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Apostasy

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Why Evangelicalism Needs to Separate from Cathangelicalism

My pastor said he wouldn’t join or sign the “Call to Come Out and Be Found Faithful” because he was an evangelical and wouldn’t separate himself from that label. The problem with his position is that evangelicalism now has two camps: those who would join with ecumenical, Catholic mysticism and those who refuse to join. … Continue reading

Hillary Clinton’s Youth Group Leader

I don’t usually write about politics on this web site, but I thought I would share some thoughts on Hillary Clinton’s spiritual roots because it reveals how important it is for shepherds to keep guard over their flock. Back in the 90’s I was a member of the Conservative Book Club. One of their offerings … Continue reading

Will You Be Found Faithful?: Chapter Twelve

Will You Be Found Faithful? As I look at the church, I see a sad thing. I see scattered sheep without a shepherd. They’re hungry and tired and often wounded and alone. They’re looking for a source of water that hasn’t been muddied. These little lambs have often been persecuted by being brought before church … Continue reading

Will You Be Found Faithful?: Chapter Eleven

Unfaithful Oneness Versus Faithful Holiness You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will live as one. –“Imagine” by John Lennon [1] At the time of the writing of this book, Pope Francis has met with Jewish, Orthodox, Muslim, and Protestant leaders … Continue reading

Will You Be Found Faithful?: Chapter Ten

How Is the Church Being Unfaithful Today? Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:8; KJV) I’ve often wondered what this scripture meant. After all, the church of the twenty-first century is larger than ever. It claims to have hundreds of millions of adherents.¬†Megachurch is a relatively … Continue reading

Will You Be Found Faithful?: Chapter Nine

The Unfaithful Historical Critics Versus the Faithful Confessing Church Unfortunately, one of the saddest cases of spiritual adultery occurred in the same place where one of the greatest victories¬†over spiritual adultery occurred–Germany. The Reformation, that great and faithful revival of grace and truth, led by Martin Luther, was birthed out of Germany, and now one … Continue reading

Will You Be Found Faithful?: Chapter Eight

The Unfaithful Social Darwinists Versus the Faithful Missionaries As time went on scientific racism would die out, mostly due to the rise of Darwinism and its claim that all of humanity had a common ancestor, but racism would live on, taking on a new form called social Darwinism. Proponents of this racial theory would make … Continue reading

Will You Be Found Faithful?: Chapter Seven

The Unfaithful Deist Racists Versus the Faithful Abolitionists Another great challenge to the scriptures came through a blend of science and Christianity called deism. Because Isaac Newton claimed there had to be a “first cause” in the physical world, many people reasoned that this must be God, and that his role after creation was to … Continue reading

Will You Be Found Faithful?: Chapter Six

The Unfaithful Inquisitors Versus the Faithful Reformers The early church changed the world. While the Greeks and Romans contributed much to philosophy, governmental structure, architecture, community planning, military strategy, and various other secular activities, they didn’t contribute to the ethics and heart of the western world. The ancients enjoyed blood sport. Over half their populations … Continue reading

Will You Be Found Faithful?: Chapter Five

When the Christian Church Is Unfaithful Just as the ancient Israelites had a history of unfaithfulness, the church has committed spiritual adultery and left behind an embarrassing record that has caused the name of God to be vilified. The corruption of the worship of Christ has led to the same sin and injustice that was … Continue reading

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Why am I WAITING for “Shalom?”

"They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven . . ."
(1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10a)

The word "shalom" in the Hebrew has many meanings which indicate restoration, renewal, friendship, peace, safety and so on. At one time, God placed his creation in a perfect garden--a place of safety, security, provision and peace--and we disobeyed God, losing 1) our relationship with God and 2) paradise.

Since that time, we've attempted to bring back both of these losses in our own way. Religion is our attempt to gain back our relationship with God, and politics is our attempt to gain back paradise.

The solution to both of these losses is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet the world refuses to believe the good news! Instead they try to attain the restoration--the shalom--in their own way through their own effort.

I believe that the kingdom of God is restored in the hearts of men as they receive Christ's finished work, but the kingdom of God doesn't come physically to earth until Christ comes.

Any effort to bring about the promise ahead of time in our own strength is akin to Abraham going to Hagar for fulfillment of the promise instead of waiting with Sarah for the birth of the promised child through whom the nations of the earth would be blessed.

The evangelical church is rushing en masse to bring about shalom through their own effort, power, and influence. Men like Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Jim Wallis, and Donald Miller are losing their faith in the promise of Christ that he would prepare a place for them and they're attempting to restore paradise now.

I want to let it be known that I'm WAITING for shalom. I won't be a part of their dream. They are moving ahead of God rather than waiting on God and they will create another Ishmael as a result.