Seeking God at The Shack

Seeking God at The Shack

I’ve had a crazy response from the email I sent offering our 4-page Profile on The Shack. Over 1,000 people have already downloaded our Profile and I’ve had tons of feedback and shares. With this much buzz, I thought it would be helpful to offer another free resource — this sermon I preached on the book, The Shack.

All Roads Lead Where? Seeking God at The Shack

I shared this message live at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, NC for my friend Pastor Stephen Davey. It was carried worldwide on the Wisdom for the Heart radio network. Feel free to listen to this sermon and share it with others. We have included the PowerPoint that you may watch along with the audio.

We also added some eye-opening video. Please play close attention when watching the two video clips we included from CBC TV’s The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos interviewing The Shack author William P. Young. Once you watch the interview, I think you will understand the source of much of the controversy.

Get the full message for free here: www.watchman.org/shack.htm

In case you missed my email, The Shack movie just opened last weekend in theaters worldwide. It is based on the controversial book, self-published in 2007, by a heretofore unknown author, William P. Young. The book, which had been rejected by traditional Christian publishers, shocked the publishing world by jumping to #1 on the NY Times bestsellers list in 2008. The movie is being heavily promoted now in many Christian churches. The movie is poised to be a blockbuster but you will want to know that there are some serious theological problems.

I want you to be prepared. That’s why I sent our 4-page Profile on the book, The Shack. If you didn’t get it yet, you may still download that 4-page Profile for FREE here: www.watchman.org/Shack.pdf.

If the movie previews are any indicator, the film will be repeating some of the same doctrinal errors promoted in the book. Among other problems, The Shack misidentifies the Persons of the Trinity, hinting at the heresy of Modalism and promotes a form of Universalism (everyone eventually goes to heaven) called Universal Reconciliation. Dr. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said:

This book includes undiluted heresy. … It is a deeply troubling book. … It is intended, undoubtedly, as a way of trying to bring about some kind of redefinition or new understanding of the Christian faith. … The main character says at one point that he now understands that everything he learned at seminary was basically all wrong.

Please read the Profile to get a better idea of what is at stake. Also, I want you to feel free to share this with others either by emailing the link or printing copies.

Thank You for your Prayers and support!

We are an evangelical Christian apologetics ministry focusing on reaching people of other faiths and religions with the true gospel of the grace of Jesus Christ. Thank you for enabling us to continue through your prayers and financial support.

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“The Atheist Delusion:” Free DVD if you know an Atheist!

The Atheist Delusion

Do you know an atheist, agnostic or skeptic? If so, I would like to send you a free copy of the 62-minute DVD, The Atheist Delusion. I was so impressed with this video, I purchase one thousand DVDs from our friends at Living Water Films! I’d like to give you one. All I ask is a donation of at least $3.71 to help cover shipping.1

Of course, if you can donate more than $3.71 it would be greatly appreciated but I don’t want the cost to keep you from owning this exciting resource. Watch this 85-second preview or claim your DVD here: www.watchman.org/AtheistDelusion.

Instant Access: Watch this DVD now on your Phone?

When you order your DVD, you get instant access to a link and password to watch the entire video by web streaming. It works great on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. At checkout, you automatically get a link (online and by email) to register your DVD. Once registered, you can immediately access the full 62-minute video to stream on any device. Then, please allow about 14 business days for your DVD to ship.

You’ll be riveted as you witness atheist students on university campuses being interviewed about powerful proofs for the existence of God. Watch Christian apologist Ray Comfort discussing evidences for a Creator with Lawrence Krauss, renown atheist and author of the bestsellers, A Universe from Nothing and Why There Is No God.

You will want to first watch this video yourself to learn some simple yet effective techniques for engaging in conversations with atheists. The DVD also makes a great gift to give to any atheist, agnostic or skeptic. Ask them if they would be willing to watch and critique it. They may be very open to give you their opinion of the video from an atheist perspective.

I really believe you are going to love this DVD. It is a great tool and will be a valuable addition to your “defend the faith” toolbox (1 Peter 3:15). Watch the 85-second preview or request your free DVD here: www.watchman.org/AtheistDelusion.

I greatly appreciate your prayers and support. Your partnership makes possible our ministry of apologetics including research, writing, publishing, mission trips, evangelistic outreach, and training Christians to defend their faith. On behalf of our staff and their families, I wish to thank you for standing with us as we help hurting people and share the Good News of the grace of Christ.

1NOTE: This DVD offer ends at midnight March 31, 2017 and is valid in the USA only. International donors will receive video streaming access only.

Utah Mission Trip: Share Jesus with Mormons – Help send us or come with us?

2017 Utah Mission Trip

We have dates set for our 2017 Utah Mission Trip. Would you like to come with us as a summer missionary or help send someone else? Learn more by watching my 3-minute video report highlighting some of the last year’s trip: www.watchman.org/UtahRept.htm.

Our 2017 Utah Mission Trip will be June 11-18. There are three ways you can participate: 1) Donate to support our team, 2) Pray for our mission team, or 3) Join the team by coming with us. Here is how it works.

DONATE: We need to raise our portion of the mission trip costs above our normal budget. Click here to designate your gift to help cover the cost of the trip or to help send one or more missionaries.

PRAY: For over 25 years, Watchman has had a team of missionaries sharing the true gospel with Mormons in Manti, Utah. The Mormons produce a huge outdoor drama, Mormon Miracle Pageant, outside of their temple in Manti. The pageant features a cast of hundreds in a major production dramatizing the story of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.

Over 70,000 Mormons attend this event annually. We join with many other Christian groups sharing in gospel conversations for hours each evening before the pageant begins. The first few days we provide training and a crash course in Mormon theology and history. We also take a tour of Temple Square in Salt Lake City (and have tons of fun).

JOIN THE TEAM: Please pray about joining us for Utah Missions 2017. We need two kinds of missionaries — those who will be sharing the gospel and team partners who will be providing the prayer support and encouragement.

Our trip is June 11-18 and the cost is $1,400 including all training, witnessing materials, tracts, lodging, meals, ground transportation, and airfare from most major US cities. If you want to provide your own transportation to Salt Lake City, the total cost is $900 for the 8 days and 7 nights.

Space is limited so if you think you might be interested, let us know right away and I’ll connect you with our mission trip coordinator, Renae Storms. She will follow up with you and provide an application, suggestions on how to best raise your personal support to help cover the costs of your trip, and more information.

Can I Say ‘Thanks’ By Giving You This Ancient Biblical Coin from the Time of Christ?

I want to thank each of you for praying for our staff and their families and for standing with us financially as we approach the end of 2016. Your faithful support literally makes possible our ministry of evangelism, apologetics, and missions. That is why I’m thrilled to tell you about a new way we can express our appreciation for your partnership.

Ancient Biblical Coin from the Time of Christ

We recently acquired a collection of 2,000-year-old biblical coins known as “widow’s mites” from a friend of our ministry who is a licensed antiquities dealer in Israel. These ancient bronze coins were minted in Judea between 135-37 BC and recently excavated just south of Jerusalem. That means, that these coins were actually in circulation in Israel during the earthy ministry of Jesus Christ.

I would like to FedEx you this ancient biblical coin. It is beautifully framed and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Just watch this short, 3-minute video to discover how you can own this rare treasure: www.watchman.org/mite.

Jesus praised a widow for her offering of two “mites”

Jesus mentioned this coin in the Gospel of Mark when He praised the faithful giving of a poor widow. When Jesus saw the widow donate two mites, he said, “this poor widow hath cast more in than all…. For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living” (Mark 12:43-44).

Would you like to own one of these ancient biblical coins?

I would like to make this ancient coin available to you as our way of saying “thank you” for your support to help us advance our ministry of evangelism, apologetics, and missions over the next 365 days. Some of you may wish to send in a gift to cover $10 a day for one year ($3,650). Others may wish to send in a donation at this time to cover $5 per day for the next year ($1,825). To receive your coin, however, we are requiring a minimum donation of only $1 per day.

That means that if you make a donation at this time of at least $365 we will ship you a framed “widow’s mite” as a token of our appreciation. That is just $1 a day for one year to help support Watchman Fellowship’s ministry of evangelism, apologetics, and missions.

Large or small – every end-of-year gift is important!

I know that $365 is a lot of money. Many of our most faithful prayer partners and supporters simply don’t have it – especially at this time of year. Please know that your donation, regardless of its size, is much-needed and greatly appreciated. If you can only afford to give $25 or even $2 right now, rest assured that you are truly a blessing to us and I believe you will be blessed as well.

That is the beauty of the Widow’s offering. It was only two “mites,” which adds up to about $2 in value in today’s US dollars.1 Jesus praised the widow not because of the size of her offering but because of the size of her sacrifice.

We can accomplish great ministry working together

As much as 40% of our annual support is donated in the month of December. That is why each December is literally a “make or break” challenge for us. The lion’s share of all of our outreach efforts, writing, printing, postage, web development, staff salaries, mission trips, evangelism, training, equipping, and everything else is funded in December.

Each year our staff and their families anxiously look forward to December trusting the Lord to supply all of our needs. I can’t tell you how many times we have been totally blown away to see how God answers our prayers and blesses – often in the most unexpected ways. Thank you for being a part of those miracles and answered prayers.

On behalf of our entire staff and their families, I want you to know how very grateful we are for your support that keeps us on the forefront of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with those of other faiths, religions and worldviews!

www.watchman.org/donate

I know that your support means so much more than just a tax-deductible donation. Like the original “widow’s mite,” you are giving sacrificially to the Lord through the ministry of Watchman Fellowship. For this, I would like to say “thank you!”

Free Book: A Mormon’s Unexpected Journey

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You will love this free book! As a former Mormon myself, I rarely discover a book that more clearly lays out the differences between Mormonism and biblical faith. At the same time, here is a book that goes beyond the facts to tell a story of personal transformation. As I read it I was vividly reminded of every feeling and emotion that I experienced during my own transition from Mormonism to Christianity.

Carma Naylor strikes that perfect balance as she invites her readers along for an incredibly personal journey through the crisis of losing her religion and the unexpected joy of finding the grace of Christ. I know you will want this book and I would like to give you a free copy.

Why Am I Giving You This Book?

I am very thankful for each of you who support the ministry of Watchman Fellowship either financially or through your prayers. To express my appreciation, I would like to give you and a free copy of A Mormon’s Unexpected Journey. All I ask is that you make a donation of at least $3.81 to help me cover the postage.

If you can afford to donate more than the postage, please know that our staff and their families are exceptionally grateful. Your generous support is much-needed and greatly appreciate at this time. But if all you can do right now is cover is the postage, please don’t hesitate to claim your copy. I don’t want the cost to prevent you from enjoying your own copy of this valuable resource.

What is the catch? We do ask for a donation of at least enough to help cover the postage. We do have a limit of one per family while our supply lasts. This offer is valid in the USA only* and the offer ends Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 at midnight.

A Great Witnessing Resource

Not only will you enjoy reading Carma’s story, her book also makes a great gift to share with a Latter-day Saint to help introduce them to the biblical gospel of grace.

  • Do you know any Mormons — a coworker, neighbor, or family member?
  • Have you ever had the Mormon Missionaries knock at your door?

If you answered yes, you will want to be prepared to be a witness when the Lord give you an opportunity. This book is a great way to be “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) to a Mormon friend.

Once again, thank you for your prayers and support. Our staff and their families depend on the generous gifts from friends like you to stay on the forefront of apologetics, evangelism, and missions. Thank you for helping to make this ministry possible!

Free Book with Any Donation: Rescuing Slaves of the Watchtower

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Watch this video to learn how you can receive a free book with any donation (expires August 6, 2016).

Learn how to rescue Jehovah’s Witnesses from their slavery! Though its members represent one of the fastest-growing religions in the world, the Jehovah’s Witnesses remain one of the most enigmatic and puzzling groups to many people today. Few people never have been visited by a “Witness”, but what exactly do these determined people actually believe? What makes them so different from other Christian denominations?

In this spellbinding look at the Watchtower Society, Joe B. Hewitt, formerly a third-generation Jehovah’s Witness who was indoctrinated by his mother and grandfather with Watchtower teachings, pulls back the curtain of mystery and exposes lies, the mind control, and the glaring contradictions of biblical truth behind the organization that has sent those smiling faces to your front door. His book contains heartbreaking stories of former adherents, including himself, who were betrayed by the JW’s.

Joe says instead of evangelizing others, the Witnesses themselves need to be rescued from the cult-like organization. The book describes how people who know the real truth of Christ’s love can rescue the Watchtower’s slaves from intellectual and emotional bondage.

This is a $22 value including shipping. Now for ANY DONATION while supply lasts. Valid USA only. Offer ends midnight August 6, 2016.

11 Souls Saved in Utah (Watch the 3-Minute Video)

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I’m excited to share this 3-minute video highlighting some of the great things that God did during our Utah Mission Trip in June 2016 — please take a minute and watch it here.

My appreciation and gratitude goes out to each of you who prayed for our 24 missionaries last month and especially to those of you who gave financially to make this mission trip possible.

You will be pleased to know that both of our summer mission trips — to Manti, Utah and to Kenya, Africa were fully-funded through the faithful giving of our ministry supporters and partner churches.

We Need Your Help in July

Unfortunately, donations to our general fund dropped significantly at the same time that our missions donations went up. This combined with our typical “summer slump” in income has left us without the funds to cover our June and July budget.

Our staff and their families depend on the generous gifts from friends like you to stay on the forefront of apologetics, evangelism, and missions. Would you consider an online donation right now help close that gap and advance the gospel through apologetics, evangelism, and missions? Your gift is much needed and greatly appreciated!

Report: Meeting with Donald Trump

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Here is a short video report on Tuesday, June 21st’s meeting in Times Square between evangelical Christian leaders and Donald Trump: www.watchman.org/TrumpMtg.htm.

I want to thank those of you who prayed for me and suggested great questions to ask Donald Trump. I know you are interested in what happened because my email box “blew up” with advice, encouragement, and questions. I read every email and answered scores of them but there was no way I could answer them all. Instead, I taped this report to give you some sense of what happened — the good and bad.

As I explain on the video, I was glad I went but somewhat disappointed by aspects of the event. Ben Carson helped organize the meeting and Gov. Mike Huckabee moderated the Q&A. Christian leaders in attendance included James Dobson, Jerry Falwell Jr., Jim Garlow, Franklin Graham, David Jeremiah, James Robinson, and Ronnie Floyd. The meeting was described as a conversation between evangelical Christian leaders and Donald Trump. The “conversation,” however, appeared to be very scripted. Perhaps this was unavoidable but I do wish that questions about Trump’s personal beliefs would have been allowed. They were not.

My invitation to attend this meeting was unexpected; I was, however, willing to hear what he had to say. Our next President, whoever that will be, will have some crucial decisions to make concerning Supreme Court nominees, counter terrorism, religious freedom issues, and much more. These decisions will affect us all regardless of our political affiliations. Trump was asked and answered several of these important questions.

Seasoned with Grace

Wow! I found out June 20th that this is a very volatile topic. I have never received this much response to any email. Most of the feedback I received was very positive and encouraging. I want to thank each of you who prayed for me and suggested great questions. Quite a bit of the email I received, however, was somewhat confrontational. It seems that Christians either love Donald Trump or they hate him. Apparently there is little middle ground. Some of my email suggested that I had compromised Christianity because I was willing to listen to Trump. Others seemed equally upset that I would not do “my Christian duty” and endorse Trump.

It is our Christian duty in a representative Republic to be involved in the political process. In a government “of the people,” it is one way we “render unto Caesar” what belongs to Caesar (Matt. 22:21). That said, I would suggest that we allow a place for Christian conscience and season our discussions with grace. Whatever side you may be on, I promise you that there are good Christians on the opposite side who can make passionate, articulate, and reasoned defenses for their position. Wherever we stand, we must commit ourselves to be gracious towards our Christian brothers and sisters who disagree with us. Jesus said that all will know we are His disciples because of the love that we have for each other (John 13:34-35).

At the end of the video, I will tell you which team I am on 😉 Thank you again for your prayer support! I know you will have more questions. Be sure to watch until the very end of the video to get the link to download the entire transcript of Tuesday’s meeting with Donald Trump.

Photo by Michael Vadon

I Am Traveling to Africa Because of One False Teaching. Why?

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I’m excited to be going to minister in Africa for the first time and asking for your prayers. I’m making final preparations right now for ten days in Kenya training pastors in evangelism and apologetics. In addition, our team will be able to preach the gospel in several schools, villages, and churches. There is one main reason I was asked by Pastor Dave Evans of Highland Baptist Church in Moore, Oklahoma to join their Kenya team this year. It is because of one false teaching being exported from America sweeping across Africa that arguably may become the single greatest threat to African Christians. That one teaching is the Word-Faith Movement – also known as the “Health and Wealth” or “Prosperity” Gospel.

The Prosperity Gospel and African Poverty

In Africa, a continent challenged by unbelievable disease and poverty, the seductive message of the “name it and claim it” preachers can be powerfully addictive. Preachers like Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, Frederick K.C. Price, and Kenneth Copeland promise that if you have enough faith and “speak the word” you will receive total healing from all sickness and fabulous wealth. To guarantee these blessings, some Word-Faith preachers go so far as to claim that you must make a “seed faith” gift to their ministry to lock in a ten-fold or even 100-fold return on your initial investment.

This “health and wealth” gospel for the most part originates out of America – much of it from the Rhema Bible School founded by the late Kenneth Hagan in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Today it is spread primarily through the major Christian TV networks – Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Daystar. These networks have become worldwide media giants broadcasting the prominent Word-Faith teachers 24/7 – not just throughout the US but around the world.

In Africa, this message is finding fertile ground. With minimal Bible training and little access to good Christian literature, many African Christians are virtually defenseless when it comes to discerning the Word-Faith errors. African pastors are now buying in. Perhaps this is why half of the world’s top ten richest pastors are now coming out of Africa.

Of course, not every wealthy pastor made his fortune by exploiting the flock with false promises of fabulous wealth and miraculous healing in exchange for donations. Most pastors earn their salaries honestly. God provides for the financial needs of those honest pastors and in some cases goes far beyond their needs with His financial blessings.

But what do you call it when a pastor promises a couple that their terminally ill daughter will be healed if they just have sufficient faith and make a sacrificial offering to his ministry? Who do they blame if the child does not recover? What do you say to the believer who gave everything and can’t feed her family when she didn’t get the 100-fold return she was promised? This type of exploitation may make the pastor wealthy, but in reality it is one of the most wicked kinds of heresies and most powerful forms of spiritual abuse.

This is why I believe the Word-Faith error may be the one doctrine, currently being exported from America, posing the greatest threat to African Christians. I have been asked to help African pastors recognize the error of the Prosperity Gospel and train them on how to rebuild the spiritual lives of those who have been devastated by its false promises.

Help Train African Pastors

I want to thank each of you who pray for us and help underwrite the monthly needs of our staff and their families. You have my word that I will never promise that your donations to Watchman Fellowship will guarantee you a 100-fold return, fabulous wealth, or perfect heath. I know you do not “give to get.” You stand with us because you believe in the value of our ministry and you are thankful for what God has done for you through His grace. Thank you!

I’m grateful to report that all my financial needs for the Africa Mission Trip (flight, ground transportation, hotel, and food) have already been provided through our partnership with the Pastor Dave and the Kenya team. While my trip is covered, I would love to give the pastors something more that lasts beyond my visit. I would like to be able to bring books to help each pastor begin a good theological library. Some Kenya pastors have few or no quality books to help them understand theology or apologetics. Please consider an extra gift this month to help make that possible.

Thank you again for your prayers and support!

Photo of Africa from Freeimages.com/Patty Ghillebert

2016 Utah Mission Trip: Help Us Share the Gospel or Go With Us?

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Can you help us with our 2016 mission trip to Manti, Utah? Last year we brought a team of 19 missionaries to join with over 200 other Christians to share the true gospel of grace with thousands of Mormons. We were blessed to personally witness several Mormons who were born again that week and heard reports of between a dozen and 20 others saved.

I really want to go back in June but I can’t do it alone. There are three ways you can help:

  1. Praying for our missionaries
  2. Donating to support our team
  3. Joining the team by coming with us

Here Is How It Works

For over 25 years, Watchman has sent teams of missionaries to Manti, Utah each summer to witness to Mormons. The Mormons produce a huge outdoor drama, The Mormon Miracle Pageant, outside of their temple in Manti. The pageant features a cast of hundreds in a major production dramatizing the story of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.

Over 70,000 Mormons attend this event annually. We join with many other Christian groups to pass out tracts and share in gospel conversations for hours each evening before the pageant begins. The first few days we provide training and a crash course in Mormon theology and history.

We also take a tour of Temple Square in Salt Lake City (and have tons of fun).

Please Partner with Us — CLICK to Donate Utah Mission 2016: http://www.watchman.org/donate

We need your support this year to help with the costs of this mission trip. Would you consider an online donation to help cover the expenses? Your gift may also provide partial scholarships for some of our missionaries who are ready and willing to go but fall short of the needed funds. If we are able to fully-fund the Utah mission trip, additional funds can be made available for other Watchman Fellowship ministry, apologetics, and evangelistic projects.

Want to Come with Us to Utah and a Watchman Missionary?

Why don’t you come with us? Please pray about being a summer missionary with Watchman for the 2016 Utah Mission Trip. We provide all the training but if you are not ready to witness to Mormons directly, you may want to go as a Prayer Intercessor. You can be part of our team by being onsite to watch, encourage, and pray as we share the gospel. It will be a week you will remember the rest of you life!

Our trip is June 12-19 and the cost is $1,300 including all training, witnessing materials, tracts, lodging, most meals, ground transportation, and airfare from most major US cities. If you want to provide your own transportation to Salt Lake City, the total cost is $800 for the 8 days and 7 nights. Space is limited so if you think you might be interested, let us know right away. Just email or call our mission trip coordinator, Renae Storms, and she will provide an application and more information. She will also work with you to help raise your mission travel expenses from your friends, family, and church.

Contact Renae Storms
rstorms@watchman.org
817-277-0023 ext. 103

I would love to have you come with us to Utah or help others to go but most of all, we need your prayers. Please pray that the Lord will touch countless hearts in Utah this summer with His gospel of grace. Please pray that each of us on the mission team will be “speaking the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15).