Showing posts from April, 2014

The Dancing Lord

Prior to my salvation, I often went dancing in nightclubs and also worked as a DJ in a few of them. After getting saved, I continued going to clubs for a couple years but eventually stopped. I could no longer put up with smoke-filled rooms plus listening to music with explicit lyrics.
One reason many sinners resist Christianity is the mistaken idea God doesn’t want us to have fun. Some religious leaders have a problem with dancing in general. When I worked for Billy Graham’s World Wide Pictures, one film we distributed called “The Homecoming” featured students at a high school dance. A pastor who planned to show “The Homecoming” in his church changed his mind because he was afraid the dancing would offend his congregation.
A more famous movie that dealt with this issue is “Footloose.” Based on actual events that happened in a Oklahoma town, an overzealous pastor had convinced his city council to ban public dancing. He was eventually challenged by a young man (played by Kevin Bacon) who …

The Antichrist is Coming

Not long after committing my life to the Lord in 1991, I developed an interest in end-time prophecy. One thing that helped me learn more about the subject was a series of films produced by Mark IV Pictures. The first of which was the 1972 release “A Thief in the Night.”
As I’ve become friends with Christians from different denominations, I found out about the varying beliefs out there on how end-time events will pan out. Among the doctrines I’ve heard taught is that we are either in the tribulation, it’s already happened, or there is no tribulation. Yet the Bible talks about a world ruler who will emerge before the return of Christ. Even non-believers know about this man called the Antichrist. 
1 John 2:22 says, “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.” The Greek word for antichrist is antichristos which means “the adversary of the Messiah.” Other verses in John’s epistles make it clear the Antichrist and the spirit o…

Would Jesus Ride in a Limo?

I once read a story about a pastor’s son who just got his driver’s permit and asked his father about using the family car. His father answered, “Son, I'll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study your Bible more, and get your hair cut. Then we will talk about it.” 

Two months later the boy approached his father again about driving the family car. His father said, “Son, I'm real proud of you. You have brought your grades up and studied your Bible diligently...but why haven’t you gotten a haircut?”

The young man replied, “Samson had long hair. Even Jesus had long hair.” 

His father said, “Yes, son…and they walked everywhere they went!”

Technically the pastor’s claim isn’t totally accurate. Just before He was crucified, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey (John 12:14). People have used that as an excuse to criticize modern-day preachers who drive expensive cars or fly in private jets. One minister (whose teachings I usually agree with) posted on his Facebook page the a…