Author, Theologian, Exegete, and Comic Book collector, Gary DeMar does what he does best: Talk about everything and anything, relating it to how the world actually works. Welcome to the Gary DeMar Podcast!
Gary discusses the historical conditions and motivations behind an important book written in the 19th century, The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States. The political climate in 1864 was not much different from our own in 2022. The country was deeply divided and truth and history were both being questioned. This book provides a reminder of the providential nature of the establishment of the United States, as well as the response of the individuals bringing it to pass. Get the book here: https://store.americanvision.org/products/christian-life-and-character-of-the-civil-institutions-of-the-united-states
Christian futurists and atheists will often use the same mistaken arguments when dealing with Jesus' words in the Olivet Discourse. Gary discusses several claims in a recent book by an author who claims to be an atheist because of failed prophecies about the "end times." While his claims are nothing new, he does quote from and interact with Gary's book Last Days Madness, which led to this audio response. Get Gary's full exposition of Matthew 24, Wars and Rumors of Wars.
Gary discusses art and worldview with Pastor Doug Giles. Doug has been working on several series of art to help change Christians' perception of biblical persons and events. How we think about the Bible and the men and women mentioned are often informed and influenced by false visual representations in popular paintings and other works of art. Check out Doug's art here: www.DougGiles.art
Gary concludes his interview with Chris Arnzen about abortion, racism, transgenderism, and so much more. The anti-Christian worldview is self-contradictory, and Christians simply need to point this out. The cracks in the foundations of unbelieving thought are growing larger and deeper, and non-Christians are getting more and more irrational in their "logic" to support their fight for power and money in rebellion against the God of the Bible.
Gary is interviewed by Chris Arnzen on Iron Sharpens Iron Radio. In this first part they discuss Christian worldview, political activism, and how current unbelieving thought is starting to cave in on itself through internal contradictions and competing ideologies.
Gary discusses several recent books and articles based on the topic of Christian Nationalism. These authors are claiming that some Christians are trying to align Christianity and politics and change the country by taking forceful dominion. This is far from the reality and doesn't match up with the biblical truth on the relationship between Church and State. Get The Reduction of Christianity here: https://store.americanvision.org/products/the-reduction-of-christianity
In 2 Thessalonians 2, Paul speaks about the "man of lawlessness" (or "man of sin" in some older translations). There has been all sorts of speculation by interpreters about who or what this might be, and on today's episode Gary discusses this section of Scripture—as well as the practical implications—with Pastor Joel Webbon.
Gary discusses a newspaper article about old movies sent in from a listener. Gary's interest in movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood goes deep and this article rekindled his passion and sparked this episode. The classic films are not only fun (and usually clean) entertainment, they can (and should) be used to teach the Christian worldview. Get Gary's talk and outline about classic movies here.
Gary concludes his interview with Pastor Joel Webbon regarding worldview and action. Why do we still see so much anti-Christian responses in the public sphere if Christ is reconciling the world to Himself? Has any progress actually been made in nearly 2000 years of church history?
Gary continues his discussion with Pastor Joel Webbon about eschatology. Beliefs matter and influence the decisions people make. The cultural failures we see all around us are the result of Christians not being involved. Worldviews matter, and especially our view of what the future holds.
Gary is interviewed by Pastor Joel Webbon about biblical eschatology. The church has historically not dealt with the topic in a systematic way, and many interpretations of Revelation 20 have resulted. We need to work from inside the Bible and allow Scripture to form our definitions and expectations.
Authority is a fact of God's created world and order. Christians and churches were originally very instrumental in the culture and society, but we have steadily given that role and authority over to the state. Because of this, the church has nearly no voice in modern culture. Taking it back requires strategy and a long-term outlook.
In this first part of his interview with Dr. Steve Hotze, Gary discusses his book, God and Government, and the current political situation in America and around the world. Join Gary and Dr. Hotze at the upcoming Christian Patriots Rally in Houston on Sept 17, 2022. Click here for more information.
President Biden recently announced that he was going to "spend" $500 billion to help the student debt crisis. This is nothing more than the next phase of the Democrats' disastrous economic policy in an attempt to buy votes in future elections. It's all a sham, and only further devalues the dollars currently in our wallets as well as every future dollar.
Just because someone teaches for a Christian university does not mean that they are orthodox. A recent article by a professor from a Christian college in California is a perfect example of this. Gary discusses this article and the author's claims about the Bible being "neutral" on abortion.
Gary responds to a critic about his demand for using modern academic works to interpret the prophetic passages in the Bible. While there is nothing wrong with appealing to new scholarship, the fact remains that every new book that claims to find "new" evidence is nothing more than a restatement of what has been claimed before. There is nothing new under the sun...
Gary discusses an article that appeared recently called "By the Sweat of Our Brow." One of the important concepts brought up by the article and analyzed in depth by another podcast (The Theology Pugcast) is the need for mediating institutions in a culture. What are mediating institutions? Listen to find out... Read the article here: By the Sweat of Our Brow
Gary answers a listener question about the tension between God's kingdom and man's kingdom. The two always seem to be at odds, but abandoning or ignoring the earthly authorities because of their persecution isn't the answer either. The tension is real and the work can be difficult and frustrating, but the Gospel is the solution.
Gary interviews author and speaker Bill Federer on today's episode. Bill has written nearly two dozen books on America's Christian history and has documented all of it with original source material. He travels all around the country giving talks and is booked nearly every week. More information can be found on Bill's website here.
The announcement was recently made that the IRS would be adding 87,000 agents to its tax army. Gary reveals little knows information from the 1970s proving that the IRS has a long history of using its power to push social agendas, including education. Read this article about R.J. Rushdoony's testimony against the Texas public schools.
Three black elites have recently appealed to the Bible (sort of) to support their support of on-demand abortions. Al Sharpton, Whoppi Goldberg, and Stacey Abrams have all shown their biblical ignorance with public comments, yet undiscerning voters eat it up. Gary points out the hypocrisy on today's episode, based on his recent article.
Gary interviews Kirk Cameron briefly about the influence of Marshall Foster and the application of the biblical worldview to all of life. Our view of history matters and affects how we live in the present. Christians must know their biblical history, as well as the history of the church and Christians throughout the last 2000 years.
The recent passing of Ronald Sider is an opportunity for Gary to tell the sad history of Christian socialism in America. Acts 4-5 is often appealed to as an example of this, but as Gary points out, it was 1) voluntary, and 2) tied to the coming destruction of Jerusalem. Christians must not be manipulated into unproductive mindsets by academic and economic guilt peddlers. Get Gary North's book, Christian Economics in One Lesson.
Gary discusses Dr. Michael Brown's recent article, "What Does the Bible Say About the End of the Age?" At the end of his article, Dr. Brown lists several points as a summary of his view and Gary responds to them with Scripture and first century context. Get Gary's book, Last Days Madness.
Gary discusses recent comments coming from rabid pro-abortionists about their dissatisfaction with the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision in June. Abortion advocates have no logical, scientific, or moral leg to stand on, yet they still can't stop running their mouths and showing everyone what they actually believe. Get Gary's book, Restoring the Foundation of Civilization.
Gary discusses an economic statement made by a seminary professor surrounding economics and Revelation 6. This professor said that inflation will be much worse during what he believes is a future "great tribulation." Gary responds to both the economic and the biblical statements required by such a view.
Marshall Foster (1945-2022) is the topic of conversation today. Marshall died on July 22, 2022 from pancreatic cancer. Gary relates a few of his own memories of Marshall and how he was instrumental in the beginnings of American Vision. Marshall was a gifted storyteller and one of the best at teaching America's providential history using stories and vivid detail. The episode concludes with a short compilation of Marshall doing what he did best: teaching history with stories. Be sure to check out Marshall's ministry and resources at World History Institute.
Gary discusses several recent instances of Christians not being able to answer basic challenges to a biblical worldview. The Bible speaks about all of life, not only how to go to heaven or how to pray. God's law lays out the rules for society and how individual behavior affects a culture, for good and for bad. Christianity has answers for every objection that is brought against it, but most modern Christians have not been prepared and taught how to think biblically. Watch the Darwinist abortionist video here. Get Gary's book, Thinking Straight in a Crooked World.
Gary responds to a Facebook commenter who claimed America was not founded as a Christian nation. The commenter uses the phrase from the Treaty of Tripoli in 1797 to make his case. His use is nothing new and it is both revisionist history and taken out of its proper textual context. Click here to watch the video explaining Bonhoeffer's Theory of Stupidity.
In this rebroadcast, Gary DeMar sits down with the late Dr. Gary North for a discussion about the 5-point covenant model. Dr. North shows that the covenant is unavoidable and always flows out from the very first point: "Who's in Charge?" Every area of human life and responsibility can be viewed, taught, and understood through this covenant model.
Gary discusses the concept of "church ages" and what the letters to the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3 represent. Are we in the "last age," the Laodicean age? Or could the text simply mean what it says and be referring to seven historical churches in the mid-first century? And does this mean that Revelation 2 and 3 mean nothing to us today?
Gary responds to a statement from Hawaiian Sen. Mazie Hirono claiming that we have no idea what the Founding Fathers believed. Sen. Hirono is trying to reinterpret the Constitution for her own purposes and wants to disregard the thousands and thousands of pages of books, letters, and articles written by the Founding Fathers describing exactly what they believed and why they wrote the Constitution the way they did.
Gary shows how to force unbelievers to live consistently with their stated anti-God beliefs. This is the wedge of apologetics known as presuppositionalism. Using Proverbs 26:4-5 as his text, Gary shows that 1) evolution is a religion, and 2) it cannot produce a morality short of "only the strong survive."
Gary answers a listener question about Daniel 12 and the resurrection of the dead. Connecting various verses and passages from the Old and New Testaments, Gary shows that once again, the Bible is its own best interpreter. We must be careful to not bend the Bible to our own preconceived ideas, but conform our ideas to the Biblical text. Click here for Jim Jordan's masterful Daniel commentary, The Handwriting on the Wall. Click here for Ken Gentry's article on this topic.
Gary answers a listener question about the supposed historical fact that Antipas (mentioned in Revelation 2:13) was martyred in the mid-90s AD under Domitian. If true, this would mean the book of Revelation was written after the destruction of the city and the temple in AD 70. Preterists maintain that the book was written during Nero's reign in the mid-60s AD. So which view is correct and why does it matter?
Gary discusses the recent Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade and what it means and what comes next. Christians must be involved in every area of life—from womb to tomb—and be ready to give both spiritual and physical help where it's needed. In order to be ready, there must be preparation and a strategy.
Every Fourth of July, we celebrate the "birth of the United States," but this is not quite accurate. The nation of America was born much earlier in the colonies. Thirteen colonies with independent governments and intact constitutions were operating in 1776. Gary discusses the early history of the colonies, and how they founded their laws and constitutions on the Bible.
Gary answers a listener question about the word "church" and how it is used by the Bible and interpreters over the years. Is God "doing something new" in the New Testament, or is He fulfilling exactly what He promised in the Old Testament? Was God's plan for His people changed when they rejected Jesus as their Messiah?
Gary discusses electric cars and the current administration's love affair with making political laws influenced by climate change. There is much to like about the EV industry, but there is also much to be addressed and figured out before EV can challenge the internal combustion engine and petroleum. Government doesn't understand economics, yet they consistently make decisions with huge economic ramifications, and usually for the worse.
Gary discusses how Paul and the apostles approached promised persecution and tribulation during their own lifetimes and ministries. Paul was told that chains awaited him in Jerusalem, yet he went anyway. Persecution may await us as well, but we are called to daily obedience and to preach and live the Gospel regardless of the political or cultural situation. Just as Caleb was not dissuaded by the giants living in the Promised Land, neither should we.
What's the difference between eschatology and Bible prophecy? Does it make a difference what view you take in relation to future things? Gary talks about his experience sitting down with a seminary class and discussing various views on biblical prophetic interpretation.
Gary responds to two individuals critical of his own eschatological view and points out that preterism is the only position that takes the Bible text literally. Letting the Bible interpret itself can never yield any of the Rapture positions, despite how many times adherents claim that Preterists are "scoffers."
Gary answers several questions from a listener who is fearful and anxious about the world based on what local pastors are preaching and teaching about the "end times." The events they are claiming are for today happened in the first century and fulfilled the prophecies in the very timeframe Jesus claimed they would. Christians should not be fearful; the victory is won and the Kingdom is growing, despite what certain people are saying.
Gary recently returned from a Pastor's Conference in Mexico, where he spoke to a hundred pastors or so about eschatology. On today's podcast, Gary discusses his travel to and from Mexico, his experiences while he was there, and his takeaways from teaching through a translator.
In this second part of his interview with David Vaughn, Gary discusses worldviews and their importance. Everyone, regardless of religious belief or lack thereof, has a worldview. Facts do not self-interpret; facts are interpreted by people and all people interpret through a particular grid of what they believe about ultimate truth and reality. Worldviews are inescapable, and it is vital to understand this in order to effectively communicate with others, otherwise we talk past the issues and each other.
Gary is interviewed by David Vaughn on his radio show, Worldview Matters. Gary and David discuss two big topics currently in the media: abortion and mass shootings. Gary points out that every moral argument requires a foundational system and that the biblical worldview protects both the unborn child and the right to self-defense.
Gary discusses Revelation 20 and the enduring topic of the thousand years and the various millennial positions found among Christians. None of the positions base their view explicitly on the small amount of information found in Revelation 20, which means they look elsewhere in the Bible for support.
Gary answers a listener question about 2 Thessalonians 2 and the man of lawlessness. Understanding Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians must be interpreted through the events of his first letter. Finding the rapture, the Roman Catholic church, or any other number of prophetic events in this chapter is simply not a valid way to interpret Scripture.
Gary answers a listener question about the two witnesses from Revelation 11. Are these actual people, or groups of people, or something else? There is of course an Old Testament applicability to these witnesses and we must not ignore the OT requirement in interpreting Revelation 11, as well as the rest of the book.
Abortion issues are continuing to polarize the national news stories. Nancy Pelosi was even barred from taking Communion by a church leader because of her public support of abortion. It is causing many media figures to say very dumb things, but is revealing their true motivations and beliefs.