10/6/15 – “Halloween – Should Christians Celebrate Holidays?” – Shane Idleman

October 6th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 10/6/15 – “Halloween – Should Christians Celebrate Holidays?” – Shane Idleman)

Redeem and celebrate are not unfamiliar to Christians. God “redeems” man from a state of darkness and we “celebrate” this transformation of heart. Simply stated, it’s about why, who, and how we celebrate.
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5/14/15 “Can A Christian Lose Their Salvation?” – Pastor Shane Idleman

May 14th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 5/14/15 “Can A Christian Lose Their Salvation?” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

A common question for many is, “Can I lose my salvation?” I’ve heard both sides of the argument, and only God truly knows a person’s heart, but I can share a few thoughts. The reason there is a debate is because the Scriptures teach that salvation is a gift from God that cannot be earned, but they also offer warnings about falling away.
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4/11/15 “7 Reasons Why ‘Christians’ Are Divided On Homosexuality” – Pastor Shane Idleman

April 9th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 4/11/15 “7 Reasons Why ‘Christians’ Are Divided On Homosexuality” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

Relating to people on their level and to love them regardless of their lifestyle is a mark of true Christianity. So why are many Christians divided?
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10/30/14 “5 Reasons Why Younger Christians And Pastors Avoid Politics” – Pastor Shane Idleman

October 30th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 10/30/14 “5 Reasons Why Younger Christians And Pastors Avoid Politics” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

In my opinion, failure to recognize diverse gifts may explain why many people are divided on the issue of religion and politics. For instance, John MacArthur, James Dobson, Chuck Colson, Tony Perkins, Jim Garlow, and D. James Kennedy have/had different ministries, but all fall under the umbrella of Christian service.
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6-7-14 “WARNING : This Article Will Offend Many ‘Christians'” – Pastor Shane Idleman

June 7th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 6-7-14 “WARNING : This Article Will Offend Many ‘Christians'” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

Blessings come from brokenness, restoration from repentance, and revival through mourning. Woe be to the church who is in a hurry to burn through a sermon, scurry through worship, and head to the nearest restaurant. It doesn’t matter what we think, or do not think, God is very clear: “If My people humble themselves [afflict, mourn, sorrow over the condition of their land], pray, seek My face, and turn from wickedness then I will heal their land.” This begins with me and with you.
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5-13-14 “Is Alcohol Use Among Christians The New ‘Golden Calf’ ?” – Pastor Shane Idleman

May 13th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 5-13-14 “Is Alcohol Use Among Christians The New ‘Golden Calf’ ?” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

The person who consumes alcohol walks a very fine line between freedom and sin, responsibility and carelessness, liberty and abuse—over-indulgence can even disqualify a person from leadership (cf. 1 Timothy 3). This discussion is not about a glass of wine or beer now and then, it’s about abusing liberty. Damage done to families and individuals through alcohol use demands a closer look. Almost one out of every three traffic deaths involve someone who was driving while intoxicated.
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4/7/2014 – Easter—Should Christians Celebrate Holidays? – Shane Idleman

April 7th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 4/7/2014 – Easter—Should Christians Celebrate Holidays? – Shane Idleman)

Author’s Note: There is always an attempt to de-emphasize the true, spiritual significance of Christian holidays and place emphasis on Santa, toys, bunnies, baskets, and candy. That is a sincere cause for concern. This article assumes that is understood. This article is also not a hill to die on for me. I respect those who may disagree and they may have a valid pause for concern.

During the 2011 Christmas season, I received the following email from an online viewer, “I’m sorry, but every time I tried to watch the sermon the decorated Christmas trees in the background were disturbing to my spirit. I turned it off. I am discouraged and disappointed because of the trees.”
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1-18-14 “WARNING: This Article May Offend Many Christians” – Part II – Pastor Shane Idleman

January 17th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 1-18-14 “WARNING: This Article May Offend Many Christians” – Part II – Pastor Shane Idleman)

(The Christian Post featured part 1 on their Facebook page. It received 35,000 views in less than a week and prompted part 2 below.)

A few years ago, I had a conversation with a pastor who suggested that these articles are written from a position of fear. I agree…I believe that these messages are timely and urgent for the vast majority. The present condition of the church leaves one to wonder if the lack of the fear of the Lord is contributing to her spiritually dead condition: “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:15-17). A healthy respect of God (fear) is what our culture, and the church, desperately need.
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