Why Culture Often Trumps Biblical Teaching and Church Practice

As a new Christian in the late 1970’s I was naïve and thought all Christians followed the teachings of the Bible and formulated doctrine and church polity objectively from the sacred Scriptures. The more I study church history the more I realize the way churches are structured, messages are preached, and theologies are formulated are […]

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HOW TO USE THE SCRIPTURES TO MATURE BELIEVERS, PART II

Different approaches to biblical preaching Prophetic, Rhema word preaching This kind of preaching is when a pastor waits upon the Lord during the week and (hopefully) God downloads a prophetic exhortation on the pastor to deliver to the church. This is a very common style of preaching especially in the Pentecostal and Charismatic church world. […]

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12 Contrasts Between Apostolic Movements And Denominations

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book entitled “An Anthology Of Essays On The Apostolic.” These  generalizations  may or may not be true for particular denominations and apostolic movements: I. Apostolic Movements vs. Denominations 1. An apostolic movement is usually led by one strong visionary/A denomination is usually directed by a board. 2. […]

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Seven Contrasts between Unity and Oneness

I have been involved in numerous local, city and national initiatives related to the body of Christ. Often, our mantra circles around the term “we need unity in the body of Christ”. While that is a good start, it should not be the end game for the church. In John 17:20-23 Jesus’s prayer for the […]

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Why Only Righteousness Can Exalt a Nation

Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” The word righteousness in this passage is not referring to an individual’s right standing with God but to a nation that adheres to God’s righteous standards as found in His moral law. Notice it is not democrats or republicans who […]

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HOW TO USE THE SCRIPTURES TO MATURE BELIEVERS

PART I   Through the years, I have come to believe that there is nothing more important than the Scriptures to mature the Body of Christ. The Purpose of the Word “to equip the saints” It tells us the purpose of the Word of God to equip in Paul’s second letter to Timothy 3:15-17 when […]

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Twelve Teachings That Harm The Church

I have heard it said “balance is the key to life”. I agree with that statement, as I have found that any truth taken to the extreme (that ignores others aspects related to its subject) is unbalanced and can be harmful. This is also why Paul the Apostle said that he teaches “the whole counsel […]

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14 Next Generation Challenges to The Apostolic Movement

The so called “millennium generation “ has seemed to develop certain presuppositions that are presently a huge challenge that can hinder the continuation of the present apostolic reformation in North America and beyond. The new apostolic reformation was a phrase coined by Dr. Peter Wagner, in the early 2000’s, to describe the new wave of […]

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Was Jesus A Fundamentalist Preacher?

In this politically correct age, when Evangelicals are starting to gain more and more cultural traction as they gain more political, economic and academic power it is becoming more tempting for Evangelicals to do away with some biblical beliefs that embarrass our public personas and impede acceptance by worldly power brokers in this so called […]

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20 Contrasts between a Victim and Victorious Mindset

Through the five plus decades I have lived in NYC I have observed many kinds of people. For the sake of this article I will break these people down into two categories: those with a victim mentality and those with a victor mentality. Those with the victim mindset interpret the world totally different from those […]

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