Shane Idleman

CP Guest Contributor

Are Altar Calls Biblical?

Often, it's the, "I'll give Jesus a try" attitude, rather than a broken heart desperately seeking a Savior — the American gospel versus the true gospel.

Pastors: Our Silence is Deafening

A paraphrase that is often attributed to Alexis De Tocqueville — a Frenchman who authored Democracy in America in the early 1800s, helps to open this letter: "I looked throughout America to find where her greatness originated.

Can I Lose My Salvation? A Plea for Grace on Both Sides.

Those who believe you can lose your salvation should not chide those who believe in eternal security — "once saved always saved" is by no means a license to sin — it's a belief in God's guarantee. But on the flip side, those who embrace eternal security should not mock those who disagree.

The Truth About Dieting

Although I believed I was healthy and fit, by the time I reached my twenty-second birthday, my 6'2'' frame had skyrocketed to 270 pounds and I was diagnosed with borderline hypoglycemia.

5 Reasons I'm Not Catholic

I recently had the privilege of meeting a priest of a large parish in Southern California. The purpose of our conversation was to discuss the role of tradition in light of Scripture. Granted, some tradition is beneficial if it lines up with Scripture.

What ​'Judge Not' Really Means

News reports are featuring famous athletes, actors, and pop-stars being asked about abortion and gay-marriage. Often, they criticize Christians: "Doesn't the Bible say 'judge not'; who are you to tell people what they can, and cannot do?"

Are Trump Voters Bad for America?

This is a foreboding time for us all. Last week I was walking near our city's boulevard in the evening when a car drove by and yelled F___ Trump!! It was a dangerous atmosphere for me and my wife.

5 Things Pastors Need to Stop Doing Immediately

Pastors, we are not just cheerleaders, we are game changers. We are called to stir and to convict so that change takes place. Granted, there are many wonderful pastors and churches — I appreciate their ministry, but, as a whole, the church has drifted off course.

Why I'm Voting for Mike Pence

While we are concerned with terrorism, and rightly so, there is a greater threat from within. We are witnessing the rapid deterioration of a nation before our eyes. We have become one nation "above" God, rather than under God.

The Shirt Read, 'Shoot The Police'

Stunned, I contemplated what I had read. Just days after Sergeant Owen in Lancaster, California, was brutally killed, a young high schooler was photographed at a local high school wearing a shirt that read, "Shoot the Police." Emotions surfaced from anger to sadness.

To Both the Compromiser and the Legalist: REPENT!

Popular opinion says that because we are "no longer under law, but under grace" (Romans 6:14) our choices are no longer bound to the law...the "thou shalt nots" no longer apply; we have complete freedom. But this twisting of the truth attempts to justify sin.

The Only Thing Holding Many Churches Together Is ...

I knew a pastor who instructed his worship leader to remove songs that mentioned the Holy Spirit, and another pastor who removed songs about the blood of Christ. How sad ... in their zeal to avoid charismatic excesses and offensive truths, these pastors actually quenched and grieved the Spirit.