During the golden age of broadcasting, there was a dire need to teach the Gospel through radio. Wesley Simons, the preacher for the Stoney Creek church of Christ, desired to begin a program that would earnestly contend for the faith. This program would not be like the rest of religious programming, but a new concept where people could call in and have a live Bible study over the air. After much elaboration with WZAP Radio in Bristol, VA and support of the church of Christ, the Arise To Truth radio program aired for the first time March 5th 1985. The program since then has met much opposition, but has also received much praise.
It has been the goal of this program to allow a freedom of religion policy, but also to reason through personal beliefs and doctrines. The Bible is the main focus in every program aired. Thus, the authority of all discussions always comes back to 'where can you find your beliefs in the Bible'? If someone is looking for truth, that is a major foundation of these efforts. If someone is willing to discuss their beliefs, we have a place for you in our program. This program also issues a warning. Every listener's soul is too precious, hell is too hot, and eternity is too long to take anyone's word on any Bible subject. It's encouraged for our listeners to always check us out, but not just us, but all who claim to speak in the name of the Lord. We were trying, and still trying, to sell every precious soul on absolute, Bible authority. This program does not beat around the bush. Every effort is given to give a 'thus saith the Lord' and call things for what and who they are. If it goes against the Bible, we take a stand. Worship is important, so is Christian living. Doctrine must have importance too or it does not matter how frequently you worship or live for God, or it could be wrong. Jesus said, "Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men," (Mark 7:7).