By Nathan Jones
Has the United States experienced a radical shift away from Christianity?
We asked this question on our television show Christ in Prophecy of Carl Gallups, senior pastor of Hickory Hammock Baptist Church in Milton, Florida, and the author of the best-selling books The Rabbi who Found Messiah and one of the best apologetics book called The Magic Man in the Sky. He is also the founder of the world famous PPSIMMONS YouTube channel and prominent Freedom Friday radio talk show host.
Freedom Friday With Carl Gallups
Nathan Jones: Before we get started, Carl, please tell us a little bit about your radio program, Freedom Friday. I'm a subscriber to it and so know it covers from the biblical perspective national and international events. And how can people find it?
Carl Gallups: We broadcast over 1330 WEBY. It is a 25,000 watt AM station on the Gulf Coast, and the most powerful AM station between Tampa and New Orleans, Louisiana. We broadcast by radio to portions of four states on the Gulf Coast, and of course we are linked up to Internet streaming.
We stream live over the Internet. Plus, you can pick us up on your smart phone. We also podcast my program "Freedom Friday with Carl Gallups." The easiest way to get to it is carlgallups.com. In the top right-hand corner you'll see the link for radio, listen live, and podcast. Click there and it takes you to the "Freedom Friday" website, including broadcast archives.
We broadcast live once a week on Friday, 5-7 pm Eastern Time. We happen to have a large international audience because they get up the next morning and listen.
The format is a live call-in show usually where I interview people. I interview all kinds of authors and political figures and religious figures. People can also call in. We have lively discussions and debates and have a good time.
My PPSIMMONS YouTube channel name is a moniker. It's an acronym for "Proclaiming the Precious Salvation of Jesus in Many Ways and Many Nations thus Obliterating our Nemesis Satan." P-P-S-I-M-M-O-N-S. When this ministry was started that was its name, but it's become a network now known as PPSIMMONS News and Ministry Network. We offer a syndicated blog spot. Our YouTube channel has right now nearly 33 million views and 33,000 subscribers, and it's only been up for four to five years.
We've also got three to five Facebook properties that go with it. I can't remember all of the different properties. The radio program is connected to it all as well. Plus we have a little Internet television thing, too, so we cover TV, radio, everything. It's growing. Praise be unto the Lord!
Dr. Reagan: I highly recommend this program of Carl's. If you want to find a biblical viewpoint on what is going on in the world and in our nation regarding just about any topic, whether it be abortion, same-sex marriage, homosexuality, or national debt, Carl shows there's a moral aspect to these things and a biblical aspect. You can find that on his radio program.
Dr. Reagan: Carl, several months ago you made an interesting observation at a lunch we were at. You said, "What you and I believe today — the Christian values that we hold and the Christian doctrines that we believe in — were the center of Christianity 25-30 years ago. And today we are considered to be right-wing nuts on the periphery." Has there been that much of a shift in Christianity?
Carl Gallups: I suppose so. I'm shocked every day that passes. For centuries there has been in the United States a foundational understanding of who we are as Christians being people of the Word who live by a biblical worldview. We were a people who stood unashamedly for the Bible as the infallible, authoritative Word of God for all of life. Just 20-30 years ago that was applauded, now if you hold these biblical views you are on the terrorist watch list.
Dr. Reagan: Yes, indeed. I'll give you another example. Who would have thought 20 years ago that you would find major Christian leaders today talking about there being many roads to God. And, if you talk about there being only one road — Jesus Christ— as the Bible teaches, then you are an intolerant bigot.
Carl Gallups: Yes, today now we must embrace the homosexual community. It's an amazing shift in morality. You're right, that's why I said what I said. When you told me you were remembering something from a lunch time months ago I was panicking. I thought, "Oh, my, what is he going to bring up?" But, no, you're right. I remember saying that because it is something that perplexes me every day. I don't consider myself to be radical at all. I've consider myself to just be mainline, firm, biblical worldview kind of guy.
Dr. Reagan: But, Christianity is not mainline anymore, is it?
Carl Gallups: No kidding! I find that I'm preaching and teaching just plain biblical facts, biblical truths, that are substantiated by a plethora of Scripture. You preach this and that and you proclaim that now, and people put a target on you and call you all kinds of filthy names.
In the second segment of our interview with Pastor Carl Gallups on America's spiritual crisis, Carl will explain what the end game is for the teaching of Evolution.