The Loss of Holiness as a Christian Ideal

The sign said, “Girls, Girls, Girls.” It advertised a scandalous entertainment establishment. On the same sign were also the words, “God Bless America!” The prayer for God’s blessing and the invitation to celebrate clearly carnal behavior were on the same sign. Amazing. The connection between morality and faith, immorality and judgment are virtually gone –…

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The Formula for Awakening

II Chronicles 7:14 declares, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” To begin with there are two requirements. First, there is the necessity…

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We Need a National Great Awakening!

Caught in the crosshairs of conflicting colonial interest and of the problem of external control by European nations, the early colonial nation we now call America needed fresh direction. In the early 1700s, half of all marriageable age girls were pregnant before or without the benefit of marriage. So many opportunists had immigrated to the…

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The Profound and the Superficial

We are now plagued with performance-driven superficial worship events. “Everyone on your feet, with your hands together, for Jesus!” It is like being at a circus, little better. Prayers to ‘perform’ or preach better may be sincere, but they are misplaced. Worship has become an event characterized by an absence of humility and an atmosphere…

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Validation of Faith

The Cartesian-Kantian split between thought and experience [1] affects theology and faith practice in profound ways. It allows us to be pedantic, debating an idea without practicing its truth, all the while seeing ourselves as people of faith. In Scripture, however, thought and experience are bound together in a holistic way. There is no concept…

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Loyal Devotion

“No other gods” is a call for an exclusive relationship with Yahweh. There is “none like Him.” The search for other gods turns faith on its head. God-shopping seeks the god whose magic best meets ‘my’ needs, the god who will most often and most completely satisfy me. This is the essence of lust posing…

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Unity vs. Discord

Union is the bond that enables the harmonious music called unity. The mindset of our culture, in contrast, is fiercely autonomous and independent. The individual reigns over the corporate, the particular over the whole. The self-styled and differentiated unconventional are championed. That is true even in church culture. Intimacy, on the other hand, is the…

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True Transformation

The moral shock suffered by us through our mighty break with the high will of heaven has left us all with a permanent trauma affecting every part of our nature. There is a disease in both us and our environment.[1] Our pragmatic, bottom-line reaction results in a search for “what, where, when, how” answers. The…

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