CALLING FOR TRUTH RADIO PROGRAMS
Approximately between 2006-2009 "Calling for Truth," a daily, live, call-in radio program was co-hosted by Dr. Dean and Kevin Boling every weekday afternoon from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm EST. Via the use of Internet technologies (this website), the program was made available to audiences throughout the United States and around the world.
Website visitors could enjoy audio archives of the radio programs, Dr. Dean's Blog, along with relevant news stories and views affecting Christians. There were even FREE MP3 Downloads of all the "Calling For Truth" Radio Programs that were available in the Audio Archive Section. When this site's domain expired CallingForTruth.org disappeared from the Internet. However,the Pastor Kevin Boling now has his own website called “Knowing The Truth” also a live, call-in radio program providing Cultural Commentary, Doctrinal Dialog,and Insightful Interviews with some of today’s preeminent Christian leaders and authors. Go to:www.knowingthetruth.org/ for more information.
I always read the News & Views section of the Calling for Truth website.Recently I discovered that the domain for callingfortruth.org was available, so I bought it with the goal of recreating some of its content from archived pages. I definitely didn't want someone else purchasing the domain and re-purposing the site for something that had nothing in common with the original website.
There were lots of great nuggets of wisdom and insights revealed in Dr. Dean's Blogs. However, I did not come across any posts about online gambling sites aimed at US players. Online gambling is becoming increasingly popular. A person can easily find online casinos offering poker, slot machines, roulette, blackjack, and a variety of other table games. But does God view it as moral or immoral? Should a Christian gamble? What does the Bible say? The word "gamble" is not found in the Bible, yet the practice violates Bible principles regardless of the amount of money involved. And now that a person does not have to drive to a brick amd motar casino, but can gamble anywhere via their computer or cell phone, the desire to gamble is even more insideous. In Timothy 6:9,10 - Love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Greed leads to many foolish and hurtful lusts, and many sorrows. If gambling is greed, then Christians should expect to find it associated with all kinds of sin and immorality. As Christians, we should imitate the example of Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:1, Matthew 10:24,25, 1 Peter 2:21,22). How does gambling harmonize with the example of Jesus and the teaching of His word? I think it is pretty clear.
I have added enough blog content to give a good feel for what the blog area was originally like between 2006-2009. Please be indulgent with this truncated version of CallingForTruth.org.Consider the information on this site for its historical value.
Dr. Dean's Blog 2006-2009
Dr. Paul Dean is a pastor, cultural commentator, and author. He hosts a live, call-in radio broadcast every M-W-F at 1:00 pm Eastern. You can access archives or join the conversation by logging onto www.callingfortruth.org. You can also sign up for “The Dean’s List,” a free news and Christian worldview e-letter. Check out his new book, Disciple Like Jesus for Parents. To schedule Dr. Dean to speak, simply e-mail him at email@example.com.
What is Christmas All About?;
Written by Paul Dean
Friday, 15 December 2006
Christmas! It means so many things to different people. For example, WorldNetDaily reports that Senator Patty Murray “rebuffed instructions given last year by Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, that the national tree in front of the U.S. Capitol be referred to as the ‘Capitol Christmas Tree’ after having been called the ‘Capitol Holiday Tree’ since the 1990s. During the lighting ceremony, the senator from the tree's home state never used the word ‘Christmas’ in her speech to the assembled crowd, opting instead for the term ‘holiday tree’ twice.”
But, it was her communications director Alex Glass’ answers to questions in the aftermath that were so intriguing: “She was speaking to a crowd, and she said what she said. This is the holiday season, we're just thrilled that the tree is from Washington state. It's just a time to bring everybody together to celebrate the season.” “When asked if there were any objection to calling the tree a ‘Christmas tree,’ she said the senator doesn't have a policy. ‘I think, you know, whatever people want to call it, we are accepting of all of it. It's a time to remember what the season is about.’ And that is? Celebrating, of course. And what are we celebrating? ‘The season,’ Glass said. And what is the season? ‘I'm not going to get into semantics with you guys,’ she said.”
Now, there is a sense in which we can forgive Glass and the senator for not knowing what the season is about. They apparently don’t know Christ and are merely politicians struggling in a politically charged climate. The problem lies in the fact that too many Christians are confused about what the season is about as well. Do we really know and live out the reality that Christmas is about the advent of the promised deliverer? Think about this wonderful verity for just a few minutes as we ground our thoughts in one verse from God’s word: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel (Gen. 3:15).”
First, Christmas is about the promised deliverer who would be specially and sublimely a man. He would not be an angel or some other creature, but a man, “for there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:5).” The deliverer was to be “her Seed,” the seed of the woman. How sublime is the fulfillment of this promise. Christ Jesus, “being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross (Phil. 2:6-8)”
Second, Christmas is about the promised deliverer who would be unique concerning His human nature. He would be the Seed of the woman only and not the Seed of an earthly father. Much debate is centered on the virgin birth of Christ. The fact that Matthew and Luke are clear in their affirmations that Christ was indeed born of a virgin (Matt. 1:23; Lk. 1:27) should stop all debate on this issue. While alma in Isa. 7:14 literally means “young maiden,” not only is the implication of virgin clear in that text but declared with no equivocation in the gospels with the use of the word parthenos, or virgin. But more compelling is the unity of Scripture from Genesis to Isaiah to the gospels and the intent of the prophecies in the Old Testament concerning this wonderful reality. Those with eyes to see understand clearly the Seed of the woman in Genesis to be a clear gospel reference to the nature of Christ’s birth as the sinless One.
Third, Christmas is about the promised deliverer who would accomplish His mission through vicarious suffering. The word of the Lord was “you shall bruise His heel.” This statement is the gospel in a phrase! “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit (1 Pet. 3:18).” Christ died as a sinner by way of imputation: our sin imputed to Him. The Just One suffered for guilty sinners. But, because He had no sin of His own, death could not hold Him and three days later He came out of the grave with all power and glory in His hand.
Fourth, Christmas is about the promised deliverer who would ultimately defeat sin, Satan, and death. Christ abolished death (2 Tim. 1:10), destroyed the works of the devil (1 Jn. 3:8), and disarmed all principalities and powers, having made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them through the cross (Col. 2:15). These blessed realities are summed up in the promise, “He shall bruise your head.”
Fifth, Christmas is about the promised deliverer who would be revealed in His divine nature. If the Seed of the woman was virgin-born with no earthly father, it follows that His origin is special in more than one way. Further, if this One was to suffer for guilty sinners though He had no sin of His own, and if this One was to conquer sin, death, and the powers of darkness, it follows that such a One would have a unique power and nature. One who could atone for sin and defeat Satan, reverse the fall, (and be not only typified in worship but worshipped in the process as we shall see momentarily), could be nothing short of Divine. The deliverer would be God Himself. As noted, He would also be man. Thus, the deliverer is none other than the God-man. “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, ‘God with us (Matt. 1:23).’” Here the response to Mary’s question, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?" And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God (Lk. 1:35).”
Sixth, Christmas is about the promised deliverer who would reconcile His people to the Father. Out of the mass of humanity, Satan’s children, by nature, children of wrath, Christ would redeem a people for Himself (Jn 8:44; Eph. 2:3; Matt. 1:21). The mass of humanity is at enmity with God for the Lord declared “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed.” Of course, this enmity is the result of the first Adam. But, our reconciliation, the fact that “He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” is the work of the Second Adam on the cross. “Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life (Rom. 5:18).” O how we must preach Christ at Christmas!
Seventh, Christmas is about the promised deliverer who would be typified in worship and worshipped. In this way God has declared fully “the way” and “the who” of our salvation. God has told us what worship of Him is. While the form of worship has changed from the primeval period to the patriarchal period to the Old Covenant to the New Covenant, the essence of worship has not. The essence of worship is the glorification of God though the person and work of Jesus Christ.
In the aftermath of Adam’s sin, it is obvious that men were commanded to worship God by way of sacrificing animals that were consumed wholly upon the altar after the skins had been removed. The skins were to be used for clothing (and not for food as men were not allowed to eat animals until after the flood). The Lord Himself demonstrated such in slaying the first animals and covering our first parents’ nakedness. Subsequently, Cain and Abel were given to the same activity. Cain’s offering of fruit was not accepted because he did not obey God in faith and offer that which had been commanded (Gen. 4:3-7; Heb. 11:4).
Of course, as Adam and Eve covered their own nakedness with fig leaves (Gen. 3:7), the fact that God slew animals and covered them with the skins demonstrated to them that they could never cover their own nakedness or work for their salvation, but that God had to cover their nakedness and He had to do so through the sacrifice of His Son and cover their shame with His righteousness by way of imputation. O what blessed gospel truth is here proclaimed!
And, what gospel truth is preserved in the revealed mode of worship given to Adam and his immediate posterity as they had Christ in a figure every time they offered a sacrifice to God! Every time they remembered what God had done and every time they made an offering to the Lord they were hearing and proclaiming “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel (Gen. 3:15).” Every time they worshipped they heard and proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ, even as we do the same.
So, let us therefore worship Christ at Christmas and let us put that worship of Him on display. After all, that’s what Christmas is all about: Christ the Lord our promised deliverer
FRAMING DEBATE IN THE CULTURE WAR
Written by Paul Dean
Friday, 16 February 2007
The use of language in argument is an art that secularists have mastered. The general populace and far too many Christians often embrace a godless worldview by virtue of a lack of discernment in this area (which of course is grounded in theological ignorance to a certain degree). For too long, the anti-God crowd has framed debate in the multi-front culture war and in so doing advanced their cause through forcing Christians to fight on enemy ground at worst or on neutral ground at best. In such a war, Christians must never give up ground nor must they fight on neutral or enemy ground through a lack of discernment.
Consider a recent story regarding a survey in connection with how physicians’ religious or moral beliefs affect patients’ care. According to the AP, “A disturbing number of doctors do not feel obligated to tell patients about medical options they oppose morally, such as abortion and teen birth control, and believe they have no duty to refer people elsewhere for such treatments…The study, conducted by University of Chicago researchers, found 86 percent of those responding, believe doctors are obligated to present all treatment options.”
“‘That means that there are a lot of physicians out there who are not, in fact, doing the right thing,’ said David Magnus, director of Stanford University's Center for Biomedical Ethics. ‘Conscientious objection is fine…as long as it doesn't conflict with the rights of the patient,’ Magnus said. ‘You can't abandon the patient or essentially coerce the patient by saying you won't do the procedure or refer them to someone else.’”
“Overall, 52 percent said they oppose abortion, 42 percent opposed prescribing birth control to 14- to 16-year-olds without parental approval, and 17 percent objected to sedating patients near death.” Serious issues are involved here, not the least of which is language.
First, referring to abortion or the morning after pill as “treatment options” frames the debate in biased terms. Treatment generally presupposes that something is wrong with a person; that illness has struck or some kind of accident has occurred. Pregnancy in and of itself is not and illness, malady, or dysfunction. The use of such language blunts the reality of the subject matter and facilitates the notion that the killing of unborn children is nothing more than a routine medical procedure with no ethical implications whatsoever.
Second, such language denigrates the essential dignity that is inherent to human beings and puts them on the same plane with animals or even excess tissue that is to be discarded. If human beings are not created in the image of God, if they have no essential dignity by virtue of that fact, and if they are no different than the animals, then the issue of ethics itself will cease to have meaning. No one sees a lion killing a gazelle for food as an ethical issue. The taking of human life in any context can then become a “treatment option” as human life in general has no more value than animal life.
Third, in light of the foregoing, to charge a doctor with being unethical because he/she will not perform an abortion, is not only meaningless in terms of the secularists’ worldview, but, it is hypocritical. If ethics are meaningless on an evolutionary or naturalist worldview, then the naturalist cannot level the charge of unethical. The language of ethics simply becomes artillery in the debate.
Fourth, the imposition of the larger medical community’s ethic upon all, is not only meaningless and hypocritical, but it is just that: impositional, that is, coercive. It is a violation of the individual’s liberty of conscience, a cardinal value that Americans have held dear for over two-hundred years. Thus, to refer to a doctor as coercive because he won’t do a procedure is, once again, linguistic sophistry. (A patient can always get a second opinion or go elsewhere).
Fifth, in connection with the above, to speak of the rights of the patient is also out of bounds. What about the unborn child’s rights? What about the doctor’s rights?
Sixth, the use of phraseology like “abandon the patient” simply because a particular doctor won’t perform an abortion is both disingenuous and inflammatory. Even the title of the article is devious: “Doctors’ Personal Beliefs Can Hinder Care.” How about the opening line of the piece: “A disturbing number of doctors?” Further, calling it unethical to refuse to prescribe birth control to underage girls without parental consent stands the definition of honesty on its head.
Again, a little discernment is needed when we look at how secularists frame the debate. Let us not abandon doctors, patients, and indeed the secularists themselves by abandoning our responsibility to be both theologically informed and literate that we might not only discern the fallacies the enemy foists upon us but that we might actually frame the debate with truth.
The Authority of Scripture in a Culture of Compromise
Written by Paul Dean
Friday, 13 November 2009
Compromise of any sort begins with an assault on the truth. Relativism is but one weapon that pounds away, day after day, on the notion of absolutes. As America’s new religion has been dubbed by some as “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism” one understands that for most people, God is a nice idea but He’s not someone they want to be bothered with on a regular basis. Of course, when there is no God, or when we can’t be bothered with God, there is no truth; when there is no truth, there is no authority – but oneself. Perhaps the single most destructive source of compromise in our culture is the marginalization and/or rejection of the authority of Scripture – not by unbelievers but by professing Christians.
Yet, all is not lost. The church still has her calling, message, and Lord who is in fact building that church. Three affirmations come to mind here.
First, in a culture of compromise, it is the authority of Scripture that is rejected by evil men who are deceived. We must never forget that one’s commitment to the authority of Scripture for his life is a spiritual issue. The true believer is one who is increasingly committed to God’s will as given through the Scriptures while the unbeliever is one who increasingly rejects the truth and its authority. Paul says to Timothy, “But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Tim. 3:13).” The issue is not intellectual or rational. People without Christ are deceived. They cannot understand the things of God apart from the work of the Spirit of God (1 Cor. 2:14). No one can be forced, enticed, or even manipulated into embracing the Bible’s authority. The issue is spiritual and God alone can cause submission. Of course, when we believers reject Scriptural authority from time to time, and we do, we are mimicking those who are deceived. We must be confronted with this staggering reality often.
Second, in a culture of compromise, it is the authority of Scripture that is our only rule for faith and practice. In other words, what we are to believe and what we are to do in any circumstance is revealed to us in God’s Word. With reference to what we believe, Paul declares that it is the Scriptures that are “are able to make [us] wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2 Tim. 3:15).” It is from the Scriptures we get our doctrine (2 Tim. 3:16). This principle relates to what we believe about ultimate reality, politics, ethics, relationships, and so forth. In terms of what we do, Paul asserts that it is the Scriptures that are “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17).” This principle relates to what we do in terms of our attitudes, actions, vocation, the way we treat others, our worship, or even the way we carry out the work of the church in ministry or evangelism for example. We must search the Scriptures daily to get our doctrine. We must be reproved, corrected, and instructed constantly by the Scriptures. Only then will the Scriptures be our practical authority. Otherwise, all we will be doing is paying lip service; and that is hypocrisy.
Third, in a culture of compromise, because it is the authority of Scripture that is rejected by evil men who are deceived; while at the same time, it is the authority of Scripture that is our only rule for faith and practice; it is the authority of Scripture that is underneath the Lord’s solemn charge to us. That charge is straightforward: “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching (2 Tim. 4:2).” We are to preach the Word whether it is popular or not; whether it is received or not; whether people like it or not. It is authoritative. And, it is the Word that God uses to change the hearts and minds of guilty sinners. We must not ourselves reject the authority of Scripture when it comes to our method of evangelism. Sinners cannot and will not be saved by fleshly means. Further, our culture cannot and will not be changed by fleshly means. We are in a spiritual battle and the weapons of are warfare are not carnal (2 Cor. 10:4). God Himself commands: “’And he who has my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat?’ says the LORD. ‘Is not my word like a fire? says the LORD, ‘And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?’” This command affirms both that which we are supposed to do (preach the Word) and why we are to do so (it is the Word that breaks the rock in pieces). The Lord Himself says we must preach the Word.
Every now and then someone asks me what the vision of our church is. I usually say, “What do you mean,” when I know exactly what they mean. They want to know how we are going to go about building the church. Because the Scripture is my authority, I simply say, “Preach the Word; no compromise.” If the church doesn’t get hold of this reality, we will continue to lose our savor and be trampled upon by men in this culture (Matt. 5:13). On the other hand, if we do get hold of it, the fortresses of this culture will crumble before our God.
Obama’s School Talk: Should Christians Really be Concerned?
Written by Paul Dean
Monday, 07 September 2009
Scores of Christians and conservatives are denouncing President Obama’s announced speech to children in schools across the country tomorrow. Notables like Michelle Malkin are concerned with subversive activism. Republicans are accusing the President of imposing a political agenda on the nation’s children. Other conservatives see the move as socialist indoctrination. Of course, references to certain dictators’ propagandizing of children abound. Numerous parents intend to keep their children home tomorrow.
On the one hand, I certainly have some concerns of my own with the current administration, the direction of the country, and the increasing intrusion of government into our lives, including the speech tomorrow. At the same time, Christians who have children in public school ought to keep at least four critical thoughts intermingling here.
First, is the President’s speech not an opportunity for you to not only give your child the tools of critical analysis as you dissect it, but, is it not also an opportunity for you to train your child to engage with his friends and/or teachers? There will be discussion in the class room about the speech. Opinions will be offered. What better way for your child to really be salt and light than to offer an informed, timely, winsome, biblical response? If you and your children are going to engage the culture, you must be in the culture, not stay home that day.
Second, what do you expect? Is it really a surprise to you that government officials want to have influence over your children? Just today I received a phone message from one of our state senators who is also concerned about the speech from the President and is promising to promote legislation to “protect our schools from becoming propaganda tools.” While I do appreciate his sentiment, my first thought was, “You’re kidding right?” Is that not what they already are in so many ways? While you as a Christian parent can choose to send your children to a public school for a number of valid reasons, you should not do so with your eyes closed. The worldview being put forth in your child’s school is opposed to the worldview given by the Scriptures. This dynamic goes beyond the science class and affects everything that is taught. If God is not the foundation for what your children are taught, then they are getting a view that is opposed to God. Pluralistic indoctrination need not be directly taught, though it is, to set forth a worldview that is unbiblical. There is no such thing as neutral ground. Either the foundation of what is taught assumes the reality of God or denies Him. You need to understand that your child is being indoctrinated into a secular worldview each and every day. That being the case, why does it surprise you the President wants to address your children?
Third, the fact that your child is being taught something contrary to the Scriptures on a regular basis simply magnifies your need to intentionally influence his thinking. You need to teach the Bible to your child on a daily basis and apply it to his heart. It is not just a matter of information but devotion. You want your child to be devoted to Christ. Moreover, you need to engage in worldview dialogue with your little one or teenager constantly. Every message you hear flows from a particular worldview. When the news anchor talks about the “innocent slaughter of trees” you know he is coming from a different worldview than you. That comment provides you with a teaching moment. Talk to your kids and talk to them often about how to look at the world through the lens of Scripture. A review of what they learn at school would be a great place to start.
Fourth, you won’t change what the government does by political pressure of any kind. Sure, you will gain some ground here and there but it will be temporary and temporal in effect. In other words, it will pass when the next group gets their way by getting out the vote and the impact you have will be earthly. It will be what you want as opposed to what others want and of little, if any, eternal value since it will be the result of political action and not the result of God doing a work in the hearts of people. You should be engaged in the political arena if God has called you to that. You should have a say as to what goes on in your child’s school. But, just remember, the direction of our government and culture is a reflection of the ideas and attitudes that dominate our culture. Only when hearts are changed and the Christian worldview gains ascendency in our culture again will we see real change at any (and every) level of society. Use spiritual weapons (2 Cor. 10:4-5) and faithfully live out the calling God has given you, whatever it is.
CALLING FOR TRUTH RADIO PROGRAM June 2007
Monday, June 18th - "Blasphemy of Biblical Proportions"
How should Christian interpret the movie Evan Almighty? Should Christians be involved in partnering with the world to change the world? On this edition of the “Calling For Truth” Radio Program we discuss the many issues surrounding the release of this film and the marketing of it to the Christian community.
Wednesday, June 20th - "Everyday Talk"
Our special guest on this edition of “Calling For Truth” is Author John (Jay) A. Younts. Jay has written the book “Everyday Talk – Speaking Freely and Naturally about God with your Children”.
Tuesday, June 12th - Live From The SBC
An interview with Tom
Tom gave us an update on some of the issues facing the SBC. He also made a major announcement about an upcoming conference called, "Building Bridges: Southern Baptists and Calvinism". The conference is being jointly sponsored by Founders Ministries and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Friday, June 8th - Alien Intrusion: UFO's Evolution Connection
Little green men? Flying saucers? These things are no longer relegated to the lunatic fringe; the search for alien life has taken the world by storm.
Most people at one time or another have probably been curious to know, “What could account for all of those strange objects in the sky that many credible witnesses see?”
Or, what about the modern mystery of alien abductions and stories of visitations by beings claiming to be from other planets or star systems? Are aliens really making contact with human beings? Is it important anyway?
To deal with this issue from a biblical perspective, our special guest on today’s edition of the “Calling For Truth” Radio Program will be Gary Bates from Creation Ministries International.
Gary has undertaken specialist research into the UFO phenomenon and associated extraterrestrial beliefs. Gary has written the Amazon.com top 50 bestseller Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection. This unique book provides biblical answers to the puzzling questions regarding UFOs and life on other planets.
Thursday, May 10th - An interview with Mark Dever
Proclaiming the gospel is without a doubt the most important task of pastoral ministry, yet often other, seemingly more urgent activities obscure it. From time to time all pastors and preachers need to be reminded of the primacy of the gospel.
Recent Program Topic Include:
- The Secret Revealed - a Biblical Analysis of the DVD "The Secret"
- Man as God - an evaluation of the "Word of Faith" movement
- The Gay Gospel - an interview with Author Joe Dallas re: Pro-Gay Theology
"Here I Stand" - Luther at The Diet of Worms, narrated by Max McLean.
Special thanks to The Fellowship of Performing Arts for permitting us to air this audio file. If you would like information on this or other narrations by Max McLean.
Taking Back The Good Book- an interview with Woodrow Krull, President and Bible Teacher for Back to the Bible.
Taking Back the Good Book explores how America has developed an apathetic—sometimes hostile—attitude toward biblical principles. To counter this troubling attitude, Kroll offers practical suggestions to help Christians develop a personal strategy to fuel their passion for and understanding of God’s Word. This, in turn, will energize America’s Christians to impact their nation—and the world—for Christ.