When we tell ourselves that we desire spiritual growth in our personal lives and in our congregations are we really sincere about that? The apostle Peter offers us a good way to gauge whether or not we are sincere in 1 Peter 2 when he states the following: 1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and… Continue reading Spiritual growth–do I really want it?
Megachurch pastor Kong Hee of Singapore and his five cohorts who were found guilty in 2015 of conspiring to misappropriate (steal) $50 million from City Harvest Church have had their sentences reduced. A three-judge appellate court panel handed down the reduced sentences on Friday, April 7, approximately 7 months after the defendants presented arguments in September… Continue reading Prosperity pastor Kong Hee & partners in crime get reduced sentences
Televangelist Ernest Angley, 95, has been ordered by a federal court in Ohio to pay back wages to employees of his Cathedral Buffet. U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson finally handed down a $388,000 judgment against Angley for damages & unpaid wages on Wednesday, March 29 months after a trial that took place in October and… Continue reading Prosperity televangelist Ernest Angley ordered to pay wages swindled from workers
In a private morning mass held in his residence on February 23, Pope Francis added to his long list of controversial statements. Expressing regret for all the hypocrisy that takes place in the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope drew the conclusion that people who call themselves Catholic--boasting about their involvement in Catholic associations, regular mass… Continue reading Better to be an atheist than a Catholic hypocrite, says Pope Francis
The church of Galatia was truly blessed by God and experienced some wonderful things because of their faith. They also went through some suffering for it. However, both the suffering they endured and the blessings they experienced served as reminders that God's hand was on them by faith in Christ. But that's when trouble reared… Continue reading Miraculous, yet misinformed: when faith is targeted by fakes
Paul's ministry was genuinely godly in that his preaching of the gospel was backed by the Holy Spirit's power manifested in the miracles that happened, in the spiritual gifts that supported it, and in the praise music that accompanied it (e.g. when he and Silas sang in the Philippian prison). Yet for all that proof of… Continue reading Keeping up appearances: is faking it really worth it?
Whenever saints of God thrive with their godly message, right on their heels are enemies of God looking for opportunities to water down that message and system of beliefs. One of the earliest examples we have of this in the Bible is in the book of Judges with a young Israelite named Micah-- And there was… Continue reading Unwittingly invaded by interlopers: “God’s house” becomes “gods’ house”
When the saints of God pray, sing praises, or talk praises to the Lord, the Bible calls it a sacrifice of praise (Jer. 33:11; Heb. 13:15). It's an important part of our covenant relationship with him. So when I see people making fun of it, in ignorance or deliberately, it rubs me the wrong way. This… Continue reading Why do Christians encourage hypocrisy of secular artists?: Bieber & Kanye
People in church leadership roles, according to the scriptures, are to be honorable people who live up to honorable standards (Acts 6:1-6; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; 5:17; Titus 1:5-9). However, in recent years reports have been increasing about leaders in evangelical & traditional Protestant churches whose goal seems to be using people for selfish, criminal purposes.… Continue reading Giving Christianity a bad name: a virtual perp walk of perverted “pastors”
In his speech before the InterVarsity Urbana 15 Student Missions Conference crowd this week in St. Louis, pastor/author David Platt urged attendees to take stock of their personal lives to make sure that in the midst of their participating in causes of social justice, they should first make sure their intimacy with the Lord Jesus… Continue reading Pastor/author David Platt: Social justice not more important than intimacy with Christ