Origin of “Personal Savior” & The Idea of Having a “Personal Relationship” with Christ

What’s to Come:

On Monday, I plan to publish a controversial post called “Does the Bible Really Contradict Itself?”

On Thursday, we plan to publish on the podcast a conference message I delivered called “The Ultimate Issue.”

You don’t want to miss those.

Today, I want to talk about this business of having a “personal Savior” and a “personal relationship” with the Lord. Actually, I’ve already spoken on this subject. Here it is.[Continue Reading...]

I’m Building a Team – A Personal Invitation

I talk about this on my latest podcast.

Stream it directly here

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Subscribe on Beyond Pod and listen to it on your Android phone (the podcast is called “Christ is All – Frank Viola”)

Oh, and if you have friends who are in ministry or if they are artists (writers, speakers, musicians, bloggers, etc.), send them the link. They’ll want to know about this opportunity.[Continue Reading...]

What’s Wrong With LEFT BEHIND?

So what’s wrong with Left Behind, the movie?

For starters, it’s based on a doctrine that was invented in the mid-1800s and which is built on an incredibly brittle interpretation of Scripture.

We can trace the doctrine back to John Nelson Darby, D.L. Moody, and C.I. Scofield. I told the story elsewhere:

For D.L. Moody, “the church was a voluntary association of the saved.” So staggering was his influence that by 1874 the church was not seen as a grand corporate body but as a gathering of individuals. This emphasis was picked up by every revivalist who followed him. And it eventually entered into the marrow and bones of evangelical Christianity. It is also worth noting that Moody was heavily influenced by the Plymouth Brethren teaching on the end times. This was the teaching that Christ may return at any second before the great Tribulation. (This teaching is also called “pretribulational dispensationalism.”)[Continue Reading...]

Shattered Magazine: A Review

Earlier this year Shattered Magazine came to my attention. It’s a high quality Christian periodical that features real-life stories that inspire, encourage, and instruct.

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From the layout to the design to the stories, the magazine is “top shelf.”

And subscription is inexpensive.

Rachael Jackson, the creator and editor, is a West Point graduate. Through experiencing and overcoming the challenges in her life and witnessing hardships in the lives of people she loves, a strong desire grew in her heart to reach out to those who struggle in life and connect them with an all-powerful and loving God who cares enough to walk us through our valleys and rejoice with us on our mountaintops.

She created the publication to cut through the noise of the rest of the world and help point people towards a truly satisfying and rewarding life (now and in eternity) – regardless of temporary afflictions or momentary struggles.

Most of the readers of the magazine are Christian women ages 25 – 60. However, men and children benefit from the magazine as well.[Continue Reading...]

A Word to the Hardcore & An Invitation to Two Special Events

The 104th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast is live.

It’s a word to the “hardcore” – those dead serious about The Deeper Journey – plus a personal invitation to two events we plan to hold in 2015.

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PODCAST ARCHIVES – click here to see the complete list of episodes on one page.[Continue Reading...]

The Letters in RED

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Today I interview Lee Wilkerson on his new book The Letters in RED: A Study in the Words of Jesus.

Enjoy!

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Instead of asking, “What is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “How are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Lee Wilkerson: Thank you Frank. I’m hoping that anyone who reads my book will understand that all truth is first spiritual. It is a living power in the heart of regenerate man. Its purpose is to bear witness to what the Spirit of God is doing deep within each believer. People see the Sermon on the Mount and they either take it as a new set of obligations, or they take it as something that Jesus did away with, at least for now, or they take it as an ideal- a religious dream.  However, truth is not there so we can have ideals. It is not there so we can formulate doctrines, it’s primary purpose in not even to keep us out of error, though that is part of what it does- but it’s primary purpose is to join with God’s Spirit in the transformation of the heart and the life of the believer. Truth is to be in the inward parts; it is to bear witness to the work of the Spirit of God in the heart of the believer and in the Church.  Without this, all scripture becomes dead letter.[Continue Reading...]

Help Me Write a Book Presenting the Gospel to Unbelievers

Only 2 days left to get The Buzz Master Course which teaches anyone who can write (1) how to write and publish a book, (2) how to hit a best-seller list, (3) how start a blog that people actually read, and (4) how to monetize your blog. Unless you hate writing or you don’t desire to increase your income, this course is for you and I expect it to change your life.

Update: This is from the Blog Manager:

We received hundreds of responses to this blog post and so we had to shut down comments as neither Frank nor I could keep up with them. Given the enormous response to this post, if you know of an author who you think might be a good fit for this, an actual evangelist with results of leading people to the Lord, then send them the link to this post and have them write to PTMIN @ aol.com telling Frank they are interested in this idea. Note that Frank won’t be able to write such a book for another 3 years until his other writing contracts are completed. But he’s thinking about it now.

A few weeks ago, I was leaving a restaurant and someone handed me a Gospel tract.

Today, I finally got around to reading it.

It was . . . horrible.

The entire tract used religious jargon, assumed that the reader had an understanding of the Bible and Christianity, and used verses that I would never use in sharing the gospel with a lost person.

It was ineffective at best. It was damaging to the gospel message at worst.

I say this based on talking to scores of non-Christians. Most of them wouldn’t even understand the tract, let alone finish reading it.

This provoked me to pick up an idea that I’ve had for years.

We need a book that will present the gospel of Jesus to non-Christians in our day and time. [Continue Reading...]

10 Lies About Porn: A Review

Stephen Kuhn’s 10 Lies Men Believe About Porn is a well-written tomb designed to shake people out of the delusions that revolve around the addiction to pornography.

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Kuhn speaks from experience and explains what ingredients factored into his own deliverance from the addition.

He deals with the heart motivations behind porn addiction, the lies that keep people in bondage to it, and the power of God’s enablement in contrast to behavioral modification.

Kuhn deals with questions like,

“Why are some people addicted to porn?”

“Who does porn hurt and how?”

“What is needed for a person to be set free?”

The book offers hope through encountering the 10 lies that Kuhn believes keep men in bondage to the habit.

Don’t underestimate the power of lies when it comes to addictions. They are very powerful.

Deception is often involved here. And Kuhn takes a hammer to blow apart each of them.

If you struggle with addictions of any kind, one thing I’d recommend in addition to what Kuhn lays out in his book is a specific kind of fast.

Try it and on Day 2 and 3, watch the cravings go away.

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How to Avoid a Problem I Hate: Wasted Talent

“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever.”

~ from The Bronx Tale

When there’s an opportunity before you to make use of your talents and gifts or to improve them, don’t make the mistake of watching that opportunity pass you by.

Seize it. Immediately.

That’s how to avoid the problem of wasted talent.

Procrastination is your enemy here. I know this from experience. I wasted years because I put off golden opportunities. Thankfully, I learned my lesson.

On that score, I have a confession to make regarding a specific kind of talent. The gift of writing.

(If you don’t possess this gift or don’t know anyone who does, feel free to stop reading this post now. The rest deals with a specific opportunity for those who can write.)

There are three things I hate seeing. All three frustrate me to know end.

It’s because all three embody something that doesn’t have to occur . . .

Wasted Talent.[Continue Reading...]

Pressing Into the Kingdom

The 103rd episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just released.

It’s a message I delivered in October 2010 called Pressing Into the Kingdom. It can also be entitled Holy Violence.

The talk is a practical unfolding and application of these two texts:

“The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it.”

~ Luke 16:16

“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.”

~ Matthew 11:12

I believe it will stir your heart to pursue the Lord and press into all that He’s made available to you.

Listen to the episode in the following ways:

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PODCAST ARCHIVES – click here to see the complete list of episodes on one page.[Continue Reading...]