Oct 072015

1426163_10152538970789156_1955504315_aToday, like every Wednesday, we will remember Saeed Abedini.

We do more than just remember, however…we stand with him by using our social media to advocate for his release.

We ask that you change your Facebook profile picture to his and that you “like”  the “Free Saeed” Facebook page and participate in some of the activities that promote his cause.

We ask…that you remember him and his family in prayer…and that you refuse to give up on efforts to secure his release.

You can follow Naghmeh Abedini for the latest news on her Facebook page…

Oct 062015

ring-kissing1-croppedK.P. Yohannan was telling the attentive crowd at Calvary Chapel Albuquerque how frugal he really was.

He described in detail how he and his family use a single bar of soap until they are scraping the slick remains from the bottom of the soap dish.

The message was clear…K.P. was always sacrificial and careful with your money.

He could be trusted.

The message was repeated over and over again in different ways through books, lectures, and recordings.

The reality of how he lived was quite different.

Once, when asked by an employee about the apparent difference in that reality, Yohannan replied, “brother, I couldn’t write those books today”.

Yohannan never updated those books to describe the all the homes he now owned, the businesses he started, or the discrepancy between how he and senior leadership lived and how the employees did.

It was a great schtick, it brought in money by the carload, and in mega ministry, the end always justifies the means.

Former employees questioned the need for a new headquarters in 2004 and choked on the brand new 45 million dollar facility just built to replace it.

They were prepared to “work in a warehouse” if it furthered the spread of the Gospel…but warehouses evidently didn’t fit the image His Eminence wanted anymore.

They all knew where the wonderful, surprise “donations” came from when both sites were in need of a miraculous intervention.

That money came from India, from money given with the expectation that would all go to the field.

Still, no one would strongly confront K.P. Yohannan.

Yohannan had the charisma, position, and support from other celebrities that creates an aura of faux godliness and importance.

Surely, all these godly men would not endorse a scoundrel… surely they were convinced of his excellent character.

The mission and the message was good and holy, surely the man must be as well.

He was demanding and strict and you wanted nothing more than his approval.

As happens so often in these situations, the approval of the leader is counted as the approval of God.

One never wants to displease either.

Combine the fear of God and K.P. with the treatment they knew came to those who rebelled…and you have the perfect recipe for a ‘brainwashed”, compliant, and most of all silent, employee.

It takes a long time and a lot of pain to change that mindset.

For many, there has now been enough of both.

Next: the questions you should be asking GFA…

Oct 062015

ring-kissing1-croppedOver the last few days I’ve done a series of interviews with former employees of Gospel for Asia.

Some have left recently, some a few years ago, but all seem to have shared some common experiences.

With the recent actions by the ECFA and Ministry Watch, along with the work of Warren Throckmorton, more are coming forth with their stories.

This is what I have learned.

The first thing you need to know is these people are the ones you want in your church…these are the ones who have truly sold out to Jesus and are prepared to be obedient to Him no matter where or how He called them to serve.

These are the truly “radical for Christ” and because of that, the “radical” message of K.P. Yohannan resonated deeply within them.

Thee was no question that Gospel For Asia was for believers like them, nor was their any question about GFA’s integrity…the organization was promoted in their churches, by their pastors, and by well known Christian leaders.

Many gave up secular careers and even pastorates to join the mission.

Even when it wasn’t articulated as such, Yohannan was regarded as a modern day Protestant saint, beyond question and reproach.

It wouldn’t be until later that they would find that he regarded himself that way as well.

The hours were long and the pay was low…they had to raise their own “support”, but that support was controlled by the organization.

The organization also controlled where you lived, what you made, and even what you bought with the little you made.

Your first year there you would be assigned an “overseer” who would be charged with your indoctrination and making sure that you stayed on the GFA straight and narrow.

You would be expected to read all of Yohannans books and listen to a large number of his recorded messages.

Employees, especially leaders, were pressured to neglect involvement with any local church and focus only on the work of reaching the lost.

The indoctrination never stopped… it was reinforced weekly at prayer meetings and privately daily if necessary.

You must “stay in the battle”.

You came to understand that K.P. and K.P. alone understood how Asian and Indian missions should be done…any opposition was from the enemy of our souls…it was Gospel For Asia against anyone in the world who questioned anything about the man or his methods.

The cost of questioning things was to be labeled “disobedient” or “rebellious”…you were at risk of rejecting Gods call on your life.

Any suspected rebellion was dealt with quickly.

Leadership would pull you into the office and rebuke you, then wait for the workers reaction.

They would be reminded of the those who had left under similar circumstances….those would be slandered in meetings and shunned in public.

Wives would be addressed at ladies meetings if need be to circumvent the erring husband.

If all else failed you would be escorted from the premises with your belongings, but without the “support’ you had raised.

You were now a pariah.

Next: K.P. couldn’t write about his ascetic lifestyle today…

Oct 062015

timthumb.php4 exemplary character traits of J.I. Packer…

No squishy love…

Recovering baptism, changing baptism…

Julie Anne responds to “seven ways to discipline your wife”…

Remembering St. Francis…

10 things to know about the new charismatics…

The fourth person of the Trinity…

Three things not to do after you preach…

Cultivating awe with Dr. Packer…

The audacity to forgive…

Diocletian and Constantine…

Charisma writer rebukes the rest of Charismas writers…

Eight kinds of commenters in the blogosphere…

Monergism vs. synergysm…

GFA spins round round baby , like a record, round round…

Cultivating ordinariness…

Megachurch compensation for SBC pastors…

Suing a church for past child abuse…

Teen Mania collapsing…

The keys of comfort…

Christian leaders who mishandle sexual abuse announcements…

Is the world coming to and end?

Thanks to EricL for the help this week…support his work at top right.


Oct 052015

wmns_gfaWorld magazine reports on the ECFA terminating Gospel For Asia and Ministrywatch.com urges people to stop donating to the charity.

As always, Warren Throckmorton has news and commentary on the matter.

Tomorrow, we will have a look at GFA from the inside as a former employee speaks.

The question before the house is still whether pastors are informing their congregations about this news…if not, why not?

Why have we not heard from the evangelical celebrities on the GFA board?


Oct 052015

thinking_man_ape_wood_3d_sculpture_thinker_think-480x3251. In the rush to co-opt the deaths of innocent people for political advantage, facts are hard to come by.

I will offer one.

Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, a gun control advocate or opponent, we all want to find ways to stop the shootings.

No one is unaffected by these tragedies, none are callous in the face of the losses.

None of us have the answers… the answers will only come if all of us stop trying to “win” and start trying to live, act, and think, as members of one community.

2. I think if communities always treated each other the way we do in the aftermath of a tragedy, there would be less tragedies in the first place…

3. There is no single law that could be passed in a free society that would have prevented the shootings. It will take more than legislature passed to prove that we’re trying to make a difference to actually find solutions.

4. In the providence of God I’m teaching through the Beatitudes now…last night was on “blessed are those who mourn”. “Blessed” mourning isn’t just about the loss of loved ones, it’s about mourning the state of our individual souls and the culture we live in. Perhaps if we replaced our cultural addiction to anger with true mourning we would be able to find some real resolutions to our problems…

5. In case you missed it…the ECFA has terminated the membership of Gospel For Asia. Membership in this organization was often offered as proof of their accountability. Now, it appears they have been accountable to no one.

6. The Apostle Peter said that we are to be a peculiar people in relation to the world. I believe what makes us peculiar is that we are to model sacrificial love and the kingdom that is here, but not in it’s fullness. How peculiar are you?

7. It’s been said before and bears repeating. The biggest lie that Satan has sold is that he does not exist.

8. The besetting sin of the evil one was narcissism. Remember that before you snap the next selfie…

9. How peculiar would it be to pray for those who hate us and wish us harm? Maybe that would be a good place to start…

10. Our local community college has just been evacuated…God help us all to make this stop.


Oct 032015

thumbnail.aspxWhy do I keep relating to you as one of my many relationships, instead of my only relationship, in which all other ones are grounded ?

Why do I keep looking for popularity, respect from others, success, acclaim, and sensual pleasures ?

Why, Lord, is it so hard for me to make you the only one ?

Why do I keep hesitating to surrender myself totally to you ?

Help me, O Lord, to let my old self die, to let die the thousand big and small ways in which i am still building up my false self and trying to cling to my false desires.

Let me be reborn in you and see through you the world in the right way, so that all my actions, words, thoughts can become a hymn of praise to you.

I need your loving grace to travel on this hard road that leads to the death of my old self and to a new life in and for you.

I know and trust that this is the road to freedom.

Lord, dispel my mistrust and help me become a trusting friend.



Oct 032015

Christianity tourism destinationsHebrews 4:14 – 5:2

Jesus is the Great High Priest

One of the major thoughts of this epistle is that Jesus is our great High Priest. The writer proceeds to reinforce his exhortation to enter the rest with a reminder of the character of our High Priest.


Jesus is one with his people and for them he offers the perfect sacrifice.

This is seen largely in terms of the Day of Atonement ceremonies in which the role of the High Priest (not simply any priest) was central. Note; Good Friday was the last Day of Atonement.

Here is the BIG question – Do we need a priest today to go to God? Yes, Jesus is that High Priest.

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

  • What are the things that a high priest does?
  • Aaron was the first HP
  • All HPs come from Aaron’s family
  • Aaron was a Levite – Levites make up the priesthood – but all Levites are not priests.
  • Anyway, that was God’s plan and then it turned into a political favor type position – and that is where it was at the time of Jesus.
  • The High Priest passed through the curtain of the Holy of Hollies – but Jesus passed through the heavens.
  • Jesus, the Son of God. = not a distinction – not a lesser God.
  • John 5:18 “This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.”
  • Let us hold fast our confession = what is our confession?
  • Law & the Prophets and the continuing revelation – the totality of scripture.

15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

  • Jesus was fully man – this is important, because if he was anything different than me, then I could doubt this statement
  • What are the different views on Jesus’ temptation?
  • Could Jesus have succumbed to the temptation? I can and I do.
  • Is being tempted a sin?
  • The impeccability of Jesus deals with the question: could Jesus have sinned? While it is fundamentally agreed the Bible teaches that Jesus did not sin, there has historically been divided opinion as to whether or not He could have sinned.
  • Who was tempted – the divine or the human? (can they be separated?)
  • What is tempting – testing?
  • Think of when they build a new railroad crossing – they run a train across it – not to see if it will fail, but to show everyone that it won’t.
  • Adam and Jesus were alike – they were sinless
  • Adam succumbed and Jesus did not.

16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

  • With confidence = believing
  • OK, you are to draw near – where is your throne of grace?
  • How about at the altar at the time of communion?
  • When is our time of need? Always – because we sin always.

Go daily in the power & confidence that comes with the power of Jesus.

1 For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.

  • One man – Once a year – chosen to meet with God
  • One man – Once a year – chosen to transact man’s business with God… for all
  • What is our relationship??
  • If Jesus Christ is truly present in the elements at communion – are we not all “touching” God?

He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.

  • This is probably an “ideal” state that the High Priest should be – but we have seen then AND NOW – how prideful powerful clergy can be.
  • He can have compassion – he can be empathetic – because he is they.
  • The priests and the High Priest are ordered by Jewish Law to a higher standard
  • But he is still a man – with the passions of a man
  • He can … or at least should identify with the people.
  • The “ignorant and wayward” – not very Politically Correct”
  • The writer ascribes weakness to the priests.
Oct 022015

wmns_gfaWarren Throckmorton has the story…the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has terminated the membership of Gospel For Asia.

The charity was found in violation of five different accountability standards.

Under the stewardship of K.P. Yohannan,  Skip Heitzig, Gayle Erwin, and others the charity has been removed from the ranks of trusted evangelical organizations.


The battle isn’t over, but this is a significant victory.

I bless the name of Warren Throckmorton for his tireless work on behalf of truth.

I bless the brave members of the GFA Diaspora and the donors, pastors, and missionaries who risked their own reputations and ministries to help present the truth so that others would not be defrauded and abused.

Those leaders who have chosen to remain silent have their reward.

Every pastor who has supported GFA from the pulpit has the responsibility to pass this news on to the congregation as well.

If you won’t…I will.

Feel free to make your own application…


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