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To get a bit of a background to this topic, please listen to Flame’s song #1 spot

Flame then goes onto the Wade-) radio show where he discusses the following:

- (1:23) – His experience at SXSW 2013
- (2:02) – Workshops he enjoyed at SXSW
- (2:25) – Attending the Kendrick Lamar interview at SXSW
- (3:07) – Flame’s expectations for “#1 Spot” prior to releasing it
- (4:18) – Has Flame had an opportunity to have conversations with those who dislike the song
- (5:00) – Who Flame was talking about on “#1 Spot”
- (7:22) – The History of CHH and the ministry philosophy discussion
- (8:31) – His concern for the direction that many new artists are taking with their music
- (10:16) – The status of his relationship with Lecrae
- (12:37) – Has he dialogued with Sho Baraka and J.R. about these topics
- (14:30) – The importance of having a public forum to dialogue these issues
- (17:00) – The importance Christian Hip Hop Artists preaching the gospel in their music
- (18:15) – His challenge in sharing the gospel when he is doing mainstream media
- (20:30) – How he has seen sharing the gospel in interviews modeled
- (23:20) – Young Noah’s status with Clearsight Music
- (25:07) – The Blackout Circuit Tour

Then to cap everything off, Flame tries to put everything into context about engaging the culture biblically

What do you think? Has the pendulum gone to far the other end when trying to reach out to the lost or have we got the balance just right?

Ten of my favorite blog posts on Real Christianity

Posted: October 31, 2012 in Christian Living, Evangelism, False Doctrine, False Teachers
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I cannot believe that I have been blogging for over five years beginning with How Important is Doctrine and as of today, have written 619 posts, this being my 620th. Every now and then, I go back to my old posts and re-read some of them, if not for anything else to re-encourage myself. So out of these 600+posts, below are ten of my favorite posts in no particular order and my reasons why. Just click on the titles to read the posts

1. The Marks of False ‘Christian’ teachers and teaching - OK, I am going to cheat on the first one as it was my first series (11 parts in total) called The Marks of False ‘Christian’ teachers and teaching starting with A Form of godliness. I saw so much foolishness in churches and on Christian TV and I knew that a lot of people were beginning to question a lot of things but were afraid to say anything. I just said what they were thinking. So I wrote the series and gave my reasons for doing it as I know a lot of people would think that I was just a heresy hunter. If you want to read the full series, just follow the links at the bottom of the posts

2. To tithe or not to tithe - Tithing was one of those things that kept me in bondage early on in my days and I know keeps many in bondage today. Many preachers use old testament scriptures like Malachi 3:8-12 to manipulate people into giving money and making them feel that they have robbed God if they don’t give their 10%.  That was until I searched the scriptures for myself only to find that the new testament principle of giving is proportional giving and giving out of what you have and not out of what you don’t have thus getting yourself into debt. It is also about a person giving what THEY purpose in their heart (2 Cor 9:7) . I wrote this to make it plain why Christians are not under any obligation to tithe anymore under the new covenant.

3. How do you know that you are saved (that you are a Christian)? - I really enjoyed writing this blog because it became very apparent to me that many people thought that they were Christians but they were actually self-deceived. This troubled me so I wanted to have some kind of ‘test’ whereby a person could measure up themselves to. Luckily the books of 1 and 2 John has such a test and has been one of my most popular posts that is found when people do searches, which tells me that a lot of people really do want to know if they are a Christian or not.

4. So you think that you’re a Christian. Power testimonies from former false converts - This ties in to number 3. When I heard these testimonies, I knew there were countless amount of people in this situation and I wanted to share it because I wanted others to see if they could see themselves in the mirror and if so, do something about it. The worse deception ever is to think that you are a Christian when, in fact, you are not

5. Spending Quality Time with God - This post always comes to haunt me because I know that this is something that I am constantly guilty of not doing but it is a constant reminder of where our priorities should be  

6. When your children don’t want to follow God – This post was and still is a very personal one to me. It hurts me to know that my children (so far) have decided to not follow Christ. I can only pray that God orchestrates the events in their life to point them to him.

7. Every Man’s Battle - I wrote this because it is a taboo subject amongst Christian men but can be a deadly poison if not dealt with….especially when it comes to the summer.

8. The Money Challenge - If anything, this is a shame on most of us as Christians about what motivates us to share the  gospel with others. I never want to be  Christian that as the gospel group, Commissioned, say in one of their songs that we “tend to find security in our salvation. We should constantly think about the lost”

9. Should we ever question what the man of God says – This post goes hand in hand with the post of Touch not the Lord’s anointed. Say goodbye to the untouchable preachers. The reason why I started this whole blogging stuff is because I questioned everything that I had previously heard and decided to go back to the basics of the gospel. You know, things like the cross, salvation, sin, repentance, faith, discipleship and NOT breakthroughs, blessings and divine favour which seems to be so prevalent in churches these days.

10. Christ is the only way, now you choose - I have posted many videos over the years but I love this video because it puts everything in perspective about what Christ has done and how he has provided a way out for those who have repented and put their trust in him

Click here for more details

Answer: Depends on what your definition of ‘wonderful’ is?

C’mon Alan, that’s a bit strong isnt it?

If you are a christian and you believe what Christ has done for you in that he has saved you from his wrath and you have no desire to help others to be saved also and to at least learn how to evangelise (as I know that this is a problem with a lot of christians), then you are heartless and selfish in that you would standby and not even warn others of the wrath to come. Look at the lyrics from Da Truth’s song ‘Go’.

Can’t be ashamed, of going against the grain
Got to pray— lest we fall into sin
You know the sin of not, speaking the truth in the word of God
‘Cause you’re afraid of losing a friend
Now if you saw your friend
About to get hit by a car
You would run and push them out of the way
Because you love him, you would shove him
To keep the taker from shoveling that brown dirt over his grave
Now if you would go to great lengths
To save a man’s life
‘Cause you don’t want to see them die on the road
Then tell me how much more
Should you tell him about the Lord
Because you care about the state of his soul
Now there is so much more
That I really wanted to say
But I chose to keep it simple and light
So keep teaching— keep preaching
The world they need Jesus
Much more than we need to be liked

Here is an analogy. If you were unable to swim but somehow was able to flash forward one year from now where you and another person (with nobody else around) were on a beach and you witnessed them struggling in the water but because you don’t know how to swim, you was unable to save them and they drowned.

Now you come back to the present day. What would you do between now and next year? Would you not learn how to swim? The difference is that you knew with a certainty that that person was going to be struggling in that water and would die if there was no one arund to save them. Well we know with a certainty that in the future, in fact today and evey day, 150,000 people will die and most of them did not think that it would be their last day.

Here is another example, if I had the cure for Aids but never told anybody about or if I sat down on the cure for  cancer and watched thousands of people die without muttering a word, would you not think that I was heartless and evil, and that’s just for a physical sickness. How much more would we, as christians, be heartless knowing that we have the cure for the spiritual sickness called sin, which has eternal consequenes in hell, but we keep silent?

Are we all called to the office of an evangelist? NO. Are we all called to evangelise? YES. Do we all know how to do it or where to start? NO. So like my swimming analogy, LEARN. Look at my message to christians, or try the tract challenge, or try the one-2-one challenge, or put a video up on the Facebook Appeal but whatever you do, DO SOMETHING!!!

If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them (James 4:17)

Related posts:

Where does your Christianity stop?

Every Christian needs to see this

A message to Christians

Whatever happened to Personal Evangelism?

Following my last post, this was my Facebook Appeal.

To see a video explaining this on Facebook click here

To join the Facebook fan page, click here

To follow the appeal on Twitter, click here

The appeal is simple: On the 16th of february, upload a video of yourself, (it doesn’t have to be long) addressing your facebook friends, presenting the gospel in a way that is personal to you, (maybe using a scripture, song, testimony that… is of importance to you) and tag this page in facebook (the fb appeal) using the @ feature in the post along with anyone else you specifically want to hear your message, And pray that God uses your step of faith in order to promote conversation, questions and curiosity within all that hear it, ultimately directing them to Jesus Christ.

To see a video explaining this on Facebook click here

To join the Facebook fan page, click here

To follow the appeal on Twitter, click here

Related posts:

Where does your Christianity stop?

Every Christian needs to see this

A message to Christians

Whatever happened to Personal Evangelism?

Following my two challenges here and here, below is a video from Level 3:16 which simply encourges us to ‘Tell Em’ and as we approach the Christmas season, let’s grab the opportunity to do just that.

You can download this song free here

How did you get on with the tract challenge? If you havent done it, then I would challenge you to try it. If you have, are you ready for the next step? Well here it is. Again this is from Fish with Trish

So you’ve passed out your first tract and maybe you’ve passed out far more than just one gospel tract and you’re ready for more. Great job! Now I’d like to encourage you to take the next step and talk to someone about the Lord.

Here’s Challenge Number 2: You have one week from today to talk with an unbeliever about Christ. We call this a one-to-one evangelism encounter. Perhaps you’ll find someone at the grocery store, the mall, or at work. Maybe you have wanted to share the Gospel with your neighbor or family member. That this love for the lost and this challenge compel you to not put it off any longer.  I would be delighted to hear from you. Post your comment below

Use Your Tracts: Tracts are great conversation starters. You can hand a Million Pound tract or Million Dollar Bill to someone and when they ask, “What’s this?” tell them, “It has the million dollar question on the back–will you go to Heaven?” These work as a great springboard to the Gospel message.

If She Did It–So Can YOU:  Recently, my dear friend Michelle (21 years old) took me up on this very challenge. I gave her one week to witness to one person. She wrote very candidly about what happened as she took baby steps reach her goal to eventually speak with someone face-to-face. I think you will find her writings encouraging. Michelle accounts day-by-day what happened to her and describes step-by-step what she did. I hope these writings relieve you to know that you’re not alone in taking bold steps to overcome your struggles and fears to share your faith. You can read them HERE.

As I said in my message to christians, it is a fact that most Christians do not share their faith on a consistent and regular basis. This can be for a number of reasons but I think that the main reason for this is that most people do not feel equipped to do so. The problem is that our come and see mentality can let a lot of fish ‘slip through the net’ because the fact of the matter is, many people will not accept our invitations to attend our church event/services and are so left gospel-less. So what can we do?

I saw this challenge some time back on Fish with Trish and I thought I would share it with you and challenge you at the same time. Please read this and if you do not share your faith, let this be a starting point.

Years ago, when I met my good friend Liz I realized that she struggled with speaking to strangers (even Christians) let alone evangelizing. So I began to challenge her week after week with small steps to help her overcome her fears. These challenges helped to strengthen her confidence in the Lord and gave her boldness to eventually share the gospel. Now she’s unstoppable and not the same woman she used to be. I would like to present these same challenges to you. And if you are up to it please take these challenges to heart. Remember this Proverbs 28:1 says, “The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.”

Here’s Challenge Number 1:
If you have never passed out a tract, I would like to extend a personal challenge to you. You have one week from the time you read this blog to pass out one single tract (you can pass out more if you like). Then post your story on my blog. I will read them and then present a new challenge for you within the next few weeks.

Living Waters has the best creative tracts I’ve ever seen. If don’t have any tracts you can purchase them here (or in the UK, you can purchase them here). Then when your tracts arrive, you have one weeks time to pass out your first tract.

Charles Spurgeon said this with regard to winning the lost:
“Brethren, do something; do something, do something! While societies and unions make constitutions, let us win souls. I pray you, be men of action all of you. Get to work and quit yourselves like men. Old Suvarov’s idea of war is mine: `Forward and strike! No theory! Attack! Form a column! Charge bayonets! Plunge into the center of the enemy! Our one aim is to win souls; and this we are not to talk about, but do in the power of God!”

For your information , you can see my best gospel tracts here. These are the ones that I personally use but do whats best for you. If you think using tracts are tacky, please read the useful links below

If you have taken this challenge, please can you post your story in the comments section of this post as I am hoping that it will be an encouragement to others and help people in overcoming their fears. Please do not add any comments which will start a debate as these will be deleted. Thanks for your co-operation

Christian, please spread the word about this challenge via your blog, email, tweets and retweets via Twitter, Facebook etc

Let’s not be selfish and keep this message to ourselves.

Useful links to read:

The use of tracts

Tips for using Bible Tracts

Why you should use tracts by Ray Comfort

ARE YOU WILLING TO TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE?

Look out for Challenge Number 2……….