Category Archives: Repentance

Some Words from the Haggard’s

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(Ted Haggard by feastoffun via Flickr)

Here’s an interview that J. Lee Grady did with Ted and Gayle Haggard: Words of Repentance From Ted Haggard

Response: This was a devastating episode for many Christians, particularly for their church in Colorado. I have always been unhappy with the way that many in the church ‘shoot our wounded’, but also with how little consistency there seems to be in the American church when it comes to Biblical procedures of discipline and restoration to ministry.

I will admit that I have been extremely unhappy with how Ted Haggard and Gayle have handled their ‘exile’. Their choice of forums for airing their situation and grievances have been down right unscriptural. The appearances on ‘Oprah’, dozens of TV news shows, and particularly the HBO documentary The Trials of Ted Haggard have not been very helpful from my perspective. In fact, I believe that they have been used by the enemy to embarrass and belittle the church.

Nevertheless, our Lord offers repentance and grace for all who have fallen short, if repentance it is indeed. What do you think?  

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USA: Out of Wedlock Births hit 40%

St. Clement's Island cross

(-Picture by WorldIslandInfo.com via Flickr)

US out of wedlock births now exceed 40%. A real indicator that the nation and the dominant culture is headed at full steam away from Biblical Christianity or so it would seem. Unfortunately, I would imagine that the statistics for the American Church are only slightly better.

It is amazing to me how many supposed Christians follow the dominant culture and live together before marriage. I’m sure that many of you Pastors out there have seen this trend.

The super abundant grace taught in so many churches has opened the door to immorality without fear of any judgment from other Christians or from God. Worse yet, so many Christian leaders have jumped the ship and live contrary to Christian Biblical standards and yet brazenly expect to continue in the ministry.

Many see no reason why they should change. A homosexual Bishop continues to live with his same-sex partner and causes schism and division among a 70 million member association but preaches that the Bible is wrong and everyone that opposes him must change?

A former president of an Assoc. of Evangelicals has an affair with a homosexual prostitute but says that now he is ready to minister again but the Church is treating him rather badly and he airs all his dirty linen and attitudes on TV–obviously being used by enemies of the church.

A well known mega-church pastoring couple separate, keep on ministering, and try to split up their huge ministry like it is some kind of multi-million $ business.

A major prophetic minister falls into homosexuality and alcohol but rejects the plan for a supervised recovery, goes his own way, finds a group that extends fellowship to him and now says he is ready to return.

Then the latest, a major healing evangelist falls into adultery, divorces his wife and leaves his children, but now is ready to begin restoration? Because he will never do that one again since he is now married to his sin and intents to continue in it?  More shocking, several major leaders seem to be on board with it all?

The fastest growing religious category in America is “none”. Why not, the church has become just like everyone else.

But it is now time for the faithful church to stand up and walk a different path–with signs following but also expect the beginning of real persecution from a rapidly departing dominant culture.            *Top 

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Incredible Short Story of Redemption!

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QUOTE: “I feel like I was born again. I will live my life, fixing my eyes only on Jesus on the cross.”—70-year-old Lee Keun-ahn

Lee Keun-ahn who was known as the “Torture Master” in the 1980s because of the inhumane ways he used in extracting information for the North Korean military regime.

Lee went into hiding for 12 years during which he became a Christian and later turned himself in to South Korean authorities and spent seven years in prison where he enrolled in a correspondence seminary school. Now Lee serves as an ordained pastor in South Korea. [koreatimes.co.kr, 11/1/08]            *Top

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TheCall – San Diego, CA Nov.1, 2008

I am headed out today to go to TheCall in San Diego. It starts at 10 am and goes to 10 pm. It will be a 12 hour day of prayer, fasting, and worship among thousands of Christians from all over California. I’ll blog on it later.

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Revival in a Kansas City Church?

According to a Charisma report, there has been an ongoing outpouring of the Holy Spirit experienced at a church in Kansas City, Mo. Since May 2, hundreds have gathered at World Revival Center to experience the miraculous power of God.

image Senior pastor Steve Gray said that he began to know that something was different in his congregation when lots of folks began to testify of miraculous healing, but also they began to flock to the altar and become changed:

“They’re becoming different people, we see the fruit of it. The commitment and desire to love Jesus and to serve Jesus more … than they ever had in their entire life. They have obviously been revived.”

“A lot of the children are receiving as powerful a touch as anyone, if [the Holy Spirit] doesn’t hit the children then, to me, it’s not a revival.”

“We have these tremendous powerful moves of God, then we sit down and we listen to the Word and we let the Word of God do its work in us.”

Response: It is my expectation that major revival will spread across all of North America in 100’s and maybe even 1000’s of churches, but that the form it takes will be somewhat different at every location, church, and denomination. There is healing here, but it is somewhat different than the Lakeland outpouring.

The Jena revival earlier this year, in Feb. and March, was different still in that repentance and cross-racial forgiveness and unity seemed to be the dominate features.

What is truly remarkable about the outpouring in KC Mo., is that this church was the home of the 1996 Smithton Outpouring, which lasted more than five years and drew 225,000 people from every U.S. state and 60 countries worldwide. Who says that lighting can’t strike twice in one place?  Especially if the Holy Spirit is directing it!            *Top

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