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The Biblical Concept of Purity and Separation

In the Bible there’s a concept that is found throughout both the Old and New Testaments that is concerned with keeping things pure, that is, not blending things together that need to be kept separate. This concept is the complete opposite of what we see in the world today. We see genders being blended together, … Continue reading

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

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

Does Heidi Baker Truly Love Jesus if She Disobeys His Commandments?

Heidi Baker has an amazing story. She’s had a life of service on the mission field in Africa and Asia. She’s well-educated. She says she has experienced the miraculous. She encourages Christians to lay down their life for the Lord. It’s very difficult to find fault with Heidi. Even though she has led an exemplary … Continue reading

Francis Chan: Why Your Attendance at IHOP’s OneThing is Breaking God’s Heart

Dear Francis Chan, I watched your address at the OneThing 2015 Conference. Audrey Assad sang a beautiful song about loving Jesus “even unto death,” and you spoke about Christians having an attitude of joy towards suffering and persecution. The implication seemed to be that Catholics were part of the Body of Christ because they were … Continue reading

“Spotlight” Puts Spotlight on Catholic Priests and Pedophilia

My husband and I watched the Oscar-nominated film Spotlight for our anniversary. It shared the true story of how the “spotlight” crew of the Boston Globe exposed the scandal of  the  sexual abuse of children by the Catholic priesthood. The reporters were also able to prove that Boston’s Cardinal Law knew it was going on, yet did … 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.