The Precursor to Moral Failures

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.
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

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

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!


“… 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

"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…

Unreasonable Voices

Who do I listen to? Whose counsel do I seek? What voices speak into me?

These questions are at the core of common ministerial advice. Through the years, I have received numerous sentences of counsel and wisdom from others. Such counsel has both shaped me and at times rescued me from wrong decisions.

I begin with an explanation of words.

"Reasonable People"

There are those around us who are stalwarts of stability. They are the co-workers who always arrive at work at a regular time, and leave each day at the same hour of departure.

They are the ones around you who seemingly have their lives neatly packaged together. All their loose ends are tied. They are tidy. They are predictable.

I have a question: would The Apostles have been in that category?

They lived UNREASONABLE lives! They accepted abnormal conditions. Their existence, according to outside observance, would have looked inherently unstable.

They traveled to faraway lands, and were told by Jesus NOT to financially plan for the…

Dreams & Reality

Every so often I have bad dreams. Dangers all around me. Dinosaurs in the back yard. Robbers bursting through the front door. Loved ones gone and I'm unable to locate them.
When I awake, I realize these images and events were not real. They are unrestricted fears manifesting in my sleeping hours. Scary illusions from my own mind.

In this blog post, I explore a situation like these nightmares. Something jarring, but ultimately not to be feared.

Your Nightmarish Condition God is a Spirit, and so are we. However, our spirit is encased in a body of flesh. We interact with the world around us through the 5 senses. We feel with our bodies and think with our minds.

But there are those of us who have a disconnect between the 2 - the mind and the body. We call these individuals mental patients. Psychological case studies. The insane.

I have a personal question about the mentally troubled - do they know they are not right? That they are in need of psychiatric or psychological care?

Do they believ…

Repentance is Mandatory

I am a Pentecostal, and proud of it. I believe the best statement of the Bible plan of salvation is found in The Book of Acts:

"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38
This salvation plan boils down into 3 steps: (1) repentance, (2) water baptism in Jesus name (by full immersion - which means 'your whole body goes into the water'), and (3) receiving the gift of The Holy Ghost (which is evidenced again and again in the Book of Acts by the act of speaking in tongues).

However, I have noticed a marked change in modern revival services. At the end of a several-day or multi-week revival, the local church will report how many "received the Holy Ghost" (with the evidence of speaking in tongues) as well as how many "were Baptized in Jesus name". But absent from that number is the very first step of salvation. Before ba…