shall be upon his shoulder"1 Peter 2:72 Thessalonians 1:7-9Revelation 19:13"and his name shall be called"Isaiah 40:10-11Ezekiel 34:23-24"Wonderful Counselor"Isaiah 25:1Isaiah 28:29"Mighty God"Ezekiel 32:21Ezekiel 28:2,7-9Isaiah 10:20-21Jeremiah 32:18Jeremiah 23:5-6Daniel 7:13-14,27"Everlasting Father"Isaiah 57:15Isaiah 63:16"Prince of Peace"Isaiah 2:4Isaiah 45:7Is this about Hezekiah?Isaiah 9:7Isaiah 39:5-7*** Castle Rock Women's Health is a pro-life and pro-women health care ministry. They need your help to move into a new office to serve the community better. Please consider a monthly or one-time donation. ***We value your feedback!Have questions for Truthspresso? Contact us!