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Posted on August 02, 2010

Writing the books took more out of me than anticipated. I have had a lot of thoughts but have been written out. I am going to reengage with the blog now… There has been a lot going on, there are two things I want to bring you up to speed on; one is how the ministry is developing and the other is drift in the Christian life. Read more and comment.

I have, in the past few weeks, been pulled into a situation that has caused me to think a lot about drift. A man I have known for a long time has apparently fallen into heresy. Who he is or what the specific heresy is not important for our purposes here, but how he got there and the impact it has had on the body of Christ is important. I do not know all of the details of how he got to his current positions; I have reviewed his materials, but for the time being have been asked not to contact him. I want to. Suffice it to say that where he is now seems to be far from where he was when we had frequent contact. He is a leader, a man of influence, one to whom younger Christians look to for guidance and direction. As such, at some level, he is intimidating. It would be a risk for a young believer to question what was being taught by this man. So for many years, apparently, my friend was in a situation where he was drifting in his beliefs and there was not a peer or mentor to speak into his life. There were no checks on his thinking or if there were he ignored them.

As I write this my response is, “Lord deliver me from this!” Like my friend I am a couple of thoughts away from drift. Two passages that leap to mind on this are 2 Timothy 2:15 and Hebrews 3:13. In the first we are told that we are to be held accountable for our handling of the Word of God. In the second we are reminded that we need others to encourage and exhort us on a daily basis to steer clear of sin and by extension heresy. Bottom line, I need others in my life who will examine me, check my heart, to make sure that I am not drifting away from the truth.

The second aspect of this is both sobering and greatly encouraging. The sobering part is that my friend’s teaching has been embraced by a number of influential men into whose lives he has invested over the past 20 years. So he has reproduced the error into the lives of the men whom he has helped. That reinforces the importance of 2 Timothy 2:15. We have to work at this, we will be held accountable. But the incredibly encouraging thing is that he did reproduce. It is a validation of the fact that spiritual multiplication is the design of the Lord to build His Church, albeit a sobering one.

The second thing is some news about the books. You can find them on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, dadresources.com, the Dallas Seminary website alumni book section, and on my website here. If you have read the book, please leave a review on Amazon. It would really help. If you have not bought the book you can get it at any of the sites above (more money goes to our ministry if you buy it from the Entrusting Truth website). I am meeting with the publisher this week. He has provided the books to the men below to review. He is trying to determine how to best promote the work. So if you think about it please pray for these men as they review the books.

  • David Katsoros, Chicago, Executive with Royal Bank of Scotland
  • David Stephens, New York/Tulsa, President with Stephens Media Group
  • Alex Himaya, Broken Arrow, Senior Pastor of 3000 member church
  • Cullen Bryant, Tulsa, Vice President of ABS Communications
  • Todd Brooks, San Francisco, President of Leadership Enterprises
  • Phil Johnson, San Antonio, Senior Pastor
  • Joey Watkins at FamilyDads.com - I provided this to Joey. He has listed the book on his site but has not yet posted a review.

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