4-12-14 “7 Reasons Why Christian Leaders Fall” – Pastor Shane Idleman

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4-12-14 “7 Reasons Why Christian Leaders Fall” – Pastor Shane Idleman

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4-12-14 “7 Reasons Why Christian Leaders Fall” – Pastor Shane Idleman
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4/12/2014 – “7 Reasons Why Christian Leaders Fall” – Pastor Shane Idleman

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Within weeks, two of my heroes have fallen from grace, and some of my friends in pastoral ministry have taken detours in their destiny as well. Moral failings among leaders are becoming an epidemic. No one is beyond the reach of Satan’s grasp. Although I’m disappointed, my faith is not shaken because only Christ should be placed on a pedestal.
Why do they fall? They fall for the same reason that all Christians fall. Each of us are drawn away by our own evil desires and enticed. When these desires are acted upon, they lead to sin (cf. James 1:14-15). Sin has a life cycle—it either grows or withers depending on whether we feed or starve it. John Owen, the prolific Puritan author wrote, “Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you.”
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4/7/2014 “The Top 4 Reasons Why Christian Leaders Fall” – Pastor Shane Idleman

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The demands of life often tempt us to seek gratification in alcohol and other things. We must be on high alert. The enemy uses “opportune times” to draw us away from God. (cf. Luke 4:13.) The line is so thin that it is often hard to determine when we cross over. (Read More here: http://westsidechristianfellowship.org/articles/3-24-14-alcohol-liberty-has-limits-pastor-shane-idleman/)
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Without Unction, Preaching Has Little Effect On The Hearer

January 22nd, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Without Unction, Preaching Has Little Effect On The Hearer)

Over the next few weeks, Shane is revisiting articles that drew the most feedback in 2010. Here is number four…

Many today argue that we can’t preach with authority because we need to have a flexible approach to all aspects of theology. By “flexible” they mean accommodating all beliefs, but truth is not “flexible” when it comes to absolutes; it’s solid and unyielding—an anchor. Truth liberates. Truth rebuilds. Truth restores. Truth heals. Truth transforms. Truth prevails…you don’t change truth; truth changes you!
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Points to Consider Before Leaving Your Church – Part 2

January 8th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Points to Consider Before Leaving Your Church – Part 2)

Over the next few weeks, I will revisit articles that drew the most feedback in 2010. Here is number two… In America today, a significant number of people are switching churches, or leaving altogether. I’ve found that judging “rightly,” as well as unwarranted criticism, both play significant roles.
Last week we concluded with point four:

4. Do you have a critical spirit? This could also translate into a cynical, or negative, attitude. If you do, you’ve already turned a deaf ear; it will be difficult to discern God’s leading.
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Points to Consider Before Leaving Your Church – Part 1

January 1st, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Points to Consider Before Leaving Your Church – Part 1)

Over the next few weeks, I will re-visit articles that drew the most feedback in 2010. Here is one…
In America today, a significant number of people are switching churches, or leaving altogether. I’ve found that judging “rightly,” as well as unwarranted criticism, both play significant roles. Here are some points to consider:

1. Do the leaders, and the pastors, view the Scriptures as inerrant—the final authority? This is stating the obvious, but it’s worth stating: If a pastor, teacher, preacher, or minister challenges the authority, or authenticity, of the Word of God, they should step away from leadership.
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This Christmas, Embrace the True Gospel

December 25th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on This Christmas, Embrace the True Gospel)

As mentioned last week: If we truly want to experience the power of God, we must surrender pivotal areas of our lives.

The final area of surrender is found in Matthew 16:24, “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, if any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
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