Dallas Willard & Brennan Manning

Dallas Willard and Brennan Manning were luminous souls who transitioned to heavenly places recently. Both men made remarkable contributions to the body of Christ.

One of the outstanding marks demonstrating that all of these men were making a profound impact on the Kingdom of God is the fact that all of them were slandered, misrepresented, lied about, and attacked by fellow “Christians.”

I talked about this problem recently in my defense of Rick Warren. But it bears repeating.

If you are doing something significant for the Lord, expect the worst kinds of sordid attacks to come your way. Not just from the world, but from so called “brethren.”

Jesus promised so much.

Remember the words I spoke to you: “No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” John 15:20

It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub [the head of devils], how much more the members of his household! Matthew 10:25 

Woe to you when all men speak well of you . . . Luke 6:26

Consider what Jesus was referring to here. And Just imagine if the Internet existed during His day:

*He was accused of being an illegitimate child (John 8:41).

*He was accused of being a deceiver(John 7:12).

*He was accused of being mentally ill (John 10:20).

*He was accused of being demon possessed (Matt. 9:34; John 7:20).

*He was accused of being Beelzebub [Satan] (Matt. 10:25).

*He was accused of being a blasphemer (Matt. 9:3; 26:65; Mark 2:7)

*He was accused of being an enemy to the Law of Moses. (To put this in modern terms, His teachings and practices went against the Bible).

*He was accused of saying that he would destroy the Temple in Jerusalem (Mark 14:58).

Jesus’ warning about what would happen to those who followed faithfully in His steps was exhibited in the life of Paul of Tarsus in living color. Here are the accusations leveled against Paul during his lifetime:

*He was accused of being a man pleaser and a coward (Gal. 1:10; 1 Thess. 2:4).

*He was accused of being a false apostle (Gal. 1:11-2:10; 2 Cor. 11:16-12:12).

*He was accused of being a flatterer (1 Thess. 2:5).

*He was slandered and his good was evil spoken of (1 Cor. 10:30).

*He was accused of being greedy (1 Thess. 2:5,9).

*He was accused of seeking glory from men (1 Thess. 2:6).

*He was accused of extorting God’s people (2 Cor. 2:17; 11:7-21).

*He was accused of being a deceiver and a crafty manipulator (2 Cor. 6:8; 12:16).

*He was given a bad report (reputation) by some (2 Cor. 6:8).

*He was the subject of insults (2 Cor. 12:10).

*He was accused of being a controller (2 Cor. 10:1-2, 9-11).

*He was accused of blasphemy (Acts 24:6).

*He was accused of being a “cult” leader (Acts 24:5).

*He was accused of being a criminal (Acts 16:20-21; 24:5; 2 Tim. 2:9).

Both Willard and Manning were true servants of the Master. Choice vessels in His hands. And each of them bore the marks of unjust persecution to prove it.

Now . . . they have rested from their labors and from the bitter agony of personal attacks at the hands of professing Christians.

See also Warning: The World is Watching How We Christians Treat One Another.


Something That Concerns Me – An Important Message to All My Blog Readers

Tomorrow, I’m going to be putting together a unique post on the Holy Spirit. You don’t want to miss it.

Over the last week, the subscription to this blog has increased by 1,600 people. That’s rather amazing. So I’d like to welcome you all. (Frankie V. tips hat.)

Our book launch for God’s Favorite Place on Earth officially ended on May 7th. I want to personally thank all of you who bought the book. Because of you, the bit hit #13 on Amazon. That means it was the 13th bestselling book out of over 7 million books.


In addition, it hit #1 in Christian Living and #1 in Religion & Spirituality


And until late last night, the book stayed below #50 on Amazon. Now it’s starting to go up.

I’m deeply grateful to all of you who bought the book. As I’ve said many times, the ideas in God’s Favorite Place on Earth are my life’s work.

Something That Concerns Me

Before I unveil what’s on my heart right now, let me point out to all my new subscribers that I don’t profit personally from my book sales. Royalties for book sales goes to ministry expenses and my ministry to the poor, which I’m actively engaged in (see my FAQ page for details).[Continue Reading…]

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The Unbroken Christian

Jesus talked a lot about losing, taking up our cross, denying ourselves, and laying down our lives.

These are the fruits of brokenness before God.

It’s not hard to spot a Christian in ministry who isn’t broken. Unbroken people don’t know how to lay their lives down and lose. They only know how to try to win.

If they’re criticized, they retaliate.

If they’re attacked, they return fire. If misunderstood, they defend in anger.

They are capable of doing all sorts of damage to others in order to save their own ministries and keep their reputations.

On the contrary, people who have been broken by the hand of God know how to turn the other cheek. They know how to go the second mile. They know how to give their coats when asked for their shirts. They know how to speak well of those who misrepresent them. They know how to return good for evil.

They know how to lose.

And in so doing, they exhibit the Spirit of the Lamb and allow God to win.[Continue Reading…]

Fighting Against God

Paul of Tarsus was a disciple of Gamiliel, the famed Jewish rabbi.

This story in Acts 5, following the divine judgment enacted upon Ananias and Sapphira, has always been both chilling and instructive to me.  It says,

Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.

But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. Then he addressed the Sanhedrin: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men.[Continue Reading…]

How to Properly Receive Jesus Christ – It May Surprise You

The 73rd episode of my podcast has just been published.

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Episode Overview

  • Bob Crittenden of Faith Broadcasting pelts me with questions about how to properly receive Jesus Christ and why the story of Jesus in Bethany is so critical for Christians today.
  • Christian Book Distributors (CBD) discusses with me how the message of God’s Favorite Place on Earth changed my life.

Listen to the Episode

A New Book From My Friend Jon Acuff

Update: My new book, God’s Favorite Place on Earth has already reached #13 out of all 7 million books on Amazon.com. I want to thank you all for making this happen, as unbelievable as it is. If you haven’t picked up the book yet, do so now. Click GodsFavoritePlace.com.

My friend Jon Acuff also has a new book out. His book released a week before mine did. And since we be down wit friendship and all, yo, I’m pimpin’ his book in my blog hood. :-)


I met Jon Acuff for the first time when we were speaking at a conference together in Colorado. Jon works with the Dave Ramsey organization, the famed radio host and financial guru.

Jon has a great sense of humor, which is in short supply among Christians today. So for that alone, I love the guy. He’s my kind a peeps, you know.

Johhny A’s  new book is called Start. Here’s a description.

“Jon Acuff used to be a Serial Quitter. He had eight jobs in eight years, constantly hoping the next one will be different. From writing advertising for The Home Depot, to branding for companies like Bose and Staples, he’s no stranger to the cubicle. This book is the result of that 12-year adventure in closing the gap between a day job and a dream job, something Jon did when he joined the Dave Ramsey team in 2010 to become a full-time author.”

Click here to order Start by Jon Acuff

Making It Easy to Share on Your Social Networks

As you know, on April 17, I decided to part ways with the very “conventional” idea of putting together a small “book launch team.” And instead, I broke all custom by making ALL OF YOU part of my launch team – whoever wants to be.

So you all made the cut!

Some of my friends are saying, “Frankie V., this idea will never work. People won’t spread the word about your book unless you give them something in return.”

Perhaps I’m a fool, but I choose to believe differently.

One of my friends, Mike Morrell, is just as foolish as I am (maybe). He told me over the phone the other day, “Frankie V., there are tons of us who want to help you promote this great book on launch week. But many of us are busy and lazy. So make it easy for us. Give us some short updates that we can copy and paste on our Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, LinkedIn, our blogs, and some photos for Pinterest.[Continue Reading…]