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.
As believers, we are to discern truth from err, light from darkness, and right from wrong … but how?
A few years back, I listened in astonishment as some prominent emerging leaders talked about replacing "preaching" with "having a conversation."
I'm all for exercising Constitutional Rights, but this new trend is alarming. Standing honors those who have given their lives for the freedoms that we now enjoy — freedoms that allow these individuals to make millions of dollars and never have to worry about retirement or hard work.
Are many of us playing games with God? This is often why "Christians" bare little resemblance to Christians defined by Scripture. The cares of the world choke spiritual life out of us, as described by Jesus in the parable of the seed and the soil. They are the walking dead ... dead to the things of God.
I'm not referring to all churches collectively in this article, but to the large majority who have drifted away from God. The present condition of the church leaves one to wonder if the lack of the fear of the Lord is contributing to her spiritually dead condition.
Why do they fall? They fall for the same reason that all Christians fall. Each of us are drawn away by our own evil desires and enticed. When these desires are acted upon, they lead to sin (cf. James 1:14-15).
Alcohol is a dangerous liberty. I learned this lesson the hard way, even as a Christian involved in ministry. I could have a beer or two on special occasions, but because of my past problem with alcohol as a young adult, the addiction was always ready to take hold of me again.
As I read the news reports, my heart immediately went out to the families. The media has been fueling the flames of racism and hatred for some time and we are reaping the whirlwind.
"We have forgotten God, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own" (Abraham Lincoln).
I'm extremely saddened by the negative comments toward pastors who have sought to advise Trump — Jack Graham, Jentezen Franklin, Harry Jackson, and many others who have helped me immensely — these are godly men.
Last year I received an email correspondence from a desperate wife and mother: "I won't watch my kids be physically abused anymore. ..."
I thank God for the wonderful work that many large ministries are doing to promote revival from D.C. to Pasadena — I wish there were more, but there is also a very troubling trend in the evangelical church as a whole.
Newsweek magazine, on December 27, 1982, in an article entitled, How the Bible Made America, made this revealing statement, "historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the Constitution, is our Founding document."
Why would we willingly walk into the enemy's camp? Why would we feed wrong desires and thoughts?
God established the concept of government, why would He not desire godly leadership? The top five comments I've heard that prevent involvement are:
In Russell Moore's compelling book, Tempted & Tried, a chapter entitled, Why You're on the Verge of Wrecking Your Life (Especially If You Don't Know It), caught my attention. Moore writes quoting a scientist who studied cattle behavior, "A slaughterhouse, in order to keep the cattle relaxed, should remove anything from the sight of the animals that isn't completely familiar.
Pastor Joel Osteen has been very clear many times that he doesn't talk about hell, sin, or damnation, or anything that is hard to hear.
"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world" (Galatians 6:14).
Many of us can look back on our lives and regret the damage done through bad choices. For most, we didn't see it coming.
A few years ago, I had a conversation with a pastor who suggested that these articles are written from a position of fear.
Christian leaders, from Robert Jeffress to Max Lucado, are divided on who to vote for. How can we honor God and preserve our values this election season? Here are five ways.
The unavoidable truth is that many are becoming desensitized to murder, molestation, violence, and lust. When the Holy Spirit no longer fills hearts and minds with a passion for purity and holiness, there is a general lack of conviction. Compromise in this area can be well illustrated through a story that I heard years ago.
Much like the former Mars Hill Church based in Seattle, Westside Christian Fellowship in Southern California arose out of a desperate need to encourage Christians to seek God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. God has graciously honored our desire and is spreading His Word.
As a Southern California corporate executive for the fastest growing fitness company in the world in the mid-1990s, I had the opportunity to experience the devastating effects of life in the fast lane without rules or boundaries.