9 Characteristics of the Modern-Day Remnant Church

As the persecution of the Bible-believing church becomes more intense, there will be a greater manifestation of what I am referring to in this article as the “remnant church.” By remnant church, I am referring to the surviving vestige of the body of Christ that remains true to biblical principles in spite of cultural opposition.

There is always a true remnant left during times of apostasy and persecution. Elijah the prophet found out that God always preserved a remnant, by His grace, that held true to the faith (read 1 Kings 19 and Romans 11:2-5). By remnant church, I am not merely referring to so-called “cultural warrior” churches who seem to always be battling for a cause (which can be part of it, although the gospel is always much bigger than one social cause). I am also not referring to so-called Christian churches that do idiotic things (like burning the Qur’an) or exhibit intentionally hostile (and un-Christ-like) behavior by so-called churches (like the Westboro Baptist Church). (I cringe even calling this group of hate-mongers a church.) I am, however, referring to those of plain and simple faith and obedience to the word of God, which is practiced by humble, people-loving, community-serving, compassionate churches who do not compromise the word of God.

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Ten Points that Contrast the Secular Corporate Model from the New Testament Church Model

1. The corporate model views others of their business ilk as their competition; the church model should be one of identifying ways to network and partner with churches in the community.
2. The corporate model hires outsiders for the best possible laborers; the church should primarily grow their workers from within.

As a lead pastor for more than three decades, I have observed that many people in the church have an orphan spirit. Not only that, but there are organizations and churches that function more like an orphanage than a life giving community.By orphan spirit I am referring to people who have a sense of alienation from their father and or those who attempt to earn their father’s love through success.

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Seven Reasons Why Some Believers Follow Rock Star Pastors

The church has seen the rise of “celebrity cult status” pastors who act like spiritual superstars.

In this article I define rock stars as those who act as little gods who believe they are above everyone else. They walk around with an entourage, body guards, and are inaccessible to family, friends, high-level staff and peers, and are unaccountable islands to themselves.

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10 Strange Teachings that have Crept into the Church Part II

6-Hyper Grace

Proponents of Hyper Grace teach that the moral law (found in the 10 Commandments) has no relevance in the New Testament Church era.  This leads to the heresy of Antinomianism (without law), which eradicates all biblical standards and ethics.  Consequently, its proponents can theoretically sin without fear since everything is based on grace without consideration for the moral law of God. (Some even teach that since Jesus died for all your past, present and future sins, you don’t even need to confess your sins because that is works and not grace, to which I would point them to 1 John 1:9).

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Eight Signs of Hyper Grace Churches

The past several decades we have seen a dramatic decline in doctrinal and biblical preaching. We have gone from theology to therapy in the pulpits. In the past decade we went from therapy to motivational speaking instead of preaching.

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7 Reasons Why People Leave Their Church During Times Of Testing

The Present Falling Away in the Local Church: A Prophetic Word to the Church

The church has often been taught about the times of refreshing that come during seasons of revival. The first such time recorded was the birth of the church on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) when 3,000 were saved. In Acts 4 and 5, God continued to add to the church daily while there was unity and purpose of heart which released great signs and wonders that confirmed the resurrection of Christ. Also, in Acts 9 after Saul was converted, the church enjoyed a season of blessing, growth, and renewal.

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13 SIGNS OF A DYING CHURCH

The word of God teaches us that there are times God’s presence can leave the corporate expression of His people; We see this in 1 Samuel 4:21-22 when the name Ichabod was given to the grandson of Eli, the high priest, after the ark of the covenant was captured by the Philistines. Also, in the book of Revelation 3:1 Jesus told the church of Sardis that they had a reputation of being alive but was dead.  Hence,  it is possible for communities of faith to be dead or dying.

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Eleven Signs Your Church Youth Group Is Really Bad For Your Children

I write this in the context of having been a pastor for more than three decades as well as ministering in hundreds of local congregations. I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly regarding youth groups. I learned a long time ago that just because your local church has a youth group, it is not always in the best interest of parents to encourage their children to attend. Also, in the case of functional Christian families, the parents have the primary responsibility of training their children, not the church youth group. (In cases where kids come in without Christian families behind them, then the church has to attempt to disciple them without parental aid, which is extremely difficult.) That being said, whether your child comes from a strong Christian family or not, a youth group can be a blessing or curse.  Read more