After seven seasons as host of Canada's
“most listened to spiritual talk show,” Drew Marshall announced to his
listeners that he is no longer convinced there's a God. ABC News recently reported that a Southern Baptist
pastor has become a closet atheist, and an evangelical Bible Belt pastor said that he
had been living a lie and confessed, "I live out my life as if there is no
doubting talk show host said that he became a follower of Christ in 1981. But
it wasn’t until recently that he verbalized that he wasn’t convinced that God
existed, saying “I feel pretty close to walking away from my faith.” read more
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution is the title of atheist Richard Dawkin’s latest book which released in the United States on Sept. 22. Coincidentally, that is the same release day as bestselling author Ray Comfort’s new book, Nothing Created Everything: the scientific impossibility of atheistic evolution.
Comfort said, “I am amazed that the two publications came out on the same day. We sure didn't plan it that way, but I must say that professor Dawkins has appropriately named his book this time. Evolution is the supreme circus. There’s nothing else like it on earth. Dawkins is the main act, and he is able to do his incredible high-wire act without the safety net of science. It really is amazing to watch from the sidelines of common sense and basic reason. All evolution has, is bumps on whale bones and bacterial mutations, and yet he dazzles the awestruck crowd. There is no evidence for species to species transitional forms in the fossil record or in creation. That’s what was missing in Darwin’s day, and it’s still missing today, something that doesn’t seem to bother the professor in the slightest. He sure has nerves of steel.”
Comfort said that his new book exposes the embarrassment of what is widely believed among evolutionists—the nothing created everything. “When they are confronted with that, they almost always backslide into agnosticism” the author and television co-host added. “This is because nothing cannot create anything. It is a scientific impossibility. To believe that is an embarrassment. Yet it’s what the learned professor believes."
Dawkins said in his book The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution, "The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved literally out of nothing--is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice.”
Comfort said that he doesn’t dislike the professor. “I not only offered him $20,000 to debate me (which he turned down), but I used his special condemnation of me on the cover of Nothing Created Everything, and even dedicated the book to him.” This November, Ray Comfort plans to give away 100,000 copies of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species (with a special Introduction) at 100 of the country’s leading universities. This is to mark the 150th celebration of publication of the book. Details at www.livingwaters.com. read more
In this season of seeing and gaining new vision, the eyes of the church must be cleansed and focused. We cannot "see" through the traditions of our past or the fears of our future. We must restore a true vision of the one who liberated us to represent Him in sharing the Good News of the kingdom and take dominion in our generation. This rearrangement of vision is causing leaders for a new generation to see beyond the world's filters. These conforming screens have caused us to lose the same boldness and transformational change that Jesus of Nazareth displayed. He represented the Father and resisted the opposition of a supernatural foe that longs to mold us into an image denying the power of the King of all Kings.
A new governmental order will arise. The key to the civil government war will be the restored government of God regaining power to legislate the heavens. Binding and loosing, forbidding and permitting will be transferred to the hands of the apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists of the future. The government of God will lose the political spirit of Judas, align itself with heaven and represent the order of God. This means that these gifts-leaders in the church must be restored from territory to territory and nation to nation. The voice of God in His leaders must be restored and heard, just as Moses represented the Lord before Pharaoh, and as Jesus represented His Father before the Sanhedrin. We must do likewise! read more
The greatest mosaic of all is the kingdom of God. Diversity and multiethnicity exist not as an attempt to incorporate politically correct ideas into the church but as a manifestation of God's love toward all His children. Pentecost was a multiethnic, multilingual experience. American Christianity is not. That's about to change.
For too long the church in America has embraced defacto segregation whereby we define the church not only by its denominational affiliation but even more so by its racial and ethnic composition. This emerging generation is privy to a powerful truth: Only a multiethnic kingdom culture can repudiate the spirits of Herod, Absalom, Jezebel, and Sodom and Gomorrah.Racial diversity may very well save American Christianity. Historically, white evangelical believers focused on righteousness or vertical issues such as abortion and marriage while ethnic believers channeled resources into the horizontal issues of justice, poverty and equality. Next Generation believers will converge at the nexus of the gospel message-where John 3:16 meets Matthew 25; where righteousness marries justice while moral relativism, cultural decay and spiritual apathy simultaneously acquiesce before a robe of many colors.
In other words, American evangelicalism will be less segregated, more integrated and more committed to authentic community outreach. Be advised, our young people have no interest in sitting in the pews of a church that is entirely white, black or Hispanic. They desire diversity, not in the context of political correctness, but in the Spirit of Pentecost.
I believe the church will experience
five radical shifts by the year 2020. First, there will be a renewed
emphasis on integrity, purity and example—the three pillars of Paul’s
model. Results will no longer substitute for character, and gifts will
no longer replace anointing. Secondly, I believe that discipleship will
be more prominent than events or attendance. A new generation of
American believers will be on the scene emphasizing radical prayer,
radical evangelism and radical discipleship. Thirdly, there will be a
new missions movement sweeping our nation. Churches that have lost
their world vision will be planting thousands of churches at home and
abroad. Fourthly, along with harvest will come hostility. The darkened
minds of people will see the church as their enemy and focus on
eliminating us as their primary threat to their new morality and
Christ-less religion. Finally, the power of God will return to the
American church. The need for deliverance and healing will spark a
hunger for the gifts of the Spirit, the baptism of the Spirit and the
testimony of signs and wonders.
Larry StockstiII is senior pastor at Bethany World Prayer Center.
With the advent of the Internet,
advanced telecommunications and satellite uplinks, technology has
changed how we communicate. Most of us never would have imagined these
developments would also impact how we worship. However, in recent
decades, the church has entered a new era: technology.
Traditionally the church brought the
people to the message; now the challenge is taking the message to the
people, regardless of geographic location or status. Today technology
enables the church to reach multitudes worldwide through various modes:
movies, television, podcasts, satellite, streaming and social Web sites
such as Facebook.
The church is using these advancements
to bridge the generational gap. Although baby boomers are accustomed to
human interaction, this new generation isn’t. Progressive churches must
use both the personal and the technical contact of the times. This
generation will sit at the dinner table and text one another, even
though they’re sitting nearby. Because churches are beginning to
utilize technology, they are now able to effectively reach younger and
older generations globally.
For the church to continue reaching
people, we must be willing to change with the times. The Bible says for
us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, but who would
have thought that the assembling could one day include a chat room
called the sanctuary?
Bishop T. D. Jakesis pastor of The Potter’s House in
Dallas. read more
In 2020 the church will have to rebuild families in an unprecedented manner. We will have to specialize in deeper mentoring, inner healing and deliverance ministries for men who have been captured by the allure of pornography, promiscuity and, in some cases, prostitution. The open struggles of Tiger Woods, John Edwards, Larry Craig and others show us the emerging need of this for the future generation of men.
Just as natural technologies evolve every few years, so our spiritual technologies for ministry must evolve to keep pace with cultural challenges. We must place greater emphasis on Christian courtship and youth discipleship. In 2020 I believe the average age for Christian marriages will actually decline.
Parents, pastors and young people must better understand the wholesome expression of sexuality in the context of marriage. In a nutshell, the church will rebuild broken men and women while launching younger, stronger couples to create a new culture of marriage within the church. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken, but the things of the kingdom will endure forever (see Heb. 12:27).
Harry Jackson is senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD.
The church is about to experience a
paradigm shift in preparation for life in 2020. I believe the season
for larger and larger houses of worship is coming to an end, as is the Field
ministry strategy that says if we build it, they will come. The idea
that bigger is better, especially as it relates to bigger buildings,
may be an approach to ministry that is about to transition into history.
Today’s technological advances present
options for doing ministry unknown in times past that can revolutionize
life in the kingdom here on earth. What most of us in megachurches see
on Sunday mornings—thousands of worshippers gathering in one
location—is not a New Testament model. As the New Testament church
grew, the mass gatherings with the Temple as the focal point of worship
were replaced by smaller gatherings like the church in Aquila and
Priscilla’s house. Certainly this shift was precipitated by the unique
non-Jewish cultures of these young fledgling congregations, but I think
there is a more universal principle being implied: In order to impact a
city or culture, it may be more effective to shift from the church
gathered in one large location to multiple smaller settings scattered
throughout the community and connected by the prevailing technology of
the day. If we were to corner some of my big-building, megaministry
colleagues when the cameras aren’t rolling and the reporters aren’t
taking notes, many would admit that if they had it to do again, they
would not build as big. I don’t think we were out of the will of God;
it may just be that we were par in a season whose time may be coming to
an end. We shall see.
we must step away from a situation to really see how God is working on our
behalf. God is always doing something new. He has given you strategies and has shown
you how to make it in dry places. Rely
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall
spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness,
and rivers in the desert. - Isaiah
43:19 read more
“Build your hope on the sure foundation of Jesus
Christ, who is the solid rock. When you do not know what to do, grab hold
of His love. So when the rain, the floods and the winds come, you can endure
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I
will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And
the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that
house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. read more