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Echo Zoe Radio is a monthly podcast addressing issues within Christendom. Each month a different guest shares his or her expertise in a subject that is both interesting and important, from false teaching, apologetics, eschatology, and more. Past guests have included well known people such as Justin Peters (Justin Peters Ministries), David Weaton (The Christian Worldview), Greg Koukl (Stand to Reason), Mark Looy (Answers in Genesis), Phil Johnson (Grace to You - Pyromaniacs), Mike Gendron (Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries), Gabe Hughes (WWUTT - When We Understand the Text), Mike Abendroth (No Compromise Radio), Dr. R. Scott Clark (Heidelblog), Andrew Rappaport (Striving for Eternity), and Dr. James White (Alpha & Omega Ministries); as well as less well-known people equally as knowledgeable in their respective area.

The purpose of Echo Zoe Radio is to better equip Christians with knowledge that they can use to contend earnestly for the Faith once and for all delivered to the Saints.


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Jim Osman: Spiritual Warfare
Jim Osman is pastor of Kootenai Community Church, in Kootenai, Idaho, and author of several books, including “Truth or Territory,” which is the basis for our discussion today. “Truth or Territory” walks the reader through the unbiblical teachings so prevalent today regarding Spiritual Warfare, and points us back to a Biblical understanding of our battle with deception in the Spiritual realm. Outline of the Discussion Jim was first exposed to a lot of bad theology related to Spiritual Warfare in college. His theology was challenged by a book called “A Holy Rebellion” by Thomas Ice. The book came out of a series of articles wrote for his church website. Truth or Territory Spiritual Warfare is either a war for Truth, or a war for Territory. While the popular Spiritual Warfare teachers teach that it's a territory war, the Bible teaches that it's a war over Truth. The only valid source of intel in Spiritual Warfare is the Scriptures. The Territorial model has people interrogating the forces of Satan or relying on people who have come out of the occult for intel. Scripture really is sufficient! The Enemy and His Army The danger is not that Satan would inhabit a building or possess someone, but rather that he would deceive us. By tricking us into thinking we're fighting a territory war while he's fighting a truth war results in us losing the battle. The concept of Satan having legal rights that we must figure out in order to wage an effective battle is not only unbiblical, but illogical as well. The Flesh We have not one enemy, but three: The World, The Flesh, and the Devil. The Flesh is an enemy that doesn't get enough credit. Consistently throughout the New Testament, we are taught that the primary enemy that we must war against is the Flesh. The process of sanctification is one of overcoming the sinful desires of the Flesh. It's not uncommon for Spiritual Warfare teachers who are engaged in an unbiblical Territory war to be found to have serious moral failings such as adultery or substance abuse. The war against the Devil is often a distraction that allows the Flesh to out-flank us and overtake us. Hedges of Protection Praying for a hedge of thorns or a hedge of protection is more incantation than legitimate, Biblical Spiritual Warfare. Job 1 and Hosea 2 are common proof texts for praying hedges, and both are (at best) used woefully out of context, if not outright abused. Neither of them indicate something that we can or should pray into being. Hexes Also known as Generational Curses. Generational Curses are the idea (based loosely on Exodus 20) that sinful behavior can lead to God cursing people to the third and fourth generation. Often left out of the argument for hexes is the subsequent promise of blessings to a thousand generations for obedience. This is not only unbiblical, it's a cruel doctrine. Binding Satan Linked to Jesus “Binding the Strong Man” in Matthew 12 & 16. Matthew 18 deals with church discipline and legalism/antinomianism. Never addressed are logical questions: How is Satan bound? How long is he bound? Who keeps loosing him? Rebuking Satan & Demon Possession Jude tells us that we do not have the authority to rebuke the Devil (even the archangel Michael does not have the authority.) A believer cannot be demon possessed. Scriptures Referenced Isaiah 14 Ezekiel 28 Revelation 12:4 Philippians 2 Romans 6-8 Colossians 3 Job 1 Hosea 2 Exodus 20 Matthew 12, 16, 18 Jude 2 Peter Additional Resources Truth or Territory: A Biblical Approach to Spiritual Warfare How Deliverance Ministries Lead People to Bondage – Bob DeWaay The Dishonoring of God in Popular Spiritual Warfare Teaching – Bob DeWaay Related Episodes Justin Peters: Exposing the Word-of-Faith Movement Justin Peters: Word-of-Faith Revisited Sandy Simpson: The New Apostolic Reformation Sandy Simpson: The New Apostolic Reformation – Part 2 Michelle Lesley: The New Apostolic Reformation
[Replay] Eric Douma: The Religion of Marxism
Between previous episodes coming out late, and family & health issues adding to the difficulty of scheduling an interview in time to release this month's episode, we're taking September off to try to catch up. In lieu of a new episode, we're reposting the April, 2014 episode… We hear the phrase “religious right” often in our political discourse, referring to people who have political views that are informed by their Judeo-Christian worldview. For this episode, Eric Douma joins me to discuss the “religious left”. Marxism is commonly thought of as a Leftist political ideology, but there is a dangerous religious worldview that drives that ideology behind the scenes. The subject matter of this episode includes the Emergent Church. To better understand the Emergent Church, listen to episode 18 with Bob DeWaay. Bob is the most authoritative researcher in the world on the Emergent Church. Outline of the Discussion The political philosophy of those in power in the United States today was developed by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel In the 1980s, Francis Schaeffer said the most dangerous religion in America is statism, making the state out to be a god. Karl Marx became disenfranchised with Christianity as an adolescent, and sought out the teachings of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Ludwig Feuerbach, a staunch materialist. Hagel was a panentheist, and taught about “spiritual evolution” that would happen as two opposite views would clash with each other and emerge as a synthesis of the two. As a panentheist, Hagel believed that god was in everything, drawing all things to himself. The spiritual evolution that he taught was the means by which his panentheistic god would draw everything to himself in order to bring about utopia. This is what as known as “Progressivism,” that everything progresses toward a better world. Hegelians believe that the role of the government is take from the “haves” and give to the “have-nots” in order to facilitate the process of pitting two opposites (wealth and poverty) against each other in order to bring about a synthesis. On a grand scale, this is the process of pitting capitalism against socialism to bring about communism. Marxism had its rise in America in the 20th century because it appeals to the masses, by way of their covetousness. The Emergent Church is driven by three things: Epistomology: The study of how we know things. They reject logic and foundationalism for “coherentism”, a system of socially-constructed reality. Eschatology: The study of last things. They believe what Hegel taught, that god is drawing all things to himself. Emergence Theory: that god unfolds himself in the universe (remember god is panentheistic, he is IN everything.) The common denominator of the three driving forces of the Emergent Church is the teachings of Yergen Moltman. He taught a “theology of hope.” He spiritualized (or Christianized) the teachings of Marxism. This teaching, like all false teaching, follows the model of the original false teaching that was spread in the Garden of Eden, when the serpent told Eve that she would “be like God.” Marxism denies government the one role that the government is ordained by God to carry out: the restraint of evil. Scriptures Referrenced Colossians 3:5 Genesis 3:5 Genesis 9:6 & Romans 13:4 Isaiah 2:4 Daniel 11, after v36 Genesis 11: 1 Corinthians 6:10 Deuteronomy 14:22 Exodus 23:2-3 Additional Resources Marxism: America’s Most Dangerous Religion — Eric Douma (Worldview Wednesday teaching) Episode 18 – Bob DeWaay: The Emergent Church-Undefining Christianity The Emergent Church: Undefining Christianity by Bob DeWaay (ebook) Hegel’s Marxist Dialectic – a Tool Used By the Emerging Church to Bring About a “New World Order” – Mike Oppenheimer Left-leaning politics and the Emerging Church – Phil Johnson Emergent Church articles by Chris Rosebrough What's So Dangerous About the Emerging Church? – Phil Johnson with John MacArthur
Roger Patterson: World Religions and Cults — Part 2
Roger Patterson is a former High School Chemistry and Biology teacher from Wyoming, and now a curriculum writer, editor, and member of the editorial review board for Answers in Genesis. He and Bodie Hodge put together a three-volume resource entitled “World Religions and Cults.” He first joined Echo Zoe Radio in February, 2017 to discuss a few of the religions covered in the books, and returns this month to discuss a few more of them. Outline of the Discussion Engaging other Religions We don't have to know everything about every religion to effectively evangelize people of other faiths. Don't divorce evangelism, discipleship, or apologetics from each other. Know your own beliefs (the Biblical worldview) better than the counterfeits. Ask good questions. They can help spot areas where you can bridge the divide between your worldviews. Investigate another worldview's beliefs on six key issues: God Man Authority Sin Salvation Creation Eastern Orthodoxy The split from Roman Catholicism happened in 1054 over a difference in a clause in the Nicene Creed. Rome confesses that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son, the Orthodox limit the procession to being from the Father only. They have a sacrament separate from baptism, whereby they believe the Holy Spirit is imparted on a person. They hold to a higher view of man than protestants. Their view would be closer to Pelagianism. Their view of authority relies heavily on the writings of church fathers. Tradition and scripture are blended more-so than Roman Catholicism. Their view of salvation is that it is a life-long, synergistic process. In engaging people who are Eastern Orthodox, point to the Bible and emphasise that the Bible is clear and understandable, and can be read by anyone. Emphasise that we have rest in Christ. Baha'i Baha'i is an offshoot of Shia Islam. Their founder, Bahá'u'lláh, claimed to be the 12th (final) imam of Shia Islam. He presented himself as “the divine glory of Allah.” Baha'i is headquartered in Haifa, Israel, in a facility they call the Universal House of Justice. They claim new revelation. Roger likens Baha'i to the Islamic parallel to Mormonism. It can be seen as a “fulfillment” of Islam, much like Christians see our faith as a fulfillment of Judaism. But they also see it as cyclical, and they are the end of one cycle & beginning of another. Engaging Baha'i…. They are monotheistic, and have a similar view of man. Man is seen as inherently good, but can be influenced towards good or evil. Baha'i says there are truths in all religions. Their ultimate authority is found in the writings of Bahá'u'lláh. Sikhism Sikhism is a blend of Islam and Hinduism, finding it's root in the Punjab region of India, where Islam and Hinduism intersect. Sikhs have six characteristics that they keep, reflected in the way they dress. They wear a turban, don't cut their hair or beards, wear a comb (representing good grooming habits,) also wear a short sword (representing their desire to defend the helpless.) They're closer to Hinduism. They have a monistic view (the universe is “one.”) They seek to unite the “light” within them with the “light” of the universe. In its purest sense, Sikhism is monotheistic, but not as we understand monotheism. They have writings from their gurus that are their authority. Engaging Sikhs… They have a view of sin whereby there are five vices that we must rid ourselves of: ego anger greed worldly attachment lust These vices have rough parallels in the Ten Commandments. We can start with the vices and then lead them to the rest we have in Christ. Shinto Shinto is a Japanese animistic religion. It ascribes spiritual forces to rocks, trees, rivers, and various things in nature. Many of these spiritual forces are the dead souls of our ancestors. Thus it's an ancestor-worship culture. Most Japanese now would believe in a blend of Shinto with other eastern religions such as Buddhism. Shinto is burdened with hopelessness. Engaging Shinto… start with creation and show that the Biblical worldview makes sense of the world around us. Many of them don't really believe that spirits are responsible for the things going on around them, it's more of a cultural thing. Just present the Biblical worldview and trust the Holy Spirit to break through to them. Empiricism Rooted in the reality that there are really only two religious views, one being rooted in God's Word, and the other rooted in man's word. Empiricism is firmly in the latter. Epiricism says that man is the measure of all things. “I think, therefore I am. Rooted in the Enlightenment. David Hume and John Locke being two major philosophers. Sir Francis Bacon is also listed in the book. Empiricism posits that we can only learn about the world around us by engaging our five senses. Tied closely to Modernism. Post-Modernism was a reaction against the clear failings of Modernism (Empiricism.) Engaging Empiricism… Demostrate that it's built on a weak foundation. Additional Resources World Religions and Cults Understanding a World of Beliefs – Ken Ham and Mark Looy How Is Eastern Orthodoxy Different? Revealing the One True God to the Polytheistic Shinto Culture Related Episodes Brett Kunkle: Mormonism Alan Shlemon: Islam Marcia Montenegro: The Occult Eric Barger: Freemasonry Marcia Montenegro: The Occult, Part 2 Matt Slick: False Christs Sye Ten Bruggencate: Presuppositional Apologetics Dan Phillips: The World-Tilting Gospel Gabe Hughes: Mormonism & The American Religion Roger Patterson: World Religions and Cults
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