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.
"Why didn't someone do something?" Those five words still haunt my thoughts today.
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.
Jen Hatmaker recently made the following comment in a question-and-answer-style interview published by the Religion News Service, "Not only are these [LGBT] our neighbors and friends, but they are brothers and sisters in Christ.
America cannot fall because she has already fallen. We are now picking up the pieces of a broken nation.
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.
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.
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.
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.