Personal Relationship No more: A look at the gospel of Brian Zahnd
As I have said before, my former pastor Brian Zahnd, keeps going off the deep end of systematic theology. Today, he is openly mocking having a personal encounter with Christ… or at least it looks that way on Twitter.
If you have a “personal relationship with Jesus,” it was made possible by the Christian religion preserving the gospel story of Christ.
— Brian Zahnd (@BrianZahnd) December 19, 2015
I like Brian. I use to love work with his teams at Word of Life to win the lost. I learned alot from them about production. They were always amazing at their evangelistic efforts. He would burn to win the lost locally and internationally. In no way do I have any hard feelings for him.
What I can say I am at a loss sometimes. I mean he is becoming more well known for being weird and making some outlandish statement like Americans can’t really understand the Word of God than he is known for faith, life, and victory. Those use to be his battlecry to America. Believe it or not, at one time; he loved America!
As I said before, I was there when he changed course and started preaching Catholicism and he was “packing his bags” to leave the Charismatic movement.
Personal Relationship is everything
I am at a loss why Brian would bracket having a personal relationship with Jesus. It is as if he questions it today. It would not surprise me really. He is slowly following the footsteps of Ulf Ekman, the charismatic pastor that left the faith to become a catholic a few years ago. Is Zahnd trying to make Word of Life Church the new Catheral of St. Joseph. After all, Twin Spires is hardly used these days.
I remember when he preached the gospel with authority, we did a huge outreach to the city about being left behind and thousands came to Christ. Since then, he has went on Lester Sumerall’s television network and publicly mocked the rapture of the saints and talked complete craziness on national television. Here is the video on Youtube.
Now, he is on twitter questioning personal salvation. I am just lost here. I mean this was the central point of every service I was. He would never let service end without an invitation to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He called it the most important thing he did in ministry.
I remember a short discussion we had a few years ago where he told me that is called to do two things: preach faith and do altar calls. It seemed he is quiting both of them. It is more concerning to me than anything.
Let me be very clear: there is nothing more important than having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. I love to preach about revival and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit but neither of them mean a hill of beans or are even possible without a personal relationship with Christ. We call that salvation.
A global falling away is underway
It is sad but there is a global falling away happening. We see it with teaching like Joseph Prince out of Singapore, Ed Young down in Dallas and of course, the famous Carlton Pearson falling away that destroyed the city church in Tulsa and beyond. It is sad that Brian Zahnd is signing his name to the list of people involved.
One thing that we should rejoice about: falling away must exist in the company of revival. There can not be a great deception happening without a great move of the Holy Spirit happening to counteract it. This means we are on the brink of a major revival that will have the impact that the Jesus People movement or the Brownsville Revival did. That is great news if you ask me.
I believe we will see many pastors come out with some pretty outlandish and confusing ideas that are not scriptural in the coming years. It will make them look really foolish but in the end, it will be the driving force for the one billion soul harvest. People will quit listening to their pastor as if they are the Holy Spirit. They will open their bibles and meet the third man of the trinity themselves.
A fire baptized people of God will break out revival across the nation in no time. It could start in Tennessee and spread to even the smallest of towns in days. We know it is not just ideas because Lakeland spread very quickly from a conference to a baseball stadium and being aired in over 100 nations. I mean it all happened in a matter of a few days.
It is time to be in the gospels
As pastors are becoming more and more fruity; it is more important than ever to be in the gospels. We have to know what the red letter say and do not say. Jesus meant what He said and said what He meant. Nothing will be stronger in this life and the life to come than the Red Letters of Christ. They are the kiss of Heaven to humanity.
I believe there will be a revival of Christology in the next few years. People will start to go deep into the claims of Christ. I do not just means unbelievers but people are followers of Jesus will start to really look at the messianic claims. This is what Daniel saw in his prophetic vision.
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. (Daniel 12:4)
This is a video of Brian before he went off the deep end of Christianity. I am going to guess 2005 or before. I am not sure. It was at Hillsongs Church in Australia.