Benny Hinn, Kerney Thomas and Robert Tilton lead this list of six controversial Charismatic Christian preachers known for carrying out their ministry work in seemingly spectacular ways.
1. BENNY HINN (LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR)
Televangelist and global preacher Toufik Benedictus "Benny" Hinn is known for travelling the world for his "miraculous healing crusades" and encouraging Christians to "sow seeds" into his ministry. What Hinn is most known for is the way in which he claims God anoints him with the Holy Spirit to lay hands on and heal people. The very popular YouTube video titled "Benny Hinn: Let the Bodies Hit the Floor" illusrates it best. more >>
Craig Groeschel, founding pastor of megachurch, LifeChurch.tv, and co-creator of the popular YouVersion Bible App, writes about the need for men to "man up" and embrace their roles as leaders in his new book Fight: Winning the Battles That Matter Most, while explaining how every man is equipped with the strength and tools to overcome life's battles.
Groeschel uses the Biblical story of Samson throughout Fight as an example to convey what he says are three elements today's man deals with often: pride, lust, and entitlement. He also emphasizes that these are the downfalls that hinder a man from fulfilling his purpose as a true warrior while focusing on the positive power of fighting a righteous battle.
An edited transcript of Craig Groeschel's interview with The Christian Post is below: more >>
Hip hop artist and actor Ja Rule said in a recent interview with HuffPost Live that Hillsong Church NYC's "come as you are" atmosphere helped him welcome God into his life.
The rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, spoke with Marc Lamont Hill about his experience touring churches to promote his new movie, "I'm In Love With A Church Girl." He was regularly asked during the tour if he was saved or if starring in the film impacted him spiritually, he shared, and he would respond by saying he loved God and believed in Him, but was taking his faith slowly.
"But what I was really saying is: 'I don't feel like I'm a part of this yet. I don't feel welcome,'" he said. more >>
A historic Florida megachurch first planted in the 1950s is experiencing major decline in its attendance numbers and the first negative impact came from a moral indiscretion by a lead pastor no longer there, a spokesperson for the church said.
However, there are multiple reasons for the sharp decline in worship attendance, which threatens the congregation's ability to afford to use their current worship building, Dr. Bob Rhoden, Orlando-area Calvary Assembly's interim pastor, told The Christian Post. more >>
Much ado has been made in recent days about California pastor John MacArthur's Strange Fire conference. Michael Patton, a MacArthur fan, offers a critique of the conference, the book, and MacArthur's attitude toward Charismatics, so I will not.
As a young pastor the first person to whom I ran for books and commentaries was John MacArthur. His radio program, "Grace to You," was like a soothing balm amid many local church programs that filled the airwaves in the Atlanta area. In those days you could catch J. Vernon McGee, Chuck Swindoll, Charles Stanley, and sometimes evangelist Maze Jackson. The others were fine, but I really enjoyed listening to MacArthur.
In or around 1989-1990, as a young pastor I went with some friends to a regional Shepherd's Conference in Conyers, Georgia. I was 26 or 27 and totally enthralled by the gathering. Hearing MacArthur in person was like heaven. more >>
SUN VALLEY, Calif. – Pastor Mark Driscoll, in Long Beach to speak at a men's conference, made an impromptu visit just a short trip north up the freeways to John MacArthur's Strange Fire conference at Grace Community Church late Friday morning, and was promptly told he could not pass out copies of his new book while there.
The Mars Hill Church lead pastor, whose book, A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? releases next month, told The Christian Post that the reason for coming to the church campus in Sun Valley where the conference was held was to meet with seminary students and leaders of associated organizations, some asking if they could meet with him.
However, in previous posts through social media, about one hour prior to his arrival, Driscoll did state he was going to be at the conference to pass out books that might help with the conference discussion about the Holy Spirit. more >>