Jesus Is the Hope of the World

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Is Hurricane Harvey a Judgment from God?

Every time a calamity hits the United States, some religious leaders make the claim that it’s a judgment from God for the sins of our nation. But is this view doctrinal? Is God pouring out judgment, or wrath, on the world at this time? I admit I used to believe this, but I now believe … Continue reading

The Southern Slaveholders’ Twisted View of the Curse of Ham

The so-called “curse of Ham” was used by the southern slaveholder as a biblical justification to hold slaves. Here is the story as it’s found in Genesis 9:18-29:   18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. 19 These are … Continue reading

The Human Zoo: A Result of Embracing the Scientific “Truth” of Social Darwinism over the Truth of the Bible

I recently came across this video on YouTube and remembered that I had written about human zoos in my first book.   At the end of the 19th and into the beginning of the 20th century, human zoos were set up at the many different world’s fairs as a way to display social Darwinism. These … Continue reading

Jesus Our Passover Lamb

As we celebrate Good Friday, let’s remember that Jesus was our Passover Lamb. He is pictured in the story of the Exodus as the Lamb whose blood was shed and placed on the door posts so that the angel of death and judgment would pass over that home, keeping those who were under the blood … 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

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

The Cup Of Trembling…Zechariah 12

Originally posted on Pastor Bill Randles Blog:
The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.  Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when…

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

A Call to Come Out and Be Found Faithful

SIGN THE PETITION: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/a-call-to-come-out-and-be-found-faithful   We the undersigned, Christians from across the spectrum of denominations, independent churches, home churches, and even those scattered sheep who have no church home at this time, have determined that we must “stand fast” (2 Thes. 2:15) on the Gospel of”grace and truth” (John 1:17). We are speaking now in … 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


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.