Several years ago, Michael Hyatt (former CEO of Thomas Nelson) responded to a rumor on his blog. In the post, Michael wrote,
“According to the most recent rumor—which I’ve now heard twice—we [Thomas Nelson] are planning a layoff for June 19th … There is absolutely no truth to it … If you hear this rumor, I would be grateful if you would help me short-circuit it. You can tell ’em it’s not true, and you heard it directly from me.”
I recall when this rumor was circulating and was saddened (and surprised) at how many Christians believed it without going straight to Michael to see if it was true or false. Here’s another example that’s much more national.[Continue Reading…]
Whenever a new controversy erupts in the media, many Christians are quick to offer their opinions on social media. This usually leads to knock-down, drag-outs in a viper pit called “Facebook.” (The recent “NFL-take-a-knee” controversy is just one example. Next month it will be something else.)
Sometimes I’m asked by readers, “Frank, what’s your opinion on [the latest headline controversy]?”
My answer is always the same. Here it is …
Standing at the root of all political and social causes is the misplaced hope that we humans can fix the problems of the world. We are capable of creating an earthly Utopia by sitting at Caesar’s table and creating laws and policies that will solve the world’s problems.
This hope lives in the hearts of both the Progressive Left and the Conservative Right. Though they are seemingly poles apart, both the Left and the Right place their trust in a worldly mechanism to bring about world change. Each just picks a different cause for which to fight.[Continue Reading…]
This article is part of my ongoing series on the kingdom of God (you can read the previous articles at frankviola.org/kingdom. They all work together.)
Right or wrong, I believe the greatest obstacle to the advance of the kingdom in the earth today is the unwillingness of so many of God’s servants to work together.
Thankfully, this isn’t the case with all of them. But I’d say it’s true for most Christian leaders in America.
I’ve explained the profound benefits of co-working elsewhere. Today, I want to discuss two reasons why countless ministers won’t work with others.
The two reasons – which are virtually never talked about today — are:[Continue Reading…]
In the book I’m currently writing on the kingdom of God, I explore the stunning beauty of the King, how to enter the kingdom, enjoy its riches, proclaim, embody, demonstrate, and inherit it.
The kingdom of God is the true empire and it stands against all other empires, allegiances, lords, and kings.
The only kingdom that will stand in the end is the royal domain of Jesus Christ. All other kings will be displaced. All other rulers will be uprooted.
The gospel of libertinism says, “You are welcome in God’s kingdom, and you don’t have to change.”
The gospel of legalism says, “You are not welcome in the kingdom unless you change.”[Continue Reading…]
In a previous article, I told you about the remarkable conference we had in Florida in July. (If you’re new to the email list, you can read what happened here.) We’ve just released one of the messages from the conference on the remarkable gospel of the kingdom.
You can listen to the message by clicking the link below. To obtain the entire series, join the Master Class wait list.
In the early 1990s, Nirvana (a band I never got into) released their song Smells Like Teen Spirit. History buffs say it was the musical equivalent to the Kennedy assassination. That is, people remembered where they were when they first heard the song. It was that transcendent.
I was a public school teacher in those days, and the song was everywhere … even years after its release.
After what took place this past July in Florida, I’ve realized that something is in the air. Something significant is afoot. And it smells like God’s Spirit.
Let me riff on one aspect of it. Today’s political atmosphere is so radioactive that countless Christians are dividing from one another over politics. How can this be? It’s because they’re engaging the dialogue through the same matrix that the world employs.
All those political smackdowns that Christians engage in every day on Facebook reflects a complete misunderstanding of what the kingdom of God is. It also underscores that so many believers have lost sight of the gospel that was preached in the first century — what Jesus called “the gospel of the kingdom.”[Continue Reading…]
Apparently, some people missed the humor in my last email about Identity Politics and the Kingdom of God. The two samples of hate mail I shared weren’t real. But they breathed the same air as the genuine ones, so I was poking fun at them.
The point I was making in statements like, “is he still torturing small animals?,” is that some people really think that authors who mention their new books *to the readers who voluntarily subscribed to their email lists to read their writings* are on a par with the antichrist.
Anyways, I’m postponing my next article on the gospel of the kingdom until next week. Today, I want to tell you about 3 events that you may be interested in attending. (If the links don’t work for you, make sure you have “display links” activated in your email.)[Continue Reading…]
Today I want to weigh-in on a subject that few people have dared to address: Identity politics and the kingdom of God. But before I do, a huuuuggge “thank you” to everyone who pre-ordered my Titan so far.
Ironically, some subscribers sent me hate mail simply because I reminded everyone that the Titan will only be printed once. The smoldering anger laden in those emails would make Keyser Söze blush.
What do I mean? Here are two of the tamer ones (cough):
“Viola’s journey to the dark side is now complete. Informing people about his new book is the equivalent of witchcraft. I wonder if he’s stopped torturing small animals too. Doubt it. I’m unsubscribing!”
“Take me off your email list immediately. Reminding me about your book reminds me of Charles Mason. You’re a #@&%$! and probably a closet serial killer.”[Continue Reading…]