It is when we believe spiritual lies and false arguments that a demonic stronghold is established in our lives, and ultimately in our culture (2 Cor. 10:3–5). As Christians, we are called to challenge these ideas. They may manifest themselves in the form of political causes, lifestyle choices, attitudes, and trends, but at their core is a spiritual lie. However, before we can engage cultural ideas and the spiritual lies that undergird them, we must be informed.

Culture in Focus applies God’s Word to today’s headlines to expose spiritual lies and equip Christians to have meaningful conversations. These researched articles are designed to inform Christians about what is transpiring in our culture and why it matters to God. It could be that many of our national troubles are God’s response to our culture.

Wrestling with God's Silence in Difficult Times

Wrestling with God’s Silence in Difficult Times

By Timothy Zebell | February 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Where is God when we need Him most? Why won’t God reveal Himself and liberate us from our troubles? Although not a new question, our struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic, cancel culture, and social unrest have emphasized God’s hiddenness. Why do our fellow citizens seem to be more concerned about the wellbeing of others than God does? Surely this is evidence that God doesn’t exist—or if He does exist, He clearly doesn’t care. How else can we justify God leaving so many prayers unanswered?

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Surging Evil - What's Our Response

Surging Evil: What’s Our Response?

By David Warn | February 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

Hope for something better in 2021 had largely evaporated by January 4. In complete disregard for the Bible and America’s traditional view on gender identity, the House of Representatives passed House rules prohibiting the use of gender-specific pronouns. These terms include father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, husband, wife, grandson, and granddaughter.[1]   Commenting on this new policy, former House member and 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard stated, “To somehow believe that it is a good thing to remove all references of mother and father, brother and sister, son and daughter from essentially the administration of the House—from the legislative rules—not only does it not make sense, it is a dangerous step toward undermining who we are and the existence of men and women.”[2]   Two weeks later, the ban on openly transgender people serving in the military was repealed. Likewise, an executive order restoring Obama-era LGBTQ policies is pressuring public schools to use the Equality Act to allow boys that feel like girls to use the bathroom of their choice and to be given the option to participate on girls’ athletic teams.   Make no mistake. These changes in America’s fabric are not fundamentally political; they are fundamentally anti-God. The advocacy of transgenderism strikes at the heart of God’s purposes in creating males and females (Gen 1:27; Matt. 19:4).   Other forms of evil are also surging. Big Tech has boldly aligned itself with the father of lies by dictating what perspectives are permissible…

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QAnon, Prophets, and Accepting Personal Responsibility

QAnon, Prophets, and Accepting Personal Responsibility

By Timothy Zebell | January 21, 2021

There was no elaborate military coup, surprise arrests, martial law, bombshell revelations of corruption, foreign invasion, supernatural intervention, or any of the myriad of theories circulating social media these past few months. For some this comes as no surprise, but others are devastated, confused, and embarrassed. Regardless of our emotional state, we are all now experiencing a reality-check. In short, we must now…

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Alienated from the Country We Love

Alienated from the Country We Love

By Timothy Zebell | January 14, 2021

“Trump Impeached Again” is blared across the Washington Post in massive block letters. … Once more, our nation finds itself in uncharted territory. This snap impeachment was so rushed that there is not even sufficient time for the Senate to conduct a trial, begging the question of whether a president can complete the impeachment process after he has already left office. … What has become of our country? Far too many Americans look around themselves and simply fail to recognize…

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Our Hope Does Not Rest in Mike Pence

Our Hope Does Not Rest in Mike Pence

By Timothy Zebell | January 6, 2021

All eyes are on Vice President Mike Pence today as he presides over the certification of the Electoral College votes for our nation’s next president. Theories abound regarding what he may or may not do in light of the numerous allegations of election fraud … If the case for election fraud is so overwhelming, why are the hopes of many being pegged to our vice president and the legislature?

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2021 Is Finally Here - Will It Be All That We Hope

2021 Is Finally Here! Will It Be All That We Hope?

By Timothy Zebell | December 30, 2020

Like everything else in 2020, Christmas this year proved to be more eventful than expected for my family. While driving to my grandmother’s house, a plow truck ran us off the road and into an exceptionally deep, snow-filled ditch. One moment I was working to ensure our family arrived at my grandmother’s house on time so as not to be berated by my relatives for delaying Christmas dinner, and the next moment I found myself impossibly stuck in a car tilted to the side at a 60-degree angle….

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Give the Gift of Insight

Give the Gift of Insight

By Timothy Zebell | December 23, 2020

INSIGHTS offers conversation-oriented training to help God’s people understand God’s perspective on cultural issues. Best of all, these videos are absolutely free! … You can even gift INSIGHTS to your friends and loved ones by…

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Crisis of Decision: America at the Crossroads

Crisis of Decision: America at the Crossroads

By Timothy Zebell | December 15, 2020

Disruptive as it may be, the challenges made to the 2020 elections are a blessing because they have exposed corruption in our electoral process where it may otherwise have gone unnoticed and unreported. … As Americans, we find ourselves at a moral crossroads. … True unity comes from God, but our enemy is offering a counterfeit form of unity that undermines God’s desire for our nation. … So where do we go from here?

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How to Pray for Partisan Issues Like This Contested Election

How to Pray for Partisan Issues Like This Contested Election

By Timothy Zebell | December 2, 2020

It can be difficult to know how to pray for political issues that are inherently partisan, such as the contested presidential election of 2020. Far too many people find it easier to simply disengage than to be controversial. So, what does it look like to pray for political issues in a manner that is not overly partisan?

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Persevering through a Never-Ending Election

Persevering through a Never-Ending Election

By Timothy Zebell | November 24, 2020

What must a candidate show in court to invalidate an entire state’s election results? This is the unprecedented question at play in the 2020 presidential election. … there appears to be a spirit of fatigue upon our nation and upon our churches. We’ve simply found this entire process to be too exhausting and tiresome. Consequently…

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2020: A Year of Deception

By David Warn | November 18, 2020

  “And the angel threw him [Satan] into the abyss and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer.” Revelation 20:3   Revelation 20 teaches that Satan not only attempts to deceive you and I individually, but that he schemes to deceive entire nations. Due to COVID-19 and what was revealed through the November 3rd election, I believe that many of us will remember 2020 as the year that unprecedented deception came upon our nation.   COVID’s Contribution   In October pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church were put under a “thorough investigation” by the Los Angeles Public Health Department. What was the impetus for such extreme measures? Three of the 7,000 church members at Grace Community had tested positive for COVID-19. That’s not a typo. A total of three people tested positive, and public health officials, following their policy manual replete with further guidelines and restrictions, were compelled to investigate the situation for weeks, even though there were no new cases, zero hospitalizations, and zero deaths.[1]   In response to this government overreach, attorney Jenna Ellis explained, “It has never been the church’s position that it is only safe to hold services if no one ever tests positive, or for example, if no one ever gets the flu during flu season. Our position has been that LA County shutting down churches indefinitely amid a virus with a 99.98% survival rate . . . is unconstitutional and harmful to the…

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What Should Christians Do in This Contested Election?

What Should Christians Do in This Contested Election?

By Timothy Zebell | November 11, 2020

Pastor Gary Hamrick warned in the days preceding the 2020 election that the devil is prowling around looking for a nation to devour. Indeed, our elections are a pivotal battlefield in our spiritual war. It is through our election process that we…

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Why Contesting This Election Should Matter to Every Christian

Why Contesting This Election Should Matter to Every Christian

By Timothy Zebell | November 9, 2020

Granted, the media has all but coronated Joe Biden, but with 80 electoral college votes across seven states in dispute, neither candidate is close to crossing the 270 vote threshold. As the vote stands today, President Trump is slightly leading with 232 votes to Joe Biden’s 226 votes. … Our news media may have little interest in charges of election fraud, but God cares deeply about the integrity of the vote. According to Proverbs 20:23…

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The Election Message Pastors Are Reluctant to Share

The Election Message Pastors Are Reluctant to Share

By Timothy Zebell | October 30, 2020

The contrast between the two party platforms represented in Tuesday’s election and their vision for America cannot be more stark. These are not two paths to the same ultimate goal for America. Instead, they are diverging paths that lead to entirely different futures with entirely different conclusions on moral issues. America stands at a crossroad of decision, and God expects His people to engage in upholding truth and preserving what remains of our Christian heritage….

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