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.

REVIVAL CAUTIONS

By David Warn | May 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

A recent resurgence of voices declaring that revival is coming to America has caught the attention of God’s people from coast-to-coast. In the face of numerous nationwide challenges, it seems that a national revival—what some refer to as a Great Awakening—is necessary to save our nation. And since God loves us, to those who are declaring and promising revival, it is all but a foregone conclusion that revival is on the way. National leaders are alerting people to this pending revival through television interviews, the live streaming of energetic messages, social media posts, articles, and books. But the widest proliferation of this message is coming through an overwhelming amount of YouTube videos declaring, “God is not done with America yet;” and therefore by implication, we simply need to hang on just bit longer until America is saved by a glorious move of God. I too believe that it is only through the spiritual empowerment of God’s people amidst God’s manifest presence, along with multitudes of people coming to faith, that America can be saved. By God’s grace, I experienced a taste of these realities while leading a campus ministry at the University of Wisconsin—Madison in 1995. Also, I served with Life Action Ministries (a ministry focused on seeing God move in national revival and awakening) for 12 years before launching Forerunners of America. So, hear me before reading any further: I am pro-revival and pro-awakening. However, in recent months I have heard national figures declaring—and sometimes promising—a revival that is…

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Can We Finally Call CNN What God Calls It

Can We Finally Call CNN What God Calls It?

By Timothy Zebell | April 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

Nobody expects the news media to be 100% accurate all the time. … However, there is a difference between occasional errors and the consistent pattern of misrepresentation and selective reporting of facts seen throughout much of the mainstream media. Perhaps none have been as effective at revealing intentional deception and manipulation by major news outlets as…

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Does God Hate the New York Times

Does God “Hate” the New York Times?

By Timothy Zebell | March 31, 2021

“There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers” (Prov. 6:16–19). Our politically correct Christian culture tends to shy away from strong words like “hate” and “abomination”…

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Are Christians Fiddling While Society Burns?

Are Christians Fiddling While Society Burns?

By Timothy Zebell | March 24, 2021

How is it that when we gather together as Christians, we can consistently ignore everything in the weekly news cycle; we can neglect the actions of our politicians; we can gloss over the personal struggles represented in our congregations; we can refuse to respond to the worldview bombarding our children on a daily basis in their schools; and yet we somehow can convince ourselves that we are relevant and influential voices in our culture and society?

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No More Divisions - Confronting Gun Control

No More Divisions: Confronting Gun Control

By Timothy Zebell | March 23, 2021

Few things divide Americans like the issue of gun control, and debate on the matter is often visceral. Sometimes we become so entrenched in our political camp that we lose perspective on the debate. In the case of gun control, we may be surprised to discover that, throughout American history, robust gun laws have always existed alongside a firm belief in gun rights….

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What Does Contending for Truth Look Like in Today’s Culture

What Does Contending for Truth Look Like in Today’s Culture?

By David Warn | March 10, 2021

In my post “Surging Evil: What’s Our Response,” I challenged us to contend against various cultural issues, such as cancel culture, Big Tech censorship, and gender confusion. I wrote, “In America too, there is an intense battle before us—a battle with sobering realities. It is a battle we did not seek but is a battle that has come to us. And I can hear Jesus responding to my prayer about what can we do by calmly and confidently replying, ‘We fight.’” In doing so, we fight for the good that remains in our families, churches, and nation. Chief among this good is truth. Truth is worth fighting for. I was reminded of this when I read a recent article by Shane Idleman, senior pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship in Southern California. Urging Christians to follow God’s Word he writes, “As the church, it is our responsibility to stand against the deceptions rather than surrender [to them].” Thought-provoking, concise, and bold, Shane Idleman’s article is well worth the read. I encourage you to read his article below as a practical illustration of my challenge in “Surging Evil.” This is what contending for truth in today’s culture looks like. Why I Disagree with Andy Stanley: Churches Should Open (by Shane Idleman) In a recent interview, Andy Stanley, pastor of Atlanta’s North Point Community Church, said he is “‘embarrassed’ by churches that engaged in ‘spitting matches’ with state and local governments over COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, lamenting that far too many churches ‘abandoned the mission…

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Wrestling with God's Silence in Difficult Times

Wrestling with God’s Silence in Difficult Times

By Timothy Zebell and Than Christopoulos | February 24, 2021

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

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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