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The Scariest Verse in The Bible

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There are specific passages in The Word of God that I, a full-time preacher, still wrestle with. I don't believe this is bad. It reveals The Bible has even more to teach me in the years to come.

Problem scriptures are, in my opinion, not problematic: they represent future launch points of deeper understanding in His Word. However, there are certain places in Holy Writ that bother me, and I'm not talking about scriptures I don't understand. Quite the opposite. I understand them, and they shake me to my core.

One verse particularly continues for me to be a source of what The Elders would call, "The Fear of God". That verse is the subject of this post.




My biggest fear

A few years ago I was reading through Judges chapter 16. The passage is discussing the fall of Samson - his sin, loss of strength, and ultimately his death. In the midst of this story, a terrifying statement is made:


"... And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him." - Judges 16:20

This is t…

Finding a Needle in a Haystack

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The hairy scary issue that faces you today has a solution. There is a definitive answer to the most frustrating circumstance you're dealing with. The difficult decision you have to make indeed has a correct choice.

I assure you of these.

The question is thus HOW to arrive at the right choice. What avenue do I take to arrive there? Which DOOR is the ONE for me to walk through? We've all pondered this. Today I wish to discuss a possible way in which God may help us to ARRIVE at the proper place.




Searching for the answer

Let us not take the low-hanging-fruit of "just wait" or "pray about it": we've been praying about THAT issue for a while, and waiting is something we do accept - this is not the root of the matter. What must be done?

Proverbially, our culture calls this: "Looking for the NEEDLE in the HAYSTACK".

Such a task appears tedious at best and insurmountable at worst. TO locate the tiniest of objects inside the intractable mess of everything el…

Ministerial Malpractice

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A Doctor fired for botching a surgery.
A nurse losing her job for injecting the wrong dosage into a patient.
A Pharmacist let go for prescribing the wrong medication.
A hospital sued for wrongful death of a patient in the operating room.

All of these are examples of what is termed "medical malpractice".

While most of us are familiar with this concept in the healthcare industry, I feel there is an analogous phenomenon in the Church: improper conduct perpetrated by those who work in lifelong ministry.

Though it is a controversial subject, I would like to broach it in today's blog post.






"Oops!"

Medical mis-steps have serious consequences. Wrong medications can cause dramatic side effects, even death. Unnecessary surgery could result in damage to healthy body parts.

Even a simple procedure like a routine checkup begins with a series of questions in order to identify the most drastic cases and appropriately address them.

So I ask, are there occasions in ministry when the wron…

The Precursor to Moral Failures

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He was a powerful preacher, used in the gifts of The Spirit.
He preached conferences, campmeetings, and national events.
People would drive for several hours just to hear him.
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And at some point during all this, he sinned. Committed deeds that would end his public ministry. A man used of God, now a trophy on Hell's wall.

If you have been in Pentecost for a while, you've heard stories just like the above. They are jarring. They can even make us afraid to trust the pulpit at times.

Surely there is some sign that these sins are happening? There must be an indicator - a precursor - to these moral failures.
Indeed there is, and that is the subject of today's post.





The Wisdom of Solomon

King Solomon was a man acquainted with both sin and salvation. He lived for God in his early life, backslid in his later years, and finally came back at the end. So, his thoughts on this matter would be VERY informative and useful.

In fact, Solomon specifically identifies the SIGN that someone is backsl…

Why some churches don’t grow

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It was a pleasant afternoon conversation: an unnamed Pastor and I were talking …

Pastor: “We have been stuck at 30 for a while. How do we grow as a church?”

Me: “By reaching the lost. You are in a city with untold masses of people with no Pentecostal background. Many of them have no Christian upbringing to speak of. Reach out to them. Talk to people that God brings into your daily life. You’d be surprised how many will come.”

Pastor: “… (coughing) … Brother, I want to reach out to the backslider.”

Me: “We can do that. You can reach out to them during revival services. Do everything possible to contact them and make them welcome back. But don’t lose your focus on the lost. There are some backsliders who may not come, no matter how much we encourage them to.”

Pastor: “… (Pausing for a moment) … Brother, this church has always reached out to backsliders. I hear you about the lost, but I don’t want to ignore the backslidden.”

Me: “It’s not either-or. You can do both. Call, text, or visit those …

Eloquence & The Anointing

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He sounded GREAT. His words changed the lives of all who heard him. Calling him an effective speaker would be an understatement.

His reach was not limited to the immediate listeners surrounding him. EVERYONE knew about him. All the people were astounded. He would amaze them with what he said. The best way to describe the average person’s reaction to him was: wonder. They *wondered* at him.

Am I describing Jesus? … No.
A popular Christian preacher? … No.
A politician, perhaps? … Sort of, but not a current one.
Ladies & Gentlemen, I just described the Antichrist!




"Wonder"-Speaking


“… And they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” Revelation 17:8
The Antichrist wreaks a great deal of havoc in the end times. He is, in essence, the devil incarnate. And the devil's character traits are not to be desired:

(1) He is a liar – in fact, the firs…

Pseudo-scientists in the Church

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"How can they ignore these verses?"
"Don't they know this is how The Apostles did things?"
"Can't Brother ______ see this scripture?"

If you are like me, you have encountered individuals which provoke these kinds of questions. People who have what the writer of Hebrews called "divers and strange doctrines" (Heb. 13:9). Men & women whose beliefs about The Bible defy reason and basic Theological probing. They often perplex us, and decline even rudimentary examination of their odd views.

Persons with such weird and mystifying beliefs are the subject of this post.




Outlier beliefs

Throughout my ministerial life, I have fellowshipped with a wide range of preachers with disparate views and approaches. But there was always a bedrock of truth among these men of God. They approached The Bible seriously, and took great care to understand and apply its precepts.

There is, however, a different group. Existing in Christianity are numbers of individuals w…