The Consequences of Killing God with John Stonestreet

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At a Glance

The foundation of our society has shifted beneath our feet. Where there was once a firm base rooted in the Bible, we now find our culture in a moral freefall. Special guest John Stonestreet from the Colson Center reveals how subtle shifts have radically eroded people’s ability to find truth, identity, justice, and meaning. Believers have a responsibility to shape society in such a way that people know truth and can find meaning and justice. Today, prominent voices like Richard Dawkins are waking up to recognize the role of Christianity in creating a society that supports human dignity and freedom. It’s time that believers learn the same and take action.

Special Guest

John Stonestreet serves as president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He’s a sought-after author and speaker on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education and apologetics. John is the daily voice of Breakpoint, the nationally syndicated commentary on the culture, founded by the late Chuck Colson. He is also the voice of the Point, a daily one-minute feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues.

Featured guest links:

  • Colson Educators. Equip teachers with clarity in this chaotic cultural moment by putting worldview training into their hands.
  • Idenity Project. Guidance from a Christian Worldview. Clarity on identity and sexuality issues does exist. The Identity Project is for parents, grandparents, teachers, leaders, ministers, medical professionals, and anyone who wants to know, speak, and advocate for the truth about human identity amid cultural chaos. Access 150+ (and growing) videos on sexuality, “gender,” and identity topics from vetted subject matter experts. Free trial available.
  • Colson Fellows. Gain wisdom. Live faithfully. Act courageously. The world needs you. This ten-month course takes you on a carefully curated journey to understanding the times and knowing what to do in community with like-minded people.
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What You'll Hear

Using the link above, you can read the transcript or listen along while highlighted text follows the podcast audio.

"If 'love' is winning and truth is losing, we're playing the wrong game. This is not the Christian game."

John Stonestreet (46:03)

Quotes

If there is no God, we don’t have a source of right and wrong.

And hey, if there is no God, we don’t have a source for meaning.

And if there is no God, we really don’t know who we are. Well now think about the dominant idea on college campuses, and now even below, is that there is no such thing as human identity; that it’s a social construct to the very level of our bodies

People are living lives they report to be meaningless. So in the Western world, in America, we have a declining life expectancy. At this time in history it’s crazy, especially among the American male because of deaths of meaninglessness or what’s called deaths of despair. – John Stonestreet [10:01]

Francis Schaeffer talked about living on Christian capital – and what if that capital has almost run out? We’re going to existentially sense a catastrophic loss of truth, identity, trust, love, meaning, and purpose. - John Stonestreet [5:15]

Go Deeper

Why Social Justice is Not Biblical Justice: An Urgent Appeal to Fellow Christians in a Time of Social Crisis

By Scott David Allen

“Highly recommended!” – Wayne Grudem, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary

“I urge you to read and share this book immediately and widely!” – Kelly Monroe Kullberg, author of Finding God Beyond Harvard: The Quest for Veritas

“We have long needed a book like this. Every serious Christian—especially every pastor—should read and heed the wisdom it contains.” – Tom Ascol, Senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church (Cape Coral, Florida), President of Founders Ministries

“We are a wounded nation now, and Christians need to bind up wounds and not make new ones. Instead of scorning those who push for social justice, we should recognize that leftist ideologues have twisted the concept of social justice, and some Christians have naively gone along with the distortion. Scott Allen offers an alternative that’s crucial to consider.” – Marvin Olasky, Editor in chief of WORLD magazine

Prepare yourself to defend the truth against the greatest worldview threat of our generation.

In recent years, a set of ideas rooted in postmodernism and neo-Marxist critical theory have merged into a comprehensive worldview. Labeled “social justice” by its advocates, it has radically redefined the popular understanding of justice. It purports to value equality and diversity and to champion the cause of the oppressed.

Yet far too many Christians have little knowledge of this ideology, and consequently, don’t see the danger. Many evangelical leaders confuse ideological social justice with biblical justice. Of course, justice is a deeply biblical idea, but this new ideology is far from biblical.

It is imperative that Christ-followers, tasked with blessing their nations, wake up to the danger, and carefully discern the difference between Biblical justice and its destructive counterfeit.

Why Social Justice is Not Biblical Justice aims to replace confusion with clarity by holding up the counterfeit worldview and the Biblical worldview side-by-side, showing how significantly they differ in their core presuppositions. It challenges Christians to not merely denounce the false worldview, but offer a better alternative—the incomparable Biblical worldview, which shapes cultures marked by genuine justice, mercy, forgiveness, social harmony, and human dignity. Learn more or download the free study guide.

Free Training Course

When the principles of the Bible are understood as a comprehensive worldview, it has tremendous power to work transformation in individuals, families, communities, and even nations. Too often, Christians are ineffective because they have absorbed cultural thinking that is not in alignment with truth.

Not all worldviews are equal. Some lead to brokenness and poverty, while the biblical worldview leads to God’s intended flourishing and the blessing of the nations. Our Kingdomizer Training Program can help you understand the biblical worldview and discover areas in your own thinking that need to be transformed by God’s Word.

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Following this week’s discussion with author, writer, and speaker John Stonestreet, we wanted to leave you with some practical application steps you can take away from the episode. Join us for this post-show discussion as we try to get practical.

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