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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

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

Leo Tolstoy, Evangelist Basil Malof, and the Effects of Historical Criticism on One Man’s Soul

In Pastor Basil Malof’s book, Sentenced to Siberia, he tells of an encounter he had with Leo Tolstoy, the author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina,  and how the great novelist had rejected the authority of the Bible. (For more history on the evangelistic missions of Pastor Malof click here.) This led the conversation to the subject of … 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

Brannon Howse vs. Charles Finney

Brannon Howse has been airing a 3-part series attacking Charles Finney, the great revival preacher of the Second Great Awakening. Again, I have to disagree with Brannon, whose understanding of Finney seems to me to be shallow and lacking. Brannon attacks Finney’s doctrine on original sin, justification, and the atonement. He also attacks Finney’s methodology, … Continue reading

The Russian Revival Led by Basil Malof

In the late 19th century, Russia experienced an evangelical revival under the preaching of Basil Malof. Pastor Malof, often referred to as “Russia’s Luther and Wesley” rolled into one man, was a Latvian who trained in London at Charles Spurgeon’s school for pastors. While in school he was able to read stories of the great … Continue reading

My Philosophy of History

As I’ve shared in another post, Hegel had a philosophy of history. He believed that history was the progression of the consciousness of freedom. He thought he saw evidence in history that there was an upward trend in the spread of freedom. Yet when something didn’t fit in with this upward progression (such as the terrors … Continue reading

Why False Teaching in the Church is Dangerous to the Whole World

Why should “discernment ministries” exist? Why should Christians care about whether pastors and teachers promote sound doctrine? Are those who point out false teaching just being critical fault-finders? Or are they guarding the flock, like good shepherds? This is what the apostle Paul said about the subject: Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of … Continue reading

The Brave and Beautiful Christians of History

I made this video a few years ago. It’s a little messy, but it expresses some of my passion toward Jesus and how he inspired so many of the heroes in history. Christians who love the Scriptures have been unbelievably brave and beautiful.


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.