The REVIVAL we need!

Oswald J. Smith is a former pastor from Canada and he carried a very powerful anointing for writing. One of his prophetic words was The Revival We need. It might be as old as my mother and it is still just as real today.

After all, if the foreward is written by Jonathan Goforth, the man that took the gospel to China; I am going to listen. Jonathan Goforth is one those with the “Spirit of Elijah” in history! Continue reading…

Why Missions is failing

Jesus gave us no less than six texts about what our orders were forward. They are found in Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15-20, Luke 24:49, John 14 and Acts 1:7-8.

What is in comments with the text and what is the main message he has? In all by Matthew, the message is about healing the sick, raising the dead, casting the devils and preaching the gospel. Only Matthew missed the boat somehow. Continue reading…

How would Jesus Facebook?

People tend to let the worst side of them come out on Facebook and even on social media. It is common for people to be mean and just down crude online; saying things they would never say to the person’s face.

This is especially true when you do not hold  a preferred position of many. If one disagrees, they must be shamed, humiliated, and just cut to pieces. This is one of the challenges on social media to say the least. Continue reading…

Income inequality according to Jesus

Income inequality.

It is a buzzword in American politics right now but what really is and since everyone claims that they have the word of God on the subject what does the gospels actually teach.

This subject like many form a cross in scripture. That is where one major truth appears to be in conflict with another direct truth. This is not true when you look at the deeper meaning of the text and what the lifestyles of the early believers was like. Continue reading…

Perry Stone and American Dream

I have always liked Perry Stone from Cleveland, Tennessee. The guy is a very well studied student of the Bible and history. He really impressed me with his knowledge. This is especially odd in Classic Pentecostalism.

The reason for that is that we in the Assemblies of God, Church of God (Cleveland) and Foursquare tend to think that being hard headed and dogmatic is more anointed that using reasoning and logic. Continue reading…

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Brian Zahnd vs Dr. Michael L. Brown: Soteriology Debate

I just saw an older debate with my former pastor, Brian Zahnd and my former Bible College professor, Dr. Michael L. Brown on Youtube. To top it all, it was hosted by another former pastor, Mike Bickle at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri.

I would say that all three of these men, among others, have formed my faith to where I am today. All helped this radical guy saved in the fires of the Brownsville Revival that went to Central Bible College and ultimately finished up at Oral Roberts University. They all mark a time in that my path. Continue reading…

Brian Zahnd & the Gospel of Peace

Before I start into this discussion, let me say this: I am a former member of Word of Life Church in Saint Joseph, MO that Brian Zahnd is the Senior Pastor of and has been since its’ planting.

I would have to say I was around fifteen when I met Brian or as we called him BZ. He was an over the top Word of Faith and prosperity preacher. He was regularly having speakers like Jesse Duplantis, Joyce Meyer and Steve Musney come to speak. I sit and listen to many of the greatest voices in the faith movement back then. Word of Life was like a scale down version of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa.

I left Word of Life…twice. It was to join the staff of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City under Mike Bickle once and the second time was over a misunderstanding with one of the pastors.

I still am friends with Brian on Facebook and follow him on Twitter. However, I have not spoken with him in a maybe a decade face to face.

Brian Zahnd changed

I remember hearing him in a small group in a prayer meeting talk about St. Augustine alot and I was a little turned off by the over use of Catholic theology but did not think alot about it. After all, back then, the differences were not as dramatic as they are today!

Don’t misunderstand. I am not throwing stones at him. Brian was a man that I love because he was simple. He knew how to do two things (by his own admission): preach faith and do altar calls. He was very good at both!

Somewhere along the way, he left what he calls “consumer christianity.” He also changed his view on the Defense Department of the United States dramatically. He used to be a very strong supporter of our military and was very patriotic.

Brian has turned into a Pacfist

I saw a series of videos recently that featured Brian going head to head with my former Bible College President, Dr. Micheal L. Brown. I somewhat was impressed that Brian Zahnd did so well against such excellence of theological education. (Brian is self taught) Dr. Brown is like debating Stanley Horton or history with Dr. Eddie Hyatt. I have to give BZ respect for taking the challenge!

Somewhere, he has become a minister of pacifism and call it Peace. This is a far cry from the Brian Zahnd that use to cover his church from side to side with American flags and threw a huge party at the church for Independence Day.

In fact, a friend of mine drove me to church because my Chevy Camero was broke. He walked into a the sanctuary and saw a huge sign that said, “It’s time for war.” He stayed to see what the gospel had to do with war. He also came to Christ that morning. His conversion was because of a sign that had to do with war.

What do I think of Zahnd’s throwing out of half of the gospel

I am concerned, as many, that Brian has threw out much of anything from a Hippized gospel that looks more like something John Crowder. I do not, for one minute, that believe that God has given us this confusion of a Jesus that looks like it a banner for Woodstock!

One thing I am concerned about is I remember that Brian Zahnd condemning the heresy of Carlton Pearson a few years. It seems that much of that theology is not presented by Brian himself. That is what is alarming to me.

Street Preaching: Effective or Annoying?

Well, I have been thinking about Street Preaching. I was in Calapan, Mindoro last evening and saw a team preaching and it was a little upsetting to be honest.

Before I get into that, let me say this: I love Street Preaching. I have done some of it in Fiji and even a miracle crusade right on the street in Brooke’s Point, Palawan once.

There is a place for it if done right. My problem is I see so much of it done wrong. You can’t annoy people into salvation. It does not work that way.

Street preaching for profit

Here is where I fall off the wagon. If you want to preach, go for it. It is biblical. It is ethic. It is missioal. However, do it for the right reason.

What I see way too many times is one preaching and another walking up forcefully blackmailing people to give money.

When this happens, it is not ministry anymore. That is called business. We need to call it what it is. Old fashioned for profit business. Capitalism for Jesus.

Nowhere did Jesus come along and tell his disciplines to go work the crowd and get a quota of X dollars (or pesos). Not once. Never.

Street Preaching does not have to be mad

The other problem I have with street preaching is everyone doing seem to think God is pissed at everyone and He can’t want for the bowls of wrath to be unsealed. That people going to hell makes Jesus get all worked up with excitement.

If you want to stand out there in the heat and yell, knock yourself out. However, can you please at least deliver a biblical view of the gospel, please? Believe it or not, God is a good mood.

Ok, my rant is over 🙂

Giving to the Poor is problematic

Hold on, cow tipping season is here! Sacred cows that is. Theological cows must be tipped. Giving to the poor is on the table today.

Why in the world would I write an article that question if you would give to the poor? That’s a great question. It is one that many think about but won’t ask anyone.

Who is the poor of the earth?

I hear people talk all the time about giving to the poor of the earth. We hear great messages about it at conferences and we hear sermons on it too. What exactly does it mean and who exactly is the poor?

A person is not poor because he is not a middle class American. He is not poor for lacking a British passport or working in Australia. Our thinking on who is poor is off… way off.

Poor is the lack of food, not the lack of a smartphone. Poor is the lack of water, not the lack of Red Bull. Poor is the lack of shelter, not the lack of a tablet.

I can show you places in the Philippines that you would said was very poor. However, they have shelter. It might not look pretty or be very nice but it serves its’ purpose. They stay dry when it rains.

They eat food when they are hungry. It might only be fish and rice but they eat. They drink water, it might be tap water but it is water.

Poverty is not a look

We have this idea of what poverty looks like. We need to look past that see if the poor have abilities to function. If the basic needs are met, it is hard to call them really poor.

I believe what we have in the Philippines and many countries is a thinking too focused on North American models. Our idea of poverty is not being upper class is much of the world.

Living different does not make you poor.