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.

The Truth Behind America's Trickiest Holiday and How to Navigate It

The Truth Behind America’s Trickiest Holiday and How to Navigate It

By Timothy Zebell | September 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Anyone who has investigated the subject knows how controversial and confusing it is. What few resources exist to guide Christians are often oversimplified, based upon faulty research, and completely contradictory to one another. Moreover, most of the suggestions for how to…

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20 Years after 9/11, Can We Finally Admit the Truth?

20 Years after 9/11, Can We Finally Admit the Truth?

By Timothy Zebell | September 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

Perhaps the greatest casualty on September 11 was truth. Patriotic Americans across the country rallied around our flag rather than our exclusive truth claims for one faith and the moral obligations that come with it. At the time, it was considered intolerant and unpatriotic to…

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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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Should We Equate Same-Sex Marriage with Inter-Racial Marriage?

Should We Equate Same-Sex Marriage with Inter-Racial Marriage?

By Timothy Zebell | February 15, 2014

Proponents of homosexuality note that society has evolved in its understanding of what is socially acceptable. They argue that the taboo against same-sex marriage is the modern equivalent of America’s former taboo against inter-racial marriages. Is this a valid argument? Same–sex marriages and inter-racial marriages cannot be equated. This is a clear case of comparing apples to oranges. Although homosexuals have been—and in too many cases are still being—mistreated and abused, their experiences cannot be compared to the history of enslavement, segregation, and abuse of other races. There are no gay–only drinking fountains, bathrooms, or seating. In many ways, the homosexual community has attempted to hijack the black civil rights efforts, but behavior cannot be compared to skin color and ethnicity. Behavior can be voluntarily controlled and altered—even if it were true that some people are born gay—but a person has no ability to voluntarily control or alter his skin color and ethnicity. Furthermore, these are morally neutral characteristics; whereas, behavior is not morally neutral. The only things that prevented inter–racial marriages was bigotry and bias. The nature and definition of marriage did not have to change in order to facilitate a heterosexual union between members of two races. However, same-sex marriages would require a fundamental change in the nature and definition of marriage as well as a whole series of other civil laws. Moreover, there is nothing irregular about the sexual union and reproductive nature of an inter–racial, heterosexual union. This is not true of homosexual unions. Similarly, there is…

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Does Homosexuality Among Animals Make It OK?

Does Homosexuality among Animals Make It OK?

By Timothy Zebell | February 15, 2014

Proponents of homosexuality argue that it is natural and acceptable behavior because it is found within the animal kingdom. Is this a valid argument? True homosexuality within the animal kingdom is very rare. It is certainly not a strong argument for proving that homosexuality is normal. If anything, it affirms that homosexuality is not typical, being an aberration of the norm. Consider, for example, penguins. Because of their habit of mating for life, and because of some high profile “gay penguins” at zoos, penguins have often been cited in support of true homosexuality within the animal kingdom. However, this claim has been proven false. According to The Daily Mail, “Penguins do not form long-term homosexual relationships despite same-sex flirting, a new study has found. … Experts believe that the penguins might indulge in some same-sex flirting because they are ‘lonely’ due to a lack of female penguins in the colony. Gay ‘flirting’ could also be due to high levels of testosterone within the colony among males.”[1] More importantly, we are not animals. We are created in the image of God. Unlike us, animals are controlled by their passions and instincts. One need only observe a dog clinging to its owner’s leg to realize that animals may relieve their sexual passion on anything and everything. Were we to determine moral behavior based upon practices within the animal kingdom, then we could murder and maim others to acquire their position because they are weak; we could eat fellow humans; and we could abandon,…

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Common Challenges in Support of Homosexuality

Refuting Common Arguments in Support of Homosexuality

By Timothy Zebell | February 15, 2014

Is homosexuality natural and acceptable because it is found within the animal kingdom? What about a person with a same–sex orientation who never finds members of the opposite sex attractive? Is the taboo against same-sex marriage the modern equivalent of America’s former taboo against inter-racial marriages?

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