Top of the Week: Spirit-Filled Pastor Responds to Mackenzie Morgan Calling Out Hillsong, Bethel and Elevation

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Spirit-Filled Pastor's Response to Mackenzie Morgan Calling Out Hillsong, Bethel and Elevation

I appreciate Mackenzie Morgan's boldness to stand against wishy-washy churches in this article titled, "Worship leader no longer supports Hillsong, Elevation, Bethel Music over 'false gospel message.'" More and more churches may be following suit in regard to her stance.

But I also think it's important to ask some additional questions.

For example, "Is it possible to not endorse or agree with [such-and-such church] but still listen to their worship in a corporate setting?"

First, I want to be clear that my position has never been, "I don't care what the roots are; I'm playing their music." I myself am in the process of evaluation.

Christian author and preacher Max Lucado says he recently tested positive for COVID-19 despite vaccination.

Lucado said on social media: "Groan. Covid found me. Tested positive yesterday. Was planning to preach today @oakhillschurch and go with some guys on epic golf trip to Ireland tomorrow. Turns out it's me in a downstairs room with aches, stuffy head and quarantine."

Lucado says while it prevented him from preaching last weekend and going on that golf trip, he believes the misery he's enduring could have been worse if he hadn't had the vaccine.

Anne Graham Lotz's Son Jonathan Out of ICU, Begins Rehab After COVID Battle

Friends of the Billy Graham family across the globe are rejoicing with the news from Anne Graham Lotz that her son and Billy Graham's grandson, Jonathan Lotz, has moved out of ICU and will begin rehab after a serious battle with COVID-19.

His mother posted her praise on Facebook, quoting a poem her mother, Ruth Bell Graham, taught her along with a photo of her mother and Jonathan:

Michael Gungor is the latest Christian celebrity to denounce Christ, part of the unfortunate fulfillment of a prophetically-inspired question I posed nearly a decade ago announcing the great falling away is underway.

The popular Christian alternative rock musician is a full-blown atheist now. And his wife has followed him into his apostasy. A meme is circulating around Instagram in which Gungor insists, "Jesus was Christ. Buddha was Christ. Muhammad was Christ. Christ is a word for the Universe itself. You are Christ. We are the body of Christ."

Blasphemy! This is a doctrine of demons! He's not the first. A growing number of "visible" Christians have turned their back on Christ—and for all those with name recognition, there are likely thousands upon thousands more who have strayed from His heart.

Is the rapture imminent?

The idea of an imminent rapture portrays a weak Lord. I find it difficult to comprehend how Christianity could ever accept God as weak. If true, any possible perceived weakness would be a projection by mankind, based on our own weaknesses; this saddens God.

When I share that the rapture is designed by God to be a grand visual event, to be witnessed by the entire world, I am often told I am wrong. Some even reject me out of hand without the courtesy of hearing me out. This is not my story; it is God's! The Bible shares dozens of verses confirming the rapture is not coming in secret at any moment.

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