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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
When Is It Time to Leave a Church?
If you see any of these seven warning signs in your church, my advice is to run as fast as you can.

A friend of mine from England recently asked me for counsel regarding a serious dilemma. His pastor had been involved in extramarital affairs, yet the man never stepped down after the scandal. My friend grew increasingly uncomfortable. Then he became alarmed when the embattled pastor announced he was going to lay hands on every church member during a weekend service to impart "special revelation."

This pastor had a base of loyal fans, but the Sunday crowd was dwindling because people could smell trouble. They knew it wasn't right for this man to remain in leadership without receiving some serious personal ministry. I advised my friend to run for the door.

I've never found a perfect church in all my travels-and it certainly wouldn't be perfect if I joined it. But there are some churches that deserve to be called unhealthy. While I believe we shouldn't give up on a church too fast, there are some warning signs that should cause you to stop and ask if you'd be better off finding better pasture.

1. No accountability. There is safety in the multitude of counselors (see Prov. 11:14). There is much less safety-perhaps even danger-when a leader does not bother to seek counsel from a diverse group of his peers, as well as from gray-haired men and women who have the wisdom that comes with experience. read more
The Plumb Line
A Stealth Spiritual Warfare Weapon Satan Can't Stand

Charisma News Editor Jennifer LeClaire offers prophetic insight into a weapon that many find difficult to wield. But if you swing this sword, it protects your heart in the face of mistreatment and persecution.

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Culture
Tim Tebow Cancels Controversial Church Appearance

The iconic quaterback canceled an appearance at the Dallas mega-church led by a prominent pastor who has sparked controversy over remarks he made from the pulpit about gays and other religions.

Music
Mandisa Ministers to a National Television Audience

Watch as Mandisa ministers to a national television audience with her hit song, "Stronger."

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How Canada's Intercessors Are Changing the Nation

From rallying Canadians for mass prayer to reaching Hollywood on her knees to fighting abortion, Faytene Grasseschi leads a unique movement of activist intercession. Now her call to an entire nation in transition is crossing borders.

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