There are churches that don't go as far as heretical hyper-grace, but they do promote grace, non-stop, to the exclusion of critical biblical truths. Repentance, hell, sin, brokenness, the terror of the Lord and other core Christian truths are ignored.
They may consider themselves to be pro-revival as they focus on the idea that "God is always in a good mood," love, relationships and how excited God is about them. While there are some good things to glean from this model of ministry, there are inherent dangers that we must be made aware of.
I'm so tired of snowflake Christians who can't handle intense truth, hellfire preaching and aggressive messages. They fatten themselves on soft spoken, poetry reading style teachers and worship music that never moves beyond supposed "revelations of love" as they overdose on warm feelings.
Trade in your pajamas for armor. Thicken your skin. Arise and fight.
We need integrity and maturity in the prophetic today more than ever! You don't need to be a prophetic weirdo and you don't need to say, "God said," every time you have a spiritual thought! Listen to this podcast and make yourself ready to truly, legitimately hear God's voice.
Okay, a nerve was hit! You have to listen to this raw yet fun podcast. I don't hold back dealing with the nasty spirits that are driving bad tippers.
We should tip HUGE no matter the situation! We aren't called to teach servers a lesson, but rather we should be blessing them as people who represent Jesus!
So, I told my wife I was writing an article on sex. She laughed and said, "You don't know anything about sex!" After my crushed ego was healed (not really), I laughed right back and said, "I know! But, people need to hear about the amazing resource we discovered this weekend!"
God is ready to breathe life into your marriage and into your sex life. Healing awaits. A life of intimacy and adventure is God's desire for you and your spouse!
I'm convinced there are MANY pastors who need to step out of pastoral ministry and get a secular job for the sake of their wive's spiritual and emotional health.
The reason many pastors wives are spiritually and emotionally devastated is because people don't know how to honor them, lift their burdens and shower them with praise.
When people criticize their husband, gossip, scheme, resist, leave the church, stop giving financially or demand too much from him, it can absolutely crush her.
So, often the pastor must lay down his calling for the sake of his wife, or people need to start treating both of them much better.
Even today's most Spirit-filled churches must embrace radical reformation. Listen as I describe the 2 Chronicles church model, a revelation-driven, prophetic model, that must come to the church, and fast.
People have some strange arguments about biblical obedience, works, holiness, etc. They say it's unnecessary in order to receive God's love. What they don't understand is that it is all necessary to live a dramatic, supernatural, prophetic life. To hear God's voice requires quite a life of devotion.
We need to stop attempting to redefine God by eliminating characteristics that don't feel nice and sweet to us. God is God. He has no obligation to explain himself to us. While the love he has is overwhelming, his anger and wrath are still in effect today.
An increasing number of Christians leaders are either refusing to take a stand against various sins including homosexuality, or they are outright affirming them. The bigger issue? The church is allowing this compromise to continue.
We need a firm rebuke against the rising tide of what many are calling Christian Universalism, but understand, this belief system is not Christian at all.
Rejection of eternal torment in Hell is a heretical belief that absolutely puts one's salvation in jeopardy. They are following a different God with a different nature.
You can't find or keep a job? Listen to this podcast.
Did you know the Bible mandates that we don't associate with Christians who are lazy and who don't work, who aren't productive? It's true.
I often hear about people who can't find or keep a job, and I thought I'd share some insight as to why this might be happening.
In the podcast I deal with how to sell yourself, how to ooze confidence, what to say when you have a poor employment history, grooming, what to wear to the interview, questions to ask, being on time, being teachable, being authentic, being available and MORE!
Possibly the most shocking shift coming to the church is the transition away from senior pastoral leadership.
What happens now is that pastors are overwhelmed with connecting with people, feeding them what they prefer and ensuring they are attended to—and that has compromised the strength and outward mission of the church.
Now, of course, helping people is absolutely appropriate and necessary, and pastors are the ones best equipped by God to do that, but this ministry was never meant to be the primary function of the church!
Read the article HERE.
Preaching to the saints? You need to understand that many of them are not safe—if they are saved at all.
“Who then can be saved?” Matthew 19:25 (ESV)
The call of church leadership is not to confirm someone's salvation, but rather to challenge it. We need the fear and trembling to reverberate through our spirits night and day that only wrestling with our salvation can produce.
Read the related article HERE.
I absolutely love connecting with other like-minded revivalists and those who are contending for an outpouring in their region. Listen to this short podcast to learn how to book me, what is expected and how to connect.
Give me renewal any time. I'm ready to encounter God and to be overwhelmed by his glory. However, I can't stop there. There's another level, and it will result in a deep tremor in our spirits. We need revival. Learn about the difference here.
If you are resistant to revival, the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, to groans of the Spirit and tongues of fire and to an atmosphere of desperation, depth, freedom and extreme hunger, and your church is attempting to pursue and affirm these things…just leave. Disappear.
Stop being an irritant and a pain to the pastor you are supposed to be honoring and supporting. Quit with your manipulation, control and witchcraft. Stop presuming your opinions and insights are so important and that your voice must be heeded. You are hindering the Holy Spirit and those who are passionate about Jesus.
The enemy is using you and you need to either move on or repent in tears. I can't imagine being the one that stood in the way of a move of God. Grieving the Holy Spirit is a serious violation and I pray the fear of the Lord grips you.
What happened to the supernatural church? When we go deep in prayer and the prophetic and as we advance in our assignments, we absolutely will invade the darkness and see the spiritual realm manifest.
Listen as John shares a dramatic supernatural story that gives clarity as to why this is so important for Christians today.
I was moved to tears during this podcast as I read an email about the legacy and impact we had in one of our assignments in Manitou Springs, Colorado. This message will encourage you and set you free from the lie that you must be ever growing and developing in order to be successful. Much of what you do will never be noticed by others and the impact may not be felt for years or generations. It's valuable though and it's your obedience that counts.
"So, you've never sinned?"
That's the snarky question people ask when Christians, who are promoting holiness in the fear of the Lord, scrutinize immorality in other Believers.
How should we handle it when others sin? What about when a Christ-professing leader sins publicly without repentance? Should we remain silent? What about Christians who support abortion and homosexual rights? We can say nothing because we too have sinned in the past?
John tears apart this ridiculous defense and calls people to be more interested in God and holiness than they are in supporting others.
Many are working hard to attract the wrong crowd on Sunday—and the result is an Ichabod church.
I've met countless pastors and others who say they are focused on revival, but who are misguided on exactly what it is. Their focus is on attracting people to the church, on people getting “saved” and on other church growth strategies.
The problem? The foundational pursuit of revival has nothing to do with church growth or the lost. It has everything to do with the church awakening, contending in intercession and attracting the fire of the Holy Spirit.
The lost didn't show up in the Upper Room. Marginal followers of Jesus were repelled by the Upper Room.
This is a must listen! Where is the fear of the Lord in the church today? People have been duped and deceived into believing that sin has no eternal consequence in the lives of Believers. They reject the ideas of sin consciousness and behavior modification. They presume intimacy with Jesus and the grace of God are sufficient to keep them free. It's not true.
People are crying out for a church on fire, and it's time to transition the tired old wine skin out as God prepares us for a saturating, explosive outpouring. John shares clear steps on how the Sunday service can become a furnace of revival.
It's disturbing when professing Christians are turning a blind eye to serious failures by our President, who claims to be a Christian.
We can pray for him, love him, support him and believe that he's God's man of the hour without also affirming immorality and inappropriate speech.
Pastors, stop with your ridiculous church growth strategies. Stop counting people on Sunday mornings. Stop with the programs. STOP!
We need people who will cry out, who are desperate for a move of God, for the fire of Heaven to consume them!
I am a proponent of unifying around the absolutes of Scripture while rejecting what so many of the heresy hunters are doing. I don't want to come against legitimate movements, even if there is some error on a lower level, if God is truly anointing them. I don't want to call out people of God simply because they aren't in my stream.
However, I have been so disturbed, for years and years, about the mega-grace churches, ministries and movements. This is different than hyper-grace. I've dealt with hyper-grace which is false, unbiblical grace, as I believe it's clearly heretical. However, there is a rising tide of what I call mega-grace ideologies that are overtaking churches. They put most of their doctrinal eggs in one basket, focusing mostly on the positive. It's the "God is always in a good mood" and "the world is getting better and better" crowd that causes the grief in my spirit.
It would be very difficult for me to accept a ministry invitation to one of these churches. I just can't shake the alarms sounding within.
The problem? Much good comes from some of these ministries. Powerful truths, worship and impact can be found there. Is that enough for me to wholeheartedly endorse them? No. Is the danger I sense enough to renounce them? No. So, here I remain, in the valley of disturbance, waiting on God to give me revelation on how or if to deal more directly with it. That may come soon or never. But let it be known that I sense something is off, and those under the influence of these ministries should use great wisdom and discernment while also being life-giving and honoring.
Addressing error without compromising our credibility
The need for people who rightly divide the truth is only going to escalate as the end-times season we are in continues to unfold. These Bereans are valuable and it would do us all well to embrace the opportunity to analyze our belief systems and to grow.
Instead, all over social media especially, we see critical and arrogant spirits assaulting others they disagree with theologically. For Christians to be rude and to operate in a spirit of accusation makes one wonder if they are saved at all. In fact, the moment we utilize methods of communication that contradict the fruits of the Spirit, we lose our credibility. Fortunately, there are many people who confirm their credibility by debating and discussing with love and honor. Communicating with them is a pleasure. However, all too often, supposed guardians of theology are zeroed in on proving their point and on shaming all who disagree. On the contrary, the shame is on them as they attempt to demoralize and invalidate people’s ministry. The focus is on mistakes, errors, disagreements and weaknesses instead of building them up, honoring them and encouraging them in the Lord.
10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10 (ESV)
As one who absolutely affirms bold and provocative messages, I’m dismayed that so many who name the name of Jesus presume boldness equates to cruelty and divisiveness. Haters and debaters who are driven by a contentious agenda against those they disagree with are doing great damage to the church. Strangely, they presume to be the champions of truth, knights in shining armor who are to be celebrated for defending their absolutely “perfect” view of Scripture. They presume themselves to be Bereans when in reality they are aligning themselves with a dark spirit of accusation and assault. These are no Bereans. They are, in fact, Thessalonians.
Read the article: https://burton.tv/2019/03/08/haters-and-debaters-addressing-a-contentious-christian-culture/
The weird and wonderful realm of the supernatural may contain the key to your breakthrough!
I refuse to tone down the activity of the Holy Spirit out of respect of those less hungry. That’s been a commitment of my ministry for years. I also refuse to disinvite the Holy Spirit when the manifestations cross the line of our human comfort. In fact, I believe many people will be held accountable for limiting the Holy Spirit in the name of biblical order. Simply, we need God to move in other worldly power!
Evangelism and church growth strategies have gone off the rails in an attempt to close the sale.
Enough. The church has been failing far too miserably for far too long in one specific area—dressing up Jesus.
This tragedy is rooted in movements that refuse to embrace the severity of God. Their infatuation with emotional love, intimacy and connection to the exclusion of an inner tremble and utter brokenness that can only come from a revelation of the terror of the Lord has compromised a generation.
This puppy dog, cuddly Jesus that so many yearn for is a fantasy. If the extent of your relationship with God is enjoying his kindness and goodness to the exclusion of his terror and severity, you actually may be developing intimacy with an angel of light instead of the lover of your soul.
In a generation marked by child killing, illicit sexual sin, rampant rebellion and a society that's growing more wicked by the hour, many pastors are remaining silent.
I share seven reasons why pastors are refusing to wield a prophetic blade against the enemies of today. They are silent, passive and disengaged and it's time for them to either repent and awaken or to step aside.
Slaughtering anything that threatens what people value is next on Satan’s plan for America.
I’ve been saying for years that we are moving closer and closer to a reality in our nation that includes killing children well after they have been born. The only requirement for that medically sanctioned prescription to kill our children is proof of hardship, threat or inconvenience. If our way of living is negatively affected by our children, the option to eliminate them may be afforded us if something doesn’t change, and fast.
Read the article HERE.
If God is awakening people to the power of prayer, why aren’t the prayer rooms full? If there is a growing remnant of people who yearn to encounter God and to contend for the passions of his heart night and day, why do pastors have such a hard time compelling them to come together for corporate intercession? It’s a great question. I believe I have a handful of answers.
A message on how to handle our various assignments in ministry. Some plant, and may never see impact, increase or fulfillment of the vision. As they pass the baton, those who water can experience the fulfillment of the call in that region as God brings increase.