If a tune-up can’t fix a car engine because what it really needs is for the entire engine to be rebuilt, then why would we, in the Christian faith, perform tune-ups on the form and function of our churches when what they may really need is to be completely overhauled? Join the host of Pleading The Case, Andy Mendonsa, where in each episode, he will peal back the culture and traditions that have come to define much of the Church in America today in order to accurately assess whether all that is needed is just a good tune-up, or as he has become convinced, a compete overhaul.
October 8th, 2018 | 1 hr 27 mins
christians, church leaders, churches, deception, evangelicals, faith, grace, home church, pastors, the law, tithing
Under a Covenant of Grace are we still bound by a 10% tithe or did that become obsolete with the fading away of the first Covenant under the Law? And what about church buildings? Are they really to be considered as being the same for us under a Covenant of Grace as the "store house" in Malachi 10 that the tithes, under the first Covenant, were to be brought into?
August 6th, 2018 | 1 hr 39 mins
abraham, christian, deeds, end times, enmity, ephesians, flesh, galatians, gentiles, grace, high priest, holy of holies, israel, jerusalem, jews, judah, law, matthew 5, middle east, new covenant, obsolete, offspring, old covenant, pharisee, righteousness, romans, sacrifice, sacrifices, salvation, sanctuary, seed, shadow and copy, spiritual israel, superior ministry, tabernacle, the promise, unequally yoked, works, worship
In Matthew 5:13 Jesus says “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. The lines between the law and grace, not unlike 2000 years ago when Paul addressed this in his letter to the Galatians, may be equally as blurred, if not more so, for much of the church today, thus creating a hybrid Christian faith, if you will, that has become dangerously close to losing its saltiness.
July 22nd, 2018 | 1 hr 39 mins
beatitudes, christian job description, citizenship in heaven, condition of the church, covenant of grace, deceit, deception, desolate, fear, grace, hate, herod, high priest, kingdom of god, love, perfect love, politics and the christian faith, pontius pilate, seven woes, the fall, the law, unequally yoked, worry
In Philippians 3:20 Paul tells us "Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ..." Clearly, if our citizenship is in heaven then why do we try and make our earthly citizenships' the greater priority for bringing the kingdom of God to bear? Is this Biblical?
July 4th, 2018 | 1 hr 30 mins
2 greatest commandments, apostasy, bride, church, civil rights, compassion, covenant of grace, deacons, deliverance, do unto others, donkey, elders, faith, golden rule, good samaritan, gospel, inn, inn keeper, jericho road, jerusalem, levite, love your neighbor, marriage, mercy, parable of the good samaritan, pastors, priest, racism, redemption, restoration, robbers, salvation, serve, serve and not be served, thieves, worship, worship service
Based on the parable of "The Good Samaritan" this is a companion episode to "Racism, Faith and Worship, Oh My!" If Jesus were giving this parable today who would he have passing by on the other side of the road? Who would he have representing himself, instead of the Samaritan? According to this parable much of what we call the "evangelical church," today, is no different than Israel and her leadership when Jesus first recited this parable to the "expert in the law."
June 25th, 2018 | 1 hr 30 mins
christ, christian faith, church, civil rights, conditions of the heart, deception, disciples, discrimination, divorced, empty vessel, eternal life, evangelism, eve, faith, false teachings, first adam, first covenant, grace, jesus, living water, love, messiah, minorities, politics, pure and undefiled worship, racism, righteousness, rule of law, salvation, samaria, samaritan woman, second adam, second covenant, segregation, sin, skin color, suffering, the deceived, the spirit and in truth, true worshipers god desires, truth, unclean, widows, woman caught in adultery, worship, worship service, worship through service
The text for this episode is John 4:3-42, Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. This passage reveals so much to us, especially about worship, and what it actually looks likes and means to worship God in "the spirit and in truth," and why this has nothing to do with a worship service and everything to do with what we do outside of a worship service.
June 17th, 2018 | 1 hr 26 mins
abomination that causes desolation, acts 5, acts 6, adam, church in america, deceived, deception, deliverance, denied the faith, desolation, devotional, devouring widow's houses, dr. amy sherman, eve, garden of eden, genesis 2:15, high priest, i timothy 5, ii corinthians 11:1-4, inheritance, james 1:27, jesus, marriage bed, offering, orphans, paul, redemption, restoration, sacrifice, sin, stephen, the bereaved, the church, the fatherless, to keep, to visit, unbeliever, works, worship
Based on James 1:27 the second part of this series begins by reviewing Part I in the context of worship, and then focusing on the words "undefiled, "visit" and "the fatherless." This episode concludes with an assessment made for the present condition of the church in America, and possibly around the world, and why James 1:27 is the most accurate litmus test for determining this.
June 11th, 2018 | 1 hr 29 mins
abraham, adultery, deceived, deception, deeds, doers of the word, hearers of the word, hell, james 1:27, marriage, sacrifice, the devil, the fatherless, to dress, to keep, unpolluted by the world, widows, works, worship
In Episode 7, Part I, using James 1:27 as the litmus test, reveals how deceived the church, especially in America, has become and why.
June 4th, 2018 | 1 hr 26 mins
angel, bondage, bride, bridegroom, citizenship in heaven, commitment, covenant of grace, covenant under the law, covering our shame with material goods and wealth, deliverance-redemption-restoration theology, dress and keep, first adam, first eve, gentiles, greed, herod, husband, idolatry, imprisonment, jesus as bridegroom, jews, last eve, love, marriage, nakedness, peter, second adam, shackled, shame, spiritual israel, widow-bride-marriage theology, wife, worship
Part V concludes the series "The Church As Last Eve-Proving Jesus Came To Redeem A Bride." Based on Genesis 2:25 "Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame" as well was Acts 12, the account of Peter being imprisoned by Herod, bound and shackled and then delivered out of this setting by an angel.
May 28th, 2018 | 1 hr 26 mins
adam, adultery, bride, bridegroom, citizenship in heaven, commitment, covenant of grace, covenant under the law, divorce, eve, gentiles, husband, idolatry, jesus as bridegroom, jews, love, marriage, spiritual israel, ten commandments, wife
Part IV: Marriage and the first covenant under the law vs. marriage and the second covenant under grace. Genesis. 2:24 "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. This episode explores why our physical marriage relationships suffer when we put them ahead of our marriage relationship to Jesus as our first priority.
May 21st, 2018 | 1 hr 11 mins
bride of jesus, conceived by the holy spirit, conception of jesus, crucifiction, disciple whom he loved, eve, first adam, god, holy spirit, hour, last adam, last eve, mother of jesus, obedience, overshadowed, pure and undefiled, pure as a virgin, the church, the church as last eve, the hour has come, the most high, wedding feast, widow, woman, worship
In the second part of Genesis 2:23, "the man said...she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” In Part III of this series Andy Mendonsa examines the correlating events and person(s) that symbolizes, perhaps both literally and figuratively, the person that Jesus, as Last Adam, calls "woman." Presenting yet even more compelling proof that Jesus came to redeem a bride.
May 10th, 2018 | 59 mins 58 secs
4 cups of wine, bone of my bone, bride, bride cup, communion, cup of redemption, cup of salvation, deception, deliverance, eve, first adam, first exodus, flesh of my flesh, jesus, last eve, lord's supper, marriage, passover, redemption, restoration, second adam, second covenant, second exodus, the church, theology, widow, worship
This is the 2nd episode in the series focused on the correlations between the creation of Eve through Adam and Jesus coming to redeem a bride. This episode picks up where episode one left off at the end of Genesis 2:21 and covers all of verse 22 and the first half of verse 23, "The man said, this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh." Based on the correlation with Jesus for the first part of verse 23, even our traditional views and practices for taking communion (The Lord's Supper), are called into question.
May 5th, 2018 | 58 mins 57 secs
betrothed, bride of christ, christianity, creation, deception, deliverance, first adam, jesus, last eve, office of widows, redemption, restoration, second adam, serpent, the church, theology, widows, women's roles
Through a multiple part series, the case is made that Jesus, as last Adam, came to redeem a bride. Beginning with the creation of the first Eve through the first Adam account in Genesis 2:21-25 and then presenting the correlating passages in the New Testament with the last Adam, the evidence appears to be irrefutable that the Church, Christ’s bride, is also the last Eve. What happens, though, when one half (men) of the church does not recognize or believe this is that the other half (women) of the church, by default will be regarded, and even treated, as though they have less kingdom value and worth.
April 30th, 2018 | 1 hr 22 mins
christ's bride, christianity, condition of the church, deception, desolation, eve, james 1:27, jesus, last adam, salvation, widows, worship
This first broadcast of "Pleading the Case" begins by posing the question: Is it possible to have the right Jesus for salvation and yet the wrong Jesus for living it out? If you have never considered this as a possibility, then the answer might surprise you, especially for what it reveals to us about our present condition as the Church, Christ’s bride?