The Fear of God

A major ideological loss to the theology of the modern Church is the utter dismissal of the concept of ‘the fear of the Lord,’ which is no marginal Biblical notion. It is mentioned more often than the love of God (150 times[1]) The exact phrase occurs about 27 times, twice as often as the mention…

Worldliness

Remember when ‘worldliness’ was a major issue in Pentecostal churches? It is hardly mentioned now! In fact, it is code word for being out-of-date, too old-fashioned, and probably legalistic, certainly not ‘with-it.’ A few generations ago, the avoidance of worldliness equated with a somewhat exotic social-cultural profile. And amazingly, holiness folk were willing to endure…

Obama and his record

On January 20, 2009, Barack Hussein Obama, who had characterized conservatives almost a year earlier, in April 2008, as people who “cling to guns or religion” became President. He is the first sitting President whose views on the Christian faith and whose own faith background, that of being raised as a Muslim, was so dissimilar…

The Citadel – Family Prayer

For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God? Almost two-hundred years ago, it was stated, “… error and worldliness make inroads upon the church” and there are increasingly “… the wants, temptations, dangers, and sins of the family state.” Sounds like…

One Man at a Time

“Watch therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass …” (Luke 21:36). The reticence of fathers to pray with and for their families, their functional absence as a spiritual watchman over their families, leaves the home unsecured spiritually and unprotected. Watching in prayer…

The Family in Prayer

… He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, … Psalm 78:5 The Directory for Family Worship, used by the Presbyterians argued that family worship was necessary to secure “the power and practice of godliness, amongst all ministers and members.” A…

Watching

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman …” (Ezekiel 33:16-17). Adam was given, along with Eve, the gift of dominion over all the earth (Genesis 1:28). But it was to Adam specifically that the charge was given to ‘grow’ the garden, to cultivate it; and to ‘guard’ it (2:15). The scope of the…

Prayer is a Heaven Thing!

I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” Revelation 5:11 Christensen…