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.

God Is Answering Our Prayers for Election Integrity

God Is Answering Our Prayers for Election Integrity

By Timothy Zebell | June 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

The 2020 election was exhausting, and very few of us are probably interested in revisiting the controversy and chaos surrounding it. Let’s be honest: How many of us stopped praying about election integrity after the inauguration on January 6, 2021? Granted, God may not have answered our requests within the time frame we desired, but God has been answering our prayers….

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Dr Fauci Illustrates the Danger of Substituting Truth with Personal Preference - Culture in Focus Article

Dr. Fauci Illustrates the Danger of Substituting Truth with Personal Preference

By Timothy Zebell | June 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

With the release of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s e-mails via a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by BuzzFeed News, “America’s doctor” has fallen from his pedestal. … Having allowed the allure of fame and power, combined with his hopes and desires, to guide his decision-making, Dr. Anthony Fauci now serves as a warning to each of us. He illustrates a simple principle found in the Bible…

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Is Homosexuality a Private Matter?

Is Homosexuality a Private Matter?

By Timothy Zebell | June 18, 2014

Some argue that homosexuality is as issue of love between two private individuals. They conclude that it should not be our business to concern ourselves with their behavior. Others ask, “What difference does it make how other people act in private?” Popular as these challenges may be, they simply are not grounded in reality. The fact of the matter is homosexual lovers are no longer acting in private. Instead, they are parading their lifestyle before the public in Gay Pride events; they are dominating the media, and they are “out and proud” in the workplace. When families cannot watch on television live events such as the Parade of Roses or attend public parks without the fear of being exposed to homosexual practices, then homosexuality is no longer a private matter. It ceased to be a private matter when the homosexual community began lobbying for special rights and privileges. The most notable example of this is the demand for same-sex marriages. Such requests transform this issue into a public matter, and it is unreasonable to expect that the public will not discuss, critique, debate, and at times oppose an issue and a movement that is altering fundamental issues of society and government, such as the nature of marriage. Today it is nearly impossible to avoid the issue of homosexuality. It is continually paraded before every stratum of society. In fact, according to a 2008 World Net Daily article titled “Decision to Teach Kids to Be ‘Gay’ Allowed to Stand:” A federal…

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Is America Coming Out of the Closet?

Is America Coming out of the Closet?

By Timothy Zebell | June 18, 2014

*Updated November 2015* “Standing atop a giant wedding cake float, Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair exchanged vows New Year’s Day in the first same-sex marriage during the Tournament of Roses Parade. Throngs of spectators cheered as the men, dressed in dark suits, faced each other and held hands before the Rev. Alfreda Lanoix, who officiated the ceremony aboard the AIDS Healthcare Foundation float.”[1] This was a 2014 report by the Associated Press. It is now clear that the year 2014 ushered in a new era of homosexual acceptance within the United States of America. Only weeks after the Rose Parade, the nation was again exposed to a live same-sex wedding ceremony on national television. According to the Washington Post, “Thirty-three gay and straight couples got married at the Grammy Awards on Sunday in a public ceremony officiated by Queen Latifah and soundtracked, appropriately, by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ same-sex marriage anthem ‘Same Love.’”[2] Today it is nearly impossible to avoid the issue of homosexuality. It is continually paraded before every stratum of society. In fact, according to a 2008 World Net Daily article titled “Decision to Teach Kids to Be ‘Gay’ Allowed to Stand:” A federal court decision approving mandatory public school instruction for children as young as kindergarten in how to be homosexual is being allowed to stand, … The U.S. Supreme Court without comment has refused to intervene in a case prompted by the actions of officials at Eastbrook Elementary school in Lexington, Mass., who not only were teaching homosexuality to young children, but…

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A Homosexual Lifestyle

By Timothy Zebell | June 12, 2014

We are encouraged to ignore the gay pride parades and consider the homosexual lifestyle to be virtually indistinguishable from the heterosexual lifestyle … but is this true? Generally speaking, is the homosexual lifestyle different from the heterosexual lifestyle simply in the gender of one’s partner?

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Risky Truth Behind Homosexual Lifestyle

The Risky Truth behind the Homosexual Lifestyle

By Timothy Zebell | June 12, 2014

Anymore, we are being encouraged to ignore the gay pride parades and consider the homosexual lifestyle to be virtually indistinguishable from the heterosexual lifestyle … but is this true? Generally speaking, is the homosexual lifestyle different from the heterosexual lifestyle simply in the gender of one’s partner? Is there no risk associated with the homosexual lifestyle? Increased sexual promiscuity among the gay community has led to a greatly elevated risk of sexual disease among homosexuals. Gay activists Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen wrote in their book, After the Ball, “Alas, it turns out that, on this point, public myth is supported by fact. There is more promiscuity among gays (or at least among gay men) than among straights; … Correspondingly, the snail trail of promiscuity—sexually transmitted disease—also occurs among gay men at a rate five to ten times higher than average.”[1] Some of these sexually transmitted diseases are very serious and life-threatening. Based on data from a National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System report in April 2014, there were 9,000 cases of syphilis in America in 2012, and 84% of these were among men who had sex with men. To provide perspective, it is estimated that homosexuals—both male and female—comprise only about 3.5% of the American population, yet homosexual men comprised 84% of syphilis cases in 2012.[2] In 2013 the reported number of syphilis cases nearly doubled, rising to 16,000 cases. According to the Center for Disease Control, the vast majority of new reported syphilis cases come from men who have sex…

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Is the Homosexual Lifestyle More Promiscuous?

Is the Homosexual Lifestyle More Promiscuous?

By Timothy Zebell | June 12, 2014

With increasing frequency, one can turn on the television and witness advertisements that, at first, appear to depict the classic American family, showing two parents, a couple children, and a dog enjoying life together. However, upon closer examination, this classic American family now has two men as the parents, or two women as the parents. Everything in the advertisement is as one might expect from an ordinary American family except that the parents are the same gender. Similarly, gay activists for same-sex marriage like to stress that homosexual marriages are just as monotonous and uneventful as heterosexual marriages. In short, anymore, we are being encouraged to ignore the gay pride parades and consider the homosexual lifestyle to be virtually indistinguishable from the heterosexual lifestyle … but is this true? Generally speaking, is the homosexual lifestyle different from the heterosexual lifestyle simply in the gender of one’s partner? Given that some activists have taken issue with the term “lifestyle,” it should be quickly noted that everyone has a lifestyle. Even if that lifestyle is as boring as waking up, brushing one’s teeth, going to work, coming home to watch the news, and then going to bed. Despite the absence of anything provocative or extravagant, this is a lifestyle, and it is not demeaning or inappropriate to recognize that people’s lifestyles differ from one another—often based largely upon demographics and religious affiliations. Harvard-trained gay activists Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen wrote a “practical agenda” to change American’s thinking titled After the Ball: How America…

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The Search for a Gay Gene

The Search for a Gay Gene

By Timothy Zebell | March 18, 2014

“‘The phone rang off the hook with calls from reporters; there were TV cameramen lined up outside the lab; the mailbox and e-mail overflowed,’ Dean Hamer later remembered the reaction to his July, 1993 paper in the journal Science. ‘Rarely before have so many reacted so loudly to so little.’ Hamer’s paper—‘A Linkage Between DNA Markers on the X Chromosome and Male Sexual Orientation’— had the modest ring of science, where change is often slow and incremental. But the underlying idea seemed to carry enormous implications: Homosexuality was not a choice—‘the wrong choice,’ as many religious and political leaders have demagogued on the issue. Instead, homosexuality was as much a biological fact as eye color.”[1] This was part of a Public Broadcasting Service report on the gay gene debate, and it is representative of the mainstream media’s coverage of what has been erroneously called “the gay gene.” For years scientists have sought to discover a genetic cause for homosexuality that would substantiate the oft heard claim that homosexuals are born gay, and as such, have no choice regarding their behavior. Certainly, the most renowned of these studies is that of Dr. Dean Hamer who, while with the National Cancer Institute, claimed to have found a genetic link to homosexuality. After studying 40 pairs of homosexual brothers, he found that 33 of them shared the same set of DNA sequences in the Xq28 region of the X chromosome. However, in 1995 Dr. Dean Hamer was accused by one of the study’s collaborators…

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Do Our Genes Determine Our Morality?

Do Our Genes Determine Our Morality?

By Timothy Zebell | March 18, 2014

For years scientists have sought to discover a genetic cause for homosexuality that would substantiate the oft heard claim that homosexuals are born gay, and as such, have no choice regarding their behavior. However, this has been a fruitless search. Even the pro-gay American Psychiatric Association has said…

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Born Gay is Not an Excuse

Born Gay Is Not an Excuse

By Timothy Zebell | March 18, 2014

Virtually every human behavior, orientation, or tendency involves some genetic component, and yet this does not justify or normalize these behaviors, orientations, and tendencies, nor does it mean that people with these genetic components should not try to change their behavior, orientations, and tendencies. As the pro-gay psychologists, Dr. J. Michael Bailey of Northwest University and Dr. Brian Mustanski of Indiana University righty observed, “[N]o clear conclusions about the morality of a behavior can be made from the mere fact of biological causation, because all behavior is biologically caused.”[1] Likewise, Dr. Dean Hamer and Peter Copeland wrote in their book The Science of Desire: The Gay Gene and the Biology of Behavior, “In short, biology is amoral; it offers no help distinguishing between right and wrong. Only people, guided by their values and beliefs, can decide what is moral and what is not.”[2] According to a 2010 Nature article, “Selfish dictators may owe their behavior partly to their genes, according to a study that claims to have found a genetic link to ruthlessness.”[3] Would we absolve Hitler of responsibility for his ruthless behavior if we discovered that he had a genetic pre-disposition to being ruthless? Of course not! But if Hitler’s behavior could not be condoned as normal and acceptable despite a genetic pre-disposition, then homosexual behavior also cannot be condoned as normal and acceptable simply because individuals may have a genetic pre-disposition. Similarly, scientists have discovered possible genetic pre-dispositions to adultery, rape, violence, obesity, and even to being politically liberal.[4] Is anybody…

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Nature vs. Nurture: Which One Determines Sexuality?

By Timothy Zebell | March 18, 2014

Never does God condone sinful behavior on the basis of biology. Born gay is merely one side of a multifaceted excuse that is common to all mankind. From the very beginning, man has sought to absolve himself of responsibility for his actions, but the brutal truth is that we alone are responsible for our behavior.

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Common Challenges in Support of Homosexuality

By Timothy Zebell | February 15, 2014

1. Promiscuity would decrease if homosexuals were allowed to marry. 2. Homosexuality is natural and acceptable because it is found within the animal kingdom. 3. What about a person with a same–sex orientation who never finds members of the opposite sex attractive? 4. Jesus overturned the Law. It is hypocritical for anyone who does not continue to offer sacrifices to say that homosexuality is still a sin. 5. God called eating shell fish and other things that we do today an abomination. If these are no longer abominations then why is homosexuality still considered an abomination? 6. In the Old Testament, God commanded the Jews to kill those who practiced homosexuality. Are we supposed to kill homosexuals today? 7. Society has evolved its understanding of what is socially acceptable. The taboo against same-sex marriage is the modern equivalent of America’s former taboo against inter-racial marriages.

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Would Same-Sex Marriage Reduce Promiscuity?

Would Same-Sex Marriage Reduce Promiscuity?

By Timothy Zebell | February 15, 2014

Advocates of same-sex marriage commonly argue that homosexual promiscuity rates are exceptionally high because homosexuals are forbidden to marry. Therefore, anyone concerned with extra-marital relationships should support same-sex marriage. Do we have reason to believe that homosexual promiscuity rates would substantially decrease if same-sex marriages were legal? Data indicates that the majority of homosexuals do not desire marriage. Sociologist Kathleen Hull of the University of Minnesota was quoted by USA Today as saying: Some gays and lesbians clearly want to get married, but others are unsure or reject marriage for themselves. And many LGBT people seem to have mixed views on whether marriage is a good model for same-sex relationships. … We asked people whether they thought marriage was a good relationship model for same-sex couples. About half were ambivalent, about a third said it was a good model, and less than a fifth said it was a bad model. Those who were ambivalent talked about marriage not being right for everybody or not being desired by everybody, about the fact that other relationship models can also work, that marriage is not necessary for happiness. Some said they just didn’t see the point of marriage, but if others want it, they should have that option.[1]   Similarly, researcher Bill Muehlenberg reported in his book Strained Relations that Australian studies have found that only about 20% of homosexual couples have shown an interest in marriage.[2] He references the Netherlands, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001. Within the first five years of legalization,…

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What if I Never Find the Opposite Sex Attractive?

What If I Never Find the Opposite Sex Attractive?

By Timothy Zebell | February 15, 2014

Advocates of homosexuality sometimes challenge, “What about a person with a same–sex orientation who never finds members of the opposite sex attractive?” Is it fair to expect that such individuals will forego the pleasures of sex? Sex has a context. It cannot be separated from that context, which is marriage between a man and a woman. What about the man who can’t have sex because his wife won’t have sex with him? Is he then free to have sex with other women? Of course not, and yet this is essentially the same argument. This argument maintains that if a person cannot experience sex within the acceptable parameters of God, then he must be free to seek sex outside of those parameters. Sometimes we mistakenly assume that sexual relations is a right to which everyone is entitled. However, as Jesus noted in Matthew 19:12, some people are born eunuchs, and some are made so by other men. Is it fair that the man who was born a eunuch or made so by other men does not get to experience sex? No … but life is not entirely fair because of the curse of sin. God is fully capable of granting a person a new sexual orientation. Certainly, there are many testimonies to this effect. However, it is possible that some may never experience this. Instead, God may be calling them to demonstrate God’s grace and provision through life-long celibacy. After all, Jesus also noted in Matthew 19:12 that some have made…

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