Shane Idleman

CP Guest Contributor

The Legalist vs The Compromiser: Neither Is Right

The pendulum often swings when following truth (biblical principles). At one extreme is legalism. Legalists have self-righteous attitudes that rate spirituality by how well a person follows rules. The compromiser, sometimes referred to as a "Las Vegas Christian," is at the other extreme, and compromises God's word by their lifestyle.

How Do We Restrain a Nature Prone to Wander?

In the same way that the DMV offers a certificate of non-operation when a vehicle is not working properly, wandering from God makes us ineffective, unproductive, negative, angry, depressed, disgruntled, discouraged, critical, and lifeless. It's clear from Scripture that the wanderer within must be restrained.

Many Do Not Seek God or Hear His Voice; Here's Why

Recently, I shared with our congregation that one of the most difficult challenges associated with pastoring is not sermon preparation or taxing counseling appointments, but witnessing the tragic results of spiritual dehydration— people dying spiritually with living water just steps away.

Fathers: Your Family Would Rather 'See a Sermon'

We are in desperate need of genuine leadership—broken, humble men—men who are not afraid to admit that they need God; men who are more worried about prayer than about status and recognition; men who petition God rather than position themselves. The state of the family today is disheartening. Men have largely forsaken their God-given role as spiritual leaders in their homes…that, no one can deny.

Speaking the Truth Will Cost You

There is a cost to speaking the truth. This realization came nearly 10 years ago when I was asked to speak at the annual conference for the American Baptist, unaware that they were about to divide over ordaining those who embrace the homosexual lifestyle.

Did Jesus Say Anything About Homosexuality?

Those who strongly believe in the Bible and God's will regarding sexual behavior also strongly believe in unconditional love and forgiveness. To say that authentic Christians hate or fear those trapped in the homosexual lifestyle demonstrates a gross misunderstanding of the Christian faith.

An Urgent Memorial Day Wake-up Call

Over the last few decades, Americans have seen the destruction of the institution of marriage between a man and a woman, the removal of God's Word in several areas, and the aborting of millions of babies. Ironically, many of the men and women who died for our freedoms did not die for what we are becoming today. Many gave their lives in order that we would be 'one nation under God,' not above God.

Warning to America on National Day of Prayer

With rapid fire changes within a culture saturated by political correctness and relativism, we are inclined to ask if there is any hope for America. If we continue down this slippery slope, there is little hope. Apart from a national spiritual awakening, it will be difficult to turn the Titanic around—the vessel has been struck; what's inside is spilling out.

Alcohol Consumption - Liberty Has Limits

True freedom in Christ allows for personal freedoms, but most freedoms are intended to work within a framework of social responsibility (cf. Galatians 5:13). Food and beverage, for example, are good, but we are warned against extremes such as gluttony and drunkenness. Most anyone who has lived with these abuses understands why.