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The False Rapture Prediction, Media and Christians

I know. You’re tired of hearing about the fake rapture prediction. So am I. I won’t bore you with another article about Camping’s false doctrine. I’m also not going to write about the fact that Jesus clearly said that nobody knows when the end will come. I want to talk about the media itself. More specifically, Christians and the media. Why do we not have more influence in the media realm? I get irritated that these “end of the world” dates get predicted and go viral. Then people who never read the Bible or attend church get their perspective from some crazy guy who most Christians don’t take seriously. But you know what? Whether it’s true or not, it’s there. On the news, blogs and radio. It spreads and it doesn’t matter if it’s false doctrine or true. What matters to society is whatever is on their TV or radio show. And I’m tired of the church sitting back and just watching these things unfold. As a blogger I get a glimpse into the media realm. I see a world that is full of curious and devoted people. People who challenge the status quo. People who are tired of hearing the mainstream media crap. What I see is a ripe harvest. I see a mission field. Ignore, Condemn or Transform the Media? I don’t think we should ignore or condemn the media. I think we should transform it. Why? Because if we do, we would have stories circulating that actually glorify the name of Jesus. And you wouldn’t be sitting hear reading yet another post about a false end...

The Church’s Role in Meeting Needs

“I have observed  two extremes in our churches concerning personal needs. One extreme is the impersonal church that ignores many needs. People come to church to hear the preacher preach and the teacher teach. In this setting, pastors see themselves as mini-theologians. They are the defenders of the faith. Some are known more for what they don’t believe than what they do believe. The problem with some Protestants is that they protest rather than proclaim. They are more prepared to fight than to love. The “spiritually mature” person is the one who doesn’t smoke, drink or do other bad stuff. They don’t do any personal counseling and in many cases remove themselves from hurting humanity. One has to wonder whatever happened to pastoring. The biblical art of discipleship has suffered a similar fate. It has degenerated into a curriculum-based program. In this setting, the two most important questions are: What curriculum are you using and what program are you following? How sad! Discipleship is an intensely personal experience between two or more people in the presence of Christ and centered in the Word of God. The Bible doesn’t just give us a message, it gives us a method as well. One has to wonder whatever happened to discipleship. (pg. 63) The other extreme regarding people’s needs can be found in a few churches that really do care. An opportunity is afforded in every church service for people to come forward to be prayed over. Spiritual leaders will anoint you with oil and pray fervently for you. The prayers are petitions for God to do something. The requests might be...

Are You a Possessor or a Searcher of the Truth?

This last week I heard an author, Dan Milam, speak and something clicked. Dan shared about the time he was imprisoned in Mozambique for 300 days back in 1975. He said he went from being a “possessor of the truth” to a “searcher of the truth”. I know the term “searcher of the truth” can sound like someone is flaky about convictions and beliefs but I do not believe that’s what Dan was talking about. He said after he spent four years at Bible College he felt like he was God’s gift to the church and he prided himself on being able to win any theological argument. This is when he was a “possessor of the truth”. Transformation He went through a time of transformation when he spent those ten months in prison. He started asking God lots of questions from his heart. The intellectual beliefs were no longer able to sustain him, he needed real answers from God. This is what kick started his search for truth. After he was released he shared about his experience with grace. He said he experienced God’s ridiculous, scandalous love and was never the same. Dan’s exhortation was that we would be searchers of the truth. He said we could either be the know-it-all’s who preach to all those unfortunate souls who are without truth. Or we could take a posture of wonder and live our lives searching and learning truth. This reminds me of Jesus’s statement that unless we are like children we will not see the kingdom of God. Experience Gives Passion to Our Words Now I do believe that...

God is Impressive

One word I would use to describe God would be impressive. He is a God of wonder, He spoke the universe into existence, He is the Alpha and Omega, all nations will bow before Him, Nothing is impossible with Him, indeed He is impressive. Sometimes we forget this truth. As Bobby Conner says, “we are far too familiar with a God we barely know.” We learn the Christian rules, ways and principles and even though they lack that impressive element we continue on and forget that the veil was torn and we have access to the very presence of Almighty God. Yes, let’s not complicate the Christian life but let’s also remember there is more to discover in Christ. Once we change God into a man made image we become idolaters. We do not have the liberty to fashion a God according to our own finite understanding. He is divine. He will not be worshiped as an imperfect God or as an object that is not Himself. What happened to the wonder, to the impressiveness of God that the Bible clearly illustrates? Webster defines impressive as, “making or tending to make a marked impression; having the power to excite attention, awe, or admiration.” I know that living in this society I have been impressed by many man made things. These temporal things compete for my attention and admiration, things that pale in comparison to eternity and Almighty God. There was a time when signs and wonders were done by the hands of the apostles and although the unbelievers wouldn’t dare join them, they were nonetheless, impressed (Acts 5:12,13). Fast...