Does the Bible Really Contradict Itself?

“Without the Way, there is no going. Without the Truth, there is no knowing. Without the Life, there is no living.”

~ Thomas à Kempis

In some recent progressive Christian blogs, the authors often argue that the Bible contradicts itself a great deal.

Some of these authors even go as far as to say that the Bible isn’t terribly reliable, and that certain things that God told Israel, for example, were . . . well . . . little fibs. “God really didn’t tell those people that. They had their fingers crossed behind their backs as they penned those claims.” Or so the thinking goes.

I find these sorts of explanations to be unconvincing at best. And they reflect modernistic Enlightenment rationalism (which governs the frontal lobes of those who flat-footedly reject Scripture) at worst.

While I don’t believe the Bible has a journalistic type of accuracy that most fundamentalists ascribe to it, nor do I believe that the Bible is some sort of magic book that will yield an answer to every conceivable question posed to it, I am convinced of the following:[Continue Reading...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

A Jesus Response to Suicide

Last month, I wrote about the issue of suicide from a Christian perspective and made some comments about Robin Williams’ death. The article is called A Jesus Response to Suicide.

You can read it here

Also, I re-recorded the 99th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast. The original recording was poor and the update at the beginning was far too long.

The new recording is far superior and there’s no lengthy update at the beginning.

I regard this episode to be immensely important. If you feel it’s valuable, please share it.

Just go to 7 Ways to Destroy a Friendship[Continue Reading...]

Should Christians Sell, Market, and Promote Products & Services?

The following is a guest post by my friend Jeff Goins. In it, he shreds a profound misunderstanding that some Christians have about money, selling, and marketing.

I’ve addressed these questions myself in years past. See the links at the bottom of the post. But Jeff’s article does a terrific job of excoriating some of the ludicrous ideas about money, promotion, and selling that some Christians have in their heads.

Thankfully, the viewpoint that Jeff obliterates is fast becoming a “dinosaur view” among believers today because it’s both unscriptural and illogical, not to mention that it’s extremely selfish as well.

Be that as it may, the warped view that Jeff addresses still exists. So our hope is that this article will put such notions to rest once and for all.

Should Christians Sell, Market, and Promote Products & Services?

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What Christian Authors & Speakers Can Learn from the Music World of the 1960s

The 1960s was a remarkable time for music.

The British invasion brought to the United States enduring bands like The Beatles, The Animals, The Rolling Stones, and The Who.

Then the California sound emerged with The Beach Boys, The Doors, Janis Joplin, and a host of other bands.

Other artists emerged quickly, namely, Cream (Eric Clapton), Led Zeppelin, and the inimitable Jimi Hendrix.

Then you had Bob Dylan who inspired many of these artists and vice versa.

What’s incredible to me about this time period is that virtually all of the above named musicians met each other, hung out together from time to time, listened to one another with adoration, and respected each other.

They would also play informally with one another at certain times. And even more encouraging, they inspired one another.

I’ve watched so many interviews with so many of these artists and marveled at how each of them would praise the others. Not just from afar, but because they took the time to get to know one another.

Each time, I’ve had two reactions.[Continue Reading...]

Beyond Today’s Pop-Soap-Opera Christianity – The 4 Camps of Christians in Their 20s, 30s, and 40s

My 5-Book Grab-Bag Discount Ends Tomorrow. The books are priced lower than they appear on the Grab Bag page. Also, the discount for my Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ course ends August 13th. Don’t miss the opportunity.

“All labels have their problems, and, to be sure, ‘evangelical’ is fraught with them. But I am not giving it up.”

~ Roger Olson

Millennials & The Church: A Different Take

As I pointed out in numerous times on this blog, the center of evangelicalism is collapsing.

Countless evangelical Christians are moving to the left or to the right. Namely, they are moving toward liberalism or they are moving toward high church or low church traditions. They are moving toward individualism or communitarianism.

In this post, we will briefly survey the four major streams within evangelicalism with an eye to Christians in their 20s, 30s, and 40s – often called Mosaics and Busters or Generation X and Generation Y or Millennials.

My analysis is based on what I’ve observed in my extensive travels worldwide, speaking in a variety of conferences represented by the different streams (wherein I’ve interacted with the other speakers and attendees), and corresponding with thousands of evangelical Christians in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.[Continue Reading...]