Shane Idleman

CP Guest Contributor

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.

Sitting for National Anthem: Trend or Tragedy?

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 American Christians the Walking Dead?

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.

Warning: This Article May Offend Many Christians

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.

7 Reasons Christian Leaders Fall

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).

Perry Noble and My Alcohol Addiction

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.

Can the Pope Bring Revival?

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.

Which Do You Need More, Counseling or Repentance?

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.

Christians Shouldn't Watch 'Deadpool' and That's Not Legalism

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.

5 Lessons We Can Learn From Pastor Mark Driscoll's Return

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.