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Andy Stanley and the 7000 Who Have Bowed Their Knees

According to the Christian Post, over 7000 leaders have gathered at Catalyst Atlanta with Andy Stanley. That’s 7000 leaders who have bowed their knees to the spirit of oneness, a false spirit masquerading as the Holy Spirit. Stanley paraphrased the prayer of Jesus in this way:”Father, I pray that they will all be in oneness … Continue reading

Scattered Sheep and Little Lambs: The Case for a Separate Evangelical Identity 

I am a nobody. I don’t have a large ministry or platform. I am merely one of many nameless, faceless, little sheep who have been wandering in the evangelical wilderness for a long time.  I don’t have much money, or even the strength and enthusiasm of my youth anymore. I’m not worth much to the … Continue reading

How BILD International’s “First Principles” Series Distorts the Scripture

Jeff Reed insists, in his BILD International First Principles series that Christians need to learn the “first principles” because “they represent the first things that must be learned, upon which everything else is built. If they are not carefully understood, everything else will be distorted.” (p. 8) He then quotes Hebrews 5:12-14: Concerning him we have … Continue reading

Why I am Waiting for “Shalom”

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud … Continue reading

Ann Voskamp Promotes Spiritual Fornication

Ann Voskamp, popular author of the best-selling book, One Thousand Gifts, is leading women into an attempt to achieve divine union with God. While this may seem like a pursuit for the heart of God, this type of sensual experience is not taught in the scriptures. In fact, it may actually break God’s heart! One reason it’s out of order is because the Marriage Supper of the Lamb hasn’t happened yet. The church is still the BRIDE of Christ. If we try to make spiritual love to God we’re actually committing spiritual fornication! Continue reading

Veteran’s Day, the Cause of War, and the Necessity of Pursuing Doctrinal Purity

I began to think about the causes of war. Continue reading

Michael Dowd’s “Marriage” of Science and Religion

Michael Dowd’s “Evolutionary Christianity” is a perfect example of unfaithfulness to God and his Word. His book is entitled Thank GOD for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World.  Dowd is acknowledging that he is blending science and religion in a marriage. This is the language of love. He is … Continue reading

Will You Be Found Faithful? Caring About the Heart of God in an Age of Apostasy

  My new book will be released nationwide on September 29, 2015. It will also be available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and other online book sellers. Did you know you don’t have to abandon God to be unfaithful to Him? You just have to ADD other lovers! This is what the ancient Israelites did. … Continue reading

My New Book: “Will You Be Found Faithful? Caring About the Heart of God in an Age of Apostasy”

My new book will be coming off the press sometime this summer. It’s a small book, under 100 pages, so it should be a quick read. Here is the anticipated cover: I hope this book will help answer some of the following questions: What does it mean to be faithful to God? How does one … Continue reading

BILD International and the Antioch School–Moving the Church Away from Pure Grace?

One of the main concerns I have over Jeff Reed’s BILD International and the Antioch School is that it is a galvanizing force for the three branches of Christianity that I believe have gone astray. 1. The Purpose Driven movement. 2. The Emergent/postmodern movement. 3. The New Apostolic Reformation movement. The video entitled “Urban Centers–Leader … 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.