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Eight Ways Satan Usurps Authority in a Church

Satan is the author of rebellion, which is the root of all sin. He rebelled against God’s rule and continues to rebel against God’s rule through willing people who rebel against spiritual authority. This is the major way churches are divided and even destroyed. The following are eight ways Satan deceives people into dividing or…

Five American Myths of Successful Churches and Ministries

In my reading of the word of God over the past 34 years I have noticed a keen difference between the biblical measure of success and the way many American churches seem to measure success. Many of the ways American churches measures success are in fact direct violations of the teachings of Jesus in Matthew…

Twelve Common Mistakes Young Pastors/Leaders Make

Having started in full-time ministry at the age of 22 and pioneering a local congregation at the age of 25, much of this article comes from the “school of hard knocks.” Either I have made each of the following mistakes or I have observed them made by other pastors in my 30+ years of full-time…

Nine Essential Traits of Qualified Worship Leaders

1. They are true worshippers in private True worship leaders are effective because their public worship is an overflow of their deep private worship. They are able to help bring the congregation into deep worship because it is already something they walk in. 2. They don’t always need the spotlight Mature worship leaders allow other…

Ten Reasons Business Leaders Reject Their Local Churches

I have been a pastor for over 25 years and have ministered to hundreds of pastors and visited numerous churches over the past three decades. During this time I have noticed often that key marketplace leaders who love the Lord have a hard time connecting to a local church. (By “marketplace” in this article I…

Identifying the Antichrist

Much has been made since the end of the nineteenth century regarding the “last days” and identifying the antichrist. During World War II a number of preachers even had scriptures to prove that Adolf Hitler was the antichrist and that they were the last generation. Numerous best-selling books have been written regarding the mark of…

Contrasting American Christianity from Biblical Christianity

It has been evident to numerous biblical scholars that often (if not most of the time) believers (including preachers) interpret the Bible through the lens of their culture. This has resulted in many beliefs, doctrines and practices prevalent in the church that are not in accord with the clear teaching of Scripture. Sadly this is…

Ten Judgments of Jesus against the Religious Systems of the Church

Every church and/or organization has a corporate culture with norms, rules and expectations that pressure participants to conform. Some cultures are good and some bad. That being said, there are particular attributes that characterize false religions or become the norm during religious decline in a true faith such as Christianity. For example, “Every religious system…

21 Contrasts between Commercial and Biblical Christianity

After Pentecost (Acts 3 and later), Christ-followers were first involved in something called “the Way” (Acts 24:22). After the gospel progressed to the non-Jewish world with the planting of the church in Antioch, the world called Christ-followers “Christians” because they were made up of both Jews and Gentiles who exhibited a radical devotion to be…