Caution: Being spiritually gifted can be hazardous to your spiritual health. Why? Because your success might lead you to conclude you have God's approval.
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Brutal honesty has given this unlikely preacher two congregations—one in-person and the other online.
Discipleship comes through relationship, not just listening to sermons.
We charismatics tend to be so power hungry and so enamored with status and position that we don't have a clue what apostolic ministry really is.
"They're watching. But we tell them we're not there to cause trouble. We're there to worship God. We're there to pray. We're there to preach the gospel."
"We've seen 500 salvations since our launch. I hope you'll join me in praying for our newest campus."
I heard a popular television preacher recently say this: "If God judges America He's going to have to apologize to Jesus." Wait, what?
Many congregations are working hard to attract the wrong crowd on Sunday—and the result is an Ichabod church.
We can still make a difference if we pursue this one goal.
"Ossie lived to spread the gospel through multimedia. I was honored to work with him and call him friend during my time at Oral Roberts University."
The witchcraft necessary to coerce people to give financially, to serve the pastor's vision and to build a ministry for impure reasons is extreme. It truly requires quite a few very powerful demons to anoint such a venture.
What the contemporary church needs more than anything is not a new revelation, impartation, program, order or structure.
Jim Bakker's comeback—and makeover as a prophetic sentinel for the end-times church—should inspire us all that God is bigger than our mistakes.
Believers must be prepared for the coming last days lest they fall away.
Having been educated in non-charismatic Bible institutes and universities, I have a very good understanding of those who misunderstand the global restoration of the fivefold ministry gifts as seen in Ephesians 4:11.
The pace will accelerate unless our congregations make some dramatic changes.
"Ministry-wise, it's one of the fastest growing underground networks in Iran and Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan,"
"We forget that not extending a giving, loving hand to one who is hurting is a sin as well and can be very damaging."
A deeper, weightier revelation of God's love is coming—and it will look much different than we realize.