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How to Conquer the Porn Epidemic in the Church

from Charisma News

Are we really supposed to buy into the idea that 68 percent of men in church watch porn regularly? Could this just be sensational rhetoric?

Not according to a national survey among churches. The survey conducted over the past five years revealed that 68 percent of Christian men and 50 percent of pastors view pornography regularly. But even more shocking is that 11-17 year-old boys reported being its greatest users.

The church is in the sexual battle of its life. As these boys become adults, the church will be flooded with porn addicts. Pastor James Reeves of City On A Hill Church DFW has successfully tackled porn addiction in his church. He warns, “This problem is going to sweep through the church like a tsunami wave of destruction and we’re not prepared for it.”

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Kenneth Hagin’s Forgotten Warning | J. Lee Grady

(I share this as I read this article one day and the next I watched a portion of a Kenneth Copeland meeting where Gloria Copeland was shouting the mantra “Money, Come to Me” and promoting the hundered-fold blessing concept. Apparently Brother Hagin’s warning and rebuke didnt carry far.)

CBN.com – Charismatic Bible teacher Kenneth Hagin Sr. is considered the father of the so-called prosperity gospel. The folksy, self-trained “Dad Hagin” started a grass-roots movement in Oklahoma that produced a Bible college and a crop of famous preachers including Kenneth Copeland, Jerry Savelle, Charles Capps, Jesse DuPlantis, Creflo Dollar and dozens of others—all of whom teach that Christians who give generously should expect financial rewards on this side of heaven.

Hagin taught that God was not glorified by poverty and that preachers do not have to be poor. But before he died in 2003 and left his Rhema Bible Training Center in the hands of his son, Kenneth Hagin Jr., he summoned many of his colleagues to Tulsa to rebuke them for distorting his message. He was not happy that some of his followers were manipulating the Bible to support what he viewed as greed and selfish indulgence.

Those who were close to Hagin Sr. say he was passionate about correcting these abuses before he died. In fact, he wrote a brutally honest book to address his concerns. The Midas Touch was published in 2000, a year after the infamous Tulsa meeting.

Many Word-Faith ministers ignored the book. But in light of the recent controversy over prosperity doctrines, it might be a good idea to dust it off and read it again.

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Brief Sermon For Busy People-”A Preacher’s Dream” | Pat Loftin

Looking through my journal the other day I read something that happened on a mission to Kenya in 1993 with Missionary Herb Cady. My assignment was to teach pastors and each teaching session lasted four hours. After one session my interpreter said the pastors were asking for me to go longer! That is a request never heard in the USA! The Kenya pastors came to the meeting on bicycles or by foot and did not receive any money and they had no church building. I have often thought that in Heaven these godly men will be sitting on the front row! By the way, some godly women in Hill Baptist Church here in West Carroll Parrish (LA) heard of their need and raised money and bought bicycles for these pastors.


At the time I read all this I was a bit down because of a few very minor things that had happened! As I began to think of these pastors, I realized that really I know nothing about sacrifice or suffering compared with many believers though out the world. I feel that you will concur with me that we are blessed and fortunate above all people on planet earth. May we never take it all for granted! May we be able to say with Job in Job 10:12, “Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit. (KJV)

Pat Loftin has served as a Baptist minister for some 62 years and resides in Epps, LA where he has been the husband of Kathy for 59 years, the father of 3, grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 3 more. His hobbies include fishing but his passion is for preaching, teaching and writing. To contact Bro. Pat Loftin, you may email him through our contact page here

What We Could Learn From the African Church | J. Lee Grady

from Charisma Magazine

Persecution has kept Africa’s church strong. I have interviewed Nigerian Christians whose hands and arms were sliced off by knife-wielding Islamic terrorists. I also know African pastors who have been directly opposed by witchdoctors with occult powers. Christians in Africa today are perhaps better equipped to address the reality of Christ’s power in a world that hates the truth of the gospel. They are my heroes, and I intend to learn as much as possible from them.

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Obama Has ‘Strong Loyalties’ to Islam | Michael Youssef

obama close up photofrom Charisma News:

Let me just say that President Obama is probably not a Muslim, but not a Christian, either. Most likely, he’s agnostic. Politics is his religion.

That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t possess strong loyalties. Many people are afraid to discuss those loyalties, however, lest they be branded some type of crazy “Obama is a Muslim” truther.

But let me throw out twenty “dots” and see if you can connect them into a pattern:

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Praying for the Next Great Awakening | Franklin Graham

from Charisma News

Hardly a day passes that I don’t hear someone say, “We are losing our country; we are losing our churches.”

While doomsday appears to be knocking at our door, let me take you back to the early 1800s. Many think of it as “the good old days,” but history tells us that society, even then, was as bad as it could get at that time. John Marshall, chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, wrote to President James Madison and said, “The church is too far gone ever to be redeemed.” When we examine why, we find that preachers had stopped preaching the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the people were not hearing God’s Word.

What changed? Christians began to diligently pray for revival—and the result was the Second Great Awakening. When people’s prayers stormed the heavens, and when the Bible was opened in the pulpits and the Word of God proclaimed by passionate preachers, the church was awakened from slumber by the Holy Spirit, who moved in hearts, spreading revival throughout the heartland of America.

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It’s Time to Leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) | Dr. Michael Brown

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If you are a Jesus-loving, Bible-based Presbyterian (U.S.A.), unless God has called you to stand as a prophetic voice of rebuke or your ministry commitments make it impossible to leave, now is the time to exit. The PCUSA has made its rejection of the Word of God official.

According to the denomination’s statement, on Thursday, June 19th “the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved a recommendation from its Civil Union and Marriage Issues Committee allowing for pastoral discretion to perform ‘any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls then to perform,’ where legal by state law.”

In other words, regardless of what the Scriptures plainly say, as a PCUSA minister, if you feel called to violate God’s Word and perform a same-sex “marriage,” follow your conscience, not the Bible.

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